Mars Methane May Be Geological, Not Biological

first_imgJust when the ESA Mars Express spacecraft was collecting data on methane emissions on Mars, leading some to speculate it might be a biomarker, Science Now reported new findings that indicate methane can form naturally in Earth’s mantle by heating water, iron oxide and calcite under pressure (see also Physics Web).     This demonstrates that “hydrocarbons could be produced without the byproducts of life,” and that “The methane recently detected on Mars … may not indicate life, because it could have been produced from simple elements.”  It also indicates there could be vast yet currently inaccessible reservoirs of natural gas in Earth’s mantle. This means also that future missions such as the Space Interferometry Mission and Terrestrial Planet Finder may not be able to assume that the detection of methane is an indicator of the presence of life on a distant planet.  Nor could Cassini scientists assume that methane at Titan was a precursor to biology.(Visited 18 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

‘Spend wisely, avoid the debt trap’

first_img14 January 2009In the context of grim market conditions characterised by high inflation and interest rates, as well as record over-indebtedness, the National Credit Regulator is urging South African consumers to think twice before applying for credit.“Consumers are advised to borrow money responsibly and wisely, especially at this time of the year,” NCR senior education and strategy manager Peter Setou said in a statement this week.Setou pointed out that consumers were often desperate for financial assistance at the beginning of the year, and might recklessly take out various forms of credit, which included credit cards, clothing accounts, overdrafts, and long- and short-term loans.“This entails borrowing money without planning how to repay the loan, borrowing money from unscrupulous credit providers, signing loan contracts they do not understand, and eventually finding themselves in worse financial predicaments,” he said.Consumer rightsSetou pointed out that it was paramount that consumers be familiar with their rights as borrowers in order to protect themselves from unscrupulous lenders.The National Credit Act, he said, was aimed at regulating South Africa’s credit granting industry, curbing reckless lending, and ensuring that consumers were protected from harmful business practices by lenders.Key features of the Act are to ensure that interest rates and fees are regulated, and that the advertising and marketing of credit contain prescribed information on the cost of credit.“Compare interest rates and other costs from different providers, always ask and make sure you understand what the total monthly payment, including insurance and all other charges is,” Setou said. “Avoid paying over too many months; it will cost you more in the end.”In addition, a credit provider cannot legally enter into a credit agreement unless the provider has given the consumer a pre-agreement statement and a quotation in the prescribed form, as well as giving the consumer a copy of a document that records their credit agreement.‘Must haves’ vs ‘nice to haves’Setou pointed out that while many consumers received their bonuses and other extra income during the festive season, they did not plan on how to spend their money – ending up spending their extra income on “nice to haves”, instead of “must haves”.He explained that consumers failed to plan for the New Year, for essentials such as school fees, uniforms, rent, transport and electricity, and were left with no money as they had exhausted all their income.The NCR, together with partners like the Department of Trade and Industry, provincial consumer affairs directorates, the Financial Services Board, and the Council for Medical Aid Schemes, have been running awareness campaigns countrywide to educate consumers about their rights and obligations.“We believe that an informed consumer is a protected consumer,” Setou said.SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Play Your Part Ambassador Catherine Constantinides takes on the Sahara

