Mourinho ‘rules out return’

first_imgJose Mourinho has ruled out a return to Chelsea, the Daily Mirror reports.The story is based on comments by the daughter of the owner of a London restaurant Mourinho and his family visited this week.She said: “A lot of the staff are Chelsea fans, including me, and they were asking him if he was coming back to the club.“Unfortunately he said he wasn’t. We’re all disappointed as he was a great manager for us. I wish he was coming back.”The Sun say Mourinho is keeping his options open despite looking at houses in London – and could even end up at Manchester City.A source close to the Real Madrid manager is quoted as saying: “Jose says he will wait to see what happens in England in the next few months.“Will Harry Redknapp leave Tottenham for the England job? Will Roberto Mancini go if Manchester City don’t win the title? Will Andre Villas-Boas survive at Chelsea? They are three big jobs that would all appeal to Jose.”Meanwhile, the Mirror say Chelsea and Arsenal are watching Real Sociedad defender Inigo Martinez and that Atletico Madrid want Blues keeper Thibaut Courtois to stay on loan with them for another season.And The Independent suggest QPR manager Mark Hughes has said that his team are too good to go down.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Appreciate Your Gifts

first_img Microsoft has a novel take on human beings: use them as antennas.  Live Science reported that since the human body gives off detectable electromagnetic signals, the signals could be harnessed to create a home automation system that learns the layout of the house, then automatically responds to the body.  Some day you might turn on lights when you walk into a room, use gestures to turn up the thermostat or control the volume of music, or operate appliances without knobs or switches.     The human body is a natural antenna, the article said.  “It reliably picks up the electromagnetic signals that emanate from all electrical systems and appliances in the home.  These ambient signals can be used to create an affordable home automation system that controls household electronics with a pat on the wall or even a simple hand gesture.”     Many are already familiar with the Wii and Kinect game consoles that respond to body movements, and light switches that respond to hand clapping.  Tapping into human electromagnetic signals opens up new vistas.  The possibilities for “controller free living” are virtually limitless, reporter Leslie Meredith said.     A visitor from the past would probably worry he was seeing witchcraft if a wave of the hand could turn on the lights – but it would just be a clever application of manipulating plain old natural forces, like the old theremin musical instrument that fascinated 1920s viewers with music made by a wave of the hand (see Theremin World).  When humans can get cats to respond to gestures, then they’ll really have something. Math brain:  Studies of Amazon tribespeople show that they have an innate understanding of Euclidean geometry, even without ever learning it at school.  For the BBC News, Jason Palmer reported, “Tests given to an Amazonian tribe called the Mundurucu suggest thatour intuitions about geometry are innate.”     People in the Mundurucu tribe only have approximations for numbers, and no language for geometry, but they showed comparable skill to French and US schoolchildren, even exceeding them in some ways.     The researchers believe this shows that geometry is intuitive for humans: “they seemed to have an intuition about lines and geometric shapes without formal education or even the relevant words.”  They even grasped some non-Euclidean geometry better than some westerners, such as understanding that parallel lines on a sphere can intersect. Baby skill set:  Live Science posted a gallery of “Nine Brainy Baby Abilities,” including innate knowledge of social power, mind meld with dogs, following others’ moods, dancing, mimicking, learning during sleep, rudimentary math abilities, ability to learn language, and innate ability to judge character. Infant rationality:  A study in Science was titled, “Pure Reasoning in 12-Month-Old Infants as Probabilistic Inference.”1  Whether they can or Kant make a Critique of Pure Reason is a question for philosophers.  