‘Bellerin is picking up Benzema from the airport!’ – Arsenal fans react to young Spaniard’s absence against West Ham

first_img1 //storify.com/talksport/bellerin-is-picking-benzema-up-from-the-airport-ar.js?border=false[View the story “‘Bellerin is picking Benzema up from the airport!’ – Arsenal fans react to young Spaniard’s absence against West Ham” on Storify] Arsenal fans took to Twitter to voice their varied interpretations of Hector Bellerin’s absence against West Ham in their Premier League opener.The young Spaniard – a regular fixture for Arsene Wenger’s side last season – is reportedly missing from the game at the Emirates with a thigh strain.Mathieu Debuchy looks set to deputise for the former Barcelona man, and the Frenchman could utilise the opportunity to stake a claim for a first-team berth.Gunners supporters clashed on social media when discussing the impact of Bellerin’s absence, and some of the best reactions can be found below.One fan even suggested the 20-year-old could be aiding Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema’s move to the Emirates, with rumours of a potential deal between the two clubs intensifying.Arsenal v West Ham is live on talkSPORT from 1.30pm.center_img Hector Bellerin last_img read more

Men’s Golf Inks Lim For 2017-18 Season

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – Drake University men’s golf team has signed high school standout Tim Lim (Hoffman Estates, Ill.) to a National Letter of Intent for the 2017-18 season, head coach Matt Lewis announced Wednesday, Nov. 16.”I am very excited about Tim joining the men’s golf program at Drake. He represents a true student-athlete with his academic and athletic achievements. He has had a successful junior golf career competing at a high level in both regional and national tournaments,” Drake head coach Matt Lewis said. “Tim is a very hard worker and will be a great addition to the team. I am looking forward to coaching Tim and excited to see his future accomplishments.”Lim garnered all-state honors the last three seasons and helped lead Barrington High School to three-straight top-5 finishes at the Illinois Class 3A State Finals. He was also a four-time All-Mid-Suburban League selection. In August, Lim finished tied for 12th-place at the AJGA Junior at The Legends. Last year, he recorded a top-10 finish at the AJGA Junior at The Legends and a top-15 finish at the Bass Pro Shop/Payne Stewart Junior Championship. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Snowflake Designers

