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Dortmund Extend Bundesliga Lead With Gladbach Thrashing

By on August 31, 2020

first_imgBundesliga pacesetters Borussia Dortmund have extended their lead at the top of the table to two points after thrashing Borussia Moenchengladbach 6-1 at the Signa Iduna Park.Former African footballer of the year, Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang netted a hattrick either side of Maximilian Philipp’s brace and Julian Weigl’s goal while Lars Stindl got the consolation goal for the away side.The convincing victory over Gladbach takes the point tally for Peter Bosz’s side to 16 points ahead of TSG Hoffenheim (14 points), German champions Bayern Munich (13 points) and Augsburg (11 points) as the race for the title begins to gather pace. Relatedlast_img read more

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SETI: Physics Conspires to Keep the Aliens Isolated

By on December 19, 2019

first_imgWhere are the aliens?  They’re too far away to get to know.  Don’t look for galactic federations to join any time soon, said SETI Institute Director Seth Shostak at Space.com.  The harsh realities of the speed of light make fellowship, both in person and via radio signals, too remote to be feasible.    Shostak noted the fine-tuning of the universe before discussing these problems with interaction. For years scientists have wrestled with a puzzling fact: The universe appears to be remarkably suited for life.  Its physical properties are finely tuned to permit our existence.  Stars, planets and the kind of sticky chemistry that produces fish, ferns and folks wouldn’t be possible if some of the cosmic constants were only slightly different.That led to the principle theme of his essay: “Well, there’s another property of the universe that’s equally noteworthy: It’s set up in a way that keeps everyone isolated.”Realistic SETI researchers don’t expect to have two-way communication with aliens.  They understand that any message detected will have come from a civilization that has either become extinct or has gone on to bigger and better things than to care about an answer from us.  The dream of SETI is to establish the existence of aliens, not, like Jimmy Carter wrote on the Voyager record, to “join a community of galactic civilizations.”    It was nice of Seth to admit the fine-tuning of the universe.  He can say that and keep his job, but let an ID person say the same thing and he gets expelled, as in the case of G. Gonzalez (see Evolution News #1 and Fox News).(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Football – South Africa style

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first_imgThe colourful makarapa – headgear thatstarts off humbly as a miner’s helmet,and is lovingly and completely transformedinto an essential item for the SouthAfrican football fan.(Image: Chris Kirchhoff,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more freephotos, visit the image library.)Find out more about using MediaClubSouthAfrica.com materialFlying in from Canada to experience African football first-hand, Peter Severinac, from Ontario, was blown away by the electric atmosphere inside the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg on Wednesday evening, when Bafana Bafana took on New Zealand in a 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup match.Surrounded by thousands of celebrating South African fans, all making their way out of the stadium, Severniac could hardly contain his amazement at what he experienced during the game.“Those trumpets are great, I have never experienced anything like it,” Severinac said, referring to the air horns (vuvuzelas) that distinguish football matches in South Africa from anywhere else in the world. “Nothing compares to the feeling of being in the stands with all that dancing and noise.“They treated me like a member of their family when they found out I was from outside South Africa. I will definitely be back next year for the World Cup, and will bring back as many friends as I can,” said Severinac before he was swallowed up by the moving crowd.Once-in-a-lifetime experienceBenito Lenon, who travelled from Madrid, Spain, to watch La Furia Roja play in Fifa’s “Festival of Continental Champions”, said South Africa “seems like such a good country.“I have been here for six days now watching football, and I really love the friendly people here,” Lenon said. “I must tell you, South Africans are the most friendly and hospitable people I have met.”Although Spain were playing Iraq in Bloemfontein on the same day, Lenon chose to experience a Bafana Bafana match in Rustenburg instead, having heard from friends that it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience to celebrate football in South Africa.He certainly wasn’t disappointed.As tens of thousands of spectators made their way to the Royal Bafokeng Stadium before the game, the city of Rustenburg, in South Africa’s North West province, came alive with the sound of a distinctively African Fifa Confederations Cup.The drone of vuvuzelas competed with hooting and cheering as fans made their way toward the stadium through the city, hoping for – and getting – a night of celebration as South Africa beat New Zealand 2-0.Hours before the match had even started, crowds were gathering outside the stadium as music and dancers entertained the excited crowd.“I am here to support my country, and the vibe around the city is great,” said Lebogang Molefe, adding that the Confederations Cup was all about showing the world what South Africa is all about.“We are a nation that likes to sing, and we are a happy nation,” Molefe said. “I hope our visitors see this now and on television, and I hope they come back for the 2010 World Cup.”Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising CommitteeRelated storiesViva the vuvuzela orchestra!Big teams qualify for World CupUseful linksMakarapa 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup South Africa 2010last_img read more

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“At Rest At His Master’s Feet” GCMCTM GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – October 3, 2011

