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Labour at risk of bankruptcy from antisemitism legal cases

first_imgSunday 26 July 2020 3:26 pm Labour at risk of bankruptcy from antisemitism legal cases Stefan Boscia Before the Open newsletter: Start your day with the City View podcast and key market data The seven whistleblowers all appeared on a BBC programme last year detailing Labour’s antisemitism problem, with the party machinery then moving to accuse them of having a “political axe to grind” against Corbyn. “The party’s decision to apologise today and make substantial payments to former staff who sued the party in relation to last year’s Panorama programme is a political decision, not a legal one,” he said. Lawyers from 3D Solicitors will next week set out the legal claims, from nine current and former Labour members, relating to potential data protection and privacy breaches. More From Our Partners UK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.org (Getty Images) Labour’s shadow cabinet has reportedly been told the new legal challenges could cost the party millions of pounds and cause serious financial stress. (Getty Images) Also Read: Labour at risk of bankruptcy from antisemitism legal cases Show Comments ▼ A source involved in the latest cases told The Observer: “This is about privacy and data protection. whatsappcenter_img (Getty Images) Also Read: Labour at risk of bankruptcy from antisemitism legal cases The Observer reported today that the nine people in question filed complaints to Labour while Jeremy Corbyn was leader, after witnessing alleged antisemitism within the party. Labour is preparing for a new round of legal cases concerning antisemitism complaints, which could plunge the party into serious financial difficulties. Share whatsapp The emails sent to the party, including their names and details, were then put into a draft report that was then leaked to the media in April. It comes as Labour this week formally apologised to seven former members of staff and agreed to pay them £500,000 in damages. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyBeach RaiderMom Belly Keeps Growing, Doctor Sees Scan And Calls CopsBeach RaiderOne-N-Done | 7-Minute Workout7 Minutes a Day To a Flat Stomach By Using This 1 Easy ExerciseOne-N-Done | 7-Minute WorkoutYourDailyLamaHe Used To Be Handsome In 80s Now It’s Hard To Look At HimYourDailyLamaJustPerfact USAMan Decides to File for Divorce After Taking a Closer Look at This Photo!   JustPerfact USAautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.combonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStoryDefinitionThe 20 Worst Draft Picks Ever – Ryan Leaf Doesn’t Even Crack The Top 5Definition “They then found that they had been named in a report leaked deliberately, leading them to be abused on social media.” “These were people who are or were normal party members and councillors who raised issues about antisemitism in good faith and confidentially with the party. However, Corbyn was defiant and refused to apologise to the seven former party staff members, saying the settlement “risks giving credibility to misleading and inaccurate allegations about action taken to tackle antisemitism in the Labour party in recent years”. last_img read more

Bethel Police shot a man who threatened officers with axes

first_imgCrime & Courts | WesternBethel Police shot a man who threatened officers with axesDecember 5, 2020 by Greg Kim, KYUK – Bethel Share:Multiple Bethel Police and Alaska State Troopers vehicles responding to Alba’s Coffee Shop on Saturday, Dec. 5.(Shane Iverson / KYUK)At around 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5, a Bethel Police officer shot a man armed with axes at Alba’s Coffee Shop, according to a press release by the Bethel Police Department.The man was reportedly taken to the emergency room, where he was treated for a non-life threatening injury. No officers or other citizens were injured. The press release did not include the identity of the man who was shot.The Bethel Police Department stated that it first received a report of a man outside of the main AC store who was threatening people with an axe. Two police officers responded and located the man at Alba’s Coffee Shop, across the street from AC. Police said that he had two axes, which he threatened the officers with. One officer fired his pistol, striking the man.The two officers who were on the scene are on routine leave pending an administrative investigation. Bethel police have asked the Alaska Bureau of Investigation to review the shooting. The press release stated that both officers on the scene had body cameras that were activated during the event. The video has been given to the Alaska Bureau of Investigation.This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available. Share this story:last_img read more

