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first_imgShanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. We are young Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next EDITORS’ PICK Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Earlier, RC Cola-Army consolidated its bid to make the semifinals after thrashing Cignal, 25-13, 25-15, 25-10.The Lady Troopers upped their record to 3-4 while handing the HD Spikers their fifth defeat in six matches.Jovelyn Gonzaga drilled in 15 points for RC Cola-Army, while Royse Tubino and import Haillie Ripley added nine and eight, respectively.ADVERTISEMENT Aby Maraño was at the heart of the Cargo Movers’ staunch defense, scoring eight of her team’s 16 blocks that blunted the usually sharp offense of the Tornadoes, who now tote a 6-1 card.Maraño totaled 16, while Hayley Spelman topscored with 23 points. Ara Galang and Cha Cruz chipped in 13 and 12 points, respectively, for F2.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentIt was a back-and-forth match with both teams making 53 attacks each. But the telling difference was Foton wasn’t able to match up in blocking, making only six.F2 Logistics thus posted its fifth win in eight matches, but more than anything, boosted its morale, having recovered from a 0-2 start until Spelman arrived. MOST READ Ronnie’s last tweet Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH F2 Logistics. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netF2 Logistics scored a big win over the big team last night.Closing all its corridors and fighting shot after shot, F2 Logistics toppled erstwhile unbeaten leader Foton, 25-15, 23-25, 25-23, 26-24, in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at Imus Sports Complex in Cavite.ADVERTISEMENT As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas View commentslast_img read more

first_imgNephila komaci photographed in the wildat Tembe National Elephant Park.(Image: Tembe) The spectacular golden-hued web spunby industrious golden orb weavers, in thiscase N. inaurata.(Image: Matjaž Kuntner)MEDIA CONTACTS • Matjaž KuntnerSlovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts+386 1 470 6338Janine ErasmusScientists have discovered a new species of the golden orb weaving spider in South Africa – and the Nephila komaci is believed to be the largest of all golden orb weavers known to science.The discovery, part of a project on nephilid spiders, heralds the first new species to be added to the Nephila genus for 130 years.To date more than 41 000 spiders have been scientifically identified, and about 450 new species are added to the list each year – but not since 1879 has a new golden orb weaver been one of them. N. komaci is therefore quite an arachnological catch.The nephilid project has received a funding grant of almost €800 000 (R8.8-million) from the European Union under its Sixth Framework programme for research and technological development.The find, under the title Discovery of the Largest Orbweaving Spider Species: The Evolution of Gigantism in Nephila, was published in the 20 October 2009 edition of PLoS One, the open-access peer-reviewed journal of the Public Library of Science.Mysterious speciesThe species was first described in 2000 by biologist Matjaž Kuntner, when he came across a preserved specimen in the ARC-Plant Protection Research Institute just outside Pretoria. The specimen’s label dated back to 1978 and no-one knew if there were any living examples.Kuntner chairs the Institute of Biology at the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and is also a research associate at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution.The scientist was surprised to find this giant spider that did not match any known specimens. He and his colleague Jonathan Coddington, also of the Smithsonian, headed several expeditions to South Africa to track down a live version of the intriguing creature.Their quest was unsuccessful at first, and the team began to think the preserved specimen described in 2000 was a hybrid, or possibly extinct.A second specimen, also preserved, and of Madagascan origin, was found in 2003 in the Naturhistorisches Museum Wien in Vienna, Austria. Out of more than 2 500 similar specimens in 37 institutions, this was the only other Nephila komaci found. The discovery enabled the team to conclude that the original spider was not a hybrid.But since they had not yet found a living specimen of the mysterious arachnid, again the theory of extinction surfaced.In 2007, with the help of colleagues in South Africa, a field trip to KwaZulu-Natal’s Tembe National Elephant Park unearthed one male and two female individuals, all alive and well. The scientists were finally able to confirm the discovery of a new species.N. komaci is named after Kuntner’s best friend Andrej Komac, also a scientist, who died in an accident around the time of these discoveries. The genus name Nephila is taken from ancient Greek, meaning “fond of spinning” (nen: to spin and philos: love).“We fear the species might be endangered, as its only definite habitat is a sand forest in Tembe Elephant Park,” said Coddington. “Our data suggest that the species is not abundant, its range is restricted and all known localities lie within two endangered biodiversity hotspots: Maputaland and Madagascar.”He added that the discovery was just further evidence that “it’s a wonderful world”.The two have issued a plea for the public to help them find more living specimens, and possibly whole populations of the rare creature.Formidable femaleThe female Nephila komaci is the biggest spider of her type. Her leg span measures up to 12cm, about the size of a CD, while her body length is just under 4cm.However, the male of the species is puny in comparison – at just 2.5cm he is small enough to ride on his mate’s back, which he spends much of his time doing.This odd arachnid couple is typical of nephilid spiders, which show extreme sexual dimorphism – that is, the existence of two distinctly different forms within a species or on the same plant.The scientific view for this phenomenon is that the female most likely evolved to her gigantic size to scare away small predators and be able to lay more eggs.Despite the fearsome appearance and the possession of venom, the spiders are not dangerous to humans. The venom, explained Kuntner, works only on the spiders’ prey, which is mostly large insects, and will not poison a human.Although there are spiders larger than the golden orb weavers, their webs are certainly the biggest of all. The spectacular webs can reach as large as 1m in width or more. They are durable enough to last several years, and can trap not only insects but small birds.“Golden” refers to the colour of the silk, not the actual spider. Recently the silk from over 1-million industrious spinners was used to weave a one-of-a-kind textile.Seventy people collected golden orb spiders from telephone poles in Madagascar over a four-year period. Using a machine that allowed them to process 24 spiders at a time, another 12 people collected about 24m of silk filament from each captive. Filaments were then woven into silk strands, each one containing 96 filaments.The silk was carefully woven into a beautiful golden, 3.3m by 1.2m piece of cloth, the only one of its kind, which went on display at the American Museum of Natural History in September 2009.Unique environmentThe Tembe Elephant Park lies in the Maputaland region on the ancient “ivory route” which connected gold and ivory traders in pre-colonial Zululand and Mozambique.The reserve is home to the last indigenous elephant herd in the province, comprising over 220 individuals, and boasts what is possibly the largest tusker in Africa – certainly the largest in Southern Africa. He is Isilo, a 65-year-old bull and herd leader.Tembe is also home to one of the smallest antelopes in the world – the dainty suni, which stands just 35cm high at the shoulder. Ewes weigh more than rams but at just 5.4kg, they are still extremely petite creatures.In addition to elephant, the reserve is home to the other four members of the Big Five – lion, leopard, black and white rhino and buffalo. Visitors can also see zebra, giraffe, all species of antelope indigenous to the habitats of the area (sand forest, grassland, wetland) and more than 340 bird species.The reserve has one luxury lodge, which is 50% owned and fully operated by the local Tembe tribe. It offers all creature comforts, two game drives every day, meals under the stars, and other activities for the energetic visitor, such as scuba diving on reefs at the coast nearby.last_img read more

