Tuchel tugs Mbappé: “I am the coach, this is not tennis, it is football”

first_imgThe memory of the PSG win against Montpellier has been marred by the nth disagreement between Kylian Mbappé and Thomas Tuchel. In the 68th minute and with the final five to zero already in the light, Icardi took the place in the French field. Substitution that would not suit the French star and so would let his coach know. Tuchel himself has been asked about the action in the press conference after the game and has yanked his pupil: “If you think I lack authority … I am the coach. Someone has to decide who goes out and who enters and that is me. Kylian is very intelligent, he knows what he is doing. He does not like to go out. No player likes it. These are not good images, but we are not the only club that has that kind of reaction. I saw it in Dortmund, I saw it before in Liverpool and Manchester City. I see many games and these situations often occur. It is not good, because it opens discussions Our group is very professional and very focused and this type of image gives another impression and it’s a shame I am not angry, I am sad I explained why I did this, it will continue that way, I will continue to decide things sportively. we play tennis, we play football, we have to respect everyone. “ “Ney’s birthday is a distraction”On the other hand, The German coach was honest about another hot topic in Paris today: Neymar’s birthday. The Brazilian celebrates his 28th anniversary this Sunday, February 2 and, although it will be more discreet than in previous years according to the French press, it is still an uncomfortable event for the coach, as he has suggested when asked about it:center_img “I will not say if I will be present, that is another issue. The theme is Ney’s birthday … It’s a distraction. Of course I will always protect my players because they are my players and I love them very much. I prefer to speak internally if we have complicated and critical things to say, I prefer to do it internally. Today’s Kylian anger or Ney’s birthday … gives the image that we are not serious. We can give the image that we are not professionals. Things are not white or black. There are many ways to write between black and white. I know everyone likes to talk in black and white and it’s a shame. It seems that we are not 100% concentrated and that we are not professionals. It’s a shame, but I don’t want to talk too much about it. Things get bigger because we talk a lot about them, “he concluded.last_img read more

