So far in 2016, Harper’s exit velocity is down almost two and a half mph from his average last season — even as MLB’s overall exit velocity has spiked this year. Alongside that decrease in exit velocity has come a sharp increase in launch angle. Harper’s typical batted ball in 2015 ranged between a launch angle of about 13 to 16 degrees, giving him a line drive swing conducive to a high batting average. Harper started this season in a similar range, but he’s seen his game-by-game average creep up to a 20 degree launch angle in the last few weeks. Pop-ups have come along with that elevated launch angle, as he’s seen his infield-fly percentage almost double from 5.8 percent in 2015 to 10.7 percent in 2016. That subset of his batted balls are certain outs, so they explain a significant fraction of the decline in his batting average on balls in play.And it’s not a product of pitchers approaching Harper differently this season. Usually, balls thrown higher in the zone tend to get hit along higher trajectories as well; it’s one of the reasons high-ball hurler Chris Young leads the league in homers allowed. So it’s conceivable that pitchers had adjusted to Harper’s power by getting him to chase pitches high in the zone, causing more glancing contact. Yet Harper’s average pitch height in 2016 is only a tenth of an inch higher than in 2015, and his horizontal pitch location hasn’t changed either.Instead, the culprit for Harper’s problems seems to be genuinely diminished power. Let’s zoom in on a 1.5-foot wide, 6-inch tall rectangle at the center of the strike zone. Hitters normally punish the ball here, hammering balls in that region with an average exit velocity of 90.7 mph — and Harper did even better than that in 2015, hitting batted balls out of that area at 96 mph. (Fourteen of Harper’s 42 homers came from that region.) But in 2016, he’s barely exceeding the league average with an exit velocity of 90.8 mph. So far this season, he’s already made more outs in this central part of the strike zone (57) than he did in all of 2015.Pitches that Harper was punishing before are now leaving his bat more weakly, and turning into outs more often. Harper’s raw power — once his calling card — has diminished to near league-average levels, and not as a result of bad luck or a new approach from pitchers. Harper’s track record — and the projections informed by it — suggests his slugging will return eventually, but it’s impossible to say whether he needs a simple mechanical tweak or extensive time to recover from a hidden injury.Even without 450-foot home runs, this diminished version of Bryce Harper remains a good ballplayer, a testament to the breadth and depth of his skills. But at the same time, this just isn’t the Harper we were all expecting to see after the historic performance he produced last season.Check out our latest MLB predictions. Just 10 months ago, Bryce Harper was putting the finishing touches on one of the greatest position-player performances of all time. Harper slugged his way to 9.5 wins above replacement1According to FanGraphs, though Baseball-Reference.com’s version had him recording a 9.9 WAR. last season, largely on the basis of the best single-season offensive campaign since Barry Bonds broke baseball in 2004.2Among qualified hitters. But this year, Harper’s hitting numbers have slipped, and his overall value has suffered as a result.Sometimes drastic drop-offs like these are the result of bad luck, or even opposing pitchers changing their approach. But with the help of data from MLB’s radar-tracking Statcast system, we can see that Harper’s slump is a consequence of diminished power, which might be a more difficult fix.Harper’s eye-popping .330/.460/.649 triple-slash line in 2015 was driven by patience and power. He walked 0.95 times for every strikeout, the sixth-best ratio in baseball, and led MLB in isolated power (ISO) with a .319 mark. Between intentional walks, Harper managed to drive 42 home runs, making monster blasts a regular occurrence in Nationals Park.Some of that magic carried on into the first half of 2016, but lately Harper’s stats have taken a tumble. Although his walk-to-strikeout ratio has improved, his ISO is down more than a hundred points, to .209. As a result, his overall production has dropped to a pedestrian (at least by Harper’s standards) 115 Weighted Runs Created Plus (wRC+), from 197 the year before.Statcast has tracked Harper’s decline in real time. It monitors the exit velocity and launch angle every time a player makes contact, characteristics which can be used together to predict a batted ball’s value in terms of runs.3I built a Random Forest model to predict the value of each batted ball, as described in an earlier article. By looking at changes in Harper’s underlying Statcast metrics, one can judge whether he has been merely unlucky, or if he’s truly experiencing a decline in skills. In 2015, the actual value of Harper’s batted balls exceeded what we would have expected, given their exit velocity/launch angle combinations, by a significant margin. Given available data, we can’t say what combination of foot-speed and luck drove that divergence, but so far this year his actual production on batted balls has declined precipitously — even going below what the model predicts.More tellingly, Harper’s predicted batted-ball value has fallen substantially as well. Much of that reduction is owed to a decrease in exit velocity, one of the biggest components of hitting skill. Hit the ball harder, and it’s more likely to go past fielders or over fences; softer, and those same fielders can throw you out, or a would-be home run turns into a warning-track flyout instead.
