More than 80 international cricket matches played by Pakistan could be probed by the Anti Corruption Unit (ACU) of the International Cricket Council (ICC), it was reported on Monday.The cricket world was stunned on Sunday after a British newspaper’s sting operation showed how Pakistani bowlers Mohd Asif and Mohd Aamer bowled three noballs during the recently-concluded Lord’s Test at the exact moment suggested by Mazhar Majeed, a fixer. Majeed charged the newspaper’s undercover reporter 150,000 to get the bowlers to bowl these no- balls.The Daily Telegraph, a London-based newspaper, said: “Sources said that the ICC’s anti- corruption unit, whose investigators flew in from their base in Dubai yesterday (Sunday), would study all 82 Tests and one-day matches played by Pakistan in the period Mr (Mazhar) Majeed reportedly claimed to have rigged matches.” Majeed had also bragged about having fixed the Sydney Test against Australia in January, a match that the Pakistanis dominated throughout but eventually lost by a mere 36 runs. But Ricky Ponting, who captained Australia in that series, insisted that they won the game fair and square.Meanwhile, the British media reported that police detectives investigating the case found large quantities of cash in the hotel rooms occupied by several Pakistani cricketers. According to The Independent newspaper, the police action raises “the possibility of members of an international cricket team being arrested and facing prosecution in Britain before the tourists leave after the final game of their summer tour on 22 September.” Veena Malik, popular Pakistani actress and former girlfriend of fast bowler Mohammed Asif, has claimed she has proof of the pacer’s involvement, alleging that he has been in touch with bookmakers in the past.advertisementVeena, who had a much publicised break up with Asif this year, said he had been in touch with an Indian bookmaker named (Dheeraj) Dikshit, who paid him for spot fix matches. ” Asif used to call him and other bookies. I have evidence of the messages he exchanged with them,” she claimed.She said Asif had told her that Pakistan would not win any Test series until 2010 and that good money was to be made from spot-fixing without affecting the results of the matches. ” I have more evidence of his involvement and I can show that he and some other players also indulged in spot- fixing on the Australian tour (this year),” she said.The first significant fallout of the dramatic events over Sunday and Monday is that former top cricketers and administrators have asked for the immediate suspension of the players involved in the alleged spot fixing scandal.Javed Miandad, director general of cricket with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), led the outcry to recall the accused players should be called back from England while former ICC CEO Malcolm Speed of Australia said Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) should be suspended from international cricket.England captain Andrew Strauss called for anyone found guilty of match fixing to be banned from international cricket for life. ” If someone is proven to categorically be guilty then the only way forward is for them not to play international cricket again,” the England captain said.Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar told a television news channel, that action needs to be taken against the Pakistani players if the allegations are conclusively proved with enough evidence. “Whoever is indulging in this should be punished. If it is proved that the no- balls were deliberate and induced by money, then yes, they should be punished. But I like a lot more proof before making a conclusion.” Former India captain Kapil Dev largely blamed the authorities for the events. “The PCB has to take a lot of responsibility, as does the ICC,” he said. ” When there are people who have been put there to do only this job (preventing corruption), these things shouldn’t happen. But it’s happening.Everybody has to take responsibility for this – we all do – but the PCB has more responsibility than anyone else,” he said.The ICC, while silent on the issue of immediate action, was guarded in its statement. ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat said: “The International Cricket Council (ICC), England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) are committed to a zero-tolerance approach to corruption. All allegations of betting irregularities or fixing of matches or incidents within matches are investigated thoroughly by the ICC’s internationally respected Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) and this case is no different.”He added that the prompt and decisive action will be taken against those who seek to harm it. “However,” he said, “the facts must first be established through a thorough investigation and it is important to respect the right of due process when addressing serious allegations of this sort. Make no mistake – once the process is complete, if any players are found to be guilty, the ICC will ensure that the appropriate punishment is handed out. We will not tolerate corruption in this great game.”advertisementICC president Sharad Pawar clarified on Monday that the One-Day International series between Pakistan and England would continue as schedule “in the greater interest of the game.” On the investigations, he said: “Until and unless the British authorities complete investigation, which we hope will be done in two-three days, and establish there is prima facie case it is difficult for the PCB to take appropriate action. As per our information, PCB president is preparing a confidential report which will be submitted to the president and prime minster.”
