Astronomers have identified a galaxy 2.9 billion light-years away that’s vigorously pumping out ultraviolet radiation and resembles the ones that transformed the entire universe shortly after its birth. The finding could help scientists deepen their understanding of how, a few hundred million years after the big bang, similar galaxies busted up hydrogen atoms throughout intergalactic space.The universe was born hot. It started off as a mix of electrons and positively charged protons and helium nuclei. But as the universe expanded, it cooled so much that, about 380,000 years after the big bang, the electrons and protons paired up, creating neutral hydrogen atoms. All that free-floating hydrogen would have soaked up the extreme ultraviolet light from the earliest stars. Then, a few hundred million years later, this radiation from those multiplying stars and galaxies ripped the electrons from the protons, “reionizing” the hydrogen gas. But no one knows exactly how that happened.Only extreme ultraviolet photons, whose wavelengths are shorter than 912 angstroms (91.2 nanometers), pack enough energy to rip apart hydrogen atoms. Hot young stars emit this radiation, but neutral hydrogen gas absorbs it, preventing the ionizing radiation from escaping into intergalactic space. For the typical galaxy today, dust blocks most extreme ultraviolet light, and neutral hydrogen gas soaks up all but 1% of the rest. 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By comparing how much radiation this galaxy emits above and below a wavelength of 912 angstroms, the researchers found that the galaxy has an escape fraction of 21%, as they report online today in Science.”That’s quite high,” says astronomer Brian Siana of the University of California, Riverside, who was not involved in the work. “This is roughly the fraction that we think all galaxies in the early universe had to have in order to ionize the hydrogen in the intergalactic medium.” Michael Rauch, an astronomer at the Carnegie Observatories in Pasadena, California, agrees that the observation “is what people were hoping for.”So what’s the secret to how the galaxy pumps out so much extreme ultraviolet light? “Swiss cheese,” Borthakur says. The galaxy is a starburst, containing a compact region less than 1000 light-years wide that spawns lots of hot stars whose light and “winds”—souped-up versions of the solar wind—punch holes in the haze of neutral hydrogen gas, giving it the structure of Swiss cheese. “The [extreme ultraviolet] photons escape through the holes,” Borthakur says. The discovery suggests the galaxies that reionized the universe were also starbursts, although most were smaller. But those early galaxies had an advantage over this one: They had little light-blocking dust, because dust consists of heavy elements that stars make, and few stars had yet arisen at that early time.Several years ago, the researchers had used the galaxy’s spectrum to predict the large escape fraction they have now observed. “This is the first case where they’ve actually proven that this works,” Rauch says. That’s important, he says, because future telescopes will be able to obtain spectra of galaxies that existed during the epoch of reionization but will never detect their extreme ultraviolet light, because neutral hydrogen between them and us blocks it.Curiously, if the galaxy were one of our nearest neighbors, the project would have failed. Astronomers don’t detect the light at the wavelength that it was emitted but rather at the longer wavelength the light has been stretched to by the expansion of the universe. Had the Swiss-cheese galaxy been close by, that stretching would have been so small that neutral hydrogen gas in the Milky Way would absorb the galaxy’s extreme ultraviolet light. However, the galaxy is so distant that its radiation has been stretched by 23.5%, enough to glide through the Milky Way’s hydrogen unimpeded, making the measurement possible.
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England women’s football team Read more Share on Twitter Ashworth was one of the executives who never made it his business to find out more when Sampson was sent on an educational course after a safeguarding investigation lasting almost a year. Ashworth was, however, responsible for the decision to renew Sampson’s contract eight months later. He was also on the selection panel in 2013 that apparently changed the job specification to line up with Sampson’s CV (removing the stipulation that candidates must have a professional licence and international experience) and has been there, virtually every step of the way, until the press conference to announce his colleague’s sacking.At that stage, Ashworth was nowhere to be seen, handily avoiding questions about what he knew and what he had done about it. Glenn and Clarke might have made a pig’s ear of it, too, but at least they were willing to front up.The surprising part, three days on, is that the details of whatever Sampson did at Bristol, involving what has been described as inappropriate relationships with more than one player, have not yet hit the news stands.Yet I also suspect I’m not alone in struggling to shake this feeling that it all feels a bit convenient to lose Sampson this way now it is two players, rather than just one, alleging racial comments, with a number of potential witnesses identified and the possibility in the long run that the new evidence might have toppled him anyway.Sampson’s back was pressed against a cold, unforgiving wall even before all the new elements to this scandal. He had always denied making the Ebola comment about Aluko’s Nigerian relatives or asking Spence, a mixed‑race player, how many times she had been arrested. Yet the case against him is mounting and the bottom line here is that