Podcast: Saturn’s Giant Moon, Jumping Frogs, and Why Exercise Is Good for Our Brains

first_imgHow did Saturn’s giant moon Titan get so big? How did a Mark Twain story inspire a scientific study? And why does exercise benefit our brains? Science’s Online News Editor David Grimm chats about these stories and more with Science’s Sarah Crespi.Listen to the full Science podcast.Read the transcript.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Hear more podcasts.last_img read more

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Why Chris Gayle doesn’t deserve to play in Indian Premier League anymore

first_imgWest Indian superstar Chris Gayle never ceases to amaze his fans around the world when he has a bat in hand. But he can equally shock you with his comments directed at the opposite sex from time to time. (Full IPL Coverage)Gayle is a big-ticket player for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League. But a series of sexist allegations made by female journalists in recent times could put his IPL contract in jeopardy. (Gayle likely to be in trouble with IPL bosses after sleazy comments)Past and present cricketers have time and again slammed Gayle for his attitude towards women but the burly Jamaican has always brushed aside such controversies labelling them as “just a little fun”.MEL McLAUGHLIN INTERVIEWIt all started going downhill for Gayle after his pitchside interview with Channel Ten’s Mel McLaughlin during the Big Bash League last season. (Chris Gayle loses Big Bash League contract)Playing for the Melbourne Ranegades, the big-hitting opener told the Australian presenter on national television that “the reason why I’m here, just to see your eyes for the first time. It’s nice so … hopefully we can win this game and have a drink after. Don’t blush baby”.Gayle was fined AUS$ 10,000 by the Renegades as an immediate reaction to the incident and had to issue an apology to McLaughlin. He also lost his contract for the next season as a result. (Chris Gayle defends ‘inappropriate’ comments to McLaughlin as ‘joke’)But such is the audacity of the man, who recently became a father, that he named his baby girl ‘Blush’ after the infamous incident.advertisementINDECENT EXPOSUREGayle was embroiled in another controversy when Fairfax Media alleged that he partially exposed himself in front of a female official in Sydney just before the 2015 ICC World Cup. (Chris Gayle flashed genitals to Australian women during World Cup 2015)The Australian official who was working with the West Indian team at the time said that she went into the team dressing room to get a sandwich after she thought the team had left and found Gayle, who allegedly exposed his genitals and asked “Are you looking for this?”Gayle decided to file a defamation case against Fairfax media soon after the news broke in the Australian media.THE TIMES INTERVIEWIn the latest addition to the 36-year-old’s long list of controversies comes an interview he gave to female journalist Charlotte Edwardes of The Times. (Also Read: Chris Gayle asks female journalist: Have you ever had a threesome?)At one point in the interview, Gayle told the journalist he has “a very, very big bat, the biggest in the wooooorld,” adding: “You think you could lift it? You’d need two hands.”Edwards also quoted Gayle saying: “He asks how many black men I’ve ‘had’, goading me when I deflect the question, and whether I’ve ever had a ‘t’eesome’ — ‘I bet you have. Tell me’.”GAYLE PLAYS THE RACISM CARDGayle believes the rest of the criticism he received over the interview was racially motivated.”Successful black men are struggling because people do things to put them down,” Gayle said.”I would say this anywhere in the world, in any sporting arena, right now in 2016: racism is still the case for a black man. Trust me. They just want to get a little sniff of the dirt. They find out some shit and they want to sink you. It’s reality. You have to deal with that as a successful black man.”GAYLE DRAWS IPL CHAIRMAN’S IREGayle’s idea of fun is starting to stretch the boundaries of what is acceptable and what is not. IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla is set to take up his case with the RCB management and decide on the necessary steps to prevent such controversies in the IPL.Poor form has also not helped Gayle’s cause this season. He has scored just 151 runs in 9 matches at a horrendous average of 16.77 with just one fifty-plus score.But the fact remains that when in full flow the big-hitting opener is a treat to watch with 40,000 fans at the Chinnaswamy stadium screaming their lungs out whenever Gayle hits a monster six. He remains a crowd puller.But the days in the IPL might just be numbered for the ‘Universe Boss’.last_img read more

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Yuki Bhambri, Ramkumar Ramanathan crash out of French Open qualifiers

first_imgIndian tennis players Yuki Bhambri and Ramkumar Ramanathan suffered contrasting defeats in their respective men’s singles event to crash out of the French Open Qualifiers here last evening.Although Yuki provided a tough fight to World No. 132 Peter Polansky, he eventually went down losing 6-7, 6-7 against his Canadian opponent in the opening-round clash.Ramkumar, on the other hand, suffered a 2-6, 6-1 defeat at the hands of Guido Pella of Argentina in their lop-sided first-round encounter.With both Indians knocking out of the qualifiers, no player from the country will feature in the men’s singles event of the second Grand Slam of the year, which is slated to be held from May 28.last_img read more

