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“READERS FORUM” FEBRUARY 23, 2018

first_imgWHATS ON YOUR MIND TODAY?We hope that today’s “Readers Forum” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?Todays “Readers Poll” question” Is: Do you feel that its time that the masses assemble in Washinton DC to protest the need to change our current gun laws?Please take time and read our articles entitled “STATEHOUSE Files, CHANNEL 44 NEWS, LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS”.  You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily.If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us [email protected] LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Kohli expects team to be good travellers

first_imgNew Delhi, June 22: Ahead of the challenging two-month-long tour of Ireland and England, India skipper Virat Kohli on Friday emphasised on improving the team’s poor overseas record.While the current India squad are not exactly ‘tigers at home and mice abroad’ as the late Nawab of Pataudi had once said, they had been below par in their recent South Africa tour, losing the three-match Test rubber 1-2.The last tour to England under Mahendra Singh Dhoni was disastrous for India, since they suffered a 1-3 loss with Kohli’s batting turning out to be a flop show.With Kohli now leading the team, the Delhi batsman hopes to change the trend of Indian teams not being good travellers.Addressing a press conference along with coach Ravi Shastri ahead of the team’s departure, Kohli said: “Our strategy will be the same as it was during the tour to South Africa and Sri Lanka. The mindset doesn’t change on the basis of one series. We have patience and the focus is on how to win matches.”“When we were playing the Test series in South Africa, initially people thought we were outplayed but then the third Test happened and it was followed by the limited overs matches.”“People can’t see the small things but we as a team know how we did. We are a team looking forward to travelling to other countries and perform. We are looking to change the trend of teams not being good travellers,” he added.Echoing the statements of the skipper, Shastri said: “Our endeavour in every series will be the same. We won’t change any strategy because we are playing in any other nation. For us, an opposition is an opponent. Our aim is to strive for consistency.”The 29-year-old Kohli asserted that the long break after the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the decision to forgo his county stint has actually turned out to be a blessing in disguise and helped him rejuvenate for the two-month-long tour.Addressing concerns surrounding his fitness, the Indian skipper said: “I am 100 percent fine now and absolutely ready to go. My neck is fine now.”“I’ve had good practice and played 6-7 sessions in Mumbai. Breaks like these make you fresh mentally. It has made me excited to go back on to the pitch again.”“In hindsight, not playing county cricket was the best thing to happen at that moment although I wanted to experience the conditions. England is a place where we haven’t played so much, there is a big gap of four years. So I wanted to acclimatize to the damp conditions,” he added.Kohli added: “When I look at it now, attempting to get used to conditions with a 90 percent fit body wasn’t a good idea. Glad I missed it. Now I am 110 percent and I would much rather be in this position. I need to be fresh and that was the best thing to happen.”The Indian team will play two T20Is against Ireland on June 27 and 29 that would be followed by three T20Is, three ODIs and five Test matches against England starting from July 3. IANSlast_img read more

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THUNDERSTORM WARNINGS ISSUED FOR DONEGAL AS TEMPERATURES REACH 24C

first_imgPic: Irish Weather OnlineTWO thunderstorm warnings have been issued for Co Donegal.Forecasters say there is a risk of massive downpours over the county this afternoon – and there is an Orange Status alert for bank holiday Monday.Irish Weather Online reports: “If a capping layer can break(area of warm air aloft), then conditions are favourable for some thunderstorms to break out in the midlands and northwest over the next few hours. “Main thread will be surface flooding due to slow storm motion, CG lightning and possibly hail.“Current satellite data suggest wind convergence setting up in the area which, if strong enough can help storms initiate and break through the cap.”Met Eireann hasn’t issued official warnings for today – but the Orange Status alert for tomorrow is for heavy thundery rain for the afternoon and evening.This could lead to treacherous driving conditions, said the forecaster. Temperatures today hit 24C. It’s also very humid across the county. THUNDERSTORM WARNINGS ISSUED FOR DONEGAL AS TEMPERATURES REACH 24C was last modified: June 5th, 2016 by John2Share 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:lightningthunderWarninglast_img read more

