Australia’s Asian Cup defence has ended in a 1-0 quarter-final defeat to the UAE as the tournament’s hosts profitted from a slice of luck in the second-half. A frantic start to the game saw Socceroos defender Trent Sainsbury head over the bar after just four minutes as he was left unmarked following a corner.The UAE suffered an early blow with Mohamed Ahmad forced off through injury in the 18th minute and was replaced by Khalifa Alhammadi. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? After being the shoot-out hero against Uzbekistan, Maty Ryan produced a fine save in the 21st minute after Ismael Al Hamadi split the Socceroos defence apart to get a shot away. The green and gold ended the first-half on top but failed to find the all important opener as UAE’s defence held firm.Continuing to edge chances after the break, Australia thought they had found the opener through Apostolos Giannou in the 64th minute, only for an offside Mathew Leckie in build-up to deny him.In reply, UAE would open the scoring with a poor back pass from Milos Degenek allowing Ali Mabkhout to dribble past Ryan and slot the ball home on 68 minutes. The Socceroos would push hard for an equaliser but struggled to break down their hosts, who sealed their place in a semi-final against Qatar with the 1-0 win.
Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, has called on public health nurses to support government’s effort to combat the problem of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), by becoming advocates for healthy lifestyle choices.“The nurse represents the most common variable in the provision of health services and their partnership is critical to solving the challenges in the health sector,” the Minister said, as he addressed the Nurses Association of Jamaica (NAJ) 48th Island Conference, held at Royalton White Sands in Trelawny, on October 12.“You are particularly important, because the leadership that you provide has the potential to be the first line of defence and that’s why I say to you, you are not only clinically competent to make a difference, you have to become the chief advocate to make that difference,” he told the nurses in attendance.Dr. Tufton said it remains a major concern that a high number of Jamaicans continue to pursue lifestyles that will negatively impact their health and wellness.In this regard, the Minister argued that advocacy is needed to encourage behaviour change, as this is pivotal to reducing obesity levels and the number of persons developing NCDs.“We still have a population that pursues a lifestyle that doesn’t auger well for their health and wellness. Data from the [2016/17] Jamaica Health and Lifestyle Survey show that one in three Jamaicans is hypertensive, one in two is obese and one in eight is diabetic. It tells us therefore that we need leadership to stem the problem,” he said. Dr. Tufton said the Ministry will continue to push its National Strategic and Action Plan for the prevention and control of NCDs, that seeks to promote healthy lifestyle habits among Jamaicans.“That’s what our anti-NCD fight is all about. That’s why you see me running up and down with Jamaica Moves, that’s why you see us going into the schools, that’s why we are looking at a nutrition policy to influence what our children are exposed to… because before we get to the curative stages of health care provision, we need to try and minimize those who actually want that curative service, and the preventative method is key and you are fundamental to that,” he told the nurses. read more
IfOnly, a marketplace for one-of-a-kind experiences that donates a portion of its proceeds to charities, is thrilled to announce the launch of a new initiative to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.Win Once-in-a-Lifetime Access to the Dress Rehearsal for the Tony Awards for Just $10Imagine you and a friend at the Tony Awards rehearsal watching the Tony Award nominees up close and personal while they get ready for the big night. Any Broadway fanatic would revel in the opportunity to get a glimpse of what happens before the awards show actually happens. From bloopers and outtakes, to rehearsing their top numbers, the winner of this experience is in for an unforgettable Tony Awards weekend. The entry fee for this sweepstakes is only $10, and each entry helps support Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.To kick the Tony Awards weekend off, the prize package includes not just access for the winner and a friend to attend the Tony Awards dress rehearsal on June 7th but also two tickets to Best Musical nominee, Something Rotten!, on June 6th.In addition to the unprecedented access, the lucky winner will receive a set of 29 framed and hand-signed candid Polaroid photos featuring the 2015 Tony nominees. From Patricia Clarkson and Bradley Cooper of The Elephant Man to Sting of The Last Ship, these photos are certainly one-of-a-kind.“We are thrilled to be able to turn some silly fun we had with this year’s Tony nominees into something meaningful for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. What they do every day for our industry and beyond is immeasurable,” said Playbill Editor-in-Chief, Blake Ross.“What a wonderful way to celebrate the Tony Awards here in New York City. We couldn’t be more proud or honored to have this opportunity to partner with our friends and longtime champions of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS at Playbill to make a difference in the lives of those who need it most,” added Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Executive Director, Tom Viola.The package includes luxury accommodations for 2 nights at the Dream Hotel in Midtown Manhattan. Playbill has also donated two copies of the official 2015 Tony Awards Playbill as keepsakes for this experience.Sweepstakes entries will be open from Friday, May 8th through May 25th and start at just $10. Fans can go to IfOnly.com/Playbill to enter. read more
