FOOTBALL: UDINE, Italy (AP): Two-time defending champions Spain began their preparations for this summer’s European Championship with a 1-1 draw against Italy in a friendly yesterday. Substitute Lorenzo Insigne fired Italy in front in the 68th minute, sliding in to meet Emanuele Giaccherini’s cross. It was the first goal Spain had conceded in nearly 700 minutes. Italy’s lead lasted just two minutes before Aritz Aduriz levelled with his first international goal, tapping in the rebound after Gianluigi Buffon parried a header by Alvaro Morata — who appeared to be offside. Italy were the more dangerous side and Spain — who beat the Azzurri 4-0 in the Euro 2012 final to successfully defend their title — did not have a shot on goal in the first half. Spain goalkeeper David de Gea pulled off several saves, including two to deny Insigne, who was a real threat after coming on for Eder in the 51st minute. Buffon was rarely challenged. There was a minute’s silence before the match to honour the victims of the Brussels attacks as well as the 13 exchange students — seven of them Italian — killed in a bus crash in Spain. Wales also drew 1-1 against Northern Ireland, thanks to a last-minute penalty from Simon Church, while the Czech Republic began their preparations with a 1-0 home defeat to Scotland. Iceland also lost to a team which failed to qualify for the tournament as two goals in four minutes from Nicolai Jorgensen helped Denmark win 2-1. Cenk Tosun scored twice to help Turkey to a 2-1 victory over Sweden, which rested Zlatan Ibrahimovic, while Ukraine beat Cyprus 1-0. Elsewhere, Malta’s match against Moldova and Estonia’s against Norway ended goalless. Greece beat Montenegro 2-1.
SAN JOSE — Like his team, Brent Burns is catching a glimpse of just how quickly the picture can change in the NHL.After the Sharks earned a sixth consecutive win against the Winnipeg Jets on March 12, they looked like the undisputed team to beat in the Western Conference and Burns appeared to be the clear frontrunner in the race for the Norris Trophy. Now, after six straight losses, the Sharks are standing on shaky ground heading toward the playoffs and Burns’ grip on the Norris is starting to …
Spider webs are so finely-tuned, they are like musical instruments that the creatures can strum or listen to.Here’s an article showing how science can be reported without Darwinese. In “Tuning the instrument: Spider webs as vibration transmission structures,” PhysOrg reports work on spider webs by scientists from Madrid and Oxford. The emphasis is on the fine-tuning of spider webs for sensing vibrations as a source of information to the spider. The article treats a spider web as a virtual musical instrument:Two years ago, a research team led by the University of Oxford revealed that, when plucked like a guitar string, spider silk transmits vibrations across a wide range of frequencies, carrying information about prey, mates and even the structural integrity of a web.Now, a new collaboration between Oxford and Universidad Carlos III de Madrid has confirmed that spider webs are superbly tuned instruments for vibration transmission – and that the type of information being sent can be controlled by adjusting factors such as web tension and stiffness….Spiders carefully engineer their webs out of a range of silks to control web architecture, tension and stiffness, analogous to constructing and tuning a musical instrument.The scientists used lasers to measure the frequency responses of webs, even detecting ultra-fine vibrations. Then, they used computer models to relate the vibrations to the web material. The short PhysOrg article mentions “tuning” five times, once saying “superbly tuned” and once saying “highly tuned” of the webs. The spiders behave like tiny acoustical engineers, if not craftsmen of fine musical instruments:These new observations propose that the spider can use behaviour and silk properties to control the function of its web instrument. These control mechanisms could alter vibration filtering, as well as orientation to and discrimination of vibration sources in the web.Scientists are not attributing aesthetic sensibilities to spiders, of course, but they do find it remarkable how spiders can fine-tune their structures to maximize information. One researcher seems to get a little emotionally involved in the wonder of the phenomenon he studies:Professor Fritz Vollrath, Head of the Oxford Silk Group, added: ‘It is down to the interaction of the web materials, a range of bespoke web silks, and the spider with its highly tuned behaviour and armoury of sensors that allows this virtually blind animal to operate in a gossamer world of its own making, without vision and only relying on feeling. Perhaps the web spider can teach us something new about virtual vision.’ Another type of spider doesn’t spin webs, but uses silk ingeniously in another way. It’s the trapdoor spider. Inhabiting North America, Asia, Africa and Australia, these spiders dig crypts with hidden doors, hinged with silk so that they can open them quickly. Special silk “tripwires” help them sense vibrations from passing insects. Though sitting silently in the dark most of their long lives (up to 20 years), trapdoor spiders can sense the vibrations above ground and discriminate prey from other sources. A cricket or ant doesn’t stand a chance with the predator’s quick door-opening and capture action. Good thing these creatures are not human sized! It would be a nightmare scenario to be pulled into the dark by a vicious predator, stabbed and injected with poison, waiting to be eaten.Science Daily discusses the trapdoor spiders of Australia. Because they are so well hidden, nobody knows how many species there are. A PhD student at Griffith University is studying them. He mentions evolution, but not with any evidence or understanding:Mr [Jeremy] Wilson wants to delve further into how the species and its trapdoors have evolved.“If we know why evolution occurs and why different species occur then we can predict how things like climate change and deforestation could affect these spiders in the future.