AVC: Philippines loses second straight as Korea stays undefeated

first_imgLATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Bullock ends Rain or Shine skid in nipping of Kia Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Teen gunned down in Masbate READ: Filipinas shrug off first-game jitters vs Hong Kong Yang Hyojin had a game-high 13 points to lead Korea while Kim put up 12 points, going 9-of-12 on her spike attempts.Kim Heejin also had double-digit scoring numbers when she put up 11 points for Korea.Jaja Santiago paced the Philippines with 10 points while Alysa Valdez and Gonzaga combined for 14.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Hwang Minkyoung assured the Koreans of the victory with an off-the-block kill the Philippine defense had no chance of receiving.READ: AVC: PH yields to unbeaten Kazakhstan, still moves on to QF FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’And though it was Hwang who dealt the final blow, it was Korean superstar Kim Yeon-koung who threw the early haymakers.Kim, who sat out Korea’s first two games and played sparingly in the third, surprised those in attendance when she stepped to the floor when her team squandered a five-point lead late in the first set. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Photo from asianvolleyball.netBIÑAN, Laguna—The Philippines took another loss in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship as Korea handed the host a three-set beating, 25-23, 25-18, 25-12 in the classification stage Sunday at Alonte Sports Arena here.Korea, FIVB’s 10th-ranked team in the world, are 2-0 in the classification stage and has a shot to take a top-four seeding for the quarterfinals while the Philippines dropped to 0-2.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Korea had a 24-19 lead when Jovelyn Gonzaga and Aby Maraño combined for four straight points to cut the lead to 24-23.READ: Philippines whips Hong Kong in AVC openerKim then ended the first set with a booming kill for Korea and she did the same in the second set with another power hit to end the penultimate period.“If I were a player and KYK came in, I’d be stunned,” said Philippine head coach Francis Vicente in Filipino. “KYK is one of the world’s best and for me it was an honor that she played that early in the game.”“Still, even though we lost, I’m still proud of them because we put up a fight against one of the best teams in the world and you can see that we can win it’s just that we would falter at the end.”ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano View commentslast_img read more

PBA Board flies to Las Vegas for midseason planning

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Drawing inspiration from ailing Knight, Quinto, Muyang lift Letran past Arellano Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college An exploration on how to go digital will also be in the agenda as well as all the CSR projects of the league where it tries to keep taking the games closer to its fans rather than the other way around.This is the first time since the league went out of the country for its planning session that the affair is held midseason, as the body took advantage of the break in the Governors’ Cup.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crowncenter_img Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The entire leadership of the Philippine Basketball Association leaves Friday for Las Vegas in the United States for its annual planning session where the direction of the league for next year will be charted.Led by chair Ricky Vargas of TNT KaTropa, vice Dickie Bachmann of Alaska and commissioner Willie Marcial, the body will tackle the schedule, format, activities and other things needed to ensure that the PBA stays as the best sports entertainment outfit in the coming year.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The league, for the first time in more than a decade, will end way before Christmas this season and will open next year either late in January or early February with Bachmann the likely successor to Vargas.The body will go into marathon meetings every day immediately after arriving in Vegas from Los Angeles, its entry point to the United States.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“This is a big part of the yearly calendar of the board and it is in this gathering that the league decides on practically everything for the coming season,” Marcial told the Inquirer prior to leaving Thursday night, a day ahead of the group.Sure to be tackled will be the format for next year wherein it will be determined what heights of imports will be used for the last two conferences and what format the most prestigious tournament, the Philippine Cup, will be adopting. View comments MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlelast_img read more

