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15 days agoGenk president Croonen reveals Napoli made Sander Berge attempt

first_imgGenk president Croonen reveals Napoli made Sander Berge attemptby Carlos Volcano15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveGenk president Peter Croonen has revealed Napoli made an attempt for Sander Berge.The 21-year-old played in the 0-0 Champions League draw with Napoli a fortnight ago and is under contract until June 2021.“Napoli have very good directors who really appreciate our players and asked for information on our Norwegian midfielder Sander Berge,” Croonen told Radio Kiss Kiss.“I think the figures that have been mentioned in the media, around €20-25m, represents a fair valuation.” Berge was signed from Valerenga in January 2017 for just €2m. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Kyler Murray Getting Blasted By Fans After Tweet

first_imgKyle Murray walks off the field.NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 01: Quarterback Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners walks off the field after the game against the Florida Atlantic Owls at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Owls 63-14. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Kyler Murray, a former five-star quarterback recruit, is no longer part of Texas A&M’s football program after announcing his decision to transfer from the school Thursday afternoon. Apparently, fans aren’t thrilled with how it all played out.After the news initially broke, Murray took to Twitter to offer a statement on the matter. The responses he received probably weren’t what he was looking for. pic.twitter.com/9scALpH2Hf— Kyler Murray (@TheKylerMurray) December 18, 2015@TheKylerMurraypic.twitter.com/TVWiOLZsRV— Don (@DBlairIII) December 18, 2015@TheKylerMurray Who wrote that for you? Hope that door didn’t hurt your precious behind on your way out. Don’t need quitters.— Justin Corn (@aggie4231) December 18, 2015@TheKylerMurray ?? You deserted the guys in the locker room. That said good luck and try to avoid SEC linebackers in the future— george martin (@exracer16) December 18, 2015@TheKylerMurray No matter what, you will always be known as a quitter. Tough wrap to lose.— Beerandon (@austinag04) December 18, 2015@TheKylerMurray pic.twitter.com/uFzpqk6Wsn— Chris Williams (@JChrisWilliams) December 18, 2015@TheKylerMurray this is a byproduct of a kid who seeks instant gratification.— Billie Benton (@Picklesoutdoors) December 18, 2015@TheKylerMurray Kyler Murray skips leg day pic.twitter.com/Mim2bxw8IO— Zach Coates (@CoatesZa) December 18, 2015@TheKylerMurray pic.twitter.com/FvSUFVw49e— Andrew Olson (@Pastygangsta98) December 18, 2015.@TheKylerMurray pic.twitter.com/kl73cbP3s4— Hayden Hyde (@HaydenHydeNFL) December 18, 2015@TheKylerMurray pic.twitter.com/2iztMUu3Xl— Mirk Fouglas (@JRKoeijmans) December 18, 2015@TheKylerMurray @air14football what a disgrace to this university. Remember that quitting will be in the back of every scouts head.— Bradley King (@BradleyKingTX) December 18, 2015@TheKylerMurray They aren’t and weren’t your guys.— Donna Mencacci (@DonnaMencacci) December 18, 2015@TheKylerMurray bad decision bro. You will see in 4 years when your working for your dad…— Jeremy A (@jeremyalderete) December 18, 2015@TheKylerMurray Quitter. Quit on TWO Aggie teams. A&M has done so much for your family too. Unreal the lack of respect and maturity— SEC_Aggie (@jcbenedict) December 18, 2015@TheKylerMurray you really don’t have 1/1000 of the fans you and daddy think you have. Keep living the Allen HS dream. You’re soft AF.— Englebert Humperdink (@aggiewop) December 18, 2015@TheKylerMurray pic.twitter.com/jIOalQSC12— Brian Crow (@bkcrow) December 18, 2015@TheKylerMurray @Andy_Staples little midget diva. Go play baseball.— no win no cry (@1neatobendito) December 18, 2015It remains to be seen where Murray is headed next – and which sport he’ll play.last_img read more

