Oxford scientists discover remarkable star

first_imgA supernova has been discovered In the Pinwheel Galaxy (M101) by a team involving Oxford researchers. Found on 24 August, it is the nearest type 1A supernova found since 1972. For a short time it will be bright enough to be seen through a pair of binoculars or small telescope.The supernova was discovered by an automated robotic search. Certain galaxies are scanned by a powerful telescope each night, and the current appearance of each galaxy is compared to a previously recorded image of that galaxy. Any differences are detected, and then investigated further.Robert Massey of the Royal Astronomical Society explained the significance of Type IA supernovas, telling Cherwell that these phenomena are formed when “you get a binary system where one star dumps mass onto a dense stellar companion white dwarf star. And when that’s very overloaded with material you get a dramatic explosion… that completely destroys the white dwarf”. This explosion happens when the white dwarf star reaches a certain mass. As a result all type 1A supernovas explode with the same brightness.This allows researchers to discover how far away galaxies are, and has meant type 1A supernovas have played a vital role in astrophysics. In particular they have helped to estimate the rate at which the universe is expanding, and the amount of “dark energy” in the universe.Massey explained why the discovery is beneficial to further research, saying, “It’s good to see one that’s close because then you can understand more about the characteristics of this type. By looking at the way the light rises, brightens and fades, you get an insight into the processes.”For a short time, amateur astronomers should be able to view it, although Massey warns “it’s likely to be quite difficult”, and that “there has been a certain amount of sensationalism about how bright it is”.last_img read more

Speech: Times Law Awards 2019: David Gauke speech

first_imgIn third place: William Beddows Sam Dayan Elijah Bossa Congratulations to all!Our winner this year made the argument that disentangling ourselves from the European Union represents an opportunity to underpin the Rule of Law, improve on legal clarity and improve access to justice.What’s clear is that this bright young man will have no problem whatsoever accessing career opportunities in the law.Please join me in congratulating George Croft. And in second place: I am delighted to be here tonight as we recognise and reward the writing abilities of a new generation of legal thinkers.It has become a tradition for the Lord Chancellor to be on the judging panel for this competition. But such has been the longevity of those in this post in recent years that I am the first Lord Chancellor for some time to have the honour of judging the competition 2 years in a row.Last year I was struck both by the quality of the essays and might I add how enjoyable it was to take a break from the day to day issues facing the government to participate in the judging.So, imagine my delight when I learnt that this year’s essay question focused on Brexit – whether leaving Europe is a threat or an opportunity for the legal profession. I was relieved, however that the quality of the essays continued to be very high.So high was the quality of the answers that I wonder whether I could convince the entrants to consider taking jobs at the Department for Exiting the European Union.There was a real variety in the answers, a lot of original thought, and some creative arguments. Some were positively enthusiastic about the potential opportunities that lay ahead in Brexit for lawyers and legal London.Others made the case for cautious optimism. Others focused on the risks – and there are real risks – if we get this wrong.One common feature of the essays was an acceptance that, the implications for legal services of Brexit depend on how the UK reacts to it – what we do next in response to our changing position in the world.Our justice system is one that is envied across the globe. So much so that the world looks to us to be their counsel and courtroom. Brexit should not change that. And in fact, the reason our system maintains that reputation is because of its ability to adapt and evolve; to react as the world changes.English Law, legal services and UK courts give businesses around the world the certainty, clarity and flexibility they require. A small window into its wider value is that we know English Law is used in 40% of all global corporate arbitrations.If we want to carry on building on that success and continue to be a global, outward looking nation then we must carry on embracing change. That’s what will enable us to seize every opportunity associated with Brexit and remain a competitive and attractive legal centre internationally.One essay in particular made reference to Britain’s LawTech sector as one factor that gives us an edge to seek new opportunities in Brexit.I couldn’t agree more.As we all know, LawTech is changing the way the law is done. Functions that were previously carried out by legal professionals are now becoming automated. Consumers increasingly expect not just to be able to access services virtually and digitally but to see technology embedded in service delivery.I understand that some are even refusing to pay for junior associates’ time – expecting firms to use technology to deliver functions they would have previously carried out.Around the world LawTech is a fledgling sector but in the UK it is already flourishing and the government is determined to support that. We want to create an environment that fosters innovation and allows LawTech to thrive.That’s why we created the LawTech Delivery panel – so that experts from the legal sector could identify both barriers and catalysts to growth and support the UK to become a LawTech centre of excellence.Other essays in this competition pointed to the robustness of the English legal system.It is undoubtedly true that our legal services sector is in good shape, with an annual contribution to the economy of around £25 billion and a trade surplus that has doubled over the past decade to £4 billion in 2016.The government continues to work with the sector to understand how we can best support that success and we are utilising our international relationships to help the sector to grow overseas – securing and improving its international market share.We have been clear that our future relationship with the EU should preserve the mutual benefits and stability of our uniquely integrated markets and protect consumers and businesses across the UK. That must include a new economic and regulatory partnership that strikes a balance between stable and predictable access to each other’s markets and autonomy over regulatory decisions through domestic equivalence processes.We will continue to work with the EU to improve our domestic market access frameworks to the greatest economic benefit and keep our equivalence frameworks under review.Ultimately, our flexible common law system, world leading judiciary and support for the growth and adoption of LawTech in the legal services market will ensure we continue to be a world leading legal centre through Brexit and beyond.I only wish I could have said all that with the same elegance employed by the legal scholars we are honouring this evening. The essays they entered into this competition all made well-conceived, interesting arguments that were a real pleasure to read. I am certain that all those who entered have very bright futures ahead of them.Our runners up this year are: Nyasha Weinberg Alexander Shawlast_img read more

