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Dries Mertens has surpassed Diego Maradona’s tally of 115 goals in a Napoli jersey and is now closing on Marek Hamsik’s record of 121. The 32-year-old Belgian bagged a brace during this evening’s 3-2 Champions League victory away to RB Salzburg. He had been one goal behind Maradona’s total of 115, but in one night matched and surpassed it to reach 116. Now his next target is the all-time club record set by his former teammate Hamsik, who found the net 121 times in a Partenopei jersey. Mertens came to the Stadio San Paolo from PSV Eindhoven for under €10m in the summer of 2013. He was often second choice winger under Rafa Benitez, but his career was transformed by an injury crisis when Maurizio Sarri tried him out as a centre-forward. ‘Ciro’ now has 116 goals in 292 official games for Napoli, along with 69 assists. Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/
There was plenty of media coverage of Touch Football in the month of December, including stories on the New South Wales State Cup and Queensland’s Affiliate Cup, 2015 World Cup preparation as well as articles about local competitions. To view the stories, please click on the links below.State Cup countdown heats upThe players have been given their uniforms, the captains have been announced and the countdown to the State Cup touch football tournament in Port Macquarie is officially on.http://www.portnews.com.au/story/1943768/state-cup-countdown-heats-up/?cs=258 Wagga teams chasing gloryWagga touch stalwart Raelene Honeysett says the city’s representative teams will face a daunting challenge at the prestigious State Cup carnival starting tomorrow at Port Macquarie.http://www.dailyadvertiser.com.au/story/1950766/wagga-teams-chasing-glory/?src=rss&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter All in readiness for State CupThe lines are marked, the tents up at Port Macquarie’s Regional Stadium is almost ready. The players just need to limber up and the 2013 NSW Touch Association State Cup will be set for kick-off.A bumper tournament will involve 210 teams from as far as Fiji this year, with 700 games and 270 officials.http://www.portnews.com.au/story/1954192/all-in-readiness-for-state-cup/?cs=256 Red Devils eye defence of state titleDefending champions Red Devils are confident of bringing another title back to Wollongong when the State Cup kicks off at Port Macquarie today.http://www.illawarramercury.com.au/story/1954936/red-devils-eye-defence-of-state-title/?cs=302 Doak boasting touch of magic after whirlwind few monthsFrom representing Australia in Touch Football to being tipped as the next Ben Barba, it has been a whirlwind few months for Marlon Doak.http://www.themorningbulletin.com.au/news/marlon-doak-boasting-touch-of-magic-capras/2113934/ Close games a highlight of touch football finals seriesSix close matches kept excitement levels high and spectators entertained in the latest Gladstone Touch grand final series.http://www.gladstoneobserver.com.au/news/close-games-were-highlight-of-finals/2115568/ Mudcrabs take the good with the bad at 2013 State CupMudgee Mudcrabs will build on their experiences learnt from last weekend’s State Cup for next year’s event.http://www.mudgeeguardian.com.au/story/1963417/mudcrabs-take-the-good-with-the-bad-at-2013-state-cup/ Touch team goes globalThe University of the South Pacific touch rugby team is hoping to expose its talents against some of the country top players this season.http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=256039 Preparations For World CupOne Mid North Coast city is preparing to host the biggest ever Touch Football World Cup.The sport’s International President Erick Acker has been ironing out the details for the 2015 event.http://au.prime7.yahoo.com/n1/news/a/-/national/20371404/preparations-for-world-cup-video/ Planning Underway for Touch Football World CupPlanning for the 2015 Touch Football World Cup in Coffs Harbour is well underway.Officials say the world class event will attract about two thousand players and a thousand team officials and support staff. http://www.nbnnews.com.au/index.php/2013/12/15/planning-underway-for-touch-football-world-cup/ Fifty Teams Set for Coota Touch CarnivalOrganisers are expecting 50 teams to contest the eagerly awaited Cootamundra Unisex Touch Football Carnival on Saturday, January 11 and Sunday, January 12.http://www.dailyadvertiser.com.au/story/1998599/fifty-teams-set-for-coota-touch-carnival/ Skipper keen to continue winning streak of 14 years with cupDan Withers is almost ready to hang up his touch footy boots – but not without another World Cup win under his belt.http://www.themorningbulletin.com.au/news/one-more-world-cup-would-do-it-withers/2113959/ Record-breaking season comes to an end for juniorsThe 2013 Touch Football season has wrapped up for hundreds of juniors after their final game on Monday night at Riverbank Oval.http://www.dailyliberal.com.au/story/1948261/gallery-record-breaking-season-comes-to-an-end-for-juniors/ Nine Yamba players picked up as Northern Eagles eye successYamba Touch Association is soaring to new heights with nine players selected to play in the 2014 National Touch League. http://www.dailyexaminer.com.au/news/yamba-players-picked-up-as-eagles-eye-success-in-n/2112093/ Boarder has magic touch on the field Daily News (Warwick), 24/12/2013The Scots PGC College boarder Demi Hayes is making her mark on the touch football scene after being selected in the Queensland under-16 team.The 15-year-old from Glenmorgan travelled to Melbourne with the Queensland team for a high-performance tour. Hayes took part in programs with the Melbourne Storm and Victorian Institute of Sport and was given a grand tour of Rod Laver Arena and the MCG. The tour culminated with a camp at Lake Dewar Lodge, where the teams played against Victoria in fixtures. The Queensland under-16 girls played against the Victorian Women’s T League team and won on both occasions. Hayes scored two tries in each game. She was selected in the team after top performances for the South West Swans under-16 team at the Junior State Cup in Rockhampton earlier in the year. Hayes was the top try scorer of the South West Queensland Swans team. The Scots PGC College director of activities Andy McGregor-Lowndes said it was great to see Hayes soaring to great heights. “Demi has trained extremely hard this year and it is pleasing that her natural ability and potential has been recognised and rewarded with selection in the Toowoomba Twisters, South West Swans and Queensland under-16 teams,” he said. “I believe that she has a great future in the sport. She is a fantastic athlete and has an excellent attitude. “She is always keen to learn and make herself a better player.” Teams hold their own at state Touch carnival South Burnett Times, 13/12/2013 Kingaroy’s top Touch Football sides took on some of south-east Queensland’s finest at last weekend’s inaugural Queensland Touch Football Affiliate Cup on the Gold Coast. Kingaroy’s Koalas and Flatliners took on teams from the host city in the mixed open and seniors mixed divisions – including the Gold Coast, Palm Beach and Labrador.Kingaroy Touch Association vice-president Bill Johnston helped to train the Kingaroy squads. The coaching advisor said the Kingaroy teams held their own.