Greg Frost

first_imgGreg Frost is a long-time touch player, referee, coach and administrator. He is currently a referee as well as Permit Manager for the South West Wolves.  Greg’s volunteering has directly contributed to the revival of the South West Wolves, ensuring that the permit would continue to be part of State League. He also dedicates his time to organising social teams assisting with the viability of competitions, and coaches for schools and Pacific school games.  Greg’s long term commitment to the game and sharing of his expertise and time continues to make a positive impact on the touch community.last_img

10 months agoTottenham striker Kane to be awarded OBE

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham striker Kane to be awarded OBEby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham striker Harry Kane is set to be awarded an OBE.The Sun says he has been notified of the award for his services to sport, which will be unveiled in the New Year’s Honours list.But like England boss Gareth Southgate, also in line for an OBE, he has been asked to keep quiet until next weekend’s official reveal.A close pal said: “Harry is overwhelmed and excited about the idea of going to Buckingham Palace.“Playing for England was one of the proudest moments of his life but to be honoured by the Queen for his achievement will top the lot.” last_img

Avalanche Canada issues special avalanche warning for this weekend

first_imgREVELSTOKE, B.C. – Avalanche Canada has issued a special public avalanche warning for backcountry users.The warning went into effect Thursday afternoon and will remain in place until Sunday for the following regions:  Lizard Range and Flathead, Purcells, Kootenay Boundary, North Rockies, South & North Columbia, Cariboos, Sea-to-Sky, South Coast, South Coast Inland and Northwest Coastal. For a map of the regions involved, click here.After a prolonged drought in late November and early December, the province has been hit with a series of storms that have dropped a significant amount of snow. This new snow is not bonding well to the old surface that formed during the drought. “Our main concern is that we are expecting the weather to clear on Saturday,” explains James Floyer, senior avalanche forecaster for Avalanche Canada. “After all this rain in the valleys, backcountry users are going to want to hit the alpine but that’s where the danger is greatest. There’s a very weak layer now buried anywhere between 60 and 150 cm. Any avalanche triggered on that layer will definitely be life threatening.”Avalanche Canada warns anyone accessing higher elevation terrain to be aware of this hazard. This means skiers and boarders leaving ski resort boundaries and snowmobilers riding at or above the treeline. Everyone in a backcountry party needs the essential rescue gear—transceiver, probe and shovel—and know how to use it. And always check the current avalanche conditions at www.avalanche.ca.last_img read more

