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Ghosns legal woes highlight governance failings in Japan

first_imgTOKYO — One of the biggest mysteries surrounding the arrest of Nissan’s former chairman Carlos Ghosn is over how he allegedly could have underreported his income by millions of dollars for years and why the company is going after the suspected wrongdoing now.Ghosn, who headed the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Motors auto alliance, was arrested Nov. 19 on suspicion he underreported his income by $44 million over five years, or about half of what he was really making. Nissan Motor Co. and Mitsubishi have ousted him as chairman; the board of Renault SA of France says it’s waiting for more evidence.Nissan is among a growing list of top-name Japanese companies whose corporate governance has been found lacking in recent years. Experts say Japan needs independent oversight for executive pay, among other reforms.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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The Latest Police Comatose woman hospitalized after birth

first_imgPHOENIX — The Latest on a woman in a vegetative state at a Phoenix care facility who recently gave birth (all times local):2:55 p.m.Phoenix police say a woman in a vegetative state who gave birth at a long-term care facility is hospitalized along with her baby.Police spokesman Tommy Thompson said at a news conference Wednesday that investigators are gathering DNA from male workers at the facility and that a suspect has yet to be identified in the sexual assault.He says the incapacitated woman wasn’t able to give consent.Thompson says police were called Dec. 29 about a newborn in distress at a Hacienda HealthCare facility. He says the woman and child are recovering but didn’t release their conditions.An attorney for the woman’s family says the baby boy will be well cared for.Hacienda HealthCare says it’s co-operating with police and has called the case “deeply disturbing.”___1 a.m.Phoenix police are pursuing DNA samples from every male employee at a private care facility where a patient in a vegetative state recently gave birth.A spokesman for Hacienda HealthCare says investigators served a search warrant Tuesday to obtain DNA from all male staffers.Officials say they are committed to co-operating with the police to “uncover the facts in this deeply disturbing, but unprecedented situation.”A woman living at a Hacienda HealthCare facility in central Phoenix reportedly delivered a baby last month.San Carlos Apache Tribe officials say the 29-year-old woman is a tribal member and has been in a vegetative state for more than a decade.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Two thousand Keystone backers wonder where Obama got his low jobcreation numbers

