Eya Laure rues missed shot to represent PH anew amid Asian U23 pull out

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers View comments MOST READ Kiefer Ravena proud of brother Thirdy: ‘Hardwork, sacrifice get you to where you want to be’ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MANILA, Philippines—Eya Laure was supposed to get another chance at international competition, but the Philippines suddenly decided to pull out from the 2019 Asian Women’s U23 Volleyball Championship.ADVERTISEMENT “There are still a lot of leagues in international competition and every athletes dream of representing the country.”Laure, for the meantime, can just focus on the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament wherein the Golden Tigresses just lost to Ateneo in four sets, 21-25, 18-25, 25-16, 22-25.The Golden Tigresses dropped to a 1-1 record after the loss and Laure wants to help UST get a better campaign.“I’ll focus first here in the UAAP,” said Laure who had 12 points against the Lady Eagles. “I just tell myself every game that I have to find my confidence as a player. I think I waited a long time before I got my confidence back.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Laure was added into the lineup that was supposed to compete in the tournament in Vietnam but the rookie from University of Santo Tomas couldn’t do anything but move on from the higher-ups’ decision not joining the games.“Of course I was saddened by the decision but I think my time has yet to come,” said Laure in Filipino Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Center. “There are still a lot of chances for me to once again represent the country.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe Larong Volleyball ng Pilipinas officials gave an unorthodox reason regarding pulling out from the tournament, saying they wanted to prevent opposing countries from scouting the country’s Filipino-foreign players.Laure already wore the Philippine colors as part of the under-17 team and she also has a chance to wear it once more if she can crack the lineup for the Southeast Asian Games.last_img read more

Serial-robber suspect held

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventJohnson is suspected of holding up H&J Liquor, Canyon Market, EZ Stop Liquor, Fox Liquor, King Liquor and Country Market in Canyon Country and Lil Pleasures, Circle K, Oak Tree Liquor and Quick Stop Liquor #4 in Saugus. “This guy started in January of ’05 in Glendale,” said Glendale police detective Jeff Newton. “He did six robberies in our city, with the last in July of ’05. We were talking to other agencies and found out that there was an earlier series in the (San Fernando) Valley that LAPD was handling.” Newton said that similarities in video surveillance tapes from Glendale and Santa Clarita, including statements made to victims and the robber’s clothing, led them to link the cases. “Suddenly this series started in Santa Clarita in January and evidence left at the scenes matched one of our robberies,” Newton said. “It was getting to where he was hitting two times a week and it was going to get ugly fast, especially since he used a handgun and wasn’t afraid to shoot people.” Newton said Los Angeles police have linked Johnson to about 20 robberies in the city. CANYON COUNTRY – A Canyon Country man suspected in a string of armed robberies in Santa Clarita and Glendale was arrested last week and could face further charges in a series of nearly 20 holdups in Los Angeles, police said Wednesday. Christopher Johnson, 22, was arrested April 6 by Los Angeles County sheriff’s detectives who followed him to the Thrifty Shopper liquor store in Canyon Country while he was under surveillance. He was arrested as he cased the store from the parking lot, detective Dan Stanley said. “Based on the evidence collected from the suspect and a subsequent search of his residence, we believe he acted alone in a series of armed robberies,” Stanley said. His bail was set at $3.5 million bail. According to a sheriff’s report, the Santa Clarita series of robberies occurred in evening hours from Jan. 3 to April 4. All but one occurred at liquor stores on busy streets or intersections. In each of the incidents, the robber had a firearm, and in two instances, the weapon was fired. There were no injuries. The District Attorney’s Office filed 26 counts Tuesday against Johnson in connection with 10 robberies and one attempted robbery in Santa Clarita and six robberies in Glendale. Johnson was being held at Men’s Central Jail. He is scheduled for arraignment Wednesday in San Fernando Superior Court. carol.rock@dailynews.com (661)257-5252160Want 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

