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Astrobiological instrumentation for Mars – the only way is down

first_imgIn this paper, in this edition of the Journal commemorating the life and work of David Wynn-Williams, we consider approaches to the astrobiological investigation of Mars. We provide a brief account of the scientific rationale behind the approach presented here. In particular, we outline the capabilities of the Raman spectrometer for the detection of biomarkers. David Wynn-Williams was an active champion of this instrument who was keen to field-qualify a version in Antarctica with a view to flying a Raman instrument onboard a Mars-bound space mission. We examine a scenario for the deployment of such an instrument in conjunction with other instrumentation and argue that subsurface deployment of scientific instruments is essential if we are to succeed in detecting any evidence that may exist for former life on Mars. We outline a mission scenario – Vanguard – which represents a novel but low-risk, low-cost approach to Mars exploration that was conceived and developed jointly by one of the authors (Ellery) and the late David Wynn-Williams.last_img read more

Why Billie Jean King wants people to think of women as leaders for everyone

first_imgNovember 19, 2020 /Sports News – National Why Billie Jean King wants people to think of women as leaders for everyone FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailABC NewsBy KELLY MCCARTHY, ABC News(NEW YORK) — When Billie Jean King stepped onto the tennis court at the Houston Racquet Club with eight other women tennis professionals to sign contracts for $1, the moment was bigger than equal rights in tennis, it was an ace for female leadership for years to come.The tennis trailblazer joined Good Morning America Tuesday to discuss her new Audible documentary, The Dollar Rebellion, with longtime friend Robin Roberts, who received King’s namesake leadership award in 2018.“When a woman does something, [people] always think, ‘oh, thank you for what you did for women.’ They never say that to a male,” King explained harkening back to her fight for gender equality in tennis. “So I hope people will start thinking of women as leaders for everyone, not just for women.”King said it’s important to consider that “You never know how someone is going to touch your life or how you’re going to touch their life.”“Muhammad Ali and I used to talk about this a lot. That everyone is an influencer,” she said. “You never know where it may come from and how you may influence yourself as well as others.”In her new Audible audio documentary, King reflects back on the groundbreaking show of leadership from the ’70s.“I get too much credit,” King said, and hailed all eight women — Rosie Casals, Nancy Richey, Julie Heldman, Valerie Ziegenfuss, Judy Dalton, Kerry Melville Reid, Peaches Bartkowicz, and Kristy Pigeon — who signed that $1 contract with World Tennis Magazine publisher, Gladys Hellman, for what went on to become the Virginia Slims Circuit.The group known as the “original nine,” share a piece of history in their famed black-and-white photograph raising a single dollar over their heads, which King said holds great importance because every single player was in allignment.“We fought for equality,” she said. “Women’s tennis is the leader in women’s sports on and off the court. And players today have to realize it came from that moment when we were willing to give up our careers.”“We knew it was worth going for it, but didn’t know it would happen. It was a scary, scary time for us but what’s wonderful is we’re celebrating this year,” she added.The group planned to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the iconic moment this year, but couldn’t due to the COVID-19 pandemic. King said they will make up for lost time when it’s safe to reconvene: “Hopefully we’ll get together next year at Wimbledon.”“I just want people to understand how and why this has been possible for all these young tennis players to make a great living,” she said, adding examples like Venus and Serena Williams, Coco Gauff and Naomi Osaka.“The great thing they’ve used tennis as a platform — for equality for everyone and we continue to fight that,” the 39-time Grand Slam winner said. “Every generation tries to make it better for the next — but what people don’t understand with women is that we lead for everyone.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Written bycenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

