Columbia man accused of throwing knife at woman, other domestic violence

first_imgA Columbia man is accused of throwing a knife at a woman during a domestic assault.Joseph McDermott, 33, was booked into Boone County Jail early Wednesday on suspicion of second degree domestic assault and armed criminal action.A woman told police late Tuesday that McDermott threw a three-inch dagger at her and a hard drive. Officers say she had injuries consistent with being choked. She says McDermott choked her with a phone charger cable until she went unconscious.last_img

Poor payment and conditions mar University cricket

first_imgA member of the Indian cricket team gets Rs 700,000 per Test, Rs 400,000 per Oneday International, and Rs 200,000 per Twenty20 International. Besides this, the contracted players get Rs 1 crore, Rs 50 lakh and Rs 25 lakh in the various grades per year.Now, here’s a huge contrast: university players who took part in the Rohinton Baria Trophy all-India tournament last month received a mere Rs 200 each as daily pocket allowance, from which they had to buy the breakfast, two meals, and also pay Rs 30 daily towards the bedding. As a bonus, they had to deal with the cold weather, mosquitoes, and dingy toilets at the Banaras Hindu University (BHU), said the manager of a competing team.This is not all. University of Calcutta team that went to Banaras was so enraged with the train travel and the facilities at the BHU that the players lodged a protest with the West Bengal Governor as he is also the Chancellor of state universities, chairman of the BCCI’s Vizzy Trophy Committee Chitrak Mitra said at a recent meeting.It’s not known what the Governor’s reaction was, but the Association of Indian Universities (AIU), under whose aegis the tournament is played, said it won’t take any action as no one lodged a written complaint even as its officials admitted gross mismanagement during the tournament held last month.Bombay and Madras universities orally complained to the AIU about the poor living and playing conditions, including the use of obsolete matting pitches, absence of pitch covers, and intimidation of players/ team officials by locals who disrupted matches repeatedly.advertisementSurprisingly, AIU secretary general Arun Bajpai and deputy secretary Gurdeep Singh say that the BHU wouldn’t be punished. “We’ll see that these things are not repeated. The absolute freedom that universities enjoy in staging tournaments is partly responsible for this,” Bajpai told Mail Today. “I confess my ignorance about the conduct of sports tournaments as I’m new at it.”Asked if action would be taken against the BHU, Bajpai said no. “Some teams, including the Bombay University, complained to me orally during the Vizzy Trophy final in Mumbai recently. I told them to lodge a written complaint, but no one has so far,” said Gurdeep. “This is the age of the RTI. There’s a Grievance Redressal Committee that hears complaints.”The question, however, is: Should top AIU officials wait for written complaints when they are fully aware of the blatant mismanagement in organising tournaments and take suo-moto action against erring officials/ universities? “We found out that the BHU didn’t have the pitch covers due to which the turf pitches got wet after rains, and that some matches were played on matting wickets, prompting Bombay to complain,” said Gurdeep who, along with Bajpai, is a member of the Vizzy Trophy Committee. “Mitra last month said that the Bengal players complained to the West Bengal Governor that some of them didn’t get train berths and were lodged in poor conditions in cold weather.”last_img read more

Coleen must leave cheater Wayne Rooney, says ex-WAG Nicole

first_imgFormer WAG Nicole McLean has advised Coleen Rooney to leave her husband and former England captain Wayne after he was caught out on a boozy night out with a barmaid Vicki Rosiek. Nicole has told Coleen, 32, to leave Wayne in Washington DC where he plays in the Major Soccer League and move back to the United Kingdom with her children. Nicole briefly split from her footballer husband Tom Williams in 2014 after a video revealed he was out clubbing with a mystery girl.Related News Wayne Rooney with wife Coleen “If I were Coleen, I’d be up and gone. She must feel humiliated, especially as she has packed up her life and moved halfway across the world for this man. Coleen needs to spell out some consequences to Wayne or he will never change. Coleen needs to come back to the UK with her sons — she’s close to her family and needs their support now,” Nicole wrote in Closer magazine. “Leaving the States and moving away from Wayne will hit home that his bad behaviour has to stop once and for all,” wrote Nicole, who got back with her husband Tom following his scandal claiming it “helped their marriage and helped him realise what he stood to lose.” Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates Rooney’s wife Coleen ready for legal battle with Vardy’s wife Rebekah over leaked stories Wayne Rooney and wife Coleen have seen it all – sex scandals, affairs, one night stands Footballer Jamie Vardy’s wife Rebekah: My husband doesn’t define who I amlast_img read more

Casemiro: Solari similar to Zidane

first_imgReal Madrid midfielder Casemiro compared Santiago Solari’s approach to that of former coach Zinedine Zidane.Solari took over at the Santiago Bernabeu in October last year, but is under pressure amid Madrid’s struggles, the club having lost three of their past four games.However, Casemiro feels the Argentinian can be compared to Zidane, who resigned at the end of last season after guiding Madrid to three Champions League titles and a LaLiga crown. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “It would be unfair to single out one coach,” he told Esporte Interativo.”[Jose] Mourinho, [Carlo] Ancelotti, Zidane, Rafa Benitez… each one had their own important characteristics.”With Zidane he had a lot of relationships with the players, a father-son relationship. Like a friend.”Solari does the same, he is being fair to everyone.”Looking for a return to form, Madrid host Ajax on Tuesday, holding a 2-1 aggregate lead in the Champions League last-16 tie. We’ve had NINE different goalscorers in the Champions League this season – more than any other team! #RMUCL | #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/YyWu5j7gON— Real Madrid C.F.  (@realmadriden) March 4, 2019Casemiro said it was natural for teams to endure tough periods, but the Brazil international wants success.”It’s normal for a team to have low moments. We’re growing now,” he said.”Now comes the most important thing [the Champions League]. We have tough opponents and we’re focused on winning all of the trophies, but it’s hard.”last_img read more

VOTE: Who Will End Up As OSU’s 2016 Backup QB?

