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15000 awarded to military families to help with holiday shopping

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first_img KUSI Newsroom Posted: December 13, 2018 December 13, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- The Armed Services, YMCA and the East County Posse, a non-profit organization, teamed up to give away $15,000 to military families to help with holiday shopping needs.Thirty local families were awarded gift cards of $500 each.They have partnered together for over five years and have given away about $60,ooo over that time period. $15,000 awarded to military families to help with holiday shopping KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Test Of Emergency Alert System Scheduled

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first_imgResidents may see several notices from the test on that day, all of which will indicate that the transmission is a test message. Local broadcasters, such as KSRM, will air EAS messages similar to regularly scheduled tests, which include an audible message that is expected to last about one minute and can be seen or heard on local television and radio stations. The KPB Alerts system is a local warning system administered by the Kenai Peninsula Borough and is not being tested with the EAS and WEA system. To receive alerts on your wireless phone, a one-time registration is required. All residents of the Borough are encouraged to register for alerts and to visit http://alerts.kpb.us for more information.center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A national test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system will be conducted, on September 20, beginning at 10:18am.  In addition to the tests aired on broadcasters, the WEA system will be tested for the first time at a national level. This system can send urgent messages to cell phones by broadcasting from active cell towers, and will appear as a notification on cellular phones.last_img read more

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RIP Mygazines 20082008

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first_imgWe thank you for your patronage. If you are a publisher interested in understanding more about our model and vision for the future of the publishing industry going forward, or to discuss our Business to Business model opportunities, please email us at mygazines@gmail.com. Sincerely,The Mygazines Team It’s over:Dear valued members, visitors and publishers, Due to monetary reasons and the state of the global economy, we unfortunately must close mygazines.com. We simply ran out of funds to support the daily operations. last_img

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People on the Move

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first_img LinkedIn has hired three editors to bolster its content production team. Caroline Fairchild will be a San Francisco-based new economy editor, Ramya Venugopal will be a senior editor based in India, and Maya Pope-Chappell will cover education and millenials based in New York. “In a way, joining Yahoo is a return to my digital-first roots,” he wrote on his personal Tumblr page. “I started going to Yahoo Finance for market news and data years ago while writing my daily blog, ‘Streetlife,’ which launched in September 1997 at Fortune.com…for all of Yahoo Finance’s scale and success, I see a tremendous opportunity to elevate it further. I look forward to exploring all the possibilities that the digital realm has to offer and to pushing out to other forms such as live events. The elevation process also entails expanding the creation of original premium content. This means bringing in distinguished reporters and journalists to break news and do groundbreaking and award-winning stories both in text and video and on mobile.” Marie Claire appointed Dawn Reese as Los Angeles director. Reese had been luxury director of sales for Glamour. Philip Michaels has been hired by Purch to be senior editor of Tom’s Guide and LaptopMag.com. Michaels had been the editor-in-chief of TechHive and executive editor of MacWorld.com. Here’s the rest of this week’s people on the move: Vulture, New York’s entertainment news vertical, has hired three writers. Gazelle Emami has been brought as senior editor, while Lauretta Charlton and Dee Lockett join as associate editors. Jay Gallagher was named publisher of Men’s Journal. Gallagher had been associate publisher of the magazine since 2013. Andy Serwer is the tech giant’s latest hire, coming over as editor-in-chief of Yahoo Finance. Serwer had been editor of Fortune for eight years until leaving the post last year. Yahoo continues to go after editors with magazine experience to lead up its digital content verticals. Penske Media named Paul Jowdy senior vice president and group publisher of WWD. Jowdy had been vice president and publisher of WWD. Kelsey Keith was named editor-in-chief of Vox Media’s Curbed. Keith had been special projects editor for Dwell.last_img read more

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Imagination Award Winners Revealed at IMAG Conference

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first_img Revenue: Atlantic Re:think & Netflix House of Cards’ “The Ascent” – The Atlantic A panel of 25 judges from various “independent” magazine companies—essentially, those titles not published by Hearst, Condé Nast, Time Inc., and the like—refined more than 100 entries for the inaugural awards down to winners across six categories, plus a special, “Why Didn’t I Think of That?” award. See the full list of winners below: “Counter to the meganormous companies who are trying to appeal to the largest audience possible, tonight’s awards demonstrate that you don’t have to be everything to everyone in order to be successful—and that’s a wonderful accomplishment to celebrate,” said Seymour. Why Didn’t I Think of That?: The Factory – Surfing Magazine Audience: Leveraging Online Engagement – Roadkill Magazine Lesley Jane Seymour, quipping about her own newfound independence, served as emcee. The winners of the inaugural Imagination Awards, recognizing the best work produced by independent magazine media brands, were revealed by the Association of Magazine Media (MPA) in San Francisco last night as part of the IMAG 2016 proceedings. Leadership: Catapult Creative Labs – Active Interest Media Digital: PORTER Shoppability: Enabling Real-Time Purchases Through Content – PORTER Magazine Content: National Park Service Centennial – Backpacker Projects completed between January 1 and December 31, 2015 were considered, but digital-only brands were not. MPA membership was not a requirement.  Active Interest Media took home a pair of awards: in the Content category for Backpacker’s National Park Service Centennial, and in the Leadership category for its content marketing unit, recently branded as Catapult Creative Labs. Accepting the award, Jon Dorn, AIM’s SVP of digital and creative services, gave reference to the upheaval and associated challenges that have consumed the independent space of the magazine media industry for the last several years, predicting, “If we stick with this, it’ll be the most fascinating and satisfying time of our lives.” Events (tie): Dwell Presents The Monogram Modern Home – Dwell and Gingerbread BLVD – Taste of Homelast_img read more

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Summerfest 2019 Lizzo Brandi Carlile Rodrigo Y Gabriela More