A 3D plastic representation of the Facebook logo is seen in this photo illustration May 13, 2015.ReutersFacebook’s deepening crisis over the data leak of 50 million people to British political-advertising firm Cambridge Analytica has led to a public outcry about its data policies.The hashtag #DeleteFacebook has been making the rounds on Twitter this week and when co-founder Mark Zuckerberg did come out to address the public, some 2 billion weren’t ready to forgive the social network giant.It is time. #deletefacebook— Brian Acton (@brianacton) March 20, 20181. Remove Facebook bookmark from your web browserIf you visit your Facebook page every 20 minutes, its time you get rid of the app from your web browser. The lesser you involve with Facebook, the better.2. Deactivate your Facebook accountIf you’re not able to control your constant urge to check Facebook, simply deactivate your account.Facebook will still have your data, of course, but you’ll get a chance to take a breather and depend less on the digital platform when you’re ready to jump back in.3. Stop signing in with FacebookDo not use your Facebook credentials to log into various sites and services. By doing this, you give other companies access to your Facebook data, which can be used for various illicit activities.Use a handy password manager to create and keep track of your logins and passwords instead. And if an app demands you sign into Facebook to use it, find an alternative.4. Delete your accountDeleting your account is also an option, if you want to completely distance yourself from the social media world.When you’re absolutely sure about closing your account, let Facebook know, and be prepared to stay away from your account. Change your mind, and you’ll have to start the countdown all over again.”It may take up to 90 days from the beginning of the deletion process to delete all of the things you’ve posted, like your photos, status updates or other data stored in backup systems. While we are deleting this information, it is inaccessible to other people using Facebook,” the company says in its Help Center page.
As the number of motorcycles has doubled in the capital city over the past eight years, experts recommend controlling the two-wheeler as it is a ‘very risky mode of vehicle’.The number of registered motorcycles increased to 4,69,888 in April 2018 from 2,10,081 in 2010, according to statistics provided by the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA).Around 75,251 motorcycles were registered with the BRTA in 2017, a year when different ride-sharing companies, including Uber and Pathao introduced their bike services in the mega city.Urban and transport experts said if the number of the motorcycles continues to grow in the city, it will create an anarchy in the traffic system and thus worsen the traffic management.Saying that the rate of motorbike accident is very high, they suggested the government should streamline the public transport system to control motorbikes in the city right now.Professor Nazrul Islam, himself an urban expert and former chairman of University Grants Commission (UGC), shared his own bitter experience of falling victim to motorcycle accident in the city in May.”When I was crossing a road through the zebra crossing in front of Oxford School in Dhanmondi-27 on 31 May, a speedy bike hit me. Since I jumped to escape any serious injury, I sustained wounds in my legs and hands falling on the ground,” he said.”The motorbike rider didn’t stop the bike and fled the scene. And even no one came forward to help me during the accident,” he added.He suspected that the motorbike was of any ridesharing service provider as both the riders were seen having helmets.The urban expert said the motorbike riders are desperate and hardly follow the traffic rules. “If the number of motorbikes goes up and the number of its alternative mode of transport doesn’t decrease, it’ll create anarchy in traffic system.”He said there should be separate lanes for motorbikes in the city as in cities of the developed nations.Prof Islam, however, said car services of different ridesharing companies is traffic-friendly ones and particularly good for middle-class people.Transport expert professor Shamsul Haque of Civil Engineering department of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet), said motorbike is a commuter-friendly transport but not healthy for the city’s traffic system as it is ‘very risky’ both for the biker and passenger.”If the number of motorbikes goes up commercially, it’ll intensify the risk of commuters,” he said.Professor Haque said the motorcycles are not recognised as public transport