Canadian Teenager, Andreescu, Stuns Serena to Win US Open

first_imgAndreescu is the first Canadian to win a Grand Slam Williams, seeded eighth, looked edgy throughout as she aimed to match Australian Margaret Court’s tally of all-time major wins, handing over three of Andreescu’s five breaks of serve with double faults.By contrast, Andreescu – playing in the US Open main draw for the first time – played with the confidence which has marked her out as a star in a stunning breakthrough year.The Canadian is the first teenager to win a Grand Slam since Maria Sharapova claimed the 2006 title at Flushing Meadows.She is the first teenager to win their maiden Slam since Russian Sharapova at Wimbledon in 2004.Andreescu kept her nerve to take a third match point with a forehand down the line, dropping her racquet to the ground and then, after a warm hug with Williams, falling to the court in disbelief with her arms spread out as she contemplated her achievement.After returning to her feet, she used a hastily-arranged step ladder to climb into her player’s box and embrace her nearest and dearest, including parents Nicu and Maria.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Serena Williams’s quest for a 24th Grand Slam title came unstuck again as teenager Bianca Andreescu won her first major in a gripping US Open final yesterday. Williams, 37, could not cope with the 19-year-old Canadian’s quality in a 6-3 7-5 defeat.Andreescu, seeded 15th, lost a double break in the second set before taking her third match point. To the disappointment of a stunned home crowd, Williams has now lost four successive major finals.“Bianca played an unbelievable match,” Williams told the crowd on Arthur Ashe Stadium. “I’m so proud and happy for you, it was incredible tennis out there.”last_img read more

21-year-old shot to death in front of home in Miami

first_imgThe Miami-Dade police department is reporting that a 21-year-old woman was shot to death outside of a home in Southeast Miami-Dade.The incident was reported around 8:00 am at a home on Southwest 307th Street.According to the report, the victim identified as Winnie Mendoza, was found dead in the driveway of the home.  Not much is known about the incident at this time, however, authorities did report that they have taken one person into custody.This is a developing story.last_img

Six Devon teams head to national golf final

first_img8 Jun 2016 Six Devon teams head to national golf final Six Devon golf club teams have played their way into the national final of an England Golf team championship.They all won through a regional qualifier at Woodbury Park Golf Club, Devon, and will take part in the final of the English Club Team Championship on Monday, 8 August during England Golf Week at Frilford Heath Golf Club, Oxfordshire.The successful six are:Downes Crediton Golf Club (pictured), represented by David Taylor, Fran Shrubsole, Quintin Payne-Cook and Elizabeth MapsonBovey Tracey Golf Club, represented by Fred Egbeare, Robert Starling, Sheelah Ayliffe and Dawn CottamWoodbury Park Golf Club, represented by David Skinner, Peter Baldwin, Kate Blake and Ellen NortonFingle Glen Golf Club, represented by Jeff Maynard, Richard Stevens, Anne Woodger and Michelle UnderwoodTeignmouth Golf Club, represented by Hannah Stephens, Anthony Stephens, Lorna Brown and Stephen BrownTorquay Golf Club, represented by Malcolm Swift, Di Swift, Iain Rowlands and Sally SpokesThey will meet qualifiers from three other regional events at the national final. It will be a feature of Golf Week, staged by England Golf to create a national grand finale for a host of handicap and team championships.Click here for full scoreslast_img read more

Dog spooks burglar during Letterkenny home invasion

first_imgA Letterkenny homeowner has their pet dog to thank for frightening away a burglar last night.Gardaí are seeking information in relation to the burglary at Rann Mor Meadow, which occurred on Monday 13th of May at around 10:50 pm. The suspect gained entry through double PVC doors at the back of the house. However, a dog was in the kitchen to alert the owner of the house and the burglar left without anything being taken. If anyone happened to see anything in the area that might help the Gardaí call the Letterkenny Garda Station on 074-9167100 or the Garda Confidential line on 1800 666 111.  Dog spooks burglar during Letterkenny home invasion was last modified: May 14th, 2019 by Caitlin LairdShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Motorway scam highlighted as Irish couple offer helping hand to ‘stranded’ pair