Mumbai, Dec 12 (PTI) Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis condoled the demise of Shetkari Sanghatna leader Sharad Joshi today.”Saddened by the demise of an advocate, an activist and a leader of farmers, an economist Sharad Joshi,” Fadnavis said.”His struggle for better marketing facilities and new technologies for farming will be remembered and we will take it forward for betterment of farmers,” he tweeted.Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse, Leader of Opposition in the state Assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil and in the Council Dhananjay Munde also hailed Joshis contribution towards welfare of farmers.They said Joshis agitation for farmers had only one agenda — fetching farmers proper price for their crop.Joshi, 81, died of old age in Pune today.Joshi floated Shetkari Sanghatana in 1979 to fight for farmers cause and came into limelight with an agitation of onion growers in 1980 to demand remunerative prices for the produce. He was also member of Rajya Sabha from 2004-10. PTI MR DK HU SNK
MSSA: Harsh fires Campion into final London: Frank Lampard was denied a winning start in his first match in charge of Chelsea as Bohemians struck late to earn a 1-1 draw in a friendly on Wednesday. Lampard named two separate line-ups for the first and second half in Dublin with a host of youngsters from the club’s academy given their chance to shine. Belgian international Michy Batshuayi, who has spent the last 18 months on loan at Borussia Dortmund, Valencia and Crystal Palace, also took the opportunity to show his predatory instincts by opening the scoring. However, in the final minute, trialist Eric Molloy lashed in a memorable leveller for the League of Ireland side. Chelsea will next face St. Patrick’s in the Irish capital on Saturday before embarking on a tour of Japan to take on Kawasaki Frontale and Barcelona.Related News Tottenham Hotspur appoint Jose Mourinho as manager Miquel Blazquez Font to emerge as a competent sports journalist in the sporting world Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates
India entered the final as the joint most successful team in the history of the tournament, having won the coveted trophy thrice. But Manjot Kalra’s commanding 101 not out helped India create history.India had previously won the tournament in 2000, 2008 and 2012.This is the 12th edition of the tournament which started in 1988. The inaugural event was won by Australia. The team from Down Under were also victorious in 2002 and 2010. The previous edition in 2016 was won by West Indies, which was their first win.England were the winners in 1998 while Pakistan were the consecutive champions in 2004 and 2006. South Africa were the U19 World Cup winners in 2014.The sub-continent team achieved the feat without losing a single game in the tournament. They won all of their six games including the final.Batting first in the final, Jonathan Merlo made a solid 76 before the India’s left-arm spin duo of Shiva Singh and Anukul Roy sprung pulled back the opposition to bowl them out for 216.Aussies were cruising at 183 for four before the Indian spinners engineered the collapse with Jason Sangha-led side losing its last six wickets for 33 runs.Ishan Porel, Shiva Singh, Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Anukul Roy all took two wickets each while pacer Shivam Mavi scalped a single wicket.In reply, openers Shaw and Manjot Kalra gave India a solid start before the skipper departed for 29 in the 12th over with India on 71. Kalra was then joined by India’s highest run-getter in the tournament, Shubman Gill. The pair added 60 runs for the second wicket. Gill was dismissed on 31 by off-spinner Param Uppal.advertisementManjot steadied the ship along with wicketkeeper batsman Harvik Desai and kept India on top of the game throughout with India reaching the 150-run mark in the 27th over.After a brief spell, where he kept quiet, Manjot again started to get on top of the bowlers — starting with a towering six of the bowling off Lloyd Pope in the 29th over.Desai supported Manjot perfectly as India built another 50-run stand before the southpaw finally completed his century in the 39th over of the bowling off Sutherland to take India closer to victory after India’s 200 came up in the 36th over with a boundary from Desai.Desai, who was dropped on 40 by Uppal, finally finished the game off with a boundary in the 39th over to give India the victory. This was also the first time Rahul Dravid lifted a World Cup.Kalra remained unbeaten on 101 while Desai finished with 47 not out.