“They weren’t run over by any teams and our senior mixed team hadn’t played much before, so for having a lack of combinations they did well,” Johnston said. “And our open mixed went well, considering half our team are expats, and they had opportunities to win games – they just couldn’t quite capitalise.” Johnston said the carnival would help the skill sets of the Kingaroy players. “They’ll learn from the experience and it will definitely make them better players,” he said. “And it has to benefit our club because it’s the experience of seeing what other players are doing. “And it’s got our players enthused to enter another carnival, which will be in the first half of next year.” A touchdown to Caitlyn Williams in sudden death Manning River Times, 11/12/2013A touchdown to Caitlyn Williams in a sudden death drop off gave Taree Flames a 2-1 win over Nelson Bay in the bowl (division two) final in the State Cup touch football tournament played in Port Macquarie.This is Taree’s first success in any grade in the State Cup. The Flames won six of their eight preliminary games to qualify for the finals before accounting for Dubbo and Tamworth in the quarters and semi. They did lose an earlier match to Nelson Bay. In the final the scores were locked at 1-1 at the end of 30 minutes which saw the game go into a drop off. Amarah Atkins scored Taree’s touchdown. This went down to three players on three. Taree captain-coach Kyle Hilder then showed her experience. She was on the field with Williams and Ashleigh Alcorn and set up the winning try with an explosive run before sending a well-timed pass to Williams who scored in the corner. Hilder was named the player of the grand final. The Taree side was Hilder, Alcorn, Williams, Atkins, Emma Goodwin, Talara Morris, Ashleigh Salmon, Sabrina Green, Ashleigh Green, Jenna Rowsell, Taryn Dixon, Linley Jones, Holli Wheeler and Katie Hogan. “It was a great performance by all the players,” association president Graham Goodwin, who was the assistant coach, said. Taree’s open men’s side made the quarter final of the division three competition. The mixed open (1) side won their way through to the premier division on the opening day while the No 2 team contested the third division. Taree’s over 55s were beaten in the semi-finals while the men’s 20s struggled for numbers but recorded some encouraging results. Taree took six sides to the State Cup, the association’s biggest representation at that level. Taree will send 10 teams to the State Junior Cup, also to be held in Port Macquarie, next February.Meanwhile the grand finals of the domestic competitions will be played next week. Griffith’s new annual junior Touch tournament Area News, 04/12/2013Griffith’s new annual junior touch tournament has been hailed a raging success after its debut run at Ted Scobie Oval on Saturday afternoon.Local teams dominated the entries but there were quite a few visitors amongst the 20 teams that took part in the competition at the home of touch football in Griffith. The event, introduced to fill the gap left by the collapse of a similar junior tournament in Wagga, clashed with the finals of Wagga’s junior competition, meaning fewer numbers than initially anticipated, with multiple teams asked to take on sides from different age groups. But there was a silver lining with many teams showing vast improvement throughout the day as they looked to keep up with their stronger opposition. “Because we had a lack of numbers some teams had to play up or down an age group,” Griffith Touch Association Nadine Scarfone said. “But hopefully if we can get this on the NSW touch calendar a few weeks earlier it should boost it so all the teams have their own divisions. “Having said that everyone enjoyed themselves and got something out of it. Some of the younger teams improved their games and strung more passes together because they were forced to step it up against some of the older teams.” To break up the touch action, relay sprint races were held on the main field halfway through the day, attracting a solid crowd to the Ted Scobie Oval hill. “The kids loved it, everyone that was there was sitting on the hill and watching, so even the spectators got involved and supported everyone,” Scarfone said. “It was so much fun.” If you see a story from your local area that you’d like to see on the Touch Football Australia website, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.Related LinksTalking Touch – December
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ricky Martin joins West Hamby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveRicky Martin has been named West Ham’s Academy Operations and Player Development Manager.Martin – who has worked as an Academy Manager for more than 15 years during his career to date – joins the Hammers after putting together an impressive resume that includes 15 years at Norwich City and a period working in football consultancy.He comes in to replace the departing Adam Raimes, who spent seven years working in Operations at the Academy of Football.Martin said, “I’m fortunate to be able to work in a new environment that will be opened up very soon, and we want to maximise what we can do from that, for the benefit of all the players parents and staff.“I’ve not previously had the opportunity to work with Terry (Westley) in a club environment and that was very attractive to me when taking this job. I’m looking forward to working with him and all the other staff as well.”
Tottenham eyeing Hoffenheim midfielder Florian Grillitschby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham are eyeing Hoffenheim midfielder Florian Grillitsch.Sky Sports says Tottenham are monitoring the 23-year-old Austria international and have sent scouts to watch Grillitsch play at both club and international level.It is thought that Austrian has an £18million release clause in his contract, which still has has more than two-and-a-half years to go.The news comes after Belgian midfielder Mousa Dembele looks set to depart from London with Tottenham accepting a £9m bid from Beijing Guoan.Dembele has struggled with injuries this season playing just 13 times in all competitions as Moussa Sissoko and Harry Winks have been preferred in the deeper role. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
FREDERICTON – A New Brunswick judge has stepped in to answer a question that has puzzled some of the world’s most prominent thinkers: What exactly does Kafkaesque mean?In a new ruling, Justice Hugh McLellan defines Kafkaesque as the struggle “against rules and forces that cannot be understood.”The word — arguably one of the most overused adjectives of our time — had become a fundamental issue in a case involving a Fredericton lab janitor fired in 2015 after he didn’t go to work for more than a month.Paul Lynch had been jailed for his seventh drunk-driving-related conviction, and claimed to be unable to contact his bosses at the Doctor Everett Chalmers Hospital in Fredericton to tell them why he stopped going to work.Lynch had pleaded guilty to having care and control of a vehicle while impaired after hitting a sign on a highway off-ramp. Because of his prior convictions, he was immediately remanded pending sentencing, and later sentenced to six months in jail.Lynch said he never had a chance to use a phone to contact his employer, and that no one came to his hearing who could have made the call for him.Labour adjudicator John McEvoy ordered the health authority to give him his job back, in a decision that declared “no one … should face the Kafka-like situation faced by Lynch in respect of his inability to contact his employer.”The health authority went to Court of Queen’s Bench to have the adjudicator’s ruling quashed, and although there were other legal questions at play, the reference to the Prague-born novelist became a key issue.The phrase has become the “representative adjective of our times,” writer Frederick Karl said in his 1991 biography of Kafka.The New York Times, the Atlantic and HuffPost have all run pieces about the meaning of Kafkaesque. One Guardian headline had it: “Kafkaesque: a word so overused it has lost all meaning?”Health authority lawyer Andrea Folster thought the word was an overreach in the Lynch case. She argued the adjudicator’s ruling “lacks justification, transparency and intelligibility,” and the Kafka reference demonstrated McEvoy’s unreasonableness.“This comparison to Kafka … is not justified or explained in the decision. There was no such evidence,” she said.Folster quoted from the online Urban Dictionary that Kafkaesque “describes a nightmarish situation … strongly surreal .. with an ethereal ‘evil,’ omnipotent power floating just beyond the senses … marked by surreal distortion and often a sense of impending danger.”In his recent ruling in the case, McLellan offered a definition of his own: “A ‘Kafka-like’ situation or ‘Kafkaesque’ refers to stories by Franz Kafka with characters struggling against rules and forces that cannot be understood. Kafkaesque is much worse than a ‘Catch-22’ situation, where circumstances and rules prevent escape or change.”In the end, the judge suggested simply he thought the word was fine, and upheld the ruling reinstating Lynch.“I am not persuaded that the adjudicator’s expression ‘Kafka-like’ indicates error in his perspective or unreasonableness in his decision,” he said.– By Rob Roberts in Halifax