LONDON — The Latest on the negotiations on Brexit (all times local):9:35 a.m.A senior German official says Berlin would want to see “something substantially new” put on the table to justify delaying Brexit.British Prime Minister Theresa May says she will give British lawmakers a choice of approving her divorce agreement, leaving the EU March 29 without a deal or asking to delay Brexit by up to three months. A delay would require other EU members’ approval.Michael Roth, a German deputy foreign minister, told ZDF television Wednesday that “for us as the German government, it is important that something substantially new be put on the table that justifies a delay.”He added that “if we can really achieve something new with a delay, and if we then reach a sensible decision, we are the last people who will stand in the way.”___9:25 a.m.The head of one of Britain’s biggest business organizations says Prime Minister Theresa May’s decision to allow lawmakers to delay the country’s exit from the European Union provides an “option on sanity.”May on Tuesday said Parliament will get the chance to delay Britain’s scheduled March 29 departure if lawmakers fail to approve the divorce agreement with the bloc.Confederation of British Industry head Carolyn Fairbairn told the BBC on Wednesday that neither business nor the government is ready to leave, and exiting without a deal would be “a wrecking ball on our economy.”Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay refused to take the possibility of a no-deal Brexit off the table, however, telling the BBC: “It will be for Parliament to decide.”The Associated Press read more
9 September 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed deep concern over escalating violence in northern Sri Lanka and the humanitarian impact of the clashes on civilians. The South Asian nation’s Government has requested that United Nations relief workers relocate from areas witnessing conflict. In a statement, Mr. Ban “reminds all concerned of their responsibility to take active steps to ensure the safety and freedom of movement of civilians, allowing humanitarian organizations to do their work in safety, as well as to reach persons affected by the fighting who need humanitarian assistance.”According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), fighting between Government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) uprooted 12,000 families in the month of July alone.In today’s statement, Mr. Ban pointed to the need to follow international humanitarian law, particularly the principle of proportionality and the selection of military targets.“He emphasizes strongly the importance of a negotiated settlement to the political problems facing Sri Lanka.”Last month, the UN Country Team acknowledged the Government’s announcement that it will take extra steps to improve the freedom of movement of thousands of civilians affected by recent fierce fighting in the north of the country.“Measures that comply with international obligations governing the protection of civilians during armed conflict provide vital options for civilians as they make individual choices about where to seek safety and succour,” the UN Country Team in Sri Lanka said. read more
The three-day UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) gathering is expected to draw 85 participants, including 45 Palestinian imams, Israeli rabbis and Christians, as well as experts and religious leaders from nearly two dozen countries.The opening session will be addressed by, among others, Koïchiro Matsuura, UNESCO Director-General, and Abdoulaye Wade, President of Senegal and of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC).The Third World Congress of Imams and Rabbis for Peace will wrap up with the adoption of a final declaration and is planning to set up a monitoring group to support initiatives promoting peaceful coexistence and dialogue. 15 December 2008A United Nations meeting bringing together imams and rabbis from Israel, the occupied Palestinian territory and other places in a bid to bolster Middle East peace kicked off today in Paris. read more
27 October 2011A United Nations report released today on the use and management of water in the Nile River basin calls for new methods to boost agricultural productivity and warns that governments must take action to keep population growth and resource degradation from intensifying poverty. A United Nations report released today on the use and management of water in the Nile River basin calls for new methods to boost agricultural productivity and warns that governments must take action to keep population growth and resource degradation from intensifying poverty.The report, which includes the results of a decade-long project led by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and financed by Italy, notes that “environmental degradation, drought, weak institutions, low financial capacity, inadequate infrastructure and social instability conspire to perpetuate poverty in the region” making it essential to have a planning strategy in place.According to FAO, the population in the Nile basin, which currently consists of some 200 million people, is expected to increase by between 61 and 82 per cent by 2030. This is of particular concern since some of the 11 countries that share the Nile – Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda – are among the poorest in the world.As the population grows, finding new ways to use water will become even more essential to support better planning and prevent food insecurity, the report notes, adding that there is a “narrow window of opportunity for reversing the negative trends in the region.”