Revlon, The Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) and Lilly Tartikoff are proud to announce the 20th Anniversary of the EIF Revlon Run/Walk For Women.Revlon Brand Ambassadors Emma Stone and Olivia Wilde will host the 2013 event in New York on Saturday, May 4th and Halle Berry will host in Los Angeles on Saturday, May 11th with co-hosts Entertainment Tonight’s Brooke Anderson and Dancing with the Stars’ Carrie Ann Inaba. Laura Linda Bradley has been asked to be one of this year’s celebrity supporters and runners for the LA race.Stone and Wilde are returning to co-host the New York Run/Walk, while Berry, celebrating her seventh year with the EIF Revlon Run/Walk, will host the Los Angeles event. To date, nearly one million people have participated in the EIF Revlon Run/Walk for Women and the Run/Walks have distributed more than $68 million to support women’s cancer research, counseling and outreach programs. The Run/Walk was launched in 1994 through the combined efforts of Lilly Tartikoff, Ronald O. Perelman , Chairman of Revlon, Inc., and EIF. The event originated in Los Angeles and a second event in New York City was added shortly after.“I am truly honored to host the 2013 EIF Revlon Run/Walk for Women,” says Wilde. “Before joining the Revlon family, I actually participated in the Los Angeles event and still remember it as one of the most moving experiences I’ve ever had. At that time, I never imagined that I would become a Run/Walk host, let alone a two-time host! I urge everyone to come out and join me in New York on May 4th. If you can’t be there, you can still get involved by making a donation online to fight women’s cancer.”“Like millions of others, I too have been touched by cancer, so the EIF Revlon Run/Walk for Women is deeply important to me. My role as a Revlon Ambassador gives me a platform to speak out on the issue of women’s cancer and I hope that as host of this year’s New York event, we can continue to work together to build awareness and raise funds to find a cure for this disease,” said Stone.“It’s hard to find the words to describe exactly what it feels like to be among tens of thousands of cancer survivors, patients, loved ones and supporters at the EIF Revlon Run/Walk. All I can say is that I cannot imagine a more important and more inspirational way to spend a Saturday morning. I hope we can celebrate the Run/Walk’s 20th anniversary with record-breaking attendance and fundraising as we fight this disease together,” said Berry.The New York race will start in Times Square and finish in Central Park where there will be a health expo as well as a survivor ceremony. The Los Angeles race will take place at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum at Exposition Park. Early registration is encouraged and can be done by clicking here or by calling the event hotline at 855.434.3779. Registration is also available on site for both events.Participants are encouraged to fundraise individually or create teams. For those people who are not able to make it to the New York or Los Angeles events can register for the EIF Revlon Run/Walk in Your Dreams. Run/Walk In Your Dreams gives participants the opportunity to fundraise for the event from afar and receive the same rewards participants in New York and Los Angeles enjoy. Supporters of the Run/Walk can join the conversation by liking them on Facebook or by following them on Twitter.“Revlon has been involved with the EIF Revlon Run/Walk since its inception and every year, we are reminded of how important it is to keep up the fight against women’s cancers until we find a cure,” says Ronald Perelman , co-founder of the Run/Walk and co-founder of the Revlon/UCLA Women’s Cancer Research Program. “I would like to thank all of the volunteers and city officials who help make our event possible each year.”“It’s hard to believe that it’s already been 20 years!” says Lilly Tartikoff, co-founder of the EIF Revlon Run/Walk for Women and co-founder of the Revlon/UCLA Women’s Cancer Research Program. “Women truly are our inspiration and the force behind our success. Their spirit and passion has made it possible to raise the much-needed funds that have helped to deliver a non-toxic treatment for breast cancer called Herceptin. In addition, there is another hopeful non-toxic treatment on the way. We are grateful to everyone for making this possible.”