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Barca linked with midfelder

first_imgBarcelona are interested in Chelsea prodigy Ruben Loftus-Cheek, according to the Daily Mirror.The midfielder, 16, is also said to have attracted interest from both Manchester clubs as he is yet to sign a contract at Stamford Bridge.Both The Guardian and Daily Mail say Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas’ recent comments to a Portuguese radio station did not go down well with the club’s hierarchy.Villas-Boas is said to have annoyed Chelsea officials.The Mirror and Sun both include pictures of Jose Mourinho in London, prompting speculation that the ex-Chelsea boss could return to his former club or succeed Harry Redknapp at Tottenham.The Sun believe Mourinho viewed five properties in the Knightsbridge and Mayfair areas and ate out in Chelsea.Chelsea’s contract talks with Didier Drogba have stalled after the player said he wanted an annual salary of £6m, say the Mail.Meanwhile, The Sun claim Walter Samuel’s refusal to sign a new deal with Inter Milan will spark a three-way fight for his signature between Arsenal, Spurs and Chelsea.The Argentine centre-back, 33, is out of contract this summer but it is claimed he will demand £90,000 a week in wages.His agent Barry O’Connor said: “Ideally Walter would like to come to London but he will listen to all offers.”The Sun also say Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has been putting in extra training sessions after being overlooked by England.Finally, The Independent pick up on a QPR website interview with club chairman Tony Fernandes, who has pledged to stay on if Rangers are relegated.Fernandes said: “I’m not going to run away. I started an airline with two planes, been through SARS, bird flu, a Tsunami, an earthquake, terrorism and airports closed for seven days.“Relegation isn’t going to scare me. It’s a long-term project and Rome wasn’t built in a day.“Along the way there will be hiccups. But when you look back in 15 and 20 years’ time, we will be proud of what we achieved.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Five A’s who must perform well to defeat Yankees in AL Wild Card Game

first_imgNEW YORK — In a situation as crucial as a one-game playoff like the upcoming AL wild-card game at Yankee Stadium, there are certain players the A’s just have to expect to be able to count on.You count on guys such as Matt Chapman, one of six players in the majors to score 100-plus runs while hitting 40-plus doubles and 20-plus home runs this season.You count on Khris Davis, who finished the season as MLB Home Run King with 48 bombs, hitting 28 of those when the team is trailing by one run.You …last_img