first_imgCould any “useless” natural object composed of simple materials exceed the beauty of a snow crystal?  As you wish for a white Christmas, think about two snowflake designers: one who makes them in a lab, and one who makes them in clouds.Kepler’s snowflakes:  Six-sided snowflake crystals have been known by everyone with sharp eyes living where snow falls – the Chinese who wrote about them in the 2nd century, Albert Magnus who described them in the 13th century.  But the first to really discuss their structure and origins in a scientific way was Johannes Kepler.  Philip Ball wrote about this in Nature this week (Vol. 480, 22 December 2011, p. 455, doi:10.1038/480455a).  The sight of a snowflake on his lapel provoked the great German astronomer to ponder their construction.  His short 1611 booklet, De nive sexangula (On the Six-Cornered Snowflake) “seeded the notion from which all of crystallography blossomed: that the geometric shapes of crystals can be explained in terms of the packing of their constituent particles.”  Kepler imagined that a snowflake was composed of constituent particles (“not explicitly atoms, but as good as,” Ball remarks) whose packing led to the emergent geometric structure.  Elegant as this beginning of a theory was, Kepler was unable to explain the plate-like shape and hexagonal ornamentation:Kepler instead fell back on Neoplatonic occult forces. God, he suggests, has imbued the water vapour with a “formative faculty” that guides its form. There is no apparent purpose to the flake’s shape, he observes: the “formative reason” must be purely aesthetic or frivolous, nature being “in the habit of playing with the passing moment”. That delightful image, which touches on the late Renaissance debate about nature’s autonomy, remains resonant today in questions about the adaptive value (or not) of some complex patterns and forms in biological growth.Ball does not discount the genius of the otherwise influential Kepler, “for not until the 1980s was this seen to be a consequence of branching growth instabilities biased by the hexagonal crystal symmetry of ice.”  In fact, Kepler’s tentative foray into crystallographic principles proved a good heuristic for researchers who followed him.Libbrecht’s snowflakes:  The modern master of snowflake photography today is Kenneth Libbrecht of Caltech.  His collection is not only vast (10,000 and growing), but stunningly beautiful (see his SnowCrystals.com Caltech website for a tour).  As a physicist, Libbrecht brings the quest for scientific explanation to his famous hobby.  Yes, he does believe that no two snowflakes are alike.  Though much has been explained in his lab experiments, where he can grow snowflake-like crystals under controlled conditions, he admits much remains to be learned.   Jascha Hoffman interviewed him for Nature (Vol. 480, 22 December 2011, pp. 453–454, doi:10.1038/480453a).  He asked why Libbrecht studies snowflakes.We see these beautiful structures falling from the sky, and we still cannot explain how they came to be. When you ask how snowflakes form, you are really asking about how molecules go from a disordered gaseous state to an ordered crystalline lattice. Unexpected phenomena can emerge — snowflakes are one fascinating example. The complex morphologies arise in part because different ice surfaces grow at different rates. What we learn could eventually find application in materials science or nanoscale self-assembly. But I am also motivated to simply understand how this natural phenomenon works.Libbrecht described how the six sides grow nearly identically because as the flakes fall through the clouds, they are exposed to the exact same conditions of temperature and humidity.  The shape of the flakes (“hollow columns, needles, bullet rosettes, stellar dendrites, sectored plates, 12-branched stars, triangular crystals and many more”) are sensitive to temperature – something known for 75 years. “But the origin of this odd behaviour is still not known, so I am working hard to solve this puzzle,” he said.  He has traveled the world in his quest, and taken the art of snowflake photography, begun by Wilson Bentley in the 1880s, to new heights.Intelligent design theory concerns “certain features of the universe and of living things [that] are best explained by an intelligent cause, not an undirected process such as natural selection” (IntelligentDesign.org).    ID advocates differentiate between phenomena that have random causes, natural law causes, and intelligent causes.  A snowflake obeys the laws of physics, and as such, does not convey a function or message – as would skywriting or the DNA code. Snowflakes are examples of natural phenomena that show emergent patterns based on natural law and the randomness each flake experiences falling through the winds and clouds.  The laws dictate the six-sided pattern, but not the result – a snowflake that is unique in the universe.  There is no “message” or function in a crystal; snow could just as well be composed of shapeless blobs of H20 crystals (like man-made snow), and would still water the earth.  Design theorists are, therefore, drawn to phenomena that convey messages, like codes as opposed to repetitive patterns.  The inference to design in snowflakes comes from higher, philosophical levels: (1) the origin of laws of nature that allow for these patterns, and (2) the “useless beauty” (aesthetics) that draws our minds to appreciate them.We began by promising stories of two snowflake designers.  One was Libbrecht, but the other was not Kepler.  Hint: “Have you entered the storehouses of the snow, or have you seen the storehouses of the hail?” (Job 38:22).  A good visual resource on snowflakes, including some of Libbrecht’s most stunning photos, can be found in the beautiful film God of Wonders.  It explains why the beauty and design of snowflakes points to design in nature beyond what is needed for mere survival. Man is the only earthly creature endowed with the capacity to appreciate beauty.  Yes, snow crystals obey natural laws, but they point man to the Lawgiver, and provide insight into His attributes of power, wisdom, and love.(Visited 64 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Roger Federer finishes with flurry of aces in 3rd round at Miami

