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  • ‘Fighting for their fate’: Chinese kids adopted by MMA club

    first_imgIsner, Harrison advance to BB&T Atlanta Open final  MOST READ Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets En Bo, the club’s Tibetan founder, was formerly in the military, and has spent the last 18 years running amateur MMA fighting studios.Enbo Fight Club boasts more than 200 members, with kids comprising just a small fraction.“As long as they meet my standards, we take kids of all ethnic groups, including the Qiang, Hui, Yi and Tibetan minorities,” En Bo told AFP in June. “We have a team that manages their health and safety, as well as teachers who are responsible for their schooling.”The kids’ housing, food and clothes are all provided by the club, En Bo said, and they receive extra “scholarships” if they win fights.But many commentators online were alarmed by the web documentary, streamed on the site Pear Video, in which the kids’ sparring appeared to be sold as a commercial spectacle.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTubecenter_img 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano In the footage, two thin, prepubescent fighters are seen in an octagonal steel cage. One knocks the other down and proceeds to bash him repeatedly about the head and body as the losing fighter cowers on the mat.Models wearing bikini tops and short jeans cheer and a man with a microphone whips up the crowd by saying the boys were “fighting for their fate.”“These kids are tougher than your kids,” the MC says. “Their story is more touching than your kids’. And they have had it much harder than your kids.”The video was a point of fierce debate on China’s Twitter-like Weibo platform.“Soliciting and using minors to engage in commercial performances which are also violent, while depriving them of a salary, is illegal,” wrote one user named Chen Ming.Others argued that without the club the boys would end up on the street and a possible life of crime.The glaring neon lights, rowdy crowds, and scantily-clad female performers at these public fights did not faze Jihushuojie, a 12-year-old who joined the club one and half years ago.“I’m not really scared of getting hurt,” he told AFP. “Before a fight, I feel relaxed and excited.”China had 500,000 orphans at the end of 2015, with less than 20 percent raised by the state and only about five percent adopted, the latest-available official figures show.The fate of the rest is unclear. Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur This picture taken June 2, 2017 shows Abieamu, 13, preparing to fight in an underground fight club in Chengdu.Abieamu is among the kids from the Tibetan plateau who were adopted into the Enbo Fight Club in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province. Though most of the club’s activities are government-sanctioned, Chengdu police launched an investigation into the mixed martial arts (MMA) group in late July after a video showing two 14-year-old boys in a bruising cage fight before a roaring crowd went viral last week. / AFP PHOTO / Fred DUFOURThe 13-year-old fighter in training starts his day at 8 a.m.After a quick breakfast, he heads to a gym in southwest China where more than a dozen other shirtless teenage boys are kickboxing, wrestling and grappling — holding one another in full-body grips until one person yields.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Abieamu is among the kids from the Tibetan plateau who were adopted into the Enbo Fight Club in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province. Many were orphans or came from impoverished homes, and were connected to the club through the local civil affairs bureau.Though most of the club’s activities are government-sanctioned, Chengdu police launched an investigation into the mixed martial arts (MMA) group earlier this week after a video showing two 14-year-old boys in a bruising cage fight before a roaring crowd went viral last week.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Local authorities could not be reached for comment Friday. The education department in Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture told Chinese media that the underage fighters have been returned to Liangshan and may be matched with new schools.A coach for the club told AFP that most of the kids have returned to the Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture of Aba, where they are continuing their training. LATEST STORIES McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicanslast_img read more