first_imgI’ve written a few of my thoughts about who will back up Mason Rudolph this fall, but now it’s time to get yours. Who do you think Mike Gundy will end up choosing to be QB2 going into the Southeastern Louisiana game?Choose below and include your thoughts in the comments. I’ll post the results later this week.[poll id=”21″]If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Interprofessional Cancer Education in Cape Breton District Health Authority

first_imgImproved patient care is at the heart of a project designed to train cancer health professionals to provide cancer education to their peers. Funded by Health Canada, with Cancer Care Nova Scotia as the project lead, Partners for Interprofessional Cancer Education has trained six health professionals from Cape Breton District Health Authority as facilitators. The training provides expertise in interprofessional learning — a greater appreciation of each others’ values, knowledge and abilities; collaborative, patient-centred care and cultural sensitivity and safety for First Nations communities. These facilitators will educate health professionals in their district. Together with 32 other facilitators from across Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, they will reach more than 1,100 community-based health professionals over the next year. “Canada’s government commends Cancer Care Nova Scotia and itspartners for their leadership in this project. By April 2008, more than 1,000 Nova Scotian health professionals will be better trained to help cancer patients,” said Tony Clement, federal Minister of Health. “The introduction of interprofessional education across Nova Scotia will benefit not only the patients who will receive unprecedented treatment and support, but also the teams of professionals who work in cancer care.” “With the expertise and commitment of districts, and the strength of our other partners, we are extending the value and reach of Cancer Care Nova Scotia’s original interprofessional education program, the interprofessional core curriculum,” said Theresa Marie Underhill, chief operating officer, Cancer Care Nova Scotia. “Through this project, we are enhancing it, extending the training of health professionals and providing the necessary supports for them to deliver the interprofessional core curriculum to others.” “Cancer care involves a team approach and this program will helpstrengthen our team,” said Mona Baryluk, director of the Cape Breton Cancer Centre. “Sharing our knowledge and experience with other health-care professionals will give them enhanced skills and a special perspective on cancer care. Our goal is to provide the safest and best possible care to our patients and this education program will make a difference.” Health professionals with an expertise in cancer or palliative care were recruited to participate in the training. Medical and radiation oncologists, palliative care physicians and nurses, social workers, pharmacists, nursing students from St. Francis Xavier University and First Nations representatives working in health were among those trained. “I’ve always been sold on the benefits of a team approach tolearning, so I was excited to have the opportunity to participate in the facilitator training,” said Hugh Toner, a pharmacist with the Cape Breton District Health Authority and one of the 38 health professionals trained as an interprofessional facilitator. “I was very impressed. We learned how to engage learners in discussion and encourage the sharing of different perspectives to enrich the learning. It was very powerful and I’m looking forward to sharing my learning with others. When health professionals learn with, from and about each other, everyone benefits – especially patients.” The Registered Nurses Professional Development Centre, in collaboration with other partners, implemented the first phase of the project, the development of the facilitator training program. First Nations consultants worked with the Registered Nurses Professional Development Centre to ensure cultural safety and sensitivity was woven throughout the training program. The centre also revised the case studies included in Cancer Care Nova Scotia’s interprofessional core curriculum, which facilitators will be delivering. Beginning in April, facilitators will deliver the core curriculumprogram to community based health professionals in Nova Scotia and P.E.I. The curriculum has 10 modules including, pain and symptom management, treatment and side effects. By April 2008, 1,100 health professionals will have a better knowledge in these areas as well as an improved understanding and appreciation of the expertise of their team members and the community resources available to patients and families. The curriculum will also be included in the undergraduate nursing program at St. Francis Xavier University. As part of the project, Cancer Care Nova Scotia will supportfacilitators in developing a community of practice to build the body of knowledge and expertise in interprofessional learning through better interaction with one another. An evaluation, led by Dalhousie Continuing Medical Education, for both facilitators and participants will cover both intended and self-reported changes in practice. Possible ways for evaluating the project from the patient perspective are also being discussed. In addition to Cancer Care Nova Scotia, Partners for Interprofessional Care Education includes: district health authorities, the IWK Health Centre, the Registered Nurses Professional Development Centre, Dalhousie University Continuing Medical Education, Dalhousie University College of Pharmacy, Division of Continuing Pharmacy Education, the Union of NovaScotia Indians, the Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq, St. FrancisXavier School of Nursing, Seniors’ Secretariat and Prince EdwardIsland Department of Health. Cancer Care Nova Scotia is a program of the Department of Health,created to reduce the burden of cancer on individuals, families, and the health-care system through prevention, screening, education and research.last_img read more

River Hebert Renovations Go Ahead

first_imgStudents in River Hebert will soon be attending an improved and expanded school. Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey announced today, Dec. 5, that Dora Construction has won a $6.15-million competitive tender for renovations and an addition to River Hebert District High School. The renovations will create a Primary to Grade 12 school. River Hebert Elementary will then close and students will move into the facility in 2015. “The young people and families of River Hebert are eager to see this project completed,” said Ms. Casey. “I want to thank the community for its patience during this project. We made a commitment to see this project move forward again. After these renovations, the students will be attending a modern school that includes improved learning opportunities in all program areas.” The province took over management of the project in September. The renovations include updating the building and a two-storey addition. The project includes improved areas, such as a library, cafeteria, music room, science labs, a youth health centre and new elementary classrooms. Total cost of the project is $10 million.last_img read more

