A newly discovered insect has been dubbed the bone-house wasp for good reason: Researchers report that it is the only known species to build its nest with dead ants. Whereas other wasps use pieces of arthropods to disguise their nest, the bone-house wasp (Deuteragenia ossarium) is the first to use whole ants, the researchers report this month in PLOS ONE. Scientists discovered the wasp when they traveled to southeast China’s Gutianshan National Nature Reserve and set up trap nests—plastic tubes filled with cutouts of the giant cane plant for the wasps to nest in. Inside, the wasps built brood cells, little cavities with walls made from plant debris, resin, or soil, for their developing young. When the entrance cell was filled with ants, a variety of parasitic wasp and fly species attacked only 3% of brood cells. Nests belonging to wasp species that don’t follow this behavior were parasitized at a rate of 16.5%. The ant species (Pachycondyla astuta) that appeared most often in the wasps’ barricades is abundant, aggressive, and has a mean sting. The researchers hypothesize that the ants’ smell—which lingers after death—functions either to disguise the odor of the wasp’s offspring or to dissuade predators who know better than to pick a fight.
FILE PHOTO – Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAdamson University recovered from its debilitating loss to Emilio Aguinaldo College and turned back University of the Phillipines, 58-50, in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup Sunday at the tournament’s namesake Arena.The Soaring Falcons improved to 6-1 after seeing their five-game winning run snapped at the hands of the Generals, 76-73, in their last game.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes View comments ‘Small’ Marano coming up big for PSL Manila Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast The Fighting Maroons were riding a three-game winning streak prior to their matchup against the Falcons in Group B and had to settle for a 3-1 card at the end.“It’s a good bounce back game for us,” said Adamson head coach Franz Pumaren. “Sometimes, the players’ egos get involved but it’s still a win for us. At least it’s a testament we’re improving.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingRobbie Manalang and Sean Manganti had 11 points apiece to lead the Soaring Falcons while Papi Sarr did the dirty work for them and finished with five points and 13 boards.Paul Desiderio had a game-high 17 points to go along with nine rebounds in a losing effort. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ
The greatest athletes of the era are ready for the quadrennial mega event as London Olympics begins on Friday. What would add spice to the 2012 Games is the intense rivalry between some of the top stars.From Usain Bolt going up against close friend and compatriot to the Brazilian football team trying to prove their supremacy over the Spaniards, Headlines Today takes a look at the top five rivalries of London 2012.Ryan Lochte and Michael PhelpsAfter creating a splash in Beijing Olympics, American swimmer Michael Phelps would look to repeat his heroics at the London Games. However, standing in his way would be his team-mate Ryan Lochte.After Beijing Games, Lochte came into his own and got the better of Phelps on a number of big ticket events. Nevertheless, Phelps would look to stamp his authority in the pool once and for all in London.Lin Dan and Lee Chong WeiThe men’s badminton event at London Games would see one of the fiercest rivalries in the history of the sport. World number 1 Lin Dan of China would go up against his nemesis Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia.Lee has been struggling with an injury, but is expected to go all out for revenge against Lin. Lin had beaten Lee to win gold at the Beijing Games. The Malaysian would look to set the record straight this time round.Spain and BrazilThe Spaniards are the reigning Gods of the football world. The only title that the Golden Generation has not managed to win is the coveted Olympic gold. With a star studded team, La Roja would look to conquer London.However, standing in their path are the superstars from Brazil. With a team brimming with talent, the Samba Boys would aim for their maiden Olympic gold.Roger Federer and Novak DjokovicAfter having proved his supremacy at the Wimbledon, Roger Federer would look to do the same against Novak Djokovic at the same venue.The Swiss ace has been in sublime form this year as he beat the Serbian in the semis at Wimbledon. In what is certain to be his last Olympic Games, Federer would be desperate to add the Olympic gold to his rich haul of trophies, while Djokovic would be desperate for revenge.Usain Bolt and Yohan BlakePossibly the biggest rivalry at the London Games would be between Jamaican sprinters Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake.Bolt is the reigning Olympic champion in the 100 metre, but the Beast would look to tame the Lightning at London. Blake had stunned the world by defeating Bolt at the Jamaican trials. This is one rivalry that has sure got the world super excited!advertisement
