Diamond Access Road gets street lights

first_imgThe Ministry of Public Infrastructure (MPI) has install streetlights along the Diamond Access Road, East Bank Demerara, and works have already begun to extend lighting to the community of Mocha.In mid-April, the MPI announced that 100 streetlights will be installed along the access roads of Mocha and Diamond on the EBD. While the initial plan had been to install 50 new streetlights in each community, this figure was increased and instead 73 streetlights were recently installed in Diamond after two weeks of works.The Diamond Access RoadAt least 50 streetlights are slated for Mocha and works have begun and are expected to be completed in two weeks.The installation works in Diamond saw MPI officials using existing poles to facilitate the new lights. A similar approach will be taken in Mocha but officials are also seeking to install new posts to close the gap between streetlights.It is expected that the newly installed streetlights will heighten security in these areas as well as reduce the likelihood of road accidents.Further, the Ministry plans to move its lighting project to the Corentyne Coast following the completion of the project in Mocha.last_img read more

Soccer’s a kick: Americans should give it a shot

first_imgYet, now I love it, and for weeks I have looked forward to today, my Super Bowl day, when Liverpool and AC Milan play to become champions of Europe. The game is on ESPN2, but thankfully ESPN is yet to overbroadcast soccer in a pop-cultural way so it will not ruin the game with over-dramatization or analysis. I am by most standards a typical American, except I learned to appreciate the beautiful game of soccer when I tired of the homogenized style of big-time American professional sports. Liverpool, one of the top teams in England, plays AC Milan, one of Italy’s best sides, today in Athens, Greece, in the Champions League title game. (For the soccer illiterate, it is the championship of Europe). This match speaks of the wondrous reasons I adore soccer. Imagine the Dodgers, in midseason, traveling to Costa Rica to play a local professional baseball team in a tournament. Or the Lakers, in December, playing a team from Cuba as part of an in-season, months-long tournament. Try to get some union or spoiled superstar to agree to that in this country. Yet Liverpool and AC Milan, and all the best clubs in the world, take part in these tournaments annually despite playing in different leagues, and despite the possibility of international humiliation. Liverpool, which plays in England’s Premier League, survived a qualifying round and a four-team, six-game group stage. The Reds then won three more two-game, total-goals knockout series to reach Athens. In the process, Liverpool played 14 extra games and defeated European giants Barcelona and Chelsea. AC Milan, which plays in Italy’s Serie A, traveled a similar path. And Liverpool and AC Milan navigated the course during their 38-game regular- season domestic schedule. And today’s winner advances to a club world cup, which pits the winners from each region to decide a global champion. Since there are no postseason playoffs to determine the league champions in Europe, the Champions League gives supporters (we don’t call them fans) reason to remain interested despite neither club being in contention for the league title. Other in-season cup tournaments exist, creating interest for many of the teams not at the top of their tables (we don’t call them standings). In Spain’s La Liga, Getafe is in eighth place but plays FC Sevilla next month in the league’s in-season Copa del Rey championship. Yes, it is reason for the Getafe supporters to remain interested. There is also relegation and promotion, two of the most interesting facets of foreign-land soccer. In short, clubs finishing at the bottom of the table get dropped down to the league beneath them the next season. The clubs finishing at the top of the lower-tier leagues each move up. In England, dropping from the Premiership to the Coca-Cola League Championship (the second tier) is estimated to cost a club $60 million to $100 million. Relegation creates late-season excitement for even the worst clubs, and it gives everyone a reason to continue watching. Think Major League Baseball attendance would increase in Kansas City and Tampa Bay if finishing last meant demotion to Class AAA? How about Las Vegas or Salt Lake City vying for promotions to the majors? MLS fills the void My infatuation with soccer (yes, I call it football at home) extends here, to Major League Soccer. I need something to fill the summer void, and the United States is one of the few places not to play a fall-through-spring schedule. So my weekends are spent watching MLS, and Monday mornings are reserved for reworking my fantasy teams for the upcoming week. I even check my computer for updates (and sometimes listen to the games) when the Galaxy are not on television. Today, I will excitedly hope for a Liverpool win, but also for much more. Soccer, I’ve learned, thrives in front of sophisticated crowds that applaud the thought behind a play, even if the end result isn’t the glory of a goal. There will be no-look passes with the back of the heel, players heading the ball 20yards onto a dime (or lira or pound) and booting an outlet pass 70yards onto another player’s boot (we don’t call them cleats), and the use of deception with several step-overs of the ball before making a move. If watching an Eric Gagne curveball dance in the strike zone is a marvel, so too is watching a player bend shots around human walls or dip shots over them. So much to love Among the many other things I love about the game: The singing: Go to most supporters’ group Web sites, and the words to the songs belted out before and during the games are there to learn. There is no piped-in, ear-splitting rock music designed to overload the senses, but rather pure atmosphere. The lingo: A nutmeg is when the ball is passed through a defender’s legs; a skipper is the captain; and cheeky means showing off a bit. The transfer period: In short, it is global free agency, and just because a player is under contract doesn’t mean he won’t be sold to another club, often in another country. Indeed, anything goes. The loans: England’s Manchester United loaned goalkeeper Tim Howard to Everton, which plays in the same league, because Man U. already had world-class goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar. This allowed Howard to develop and play at a high level while remaining property of Man U. That is, until ManU. gave its approval for Howard to sign a five-year deal with Everton in February. How about the San Francisco Giants sending a budding left fielder to Pittsburgh for a year, so the player could develop at the major league level before returning to the Bay? The candor: Coaches will rip other coaches and sides (another word for teams) and flatly state their own side does not have enough talent to win. They also openly comment on players during the transfer period, and they rarely hide behind diplomacy, so supporters know exactly where their clubs stand. Raw emotion: If a player believes his opponent took a dive, he will call him out, using a wave of the finger, a few choice words or some other gesture. Opponents also argue and push one another after a perceived wrong, yet it rarely escalates into anything violent. Preseason trips: This summer, England’s Chelsea will be in Los Angeles, Spain’s Barcelona is going to Asia and Scotland’s Celtic will be in Colorado. It’s a chance for teams to grow support for their clubs on other continents. And tonight, after finishing second in the Scottish Premier League, Rangers FC plays an exhibition against the Galaxy at The Home Depot Center. The same Rangers with 51 league titles and, according to Wikipedia, more trophies than any club in the world. Imagine telling Barry Bonds or Roger Clemens they had to spend two weeks of spring training in China. I rarely watched soccer until a few years ago, but my displeasure for the antiseptic feel of most professional sports here sent me searching for a sports alternative. Thanks to the Fox Soccer Channel and GolTV, soccer quickly filled the void. I now understand why it is called the Beautiful Game, and I am proof positive soccer can become mainstream in the United States. brian.dohn@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! For the millions of Americans who rail against soccer as irrelevant and boring, who say it can never have a mainstream following in the United States, I present proof to the contrary. Me. I became a soccer fan long before David Beckham decided to join the LosAngeles Galaxy. I grew up in the shadows of New York watching basketball, football, baseball and hockey while thumbing my nose at soccer. No one in my family played soccer or watched it, and my parents and grandparents did not arrive from a foreign land where the sport is burned into the soul and passed on to the children. last_img read more

