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Haloute, Azar among 10 honoured at TOBA dinner

first_imgTop regional owner Elias Haloute, his business partner Stephan Narinesingh, and their associate trainer, Anthony ‘Baba’ Nunes, were among 10 awardees at the inaugural Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders’ Association (TOBA) yearling sales award dinner on Friday, November 13, at the Jade Garden Restaurant, Liguanea. Nunes’ leading patron, Haloute, is considered the pioneer of the overseas-based owner who began purchasing horses from the yearling sale in 1992 to take back to the Eastern Caribbean. But many of his purchases stayed In Jamaica with trainer ‘Baba’ Nunes, some such as TERREMOTO winning both the Jamaica and Trinidad derbies in 1998, as well as the Superstakes at Caymanas Park that year before his untimely death months later. Other big race winners for Haloute in Jamaica include PITTACUS and AD INFINITUM in the 2003 and 2008 Superstakes, respectively, as well as the outsider TECHNOMOTO in the 2011 derby and RELAMPAGO in both the derby and St Leger in 2014. Significantly, Haloute became the first owner to establish racing divisions in as Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and Barbados, emerging Jamaica’s champion owner in 2008. Three year earlier, he was honoured by the local racing fraternity with the prestigious None Such award for his contribution to regional racing. Other awardees were top T&T regional owner Basharan Bassawh, who also raced horses successfully in Jamaica, notaby two-time T&T Horse of the Year BIGMAN IN TOWN; the deputy chairman of Caymanas Track Limited (CTL), Andrew Azar, who owned and bred the 2008 T&T derby winner PRIDE AND GLORY and who was also recognised as a “man of action with a caring attitude” and for the beautification of Caymanas Park, along with former champion owner and CEO of Cal’s Manufacturing Carlton Watson for his high-powered sponsorship of this year’s derby. Former TOBA president, Lucius White, received his award from iconic track and field coach Glen Mills. Also awarded were the legendary stud farm Orange Valley Estates Limited (established in 1963 in Trelawny and winner of 22 titles), represented by owners Alex and Jacqui Henderson; many-time champion HAM Stables Limited, represented by co-owners Howard Hamilton, Philip Feanny, and Clovis Metcalfe; and winner-producing stud farm Y.S. (1955) Limited in St Elizabeth, represented by the Browne family. A special award went to the visiting Guyanese delegation, which was here to attend the yearling sale for the first time. Master of ceremony was Chris Armond, assisted by former Miss Jamaica Kerrie Baylis. Guest speaker was American trainer, Brian Lynch. Tributes paid More awardees Haloute paid tribute to Nunes, who got him started in Jamaica racing, and also to TOBA President Howard Hamilton, Chris Armond, and Dr Steve Bennett. The young Trinidadian Stephan Narinesingh, a protege of Haloute, is a part owner of several horses in partnership with him. He came to Jamaica for his first yearling sale in 2008 and purchased his first horse, STAMP OF AUTHORITY. His first winner locally, however, was GUAN YU, and since then, he has won 112 races in Jamaica and many more in his native Trinidad. Nunes, who hails from a famous racing family, needs no introduction. He followed his late father, Nigel Nunes (a former champion trainer), into racing and also his brother Andrew, all three having the distinction of winning the Jamaica derby. Although yet to win the trainers championship, Nunes, who has finished second to Wayne DaCosta eight times, said he is hopeful that “one day, things will fall into place”.last_img read more