first_imgSouth African Earth Warrior and Social Justice Activist, Catherine Constantinides to take up the challenge and use her profile and passion for the environment and human rights, this time to participate in the 2019 Sahara Marathon. The marathon will be taking place on the 26th of February in the Sahara Desert.As an internationally renowned climate activist and human rights defender, this South African Earth Warrior is no stranger to challenge and adventure. And has set her mind firmly on participating in this desert run. She serves on the Saharawi Human Rights Council and has been travelling back and forth to the refugee camps as a humanitarian for the past five years. She is participating in this particular event to raise awareness and honour the Saharawi freedom fighters and victims of landmines in the region. Last year she spent time with Aziz Haider who is the founder of the Saharawi Association of Landmine Victims (ASAVIM).According to various estimates there are still between 5 – 10 Million landmines still in the Sahara, “Western Sahara is one of the most contaminated territories in the world,” the UN Mine Action Service says on its website. Landmines and explosive remnants of war “remain widespread” and “there is very limited information available regarding the location of hazardous areas”, it warns. High winds, sandstorms and rainfall also pose a challenge as they can hide, reveal or move landmines.According to Aziz Haidar, who has lost three of his limbs in a mine blast, such explosions have caused more than 300 casualties since a ceasefire which took effect in 1991.The Sahara Marathon is an international sport event hosted in the Sahara Desert every year. The aim of the marathon was designed to demonstrate solidarity with the Saharawi people, first initiated in 2001, organised by the Secretary of State for Sport, under the auspices of the Government of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic and with the help of volunteers from all over the world.Constantinides has been actively engaged in highlighting causes across the continent linked to climate change and human rights for more than a decade, her work as a former Miss Earth South Africa has seen her work passionately in the waste, water and food security space as she leads educational and community development projects linked to these spaces in furthering the movement towards the Sustainable Development Goals. Her work through her organisation Generation Earth has gained much momentum across South Africa and the world over the past eight years.This activist says it is certainly the biggest physical challenge she has ever committed to and has already begun preparing for the upcoming marathon. Her goal is to highlight the ‘ #StandInTheSand ’ solidarity movement which gives a voice and presence to the last colony in Africa, Western Sahara.Western Sahara is the last colony in Africa. A Spanish colony from 1884 to 1975 when Spain failed to finish the decolonization process which it promised to achieve. Instead, Spain, Morocco and Mauritania signed a secret agreement to divide this African territory into two parts by military control by Morocco from the North and Mauritania from the South while Spain maintained privileged economic interests especially in the illegal exploitation of the rich fisheries and phosphate of Western Sahara.The Polisario Front, the Saharawi liberation movement was already constituted in 1973 to fight against Spanish colonialism, but found itself encircled by the two armies and had to deliver a heroic fight against the two African armies and at the same time to build a genuine Saharawi Nation and ‘State in Exile’ which was declared on the 27th of February 1976 as the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic, also a founding member of the African Union.Constantinides’ active humanitarian work in the Saharawi Refugee Camps over the past five years has brought international awareness to this more than 43-year-old conflict. Now she runs in the sand for a people who continue to fight for self-determination and justice.The Sahara Marathon, includes the standard-distance marathon also includes a half marathon of 21km, 10km, 5km and a special children’s race which is aimed at promoting sport activity. Funds raised through the marathon assist in financially supporting and developing humanitarian programmes. More so to use the power and strength of sport and its unifying power to raise awareness and sensitize the world about the plight and struggle of the forgotten people of Africa; the Saharawi people of Western Sahara.last_img read more

What to look for when scouting for frost damage

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Earlier this week, many parts of Ohio got some mid-May snow and overnight lows below the freezing point. In this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report, Account Manager Trent Brisby discusses what to look for when scouting corn and soybean fields for frost damage.last_img

TCI Government to Donate 100000 for Dominica Relief

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 15 Sept 2015 – The Turks and Caicos Islands Government agreed to a relief fund of US$100,000 to assist with the restoration efforts in Dominica. Premier and Minister of Health, Agriculture and Human Services of the Turks and Caicos Islands, the Hon. Dr. Rufus W. Ewing, following the Cabinet meeting commented, that “he is pleased that we are in a position to assist financially and while the grant is but a dent in the estimated value of damages, we know from the devastation of Hurricane Ike in 2008 that every little bit helps.” The Government of Dominica has reported that TS Erika destroyed over 370 dwelling homes, devastated villages and wrought infrastructural damages amounting to some US$228 million dollars. Hurricane Hit Territories Labelled “Too Wealthy” for British Aid Related Items:dominicana, relief, tci government, tropical storm erika Atlantic Hurricane Season over; takes 88 lives, costs $590 million Dominica gets 300 temporary homes; $34 million to rebuild communities Recommended for youlast_img read more