in the developed countries. “But, the two-wheeler vehicles are used on narrow roads or lanes as a component of integrated public transport system in some countries.”He said the rise of motorcycle use should be stopped soon for the sake of commuters’ safety and traffic disciple.Professor Moazzem Hossain, director of Accident Research Institute (ARI) of BUET, said the number of motorbikes is going up sharply on the city streets due to its substandard public transport system. “The rate of motorcycle accident is greater among all motorised vehicles.”Mentioning that the speed of the city’s buses is very low, the ARI director suggested allowing public buses to be operated by a single company to address traffic congestions in the city.Though the ridesharing companies claim that their motorcycle services are getting good response in the city, service recipients accused them of being too commercial and providing substandard services.Priyanka Kundu, 24, a working woman, said she frequently avail of the ridesharing service on her way to and from the office, but she found the high speed of bikes very risky.She also claimed that bikers refuse to go to her desired destinations in some cases.When contacted through email, the Uber spokesperson refused to reveal the number of bikes registered with the company.But Uber said, “We were incredibly excited with the launch of UberMOTO given how this product can help serve the need to navigate–faster and cheaper. UberMOTO has received encouraging response from our riders and partners since its launch.””The safety of riders and driver-partners is of paramount importance to us. We encourage bikers using the Uber app to act in compliance with all relevant local laws and the rules of the road at all times. Breaking the local laws can lead to bikers losing access to their account,” the Uber spokesperson said.“In case of any incident or unpleasant experience, we urge riders to use the in-app feedback method to inform us of actions that threaten the safety of driver-partners and riders.”
Share The Latest on Hurricane Irma (all times local):4:45 p.m.The number of deaths at a nursing home in Florida in connection with Hurricane Irma has risen to eight.The office of the Broward Medical Examiner and Trauma Services issued a news release Wednesday afternoon with the names of the victims. Three of the victims were found dead early Wednesday at The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, after police got a call about a person with a heart attack. Police say the others died at the hospital or on the way. The victims range in age from 71 to 99.___4:30 p.m.The manager of a Florida nursing home where six people died following Hurricane Irma has a history of health-care fraud accusations.Federal court records show the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Miami filed civil charges in 2004 against Dr. Jack Michel, several other individuals, and several businesses, including Larkin Health Systems. Larkin Health Systems owns The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, where three patients were found dead at the nursing home early Wednesday after police got a call about a person with a heart attack. Police say three more died at the hospital or on the way.In 1997, before Michel owned Larkin, federal prosecutors say he and others participated in a kickback scheme that involved paying doctors for referrals and admission to Larkin Community Hospital. Prosecutors say that after he bought the hospital in 1998, Michel and others fraudulently increased the number of patients at the facility, along with their Medicare and Medicaid revenues, by bringing in patients from nursing homes and assisted-living facilities.The case was settled in 2006 for $15.4 million.___4:30 p.m.Pumps are being moved into southwest Florida to help drain floodwaters from communities drenched by Irma’s rainfall and storm surge.The South Florida Water Management District was temporarily moving three pumps from Palm Beach County to Collier County, which officials say was one of the hardest-hit areas in the 16-county district that spans a region stretching from the Keys in the South to Orlando in central Florida.The district also is helping Orlando International Airport drain water from its property to nearby Boggy Creek, officials said.Floodwaters also are being pumped into Lake Okeechobee away from communities and business in the Glades region south of the lake, officials said.___4:30 p.m.A Florida woman who gave birth without a doctor present as Hurricane Irma was approaching Miami has described the experience as “traumatizing.”Because emergency responders were unable to make it to the scene Sunday, Watkins had to give birth in a Miami apartment while she and her boyfriend, David Knight, listened to instructions over the phone from a 911 dispatcher and a doctor.The couple discussed the ordeal during a news conference Wednesday while Watkins held her newborn daughter. Destiny Knight was born two days before her due date, weighing 6 pounds (3 kilograms), 11 ounces (310 grams) and measuring 20 inches (50 centimeters).Watkins says she never considered naming her daughter Irma.