SDSU astronomers discover third planet in twostar solar system

first_img Posted: April 16, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, April 16, 2019 SDSU astronomers discover third planet in two-star solar system SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A group of researchers led by astronomers at San Diego State University Tuesday announced the discovery of a third planet in the Kepler-47 solar system, making it the only known system with multiple planets that orbit two stars.The researchers spotted the Neptune-to-Saturn-sized planet between the system’s two previously observed planets while monitoring data from NASA’s Kepler telescope. SDSU astronomers believe the planet has gone largely unnoticed until now because it may have passed in front of one of the system’s two stars, weakening its transmission signal.The planet has been dubbed Kepler-47d.“We saw a hint of a third planet back in 2012, but with only one transit we needed more data to be sure,” said SDSU astronomer Jerome Orosz, the lead author of the study published in the Astronomical Journal. “With an additional transit, the planet’s orbital period could be determined, and we were then able to uncover more transits that were hidden in the noise in the earlier data.”In addition to confirming the planet’s existence, the research team discovered that it is the largest body on record in the Kepler-47 system. All three planets also have a lower density than Saturn, our solar system’s least dense planet. Kepler 47 is roughly 3340 light-years from Earth toward the northern constellation Cygnus.The system itself is fairly compact and could fit within Earth’s orbit around our sun. One of the system’s stars is roughly similar in size to the one in our solar system while the other is roughly one-third that size. All three planets are at least three times larger than Earth, with Kepler-47d registering at seven times larger.“This work builds on one of the Kepler’s most interesting discoveries: that systems of closely-packed, low-density planets are extremely common in our galaxy,” said Jonathan Fortney, a UC Santa Cruz astronomer who was not involved in the study. “Kepler-47 shows that whatever process forms these planets — an outcome that did not happen in our solar system — is common to single-star and circumbinary planetary systems.” KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

San Diego police make 62 DUI arrests during holiday period

first_img Posted: July 6, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The California Highway Patrol arrested 62 drivers for suspicion of drunk driving in San Diego County over the holiday period, officials said today.While there were no fatalities on county freeways this year, the CHP said 17 people were killed in California during the July Fourth holiday period. The CHP holiday reporting period was from 6 p.m. Wednesday to 6 a.m. Saturday.The arrests for suspicion of DUI in the county increased over last year’s holiday period by 28. The CHP only tracks DUI arrests made by CHP officers.Statewide, three pedestrians were killed during the holiday period in the CHP’s jurisdiction. There were two motorcycle deaths reported statewide.This year there were 17 driving fatalities in California, as reported by all law enforcement agencies. Last year there were also 17. This year there were 839 arrests by CHP officers for suspicion of DUI throughout California. There were 389 last year. San Diego police make 62 DUI arrests during holiday period July 6, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

