first_imgLATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Winning ONE Championship belt only thing in Eddie Alvarez mind right now NorthPort guard Stanley Pringle barged into the MVP conversation in an almost sneaky way, putting risk to San Miguel center June Mar Fajardo’s historic streak.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown While Fajardo missed the bulk of the PBA Governors’ Cup due to shin fracture, Pringle slowly crept in and took the pole position in the statistical points race accumulating 35.5 SPs overtaking the 6-foot-10 giant who has 33.2 SPs.Fajardo, who won all four of his MVP trophies in consecutive years, was the stats leader throughout the season but Pringle took advantage of his absence to become a legitimate MVP contender.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissPringle, however, has to overcome Fajardo’s two Best Player of the Conferences trophies this season after the Beermen’s jovial juggernaut received the plums in the Philippine and Commissioner’s Cups.Barangay Ginebra forward Japeth Aguilar is at third  in terms of stats with 32.9 SPs while Pringle’s teammate Sean Anthony is at fourth with 31.3 SPs. Another Gin King in Scottie Thompson, who is also seen as a front runner for the Most Improved Player award, rounded out the top five with 30.8 SPs.Phoenix forward Matthew Wright is at sixth with 30.6 SPs followed by three Beermen in Alex Cabagnot (30.2 SPs), Arwind Santos (30.0 SPs), and Marcio Lassiter (29.9 SPs), and Alaska forward Vic Manuel accumulated 29.0 SPs to complete the top 10.Meanwhile, Phoenix forward Jason Perkins leads the Rookie of the Year race with 23.4 SPs, almost five more than what former La Salle teammate and Alaska forward Jeron Teng (18.3 SPs) has.Top draft pick Christian Standhardinger of San Miguel and NLEX guard Kiefer Ravena are out of the ROY race after failing to complete the required minimum number of games a contender must play in a season.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

first_imgTaxpayers and companies can finally be able to sit in the comfort of their homes/offices and submit tax returns with the click of a button, as the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) has launched its long-awaited eServices.A traditional Income Tax Return formFollowing the amendment of sections of the Income Tax Act, the GRA is now authorised to use electronic technology when offering its services.As such, all taxpayers can now submit their Employers Returns Forms, to be submitted before the February 28 online.After signing up on the eServices website, users would be able to also monthly and yearly submit their PAYE, Individual Income Tax, Corporation Tax, Individual Company and Property taxes and Valued Added Tax returns.The GRA is encouraging those persons with multiple sources of income, as well as those who have been approved for Mortgage Interest Relief who file their own returns, to utilise the eServices in order to file with ease and convenience.The Revenue Authority will also be partnering with the E-Governance Unit to provide assistance to various taxpayers at Information Communication Technology (ICT) hubs across Guyana.However, taxpayers are being reminded that all personal information submitted on the website should be true and correct.The website is eservices.gra.gov.gv.last_img read more

first_imgMore than two weeks ago, the office of the Mayor of Georgetown was broken into and several files containing important documents are now missing.City HallThe break-in was confirmed by a senior Police rank who told Guyana Times that an investigation was launched.He noted that from all indications no other items were removed from the office. The Mayor as reported in a section of the media confirmed that documents relating to the Local Government Commission were stolen as well as other documents. He noted that he has all confidence in the Police to investigate and bring the perpetrators to justice.He stated that the perpetrators gained entry to his office via a window from his washroom. He told the media outfit that as a result of the break-in, he instructed that the windows be barred, since there were no cameras.Since the Mayor took office some time ago, he has had to cross many hurdles, and on more than one occasion, he has been at loggerheads with senior staff at the Council.Only recently, the Mayor approved a $4.4 million surplus budget to be used in key areas in the city. Also, only last week, the Mayor was in the spotlight when he asked his personal assistant to accompany him to Trinidad and Tobago.He later told the media that his assistant would have paid for her ticket and other expenses.last_img read more