if the verdict had gone against him he would, almost certainly, have been sacked. For an organisation with the FA’s vanity and pomposity, it would have been just about the most excruciating way possible to lose a manager.As it is, the people at the top of the chain have found a way to pin it on something from Sampson’s previous employment while shaking their heads about what a terrible business it is and congratulating themselves on their apparent belief that the FA has higher moral standards. And yes, I know it may sound cynical, but there has been too much spin and deflection and political manoeuvring to know whether we should take it at face value.Even now, the FA is struggling to get its story straight, judging by Glenn’s admission that the barrister Katharine Newton had been chosen to oversee the second investigation because the organisation wanted a black woman and the spluttering fury from the FA’s own lawyers, Farrer & Co, when I dared point out they had written to me on 25 August to say that was a horrendous mistruth. Julian Pike, representing the FA, is “quite outstanding …. clever, thoughtful, charming”, according to Chambers UK. Sadly, I must have got him on a bad day when I tried to double-check. “I suggest you reconsider your approach,” was one of the politer lines. “You need to have regard to the facts and not simply seek to give a platform for ill-informed and maliciously motivated theories.” His tone rather changed when he found out the source of this information was the FA’s chief executive. And there, in a nutshell, is your insight into the FA bubble and a blurry, fuddled world where they seem intent on pushing all the doors marked “pull”. Martin Glenn’s next step after sacking Mark Sampson should be to resign Topics Women’s football As for Newton, the most relevant question concerns her ability to get it right now she has reopened her inquiry and finally appeared to realise – hallelujah – that it might be worthwhile to speak to Spence and the potential witnesses. There is, however, a reason why so many journalists keep mistakenly referring to her as a QC when she is, in fact, a junior barrister. A colleague who had made the error explained it rather neatly: “Because it bloody well should have been a QC.”What troubles me more is the implication from Glenn that it was Spence’s fault the various investigations had, until Friday, never asked her to corroborate what Aluko had told the FA about the China Cup. “If someone has had something said to them, the thing you would expect them to do is raise a complaint,” Glenn volunteered. “The specifics of that complaint could then be dealt with. If you worked your whole life on hearsay, you’d never be able to run a classroom let alone the Football Association.”In an ideal world, yes. Yet it is still fairly demoralising to realise the FA claims to support whistleblowers until, that is, someone actually takes up the option to report alleged racism – at which point the man at the top of the organisation describes it as hearsay and the relevant checks are ignored. comment The Observer Nobody can say we weren’t warned. Football at its highest level has always been run differently from your average major business and this is hardly the first time that the people who profess to run the sport have turned on a spit of public ridicule. “Beware of the clever, sharp men who are creeping into the game,” William McGregor, founder of the Football League, put it in League Football and the Men Who Made it. And that was in 1909.It has certainly felt that way watching the Football Association stagger through the various stages of the Mark Sampson debacle and the considerable feat of Martin Glenn’s inadequate regime to add several new layers to a story that already featured racism allegations, hush-money payments and the unmistakable stench of a cover-up going all the way to the top of the organisation.The new elements that eventually did for Sampson have left the FA in an even greater state of disrepute and, for that, the accident-prone chief executive might just have to understand if the people he humbly described as “the grown-ups in the organisation” – namely himself, the chairman, Greg Clarke, and the technical director, Dan Ashworth – are being chased by headlines asking why they are still in office.Ashworth, in particular, seems to have his fingerprints everywhere in this story, bearing in mind this was the man who appointed Sampson, who championed him, who exonerated him from Eni Aluko’s complaints and who let it slide, with that stunning lack of curiosity, when the FA’s safeguarding department ruled the now-deposed England Women manager needed to go on an educational course because of his relationship with players at Bristol Academy (now Bristol City Women), the club where he had previously coached.Even before we get to that part of the fiasco, it seems almost implausible that Ashworth, with his close relationship to Sampson, should be one of the two people to oversee the internal inquiry into Aluko’s allegations. Ashworth’s investigation had cleared Sampson of any wrongdoing and delivered its findings to Aluko before speaking to at least one of the key witnesses. And there are other details that, until now, I have kept back when it comes to the reasons, to put it bluntly, why the Professional Footballers’ Association has complained to the FA that the process involving Ashworth is “not a genuine search for the truth” and “designed to close down the complaint and absolve Mark Sampson”. Other people can decide if Ashworth should stay or go but the picture it creates is unedifying, to say the least, and it leaves a stain that will be difficult to wash out.It certainly feels typical of this story to discover that Ashworth and the FA’s human resources director, Rachel