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New Music Monday: The Midnight Hollow

first_img Idris Elba Debuts New 2HR SET Fashion Line Inspired By DJ Culture Editors’ Recommendations A Beginner’s Guide to Live Band Karaoke The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Now Sound of Lapland Captures the Pristine Beauty of Finland on a Mixtape Listed as a “Band to Watch” by influential music blog, StereoGum, New York City based band, The Midnight Hollow, is led by singer and multi instrumentalist Spencer Draeger, with Andrew Segreti on drums. Full line up for live shows is Matt Liebowitz on bass, Vahak “V” Janbazian on percussion and Katie Lee Campo on keyboards. The band has gained a lot of attention locally, and quickly, from their hypnotic shows, unpredictable stage presence and tendency to focus on keeping sets half improv and loose.In 2013, the band officially released their first song “Downstairs” for a compilation on French based label, Zappruder Records. In June of 2014, they released a surreal 60s psychedelic cult classic style video for “Her Morning Glow.” The Midnight Hollow recently self released their first EP in summer of 2014 with a second one set to release in Winter.Check out The Midnight Hollow on Facebook, their official website, or Bandcamp! The Best New-School Kentucky Distillerieslast_img read more

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Agricultural Sector Can Produce More for School-Feeding Programme – Shaw

first_imgStory Highlights Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, says the agricultural sector can produce and make more local foods available to support students through the School-Feeding Programme. “There are several agricultural products in which we have already achieved 100 per cent market share that could be used in the School-Feeding Programme, such as carrots, callaloo, cabbage, pumpkin, sweet potato, breadfruit, cassava, yam and green banana, just to name a few,” Mr. Shaw said.center_img Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, says the agricultural sector can produce and make more local foods available to support students through the School-Feeding Programme.“There are several agricultural products in which we have already achieved 100 per cent market share that could be used in the School-Feeding Programme, such as carrots, callaloo, cabbage, pumpkin, sweet potato, breadfruit, cassava, yam and green banana, just to name a few,” Mr. Shaw said.He was speaking in the House of Representatives on October 9, as he made his contribution to a motion brought by Member of Parliament for Central Kingston, Rev. Ronald Thwaites, regarding the increased use of nutritious local produce under the School-Feeding Programme.Mr. Shaw noted that if the School-Feeding Programme entered into contracts with specific farmers, “we could increase agricultural production, employment and farm income in rural areas.”The Minister emphasised that a very important food that must be incorporated into the School-Feeding Programme is sweet potato.“It is a very healthy food for us to feed to our children while they are in school. Information passed to me indicates that sweet potato contains over 15 health benefits, including the prevention of vitamin A deficiency; improvement in vision; and the management of weight and diabetes,” Mr. Shaw said.He added that sweet potato can also help in the fight against certain cancers; assist to regulate blood pressure; prevent ulcers and improve memory.Mr. Shaw said that pumpkin purée is another important food that can be incorporated into the School-Feeding Programme.He noted that pumpkin purée contains 10 per cent of the daily requirement for potassium, which is needed to support a healthy digestive system. A cup of pumpkin purée, he added, supplies 3.4 grams of iron, a mineral that supports the immune system.The Minister pointed out that these crops are easy to utilise in the meal plans for children.last_img read more

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Mount Salem and Denham Town ZOSOs Extended for Further 60 Days

first_img The Zones of Special Operations (ZOSOs) in Mount Salem, St. James, and Denham Town in West Kingston will be extended by a further 60 days.The House of Representatives on Tuesday (December 11), approved two Resolutions for the extensions, which were moved by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness.The extensions are for up to February 16, 2019 in the case of Denham Town and March 7, 2019 for Mount Salem.Prime Minister Holness said that the ZOSOs are currently in the build phase, where there is a focus on intervention projects.“By design, this build phase is being implemented in three stages on a road map that has being developed by the social intervention committee. The first stage was a focus on citizenship intervention… the second stage we started road rehabilitation, access to health services, water regularisation, sanitation, zinc fence removal, green spaces and school rehabilitation,” he noted.“Now, the phase that we are in island regularisation and housing. That phase will take an extensive period, far greater than 60 or 120 days, to give people titles, do surveys of lots and help them to reorganise communities. All of that work is now being planned and some have actually started,” he pointed out.The Prime Minister told the House that during a recent tour of Mount Salem, he saw the progress of work on a number of projects.“You could see that the construction of the walls… just moving the zinc fences, paving the roads, (cleaning) the gullies, has transformed the physical environment. People just feel better about their community,” he said, stressing that these projects require adequate time for completion.A Zone of Special Operations can be declared under the Law Reform (Zones of Special Operations) (Special Security and Community Development Measures) Act.The law seeks to contain crime while safeguarding the human rights of residents and promoting community development through social intervention initiatives in areas where a zone operates. Story Highlights The House of Representatives on Tuesday (December 11), approved two Resolutions for the extensions, which were moved by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness.center_img The Zones of Special Operations (ZOSOs) in Mount Salem, St. James, and Denham Town in West Kingston will be extended by a further 60 days.last_img read more

