Newly crowned champion trainer Wayne DaCosta continued his dominance of the major trophy races in recent months when POKER STAR won the St Catherine Cup open allowance feature over 1100 metres at Caymanas Park yesterday to confirm his status as the country’s top sprinter.Installed a 4-5 favourite, with Robert Halledeen aboard, POKER STAR, coming from the number-one post position under topweight of 57.0kg, chased the fleet-footed BUZZ NIGHTMARE in the backstretch before getting the inside run and the lead when ‘BUZZ’ drifted out entering the straight.Under a bustling ride from Halledeen, the four-year-old bay gelding by Liquidity out of Buyabook kept on strongly in front to stave off the ever-present CAMPESINO (7-5) under new champion Shane Ellis on the inside by a length, covering the distance in the good time of 1:05.2 behind splits of 22.4 and 45.1 on a slow surface.Owned by Alexander Haber and bred by Y.S. (1955) Limited, POKER STAR, according to DaCosta, has come on a ton after disappointing over longer distances during the 2015 classic campaign but really wanted to sprint.”This is a horse who won twice over 1300 metres in 1:17.2, and having won the Glen Mills Caribbean Sprint championship behind a fast time in his previous race on November 14, knew he was ready for all comers in the sprint department … . His next race could be in February, and we will take it from there,” said the 15-time champion trainer, who saddled three winners on the 10-race programme.The others were 3-5 favourite CRUISING MOTION (Halledeen up) in the second race for maiden three-year-olds, and BIG GEORGE, a 1-5 favourite in the very next race over 1200 metres, with former champion Omar Walker aboard.Walker, who also won the opening race for high claimers aboard 9-5 favourite ITALIANO for trainer Neive Graham to complete a double, shared the riding honours with Halledeen on a day when POKER STAR was one of five winning favourites. The lightly raced MEDICAL INSTINCT at 20-1 in the sixth race for maiden five-year-olds and up provided the day’s major upset.
When you see the words “challenging” and “requires substantial revision” in the abstract, you know trouble is coming.Eleven astronomers from five continents are unanimous: this galaxy doesn’t fit current theory. Here’s what they found, as announced in Nature. (Note: z is a designation of redshift, interpreted to be a function of remoteness in distance and time. The higher the number, the closer to the big bang in current thinking.)Finding massive galaxies that stopped forming stars in the early Universe presents an observational challenge because their rest-frame ultraviolet emission is negligible and they can only be reliably identified by extremely deep near-infrared surveys. These surveys have revealed the presence of massive, quiescent early-type galaxies appearing as early as redshift z ≈ 2, an epoch three billion years after the Big Bang. Their age and formation processes have now been explained by an improved generation of galaxy-formation models, in which they form rapidly at z ≈ 3–4, consistent with the typical masses and ages derived from their observations. Deeper surveys have reported evidence for populations of massive, quiescent galaxies at even higher redshifts and earlier times, using coarsely sampled photometry. However, these early, massive, quiescent galaxies are not predicted by the latest generation of theoretical models. Here we report the spectroscopic confirmation of one such galaxy at redshift z = 3.717, with a stellar mass of 1.7 × 10exp11 solar masses. We derive its age to be nearly half the age of the Universe at this redshift and the absorption line spectrum shows no current star formation. These observations demonstrate that the galaxy must have formed the majority of its stars quickly, within the first billion years of cosmic history in a short, extreme starburst. This ancestral starburst appears similar to those being found by submillimetre-wavelength surveys. The early formation of such massive systems implies that our picture of early galaxy assembly requires substantial revision.Since the turn of the millennium, there’s been a growing trend of “early maturity” as observational tools improve. We’ve reported many of these since the first major NASA press release in 2002, “The Grand Finale Came First” (1/08/02). Another cover story on Science News in 200x compared it to finding an old man in the stellar nursery ward. Similar reports have continued over the years. Each announcement seems to make the same brow-furrowing claim, This challenging observation implies our theories need substantial revision. And yet those revised theories never come. They’re usually relegated to the futureware list. Meanwhile, science media and textbooks continue to teach the standard myth that stars and galaxies evolved gradually over time.