first_imgA warning has been issued over a motorway scam which saw a couple lost nearly €500. According to the Irish Mirror, The couple from Strabane, Co Tyrone were returning from a trip to Europe when they came across two men who were “stranded on the motorway”.The distressed men explained to the couple they were also from Northern Ireland and needed money to get the boat home. After handing over almost €500 to the pair, the couple exchanged contact details and the men agreed they would repay the money when they got home.To date the generous couple haven’t received any money and the address they were provided with was bogus.Highlighting the case, Scamwise NI said: “Although this couple were full of good intentions; we would advise taking extra care when approached by strangers.”Motorway scam highlighted as Irish couple offer helping hand to ‘stranded’ pair was last modified: July 27th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Rare Fossils: Dead Animals Decay Rapidly

first_imgWhy do some fossils leave soft tissue remains? It takes guts, some scientists propose.Given that bacteria are the enemies of fossilization, could they actually play a role in preserving them? A new study thinks so. Science Magazine says,The overwhelming majority of organisms will never fossilize. Preservation of an animal’s anatomy in rocks is a rare event requiring a strict set of geologic and chemical conditions. Fossilized soft tissues like skin or muscle are even rarer, as they decay very quickly beyond recognition before mineralization occurs. It would be tempting to assume that microbes—the great mediators of rot and recycling—would be a natural enemy to high-quality fossils, but [Philip] Donoghue’s time spent watching shrimp waste away seems to hint at exactly the opposite.Donoghue’s team at University of Bristol, with others from Uppsala University, tested the rapidity of decay with brine shrimp. As expected, microbes quickly rendered them unrecognizable. If deprived of oxygen, though, the microbes could act as preservatives, the team thinks. PhysOrg explains:In watching the process of decomposition, the team noted that bacteria in the gut set to work right away, multiplying massively as they engaged in eating the dead tissue around them, so much so that they completely filled the cavity and eventually caused it to burst, which gave them access to other internal organs. If the shrimp was in a low oxygen environment when it died, such as being buried in sand, then most of the decomposition occurred from the inside, and then stopped as the bacteria ran out of air. But, because gut bacteria carry a lot of calcium and/or phosphates and because they form biofilms, after they died, they left behind a mold of sorts that showed the form of the gut organs of their dead host.This explanation predicts that exceptional fossils form in low-oxygen environments. It also predicts that the best preservation will be in the gut. For this reason, Donoghue’s team thinks that the evolution of a through-gut (mouth and anus) made exceptional preservation possible. Science Magazine explains:The researchers also point out that animals with true “through-guts”—ones that contain both a mouth and an anus—are much more likely to leave behind high-quality fossils than animals like corals and jellyfish, which eat and excrete through the same hole and are home to far fewer bacteria. The evolution of the anus appears to have given rise to a more complex microbiome and, thus, that “definitely increases your chances” of leaving behind an exceptional fossil, Donoghue says.And yet jellyfish fossils have been found in mass graveyards. Other soft-tissue remains, like the famous dinosaur red blood cells and osteocytes, were found in bone. The ink-sac of a squid still contained the carbon remains, enough to write words with it. Original material from feathers has been seen in Archaeopteryx fossils. These have nothing to do with gut bacteria. The explanation, therefore, seems inadequate:For many years scientists have debated whether the “Cambrian Explosion” was the result of more species suddenly developing or whether it was just the result of more remains being fossilized and found. In this new effort, the researchers suggest it might have had to do with the development of the anus and a through-gut.This cannot be true, since Ediacaran fauna have no guts, but are found around the world. These precede the Cambrian animals in the fossil record.The original paper on the Proceedings of the Royal Society B is open access. Here’s its gutsy explanation for the Cambrian explosion:The key role of gut-derived microbes in decay and, by inference, preservation means that the evolution of a through gut is likely to have