Rather than relying on the State Department findings, Obama appears to be basing his estimate on an anti-pipeline study by the Cornell University Global Labor Institute.The Cornell study says each segment of the pipeline requires 500 workers. Given the southern leg of Keystone XL is near completion, 10 segments of the pipeline remain — translating into 5,000 jobs over two years, or 2,500 jobs a year.Adding to the confusion, however, was TransCanada itself, which said on Sunday that 20,000 jobs would be created over two years — 22,100 fewer jobs than the State Department says would result, but 15,000 more than forecast by the Cornell study.On Tuesday, TransCanada’s Shawn Howard explained the 22,100-job gulf between the State Department and TransCanada. The State Department report, he said, is including another 22,100 “indirect” and spinoff jobs related to the construction of Keystone XL, including employment in professional services, lodging and food services.“We speak to what we know — and that’s consistently been the 20,000 direct construction and manufacturing jobs,” Howard said. “We did not include additional indirect or induced jobs in that number ….. We report and account for jobs in exactly the same fashion as the U.S. Department of Labor does.”Keystone XL job claims have long been a source of conflict — and, at times, wild exaggeration, in the United States. The American Petroleum Institute once claimed 500,000 jobs would be created by Keystone XL, and during the 2012 Republican presidential race, Texas Gov. Rick Perry pegged the number of potential of jobs at “100,000 to one million.”Congressional Republicans haven’t gone that far, but they’re expressing dismay this week about the president’s insistence the pipeline would create minimal American jobs.A president disparaging private-sector jobs … is beyond belief“A president disparaging private-sector jobs … is beyond belief,” Fred Upton, the chairman of the House of Representatives’ energy and commerce committee, told Fox News.“In this economy, any source of private job creation should be welcomed with open arms. After nearly five years a there is no reason to delay these jobs another day. Republicans, Democrats, leading unions, and job creators all agree, it’s time to start building.”The Republican National Committee has also taken aim at the president for his insistence that there’s no evidence Keystone XL would be a “big jobs generator.”“President Obama joked about the potential job-creating power of the Keystone XL pipeline. With our economy lagging, the president should be jumping at any opportunity to create jobs instead of bending to the will of special (interests) at the expense of out of work Americans,” the committee said in a statement.The U.S. Chamber of Commerce weighed in as well, calling Obama’s remarks unsurprising.“The president has had ample opportunity to approve this, and he has repeatedly found ways not to,” said Matt Letourneau, spokesman for the chamber.Sen. John McCain disputed the president’s numbers, asserting at a luncheon in D.C. on Monday that the pipeline would create thousands of jobs while chastising Obama for looking down his nose at any job creation potential.“It is wrong of him to say that it really wouldn’t mean many jobs when we’ve got 7.6% unemployment across this country,” the Arizona lawmaker said. “It seems to me that every new job would be important when we have unemployment that high.”Nebraska congressman Lee Terry said the president now has “zero credibility when he speaks about infrastructure projects creating jobs.”And Paul Ryan, chairman of the House budget committee, has suggested the pipeline may be part of upcoming budget negotiations that are already threatening to become toxic. Some congressional Republicans are vowing to shut down the federal government if the president’s sweeping health-care reform law isn’t defunded.The House of Representatives has already passed a bill that would remove the pipeline decision from Obama’s control. A similar measure is pending in the Democratic-controlled Senate, but isn’t expected to pass.It’s the second time in as many months that the president has spoken publicly about Keystone. In his highly anticipated national climate change speech last month, Obama said pipeline shouldn’t be approved if it leads to a significant increase in greenhouse gas emissions.In his Times interview, Obama also said Canada may have to reduce the carbon footprint of Alberta’s oil sands in order for the pipeline to win approval. Keystone XL would carry millions of barrels of oil sands bitumen a week through six U.S. states to Gulf Coast refineries.“I’m going to evaluate this based on whether or not this is going to significantly contribute to carbon in our atmosphere,” he said. “And there is no doubt that Canada at the source in those tarsands could potentially be doing more to mitigate carbon release.” WASHINGTON — U.S. President Barack Obama’s latest public comments on TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline have highlighted the wildly divergent job estimates associated with the project while raising concerns among American proponents that he’s poised to reject it.[np_storybar title=”Do we really need Keystone?” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2013/07/29/do-we-really-need-keystone-as-obama-dithers-canada-moves-on-other-options/?__lsa=7e4c-cc99″%5DSo many new pipeline options have emerged that Keystone XL’s relevance is diminishing as each one gains momentum. Sure, it will be hard to fill Keystone XL’s void and promise over the short term — perhaps a couple of years around 2016 and 2017 until new pipeline options are up and running. But over the long-term, Canada is better off fast-tracking oil market diversification to global markets that are not beholden to U.S. anti-oil interests and that remain very motivated to buy Canadian supplies. Keep reading . . . [/np_storybar]The White House hasn’t responded to queries about where the president got his paltry estimate of 2,000 potential jobs during a recent interview with the New York Times. A spokesman said simply that Obama’s remarks prove he is trying to “drain the politics” from the Keystone XL debate.Obama told the Times in an interview published Sunday that Keystone XL “might create maybe 2,000 jobs during the construction of the pipeline — which might take a year or two.”He added with a chuckle: “And then after that we’re talking about somewhere between 50 and 100 jobs in a economy of 150 million working people.”That’s in direct opposition to his own administration’s draft report on the project.The analysis released earlier this year by the U.S. State Department found that the pipeline would support 42,100 jobs during the one- to two-year construction period, with total wages of about US$2-billion, although only 35 permanent and temporary jobs will remain once Keystone XL is fully operational.Gary Doer, Canada’s ambassador to the United States, also pointed to the State Department numbers when publicly taking issue this week with Obama’s job estimate.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson read more

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Ontario to keep overdoseprevention sites