Major League Soccer’s regular season has not yet begun, but the Columbus Crew is already in pursuit of its first trophy of the year. A CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal match against Real Salt Lake on Tuesday night didn’t yield a win for Columbus. The Crew remains in the hunt to advance to the tournament’s semifinal round after a 0-0 tie at an icy Crew Stadium. Despite making noticeable personnel changes in the offseason, Columbus dispelled any concern about its cohesiveness with a heavy dose of offensive pressure that was maintained throughout the contest. The Crew took its best shot of the first half just moments after the opening tap. Forward Andrews Mendoza’s head connected with defender Sebastián Miranda’s cross and sailed just above Salt Lake goalie Nick Rimando’s goal. The Crew continued to fire on the Real Salt Lake goal throughout the game, taking 14 shots total, while forcing four saves from Rimando. Columbus coach Robert Warzycha said the condition of Crew Stadium’s field, spotted with ice patches, did not affect his team’s game plan. “There wasn’t too many bad passes,” Warzycha said. “(The weather) was not ideal.” Columbus’ defense stood tall to Real Salt Lake’s formidable attack. Led by 2010 MLS All-Star midfielders Kyle Beckerman and Javier Morales, the Salt Lake attack did not register a single shot on goal during the entire game. Former Ohio State goalkeeper Ray Burse played the full 90 minutes for Columbus. Despite Burse not facing a single shot, Warzycha said he was pleased with him. “I think he did well,” Warzycha said. “He didn’t have to do anything but he looked good.” An uneventful second half turned positive for Columbus in the 53rd minute when Real Salt Lake defender Tony Beltran was assessed a second yellow card for an illegal cleated tackle on Crew midfielder Eddie Gaven. Beltran was dismissed from the contest and will also miss the second-leg match in Salt Lake City on March 1. In the 72nd minute, Crew forward Emilio Renteria collapsed to the ground as Salt Lake defender Nat Borchers stood over him. Both players were issued red cards and will also miss the second-leg match in Utah. Borchers and Renteria addressed the incident after the game. “I think it was very unfair judgment against me,” Borchers said. “I’m disappointed.” Borchers moved his elbow back and forth while describing the incident with Renteria. “Elbow up, around the neck,” Borchers said. “Had I not backed off (Renteria), I might not be speaking to you tonight.” Renteria had a different take on how the exchange unfolded. “Every time I was looking for the ball, he would hit me,” Renteria said through an interpreter. “But I’m not one to hit defenders.” Columbus controlled play into stoppage time, but could not take advantage of the 10-on-nine advantage. The game ended in a 0-0 tie as the two teams head to Salt Lake City for a decisive second-leg match at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. After the game, Real Salt Lake coach Jason Kreis said he was pleased with the result of the game but annoyed with the icy field. “It was difficult circumstances to play a soccer match in,” he said. “It was more of a battle than a soccer game. I was told the field would be covered.” Should similar weather circumstances arise in Sandy for the second game of the quarterfinal series, Kreis promised that field conditions would not factor into the match. “It wasn’t a good game to watch,” Kreis said. “Our field will be covered. Not sure why this field wasn’t.” The March 1 kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. MST.
The Ohio State women’s golf team’s season ended over the weekend as the Buckeyes finished 21st at the NCAA Championships at Traditions Golf Club in Bryan, Texas. The Buckeyes’ final score for the four-day tournament was a 69-over 1,221. The four lowest scores per individual team member counted toward a day’s total stroke count. UCLA took home the national title with a 1,173, while last year’s national champion, Purdue, finished second with a score of 1,177. Leading the Buckeyes on the par-72, 6,260-yard course was junior Vicky Villanueva, whose total score of 298 (+10) tied for 32nd among individual scorers. Senior In Hong Lim, who was playing in her final round as a Buckeye, fired OSU’s second-lowest score of the tournament, a 307 (+19), which tied her for 74th in individual scoring. Sophomore Susana Benavides shot a 308 (+20), while fellow sophomore Amy Meier fired a 319 (+31), tying for 80th and 113th, respectively, out of more than 120. Sophomore Rachel Rohanna, who had the lowest, or tied for the lowest, score for the Buckeyes in two of the previous three tournaments, finished with a 322 (+34). OSU’s highest placement during the tournament was after the first day, when they sat alone in 14th. It was coach Therese Hession’s 12th NCAA Championships appearance in 20 years as OSU’s coach.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 2, 2017 – Nassau – The Bahamas will, eventually join the World Trade Organization and as a result there will be some demands placed on The Bahamas, which will be designed to reduce “artificial barriers to trade”, and cause the free flow of goods and services across borders. This reality was brought to light to a group of primary and high school students by Deputy Prime Minister of The Bahamas and Minister of Finance, the Hon. K. Peter Turnquest.“Traditionally, we earn most of our revenue through border taxes, customs duties and as we join the WTO, they are going to require us to reduce those taxes, either to zero or to the very low administrative rate, and as we do that, we are going to have to figure out how to replace that revenue, because we need money to run the government.“That will mean that we will have to look at new forms of taxation or how we increase the yield we earn on existing taxes.”The Finance Minister spent the first part of his morning on Monday, October 30, 2017, with the children at Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic School, where, following the school’s assembly, he presented a student with a special gift for an outstanding accomplishment.Yana Swain of Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic School, was the National winner of an Essay competition, hosted by the Caribbean Organization of Tax Administrators, which was held in June of 2017. The theme of the essay was “Reformation of Taxes”.Within the context of her essay, the young, grade eight student offered some suggestions as to how the government can go about implementing the necessary taxes in the country, in order to increase revenue. Suggestions of income tax, asking those who make more money to pay more taxes, while at the same time increasing the national minimum wage, were among Yana’s ideas.