Video: A Charged Up Carmelo Anthony Screams DJ Khaled Quotes At His TV After Syracuse’s Dramatic Win

first_imgcarmelo anthony warms up during a game against the lakersLOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 20: Carmelo Anthony #7 of the Houston Rockets warms up before the game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on October 20, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Many didn’t believe Syracuse should even be included in this year’s NCAA Tournament. All the Orange have done since receiving that fateful bid is run through the bottom of the Midwest Region, knocking off a very game Gonzaga squad in last night’s Sweet 16 to set up a date with ACC rival Virginia for a chance at the Final Four.If SU somehow crashes the party as a 10-seed, expect to see plenty of the program’s alumni supporting the program. The most famous—2003 national champion Carmelo Anthony—was incredibly fired up after watching Tyler Lydon end Gonzaga’s night with his huge block. His wife, Lala, recorded him screaming DJ Khaled quotes at the TV.  Anthony wasn’t the only former Orange forward with a big reaction to the finish. Terrance Roberts, who played at SU from 2003-2007, had a more NSFW take on Lydon’s big play. LETS G !!!!!!!!! @Tyler_Lydon14 pic.twitter.com/QDqecgRG3S— Terrence Roberts (@TjR_16) March 26, 2016Combining Syracuse’s low seed, last year’s self-imposed tournament ban and Jim Boeheim’s suspension this season, and the continued assertion by some that this SU team is not deserving, expect Syracuse fans to bunker down even more, especially if the team knocks off Virginia on Sunday.More: Vote In Our “Most Annoying People In Sports Media” Bracket >>>last_img read more

3-Star DE Lashawn Paulino-Bell Drops Top 10 Via Twitter

first_imgThree-star defensive end Lashawn Paulino-Bell, a class of 2017 prospect, has narrowed his list of potential collegiate programs down to 10. Paulino-Bell, who has offers from dozens of schools, has an interesting mix in his group. Paulino is looking at Notre Dame, Kentucky, Georgia, Cal, Illinois, Indiana, Colorado, Michigan State, Mississippi State and UNC.He noted that his recruitment is still open, and that his list is not in any kind of order. He thanked everyone who’s helped him along the way too.I Want To Thank All The People Who Was There For Me On This .Edit Credit – @Hayesfawcett3 pic.twitter.com/m7UOzVASjM— T.Ⓜ️oney (@Legendary__8) June 7, 2016Paulino-Bell hails from Pompano Beach, Florida. He’s the 43rd-best defensive end in the country, per 247 Sports.last_img read more

Football Ohio State defensive line setting the bar high

Ohio State defensive linemen look on during the second half of the Buckeyes game against Nebraska on Nov. 5. The Buckeyes won 62-3. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorThe Ohio State football team has a fully loaded defensive line ready to not only control the line of scrimmage, but also dominate it.“We’ll be as good as anybody in America at defensive end,” Coach Urban Meyer said.Meyer referenced Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year, redshirt senior Tyquan Lewis, redshirt junior Sam Hubbard, sophomore Nick Bosa, senior Jalyn Holmes and redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones as the five premier defensive linemen on the team. With such high-profile players returning who have already played significant snaps, a concern is the possibility of complacency. However, that doesn’t seem to be the case for this unit. Lewis said the goal is to be the best defensive line all-time. “We’re all elite players, so we continue to push one another to the next level,” he said. “That’s what helps us become better and better — it’s a lot of competition between all of us.”Defensive line coach Larry Johnson said this unit is the best collective group he has had in a long time. He emphasized the closeness of this group by citing the collective bond and love that they share. He said Lewis and Holmes demonstrated this bond by forgoing the NFL Draft to return for their senior seasons. “The most important thing about these guys (is) they’re unselfish — they’re very unselfish players,” Johnson said. “They don’t care who starts, they don’t care who plays, as long as they play.”Honorable mention All-Big Ten defensive end Holmes said that the guys on the defensive line do not want to let each other down. He continually emphasized that winning is much more important than playing time. “We have that bond and we got that chemistry, Holmes said. “And we (are) playing for something bigger than ourselves.”Johnson referred to the depth of the defensive line and mentioned the improvements he has seen in redshirt sophomore defensive end Rashod Berry, sophomore defensive tackle Robert Landers, redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Jashon Cornell, redshirt freshman defensive tackle Malik Barrow, sophomore defensive end Jonathon Cooper and Honorable Mention All-Big Ten, redshirt senior Michael Hill. Honorable Mention All-Big Ten defensive end Hubbard played with former Buckeye defensive linemen Joey Bosa and Adolphus Washington, who both started as rookies in the NFL this past season. He said that this current defensive line could be even better as a whole.“I’ve played with a lot of great individuals. I don’t think, collectively, there’s been this much talent at his position since I’ve been here,” Hubbard said. “We have four guys who could start on any team in the country and we’re all playing together.”Along with Jones, Meyer said the staff has been thinking of ways of putting the five premier linemen on the field at one time, which would move a defensive end to linebacker. Per Johnson and multiple players, Hubbard has been practicing at the position during spring practice. Nick Bosa also emphasized the importance of getting all of the talent involved.“We have so many good players,” Bosa said. “It’s criminal to not have them on the field.” read more