The abstract said, Many organisms can predict future events from the statistics of past experience, but humans also excel at making predictions by pure reasoning: integrating multiple sources of information, guided by abstract knowledge, to form rational expectations about novel situations, never directly experienced.  Here, we show that this reasoning is surprisingly rich, powerful, and coherent even in preverbal infants.  When 12-month-old infants view complex displays of multiple moving objects, they form time-varying expectations about future events that are asystematic and rational function of several stimulus variables. See also the Live Science review of this paper.  It commented that robot designers have biomimetics on their brain: “The goal, [Joshua] Tenenbaum [MIT] said, is a sort of‘reverse engineering’ of infant cognition that might help robotics developers build machines that interact with the world more like the human brain does.” Beautiful brain:  Behind the outward shows of rationality are amazing cells.  Science Dailyposted a color picture of the brain’s most common cell, the astrocyte.  “Long considered to be little more than putty in the brain and spinal cord, the star-shaped astrocyte has found new respect among neuroscientists who have begun to recognize its many functions in the brain, not to mention its role in a range of disorders of the central nervous system.”  A group of researchers at the University of Madison-Wisconsin has now succeeded in culturing some of these cells in a lab dish.     Other animals have astrocytes, don’t they?  “Astrocytes, some studies suggest, may even play a role in human intelligence given that their volume is much greater in the human brain than any other species of animal,” the article answered.  They are involved in every brain function. Blind as a bat:  The BBC News, Medical Xpress and Live Science discussed how the blind can develop a sixth sense, a kind of echolocation, that helps them navigate in the absence of vision. “Some blind people are able to use the sound of echoes to ‘see’ where things are and to navigate their environment,” Live Science said.  “Now, a new study finds that these people may even be using visual parts of their brains to process the sounds.”     In fact, even sighted people can learn how to echolocate.  This raises the interesting idea that humans are “over-engineered” for perception, but through lack of practice fail to use all the latent abilities available to them. Power stroke:  When you switch from walking to running, your body switches gears.  The power in walking comes from the hips, but when running, the body switches to get its power from the ankles, an article on PhysOrg discussed.  Researchers at North Carolina State measured this “tradeoff” that occurs automatically; humans just take it in stride. We like to showcase stories of amazing animals, but humans are special, too.  What animal can boast some of the qualities that science has recently reported?center_img 1.  Teglas, Vul et al, “Pure Reasoning in 12-Month-Old Infants as Probabilistic Inference,” Science, 27 May 2011: Vol. 332 no. 6033 pp. 1054-1059, DOI: 10.1126/science.1196404. Have you ever seen an animal make shadow puppets of human beings?  Why not?  Parrots can talk and sing, but they don’t reason about parallel lines on spheres.  Gorillas make gestures, but they don’t write software to turn up the music with them.  Peregrine falcons are fast, but humans make jets that fly faster than sound.  Whales are great divers, but humans build submarines that study life at deep-sea vents.  Birds navigate by the stars, but humans build spacecraft with star trackers that orbit distant planets.  It seems we have some bragging rights.  Let the one who designed these innate capabilities in himself cast the first boast. (Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Potential frost impacts for Ohio’s late planted crops