American Humane Association Announces StarStudded Lineup For Hero Dog Awards

first_imgWith just a few weeks to go until the fourth annual American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards, American Humane Association – the country’s first national humane organization – is revealing the roster of talent to appear at the star-studded Hollywood event.Co-hosted by football legend Terry Bradshaw and actress and animal advocate Beth Stern, the gala event at the Beverly Hilton on Saturday September 27 will celebrate eight courageous canines, all vying for the coveted title of 2014 American Hero Dog.Pop vocal group Wilson Phillips will be the featured musical entertainment for the evening, performing several well-known hits from their catalogue. The show will be taped by Mersey Masala Productions for a nationwide broadcast on Hallmark Channel on October 30. The producers are Paul Flattery and Irene Crinita and the director is Dennis Rosenblatt.Presented by the Lois Pope LIFE Foundation, the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards seek to identify and recognize America’s Hero Dogs – ordinary dogs who do extraordinary things, whether it’s saving lives, lending sight or hearing to those in need, or just welcoming us home at the end of a hard day. The evening will also feature the presentation of the first-ever American Humane Association Hero Veterinarian and Hero Veterinary Technician Awards, presented by Zoetis following a nationwide search to find and recognize the achievements of the top veterinary professionals in the country.Stars from the stage and screen will come together to pay tribute to this year’s crop of heroic hounds and their handlers on the other end of the leash. Together, they will walk the red carpet and then attend the gala in the same room where the Golden Globes are filmed each year. Comedic legend and “Saturday Night Live” veteran Martin Short, “America’s Got Talent” winner and Las Vegas entertainer Terry Fator, and “CSI: NY” star Gary Sinise will all contribute special pre-taped segments to the show.Featured presenters for the evening include “America’s Veterinarian” Dr. Marty Becker, Oscar-winner Marlee Matlin, world-renowned dog trainer Victoria Stilwell, “NCIS” star Pauley Perrette, television and movie star Billy Baldwin, “Desperate Housewives” star James Denton, “Nashville” star Charlotte Ross, and more to be announced soon. As the television broadcast partner for the show, Hallmark Channel has enlisted many of its own stars to also appear at the Hero Dog Awards as presenters, including Larry Miller, Lori Loughlin, Lacey Chabert, Mark Steines, Cristina Ferrare, Bailee Madison, Barbara Niven, and Kellie Martin. Reality television star Lisa Vanderpump and her famous Pomeranian Giggy will also do a special live auction during the show.The 2014 American Hero Dog will be determined by the public and a panel of select special celebrity judges, including country superstar Naomi Judd, philanthropists and animal advocates Philippe and Ashlan Gorse Cousteau, “The Bachelor” Prince Lorenzo Borghese, “True Blood” star Kristin Bauer van Straten, actress Christie Brooke, “Tough Love Miami” star Leilani Dowding, “Saving Mr. Banks” actress Victoria Summer, actress and animal advocate Alison Eastwood, actress Emmanuelle Vaugier, supermodel Joanna Krupa, NASCAR driver Blake Koch, actor Lou Wegner, singer Shara Strand, Hollywood talent manager Joanne Horowitz, businesswoman and philanthropist Paige Dunham, and 2011’s Law Enforcement/Arson Dog Category winner Sadie and Jerry Means, along with Lisa Vanderpump, Victoria Stilwell, and Bailee Madison.“We have such an incredible roster of talent set to appear at the 2014 American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards,” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, American Humane Association’s president and CEO. “But of course, the brightest shining stars in attendance that evening will be our eight amazing Hero Dogs and their courageous handlers. It’s going to be an incredible evening, and I can’t wait to see who America has chosen as its 2014 American Hero Dog.”For ticket information for the 2014 American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards, please call 202-841-6080 or email jilln@americanhumane.org.last_img read more

Building Trades executive director says BC needs more apprentices on major projects

first_imgHe said that by having apprentices comprise 25 percent of the workforce on large-scale projects, it will help ensure that those apprentices become Red Seal-certified tradespeople that will be able to work anywhere across Canada. Sigurdson has in the past criticized the lack of apprentices working on the Site C project. According to BC Hydro’s statistics, the apprentice population working on Site C peaked last July, when there were 62 apprentices out of a total contractor workforce of 2,145. That works out to just 2.8 percent of contractors. The number of apprentices working on Site C fell to its lowest level in December 2017 and January 2018, when the total was just eight. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The value of having more apprentices working on large-scale construction projects were the main topics of a speech by BC Buildings Trades Council executive director Tom Sigurdson at a Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Tuesday.Sigurdson, whose organization represents a number of construction trade unions including those representing bricklayers; plumbers, plasterers; millwrights; and ironworkers among many others, spoke about the need for community benefit agreements to be implemented on all large public projects in B.C. In his presentation, he explained that those agreements will help alleviate a skilled labour shortage that the province will be facing over the next decade.Sigurdson said that though a number of large infrastructure projects are either planned or already underway in B.C., forecasts show that there will be roughly 7,600 less skilled trades workers in the province. He cited Royal City Record news article from several years ago, which said that one in eight high school students would need to follow a career path in the construction industry.last_img read more

North Peace Secondary School closed due to electrical issue

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – North Peace Secondary School will be closed on Tuesday.School District 60 announced the school will be closed on February 12, 2019, due to a burst pipe that has caused electrical issues in the building.  The ELC at the Pomeroy Sport Centre will remain open.The District says an update on the status of the school will be released during the day on Tuesday. For more updates, watch this website or visit the School Districts website at prn.bc.calast_img

Tunisia: An International March Against Terrorism

Tunis – Foreign heads of states, members of parliament, party leaders, and representatives of organizations took part in the international march against terrorism on Sunday, March 29, at the Bardo Museum, Tunis. At the same time, tens of thousands of citizens, mostly young people, participated in a second march at Bab Saadoun, near the city center, to denounce terrorism.In the different cities in Tunisia, young Tunisians working for NGOs organized workshops and cultural activities as part of the fight against terrorism, especially during the World Social Forum (WSF), which was held from March 24 to 28. “I came to the march because I am Tunisian. Facts have demonstrated again at the WSF that young people are a big power. Young people are already mobilized against terrorism. We must now organize and supervise this mobilization. We have just received proposals for the organization of a young Congress against terrorism,” said Chokri Terzi, Tunisian Secretary of State for Youth, in Habib Essid Government.The “Mitterrand” slip Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi misspoke during his speech in the great hall of the Bardo Museum, after the inauguration of the monument commemorating the victims of Bardo attack on Sunday. Addressing his French counterpart, Francois Hollande, he said “Mr. President of the French Republic, François Mitterrand.” Francois Mitterrand was President of France from 1981 to 1995.Mohamed Ennaceur, the President of the Assembly of People’s Representatives, corrected him. “I’m sorry dear friend, it was the one I knew in my age,” Beji Caid Essebsi justified. Gabonese President Ali Bongo, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski, and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi also participated in the march.“We are the elected representatives of the nation. I was present in the parliament on the day of the attack and today I am participating in the march to say No to terrorism. We do not accept terrorism in Tunisia. We are working on the anti-terrorism law. We will study it, and in mid-April we will vote,” said Suhail Alouini, deputy member of Nida Tunes. According to him, the law will protect citizens against terrorism. It will be much tougher on people who advocate terrorism, and will protect the Tunisian police and military and will protect human rights. “It’s a balance that we try to keep. We hope to get there,” he added.In 2015, two Republican marches were organized in the world after terrorist acts. The first was held in Paris in January following the events at Charlie Hebdo on January 7 and Hyper Kosher on January 9, while the second march was organized following the terrorist attack against Bardo museum on March 18.United colors of ReligionsThe Tunisian Islamist movement Ennahda was also present at the march. “This is an event that marks the solidarity with the families of the victims, and also with Tunisia, who stands against terrorism. It is also a message to terrorists from the anywhere world who say that terrorism has no country or religion.Muslims, Jews and Christians are united against terrorism,” said Rached Ghannouchi, leader of the Ennahda movement.Other religious leaders also participated in the Republican march, including the Chief Rabbi of Tunisia. “The march has boosted morale of Tunisians who see now that everyone is with Tunisia. The country has its men of all faiths. We hope that Tunisia will always be protected,” said the Chief Rabbi of Tunisia, Haim Bitan.Tunisians living in Tunisia and elsewhere in the world gathered to denounce these acts. In some media outlets, terrorists are often associated with religion, and the media often circulates stereotypes that create confusion between religion and violence. “I am first a Tunisian. And this is my fight against terrorism. The tragedies in France and Tunisia were committed by people who have nothing to do with religion. They are trying to scare us. Today we met to show that we are for the unity and friendship among peoples and religions,” said Imam Chalghoumi, denouncing the recent acts at the Bardo Museum.Claimed by the Islamic State group, the Bardo attack on March 18 left a total of 22 dead, including 21 foreign tourists and a Tunisian policeman. “The Tunisian people know that they are not alone. Let’s all together at the front and fight terrorism,” said the Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi. read more

