Main Evening News, Sport & Obituary Notices for Tuesday 6th April

first_img WhatsApp Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Pinterest Facebook Twitter Main Evening News, Sport & Obituary Notices for Tuesday 6th AprilAudio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. WhatsApp Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme DL Debate – 24/05/21 Facebook Previous articleCables cut at house in LetterkennyNext article443 new Covid-19 cases and nine more patients have died News Highland Twittercenter_img Main Evening News, Sport & Obituary Notices for Tuesday 6th April Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows By News Highland – April 6, 2021 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Pinterest Homepage BannerNewsPlayback News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Google+ Google+last_img read more

Titan Ethane Still Missing, and Other Planetary Puzzles

first_imgWe update the problem of Titan’s missing ethane and other challenges to billions of years.Titan: Where’s the Ethane?Calculations of ethane production in the 1990s led to predictions of a global ocean of ethane by irreversible processes driven by the solar wind. The Huygens Probe (2005) falsified that prediction, but there should be some at least. Here’s the latest bad news posted by Astrobiology Magazine, based on a new study of the second-largest lake on the giant moon of Saturn:“Before Cassini, we expected to find that Ligeia Mare would be mostly made up of ethane, which is produced in abundance in the atmosphere when sunlight breaks methane molecules apart. Instead, this sea is predominantly made of pure methane,” said Alice Le Gall, a Cassini radar team associate at the French research laboratory LATMOS, Paris, and lead author of the new study.This prompted some hurried theory rescue activity and appeals to futureware, as the perhapsimaybecouldness index rises:A number of possible explanations could account for the sea’s methane composition, according to Le Gall. “Either Ligeia Mare is replenished by fresh methane rainfall, or something is removing ethane from it. It is possible that the ethane ends up in the undersea crust, or that it somehow flows into the adjacent sea, Kraken Mare, but that will require further investigation.”Deputy lead Steve Wall tried to smile about this as he said, “Titan just won’t stop surprising us.”Update 5/08/16: Icarus just published another paper called, “Titan’s Missing Ethane.” The abstract states that 1.37 million cubic kilometers of liquid ethane should have been produced throughout the assumed age of the moon. Since the surface area is 80 million square kilometers, simple division yields a layer 0.017 km deep—a global ocean roughly 56 feet all over the moon. (Note: that’s far less than previous estimates that predicted half a mile deep.) Where is it? Their only suggestion is that somehow it sank into the icy crust where it cannot be observed. Why didn’t the methane sink, too? The abstract doesn’t mention any conceivable sorting action of a porous crust to explain why methane is found in large polar lakes, but almost no ethane. From that puzzle, Gilliam and Lerman go hydrobioscopic, distracting attention to the possibility of life. Sadly for them, that’s bad news, too. “The temperatures on Titan, much lower than on primordial Earth, are less favorable to the ‘Second Coming of life’ on Titan.” Never seen that phrase in print before.Mercury’s Carbon FootprintThe innermost planet will transit the sun Monday May 9, a rare event that occurs 13 times a century on average (last was in 2006, for history, read David Rothery’s piece on The Conversation; describes how to see it safely, and what to expect). A paper in Nature Geoscience says that the crust is darker than predicted. They infer an “ancient carbon-bearing crust” formed “via impact processes or assimilation of carbon into rising magmas during secondary crustal formation.”The Moon’s Delicate Pas de DeuxA paper in Icarus exposes problems with moon formation theories. Factors had to be delicately balanced for a molten Earth and Moon to arrive at their final destinations while maintaining the currently-observed lunar inclination. The timing of solidification is critical, Nimmo and Chen say; “There is thus a ‘speed limit’ on how fast the Moon can evolve outwards while maintaining its inclination.” Either the early Earth had to be 1-2 times less dissipative than it is now, or else the moon’s inclination had to rise after it passed through a critical “Cassini state transition” at 30 Earth radii. This “requires subsequent late excitation of the lunar orbit after the crystallization of the lunar magma ocean.” How did that happen? If the Earth and Moon did not evolve from a molten state, as current theory assumes, the puzzle could be circumvented.Ceres Bright Blue CratersAstrobiology Magazine posted pretty pictures from the Dawn spacecraft, still orbiting the largest asteroid Ceres. Haulani Crater has a strange polygonal shape, while smaller Oxo Crater, second brightest feature on Ceres, displays a prominent slump along one rim. Hualani “shows rays of bluish ejected material. The color blue in such views has been associated with young features on Ceres.”Jupiter Jekyll and HydeJPL scientist Kevin Grazier, who appeared briefly in The Privileged Planet, has run computer models for years to show that Jupiter may not be Earth’s protector after all. Comets and asteroids, he shows in his paper in Astrobiology, are just as likely to be deflected toward the Earth as away from it. He spins this as fortuitous in that the impactors “deliver life-enabling volatiles to the terrestrial planets.” Meanwhile, Icarus posted a paper dealing with the problem of the high mountains on Jupiter’s