Big Ten Tournament forecast foggy with a chance of upsets

Grant FrekingLantern reporterfreking.4@osu.edu 1. The tournament is Ohio State’s to lose. Sure, Michigan State is a deeper team and Wisconsin is a popular sleeper pick, but OSU has the ultimate trump card in Evan Turner. The likely Big Ten and National Player of the Year is capable of taking over and dominating any of the teams in the bracket. The Buckeyes’ only concern is depth, since coach Thad Matta rarely plays more than one or two guys off the bench.2. Illinois-Wisconsin will produce a surprise winner. Illinois shot itself in the foot to end the regular season, dropping five of its last six to put its NCAA Tournament hopes squarely on the bubble. However, they have a poor man’s Evan Turner in guard and fellow St. Joseph product Demetri McCamey, who is capable of breaking down opposing defenses like his high school teammate. A win over Wisconsin could be enough for the Fighting Illini to sneak into the NCAA Tournament.3. Purdue could falter in the quarterfinals. Now that star forward Robbie Hummel is out for the season, the Boilermakers’ front-court depth is questionable. If JaJuan Johnson gets into foul trouble, Purdue becomes a below-average offensive team and is very capable of being beaten by either Indiana or Northwestern.4. The Big Ten failed to live up to the hype this season. The conference sent seven teams to the NCAA Tournament last season and national pundits predicted that as many as eight teams would make it this season. However, Michigan and Minnesota struggled with inconsistency and were colossal disappointments. Moreover, Northwestern, hoping to gain a bid to the tournament for the first time in school history, had their hopes extinguished in November when the team’s leading scorer, Kevin Coble, broke his foot and opted for season-ending surgery. 5. Ohio State will prevail over Michigan State in the Big Ten Tournament finale. Evan Turner will begin his postseason crusade by shredding the Spartan defense and putting the Buckeyes up early, similar to what happened when OSU visited East Lansing last month. The Buckeyes will hold off Sparty, and depending on Duke’s ACC Tournament success, may secure a No. 1 seed. Zack MeiselSports editormeisel.14@osu.edu 1. People should stop sleeping on the Wisconsin Badgers. Bo Ryan’s crew finished just one game behind the Big Ten champion trio of Ohio State, Michigan State and Purdue. The Badgers won their final four regular season games by an average of 20.3 points per contest. Plus, Wisconsin recently welcomed forward Jon Leuer back from injury. The 6-foot-10-inch junior promptly responded by winning the Big Ten Player of the Week award last week.2. The first round should be a snooze-fest. Don’t expect lowly Indiana to give Northwestern trouble. To prevent its bubble from being burst, expect Minnesota to fend off Penn State. And whoever wins the Michigan-Iowa matchup will only matter for another 24 hours before losing to Ohio State. The hard-fought, intense games won’t begin until the quarterfinals on Friday.3. The NCAA Tournament committee will be praying that a Cinderella isn’t still alive come 3:30  Sunday. Should Michigan, Penn State or Northwestern sneak into the tournament final, the committee will be sweating it out. Since the Big Ten Championship game is the last one to take place, the NCAA Tournament bracket is usually mapped out before the game’s conclusion. A team hovering around mediocrity could throw a wrench into the committee’s plans by advancing on to Sunday.4. No Big Ten team will receive a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. However, at least two will receive No. 2 seeds. Unless Duke falters very early in the ACC Tournament, the final No. 1 seed will belong to Coach K’s Blue Devils. The winner of the Big Ten Tournament will likely receive a No. 2 seed, as long as the winner is Ohio State, Purdue or Michigan State. If any of those teams reach the tournament final, that squad should also earn a No. 2. 5. Michigan State will top Ohio State for the Big Ten Tournament title. The Spartans peaked in March last season, when they surprised everyone outside of East Lansing by reaching the NCAA Championship game. Their depth could give OSU trouble, since the Buckeyes rarely play more than six players. Joshua A. DavidsonLantern reporterdavidson.252@osu.edu 1. If there is such a thing as a sleeper in the conference tournament, Michigan is it. The Maize and Blue are led by Manny Harris and DeShawn Sims, two of the most talented players in the Big Ten. After being a top 15 team in the preseason, Michigan has severely underachieved. However, a conference tournament championship still provides the Wolverines with a berth in the NCAA Tournament, which is plenty of motivation for their two-star upperclassmen.2. The most intriguing game in this year’s tournament is probably the quarterfinal matchup between Wisconsin and Illinois. The Fighting Illini will be battling for an NCAA berth and another quality win over Wisconsin could lock up an at-large bid. However, Bo Ryan’s Badgers are a tough out in the Big Ten Tournament and are playing to improve their own seed come Selection Sunday. The border rivals split their regular season games, both teams winning on the road.3. Look for Michigan State’s Raymar Morgan to be the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. The forward possesses tremendous talent but has been inconsistent throughout his career. But now, as a senior, this is Morgan’s last chance at Spartan immortality and he’s playing like it. Morgan scored a season-high 22 points on senior night in East Lansing, Mich., for the Spartans’ last game. Also MSU needs to replace the scoring of suspended guard Chris Allen. Look for Morgan to pick up the slack.4. Curse of the No. 1 seed: of the 12 previous Big Ten Tournaments, the top seed has only won four times. Fans of top-seeded Ohio State shouldn’t expect to be dancing on the court at Conseco Fieldhouse come Sunday. However, if the Buckeyes do claim the tournament championship, they look to be destined for greatness in the NCAA Tournament. Three of the four No. 1 seeds who did win the conference tournament advanced to the Final Four. 5. Even with Chris Allen suspended, Michigan State has the talent and depth to win the Big Ten Tournament. Tom Izzo’s teams are built for tournament play, as can be seen by his five Final Four appearances. The Spartans will defeat Wisconsin on Sunday to claim their third conference tournament championship. In turn, MSU will lock up a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament. read more

