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first_img1 Chelsea target Antoine Griezmann Chelsea target Antoine Griezmann is unsure about leaving Atletico Madrid in the season leading up to Euro 2016, according to reports in France.The 24-year-old has become one of the hottest talents in European football after hitting 22 goals in 37 La Liga outings this term.Chelsea, along with Paris Saint-Germain, are said to be ready to break the bank to land the striker, who has a £43m release clause.Both clubs have been knocked back in their initial inquiries to land the forward but both are expected to firm up their interest with big bids this summer.However, according to sources in France, Griezmann himself might decide against a departure as he feels more than happy at the Vicente Calderon.But, more importantly, the red-hot striker is worried that any move away might affect his free-scoring form ahead of an important summer next year.Euro 2016 is being held in his native France and the Burgundy-born striker is desperate to play a key role for his country back on home soil.However, his place could come under threat if he fails to settle in at a new club quickly and he may not be prepared to take that risk, it has been suggested.last_img read more

first_imgBiomimetics is a cutting-edge branch of applied science that looks for ways to imitate nature to solve engineering problems.  Sometimes, though engineers invent things then find that nature had a similar solution all along.  Other times, there is overlap, with engineers inventing things that affect nature, or nature guiding engineering that is already in progress.  And sometimes nature and the human body merge with solutions from nature for health’s sake.Using chance by design:  Humans invented computers without help from nature, but inventors are looking over their shoulder at bacteria and viruses for ways to improve them.  Computer chips are getting so small they are approaching the nanotechnology threshold – the size range of DNA molecules.  As size decreases, thermal noise and randomness become bigger issues for inventors.  What is it about viruses and bacteria that allow them to thrive in the noise?    “By striving for control and perfection in everything from computer chips to commercial jets, scientists and engineers actually exclude a fundamental force that allows nature to outperform even their best efforts,” a press release from Oak Ridge National Laboratory began.  “Although it may appear to defy logic, imperfections and the seemingly [sic] randomness among even the lowly bacteria help keep nature a couple of steps ahead according to Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Peter Cummings and Mike Simpson, co-authors of a paper published in ACS Nano.”    Through a strategy of “contrarian bets”, bacteria and viruses explore opportunities in the noise to evade man’s strict on-and-off logic.  Human logic requires more and more power to get rid of the noise by brute force, because engineers want their computer chips to be perfectly predictable.  “In contrast to the computer chip, the bacterial cell has imperfect chance-ridden switches, and through these imperfections, the bacteria can do things the computer chip cannot.”    So maybe it’s time to rethink our designs by imitating the ways of the “lowly bacteria.”  After all, as the headline read, “Nature still sets standard for nanoscience revolution.”Sea squirt rejection:  Organ rejection is a major problem for transplant operations.  Can the lowly sea squirt help?  Scientists at UC Santa Barbara are asking, because they have noticed that sea squirts colonizing next to one another are able to recognize self or non-self and fuse safely if related.  Researchers think if we could imitate the sea squirt’s method of recognition and manipulate it, we might be able to help more patients accept organs from others.Ant Facebook:  Ants “friend” each other just like people do with Facebook.  They build social networks that extend out into hubs of connections, using chemical signals instead of texting.  That’s what researchers at Stanford University found out, according to PhysOrg, when studying red harvester ants in the southwestern desert.    Like people, some ants appear more popular than others.  “On average, each ant had around 40 interactions,” the scientists found.  “However, around 10 percent of the ants made more than 100 contacts with other ants.”  Apparently ants and humans have hit on this strategy independently.  The research can be found on the Royal Society interface.Catalytic converters:  Science Daily reported that researchers at New Jersey Institute of Technology are working to “develop biologically-inspired catalysts.”  Motivated by how heme enzymes do it, they are looking into “the replacement of carbon-hydrogen bonds with a combination of aromatic and aliphatic carbon-fluorine bonds.”    This ability would help “sweeten” petroleum products “by the transformation of smelly and corrosive thiols into disulfides.”  Work by this team “was of great interest to the fragrance industry.”Humans are a part of nature, yet apart of nature in the sense of studying it as an object.  While animals may employ strategies such as mimicry to attract mates or escape predators, only humans study nature with a designer’s mind, looking for designs and seeking to learn the design principles and how they might be applied in radically different ways.Anybody see Charlie around?(Visited 31 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_img26 March 2012 Eleven-year-old schoolboy Daniel Barrish held former world chess champion Garry Kasparov to a draw during a series of matches played in Khayelitsha, Cape Town on Friday to mark the launch of the Kasparov Chess Foundation Africa, in collaboration with local organisation Moves for Life. Barrish was one of 26 South African players who took on the Russian grandmaster in simultaneous chess matches at the OR Tambo Stadium in Khayelitsha. Three hours later, their match ended in a draw. “I was very happy that I was going to play him, even more that I drew with him,” Barrish told the Cape Times afterwards from his home in Constantia. ‘He made a couple of mistakes’ “He made a couple of mistakes, he was moving too fast and I capitalised,” said Barrish, who has won the African chess under-10 championship and is the youngest member of South Africa’s national chess team. “He had to fight for a draw.” Later in the day, Kasparov met South African President Jacob Zuma in Pretoria. Zuma is the patron of Moves for Life, an organisation that uses chess to promote maths and science education among underprivileged children. Speaking after their meeting, Zuma said chess should be encouraged among children, as the game would help them do better at school.Chess as an educational tool “It is so important for young people, particularly at schools, as an educational tool,” the South African Press Association (Sapa) quoted Zuma as saying. According to Sapa, Kasparov said the Kasparov Chess Foundation Africa would be based in Johannesburg and from there would promote its programmes throughout the continent. “I have very high expectations about our goals set for South Africa and the neighbouring countries,” Kasparov said. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

