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It’s hockey time — Leafs open training camp on 2015-16 KIJHL season

first_imgMcLellan said the fans would see many of those borderline rookies when Nelson opens the preseason Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.After Saturday, the Leaf coaching staff will cut the roster to between 25-27 players for the next two exhibition game series against Castlegar Rebels — Tuesday, September 8 in Nelson and Wednesday, September 9 in the Sunflower City.“We’re going to take the best players that are available to us so it’s up to them how they perform,” McLellan explained.McLellan said the defence has been overhauled since Nelson graduated most of the blueline last season — both Darnel St. Pierre and Robson Cramer heading to play for Simon Fraser of the BC Intercollegiate Hockey League.Nelson has six defencemen already carded for the season.Up front, Leafs still have some players still attending Junior A camps.However, McLellan expects returning forwards Rayce Miller, Austin Lindsay and Sam Webber to help Nelson start the season on a positive note.“All three of those players are proven commodities in this league and adding Jo Davie we acquired in a trade in May with Victoria will be a big help up front as well,” he said.McLellan has signed one goalie to date with six players trying out for the starting position between the pipes.“We had an experienced 19-year-old who we thought would be with us but just got signed in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League so that position is really up in the air right now,” he said.Nelson opens the regular season September 11 against Kelowna Chiefs in the first of a two-game weekend home stand.The next day, September 12, the Fernie Ghostriders are in town to meet the Leafs at the NDCC Arena.Both games have a 7 p.m. start time. There are always more than a couple of questions at the start of every hockey season in the Heritage City: Will the latest edition of the Nelson Leafs be able to break through to overtake the always tough competition in the Neil Murdoch Division of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League?There is some encouraging news from Leaf skipper Dave McLellan, especially after the second-year man was able to get a head start on recruiting.“Last year it was really tough coming here August 24th to start with the team but this year we started the process with many of the player at our camp in May . . . some I started taking to as early as February,” said McLellan on the eve of the start of Leafs training camp Wednesday.“Since we had our main camp in May we’ve had more than 100 players came through Nelson from all over North America to try out.”Leafs begin quest for the KIJHL title beginning Wednesday with registration at the NDCC Arena.Thursday, the players, coaches and off-ice personal get down to business with on-ice and dryland training.Later, Thursday, Nelson plays its first exhibition game against the Beaver Valley Nitehawks at 7:30 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.“We have most of the team picked, but with that said there are many of the players still at Junior A camps . . .. Many of them are still trying out so basically there is a few spot open available here allowing some players to still battle for spots to make the team.”McLellan has broken training camp into two phases.Phase one, which gives some of the borderline rookies a chance to impress the coaches, concludes Saturday with the second game of the home-and-home series with Beaver Valley.last_img read more

Atlético ERTE: the workforce is reduced by 70 percent the salary

first_imgThe cessation of activity that has meant the declaration of the state of alarm in Spain as a consequence of the health crisis of COVID-19 has caused Atlético de Madrid to have to study measures to safeguard the club’s economic viability. Due to this complicated situation, and always with the aim of guaranteeing the entity’s future, the club has made the decision to present a Temporary Employment Regulation File (ERTE).The staff and coaching staff of the men’s first team understand that the club’s need for the presentation of the aforementioned ERTE, respect its conditions and assume the consequent economic impact on their income. All the members of the first team have signed an internal agreement with the entity that defines two different scenarios depending on the final configuration of this 2019-20 season. The file will mean a reduction of 70 percent of the salaries of the technicians and players of the men’s first team, the women’s first team and Atlético de Madrid B, while the state of alarm lasts. From the outset, the club’s objective in studying possible measures to deal with this delicate situation has been to minimize its effect on the salaries of its employees as much as possible. The agreement reached with the first team will also allow supplementing the salary of 430 employees affected by the ERTE, a complement from which only players and technicians from professional teams are excluded. To make this possible, the first squad will contribute half the necessary amount and the members of the club’s Management Committee, made up of the CEO and the directors of the different areas, the other half.last_img read more