“EIF is grateful to everyone at Revlon, Lilly Tartikoff, the entertainment industry, survivors, supporters and participants for 20 years of commitment,” says Lisa Paulsen, President and CEO of the Entertainment Industry Foundation. “Their tireless effort and overwhelming support has made the EIF Revlon Run/Walk for Women an incredible success.”New York beneficiaries include: Actors’ Fund of America, Albert Einstein Cancer Center, CancerCare, Gilda’s Club NYC, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, William F. Ryan Community Health Center, EIF’s Women’s Cancer Programs (NWCRA). Los Angeles event beneficiaries include: Gilda Radner Hereditary Cancer Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Providence Saint Joseph Foundation, Revlon/UCLA Women’s Cancer Research Program, USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, Cancer Support Community, and Women of Color Breast Cancer Survivors’ Support Project.National Sponsors for the 2013 EIF Revlon Run/Walk For Women include: title sponsor Revlon, double platinum sponsor Toyota, platinum sponsor Rite Aid, and sponsors Georgetown Cupcake and The Walking Company. Award sponsors include exhale mind body spa, LeSportsac, Newton Running and Marika.New York sponsors include platinum sponsor smartwater; gold sponsors Bloomberg, Dunkin’ Donuts and Lucille Roberts Womens Fitness; and media sponsors, Fresh 102.7, NBC 4 New York and Telemundo New York. Los Angeles sponsors include double platinum sponsor Macy’s; platinum sponsors ABC7 Los Angeles and Aquafina Water; gold sponsors Astellas USA Foundation, Cancer Treatment Centers of America; silver sponsor Wells Fargo Capital Finance and media sponsors 104.3MYFM & Talk Radio 790 KABC.Source:PR Newswire
NEW YORK, N.Y. – McDonald’s is taking cheeseburgers and chocolate milk off its Happy Meal menu in an effort to cut down on the calories, sodium, saturated fat and sugar that kids consume at its restaurants.Diners can still ask specifically for cheeseburgers or chocolate milk with the kid’s meal, but the fast-food company said that not listing them will reduce how often they’re ordered. Since it removed soda from the Happy Meal menu four years ago, orders for it with Happy Meals have fallen 14 per cent, the company said. Hamburgers and Chicken McNuggets will remain the main entrees on the Happy Meal menu.The Happy Meal, which has been around for nearly 40 years, has long been a target of health advocates and parents who link it to childhood obesity. McDonald’s has made many tweaks over the years, including cutting the size of its fries and adding fruit. Most recently, it swapped out its apple juice for one that has less sugar.It’s been especially important as the company tries to shake its junk-food image, since McDonald’s is known for getting more business from families with children relative to its traditional rivals, such as Burger King and Wendy’s. McDonald’s doesn’t say how much revenue it makes from the $3 Happy Meal, but the company said 30 per cent of all visits come from families.McDonald’s will make the changes, including new nutritional standards for the Happy Meal changes, by June in the United States.“It’s a good step in the right direction,” said Margo Wootan, the vice-president for nutrition at the Center for Science in the Public Interest. “We would love to see many more restaurants do the same.”McDonald’s said Thursday that it wants all its Happy Meal options to have 600 calories or fewer and have less than 650 milligrams of sodium. It also wants less than 10 per cent of the meal’s calories to come from saturated fat and the same percentage to come from added sugar.The cheeseburger and chocolate milk didn’t meet those new standards, the Oak Brook, Illinois-based company said. It is, however, working to cut sugar from the chocolate milk and believes it’ll be back on the Happy Meal menu eventually — but doesn’t know when that will happen.Trudy Munk, a mother of three from Lombard, Illinois, who was at a McDonald’s with her 3-year-old niece on Thursday, said she wasn’t sure if the changes would make much of a difference.“I just feel like if you are coming to McDonalds, you’re not necessarily looking for the healthiest option,” she said. “I see it as a treat and I don’t mind getting my kids French fries or the cheeseburgers.”There will be other tweaks: The six-piece chicken nugget Happy Meal will now come with a kids-sized fries instead of a small, lowering calories and sodium from the fries by half. And bottled water will be added as an option to the Happy Meal menu, but will cost extra. Currently, the Happy Meal menu lists milk, chocolate milk and apple juice. Soda does not cost extra.For international restaurants, McDonald’s Corp. said that at least half of the Happy Meal options available must meet its new nutritional guidelines. The company said some are adding new menu items to comply, like in Italy, where a grilled chicken sandwich was added to the Happy Meal menu._____Associated Press video journalist Carrie Antlfinger in Oak Brook, Illinois, contributed to this report._____Contact Joseph Pisani at http://twitter.com/josephpisani