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#New Media#news#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img As if the journalism field weren’t crowded enough, robot reporters have hit the market with sports statistics company StatSheet’s automated sports reporting effort. Beginning today, nearly 350 Division 1 college basketball teams will receive constant, in-depth coverage of their season in what the company is calling “the world’s first network of websites driven entirely by high-quality, automated content”.We first looked at StatSheet last March, commenting that the writing on the site (which included phrases like “The Illini turned the game into a rout with four in the ninth inning.”) wasn’t perfect, but it was pretty good for computer generated sports reporting.StatSheet Founder and CEO Robbie Allen told us by email that “This is truly a first in the media world – every site will be updated in real time with long form narrative content generated automatically from our system and at no incremental cost to us.”The effort will be driven by real-time sports statistics and a database of more than 500 million statistics. Each teams site will not only include these automated articles, but photo and video highlights, its own Twitter account, Facebook Fan Page and mobile application. “For many of these teams (like Lamar),” wrote Allen, “this will be the first time their fans will have access to the kind of comprehensive coverage typically afforded only to the top programs (like UNC).”To take a look at some robot-generated journalism, go ahead and visit StatSheet and take a gander.Allen assured us last time we spoke with him that he wasn’t trying to replace human reporters, but simply augment their coverage.“There are going to be times that any writer can outperform a computer,” he said, “but when you look at the breadth it’s going to be hard to beat a computer.” mike melanson 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