first_imgLinden fatal accidentA post-mortem examination conducted on the body of 15-year-old Lindener, Derick Rambharrat, who died days after being struck down by a car on Wednesday has indicated that he died from a fractured skull and spine sustained in the accident. The examination was conducted at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) by pathologist Dr Nehaul Singh on Monday.Dead: 15-year-oldDerick RambharratPrior to his death, the teen was on life support at the GPHC, however, he succumbed to the injuries at about 14:00h on Saturday. Rambharrat of Speightland, Lower Kara Kara, was a Fourth Form student of the Linden Foundation Secondary School. Reports are the teen was struck at about 11:40h on the Amelia’s Ward access road, Mackenzie, Linden. Enquiries disclosed that the motorcar which was driven by a female teacher at the time, was travelling north along the western side of the access road at a fast rate of speed whilst the teen was proceeding west. Rambharrat is said to have ridden into the path of the motorcar. As a result of the collision, the teen sustained multiple injuries about his body and did not regain consciousness. He was picked up and rushed to the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC). Police said the driver of the motorcar tested negative for alcohol in her system. E Division (Linden-Kwakwani) Commander, Linden Lord on Monday indicated that legal advice has been sought in relation to the matter.last_img read more

first_img 12 12 12 12 12 1. Floyd Mayweather $105m ($105m winnings) – Top in 2014, after winning the biggest boxing match in years, against Pacquiao, Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather will be number one next year, too. And not a single penny in endorsements! 12. Zlatan Ibrahimovic earned a total of $40.4m in one year* ($36.4m salary, $4m endorsements) – to find out the top 11 highest earning sports stars in the world, click the yellow arrow above, right. Can you guess who they are? – Swedish super star Ibrahimovic earns huge bucks thanks to Paris Saint-Germain’s wealthy owners and a lucrative sponsorship with Nike. Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton is reportedly set to sign a new contract with Mercedes, worth a staggering £130m over three-years.It’s an eye-watering sum, even by F1 standards.But how much do the world’s highest paid sports stars earn?Take a look at the countdown of the top 12 highest paid athletes in world sport in the slideshow above.*Earnings calculated for the year 2014. Figures according to Forbes. 5. Kobe Bryant $61.5m ($30.5m salary, $31m endorsements) – NBA star Bryant’s income was split almost 50-50 between a huge salary (the highest in basketball) with the LA Lakers and sponsorship deals with Turkish Air, Lenovo, Hublot, Nike and Panini. 12 10. Matt Ryan $43.8m ($42m salary, $1.8m endorsements) – Atlanta Falcons QB Ryan is the highest placed American football star in this ranking. 12 12 4. Lionel Messi $64.7m ($41.7m salary, $23m endorsements) – Just ahead of Bryant is his Turkish Airways advert co-star, Lionel Messi – better known as one of the best footballers of all-time. While Barcelona pay him a huge amount to play in their shirt, emblazoned with a Nike swoosh, Messi earns big money endorsing Adidas boots. 2. Cristiano Ronaldo $80m ($52m salary, $28m endorsements) – On the pitch Ronaldo vies with Lionel Messi for the title of world’s best footballer, but off it he is ahead of the Argentine in terms of earning power. CR7 is the global game’s biggest brand. 8. Phil Mickelson $53.2m ($5.2m winnings, $48m endorsements) – One of two golfers in the list, Mickelson’s list of endorsements include Callaway, Barclay’s, KPMG, Exxon Mobil, Rolex and Amgen/Pfizer. 12 12 6. Tiger Woods $61.2m ($6.2m winnings, $55m endorsements) – Woods has fallen from grace in recent years, but as one of the greatest golfers of all time, he is still a hugely bankable sportsman. 3. LeBron James $72.3m ($19.3m salary, $53m endorsements) – The highest placed basketball star on this list, LeBron James may earn less playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers than Kobe Bryant does for the Lakers, but his endorsements are the biggest in the world of sport. Nike, McDonald’s and Coca-Cola all help to swell James’ bank balance. 7. Roger Federer $56.2m ($4.2m winnings, $52m endorsements) – Ahead of Nadal in total Grand Slam wins and ahead of him financially, Swiss star Federer is one of the most marketable athletes ever, as Nike, Rolex and Credit Suisse would attest to. 12 11. Manny Pacquiao $41.8m ($41m winnings, $0.8m endorsements) – The Pac Man’s earnings will rocket this year after pocketing mega money for this fight with Floyd Mayweather, but he didn’t do too badly in 2014 either. 12 9. Rafael Nadal $44.5m ($14.5m winnings, $30m endorsements) – Persistent injuries may have slowed down Nadal’s march into the tennis history books, but he consistently rakes in a fortune off the court as well as on it. last_img read more

first_imgWorld Kickboxing champion Tommy McCafferty with Saorise his prize Akita which was returned to his home after being taken on Monday (NewspixIrl)Dognappers left back a stolen pet after they realised its owner was a champion kick-boxer.Tommy McCafferty from Burt was distraught when his rare American Akita dog Saoirse went missing from his garden.The well-known sportsman, known as The Ghost, went searching for the dog which he has had for three years. “I searched everywhere but there was no sign of her. I contacted the Gardai and friends and also started a Facebook campaign,” said Tommy, 28.Tommy, a two times world professional and Commonwealth champion, went to bed that night but there was still no sign of Saoirse.Amazingly the following day he got a call from his girlfriend to say the dog had been left back in their garage.