Brace, admitted they had cleared Sampson of making a racial comment towards Drew Spence at the China Cup in 2015 without actually watching the video recording of the relevant meeting. That admission is described as “nothing short of incredible” within the PFA, whose firm belief is that Aluko has been the victim of an almighty stitch-up, and leaves a burning question about why Ashworth and Brace were so quick to absolve their colleague without more serious investigations.But there is more. For starters, Ashworth’s response when Aluko emailed him in June last year to set out her concerns about her own treatment and the incident involving Spence. Two months later, Aluko sent a follow-up to ask why he had not replied and Ashworth claimed he had never received the email. The PFA’s view is that Ashworth’s explanation “lacks credibility and is not accepted as being genuine”. Nobody else on the email chain lost it to cyberspace.Ashworth was the man who wanted Aluko, as an “iconic England player”, to take part in the FA’s culture review and promised it was an entirely confidential process. It was Ashworth who told her it was a mere coincidence when, within two weeks, her 11-year, 102-cap England career was in effect ended for what Sampson called “unLioness behaviour”.Ashworth was at the meeting with Aluko when coincidence struck again and the follow-up emails the next day – and it really is some coincidence, this – included notification that her work as a sports lawyer was to be the subject of a separate FA investigation. Ashworth was one of the people the PFA was referring to when it complained of “a sham which was not designed to establish the truth but intended to protect Mark Sampson”. Ashworth is, in short, up to his neck in this story.He certainly has a lot of explaining to do because, in a normal business, these are the kind of allegations that might warrant an investigation of their own. And, of course, the Aluko element is now only part of the story. Spence was 22 when she was called up to the China Cup. It was her first England camp and the start, she hoped, of a long international career. In those circumstances, she chose not to make a complaint because, as she saw it, it would probably be her last involvement and she was afraid of the repercussions (very wise, you might think, given what has happened to Aluko). Is that really so hard to understand? Glenn has invited derision in the past by admitting he was “not a football expert” but, in this instance, he doesn’t have to be. It is more a case of understanding humans.Glenn now says he will offer a personal apology to Aluko and Spence if the latest investigation – the third time the case has been opened – rules that it was actually Sampson who was not telling the truth, rather than sticking to the apparent belief that two England players must have conjured the stories out of thin air.It wasn’t the kind of promise a man in his position would ordinarily make if it was in his mind to resign and, though there is still a long way for this story to run, nobody should be too surprised if he and his colleagues try to see it out. But can you trust them again? In many ways it is all part of an enduring story. But it is still fairly dispiriting, once again, to realise that the Football Association is an age away from being the organisation we want it to be. 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All watch enthusiasts want something unique on their wrist. Whether walking into the office, or walking into the local watering hole, no guy wants to see another dude with the same timepiece on. The custom timepiece market has been increasing in popularity for just this reason. Brands like Bamford Watch Co are taking classic timepieces from Rolex, Patek Philippe, and others, and making them unique to the wearer. Using coatings, colors, and even case engravings to do so, masterpieces are being made all around. Bell and Ross, being a fashion forward brand, has seen the trend and taken matters into their own hands creating their latest limited edition, the Burning Skull watch.Related: Grand Seiko Limited Edition SeriesKnown for their 46mm square aviation themed timepiece, the BR-01, Bell and Ross has created numerous limited editions in this case, but none like the Burning Skull. Bell and Ross took their Airborne skull BR-01 and made it even more unique. Commemorating the WW2 parachutists who brought “Death from Above”, this timepiece is hand engraved to resemble a tattoo. The skull, proudly worn by Norman parachutists, combined with the this unique tattoo style engraving, celebrates the art of military tattooing. Each case is hand engraved and the skull dial is made from stamped steel, similar to how a coin would be stamped. Below the dial lies a swiss BR calibre automatic movement. The watch is paired with a brown crocodile strap and pin buckle.Case engraving like that of the Bell and Ross Burning Skull are becoming more popular with the custom watch crowd. Incredible man hours are necessary to complete these unique jobs. The outcome is spectacular and well worth the effort. Limited to only 500 pieces worldwide, the Burning Skull watch is hands down the most unique limited edition Bell and Ross has come out with. With an MSRP of $7,700, the price is not nearly as dramatic as this work of art. 12 Best Seiko Watches for Men, From Flashy to Functional 10 Top Shelf Vodka Brands that are Actually Worth a Damn The Awake G7 Watch Makes Fishing Nets Fashionable and Sustainable Affordable Watch Hunting: 10 Best Timex Watches For Men Editors’ Recommendations The Best Men’s Watches Under $500, From Stylish to Smart