Development paddlers set sights on Dusi

first_img14 January 2014With one of South Africa’s most famous endurance sport events, the Dusi Canoe Marathon, fast approaching, paddlers from the country’s canoeing development programmes served notice of their intent by winning two Dusi seeding events on the weekend.First contested in 1951, the Dusi Canoe Marathon is raced over three days between Pietermaritzburg and Durban, and covers 120 kilometres. It is one of the world’s largest and toughest canoe marathons.Gauteng province paddlers enjoyed a golden opportunity to prepare for the Dusi in their own backyard when they tackled the blisteringly hot EuroSteel Rumble on the weekend. However, it was KwaZulu-Natal development stars Kwanda Mhlope and Zonele Nzuza who claimed their first major victory of the pre-Dusi season.Top finishersMhlope and Nzuza overcame the heat, low water levels and the challenge of second placed Thomas Ngidi and Sbonelo Zondi (EuroSteel), while Dusi title hopefuls Lance Kime (Best 4 Healthcare/EuroSteel) and Thulani Mbanjwa (Build it) were left to settle with crossing the finishing line in third place in their sinking K2.Previously Mhlope, who secured an out-of-the-blue day two podium place with Lance Kime in 2012, and Nzuza, a 2013 Dusi top 10 finisher, hadn’t clicked, but they will take great confidence from their win. They will be aiming for a top five finish in the Dusi, which takes place from 13 to 15 February.With her Dusi partner Jen Theron based in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, adventure racing regular and paddling newcomer Jane Swarbreck claimed the women’s title with her sister, Kate.Dusi seeding raceMeanwhile, closer to the Dusi route, Albert Falls Dam played host to the second of the weekend’s Dusi seeding races, the Hi-Q Challenge, on Sunday.With some of the sport’s top paddlers having opted to head north for the weekend, it was the consistent Lucas Mthalane and his Computershare Change a Life Academy partner Mmeli Cele who, like Mhlope and Nzuza, strung together their first meaningful performance of the season and, with the win, gave themselves an important morale boost.Mthalane, who has lived in the shadow of Valley of a Thousand Hills hero Thulani Mbanjwa and now Dusi darling Sbonelo Zondi, has been one of the most consistent and top performing development paddlers in the country over the past five years and his wealth of experience, together with his now heightened confidence level, will be crucial factors in his gold medal hopes with his partner Mmeli Cele.YouthFellow development stars Banesti Nkhoesa and Thembinkosi Ngcobo claimed second, with youth then filling the next places, with the under-23 age group Wilson twins, Travis and Tyler, fellow under-23 stars Murray Haw and Andrew Houston, and under-18 talents Damon Stamp and Mthobisi Cele, completing the top five.The women’s race was another with a strong youth presence as a trio of under-23 and younger crews claimed the podium positions. The Haw sisters, Bianca and Tamika, crossed the line first, with Jordan Peek and Brittany Petersen in second place, and Camilla Pennefather and Cana Peek in third.Top Dusi contender Abby Adie, with her partner Anna Adamova still being in the Czech Republic, opted to tackle the event on her own and was the first women’s single across the line.The next Dusi Canoe Marathon seeding event, the Campbells Farm to Dusi Bridge race, takes place on Sunday, 26 January, over the second half of the route that paddlers will face during stage one of the Dusi.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

2018 Omnibus Bill removes DUNS and SAM requirements for farmers

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Effectively immediately, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)financial assistance program participants will no longer need a Dun and Bradstreet Universal Number System (DUNS) number, or to register in the System for Award Management (SAM). The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 (2018 Omnibus Bill), signed by President Donald Trump on March 23, eliminated these requirements.According to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, DUNS and SAM were designed for billion-dollar government contractors, not everyday farmers trying to support their families. These changes help streamline the customer experience of farmers, which is a top priority at USDA, he said.“This change greatly simplifies the contracting process for our customers and staff,” said Terry Cosby, NRCS State Conservationist in Ohio. “Conservation program participants will soon receive letters from their local NRCS office with more details.”The exemption does not apply to any current or future agreements or federal contracts with eligible entities, project sponsors, vendors, partners, or other non-exempt landowners or producers.DUNS/SAM registration is still required for:Partnership agreements entered through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).All agreements with eligible entities under the Farm and Ranchland Protection Program (FRPP)Agreements under the Agricultural Land Easement (ALE) component of ACEP.Partnership agreements under the Wetland Reserve Enhancement Program (WREP) component of ACEPWetlandReserve Easements (WRE).Watershed operations agreements with project sponsors.Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWP) agreements with project sponsors, including Recoveryand Floodplain Easements.All cooperative, contribution, interagency, or partnership agreements of Federal contracts used by NRCS to procure goods or services.NRCS advises participants in its programs to ignore any emails, phone calls or other communications from thirdparty vendors offering assistance for registering in SAMS or applying for a DUNS number.To learn more about NRCS financial and technical assistance, go to www.oh.nrcs.usda.gov.last_img read more

