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Man City oust PSG from European Champions League

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first_imgMANCHESTER, England (AP):Kevin de Bruyne sent Manchester City into the Champions League semi-finals for the first time yesterday, securing a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Paris Saint-Germain to build on a 2-2 draw from the first leg.PSG’s fourth successive exit in the quarter-finals leaves the Qatari-owned club still chasing a much sought-after European Cup. Instead, City are celebrating another landmark in the club’s transformation in the eight years since themselves coming under Middle Eastern ownership from Abu Dhabi.This was a night when rival strikers both misfired. PSG striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic endured frustration in front of goal and Sergio Aguero missed a penalty for City in the first half.Instead, De Bruyne eased City’s passage by curling a shot through the crowded penalty area into the net in the 76th minute.Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick to lead Real Madrid back to the semi-finals of the Champions League with a 3-0 win over Wolfsburg yesterday.Ronaldo netted goals in the 16th and 17th minutes and then added a decisive third with a remarkable free kick in the 77th as Madrid overturned a 2-0 loss in last week’s first leg to win 3-2 on aggregate.last_img read more

DD Fitness: Taking the ‘secret’ path to fitness in your stride

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first_imgWith the crisp winter mornings and evenings upon us, there is no better time to remind everyone of the easiest form of exercise you probably aren’t doing. A study by the PHE in England revealed that more than 6 million people, failed to get a 10-minute walk done each month.Ireland has long been on a par with the UK in its eating habits and activity levels, so it shouldn’t come as a shock to us that this is becoming all too common over here also. As people spend more and more time sitting for work and we spend more and more time in front of computers, tablets and smart phones at home, it is hardly surprising that our obesity levels are rising year on year.Inactivity is on the rise and we don’t seem to be recognising the direct link between the rise of technology and the rise of obesity.In the 2008 Pixar film Wall-E, there is an important underlying message on the path that we are headed.The humans in the movie have become so dependent on technology, they are unable to walk due to obesity and inactivity. They have chair to move them about and the only form of activity they get is eating and controlling their operating systems.In 2008, this may have seemed very farfetched.In 2019, it is becoming more of a reality.More and more people are becoming inactive.• We drive everywhere.• We park in the closest space to the door• We take the lift• We take the escalator• We walk as little as possible Add to this our overconsumption of high calorie, processed foods and drinks and you have a recipe for disaster.However, there is simple solution that you can do, that doesn’t involve going to the gym, doesn’t cost any money and will improve your health.Walking!Walking is such a simple solution, it is almost always overlooked. People always want to look for the quickest solution, the most extreme one which will warrant the fastest results.However, 99% of the time and for 99% of the population, they aren’t able for these extremes and after a few weeks, they end up back in inactivity.Walking is low impact, low intensity, easy on the joints and has a range of health benefits.“The health benefits of brisk walking for 10 minutes each day include: increased fitness, improved mood, increased leanness and a healthier weight and a 15 per cent reduction in the risk of dying prematurely, PHE said.”If you are starting out to try and be more active and are looking to add walking into your daily routine, try and start with simple things.• Park farther away from the door.• Take the stairs when you can.• Walk to the shops, or park in the middle of the shopping centre and walk around the shops.• Start with 10 minutes each day and build this up.• Aim to build up to 10,000+ steps daily and track this on a step counter.The main thing NOT to do, is to try and do everything at once.Don’t start out by trying to do 10,000 steps on the 1st day. This could end up too much and could put you off due to muscle soreness the following day.If you work in an office or have a desk job, you should try and get up and move about every 20 minutes.The Mayo Clinic gives the following benefits for it;• Maintain a healthy weight• Prevent or manage various conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes• Strengthen your bones and muscles• Improve your mood• Improve your balance and coordinationThe faster, farther and more frequently you walk, the greater the benefits.You may be reading this and thinking that it is too easy, or it isn’t what you need.If you are currently inactive and have been for an extended period, walking is exactly what you need, and is probably the best thing you can do for your health right now.#leanin2019To keep up to date with everything and to plan ahead for getting in shape in 2020, be sure to keep an eye on my social media and also on my website.https://www.rushefitness.ie/https://www.instagram.com/rushefitness/?hl=enhttps://www.facebook.com/rushefitness/DD Fitness: Taking the ‘secret’ path to fitness in your stride was last modified: November 25th, 2019 by Emmet RusheShare 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)last_img read more

What the Giants (and even the Dodgers) can learn from Madison Bumgarner’s free agency