volcano moon Io. More falsified expectations were expressed in Astrobiology Magazine about Jupiter’s moons, particularly the smooth-cracked Europa: “[Scientists] had expected to see cold, dead places, but right away they were blown away by their striking surfaces” says a faculty member at Columbia. Carl Wunsch, meanwhile, deals with global ice-covered worlds in a paper on Icarus. “Little can be said concerning a reduction in tidal dissipation necessary to avoid a crisis in the history of the lunar orbit,” but he said it anyway.Saturn: Y Is Enceladus Young? shows a mysterious Y shape of ridges on Saturn’s geyser moon Enceladus. “Such features are also believed to be relatively young based on their lack of impact craters — a reminder of how surprisingly geologically active Enceladus is,” Cassini scientists said. Other Y shapes are seen along the ends of the south pole “tiger stripes” where the geysers erupt. A video clip explains the little moon’s surprises. “The surface of Enceladus is believed to be possibly less than 100 million years old, which would make it one of the youngest surfaces in the solar system.” If so, “possibly less” could imply “a lot less,” considering that 100 million years is 1/45th the assumed age of the planets. Another piece on PhysOrg tries to account for the heat by tidal friction. Because eruptions on Earth don’t last very long, scientists are rushing to a new theory by Kite and Rubin like drowning victims to a ring buoy. “It’s a puzzle to explain why the fissure system doesn’t clog up with its own frost,” one scientist said. “And it’s a puzzle to explain why the energy removed from the water table by evaporative cooling doesn’t just ice things over.”Update 5/08/16: Cassini scientists watched the plume occult a star recently, according to Astrobiology Magazine. The headline reads, “Enceladus jets: surprises in starlight” because some of the jets (but not all) seem to blast out with increased fury when the moon is at apoapse, its farthest point from the planet. [The observations, by the way, were made by Voyager veteran Candy Hansen, who appears in the bonus features of Illustra Media’s film The Privileged Planet.] Like today’s Icarus paper on Titan’s ethane, NASA’s leaps into hydrobioscopy, using the power of suggestion, to claim without any observational justification:Exactly how or why that’s happening is far from clear, but the observation gives theorists new possibilities to ponder about the twists and turns in the “plumbing” under the moon’s frozen surface. Scientists are eager for such clues because, beneath its frozen shell of ice, Enceladus is an ocean world that might have the ingredients for life.Special Pleading at DioneMeanwhile, there are puzzles at Saturn’s fourth moon Dione. A paper in Icarus finds crater rays that are very bright, so much so that “the implantation event occurred very recently.” The rays extend over much of the moon and would normally be darkened in short order by the solar wind.Phoebe Ring UpdateA new paper in Icarus updates knowledge about Saturn’s largest ring, the surprising Phoebe Ring discovered by Cassini, which orbits retrograde around the planet (10/07/09). This “vast debris disk” extends from 80 to 260 Saturn radii. If as assumed, “the Phoebe ring is generated through steady-state micrometeoroid bombardment” of Saturn’s outermost irregular satellites, why is there any material left? The small grains in the ring should be swept out of the ring by sunlight pressure in relatively short order. Could this process go on for billions of years?Pluto UpdatesQuick news from data trickling in from New Horizons:Pluto’s interaction with the solar wind appears to be unique (Astrobiology Magazine)Pluto’s “halo craters” are puzzling; see photo on Astrobiology Magazine. “Exactly why the bright methane ice settles on these crater rims and walls is a mystery; also puzzling is why this same effect doesn’t occur broadly across Pluto.”‘Frozen Lake’ on Pluto May Point to a Warmer Time ( “Had New Horizon’s flyby taken place a few millions years ago, the tiny planet would have looked vastly different than it does today.” How about billions?Melodrama at New Scientist: “Pluto may have tipped over when Charon tugged at its heart.“Far OutMakemake: The Hubble Telescope found a moon orbiting distant dwarf planet Makemake, reports Astrobiology Magazine. The moon is charcoal black, but Makemake is bright like fresh snow.Planet Nine: Another Astrobiology Mag article says that Planet Nine, possibly awaiting confirmation, shouldn’t exist. “The evidence points to Planet Nine existing, but we can’t explain for certain how it was produced,” one planetary scientist says, without invoking some kind of planetary billiards knocking it out there.Oort, Oort: Were you taught in school that the Oort Cloud contains pristine, primordial material? Then why does Science Magazine talk about “inner solar system material in the Oort Cloud”? No puzzle is immune from unbridled speculation. “We may be looking at fresh inner solar system Earth-forming material that was ejected from the inner solar system and preserved for billions of years in the Oort cloud.”While we join the applause for these discoveries, and honor the high degree of intelligent design it took to obtain these images and data, we must remind everyone that scientific explanation differs greatly from scientific discovery. You can view the number of surprises that contradicted expectations as a rough index of explanatory success. The old planetesimal hypothesis is not doing very well. Look how many objects theory says shouldn’t exist! Since they do exist, consensus theory should cease from existing.(Visited 26 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Presidential Hotline eyes improvement

