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first_imgThe main wooden roof section for the Olympic Gymnastic Centre in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic games is seen in Tokyo Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. The new Tokyo 2020 Olympic venue is halfway completed. On Wednesday engineers raised a massive wooden roof section, one of five sections that will top out the 20.5 billion yen ($180 million) building. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)TOKYO — Attention Simone Biles: They’re building a venue in Tokyo where you can add to the four Olympic gold medals you won in Rio de Janeiro.The 2020 Olympic gymnastics venue is halfway completed and should be finished by this time next year.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew On Wednesday, engineers raised a massive timber roof section, one of five curved sections that will top out the 20.5 billion yen ($180 million) building, which designers describe as being shaped like a wooden bowl.“Japan’s wood culture will be communicated through the venue,” architect Hidemichi Takahashi said through an interpreter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissWood has been traditionally used in Japanese housing, and religious shrines and temples.Each of the five wooden sections weighs 200 metric tons, or 200,000 kilograms (440,000 pounds). Officials said the wood used in the roof is larch, a conifer in the pine family. LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college 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 Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Doncic, Smith lead Mavs past Wizards to stop skid View comments Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown MOST READ The venue is located in the Tokyo Bay region in an area known as Ariake. The area will also have Olympic venues for tennis, volleyball, BMX and skateboarding.Located close by in the bay region are also venues for triathlon, marathon swimming, beach volleyball, swimming, water polo, archery, 3×3 basketball, sport climbing, hockey, equestrian, canoeing and rowing.Olympic organizers and the International Olympic Committee have been criticized for leaving behind empty, unused venues in Rio de Janeiro — where Biles was among the stars of the games — and earlier this year at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.Tokyo organizers are using a mix of new, old and temporary venues, hoping to avoid the stigma of creating white elephants.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The section raised on Wednesday was lifted from the ground at a glacial pace of about 9 centimeters (3.5 inches) per minute, so trying to see the movement was like watching clock hands barely move.“By using wood instead of steel, the weight of the roof is cut in half,” Takahashi said.The venue will also have timber seating “to give fans the feel of the warmth of wood,” Takahashi added.Officials said all the wood in the venue is Japanese. There has been some controversy about the origin of wood used in the new Olympic Stadium, which is under construction in central Tokyo.The gymnastics venue will seat about 12,000 and will be used for 10 years after the Olympics as a convention center by the Tokyo metropolitan government. After that, plans call for the building to be razed.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?last_img read more

first_img Bale spotted on Real bench doing ‘bottle flip challenge’ as he Bernabeu exit Champions League live reaction: Liverpool, City, Chelsea and Spurs learn fate Real Madrid were beaten 5-1 by bitter rivals Barcelona last weekend Madrid’s faithful have weighed in on the debate through a Marca poll, in which they voted Bale as their worst performing player of 2018/19 so far.The Welshman has netted just four goals this season and, despite a positive start with Karim Benzema, the pair have since gone off the boil. REVEALED Gareth Bale has fill the incredibly big void left by Cristiano Ronaldo in the hat The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Thousands of pro-Catalan protesters make their voice heard before El Clasico Eden Hazard vows to go back to Chelsea when he’s done at Real Madrid Latest Real Madrid News WARNING ROWDY Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star El Clasico Champions League Super Computer: Will Liverpool, Chelsea, City and Spurs qualify? France’s Benzema has been voted third worst by the Madrid supporters, with club legend Sergio Ramos currently sitting in between him and Bale in second.The full top ten (with current voting tallies) is listed below. All of Lionel Messi’s incredible records against Real Madrid ahead of El Clasico PREDICTED 2 2 REAL DEAL g.o.a.t How to watch Barcelona vs Real Madrid: Stream, channel, kick-off time, team news lack of bottle Real Madrid supporters believe Gareth Bale is the player most to blame for their horrendous start to the season.The Galacticos currently sit ninth in LaLiga and sacked manager Julen Lopetegui on Monday as a result, however their fans don’t hold the Spaniard solely responsible. return Pogba-Bale swap deal would be ‘mistake’ as Man United ace linked with Real Madrid 1. Gareth Bale – 56,000 votes2. Sergio Ramos – 53,000 votes3. Karim Benzema – 46,000 votes4. Raphael Varane – 40,000 votes5. Marco Asensio – 36,000 votes6. Luka Modric – 23,000 votes7. Toni Kroos – 18,000 votes8. Isco – 17,000 votes9. Thibaut Courtois – 16,000 votes10. Marcelo – 15,000 voteslast_img read more

