Concern has been expressed today (Sat) over a bridge in Castlefinn that is regularly under the strain of flash flooding.Councillor Gary Doherty urged motorists crossing the bridge to take care when passing.The Donegal Councillor wrote on Facebook: “Castlefinn Bridge is only just passable at the moment with extreme care, however despite the rain easing off the river is still rising.” Flooding concerns raised over bridge in Castlefinn was last modified: August 31st, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click 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 share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
The bigger the animal, the more weight it has to carry. How can large animals maintain strong bones without making them heavier? It turns out all animals have struts in their bones called trabeculae, but the larger the animal, the fewer, stronger, and farther apart are the struts. This new finding is leading to ideas that may improve your car. PhysOrg reported on a team from Imperial College London and the Royal Veterinary College that was curious about bone structure in various mammals. Looking at femurs from 90 different species of mammals, reptiles and birds, they “found that trabeculae, typically found near joints, have different geometry depending on the size of the species.” This was news to them. Dr. Michael Doube at Imperial College London said,“Scientists had not previously known that the structure of trabeculae varied, or scaled up, depending on the size of the animal. We assumed that trabeculae would be important in supporting the weight of larger creatures such as Asian elephants, which can weigh more than three tonnes. However, we were surprised to find that animals that have comparatively lighter loads, such as the Etruscan shrew, weighing three grams, also has trabeculae supporting its tiny body. Our study is helping us to see how the remarkable geometry of trabeculae supports loads in all creatures, no matter how big or small they are.”In addition, they found that the mass of bone per unit volume was roughly constant in big and small animals, but “the trabeculae in bigger animals were thicker, further apart and less numerous.” Moving from observation to explanation, they reasoned that “the big trabecular struts inside the bones of larger animals help to support their heavier load without the need for thicker and denser bones. Using this structure saves valuable energy in larger animals because they do not have to grow, maintain and carry extra bone tissue around with them.” Neat idea. From explanation they moved to application:The scientists say new structural materials could be developed, which are inspired by geometry inside femurs. These materials would contain a lattice work of stiff foam that would be reinforced in certain areas, depending on the load being exerted on that particular section. This type of material could be used in car bodywork, only being reinforced in areas of the car where loads are heaviest. This could make cars lighter and more fuel efficient.A capital idea, worthy of stimulus by some entrepreneur. The scientists delved deeper into their biomimetic hunch and generated 200 computer models of “virtual bones,” giving their open-source code, named BoneJ, to anyone who wants to download it (see BoneJ.org). About 1500 downloads from 250 institutes and organizations have taken a look at it. Some of them might have great ideas for lightweight aircraft and automobiles. Think of the slogans: Tough as an elephant or Built to fly like a bird. Now that they understand bone structure better, the team wants to study animal motion and joints “to understand the relationship between how animals walk and bone structure.” What might come of that? Understanding bone deformities, for one thing; reconstructing the movement patterns of extinct species, for another. Their research was published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B.Bravo! Great science with no evolution! We wish to praise researchers who get the best aspects of science right: observation, explanation, and application to help improve our lives. Sir Francis Bacon stressed that you will know good science (like good