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first_imgThis year’s B.C. government revenue drought from oil and gas sales continues as this week’s August Sale of crown petroleum and natural gas rights was another brutal one in terms of bonus bids.The Ministry of Natural Gas Development says the total was only $381,000, as just six of nine parcels offered, covering 2,500 hectares were sold.That makes seven consecutive months of sales under two million dollars and three of them were below $500,000.- Advertisement -As a result, with two thirds of the 2015 monthly sales now concluded, the year-to-date bonus bids total is less than $8.5 million, and on pace to easily result in the lowest calendar-year-end-total in more than three decades.last_img read more

first_imgFollowing their relegation from the Premier League last season, Fulham recorded their first Championship win of the season against Blackburn Rovers over the weekend, with manager Scott Parker undoubtedly hoping that his side can hit the ground running in what is widely considered to be one of the most competitive competitions in Europe. The Cottagers have made significant changes when it comes to their playing squad, with big name signings from last year including Jean Michaël Seri and Ryan Babel having made swift exits, whilst wonderkid Ryan Sessegnon made the short move to North London on deadline day when Spurs splashed out £25 for the 19-year-old. Despite losing such firepower, manager Parker has added quality across the pitch in the form of Anthony Knockaert, Ivan Cavaleiro and Josh Onomah, with the latter having arrived as part of the deal which saw Sessegnon return to the Premier League. As a result, the Whites now appear to have a squad capable of challenging for promotion in the Championship this season, with goals from Aleksandar Mitrovic and Captain Tom Cairney having helped them to a first win of the season on Saturday afternoon.Manager Scott Parker is confident of “a big season” at Craven Cottage, with their chances of gaining promotion straight back to the top-flight potentially resting on their ability to get to grips with playing two games a week on a regular basis throughout the campaign. Fulham certainly have the squad to deal with such rigours however, with Harry Arter and Bobby Reid having also been added to their ranks on deadline day, joining from Bournemouth and Cardiff respectively. Fulham can be backed to secure promotion at odds of 7/4 with the high tier app of Ladbrokes, making them the second favourites behind Leeds United at this early stage of the season. The Cottagers gained promotion to the Premier League after defeating Aston Villa last year, however fans in West London will undoubtedly be hoping that their team can return to the top-flight automatically this time around and joining the list of teams who bounced back to the Premier League after just one season.One area in which manager Parker may have a few concerns is in the backline, with a last-minute deal for Chelsea defender Michael Hector having disappointingly collapsed. While a deal for the 27-year-old could well materialise in January, injuries to the likes of Tim Ream or Alfie Mawson would leave them stretched. Fulham return to action on Friday evening when they take on Huddersfield Town, in what was a Premier League fixture last season. The Cottagers also face Millwall, Nottingham Forest and Cardiff City in August, with such encounters potentially providing a much clearer indication as to whether Fulham will be in with a chance of returning to the big time at the first time of asking. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowAspireAbove.comUndoLifestly.com25 Celebs You Didn’t Realize Are Gay – No. 8 Will Surprise WomenLifestly.comUndoUsed Cars | Search AdsUsed Cars in Tuen Mun Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkUsed Cars | Search AdsUndoTopCars15 Ugliest Cars Ever MadeTopCarsUndoHappyTricks.comHer House Always Smells Amazing – Try her Unique Trick!HappyTricks.comUndoFood World Magazine15 Fruits that Burn Fat Like CrazyFood World MagazineUndoezzin.com20 Breathtaking Places to See Before You Dieezzin.comUndoDrhealth35 Foods That Should Never Be Placed in the RefrigeratorDrhealthUndolast_img read more

first_imgBack in 2012, more than 380,000 adult fall king salmon were forecasted to return to the Klamath River basin, giving anglers a sport allocation of over 67,000 fish. Both of these numbers were record highs, but boy, where have those good times gone? Riding the heels of a four-year drought and way too many water diversions to mention, the number of salmon predicted to return this fall has dwindled to 30,909, with a sport quota set at a very meager 1,110 for the entire Klamath River basin.The way …last_img read more

