Growth illuminated by Harvard, Utah researchers Related Just-so black holes New research backs direct-collapse behemoths — ‘a cosmic miracle’ Dying stars source of life? “We wondered what these outbursts from Sagittarius A* would do to any planets in its vicinity,” said John Forbes, a co-author from the CfA. “Our work shows the black hole could dramatically change a planet’s life.”The authors considered the effects of this high-energy radiation on planets within 70 light-years of the black hole that have masses in between Earth and Neptune’s.They found that the X-ray and ultraviolet radiation would blast away a large amount of the thick gas atmosphere of such planets near the black hole. In some cases this would leave behind a bare, rocky core. Such rocky planets would be heavier than the Earth and are what astronomers call super-Earths.“These super-Earths are one of the most common types of planet that astronomers have discovered outside our solar system,” said co-author Avi Loeb, also of CfA, “Our work shows that in the right environment they might form in exotic ways.”The researchers think that this black hole impact may be one of the most common ways for rocky super-Earths to form close to the center of our galaxy.While some of these planets will be located in the habitable zone of stars like the sun, the environment in which they exist would make it challenging for life to arise. The super-Earths would be buffeted by supernova explosions and gamma ray bursts, which might damage the chemistry of any atmosphere remaining on the planets. Additional outbursts from the supermassive black hole could provide a knockout punch and completely erode a planet’s atmosphere.These planets would also be subjected to the gravitational disruptions of a passing star that could fling the planet away from its life-sustaining host. Such encounters might occur frequently near the Milky Way’s supermassive black hole since the region is so packed with stars. How crowded is it in the Galactic Center? Within about 70 light-years of the center of the galaxy, astronomers think the average separation between rocky worlds is between about 75 and 750 billion kilometers. By comparison, the nearest star to the solar system is 40,000 billion kilometers away.“It is generally accepted that the innermost regions of the Milky Way are not favorable for life. Indeed, even though the deck seems stacked against life in this region, the likelihood of panspermia, where life is transmitted via interplanetary or interstellar contact, would be much more common in such a dense environment.” said Loeb. “This process might give life a fighting chance to arise and survive.”There are formidable challenges required to directly detect such planets. The distance to the Galactic Center (26,000 light years from Earth), the crowded region, and the blocking of light by intervening dust and gas all make it hard to observe such planets.However, these challenges may be met by the next generation of extraordinarily large ground-based telescopes. For example, searches for transits with future observatories like the European Extremely Large Telescope might detect evidence for these planets. Another possibility is searching for stars with unusual patterns of elements in their atmosphere that have migrated away from the center of the galaxy. A team of astrophysicists and planetary scientists has predicted that Neptune-like planets located near the center of the Milky Way were transformed into rocky planets by outbursts generated by the nearby supermassive black hole.These findings combine computer simulations with data from recent exoplanet findings, as well as X-ray and ultraviolet observations of stars and black holes.“It’s pretty wild to think of black holes shaping the evolutionary destiny of a planet, but that very well may be the case in the center of our galaxy,” said Howard Chen of Northwestern University in Illinois, who led the study.Chen and collaborators from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) examined the environment around the closest supermassive black hole to Earth: the 4 million solar mass black hole known as Sagittarius A*.It is well known that material falling into the black hole in occasional feeding frenzies will generate bright flares of X-ray and ultraviolet radiation. Indeed, X-ray telescopes such as NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and ESA’s XMM-Newton have seen evidence for bright outbursts generated in the past, ranging from about 6 million years to just over a century ago. Black holes feed on stars Future evidence for extraterrestrial life might come from dying stars