Everton boss frustrated by defeat

first_imgThe Everton Marco Silva was unhappy after receiving a goal and then seeing how Kurt Zouma was sent off.A single goal by Andre Gay gave Watford the 1-0 victory over Everton in the English Premier League on Saturday.And the Blues are now in the ninth position of the table with 33 points, after only nine wins, six draws and 12 defeats.This has led coach Marco Silva very frustrated.“When you do not achieve the result and do not score goals with the chances we created, it is a big frustration for us,” Silva told the club’s official website.“The first half was balanced, they created one good chance and we had a very good chance with Cenk Tosun.”“Second half was the same again. They started to create more problems with their long balls,” he commented.“I felt Andre Gomes and Gana were getting tired after we played on Wednesday night. Watford had one week to prepare for the game.”“I changed Andre and was preparing to put on Bernard when they scored,” Silva continued.“We reacted [to going behind].”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“We had two balls off the bar and one clear chance for Dominic,” the manager said.“We created enough chances to score but were not effective [with our finishing]. Sometimes in these moments, something can happen – but it is only us who can work more to change things.”“When you play away and create the chances we did – and clear chances in some moments – we have to be more effective,” the Everton boss commented.“In one moment they will start to go in and we’ll start to win matches.”“But there is just one way: work more, become more confident and look forward and try to change things,” he added.“It is a good moment to rest the players, then bring them back to prepare for the next match against Cardiff and the derby against Liverpool.”💬 | The boss delivers his post-match verdict: A frustrating afternoon. #EFCawayday— Everton (@Everton) February 9, 2019last_img read more

Police Commissioner Issues Press Release

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 10 Nov 2014 – Police Commissioner Colin Farquhar explained the RTCIPF will issue a press release on the results of the sufficiency hearing in the case of suspended officer, Constable Mikhail Hinson, who was on Friday released from answering to the five charges of setting fire. The court determined there was not enough evidence to go forward with the case. Hinson, 24, was arrested, suspended and remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison for the late September arson at the Chalk Sound police station where the building and four vehicles were set ablaze. Magnetic Media in a letter of concern cited that the Police Force continues to be standoffish with media and the public about major crimes in the country, our company adding that perhaps this is among the reasons there is such lackluster of support from the general public when it comes to investigations. Still outstanding: sufficient leads and evidence in the murder probe of businessman Robert Been Sr from March 4 this year; an update in the new investigation of Damaris Martinez of the Dominican Republic; the jury returned a not guilty for Romano Howell on October 8… however it is certain the woman was murdered by someone and her body dumped on the roadside here in Provo; no updates in the case of North Caicos’ Quincy Gardiner where media is still waiting on the results of an autopsy and for an update on what will happen to the man once held for questioning the case. And now Police will have to start over in the case to find who is responsible for the torching one of the new police patrol vehicles. These are but some of the cases where it is reported that evidence is insufficient to move to a full trial. Worst fears as a tourist is murdered in Providenciales; ten homicides for 2019 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:arson, chalk sound police station, Colin Farquhar, damaris martinez, mikhail hinson, murder, quincy gardiner, robert been, romano justice howell Bahamas Police takes 10 to court for murders and other crimes, including a couple for cruelty to a child Arsonist strikes again, Grand Turk dump site machinery targetedlast_img read more

Jamaicas DPP talks fake news at CBU conference in Bahamas

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 23, 2017 – Nassau – The seriousness of fake news was a major topic tackled by Paula Llewellyn at day two of the Caribbean Broadcasters’ Union annual general assembly being staged at the British Colonial Hilton in Nassau.    The Director of Public Prosecutions in Jamaica explained that reputation is a valuable commodity in the media business and advised against publishing unchecked information.In an era when invented information comes in as easily and as believably as credible information, 48 media houses from 23 countries within the region listened intently as Llewelyn gave the legal ramifications of fake news and irresponsible journalism.   #PaulaLlewellyn is the first woman DPP of Jamaica.The theme of the conference which ends on August 24th is Digital Developments in Caribbean media.#MagneticMediaNews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #PaulaLlewellynlast_img read more

Man shot dead in Fox Hill overnight by Bahamas Police

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 24, 2017 – Nassau – Late today Police confirm that a man is dead after getting into a gun battle with Police.   The incident unraveled in Fox Hill last night around 10, at an apartment on Abner Street.  Intel led officers to the residence, and as police approached the yard, a man reportedly known to Police pulled a firearm from hidden in his clothing and pointed it at officers.In response and in fear for their lives explained the report, Police shot the suspect and recovered an illegal gun.  At the hospital, the suspect was pronounced dead.  There is now launched an investigation into the shooting.#MagneticMediaNews#manshotdeadinNassau Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #manshotdeadinNassaulast_img read more