Most improved player at every Premier League club this season

first_img REPLY Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card LATEST Moussa Sissokp has turned his Tottenham career around Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Fulham – Aleksandar MitrovicHe’s gone a little quiet recently but the Serbian striker is certainly looking an improved figure since we last saw him in the Premier League. His current dip is a concern but hopefully he can return to his early season displays after the international break as the Cottagers battle against relegation. Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing no dice LATEST Argentine ace Pereyra has been in fine form. Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars RANKED huge blow Ryan Fraser’s excellent form has been a highlight for the Cherries this campaign. Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January deals getty Newcastle United – Fabian ScharSigned for £3million in the summer, he’s very quickly gone from fringe star to key man. A shocker against Chelsea in August saw him out of the team but now he’s been quality in wins against Watford, Burnley, and Bournemouth.Southampton – Pierre-Emile HojbjergArguably the Saints’ top performer, the Dane is also displaying passion and leadership as they fight for survival once again. He’s improved his all-round game with more tackles, interceptions, key passes, and shots per game than last season. There have even been some calls for him to become their captain.Tottenham Hotspur – Moussa SissokoIf you had told Spurs fans earlier this season they would all be cheering game-winning performances from the ex-Newcastle United man against Chelsea and Inter Milan at Wembley, they would think you’d had a few too many. But here we are, the midfielder has been crucial for Spurs and bossed both opponents, while also putting in top displays against Crystal Palace an Wolves too. His powerful running continues but his technical game has improved by astonishing amount allowing him to be more expansive than ever before – and long may it continue. Manchester City – Bernardo SilvaThe ex-Monaco man’s talent was never in doubt but this year it’s come to the fore in the absence of Kevin De Bruyne. He’s proved just as effective centrally as he has been on the flank and while he isn’t racking up goals and assists he’s an important figure in their build up play.Manchester United – Anthony MartialThree goals off last year’s tally of nine Premier League goals already this campaign, the Frenchman has come up big when needed for the Red Devils. He’s clearly got a good relationship on the pitch with Paul Pogba and the two are going to be key for Jose Mourinho if they are going to get into the top six. gameday cracker PAYBACK The Cardiff star is coping with top flight demands. Latest Transfer Stories Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Moussa Sissoko has been in sensational form. 13 Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos 13 Aaron Wan-Bissaka has taken his opportunities in the Crystal Palace first team at the start of 2018/19 Huddersfield Town – Philip BillingThe Dane has already made more starts in the Premier League this season than he did in the entirety of last year and he’s definitely contributing in tough circumstances. His long throws can be a weapon for the Terriers and while he’s also improving his passing, he’s making more tackles, interceptions, and shots than before showing his all-round game. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT 13 13 REAL DEAL Rudiger put Chelsea in front against Manchester United Wijnaldum battles World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe during Liverpool’s Champions League win over PSG In the Premier League you can go from hero to villain very quickly but, thankfully, you can also go the other way too.Several stars over the years have brought themselves back from the edge and proved their talents in an impressive manner and these improvement should always be celebrated. Latest Premier League Stories Leicester City – Nampalys MendyThe resurgence of the French midfielder has been great to see. His excellent short passing game alongside the sabre rattling Wilfred Ndidi has given the Foxes a more balanced look. The duo work in tandem now to give the likes of James Maddison more freedom.Liverpool – Georginio WijnaldumWith the arrival of Naby Keita and Fabinho, many thought the Dutchman would be on the fringes of the first team but, rather than accept his fate, he’s risen to the challenge. He’s arguably playing his best football at Anfield as a No. 6 having played as a No. 10 for Newcastle and as a No. 8 in his early games with Liverpool. 13 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Crystal Palace – Aaron Wan-BissakaThe right-back has been sensational for the Eagles this year and it’s not going to be long before they’re fending off bids from top clubs. Wan-Bissaka is not only a modern full-back in terms of athleticism, he’s making a huge number of tackles and interceptions thanks to his reading of the game, while also impressing in duel situations. He’s yet creating as much as the average full-back going forward but still has a lot of time to work on this. Right now, Tottenham midfielder Moussa Sissoko is enjoying something of a renaissance at Tottenham.Widely written off as a £30million flop after two less than impressive seasons at the north London club, Sissoko has set about proving fans wrong this term.The French midfielder has been one of Spurs’ standout players in recent weeks and has played a key role in their crucial wins over Chelsea and Inter Milan.But who is the most improved player at every Premier League club this season? Find out below… Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won shining ‘I’ll get him’ – Robertson further endears himself to fans with revenge vow to Mane whoops Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Wolverhampton Wanderers – Matt DohertyForget the fact we know he’s a bargain on Fantasy Premier League, he’s been a key figure for Wolves all campaign. Nuno Espirito Santo’s side work down the right flank more than any other team so Doherty sees plenty of action at wing-back and despite his defensive duties he’s getting in shots and key passes which is pretty impressive after the step up from the Championship. Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update IN DEMAND 13 Brighton and Hove Albion – Mat RyanThe Australian star has been a superb acquisition since joining in the summer of 2017. He’s shown he’s not a flash in the pan too with some more excellent displays this year. He’s also averaging slight more saves during the current campaign. REVEALED revealed Arsenal – Alex IwobiLast season, the Nigerian was very much on the fringes and his career at the Emirates looked like it was stalling. Iwobi is now looking confident in his own abilities, something he puts down to new manager Unai Emery. Hopefully for Gunners fans his progression will continue. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ tense The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ moving on Iwobi in action for the Gunners TOP WORK West Ham United – Grady DianganaHe burst into the team following his display in the Hammers’ 8-0 win over Macclesfield in the Carabao Cup and already doesn’t look out of place in the first-team, aged 20. He particularly excelled in the performance against Burnley and looks set for a bright future. three-way race Gylfi Sigurdsson’s is back in form and scoring long range goals. Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January targets BEST OF Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 13 Manchester United star Anthony Martial applauds his fans. latest Burnley – Joe HartHe may not have been a Clarets player last year but Hart has definitely improved on his form at Torino and West Ham. The Englishman is looking competent again, despite some recent heavy defeats, in a team which concedes a high volume of shots.Cardiff City – Aron GunnarssonThe Icelandic star has impressed for the Bluebirds in difficult circumstances after a long-term injury. He will be vital for Neil Warnock’s men in their bid to avoid relegation and it’s important they manage his fitness. RANKED REVEALED 13 LIVING THE DREAM Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? 13 Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star REVEALED Aleksandar Mitrovic has starred so far this season for Fulham Chelsea – Antonio RudigerChelsea’s first XI has changed dramatically since the departure of Antonio Conte and arrival of Maurizio Sarri in the summer, most notably in defence. Under Conte last season, the Blues played five at the back, with Antonio Rudiger not quite a fully permanent fixture, however now Sarri starts four defenders with the German having established himself as a prominent figure. One particular goal-line clearance to prevent Liverpool’s Mo Salah from finding the net at Stamford Bridge stands out as his star moment, and it’s clear consistent appearances have helped Rudiger become a centre-back who the league’s top strikers are now wary of. Everton – Gylfi SigurdssonHaving already surpassed last year’s goal tally, Sigurdsson is finally getting his eye in with the Toffees. He’s still not assisting with the regularity he did at Swansea City but he is now getting more shots on goal and key passes away than last season. Having settled in a No.10 role really suits him with Richarlison ahead of him and natural wingers outside him. 13 Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Bournemouth – Ryan FraserPreviously the Scotsman had shown flashes of his potential but now with a tactical tweak or two, Eddie Howe is getting his best consistently. He looks a real danger every time he receives the ball and it bears out in the statistics too as he dribbles, shoots, and makes more key passes than in his last two campaigns. He’s got more freedom allowing him to create more and weigh in with goals too. Could Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan be the man to replace David de Gea at Old Trafford? 13 SORRY 13 targets Most Popular Premier League Stories scrap 13 gameday cracker Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Watford – Roberto PereyraPereyra, the Argentina international, has always shown flashes of his talent since joining Watford, but this is the first season he is performing week in, week out. He appears to have finally recovered from a serious injury suffered in his debut Premier League campaign, with his performances last term held back by an unwillingness to give 100 per cent and run the risk of a set-back. He has been Watford’s main attacking force under Javi Gracia, both scoring and assisting goals, and Pereyra’s return to the Argentina set-up is well deserved. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 last_img read more