Tedeschi Trucks Band Appears To Tease New Album With Mysterious Audio Clips [Listen]

first_imgAn official announcement regarding Tedeschi Trucks Band‘s highly awaited upcoming album seems to be coming soon, as the band has teased two short clips of unreleased music today on social media.Both clips include some animation of an underwater shellfish releasing air bubbles, which may point toward the as-yet-untitled album’s cover art or name.Related: Tedeschi Trucks Band Announces “Swamp Family” Fan Club, Exclusive Archives & VideosBack in November, the band revealed that the new album is slated for “early 2019” though fans have yet to be clued in on the release date or album title. Their fourth studio effort will follow up 2016’s Let Me Get By, 2013’s Made Up Mind, and their 2011 debut album, Revelator.Listen to the samples of the band’s new music below: It’s been a difficult month for Tedeschi Trucks Band, as longtime member and keyboardist Kofi Burbridge returned to the hospital last week to undergo another procedure related to his 2017 heart surgery.The week prior, Tedeschi Trucks Band announced that they will be moving on in 2019 without longtime bassist Tim Lefebvre as he focuses on a number of other musical projects. He will be replaced at the band’s upcoming January and February dates by bassist Brandon Boone, but a permanent replacement has not yet been announced.For a full list of upcoming Tedeschi Trucks Band tour dates, head to their website here.last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Javier Munoz is OUT’s Breakout Star & More

first_img Hamilton Javier Muñoz from $149.00 Star Files Javier Muñoz(Photo: Gavin Bond for ‘OUT’ magazine)center_img Related Shows Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Javier Muñoz is OUT’s Breakout StarHamilton headliner Javier Muñoz has been awarded Breakout of the Year in OUT magazine’s top 100 list of the most compelling people of the year. “If I can be a new face that people see that is HIV-positive and healthy and performing seven shows a week and kicking ass, then let that stand as a positive example for the person who is still living with that stigma and fear,” Muñoz told the magazine. Other stage favorites on the list include Taylor Mac, Michael Arden, B.D. Wong, Conrad Ricamora, Ivo van Hove, Nico Tortorella and Tituss Burgess.Get in the Holiday Spirit With Ann HaradaThe most wonderful time of year is almost upon us! Ann Harada is set to reprise her role as the sincere and sassy therapist from Avenue Q in Christmas Eve’s Holiday Hunkfest. Produced by and benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and featuring an all-star bevy of Broadway beaus, the cabaret of show tunes and modern hits is scheduled to take place on December 12 at Howl at the Moon.Linda Lavin Enlisted for CandideLinda Lavin will appear in Harold Prince’s previously reported new staging of Candide, which is scheduled to run from January 6, 2017 through January 12 at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater. The Tony winner is set to play the Old Lady, alongside Jay Armstrong Johnson as Candide and Meghan Picerno as Cunegonde. Deadline reports that other names tapped for Leonard Bernstein’s comic operetta include Gregg Edelman, Jessica Tyler Wright, Chip Zien and Brooks Ashmanskas.Neil LaBute & More Rally for OrlandoAfter Orlando, a series of short plays written in response to the tragic events in Orlando and recent gun violence in the U.S. and worldwide, will receive readings through January 31, 2017. Playwrights involved with the initiative include Neil LaBute and Lindsey Ferrentino; for more information on where the events are being held, click here.Watch Ian McKellen & Patrick Stewart on the Big ScreenMiss Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart in No Man’s Land on Broadway in the 2013-14 season? Never fear, National Theatre Live will broadcast the West End incarnation of the show, live, to a movie theater near you on December 15. Click here to find a convenient locale and check out the trailer for Harold Pinter’s classic, directed by Sean Mathias, below. View Commentslast_img read more