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Frontline Optimistic Despite Lower Income

first_imgzoom John Fredriksen-controlled tanker owner and operator Frontline ended the first quarter of 2017 with a net income of USD 27 million, significantly lower from the net income of USD 78.9 million seen a year earlier.The company’s total operating revenues for the quarter reached USD 177.1 million, decreasing from USD 227.1 million reported in the same period of the previous year.“Notwithstanding near-term pressure on crude tanker rates, we believe the market will ultimately return to balance as demand for crude oil continues to increase and vessel scrapping will begin to offset the negative effect of newbuilding deliveries,” Robert Hvide Macleod, Chief Executive Officer of Frontline Management AS, said.“The recent market weakness and other factors have contributed to a historically low asset price environment that has presented us with opportunities to acquire modern tonnage at attractive prices,” he added.Namely, during the quarter the company acquired two VLCC resales delivering September and October 2017 from Korean Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) at USD 77.5 million net per vessel.Additionally, the owner ordered two VLCC newbuildings scheduled to be delivered during December 2018 and April 2019 and obtained options for two additional sister vessels scheduled to be delivered during August and November 2019 from Hyundai Heavy Industries at USD 79.8 million per vessel.“Frontline’s continued ability to access attractively priced capital is indicative of the financial strength of our platform as well as our deep relationships within the lending community,” Inger M. Klemp, Chief Financial Officer of Frontline Management AS, said, adding that the company secured financing for the newly acquired four VLCC resales and newbuilding contracts in an amount of up to USD 221 million.The financing carries an interest rate of LIBOR plus a margin of 190 basis points and has an amortization profile of 18 years, which supports Frontline’s low cash break-even levels.Frontline said it believes that the market will begin to improve in 2018 as the pace of deliveries of newbuilding vessels slows and vessels are retired from the global fleet.“We expect vessel scrapping to begin to pick up as we progress through 2017, particularly in light of the implementation of the ballast water treatment convention later this year and given the amount of older vintage tonnage,” Frontline said.The company added that some vessels may also be dry docked ahead of the implementation date of the convention in order to defer the cost of compliance, which may have the effect of temporarily removing supply from the market.last_img read more

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Navigator Holdings Inks USD 160 Million Loan

first_imgzoom Owner and operator of handysize liquefied gas carriers Navigator Holdings has entered into a secured facility agreement worth USD 160 million.The loan was secured by Nordea Bank AB (Publ), BNP Paribas, DVB Bank America N.V., ING Bank N.V., and Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB.The company said that it intends to use the loan to refinance an existing loan facility that is due to mature in February 2018, along with general corporate and working capital purposes.The facility agreement consists of a term loan facility in the sum of USD 100 million and a revolving credit facility for USD 60.8 million.As disclosed, the loan matures in six years, bears interest at an annual rate of U.S. LIBOR plus a margin of 2.3% and will be secured by eight of the company’s vessels.last_img read more

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Eagle Bulk Buys One More Crown63 Ultramax

first_imgConnecticut-based owner and operator of dry bulk vessels Eagle Bulk Shipping has acquired a 2015-built Crown-63 Ultramax bulk carrier.As informed, the ship was purchased for USD 21.275 million.Although the name of the ship was not disclosed, VesselsValue’s data shows that Eagle Bulk bought the 2015-built Ultramax bulker Essence of Seatrek from Seatrek Trans on December 13.The 63,500 dwt vessel was constructed at Yangzhou Dayang Shipbuilding in China, the same yard as the nine Ultramaxes acquired by the company earlier this year, and is of similar design.The bulker is scheduled to be delivered to the company in January 2018 and will be renamed the M/V New London Eagle, Eagle Bulk said.Including the M/V New London Eagle, the company’s fleet will comprise 47 vessels, including 12 Ultramaxes purchased over the last 12 months.last_img read more