For ‘Lack of Coordination and Ineffectiveness’, Senators Cite Minister Gwenigale

first_imgA strongly-worded communication authored by some ranking members of the Senate Committee on Health, Gender, Social Welfare, Women & Children’s Affairs, requesting the appearance of Health and Social Welfare Minister before the Senate plenary has surfaced in the Chambers of the 53rd Senate.The communication, signed by Senators Nyonblee Kangar-Lawrence, Geraldine Doe-Sherif and Armah Zolu Jallah, requests the Minister of Health to address the issues of the lack of coordination and ineffectiveness in managing not only the Ebola disease, but also the consequences of the crisis.The Senate plenary has, however, sent the communication back to the leadership of that committee,  headed by Grand Kru County Senator Dr. Peter Coleman, with the mandate to gather and give the Senate more information and details on the status of the fight against Ebola.In their letter, read last Thursday, the three outspoken Senators informed their colleagues that their decision was prompted by continuing dissatisfaction exhibited by citizens and residents of the country over the handling of the Ebola crisis in Liberia.The letter reminded the plenary that it has been six months since the country started the fight against Ebola. “But today, the Senate has not received a plan and information as to which organization is involved with this fight against Ebola, and what are their respective functions. In addition, we are not updated on the progress being made,” the letter read.It is common knowledge that most of the efforts in the anti- Ebola fight relies on support by several international institutions in collaboration with the MOH.The Senators asserted that research conducted clearly shows that 90% of the Ebola crisis is being managed by international organizations, leaving the Ministry of Health with contact tracing, quarantining, and monitoring also with support from international organizations.The communication acknowledged the strong involvement of international organizations such as Medicins San Frontiers, WHO, Save the Children (UK), the Uganda Team, International Medical Corp, CDC-USA, Liberian National Red Cross Society and International Red Cross and Red Crescent.“As our country continues to deal with the challenges of the spread of the Ebola virus, government is required to address the issue of the lack of coordination and ineffectiveness in managing not only the Ebola disease, but also the consequences of the crisis,” the letter said.Asserting that it was better late than never, the Senators recommended that that the Minister of Health appear before the Senate with a county-to-county plan to fight the virus, and at the same time give reasons why the home and community of the late Eric Duncan were not attended to by the contact tracing team.The Senators further demanded that during his appearance, the Minister be requested to brief the Senate on efforts being made to contain the virus, and to present a report on the application of the message and international resources and the impact of these resources in the fight against the deadly disease. “These, when achieved, will enlighten members of the Senate on the issue of the discharge of their duties,” said the Senators.Despite the decision to send the communication to the committee room, both Senators Lawrence and Doe Sherif put up a strong representation on why they were seeking the direct involvement of the plenary in requesting that body to take a comprehensive action by ensuring that the Minister appear before the body, maintaining that the issue is no longer a matter for committee to take a definite action.For his part, Senator Coleman, the chair of that committee, in counter-reaction to his co-members’ communication, registered his regret that such a communication was emanating from ranking members of the Health Committee. He recalled that two months ago, the email addresses of all Senators were obtained in order to update them on the fight against Ebola and since then, they have been updated twice a week on the number of cases, deaths, contacts, and highlights of what is happening in every county.“If my colleagues have any consideration of this nature, they could have brought it to the committee where we could have convened a meeting; but to see this thing happening, I consider it as stabbing the chairman in the back,” Senator Coleman charged.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Great goal! Liverpool transfer target dazzles on international duty

first_img Isco (centre) celebrates With a squad packed full of stars, it is little wonder Isco struggles to hold down a regular first team spot at Real Madrid.When Gareth Bale was briefly sidelined through injury, the 22-year-old stepped into the side and impressed in a series of dispays. Liverpool have been linked with a move for Isco as a result of his limited game time and playing for Spain against Belarus, he scored the game’s first goal (below).Spain won 3-0 in their Group C European Championship qualifier. 1last_img read more