Missy Elliott Is Ready To Get The World Dancing Again

first_img Twitter The hip-hop legend recently shared she is working on a new album dropping next year, 14 years after her last LP, ‘The Cookbook.’ What can we expect?Ana YglesiasGRAMMYs Oct 9, 2018 – 5:34 pm The GRAMMY-winning superstar Missy Elliott has been an influential powerhouse for years, making a name for herself starting with her successful debut album Supa Dupa Fly in 1997, featuring her classic jam “Sock It 2 Me.” Since then she released five more studio albums and countless hit singles and collabs, although her last LP was 2005’s The Cookbook. She has released some juicy, one-off singles and has been on some hot features over the past 13 years, but the world is ready for more Missy. Luckily, she is ready to give the world what it wants, teasing a 2019 LP in a recent social media post. What can we expect? Missy Elliott Is Ready To Get The World Dancing Again Facebook The rap pioneer recently took to Twitter to announce that she’s ready to “get y’all a**es dancing again,” hinting she’ll have new music for us in 2019. The tweet featured a clip of a new unreleased track of hers called “Cool Off,” which sounds like it will be a dancefloor-ready banger. Five days before that post, in another tweet, she touched on why it’s been so long since she’s put out an album. “For so long I was hesitant to put out music in fear no one would get it because people said music has changed & my sound been so different,” she shares. “But now I’m like hey, bump it make music that feels good to me, let me get y’all a**es dancing again.”We are ready, Missy. Ready for whatever new jams you have been cooking up. She raps on the sneak peek of “Cool Off, “Missy in this b***h/doing s**t you ain’t ever seen.” I think we’re ready to see it, but for now we will have to hope for whatever magic the hip-hop queen has been preparing for us.We hope her and longtime friend and collaborator Timbaland have been spending at least some time in the studio together so that he can add his magic, futuristic touch through producing at least a few songs on her upcoming album. The list of Elliott’s Timbaland-produced classics is nearly endless, including “Sock It 2 Me” and “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)” from her debut Supa Dupa Fly, “One Minute Man” and “Get Ur Freak On” from Miss E…So Addictive and “Work It” and “Gossip Folks” from Under Construction. It is hard to deny how amazing and dynamic the music they put out together is, with his forward thinking production bringing her sound to the next level every time.Timbaland was the lead producer on all of her studio albums other than her sixth, which he played a smaller role on, and they were working on her seventh album set to release in 2008, along with Pharrell and others on production, until, after delays, the album was never released. Pharrell and Elliott eventually released two singles in 2012 “9th Inning” and “Triple Threat,” both of which featured classic slow-jam/future-sound Timbaland beats along with his vocals.Two years later, in 2015, Elliott teamed up with Pharrell to release the viral hit “WTF (Where They From),” a booty-bouncing, highly danceable track featuring the producer’s catchy, joyful beats, as well as some verses from him as well. We can only hope and pray Elliott’s latest studio sessions have and will include both GRAMMY-winning mastermind producers to keep lifting her amazing flow and bold presence to the next level with joyous, future-ready beats.Elliott has always confidently pushed the envelope and set the tone for what it means to be a female hip-hop artist in the male-dominated industry. There is no doubt that she will keep bringing her unique brand of sexy, empowered, independent female to the table in her new music. This year she has already given us a taste of that on the remix of Ciara’s girl power track “Level Up.” The two celebrate their greatness as women, recognizing they won’t settle for less than they deserve, with Elliott confidently rapping, “Original, no klepto’/ Got a new flow, got a new glow./Level up, I’m beautiful/My a**, bounce like a yo-yo.”The remix of the GRAMMY-winning R&B star’s recent single reunites the pair, along with Fatman Scoop, the three of whom collabed on “Lose Control,” the biggest—and still classic dance-inducing jam—single from Elliott’s The Cookbook. Elliott is also featured on “borderline,” a bouncy, shiny Pharrell-produced song on Ariana Grande’s Sweetener, released this August.We can only hope these recent features point to some heavy doses of female-empowerment, along with some unexpected yet heavy-hitting, female-dominated collabs on Elliott’s 2019 album. The cherry on top that would tie it all together would have to be provided by Timbaland and Pharrell’s powerhouse production skills. We will wait patiently and practice our dance moves until then.Madonna Is Working Hard On New Album: “These Dark Circles Are For All My Fans”Read more https://twitter.com/MissyElliott/status/1048779346369032192 News Email Missy Elliott Will Get The World Dancing in 2019 missy-elliott-ready-get-world-dancing-againlast_img read more

