Gayà, the ninth low of Valencia to visit the Royal Society

first_imgThe left-handed side José Luis Gayà is for some muscle discomfort in the right leg, the ninth low in the list of summoned Valencia to visit this Saturday at the Royal Society.On the list are goalkeepers Jaume Doménech and Jasper Cillessen and defenders Thierry Correia, Daniel Wass, Eliaquim Mangala, Mouctar Diakhaby, Jaume Costa and Hugo Guillamón.There are also midfielders Ferran Torres, Geoffrey Kondogbia, Daniel Parejo, Carlos Soler, Denis Cheryshev, Gonçalo Guedes, Kang In Lee, Vicente Esquerdo and strikers Kevin Gameiro and Rubén Sobrino Cristiano Piccini, Ezequiel Garay, Gabriel Paulista, José Luis Gayà, Francis Coquelin, Manu Vallejo and Rodrigo Moreno are injured. By illness it is Alessandro Florenzi and by sanction, Maxi Gómez.last_img

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Reggae Boyz Cummings, McCleary score

first_imgJamaican international and Millwall full back Shaun Cummings netted his first goal for the club he joined in January on a two and a half year deal, scoring a fortuitous second goal in a 4-0 win over Southend United in the English League One on Monday.The former Chelsea trainee was called up to a provisional Reggae Boyz squad for a few World Cup qualifiers in 2013, but after a couple appearances, has not featured since.The win for his club on Saturday was a big boost to their chances of securing a play-off berth, as it left them in ninth place with 34 points from 23 games.This leaves them three points off a play-off spot, occupied by Saturday’s opponent, Southend, and 14 points behind leaders Walsall.Cummings’ goal came in the 35th minute, eight minutes after Joe Martin put them ahead. The marauding right back sent in a deep cross, which deceived Southend’s goalkeeper, Daniel Bentley, hitting the post and then the custodian before rebounding into the goal.Fred Onyedimna and Aiden O’brian were the other scorers for Millwall, who ended Southend’s eight match unbeaten run and registered their first win in four games.Meanwhile, in the English League Championship, Reggae Boyz winger Gareth McCleary scored the lone goal in Reading’s 1-2 defeat to Brentford.His Jamaican teammate and defender, Michael Hector, saw red in that game after he was yellow-carded in the 12th and the 87th minutes.Reading are 12th in the standings with 30 points from 24 games and are seven points adrift of a play-off spot, which is currently being held by sixth-place Ipswich with 37 points.last_img read more

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Tacloban keeps semifinal hopes afloat after ripping Adamson

first_imgGov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:42SEA Games: Rogen Ladon enters flyweight boxing semis00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The Angels were locked in battle with the Motolite-Ateneo Lady Eagles at press time at Filoil, while semifinal qualifiers the Creamline Cool Smashers were battling the Perlas Spikers in Cagayan de Oro City.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View comments Eala continues to polish tennis star at PSC tilt The win kept Tacloban’s semifinals hopes alive as it jostles for that precious last berth against Pocari Sweat and PetroGazz, which has a one-game edge in the three-team race.“Our coach told us that we should treat every game as a championship game,” said Pacres, a top hitter from University of Santo Tomas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I told myself that I need to kill every ball that came my way,” she added in Filipino. “We need to show this kind of game every time [to advance].”The Fighting Warays don’t have their fate in their hands as they need to win their last assignment, against the BanKo Perlas Spikers on Saturday, and pray that the PetroGazz Angels and the Lady Warriors no longer add to their win total. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crowncenter_img Tacloban stayed the course after thrashing Adamson-Akari, 25-11, 25-12, 25-19, Saturday night in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre.Dimdim Pacres top-scored with 17 points as the Fighting Warays rolled over the Lady Falcons, who absorbed their 11th defeat in as many games.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READlast_img read more