Zidane doesnt want to be like Guardiola

first_imgZinedine Zidane was relieved that his side made it through the Champions League quarterfinals and he insisted that the referee’s job isn’t always easy and he doesn’t want to argue with them just as Pep Guardiola did.Pep Guardiola was sent to the stands in his side’s home game against Liverpool and Zinedine Zidane insisted that he doesn’t want to be like the Spaniard in this case and will prefer to “keep his mouth shut” sometimes.The former France international spoke about his opinion on this problem as he said, according to Sport Witness:Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“You just have to shut up sometimes. I had moments where I could have argued with referees, but I didn’t do it. What Guardiola has to say doesn’t interest me because we went through and won the Champions League.”“A referee’s job is hard. Sometimes it goes in your favour, other times against.”“It was a penalty, and, in the end, we went through.”last_img read more

Napoli will not bow to pressure against Juve – Sarri

first_imgNapoli manager Maurizio Sarri is adamant that they will be sticking to their principles against Juventus on Sunday, regardless of the consequencesThe Light Blues secured a 4-2 win on Wednesday against a stubborn Udinese side at their Stadio San Paolo with Napoli twice having fallen behind the visitors.However, inside an 11 minute period, Napoli scored three goals through Raul Albiol, Arkadiusz Milik and Lorenzo Tonelli to secure the three points and close the gap to their title rivals to just four points.Speaking to Mediaset Premium, afterwards, Sarri stated his intention for Napoli to remain calm and stick to their philosophy in a potential title decider against rivals Juventus with the side looking to win the Serie A for the first time since 1990.“Our team always tries to take the initiative and play our football, regardless of venue, opponent or situation. That is our philosophy,” said the Napoli coach, according to FourFourTwo.Stefano Sensi, inter milanReport: Inter go top with win over Udinese George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Inter Milan are top of Serie A after beating Udinese to make it three wins out of three.Antonio Conte’s career at Inter Milan, could…“Clearly, it’s difficult to go to Turin and try to get the victory, as in terms of strength in depth, I think Juventus are the most complete team in Europe. We’ll give it our best shot.”Sarri felt that Napoli had given a strong performance for most of their match against Udinese and was disappointed that they conceded two goals.“We had a very good initial approach and 25 minutes at a very high level, then 10 minutes of nothingness. After the restart, there was another blackout for 10 minutes, but towards the end we hit extraordinary heights. “It’s disappointing that we allowed those two goals, but I am happy because I saw the team playing with real sharpness again.” said the Italian.last_img read more

VAR replay helps Barca secure win

first_imgBarcelona maintained their perfect start to the new La Liga season thanks to Video Assistant Referees replay, according to ESPN.The Catalan club secured a 1-0 victory over Real Valladolid on Saturday night after the use of VAR replay proved to be difference.Ousmane Dembele scored the only goal in the 57th minute to give the Ernesto Valverde’s men all three points to maintain their perfect start to the season.The Spanish champions began the game with a front four of Dembele, Philippe Coutinho, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi but the quartet had trouble clicking on a ripped-up pitch in Valladolid.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.However, the former Borussia Dortmund winger pounced on a cushioned header back into the box from midfielder Sergio Roberto and lashed his first-time right-footed shot past goalkeeper Jordi Masip and into the far corner.Rayo Vallecano thought they’d worked an equaliser late in second-half stoppage-time but the goal was correctly ruled offside after a VAR replay.The victory ensures Barcelona begin their title defence in fine fashion after defeating Deportivo Alaves 3-o last week at the Camp Nou.last_img read more