Tapir calf with watermelonlike coat being fed at the San Diego Zoo

first_imgTapir calf with watermelon-like coat being fed at the San Diego Zoo Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: San Diego Zoo Updated: 3:40 PM KUSI Newsroom, June 27, 2018 Posted: June 27, 2018 FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego Zoo welcomed its first endangered Baird’s tapir calf in 30 years, the organization announced today. Baird’s tapirs are herbivorous mammals similar in shape to pigs, but with short trunks. Calf coats also feature spots and stripes, like the surface of a watermelon, that serve as camouflage in the dispersed light of forest floor habitats.First-time mom Luna gave birth June 13 after a 13-month gestation period, though she hasn’t provided nursing opportunities for the newborn. With no explanation for Luna’s hesitance — which also happens among other species in the animal kingdom — staff stepped in to rear the calf to ensure consistent feeding and strong health. The calf’s birth and upbringing is a valuable research opportunity, animal care manager Matt Akel said.“Animal care and veterinary staff performed ultrasounds, using protective contact, for months leading up to the calf’s birth, to identify milestones in Luna’s pregnancy and provide useful information for future pregnancies of this endangered species,” he said. “The last endangered Baird’s calf born at the zoo was in 1988, so we’re thrilled with the arrival of this male — and happy to provide him with optimal care, since mom wasn’t successful.” The calf, which weighed 22 pounds at birth, receives five bottle feedings per day. Keepers initially milked Luna to provide the calf with necessary nutrition. Now, the animal’s diet is supplemented with goat’s milk and a protein mixture. Luna and the newborn are able to interact, and staff are monitoring both animals to see if full reintroduction may eventually be possible.The calf will begin to lose his distinctive markings after a few months, eventually resembling a miniature adult before he is a year old. Visitors can see the animal in a mixed-species zoo habitat that also features capybaras and guanacos. Native to Mexico and Central America, the calves are key to maintaining biological diversity in tropical forests, according to the zoo.Tapirs disperse seeds and keep forest floors fertilized, which facilitates growth of new plants that provide food and shelter. Habitat loss and hunting have contributed to an estimated 50-percent population decline over the last 30 years. The zoo participates in a handful of projects to maintain a genetically viable species population and prevent extinction.Officials work with the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Tapir Specialist Group and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums on its Baird’s tapir Species Survival Plan. KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

DAs office releases bodycam footage of four officerinvolved shootings

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — In a move to achieve transparency with the public when it comes to officer-involved shootings, the DA released findings concerning four officer-involved shootings that took place over the last several months.Perhaps the most remarkable shooting discussed is one that happened in Chula Vista last year when an officer was stabbed numerous times in the head.Last September officers responded to a call of a suspect hurling concrete bricks at a neighbor.When officers entered the suspect’s house he immediately started stabbing Officer David Sachs who was in the fight for his life. Sachs, a Police Cross-Fit Competition champion, then physically overpowered the suspect, reached for his weapon and shot the suspect, thus ending the stabbing attack.Had this officer not been in such great physical shape, this story could have had a much different ending. Posted: June 29, 2018 Updated: 6:43 PM DA’s office releases body-cam footage of four officer-involved shootings June 29, 2018center_img John Soderman John Soderman, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Pet recovery specialist reunites lost pets with owners through nonprofit

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- Millions of dogs are lost or stolen across the country every year, but there’s one woman in town using her gift to make sure every missing pet makes it home with their family.She called herself a Pet Recovery Specialist, but Babs Fry is like a detective.“It’s all about details,” said Babs Fry, Pet Recovery Specialist. “It is really no different than a private investigator. It is canvasing, gathering information and then taking experience.”She’s a detective that helps find lost pets and reunites them with their owners, like Anika, a 2-year-old Rottweiler. She was rescued in December of last year.It’s no job for the weary. She fields a dozen calls a day, some from across the country. She’s available at all hours of the day and night and she doesn’t charge her customers a dime.In town, she’s known as “Bring ‘Em Home Babs” and that’s what she does. She brings them home to their family.When a dog goes missing, she said you’ve gotta think like a dog.“A lot of times I’ll look at a map and collect data based on the location and where the dog was last seen or went missing from and add that into a plot from what I see on a geographical map,” said Fry.It might feel like you’re looking for a needle in a haystack, but she said don’t lose hope.Dogs like patterns. Fry will gather crucial details, like times the dog was seen, direction the dog went and recent sightings. That’s how she figured out Anika’s routine or her safe place.“She was running a specific way on a specific street and had been seen in lady’s yard at the bottom of the hill,” said Fry. “We were able to determine through watching and observation that she was ducking down on that hill from someone else’s hill.”Once this pattern is established, she strategically placed a trap to safely catch Anika. That’s when her secret came in handy — Rotisserie chicken. She said this is the key to luring a dog.“Place the trap where the wind would basically catch the smell of both food and the broth and carry that in her path, so she would get that smell and it would lure her to it,” said Fry.Now Anika gets a second chance at life. Fry is a volunteer and she does this for free. In the end when you look in Anika’s big brown eyes, she said it’s worth it. It always is.“I always get choked up,” said Fry. “I pay it forward. Somebody did this for me. That really is what makes this worth it. I’ve been on the tail end of the sleepless nights, of the not sleeping for days on end, of thinking there was no way I’d see a dog again.”Fry created a non profit and hopes to train assistants with her knowledge and skills so more pets and family members are saved.If you have a lost pet or need some advice, you can reach Babs Fry at 619-249-2221. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter February 20, 2019 Posted: February 20, 2019center_img Pet recovery specialist reunites lost pets with owners through nonprofit , last_img read more

