After putting on an offensive show in just about every single game thus far this season, the Huskies outdid themselves Wednesday night and nearly broke the scoreboard with 106 points.Drew Gillette had 25 of them, a team-high, and the Fortuna Huskies boys’ basketball team found zero trouble in the first round of the North Coast Section Division IV playoffs, hammering visiting No. 15 Fort Bragg 106-73 Wednesday night on Bob Orr Court at Fortuna High.As many of the Huskies’ games this season …
Galactic Habitable Zone, where a star must be located (09/29/2009);Circumstellar Habitable Zone, the right radius from the star where liquid water can exist (10/08/2010);Continuously Habitable Zone, because too much variety can be lethal (07/21/2007);Temporal Habitable Zone, because habitable zones do not last forever (10/27/2008);Chemical and Thermodynamic Habitable Zone, where water can be liquid (12/30/2003);Ultraviolet Habitable Zone, free from deadly radiation (08/15/2006);Tidal Habitable Zone, which rules out most stars that are small (02/26/2011).Stable Obliquity Habitable Zone (1/12/2012)Stellar Chemistry Habitable Zone (this entry) The list will probably continue to grow. Although the current paper assumes billions of years of evolution, it’s a problem for evolutionists of all stripes: atheistic, deistic and theistic. Why? They all need billions of years. Theistic evolutionists, for instance, would need for God to intervene and move the earth as the habitable zone evolves. If the solar system were created much more recently, this is not a problem at all. The hopes of Carl Sagan and other astronomers of the 1980s for billions and billions of worlds filled with life are looking more simplistic with each new discovery. The earth is looking more Biblical all the while. The chemistry of a parent star can have drastic effects on the habitability of an earth-like planet.Scientists at the University of Arizona have added another factor to consider when looking for habitable planets. PhysOrg reported,As a star evolves, it becomes brighter, causing the habitable zone to move outwards through its solar system. The team’s study indicates that a greater abundance of oxygen, carbon, sodium, magnesium and silicon should be a plus for an inner solar system’s long-term habitability because the abundance of these elements make the star cooler and cause it to evolve more slowly, thereby giving planets in its habitable zone more time to develop life as we know it….The stellar abundance of oxygen seems crucial in determining how long planets stay in the habitable zone around their host star. If there had been less oxygen in the Sun’s chemical makeup, for example, Earth likely would have been pushed out of the Sun’s habitable zone about a billion years ago, well before complex organisms evolved. Considering the first complex multicellular organisms only arose about 650 million years ago, such a move would have likely destroyed any chance of complex life taking hold on Earth.There are probably other factors, too: “Habitability is very difficult to quantify because it depends on a huge number of variables, some of which we have yet to identify,” said the university’s assistant professor of School of Earth and Space Exploration, Patrick Young.Update 9/11/2012: The BBC News claims that habitable planets may be more abundant due to the fact that water can exist under the surface, even outside the habitable zone where liquid water can exist. There are, however, constraints on how long a body’s internal heat can last. Water is not alive; many other factors are required for life. Even if life were possible in a deep, dark, subsurface ocean, it would not be the kind humans would be able to learn about or would want to contact. That being so, it remains a theoretical possibility only, not conducive to observation.Let’s tally up the factors we’ve reported so far that make the “Goldilocks Zone” more complicated than just allowing for liquid water: (Visited 55 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
South Africa is to intensify its anti-poaching strategy. (Image: WWF UK)Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Buyelwa Sonjica has announced the formation of a new special investigations team dedicated to the eradication of rhino poaching. This will help safeguard one of South Africa’s most enduring tourist attractions, its wildlife.The initiative could not have come sooner. Horrifying statistics show that since January 2009 84 rhino have been killed by poachers in provinces across South Africa. A breakdown reveals that the world-famous Kruger National Park is the country’s poaching hotspot, with KwaZulu-Natal’s rhino-rich nature reserves not far behind.The current poaching statistics are as follows:• Kruger National Park: 33• Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife: 19• Gauteng: 3• North West: 5• Limpopo: 7• Eastern Cape: 1• Mpumalanga: 16Sonjica made the announcement at a September 2009 meeting between herself, deputy environment minister Rejoice Mabudafhasi and various members of the executive council (MEC) from the provinces. The meeting was held to discuss new strategies to fight the recent spate of rhino deaths.The new unit is expected to tackle not only poaching, but other high-priority and organised environmental and conservation crimes. It forms part of an integrated anti-poaching strategy in which the Department of Environmental Affairs is working closely with all provinces where rhino are found.Experts hope that the unit will function in much the same way as the former Endangered Species Protection Unit of the South African Police Service. From 1989 until its disbandment in 2003 this elite unit was responsible for wildlife crime investigation and notched up great successes in its fight against international trade in endangered species.Coordinated effortsDuring the meeting the delegates discussed ways of supporting the anti-poaching initiatives of various conservation authorities around the country.The national parks authority, South African National Parks (Sanparks), is