NFL changes concussion protocol after Savage incident

first_imgEcuador: Barge carrying 600 gallons of diesel fuel sinks at port PLAY LIST 00:51Ecuador: Barge carrying 600 gallons of diesel fuel sinks at port01:56Boris Johnson ‘humbled’ after majority win, says Parliament ‘must change’00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ View comments “I think we handled it the way it was supposed to be handled,” Texans coach Bill O’Brien said. “I think just speaking for us here at the Texans it’s always about trying to do the right thing, doing the right thing by the player, doing the right thing by the rules. That’s what we try to do.”O’Brien said he was glad to see that improvements to the protocol were made in the wake of Savage’s injury.“I think there’s a lot of things that can be improved,” he said. “I think anything where you can help — obviously the safety of the player in this game is the most important thing (and) I think anything like that helps when you try to improve that process.”The Seattle Seahawks were fined $100,000 earlier this month for not properly following protocol with quarterback Russell Wilson during a game in November. Seattle was the first team to be fined for a violation of the protocol. In addition to the fine, Seattle’s medical staff and coaches were required to attend training on the protocol.Among the changes detailed by the NFL and NFLPA (all of them already implemented):ADVERTISEMENT — Using a centralized, unaffiliated neurotrauma consultant at the league office to monitor feeds of all games and contact the team medical staff on the sidelines if they see anything that deserves further evaluation.— If players show signs of a seizure or fencing responses, like Savage did, they will be removed from the game and cannot return.— Players who stumble or fall when trying to stand will require a concussion evaluation in the locker room.— Officials, teammates and coaches have been told to take injured players straight to the medical staff for evaluation if a concussion evaluation is warranted.— All players who are evaluated for concussions on game day must have a follow-up evaluation the next day by a member of the medical staff.— A third, unaffiliated neurotrauma consultant will be added to all playoff games including the Super Bowl to step in if one of the other two are away from the sideline tending to an injured player.Dr. Hunt Batjer is a neurosurgeon and a former co-chairman of the NFL committee on head, neck and spine injuries who currently serves as the chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery at Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. He said that the addition of the consultant watching all games and the move to immediately take any players who show signs of seizures or fencing responses out of the game were positive steps.He said he still believes more should be done to protect players.“When a player has a suspicious either helmet-to-helmet or helmet-to-playing-surface hit and he’s down on the field and play is stopped because of that play then that person should be escorted to the locker room for a full exam,” Batjer said. “So that should be added to this.”Batjer believes that the game will eventually be made safer when parents decide that it’s too dangerous for their children to play. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Tom Savage #3 of the Houston Texans heads to the locker room in the second quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at NRG Stadium on December 10, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Tim Warner/Getty Images/AFPHOUSTON — The NFL and the players’ union announced a series of changes Friday to the way potential concussions are handled during games following an ugly incident in which Texans quarterback Tom Savage was allowed to return to the field after a hit left him on the ground, arms shaking.Among the changes is the addition of an expert watching games from a central location with the authority to alert sideline medical teams to look into an incident. And if a player shows signs of a seizure or similar responses, as Savage did, they will be removed from the game and cannot return.ADVERTISEMENT Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson “The biggest lever that could be used is to say: ‘We as American parents do not believe the safeguards are in place to protect our kids and therefore they’re not playing,’” he said. “Those are the forces in my mind that will really push this forward.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacsoncenter_img LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gavina resigns, Dandan steps in as Kia head coach Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The NFL has been under increased scrutiny the past several years over player safety when it comes to head injuries. A $1 billion settlement of concussion-related claims from more than 20,000 former players took effect earlier this year, resolving thousands of lawsuits that accused the NFL of hiding what it knew about the risks of repeated concussions.The jarring injury to Savage prompted a joint review of concussion protocol by the NFL and the NFL Players Association. He was hurt in the second quarter of Houston’s 26-16 loss to San Francisco on Dec. 10 when he was driven to the ground on a hit by Elvis Dumervil. Replays showed Savage looking dazed after his head hit the ground with both of his arms shaking and lifted upward. He was taken to the medical tent where he stayed for less than three minutes before returning to the bench and going back in for the next series.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSavage threw two incompletions on that drive, and Houston’s team doctor approached him after he returned to the sideline at the end of that possession. He was evaluated again and taken to the locker room after it was determined that he did have a concussion.The NFL said the Texans would not be fined for the incident. The review determined that the medical staff followed protocol but his return to the game was “unacceptable.” Medical staff didn’t see slow-motion video where Savage’s “fencing posture,” indicative of a concussion, until after they did their initial evaluation, the review found. Texans medical staff later identified symptoms that weren’t present during the first evaluation.last_img read more