WASHINGTON — The president’s chief economic adviser says he expects China to retaliate over increased tariffs, after talks in Washington ended without a deal on trade.Larry Kudlow also tells “Fox News Sunday” that President Donald Trump’s plan to raise US tariffs to 25 per cent across the board could take months to take effect.The United States began raising tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports from 10% to 25% on Friday after American officials accused Beijing of backtracking on commitments made in earlier rounds of negotiations.The two countries are sparring over U.S. allegations that China steals technology and pressures American companies into handing over trade secrets, part of an aggressive campaign to turn Chinese companies into world leaders in robotics, electric cars and other advanced industries.The Associated Press
Meanwhile, four suspects arrested over the incident were today ordered to be remanded till October 9. On Tuesday, a group led by monks protested outside a shelter housing 31 refugees – most of them women and children – who had been rescued by the Sri Lankan Navy from a boat in Sri Lankan waters in April this year.The refugees were eventually evacuated to safety by the authorities. In Sri Lanka, the presence of refugees and asylum-seekers is authorized by the Government. (Colombo Gazette) The Colombo Crimes Division (CCD) has summoned two monks accused of threatening Rohingya refugees in Mount Lavinia.The Police said that the Venerable Akmeemana Dayarathna Thero and Arambepola Rathnasara Thero have been ordered to appear before the CCD tomorrow. Colombo Crimes Division (CCD) was on Thursday ordered to investigate the incident in Mount Lavinia involving Rohingya refugees.
LONDON — Official figures show that the British economy shrank by a quarterly rate of 0.2% in the second quarter of the year.The decline reported Friday by the Office for National Statistics was unexpected. Most economists thought that the economy would be flat.The Associated Press
The Antonov cargo plane, organized by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), was stocked with 14 tons of aid materials including tents, plastic sheeting, jerry cans and clothes, as well food. The DRC Government has also supplied two tons of medical supplies to the area. The UN estimates that up to 30,000 people may have been displaced by the clashes in Bunia, which has a population of roughly 300,000.Located some 50 kilometres from the Ugandan border, the town remains “urgently in need of humanitarian aid,” an OCHA spokesman in Geneva said today.
Scotland and Northern Ireland will be a little cooler, but even eastern parts of Scotland will reach the low twenties at times.Unusually, the heatwave comes from the same region as the “Beast from the East” that froze Britain just weeks ago. Warm air is arriving in Britain from southern Russia, heating up as it passes over Germany with the high pressure over the UK helping temperatures rise. Bluebell fields in Snettisham, NorfolkCredit:Terry Harris /THA Highs of over 29.1ºC would be the hottest day of the year, beating the April 19 high that was recorded in London. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Good morning, Patrick here. Most areas will be dry with plenty of sunshine, and becoming very warm in places. However, cloud and patchy rain will affect the far north and northwest of Scotland, and low cloud or fog will affect some Irish Sea coasts. https://t.co/buNIH9sWMC pic.twitter.com/a0n6qONhN4— Met Office (@metoffice) May 6, 2018 Monday is set to be the hottest early May Bank Holiday since records began.The early May Bank Holiday was introduced in 1978 and the previous high was recorded at 23.6ºC in 1999. Monday is set to eclipse that record with temperatures expected to reach 28ºC.The hottest temperature over the three-day weekend was in 1995 when highs peaked at 28.6ºC on the Saturday, though it is likely that Britain will just fall short of that.Mark Wilson, Met Office forecaster, said: “Monday is exceptionally likely to be the warmest early May Bank Holiday Monday since the holiday began in 1978.”There’s also a 30 per cent chance that Monday will exceed 28.6ºC to be the warmest day recorded over the whole Saturday to Monday early May Bank Holiday weekend.”It’s a weekend for sun tan lotion with increasing sunshine and very good temperatures 10ºC above average.”The London area will be warmest, with Sunday having a chance of 27ºC and Tuesday still at 26ºC, but even the North could see 25ºC on Monday.” Brian Gaze, The Weather Outlook forecaster, added: “It’s Bank Holiday bliss for Britain as super weather coincides with a holiday weekend for a change.”Bookmaker Coral has cut the odds on this month seeing the hottest May day ever recorded to 6-4 from 2-1.Tuesday is set to reach 26ºC before temperatures cool with showers set to follow later in the week. The average daytime peak for the month of May is around 17ºC, with the highest temperature for the month on record being 32.8ºC which in 1922 and 1944.Weather map for the Bank Holiday weekend