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Buganda off to winning start as FUFA Drum second edition gets underway

first_imgBuganda (purple) are the defending champions (FUFA Photos)FUFA Drum 2019Buganda 1-0 LangoBishops Playgrounds, MukonoSaturday, 30-03-2019MUKONO – FUFA Drum defending champions Buganda defeated Lango 1-0 in the opening game of the 2019 edition on Saturday.In the game played at Bishops Playgrounds in Mukono, reigning MVP, Vianne Sekajugo once again grabbed the headlines, scoring the winner in the first half.Buganda started the game brightly and did not have to wait for so long to take the lead as Sekajugo who scored the last goal in the first edition opened his as the defending champions account inside 6 minutes.The Onduparaka FC forward was guilty of missing a seater, two minutes later, when he blazed over from an empty net, much to the amusement of the mamouth crowd.Lango’s first real chance of the game came on 20 minutes. Joachim Ojera crossed for Wanock Petiti but the striker’s first time effort was expertly saved by Buganda’s reserve goalkeeper Joel Mutakubya who is standing in for the suspended Nicholas Ssebwato.The game looked to have settled down and Buganda held on to take a 1-0 lead at halftime.Lango pushed hard to find an equalizer in the second half but were consistently denied by eventual man of the match, Mutakubya.Lango couldn’t get past Buganda goalkeeper Joel Mutakubya despite trying all they could in the second halfBuganda’s best chance of the second half fell to Bashir Mutanda who failed to score from a rebound, just a few yards from goal, with 10 minutes to play.What the coaches said after the game:Alex Isabirye, Buganda.“We were missing some players who are outt injured but thankfully we worked as a team and won in the end.“We now have enough experience in this tournament and hopefully this win motivates us.David Obua, Lango.“We got the chances to score but were unlucky in the end.“It will take sometime for the players to learn our philosophy but we are determined to give our fans the best football and reaults.“Our focus now shifts to the next game.Buganda goalkeeper Joel Mutakubya was named Man of the Match. He received a Plaque and a cash prize of 100,000/- presented to him by the Chief Guest Prince Jjunju.Sunday’s FUFA Drum action @4pm:-BUSOGA VS TOORO @Kyabazinga Stadium, Bugembe.-KAMPALA VS RWENZORI @Betway Mutessa II Stadium, Wankulukuku.-ANKOLE VS SEBEI @Kyamate Grounds, Ntungamo.-WEST NILE VS BUNYORO @Barakoro Stadium, Zombo.-ACHOLI VS KARAMOJA @Peace Stadium, Gulu.-BUKEDI VS TESO @Booma Grounds, Butaleja.-BUGISU VS KIGEZI @Mbale Municipal Stadium, Mbale.Comments Tags: alex isabiryeBugandaDavid ObuaFUFA Drum 2019LangotopVianne Sekajugolast_img read more