Hearing loss prevalent in oil and gas workers: WorkSafeBC

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — WorkSafeBC has issued what it says is ‘a call to action’ for employers in hazardous-noise industries, to insure their workers have access to hearing loss prevention programs and annual testing.It is also calling for vigilant monitoring to determine where and when the highest levels of noise exposure are occurring and to take appropriate engineering control measures to reduce exposures.The WorkSafe bulletin issued this week is based on 2014 hearing test results, and says overall, more than one-third of the workers in the oil and gas industry showed signs of noise-related hearing loss– and specifically, more than 36 pe rcent of workers in the drilling subsector were victims.- Advertisement -Fort St. John WorksSafe BC Regional Prevention Manager, Budd Phillips, says the test results for oil and gas workers also showed hearing loss more than double those for other industries with hazardous noise levels.In calling for the oil and gas industry to ensure the health and safety of its workers and prevent noise-related hearing loss injuries, WorkSafeBC also claims to have data indicating hearing protection used in the industry is in some cases insufficient and needs to be re-evaluated by employers.It claims that 27 per cent of young workers in the oil and gas field servicing sub-sector report they don’t wear hearing protection devices.Advertisementlast_img read more

Video: Arsenal starlet struts his stuff in America

first_imgLast week both Arsene Wenger and Thierry Henry sang the praises of Gedion Zelalem as Arsenal prepared to face New York Red Bulls in America.The starlet was promised game time over in the United States as he looks to make a name for himself with the Gunners, where his team-mates are all huge admirers of his potential.The Germany Under-17 international, who could also play for America or Ethiopia, in the end, played the first 45 minutes in New York and didn’t do too badly.Zelalem kept things simple after being handed a role at right wing and displayed intelligence on the ball and an eye for pass, although he still appears a touch lightweight.The youngster was also slightly unadventurous when handed the chance to run at his full-back, but overall Wenger will no doubt have seen plenty of positives in the performance.And you can see a video of Zelalem’s performance above…last_img read more


first_imgRAPHOE NOTES:  Raphoe Family Resource Centre: We have moved! Just in case you haven’t heard already the Family Resource Centre has moved premises from William Street to across the Diamond into The Volt House. This is our second spell in the Volt House having previously been tenants here from 2001 until the end of 2006. It’s hard to believe that it’s 14 years ago that we first took up tenancy here!We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the children, young people, families and indeed the wider community for your kindness, goodwill, generosity, support and cooperation shown to us while we were in William Street. We have so many happy memories of our time there and our leaving is tinged with sadness. We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to our now former landlord, Declan Reynolds for all his goodwill and support towards us during our tenancy in the premises in William Street. Sincere thanks are due to Jacqueline and Brian Gallagher for all their practical help with the move and of course to our hard working staff members Melanie, Laura, Marie, Peter, Aidan, Damien, Racheal, Shane, and Jacqui. We are confident that we will continue to deliver all of our existing programmes and supports in The Volt House and we look forward to seeing you all in the days, weeks and months ahead.Annual General MeetingThe Annual General Meeting of Raphoe Family Resource Centre will take place at 7.30pm on Wednesday 18th November 2015 in the Volt House. Everyone welcome. Women’s GroupThe next meeting of the Family Resource Centre’s Women’s Group will take place on Monday 9thNovember at 8.00pm in the Volt House. Please note that there won’t be a meeting on Monday 26thOctober due to the Bank Holiday.Parents Plus – RaphoeParents Plus-Raphoe is starting in the beginning of November 2015. Have you a child / children aged from 6 -11 years old?Does it ever feel like world war 3 is breaking out in your home when it’s time to get homework started or when bedtime is mentioned? Do you find it hard to get your child’s attention and end up getting becoming more frustrated?Do you ever feel just at a loss as to what to do next (who hasn’t?)Now is the time to make the changes!Raphoe Family Resource Centre in conjunction with Springboard Family Support Project is now taking names for a free Parents Plus 8 week programme. The Parents Plus Children’s Programme offers parents an opportunity to come together in a relaxed and friendly environment to share ideas and learn new techniques to help children be more co-operative and maintain boundaries, help them learn and reach their full potential. Topics include:Being a responsive parent;Encouraging and supporting children;Promoting children’s language and development;Helping children concentrate and learn;Building co-operation in young children;Managing tantrums, misbehaviour and problems;This programme is free of chargeFor further information please contact Melanie @Raphoe FRC on 0749145796 / 0873641503 or Claire@ Springboard Family Support Project on 0749173918 WelcomeThe Family Resource Centre would like to welcome Leon Mc Daid to the project. Leon, a Transition Year Student at Deele College is undertaking the community engagement element of Gaisce- The President’s Award by supporting our Youth Team with the Young Boys Group each Tuesday afternoon after school. We look forward to working with Leon over the next few weeks. Little Smiles with Big DreamsLittle Smiles with Big Dreams is a parent and toddler group that meets every Wednesday morning at 10:30am – 12 noon in the Family Resource Centre.  Anyone who is in care of a child whether an aunt / uncle/ child-minder or grandparent is welcome.  The kiddies can get involved in messy play, free play, story time and music time where the adult can enjoy a cuppa tea and meet other adults.  Parent and Toddler Groups are a great way to enhance your little one’s confidence and meet others of their age. A light lunch is provided at a small cost of 50 cent per family.Raphoe Walking GroupThe Walking Group meets every Thursday morning at 10.30am.  All abilities are catered for. And an important element of the group is coming in afterwards to have a chat and a cuppa! New members are always welcome so please feel free to join us on Thursday mornings!  Raphoe Boxing ClubOn Sunday next Club Schoolboy Starlets Liam Crawford and Danny Roulston will both be in action in the finals of the Ulster 9 Counties Championships in Rochesters Boxing Club, Derry with best wishes for every success comes from everyone at the Club. Raphoe Coach Gary Mc Cullagh has now finalised all the matchmaking for the Club’s annual boxing showpiece to be staged in Deele College Sports Pavilion on Saturday 7th November when one of England’s premier boxing clubs Tenbury Wells B.C. will visit Raphoe for 5 days. A very special thanks goes to all our generous sponsors for without their financial support the local boxing club would fail to exist. Boxercise Classes under the supervision of Gary Mc Cullagh take place in the Clubrooms on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 10-11am and on Thursday nights from 7-8pm and everyone is very welcome to attend. Contact Gary on 087 9285108.Please note that items for the Raphoe Notes should be placed in the box provided in the Post Office on or before 12 noon on Fridays. Items can also be emailed to raphoefrc@eircom.net or handed in to the Family Resource Centre, William Street. Items should be submitted at least one week in advance of publication of local press.DD LOCAL: RAPHOE FAMILY RESOURCE CENTRE TO HOST AGM was last modified: October 16th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DD LocalFeaturesNoticesRaphoelast_img read more

