Dear Editor,I have seen advertisements by the Ministry of Agriculture concerning its World Food Day activity. The activity, from what I saw, was being held on October 16 at the Ministry’s complex at LBI.Being interested in the activity, I began to enquire from friends and relatives about the Ministry’s LBI complex as I wasn’t aware that the Ministry had established such a facility. Several persons I asked, were like me, clueless about the Agriculture Ministry’s complex.I have, however, come to learn that the complex is really the former LBI Estate complex which the GuySuCo Head Office is now located. I recall not too long ago, GuySuCo and NICIL were fighting, almost like cat and dog, regarding the ownership of the very property.Each side, I had read, claimed ownership in one way or another. It is now a surprise to learn that all of a sudden that the Ministry of Agriculture, it seems, is now the owner of the property. I do not recall any publication about this in the media.Did the Ministry purchase the complex from GuySuCo? If so what was the cost? Through what means did the Ministry acquire the property? Was there an open tender to determine the highest bid?What was the Ministry’s purchase price, if there was a purchase? And did the purchase price bear any semblance to a credible valuation since the Government has a penchant, it seems, for selling State assets at the valuation price.Yours sincerely,Liebert Alleyne
Sixty participants representing schools from Gardnersville, Paynesville, Central Monrovia and Bushrod Island are expected to participate in a two-day coaching workshop of the country’s newest sport – netball.The Liberia Netball Association (LNA) organizes the netball coaching training, and Gibson Otis Nyanneh – former basketball and volleyball player, is expected to serve as facilitator. Mr. Nyanneh is also physical education instructor at the AME Zion College University.The two-day training is scheduled from Friday, June 19 to Saturday, June 20, in the auditorium of the Jimmy Jolocon High School, located on the Somalia Drive, beginning at 10:00am.The LNA was established and subsequently accredited by the Ministry of Youth and Sports on Thursday, December 4, 2014.The Sports Bureau of the Ministry of Youth and Sports in consultation with Deputy Sports Minister Henry B. Yonton, Jr. assigned Clara Tue as focus person over the newly established sport.LNA president Wallace G. Weiah said the association is currently processing its official membership with the International Netball Federation (INF) – the global governing body of netball. INF is based in the United Kingdom and it is also committed to developing grassroots netball throughout the world, including Liberia.Netball is a ball sport played by two teams of seven players. Its development, derived from early versions of basketball. It is played on a rectangular court with raised goal rings at each end. Each team attempts to score goals by passing a ball down the court and shooting it through its goal ring.Players are assigned specific positions, which define their roles within the team and restrict their movement to certain areas of the court. During general play, a player with the ball can hold on to it for only three seconds before shooting for a goal or passing to another player. The winning team is the one that scores the most goals. Netball games are 60 minutes long. Variations have been developed to increase the game’s pace and appeal to a wider audience, according to an official netball document in the possession of the Daily Observer.Netball was brought to the country through the kind courtesy of Football to Development Destitute (FODEDE), a local sports organization operating in the country.The Executive Director of FODEDE, Madam Rochell D. G. Woodson, during the 6th edition of the IWG World Conference on Women and Sport held in Helsinki, Finland applied for membership owing to an interaction with the Executive Director of INF.According to Madam Woodson, the INF Executive Director said, “Netball is a unique game for girls and a force for women’s empowerment, offering women and girls the opportunity to participate in sport, even in places and cultures where women’s roles are constrained.“Over 20 million people play netball around the world. We have 73 national netball association members grouped into five regions – Africa, Asia, Americas, Europe and Oceania.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
They wonder where the ethane went (see 09/14/2006 and its links). The case of the missing ethane on Titan has only gotten more puzzling since the Huygens Probe landed last year and found almost none, when oceans a mile deep were anticipated. In Nature last week,1 D. M. Hunten (U of Arizona) posited a new idea. It went into smust. Smust, like smores but not as tasty, is a contraction of the words smog and dust. Instead of falling as rain, the ethane molecules globbed onto smog particles and slowly descended to the surface, where they piled up instead of liquefying. That’s where the sand for the dunes (05/04/2006) came from, he thinks.Titan, has a dense atmosphere of nitrogen with a few per cent of methane. At visible wavelengths its surface is hidden by dense orange-brown smog, which is produced in the stratosphere by photochemical reactions following the dissociation of methane by solar ultraviolet light. The most abundant of the products of these reactions is ethane, and enough of it should have been generated over the life of the Solar System to form a satellite-wide ocean one kilometre deep…. Here I explain the mysterious absence or rarity of liquid ethane: it condenses onto the smog particles, instead of into liquid drops, at the cold temperatures in Titan’s atmosphere. This dusty combination of smog and ethane, forming deposits several kilometres thick on the surface, including the observed dunes and dark areas, could be named ‘smust’. This satellite-wide deposit replaces the ocean long thought to be an important feature of Titan.In a note added in proof, Hunten speculated about the ethane cloud at Titan detected by Cassini last month (see 09/14/2006). The ethane molecules in the cloud amount to only a tiny fraction of the total, he said. His thoughts did not rely on any tangible evidence; only that “their presence may be compatible with the smust particles discussed here.”It is entirely reasonable that these few molecules would not reside on the smust particles. A possible difficulty is that this small amount of ethane vapour would be unable to condense. On the other hand, if more ethane were available one would expect the cloud particles to grow larger; probably the attachment of most of the ethane to the smust particles is necessary to prevent this.Another view on the methane that could be the parent of ethane comes from New Scientist. David Shiga interviewed Cassini scientists in Pasadena who believe there is evidence for volcanic calderas on the large moon. Some of the radar images have features that resemble liquid-filled calderas with rounded edges, but others feel meteor impacts could be responsible. Volcanism could belch out methane from the interior, perhaps, but this does not explain where the ethane went. The reporter seemed more interested in the idea that volcanism means heat, and heat means liquid. To