Safe injection sites across Ontario received some positive news Monday after the provincial government announced they will be allowed to continue operating under a new model. The progressive conservative government says injection sites must provide a safe place to take drugs, but they also must be a gateway to other services. At least 15 people have died of opioid overdoes in the last 10 weeks in the Niagara Region since the provincial government paused the opening of a safe injection site in St. Catharines.There are 18 sites currently operating, including one in Hamilton. They can continue their work but will all have to reapply to the government. There were also three preapproved sites that were stopped before they even opened including a St. Catharines location. Those three sites will also have to reapply, but can now open while they wait for the process to be completed. The 18 operating sites plus the three that were paused, make for 21 sites – the number the government is capping off at. Health Minister Christine Elliott calls it “consumption and treatment services”. After a month and a half of consultation and review, she says the province has decided the sites must also help connect patients to other services like mental health, addiction and housing programming. While they haven’t been able to open during the government’s review process, Glen Walker from Positive Living Niagara says they have still been handing out clean needles and naloxone kits. Walker says on average 5,000 needles are handed out every night with their ‘Streetworks’ van. He says it’s an example of how dire the situation is in Niagara. Five other communities have applied for a safe injection clinic including Guelph. Although it’s not confirmed, it’s believed Guelph will not be included in the 21 sites. Elliott says the cost of operating the injection clinics will be $31 million. read more

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Cheryl Boone Isaacs elected president of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and

by The Associated Press Posted Jul 30, 2013 11:10 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LOS ANGELES, Calif. – A veteran marketing executive is the new president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.The organization’s board of governors elected Cheryl Boone Isaacs to the position Tuesday evening.She is the first woman to hold the post in three decades and the first African-American president in the academy’s history.Boone Isaacs was elected to a one-year term but is eligible to serve four successive terms. She succeeds Hawk Koch, who served for one year but was ineligible for re-election.Boone Isaacs previously served as first vice-president of the film academy, which announced its new president via Twitter. Cheryl Boone Isaacs elected president of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences read more

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Colts Coach Chuck Pagano Sidelined By Leukemia

Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano, who had complained of fatigue recently, has been diagnosed with leukemia and is expected to be hospitalized six to eight weeks as he undergoes treatment.Team owner Jim Irsay made the announcement Monday during a somber and sometimes emotional news conference at the team complex.“I am optimistic. I feel with every fiber of my body and I know Chuck feels that he can beat this thing,” Irsay said.Offensive coordinator Bruce Arians will serve as the interim coach in Pagano’s absence. Irsay said that Pagano requested that Arians coach the team while he is undergoing treatment.Pagano told ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen in a text that he “will be back soon.”Irsay, however, said it was unlikely Pagano would be able to assume full-time coaching duties this year.“I think it’s unlikely he’ll be all-in as the head coach the rest of this season,” Irsay said. “He may be able to come back and be in the press box or something.”Dr. Larry Cripe, the physician treating the coach at Indiana University’s Simon Cancer Center, said Pagano has acute myeloid leukemia, where the bone marrow is producing abnormal white blood cells that interfere with healthy blood cells. Symptoms can include weakness, weight loss and easy bruising or bleeding. Treatments can include chemotherapy, drugs and radiation therapy.Irsay said Pagano’s wife pushed him to see the doctor after noticing unusual bruising on the coach’s body.“He is ready to take this fight on and he is a fighter,” Irsay said.Pagano waited until the Colts’ bye week last week to be checked out after experiencing extreme fatigue and bruising, starting in training camp.Pagano believed he was experiencing football fatigue, but a blood test early last week revealed the diagnosis of leukemia.The initial phase of treatment usually requires a hospital stay of four to five weeks, though Irsay later acknowledged he expected Pagano to be in the hospital at least six weeks.Cripe said Pagano began the “arduous” treatment last week and that many adults do recover from the disease. For now, Pagano is being kept in a “protected” hospital environment where air is filtered and hand-washing is essential.Pagano was admitted last Wednesday evening; the team had a bye this weekend and players and the assistants, other than Arians, were not told Pagano was ill until Monday morning.Cripe said that Pagano is handling the chemotherapy treatments well so far. The goal of the treatment is to “cure” Pagano, which means the disease remains in remission for 3 to 5 years.“This is not an easy day for any of us,” Arians said. “It was not the way I ever dreamed about addressing a group like this. But I know he’ll get through it.”General manager Ryan Grigson said he was not yet certain how the rest of the coaching duties would be split up, though he expected all of the assistants to pitch in.The 51-year-old Pagano was hired in January after serving as the Baltimore Ravens‘ defensive coordinator.Pagano earned his first win Sept. 16 against the Vikings. The Colts (1-2) had a bye last weekend. read more

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McAllister remains undefeated behind Clippers 52 victory