first_img(Visited 25 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Three completely different biological mechanisms, at different scales of size, studied by different universities: all agree nature’s designs are wonderful, but difficult to imitate.Woodpecker shock absorber:  Scientists at Mississippi State have come closer to understanding how a woodpecker hammers its head against trees at 1,000 G “without going stupid,” an article on Science News reports.  The keratin proteins in the beak interlock in a wavy path shown in the article.  This allows the proteins to slide past each other during compressive stress, absorbing some of the shock.  “The structure of woodpeckers’ heads has already inspired designs for shock absorbers,” the article says; now, this mechanism within the beak itself will contribute to efforts to build shock-resistant materials.  “We should implement this in car bumpers,” a reader comment says.Blood plastic:  The blood clotting cascade in the human body is an example of irreducible complexity Michael Behe pointed to in his 1996 book Darwin’s Black Box.    Now, the BBC News describes a “self healing plastic” that “mimics blood clotting.”  Developed at the University of Illinois, this new plastic could lead to cell phone screens or tennis racquets that could heal themselves.  “Inspired by the human blood clotting system, it contains a network of capillaries that deliver healing chemicals to damaged areas,” the article says.  This is much simpler than blood clotting, actually, where multiple ingredients are tightly regulated to rapidly to stop the flow of blood without coagulating the flow in the vessels.  Also, the artificial material is slower, and only regrows material to 67% of its original strength.  The inventors realize that their product doesn’t measure up to blood’s abilities:However, future materials which are “truly regenerative” will require a much more flexible repair system, the scientists admit.“When damage is unpredictable and uncontrolled, more complex and interconnected vascular networks will be necessary to provide sufficient vascular coverage and redundancy to circumvent channel blockage,” Prof White and his co-authors wrote.Molecular wheels:  How hard can it be to turn a wheel at the molecular scale?  Very, a press release from the University of Southern Denmark says.  Researchers trying to rotate parts of their man-made molecular machines are admiring ATP synthase, the rotary engine that powers cells by producing the “energy currency,” ATP, used by most cellular processes.“This is a classical biological molecular machine that you can use for inspiration when working with artificial molecular machines”, says Sissel Stenbæk Andersen, a postdoc at the Department of Physics and Chemistry, University of Southern Denmark.“We ultimately want to create an artificial machine that can rotate and run a process. It sounds very low-tech and simple, but it is not. It is indeed a huge challenge to keep track of how the machine rotates and how quickly it does so – and if we want to benefit from molecular machines in the future, we must be able to control the rotation and the speed”, says Sissel Stenbæk Andersen.They’re learning, the press release says, but they still have a long way to go.Need we say it?  For the sake of newcomers, it bears repeating: “These articles mentioned nothing about evolution.”  (The only exception was a completely gratuitous, useless statement at the end of the BBC article: “Here again, elegant examples that have evolved in nature can inspire solutions.”  It’s clear, though, that the scientists did not need or use anything in evolutionary theory to do their work.  That statement was tacked on at the end of the article, as if the reporter wanted to assure the NCSE that the BBC was not cozying up to the intelligent design movement.)It’s a law of science: the closer scientists look at designs in nature, the less they bring Darwin into the discussion.  Biomimetics is the key to turning science’s attention back to design.  It’s also the key to making science serve humankind once again, as Francis Bacon and other founders of modern science envisioned.  It’s a slow process, though, to cure a Darwine addiction.last_img read more

first_img21 June 2012 The South African government has expressed its joy following the release on Thursday of a South African couple held captive by Somali pirates since October 2010. The Durban couple, Bruno Pelizzari and Debbie Calitz, were freed following negotiations between the South African, Somali and Italian governments. The Department of International Relations and Cooperation expressed its gratitude to both the Somali and Italian governments on Thurday. It said the couple had been released unharmed and were receiving consular support from the South African mission to Somalia, which is based in Nairobi, Kenya. Arrangements are being made for the return of the couple to South Africa. “South Africa’s ambassador designate to Somalia, Ndumiso Ntshinga, is in contact with the couple and the authorities in Somalia and has verified that the couple is in good health and eager to be re-united with their loved ones,” the department said in a statement. Throughout the ordeal, the pirate ring demanded ransoms for the couple’s release, initially demanding US$10-million from the families of the couple. The ransom dropped to $500 000 in March last year. The couple were taken hostage off the Gulf of Aden in October 2010 after armed pirates hijacked their yacht as it was about to enter the Mozambique channel south of Dar es Salaam. A third crew member was rescued by the European Union’s anti-piracy taskforce. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