“She was so emotional when she called me that I thought something terrible was wrong. “But we were just so delighted to get the dog back.“What worries me most is that someone was on my property twice. If I had come across them I would be afraid of what would have happened,” said Tommy.He revealed the dog’s pet care collar had been taken off and there were signs she had been drugged.“She was very groggy and still won’t go outside because she is so frightened after what she went through.“I’m one of the lucky ones. Thousands of people every year have their dogs lifted and never see them again.” Ryan McCauley of Donegal Pet Recue, who helped Tommy search for his dog, said there has been a spike in dog thefts in recent weeks.Ryan feels the dogs of all breeds are being used as bait for dog fighting.“It started in November and there has now been a huge spike.“The problem is that all types of breeds are being taken and we fear that dogs are being used for dog baiting. “We are close to the border and they can easily be shipped into Northern Ireland and overseas.“We would appeal to people take extra care of heir dogs and to microchip them,” he said.KICK-BOXER TOMMY REVEALS DOG WAS DRUGGED AFTER BEING STOLEN was last modified: January 15th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:dog stolenDonegal Pet RescueSaoirsetommy mccaffertylast_img read more

first_imgThey call it prosociality or altruism. They know it exists. They admire it. They just can’t evolve it.The following hinges on the reputation of Keith Jensen (U of Manchester Health Sciences), who wrote a primer for Current Biology on the subject of Prosociality. His evolutionary view seems in line with previous papers reviewed here; to the degree his article represents current evolutionary thinking, then certain conclusions can be drawn about Darwinian explanations for this uniquely human trait: helping others at high cost to oneself, with no apparent benefit in personal fitness or survival.Animals may self-sacrifice, but they do it for the local population (the beehive, the herd). Why would a medical missionary cross the world to give sight or walking ability to people he or she doesn’t know? The ultimate is giving one’s life for another. Why would a soldier throw himself on a grenade to save buddies that are not his relatives? How does that score fitness-wise? Humans also care for other animals and for the whole biosphere. They will devote their lives to the study and care of endangered species that cannot possibly benefit them. Jensen does his best to approach human prosociality in the Darwinian terms of fitness, but comes up empty.Whether animals other than humans are prosocial is a topic of debate. Examples from observed behaviours in nature are tantalising. However, the question is whether the effects on others are intended. Animals have to be able to recognise a need in others and the ways to help others achieve those goals. And they have to be motivated to see those goals fulfilled. Additionally, for helping behaviours, the animals should recognise intentions in others, that other individuals have goals. A squirrel dropping a nut on the forest floor does not intend that the hedgehog underneath eat it, it is not motivated to act on the hedgehog’s behalf, and it is unlikely to derive satisfaction from the hedgehog’s good fortune.The great apes provide the acid test for Darwinian origins of prosociality. There, too, the evidence is lacking. Researchers hoping to see tantalizing hints of prosociality can easily anthropomorphize the apes, reading things into their behavior that they have planted with reward cues. Apes will groom each other, a behavior known as direct reciprocity, but that’s not prosociality per se. The best experiments and the best observations in the wild fail to see true unselfish behavior.When faced between a prosocial outcome and a spiteful one (namely by pulling food away from a partner) there is again no preference. Evidence for sharing in chimpanzees and other great apes is scant….While evidence for prosociality in chimpanzees has not been robust, other, perhaps less competitive species might be better candidates. Yet, to date, there has been no clear evidence for prosociality in experiments on bonobos, the more socially tolerant of the two Pan species.For humans, prosocial behavior seems innate, even for children. How is this unprecedented leap in behavior to be explained within a Darwinian paradigm? Evolutionists look to mutation and natural selection to explain everything. Those causes seem to fail here. The best that Jensen seems to come up with in the end is bootstrapping from cooperation to altruism. Jensen ends with no solution. Prosociality appears uniquely human:Humans, while not always prosocial, have a concern for the welfare of others. Other species, while sometimes acting for the benefit of others, may not rely on homologous mechanisms. The intention to help others, with an understanding of the consequences of the actions and the means to identify with the needs of others, may be uniquely human. While our closest living relatives can recognise something of the intentions of others, they do not appear to care so much. If so, it is possible that direct reciprocity springs from a concern for the welfare of others, and that motivational