Columbus Clippers pitcher Zach McAllister came out with an undefeated record on the mound. As of Monday night, that still has not changed after Columbus defeated the Charlotte Knights, 5-2. McAllister faced 27 batters in the seven innings he pitched, giving up just five hits, two runs. He threw 102 pitches, an impressive 71 of them strikes. “It’s one thing where I got into a little groove and was able to carry it,” McAllister said. “I think that’s kind of big for me, having that good feeling on the mound and taking advantage of it when I can.” McAllister is now 6-0 on the season. McAllister was drafted in 2006 out of Illinois Valley Central High School by the New York Yankees. The Cleveland Indians acquired McAllister in August 2010. The learning curve has been a little harder for him coming straight out of high school, but he has handled it with grace. “I had some success early in my career at the lower levels, then this past year was a little rough for me, statistics-wise,” McAllister said. “I think that one of the best things to happen to me was to grow from the struggle.” The 6’6″ right-hander impresses his colleagues. “He keeps making strides each outing,” Clippers manager Mike Sarbaugh said. “His slider was really good, he did a good job of getting us off the field quick, and those are good nights when you are a pitcher.” Columbus jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning. First baseman Travis Buck’s RBI single brought in center fielder Ezequiel Carrera, giving the Clippers a 1-0 lead. Columbus put another on the board when designated hitter Cord Phelps’ sacrifice fly brought in shortstop Jason Donald. A Buck pop-out put Columbus up 3-0 in the third inning, shortly followed by Donald’s solo shot in the fifth, making it 4-0. Charlotte cut the score to 4-1 in the sixth inning when shortstop Eduardo Escobar’s double brought in second baseman Gookie Dawkins. Center fielder Jordan Danks put the only damper on the night for McAllister when he crunched a solo homerun in the seventh inning, making it 4-2. McAllister was still not be phased, as he ended the inning striking out Escobar. Columbus put their final run on the board in the eighth inning, making it 5-3. McAllister is already looking forward to improving more. “I just got to go out and take every day like it’s your last one out here,” he said. “Today was a great day for me, and I am happy, but the next one is the one that matters for me.” Columbus is now 24-7 on the year. Charlotte dropped to 12-18. They will continue their four-game-series against Charlotte tomorrow night at Huntington Park at 6:35 p.m. read more

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Ad for Breatharian event about woman living without food condoned dangerous behaviour

first_img 15,188 Views https://jrnl.ie/4092916 Jun 27th 2018, 6:16 AM Short URL A COMPLAINT ABOUT a Breatharian event advertised on Facebook has been upheld by the Advertising Standards Authority of Ireland (ASAI).The advert said that Sofia Waapiti Ra would speak about her life as a Breatharian at the event.The advert referred to Waapiti Ra living “without the need for food” and having developed “the ability to draw life force energy from other sources”.The advert stated: “Sofia will talk about the many methods used to assist in this process to cultivate prana, qi or energy, such as qigong, bigu and sun gazing where the gathered energy is then used to support the physical body by filling it with life force energy.“Other methods are breathing techniques and meditation, learning to use the pranic breath to sustain the body vehicle. 20 Comments Wednesday 27 Jun 2018, 6:15 AM Image: Shutterstock/IriGri By Cliodhna Russell Ad for Breatharian event about woman living without food ‘condoned dangerous behaviour’ The committee found the advert was encouraging and condoning dangerous behaviour. “This is a process that is not to be taken lightly and requires a long preparation period and on this evening we will explore how it has worked in Sofia’s experience.”‘Encouraging dangerous behaviour’The complainant considered that “promising to disclose the secret to replacing food with breathing exercise” was providing medical advice and described the event as “pseudoscience”.He also made the point that this advert was targeting vulnerable groups, such as those with eating disorders.The promoter of the event, Positive Life, stated that the event was an evening to hear a person’s life experience and that Waapiti Ra was not encouraging anyone to take the practice on. They said that this was her own personal experience and she was not offering any course or event, just her own life story.However, the complaints committee noted that the link used to purchase tickets was titled “a talk on the practice of Breatharianism”, which they considered was publicising the practice of Breatharianism. They also considered that the advert was promoting the practice of Breatharianism.Ultimately the committee found the advert was encouraging and condoning dangerous behaviour and ordered that the advertisement must not reappear in its current form again. Sofia herself has lived for the past year without the need for food and has developed the ability to draw life force energy from other sources. Image: Shutterstock/IriGri Share22 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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INFECTED MOSQUITOES IN THE TCI PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you TCI Health warns against Zika as Caribbean counts five cases Related Items:Chikungunya, Dengue, Ts cristobal Mosquitoes on the attack; residents run, one school closed up Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales – We are just over three weeks since TS Cristobal and in some areas flood waters remain having been replenished in rains following the storm.Prior to that though the TCI had confirmed cases of Chikungunya and Dengue Fever; mosquito borne viruses from infected Aedes aegypti mosquitoes.Well those infected mosquitoes are around and they are biting people! Being bitten means you too can become infected.Not only are these diseases excruciatingly painful, but they are debilitating and hang around just ‘mashing you up’ for a week at least.Its really bad for babies/toddlers and the elderly. Really bad.Please do all you can to protect yourself and your dependents as there are residents reporting symptoms, these are possible new cases.Remain vigilant! ZIKA Press Releaselast_img read more