The shocking Liverpool stat that outweighs the loss of Suarez

first_imgLiverpool continued their stuttering start to the season last weekend with a 2-1 defeat to Chelsea.While Kopites will rightly bemoan the questionable refereeing decisions at times, there can be no real questioning the outcome, with the Merseysiders looking toothless in attack and suspect in defence.Once again Mario Balotelli was on the receiving end of negative comments regarding his contribution, with the Liverpool striker failing to register a shot, let alone score against Chelsea, a worrying statistic that appears to be another nail in the coffin of his Anfield career.So far this season Liverpool’s attack has failed to really get going with the Redmen having only found the net 14 times in the league and while Balotelli may be one of the key characters of this failing, he cannot and should not take full responsibility.At this exact same stage last season Liverpool had scored 21 goals in the league, but following the sale of Luis Suarez to Barcelona and the subsequent injury nightmare for Daniel Sturridge, few could really expect them to reach that lofty total especially with their remaining options.Perhaps the most unedifying figure to emerge from the fixture instead surrounds Liverpool’s defence.Manager Brendan Rodgers insisted he would make it his mission to improve his side’s back line by bringing in top class talent, before proceeding to spend around £35m on the arrivals of Dejan Lovren and Alberto Moreno, as well as welcoming Javier Manquillo on loan.The result has been an imbalance and failure to gel that has worsened an already shaky defence. At this stage last season Liverpool had conceded 10 league goals, eventually ending the campaign having seen 50 scored against them.Fast forward a matter of months and that figure has worsened, with the Redmen having already conceded 15 in the league and 24 in all competitions – a pretty depressing figure considering the level of strengthening and money spent.The avalanche of goals regularly seen in Liverpool games last season made their conceding not as prevalent, despite Rodgers’ men suffering well over a goal a game (1.3) at the time.Without that free-scoring this time around, their defensive fallibility is much more noticeable. Attack-wise Liverpool were not as poor as they have been at other periods of the campaign, but once again it was defending that was Liverpool’s real undoing. With the return to fitness of Sturridge the goals should start to flow again, but until Liverpool can find a solution at the back they will continue to struggle.Liverpool fans, do you agree? How can Brendan Rodgers improve the defence? Comment below… 1 Liverpool’s defence has worsened over the past few months last_img read more


first_imgA major Stone Age site of huge historical importance has been found under Lough Foyle between Donegal and Derry.The settlement was found under Lough Foyle.The discovery of prehistoric tools and peat along the western shore of Lough Foyle suggests that hunter-gatherers lived in a settlement in north Donegal during the Stone Age.The settlement, one of Ireland’s earliest, was probably founded in 7,000BC, during the early Mesolithic era. The Sunday Times reports the findings by Kieran Westley, a researcher at the Centre for Maritime Archaeology at the University of Ulster.His findings are published in the International Journal of Nautical Archaeology.Westley has found evidence of Stone Age settlers at two small bays on either side of the Skate Rock headland in Eleven Ballyboes, near the mouth of Lough Foyle, which separates Donegal from Co Derry.He spent two years digging pits on the shoreline and under shallow waters in the bays, in what became Ireland’s first in-depth survey and excavation of an underwater prehistoric landscape. The search found a number of pre-historic artefacts including flints and blades.ARCHEOLOGISTS DISCOVER STONE AGE SITE BETWEEN DONEGAL AND DERRY was last modified: June 21st, 2015 by StephenShare 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:DerrydonegalLough Foylesitestone agelast_img read more


first_imgThe dinner dance will be held on Saturday 5 March in the Lagoon Termon. Good luck to all competitors in the County finals of Scor Sinsear which will be held on saturday Feb 12th in Glenswilly commencing at 7 30. Support your club this weekend.As there were insufficient members at the reconvened AGM on Monday the AGM will reconvene on Monday next at the same time: 7 45 p.m. Procedures as per Official Guide. Congratulations to Shannagh Kelly on being selected for the donegal U14 girl squad.The lotto numbers for this week were 3,14,17,22 and the match 3 winner was Colm Carberry. Next weeks jackpot is €1,580. Sellers this week are John mc Fadden and Paddy Tinney.The club have started up an indoor winter underage program for all underage members which is taking place in the hall at the clubhouse, details are available on facebook on the glenswilly gaa page, or by contacting either Paddy McGinty on 086 0233640 or Eddie Crawford on 086 8167305. Also if anyone has intentions of doing a coaching course this year could they please contact Barry McDaid or Paddy McGinty.There will be a 25 Card Drive on in the clubhouse on 11th February @7.30pm. Tickets are available from Hughie Canning on 087 6224999, all are welcome. If anyone is interested in managing or helping with a U12 or U14 girls team could they please contact a committee member.There is going to be dancing organised for Monday nights at 8.15pm to 10pm. It is an enjoyable exercise and something different so all people are welcome members or not, price is €5 per night.EndsGLENSWILLY GAA CLUB NOTES was last modified: February 8th, 2011 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more