first_imgQPR face Birmingham City at St Andrews today, with Sandro in contention for his first start since May.The Brazilian midfielder made his first appearance of the season when he came on as a second-half substitute during Rangers’ 4-3 win against Bolton before the international break.Having impressed in that game and in training since, Sandro is pushing for a starting place. Head coach Chris Ramsey was previously reluctant to select him.Director of football Les Ferdinand this week declared that Ramsey needed to “step his game up” following a troubled start to the campaign.Rangers are 11th in the Championship table and have conceded 20 league goals this season. No team in the division has shipped more.See also:QPR discuss loan deals but Sandro and Fer look set to staySandro seeks assurances but Ramsey stands by HenryBirmingham v QPR: six key battlesFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgThey may not be able to talk, but animals communicate graduate level information about physics, chemistry and intelligent design.Reasons for tails. Scientists at University of California, Riverside decide to watch what animals do with their tails. In UCR Today, they learned some tricks of physics. Your dog, for instance, may seem just happy when it wags its tail, but animals actually get more mileage out of their walking and running; “the side-to-side motion may also help them take longer strides and move faster,” they found. By studying leopard geckos with and without tails, the researchers figured that lateral tail movements actually increase stride length.Higham said the results demonstrate a role for tail undulations in geckos that is likely applicable to many terrestrial animals with tails.“We know that tails have a number of important functions, such as fat storage in lizards and balance and stability in cats,” Higham said. “This research suggests another role for tails, which is in increasing step length and ultimately speed.”Ant where it used to be. Ever watch the ant trails in the kitchen before rushing for the spray? It’s amazing that they keep their spacing just right. Three scientists at MIT are taking inspiration from ants to learn about density control for human designs of distributed populations. In a paper in PNAS, they find solutions to these complex algorithms everywhere:Highly complex distributed algorithms are ubiquitous in nature: from the behavior of social insect colonies and bird flocks, to cellular differentiation in embryonic development, to neural information processing. In our research, we study biological computation theoretically, combining a scientific perspective, which seeks to better understand the systems being studied, with an engineering perspective, which takes inspiration from these systems to improve algorithm design. In this work, we focus on the problem of population density estimation in ant colonies, demonstrating that extremely simple algorithms, similar to those used by ants, solve the problem with strong theoretical guarantees and have a number of interesting computational applications.Squid ink for dental health. Scientists at UC San Diego have improved on an old technique for diagnosing gum disease. Instead of using those pointed probes between teeth, use squid ink, Science Daily recommends.By combining squid ink with light and ultrasound, a team led by engineers at the University of California San Diego has developed a new dental imaging method to examine a patient’s gums that is non-invasive, more comprehensive and more accurate than the state of the art…Squid ink naturally contains melanin nanoparticles, which absorb light. During the oral rinse, the melanin nanoparticles get trapped in the pockets between the teeth and gums. When researchers shine a laser light onto the area, the squid ink heats up and quickly swells, creating pressure differences in the gum pockets that can be detected using ultrasound. This method enables researchers to create a full map of the pocket depth around each tooth — a significant improvement over the conventional method.Beetle on its back: Click! Right side up. Imagine a Mars rover that tipped over on its back. Its functional life would be over: antenna down, wheels in the air, solar cells unable to get more energy. Wouldn’t it be nice to design a way for it to get right-side up again? Click beetles do just that. Science Daily says they are inspiring the design of self-righting robots. This is no idle project; it won international prizes:The researchers presented their findings at Living Machines 2017: The 6th International Conference on Biomimetic and Biohybrid Systems at Stanford University, and later won second place in a student and faculty research competition at the international BIOMinnovate Challenge, in Paris, France — a research expo that showcases biologically-inspired design in engineering, medicine and architecture.That’s a big clue that biomimetics is a hot topic around the world. How do the beetles perform this trick?The beetles have a unique hinge-like mechanism between their heads and abdomens that makes a clicking sound when initiated and allows them to flip into the air and back onto their feet when they are knocked over, Alleyne said.“Very little research had been performed on these beetles, and I thought this legless jumping mechanism would be a perfect candidate for further exploration in the field of bioinspiration,” said Alleyne, who teaches a bioinspiration design course with mechanical sciences and engineering professor, co-author and lead investigator Aimy Wissa.The real teacher is the beetle. Wissa is the learner. “The group has already built several prototypes of a hinge-like, spring-loaded device that will eventually be incorporated into a robot, the researchers said.” What the team is learning provides feedback to biologists, who learn to appreciate the engineering in their little bugs.PS: Spider Silk update. One icon of biomimetics is spider silk. Here is a case of human design trying to improve on natural design for human engineering needs. Science Daily says,Natural spider silk has excellent mechanical properties. Researchers from the Graphene Flagship have found a way to boost the strength of spider’s silk using graphene-based materials, paving the way for a novel class of high-performance bionic composites….