64% don’t want to live near a fracking site

first_imgHome » News » Land & New Homes » 64% don’t want to live near a fracking site previous nextLand & New Homes64% don’t want to live near a fracking siteThe Negotiator2nd December 20160609 Views A new survey reveals that over 64 per cent of Britons would be reluctant to buy a home near a fracking site… but 32 per cent are in favour of fracking if it meant lower energy bills.The OnePoll survey, conducted by House Extension Online, asked 1000 respondents across the UK if they would ever consider buying a house near a fracking site and whether they were for or against fracking if it reduced their energy bills.Over 64 per cent said that they would be reluctant to buy a home near a fracking site; 21 per cent said that they were somewhat unlikely to consider buying a home near a fracking site and 43 per cent stated that they were very unlikely to do so.45 to 54 year olds were most unlikely to buy a home near a fracking site (68 per cent) compared to 59 per cent of 18 to 34 year olds. There was also a higher number of women (63 per cent) who stated that they were unlikely to buy a home near a fracking site compared to 54 per cent of men.Conversely, when asked if they were for or against fracking if it reduced their energy bills, 32 per cent said that they were in favour. This sentiment was almost matched however by 31 per cent of respondents who stated that they were against fracking even if it resulted in lower energy bills.The age group who were most in favour of fracking if it resulted in lower energy bills were the over 55s with 36 per cent, and the age group least in favour were 35 to 44 year olds with 37 per cent.research fracking fracking research fracking sites December 2, 2016The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

Belvoir’s 300-plus branches join OnTheMarket as CEO blasts Rightmove and Zoopla

first_imgChallenger portal OnTheMarket has landed a significant coup after revealing that leading national franchise chain Belvoir has signed up.The 300-plus branches of the 23-year old estate agency brand have begun listing all their sales and lettings properties on the portal, while its CEO Dorian Gonsalves has launched unusually strong-worded side-swipe at incumbents Rightmove and Zoopla.Belvoir’s franchisees now list their properties on all three portals but Gonsalves says his company believes Rightmove and Zoopla’s dominance of the portal market has “for some time” been ready for disruption.OnTheMarket disruption“OnTheMarket is the first serious contender for several years to be injecting genuine competition in the interests of agents and property-searchers alike,” he says.“It is agents who provide the portals with the majority of their content and income [and] it is also agents who serve their clients and property-searchers on the ground in selling, letting, buying and renting property.“I’m very pleased to be announcing our strategic support for OnTheMarket as an agent-backed business and am confident that with agent momentum building it will continue to go from strength to strength.”The decision by Belvoir follows hot on the heels of Eric Walker’s promotion to MD of the company having arrived at Belvoir as boss of Northwood, which Belvoir bought in June 2016.Before Northwood was bought, Walker was one of the leading estate agents to question OTM’s ‘one other portal’ rule, saying that he was ‘uncertain’ whether the tactic was ‘actually working’. OTM ended the policy when the company went public on the AIM stock market earlier this year.Northwood OnTheMarket OTM Dorian Gonsalves eric walker October 23, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Belvoir’s 300-plus branches join OnTheMarket as CEO blasts Rightmove and Zoopla previous nextAgencies & PeopleBelvoir’s 300-plus branches join OnTheMarket as CEO blasts Rightmove and ZooplaDorian Gonsalves says OTM injects ‘genuine competition’ into portal market which he believes is ready for ‘disruption’.Nigel Lewis23rd October 201802,270 Viewslast_img read more

Oxford is worst for bike theft

first_imgOne first year explained, “Last Friday, having been in Oxford for no more than two weeks, I was both surprised and infuriated to find that my bicycle had already been stolen, in broad daylight, whilst briefly left locked up along Magdalen Street.” Another fresher at St Catherine’s College related, “My bicycle was stolen within two days of having arrived here. They took everything except my front wheel, which was locked up! I knew that bike theft was a problem in Oxford, but I didn’t imagine I would need to be replacing by bike so soon!” Meanwhile, Jesus fourth year Emilia Carslaw told Cherwell that she has witnessed several attempted bike thefts around the town centre. She explained, “Several times after coming home from nights out, my friends and I have caught people trying to steal bikes from the rack on Ship Street. They only stopped when we went over and said, ‘they’ve got CCTV cameras here’.” Moss’ Check That Bike website also has the potential to help Oxford buyers to ensure their second-hand bike has not been stolen before purchasing. By entering the frame number on online, users can access their bike’s history, while the website also allows users to register and recover stolen bikes by allowing victims to cross-check data with potential buyers. A recent study has named Oxford’s OX1 postcode as the worst for bike thefts in the whole country, narrowly beating Cambridge’s CB1 postcode. Between May 2013 and April this year, 846 bicycle thefts were reported to the police in the central Oxford area, while 781 bikes were reported stolen in Cambridge’s CB1 postcode. The research covered 92,508 bike thefts reported to police, and was conducted using data from data.police.co.uk by John Moss, the developer of the Check That Bike website. Despite the findings, however, Oxford’s City Council has said that there has been no recent increase in the number of bike thefts reported. A spokesman explained, “We have received no reports from the police or student representatives about any spike in bike thefts in the city. We would of course help or assist in any inspections but so far there has been no approach to our Streetscene service for such support.” Thames Valley Police officers, however, have acknowledged the frequency of bicycle theft in and around the city centre, warning Oxfordians that even if you lock your bike up securely using a substantial D-lock, your bike is still at risk, as lock clamps can be used to remove the padlock. Police guidelines encourage students to re- port bicycle thefts as soon as possible, as officers have access to CCTV cameras in and around the city centre that can be used to identify thieves and increase the chances of your bike being recovered. Second year historian Joel Nelson told Cherwell, “I’m not surprised that the centre of Oxford is the worst in the country for bike theft — there are so many bikes around!” The need for increased security measures was made apparent after Cherwell contacted a number of students about bike theft in the city centre. last_img read more