____2:55 p.m.An Associated Press journalist is describing what it was like to spend five nights in four motels on the run from Hurricane Irma.Mary Rajkumar is an editor based in Miami.She and her family crisscrossed Florida trying to escape the wrath of Hurricane Irma. They hopscotched from motel to motel before ending up in Jacksonville.But Irma was so wide the storm reached across the whole state and hit them there.She describes struggling to find hotels with vacancies and restaurants that were open.In Jacksonville, the only option appeared to be a Waffle House with a line of 200 people. So instead, her relatives tried a nearby Thai restaurant.The owners said they weren’t open but were just there to check for any damage. Still, they agreed to feed Rajkumar’s family of five adults and two teenagers. She says the search for food was a surprising sight in a country known for its hot dog eating contests and supersized Slurpees.___2:50 p.m.The number of Georgia residents without electricity after Hurricane Irma keeps dropping, and Georgia Power says nearly all of its customers should have their lights back on before the weekend is over.More than 510,000 customers of Georgia Power and Georgia Electric Membership Corp remained without power Wednesday afternoon. That’s down from 1.5 million outages when Irma crossed Georgia as a tropical storm Monday.Georgia Power said in a news release that 95 percent of its customers should have electricity restored by Sunday night, except for homes or businesses too damaged for power to be reconnected.Irma killed two people in Georgia as it flooded coastal communities and toppled trees across most of the state. Gov. Nathan Deal was scheduled to tour storm damaged areas Thursday.___2:45 p.m.A Florida woman fleeing her home because of Hurricane Irma will go back home with $10,000 after buying a lottery scratch-off ticket during a stop in North Carolina.The N.C. Education Lottery reports Tiffany Hatfield of Ocoee, Florida, stopped at a Rocky Mount convenience store before continuing to Virginia. The mother of three said she only stopped at the store because her daughter had to use the bathroom. She said she and her children started screaming when they realized they won.Hatfield claimed her prize on Tuesday. She is already on her way back to Florida, and said she plans to use the money for any repairs she needs, and to redecorate the house with any money left over.___2:35 p.m.Authorities are working to check on other assisted living and retirement communities after six patients at a sweltering Florida nursing home died in Irma’s aftermath.The patients who died were from the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills. Hollywood police Chief Tom Sanchez said police officers were expected to finish checking in on the city’s 42 other assisted living and similar facilities early Wednesday afternoon.At Century Village in Pembroke Pines, more than half of the residential buildings — 77 of 144 — were still without power Wednesday afternoon.Rescue crews from several area municipalities were going door to door in 94-degree heat to perform welfare checks, and a massive water, ice and meal distribution plan was already enacted.Gov. Rick Scott’s office said it has been in regular contact with hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living facilities since before the storm. They are told to call 911 if they believe patients are in danger.Florida requires nursing homes to file an emergency plan with the county officials that includes evacuation plans for residents.___1:50 p.m.Authorities say a 55-year-old Florida man who was preparing his home for Hurricane Irma died after falling off a ladder.The Hillsborough County Medical Examiner’s office reported Wednesday that Vincent Forest was pronounced dead Sunday at a Tampa hospital, a day after the accident at his Lake Placid home.An autopsy performed Tuesday concluded the cause of death was blunt impact to his head, including skull fractures, brain bruising and internal bleeding.Forest was married and worked for Glade and Grove Supply Co. agricultural dealership.His is the 20th death in the U.S. blamed on Irma. Six other deaths of patients in a sweltering nursing home are being investigated.___1:35 p.m.Surviving patients are being treated for dehydration after several others died at a sweltering Florida nursing home in Irma’s aftermath.Dr. Randy Katz is the emergency room director for Memorial Regional Hospital, which is adjacent to the nursing home in Hollywood. He said Wednesday afternoon that about a dozen people still are being treated in the ER. When asked if he expects the death toll to rise, Katz said, “potentially.” Six have died so far.He said most patients are being treated for dehydration, respiratory distress and heat-related problems.The rest of the nursing home’s patients have also been evacuated.Hollywood police Chief Tom Sanchez said investigators who arrived at a nursing home found “very hot” conditions inside. The center was having problems with its air-conditioning, and investigators are looking into whether it had power or was using generators.Sanchez said police officers were expected to finish checking in on the city’s 42 other assisted living and similar facilities early Wednesday afternoon.