important implications for preservation potential. Organisms that have blind guts, such as cnidarians, evert their guts such that they cannot maintain a gut flora. As a result, one might expect that such organisms would have little chance of preserving internal anatomy. Preservation must depend on the formation of favourable external biofilms that invade inwards, similar to the process observed in embryos, to stabilize their internal anatomical structure post-mortem, allowing a much longer window for internal autolytic processes to take effect and thus resulting in a much lower preservation potential for internal anatomy. This prediction is largely borne out by the fossil record. The overall quality of preservation is also often of a lower fidelity in described soft-bodied diploblast grade and blind-gut bearing organisms relative to groups possessing through-guts. For example, arthropods, annelids, priapulids and hyoliths can in many cases preserve aspects of gut, musculature and, in rare cases, neural tissues. On the other hand, diploblastic organisms, such as cnidarians, are typically found as impressions or outlines only (with the notable exception of very rare specimens of the probable cnidarian Olivooides [37,38]). This may go some way to explain the mismatch between phylogenetic and molecular clock expectations that diploblasts existed long before diploblast bilaterians, yet the fossil records of diploblast and triploblast eumetazoans is approximately coincident [39,40].Under almost all circumstances, pseudomorphing of biological anatomy by biofilm-forming microbes [5,13] may be limited to small structures. This process can provide a good explanation for the preservation of microfossils such as fossilized embryos as well as internal microenvironments, such as guts, within larger fossils. However, it is only in the most exceptional examples of exceptional fossil preservation that microbes replicate and preserve internal anatomy more generally. Bacterial biofilm pseudomorphing of anatomical structure may not be an important mechanism in preserving macroscale animal remains, even though endogenous microbes are important vectors of the decay of visceral tissues that leaves cuticle articulated and intact in Burgess Shale-type preservation. Thus, endogenous microbes exert a fundamental control on the amount of soft tissue morphology, and therefore the amount of anatomical information, that is preserved in Konservat-Lagerstätten [exceptionally preserved fossils]. Hence, the evolution of a through gut is an important factor in both the ecology of metazoan diversification and its fossil record. This finding also suggests the bauplan of an animal may act as a strong control on the processes of subsequent taphonomic transformation into an exceptionally preserved fossil, when the basic conditions required for the genesis of Konservat-Lagerstätten are met.The authors provide almost no reference to actual fossils when they state that “this prediction is largely borne out by the fossil record.” Brian Thomas at ICR has a list of 42 documented cases of soft tissue preservation (original tissue, not biofilms) found in fossils dating as far back as 360 million years in the evolutionary timescale. Most of them are not related to gut bacteria. They mention cnidarians (jellyfish) as unlikely to be preserved, but what about ctenophores (comb jellies) that are found in Cambrian strata? Soft tissue preservation is rampant in Burgess Shale fossils. Evolution News & Views reported fossils of modern-looking jellyfish dated by evolutionists at 580 million years old.So either Donoghue’s team did not do a thorough literature search, or is ignoring this evidence. Having made a prediction, though, that animals with anuses are the most likely to preserve biofilms that create “pseudomorphs” of soft tissues in low-oxygen conditions, they have opened the door to falsification in future studies. On the face of it, their lab work on shrimp is unlikely to capture the variety of circumstances that preserve animal tissues.Someone should call this the anal-retention theory of taphonomy.Why is nobody asking hard questions of the Donoghue team? Aren’t they aware that many exceptional fossils have nothing to do with gut bacteria? Aren’t they concerned that soft-tissue fossilization raises serious questions about the dating of fossils into millions of years?What is being ignored in this paper is far more important than what is being stated. Maybe they can’t stomach the notion that soft tissue challenges long ages. See Real Science Radio’s list of published papers on dinosaur soft tissue remains. (Visited 41 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Samsung’s Epic Game Of Follow The Leader