first_imgA man who advertised for a woman to spend a year with him on a Donegal island has been exposed as a pimp.John McManus – wanted to spend a year on Donegal island but now exposed as a pimp.John McManus wanted a partner to become a castaway with him on Inishfree Island.But today he has been exposed organising a brothel in Co Leitrim. The Sunday World newspaper went undercover to catch McManus operating a brothel from an apartment in Carrick-On-Shannon.He advertised his services on Escort Ireland, a website used by prostitutes who recently appeared before Letterkenny District Court.A female reporter was told by McManus that he would take half of her money for servicing men.In return he would supply her with an apartment and keep her safe. After he advertised for a soul-mate to live on Inishfree, McManus was exposed for selling his sperm on line, earning him the nickname ‘The Sperminator.”He told RTE that he planned to write a book and even make a movie about his life on the Donegal island with his possible future wife.But he had to abandon his plans when not one applicant replied to his advert.Now McManus faces being interviewed by Gardai after being exposed as a pimp and running prostitutes. DONEGAL CASTAWAY MAN IS EXPOSED AS PROSTITUTE ORGANISER was last modified: July 7th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:donegalInishfree IslandJohn McManusprostitutessexlast_img read more

Two districts forge deals

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – Faced with growing enrollment and the need for more schools, two school districts have approved financial agreements that could generate $45 million to build new schools, parks and other facilities. The financial agreements could add up to $200,000 in special taxes over the next 35 years for homeowners in houses built by KB Home’s L.A.-Ventura division in the Plum Canyon community. “We are going to be building. It’s not a matter of if we’re building, it’s when we’re building,” said Rory Livingston, assistant superintendent of business services for the William S. Hart Union High School District, which could net $20 million. The Saugus Union School District could collect up to $25 million. Livingston said the district plans to build a new high school to serve Castaic. A junior high and high school are being considered for the Newhall Ranch area and additional school sites are being looked at for Canyon Country. For the Saugus district, Mello-Roos funds will help add a second-story addition to Skyblue Mesa School, where a new multipurpose room and play area are in the works. Construction is expected to be done by next year. Saugus district officials have previously said they will most likely need about $6.5 million for these improvements. About 10,765 students are enrolled in the Saugus district. Sue Doyle, (661) 257-5254 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake The fees will be attached to homeowners’ property bills through special taxation districts, known as Mello-Roos for the lawmakers whose bill authorized them. The districts are created by school districts and other local agencies to help finance public improvements and services. Mello-Roos fees will also go to the development’s infrastructure, such as parks, sewer lines and libraries. In total, the fees will cost homeowners $3,380 and $6,187 annually, depending on the house size, with about half going to the school districts. Fees are expected to increase 2 percent annually. When all 496 Plum Canyon homes are sold, they’re expected to bring about 400 students to the high school district and an additional 200 to 300 to local elementary schools. About 21,640 students are enrolled in the Hart district, which grows annually by about 1,250 pupils. last_img read more

Breaking News! Enceladus Is Dead!