Only Earth Is a Life Haven

first_imgGalactic Habitable Zone, where a star must be located (09/29/2009);Circumstellar Habitable Zone, the right radius from the star where liquid water can exist (10/08/2010);Continuously Habitable Zone, because too much variety can be lethal (07/21/2007);Temporal Habitable Zone, because habitable zones do not last forever (10/27/2008);Chemical and Thermodynamic Habitable Zone, where water can be liquid (12/30/2003);Ultraviolet Habitable Zone, free from deadly radiation (08/15/2006);Tidal Habitable Zone, which rules out most stars that are small (02/26/2011).Stable Obliquity Habitable Zone (1/12/2012)Stellar Chemistry Habitable Zone (9/08/12)Stellar Wind Habitable Zone (9/19/13, 6/03/14)Inhabitants, creating a biosphere that can regulate the atmosphere (06/06/14)Rotation Habitable Zone (8/15/14)Electric Field Habitable Zone (this entry)Van Allen Shield Habitable Zone (this entry) Here are more discoveries that make it reasonable to think complex life is rare in the universe, and might be unique to Earth.UK Astronaut Tim Peake just returned to earth after six months in space (BBC News). His wobbly legs testify to the atrophy his muscles suffered in zero-G. Overcome by the smells of his native planet, and feeling queasy, he expects recovery to take some time. “It is going to be quite tricky for me to adapt,” he said in a news conference before landing. “It’s probably going to take me two or three days before I feel well. It will take me several months before my body fully recovers in terms of bone density.” Just half a year in space did this to him. Getting to sleep was hard and not particularly restful, Simon Archer says in The Conversation.Muscles wither, bones become lighter just as they do during the process of ageing and the cardiovascular system and vision are affected – all from the human body’s lack of adaptation to microgravity. No wonder: we have evolved over millions of years on Earth with its comforting gravitational pull.Astronauts are exposed to excessive radiation in space. How much? Martin Archer, a space plasma physicist, decided to find out. On The Conversation, he calculated that Peake faced the equivalent of a fatal X-ray dose up there (300 joules), but since it was spread out over months and partly protected by shielding in the international space station (ISS), he didn’t die. On the surface of the earth, we only get 0.07 joules in six months, less than four thousandths Archer’s calculation – and that’s at an altitude partly protected by the earth’s magnetic field. The implications are clear:Of course long-term exposure is very different from a short intense burst. Only astronauts who spent the entirety of those six months on a spacewalk would in fact get this lethal dose – the ISS itself helps shield them. In practice, this shielding helps limit their overall exposure to about a year’s worth of radiation that we get on Earth per day, meaning it is still some 365 times higher. Nevertheless, it’s a staggering comparison and really highlights the challenges to manned spaceflight that we’re currently facing. In interplanetary space, the radiation is even more dangerous. Here’s a concern that sci-fi screenwriters routinely ignore:But for missions further away from the Earth’s protective magnetic field, cosmic rays would be more of a problem. On its journey to Mars, the Curiosity rover provided crucial data on this and it was higher than expected. A round-trip manned mission to Mars would expose the astronauts to up to four times the advised career limits for astronauts of radiation due to galactic cosmic rays.OK, so astrobiologists will admit that life needs a planetary surface and possibly a magnetic field. What else? Science Daily adds a second rinse to the the widely-accepted requirement for water. If life is to have the complex molecules we know from living cells, water is needed to get them to fold properly. Proteins fold because the push-and-pull jostling of water molecules helps them find their native configurations quickly – assuming, of course, that the amino acids are properly sequenced. Dingping Zhong explains what his team at Ohio State found:“Here, we’ve shown that the final shape of a protein depends on two things: water and the amino acids themselves. We can now say that, on ultrafast time scales, the protein surface fluctuations are controlled by water fluctuations. Water molecules work together like a big network to drive the movement of proteins.“We’re down to rocky planets with magnetic fields and water. What else? Better have a quiet star. Joshua Sokol at New Scientist showed an artist conception of a star blasting a young planet with the kind of radiation sun-grazing comets get. An exoplanet named KIC 12557548b in Cygnus orbits so close to its star, he says, starspots with strong magnetic fields focus death rays at it. His description of the punishment the planet gets is not pretty.At the planet’s surface, radiation from the nearby star is hot enough to vaporise layers of exposed rock, after which a wind of charged particles – also from the star – blows that vapour into space.Star spots may increase the devastation. These dark patches, where the star’s magnetic field is concentrated, may act as death rays, blasting out more material when the planet passes in front of them. This could happen either because these patches emit high-energy radiation that can better chip into the rock, or because the swirling magnetic fields around them help yank the vapour into orbit.The star is peeling away the poor planet like the layers of an onion. It’s enough to make one cry.Venus, our planetary “twin”, is not a pretty place, either, as we found at the dawn of the space age. Here’s another factor that affects habitability: electric fields. In a video clip on Space.com, Goddard space scientist Glyn Collinson tells about his “amazing and shocking” discovery that Venus has “monster electric fields” strong enough to strip oxygen atoms from the planet. Even if Venus had started with water like Earth, therefore, it would have lost it all due to this process. His work was published in Geophysical Research Letters. In its review, Science Daily says that scientists don’t know why the electric field at Venus is so strong, five times that on Earth:Co-author, Professor Andrew Coates of the UCL MSSL, who leads the electron spectrometer team, said, “We’ve been studying the electrons flowing away from Titan and Mars as well as from Venus, and the ions they drag away to space to be lost forever. We found that over 100 metric tons per year escapes from Venus by this mechanism — significant over billions of years. The new result here is that the electric field powering this escape is surprisingly strong at Venus compared to the other objects.Titan loses 7 metric tons per year, by comparison. This adds another concern when assessing habitability of a planet:Understanding the role played by planet’s electric winds will help astronomers improve estimates of the size and location of habitable zones around other stars. “Even a weak electric wind could still play a role in water and atmospheric loss at any planet,” said Alex Glocer of NASA Goddard, a co-author on the paper. “It could act like a conveyor belt, moving ions higher in the ionosphere where other effects from the solar wind could carry them away.“Keeping score, we need a rocky planet with water, a weak electric field, and a safe distance from solar magnetic storms. What else? How about not one – not two – but three Van Allen belts? Science Daily tells about how the puzzling “third Van Allen belt” is created by a “space tsunami” of sorts. Intense solar storms create this third belt, resulting in the “transport [of] the outer part of the belt radiation harmlessly into interplanetary space.” We earthlings might suffer fluctuations in the power grid and damage to satellites, but we don’t die.The most numerous stars in the universe are the red dwarfs. We already knew that they were unlikely hosts for habitable planets, but more bad news was just announced by Astrobiology Magazine. New calculations show that “the width of the habitable zone around M-dwarf stars is not as wide as previously thought” due to Coriolis force heating as a function of orbital radius. That’s in addition to the problem that planets orbiting M-dwarf stars are likely to be tidally locked, with one hemisphere scorched by its star and the back side freezing cold. Ravi Kumar Kopparapu at Goddard Space Flight Center is trying to refine the habitable zones of these stars, and he’s not done yet. “His proposal will update our understanding of how water vapor can absorb incoming radiation from the star,” the article ends. “This can influence the warmth of a planet and further reduce the width of the habitable zone.” Goldilocks would have to get very, very lucky with the red dwarfs.OK, we didn’t prove Earth is unique, but these articles sure give food for thought about how perfect our planet is in every way… almost like it was designed. If the majority of stars lack the requirements to host life, how many are left?Let’s add #13 and #14 to the list of habitability requirements: (Visited 51 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

