Spinners put India in charge

first_imgBANGALORE, India (AP):India were comfortably placed at 80-0 at stumps yesterday after spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin helped skittle out South Africa for 214 on the opening day of the second cricket Test.At the close, Shikhar Dhawan was batting on 45 and Murali Vijay on 28 as India looked on track to gain the first-innings lead on a pitch aiding turn. India, which won the opening Test of the four-game series by 108 runs at Mohali, trailed by 134 runs.Left-hander Dhawan put behind him his pair of ducks in the opening Test as he struck seven fours. Vijay, who was dropped on 21 by Imran Tahir at square leg off Morne Morkel, had hit five fours.Earlier, the South African batsmen struggled against slow bowling as left-arm spinner Jadeja grabbed 4-50 and offspinner Ashwin 4-70.AB de Villiers led the resistance with 85, but failed to build partnerships.”There was not much for us in the pitch, but we bowled well,” Ashwin said. “AB de Villiers is a world-class batsman and played his strokes, but I thought he was a bit edgy today. We were in control, with wickets falling regularly at the other end.”Ashwin got the initial wickets to justify captain Virat Kohli’s decision to bowl, while Jadeja took charge later. Ashwin and Jadeja had finished with eight wickets each at Mohali and seemed to intimidate most of the batsmen from early on.The pace bowlers could not get early wickets, but Ashwin removed opener Stiaan van Zyl and Faf du Plessis in quick succession in the eighth over as South Africa tottered at 15-2. Ashwin also dismissed Jean-Paul Duminy and Morkel, both of whom returned for the match after missing the first Test due to injuries.Jadeja’s first wicket was that of Dean Elgar immediately after lunch as the left-hander went for a sweep, only to glove it on to the stumps after making a fighting 38. Jadeja also took a sharp return catch to dismiss Dane Vilas and then the key wicket of de Villiers, who was caught by a fine diving effort by wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha. Kagiso Rabada also fell to Jadeja, caught in the close cordon.”The pitch was fine, but we did not play well,” South Africa coach Russell Domingo said. “There were too many soft dismissals. At the moment, we are too far behind in the game, but 6-7 wickets can fall in a session here, and the game can change fast.”last_img read more

Finance Gives US$140K to Salvation Army School

first_imgThe Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Finance Development and Planning (MFDP) yesterday provided US$140,155 to the William Booth High School in Paynesville.The fund is in support of the rehabilitation of the school, which was recently gutted by fire. The school is part of the Salvation Army School System in Liberia.Mr. Augustine Blama, Assistant Minister for Budget at the Finance Ministry, who proxied for Minister Amara Konneh, said the government remains committed to ensuring that the students returned to school despite the fire incident.“The school currently has a little over 890 students for the 2015 academic year and the government was saddened by the fire disaster that would have left hundreds of students out of school this year,” Mr. Blama said.He disclosed that since the fire disaster, the MFDP through Minister Konneh has been working with the Salvation Army and the William Booth authorities to ensure that the students returned to school with normal teaching activities in place.The government will continue to partner with all private schools in the country in building their capacity by providing some relief and also ensuring that government provides all Liberian students the opportunity for quality education.  “The government will continue to ensure that parents don’t suffer from any hike in tuition that affects the enrollment of students in private schools,” he maintained. “With the outbreak of the Ebola virus in the country, government is committed to ensuring that all parents are able to afford their children’s school fees,” he added.Receiving the cheque on behalf of the Salvation Army William Booth High School, Col. Gabriel M. Kathuri thanked the government for helping the school administration and the students in the rehabilitation of the school.“We need to pray for the person or persons who burnt the school. They thought that by burning the school students would have been stopped from coming to school again or have a place to continue their education,” he said.The situation was very terrible for the students and teachers, considering the current economic situation in the country and also the financial strain parents would have experienced relocating their children to other schools. The director of the Salvation Army School Secretariat, David Massaquoi, who provided an update on the burning of the school, explained, “It was frustrating for students who did not know that the school building had burned down just two days after school reopened. They came prepared the next morning and unfortunately, there were no classrooms. This was an emotional moment, very sad for us all.”According to him, this was the first time the Salvation Army school system in the country had experienced a fire disaster, which completely burnt the building.“This is something we had not planned for. We were just returning from the Ebola crisis and had to replace some basic materials for the resumption of classes. The Army did all in their power to get the school ready with the limited resources available in order to resume school; and then the fire disaster happened.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Dog allegedly stolen from 102 avenue

