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first_imgMartin O’Neill joined the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on Thursday ahead of the Republic of Ireland’s fixtures against England and Scotland.Ireland take on the Three Lions in a friendly at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday, before welcoming the Scots six days later in a Euro 2016 qualifier.O’Neill says he will use the game against England to give the opportunity to some squad members to impress, but insists he is determined for his team to put on a good show in both games.He also discusses Jack Grealish’s international future, with the Aston Villa starlet yet to decide whether to commit to Ireland or England.last_img


first_imgBy Juan Carlos Llorca DAVID, Panama – Two brothers who helped rescue a 12-year-old California girl after the plane she was in crashed in Panama said they’re hoping for a U.S. work visa as a reward, not money. Manuel and Miguel Angel Vurac were part of a group of volunteers who on Tuesday found 12-year-old Francesca Lewis, the sole survivor of the crash in Panama’s remote western mountains. They also found the bodies of Francesca’s friend Talia Klein, 13; Klein’s father, Michael Klein, 37, a prominent businessman from Santa Barbara; and Panamanian pilot Edwin Lasso, 23. Their Cessna 172 had disappeared two days earlier after departing from Islas Secas off Panama’s Pacific coast, heading for the Chiriqui volcano, about 270 miles west of Panama City. Francesca, also from Santa Barbara, had small bruises and lacerations but was otherwise in extraordinary shape, her doctors said. Kim Klein, Michael Klein’s ex-wife and Talia’s mother, offered a $25,000 reward to anyone who located the aircraft. “I was taught to earn a living through my work, and (work) is what I’m asking for,” said Manuel Vurac, who has previously been in the U.S. with a work visa. Vurac, 40, said he worked in forestry in Montana and Idaho until his visa expired a year ago. His brother Miguel, 32, is an electrician. Klein, speaking Saturday from Santa Barbara, said the men still would receive the monetary reward, possibly in about a week. The brothers and another man hiked for hours through fog and in freezing weather to reach the crash site. 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_img 5 5 It was the kind of messy goal the game deserved. While Sadio Mane’s men enjoyed the better of the first 45, neither team set the Spartak Stadium alight.But the second goal was calamitous. Krychowiak’s moronic volleyed back-pass turned into a perfectly-weighted through-ball to Niang, who rounded Wojciech Szczesny to double the lead in the 60th minute.There was a hint of controversy about it, as Niang had been off the field receiving treatment before running on to collect Krychowiak’s stray ball.Krychowiak made amends with a brilliant header from Kamil Grosicki’s wicked free-kick to send nerves jangling for the final five minutes, but the Greens were not to be denied.England, should they qualify, will meet someone from this group in the next round. Gareth Southgate would not have expected it to be Japan or Senegal.Star man Grzegorz Krychowiak atoned for the thoughtless back-pass which led to Senegal’s second with a thumping 85th-minute header to ensure a nervy finish, but the Africans clung-on for a memorable victory.The Lions of Teranga shocked the world 16-years ago by humbling reigning-champions France on their way to the 2002 quarter-finals and the opening two results in Group H will send tremors through Russia.Ten-man Colombia suffered an astonishing 2-1 defeat at the hands of Japan earlier as the two favourites to qualify from the group find themselves bottom of it with a mountain to climb.We’ve now seen every nation take to the field at this World Cup and Poland, who are eighth in the FIFA rankings, were the latest team to falter in their opening game.There was little the White and Reds could do about the first goal. Gueye’s shot was heading well-wide when it bounced off Cionek and into the net in the 37th minute. Senegal celebrate decisive second goal Krychowiak has two contenders for this. Brilliant as his header was, the foolish back-pass from the half-way line was ultimately what decided the game. A moment of madness.How Group H looks Senegal returned to the World Cup with bang after a 16-year exile 5center_img Youssouf Sabaly worked tirelessly on the left for Senegal. The Bordeaux full-back carried their main creative threat while keeping Poland’s right-hand side totally silent.Moment of the match Sabaly was superb Senegal marked their return to the World Cup with a shock win over highly-ranked Poland.Polish defender Thiago Cionek deflected Idrissa Gueye’s first-half strike into his own net before a comedy of errors allowed M’Baye Niang to send the Senegalese into dreamland. 5 5 The second goal was a Polish horror show last_img read more


