0Shares0000West Ham have been charged by the FA for misconduct in relation to anti-doping regulations. Photo/COURTESYLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 20 – West Ham have been charged by the Football Association in relation to anti-doping regulations.“It is alleged the club failed to ensure ‘club whereabouts’ information was accurate on three occasions within 12 months,” the FA said. The Premier League club have until 27 February to respond to the charge.A West Ham spokesman said: “We would like to make it clear that the breach is a club administrative matter and does not concern any of our players.”“The breach relates to administrative oversights on the FA’s whereabouts system, for example a player’s address had been registered and the house number digits transposed, and the club will be responding to the FA in due course.”West Ham have been charged in relation to regulation 14 (d) of the FA’s anti-doping rules, which state that for it to be a breach, “information contained in such reports is either initially inaccurate or has not been updated by the club”.The exact details of the misconduct have not yet been made clear.-By BBC Sport-0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
MODESTO – One man was killed on Monday after a mudslide on Highway 99 caused a four-car pileup, according to the California Highway Patrol. The victim, Antonio Gandarela, 50, of Modesto, died after he drove his Honda Accord into the muck that covered two lanes of the freeway, lost control and slammed into another car that had already spun out of control in the debris, authorities said. The mud came from an embankment on the east side of Highway 99 that washed out during heavy rain. A Chevrolet pickup truck was the first vehicle that went out of control at about 4 a.m., followed by the Mercury Cougar that Gandarela struck with his Accord while traveling about 60 mph. Two women got out on the freeway shoulder to help the victims, but a fourth car – a Saturn SR2 – lost control as well and struck them. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Gandarela was pronounced dead at the scene. He was the only driver not wearing a seat belt, the CHP said. The driver of the Mercury and the two women suffered minor injuries and were taken to Doctors Medical Center and Memorial Medical Center for treatment. All northbound lanes of Highway 99 reopened at 10:30 a.m. after closing for more than six hours as authorities investigated the crash scene and road crews cleaned up the mud.
(Visited 130 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 In a one-two punch, discoveries undermine the accepted story of the moon’s origin and its subsequent history.Moon Origin Story Collapse“Measurements of an element in Earth and Moon rocks have just disproved the leading hypotheses for the origin of the Moon.” That’s the first sentence in a post on Science Daily. Did a Mars-sized protoplanet impact the Earth, spinning off the moon? The problem, recognized for a long time but now reaching a crisis, is that isotopic similarities between the two bodies are too similar.The probability that the impactor just happened to have the same isotopic signature as Earth was vanishingly small.So the giant impact hypothesis had a major problem. It could match many physical characteristics of Earth-Moon system but not their geochemistry. The isotopic composition studies had created an “isotopic crisis” for the hypothesis.The latest high-precision measurements still show too much similarity, especially for potassium isotopes. All theorists can do now is make the impact so violent, it would vaporize the Earth’s crust and mantle. That’s what Space.com‘s article says: “Moon’s Birth May Have Vaporized Most of Earth, Study Shows.” How likely is it that the remaining cloud would condense into the moon and the earth? How credible is it to assume this violent collision would result in a life-friendly planet with a moon just right to stabilize its orbit and tides?Moon Development Story CollapseAnother story that has taken on the air of certainty is the so-called “Late Heavy Bombardment.” It even has an acronym: LHB. This story says that there was a period of violent impacts about 600 million years after the moon formed, 3.9 billion years ago. That’s what pockmarked the surface with its large impact basins.Now, a paper in PNAS calls the story “illusory.” Data have been misinterpreted, say two scientists from UCLA.The vast majority of evidence marshaled for the Late Heavy Bombardment comes from 40Ar/39Ar age spectra of Apollo samples, interpreted through “plateau” ages, which show an apparent cluster at ∼3.9 Ga [billion years]. Whether such data can be uniquely inverted to constrain impact histories in the Earth−Moon system has never been tested. We show that diffusive loss of 40Ar from a monotonically declining impactor flux coupled with the early and episodic nature of lunar crust formation tends to create clustered distributions of apparent 40Ar/39Ar ages at ca. 3.9 Ga. Instead, these 40Ar/39Ar data can be reconciled with a continuously decreasing bollide flux. Thus, impacts may have played a minimal role in terrestrial habitability, early Earth dynamics, and the formation of Hadean zircons.It’s astonishing that such a long-standing, widely-accepted story has “never been tested” till now. As they indicate, collapse of the LHB not only affects theories of the moon’s surface; it ripples into issues like habitability, early Earth dynamics, and the formation of zircons used for dating the Earth.Update 9/14/16: New