Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Gymnast Arielle Orella missed out on a podium finish in the apparatus finals of rhythmic gymnastics in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games Monday at MATRADE Exhibition and Convention Centre Hall 3 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.The 20-year-old Orella wound up in seventh place in clubs with her 11.10 points, where Malaysian Koi Sie Yan won the gold medal.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) She also ended up in eighth in hoop with her 9.30 score, with Koi again topping the category.Orella stayed in eighth place in ball with her 11.10 points, while this time, Malaysia’s Izzah Amzan claimed the mint.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’She finished her performance with an eighth place finish in ribbon, nabbing a score of 11.05, with Malaysian Amy Kwan Dict winning the gold. Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles LATEST STORIES MOST READ Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Syquia wins PH’s 23rd gold, rules equestrian show jump Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies View comments
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 The Australian Open, the first Grand Slam tournament of the new season, begins Jan. 15.Nishikori has been sidelined since August because of his wrist. That kept him out of the U.S. Open, snapping a streak of appearing in 21 consecutive major tournaments.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkNow he will miss his second major in a row.“The Aussie Open is my favorite Slam,” Nishikori said, via his agent. LATEST STORIES Nishikori added: “My rehab is going well but I am just not ready 100 percent to come back yet in best of 5 set matches.”He is one of several top men dealing with injuries at the moment — and he might not be the last to decide he can’t play at the Australian Open.Earlier Wednesday, Novak Djokovic posted a statement on his website saying he is still not sure whether he will enter the field at Melbourne, where he has won six of his 12 major championships.Djokovic hasn’t competed anywhere since July because of an injured right elbow. He will test his elbow at two exhibition events in Australia next week before figuring out whether to go to the Australian Open.No. 1-ranked Rafael Nadal, the runner-up to Roger Federer at the Australian Open last year, withdrew from this week’s Brisbane International tuneup tournament because of a bothersome right knee. Nadal won the French Open and U.S. Open in 2017 to raise his major count to 16.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone FILE – In this Monday, June 5, 2017 file photo, Japan’s Kei Nishikori returns the ball to Spain’s Fernando Verdasco during their fourth round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris. Kei Nishikori’s agent says the 2014 U.S. Open runner-up is pulling out of the Australian Open. Olivier van Lindonk says in an email Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018 that Nishikori is not ready to play best-of-five-set matches as he returns from an injured right wrist that has sidelined him since August. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)Kei Nishikori is pulling out of the Australian Open because his right wrist is not fully recovered enough from a torn tendon to withstand the rigor of best-of-five-set matches at a Grand Slam tournament.Nishikori’s agent, Olivier van Lindonk, announced the 2014 U.S. Open runner-up’s withdrawal in an email Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson And three-time major champion Andy Murray also pulled out of the Brisbane International because of a bad hip and might opt to have surgery. Like Djokovic, he last competed at Wimbledon, nearly six months ago.Nishikori, out nearly as long, has been a top-10 player and was the first man from Japan to reach a major final when he made it that far at the U.S. Open in 2014, losing the title match to Marin Cilic.Nishikori also reached the semifinals at Flushing Meadows in 2016.He plans to return to competition at lower-tier Challenge events in Newport Beach, California, beginning Jan. 22, and at Dallas a week later.The first ATP tournament on Nishikori’s schedule as of now is next month’s New York Open.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Westbrook, Thunder roll to 133-96 win over skidding Lakers
St. Teresa’s Convent defeated Seventh Day Adventist in the on-going Devine Events and Consultancy Inter -High School debate 95-84 points to qualify with Len Miller for the finals.The two finalists will meet at the Monrovia City Hall on September 13, while SDA will be going against G.W. Gibson for the third place slot the same day.In the St. Teresa’s Convent and SDA encounter, Convent forced SDA to make slight blunders, presenting their argument on the topic: “Is Civil Disobedience a Moral Weapon against the Fight for Justice?”SDA’s argument was not always convincing and they were always behind their opponents and not able to close the gap.SDA’s final speaker came up with a weak-closing statement that couldn’t narrow the wide margin that was already created by the previous speaker.The audience was in high anticipation that SDA could put out an eye-catching performance to upset St. Teresa’s Covent, but SDA could not live up to expectation.When the judges announced the results, the crowd shouted, “The clash of titans,” since the two were the best teams in the tournament.