McLain Ward (USA) capped off the first week of competition with top honors on Sunday, January 10, in the $75,000 Bainbridge Companies Grand Prix at the 2021 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF). Ward and Catoki topped four speedy entries with the only double clear effort of the day to claim the title.The feature class marks the conclusion of the WEF Premiere week at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) with competition continuing January 13-17 with the Wellington Regional Medical Center CSI3* show. The first week of international jumper competition will feature the $37,000 Adequan® WEF Challenge Cup Round 1, $25,000 CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m Jumper Classic, and Saturday night under the lights with the $137,000 Wellington Regional Medical Center Grand Prix CSI3*. Don’t miss a minute of the action and tune in to the free livestream of feature classes.Ward and the 11-year-old Holsteiner gelding owned by Marilla van Beuren, Bob Russell, and Ward challenged a field of 30 entries, putting forth a clear effort over the technical track set by Eric Hasbrouck (USA) to ensure a jump-off. He and Catoki moved swiftly across the shortened course to set the tone for the remaining entries with a fault-free time of 36.846 seconds.Last to go in the jump-off was Canada’s Erynn Ballard, with two big wins under her belt over the past week. A rail at the second to last jump on course proved to be the difference this time around, landing her in the runner up position in 36.994 seconds with Ilan Ferder’s 10-year-old mare Kamilla D.It was 16-year-old Grace Debney of Hampden, MA, who produced the first clear effort of the day with Temple Equestrian’s 10-year-old mare Zarina de Vidau, in just her third career Grand Prix. The youngster was the first to return in the jump-off as well, finishing with just one knockdown in 37.126 seconds to round out the top three.The remaining competitor in the jump-off was Nick Dello Joio (USA) on Gelvera, a 10-year-old KWPN mare owned by Hi Hopes Farm, LLC. They had four faults in the jump-off, and with a time of 37.652 seconds, finished fourth.For Ward, the victory with Catoki was a positive step after a difficult outing in Thursday’s Adequan® WEF Challenge Cup Premiere Round.“You just try to slow him down sometimes,” said Ward. “He goes every time to win. Sometimes when you always go to win the class, it can blow up a little bit once in a while. He’s been a great campaign winner for us and so competitive. I felt like if I rode well, he would perform well today.”In most cases, Ward sticks to his own game plan but after a fiery start to the week by Ballard, her success crossed his mind.“I’ve actually come behind her in both jump-offs, and I think tried a little too hard to beat her,” he said. “I thought about that a little bit last night, actually. Catoki, he’s either going to win or be close, particularly at this 1.50m level. He’s a real tiger.”Ballard, also a regular competitor on WEF’s international stage, felt the pressure coming into the week’s finale.“I felt so nervous today, more nervous than any other day this week because I felt like everyone was watching and I had to be good,” she said. “My room for error was very small but she made the first round so easy for me. In the jump-off when you’re following McLain, you have to try. She’s green, I’m going fast, and fast and one down kept me second. So, there’s really nothing more I could ask of her this week.”While Ballard has experienced a great deal of success throughout her career, her results from this past week sit near the top of her long list of accomplishments.“I had a good week two years ago, at Longines Masters in New York. I won the speed challenge and was third in the grand prix, but you never forget weeks like this,” she stated. “You know that you’re not going to have them every time. You certainly can’t take them for granted.” Her top results were also rewarded with the first Martha Jolicoeur Leading Lady Rider Award of the 13-week 2021 Winter Equestrian Festival.For Debney, it was also a week filled with success including a win in Sunday morning’s $10,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame High Junior Jumper Classic, presented by Griffis Residential followed by her third-place finish in the Grand Prix. Her goal for WEF 2021 is to continue to be consistent and she’s certainly off to a rapid start.