Remember when Newcastle turned down a chance to sign world’s best player?

first_img Keegan’s second stint at Newcastle didn’t even last a year 4 Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade 4 “At one point I took a call from Luka Modric’s agent to ask if I would be keen on signing the player from Dinamo Zagreb,” he wrote. “Modric had already been speaking to Spurs and his agent was honest enough to explain the move to White Hart Lane was likely to happen. Yet it was clear there might still be a chance to gazump that deal, otherwise the agent would never have bothered getting in touch.“‘Mr Keegan, I’m a massive fan of yours and I’d very much like to discuss it with you,’ he said. Dinamo Zagreb wanted £16million and the wages were quite high, but it was still within our budget and, at 22, Modric had his best years ahead of him. He was exactly the kind of player I wanted to see in a black and white shirt. Most popular football news Luka Modric saw off competition from Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah to win FIFA’s prestigious ‘Best’ award, hammering home his status as one of football’s top midfielders.The 33-year-old playmaker has been a key man for both club and country over many years and won the gong at the star-studded event in London. Modric dazzled the Premier League with his displays for Tottenham between 2008 and 2012 4 REVEALED huge blow no dice RANKED Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions “It was an opportunity to sign one of the outstanding young footballers in Europe and, to begin with, I was making decent inroads. I explained what a great club Newcastle was, how the supporters would adore Modric and how we were looking for someone to spark us off.“Then Jimenez piped up. ‘Can I come in here?’ he said. ‘I don’t think Luka is good enough for the Premier League. He’s too lightweight. He’s decent, but he’s not good enough.’“The agent looked shocked. ‘What do you mean?’ he asked. ‘Are you saying my player is not strong enough? Luka’s a very strong boy, I can assure you.’ ‘That’s exactly what I mean,’ Jimenez continued.”The Magpies’ loss was Tottenham‘s gain and fans loved the little genius during the four years they shared together. His displays eventually saw Real Madrid part with £33m to take him to Spain in 2012. There he has won La Liga and been on the winning side in four Champions League finals. REVEALED Luka Modric has won the Champions League four times with Real Madrid He was the best player at the World Cup where he captained Croatia to the final and has been the creative hub in Real Madrid’s three consecutive Champions League successes.However, 10 years ago, Newcastle‘s head of player recruitment Tony Jimenez passed on the chance to buy him for reasons that left manager Kevin Keegan in shock.In his new book, Keegan describes his return to the dugout at St James’ Park in 2008 and the circus that formed the club boardroom where Jimenez had a lot of influence. This is a man who, according to Keegan, revealed he had never heard of Per Mertesacker, then of Werder Bremen, during a discussion about potential transfer targets. ADVICE Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 4 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade MONEY Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move impact England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won BEST OF silverware Modric won the 2018 World Cup Golden Ball, a trophy given to the best player in the competition last_img read more

