Chooks-to-Go gives financial aid to Sisters of Mary School Boystown

first_imgGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ The SBP commended Chooks-to-Go as it continues to spread their mission of helping in nation-building through basketball.“The initial plan that we talked about is giving P100,000 but the other was on-the-spot. He only decided that on stage because he was happy with the kind of reception we got and the involvement of the kids and the sisters,” said SBP executive director Sonny Barrios.Boystown said they plan to use the financial donation to continue the development of their sports program and to build more rooms inside the school.“To be honest, I felt a tug in my heart,” said Sister of Mary School Boystown athletic director Van Parmis in Filipno. “I’m happy and blessed sa Boystown and Girlstown because Chooks-to-Go pledged 100,000 per month and that’s a very big help for the kids and for them to get more opportunities in life. Our wish has just been granted because of Chooks-to-Go and because of SBP, Boystown was recognized.”“The kids’ happiness is our happiness,” added Sister Laresa Morasa, SM.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title ‘Megastar’ Sharon Cuneta shines, brushes off social media hate MOST READ 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 Little did everyone know that Mascariñas had a surprise in store.“When I walked in here, many people were thanking us but we are really the ones who are thankful,” Mascariñas shared during his opening remarks of the two-day event in Cebu.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“With such a young age, you are already giving back to the country as the points we will accumulate here will help in our journey to the 2020 Olympics,” he added.“That is why on top of the 100,000, we are going to give 100,000  every month to help continue the cycle of goodwill by the sisters here.” CONTRIBUTED PHOTOAs a thanksgiving gift to Sisters of Mary School Boystown, Chooks-to-Go gave the institution a check worth P100,000 and more.Prior to the Manok ng Bayan-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas 3×3 tournament, Bounty Agro Ventures Inc. President Ronald Mascariñas had already planned to donate the said amount.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View commentslast_img read more

Caribbean wonders reasons for Govt approaching CCJ – UWI Political Science Head

first_imgCCJ no-confidence cases…says Govt dodging of elections raises questions about its self-confidenceEven as the coalition Government fights for its survival in the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), a Trinidad and Tobago (T&T)-based political analyst has opined that the Caribbean at large on a daily basis questions the reason Government even went to court in the first place.Senior Lecturer at UWI, Dr Bishnu RagoonathThis is according to Dr Bishnu Ragoonath, a Senior Lecturer and Head of the Department of Political Science at the University of West Indies at its St Augustine campus in Trinidad. Dr Ragoonath was at the time making an appearance on a Globespan24x7 Town Hall panel discussion.According to Dr Ragoonath, observers of the case in the Caribbean have been questioning the reasoning behind the Guyana Government going to the courts, ever since they first approached the High Court.“For all intents and purposes, there was the feeling that ever since the matter went to the High Court, ‘why is this matter going to the High Court?’ Because as far as most of us were concerned, within the context of all our laws in the Caribbean, once you have faced a no-confidence vote and you have lost, it is anticipated that the Government will hand over or call elections within three months,” he said.“So it is something that most of us, as political scientists and lay people in the Caribbean, would have (asked) why is Guyana going down this route. Why are they not going and call elections when they should? And why is the Government now challenging this thing when initially they accepted it?”Indeed, on the very night of the no-confidence vote, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo had accepted that Government must follow the Constitution and call elections in three months, in accordance with the Constitution of Guyana.Article 106 (6) and (7) of the Constitution states, respectively: “The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence.”Three of the CCJ Judges during the hearingAnd “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election.”According to Dr Ragoonath, the Government’s about-turn has caused many in the Caribbean to question whether the Government is afraid of going to the polls and whether this fear stems from a lack of confidence in itself and its record.“I think the eyes of the Caribbean looking at Guyana believe that if the Guyana Government felt so confident in themselves, they should have gone back to the polls and let the people give them another mandate to take the Government forward for the next five years. But there is that concern, that maybe they’re not as confident as they should be.”The courtroomBut Dr Ragoonath noted that the big question was how far Government would be willing to go, if the court should return a ruling unfavourable to it. He noted that the way the case has been progressing and the way the CCJ Judges have reacted to the State lawyers’ submissions in the two days the cases were heard is very telling.“While we cannot say what will be the verdict in this matter, the Judges did in fact ask some very telling questions, to the legal representatives of both the Government and the Opposition. For instance, they kept on asking the question of why did the courts in Guyana take so long knowing full well that there was a 90-day limit beyond the no-confidence motion, that the elections were to be held and the (Cabinet) should have resigned.”“The fact that the Appeal Court in Guyana went beyond the three-month deadline to give their ruling, thus pushing the whole issue back. The issue being raised about whether or not if a verdict does go in favour of the Opposition against the Government, how soon can an election be held in Guyana,” the scholar said.He made it clear that he was not surprised by the questions the Judges put to the Attorneys. According to Dr Ragoonath, having sat and observed events in Guyana and how they were playing out, it was merely a matter of determining the next step forward.He also noted the fact that the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has given the Government a November earliest date in which elections can be held. This is a date well outside the timeframe the Constitution of Guyana sets for holding elections.“I think if we are to follow the questions, I think there were serious concerns that the CCJ would have had about how the Government but also the institutions acted… the Elections Commission and the Court of Appeal in how they operated in this matter,” he said.The three no-confidence motion cases deal with Christopher Ram v the Attorney General of Guyana, the Leader of the Opposition and Joseph Harmon; Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo v the Attorney General of Guyana, Dr Barton Scotland and Joseph Harmon; and Charrandas Persaud v Compton Herbert Reid, Dr Barton Scotland, Bharrat Jagdeo and Joseph Harmon; the last of which deals with Persaud’s eligibility to vote in the House. The oral arguments concluded on Friday, with the whole nation awaiting a ruling.last_img read more