Sanchez set for United return – Solskjaer

first_imgManchester United interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Alexis Sanchez is eager to put his injury woes behind him and start performing for the club.Sanchez has been sidelined with a hamstring injury since November and boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has now confirmed that the Chilean forward will be available for selection when they make the trip to Newcastle United on Wednesday night.“[Sanchez] had some great training sessions over the last few days,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports.“He wanted to be here today as well but we had to manage. Obviously, he has been out for a month but he will be involved, yeah.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“He wants to play all the time. He is one of those characters.“He made himself available [for Bournemouth] but it was a few days too early for him because he has not really had enough fitness work but he is chomping at the bit.”last_img read more

Overdrive Takes Top Honors at 60th Annual Neal Awards

first_imgThe Randall-Reilly Publishing Company took top honors at the 60th Annual Jesse H. Neal Awards as its Overdrive, The Voice of the American Trucker, brand received the Grand Neal Award during the ABM ceremony held March 14 in New York City.Overdrive’s entry, “CSA’s Data Trail” beat out 612 other submissions including three other finalists—“Project: Blackbird” from MTG Media Group’s Plate magazine, IEEE Media’s IEEE Spectrum’s “The Age of Plenty” and “Videos by Crain’s New York Business” by Crain Communications’ Crain’s New York Business. “This is the kind of committed, analytical reporting where the line between b2b and public service disappears into great journalism,” said Stats.org editor Trevor Butterworth of the winning entry. Butterworth, who presented the award to close the ceremony, was also head judge of this year’s Neal Awards judging board. The other three nominees for Grand Neal still managed to pick up some hardware during the afternoon ceremony, especially Plate’s editor Chandra Ram who was named the 2014 McAllister Editorial Fellow. MTG Media Group picked up a trio of other awards including Best Profile for a Class A publisher for “Project: Blackbird” for which Ram contributed.Despite not nabbing the Grand Neal, parent companies IEEE Media and Crain Communications both picked up a total seven awards each at this year’s ceremony, dominating most categories.Other special awards were given to Robert Cassidy, editorial director of Building Design+Construction, who was the winner of the 46th Annual G.D. Grain, Jr. Award for distinguished editorial excellence and Michael Fabey, editorial editor of Aviation Week, who received the 2014 Timothy White Award for Editorial Integrity.Both Fabey and Cassidy were visibly moved by their achievements and thanked their family for their support throughout their careers, as well as jabbed a little at the industry heavy hitters who put profit over journalistic accountability.“Part of our job is to help our companies make money, but our role and responsibility is to make a difference,” Fabey told the audience.In honor of the 60th anniversary celebration, the Neal Awards singled out the winningest publication and author in its lengthy history. Marianne Dekker Mattera, managing editor of MedPage Today, was honored for her 18 Neal Awards wins writing in the healthcare field. She previously won the G.D. Crain, Jr. Award in 1997. Also, McGraw Hill Financial’s Architectural Record was given a special award for its record 28 wins, including a 2012 Grand Neal prize.Click here to view a full list of winners and finalists for the 2014 Neal Awards.last_img read more

Telecom Auction Kicks off with Focus on Reliance Jio

first_imgIntense bidding is expected at India’s telecom spectrum auction that begins on 4 March.While existing majors are seen as having weaker pricing power, Reliance Jio’s entry is poised to make the auction highly competitive.According to Fitch Ratings, telcos are likely to commit at least $13bn (£8.47bn, €11.64bn) in the auctions – over 75% of which is likely to be contributed by the top-four telcos.”Most telcos’ net debt will rise to fund spectrum payments while competition limits their ability to raise tariffs, particularly with the impending entry of a new competitor, Reliance Jio,” Fitch said in a note.The top-three telcos – Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular – could commit around $2.5bn-4.5bn each to renew their expiring spectrum in six, seven and nine regions, respectively, the rating agency said.They are also likely to acquire additional spectrum to support fast-growing data services.Idea is most exposed to the auctions as it needs to retain its expiring spectrum in circles which contribute around 70% of its annual revenue. Such revenue contributes 45% and 35% of annual Indian revenue for Vodafone and Bharti, respectively, Fitch said.Telcos whose 900MHz spectrum is expiring will prefer to retain this bandwidth, as having to switch frequencies could require significant capex and disruption of the already-established network.Reliance CommunicationsReliance Communications will be the least affected as it is likely to commit a maximum of $667m in seven circles, where the competition for spectrum will be lower, Fitch said.Reliance Jio, a subsidiary of Reliance Industries, which plans to roll out its services in 2015 with an investment budget of $12bn, is likely to fill its spectrum gaps in the 1,800MHz band.”However, as occasionally seen in the earlier auctions, Reliance Jio could also push up the spectrum price in 900MHz for other telcos, if it chooses to do so, as the auction mechanism hides the identities of participants,” the Fitch note showed.The rating agency said the 900MHz auction price could rise at least 20% higher than the reserve price.There are eight telecom service providers participating in the auction: Reliance Communications, Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India, Tata Teleservices, Uninor, Idea Cellular and Aircel.These eight companies have submitted an earnest money of Rs 204.35bn ($3.3bn). The Kolkata-based mjunction services, an information technology company, will conduct the auction for the Department of Telecom.last_img read more