to lead a task team of conservation agencies from all provinces, with the aim of coordinating their efforts.Earlier in the year, as part of the integrated strategy, the Department of Environmental Affairs established a national biodiversity investigators’ forum in its Biodiversity and Conservation branch.This initiative enables the coordination of biodiversity-related law enforcement work, such as the efforts to stamp out rhino poaching, and will help authorities enforce national environmental legislation.War against poachingWhile poaching is still rife, the ongoing war against poachers is proving fruitful. Sanparks recently announced that it would channel US$260 000 (R2-million) from the Parks Development Fund into providing an additional 57 game rangers in the Kruger Park and equipping them with motorbikes, enabling them to cover their patrol areas more efficiently.The funds will also provide for the installation of a hi-tech crime information management system. Sanparks hopes that these new developments will give it the edge over would-be poachers.A further blow to criminal activities is the return of the South African military to patrol the vulnerable 450km national border between South Africa and Mozambique, in the east of the park. Military patrols along the border stopped three years ago.All 33 poached rhinos in the Kruger Park were killed along the eastern border, said Sanparks.“We intend to increase our efforts even more in ensuring that this scourge is routed out,” said Sanparks CEO David Mabunda. “Discussions have been started with Mozambican authorities to solicit their assistance in apprehending suspects and preventing illegal activities from proliferating on their side of the fence.”During 2009 at least 14 poachers, all of Mozambican origin, have been arrested and several illegal firearms seized in the Kruger Park. Altogether, 22 poachers around South Africa have been taken into custody since the beginning of 2009.In KwaZulu-Natal, which has also seen a surge in the number of rhino deaths, several suspects have been arrested in recent months. By late September 2009 the province had lost 19 rhino to poachers, 15 in areas managed by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife – formerly known as the Natal Parks Board – and four in private reserves.In January 2009 police and wildlife authorities cracked an international rhino-smuggling ring and arrested 11 people of South African, Chinese and Mozambican origin.Zero toleranceA report released in July 2009 by the World Wide Fund for Nature, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, and wildlife trade monitoring network Traffic, says that illegal international trade in rhino horns is almost at a 15-year high.But South Africa is sending out a stern warning that it will not tolerate this unlawful trade: “Poachers must beware, because we will seek them out, we will find them and they will be dealt with. This is a war that we plan on winning,” Mabunda said.
28 October 2009A sound fiscal position has allowed the South African government to sustain public service delivery while increasing spending on fixed capital investment to boost economic growth and create employment, says Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.Presenting his Medium Term Budget Policy Statement in Parliament in Cape Town on Tuesday, Gordhan said that low levels of public debt had also enabled a rapid increase in infrastructure spending, much of it supported by government-guaranteed borrowing by the country’s state-owned enterprises.Supporting economic recoveryGordhan said state investment in capital infrastructure had increased from 5.9% of South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) in the second quarter of 2007 to 9.4% in the second quarter of 2009.While South Africa’s GDP was expected to decline by 1.9% overall for 2009, the economy was expected to move back into growth in the last quarter of the year. GDP growth of 1.5% is forecast for 2010, rising to 3.2% by 2012.According to Gordhan, the government has taken a number steps to support the country’s economic recovery, including:sustaining public spending and government employment programmes;helping state-owned enterprises to increase their investments;bolstering municipal capital spending through development finance institutions;maintaining expansionary fiscal and monetary policies only for as long as necessary; andreinforcing South Africa’s state social security net.Job creationYet the country’s biggest challenge remains job creation. Employment levels fell by 3.4% in the first half of this year, with the highest ratio of jobs lost in the agriculture, domestic work and informal sector.Only 42% of the population between 15 and 64 years old are in some form of employment. In the former apartheid “homelands”, only 30% of adults have jobs.This compares unfavourably with fellow emerging economies Brazil and China, where about two-thirds of the adult population have work. South Africa’s labour absorption rate is also lower than Ghana, South Korea, Brazil, China and India.“If the country does not find a way to resolve this problem, there will be catastrophic implications for social stability and future growth,” Gordhan said.ProductivityThe country also requires a higher productivity, and the government plans to take steps to raise employment and lower the costs of production to boost South Africa’s competitiveness, he said.The volatility of the rand has also drawn some attention, because it affects exports. Since 1994, nominal exchange rates have depreciated by 60%, making the rand far more competitive today than it was 15 years ago.With this in mind, the government is to relax exchange controls to lower the cost of doing business and promote investment. The inflation rate will also be kept in check to ensure that it is not higher than that of South Africa’s trade partners, as this would undercut the country’s competitiveness.Cost-cuttingOver the next three years, the government will also clamp down on wasteful public spending, in three phases, in a bid to develop a more effective public service.Gordhan said state tax revenue had fallen by about 3.2% of GDP, with the biggest declines in VAT receipts, company taxes and trade taxes. To widen the tax base, the government is considering improving tax compliance and introducing new taxes, such as environmental levies.A budget deficit of 7.6% is projected for 2009/10, from a deficit of one percent in 2008/09, while revenue projection is expected to recover over the next three years.Source: BuaNews