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#Android#Apple#Samsung#Tizen Samsung is turning the smartphone market in to one giant game of Simon Says. Samsung says stand on one foot. Samsung says make bigger phones. Samsung says to make smartphones available to all carriers. Sue the South Korean smartphone manufacturer in every patent court on the planet… Oh, we didn’t say Samsung Says. Above all, Samsung Says: follow the leader. And like it or not, the rest of the smartphone manufacturing industry is going to have to play Samsung’s game. It’s Samsung’s Game Now“Barring an unlikely collapse in Samsung’s business, even Apple will be chasing Samsung’s technology, software, and device leadership in 2013 through the foreseeable future,” said ABI Research senior analyst Michael Morgan in a release.ABI Research predicts that Apple’s iPhone will top out at 22% of smartphone market share in 2013. Samsung will likely improve on its 30% market share as well as continue to diversify its portfolio.Samsung rose to prominence on its well-chronicledshotgun approach to smartphone manufacturing. On the strength of Android (which makes up 90% of the company’s mobile portfolio according to ABI), Samsung has inundated the globe with handsets of all shape, sizes and prices. Samsung knows how to hit the top of the market with its Galaxy S and Note lines but also have an extremely effective long tail with its lower-end Galaxy devices and oft-forgotten products using Bada operating system. Android’s perch atop the global smartphone pyramid is secure… for now. Yet, as history shows us, no technology is ever immune from falling out of dominance and there is a long line of competitors lining up to steal some of Android’s thunder. Research In Motion may find a moderate degree of success with its BlackBerry 10 smartphones that will be announced at the end of this month. Microsoft and Nokia still hope to make a dent with Windows Phone. At this point, those two operating systems are relative known quantities and performance can be predicted with a fair degree of accuracy in the short term. The misnomer, however, are the operating systems that will find their way to market later this year or in 2014. Call it the Shadow Army. Who knows what it will do or if it will succeed. The actors within that army could be Tizen, Firefox OS, Canonical (Ubuntu) and, if you want to stretch your imagination, possibly Facebook. The Linux-based Tizen is the most likely to rise from the crop and make a discernible dent in the smartphone wars but there is nothing stopping Samsung from championing any one of these fledgling operating systems if they show signs of traction. That would include Windows Phone as well, as Samsung builds devices for Microsoft’s operating system. That is a luxury companies like Apple or Research In Motion do not enjoy. If Nokia ever decides it needs to expand from its Windows Phone-only approach, it could take up manufacturing of some of these other operating systems, but at this point, that seems unlikely as Nokia is currently all in on its Windows Phone bet. Hence, Samsung’s shotgun approach takes on an added degree of depth and future-proofs its market standing for the rest of the decade. Samsung will likely be happy if Android continues to be its main squeeze but, in the case of a fall from grace, it has any number of players ready to step in off the bench.Samsung says: check mate.  Related Posts center_img dan rowinski Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Muslims, Pandits come together at festival in Kashmir

first_imgDriven apart by three decades of conflict, Jammu and Kashmir’s two separated communities, Muslims and Pandits, on June 11 witnessed a rare union on the annual festival of Zyeshth Ashtami at the Kheer Bhawani temple in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal, as hundreds of Pandits from across the country converged to pay obeisance.Keeping the age-old tradition alive, local Muslim shopkeepers were seen selling earthenware lamps, marigold flowers and other puja paraphernalia at the temple located at Tulmulla area, 30 km away from Srinagar.“It was heartening to see local Muslim music artists playing on the occasion, while Pandits were whirling around,” said Neerja Kaul, 63, a Pandit who had migrated to Delhi after militancy broke out in the 1990s.The festival is fast emerging as a source of healing of relationships between the Pandits and Muslims of Kashmir. Aliya Assad, manager at the Indian Institute of Skiing and Mountaineering and a resident of Baramulla, makes it a point every year to visit the temple to meet old friends and get new ones.“I visit the temple to meet my old friends. I met a lovely couple this year. Their sweet daughter, Avishi Pandita, became my friend. We enjoyed ‘kheer’, ‘halwa’, etc. We also clicked selfies,” said Ms. Assad.Brotherhood and harmonyShe urged the Pandit community to pray for brotherhood and harmony. “For centuries, the celebration of the ‘mela’ has been an epitome of harmony and brotherhood. There is a need to strengthen the bond of togetherness between various sections of society,” said Ms. Assad.With the temple and the sacred pond nestled under the shade of the centuries-old mighty Chinar trees, the festival sees the new generation of Pandits also connecting with their roots and the Muslim brethren. “It’s my first visit. I am moved by the warmth showed by the locals,” said Shaina, 17, from Delhi.Special buses were arranged to ferry hundreds of Pandits from Jammu to Srinagar on the occasion.BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav also visited the temple.Separatists also see the occasion as one where they can reach out to the displaced community. Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq also greeted the community. “It was heartening to see a large number of Pandits visiting the Valley,” said the Mirwaiz. In the past, JKLF chief Yasin Malik started a tradition to meet the migrant devotees at the temple.Meanwhile, National Conference leader Omar Abdullah and PDP president Mehbooba Mufti also welcomed the devotees.Governor Satya Pal Malik also visited the Kheer Bhawani shrine.“Brotherhood and communal harmony is so evident here. All communities have gathered to facilitate the organisation of this ‘mela’. I appreciate the wholehearted support of locals in making this religious congregation a successful event,” said Mr. Malik.Hundreds of Pandits left the Valley in 1990s following raging militancy. While many settled in Jammu, hundreds left their homes to settle in different parts of the country.last_img read more