Tim Hortons opens first restaurant in Oman

OAKVILLE, Ont. — Oman has its first Tim Hortons restaurant as the iconic Canadian chain expands operations in the Persian Gulf states.The Oman restaurant is the 20th Tim Hortons to open in the region since the chain signed a master licence agreement with the Apparel Group last year.The agreement calls for up to 120 multi-format stores to be opened in the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait and Oman over a five-year period.“We’re thrilled that the Apparel Group has reached the milestone of 20 restaurants in the GCC (Gulf Co-operation Council), since opening the first location in Dubai in September of 2011,” said David Roy, managing director, international operations, Tim Hortons.“With each restaurant, we are able to reach new customers in different communities and countries.”Using a targeted approach to explore international opportunities is part of the company’s strategic plan.“The company will continue to focus on expansion in existing GCC markets, focusing next on Qatar,” it said.Apparel Group is a global fashion and lifestyle brand based out of Dubai that operates more than 50 leading brands in 14 countries.Tim Hortons, has more than 4,100 restaurants system wide, including more than 3,300 in Canada offering coffee, baked goods and fast-food service.Since opening its first U.S. store in Buffalo, N.Y., in 1985, it has expanded to more than 750 stores in a dozen states — including Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia — and plans to open another 300 locations over the next three years.The Canadian Press read more

India says Sri Lanka is a valued friend and neighbour

The Indian President India and Sri Lanka share a unique relationship.“The close ties of friendship between our countries have been built over centuries. The expanding scope of our wide-ranging relationship continues to be the strong foundation of our contemporary discourse,” he said. “Independence Day greetings to the people of Sri Lanka, a valued friend & neighbour. May Sri Lanka continue to prosper in the years to come,” Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a tweet. Meanwhile, the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee also extended his greetings and felicitations to the Government and people of Sri Lanka. The President said that under the renewed dynamism in the Sri Lankan polity under President Maithripala Sirisena’s leadership will help to forge a stable path for the future of Sri Lanka and further strengthen the Indo-Lanka partnership to the mutual benefit of its peoples.“On this occasion, I would like to assure you that as a close friend and neighbour, India will continue to extend her support to the Government and people of Sri Lanka as you pursue your national goals,” he added. (Colombo Gazette) India says Sri Lanka is a valued friend and neighbour and the friendship between both countries continues to be the strong.The Indian Government says it will continue to extend support to the Government and people of Sri Lanka to achieve its National goals. read more

Five questions to ask about Ohio State – Eastern Michigan

1. How long will the starters play? Coach Jim Tressel surprised many when he left the starters in through the third quarter of the Ohio University game, but he said he wanted to get the first-team offense a few more positive drives. There should be more than enough of those Saturday against Eastern Michigan University, which has given up an average of 37 points per game in its three losses this season. Thus, expect the first-team offense and defense to play the first half and call it a day after that. The game should be well in hand by then, and a pointless injury to a key player could incite a riot in Ohio Stadium. 2. Will Eastern Michigan score? Ohio State’s defense has given up just two touchdowns this season. They rank No. 1 in the Big Ten and No. 7 nationally in total defense. EMU is 91st in the nation in scoring offense. Let’s put it nicely and say the odds aren’t in their favor. 3. Why is Eastern Michigan on Ohio State’s schedule? OSU is paying EMU to come to the Horseshoe on Saturday. If everything goes as expected, the Eagles will get a nice check and a whipping as well. If college football still operated on an 11-game regular season, instead of a 12-game regular season, chances are this game would not be played at all. 4. Remember Ron English? The head Eagle is a former Michigan defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach. The Wolverine defense earned many accolades under English, including in 2006 when they finished first in the nation against the run, fourth in sacks, No. 10 in total defense and boasted future NFL talent such as Leon Hall, LaMarr Woodley and David Harris. That success hasn’t translated to EMU. Last season, the Eagles ranked No. 106 in the country in total defense. So far in 2010, they’re No. 94, allowing an average of 414 yards per game. 5. What are OSU’s goals in this game? Better establish the run game. Experience continued special teams’ improvement. Don’t turn the ball over. Force at least five three-and-outs on defense. Stay healthy. Most of the same goals OSU has had in recent weeks. Tressel obviously isn’t overlooking the game and wants to make sure his players continue to develop. “We have to spend all of our time and energy trying to get better,” Tressel said. “And I feel as if these guys will do that.” read more

Hospital failures caused death of mother hours after caesarean birth coroner rules