STATE REP RACE QA Erika Johnson Discusses Education Issues Negative Campaigning

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Apple is asking weekly questions to the seven candidates running in contested primaries for the Wilmington/Tewksbury State Representative seat (19th Middlesex).Below, in her own words, are the responses to this week’s questions from candidate Erika Johnson (D-Wilmington).#13) The Massachusetts education funding formula hasn’t been updated in 25 years. This Chapter 70 formula fails to provide the funding needed for school districts to fund core expenses. The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center published a report last week (“Building An Education System That Works For Everyone: Funding Reforms To Help All Our Children Thrive“) detailing the problem. The Wilmington & Tewksbury School Committees have long advocated for the State House to update the Chapter 70 formula. Do you commit to fighting for an updated formula? What else will you do as State Representative to help our public schools?Education is the key to the future, therefore, our public schools deserve to be well-funded if not, fully funded. The current formula, Chapter 70 is outdated and absolutely needs to be updated. The formula, as it stands, is stacked against students in low-income communities.I have heard from several teachers along the campaign trail who tell stories of how much they’ve spent out of pocket to be able to provide their students the best education possible, it’s eye-opening. Our teachers need better support and the resources needed to provide a world-class education for all students.I was a strong proponent of the Millionaires tax, a ballot initiative that was recently struck down by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court on a legal technicality (not the substance of the bill). This tax would have increased taxes for those receiving an annual income of over $1 million and all revenue would fund public education and public transportation. Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to hear Democratic Gubernatorial candidate, Jay Gonzalez speak at an event hosted by the Burlington Democratic Town Committee at which Gonzalez expressed that he would support a bill along the lines of the Millionaires tax that taxed the richest in Massachusetts to fully fund our public schools and public transportation, a measure I would be happy to champion if elected.There is currently a bill “S. 308: An Act Strengthening and Investing in our Educators, Students and Communities” that would update the Chapter 70 funding formula, mandates a moratorium on and replacement of the state’s high-stakes testing regime, promotes community collaboration in improving schools, and provides services critical to student academic and social-emotional development, such as recess for grade-schoolers and appropriate bilingual education services for non-native speakers (Summary provided by the Massachusetts Teachers Association). I fully support this bill as I believe it will vastly improve our public education system in Massachusetts for all students and urge our Legislature to act on this bill.I am also supportive of keeping the cap on charter schools, as I proudly voted “No” on Question 2, one of the ballot initiatives in 2016. Charter schools take taxpayer dollars yet are run by nonprofit or for-profit organizations and are exempt from regulations put forth by state and local boards of education in curriculum and hiring practices. Raising the cap or funding for charter schools takes away money and resources for our public school children with no accountability.Every child living in Massachusetts has the right to a quality public education that prepares them for current and future job markets. With that said, we must be sure that with any update to education funding, we are advocating for every child – regardless of their zip code, household income, if they are English Language Learners (ELL), if they require special education or Individualized Education Program (IEP), etc.#14) Define “negative campaigning.” Do you pledge not to engage in any negative campaigning during this election? Why or why not? When responding to an attack, will you follow the “when they go low, we go high” Michelle Obama mantra or the “when someone attacks me, I always attack back… except 100x more” Donald Trump mantra?I do not plan to engage in negative campaigning during this election. With so much on the line for our district, it is important to stay focused on the issues not personal attacks.I will be taking Michelle Obama’s approach, “When they go low, we go high”.(NOTE: Do you have a question for the candidates? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com and it may be asked in a future Q&A or in a debate.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTATE REP RACE Q&A: Pina Prinzivalli Discusses Education Issues, Negative CampaigningIn “Government”STATE REP RACE Q&A: Mark Kratman Discusses Education Issues, Negative CampaigningIn “Government”STATE REP RACE Q&A: Judy O’Connell Discusses Education Issues, Negative CampaigningIn “Government”last_img read more

Sri Lankan militants plan another wave of attacks in military fatigues

first_imgSecurity forces patrol outside St. Anthony’s Church, one of the targets in a series of bomb blasts targeting churches and luxury hotels on Sunday, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on April 27, 2019.Xinhua/A. Hapuarachchi/IANSIn the wake of the Easter Sunday bombings, the security officials of Sri Lanka has warned that Islamic State-inspired terrorists are planning for more attacks wearing military fatigues in the island nation.In a letter to the defence and security sections of the island nation, the head of ministerial security division (MSD) has alerted of another ‘wave of attacks’. The MSD has warned that the IS militants may strike again by using a van.Sri Lankan intelligence agencies have also received potential intel that extremist group National Towheeth Jama’ath (NTJ) has also planned on attacking Buddhist temples in the country by using female bombers.The intelligence officers, after conducting a raid on Friday, found pairs of white blouse and skirts from a safe house at Sainthamaradu, nearly 364 km from Colombo. In March, 29 Muslim women had spent 29,000 SL rupees to purchase nine sets of such clothing from a textile shop in Giriulla, the officers said, reports IANS. Sri Lanka church explosiontwitterAccording to reports, the militants are planning to conduct acts of terror at five locations in Sri Lanka on Sunday or Monday including Batticaloa, other targets were not mentioned. But since there were no attacks on Sunday, the nation is on high alert and the security has been beefed up to prevent any further horrendous incidents.Even though ISIS had claimed the April 21 blasts, Sri Lankan officials suspect two groups behind the attacks – National Towheeth Jama’ath (NTJ) and Jammiyathul Millathu Ibrahim (JMI). Both the extremist groups have been banned by President Maithripala Sirisena.The Sri Lankan government had lifted the curfew imposed in the country on Sunday for the first time since the ghastly attacks, but search operations are being held nationwide and people linked with extremist and radical religious ideologies are being detained by the officials. Close Sri Lanka Attacks: What We Know So Far  (with agency inputs) IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/3:08Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-3:06?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more

