West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday asked whether the air strikes by the Indian Air Force (IAF) on a terror camp in Pakistan resulted in any casualties at all.“From day one, we are hearing, particularly on national television channels, that 300-350 persons died in the air strikes. We want to know how many people actually [have] died. Did anyone die at all? Where were the bombs dropped? Were the bombs dropped at the right place?” Ms. Banerjee said, talking to the media at the State secretariat.Referring to reports of international publications and news agencies, the Chief Minister said that she had read reports “[that] no such incidents have taken place.” “The bombs fell in some other place and missed the target. Some of them are saying that only one person died,” she said, quoting the reports. The people of India deserved to know the truth, she said.“We don’t want war for the sake of politics. If war takes place in the interests of the country then our full support is with the country. We don’t want war for political interests and for winning an election. We want peace,” she said.
A 51-year-old man, whose family has a deposit of over ₹90 lakh with the troubled Punjab and Maharashtra Cooperative (PMC) Bank, died due to a heart attack, sources said on October 15.Sanjay Gulati, a resident of suburban Oshiwara, went to a protest march held outside a city court on Monday morning and had been under stress because of his deposit being stuck, said Manali Narkar, who was among the agitating depositors.Gulati was there at the protest along with his 80-year-old father, Ms. Narkar said.In a video made at the protest site, Gulati’s father claimed that the family has a deposit of over ₹90 lakh with the bank, she said. Gulati died due to a heart attack while having dinner on Monday, a senior official at Oshiwara police station said.Ms. Narkar said a few of the depositors will be attending Gulati’s last rites to be held here around noon, and added that they will also be holding a peaceful candlelight march in the evening.According to reports in a section of media, Gulati lost his job after the grounding of Jet Airways and is survived by a son with disabilities, who requires regular medical treatment.The PMC Bank has been placed under “directions” by the RBI since last month, wherein depositors’ withdrawals have been capped. The limits were increased to ₹40,000 by the RBI on Monday, and the central bank said 77% of the customers will be able to fully withdraw their deposits with this move.The limits were earlier capped at ₹1,000, and subsequently raised to ₹10,000 and ₹25,000 as the bank’s liquidity position improved.Harried depositors of the bank, which has deposits of over ₹11,000 crore, have been protesting across the city, and also forced Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to meet them last week when she was out to address a pre-election media conference here.Ms. Sitharaman then urged RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das to urgently look into the woes of the depositors, after which the deposit withdrawal limits were hiked to ₹40,000.Four people, including promoters of realty firm HDIL to which the bank made the sour loans, and the lender’s former chairman and ex-managing director have so far been arrested in connection with the alleged ₹4,355 crore scam. read more
hugh freeze calls finebaumToday was apparently a pretty slow day for Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze. The 45-year-old coach took some time out of his day to call into a popular radio show – ESPN’s Paul Finebaum Show. Freeze just wanted to talk.Hugh Freeze called @finebaum pic.twitter.com/aX5scroBj1— Michael Casagrande (@ByCasagrande) April 23, 2015Ole Miss head football coach @CoachHughFreeze called the @finebaum show on his own just to talk. #ReporterDream— Ryan Cody (@ryancodyWHNT) April 23, 2015Hugh from Oxford called in on Finebaum to thank Paul for coming to speak at the school soon. Yes, it’s coach Freeze.— TJ Werre (@TJ_WJTV) April 23, 2015If Freeze is in a good enough mood to call into Finebaum, the Rebels’ offseason must be going pretty well. read more
ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 31: TCU Horned Frogs cheerleaders perform during the Chik-fil-A Peach Bowl against the Ole Miss Rebels at Georgia Dome on December 31, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)A major head coach says that rival programs are spreading false rumors about him heading into the end of the 2018 regular season.TCU head coach Gary Patterson to Twitter to reveal that recruiters from other major programs are telling kids that he’s retiring.Patterson has clapped back at the rumors.“Thanks to all the Frog family out there who watched or joined us in Waco thank you! The guys played hard! To all the recruiters out there who are saying I am retiring after Oklahoma State so our commits would visit you, you aren’t that lucky! Lol Go Frogs!” he tweeted.Thanks to all the Frog family out there who watched or joined us in Waco thank you! The guys played hard! To all the recruiters out there who are saying I am retiring after Oklahoma State so our commits would visit you, you aren’t that lucky! Lol Go Frogs!????— Gary Patterson (@TCUCoachP) November 18, 2018It’s pretty rare to see a major head coach take to Twitter to address something like that.TCU hasn’t had a good 2018 season, but few head coaches are more accomplished than Patterson. The Horned Frogs will be lucky to have him back in 2019. read more
