Chelsea on top of the EPL

first_imgLONDON (AP):Sixteen goals scored without reply. Five successive wins. And now top of the English Premier League. Chelsea are a club transformed under Antonio Conte.Eden Hazard scored twice in a 5-0 demolition of Everton yesterday that demonstrated the attacking might that is capable of propelling Chelsea to the title.And the ruthless display came against an Everton side which boasted the league’s second-best defensive record before heading to west London, and earned a 1-1 draw at Manchester City a month ago.City headed into the game against Middlesbrough in top place, but stumbled to a 1-1 draw to leave Pep Guardiola’s side with one win in five.Eden Hazard epitomises the revival of the team that was hovering above the relegation zone a year ago in the closing weeks of JosÈ Mourinho’s second spell in charge.OPENING GOALHazard has already eclipsed last season’s five-goal haul in the league by taking his tally to seven against Everton. The Belgium winger cut in from the left before netting the opener in the 19th minute and Chelsea scored again within 25 seconds of the restart. Hazard and Pedro Rodriguez combined to set up Marcos Alonso, who struck through goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg’s legs for his first Chelsea goal.Diego Costa grabbed Chelsea’s third before half-time after Nemanja Matic was left unmarked to head a corner into the path of the striker.The pick of the goals came 10 minutes after the break with a move started and completed by Hazard after a one-two with Victor Moses. Hazard weaved into the penalty area before striking past Stekelenburg.Costa was the creator of the fifth, winning the ball around the halfway line and darting down the field unchallenged before passing to Hazard. Although Hazard was denied a hat-trick by Stekelenburg, Pedro was on hand to tap into the empty net.Other results: Manchester City 1 Middlesbrough 1; Bournemouth 1 Sunderland 2; Burnley 3 Crystal Palace 2; West Ham 1 Stoke 1.last_img read more

Govt orders probe into passports issued to Dataram, wife

first_imgGovernment is under pressure to explain to the public how drug lord Barry Dataram and his reputed wife Anjanie Boodnarine were issued with passports which aided in them fleeing the country, amid their trial for drug possession.Citizenship Minister Winston Felix announced on Saturday that a full investigation has been launched to determine the circumstance under which Dataram and his reputed wife were issued the bogus documents.The duo were on Friday nabbed in neighbouring Suriname and on Saturday handed over to local law enforcement authorities.The passports bore the names ‘David Persaud’ and ‘Christine Persaud’ with the year of issue being 2013 and 2016 respectively.Felix said the passports are now in the possession of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) and that the investigation launched will seek to determine who and what documents were involved in their preparation as well as the couple’s method of departure from Guyana.The Minister also guaranteed that those culpable will face the harshest possible action.The revelation of the issuance of passports which helped the drug lord and his spouse escape the country brings into play the concerns raised by the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Opposition of rampant corruption practices under the Citizenship Ministry.But the Ministry, which has responsibility for immigration services, insists that it inherited a number of challenges related to the integrity of systems when the new Administration took office in May 2015 and has been working to correct those issues.Dataram and his wife were, along with two others, charged with the possession of some 129.23 kg (225 pounds) of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking, which was found at Dataram’s home on April 16, 2015.On September 27, 2016, while Dataram had already fled the country, he was convicted and sentenced to five years imprisonment and fined $164 million.His wife and the two other co-defendants were acquitted.last_img read more

Executives have a bullish outlook

first_imgThe stock market selloff – along with a recent pickup in gas prices and a plunge in orders for big-ticket manufactured goods – hasn’t changed this view, McGraw told reporters in a telephone conference call. “We continue to see business following a steady-as-she-goes mentality towards the economy,” he said. For all of this year, the Business Roundtable executives predict the economy will grow by 2.9 percent, which would be the slowest since 2003. Many economists expect similarly slower growth given strains from the housing slump and the struggling automotive sector. Ex-Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan recently said it’s possible the economy might slip into a recession this year, a factor in last week’s plunge in stock prices. Economists said the odds of that happening are low. McGraw agreed, saying the probability of a recession is around 20 or 25 percent. “Certainly the sentiment and the data from the CEO survey does not suggest any likelihood of a recession,” McGraw said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – America’s chief executives are feeling pretty good about business prospects with most expecting sales to increase, although Wall Street investors have expressed anxiety recently about the economy’s direction. A survey by the Business Roundtable, released Wednesday, also showed that many executives expected capital investment and hiring to remain at current levels or be boosted in the coming months. These mostly positive projections came from a survey completed before last week’s nosedive in financial markets at home and abroad. The market meltdown partly reflected investor worries about the possibility of economic slowdown in two global powerhouses, the United States and China. The Business Roundtable survey “shows that CEOs believe the economy is growing at a comfortable pace. The projections for sales, capital spending and employment all point to steady growth with no significant acceleration or slowing over the next six months,” said the group’s chairman Harold McGraw III, president and chief executive officer of The McGraw-Hill Companies. last_img read more