India opts out of sharing hydrological data with Pakistan

first_img[Representational Image] According to the Indus Water Treaty, India has full rights on the eastern rivers — Sutlej, Beas and Ravi — and must allow unrestricted flow of water of the western rivers — Indus, Chenab and Jhelum — to Pakistan. Picture: A man sits on a boundary wall near the Indus river in Gilgit on ReutersIt seems the tension between the two nuclear-armed states in South Asia is far from over. In another offensive move, India has now refused to share hydrological data during flood season with Pakistan as per 1989 agreement. India, however, argued that the information will only be provided pertaining to “extraordinary discharges and flood flows”.The national daily, the Times of India reported that since the signing of an agreement with Pakistan, India renewed the agreement as a goodwill gesture. But this year amid tension between two countries after India abrogated the abrogation of Jammu & Kashmir’s special status and the bifurcation of the state into two Union Territories, India has decided against renewing the agreement.PK Saxena, Indian Commissioner for Indus Waters, “This agreement was not renewed in the current year by us.” He further said that the Indus water treaty signed between two countries in 1960 for water sharing will continue to be in place. “India as a responsible nation is committed to the provisions of the IWT,” he added. Interestingly, India and Pakistan signed an agreement in 1989 to share hydrological data during flood season between July 1 and October 10. He said, “This was the arrangement beyond the IWT provisions as a gesture of goodwill from India. This arrangement was being renewed every year since 1989 with modifications as and when required.” Kashmiri boatmen extract sand from the Jhelum river in Srinagar, September 26, 2016. [Representational Image]ReutersTalking on IWT he argued, “Under the Treaty provisions, India is required to provide advance information in regard to ‘extraordinary discharges and flood flows’. This is being done whenever the extraordinary flows are reached.” The decision to not renew the agreement has been communicated to Pakistan earlier this week. Notably, the same day Union Jal Shakti (water resources) minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat said that government is working on a plan to divert water from its share which flows into Pakistan. The diverted water is allowed to be used by its own farmers, industries and people.India and Pakistan signed the Indus water treaty in 1960 in which usage of streams was decided. As per the agreement, waters of eastern rivers including Ravi, Beas, and Sutlej are allocated to India. Similarly, the western flowing river Indus, Jhelum and Chenab are allowed to be used by Pakistan. Moreover, the treaty allows India to use water from the Western River for irrigation and generating hydro-electric power.last_img read more

ACC unearths fraud in physicians registration

first_imgLogo of Anti Corruption Commission. File photoAt least 12 people managed getting registration of Bangladesh Medical and Dental Council (BMDC) as MBBS degree holders without having that degree in the first place, reports UNB.The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) in a drive on Thursday unearthed gross irregularities in the way BMDC is giving registration to fake MBBS degree holders.ACC public relations officer Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya told UNB that the commission conducted the drive after receiving the complaint in its hotline (106) against 12 so called physicians who took BMDC registration without the degree.ACC director general (administration) Mohammad Munir Chowdhury ordered the immediate investigation and operation against the accused who took the BMDC registration on the basis of the fake degree in the name of Taishan Medical University of China.A team led by deputy director Mohammad Mahmud Hasan immediately conducted a drive in the city’s office of BMDC to find out the truth.ACC primarily found that the accused did not get the degree from the Taishan Medical University in China.The BMDC officials present during the ACC drive failed to explain the irregularities.Regarding the operation, the DG of the Enforcement Operations (ACC) Mohammad Munir Chowdhury said, “BMDC can’t provide registration without proper verification. The ACC will immediately investigate the incident and identify the responsible people and take strict legal process.”last_img read more