zoom Eight new 13,500 TEU container vessels being built for China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL) at Chinese Hudong-Zhonghua shipyard are to be powered by 32 Wärtsilä Auxpac 32-generating sets. The order was placed in March 2016 with Wärtsilä’s joint venture company, CSSC Wärtsilä Engine Co (CWEC).Wärtsilä says that the total power output from the contracted Wärtsilä engines is to exceed 100 MW. The sets are scheduled for delivery in the first half of 2017.“The Wärtsilä Auxpac 32 engine is a good choice for this application since its design parameters are very much in line with the operational profile needs of the vessels. We are also very pleased to be working with CSCL, a company with whom we have enjoyed a long and successful cooperation,” says Roger Holm, President, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions.The Wärtsilä Auxpac 32 is the auxiliary engine version of the Wärtsilä 32 family. It is aimed at large container vessels with an auxiliary power need from approximately 2,500 kWe to 4,500 kWe per generating set.In October 2015, Wärtsilä and China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) signed though their China-based joint venture CSSC Wärtsilä Engine (Shangai) strategic cooperation agreements with the Hudong Zhonghua and Shanhai Waigaoqia (SWS) shipyards to develop ship designs and solutions. CSSC Wärtsilä also signed a Letter of Intent with SWS for the delivery in 2017 of Wärtsilä Auxpac 32 generating sets for three large container ships. read more
The owner of a night club in Anuradhapura was stabbed to death last night, the police media unit said.Wasantha Soysa alias ‘Rajarata Iron man’, the holder of several Guinness world records was hacked to death by an unidentified group inside the night club owned by him in Anuradhapura Soysa, a famous Karate champion and a highly respected martial arts instructor, is said to have been attacked by about 25 people, inside his nightclub at Kadapanaha, Anuradhapura, close to midnight.
Niagara police are asking for the public’s help in locating a Thorold woman who has been missing for nearly a week. Samantha Lambert was reported missing on Sept. 7. Police say there is a general concern for her welfare because she has had no contact with family for several days.Lambert is described as white, roughly five feet tall with a thin build and long brown hair. Investigators are encouraging residents to be on the lookout for Lambert. Anyone with information on her whereabouts should call Niagara Regional Police Service. read more
Johnson & Johnson investors exhaled in relief Tuesday morning, pushing up shares about 3% after an Oklahoma judge imposed a $572 million verdict late Monday for the health care giant’s role in the nation’s opioid crisis.Investors had been holding their breath during a seven-week trial in which the state of Oklahoma, calling J&J a “kingpin” in the epidemic, sought up to $17 billion to help the state fight the problem.The much-smaller verdict, and J&J’s immediate response that the verdict was “flawed” and it will appeal, reassured investors, for now.“The risk of a loss was already baked into the stock price,” and this verdict doesn’t set a precedent for other cases, noted Erik Gordon, an analyst and professor at University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.The Associated Press read more
Customers must buy with confidence, not be sold the model offering the best commission to the dealer The European Commission is very keen to see the greater take up of multi-franchising. Manufacturers accept that some greater flexibility is required, but wish to retain the right to demand brand specific staff in the multi-franchise environment. This would ensure that individual brands were promoted professionally and competition maintained between brands in the same showroom. The removal of any restriction on the location or number of dealers in the distribution network will create disruption to the dealer networks. Small and medium sized dealers are likely to be confronted by predatory actions from larger and better-funded dealer groups. This is likely to lead to the rapid consolidation of dealerships across the EU. * The nation-wide SMMT Stop Fuming emissions programme backed by the UK government ‘are you doing your bit?’ campaign showed that of the 4,000 cars tested in a one week sample, nearly 14 per cent of those serviced by non-franchised dealers exceeded mandatory emission levels. Less than nine per cent serviced at franchised dealers failed the test. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) The introduction of the concept of an authorised repairer presents difficulties for the manufacturer. The European Commission has accepted that the service and maintenance of vehicles is important for safety and environmental performance. Without some limit on the numbers and control of the location of authorised repairers it will be very difficult for the manufacturers to maintain quality and service across the network. The motor industry urges the European Commission to change the draft block exemption regulation published today, in order that consumers will continue to benefit from a competitive market.If implemented, the draft regulation could result in a marketplace where competition becomes stifled and consumers lose access to the full range of products and services available from their current franchised dealer.Christopher Macgowan, SMMT chief executive said, ‘The proposals must be changed so that car buyers are guaranteed access to a high level of service and repair, under the same roof, in a location convenient to their home. The draft rules threaten the network of small, family run franchised dealers that make up the backbone of sales and service outside of metropolitan cities. There is nothing to stop them being driven out of business by powerful dealer groups. The prospect of areas in the UK left without a franchised dealer is very real with the resulting inconvenience and potential safety implications for customers in those areas affected. In environmental terms, a recent survey* in the UK showed that vehicles serviced by non-franchised dealers were nearly twice as likely to fail an emissions test than those serviced by franchised dealers.‘The Commission must also address the issue of multi-franchising within dealerships. The idea of a supermarket-style selection of brands under one roof will only deliver value if each brand of vehicle attracts the same commission to the sales team. If there is any difference, then human nature will ensure that the consumer is directed towards the car delivering greatest reward to the sales staff. This would be a backward step and remove the current high level of competition between brands. A quick visit to any of the electrical retailers selling white goods will make the case, as interbrand competition is all but removed.’ENDSNote to Editors Issues of concern for manufacturers in the draft legislation: Proposed legislation must be changed to ensure Europe-wide coverage of dealers accessible to all read more
With the return of thousands of students to campus next week, the Brock community is reminded to drive and walk safely.September is an exceptionally busy time on campus. After months of empty hallways and parking lots, it can be easy to forget what it’s like when a swell of pedestrians and motorists flood them.Representatives from Brock Campus Security and Health and Safety are urging the campus community to pay attention to their surroundings and consider others around them, especially when it involves pedestrian and motorist interactions.“One of the biggest things we see is people being distracted or not necessarily aware of their surroundings,” said Brian Dzurban, Occupational Health and Safety Specialist with Brock’s Human Resources office. “What can be even more dangerous is an interaction with a distracted pedestrian and a distracted driver.”Dzurban suggests that pedestrians make eye contact with motorists before walking in front of a vehicle and refrain from using their cellphones at crosswalks. When walking at night, he advises wearing bright-coloured clothing.He also encouraged pedestrians to abide by traffic signs and crosswalk signals, especially at Glenridge Avenue, where faculty, staff and students cross to get to the east side of campus.“We often see pedestrians cross Glenridge Avenue when there’s a small gap in traffic — which is very dangerous. It only takes a few moments to use the crosswalk,” he said. Earlier this year, several driving lanes through Brock parking lots were closed to help improve pedestrians’ safe use of crosswalks.“We noticed a lot of motorists failing to stop at the crosswalk signs,” said Karl Thorp, Senior Platoon Supervisor with Campus Security Services. “Motorists can be easily distracted looking for parking spots and may not pay attention to crossing pedestrians. Fewer driving lanes intersecting with the crosswalk means lowered chances of a motorist colliding with a pedestrian.”Drivers are encouraged to adhere to the posted speed signs (40 km/h or less) and to drive appropriately for weather conditions. Particular attention should be paid to the Walker Sports Complex area, where there pedestrian traffic is quite heavy. Stopping on roadways is discouraged because it can create traffic jams and reduces visibility for pedestrians and motorists travelling around stopped vehicles. Instead of stopping, drivers are asked to pull into a parking spot or use a designated drop-off and pick-up area.Motorists are also reminded that using a cellphone while driving is against the law and approved Bluetooth hands-free devices should instead be used.When parking, motorists should reduce their speed, be patient with other vehicles parking and be careful at the end of aisles.For more tips on pedestrian and driver safety on campus, refer to this safety bulletin. read more
