Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 06 Mar 2015 – Monday March 9th is a public holiday; Commonwealth Day will be marked with the theme: ‘A Young Commonwealth’. There are 53 Commonwealth Countries worldwide. Related Items:commonwealth, holiday Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Two represent TCI at Bermuda Parliamentary conference Holiday on Friday in Turks and Caicos
This artist’s illustration depicts the destruction of a young planet or planets, which scientists may have witnessed for the first time using data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory.Credits: Illustration: NASA/CXC/M. Weiss; X-ray spectrum: NASA/CXC/MIT/H. M.GüntherStudying a dead distant planet could help humans to know more about the way in which Earth will finally die and perish, a new study report published in the journal Science says. Recently, researchers while monitoring a distant star in deep space stumbled upon an orbiting fragment of a dead, shattered planet, and experts believe that this could be actually a preview of Earth’s inevitable fate in the future.The study report claimed that the discovery of this planetary fragment orbiting around a white dwarf could shed light into the twilight years of planetary systems. Experts believe that the newly found planetary chunk could be actually a piece of the planet’s shattered core. Scientists also speculate that the planet might have perished brutally during the star’s death throes.Researchers also revealed it is quite remarkable that the dead planet’s fragments survived the extremely intense gravity of the white dwarf star.”The white dwarf’s gravity is so strong — about 100,000 times that of the Earth — that a typical asteroid will be ripped apart by gravitational forces if it passes too close,” said Christopher Manser, lead author of the study and a physicist at the University of Warwick in Coventry, England, said in a statement.The study report suggested that the planetary chunk might be orbiting around the star every two hours, and no larger than 250 miles in diameter to avoid being ripped apart by the white dwarf’s gravitational force.Scientists also revealed that both the dead star and the planetary chunk are located in our Milky Way, at a distance of 410 light years away from the Earth.Experts believe that Earth could also face a similar fate when the sun swells into a red giant. As the sun swells, it will consume Mercury, Venus, and Earth, and will later shrink turning into a white dwarf.
A report said Dallas officials should repay $1.3 million in federal funds after mishandling a program meant to renovate dilapidated houses for low-income homeowners.The Dallas Morning News reports that the federal housing department’s Office of Inspector General report released this week examined more than a dozen homes remodeled by Dry Quick Restoration. The report found the homes had defective workmanship and long construction delays.The report criticized the city for not properly vetting the company when issuing contracts in 2015.A March newspaper investigation found the company’s owner has ties with a local housing official now suspended pending an internal probe.The city said it’s working with federal officials to address the issues. City Manager T.C. Broadnax said Dallas shouldn’t have to repay the funds because the money went into the homes.Dry Quick declined to comment. Share
Share Harris County Sheriff’s OfficeSketch of the man believed to have killed 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes in the Houston area on December 30, 2018.Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez released Thursday a sketch of the man who fatally shot 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes on December 30 and video of the red or maroon pick-up truck he drove.The fatal shooting occurred around 6:50 a.m. on the south bound of E. Sam Houston Parkway frontage road, just south of Wallisville Road.The sketch was created based on a description provided by members of Barnes’ family.The suspected shooter is described as a thinly built white man, possibly in his 30’s or 40’s, who was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt at the time of the shooting.Initially, the man was described to have a beard, but the sketch shows what Gonzalez called a “five o’clock shadow.” He added it’s possible that by now the man has shaved or grown a mustache.The Sheriff also underlined the suspect has been described as a white man, but it’s also possible he is a “light skinned” Hispanic male.Gonzalez said the video shows a location that’s “in very close proximity” to where the shooting took place. He also noted one of the challenges is that the video is dark because it was recorded early in the morning.Dallas-based civil rights attorney Lee Merritt was at the media availability Gonzalez held to release the sketch and the video. He said Barnes’ family believes the shooter is “a very thin person” with “pale skin” and “blue eyes.”He added he thinks the shooting was racially motivated “in part because our nation at this moment is a highly racially charged society” and referenced FBI data that indicate there has been an increase in hate crimes in the United States.The Sheriff’s Office has established a command post in the area where the shooting took place, in the east section of Harris County. Gonzalez said the purpose of the command post is to “coordinate operations out there, more directly out in the field” and noted that additional patrols have been deployed in the area.Before Gonzalez held his media availability, LaPorsha Washington, Barnes’ mother, made a public statement saying she’s overwhelmed by the support from the local community and across the country.Washington, who was wounded in the shooting, said is hopeful that a rally planned for this weekend could result in new tips and called on the shooter to turn himself in because she knows he’s hurting over what he did and the only way he can find peace is by doing “the right thing.”The FBI and the ATF, as well as the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Houston Police Department, are assisting the Sheriff’s Office in the investigation. Additionally, NASA helped enhance the video released Thursday.Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers of Houston at 713-222-TIPS, or the Harris County Sheriff’s Office at 713-221-6000.You can watch the video of the truck believed to be driven by the shooter here:Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/03162620/Video-Jan-03-3-52-33-PM.mp400:0000:0000:06Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.