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Alexandra KnightBy Alexandra Knight, Pioneer Field Agronomist, Lewis Center, OhioThe cool, wet spring of 2019 got many farmers off to a slow start in Ohio. The challenging weather conditions carried over from last Fall and continued through May and well into June. The question remains, “Will crops have enough time to will finish out?” Early September was not excessively warm, but the majority of Ohio continues to track 4 to 5 days ahead of the long-term average for heat unit accumulation. This is true of whether your plant date was May 30, June 30 or anywhere in between.Each day corn planting is delayed past May 1 a decrease of 6.8 GDUs will be required to reach maturity. This means a May 30 planted corn would require approximately 204 GDUs less than it would on April 30. With this in mind, 105-day corn is anticipated to be at blacklayer mid-September when planted May 30, late September when planted June 15 and late October when planted June 30. These anticipated timeframes are with the expectation of weather keeping up with the long-term average and most relevant for central Ohio.Corn producers — especially in northwest Ohio — are hoping to avoid an early frost to maximize yield and have dry corn to shell. If a cold snap does hit early, the severity of frost and stage of corn will determine the yield impact. In general, a hard-killing frost at an early reproductive stage of corn will be more detrimental to yield. Research would define a light frost event as one in which leaves are killed but not the stalk and shank. A hard-killing frost (29 degree F or less for several hours) at beginning dent (R5) has shown the potential of a 35% to 40% yield hit. Once reaching half milk line (R5.5), the risk of yield reduction decreases. However, a hard frost has shown a 12% to 15% yield decline while a light frost is a 7% to 10% yield hit. A freeze event at R5.75, or three-quarters milk line, has shown a 5% to 6% yield decline and 2% to 4% with a light frost.Soybeans are photoperiod plants. Meaning plants will initiate flowering and crop maturation in response to longer night lengths. Later planting will therefore result in a decrease in the time spent in vegetative growth as well as reproductive growth. As a general rule, for a three-week delay in planting, soybean harvest will be delayed one week. Soybeans typically take 70 days from R1 to R7. This will be lesser with a later planting date. Soybeans will continue to add nodes and flowers until R5 or beginning seed.As we get later in the year, the risk of frost obviously becomes greater. What timeline are we looking at for soybeans to finish out and what is the yield penalty if an early frost occurs? From full seed (R6) to maturity we are looking at approximately 25 days remaining until full maturity and seed moisture of 75% to 80%. A frost at this growth stage would lead to a yield loss of 20% to 35%. R6.5, or mid-way between full seed and maturity, there is roughly 16 to 18 days to maturity with pods between green and yellow in color. A frost event occurring at this growth stage would mean a yield hit between 10% and 15%. R7 is the beginning of maturity where one pod on the main stem has reached mature color. At this point, the crop is 8 to 10 days from full maturity. A frost event at this stage would range from 0% to 5% loss. The start of full maturity (R8) will mean that most pods are of mature color but still require 5 to 10 days to reach a harvestable moisture. Beginning R8 will have pods between 25% and 35% moisture.With much of the state showing late October as the historical date for the first killing freeze, there is still time on the calendar for crops to reach full maturity without cold weather limiting yield.last_img read more

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Teaching Geocaching and a Lackey to Complete a 5/5

first_img SharePrint RelatedGeoWoodstock IX 2011 – A Lackey Report from PennsylvaniaAugust 19, 2011In “Community”November Featured Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your CommentsNovember 8, 2011In “Community”February Featured Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your CommentsMarch 1, 2012In “Community” Editor’s note: Lackeys often attend geocaching events of special significance and events that help showcase geocaching to new audiences. Jessie Perkins, Foxfire, the Community Relations Lead for Groundspeak traveled to North Carolina to attend a science teachers conference where she spoke to attendees about geocaching. This is her report.By Jessie PerkinsGroundspeak has been working hard to connect with teachers and find out how we can help bring geocaching into the classroom. As part of this initiative, I had the privilege to join some local cachers for the North Carolina Science Teachers Association Conference (NCSTAC) early this month. This was the first Science Teachers Conference that Groundspeak has attended. I manned the Geocaching.com booth and was able to talk to teachers who are considering developing geocaching-related lesson plans as well as those who have already started using geocaching in the classroom.Jessie (third from right) with local geocachersMany teachers in the latter group have placed (unlisted) geocaches on their school grounds and used them to encourage cross-curricular learning. One teacher told me about a lesson that encompasses the Science and Physical Education disciplines. They post clipboards around the school and input the coordinates into GPS devices. Students navigate to each clipboard using a GPS device and answer the question written there. It may be, “What kind of tree is this?” or “What kind of bird made this nest?” Each time the kids go out the destination coordinates and questions on the clipboards change.The reason I went to North Carolina was because of the efforts of a geocacher and teacher by the username of markcase. Mark is a North Carolina science teacher and avid geocacher. He had quite a weekend between presenting on geocaching at the conference and ensuring that I would have a full day of North Carolina caching.  Once he heard that I enjoy EarthCaches, I had not done a 5/5 and I had never been to North Carolina, he couldn’t wait to show me around.His post-conference plans started with a meet and greet event, where I got to know a few cachers who were either from the area or there visiting, including _Norah_, _c3_, Check-Cacher, Gizmo’s Keepers and ncbiscuit. The next day started bright and early. I met up with markcase, Ranger fox, Night-Ranger, Diefenbaker and Okie.Bug. I would spend the next 13 hours geocaching with this group around the Greensboro area. We found 18 caches that day including a number of EarthCaches, Traditional Caches, one Multi-Cache and my first difficulty 5, terrain 5.The 5/5 had to have been one of the most rewarding caches that I have found, “bald mnt challenge” (GC15CC2). It was at the top of a large, steep hill. After scrambling over boulders to reach the top, we were able to catch our breath, admire the view, and sign the log. We had fun trying to think of all the firsts from my trip so I could write them in my log. It went a little something like this: “First time in North Carolina, first 5/5, first Multi-Cache, and first time having North Carolina BBQ and first time at an education conference talking about teaching geocaching in the classroom… and the list goes on.”I was able to meet some wonderful people, make new friends, got to know the real meaning of southern hospitality and add new adventures to my list of firsts. In the end, I can’t wait until I get the chance to go back to North Carolina.If you are interested in learning how teachers have been incorporating geocaching in the classroom and perhaps borrowing some of their ideas for your own class or youth program, please visit our Education Forums.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