Eh? “incentivising inappropriate use” What is @BootsUK thinking? https://t.co/5TuaSFaZXI— Emily Thornberry (@EmilyThornberry) July 20, 2017 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. Female MPs have waded into the Boots debate, as it was revealed that the pharmacist purposefully keeps the cost of emergency contraception high in a bid to avoid being accused of “incentivising inappropriate use”.Jess Phillips, the MP for Birmingham Yardley encouraged a boycott, telling The Telegraph: “It’s totally unacceptable and also totally commercial, they’re willing to take a moral stance if it pays them. They’re still willing to sell it.”It’s clearly a commercial interest on their part. Their position infantalises women’s choices.”Everybody would boycott it for that – I agree that we should boycott it. Yuck! Do they feel same about condoms or is male sexuality totally fine. Get over it. Women have sex! https://t.co/xaF4goTkxB— Jess Phillips (@jessphillips) July 21, 2017 The chain has been criticised by a number of MPs, including Yvette Cooper who wrote: “This is patronising & pathetic – keeping emergency contraception price too high cos you don’t trust women & are scared of critics”.Emily Thornberry was similarly derisive, commenting: “Eh? “incentivising inappropriate use” What is @BootsUK thinking?” Boots charges £28.25 for Levonelle emergency contraceptive (the leading brand) and £26.75 for its own generic version. Tesco now charges £13.50 for Levonelle and Superdrug £13.49 for a generic version. In France, the tablet costs £5.50.The British Pregnancy Advisory Service revealed to The Telegraph that Boots could be making a huge profit on sales of the emergency contraceptive.BPAS said: “It is understand that the wholesale cost of Levonelle is between £5 – £13 with larger stores able to negotiate the lowest prices. This means pharmacy giant Boots, which sells the Pill for £30, could be marking up the price by six times.”Boots commented: “As the UK’s leading pharmacy-led health and beauty retailer, we are regularly contacted by groups with varying views on this topic, our priority is the health and wellbeing of our customers and patients. Tell @BootsUK to join @Superdrug and ditch the sexist surcharge on emergency contraception: https://t.co/mpPofUjHFb #JustSayNon pic.twitter.com/CmGakMoOX3— bpas (@bpas1968) July 20, 2017 “The NHS commission a free local EHC service which we offer in the vast majority of our pharmacies to eligible women following consultation. We also stock three Emergency Hormonal Contraceptive medicines (EHC) which are available following a conversation with a pharmacist.”We are extremely disappointed by the focus BPAS have taken in this instance.” Marc Donovan, chief pharmacist of Boots UK, had said in a letter to BPAS: “In our experience the subject of emergency hormonal contraception polarises public opinion and we receive frequent contact from individuals who voice their disapproval of the fact that the company chooses to provide this service.“We would not want to be accused of incentivising inappropriate use, and provoking complaints, by significantly reducing the price of this product.” “I don’t usually agree with calling for boycotts but in this case I encourage women to vote with their feet and to not use Boots.”She also told The Telegraph that the women’s Parliamentary Labour Party is writing to Boots to condemn its pricing choice.Stella Creasy MP told The Telegraph: “I do agree with a boycott because I am a strong believer in consumer activism and people voting not just at the ballot box but with their shopping baskets”.She has encouraged her followers on Twitter to boycott the stores after finding out Tesco and Superdrug halved the cost of their emergency contraception and Boots failed to follow suit. The MP tweeted: “Fear of criticism you say @BootsHelp? You should fear the consumer rights act more and the power of all of us to withhold our custom…” “We were recently contacted by the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) and sent a full and detailed response outlining our views that this is a professional healthcare service which, we believe, requires a professional healthcare consultation. This consultation helps support customers in their choice by examining an individual’s full medical history and any potential drug interactions. The consultation also helps the pharmacist offer important sexual healthcare advice to women and helps us prevent emergency contraception from being misused or overused. Fear of criticism you say @BootsHelp? You should fear the consumer rights act more and the power of all of us to withhold our custom…🤔😡 https://t.co/PaH5Uq681J— stellacreasy (@stellacreasy) July 21, 2017 read more