Odds & Ends: Andrew Garfield Set for the Big Screen in Angels in America & More

first_imgBye Bye Birdie Tony Nominee Dick Gautier Dies at 85Dick Gautier, whose Broadway debut as the delightfully dreamy title character in Bye Bye Birdie earned him a Tony nomination in 1961, is dead at the age of 85. According to The New York Times, he passed away as a result of pneumonia. On screen, Gautier was known for his recurring role in Get Smart as well as appearances in Murder, She Wrote, Bewitched, Happy Days, Gidget, When Things Were Rotten and more. He was a nightclub comedian, author and caricaturist as well. He is survived by three children from his first marriage to Beverly Hedman, four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, the Times reports.Lisa Kron Garners 2017 Kleban PrizeFun Home Tony Winner Lisa Kron has received the Kleban Prize for Musical Theater, reports The New York Times. The award (which comes with $100,000) was established by the late Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner Edward Kleban, who wrote the lyrics to A Chorus Line. Kron joins the ranks of past winners like Jason Robert Brown (Parade), Jeff Marx and Robert Lopez (Avenue Q) and Robert L. Freedman and Steven Lutvak (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder). Daniel Zaitchik also received this year’s Kleban Prize as a promising musical theater lyricist. His work has been developed at Ars Nova and Lincoln Center.Richard Armitage Set for Ocean’s EightAll you need is love—and an insanely star-studded cast. Deadline reports that Love, Love, Love standout Richard Armitage has been tapped for Ocean’s Eight, along with recently announced James Corden, The Present’s Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Rihanna and Helena Bonham Carter. According to Deadline, his role in the Gary Ross-helmed picture is still a secret.Rachel Bloom Just Got More CrazyTheater enthusiast and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend mastermind Rachel Bloom is headed to the New York stage! She and Broadway alum Jerry O’Connell have joined Manhattan Concert Productions one-night only presentation of Crazy for You. The two will star as Irene Roth and Lank Hawkins, respectively, alongside the previously announced Tony Yazbeck, Laura Osnes, Harry Groener, Rachel Dratch and Jack McBrayer. The concert event, directed and choreographed by the original Broadway production’s choreographer Susan Stroman (before she had five Tony Awards), is set for February 19 at David Geffen Hall.P.S. As reported, Jennifer Holliday canceled her previously announced performance at President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration. On January 17, she stopped by The View to discuss her decision and perform a touching rendition of “Come Sunday.” “The inauguration’s loss is our gain,” said host Whoopi Goldberg. Take a look below. Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today and over the weekend.National Theatre’s Angels in America to be BroadcastWere those Angels in America hot shots giving you major London FOMO? Us, too. Luckily, the National Theatre has announced that the revival of of Pulitzer Prize winner Tony Kushner’s landmark play is coming to the big screen. Fans can catch Part One: Millennium Approaches on July 20 and Part Two: Perestroika on July 27 at venues to be announced. Olivier and Tony winner Marianne Elliott directs the cast, which includes Andrew Garfield, Nathan Lane, Denise Gough, James McArdle and Russell Tovey.Idina Menzel Talks Wicked, Beaches & TourIdina Menzel has a bone to pick with The Wizard. The Tony winner and Frozen favorite recently appeared on Entertainment Tonight to discuss starring in Lifetime’s eagerly anticipated Beaches remake (slated for January 21) and Wicked’s own forthcoming film adaptation. “I’m told I’m not going to be in it, and I’m angry and I’m spiteful about it,” Menzel said. Talk about unadulterated loathing! Bummed about this news? Don’t fret, Ozians; the Queen of Swords is heading to a city near you in the flesh. Menzel is set to kick it off a worldwide tour to promote her latest solo album .idina on March 29 in Osaka, Japan. She’ll hit 48 cities along the way; check out the full date list here! Andrew Garfield(Photo: Jason Bell) center_img View Commentslast_img read more