Carl McIntyre made the movie “Aphasia” in 2010, five years after a stroke damaged 80 percent of his brain’s left hemisphere, thus severely impairing his processes of communication. McIntyre shared the movie and his presentation, “Hope is a Four Letter Word,” in Carroll Auditorium at Saint Mary’s on Thursday night.Susan Latham, chair of the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders at the College, said aphasia is a communicative disorder that inhibits language but not intellect, resulting in the loss of the ability to speak and listen. Despite facing this situation and receiving news that he may never speak again, McIntyre continued to make improvements, Latham said.“Carl starred as himself in a short film, recounting his story to adapt to the incredible changes in his life,” she said. “Now, he tours around the world, presenting the movie and motivating people with his story.”Before his stroke, McIntyre worked as a teacher, actor and salesman. In the movie, McIntyre reenacts a year and a half of therapy and learning following the stroke, indicating how losing the ability to communicate changed both his and his family’s life. A presentation given by McIntyre followed the movie.“Having a stroke sucks,” McIntyre said. “Aphasia really sucks. Before I had a stroke, life is good. … Job is voice — actor, teacher and really good sales. … But after stroke, everything’s different. I can’t speak, and I can’t read or write. Nothing, absolutely nothing.”A year and a half after the stroke, he was no better, McIntyre said. Being trapped in one’s head is a prison where there are disappointments everyday, he said.“I remember saying, ‘Live or die, I don’t care. I’m over life,’” he said. “Bad place, really dark, dark place. But Carl is Carl and most times I’m happy.”McIntyre’s recovery was a multi-step process. The first step was to mourn and realize he was no longer the same as the ‘Old Carl,’ he said. He then wrote the word ‘acceptance’ on a large paper pad — the second step towards recovery.“I’m still here,” he said after writing the word. “I’m still relevant and no fear — fearless. … There is hope, hope is everything. No love, no life. … I love to live again, and I love hope.”Another step in the process is hope, McIntyre said, and the final step is progress. No matter if it’s big or small, progress every day matters, he said.He said he is lucky because he is still able to walk, and even though his right side is weaker and his timing is off, he is still able to toss a baseball with his son.McIntyre said having purpose is also very important. Right now his purpose is the movie, he said.“My brain is always on,” he said. “And faster every year because I’m working every day. … I’m trying.”McIntyre said once insurance ran out and he could not pay for certain therapy programs, he did, and continues to, learn to speak again through free study subject programs at various universities. When learning to speak, associating words with pictures is necessary — such as breaking the word “when” into “w-hen,” while thinking of the bird, he said.The best advice he can pass onto future speech therapists and families is patience, he said.“Lot of patience because today is a good day, tomorrow not too much,” McIntyre said. “But patience can never quit. … I’m lucky because friends help life back … and understand I never be the same. My brain is fine. I can’t speak, but I’m no dummy.”“One person understands me, I’m over the moon,” he said. “I know I never be the same, and every day is hard. But every day is good too. Possibilities, endless possibilities. … Aphasia, still sucks, but I win every day and you can too.”Tags: “Hope is a Four Letter Word”, aphasia, Carl McIntyre, speech therapy, stroke
Praise for CP-15 CP-15 also benefitted from civilian translators such as Honduran medical doctors Ana Cristina Molina and Georgina Miralda, who traveled from different towns to Trujillo and bridged the language barrier between USNS Comfort medical personnel and their Spanish-speaking patients. Molina, who drove 17 hours to Trujillo from Alauca, a town near Nicaragua, praised the operation. Honduran authorities and residents worked with those personnel to connect residents in need of health care with CP-15; they provided transportation to and from the medical ship, translators for USNS Comfort medical personnel, and follow-up care for patients. That organization included Honduras’ Ministry of Health, which screened patients in advance and selected more than 9,000 residents to receive health care, with 100 pre-selected patients getting surgeries on the ship. In the end, however, the medical staff surpassed those projections: 12,000 patients received health care by the time the ship departed the Central American nation. “The spirit of service of the U.S. Navy is worthy of being imitated,” said Miralda. “I admire their capacity, the warmth and respect with which they cared for their patients and treated all of us who were cooperating with them. Despite the exhaustion, the climate, and the large number of patients, they treated everyone with the best quality possible. I hope to participate again if the Comfort returns in 2017.” Providing health care in Honduras CP-15 won high praise from patients and participants alike. “We are here to deliver care to the people in Port-au-Prince alongside our Ministry of Health counterparts in an effort to continue strengthening our partnerships and relationships,” said U.S. Navy Captain Andrew Nelson, a native of Norfolk, Virginia, and officer in charge of the medical site established at Admiral Killick Coast Guard Station. “We set up our medical site with different services, to include adult medicine, pediatric medicine, dental care and optometry, along with a variety of sub-specialties. We are working together in order to deliver the most efficient means of care to as many citizens as possible during the mission stop.” There, during a 10-day stop, its staff provided services in general medicine, pediatrics, ophthalmology, and dentistry to Hondurans in Trujillo and Corocito. Additionally, a veterinary team visited farms and houses in the