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first_imgLast week, the fest announced that Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg and Schoolboy Q will headline the last day of performances at the American Family Insurance Amphitheater, which will host a series of performances with tickets that can be purchased separately from the Summerfest general admission ticket (but also include G.A. access). A weekday admission ticket can also be purchased. More info on the variety of tickets can be found here.  Summerfest features 12 stages and over 800 acts in 11 days, according to the fest. For more information on ticket sales, visit the Summerfest website. Beyonce To Drop ‘Homecoming’ Documentary On April 17 https://twitter.com/Summerfest/status/1115570099811909632 Twitter Facebook News Summerfest 2019: Lizzo, Brandi Carlile & More summerfest-2019-lizzo-brandi-carlile-rodrigo-y-gabriela-more Summerfest 2019: Lizzo, Brandi Carlile, Rodrigo Y Gabriela & More The massive festival will take place June 26–30 and July 2–7 in downtown Milawaukee and will also feature Billie Eilish, The Roots, The Lonely Island and AtmosphereJennifer VelezGRAMMYs Apr 10, 2019 – 4:48 pm Brandi Carlile, Jimmy Eat World, Lizzo and Rodrigo y Gabriela are among the over 100 headlining musical artists that have been announced for Summerfest, the 11-day music festival in Milwaukee, this year.The massive festival will take place June 26–30 and July 2–7 in downtown Milawaukee and will also feature Billie Eilish, The Roots, The Lonely Island and Atmosphere. The full lineup can be seen at the Summerfest website.  Email last_img read more

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CLOSING ARGUMENT Judy OConnell Asks For Your Vote On September 4

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first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Apple offered each State Rep. candidate an opportunity to issue a “closing argument” to the voters. Below is the closing argument provided by Judy O’Connell (D-Wilmington):—Dear Wilmington & Tewksbury Voters, This year we will be electing a NEW State Representative to represent the 19th Middlesex District for Wilmington and Tewksbury. It is critical that we elect a person with prior municipal government experience. As a prior elected official who served honorably for the Town of Wilmington for (3) years as an elected member of the School Committee and for (6) years as an elected member of the Board of Selectmen, I believe I have this experience. Together as a community we have many successful milestone achievements to be proud of and there is still more work to be done!As a Democratic candidate, I am excited about the prospect of representing you on Beacon Hill as I have always had a passion for serving my community and others. I believe my (27) years of professional work experience in both the public and private sectors highlights my unique qualifications as a candidate for this position. As it stands today, I believe Wilmington and Tewksbury continue to be two of the most attractive towns in Massachusetts to live in, work in and raise a family. If elected as the next State Representative, I promise to serve the constituents I have been entrusted to represent to the best of my ability. I promise to be available, approachable and accountable because to me public service is a privilege and a trust and it would be my distinct honor to serve you.As your State Representative, I will be focused on the issues that are most important to the people of the 19th Middlesex District which include education and special education initiatives, veterans’ services and benefits, elderly services, combating the opioid crisis, supporting smart economic development including attracting new businesses to the district, infrastructure improvements, public safety, fiscal responsibility relative to the utilization of state funds, affordable health care for all and maintaining funding for Tewksbury Hospital to name a few. To review my candidacy once again prior to visiting the polls, please visit http://www.JudyForStateRep.com.In closing as we approach the 2018 Massachusetts State Primary on Tuesday, September 4th, I would like to extend a sincere thank you to all of the wonderful people in the 19th Middlesex District that I have had the pleasure of meeting and speaking with over the past few months out on the campaign trail. I would especially like to thank my dedicated supporters who continue to place their faith and trust in me year after year with every election since my public service career began. Also, I would like to thank the Committee for Judy O’Connell, my family and friends for all of your support during this race and always. This has been a very rewarding experience for me as a person and as a candidate and I am proud of the positive campaign that we have run together! The time has come for you the voters to decide who you would like to see as your next State Representative. Thank you for your participation in this civic process which best represents our democracy. I respectfully ask for your vote on Tuesday, September 4th!Sincerely,Judith L. O’ConnellDemocratic Candidate for State Representative19th Middlesex District for Wilmington and Tewksbury—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? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTATE REP RACE: Judy O’Connell Addresses Allegations Of Federal Tax Liens On Her HomeIn “Government”STATE REP RACE Q&A: Judy O’Connell Discusses State Rep Pay, Environmental IssuesIn “Government”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: School Committee Member Jennifer Bryson Endorses Judy O’Connell For State RepIn “Government”last_img read more

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Is Google trying to topple Trumps 2020 reelection campaign

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first_imgProject VeritasSearch giant Google has been accused of allegedly planning to interfere in Donald Trump’s US President re-election campaign after a top company executive’s claim of preventing “the next Trump situation” was released in a video.The video made by conservative group Project Veritas shows the Head of Responsible Innovation of Google, Jen Gennai, explaining its technology and appearing to suggest that the company is planning in advance of changing “outcomes” through “training algorithms”.”We’re also training our algorithms, like, if 2016 happened again, would we have, would the outcome be different?,” Gennai said. She also claims that the firm has the “resources” to stop future election interference.The Project Veritas’ report accuses Google of collecting classified training data, programming algorithms in such a manner that media is filtered, ranked, aggregated and guaranteed. It accuses the firm and said, “people like us are programmed.”Gennai called the video “absolute, unadulterated nonsense” in a Medium post and claimed the video was edited to suggest that Google was working to stopping Trump’s 2020 election.She explained that representatives from a company claiming to be from “2 Step tech Solutions” had invited her to discuss a mentoring program for young people of colour in the technology field in May.While explaining how Google’s Trust and Safety team is working towards the prevention of foreign interference in the upcoming US elections, she wrote that “a series of debunked conspiracy theories about our search results, and our other products” was “stitched together” in the video.The report also said that a source from Google told them that the tech giant uses Machine Learning Fairness that influences how political stories are aggregated.It accuses the firm of “liberal bias” even when the stories are “factually correct.” The report said, “it may be desirable to consider how we might help society reach a more fair and equitable state, via either product intervention or broader corporate social responsibility efforts.”YouTube removed the video from the Project Veritas official account on Wednesday on third-party privacy claims. The video is available on its official website.Project VeritasFormed by Conservative political activist James Edward O’Keefe III, Project Veritas is a US non-profit organisation that is “dedicated to investigating corruption, dishonesty, waste and fraud in both public and private institutions”.However, he has been criticised for selectively editing videos to misrepresent responses and create a false impression of what his sources claim to reveal about controversial issues.last_img read more

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Real Estate in Union budget 2017 5 expectations that govt should address