first_imgAndreescu, who is tied for the WTA lead with 20 match victories this year, said she felt pain and tightness in the shoulder.“I’ve played so many matches,” the 18-year-old Canadian said. “I guess it’s just my body’s way of telling me it has had enough. The doctor said it’s nothing too serious, but the pain is there.”Andreescu said she will skip the tournament next week in Charleston, South Carolina, but plans to play the Fed Cup on April 20-21.She called a medical timeout after the first set to receive treatment, and received similar treatment during her third-round victory over Angelique Kerber, who afterward told Andreescu she was the “biggest drama queen ever.”Andreescu defeated Kerber in the Indian Wells final on March 17 for her first career title. The injury ended Andreescu’s bid to become the fourth woman to win Indian Wells and Miami back to back.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving “We’re not robots,” Federer said. “I like when players show emotion like Filip did in that instant. It was a weird, strange, ridiculous point that I got very lucky to win somehow.”A little lucky and really good, Federer won 7-5, 6-3 Monday to reach the fourth round. He improved to 14-2 this year, signaling he’s a threat to win his fourth Miami title.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsHe’ll next play No. 13 Daniil Medvedev, who won a battle of dominating serves against 6-foot-11 qualifier Reilly Opelka, 7-6 (5), 6-7 (5), 7-6 (0). There were no service breaks but plenty of aces — 19 by Medvedev and 22 by Opelka.Among those departing in the women’s fourth round were Venus Williams and Indian Wells champion Bianca Andreescu. Williams lost to No. 2-seeded Simona Halep 6-3, 6-3, and Andreescu retired with a right shoulder injury while trailing Anett Kontaveit 6-1, 2-0. Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Familiar look: Top seeds dominate spots for NCAA Sweet 16 LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Roger Federer, of Switzerland, celebrates after defeating Filip Krajinovic, of Serbia, during the Miami Open tennis tournament, Monday, March 25, 2019, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Roger Federer knew he had things going his way at the Miami Open when he hit three shots off his frame during a wild 17-stroke exchange and still won the point because Filip Krajinovic dumped a half volley into the net.Krajinovic quickly grabbed the ball and flipped it over the net as if continuing the rally, which drew cheers from the crowd and a smile from Federer.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ “I’m pretty upset,” she said. “But I really can’t complain, with what I’ve achieved.”Halep and Kontaveit were joined in the quarterfinals by Petra Kvitova, who faced only one break point and beat Caroline Garcia 6-3, 6-3. Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon champion, is ranked a career-high No. 2 and will rise to No. 1 if she wins the title. No. 1 Naomi Osaka lost in the third round.Kvitova’s match was interrupted by rain for more than 90 minutes, and she took advantage.“I had a quick nap, which was really helpful,” she said.Federer was only slightly delayed on his way to victory. Serving in the final game, he smacked aces on the first three points, and then hit another ace that skipped off the line to seal the victory — or so it was ruled.While awaiting a replay review, Federer and Krajinovic walked to the net and discussed the call.“He thought it was in,” Federer said. “I’m thinking, ‘Why did he think that?’ It was quite clearly out.”Federer was correct, and when the call was overturned, he gave Krajinovic a wave as if to say, “See you in a minute.” He needed only one more serve to complete the victory. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Google Philippines names new country director View commentslast_img read more

16 days ago​Mustafi annoyed by Arsenal legend Petit: He should know better

first_img​Mustafi annoyed by Arsenal legend Petit: He should know betterby Ansser Sadiq16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi is not happy with club legend Emmanuel Petit.The German defender spoke at length about how he felt that he was blamed for defeats, even when they were not his fault.And among those who spoke negatively about him in public, he singled out French World Cup winner Petit for particular criticism.”That annoyed me a lot [Petit calling him the king of blunders],” he told Der Spiegel. “It’s the one thing when fans or media criticise you. But it’s a different story when an ex-player who knows how hard it is on the field sometimes says so.”I expect such players to be more sensitive and realise what this sharply worded critique can trigger. In the past, that might have been in the paper one day, and then people would have forgotten it. Today it’s on the Internet and will haunt me for the rest of my career.”Former players like Petit should not have to make a name for themselves by making condescending comments about current players.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