‘Never lose focus or your passion or purpose in life’

first_img– CEO Hutson to Region 4’s top performing teachers, studentsTop performing teachers and students from Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) were awarded for their outstanding achievements at the Department of Education’s regional award ceremony at the National Cultural Centre on Tuesday.Delivering the feature address, Chief Education Officer (CEO) Marcel Hutson, said the event is not only held to recognise the top performers but also to encourage them to continue on the path of self-development. The CEO encouraged the young awardees to aim high when pursuing lifelong goals and to never lose focusMarcel Hutson, Chief Education Officer (CEO)on their passion or purpose.“To those being recognised today, I would like to say remember your future is what you make it. The door to your future is right before you and as you aim high, you will certainly reach your goal.”Hutson also thanked the retiring teachers for their service, adding that they should impart their knowledge to their junior peers, so they could better assist students to attain new heights academically.Acting Regional Education Officer (REdO) Tiffany Favourite-Harvey said the Department of Education strongly believes the dedication, commitment and success of persons should be celebrated.Highlighting some of the region’s educational achievements this year, Favourite-Harvey spoke of the implementation of the mathematical intervention plan thatSome of the graduates from the Education Management courseresulted in a 41 per cent overall pass rate as opposed to 11 per cent recorded from the National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA).Meanwhile, Genevieve Allen, Region Four Chairman, congratulated the team at the department for their hard work this year. She noted that through the Government’s commitment towards ensuring that all Guyanese are given the opportunity for education, many goals were achieved, particularly making theOnika Peters (third place), Valedictorian Shawndell Ferreira and Sinika Rambaran (second place) from the Education Management courseregion a leader.“His Excellency David Granger mandated us that we should lead the other regions and Ms Harvey, because you are part of us, it means that you are also mandated to lead in education in our region and lead the other regions; hence all of the success and achievements,” Allen said.She added that these achievements will strengthen the Department of Education.The awardees included schools highlighted for outstanding performance at the National Grade Six Assessment, top performers at CAPE and CSEC, as well as teachers who completed the education management course among others. (DPI)last_img read more

Exclusive – Southgate in no hurry to fast track England youngsters

first_imgEngland U21 manager Gareth Southgate revealed he is in no hurry to fast track the nation’s emerging talent.Speaking to Mark Saggers and Alvin Martin on talkSPORT, Southgate explained the more England’s young charges stay together, the more they will experience being successful as a group, something he hopes can be carried into the senior side.England’s U17 team won the European Championship in May and, according to Southgate, playing in big tournaments at youth level and reaching the latter stages is good for development as a group.“We’re trying to prepare them for [first team manager Roy Hodgson] so they can be a success when they go there. It’s not just a target to get into the seniors, we want them to get in and do really well.“We’re not in a hurry to fast track the youngsters through the junior teams. At the moment we feel there’s enough depth,” he added.last_img read more

Arsenal blow! World class striker rubbishes links by claiming Real Madrid is his ‘home’

first_img Karim Benzema For all those clowns who want to make believe things at my fans. Here this is my home ! #HalaMadridYNadaMas— Karim Benzema (@Benzema) August 24, 2015// Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema looks to have ended any speculation regarding his future in the Spanish capital by taking to Twitter to confess Madrid is his ‘home’.The prolific French forward has been linked with a move to Arsenal over the summer as the Gunners look to strengthen their attacking options.But, despite new Los Blancos manager Rafael Benitez considering moving Cristiano Ronaldo into the number nine role, the former Lyon forward has no intention of leaving.Benzema didn’t feature in Real’s 0-0 draw with Sporting Gijon on Sunday in their opening La Liga fixture after being sidelined with a thigh injury.Here is the 27-year-old’s tweet from earlier:center_img 1last_img read more

Man United midfielder set to return for Palace clash? Team news here

first_img1 Midfielder Ander Herrera is back in contention for Manchester United’s Premier League clash with Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Wednesday.The Spaniard missed Saturday’s victory over Aston Villa after suffering a knock in the FA Cup quarter-final replay win over West Ham last week.Captain Wayne Rooney could continue after playing 67 minutes against Villa in his first start since recovering from a knee injury. The 30-year-old will be hoping to continue his comeback ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final clash with former club Everton.But midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger (knee), forward Adnan Januzaj (hamstring) and defender Luke Shaw (leg) are still out.LIVE ON talkSPORT on Wednesday: Liverpool vs Everton in the Merseyside derby from 7pm, click here to listen Ander Herrera has made 35 appearances in all competitions for Manchester United this season last_img read more