first_imgLANCASTER – Incumbents were turned out in five school board races and the Antelope Valley College board election, with all the candidates endorsed by teachers unions winning except in the college election. The biggest changes occurred in the Acton-Agua Dulce Unified and Westside Union school districts, with voters ousting all the incumbents and replacing them with newcomers in Tuesday’s polling. In the Acton district, voters elected Mark Distaso, Leona Ruth Sexton and Ron Bird over appointed incumbent Max Duran and incumbent Fred Heslep. In Westside, Christine LeBeau, the sole incumbent running, was not re-elected with John Curiel, Linda Jones and Joan Sodergren emerging as victors. “It’s clearly a mandate from the voters that the district move in a different direction that represents their best interest,” said Jones, a special education teacher at Chaparral School in the Palmdale School District. “Eliminating class-size reduction was a major issue. In terms of planning for space and making sure we are proactive instead of reactive, that was a major issue.” Curiel, a law enforcement officer who works at the Lancaster state prison and who was the top Westside vote-getter, also said the vote was a mandate for change. “The message is to relieve overcrowding, promote student safety, and put money in the classrooms. That’s what this campaign was about. And also to listen to parents, and that’s what I’m going to do,” said Curiel, a parent. “This was a victory for the children, the parents, and the taxpayers of Westside. This victory was for them. I am humbled by the trust they have put in me, and I want to live up to the expectations that they placed in me.” In other school board races, voters returned some incumbents to office but ousted others in the same district. Voted out were appointed incumbent David Eubanks in the Eastside Union School District, Shawny Barcelona in the Palmdale School District, Robert Vincelette in the Southern Kern Unified School District, and Michael Adams on the Antelope Valley College board. Candidates endorsed by the Antelope Valley Education Coalition, a group of teachers unions from local school districts, won seats except for Adams and Timothy Hayes in the AVC race. The winning candidates included Al Beattie, Jim Lott and Ira Simonds in the Antelope Valley Union High School District; Keith Giles, Diane Grooms and Greg Tepe in the Lancaster School District; Sandy Corrales, Sheldon Epstein and Jeff Ferrin in the Palmdale School District; and Curiel and Jones in Westside. Victors said the teachers union endorsements helped but also pointed to other factors unique to their candidacies. “I think parents have confidence in their teachers,” Jones said. “Regardless of what others might say, there is still that relationship.” Simonds, the top high school board vote-getter, retired in June as a teacher. He credited his win to the union’s endorsement as well as to having taught in local high schools for 37 years and “having lots of former students and parents out there and lots of people who know Ira Simonds.” Unlike other races where incumbents lost, Simonds said voters in the high school district were content with the way things were going, and he ran as a “team player.” “I think the school board has done a very good job over the past few years. People were happy. There wasn’t a lot of major issues,” Simonds said. Grooms, regional vice president for United Way in the Antelope Valley, cited her work as a volunteer and with United Way as contributing to her win. Her short-term goals include becoming familiar with each one of the Lancaster schools and looking at ways to link the nonprofit community with schools and the needs of families. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want 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_imgA selection of images from Chelsea’s win over Reading at Stamford Bridge, where late goals by Fernando Torres and Branislav Ivanovic clinched a 4-2 victory for the Blues. (Click on an image to begin slideshow) See also:Late goals clinch dramatic Chelsea victoryChelsea v Reading player ratingsDi Matteo happy despite Chelsea mishapsFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img


first_imgWhy You Love Online Quizzes Related Posts Tags:#Big Data#hack klint finley How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees?center_img We’ve covered Linked Data – a W3C specification for publishing structured data – frequently at ReadWriteWeb. We’ve covered its importance, its growth and various projects and tools taking advantage of it. But what about tools to actually get your hands dirty and work with it yourself?RDF is one way of using Linked Data. Michele Pasin, a researcher and Web developer at the Centre for Computing in the Humanities has created a list of resources for Python developers working with RD – including Python libraries, tutorials and Python friendly RDF triplestores.Some of the resources Pasin hightlights include:RdfLib – An RDF programming kit for Python.Getting data from the Semantic Web – A tutorial on using RdfLib to get data from “>DBPedia. (We covered DBPedia’s use of Linked Data here.)Django-RDF – An RDF engine for Django.Do you work with RDF and/or Linked Data? What are some of your favorite tools and resources? 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more