first_imgThe coroner criticised the care given to Frances CappucciniCredit:PA She endured 12 hours of gruelling labour before finally being rushed for a caesarean section.It was when she was cradling her newborn, who was feeding for the first time, when she felt a “gush of blood”.She was eventually taken for an emergency procedure to stop the bleeding, where doctors found a “raggedy” piece of placenta in her uterine cavity.Mrs Cappuccini never woke from the emergency surgery and is said to have told her husband Tom: “I love you – if anything happens just make sure you look after the boys.”In his conclusions, the coroner said the caesarean section “was not carried out with care” and the piece of placenta should not have been left behind.”The result of this failure led directly to the subsequent series of events which tragically ended in the death of Frances Cappuccini,” he said.He added:  “As a result of my findings I propose to record that the death of Frances Cappuccini was a result of failures and inadequate diagnosis and treatment of her at Tunbridge Wells Hospital on October 8 and 9 2012.”He also criticised the management of fluid levels and said the treatment of a post-partum haemorrhage was not managed in accordance with the trust’s protocols.In his findings, the coroner cited a “failure with extubating” after surgery and a subsequent delay in re-intubating by anaesthetist Dr Nadeem Azeez as a factor which led to the emergency situation – after it was revealed she may have not been breathing properly following an emergency operation to stem the haemorrhage. At least today, after over four years, the truth is acknowledgedFrances Cappuccini’s family Mrs Cappuccini left behind her husband, Tom, and two children Credit:INS Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. On Monday, a coroner ruled that she died as a result of “failures and inadequate diagnosis and treatment” at the hospital.His verdict came after the landmark criminal case in relation to Mrs Cappuccini’s death was dropped.The Crown Prosecution Service, which took the decision to take the case to court, had claimed that two doctors – anaesthetist Dr Errol Cornish and Dr Nadeem Azeez – had failed to take basic steps to save her life and that Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust had not ensured they two men were adequately qualified or trained.But the case collapsed after a judge ruled they had no case to answer at the beginning of last year.The family of Mrs Cappuccini declined to comment after the case was dropped. But yesterday, in an emotional statement read by their solicitor following the coroner’s verdict, they said the “truth is finally acknowledged”.”Frankie was a wonderful wife, mother, daughter and sister. She was bubbly, intelligent, beautiful and much-loved,” the statement, read by Kate Rhode, said.”Failures of Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust and those employed by the Trust cost Frankie her life. Nothing can heal that pain. At least today, after over four years, the truth is acknowledged. “We thank the coroner for giving the matter such serious consideration and also the media for respecting our privacy throughout this process and we ask that we are given the time and space to reflect quietly upon the coroner’s conclusions and what we have learned at last.”Senior coroner Roger Hatch gave the ruling following a two-week hearing in Gravesend, Kent.He said expert evidence revealed Mrs Cappuccini was likely suffering from sepsis and kidney injury from when she first arrived at hospital – something which doctors consistently failed to diagnose or treat.The inquest heard how Mrs Cappuccini had booked an elected caesarean after a traumatic birth with her first son Luca, then aged four.But when she arrived at hospital in spontaneous labour doctors and nurses encouraged her to try for a natural birth.center_img The inquest criticised the care given to Frances Cappuccini She was bubbly, intelligent, beautiful, loving and much lovedSolicitor Kate Rohde, speaking on behalf of Frances Cappuccini’s husband Tom Mrs Cappuccini left behind her husband, Tom, and two children  He refused to accept evidence from Dr Azeez claiming she was “breathing, moving her arms and responding” after the anaesthetic and also said he was involved in a similar incident previously and should have been under “proper supervision on October 9.”He said he did not think Mrs Cappuccini was pressured into trying for a natural birth, although evidence from her husband said she had arrived at hospital “certain” she wanted an immediate caesarean.The family declined to comment on whether they had negotiated a compensation settlement with the Trust.A Trust spokesman said: “Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust wishes to extend its deepest sympathies to the family of Frances Cappuccini.”Patient safety remains of paramount importance to the Trust. The Trust has however recognised from the start that there were aspects of Frances’ care what fell short of the standards the Trust would expect and we wish once again to sincerely apologise to the family for this.”As a first result of Frances’ tragic death, the trust has made a number of changes to its processes that have further improved patient safety and experience.”The trust will carefully consider all of the evidence heard at the inquest to ensure that any necessary changes which have not already been made are fully addressed.” A primary school teacher who was “terrified” of giving birth died following failures and inadequate treatment at hospital, a coroner has ruled as her family said the truth had finally been acknowledged.Frances Cappuccini, who was married and already had one child, died from a cardiac arrest just hours after giving birth to her second son Giacomo in October 2012.The 30-year-old, who was known affectionately to her school pupils as Mrs Coffee, suffered a major haemorrhage and lost four pints of blood after surgeons at Tunbridge Wells Hospital in Kent left a 6cm piece of placenta in her uterine cavity.last_img read more

Snow hits Britain Flights cancelled as mini Beast from the East sweeps

first_imgForecasters said the snow, feeding in from the North Sea, was starting to spread westwards across to the Midlands and parts of Wales on Saturday morning with temperatures feeling as low as minus 8C. Conditions on the M62 at Saddleworth Moor, on the border with West Yorkshire, were described as “a little bit wild” by Greater Manchester Police (GMP) on Twitter.GMP Traffic posted a photo of snow-covered roads at junction 22 of the M62, which has the highest stretch of motorway in the UK. On the trains there was no service on the Heathrow Connect lines and delays for Heathrow Express during Saturday. Snowfall on Oxford street in central London as a ‘Mini Beast’ forecast to bring snow and ice the parts of the UK. The drop in temperatures is expected to bring disruption, with flights cancelled at Heathrow airportCredit: Ben Cawthra/London News Pictures Ltd  M62 J22 upon the West Yorkshire border, it’s a little bit wild #beastfromeast2 @NWmwaypolice @WYP_RPU pic.twitter.com/wRCKOc2g0d— GMP Traffic (@gmptraffic) March 18, 2018 Yellow warnings for snow and ice cover much of the UK, and are in force for the whole of Saturday, while gusty winds of up to 70mph are forecast in northern England and parts of Wales.Temperatures are expected to rise at the start of next week and between Monday to Wednesday there will be mostly dry but wintry showers in the east, then a spell of rain in the north on Wednesday. Road safetySnow and winds are expected to ease by Monday, though overnight frost and some ice will remain on the roads. Met Office meteorologist Mark Wilson said: “The best way to describe this is as a real return to wintry conditions.”The last couple of days have been quite mild across parts of the UK – we got to around 16C (on Thursday) in Wales – but by Saturday all of us will be back to very cold weather.”Bitterly cold is the best way to describe it – temperatures on the face of it probably just around freezing, but with wind it’s going to feel well below freezing.” Richard Leonard, Highways England head of road safety, warned motorists to be careful in the icy conditions.He said: “Gritters will be out treating our roads around the clock, but it is still important to drive to the conditions when snow is forecast.“Keep your distance and reduce your speed, because even in conditions that seem normal, and where the snow is not settling, it can be slippery if ice patches have formed, or where fresh grit has not been worked into the carriageway. “Drivers should plan their journeys, monitor weather reports and pack a snow kit of blankets, food, water and a shovel.”Drivers have also been urged to be prepared before setting out on journeys this weekend, with Highways England advising motorists to avoid trans-Pennine roads “if possible”. A Ryanair plane prepares for take off in the snow at Leeds Bradford airport this morning as the second Beast from the East begins to batter BritainCredit:London News Pictures Ltd Meteorologist Martin Bowles said the weekend’s weather is not Beast from the East Mark Two, but could be called a “mini Beast from the East” as it will be less severe.He added: “We don’t expect anything like the same impact as a result of it, although there will be some snow about.”Sunday will be a similar story, with snow and ice expected across the UK. The cold weather should only last a few days though – by Tuesday, temperatures will be getting back to average for the time of year.Weather map for Saturday and four days ahead  Network Rail is running empty trains overnight to help keep the network clear of snow, but disruption is possible.  Take care if you’re heading out on Saturday morning, as there are multiple weather warnings in force. Stay #weatheraware pic.twitter.com/wbfLnYAkgE— Met Office (@metoffice) March 16, 2018 Snow and ice returned to the UK as a cold snap dubbed the “mini beast from the east” caused more than 100 flights to be cancelled and warnings issued to motorists over the dangerous conditions.About 120 flights to and from Heathrow and Gatwick Airport were cancelled on Friday night and Saturday and drivers were warned to take care on the roads.Amber warnings of a possible “risk to life” were put into affect in north west England, Yorkshire, the Midlands, London and the South East from Saturday afternoon.Met Office yellow “be aware” warnings were also in place across much of the UK until Sunday. Snow England London Heathrow flights cancelled Snow England weather warning plane take off disruption Air travelTransatlantic New York and Chicago routes were among 86 flights grounded by British Airways. Domestic flights to Edinburgh, Glasgow and Manchester were also cancelled, as well as services to Amsterdam, Dublin, Geneva and Paris.London City Airport saw long delays and six cancellations, with an inbound flight from Edinburgh diverted to Southend.Gatwick flights saw two cancelled and a spokesman warned on Saturday  “the weather is predicted to deteriorate and we advise you to check with your airline for the latest flight info before leaving for the airport”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Friday snow likely to see staff working from home as union warns