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Organized crime may fuel terror

first_imgOperating from a Glendale office, Global Human Services shipped everything from milk and salad dressing to medicine and clothing in a humanitarian effort designed to help the needy in Eastern Europe. But the organization was also a front, authorities say, for an international fraud and car-theft ring that stashed at least $5million in stolen luxury vehicles into the same shipping containers with the relief supplies. The organization was broken up a year ago, with 17 people arrested on suspicion of grand theft and insurance fraud. Authorities said at the time they thought the group had ties to organized crime. Now, police say the group also was funneling money to Chechen terrorists – the same group that raided a school in Russia three years ago and killed 331 innocent men, women and children. “That’s very much a concern of ICE, the Department of Homeland Security and other federal agencies.” Sally Thomas, head deputy in the District Attorney’s Organized Crime Division, has prosecuted these types of cases since the 1980s. “I think everybody has concerns about money that is derived from criminal activities being used to support terrorism,” Thomas said. “Our concern is that money would be sent to a terrorist group who would use it to harm people in the United States or elsewhere in the world.” Recent reports by the state Attorney General’s Office said al-Qaida, Hamas and Hezbollah are among the groups seeking to raise money in California. “When you find these fraudulent activities that generate a significant amount of money – and they are connected to people who are allegedly involved in terrorist activities – it’s kind of like connect the dots,” said Marcia Daniel, the deputy district attorney in the Organized Crime Division who is prosecuting the Global Human Services case. Two years ago, members of a suspected Russian and Armenian organized crime ring – including six from the San Fernando Valley – were charged with plotting to smuggle $2.5million in black-market weapons into the United States. They were nabbed when they tried to sell rocket-propelled grenade launchers and shoulder- fired missiles to an FBI informant posing as an arms trafficker selling weapons to al-Qaida, authorities said. The trial is set to begin June4 in New York City. Chechen links “The concern in the law enforcement and intelligence community worldwide is that organized crime groups have the ability to operate in a wide range of countries, across borders and conduct transnational operations providing terrorist groups with the reach and ability to penetrate areas they wouldn’t be able to otherwise,” sheriff’s Lt. John Sullivan said at the National Terrorism Early Warning Resource Center. “Organized crime provides links to traffic weapons, personnel and materials across borders and could facilitate terrorist operations.” The case of Global Human Services is typical of the growing links between the two groups, LAPD Detective Mark Severino said. After Chechen terrorists raided a Russian school in 2004, former LAPD Deputy Chief John Miller asked detectives to investigate whether any Chechen organized crime members were operating in Los Angeles. “An informer had told us the Chechen `godfather’ was still here,” Severino said. “We started to look at him, and the investigation quickly revealed that there was some possible Medi-Cal fraud. And while looking at that, Global Human Services came to our attention.” Severino said Ali Karabachev was known as the Chechen “godfather” and had worked for the group. “Given the information we had that these Chechens were sending stolen cars overseas and the links of GHS with the Chechen godfather – and on the other end was an associate with Chechen organized crime – the FBI told us there is a fine line between Chechen organized crime and terrorism,” Severino said. Chechen authorities have since arrested Karabachev on unrelated charges, and the Los Angeles Police Department is seeking to interview him, Severino said. Eleven people have pleaded guilty to insurance fraud in the case, and some have been sentenced to probation and ordered to perform community service, Daniel said. Six others pleaded not guilty and are awaiting trial. Earlier this year, Yakoob Habib, a 58-year-old tax preparer from Buena Park, was sentenced to 11 years in prison for his role in an international money-laundering operation that involved $28million in unreported income. The source of the money included money stolen from Medi-Cal using fraudulent labs that billed for blood work that wasn’t done or authorized, officials said. The Attorney General’s Office identified more than $12million that Habib illegally transferred to the United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, Russia and Latvia. During a search of Habib’s business, investigators discovered pictures of anti-aircraft weaponry, the World Trade Center, Los Angeles International Airport