Nikki Rae Nikki Rae Previous Why Fresh Hops Are Essentially the Magic Sauce of Craft Beer Nikki Rae Nikki Rae 1 of 12 Nikki Rae Next Two-hundred brewers walk into a bar …This isn’t a joke, but the general basis of Collaboration Beer Fest, where 200 breweries from 42 states and six countries come together to unveil 123 Frankenstein craft hybrids for thirsty beer lovers. This was the fifth year the Denver events group Two Parts and the Colorado Brewers Guild hosted Collaboration Fest. Nikki Rae The Most Unique Collaboration Beers in the U.S. “A few years ago Food & Wine [magazine[ called Collaboration Fest ‘America’s Most Creative Beer Festival,’ and that is something we want to build on each year,” said Tobias Krause, events manager at Two Parts. “We want people to leave this year’s festival thinking it was the best drinking experience of their life.”And take it from The Manual — it was awesome. Here are six of the most bizarre, creative, delicious, and trending collaboration beers we tasted in 2018:International TwistsTwin Ninja Saké SaisonGemini Beer Company and 300 Suns Brewing married their love of experimenting with craft ales to combine two yeasts into one spot-on and perfectly balanced Saké Saison. Together, the yeasts produced a dry and crisp ale with the fruity complexity of a saison (the perfect beer for springtime). Jasmine rice and hand-selected malts finished the subtly hoppy ale with a glowing golden hue.The Big Cactus Mexican LagerWhile most collaboration beers were the passion project of two breweries, this fresh and snappy Mexican Lager came about from three mad minds: Cerberus Brewing Co., Fossil Craft Beer Company, and Goat Patch Brewing Co. Hailing from Colorado Springs, these brewers admitted their Mexican Lager was the brainchild of hanging outside of the brewery and exchanging dream recipes. The beer is brewed with agave nectar, which adds a hint of sweetness. The Big Cactus is on tap now at Fossil Craft Beer Co., along with the Purploid Sour Punch (another brew from the wild trio).Nikki RaeIPAsMegafauna Triple IPAOne of the few booths to have a line stretching back into the center of the room, Cerebral Brewing and Outer Range Brewing Co. wowed IPA-lovers while pushing IPA-so-so-likers over the fence into full-blown fans. How? They went hazy. No doubt the most trending beer across the craft scene right now, hazy IPAs were the stars of Collaboration Fest. Unlike traditional IPAs, the hazy breed results in a paler color and a lighter, often fruitier taste on the pallet. Megafuna was hopped with Galaxy, Enigma, Mosaic, and N1/69, then fermented with a blend of expressive yeasts. Sitting about 10.5 percent ABV, it does the job, quick.Smooth Criminal New England Style Milkshake IPAIf the goal of creating a new beer was to get as funky as possible with it, Crystal Springs Brewing Co. and Something Brewery created the George Clinton of craft beers. Smooth Criminal is a milkshake IPA made with black currants to yield a creamy and coveted beer that feels like an indulgent dessert. Not to mention, this IPA is handsome and super Instagram-able. (Here’s how to take great beer photos.)Nikki RaeSoursCherry Coast to Coast Sour AleWith over a dozen sour creations, it was clear this puckered trend is sustaining popularity after a trending spike the past few years. And it meant even more that the Colorado Guild’s big creation this year was a Cherry Coast to Coast sour ale, made with the help of 11 other brewers associations and state guilds around the country (including Kentucky, New York, Texas, and North Carolina). That’s a lot of cooks in the kitchen, but the result was like drinking a cherry pie with fresh, tart cherries and hints of almond, vanilla, and cinnamon. Very Americana. (Here’s how to make your own sour beer, if you dare.)On the Shoulder of Giants 2017 Golden SourTwo sours gods got together and created the holy grail of sours. New Belgium Brewing and The Rare Barrel aged their golden sour beer in oak barrels with fruity peaches and herbaceous jasmine pearl tea. Need we say more? The peach and jasmine worked to balance out the bitter sour, while helping it shine.Are you more of a liquor lover than a beer drinker? Be sure to check out the fresh new Colorado Spirits Trail crafted by the Colorado Distillers Guild just this year. Why Tea and Beer Go Well Together (and 5 Tea Beers to Try) Nikki Rae Nikki Rae Nikki Rae Nikki Rae Editors’ Recommendations Nikki Rae Nikki Rae 11 of the Best Low-Calorie Craft Beers for Watching Your Beer Belly The Best Oktoberfest Beers to Sip On This Season
zoomImage Courtesy: Genting Cruise Lines Hong Kong-based cruise operator Genting Cruise Lines is spending more money on the refurbishment of Dream Cruises’ Explorer Dream to incorporate the installation of scrubber systems, the company said on Wednesday. The transformation that would incorporate new facilities and services had previously been estimated at USD 30 million but eventually rose to USD 56 million. The company confirmed that the cost increase was in part due to the installation of exhaust gas cleaning systems.The newest Dream Cruises ship is close to completing the overhaul ahead of the spring/summer 2019 season.Formerly known as the SuperStar Virgo of sister brand Star Cruises, the 1,870-passenger ship is expected to be launched later this month, Genting Cruise Lines confirmed.Genting Cruise Lines has also revealed a new hull artwork for the ship, created by New York-based, Chinese artist, Kuri Huang.“Huang’s artistic style aptly embodies Dream Cruises’ brand essence with its imaginative depiction of mythic creatures on a quest to explore new horizons across the seas,” said Thatcher Brown, President of Dream Cruises.The 75,338- gross-ton Explorer Dream will strengthen the Dream Cruises’ brand in North China with homeports in Shanghai and Tianjin during spring/summer 2019 with a selection of voyages of various durations from Shanghai or Tianjin to Japan.