“There’s so much work that needs to be done and it’s important work because these spiders get overlooked. They live in trapdoors and no one sees them.”Though people may find them scary, Wilson adds that trapdoor spiders “have an important role to play in the ecosystem” as the top invertebrate predators in the food chain. We don’t want too many ants, crickets and flies around, do we?Update 9/07/16: Scientists are looking to spider webs for new materials that can attenuate sound. PhysOrg reports that European scientists noticed how the concentric rings of the webs absorb different frequencies. Here’s how to design a new, lightweight soundproofing material:The acoustic advantages of the spider web arise, at least in part, from the concentric circles, or “rings,” of the web. These rings resonate at a particular frequency when exposed to vibrations. Based on this natural architecture, the researchers designed the acoustic metamaterial to have square units containing resonating rings with supporting ligaments that radiate outward from the center of the rings. The design could be incorporated into many diverse man-made structures.Five parameters would allow acoustic engineers to finely tune the materials for best absorption. Their “bio-inspired design” could apply from the small scale to large scale, including attenuation of seismic waves.Does anyone need to hear a story about how these creatures “evolved” their skills? Would that add anything to understanding? Look, biologists: just study the phenomenon, describe the design and its function, and help the world learn more about these amazing creatures. A scientist doesn’t have to mention God or creation or even get rhapsodic. The listener can draw his or her own conclusions. What’s useless and harmful is to spin stories, blow fogma, and force-fit observations into a secular materialist ideology. The first article set a good example. The second was OK until the researcher started talking in Darwinese propaganda. (He probably needed to mention evolution and climate change to get his degree.)(Visited 56 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
A Kanpur court has convicted and sentenced to 10 years imprisonment an alleged Pakistani spy eight years after he was arrested in Uttar Pradesh on charges of passing on information about military installations in India.The UP Anti-Terror Squad arrested Waqas Mahmood on May 27,2009 on charges of being an ISI agent. The ATS had said that Waqas, who was arrested from Bithoor in Kanpur district, hailed from Lahore.The Additional Sessions Judge court in Kanpur on Friday also sentenced to six years and 10 months imprisonment Sitara Begum, the Indian woman who allegedly sheltered Waqas, the UP ATS said.Police claimed that Waqas was living in Kanpur under a fake identity and was collecting and passing on confidential information about Indian military installations to the Inter-Services Intelligence of Pakistan.The ATS had claimed that it had recovered confidential documents from Waqas, including restricted maps of the Air Force in Chakeri, fake driving licence and voter identity card, and mobile phones.Waqas was alledgedly living on rent under the alias of Ibrahim Khan at Sitara Begum’s house in Kanpur’s Kalyanpur area.The previous Akhilesh Yadav government had in 2013 made directions to withdraw cases against 19 terror accused persons, including Sitara Begum. The move was, however, stayed by the Allahabad High Court.ATS IG Aseem Arun said the officers involved in the operation would be rewarded.
Several trade unions on Wednesday expressed solidarity with contractual workers of Honda Motorcycles and Scooters India (HMSI) Private Limited on the second day of their protest against the dismissal of over 200 workers.The company, meanwhile, announced to shut “B” and “C” shifts at its Manesar Sector 3 plant from Thursday saying that it was difficult to run all three shifts due to the protest. Shift “C” remained shut on Wednesday as well.Intervention soughtCentre of Indian Trade Union (Haryana) president Satvir Singh told The Hindu that the Trade Union Council (TUC), a conglomeration of all trade unions in Gurugram and Rewari, had submitted a memorandum to Gurugram Deputy Commissioner Amit Khatri seeking his intervention for an amicable solution. The memorandum warned that the situation could escalate and disturb peace in other companies as well.Besides Mr. Singh, All-India Trade Union Congress Haryana deputy general secretary Anil Panwar; Maruti Udhyog Kamgaar Union general secretary Kuldeep Janghu; and Hind Majdoor Sabha Gurugram secretary V.S. Yadav, were also part of the delegation.Extending support to the Honda workers, Bellsonica Auto Component India Employees Union vice-president Ajit Singh said that more than 75,000 workers were rendered jobless in Gurugram industrial area alone on the pretext of economic slowdown. He alleged that it was a conspiracy hatched by big industrialists in collusion with the government to lay-off permanent workers and hire labour at cheaper rates in violation of the labour laws.Later, the members of the TUC along with several hundreds of workers from different automotive companies, including Maruti Suzuki, Napino, Munjal and Shivam Autos, gathered outside the Manesar plant of Honda to express solidarity with the protesting workers. While around 2,000 contractual workers are on a continuous dharna inside the plant since Tuesday hampering production, the affected workers are holding a simultaneous sit-in outside company premises. The plant has around 1,800 permanent workers and 2,500 contractual workers.HMIS Employees’ Union president Suresh Gaur said talks with the management had been inconclusive since the company was not willing to take back the sacked workers.Deputy Labour Commissioner Ajay Pal said the contractor had offered to settle the legal dues of the dismissed workers or help them secure jobs elsewhere or asked them to wait for the market situation to improve as part of solution, but the workers rejected all the three offers and instead sought compensation over and above their legal dues. “Since the contractual workers don’t have an elected leader, they have been told to discuss among themselves and come up with the mutually agreed compensation amount. The talks would continue on Thursday,” said Mr. Pal.