“The defeat was a collective failure, but we have recognized areas of our faults,” SDA captain John Massaquoi said.He added that they were not deterred by the defeat, because it would also help to strengthen their resolve to improve their academic qualification in several other areas.Olivia Livingstone became the outstanding captain for St. Teresa’s Covent.“We knew that the school we will meet in the final has intelligent members but we have developed a plan that can upset them,” student Livingstone assured.Meanwhile, Len Miller became one of the tournament’s favorites, defeating St. Mary’s Catholic High School on the topic: “Are Both Parents Responsible for the Financial Upkeep of the family?”In another encounter, Len Miller High School narrowly conquered G.W Gibson High School to secure their place for the final, with 85-82 points.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A Corona man faces three years’ probation after pleading no contest Tuesday to boating under the influence in a head-on crash on Lake Havasu that killed a Simi Valley man and his son. Robert Padilla is scheduled to be sentenced July 18 in San Bernardino County Superior Court, where he entered the plea, prosecutor David Varman said. Authorities said Padilla was drunk on June 16, 2004, when his speedboat hit a catamaran carrying Steven Patchett and 10-year-old son, Tyler, killing them. Another son, Stephan, now 20, was critically injured. Sheila Patchett – who was on a family outing with her ex-husband, their sons and daughter Kalen when the tragedy happened – said she was surprised at the plea. “It’s better than getting a not guilty,” she said. “It doesn’t change the fact that they’re both gone. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event firstname.lastname@example.org (805) 583-7604 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Two men have been caged for a total of 30 years for killing a Co Donegal man in London in broad daylight.Damien McLaughlin, 42, originally from Manorcunningham, was stabbed to death in north London on April 22. Yesterday, 18-year-old Eduardo Embalo, of Dowsett Road, London, was found guilty of manslaughter and possession of an offensive weapon. He was sentenced to 14 years behind bars.And Andre Joseph, 25, was given 16 years for the same charges.However, both were found not guilty of murder.The Irish Sun reports how the court heard how McLaughlin desperately tried to fight back after he was chased and stabbed to death.The 42-year-old was surrounded and knifed in the heart in front of shocked residents in Enfield, as our dramatic picture shows paramedics trying to save him.Dozens of children were playing nearby and it’s believed some of them witnessed the horror attack.Plumber McLaughlin – a father and grandfather who worked for Speedy Jet Drainage – was pronounced dead at the scene.Embalo was handcuffed shortly afterwards as he spotted by police acting suspiciously near the murder scene.Days later, Joseph was arrested at a nearby address.CCTV, mobile phone footage and witness statements identified the pair as the attackers.It is believed that slain McLaughlin was known to at least one of the attackers.A third man Omar Warner, 18, of Marshside Close, London was found not guilty of murder, manslaughter or possession of an offensive weapon.Jurors had been told the victim had been “in trouble with police for most of his life”.Two men jailed for 30 years for knifing Donegal man to death was last modified: November 3rd, 2017 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:courtDAMIEN MCLAUGHLINdonegaljailedmanorcunninghamSTABBED
GAA Bingo- Every Thursday Evening In St Marys Hall Clonmany at 9.00pm Everyone Welcome.Match & Win for 22/8/2013 No’s Drawn 13,16,20,21 No Jackpot Winner Next Weeks Jackpot Is €2,180.00, €15 Consolation Winners Were Mary & Thomas McConway Dunaff, Neil Doherty Chapel Glen, Cathal Toland Gaddyduff, Fiona Doherty Tiernasligo, Julie Diver Mindoran. Thank-you to all in the Parish and beyond for your support in the weekly lotto.RESULTS: Junior A Final Milford 2-9 Urris 2-6. A massive thanks to Danny and the Senior team for their efforts, what a superb second half display. Great achievement on reaching the final, you all did the club proud. Fantastic support from the Clonmany Parish and the Inishowen Clubs, a big thanks from CLG Iorras for your support. Finally, thanks again for all the good wishes from home and abroad and anyone who helped out in any way on route to the final. DONEGAL LADIES GAA Junior B Semi Final Draw : Buncrana v Urris. N. Columba v Killybegs.CLUB MEETING: The next club meeting is this week on Wednesday 28th August at 8.30pm all members welcome.IORRAS GAA CLUB DEVELOPMENT DRAW – Tickets are now on sale at €5 a ticket or 3 tickets for €10 great prizes to be won.BUY A BLOCK – Urris GAA Club are running a BUY A BLOCK Fundraiser Drive for the Development of the New Club House. Individuals can contribute €10 towards buying a block, and they will be then have their name framed on the club wall along with all contributors we would be grateful if you would consider supporting this fund raising drive. Contact Rose Kelly for further information 0877770639. FACEBOOK – Find us on Facebook CLG Iorras/Urris GAA and keep up to date on all the latest Fixtures Results and Training plus lots of other links and news.Club Merchandise – Club Merchandise to buy all year round hats, gear bags, hoodies and jackets something for everyone Contact Donal Kelly 0876461707.Club Website www.urris.gaa.ie.Any items for the notes please send to email@example.com or text to Liz O’Neill on 0863858629 before 9pm on Sunday evening. GAA NEWS – URRIS UNLUCKY AGAINST MILFORD IN JUNIOR A FINAL was last modified: August 26th, 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:Urris GAA club notes