first_imgThe Donegal Music Education Partnership’s Children’s String Orchestra has been invited to the prestigious 5th Annual Coole Music Festival in Gort, Co. Galway on Sunday, March 4.This is the first time for the orchestra to participate in such an important event where they can meet other orchestras from all over Ireland.There will be two concerts on the day, one at 1pm for the junior orchestras featuring the Kilkenny Junior Orchestra, Sligo Academy of Music Junior Orchestra, Athenry Junior Orchestra and Coole Music Junior Orchestra and Donegal’s Children’s String Orchestra, and a later show at 6pm for the more senior ensembles. The Children’s String Orchestra will perform pieces by S. Suzuki, W. Gluck, J.S Bach and also popular traditional songs under the baton of the Spanish cellist and conductor Víctor Yélamo.At the end of the concert all the junior orchestras come together to play a piece called “UNDER COVER” specially created for this event by Katharina Baker. This piece will be performed from memory by all the ensembles.The Children’s String Orchestra will be accepting new members in March.  This junior ensemble group is open to all string players aged from 7 to 13 yrs old.For further information, contact Donegal Music Education Partnership on (074) 9176293 / musiceducation@donegalvec.ie  DONEGAL CHILDREN’S STRING ORCHESTRA TO APPEAR AT TOP GALWAY EVENT was last modified: February 22nd, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL CHILDREN’S STRING ORCHESTRA TO APPEAR AT TOP GALWAY EVENTlast_img read more