santa surprises urban meyerLast year, Ohio State’s strength and conditioning team dressed up as Santa and his elves to greet head coach Urban Meyer as he made his way to the locker room a few days before Christmas. Apparently, it’s now a tradition. Monday morning, Meyer was surprised by a similar scene, and was even given a present. No word on what was in the box.Ohio State is currently preparing for the Fiesta Bowl on New Year’s Day. But there’s still apparently time for a little Christmas cheer.
Image Courtesy: FESCORussia’s intermodal transport operator FESCO Transportation Group has completed the summer navigation in the eastern sector of the Arctic Region.During the season, the company’s icebreaker Admiral Makarov provided pilotages of the vessels with containers, general and national economic cargo to the ports and the port-points of Chukotka and the Northern Sea Route (NSR).The 7,560 dwt Admiral Makarov provided navigation of 31 vessels which delivered 78,000 tons of general cargo to the ports of the NSR and taken out 67,000 tons during the vessel’s Arctic voyage which lasted from July 18 to November 25, 2016.Besides the 14,058 gross ton Admiral Makarov, FESCO’s ice-class general cargo ships FESCO Pevek and FESCO Primorye also took part in the Arctic summer-autumn season transportation, according to the company.FESCO has been providing pilotage of vessels through the Northern Sea Route at the request of the Federal Maritime and River Transport Agency of the Russian Federation since 2004. The company said it has been providing ships navigation in the Arctic along the Northern Sea Route for more than 60 years.Additionally, FESCO ice-class cargo vessels deliver general cargo to the northern ports of Russia.
TOKYO — A Japanese news report says former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn will be detained at least through Jan. 11.Ghosn, who led Nissan Motor Co. for two decades saving the Japanese automaker from near bankruptcy, was arrested Nov. 19 on suspicion of falsifying financial reports.He also faces a breach of trust allegation, for which his detention had been approved previously through Jan. 1.Kyodo News said the Tokyo District Court approved prosecutors’ request for a 10-day extension on Monday.The court was not immediately available for comment. Much of the nation’s government offices are shut down for the New Year’s Eve and New Year’s holidays.Ghosn has been charged in the first set of allegations, about under-reporting Ghosn’s pay by about 5 billion yen ($44 million) in 2011-2015.The Associated Press
DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Dawson Creek RCMP are once again looking for Madelyn Whyte.Whyte was reported missing on Monday, March 19 and the RCMP have searched areas of Dawson Creek she has been known to frequent with no success. The RCMP say multiple people have said they haven’t heard from Whyte since Sunday afternoon.The RCMP also said she has been known to leave town on short notice and may no longer be in Dawson Creek. Madelyn Whyte is described as aboriginal, five foot two, weighing 130 pounds with brown eyes.On December 26, 2017, the RCMP in Dawson Creek put out a similar request looking for help to locate Whyte. She was found the next day.
GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – The Grande Prairie RCMP have received countless phone calls reporting aggressive contacts from people claiming to be collecting money for the Canada Revenue Agency.The scam often involves telling the victim that taxes are owed and they must be paid immediately or there will be a warrant for their arrest. The caller will then request payment in the form of gift cards or prepaid credit cards. Callers may even “spoof” a phone number so that the call will appear as the CRA on call display.Residents in the B.C. Peace are also sharing on facebook, copies of text messages that suggest in order to receive your child benefit payment, you should click a link to share your auto deposit information. Do not click the link. A copy of the text message being sent to area residents asking for banking information.Please keep the following information in mind:There is no legitimate agency, CRA, RCMP, or otherwise, that will accept payment in the form of gift cards or prepaid credit cards.If you feel the call may be legitimate, hang up the phone and look up the number for the CRA to call and get verification. Do not call back the number on your call display.If the caller alludes to police or RCMP involvement, hang up and call your local RCMP or police detachment directly for verification.Please report any calls of this nature to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at www.antifraudcentre.ca. If you’ve received a phone call like this and paid out money or gift cards, please attend the Grande Prairie RCMP detachment to file a report.