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AWCC: Bohai Bank of China keeps Rebisco PSL-Manila winless

first_imgBREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Jaja Santiago scored eight, while Jovelyn Gonzaga added six for Rebisco which tried to take on the Chinese head-on power for power, something that backfired against the club that is only getting used to playing together.But Tianjin, led by the furious attacks of Yu JunWei who made 18, even had better defense, deflecting seven, while Rebisco could only make one block throughout.The Chinese club also had nine services aces to strike fear among Filipino receivers. Yao Di tossed 41 excellent sets as three other Chinese came up with double-digit performances.ADVERTISEMENT Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Lee retains ONE Atomweight belt; Eustaquio wins by split decision View comments LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Gamescenter_img Tianjin, a 10-time club champion in the Chinese League which fell to Hisamitsu Springs, overpowered Rebisco, 25-8, 25-10, 25-9, to bolster its title bid in the Boris Alexandrov Sports Palace here.Rebisco, whose core forms the newly built national team, will take on another powerhouse team in Supreme of Thailand on Monday at the start of the Classification phase.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“I believe in this team. I know that we have what it takes to win. But we need to learn more especially in playing in international level,” said national team head coach Francis Vicente.Tianjin went all out for the match, using only its first six to ensure it comes out with full potency, unleashing 44 attacks against only 19 from Rebisco. BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast CONTRIBUTED PHOTOUST-KAMENOGORSK, Kazakhstan — Rebisco PSL-Manila absorbed its third straight defeat, this time at the hands of Tianjin Bohai Bank of China, relegating the Filipinos Saturday to fifth to eighth places in the Asian Women’s Club Volleyball Championships here.Despite the hours spent Friday night training specifically in shielding the Chinese missiles, the Filipinos found themselves in the firing line of a Tianjin side determined to pile up points and move up to the next round.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds MOST READlast_img read more

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Tanzania mourns 69 killed in fuel tanker blast