and Department of Motor Vehicles logos, Deputy Attorney General Hardy Gold said. “He had also downloaded a Web site with offensive anti-American banter on it,” Gold said. “Did we trace any funds to the hands of terrorists? No. … On the other hand, he was a very effective money launderer who was able to erase the money trail. And the money transfer network he operated was for the benefit of organized crime.” Terrorism experts say such connections are particularly worrisome because of some countries’ lax security for highly enriched uranium and other potentially dangerous materials. Melinda Redman, senior director of intelligence and analysis at the Virginia-based Terrorism Research Center, said government officials are concerned about organized crime groups selling highly enriched uranium, plutonium or even nuclear devices to terrorists. Former Russian Security Council Secretary Alexander Lebed claimed a decade ago that as many as 100 small nuclear devices had disappeared from Russian stockpiles. Officials have denied the claims, but experts still are worried. “We have no idea what happened to (the nuclear devices),” said Michael Intriligator, a terrorism expert and professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. “And it’s something that could be smuggled as easily as a bail of marijuana across the Mexican border. And Los Angeles is a prime target.” Nuclear concerns In a recent report, the International Atomic Energy Agency noted 540 confirmed cases of illicit trafficking in nuclear and other radioactive materials from the early 1990s to 2004. “It’s very real and a very great concern,” said Graham Allison, founding dean of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. “The U.S. and Russia have a cooperative program to recover highly enriched uranium. “That’s good. But the pace at which it’s happening is still way too slow. And the notion that any material which people could use to make a nuclear bomb is not locked up to the highest level of security is nuts.” Cristina-Astrid Hansell Cheun, a senior research associate at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies in Monterey, said organized crime groups in Russia have been involved in the theft of highly enriched uranium and other nuclear materials in the past. “It’s frightening if the terrorist groups get connected with the organized crime groups that have these materials,” she said. In a recent report on nuclear smuggling by the Center for Strategic & International Studies, authors wrote of an increasing threat that terrorist groups aided by organized crime in Russia and Central Asia will steal nuclear materials. “Clearly, the capacity for criminal groups and terrorists to work together is growing,” wrote American University professors Robert Orttung and Louise Shelley. “As the threat of nuclear smuggling increases and Russia’s ability to deal with the problem decreases, Russia and the United States need to work together to develop a serious analysis.” Next month, officials from around the world are scheduled to meet in Florida to develop strategies to combat the threat of nuclear terrorism. Schoch said ICE has investigated numerous reports in recent years regarding terrorists, gangs and others attempting to smuggle nuclear weapons and other dangerous materials into the United States. “We take it very seriously, but typically when we look into them we are not able to corroborate any type of real connection,” Schoch said. “But regardless, if you look at some of these gangs and some of the things they are venturing into, like human trafficking and narcotics, all of those are vulnerabilities.” troy.anderson@dailynews.com (213) 974-8985 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “The concern was they were using some of the proceeds to support terrorist activities elsewhere,” Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton said in a recent interview. “We had an organized gang creating crime and havoc here, but some of the proceeds were stirring up revolution elsewhere.” Growing ties Officials interviewed by the Daily News during an 18-month investigation of Eurasian crime syndicates say the case highlights a growing global convergence of organized crime and terrorist groups. And in recent months, concern has grown that crime syndicates are defrauding billions of dollars from U.S. government programs and funneling the money to terrorist groups overseas. “We are very concerned where the money goes when it leaves the country,” said Robert A. Schoch, special-agent-in-charge of U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement in Southern California. “That’s why we look at this as a national security vulnerability. “What is the money used for? Could it wind up in the hands of some radical terrorist organization looking to try to find some type of weapon of mass destruction? last_img
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Spurs ace to miss Liverpool clash and faces several weeks out with thigh injury

