Jakarta inspects restaurants to ensure food quality ahead of Asian Games

first_imgJAKARTA — The Jakarta administration is set to inspect restaurants to ensure their safety ahead of the Asian Games. Jakarta Deputy Governor Sandiaga Uno said the city would work with the Indonesian Asian Games Organizing Committee (Inasgoc) and the Jakarta Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (Jakarta BPOM) to implement the measure across the city.“We’re committed to ensuring food quality. We aim to introduce Indonesian cuisine to the world, hence we’re attempting to give the best food experience to foreigners [visiting for the Asian Games],” he said on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT The inspections are aimed at ensuring food sold throughout the city is healthy and processed hygienically. “The food should be free from contaminants that might cause poisoning,” he added.Under the program, the city, along with Inasgoc and the Jakarta BPOM, will inspect restaurants and food vendors and give stickers to those that pass the inspection.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The Asian Games will commence on Aug. 18 and run until Sept. 2. It will be participated by around 15,000 athletes and distinguished delegates from 45 Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) member nations, the largest number in Asian Games history. Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Renzo Gracie says ONE: Reign of Kings bout ‘not a farewell fight’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense teamcenter_img ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins 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 In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? View comments Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displacedlast_img read more

‘48 Hours Jail for Amara Konneh Still Stands’

first_imgThe President Pro-Tempore and Senator of Gbarpolu County, Armah Zolu Jallah, has maintained that the decision by the Senate during its 9th Day Sitting on Tuesday, February 9, for Finance and Development Planning Minister Amara Konneh to face jail sentence for 48 hours remains.He said that plenary is awaiting the result of the Motion for Reconsideration filed by Senator G. Alphonso Gaye before further proceedings.Pro-Temp Jallah unequivocally stated that “Article 34 (d) empowers the Legislature to levy taxes, duties, imposes excise and other revenues, borrow money, issue currency, mint coins, and to make appropriations for the fiscal governance of the Republic, amongst others.”Besides Senator Gaye’s motion for reconsideration, lawyers for the Ministry of Finance have also filed a stay order on proceedings of the contempt of the Legislature, which was used to impose the 48 hours sentence on the Minister.In another development, the Gbarpolu County Lawmaker has expressed concern about the security implication over how Article 7 of the final peace agreement on Liberia, the Accra Peace Accord (APA) signed on August 18, 2003, has been implemented. According to Pro Temp Jallah, Article 7 of the Peace Accord speaks to the issue of disbandment of the irregular forces, reforming and restructuring of the Liberian Armed Forces. “The irregular forces here refer to the rebel and armed groups during the civil war. The error here is that the regular Armed Forces have been dissolved and new forces recruited,” he said.Senator Jallah has therefore called on the nation to recognize “this error and find the way forward in the interest of national security.”He meanwhile issued several recommendations that are the best way forward to reinforce the country’s military strength, especially in the wake of United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) drawdown plan.Senator Jallah has recommended that the next National Budget (2016/2017) appropriates US$2m as a compensation package for the dissolved army to enable them cater to the needs of their respective families; that members of the dissolved army, who still have age in their favor and integrity to serve the country, be recalled into active service, and that the next National Budget (2016/2017) appropriates US$500,000 as a compensation package for the widows of disbanded Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL).Senator Jallah told journalists that if these steps were considered, they would be lasting solutions to the consistent calls and threats by members of the dissolved regular army and the widows of those whose lives were claimed by the war.The Pro-Temp did not say how many widows stand to benefit should the government adhere to his recommendations.Up to the time the widows protested for their husbands’ benefits, they were about 600 in number with ages ranging from 18 to approximately 46 and many of them claimed they had married to the soldiers with ranks from Colonel and above.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Another bee in the beehive—Astronomers discover binary star in the NGC 2632