first_img14 September 2010 Directors-general now responsible Most of the complaints are around housing, unemployment, water and electricity problems. A major challenge in dealing with the needs of the public was to get quicker responses from government departments and provinces. Zuma said he was aware of some of the frustrations members of the public were experiencing in their effort to use the hotline, adding that his office was working on improving the line. Others include service providers who were owed money by municipalities and have now received refunds. The municipalities include Matlosana Municipality in North West, Matjhabeng Municipality and Ngwathe Municipality in the Free State, and Emakhazeni Municipality in Mpumalanga. The review, which will be conducted by the Ministry of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation, will inform the interventions that need to be introduced to make the hotline more effective. One of the satisfied citizens is Fikile Manzini of Mpumalanga, who raised concerns about the lack of water in Pienaar, Kwa-Msogwaba and the construction of RDP houses in her area. The local municipality, Mbombela, intervened and the area now has water, while the building of Manzini’s house has been completed. Another happy citizen is Lynette Temlett, who had been struggling to get the subdivision of her plot at Ruimsig in Roodepoort registered. She has since written a letter of appreciation thanking the Presidential Hotline for helping with the registration. Source: BuaNewscenter_img Zuma thanked the public for taking the time to call the Hotline. “We thank those who report anti-corruption allegations as well,” Zuma said. “They will help us in our campaign to ensure clean governance.” The Presidential Hotline, set up by President Jacob Zuma to give people easier access to the government, handles about 400 cases per week, and has resolved over 30 500 complaints since it was introduced on 14 September 2009, Zuma’s office said this week. “We will continue working to improve this service, as it is clearly a valuable tool in keeping government in touch, and also to train public servants to take members of the public seriously when they raise issues,” he said. Common complaints While South Africa’s Presidential Hotline has answered over 30 000 complaints from members of the public on various issues of service delivery since its inception a year ago, the Presidency aims to make the service still more effective. To ensure that people get rapid responses on their complaints, the President decided to make directors-general responsible for resolving the queries and complaints in their departments. This is in addition to the assessment that will look at challenges, successes and opportunities to improve the Hotline. Hotline service to be improvedlast_img read more