To Become Rice-Self-sufficient, We Need a Strategy

first_imgThere are two places rice can grow in Liberia: upland, and in the swamps or lowlands, both of which Liberia has in  abundance.  But more importantly, we have hundreds of thousands of people throughout the country who can grow rice; and that is what most of them do for a living.  It is said that 80% or more of our people earn their living from farming.So why aren’t we feeding ourselves in rice?Someone has said that the Liberian government is more interested in finding money to import rice than finding money to empower farmers to grow rice.  How can the Agriculture Ministry (MOA) respond to this charge?The best way to respond is by developing a carefully conceived strategy to reach out to rice farmers.  The strategy must first target farmers who are most productive in rice cultivation, such as those in Bong, Lofa, and Nimba counties. They should secondly be organized, trained and equipped with the tools, rice seeds and fertilizers they need to grow rice.  Thirdly, they should also be specifically trained in swamp rice cultivation, which yields three times per year instead of upland rice, which is harvested only once a year.Fourthly, the strategy should ensure the government’s provision of rice processing equipment in each rice-producing county, where the commodity can be processed.Fifth, the strategy should facilitate the MARKETING of the rice.  All too often farmers complain that they grow rice but cannot sell it because either there is no one to buy it locally or they lack the transportation to take it to markets where the rice is in demand.What does all this mean?  It means that the Ministry of Agriculture should put together a team of experts to work with productive farmers around the country in order to develop and refine this strategy and make it operational.  The farmers need to be involved in its formulation because they are the direct beneficiaries, so they should be part of the formulation.Once this strategy is in place and yielding the expected results, the Agriculture Ministry should reach out to the all the other farmers, beginning with those in the southeast, some 4000 of whom had been recruited under an OXFAM program to grow rice in the lowlands.  Our reporter Judoemue Kollie reported last week that these farmers had been contacted, but had been waiting in vain to be mobilized for the project.  The project was expected to train them in swamp rice cultivation but since nothing had been done, they were returning to the upland where they had been engaged in rice growing.Once the southeastern farmers are engaged and trained in lowland rice cultivation, all the other points in the strategy should be applied to them, too.The MOA would then be ready to engage all the other rice farmers throughout the country in the implementation of the proposed strategy.Let us seriously try this strategy and see what it will do to improve rice production in Liberia.President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and other government functionaries have always complained that the media are quick to criticize, without offering any solutions.  We at the Daily Observer have always striven to do differently.  Here again is one solution to end our dependency on the outside world in respect of this critical commodity–Liberia’s staple, rice.These suggestions advanced by this newspaper are far from foolproof (perfect); but at least they provide a beginning.  We pray that GOL will improve upon them and start the ball rolling toward self-sufficiency in this all important and urgent commodity, our national staple.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Utilising present minibuses to finally provide actual public transportation

first_imgDear Editor,I write to you after years of thought, discussion and research on the issue of public transportation in Guyana. And after these years of contemplating our local dilemma, I have come to one and only one solid unchangeable conclusion – that for as long as bus operators have a chance to earn more than each other on a daily basis, we will continue to face the transportation woes with which we have been plagued for the last few decades.It is imperative that we as a people, through our elected government representatives, decide with finality to completely eliminate financial competition among bus operators. If one bus operator is paid a fixed monthly amount of money for his transportation services, he would no longer feel inspired to break the law so rampantly as he is presently doing when he decides to partake in: speeding; overloading; making illegal stops; blasting loud music and using touts.For as long as bus operators are earning variable amounts of money on their own based on the number of passengers they manage and break the law to carry per day, and on their own terms and conditions, we in Guyana will not be experiencing truly “public” transportation. These buses are not only privately owned by privately run. They are their own bosses and passengers have no authority to which they may turn for redress or issue resolution. Presently, bus operators are kicking out passengers for, politely or otherwise, protesting against loud music and speeding, and for breaking their own terms and conditions imposed on those passengers illegally and unilaterally.In fact, the only term and condition presently imposed on passengers by the Government is the price for the transportation services provided by these privately run buses. And even that term and condition is not met when a bus operator decides to either bully passengers, especially younger ones, for more money, or to charge more at night, or to give a passenger half a seat for the price of one, or to place a passenger to sit in another’s lap while still charging for a seat.In these premises, I propose, strongly, that all bus operators be paid a fixed monthly sum for their services. I propose that passengers no longer pay operators in cash. I propose that passengers present, to the bus operators, bus passes bought at accessible locations which locations would then pass the proceeds over to a central body responsible for using those proceeds to pay the fixed monthly sums to the bus operators.The central body will also be responsible for exercising regulatory and disciplinary control over bus operators, for determining routes and hours of work for each bus, for ensuring no routes are abandoned after certain hours of the day (or on holidays or weekends or rainy days or hot days) and for receiving complaints from the public about errant bus operators, etc.This system would need to be either introduced in phases and/or introduced on a full scale after considerable notice has been given to bus operators that they would, from a future date, no longer be allowed to work any routes unless they do so through the central body for a fixed monthly sum. They would need time to register their vehicles and have them be approved for the job. Research would need to be done to determine the best starting amount to be paid to each bus operator to cover gas, mechanical maintenance and profit etc.Once in place, this system would reduce speeding; overloading; illegal stops; loud music and touting.Police would also spend a lot less time stopping buses for doing illegal things on the road and can focus on bigger issues. Passengers would be able to get on a bus and know that their destination is not the next Police station.Too many Guyanese are running from the transportation presently being provided and choosing to spend large of amounts of money they cannot afford to spend to buy old unreliable cars and pay for taxis.It has to stop. Our people are suffering. If legislation is needed to make this a reality, then let’s get cracking.Sincerely,John M Fraser, LLBlast_img read more