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Employees are expected to use the snow as an excuse to ditch the office in favour of the sofa on Friday, adding to the 1.6million who already work from home in Britain.The combination of the adverse weather and it being the end of the working week is likely to mean some bosses will have given their blessing for staff to stay away from the office. On Wednesday, the Trades Union Congress (TUC) urged employers not to force staff to come into work amid the wintry weather. Today, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady told The Telegraph: “Employers should be sensible and not force staff to make dangerous journeys into work. Letting staff work from home today will especially help working parents if schools are closed. “Good bosses will already have bad weather policies in place for days like today. But all employers should be flexible and make sure everyone has a safe end to the week.” The union’s latest figures show 1.6 million employees regularly worked from home and chief executive of Work Wise UK, the organiser of National Work from Home Day, Phil Flaxton said: “During the past decade there has been a substantial increase in 21st century Employers who have embraced modern, smarter working practices, such as homeworking, to the benefit of their organisation and its employees.”However, it is clear that even more employers need to follow their example by introducing new ways of working that reflect the changing world of work. “Organisations that do not embrace these modern working practices and discuss with employees how and where they work, may find it detrimental to productivity and staff retention levels.””For an increasing number of the UK’s working population the world of work has changed and it no longer confined to commuting to a place of work five days a week.” read more

Outotec and PE International to develop process software for sustainability and life

first_imgOutotec and one of the world’s leading sustainability consulting companies, PE International (Germany), have announced their joint development of a new software interface for metals production sustainability and lifecycle evaluations. To be completed in 2012 the new interface will be based on PE International’s GaBi 5 and Outotec’s HSC Chemistry® software. The interface will enable the optimisation of HSC based process models using the GaBi extensive Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) databases and procedures. This will facilitate finding and recognising the Best Available Technology (BAT) from several process alternatives. The new interface will allow users to develop product and process modelling simulations and scenarios using a life cycle perspective. And as a result it provides all the environmental impact information. In addition, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and businesses will be able to plan their operations and make material decisions based on the sustainability and life cycle information of current and future metal manufacturing scenarios and their environmental impacts. This will help to lower the environmental footprint of these products and production facilities.Outotec’s HSC Chemistry software is designed for various process simulation and modelling applications. HSC consist of 24 calculation modules and 12 extensive databases. These tools help to design technically viable and effective processes. These process models give the initial data for the process design, engineering and automation. The new HSC-Gabi interface will make possible to develop industrial ecosystems, which are based on sustainable recycling and fruitful symbiosis between the processes, plants and whole society.“I am excited about this cooperation. It is a concrete demonstration of how Outotec as the leading technology company can contribute to improving sustainability of the metals production, product design and recycling of end-of-life goods”, says Outotec CEO Pertti Korhonen.last_img read more