(AFP) — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals will introduce legislation in the coming weeks which would legalise the recreational use of marijuana in Canada by the middle of next year, reports said on Monday.This file photo taken on April 20, 2016 shows a flag with a marijuana leaf on it during a rally to celebrate National Marijuana Day on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada. (Photo: AFP)Trudeau’s Liberal caucus was briefed on the timeline for the proposed measure during a weekend meeting, public broadcaster CBC reported, citing unnamed sources.The CBC said the legislation would be unveiled the week of April 10 and passed by July 2018.Trudeau spokesman Cameron Ahmad would not confirm the dates, but said the government has “committed to bringing in legislation in the spring.”The CBC said new regulations would broadly follow recommendations released in December by a federally-appointed task force.It called for setting a minimum age of 18 or 19 years old for ganja use, in line with restrictions on alcohol consumption.It also outlined criminal penalties for trafficking and selling cannabis to youth.Under the proposed rules, individuals would be allowed to grow up to four plants at home for personal use. Personal possession would be limited to 30 grams (one ounce).Each province would determine the appropriate means of distribution for the substance.In the meantime, with a proliferation of ganja stores seeking to grab early market share, Ottawa has said a current ban on possession and sale of marijuana for recreational use remains in effect.“Until we have a framework to control and regulate marijuana, the current laws apply,” Trudeau said at the beginning of March. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCanada poised to legalise recreational marijuanaJune 7, 2018In “latest news”Canada becomes second country to legalise recreational marijuanaOctober 17, 2018In “World”First medical marijuana company established in JamaicaDecember 5, 2013In “Regional” read more
Spain beat Russia 25:24 and got another 2 points. Beginning of the match was very tight, neither team could gain any considerable advantage. With a few minutes to go, Russians managed to gain 3-goal lead (13:10) – mostly thanks to their goalkeeper and incautious Spanish actions. However, Spain caught up a bit and halftime result was 14:13. Russia started having troubles at the beginning of the second half when one of the players got 2-minute-suspension. Spanish team made a good use of it and took the lead 17:16 in 39. minute. They kept the lead until 55. minute (22:22). Russian hopes didn’t come back for long though as Spain got away again and won in the end by one goal. One of the brightest points of Spain was Carmen Martín who scored 9 out of 9 penalty throws.In the second game of Group A, Hungary beat Poland 29:23. The very beginning of the match was tight. One might have thought that Poles had drawn conclusions from the unfortunate game against Spain. Mistakes in attack did happen but Hungarian team also wasn’t perfect and the result was tight. Poland lasted 10 minutes this way and started doing exactly the same things as in the previous game. When in 14. minute the result was 7:3 for Hungary, coach Kim Rasmussen called for a time-out. It didn’t change a thing and the nightmare of Poles in attack kept going. Hungarians stayed strong in defence and Poland seemed to have no plan for that. Their shots were either saved by Hungarian goalkeepers, or they were blocked, or they couldn’t even throw and the passive play was called. Besides good Hungarian defending, there were also unforced errors. Coach Rasmussen tried to change the situation by changing players – pivot Joanna Drabik and back Klaudia Pielesz entered the court but they were soon back on the bench. Hungary made their own errors but not as many, plus they could count on their goalkeeper Eva Kiss, while Polish goalies weren’t much help. Halftime result was 14:7 for Hungary.The second half started a bit better for Poland as they managed to score 3 goals in 4 minutes but it soon ended when Monika Stachowska got sent to the bench for 2 minutes. Hungarians stormed ahead and in 39. minute the gap was already 10 goals (20:10). The number of Poland’s errors was horrible. Just by the end of the match, Polish goal started working a little better when Prudzielnica saved a few throws. It allowed Poland to reduce the gap a little and in 57. it was “only” 4 goals (26:22) but Hungary made use of another losses and misses and won by 6 goals in the end.STANDINGS:Spain 4Hungary 3Russia 1Poland 0TEXT: MARTYNA USNARSKA ← Previous Story EHF EURO 2014: “Guerreras” and Denmark reach Main Round Next Story → PPD Zagreb stun PSG in front of 13.000 fans read more