first_imgEver send a bottle of wine back at a restaurant? If you weren’t just being a pretentious snob, then it was probably because the wine seemed “corked”—had a musty odor and didn’t taste quite right. Most likely, the wine was contaminated with a molecule called 2,4,6-trichloroanisole (TCA), the main cause of cork taint. But a new study by Japanese researchers concludes that you do not smell TCA directly; rather, TCA blocks up your sense of smell and distorts your ability to detect odors. The findings could help the food and beverage industry improve its products and lead to less embarrassment for both you and your waiter.Wine tasters are well aware that TCA can ruin a bottle of wine. “More experienced tasters can recognize TCA taint at the first sniff of an affected wine,” says Thomas Matthews, executive editor of Wine Spectator magazine. “However, some of our tasters are much more sensitive than others to the flaw and pick it up at much lower levels.” In some cases, wines that tasters said were OK to drink but that reviewers rated as inferior turned out to have small but detectable concentrations of TCA when subjected to laboratory analysis, Matthews adds.Researchers had long assumed that contaminants like TCA activate nerve cells involved in smell called olfactory receptor cells (ORCs), although they have not been able to explain how even extremely low concentrations of the molecule produce the corked odor. So Hiroko Takeuchi, a biophysicist at Osaka University in Japan, and colleagues set out to see what’s really going on when ORCs are exposed to TCA and similar contaminants. First, the team isolated ORCs from newts, whose ORCs are the largest among vertebrates and about three times as large as those of humans. The cells’ size made it easier to measure electrical currents across an ORC’s outer membrane by puncturing it with a thin glass tube called a micropipette. 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Instead, it stopped the flow by blocking passages through the membrane, called cyclic nucleotide-gated (CNG) channels. TCA was up to 1000 times more effective in blocking CNG channels than other odor blockers sometimes used in making perfume, the researchers report today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.Turning to human subjects, the researchers recruited 20 volunteers from the Daiwa Can Co. in Tokyo, which manufactures packaging for foods and beverages. The volunteers were experienced at tasting for “off” flavors and odors but were not experts in wine tasting. The subjects tasted glasses of both red and white wines to which the researchers had added minute amounts of TCA. In double-blind tastings, the subjects recognized cork taint from TCA at concentrations as low as 10 parts per trillion. (They also detected similar levels of two other common wine contaminants.)TCA and other contaminants don’t activate your sense of smell directly but distort it, giving the sensation of a musty odor, the researchers say. They suspect that TCA inhibits only a subset of CNG channels and thus mixes up the signals sent to the brain. TCA is also found in apples, raisins, chicken, shrimps, peanuts, cashews, sake, green tea, beer, and whiskey, as well as in packaging for these products. So the food and beverage industry “has to pay attention to TCA contamination,” Takeuchi says.The study still doesn’t reveal how such small concentrations of TCA create the effect. The molecules cannot stopper the channels directly because the typical ORC has about 100,000 CNG channels but the lowest concentrations of TCA applied to the newt cells would supply only about 600 molecules to a cell. So one TCA molecule must be affecting a number of CNG channels simultaneously. Takeuchi and her colleagues hypothesize that TCA-like contaminants are probably absorbed into the fat layers that make up the cell membrane to cause widespread disruption of the channels.The findings are “not totally surprising,” says Barry Ache, director of the Center for Smell and Taste at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Many other chemicals are capable of blocking ion channels, he says, and “there is reasonable, if not compelling, evidence that a reduction in excitation is as much a part of the olfactory [sense] as excitation itself.” He agrees that TCA might be able to exert its powerful effect by dissolving into the cell membrane.So, the next time you send back a bottle of wine, tell the waiter that you have detected unacceptable levels of TCA. That—and a decent tip—might persuade him that you’re not just being pretentious.*Correction, 16 September, 6:18 p.m.: The last sentence of the seventh paragraph initially began, “Takeuchi and his colleagues,” when it should have read, “Takeuchi and her colleagues,” as Hiroko Takeuchi is a woman. This has now been corrected, and we apologize for the error.last_img read more


first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Standouts from the independent scene, the three showed that they are here to stay in the developmental ranks, outlasting the NXT Tag Team Champions SaNitY and the team of Roderick Strong and the Authors of Pain inside War Games, a match that hasn’t been seen in almost two decades.It was a hellacious match between the three groups, but Cole had the last laugh for his squad as he hit the flying knee and drove a steel chair right into Eric Young to score the pinfall and truly shock the system.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIt was the same case for the NXT Championship, as Andrade “Cien” Almas beat Drew McIntyre to win the title and trigger the changing of the guards.The brash El Idolo was about to fumble his chance for the title after getting hit with the Scot champion’s Claymore, but his manager Zelina Vega put Almas’ foot on the bottom rope to break the count. McIntyre attempted one more Claymore, but Almas evaded the attempt and trapped the Celtic Colossus on the top rope, allowing him to nail the La Sombra and the three-count.Ember Moon also captured the vacant NXT Women’s Championship, beating Nikki Cross, Peyton Royce, and Kairi Sane in their fatal-4-way match.The War Goddess finally ascended to the top of the women’s division after nailing Royce and Cross with her Eclipse, pinning Cross for the win.After the match, former champion Asuka took the title and awarded it to Moon in a show of respect between the former rivals.In the night’s other matches, Aleister Black scored a huge victory over The Velveteen Dream after hitting his sultry foe with the Black Mass.ADVERTISEMENT Lars Sullivan also showed that he’s the new force to be reckoned with, beating Kassius Ohno with the Freak Accident. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES MOST READ For the first time in two decades, War Games saw the light once more at NXT TakeOver: War Games. Photo from WWE.comNXT enters a new era — an undisputed era.Bursting to the scene last August, the trio of Adam Cole, Kyle O’Reilly, and Bobby Fish, collectively known as the Undisputed Era, backed up their hype as they ruled the main event of NXT TakeOver: War Games Saturday (Sunday Manila time) in Houston.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Read Next Andray Blatche finally back with Gilas Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View commentslast_img read more


first_imgFast rising wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant has signed a “three-year multi-crore” deal with cricket equipment manufacturers Sanspareils Greenland (SG).Over three years, Pant will be seen endorsing SG cricket equipment across all formats of the game, according to a statement issued by Professional Management Group (PMG).The former Under-19 star and current member of the Delhi Ranji and Delhi Daredevils squad recently created history when he slammed the fastest hundred in Ranji Trophy, amassing 100 runs in just 48 balls against Jharkhand.Only the third youngest Indian to score a First Class Triple Century, Pant is currently amongst the leading run scorers this domestic season.”SG has been providing quality equipment to players all over the world, and I am proud to be associated with a brand of this calibre,” said Pant.last_img read more


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