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Once again, Andrew Demetriou, Chief Executive of AFL, has been ranked as one of the most powerful people in Australia, according to economic newspaper The Australian Financial Review.The Greek-Australian businessman, former Australian football player and sports administrator, is the son of Greek-Cypriot immigrants to Australia. He played 103 games for the North Melbourne Football Club, between 1981 and 1987, finishing his playing career with Hawthorn in 1988. Demetriou is the CEO of the Australian Football League (AFL). The AFL competition includes 18 teams all around Australia, each of them having over 40,000 members. Andrew Demetriou’s annual salary amounted $560,000 in 2004, but this year it was estimated at about $2.2 million, with growing political and social influence. He has gained hundreds of million of dollars for the AFL teams through television rights negotiations. He has also launched various campaigns against racism, drugs and domestic violence. After his retirement from playing, Demetriou was heading several companies, and was appointed CEO of the AFL Players Association in 1998. Demetriou was made CEO of the AFL in 2003, replacing Wayne Jackson. In his role as head of the AFL Commission, he has been responsible for a number of changes, including the expansion of the league from 16 to 18 teams, the restructuring of the tribunal system, and the brokering of two new television rights deals.The Australian Financial Review panel once again ranked Prime Minister Julia Gillard, as the most powerful figure in Australia, with Tony Abbott in second place.
Italian scooter manufacturer Piaggio rolled out a new model, Vespa VX 125, in India with a whopping price-tag of ₹71,380.The Vespa VX 125, the high end model in the current scooter market packs a 125cc, four-stroke, three-valve single cylinder engine which churns a power of 10.06PS at 7,500rpm and 10.6Nm of torque at 6,000 rpm. The scooter packs additional features like front disc brake, tubeless tyres and optional beige seat. The latest model also gives customers new colour options such as Portovenere Verde (metallic green) and Vibrante Rosa (dual tone red and pink). Piaggio has discontinued the black and maroon shades from the Vespa scooter range due to declining demand.”Piaggio is delighted to present Vespa VX to cater to a surging demand amongst the discerning Indian consumer. We hope to further strengthen the premium segment with the Vespa VX, offering the Indian youth that lifestyle stature they wish to be associated with. The new features not only offer a better riding experience, it brings the aspirational Indian a step closer to the Vespa Universe,” said Piaggio Vehicles (India) Chairman and Managing Director Ravi Chopra.With the addition of the new model which is being specially designed and developed for the Indian market, Piaggio hopes to expand its reach in the country. The company which currently markets two models, including the newly launched VX, plans to launch its third scooter in the sub-continent by the end of this year.”After the success of the first phase in the Vespa launch with a single model just over a year ago, Piaggio is now moving into the second phase for the expansion of the product range,” said Chopra.
Feni madrasa student Nusrat Jahan Rafi. File PhotoFeni’s Superintendent of Police Kazi Moniruzzaman has sent gifts for the family members of madrasa girl Nusrat Jahan Rafi, who died after being set fire in April, on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, reports UNB.On behalf of the SP, Sonagazi Model police station officer-in-charge Moinuddin Ahmed handed over packets of gifts to Nusrat’s grandfather Maulana Mosharraf Hossain on Saturday.Quoting the police super, the OC said the police administration remains by the side of Nusrat’s family.On 6 April, Nusrat was set afire at an examination centre allegedly by people loyal to the principal of her madrasa after he was arrested and subsequently suspended as she had accused him of sexually harassing her.She lost her battle for life on 10 April at Dhaka Medical College Hospital.