Help Choc help the children

first_imgThe CHOC Foundation’s holistic approach to caring for children with cancer and supporting parents through the difficulties of looking after their sick children has touched the lives of thousands of people across the country. (Image: CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation SA, via Facebook)What began as a number of regional support groups established in 1979 by parents who were caring for children with cancer, took on a new form at the beginning of the new millennium when they merged to make as big an impact as they could.The Choc Childhood Cancer Foundation became a national organisation in 2000 and is today one of the country’s most established NGOs. In 2010, it was named the seventh most trusted and admired NGO in the Ask Afrika Trust Barometer Awards.CIRCLE OF CAREIts holistic approach to caring for children with cancer and supporting parents through the difficulties of looking after their sick children has touched the lives of thousands of people across the country.Choc’s Circle of Care is a six-step approach to achieving its objective of supporting children with cancer and life-threatening blood disorders, and their families. It maintains the foundation’s involvement throughout the process of the disease, from detection to recovery and transition to normal life.The first step in the Circle of Care is the detection phase, during which Choc trains members of the public in how to detect the early signs of cancer. This helps to improve response times, and so helps to catch the diseases early.By the end of 2014, the organisation had facilitated the training of nearly 5 000 healthcare workers, traditional healers and community members in how to detect the early warning signs of cancer, allowing for early intervention.Following detection, the organisation then focuses on diagnosis before the patient is hospitalised. During children’s hospitalisation, Choc provides practical and psychological support, which includes care bags and ward comforts as well as transportation, accommodation and access to its parents’ support groups.During the fifth stage of the Circle of Care, the out-patient phase, Choc offers accommodation at one of 13 Choc houses for parents wanting to stay near their children and for children still in the out-patient stage of their recovery.The final stage of the process involves helping children through the latter stages of their recovery and providing counselling to them and their parents regarding their reintegration into society after often lengthy hospital stays and bed rest.Survivors are also able to become a part of the Survivors of Life-threatening Diseases (Solid) network.The CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation’s “Have a heart for children with cancer” car. (Image: CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation SA, via Facebook)GET INVOLVEDThe number of families relying on Choc for help in caring for their children has grown at a staggering rate, increasing the strain on the organisation’s resources.It gets no subsidies from the government and relies heavily on the generosity of corporates and members of the public to meet its financial demands to support to such a large number of children.If you would like to get involved and help Choc continue doing what it does, visit the foundation’s website and view its support page for details on how you can get involved, be it through volunteering or donating money to help it meet its expenses.PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part in transforming South Africa? If so, submit your story or video and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more

