The Jamaica Scorpions made a disastrous start to their 2016 NAGICO Super50 campaign at Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad and Tobago yesterday. Hosts Trinidad and Tobago Red Force crushed the Scorpions by 84 runs in their Group B match. Scores: Red Force 221 all out off 47.2 overs; Scorpions 137 all out in 42.5 overs. The Scorpions’ innings was undermined by fast-medium bowler Marlon Richards, who bagged five for 36 in his allotted 10 overs. He got good support from left-arm bowler Yannick Ottley, who took two for 16 in 4.5 overs. Top batsman for Jamaica was Brandon King with 26. Earlier Evin Lewis slammed 74 with six fours and three mighty sixes to lift the Red Force to their match winning score. Other useful contributions came from Rayad Emrit (43) and Richards 31. Damion Jacobs (three for 40), Nikita Miller (two for 27) and Tamar Lambert (two for 34) were the leading bowlers for Jamaica. In St Kitts, the Windward Islands Volcanoes defeated Guyana Jaguars by one run under the Duckworth/Lewis Method in their rain-affected match. Scores: Volcanoes 214 all out off 50 overs (Devon Smith 91, Sunil Ambris 47, Liam Sebastian 27; Gudakesh Motie 3-32, Steven Jacobs 3-40). Jaguars 122 for four off 26 overs (Assad Fudadin 44 not out). In St Augustine, Trinidad, Barbados Pride defeated ICC Americas by four wickets. Scores: Americas 183 all out off 43.1 overs (Alex Amsterdam 73, Nitish Kumar 25; Sulieman Benn 4-40, Ashley Nurse 3-23). Pride 184 for six off 42.5 overs (Jonathan Carter 51 not out, Kevin Stoute 40, Justin Greaves 22 not out; Timil Patel 2-30, Timroy Allen 2-36).
(Visited 406 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Now that NASA’s latest Mars lander has successfully deployed, what findings are worth watching?There were lots of hugs and fist bumps this afternoon at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory when the Mars InSight lander sent back signals that it was healthy on the surface. This is primarily a geophysical mission, not a search for life. It is also a lander like Phoenix, not a rover. The Mars InSight web page explains what it will try to discover:InSight, short for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport, is a Mars lander designed to give the Red Planet its first thorough checkup since it formed 4.5 billion years ago. It is the first outer space robotic explorer to study in-depth the “inner space” of Mars: its crust, mantle, and core.Artist rendition of InSight’s geophysical investigations (NASA)Its three main instruments include a seismometer, a heat flow probe, and a radio science experiment. The Science Goals page describes what each of the instruments does. Nowhere on the overview page is there any mention of life, astrobiology, or chemical evolution. The only evolution relates to planetary evolution. The heat flow probe, for instance, “will shed light on whether Earth and Mars are made of the same stuff, and provide a sneak peek into how the planet evolved.”A press release from November 20, “What Two Planetary Siblings Can Teach Us About Life,” noted that Mars’s path of planetary evolution made it a “naked planet” that most likely is not habitable. InSight, therefore, will not even be looking for life as it digs up to 16 feet deep into the soil:InSight …won’t be looking for life on Mars. But studying its insides — what it’s made of, how that material is layered and how much heat seeps out of it — could help scientists better understand how a planet’s starting materials make it more or less likely to support life.“No, Mars InSight Won’t Be Searching for Alien Life,” Live Science announced. Don’t expect to hear about Martians, even bacteria-size organisms. In short, the probe will be attempting to clarify conditions for habitability on any planet. InSight’s experiments “could help explain how heat shaped the planet’s surface, making it more or less habitable over time.” Without a global magnetic field, though, Mars is probably lifeless, the article suggests.A Mars InSight scientist tells how the men on the team decided not to shave for the 7 months since launch until the landing.Humans on Mars Some Day?Mars has not been very kind to visitors, Phys.org reminded its readers. Only 40% of landing missions have succeeded. How much worse odds will there be for proposed manned missions, with much heavier craft having to decelerate and land through the red planet’s thin atmosphere? And landing is just the beginning of sorrows. As Apollo astronauts learned from the moon, dust can get into everything and freeze up instruments. On Mars, global dust storms will treat humans to a dark, blinding red for weeks or months at a time. Phys.org writes, “Dust is far from the least of our worries as we plan to colonize Mars,” according to a new book based on a workshop by experts. In addition, radiation will take its toll on astronauts. Because of the radiation, “Mars trip could ‘significantly damage’ astronauts’ stomachs, cause cancer” (Fox News Science). It happened to mice irradiated with Mars-like conditions, so humans will be at much greater risk over extended periods.We are all for space exploration at CEH, and celebrate with the mission engineers at each successful landing on Mars. It’s a highly-complex and difficult task that shows intelligent design, because sophisticated machines do not just appear on the planet by chance. We also think it is very helpful to characterize the conditions for habitability. For this reason, we appreciate the NASA press releases about InSight downplaying the “search for life” angle, and focusing on geophysical science. The more we know about the conditions for habitability, the more we will appreciate how finely tuned the Earth is for our biosphere. That should lead to Thanksgiving. So thanks to NASA/JPL, and congratulations for another job well done.InSight’s first image of its surroundings arrived a few hours after landing. (NASA)