Tomato Varieties

first_imgSoon soil temperatures will be warm enough for planting those precious backyard tomatoes. Given the many options available, which variety and type of tomato should you choose?With determinate and indeterminate varieties, hybrids and heirlooms, the best tomato for you depends on where you are located, your tastes and your needs. First, there’s a difference between determinate and indeterminate tomatoes. Understanding this may help you narrow down your options and make a more informed decision. All tomatoes are technically considered vine crops, but choosing between these two forms of tomatoes is important, and should be, based on how you intend to use your harvest. A determinate tomato variety will have a more compact, bush-type growth, usually no more than 4 feet tall, and will set all of its fruit within a two- to four-week period. Although they are smaller plants, determinates still require some staking or caging to support the vines. Determinate varieties are more useful for gardeners who want to grow a plant in a container, who need a more compact-sized plant or who want to produce tomatoes for canning and sauces. It’s important to determine how many days until these plants reach maturity; you can easily stagger different determinate varieties based on their maturity dates to have a longer window of tomato harvest.Recommended determinate varieties include ‘Bush Celebrity,’ ‘Mountain Pride’ and ‘Southern Star.’Indeterminate tomato plants continue to grow and set fruit until they are killed by frost. These plants will grow much larger than determinate varieties – up to 10 feet in height – and require adequate support to maintain productive growth.Recommended indeterminate varieties include ‘Big Boy,’ ‘Beefmaster,’ and ‘Better Boy.’All of the previously mentioned varieties are hybrids, or a cross of two specific parent plants by means of controlled pollination. These plants are sometimes referred to as “F1” or “F1 hybrids” and were bred to produce plants with very specific traits. Traits may be resistant to a specific disease, have improved tolerance to heat or drought, or bear a fruit that stores for a longer time period.Hybrids have many advantages, but one disadvantage is that the seeds should not be saved from one year to the next. The seeds from hybrids will not produce a plant that is “true to type,” or similar to the parent plant. Most likely, the seed you save from a hybrid tomato will result in an unpredictable combination of traits of its parent and/or grandparent.Heirloom plants, by definition, have three qualities: they have been available for at least 50 years, they are open-pollinated plants and produce true-to-type seed, and they have a history or folklore of their own. Some examples of heirloom tomatoes include ‘Cherokee Purple,’ ‘Brandywine’ and ‘Black Krim’ varieties. Heirlooms have traits that are fairly stable from one generation to the next. This means that their seeds can be saved and should produce offspring similar to the parent. Heirlooms are also known for their taste quality. Unfortunately, heirloom plants are much more prone to disease and insect problems, and the fruits are more likely to suffer growth deformities, such as cracking or cat-facing. There are literally thousands of varieties of tomato varieties from which to choose. It is most important to find one that is suited for your part of Georgia, your taste and your use preferences.last_img read more

Senator Leahy receives Congressional Leadership Award from National Restaurant Association