Datebook 4/22

first_imgGriffith Park Environmental Film Festival, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Autry Museum, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles. Free. Tickets available one hour prior to each screening. Call (213) 387-4287. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Nutts for Mutts Dog Show and Farm Walk Fair, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Los Angeles Pierce College, 6201 Winnetka Ave., Woodland Hills. Dog show venue at Shepard Stadium. Farm Walk adult suggested donation $5. Enter fair at Victory/Mason entrance. Free parking. Call (818) 710-4253. Sherman Oaks Spring Festival, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Ventura Boulevard between Van Nuys Boulevard and Kester Avenue. Free. Bay Laurel Elementary Carnival, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m., 24740 Paseo Primario, Calabasas. Birds, Bees and Butterflies: A Musical Journey concert, 11 a.m., Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. Tickets $4-$8. Call (310) 400-4500 or (866) 468-3399. Earth Fair/Meet Your Neighbor Day, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., The Paseo Club, 27650 Dickason Drive, Valencia. Call (661) 414-6458. TODAY Assistance League Footsteps 5K Run/Walk, 8-11 a.m., (Kids 1K Run/Walk 8 a.m.) Newhall Park, 24923 Newhall Ave. Call (661) 254-0567. Earth Day, 8-11 a.m., Chatsworth Park, 22300 Chatsworth St. Call (818) 419-2513. 5K Arthritis Walk, 9 a.m., Wadsworth Great Lawn, 11301 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. Registration begins at 7:30; opening ceremony 8:30. Call (800) 954-2873. last_img read more

Gang member arrested in death of 3-week-old baby

first_imgIn addition to murder, Silva is also charged with three counts of attempted murder and one count of attempted extortion. He is a member of the 18th Street gang. Prosecutors said gang members tried to extort money from outdoor vendors on Sept. 1, and one vendor refused to pay. Gang members allegedly returned to MacArthur Park on Saturday and opened fire, striking one vendor, 37-year-old Francisco Clemente, at least twice. The city is offering a $75,000 reward for information in the case. Police believe 50 to 100 people witnessed the shooting. “This is a devastating situation and it is our hope that someone in the community knows or has information about who committed this crime,” said Los Angeles police Assistant Chief James McDonnell. Anyone with information about the case can call detectives at (213) 485-2531 between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. or (877) LAWFULL after-hours. A 19-year-old reputed gang member was charged today with murder and other crimes in connection with the shooting death of a 3-week-old baby Saturday near MacArthur Park. Luis Silva was ordered held without bail in the killing of Luis Angel Garcia, who was struck by a stray bullet as his mother pushed his stroller. His arraignment was set for Oct. 2. The murder charge alleges the special circumstance allegation that the killing was gang-related. Prosecutors have not yet decided if they will seek the death penalty. It was unclear whether Silva actually fired the shot that killed the boy. Police are still searching for other suspects. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