“It definitely has built up my confidence,” said Debney. “I didn’t have such a great round early on Thursday in the [WEF] Challenge [Cup], but I think that really honestly helped me prepare for this class a little bit because I don’t like to come in too confident. I think me and this horse’s relationship has come very far. [Last year at WEF], I was jumping low juniors. We’ve definitely come a long way so it feels really good that we’ve done so well today.”For Ward, it’s exciting to be surrounded by up-and-coming United States show jumping talent. When asked about the bright future of many of the young American riders competing at WEF, he beamed with pride.“It’s phenomenal,” he said. “It’s phenomenal for the future of the sport. It’s very rewarding for myself. I’m actually a little bit involved with Grace’s situation. Lillie [Keenan], Adrienne [Sternlicht], Lucy Deslauriers; I have a pretty incredible group of young ladies around our operation that I hope are learning, benefiting, and flourishing with our support. I always tell them, as much as they get out if it, I also find energy from working with them and seeing their ambition and young view of the sport. It keeps you hungry.”The Bainbridge Companies has been a sponsor at the Winter Equestrian Festival for 21 years. Chairman and CEO Richard Schechter congratulated all of the riders on a fantastic performance in this circuit’s opening Grand Prix.Earlier in the day, Selcuk Koksalan of Wellington, FL, captured the win in the $10,000 Medium Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic aboard Carla. Grace Debney piloted Boheme De La Roque to the top of the podium in the $10,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame High Junior Jumper Classic, presented by Griffis Residential.Final Results: $75,000 Bainbridge Companies Grand Prix1 CATOKI: 2009 Holsteiner gelding by Catoki x Cartello BMCLAIN WARD (USA), Marilla van Beuren, Bob Russell & McLain Ward: 0/0/36.8462 KAMILLA D: 2011 SCSL mare by Kashmir Van’t Schuttersho x Hyacinthe Vd Padenborre ERYNN BALLARD (CAN), Ilan Ferder: 0/4/36.9943 ZARINA DE VIDAU: 2011 CDE mare by Diamant de Semilly x Carina XXXVii Ch GRACE DEBNEY (GBR), Temple Equestrian, LLC : 0/4/37.1264 GELVERA: 2011 KWPN mare by Quality Time Tn x Wunderful Vera NICHOLAS DELLO JOIO (USA), Hi Hopes Farm, LLC: 0/4/37.6525 CAZAAN: 2012 Holsteiner stallion by Casall x Zamira M Iii LILLIE KEENAN (USA), Chansonette Farm, LLC: 1/84.5546 DURANGO VDL: 2008 KWPN stallion by Zirocco Blue VDL x Narona ASHLEY FLEISCHHACKER (USA), Ashland Show Stables, LLC: 3/86.2907 BULLRUN’S ALMIGHTY: 2008 Hanoverian gelding by Caspar x Quidame de Revel JORDAN COYLE (IRL), Bull Run Jumpers Six, LLC: 3/86.2948 ZAZU: 2008 BWP stallion by Kashmir Van Schuttershof x Diablesse De Muze AUSTIN KRAWITT (CAN), AES Equestrian: 3/86.8899 BELLISSIMO Z: 2009 ZANG mare by Bamako De Muze x C’est Elle Z ASHLEY VOGEL (USA) Ashley Vogel: 4/80.12810 DEAUVILLE S: 2006 HOL gelding by Diamant De Semilly x Touch Ofclass TANNER KOROTKIN (USA) Castlewood Farm, Inc: 4/80.908 Tags: McLain Ward, Erynn Ballard, Austin Krawitt, Catoki, Kamilla D, Zazu, Email* SIGN UP We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. 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He said: “Steven is a very good player. I signed him for Sunderland and my own view was that his goals were instrumental in keeping the side up, as well as Simon Mignolet’s performances in goal, so the two of them can take great credit for that. “But he has had a few injury problems – he was injured for Scotland at the back end of that particular season and he has fought his way back, so he is in very good form at the moment.” If O’Neill is wary of the threat posed by Gordon Strachan’s men at Celtic Park, he has little time to dwell upon it as he tries to put together a team capable of maintaining an unbeaten start to the Group D campaign despite injuries taking their toll. Ireland, of course, emerged from their trip to world champions Germany last month with a point despite being unable to call upon Seamus Coleman or James McCarthy, and while the full-back is back in business, McCarthy has been ruled out of the game as he continues to manage a hamstring problem. With Glenn Whelan also having failed to recover sufficiently from the leg fracture he suffered in Gelsenkirchen, O’Neill faces a series of tough decisions with Darron Gibson, Stephen Quinn and Jeff Hendrick all in his thoughts. Derby’s Hendrick has just eight senior caps to his name, but O’Neill is confident the 22-year-old could do a job against Scotland if he was asked to. He said: “He is a talented players and every single week he plays for Derby County, he is getting more experience. But I think these type of matches will test even (the) most experienced players. “They will still have a nervousness about them and sometimes games like this, remarkably, the irony of it all is that young players step through it and just dismiss the nervousness and fly through the game. “But