More Than A Million People Have Already Voted Across Greater Houston

first_imgListen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share X Al OrtizVoters lined up since 8:00 a.m. at the Champion Life Centre, in Spring, on Monday October 24th, the first day of Early Voting.More than a million people have already cast their ballots across Greater Houston for the presidential election.Harris County is at the top of the list for voter turnout so far in Texas.Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016As of November 1st, more than 700,000 people had cast ballots, combining in person votes and those that have been mailed in.Bob Stein, political science professor at Rice University, says the interest in this election is marked by high turnout in places where it is not that usual.“We are seeing areas where there are new voters who are voting early who have previously not voted in presidential elections in 2008 and 2012, and even in, of course, 2014 mid-term,” says Stein, who details he is referring to places like northwest Harris County and neighborhoods such as The Heights and Montrose.Stein also says a preliminary analysis makes him think the Democratic Party could have an advantage in Harris County because Houston has leaned in that direction in previous elections and people who vote early tend to be more partisan.Stein adds there are also some other interesting trends.“Between 2012 and 2016, I’ve identified 117,000 newly registered Hispanic surname voters in Harris County,” Stein notes. “And a disproportionate number of those voters, newly registered Hispanic voters, are voting early.”Stein considers that, if theories indicating Hispanics are more prone to support Democrats are correct, the Democratic Party could have the edge in Harris County.He also thinks that could translate into Republican political action committees buying more air time for advertising in Texas’ markets during the last week of the campaign.The big turnout is setting records in surrounding counties, such as Fort Bend.“We’re probably 30,000 voters ahead at this point in time from where we were in the last presidential in 2012, which was our heaviest early voting. Our biggest election ever was the last presidential. So, we are running well above that,” John Oldham, Fort Bend’s Elections Administrator, says. He added that they have received few complaints about the process. 00:00 /02:05last_img read more

Texas Death Row Inmate Set To Die Next Month Gets Reprieve

first_img Share A 36-year-old Texas prisoner set for execution next month for a robbery-slaying in San Antonio 14 years ago has won a reprieve.The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has sent Juan Castillo’s appeal back to his Bexar County trial court to review arguments from defense attorneys that a witness presented false testimony at Castillo’s 2005 trial.Castillo was set for lethal injection Dec. 14 for the December 2003 fatal shooting of 19-year-old Tommy Garcia Jr. in an ambush robbery plot that also involved Castillo’s girlfriend and two others.Castillo’s attorneys argue a Bexar County jail inmate who testified against Castillo now says he made up his testimony to try to help his own legal problems. Prosecutors opposing the reprieve said testimony from other witnesses corroborated the inmate’s testimony.last_img read more