Police encouraging safety over the holidays

first_imgThe holiday season is in full swing, and RCMP detachments across the province are warning citizens to be safe.Officers say people need to keep fire and safety hazards in the back of their minds at all times. Below is a list of ways to keep safe over the holidays. – Advertisement -For more safety tips, visit the B.C. RCMP’s website by clicking here. When your fireplace is lit: – Don’t burn gift wrappings, boxes, carton, or other types of packaging– Don’t use gasoline or any other flammable liquids to start a fire. – Always use a screen. – Remove stockings from mantels when fireplaces are in use. Christmas Tree tips: – Buy a bright green and fragrant freshly cut tree. The high moisture content makes it less of a fire hazard; just make sure you always keep the trunk immersed in water.– Use a tree stand with wide legs for stability.– Keep the tree away from heat sources (fireplaces, radiators, TV’s, heating ducts, etc.) and ensure it does not block any windows or doors. – Remove the tree in 10-14 days. Advertisement When you are shopping at a store: – Keep an eye on anyone who handles your debit or credit card. – Be sure a cashier only swipes your card once– identity criminals sometimes use small devices that look like store equipment to copy your card information and then use it fraudulently. – Get your card back promptly and shred all credit card receipts. – Don’t leave valuables unattended in your vehicle while shopping.Avoid charity scams: Fraudsters can take advantage of the holiday season by creating bogus fundraising operations. Ensure your donations are going to legitimate charities by logging onto the Better Business Bureau of British Columbia. The web site has information on charities and businesses in the province.If a crime has occurred, do NOT enter your home: – Use your cell or a neighbour’s phone to call the police. – Do NOT touch anything or clean up until the police have inspected for evidence. – Note the license plate number of any suspicious vehicles. – Note the description of any suspicious person(s).last_img read more

Investigator embraces retirement by solving ‘cold cases’