For the third time, Barry Manilow will be contributing five concert performances for “A Gift of Love III” at Palm Desert’s McCallum Theatre during the holiday season.His set goal for the benefit: $1.5 million.The concert benefit will be raising funds for over 30 charities in Coachella Valley. The performances are scheduled for December 8th and 9th, and December 11th-13th 2015. Concert times varies.Manilow’s performances will include a mix of popular holiday pieces and his hit songs. His past performances have been filled with many festive elements including snow and an appearance from Santa Claus. Manilow also performed with a children’s choir during “A Gift of Love” past benefit.VIP tickets to “A Gift of Love III” are selling out, with limited availability at agiftoflove3.com. VIP ticket purchasers are able to choose which organization they’d like their donation to assist. Funds from tickets purchasers who do not choose a specific organization will go to a general fund, which will be distributed amongst all participating organizations equally. Barry Manilow will not be receiving any proceeds from his donated performances. General tickets will be available in the late summer.Here is a list of the charities Barry Manilow’s performance at “A Gift of Love III” will benefit:ACT For MSAdvancing the Interests of AnimalsAIDS Assistance ProgramAngel View Crippled Children’s FoundationAnimal SamaritansBarbara Sinatra Children’s CenterBig Brothers Big Sisters of the DesertBraille InstituteCollege of the Desert FoundationDesert AIDS ProjectDesert Cancer FoundationDesert SymphonyGary Kitchen Memorial FoundationGilda’s Club Desert Cities CaliforniaGuide Dogs of the DesertJoslyn Senior CenterThe LGBT Community Center of the DesertThe Living DesertThe Manilow Music ProjectMartha’s Village & KitchenMcCallum Theatre InstituteMizell Senior CenterNeuro Vitality CenterPaws and HeartsPegasus Therapeutic Riding “All Special Needs – All Ages”Sanctuary Palm SpringsTemple Isaiah FundTools for TomorrowUnited Cerebral Palsy – Inland EmpireThe Well in the DesertFor more information about “A Gift of Love III”, click here.Copyright ©2015Look to the Stars
“The Human Rights Council needs to make it clear to the Sri Lankan government that it expects it to stop playing games and start delivering on its commitments,” said John Fisher, Geneva director at Human Rights Watch. “The Sri Lankan government needs to move beyond pre-session PR and present a meaningful and concrete plan to deliver results for the victims who have been awaiting justice for far too long.” Human Rights Watch welcomed the December action by the government to accede to the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT).Creating the Office of Missing Persons, while a positive step, is just the latest body set up in Sri Lanka to look into enforced disappearances, Human Rights Watch said. Reports of prior government-established commissions, some of which have been made public in recent years, have not led to accountability. In October 2015, the Human Rights Council adopted Resolution 30/1 by consensus in which Sri Lanka pledged to set up four transitional justice mechanisms to promote “justice, reconciliation and human rights” in the country. These included an accountability mechanism involving international judges, prosecutors, and investigators; a truth and reconciliation mechanism; an office of missing persons; and an office for reparations. Thus far only the Office of Missing Persons (OMP) has been set up – just ahead of the current session in Geneva. The high commissioner for human rights, in a report to the Council, expressed similar concerns. The Council will discuss the high commissioner’s report this week. The Sri Lankan Government should announce a time-bound plan to carry out its pledges to the United Nations Human Rights Council since October 2015, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said today.HRW said that at an interim update before the Council this week on progress towards fulfilment of its human rights commitments, UN member countries should press Sri Lanka to ensure justice and accountability for the tens of thousands of victims of the country’s brutal civil war. “The Office of Missing Persons now represents their last best hope to learn the fate of their loved ones,” said Fisher. “It must do its work quickly and properly. Families of the disappeared have appeared before commission after commission, and many have camped out in the open over the past year in protest of Government inaction.”The justice and accountability mechanism in the 2015 resolution is a key demand from victims and families affected by Sri Lanka’s 27-year civil war between the Government and the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. Both sides to the conflict, which ended in May 2009 with a decisive Government victory, committed serious human rights abuses and violations of international humanitarian law, including extrajudicial killings, deliberate and indiscriminate attacks against civilians, enforced disappearances, and torture. The Government should publicly set out when this mechanism will be set up instead of hiding behind various politically expedient excuses, Human Rights Watch said.The Government has also failed to deliver on its other pledges under the 2015 resolution. A Government-commissioned task force led by independent activists carried out a nationwide consultation down to the grass-roots level and delivered a detailed report on the expectations of victims and affected communities. However, the report and its recommendations have languished and it is unclear whether the government will take them into account in either the Office of Missing Persons or the other transitional justice mechanisms. Another key outstanding pledge, namely security sector reform including the repeal of the draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), also remains unfulfilled. Sri Lanka has a long history of abuses by security forces, both during and after the civil war. The security forces have long used the PTA to detain suspects for years without charge, facilitating torture and other mistreatment. The Government’s claims to be working on repealing and replacing the PTA with a rights-respecting law have yet to come to fruition. Additionally, Sri Lanka’s state of emergency laws and regulations under the Public Security Ordinance (PSO) create a legal framework for abuse by the security forces in the name of national security interests. The government recently resorted to emergency rule in response to anti-Muslim riots in the Kandy district. The Government was largely successful in quelling the riots, arresting dozens of people suspected of instigating and participating in the violence, but the episode highlighted the lack of action in limiting the PSO’s broad powers. The Government had pledged to review these regulations under Resolution 30/1 but they still permit the authorities to detain people for up to 14 days before being produced in court.“A lack of justice and impunity for past abuses fuels current abuses in Sri Lanka,” Fisher said. “The Government’s delay in undertaking promised reforms is a slap in the face to the victims and their families who have waited for years for answers. The Government should stop hiding behind politically expedient excuses and act on its pledges.” (Colombo Gazette)
