OAKLAND – The ball appeared out of reach. But that was not going to stop Jordan Bell from trying.After all, Bell spent the beginning of his second NBA season struggling to receive playing time. So why not give the Warriors coaching staff something to make them feel happy?So after forcing a turnover on Portland’s Nik Stauskas, Bell saw the ball bounce toward the baseline. So Bell dove toward the ball before it could go out-of-bounds. The tactic worked.“I didn’t feel like I had a chance to …
SAN JOSE — Sharks fans wanted Patrick Marleau make a cameo appearance at the 2019 NHL All Star Game in San Jose. Auston Matthews granted their wish as best he could.In the weeks leading into hockey’s mid-winter showcase, Sharks fans held out hope that the NHL would find a way to include Mr. Shark in the all star festivities at SAP Center. It didn’t happen. But Matthews sent the home crowd into a frenzy during the Skills’ Competition Friday night, ripping off his Toronto Maple Leafs sweater …
Saturn has a moon named for the two-faced Roman god Janus, but the real two-faced moon is the larger Iapetus. Since Jean Dominique Cassini discovered the moon in 1671 and noticed its varying brightness, scientists have been mystified by its two hemispheres, one as black as coal, the other white as snow. Investigators were sure they would figure it out when Voyager 2 flew by in 1981. They didn’t. Investigators were hopeful they would figure it out when Cassini flew by less than two weeks ago on December 31, 2004. They didn’t. In fact, they were thrown another curve: a ridge that wraps around the equator that gives the moon the appearance of a cracked walnut (see imaging team picture and caption). This is no ordinary crack; the ridgeline forms a mountain range 800 miles long and 13 miles high in places – three times the height of Mt. Everest. For a global perspective, see this 3D image and this composite of the dark hemisphere. The landslide at the right of the previous image slumped from a 9-mile scarp of an impact basin, and flowed tens of miles across a crater floor. For decades, scientists have tried to prove one of two models for Iapetus’ black-and-white contrast: either the dark material erupted from the inside (endogenic) and spread over the surface, or was splattered onto the moon from the outside (exogenic). Since the dark material covers the leading hemisphere (the side facing the orbital motion, like a windshield), the exogenic model has been slightly favored, but planetary scientists could not understand a source for the material that would not have also plastered the inner moons, unless it was dust blown off from an impact on Phoebe (see 06/14/2004 headline) – but the spectra didn’t match. The new hi-resolution images from Cassini, taken seven times closer than Voyager, still favor the exogenic model, because the dark regions have feathery edges and are distributed around the equator, not the poles. The pictures seem to rule out a liquidy or mushy ooze spreading out from the interior, but scientists cannot eliminate the possibility that dusty debris erupted from cracks or geysers. Could geological processes related to the equatorial ridge be related to the dark material? If so, what drove those processes on a frozen moon? The ridge is a geological feature unique in the solar system. It seems to cut right through more ancient craters. The albedo difference divides the leading and trailing hemispheres, but this ridge divides the northern and southern hemispheres. Are they related? Since Iapetus is “far out” (literally and figuratively), Cassini won’t get another chance to observe it at close range till 2007. That encounter, in September of that year, will be much closer and provide 100 times better resolution. The JPL press release says scientists are hoping to determine whether Iapetus was volcanically active in the past – odd for an icy-cold moon far from any tidal influences. Two weeks ago, scientists had a major mystery to solve at Iapetus; now they have two.Planetary science is the art of building skeet for observations to shoot down. Next episode in this exciting sport comes this Friday, when the Huygens Probe parachutes to the surface of Titan.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Poaching has almost wiped out abalone along South Africa’s coast, but a research project is showing a viable way to build a commercial farm and save wild populations – as well as provide jobs and economic growth.Seeding abalone beds in the Eastern Cape. (Image: Rhodes University)Sulaiman PhilipThe demand for abalone, or white gold, has devastated natural stocks of the delicacy along South Africa’s south and east coasts. In the Western Cape, overfishing and poaching are beginning to have the same effect on that region’s perlemoen, as abalone is known locally.A new research study being conducted by a team from the universities of Fort Hare and Rhodes, as well as Nelson Mandela University and commercial fisheries, hopes to find ways to restock natural populations and produce abalone for the export market.The team is headed by Professor Peter Britz of Rhodes, former head of the International Abalone Association. The project is looking at restoring natural stocks and researching the viability of abalone aquaculture projects.It began in earnest in 2014, when rights were granted to black-owned fish company Ulwandle Fishing. Andrew Witte, researcher and doctoral candidate, explains: “The purpose of the rights and permits are to encourage the establishment and development of a sustainable fisheries industry as well as drive community upliftment and ensure the health and protection of reef systems along the South African coast.”Preliminary research began two years earlier, however, when researchers assessed the habitat and population status of the abalone beds in Cape Recife, Port Elizabeth. They released abalone into research plots before the project’s 2014 start. As Witte explains, the plots grew into a commercial seeding pilot project. “The focus now is on the dispersion and migration of seeded abalone and the goal is the establishment of the first stages of a harvesting programme. More than 170 heavily poached and depleted plots along reefs in Port Elizabeth have been seeded with 30 tons of abalone, which translates into 1.7 million abalone.”Commercial farmingThe commercial beds are protected by a private security company, the South African Police Service and a team from the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. In the short time the