UST Golden Tigresses. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—University of Santo Tomas finally ended La Salle’s decade-long reign on Sunday night. ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rafael Nadal confident arriving in Madrid despite disappointing run Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MOST READ The Tigresses made the finals for the first time in eight years. They will then face the winner in the other Final Four encounter between Far Eastern University and Ateneo on Wednesday.The celebration looked like a championship already as UST denied three-time defending champion La Salle a finals appearance for the first time in 11 years which saw the Lady Spikers winning six titles.“It’s a privilege for us to face defending champion La Salle. These big teams, La Salle, Ateneo and FEU we learned a lot from them,” said UST coach Kungfu Reyes.UST defeated La Salle twice in a row to earn the twice-to-beat incentive it never had to use. But most importantly, it emboldened the Tigresses to chase the title it last won nine years ago.Some 15,000 spectators inside the MOA Arena and thousands more on TV and internet followed the match.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES 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 And right through the joyous aftermath, it vowed to bring back its own glory days that have been long-time coming.UST woke-up from its usual mid-game stupor to pull off a hard-fought 25-19, 25-19, 20-25, 23-25, 15-10 triumph and make the finals of the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament at Mall of Asia Arena.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, logistics“When I entered college this year my promise was to bring back the glory days of UST because it’s been a long time,” said UST top rookie Eya Laure after dropping 27 points, including the one that clinched the win.It’s still a long way to go, but the 20-year-old spiker at least managed to bring the Tigresses closer to their goal. Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated View comments Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Big chunk of them UST alumni longing for that golden era in late 80s and early 90s where the Tigresses won seven straight crowns.“It’s not over yet. We still have one goal. We want to win the title. We owe it to the supporters, alumni who continue to believe in us,” said UST’s captain Sisi Rondina who fired 17 points.UST gave away 26 points on unforced errors in the third and fourth sets as it got lulled into complacency, something that usually happens this season when it appeared to have the match under control.“I told my teammates let’s not relax. We don’t want to be complacent,” said Laure.But that’s exactly what Tigresses did, allowing the Lady Spikers to get back into the match despite holding a 15-11 lead in the third set.Fortunately, everything clicked for UST in the fifth as it got big points from secondary options like Caitlyn Viray and even setter Alina Bicar.Viray finished with 10 points, while KC Galdones added 11 for UST. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue
Serie A Bonucci’s wife: Allegri not the reason for defender’s Juve exit Sacha Pisani Last updated 2 years ago 09:26 19/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Serie A Milan Juventus The Italy international did not swap Juventus for AC Milan because of his manager, according to the player’s wife Leonardo Bonucci’s decision to leave six-time reigning Serie A champions Juventus for rivals AC Milan was not due to a falling out with head coach Massimiliano Allegri, according to his wife.Bonucci sensationally left Juve in the off-season, the Italy international centre-back joining Milan in a €42 million deal.Milan 11/1 to win Serie A Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing The 30-year-old’s departure from Turin, shortly after Juve lost to Real Madrid in the Champions League final, sparked speculation of a row with Allegri. Those claims, however, were dismissed by Bonucci’s wife, Martina Maccari.”His decision wasn’t due to an argument with Max Allegri,” Maccari told Rai Radio 1.”In a professional setting, I think balance between all parties is fundamental. Leonardo chose to leave because of the vicissitudes within the environment, but now he’s calm and giving his all for this new adventure.”Bonucci’s switch to San Siro has reinvigorated Milan — a sleeping giant in Italian football following years of mediocrity.The veteran defender has been handed the captain’s armband and great responsibility at Milan, who have not won the Scudetto since 2010-2011.”I won’t hide it, I’m not used to it yet and maybe he isn’t either. He chose to come to Milan completely autonomously though, I just stood by him as a good wife has to do,” she added.Milan have won three of their opening four matches this season to sit fifth in the Serie A standings.
COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 26: J.T. Barrett #16 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates after defeating the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Once again, Ohio State defeated Michigan handily this season. Michigan signee Joey Velazquez sees this tide shifting in that rivalry once he hits campus though.Earlier this week, Velazquez, a three-star Michigan defensive back signee, was quoted saying that he doesn’t “think anybody is going to get any gold pants any time soon.”Ohio State players receive small gold pants pins for beating Michigan.The Buckeyes have defeated the Wolverines every year since Urban Meyer took over the program in 2012, and 16 of the last 18 editions of The Game.As you can imagine, the Buckeyes have not taken well to Velazquez’s assertion.OSU star defensive lineman Dre’Mont Jones tweeted back at Velazquez on Thursday.Now, former Ohio State star quarterback J.T. Barrett has fired back at Joey Velazquez over his “gold pants” comments.He said that the future Wolverines is probably “bitter” because Ohio State didn’t recruit him.That boy bitter because Ohio State didn’t recruit him probably @RIP_JEP https://t.co/wIyRfrxRdz— Jt Barrett (@JT_theQB4th) December 27, 2018That appears to be true, and more glaring given the fact that he is a Columbus native. Ohio State clearly knew about a Big Ten-level player in its back yard.It’s certainly hard to begrudge the young UM signee for being confident and brash. It would actually be nice if he can live up to the talk too, since the rivalry has been so one-sided for so long.
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Serendipity 3, the iconic NYC restaurant known for their legendary Frrrozen Hot Chocolate, turned 60 and to help celebrate, world-renowned designer, Anna Sui, created an art nouveau-inspired tee shirt design, appropriately called the Celebri-Tee, because of the celebrity signatures that adorn the shirt.Serendipity 3 Celebrates 60 Years with an Anna Sui-Designed Celebri-TeeSignatures include Cher, Susan Sarandon, Drew Barrymore, Christine Taylor, Teri Hatcher, Kelly Preston, Sharon Gless, Ben Stiller and Stephanie Seymour, to name a few.This designer tee shirt emblazoned with over two dozen celebrity signatures is on sale at SignMyShirt.com – where patent-pending technology allows users to invite friends and family to sign their shirts remotely, using a mouse or finger.Proceeds from the sale of the shirt will go to the Bowery Mission – an organization that has been providing food and shelter to the homeless in NYC since 1879.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Airbus signed a $49.5 billion deal on Wednesday to sell 430 airplanes to the Phoenix-based private equity firm that owns Frontier Airlines, striking the European aerospace firm’s biggest deal ever at the Dubai Air Show.Meanwhile, Boeing reached an agreement with low-cost carrier FlyDubai to sell 225 Boeing 737 MAX 10 aircraft — a deal valued at $27 billion. The biennial air show closes on Thursday.“It’s ended up going out on a high,” airline analyst John Strickland of JLS Consulting said. “It shows once again the importance of this part of the world to the big airplane manufacturers.”The Airbus deal with Indigo Partners will split 273 A320neos and 157 A321neos among Denver-based Frontier, JetSMART of Chile, Volaris of Mexico and Wizz Air of Hungary, all ultra-low-cost airlines associated with Indigo.The A320neo and the A321neo are twin-engine, single-aisle planes popular among airlines because of their reduced fuel consumption.The surprise announcement came after Airbus on Sunday suffered the embarrassment of believing it had struck a major deal with the state-owned carrier Emirates to sell its A380 double-decker jumbo jet, only to see Boeing sit on the podium with the airline and sign a $15.1 billion deal.“Just to clarify: This is not an A380 press conference,” joked John Leahy, Airbus’ sales chief, at the start of the announcement.A320neos list for $108.4 million apiece and A321neos at $127 million. Airlines and manufacturers negotiate lower prices for big deals like these, something Indigo’s managing partner Bill Franke was quick to stress afterward.“Here’s hoping,” he told reporters. “Their objective is to sell aircraft at the best possible and our objective is to buy aircraft at the best possible price. I’ve known Mr. Leahy for 25 years. Sometimes he wins, sometimes I win.”Asked if he won this round, Franke said: “That’ll be a good question.”Airbus’ previous biggest-ever sale came in August 2015, when it sold 250 A320neos to Indian budget airline IndiGo, a deal estimated to be worth $26 billion at list prices. IndiGo and Indigo Partners are separate firms with separate management.Shares in Airbus rose on the news, closing 2.4 per cent higher at 85.58 euros in Paris.Franke is a pioneer of the cheap ticket and high fee airline business that has spread overseas and is growing in the United States. Such carriers offer low base fares but add fees to stow a carry-on bag, get an assigned seat and for other extras. That’s led to soaring customer complaints against Frontier.President Donald Trump also came up in Franke’s conversation with journalists on Thursday, as Franke said the American leader would be happy to know the A321neos purchased by Indigo would undergo final assembly in the Airbus plant in Mobile, Alabama.Shortly after, FlyDubai and Chicago-based Boeing Co. announced their $27 billion deal. FlyDubai said the planes would bring the low-cost carrier’s total fleet on order up to 320. FlyDubai has begun to code-share flights with Emirates. Both are owned by Dubai’s government.The Boeing 737 MAX 10, a twin-engine, single aisle plane capable of carrying 230 passengers, has a list price of $124.7 million. They’ll complement FlyDubai’s fleet of Boeing 737s and keep them a Boeing-only shop, something Airbus no doubt had hoped to change.