first_img The RCMP are looking for the public’s help after a dog was allegedly stolen from the 8800 block of 102 avenue in Fort St. John.- Advertisement -The RCMP responded at approximately 11 p.m. Wednesday to a report of a dog being stolen. The dog, a 7 year-old mini border collie named “Daisy” was allegedly taken from the yard of a residence around 11 p.m.At this time, the RCMP believe the dog was taken in an attempt to protect it from the weather. The police are asking for the public’s assistance to locate and return Daisy.You can contact the RCMP at 250-787-8140.last_img read more


first_imgThe Dream Team: Niall McGonagle and Tommy Harkin have guided LYIT to another All-Ireland semi-final.LYIT Men’s Soccer team produced a stunning comeback victory tonight to secure a spot in the last four of the All-Ireland series. Niall McGonagle’s side looked destined to exit the competition when they went in at the interval trailing 2-0 at half-time.However, a spirited and sensational second-half performance ensured LYIT would play in the All-Ireland semi-final which takes place in the New Year. LYIT struggled to settle early on, and Carlow whose players train full-time as part of their course completely controlled the match.They scored midway through the first-half capitalizing on a defensive lapse in the LYIT defence.They added a second just before half-time, and at that stage it looked grim for LYIT.The combination of a Niall McGonagle hairdryer and the introduction of Anthony Appiah swung the game back in the favour of LYIT. Cathal McDaid pulled a goal back almost straight from the re-start and then the outstanding Peter Doherty scored a brace of goals from two corners to put LYIT in the driving seat.Further goals from Daire McDaid and Steve Okapu sealed the deal and ensured Niall McGonagle’s side were heading to the semi-finals.LYIT have home advantage in the semi-final and they’ll face Cork’S CSN in the New Year.Well done to all the management and players and we wish them a safe trip home this evening from Carlow. LYIT MEN’S SOCCER TEAM PROGRESS TO ALL-IRELAND SEMI-FINAL AFTER STUNNING WIN IN CARLOW was last modified: November 25th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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) Tags:All-Ireland semi-finalCarlowLYITnewssoccerSportlast_img read more