an evolutionist, that means life can’t be far away: “What with the methane lakes, perhaps some type of exotic exobiology might not be completely out of the question,” said one. Shiga took this one suggestion by one scientist as inspiration for the title of his article: “Slushy volcanoes might support life on Titan…. The heat and chemicals associated with these possible volcanoes could provide a niche for life on the frigid moon.” The bulk of the article was about volcanoes, not life.1D. M. Hunten, “The sequestration of ethane on Titan in smog particles,” Nature 443, 669-670(12 October 2006) | doi:10.1038/nature05157.It’s fair to propose an explanation for something, but a little unfair to propose one when it cannot be tested for a long time. It may be well into the 2030s before another probe returns to Titan, and even then, it may be a blimp-like device incapable of digging several kilometers into the surface to measure the deposits. What if Hunten’s mechanism works somewhat, and a lander detects these smust particles on the surface, but cannot determine if the layer is only inches deep? One could not know that there is enough of it to explain the missing billions of years without extremely difficult and costly efforts. Additionally, it is very difficult to simulate Titan conditions on Earth. The only lab evidence Hunten mentioned did not support his theory:It would be desirable to verify in the laboratory the attachment of ethane molecules to smog particles, here deduced from their behaviour on Jupiter. Such particles, with their fluffy structure, have, however, not been produced in experiments, which instead generate a dense deposit on the walls of the vessel. It will be a challenge to reproduce this structure along with a realistic composition, and then to expose the particles to ethane molecules.In other words, this is just an airy, fluffy suggestion on his part. Even if the particles formed and fell as he suggested, what would keep them from liquefying on the surface after they compacted? The fact is, Titan was not the oceanic planet that the best scientists predicted. Speculating after the fact what happened to the missing ethane is not science till verified. While no one would deny Dr. Hunten his right to speculate based on his own assumptions about the age of Titan, his little story should not be put forth as “the answer” to this huge problem. Speculation is no substitute for openmindedness that one’s assumptions could be vastly in error. As for the relentless suggestions that liquid water or ethane mean the possibility of life, this is so silly it is tiring. Here’s a better form of entertainment that’s realistic. For a wild ride down to the surface of Titan aboard Huygens, based on actual photos and measurements, download the animations from the Huygens CD-Rom available from the European Space Agency. For the download page, click here.(Visited 38 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Normal life in Kashmir was affected on Saturday due to a strike called by separatist groups to protest against braid chopping incidents even as authorities imposed restrictions in several areas of the city as a precautionary measure, officials said.Schools, shops and other business establishments remained closed due to the strike called by separatist leaders Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik.Public transport remained off roads but some private vehicles could be seen plying in the civil lines area of the city, the officials said. The separatists had called for a shutdown against the increasing braid chopping attacks in Kashmir over the past one month.The Srinagar District Magistrate said restrictions under Section 144 of the CrPC would continue to remain in force parts of the city as a precautionary measure to avoid any untoward incident.The areas where restrictions have been imposed are police stations Nowhatta, Khanyar, Rainawari, M R Gunj, Safakadal and partially in Kralkhud and Maisuma, he said.
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All eyes are on Blues’ New Manager. The English Premier League runners up Chelsea officially unveiled their new manager Andre Villas Boas. The former Porto manager was handed a three-year contract that starts with immediate effect on a reported contract of five-million pounds sterling a year. It’s not the first time though that Boas will be working at Stamford Bridge having assisted Jose Mourinho during his time at the club. Fresh from guiding Portuguese giants FC Porto to domestic league and Europa League titles, his first task will be to decide at what stage the team – featuring ageing stars like Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba and John Terry – needs to be dismantled and rebuilt. The man often compared to his former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is hoping to bring some much-needed dynamism to a club that failed to land any silverware last season.For more News, click here.
Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Over 3k athletes converge at 2019 Batang Pinoy in Tagum City SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte She had spend quite some time on the sidelines recovering from the anterior cruciate ligament tear in her right knee but being healthy for the past three years, she only has one goal in mind—to win that elusive title.“I’m hoping to get that championship before I leave,” said Tolentino Friday at Blue Eagle Gym in Ateneo after the team’s practice.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesTolentino was one of Ateneo’s best players in Season 80 tallying a total of 185 points to become the ninth best scorer in the league and the second-highest scoring Lady Eagle behind Jhoanna Maraguinot who had a total of 203 points.She’s also seen gradual improvement from the team that struggled to return to championship form since three-time UAAP MVP and two-time champion Alyssa Valdez graduated in 2016. US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants View comments “I think it’s really a good year for the team because we’re really blending in well with coach O’s [Oliver Almadro] system and you can see the improvement since our training in July last year,” said Tolentino. “I’m really happy with the team.”Tolentino knows that getting to the championship round, a place Ateneo has been in for six straight seasons beginning in 2012 until 2017, will require the combined efforts of a rather polarizing roster.The Lady Eagles have a mixed bag of seniors in Tolentino, captain Bea De Leon, co-captain Maddie Madayag, Kim Gequillana, and Ponggay Gaston, and a ton of rookies.“It’s a challenge because the majority of the team is made up of rookies and at the same time we have quite a few seniors in Bea, Maddie, and Kim and they’ve taken up the leadership role,” said Tolentino.“It’s not too bad because we have our own goal and coach O has given us that role since the beginning so we all prepared and we all contributed to the team in any way we can.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MANILA, Philippines—Kat Tolentino was supposed to be part of the 2015 Ateneo team that won the UAAP women’s volleyball title but a knee injury prevented her from even stepping into the padded floors.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war