Solo A Star Wars Story Tops Studios TV Ad Spending

first_imgImpressions: 189,069,187Attention Score: 89.27Attention Index: 69National Airings: 501Networks: 31Most Spend On: ABC, NickCreative Versions: 19Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $11.12MStudio: Disney PixarStarted Airing: 11/18/17 1 Movie titles with a minimum spend of $100,000 for airings detected between 05/14/2018 and 05/20/2018.* TV Impressions – Total TV ad impressions delivered for the brand or spot.* Attention Score – Measures the propensity of consumers to interrupt an ad play on TV. The higher the score, the more complete views. Actions that interrupt an ad play include changing the channel, pulling up the guide, fast-forwarding or turning off the TV.* Attention Index – Represents the Attention of a specific creative or program placement vs the average. The average is represented by a score of 100, and the total index range is from 0 through 200. For example, an attention index of 125 means that there are 25% fewer interrupted ad plays compared to the average.Variety has partnered with iSpot.tv, the real-time TV ad measurement company with attention analytics from more than eight million smart TVs, to bring you this weekly look at what studios are spending to market their movies on TV. Learn more about the iSpot.tv platform and methodology. Top Movie Commercials by Weekly TV SpendData provided by iSpot.tv Impressions: 323,651,845Attention Score: 92.45Attention Index: 98National Airings: 1,307Networks: 37Most Spend On: ABC, NBCCreative Versions: 41Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $20.09MStudio: Twentieth Century FoxStarted Airing: 04/16/18 TV ad placements for Twentieth Century Fox’s “Deadpool 2” (EMV: $3.75 million), Warner Bros.’ “Ocean’s 8” ($3.69 million) and Disney Pixar’s “Incredibles 2” ($3.39 million) round out the chart. Notably, “Show Dogs” has the best iSpot Attention Index (122) in the ranking, getting 22% fewer interruptions than the average movie ad (interruptions include changing the channel, pulling up the guide, fast-forwarding or turning off the TV). Popular on Variety $5.31M – Solo: A Star Wars Story $3.75M – Deadpool 2 $3.69M – Ocean’s 8center_img $3.88M – Show Dogs Impressions: 283,169,910Attention Score: 94.21Attention Index: 122National Airings: 1,205Networks: 29Most Spend On: Nick, UnivisionCreative Versions: 20Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $11.35MStudio: Global RoadStarted Airing: 03/24/18 Impressions: 200,172,176Attention Score: 94.19Attention Index: 121National Airings: 344Networks: 47Most Spend On: ABC, TNTCreative Versions: 5Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $6.77MStudio: Warner Bros.Started Airing: 05/07/18 In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by the TV advertising attention analytics company iSpot.tv, Lucasfilm claims the top spot in spending with “Solo: A Star Wars Story.”Ads placed for the “Star Wars” franchise prequel had an estimated media value of $5.31 million through Sunday for 784 national ad airings on 37 networks. (Spend figures are based on estimates generated from May 14-20. Estimates may be updated after the chart is posted as new information becomes available.) Lucasfilm prioritized spend across networks including ABC, NBC and ESPN, and during programming such as NBA Basketball, Designated Survivor and American Idol. Just behind “Solo: A Star Wars Story” in second place: Global Road’s “Show Dogs,” which saw 1,205 national ad airings across 29 networks, with an estimated media value of $3.88 million. $3.39M – Incredibles 2 Impressions: 317,580,825Attention Score: 92.39Attention Index: 97National Airings: 784Networks: 37Most Spend On: ABC, NBCCreative Versions: 39Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $17.02MStudio: LucasfilmStarted Airing: 04/08/18 ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more