rather than cognitive factors account for the limited evidence for reciprocal altruism in other animals. Prosociality will have evolved from mechanisms seen in other species — perhaps emotional contagion, parental attachment or ownership — but somewhere after the split from Pan, a concern for the welfare of others, including non-kin, allowed for our species to engage in large-scale cooperation. So, while intuitively obvious, prosociality is not as widespread as one would expect and is surprisingly difficult to distinguish from look-alikes.Intention, concern, welfare, understanding, caring — these are words indicative of personhood. Jensen remains convinced that prosociality “evolved from mechanisms” that are blind, uncaring, and undirected. But he cannot find evidence for that conviction. Would a mechanistic process lead him to care enough to write about it?You might enjoy reading Doug Axe’s new book Undeniable: How Biology Confirms Our Intuition That Life Is Designed. Given that Axe is a staff researcher with the Discovery Institute’s Biologic Institute, it is classified as an intelligent design book. But this time, Axe does not shrink away from mentioning God. Axe’s approach is all the more powerful because, as a biochemist, he first cogently undermines the Darwinian mechanism of any power to create. Darwinism is demolished before he even begins to consider the logical alternative.While the book doesn’t preach or promote a Biblical view of God, Axe testifies to being a Christian. What we want to point out here, though, is his emphasis on personhood as a human distinctive. Persons intend. Persons care. Persons understand. Persons create. Axe envisions a new generation of scientists unshackled from the raw materialism that cannot explain a protein, let alone a prosocial human. A return to personhood may be the key to opening up conversations long quenched by materialists. It’s about time. You can see it for yourself above; when it comes to things nearest and dearest to our hearts, the Darwinian materialists are bankrupt. (Visited 38 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_img(Visited 408 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Secularists put too much hope on some aspects of Earth-like exoplanets, but sometimes reality keeps their imaginations in check.Titanic blunder: One of the most extreme cases of astrobiological folly in recent memory is the public presentation of Titan as a more habitable place for humans than Mars. Space.com and Fox News Science, fully aware that it’s -290°F at the surface of this large moon of Saturn, joined in this imagination fest, lured by the thought of free energy. Cassini scientist Amanda Hendrix and co-author Yuk Yang look at all the free oil and wind power down there, as if that’s all that matters. No food, no oxygen, and a billion miles of space travel are minor matters to these speculators who will never have to be held accountable for their ideas, since they will be long gone by the time humans leap the technological hurdles to even get there, let alone be able to land without freezing solid instantly. Besides those challenges, future settlers had better not bring or manufacture oxygen, otherwise with all the hydrocarbons present in the atmosphere, the settlement will go kablooey first time someone lights a match.Artwork for one of Cassini’s 127 Titan encountersBlunders like this come from focusing on one aspect of habitability to the exclusion of others. Titan orbits within Saturn’s magnetosphere 95% of the time, where it is exposed to high-energy charged particles. Lacking a magnetic field of its own, it is exposed to the deadly solar wind the other 5% of the time. Furthermore, Titan’s atmosphere is poisoned with acetylene, benzene and other toxins. It has smog, obscuring any view of the stars from the surface. And it is so deadly cold, any life form not continuously heated would die instantly. The ice on Titan is so cold, in fact, it behaves like solid rock. The only places for boat recreation are lakes of liquid methane and ethane. Titan does not seem like a fun place for humans to go, even with all that free oil. The occasional speculations about microbes on Titan seem highly unrealistic. If evolutionists cannot figure out how microbes came into being on an ideal planet like Earth, how can they imagine it happening on a world where all the water is locked up in ice?TRAPPIST Entrapment: A few weeks ago, the news media hyped the TRAPPIST-1 star as a place to look for life. Its seven planets, three within the ‘habitable zone’ where liquid water might exist, excited the imaginations of astrobiologists leaking their hopeful dreams to the press. Now, there’s bad news. Mike Wall reports on Space.com, “The potentially Earth-like planets in the TRAPPIST-1 system may not be so conducive to life after all, two new studies report.” The onslaught of flares and outbursts from the parent star likely destroyed the atmospheres of all these planets, if they have or had them. Harvard astronomer Avi Loeb says with humorous understatement, “This would hurt the chances of life forming or persisting.” The blessings we enjoy on Earth stand out in this excerpt:But it gets worse. Because the TRAPPIST-1 system is so tightly packed, the star’s magnetic field has likely connected with those of the planets, allowing stellar-wind particles to flow directly onto the worlds’ atmospheres, the researchers found. This has probably caused atmospheric degradation, and the worlds may even have lost their air entirely.