“Yana, if I had a junior minister of Finance, you probably would qualify,” Minister Turnquest jokingly suggested. “Some of the ideas you presented are the same which some people may be thinking about and some ideas I dare not even speak about.“But the truth is, if we are going to compete and continue to keep up with the rest of the world, we’re going to have to be creative about how we address this whole issue of raising Government revenue.”Minister Turnquest told the student body that the Government must look at ways of making the whole process of paying taxes much simpler. The idea of consolidation of some taxes was one of the suggestions by the Finance Minister.“Right now we still operate on a system — other than Value Added Tax — that we inherited from our Colonial days,” added Minister Turnquest. “We have stamp taxes, excise taxes and other kinds of taxes. So we need to consolidate in order to make the tax paying experience smoother, easier and encourage them to comply.”The Deputy Prime Minister congratulated Yana for her creative ideas and for thinking outside of the box. He also encouraged the entire student body to continue to set the example for other schools in Grand Bahama and throughout the Bahamas.“Mary Star has a tremendous legacy of producing successful people,” added Minister Turnquest. “For years, when it came to the sciences, you have been on top and your performance in the SCEME competition is legendary. I hope that you will continue to push forward in science, in technology and in engineering, because that is the new frontier and that is where we need to take this country.“We need to recreate ourselves to being something more than just service oriented. So, I encourage all of you to continue to be creative and to think outside of the box. And let’s remember, Yana’s accomplishment was not just for Grand Bahama, but she came out on top of all entrants throughout the entire Bahamas.”Before going to his office to begin his day in helping to govern the country, Minister Turnquest stopped by the Internal Revenue office to present another student with her third place award for the same essay competition.D’Asia Russell of Eight Mile Rock High School finished third overall in the National competition. In presenting D’Asia with her gift and certificate, Minister Turnquest said that her accomplishment was special because she represented the public school system.“As a product of the public school system, this proves that in spite of all the challenges we have in our public school system, there is still hope for success for students in the public school system,” said Minister Turnquest.By: Andrew Coakley (BIS)Photo captions:OUTSTANDING JOB – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Hon. K. Peter Turnquest (second from right) presents Yana Swain of Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic School, with her certificate and award for winning the essay competition hosted by the Caribbean Organization of Tax Administrators. Under the theme, “Reformation of Taxes” the essay competition was held in June of this year and Yana won over all of the entrants from The Bahamas. Also on hand for the presentation, which took place on Monday, October 30, 2017 at Mary Star, were Rosemary Pintard-Bowe, Acting Comptroller for the Department of Inland Revenue (second from left); Vice Principal of Mary Star, Mrs. Hanna (left) and Yana’s dad, Denzel Swain (right). (BIS Photo/Lisa Davis)CONGRATULATIONS D’ASIA – D’Asia Russell of Eight Mile Rock High School (third from left) receives her certificate and prize from Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Hon. K. Peter Turnquest (third from right) for her third place finish in the Caribbean Organization of Tax Administrators essay competition, which was held in June of this year. D’ Asia finished third nationally. Also on hand for the presentation on Monday, October 30, 2017 at the Department of Internal Revenue were Rosemary Pintard-Bowe, Acting Comptroller for the Department of Inland Revenue (second from left); Chester Cooper, Principal of Eight Mile Rock High (second from right) and Ms. Patricia Ennis, D’Asia’s literary coach (left). (BIS Photo/Lisa Davis) Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
WILMINGTON, MA — After nearly 47 years of teaching in the Wilmington Public School system, Joan (Walsh) Feeney will be retiring in June.Some of her co-workers are looking for comments, short notes or an update from students and families from the past 47 years.If you have a quick note, memory, or an update to share with Ms. Walsh/Feeney, please email either Michelle.LeVesque@wpsk12.com or Lisa.Murphy@wps12k.com by May 1, 2019. Please put Joan Feeney in the subject line of the email. All of these stories and notes will be put into a keepsake journal for Ms. Walsh/Feeney.Please spread the word, but DO NOT share this info with Ms. Walsh/Feeney.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, May 1, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”14 Wilmington Public Schools Teachers & Staff Set To RetireIn “Education”SCHOOL BUS ROUTES for Wilmington Public Schools (2019-2020)In “Education”
Yahoo Inc will decide on its next strategic steps only after releasing quarterly earnings on 2 Feburary, people familiar with the matter said, as the company continues to resist investor calls to explore a sale of its core Internet assets.Yahoo wants to gauge shareholder reaction after presenting its strategic vision during the earnings conference call, one of the people said.Yahoo this month rebuffed several potential buyers for its core Internet assets, including private equity firms, the three sources said this week. They declined to be identified because the deliberations are confidential.Yahoo declined to comment.Yahoo said last month it would pursue a tax-free spinoff of the core Internet business, which could take at least a year.But investors are pressing for an outright sale, fearing that the business, which includes selling search and display ads on its news and sports sites and email service, could lose more value in the face of competition from Alphabet Inc’s Google and Facebook Inc.Yahoo’s resistance to the outright sale has set it on a collision course with activist investor Starboard Value LP, which earlier this month reiterated its call for the company to auction off the core business.The last time Yahoo solicited interest in its core Internet assets was in December, ahead of a board meeting in which the spinoff of the assets was decided, one of the sources said.At the time, the Sunnyvale, California-based company asked potential buyers to submit preliminary indications of interest and state how much they would be willing to pay for the Internet assets, that source said. No formal sale process was ever launched, the person added.Verizon Communications Inc Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo declined to discuss whether the telecommunications company was considering buying Yahoo’s core assets.”You can’t talk about something that’s not up for sale,” he said in an interview on Thursday. “We’ll wait to see when it’s kickstarted and then we’ll decide.”Yahoo in December abandoned plans to spin off its stake in Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and announced it would instead spin off other assets, including its stake in Yahoo Japan, into a new company.Yahoo might find it hard to avoid a formal sales process for long, however, as investors, including Starboard, push more aggressively for a sale.Other investors, including Canyon Capital Advisors and Mason Capital have also been urging Yahoo to sell its Internet business.Yahoo investors have a one-month window to nominate a slate of board members starting 25 Feburary, and Starboard has indicated in its last two letters to the board it is prepared to launch a proxy contest.