“Up until now, there has been very little systemic study of how the Nile’s waters are used – or could be used – to grow food, and key pieces of information that would allow for what we call ‘sound water accounting’ have been missing,” said Pasquale Steduto, head of the FAO’s Water Development and Management Unit.“The data this project has acquired and the information products it has produced will fill these gaps and let the governments of the region make the most of the Nile’s resources,” he said.The report, Information Products for Nile Basin Water Resource Management, says 80 per cent of renewable water resources in the Nile basin are already used for agriculture purposes, and the potential to increase this water supply is very limited.“It becomes very, very important that water authorities have detailed information for good water accounting, and planning tools that let them weigh the costs and benefits of their policies and their resource management choices,” Mr. Steduto said.The project, whose results were presented by the FAO in Kigali, Rwanda, to the authorities of governments in the region, has gathered information on water and agriculture, put together a forecast of the region’s future food requirements, carried out a survey of the types of farming systems practised along the Nile, and analyzed possible future scenarios for water management and agriculture development.In addition, the project produced 18 technical manuals on water measurements techniques and technologies, and trained hundreds of staff in water and agriculture agencies.Mr. Steduto said the project had also strengthened a shared vision of sustainable development among the governments of the Nile.“Only through a joint effort of the riparian countries can a sustainable future be designed and built,” he said. read more
UN Photo/Evan SchneiderUN Secretary-General António Guterres visit to the Islamic Cultural Centre of New York, on 22 March 2019. Mr. Guterres was addressing representatives of the press at the Islamic Cultural Center of New York, to show his solidarity with the worldwide Muslim community, a week after the murder of some 50 Muslim worshippers by a gunman in Christchurch, New Zealand, on March 15.The UN chief spoke, with a “heavy and full heart,” of the grief and sympathy felt for the families of the victims, and the moving displays of “leadership, love and community from the people of New Zealand.”Around the world, we have seen ever-rising anti-Muslim hatred, anti-Semitism, hate speech and bigotry. The cancer is spreading. It is our duty to find the cure. UN Secretary-General António GuterresAlthough the attack was “utterly appalling,” he said that it was not utterly surprising, because “around the world, we have seen ever-rising anti-Muslim hatred, anti-Semitism, hate speech and bigotry.”Reminding the press that he has repeatedly warned about these dangers, Mr. Guterres said that hate speech is “spreading like wildfire,” whether via social media or public discourse, with many political movements admitting neo-Nazi affiliation. He described the phenomenon as “a cancer,” and declared that “it is our duty to find the cure.” Citing a US academic study, the UN chief highlighted the important role of the media in the representation of Muslims and Islam, noting that, over the last decade, attacks in the United States received 357 per cent more coverage than attacks carried out by others.Mr. Guterres called for a reaffirmation of the sanctity of all places of worship and “the safety of all worshippers who visit revered sites in a spirit of compassion and tolerance. People everywhere must be allowed to observe and practice their faith in peace.”The Secretary-General announced that he has asked the High Representative for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, Miguel Moratinos, to develop an Action Plan for the UN to be fully engaged in support of safeguarding religious sites. The Alliance, he said, will reach out to governments, faith-based organizations and religious leaders to explore ways to prevent attacks and guarantee the sanctity of religious sites.“You are not alone,” Mr. Guterres promised the Muslim community, and all others feeling targeted. “The world is with you. The United Nations is with you. I am with you.” read more
The Faculty of Graduate Studies is hosting a series of workshops to help students, including one about the impact of personal social media presences in job searches.Imagine it’s the day of a job interview. Two hours before the interview, you’re at home standing in front of a mirror. Reflected in the glass is an individual who looks and feels confident and professional.Have you ever thought that your social media life works as a kind of cyber mirror for prospective employers? Who will they find staring out from it?Employers are turning to social media more and more as part of their recruitment and hiring processes, says Amy Elder, director of Brock’s Career Services. “If you’re looking for a job in today’s world, how and where you engage in social media takes on a new dimension as part of an effective job search,” she says.Elder will speak to graduate students about the powerful role of social media in the current job market during a professional development workshop on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., in Pond Inlet.This is the third in a series of six professional skills development workshops organized by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and presented in partnership with GradPlus. Graduate students can still register for this workshop by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Elder will provide students with examples of key networks that employers turn to when recruiting people to fill positions.