first_imgSchedule of MassesSt. Mary’s Church, Kincasslagh:Next Weekend Saturday @ 7.30 p.m.Sunday @ 10.00 a.m.Next weekMon @ 10.00 a.m. Wed @ 7.00 p.m.St. Columba’s, BurtonportNext WeekendSaturday @ 6.30 p.m.Sunday @ 11.00 a.m. Next WeekMon, Tues, Thurs & Fri @ 10.00 a.m.Lay Apostolate Prayer group 2nd Monday of the Month in the Oratory @ 6.30 p.m. All welcomeAdoration St. Columba’s Church: Tues 10 am – 10 pmSt. Mary’s Church, Wed 10 am – 7 pmAnniversaries and MassesStC=St Columba’s. StM=St. Mary’sMichael McShane, Sat 23rd, StCJohn Oglesby, Mary Celine O’Donnell, Betty Gallagher and Noreen Murphy, Sat 23rd, StM Conal & Frank Doogan, Gortnasade, Sun 24th, StMManus P. Gallagher, Cloughglass, Months mind, Sun 24th, StCJimmy & May Boyle, Sat 2nd, March, StMKitty Moy McCreath, Sun March 3rd, StMGracie Bonner, Keadue, Sun March 3rd, StCBridget Woltman, Kingston, New York who died today, Friday. Sister of Patrick Ward, Keadue and Maire Boyle, Lackenagh.May they rest in peace.Fundraising EventsCaislean Oir, AnnagryQuiz on Wednesday @ 9.30 p.m. Proceeds in aid of THE KEADUE BAND. Team of 4, €20 per teamStepping Stones Bar, DungloeA Table Quiz will take place on Thursday 28th Feb at 9:30pm in aid OF THE FRIENDS OF LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL. Proceeds towards the purchase of a Cardiac machine, which will eliminate the need for patients to travel to Dublin. Your support will be greatly appreciated.1980’s Class ReunionWere you, or do you know of someone, who was at school (any school) in Ballyshannon during the 1980’s? A reunion is taking place on 23rd and 24th March and promises to be a real nostalgic trip down memory lane. For details contact Catherine 353 872623314. Facebook: ballyshannon 80’s reunionScoil Mhuire Belcruit, Parents Association is restarting its Cinema Night in St. Mary’s Hall Kincasslagh on Saturday 2nd March from 4 to 5.30pm. This month we will be showing “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted”. Price: €2 with popcorn and drink on entry. Everyone WelcomeAGMRosses Currach Club AGM will be held on Saturday 2nd March at 8pm in Saint Mary’s Hall, everyone welcome.Dungloe GAA/CLG An Clochan LiathThe Club are holding a membership/registration night on Friday 1st March at 7pm in Rosses Community School. All existing and new members welcome.IOSAS Centre, Muff2013 is the Year of the Gathering, when Irish people are being invited home. The Columba Community is inviting Christian missionaries to a special celebration at the IOSAS Centre, Lenamore Road, Muff 7 – 9th June 2013. Please contact us if you have a family member who is a missionary. We would be delighted to invite them. For further details contact Fr. Neal Carlin (00353)74 9384866.ReflectionThe gospel for this Sunday is the Transfiguration (Luke 9:28b-36). This is a story of encouragement and hope. The apostles who are with Jesus are given a glimpse of him in his glory. Unsurprisingly the apostles want to hold on to a wonderful experience – Peter wants to build tents. We can sympathise with the apostles. We would all like to be able to hold on to the moment of glory. The reality, as Jesus knows and the apostles come to realise is that the glory only comes ultimately through the passion and death of Jesus.Moments of hope and glory sustain us through the difficult times – that is what this gospel, the Transfiguration is all about. How does this gospel relate to my own life experience?When I look back over my life have there been moments when my faith has been something bright and shining, something which gives strength, hope and direction to my life?What are the life experiences that stand out with special significance? Perhaps it is in a particular friendship, the birth of a child, an experience of healing and forgiveness.What have been the moments over the last day, the last week that have given me joy and strength? Give thanks to God for those moments.There are little transfiguration moments of hope and glory in every day – perhaps in very quiet, gentle ways. During Lent in this Year of Faith we are invited to become more and more aware of how active God is in our lives. We could each spend a few moments at night looking back over the day to catch a glimpse of where God has been present and active in our life, through the love of a friend, a sense of peace, a trouble faced, beauty recognised – these are the moments that can sustain us through life’s challenges.Student Support at Lough DergWednesday 3rd AprilThe next few months will be hugely challenging for many young people across Ireland as they prepare to sit Leaving Certificate and A-Level examinations.