Ziff Davis Media Cancels Tech Event

first_imgZiff Davis Media has cancelled this year’s DigitalLife Expo, an annual technology trade show it produces in partnership with PC Magazine. The event had been scheduled for September 25 to 28 in New York.Paul O’Reilly, vice president of Ziff’s event marketing group, attributed the decision to poor economic conditions. “We couldn’t get the event to the size and scale of previous years,” O’Reilly told FOLIO:. “We just weren’t confident that we could do the brand justice.”Ziff pulled the plug on the event after speaking with its major sponsors. “We were upfront and open about that, especially with sponsors and exhibitors,” O’Reilly said. “After several discussions, everyone felt that they wanted to pass on a smaller event this year and focus on building the show up again next year.” Ziff’s DigitalLife Expo launched in 2004 and attracted 24,000 attendees. In 2006, according to O’Reilly, the event had grown to 50,000 attendees.Ziff Davis Media, which also publishes Electronic Gaming magazine and ExtremeTech.com, filed for bankruptcy protection in March as part of a debt restructuring plan. In June, the publisher announced that a New York court confirmed its reorganization plan, and that it expected to emerge from bankruptcy protection this summer.O’Reilly says Ziff is hoping to work with its sponsors to produce the DigitalLife Expo next fall. “Nothing is certain, yet, but we hope to bring it back in 2009. Also, we’re looking at the same timeframe, which is great for launching new products and games.”last_img read more

GST impact subdued business activity push Nifty below 9900 Sensex drops around

first_imgA man looks at a screen across the road on the facade of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai May 16, 2014.Reuters fileThe Indian equity market is witnessing a mild downturn, with the benchmark index declining for the fifth straight day to a near four-week low.The BSE Sensex on Monday tanked 417 points intraday before closing at 31,626.63, down 296 points. On the other hand, NSE Nifty 50 Index slipped 91 percent or 0.92 percent to 9,872.60.The NSE Nifty Bank index fell for the fifth day in a row and hit a 1-month low on Monday, declining as much as 1.45 percent to touch 24,015 points.The corrections have been triggered by a series of factors such as GST impact on domestic market, subdued consumer spending, weak global cues, continues FPI outflows, muted growth forecast and because of growing global uncertainties.”Clearly both the initiatives (GST and demonetisation) had a more severe impact than what we have imagined. The negative impact is more in wholesale businesses in rural areas along with small and medium-sized industries. And, this is worrying,” Harsh Mariwala chairman of Marico told BloombergQuint.Recently, R Shankar Raman, chief financial officer (CFO) of Larsen and Toubro (L&T), opined that the government’s preparedness for rolling out tax reforms was nowhere close to what was claimed and this found reflection in the slipping GDP growth numbers.In an interview with Mint last week, Raman said, “…this pain is going to continue for another six to nine months, and consequently, working capital is going to get blocked. In fact, I don’t see the private sector coming back for the next couple of years.”On the global front, uncertainties keep putting pressure on emerging stock markets. The US Fed’s hawkish monetary policy stance and decision to begin its balance-sheet reduction programme from October 2017, a sharp depreciation in the rupee over the past two weeks and increasing tensions in the Korean peninsula are pushing investors away from the market.Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIs) have been net sellers form the past two months. As on September 25, they pulled Rs 4,511 crore out of the Indian equity market and in August they pulled out a whopping Rs 12,770 crore, according to NSDL data.last_img read more