WHS BOYS TRACK Wildcats Get First Win Over Burlington Since Joining Middlesex League

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Boys Track team won a big meet against Burlington High, 51.5 to 48.5, on Thursday night at Boston University’s Track and Tennis Center.“In the 7 years we have been in the Middlesex League, we have never beat Burlington, so the victory was especially sweet,” said Head Coach Mike Kinney. “The meet was as close as it possibly could be and the team brought an enormous amount of energy.”Wildcat highlights included:Mike Fothergill rose to the occasion and won three events — the 300, the 55 meter dash, and the long jump.Greg Adamek placed second in the mile and the two mile, a grueling combination with times of 10:17.35 and 4:46.77.Senior Captain Ben Packer won the two mile in 10:13.82.Senior Captain Sam Vince won the hurdles in 8.94.Sean Riley won the high jump.Sam Juergens placed third and second in the long jump and high jump.Tyler Thomas placed second in the shot put with 41’5”.Colton Sullivan placed third in the dash.Richie Stuart placed third in the 300.Senior Captain Kevin Elderd placed second in the 1000 with 2:49.57.Jake Danieli placed second in the 600 with 1:29.96.Nolan Kennedy rounded out the scoring with a third place in the mile with 4:52.57.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related35 WHS Student Athletes Named Middlesex League All-Stars This SpringIn “Sports”WILDCAT WAKEUP: Gaudreau, Sperlinga, Aldrich & Godfrey Shine For Boys TrackIn “Sports”WHS BOYS BASKETBALL: Wildcats Win Season OpenerIn “Sports”last_img read more

World Cup squad to be changed Selector drops big hints about backup

first_imgThe Indian selectors announced a well-rounded squad for the upcoming World Cup. While Vijay Shankar and Dinesh Karthik, who replaced Ambatai Rayudu and Rishabh Pant in the squad were two surprises, the rest of the squad pretty much picked themselves up.However, if we take a closer look at the squad, there are only three genuine seamers in the squad in Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah. While Hardik Pandya and Vijay Shankar can chip as seamers, what happens if one the seamers pulls up sore on the morning of the match?India short on seaming options Bhuvneshwar KumarPrasad said four other pacers will “travel with the squad”, though they have not been officially named. “Khaleel Ahmed’s name also came up for discussion. Along with him, we also discussed Navdeep Saini. So they will be in and around, and if the need arises, definitely one among them will get picked,” Prasad said after the squad was announced.As per ICC rules, all teams can make changes to their sides, without seeking permission from ICC till May 23. Although, Prasad maintained that no changes will be made to the squad except in case of injuries. Also, the chief selector informed that Karthik was included in the side solely because he is a better keeper in ODIs, and will only get a go if MS Dhoni is injured.”One of them [Pant or Karthik] will play in the XI [if] MS [Dhoni] is injured. So under such situations, in crunch matches, who is the best guy who can handle the pressure? That is the reason that went in favour of Dinesh Karthik. Pant is full of talent. There’s a lot of time for him. It’s just unfortunate that he’s missed out. Under pressure, we have seen Dinesh Karthik finishing matches. That scored for him,” Prasad said. Virat KohliRobert Cianflone/Getty ImagesHowever, former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar has said that was surprised by the axe given to Rishabh Pant. He believed that the young man was improving his keeping and was batting exceptionally well in the IPL and hence the move was surprising.”A bit surprised, looking at his (Pant’s) form. He was batting exceptionally well, not only in the IPL but before that also. He was showing great improvement in his wicket-keeping as well. He brings that left-handed option in the top-six which is very handy against the bowlers,” Gavaskar told ‘India Today’.Here is the squad: Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni (WK), Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik (WK), Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shamilast_img read more