Ohio State freshman right fielder Dominic Canzone bats in the bottom of the seventh inning against North Carolina Greensboro. Credit: Edward Sutelan | Lantern reporterThe Ohio State baseball team scored the most runs (27) over the course of a full weekend series this season against Iowa, but it wasn’t enough as they lost the first and third games of the series to lose the series and fall to 7-14 in the Big Ten. They fall to 12th in the conference. The Buckeyes dropped the first game on Friday 9-5, but bounced back with a commanding 12-7 win on Saturday. Then on Sunday, the Buckeyes blew a 9-2 lead late in the game, and another 10-9 lead in the ninth inning to lose 11-10 for the series loss. The offense for the Buckeyes finally seemed to click, thanks in large part to breakout performances from their outfielders. OSU’s trio — junior left fielder Tre’ Gantt, redshirt senior Shea Murray and freshman right fielder Dominic Canzone — went a combined 18-for-40 (.450 batting average) and either scored or drove in 19 of OSU’s total 27 runs. Both Gantt and Canzone extended their hitting streaks to five games. Game 1The Buckeyes offense provided enough run support, but the pitching staff gave up nine runs on 15 hits and the team dropped the first game 9-5.A squeeze bunt in the second inning had OSU on top early, but junior first baseman Jake Adams bashed his Big Ten-leading 17th home run in the bottom of the third to knot the game up at one. Another Hawkeye run scored in the fourth before Iowa went on a scoring frenzy in the fifth inning, racking up three runs on three hits and two walks to push their lead to 5-1. The Buckeyes scored their second run of the game in the top of the sixth off sophomore catcher Jacob Barnwell’s second home run of the season, but Iowa grabbed that run back when Adams grounded into a run-scoring double play in the bottom half of the inning. An RBI-double in the seventh, followed up by an RBI-groundout and single in the eighth extended Iowa’s lead to 9-2. With their backs against the wall, the Buckeyes were able to string a couple of hits together in the top of the ninth inning. Senior shortstop Jalen Washington launched a 1-1 fastball over the left field fence with a pair on base to bring the score to 9-5. After the long ball, a walk gave OSU a glimmer of hope before Iowa struck out OSU’s final batter and slammed the door on their victory in game one. Game 2A strong start from sophomore Conner Curlis and a combined seven hits from Gantt and Murray helped the Buckeyes even the series in game two with a 12-7 victory over Iowa.After Gantt walked with one out in the first, sophomore third baseman Brady Cherry kicked the scoring off with an RBI-double down the right field line to give OSU the early 1-0 lead.The Buckeyes later loaded the bases in the top of the fourth for redshirt senior center fielder Murray, who singled to right field to drive in a run before freshman second baseman Noah West doubled to the right-center field gap to score two more. Another single by Gantt later in the inning scored Murray and extended the Buckeye lead to 5-0. Iowa received help from their star first baseman, Adams, in the bottom half of the inning, however, as he homered in his second-consecutive game (18th long ball of the season) to cut into the deficit and draw the score to 5-1.The Buckeyes were able to get that run back in the top of the fifth with an RBI-walk to West before scoring two more runs off four hits in the sixth inning.Curlis ran into his first bit of trouble in the bottom of the sixth inning, though. After retiring the first two batters he faced, a throwing error gave Iowa some life. A walk to the next batter set junior third baseman Matt Hoeg up with a golden run-scoring opportunity that he cashed in on with his fourth home run of the season. Another throwing error in the next inning again helped Iowa set themselves up in a position to put more runs on the board, and three RBI-hits in the inning helped Iowa come within one run of tying OSU.Entering the ninth, the Buckeyes were looking for insurance in this 8-7 ball game. Murray led off the inning with a home run and Gantt extended the lead with his second RBI of the day with a double to the left-center field gap. Gantt later came around to score on freshman third baseman Conner Pohl’s first collegiate home run, solidifying OSU’s 12-7 victory.Lost in all the run scoring of Saturday’s game was a solid outing from Curlis. The southpaw allowed just one earned run (three unearned) over six innings of work. Only nine batters reached base against him with six reaching via a hit, two via a walk and one hit by a pitch. He also struck out four batters in this game. Game 3The Hawkeyes came back from an early 9-2 deficit to tie the game up at nine late, and though OSU took a 10-9 lead in the ninth inning, Iowa won the game and the series on a walk-off two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth. Both the Buckeyes and Hawkeyes scored a pair of runs in the first inning, but Canzone propelled his team to a 6-2 lead with his first collegiate grand slam in the top half of the second inning. OSU was able to keep its scoring consistent throughout the game, adding runs in the third, fourth and sixth innings and staking out an early 9-2 lead over Iowa.I could just say In the bottom of the seventh, Adams, who had been a one-man wrecking ball against OSU, homered in his third straight game. This time it was a three-run home run, bringing his team to within four runs.The next inning, Iowa strung together a pair of hits to lead off the inning. A strikeout and RBI single later, senior third baseman Corbin Woods hit a three-run home run to tie the game up at nine apiece. A double from Pohl — his fourth hit of the game — and a pair of walks loaded up the bases for Gantt who lifted a sacrifice fly to score Pohl from third and give the Buckeyes a 10-9 lead.Leading off the bottom of the ninth inning, Adams singled to the left side to put the tying run on base for the Hawkeyes. Then on the first pitch he saw, junior right fielder Robert Neustrom launched a walk-off two-run home run to send the Hawkeyes home victorious with a series-clinching 11-10 win.