This one day retreat will include workshops on study skills and relaxation techniques and will help focus participants’ attentions on achieving success. Practical advice and much needed motivation will be offered. 

This day is a must for all those making taking that important next step. Reserve a place at www.loughderg.orgAt the Heart of Lough DergFrom 31st MayAt the heart of our programme remains the 3-Day Pilgrimage Season

Challenging, fulfilling, emotional, spiritual – just some of the terms that have been used to describe this unique experience, pilgrims are welcome to attend any day between Friday 31st May and Tuesday 13th August.

The pilgrimage fee is €70 which includes boat fare, accommodation, and “Lough Derg meals.” Will you accept the Lough Derg calling in 2013?Service of RemembranceLetterkenny General Hospital’s Annual Interdenominational Service of Remembrance for little babies who have died due to Stillbirth, Neo-Natal Death or Miscarriage will be held on Sunday 3rd March, 2013 in Conwal Parish Church (Cathedral Square) at 4 pm. All Welcome.Shamrocks for St. Patrick’s DayScoil Mhuire Belcruit are currently taking orders for Shamrocks for St. Patrick’s Day. The shamrocks come in a special plastic lapel pouch with the words Beannachtai na Feile Padraig printed on a green white and gold background. The cost per pouch is €4 which needs to be paid in advance. Orders need to be in by Friday 1st of March and the shamrocks will be delivered to the school on the 13th of March. Please call into the school to place your order. This venture will help raise vital funds for the school.DD LOCAL: KINCASSLAGH AND BURTONPORT PARISH BULLETIN was last modified: February 23rd, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DD LOCAL: KINCASSLAGH AND BURTONPORT PARISH BULLETINlast_img read more


first_imgA car stolen in the Galliagh area of Derry at the weekend was recovered in Co. Donegal after it was involved in a crash. The burgundy Opel Astra, registration AKZ 2277, was taken from the Rossnagalliagh area between 4.ooam and 6.30am on Saturday and was later involved in a collision in the Raphoe area and was recovered by Gardai.It’s understood Gardaí are linking the car to the theft of TVs from a farmer’s home in the Raphoe area at the weekend. A wing mirror from the car was found in the farmyard after the raid.The investigating PSNI officer investigating the car’s theft is keen to speak to anyone who saw the car that day.Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 00 44 845 600 8000.  GARDAÍ JOIN PSNI IN HUNT FOR BURGLAR AFTER CAR SMASH was last modified: October 8th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Look Up, Look Down at Natural Design