first_imgJahlil Okafor drives the ball against North Carolina defenders.CHAPEL HILL, NC – MARCH 07: Jahlil Okafor #15 of the Duke Blue Devil drives between defenders Brice Johnson #11, Marcus Paige #5 and Marcus Paige #5 of the North Carolina Tar Heels during their game at the Dean Smith Center on March 7, 2015 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)Duke stars Jahlil Okafor and Justise Winslow seem like locks to be lottery picks on June 25, when the 2015 NBA Draft rolls around. Point guard Tyus Jones has a great shot at being a first round pick. Senior guard Quinn Cook? He was vital to Duke’s success this season, but his NBA potential is a little less clear. Well, at least to those who didn’t play with him on the 2015 national championship team.Basketball Insiders‘ Alex Kennedy wrote a great piece on Cook’s NBA prospects, and spoke to Okafor, who had nothing but praise for his former [email protected] praised @QCook323 and said he’d love to play with Quinn again. Full article: http://t.co/1lRWwrBv01 pic.twitter.com/p4ZfERqzrL— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) June 17, 2015Cook is ranked as the No. 55 prospect in the draft by Draft Express, but the site’s mock draft doesn’t have him being selected. While the other three Blue Devils all look like safe bets to be drafted, we imagine Duke fans would like nothing more than to see Cook land with a team. If that team winds up being Okafor’s? They’d probably sell a bunch of gear in North Carolina.[Basketball Insiders]last_img read more

first_imgJim Harbaugh at a press conference.Jim Harbaugh Michael Jordan StoryEarlier this month, Michigan announced that it would become the first Nike school to sport the Jordan brand logo on its uniforms, instead of the company’s traditional Swoosh. Apparently, Michael Jordan himself even called Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh to talk about the deal. It turns out Harbaugh initially didn’t believe he was talking to the former NBA superstar.Thursday, Harbaugh, during his press conference ahead of the team’s opener against Utah, made it clear that at first, he couldn’t believe it was actually Jordan on the other line. Check out his reaction:Michael Jordan called @CoachJim4UM. His reaction to learning it was the Greatest of All Time? That’s right here! http://t.co/VVSlwn0Oe5— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) August 27, 2015Michigan will remain with adidas until the 2016 season, but it’s clear that the Wolverines and their fans are pumped for a new era in 2016.last_img read more

first_imgNEW DELHI: Women in the national capital can enjoy free bus rides on Thursday as the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) is offering free rides on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan.This facility will be made available in both AC and non-AC buses between 8 am to 10 pm, the DTC said on Wednesday. According to the DTC, barring restrictions in some routes due to Independence Day celebrations, buses will be running normally across the city.last_img

first_imgWashington DC: US sanctions came into effect Sunday to block Venezuela’s economic lifeline of oil exports, in what Washington hopes will be a major blow in its fledgling campaign to topple leftist President Nicolas Maduro. As of 12:01 am Washington time (0401 GMT), the United States will take action against anyone who deals with state-owned Petroleos de Venezuela, or PDVSA, or any entity in which the company holds at least a 50 percent stake. It is among a volley of steps by President Donald Trump’s administration to oust Maduro and install opposition leader Juan Guaido, who is recognized by more than 50 countries, including most in Latin America. Just Friday, the Trump administration said it would block any US assets of Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza, confirming it has no desire to negotiate with Maduro, a socialist firebrand who presides over a crumbling economy but has withstood three months of intense pressure. Until the crisis, Venezuela exported 500,00 barrels a day to the United States, its largest customer, with PDVSA omnipresent, if not highly visible, through ownership of the Citgo refining and gas station chain. The United States has already moved to put Citgo under the control of Guaido, who appointed his own board.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Police on Friday said that they have arrested two brothers from Gurugram who are involved in an attempt of honour killing case in Uttam Nagar area.The interrogation of the accused revealed that his sister got married to a person against the wishes of their family and the society for which they opted to take revenge. Police identified the accused as Neeraj (32) and Nitin (28) both natives of Hastsaal Village. Both are brothers. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Rajesh Deo said that on May 15 a PCR call of firing was received at Uttam Nagar police station, it was found that the injured was shifted to hospital, subsequently, another call was also received from the hospital that an injured has been admitted. DCP Deo further added that the injured (gym trainer) is also resident of Hastsal Village. He stated that on May 14 at about 10 PM while he was passing a gym in Lal Chowk, along with his friends, he met one person and started talking to him, the elder brother of his wife, was also nearby. “Suddenly his wife’s younger brother came on a motorcycle and pulled out his pistol. The victim tried to flee from the spot after allegedly fired on him and the bullet hit in his right hand and he fell down on the spot,” police said. Both alleged brothers started hitting the victim shouting “shoot him in the head”. When the crowd started gathering at the spot, both the accused fled away. The DCP further said that on May 16, constable Sandeep from Inter-State Cell (Crime Branch) received information regarding the alleged persons are coming to Gurugram. The team departed to Gurugram bus stand, where they were nabbed. The Delhi Police in their press statement said that during the course of interrogation the accused persons Neeraj and Nitin revealed that his sister got married to a victim against the wishes of their family and the society. The accused Nitin has done MA.last_img read more