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  • Michelle Cobb, La Salle thump Adamson

    first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDefending champion La Salle made quick work of Adamson, 25-16, 25-21 25-20, in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Rookie Jolina dela Cruz led all scorers with 10 points while Michelle Cobb dished out 25 excellent sets for the Lady Spikers, who rolled to 2-0 to start the season after beating fierce rival Ateneo in their first game on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying NU posts first win, beats UE in 3 sets behind Ivy Lacsina’s 18 Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlecenter_img LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. La Salle has now won 12 straight wins dating back to last season.But DLSU head coach Ramil de Jesus said his team still has to iron out some kinks including the players’ communication on the floor which was evident in the second set after allowing the Lady Falcons to make a push.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“There are still situations where they fail to adjust and commit errors and perhaps it’s because of their lack of communication inside the court,” said de Jesus, whose squad blew a 17-11 lead in the second set as Adamson pulled within a point, 22-21.Des Cheng and Aduke Ogunsanya added nine points each for La Salle while May Luna chipped in eight. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Bernadette Flora and Mary Joy Dacoron scored nine points apiece for the Lady Falcons, who fell to 0-2.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

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  • Parika fuel dealer shot dead during robbery

    first_imgA Parika businessman was on Saturday killed when two gunmen attacked him in front of his home.Dead is Seeram Singh of Lot 40 Parika Outfall, East Bank Essequibo.Dead fuel dealer Seeram SinghRelatives of the now dead fuel dealerReports are that the businessman was attacked at about 21:00h by the two gunmen who robbed him of three sizable gold chains which were on his neck. Notably, his gold rings were still on his fingers.Guyana Times was told that the 52-year-old businessman was shot twice to his head. He also had three stab wounds to his body.Relatives told this newspaper that the businessman put up a fight with the gunmen during the ordeal.The grieving family stated that they are extremely disappointed with the Police’s response to the robbery.A close relative related that the Police took a long time to respond following the shooting.last_img read more

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  • Man United player ratings – Fellaini’s strike masks woeful performance

    first_imgAlthough he is undeniably solid at right-back, you feel as though United more than that. He lacks the tactical understanding of the position to truly utilise his pace and natural attacking instincts – although that is hardly his fault at this stage in his career. 15 Fred – 6 15 15 Phil Jones – 7 Mourinho celebrated by launching a water bottle carrier into the stands 15 Marcus Rashford – 5 (SUB) Paul Pogba – 7 However, the performance at Old Trafford was decidedly woeful and seriously lacking in real quality or excitement.The front three of Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial showed glimpses of raw brilliance and skill, but failed to find the killer pass required to carve open their Swiss opponents.So how did the players fare individually on Tuesday night?Scroll down to see talkSPORT.com’s player ratings. (SUB) Romelu Lukaku – 5 15 Having seen his selection questioned by Man United fans on Twitter before the game, Jones delivered an extremely assured display. His reading of the game and physical style meant the opposition strikers had no chances to feed off of all game. Just not his night through the middle. Shifted out wide to accommodate Lukaku but just tried too hard to make things happen. Perhaps the only positive besides De Gea, the left-back must be surely the second name on the teamsheet right now. Assured on the ball, confident going forward and bullish in defence, the former Southampton man showed plenty of the heart Mourinho suggested was missing before the game. Jesse Lingard – 6 Marouane Fellaini spared Jose Mourinho’s blushes as he popped up with a late winner to secure a 1-0 victory for Manchester United over Young Boys.The win, coupled with Valencia’s result in Turin, means the Red Devils have secured qualification to the last 16 of the Champions League. Like Martial, it seems as though the Belgium striker has everything in his locker to be clinical. However, the ball just will not fall in the right positions for him. 15 Chris Smalling – 6 Looked uncomfortable playing in such a rigid midfield system. Perhaps it was due to his colleagues in the trio, but the Brazilian must already be wondering why he didn’t choose the blue half of Manchester… 15 Marouane Fellaini – 4 center_img Nemanja Matic – 5 15 So much pace and trickery, the France international should be scoring and setting up goals for fun. As it is, the things he is trying just do not seem to be coming off. Besides popping up with the late goal, Fellaini offered very little. Does not possess the intelligence or instinct to play incisive balls through the lines to break down stubborn defences. Great to lump it to when all else fails. Like the aforementioned Fellaini, the Serb does not possess the attacking instinct required to trouble opposition midfielders. Defensively sound, but you have to wonder why the Portuguese picked him. 15 David De Gea – 8 15 Made a truly spectacular save to keep the scores level. The Spaniard was a virtual spectator all game until that moment – producing a moment of magic when required. Like his centre-half partner, Smalling’s selection was questioned. But proved to be solid when called upon – should have scored before Fellaini though. 15 Anthony Martial- 6 Luke Shaw – 8 15 Looked extremely frustrated on the night, a player of his quality will never enjoy playing against such a rigid defence with so little time to operate. Brought on as Young Boys dropped deep and was gifted the time and space to spray some glorious passes around. Took the game by the scruff of the neck 15 15 Besides a few fancy tricks and some full-blooded challenges, the England international looked a little lost. Seems to save his best performances for the Three Lions. 15 (SUB) Juan Mata – 5 Antonio Valencia – 6 last_img read more