first_imgSwimmers, flyers, and things that just sit in the sun are the envy of bioengineers.Silent flyers:  How do owls sneak up on their prey in the dark?  The secrets of the near noiseless flight of owls is being studied by Justin Jaworsky and a team at Lehigh University, Science Daily reported.  “Owls possess no fewer than three distinct physical attributes that are thought to contribute to their silent flight capability: a comb of stiff feathers along the leading edge of the wing; a flexible fringe at the trailing edge of the wing; and a soft, downy material distributed on the top of the wing,” he said.  Understanding these principles might help the design of submarines, aircraft and wind turbines.  The work is inspiring future applications: “If the noise-reduction mechanism of the owl down can be established, there may be far-reaching implications to the design of novel sound-absorbing liners, the use of flexible roughness to affect trailing-edge noise and vibrations for aircraft and wind turbines, and the mitigation of underwater noise from naval vessels,” Jaworski said.Jellyfish in the sky:  Air is a fluid, though it is much less dense a fluid than water.  Borrowing from the graceful propulsion system of jellyfish, the most efficient swimmer in the sea (10/13/13), Leif Ristroph of New York University has built a four-winged aircraft that propels itself upward in the air in a manner similar to jellyfish.  He says this method is much more stable than insect flight, which is much more complex and hard to imitate.  So in a sense, insects and jellyfish both provided inspiration for this flapping machine.  So far, Ristroph has only demonstrated “proof of principle” as he envisions “more sophisticated and complex vehicles” in the future.  (Source: Science Daily)Bird underwater:  Penguins look awkward waddling on the ice, but underwater, they can really rocket around, “accelerating from 0 to 7 m/s in less than a second,” Science Daily reported.  Inspired by that natural technology by seeing penguins underwater in an IMAX film, Caltech student Flavio Noca, now an instructor of aeronautical engineering in Switzerland, tried to imitate it.  A prototype of his “penguin-inspired propulsion system” that mimics the penguin’s spherical shoulder joint is pictured with the article.   Noca said that the penguin’s method of high-speed swimming is still poorly understood.  “By accurately reproducing an actual penguin wing movement, we hope to shed light on the swimming mysteries of these underwater rockets.”Fish armor:  “Clad in mail never clinking” is part of a riddle in The Hobbit about fish.  The silent, flexible scales of fish are inspiring MIT engineers to improve military armor.  Live Science describes what has made fish scales attractive for millennia, and how today’s engineers are going about imitating them:Such bio-inspired armor — also called biomimetic armor, because it mimics nature — has existed for years, even dating back to the Roman Empire, when soldiers wore scaly metallic garb reminiscent of fish or amphibian skin. But recent advancements in 3D printing now allow researchers to mimic, more closely and effectively, these natural structures by creating larger-than-life models of scales and conducting nuanced mechanical tests that identify the specific internal structures that make them so protective.The team’s plagiarism is not limited to the shape and arrangement of hard scales on dragon fish.  Materials scientist Christine Ortiz is also copying the material:“What nature does, in many cases, is it suppresses radial cracking in ceramics, and instead, it basically cracks in a circle right around the impact,” Ortiz said during the lecture. “Instead of cracking outward, it actually goes inward, dissipating energy to stop the penetration without sacrificing the structural integrity of the entire system.”Soldiers are not the only ones who might benefit from the research.  Anyone who needs protection and freedom of movement will thank the fish, including firefighters and football players.  For more on 3-D printing and why it is also a type of biomimetics, see 10/21/13.How dry I am:  What do nasturtium leaves and butterfly wings have in common?  They have super-hydrophobic surfaces – those that repel wetness by making water bead up and fall off.  The driest-ever waterproofing material has been created at MIT, the BBC News announced, inspired by those two natural wonders.   Its dryness even surpasses the lotus leaf, earlier thought to be the “gold standard” in hydrophobicity (9/23/09).  By imitating the tiny ridges in the nasturtium leaf, the MIT team has improved the dryness of their material 40% over the previous record.  Butterfly wings work even better because their ridges intersect.  An embedded video clip shows water drops bouncing off the artificial imitation like they can’t get away fast enough.  Imagine the raincoats and other products that could benefit from this technology: “Sportswear, lab coats, military clothing, tents – there are a whole range of situations where you want to stay dry.”  Gore-Tex will seem drenched by comparison.  Now that the team has imitated nasturtiums and butterflies, the gold rush is on: “There could be other species in the natural world which are even better.”Make like a leaf:  Efforts to imitate the efficiency of photosynthesis continue.  PhysOrg reported on work in Canada by Dr. Gregory Scholes, a prize-winning expert in photosynthesis.  The article notes that plants can harvest light and send it to the reaction center at an “incredible speed” – a billionth of a second.  The efficiency is astounding:More than 10 quadrillion photons of light strike a leaf each second. Incredibly, almost every visible photon (those with wavelengths between 400 and 700 nanometers—1 nm equalling 1 billionth of a meter) is captured by pigments and initiates the steps of plant growth.That’s why the desire to duplicate it.  “This new bio-inspired understanding will help scientists devise artificial light gathering systems that can far exceed existing solar cells in functionality, and so pave the way to new, environmentally-friendly energy technologies,” Scholes said.  His final sentence in the article is a take-home lesson about the value of biomimetic research:Concludes Dr. Scholes: “Nature has worked out with astonishing efficiency some the [sic] riddles of fundamental importance that vex our species today,” he adds. “If we are hunting for inspiration, we should keep our eyes open for the unexpected and learn from the natural sciences.“Those are just a few of the recent stories pouring out of biomimetics research labs around the world.Wasn’t this a great set?  Wow.  This is a scientific revolution in progress.  Biomimetics itself is old (like the mention of Romans mimicking fish scales), but only recently have the methods to study nature at the nanoscale enabled really detailed imitation.  There doesn’t seem to be any end in sight.  This is a gold rush young budding scientists should get on.None of the above articles mentioned Darwin.  Only the last story mentioned evolution briefly, describing bacteria “which have evolved to short circuit photosynthetic light harvesting and thereby warm their local environment.”  That sole mention, though, did not add anything to understanding the origin of photosynthesis.  If anything, it suggested that breaking photosynthesis creates waste heat, a compromise of thermodynamic efficiency – like using an arcing electrical appliance instead of a fireplace.  That’s something evolution is good at (breaking things).  Creating highly-efficient, superb designs is not the work of blind, unguided processes.  No; biomimetics has “intelligent design” written all over it. 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Gallery: the KAT-7 radio telescope