EEG (électroencéphalogramme) : définition, comment se déroule l’examen, y a-t-il des risques ?Un électroencéphalogramme (ou EEG) est un examen médical permettant d’étudier le fonctionnement du cerveau en évaluant l’activité électrique cérébrale. Ce type d’examen est indiqué pour poser un diagnostic en cas de troubles neurologiques ou d’épilepsie, mais aussi pour évaluer l’efficacité d’un traitement.Qu’est-ce que l’EEG ?Pour être précis, l’électroencéphalogramme est le nom que prend le tracé obtenu lorsqu’on réalise une électroencéphalographie. Toutefois, par extension, on nomme l’examen lui-même électroencéphalogramme. Cet enregistrement du fonctionnement cérébral va permettre de détecter les ondes cérébrales (alpha, bêta, delta, gamma et thêta) et donc de les étudier avec précision, milliseconde après milliseconde. À partir de l’étude de l’activité neurophysiologique représentée par l’électroencéphalogramme et en combinant ces résultats avec le contexte clinique et d’autres examens d’imagerie médicale (en général une IRM, un scanner et/ou une tomographie par émission de positons), les neurologues parviennent à tirer diverses conclusions. La difficulté résulte du fait que les résultats fournis par l’EEG sont difficilement exploitables tels quels, car le signal émis est de trop faible amplitude. Il doit donc être amplifié, une tâche que des ordinateurs réalisent numériquement.Comment se déroule un EEG ?Concrètement, un électroencéphalogramme consiste à placer des électrodes sur le cuir chevelu. Les électrodes sont placées aux endroits précis que l’on souhaite étudier après qu’on y a appliqué une pâte conductrice. Le patient à examiner est éveillé, soit allongé, soit assis. L’enregistrement débute les yeux fermés. On demande ensuite au patient d’ouvrir plusieurs fois les yeux afin de contrôler le fonctionnement cérébral. À lire aussiÉlectroencéphalogramme : définition, comment se déroule l’examen, y a-t-il des risques ?Divers exercices sont ensuite réalisés : une épreuve d’hyperpnée (on demande au patient d’exagérer et d’accélérer sa respiration pendant quelques minutes) et une stimulation lumineuse (le patient est soumis aux flashs produits par un stroboscope). Ces exercices permettent de révéler diverses anomalies ou encore d’évaluer un coma profond. L’examen complet dure entre un quart d’heure et vingt minutes.EEG : risques et contre-indicationsL’électroencéphalogramme est un examen non invasif et donc totalement indolore qui ne fait que relever l’activité électrique du cerveau (tout comme l’électrocardiogramme relève celle du cœur). Il n’existe donc pas de contre-indications à sa pratique. Par ailleurs, la mise en route de l’EEG n’entraîne aucun changement pour le patient. Toutefois, les exercices d’hyperpnée et de flashs lumineux peuvent être difficiles à réaliser pour certains patients. Par ailleurs, le stroboscope peut déclencher une crise d’épilepsie. Néanmoins, ces risques sont minimes dans la mesure où ces exercices ne sont pas pratiqués lorsqu’on observe un tracé perturbé ou qu’ils sont stoppés en cas de réactions excessives.Le 29 mars 2017 à 12:48 • Maxime Lambert
Related story: A few highlights of The Columbian’s coverage of Tonya HardingTonya Harding, Clark County’s bad girl made famous after her involvement in a leg-crunching attack on a fellow Olympian ice skater, is apparently getting hitched again.Although The Columbian could not contact her for confirmation, Clark County records show that a Tonya Harding, age 39, has applied for a marriage license. That is also the infamous Harding’s age.Harding and Joseph Jens Price, 42, both of Yacolt, filed an application for a marriage license June 23 at the Clark County courthouse.Harding’s name recognition grew for all the wrong reasons in 1994 when she was tied to a violent attack her former husband Jeff Gillooly orchestrated against rival figure skater Nancy Kerrigan. Harding avoided a possible jail sentence in relation to the incident by pleading guilty to a charge of conspiring to hinder prosecution. She was placed on three years’ probation and fined $160,000.A native of Portland, Harding’s last run-in with the law came in 2007 when she reported to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office an attempt to break into her vehicle.