it’s a big game for everyone regardless of the number of times they have played for their country.” Republic of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill has warned his players to be wary of Scotland striker Steven Fletcher as they attempt to maintain their Euro 2016 momentum. Press Association The in-form Sunderland frontman could stand between the Republic and their hopes of adding three more points to their qualification fund in Glasgow on Friday night having finally shaken off the run of injuries which have hampered him in recent seasons. It was O’Neill who, during his spell as Black Cats manager, paid Wolves £12million for the 27-year-old’s services in August 2012, and he remains convinced that the 11 goals he scored before joining the casualty list in his first season kept the club in the Barclays Premier League.
This is a 2014 file photo of Pittsburgh Steelers NFL football center Maurkice Pouncey. (AP Photo/File)PITTSBURGH (AP) – As he lay on the Heinz Field turf last September, his right knee in tatters, Maurkice Pouncey admits there was a small part of him that feared his football career might be in jeopardy.The Pittsburgh Steelers never doubted. They signed him to a five-year contract extension Thursday that averages $8.8 million per season, making Pouncey the highest-paid center in the NFL.Words can’t explain it,” Pouncey said while fighting back tears, barely nine months removed from a torn ACL that ended his 2013 season moments after it began.The only center in league history to make the Pro Bowl in each of his first three seasons is nearly all the way back from surgery to repair the knee after teammate David DeCastro fell on it eight plays into last fall’s season opener against Tennessee.The 24-year-old Pouncey insists he’s “totally fine.” The new financial deal puts him just ahead of the agreement signed by Cleveland’s Alex Mack in April.However, getting paid was the least of Pouncey’s concerns. Entering the final year of the contract he signed after the Steelers took him with the 18th overall selection in the 2010 draft, Pouncey simply ordered agent Jason Segal to get to work.“I didn’t have much role in it,” Pouncey said. “I told my agent to get it done as soon as possible so we could move on to other things.”In this Aug. 19, 2013, photo, Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey (53) prepares to snap the the ball to quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) during an NFL preseason football game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)Namely getting the Steelers back into the postseason. Considered one of the most athletic linemen at any position in the NFL, Pouncey provides Pittsburgh with a gifted anchor to protect quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.“That group up front is a special group as it is,” Roethlisberger said. “He’s the glue that holds them all together.”Even if the glue comes at a significant price.Pouncey has only played a full 16-game schedule once in his first four seasons and was forced to sit out Pittsburgh’s loss to Green Bay in the 2011 Super Bowl with a sprained ankle. Though he won’t turn 25 until August, he finds himself as the linchpin of a unit whose oldest player is 28-year-old guard Ramon Foster.“He’s worked his butt off man,” Foster said of Pouncey. “It’s good to see his hard work is coming around to him. We’re glad to have him back and the team commit to him like that.”It’s a commitment that never wavered as Pouncey underwent surgery and a grueling rehab last fall. Although Roethlisberger maintains Pouncey could have returned before the end of the 2013 season, the arduous recovery process isn’t quite over. While Pouncey was a full participant in organized team activities that wrapped up on Thursday, he remains involved in near daily rehab work.The goal is to be 100 percent by training camp in July. The contract means Pouncey won’t have to deal with any potential distractions about his future. Besides, he never planned on leaving anyway. Free agency didn’t appeal to him, particularly after the loyalty shown by the Steelers from the moment they chose him to follow in a line of great centers that includes Hall of Famers Mike Webster and Dermontti Dawson.Pouncey’s career arc is trending in that direction. Having the game taken away from him last September makes him eager to get back to work.“I’ll do anything for this team,” Pouncey said. “There’s true love here.”___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 14, 2016)–Known to millions as an iconic figure on ESPN’s SportsCenter, Kenny Mayne will alter course and step into the role of race caller on Sunday at Santa Anita as he’ll take his unique brand of dry witted humor to the microphone prior to the track’s fifth race, which will be contested at 5 ½ furlongs.