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Postes au sein des agences conseils et commissions juridictionnels

first_imgLe gouvernement de la Nouvelle-Écosse a lancé sa campagne semestrielle en vue d’attirer des candidats qualifiés pour siéger aux divers agences, conseils et commissions juridictionnels. Les conseils juridictionnels sont chargés de recevoir la preuve, de tirer des conclusions de fait ou de droit, ou de prendre des décisions qui peuvent avoir un effet sur la liberté d’une personne, sa sécurité ou ses droits en vertu de la loi. Le samedi 14 avril et le samedi 28 avril, le Chronicle Herald et le Cape Breton Post publieront une annonce énumérant les agences, conseils et commissions juridictionnels où des postes sont actuellement vacants ou le deviendront bientôt. L’annonce paraîtra dans les prochaines éditions du Mi’kmaq Maliseet Nations News et du Courrier de la Nouvelle-Écosse. L’appel de candidatures sera également publié pour un temps limité dans le site Internet du gouvernement au www.gov.ns.ca . La province annonce chaque année, au printemps et à l’automne, les possibilités qui existent de siéger à ses agences, conseils et commissions et elle procède à des nominations lorsque des vacances surviennent. Les postes sont annoncés pour que les candidats éventuels disposent d’un avis suffisant. Des comités consultatifs ministériels évaluent les candidats selon un processus adopté en 2003, et ce pour garantir que tous les membres d’une commission sont bien qualifiés. Chaque comité fournit au ministre intéressé une liste de trois à six candidats qualifiés. Les comités, formés de cinq membres, sont présidés par un professionnel en ressources humaines nommé par la Commission de la fonction publique et comprennent deux autres employés du gouvernement et deux membres du public, qui sont aussi choisis par concours. Les postes au sein des conseils juridictionnels comportent tous une description. Ces descriptions présentent en détail les compétences requises, les critères de sélection et la rémunération. Tous les documents sont accessibles dans le site Internet du Conseil exécutif à l’adresse www.gov.ns.ca/exec_council/adjudicativeABCprofiles.asp. On peut aussi obtenir des renseignements en téléphonant sans frais au 1-866-206-6844 ou au 424-4877 dans la Municipalité régionale d’Halifax.last_img read more

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Roger Waters Calls For Musicians To Boycott Israel

first_imgRoger Waters wants other musicians to boycott performing in Israel because it is “the most effective way to go because the situation is that the Israeli government runs an apartheid regime in Israel, the occupied territories and everywhere else it decides.”The former Pink Floyd rocker – who is a juror on the Russell Tribunal on Palestine – has revealed in an interview with Electronic Intifada that he is thinking of recording a single urging artists to avoid Israel. He will also publish an open letter asking members of the music industry to join the boycott.To read the interview, click here.The Russell Tribunal acts as a court of the people, a Tribunal of conscience, faced with injustices and violations of international law, that are not dealt with by existing international jurisdictions, or that are recognized but continue with complete impunity due to the lack of political will of the international community. Its supporters also include Harry Belafonte, Julie Christie, Miriam Margolyes, Henning Mankell, Harold Pinter and many more.last_img read more

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Toronto graffiti artist Skams work sells for thousands at Waddingtons

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Login/Register With:center_img Graffiti artist Skam’s murals are all over downtown Toronto – he’s been painting alleys, laneways, commercial walls and rooftops in solo works and collaborations since the early 90s. On Wednesday (April 12), auction house Waddington’s hosted an intimate reception in honour of his work, sold for several hundred to a few thousand dollars each.“Graffiti art is therapy for me. I come from a very rough childhood,” he says. “Graffiti, in all honesty, has saved my life. When I paint, I don’t even know where I am. All my problems go away.”Skam produces street art weekly and estimates to have produced 1500 to 2000 pieces, from Toronto to Paris, and which are often wholly financed by himself and for free public consumption rather than profit. Advertisement Facebooklast_img read more

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First Nation candidates hopeful that they can bring change to Timmins after

first_imgAnnette FrancisAPTN NewsA couple of candidates in Timmins are hoping the bring change in the community after the ballots are counted.Voters across Ontario go to the polls Monday.Cory Robin, originally from Kashechewan First Nation, and Kristin Murray, originally from the Chapleau First Nation say it’s time for change on the Timmins city council.afrancis@aptn.ca@aptnafrancislast_img

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Football Ohio State rolls over Oklahoma 4524 in Norman