Bok win sets up showdown vs NZ

first_img30 September 2013The Springboks outplayed the Wallabies 28-8 in the penultimate round of the Castle Lager Rugby Championship at Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday, but missed out on scoring what could be a crucial four-try bonus point.While the men in green and gold crossed for three tries, the All Blacks dotted down four times, with their last coming in the last movement of the match, to defeat Argentina 33-15 in La Plata, which gives the New Zealanders a five-point lead over South Africa in the standings heading into the showdown between the world’s two best teams on 5 October at Ellis Park in Johannesburg.StandingsThat position leaves the Springboks needing to beat the All Blacks and score a bonus point, without conceding one, to win the Rugby Championship.Unfortunately, it once again focuses attention on the effect of a rescinded red card that forced Bismarck du Plessis from the field for 50 minutes in the Boks’ 15-29 defeat to New Zealand in Auckland on 14 September, which included a four-try bonus for the Kiwis.Springbok coach Heynecke Meyer and Jean de Villiers downplayed the incident after it happened, but were no doubt fuming inwardly, and it was never raised after South Africa’s win on Saturday. The matter of a bonus point at Newlands was hardly mentioned too.“We have beaten the Wallabies with a record margin for Newlands, a field where one doesn’t score that many tries,” Meyer said afterwards.‘Some great rugby’“We played some great rugby in that first 20 minutes. We realised their defence was hanging back, so we could attack with ball in hand.”After running up a 23-3 lead after 31 minutes, though, South Africa lost Flip vand er Merwe to a yellow card and later had Duane Vermeulen sin-binned. “The two yellow cards then hampered us, but we are not going to argue those as the referee is always right,” Meyer added.“This was a great win for us and shows the progress we are making. It is most pleasing that we are scoring tries and we have beaten the Wallabies by 20 points. It was a great achievement.”Captain Jean de Villiers said the Springboks had achieved a number of goals they had set for the match.‘We can still win’“We wanted to put ourselves in a position where we can still win the championship. We did that.“We wanted to improve in certain areas, we did that.“We wanted to be in a position where we can challenge the number one ranked team in the world in front of a sold-out Ellis Park to win the Rugby Championship. We did that.“We have now scored seven tries to one in the two test matches against Australia, which shows that we are doing something right on attack,” he concluded.An opportunity slippedAlthough the Springboks won handsomely and by a record margin over the Wallabies at Newlands, they would surely feel that they let an opportunity slip given that they scored only a try after leading 23-3 after only 31 minutes.Before losing Van der Merwe just before half-time, the Boks had dominated the Wallabies, crossing for two tries, by Andries Strauss and Zane Kirchner, while the reliable boot of Morne Steyn made the visitors pay further when they conceded penalties under pressure.During the week, coach Meyer had said he felt the faster pace of rugby in Japan had helped scrumhalf Fourie du Preez’s game and the number nine’s wonderful speed of service, distribution and pinpoint tactical kicking from the base of the scrum was again mightily impressive.The 2007 World Cup winner was the best player on view in Cape Town and with him at scrumhalf in Johannesburg, coach Meyer, whose history with Du Preez goes back a long way, will surely feel quietly confident his charges can upset the number one ranked All Blacks on Saturday.ScrumsHe should also be encouraged by the trouble New Zealand had in the scrums with the Pumas. The Springbok pack was more solid in its two outings against Argentina, but in Auckland was robbed of Bismarck du Plessis, who had been the star of the game until he was sent off.It is almost always about the forwards when it comes to the Boks and they will believe they can edge the All Blacks at Ellis Park. With Fourie du Preez backing them up, that belief will be greater, and the job will become a little less difficult.The clash between the two long-time rivals in Auckland was developing into a classic before the sending off of Du Plessis. That decision has raised the pressure for the Joburg battle that lies ahead and made it into the most eagerly awaited rugby test anywhere this year.And one thing that is known about Springbok team for the game is that Bismarck du Plessis will be in the South African starting fifteen.For supporters of the two teams and for the rugby neutral, a can’t-miss contest awaits.last_img read more

Odisha MLA asks engineer to do sit-ups

first_imgThe Balangir district administration has ordered an inquiry into an MLA directing a government official to do sit-ups in public as punishment for alleged poor quality of road work in Belpada block of the district.The MLA in question is Saroj Meher, elected for the first time on BJD ticket from Patnagarh Assembly constituency in western Odisha.In a video clip, Mr. Meher is reportedly seen asking the junior engineer (JE) to do sit-ups in presence of some people.The JE shows reluctance to do sit-ups but buckles under pressure. He also reportedly begs for pardon.last_img