nearby area, while a team of engineers built two schools. “Maybe if that mom had not come to the Brigade, she wouldn’t have known her child needed a surgery that can heal him,” Molina said. “His prognosis is good.” Because of their sight limitations, these patients could not travel by themselves, and they were accompanied aboard the CH-47 Chinook and HH-60 Blackhawk helicopters by civilian escorts. CP-15’s mission includes showing U.S. support and commitment to Central and South America and the Caribbean in addition to conducting civil-Military operations such as humanitarian-civil assistance, subject matter expert exchanges, medical, dental, veterinary,and engineering support, and disaster response to partner nations. “The Ministry of Health asked a group of medical doctors to participate in the Brigade as translators,” Miralda said. “This has been one of the best experiences in our careers. Because we are in the medical field, we were able to streamline the attention patients received. We were able to cover more patients and to more speedily help solve their problems.” “We worked with U.S. Navy doctors and I was impressed that they were willing to give more than they had done the day before, which has motivated me to give more of myself as I return to my patients in El Paraíso,” she said. ”Honduras was the first country where the translators were physicians and they really liked that because it facilitated things; we could understand the problem and better explain it. They told us they had never worked like that before.” “This deployment is beyond anything I had ever expected,” wrote Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class (EXW) Lazara Y. Medina, a preventive medicine technican (PMT) assigned to the Department of Public Health for CP-15. ”We are working alongside members of the Army, Air Force, and partner nation Military and non-governmental organization civilian volunteers from all over the world. “There were 25 ophthalmology patients, 15 of whom were scheduled to have sight-restorative surgeries because all of them were practically blind. We picked them up prior to their surgeries and flew them back home afterwards.” “We worked as a team,” said Dr. Guillermo Sáenz, a member of the medical team at Joint Task Force Bravo, which operates from the Soto Cano Air Base in Comayagua. “Health authorities were involved, the Military, the Permanent Commission of Contingencies (COPECO, for its Spanish acronym), and the Education Ministry. The USNS Comfort’s leadership was pleased with the high-level organization.” The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) has completed its successful six-month deployment for the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM)-sponsored, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet-conducted humanitarian mission Continuing Promise 2015 (CP-15). Miralda was also pleased to help. Firefighters and churches also helped to connect patients with CP-15. Dr. Sáenz and other JTFB members traveled on helicopters to the region of La Mosquitia, in the eastern part of the country, to pick up patients and bring them to the USNS Comfort. “Overall, it has truly been a humbling experience. The opportunity for us to come together as public health advocates, bringing the best of what we have to others and for each host nation to do the same, while still promoting public health, is extremely rewarding.” After visiting Honduras, the USNS Comfort made its final stop in Haiti. There, they provided medical care, conducted community meetings, including a veterinary seminar, and facilitated engineering projects. During the first two days in the country, where the Continuing Promise visited for the sixth time, physicians conducted 36 surgeries and cared for 3,500 patients. Ulimately that number would grow to more than 14,000 patients at Amiral Killick Coast Guard Station and St. Luc hospital in Port-au-Prince. Civilian doctors volunteer to help CP-15 The “Great White Angel” provided medical, dental, and veterinarian care to 11 Latin American and Caribbean partner nations, concluding its tour in Haiti from September 10-19. That stop followed visits to Belize, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Panama, and for the first time, Dominica and Honduras. By the end of CP-15, USNS Comfort personnel conducted more than 1,000 surgical procedures and treated more than 120,000 patients. Last stop: Haiti By Dialogo September 24, 2015 But Molina and Miralda also helped treat patients; in one case, they helped detect a serious condition affecting a 9-month-old baby, with a cardiologist confirming the baby was born with a heart pathology that required surgery. “It shows people in remote areas that they are not forgotten, and it shows that when Hondurans come together for a purpose, they do it well,” Dr. Sáenz said. “It demonstrates that with our coordinated efforts, we can achieve big things.” Before stopping in Haiti, the USNS Comfort visited Honduras. The Naval hospital ship is the world’s largest such vessel; it is equipped with 12 operating rooms and carries a staff of 700 medical professionals. It was an impressive sight in the Caribbean’s blue waters as it approached Puerto Castilla in the city of Trujillo on August 27th: the white ship with red crosses painted on its sides is as tall as a 10-story building and spans the length of three football fields.