OSU senior offensive linesman Pat Elflein prepares for the Buckeyes game against the Oklahoma Sooners on Sept. 17 at Gaylord Family Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes won 45-24. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorNORMAN, Okla. — The game that was hyped up for weeks fulfilled the desires of many Ohio State football fans in the first half. After a shaky start for the Buckeyes, OSU recovered by rattling off two unanswered touchdowns and never looked back, eventually topping the Sooners 45-24. Oklahoma received the ball and promptly marched down the field before an injury to starting redshirt freshman left guard Cody Ford slowed the opening drive for the Sooners. The drive stalled, and the Buckeyes forced a field goal attempt, which was missed from 27 yards out.Things never got back on track for the Sooners, as Oklahoma would be playing catchup throughout the first half. Junior H-back Curtis Samuel scampered in for a 36-yard touchdown to give the Buckeyes a lead they would never relinquish.It was a night that saw the Buckeyes dominate both the offensive and defensive lines of Oklahoma.“I think we controlled the line of scrimmage,” OSU coach Urban Meyer said. “When you do that you have a good chance of winning the game.”With Oklahoma looking to gain momentum by going for it on fourth down early, the Buckeyes found themselves up 14-0 after an outstanding defensive play.Filling in for injured junior weakside linebacker Dante Booker, sophomore Jerome Baker intercepted a tipped pass from Sooner redshirt junior quarterback Baker Mayfield and turned on the jets for a 68-yard touchdown.“(Junior defensive end) Jayln Holmes, he tipped it,” Baker said. “I looked up and it fell right into my hands.”Oklahoma redshirt sophomore Joe Mixon answered back with a touchdown of his own, returning a kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown. Finding a hole in the middle, Mixon broke free and was nearly untouched throughout the return.Although the score was upheld, video review later revealed that Mixon dropped the ball before crossing the goal line. Although all scoring plays are to be reviewed, the touchdown for the Sooners remained.All questions about the health of redshirt sophomore wide receiver Noah Brown were answered in the first half, as Buckeye fans witnessed three touchdown receptions, with the last one of the first half dropping the jaws of fans throughout the stadium.Being guarded closely in the left corner of the endzone, Brown pinned the ball against the back of Oklahoma cornerback Michiah Quick, maintaining possession and dragging his foot. The score put the Buckeyes up 35-17 with just six seconds left in the half.Brown finished the night with four touchdowns.The Buckeye defense struggled to limit the amount of yards picked up by the Sooners in the first two quarters but kept Oklahoma from gaining the lead. Although OSU surrendered 258 yards in the opening half, the Silver Bullets defended well enough to keep their team in the lead.The second-half was much of the same for the Buckeyes. Smothering defense and a healthy use of Brown in the redzone kept OSU out in front by a large margin.After receiving the second-half kickoff, redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett quickly led OSU down the field, setting Brown up for another touchdown reception, this time from eight yards out. Four of Brown’s five receptions were for touchdowns, while every one of Barrett’s touchdowns were to the redshirt sophomore.The grind-it-out attack used by the Buckeyes quickly wore down Oklahoma in the second half. After Barrett and Brown led OSU for much of the first half, the combination of redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber, Barrett and Samuel took over the game.Finishing the game with an average of 6.1 yards per carry combined, the three players racked up 291 rushing yards throughout the contest.Mayfield struggled again in the second half, as OSU’s tight defense in the secondary and pass rush kept the redshirt junior scrambling from the pocket for much of the second half. He finished his night going 17-for-32 for 226 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.The defensive lineman for OSU took into account the mobile ability of Mayfield, and made sure to keep him in check as best as they could.“Sometimes if you were going to win your one-on-one matchup, you couldn’t take it. You had to cage the pocket and collapse him” said OSU redshirt sophomore defensive end Sam Hubbard. “There was one time I beat the tackle so clean that he escaped right away. Stuff like that, you just had to keep him caged and not give him any running lanes because he was out of there really fast.”The Buckeyes even received cheers from the OSU faithful in the Oklahoma crowd. During the third quarter, an “O-H-I-O” erupted in Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.Outscoring Oklahoma 14-7 in the second half, OSU walked away triumphant with a 45-24 victory. After a week filled with predictions favoring each side, the Buckeyes proved they can perform on the biggest stages.Although OSU was all smiles following the game, redshirt junior cornerback Gareon Conley sustained an upper-body injury during the first half. Conley did not return, and his status is up in the air for Week 4.Meyer said he was unsure of the status of Conley after the game, but said as far as he knew, the redshirt junior was doing well.Next week, the Buckeyes will be on a bye week. After the break, the Buckeyes are scheduled to return to Ohio Stadium to open Big Ten play against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. Kickoff is set for noon on Oct. 1.This article has been amended with quotes following post game interviews. read more