Scientist says of the new paper, “A proposed period of intense asteroid and comet strikes on the inner solar system might be a fiction.” There was no Late Heavy Bombardment; instead, a continuous rain of impactors “more like a gentle massage.” The re-interpretation of impact evidence from Apollo samples has other implications. Evolutionists can no longer assume that an LHB “was a lucky break for Earth: that bombardment could have brought the first water and even prebiotic molecules to the infant planet.”Update 9/14/16: Another earth-shattering announcement undercuts prior beliefs about the origin of the Earth. PhysOrg‘s headline reads, “New discovery shatters previous beliefs about Earth’s origin.” The analysis by James M. D. Day in Nature analyzes radioisotope products in chondrites and in the Earth. On one hand, the authors appear to confirm a chondrite origin for the Earth’s materials. But on the other hand, they invoke special conditions, turning supernovae into chefs without a brain:Even so, Earth remains extraordinary. Enstatite chondrites and calcium–aluminium inclusions cannot have formed Earth; they might partly overlap isotopically with our planet, but they are either too depleted in key elements, including volatile elements, or too chemically reduced to explain the terrestrial composition. Conversely, carbonaceous and ordinary chondrites are too depleted in 142Nd (ref. 3). Moreover, chondrites and their components are unlikely to be representative of the materials that formed Earth because the materials that fed the formation of the inner planets no longer exist, having been processed within Mercury, Venus, Earth, the Moon or Mars. Instead, the formation of the Solar System might have been the result of ‘cosmic cookery’, in which stars and supernovae sprinkled variable isotopic compositions into the mix, akin to a chef seasoning a dish before serving it.Day’s statements are based on two papers, Nature (Burkhardt et al.) about anomalysis neodynmium, and Nature (Bouvier and Boyet) claiming that Earth’s 142Nd shares a common origin with primitive solar system materials.These are great lessons in philosophy of science. Theories are only tentative, not certain. Theories are subject to being overturned. But before falsification, they can survive long enough to take on a life of their own, affecting textbooks, animations, and even the popular culture. Yet they can be completely illusory!It should have been evident that both theories were examples of “special pleading”—the invocation of ad hoc rescue devices to account for unexpected observations. It’s not proper in science to invoke one-off scenarios that can never be repeated, including the origin of the moon by an impact or a special period of high impact volumes. But the only other position is to suppose that the Earth and its moon always were (or were created the way they are). Since those options are philosophically distasteful, secular theorists would rather make up implausible stories that follow the evidence.
25 June 2010Africa can no longer be viewed only as a destination for development aid – the continent is open for business, South African President Jacob Zuma told global business leaders in Toronto on the eve of the G8 and G20 Summits.Addressing the G20 business leaders on Thursday, Zuma said Africa’s recent economic showing was “proving Afro-pessimists wrong.”He pointed out that sub-Saharan Africa’s current growth rate was surpassed only by China and India – a fact that he attributed to good policies and regulations as well as huge infrastructure programmes.“There is every expectation that Africa’s current pace of growth will remain at a high level, at around six percent per year.”“Our movement forward will be greatly enhanced by the speeding up of economic reforms to enable more inclusive and faster growth,” Zuma said, calling for fair trade for the continent.Together with the developed world, he said, there had to be ways to promote stronger and more effective international partnerships for growth and development.Zuma said African leaders do not want to create the impression that they had come cap-in-hand to ask for favours. “We reiterate that Africa is open for business. It is open for trade and investment.”World Bank reformHe emphasised that changes in both the voting structure and leadership of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank would be crucial in ensuring a more stable and equitable financial infrastructure.“The developing world has an equal right to run these institutions,” Zuma said.Reform of global financial systems will be a priority issue for many G20 members; China, India, and Brazil will join South Africa in arguing that their economic strength needs to be better reflected in the architecture of major institutions.Fifa World CupWith the 2010 Fifa World Cup in full swing, the President said South Africa will never be the same again, and that the country’s successful hosting of the event had again proven Afro-pessimists wrong.“More than the infrastructure that our future generations will inherit, we remain hopeful that the various skills that our people acquired since we started working on this Fifa World Cup project will prove useful going forward.”Over and above the economic benefits, Zuma said, there would also be a legacy of education for the African continent, driven in particular by the 1Goal Education for All Campaign.Source: BuaNews