Meet Saskatchewan’s First Passivhaus

first_imgAll-electric designAn electric heater in the ventilation system will heat the house, supplemented by electric in-floor heat in the bathroom and a wall convector in the kitchen, according to Nemeth. Fresh air comes from a Zehnder Novus 300 Passivhaus-certified heat-recovery ventilator, which Nemeth says has heat recovery efficiency of 93%. Ducts are semi-rigid high-density polyethylene.Because of the design of the roof overhangs and other ventilation features, mechanical cooling wasn’t deemed necessary.Other details:Below-grade insulation: Twelve inches of Type II EPS under the basement slab; 12 inches of PlastiSpan 40 psi underneath the footings; 10 inches of Type II EPS on the exterior of the ICF foundation walls; and 12 inches of Type II EPS on the exterior of the footing.Wall and roof insulation: Above-grade walls have a total of 17.5 inches of dense-packed cellulose (R-66). The roof is insulated with 30 inches of loose-fill cellulose (R-100).Windows: Gaulhofer Energy Line 85 Plus triple-glazed units. The windows are set about 8 inches in from the outside face of the wall.Domestic hot water: Electric-resistance tank heater. A drainwater heat recovery unit should capture about 25% of the energy used to heat the water. When prices come down, a heat-pump water heater could replace the conventional unit.A condensing clothes dryer means one less penetration in the building envelope and, Nemeth adds, an induction range in the kitchen “offers the performance of gas without the exhaust and makeup-air penalty, not to mention safety.”Renewable energy: A roof-mounted photovoltaic (PV) array with a capacity of 4 kilowatts, plus the potential for adding another 3 kW of PV on the garage roof.Airtightness: A blower door test on February 2 found an air leakage rate of 0.37 air changes per hour at a pressure difference of 50 pascals — about half of what’s permitted by the Passivhaus standard. As good as that is, Adair says some further tightening is possible. “I’ll turn around and there’s Harold,” he said. “Great!”Orr’s team was years ahead of the rest of the construction industry, and the group’s pioneering work in superinsulation and airtight construction eventually led to the creation of the Passivhaus standard by German physicist Dr. Wolfgang Feist. One of Orr’s teammates, the late Rob Dumont, lived in Saskatoon, where he built a superinsulated house of his own.“That’s his passion,” Adair said of Orr. “He knows that I followed him. I’m overwhelmed by the fact that he does show up. How many people in the world wouldn’t like to be on a site when Harold shows up to see what you’re doing? It’s unbelievable, really.”Adair says Orr isn’t shy about asking questions and offering what he might do a little differently. “His input has been great,” he said. “He’s been very enthusiastic.”Adair said he was told it wouldn’t be possible to build a Passivhaus-certified house in Saskatoon’s climate. But according to Nemeth, the release of PHPP 9 in October 2015 was a turning point.“Up until that point we struggled to meet the Passive House primary energy requirements of 120 kWh/per square meter,” Nemeth said in an email. “PHPP 9 brought the Primary Energy Renewable (PER) alternative path. This allowed us to use the greatly simplified all-electric system. Along with a few other tweaks, PHPP 9 has made it more reasonable to certify a Passive House in Canada’s cold climate.”Adair hopes the successful completion of the project will encourage other builders and lead to changes in building codes. Another member of his team, Mark Prebble, a Saskatoon real estate agent who has taken Passivhaus training, is filming the construction of the house with hopes of spreading the word in the province.“It just frustrates me to no end that the developers up here are still building these structures using the lowest cost methods so they can make a lot of money,” he said. “Well, it’s not helping the planet when we do this and that whole mindset has to change. Well, how does that happen? You have to have something the community can see that actually does perform.” Advice from an old handOne of the delights of this project for Adair has been his encounters with Harold Orr, who led the Conservation House project and regularly shows up at the Saskatoon job site where Adair is working. Harold Orr on a recent visit to the Temperance Street Passive House construction site in Saskatoon. At first, the owners of the single-family home at 1102 Temperance Street simply requested the removal of an unwanted balcony.But renovations often wander in unexpected directions, and by the time the dust settles sometime later this year, Jim Spinney and Holly Ann Knott should have the first certified Passivhaus home in the province of Saskatchewan.The owners of the 1940s house on Saskatoon’s east side may have had more modest ambitions at the start, but they weren’t counting on the extensive structural decay that their builder, Robin Adair, uncovered as he took the balcony apart.“They were going to spend a lot of money to fix this,” Adair said. “It was over $100,000, because the rot was right from the foundation to the top of the second floor. They didn’t want to do that. They said they’d build a new building instead. I said, ‘Great, I’ll do it for you, but if I do it, it’s Passivhaus.’ ”Although Adair has been building high-performance houses since the 1980s, the Temperance Street Passive House is his first attempt at putting his 2014 training in Passivhaus construction to work, and his first try at a certified building.The new three-level house is a duplex with a pair of 2,358-square-foot residences, one half of the space submitted for certification through Germany’s Passivhaus Institut and the other half built to the same standard but not certified. It’s located just 160 miles northwest of Regina, the community where the ground-breaking forerunner to Passivhaus building, The Saskatchewan Conservation House, was constructed in 1977. Designed for a punishing climateSaskatoon usually sees more than 10,600 heating degrees annually, with average January temperatures of 0.5°F above zero (-17.5°C). It’s no place to skimp on insulation or other building details. Adair credits Michael Nemeth for planning the mechanicals and other details using the Passive House Planning Package, calling his work “instrumental.”There is rigid foam under the footings. A foot of PlastiSpan 40 psi rigid foam keeps the chill out of the building’s concrete footings. The foam is set on a low-strength slurry mix equivalent to a compacted gravel base, according to Adair. Footings are poured atop the foam, followed by a foundation made from insulated concreted forms.The wood-framed building, on a foundation of insulated concrete forms (ICFs), will have four bedrooms and four bathrooms in each unit. Exterior walls start with a structural 2×4 wall sheathed with 5/8-inch spruce plywood, which serves as the air barrier. Seams are taped with Ampacoll XT tape.On the exterior side of the sheathing is an assembly similar to a Larsen truss wall, consisting of 2x4s separated by webs of 1/2-inch thick plywood, then 5/8-inch tongue-and-groove Agepan DWD fiberboard sheathing, then a rainscreen gap and, finally, HardiPlank fiber-cement siding. The truss wall is 14 inches thick, and both it and the 2×4 structural wall will be insulated with dense-packed cellulose.The roof is constructed with trusses installed 24 inches on-center, with a 28-inch raised heel providing room for insulation over the exterior walls. Roof pitches are 4-in-12 and 12-in-12. The roof sheathing is 1/2-inch spruce plywood.Adair says that the costs will total about $195 (Canadian) per square foot, which he estimates is 5% to 10% more than a code-compliant house when comparing a basic shell with windows, but no cladding, trim, or other finish details.“All the interior and exterior finishes are design details,” he explained, “and how much they cost depends on what you want. You have to be able to compare to a 2×6 wall with fiberglass in it. Yes, the owners were aware that it was going to cost more money, but the other side of that is there are no energy costs, relative to what we would think of as normal here for our climate.”last_img read more