Brent Tate Appointed to Touch Football Australia Board

first_imgFormer Test, Origin and NRL player Brent Tate has been appointed, as one of the Australian Rugby League Commission’s (ARLC) nominees to the Touch Football Australia (TFA) Board. Tate, who played 229 NRL matches – for the Brisbane Broncos, the Warriors and North Queensland Cowboys – 23 matches for Queensland and 26 matches for Australia, will join NRL CEO Todd Greenberg as ARLC representatives on the TFA board.“Brent brings the capability, values and profile that will be of great benefit to TFA.  He is a strong advocate for the NRL and Touch Football partnership and a great choice to take on this important role,” Mr Greenberg said.“It will also be beneficial to have further representation from Queensland, where so many Touch Football participants reside.“The NRL’s partnership with Touch Football Australia is incredibly important in both promoting active sport participation and broadening the opportunity for more people to be part of the rugby league community. Brent’s appointment will further support the achievement of these outcomes.”Tate said he was excited about taking on such an important role.“This is a great opportunity for me and it’s an area that I’ve got a real passion for,” said Tate. “Touch Football Australia is a strong and growing organisation and there are some great people involved.“I’m looking forward to adding my experience and ensuring that as many people as possible are playing Touch Football and Rugby League across the country, and that the relationship between TFA and the NRL continues to prosper.”Tate’s appointment to the board follows a number of significant announcements for Touch Football Australia, including:·         The co-location of Touch Football Australia and QLD Touch Football staff in a joint NRL/QRL facility in Brisbane;·         A partnership between the Melbourne Storm and TFA, to assist fan and participation growth in Victoria;·         TFA voting to modernise its governance and move to a company structure which recognises the ARLC as a partner.Touch Football Australia CEO Colm Maguire said the strategic significance of the Touch Football Australia and NRL partnership has never been so apparent with the forging of even closer links and driving stronger collaboration.“Firstly, we are delighted and welcome Brent’s appointment to the TFA Board and believe him to be an outstanding choice and contributor to the sport in coming years,” Maguire said.“Certainly, with the advent of our new Strategic Plan, we have been working very closely in partnership with the NRL on the Board appointment, the co-location of staff in the joint facility in Queensland and other key strategic areas,” he added. “Notwithstanding the most recent announcement of the agreement struck with the Melbourne Storm, provides for both codes innovative pathway and profiling opportunities. “This also represents the culmination of an enduring relationship and long-term support informally of our two sports in Melbourne. The collaboration and linkages between both organisations follows other partnerships across the majority of NRL clubs now either underway or in development.   “We also look ahead to some broader profiling and coverage between both sports and athletes, namely The NRL Rookie program which airs tomorrow night on Go! (Nine) in addition to other joint community and commercial opportunities in coming weeks.”“And we continue to see more and more NRL talent on show and in form emerging from Touch Football including Bevan French (Eels), Matt Moylan (Panthers), Ash Taylor (Titans), Shaun Johnson (Warriors) and Benji Marshall (Dragons), highlighting not only the pathway but also the partnership in action.”Related LinksBrent Tate appointed to TFA Boardlast_img read more