“Recent statistics indicate that 87 per cent of North American companies use LinkedIn for recruiting and 64 per cent of organizations use more than two social networks to recruit,” Elder notes.Elder points to a recent online article posted on the Forbes website titled How your social media profile could make or break your next job opportunity when talking about the importance of social media as a professional reference tool. The article refers to a worldwide 2012 technology market survey that found almost one in five tech industry executives say that a candidate’s social media profile has caused them not to hire that person.“Too many people aren’t paying enough attention to how their social media activities are creating a personal brand – from the information posted on Facebook walls to the tweets they send out and the blogs they write,” says Elder. “You have to step back and think about what those activities say about who you are and how that translates to a prospective employer.“Overall, we hope graduate students come away from the workshop better informed on how to become savvy users of social media in respect to their career goals and professional success.”The Faculty of Graduate Studies also invites graduate students to register at email@example.com for the other workshops in the series:• Tuesday, Feb. 5: Effective Leadership in Team Environments• Tuesday, March 12: Time-Wise – Time and Project Management• Tuesday, April 2: Thinking Entrepreneurially – Always and EverywhereAll workshops will be held in Pond Inlet from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and refreshments will be provided. read more
Kam Williams (15) shoots the ball during the Buckeyes home opener against North Carolina Central. The Buckeyes won 69-63. Ashley Nelson | Sports DirectorMonday’s 69-63 victory over the North Carolina Central Eagles had Ohio State men’s basketball coach left Thad Matta visibly upset. After watching the tape, sophomore guard C.J. Jackson said Matta brought a positive energy to the court for practice in preparation for Thursday’s game against the Providence Friars.Matta said that the energy and activity on the offensive and defensive ends of the court were not at a level that he expects from the Buckeyes. However, Matta counted eight times on Monday where the Eagles knocked down shots with a hard closeout from an OSU defender. On Wednesday, he said those that those are shots he can live with. “A lot of times when you’re playing a game, guys will make shots that you say ‘he couldn’t make that one again if he tried,’” Matta said. “With that said, it’s going to happen and how does that affect you going back the other way … I think that was the biggest issue.”Through the first two games, OSU has shown spurts of execution mixed with periods of uninspired play. In a game of runs, like basketball, that is expected. But Matta said the issue is getting his players to think quicker in action. He said the million-dollar question is how to coach the team to think about the game more while on the court.“I told our guys, ‘right now, on a scale from one to 10, I think we’re a two. But I don’t think there’s a coach in the country that thinks their team is above a three,’” Matta said. “Every guy has shown to play at a very, very high level. What we got to do is playing at that level a majority of the time. That’s what I’m after with these guys.”Junior forward Keita Bates-Diop was sick last game, which was a reason why he only had nine points and two rebounds after a 14-point, 14-rebound game at Navy. He said he has recovered from his illness and will play on Thursday.ProvidenceIn the second annual Gavitt Tipoff Games, a schedule of games played between the Big Ten Conference and the Big East, OSU drew the Providence Friars for the 2016 slate.Last season, the Friars lost to eventual national runner-up North Carolina in the second round of the NCAA tournament. Providence was led by point guard Kris Dunn and forward Ben Bentil, who have both moved on to professional careers. Dunn and Bentil led the team in scoring, averaging a collective 37.5 points per game. Right behind them was 6-foot-8 sophomore forward Rodney Bullock.Now a junior, Bullock is the face of a Friars team that is hoping to return to the NCAA tournament for a fourth straight year. Bullock averaged 11.4 points per game in 2015-16, and he scored 18 points in a 80-58 victory in the season opener against Vermont.Junior Kyron Cartwright takes over for Dunn at point guard and brings a high IQ to the court, allowing the offense to flow through him. Junior forward Emmitt Holt led the Friars with 22 points against Vermont. Holt, who played as a freshman at Indiana, was 8-for-12 shooting and snatched five rebounds as well.OSU has struggled early on with communication on defensive switches on pick-and-roll action, which will be greatly test against sixth-year Providence coach Ed Cooley’s offense.For a team that missed out on the NCAA tournament last season, the Buckeyes see the matchup against Providence as a win that could give an early jolt to the resume. The early losses in 2015-16 to Texas-Arlington and Louisiana Tech ended up being a major factor into why the Buckeyes were not in the field of 68 in March.“Thinking back on last year, I don’t think we want that to happen this year again. We don’t want to drop early non-conference games like we did last year,” Bates-Diop said. “Those two games pretty much kept us out last year. I don’t like missing the tournament.”OSU has had its struggles, but a win over a notable opponent from the Big East would do a lot for the confidence of the Scarlet and Gray.“The focus is on just trying to get better, to get guys to play their best basketball and do that collectively,” Matta said. “We’ve shown some signs at times to do some pretty good things, but it’s been more about us and trying to get that flow of who we are.” read more