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Petit believes Argentinas bad performance could wake team for better

first_imgArgentina has failed to prove their worth by making an impact so far at Russia 2018 as the nation is on the verge of an early World Cup exit following their humiliating 3-0 defeat to Croatia on Friday.However, Messi’s brilliance on that occasion masked serious flaws with Sampaoli’s set-up, and former Barca player Emmanuel Petit believes slumping out in the group stage could be the wakeup call Argentina needs.“The whole team’s body language was so poor, no confidence, no trust between each other. The way they looked, I cannot see Argentina qualifying now,” he said via The Nation.Raheem Sterling, EnglandTop 5 best players from the international break weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 After a fresh international break just came to an end, we need to talk about the Top 5 best players during this whole weekend.We…“It would be a shame to see them qualify, because against Iceland they looked terrible, with no inspiration, nothing at all.“And the manager Sampaoli has made so many mistakes since the start of the tournament, in choosing his team, making substitutions, everything.“You remember so many Argentina teams with great players in the past, but this team is so far from those. They look terrible.”last_img read more

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Men arrested for loan sharking in Cambodia were working for Chineseowned casino

first_img RelatedPosts Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas names five key additions to executive team Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts Load More A group of 12 Chinese nationals arrested in Cambodia for kidnapping three people over gambling debts are said to have been working for a Poipet casino.The 12 men were detained on Saturday and charged with arrest, detainment and unlawful confinement after the families of the victims alerted Cambodian authorities last week, “After catching the three victims, they took them and detained them in their rental houses,” Provincial Deputy Police Chief, Brigadier General Sith Lah, told the Khmer Times.  “They beat them and tortured them, causing serious injuries.”According to reports, the accused men are loan sharks working in conjunction with a Chinese-owned casino in Poipet city. The name of the casino in question has not been revealed.last_img read more

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Homer Electric wants more control is that best for consumers

first_imgResidents across the Kenai Peninsula will soon vote on whether Homer Electric Association can operate without rate oversight from the Regulatory Commission of Alaska. The utility said deregulation would save time and money and give it more local control. But it would also allow HEA’s board to raise rates as high as they want.Listen Now Brad Janorschke, General Manager of Homer Electric Association. (Photo Courtesy of HEA)Brad Janorschke, general manager for Homer Electric Association, said the vote is about local control.“Local control being giving the Homer Electric Board of Directors the ultimate say or the final authority in the direction of the cooperative, and the rates we set,” Janorschke said.HEA began the campaign to convince its members to vote “yes” for local control in late August. The cooperative is the only power provider for most of the Kenai Peninsula, with around 23,000 members.Under the Regulatory Commission of Alaska, or the RCA, cooperative utilities already have a lot of local control. For example, they can can raise their rates up to eight percent, not to exceed 20 percent in a three-year period.But Janorschke said having the extra step of going before the RCA, for final approval of things like tariff changes, line extensions and more, adds an unnecessary layer of bureaucracy and expense.“Somebody asked me the other day, ‘How much do you think you would save?’ And I said, ‘We’d save a half million a year, easy, just in staff time and attorney fees.’” Janorschke said. “And I had one of the employees I worked with who is involved in a lot of these processes — [he] looked at me and said, ‘No, it’s probably double that.’”Janorschke said that about 80 percent of cooperatives in the Lower 48 are not regulated.Unregulated electric cooperatives have elected boards of directors that determine policy matters and approve rates and fees.Homer Electric Association’s office in Homer, Alaska.(Photo by Daysha Eaton, KBBI – Homer)But part of the RCA’s job is to look out for ratepayers.That’s something Homer resident Mike O’Meara feels strongly about. He was a spokesperson for the HEA Members Forum for years. The watchdog group formed in 2009 to counter the cooperative’s efforts to introduce coal power. They were successful and the group stopped meeting regularly in 2013.“With the issue of deregulation, I’ve started getting emails and telephone calls from people,” O’Meara said.O’Meara is skeptical of deregulation. He says that, without the RCA, there would be no consumer protection.“A big part of its job is making sure that ratepayers are treated fairly, that the prices that are charged are within reason, that if there are significant ratepayer complaints, the RCA can intervene,” O’Meara said.Mike Pate, also from Homer, was on the HEA board for 22 years. But he resigned in 2009 because he says he felt he could no longer trust the administration.He’s a strong advocate for local control, but has reservations about what HEA is pushing for.“I will be voting against deregulation. The final reason that I resigned from the board was I did not feel comfortable with the quality, integrity of the information that the board was receiving from the administration,” Pate said.Bob Pickett is chair of the RCA.“This is a very important deregulation election. I would suggest it’s probably the most important deregulation election that the commission has ever been involved with,” Pickett said.Pickett said other utilities have deregulated in Alaska. Matanuska Telephone Utility went independent earlier this year, but they have competition. HEA is a monopoly.HEA claims regulatory operating costs could decrease with deregulation. Pickett says a rate decrease is very unlikely. He says the cooperative’s debt has grown from $172 million to more than $350 million in five years. He said that debt is having an impact on ratepayers.“At this point, HEA has, on a per-kilowatt hour charge, the highest rates in the railbelt,” Pickett said.Janorschke said HEA’s bylaws protect ratepayers from unreasonable rate increases. And he said members can trust the board.KBBI: “You could raise them as high as you wanted, right?”Janorschke: “We could. However, they respond to the members.”HEA board members respond to the cooperative members, Janorschke says, but he says they also have another responsibility.KBBI: “Do they have that fiduciary responsibility to their members or to the viability of the cooperative?”Janorschke: “Um, it is the viability of the cooperative.”The destiny of the cooperative depends on the engagement of the members. If the co-op members feel their board is not making the right decisions, they always have the option to vote them out, Janorschke said.Informational meetings are scheduled for Kenai Peninsula communities in September and October. Ballots will be mailed out in October and must be returned within 30 days. Election results will be made public in December.Bob Pickett, the chair of the RCA, said he plans to attend both the upcoming HEA informational meetings in Homer on Wednesday September, 28 and in Soldotna on October 10.last_img read more