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first_imgReal estate sector is one of the major contributors to the GDP of India, but it has suffered badly in the financial year 2016-17 and it is desperately waiting for the attention of the union government.The Real estate sector was hit badly by the introduction of the Real Estate Regulatory Act (RERA) in the first quarter of the financial year. When it was struggling to recover, demonetisation caused another major damage to it in the third quarter. The industry is finding it hard to overcome the downswing period with both buyers and constructors facing several problems including cash crunch.The union government needs to take some serious decisions in its budget 2017-18 to boost the confidence of the real estate sector. It is expected to work on encouraging buyers and also controlling falling prices. Here are five expectations of the real estate sector that the union budget 2017-18 must address.1 Relaxation in income tax rate: The current limit of tax deduction limit is Rs 2 lakh, which is insignificant, when looked at in the context of prices of houses in metropolitan cities. The price of a house starts from Rs 1 crore in cities like Mumbai and buyers have to pay huge amount of money in the name of repayment of loan every year. Hence, the tax exemption limit should be increased at least by Rs 1 lakh. The government should also introduce tax concessions on house insurance premiums, which will encourage buyers to insure their homes.2 Raise HRA deduction limit for self-employed persons:Salaried persons get house rent allowance (HRA) as a component of their salary, and they can claim a deduction for the same. But self-employed persons and people who draw lump sum can only claim a maximum deduction of Rs 2,000 a month under Section 80GG. This issue should be addressed in the union budget 2017.3 Policies to standardise construction materials:The increase in the prices of cement and other construction materials is impacting the cost of housing. In Union Budget 2017, the government should announce policies on standardisation of major construction material. It should also work on the tax clarity on REITs and make it viable, which will ease the investment options.4 Single window clearance:The real estate sector needs various government approvals to its projects, but the bureaucratic process is delaying delivery of homes. There has been a long standing demand for a single window clearance to stop bureaucratic delays. If the government brings this system, it would boost the real estate sector in a big way.5 Industry status for real estate sector:The real estate sector, which contributes to over 15% of the GDP of India, is granted with infrastructure status. But giving it an industry status would boost this sector and help it deliver homes faster. This status would avoid the delay in the delivery caused by high interest rates, unavailability of funds and stringent evaluation process.These above mentioned reforms will give momentum to the real estate sector, which has been struggling since July 2016, and with the reforms, this sector will make remarkable progress in 2017.last_img read more

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Nerkonda Paarvai review From Sivakarthikeyan to Varalaxmi celebs extend their support to

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first_imgA movie still from Ajith Kumar’s Nerkonda Paarvai.PR HandoutAjith Kumar’s Nerkonda Paarvai has won unanimous positive reviews from the critics and audience. The Tamil movie, which was released on Friday, August 8, has been lauded for its content and brilliant performances by the lead actors.Nerkonda Paarvai deals around three modern women – Meera Krishnan (Shraddha Srinath), Andrea (Andrea Tariang) and Fathima Banu (Abhirami Venkatachalam). The film exposes the prevailing misogyny in society.It brings out how victim-blaming has become a norm in the country and how the rules are different for men-women. Indeed, the film tries to educate people to understand the concept of ‘consent.’Ajith Kumar’s performance has been whole-heartedly praised by cine-goers. Indeed, many have compared it to be his best in recent years. Shraddha Srinath is equally good.What has come as a boost for Nerkonda Paarvai is many celebrities have extended their support for the Ajith-starrer with positive words. Check out their tweets below:Siddharth: Really wish #NerKondaPaarvai becomes a massive hit. It is very important for any industry that responsible and influential cinema comes from the top stars. Amazing that #Ajith chose this film ❤️! Congrats to @BoneyKapoor ji, @ShraddhaSrinath @thisisysr #HVinoth and their team!varalaxmi sarathkumar: #NKP is the need of the hour.I’m so glad #ThalaAjith sir has decided to do this movie..I hope everyone can learn from this film.. #NoMeansNo all the best to the entire team #HVinoth @ShraddhaSrinath @thisisysr I hope this changes our society’s outlook a little.. #NerKondaPaarvaiArchana Kalpathi: All the very best to #Ajith Sir, #HVinoth @BoneyKapoor Sir and the entire cast and crew of #NerKondaPaarvai for Blockbuster success at the Boxoffice Looking forward to watching FDFS @agscinemasSivakarthikeyan: Best wishes to dear #ThalaAjith sir director #HVinoth @BoneyKapoor sir @thisisysr sir @ShraddhaSrinath and full #NerKondaPaarvai team for a big successMohan Raja: Best wishes n Big congrats to the whole #NerKondaPaarvai team on bringing a great content n a most important message to Tamil audience #NoMeansNosanthoshraj: #nerkondapaarvai 4.5/5:- No means no whether she is a sex worker, lover,wife, friend, etc.. NO MEANS NO From the mega hit blockbuster of viswasam Thala ajith once again strikes with nerkonda paarvai! Hats off to Thala ajith for choosing this script, none of the mass heroesDr. Dhananjayan BOFTA: #NerKondaPaarvai along with a powerful performance by #ThalaAjith , it brings out the best in @ShraddhaSrinath #Abirami @thisisysr & very good debut by @RangarajPandeyR sir. Superb dialogues even if it was a remake. “No” means “No” by anyone friends. Let’s follow that practiceGayathri Raguramm: #NKP time. It’s about time to know about ur daughters or friends daughters how they are treated in society by some dangerous men in society. if u have a son and don’t know what he is up to when he is not taught well and how to take care of women how dangerous he can be to society Ajith sir plays perfect role and very much needed at this time. He is perfect person to convey this message. Thank you thala for choosing this film and spreading right message to people.Rathna kumar: I think #Aadai should have released after #NerKondaPaarvai . Getting judgemental based on a Girl’s name, Costume, Looks and her profession is the sad state of our misogyny society. Happy to see a Mass hero like Ajith sir sending a much needed statement on screen. It was LITArunVijay: #NerKondaPaarvai Wishes to the entire team for a grand success at the BO… Must watch!! #Ajith sir.. #NerKondaPaarvaiFromTodayLyricist Parvathy: So glad to see all the positive reviews for #NerKondaPaarvai. Respect #thala #Ajith sir, dir #HVinoth @BoneyKapoor ji for bringing this film to Tamil. Also, looking forward to see rockstar @vidya_balan in more Tamil films. #NKPFromTodayPS Mithran: #NerKondaPaarvai is intensity Max! One of the most relevant issues handled in a Mass Hero’s film #HVinoth has nailed it with Razor sharp dialogues #Thala in one of his most emphatic roles! The uproar from the fans during the court scenes was extraordinary!Chimbu Deven: #NerkondaPaaravai Already heard many positive reviews.. like next level of ‘Thala Ajith’ sir’s move. My best wishes #Ajith sir, @HVinoth_Off & team!! @BoneyKapoor @thisisysr @nirav_dop @dhilipactionAtharvaa: All success to #ThalaAjith sir @thisisysr #HVinoth @BoneyKapoor sir and the entire cast & crew of #NerKondaPaarvai pic.twitter.com/paW6LrfsTalast_img read more