first_img30 June 2013 South African President Jacob Zuma and US President Barack Obama emerged from their meeting in Pretoria on Saturday speaking in one voice on increased trade and investment in Africa. Zuma received Obama and his delegation at the Union Buildings at the start of the US president’s three-day visit to South Africa. Their talks focused on boosting trade, business ties and regional security.Africa ‘on the rise’ Speaking to journalists afterwards, Zuma told Obama that he was visiting Africa at the right time, when the continent was on the rise, shifting from “disinvestment to reinvestments”. Africa was the second-fastest growing region after Asia and had become an attractive market for investment, Zuma said, adding: “Arising out of this visit, we would like to see increased investment in the economy for mutual benefit.” Emphasising South Africa’s position as a financial and logistical gateway to the continent, Zuma tabled bankable projects ranging across infrastructure development, youth skills development, information and communication technology, agriculture and the green economy. He said investment in these projects underpinned South Africa’s drive for regional integration, industrialisation and the localisation of supply and manufacturing. Zuma said the US strategy towards sub-Saharan Africa, launched last year, was “well timed to take advantage of Africa’s growing market”.South Africa ‘critical to US’ Obama said South Africa was critical to the US, as it was the gateway to the continent. Responding to suggestions that the visit was prompted by China’s growing influence on the continent, Obama said: “I am here in Africa because the US needs to engage in a continent full of promise and possibilities”. He said the US administration was not threatened by the interest showed by other regions in the continent, adding: “the more the merrier …. I welcome the attention Africa is receiving … It will help incorporate Africa into the global economy”. Obama noted, however, that relationships should be mutually beneficial and that Africans had to ask questions such as, ‘Are they hiring African workers? How much [is the] profit?’ He noted that the continent had been heavily exploited for its raw materials. Zuma said Africa had to be part of the global movement, adding that South Africa was willing to work with anyone for the benefit of Africa and towards a united continent.Renewing, improving Agoa Showing support for African growth, Obama announced that the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa), which was one of the issues Zuma brought to the table during their meeting, would be renewed, upgraded and improved. “I want to renew Agoa so that we can generate more trade and more jobs,” Obama told the packed press conference. Trade negotiators, however, still needed to work out the details, Obama said. Agoa, which allows southern African countries to ship certain products to the United States tariff-free, expires in 2015, but African countries are pushing for its extension. Regarding to social issues, Obama praised South Africa for how it had managed its HIV/Aids prevention programme, saying it showed that aid was not “just a one-way street”.‘We can work together’ He also commended South Africa for being at the forefront of matters relating to regional security and integration through the African Union (AU). “Our governments don’t agree on everything, but we have seen progress. We can work together,” Obama said, citing successes in areas such as nuclear proliferation and climate change. He believed that South Africa and the United States could stand shoulder to shoulder on issues of security, justice and fraud on the continent – a view that was shared by Zuma. “We would like to cooperate with the US in enhancing peace-building and post-conflict reconstruction and development, under the umbrella of the United Nations and the African Union,” Zuma said, acknowledging concerns over matters such as the mushrooming of rebel movements in Africa. On international peace and security, Zuma told Obama that South Africa remained concerned at the lack of progress in the Middle East peace process. “We unequivocally support the Palestinian bid for statehood and believe in the principle of a two-state solution. We have noted your latest attempts to revive the stalled negotiations, and you have our support in this regard. “At the same time, we are of the view that lasting peace in the Middle East would not be possible without addressing the other ongoing conflicts in the region, which are a source of much insecurity and instability.” Zuma also touched on the long-overdue reform of the United Nations Security Council, telling Obama that it remained a high priority for South Africa, the African continent and the developing world as a whole. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