“Today marks the next chapter in FlyDubai’s success story,” FlyDubai CEO Ghaith al-Ghaith said.Until Wednesday, the only major deal announced at the Dubai Air Show came on Sunday, when long-haul carrier Emirates purchased 40 Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners in a $15.1 billion deal.That deal also saw Emirates CEO and Chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum bring up the 787-10 buy’s ability to create jobs. Trump himself promoted that during a February visit to the South Carolina plant that builds the carbon-fiber, 330-seat plane.Airbus, which is based in Toulouse, France, has pinned hopes of continuing production of its A380 double-decker jumbo jet on Emirates, the world’s largest operator of the aircraft. Reports circulated before the air show that a major A380 sale would be coming.Airbus employees even filled a news conference on Sunday, expecting the A380 sale, instead to find state-owned Emirates making the deal with Boeing in front of Dubai’s ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.Strickland said that while the massive Airbus sale Wednesday likely took months to negotiate, it still helped Airbus save face at the air show.“It would have been great relief,” the analyst said.Emirates now relies solely on the Airbus 380 and the Boeing 777 for its flights, making it the largest operator of both. It has 165 Boeing 777s in its fleet today and took possession of its 100th A380 earlier this month.The Emirates’ snub came up at the news conference Wednesday, when a reporter asked Airbus if another deal could be coming.“I think you’ve got to walk over to the chalet with Emirates on the door and ask them,” Airbus’ Leahy said.___Follow Jon Gambrell on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/jongambrellap . His work can be found at http://apne.ws/2galNpz .
The World Health Organization (WHO) decided to organize its “mop up” campaign after a family from Niger brought a sick child to the nearest clinic, which happened to be in Burkina Faso.”As a result of this case, and as part of the standard procedure for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, the mop up campaign was planned, targeting 294,000 children in Niger and 218,000 in Burkina Faso,” spokesman Fred Eckhard told the press in New York.Wild poliovirus cases are rare – just 483 cases worldwide were documented in 2001 – and mop up campaigns are an important part of the drive to eliminate polio, according to the spokesman.
Colorado-based Connors Drilling and sister company, Sanderson Drilling of Western Australia, have purchased the assets of the Surface Diamond Division of Swick Mining Services of Australia. The acquisition of assets, including equipment, trained operations staff and existing drilling contracts in Australia, will provide added resources to help both companies meet increased demand for exploration drilling services. “The mining and mineral industry is experiencing record demand for exploration drilling services and Sanderson and Connors view this acquisition as a prime opportunity to continue our growth,” said Steve Swallow, Managing Director, Sanderson Drilling. “This acquisition supports our need for additional resources while maintaining our commitment to lead the industry in safety excellence, productivity, innovation, value and professionalism.”Sanderson Drilling and Connors Drilling, both wholly owned subsidiaries of Tarn Drilling Co, are, the companies say, “leading drilling contractors within their respective markets through exemplary safety records, quality of work and organic growth strategies. This acquisition infuses additional new or nearly new equipment and operational expertise to support continued growth while maintaining stringent safety and operational specifications for the growing client bases of both companies.”“Completion of this acquisition furthers our vision of becoming a leading provider of drilling solutions in key markets across the globe,” explained Kyle Rhoderick, President of Connors Drilling and CEO of Tarn Drilling. “This acquisition of assets, employees and booked business represents the single largest bite of organic growth the organization has undertaken to date. It affords us the unique opportunity to immediately begin operating on existing contracts in Australia and, in the US, immediately take on additional incremental projects and generate revenues in the current year versus the alternative of ordering new gear and facing long lead times from capital equipment suppliers.”Included in the assets are four KWL 1600 multipurpose drill rigs, compressor/booster packages for surface reverse circulation drilling, five LF-90D crawler mounted drills, associated support equipment (trucks and spare parts), the existing complement of employees that operate and support the KWL 1600 rigs, and existing contracts in Australia where the KWL 1600 rigs are currently operating. All of the LF-90D crawler rigs will be allocated to Connors Drilling for work in North America where the more compact, crawler style drills are favoured for low ground pressure access to drill locations in sensitive environments.Through the acquisition, Sanderson will immediately assume the revenue from the ongoing contracts formerly held by Swick, including work with Barrick Gold. It also provides highly skilled crews that are experts in the field and safety conscious – the backbone of success for both Sanderson Drilling and Connors Drilling. The added fleet size at Sanderson Drilling will allow the company to support additional exclusive drilling contracts in Australia with large mining companies.