A little bit of sunshine and a little bit of clouds and showers to balance things out. That was our weather the past few days, and today will be a repeat. We could see a thunderstorm or two here and there, as well as small hail. The snow level in the Cascades will remain at or slightly above the pass levels. The peaks get more of that white topping.The long holiday weekend will be a mixed bag of weather, with Saturday being the nicest day. It should be dry and seasonably warm before more clouds and showers threaten us Sunday and Monday.Now that we have surpassed three weeks of the month, how are we doing climatewise? Our average mean temperature is just about spot-on: cooler days but mild nights. Precipitation totals are right on target.It just goes to show you that climate normals are just a collection of extremes with cool and wet conditions earlier in the month and then this week with a nice dry and warm streak in between.Today’s feature in National Safe Boating Week is wind and waves. Did you know that wind tends to be stronger over the surface of water than on land? It doesn’t take much to turn a rather placid area of water into one teeming with whitecaps, especially in the afternoon when heat causes the wind to rise. read more
A view of the buildings of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) and the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE). The election-induced choppiness was the recurring theme of the week and may remain as such until the election results on May 23.IANSChoppiness induced by general elections 2019 remained the overwhelming theme of the week that saw the benchmark indices trade sideways after last week’s gains. Information technology majors TCS and Infosys opened the Q4 earnings season on expected lines with robust growth numbers, helping the Nifty IT gain some traction, though it had factored in some rise on market expectations.Bombay Stock Exchange’s (BSE) 30-share benchmark Sensex closed at 38,767 points, up 160 or 0.41 percent on the final session of the week. National Stock Exchange (NSE) benchmark Nifty closed at 11,643 points, an increase of 46.75 or 0.40 percent.The market uncertainty seems to have carried over from the previous week as the first-round polling of the seven-phase general election got underway this week when 91 constituencies voted to elect representatives to the 543-member Lok Sabha or the lower house of parliament. Traders expect the market choppiness to increase through the weeks ahead as the subsequent phases of polling unfold. The last phase of polling will be on May 19 and the results are on May 23. The markets could remain circumspect until the government formation in the case of a lackluster verdict.The week shaved 157 points or 0.4 percent off Sensex that had closed last week at 38,924 points, though Sensex briefly hovered over the 39,000-mark to hit a high of 39,037 this week. Nifty lost 22 points or 0.18 percent through the week after the previous weekly close of 11,665. Nifty made a weekly high of 11,710 but did not sustain above the 11,700-mark.All sectoral indices of NSE bucked the trend to end in green with Nifty Media, Nifty FMCG and Nifty Auto marking the highest increases of 1.42 percent, 1.27 percent, and 1.01 percent respectively.Traders were watching the performance of the IT stocks though TCS and Infosys came out with their growth numbers after the markets closed. TCS numbers beat expectations in the March quarter with profit after tax registering a 17.7 percent growth year on year to hit Rs 8,126 crore, marking a 0.26 percent rise over the previous quarter. TCS lost 6.45 or 0.32 percent to close at 2,013. A view of the Infosys campus in the Electronic City area in Bangalore. IT majors Infosys and TCS came up with better than expected growth numbers on Friday. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash/File PhotoInfosys also reported better than expected numbers with a quarterly profit of Rs 4,074 crore, marking a growth of 12.88 percent over the previous quarter. The share gained 5.30 or 0.71 percent on NSE to close at 748. The week saw Infosys hit the 52-week high of 773 on Monday. Infibeam Avenues Limited was the best performing IT stock on the day gaining 2.15 or 4.77 per cent to close at 47.20. The best-performing stocks on NSE were ITC, which gained 3.71 percent to 307, and rose 3.68 percent to close at 355. The worst performers were India Bull Housing that lost 2.13 percent to close at 827 and Indian Oil Corporation that fell 1.52 percent to close at 155. read more