By on December 17, 2019

first_img SharePrint RelatedThe Depot — Geocache of the WeekFebruary 18, 2016In “Community”Featured Geocacher of the Month Award WinnersAugust 25, 2011In “Community”Chraxli’s mini Wonderland — Geocache of the WeekMay 16, 2018In “Community” At Rest At His Master’s Feet…Tokyo public transit crowds with millions of people each day. Under the blur of hurried commuters, one train station holds a story of canine loyalty. “At Rest At His Master’s Feet” (GCMCTM) reveals the story for geocachers on the hunt. Geocaching.com Charter Member Biggles Bear hid the Multi-Cache in 2005. The cache page tells the story of a faithful canine, Hachiko, who would greet his master at the train station.Cachers read, “Hachiko would accompany his master to Shibuya station in the morning, and then meet him again in the evening when he returned from his work at the Imperial University. This routine continued until one day in 1925, when the professor was taken ill at work and later died. Despite this Hachiko continued to make his way to the station and patiently await his master’s return. Hachiko became a familiar sight to commuters as he kept his vigil for over ten years. On March 8, 1935, Hachiko finally went to meet his master. He died on the very same spot he last saw his friend alive.”Cache container for “At Rest At His Master’s Feet…”The difficulty two, terrain one Multi-Cache starts at the memorial for the professor and his loyal dog. To find he final stage with the cache container, adventurers must use information found at the site to deduce the final coordinates.A cacher who logged a smiley on the cache writes, “Seeing Hachiko’s memorial and sharing the story with my two sons was very heartwarming. We battled mosquitoes (might want to prepare yourself with bugspray if you plan to visit) to figure out the calculations.”The cache as received 14 Favorite Points to date.Continue your exploration of some of the most engaging geocaches from around the globe. Explore all the Geocaches of the Week on the Latitude 47 blog or view the Bookmark List on Geocaching.com.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

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More on MMR Estimates

By on November 7, 2019

first_imgPosted on December 7, 2010November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)As many of our readers are likely aware, two sets of estimates of maternal mortality ratios were published this year, by the United Nations (UN) and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME). After publication of each, the MHTF gathered responses from experts in the field to the released estimates from the UN and IHME.Now that some of the dust has settled on the debate, experts are taking a step back from the actual estimates themselves to focus more on how the estimates were developed and how to improve global health estimates moving forward. To that end, PLosMed has published a series of papers on the topic, “Can we Count on Global Health Estimates?”The editors note:We commissioned articles from several experts to provide insights and opinion on what the estimates mean for global health, how their generation can be improved, and how to move forward with better data, measurement, and coordination. Representing very different institutional and political orientations, the experts nevertheless agree that the debate about health estimates highlights the relative importance of “the global” and “the local.” For example, each commentator emphasizes the importance of improving the quantity and quality of individual health data and of improving the role of local experts at the country level. This suggests that contentiousness about health indicator estimates operates too much at the level of the global and political, and not enough at levels where real data are generated and interpreted.The five papers included in the series offer an excellent continuation of the debate surrounding maternal mortality estimates and offer ways to move forward in increasing the reliability and accuracy of public health estimates.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

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Photos: Under Armour Unveiled New HeatGear ArmourVent Uniforms For Maryland, USC, Temple, SIU, NW, Seton Hall, St. John’s

By on October 27, 2019

first_imgA closeup of a Maryland basketball player's sneakersCOLUMBUS, OH – MARCH 22: A general view of Under Armour shoes during a game between the Maryland Terrapins and the West Virginia Mountaineers during the third round of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament on March 22, 2015 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Under Armour released new uniforms for seven of its men’s basketball programs Thursday afternoon. The brand unveiled HeatGear ArmourVent uniforms for Maryland, South Carolina, Temple, Seton Hall, Southern Illinois, Northwestern and St. John’s. Check them out: The all-new HeatGear ArmourVent uniforms. Engineered with the most innovative mesh ever made. http://t.co/ckZHvI3bM3 pic.twitter.com/hcCYqthfgs— Under Armour Hoops (@UAbasketball) January 22, 2015Thoughts on the uniforms, fans of the respective programs? Under Armour seems to be taking its basketball game up a notch.last_img read more

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LSU Fans Hacked An Alabama Assistant Coach’s Twitter Account