A.V. has county’s worst asthma rates

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card The report supplies figures for every county in the state and eight regions in Los Angeles County: the Antelope Valley, east Los Angeles County, downtown Los Angeles, the San Fernando Valley, the San Gabriel Valley, South Los Angeles, the South Bay area, and west Los Angeles County. The report also presented socioeconomic and demographic profiles of those with chronic conditions, and figures problems and potential barriers to accessing health care. Among the eight regions in Los Angeles County, Antelope Valley ranked fourth from the bottom in the percentage of adults with chronic health problems. Thirty-eight percent of Antelope Valley adults had problems accessing health care services, compared with 33.7 percent in the county and 32.1 percent statewide. Only the downtown Los Angeles area had a worse rate, at 39.7 percent. The rate reflects people who experienced a delay in accessing health services or had no usual source of care, the report said. LANCASTER – Children and adults in the Antelope Valley suffer the highest rates of asthma in Los Angeles County, according to a new report from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. Of the five chronic conditions the report surveyed, more than 46 percent of Antelope Valley adults suffer one or more, compared with 46.6 percent countywide and 45.2 percent statewide. “The Antelope Valley is sort of an interesting situation. It’s between South L.A., which is the worst, and West L.A., which is the best,” said Steven Wallace, professor and associate director at the UCLA center. “There are some indicators where the Antelope Valley does quite poorly. The most notable one is the asthma rate for kids, which is the worst in Los Angeles County. There are some indicators where they come out among the best. It’s good news and bad news.” The report, “Chronic Conditions of Californians,” is based on data from the 2003 California Health Interview Survey and offers a profile of children and adults suffering from heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and fair or poor health status. The report said 43.1 percent of Antelope Valley adults had problems such as lacking health insurance, were not native English speakers, or were low-income, all possible barriers to health care access. In that category, the Antelope Valley scored high, second only to the west Los Angeles County area, which scored at 31.4 percent. Overall, 33.6 percent of adults living in the Antelope Valley were low-income, compared with 39.4 percent in the county and 33.9 percent in the state. A total of 18.4 percent were on Medi-Cal, compared with 14.7 percent in the county and 13.5 percent statewide; and 13.9 percent were 65 and over, compared with 14.5 percent countywide and 14.7 percent in the state. More than 40 percent of Antelope Valley children were low-income; 17.4 percent had parents who spoke limited English; and 35.7 percent were on Medi-Cal. A total of 22.2 percent of children in the Antelope Valley have chronic health conditions – mostly asthma – compared with 21.3 percent in the county and 21.7 percent in the state. The rate of Antelope Valley children with asthma was 17.5 percent, compared with 13.7 percent in the county and 14.7 percent in the state. A total of 14.5 percent of adults in the Antelope Valley were diagnosed with asthma, compared with 10.7 percent in the county and 11.8 percent statewide. A total of 8.3 percent of Antelope Valley adults suffer from heart disease, compared with 6.9 percent both countywide and statewide. A total of 23.1 percent of adults living in the Antelope Valley had hypertension; 5.1 percent had diabetes, second best to the west Los Angeles County area’s rate of 4.1 percent; and 19.4 percent rated their own health as fair or poor. The report also identifies geographic areas that are experiencing the perfect storm of high rates of chronic conditions combined with problems accessing health services and barriers to health care access. Such areas include Kern, Madera and Merced counties, as well as the grouping of Colusa, Glenn and Tehama counties. Marin, San Diego, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties – as well as western Los Angeles County – show the lowest percentages of adults with chronic conditions as well as the fewest problems getting necessary medical care. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgExclusive: Donegal Pen brothers Ronan and Conor Mc Garvey have made it through US security and secured the biggest scoop of their lives by getting the green light to provide America’s first family with Donegal Pens during their Irish visit this week.The schoolboys plotted an idea during an interview about their success on Dragons’ Den to target the G8 summit leaders with a gift of a Donegal pen each and they contacted the Embassies and the Lough Erne Resort in Fermanagh where the summit is being hosted. Unfortunately they were informed by the hotel that the British Foreign Office had already selected the gifts for the trip and they assumed they had missed their big chance.Pens fit for a President….The four pens made by West Donegal brothers Ronan, 16, and Conor Mc Garvey, 13, for the Obama family during their Irish visit.However, on Wednesday afternoon Rónán received a phone call from an official at the US Consulate in Belfast accepting their offer to provide President Obama, his wife Michelle and daughters Malia and Sasha with Donegal Pens.Their details were passed to the US Consulate from the American Embassy in Dublin.The pressure was now on as the pens had to be in Belfast by Friday so Rónán, 16, and Conor, 13, began crafting four very special pens for their special recipients. They crafted two pens for President Obama and his wife Michelle from Irish bog oak sourced from bog land at Inver, South Donegal, and a native Donegal Oak and Donegal Ash for Malia and Sasha.The pens were presented in a hand-made Irish yew wooden bowl and carefully packed together with information on how the young entrepreneurs started their business in 2009.On Thursday morning the package was sent by 24-hour courier to the US Consulate in Belfast where Consulate Supervisor Catherine Redmond, who initially contacted the boys and who is gifts officer for the trip, is ensuring they will be presented to President Obama at the G8 summit today, Monday.For security reasons it was not possible for the boys to be invited to present the pens personally but they are delighted to think that the President of the United States of America and his family are now proud owners of Donegal Pens.“We thought it was a long shot from day one but we thought it was worth a try. When the hotel told us the gifts had already been selected we kind of forgot about it. Then on Wednesday we got the call to say our offer of gifts was being accepted for the Obama family,” said Rónán.“It’s a great honour for us and certainly the most high profile people ever to have Donegal Pens. Whether or not President Obama will sign any documents with his pen during the G8 we don’t know but hopefully he’ll use it at some stage. We often watched the film Air Force One but never dreamt that one day something we made would be transported aboard it,” added Conor. Just last week the boys featured on Belgium TV and have reported a peak in their sales since then. Donegal Pens are not stocked in 29 outlets in Ireland and in three stores in Germany. Their full range of pens can be viewed on www.donegalpens.comA DONEGAL PEN FIT FOR A PRESIDENT was last modified: June 17th, 2013 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:DONEGAL PENSG8President Obamalast_img read more