project has been running, says Witte, it has “reduced poaching and promotes sustainable resource use and benefits for coastal communities. The farm also employs more than 160 people.”It is hoped that a sustainable fishery will grow the local economy and create jobs. Profitability of commercial aquaculture will depend on the survival, growth and migration of the stock being released, and this is the focus of the research.Britz points out that 50% of the spats (baby perlemoen) released in the Cape Recife project have survived, “which shows it is a viable way to build a commercial farm and save wild populations. For farming to be profitable research is important.”Fifty percent of spats, or baby perlemoen, released in the Cape Recife project have survived. (Image: Rhodes University)According to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) aquaculture has the potential to contribute to economic activity, poverty reduction, empowerment and employment in South Africa’s coastal and inand communities.The Cape Recife research is contributing to the restocking of collapsed abalone communities. It is also responsible for the growth of the area’s economy. In addition, it is increasing the number of marine researchers who will go on to make a difference in conservation and sustainability.The marketIn 2014 alone, 1,115 metric tons of abalone was exported, mostly to China. A large percentage of this was poached. The economic value of this market led to the government, through its Operation Phakisa: Ocean Economy initiative, to fund the research.Funding has been released through the Department of Trade and Industry’s flagship research and development fund, the Technology and Human Resources for Industry Programme (THRIP). The government believes that the ocean economy can contribute R177-billion to the gross domestic product and create one million jobs by 2033.The South African abalone aquaculture industry is worth R355-million a year. South African abalone – Haliotis midae – is one of the three most sought-after species. Britz believes that about 3,000 tons of poached perlemoen has been shipped out of the country over the past few years. “Because of the demand, canned perlemoen from South Africa can be sold for top prices – $75-$105 a kilo (R986-R1,380) deshelled in cans.”Thanks in part to the kind of research being done by the professor and his team, South Africa is reaping the benefits through a growing legal harvesting industry. “The result today is a buoyant perlemoen farming industry and a canned product which is selling like hot cakes, creating jobs in an area where they were haemorrhaging after the wild fishery had to be closed, and even raising the possibility of reseeding devastated reefs.”Poaching is organised crimeA 2012 trial in Port Elizabeth revealed just how well organised and funded poaching syndicates were.At the time, there were estimated to be up to 300 abalone divers in the Eastern Cape, and for most them poaching was their ony source of income. South African Defence intelligence put the number of people involved in poaching across the country at the time at 1,500, including drivers, lookouts and runners.At the time, while availability was still high, divers could make up to R54,000 per expedition. It was not uncommon for boats to carry as many as 10 divers per trip, who averaged six dives per month. Rhodes researchers Britz and Dr Serge Raemaker estimated that there were at least 50 boats being used in poaching operations in the province.In a report used by the prosecution, Raemaker and Britz interviewed poachers, conservationists and law enforcement and found that in 2005, syndicates spent R32-million on boats and 4x4s to begin the plunder of rich perlemoen fields discovered five years earlier.The report concluded that Port Elizabeth’s perlemoen resources resulted in “a large illegal and highly organised network developed from the urban centre of Port Elizabeth systematically [targeting] perlemoen reefs across the entire Eastern Cape for transport inland and export to the Far East”.The prosecutor in the case, Martin le Roux, told the court ahead of sentencing: “This is not a case about perlemoen; it is about organised crime. About racketeering.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Still chilly today, but we see a little bit of temperature moderation for tomorrow and early Saturday. Generally, we still see higher precipitation threats for the weekend and early next week, as moisture seems to want to focus more on Ohio than the rest of the eastern corn belt.Today we see at least partly sunny skies, but we stay chilly. Tomorrow, with a mix of clouds and sun, we cant rule out scattered late afternoon rain showers trying to develop near the Ohio river. However, most of the action stays south into KY and WV.Saturday looks to be our most active day of weather, with moisture overspreading the entire state. Temps look like they will be cold enough to make most of the action come as snow. Right now we will throw out a projection of 1″-5″ with coverage at 75% of Ohio. However, there is a chance that a little of that may come as rain, especially farther south. Any rain will take snow potential away. The moisture sticks around most of the day. The map at right shows weekend precipitation potential, in liquid equivalent form.Sunday should feature a mix of clouds and sun, but we get colder air back in over the region. On Monday we have to allow for some scattered rain or snow shower action early in the morning down near the Ohio River again, but the rest of the state misses that action. Sun will be replaced by increasing clouds through Monday with a chance of minor snow showers or flurries developing in afternoon and evening hours. Coverage will be limited to 40%, and totals are not impressive. Tuesday, we see morning snow showers bringing a fresh coating to 2 inches to 80% of Ohio, but by afternoon sunshine is back.Sunshine finishes the rest of the 10 day forecast window for Wednesday through Saturday. WE will stay chilly the first two days, but expect significant warming for next Friday and Saturday. Models are in stark disagreement over temps for the extended 11-16 day forecast window, with one saying well above normal and the other saying more well below normal air is coming. The disagreement is impressive, and means that we are going to continue to watch closely over the next 2-3 days for signs, but think that a normal to slightly below normal bias should be expected for the week of Christmas at this time.