Aaron McKenna Its time to revisit EVoting machines and heres why

first_imgTHE COUNT AFTER an election is a beautiful thing. All parties generally put aside their enmity and arrange a tally, where they view the votes as they are sorted by the official count people. Hundreds of counters are matched by tally people leaning over railings. Two counters unload a ballot box, which is numbered and accords to a particular geographic area on the electoral register.The purpose of the first stage of a count is, officially, simply to ensure that the same number of ballots that the presiding officer counted in on polling day fall out of the box on count day.Political nerd heavenThe counters obligingly put each vote out in front of the tally people who are hanging on the other side of the railings so that they can gauge what votes come from what localities, and parties use this data to gauge where to put their political efforts over the coming years. The tally data may even influence, if you’re cynical of view, where school funding might be prioritised within a constituency and so on. If you’re cynical.The tally people tot up votes from each box and this is then taken to tables in the count centres, where the parties have come together and arranged computers and power and broadband and printers and all the rest for a temporary command post. Sheets come in and Shinners sit next to Blueshirts and Soldiers of Destiny and everyone else; and they all cooperate to get the numbers.The tally can actually be over relatively early in the day. I was in Citywest last Saturday, and the tally that started at 9am was over by lunchtime. We didn’t actually start to get the first official results until much later in the day, and then counting of the second and subsequent preferences went on for hours and – in some cases – days afterwards.For political nerds that period of time from the opening of the boxes till lunchtime is heaven. Numbers are taking shape, campaigns are coming good or going sour; and knife edge battles for seats are getting intogear. After the tally and in the interminable waiting around until results of counts come through, every possible combination of numbers and outcomes are discussed.Long and error-dogged processMostly, however, there is just waiting around. Count staff themselves, who are required in their greatest numbers at the start of a count, spend much of their time reading books and chatting amongst themselves as votes are laboriously separated and bundled and put into pigeon holes and broken out and counted again.It is the nature of our system, with the single transferrable vote used only by us and Malta, which creates such long counts when they are done by hand.One of the debacles of the government of Bertie Ahern that will likely live on in the memory longer than most was that of the introduction of e-voting machines. The machines weren’t well liked, the process of procurement was flawed and eventually they went into storage at much cost to the State before eventually being scrapped.Many arguments are made against e-voting machines. Perhaps they’re unreliable or difficult to use, people say. Can they be hacked? Would you trust democracy to them?It is time, I think, that we look again at e-voting. Firstly, our troubles with e-voting occurred ten years and two local elections ago at this stage. Have a think, if you’re old enough, to the type of phone or computer you were using ten years ago. It’s a lot different now.Secondly, there is this notion that our current system is safer and more reliable because it is old and tried and tested. In fact, in most cases if you re-run a complete count you will never get precisely the same result twice. It is the nature of our system that by the time you get deep in fourth or fifth or eleventh counts, things have gotten so complex that count staff – who are often run into the wee hours by returning officers trying to get the job done – make mistakes.In Dublin we had 350,000 votes cast. Over 6,000 of them were marked as spoiled and by the end, when Eamon Ryan was fewer votes behind Brian Hayes than it would take to elect a councillor in the local elections, over 46,000 votes had become ‘non-transferable’, with no further preference in effect. In those votes there are, I can almost assure you, votes that were incorrectly killed. In the transfers that did occur there were probably mistakes.Some local counts came down to dozens of votes, if not fewer. This often happens. This is where we get major rechecks and recounts that last for days. Our current system is slow, expensive and actually relatively unreliable, if a precise count is required.Tired and stressed countersThere are many examples of counts that have been drawn out and the results difficult to stand over in the end. During the Dublin West by-election in 2011, when Patrick Nulty was elected, there was a competition between Fianna Fail’s David McGuinness and the Socialist Party’s Ruth Coppinger (who has now won the second Dublin West by-election) to see who would take second place. Coppinger pulled ahead of McGuinness in one of the counts, and then the two came about even.There were rechecks of the previous counts, where party officials watch the count staff as they recheck ballots and look for discrepancies. There are elements of opportunism in this. In the end, the returning officer did the sensible thing in the late hours and declared that, in fact, upon a check the two candidates had pulled exactly even with one another and so, in one sense, could both claim to have won second place (though Coppinger was technically third, as she had come behind McGuinness on the first count and so in goal-difference like thinking, he was ahead.)I recall another count in Wicklow after the 2011 general election. This was for real, not just for bragging rights, and the count centre was filled with party supporters banging their feet and chanting – which might be a little intimidating for count staff who are also ringed by tally people in matching black bomber jackets, demanding checks of individual ballots. I do remember the place filling up with a lot of Gardai over the course of the night.The point is, our system is slow, imprecise and I reckon open to a bit of party influence when races are particularly close.E-voting, on the other hand, is quick and reliable where the technology is so. Results are instant and count staff don’t need to be paid €30 an hour each to sit around eating sandwiches and pizza on the taxpayer waiting for the laborious process to continue.E-voting is now used in many first world countries. More to the point, it is also used in a lot of emerging economies. Brazil has been using e-voting since 2000. Estonia, a country with a GDP per person a third of our own, lets people vote via the internet using their national ID card. I’m not sure we’re ready for that, but is it not a bit embarrassing that the ‘digital hub’ of Ireland, global headquarters country to Google, Microsoft, Facebook et al, is behind on this?Political parties worry that e-voting would rob them of their tally data. Fine, so design a system where we’re all put into virtual ‘boxes’ with geographical references the same as the current system. Instead of thousands of tallymen facing thousands of counters for four hours on a Saturday morning to deliver data to men with laptops, let the e-voting system fire out full tallies at around about one minute past ten on a Friday night after polls close.last_img read more

Sécheresse NKM fait part de son inquiétude

first_imgSécheresse : NKM fait part de son inquiétudeA ce jour, 17 départements français sont touchés par la sécheresse et sont concernés par des restrictions d’eau. Ce mardi 10 mai, la ministre de l’Environnement Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet s’est dite “vraiment inquiète” face à un phénomène qui est appelé à se multiplier en raison du réchauffement climatique.Invitée ce matin sur RMC, Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet a fait part de son inquiétude quant à la sécheresse qui touche de nombreuses régions françaises. La ministre s’est déclarée “vraiment inquiète” de cette situation laissant craindre “quelque chose qui peut-être très, très pénalisant”. Et NKM de souligner que le réchauffement climatique entraînera de plus nombreuses et intenses sécheresse.À lire aussiAlerte Météo : 13 départements voient orangeAlors que 17 départements, dans l’Ouest, le Nord et le Centre-Est principalement, sont soumis à des arrêtés préfectoraux de restriction d’eau, la ministre a rappelé avoir convoqué un “comité sécheresse”. Toutes les six semaines, il se réunira pour dresser le bilan de la situation, prendre les mesures nécessaires pour y faire face, et ainsi “aider les usagers à anticiper la situation possible d’ici à l’été”. Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet a profité de cette interview pour évoquer le plan d’adaptation aux changements climatiques du pays. Présenté au mois de juin prochain, il proposera notamment des “mesures structurelles de réduction de notre consommation en eau”, a indiqué la ministre de l’Environnement. D’ici à 2020, elle vise une réduction de 20% de la consommation d’eau du pays.Le 10 mai 2011 à 16:10 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Game of Thrones Veep take top honors at Emmys

first_imgLOS ANGELES — “Game of Thrones” conquered the Emmy kingdom Sunday, honored as top drama for the second consecutive year and becoming the most honored prime-time TV series ever on a night of surprises and sharp political jabs.“Veep” repeated as best comedy series and its star, Julia-Louis Dreyfus, won a record-breaking sixth Emmy as best comedy actress. Jeffrey Tambor’s trophy as top comedy actor for “Transparent” also was his second.But the top drama acting trophies were far from predictable: Rami Malek of “Mr. Robot” and Tatiana Maslany of “Orphan Black” were the winners, both overcoming heavyweight competition.“Oh, my God. Please tell me you’re seeing this too,” said a stunned Malek, who plays an emotionally troubled engineer caught up in a dangerous hacking conspiracy.“Games of Thrones,” the fantasy saga based on George R.R. Martin’s novels, received a total of 12 awards Sunday and at last weekend’s technical arts ceremony for a cumulative 38, besting “Frasier” by one to claim most prime-time series awards ever.last_img read more

Hendry Gedeon pleads guilty

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, June 8, 2017 – Providenciales – On Monday 5th May 2017, 25 year old Hendry Gedeon of Blue Hills Providenciales, appeared in the Magistrate’s Court for charges of six count of Theft of a Chose in action in connection to a report made on Thursday 25th May 2017.Gedeon who works as a server at a Resort in Gracebay came in possession of a credit card belonging to a past guest at the hotel.   Investigation revealed that between Friday 31st March 2017 to Thursday 4th May 2017, Mr. Gedeon have made six (6) unauthorized transactions with the card.   As a result of these suspected fraudulent transactions, a report was made by his employee.Hendry Gedeon was arrested on Friday 16th May 2017.  He plead guilty to all six (6) counts of Theft, he is presently on bail and will return on Tuesday 25th July for sentencing.Press Release: RTCIPFlast_img read more