“As sports fans everywhere know, Kenny has a unique sense of humor and having grown up near the old Longacres (Racecourse) in Seattle, he’s also a lifelong horse racing fan,” said Nate Newby, Santa Anita’s Vice President, Marketing. “We think this is going to be a lot of fun and with Santa Anita auditioning announcers for the full-time job, we expect an entertaining race call.“His appearance here on Sunday will be a featured segment in the days to come on SportsCenter and there’s no-telling how Kenny is going to approach this assignment. One thing’s for sure, it’ll be memorable and he’ll likely have an easier time fitting into the announcer’s booth than Conan O’Brien did!”Prior to beginning his broadcast career on local television in Seattle, Mayne was a Junior College All American quarterback at Wenatchee Valley College in 1978 and he went on to play two years as a backup quarterback at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas prior to graduating with a degree in Broadcasting in 1982.In addition to hosting SportsCenter dating back to 1994, Mayne has appeared in various roles on ESPN, including hosting numerous live horse racing broadcasts on both ABC and ESPN. In 2011, he traveled to six countries while taping “Kenny Mayne’s Wider World of Sports,” and he’s appeared outside the ESPN umbrella in many other forums, including “The Drew Carey Show,” commercials for Progressive Auto Insurance, and the 1998 movie, “BASEketball.”
PICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $59,291 INTO FRIDAY; TOTAL PICK SIX POOL SHOULD EXCEED $250,000 ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 18, 2016)–Idle since late November in New York, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Moss’s homebred Keri Belle held off the late charge of Stormy Lucy to win Monday’s Grade III, $100,000 Megahertz Stakes by a nose under Alex Solis. Trained by John Shirreffs, the 6-year-old mare by Empire Maker wheeled five-wide at the top of the stretch and got one mile on turf in 1:36.30.“Coming out of the gate, I took hold,” said Solis, who was aboard Keri Belle for the first time today. “They went so fast so it pushed her back even more, but it worked out good because she was relaxed.”In a scene steeped in déjà vu, Solis, who won nine stakes at Santa Anita with the race’s namesake, was greeted in the Winner’s Circle by Michael Bello, who owned the magnificent mare and presented today’s trophy.“We have a lot of great memories of Megahertz,” said Solis. “Last night, I was talking to the Daily Racing Form, they had a video of all of her races. It was so special to ride a filly like her and so special watching all of her races.”Off at 12-1 in a field of 12 older fillies and mares, Keri Belle, who picked up her first-ever stakes win, paid $27.80, 12.40 and $8.40. With the winner’s share of $60,000, she increased her earnings to $229,030. Her overall mark now stands at 12-4-2-1.“If you watch her races, she’s got a beautiful way of going,” said Shirreffs. “She’s got a big stride and she carries herself well. Turf racing, you’ve got to be a little bit lucky and today was her day.”Jerry Moss, who posed for 19 come-from-behind photos with the immortal Zenyatta, was understandably elated following the Megahertz.“She’s a lovely horse, she’s really something, very pretty,” Moss said. “We brought her back from New York and it’s so great to be back in California. We’ll stay here.”Ridden by Kent Desormeaux, Stormy Lucy, who was a close second in the Grade III Robert J. Frankel Stakes on Dec. 27, was next to last after the first half mile and unleashed a furious rally through the lane to just miss.“I had no intention of being as far back as I was,” said Desormeaux. “She got shuffled back and kind of stuck her feet in the ground. I wanted to be mid-pack. She ran great again, she really did.”The second choice at 3-1, Stormy Lucy paid $3.80 and $3.20.Glenn Hill Farms’ Theatre Star, who was 10th after the first half mile, went head and head with Stormy Lucy the final three sixteenths and finished third, a neck behind her. Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, Theatre Star paid $5.20 to show.Fractions on the race were 22.79, 46.71, 1:11.62 and 1:24.08.There is a carryover into Friday’s Pick Six of $59,291, and it’s expected Friday’s total Pick Six pool should exceed $250,000.First post time on Friday for an eight-race card is at 1 p.m.