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As great as Virat Kohli is I dont want to be compared

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first_imgBabar has been a prolific scorer for PakistanAAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty ImagesPakistan never ceases to produce exciting young cricketers. Presently, the man who is garnering all the rave reviews, from the batting department, is Babar Azam. Boasting of an incredible record and scoring runs with stupendous consistency, Babar has even managed to stay ahead of the man he is compared with in terms of matches taken for reaching some of the key batting milestones.As the young Pakistani batsman enjoys a fruitful time with the English county Somerset in the ongoing T20 Blast, England’s premier T20 tournament, these comparisons are once again coming to the surface. But Azam has now spoken out and made it clear that he does not look upon them that favourably.The 24-year old gave an interview to cricket website PakPassion.net where he outrightly stated that being compared to someone is merely a matter of concern for the fans, not for him.”I don’t think there is or should be any comparison as we are different types of players. I just focus on my batting and working on my strengths and weaknesses and have no desire to be compared with any other cricketer.I’m sure I speak for most cricketers when I say comparisons are only for fans and the media and we cricketers don’t really crave any comparisons or want to be compared to any current or former players as that just creates endless pressure,” Babar asserted. Azam says he isn’t interested in comparisons with Virat KohliBCCI TwitterHe also made a categorical statement about not wanting to be compared to anyone. “As great as he is, I don’t want to be compared to Virat or any other cricketer, I just want to win matches for my country as that is my only aim.”When asked about the batsman he felt most impressed with during the World Cup, the Pakistani right-hander didn’t mention Kohli but the Player-of-the-Tournament Kane Williamson.”I really enjoy watching Kane Williamson bat, apart from when he is scoring runs against Pakistan. What impressed me most about Williamson is the way he paces his innings, the way he plays his shots so late, his calmness at the crease, his timing, the way he handles pressure and the way he leads from the front and absorbs responsibility. He’s just a fantastic role-model for any batsman and he is a batsman who I try to emulate.”One area where Azam has faced criticism is his lack of aggression, at times, in limited-overs game. He, however, seems content with his playing style and doesn’t put much value on his critics’ comments.”I don’t need to answer my critics regarding this. My statistics and performances speak for themselves. I am happy and satisfied with my performances for Pakistan to date and if people want to criticise, then they are free to do that…. Sometimes whatever you do is never good enough and you will receive criticism despite doing your best for your team,” Babar added.last_img read more

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Death toll in Gazipur boiler blast reaches 13

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first_imgA rescue worker walks through rubble and debris at a garment factory in Gazipur on 3 July, 2017, after an explosion at the factory on the outskirts of Dhaka. Photo: AFPThe bodies of four more people were found in the debris following the boiler explosion at Multi-Fabs Ltd in Gazipur’s Nayarapara area on Tuesday evening, raising the death toll to 13, reports UNB.Firefighters found three bodies in the rubble of the factory around 6:45pm, said Akhtaruzzaman, deputy assistant director of Gazipur Fire Service and Civil Defence. The trio could not be identified immediately.Besides, the body of Amirul Islam, an engineer, was retrieved from under the debris of the factory in the morning, he said.The fire brigade team started their rescue operation for the second day on Tuesday.Earlier, nine people were killed and around 52 others injured as the boiler exploded at the factory on Monday evening.Of them, eight died on the spot while Solaiman Miah, 30, son of late Liakat Ali of Palashbari of Gaibandha, succumbed to his injuries at hospital.The eight other deceased are Mahbubur Rahman, 23, son of Shahar Ali in Sonatala upazila of Bogra district, Abdus Salam, 55, son of late Moksed Ahmed of Mirsarai in Chittagong, Gias Uddin, 30, son of Bachchu in Sadar upazila of Chandpur, Al Amin, 30, son of Aiyub Ali Sardar in Harishpur of Magura, Biplab Chandra Sheel, 38, son of Monindonath of Goalanda upazila in Rajbari, Mujibur Rahman, 37, son of Sagor Ali of Nasirnagar in Brahmanbaria, Mansur, 30, and Arshad Hossain, 36.Of the deceased, eight bodies were handed over to the family members, said Akhtaruzzaman.Meanwhile, two probe bodies were formed to investigate the incident.Additional district magistrate Rahinul Islam said the district administration formed an eight-member probe committee, led by him, to look into the incident.The committee started its work today, Rahinul said, adding that they will complete the inquiry giving priority to seven issues, including the expiry of the boiler, condition of its safety bulb and experience of directors.As part of the investigation, the probe committee members visited the spot, met factory workers and employees, and held a meeting with experts on boiler, he said.The additional district magistrate said they have information primarily that the boiler’s lifespan expired on 24 June.Besides, the Fire Service and Civil Defence formed a three-member committee to probe the incident.Meanwhile, the authorities of Multi-Fabs Ltd, where the boiler exploded, closed the factory for an indefinite period, said its workers.Besides, the authorities of 10 garment factories of the area closed their factories for Tuesday (today) following the incident.After visiting the spot on Tuesday, state minister for labour and employment M Mujibul Haque announced to provide Tk 8,00,000 for each family of the deceased.Of the compensation, the ministry will provide to Tk 5,00,000 while the factory authorities the rest, he said.Besides, this district administration provided Tk 20,000 for the burial of each deceasedlast_img read more

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Trump lawyer speaks of overthrowing Iran govt