Rahul Gandhi has got “all the qualities and capabilities” that are required to become a “good” Prime Minister, Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh on Thursday said. “Rahul has got all those qualities and capabilities that are needed for a good Prime Minister”, Singh, who has been working closely with the young leader, who turns 41 on June 19, told reporters. Replying to a question, Singh said no leader on his own says that he wants to become the Prime Minister and all this depends upon the overall situation and circumstances. Describing Rahul as “quite mature”, Singh said he has got the understanding of social and political issues. Besides being a member of the Gandhi family, he has the qualities of head and heart to strike rapport with people, he said. Singh, who is in charge of party affairs in Uttar Pradesh, dismissed suggestions that BSP supremo Mayawati, SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav or the BJP leaders could be termed his rivals. “He competes with himself, not with others”, Singh said when asked as to who is Rahul’s main competetor in politics. Dismissing opposition charges that Rahul indulges more in theatrics than in real action, he said, “Rahul works with the courage of conviction. He works with commitment and confidence”. Singh, who had a meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday, declined to divulge what transpired between them saying it was a “routine” affair. Singh’s remarks are significant as Rahul is being projected as the future leader and a potential Prime Minister by the party. The Congress General Secretary at the party Plenary at Burari here in December last had also made a strong pitch for Rahul putting in place his own team. “Now the time has come. Rajiv Gandhi had made me and Ahmed Patel state congress Presidents when we were 36-37 years old. Now, our expiry date is nearing. I am confident Rahul Gandhi will make his own team,” Singh had said.advertisement- With PTI inputs For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.
Neymar celebrates after scoring a goal for Brazil against Croatia on Friday Neymar gave Brazil a winning start to its home World Cup, scoring twice to lead the host nation to an unconvincing 3-1 victory over Croatia in the opening game on Thursday.STATISTICAL HIGHLIGHTS | REFEREE BLUNDER Brazil had a disastrous start when defender Marcelo found his own net while trying to clear a low cross by Ivica Olic in the 11th minute, but Neymar then showed why the nation’s high hopes are all pinned on him. The 22-year-old forward equalized in the 29th minute, clearing a defender in midfield before making a run toward the edge of the area and firing a perfectly placed low shot that went in off the post. The game turned on a controversial penalty awarded by Japanese referee Yuichi Nishimura in the 71st minute when striker Fred went down inside the area under minimal contact from defender Dejan Lovren. Neymar scored from the spot and the Croatians were furious. “If that was a penalty, we should be playing basketball,” said Croatia coach Niko Kovac. “Those kinds of fouls are penalized there.” “That is shameful, this is not a World Cup referee. He had one kind of criteria for them and another for us. The rules were not the same,” said Kovac. As Croatia searched desperately for an equalizer, Oscar added to the lead in the first minute of injury time with a toe poke from just outside the penalty area. Croatia had a few good chances toward the end and had a goal disallowed in the 83rd after the referee ruled Olic had fouled Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar.advertisement The host nation hasn’t lost in the opening match in the last nine World Cups. South Africa was held by Mexico to a 1-1 draw four years ago. A draw would have been a huge disappointment for Brazil, which had won its opening match the last eight times. The five-time champion entered the home tournament having won 15 of its last 16 games, including five in last year’s Confederations Cup, the warm-up tournament it won. The team hadn’t been held to a draw in the opener since a 1-1 result against Sweden in the 1978 World Cup in Argentina. The result kept Croatia without a win in its last five World Cup matches. Its last triumph was a 2-1 win over Italy in 2002. The Croats didn’t play in South Africa four years ago. The tournament finally got underway as planned after months of talk about the preparation problems that plagued Brazil since it was picked as host seven years ago. The troubled Itaquerao Stadium, which wasn’t fully finished for the opener, held up without major setbacks to fans or the match itself, although part of the lights atop the pitch went out a few times for brief periods in the first half. Despite the support from most of the more than 62,100 fans in attendance, Brazil got off to a slow start and allowed Croatia to threaten early. It opened the scoring with one of its first chances as Marcelo failed to clear Olic’s cross. The ball got slightly redirected by striker Nikica Jelavic before the Brazilian defender touched it backward into the goal. The crowd stayed behind the team despite the setback and Brazil started creating more chances. Midfielder Paulinho and playmaker Oscar both came close to scoring, but it was Neymar who found the net with his well-struck low shot into the far corner. “I wouldn’t say it was the best game, but it’s the World Cup debut,” said Oscar. “I’m representing the national team and I’m giving it my best. And I managed to do this.” The penalty kick was awarded when Fred appeared to be tugged inside the area by Lovren. The Croats insisted Fred wasn’t touched and at least five Croatian players swarmed around Nishimura of Japan to protest. Neymar converted his shot from the spot even though Croatia goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa touched the ball and nearly made the save. The goals were Neymar’s 32nd and 33rd goals in 50 matches with Brazil’s national team. The Barcelona star got a standing ovation when he was substituted near the end of the match. He had received a yellow card in the 27th for elbowing Real Madrid playmaker Luka Modric. The other Group A match will be played between Mexico and Cameroon in Natal on Friday.