first_img Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT revealed Lloris’ injury is forcing him to sit on the sidelines Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? gameday cracker England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won latest Most read in Premier League REVEALED Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Hugo Lloris is set to miss several weeks with a thigh injury that rules him out of Tottenham’s Premier League clash against Liverpool.Lloris, the France goalkeeper, suffered the problem in August’s win over Manchester United and missed Spurs’ following game, a 2-1 defeat at Watford. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? The 31-year-old, who was sentenced for a drink-driving charge earlier this week, will miss Saturday’s game against unbeaten Liverpool at Wembley. 2 Vorm came into the starting line-up for the loss at Watford SORRY Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion tense The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Michel Vorm is expected to replace Lloris in goal during the Frenchman’s absence, having played the full 90 minutes at Vicarage Road prior to the international break. predicted Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings silverware changes whoops 2 Dele Alli will also miss Saturday’s clash through injury, having picked up a hamstring injury while on international duty. The midfielder left the England camp before their second match of the break, a 1-0 friendly defeat of Switzerland.last_img read more

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THE GAA GOES GLOBAL IN DONEGAL SCHOOL THANKS TO THEIR OWN FINN McCOOL

first_imgRory at back with principal Paraig Canon and other teachers alongside their pupils.The GAA has gone global in one Co Donegal school.And it’s in no small part to a certain teacher who happens to be a star player on the team which plays Kerry in the All-Ireland Final this Sunday.Pupils from no less than nine different countries including Poland, Lithuania, Scotland, Hungary, Nigeria, Korea, the UK, Ireland and The Philippines play gaelic football each day at Scoil Cholmcille in Letterkenny. And they couldn’t get a better coach than a certain muinteoir Rory Kavanagh who hopes to help Donegal lift the Sam Maguire this Sunday.Principal of Scoil Cholmcille, Paraig Cannon says Rory is the modern-day Finn McCool and is loved by everyone at the school.“Rory is so tall but gets on so well with all the pupils and is such a hands-on teacher.“It is great for the children to be able to immersed in Irish culture from such a young age and what better way than through gaelic games. “He reminds me of a modern-day Finn McCool because he is so tall and all the kids literally look up to him,” said Mr Cannon.He said the entire school has simply gone All-Ireland crazy this week with the entire school decorated in the Donegal colours.“It’s great for kids across Donegal that we are in the All-Ireland Final but to have a teacher in the school who is on the team is even more special.“Rory is forever giving up his time for the children and he is a credit to his family, his school and his county,” he added.The only downside of all the celebrations is that, despite having a star player on the staff, Principal Canon still doesn’t have a ticket for the game. “I may have to resort to more devious means,” he laughed.THE GAA GOES GLOBAL IN DONEGAL SCHOOL THANKS TO THEIR OWN FINN McCOOL was last modified: September 19th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:donegalGAAletterkennyRory Kavanaghscoil cholmcillelast_img read more

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“Very Unreal and Fantastic”: Electric Cables Created by Bacteria