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first_imgWhether it’s a glancing jab or a punch to the gut, the hits keep on coming for San Francisco Giants fans.Since the Giants concluded their third consecutive losing season, fans have watched their lone All-Star depart in free agency, seen the franchise cut ties with its home run, RBI leader and Willie Mac Award winner and followed a manager search that led the club to a controversial hire with an underwhelming track record.Sunday’s news that Giants legend Madison Bumgarner is leaving to sign …last_img read more

Early Reptile Had Modern Ears

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first_imgModern ears are nothing new; they go back 260 million years.  That’s the gist of a paper in PLoS ONE that reported on a Russian reptile fossil.1  The research team was surprised to discover that the creature had impedance-matched ears, a novelty thought to have evolved 50 million years later.  Somehow this innovation survived one of the biggest extinction events in the evolutionary timeline.  Or, suggested the authors, it got re-invented later, four times, in four different groups.    The paper was summarized by National Geographic News.  The authors said this about the significance of this find:Using modern amniotes as analogues, the possession of an impedance-matching middle ear in these parareptiles suggests unique ecological adaptations potentially related to living in dim-light environments.  More importantly, our results demonstrate that already at an early stage of amniote diversification, and prior to the Permo-Triassic extinction event, the complexity of terrestrial vertebrate ecosystems had reached a level that proved advanced sensory perception to be of notable adaptive significance.What’s odd about this story is, it claims this fossil sheds light on evolution, but where is the evolution?  A search on the word evolved in the paper reveals a strange pattern: seem to have evolved, suggesting they evolved, some indication that a tympanic ear had evolved, not thought to have evolved until the Mesozoic, an evolutionary novelty that was hitherto believed to have evolved, assumed not to have evolved until the Mesozoic, etc.  In no case did the authors explain how a complex, impedance-matched middle ear system actually did evolve, or even could.  They merely assumed it did.  More notably, they were surprised it showed up so early.    Here are two more examples of how the authors used evolution in their analysis:The evolution of an impedance-matching middle ear within Amniota has been interpreted to have occurred in concert with the diversification of modern insects, which reached its peak in the Mesozoic, implying that the buzzing sound of flying insects would have favoured the evolution of an advanced hearing sense….The discovery of a highly-evolved auditory apparatus in Middle Permian parareptiles even further emphasizes that the entire groundplan for the impressive evolutionary history of amniotes was already largely in place by the end of the Paleozoic; what followed was in fact only a subsequent tinkering of earlier inventions.The National Geographic article continued this pattern.  It quoted Robert Reisz (U of Toronto) saying, “The most interesting aspect here is that this is the earliest, clear evidence of a highly evolved hearing system.”  Are they claiming this advanced hearing system appeared without a trace of development in earlier fossils?  The National Geographic article made an even more astonishing claim: impedance-matched ears disappeared, then reappeared later multiple times in separate animal groups: “lead author M�ller believes para-reptiles went extinct and that modern ears evolved independently in mammals, birds, lizards, and frogs.”1Muller and Tsuji, “Impedance-Matching Hearing in Paleozoic Reptiles: Evidence of Advanced Sensory Perception at an Early Stage of Amniote Evolution,” PLoS ONE, 2(9): e889. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0000889.National Geographic swallowed the Muller myth whole, without skipping a beat, without offering any critical analysis or opposing views.  “Well shazam, isn’t evolution amazin’.  It created advanced sound systems not just once, or twice, but four times!  Then Tinker Bell took over and made ’em even gooder.”    We’ve heard these Darwinist shenanigans so many times, it sounds like a broken record.* *For those born after 1980, a record was a flat piece of round vinyl that stored recorded music.  As the record rotated on a turntable, a diamond needle in a stylus at the end of a long arm picked up analog signals recorded as bumps in long, spiral grooves (groovy – get it?  That’s where that comes from).  Records were easily scratched, and when that happened, the stylus would often skip back to the previous groove, repeating the same words over and over, like They’re coming to take me away, away [click] coming to take me away, away [click] coming to take me away, away ad infinitum, till someone couldn’t stand it any more and would throw the record out the window like a Frisbee, making target shooters happy because even if they missed the bullet hole was always dead center.  Records would also warp in the sun and make Elvis Presley sound like a Muslim call to prayer.  The Chipmunks got their start when somebody discovered that playing a 33-1/3 revolutions per minute (RPM) record at 78 RPM raised the pitch of James Earl Jones into the Tiny Tim range.  Record stores were very popular till all the record companies silently swapped all the vinyl records out overnight for the newer CDs, making owners of extensive record collections very angry and still, 27 years later, trying to rip their vinyl records to MP3 files, while our spouses scream I’m going to take them away, away, and since the program notes could no longer fit on the back of the album, CD makers reduced the font to 5 points, forcing everyone to wear glasses.  That’s why your parents look mad all the time from squinting so much.  Now you iPod-generation youngsters know what a broken record is and how your parents suffered, trudging through the snow for miles just to buy the latest Beatles album and try to understand it through all the snaps, crackles and pops on rumbly turntables that challenged their impedance-matched ears.  They didn’t even have wireless downloads back then.  How they do the Chipmunks now is anyone’s guess.  Who reminded us of all these headaches?  It’s Darwin’s fault. 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Geophysical King Dethroned?