← Previous Story THW Kiel celebrate 50th Bundesliga birthday by win in front of 11.000 fans Next Story → Meshkov Brest terminate contract with David Špiler: From hero to idiot just because of injury? TOP goalscorer: Cristina Zamfir (ROU)MVP: Line Jørgensen (DEN) Bucharest handballBucharest trophy 2015CSM BucurestiŽRK Budućnost The Romanian champions CSM Bucuresti won the “Bucharest Trophy 2015” by getting the biggest scalp in women’s handball – the reigning EHF Champions League winner ŽRK Budućnost Podgorica – 27:26. The third place won ŽRK Vardar Skopje against Russian Rostov Don 33:27.Here is the MVP team of the Bucharest Trophy 2015:Goalkeeper: Mayssa Pessoa (BRA)Left wing: Elena Avdekova (RUS)Left back: Cristina Neagu (ROU)Playmaker: Andrea Lekić (SRB)Pivot: Dragana Cvijić (SRB)Right back: Line Jørgensen (DEN)Right wing: Cristina Vărzaru (ROU)
← Previous Story Marko Krivokapic (PICK Szeged) about Pastor’s work: He is genius! Next Story → Dragan Adzic is back after only a month! Dener Jaanimaafinn lemke Ambitious German team MT Melsungen made some important transfers this week for the future. The Estonian right back Dener Jaanimaa came to Kassel as replacement for injured Michael Muller. The 27-years old EX- THW Kiel and HSV Handball shooter signed contract until June 2018.Even more important is signing of 24-years old German golden boy from Men’s EHF EURO 2016 in Poland, Finn Lemke. The 210 cm tall left back will join the club in summer 2017 at the end of his contract with SC Magdeburg.Lemke signed three years contract and he will change Serbian left back Momir Rnić, which deal expiring at the end of the current season.
File Photo By Isabel Hayes No extra jail time for double murderer who stabbed fellow inmate with stainless steel spoon The sentence will run alongside his two life terms as required by law meaning Howard will serve no extra time in prison. 16,750 Views http://jrnl.ie/3311833 Image: Shutterstock/Tyler Olson 40 Comments Short URL File Photo Image: Shutterstock/Tyler Olson Mar 28th 2017, 8:30 PM Share13 Tweet Email1 Tuesday 28 Mar 2017, 8:30 PM A CONVICTED DOUBLE murderer who is currently serving two life sentences stabbed a fellow prison inmate using a stainless steel spoon that was fashioned into a knife, a court has heard.Judge Martin Nolan sentenced Gary Howard to four years for his part in the attack, which left the victim with stab wounds to the neck and a punctured lung. The sentence will run alongside his two life terms as required by law meaning Howard will serve no extra time in prison.“The attack was savage,” Judge Nolan said as he imposed the sentence at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. He noted Howard has a serious criminal record “to put it mildly”.Howard (29) of Dunsoghly Grove, Finglas, Dublin, pleaded guilty to one count of violent disorder at Wheatfield Prison on 29 April, 2014.He was jailed for life in 2012 for the murders of Patrick Mooney (58) and Brendan Molyneux (46) who were shot dead in inner city Dublin in January 2010.Detective Garda Ciaran O’Dwyer told Derek Cooney BL, prosecuting, that the victim was walking through the prison with an officer when he was set upon by three inmates who were hiding behind a door.CCTV footage from the prison showed the man being punched and stabbed a number of times by the men, including Howard. A makeshift knife was later found in Howard’s possession and shown to Judge Nolan in court. It was a stainless steel spoon with its handle sharpened into a knife.The victim was rushed to Tallaght Hospital and later transferred to St James’s Hospital for surgery. He refused to co-operate with gardaí and the full extent of his injuries were unknown.However, Detective Garda O’Dwyer said he saw the man had suffered neck stab wounds and a punctured lung when he visited him in hospital.Defence barrister, Tony McGillicuddy BL, submitted his client had pleaded guilty to the offence at an early opportunity. He said there was little else he