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first_imgRudolph Giuliani, former mayor of New York City, delivers a speech during the 2018 Iran Uprising Summit in Manhattan, New York, US, on 22 September 2018. Photo: ReutersPresident Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani on Saturday said that US sanctions on Iran are leading to economic pain that could lead to a “successful revolution,” contrasting with administration comments that government change in Tehran is not US policy.“I don’t know when we’re going to overthrow them,” said Giuliani, who spoke in his own capacity though he is a Trump ally, at an Iran Uprising Summit held by the Organisation of Iranian-American Communities, which opposes Tehran’s government.“It could be in a few days, months, a couple of years. But it’s going to happen,” Giuliani told a crowd at a hotel in Times Square.Giuliani’s comments were in contrast with the Trump administration’s policy of not seeking a change of government even though it is reimposing sanctions that are crippling Iran’s economy.Trump ripped up a global deal on Iran’s nuclear programmeme in May and his administration is snapping back sanctions on the Islamic Republic, including measures on its oil exports from 4 November.The Trump administration hopes the sanctions will force Iran not only to curb its nuclear programme but also halt militancy in the Middle East.Iran says it has complying with the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran, the United States and five other world powers. A quarterly report by the UN atomic watchdog late last month said Iran had remained within the main restrictions of the agreement.Trump’s National Security Adviser John Bolton told Reuters in August that “regime change” in Iran is not American policy. He said the administration wants a massive change in the regime’s behaviour.Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei accused US backed Gulf Arab States of carrying out a shooting attack at a military parade that killed 25 people on Saturday, though he did not name the regional states he believed were to blame.“The people of Iran obviously have now had enough,” Giuliani said on Saturday. “The sanctions are working. The currency is going to nothing … these are the kinds of conditions that lead to successful revolution.”Giuliani has suggested before that the re-imposition of sanctions was aimed at regime change. At a conference in June where he addressed the Paris-based National Council of Resistance of Iran, he said Trump’s policy would suffocate Iran’s ayatollahs.The US State Department has said Giuliani does not speak for the administration on Iran.last_img read more

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Philadelphia Episcopalians explore what happens when church is separated from Sunday

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first_img Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,PHILADELPHIA (RNS) — St. Stephen’s, an Episcopal church in Center City Philadelphia, isn’t open on Easter. There are no sermons on Sundays. It doesn’t have any members. And yet this castlelike Gothic Revival building on 10th Street is still a functioning, active church — just not in the ways you might expect.Rather than opening on Sundays, the church operates on a four-day schedule, with midday services Monday through Thursday. And rather than focusing on growing the congregation, St. Stephen’s is fully invested in being present for the community, practicing a true open-door policy that makes it a place of support for anyone in need.The church — an architectural landmark designed by William Strickland in 1823 — has long flourished in the active downtown neighborhood near Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. But the church hit a slump in the 1980s — not long after the Rev. Alfred W. Price, a particularly charismatic pastor, ended his nearly 30-year career in the pulpit. By 2016, fewer than a dozen worshippers might be found in the pews on a Sunday morning, and the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania made the difficult decision to shutter St Stephen’s.St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Philadelphia. Photo courtesy of Creative CommonsRELATED: Redesigning sacred spaces to serve their communities — and save their congregationsBut after Daniel G.P. Gutierrez was elected bishop of Pennsylvania in 2016, he visited St. Stephen’s and soon called for the church to be reopened.“It’s at the center of the (sixth) largest city in the United States. It’s next to a major hospital. It’s a beautiful space in itself, a sacred space,” Gutierrez told Religion News Service. “How many thousands of people walk through those doors?“If it’s offering different things and reopening it and re-envisioning what it could be to meet the needs of those people,” the bishop added, “that’s what we have to do.”The Rev. Peter Kountz was brought on to oversee this new version of St. Stephen’s, which included being present, physically, in the building for more of the week than before. With the help of the church’s digital content manager, Rebecca Harris, Kountz led an online outreach campaign that included launching a new website and advertising St. Stephen’s new accessibility on Facebook, sharing tidbits about the church’s history and info about arts programs. When the church reopened for an Ash Wednesday service in March 2017, 117 people filled the sanctuary, a number of whom had never stepped foot in the church before.“What we do is we practice a ministry of engagement and welcoming,” said Kountz. “Because what we learned early on is that people walking by this place had no idea what it was for, in some cases, that it was a church. So it’s primitive, but we opened the church.”The Rev. Peter Kountz. Courtesy photoSt. Stephen’s started a neighborhood outreach program, opening the sanctuary to all comers, from those experiencing homelessness to patients from the nearby hospital and curious tourists. The church made sure to welcome visitors of any faith who use the sanctuary to pray and meditate.“We decided this is our home, we’re going to make it available to you, we’ve got a set of basic rules, but that’s all it is,” said Kountz. “We can give you safety, we can give you heat. We can give you coffee and fruit and cookies. We can give you conversation. We can give you quiet if that’s what you want. We can give you a place to plug in your phone. That’s it.”Now, on a given weekday, 70 or so local residents will come by, taking advantage of St. Stephen’s hospitality services — coffee and snacks and conversation — while others meditate or nap in the sanctuary. While most are not there for the services, Kountz leads the daily worship for anyone who cares to participate.St. Stephen’s doesn’t have a grand vision for growth. It’s not working to bring in new members or fill every service. “Some of the people say, ‘You mean you don’t try to evangelize?’ No, we don’t try to evangelize,” said Kountz, who normally assists or attends at other local churches on Sundays. “And we can invite them to the service, but the most some people will do is sit in the back and listen to the remarks I make about the gospel, but that’s it.”The church planted itself more firmly in the community after Suzanne Glover Lindsay, an art historian who had visited the church to study its tombs, examined the gravestones laid into the floor of the church’s single transept. Lindsay learned that the stones marked vaults that had been covered over when the parish extended the sanctuary in the 1870s. Over time, the family vaults of those church members — and in one elaborate tomb, the property’s longtime caretaker — were forgotten, as well as the parishioners buried within them.“To me, there’s a big difference between intentionally having the burials in the church itself and covering a cemetery,” said Lindsay, who has stayed on at the church as its historian. “Because the intent had been that this would be an outdoor space, that you could walk around, you could come up and touch your family’s vault.”Illuminated gravestones within St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Philadelphia. RNS photo by Caroline CunninghamSt. Stephen’s brought in a professional team that included a structural engineer and a lighting designer to build what became the Furness Burial Cloister, named for Frank Furness, the architect behind the addition. Today, visitors to the church can view the illuminated gravestones — some of which are set flush with the floor, others of which are laid a couple of feet below — through large glass overlays. The effect is that of a moving, museumlike monument to those who have passed.“I think what we kept coming back to is, first of all, it’s an ethical issue about honoring the dead, as well as amending for dishonoring,” said Lindsay. “But more than anything, it was demonstrating in a very unusual way our commitment to inclusion.”Kountz said the graves also represent the church’s focus on the ministry of hospitality, calling the burial cloister “an illumination of this effort.”Gutierrez said he sees churches as more than mortar and bricks — and he’s not worried about the numbers.“We can look at goals, or we can look at the impact in the community,” said Gutierrez. “I’m of the belief that when you form a community based in Jesus and the love of Christ, then you will get resources, and then things will multiply. It’s called faith — that it will grow, that people will come in, that they will become members.“But that’s not the end goal; it’s to be a presence in the community.” Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Share This! 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There Are Three Hispanic Republicans In The Texas Legislature Only One Is