Cells Know Their Physics

first_imgAt the microscopic level of cells, forces come into play that are unfamiliar to us at the macro level: quantum mechanics, Brownian motion, and subtle elastic forces that we might overlook.  Two recent papers in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences explored physical mechanisms cells use to good advantage.  Good thing cells know their physics, or we could not exist.    In a paper in PNAS by a team at the University of Oregon,1  Harland, Bradley, and Parthasaranthy explored the forces at work in cell membranes, which they called “nature’s most important two-dimensional fluid” composed of lipid bilayers.  What keeps the membrane intact?  “It is generally assumed, for lack of evidence to the contrary, that homogeneous lipid bilayers are simple Newtonian fluids – that is, purely viscous two-dimensional liquids incapable of an in-plane elastic response.  To the contrary, “we find that membranes are not simply viscous but rather exhibit viscoelasticity, with an elastic modulus that dominates the response above a characteristic frequency that diverges at the fluid?gel … phase-transition temperature,” they said.  This means that the membrane is stretchy and it requires force to pull it apart.  “These findings fundamentally alter our picture of the nature of lipid bilayers and the mechanics of membrane environments.”    As for why this matters, “The fluidity of membranes is crucial to functions such as the assembly of proteins into signaling complexes and the controlled presentation of macromolecules at cell surfaces” – i.e., we could not live without membranes that know how to take advantage of viscoelastic properties.  “At the level of single proteins, rapid conformational changes on the part of transmembrane proteins such as ion channels and pumps must couple to the local lipid environment;” they said at the end of their paper; “whether this environment is viscous or elastic must therefore influence any molecular model of protein function.”  The authors did not mention evolution in their paper.    Another team at UC Davis explored the quantum mechanics of an important molecular machine – the Complex I macromolecular complex.2  This machine employs a railroad-like piston and coupling-rod mechanism (07/07/2010, 09/22/2010) to create the proton gradient that drives ATP synthesis.  This process is vital to all life: in humans – and in respiring bacteria – it takes the energy from food and stores it as chemical energy in ATP molecules that are used like currency to pay for most of the energetic activities in the cell.  Complex I transfers two electrons from NADH and passes them like hot potatoes down a series of cofactors in the long arm of its L-shaped structure.  One of the electrons is apparently used for control, and the other gets passed 90 angstroms (a fair distance on the scale of proteins) to a ubiquinone molecule for the next stage of energy transfer.  This happens in the cell’s power plants, the mitochondria.  The electron pathway includes a flavin molecule, water molecules, and eight iron-sulfur (Fe/S) clusters in two conformations, each acting alternately as donors and acceptors of the electrons – creating an electrical current.    Hayashi and Stuchebrukhov found that Complex I takes advantage of electron tunneling – a phenomenon in quantum mechanics – to pass the electrons down the chain.  Tunneling occurs when a particle faces an energy barrier that seems insurmountable, but makes it through somehow, because in the probabilistic world of quantum mechanics, a particle, being wavelike and having a wave function, has a probability distribution of where it might be located, due to the uncertainty principle.  There’s a certain probability the particle will be found on the other side of the barrier.  It’s as if a soldier at a castle could magically appear on the other side of the wall without climbing over it.  “In this paper we use state-of-the-art electronic structure calculations to show that the mechanism of electron transfer is quantum mechanical tunneling, as in the rest of electron transport chain;” they said.  Another surprise was that water molecules in path amplify the efficiency of transfer many-fold: “the water between subunits of complex I plays the critical role in mediating electron transport.”  Here’s how they summarized their findings:The whole electronic wiring of complex I is obtained by combining tunneling pathways of individual processes, as shown in Fig. 3.  It is clear that specific peptide residues serve as electronic wires connecting neighboring Fe/S clusters; individual electron tunneling paths involve up to three protein residues, including two cysteine ligands and one additional key residue (Table 1).  Notably, the clusters in the protein are oriented in a specific way—corner to corner—with Cys [cysteine, an amino acid] ligands mostly pointing toward each other, which is clearly the most efficient way to transfer electrons from one cluster to another.In addition, they noted that the “wires” employ thermodynamics to good effect: “the tunneling orbitals in the core regions are constantly changing on the time scale of thermal dynamics of the local protein environment, which is much faster than that of the slowest electron transfer.”  This “mixing” is another efficiency mechanism: “If there were no mixing of the electronic states, the incoming and outgoing electrons would tunnel from the same gateway atom of a cluster, which obviously is very inefficient because of the additional tunneling distance.”    On top of all those efficiencies, the water molecules help even more: “With water present between the subunits, the tunneling rates are dramatically increased by two to three orders of magnitude,” they said with evident surprise and delight: “The internal water at the subunit boundaries is therefore an essential mediator for the efficient electron transfer along the redox chain of complex I.”    Did these scientists bring evolution into the story?  Only to show it had not happened here: “The key residues identified in this study as mediators of electron transfer (Table 1) are remarkably conserved among different organisms.”  To test that conservation, they watched what happened with mutants.  The electron transfer rate decreased dramatically.  All the elements of the chain appear to be precisely tuned for optimum efficiency.  Even though water can “repair” some tunneling paths if gaps are created by mutations, they were not prepared to say evolution produced this finely-tuned pathway for electrons.  “Yet there is conservation of specific residues along the paths described above, and whether it was evolutionarily determined or not remains to be examined further.”  That was all they had to say about evolution.  In essence, they shuttled off the question to someone else, but left open the possibility that it was not evolutionarily determined.  What is the alternative?    Their concluding paragraph revealed a bit of emotion about all this: “It is remarkable that the most fundamental energy-generating machinery in cells is based on the wave properties of electrons, which allow for an efficient transport of energy-carrying particles along the chain of redox cofactors toward molecular oxygen via quantum tunneling as demonstrated by this study.”1.  Harland, Bradley, and Parthasaranthy, “Phospholipid bilayers are viscoelastic,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, published online before print October 25, 2010, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1010700107.2.  Hayashi and Stuchebrukhov, “Electron tunneling in respiratory complex I,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, published online before print October 25, 2010, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1009181107.Notice the precision of these machines.  The efficiency of electron transfer in Complex I, for instance, depends on precisely-placed amino acids and water molecules down a fairly long chain.  The fact that these amino acids are “conserved” (i.e., unevolved), only means that they cannot be altered without severe consequences (like death).  It does not mean that they evolved into that configuration—that would be a logical fallacy.  Both creationists and evolutionists realize that mutations occur – a cosmic ray could hit the molecule or a gene, or an editing error could result in a different amino acid being inserted.  Many of these will cause death.  The ones that do not may allow the organism to survive and reproduce (genetic drift and stabilizing selection).  Over time, mutations can accumulate (mutational load) at rates that are not well understood (despite the evolutionary “molecular clock” that circularly depends on evolution as an assumption), but genetic drift and stabilizing selection are level or downhill processes.  They are only creative if you believe the Tinker Bell myth already (10/08/2010).  How did the first microbe even get off the starting line without Complex I and ATP Synthase already in place?  Evolutionists imagine stepping stones, but never provide them.  It’s like imagining stepping stones to Hawaii or across the Grand Canyon with no evidence – just the belief that they had to be there for evolution to get across the chasm.  Well, guess what.  Some people have no need of that hypothesis.    The elegant, functional structures of these molecular marvels should make us stand in awe of their Creator.  Scientists dare not utter such thoughts.  Look again at that circumlocution in the second paper, “whether it was evolutionarily determined or not remains to be examined further.”  The position of the authors about evolution vs design is unknown to us, but that statement is about as close as a scientist can safely get these days to saying, “Darwin was a mush-head” and still get published in PNAS.  Thoughtful readers can look at the evidence and draw their own conclusions.(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