Dataram, reputed wife fled country – source

first_img…Magistrate to deliver decision FridayAlthough Magistrate Judy Latchman issued arrest warrants for both Barry Dataram and his reputed wife, Anjanie Boodnarine, a source close to the family confirmed that the duo has fled the country.Self-confessed drug lord Barry DataramGuyana Times was told that the self-confessed drug trafficker and his reputed wife, who were due to appear at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Tuesday, absconded sometime over the weekend. The duo, along with Komal Charran and Trevor Gouveia, was expected to be present for the court’s ruling on a cocaine trafficking charge.The four were on trial for allegedly being in possession of 129.230 kilograms of cocaine. The Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) reported that the narcotics were found in shrimp on April 16, 2015, at Dataram’s residence, located at Lot 661 Silver Dam, Fourth Avenue, Diamond Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara.The family source claimed that the couple’s two children were left with relatives, noting that the couple left for neighbouring Suriname.Dataram, who was once wanted by US authorities for conspiracy to traffic cocaine and cocaine trafficking, had accused CANU ranks of facilitating the shipment of cocaine out of Guyana.Following the revelation, CANU’s Head, James Singh said Dataram’s “savagery” against CANU may be as a result of his uneasiness owing to the commencement of his trial.However, President David Granger had ordered an inquest into the allegations against the CANU officers.The inquest was conducted by Brigadier Bruce Lovell over a two-month period. After completing the inquest, Lovell stated that he was positive that the Government would find favour with the recommendations, as well as the conclusions and take the appropriate actions.During the trial, a CANU rank testified that 428 parcels of plastic wrapped cocaine were seized from Dataram’s home at Diamond. He added that the parcels were in a white fridge.On Tuesday, Magistrate Latchman cautioned that if Charran and Gouveia failed to return to court on September 23, arrest warrants would also be issued and she would not recall the case. The Magistrate is expected to deliver her verdict in the case tomorrow. If found guilty, both Dataram and his reputed wife can be sentenced in their absence.last_img read more

McKeon gets earful as people talk about No Child Left Behind

first_img“And to say that we can’t get our sixth-graders performing at sixth-grade level is a disgrace.” But even though Heath supports the act, he questioned a portion of it that would eventually require all students to be proficient in English and math. He talked about his own developmentally disabled son, and how he was happy if the education system could just teach him how to use the bus and be independent. “Never in the history of public education did you have 100 percent of your children proficient at grade level,” Heath said. “There was always children that didn’t do as well, so you have to set that bar at a reasonable level.” Howard Sundberg, superintendent of the Lancaster School District, suggested lengthening the school day, and educating parents so they can help their children academically. A number of panelists talked about getting more qualified teachers, and how teaching and school administration would attract more talented individuals if society valued those jobs. Mark Gross, principal at Joshua Elementary School and a member of the Palmdale school board, said students’ home environment should be considered. “When we talk about education, the discussion cannot end at the school door,” he said. “We have to look at our communities and what we can do to support them.” McKeon, who is the ranking Republican on the House Education and Labor Committee, has participated in similar round-table discussions around the country about the act. On March 13, the House and the Senate will open hearings on the act as it comes up for re-authorization. While the re-authorization process will take into account people’s concerns about the act, McKeon said it remains important. He spoke of a new student at West Point who had been a high school valedictorian when he entered the military academy, but had to do remedial class work because his academic skills were lacking. The student came from a state with low academic standards. “He was shocked to find out that he wasn’t the student that he thought he was,” McKeon said. “That’s not fair, that’s not right. That’s what we’re trying to address with No Child Left Behind.” alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com (661) 257-5253 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It has been criticized by many educators as an unrealistic goal that interferes with traditional teaching by forcing educators to teach to a set of standardized tests. Supporters, however, say it has focused the education community on raising achievement standards across the board. McKeon got plenty of feedback from teachers, principals, superintendents and others during the discussion, which drew about 80 audience members. Some participants praised the act for holding schools more accountable. “This is the country that created the (Tennessee Valley Authority) and built the Hoover Dam and put a man on the moon,” said Larry Heath, principal of McGrath Elementary School in Newhall. SANTA CLARITA – Howard “Buck” McKeon has been a key supporter of No Child Left Behind, but the Republican congressman opened a panel discussion Wednesday acknowledging the 2002 act has shortcomings. “No Child Left Behind is not perfect,” said McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, in a talk at the Santa Clarita Activities Center. A goal of Wednesday’s discussion was to talk about ways to improve the No Child Left Behind Act as it heads toward a vote on reauthorization. The act is President George W. Bush’s signature education reform plan, designed to bring every student in America up to basic reading, writing and arithmetic standards inside a decade. last_img read more