first_imgMorogoro (Tanzania): Tanzania was in mourning Sunday, preparing to bury 69 people who perished when a crashed fuel tanker exploded as crowds rushed to syphon off leaking petrol. President John Magufuli declared a period of mourning through Monday following the deadly blast near the town of Morogoro, west of Dar es Salaam. He will be represented at the funerals by Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa, an official statement said. “We’re currently mourning the loss of 69 people, the last of whom died while being transferred by helicopter to the national hospital in Dar es Salaam,” Majaliwa told residents in comments broadcast on Tanzanian television. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe number of injured stood at 66, he said. The burials will start Sunday afternoon, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Jenista Mhagama announced during the morning after relatives identified the dead. “The preparations for the burials have been completed. Individual graves have been dug and the coffins are ready,” Mhagama said, adding that experts would be available to offer psychological counselling to the victims’ relatives. DNA tests would be carried out on bodies that were no longer recognisable, Mhagama said, adding that families could take the remains of their loved ones and organise their own burials if they preferred. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsIn the latest in a series of similar disasters in Africa, 39 seriously hurt patients had been taken to hospital in Dar es Salaam while 17 others were being treated in Morogoro, 200 kilometres (125 miles) west of the economic capital of Tanzania. Footage from the scene showed the truck engulfed in flames and huge clouds of black smoke, with charred bodies.The burnt-out remains of motorcycle taxis lie scattered on the ground among scorched trees. A video posted on social media showed dozens of people carrying yellow jerricans around the truck.last_img read more

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Hon Amanda Misick speaks of preparations taken by Government

first_img Related Items:fuel allocated for pumping stations, new gate system hope to aid against flooding in down town provo, new wells, new wells hope to aid against flooding on island, sea wall repaired in grand turk Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, October 3, 2016 – Late last night the Minister of Home Affairs was giving Magnetic Media a Whats App interview.“Supervisors on all islands were contacted to see that equipment have been tested and operational.  Fuel has also been allocated for all pumping stations, wells have been checked and cleared.  We have also drilled new wells in areas and other locations that is critical.  Public works is confident that it will be able to manage the clearing of land as soon as the storm has passed.  One of the key elements that will allow public works to be more efficient, and that is on the island of Providenciales, where we have just installed a new gate system, and this is located in the area of Five Cays.  This will allow for the water in the Down Town area to be cleared quicker.  And as for Grand Turk, the sea wall was repaired to a standard that should withstand any heavy wave action.” During 2014s Tropical Storm Cristobal the country was shut down for two days due to the severity of flooding, especially in Providenciales and North Caicos and in 2015s Hurricane Joaquin, the country lost nearly the same amount of time and saw the causeway for North and Middle Caicos, then under construction, under water and the sea walls in Grand Turk battered by lashing waves due to erratic and severe weather phenomenon.  The flooding also led to a serious spike in the spread of mosquito borne diseases – at the time we were battling only Dengue Fever and Chikungunya Virus.  The stakes are higher now, with the advent of the new more frightening Zika Virus.You can follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Instagram and be connected to the most immediate information on our Magnetic Media WhatsApp blast.last_img read more

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Manchester Pacific Gateway Project breaks ground after 12year battle

first_imgManchester Pacific Gateway Project breaks ground after 12-year battle Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — It was a 12-year battle that reached the United States Supreme Court: The battle to build the biggest waterfront development on the West Coast.But Friday, it officially became a reality.Papa Doug Manchester stood alongside Mayor Kevin Faulconer and others to commemorate the start of a new future for downtown San Diego.Related Story: Special Report: Broadway Navy Project is cleared to move forward“This will be the biggest dig in the history of San Diego. Seven city blocks going down at one time and about 800,000 cubic yards of dirt in the first phase of the project,” said Project Manager Perry Dealy.The area of downtown is along Harbor Drive across from the Midway Aircraft Carrier. Dealy said this will open up access to the waterfront.Seven blocks will be verticle developments with five buildings. There will be two hotels, a 29-story Convention Center hotel, a smaller five-star boutique hotel and two office buildings. It will also include a 1.9-acre park and a pedestrian paseo.And there will be two levels of underground parking with 3,000 public spaces.The actual construction won’t begin until August after the demolition of the old buildings is completed, but they anticipate completion in early 2021. Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings June 1, 2018 1234567 John Soderman, Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption John Soderman Posted: June 1, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Show Caption Hide Caption Updated: 10:12 PM Show Caption Hide Caption last_img read more

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