Chandra HRC-I image of HD 209458. Credit: Czesla et al., 2017. Located some 160 light years away from the Earth, HD 209458 is a G-type main sequence star very similar to our sun. It has a radius of about 1.2 solar radii and is approximately 13 percent more massive than the sun. The star is orbited by a so-called “hot Jupiter” exoplanet, circling it every 3.5 days at a distance of about 0.047 AU.HD 209458 has a relatively high rotation velocity. With a rotation period of 14.4, it rotates at about twice the solar rate. However, it is a rather inactive star, and despite its critical role in planetary mass loss, the star’s X-ray spectrum and luminosity have not yet been thoroughly studied and remain controversial. Previous measurements of the star’s soft X-ray flux are based on the available data from ESA’s X-ray Multi-Mirror Mission (XMM-Newton) spacecraft, which suffer from significant background contamination, complicating the analysis of HD 209458.So a team of astronomers led by Stefan Czesla of the University of Hamburg, Germany, has complemented the XMM-Newton data with new observations from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory. The combined analysis of the data provided by these two spacecraft allowed the researchers to obtain more details about X-ray properties of HD 209458.”We carry out a detailed analysis of our new Chandra HRC-I data, the available archival XMM-Newton observations and, finally, present a combined analysis of both data sets,” the authors wrote in the paper. The team’s analysis includes XMM-Newton data provided by observations conducted in 2000 and 2006, and a new Chandra dataset obtained thanks to observations carried out in June 2016. All these data deliver crucial information about HD 209458’s coronal X-ray emission and planetary irradiation.According to the study, HD 209458 was confirmed to be an X-ray source. The analysis shows that the star has a coronal temperature of about one million K and an emission measure of approximately 70 quindecillion cm-3, which indicates an X-ray luminosity of about 1.6 octillion erg s-1 in the 0.124-2.48 keV band. The researchers compared these results with the properties of other known stars, including our sun. “With respect to coronal temperature, HD 209458 appears to be comparable to the inactive sun or Cen A,” the paper reads. Furthermore, the team noted that the level of planetary atmospheric irradiation is sufficient to drive planetary evaporation at a rate of a few times ten billion g s-1.”At this level of activity, the planetary high-energy emission is sufficient to support mass-loss at a rate of a few times 1010 g s-1,” the researchers concluded. 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. Explore further Astronomers reveal insights into the nature of a distant ultraviolet-bright star © 2017 Phys.org Citation: X-ray observations reveal new details about the solar-type star HD 209458 (2017, August 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-08-x-ray-reveal-solar-type-star-hd.html (Phys.org)—By analyzing sets of data obtained by two X-ray space observatories, a team of German researchers has learned new insights into the nature of a solar-type star known as HD 209458. The new study, published Aug. 15 in a paper on arXiv.org, uncovers X-ray properties of the star. More information: arxiv.org/pdf/1708.04537.pdf
The Warriors limped to the NBA regular season finish line after struggling since Steph Curry went down with a Grade 2 MCL sprain on March 23. With Curry still on the sidelines, Golden State will face the always playoff tough Spurs in the first round of the NBA Playoffs.Colin thinks the Warriors are more vulnerable than at any point since winning their first title, and that San Antonio can steal a couple games, but former Suns Coach Earl Watson joined the show today and shocked Colin by predicting a Spurs first round upset over the Steph-less defending champs.According to Watson, it’s all about pace. Without Curry to push the tempo, and with KD as the primary ball handler, he predicts the series will become a slowed down halfcourt series, which favors Popovich and the Spurs. He thinks San Antonio will wrap it up in 6 or 7 games.Watch Earl Watson explain why he’s so confident that the Dubs will have an early playoff exit.“I don’t think [the Warriors] get out of the first round… LaMarcus Aldridge is going to dominate this series.” — @Earl_Watson pic.twitter.com/H63VFbzaBv— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) April 13, 2018