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US doctor with Ebola in Atlanta for treatment

first_imgATLANTA — The first Ebola victim to be brought to the United States from Africa was safely escorted into a specialized isolation unit Saturday at one of the nation’s best hospitals, where doctors said they are confident the deadly virus won’t escape.Fear that the outbreak killing more than 700 people in Africa could spread in the U.S. has generated considerable anxiety among some Americans. But infectious disease experts said the public faces zero risk as Emory University Hospital treats a critically ill missionary doctor and a charity worker who were infected in Liberia. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has received “nasty emails” and at least 100 calls from people saying, “How dare you bring Ebola into the country!?” CDC Director Tom Frieden said Saturday. “I hope that our understandable fear of the unfamiliar does not trump our compassion when ill Americans return to the U.S. for care,” Frieden said. Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, who will arrive in several days, will be treated in Emory’s isolation unit for infectious diseases, created 12 years ago to handle doctors who get sick at the CDC, just up the hill. It is one of about four in the country equipped with everything necessary to test and treat people exposed to very dangerous viruses.last_img read more

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Big Ideas Equal Big Success for The Atlantic

first_imgLauf said preliminary newsstand figures for the issue aren’t in yet—it hit stands in mid-June. Last year’s Big Ideas issue was the magazine’s best-selling issue in nearly a decade, he said. In regard to the Aspen Ideas Festival, attendance this year was about 2,500 people and revenue was flat compared to last year’s event, which is “a huge success for us,” Lauf said.Online, the Atlantic’s Ideas Special Report helped boost ad sales in June by 8 percent and about 50 percent so far in July, compared to the same months last year. Since the Ideas report was posted, overall site traffic has jumped to 21.4 million page views and 3.2 million unique visitors. Coming off a difficult first half that saw ad pages slide 24.6 percent compared to the same period last year, The Atlantic said its July-August “Ideas” issue, on newsstands now, pulled in the most ad revenue of any issue in the magazine’s history.While publisher Jay Lauf declined to say exactly how much in revenue the issue generated, he said revenue was up 36 percent over the same issue last year. This year’s issue carried 63.4 ad pages, he said.“Our Ideas franchise, anchored in an annual issue about ideas, the Aspen Ideas Festival and rich online extensions on the topic, clearly resonate with advertisers who have something meaningful to say,” Lauf told FOLIO:. “I think our success is an indication that there’s a cultural shift toward substance that can benefit magazines that write substantively about the subjects shaping our lives and futures. Perhaps more importantly, it’s an indication that strong ideas can still find a market.”last_img read more

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POLICE LOG for April 10 Hit Run Larceny By Check Summons Issued