first_img(Visited 653 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Is water alive? Are organic molecules alive? No; they’re dead. Someone needs to bring some sense into reporting about life in outer space.Here are the facts: some organic molecules have been found in the geysers erupting from the south pole of Enceladus, Saturn’s little Iowa-size moon. Is that a big deal? No; organic molecules are very common in the universe. You can find them in meteorites, comets, and interstellar clouds. “Organic” means anything that contains carbon. Your DNA is organic, but so is tailpipe soot. The category “organic” contains a vast number of molecules, all of which are dead. Even DNA is dead outside a cell; it will just sit there and decay, like it rapidly does in fossils. Life, in fact, consists of countless zillions of dead molecules. Only when they are organized into systems that function to metabolize, grow and reproduce do we consider the system a living thing.Racemic amino acids. Credit: Illustra MediaA Quick Review of Organic ChemistryCarbon, with its four valences, tends to link up with hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen and other atoms in complex ways, creating geometric shapes like sheets, rings, and polyhedra, from the pyramid-like tetrahedron to the complex soccer-ball-shaped fullerenes. Organic molecules, therefore, are often very large and complex. Because of its complexity and importance, organic chemistry constitutes a large sub-discipline of chemistry. Lifeless molecules with only carbon and hydrogen are called hydrocarbons. Lifeless molecules with carbon and nitrogen are called nitriles; these include the amino acids and cyanides. Lifeless molecules with rings are called aromatic compounds, such as benzene; these can link up into sheets called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs.Large organics can be made by natural processes such as the solar wind acting on the upper atmosphere of Titan, or starlight acting on interstellar dust. The point is that many organic compounds are known in space from purely physical formation processes.If living molecules were to be magically transported into the assumed ocean under the icy crust of Enceladus, it’s likely that they would quickly perish in the toxic “organic” habitat there, if they didn’t freeze to death first.Some organic compounds, including amino acids and sugars, come in left- and right-handed forms that are mirror images of each other, but have the same properties otherwise. The amino acids that form naturally, including those in meteorites and comets, are always “racemic” (50/50) mixtures of left- and right-handed forms. For reasons unknown to this day, life only uses left-handed amino acids, and right-handed sugars—a fact uncovered by creation biologist Louis Pasteur. Proteins and enzymes in living cells cannot function unless they are 100% pure one-handed, most likely because they would fail to fold into molecular machines with biological activity.The Whole EnceladusHere’s what Cassini scientists detected at Enceladus from the Cosmic Dust Analyzer (CDA) and Ion and Neutral Mass Spectrometer (INMS) instruments that looked for molecules as the orbiter flew through the plumes. The JPL press release, “Complex Organics Bubble up from Enceladus,” says,Previously, Cassini had detected small, relatively common organic molecules at Enceladus that were much smaller. Complex molecules comprising hundreds of atoms are rare beyond Earth. The presence of the large complex molecules, along with liquid water and hydrothermal activity, bolsters the hypothesis that the ocean of Enceladus may be a habitable environment for life.It’s important to separate the facts from the speculation at the end of the quote. It “may” be a habitable environment, but it may just as well be a bed of poisons. A cell would perish in an “organic” environment of CO (carbon monoxide), HCN (cyanide), gasoline, benzene, acetylene, or thousands of other toxic compounds. It takes much more than “large complex [organic] molecules” therefore to call an environment habitable. The paper in Nature specifically names some of these poisons among the “organic molecules” that were detected at Enceladus. So even if living molecules were to be magically transported into the assumed ocean under the icy crust of Enceladus, it’s likely that they would quickly perish in the toxic “organic” habitat there, if they didn’t freeze to death first. Understood?Media SaturnaliaThe Nature paper doesn’t even mention life or habitability. But since the JPL press release said the L-word life four times, let’s watch the Darwine-drunk press go crazy at their Saturnalia festival, aided and abetted by similarly inebriated scientists:BREAKING: Complex Organic Molecules Discovered on Enceladus For The First Time. It has everything needed to host alien life! (Science Alert). Reporter Michelle Starr, overcome with fumes from NASA’s power of suggestion, relates her ecstatic hallucinations of what these poisons at Enceladus might do. The visions come quickly: “These findings bolster the hypothesis that, deep under its icy crust, Enceladus could be harbouring simple marine life, clustered around the warmth of hydrothermal vents.” Ahhhhh. “Let that sink in for a moment,” she says, passing you the smoking reefer.Right Stuff For Life Found on Saturn’s Moon Enceladus (National Geographic). “What we know today is telling us that Enceladus is an outstanding target to go look for life, and there may be microbes living