could say given Howard was currently serving two life sentences.Read: Frances Fitzgerald claims she only found out about scale of garda scandal after press conference> Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Des composés organiques complexes engendrés par les étoilesUne équipe d’astronomes de Hong Kong affirme avoir découvert l’existence de composés organiques complexes dans l’espace. Des composés que l’on pensait indissociables du vivant, sans lequel leur formation était jusqu’alors jugée impossible. Mais d’après ces chercheurs, ils peuvent également être engendrés dans l’Univers par les étoiles.Des chercheurs de l’université de Hong-Kong affirment avoir découvert que des organismes très divers et complexes existent partout dans l’Univers, et ne sont donc pas dépendants de la vie pour se former, comme les scientifiques le pensaient jusqu’alors. Dans une étude publiée par la revue Nature, ils indiquent en effet avoir observé dans des poussières d’étoiles issue de supernova, des structures très proches de celles qui composent le charbon et le pétrole, vestiges de la vie antique sur Terre. À lire aussiUn rover détecte un étrange gel sur la face cachée de la LunePour parvenir à cette découverte, Sun Kwok and Yong Zhang, les auteurs principaux de cette étude, ont analysé grâce à l’Infrared Space Observatory et le télescope spatial Spitzer, les caractéristiques d’émissions infrarouge non-identifiées, un mystère irrésolu qui imprègne les étoiles, l’espace interstellaire et les galaxies. Celles-ci étaient jusqu’ici associées à des hydrocarbures aromatiques polycycliques (HAP), des molécules simples composées d’hydrogène et de carbone. Mais après avoir été soigneusement étudiés, ces composés se sont révélés beaucoup plus complexes. Les spectres produits lors d’explosions stellaires présentent des caractéristiques qui ne peuvent pas être liées à des HAP.L’équipe de chercheurs avance alors que les étoiles sont capables d’assembler des éléments de façon complexe, sans nécessiter aucune forme de vie. En outre, la structure des poussières d’étoiles qu’ils ont étudiées est similaire à celle des matériaux organiques que l’on peut trouver dans des météorites. Les astronomes tentent désormais de savoir si ces composés organiques ont joué un rôle dans le développement de la vie sur Terre. Certaines théories avancent en effet que les météorites ont pu être enrichies par des poussières d’étoiles lors de leur formation. Lorsqu’en grand nombre, elles ont bombardé la jeune Terre, elles auraient alors peut-être contribué à lui offrir certaines molécules nécessaires à l’apparition de la vie.Le 2 novembre 2011 à 20:09 • Maxime Lambert
OLYMPIA — Lawmakers only get a short reprieve after wrapping up a two-month legislative session Friday, as they are set to return next week to address an impasse over the supplemental budget.An unresolved budget means they’ll be back at the Capitol on Monday for the start of an overtime special session that could last up to a month. Gov. Chris Gregoire announced she was calling them back to special session, saying: “We’ve a job to do, we’ve got to get it done.”“The public’s confidence in them is wholly dependent on whether they get that job done,” she said late Thursday. “They know that.”The budget drama began last week once Senate Republicans established a philosophical majority in the Senate after three conservative Democrats stood with them on a GOP-crafted budget plan that then passed the Senate but stalled in the House. That chamber passed an alternate plan agreed to by majority Democrats in the House and Senate.Lawmakers are looking to close a budget gap of about $500 million through the end of the two-year budget cycle ending June 2013, as well as leaving several hundred million dollars in reserves.The main sticking point between the two sides, Gregoire said, is Republicans’ plan to delay a pension payment by a year, and Democrats’ plan to delay a $330 million payment to school districts by one day.