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VISA to Start New Technology Center at Bangalore

first_imgVISA to start tech center at BangaloreVisaVisa Inc. has decided to open a Technology Center of Excellence in Bangalore, India, in early 2015, which will be fully staffed by early 2017.Teams at the Center of Excellence in India will focus on the development of key application programming interfaces (APIs) and software development kits (SDKs), which will provide easy access to VisaNet, when global partners create new commerce and payment experiences.”India is fast becoming a global technology epicenter with an incredible pool of technology talent,” said Nitin Chandel, Senior Vice President of Visa’s Developer Platform based in India.”The development of a Technology Center of Excellence in Bangalore is an opportunity to build from the ground-up a culture of innovation that is reflective of Visa’s strategy to open its network to new and different technologies. Embracing and enabling new payment forms is just one reason why Visa continues to be the industry leader, providing the best way to pay, and be paid, for everyone, everywhere,” he added.This latest announcement is one of many initiatives that Visa has undertaken to strengthen its global technology resources. Looking to complement an already accomplished team of technologists, Visa will add talent to its technology facilities in Austin, Texas, the San Francisco Bay Area and Singapore, and grow its teams that support Visa’s world-class data centers in Ashburn, Virginia and Denver, Colorado.last_img read more

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Conspiracy theory behind JaPas sudden changes