ADVISORY – Solar Eclipse

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 18, 2017 – Nassau – The Ministry of Health and the Department of Public Health wishes to advise the general public that on August 21st, 2017 between the hours of 1pm to 5pm the Bahamas will experience a Partial Eclipse.   A  Partial solar eclipse happens when the Moon comes between the Sun and Earth, but the Moon only partially covers the Sun’s disk.The Ministry of Health wishes to further advise that while enjoying this event, looking directly at the sun without the correct eye protection, even for a short time, can cause permanent damage to your retinas, a light-sensitive part of the eye that transmits what you see to your brain.   Damage can occur without pain, and it can take a few hours or even a few days after viewing the eclipse to have symptoms of damage.    The damage may include not being able to see colors as well and loss of central vision, with only side vision remaining.If you notice any symptoms after viewing the solar eclipse, seek immediate help from your eye care professional.Prevention1. Goggles, homemade filters, or sunglasses, even very dark lens will NOT protect your eyes;The only way to look directly at the sun when it is eclipsed or is partly eclipsed is with a special solar filter, such as eclipse glasses or a handheld solar viewer; andAlways avoid looking at the sun through an unfiltered camera, smartphone, telescope, or any other optical device. You’ll need to add a certified solar filter to these devices to safely look at the sun.Safely enjoy this exciting solar eclipse by taking the time to protect your eyes.Press Release: Ministry of Health Related Items:last_img read more

First batch of pilgrims leaves for Amarnath

first_imgJammu: A first batch of Amarnath Yatris on Sunday left Jammu for the Kashmir Valley, to begin this year’s annual Hindu pilgrimage to the Himalayan cave shrine. The 45-day long Amarnath Yatra will officially commence from Monday and conclude on August 15 coinciding with the Shravan Purnima festival. “The first batch of pilgrims include 1,051 bound for the north Kashmir Baltal base camp and 1,183 to the Pahalgam base camp. The pilgrims comprised 1,839 males, 333 females, 45 sadhus and 17 children,” sources said here. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us “The pilgrims left in security escorted convoys. No opposite movement of traffic will be allowed on the Jammu-Srinagar highway till 3 p.m. today (Sunday) in order to ensure that the pilgrims cross the Jawahar Tunnel without any delay.” Extraordinary security arrangements have been made to ensure a smooth, violence-free Amarnath Yatra this year. During his visit to Kashmir last week, Union Home Minister Amit Shah reviewed the security arrangements. Situated at 3,888 metres above sea-level, the Amarnath shrine houses an ice stalagmite structure that symbolises the mythical powers of Lord Shiva, according to the devotees.last_img read more

Three luminous blue variable candidates found in the galaxy NGC 4736

first_img LBVs are rare and unstable, evolved massive stars at one of the final evolutionary phases. They exhibit strong photometric and spectroscopic variability related to transient eruptions. Studies of LBVs and eruptions taking place in these objects could provide more insights about stellar evolution of massive stars.To date, only about 40 LBVs are known in our Milky Way galaxy and in the galaxies of the Local Group. Notably, searching for LBVs in the galaxy is difficult due to high extinction in the galactic plane and uncertain distance measurements, while finding such stars in nearby galaxies could be easier, since the distances to them are determined more reliably.With the aim of detecting new LBVs, a team of astronomers led by Yulia Solovyeva of Special Astrophysical Observatory in Nizhnij Arkhyz, Russia, conducted a search for the presence of hydrogen-alpha emission in blue point-like star objects in the NGC 4736 galaxy. Discovered in 1781, NGC 4736 (also known as Messier 94) is a star-forming spiral galaxy in the constellation Canes Venatici, located some 1.3 million light years away from the Earth.Solovyeva’s team studied archival images obtained by NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope (HST) to identify three new LBV candidates. Afterward, they analyzed the spectral and photometric variability of these objects using various ground-based telescopes, including the BTA-6 telescope at the Special Astrophysical Observatory in Russia. This allowed them to find that all the three sources have spectra similar to the spectra of the known LBVs.”We have found three new LBV candidates in the star-forming galaxy NGC 4736. They show typical well-known LBV spectra, broad and strong hydrogen lines, He I lines, many Fe II lines, and forbidden [Fe II] and [Fe III],” the researchers wrote in the paper.According to the study, the candidate designated NGC 4736_1 has an absolute magnitude of –10.2 mag, a bolometric magnitude of –11.5 mag, and a bolometric luminosity of about 6.5. Moreover, this source showcases a significant brightness variation. The properties of this object allowed the astronomers to conclude that it is indeed an LBV star.”Based on its spectrum typical of the LBV, the characteristic bolometric luminosity and considerable brightness variations, we conclude that NGC 4736_1 is actually the LBV star,” the paper reads.Other candidate – NGC 4736_2 – was found to have lower limits of the absolute and bolometric magnitudes of –8.6 and –10.0 mag respectively. The bolometric luminosity of this source was calculated to be at a level of at least 5.9. However, given that NGC 4736_2 exhibits a relatively small brightness variation, it puts into question its LBV status.When it comes to NGC 4736_3, it has the absolute and bolometric magnitudes of –8.2 and –8.4 mag respectively, and a bolometric luminosity of around 5.3. However, insufficient photometric data does not allow the researchers to estimate brightness variation of the source, leaving NGC 4736_3 classified as an LBV candidate. Russian astronomers have identified three new luminous blue variable (LBV) candidates in the star-forming galaxy NGC 4736. While one of the three newly found candidates was confirmed to be an LBV, the nature of the remaining two remains uncertain. The discovery is presented in a paper published January 16 on arXiv.org. Explore further Images in HST/F555W: (a) NGC 4736 1, (b) NGC 4736 2, and (c) NGC 4736 3. The circles mark the central objects (a) with the radius of 1.1”, it is the maximum seeing on the ground-based images, the 1” slit is shown. Credit: Solovyeva et al., 2019. New eruptions detected in two luminous blue variables More information: Y. Solovyeva et al. New Luminous Blue Variable Candidates in NGC 4736. arXiv:1901.05277 [astro-ph.SR]. arxiv.org/abs/1901.05277 © 2019 Science X Network This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Three luminous blue variable candidates found in the galaxy NGC 4736 (2019, January 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-01-luminous-blue-variable-candidates-galaxy.htmllast_img read more