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Tuesday, April 10, 2018:A Carolyn Road caller reported her recycling barrel has been missing since last Thursday. Police notified DPW. (10:03am)A walk-in party turned in ammunition. (10:52am)A walk-in party reported larceny by check. Two checks written previously had dates changed and they were then cashed. (12:01pm)A witness called in a hit & run between a Jeep Wrangler and Audi Sedan at Salem Street and Route 62. Sedan fled. Police were unable to locate. Parents of Wrangler operator came to scene and took control of vehicle. Operator declined medical attention. (5:26pm)David Duran (21, Lawrence) was issued a summons for Operating Motor Vehicle With A Suspended or Revoked License and Speeding In Violation Of Special Posted Regulation. Duran was pulled over on Shawsheen Avenue. (5:39pm)A caller reported her neighbor left a threatening note on a vehicle belong to a guest at her house. Police spoke to the writer of the note, who was apologetic and was advised how to handle matters in the future. (5:47pm)A caller reported seeing a man dressed in all black on the Billerica Bridge on Whipple Road. Caller thought it was odd. Wilmington Police notified Billerica Police. (11:07pm) (DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip?Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 3: Man Issued Summons For Resisting Arrest; Turkeys Struck In Roadway; Hit & RunIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 21: Driver Issued Summons; Solicitors Going Door To Door Without Required PermitIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 5: Driver Throws Beer Bottles; Syringe Found; Woburn Man Issued Summons; Texting While DrivingIn “Police Log”last_img read more

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FACT CHECK Read The Democratic Memo From The House Intel Committee

first_imgCopyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Share Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee on Saturday released their rebuttal to Republicans’ memo about the Russia investigation and Justice Department surveillance practices.The Republicans’ document was released swiftly and in full, while the Democrats’ longer memo was delayed for redactions.last_img

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Observations uncover details about the open cluster IC 4996

first_img Citation: Observations uncover details about the open cluster IC 4996 (2019, February 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-02-uncover-cluster-ic.html Using the Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope (VATT) and data from ESA’s Gaia satellite, astronomers have conducted a new study of the young open cluster IC 4996 and its vicinity. The research, presented in a paper published January 31 on arXiv.org, reports more details about properties of this cluster. IC 4996 is a young open cluster in the constellation Cygnus, believed to be a member of an OB association known as Cygnus OB1 (or Cyg OB1), Although numerous observations of IC 4996 have been performed to date, its distance and age remain uncertain. Some studies suggest that it is located about 5,400 light years away from the Earth, while other papers estimate that it may reside as much as 2,400 light years farther. Similarly, its age estimates range from 6 million to 9 million years in various studies.In order to resolve these discrepancies and to learn more about the nature of IC 4996, a group of astronomers led by Vytautas Straizys of Vilnius University, Lithuania, conducted their own study of this cluster. For this purpose, they used the 1.8-meter VATT telescope located on Mt. Graham, Arizona, and data from Gaia’s Data Release 2 (DR2). Published in April 2018, DR2 contains high-precision measurements, including positions in the sky, parallaxes and proper motions for more than 1 billion sources in the Milky Way galaxy. Such information is crucial for determining distances and ages of stars more accurately.”In this article, we attempt to determine the parameters of IC 4996 with new spectroscopic MK types of the brightest stars and two-dimensional photometric spectral types of fainter stars based on their CCD photometry in the Vilnius system and individual dereddening,” the astronomers wrote in the paper.The study reveals that the Gaia parallax of IC 4996 is 0.522 mas, which corresponds to a distance of 6,243 light years. The age of the cluster was estimated to be between 8 million and 10 million years.Given that the distance to Cyg OB1 is known to be about 5,483 light years, the researchers noted that IC 4996 is most likely not a member of this association. However, they added that this cluster more likely has a common origin with the Cygnus OB3 (Cyg OB3) association, which is located between 5,870 and 6,500 light years away.Furthermore, the research found that the interstellar extinction (dimming due to the presence of dust in the interstellar medium) of IC 4996 covers a wide range of values, from 1.3 to 2.4 mag, while the mean value in the central part of the cluster is 1.8 mag. The authors of the paper also noted that DR2 dataset allowed them to identify 72 new possible cluster members.In concluding remarks, Straizys’ team emphasized that their research proves that a two-dimensional classification of stars based on multicolor photometry, together with astrometry from Gaia, can be applied for obtaining physical parameters of open clusters. According to the researchers, the study also shows that boundaries of stellar associations should be revised. Open cluster IC 4996. Credit: Peter Wienerroither. Astronomers investigate open cluster NGC 6530 © 2019 Science X Network Explore further More information: V. Straižys et al. Young open cluster IC 4996 and its vicinity: multicolor photometry and Gaia DR2 astrometry. arXiv:1901.11375 [astro-ph.GA]. arxiv.org/abs/1901.11375 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.last_img read more