“The Earth’s magnetic field acts like a shield against the potentially damaging effects of the solar wind,” study leader Cecilia Garraffo of the CfA said in the same statement. “If Earth were much closer to the sun and subjected to the onslaught of particles like the TRAPPIST-1 star delivers, our planetary shield would fail pretty quickly.”The type of star matters to habitability, Phys.org emphasizes. Having studied the destructive power of red dwarf stars, known for their flaring behavior, one co-author cautioned, “our work and the work of our colleagues shows we should also target as many stars as possible that are more like the Sun.”The shooting gallery: A paper in PLoS One examines the biological effects of exposure to space outside the Earth’s protective shield. It begins, “During interplanetary flights in the near future, a human organism will be exposed to prolonged periods of a hypomagnetic field that is 10,000 times weaker than that of Earth’s.” The authors are primarily interested in the source of the magnetic sense in humans and animals, but they acknowledge that “Nonspecific magnetoreception could be of fundamental importance in terms of health risks caused by a chronic EM exposure of humans and biosphere.”This would hurt the chances of life forming or persisting.No fans for popular stars: Another article on Phys.org indicates that “cool stars favoured by exoplanet hunters” are unlikely to be habitable, even though more abundant than solar-type stars. Because an exoplanet’s habitable zone would be closer into a cool star, it would be exposed to coronal mass ejections (CMEs) at closer range. NASA Goddard scientists evaluated one such star (V374 Pegasi) and thought about conditions on a planet in the habitable zone, even if the planet had a magnetic shield:When a CME impacts a planet, it compresses the planet’s magnetosphere, a protective magnetic bubble shielding the planet. Extreme CMEs can exert enough pressure to shrink a magnetosphere so much that it exposes a planet’s atmosphere, which can then be swept away from the planet. This could in turn leave the planetary surface and any potential developing lifeforms exposed to harmful X-rays from the nearby host star….“While these cool stars may be the most abundant, and seem to offer the best prospects for finding life elsewhere, we find that they can be a lot more dangerous to live around due to their CMEs” said Marc Kornbleuth, a graduate student involved in the project.The results suggest that an exoplanet would need a magnetic field ten to several thousand times that of Earth’s to shield their atmosphere from the cool star’s CMEs. As many as five impacts a day could occur for planets near the ACS [Astrospherical Current Sheet], but the rate decreases to one every other day for planets with an inclined orbit.Law of mass action: What if Earth were 50% bigger? Live Science says it would preclude our space program. It already takes 80-90% of the mass of a rocket just for propellant to launch humans into space. At some point, as the mass of a planet grows, it reaches a point of diminishing returns, making escape impossible. Astronaut Donald Pettit used the Tsiolkovsky Rocket Equation to figure out that limit. If earth were 50% more massive, he says, space travel with current rocket technology would be impossible. He didn’t figure what effects the greater mass would have on life, including human life, which would be correspondingly weighed down by excess gravity. If you feel sluggish now, think of carrying that extra weight! This would put a damper on the Olympics.Good news, bad news: Two guys, Batista and Sloan, worked out at the University of Oxford. At The Conversation, they say, “We worked out what it would take to wipe out all life on a planet – and it’s good news for alien hunters.” The good news is that tardigrades (tiny but hardy animals) would probably survive extinction-level events, such as asteroid impacts, supernovae and gamma-ray bursts. The bad news is that humans and sentient beings probably would not. So unless one believes tardigrades are capable of radio astronomy, SETI should not be aiming telescopes at exoplanets that have been hit recently. There’s a lesson for habitability, too: planets subject to frequent bombardment by such terrors probably should not be considered habitable, even if all the other factors are present.What is nature? A product of design or chance? Photo by David CoppedgeDo you get the impression that Earth might be so unique, so special, that it might be designed? (see 7/10/17). Why is that not a scientific conclusion? Must we force all observations into a materialistic, purposeless worldview? Our scientist of the month didn’t think so.last_img read more