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first_img Share Marjorie Kamys Cotera / Bob DaemmrichState Reps. Jason Villalba, R-Dallas; Jose Manuel Lozano, R-Kingsville; and Larry Gonzales, R-Round Rock, are the GOP’s three Hispanic incumbents in the state House. Only Lozano will return to the Legislature in January.And then there was one.After Tuesday’s primary elections, the only Hispanic Republican incumbent who will return to the Texas Legislature in January is state Rep. J.M. Lozano of Kingsville. That’s after three Hispanic GOP lawmakers served during the 2017 legislative session. On Tuesday, Dallas Republican state Rep. Jason Villalba lost his re-election bid to Lisa Luby Ryan, a primary opponent who flanked him on the right. His departure from the Legislature follows Round Rock Republican state Rep. Larry Gonzales’ previous decision to not seek re-election.Though it’s possible Republicans could make up for one of those losses in November, the prospect that Lozano might be the only Hispanic Republican in the GOP-dominated Legislature offers a grim outlook for those who want the party to increase its standing among Hispanics in a state that is becoming less and less white. “It’s not frustration. It’s serious concern,” said Artemio “Temo” Muniz, Texas chairman of the Federation of Hispanic Republicans.Hispanic Republicans have long been underrepresented in the Legislature, but the GOP had made some diversity gains in the last decade. During the 2009 legislative session, there were no Hispanic Republican legislators. Just ahead of the 2016 election cycle, that count had climbed to six.But the 2016 elections ultimately dealt setbacks to the GOP’s modest legislative diversity when half of the Hispanic Republicans in the Legislature — three out of six — lost their re-election bids. They lost their seats even though Republican Gov. Greg Abbott had worked on their behalf. Texas Republicans’ dearth of diversity among their legislative ranks stands in stark contrast to the Democrats. During the last legislative cycle, 41 of the 66 Democrats in the Legislature were Hispanic, while 17 were black. Only six were white and two were Asian.Meanwhile, there were only five people of color — the three Hispanics, one Asian representative and one black representative — among the 115 Republicans elected to the state House and Senate. Party leaders, including Abbott, have long rejected the notion that the Texas GOP struggles with diversity.“We continue our efforts to reach out to the diverse communities here in the state of Texas,” Abbott said after the 2016 election, “and that’s something that I championed during my campaign last time and will again this next time.”When the count of Hispanic Republicans in the Texas Legislature was cut in half in one fell swoop in 2016, Abbott — whose campaign did not respond to a request for comment — pointed to the re-elections of Lozano, Villalba and Gonzales as evidence that “the diversity continues in the Republican Party.”Of note, Lozano, the only Hispanic Republican who is returning to the Legislature, is a former Democrat who switched parties in 2012 after his district near the Coastal Bend was redrawn to be less favorable to Democrats.This year, Republicans looking to boost their diversity will set their hopes on two legislative races that are far from certain wins. In Williamson County-based House District 52, social services case manager Cynthia Flores handily won the Republican nomination on Tuesday, setting her up to face Democrat James Talarico in the general election. She’s picked up endorsements from Gonzales, the outgoing Hispanic Republican who currently represents the district, and Abbott.Flores on Wednesday recognized her election could help boost diversity among the GOP’s ranks and described the prospect of serving as the only Hispanic Republican woman in the Legislature as a honor.“It’s all about making sure that we have the right people at the right time who are willing to serve and are true to themselves,” Flores said. But she acknowledged it was too soon to claim that distinction.The district, which President Donald Trump won by 1.4 points, is a big target for Democrats in November. The area was represented by a Democrat before Gonzales won it in the 2010 Republican wave.Some Republicans are also eyeing San Antonio-based House District 117, which switched party hands briefly in 2014 as part of a Republican wave but switched back to Democratic control in 2016. Though the Democratic margin of victory wasn’t wide in 2016, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton won it by almost 11 points.Though the outcomes of those races are uncertain, it’s clear that the Republican Party needs to work harder to elect Hispanics who aren’t left to ride Republican waves into office, Muniz added.In managing the 2014 campaign of former state Rep. Gilbert Peña — who flipped a Pasadena-based district that was held by a Democrat by 152 votes — Muniz said their strategy depended on their ability to ride the “Greg Abbott wave.”Peña, who didn’t have much legislative experience, lost his seat in 2016 when the Democrat who formerly held it won it back with a 20-point margin of victory. This year, the Texas GOP is dealing with the ramifications of the party’s shift away form Bush-era politics to Trump’s, said Victoria De Francesco Soto, a political science lecturer at the University of Texas at Austin.“There was growth of Hispanic Republicans prompted by Bush’s pragmatic politics. It was a pillar of his politics,” De Francesco Soto said, referencing former President George W. Bush, who also served as governor of Texas. “Those ideas have been purged from the Republican Party and Hispanics are not getting the same deference or respect they had when the Bush politics was the major force in Texas.”In a state where Hispanic voters tend to vote Democratic, those politics — and the related lack of Hispanic representation among Republican elected officials — could complicate the party’s efforts to turn out even conservative Hispanics, she added.“There is dwindling space for Latino Republicans at the table in elected office,” De Francesco Soto said. “And that is going to trickle down to the electorate as well.”The University of Texas at Austin has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. 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Hurricane Harvey Health Study Looks At Chemical Exposure During The Storm