There’s No Way a Movie Version of Cats Can Live Up…

first_imgTheaterThere’s No Way a Movie Version of Cats Can Live Up to the Experience of Seeing it LiveSo many leg warmers, so much talent on stage at the PantagesBy Christina Wolfgram – March 4, 20191434ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddIt“I really hope they don’t come through the audience,” I said to my boyfriend as we took our seats for the opening night of the musical Cats at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre. We were right on the aisle, perfect bait for any shenanigans involving audience participation or accidentally tripping a roving actor. I love musicals, but I also love a very sturdy fourth wall. The show opened to surprisingly uproarious applause. Cat after cat slunk onto the stage, until there were more leg warmers than I could count. Actors most certainly did make their way through the theatre, but the full house ate it up. Heads turned, people laughed, a couple in front of me clasped each others hands in delight.The amount of talent was almost…unfair. Virtually every single cast member could lift their leg above their head while spinning mid-air and doing a Pilates teaser all at the same time. The voices—be still my high school theater kid heart! Even the schmuck with mismatched tights in the back row could belt. When the whole chorus sang together, it was pure magic. And don’t get me started on the actress who played Grizabella (who sings the only song we all know from Cats, “Memory”—all alone in the moonlight!). Her voice was not of this world. There were pirouettes and fog effects and unbelievable lighting cues AND ONE CAT THAT HAD A RAINBOW, LIGHT-UP JACKET.But when the lights came up for intermission, we all had the same question: What on earth is this show about?I googled the lyrics, and they make little to no sense. They are one part modern poetry, two parts made-up words, like “Jellicle” and “Rumpleteaser” (which I think translate to “regular” and “troublesome cat,” respectively, but who can be sure?). Instead of a plot, the musical is a progression of cats introducing themselves; it’s kind of like an Avengers movie, only instead of chiseled, sexy superheroes in leather there are chiseled, sexy, ballet-trained dancers in leotards. And there’s rhythmic talking—like, cartoon-beatnik jazzy rhythmic talking. Like the kind that shows up in any SNL sketch parodying musicals. But the talent! The lights! The furry headpieces!What if it didn’t matter what the show was about? What if we were all there only because we heard this show was good? Or maybe because it won a buttload of awards? Remember that time we all saw The Shape of Water for the very same reason? And we all loved The Shape of Water!It makes complete sense that Hollywood is (finally) churning out a version of Cats for the big screen, featuring Jennifer Hudson (yay!), Taylor Swift (uggh!) and Idris Elba (shouldn’t he be off playing James Bond?). We will all go see it because we heard it’s good, that it might win awards—it doesn’t really matter what it’s about.Just imagine the pitch meeting: “Think Chicago meets A Star is Born, but with fur and face paint. It’s Andrew Lloyd Webber—big star, major name—writing music to the words of T.S. Elliot. Kids know Elliot from reading the Sparknotes for The Waste Land in AP English. Taylor can perform at the Oscars. We’ll get a million dollar budget for sparkly tap shoes alone. It’s a sure-fire blockbuster!”But there’s no way a movie will be able to live up to the experience of seeing Cats live. Even for a fourth-wall stickler like me, the tidal wave of the cast’s pure talent somehow breathed life into a bizarre script. Tears ran down my face during the show’s final number, which involved a gigantic UFO tire and a flying cat (obviously). It didn’t matter that the words made no sense. The emotions of the show made sense, and that transcended all the nonsense.The joy of the Jellicle Ball (don’t worry about it) was palpable as we shuffled out of the theater. It didn’t even dissipate when I saw a “pet influencer” cat in a stroller having its picture taken in the lobby. The music has become part of every conversation I’ve had since that night. Maybe I don’t mind actors running through the audience after all.RELATED: How the Kilroys Are Beating Theater’s Boys ClubStay on top of the latest in L.A. food and culture. Sign up for our newsletters today. TAGSHollywood PantagescatsPantages TheatrePrevious articleThe Best Things to Do This Week in L.A.Next articleTake a Stroll Down Colonial Street, Film and TV’s Most Iconic Suburban SetChristina Wolfgram RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORAll Pets Are Emotional Support Animals at This PointThe Wildest Lines from ‘Cats’ Movie ReviewsWhen This L.A. Couple Bought Their Dream Home, They Also Bought a Yard Full of Cat Corpseslast_img read more