in that ocean today,” says Cornell University’s Jonathan Lunine. (Read more looney tunes from Lunine in the 3 May 2018 entry.)Enceladus is spewing out organic molecules necessary for life (New Scientist). Leah Crane writes, “Saturn’s moon Enceladus has a subsurface ocean – and it may be coated with complex organic molecules that could be stepping stones to life.”Complex organic molecules discovered in Enceladus’ plumes could hint at life (Astrobiology Magazine). Keith Cooper ought to say, “complex organic molecules in Enceladus’ plumes smell like death.” Instead, he teases that these toxic compounds “could potentially form the building blocks of life.” Not according to thermodynamics and logic could they. But they could form the building blocks of lie.SwRI scientists find evidence of complex organic molecules from Enceladus (Southwest Research Institute). Science Daily added to the headline, “Discovery indicates Saturn’s moon meets critical requirements for life,” possibly because SwRI’s press release includes the lie, “With complex organic molecules emanating from its liquid water ocean, this moon is the only body besides Earth known to simultaneously satisfy all of the basic requirements for life as we know it.” Like freezing poisons?Saturn moon a step closer to hosting life (BBC News). “”The next logical step,” says Dr Postberg, “is to go back to Enceladus soon with a dedicated payload and see if there is extraterrestrial life.” Logical? Political, maybe, if NASA needs job security for its bio-astrologers.Other Dead Worlds at SaturnBonnie Buratti, lower left, among Cassini scientists watching close-up images of Enceladus arrive on March 9, 2005. Photo by David Coppedge at JPL.The Search for Activity on Dione and Tethys With Cassini VIMS and UVIS (Geophysical Research Letters). Some of the more level-headed Cassini scientists, like Bonnie Burati and Candace Hansen, went looking in the infrared and ultraviolet images for activity on the neighboring moons of Enceladus, Dione and Tethys. They found none. (Hansen appears in the bonus features of The Privileged Planet by Illustra Media.)Limits on Dione’s Activity Using Cassini/CIRS Data (Geophysical Research Letters). Other Cassini scientists looked at infrared images and “find no evidence for activity on Dione in this study.” They didn’t rule out the possibility, though: “However, it is possible that very small regions of high surface temperatures would not be detected in this work.”Titan’s Meteorology Over the Cassini Mission: Evidence for Extensive Subsurface Methane Reservoirs (Geophysical Research Letters). These Cassini scientists did not really find “extensive subsurface methane reservoirs” at Titan, but inferred their presence by models of how clouds and lakes should behave. Unfortunately, the clouds and lakes did not fit their expectations very well. They also did not address the conundrum of the missing ethane, which should have formed a global ocean according to 1990s predictions.The Eye of Saturn’s North Polar Vortex: Unexpected Cloud Structures Observed at High Spatial Resolution by Cassini/VIMS (Geophysical Research Letters). Cassini atmospheric scientists found a “shocking mystery” at Saturn’s north pole, where the largest cyclone in the solar system is found, along with a hexagon of standing waves. Let them describe their surprise:Saturn’s north pole was imaged with unprecedented clarity in over 200 colors during the Grand Finale phase of the Cassini mission, revealing surprising details on the structures of hazes and clouds. A cyclonic vortex caps the pole, extending out about 20° (20,000 km) in latitude, the largest cyclone known in the solar system. As a cyclone, this is a region of subsidence, where air descends downward. Such air, descending into warmer depths, should be relatively clear of condensate clouds of ammonia—one of the major condensables in Saturn’s visible atmosphere—especially in the eye of the polar vortex right at the pole. The new multicolored near‐infrared images obtained by the Visual Infrared Mapping Spectrometer reveal that indeed the polar eye is remarkably devoid of aerosols, having less than 3% of the aerosol content seen anywhere else on Saturn. But surprisingly, ammonia clouds at the edge of the eye—but still within it—are found to be remarkably thick, composed of the largest ammonia ice particles ever seen on Saturn, characteristic of powerful upwelling, not downwelling (subsidence). This conundrum of convection‐style clouds forming in a strongly downwelling region is a shocking mystery left by Cassini in its waning days. None of these research papers needed hydrobioscopy to tell the public about interesting, and even startling, things.The scientists who wrote the Enceladus paper knew they have to be empirically modest in a journal, but then look at them! They go right to the press and stir the pot with highly embellished accounts of what the data “means.” It’s all whipped-up frenzy based on materialist assumptions, based on the religious belief that life is nothing but chemistry, and that life emerges by chance. If you are sick and tired of this propaganda, you need to speak up. Write comments when you can to the publishers of this hype, respectfully stating logical reasons why life does not follow from the presence of frozen benzene. Demand that tax-funded research stick to science, not materialist philosophy. And tell your elected representatives not to let NASA use “science” as a propaganda tool for materialism.last_img read more