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  • Weis gets Carroll’s Irish up

    first_imgLOS ANGELES – Pete Carroll rarely loses his cool. Twenty-seven consecutive victories has something to do with it. Iron self-control does, too. But Tuesday, a spasm of anger rearranged Carroll’s normally cheerful features when USC’s football coach was asked who had the better of it in his previous encounters with Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis. “I’m not going to talk about that, OK?” he said heatedly. “I never make those kinds of evaluations. I won’t do it.” And then he was back in control. A moment later, he complimented a journalist for asking the question he still wouldn’t answer. By count of the USC sports information office, Carroll teams met Weis teams 11 times, and Carroll’s team won six of those matchups. Of course, Weis never got fired; Carroll did twice. And when Carroll reinvented himself as a college coach, in 2001, Weis went on to win three Super Bowl rings as offensive coordinator of the New England Patriots. It’s fair to wonder if Weis’ Super Sunday achievements don’t stick in Carroll’s craw. At least a little. Winning the Biggest of All Games while Carroll was playing Washington State. Carroll spent considerable time Tuesday praising Weis for Notre Dame’s seemingly abrupt turnaround from mediocrity under Ty Willingham to a high-octane 4-1 team with two victories over ranked teams. “He has to be a great teacher,” Carroll said of Weis. “The (Notre Dame offensive) players are the same, but they are performing at a higher level because of the guy who is running the thing. I couldn’t say enough positive things about how his abilities show what he is all about, early on.” Carroll vs. Weis makes for a riveting game within the game. Each is head coach, but Carroll retains control of the USC defense. Weis runs the Notre Dame offense. And it’s like old times. “There’s a lot of familiarity, looking at them,” Carroll said of Notre Dame’s offense. Meanwhile, in Indiana, Weis told reporters, “Pete knows me very well. He knows what I like to do. I like to think I know what he likes to do.” What does Weis like to do? According to Carroll, he stresses execution, ball control and moving the chains. “Just like the Patriots.” Weis has Brady Quinn playing like Tom Brady, and Darius Walker running like Corey Dillon. According to Weis, Carroll “won’t blitz unless he has to … He always has safeties who are big and make plays. He always has guys who can rush the passer. He always has linebackers who can run. It is pretty easy.” The nub of this? NFL refugee Carroll has made hay at the expense of Average College Coach. Since the middle of his first season he is 44-4 at USC, with two national championships, and any given Saturday watching the Trojans play it seems like a man-vs.-boys coaching matchup. This Saturday, Carroll runs into a guy whose NFL credentials are as good (or better) than his. An opponent who knows the secret NFL handshake, has schemed at the highest level and been to the biggest show. And gone head-to-head with him. Perhaps he fears Weis will be able to take advantage of the players Carroll has been hiding in his young and banged up defense. A cornerback, a linebacker or three, a tackle. Perhaps he worries Weis has transferred some of that Patriots magic to South Bend – as if the Irish need any more. And all that can drive a guy to distraction. Maybe even to a flash of anger. Pete Carroll has been thinking about Charlie Weis and Notre Dame. That’s clear. And it makes this beauty of a game even more attractive. Said Carroll: “It makes for a very fun challenge. Hopefully for both of us.” Probably not. Only one of them can win their latest battle of wits, Saturday. Paul Oberjuerge’s column appears Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday. He can be reached at paul.oberjuerge@sbsun.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Charlie Weis might just be getting under Pete Carroll’s skin – and into his head – as ninth-ranked Notre Dame and top-ranked USC prepare to renew their storied rivalry Saturday in South Bend. Weis and Carroll have a history. One forged in the harshly Darwinian environment of the National Football League. Said Weis: “Pete and I do go back a ways.” For several seasons they ran in the same small circle, the AFC East. Carroll coaching defense, Weis coaching offense. Matching wits at least twice every season. The final two seasons Carroll was with the New York Jets, 1993-94, Weis was with the New England Patriots. When Carroll got the Patriots top job, in 1997, Weis was one of the New England assistants Carroll didn’t keep. (No hard feelings, Weis insists.) So Weis joined the Jets, with whom he stayed until Carroll was fired by the Patriots, after the 1999 season. last_img read more