Bratton not capable of fixing LAPD

first_imgIn March 1978, the liberal Board of Police Commissioners appointed Daryl Francis Gates chief, believing that he could force the LAPD to carry out its reform agenda. Fat chance. Gates presided over such fiascoes as the Dalton Avenue Raid in August 1988, when 82 of LAPD’s finest stormed and destroyed four South Central Los Angeles homes, spray-painting “LAPD” on the walls. The city paid out more than $5 million in lawsuits. (I represented the plaintiffs, Cheri and Henry Lang and Lillian D’Antignac.) Gates presided over the Rodney King beating on March 4, 1991. The Christopher Commission investigated, proposed more than 100 reforms, and then disappeared, never to oversee the implementation of any of them. On April 29, 1992, after a state court jury in Simi Valley acquitted some of the involved LAPD cops, massive riots occurred and a state of emergency was declared. Gates got the boot, finally, in 1992, and was replaced by Willie Williams, during whose tenure most of the Rampart misdoings occurred. During much of that time, Williams’ successor, now-City Councilman Bernard Parks, was in charge of LAPD Internal Affairs. Williams got his boot in 1997. Parks took over and presided over the Rampart fallout, due to brutality and misconduct that occurred while he was in charge of Internal Affairs. The civil judgments and legal fees cost the city about $100 million. And after a state criminal court jury convicted five LAPD officers, the judge threw out the verdict. (I represented 27 Rampart scandal plaintiffs.) Parks got his boot in 2002, and was replaced by William Bratton, who came in to the LAPD with a charge to reform the LAPD, which in 2001 had entered into a federal consent decree. Often it is misreported that the consent decree was the result of the Rampart Scandal, but that is not true. Over 100 reforms, many of them leftovers from the 1991 Christopher Commission, were ordered, again. In 1996, when Bill Lann Lee took over as Acting U.S. Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, the former L.A. legal director of the NAACP began a federal investigation into the custom of LAPD misconduct. The consent decree, though immediately preceded by the Rampart scandal, by then had been in the works for five years. Six years into the potentially 10-year term of the consent decree, there has been much-heralded progress but little real progress. (I am a party to the consent decree action.) Which brings us to the MacArthur Park fiasco. It is the same old LAPD. What MacArthur Park has in common with so many other chronic episodes of LAPD wrongdoing is that none was perpetrated by a single cop. Instead, all were an LAPD group effort that evidenced the LAPD culture of violence. (I represent a plaintiff in one of the first federal actions involving the incident.) Bratton has done virtually nothing to reform that violent culture. Indeed, he spends nearly one-third of his time outside Los Angeles, mostly touting the LAPD and himself. So some questions present themselves. What will it take to reform the LAPD culture? It will not be any more investigations and commissions. It will take a real chief of police who has no ego, no swagger and no agenda, except to reform the LAPD, bottom up and top down. If it was the right thing for Bratton to demote and reassign two of his commanders for what happened at MacArthur Park, and it was, then it’s right for the Police Commission not to renew Bratton’s contract. Bratton has placed responsibility on those responsible to him, and the commission should place responsibility on Bratton, who is responsible to it. Stephen Yagman has been a Venice Beach federal civil-rights lawyer for 30 years and is the author of “Police Misconduct and Civil Rights.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! APPALLING in its brutality, but certainly not surprising in its happening, was the LAPD MacArthur Park May 1 melee. It’s them, again, the Los Angeles Police Department. It always has been them. It still is them. Worse than that, however, is that the 2007 LAPD hardly is any different than the 1965 LAPD, or the LAPDs from then to now. Chief William Henry Parker presided over the LAPD from 1952 to the Watts Riots of 1965. The LAPD kicked butt, took names, and Los Angeles went up in flames. The McCone Commission investigated. The city implemented none of its recommendations, and there was no change in the LAPD’s forever police-centric, us-against-them, brutal culture. last_img read more