A meeting to explore the possibility of a Neighbourhood Watch for a group of townlands outside Letetrkenny has received a huge response.The area, which stretches from the Top of Moorefield to the Golf Course Road in Letterkenny, attracted a huge crowd of more than 200 concerned residents to the Silver Tassie Hotel on Monday night.A further meeting to establish Neighbourhood Watch is to take place at the same venue on next Monday evening at 8.30pm. As the crowd struggled to get inside the room it was clearly evident that this is a community determined to make their voices heard in supporting the Gardai in the battle against criminality in Donegal.There are many such like communities on the outskirts of Letterkenny but until Monday night they had not been together on a community basis and despite living close by for a number of years, they are still strangers to each other.The call to action had come from local man, Noel Sweeney of the Swilly Drive School of Motoring.He expected a handful of people to come along and he was dumbfounded as the crowds just kept coming. He explained that he took this initiative after a series of thefts and burglaries had taken place in recent months and it was time to fight back.He organised Monday evening’s meeting in the hope that an organised approach can help to turn the tide on the criminals at a time when Garda resources are at an all-time low.And so it was that a huge crowd attended the function room at the hotel to hear Sgt. Paul Wallace and Sgt. Eunan Walsh provide vital data and advice on how to fight back against the current crime wave sweeping across many parts of Donegal as the ever lengthening shadows of winter dominate the rural landscape.“Crime is a community problem and we can do lots to prevent it by being aware of our own surroundings. By being involve with our own areas: by getting the young people involved and by keeping a lookout for the elderly people in all your townlands.“It is vital to develop a sense of community through proper communications and so much can be achieved by being alert: being aware and by being good neighbours,’ said Paul Wallace at the outset of the meeting. In a very informative PowerPoint presentation, Sgt. Wallace laid out the facts, figures for crime: prevention measures and the necessity for good community communication strategies and how to lessen the risk of thieves coming onto your property.Many at Monday night’s meeting would be very familiar with the distinctive blue and gold Neighbourhood Watch signs which have been dotted across many roadsides in rural Ireland for almost 30 years.Neighbourhood Watch, which started in Ireland in 1985, runs in close to 2,500 communities and villages across Ireland and Gardaí say they have seen a 30% increase in Neighbourhood Watch schemes as dormant schemes are rejuvenated and new schemes are set up by residents around the country.The increase comes amid changing lifestyles that people in urban areas are less likely to know their neighbours than they were twenty years ago. The reasons why the crime prevention scheme has been kick-started over the past three years could be attributed to people who have lost jobs or had working hours cut back looking to do something positive and meaningful in their neighbourhoods; to older people locked in fear behind closed doors. And to a shift in policing approaches which has seen community policing become more important to reduce crime.Neighbourhood Watch, said Sgt. Wallace is not a replacement for the role of the Gardai but it is a means to being more alert, more vigilant and it is a way of getting to know each other in communities like those at Monday night’s meeting.These schemes are a good way of making people feel empowered to take on the problems in their areas and while the scheme doesn’t replace policing, a large part of Neighbourhood Watch is about stopping smaller, preventable crimes by encouraging people to take actions themselves.‘It’s about reducing and minimising opportunities for crime and encouraging people to do what they can to stop smaller crimes and it sends out a message to the criminals that every townland is on the lookout for strange behavour in their midst.“Often, this comes down to following basic tips to stop criminals from taking advantage of an opportunity to commit a crime: not leaving valuables in clear sight in a car, for example, ensuring that house doors are locked, and leaving a light on in a house when the occupant is not there.“It’s also about fostering a sense of community in an area. If people know each other, they’re more likely to look out for each other,” says Sgt Wallace.Next Monday’s meeting will see a steering group formed with a framework set in motion to establish a Community Neighbourhood Watch in the area as a matte of priority.The meeting will begin at 8.30 and those attending are being advised to come early. And while a huge crowd came along on Monday night, every household in the area is invited to be present at next week’s meeting in the Sliver Tassie because the opinion of every single family is vital in preparing an organised approach to the campaign.HUGE RESPONSE TO ANTI-CRIME MEETING IN LETTERKENNY was last modified: November 7th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:letterkennynieghbourhood watch schemeNoel Sweeney