Doctors graduating from government medical colleges in Uttar Pradesh with an MBBS degree will have to work in villages for two years unless they go for higher studies, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said on Monday. Those pursuing MD and MS will have to work in rural areas for a year, he said at a function to mark the first anniversary of the Ayushman Bharat Diwas. “The doctors will be made to fill up bonds. Those who did MD and MS will also work for one year in rural areas and no one will be allowed to influence the government for internship,” the Chief Minister said. Stressing on the success of the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana, Mr. Adityanath said while around 1.18 crore families have benefited through the scheme, 8.45 lakh families have benefited through the CM Jan Arogya Yojana scheme and golden cards have been distributed to 1.89 lakh people. “We had to face several challenges when we launched this scheme around a year back. There was a dire need to make the benefits of this scheme reach the beneficiaries in a time-bound manner. We chalked out such a strategy that could help in making this scheme reach the citizens,” he said. “While work has been up to the mark in several districts, in other districts, the pace of execution has been slow. Such districts need to expedite the work,” the Chief Minister said. The Health Department has done a good job in controlling communicable diseases, he said. “The Department has also been successful in reaching out to the beneficiaries of Ayushman Bharat Yojana. People have been ensured of social security at such a large scale for the first time since Independence. It is the world’s largest health plan,” he added. Mentioning the work done by the State government in the medical sector, the Chief Minister said only 12 medical colleges were set up between 1947 and 2012. The government is building 15 new medical colleges across the State, out of which seven colleges have already been opened. In addition, life-support ambulances have been provided in every district and over 1 lakh people have been admitted to better hospitals, Mr. Adityanath said. During the event, the Chief Minister also felicitated 40 beneficiaries of Ayushman Bharat Yojana. Along with this, a coffee table book and a hospital booklet was also released on the occasion.
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Ex-Chelsea striker Sutton: Lampard wouldn’t have signed Pulisicby Ansser Sadiq16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Chelsea striker Chris Sutton does not believe that boss Frank Lampard would have signed Christian Pulisic.The American arrived at the club this summer, but his transfer was sealed in January with Borussia Dortmund.Pulisic has found it hard to earn game time at Chelsea, with the likes of Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Willian and Pedro preferred in the winger slots.And Sutton does not think the 21-year-old would have been a Lampard signing.”He has to prove himself,” Sutton told Radio 5 Live.”Frank Lampard has no agenda against him, he’s picking the best possible team to win games of football, that’s his job.”He wasn’t Frank’s signing, of course.”With [Callum] Hudson-Odoi and Mason Mount coming to the fore, he’s going to have a major issue getting into the starting line-up. I really do think that. I don’t see a way in for him at the moment.”Fifty-eight million, a lot of money to spend and it would be interesting to ask Frank now if he would sign him at this moment in time if he hadn’t signed him before? The answer to that, I think, is pretty obvious – he wouldn’t.”But, there’s a reason Chelsea spent the money on him, he’s still a young man and got enormous talent, he has to go out and show it. It’s good for Frank in terms of strength in depth.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
Companies in this article include: (TSX:PSK, TSX:PGF)The Canadian Press CALGARY — Crude oil prices in Western Canada remain elevated as Alberta’s government-mandated oil production curtailments come into force.Calgary oil brokerage Net Energy says the difference between Western Canadian Select bitumen-blend heavy oil and New York-traded West Texas Intermediate oil prices was about US$12.50 per barrel on Wednesday afternoon, an improvement over the US$17.52 per barrel average for spot contracts signed last month for January delivery.The WCS-WTI discount peaked at more than US$52 a barrel in October but recovered to traditional norms or better after Alberta Premier Rachel Notley announced Dec. 2 that the province would impose curtailments of 325,000 barrels per day as of Jan. 1 on larger producers to relieve a glut of oil in Western Canada and free up export pipeline space.Tom McMillan, a spokesman for oilsands producer Pengrowth Energy Corp., says his company is complying with curtailments it was asked to make after using unspecified “options” provided by the government to reduce the impact.He says better prices are helping Pengrowth and the province has been “responsive” in addressing his firm’s concerns but he still hopes the cutbacks end as soon as possible.CEO Andrew Phillips of PrairieSky Royalty Ltd. says the recovery in price has had a “huge impact” on his firm’s bottom line and negative impacts have been negligible.He says the company, which holds petroleum mineral rights on millions of hectares in the four western provinces and earns a percentage of production from any wells drilled there, has seen its realized price for heavy and light oil increase dramatically.