Solar System News

first_imgA flurry of discoveries about the Sun’s family has some scientists smiling and others furrowing their brows.  Astrobiologists, as usual, are wielding their divining rods, looking for water.  Some of these reports surfaced at the European Planetary Science Congress last week at Potsdam, Germany; see agenda and press releases at Europlanet.Basalt assault:  How did small objects in the solar system get hot enough to melt?  The European Space Agency is baffled to find evidence of basalt on asteroids between Mars and Jupiter, reported Science Daily.  Dr. Rene Duffard said, “We do not know whether we have discovered two basaltic asteroids with a very particular and previously unseen mineralogical composition or two objects of non basaltic nature that have to be included in a totally new taxonomic class.”  See also the Space.com report.    The Dawn Spacecraft, scheduled to launch Sept. 26, may be able to find out more about the asteroid belt when it orbits Vesta in 2011 and Ceres in 2015.  Basalt has been observed on Vesta, an asteroid considered large enough to sustain internal heating.  Before now, basalt-containing asteroids were thought to be fragments from Vesta.Comet panspermia:  Chandra Wickramasinghe (Cardiff U) is still pushing panspermia, claiming comets are cosmic storks that seeded the Earth with life.  PhysOrg discussed his investigation of comet interiors based on the Deep Impact and Stardust missions, and quoted his conclusion: “The findings of the comet missions, which surprised many, strengthen the argument for panspermia.  We now have a mechanism for how it could have happened.  All the necessary elements – clay, organic molecules and water – are there.  The longer time scale and the greater mass of comets make it overwhelmingly more likely that life began in space than on earth.”Jupiter: Earth’s protector?  A report on News@Nature questions whether Jupiter is Earth’s bouncer, shielding our planet from impacting comets.  This was a claim in Ward and Brownlee’s book Rare Earth and was also listed in Richards and Gonzalez’ book The Privileged Planet as an indicator of Earth’s good fortune.  Now, the case does not seem as clear cut.  National Geographic also reported on the study presented at the European Planetary Science Congress last week.  Astronomers Jonathan Horner and Barrie Jones concluded that Earth is no better or worse off with Jupiter present.  Their model found, strangely, that the highest risk to Earth would have come if Jupiter were about the mass of Saturn.  Many factors affect the risk analysis, so some disagreement remains.  Science Now mentioned that asteroids and different classes of comets respond differently to the gravitational pull of Jupiter.Comet bomb:  Speaking of comets affecting Earth, PhysOrg presented a story from scientists at UC Santa Barbara that “a large comet may have exploded over North America 12,900 years ago, explaining riddles that scientists have wrestled with for decades, including an abrupt cooling of much of the planet and the extinction of large mammals.”  They based this on iridium levels and microspherules with traces of gas said to be of extraterrestrial origin.  The cometary explosion would have affected ocean currents, ice sheets, and global climate, they claimed.Enceladus no aquarium:  Don’t count on finding life at Enceladus, the erupting moon of Saturn, reported a press release from the University of Illinois.  A new model by Susan Kieffer invokes non-watery processes that don’t require a hot interior.  Her model is being added to the mix of possible explanations for this small moon’s activity.Sharp moon:  The European Space Agency is using images from the SMART-1 spacecraft to try to piece together a story of our moon’s volcanic history.  They claim that “Different ‘pulses’ of volcanic activity in lunar history created units of lava on the surface,” yet did not mention a mechanism that would re-awaken the moon periodically between long periods of silence.    The BBC News reported that Arizona State University is scanning Apollo moon photos at high resolution and releasing them on a new Apollo moon archive website.  These ultra-sharp orbital photos, taken from Apollo 15, 16, and 17, have been “locked away in freezers by Nasa [sic] to preserve them.”  Digital scanning at high resolution and contrast depth will allow these rarely-seen images to be widely viewed for the first time since the 1970s.Uranus ring circus:  Now that the rings of Uranus can be seen edge-on for the first time in 42 years, scientists are taking advantage of the rare alignment to study them, reported EurekAlert, the European Southern Observatory and the BBC News.  A group at UC Berkeley was surprised that “their images show that the rings are changing much more quickly than researchers had previously believed.”  In particular, the inner rings are more prominent now than they were when Voyager 2 flew by in 1987.  A press release from UC Berkeley mentions that similar, dramatic changes have been detected in the rings of Neptune and Saturn, because a lot of forces act on the small dust grains in the rings.  “These forces include pressure from sunlight, drag produced as the dust plows through ionized plasma around Uranus, and even drag from the planet’s magnetic field.”  Impacts from larger bodies can also affect the rings.Martian life redox:  A German astrobiologist is claiming that life could still exist on Mars, provided it uses hydrogen peroxide and water.  