Credit: S. Schiller et al., Phys. Rev. Lett (2014) © 2014 Phys.org More information: Simplest Molecules as Candidates for Precise Optical Clocks, Phys. Rev. Lett. 113, 023004 – Published 8 July 2014. dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.113.023004ABSTRACTThe precise measurement of transition frequencies in cold, trapped molecules has applications in fundamental physics, and extremely high accuracies are desirable. We determine suitable candidates by considering the simplest molecules with a single electron, for which the external-field shift corrections can be calculated theoretically with high precision. Our calculations show that H2+ exhibits particular transitions whose fractional systematic uncertainties may be reduced to 5×10−17 at room temperature. We also generalize the method of composite frequencies, introducing tailored linear combinations of individual transition frequencies that are free of the major systematic shifts, independent of the strength of the external perturbing fields. By applying this technique, the uncertainty of the composite frequency is reduced compared to what is achievable with a single transition, e.g., to the 10−18 range for HD+. Thus, these molecules are of metrological relevance for future studies. Explore further Theorists propose globally networked entangled atomic clock Everyone knows that atomic clocks are the gold standard for timing accuracy—they work by measuring the frequency of radiation as electrons from a single atom move from one energy level to another. In their paper, the researchers suggest that a molecular clock could be constructed by using a molecule with just two atoms and simultaneously combining multiple frequencies. They suggest such an approach could provide a more accurate assessment of whether the electron-proton mass ratio changes over time.A lot of physics is based on the assumption that the mass of a proton remains constant over time—pretty much forever. But what if that’s not true? What if it grows or shrinks over time? That would mean that the ratio between them and electrons changes as well, and if that’s true, then physicists are going to have to come up with some new ideas to explain what that might mean. This is what Schiller et al are trying to find out, they suggest using molecular hydrogen-H2 or hydrogen-deuterium-HD+ as the molecular basis (compared to the larger caesium atoms normally used in atomic clocks) for a clock. In their paper they describe a theoretical method of using more than two combinations of frequencies and measuring them simultaneously, allowing the effects of shifts to be nearly canceled. Their calculations show that the uncertainty that would result from a combination frequency using HD+ would be as low as 5×10-18. To realize the goal of establishing whether the electron-proton mass ratio changes over time, the same experiment would have to be repeated several years later.Building such a clock, would be challenging, the researchers acknowledge, but if it could be done, and if the results showed that proton mass does change, it could lead to the discovery of fundamental laws of physics that are not now currently known. Journal information: Physical Review Letters Citation: Physicists propose molecular clock to expose new physics (2014, July 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-07-physicists-molecular-clock-expose-physics.html (Phys.org) —A trio of researchers from Germany, Bulgaria and Russia has proposed the idea of using a molecular clock to determine if the electron-proton mass ratio changes over time. In their paper published in Physical Review Letters, Stephan Schiller, Dimitre Bakalov, and Vladimir Korobov describe a theoretical method for building such a clock and why if one were built, it might lead to new physics. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. February 22, 2005 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » 5 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Your computer will crash. Your notebook may be stolen. Your computer files can be permanently corrupted. Accept these facts, and you can plan accordingly. But pretend “It only happens to other people,” and you’re going to be crying the blues.As a professional writer, I’m heavily dependent on my PC. Your dependence on retrieving information stored in your PC may be just as great. Here are the secrets to my peace of mind–readily available products and services that won’t cost you a fortune. As a survivor of Hurricane Andrew in 1992, I can attest you’ll sleep a lot better at night with a backup plan in place. Backing Up Your DataWhen any disaster strikes, the first question your PC repairperson will ask you is, “When’s the last time you backed up your data?”Seldom do they hear the correct answer. Instead, victims of hard-drive crashes, viruses and other hazards of computing stammer and stutter about “forgetting to make a back up copy.” Don’t be one of those people! Today’s solutions are so inexpensive–and take practically no time at all.For large businesses, the answer to backing up data can be expensive and complicated. It can involve tapes, off-premises servers and other complicated technologies.For our small businesses, however, there is a range of simpler choices:Burning CDs or DVDsSending important files to an off-site storage facilityE-mailing files to yourselfCopying files to a tiny USB driveMirroring your hard drive to an external “one touch” hard driveUsing a Zip driveBacking up on a tape driveLet’s examine each choice in a bit more detail.Burning CDs and DVDs is reliable and inexpensive; it also requires the most consistent effort of the options to keep up to date. And your labeling system has to be very detailed if you’re going to make this one work. If you’re concerned about old backups falling into the wrong hands, this wouldn’t be ideal for you.GoDaddy.com’ssecure offsite storage service ($9.95 for 1GB per year, expandable up to 10GB of storage) lets you synchronize files on your computer with your “Online File Folder.” Because you’re always working on the latest version, you can access, share and manage files and folders right from your desktop or from any computer with an internet connection. And because you’re not using e-mail to send and receive the files, you bypass those pesky ISP restrictions on e-mail attachment size. Password protection and 128-bit encryption keep your files secure from thieves and hackers.Google’s gmail.com (1GB for free) and Yahoo.com’ssupersized e-mail account (2GB for $19.99 per year) allow you to stash your important files via e-mail. The downside: You have to consistently e-mail them to yourself, so if you’re pressed for time, this one’s not your best choice.Tiny USB drives are the ideal solution for transporting files and even some small programs. Two drives (512MB and 1GB) plug into any USB port without installation software, and they’re selling at very low prices these days. However, tech experts have expressed concern about the vulnerability of the drives to shocks and other hazards that could render the data useless, and because they’re so tiny, they can be easily misplaced.Maxtor’s popular “OneTouch II” external hard drives (250GB and 300GB each, starting around $250 street) connect via FireWire or USB to your PC or Mac. For PC users, it also creates historical backup versions with full system restore to a point in time, something that’s unique to this way of backing up. And if it’s lost or stolen, Maxtor DriveLock protects the contents of your drive.If you don’t have as much stuff, you can use an inexpensive Iomega Zip drive. With some 50 million Zip drives sold, ranging from 100MB to 750MB storage each, their durable disks are able to take a fair amount of abuse. So when that next hurricane comes into town and you’re packing up stuff to leave, you could stuff one small Zip disk in your pocket–or 519 regular floppies. Some choice. Today’s Zip drives come with free Iomega Sync to automatically back up and synchronize your file revisions.Tape drives are primarily aimed at the needs of network administrators and, for the requirements of most small businesses, don’t offer the affordability, convenience, and “anywhere access” most of the other choices give you.Here’s the bottom line: Bad things happen to good computers all the time. These proven, affordable and uncomplicated solutions are the virtual equivalent of wearing your seat belt in your car. And like a seat belt, your system has to be in place before that awful moment of impact.The next time you have a disaster, and you’ve taken my advice, you’ll thank me.A self-taught technology scout, Pete Silver’s always on the prowl for new ways to use tools to solve small-business challenges. To find out more about Pete or his consulting service, log on to www.PeteSilver.com.
