SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA—Researchers are always looking for better ways to predict volcanic hazards. Now, some scientists are turning to a seldom-studied phenomenon: eruption acoustics. It turns out that the noises made by volcanoes and humanmade rockets or jets have very similar sounds. Similar, because jets and eruptions work in much the same way: Material inside a chamber overpressurizes until it bursts through an opening—a nozzle in the case of rockets, or a volcanic vent. Because rockets are engineered so that fuel and air flow are precisely calculated, careful evaluation of eruption sounds should help determine the amount of material erupted, say researchers presenting at a poster session today at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union. Using infrasound microphones, the team has already confirmed that the sounds produced just outside a small vent at Aso volcano in Japan are analogous to those that boom through a rocket’s nozzle. Next up: Find a bigger eruption, and collect enough data to make models that could predict the consequences once a volcano has blown.
<p><img src="http://a34.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/A2034/IMG16068.jpg" alt="first_img" />Dear Editor,Kindly permit me a small space in your newspaper to express my frustration and that of some of my colleagues. I am a midwife who was registered in the month of January 2016 after completing three years of training. It has now been ten approaching eleven months and we are being pushed around for our hard earned salaries. I had made several calls, reports and written letters to the relevant personnel, including the Ministry of Health, the Regional Health Officer, the Regional Executive Officer and the Sister in charge of my location, but to no avail. There was one occasion when I contacted the Permanent Secretary’s office at the Ministry of Health in Georgetown and I was placed to talk to a woman whom I explained my plight to and in a rude response, she said “I don’t know about that, you have to wait until they are ready’’, and she hung up the phone. Are we, the midwives of this country, invading an unauthorised space that is causing us to be treated this way? We were given up to December 2016 to pay for our licence, we are in the month of November and we are not being paid. Now, can the Ministry tell us where will we get the money to fulfil such demands and how are we going to take care of our HYGIENE and other economic responsibilities? It is very sad to know that a country that is looking to improve its’ healthcare services is still treating the healthcare workers like volunteers/beggars. It is very draconian that the relevant personnel are sitting in their offices and watched us being treated like this, while they are enjoying the praises for our work. Is it that we have to go and stand at the Ministry of Presidency’s gate or at the Minister of Health’s door with placards bearing slogans demanding our money? Editor! This is a simple call to the relevant authorities to let them know that there are midwives in Regions 10, nine and one to be paid what is due to them.Sincerely,Frustrated midwife<img src="http://c62.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/C2062/IMG18358.jpg" alt="last_img" /></p>
<p><img src="http://c68.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/C2068/IMG10109.jpg" alt="first_img" />No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Robredo to visit Batangas families displaced by Taal erruption The two athletes in question are members of the Hunan women’s track team. The Chinese Athletics Association has reportedly confirmed that they are female, the South China Morning Post reported on Tuesday. Residents rescue horses, farm animals left on volcano island Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Others have opted to give them the benefit of the doubt. As per Facebook user Greg Osborne: “It’s gotta suck that you accomplish something so great just to be ripped apart on social media.” Niña V. Guno /raRELATED STORIES:The anti-progressive world of women athletesOlympic runner Caster Semenya loses fight over testosterone rules8 Chinese athletes found doping pre-national gamesSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Heart Evangelista, Kim Chiu, more celebs appeal for animal rescue after Taal eruption Hello, World Cup: A record field set for FIBA’s main event View comments LATEST STORIES<img src="http://a17.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2017/IMG2783.jpg" alt="center_img" /> Two runners who snagged medals at a women’s relay in China are being accused of lying about their gender because of their appearance.Liao Mengxue and Tong Zenghuan were awarded first and second place in a 400-meter relay at the National Track and Field Championships Finals held on Aug. 22-24. Their pictures drew attention when the state-owned People’s Daily posted them on Facebook on Monday, Aug. 26.