Mashable Score3.25 Spigen Classic C1 Colors are true to that of the iMac G3 • Two-layer build provides protection from dropsQuite difficult to take the case off • Inconsistent matte vs glossy designThe Bottom LineThe Spigen Classic C1 will stoke all your Apple nostalgia feelings in just the right way. But considering the relatively high price and how difficult it is to remove, the retro look is the only reason to get this case. You may not know it by its exact name, but if I showed you a photo of the iMac G3, chances are you’d recognize it.The familiar all-in-one design with a bulbous cathode-ray tube screen would certainly bring back memories of the ads, which were ubiquitous in the late ’90s. And now, you can get that same transparent-backside look for your iPhone. Spigen’s Classic C1 line of cases pays homage to the iMac G3 on its 20th anniversary. These cases let you bring back the look and partially the feel of the classic iMac to your iPhone X.A rainbow of colorsWhile there’s no flower-power edition Classic C1 yet, Spigen did manage to get the classic colors: Bondi Blue, Snow, Graphite, Sage, and Ruby make up the collection. And they stay true to the original colors of the iMac G3.These colors were translucent and let you see the internals of the iMac; Spigen’s cases mimicked this effect. As underneath the color polycarbonate case, you have a liner that looks like the internals of a computer (though it’s pure decoration — these aren’t real components). Cool Factor5.0Learning Curve2.0Performance3.0Bang for the Buck3.0 Image: Dustin Drankoski/mashableBy Jake Krol2018-06-16 17:00:00 UTC Image: DUSTIN DRANKOSKI/MASHABLEBringing back classic designs or anything nostalgic is an easy way to win over consumers. While Spigen’s Classic C1 case is not perfect, the nostalgia wins over the imperfections. Being able to pay homage back to a classic design, with an array of colors too chose from, is nice. I found that the case can be a talking point amongst friends and even strangers.At $40 it’s priced on the higher end of iPhone X cases. But I don’t think you will be disappointed with the design and level of protection it provides. Image: DUSTIN DRANKOSKI/MASHABLEIn addition to providing a nice look that can complement the iPhone X and also disguise it as an iMac, protection is essential for a case. Spigen opted for a rubbery thermoplastic polyurethane or TPU inner liner. It has air-cushion technology in the corners that helps to absorb the pressure of any drops.While this inner piece does feel a bit flimsy on its own, it gets more rigid when it’s around the iPhone. But the one area that still doesn’t have support without the plastic would be around the buttons and ports. It feels a little too thin for comfort, and I worry a bit that down the line it could rip. The TPU liner also has a lip on the front, which protects the screen if it falls on it. It should stop the display from cracking, and acts as an additional area to hold the phone.Luckily, the polycarbonate pieces for the back provide more support. You slide the top shell piece on first and then lock it in, as the tracks don’t work that well. The bottom piece slides up from the bottom and hooks into the top component, providing a seamless back.While it is a process to get the case on, it is nowhere as difficult as getting the case off.Painful to get off Image: DUSTIN DRANKOSKI/MASHABLEWhether you’re the type of person who swaps out a case every day or the kind of person who leaves it on for months, eventually the case has to come off. Given that the Classic C1 is a two-piece case, with a soft inner liner and an outer hard plastic layer, this is more complex with the Spigen than you might expect. To remove the case, you take the bottom piece off, slide the top piece off, and then peel back the inner layer. Sounds easy, but I had to use what I would call brute force to pull off the bottom piece, especially if the case has been on for a while.Once you have the bottom piece off, its easier to pull the top portion off than sliding it. It seems that the hard shell plastic almost sticks to the inner layer, which gives the case a solid feel.The downside is it can be a bit tougher than it should be to remove the case.CompatibilityGiven that the case does pack some thickness to the device, with an additional two layers, you might be wondering about ports and connectivity. The Classic C1 still works with wireless chargers and gives you full access to the lightning port. Nostalgia wins in the end Image: DUSTIN DRANKOSKI/MASHABLEMotherboards, memory cards, and other components give you the feel of a computer. And it certainly makes for a unique first impression. You even are presented with a warning over what appears to be a crucial component — “WARNING Authorized Service Provider Only.” Apple’s strict policies on service providers go back to the beginning.The attention to detail is really nice to see — the side of the device appears to have a vent design that continues the effect, along with holes for screws scattered throughout. A square window on the back keeps the Apple logo from being covered and gives it a slight tint in color.While all of the Spigen cases feature the same design, Bondi Blue has a matte finish like the original iMac G3 of the same color. Spigen wants to emulate the original product as much as possible with the Classic C1 line. The rest of the cases opt for a glossy finish. I found with daily use that the matte finish gives you a firmer grip than the glossy ones.Two layers of protection
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