character) by its fruits. Biomimetics again shows how a design-focused science not only leads to understanding, but to practical benefits. We called this “design-focused science” but lest Eugenie and Rick Dawk have a fit, there was no need to mention God, Creator, or religion in this project. There was, however, an unspoken assumption that animal bones are well designed for what they do (go back and read the quotes for clues). Was that a science-stopper? Clearly not. It would have been so tempting for the reporter to toss in the Darwin fogma, claiming that animals evolved these amazing optimal solutions by blind chance. But fogma not only blinds, it stinks. Who needs useless smoke? Who needs to hear tall tales, like notions that vastly different animals all converged on the same solution to optimize strength per unit mass? Clear the air, stick to the observations, and make the theory do something helpful. Observation – explanation – application: that is classical science. It worked for Faraday, it’s fair for our-a-day. (Visited 37 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
EarthCache GC14W63There’s something truly spectacular about our planet earth. This month, the 7 Souvenirs of August (and the Nature Lover Souvenir) encourages you to get in touch with the extraordinary world around you through EarthCaching.EarthCaching is the magical combination of geocaching and geological discovery. The purpose of an EarthCache is to share information about a particular (and typically jaw-dropping) geological feature. EarthCaches do not contain physical containers like most geocaches. They do, however, carry a piece of geological history that can date back millions and millions of years.A little bit about this geocache type…There are over 17,000 EarthCaches worldwide.EarthCaches are the most popular geocache type. They are found more often and receive more favorite points than the average geocache.EarthCaching is currently celebrating its 10th Anniversary. The first EarthCache was published in Australia on January 10th, 2004.In partnership with Geocaching HQ, The Geological Society of America facilitates the listing of EarthCache locations around the world and offers a ‘Masters Program’ where you can receive a title (and pin) based on your level of EarthCache expertise.Now go out into the world and learn something new…Using “Advanced Search” on geocaching.com, you can customize your geocache search. Under the “Search for” option, select “EarthCache”. Type in your postal code or home coordinates and voilà, nearby EarthCaches!Bring a camera (most EarthCaches encourage selfies).Be prepared to investigate. You will have to search out the answers for the educational portion of the geocache.For inspiration, here are 11 stunning EarthCaches around the world:1. GC111XM in Pumakkale, TurkeyGC111XM2. GC20010 at Lake Baikal, RussiaGC20010 SharePrint Related10th Anniversary of the EarthCacheDecember 30, 2013In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter”11 stunning EarthCaches and how to find themJune 17, 2015In “Geocaching Info”Your Path to Platinum EarthCachingFebruary 11, 2015In “Community” 3. GC14W63 in Namib Desert, NamibiaGC14W634. GC25643 at the Blue Lagoon, IcelandGC256435. GC11A56 at Jellyfish Lake, Ongeim’l Tketau, in PalauGC11A566. GC2PFGZ at Iguazu Falls, ArgentinaGC2PFGZ7. GC4CNMG in Western AustraliaGC4CNMG8. GC13D90 near Monsanto, PortugalGC13D909. GCPCPX in Northern IrelandGCPCPX10. GC23HNZ near Darvaza, TurkmenistanGC23HNZ11. GC1JY47 at Grand Prismatic Hot Spring, WyomingGC1Jy47 Share with your Friends:More These EarthCaches are on our bucket list. What EarthCaches are on yours?
Skandan Krishnan, a retired IAS officer of the 1982-batch, was on Wednesday appointed as the fourth adviser to Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik, an official spokesman said.Former IAS officers Khurshid Ahmad Ganai and Kewal Krishan Sharma and former IPS officer K. Vijay Kumar are the other three advisers. The appointment of Mr. Krishnan comes over a month after B.B. Vyas resigned from the post in December last year on the eve of his appointment as the member of the UPSC. The Union Home Ministry had on Tuesday approved the appointment.
Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ LeBron loses ‘best teammate’ Jones to Suns Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Top-seeded John Isner, the big-serving American who won Newport titles in 2011 and 2012, used 13 aces to beat Australia’s Sam Groth 6-2, 6-4. Isner will play fellow American Dennis Novikov, a 6-3, 6-2 winner over Canada’s Frank Dancevic.American Bjorn Fratangelo also advanced, beating Australia’s Akira Santillan 7-6 (3), 3-6, 6-1.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsTwo seeded players lost. Tobias Kamke of Germany edged No. 3 Adrian Mannarino, the Frenchman who reached the round of 16 at Wimbledon, 7-6 (5), 7-5, and Australian qualifier Matthew Ebden beat No. 6 Lukas Lacko of Slovakia 6-1, 7-6 (2).No. 4 Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France’s battled past Spain’s Adrian Menendez-Maceiras 7-5, 2-6, 6-3. National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Croatia’s Ivo Karlovic returns a ball to Britain’s Aljaz Bedene during their Men’s Singles Match on day one at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London Monday, July 3, 2017. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP)NEWPORT, R.I. — Defending champion Ivo Karlovic of Croatia beat American Denis Kudla 6-4, 6-4 on Wednesday in his Hall of Fame Tennis Championships opener to reach the quarterfinals in the grass-court event.The 38-year-old Karlovic had 16 aces and broke Kudla’s serve three times. Karlovic will face Germany’s Peter Gojowczyk, a 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 winner over Russia’s Konstantin Kravchuk.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
Daniel Vettori’s erratic New Zealanders will have their task cut out when they take on Pakistan in a Group A encounter in Pallekele, near Kandy, on Tuesday.The action now shifts from Colombo after four games at R Premadasa Stadium and three games are set to take place at the newly- built Pallekele International Cricket Stadium.Pakistan are on top of Group A, having maintained an unbeaten run. The 1992 champions have almost secured a berth in the lasteight stage of the competition.However, Shahid Afridi’s side will be looking to brush up a few areas before the knockout stage commences later this month.Pakistan batsmen would like to put up a better show against New Zealand after their poor performance against Canada, where they were shot out for a paltry 184. Facing an ordinary Canada attack, the much- vaunted Pakistan batting line- up failed to deliver as none of their batsmen were able to cross 50.So inept was Pakistan’s batting that day that they failed to utilise more than one over of the batting powerplay. ” We have struggled a bit with the batting powerplay and we need to utilize that properly in the remaining games,” vicecaptain Misbah- ul- Haq told reporters on Tuesday.Misbah- ul- Haq urged his teammates to share the burden shouldered by skipper Shahid Afridi, who has almost single- handedly guided the team to victory in all its three matches so far.” It’s really very good for a team that its captain is doing well, but other players are also required to play well, take responsibility and ease pressure off the captain,” said Misbah. ” I think in all conditions, especially here, Afridi is a difficult bowler to handle, he has got variation and doesn’t give the batsmen time. With that kind of aggression he has led from the front.” It was Afridi whose second five- wicket haul in the tournament helped Pakistan skittle out Canada for 138.advertisementAfridi, who is now the leading wicket- taker in the tournament with 14 scalps, will be keen to continue his good run. But the skipper would also like to make a significant contribution with the bat too.New Zealand, on the other hand, have had contrasting performances in their three matches.While they thrashed both Zimbabwe and Kenya by 10 wickets,they were humbled by Australia in their second match, losing with 16 overs to spare.The Kiwis’ last series before the World Cup was against Pakistan and although they lost that series 2- 3, captain Daniel Vettori was confident his side will do well against Afridi and co. as they possess a fair idea what to expect from their opponents.” Having played Pakistan in recent months is certainly an advantage,” Vettori said.The conditions in Pallekele will also be to their liking as the wicket is expected to be faster than the ones in Colombo and Hambantota.” The surface looks faster than what we have been seeing in Sri Lanka before this game and we are looking forward to the game,” Vettori said.He hoped key batsman Ross Taylor would fire against Pakistan.” I think your best players are the ones who win the World Cup and Ross is obviously one of our very good players. He has high expectations from himself and he wants to perform. I expect him at one stage in this tournament to win a game for us and hopefully it’s tomorrow.” With PTI inputs
Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam (43) lays the ball in as Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) watches during the second half of Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Thursday, May 30, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — The path to the best NBA Finals debut in seven years began in Cameroon and has stretched from New Mexico to the suburbs of Toronto.Pascal Siakam had to emerge from some small settings before he could reach the big time.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH 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 athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue View comments LATEST STORIES ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP It was the most points in an NBA Finals debut since Kevin Durant had 36 for Oklahoma City in 2012, and it made Siakam the first player to score 30 or more on at least 80 percent shooting in a finals game since Shaquille O’Neal did it in 2004.Those players were top-two picks, as were Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Hakeem Olajuwon and Tim Duncan, the other players since 1970 with 30 points in an NBA Finals Game 1 within their first three pro seasons.Siakam was way down at No. 27 in the 2016 draft. Golden State’s Draymond Green — a second-round pick — said there’s a different level of admiration for players who have played themselves into starring roles from what are considered supporting spots.“You come into this league and there’s really no space for you,” Green said. “You’re essentially someone who kind of comes in — I mean, you can be out in a year, you can be out in two years, you can be out in four years. And to gain that respect and to, as I said before, become one of those guys, I think it’s special. Siakam has done that.”The 6-foot-9 Siakam was already a good athlete, having played soccer as a boy in Cameroon. But it was his desire to become a good basketball player that’s kept him in the gym long hours to make up for his late start in the game.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ North of border, Warriors enter new territory: 1-0 deficit in NBA Finals Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too That made Siakam’s 32-point performance in Game 1 even more impressive. The players who often stand out this time of year are the can’t-miss prospects who seemed destined for greatness from the time they were kids.Siakam hadn’t even started playing basketball by then.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsBut there he was Thursday night, shooting 14 of 17 from the field to spark Toronto’s 118-109 victory over Golden State.“I’ve never seen anything like that before,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. “That’s a pretty big stage for a guy to put that kind of performance on, almost with any background.” PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war He took part in a Basketball without Borders camp in South Africa in 2012 at 18 and was soon on the way to the U.S. to embark on a basketball career. He ended up at New Mexico State for two seasons, winning Western Athletic Conference player of the year in his second one, before the Raptors drafted him.Siakam was MVP of the 2017 NBA G League Finals after helping Raptors 905 win the title, but success with the big club would have to wait. He didn’t have a reliable shot yet, certainly not reliable enough to be a regular contributor on a 50-win team. But he’s developed one over the summers and unleashed it on opponents during this season, when he averaged 16.9 points and played well enough to be a finalist for Most Improved Player.“He works, works, works,” Nurse said. “He takes care of himself. He’s really got a burning desire to be a very, very good player in this league.”But the biggest change for Siakam came off the court.He was in college when his father, Tchamo, died. Siakam, who still writes “RIP Dad” on his sneakers, called it the hardest moment of his life but said it was a turning point into making him into the person he has become.“Thank God I had the support of my teammates and coaches in college that helped me go through it. But it was definitely one of the toughest moments in my life, and not being able to go home for the funeral and all that,” Siakam said.“So it was definitely a moment where it kind of tested me as a man. Just being able to go through that and for me using that as a motivation and something that’s going to push me to do better things for my family and for myself, for my dad.”Green, a former Defensive Player of the Year, blamed himself for the poor defense on Siakam and vowed to be better Sunday in Game 2. Siakam knows there will be adjustments, but he might make some, too.“I think I always say, I learned a lot and I know I have a lot to learn,” Siakam said. “I think that’s one of the advantages for me. I know I have so much to learn. I have to grow. It allows me to look at my mistakes and evaluate them and try to see how I can do better.” DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