first_imgDiscover how to create 3D in Smoke from a 2D video image – a very cool effect!Autodesk Smoke and Flame pro Joel Osis is a compositing, video editing and motion design pro.  This talented creative pro currently works full time as a lead compositor, and previously was a senior Flame artist.We’re lucky then, that Joel shares his Smoke and Flame knowledge in regular Vimeo posts that demonstrate advanced post production techniques.  In the following Smoke video tip he demonstrates a fairly quick way to achieve a 2D to 3D parallax based conversion using Smoke’s built-in toolset.3D (or stereo or stereoscopic) video is usually created by shooting two cameras next to each other simultaneously.  The simulated Smoke 3D effect that Joel demonstrates is unique in that the effect can be created with a single 2 dimensional video image (in this case, footage shot on a RED camera).Word of warning for Smoke newbies, this tutorial isn’t “intro to Smoke” level stuff…rather it’s more advanced and probably more suited for seasoned Smoke compositors/editors.See how to pull off a 3D effect in Smoke below.  Thanks for sharing Joel!last_img read more

first_imgWest Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday held a meeting of the Trinamool’s core committee, and directed senior leaders to be present at party offices daily. Ms. Banerjee drew up a roster of leaders who would have to attend the party headquarters.She assigned responsibilities at the party’s new socio-cultural unit to key leaders. While Ministers Bratya Basu and Indranil Sen would be in charge of the Jai Hind Bahini, Kakoli Ghosh Dasidar, MP, was tasked with oversight of the Banga Janini Bahini for women.Meanwhile, BJP State president Dilip Ghosh said two berths for West Bengal in the Union Ministry was less than what the State leadership had expected. He told reporters that a few persons had been arrested for chanting ‘Jai Shri Ram’ in the Bhatapara area of North 24 Parganas. “Earlier also a few people were arrested but could not be kept in prison as there is no law for which anyone can be jailed for chanting Jai Shri Ram,” Mr. Ghosh said. Ms. Banerjee would hereafter be greeted with chants of ‘Jai Shri Ram’ wherever she went, Mr. Ghosh asserted.Two berths for 18 MPs The State BJP president also said that two berths in the council of ministers for 18 Lok Sabha MPs from Bengal was a little less than what the State leadership had expected. Mr. Ghosh said that he had informed BJP leader Ram Lal about this. However, he said that this was the beginning and more MPs may be inducted in the Council of Ministers later. “Many others would also be inducted in future,” Mr Ghosh said. “It is a continuous process. Our responsibility was to send maximum number of MPs from Bengal and provide sufficient support so that Modiji becomes the PM,” he added.last_img read more

first_imgTurkish NBA Player Enes Kanter, seen through a video camera, speaks to the media during a news conference about his detention at a Romanian airport on May 22, 2017 in New York City. Kanter returned to the U.S. after being detained for several hours at a Romanian airport following statements he made criticizing Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images/AFPOklahoma City Thunder’s Turkish star Enes Kanter said Monday he plans to seek US citizenship and has been receiving death threats as a result of his outspoken criticism of his homeland’s president.Kanter, who has compared Turkey president Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Adolf Hitler, was detained in Romania at the weekend after being informed that his Turkish passport had been cancelled.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in polo LATEST STORIES MOST READ View comments Kanter said he had feared at one stage that he might be deported from Romania to Turkey.“It was of course scary,” said Kanter, who returned to the United States on Sunday.“It was scary because there was a chance they might send me back to Turkey. And if they send me back to Turkey, probably you guys wouldn’t hear a word from me the second day.“It would have definitely gotten really ugly.”Kanter said his political views had led to him receiving death threats “every day” on social media, including at least two on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Vhong Navarro’s romantic posts spark speculations he’s marrying longtime GF Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes Lillard, Anthony lead Blazers over Thunder The Turkish star used Monday’s press conference to again blast Erdogan, accusing the Turkish leader of seeking to muzzle anyone critical of his policies.“He’s a terrible man,” Kanter said Monday. “I hope the world does something about it. … I hope the whole world is watching. Once these people get to jail, it’s not over for them.