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Drake University softball team opens the month of March with five games at the Easton Crimson Classic hosted by No. 9 Alabama, March 3-5. Tournament Central Page Drake freshman Sarah Maddox (Henderson, Nev.) earned MVC Newcomer of the Week honors following her performance in La. Maddox went 8-18 at the plate with three home runs, three walks, five runs scored, 10 runs batted in as well as compiling a .524 on-base percentage and slugging .944. Her home run (six) and RBI (18) totals lead the MVC so this season. Drake faces a Top-25 team for the third consecutive tournament this season with two games against No. 9 Alabama. Alabama went 5-0 at the Easton Bama Bash before winning an eight-inning game against UAB on Tuesday. Stanford and Jacksonville are each 10-5 this season. Jacksonville went 4-0 at the Dolphin Invitational while Stanford had a 3-2 performance at the Mary Nutter Invitational last weekend. Last weekend, Drake (12-5) went 5-1 at the Mardi Gras Classic in Lafayette, La., picking up two wins against Bowling Green as well as wins over Maryland, Dartmouth and Mississippi Valley State. The Bulldogs’ sole loss came against then No. 16 Louisiana. Drake has eight victories in the past 10 games. Story Links Drake opens the classic Friday with games against Stanford and Alabama at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. CST, respectively. Drake once again takes on Alabama Saturday at 4 p.m. followed by a game against Jacksonville at 6 p.m. The Bulldogs close out the Classic with a second matchup against Stanford Sunday morning at 11 a.m. Drake’s pair of games against Alabama will be broadcast on the SEC Network + and will have an audio broadcast online through Praise 93.3. All live stats for each game and the links for the Alabama games are available at the tournament central page. The Bulldogs junior pitching duo, Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.) and Kailee Smith (Murrieta, Calif.) led the Bulldogs to their 5-1 finish. Smith, now 4-2 this season, went 2-0 collectingwins against Bowling Green and Mississippi Valley State and one save in the Maryland victory. Smith pitched 22.0 innings in four appearances allowing 12 runs with 17 strikeouts. Newman compiled a 2-1 record, picking up wins over Dartmouth and Maryland as well as one save against Bowling Green. In 12.0 innings, she gave up six runs while striking out 25 batters. After the Easton Crimson Classic, the Bulldogs close out their non-conference schedule at the Jayhawk Invitational hosted by Kansas. Drake will play five games in Lawrence, Kan. from March 10-12, opening the invitational against UMKC on March 10 at 1 p.m. Print Friendly Version
Star Wars fever descended on Malin Head on Saturday as the inaugural ‘May The Fourth Be With You’ festival got underway. The event – funded by Failte Ireland and organised by Explore Inishowen CLG – is celebrating the filming of Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, in the peninsula.The festival’s opening day included a host of fun activities for all ages and sought to capitalise on the enthusiasm for the movie series, following filming for recent Star Wars films in locations along the Wild Atlantic Way. As darkness ascended over Malin Head, a firework display light up the sky to the amazement of fans from across the globe commemorating the Star Wars Universe.Check out some of the best moments from Clive Wasson below. Star Wars festival gets underway in Donegal with firework display – Pic Special was last modified: May 5th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Malin HeadStar Wars