Science Now reported how Dr Joop Houtkooper of the University of Giessen, Germany, looked at the Viking soil test results and speculated that “hydrogen peroxide may have been more suitable for organisms adapting to the cold, dry environment of Mars.”  A 1979 Viking image adorned Astronomy Picture of the Day along with Houtkooper’s “speculative question.”  While admitting “such speculation is not definitive,” it justified the story thus: “debating possibilities for life on Mars has again proven to be fun and a magnet for media attention.”  But Ker Than reported for Space.com that other scientists consider Houtkooper’s claim “bogus.”  Norman Pace (U of Colorado) said, “I don’t consider the chemical results to be particularly credible in light of the harsh conditions that Mars offers.”  He also noted that hydrogen peroxide is deadly to terrestrial cells except when cells produce it locally to combat bacteria.Titan your seat belts:  When the Huygens probe descended through Titan’s atmosphere in January 2005, it had a bumpy ride.  EurekAlert reported that Cassini scientists working with weather balloon specialists are getting a handle on understanding how turbulence affected the probe’s descent.  The feedback from Titan may actually help improve weather balloon sensor design.  “We went to Titan to learn about that mysterious body and its atmosphere,” said Ralph Lorenz (Johns Hopkins U); “it’s neat that there are lessons from Titan that can be usefully applied here on Earth.”  The Cassini site also echoed the story that originated from the European Space Agency.    Another story on Titan from the European Planetary Science Congress concerned the erosion of Titan’s methane (see Europlanet press release).  Vasili Dimitrov said “The conditions of Titan’s accretion and evolution are poorly understood,” admitting that the long-term storage of methane on the giant moon is a problem.  “Methane drives the chemical reactions in Titan’s atmosphere but, because it’s so highly reactive and therefore short-lived, it must be replenished,” he said.  He suggested that it might be stored in water-ice clathrates, like crystal cages, but the best packing ratio would require temperatures close to absolute zero.  How and where Titan’s methane reservoir was stored is an unsolved problem.All you wanted to know about Hyperion:  The Cassini mission released a PDF presentation about Hyperion by James Bauer (JPL) and Peter Thomas (Cornell), describing all that is known from Voyager and Cassini about the “sponge moon” and its anomalous carbon dioxide deposits on surface.  Notable facts include the low density (40%), the dark deposits on crater floors, and the apparent match between the dark material on Hyperion and on Iapetus.  Speaking of Iapetus, Cassini is aimed at a super-close flyby of the black-and-white moon on September 10.  On the way it will make fairly close passes by Rhea and Titan on August 30 and 31.  Cassini’s last good look at Iapetus was from more than 76,000 miles away in 2005.  In less than two weeks, the spacecraft flies within 1,000 miles of one of the most intriguing moons of the solar system.Saturn mysteries:  Charles Q. Choi wrote for Space.com that the mysteries at Saturn are mounting.  He catalogued some of the mysteries that Cassini has revealed and so far been unable to answer, including the north polar hexagon, the purity of Saturn’s ring material, the well-defined structures within the rings, the spin rate of the planet and the tugging effect by the little moon Enceladus, and the “energy crisis” of unexplained heat in Saturn’s atmosphere.  Dave Mosher wrote last week in Space.com about another Saturnian mystery that scientists cannot explain: the electrically-charged torus around Saturn is “a lopsided mess.”  For those wanting to just enjoy the pictures, Space.com posted a “Best Cassini Image” gallery for visitors to vote on.Something nu under the sun:  “After 4.5 billion years, sunshine finally figured out,” said Andrea Thompson in her headline for Space.com.  That’s odd, since recorded human history only extends back about one millionth of that time.  Anyway, Princeton researchers using an Italian neutrino detector have detected the low-energy neutrinos expected from current models of solar fusion reactions.  Neutrinos are notated by the Greek letter nu.    Solar energy was blamed for stripping Mars of its water, according to Space.com.  Scientists reporting at the European Planetary Science Congress said that “The water might have been blown into space long ago by strong gusts of solar winds, new satellite observations suggest.”  Effects of solar flares were studied by four spacecraft simultaneously: NASA’s Mars Express, Venus Express and Earth-orbiting GEOS satellite, and the European Space Agency’s SOHO solar orbiter.  High-energy particles were detected at Venus, Earth and Mars simultaneously.  The Earth’s atmosphere is protected by its global magnetic field; Mars is not so blessed.Want to see the stars from Earth any time?  Go to the new Google Sky addition to the popular Google Earth, reported Space.com.  It shows Hubble Telescope images against starry backgrounds and gives you a virtual tour of outer space.These are great days for discovery about our solar neighborhood.  So much is happening in planetary science, it’s hard to take it all in.  Be sure to separate the observations from the speculations.  Sometimes that’s like trying to unbutter toast.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Vanished plane not without precedent