first_imgHe dreads putting a case back in the vault for lack of leads – handing it to a deputy in charge of the archives who is nicknamed the “librarian.” But the part-time job beats gardening, he said, and he can go to work any day he wants. “The pressure of time is off our shoulders, and that’s the best improvement over what it was when I was an active homicide investigator,” Wachsmuth said. “That’s the most stressful thing because time keeps ticking off and you can’t stop it, obviously, and you must adhere to it.” For the Sheriff’s Department, having retired investigators such as Wachsmuth delve into cold cases is a way to marshal resources by attending to the kind of work peace officers can’t get to. When Robert Wachsmuth arrives at his job at the Sheriff’s Department, he turns on the lights – because he’s usually the first one there. The fact that Wachsmuth, 62, is even at work is unusual, since he retired in 1998. Wachsmuth is still retired – at least that’s what his badge says – but now he’s back at work as a civilian investigator on cold cases, and he makes it his business to show up at 6a.m. The Santa Clarita Valley residents spends hours perusing old case files, combing through the department’s massive evidence warehouse and trying to get a break in each case he’s been assigned. Wachsmuth is part of a 12-investigator team, and technology is a big part of his job. Old cases usually were investigated correctly, but DNA analysis and advanced fingerprinting tools were not available at the time. So Wachsmuth sends a lot of material to the lab for analysis. Since returning to work in 2000, he has had victories. In a 1982 gas station murder case, Wachsmuth ran fingerprint evidence against a database and got a hit. The man was already in prison, but Wachsmuth got a 20-year-old photo of him and presented it in a photo “six pack” to two witnesses. The witnesses identified the man as having shot a motorist at a South Los Angeles gas station. The man, who had been due for release in 2027, was convicted and now is serving life in prison, Wachsmuth said. In the case of a woman who was taken from a Torrance drive-in theater, raped and slain, Wachsmuth used DNA evidence to identify three men who were already in prison. The three men have been charged in the Torrance case, he said. The oldest case Wachsmuth has handled was from 1946 and involves a 6-year-old girl who was kidnapped from Inglewood and later killed. He hasn’t solved that case yet. The girl’s parents are dead; however, after their 6-year-old was killed, they did have other children. Still, Wachsmuth hasn’t contacted those individuals because he’s not even sure whether their parents told them about the slain child. It happens in cold cases that survivors often build completely new lives afterward, said Ilse Knecht, deputy public policy director for the National Center for Victims of Crime. Sometimes a rape victim’s new spouse might not know what happened to her, and it can be hard to revisit memories of the attack. But despite the “mixed bag” of emotions, victims appreciate justice in old cases. “I think for many victims, not only do they feel a sense of closure to a certain extent for the case, but they also are happy if that person is off the streets,” Knecht said. “For the victims, a lot of their fear is sort of a generalized fear for society.” Wachsmuth finds that time has a different effect on some witnesses. Sometimes, teenagers might not want to talk right after crimes, but years later as adults they change their mind. Wachsmuth no longer arrests suspects or meets with potentially hostile witnesses – he’s not allowed to. But Wachsmuth, whose forehead is wrinkled and whose hands are mottled, will put on a sport jacket, slacks and a tie to interview a pharmacist in an apparent overdose case or someone who might offer a lead in another case. He shows his badge, which says retired on it, but he makes it clear he’s no longer a peace officer – just a civilian investigator. And he keeps working. “Sometimes (the case) doesn’t go as fast as we all would want it to go, but that’s because of financial and human constraints,” he said. “But it does always go forward.” (661) 257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

LBCC’s fast start continues

first_imgThe Long Beach City College women’s basketball team began its preconference schedule in impressive fashion, winning 10 of its first 17 games. South Coast Conference divisional play has begun in a similar way. Led by 23 points from freshman guard Christina Edwards, the visiting Vikings topped El Camino 54-49 on Friday to improve to 2-0 in SCC South play. Freshman point guard Amber Thomas added 18 points and freshman forward Tiana Whitaker had nine rebounds. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Jaquata Chatman sank a 3-point basket with 1:02 left and those proved to be the game’s final points as the Cougars (20-4, 2-1) beat the visiting Falcons (12-14, 1-1) in a South Coast Conference game. Maltresa Neely led Cerritos with 22 points and had 11 rebounds. The Falcons also got 10 points from Anna Conrad and 11 rebounds from Eboni Echols. Cerritos led 33-26 at halftime and 62-58 in the late going before falling short. The Cougars were led by Brittany Sheppard with 17 points, and Tyniqua Richard added 16. Cypress 83, Saddleback 24 Marinna Figueroa led four Chargers in double figures with 15 points as Cypress (18-5, 4-2) beat visiting Saddleback (3-19, 0-6) in Orange Empire Conference play. MEN’S BASKETBALL Long Beach City 72, El Camino 58 Pearson Smith scored 20 points to lead the Vikings (12-13, 2-0) to a South Coast Conference South Division victory at El Camino (4-18, 0-2). Long Beach State-bound Chris Fields had 18 points, while Chris Hart contributed 16 points for LBCC, which will host Cerritos on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Cerritos 85, L.A. Southwest 77 Aaron Thompson scored 17 points and Brandon Nevens and Brian Tollette scored 14 points each to lead five Falcons in double figures as the visiting Falcons (14-11, 2-0) beat the Cougars (8-14, 2-1) in a South Coast Conference game. In winning their eighth consecutive game, the Falcons also got 13 points from Alex Nixon and 10 points from Brandon Ivery. L.A. Southwest was paced by Brandon Turner with 17 points. Saddleback 63, Cypress 62 Houstan Downey scored 17 points and Brandon Void and Eric Taylor each added 12 for the Chargers (11-12, 0-5), but visiting Saddleback (18-5, 3-3) prevailed in Orange Empire Conference play. WOMEN’S TENNIS USC 6, Long Beach State 1 The 49ers won one singles match and one doubles match, but fell in their season opener at USC. Rachael Porsz posted the Long Beach State singles victory, beating Whitney Peterson at No. 6 singles, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. LBSU’s Hannah Grady pushed USC’s Lindsey Nelson at No. 1 singles, with Nelson prevailing, 3-6, 7-6, 10-5. In doubles, Grady and Jessica Weeks beat Amanda Fink and Carine Vermeulen, 8-5, but the 49ers lost the other two doubles matchups as the Trojans won the doubles point. The 49ers will play at Pepperdine on Jan. 28. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img LBCC hosts Cerritos at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. L.A. Southwest 63, Cerritos 62 last_img read more