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  • DONEGAL COURT CLERK LOSES APPEAL OVER THREATS TO KILL MAN

    first_imgFormer court clerk Ciaran Waldron leaves court at an earlier sitting. PIc by North West Newspix.A former Donegal court clerk fined for threatening to kill a man he thought was having an affair with his wife has lost an appeal against his conviction.Father-of-four Ciaran Waldron (59), of Riverview, Buncrana, had found his now ex-wife sitting in a car by the seaside in Buncrana with another man on August 7 2006. He had pleaded not guilty at Letterkenny Circuit Criminal Court to reckless endangerment by driving his vehicle deliberately at Christine O’Kane and Anthony McColgan and threatening to kill Mr McColgan in Buncrana.Waldron was acquitted of reckless endangerment but unanimously found guilty by a jury of making a threat to kill Mr McColgan and was fined €1,000 by Judge John O’Hagan on July 12 2011.Dismissing his appeal against conviction today, Mr Justice George Birmingham said Christine O’Kane was the estranged wife of Waldron and was at the time of the offence “in a form of relationship with Anthony McColgan”.The Irish Independent reports Mr Justice Birmingham said he used the term “form of relationship” because Ms O’Kane “baulked at the term ‘relationship’” when it was put to her in the witness box.Ms O’Kane had said during her evidence that she was afraid of Waldron because she had been in a very abusive marriage to him for 25 years.Objections to the comment had been raised and the trial judge said he would deal with it later on in the trial.However, Mr Justice Birmingham said the remark, which should not have been made, was volunteered by the witness and the impact, if anything, must have been limited.He said the introduction of the material was not such that would bring into question the verdict or fairness of the trial and the trial judge had acted well within his discretion.The judge had said that the remark was made in the context of long-running marital disharmony and an acrimonious break up. For one party to characterise the relationship as abusive was hardly surprising.Waldron’s legal team further submitted that the trial judge erred in law in describing to the jury the ingredients of the offence of making a threat.The judge had told the jury that it wasn’t Mr McColgan who had to believe the threat was real but Waldron.That direction, taken in isolation, was certainly wrong, Mr Justice Birmingham said, but defence counsel said at the time that he was very happy with it.In circumstances where the defence resisted a request for clarification and said they were very happy with what was said “this ground (of appeal) must fail”, Mr Justice Birmingham said.Accordingly, Mr Justice Birmingham, who sat with Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan and Mr Justice Alan Mahon, dismissed the appeal.The Director of Public Prosecutions had originally applied for a review of Waldron’s sentence on grounds that it was unduly lenient.However, on foot of queries from Mr Justice Birmingham, who asked whether the DPP still wished to proceed with the review in circumstances were the incident occured in 2006 and “we’re now approaching the 10th anniversary”, the DPP withdrew their application.DONEGAL COURT CLERK LOSES APPEAL OVER THREATS TO KILL MAN was last modified: October 20th, 2015 by StephenShare 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