NEW YORK — John Jaso stepped to the plate in the first inning with a specific plan on how to approach Masahiro Tanaka. Be patient, get a good look at what he throws.And then Jaso swung at the first pitch and sent it over the right-field wall.That was all Oakland got, though, as Tanaka tamed the highest-scoring team in the majors and the New York Yankees ended the Athletics’ five-game winning streak, 2-1 on June 5. “I know my first at-bat I hit the home run, but I actually went up there telling myself to see pitches,” Jaso said.“I think he was trying to get ahead, because I’m a guy that likes to take pitches and kind of work deep into the count. I think he was just trying to get strike one on me,” he said.Facing the A’s for the first time, Tanaka (9-1) got a jolt when Jaso homered as the second batter in the game. But that was the only run the Japanese rookie allowed in six innings, and he exited with an AL-leading 2.02 ERA.Tanaka gave up five hits, struck out four and walked one as the Yankees stopped a four-game skid. He retired 10 straight batters after Jaso’s homer and left several A’s taking tentative swings.As Tanaka has demonstrated during his first 12 starts in the majors — at least six innings with three or fewer earned runs, all of them — he toughens up when there’s trouble. He twice escaped two-out, two-on jams, and threw 104 pitches overall to a team known for grinding out at-bats.Jaso had his chance in the fifth and popped up to end the inning. After homering off Tanaka early, “I kind of knew he was going to come with soft stuff, and he did,” Jaso said. “His split-finger started working for him there and he got me to pop up with runners on base.”Before the game, A’s Manager Bob Melvin said there was some “intrigue” to seeing Tanaka up close, kidding he would’ve preferred Oakland miss the ace’s turn.“We made him work some, maybe a little bit more than he’s had to, where his pitch count got up and they had to get him out,” Melvin said. “But you can see why his numbers are the way they are. He’s got a lot of pitches.”David Robertson worked the ninth for his 13th save in 15 chances, helped by a lucky bounce.Stephen Vogt singled with one out and pinch-runner Craig Gentry stole second. Alberto Callaspo followed with a hard grounder that deflected off Robertson’s leg, and first baseman Mark Teixeira corralled the carom and flipped to the pitcher covering the bag for an out. Pinch-hitter Derek Norris looked at strike three for the final out.“I was probably the happiest guy in the stadium that the ball hit me,” Robertson said.Shortly after he was inserted for speed and defense, Yankees right fielder Ichiro Suzuki blunted Oakland’s bid to tie it in the eighth with a sliding catch on Brandon Moss’ liner into the gap with runners on first and second.After a wild pitch, Adam Warren struck out Yoenis Cespedes to end the inning. The Yankees broke a six-game losing streak to Oakland. The A’s own the top record in the AL, and best road mark in the majors.Brett Gardner hit a leadoff homer in the third against Drew Pomeranz (5-3) for a 2-1 lead. Pomeranz pitched a season-high seven innings and gave up six hits and one earned run.Jacoby Ellsbury almost had a two-run homer for the Yankees in the first. He hit a drive to the top of the right-field wall, hustled around the bases and slid into second.The umpires, however, ruled it a home run and Ellsbury got up and trotted to the plate and into the dugout. Melvin challenged the call and it was overturned to a double.Alfonso Soriano broke an 0-for-16 slump with an RBI single in the second, set up when Brian McCann singled and continued to second as the ball skipped past Moss in left field for an error.(BEN WALKER, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
The video above shows Höegh Target, a Pure Car Truck Carrier (PCTC) owned by the Norwegian RoRo shipping company Höegh Autoliners, transiting the Agua Clara locks of the newly expanded Panama Canal on September 8, 2016. With its 8,500 car capacity and 71,400 m² deck area, Höegh Target is said to be the largest PCTC in the world. The 22,068 dwt vessel features a length of 199.9 meters and a width of 36.8 meters.Delivered in 2015, the Höegh Target is the first in a series of six vessels under the New Horizon design that Höegh Autoliners will take delivery of by the end of this year.The company said it designed the six vessels with a larger beam while the Panama Project was underway.“We have anticipated this moment for some time, so it is with great pride we see one of our New Horizon vessels pass the newly expanded Panama Canal,” Steinar Løvdal, Chief Operating Officer – Deep Sea said.He added that the market for high and heavy cargo out of Asia to the US “has grown considerably and with the added flexibility these vessels provide we have been able to utilize the capacity of Höegh Target to its full extent.”The Höegh Target began its journey in Japan and is on its way to Mobile, Alabama.Image Courtesy: Panama Canal Authority
Laurie HamelinAPTN NewsShawnee Morita Inyallie has been missing for almost a month.Inyallie is from Chawathil First Nation about an hour’s drive east of Vancouver in the Fraser Valley.“She is 29, she’s homeless, but she always comes home and that is here on Chawathil,” said her brother Patrick Pete.They organized a search party this past weekend where she is known to walk and hitchhike.“She’s a really friendly girl and she talks to strangers, maybe too much. She’s too trusting I think,” said her aunt, Linda Peters.Not knowing has left her mother, Rena Munro, shaking with worry.“She is still out there somewhere and I have no idea where,” said Munro. “Please, my daughter, wherever you are come home.”Anyone with information is asked to contact the RCMP in Hope, B.C.firstname.lastname@example.org