I’m a Knight.Well, I’ll come clean. I’m a Knight of Columbus.My father and grandfather were Knights. Local Knight “Councils” reach out and help their local communities. It is a blend of fellowship and service that you see in other groups, such as the Elks, Moose, Rotary Clubs, and more.In one of my first meetings, the leader of our council was drumming up support for our annual Thanksgiving dinner. Our council does a lot of good, but the Thanksgiving dinner is our shining example of service each year. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Comment Metro Sport ReporterSunday 28 Apr 2019 8:27 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.1kShares Advertisement David De Gea apologises to Manchester United fans after error against Chelsea Advertisement David De Gea gifted Chelsea an equaliser (Picture: GettyDavid De Gea apologised to Manchester United fans after his latest howler against Chelsea at Old Trafford this afternoon.The Spaniard spilled Antonio Rudiger’s shot from 30 yards, allowing Marcos Alonso to score a crucial equaliser.United’s draw all but ended their chances of finishing in the top four and they’re now relying on Chelsea and Arsenal both to slip up to give them any chance of Champions League qualification.De Gea’s error was his third in the last four matches and he’s made more mistakes this season that have led to goals than in his previous five Premier League campaigns put together.ADVERTISEMENT De Gea apologised to fans (Picture: Getty)The United faithful stuck by De Gea as he left the field at half-time and applauded the Spaniard as he made his way to the tunnel.AdvertisementAdvertisementAnd De Gea made his feelings clear to the Stretford End by apologising to the crowd as he made his way in by raising an arm to the crowd.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsThe Spaniard is entering the final year of his contract at Old Trafford and the club have made little progress in negotiations over a new deal.De Gea wants parity with top earner Alexis Sanchez to stay at the Theatre of Dreams but the club are unwilling to have two players on such high salaries.MORE: Arsene Wenger rates Arsenal’s top-four chances after Man Utd draw with Chelsea
Wolf Administration Awards Nearly $1 Million in Grants to Higher Education Institutions for Opioid Prevention
Wolf Administration Awards Nearly $1 Million in Grants to Higher Education Institutions for Opioid Prevention Shippensburg UniversityCumberland, Franklin Press Release, Substance Use Disorder Governor Tom Wolf announced today that the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) is awarding nearly $1 million in federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grants to prevent and reduce the use of opioids by college students and to create naloxone training opportunities for post-secondary institutions.The grants are part of the $55.9 million SAMSHA grant secured by the Wolf Administration to bolster the state’s response to the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic.“We consistently attack the state’s opioid crisis from all angles, and this grant will enable additional focus on an integral part of our work – prevention,” Gov. Wolf said. “Educating college students on the risk of opioid use and training institutions of higher learning on how to administer naloxone are two ways we can save lives and lessen the impact of this crisis.”“We have learned from the opioid crisis that substance use disorder does not discriminate and one of our hardest hit demographics are traditionally college-aged Pennsylvanians age 18-30,” said DDAP Secretary Jen Smith. “The commonwealth’s unprecedented amount of federal funding has allowed us to take a comprehensive look at our prevention programs for secondary and post-secondary institutions and identify gaps in our system. This is the first of many steps the administration will be taking in strengthening prevention and awareness for adolescents in Pennsylvania.”The funding will be directed to 13 higher education institutions through grant agreements up to $100,000. Awardees will expand existing preventive programs and partner with key local stakeholders to develop and implement new projects. Projects may include raising campus awareness, reducing stigma, increasing access to overdose reversal trainings, and grief support. Delaware County Community CollegeDelaware, Chester Immaculata UniversityChester Duquesne UniversityAllegheny Indiana University of Pennsylvania Research InstituteIndiana January 08, 2020 Montgomery County Community CollegeMontgomery West Chester UniversityChester Lackawanna CollegeBradford, Northumberland, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Susquehanna, Wayne Robert Morris UniversityAllegheny AwardeesCounty(ies) Supporting Lehigh Carbon Community CollegeCarbon, Lehigh, Schuylkill Muhlenberg CollegeLehigh Penn State BerksBerks During Governor Tom Wolf’s second term, DDAP will place a heavy focus on reducing stigma associated with substance use disorder, intensifying primary