Houston Palestine Film Festival Addresses Provocative Cultural Issues

first_img X 00:00 /02:15 Listen Share Amy BishopDegrade, a film by Tarzan and Arab NasserA few of the films in this year’s Houston Palestine Film Festival will strike a chord with the audience, especially one titled, Sara 2014.“It discusses an appalling topic, which is honor killing,” says Khalil Abu Sharekh, president of the HPFF. This is the U.S. premiere for Sara 2014, a film by director Khalil al Mozian, whose work is regarded as being too controversial back home in Gaza.“Unfortunately, it was banned,” Sharekh says. “And Hamas refused to show his film on the big screen.”That’s why most of the films are easier to screen outside of West Bank and Gaza than inside. To the surprise of many, the director was granted a visa to the U.S. to attend the premiere in Houston and is giving a Q&A after the movie.Also in this year’s lineup is Degrade, a story of 13 women who find themselves stuck in a beauty salon as war breaks out in the street. It’s critical of Hamas government, which makes it edgy, Sharekh explains.HPFFScene from Speed Sisters, a film about the first all-female race car driving team in the Middle East.But some of the festival’s films are more lighthearted, such as Speed Sisters, about a team of all-female race car drivers who are competing head-to-head with Palestinian men in the West Bank.This is the HPFF’s largest festival in its ten-year history, spanning three weekends. They’re starting to put more effort into attracting a particular demographic in Houston that’s growing.  Specifically, Palestinians who are born and raised here, but struggling to shape and form their own identity as being American-Palestinians.But film has a unique way of breaking through cultural barriers while delivering powerful messages.“People want to share their stories,”  Sharekh says. “People want the world to hear their voices. And there’s no better way than through art.”The festival runs through May 28th at the Rice University Media Center. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

Texas Strong Harvey Relief Concert Will Feature Willie Nelson Paul Simon

first_img Share On the heels of Tuesday’s “Hand in Hand: Texas” concert and telethon to help those affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, plans for a new relief concert to be headlined by Willie Nelson and other greats were announced Wednesday morning.Willie Nelson, Paul Simon, Bonnie Raitt and more plan Harvey Can’t Mess With Texas benefit concert this month https://t.co/Eimr3qvLfN pic.twitter.com/llGPMCLC3O— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) September 13, 2017Scheduled for Sept. 22 at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, “Harvey Can’t Mess With Texas: A Benefit Concert For Hurricane Harvey Relief” will include performances by Nelson, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Paul Simon and others. An hour-long special will be broadcast on TEGNA’s 11 Texas stations, including KHOU, and the first hour of the concert will air live on YouTube.com/TexasStrong.“We got lucky when Hurricane Harvey avoided Austin, but though it missed us, it hit our neighbors hard. Every time I’ve asked you to help our neighbors you’ve risen to the challenge,” Austin Mayor Steve Adler said in a statement. “Now we have an opportunity to do good by being our best, and that means putting on a show and having a good time.”Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Rebuild Texas Fund, a project of the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and the OneStar Foundation. Google will match the first $500,000 in donations.last_img read more

Houston Will Have 11 Cooling Centers During The Hot Summer Months

first_imgPhoto captured from Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Twitter feed / @SylvesterTurnerMayor Sylvester Turner talks about the importance of staying cool and hydrated during the hot summer months in Houston during a press conference held on June 15, 2018.Reliant, in collaboration with the City of Houston, is rolling out for the 13th year the “Beat the Heat” initiative, which will provide 16 cooling centers across Texas, the majority of them in Houston.Houston will specifically have 11 cooling centers, which are free of charge and will be located at all of the Multi-Service Centers managed by the City. They will feature air-conditioned spaces, bottled water, light snacks and entertainment and will be operative until the end of September.During a press conference held at the West End Multi-Service Center, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner acknowledged there are Houstonians who have to work outdoors during the hot summer months, for example because they are construction workers, and noted: “I want to remind those who do work, play or exercise outdoors to stay hydrated and if you must go outside don’t do it during the hottest part of the day.”We should all remain alert to heat advisories. This summer let us all keep an eye on each other, especially our seniors and those without airconditioners. Thank you @reliantenergy for being a great corporate partner. Visit our 11 cooling centers throughout Houston. #beattheheat pic.twitter.com/IvkDm1a8mY— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) June 15, 2018Turner also touched on the serious risks of leaving children, senior citizens or pets unattended in vehicles because of the high temperatures they quickly reach and, therefore, the health risks –including death— they can be exposed to. “Every summer we say this, but I cannot say it enough: Let’s not leave children or senior citizens or pets in vehicles unattended,” the Mayor underscored.As part of the initiatives being implemented this summer to help the community deal with the high summer temperatures, the Harris County Area Agency on Aging will distribute portable air conditioning units and the City’s Health Department will distribute portable power stations. Those interested in receiving a unit should call 832-393-4301.For a complete list of the cooling centers that are part of the “Beat the Heat” initiative in Texas (including Corpus Christi and Dallas), click here.Press Conference: 13th annual @nrgenergy and @HoustonHealth #BeatTheHeat Summer Kickoff is https://t.co/U3dOIhlcuq— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) June 15, 2018 Sharelast_img read more