Military personnel may be endangering their own brains when they operate certain shoulder-fired weapons, according to an Army-commissioned report released Monday.The report, from the Center for a New American Security, says these bazooka-like weapons pose a hazard because they are powered by an explosion just inches from the operator’s head.”When you fire it, the pressure wave feels like getting hit in the face,” says Paul Scharre, a former Army Ranger who directs the technology and national security program at the center. Scharre is a co-author of the center’s report: Protecting Warfighters from Blast Injury.The report looks at a range of injuries caused by blast waves — pulses of high pressure air that emanate from an explosion and travel faster than the speed of sound.During the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, military officials recognized that the blast wave from a roadside bomb could damage a person’s brain without leaving any visible sign of injury. And in 2010, the Pentagon issued a memo outlining steps to improve care of troops exposed to these explosions.Since then, there’s been growing evidence that blasts from weapons like the Carl Gustav recoilless rifle and the AT4 anti-tank weapon can also affect the brain.”If you’re looking at a large anti-tank rocket that a soldier would carry on his or her shoulder, that’s now a pretty large explosion — and it’s happening right next to your head,” Scharre says.Studies show that some service members who fire these weapons repeatedly have short-term problems with memory and thinking. What’s not clear is whether those temporary changes can lead to permanent deficits.”If you’re exposed to these weapons throughout the course of your military career, this might have some subtle and insidious long-term effect that doesn’t materialize until later,” Scharre says.The military is studying that possibility, and the new report is a part of that effort. But a definitive answer about the risks from firing weapons is probably many years off.The report says the military should make changes now, despite the uncertainty.One recommendation is much wider use of devices known as blast gauges, which measure the intensity of blast waves. The gauges are typically about the size of a wristwatch and service members attach them to their shoulders and helmet.”Every service member who is in a position where he or she might be exposed to blast waves should be wearing these devices,” Scharre says. “And we need to be recording that data, putting it in their record and then putting it in a database for medical studies.”Authors of the report also recommend steps to reduce service members’ exposure to blast waves during training exercises. For example, they say, the military should reduce the maximum number of times a person can fire certain weapons in a single day, and over several days.The military should also look into a new type of helmet that’s designed to protect the brain from blast waves, the report says.The findings of the analysis are no surprise to Kyle Sims, a former Special Forces medic who helped deploy blast gauges in Afghanistan.Sims realized something disturbing when he started looking into research on brain damage among football players who’d taken repeated blows to the head.”It’s not that one time that the guy got knocked unconscious,” Sims says. “It’s the 500 times that the guy got hit prior to that.”Sims is especially worried about service members involved in training others to fire heavy weapons. These people often spend entire days on a range where the weapons are being fired.One retired officer told Sims about a day of training when he’d been exposed to more than 100 blasts from anti-tank weapons.”When he got done talking, I said, ‘Well, don’t tell me — let me guess. At the end of the day you felt nauseous, you had a headache, you felt tired [and] all you wanted to do was take a Motrin, lay down and go to bed.’ He’s like, ‘Yeah.’ And I was like, ‘Well, that’s typical post-concussive symptoms there, buddy.’ “The military should start treating personnel exposed to blast waves the way it treats people who work around hazardous radiation, Sims says. In other words, set a limit to how much blast exposure a person can receive during their military career.”If there was a hazard in the civilian world for workers to be exposed to blast overpressure, we would have had a standard in place decades ago,” he says.An Army spokesperson tells NPR the military is reviewing the report and will offer a response and recommendations. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
Researchers expect that three dozen new drugs will come on the market over the next few years with astronomical prices — some likely topping a million dollars per patient.The drugmaker Novartis has told investors it might be able to charge $4 million to $5 million for one of its potential products, a treatment for a rare disease called spinal muscular atrophy.Hundreds more ultra-expensive therapies are under development. They could drive up the cost of medicine and health insurance for everyone. So researchers have started to develop strategies to address that coming price shock.These new treatments include gene therapies, which target certain cancers and rare diseases. Take, for example, hemophilia, an inherited disorder that prevents a person’s blood from clotting properly.”When I was born, treatment did not exist for hemophilia,” says Mark Skinner, one of about 20,000 Americans with the condition. “Within my lifetime — I’m 58 years old — there have been remarkable advances.”Skinner, an attorney in Washington, D.C., who is past-president of the World Federation of Hemophilia, now gives himself injections of expensive medication most days to prevent the painful and potentially dangerous bleeding episodes.He says eight or nine companies are now working on gene therapies, which could potentially cure his underlying condition. “I think we could see a gene therapy within the clinics, and available to patients, within a couple of years,” he says.One infusion of this therapy might be enough to correct the genetic flaw and give him many years, maybe even a lifetime, free from bleeding episodes and daily medication.Current hemophilia drugs cost many hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. Skinner’s treatment, in particular, can cost $800,000 a year, “so a gene therapy that costs $1 million, or even $2 million — you could see it becoming economically viable over a couple of years,” he says. It could actually save money for his health insurer.But the new kind of treatment could also be a big shock to the health care system. Gene therapy for every American with hemophilia could cost tens of billions of dollars. One response might be to ration the treatment. That’s essentially what happened when expensive new drugs that could cure hepatitis C came on the market in 2013. Would that happen for hemophilia?”If a gene therapy came through and was reasonably expensive, it would be terrible if we could only treat a thousand patients a year, and it took us 10 or 15 years to treat all those people,” says Mark Trusheim at MIT’s NEWDIGS program.That program is trying to dream up better ways to pay for gene therapies for hemophilia as well as dozens of other diseases where long-term treatments are in the works. (NEWDIGS stands for the “New Drug Development ParadIGmS Initiative.”)Under the current paradigm, we typically pay as we go for drugs, with monthly bills for monthly pills. Trusheim says it’s like paying rent on an apartment.”But now with these new gene therapies, we get to take the treatment once and it can last for years,” he says. They may even last a lifetime. He says it makes more sense, then, to think of these drugs in terms of paying a mortgage over time – think of a condo, rather than a rental apartment.That approach could spread out the payments, reducing the potential shock of a new treatment. “Plus we have the option here not just to turn it into a mortgage payment,” he says, “but make that mortgage payment contingent on whether the apartment is really a good apartment or not. If the roof begins to leak, maybe we won’t pay so much on the future payments.”This strategy has already been put to use to pay for one gene therapy – Luxturna — that treats an inherited form of blindness at the cost of $850,000 per patient. The company that produces the therapy, Spark Therapeutics, has agreed to give payers a refund if a patient’s vision hasn’t improved sufficiently after 2 1/2 years.New therapies may not work at all, or their effects may wear off over time. There should be some way to reflect the actual long-term value to a patient in the price of treatment, says Trusheim.He is eager to get funding schemes like this instituted now, because he expects to see another three dozen new expensive therapies coming to the market in just the next four years. Those include immune-system treatments called CAR-T for cancer, which may extend a person’s life but may not be curative. It also includes gene therapies for diseases that up until now have had no treatment at all.”It could be really exciting,” he says, “but it could also be really expensive as we’re treating conditions we never used to be able to treat.”Many of these treatments are for rare diseases. There are about 7,000 rare diseases, so there could eventually be many products on the market. And because there aren’t many patients who would benefit from any given therapy, the costs of developing each novel treatment have to be recouped from a small number of patients. That drives up the price.One biopharmaceutical company, Alnylam, prices its drugs for rare diseases in the range of $250,000 to $650,000, says Yvonne Greenstreet, the company’s chief operating officer. Speaking at a recent meeting organized by the Milken Institute, she said the company has raised about $4 billion to develop the technology behind these medications.Her company focuses on a method called RNA interference that can block genetic messages. Unlike other forms of gene therapy, RNAi treatments typically need to be given periodically. Among other projects, the company has a novel hemophilia treatment in development.”I think it’s important to remember that when you are focused on coming up with true innovation, it’s a very capital-intensive, high-risk endeavor,” she says.Yet in the United States, where drug companies set their prices based on whatever they believe the market can bear, this can potentially be overwhelming.”If we get a cure for Alzheimer’s priced at $100,000 or $1 million a pop, we’re toast!” said Joe Grogan from the White House Office of Management and Budget, speaking at the Milken meeting. The costs for this one condition could run into the trillions of dollars.Even if governments and insurers can rein in the price of drugs, therapies are still likely to cost a lot at the outset, and the health care system will need creative ways to manage that.”At the pace at which gene therapy is coming, I think we have no choice,” says advocate Skinner. “I don’t think the public would tolerate cures sitting on the shelf that people don’t have access to.”A solution will require not only new ways of thinking, but new rules and regulations that govern how insurance companies and government programs pay for medical care. MIT’s Trusheim says, for example, that refunds for poorly performing drugs can fall afoul of current laws designed to prevent kickbacks.Skinner says these conversations should also involve patients early on, to make sure that new treatments actually address the health concerns of the patients themselves. Value shouldn’t be measured simply in terms of drug company profits, he says.”Achieving an early alignment between patients, the drug developers and the payers in how value is going to be measured is going to be an important approach as we go forward,” he says.You can reach Richard Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
“Bring Your Own Bot”: Sparkcentral’s AI Virtual Agent Framework for Chatbots Blends the Best of Both Worlds PRNewswireMay 17, 2019, 4:18 pmMay 17, 2019 Agent Productivity Enhanced in the Digital Contact Center Through Ability to Seamlessly Blend Live and Virtual Contact Center Agents Sparkcentral announced the rollout of its Virtual Agent Framework, a solution complementing the Sparkcentral Messaging Customer Service Platform to create a complete digital customer care solution that lets companies bring together the optimum blend of live and virtual agents in the contact center. The Virtual Agent Framework not only allows the deployment of virtual agents (chatbots) on all chat, social, and messaging channels supported by Sparkcentral’s platform at a click of a button, but also gives live agents the flexibility to delegate simpler tasks to AI-powered virtual agents mid-dialogue and in a manner that ensures maximum productivity. The three phases of this innovative system are inception, delegation and conclusion. Virtual Agent Framework, is a solution complementing the Sparkcentral Messaging Customer Service Platform Abhay Prasadcrmcustomer service platformMarketing TechnologyNewsSparkcentralVirtual Agent Framework Previous ArticleFully Connected: How to Get Developing Countries OnlineNext ArticleBain & Company Introduces Bain Media Lab; Announces Partnership With Hive And Launch Of Mensio, An AI-Powered Analytics Platform To Analyze TV Advertising And Sponsorships On top of that, virtual agents are being enabled to pass the ongoing conversation back to the same live agent that handled the customer before, ensuring the best possible customer experience. This frees live agents up for more complex tasks, while still making human-first, but speedy digital-powered service available 24/7 across all communication channels.Sparkcentral’s VP of Product Management, Abhay Prasad, stated: “Rather than providing another proprietary chatbot tool in a saturated market, Sparkcentral provides an API that allows enterprises to retain their existing investments into AI and natural language processing on platforms such as IBM Watson, Microsoft LUIS, Google Dialogflow, or Nuance, versus having to rebuild the bot logic in a new tool. This allows companies to connect any virtual agent they create on any platform they prefer via any messaging channel they choose.”Marketing Technology News: Uberall Study: Over 20% Using Voice Search Every Week“A growing number of brands realize that all customers benefit from conversations that move effortlessly from automated assistance to live agents and back again,” explains Dan Miller, Lead Analyst at Opus Research. “Sparkcentral’s framework encourages the sort of turn-taking that results in a predictive, personalized and ultimately pleasing customer experience. ”Sparkcentral’s Virtual Agent Framework challenges the accepted wisdom that live agents should be the “court of last resorts” in the contact center. Rather, the company believes in what it calls “AI Team Play,” a unique interplay between live and virtual agents that complements each party’s strengths and weaknesses. The three phases of this innovative system are inception, delegation and conclusion, with digital agents being able to be flexibly used as the first and last points of contact, but also as assistants in the middle of a dialogue to lead more standardized sub-dialogues for tasks such as collecting a new address, or payment details.Marketing Technology News: Law Firm Press – Video Press Release Solution Aimed At Revolutionizing How Law Firm Press Release Works“We call this ‘Bring Your Own Bot (BYOB),’” elaborated Tobias Goebel, Sparkcentral’s VP of Product Marketing. “What we provide is a ‘seat at the table’ of the contact center workforce for as many digital employees as each company needs for their specific business requirements. And for customers that don’t have an existing relationship or preference regarding this technology, we’re partnering with several chatbot design agencies as well as Conversational AI technology providers that are certified against our platform.”Gartner’s May 2018 “Magic Quadrant for the CRM Customer Engagement Center” predicts that “[b]y 2022 70% of customer interactions will involve an emerging technology such as machine learning applications, chatbots or mobile messaging, up from 15% in 2018…20% of all customer service interactions will be completely handled by AI, an increase of 400% from 2018. Though the proportion of phone-based communication will drop to just over 10% of overall customer service interactions by 2022, a human agent will still be involved in more than 40% of all interactions.” Sparkcentral believes these numbers support the direction it is taking will ensure the best of both worlds for AI and human contributions to the workforce.Marketing Technology News: SteelHouse Integrates Shutterstock API to Provide Brands with Millions of Images & Videos for Free