Spurs flop stripped of shirt number, Celtic star denies strike claims, Giroud to go?

first_img Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ REVEALED Liverpool will listen to offers for 32-year-old Estonia defender Ragnar Klavan. (Liverpool Echo)Wilfried Zaha sees his future at Crystal Palace and is in talks over a new contract at Selhurst Park, following a summer of speculation over his future. (Daily Mail)Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny is a target for Ligue 1 outfit Marseille, despite only signing a new four-year contract with the Gunners in March. (Daily Mirror)Nice manager Patrick Vieira says former Manchester City and Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli – an Italy international – wants to leave the French club. (Canal+)Chelsea’s 20-year-old striker Tammy Abraham, Everton winger Yannick Bolasie and West Ham midfielder Robert Snodgrass are all loan targets for Aston Villa. (Daily Star)The future of Fulham goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli is uncertain after the 26-year-old missed out on a place in his side’s season-opening game against Crystal Palace. More doubts have surfaced after the signings of Sergio Rico and Fabri, despite Bettinelli’s key role the Cottagers’ promotion to the Premier League last season. (Daily Mail)Sunderland midfielder Lee Cattermole could be set for a surprise move to Bordeaux, where his former Black Cats boss Gus Poyet is manager. (Teamtalk) Ruben Loftus-Cheek in action on loan at Crystal Palace last season. Giroud moved to Chelsea in January for a reported fee of £18million 3 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade moving on RANKED Pogba starred in Man United’s Premier League opener against Leicester, but could he still leave the club this month? 3 Latest transfer gossip on targets 3 Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland IN DEMAND targets Celtic defender Dedryck Boyata insists there is no truth to claims he is refusing to play for the Hoops to try and force a move away from the club before the end of the transfer window. FULL STORY HERE.Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has refused to rule out a move for Manchester United star Paul Pogba, saying “there is still time to do business” in the summer transfer window, which closes for clubs outside the Premier League on August 31. (The Sun)United manager Jose Mourinho was apparently confused by Pogba’s suggestion of poor relations between the pair on Friday. (Daily Telegraph)Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea could become the highest-paid goalkeeper in the Premier League, with reports the 27-year-old is nearing a new £200,000-plus-a-week deal to stay at Old Trafford beyond 2020. (Daily Mail) The transfer window in England is closed but it remains open across Europe and there is still plenty of business to be done involving Premier League clubs this summer. Here’s a round-up of the latest news, rumours and gossip…Tottenham Hotspur striker Vincent Janssen appears a step closer to leaving the club after seemingly being stripped of his squad number. FULL STORY HERE.Marseille are set to rekindle their interest in Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud before the end of the month, according to reports in France. Giroud was an unused substitute in Saturday’s opening Premier League victory over Huddersfield and his future at Stamford Bridge remains unclear. FULL STORY HERE. Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen is interesting French giants Paris Saint-Germain. The delays to the Dane’s new Spurs contract are said to have alerted PSG, who are reportedly considering a £100million move for the playmaker. FULL STORY HERE.Juventus are hoping to beat Barcelona to the signing of Liverpool target Adrien Rabiot before the end of the summer. The French midfielder has entered the final year of his contract at Paris Saint-Germain and looks set to leave the club rather than sign an extension. FULL STORY HERE.Danny Rose is expected to leave Tottenham by the end of this month. The England defender has lost his place to Ben Davies and was not included in the squad for the opening game of the Premier League season, against Newcastle United on Saturday. He is being eyed by PSG and Schalke. FULL STORY HERE.Ruben Loftus-Cheek could still leave Chelsea before the end of the month. The 22-year-old England international is keen to stay at Stamford Bridge this season, but Schalke are also interested in signing him on loan. (Daily Telegraph) LIVING THE DREAM LATEST Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summerlast_img read more