___1:10 p.m.Former state senator and current Broward County Commissioner Nan Rich said she has been inundated with calls about nursing homes and assisted living facilities that are running out of fuel for generators.Six patients have died at a Broward County nursing home that was having problems with air-conditioning. Authorities were investigating whether it was using a generator and if the power was cut.Rich said Florida Power & Light Company should make facilities like that its first priority as it works to restore power knocked out around the state by Hurricane Irma.She said the power company’s priorities “are messed up.”She said she hasn’t been satisfied with Florida Power and Light’s response to the county.“They’re saying that some of these places may not be up for a week or two,” she said. “These people can’t survive that.”___12:55 p.m.A Florida Keys facility that rehabilitates injured sea turtles has some new arrivals after Hurricane Irma.At the Turtle Hospital in Marathon, the rescued sea creatures sat in tanks fed by water pumped with a generator on Wednesday.A tiny green sea turtle rescued by a Monroe County emergency employee from storm rubble was the first rescue after the hurricane. It was in a tiny plastic bin flipping around.Hospital director Richie Moretti offered a quip about what they chose to call her.He said: “Guess her name? Irma.”___12:40 p.m.President Donald Trump will travel to the Naples area as part of a visit to hurricane-damaged Florida on Thursday.Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the president will be in the Naples area, in southwest Florida. Few additional details were available.Nearly all of the state was engulfed by the massive Hurricane Irma. The number of people without has dropped to 9.5 million – just under half of Florida’s population. Utility officials warned it could take 10 days or more for power to be fully restored. About 110,000 people remained in shelters across the state.Trump visited Texas and Louisiana after Hurricane Harvey struck both states in late August.___12:20 p.m.Monroe County officials say water service is slowly being restored to the Florida Keys.County officials said in said in a Facebook update Wednesday: “MORE WATER IS COMING”Water would be turned on for two-hour spurts Wednesday morning and evening in Key West, but officials warned it would need to be boiled before drinking.Key Largo to Marathon should have water in areas that do not have damage to individual service linesBut water in the Lower Keys from Key West to the 7-Mile Bridge was still unavailable due to what officials described as major storm damage.They also cautioned that water remains in short supply and should be conserved.___11:50 a.m.City officials say a sixth patient from a Florida nursing home has died in aftermath of Hurricane Irma.A news release from the city of Hollywood says that three patients were found dead in the facility early Wednesday, while others were taken to the hospital and pronounced dead there. A late morning news release said a total of six have died.Hollywood Police Chief Tom Sanchez said investigators believe the deaths at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills were heat-related. He said the building has been sealed off for the criminal investigation but didn’t give further details.The rest of the center’s patients were evacuated. The center has had electricity and air-conditioning problems after Irma.___11:30 a.m.Several gas stations and a hardware store have reopened in the upper Florida Keys after Hurricane Irma.But residents still weren’t being allowed past Lower Matecumbe Key.On Conch Key in Coral Key Village, a devastated trailer park remained a debris-filled ghost town. Cars left behind were covered in silt, and seaweed and strewn furniture filled what a week ago were yards. A line of fallen mailboxes still had mail from before Irma inside.Near Marathon, a sunken boat was visible in the once-again turquoise water.At Marathon International Airport, workers loaded pallets of water onto military helicopters.___11:20 a.m.Authorities have identified a Georgia man killed as Tropical Storm Irma slogged through the state.The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office in Atlanta said Wednesday that 59-year-old Stanley Williams died when a tree fell on his home in suburban Sandy Springs. The death was previously announced, but the identity wasn’t immediately given.Williams is among two fatalities in Georgia blamed on Irma, which crossed the state’s southwest corner Monday but was large enough to cause damage throughout the state.The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office said a tree falling onto a car killed 67-year-old Nancy Eason. Eason was a retired court reporter. Her husband, Mike Eason, is a former Cumming police chief and retired agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Mike Eason was driving the car and suffered minor injuries.