Consumer groups urge Italian and Belgian authorities to investigate Biogen over Spinraza pricing

first_img @Pharmalot Scott LaPierre/Boston Globe Ed Silverman Consumer groups urge Italian and Belgian authorities to investigate Biogen over Spinraza pricing Log In | Learn More Unlock this article — plus daily coverage and analysis of the pharma industry — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED About the Author Reprints What is it? Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr.center_img A pair of consumer advocacy groups wants antitrust authorities in Italy and Belgium to investigate Biogen (BIIB) for allegedly abusing its “position in the marketplace” by imposing an “unfair price” for Spinraza, a pricey therapy for treating a rare and fatal childhood disease called spinal muscular atrophy.In arguing their case, the advocacy groups maintain that there is an “excessive” and “disproportionate” difference between the development costs for the medicine and what the Italian and Belgian health systems are paying. And they want authorities to take action in order to strike a balance between innovation and access. STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. What’s included? Tags Bostondrug pricinglegalpharmaceuticalsrare diseasesSTAT+ Pharmalot GET STARTED By Ed Silverman July 25, 2019 Reprints [email protected] last_img read more

Laois U-20’s lose out to Kildare in John Kerins Cup opener

first_imgHome Sport GAA Laois U-20’s lose out to Kildare in John Kerins Cup opener SportGAAGaelic FootballLaois U-20 footballers Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest News Laois 1-07 Kildare 2-17U-20 John Kerins CupThe Laois U-20’s had a tough start to 2020 this evening as they took on Kildare away where they came up short by 13 points.Earlier on in the week, manager Eddie Kinsella named Portarlington’s Ronan Coffey as the team captain with Courtwood’s Sean O’Flynn named as vice-captain.Both played a huge role in the 2019 U-20 team which advanced to the Leinster final where they lost out to Dublin with many players returning from last year’s team.Kildare kicked the first score of the game after just a minute but it wasn’t long before St Joseph’s man, Dean Brophy, responded by raising the white flag.Kildare then kicked on with a free but again, a Laois response came off the boot of Damon Larkin in the 5th minute.Two back to back frees came from Kildare’s Shane O’Sullivan but, in what seemed to be the story of the first half, Laois had a better response in the form of a goal from Damien McCaul.O’Sullivan didn’t shy away though and followed up his previous frees with two more to put Kildare a point ahead after Jack Owens picked up a black card and headed towards the line. GAA Pinterest Another blow followed in the following moments as James Behan slotted the ball past Matthew Byron after 20 minutes.The dying moments of the first half saw the home side’s O’Sullivan pop over another free before a Sean Michael Corcoran free found the target from out on the sideline.The Heath’s U-20 Captain, PJ Daly traded points with Adam Steed to leave the half-time score at 1-8 to 1-4 in the Lillywhite’s favour.The second half saw Kildare begin to run away with the game after they extended their lead early on thanks to scores from Behan, O’Sullivan and Cathal McCabe.Kildare claimed the first two points of the half before McCaul popped over a free after 37 minutes.Laois’ next score came a few minutes later from half time substitute, Ross Bolger.After 29 minutes had gone in the half, another impact sub, Cian Doyle found the target to reduce Kildare’s lead but it was too late for a comeback.Adam Steed’s goal for the home side was the nail in the coffin as there was too much for Laois to do.SCORERS – Laois: Damien McCaul; 1-1 (0-1 frees), Dean Brophy; 0-1, Damon Larkin; 0-1, Sean Michael Corcoran; 0-1, Ross Bolger; 0-1 PJ Daly; 0-1, Cian Doyle; 0-1 Kildare: Shane O’Sullivan; 0-8, James Behan; 1-2, Adam Steed; 1-3, Cathal McCabe; 0-2, Aaron Browne; 0-1.LAOIS – Matthew Byron (Courtwood); Neil Keane (The Heath), Jack Owens (Clonaslee), Alex Mohan (Portarlington); Dean Brophy (St Joseph’s), PJ Daly (The Heath), Jack Lacey (St Joseph’s); Sean O’Flynn (Courtwood), Sean Michael Corcoran (Portarlington); Barry Howlin (O’Dempsey’s), Damon Larkin (Portlaoise), Colin Slevin (Portarlington); Damien McCaul (Annanough), Jack Owens (Emo), Daragh Galvin (Portarlington) SUBS: Mikey Dowling, Cian Doyle, Ross Bolger, Ben Conroy, Sean O’Neill,KILDARE – Matt Anderson (Athy); Eoin Curley (St. Laurences), Tony O’Connor (Two Mile House), John Lawlor (Eadestown); Sean Moore, John Collins (Two Mile House), Mark Cully (Carury); Darren McDermott (Leixslip), Mark Grehan (Clogherinkoe); Adam Steed (St. Laurences), Paudi Behan (Kilcullen), James Behan(Clane); Colm Joyce, Shane O’Sullivan (Clane), Eoin Conneff (Eadestown) Subs: Adam Conneely, Aaron Browne, Cathal McCabe, Eoghan Mulhall, Sam McCormack, Dan CoughlanREFEREE – Chris Dwyer (Offaly)SEE ALSO – Laois fall to Meath to end O’Byrne Cup campaign By Aedín Dunne – 4th January 2020 center_img Previous articleLaois town hosting tractor run in aid of local school this SundayNext articleDeaths in Laois – Sunday, January 5, 2020 Aedín DunneAedín graduated from University of Limerick with a degree in Journalism and New Media. She is a proud Townie with a passion for all things sports and doesn’t like to speak about the 2016 blip in Portlaoise’s bid to 10-in-a-row. GAA RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin WhatsApp Laois U-20’s lose out to Kildare in John Kerins Cup opener Facebook Twitter TAGSJohn Kerins CupLaois U-20 footballers Twitterlast_img read more