Source:https://www.niaid.nih.gov/news-events/scratching-skin-primes-gut-allergic-reactions-food-mouse-study-suggests Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Apr 24 2019Scratching the skin triggers a series of immune responses culminating in an increased number of activated mast cells–immune cells involved in allergic reactions–in the small intestine, according to research conducted in mice. This newly identified skin-gut communication helps illuminate the relationship between food allergy and atopic dermatitis (a type of eczema), a disease characterized by dry, itchy skin. The study was supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, and led by researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital.Related StoriesScientists discover how resistance to the chemotherapy drug 5-fluorouracil arisesBritish boys to receive HPV jabsPromising new approaches in the fight against brain metastasisAtopic dermatitis is a strong risk factor for developing food allergy, but the precise relationship between the two conditions remains unclear. As itching is a major symptom of atopic dermatitis, people with the disease, particularly babies, often scratch their skin. The current study proposes that scratching the skin instigates mast-cell expansion in the intestine.The researchers found that some cells in the skin respond to scratching–simulated by applying and removing small strips of tape on the skin of mice–by producing a cell-signaling protein called IL-33, which enters the bloodstream. When IL-33 reaches the gut, it works in concert with IL-25, a protein secreted by cells in the lining of the intestine, to activate type 2 innate lymphoid cells (ILC2s). Activated ILC2s make two additional cell-signaling proteins, IL-13 and IL-4, which were found to be responsible for the expansion of intestinal mast cells.The researchers also found that as mast cells expanded, the intestinal lining became more permeable, making it easier for allergens to enter the tissues. Notably, mice that underwent tape stripping had more severe reactions to food allergen than mice that did not. Finally, the researchers found that intestinal biopsies from four children with atopic dermatitis contained more mast cells than those from four children without the condition.Although additional work is needed to determine the relevance of the findings to humans, the researchers suggest that interventions to limit itching potentially could lessen the severity of food allergy among people with atopic dermatitis.
Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really LoudThis rapid strike produces a loud ‘pop’ comparable to those made by snapping shrimps, one of the most intense biological sounds measured at sea.Volume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Better Bug Sprays?01:33 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65945-tiny-worms-emit-loud-noise.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0000:3500:35Your Recommended Playlist01:33Better Bug Sprays?04:24Sperm Whale Befriends Underwater Robot01:08Why Do French Fries Taste So Bad When They’re Cold?00:29Robot Jumps Like a Grasshopper, Rolls Like a Ball02:31Surgical Robotics00:29Video – Giggly Robot关闭 Tiny, feisty worms that live off the coast of Japan fight by headbutting each other — and they aren’t quiet about it. During these feuds, the worms emit one of the loudest sounds in the ocean, according to a new study. The source of the underwater hullabaloo is a nearly transparent segmented worm called the Leocratides kimuraorum, which lives inside sponges 279 to 554 feet (85 to 169 meters) deep off the coast of Japan. [The 12 Weirdest Animal Discoveries]Advertisement These wigglies are just a tad more than an inch (29 millimeters) long and have lengthy tentacles and a big mouth (literally). These seemingly quiet creatures revealed their true nature under the spotlight in the lab. A group of researchers used an instrument called a hydrophone to record 15 pops that were emitted from three kimuraorums as they were fighting. In a marine feud researchers dub “mouth-fighting,” the worms approached each other headfirst with their mouths open. During such encounters, the worms’ pharynx muscles expand rapidly, creating a cavitation bubble that collapses and produces a loud “pop” while the worms launch into each other. The researchers found that these pops can reach 157 decibels in the water (which is a different measurement than decibels in the air). From right next to the water tank, the pops sounded like humans snapping their fingers, lead author Goto Ryutaro, an assitant professor at Kyoto University told Live Science. “Though they probably sound louder if you hear them in the water.” The worms are as loud as snapping shrimps, which are one of the biggest noisemakers in the ocean, the authors wrote. What’s more, they found that these worms did not make any noise when simply disturbed, they only did so when they were fighting. They “may use mouth-fighting to defend territory or living chambers from other worms,” the authors wrote July 8 in the journal Current Biology. “A loud pop may be a byproduct of the rapid mouth attack, but it may also aid intraspecific communication.” A loud noise could somehow determine the victor of the fight or even reveal the whereabouts of nearby worms, they wrote. 13 Extremely Weird Animal Feet The 10 Strangest Animal Discoveries Strange Love: 10 Animals with Truly Weird Courtship Rituals Originally published on Live Science.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 min and see why everyone is addicted!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndoKelley Blue Book2019 Lexus Vehicles Worth Buying for Their Resale ValueKelley Blue BookUndoLivestlyThe List Of Dog Breeds To Avoid At All CostsLivestlyUndo
June 07, 2019 SHARE SHARE EMAIL Transit-oriented development along the line will be a key component Brijesh Dixit, Managing Director, Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation – Special Arrangement The Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Ltd is looking to collect over 50 per cent of the Nagpur metro’s revenue from non-fare box sources after June 2020, said Brijesh Dixit, Managing Director of the company.The metro company is implementing Nagpur and Pune metro projects. The company is jointly owned by the Centre and the Maharashtra government. Revenue from propertiesDixit told BusinessLine that when Nagpur’s 38-km metro system gets operational by the second half of 2020, revenues from sources such as property development around the stations would kick in. The Maharashtra government has also approved Transit Oriented Development (TOD) initiative, which allows substantially higher FSI along the mass transportation corridors through vertical construction. Higher FSI will come at a cost to developers, which will be equally shared by Maharashtra Metro and Nagpur Municipal Corporation. Already, about ₹180 crore in revenues has been generated from TOD, he said. TOD is being globally implemented in large cities for creating walkable and pedestrian-oriented housing and office areas. It is built along with a modern train system. Residents and office staff do not have to depend on cars and other modes of transport for mobility.Dixit said that 80 per cent of the project work has already been completed. Metro services have started in 13 km and five stations are operational. At major stations such as Zero Mile station, a 20-storey commercial building will be constructed by Maharashtra Metro along with private developers. The platform on this station will be on the fifth floor.The geographic heart of India is the zero-mile marker in Nagpur. Since the station is close to the marker, it is called Zero Mile station. The whole area around the Zero Mile site will be developed by Maharashtra Metro. A museum dedicated to the science of surveying will also be built in the area, which will capture the importance of the marker and the Great Trigonometric Survey, which started in 1802 by the East India Company for measuring the Indian subcontinent. Published on COMMENT COMMENTS Nagpur SHARE