first_img © 2017 Phys.org Image of the Beehive Cluster. Credit: Sven Kohle and Till Credner 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. Explore further (Phys.org)—Astronomers have detected a new low-mass eclipsing binary star in an open cluster named NGC 2632, better known as the Beehive Cluster (or Praesepe). The newly identified binary, designated PTFEB132.707+19.810, contains two late-type stars much smaller and less massive than the sun. The new findings were detailed June 28 in a paper published on arXiv.org. Citation: Another bee in the beehive—Astronomers discover binary star in the NGC 2632 cluster (2017, July 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-07-bee-beehive-astronomers-binary-star.html More information: The Factory and the Beehive III: PTFEB132.707+19.810, a Low-Mass Eclipsing Binary in Praesepe Observed by PTF and K2, arXiv:1706.09390 [astro-ph.SR] arxiv.org/abs/1706.09390AbstractTheoretical models of stars constitute a fundamental bedrock upon which much of astrophysics is built, but large swaths of model parameter space remain uncalibrated by observations. The best calibrators are eclipsing binaries in clusters, allowing measurement of masses, radii, luminosities, and temperatures, for stars of known metallicity and age. We present the discovery and detailed characterization of PTFEB132.707+19.810, a P=6.0 day eclipsing binary in the Praesepe cluster (τ~600—800 Myr; [Fe/H]=0.14±0.04). The system contains two late-type stars (SpTP=M3.5±0.2; SpTS=M4.3±0.7) with precise masses (Mp=0.3953±0.0020~M⊙; Ms=0.2098±0.0014~M⊙) and radii (Rp=0.363±0.008~R⊙; Rs=0.272±0.012~R⊙). Neither star meets the predictions of stellar evolutionary models. The primary has the expected radius, but is cooler and less luminous, while the secondary has the expected luminosity, but is cooler and substantially larger (by 20%). The system is not tidally locked or circularized. Exploiting a fortuitous 4:5 commensurability between Porb and Prot,prim, we demonstrate that fitting errors from the unknown spot configuration only change the inferred radii by <1—2%. We also analyze subsets of data to test the robustness of radius measurements; the radius sum is more robust to systematic errors and preferable for model comparisons. We also test plausible changes in limb darkening, and find corresponding uncertainties of ~1%. Finally, we validate our pipeline using extant data for GU Boo, finding that our independent results match previous radii to within the mutual uncertainties (2—3%). We therefore suggest that the substantial discrepancies are astrophysical; since they are larger than for old field stars, they may be tied to the intermediate age of PTFEB132.707+19.810. NGC 2632 is an open star cluster that looks like a hive of bees in the constellation Cancer. Located some 577 light years away, it is one of the nearest open clusters to the solar system. Due to its proximity, this cluster is the target of numerous observations conducted by astronomers searching for new objects, including eclipsing binaries. Such binaries could be very helpful in improving our known theoretical stellar evolution models.Recently, a team of astronomers led by Adam Kraus of the University of Texas at Austin, has detected a new eclipsing binary in the Beehive Cluster. Although PTFEB132.707+19.810 was identified in 2002, its true nature remained unclear until the research conducted by Kraus' team. The new study confirms that this star is a low-mass eclipsing binary."We have discovered and characterized PTFEB132.707+19.810, a Porb = 6.0 day eclipsing binary system in the Praesepe open cluster," the researchers write in the paper.As noted in the paper, PTFEB132.707+19.810 has an orbital period of six days and comprises two late-type M stars. According to the study, the primary star has a radius of about 0.36 solar radii and a mass of nearly 0.4 solar masses. The secondary star is much smaller, as its radius equals approximately 0.27 solar radii. It is also much less massive—with a mass of 0.21 solar masses. These parameters indicate that PTFEB132.707+19.810 is one of the few low-mass eclipsing binaries to be found in an open cluster.The authors of the paper pointed out that given the masses of the components of PTFEB132.707+19.810, neither star of the system meets the predictions of stellar evolutionary models."The primary star has the expected radius, but it is cooler and less luminous than models would predict, while the secondary star has the expected luminosity, but it is cooler and substantially larger (by 20 percent) than models would predict," the paper reads.Moreover, the scientists found that at least the primary star is not tidally locked to the orbital period.To obtain the parameters of the system, the researchers analyzed the light curve provided by Samuel Oschin telescope at the Palomar Observatory in California as part of the Palomar Transient Factory (PTF) survey. They have also analyzed follow-up spectroscopic data obtained by the High Resolution Echelle Spectrometer (HIRES) at the Keck Observatory, located near the summit of Mauna Kea, Hawaii, as well as the newly released light curve of PTFEB132.707+19.810 by NASA's prolonged Kepler mission known as K2. New insights on the nature of the star V501 Aurigae revealedlast_img read more