14 days agoTottenham legend Waddle: Pochettino must fix back four

first_imgTottenham legend Waddle: Pochettino must fix back fourby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham Hotspur legend Chris Waddle says Mauricio Pochettino must start by fixing his defence if he wants to turn around their poor run of form.Pochettino has been thrown under pressure after Spurs’ terrible start to the season, which has seen them win 3 games from 11 matches across all competitions.Speaking to racingpost.com, Waddle said: “Tottenham have the best training ground in the country and probably the best stadium in the world, it’s certainly the best I’ve ever been to. Everything is geared towards success. But success is determined on the pitch.”There are key players who will soon be out of contract. You don’t see that with Liverpool or Manchester City. Big clubs nail down long-term deals for their best players.”Looking at the back four, Serge Aurier wanted to leave but they kept him and got rid of Kieran Trippier, who didn’t want to leave. Toby Alderweireld is out of contract, Jan Vertonghen wants a new deal and defence is a weakness for Spurs. It doesn’t help that they play very high.”Alli was poor last season and Lucas Moura is a hit-and-miss player. Christian Eriksen is running down his contract and should never have been allowed to get in that position.”The Champions League and new stadium should have been a stepping stone but Spurs have lost confidence and shape – the system which was working before isn’t now. Playing against them at the moment is very easy.”For what Mauricio Pochettino has done at the club, he has to be given time. The club must sit him down and ask him what he needs.”If it means signing five players then that’s what it takes. If it means playing on the counter-attack against big teams then so be it. They can’t keep playing so high or they’ll be carved apart. Tottenham need to finish in the top four – it’s as simple as that.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Three Free kids Learn to Fish classes at local Provincial Parks

first_img Swan Lake Provincial Park 5:50 pm to 7:30 pmMeet at the picnic shelterSaturday, July 20th, 2019 Charlie Lake, Beatton Provincial Park 10:00 am to 12:00 pmSunday, July 21st, 2019 Gwillim Lake Provincial Park 10:00 am – 12:00 pmMeet at the boat launchDuring this class, kids will learn the basics of freshwater fishing. This is an opportunity to understand hatchery roles, fish identification, tackle, rod rigging, casting, and hands-on fishing.Luhr Jensen fishing rods providedFree Program; no registration requiredPrograms run rain or shineThe program coordinators share being on time is important. The introductory information on fishing techniques and ethics are key to your participation in the hands-on fishing portion.The coordinators also share they reserve the right to deny entry to those arriving after the program has started.To view more on Freshwaters Fisheries Society of BC; CLICK HERE PEACE REGION, B.C. – There will be three, free kids learn to fish classes being held at Swan Lake, Charlie Lake and Gwillim Lake Provincial Park.Hosted by the Freshwaters Fisheries Society of BC, these 2-hour hands-on class are for kids aged 5 – 15 years with parent supervision.Friday, July 19th, 2019 For more information; visit.summerland@gofishbc.comlast_img read more

Mens Hockey No 1 Ohio State knocks off UMass for first home

Ohio State then-junior forward Mason Jobst (26) attempts to evade a Badger defender in the first period of the game against Wisconsin on Feb. 23 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for DesignNo. 1 Ohio State men’s hockey scored in the final minutes of the game against UMass to win their first home game of the season by a score of 3-1.Coming off a 6-3 Friday night loss to the Minutemen in their home opener, head coach Steve Rohlik said the Buckeyes were looking to respond to the loss and play like the No. 1 team in the nation to earn their first home win of the season.“I like our group and our room. We’ve got a great culture,” Rohlik said. “It was a good response. You don’t like losing, and certainly don’t want to lose two in a row, so it was a good response for our guys tonight.”The teams traded goals early, with a goal by UMass sophomore forward Mitchell Chaffee being followed up only 13 seconds later by Ohio State junior forward Tanner Laczynski’s first goal of the season. Laczynski’s goal was assisted by junior forward Ronnie Hein and sophomore defenseman Grant Gabriele, his first point of the season.After these goals, however, a scoring drought developed,  as neither team scored for the next 51 minutes of game time. Both teams had two power play opportunities during the game that were killed, and had multiple open shots that went off the post or wide of the net.Ohio State sophomore goalie Tommy Nappier allowed one goal and had 35 saves, tied for a career-high, and has only allowed one goal through two games this season.UMass freshman goaltender Filip Lindberg contributed to the Buckeyes woes on offense for most of the game, only allowing two goals and saving 36 shots for the Minutemen.The tie was finally broken with Lacyznski’s second goal of the game, assisted by redshirt junior defenseman Wyatt Ege with less than two minutes remaining in the game. “Last night we came out, we played hard first couple shifts, but then, you know, we were just flat the rest of the game it felt like,” junior forward Tanner Laczynski said. “It was good today, I thought we came out hard, put the pressure on them, and I thought we were consistent the whole night.”Ohio State outshot the Minutemen 39-36 on the night. Senior forward Mason Jobst added an additional goal in the empty UMass net with less than a minute left to make the final score 3-1.The Buckeyes will remain home for their series-opening game against Bowling Green next Friday at 7:00 p.m. and will travel to Bowling Green for their game Saturday at 7:07 p.m. read more