Lucky 13th as Buggy claims another All Ireland gold

first_img TAGSSaragh BuggySt Abban’s AC Lucky 13th as Buggy claims another All Ireland gold Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Home Sport Athletics Lucky 13th as Buggy claims another All Ireland gold SportAthletics Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Despite the windy conditions, Sarah jumped 12.97m, enough to see her beat Grace Furlong from Waterford who jumped 12.27, Kim O’Hare from Raheny Shamrock AC who jumped 11.14.The results rounds off an unusual season for Saragh who was again unbeaten and continues to lead the way under her coach Michael Kelly. Facebook WhatsApp News Saragh Buggy, St. Abbans AC St Abban’s athlete Saragh Buggy was on the winner’s podium again at the National Track and Field championships in Santry on Saturday as she won the senior ladies triple jump just a week after claiming gold in the long jump.It is her fifth national title in succession as she continues her dominance in the discipline.In total it is her 13th national title between indoor and outdoor championships. This year’s National Track and Field championships are being held behind closed doors in Santry.Buggy’s gold was the only local result of significance this weekend though there was also gold last weekend for her clubmate Nessa Millet in the women’s 400m hurdles.As well as that there was a silver medal for Eoin Keenan from Emo-Rath in the men’s U-23 long jump last week.SEE ALSO – Medals galore as Laois athletes excel at national track and field finals Electric Picnic By LaoisToday Reporter – 30th August 2020 Facebook Electric Picnic Pinterest Previous articleLooking ahead to all of Sunday’s Laois hurling and camogie actionNext articleProperty Watch: Five homes in Laois currently for sale for around €430,000 LaoisToday Reporter Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Twitter Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival datelast_img read more

Letter: ‘Socialism does not work, and invariably leads to death and despair. History shows this in every historic case’