Shooting suspect escapes police barricade

first_imgCarlos Alvarado, 23, watched the scene from behind a neighbor’s fence a block from the house. “I wish I could just go back to my house,” said Alvarado. A neighbor who would not give her name said she saw two men fighting and heard two gunshots come from their direction that afternoon. “A guy drove up in a truck and was yelling at the house,” she said. “The guy in the house came out and told him to leave. They got into a scuffle. Then I heard two gunshots.” Detectives were still at the West Boulevard home Thursday night searching for clues that would lead them to the gunman. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsBut the gunman had escaped. “We thought inside the house was a suspect that was wanted for assault with a deadly weapon,” said said Lt. Jeff Cavanaugh. “Because we contained the area so quickly, we thought he was still there.” Police talked to the victim at the scene. He had been shot in the leg with a shotgun, but suffered only minor injuries and refused treatment, Cavanaugh said. A SWAT team evacuated homes on the street between Lexington Road and Columbia Avenue, shielding residents as they walked through the containment area. Dozens of people who had been forced out of their homes crowded around the police line, watching the SWAT team. PICO RIVERA – A dozen homes were evacuated for several hours Thursday as police searched for a gunman. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies, a SWAT team and paramedics arrived at the scene minutes after a man was shot. Deputies contained the area, and four hours after the ordeal began, shot 12 cans of tear gas into a home on West Boulevard where they believed the suspect was hiding. Smoke billowed out of the windows and onlookers ducked at the sound of the shots. Soon after 6 p.m., the SWAT team entered the home with guns drawn. last_img read more


first_imgDonegal GAA stars Michael Murphy and Neil Gallagher are hoping they can be as accurate on the Oche as they are on the pitch.The Glenswilly men will face reigning PDC World Darts Champion Michael Van Gerwen and former two-time World Champion Adrian Lewis at the Pulse Venue tonight.A huge crowd is expected to attend tonight’s exhibition event to see the darting superstars in action against the Donegal stars. It’s believed Gallagher and Murphy are competent with the arrows, but they face a stiff challenge in the form of the deadly duo of Van Gerwen and Lewis.It promises to be a great night’s entertainment.The VIP area has already been sold out, but tickets are still available which can be purchased from The Orchard, while you can also pay at the door, doors open at 8pm.DONEGAL DUO MURPHY AND GALLAGHER HOPING TO HIT THE BULLSEYE! was last modified: October 2nd, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Adrian LewisEntertainmentMichael MurphyMichael Van GerwenNeil GallaghernewsSportlast_img read more

The stunning line-up Juventus could field with Ronaldo next season

first_img Goalkeeper: Wojciech Szczesny 12 Centre midfield: Emre Can – signed for Juventus on a free transfer earlier this summer Right back: Joao Cancelo – signed for Juventus for around £35million earlier this summer Although they have been crowned Serie A champions for the last seven seasons, Juventus are thinking bigger.Having not tasted Champions League success since 1996, they are determined to be the best in Europe once more and have demonstrated their huge ambition by managing to capture Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus. 12 The five-time Ballon d’Or winner joins an already talented squad, which was further enhanced by the signing of Emre Can from Liverpool this summer and Douglas Costa from Bayern Munich on a permanent deal, after his successful loan spell last season. 12 12 Left-wing forward: Paulo Dybala Left back: Matteo Darmian – linked with a move to Juventus Cristiano Ronaldo has swapped Real Madrid for Juventus Right-wing forward: Douglas Costa 12 12 12 Attacking midfield: Aleksandr Golovin – linked with move to Juventus 12 12 Centre back: Daniel Rugani 12 UFFICIALE – #EmreCan è bianconero! #WelcomeToJu— JuventusFC (@juventusfc) June 21, 2018The spending may not stop there, either, with World Cup star Aleksandr Golovin also being heavily linked with a move to Turin.With club legend Gianluigi Buffon having left the club and Alex Sandro being tipped to move to the Premier League, there is set to be a much-changed team at Juve next season.Below you can see a potential Juventus line-up for the 2018/19 season. Centre forward: Cristiano Ronaldo – linked with move to Juventus 12 Centre midfield: Blaise Matuidi 12 Centre back: Andrea Barzagli last_img read more