first_imgResearchers discovered bacteria at the ocean floor that conduct electrons at distances more than a centimeter through elaborate cables.Publishing in Nature, Danish researchers with American colleagues determined that the seafloor is full of “live wires” that may play an essential role in ocean ecology, if not the ecology of the whole biosphere.  These wires are formed by colonies of “novel members of the deltaproteobacterial family Desulfobulbaceae” that effectively form electrical cables, complete with insulation.A few years ago, these researchers had detected electric currents in the ocean floor.  How they were mediated, though, was unknown till now.  In the Introduction to their paper, they explained why the current is necessary:Marine sediments become anoxic because oxygen is consumed by microbial processes at the surface. Without available oxygen the microorganisms living below the surface are supposed to depend on energetically less favourable, anaerobic processes. Recently, however, electric currents have been found to directly connect oxygen reduction at the surface with sulphide oxidation in the subsurface, even when oxygen and sulphide are separated by more than 1 cm. Half of the sediment oxygen consumption can be driven by electrons transported from below. The spatial separation of oxidation and reduction processes invokes steep pH gradients leading to distinct dissolutions and precipitations of minerals. Microbial activity apparently drives the electrochemical half-reactions and the establishment of electron-conducting structures through the sediment.Science Daily reported on this discovery on Oct. 24, saying that a mystery of electrical conductivity in the seafloor has been solved by the discovery of these bacteria. “They make up a kind of live electric cable that no one had ever imagined existed,” the article said.  It quoted one of the researchers’ reactions: “On the one hand, it is still very unreal and fantastic. On the other hand, it is also very tangible,” said Professor at Aarhus University, Lars Peter Nielsen.Another interesting summary can be found (appropriately) on Wired.com.  The article includes six illustrations and photographs of the “marvelous microbes.”  Even though they are 1/100 the diameter of the human hair, they have an elaborate structure with 15 to 17 channels down their exteriors that match up from cell to cell, forming a continuous protective sheath, like insulation.  Their smallness should not diminish what they accomplish:”Were bacteria the size of humans, the signals would be making a journey 12 miles long.”  The fragile cables break easily, but because they are alive, they can grow and regenerate themselves, unlike man-made cables.A single teaspoon of mud from the seafloor contains at least a half mile of these living cables. Moreover, the researchers found these in sediments from widely distributed samples, suggesting that much of the planet conducts electricity from the anoxic layer to the oxic layer.  The electrical charge circuit is completed by ions in seawater, producing water in the process.  This has led the researchers to speculate on their role in planetary ecology.  In their concluding discussion, they asked follow-up questions and paid a compliment to evolution for creating electrical engineers:Bacterial micro-cables represent a hitherto unknown lifestyle, which immediately raises many intriguing questions for further research: How are energy conservation and growth allocated among the cells? What is their genetic and metabolic diversity? How are filament division and dispersal controlled? What is the molecular and electronic basis of the electron transport? How widespread are they in nature? Transmission improvement and control of electric currents have been major drivers for electronic innovation. It appears that biological evolution has worked successfully in the same direction.Wired.com‘s article said, “It’s possible that, at the microbial level, the deep seafloor is humming with current.”  The final caption recognized the planetary implications of the living power grid:With so much electricity being transferred, are other organisms tapping the lines? Might the Desulfobulbaceae be a power source for entire as-yet-unappreciated deep-sea microbial ecologies, which in turn shape some of the planet’s fundamental biogeochemical processes? That’s “an interesting possibility,” said Nielsen, but it’s still speculation.Less speculatively, the Desulfobulbaceae are definitely breaking down iron sulfides and carbonates in deeper sediment, while generating iron oxide and magnesium calcite at the surface, Nielsen said. The latter are important compounds for life in the oceans above, and ultimately on land. If the new Desulfobulbaceae are as widespread and populous as they seem, they could be an important component of life’s deep-time cycles.In the Editor’s Summary at Nature.com,the editors added a biomimetic angle to the story:A major challenge for multicellular organisms is that of supplying every cell with food and oxygen. Nils Risgaard-Petersen and colleagues report a surprising solution to the problem, arrived at by multicelluar filamentous Desulfobulbaceae bacteria several centimetres long, living in the upper layers of marine sediments sampled in Aarhus Bay, Denmark. These organisms seem to function as living electric cables, transporting electrons from sulphides generated in organic matter in deeper anoxic sediments to the oxygen available in the surface layers. These living micro-cables raise a host of topics for future research, and could also find technological applications.The original paper by researchers at Aarhus University in Denmark was published by Nature on Nov. 8, though posted online on Oct. 24.  Finding bacteria that form insulated electrical cables that may play a fundamental role in the ecology of the planet goes to show how much remains to be discovered about the “primitive” microbes surrounding us.  Source: Pffefer, Larson et al., “Filamentous bacteria transport electrons over centimetre distances,” Nature 491, 08 November 2012, pp. 218–221, doi:10.1038/nature11586.It will be interesting to see if similar electrical cabling occurs in other contexts, such as in the soil networks known to connect plants with each other.  This intriguing discovery is another example of the empirical trend against evolution: the closer scientists look at the microbial world, the more complex and interconnected it is found to be, and the less plausible the evolutionary just-so stories become.  These bacteria appear to exist not only for their own sakes, but also to enable nutrient cycles that affect the whole biosphere.  How would the first organisms survive without them?  How did they form such elaborate structures?  Evolutionists can’t just wave their hands and say they “evolved to” conduct electricity more effectively by transmitting electrons through their interiors, and then “evolved to” add insulating sheaths for “transmission improvement.”  No teleology allowed for Darwinists.  Their critics can rejoice at here another fine example of sophisticated design, not only in the bacteria themselves, but also in their functional role for their ecology, and possibly the biogeochemical balance of the entire world. 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Jetstar to add an extra row of seats in A320 refresh