“Humans have used silkworm silks widely for thousands of years, but recently research has focussed on spider silk, as it has promising mechanical properties. It is among the best spun polymer fibres in terms of tensile strength, ultimate strain, and especially toughness, even when compared to synthetic fibres such as Kevlar,” said Nicola Pugno, of the University of Trento.The new work may represent the biggest change in biomaterials since humans learned to obtain silk from silkworms thousands of years ago.What’s not to love in these biomimetics stories? Kids love them. Engineers love them. Creationists love them. Scientists love them. The only ones frowning are the Darwin Supremacists.(Visited 284 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_imgRay Maota Recently named one of the new sevenwonders of the natural world, TableMountain in the Western Cape is afamous tourist attractions. Visitors to South Africa are alwayskeen for a chance to view the big five;the lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo andrhino.(Images: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com.For more images, visit the image library)MEDIA CONTACTS• Thandiwe MathibelaSouth African Tourism+27 11 895 3000German tourism to South Africa grew by 9.9% in the first 11 months of 2011, according to SA Tourism, compared to all 12 months of 2010 – the year the country hosted the Fifa World Cup.The research also reveals that 40% were repeat visitors.Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk, who attended last month’s International Tourism Bourse (ITB) in Berlin, in Germany, noted in an address that the German outbound market is one of the most valuable in the world.He conceded that the uncertain economic situation in Europe and around the world was a cause for concern, but said the outlook for the world’s travel industry remains good.“The global growth was not as strong as in 2010, but tourist arrivals still grew to a staggering 980 million in 2011.”According to Van Schalkwyk, long-haul destinations, which are characterised by either a travelling timeline of between four and six hours, or travelling from one country to another, have become much more attractive to German tourists in recent years.“SA Tourism’s research has shown that there is still a large opportunity in this market and we have to do more to create demand among the younger travellers that are considering South Africa,” said Van Schalkwyk.He pointed out that travellers from Germany are increasingly price-sensitive when choosing a destination and are looking for meaningful experiences in holidays.The minister is of the opinion that South Africa is well-positioned to take on this market.Showcasing South Africa at the ITBThe ITB is one of the world’s leading travel trade shows, with more than 170 000 visitors. Among these about 108 000 are general trade visitors, while another 10 000 or so are exhibitors from 180 countries around the globe.Tourism players from all over the South Africa showcased their wares and conducted business meetings to stimulate trade to the country at the event.Among the exhibitors were the nine provincial winners of the 2011/2012 Emerging Tourism Entrepreneur of the Year (Eteya) competition.Eteya is an initiative of, among others, SA Tourism and the Department of Tourism. It is aimed at encouraging entrepreneurs within the sector from all nine provinces to grow their businesses and empower their communities.Also on the itinerary was a South African evening for German media and trade, which showcased tourism attractions and experiences from all nine provinces, including golf, wildlife, fashion, culture, heritage and outdoor adventures.Another highlight was a fashion show by renowned South African designer Bongiwe Walaza, who expressed her pride at Team SA.“It is important to encourage Germans to visit our country because of the economic impact they have,” said Walaza.She added that the impact of German tourists could benefit smaller communities across the country because they are keen on experiencing our authentic traditions and cultures.Theresa Bay-Müller, SA Tourism Country Manager for Germany, said: “We’ve got big plans for the German market, we’ve grown market share and confidence in destination South Africa is stable.Wine talkThe show would of course be incomplete without a celebration of South African food and wine.South African wine, a popular product in Europe, saw exports to Germany reaching the number one slot in January 2012, for the first time overtaking the UK market.Exports of South African wine to Germany increased by 13%, averaging 81 million litres per year, compared to the UK’s 80.9 million litres.Bulk wine imports have increased generally, by 19% in Germany, 91% to Denmark, 56% to Sweden and 8% to UK.last_img read more