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first_imgThere’s been a quiet revolution in geophysics.  Richard Kerr asked in Science, “Great Oxidation Event Dethroned?”1  The Great Oxidation Event (GOE) is an assumed time before multicellular life appeared when microbes had just learned the secret of photosynthesis and started pumping vast quantities of fresh oxygen into earth’s atmosphere (10/18/2006).  The GOE idea reigned like a monarch till “new laboratory results reported in this issue challenge that mainstream scenario by showing how supposed signs of an early lack of oxygen could have come from unrelated geochemical reactions.”    Before 2000, the consensus was that “not even a whiff of oxygen was in the air” before the G.O.E. that supposedly took place 2.4 billion years ago.  Then, geochemist James Farquhar of the University of Maryland questioned the assumptions on which studies of sulfur isotopes in rocks inferred the absence of oxygen.  Now, with “results [that] defy all expectations,” some Penn State researchers have re-opened the debate about the arrival of oxygen.  Did the earth have oxygen much earlier?  “This is at least a possibility that we should be thinking about,” one of the researchers cautiously said.    Not everyone is convinced at this point.  Early oxygen would have made life’s origin nearly impossible.  It would also dethrone a dynasty of geologists who have been speaking of a Great Oxygenation Event that may have never happened.1.  Richard A. Kerr, “Great Oxidation Event Dethroned?”, Science, 17 April 2009: Vol. 324. no. 5925, p. 321, DOI: 10.1126/science.324.5925.321a.Evolutionary literature and geological history is filled with mythical Events.  Evolutionists speak of these Events with glib certainty: the Great Oxygenation Event, the Late Heavy Bombardment, the Snowball Earth, the Laramide Orogeny, and dozens of other such phrases that create their own reality simply by capitalizing them and speaking them (09/08/2008).  It’s a name-it-and-claim-it religion.  The evolutionary framework was decided first, and then the Events were invented to fit stages of evolution into a prefabricated timeline that has little to do with verifiable reality.  Every once in awhile one of these Mythical Events, like monarchs allied to King Charles, gets dethroned.  How about a little democracy for a change?  Like Jefferson said (cited by Stan Freberg), we’re tired of this royal jazz.(Visited 24 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Canada Dreaming

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first_imgAir Canada takes delivery of the first of 37 Boeing 787 Dreamliners next year. Technically, this 787-8 will have much the same specs as its fellow “seven-eights.” What Air Canada, and its competitors, rely on to differentiate their particular aircraft from the pack goes a lot deeper than the paint scheme, the livery. It’s the cabin that countsNow we know – in detail – what the Air Canada craft will be like on the inside. To take a virtual tour go to http://787.aircanada.com/en.Start with the pointy end of the airplane, in Business Class. That’s where 20 180-degree lie-flat seats nestle in individual pods. All of them impart plenty privacy and have direct aisle access. There’s no clambering over your seatmate in the middle of the night to use the restroom.  Those seats are fitted with pneumatic cushion headrests, replete with massage to work out the kinks during a long flight.If, like this AirlineRatings.com scribe, you can’t sleep zipping through the heavens at 35,000 feet (10,600 meters) there’s ample opportunity to be entertained. Air Canada says the 18-inch personal entertainment screen is “the largest offered by a North American carrier in business class.” To keep you going through the movie – or fuel you for a bit of work – the carrier sports a new espresso and cappuccino service up front.The 21 folks who find themselves just behind the curtain in Air Canada’s Premium Economy cabin don’t have it bad either. Each seat offers a decidedly decent 38 inches of legroom, 19.5 inches of width, and seven inches of recline. Seats are arrayed in a 2-3-2 configuration. You’re never more than one seat away from the aisle. The video screen in Premium Economy is either nine or eleven inches.210 “slim line” seats occupy the Economy Cabin of Air Canada’s 787-8 where there’s 31-inches of legroom. Seating is 3-3-3, and the video screens are nine inches.Regardless of the cabin, the atmospherics are the same. Lower cabin pressure and higher humidity really do improve passenger comfort. Your sinuses will thank you for booking a 787 flight. Remember, the Dreamliner’s fuselage is composed of composites, not metal. It’s the metallic composition of traditional airliner fuselages that limits the amount of humidity that can be introduced into the cabin. Metal can corrode. Not so composites.Air Canada intends to deploy the first of its fleet of rapier-like seven-eights on the longish 5,765-mile/9,275-km Toronto – Tel Aviv route beginning in July 2014.last_img read more