__11:15 a.m.A criminal investigation has been launched into the deaths of five patients at a Florida nursing home in Irma’s aftermath.Hollywood Police Chief Tom Sanchez said investigators believe the five deaths at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills were heat-related. He said the building has been sealed off for the criminal investigation but didn’t give further details.A total of 115 patients were evacuated from the nursing home, which lost power in the storm and had no air conditioning. Sanchez did not answer questions regarding whether a generator was running inside the place.Jean Lindor, a kitchen worker, said through a Haitian Creole translator that the air conditioner had not been working since the storm and it had been hot inside.Paulburn Bogle, a member of the housekeeping staff, said the place had been hot but manageable the past few days. The staff used fans, put cold towels and ice on the patients and gave them cold drinks.___10:50 a.m.NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida is still closed Wednesday in Irma’s aftermath.The center still lacks water service, and a post-storm survey has turned up some damage.About 9,000 people work at Kennedy, most of them contractors.Several private companies, including Boeing and SpaceX, have operations at Kennedy and reported minimal damage.___10:45 a.m.Officials in the Florida Keys say it’s too early to estimate the financial losses from Hurricane Irma, but they noted that Monroe County and Florida have some of the strongest building codes in the country.Monroe County Commissioner Heather Carruthers noted that the damage looks bad from the air. But from the ground she noted that “when you clear the trees and all the debris, it’s not much damage to the houses.The county’s message appeared push back against more dire damage estimates from federal officials this week.Carruthers, who lives in Key West, said her house built in 1889 lost shutters but sustained no other damage.Officials say damage was more severe in the areas around Big Pine Key and Cudjoe Key.___10:30 a.m.After five nursing home residents died in Hollywood, Florida, a street nearby street was swarmed with police, fire trucks and ambulances.The streets around the center have been blocked off and a mobile command center has been set up outside.Hollywood police chief Tom Sanchez said during a news conference that officers and fire crews responded Wednesday morning to a call from the facility about some patients in need of critical care.He said crews evacuated 115 patients from the center and are in the process of evacuating another 18 patients from a nearby behavioral facility next door.The 152-bed Rehabilitation Center of Hollywood Hills provides short-term rehabilitative services and long-term care, according to its website___9:50 a.m.Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief says five people have died from a Florida nursing home that had lost power after Hurricane Irma roared through the state.Police and fire crews began evacuating the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills on Wednesday morning. Sharief confirmed during a news conference that three residents died at the center and two died at the hospital.Sharief said there are no details about the cause of the deaths. No further details were immediately available.___9 a.m.One of the main highways that connects Florida to the rest of the country is in danger of being closed due to flooding caused by Hurricane Irma.The Santa Fe River in north central Florida that runs under Interstate 75 has rapidly risen within the past two days, according to Florida transportation officials. Officials say the water will likely rise further in the coming days.The bridge that crosses the river is just north of Gainesville, the home to the University of Florida. If the highway is closed it would require major detours for those trying to return to the state after evacuating due to Irma.Tennessee is scheduled to play UF this weekend in Gainesville meaning it could cause problems for those trying to attend the game.___9 a.m.The cleanup effort continues in South Carolina after rain, wind, and flooding prompted by Irma.Utilities in South Carolina reported more than 63,000 customers were without service Wednesday morning.Duke Energy had the largest number of outages with nearly 37,000 customers without service. The biggest problems were in Greenville, Anderson and Pickens counties.The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina reported nearly 15,000 customers without power. Their biggest problems were in Oconee and Charleston counties.South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. had nearly 12,000 customers without service. Beaufort and Charleston counties had the most customers without electricity.South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster on Tuesday lifted an evacuation order that had been in effect on the barrier islands in the southern part of the state.All state offices were resuming normal operating hours Wednesday.