South African Women in Sport Punching Above Their Weight

first_imgBronze, silver or gold: South African female sporting heroes have long carried the pride of the country on their shoulders and in their hearts.But raising the profile of South African women in sport takes blood, sweat and tears, on and off the field. Sporting bodies and pioneers in the industry are hard at work to ensure that women’s sport is well established, receives sufficient financial backing, and gets free and fair media coverage.One sure fact is that there’s always something to celebrate. SA’s National Women’s soccer team, Banyana Banyana made history in November last year after qualifying for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup for the first time. The team, led by their fearless coach Desiree Ellis, will be heading out to France to compete in June.A star player worthy of a special mention is Portia Modise, retired Banyana Banyana’s all-time leading goal-scorer who has been selected as one of 13 FIFA ambassadors for the upcoming Women’s World Cup, a role she has taken up with high regards. Apart from her excellent striker skills on the field, Portia has always advocated for women in sport to be treated equal to their male counterparts, especially in the area of remuneration.Speaking to Fifa.com in a recent interview, Portia said: “This (WWC) is going to bring change for a lot of young women and open a platform for girls who didn’t know where to go. I think things will slowly change.”Another resilient voice advocating for women in sport, is Brand South Africa’s Board Trustee, Ms. Muditambi Ravele. In her capacity as chairperson of the South African Women & Sports Foundation, Ms. Ravele addressed delegates at the 2018 FIFA Women’s Administrators four-day Course in August last year, where she spoke about the misconception that women are constantly tearing one another down, highlighting how much support women give each other. Known for pushing boundaries, Ms. Ravele encourages many sportswomen to join what is predominantly perceived as male-dominated sports, like boxing.In raising the profile of women in sport, Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part Ambassador and Sports Media Personality, Kass Naidoo utilises her platform Gsport, to celebrate South African women in sport. Gsport aims to improve the media profile of South African women in sport, that will in turn, help with more sponsorship opportunities. Through extensive media coverage, Gsport wishes to on-board Corporate South Africa to stand behind female athletes.Brand South Africa commends these pioneers who not only engage in on-going dialogues that encourage a strengthened Nation Brand, but also lead by example.last_img read more