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Update Chopper crashes in the Berg hiker still missingUpdate Chopper crashes in

first_imgA police chopper crashed after being called out to search for a 25-year-old hiker who went missing over the Christmas period.The hiker went on a three-day hike in the Drakensberg and was supposed to return on Friday, December 29. When he didn’t arrive back at the resort, his parents opened a missing persons case report on December 31.Read initial story: Police chopper crashes in the Drakensberg Also read: Update: Police chopper crashes in the DrakensbergOfficer Freddie Halgreen (Okhahlamba Fire & Emergency Services), along with Parks Board officials, flew over the mountainous area in search of the hiker.The search was called off later in the evening, and SAPS search & rescue was called out the following day to continue the search. The pilot experienced difficulty, forcing him to make an emergency landing. The chopper then crashed.A SAAF Oryx helicopter and all emergency services responded to the scene of the crash, and continued the search.The search for the hiker was called off on Saturday (January 6) and he is still missing. The search is expected to resume again in the next two weeks.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img read more

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Unrest in Costa Rica over Education Ministry new valueadded tax

first_imgRelated posts:As he reaches a year in charge, President Alvarado addresses Legislative Assembly President Alvarado visits Germany, meets with Chancellor Angela Merkel New tax brackets for the new tax year Finance Ministry issues warning ahead of shopping season The President of Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado, supported the continuity of the Minister of Public Education, Edgar Mora, despite demonstrations led by students from 80 schools against Mora’s management.The President said that he will decide “when his confidence is interrupted.”“Edgar today is a member of the Executive Branch. We have to keep working. I have to talk to him about what has happened in the sector and how we project what is coming. For me, the most important thing has to do with transferring trust. We need to generate social peace,” Alvarado said.The President took the opportunity to denounce false news that has sparked some of the demonstrations of the different sectors.“I make a respectful call on information and the way we are informed, because in the last few days, there has been a mass of disinformation or false information that does not help in that democratic and peaceful construction,” the President said.For example, Alvarado denied that there is a directive to celebrate International Pride Day in schools, this Friday, June 28, as was alleged by some students who protested.“Many of the concerns that they express and that are seen in the valid demonstrations of young people are based on things that do not correspond with us or that we are not doing. For example, when the issue of concern about the issue of bathrooms is expressed: there is no guideline to do that, that is not in the interest of this government of this president, of this government,” said the President.The theme of the bathrooms refers to a Protocol for the Attention of Bullying against the LGTBI Population in schools and colleges, which includes the possibility that the trans population use bathrooms according to the gender with which they identify.Although the President noted that there is disinformation behind the motives that triggered the demonstrations, he did not identify who are the culprits of that campaign, unlike the Minister of Education.Mora said he would ask the Supreme Electoral Tribunal to investigate the New Republic Party for allegedly summoning students to demonstrate in the northern zone.“Of what has happened and the elements that are there, I, as President of the Republic, will not enter into political-party issues or anything like that. It does not correspond to me; what corresponds to me is to take the reins of this country for all,” President Alvarado said.President Alvarado calling for calmAlvarado also took the opportunity to call for calm, given the different social movements and demonstrations that have occurred over the past days.He lamented what happened at Casa Presidencial on Tuesday afternoon, when a group of fishermen passed security barriers and tried to enter the premises violently.The fishermen wanted to express concerns and potential repercussions of the new Value Added Tax (VAT), which will go into effect July 1.The president assured that he would be willing to speak with the fishermen.“I am willing to meet with different sectors, but that is a productive dialogue of results and not in a framework of what happened days ago in Casa Presidencial,” he said.Nationwide unrestDuring the last days, different sectors have raised their criticism and discontent with the government.For example, in addition to the students and fishermen, truckers protested the Value Added Tax (VAT), saying it will put them at a disadvantage compared to their Central American competitors.Wednesday, there was a confrontation between students of the Liceo Cuatro Bocas de Upala and National Police officers. The students, who were demonstrating against Education Ministry officials, closed the school with locks, and when they refused to open the building, the director called the National Police.In several videos circulating on social networks, a physical confrontation is observed between the police and the minors.This is compounded by an incident that occurred in the Legislative Assembly early Wednesday, when an explosive detonated in the vicinity and broke a window in the office of Deputy Zoila Rosa Volio, of the National Integration Party.Semanario Universidad LogoThis story was originally published by Semanario Universidad on June 27, 2019. It was translated and republished with permission by The Tico Times. Read the original report at Semanario Universidad here. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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