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first_imgCourtesy of Baylor College of MedicineAfter many environmental disasters, scientists test the water and soil to look for unsafe chemicals. But with Hurricane Harvey, researchers took an extra step and decided to test people.More than 150 Houstonians participated in a Oregon State University, Baylor College of Medicine and UTHealth study, by wearing high-tech wristbands that can detect over 1,000 chemicals. Courtesy of Baylor College of MedicineParticipants wore the wristbands continuously for seven days.Diana Rohlman, a researcher at Oregon State University, said of the 183 chemicals they found, there were seven they haven’t seen in other similar studies.“What we don’t know right now is,” Rohlman said, “is that just unique to Houston, being a metropolis? Or is that unique to the hurricane? So as we continue doing analysis we can start to answer those questions.” Friedhelm Luening’s home flooded after Harvey when water was released from the reservoirs. He and his wife participated in the study, hoping to learn more about any potential health risks. “I mean, we had been sloshing through the water for two weeks almost before it went down,” Luening said. “What’s in there?” Participants wore the wristband for seven days. Researchers said they’re still analyzing whether the exposure levels were dangerous.“We know disasters are going to keep happening,” Rohlman said. “The question is always, what are people being exposed to? What concerns do we have? How can we better prepare?” Researchers presented an update on their findings during a Hurricane Harvey health symposium at Baylor College of Medicine. Sharelast_img read more

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Nations position in product space determines economic growth

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first_img The value of vegetation Researchers have constructed a network of the relatedness between products, providing insight into the economic question of why some countries can quickly climb the manufacturing ladder, while others fail to develop more sophisticated products. While the model may sound intuitive, this research is the first time that countries’ different economic growth patterns have been explained by a product network. Past economic theories have relied on a country’s productive factors (labor, land, infrastructure, etc.) or technological capabilities, but have disregarded product similarities when explaining a country’s growth. In a sense, the product network incorporates these other factors under one model.As part of a test of their model, the researchers asked if, given enough time, all countries could reach most of product space, particularly the richest parts. They found that the answer depends on the overall proximity of product space, as well as a country’s original positioning. For example, Chile and Korea have similar levels of production and export sophistication, but because Korea produces some core products, it can extend its sophisticated product line faster than Chile. The researchers even found that with countries that were developmentally similar, some were on a path to structural transformation while others seemed headed toward a dead end.“What surprised me along the year and a half that this work took was the broad set of implications and questions that were opened,” Hidalgo said. “There are many hard science studies on complex systems where the application of the findings is not well defined. Here we have a well defined area of application (industrial policy), yet the study lends itself for research in similar data sets. We are working on other areas of applications, such as research and health policy.”The researchers suggest that, for economic policy, estimating a country’s position in product space could have important consequences. For instance, countries in close proximity to other products could benefit the most from a relevant structural transformation, whereas countries at the periphery would need to make much longer jumps and would likely present a greater challenge to reform projects.“The proximity between products in the space increases as more countries export them in tandem,” Hidalgo explained. “Thus the movement of countries deforms the space. The technique does not provide a general solution for policymaking, but a new method to analyze and tailor policies for individual countries.” Product space networks of many nations can be seen at www.nd.edu/~networks/productspace/country.htm . Citation: Hidalgo, César, Klinger, Bailey, Barabási, Laszlo, and Hausmann, Ricardo. “The Product Space Conditions the Development of Nations.” Science, 27 July 2007, Vol. 317, 482-487.Copyright 2007 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Explore further Citation: Nation’s position in ‘product space’ determines economic growth (2007, August 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-08-nation-position-product-space-economic.htmlcenter_img 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. In a recent issue of Science, physicists César Hidalgo and Laszlo Barabási from Notre Dame, along with economists Bailey Klinger and Ricardo Hausmann from Harvard University, have presented a network of what they coined as the “product space.” In the network, connections show the probabilities that a country exports a pair of products. Their results show how the types of products a nation produces and exports determines the probability of that nation developing more competitive products, thus influencing its overall economic wealth and growth.“As a joke, I can say that this is what happens when a Venezuelan (Ricardo Hausmann) a Canadian (Bailey Klinger) a Hungarian/Rumanian (Laszlo Barabasi) and a Chilean (me) meet in Cambridge, Massachusetts,” Hidalgo told PhysOrg.com of the work’s motivating factors. “They redefine the way in which economic growth is understood.” “In fact, this work was a multi-step process,” he continued. “Ricardo and Bailey had come up with the idea of a distance between products but were not clear of how to make sense of it at the global scale. That’s were I came in and built the network, making the interpretation of a sophisticated concept more intuitive and visual.”The researchers used trade data where all exports are coded within 775 product classes obtained from a National Bureau of Economic Research project. The structure of the product space is such that more sophisticated products (such as metal, machinery, and chemicals) formed the core, and had connections to many other products. A variety of other products (such as fishing, agriculture, textiles, electronics, and mining) comprised different clusters in the periphery of the product space. The product space can be used to visualize the patterns defined by the exports of a particular country. As a rule of thumb, poor countries tend to occupy the periphery of the space while rich countries are preferentially located at the core of it. Since countries can move through the product space by developing goods similar to those they already produce, poorer countries have a more difficult time extending their product variety. But, in simplified terms, it’s easy for the rich to get richer. Product space: Different product groups with links color-coded with their proximity value, and node size proportional to world trade. Credit: Hidalgo, et al. (Click here for a larger version)last_img read more

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Studying the mountains and starquakes that develop on neutron stars