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers next month will begin dredging at the mouth of the Columbia River near Astoria, Ore., part of annual maintenance work that’s expected to continue through this fall.The Corps carries out dredging and other work on the river each year to keep the federal navigation channel safe for commercial shipping. Operations at the mouth of the river are expected to start by July 1.Dredging work at the Columbia’s mouth should be finished by October, according to the Corps. Work on the rest of the river, as far upstream as river mile 137, east of Camas and Washougal, is expected to wrap up by December.Commercial and recreational fisherman who have equipment near the mouth of the river can consult the U.S. Coast Guard’s Local Notice to Mariners for specific information about dredging and placement locations. The notice is available at http://www.navcen.uscg.gov. read more
News Twitter Streaming sites are able to monetize and make millions through online advertisements, while content creators receive nothing. The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) is the U.K. record industry’s trade association and is one entity trying to stop stream ripping. “We hope that responsible advertisers, search engines and hosting providers will also reflect on the ethics of supporting sites that enrich themselves by defrauding creators,” BPI chief executive Geoff Taylor told the Independent.Stream ripping remains one of the easiest and most popular methods of downloading that can be easily abused and is regularly, for infringing purposes. Above all, it hurts musicians.The Independent also referenced the voluntary shut down of the MP3Fiber website. In the U.S., on Aug. 3 Billboard reported that the major labels filed lawsuits against FLVTO.biz and 2conv.com, both “Russia-based illegal stream-ripping websites.” A YouTube spokesperson made it clear to the Independent that such abuses break their Terms of Service, saying, “Once notified of an infringing tool, or service that allows the downloading of a YouTube video without permission from the content owner we take appropriate action.” YouTube has “invested heavily” in copyright and management tools, it says.Like the Freedom Radio Hour DJs address in the above video, people used to rip off Beethoven’s sheet music so there will be infringing uses, some of them very serious. At best stream ripping makes that easier and at worst it encourages mass consumers to bend and break the rules any way they want to, an internet chaos that has charms and also victims.Maybe some things never change, but this one should. We know what the problem is. Fix it, don’t rip it.Upcoming Spotify Renegotiations Magnify Tussles With LabelsRead more Facebook Email YouTube Download Sites A Threat To Music Industry youtube-downloading-sites-biggest-music-industry-threat https://twitter.com/RogerMcGuinn/status/1025093257385177089 YouTube Downloading Sites Biggest Music Industry Threat Livelihoods get hurt, massively and daily, by stream recording off platforms such as YouTubePhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Sep 13, 2018 – 4:55 pm While YouTube offers the ability to watch content at no cost, websites that “stream rip” music allow people to convert a YouTube video into an MP3 file and keep it. These sites are attracting millions and are the biggest threat to the music industry, numbers show. According to the Independent “A third of young people use sites that illegally convert videos from Youtube to MP3 files” in the U.K. The effects of stream ripping have come to light thanks to a crackdown that began in 2016 and is underway in an effort by companies in the U.S. and the U.K.On Jan. 12, the U.S. Trade Representative released the 2017 Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets, identifying the worst of the worst, including stream rippers. In its sections on positive developments since the year before it references successful enforcement efforts such as the shut down of Youtube-mp3.org. It also identifies Convert2MP3.net as one of the worst offenders however for a more detailed description of what stream ripping is, a footnote advises to see the previous year’s report. This is a sign of a persistent problem. read more
WILMINGTON, MA — The Boston Metro Hi-Railers model train club will host its holiday season open house on Saturday, December 8, from 10am to 4pm, at 5 Waltham Street in Wilmington. Admission costs $10 for families and $5 for individuals. Children under 10 are FREE.The open house will feature attractions for families, train enthusiasts and hobbyists alike. The three children’s layouts allow boys and girls of all sizes to have a hands on experience running trains, operating trackside accessories or just watching others.The open house will offer a few updates to the layout club members have been working on over the last several months. The most recent progress has been on the train station modeled after the Union Station at Troy, N.Y.Opened in 1900, Troy finally got a “modern” looking station after three previous buildings were built and then replaced on the same site. The last depot was designed by Reed & Stem, who