Fulham v Charlton: Parker back

first_imgScott Parker returns to the Fulham starting line-up for the match against his former club Charlton, who are without the suspended Yoni Buyens and injured Rhoys Wiggins.Fulham: Bettinelli; Hoogland, Bodurov, Burn, Stafylidis; Parker; Christensen, Kavanagh; Ruiz; Rodallega, McCormack.Subs: Kiraly, Hutchinson, Zverotić, Roberts, Williams, Woodrow, Smith.Charlton: Henderson, Solly, Fox, Ben Haim, Bikey, Wilson, Jackson, Cousins, Bulot, Moussa, Tucudean.Subs: Pope, Morrison, Gudmudsson, Harriott, Munns, Thomas, Ahearne-Grant.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Formation Flight Physics Mastered by Birds

first_img(Visited 95 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Birds fly in that beautiful V formation for a reason, and it requires sophisticated abilities in high precision aerodynamics.Scientists have finally confirmed that the V-formation used by geese and other large migratory birds provides an energy benefit.  A new paper in Nature describes the work of Steven Portugal and team, who trained rare northern bald ibises to trust them as surrogate moms.  First outfitting the birds with data collectors, they took them up on practice flights following an ultralight aircraft and filmed their flying dynamics.According to the BBC News, the birds not only found the ideal positions behind their flockmates, but timed their wingflaps for best advantage, too.  The ideal position behind and to the side of a front bird allows them to take advantage of the “upwash” of the front bird’s flap, and the synchronized flapping (in phase with wave trains) avoids the downwash.  As a result, the flock propagates a wavetrain down both arms of the V that gives them an extra lift on a cushion of air, saving energy.Analysis of the films showed that the birds were matching theoretical ideals for energy conservation.  Being able to do this requires sophisticated math, sophisticated senses, or both.  In a Nature News piece entitled “Precision formation flight astounds scientist,”  Chelsea Wald wrote that “the models also indicated that the birds’ coordination would have to be exceptionally precise to make a difference, and many scientists had doubted that the animals could achieve such a feat during flight.”  Well, they can:Portugal collected data for three flight days of the 36-day paraplane-led migration. From that, he selected a problem-free seven-minute segment to analyze. To his surprise, the analysis showed that the birds’ formation fitted the theoretical predictions of aerodynamics. “They’re placing themselves in the best place and flapping at the best time,” he says.The birds instinctively adopted the energy-efficient strategy, even though, as orphans raised in captivity, they had no parents to teach them.  Something built into the birds allows them to do the math and optimize the physics.None of the articles had much use for evolutionary theory.  The original paper mentioned kin selection only to dismiss it, then only made a meager suggestion that “aerodynamic mechanisms that reduce the energetic cost of (albeit only very infrequent) migratory flight may present considerable selection advantage.”  The statement fails, though, to explain how that advantage arose by unguided processes in the animals’ brains and sensory equipment.  The word “evolution” did not appear in the articles and papers.  In its place were words like amazing, astounding, remarkable, and exciting.  Indeed, design was the focus: the capability is so interesting, aircraft designers want to learn how the birds do it, so that they, too, can conserve energy.More evidence that evolutionary theory is useless, but intelligent design is at the forefront of scientific advances.  Also a reminder to order Flight: The Genius of Birds for its beautiful imagery, amazing stories, and cogent arguments for intelligent design in all the varied aspects of our feathered friends.last_img read more