first_imgLetter: ‘Socialism does not work, and invariably leads to death and despair. History shows this in every historic case’Posted by ClarkCountyToday.comDate: Tuesday, October 13, 2020in: Letters To The Editor, Opinionshare 0 Vancouver resident Barry Mannie shares his opinions on SocialismEditor’s note: Opinions expressed in this letter to the editor are those of the author alone and do not reflect the editorial position of ClarkCountyToday.comBarry Mannie VancouverBarry Mannie, VancouverSocialism in the US? Really!! Even Communist China gave up Socialism. After 25 years of totalitarian Communist Rule and Socialist Economic policies, China came to the conclusion that Socialism was a failure, the famine and the death that Socialism caused eventually threatened China’s Communist Party rule and China was moving toward anarchy and the destruction of Chinese Totalitarian Communist Party control and power. The Chinese people were rising up and ready to take back their government. In order to save all the Communist Power over the people, the Communists decided to discard their chosen Socialist Economic structure and embrace Market Economic policies if not just to try to keep their power over their people. It worked!! Over the last 50 years China has first been able to feed its people, excellent, keep it’s people from taking down the Communist Power Structure, and now looking toward becoming a rival to the U.S. Superpower. Quite the accomplishment.But even though China abandoned Socialism long ago, they do not support a “Free Market System” like here in the West. No Communism does not allow freedom, China requires total control. Is this what our leftist friends want for the United States? Do they realize or even recognize Communist China got rid of Socialism long ago? Because everywhere it’s been truly tried, it’s killed tens of thousands of people by hunger and violence, mainly perpetrated by authoritarian government leaders? Socialism is, will be, and has always been a train wreck. The inventor of Socialism Karl Marx, an admitted racist, thought he got it all right, but actually got it all wrong. Socialism does not work, and invariably leads to death and despair. History shows this in every historic case. Don’t fall for the argument there’s a utopia of a pure Socialist system, it does not and will never exist. Human nature will be human nature and Socialism will always fail to live up to how Karl Marx thought humans would react and respond. Racist Carl Marx is discredited in every way. Even in and by Communist China.Barry MannieVancouverAdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Clark CountyVancouvershare 0 Previous : Business Profile: TMG Family of Companies focuses on people’s strengths Next : Green Neighbors program celebrates eight years with a virtual birthday partyAdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Volkswagen upgrades its infotainment for 2021

first_img The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever advertisement RELATED TAGSVolkswagenNews Trending Videos Trending in Canada Volkswagen also confirmed that the Arteon will receive a redesign for 2021 – even though it only arrived as an all-new model in 2019 – with details coming later this year. The company said that with the seventh-generation Golf moving into its final year, the Golf GTI will add special design cues, including painted side mirrors and a rear lip spoiler, and new wheel styles. Volkswagen has announced enhancements to its 2021 lineup, which includes its new MIB3 infotainment system on most models.The MIB3 system includes wireless App-Connect with multi-phone pairing, enhanced voice recognition, and a redesigned navigation system with simplified map designs, quick access to frequently-visited locations, and advanced route management, the company said.MIB3 also includes a trial subscription to SiriusXM with 360L with more channels and on-demand content, and personalized recommendations. All vehicles with MIB3 now have a standard illuminated USB-C input connector. PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca center_img COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS See More Videos Select Volkswagen models will include Travel Assist, which uses adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist for partially-automated hands-on driving, at all speeds up to 152 km/h (but of course we don’t recommend that).RELATEDThe 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan adds Level 2 driving aids to base trimsVW confirms 2022 Amarok pickup to share platform with 2021 Ford RangerAlso available is Emergency Assist, which monitors the driver’s input on the steering wheel; if it detects the driver isn’t steering, and he or she then ignores a series of warnings, the vehicle will slow down and then come to a complete stop. First Look: 2022 Lexus NX The sport-cute’s looks have been softened, but its powertrains and infotainment offerings have been sharpened We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more

CU Student Group to Host Airing of First Presidential Debate Sept. 26

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail A University of Colorado at Boulder student group will host a live airing and panel discussion of the first 2008 presidential debate on Friday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m. in Cristol Chemistry and Biochemistry Building room 140.The free, public and nonpartisan event sponsored by CU Late Night is an opportunity for students to learn about current issues before voting and to express themselves politically, according to Sam Silberberg, student coordinator for CU Late Night. The event will be held in an open, inclusive and safe environment, and student executives from the University of Colorado Student Union will help attendees register to vote throughout the night.After 90 minutes of watching the two candidates debate, Denver Post Assistant Managing Editor Kevin Dale and New Era Colorado Executive Director Stephen Fenberg will serve on a panel answering questions from the audience, analyzing what the candidates have previously stated and exploring how the topics will affect students and the world in the next four years.Following the panel discussion, the student-run CU Program Council will show the film “Wag the Dog,” also in Cristol Chemistry and Biochemistry room 140. The free film also is open to all members of the Boulder community.The Sept. 26 event will be run by CU Late Night and the CU Program Council. For more information call Sam Silberberg at 303-492-7109 or e-mail [email protected] Published: Sept. 23, 2008 last_img read more