first_imgThe ISPCA in Donegal has defended its handling of a case in which up to 30 dogs were taken from a man at an address in Lifford.The dogs were found in a poor state.It follows local criticism of the incident with locals claiming the man had been investigated before for similar incidents.The dogs, most springer spaniels, were found in a poor state at the man’s premises. However the ISPCA said they are satisfied that all the correct procedures were followed in the case.A statement from the ISPCA said “The ISPCA considered all the facts in this case. It would not have been appropriate for the ISPCA to refer this matter to an Garda Siochana.“None of the dogs were hungry, sick, injured, or had suffered physical abuse. Ill-health has caused failings in the correct management of the dogs which resulted in unrestricted breeding.“It is the policy of the ISPCA to work with people who ask for help, particularly when there are extenuating circumstances in order to ensure the best outcome for both people and their animals. “After careful assessment of the entire situation, including the owner’s current health status and the facilities at their disposal, it was agreed that a number of dogs could be retained. We will continue to monitor the situation and offer help and advice.”ISPCA Inspector Kevin McGinley said the owner thankfully sought help in the circumstances.“It appears that there was an explosion in the number of dogs in a relatively short period of time and the owners were unable to cope. Thankfully, they sought help before the situation deteriorated further”.He said said the man now has five dogs that he is able to care for, but the ISPCA would carry out regular inspections “just to make sure standards are being kept up”.ISPCA DEFENDS ITS HANDLING OF DONEGAL DOG CASE was last modified: January 29th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:dogsInspector Kevin McGInleyISPCALiffordlast_img read more

Leading Donegal poet to perform in popular Christmas radio show

first_imgWell-established poet and writer Denise Blake from Ramelton has been selected to join the RTE special Christmas Miscellany for 2017.The regular contributor to Sunday Miscellany on RTE Radio 1 will be reading festive works live for a Christmas broadcast to air on RTE Radio 1.Denise will be taking to the stage at the National Concert Hall in Dublin on Tuesday, 12th December, for the recording with music by the RTE Concert Orchestra. The live show is all sold-out, but those at home can tune in to hear Denise and all the other performers at Christmas.The festive show will be broadcast on the morning of Christmas Eve on RTE Radio 1, with Part Two airing on Christmas Day at 9am. The show is described as a magical event of music and creative writing at its finest.Originally from Ohio, Denise and her family moved to Donegal in 1969. Her first poetry collection, Take a Deep Breath, was published by Summer Palace Press in 2004. How to Spin Without Getting Dizzy was published in 2010. Her third poetry collection will be published soon by Revival Press.Denise is a founder of the Errigal Writers’ Group and received an MA in poetry from Lancaster University through the Poets’ House. She has wide experience of giving creative writing workshops in national and secondary schools as well as adult groups across Donegal. Leading Donegal poet to perform in popular Christmas radio show was last modified: December 11th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:christmas miscellanydenice blakeRTE Radio Onelast_img read more

Humans’ Groovy Language Brain

first_imgMore features are discovered that set humans apart from apes.Groovy brain:  An asymmetric groove in the brain is completely absent in other primates, including chimpanzees, New Scientist says.  Clare Wilson writes, “The groove’s function is unknown, but its location suggests it played a role in the evolution of our communication abilities.”  She also notes that the human brain is about three times larger than a chimpanzee brain.  A French researcher commented, “We think that [this asymmetry] is related to either speech or social cognition, which are both abilities for which humans outperform other primates.”Invariance solved by baby:  The “invariance problem” in human speech involves our ability to recognize dramatically different syllables that start with the same consonant, such as bo, ba, and be, as similar.  A Harvard study reported by Medical Xpress found that infants as young as 6 months can solve the invariance problem.  Specially designed tests showed that they were not surprised at the different syllables like they were when hearing unfamiliar ones.  This suggests that infants recognize how sounds are made, not just what they represent.Brain update:  Your brain has a method for keeping memories up to date.  According to Medical Xpress, new information replaces old or inaccurate information by a pruning process.  Without this, our minds would be cluttered by noisy, false data that would confuse us.  “An experiment conducted by researchers from Princeton University and the University of Texas-Austin shows that the human brain uses memories to make predictions about what it expects to find in familiar contexts,” the article says. “When those subconscious predictions are shown to be wrong, the related memories are weakened and are more likely to be forgotten.” The bigger the error, the more it is likely to be pruned, the article says.Babies are born into this world ready with the right equipment to speak within the first year of growth.  How many lucky mutations did it take to make these changes?  How many more for the brain to use true hierarchical symbolic language, and attach meaning to complex sounds?  Where did the ability to think in abstract concepts, do math in the head, and sing complex songs with counterpoint and harmony come from?  The marks of human exceptionalism are evident throughout the human body.  These are marks of creation, not evolution. (Visited 41 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Space Aliens Still AWOL