Asiad gold medallist Swapna to get customised Adidas shoes

first_imgBy Saumojyoti S Choudhury New Delhi, Sep 14 (PTI) Asian Games gold-medallist Swapna Barman will have customised shoes for her 12-toed feet soon as the Sports Authority of India (SAI) has tied up with footwear company Adidas to ensure specially-designed gear for the heptathlete. “After coming to know about Swapna’s case, the Sports Minister immediately directed us from Jakarta to get customised shoes made for her. We have taken up the matter with Adidas and they have agreed to provide the footwear,” SAI Director General Neelam Kapur told PTI. Born with six toes in both her feet, Swapna’s plight came to light only after she became the first Indian athlete to win an Asiad gold in heptathlon with a career-best performance in the 18th edition of the Games in Jakarta last month.After her victory, the athlete made an emotional appeal for customised shoes and the SAI immediately sprung into action after Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore directed the concerned authorities to take up the matter on an urgent basis. The SAI has already sent a communication to Swapna’s coach Subash Sarkar at its Centre of Excellence in Kolkata, asking for specifications, such as size, pressure points and drawings for the customised spikes. Barman confirmed that he got a mail from the SAI headquarters in New Delhi On Thursday, seeking the necessary details required for the shoes. “Yes, I got a communication from SAI, Delhi asking for specification to prepare Swapna’s customised shoes. I am yet to meet Swapna as she is injured but I will provide the details soon once I meet her,” Sarkar said from Kolkata.advertisement Sarkar said he had told SAI officials about the need for customised shoes for Swapna just before the Asian Games but the matter gained importance only after her victory in Jakarta. “Once I informally told a SAI official about the shoe issue but I never took up the matter seriously. Actually I didn’t want her to alter things just before the Asian Games as she got adjusted to the regular shoes and was doing fine. Trying a new shoe just before the Games could have been adverse,” he said. “And she hadn’t gained fame at that time. Now after winning the gold, she has become a celebrity and every company is trying to get mileage out of her.” Swapna was identified in 2012 and since then she has been training at the SAI Centre of Excellence in Kolkata. Swapna was inducted in the Government’s Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) in September last year. PTI SSC PM PMlast_img read more