Lucky Sudhir Kumar bags bronze in 77 kgs weightlifting

first_imgLady luck smiled on CPR Sudhir Kumar of India as he picked up a bronze medal in men’s 77-kg weightlifting despite not being in the reckoning for any medal in the beginning at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium sports complex on Thursday.The Indian supporters had lost all hopes when Kumar finished both his snatch as well as the clean and jerk events with a total of only 297 kgs, placed behind three lifters.But fortune smiled as one of the frontrunners – Nigeria’s Felix Ekpo, who shared the top spot along with Yukio Peter of Nauru after the snatch round, flunked all his three attempts in clean and jerk, handing the Indian the third spot.Yukio Peter of Nauru bagged the gold, while Ben Turner of Australia took the silver.The Indian lifter was far from impressive as he could just lift 131 kgs in his first attempt in snatch event but failed in his next two attempts to heave 136 kgs.Meanwhile, Yukio Peter, the best-credentialled lifter in any division, predictably created a new Commonwealth Games record in snatch event with 148 kgs, to break Indian Satheesha Rai’s previously held record.But it came as a surprise when Felix Ekpo of Nigeria also finished the snatch event with a successful lift of 148 kgs as well to be placed on top.The next in line were Ben Turner of Australia (133 kgs), Cyprus’s Alexandros Amanatides (132 kgs) and India’s Sudhir Kumar (131 kgs) after the snatch event.Ben Turner later made it a combined lift of 308kg (133 in snatch and 175 in clean and jerk) and acquired the third position, leaving the top two lifters of the snatch event to fight for the gold.advertisementNauruan star Peter moved far ahead with a total of 333 kgs with his very first lift of 185 kgs and it never mattered that he could not lift 188 kgs in next two attempts.But unfortunately for Ekpo, he failed in his all three attempts in clean and jerk to lift 185 kgs to be disqualified, which gave Turner the silver and Sudhir, to the crowd’s delight, the bronze.last_img read more

David Moyes backs confident West Ham United to flourish against Everton

first_imgWest Ham United manager David Moyes believes his side will take plenty of confidence heading into Wednesday’s Premier League trip to his former club Everton after picking up a crucial point against Leicester City.West Ham, currently 18th in the league, came from a goal down to draw 1-1 against Leicester on Friday, with Cheikhou Kouyate’s first half headed equaliser key to lifting the spirits of home supporters at the London Stadium.”It was important that we won on Friday night, but it was probably more important that we didn’t lose. We take that into Wednesday’s game and I am personally really looking forward to going back to Everton,” Moyes told the club website. (”I’ve been back a few times and not been that successful on my other visits, so I’m hoping that this one can be.”Moyes, who spent 11 years at Everton between 2002-13, lost 2-0 at Goodison Park with Sunderland in February before he resigned following the club’s relegation from the top-flight at the end of the season.The same scoreline with Manchester United in April 2014 resulted in him losing the job two days later.”It’s a special place for me because of the years I spent there and also because of the people I worked with, many of whom are still there behind the scenes,” he added.”I’ll enjoy going back but I’m only interested in West Ham now and getting a win for West Ham is all that matters.”Moyes was impressed by the performance of Marko Arnautovic on Friday having criticised the Austrian forward’s work rate, especially off the ball, earlier this month.advertisement”He not only delivered three or four very dangerous crosses, but he also did the other side of the game and tracked back, which is he knows he has to do,” the 54-year-old Scot said.”You wouldn’t want to play against him if he can deliver that quality and we just need to make sure keeps it up.”last_img read more

10 months agoMan Utd manager Mourinho escapes FA appeal on swearing charge

first_imgMan Utd manager Mourinho escapes FA appeal on swearing chargeby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe FA have confirmed they will not appeal the ruling on Jose Mourinho’s swearing charge.The Independent Regulatory Commission found Mourinho was not guilty of an FA charge for alleged abusive language towards television cameras after Manchester United’s 3-2 win over Newcastle United.It was believed the FA would appeal decision after they were left unhappy with the commission’s finding.However, a statement has been released clarifying that the governing body will not proceed with their appeal.”The FA welcomes the original decision of the Appeal Board to uphold its appeal against Mr Mourinho for using abusive, insulting and improper language after the Manchester United v Newcastle United match on 6 October 2018,” an FA statement said.”It also respects the decision of the Independent Regulatory Commission to dismiss the charge based on the legal argument submitted by Mr Mourinho.”The FA’s position, which it maintained throughout the hearing, was that Mr Mourinho directed his abusive, insulting and improper words directly towards the camera lens, and in these circumstances, the decision to charge was consistent with previous FA charging practice.”Whilst we accept that the Independent Regulatory Commission disagreed on this occasion, The FA wishes to make clear that it will continue to take action against Participants for any form of abusive, insulting, or improper language or behaviour, which is directed towards a camera.”Finally, following the Appeal Board decision, and the most recent decision of the Independent Regulatory Commission, The FA now considers this matter to be closed.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more