eventually worked on Grand Central Terminal. The Troy station pioneered individual train platform sheds reached by an underground passageway instead of one huge shed. This fourth station was a colonial revival design with Beaux Arts columns and decorated by Grecian castings. The station was 400 feet, and the passenger tracks weren’t much longer. Most trains blocked grade crossings at each end of the station. By 1910, there were 130 passenger trains a day stopping at this busy depot and eventually three railroads came to dominate the traffic at this passenger station: the Delaware and Hudson RR, the New York Central RR and the Boston & Maine RR. As passenger traffic declined in the 1950′s the demolition of Troy Union Station became inevitable and after the last passenger service left town in January of 1958 the station was demolished early the following year.Another featured structure is the curved trestle being built in a corner of the train room, but destined to span the gorge near the “bubble” at one end of the layout. A trestle bridge is composed of several short spans supported by such frames.Timber and iron “trestles” (trestle bridges) were extensively used in the early days of railroading, with timber trestle making up from 1 percent to 3 percent of the total length of the average railroad in that era. Many timber trestles were built with the expectation that they would be temporary.Timber trestles remain common in some applications, most notably for bridge approaches crossing floodways, where earth fill would dangerously obstruct floodwater.A familiar scene to past attendees is the club’s depiction of Scranton, Penn., in the era of steam locomotives giving way to diesel powered engines. Scranton is the geographic and cultural center of the Lackawanna River valley, and the largest of the former anthracite coal mining communities that also includes Wilkes-Barre, Pittston, and Carbondale. The city took its first step toward earning its reputation as the Electric City when electric lights were introduced in 1880 at Dickson Locomotive Works. Six years later, the nation’s first streetcars powered exclusively by electricity began operating in the city.The Boston Metro Hi-Railers are a social group and take part in outings to railroad related points of interest apart from our train room on Waltham Street. We have visited a master modeler in Peabody who has created a large cityscape in HO scale, the Waushakum Live Steamers and ridden on their adult carrying cars and travelled to Maine to visit the Seashore Trolley Museum, the world’s oldest and largest museum of its kind.For more information, visit http://www.bmhrc.com.(NOTE: The above announcement is from the Boston Metro Hi-Railers.)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 firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPHOTOS: Model Trail Club Holds Open House At Wilmington HeadquartersIn “Photo of the Day”Wilmington Model Train Club To Hold Open House, Kids Get In FreeIn “Community”Wilmington’s Boston Metro Hi-Railers Club To Hold Open House On Dec. 10In “Community” read more
WILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights of the Wilmington Police Log for Wednesday, July 3, 2019:A Salem Street caller stated a suspicious party was near his lawn looking at the jet ski he has for sale. Party left on a bicycle. Police were unable to locate party (1:21am)Animal Control Officer removed soup can stuck on the head of a raccoon on Dadant Drive. Raccoon was OK and sent on its way. (7:12am)A caller reported possible drug activity in a black 2019 Chevy Impala in the Target parking lot. Police responded. Jeffrey Doherty (31, Woburn) was arrested for being a fugitive of justice, trafficking in cocaine (18 grams or more, less than 36 grams) and trafficking in more than 10 grams of fentanyl. Rachel M. Adams (33, Cambridge) was arrested for possession of a Class A Drug and possession of a Class B Drug. Animal Control Officer retrieved dog that was in the vehicle and dropped off to a family member in Woburn. (10:36am)A caller reported she was involved in a scam and stated the scammer has her social security number. Police investigated and confirmed a flim flam scam of $1,000. (11:05am)Police Department responded to complaints of fireworks on Lowell Street. All clear. (10:33pm)Police Department received another report of fireworks being lit on Lowell Street. Residents denied lighting off fireworks, but said fireworks had been lit off at Yentile Farm Park. (11:12pm)Police Department found remnants of fireworks on Lowell Street and remained in area to check for anyone lighting them off. (11:22pm)(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? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for July 27: OUI Arrest; Woman Brings Caged Bird To Town BeachIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 1: Man Arrested For OUI (Drugs); Resident Taps Into & Damages Fire HydrantIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 18: Cat Gets Stuck In Wall After Plastering Project; Baby Raccoons Get Stuck In ChimneyIn “Police Log” read more