The search is on for the next Donegal Person of the Year. The closing date for receipt of nominations is 30th of November 2016.Any individual or any group may nominate a person – the main criteria being that the person nominated should have made a significant contribution to the promotion of the county at local, national, or international level.Pictured is last year’s Donegal Person of the Year; Hotelier Deirdre Mc GloneNominations should set out the reasons for the nomination and include supporting documentation and endorsements from individuals and groups. Nomination forms may be downloaded from the Donegal Association’s website by clicking here or by request from The Secretary, Donegal Association, c/o Teachers Club, 36 Parnell Square, Dublin 1. You can also contact Marie Ryan on 087 243 9317 to receive an application form.Do you know someone who deserves the title ‘Donegal Person of the Year’? was last modified: November 3rd, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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)
Johannesburg, Thursday 17 September 2015 – Brand South Africa today took the national agenda to build and profile South Africa’s competitive strengths to Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, during a one-day workshop.The workshop was attended by local government representatives and officials from the Department of Health, Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, and the Government Communication and Information System.Robust discussion ensued on what makes South Africa a globally competitive inward destination for investment, tourism and skills and how provinces can play their part.Provincial and city brands are a critical building block of the nation brand, particularly as they often provide the first experience of a country. Visitors and investors experience a country through its provinces and cities and it for this reason that Brand South Africa is taking its programmes to provinces.One of the greatest attributes of the province of Mpumalanga and a significant contribution to the nation brand is its tourism offering and experience which begins at the airport. Discussions at the workshop centered on economic development and potential in the province. This will impact positively on both provincial social and economic development and ultimately South Africa’s reputation.Follow the conversation on #CompetitiveSA
A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… In this edition of the Weekly Wrapup, our newsletter summarizing the top stories of the week, we feature an in-depth interview with the inventor of the Web Tim Berners-Lee. We also cover and analyze the surprise announcement of a Chrome OS (Google’s new operating system for netbooks), investigate a raft of new statistics from social networks, analyze the impact of ‘freeconomics,’ and more. This week we soft-launched a new design for ReadWriteEnterprise, and you can check out our latest posts in that channel. We also update you with the latest from our channel ReadWriteStart, dedicated to profiling startups and entrepreneurs.Subscribe to Weekly WrapupYou can subscribe to the Weekly Wrapup by RSS or by email (form below).RWW Weekly Wrap-up Email Subscription form: 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Introducing the ReadWriteWeb Guide to Online Community ManagementOur First Premium Report for Businesses Recently we released our first premium report: The ReadWriteWeb Guide to Online Community Management. It’s been in the works for more than four months and we believe it’s unlike anything else you’ve seen. Businesses seeking to engage with online communities on their own websites or all around the social web will find the guide invaluable in getting up to speed on the state of the art and making sure their employees have the foundation they need to be effective. The end product is in two parts. Part one is a 75 page collection of case studies, advice and discussion concerning the most important issues in online community. Part two is a companion online aggregator that delivers the most-discussed articles each day written by experts on community management from around the web. The Guide is available for purchase at a price of $299. (You won’t be charged until you complete a few simple steps on that page.) You can download a free sample section of the report here. Web TrendsReadWriteWeb Interview With Tim Berners-Lee During my recent trip to Boston, I had the opportunity to visit MIT. At the end of a long day of meetings with various MIT tech masterminds, I made my way to the funny shaped building where the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and its director Tim Berners-Lee work. Berners-Lee is of course the man who invented the World Wide Web 20 years ago. In Part 1 of the interview we cover the emergence of Linked Data and how it is being used now even by governments. InPart 2 of the interview we discuss how previously reticent search engines like Google and Yahoo have begun to participate in the Semantic Web in 2009, user interfaces for browsing and using data, what Tim Berners-Lee thinks of new computational engine Wolfram Alpha, how e-commerce vendors are moving into the Linked Data world, and finally how the Internet of Things intersects with the Semantic Web.Who Uses Social Networks and What Are They Like? A new study by Anderson Analytics looks into the demographics and psychographics of social networking users on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and