Kolkata: The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Tuesday transferred Abhishek Gupta from the post of Superintendent of Police in Cooch Behar. Amit Kumar Singh, who was posted as SS, IB has become the new SP of Cooch Behar.An Undersecretary of the ECI wrote a letter to the Chief Secretary on Tuesday, a copy of which was delivered to the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) in the state, announcing the transfer. The letter says that Gupta will not be given any election-related duty. The Chief Secretary of the state was also instructed by the EC to ensure that the transfer procedure gets completed within 5 pm on Tuesday. Following the instruction of the commission, Singh has been made the new SP of the district. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIt may be mentioned here that the move comes three days after the EC transferred four senior policemen in the state, including Kolkata Police Commissioner Anuj Sharma and Bidhannagar Police Commissioner Gyanwant Singh. Birbhum SP Shyam Singh and Diamond Harbour SP S Selvamurugan were also shunted out. Trinamool Congress leaders have, however, cried foul regarding the removal of the Cooch Behar SP, as they claim the decision comes after BJP leader Mukul Roy, during an election rally in the district on Sunday, allegedly gave an ultimatum to the SP. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayRoy had said that they would “see how powerful SP Gupta has become.” He and other BJP leaders in the district had brought charges of partiality against Gupta. Roy had also said that he would remain in politics for at least 10 years and would “see how Gupta remains the SP.” Trinamool Congress secretary general Partha Chatterjee on Tuesday raised questions on the timing of transfer of the Cooch Behar SP. He said: “We wonder how a BJP leader can threaten to remove the uniform of a police officer during the Prime Minister’s election rally. Two days after such derogatory remarks were made against the Police Superintendent, the EC has transferred the officer now. Many are asking questions on whether the EC is acting at the behest of BJP. We respect the EC but BJP is trying to bring it under its party fold.” Chatterjee also reminded that his party leaders will hold a meeting and decide the next course of action in this regard. Meanwhile, it may be mentioned that Central Forces will be deployed only in the 1,067 critical booths, whereas the rest will be deployed for patrolling and guarding strong rooms. BJP had been demanding that Central Forces be deployed in every polling booth. According to sources in the office of the Chief Electoral Officer, all the 3,844 polling booths in Cooch Behar and Alipurduar cannot be manned by Central Forces. Around 44 companies of Central Forces have reached Cooch Behar and another 26 companies have reached Alipurduar till Tuesday evening.
29Mar Rep. Miller approves Michigan State Police budget recommendations Categories: Miller News Plan includes 100 new troopers and increased funding for 9-1-1 technologyThe state House continues its commitment to public safety across Michigan though a bill approved by the Michigan State Police (MSP) Budget Subcommittee.State Rep. Aaron Miller, of Sherman Township, who chairs the subcommittee, today approved the panel’s recommendations for the MSP 2017-18 budget. Included in the plan is the addition of 100 new state police troopers across the state. “There’s a need for increased public safety statewide,” said Miller. “I’m proud to support the addition of these highly trained law enforcement officials.” Additionally, the plan also continues funding to maintain Michigan’s statewide advanced 9-1-1 system. “The Smart911 System saves lives and has been shown to improve responder safety by providing additional communications tools to dispatchers outside of the scope of a normal 9-1-1 call,” Miller said. “Increasing the technology behind our 9-1-1 services is essential to protecting more Michigan lives.”The subcommittee recommendation now moves to be considered by the full House Appropriations Committee.