___9 a.m.The National Park Service said Irma’s rains and storm surge left 3 feet (1 meter) of water inside Fort Sumter in South Carolina.The Post and Courier of Charleston reported that there was some damage to the fort’s docking pier and some interior facilities. But National Park Service officials say no artifacts were damaged.Dawn Davis with the Fort Sumter National Monument says it will be several days before the fort reopens to the public.Davis said the Charles Pinckney site in Mount Pleasant and Fort Moultrie on Sullivan’s Island will reopen to the public Thursday.Fort Sumter was the site of the first battle of the Civil War.___9 a.m.One person has died in a Hollywood, Florida, nursing home that has no power.Police spokeswoman Miranda Grossman told local news outlets that fire and police crews began evacuating residents at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills on Wednesday morning.It wasn’t immediately known whether the resident’s death was heat related or due to natural causes.No further details were immediately available.Hollywood is between Fort Lauderdale and Miami.___8:40 a.m.The number of power outages continues to drop in Georgia after the remnants of Hurricane Irma stormed through the state, claiming at least two lives.Less than 600,000 Georgia Power and Electric Member Corp. customers are still without power early Wednesday. The utility companies said they are continuing to assess damage as power is restored.The utility companies say repairs and replacement of downed powerlines could take several days.Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal lifted an evacuation order Tuesday for nearly 540,000 coastal residents. He cautioned that recovery could take longer because the storm affected the entire state.A man was killed when a tree toppled on his house in Sandy Springs, Georgia. The 67-year-old Nancy Eason died after a tree fell on a vehicle in which she was riding in Forsyth County.___7:50 a.m.One person has died and three others are being treated at a hospital for carbon monoxide poisoning from an electric generator in Daytona Beach, Florida, the latest such death as people across the state wait for power to be restored after Hurricane Irma.Daytona Beach Fire Department officials said on Twitter that a generator was running inside the home early Wednesday. Further details weren’t immediately available.Officials across Florida are warning people to keep generators outside their homes.In nearby Orange County, deputies found three people dead and four others were taken to a hospital for treatment of carbon monoxide poisoning Tuesday afternoon. Carbon monoxide from a generator is also suspected in the death of a man in Miami. And authorities say another dozen people were treated for carbon monoxide on Tuesday in Polk and Brevard counties.___6:45 a.m.More than half of a large retirement community in Pembroke Pines, Florida, remains without power after Hurricane Irma, leaving senior citizens trapped in apartments without access to elevators.Pembroke Pines police spokeswoman Amanda Conwell tells the Miami Herald that officers have been on the scene because some of the 15,000 residents at Century Village are vulnerable and “we are concerned about their welfare.”Century Village is a senior community, comprised mostly of people over 55 years of age. Pembroke Pines is northwest of Miami in Broward County.___6:25 a.m.Firefighters had to remove boards from a home that caught on fire in St. Petersburg, Florida, before pulling two adults and two teens to safety.St. Petersburg Fire Rescue District Chief Steve Girk tells local news outlets that firefighters couldn’t tell how big the fire was when they arrived early Wednesday because of the plywood over windows. They pulled off the boards to get inside.The homeowner told firefighters the house lost power during Hurricane Irma.Investigators don’t yet know what caused the fire. Authorities didn’t identify the family.The American Red Cross has been asked to help the family. However they’re dealing with a high volume of cases since the hurricane.___5:20 a.m.French President Emmanuel Macron is visiting hurricane-hammered St. Barts after reportedly staying overnight on the nearby island of St. Martin on a camp cot.Macron is on a visit aimed at offering support and solidarity with struggling islanders after his government had been criticized for not doing enough to prepare and help France’s Caribbean territories devastated by Hurricane Irma last week.Macron’s office said he stayed overnight on St. Martin on Tuesday and is going to St. Barts on Wednesday with the French health minister, who has warned about diseases spreading on the islands after water supplies, electricity and communication were knocked out for days. French media reports said Macron was sleeping on a camp cot in the police station.After spending hours meeting with residents of the French side of the shared French-Dutch island of St. Martin on Tuesday, Macron promised to compensate those who have lost homes and livelihoods and to rebuild the island as a “model” of sustainability and durability with a more diversified economy.