LinkedIn with a goal of providing marketers with information about users’ interests and buying habits as related to their network of choice. The end result is a detailed look at the profiles and habits of social networking users on the web today. Some of the study’s findings echo things we’ve already heard. For example, Facebook users tend to be old, white, and rich. MySpace users are young…and fleeing. Other info is new: Twitterers are more likely to have a part-time job, LinkedIn users like to exercise and own more gadgets. See also Part 2 of this post for details on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and LinkedIn.Facebook’s Own Estimates Show Declining Student Numbers; Now More Grandparents Than High School Users How fickle are kids these days? Just when all the grown ups started figuring out Facebook, college and high school users have declined in absolute number by 20% and 15% respectively in a mere six months, according to estimates Facebook provides to advertisers that were archived for tracking by an outside firm. Facebook users aged 55 and over have skyrocketed from under 1 million to nearly six million in the same time period. There are more Facebook users over 55 years old today than there are high school students using the site.Grandma and Grandpa showed up to have a conversation, but Billy and Sally were gone. Facebook cannot be excited about this.Does Twitter Deserve a Nobel Peace Prize? Maybe Not Yet, But It Could Someday It’s hard to imagine anything more far out than the suggestion that the founders of Twitter be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, especially since the people who invented the internet never were. But that’s what Deputy National Security Advisor, Mark Pfeifle, argues this week in The Christian Science Monitor, because of the company’s role in supporting the ongoing uprising in Iran. Pfeifle isn’t the only one making this argument, either.I think the idea is serious enough to warrant some closer consideration. I think those little narcissistic bites of information and the platform people publish them on are serious enough to warrant taking this opportunity to consider what it all really means. You might assume that these most recent platitudes are just about Twitter’s celebrated role in Iran – but in fact there’s a lot more going on. Twitter is changing the human experience in important ways, for those fortunate enough to experience it.Free: It Works, It Cries, It Bites Chris Anderson’s new book, Free: The Future of a Radical Price (available for free in text form and as an audio book), is stirring controversy and a spicy conversation around the blogosphere. The current wave of discussion started with a critical review by Malcolm Gladwell in the New Yorker. In his review, Gladwell defends journalism and goes negative on “Free.” Seth Godin, who till then had stayed out of the debate, penned an instantly classic Godin post titled “Malcolm is wrong.”Mike Masnick followed on TechDirt with an insightful post in which he attributes some of Gladwell’s confusion to the way that Anderson wrote the book. Masnick says that the book does not provide enough details on the mechanics and applications of Free. (I haven’t read the book, so I can’t comment on that.) Fred Wilson joined the conversation with a sharply delivered post on Freemium and Freeconomics. 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Sponsored by Socialtext.Smibs Could Rival Both LinkedIn & Salesforce.com After being in beta for a year, Smibs has launched their SaaS business software into full production mode. The initial series of applications, with more planned for the future, include a Web-based CRM called Doorbell, and the Smibs Network, a business networking service. LinkedIn has largely wasted its potential to be anything other than personal promotion, and Salesforce.com CRM focuses almost solely on internal collaboration. While it has a long way to go to truly compete with either, the way that Smibs bridges the gap between public business networking and in-group workflows makes it a serious future contender.John Hagel Interview: Implications of the Shift Index for EnterprisesJohn Hagel, perhaps best known for his book The Only Sustainable Edge, has been one of the leading strategic thinkers for decades. Recently, as Co-Chair of the Deloitte Center for the Edge, he unveiled the Shift Index. This is a fascinating way to look at the economy and goes well beyond the traditional GDP and employment measures. Have a strong cup of coffee before reading or listening to this interview. This is important for enterprises as they think about the big picture related to social media, changing demographics, and increased global competition. It is also valuable for enterprise software vendors as they seek to articulate the value of their products to these clients.ReadWriteStartOur channel ReadWriteStart, sponsored by Microsoft BizSpark, is dedicated to profiling startups and entrepreneurs.Six Reasons to Stick with Your Startup: Survival Stories from the Trenches Starting a new tech company is a labor of love. Particularly in the beginning, when funds are low, expectations are high, and the product is still a twinkle in the developer’s eye, stressful situations under external pressures can lead to pull-the-plug moments.When we interviewed Pandora founder Tim Westergren last week, he shared his personal brush with startup death: In 2007, it seemed that the music-streaming site would have to declare bankruptcy and close shop. Pandora’s success is one reason to stick with your own startup. Here are six more.SEE MORE STARTUPS COVERAGE IN OUR READWRITESTART CHANNELWeb ProductsThe Google OS Becomes Reality: Google Announces the Google Chrome OS Just after we heard a number of rumors about the possible arrival of the rumored Google OS this week, Google actually went ahead and announced that it will indeed release its own operating system – the Google Chrome Operating System. For now, Google plans to aim this OS at the netbook market. The OS will only become available for consumers in the second half of 2010, but Google promises that it will open-source the code later this year. According the the announcement on the Google blog, the OS will run on standard x86 chips as well as ARM chips, and Google is already working with a number of OEMs to bring devices that run the Google Chrome OS to the market. 