first_imgNASA’s Astrobiology Program is charting a new roadmap for future projects, and the public is allowed to voice its opinions.Astrobiology Magazine announced “A Roadmap for the Future of Astrobiology.”  Born in 1996, the new “science” of astrobiology was an interdisciplinary effort with the following 7 goals:Understanding the nature and distribution of habitable environments in the universeExploring for habitable environments and life in our own Solar SystemUnderstanding the emergence of lifeDetermining how early life on Earth interacted and evolved with its changing environmentUnderstanding the evolutionary mechanisms and environmental limits of lifeDetermining the principles that will shape life in the futureRecognizing signatures of life on other worlds and on early Earth.Yet after 17 years, no solid evidence for “astro”biology exists.  Since NASA’s projects in astrobiology are funded with tax dollars, the public has a right to express its views on the value of these questions, and whether a new consortium of scientists is needed to address them.  Many of these subjects have long been studied without the formation of a new “science” garnering additional funds.Members of the public interested in voicing their opinions about the future of astrobiology can log in at astrobiologyfuture.org and express themselves.  In addition, there is always the avenue of writing one’s representatives.Astrobiology is one of the biggest boondoggles in NASA.  In 1996, an overly hyped NASA press conference about possible fossils in a Martian meteorite (since debunked) launched the new science of astrobiology; now we’re stuck with it (coincidence?).  Any new science is not just a name; it’s an institution.  It costs money to print materials, hold conferences, run websites and do all the other things that come along with a new label.  How would you like it if NASA invented a new “science” called “astropsychology” and asked the government for millions of dollars for establishing new journals, building research centers, and holding conferences for scientists to speculate about what they know nothing about?  (Oh, wait a minute—wasn’t that called SETI?)There’s astronomy, and there’s biology, but never the twain shall meet until and unless life is actually found beyond Earth.  Fifty years of searching has turned up nothing.  It’s a mythical science.  Studies of extrasolar planets and their habitability could be performed, and have been performed, without calling it astrobiology.  All the rest is predicated on belief in materialistic Darwinian evolution.  Darwinists have been studying all that stuff for decades, long before 1996, and they probably would on their own dime anyway.  (Don’t you love #3, “Understanding the emergence of life” — the old Stuff Happens Law.  Without the magic word “emergence,” Darwinism wouldn’t have a concept to talk about.)“Astrobiology” is a euphemism for materialistic philosophy masquerading as science.  Here’s a roadmap for them, all right: a big U-turn and refund.  Can we still afford this boondoggle in a struggling economy, with foreign enemies trying to kill us and our allies?  Why not fight cancer with the money?  You have a brief opportunity to tell NASA what you think about the way they are spending your tax dollars to speculate in front of the nation about “emergence” by materialistic means of the most complex systems in the universe.  Even the simplest functional protein can be calculated as so astronomically improbable, it will never “emerge” under the most hopeful conditions (source).  Yet faith in the impossible drives these shamans to convince gullible people that they, too, emerged on a lucky planet once upon a time.  If this riles you, speak up.**Please be discreet if you state your views on their website.  Ranting only backfires.  Also, appeals to religion or creationism will be rejected without consideration.  There are plenty of scientific and philosophical questions that they cannot dismiss at the outset.  Learn the art of asking the right questions and stating opinions in a way that commands respect. (Visited 48 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_img The Government has, since January 1, 2019, embarked on phased implementation of the ban on plastic bags of a specified dimension and thickness, plastic drinking straws and expanded polystyrene foam products, used in the food and beverage industry.  He said monitoring will be spearheaded by the relevant regulatory entities, including the Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA), National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), National Compliance and Regulatory Authority (NCRA), and Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ). Story Highlights The Government will be intensifying its plastic ban monitoring and enforcement activities in the coming weeks.This was disclosed by Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz, during the sitting of the House of Representatives on February 5.He said monitoring will be spearheaded by the relevant regulatory entities, including the Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA), National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), National Compliance and Regulatory Authority (NCRA), and Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ).“I take this opportunity to reiterate my invitation to the public to submit any queries, suggestions or comments regarding the implementation of the ban on single use plastics to policyonplasticban@nepa.gov.jm or call 876.285.8531,” Mr. Vaz further stated.The Government has, since January 1, 2019, embarked on phased implementation of the ban on plastic bags of a specified dimension and thickness, plastic drinking straws and expanded polystyrene foam products, used in the food and beverage industry.Mr. Vaz indicated that while the change to a cleaner Jamaica may be disruptive, it is a necessary part of protecting the land and marine environment.He further emphasized that while the ban will serve to mitigate some of Jamaica’s waste management challenges, “it is not a panacea”.“My colleague, the Minister of Local Government and Community Development, and the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), will continue to strengthen the country’s waste management infrastructure and regulatory framework,” Mr. Vaz added. “My colleague, the Minister of Local Government and Community Development, and the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), will continue to strengthen the country’s waste management infrastructure and regulatory framework,” Mr. Vaz added.last_img read more

first_imgMONTREAL – The U.S. Department of Commerce has proposed a 219 per cent duty on Bombardier’s CSeries jets following a complaint filed by Boeing.Here’s some of the reaction:“This is clearly aimed at eliminating Bombardier’s C Series aircraft from the U.S. market.” — Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland.———”The U.S. values its relationships with Canada, but even our closest allies must play by the rules.” — U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.———“The magnitude of the proposed duty is absurd and divorced from the reality about the financing of multibillion-dollar aircraft programs.” — Bombardier statement.———“Boeing has no American-made product to offer because it cancelled production of its only aircraft in this size range — the 717 — more than 10 years ago.” — Delta Air Lines statement.———“Subsidies enabled Bombardier to dump its product into the U.S. market, harming aerospace workers in the United States and throughout Boeing’s global supply chain.” — Boeing statement.last_img read more

first_imgUPDATE as of 6:50 p.m. Fort St. John time, the suspects are still on the loose near York Landing.Despite reports – there is no one in custody at this time. RCMP officers remain in the community of York Landing & continue to investigate the reported sighting of the two suspects. All required resources are being used in this ongoing investigation. Updates to follow.— RCMP Manitoba (@rcmpmb) July 29, 2019Original Story: WINNIPEG, M.B. – Manitoba RCMP have confirmed the two suspects in three northern B.C. homicides could be near the community of York Landing Manitoba.York Landing is approximately 200 km south west of Gillam and the RCMP has sent resources to the community to investigate a tip.Multiple RCMP resources are being sent to York Landing, MB, to investigate a tip that the two suspects are possibly in, or near, the community. A heavy police presence can be expected in the area. We will continue to update you as information becomes available.— RCMP Manitoba (@rcmpmb) July 28, 2019Elected Chief Of York Factory First Nation Leroy Constant posted on Facebook. “RCMP officers & crew will arrive in our community of York Landing, MB very shortly to conduct a search for the 2 suspects at large.  Everyone, please remain indoors with your doors locked. And all vehicles should be parked. Please share the message with those who don’t have Social Media. We received word that there was a possible sighting around our community landfill moments ago.”On Sunday the RCMP said they had received over 200 tips in the search for Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky.  This could be the first confirmed sighting of the suspects since last week when their vehicle was found burnt near Gillam.Reporters in Gillam have shared on twitter that a large number of Police resources have left the community for York Landing.  The RCMP are also reminding the public not to post pictures or information about the exact location of RCMP members who are searching for the suspects.Please do not disclose officer locations by posting photos of our officers in the community to social media.— RCMP Manitoba (@rcmpmb) July 28, 2019 BREAKING: The RCMP say the two B.C. homicide suspects may be in York Landing, Man. They have sent backup to the area. We saw a ton of cops leave the RCMP station in Gillam about an hour ago. #cbcmb— Austin Grabish (@AustinGrabish) July 28, 2019last_img read more