first_imgElectrifying performances are what you can expect at Under Madiba Skies. (Image: I Support Do You)Nelson Mandela became the first democratically elected president of South Africa in 1994; his inaugural speech, in which he spoke of freedom, the future, reconciliation and renewal, still resonates today.“It always seems impossible, until it is done,” he said, prompting musicians from South Africa and France to interpret his words in a special performance in which many influences and cultures come together on stage.This meeting of musical chairs goes by the name of Under Madiba Skies, and they will be performing in Pretoria, Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town from 29 October to 1 November.On 29 October, catch them at Alliance Française Pretoria; on 30 October, they are in Johannesburg at Alliance Française Johannesburg; on 31 October they will be at Ikhaya le Langa in Langa in Cape Town; and they finish off their tour in Durban at Rainbow Restaurant. All performances are free, except the final show in Durban, for which tickets are R60.A MEETING OF DIFFERENT CULTURESIn Under Madiba Skies, French band Gran Kino has come together with a number of South African musicians, including Manelis, Ayanda Nhlangothi, Jitsvinger and Burni Aman, to share their vision of South Africa today.This collaboration, which began in 2013, has spawned several songs. Whether from Durban, rapping in isiZulu, from Johannesburg singing with a traditional sweetness, or from Cape Town rapping in Afrikaans, the vision is mutual: coming together on one stage, uniting different languages, visions and ideas. Above all, the venture celebrates an endless artistic richness.The music weaves together traditional songs, rock, hip-hop and acoustic piano and voice. The performers are colourful and embody values of peace and openness to the world.Under Madiba Skies released a four-track EP in 2013; the first single was called Brand New Day, and is available online.The artists see Madiba’s inaugural speech as a prophecy and feel honoured to bring his word to listeners around the world. It is also an opportunity to show the world what South Africa has to offer.Their ideals dovetail with South Africa’s National Development Plan or Vision 2030, which has an aim to seal Africa’s place in the world and bring about nation building through social cohesion.In 2013, the group successfully toured France with performances at some of the biggest world music festivals in that country, such as Festival Generic and The Worlstock Festival. In 2014, they visited South America.The first Under Madiba Skies single, Brand New Day, was playlisted on Radio France International and other French radio stations. Songs from the EP were also playlisted on radio stations in Belgium, Germany, Greece, Lebanon, Poland, Italy, Spain and Hong Kong, among other countries.AUDIENCE APPRECIATIONIt seems the collaboration has touched many, with audiences around the globe appreciating the performances:“I wanted to congratulate you, to thank you, to tell you how much this moment had touched me. My emotions about your performance were so strong, I was not able to do anything the days following your concert.”“It is this simple message I want to convey to you: through your involvement with a bit of soul, Madiba was in Macon, and the permanence of the soul softens the pain caused by the sad news of his passing. For me, as for many, Madiba remains alive.”“It was an evening of great splendour and generosity… Your concert was like a bomb of talent: energy, originality, crossroads of music and styles. A true rainbow of musicians and rhythms.”last_img read more