10 Things We’re Dying to Know About Chrome OSThis week the blogosphere was abuzz with the late-breaking news about Google’s new Chrome OS, a combination of the Chrome browser and windowing system running on top of a Linux kernel. But more important than what’s being announced is what hasn’t been said. People already have a lot of questions about the Chrome OS and the answers may ultimately determine how well it succeeds as a true competitor to both Microsoft and Apple, as is being widely speculated. We’ll explore some of those questions in this post. Wolfram|Alpha: The Use Cases At the recent SemTech conference in San Jose, I sat down with Wolfram|Alpha‘s Russell Foltz-Smith. Wolfram|Alpha bills itself as a “computational knowledge engine,” a nerdy and unfortunately not very intuitive description. Because it’s hard to grok, most people have categorized Wolfram|Alpha as a new type of search engine. The site got a lot of press when it launched in May, as many pundits saw it as a challenger to Google. However in our own extensive tests of the product before launch, we concluded that it isn’t a “Google Killer” and that it has more in common with Wikipedia.Even now there is still confusion about what Wolfram|Alpha is and what its main use cases will be. In this interview with Russell Foltz-Smith, we discuss what people are using Wolfram|Alpha for now; and more importantly what its uses will be in the near future.Bing and Google: Users Are Willing to Try New Things According to the latest data from Compete, Bing, Microsoft’s new search engine, is still going strong, though even a month after its launch, the majority of Bing’s users still switches back and forth between Google and Bing. About 66% of Bing’s users also use Google search, and this number has held steady over the last few weeks. 30% of Bing’s users also use Yahoo Search, and about 4% use AOL Search. The most interesting aspect of this report, however, is that Google’s users seem to be far more interested in trying out a new search engine than users of other services.Transportation Apps: Are We There Yet? There are sites devoted to regional public transportation route planning, sites devoted to rail transportation, and city-wide sites for light rail, bus and ferry planning. But if you’re looking for something across cities, states or even countries, you’re not likely to find it. Why is it that with GPS applications being so advanced, we’re still such a long way from the benefits of seamless transportation? It’s doubtful that riders really care which transportation authorities are responsible for their trip. As a user, I want to be able to type in my home address and get inexpensive door-to-door transportation options to any destination in the world. There’s no reason this shouldn’t exist. If transportation authorities standardized their data, aggregation services would have no problem mapping routes from Beijing to Belize. SEE MORE WEB PRODUCTS COVERAGE IN OUR PRODUCTS CATEGORYThat’s a wrap for another week! Enjoy your weekend everyone. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#web#Weekly Wrap-ups
Gale crater, the bowl on Mars that NASA’s Curiosity rover has been exploring for 2.5 years, was once filled with water over the course of millions of years, and maybe even longer, scientists reported today in a press conference. That’s good news for astrobiologists who hope that the ancient environment on the Red Planet was habitable for a sustained period of time. Mars scientists had always suspected that Gale crater once contained water and had already found evidence for lakebed mudstones close to the spot where the rover landed. But now there is evidence that, about 3.8 billion years ago, there were repeated bouts of deposition in river deltas and lakebeds that may have lasted a million years or more. The scientists described seeing cycles of deposition from sediment carried in from the rim of Gale crater by rivers. Some rocks contained the angled bedding associated with the slope of a river delta. Other rocks, like the mudstone shown here, display the flat bedding of sediments deposited at the bottom of a lakebed. As Curiosity begins its drive up a mountain of sediments in the middle of the crater, it may discover that this cycle repeats itself. That could boost estimates for the duration of the wet period to tens of millions of years. What remains unclear is whether Mars was wet in a sustained way throughout this period of time or whether all the deposition occurred in short, episodic bursts. The view that the planet was warm and wet enough to support large and long-standing bodies of water is being challenged by theories that propose that Mars was only occasionally wet, during short-lived periods after volcanic activity or asteroid impacts.