Galveston Student Placed in Custody for Taking Handgun to High School

first_imgGoogle MapsBall High School.A Galveston high school student was placed in custody Tuesday for taking a handgun to school, officials reported.Ball High School said in a statement sent to parents and staff that the Police for the Galveston Independent School District retrieved a 25-caliber handgun without ammunition.A concerned student had reported knowledge of an alleged weapon on campus.The school was placed on lock down. It was lifted at 10:01 a.m. and an investigation is underway.Another incident involving a firearm and a school occurred on Monday in Conroe.The Conroe Independent School District reported a student was found with a gun at a 9th grade campus.According to district officials, it didn’t seem as if there was any intent for the student to use the handgun at school and no threats were made.The district did not disclose whether the gun was loaded. Sharelast_img read more

Judge Prop B Is Unconstitutional And Void In Its Entirety

first_img Share Michael HagertyIn the latest court decision on voter-mandated firefighter pay raises, state district Judge Tanya Garrison ruled on Wednesday that Proposition B violates the Texas constitution. State law gives firefighters the right to collective bargaining, but City Attorney Ron Lewis said it’s unconstitutional to link firefighter pay to police officer pay.“Firefighter pay must be based on private sector firefighter pay,” Lewis said. “Prop B says firefighter pay must be based on Houston police officer pay. Houston police officer pay does not equal private sector firefighter pay. It’s not the same thing.”According to Garrison’s ruling, Prop B is “unconstitutional and void in its entirety.” In a statement, the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association called the ruling “a disappointment.” The union plans to appeal the decision.With City Council at work on next year’s budget, it’s unclear what impact the ruling will have. In April, City Council voted to authorize 220 firefighter layoffs to pay for the Prop B salary raises. Now that decision could be reversed. “There will not be a need to lay off anyone in our city,” Mayor Sylvester Turner said on Wednesday after the Council meeting. “And there will be no need for demotions of anyone within the fire department.” A Harris County district court judge in December ordered the city to implement Prop B. In that decision, Judge Randy Wilson wrote that nothing about Proposition B violates state law.last_img read more