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Extreme Biomimetics

first_imgImitating spider silk or gecko feet is one thing, but some researchers are going to extremes to try to do what living organisms do.DNA railcar:  Researchers at University of Oxford have constructed a “programable [sic] molecular transport system” that travels like a railcar on DNA molecules, reported PhysOrg.  And that’s not all: they would like to build “synthetic ribosomes,” the article said.  “DNA origami techniques allow us to build nano- and meso-sized structures with great precision,” said Prof. Hiroshi Sugiyama.  “We already envision more complex track geometries of greater length and even including junctions.  Autonomous, molecular manufacturing robots are a possible outcome.”DNA iPad:  More DNA origami is at work creating smaller components for consumer and industrial electronics like iPods, iPads and similar devices, reported another article on PhysOrg.  Japanese researchers at Arizona State University, familiar with their culture’s art of origami, work with “have discovered a way to use DNA to effectively combine top-down lithography with chemical bonding involving bottom-up self-assembly.”Turbo dragonflies:  Imagine “micro wind turbines that can withstand gale-force winds.”  Such marvels are being prepared with inspiration from dragonfly wings, reported New Scientist.  Who would have thought that the energy source for powering your cell phone might some day owe its design to the dragonfly?Flagella carnival:  Nanoscopic inventions being built at Rice University look like “a carnival ride gone mad,” said Science Daily.  Researchers want to build arrays of programmable rotating machines modeled after the bacterial flagellum (07/12/2010) and ATP synthase (see CMI).  Such devices could be used for “radio filters that would let only a very finely tuned signal pass, depending on the nanorotors’ frequency.”  The computers used to model the molecular rotors are not yet capable of characterizing ATP synthase found in all living things, “but as computers get more powerful and our methods improve,” a team member said, “we may someday be able to analyze such long molecules.”Plankton armor:  Science Daily said that “The ability of some forms of plankton and bacteria to build an extra natural layer of nanoparticle-like armour has inspired chemists at the University of Warwick to devise a startlingly simple way to give drug bearing polymer vesicles (microscopic polymer based sacs of liquid) their own armoured protection.”  One goal is “stealth” armor that looks like water but can allow drugs to sneak past the immune system.  What were they looking at for inspiration?  “Organisms that particularly attracted our interest were those with a cell wall composed of an armour of colloidal objects – for instance bacteria coated with S-layer proteins, or phytoplankton, such as the coccolithophorids, which have their own CaCO3-based nano-patterned colloidal armour.”Here’s an update on an old biomimetics story: the imitation of nacre, or mother-of-pearl (see 07/06/2004; 09/18/2008, bullet 4; 12/06/2008, 03/27/2010).  PhysOrg said that researchers at Northwestern University and McCormick School of Engineering are still trying to understand the molecular structure of this attractive material that is strong yet resistant to cracking.  They created an interlocking composite material that, while not as good as nacre, achieved “a remarkable improvement in energy dissipation.”If these researchers succeed in getting DNA and rotating molecules to do the work of molecular machines already active in the living cell, will science finally admit that life shows evidence of intelligent design?  Notice that they cannot yet come close to doing what ATP synthase, a flagellum, mother-of-pearl, a ribosome or a dragonfly wing has been doing for millennia.  Ironic, is it not, that ATP synthase is powering their bodies and minds to imitate it.    Intelligent design is revolutionizing science via biomimetics, promising amazing benefits for human health and society, forcing thinking along engineering concepts, challenging our best scientific minds, inspiring awe at natural capabilities, ignoring Darwin entirely.(Visited 32 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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10 months agoMan City midfielder Leroy Sane: Chelsea defeat hurts

first_imgMan City midfielder Leroy Sane: Chelsea defeat hurtsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City midfielder Leroy Sane admits defeat last week to Chelsea “hurt”.City lost their unbeaten season run in London.”It is always kind of annoying and it hurts, to lose especially a big, important game,” Sane told Sky Sports.”We were really disappointed because even at the beginning the game looked in control and we had quite a few good chances. We didn’t find our finishing.”If you’re not awake in those games or make small mistakes then you get punished. We did that in the Chelsea game.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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10 months agoReal Madrid captain Ramos: We’re failing in front of goal

first_imgReal Madrid captain Ramos: We’re failing in front of goalby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid captain Sergio Ramos says they must fight to stop their slide after defeat to Real Sociedad.Madrid have begun the New Year with one point from two games.Ramos said, “It upsets all of our plans. We would have liked to have got the year off to a good start, but it’s not turned out that way. We’re going through a bad spell. “The team performed well in spells but we lacked that cutting edge and luck in front of goal and had we had it, we’d be reflecting on a different result right now. We’ve been through a lot of tough times and this is another such spell. We’ve got to look at ourselves. It’s all about performing as best we can and being clinical, particularly because football is all about the results.”You go through periods in football where everything goes for you and right now nothing is going our way. Sometimes the woodwork gets in the way and at others you’re not creating the chances… We can’t blame the referee for the result, although he had a defining role, but we’ve also got to look at ourselves. “We’re going to keeping battling, but it’s difficult because Barcelona don’t usually slip up and the gap is opening up. We’re going to stick together and fight until the end. Real Madrid won’t lie down, even if we’re kicked seven times.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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a month agoSNAPPED! Areola upsets Real Madrid with PSG selfie