first_img(Visited 357 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Aliens should be everywhere, but the heavens remain eerily silent. The faith goes on.In the 1980s, Carl Sagan predicted that there could be a million advanced civilizations in the Milky Way galaxy alone. In 2015, Russian billionaire Yuri Milner gave SETI $100 million to find them. The latest results have found nothing. Live Science writes about astronomers’ reactions to the no-shows,“There’s certainly nothing out there glaringly obvious,” Danny Price, an astrophysicist at the University of California, Berkeley, and lead author of a paper about the results, which were published in The Astrophysical Journal, told Live Science. “There’s no amazingly advanced civilizations trying to contact us with incredibly powerful transmitters.”Four years into Milner’s decade-planned Breakthrough Listen initiative, astronomers have garnered a petabyte (a million gigabytes) of data from 1,327 stars within 160 light-years of Earth. The project has made the data publicly available in an Open Archive on their website, “making it the largest publication of SETI data in the history of the field.” Citizen scientists can wade through the pile to see if the experts missed anything.SETI believers have plenty of excuses they can make. The sample size is a tiny percentage of stars in the Milky Way. Astronomer Jason Wright of the University of Pennsylvania compares it to a hot tub’s worth of water compared to Earth’s oceans. And the project assumes that space aliens would choose the particular radio and optical frequencies the project selected in order to communicate. Given the nanoscopic odds of success, it seems hopeless to try. What drives them to do it?One motivation was expressed by Danny Price of UC Berkeley, lead author of the paper about the negative results. “I think it would be one of the most important discoveries humankind would ever make,” he said, if evidence of intelligent life were found beyond Earth. While the existence of space aliens does not require the assumptions of spontaneous generation and evolution, the fact is that most SETI enthusiasts are staunch atheists and Darwinists. They believe that life popped into existence on the Earth without design or purpose. Since it happened here, it must happen elsewhere, they figure, and evidence of other civilizations would bolster their case that the emergence and evolution of advanced life is not as difficult as some skeptics insist. In science, though, it is risky to build a case on a sample size of one. And even if aliens were found, it would not prove evolution. Creationists could still argue that they were created.UFOs: Have the Aliens Come Here?Sign in New Mexico.Some may think it odd that the very people who believe the universe is filled with space aliens do not think UFOs give evidence of them. That’s because, being trained more rigorously in physics than many UFO enthusiasts, they understand the difficulty of physical space travel across stellar distances. “UFOs Are Real, But Don’t Assume They’re Alien Spaceships,” says Mike Wall in He means that pilots, like US Navy pilots who reported UFOs in 2014 and 2015 really did see something flying that was unidentified, but it does not follow that they were visitors from outer space. Seth Shostak is skeptical of the space alien claim because if beings from distant planets were visiting Earth, they never do anything. “They just buzz around,” he quips. “They don’t address climate change; they don’t steal our molybdenum.” But who can say what aliens are thinking?Lower Sights, Harder SearchesAstrobiologists make similar assumptions as SETI advocates, but they would be happy to just find microbes. The problem with microbes is that they typically do not broadcast their presence with radio telescopes. We have to go and find them. As with SETI, results to date are negative, despite millions of dollars spent by NASA’s astrobiology programs. The search continues, nevertheless, due to strong beliefs about spontaneous generation and evolution.Life on Jupiter’s moon Europa? Discovery of table salt on the surface boosts hopes  (The Conversation). If life spontaneously appeared in your salt shaker, Chris Arridge might have a point, but what does possible NaCl on Europa have to do with life? The paper in Science Advances that announced the moon’s sodium chloride doesn’t speculate that life arose because of it. Salt is actually bad for creating cell membranes, but Arridge, a lecturer at Lancaster University, argues that it’s not as bad as some other salts. He says that NaCl lowers the freezing temperature of water, and that might keep the moon’s oceans habitable. Such reasoning should be taken with a dose of salt.How Mercury and Venus can guide our hunt for alien life on exoplanets (New Scientist). Leah Crane spends most of her article describing how hellish and inhospitable Venus and Mercury are, but then argues that studying them can help our search for life on exoplanets. Actually, it helps by reducing false positives. Astronomers might find worlds around other stars that look promising, but they could be “sizzling coals” like Mercury or Venus.Supernovas May Seed the Universe with More Stardust Than Predicted ( Analysis of meteorites led some at the Max Planck Institute to conclude that supernovas give off more stardust than thought. The article surmises, “this study reinforces the notion that we are all made of stardust, or rather our atoms all came from materials in stars.” Dust, however, is what happens to things that are dying and disintegrating. It does not follow that dust bunnies turn into real bunnies.If space aliens are ever found, they will need the gospel. Beware the fake aliens who try to bring us a false gospel. Paul warned, “But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed” (Galatians 1:8).last_img read more