HELP NAME THE MARYLAND ZOOS NEWEST PENGUIN CHICKS

first_imgNew Penguin Chicks. (Photo – Screenshot from Maryland Zoo/YouTube video)BALTIMORE, MD – The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is happy to announce the hatching of two African penguin chicks – the first to be hatched at the Zoo’s new Penguin Coast exhibit!   “We hoped that moving the penguin colony in the beginning of breeding season would not impact egg laying this year, so we are delighted to welcome these first two chicks,” said Jen Kottyan, avian collection and conservation manager. “These chicks are not only the first to hatch this season; they are also being raised as part of our Animal Ambassador program. That means they will be traveling far and wide in the Zoomobile on education outreach programs.”The female chicks hatched on October 4 and October 9, and now they need names!  “The chicks are very healthy and are thriving under the care of the Animal Embassy staff,” continued Kottyan. “They now have their juvenile feathers, and they are very vocal chicks. We are looking for names to compliment the penguins already in the program – Tails, Winnie and Lilly.”The names, selected by a variety of Zoo staff are:–Shelly and Sandy – for the variety of beaches where they live in South AfricaNellie and Mandie – for Nelson MandelaDaisy and Rose – flower names to compliment current penguin LillyDawn and Hope –  Dawn for the dishwashing detergent that is used to clean wild penguins caught in oil spills and Hope for the Cape of Good Hope, home to the Boulders Penguin Colony.The Maryland Zoo has been a leader in breeding African penguins for over 40 years, winning the prestigious Edward H. Bean Award for the “African Penguin Long-term Propagation Program” from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) in 1996.   The Zoo has one of the largest colonies of the birds in North America, with over 60 birds currently residing in the new Penguin Coast exhibit.  “Our penguins are bred according to recommendations from the AZA African Penguin Species Survival Plan (SSP) which helps maintain their genetic diversity,” said Kottyan.  “Many of the African penguins previously bred at the Zoo now inhabit zoo and aquarium exhibits around the world.”Penguin chicks take 38-42 days to hatch out of their eggs after they are laid. Zoo keepers monitor development of the eggs by candling them about a week after they are laid to see if they are fertile and developing.  The eggs are then placed back with the parents.  “Both the male and the female take turns sitting on the eggs,” said Kottyan. “Once the eggs hatch, parents take turns caring for their offspring; they each protect, feed, and keep the chick warm for 2-3 days and then switch off.”At Penguin Coast, chicks stay with their parents for about three weeks after they hatch and are fed regurgitated fish from their parents. During this time, zoo keepers and vets keep a close eye on the development of the chicks, weighing and measuring them daily for the first week to make sure that the parents are properly caring for each chick.  When a chick is three-weeks-old, the keepers remove it from the nest, and start to teach the chick that they are the source of food. This step is critical as it will allow staff to provide long term care for the birds including daily feeding, regular health exams and both routine and emergency medical care.  “For these chicks, hand rearing is especially important as they will be an important part of our education program and will need to get used to any number of different situations,” continued Kottyan.  “We’d like to make sure they have family friendly names so they can take their place with our other penguin Animal Ambassadors like Tails, Winnie and Lilly.”Visit the Maryland Zoo website at  http://www.marylandzoo.org/Penguinnames for video, photos and the chance to vote on your favorite names!  Voting is open from Friday, December 5th thru Saturday, December 20th.  You can vote once per day, so visit often to make sure your voice is heard.  The winning names will be announced on December 21st.About The Maryland Zoo in BaltimoreFounded in 1876, The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is the third oldest zoo in the United States and is internationally known for its contributions in conservation and research. More than 1,500 animals are represented in the Zoo’s varied natural habitat exhibits in areas such as Polar Bear Watch, the Maryland Wilderness, African Journey and the award-winning Children’s Zoo. Situated in Druid Hill Park near downtown Baltimore, the Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums. For more information, visit www.marylandzoo.org.last_img read more

Sensorequipped footballs could help refs and players

first_imgEquipped with a GPS receiver and accelerometer, a football could help refs make calls such as whether the ball was caught before it hit the ground, or if a player had possession before fumbling. Image credit: Andrew Rush/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Citation: Sensor-equipped footballs could help refs and players (2008, December 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-12-sensor-equipped-footballs-refs-players.html Explore further Wimbledon: lawns look lovely, but time to keep off the grass After getting tired of throwing things at the TV during unfair calls, Narasimhan wondered if it would be possible to improve the accuracy of the referees’ decisions by adding sensor technology to the instant replays. She began working on a way to equip the football with a GPS receiver and an accelerometer that could help refs make calls such as whether the ball was caught before it hit the ground, or if a player had possession before fumbling. She has also designed gloves with 15 touch sensors that wirelessly transmit data to a computer. The data can show a player’s grip by sensing which parts of the glove are in contact with ball at any given time, and provide information on how an individual player throws the ball.Narasimhan hopes that the technology will be used for training referees and players, and possibly scouting. She doesn’t intend for the electronics to take any of the fun out of the game.”You’d never want to replace the human referees because they make these calls based on years of experience, and no technology can replace that,” she said. “But in addition to the instant replay, if you had a supplementary system that said this is exactly where the ball landed and where the player stopped with it, you could make these kinds of calls accurately.”Besides being used in games, the technology could be used to help coaches, for instance, when they need to replace a second-string quarterback. Potential replacements could wear the sensor-laden gloves while throwing and running, and coaches could tell how the players react in different situations. “You could have whoever you’re scouting wear these gloves and you could ask, well, does he throw the same way under the same defensive schemes or does he run the same way and make the same kind of cuts as a terrific running back does?” she said.The technology still needs improvement to be useful, though. The current prototype transmits information just once a second and is only accurate to within 30 feet. Narasimhan and her students are working on a newer prototype that can transmit information four times per second and combine data from fixed GPS receivers near the field for greater accuracy.Besides the ball and gloves, sensors could one day be added to players’ shoes to measure running stride and patterns, or in shoulder pads to calculate blocking positions and force. Narasimhan hopes to work with a college or pro team to get players’ input on what kind of information would be most helpful for improving their game.via: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Gizmodo© 2008 PhysOrg.com This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (PhysOrg.com) — When Dr. Priya Narasimhan moved to Pittsburgh seven years ago, she fell in love with the people, the city, and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Although the Carnegie Mellon computer engineering professor grew up in India and Africa, she became passionate about the American sport of football, including its bad calls and referees’ human error.last_img read more