first_imgTags:#social networks#web Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification antone gonsalves A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditcenter_img While Facebook struggles to feed ads to 900 million fickle members enjoying its free services, LinkedIn is working on selling paid services to its 175 million professional participants. Its fastest growing products, accounting for more than half of the company’s revenue, turn the serious social network into a giant job mart.“[LinkedIn] is the best tool to come out so far for recruiters,” said Glenn Newman, a headhunter for Berkeley, Calif.-based Management Recruiters, an affiliate of global recruiting firm MRINetwork.The Place For HeadhuntersFully 90% of recruiters use LinkedIn to seek candidates, according to a recent survey by MRINetwork. By comparison, the same study found that only 15% of recruiters use Facebook and 11% check out Twitter.Financial SuccessRevenue from LinkedIn’s hiring services rose 107% year over year in the second quarter, to $122 million, or 53% of the site’s total revenue. LinkedIn’s success has put pressure on traditional online job sites, like Monster Worldwide.Impact on Job SitesIn the second quarter, Monster’s profit fell by more than half, mostly due to the weak job market in the U.S. and Europe. But in a recent interview with Dow Jones Newswires, Monster chief executive Salvatore Iannuzzi acknowledged that LinkedIn is likely hurting his business – especially at the high end of the job market where positions pay more than $80,000 a year.Monster doesn’t provide much help for recruiters trying to fill executive positions. That’s because most people using the service are unemployed, and the most desirable executive candidates usually have jobs.“Sometimes you find a diamond in the rough, but the candidates recruiters are looking for are those that are working, that are really good at what they do, that are happy and are sitting at their job doing what they do,” Newman said. “Not people who are out of work and have their resume posted somewhere.” Why Recruiters Like LinkedInRecruiters turn to LinkedIn for leads on people they may be able to convince to jump to a competitor. But while the site is a good place to start, the search seldom ends there.“It’s the lazy recruiter that uses LinkedIn as their bible,” Newman said. Recruiters often take the information on LinkedIn and use it in conjunction with their company’s database of potential candidates.LinkedIn can also be helpful in finding people for specialized positions, he said. For example, Newman is looking for a western regional sales manager for a tea company. LinkedIn might avail me in accessing some names and companies that I wasn’t aware of.”More Than Just JobsLinkedIn’s focus on professionals is driving more than just its hiring services. Advertisers spent $63 million on the site in the second quarter, 64% more than a year ago. Revenue from people signing up for paid subscriptions rose 82%, to $43 million.In the first half of the year, LinkedIn reported a 94% increase in overall revenue, far outpacing the growth of tech giants Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Google, according to figures compiled by Statista. LinkedIn topped Statista’sLinkedIn’s revenue growth has also gotten a high five from investors. Its stock has more than doubled since its $45-a-share debut in 2011, while Facebook’s has been cut almost in half since its May initial public offering.ChallengesWhich isn’t to say LinkedIn doesn’t face challenges. Herman Leung of Susquehanna Financial Groupestimates the company is trading at 102 times 2013 estimated earnings, which is far higher than other Internet companies. How long LinkedIn can sustain that ratio remains to be seen.But for now, investors don’t seem to worry, as LinkedIn’s revenue streams show no signs of slowing.Lead image courtesy of Shutterstock. Related Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoslast_img read more

first_imgThe Centre has not yet cleared the proposal of the West Bengal government to change the name of the State to ‘Bangla’, Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai said in a written response in the Rajya Sabha to a question from MP Ritabrata Banerjee on Wednesday.“No, sir,” he said adding that changing a State’s name requires constitutional amendment and it is done after taking into consideration all relevant factors.On July 26 last year, the West Bengal Assembly had passed a resolution unanimously to change the name in the three most-spoken languages — Bengali, Hindi and English — and had sent the proposal to the Home Ministry. It suggested ‘Paschimbanga’ in 2011 but it was turned down by the Central government.In 2016, it proposed ‘Bengal’ in English, ‘Bangla’ in Bengali and ‘Bangal’ in Hindi, which was also turned down. Finally, it proposed ‘Bangla’ last year.The Ministry of External Affairs objected to the proposals suggesting ‘Bangla’ had similarity to Bangladesh and it would be difficult to differentiate the two at international forums. Describing the re-naming to be in consonance with the history, culture and identity of the State, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to bring an amendment for the same in the current session of Parliament. She said the Chief Secretary of the State had communicated this position to the Union Home Secretary on August 21, 2018. (With inputs from Kolkata)last_img read more

first_imgSenior BJP leader Lalji Tandon took oath as Governor of Madhya Pradesh on Monday at a function in Raj Bhawan here. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Tandon, 84, served as the Governor of Bihar. Madhya Pradesh High Court Chief Justice Ravi Shankar Jha administered the oath of office to Mr. Tandon in the presence of Chief Minister Kamal Nath, State ministers and bureaucrats, a Raj Bhawan Official said.Mr. Tandon replaced Anandiben Patel, who was appointed as governor of Uttar Pradesh recently.last_img

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