WASHINGTON — Millions of families and businesses will get hit by big tax increases a lot sooner than many realize if Congress and the White House don’t agree on a plan to skirt the year-end fiscal cliff of higher tax rates and big government spending cuts.In fact, they already have.More than 70 tax breaks enjoyed by individuals and businesses expired at the end of 2011. If Congress doesn’t extend them retroactively back to the beginning of this year, a typical middle-class family could face a $4,000 tax increase when it files its 2012 return in the spring, according to an analysis by H&R Block, the tax-preparing giant.At the same time, businesses could lose dozens of tax breaks they have enjoyed for years, including generous credits for investing in research and development, write-offs for restaurants and retail stores that expand or upgrade, and tax breaks for financial companies with overseas subsidiaries.Even if Congress does act, last-minute changes to federal tax laws could make it difficult for taxpayers to figure out their 2012 tax bills.“We’re really expecting this upcoming tax season to be one of the more challenging ones on record,” said Kathy Pickering, executive director of The Tax Institute at H&R Block. “For your 2012 returns, there’s so much confusion about what will be impacted.”Much of Washington is consumed by negotiations over how to address automatic tax increases scheduled to take effect next year. That’s when tax cuts first enacted under Presi
Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Share your voice Sarah Tew/CNET An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Angela Lang/CNET Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Tags Sprint The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. $6 at Tidal Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Read the AirPods review Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. $999 15 Photos Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Share your voice 2:02 Best Buy See it Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Read Google Home Hub review See at Turo CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Amazon Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Rocket League comes to life with Hot Wheels at Toy Fair… See It See at Amazon $520 at HP Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) 0 Sarah Tew/CNET $59 at eBay Video Games,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Sarah Tew/CNET Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. $155 at Google Express What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) $299 at Amazon 7 Nintendo Rocket League, the popular game where battling cars play soccer against each other, is now fully cross-platform, including compatibility with the PlayStation 4.Psyonix made the announcement in a post on its website Monday along with Psyonix Vice President of Publishing Jeremy Dunham announcing the news on the PlayStation blog. Rocket League is also available on Steam, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC and Mac.Psyonix said that players who would like to play cross-platform with their friends should select “Play” from the game’s menu, then “Private Match” and either “Create” or “Join Private Match.” A full cross-platform party system is also in the works for later this year. Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) $60 at Best Buy See It DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. $210 at Best Buy Now playing: Watch this: Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Tags Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Turo $999 I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Apple iPhone XS Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) See It The Cheapskate Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Chris Monroe/CNET $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Sarah Tew/CNET Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Boost Mobile CES 2019: The tech changing the way we play video games Read the Rylo camera preview $999 Read DJI Osmo Action preview Rylo $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Comments Post a comment $999 JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go.
Sea ice extent is near record low levels in the Arctic ocean and that has implications for weather patterns around the globe.Brian Brettschneider says that in the past climate models have struggled to connect ocean conditions with what happens in the atmosphere. But he says two new studies (you can find here and here) do a much better job describing that link.Brettschneider says what happens in one, really drives the other.Listen nowInterview Highlights:What we’re learning is that the reduction of sea ice is affecting the flow of the atmosphere. And we see the response is a deepening of low pressure in some areas and an increase of high pressure in other areas. That affects which direction the wind comes from and where the storm tracks are located, so lots of impacts that are more fine scale than the fact that it’s warming here, or cooling off there.What are those specific impacts?What we’ve come to understand is the response to this new state of the climate system is a deepening of the Aleutian low pressure system, a weakening of the Icelandic low pressure system and an increase in the Siberian high pressure system. These are semi-permanent features, they’re typically there for months at a time in the cold season and they drive the weather across the entire globe.Why does this matter?When we have this idea that we’re in a warming world, when we just paint that one broad brush, that’s very important over longer time scales. But understanding how these finer scale patterns are going to set up, matters more on more human time scales. We’re talking interactions that are much more complicated. And as we do more of these models and studies, we get a better idea of how things are going to change at the regional scale.
Indore: Lokayukta sleuths on Monday raided the residence and other premises of an officer of the Madhya Pradesh civil supplies corporation and recovered a large number of assets disproportionate to his known sources of income, an official said. Acting on a tip-off, the Lokayukta officials conducted raids at three places in Indore and other premises in Katni town belonging to the civil supplies corporation manager, Salman Haider, he said. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us Haider, currently posted in Katni, was till recently serving in Indore, the Lokayukta official said. Cash worth Rs five lakh cash and documents related to purchase of seven flats, five plots and a shop, besides a number of other immovable properties in the name of his family members were recovered during the raid, the official said. Some documents, suspected to be of immovable properties belonging to Haider, were also recovered from a relative of the official, he said. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us The family of Haider, who joined the government in 1985, owns two four-wheelers. They have 15 bank accounts and the total amount deposited in them is being verified, he said. A case has been registered against Haider under relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act, he said, adding that a valuation of his total assets is being done, the official added