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ ‘People evacuated on their own’ LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption LOOK: Kryz Uy, Slater Young expecting first son SEA Games 2019: PH’s recognized poomsae team (MEN/WOMEN) l (FULL PERFORMANCE) PLAY LIST 07:23SEA Games 2019: PH’s recognized poomsae team (MEN/WOMEN) l (FULL PERFORMANCE)00:50Trending Articles00:59PNP – Anti-Kidnapping Group rescue kidnapped Chinese, Vietnamese women02:15Sinas: 2,500 NCRPO cops poised to support Taal eruption relief ops01:52Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal The team’s success last July at the National Athletics Championships in Shenyang drew comments on Weibo about the athletes’ gender. Liao took the gold in the 400m and Tong came in third place. A video interview in May featuring Liao reveals her speaking in a low voice. At the time, they competed at the IAAF World Relay Championships in Japan. The video has over 800,000 views as of this writing. Despite what authorities said, netizens on Facebook and Weibo have scrutinized the athletes. “Prominent foreheads, hint of Adam’s apples and a bulge in their crotch. I would say men,” said Facebook user Oliver Dunne. “This is the side effect of taking drugs. Their hormone levels will change greatly,” a Weibo user suspected, as per a NextShark report on Wednesday, Aug. 28. Performance-enhancing drugs such as anabolic steroids increases testosterone levels and could give women more masculine characteristics such as a deeper voice and more body hair. ADVERTISEMENT Teen dead, another hurt in vehicular collision in Santiago City<img src="http://c68.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/C2068/IMG773.jpg" alt="last_img" /></p>
<p><img src="http://c68.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/C2068/IMG9943.jpg" alt="first_img" />Dear Editor,The APNU/AFC coalition should demit office and the President should set a date for elections within the stipulated time frame before March 21. It is the honourable and right thing to do.When the coalition APNU/AFC Government lost the no-confidence motion on December 21, there was a lot of sympathy for it. People everywhere praised the Government when their spokespersons (the Prime Minister, President and others) announced they would respect the outcome of the no-confidence vote and invoke the steps outlined in the Constitution that speaks to such a defeat – their words suggested that democracy came before politics. The Government had not lost much of its traditional support at that time, and there were even some (sitting on the fences) who may have been thinking of giving it another chance. At the time, with their words that democracy was at work, people saw the Government as respecting the Constitution and subscribing to democratic credentials.But then there was a change of tone from the Government side; the political beast in it stepped in. The Government announced it would not accept the outcome of the no-confidence vote, presenting a set of ridiculous, bare-faced nonsensical, idiotic arguments (of a half man, no-confidence vote illegal, dual citizenship, etc) – all acts undertaken by the Government show it is clutching at straws to hold on to power at any cost. At a minimum, people see these arguments as trending towards dictatorial behaviour or anathema to democratic norms. More and more, this Government is losing sympathy over its hilarious claims. It is best if the Government spokespersons just shut up, resign, and hold elections. It still has a chance of doing very well.The coalition is not going to win any of its arguments to stay in office. The Speaker of the House ruled against it. The Chief Justice landed another telling blow on Thursday – with three different rulings against the Government. The Chief Justice or any further court could not rule any other way – the Constitution is clear – when the Government loses a no-confidence vote, it must resign (President and Cabinet) and be a caretaker Government until elections which must be held within 90 days. The Court of Appeal and the CCJ will not render a much different verdict – as the Constitution is very straightforward on the absurd claims made by the Government.Some forty-five days have passed since the no-confidence vote. The Government has less than forty-five days within which GECOM must hold elections. The Government should resign now and set a date for elections to show the world it subscribes to democratic parliamentary principles.Yours truly,Vishnu Bisram<img src="http://b54.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/B2054/IMG8605.jpg" alt="last_img" /></p>
<p><img src="http://c60.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/C2060/IMG9514.jpg" alt="first_img" /> 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA PAULA – At least one person was killed and in a collision on Highway 126 this afternoon between Santa Paula and Fillmore, authorities said. One or two people died at the scene of the 3:30 p.m. crash, and two people were in critical condition, with three others also injured, rescue officials said. Some of the victims were thrown from their vehicles in the apparent head-on collision involving a large truck and a car, and others had to be removed from the vehicles by firefighters from the Ventura County Fire Department. The injured victims were taken to the hospital by ambulances and a rescue helicopter. Traffic was backed up because of the crash.<img src="http://a36.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/A2036/IMG18811.jpg" alt="last_img" /></p>