Elaine, a long time and valued employee of the organisation, succumbed to her battle with cancer on Tuesday, 5 October 2010. During her time with the NSWTA she was one of the early “glass ceiling breakers” for female sports administrators through her role as the NSWTA Tournament Manager. A tough job that she handled with aplomb, dedication, professionalism and when needed, humour. Her personal nature and approach saw her make many friends in her time not just with the NSWTA but indeed throughout the sport in general and we know many will be touched by this sad news.On behalf of the Board, Staff and the wider Touch Football community we pass on our condolences and loving thoughts to Bob, Cameron and Stephanie, Evan and Kristy and Elaine’s granddaughter’s Amelia, Claudia and Isla at this sad time. Elaine’s Funeral will be held on Monday, 11 October at 1.30pm, South Chapel Eastern Suburbs Crematorium. Followed by a celebration of life at Bardwell Park RSL.
New Delhi/Islamabad: India on Thursday termed Pakistan downgrading diplomatic ties with it as an attempt to present an alarming picture to the world about bilateral relations, and urged Islamabad to review its decision.The Ministry of External Affairs said India regretted the steps announced by Pakistan on Wednesday and asserted that its decision on Jammu and Kashmir is an internal affair. The ministry said Pakistan negatively perceiving India’s developmental move is not surprising as the neighbouring country has utilised such sentiments to justify its cross-border terrorism. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details”The Constitution of India was, is and will always be a sovereign matter. Seeking to interfere in that jurisdiction by invoking an alarmist vision of the region will never succeed,” the MEA said in a statement. India on Monday revoked Article 370 of the Constitution removing special status to Jammu and Kashmir and has also bifurcated the state into two Union Territories – Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. Reacting to the decision, Pakistan on Wednesday expelled Indian High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria, soon after deciding to downgrade the diplomatic ties with India over what it called New Delhi’s “unilateral and illegal” move. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday”Recent decisions by the government and Parliament of India are driven by a commitment on extending Jammu and Kashmir opportunities for development that was earlier denied by a temporary provision in the Constitution,” the MEA said. It said the intention behind Pakistan’s announcement on downgrading diplomatic ties was to present “an alarming picture to the world of our bilateral ties”. “The government of India would urge Pakistan to review the steps so that normal channels for diplomatic communications are preserved,” the MEA said. Pakistan has suspended the Samjhauta Express train service with India, Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed announced on Thursday, a day after Islamabad downgraded the diplomatic ties with New Delhi. “We have decided to suspend the Samjhuta train service,” Rasheed said while addressing a press conference here. The Samjhauta Express train service was suspended earlier this year, due to escalating tensions between the two neighbouring countries. However, the service was later resumed. The minister made the announcement as passengers were waiting at the Lahore station to board the train to travel to India. On the Indian side, the train runs from Delhi to Attari and from Lahore to Wagah on the Pakistan side. However, Pakistan said on Thursday that it remains committed to complete the much-awaited Kartarpur corridor despite its decision to downgrade the diplomatic ties with New Delhi. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday strongly defended his government’s decision to revoke Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, saying the provision has not given anything except separatism, corruption and family rule to the state, and Pakistan has used it as a tool to spread terrorism. In his televised address to the nation, Modi hailed his government’s decision to revoke the Article as “historic” and said a new era has begun in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh. He also said over 1.5 crore people of J&K were being denied benefits of legislations meant for the entire country. Spelling out his government’s development plans for J&K, he said state government employees including police will soon get benefits on par with employees of other Union Territories and all vacant posts in Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh will be filled, creating employment opportunities.