first_imgFifty-four years before Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing another airliner vanished over the ocean. It just evaporated. To this day, just what happened to it is unknown, but speculation is rife – speculation fueled by the eyewitness report of those aboard a tanker who witnessed the craft’s destruction.March 15, 1962 a Flying Tiger Line L1049H Super Constellation, bound from Agana Naval Air Station in Guam to Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines simply ceased to exist. N 6921C, Flying Tiger Flight 739/14, disappeared at 13º13’ North Latitude, 140º00’ East Longitude – over an all but bottomless patch of the Pacific, an abyss called the Mariana Trench. This deepest of all depressions in the Earth’s crust is an astonishing 6.78 miles deep – this compared to the relatively shallow 300-feet or so along MH370’s original projected flight path.In all probability it’s the virtually bottomless depths of the Pacific that entomb the remains of “21 Charlie,” the call sign of the Flying Tiger Connie.21 Charlie, operating as a charter flight for the Military Air Transport Service, was ferrying American Army personnel from Travis Air Force Base, California to Saigon, to a country we once called South Vietnam. There were 107 people on board that airplane. One of them was my stepfather. He was the co-pilot.Bob Gazzaway was a pugnacious, plucky sort of guy who’d survived all that life could dish out – and that included being a Naval aviator during World War 11. In command of the Connie (the nickname of the Super Constellation), was Captain Gregory P. Thomas, one of Flying Tigers’ most experienced pilots.21 Charlie’s path across the Pacific was placid. An Aircraft Accident Report obtained by this reporter from the U.S. Civil Aeronautics Board (the predecessor of the National Transportation Safety Board) says the weather that night was good – broken cumulus clouds, no turbulence, and moonlit visibility of 15 miles – the kind of night airmen relish.At 22 minutes after midnight, 21 Charlie radioed its position. It was the last the outside world would hear from the crew. About an hour later the crew of the S/S T L Lenzen, a Standard Oil tanker, spotted an explosion in the sky. According to the CAB report, the crew spotted “a vapor trail, or some phenomenon resembling a vapor trail overhead…As this vapor trail passed behind a cloud, there occurred an explosion which was described by the witnesses as intensely luminous, with a white nucleus surrounded by a reddish-orange periphery with radial lines of identically colored lights.”What happened? The CAB couldn’t determine a probable cause.In the absence of hard physical evidence, rumors ran rampant, just as they have with Malaysia Flight 370. At the time people speculated about engine problems, sabotage, even the accidental shoot down of the Connie by an American missile, an inadvertent act that scuttlebutt said was covered up by an embarrassed Pentagon at the beginning of what would mutate into the most unpopular war in American history.Lending at least anecdotal credence to the shootdown and sabotage theories is a statement by Captain Duilio Bona. The late award-winning investigative reporter David Morrissey and I obtained a copy of his declaration after filing a Freedom of Information request with the United States government. In his declaration, Captain Bona said some fascinating things. Among the more intriguing: the witnesses aboard the Lenzen were “convinced [that the craft they saw explode was “a U.S. Airplane…on [military] exercise flights.”One of Bona’s crewmembers, a lookout named Scarfi said, “he saw a jet vapor track,” according to the captain. 21Charlie was a piston-engine airliner. Shortly after the vapor trial, Bona said Scarfi recalled, “a bright light illuminated, as a lightning, the bridge [of the ship].”Lenzen’s radio operator said there were no distress signals from the aircraft, a statement that led the CAB to conclude in its Accident Report “It can be reasonably assumed” that whatever befell 21 Charlie “happened suddenly and without warning.”Captain Bona said the radio operator of Lenzen tried “repeatedly” to contact Naval radio stations in Guam, Manila, Okinawa, and Iwo Jima – all to no avail. And that led to Bona’s conclusion “that what we saw was a troubled secret operation.”Troubled by what, or by whom, Bona never said. A missile? Sabotage perhaps? Remember, this was the Cold War, and Vietnam was just beginning to heat up. In its report, the CAB said when 21 Charlie was parked at Honolulu, Wake Island, and Guam just about anyone could access the aircraft “without challenge…the aircraft was left unattended in a dimly lighted area for a period of time while at Guam.”In a letter on the disaster the Federal Bureau of Investigation concluded the Bureau “did not anticipate [launching an investigation] unless substantial evidence of willful destruction is developed.”Then there’s a more mundane theory: engine problems. Three days before it disappeared, 21 Charlie had to return to Honolulu when number four engine developed “a significant power loss.”Shootdown, sabotage or something else? The odds are we’ll never know. 21 Charlie carried no flight data recorder, no cockpit voice recorder. The United States government says evidence of “willful destruction” was never recovered – this despite one of the most massive sea searches in history, a quest covering 144,000 square miles of ocean that employed 1,300 people, 48 aircraft, and 8 surface vessels. “Despite the thoroughness of the search,” concluded the Civil Aeronautics Board, “nothing was found which could conceivably be linked to the missing aircraft or its occupants.”And so it is, 54 years after the fact, that the fate of the Flying Tiger Connie and 107 souls on board remains a mystery – a mystery the answers to which are shrouded by seven miles of water.Now, we have a new mystery on our hands. Odds are it will be solved far before the passing of a half-century.last_img read more