More information: C. J. Horowitz, et al. “Disordered Nuclear Pasta, Magnetic Field Decay, and Crust Cooling in Neutron Stars.” Physical Review Letters. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.114.031102 © 2015 Phys.org Citation: Nuclear pasta may offer insight into strange world of neutron stars (2015, February 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-02-nuclear-pasta-insight-strange-world.html (Phys.org)—Neutron stars, which form when massive stars collapse under their own enormous gravity, are some of the densest objects in the universe, second only to black holes. Yet while little is known about the interiors of black holes, scientists have a somewhat better understanding of what goes on inside neutron stars due to the fact that some of them emit radiation, often as X-rays. Using telescopes to detect this radiation, scientists know that the matter inside neutron stars is unlike anything found on Earth. Simulations reveal the existence of screw-like topological defects in “nuclear pasta”—matter that lies at the crust of neutron stars and separates the outer, more conventional matter from the ultra-dense matter deeper inside the stars. Credit: C. J. Horowitz, et al. ©2015 American Physical Society Journal information: Physical Review Letters Neutron stars are made almost entirely of neutrons, and are held together so tightly that their density is about the same as that of an atomic nucleus. But because of the gigantic size difference (about 10 km in diameter for a neutron star and 10-15 m for an atomic nucleus), the similarities end there. While a nucleus is held together by the strong force, a neutron star is held together by its powerful gravitational force. Under the enormous pressure exerted by this gravity, large numbers of neutrons can form giant stable nuclei—nuclei so large that they would quickly decay on Earth.While the largest of a neutron star’s nuclei exist in its inner core, forming an exotic ultra-dense quark-gluon plasma, the star’s less dense outer edges are composed of more conventional matter. Lying at the boundary between these two types of matter in this giant pressure cooker of a star is what scientists call “nuclear pasta.”Nuclear pasta consists of very dense matter arranged in regular shapes, such as flat plates or rods, and is thought to be formed by the competition between attractive and repulsive forces of similar magnitude. The nuclear pasta shapes are made of not only neutrons, but some protons and electrons as well. Judging by the radiation emitted by the stars, nuclear pasta appears to exist in many complex phases, to which scientists have given names such as the gnocchi phase, the lasagna phase, and the penne phase—based, of course, on the predicted shapes. As humorous as the names are, these complex nuclear pasta phases could provide some of the most detailed information scientists may ever know about the strange characteristics of neutron stars.In a new paper published in Physical Review Letters, a team of physicists, C. J. Horowitz, et al., from Indiana University and McGill University, has explored the possibility that nuclear pasta could have irregular topological defects. “We have discovered possible defects that may exist in the otherwise regular nuclear pasta shapes, and these defects could decrease the electrical and thermal conductivity of neutron stars,” Horowitz told Phys.org. A decrease in the thermal and electrical conductivities could, in turn, lower the temperature of the crust, cause the star’s magnetic field to decay, and affect the star’s rate of spinning. In their study, the physicists developed molecular dynamics simulations to explore how the topological defects form. Starting from a uniform random configuration of neutrons, protons, and electrons, the simulations showed that various helical (screw-like) defects form quickly and remain stable through the end of the simulation.The researchers then investigated how these defects can act as impurities to affect the magnetic fields of neutron stars, which are some of the strongest magnetic fields observed anywhere in the universe. Although neutron stars can spin extremely quickly (up to 700 times per second) in order to conserve angular momentum, the magnetic field normally exerts a torque on the star that slows its rate of spin in a process called “spin down.”As neutron stars get older, they can spin down so much that it may take several seconds for each revolution. However, scientists have observed few isolated neutron stars with spin periods longer than 12 seconds, and aren’t exactly sure why.One possible explanation is that, if nuclear pasta impurities decrease the star’s thermal and electrical conductivities, then the greater resistance could lead to magnetic field decay. When the magnetic field decays, its torque also decreases, which could reduce the “spin down” process, so that the star maintains a minimum spinning rate.Based on their calculations of the effects of nuclear pasta, the physicists could predict light curves that indicate crust cooling (evidence of decreased conductivity) for one particular