COA Reverses Lifetime Sex Offender Registration, Upholds Ban From School Property

first_imgJennifer Nelson for www.theindianalawyer.comThe Indiana Court of Appeals agreed with a man challenging his lifetime registration as a sex offender that the law as applied to him violates the Indiana Constitution’s prohibition against ex post facto laws. But he lost a similar challenge to the unlawful-entry statute that prohibits him from entering school property.Richard McVey was convicted of molesting his half-sister for acts that occurred between October 1998 and August 2001. He served eight years in the DOC, but returned in 2012 after violating his probation. He was then released to parole in 2014. At the same time, he challenged his convictions seeking post-conviction relief, and was partially successful. The PCR court vacated two counts, leaving only Count III, Class C felony child molesting, in which McVey admitted that his stepsister had masturbated him sometime in 2001, before the requirement for lifetime registration took effect that July.Then McVey filed two petitions: one seeking to be removed from the lifetime sex-offender registry, and one asking to be exempt from the unlawful-entry statute because he was convicted of child molesting before that statute went into effect. The unlawful-entry statute makes it a crime for a person who is a registered sex offender and who is convicted of child molesting to enter school property. The trial court denied both petitions.At his trial, although McVey did not testify as to when the masturbation incident occurred, a state police officer did, saying during an interview with McVey, McVey admitted the incident occurred approximately 12 to 14 months prior. That would have placed it between March and May 2001, before the lifetime registration amendment took effect.Thus, McVey must only register for 10 years, the law in effect at the time the crime was committed, the COA held. His 10-year registration period started when he was released from prison on July 15, 2011, and is extended for the 730 days he was incarcerated for violating probation, Chief Judge Nancy Vaidik wrote.The judges found using the seven-factor test outlined in Mendoza-Martinez that the unlawful-entry statute, which took effect July 1, 2015, is not an ex post facto law as applied to him. McVey wants to obtain his commercial driver’s license from Blue River Career Programs, but this is considered a school property. McVey chose to attend this school after the statute went into effect in July, Vaidik noted. In addition, the judges found factor 7, which addresses whether the statute appears excessive in relation to the alternative purpose assigned, is non-punitive as applied to him as McVey was convicted of a crime against a child.The case is Richard J. McVey v. State of Indiana, 73A04-1601-CR-12.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Man shot at GoLo gas station on Miami Street in South Bend

first_img Google+ One man is recovering after a shooting that took place on, Sunday afternoon, Aug. 30, at the GoLo gas station on Miami Street in South Bend.Police have not released any suspect information or the circumstances that led to the shooting.Our reporting partners at ABC 57 News report witnesses saying the man called for a ride to the hospital, but then that car was involved in a crash, prompting the man to call for another ride. Twitter Facebook Twitter IndianaLocalNews Previous articleBall State University students put on notice about ignoring COVID-19 safety measuresNext articleGirl, 7, killed in drive-by shooting in South Bend identified Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Pinterest Man shot at GoLo gas station on Miami Street in South Bend Facebook By Jon Zimney – August 30, 2020 0 673 Google+ WhatsApp WhatsApp Pinterestlast_img read more