Make your balcony garden more attractive

first_imgPlants are essential when it comes to decorating a small balcony. Avoid using too much floor space of your balcony, do not overcrowd it, says an expert.Below are some smart ideas to have a small outdoor paradise that is full of life.Plants are essential things you’ll need to have to decorate a small balcony. Hang potted plants behind the railings and on the walls.Avoid using too much floor space of your balcony, do not overcrowd it. Instead, devise ways to utilise vertical space to double up your space. It’s the best space savvy solution that will allow you to have more plants in your limited space. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfEast-facing balcony receives almost six hours of sun, often between 8 am and 1 pm, and the major benefit of having such a balcony is that you can save your plants from the harsh afternoon sun.West-facing balcony garden is quite similar to south-facing balcony – here the sun shines at its peak for about six-to-eight hours and except tender shade-loving plants, you can plant almost anything.Themed plant and flower garden are also viral these days. People living in apartments and penthouses prefer to indulge themselves in kitchen gardening and low-space gardening with small pots and planters in their balcony area. Small coloured pots with different shapes and sizes are in trend. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveOne can also place vines and planters in bottles too. Like growing creeper plants like money plant in a bottle will surely use less space and will also enhance the aura of your balcony. Waste bottles of soft drinks can be decorated and painted as per the colour scheme of your interior and can be used to grow such plants.Growing flowers of bright shades and exotic fragrance will surely attract butterflies to your flowerbeds. It will ultimately lead you to defining a budget-friendly butterfly garden in your balcony making it a centre of attraction.last_img read more

Blue light from smartphones may speed blindness

first_imgBlue light emitted from smartphones and other digital devices can accelerate blindness by transforming vital molecules in the eye’s retina into cell killers, a study has found.Macular degeneration, an incurable eye disease that results in significant vision loss starting on average in a person’s 50s or 60s, is the death of photoreceptor cells in the retina.Those cells need molecules called retinal to sense light and trigger a cascade of signalling to the brain. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”We are being exposed to blue light continuously, and the eye’s cornea and lens cannot block or reflect it,” said Ajith Karunarathne, an assistant professor at University of Toledo in the US.”It’s no secret that blue light harms our vision by damaging the eye’s retina. Our experiments explain how this happens, and we hope this leads to therapies that slow macular degeneration, such as a new kind of eye drop,” said Karunarathne.The study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, found that blue light exposure causes retinal to trigger reactions that generate poisonous chemical molecules in photoreceptor cells. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”It’s toxic. If you shine blue light on retinal, the retinal kills photoreceptor cells as the signalling molecule on the membrane dissolves,” said Kasun Ratnayake, a PhD student researcher working in Karunarathne’s group.”Photoreceptor cells do not regenerate in the eye. When they’re dead, they’re dead for good,” said Ratnayak.Karunarathne introduced retinal molecules to other cell types in the body, such as cancer cells, heart cells and neurons. When exposed to blue light, these cell types died as a result of the combination with retinal. Blue light alone or retinal without blue light had no effect on cells. “No activity is sparked with green, yellow or red light. The retinal-generated toxicity by blue light is universal. It can kill any cell type,” Karunarathne said. The researcher found that a molecule called alpha tocoferol, a Vitamin E derivative and a natural antioxidant in the eye and body, stops the cells from dying.However, as a person ages or the immune system is suppressed, people lose the ability to fight against the attack by retinal and blue light.”If you look at the amount of light coming out of your cell phone, it’s not great but it seems tolerable,” Dr. in the UT Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, said.”Some cell phone companies are adding blue-light filters to the screens, and I think that is a good idea,” said John Payton, visiting assistant professor at University of Toledo.last_img read more