Latest study of Tabbys star offers more weirdness

first_img Explore further A pair of researchers has added more evidence regarding the oddity of KIC 8462852, aka Tabby’s Star. Benjamin Montet with the California Institute of Technology and Joshua Simon with Observatories of the Carnegie Institution of Washington have uploaded a paper to the arXiv preprint server detailing their study of the star by analyzing data from the Kepler space observatory over the past four years. They found that the star has been decreasing in brightness at an unprecedented rate. © 2016 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Allen Telescope Array. Credit: Seth Shostak, SETI Institute Citation: Latest study of Tabby’s star offers more weirdness (2016, August 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-08-latest-tabby-star-weirdness.htmlcenter_img Journal information: arXiv More information: arxiv.org/abs/1608.01316AbstractKIC 8462852 is a superficially ordinary main sequence F star for which Kepler detected an unusual series of brief dimming events. We obtain accurate relative photometry of KIC 8462852 from the Kepler full frame images, finding that the brightness of KIC 8462852 monotonically decreased over the four years it was observed by Kepler. Over the first ~1000 days, KIC 8462852 faded approximately linearly at a rate of 0.341 +/- 0.041 percent per year, for a total decline of 0.9%. KIC 8462852 then dimmed much more rapidly in the next ~200 days, with its flux dropping by more than 2%. For the final ~200 days of Kepler photometry the magnitude remained approximately constant, although the data are also consistent with the decline rate measured for the first 2.7 yr. Of a sample of 193 nearby comparison stars and 355 stars with similar stellar parameters, 0.6% change brightness at a rate as fast as 0.341 +/- 0.041 percent per year, and none exhibit either the rapid decline by >2% or the cumulative fading by 3% of KIC 8462852. We examine whether the rapid decline could be caused by a cloud of transiting circumstellar material, finding while such a cloud could evade detection in sub-mm observations, the transit ingress and duration cannot be explained by a simple cloud model. Moreover, this model cannot account for the observed longer-term dimming. No known or proposed stellar phenomena can fully explain all aspects of the observed light curve. New study supports natural causes, not alien activity, explain mystery star’s behavior The tale of Tabby’s Star began in September of last year when Louisiana State University astronomer Tabetha Boyajian reported anomalies in the unusual light curve of star KIC 8462852—over the years 2009 to 2013, its light appeared to dip in ways that did not conform to what would be expected if it were due to a planet passing in front of it, temporarily blocking some of its light. Her paper led to observations, commentaries and theories from others in the space community, though no one was able to come up with a reasonable explanation for what she had found. One researcher actually proposed that it might be due to alien activity. Then, earlier this year, Bradley Schaefer with Louisiana State University published results of his efforts studying photographic plates that had captured the star going back to the 19th century—he reported that the light from the star had dimmed 19 percent over just the past century. His report was not received warmly by all, as many suggested his data or approach was likely flawed.But now, another team has found something similar. Montet and Simon studied images from the space-based Kepler observatory and found that light from Tabby’s Star had decreased in brightness by approximately .34 percent a year for 1000 days starting in 2009, which was actually twice the rate that Schaefer had found. Even stranger, they found that over the next 200 days, the brightness of the star dimmed by another 2.5 percent before it finally leveled out.Various scientists have offered possible explanations for the strange behavior of Tabby’s star—from comet swarms to planetary remnants to the construction of a Dyson Sphere-like structure around the star to capture its energy by aliens—but so far, none of the theories has been able to take into account all of the odd observations. That may change soon, however, as Boyajian, the astronomer who first noticed the star’s strange behavior, ran a successful crowdsourcing campaign to pay for time at the Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network over the course of a year—this will give her a chance to catch the star in the act of blinking, allowing her to alert the rest of the astronomy community, which will presumably its sights on the star at once, and in so doing, perhaps solve the mystery.last_img read more