first_imgCompiled and photographed by Janine Erasmus South Africa’s bid to host the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) telescope, one of the most important scientific instruments ever constructed, is gaining ground. At the proposed SKA site in the remote Northern Cape province, the seven-dish KAT-7 – precursor to the MeerKAT, which is precursor to the SKA – is the world’s first radio telescope array consisting of fibreglass dishes.The instrument has already delivered images of the Centaurus A, a galaxy 14-million light years away.Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.  The vast, flat Karoo plains are perfect for construction of the SKA.• Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image Sociable weaver nest.• Download high-resolution image The SKA site complex from afar.• Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image This little trailer contains instrumentationthat was used in the determination ofthe area’s radio quietness.• Download high-resolution image Mould of the KAT-7 dish. All seven dishes weremade on site, and the facility will be expandedto accommodate the larger MeerKAT dishes.• Download high-resolution image The remote control room is located in ashielded container, to minimise the emissionof radio waves.• Download high-resolution image The trailer used to take the dishes tothe KAT-7 site, about 1km down the road.• Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image On-site control room in a shielded container.• Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image The final development of the highlyconfigurable Roach board, used extensivelyin the hardware, was carried out inSouth Africa.• Download high-resolution image More galleries: South Africa’s wildlifeCape Town’s busy harboursSouth Africa’s new ape-man species World Cup stadiums 120 days to kickoff The People’s Bus World Cup gets Beetle mania Brand South Africa at Davos Zuma’s UK state visit Soccer City Stadium Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium Football Fridays launch Welcome to Joburg! 2120 Fifa World Cup Jacob Zuma’s inauguration A twinkling nest of treasureslast_img read more