Magnatune: How Record Labels Should Approach the iPhone

first_imgMagnatune, a small and eclectic online record label, just releasedits first iPhone app. As far as we know, this is the first time that a record label has released an iPhone app that allows its users to play every song of every artist on its label for free and as often as they want. The only restriction on the app is that every song is followed by a short announcement with the name of the artist and title of the song.Magnatune Magnatune has always done things differently. It was one of the first online music services to allow its customers to choose how much they wanted to pay for an album. From its inception, the service never featured DRM’ed music and always offered its albums in alternative formats like WAV, OGG, FLAC and AAC. On its website, Magnatune offers a commercial-free streaming plan starting at $5/month (users can choose to pay more) and a download membership that starts at $10 a month.Sadly, the first version of the iPhone app doesn’t support these membership options, but according to Magnatune’s announcement, the next version will allow paying members to stream announcement-free music. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement frederic lardinois Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#mobile#news#web Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces FeaturesThe app itself is pretty straightforward. You can browse Magnatune’s catalog by artist, album and genre. One neat feature of the app is that it remembers where you left off when you turn the app off – or when you get a call – and prompts you to return to that song when you start the app again.ShoppingThe Magnatune store allows users to buy songs right from their phones. Most of Magnatune’s artists are featured in the iTunes store, and the app simply takes users to the iTunes app to buy the song. This, though, also means that potential buyers can’t choose how much they want to pay for an album.Record Labels on the iPhoneAnother label that has also released an iPhone app recently is Ghostly International. This app (iTunes link) features only a selection of Ghostly’s catalog, however.We have talked a lot about how bands and artists have started to look at iPhone apps as replacements of traditional albums. Hopefully, more music labels will now also follow Magnatune’s lead and release their own apps. With built-in purchasing and music discovery, this is a logical extension of the app-as-album trend – but then, the major music labels aren’t exactly known for being logical.last_img read more

Cinema 4D Video Tutorial: Morphing Between Objects

first_imgThis video was first shared by Greyscalegorilla. Thanks for sharing, guys!If you want to learn more about how to create this awesome effect, check out the corresponding blog post on Greyscalegorilla’s website.Have any tips for morphing objects in Cinema 4D? Share in the comments below. Learn how to morph between two objects in this Cinema 4D video tutorial.The ability to create smooth transitions between objects really makes your animation flow more naturally. Of course, getting this effect is easier said than done.The following video tutorial was inspired by the award-winning People’s Car Project commercial that WeAreFlink made for Volkswagen. If you haven’t seen the video, check it out:Typically, when you want to morph an object, you will actually use separate objects that morph together through a combination of motion blurs, frame blending techniques, and misdirection.However, when you are trying to perform this action with slow morphing objects, it’s much more difficult because you can’t simply cover the edit points with fancy transitions. This is where the following video tutorial comes into play.This video tutorial by Greyscalegorilla offers a glimpse into how to perform this action using effects and tools that are 100% native to Cinema 4D. The tutorial covers:Using the Spherify ToolThe Pose Morph EffectCreating Metallic Textureslast_img read more

‘Sunny Leone’ tops merit list for Bihar junior engineer post !

first_imgBollywood actor Sunny Leone could be working as a junior engineer for the Bihar government.If the list of candidates who had applied for about 200 posts, uploaded on the website of the Public Health Engineering Departments website, is to be believed the name of the Canadian-born film actor figures as the top ranker with 98.50 points.Bollywood actor Sunny Leone has topped the merit list released by the Bihar Public Health Engineering Department (PHED) for the post of junior engineers with 98.50 points. The actress said in her tweet that she was glad that the “other” her has scored so well.Earlier between January 15-31’ 2019 the Bihar PHED had invited online application for the post of 214 junior engineers (civil) based on marks of their diploma in engineering. As many as 17, 911 candidates applied for exam and out of them 642 were short listed for the next round of scrutiny. Sunny Leone with 98.50 points — 73.50 points on her academic record and 25 points on her experience — topped the list released on Tuesday at phed.bih.nic.in, official website of the PHED. Her father’s name is registered as Leona Leona. The other candidate named, “bvcxzbnnb” with his father’s name as “mggvghhnnnn” with 92.89 points have come on third rank in the list. He comes from the Extremely Backward Class (EBC) category while, Sunny Leone is registered in General category.The Bollywood actor, meanwhile, tweeted to say she was glad that the “Other” her has scored so well. “Hahaha, I’m so glad that the OTHER me has scored so well !!!!!lol…”, tweeted Sunny Leone.But, the PHED official Ashok Kumar told journalists that “someone must have done a mischief and we’ll find it out in scrutiny of the list”. “It’s a provisional list based on the online data received by the candidates…no data has been entered by the department…we’ll scrutiny the list and find out the mischief”, he said. The PHED minister Vinod Narayan Jha too said that it was not the result but a provisional list. “When we’ll ask the candidate to come with their documents to prove their authenticity such mischief will be rectified”, he said. Meanwhile, the department has given a window to candidates to correct the information given in their application till February 24, 2019.last_img read more