Planetary scientists have been puzzling over Enceladus, a small moon of Saturn, since geysers were discovered erupting from its south pole three years ago. Some models suggested that eruptions could occur without liquid water, but others were not sure. Opinion now seems to be shifting back to the necessity of a wet interior, according to a press release from JPL. The Cosmic Dust Analyzer instrument (CDA) aboard Cassini measured ice grains that seem to require a hot interior (see paper in Nature1). “The large number of ice particles observed spewing from the geysers and the steady rate at which these particles are produced require high temperatures, close to the melting point of ice, possibly resulting in an internal lake,” the article says. The observed velocity of the particles, also, requires sufficient energy for them to be launched so far and so fast. The ice-vapor mixture jets out of the south-polar cracks at supersonic jet speeds: 500 meters per second, or 1,100 miles per hour. For the larger particles to remain accelerated to escape velocity as they ricochet off the walls, vapor must re-accelerate them on the way out, scientists figure. Only about 10% of the particles actually escape to feed the E-ring. Much of the rest falls back onto Enceladus, coating it with fresh ice and making it the brightest object in the solar system. The influence of this little moon on the whole Saturn system is astonishing. Not only do the geysers create the vast E-ring, a torus of micron-size particles extending from the G-ring to the orbit of Rhea, the ionized gas also creates a drag on the magnetosphere and distorts our measurements of Saturn’s rotation. Another JPL press release this week announced another surprise: Enceladus is feeding the main rings, too.This is the latest surprising phenomenon associated with the ice geysers of Enceladus to be discovered or confirmed by Cassini scientists. Earlier, the geysers were found to be responsible for the content of the E-ring. Next, the whole magnetic environment of Saturn was found to be weighed down by the material spewing from Enceladus, which becomes plasma — a gas of electrically charged particles. Now, Cassini scientists confirm that the plasma, which creates a donut-shaped cloud around Saturn, is being snatched by Saturn’s A-ring, which acts like a giant sponge where the plasma is absorbed.How long has this been going on? How long could it go on? Neither press release discussed these questions. The Cassini team and planetary scientists around the world are looking ahead eagerly for the closest flyby ever of Enceladus next month. On March 10, Cassini will speed by this moon just 100 miles above the surface at closest approach, and then perform a daring maneuver: flying through the outer edge of the plume. This will allow Cassini’s instruments to actually “taste” the plume material. If successful, Cassini will try even closer encounters with the plume in future passes. Come back here on March 10-11 for the latest news on this long-awaited, nail-biting, closest encounter ever.1. Schmidt, Brilliantov, Spahn, and Kempf, “Slow dust in Enceladus’ plume from condensation and wall collisions in tiger stripe fractures,” Nature 451, 685-688 (7 February 2008) | doi:10.1038/nature06491.How can this little moon, no bigger across than the British Isles, put out so much energy? How long can it pump out so much material? Why is it still so hot inside? The scientists never think to question the assumed age of the Saturn system (4.5 billion years), but then struggle to deal with what they cannot deny: the observations. Most of the time, the press releases talk matter-of-factly about the assumed billions of years. They get strangely silent about time issues, though, as more detail is presented about Enceladus and Titan. This is similar to how evolutionary biologists behave. Evolutionary theory thrives on glittering generalities. The more detail about the intricacy of the cell, DNA and other high-tech wonders in biology, the quieter the Darwin-talk gets.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Ten private companies, a number of US Government Federal Agencies primarily in the Health sector and the OpenID and Information Card Foundations will announce this morning in Washington DC the launch of a pilot program to allow members of the public to log in to participating government websites with their credentials from approved independent websites. That’s right – someday soon you’ll be able to log in to the websites of the Department of Health and Human Services, the National Insititute of Health and other government agencies with your accounts from Google, Yahoo and similar services. Below we discuss the privacy protection steps being taken, the usability issues and the ultimate significance of this announcement.Don’t worry, your doctor will not store your medical records under your Twitter handle yet. The pilot program is stepping first into a phase of public discussion, it is participated in only by Identity Providers that have undergone extensive scrutiny (Twitter’s not included) and participants say that individual privacy is being treated with the utmost regard. If they can pull it off, these organizations could make using the .gov web easier and more effective than it’s ever been before.Participating companies include Yahoo!, PayPal, Google, Equifax, AOL, VeriSign, Acxiom, Citi, Privo