___2:10 a.m.France’s president is promising to rebuild stronger Caribbean territories after Hurricane Irma destroyed much of St. Martin and St. Barts.In a visit to the affected islands, French President Emmanuel Macron acknowledged anger over the government’s response to the disaster.He brought in much-needed food, water and medical supplies Tuesday and said officials were working to evacuate those who wanted to leave and set up much-needed services for those who choose to stay.He said France was bringing in air-conditioned tents so children can start classes again soon, and he said a center would be established by Monday to begin processing requests for financial help.Macron pledged to rebuild St. Martin as a “model” for withstanding future storms.___1:45 a.m.Florida residents are drifting back from shelters and far-away havens to see Hurricane Irma’s scattershot destruction.Flooded streets remained Tuesday, and the count of damaged and totaled homes ticked upward even as some curfews were lifted, flights resumed and amusement park rides again twirled.Crews were working to repair the lone highway connecting the Keys. Residents of some of the islands closest to Florida’s mainland were allowed to return and get their first look at the devastation two days after Irma roared in with 130 mph (209 kph) winds.Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator Brock Long says preliminary estimates suggested that 25 percent of the homes in the Keys were destroyed and 65 percent sustained major damage. @weatherchannel twitter handleThe powerful wind speeds of Irma
2019 Science X Network An international team of astronomers has found a new brown dwarf, one of the most massive objects of this type discovered to date. The newly detected brown dwarf, designated EPIC 212036875 b, turns out to be about 50 times more massive than Jupiter. The finding is detailed in a paper published June 13 on arXiv.org. Brown dwarfs are intermediate objects between planets and stars. Astronomers generally agree that they are substellar objects occupying the mass range between 13 and 80 Jupiter masses. Notably, out of the 2,000 brown dwarfs so far detected, only about 400 of them were found to be circling around stars.Observations have shown that brown dwarfs with masses between 35 and 55 Jupiter masses orbiting their hosts at a relatively close distance (less than 3.0 AU) are extremely rare and difficult to find. This so-called “brown dwarf desert” is constantly studied by astronomers using various techniques, aiming to find other examples of this peculiar type.Now, an international group of researchers led by Carina M. Persson of Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden reports the finding of a new massive brown dwarf, apparently another representative of this desert. The new object, designated EPIC 212036875 b, was identified by NASA’s prolonged Kepler mission known as K2, and Persson’s team confirmed its brown dwarf nature using ground-based telescopes.”In this paper, we report the independent discovery and observations of EPIC 212036875 b performed by the KESPRINT consortium,” the paper reads as the detection of this object was almost simultaneously reported by other group of astronomers.According to the study, EPIC 212036875 b is about 51 times as massive as Jupiter, but approximately 17 percent smaller than our solar system’s gas giant. These values imply the brown dwarf’s mean density at a level of around 108 g/cm3.Observations conducted by Persson’s team found that EPIC 212036875 b orbits its host approximately every 5.17 days at a distance of about 0.06 AU from it. These results confirm that the newfound object represents the brown dwarf desert. Such a close orbit also means that the brown dwarf should be relatively hot—its equilibrium temperature is estimated to be about 1,450 K.The study reveals that the host, EPIC 212036875, is a slightly evolved star of spectral type F7 V, about 41 percent larger and 15 percent more massive that the sun. Its age was estimated to be around 5.1 billion years and its effective temperature was measured to be 6,230 K.In concluding remarks, the researchers ponder the possible formation and evolution scenarios for EPIC 212036875 b. They assume that this brown dwarf most likely formed due to gravitational instabilities in a protoplanetary disc.”We argue that EPIC 212036875 b formed via gravitational disc instabilities in the outer part of the disc, followed by a quick migration. Orbital tidal circularisation may have started early in its history for a brief period when the brown dwarf’s radius was larger,” the astronomers concluded. More information: Carina M. Persson et al. Greening of the Brown Dwarf Desert. EPIC 212036875 b—a 51 MJ object in a 5 day orbit around an F7 V star. arXiv:1906.05048v2 [astro-ph.EP]. arxiv.org/abs/1906.05048 Transit light curve folded to the orbital period of EPIC 212036875 b. The K2 photometric data is indicated with the red points, and the best-fitted transit model with the solid black line. The residuals of the fit are shown in the lower panel. Credit: Persson et al., 2019. Another brown dwarf in the system? Study investigates properties of HD 206893 Explore further Citation: Massive brown dwarf detected by astronomers (2019, June 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-06-massive-brown-dwarf-astronomers.html 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.