neutron star that has already been observed. They found that their predictions agree extremely well with observations made by the Chandra X-ray telescope, which has been orbiting Earth and observing space since 1999.The indirect effect of nuclear pasta on the spinning rates of neutron stars is just one way that the oddly shaped defects could play a role in making neutron stars what they are. The researchers hope to further investigate these defects in more detail in the future, with particular attention to the number, distribution, and kinds of defects, and the role they play in defining the ultra-dense matter and unusual properties of neutron stars.”We hope to learn how matter behaves when compressed to its densest form, just this side of collapsing into a black hole,” Horowitz said. Research team proposes lumpy crust of X-ray pulsars responsible for arrest of spin slowing 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 read more
All the suspects appeared in magistrate’s courts in their respective areas today (Wednesday). All the seized firearms will be sent for ballistic testing to determine whether they were used in any crimes in the country.The KwaZulu-Natal Police Commissioner, Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni, applauded the members for their persistence in bringing criminals to book and recovering unlicensed firearms. “The community must not feel ashamed in reporting those in possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition. Do not hide criminals, but expose them to the police so they will be arrested,” she said.DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter why not join us there? WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Police stations in the Uthukela Cluster have been clamping down on drugs and unlicensed firearms in the area.In the past 24 hours, police officers in the Uthukela Cluster have arrested seven suspects for cases pertaining to drugs, unlicensed firearms and stolen property.The clampdown began with Estcourt SAPS, who arrested two suspects, aged 28 and 36, for possession of suspected stolen property. The two were spotted in Alfred Street, Estcourt, yesterday morning.Police are investigating the possibility that the stolen items, which included a toaster, may have been stolen from a property in Heritage Road, Estcourt.This was followed by an arrest in Upper Tugela at about 10am, where a 27-year-old man was arrested for possession of an unlicensed firearm in the Dukuza area. The seized firearm is a 9mm pistol.On the same day in Ladysmith at around 2.30pm, police were working in the Alexandra Road bus rank.They arrested a 49-year-old man who was found with 40 straws of powdered drugs, possibly whoonga.The straws will be sent to a forensic laboratory for testing in order to determine exactly what drugs are contained in the straws. The estimated street value of the drugs is around R1500.Last night in Bergville, police arrested a 29-year-old man in the Stulwane area for possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition. The seized firearm is an AK-47 with 30 rounds of ammunition.Ezakheni SAPS increased the tally by also arresting a man for possession of an unlicensed firearm.The 29-year-old suspect was arrested in C2 Section. He was found in possession of a pistol and eight rounds of ammunition. read more
The Republic of Cyprus maintains the position that the final status of Jerusalem is to be determined through negotiations, noting that it is concerned over the serious escalation of the situation in Gaza and that further loss of life must be avoided.“The Republic of Cyprus is concerned with today’s serious escalation of the situation in Gaza resulting in dozens of Palestinians killed and hundreds injured. Further loss of life must be avoided and we call on all to demonstrate utmost restraint,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.It notes that “what the entire world is witnessing puts into even sharper focus the imperative need for the two sides to resume negotiations for a peaceful resolution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in the framework of the two-state solution, which will be to the benefit of Palestinians and Israelis and will contribute significantly towards peace and security for the whole region.”“Cyprus maintains the position that the final status of Jerusalem, the holy city for the three monotheistic faiths; Christianity, Islam and Judaism, is to be determined through negotiations,” the press statement concludes.You May Like4mylikes.comMost Beautiful Cat Breeds in the World4mylikes.comUndoReport Globe8 Cutest Exotic Dog BreedsReport GlobeUndoMoney News TipsNew Wifi Booster Stops Expensive Internet In United StatesMoney News TipsUndo Korkolis brings magic to the stageUndoWidowers threaten legal action over pensionsUndoLED-lighting the way by 2020Undoby Taboolaby Taboola read more
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