Three people escaped an early morning house fire in Battle Ground without serious injury.The fire was reported around 5:50 a.m. at 206 S.E. Fourth St., Battle Ground, according to emergency dispatch logs.Clark County Fire & Rescue and Clark County Fire District 3 responded.Catherine Hughes, who lives in the house with her husband and adult son, said she heard some banging and popping sounds in the back room. When she went to check on the noise, she saw flames and smoke. She yelled to wake up her son and husband, who were asleep in bedrooms down the hall.Steve Hughes said he woke up to his mom screaming and saw flames coming from the laundry room. He got his dad, Walter Hughes, up and into a wheelchair and pushed him down the hallway past flames and smoke. He said the inside of the house was very hot.“I didn’t think we would have made it,” he said.He pushed his dad down steps in front of the home — his wheelchair ramp was outside the utility room that was engulfed in flames. Steve scraped his feet on rocks outside the house but was able to get his dad away from the house.“They just barely got out,” said Battalion Chief Tim Dawdy of CCF&R.Capt. Todd Kays, also with CCF&R, said his engine crew arrived to find light smoke coming out of the structure. They were told two dogs were trapped inside.Crews knocked out the flames and entered the house. They found one dog unconscious on the floor in a bedroom and another OK in the front of the house, Kays said.
DAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – Campers from Miami Children’s Museum had the chance to go skydiving without the need of an airplane.The group of 100 campers headed to iFLY in Davie and experienced what it feels like to free fall in the indoor skydiving business.The program takes the kids on field trips every Friday — to places that focus on science, technology, engineering and math.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Kapra: As many as 110 cycles were distributed to poor girls on Sunday to mark the oath-taking ceremony by the Fourth Cabinet of the International Association of Lions Clubs, District 320 C, under the leadership of Lion Visveswara Rao, who is coordinator of the district seva programmes. The event was held at the GHMC circle office. Lion Chitti Prakash Rao was the chief guest. Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us Visveswara Rao and District Lion Governor Ravindranath Gupta said the Lions International was involved in service activities across 220 countries. They stated that the organisation was rendering commendable service to the residents of Kapra and adjoining areas. It would continue to serve them to meet their needs. Among those present were Lions Kompalli Krishnamurthy, Arula Gopal Rao, Dr G S Prasad, Past Dean Manohar Raju, Linga Reddy, Y M Dhara, Pavani,former corporator Lion Kotha Rama Rao, Santosh Kumar, Hari Hara Subramanyam, S R C Reddy, Mallikarjun, Ashok Kumar, K Mahipal Reddy, Jaipal Reddy, A V R Dattu, Ramana, G Prabhakar, Suryanarayana, Hemadri Rao, Manohar Reddy and Purnachandar.
Aerial view of North Karnataka affected by floodsTwitterThe heavy downpour in Maharashtra has created a flood-like situation not just in the state but also in the neighbouring Karnataka where the northern region is faltering underwater.Due to the incessant rains in Maharashtra and Karnataka, the inflow into the major reservoirs has also been increased. The heavy rains in the North Karnataka region and the rapid inflow, mainly at Belagavi, Shivamogga, Bagalkot, Yadgir, Vijayapura and Raichur has caused flooding in the region.The heavy downpour in the Krishna river basin and Maharashtra releasing water from Koyna dam in Satara district and other reservoirs into the river Krishna has caused heavy inflow into Almatti and Basava Sagar (Narayanapura) dams and has submerged the nearby villages.According to the reports, more than 2 lakh cusecs of water was released from the reservoirs in Maharashtra due to which a total of 16 bridges were flooded in Karnataka. The Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa had conducted an aerial survey of the flood-affected districts of North Karnataka on Monday morning.The farmers living in the downstream of the Krishna basin has incurred heavy losses as their properties and crops were lashed out by the ceaseless rains. The heavy release of water from Almatti dam also caused severe damage with hundreds of acres of standing crops in Raichur and Yadgir districts under floodwater, reports TOI.A red alert has been issued at Kodagu district of Karnataka, as the heavy rains have also affected several parts of the district and the water level at Cauvery river has also been rising rapidly at Bhagamandala, where the river joins its two attributes (Triveni Sangama). Landslide near Londa railway station in BelagaviTwitterA landslide was also reported near Makutta along Virajpet-Kerala highway in Kodagu due to which the road has been closed. The travellers have been advised to take Kutta-Mananthavadi Road to reach Kerala. The profuse rainfall had disrupted trains services between Karnataka-Goa and Mangaluru-Mumbai due to landslides in some areas, which had left the railway track hanging.