first_imgKelt-11b is a new exoplanet discovered by researchers in South Africa, collaborating with others from around the world. The discovery further solidifies South Africa’s reputation as a global leader in astronomy.An artist’s impression of Kelt-11b, the newly discovered exoplanet, orbiting its host star, Kelt-11. (Image: Walter Benjamin, SAAO)Compiled by Priya PitamberA new exoplanet, described as “puffed up”, “bloated”, and “having the density of Styrofoam” has been discovered by researchers at the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO), working together with others from around the world.An exoplanet, or extrasolar planet, is a planet that orbits a star outside our solar system.The newly discovered exoplanet, named Kelt-11b, is orbiting a star 320 light years away and shares some similarities with Jupiter and Saturn because it is also a gas giant. But there are differences too.“The new exoplanet orbits its host star — called Kelt-11 — so closely that it completes an orbit in less than five days,” said the SAAO. “Kelt-11b has only a fifth of Jupiter’s mass, but is 40% larger in radius. This means that this new bloated planet has about the same density as Styrofoam.”Watch:The SAAO’s Dr Rudi Kuhn said it was an exciting discovery. “The planet Kelt-11b orbits one of the brightest stars known to host an exoplanet and is one of the most inflated planets ever discovered.”This would enable researchers to make detailed observations of the atmospheric composition of the exoplanet using much larger telescopes such as the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT), Kuhn said.“This will help us understand how these giant planets are formed, why they have such small orbits as well as what might happen to them in the future.”#KELT11b SAAO’s Dr Tana Joseph says “It’s great that our small telescopes are doing world-class science”. KB— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) April 20, 2017#KELT11b Joseph, “people come from all over world to the site in Sutherland, because of the geographical advantage.” KB— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) April 20, 2017How it worksTwo small robotic telescopes are part of the Kelt (Kilodegree Extremely Little Telescope) with Kelt-North in Arizona in the US, and Kelt-South in Sutherland, South Africa. Kuhn helped with the construction of Kelt-South.“The exoplanet was first discovered with the Kelt-South telescope and thereafter monitored by many telescopes around the world operated by researchers at universities as well as telescopes operated by amateur astronomers,” said the organisation.What the researchers knowAccording to research findings published in The Astronomical Journal:Kelt-11 is the brightest known transiting exoplanet host in the southern hemisphere;It has a large atmospheric scale height, 2,763km, and;Because of those characteristics, it could become the benchmark of the study of such exoplanets.Source: SAAOWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

first_imgRashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University Vice-Chancellor S.P. Kane has “indefinitely postponed” a programme involving a speech by Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary Sitaram Yechury allegedly due to pressure from right wing groups.Mr. Yechury was slated to deliver a speech on March 18 on “Democracy and its values,” organised by the Department of Ambedkar Thoughts of the university.The programme was “postponed” by the V-C two days before its scheduled date, attracting criticism from the organisers and writers and thinkers based in Nagpur who claimed that the V-C was forced to do so due to pressure from the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s student wing, the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad.“We met the V-C and he told us that the programme has to be cancelled because of some unavoidable reasons. When I asked him about the reasons, he said some organisations called him and threatened to protest if Mr. Yechury speaks in the university. He did not name the organisation but it is clear that it was the ABVP,” Pradip Aglawe, head of Nagpur University’s Ambedkar Thoughts department, tolad The Hindu.No responseWhen asked, the V-C said, “The programme has not been cancelled. It has been postponed for some administrative purposes. I would not like to speak more on this issue.” Senior Congress leader Nitin Raut met the V-C along with a delegation of writers and thinkers on Thursday and asked him “not to act under pressure.”Mr. Raut said: “The V-C was under tremendous pressure when we met him. He was not in a position to explain us. He said there would be law and order issues if Mr. Yechury is invited. It was clearly the pressure from the ABVP. The V-C said he got calls asking him to not to go ahead with the programme. Mr. Yechury is not a terrorist or a traitor. He has been working as a parliamentarian for over 25 years now. He is known as an intellectual and to oppose his speech is absolutely unfair.”The ABVP, however, denied that it had anything to do with the “postponement” of the Communist leader’s programme.“We knew that he was going to come to Nagpur but we did not plan any protest against him which could have resulted in the cancellation of his programme. We can easily take the credit for this but the reality is that we have nothing to do with it. Had we been involved we would have openly done it and sent press notes to the media,” ABVP’s Nagpur area chief Gaurav Harde told The Hindu.Mr. Yechury did not respond to calls when contacted for his reaction.last_img read more