first_imgDez Bryant almost never ceases to amaze, both on and off the field. Dez, as you know by now, recently wrapped up a $70 million deal. His path to signing his name was winding and circuitous.It was also hilarious.According to Pro Football Talk, Dez put Jerry Jones on his heels last year by posing a question that made for an incredibly funny mental image.Last year, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was trying to negotiate directly with receiver Dez Bryant. Bryant, as a league source explains it to PFT, eventually asked Jones if Jones could cover Bryant on the football field.Jones admitted that he couldn’t do it. And Bryant then said something along the lines of, “Now you know how I feel.”Perfect.They even celebrated that the deal was done without Jerry having to put the pads on!!Hat tip to the Tulsa WorldIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (May 17, 2016), we talk about the Western Conference finals and wonder whether the Warriors are really on the ropes after Monday night’s loss to the Thunder. Then FiveThirtyEight’s Christie Aschwanden makes her Hot Takedown debut to talk about how concussions are different in women’s sports than men’s. Finally, we talk to Ben Morris about sumo wrestling and break down how a centuries-old data set can help us determine who is the greatest fighter of all time. Plus, a significant digit on the advanced statistics making their way to the WNBA.Neil Paine says the Thunder’s big men could stop the Warriors.Neil also says the Thunders-Warriors series is the strongest conference final matchup in decades.ESPN Stats and Info breaks down the numbers behind the Thunder’s victory in Game 1.Sorry, Rasheed, the ball does lie, writes The Wall Street Journal.Women get sports concussions at higher rates than men, writes Christie Aschwanden.And here is Christie’s column, Strength In Numbers, where she explores the science of sports and athleticism.Benjamin Morris on the sumo matchup centuries in the making.And here is FiveThirtyEight’s history of sumo in chart form.Also, read this Grantland profile of Hakuho, the greatest sumo wrestler of our time.Significant Digit: 1997. That’s the year the WNBA has announced it will go back to when it releases box score stats for every completed league game. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed FiveThirtyEight Embed Code If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. read more

first_img Recommended for you Poachers found Sunday; slammed with seven charges Related Items:dominicans, poachers Dominican poachers arrested and charged Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 22 Feb 2016 – There are 4,000 registered Dominicans resident in the Turks and Caicos according to officials, so it is no wonder the government of that country wants to set up a consulate office here. His Excellency, Peter Beckingham and Clara Gardiner, the Permanent Secretary for Border Control are just returned from high level talks in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic where six benchmarks were agreed upon. The media release said, one that the DR expressed a wish to open a full time Consulate in The Turks and Caicos Islands. That two; the Foreign Minister and Governor noted the increasing number of arrests of Dominican fishermen operating illegally within TCI Waters. They agreed that it was important to prevent this activity, both sides are open to a dialogue and the possibility of co-operation between the DR’s navy and the TCI’s police force. The third stride is that both leaders noted the likelihood of illegal human trafficking between the two countries, and agreed to beef up efforts to stop this. As a fourth desired measure, both the TCI and the DR agree on the prospects for more trade and investment between the two countries, including possibly in construction materials and processing, as well as direct investment in the tourism sector, and the services sector. The fifth is that the DR Foreign Minister wants to visit the Turks and Caicos, possibly with a small business delegation and sixth on the list is that ongoing row over maritime demarcation issues. His Excellency Beckingham reports that the Dom Rep continues to seek a consensus among relevant bodies about this issue. It was noted in the meeting too that InterCaribbean Airways has proven a valuable airline partner between the TCI and the Dominican Republic. Poachers slammed with seven charges; some escape Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