…suggests that extreme star-formation events in the early Universe are not just rare events…The Editor’s Summary of the paper tries to tamp down the crisis. “Deep astronomical surveys have provided evidence for groups of massive, quiescent galaxies at high redshifts, but this poses a problem: theoretical models do not account for galaxies that stopped forming stars so early in the history of the Universe,” the editors say. “The authors suggest that the galaxy formed its stars in an extreme and short starburst within the first billion years of cosmic history, implying that our picture of galaxy formation may need an update.”It ‘may’ need an ‘update’. OK, when is that scheduled? Who is responsible? Who is leading that project? Not the Editors. Not the authors of this paper. In fact, they expect the problem will get worse, not better! You don’t just ‘update’ a sinking ship.What is clear is that either substantial revisions of the physical ingredients of galaxy formation and possibly our standard model of cold-dark-matter halo assembly are needed to explain the rapid formation, and sudden and deep quenching, of massive galaxies in the very early Universe in a manner reminiscent of pre-cold-dark-matter pictures of galaxy formation. Stellar mass is not a transitory phenomenon and so this observation suggests that extreme star-formation events in the early Universe are not just rare events, they have an important role in early mass assembly and there must exist a substantial population that will be systematically uncovered by future surveys.Like eyewitnesses, they just report the accident, not fix it. That is somebody else’s problem.You may have thought only the evolutionary paleontologists had a Cambrian Explosion challenge. No; cosmologists have one, too. Creationists don’t, because they start with the premise that an all-wise, all-powerful Creator purposefully designed a universe and did it quickly. And just as the Cambrian Explosion provides positive evidence for intelligent design, “rapid formation” of mature galaxies does, too. Why? Because a materialist has no cause for rapid formation, sudden and deep quenching, and “extreme star-formation events.” What do you call a scientific explanation without a cause? The old Stuff Happens Law rears its ugly head again. Materialists are not supposed to invoke special conditions for unguided processes. And can unguided processes play ‘an important role’ in anything? That makes no sense. Intelligent agents play roles.What could these authors possibly be referring to when they say that the evidence of rapid formation in the very early Universe must have occurred “in a manner reminiscent of of pre-cold-dark-matter pictures of galaxy formation”? Here’s one possibility: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” (Visited 795 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 read more
9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Tags:#home#Home Automation#infrastructure#networking#Smart homes 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App brian s hall Just as consumer technology invades the enterprise, business-class technology is becoming available in the home market. A great example of this counter-trend—call it “the enterprisification of the consumer” instead of the consumerization of the enterprise—is Skydog, from Palo Alto-based PowerCloud Systems.Skydog is a dual-band Wi-Fi router that also incorporates patented cloud-based intelligence to enable homeowners to optimize their network resources and manage bandwidth remotely from their smartphones. The idea is to make it relatively simple for parents to limit their children’s Web usage by time of day, total amount of time, site, site type, device and activity. With the Skydog router and the company’s HTML5-based data service app, users can monitor and manage their home network via iPad, iPhone and Android. They can also get personalized alerts about current usage or problems via text message. Skydog: The Router For Parents?These opportunities for parents to take control of the home network could be Skydog’s “killer app.” If a parent is alerted via text that a child is streaming video after bedtime, for example, the Mom or Dad can temporarily remove the offend device from the network. If a user has multiple Skydog boxes set up, one at home and one in the home of their in-laws, say, both can be managed through the same account. No more hours on the phone helping out remote family members.Not interested? That’s not too surprising. Few people pay much attention to their home networks these days, except when it goes down. That said, in my brief demo of Skydog – both the hardware router and the data service – one thing quickly became clear: When home networking data across all devices is exposed in an intuitive, visual format, network management and troubleshooting can become empowering. Related Posts Image courtesy of Skydog. 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Still not sold?Skydog claims to allow busy parents to see and control home Internet usage, even when they are at work or otherwise out of the house. Parents can be alerted, for example, if a guest attempts to access the network. They can optimize network bandwidth so that a Skype call from the home office always takes precedence over a child’s YouTube habit. Children can easily be allotted special network access and usage privileges for the weekend or holidays. Sold now? Not so fast.Though several devices have been built, and PowerCloud Systems claims that it has been beta tested in more than 75 homes – Skydog lives only if its Kickstarter campaign, which launches Tuesday, convinces enough backers to pledge $79 to receive a Skydog box sometime in May. The company says the price will rise to $99 after the initial production run. The Skydog team hopes