“People are getting kidnapped, murdered, tortured, and raped. I love my country, but I’m just trying to speak up for innocent people. … There are thousands of people out there with situations worse than mine.”Kanter said he now fears for the security of his extended family, adding that he does not attempt to communicate with them.“If they contact me, they’ll be put in jail,” Kanter said. “The jails are not fun.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Hornets beat Pistons for 8th straight time The 25-year-old Swiss-born star said the abrupt cancellation of his passport was linked to his criticism of Erdogan’s government.READ: Romanian minister defends keeping Kanter at airportFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSpeaking at a press conference at the NBA headquarters in New York on Monday, Kanter said he now planned to become a US citizen.“Right now I am country-less,” Kanter said. “I am going to try to become an American citizen. I have a green card. We will see if they can speed up the process a little bit. It would definitely be nice. Right now my next move is becoming an American citizen,” Kanter said. Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games 250 enrolled at phony school arrested in immigration scam Is it over for Spurs’ Manu Ginobili? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Man who told immigrant to go back to country asked to write essay Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekendlast_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — As her 40th birthday approaches, Patty Schnyder came back to tennis for nights like this — facing Maria Sharapova at the U.S. Open under the lights in a 14,000-seat arena.It was Schnyder’s first main-draw appearance at a major tournament since 2011, and she did make things interesting, erasing a big deficit in the second set only to fall short of pushing their match to a third, eventually losing to five-time major champion Sharapova 6-2, 7-6 (6) on Tuesday night.“That,” Schnyder said, “was fun.”Schnyder is ranked 186th, so she had to go through qualifying rounds to make it into the main draw — and she became the oldest woman to successfully do that at any Grand Slam tournament. She also was the oldest member of this year’s 128-woman singles field, and the third-oldest in U.S. Open history.“Doesn’t feel like I’ve been gone for such a while,” said Schnyder, who after initially retiring seven years ago, returned to a full tour schedule in 2016. “It has been a part of my life for so long, that it feels like it’s just great. And it’s the passion of my life, and it’s just great to be out there.”This was her ninth career meeting against 2006 U.S. Open champion Sharapova, but first in 10 years.“I knew we’d go out on the court today and kind of relive the memories,” said the 31-year-old Sharapova, who is now 8-1 against Schnyder. “I know what a competitor she is. To come back and still have the desire is admirable.”Patty Schnyder, left, of Switzerland, and Maria Sharapova, of Russia, shake hands after Sharapova won their first round match at the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)The match was in Louis Armstrong Stadium and, every so often, Schnyder would peek at the large video screens and catch a glimpse of her 3-year-old daughter, Kim, who sat in the stands and was allowed to stay up way past her bedtime on this occasion.Sharapova raced through the first set, winning all four of Schnyder’s service games and holding a 9-0 edge in winners. The second set began with more of the same, as Sharapova went ahead 5-1. But she began to miss more and more, even clutching at her left elbow after one miscue, and that allowed Schnyder — using that familiar looping lefty forehand — to get to 5-all, then force the tiebreaker.Even then, Sharapova didn’t have an easy time of things, needing four match points before she was finally able to close things out and move her U.S. Open night-session record to 21-0.Schnyder, meanwhile, had never before lost in the first round of this hard-court tournament, going 14-0 during her “first” career.“She still has incredible hands,” was Sharapova’s report on Schnyder afterward. “Moves incredibly well for being out of the game for so long. Still very competitive.”Schnyder said she isn’t sure quite what to make of this trip to New York. She had tasted success all those years ago, a semifinalist at the 2004 Australian Open and a quarterfinalist six other times, including at Flushing Meadows in 2008 and — wait for it — 1998.Patty Schnyder, of Switzerland, serves to Maria Sharapova, of Russia, during the first round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)So does this return trip to the bright lights and big city make Schnyder want more? Or did it satisfy a craving and she’s ready to go back to retirement?“I don’t know. I’m not really planning (ahead). And now that I’m here and I made the main draw, maybe it gives me different thoughts,” replied Schnyder, who turns 40 in December. “I really don’t know what I’m up to the next few months.”___By HOWARD FENDRICH , AP Tennis WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more