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first_img Star crust 10 billion times stronger than steel, physicists find Explore further Citation: Studying the ‘mountains’ and ‘starquakes’ that develop on neutron stars (2009, May 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-05-mountains-starquakes-neutron-stars.html (PhysOrg.com) — Neutron stars have the potential to play an important role in understanding some of the mysteries of the universe. One of factors that could help lead to an understanding of gravitational waves and the mechanisms involved in giant flares in magnetars is the strength of the crust that forms on the outside of a neutron star. In an effort to better understand the neutron star crusts, Charles Horowitz, at Indiana University in Bloomington, and his colleague Kai Kadau, at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, have used molecular dynamics to model neutron stars and come up with improved estimates of the breaking strain.center_img “In 2004, a giant flare was detected coming from a magnetar. It had a huge amount of energy.” Horowitz tells PhysOrg.com. (A magnetar is a neutron star with a very powerful magnetic field.) “We think that this mechanism only makes sense if the crust is really, really strong. Such a large flare should only be possible if, by the time the crust broke, there was tremendous energy stored in the crust and magnetic field.” Horowitz hopes that the simulations run with Kadau will help shed more light on the workings of neutron stars, and even perhaps answer other questions about the universe. Their work is presented in Physical Review Letters: “Breaking Strain of Neutron Star Crust and Gravitational Waves.” Horowitz says that for many years, scientists have been studying neutron stars and the “mountains” that develop on them. The bulges that create gravitational waves are the results of temperature-dependent nuclear reactions near hot spots. “People have wondered how big they can get, how massive they could become before the crust breaks because of forces from the strong magnetic field,” he explains. It is this collapse that releases the flares that are sometimes detected. There are two main aims for studying the possibilities for the crust of a neutron star: Learning more about these stars – what the crust is made of and how they might function – and using neutron stars as a way to possibly detect gravitational waves. Horowitz and Kadau’s model might be able to help in both of these areas, since it offers a more detailed look at what goes on when a mountain is formed – and when it collapses, causing a “starquake.” In the first case, the simulation Horowitz and Kadau is working with shows that the crust is likely made up of ions. “It’s more or less composed of normal atoms,” Horowitz explains, “but they’ve been ionized. The huge pressure of the star squeezes the electrons in such a way as to create ions. We think that the material is slightly heavier than iron, possibly selenium.” Understanding neutron star mechanisms, however, may also help scientists find gravitational waves. “The mountains that form on these rapidly rotating neutron stars generate gravitational waves quite efficiently. If we understand how this works, we might be able to make better predictions of which neutron stars would be most likely to produce the strongest gravitational waves. It would give scientists a better place to look.” Horowitz explains that gravitational waves are curves in space-time, predicted by Einstein’s theory of general relativity. “To actually find these waves would be a major discovery and a confirmation of general relativity. And I think our model can help in that aim.” More information: C.J. Horowitz, Kai Kadau. “Breaking Strain of Neutron Star Crust and Gravitational Waves,” Physical Review Letters (2009). Available online: http://link.aps.org/doi/10.1103/PhysRevLett.102.191102 . Copyright 2009 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. 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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Physics team finds new constraints on how lumpy spacetime can be

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first_img Gamma Ray Delay May Be Sign of ‘New Physics’ 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. (PhysOrg.com) — Robert Nemiroff and his colleagues at Michigan Technological University will be discussing new constraints on the so-called lumpiness of space-time at this year’s meeting of the American Astronomical Society. Image credit: NASA/Sonoma State University/Aurore Simonnet Nemiroff, also known for his Astronomy Pick of the Day site, has been studying photons that have been traveling through space for several billion years following a γ-ray burst that was recorded back in 1989. Called GRB 090510A, the burst let loose high energy photons that have been traveling through space at the speed of light; two of them are of special interest to physicists because they are believed to have left the same place at exactly the same time, which would seem to make them arrive here at exactly the same time as well. But, they won’t, due to the lumpiness of space-time and the long distance they have traveled. In the abstract for the presentation, the authors suggest that because a high-energy time scale for the photons detected from the gamma-ray burst have been found, a new upper limit is in place on the dependence of energy on speed and light as it’s dispersed across the universe.Studies of high energy photons traveling through space have already shown there are differences in actual speeds recorded, though they are very, very small; seven parts in a billion trillion, according to a previous study done by researchers at Yale. Because of this and other studied phenomenon, various researchers have theorized that space-time isn’t actually continues as it appears, but is instead made up of very, very tiny elements that are almost unbelievably small, on the order of a 10-35 (the Planck length). In such theories, photons that have the highest amount of energy also have wavelengths that are near to the Planck length. This makes them more apt to intermingle with so-called “lumps” which slows them down. The amount of slowdown is obviously very tiny, but as the photons travel so far for so long, the effect is amplified.In their study, Nemiroff et al, find due to measured differences in the arrival time of the two photons, that new constraints are in effect that impact the lump size of space-time. Because of this, the lumpiness of space-time only becomes meaningful when things are roughly 1/500 the Planck length, which could, obviously, put some limits on quantum gravity theories. More information: Nemiroff, R. J., Connolly, R., & Holmes, J. A New Limit on Lorentz Invariance and Chromatic Dispersion Across the Universe from GRB 090510A (American Astronomical Society, 2011)AbstractA high-energy, fast-variability time scale for Fermi-detected gamma-ray burst GRB 090510A is found that creates a new strictest upper limit on the energy dependence of the speed and dispersion of light across the universe. In particular, evidence is presented for variability at or below Δ t = 0.00136 for super-GeV photons, a factor of 10 more limiting than any time scale previously claimed for a GRB at GeV energies, including a previous limit reported by Abdo et al (2008). This variability derives from the duration of three separate closely-arriving photon groups prominent only in photon data above 1 GeV. One pulse pair has an energy difference of Δ E >/~ 23.5 GeV. Coupled with a redshift of z >/~ 0.897, the resulting limits on the differential speed of light and Lorentz invariance were found for a concordance cosmology. It was found that Δ c / c < 6.09 x 10-21, a limit consistent with, but slightly stronger than, a previous limit found for a GRB by Schaefer in 1999. Given a generic dispersion relation across the universe where the time delay is proportional to the photon energy to the first power, the variability translates into a dispersion strength of k1 < 1.38 x 10-5 sec Gpc-1 GeV-1. This limit results in an upper bound on dispersive effects created, for example, by dark energy, dark matter, or the spacetime foam of quantum gravity. This dispersion constraint also results in the most stringent lower limit yet claimed for the onset energy scale of quantum gravity: MQG c2 > 7.43 x 1021 GeV.via Nature Explore further Citation: Physics team finds new constraints on how lumpy space-time can be (2012, January 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-01-physics-team-constraints-lumpy-space-time.html © 2011 PhysOrg.comlast_img read more

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