first_imgSNAPPED! Areola upsets Real Madrid with PSG selfieby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid goalkeeper Alphonse Areola upset fans with his actions after defeat at PSG.Real’s players are under huge pressure after this week’s 3-0 humbling at Champions League opponents PSG.On-loan from the Parisiens, Areola took snaps with some PSG players after the final whistle – actions which have upset some fans.Indeed, some members of Real management were also left unimpressed by the goalkeeper’s behaviour.Alphonse Areola joined Real Madrid C.F. on loan from PSG earlier this month.He looked a bit confused after last night’s result#PSGRMApic.twitter.com/ae0uomNQXC— TREQUARTISTA (@TheSporTalk) September 19, 2019 About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Norman Rockwells 3 sons seek to halt sale of his artworks

first_imgBOSTON – Norman Rockwell’s three sons were among several people who went to court on Friday seeking to halt a museum’s plans to sell 40 works of art, including two by him.A complaint seeking a temporary restraining order filed in Berkshire Superior Court alleges the board of trustees at the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield contracted with Sotheby’s for a public auction of the works before it announced its plans publicly, acted in breach of its fiduciary duties and trust and acted without legal authority to sell the art.The planned sale is against Massachusetts laws establishing the museum, which requires the museum to maintain any gifts it receives “for the people of Berkshire County and the general public,” the complaint says.“Once sold, it is highly unlikely that any of the pieces will remain in Berkshire County or in a public institution where they can be seen and enjoyed,” the complaint says.Besides Thomas, Jarvis and Peter Rockwell, the plaintiffs include two local artists and several members of the museum. They are represented by the Boston law firm Foley Hoag LLP.The museum has consistently stood by its decision to sell the art.“We believe we have strong legal grounds for our deaccessioning and we are confident in our new vision plan which will allow this important local museum to continue to contribute to the educational and cultural life of this region for another century,” trustees president Elizabeth McGraw said in a statement on Friday.The museum came under intense national and local criticism after it announced in July that is was auctioning the art.The American Alliance of Museums and the Association of Art Museum Directors said in a joint statement that the sale violated a sacred museum rule that collections are not to be sold to pay bills.The works for sale include Rockwell’s “Shaftsbury Blacksmith Shop” and “Shuffleton’s Barbershop,” both of which the illustrator gave as gifts to the museum when he lived in nearby Stockbridge. Works by Alexander Calder, Albert Bierstadt and George Henry Durrie also are on the auction block.Museum trustees and officials say the museum is in dire financial straits and may close for good if it doesn’t sell the works. They say it is hoped that the sale will raise as much as $60 million, which will be used to boost the endowment by $40 million, with the other $20 million being used to renovate the museum as it changes its mission to focus more on natural history and science.The complaint says the museum’s financial troubles are greatly exaggerated.last_img read more

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Council approves new property tax rates for 2018

first_imgHere is a breakdown of the new tax rates.Property Tax Rates for the City of Fort St. John will increase in 2018. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John City Council has approved new tax rates for 2018, that will see the tax rate increase for almost all property owners in the city.In April, the City’s General Manager of Corporate Services David Joy gave a presentation on the proposed tax rates for 2018.  Joy explained that after Assessment BC finalized property assessments earlier this Spring, the value of property assessments in Fort St. John actually decreased an average of seven percent compared to last year, while business property assessments increased just over three percent. Overall, the city saw property values drop by roughly $200 million, from $3.8 billion to $3.6 billion.Joy said in April that the rate increase is needed to keep revenues the same as in 2017 in order to maintain the same services the City provided last year. He explained that homeowners whose properties dropped in value by the average of seven percent will actually pay less in property taxes this year, while those whose property values were unchanged will see a $40 increase this year.last_img read more

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