prevention efforts, strengthening treatment systems, and empowering sustained recovery. The aim of these efforts will be to positively influence the knowledge and behavior around the topic of addiction.For more information about the work the Wolf Administration is doing to combat the opioid crisis, visit pa.gov/opioids. Temple UniversityPhiladelphia SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Chinese President Xi Jinping (2nd R), visiting Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni (2nd L) and their wives pose for a photo during a welcoming ceremony in Beijing, capital of China, March 31, 2015. (Xinhua/Huang Jingwen)Chinese President Xi Jinping has held talks Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni in Beijing.The two leaders highly praised the two nations’ cooperation, and agreed to seek opportunity and broaden cooperation in future.President Xi said the nations should strengthen cooperation based on mutual benefits and be a model for international relations.Premier Li keqiang also met with Meseveni.Premier Li said China’s advantage in infrastructure building can meet the demand of Uganda.China is willing to share experience with Uganda and boost the construction of airport, railways and other infrastructure projects.Agreements signed between Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni and his Chinese Counterpart Xi Jinping have been welcomed by many Ugandans.Locals believe cooperation in the area of infrastructure, mining and tourism will boost the development of the East African nation.Here’s a sample of their views: DEBORAH KARUNGI – Global logistics”There will be development of infrastructure because I believe roads will be constructed and transport will be easy may be people from the rural areas will also benefit”SANDRA ASHABA – Global logistics”There will be reduction in power shortages and more development in industries.”SHABAN OPENDI – Security guard”When Karuma Dam has been developed I know we are going to get electricity, Ugandans are going to get employment and we are going to add value in technology.”SHEEBA NYAKATO – Clearing and forwarding agent”The dam will help us to have power at all costs the hospitals will have power and the Industries.The knowledge I have with clearing and forwarding it will also help us to transport our goods….and may be they will employ more people ton work at the dam”Sound Bite: JAMES MUGABO —businessman.”If they come and set up Industries in Uganda we get benefits in terms of labor….and when these people are making profits they have to pay revenue in our country so those are benefits.”
LocalNews Dominicans help to select a name for 2011 independence celebrations by: – July 14, 2011 Tweet 14 Views no discussions Share Share Share Sharing is caring! Chief Cultural Officer, Mr. Raymond Lawrence. Photo credit: GIS NewsDominicans came together today to choose a theme for the island’s 33rd independence celebrations.The theme which will be chosen from suggestions made by the public during a special radio simulcast this morning.Chief Cultural Officer Raymond Lawrence is commending the local radio stations Kairi FM, DBS Radio, Q95 FM and Voice of Life for facilitating the simulcast, and providing an opportunity for the general public to participate in this very important theme.Several members of the public called with suggestions that will promote the island’s arts, culture and independence.A committee will decide on what theme will be chosen.Dominica Vibes News
INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (Sept. 13) – Along with a $1,000 top prize and a spot on the ballot for next year’s Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational, Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds race for valuable late-season points at Independence Motor Speedway’s Saturday, Sept. 17 Albert Auto September Spectacular.The Spectacular is the only sanctioned Modified special in Iowa this weekend. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars run for $750 to win, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods for $500 to win and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks for $400 to win.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National and Allstar Performance points will be given in all four divisions. Regional points will be awarded to Modified, Stock Car and Hobby Stock drivers.Trophies will be awarded to the top three finishers in all divisions at the draw/redraw show.Pit gates open at 4 p.m. Hot laps are at 6 p.m. with racing to follow. Grandstand admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and free for ages 12 and under.There is no entry fee and pit passes are $25.Prizes to be given away to fans include a television, two grills, Hawkeye bag boards, Ez-Up canopy, a cooler and Fareway gift cards, NAPA of Cedar Rapids gift cards and $400 good toward the purchase of a set of tires from Albert Auto.More information about the Albert Auto September Spectacular is available at the track website, www.raceindee.com.