first_imgThe Vermont Chamber Hospitality Council is pleased that the National Restaurant Association (NRA) presented its first annual Congressional Leadership Award to U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) in recognition of his efforts to fight hunger. “Senator Leahy’s contribution is meaningful to the restaurant industry because it helps our dining employers be good citizens while freeing up resources to invest in their businesses and their employees, said Vicky Tebbetts, Vice President of the Vermont Hospitality Council. “A vibrant dining industry is critical to Vermont’s tourism economy.”The National Restaurant Association created the Congressional Leadership Award to recognize members of Congress who advocate on behalf of important restaurant industry causes and support legislation that help the industry to sustain its role as a job creator, a career training ground, and a cornerstone of the community. “Vermonters have always valued the importance of taking care of their neighbors,” said Senator Patrick Leahy.  “I’m proud to accept this award on behalf of all of Vermont restaurants, businesses, food banks, and community groups that lend a hand to their neighbors in need each and every day.”Leahy is a founding member of the Senate Hunger Caucus, a group seeking bipartisan solutions to end hunger in the U.S. and around the world. Leahy is also a sponsor of the Good Samaritan Hunger Relief Tax Incentive Extension Act, a bill that would advocate for the 36 million Americans at risk of hunger, and help more restaurants take advantage of a tax deduction for food donations and reduce food waste.last_img read more

Governor Douglas proclaims October Cyber Security month in Vermont

first_imgGovernor Jim Douglas has signed a proclamation making the month of October Cyber Security Awareness month in the state of Vermont. Governor Douglas is joining other governors across the country in recognizing the seventh annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month.“Technology, while necessary in our society today, is not without pitfalls,” said Governor Douglas. “Having an awareness and understanding of how to protect and secure technical devices, like computers, Smartphone’s and iPods, is critical in creating a more secure state and nation.”National Cyber Security Awareness Month is an initiative to promote computer security awareness. Last year, President Barack Obama signed a Presidential Proclamation to show federal support to spread cyber awareness nationwide. The support from both federal and state levels creates a joint effort in calling to all Americans that cyber security is our shared responsibility, as a state and as a nation.“Teaching our children how to stay safe in an online environment is also a crucial part of cyber security,” Governor Douglas added.  “Cyber security is the one area where every person, making small, positive changes, can make a huge difference.” Source: Governor’s office.last_img read more

CUInsight Minute with Lauren Culp – February 21, 2020

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Lauren Culp Lauren Culp is the Publisher & CEO at CUInsight.com.She leads the growing team at CUInsight, works with organizations serving credit unions to maximize their brand and exposure, connects … Web: https://www.cuinsight.com Details Welcome to the CUInsight Minute, sixty seconds from our Publisher & CEO Lauren Culp with the top three of our favorite things from the week.Mentioned this week:Where Are All the Women CEOs?By VANESSA FUHRMANS, WSJWhy, when women earn the majority of college degrees and make up roughly half the workforce, do so few occupy the chief executive job? (read more)Alternative data in lending is here to stayby VELOCITY SOLUTIONSIf your credit union is using only traditional underwriting methods, chances are that you’re limiting your lending potential. The use of alternative data in underwriting opens credit avenues for members and small businesses that otherwise might have been closed to them. (read more)The CUInsight Experience podcast: Ryan Donovan – Taking the Hill (#61)by RANDALL SMITH, CUINSIGHT*Available now for subscribers, published Monday on CUInsight. “Never let the number of times you’ve gone around the sun be a limit on your potential,” Ryan Donovan. (listen)Plus: We’ll see you at the CUNA GAC next week! Follow us on Instagram @CUInsight for a special podcast-related giveaway!last_img read more

Keep content relevant, short, iterative and engaging

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » As the saying goes, content is king. It seems this trend will continue this way for some time, as marketers notice ongoing impact on building awareness, increased customer engagement, as well as lead quantity and quality. However, the rise in demand from consumers eager for digital content also means that content marketing will become more competitive than ever. To stand out, marketers would do well to keep an eye on having a varied content mix, responding to shifts in customer attitudes and demands, and establishing solid, data-driven metrics that allow marketing teams to map customer behaviors and impact.On the agenda is the growing focus on changing up the old format. Blogs and social media remain the mainstay for many organizations, especially financial institutions, but innovators are looking toward channels that emphasize visual language, such as interactive content, live streaming, virtual reality, etc. In short, anything that is fast, iterative, engaging, and relevant.Content marketing is about to get very competitive, and in a world where your rivals may have much bigger budgets and larger marketing teams, you’ll need to stand out. Effective marketing can’t be done without a proper strategy, but you don’t necessarily need a detailed plan for every piece of content you put out. On-the-fly content is a great way to stop wasting time and seize your audience.last_img read more