Live News traffic and weather updates for North Staffordshire South Cheshire on

first_imgPunter found hiding in bushes Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Hello and welcome to StokeonTrentLive’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Friday, July 5. Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the traffic and travel and weather updates – as well as news and entertainment through the day. We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates in our live news feed below. For the latest news and breaking news visit www.stokeontrentlive.co.uk Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play .  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter . Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram . 17:42Lane closed for barrier repairsOne lane closed due to emergency repairs on M6 Northbound from J17 A534 Old Mill Road (Sandbach / Crewe) to J18 A54 Middlewich Road (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel). Traffic is coping well.Lane one (of four) remains closed following an accident which occurred yesterday evening for barrier repairs. Also causing delays on the A534 Northbound.16:56Police warning about increase in Fiat 500 thefts after car takenPolice are advising motorists to park their cars in garages or block them in on driveways. More here.16:56Police name passenger, 79, who died in two-vehicle collision on busy roadThe air ambulance was sent to the scene but nothing could be done to save him. More here.15:25Broken down vehicle causing delays on M6One lane closed and queueing traffic due to broken down vehicle on M6 Southbound between J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent) and Stafford Services. Travel time is 20 minutes.Lane one (of three) is closed. Traffic was already slow here due to a separate break down between Stafford Services and J14. Stafford Services is located between J15 and J14. 15:08Accident on M6One lane closed and queueing traffic due to accident on M6 Southbound between Stafford Services and J14 A34 (Stafford North). Congestion to J15 (Stoke-On-Trent). Travel time is 20 minutes.Lane one (of three) is closed. Stafford Services is located between J15 and J14. 13:32Police called after man seen carrying sword in Stoke-on-Trent street (Image: Google)A 32-year-old man is being quizzed by detectives on suspicion of possessing a sword in public. Read more. 13:16Break down on M6 in StaffordshireOne lane closed and queuing traffic due to broken down vehicle on M6 Southbound between J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent) and Stafford Services. Congestion to the Hanford Interchange for traffic travelling on the Southbound A500 towards the M6. Lane one (of three) is closed. There was a separate break down along this stretch earlier. Stafford Services is located between J15 and J14.12:15Slow in Nantwich Slow traffic on A530 Nantwich Road in both directions near the Rising Sun Inn. In the roadworks area. Temporary traffic lights are in operation.12:15Congestion on M6 Traffic heavier than normal on M6 Southbound from J17 A534 Old Mill Road (Sandbach / Crewe) to J16 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent / Crewe). Possibly due to extra traffic exiting the motorway at J16 to avoid the problems further South near J15. 12:02A34 Newcastle RoadA34 Newcastle Road busy but moving between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange).11:51Lane closed on M6 in Staffordshire One lane closed due to broken down vehicle on M6 Northbound from J12 A5 (Gailey) to J13 A449 (Stafford South). Traffic is coping well. Lane one (of four) is closed. 11:03Smallthorne Roundabouts congestedUsual congestion on B5051 Moorland Road / Ford Green Road at A5272 High Lane (Smallthorne Roundabout).10:50Leek Road busy A52 Leek Road in both directions busy but moving at A50 Lichfield Street (Joiners Square). 10:43Traffic flowing well10:41A34 Trent Vale A34 Newcastle Road busy but moving between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange).10:38Emergency services called to ‘man in distress’ in North Staffordshire street (Image: Google)The emergency services raced to a North Staffordshire street after a ‘man in distress’ sustained injuries. Full story.10:13A500 D-Roads A500 D Road Southbound busy but moving before M6 J15. Created at 10:06 Updated at 10:06 09:42Werrington Road slow A52 Werrington Road Westbound busy but moving before A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights).09:13Waterloo Road congestion Usual congestion on Waterloo Road from Cobridge Traffic Lights towards Hanley Town centre (Vale Place). 09:00All lanes open on M6 All lanes open, earlier broken down vehicle on M6 Northbound from J16 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent / Crewe) to J17 A534 Old Mill Road (Sandbach / Crewe). Lane one (of four) was closed.08:59Woman freed from car and taken to hospital after two-vehicle collision (Image: Stoke Sentinel / Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service)A woman in her twenties had to be rescued from her can and taken to hospital following a two-vehicle collision on the A34. Read more.08:59Longport busy Brownhills Road / Davenport Street / Newcastle Street busy but moving between A500 (Porthill Bank) and Tunstall.08:53Whitmore collision Reports of queuing traffic due to accident on A53 Whitmore Road Eastbound from Three Mile Lane (Whitmore) to A5182 Trentham Road (Whitmore roundabout, Butterton). 08:37One lane closed on M6 One lane closed due to lorry having a tyre changed on M6 Northbound from J16 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent / Crewe) to J17 A534 Old Mill Road (Sandbach / Crewe). Traffic is coping well. Lane one (of four) is closed.08:37A34 Springfield RoadA34 Newcastle Road busy but moving between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange).08:09Chell Street congestion Usual congestion on A5272 Chell Street at A5272 Merrick Street / B5047 Hulton Street (Providence Square).08:04Police investigate fire at North Staffordshire carpet shop (Image: Google)An investigation has been launched after firefighters tackled a small blaze in the entrance to a North Staffordshire carpet shop. Full story. 07:39A50 accident cleared Accident cleared on A50 Westbound between A50 (Uttoxeter / Upper Tean, Uttoxeter) and A521 (Blythe Bridge Roundabout / Draycot, Blythe Bridge). Affecting traffic passing through the Checkley Bank area.07:39Werrington Road busyA52 Werrington Road Westbound busy but moving before A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights). 07:39Smallthorne roundabouts Heavy traffic on B5051 Moorland Road / Ford Green Road at A5272 High Lane (Smallthorne Roundabout).center_img Driver named following fatal collision Police search for missing womanlast_img read more