The CSIR, the Agricultural Research Council and Nestlé, together have launched a new range of noodles made from the nutritious indigenous vegetable morogo. It is an innovative commercial product that is expected to benefit local farming, particularly small-scale farmers. A morogo two-minute noodles product line is launched by Nestlé brand Maggi in October 2015, utilising the “proven health benefits of the leafy vegetable and, at the same time, helping (to) develop small-scale farming in South Africa”. (Image: Nestlé) A new locally grown and manufactured consumer product, Maggi 2-Minute Morogo Noodles, is the result of a three-year collaborative research project between South Africa’s Department of Science and Technology (DST), Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Agricultural Research Council (ARC), and multinational food group Nestlé to develop the commercial potential of the popular vegetable staple and its farmers.This latest development falls in line with the vision of the National Development Plan, which has a particular focus on key areas such as rural development, skills development and job creation.An added benefit is the export possibilities for the product to the rest of the world. This would give South African small-scale agriculture a competitive jumpstart in those markets.The partners researched South Africa’s biodiversity to confirm morogo’s nutritional and pharmaceutical benefits, as well as its functional food applications. The Nestlé @CSIR and @ARCSouthAfrica teams who made the creation & production of the Morogo Noodles possible #CSIR70 pic.twitter.com/LFBX45naW1— Nestlé South Africa (@NestleSA) October 8, 2015 Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor made the breakthrough announcement on 8 October at the fifth CSIR Conference. The department “is proud of this key milestone where we successfully translated academic research into an innovative commercial product, which will be enjoyed by South African consumers,” she said.Dr Rachel Chikwamba, the CSIR’s group executive for strategic alliances and communication, added: “We provided our expertise in the processing of indigenous products to jointly develop this innovative product with Nestlé that will benefit the people of our country.” How Nestlé is turning South Africa’s traditional leafy greens to gold – AFKInsider http://t.co/2vuZDY3Yaq pic.twitter.com/kOeeZMInHK— Leona Ungerer (@ungerlm) October 11, 2015 This is the first time that morogo, also known as amaranthus, has been used in large-scale processed food production. Nestlé’s long-term stated goal is to help local small-scale farmers boost their income by producing morogo on a commercial scale.Various other leafy greens, including cleome and cow pea, were considered and assessed by Nestlé and the CSIR and ARC research teams for nutrient bioavailability during digestion. After extensive study and consumer research, morogo was ultimately chosen for its versatility and abundance. The Morogo Noodles are available at Shoprite for now. To know more about it: http://t.co/cCEpCl9Wyu. pic.twitter.com/tfKynU3HO0— Nestlé South Africa (@NestleSA) October 9, 2015 Nestlé, the company said, was using morogo for a new line of Maggi two-minute noodles “because of its proven health benefits, particularly the presence of beta carotene, minerals and protein”.Morogo, with its distinctive leaves and taste, is extremely adaptable. It grows easily in various weather and soil conditions.“In South Africa, indigenous knowledge has massive potential for research, development and innovation,” said Pandor. “We successfully translated academic research into an innovative commercial product which will be enjoyed by South African consumers.”Nestlé’s collaboration with the South African government demonstrated the company’s commitment to communities in which it did business, said Ravi Pillay, its South African director of corporate affairs. It was a way of “leveraging global expertise for local preference”.It was also an opportunity for South Africa’s small-scale farmers, said Chikwamba.“We also evaluated the commercial viability of producing African leafy vegetables in a sustainable manner for commercial and smallholder farmers,” said Shadrack Moephuli, the chief executive of the ARC.Sources:AFKInsiderCSIRNestlé
An international summary of five year’s worth of research on Arctic climate change concludes the top of the world is getting warmer faster than anyone thought.And if it all sounds interesting but a little far removed from southern concerns, David Barber has news for you.“There are very clear linkages there and they’ve been occurring consistently for the last 10, 15 years,” said Barber, one of Canada’s top ice scientists and a prominent contributor to the report.“Most people don’t understand how bad it is.”The report completed for the Arctic Council, the group of eight countries that ring the North Pole, was released last week. It represents the work of 90 scientists from around the world and summarizes the most recent research from 2010 to 2016.