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  • Man tell ex-wife “Hell will never be full until you’re in it.”

    first_imgA Carndonagh man, who breached a safety order and put his ex-wife ‘in fear’, has been given the benefit of the Probation Act.Michael McDaid, 51, of Altashane, Carn, was accused of breaching a safety order against his estranged wife, and putting her in fear, on October 11, 2015.McDaid admitted the charged against him when he appeared before Carn District Court. The court heard that the couple had a dispute over custody of their youngest son on the day in question as Mr. McDaid wanted to extend his hours of custody from 3pm to 7pm.Garda Declan Lambe told the court that Mrs McDaid sent her ex-husband a text message when he failed to appear at the designated time. Gda. Lambe said text messages were exchanged between the couple before Mr. McDaid rang his ex-wife.Gda. Lambe said during the phone call he said “hell will never be full until you are in it”.“Mrs McDaid took this as a threat and she feared for her safety,” Gda. Lambe outlined. “She was forced to stay away from her home as she was afraid.” Defence solicitor for Mr. McDaid, Mr Heron said his client was co-operative when questioned by gardaí. He added that there was no allegation of any violence being used towards Mrs. McDaid.Gda. Lambe agreed, however he added that the Carn man was not apologetic for his actions.Mr. Heron said his client just wanted to extend his rights of access to their 11-year-old son but this was not agreeable by Mrs. McDaid. He admitted that Mr. McDaid ‘lost the head’ on the day but added that he did drop his son off then.“He does admit saying the phrase, but he was upset regarding access to his child and this has had a dramatic affect on him,” McDaid’s solicitor added.Garda inspector David Murphy told the court that the request for extra hours of access were not just not objected to by Mrs. McDaid but also by their son. Mr. Heron asked the court for leniency for his client, who works as a care assistant, as it was his first offence.He added: “He has admitted this but the threat was on the lower end of the scale. The safety order is still in force, I’d ask the Court to be as lenient as possible.”Judge Kelly agreed and gave Mr. McDaid the benefit of the Probation Act as it was his first offence. However he warned the Carn man ‘not to be under any illusions’, adding that a safety order is a ‘very serious’ thing.Judge Kelly said if McDaid was back before the courts on the same breach again there would be ‘much more severe penalties’ Man tell ex-wife “Hell will never be full until you’re in it.” was last modified: November 2nd, 2016 by StephenShare 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

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  • Donegal areas at risk of water shortages due to heatwave

    first_imgIrish Water is appealing to the public to conserve water as a prolonged dry spell has been predicted by Met Éireann.In several areas around the county where water supplies were already under pressure, warm weather has exacerbated this situation.Irish Water’s Drought Management Team are monitoring water supplies and demand around the country on a daily basis. Already some areas in Athlone, Kilkenny and north Dublin have experienced outages and restrictions and areas in Donegal and Mullingar have been identified as being at risk. In Donegal, a water conservation notice was issued for Tievebrack, Ballybun, Meenlougher, Alt, Belalt and the surrounding areas over the weekend as reservoir levels dropped. Water restrictions were put in place at nighttime in order to allow water levels to recover.Demand for water is increasing nationwide while levels in rivers and lakes are dropping significantly which means that is there is less water available to treat and supply to homes and businesses. This year has seen extended dry spells and Met Éireann has compared this to 1976 when drought conditions were experienced across the country.Customers are being asked to conserve water to minimise potential interruptions. Irish Water’s Corporate Affairs Manager, Kate Gannon said, “The top three measure that people can take are not using a hose to water the garden or wash cars; keeping paddling pools very shallow if they are being used; and taking short showers rather than baths.”To help conserve water customers are being asked to report any leaks they see on the public network and to repair any private side leaks in their homes and businesses to help restore water levels in the network. Customers can report any public side leaks online at www.water.ie or by calling the customer care helpline 24/7 on 1850 278 278. Irish Water has a number of tips to help customers conserve water including: • Leak free: Check that your home is leak free. Check for running overflows and fix any dripping taps, cisterns or pipes• Don’t let the tap run: Brushing your teeth with the tap running can use up to a staggering 6 litres per minute. Brushing your teeth with the tap off will use a more modest 1 litre of water• Shower vs. Bath: The average bath uses 80 litres of water compared to an average shower using 49 litres in seven minutes. Switch your bath to a shower for a massive water saving• Less time: With the average shower using 7 litres of water per minute by turning your five minute shower into four minutes, you could save up to 7 litres of water per day!• Fully loaded: Always ensure your dishwasher and washing machines are fully loaded. A modern washing machine uses approximately 65 litres of water per cycle while a dishwasher uses 20 litres. By ensuring they are fully loaded, not only will you conserve water but you will also reduce your energy bills• Don’t flush it all away: A third of all water used in the home is flushed down the toilet. Some larger cisterns can continue to work effectively with a smaller flush. Place a displacement device into the cistern (out of the way of moving parts) to save water• Don’t forget to collect: Rainwater is excellent for your garden. Collect it in a water butt from your gutters but always make sure to securely cover the large container for safety.Donegal areas at risk of water shortages due to heatwave was last modified: June 25th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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