first_img(From L to R) HM Ershad, Raushan Ershad and GM Quader. Photo: Prothom AloRecent and sudden changes in Jatiya Party have given rise to a spate of conspiracy theories, with a section of senior leaders, backed by the government, reportedly influencing Ershad to remove GM Quader as the party’s co-chairman and the opposition’s deputy leader in parliament.The senior leaders are said to be taking full advantage of party chief HM Ershad’s ill health and, as in the past, are pushing his wife Raushan to the fore.GM Quader came under fire for attending two programmes where the BNP secretary general and several leaders of Awami League and the 14-party alliance, who were not given cabinet posts this time, were present. Government quarters are projecting these as conspiratorial meetings.On the night of 21 March, GM Quader was removed from the post of JaPa co-chairman, after he had attended the two programmes on two consecutive days before that. One was an informal reception held in Gulshan for the US ambassador and the British high commissioner. GM Quader had been invited to the event. Jatiya Oikya Front leader Kamal Hossain, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and others also attended the event. Also present was an Awami League member of parliament who had been a minister last time but was not included in the present cabinet.The next day at a seminar in Hotel Sonargaon, Mirza Fakhrul and GM Quader sat side by side. The seminar was also attended by a visiting minister from China, JSD president Hasanul Huq Inu, Workers Party general secretary Fazle Hossain Badsha and other leftist leaders. The programme had been organised by former industries minister Dilip Barua.Quarters within the government reportedly have eyed GM Quader’s proximity with the BNP secretary general at the seminar with suspicion. And this has gone in favour of the pro-Raushan senior leaders in JaPa.Speaking to Prothom Alo about the matter, GM Quader said he had informed the JaPa chairman about the invitation in Gulshan and got his approval to attend. And it had been the organisers who had seated him by the BNP secretary general at the seminar in Sonargaon Hotel. He doesn’t believe these two events could be the reason for his being removed from his post. He said he is puzzled about being suddenly removed from his two positions.On 1 January this year, JaPa chairman Ershad had declared his younger brother GM Quader to be his successor in the party and made him deputy leader of the opposition in parliament. Then all of a sudden on 21 March, he was removed from the post of party co-chairman on grounds of failing to run the party’s organisational activities and creating divisions within the party. On the same day he was also replaced by Raushan Ershad as deputy leader of the opposition.It is speculated that Raushan and other senior leaders of the party are behind these sudden changes. In fact, many important leaders within the party had been avoiding GM Quader ever since he had been given the party’s organisational charge and made deputy leader of the opposition.A week after his removal from the two posts, he was seen at a programme with Raushan Ershad. JaPa senior leader Anisul Islam Mahmud was seen at this party event after a long time. Raushan and Quader both spoke of party unity while addressing the anniversary of Jatiya Juba Sanghati.The party’s senior co-chairman and deputy leader of opposition in parliament Raushan Ershad said that there were no rifts or conflicts in the party. They were all united under HM Ershad. GM Quader spoke on the same lines.However, GM Quader has rejected the contention that he was removed from the posts due to failure in carrying out his duties. Speaking to Prothom Alo on Tuesday, he said, ‘I had been co-chairman for three years. There is the chairman and senior co-chairman above me. There were also two secretaries general, first Ruhul Amin Howladar and then, for the past three months, Mashiur Rahman.’ He said that when the chairman was abroad, he was made the acting chairman for 14 days. During this time, he had spent four days in Singapore with the chairman. ‘How did I fail in the remaining 10 days?’ he asked.GM Quader insists he had carried out his duties duly as deputy leader of the opposition in parliament during the absence of opposition leader Ershad.A senior leader of JaPa, on condition of anonymity, told Prothom Alo that it was Ershad himself who had accused younger GM Quader of being failed in running organisational activities and of creating divisions within the party.* This piece, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Ayesha Kabirlast_img read more

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Wolverines Regenerative Powers Inspire SelfHealing Smartphone Tech

first_img Watch: ‘Fighting’ Male Pythons Spotted By Australian Snake CatcherHubble Space Telescope Captures Star’s Eerie Gaseous Glow Your expensive smartphone sat on a wall. Your expensive smartphone had a great fall.Researchers have developed a self-repairing polymeric material that could put your expensive smartphone back together again.Scientists at the University of California, Riverside, took a page directly out of Marvel Comics to create a new component that not only heals itself but can stretch up to 50 times its usual size.“When I was young, my idol was Wolverine from the X-Men,” team leader Chao Wang said in a statement. “He could save the world, but only because he could heal himself.”Inspired by the fictional mutant, who boasts powerful regenerative powers and retractable bone claws, Wang invented a self-healing lithium ion battery—”so when you drop your cell phone, it could fix itself and last much longer.”The material can stretch up to 50 times its size (Wang lab)The key component, according to the American Chemical Society (ACS), is chemical bonding. Available in two flavors—strong-but-inactive covalent bonds and weak-but-dynamic noncovalent bonds.As you may remember from middle school science class, the hydrogen bonds that connect water molecules are noncovalent; they break and constantly reform to allow for fluid properties of the liquid.And while most artificial or synthetic substances with the ability to automatically repair damage to themselves will form hydrogen bonds or metal coordination, these aren’t suitable for ionic conductors, Wang explained.Instead, he and his team used a different type of noncovalent bond: ion-dipole interaction—a force between charged ions and polar molecules—which has “never been used for designing a self-healing polymer,” Wang said. “But it turns out that they’re particularly suitable for ionic conductors.”The prototype technology, presented at last week’s National Meeting & Exposition of the ACS, can stretch up to 50 times its usual size. Even more impressive: tear it in two, and the material automatically stitches itself back together completely within a day.For their next trick, Wang and his researchers are testing the material in harsh conditions, like high humidity, which has proven troublesome in the past.“Water gets in there and messes things up. It can change the mechanical properties,” according to Wang. “We are currently tweaking the covalent bonds within the polymer itself to get these materials ready for real-world applications.” Stay on targetlast_img read more

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