“Cumulative global impacts related to Arctic change are expected to be large,” the document said. “Adaptation costs and economic opportunities are estimated in the tens of trillions of U.S. dollars.”The report concludes the Arctic continues to warm at twice the pace of mid-latitudes and is likely to see warming of up to five degrees Celsius as early as 2040.By then, the report says, summer sea ice is likely to be a thing of the past. Glaciers and ice caps will continue to melt and contribute to continually rising seas.Melting permafrost will affect everything from resource development to freshwater flows to climate feedbacks from the release of stored carbon.Then there’s this: “There are emerging impacts of Arctic change on mid-latitude weather/climate.”Barber’s already seeing it.Last spring, he was on an Arctic voyage on the Coast Guard’s research icebreaker, the Amundsen, when the trip had to be cancelled because the ship was pressed into weeks of search-and-rescue duty. Massive chunks of sea ice up to eight metres thick — ice that had migrated all the way from the Lincoln Sea north of Ellesmere Island — were threatening the maritime crab-fishing fleet“It should not have been there,” Barber said. “It was sinking little fishing vessels. It was causing problems with tankers stuck in the ice.”Breakdowns in the normal weather patterns in the High Arctic were allowing heavy, dangerous ice to drift further south.“We expect this to happen more often in the future.”Barber said at least 15 new academic papers add weight to the theory that the loss of sea ice is causing changes in the upper atmosphere that disrupt southern temperatures and rainfall.Barber is already advising southern agencies on questions such as how future rainfall patterns might change how much electricity can be generated from hydro dams.“I just came from a meeting with Manitoba Hydro where this was the main topic of discussion.”Global air currents are increasingly disrupted. At one point last winter, Barber said, the North Pole was 29 degrees warmer than average. Air from California was being drawn to the top of the world.Climate change in the Arctic is well underway and can’t be stopped. But the report says if nations meet their greenhouse gas reduction targets under the Paris agreement, changes in the Arctic will stabilize to a new normal some time around 2040.“We should have started 20 years ago,” Barber said. “We didn’t get our act together and we’re still dicking around trying to figure out how to price carbon.“These things are costing us. And they’re costing the stability of our planet.”— Follow Bob Weber on Twitter at @row1960
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 20, 2017 – Nassau – Keith Thompson was sworn in as Vice-President of the Bahamas Industrial Tribunal by Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor-General, at Government House, June 29, 2017. .Press Release: BIS(BIS Photos/Letisha Henderson)
Maureen Casey is the chief operating officer for the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University. She will join Sen. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), Rep. Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.) and others in a summit general session: “The Impact of the Military-Civilian Divide and Great Ideas to Bridge it,” Tues., June 11.We’re hearing more in the news lately about an increasing military-civilian divide. What is this divide?The military-civilian divide most commonly describes the disconnection service members, their families and veterans feel from the civilian population they serve and protect. It also represents a lack of understanding of the military by those who have never served in the armed forces. Generally it is characterized as an unintentional lack of empathy, shared life experiences and inability of the civilian population to identify with those who have served in the military. But it’s also about how these veterans return to communities after serving, how they reconnect to the civilian world.What’s the impact of this growing divide on our national security and ultimately society at large?The growing military-civilian divide, if not addressed, could have a profound impact on our national security. It could undermine the foundation on which our present-day military is built – the recruitment, development and sustainment of a professional, capable and superior all-volunteer force.The divide is further complicated by a decrease in the public’s understanding and connection to the military. Less than 1% of the population are in the military, compared with about 9% during World War II.The possible broader societal impacts of a growing military-civilian divide could be significantly damaging. Any decrease in personnel or reduction in mission would have a tangible impact on the state of the economy, and that holds true for most all communities that have a significant military presence.How can individuals and organizations engage toward bridging the military-civilian divide?Make a concerted effort to get involved and take action. Be one in your community or at your work place to lead in connecting with veterans, service members and their families. Most, if not all, installations have a community relations office. Get to know the people in that office. Invite them, service members and their families to community functions. It’s about building relationships, and the onus really lies with the community members to lead that effort.Part of a series highlighting the faces and ideas of the upcoming ADC 2019 Defense Communities National Summit in Washington, June 10-12 ADC AUTHOR