Masters of Physics in Nature

first_imgPlants and animals sometimes keep PhD physicists wondering how they do what they do.Fluid dynamics in moss. A humble little desert moss shown on PhysOrg has a “swiss army knife” of water collection tricks, allowing it to thrive in its harsh environment. Tiny barbed hairs on the leaf tips, called awns, not only collect moisture right out of the air, but send droplets into the leaves “at impressive speeds.” A video clip shows how this miniature water collection and transport system works. Fluid dynamics experts at BYU are thinking of applications. New Scientist sees a future in clean water collection using a similar mechanism. “The idea is to trap pure water from air.”Electrical engineering in bees. Why are so many insects and spiders hairy? It might be they’re covered with electric field sensors. A paper in PNAS examines the antennae and hairs of bumblebees and concludes that the hairs detect weak electric fields. Because the hairs can also sense particles touching them, “This interaction raises the possibility that particle velocity information and electrical information, and interactions between them, can be encoded by a single hair.” It also raises the possibility that “electroreception is widespread in arthropods, fulfilling functions beyond the detection of floral electric fields.”Power generation in fish. Imagine driving a toy car with electricity supplied by a torpedo ray. Japanese scientists demonstrated this feat by attaching electrodes to the electrical generation organ of such a fish, and ran a continuous current for over a minute when they supplied the electric organ with acetylcholine. When thinking about clean sources of power, why not use the best system known?Scientists from the RIKEN Quantitative Biology Center (QBiC) in Osaka began work to develop a new type of electricity generator, based on the knowledge that electric rays known as torpedoes can beat other systems by generating electric power with near 100% efficiency. The torpedo has electric organs with densely-aligned membrane proteins that convert the chemical energy of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) into ion transport energy, and a nervous system that controls the whole process.Hi-tech weaponry. An even more dramatic example of power generation shows how an electric eel can leap out of the water and deliver a stunning shock to an attacker. An account of eels attacking horses in the Amazon was thought to be a tall tale from explorer Alexander von Humboldt in 1807. Now, Kenneth Catania of Vanderbilt University has shown that the electric animals can increase their stun power by leaping out of the water toward an attacker (paper at PNAS). Watch the video clip on PhysOrg for demonstration. Nature News says that a mystery remains; how can the eel electrocute its victim without shocking itself.Speed plants. We don’t think of plants moving, but some species can move really fast. The “popping cress” hurls its seeds with an acceleration of 0 to 10 meters per second in half a millisecond, PhysOrg reports. “Explosive shatter of these seed pods is so fast that advanced high-speed cameras are needed to even see the explosion.” How does it do it? Scientists at Max Planck were surprised that dehydration is not involved, as previously believed; the plant can hurl its seeds even when moist. The secret is in the curl of the fruit wall, that makes it react like a ‘snap bracelet.’ You can watch the action in a short embedded video clip.Eye information processing. “At any given moment, the neuronal circuits in the brain receive and process sensory information that permits us to perceive and interact with the environment,” an article on Science Daily begins. “Yet it remains unclear how the visual brain processes natural stimuli.” An international team studied the excitatory and inhibitory responses of synaptic inputs and found a “push and pull” behavior between them, that helps the eye distinguish between natural and artificial stimuli.Quantum mechanical DNA. The weird world of quantum mechanics operates in DNA, the molecule of life, reports PhysOrg. When it comes time for the strands to separate for transcription, “sound-like bubbles whizzing around” promote the initial split. These bubbles “whiz around like bullets in a shooting gallery,” a team member at the University of Glasgow said, at frequencies billions of times higher than audible to humans or dogs. Delocalizing waves, a quantum mechanical effect, appears now to break the weak bonds between the two strands, allowing transcription and replication enzymes in to do their work.Animal intelligence: Watch the videos in this piece on The Conversation by Louise Gentle. You can see an octopus solving a puzzle, a squirrel doing Mission Impossible, and a “Houdini” honey badger employing tools in a variety of ways to get out of its enclosure. “Humans like to think of themselves as the most intelligent organisms on the planet,” Gentle writes, “so we are always surprised when animals appear clever and often outwit us.”Who taught these organisms how to take command of the laws of physics? Rocks obey the law of gravity by falling mindlessly. It takes design to lift oneself off the ground for controlled flight. It makes no sense to imagine evolution outfitting completely unrelated animals like electric eels and bumblebees with electrical engineering. A wise Creator, however, wrote the book on physical laws. He surely knows how to apply them to creatures that He made for His own pleasure and glory. (Visited 27 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more