and Wave Systems. On the government side is the Center for Information Technology (CIT), National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and “related agencies.”Conversation about whether and how best to implement a system of Federated Identity across government websites has been underway for at least the last 6 months. We wrote about the first public rumblings this summer. Kaliya Hamlin explains the state of the conversation in detail on her blog.The two biggest questions will be protection of privacy and user experience.Privacy ProtectionsOpenID board member and Facebook employee David Recordon explained to us tonight that participating government sites are not allowed to pass personal information about users from one site to another, even though we’ll be logging in with the same accounts. Instead, when we authenticate ourselves with Google, Yahoo, Verisign or whoever our Identity Provider of choice is, that website will pass a different, unique URL to the government site we’re logging in to. The identity providers will keep track of all the unique URLs used to identify us to different government sites and we’ll just need to remember one log-in. That means you’ll need to trust your identity provider to keep your private information separated between agencies – it won’t be up to the government sites themselves to do so.While government identity systems have long raised fears of totalitarian control and a single sign-on system sounds even worse – having private identity providers hide and broker the connections between a user’s account with one agency and another could substantially alleviate concerns about centralization.User ExperienceUser experience has been one of the biggest issues around systems of federated identity since they began to proliferate. No decisions have been made yet about exactly how users will log in to these government sites, but we will be given a limited number of choices between providers that have been government approved. (If you own a domain that’s an OpenID provider, you won’t be able to use that.)Most likely users will be presented with an array of logos to click on, launching a new window to communicate just with the identity provider. Once a user proves who they are to the identity provider, that company will then vouch for the user to the government site.Why Is This Important?This is a significant move for three reasons. First, it could make securely accessing government websites much easier for users. That would increase use of government services online and could kick off a virtuous circle of increased web-savvy service in response to increased citizen interest.Second, federated identity provides not just easy “single sign-on” but also offers the opportunity for users to carry personal information with them from one website to another. This “payload” of information can help new websites we use quickly personalize our experience and deliver more intelligent service. That’s likely to be complicated when it comes to privacy-centric areas like health, but there’s a lot of potential there. If Google knows you’ve made plans to travel to another country soon, and if you’re willing to expose that information to a government website, then the site could offer health-specific information about the country you plan on visiting for example. That’s a long ways off, but it’s part of the big vision of data portability.Finally, when any large institution puts its weight behind an open standard then that creates more incentive for other institutions to get on board with the standard as well. Federated Identity systems like OpenID and Info Cards have seen growing amounts of support from different companies, but as that support grows then the information available to innovate on top of grows, the number of opportunities for users to access innovative services built on top of standards grows and the incentive for still more companies to get on board with open data, innovative technology and data portability grows as well.To draw the standard railroad analogy, if one large railroad network adopts the new standard of rail sizes then trains that run on standard rails can travel further, the passengers can go new places and other networks have more interest in adopting the standard as well. On the information super-highway, the network of government websites are a very big railroad (if you will).The pilot program will remain a discussion for some time. The OpenID and Information Card Foundations are good places to visit if you’d like to participate in the conversations that will inform later implementation. marshall kirkpatrick Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Analysis#news#NYT#web