Zendaya Enlists Bryan Cranston for Her Finding Neverland Video

first_img View Comments Now it’s Zendaya’s turn to fly to the “second star to the right and straight on ’til morning!” The actress and songstress has recently released the video to her take on the number “Neverland” from the Broadway-com Audience Choice Award-winning musical Finding Neverland. Zendaya tapped Tony winner (and one of the show’s producers) Bryan Cranston to co-star with her in the video, along with DWTS’ Maksim Chmerkovskiy; she is one of a slew of artists to contribute to a concept album for the musical including Christina Aguilera and Jon Bon Jovi. The production continues to run at the Lunt-Funtanne Theatre, led by Tony Yazbeck, Laura Michelle Kelly and Kelsey Grammer. Finding Neverland Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 21, 2016last_img read more

Healthy holiday eating

first_imgThe holiday season may bring family, friends, food and presents, but it doesn’t have to pack on the pounds, says a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension nutrition specialist Connie Crawley. The key, she said, is to try to only indulge in meals on the actual holidays. “Just because there are several holidays, you don’t have to eat for two months straight,” she said. She’s collected tips and tricks to make the holidays a little lighter – and a little less belt loosening.To cut down on leftovers, make the amount of food appropriate for the number of people who will be eating it. If there is extra food, send the leftovers home with the guests so you don’t feast on them for the next week. When hosting a dinner, leave the prepared dishes in the kitchen or in a different room rather than having them on the dinner table. “If the food is in another room, people are less likely to get up and go get seconds,” Crawley said.If alcohol is served, watch your intake. Drinking more alcohol causes people to be less inhibited, and they are more likely to overeat. Adapt your recipes to contain healthier ingredients, but don’t surprise your guest with a dish you have just tweaked. Test these dishes prior to the celebration day. Crawley says one key to sneaking in healthier foods is not to tell people that you have adjusted the recipe. If they know the dish is lower in fat or sugar, they may not give the food a chance and will expect it to taste bad, even if it doesn’t.After dinner, don’t serve dessert right away. Let the food settle so your stomach has a chance to feel full. While you’re waiting, play a game, talk to your guests or take a walk around the neighborhood to look at holiday decorations.When you have parties at your own home, make sure there are plenty of activities. “Instead of watching football all day, limit yourself to watching the most important game,” said Crawley. “Have pool and ping-pong available, play a game of football outside, set up badminton or volleyball and have dancing and singing. Make sure it’s not all about food and sitting around.” In between dinners and parties, make healthy eating choices, and make sure you don’t skip physical activity. Half an hour to an hour of physical activity daily will reduce stress, decrease risk for depression and keep you in shape. “Exercise is an anti-depressant and will help you not to gain weight during the holidays,” Crawley said. “You will control your appetite better if you are physically active.”Eat non-fat dairy foods and plenty of fruits, vegetables and salads. Don’t skip breakfast. By eating breakfast you will be less hungry later in the day and will be less likely to overeat.“Weight gain for the average person is only a pound or two during the holidays,” Crawley said. “But people don’t get rid of that extra weight afterward, and that is what adds up over the years.”last_img read more

Egg candling

first_imgA backyard flock ensures a steady supply of fresh eggs on the family dinner table. To sell those eggs, Georgia requires the eggs be evaluated by a certified grader and appropriately packaged and labeled in accordance with the Georgia Egg Law and Georgia Food Act.Most people refer to an egg grader’s certificate as a “candling license.” To help backyard flock owners prepare to sell their eggs, the University of Georgia Extension offers egg-candling classes in collaboration with the Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA).The McDuffie County Extension is sponsoring a class on Tuesday, Sept. 16 at the historic McDuffie County Courthouse at 337 Main St. in Thomson, Ga. Bradley Brown, GDA north district food safety manager, will teach the class in four sessions set to begin at 8 a.m., 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. Participants select which session they would like to attend.The focus of the class is grading certification, but instructors will answer other questions participants have about selling eggs from their small flock. To sell home-harvested eggs to individuals or at a farmers market, the seller must hold an egg-candling certificate. To sell eggs to a grocery store, bakery or restaurant, the GDA Consumer Protection Division must license the seller’s facilities. There is no charge to attend a two-hour session, but registration is required—call (770) 535-5955. Participants will receive study information prior to the class and are encouraged to read through the information carefully. For more information, call the GDA at (770) 535-5955 and ask for Brown or Tina Maples. For directions to the class, contact the McDuffie County Extension Office at (706) 595-1815.last_img read more