Related Posts sarah perez Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Apple#mobile#news#web What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Verizon has just announced it will be holding a press conference following this week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2011). The invite to the event, which will be held at New York City’s Lincoln Center (Frederick P. Rose Hall) on January 11, is arriving in select journalists’ inboxes as we speak. As for the host? It’s Lowell McAdam, Verizon President and COO.Oh yes, this must be the Verizon iPhone.Given the timing, and the lack of any Apple mention (or even a hint!) during the Verizon keynote at CES, the conclusion is that this is indeed the announcement everyone has been waiting for: the Verizon iPhone, at long last.There’s really no other news beyond that, only this mysterious invite: Image credit: AllThingsD – it’s no surprise that they’re on the list. Please, please let it come in white!For more proof of the Verizon iPhone’s existence, see this post: “What’s the status of the Verizon iPhone?“And let’s not forget this recently leaked video from smartphone parts firm Global Direct Parts. The video, which was subsequently pulled from YouTube by either Apple.com (as it claimed) or some jokester claiming to be Apple (DMCA takedown notices are often automated), appeared to show a comparison of parts between the current iPhone 4 and some future fifth-generation phone.This is a backup copy: Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement
taylor hatmaker Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#apps#health#social networks Related Posts Getting Healthy, Gamified SuperBetter (iOS and Web)SuperBetter, designed by gaming advocate Jane McGonigal, is an experiment in gamifying health. McGonigal applies her deep understanding of the psychology of games to a wide array of health goals. The app (for iOS only, unfortunately) is a companion to the SuperBetter website, where most of the action happens. SuperBetter’s holistic approach puts equal emphasis on happiness and de-stressing, and its playful, video game-like achievement system really works. Quit Smoking For Real This TimeLivestrong: My Quit Coach for iOS, Quit Smoking: Cessation Nation for AndroidQuitting smoking tops a lot of resolution lists for a reason: namely, it’s really, really hard. You can use one of the general-purpose apps on this list to help you cut out the cancer sticks, but this duo of apps is designed to target smoker-specific challenges and milestones. With features like social support, time tracking and a savings calculator, these apps tackle the nasty habit from all angles.Tracking your behavior and tapping into a networks of folks all working on working on themselves is a surefire way to make those resolutions last at least a little bit longer into 2013. Worst case scenario, you’ll still have tucked away some cool aggregated data about yourself.Best case? Maybe you’ll pay off the interest on that interest.Lead image courtesy of Shutterstock. Humans are wont to misbehave when no one is watching. Hence the psychology of the New Year’s resolution: Kick off the New Year with a public declaration of the stuff you want to fix about yourself. The problem is that during those long, listless winter months, it’s easy for your attention, and your resolve, to drift away from your self-improvement goals.Sound familiar?Whether you’re looking to get happy, get in shape or get just about anything else, though, it turns out that smartphone apps can help keep you on track, mostly by tracking your behavior and reminding you – and sometimes your friends – how you’re doing. These 11 excellent apps can help turn sadly failed resolutions into proudly achieved goals:Write It All DownDay One (iOS or Mac), Diaro (Android)Being accountable to Facebook friends is great, but making any kind of life change is best paired with a bit of introspection. Journal-keeping apps can be a great way to check in with yourself, no matter what your goals are. Keeping a basic daily record of even simple stuff (have a headache Monday? Feel energized after your Tuesday workout?) can be a powerful glimpse into health and mood patterns that have a big say in breaking bad habits and building new ones. Get Fit With Friends Fitocracy (iOS), RunKeeper (iOS or Android), MyFitnessPal (iOS or Android), Endomondo (iOS or Android) These hybrid social/fitness apps do it all – and they don’t even yell at you for more reps. There are a ton of social fitness apps in the various app stores, so it’s best to experiment and see which ones emphasizes the aspect of that whole health thing that resonates with you. These four a great place to start your search: Designed around data and sharing, they all have the social boost you might be lacking built right in. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Start Saving Money Right NowMint (iOS or Android)The hardest part of saving money can be that first peek at your bank account – and Mint is the perfect solution. Elegantly designed, Mint keeps a rich record of your expenditures and breaks it all down into categories that help you figure out your spending habits. If you love data, you’ll be strangely thrilled to pore over your weekly bank statements. Personal finance has never looked so good. Tackle Any ChallengeUnstuck (iPad)Can’t even bring yourself to get started on your resolutions? Unstuck is all about the first step. The app (for iPad only) asks you a series of questions and sculpts your path to action. It’s surprisingly effective at dissolving the barriers between planning and action, with a fresh user interface that can even make paying off a bill feel like fun.