FOLLOW US Last Updated: 30th October, 2019 18:28 IST UFC: Nate Diaz Feels He Is The King Of 155 Lbs Category, Eyes Progress Nate Diaz says that he is never going to fight again in the lightweight division. Know more about his statements and upcoming fight against Jorge Masvidal. Raj Sarkar Also Read- UFC: Paige Vanzant Ignores Maycee Barber For A FightAlso Read- UFC: Conor McGregor Has Been Named As The Richest Fighter Of UFC COMMENT 10 months ago UFC: Nate Diaz reportedly tested positive for a drug test by USADA WE RECOMMEND 10 months ago UFC: Conor McGregor speaks on his much-awaited return in Jan 2020 It is time for UFC 244 and Nate Diaz will step inside the octagon against Jorge ‘Gambred’ Masvidal for the much-awaited BMF belt. However, it was not quite long back when UFC fans had almost lost hope of seeing one of the Diaz brothers into the octagon in recent times. UFC President Dana White was not expecting a Diaz comeback too but Nate made a spectacular return and shocked everyone by defeating Anthony Pettis via decision in UFC 241. Nate called out Jorge Masvidal after the fight and to lord’s faith the callout really turned out into a match but the UFC fans are wondering will Diaz really never return to the lightweight division?Also Read- UFC: 3 Major Fights In UFC History With Controversial EndingsUFC: No more 155 for Nate Diaz?Nate Diaz revealed that he will never ever come to the lightweight division and that he is done with 155 lbs category in an interview with a news broadcast before his return against Pettis. Diaz also added that he feels he is the king of the division and he has nothing more left to prove. Diaz had a great run in the lightweight division and defeated some of the best fighters like Conor McGregor and Michael Jhonson before moving into the welterweight division. Diaz is currently ranked 7th in the welterweight division and he is already above Darren Till, Anthony Pettis, Robbie Lawler, Ben Askren and Stephen Thompson. It seems that Diaz is comfortable in 170 lbs category and he might never return to lightweight again. First Published: 30th October, 2019 18:28 IST 10 months ago UFC: US President Donald Trump is set to attend UFC 244 at MSG Written By 10 months ago UFC: Conor McGregor expresses interest to join rival company LIVE TV WATCH US LIVE Also Read- UFC: US President Donald Trump Is Set To Attend UFC 244 At MSGUFC: Nate Diaz before UFC 244Diaz is performing pretty good in the welterweight division and after his recent win against Pettis, he seems confident. Diaz has never been knocked out in his life, while his upcoming opponent Jorge Masvidal is a highly-skilled knockout specialist. That could bring the best out of the fight. Both Misvidal and Diaz are eminent strikers and we can expect a dog-fight if both the men decide to get it done standing. However, Diaz will surely have an advantage if the match goes to ground. Diaz has mastered the art of jiu-jitsu and that can be pretty dangerous inside the game. Diaz has also got his opponent Masvidal’s respect as a fighter and it won’t be surprising if there is a blood bath in the fight between two dangerous American men. 10 months ago UFC: 3 major fights in UFC history with controversial endings SUBSCRIBE TO US