W3C: Internet TV Needs Standards

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… mike melanson Tags:#Internet TV#news#web Related Posts “Internet TV” no longer means simply bringing Internet content to the television screen. Internet TV is no longer encompassed by the idea that users want to check their email on the big screen in the living room. Instead, Internet TV has shifted from that of an Internet-enabled device to that of an integrated service, available on a number of devices.The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the official standards organization of the Web, has issued a report on the transition of TV to a service, identifying several points that need to be addressed for Internet TV to become a widely available, open, cross-platform service.In February, the organization held a Web and TV Workshop in which 77 organizations, “including broadcasters, telecom companies, cable operators, OTT (over the top) companies, content providers, device vendors, software vendors, Web application providers, researchers, governments, and standardization organizations active in the TV space,” discussed the future of television as a service. The report identifies the W3C’s proposed Open Web Platform as one solution for application development, in that it “gives designers cross-platform interoperability.”According to the report, the conversation arrived at a number of “convergence priorities.” Among these priorities are adaptive streaming, or keeping a steady stream of video despite changing bandwidth, home networking, the role of metadata and Semantic Web technology, and even the possible extension of HTML5 for television. “In a world migrating from TV as a device to TV as a service available on any device,” said W3C’s François Daoust, co-chair of the Workshop, “the W3C is looking forward to developing ubiquitous Web technologies to enable scenarios that combine local (e.g., from home network devices) and global (e.g. social networks) sources to enhance the user experience on TV.”Right now, devices and services often compete on content offerings rather than functionality. This will change with time, however. “As television evolves further into a service,” reads the press release, “people will expect the service to be available on a variety of devices, and to connect smoothly with other favorite services, including social networking and shopping. As the number and diversity of devices grows (across multiple industries), interoperability challenges will also grow.”The report identifies the W3C’s proposed Open Web Platform as one solution for application development, in that it “gives designers cross-platform interoperability.”The platform would offer standardized ways to handle issues that are currently proprietary and platform specific. Issues with Digital Rights Management (DRM), for example, prohibits Android users from getting Netflix – a benefit their iPhone-wielding brethren have enjoyed for nearly quite a while. Proposals for metadata and Semantic Web solutions, for example, could make interoperable solutions between different software solutions possible. Imagine if every audio program treated MP3s completely different – that’s where we currently are with Television content. In all, that’s the current state of Internet TV. It’s fragmented, walled-in and proprietary. DRM technology works on one platform and not another, while one service identifies content in one way, while another identifies in a completely different and incompatible manner. Content streams more smoothly on one device than another and is available on one set-top box but not the other. The W3C’s proposal would work to centralize some of these issues and have services and devices compete directly on the quality of the service provided, the functionality and interaction, rather than the basic experience.center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more