Citation: Astronomers observe a supergiant fast X-ray transient prototype (2016, October 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-10-astronomers-supergiant-fast-x-ray-transient.html Discovered in 2003 by ESA’s International Gamma-Ray Astrophysics Laboratory (INTEGRAL) space observatory, IGR J17544-2619 has a quiescent X-ray luminosity and one of the shortest measured orbital periods among SFXTs – about 4.9 days. The source also showcases the most extreme X-ray variability among all other SFXTs.In March 2015, Bozzo’s team conducted a multi-wavelength observational campaign of IGR J17544-2619, using ESA’s X-ray Multi-Mirror Mission (XMM–Newton) and NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) spacecraft. By observing the source simultaneously with both space observatories, the scientists managed to catch it in an initial faint X-ray state and then while undergoing a bright X-ray outburst.”We report on a 150 ks-long observational campaign performed in the direction of IGR J17544-2619 simultaneously with XMM–Newton and NuSTAR. During these observations, the source remained in a very low quiescent state for most of the time, and then, toward the end of the observations, it underwent a bright outburst comprising three distinct short flares lasting in total about 7 ks,” the researchers wrote in the paper.As was noted by the team, IGR J17544-2619 was initially caught by both telescopes during an extended quiescent period, which covered the first 33 hours and 20 minutes of observations. However, this state of quiescence did not deliver the expected crucial information on the nature of the source, as the statistics of the data were too low to carry out a time-resolved spectral analysis.When a bright outburst abruptly interrupted the quiescent period, it enabled the team to obtain invaluable information about the activity of this source. The outburst happened at the end of the X-ray observations and lasted nearly two hours. This violent event consisted of three distinct fast flares, among which the first was the faintest one and the other two achieved a luminosity 1,600 times brighter than quiescence. The second flare allowed the scientists to observe significant spectral variability.The researchers took advantage of the high statistics and good energy resolution of the instruments aboard the two space telescopes to investigate the properties of the source’s X-ray emission during the quiescence and outburst periods.”We studied the spectral variability during outburst and quiescence by using a thermal and bulk Comptonization model that is typically adopted to describe the X-ray spectral energy distribution of young pulsars in high mass X-ray binaries,” the paper reads.Complementary to the observations carried out with XMM–Newton and NuSTAR, the scientists also used the X-ray Telescope (XRT) aboard NASA’s Swift Gamma-Ray Burst Mission to investigate IGR J17544-2619. Data from XRT showed that the source remained in a low emission state for most of the time. These results are consistent with the known property of all SFXTs being significantly sub-luminous compared to other supergiant X-ray binaries. Explore further More information: Multi-wavelength observations of IGR J17544-2619 from quiescence to outburst, arXiv:1610.02648 [astro-ph.HE] arxiv.org/abs/1610.02648AbstractIn this paper we report on a long multi-wavelength observational campaign of the supergiant fast X-ray transient prototype IGR J17544-2619. A 150 ks-long observation was carried out simultaneously with XMM-Newton and NuSTAR, catching the source in an initial faint X-ray state and then undergoing a bright X-ray outburst lasting about 7 ks. We studied the spectral variability during outburst and quiescence by using a thermal and bulk Comptonization model that is typically adopted to describe the X-ray spectral energy distribution of young pulsars in high mass X-ray binaries. Although the statistics of the collected X-ray data were relatively high we could neither confirm the presence of a cyclotron line in the broad-band spectrum of the source (0.5-40 keV), nor detect any of the previously reported tentative detection of the source spin period. The monitoring carried out with Swift/XRT during the same orbit of the system observed by XMM-Newton and NuSTAR revealed that the source remained in a low emission state for most of the time, in agreement with the known property of all supergiant fast X-ray transients being significantly sub-luminous compared to other supergiant X-ray binaries. Optical and infrared observations were carried out for a total of a few thousands of seconds during the quiescence state of the source detected by XMM-Newton and NuSTAR. The measured optical and infrared magnitudes were slightly lower than previous values reported in the literature, but compatible with the known micro-variability of supergiant stars. UV observations obtained with the UVOT telescope on-board Swift did not reveal significant changes in the magnitude of the source in this energy domain compared to previously reported values. © 2016 Phys.org New infrared source detected in supernova remnant RCW 103 Artist’s impression of a Supergiant Fast X-ray Transient. The light curve at the bottom-right was retrieved by INTEGRAL from the supergiant fast X-ray transient source IGR J17544-2619 on Sept. 17, 2003. Credit: ESA. (Phys.org)—A team of astronomers led by Enrico Bozzo of the University of Geneva, Switzerland, has recently studied a prototype of a supergiant fast x-ray transient (SFXT), designated IGR J17544-2619. The researchers investigated its spectral variability during outburst and quiescence, as this source exhibits one of the most extreme levels of X-ray variability among other objects in the same class. The findings were presented in a paper published Oct. 9 on arXiv.org. This document is subject to copyright. 