SA, Botswana forge closer ties

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first_img8 October 2010 South Africa and Botswana have agreed to establish a bi-national commission to meet annually in both Pretoria and Gaborone, President Jacob Zuma said during Botswana President Ian Khama’s first official state visit to South Africa this week. “We also want to continue to work together to create opportunities which will ensure economic and industrial development leading to job creation and alleviation of poverty,” Zuma said following talks with Khama in Pretoria on Tuesday. The two presidents discussed a range of proposed agreements to strengthen cooperation between South Africa and its northern neighbour in fields such as agriculture, transport, environment, health, and science and technology. The energy and water needs of Botswana and South Africa were also discussed, as well as how the two neighbours could support each other on environmental issues. “We also made special mention of the excellent cooperation between the two countries on the establishment of transfrontier parks,” Zuma said. “These include the Kgalagadi Park between South Africa, Botswana and Namibia, as well as the Mapungubwe Park between South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe.”Call for lifting of Zimbabwe sanctions During Khama’s visit, South Africa and Botswana reiterated their call for Europe and America to lift sanctions against Zimbabwe. Khama said Zimbabwe needed to be given a chance to “heal”, and the sanctions were not helping that process. “I was one of the people who were sceptical in the beginning … but the sanctions are now starting to be a hindrance, and we have to call on those imposing them to reconsider their position because the situation is better in Zimbabwe,” he said. Both leaders conceded that Zimbabwe’s instability was a potential barrier to the region’s socio-economic development. While sanctions were probably justified in the past, the situation in Zimbabwe had changed since the establishment of the government of national unity, they said. In 2008, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and opposition Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai agreed to a power sharing deal to end decades of economic and political instability in that country. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Wikitude Breaks From the Pack; Releases Augmented Reality Browser API

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first_img4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Related Posts 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout marshall kirkpatrick 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex…center_img Tags:#Augmented Reality#news#NYT#web Augmented Reality (AR), the class of technologies that places sets of data on top of other views of the world around a user, is fast becoming a very crowded market. Austrian AR browser maker Wikitude has taken a very competitive step this afternoon with the release of its Application Programming Interface (API) to power AR browsers on any other application.The company says its API “represents the emergence of an open AR development platform which could further drive the adoption of Wikitude as a potential standard for developers who want to create their own mobile AR experience.” Get ready to see Augmented Reality come to far more mobile applications and for Wikitude’s competitors to respond.Wikitude displays Wikipedia and user-contributed Points of Interest over the camera view of Android phones, over a Google map or in list form. Wikitude.me provides an easy way for anyone to add Points of Interest that are immediately available to Wikitude mobile users. The company has said in the past that it intends to put all of that data under a Creative Commons license. The new API will allow an Augmented Reality camera view to be added to any other Android application that contains geographic data. Hopefully an API will be available from iPhone apps when the next version of the iPhone operating system is released. (We’ve asked Wikitude about that.)Wikitude says it worked with more than 100 developers from 25 countries in building its API. Both commercial and non-commercial API keys are available to remove the watermark placed over non-keyed implementations. The API allows developers to customize the actions that occur when info-balloon overlays are clicked on and change the menu options for the AR browser.Will competitors like Layar, AcrossAir, Tochnidot, RobotVision and others release APIs soon as well? They have to be working on it, but Wikitude appears to have the most open disposition, one of the broadest developer communities and thus may be the best suited to become the AR platform of choice.There are enough players in the AR field already that the competition will likely come down to two things: usability of interfaces and developer-friendliness. May the games begin! 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more