first_imgPutrajaya: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Tuesday defended Singapore’s proposed law to fight “online falsehoods,” but his Malaysian counterpart Mahathir Mohamad warned that anti-fake news laws were a double-edged sword that could be abused by governments to stay in power. The two leaders were speaking after annual talks Tuesday aimed at resolving disputes over maritime boundaries, airspace management and the price of water that had strained ties since Mahathir’s alliance swept to power in elections last May. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USLee said many countries including France, Germany and Australia have legislation to combat fake news. Singapore took nearly two years to deliberate on the issue before the government unveiled a bill in parliament last week to combat fake news, he said. The law allows the government to remove online content it deems as false and includes a jail term of up to 10 years and hefty fines. “This is the problem of fake news and deliberate false statement being proliferated online. It is a serious problem which confronts many countries,” Lee said at a joint news conference. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”Singapore is not the only one which has taken legislation on this issue. The French has done so, the Germans have done so. The Australians have just done so, something similar and very draconian. The British are also thinking of doing this as well. So Singapore had to do this and we had a long process… finally we have this bill and it will be debated in the house and I hope eventually it will become legislation,” he said. Lee rejected criticisms from rights groups such as Reporters Without Borders which had voiced fear the law could further stifle free speech in Singapore, which already has stern laws on public protests and dissent. “They criticized many things about Singapore’s media management but what we have done have worked for Singapore. And it is our objective to continue to do things that will work for Singapore. And I think (the new law) will be a significant step forward in this regard,” he added. Mahathir, however, said his government will repeal Malaysia’s law against fake news as it promised. An earlier effort to do so was blocked by the opposition-led Senate but the government is expected to push it through again. “For us, we need to learn how to handle such fake news. When we have laws that prevent people from airing their views, then we are afraid the government may abuse the law as it has happened in the last government,” Mahathir said. “We do not want any government, whether this or succeeding governments, to make use of this law in order to tell and create fake news in order to sustain themselves. Of course it will be difficult to handle, but we believe we can accept the challenges and we can handle that.”last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: IPL franchise Kings XI Punjab co-owner Ness Wadia’s suspended jail sentence of two years for illegal possession of drugs in Japan is likely to come up for discussion during the Committee of Administrators’ (COA) next meeting in Mumbai on Friday.Wadia was arrested earlier this year at an airport in Japanese town Hokkaido for possession of 25gm of cannabis resin. His sentence has been suspended for five years.As per IPL’s Code of Ethics, no person associated with the team can bring the game into disrepute and there is a clause which can lead to suspension of teams as it happened with CSK and Rajasthan Royals during the IPL spot-fixing scandal. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange frameworkHowever, it is still not clear whether the matter will be handed over to the IPL Ethics Committee — comprising three office-bearers (acting President CK Khanna, acting Secretary Amitabh Chaudhary and treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry) — or the newly appointed Ombudsman DK Jain.”The matter will come up for discussion on May 3 at the COA meeting in Mumbai. It needs to be discussed whether the COA will refer the matter to Justice Jain or the three office-bearers. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen”Since we have a retired SC Judge as Ethics Officer, it’s only fair that the matter is referred to him,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on Wednesday.When asked if Kings XI Punjab can be suspended, the official said: “It’s all in the realms of speculation. The BCCI legal team, Ombudsman all need to come together.” There is no clarity on whether Wadia’s sentencing, even if it brings disrepute to the franchise, can actually lead to a team’s suspension.”The matter is not directly related to IPL. Yes one owner was arrested in a foreign country. Now his image is tarnished.”If that affects the brand, then action should be taken against the owner and not the brand. In any case, proper procedures will be followed,” said the official.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Traffic Police will implement its one-way traffic circulation plan on trial basis on Padam Singh Road and Tank Road in central Delhi’s Karol Bagh from Monday, officials said.To ensure smooth vehicular movement, the scheme would be implemented gradually on four other roads of the area, Pyare Lal Road, Hardhyan Singh Road, Gurudwara Road, and Saraswati Marg, a senior traffic police official said. The move comes in for providing seamless and smooth traffic movement and is being used to create a one-way loop system for comfortable movement of all modes of transport, the officer said. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarKarol Bagh –a hub of commercial establishments having garments, jewellary, electronic items and car dealers –registers heavy footfall and vehicular movement throughout the day thereby leading to street parking of the vehicles on all the major roads of the area. One way circulation plan of Karol Bagh area was approved by the Unified Traffic Transportation Infrastructure (Planning and Engineering) Centre (UTTIPEC) in April, 2010 and the trial run on these roads was also conducted for sometime but could not be continued thereafter, the traffic police said in its statement. Also Read – Union min Hardeep Singh Puri, Delhi L-G lay foundation stones for various projects in DwarkaNow in a concerted effort by Delhi Traffic Police along with other civic agencies, one-way circulation plan on the six roads in Karol Bagh area is being revived with its implementation initially on Padam Singh Road and Tank road, the statement added. Meeting with RWAs and MWAs of Karol Bagh area has been conducted and the finer points of circulation plan have been deliberated with them, as their co-operation is of utmost importance for the successful implementation of the one-way circulation scheme, the senior traffic police official said. About 50 Delhi Traffic Police officers along with marshals from MCD would be deployed to man all the intersections of Tank road and Padam Singh Road to regulate the traffic, the official added.last_img read more

Since the 2001 season, all other QBs have combined for 20 playoff games where they took 50 or more dropbacks and trailed by 10 points or more. They won only twice. The only other quarterback with more than two double-digit comebacks is Russell Wilson, who has won three of the six playoff games where he was down by 10 or more. Also notable on the chart above: Brady’s Super Bowl LI win was the second-largest playoff comeback since 2001, behind only Andrew Luck and the Colts’ 28-point comeback against the Chiefs in a 2014 Wild Card game.It may not settle the issue, but when it comes to questions of Brady’s GOAT-ness — or even questions of his responsibility for the Patriots’ long-running dominance — it’s worth keeping in mind that he isn’t just the most successful postseason quarterback of this millennium, he’s also the most leaned-upon. Whether he was throwing daggers or throwing the occasional pick six, he has ultimately gotten the job done. Tom Brady made a number of great plays in one of the greatest games in NFL history Sunday night, but my favorite by far happened with 2:35 to go in the first half. The Patriots were already in dire straits, down 14 against the Falcons. Brady dropped back on 3rd and 6 and fired low into traffic near the first-down line … into the hands of the Falcons’ Robert Alford, who returned it 82 yards for a pick six. That was a straight-up gunslinger throw — reckless and inaccurate, yes, but trying so hard. The Patriots weren’t going to go down without a fight; Brady would desperately try to throw them out of trouble.Brady ended up taking 67 dropbacks (on 62 passes and five sacks) — the third-highest total in NFL playoff history and the highest since Steve Young had 68 (on 65 passes and three sacks) in a losing effort against Green Bay in 1996. Even for Brady, 67 is a frenzy of passes, but the Patriots have built their playoff dynasty on Brady passing them out of tough spots.The Patriots may never have faced longer odds in a Super Bowl than they did when down 25 in the third quarter last night, but they’ve followed the same formula of having Brady throw, throw and throw them out of trouble many times before. This was the third Super Bowl in which he had more than 50 dropbacks and his second double-digit comeback victory. Since 2001, only three non-Brady Super Bowls have seen a quarterback drop back at least 50 times. Note that Brady has trailed at some point in all seven of his Super Bowl appearances and has won three of the five in which he had more than 40 dropbacks (all other quarterbacks have won three of 12 Super Bowls in which they had more than 40 dropbacks, and all three wins came on fewer than 45 dropbacks). The only other double-digit Super Bowl comeback since 2001 was by Drew Brees, who came back from a 10-point first-quarter deficit to win Super Bowl XLIV in 2010.If Julian Edelman doesn’t make that miracle catch,1Announcers: “That’s a catch.” “My God.” “That’s incredible!” today’s conversation might be a little different, though the Patriots have benefited and suffered from miracles before. Plus, Brady and the Patriots have been hard to put down in any game, not just Super Bowls. Brady has a 5-5 record in all playoff games where he has trailed by double digits — with all 5 wins coming in games he had to pass his way out of2Games where he had more than 50 dropbacks.: read more