Update standoff ends in Poway

first_img KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsPOWAY (KUSI) – An hours-long standoff ended Sunday afternoon after a man barricaded himself in a Poway building for much of the morning and early afternoon.The standoff was taking place at an apartment attached to a business on the 14000 block of Poway Road.The road was blocked off between Garden Road and Sudan Road. Authorities confirmed that no one was in danger.The Sheriff’s Department said SWAT and crisis negotiation teams were at the scene. The department also urged media and others not to post pictures or video that could endanger deputies.“Please do not put the lives of deputies at risk by posting video or photos of their positions LIVE on TV, web or social media during the incident,” the department said.Sheriff Lt. Dave Perkins confirmed that the  standoff had ended by about 1 p.m. No details on how the situation was resolved or identifying information on the suspect was immediately available. Posted: February 17, 2019 Updated: 6:30 PM February 17, 2019center_img Update: standoff ends in Poway KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

19 injured in Narail clash

first_imgAt least 19 people were injured in a clash between two groups of villagers at Sarole village in Lohagara upazila on Saturday night.Police said two groups of villagers — one led by Alam and the other led by Khokan — had been at loggerheads over establishing dominance in the area.As a sequel to the enmity, supporters of the two groups engaged in a clash in the night equipped with local weapons, leaving at least 19 people of both groups injured.The injured were admitted to Lohagara Upazila Health Complex, said sub-inspector Prabir Das of Lohagara Police Station, adding that additional policemen have been deployed in the area to ward off further trouble.last_img

What next for Brexit

first_imgBritain`s Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in central London on December 12, 2018 ahead of the weekly question and answer session, Prime Ministers Questions (PMQs), in the House of Commons. British Prime Minister Theresa May was hit by a no-confidence motion by her own party on December 12 over the unpopular Brexit deal she struck with EU leaders last month. Facing her biggest crisis since assuming office a month after Britons voted in June 2016 to leave Europe, May vowed to fight the coup attempt inside her own Conservative Party `with everything I`ve got`. AFPWhat happens to the Brexit process now, as prime minister Theresa May fights a challenge to her leadership?The embattled leader toured European capitals on Tuesday in an attempt to seek concessions on her Brexit deal, less than four months before the March 29 date when Britain is set to leave the European Union.But the EU has vowed not to budge, and she came home to a potential leadership challenge.She said she will contest Wednesday’s challenge and, if victorious, plans to table a vote on her Brexit deal some time before January 21.If she loses, the leadership election could take days or even weeks into the New Year and could potentially derail the Brexit timetable.Here are some of the most probable scenarios:- Tweaks to the deal -Victory for May over her rebel MPs will mean she cannot face another no-confidence challenge from within her party for 12 months, giving her some breathing space as she attempts to tweak her deal and get it through parliament.May held talks with European counterparts on Tuesday seeking “further assurances” over the so-called “backstop plan” for the Irish border as she attempts to drum up support for her deal.She will meet with EU leaders to discuss Brexit during a summit in Brussels on Thursday.European sources privately say only clarifications or tweaks in the accompanying declaration on post-Brexit ties might be possible.But that could be enough to sway MPs, particularly if the extended uncertainty takes a disastrous toll on the economy and financial markets.- Norway option -If her deal is rejected, MPs are set to take more control over the whole process. They could push for a “plan B”, which would see Britain adopt a softer Brexit, such as staying in the EU’s satellite trading bloc the European Economic Area — the so-called Norway option.Although being in the single market would require maintaining freedom of movement of EU citizens into Britain — a contentious issue for pro-Brexit voters — this approach is considered more likely to command a majority in parliament and potentially pass a vote.Another potential obstacle, however, is that Britain would have to continue paying large amounts of money into the EU budget, which would prove hugely unpopular.- No-deal Brexit -Britain has legislated to leave the European Union on March 29, 2019, after triggering Article 50 — the treaty mechanism used to exit the bloc — two years prior.May has warned that if MPs vote down her plan the country risks crashing out on this date with no agreement.That would sever ties overnight with Britain’s closest trading partner, amid fears of grounded flights, medicine shortages and gridlocked ports and motorways.If May loses Wednesday’s vote, most of the favourites to replace her are pro-Brexit, increasing the chances that Britain would leave without a deal.- Second referendum -Calls for a new referendum now attract cross-party support from dozens of MPs.May has repeatedly ruled out another vote, but could face pressure to call one if Britain slips into political paralysis.Supporters of a second referendum received a boost from the European Court of Justice on Monday, which ruled that Britain has the unilateral right to revoke its Brexit decision.It could take weeks to elect a new leader if May is deposed, and Justice Secretary David Gauke warned on Wednesday that this could lead to the deadline being extended.- General election -The prime minister could try to break the parliamentary deadlock by calling a general election — but would need the backing of two-thirds of all MPs.Even if she survives Wednesday’s party vote, a simple majority of all lawmakers could also topple her government with a vote of no confidence, with some opposition MPs on Monday calling for such a move in parliament.But a Labour spokesperson said that the party would only submit such a motion “when we judge it most likely to be successful”.Losing a confidence vote tabled by the opposition could lead to the formation of a new government — possibly a coalition of parties with a new leader — if MPs agreed on it within two weeks.Otherwise, a general election would be called.last_img