Eye Care Mission Could Exceed Surgery Target

first_img The 11-member Chinese technical team is performing free cataract surgeries at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) on Jamaicans in need. The members, who began working at KPH from April 2 and will end on 26, comprise five ophthalmologists, three nurses, two engineers and one technician. Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says the visiting Bright Journey Eye Care Mission is set to exceed its target of 500 cataract surgeries. Story Highlights Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says the visiting Bright Journey Eye Care Mission is set to exceed its target of 500 cataract surgeries.The 11-member Chinese technical team is performing free cataract surgeries at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) on Jamaicans in need.The members, who began working at KPH from April 2 and will end on 26, comprise five ophthalmologists, three nurses, two engineers and one technician.Speaking with JIS News during his visit to the hospital on North Street in Kingston on April 18, Dr. Tufton said 440 persons have benefited from the mission to date.“We would like to show our appreciation to the Chinese delegation that are here doing the surgeries. They came a few weeks ago with a commitment to do 500 surgeries and I understand they have done some 440. So, we are well on target to achieving the 500 mark and I am told we may exceed that, so it really demonstrates the importance of partnerships in public health. The mission has been successful and we would like to see more of it,” he noted.Dr. Tufton said he welcomes the collaboration with the Chinese Government to support this area of healthcare.“Eye care is a significant area in Jamaica. It is typically underserved. We are moving to sharpen the policy and improve the focus to ensure greater prevention and buildout capacity for curative measures,” he said.  Dr. Tufton said the collaboration has had several other positive results in shared knowledge and information between local and international medical teams.Retiree, Jo-Anne Bromfield, who had her surgery on April 10, said the experience was a positive one. “It was good. Thanks be to the Lord. I can see properly now,” she toldJIS News.Miguel Bradley, who also received the surgery on his right eye, said he can already see positive results from the procedure.“Things are brighter. I can see clearly. Before I had foggy vision, now I can see crystal clear,” he said.To date, 1,000 persons have been screened and 600 selected for surgery. In addition to the surgeries, the mission has also donated medical equipment to KPH, and offer training to the nurses and doctors.This is Bright Journey’s second visit to Jamaica. In May 2015, more than 200 Jamaicans benefited from free cataract surgeries at the KPH, while the hospital was gifted medical equipment and supplies valued at US$400,000.last_img read more

Maersk Eyes Logistics Growth with Further Integration

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: APM Terminals Danish shipping giant Maersk is to accelerate growth in its Logistics & Services sector through further integration.The company said that its APM Terminals Inland Services will be integrated into Maersk Logistics & Services from August 1, 2019.The company’s Inland Services portfolio is a network of inland terminals around the globe consisting of 36 business units with over 100 locations.“APM Terminals can fully focus on becoming a world-class port operator, while Maersk, with the integration of Inland Services, will continue to focus on ocean transportation as well as logistics and services product development and delivery,” Søren Toft, EVP and Chief Operating Officer A.P. Moller – Maersk, said.APM Terminals will continue to serve shipping line and landside customers with services on and around the port premises such as traditional storage and terminal handling as well as newly developed services such as fast-gates.While focusing on its core offering, APM Terminals is also continuing to collaborate with Maersk for customers who are looking for end-to-end solutions.“The even closer collaboration enables both APM Terminals and Maersk to reduce complexity and eliminate service overlaps, so that both brands can focus on their core strengths and provide greater value and a better experience to customers,” Morten Engelstoft, CEO APM Terminals and EVP A.P. Moller – Maersk, said.last_img read more