Men’s Soccer Eyes Loyola, Five-Straight Wins

first_imgMidfielder Justin Sukow has recorded a team-high four goals in 2019. His two assists give him 10 points on the season, which leads the Ramblers. He forms a potent one-two combination with defender Marius Kullmann, who paces Loyola with three assists. Billy Hency has contributed two goals thus far. Print Friendly Version Drake (5-3, 2-0 MVC) earned a 2-0 victory on the road against Valparaiso in their last match. Austin Smythe opened the scoring with a goal in the 18th minute. Leroy Enzugusi assisted on the play, then scored a goal of his own in the 80th minute to seal the result for the Bulldogs. Enzugusi leads Drake with four goals in 2019. Loyola finished 10-7-2 last season and reached the MVC Tournament championship game, where it lost to Central Arkansas, 2-1. The Ramblers ended Drake’s season in the semifinals with a 1-0 victory in double overtime. The Bulldogs earned a 1-1 draw in Chicago during the regular season. Live Stats Goalkeeper Luke Anderson, the reigning MVC Defensive Player of the Week, stopped four shots, and Liam Wilson, who was named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week, continued his strong form on the back line in contributing to the shutout. Megally, a 6-foot midfielder, earned an All-MVC honorable mention nod after leading the Ramblers with five goals in 2018. He ended Drake’s season with his game-winner in the semifinals of the conference tournament. Megally’s 26 shot attempts this season are 16 more than the next Rambler, and he has scored twice. The Ramblers were picked second in the MVC preseason poll, and two players – Giann Magno and Aidan Megally – were selected to the preseason All-MVC team. Magno earned a place as a midfielder on the All-MVC second team in 2018. The Bulldogs have posted four-straight wins and four-straight clean sheets, and will look to extend those streaks when they kick off against the Ramblers on Sunday at 1 p.m. INDIANOLA, Iowa – The Drake University men’s soccer team faces off against conference rival Loyola this weekend at Bill Buxton Stadium on the campus of Simpson College (701 North C Street in Indianola). Story Links Live stats will be available for Sunday’s match. The Ramblers (4-3-1, 1-1-1 MVC) come to Des Moines after tying against Bradley, 0-0, in their last match. Scouting Loyolalast_img read more

Unique gathering of Defence Forces to take place in Letterkenny

first_imgA rare event will take place in Letterkenny in May when the Minister with Responsibility for Defence Paul Kehoe will review the 114th Battalion.Over 400 members of the defence forces led by Lieutenant Colonel Paul Kelly, who is originally from Letterkenny, will parade in Letterkenny on Friday 3rd May at 11am.They will be assembling in the St Eunan’s College Football Field for inspection by the Minister. They will then march to the reviewing stage at Market Square and then on to the Community Centre. It is expected that many families will come to Letterkenny on the Thursday evening to stay over to see the parade.A spokesman for Letterkenny Chamber said “This will be a unique and special event in Letterkenny.”Unique gathering of Defence Forces to take place in Letterkenny was last modified: March 29th, 2019 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:114th Battaliondonegalletterkennyparadelast_img read more

Spiders Play Silk Harps

first_imgSpider 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0last_img read more

US plastic maker to open SA facility

first_img28 June 2012ColorMatrix, a subsidiary of New York Stock Exchange-listed PolyOne Corporation and a leading innovator of liquid colour and additives for plastics, has announced plans to open a new facility in South Africa as the company eyes growth prospects on the African continent.The new facility, which will be located in the Montague Gardens industrial precinct in Cape Town, South Africa, is expected to open in August and will support customers throughout Africa.Services will include sales, technical support and an on-site laboratory for rapid colour development, the immediate target market being manufacturers of plastic bottles and other containers for drinks and personal care products.“ColorMatrix is dedicated to helping our customers grow by advancing the performance and value of polymer-based goods globally,” William Ravenna, ColorMatrix’s MD for Europe, Middle East and Africa, said in a statement on Monday.“Opening this facility in Cape Town will provide us with a strong, customer-focused presence in this important region.”Robert Patterson, PolyOne’s chief operating officer, said that when PolyOne acquired ColorMatrix last year, “we committed to a global ‘invest to grow’ strategy that would add value to our customers and our shareholders. Our new facility in South Africa illustrates our commitment to this strategy.“While these operations will initially focus on ColorMatrix products and services, this affords us an excellent foothold to leverage other PolyOne businesses and services throughout the region in the future,” Patterson added.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more