See more NFL predictions See more college football predictions College Football All newsletters Oh, and don’t forgetWes, you ham We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe See more NBA predictions Things That Caught My EyeFive years is kind of a hard capMarvin Lewis was head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals for 15 years and never managed to win a Super Bowl. Reality is, coach-quarterback combos that work tend to be the ones that click early. Every coach/starting quarterback combination who won a Super Bowl did so within their first five seasons of working together. [FiveThirtyEight]Yeah I had a nasty case of the “Vegas Flu” once and learned I probably shouldn’t play roulette anymoreThe Las Vegas Golden Knights are doing really well, and here’s one theory as to why their opponents appear off their game: They play hockey in Las Vegas, a fun place with booze and gambling and late nights on the town before hockey games. “Hockey flus” have historically spread in certain cities, be they “Roxy Flu” in Vancouver thanks to the Roxy club, or “Philadelphia Flu” because the team was a bit punchier than a typical squad. Vegas has played seven teams this season that as of Tuesday appear playoff bound, and all those good teams lost in Vegas. House always wins. [ESPN]Fiesta Bowl pivots to OverwatchThere’s a groundswell of colleges and universities fielding competitive esports teams, and Thursday the Fiesta Bowl organization announced they’ll be partnering up with Blizzard Entertainment, the company behind Overwatch, to put on the Fiesta Bowl Overwatch Collegiate National Championships in February. It’s the first time a collegiate bowl organization and a games publisher have collaborated, and comes just as the Overwatch League, a competitive league with the backing of several NFL owners, is about to kick off. [ESPN]40 bowls, each slightly betterThis year there are 40 collegiate football bowls, the first season of bowl contraction since 1995, thanks to the Poinsettia Bowl folding. Yes, this year has what an analysis of Elo scores indicates is the worst bowl matchup in the past 30 years, Georgia State vs. Western Kentucky. But overall, quality is up based on the average matchup Elo score compare to last year, which had some rough bowls. [FiveThirtyEight]Try out our fun new interactive, Which World Cup Team Should You Root For?Slash & burnScoring is up in the NHL this season, but it’s not the fault of the goalies. A number of rule changes — including higher enforcement of slashing penalties — means an average of 3.3 power plays per game, which kickstarts scoring opportunities and plausibly scoring. [FiveThirtyEight]Figure skating in DetroitA program spun off from Figure Skating in Harlem offers ice skates, uniforms, coaching and instruction to girls who commit to practicing two hours a day four days a week and maintaining a B average or higher in the city of Detroit. For a sport that can cost into the tens of thousands for high-level instruction, the program — which seeks to recruit 300 girls by year end 2018 — is trying to be an on-ramp for those who aren’t born into affluence. [The Undefeated]Make sure to try your hand at our fun NFL can you beat the FiveThirtyEight predictions? game!Big Number0.69 first downs per target with GronkRob Gronkowski gives the Patriots offense a massive kickstart. When Gronkowski is off the field, the team this season notched 72 receptions, 771 yards, 100 targets and 0.32 first downs per target. When Gronk was on the field — even if he’s not the one getting the ball, just if he’s there and needing to be covered — the team notched 277 receptions, 3,429 yards, 400 targets and 0.69 first downs per target. [FiveThirtyEight]Leaks from Slack: kyle:College basketball rankings: OU’s Trae Young has stats better than Steph Curry’scbs going hardneil::fire: :fire: :fire: :fire:In fairness, these numbers are pretty insanePredictions NFL NBA read more

first_imgLosing out on a big-name signing at the very last moment can be an infuriating experience for anyone, but Roma boss Eusebio Di Francesco is clearly above any such feelings and insists that he bears no grudge towards MalcomThe Brazilian winger appeared destined to go to the Italian capital this week after a €36m transfer fee had been agreed on between Bordeaux and Roma for his signature.But instead of showing up at Rome airport, Malcom was later announced as a Barcelona player after the La Liga giants had hi-jacked Roma’s move for the 21-year-old by offering Bordeaux a much bigger selling price.Malcom later defended his actions by insisting that he could not turn a “dream” move to a club like Barcelona and Di Francesco has no hard feelings towards him.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“You’d have to ask Monchi [sporting director] about it,” said the Italian, according to the Express.“I’m not bitter, I’m sorry for how things went but if someone is to arrive then an even stronger player will come.”This summer has also Roma lose their first-choice goalkeeper Alisson to Liverpool with Belgian midfielder Radja Nainggolan having signed for Serie A rivals Inter Milan.Roma lost 4-1 to Tottenham on Thursday morning in San Diego after Patrick Schick’s early opener was cancelled out by braces from Lucas Moura and Fernando Llorente.last_img read more