Best of Last Week – Dark matter acting like pions changes to

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (Phys.org)—It was an interesting week for physics as a team made up of international researchers came up with a new theory that says dark matter acts like a well-known particle—they suggest it has similarities to pions, which bind atomic nuclei together. Also, a macroscopic quantum phenomena was discovered in ice by a team of researchers in China—at very cold temperatures the ice behaved in a way that could only be explained by quantum tunneling, a rare example of quantum phenomena emerging on a macroscopic scale. In other technology news, a team with Escape Dynamics conducted tests with a thruster that showed that using microwaves to propel a craft into space might work, which could mean the end of multi-stage rockets that use propellants. Also a young scientist discovered that magnetic material is unnecessary to create spin current—postdoce researcher Stephen Wu made the discovery while working at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory. Also, interestingly, a team of researches looking into reports of astronauts’ skin changing before and after missions, discovered that for at least two men, their epidermis grew thinner during their mission by 20 percent—though it is still unclear why that happens.In other news, a team of scientists proposed 3D graphene-like ‘hyper-honeycomb’ structures—the group with the University of Oklahoma believes they could make up a new family of 3D based graphene materials. Also, another team at the University of St Andrews in Scotland fed white blood cells micro-lasers causing them to produce light—the hope is that it will allow for tracking cells as they move through living organisms. Another team looked into how music alters the teenage brain and found that training, even as late as high school, can improve teen response to sound and improved hearing and language skills. And another international team of researchers asked, why do mitochondria retain their own genome? They still cannot say for sure, but they conducted tests looking to see if the mitochondrial genome encodes membrane proteins that are hydrophobic—if encoded in the nucleus, they would be filtered by a signal recognition particle and misdirected into the endoplasmic reticulum. And finally, if you are an expert in your field, you might be more susceptible to alleging knowledge of information that was completely made-up—a team with members from Cornell and Tulane Universities found that self-proclaimed experts are more vulnerable to the illusion of knowledge. Something to keep in mind, perhaps before offering opinions that could come back to haunt you. Explore further Typically when referring to electrical current, an image of electrons moving through a metallic wire is conjured. Using the spin Seebeck effect (SSE), it is possible to create a current of pure spin (a quantum property of electrons related to its magnetic moment) in magnetic insulators. However, this work demonstrates that the SSE is not limited to magnetic insulators but also occurs in a class of materials known as paramagnets. Since magnetic moments within paramagnets do not interact with each other like in conventional ferromagnets, and thus do not hold their magnetization when an external magnetic field is removed, this discovery is unexpected and challenges current theories for the SSE. New ways of generating spin currents may be important for low-power high-speed spin based computing (spintronics), and is also an area of great fundamental interest. The paramagnetic SSE changes the way we think about thermally driven spintronics, allowing for the creation of new devices and architectures where spin currents are generated without ferromagnetic materials, which have been the centerpiece of all spin-based electronic devices up until this point.center_img Why do mitochondria retain their own genome? © 2015 Phys.org Citation: Best of Last Week – Dark matter acting like pions, changes to astronaut skin and illusion of knowledge by experts (2015, July 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-07-week-dark-pions-astronaut-skin.htmllast_img read more