Understand the tax implications BEFORE selling assets

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Leisa Boley Hellwarth, a dairy farmer and attorney near CelinaI see the future every Tuesday evening at 5:30. No, I am not psychic with time specific abilities. No crystal ball. No tarot cards or Ouija board. This semester, I am teaching Agricultural Finance at the Lake Campus of Wright State. And I have the most amazing students. Nearly all are currently farming or employed in jobs directly supporting production agriculture. They work full-time and go to school full-time. They come to class prepared, and we have actually started class early because everyone is present and ready to learn.Most are from the Mercer, Darke, Auglaize, Van Wert and surrounding areas. I was lecturing about the challenge of unplanned expenses and provided an example of our chopper ending up in the shop last year during harvest. One of the students raised his hand to inquire what my husband’s name was. The student was employed at the dealership (and a son of the owner). That camaraderie and connection you only find in rural America.The class has a huge amount of practical experience. In another course, we discuss Banamine and its prohibition in show animals. Every student knew what the drug was, how it was used and why it was banned for show stock before my lecture. My students are enthusiastic and determined. And I see a rare combination of technical expertise, book smarts and common sense. The future is in good hands.Agriculture’s present condition is more of a problem. Low commodity prices, tariffs, overproduction, prices below costs of production, high input costs, and increased regulation are just some of the obstacles farmers currently face. Farm income is expected to be substantially reduced this year. Consequently, many farmers will be forced to find creative ways to generate cash to remain in business. Selling assets to raise cash is common and often necessary. Just keep potential tax consequences in mind because, if you have a gain, it may be considered income.Before selling any assets that you no longer use or can operate without, understand the tax basis of the asset. What you paid for the asset is not necessarily what you paid for the item.For land, tax basis is the purchase price of the property (or what it was valued at when you inherited it). Add any improvements you made that were not deducted on your prior tax returns. For buildings and equipment, the basis is the original cost less any depreciation that was written off in prior years. For livestock you raised, the tax basis is usually zero.Calculate any gain from a sale by subtracting the basis from the sales price (less the cost of selling the asset). Any deductions for selling cannot also be included as expenses against income, such as repairs.If some of the money received from the sale of the asset is used to pay off debt associated with that asset, that does not impact the gain calculation. Even if all of the selling price is used to retire debt, you could still have a gain. And if you release an asset to satisfy the debt on that asset, the amount of debt that is eliminated is the same as the sale price.Next determine if the transaction will be taxed at ordinary income tax rates or a lower capital gains tax rate. If you have previously taken a depreciation deduction, then all or part of your realized gain will be taxed as ordinary income. If you sell the asset for more than what you originally paid for it, that part of the gain is taxed as a section 1231 gain along with any undepreciated basis.Please talk to your CPA before finalizing a sale to determine if your transaction involves alternative minimum tax. For instance, if your capital gain is large, you may have to pay more than the capital gains rate by becoming subject to alternative minimum tax.Beware of selling equipment on an installment contract sale. In this scenario, all of the prior accelerated depreciation must be added to ordinary income in the year of the sale—even if not cash was collected.Gains from the sale of assets count against you for calculation of an earned income credit and the premium tax credit for the Affordable Care Act. Several sad cases have recently been decided that affirm this statement.If you opt to trade an asset for like-kind property, gains can be deferred and not affect your tax liability. If you receive cash or an equipment dealer sells your asset for you, the transaction will be treated as a sale.Please consult with your CPA regarding all of the potential consequences before you finalize the sale.As we face the current challenges in farming, the past can be an inspiration. American agriculture has survived many bad times — the 1920s when 600,000 farmers went bankrupt, the Dust Bowl, the Great Depression, the Farm Crisis of the l980s, and the Carter Grain Embargo, to name a few. Somehow, we will persevere this time.As we celebrate Thanksgiving, let’s be thankful for what we have and remember that “some of us grew up playing with tractors, the lucky ones still do.”last_img read more

Facebook Wins $360 Million in Anti-Spam Lawsuit

first_imgThe Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Related Posts Tags:#Facebook#web A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationcenter_img Last October, Facebook filed three lawsuits in a federal court in San Jose, California alleging that three individuals were “attempting to trick people on Facebook into signing up for mobile subscriptions and sending spam to their friends.”According to an update on Facebook’s Security Blog, the decision came this week, kicking the offender off the site and awarding Facebook with more than $360 million in damages.Facebook updated its blog this week, offering a couple details on the decision:This week, a federal court awarded Facebook $360,500,000 in statutory damages and issued a permanent injunction kicking a known spammer, Philip Porembski, off Facebook for good. We’re pleased with the win, which is just another result in an ongoing enforcement effort.According to security firm Sophos, Porembski “was alleged to have obtained the login details of at least 116,000 Facebook users, and sent more than 7.2 million spam messages to victims’ online friends.”Sophos reports that Facebook received more than 8,000 user complaints in relation to Porembski’s efforts, with 4,500 deactivating their accounts as a result. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… mike melansonlast_img read more