Ex-England boss Fabio Capello in line for third spell as AC Milan boss – reports

first_img1 AC Milan are lining up a shock move for former England boss Fabio Capello, according to reports in Italy.Cristian Brocchi is currently in the hotseat at the San Siro but rumours are circulating that he is ready to quit.The 40-year-old only took over in April but he has reportedly fallen out with C.E.O Adriano Galliani over the direction of the club.Brocchi’s departure would force Milan to look for their third manager since January and, according to Corriere della Sera, Capello is their number one target.The 70-year-old, who managed England from 2008 to 2012, has been out of work since July 2015 after being sacked by Russia.Capello does have extensive experience of coaching Milan, however, having managed them on two separate occasions already to win four Serie A titles and the Champions League. Fabio Capello last_img read more

Lyell Loses in a Landslide

first_imgPolitics is on the minds of Americans today. Landslides are turning geological votes away from Lyell’s uniformitarianism toward catastrophism.Landslides can cause monumental changes in just minutes. Here are some examples from previous reports:Perhaps you’ve heard of the Heart Mountain Slide in Wyoming. Geologists believe that over 5,000 cubic kilometers of mountain broke apart in prehistoric times and slid 31 miles in just 3 minutes (source: Minnesota State and 1/28/15).Two other landslides in Wyoming in historic times, the Gros Ventre slide (1925) and the Hebgen Lake slide (1959), dammed rivers and formed large lakes that caused (or threatened) major flooding downstream.A Zion rockfall dated to Bronze Age times (5/18/16) enlarged the canyon significantly in 60 to 90 seconds.A terraced river deposit in the San Gabriel Mountains of California, long thought to be built up slowly over years, was reinterpreted to be the work of a single large landslide (7/08/16).In 2013, geologists were jolted out of their uniformitarian slumbers after one storm in 2013 caused thousand landslides and debris flows along Colorado’s Front Range (4/25/15).Two recent papers reveal some of the changes in geological thinking about landslides. They don’t necessarily need a high slope to get going. Long-runout slides can cover much more distance than previously believed. And dating landslides can be tricky business. The following observations underscore the catastrophic potential of sudden, large-scale events, in contrast to Charles Lyell’s picture of a world in slow and gradual “uniformitarian” change.KazakhstanFour scientists studied landslide escarpments around the Caspian Sea. Publishing their conclusions in Geology, they believe these slides took place in the Pleistocene epoch. Whenever they occurred, these “giant landslides” were pretty amazing: 300 slides on shallow slopes moved hundreds of millions of cubic meters of material in catastrophic fashion.The history of Quaternary sea-level changes in the Caspian Sea, the world’s largest lake, is partly enigmatic, and so is the geomorphic response of its coasts. Late Pleistocene transgressions during the Early Khvalynian (ca. 40–25 ka [thousand years]) inundated extensive portions of the flat, low-lying semi-desert of western Kazakhstan. Cliffs cut during these highstands form a prominent escarpment tens of kilometers to several hundred kilometers from the present coast of the Caspian Sea. Satellite images, digital terrain analysis, and field mapping reveal that >300 giant landslides intersect with this escarpment. More than 100 of these slope failures mobilized volumes >108 m3 along basal failure planes with gradients as low as ∼5°. All landslides share characteristics of lateral rock spreads involving competent limestones overlying weak and plastic claystones. From relative stratigraphy and new 14C data, we infer that catastrophic slope failure of over 41 km3 occurred mostly during Pleistocene Caspian sea-level highstands, while several landslides may have been reactivated or entirely originated during the Holocene. This largest cluster of terrestrial mass wasting in a tectonically quiescent setting offers an opportunity to understand how landslides erode low-relief landscapes subject to oscillating sea levels.The cliffs and landslides are visible east of the Caspian Sea using Google Earth. It seems odd that hundreds of landslides would cluster in one region tens of thousands of years ago, only to have “reactivated” or originated again thousands of years later. The main surprises are these: according to the abstract, 41 cubic kilometers of material moved along slopes that in some cases would look almost level to the eye: just 5 degrees. And this happened in a “tectonically quiescent setting.”ItalyThe Bulletin of the GSA (Geological Society of America) has bad news for vacationers in Ancona, Italy. They’ve been told that a big landslide deposit at Portonovo Bay, a popular beach