to raise at least $50,000 through Kickstarter and to build at least 1,000 additional devices by May. Why Skydog Chose KickstarterI asked PowerCloud Systems founder and CEO and founder Jeff Abramowitz why a company with experience in the enterprise networking world – and located in the heart of venture capital country – would choose the Kickstarter route? “The sales channel (for networking hardware like Skydog) is dominated by incumbents,” Abramowitz explained. “In addition, the Kickstarter campaign gives us buy-in with our target audience and allows us to work directly with those who want this solution.” He also noted that a Kickstarter campaign, allows early adopters to provide valuable user feedback – and not only to the company itself. Skydog has also set up online forums so users can share best practices. If Skydog’s Kickstarter campaign fails, what then?It’s at least possible that the company’s patented cloud-based algorithms, which deliver network information to its users, can be embedded in other company’s devices. “We are keeping our options open as it relates to licensing software, and we will learn more about the users and prospective partners interest in this area through the Kickstarter campaign,” said Vivek Pathela, PowerCloud’s VP of Marketing. 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… read more
Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue The Spurs trailed 19-9 after the second of those two timeouts, but they appeared to get the message. A 23-2 run spanning parts of the first and second quarters put the Spurs up 45-33.It was relatively smooth sailing from there for San Antonio, which led 59-51 at halftime and 84-73 after three quarters.LaMarcus Aldridge scored 25 points for the Spurs. Blake Griffin scored 34 for Detroit, and Andre Drummond added 19 points and 14 rebounds.“Everyone talked about the regime ending in San Antonio, but they still have two Hall of Fame players in LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan and they are obviously a well-coached team,” Pistons coach Dwane Casey said. “I thought we got off to a great start, but their second unit came in and speeded things up. We didn’t match it. We have to be able to pump the gas at the start of the second quarter.”San Antonio was without forward Rudy Gay, out with a sprained left wrist, but the Spurs still won a season-high fifth straight game. Detroit has lost seven of nine.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Cavs’ Kevin Love still weeks from return to court after surgery Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening View comments LATEST STORIES San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) is fouled by Detroit Pistons forward Jon Leuer during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT — San Antonio was already down eight points when the Spurs took a timeout around the midway point of the first quarter.Then, after a turnover led to a Detroit dunk, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich called another timeout, just 14 seconds after the first.ADVERTISEMENT Popovich said Gay would likely miss the next two games as well.TIP-INSSpurs: San Antonio came in averaging 12.3 turnovers per game, the lowest mark in the league. The Spurs had only nine against Detroit. … DeRozan also had nine assists and seven rebounds. … San Antonio went 26 of 32 on free throws, while Detroit was 14 of 17. … The Spurs remained percentage points behind Houston for the top spot in the Southwest Division.Pistons: Detroit was without backup C Zaza Pachulia (right lower leg contusion).ANOTHER LISTIt was the 518th road victory for Popovich, breaking a tie with Nelson for second on that career list. He’s now two behind leader Pat Riley.LENGTHY STRETCHDrummond played the entire first quarter, plus the first 4:56 of the second. That didn’t prevent San Antonio’s big run.In addition to Pachulia, the Pistons are also without backup point guard Ish Smith (right adductor tear).“Zaza and Ish are definitely missed, and I’m still trying to get adjusted to being out there with the second group,” Drummond said. “I’ve watched a lot of film of what they do, but I’m still working to find the best ways to get them involved and help them get into the best positions to score.” LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte UP NEXTSpurs: Visit Memphis on Wednesday night.Pistons: Visit the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Just mental errors, mental errors defensively, and gave them some easy buckets,” San Antonio guard Bryn Forbes said. “I don’t know if it was to slow the run, but kind of get our head on right — kind of slow their pace there.”The Spurs responded well after those early problems, taking the lead by halftime and cruising to a 119-107 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Monday night. DeMar DeRozan scored 26 points, and Popovich moved another step higher on the NBA’s career wins list.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsPopovich now has 1,221 victories. He’s tied with Jerry Sloan for third place, trailing only Don Nelson and Lenny Wilkens.“I thought after the first quarter, we competed well, we were sharper and we executed better,” Popovich said. “We had a poor first quarter, but I thought we pulled it together and focused pretty well after that.” read more