first_imgJetstar is adding a row of seats to its Airbus A320 aircraft operating in Australia and New Zealand in a major refresh it says will not reduce already tight legroom.The refresh, due to start in August and be largely complete by the end of the year, is the airline’s first since it launched in 2004.It will introduce a new generation of ergonomically-designed Recaro seats on 43 existing A320s used on domestic and short-haul international flights and will be accompanied by LED lighting, carpets and a new colour scheme. Ten aircraft are due to be replaced and the new aircraft will be configured with the new cabin, a Jetstar spokesman said.The seat count on the A320s will rise from 180 to 186 seats per aircraft using an Airbus Spaceflex design that removes galley space at the rear of the aircraft and moves the toilets.It will also add up to six overhead lockers to increase baggage space and add an additional row of extra legroom seats to 24 the number of seats offering a 32-38 inch seat pitch compared to the average pitch of 28-29 inches.Jetstar noted the Airbus design is used by more than 26 airlines, including Lufthansa, JetBlue and EasyJet.It estimates it will cut costs by 2 to 3 per cent and Jetstar Australia and New Zealand chief executive Dean Salter said this would allow the airline to keep offering low fare while maintaining “a great customer experience’’.He said it would allow the airline to carry more leisure customers, particularly at peak times.“Our cabins will look and feel like new and we think this will be a win for customers and have great business benefits as well,’’ Jetstar Australia and New Zealand chief executive Dean Salter said“The new seats are comfortable and our customers will have the same amount of legroom and space as they currently do on our A320 aircraft.“This is the latest cabin design from Airbus, which is smarter about the way space is used on the aircraft and allows for an extra row of seats and more baggage space.’’Jetstar has carried 200 million passengers since launch and now services 82 destinations in 16 countries through its own network and that of its joint ventures.In addition to A320 family aircraft, it flies Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners on long-haul routes and is due to get A320neos from the 2018-19 financial year.last_img read more

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First Meerkat support structure completed

first_img6 February 2014The first dish support structure for the Meerkat radio telescope, manufactured by South African company Tricom Structures, is ready to be transported to the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) site in Carnavon in the Northern Cape.The SKA project is an international effort to build the world’s largest radio telescope, which is to be co-hosted by South Africa and Australia.The 64-dish MeerKAT radio telescope is due to come online in 2016 both as a precursor to the SKA and as one of the most powerful telescopes in the world in its own right.Addressing a media briefing in Pretoria on Wednesday, Tricom Structures CEO Sihle Shange said the massive steel structure was expected to be transported from Pretoria, where the company is based, to Carnavon before the end of the month.The structure weighs about 25 tons and will need two or more abnormal-load trucks to transport it, Shange said.He said Tricom would be assembling all 64 structures for the Meerkat telescope at a rate of two a month, adding that he was confident that the company would meet the 2016 deadline.“We have design capability and we are confident that everything will be smooth,” he said, adding that they would create more jobs should there be a need.Each structure will have to provide exceptionally stable support for a 13.5 x 16 metre main reflector dish standing at a height of 19 metres in the face of winds capable of gusting at up to 144 kilometres an hour.The MeerKAT is due to be commissioned in 2014/15, and to come online for science operations in 2016. It will be the largest and most sensitive radio telescope in the southern hemisphere until the Square Kilometre Array itself is completed around 2024. Leading radio astronomy teams from around the globe having already signed up to use the instrument.SAnews.gov and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Major Hurricane Irma likely to strike Florida this weekend