SEA Games: PH beats Malaysia on penalties, takes shot at ice hockey gold

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC PH sports ‘darlings’ take on hosts in women’s volleyball SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief The Philippines’ team competes with Malaysia’s team (black) during Ice Hockey round robin of the 29th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Kuala Lumpur on August 23, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ADEK BERRYThe Philippines gets a crack at the ice hockey gold medal in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games after staying undefeated in three matches.The Filipinos’ biggest win yet was 2-1 victory over host Malaysia in penalty shootout Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT The match went into overtime after a tied game at 7-7. Neither side scored in the extra five minutes, sending the game into a shootout.The Philippines, which has defeated Singapore and Indonesia, will face Thailand for the ice hockey gold on Thursday .FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe sport is being played for the first time in the regional games. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View comments PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games LATEST STORIES SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses MOST READlast_img read more

Dodgers honor their past at Old-Timers’ Game

first_imgWorld’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next What ‘missteps’? Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games LATEST STORIES WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Swoopes thanks mother in emotional induction speech “I think that the fans enjoy it, the alumni and old players enjoy it, and it’s entertaining. For a short period of time — because we can’t play it like we used to. But we try,” said catcher Steve Yeager, who played 14 seasons for the Dodgers and was co-MVP of their 1981 World Series win.“It’s always nice for the fans to get the opportunity to see some of the players that they saw and grew up with around Dodger Stadium,” Yeager said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLasorda, at 89, was all smiles as he walked around the field, the Hall of Fame manager having recently gotten out of the hospital. Former ace Don Newcombe, now 90, was joined by stars such as Fernando Valenzuela, Tommy Davis, Hershiser, Garvey and Steve Sax.The ballpark opened early for fans to watch their Dodgers favorites at batting practice before they took the field at 5 p.m., before the game between Los Angeles and Cincinnati. Turner, the team’s current third baseman, was on the field to chat with some of the greats. MOST READ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Former Los Angeles Dodger Steve Sax throws after fielding a ball during batting practice before an old-timers baseball game in Los Angeles. APLOS ANGELES — Tom Lasorda hugged Joe Torre, Steve Garvey visited with Justin Turner and Orel Hershiser flipped a ball to first base behind his back.Old-Timers’ Day at Dodger Stadium spanned the decades Saturday afternoon, bringing names from Brooklyn to Los Angeles to hit, pitch, cheer and reminisce. Plus, after two playful innings on the diamond, no injuries were reported.ADVERTISEMENT The Dodgers noted their historical contributions to equal rights while introducing their alumni — Newcombe, once teammates with Jackie Robinson, was the first black pitcher to win a Cy Young Award, Rookie of the Year and National League MVP. Former outfielder Billy Bean is Major League Baseball’s only living openly gay player.“There are only a handful of organizations left that can look back on their past and be so proud,” said Torre, who managed the Dodgers from 2008-10 and later was enshrined in the Hall of Fame.Torre guided one side of former Dodgers to a 4-0 win in the two-inning frolic.“I think with the Dodgers it’s the tradition to get guys back,” said current Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, before adding, “hopefully in the years coming we continue to get former Dodgers back.” Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View commentslast_img read more