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Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — Former Solidaridad mayor, Mauricio Góngora Escalante, is expected to be transferred to Playa del Carmen within the week to face allegations of embezzlement and negligence in the performance of his duties while mayor.The transfer will come at the request of the Special Prosecutor’s Office of Quintana Roo. Rosaura Villanueva Arzapalo, head of the Prosecutor’s Office specializing in The Fight Against Corruption, explained that Góngora Escalante is linked to two investigations that were opened against him.One of those is for the crime of embezzlement in the amount of 155 million peso and another for negligence in the performance of the public function for 5 million peso.Góngora Escalante was arrested January 25 in Mexico City for his alleged responsibility in the financial loss of the municipality of Solidaridad and for alleged irregular performance of the public function.At the time of the arrest, the head of the Anticorruption Prosecutor’s Office, through a communiqué, announced that there were three administrative files before a judge. The first for the crime of irregular performance of the public function for damages of 594 million pesos. The second for embezzlement of 5 million peso and a third for embezzlement of 155 million peso.For legal purposes, the date of transfer of Góngora Escalante to Playa del Carmen has not been released with Villanueva Arzapalo referring to it as a “legal strategy”.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) read more
Home Price Appreciation Housing Market Redfin 2016-07-06 Seth Welborn July 6, 2016 537 Views Competitive Housing Market Presents Challenges in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Multiple bids have taken over as the top challenge buyers face in the increasingly competitive housing market, according to a new study by Redfin.Steady home price appreciation has made for a more competitive market heading into summer. Earlier this week, CoreLogic reported an increase of nearly 6 percent year-over-year in May for the median home price.CoreLogic chief economist Frank Nothaft said of the recent home price appreciation, which is expected to continue into next spring, “The consistently solid growth in home prices has been driven by the highest resale activity in nine years and a still-tight housing inventory.”Increased competition in the housing market has frustrated some buyers, some of whom, according to the Redfin study, are increasingly placing multiple bids to up odds of winning a bidding war and increase the probability of getting an offer accepted. Half the agents polled (about 400) said that multiple offers were the greatest challenge buyers faced in the second quarter, whereas in the previous two quarters, low inventory was buyers’ primary challenge.The trouble is, according to Redfin, the multiple-bid strategy, born of buyer frustration, is not a sound one.”I recommend that [homebuyers] in this situation take a step back and consider what’s most important to them in their next home and how far they’re willing to go to get it,” said James Gulden, a Redfin agent based in Boston. “That way, they can be in the right mindset to make an offer they feel good about on a home they truly love when it hits the market.”Likewise, home sellers need to beware that the highest offer is not necessarily the best offer. Their agent should help them vet the offer closely and consider many factors other than price, including how committed the buyer is to this particular home and how willing and able they are to close.According to the study, 39 percent of agents said negative or surprising inspection results were the main reason purchase contracts fell through this spring, while 25 percent said the buyers simply changed their mind about purchasing the home.”It’s not necessarily true that the inspection reveals major issues or that the buyers just got cold feet,” said San Diego-based agent Jeremy Paul. “It’s more that the buyers who are making multiple offers at prices they may not be able to afford just to get an offer accepted often use the inspection as a chance to negotiate significant credits in order to reduce costs. When the seller won’t budge, the buyers move on.”Redfin’s study, perhaps surprisingly, embraces the notion of buyers bidding on fixer-uppers because they are less in demand and less money.”I’ve been advising a lot of my buyers to consider homes that may need a little TLC in desirable neighborhoods within the inner core of the city,” said Austin-based agent Andrew Vallejo. “Competition is high in the hot neighborhoods, but if buyers are willing to reconsider their priorities it’s possible to find a great home without the worry of a bidding war and without breaking the bank.” Share read more
To mark International Women’s Day this Thursday (8 March 2018), APT has announced its first women-only tour to the Kimberley, with a one off departure on 23 August 2018 aimed at aligning likeminded female travellers. Hosted by Jenny Pullman, a Kimberley Driver-Guide with APT for three years, the 15-day Kimberley Complete, Broome return tour will explore the wonders of the region, from stunning Mitchell Falls by helicopter to breathtaking Bungle Bungles at sunset, with accommodation at El Questro and APT’s exclusively owned Bungle Bungle, Mitchell Falls and Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodges. “There is often limited availability for single or small groups to join and meet other solo travellers, we set out to create a departure that would bring likeminded female travellers together to explore a remote and vast destination with companions that they otherwise may not have had the opportunity to travel with,” said Pullman. Guests also have the option to extend their journey and join the Kimberley Coast Cruise on the expedition small ship, MS Caledonian Sky for a 10-night cruise. Places are strictly limited and will sell out. CLICK HERE for more information. aptInternational Women’s DayKimberleywomen read more
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