first_imgIn a column for El Pais, Argentine Jorge Valdano hailed his compatriot Santiago Solari’s football wisdom by reminding everybody of his roots.Even before the first ever match that Santiago Solari managed as the interim Real Madrid manager, it was evident that football scholars like Jorge Valdano would praise the man’s football wisdom.The whole manner in which the Argentine manager arrived in Real Madrid by taking Julen Lopetegui’s spot in the hot seat, didn’t go as probably many of the people who know Solari expected.One of the football legends who know Santiago and has watched him grow throughout his career is Jorge Valdano, another Argentine former player who has a bright past in Real Madrid and is one of football’s most respected voices.Him and Solari share a bond that is very unique, both of them have featured in the Spanish journal El Pais, where they have written countless opinion pieces about La Liga football and Jorge is currently writing every single week.This past week’s piece needed to talk about Santiago’s irruption in the club and how much it means for the man to take the seat in the club that became the bedrock of his whole career, but Valdano was very surprised by the first press conference that Solari ever gave to the press.”Conviene no subestimar a Solari, debajo de su impecable traje hay un balón lleno de barro”, escribe Jorge Valdano. En @elpais_deportes https://t.co/HgoqHc6gET— EL PAÍS (@el_pais) November 3, 2018As we may have discovered in the opinion pieces he has written in the past, Santiago Hernan Solari is a very educated man who has a rich knowledge of the Spanish language.During most of his first moments with the press ahead of Los Blancos’ Copa del Rey match against Melilla, Solari was himself and offered an eloquent set of responses that are in line with his personality.However, there was a minor moment that had a big impression with everybody who knows him after he said that the squad needed to play with “balls”.Using profanity has never really been a trade that Santiago entertains in the way he conducts himself, but he felt that it was needed at that moment for some reason.The reaction from the press was pretty quick, something that appeared to have angered Valdano because he felt the need to come out and defend his compatriot on his latest opinion piece for El Pais.In his words, we can tell that Jorge didn’t take the criticism against Solari very well because he believes the backlash came from a negative place and from people who usually come after Real Madrid for no reason.Valdano wanted to remind everyone, that Solari may have used slight profanity but his football knowledge remains intact.Fati and Suarez shine against Valencia at Camp Nou Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 15, 2019 With a mesmerizing first half from Ansu Fati and a brace from Luis Suarez in the second half, Barcelona demolished Valencia at Camp Nou.Valencia…¡Solari debuta como técnico del @realmadrid en el Bernabéu! 👌#RealMadridRealValladolid pic.twitter.com/xntbXNXXwj— LaLiga (@LaLiga) November 3, 2018“And along came Solari, ‘with two balls against Melilla’,” wrote Jorge Valdano for El Pais.“The statements that didn’t sit well in Real Madrid’s public farewell to Lopetegui, where the club bragged about their seven Ballon d’Or nominated players.”These types of unfortunate statements are the reason people dislike Real Madrid so much sometimes. On one side, they do have an incredible roster.”“But on the other side, there will always be that persistent claim of authority and superiority coming from Real Madrid. Just to sum this up, I guess that Santiago was referring to a set of Balls d’Or.”“Solari doesn’t have that particular dysfunction, he has a much more complex personality. Even though he may be capable to fully understand Nietzsche, he also comes from a family where everyone is a professional in football.”“When every single member of that family decided to hang up their boots, they made the decision to go back to the more amateur side of the game where uneven football pitches and old footballs were the norms.”“All of them wanted to keep teaching football from a place of wisdom, astuteness, and sacrifice. Santiago has absorbed all of that since he was a kid, which is why underestimating him is not wise.”“Because under that elegant suit, there is also a ball covered in mud,” he wrote.Vinicius abrazando a Solari😍😍😍😍 pic.twitter.com/Nk7SZ7PBfF— Real Madrid™ (@RMadridSoccer) November 3, 2018What do you think about Santiago Solari’s first two matches as the Real Madrid manager? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

first_imgAtletico Madrid was defeated by Real Betis 1-0 today in Spanish La Liga tournament Sunday action.A single goal by Real Betis’ Sergio Canales was enough to defeat Atletico Madrid in the Spanish La Liga tournament.With this, the Colchoneros are now six points behind leaders.Atletico keeps the second position but is just now five points ahead of Real Madrid who is yet to play this Matchday.Los Merengues will play against Alaves in a few minutes to close today’s fixture.Atletico has now 12 wins in 22 matches, eight draws, and only two defeats.And for manager Diego Simeone, the only positive thing that happened today was the debut of Alvaro Morata.“I don’t think it’s fair to talk about it [the penalty decisions] after a defeat,” said Simeone to Spanish media outlet Marca.“You saw it clearly.”“I’m talking about the team,” he added after saying how he will not speak about a non-called foul in the rival’s area against Morata, but then the team got a penalty called against them.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“There were few occasions for the two [up top – Morata and Antoine Griezmann].”“We could not find solutions when the game drew to a close,” he added.“Morata had an important job in his first game.”“Let’s hope he continues to contribute,” Simeone wished.“I see it differently. I am optimistic and the good thing is that Barcelona drew.”Atletico will not have an easy way to return to the winning path, as they will host Real Madrid next week.The team will then visit Rayo Vallecano just before they host Italian Lega Serie A club Juventus in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16.📸 | PHOTO GALLERYThe snaps of the #RealBetisAtleti match.➡ https://t.co/BDB1GDPWpp#AúpaAtleti pic.twitter.com/nXbuaAm8r0— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) February 3, 2019last_img read more

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsStand Down is underway. The three-day event on the grounds of San Diego High School provides much needed comfort, and importantly, services and counseling for veterans who are homeless.Going into its 40th decade, originally called Operation Stand Down, Stand Down has set the standard for other cities to replicate when it comes to aiding homeless veterans:A roof, food, health care, clothes, a court to resolve misdemeanor offenses that could be thwarting a vet’s moving forward, and speaking of, substance abuse counseling and job counseling.But the event put on by Veterans Village of San Diego,  starts with a simple greeting,  “we’re glad you’re here.”KUSI was live with Bill Glover, the longtime volunteer who started the welcoming handshake. He told us he wants the people streaming in to know they’re valued as a human being.And every year, we try to focus on a success story.For 17-straight years, Michael Conley arrived here and then went right back to the streets because of addiction issues.Finally, last year, he got into the Veterans Village program at its campus on Pacific Highway,He’s now sober, employed, and has an apartment.I asked him if life was good.  “Life is great,” he replied. June 29, 2018 Ed Lenderman, Posted: June 29, 2018 Ed Lenderman Over 800 homeless veterans expected to attend 31st annual Stand Down event Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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