Stolen electrons key to unusual Mars aurora

first_imgVisualization of the newly discovered aurora on Mars. (Credit: NASA) Published: July 23, 2018 • By NASA Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail As protons plummet toward Mars, they steal electrons from the planet’s atmosphere, creating an ultraviolet aurora. (Credit: NASA Goddard)center_img Categories:SpaceNews Headlines Auroras appear on Earth as ghostly displays of colorful light in the night sky, usually near the poles. Our rocky neighbor Mars has auroras too, and NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft just found a new type of Martian aurora, according to a study led by researchers at CU Boulder. This phenomenon occurs over much of the day side of the Red Planet, where auroras are very hard to see. Auroras flare up when energetic particles plunge into a planet’s atmosphere, bombarding gases and making them glow. While electrons generally cause this natural phenomenon, sometime protons can elicit the same response, although it’s more rare. Now, the MAVEN team has learned that protons were doing at Mars the same thing as electrons usually do at Earth—create aurora. This is especially true when the Sun ejects a particularly strong pulse of protons, which are hydrogen atoms stripped of their lone electrons by intense heat. The Sun ejects protons at speeds up to 2 million miles per hour (more than 3 million kilometers per hour) in an erratic flow called the solar wind. The MAVEN (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution mission) team was studying Mars’ atmosphere with the Imaging UltraViolet Spectrograph (IUVS), and observed that on occasion, the ultraviolet light coming from hydrogen gas in Mars’ upper atmosphere would mysteriously brighten for a few hours. They then noticed that the brightening events occurred when another MAVEN instrument, the Solar Wind Ion Analyzer (SWIA), measured enhanced solar wind protons. But two puzzles make this type of aurora seem impossible at first glance: how did these protons get past the planet’s “bow shock,” a magnetic obstacle which normally diverts the solar wind’s charged particles around the planet? And how could the protons give off light, since atoms need electrons to do so? “The answer was thievery,” said Justin Deighan, a research associate at CU Boulder’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics and lead author of a paper on this research appearing today in Nature Astronomy. “As they approach Mars, the protons coming in with the solar wind transform into neutral atoms by stealing electrons from the outer edge of the huge cloud of hydrogen surrounding the planet. The bow shock can only divert charged particles, so these neutral atoms continue right on through.” When those high-speed incoming atoms hit the atmosphere, some of their energy was emitted as ultraviolet light, which is invisible to the human eye but detectable to instruments like the IUVS on MAVEN. In fact, one incoming atom can collide with molecules in the atmosphere hundreds of times before it slows down, giving off a slew of ultraviolet photons.“The Martian proton auroras are more than a light show,” said Jasper Halekas of the University of Iowa, responsible for the SWIA instrument. “They reveal that the solar wind is not completely diverted around Mars, by showing how solar wind protons can sneak past the bow shock and impact the atmosphere, depositing energy and even enhancing the hydrogen content there.”Proton auroras do occur at Earth, but not as often as at Mars. One key difference is Earth’s strong magnetic field, which diverts the solar wind away from Earth to a much greater degree than at Mars. On Earth, proton auroras only occur in very small regions near the poles, whereas at Mars they can happen everywhere.However, proton auroras could be common on Venus and Titan. Like Mars, these two worlds lack their own magnetic fields, and have lots of hydrogen in their upper atmospheres—with plenty of electrons to share. Looking further, it’s likely that many planets orbiting other stars have the same favorable conditions, and would be likely to have proton auroras too. “MAVEN has been orbiting Mars since 2014, and our nearest neighbor keeps surprising us with new discoveries,” said Nick Schneider, a co-author of the new study and a research associate at LASP. “We can’t see this aurora on Mars with the naked eye, but it can tell us a lot about how our sun impacts the atmospheres of other bodies like Venus or Saturn’s moon Titan.”This research was funded by the MAVEN mission. Bruce Jakosky, a professor at LASP, is the principal investigator of the MAVEN project, which is managed by NASA Goddard. Scientists at LASP designed and built the IUVS instrument. Read the original release from NASA. More graphics related to this research are also available.last_img read more

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