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest AccuWeather reports after blasting the northern Caribbean, dangerous Hurricane Irma will turn toward the United States, potentially bringing life-threatening impacts from Florida to the Carolinas beginning this weekend.“This hurricane has the potential to be a major event for the East Coast,” Evan Myers, AccuWeather expert senior meteorologist and chief operating officer, said. “It also has the potential to significantly strain FEMA and other governmental resources occurring so quickly on the heels of Harvey.”“Because Irma is likely to move up along the east coast of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina, people from the Florida Keys all the way to Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, should prepare to be ready to evacuate coastal areas, starting with South Florida now,” Myers added.The storm should be taken very seriously and preparations should be hurried to completion.While Irma’s track beyond the Caribbean is not set in stone, AccuWeather meteorologists anticipate the southern Atlantic Seaboard will experience significant and possibly devastating impacts from Irma.Irma’s anticipated track will bring tropical-storm- to hurricane-force conditions to South Florida as early as Saturday. Flooding rainfall and damaging winds are expected to increase from south to north across the Florida Peninsula over the weekend.“If the center of Irma does pass near Miami and continues northward over eastern Florida, the impacts will be severe,” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Mike Doll said.The most severe effects from the storm will extend outward about 50 miles from the storm’s center. Tropical-storm-force conditions can extend over 150 miles from the storm’s center.People should not be near the east coast of Florida, according to Myers.Those along the coast should heed all mandatory evacuations and strongly consider leaving if a voluntary evacuation is issued. This is true all the way up the southern Atlantic Seaboard toward North Carolina.If the storm makes landfall in Florida, isolated tornadoes could be spawned north and east of Irma’s center, threatening to bring further damage to some communities. Coastal areas would be inundated with storm surge.Low-lying and poor drainage areas will be particularly susceptible to flooding from Irma’s torrential rainfall.How quickly Irma turns to the north after passing Cuba will determine whether the center of the storm makes landfall in southeastern Florida or passes between Florida and the Bahamas.A large storm surge could inundate coastal areas even if the center of the storm stays offshore.“Although Hurricane Matthew last year passed east of Jacksonville, they experienced flooding due to water pushing into the St. Johns River,” Doll said. “The same thing could happen with Irma.”Irma may lose some of its strength by the time it approaches Florida due to interaction with nearby land. However, it will remain a powerful and dangerous hurricane.“It is also possible that Irma doesn’t make landfall over South Florida and heads into the eastern Gulf of Mexico, but this is an unlikely scenario at this point,” Doll said.Those from Georgia to the Carolinas will need to be on alert for direct impacts from Irma beginning as early as late Sunday and Monday. This includes preparing for power outages, flooding and major disruptions.“A landfall across the Carolinas is certainly within the realm of possibilities,” Doll said.Should Irma make landfall along the Southeast coast, it would likely occur between Jacksonville, Florida, and Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, early next week. Isolated tornadoes could be spawned north and east of Irma’s center.Residents, visitors and government officials in these areas need to prepare now for the potential of destructive winds, flooding rainfall and a large storm surge.Heavy rain is forecast to spread inland toward the southern Appalachians, potentially leading to extensive flooding due to the mountainous and hilly terrain. Damaging winds will become less of a concern the farther inland Irma moves. Some of Irma’s rain may reach into the mid-Atlantic and Northeast toward midweek.There is a low chance that Irma completely misses the United States.“Stay tuned to local government information and AccuWeather.com for timing of the hurricane’s progress, remember it is not too early to prepare to leave; pack bags, gas up your car and prepare your property now,” Myers said.last_img read more

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