resort, happened in prehistoric times. New carbon-14 dates of fossils under the slide lead the authors to the conclusion that it happened in medieval times around 1320 A.D. That means the area is more at risk of another big landslide than thought.This paper is a case study about a natural catastrophic event that caused a human disaster in the medieval Benedictine enclave of Santa Maria in Portonovo—a large landslide involving some 5 million cubic meters of rock, which suddenly collapsed from the northeastern flank of the Monte Conero anticline hurling down from 400 m elevation over the littoral zone of the Portonovo bay, ∼9 km south of the Adriatic port city of Ancona. This landslide is the largest of the Conero Riviera, a 16-km-long, seismically active high coast with cliffs overhanging directly over the sea, which is therefore particularly prone to landsliding. While the landslide risk along the Conero Riviera has been evaluated by the local municipal authority, the risk in the Portonovo bay, a very popular beach resort, has been somewhat underestimated inasmuch as the huge landslide was previously considered, by geologists and geoengineers, to be a prehistoric event and therefore unimportant in the context of prevention plans aimed at assessing the hydrogeological instability of this area.Multiple methods lead the authors to infer that “the landslide occurred in historical times, contrary to common belief that it occurred in prehistory.” After figuring the date and trigger from seismic activity, they worried that similar conditions exist around the bay now.The same structural and lithologic settings are found today on the slopes adjacent to the western side of the medieval detachment scar, thus representing a serious threat for the stability of the area and a high risk for imminent large landsliding, which may have grave consequences for present-day infrastructure and inhabitants of the popular Portonovo beach resort.Expert opinion of geologists and geoengineers had been wrong for years, giving a false sense of security to vacationers. Few people were present in the 14th century to witness the medieval event. But now, with tourists crowding the resort, another big landslide could have “grave consequences,” indeed.PlutoLandslides are not restricted to Earth. They can happen anywhere where piled-up solid material suffers slope failure, spreading out vertically and horizontally. A big landslide had been detected in 2005 on the edge of a crater on Iapetus, one of Saturn’s outer moons (see Cassini photo). Now, landslides have also been detected on Pluto’s companion Charon. “Four landslides were spotted on Charon in total, all in Serenity Chasma, which is part of a vast belt of deep canyons bordered by cliffs stretching for 1,100 miles (1,800 km) and reaching heights of up to 4.5 miles (7.2 km), according to NASA.” Photos of the landslides on Space.com are accompanied by admissions that scientists do not understand them: “Beyer said scientists have a lot of open questions about the landslides, including how and when they formed.” It would seem if they were ancient, they would have been erased by craters over billions of years. But if they are recent, what processes could have triggered them on a quiescent body so long after the moon’s formation?So did Lyell lie a little? (7/25/08). Landslides can be scaled up to cataclysmic events, given the right conditions. If strata are weakened by seismic activity, inundation of rising sea levels, or just accumulated strain, they can give way suddenly and cause major changes in a matter of minutes or seconds. Charles Lyell (who influenced Darwin with his vision of vast ages of slow, gradual processes) wanted to restrict his scientific explanations to “causes now in operation.” But how could he draw the line on landslides? It would be his own arbitrary judgment to say that small landslides can occur, but huge ones (e.g., continent-size events) cannot.A landslide is the opposite of a slow and gradual occurrence. Charlie & Charlie (Lyell & Darwin) put the scientific world to sleep with their concoctions of slow, gradual change. Read again in our 4/25/15 entry how the rumble of reality has jolted some Darwinos awake, at least partly. (Visited 53 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

New app improves logistics and efficiencies at harvest

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Julian Sanchez and Howard Gerwin, both from John Deere’s Technology Innovation Center in Champaign, Illinois, shared details of a new app developed to help farm operations direct their fleets efficiently this harvest season.GrainTruckPlus helps farmers manage their grain harvesting fleet from their field to their preferred elevators. They’ll know where team members are, where the nearest elevators are, and get information about wait times at those elevators.Get the free app for Apple devices or for an Android platform.last_img read more