Hotelier is the New Custos of St. Mary

first_imgThe parish of St. Mary has a new Custos Rotulorum. He is hotelier Jeffrey McKitty, who was sworn in on Monday (January 14), during a ceremony at King’s House.Mr. McKitty replaces Hon. Alrick Pottinger, whose retirement became effective on December 31, last year.Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, who presided over the brief ceremony, expressed confidence that the new Custos would carry out his duties and responsibilities effectively.He said that Mr. McKitty has been a very active Justice of the Peace (JP) in St. Mary and had worked closely with Mr. Pottinger, acting many times in the former Custos’ absence.The Governor-General also noted Mr. McKitty’s involvement in a number of organisations and projects geared towards the development of the parish, pointing out that he continues to have the respect and support of the citizens of St. Mary and the country in general.The Governor-General also extended thanks to Mr. Pottinger for his dedicated service to the parish of St. Mary and Jamaica.“I also want to thank you for the time in which you deputised for me as Governor-General, during my absence, and to commend the grace and dignity with which you performed your role,” he stated.“It was a pleasure working with you and Mrs. Pottinger and I’m sure our collegiality and friendship and work will not come to an end at any time soon,” the Governor-General said.In his response, Mr. McKitty assured that he would continue to do his best to contribute to the development and growth of St. Mary.“I promise that I will do all within my power to continue the good name of St. Mary and the legacy that the Hon. (Alrick) Pottinger has left and to ensure that St. Mary will not fade but will get stronger as the years go by,” he pledged.He said he was grateful to the Governor-General and Mr. Pottinger, as well as the people of St. Mary for the confidence they have shown in him.Mr. McKitty, who was born on November 11, 1943 in Westmoreland, began his working career as a teacher, then moved into the hotel industry where he has worked unstintingly for 35 years, with 25 years at the level of a general manager.While living in St. Mary, he has been actively involved in every aspect of community service, serving as chair of the St. Mary Heritage Company Limited, the St. Mary Attractions and Tours Company, the Parish Library and the Oracabessa High School, where he helped to establish links to develop a new library and a fully furnished and equipped computer lab.An active member of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), he was instrumental in soliciting sponsorship from the Sandals group to host the St. Mary Agri-Expo, which promotes links between agriculture and tourism. In addition, he is also the founder of a fathering programme, which assists boys from single-parent homes.Mr. McKitty also established a youth programme at Jack’s River, where he supplied books and paid the tuition of several students. In addition, he adopted the Mason Hall Primary School where he built sanitary facilities for the students, and the Boscobel Basic and Primary Schools, where he established a school feeding programme. He was also instrumental in building a computer lab at Boscobel Primary School.A dedicated family man, who is married with two daughters, Mr. McKitty is the 2006 St. Mary recipient of the Governor-General’s Achievement Award.last_img read more

DHT Says No to Frontlines Offer

first_imgzoom Bermuda-based crude oil tanker firm DHT Holdings has rejected Frontline’s offer to acquire all of the outstanding shares of common stock in DHT for a per-share consideration of 0.725 Frontline shares.After a comprehensive review, conducted in consultation with its financial and legal advisors, the DHT Board of Directors concluded that the Frontline proposal “is wholly inadequate and not in the best interests of DHT or its shareholders.”“We believe that Frontline’s proposal substantially undervalues our company and represents an opportunistic attempt to acquire DHT at a low point in the cycle,” Erik Lind, Chairman of DHT, said.Lind added the company is “confident that DHT will generate significantly more value to shareholders as an independent company than the prospects afforded by this proposal.”The offer by the John Fredriksen-controlled tanker owner and operator was made last week when the company initiated discussion with DHT for a potential business combination.Together with its affiliates, Frontline has also acquired 15,3 million shares of DHT, representing around 16.4% of DHT’s outstanding common stock based upon 93,366,062 common stock outstanding.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

On 10th Convocation Makaut gives certificates to 150 best students

first_imgKOLKATA: Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology (Makaut) hosted its 10th Convocation on Friday at Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre in Salt Lake where certificates and medals were handed over to around 150 best performers.Every year, Makaut churns out around 35,000 graduates from its 90 engineering colleges and 110 professional colleges affiliated to it across the state and has been no exception this year. The university handed over DSc to Dr. Purnendu Chatterjee, founder and chairman of Chatterjee Group at the programme. Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi, Chancellor of the varsity, graced the Convocation and awarded DSc to Chatterjee. Anupam Basu, director of NIT Durgapur, was the chief guest. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”Around 30,000 to 40,000 thousands are graduating every year from Makaut and we are taking all possible measures to make our students employable. Steps are being taken to ensure that research works become business-oriented and not limited to patents only,” Vice-Chancellor of Makaut, Saikat Maitra said on the sidelines of the Convocation ceremony. Elaborating on the steps taken by Makaut in this regard, Maitra said they have come up with a digital studio on its Salt Lake campus for creating an online platform that also involves online inspection of the courses and other academic activities taught in its affiliated colleges. Makaut has come up with 6 nodal centres — five in the state and one in Delhi for holding awareness camps and providing placement assistance to students. Makaut declared its first chair for School of Engineering Science in the name of Sardar Jodh Singh. A cheque amount of rupees one lakh was handed over to V-C Maitra by Sardar Taranjit Singh, son of Sardar Jodh Singh and Managing Director of JIS Group.last_img read more