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first_imgLSU fans wait in line outside Tiger Stadium.BATON ROUGE, LA – SEPTEMBER 19: Fans wait outside of Tiger Stadium to watch the football team arrive between the Louisiana State University Tigers and the University of Louisiana-Lafatette Ragin’ Cajuns at Tiger Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)It’s been less than a week that new Alabama defensive backs coach Mel Tucker has been on the job. But it looks like he’s already become the victim of a rival team’s fan base having a little bit of fun on Twitter. Tucker joined the social media network on January 27, and sent out a few pro-Crimson Tide tweets in the days that followed. But over the past 18 hours, his account has tweeted out a number of pro-LSU messages instead. Clearly, someone with an affinity for the Tigers has taken over his account.Screen Shot 2015-01-31 at 9.44.31 AM Screen Shot 2015-01-31 at 9.44.18 AM Screen Shot 2015-01-31 at 9.43.48 AM Screen Shot 2015-01-31 at 9.43.37 AM Screen Shot 2015-01-31 at 9.39.50 AM  Screen Shot 2015-01-31 at 9.43.06 AM Screen Shot 2015-01-31 at 9.43.16 AMTucker may want to change up his password in the near future. Alabama’s recruits are probably a bit confused at the moment.last_img read more

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Group of US senators urge Trump to expedite congressional vote on USMCA

By on October 17, 2019

first_imgWASHINGTON — A group of U.S. senators is pushing President Donald Trump to fast-track the final text of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement so Congress can vote on it before the end of the year.The 12 Republican senators, including Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, Tennessee’s Lamar Alexander and outgoing Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, warn that getting the trade pact approved will be more difficult next year with a Democrat majority in the House of Representatives.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has already said Congress won’t deal with the agreement until sometime next spring — although that was before midterm elections last month upended the balance of power on Capitol Hill.Since then, a number of House Democrats, including California Rep. Nancy Pelosi, have indicated they want to see more robust enforcement mechanisms for the agreement’s labour and environment clauses before they will ratify it.To expedite a vote, the senators have written to Trump to say the White House must submit the final legal text and a draft statement of administrative action before Nov. 30, the date the three countries are expected to sign the agreement.However, it’s not at all clear whether Congress — which will be seized next week with the risk of another partial government shutdown — would have time to deal with USMCA even if the text is submitted before Nov. 30.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Survey says Canadians prefer shopping in store compared with online

By on October 13, 2019

first_imgTORONTO – A survey done for BMO Capital Markets suggests Canadians prefer shopping in store to ordering online.The bank asked Canadians if they would consider buying different products in five categories from Canadian Tire, Walmart or Dollarama.It asked if shoppers would prefer to buy the product online from the retailer’s website, the retailer’s physical location or Amazon.ca, assuming they were the same price.The 1,200 surveyed overwhelmingly preferred to buy items from a physical retail location, as opposed to online in every category.BMO analyst Peter Sklar wrote in a report that the survey highlighted one of a number of factors that he believes insulates Canadian Tire from the impact of Amazon.ca, at least in the near term.BMO noted that the survey included only items priced between $1.25 and $30.last_img read more

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Should social media livestreaming be banned

By on October 12, 2019

first_imgNew Delhi: Would you want your teenager to watch terrorists killing people in the real world or someone committing suicide? No one, in their right mind, would ever want their kids to get exposed to such events, simply for the repercussions that such content can have on young impressionable minds. But with a smartphone on their hand and Facebook installed in it, chances of them watching such horrific content some day cannot be denied, especially because the social media giant allows all its users to go live. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year The 28-year-old Australian who sprayed bullets on innocent people who were praying at mosques in New Zealand on March 15 decided to broadcast his act on Facebook. Facebook said the video was viewed fewer than 200 times during the live broadcast, but it was watched about 4,000 times before being removed from the platform. By that time, copies of the 17-minute video were later shared in millions on other social media platforms, including Twitter and YouTube. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India Facebook earlier faced flak for the live streaming of suicides on its platform from different parts of the world, including India. So does that mean that live broadcast on social media platforms should be banned? “What happened in New Zealand was one-of-a-kind heinous exhibition of brutality and terror. I don’t think the world has become so bad that we should see such things occurring repetitively,” Faisal Kawoosa, Chief Analyst at market research firm techARC, told IANS. “Live streaming is an essential part of social media platforms and as video becomes the default mode of communication over digital platforms, live streaming empowers users to be real time on these platforms,” he added. Youngsters also find the facility, which is also available on YouTube and Instagram, useful for broadcasting their travelling adventures and tutorials. “The ‘live’ feature on social networking platforms could be good for people who want to publicise stuff like their travel, fashion or subject tutorials,” said 25-year-old Rijul Rajpal who works with a film production company. Many even find it helpful for connecting with their favourite film stars and music icons. But despite the usefulness of the feature, one cannot deny the potential of misuse of the feature, especially because the social media companies have still not developed a technology that can prevent the broadcast of live shooting. Facebook said that its Artificial Intelligence (AI) system could not automatically detect the New Zealand shooting video as the system was not properly trained. It promised to improve its technology so that broadcast of such videos can be prevented in the future. But policy makers are not impressed. In the US, tech firms have already been asked to brief the Congress on March 27 regarding their response to dissemination of the video of the New Zealand terrorists attack on their platforms. The social media giant may face similar questions from lawmakers in other countries in the coming days.last_img read more

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