#5. Advice from grandpa keeping many farms in business

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The #5 story in 2015 was: Advice from grandpa keeping many farms in business As tough times continue for agriculture, there is much to be learned in sage advice from yesteryear. Multi-generational farm operations have some inherent challenges, but there are plenty of benefits to having grandpa around for advice. For Niese Farms in Richland and Crawford Counties, having the experience of three generations is paying dividends as the farm navigates these challenging times.last_img read more

Do-It-Yourself iPhone App Service Mobile Roadie Teams Up With Ustream

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… RWW at LeWebReadWriteWeb will be out in full force at this year’s LeWeb. I will cover the conference as part of the Traveling Geeks team and Dana Oshiro will be there with the Social Media Club House. Related Posts frederic lardinois Mobile Roadie is an application builder for the iPhone that focuses on enabling bands, athletes and event organizers to easily create their own iPhone apps. Users can use Mobile Roadie to create apps that can promote events, stream video and facilitate ticket sales through Ticketmaster and LiveNation. Starting today, Mobile Roadie will also make it easy for its users to stream live video directly to the iPhone. The company has teamed up with streaming video provider Ustream to power these live streams. With a $499 set up fee and monthly fees, Mobile Roadie definitely isn’t cheap. If you are looking for other services that allow you to build your own iPhone apps, also have a look at our list of 13 tools for building your own iPhone app.Mobile Roadie Powers the Official LeWeb 09 iPhone AppIn addition to the Ustream partnership, Mobile Roadie also announced that it will power the official LeWeb 09 application (iTunes link). This annual conference in Paris will kick off next Wednesday. The push-enabled LeWeb app will feature live streaming video, an updated conference schedule and maps. The app also includes a list of conference speakers and attendees, as well as a chat room and a Twitter aggregator for LeWeb related tweets. Users will also be able to use the app to post their own photos from conference sessions. The following video gives you a good impression of what the app is capable of: Tags:#news#Video Services#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Beermen regain top spot, rally past Aces

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Chris Ross. PBA IMAGESDefending champion San Miguel Beer reclaimed the No. 1 spot after coming back to beat Alaska, 109-96, in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Saturday night at Batangas City Coliseum.The Beermen, who leaned heavily on their four star veterans, outscored the Aces, 47-25, since trailing by nine, 62-71, at the 3:10 mark of the third quarter.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Skating star Hanyu battles emotions to discuss Japan quake trauma Read Next LATEST STORIES AFP official booed out of forum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena stingcenter_img Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance01:02Fajardo predicts there will be no sweep in PBA Finals01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City San Miguel improved to 6-2 with Magnolia breathing down its neck i second place with a 7-3 card. Alaska, which suffered its second straight loss, slipped to third at 6-3.JVee Casio led the Aces with 20 points and six assists. Chris Ross topscored with 24 points that went with nine assists and four steals, Marcio Lassiter added 21 points and eight rebounds while Arwind Santos and June Mar Fajardo each posted a double-double to combined for 38 points and 32 rebounds to power SMB.The big men played vital roles on both ends as Santos finished with 21 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks while Fajardo had 17 points, 18 rebounds and a block.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSan Miguel rose from a 15-point hole in the second quarter and a nine-point deficit late in the third period thanks to a 22-2 run bridging the last two frames.Still without the injured starting guard Alex Cabagnot, the Beermen found a reliable fifth guy in Matt Ganuelas-Rosser, who came off the bench and came away with 11 points, five rebounds and two steals. His team was +29 with him on the floor. View commentslast_img read more

Trail Blazers sign Brandon Rush to 10-day contract

first_imgView comments Rush was selected with the 13th pick in the 2008 draft out of Kansas by Portland, but traded the same day to the Pacers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC AFP official booed out of forum Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving MOST READ LATEST STORIES Mavs owner Mark Cuban fined $600,000 for tanking comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brandon Rush #4 of the Minnesota Timberwolves puts up a shot against the Washington Wizards at Verizon Center on January 6, 2017 in Washington, DC. Rob Carr/Getty Images/AFPPORTLAND, Ore. — The Portland Trail Blazers signed veteran guard/forward Brandon Rush to a 10-day contract Wednesday.Last season Rush played for the Minnesota Timberwolves, appearing in 47 games and averaging 4.2 points and 2.1 rebounds in 21.9 minutes. The nine-year veteran has also played for Indiana, Golden State and Utah. He was on the Warriors’ team that won the 2015 NBA title.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon Citylast_img read more