Can smart cities protect their IoT Achilles heel from hackers?

first_imgLast year’s headline-grabbing security breaches of Internet of Things (IoT) technology was the opening salvo in a new cyberwar where smart cities are firmly in the crosshairs.Smart city security vulnerabilities were a recent topic of discussion with Paul Williams, SADC Country Manager with cyber security software firm Fortinet.Williams says that 2016’s high profile IoT cyber-attacks exposed how vulnerable this new technology is to hackers.“As was seen recently in a series of IoT-based denial of service attacks, IoT devices can be compromised and hijacked into a Shadownet and controlled by a command and control center run by hackers,” he says. “Alternatively, these devices and services may be attacked in order to deny services to legitimate users.”And considering that global smart city strategies hinge on connecting massive numbers of IoT devices and sensors, this boosts the attack surfaces targeted by smart city hackers.“The increase in the size of a smart city’s IoT device footprint corresponds to an increase in the size of its attack surface,” he warns.In light of how quickly IoT technology is being integrated into vital systems of smart cities, considerable damage can be done by malicious hackers.Some examples of possible smart city attacks could include: disrupting traffic by hijacking traffic lights or misdirecting vehicles; causing sewage system floods or disrupted access to drinking water; or remotely operating alarm systems and temperature control systems.But rather than hitting the panic button, Williams recommends smart cities begin a systematic approach to tackling their IoT security threats.“While it’s not possible to secure every possible security breach in a totally connected environment… it’s possible to take some key initial steps to strengthen the smart city’s security posture and architecture,” he says.Using strong encryptionAmong these initial steps would be the usual advice of using strong encryption, designing tamper-resistant systems and implementing strong system access control.Beyond these steps he says that complex smart city networks need to implement segmentation to boost security. He suggests, for example, that smart transportation networks be logically segmented from other networks like user services or energy networks.“This aids in isolating an attacks, and allows for the advanced detection of data and threats as attacks and malware move from one network zone to the other,” says Williams. “This also divides the smart city network into security zones, which aids in compliance, monitoring internal traffic and devices, and preventing unauthorized access to restricted data and resources.”He also recommends that smart cities develop specific mitigation strategies to counter distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. These strategies could include overprovisioning the city’s bandwidth to withstand the overwhelming nature of DDoS attacks.“This may be comprised of either an over provisioned appliance solution, or a hybrid solution consisting of appliances combined with a cloud based scrubbing center,” he says. Tags:#cybersecurity#Fortinet#IoT#Smart Cities#smart city Donal Power How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In…center_img Related Posts How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Citieslast_img read more

Former insurgent killed in Manipur

first_imgA former insurgent, S. Modhu (44), was gunned down by unidentified assailants near his home in Thangmeiband in Imphal West district on Saturday morning. He died on the spot, hospital sources said.Police suspect the role of insurgents in the killing but no claim has been made by any group so far. Modhu was a cadre of the outlawed Kangleipak Communist Party (Lamphel). He had surrendered with arms in July 2017 to join mainstream.He was lodged in a designated camp in Bishnupur district. Police said he had returned home a few days ago. Modhu was taking a morning stroll when he was accosted and gunned down at Cheirao Ching around 6:30 a.m. Police and paramilitary personnel combed the area but no arrest was made. They said insurgent groups have been killing those who have surrendered to the government.last_img read more