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  • Crabs closing in on weekend sweep

    first_imgThe Humboldt Crabs made it two-for-two against the Ventura Pirates at the Arcata Ball Park on Saturday night, running out to a comfortable 9-4 win.The victory was the second in as many days against the visiting Pirates. They will look to close out the series sweep this afternoon at 12:30 p.m.On Saturday, the Crabs took control of the contest early, scoring four times in the second inning for a 5-0 lead.Jared Milch pitched just 2.1 innings before leaving the game with some apparent tightness …last_img read more

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  • Biomimetics Line-Up

    first_imgHere’s what’s hot in the trendy science of making things the way nature does it.Tiny robots inspired by pine cones (Science Daily): “The future of bio-inspired engineering or robotics will greatly benefit from lessons learned from plants, according to a group of Seoul National University researchers.” Many plants create motion without batteries by harnessing the supply or deprival of water from plant tissues. We can’t we do that? We can. Make like a leaf and treat this as a design problem.Your tablet screen is brought to you with the aid of … carrots (PhysOrg): Liquid crystals are behind the magic of screens in TV sets, smartphones and tablets, but where did they come from? This article states, “few people know that the lowly carrot inspired the liquid crystals at the core of such hi-tech gadgets.” Subtances in carrots were found in 1888 to have two melting points. “This was very exciting academically at the time … but the world didn’t know what to do with it,” the article says. It wasn’t until the 1960s that scientists began to find their potential in display screens, and the rest is history.Estonian turtle-robot searches for shipwrecks and treasure (PhysOrg). This one may inspire Christmas toys. Imitating sea turtles, a new robot can search through murky water without stirring up sediment like traditional propellers do. “The unique feature of the U-CAT, about the size of a vacuum cleaner, is four silicon flippers inspired by streamlined sea turtles’ arms and legs.”A biomimetic hybrid nanoplatform for encapsulation and precisely controlled delivery of therasnostic agents (Nature Communications): Scientists introduce a nano-engineered capsule for delivering drugs inside the body to fight cancer.Here we report a robust eukaryotic cell-like hybrid nanoplatform (EukaCell) for encapsulation of theranostic agents (doxorubicin and indocyanine green). The EukaCell consists of a phospholipid membrane, a cytoskeleton-like mesoporous silica matrix and a nucleus-like fullerene core. At high drug-to-nanoparticle feeding ratios (for example, 1:0.5), the encapsulation efficiency and loading content can be improved by 58 and 21 times, respectively, compared with conventional silica nanoparticles. Moreover, release of the encapsulated drug can be precisely controlled via dosing near infrared laser irradiation. Ultimately, the ultra-high (up to ~87%) loading content renders augmented anticancer capacity both in vitro and in vivo. Our EukaCell is valuable for drug delivery to fight against cancer and potentially other diseases.Engineers build biologically powered chip (PhysOrg): “Columbia Engineering researchers have, for the first time, harnessed the molecular machinery of living systems to power an integrated circuit from adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the energy currency of life.” Did you know life’s ATP machinery is like a transistor? Look at the comparison between bio-electronics and artificial electronics:Living systems achieve this functionality with their own version of electronics based on lipid membranes and ion channels and pumps, which act as a kind of ‘biological transistor.’ They use charge in the form of ions to carry energy and information—ion channels control the flow of ions across cell membranes. Solid-state systems, such as those in computers and communication devices, use electrons; their electronic signaling and power are controlled by field-effect transistors.The full paper about this is  published in Nature Communications. The first sentence is ecstatic: “There is enormous potential in combining the capabilities of the biological and the solid state to create hybrid engineered systems.”Materials scientists learn how mother of pearl is made (PhysOrg): Seashell material is incredibly strong for its weight, and Cornell scientists want to know how oysters do it. So far they are just trying to make detailed images with an electron microscope.Highly efficient nature-inspired membrane could potentially lower cost of water purification by 30 per cent (PhysOrg): What do you and the mangrove have in common? They inspired design of a membrane that is much more efficient at purifying water. In the mangrove, it’s the root; in the human body, it’s the kidney membrane. In both, membrane channels called aquaporins are what the scientists want to imitate. Their copy is stronger and more stable than traditional filters.Explained Assoc Prof Tong, “The biomimetic membrane is constructed to mimic the layers of cells on the roots of mangrove trees by embedding nano-sized aquaporin-vesicles onto a stable and functional ultrafiltration substrate membrane using an innovative yet simple and easy-to-implement surface imprinting technology. We found that the resultant aquaporin-incorporated biomimetic membrane allows water to pass through it faster and also display lower salt leakage than a membrane without aquaporin.”‘Al dente’ fibers could make bulletproof vests stronger and ‘greener’ (PhysOrg): Oils from olives and peanuts have inspired a new protective material. The fatty acids in these plants led to construction of a material that is 2 times stronger and 250 times more efficient than current methods. Here’s another use for the peanut to add to George Washington Carver‘s list of 300 peanut-based products and foods. And did you ever conceive that your virgin olive oil could help stop a speeding bullet?Wearable microbial power plants generate electricity from urine (New Scientist): You’re not going to believe this one. Your pee could power a microbial fuel cell that could power a device that could send out a distress message, thanks to fish. Here’s how this new idea of “wearable electronics” works:Aiming to make a self-sufficient, wearable device that works anywhere without additional power, the team created a manual foot pump inspired by how fish use involuntary muscles to circulate blood around their bodies.Instead of muscle, the pump uses flexible silicone tubes, which wrap under the heels and connect to bendy MFCs [microbial fuel cells] near the ankles. Each step taken squeezes and releases the tubes to pump the urine around.Add this novel concept to our recent entry about turning waste into treasure (11/17/15).Superhydrophobic coating protects without the price (PhysOrg): The lotus leaf is back, inspiring scientists to design similarly-effective waterproof materials. Check out this quote:“Nature knows how to make these materials and stay environmentally friendly,” Barron said. “Our job has been to figure out how and why, and to emulate that.“Build a network, cellular style (Science Daily): Sandia National Labs is on the biomimetics bandwagon, too, thinking of the potential for creating networks of nano-highways the way cells do.Inside plants, microbes, and other living things, cells quickly and continuously create transport networks, which move nutrients and wastes. The networks’ diversity and stability inspired scientists to design a process that co-opts natural biomolecular protein machines to extrude tubes and assemble them into networks.The scientists used kinesin motors from cells (see Evolution News & Views). Is that plagiarism or flattery? One should always credit the source.Biomimetics is making science fun again. This is the way it should be: understand something, and use it to improve the world. This kind of science owes nothing to materialism or Darwinism. It’s all about design, a mental creative power that implies intelligence, information and beneficence. (Visited 41 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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