Legislature Sends SB 91 Repeal To Governors Desk

first_imgSenator Peter Micciche (R-K-Pen): “HB 49 is headed for the governor’s desk, and he has told me it far exceeds his expectations. Through HB 49 we are prioritizing public safety, protecting Alaskans, and the law abiding first.”  Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Legislature on Tuesday voted to repeal and replace Senate Bill 91, strengthen the state’s sex crime laws, and provide police and prosecutors with new tools to fight crime. House Bill 49 is the product of a compromise reached by a House-Senate conference committee that repeals the harmful portions of Senate Bill 91 and takes crucial steps to improve public safety. House Bill 49 passed the Senate 18-0 and the House 36-2, for a combined vote of 54-2. The bill is now on its way to Governor Mike Dunleavy’s desk for his signature.center_img The governor posted to Facebook shortly following the vote: “I am pleased that the Senate today joined the House in passing House Bill 49 – this legislation repeals the failed SB 91 and replaces it with common sense crime laws that all Alaskans can trust. During my State of the State I urged legislators to join me in making public safety a priority, and with the passage of HB 49 we have done just that. Thanks to the actions of Legislators and my public safety team we are turning the corner to a safer tomorrow.” The crime package is seen as a further rollback of a 2016 criminal justice overhaul that could swell the state prison population and lead to the re-opening of the prison in Palmer.last_img read more

BSNL undersea cable project puts Modi govt in a spot Report

first_imgRepresentational image of workers preparing for laying undersea cable.IBT MediaThe military standoff between Indian and Chinese soldiers in the Sikkim sector of the border and the resultant diplomatic sparring could put telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) in a spot over its undersea cable project that seeks to connect Chennai and Port Blair.The state-owned BSNL’s ambitious project has apparently raised security fears, according to a report in the BusinessLine. “We have to check all the provisions from a national security perspective,” the business daily quoted a department of telecom (DoT) source as saying.The Union Cabinet had approved the submarine telecom cable project last September to connect mainland India with the Andaman and Nicobar Islands at an estimated cost of Rs 1,102 crore.However, the security establishment had expressed concerns about allowing Chinese telecom firms to bid for the project, given the strategic implications, though the defence ministry has put the ball in the home ministry’s court.”It is not up to the Defence Ministry to decide. The Ministry of Home Affairs will take a final call on this issue,” the daily quoted a senior defence ministry official as saying.Besides, Indian telecom suppliers have also voiced concerns against allowing the Chinese to bid for the project. “Chinese companies have their government’s support for such bids. Our government should be wary of giving them tenders that can render us vulnerable later,” an industry source told the BusinessLine. The Telecom Equipment Manufacturers Association has also written separately to the DoT, asking the government to ensure that Chinese players are kept out. But they need to factor in the reality that given the global bidding for the project, an exclusionist approach won’t work. Some of the companies operating in the undersea cable space include Alcatel-Lucent, Fujitsu, NEC, NSW, TE Subcom and Xtera. The BusinessLine listed Huawei Marine and ZTT Submarine as potential bidders citing sources, while domestic bidders could include Sterlite Technologies, Himachal Futuristic Communications and Paramount Wires and Cables.last_img read more