For around the clock OSU sports updates, follow the Lantern Sports Twitter @lanternspts24_7 The Ohio State men’s hockey team picked up its first series win and sweep of the season over Western Michigan.The Buckeyes defeated the Broncos both Friday and Saturday, winning each game by a score of 4-2. Although the scores of the games were the same, the methods of winning were drastically different.Friday’s four-goal third periodOhio State started slow in the opener before catching fire in the third. The Buckeyes outshot the Broncos 12-5 in the first period, but found themselves behind on the scoreboard. Western Michigan capitalized on its first power-play opportunity as Jared Katz put a shot past goaltender Dustin Carlson.The Broncos held their 1-0 lead until Paul Kirtland scored for the Buckeyes at the 4:50 mark in the third period. Kirtland, after being released from the penalty box, immediately took the puck down the ice and hit a shot that found its way past goaltender Riley Gill. The goal initiated a wave of momentum in the Buckeyes’ favor.Hunter Bishop struck again for the Buckeyes at the 5:24 mark, and Mathieu Picard added his first goal of the season just 15 seconds later for the Buckeyes’ third goal in 49 seconds.Western Michigan cut the Buckeye lead in half with its second power-play goal of the game, this time on a five-on-three. But Peter Boyd iced the game for the Buckeyes scoring with only 2:26 remaining, pushing the Buckeye lead back to two.“I really liked the fact that when the game was over, the first thing I looked at was Dusty [Carlson] getting the big hug from Kyle Reed,” coach John Markell said. “It was just nice to see that we got the win for whoever’s in net.”The win is Carlson’s first of the season. The junior finished with 19 saves and helped the Buckeyes kill five of the Broncos seven power plays. Markell said he was pleased with Carlson’s performance.“The first goal was not his fault. They got two power-play goals, and one was off the shaft of his stick. The other one was a five on three,” Markell said. “Our job now is to go back, assess the tape, and know that in this league and college hockey you have to be able to back up a game.” The Buckeyes were able to do just that the next night.Saturday night sweepMarkell expressed concern that OSU might not be focused on Saturday after coming off a win and anticipating the football game that night for the Big Ten title.However, the Buckeyes were able to maintain their focus and came out strong in the first period. Zac Dalpe started the scoring for the Buckeyes, recording a power-play goal to give OSU a 1-0 edge.Later in the first period, Hunter Bishop hit a backhand shot past Western goaltender Riley Gill to put the Buckeyes up 2-0.But the Broncos were resilient and capitalized on a five-on-three power play late in the first. Western’s Greg Squires hit a shot, which deflected off a defender’s skate, then floated past goaltender Cal Heeter to cut the Buckeye lead in half.Similar to Friday’s game, no goals were scored in the second period, so the Buckeyes carried their 2-1 lead into the third.In the third period, Peter Boyd hit a centering pass from behind the goal, which Dalpe ripped to the back of the net for his second goal of the game.The Broncos again came back, scoring halfway through the third period, drawing them to within one.But for the second night in a row, Boyd sealed the victory for the Buckeyes with a late score. This time, it was an empty-net goal with just 19 seconds remaining, putting the Buckeyes up 4-2 to match the score of Friday night’s game.Heeter had a big night in goal for the Buckeyes, finishing with 36 saves.“You figure anytime you put 38 shots on net, I’d like to think you would score more than a couple of goals,” Broncos coach Jim Culhane said. “I think Cal [Heeter] played a tremendous game for OSU and really made some quality saves for them.”With the win, Heeter moved to 4-1-1 on the season. The Buckeyes, now winners of three straight, look to carry their momentum into next week’s matchup against Ferris State. read more