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LADIES GAA: DONEGAL V KILDARE PREVIEW

first_imgBord Gáis Energy Ladies National Football League Division 1…….Donegal v Kildare, O’Donnell Park, 2.00, (J Niland)This is a crucial game for both sides but for vastly different reasons.Donegal remain just three points behind top of the table Monaghan and will be looking to push for a home semi-final with two wins in their final two games, while Kildare can ease the pressure of relegation with a much needed win. Kildare will be encouraged by the number of points conceded by Donegal’s defence this year but will need to be wary of the Donegal attack with the likes of young Geraldine McLaughlin in superb scoring form, scoring 10-09 in Donegal’s five League games to date.LADIES GAA: DONEGAL V KILDARE PREVIEW was last modified: March 25th, 2011 by gregShare 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 ladies gaakildaremclaughlinlast_img read more

Former Cathaoirleach speaks out on LIS controversy

first_imgThe former Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Seamus O’Domhnaill has alleged that there was an “orchestrated” and “pointed” campaign mounted against him regarding the LIS (Local Improvement Scheme) controversy.Speaking at the count centre for the Glenties Electoral Area tonight, he said:“There was without a doubt an orchestrated campaign, both political and personal in the last ten days or two weeks and the media allowed themselves to be used and exploited. But all that said, and I didn’t get a fair hearing… I accept the decision.” He was first elected as a councillor in 2009, before taking the reins from former Cathaoirleach Gerry McMonagle (SF) last June.Five years ago during the last Local Election, he topped the poll.He arrived at the count centre at around 9pm, after losing his seat at 1,222 votes on the seventh count of this year’s election.He tells Donegal Daily that it has been a difficult few weeks. “Look when I was in there for ten years… I did everything I could. I think that I served the electorate… as well as I could. I had the great honour of being chairman of the council for the last year… I done that as well as I could.”When asked if he would run again in the next election he said it is “too early to say”, but would consider running “down the line.”His priority now, is enjoying spending time with his wife and two children.When asked about how he was supported throughout his political campaign he said that “people are nice and people are genuine and people are sorry for me on a very personal level.”“I can’t put into words the level of anguish and hurt that I feel for not me personally, because I will get over it, but for supporters of mine and family members of mine… they shouldn’t have been put through that.” “Not all the facts of certain stories were always out in the media… it’s difficult for me to comprehend the attacks that were made in a personal capacity on members of my team, my supporters and particularly my family. And if that’s what politics is about…”“I didn’t make personal attacks ever in my ten years in politics on any individual”, he said, adding that he doesn’t believe that this is what politics in Donegal should be about.He described the alleged campaign against him as being “pointed”.“It was a very pointed campaign I suppose, the LIS story, which has gone on since 2017. Some media outlets were happy to run it three and four times, from 2017, [running] the same story but always insinuating that I had done a wrong-doing somewhere.” He said that people can make up their own minds as to whether the story had a political motivation behind it, but added that “I am not going to cast aspersions upon anyone, that is not who I am.”If there is an investigation, he says he is certain that it will show that everything was “above board” and that “I had no hand, act, or part in it.”“I had wanted an opportunity to be able to represent the people of this area because I believe it is the best area in the whole world.“The people have spoken and I accept what they have said and I will take stock of where I will go from now on,” he concluded.He wishes those who were elected the best of luck.Former Cathaoirleach speaks out on LIS controversy was last modified: May 28th, 2019 by Elaine McCalligShare 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 County CouncilSeamus O’Domhnailllast_img read more

Mexico sets Polokwane alight

first_img21 June 2010 Mexico and France met at the Peter Mokaba stadium in Polokwane on Friday in a night that rocked the World Cup host city. For the local spectators, it was a match that made them realise that the World Cup party had well and truly arrived in Polokwane. “It was a brilliant spectacle, and the match took Polokwane to another level,” said Thabo Molokwane, who has been looking forward to seeing a World Cup match in his home town ever since he heard the new stadium was being built. “This was a memorable day for everyone … This is history,” Molokwane said. “It was fantastic for a villager like myself to see world-class players in action at the Peter Mokaba stadium.” Jamie Robb, who had travelled from Johannesburg for the match, said: “It was a great game … The vibe in the stadium was awesome, the Mexicans were great.” The Mexican fans took up an entire stand of the Polokwane stadium, spurring their side on to a 2-0 victory over the French. “They went crazy when a goal was scored, they must have outnumbered the French fans a thousand to one,” said Robb. The city of Polokwane was one of the host cities that received a new stadium, which is wowing fans. The 45 000 seater stadium is the largest in the province of Limpopo, and has changed the sporting atmosphere of the city. “The new stadium is impressive, the massive columns and the way it sticks out above the bushveld,” said Robb. “I would like to watch another game here, it is radical.” Shaina Facey is a 16-year-old local who is thrilled to have the World Cup in her city. “There is an electric feeling here, people are happy and getting behind the teams,” Facey said. “There is something amazing happening here, the World Cup feels like it brought this city together.” Many of the Polokwane residents are excited by the influx of foreign visitors into their city. “We met some of the Mexicans and it was really great to see them around,” said Facey. “It’s very interesting to have foreigners here, I think people are enjoying it.” Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more

Kepa Arrizabalaga defies coach as Chelsea loses to Manchester City in final shootout

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said seeing Sarri undercut by Kepa made him “really sad.”“I don’t like that he leaves his coach and the assistant coach in a situation of great fragility,” Mourinho said while covering the match in Spain for the internet streaming service DAZN.Mourinho was fired by Chelsea in 2015 over “palpable discord” with his players.“Luckily I never had to go through this,” Mourinho said of Kepa’s onfield behavior. “The goalkeeper wants to show his personality, his confidence, wants to show that he is there and wants to be at the shootout and make saves — and I like that.”The episode also took the focus off Pep Guardiola winning his third major trophy in three seasons at City.City did lose top spot in the Premier League on Sunday after Liverpool drew 0-0 at Manchester United. But City is only a point behind Liverpool and the Abu Dhabi-owned team remains in contention for the Champions League and FA Cup as well.“The only problem is we will miss a lot of important players for the next few weeks,” Guardiola said. “Being in four competitions is so demanding, so tough. We don’t know where we’re going to arrive.″(Aymeric) Laporte, Fernandinho are injured, but it’s much better of course when you win.”And win calmly — without a flashpoint like Kepa defying his manager.“I’ve never seen it (before),” City captain Vincent Kompany said. “I wish I could do it every now and then when I don’t want to get subbed off.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next But Kepa’s behavior wasn’t fine at all, according to former Chelsea captain John Terry.“Once your number goes up you have to come off and show a bit of respect,” Terry said in the Sky Sports television studio at Wembley. “Deal with that after.”Publicly humiliated with his authority undermined, Sarri was furious and initially headed down the tunnel before returning just in time for extra time to end.In the shootout, Kepa made only one save from Leroy Sane as Raheem Sterling completed the shootout victory to defend City’s title and keep the team in contention for a quadruple.“In no moment was it my intention to disobey, or anything like that with the boss,” Kepa said. “Just that it was misunderstood because I had been attended to by the medics twice, and he thought that I wasn’t in condition to continue.ADVERTISEMENT Ja Rule taking heat on social media after NBA halftime show Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga reacts after stops a shot from Manchester City’s Leroy Sane during a penalty shootout at the end of the English League Cup final soccer match between Chelsea and Manchester City at Wembley stadium in London, England, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)LONDON — Watching goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga appearing to struggle with cramp, and with a penalty shootout looming to settle the League Cup final, Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri summoned a substitute from the bench.Kepa was furious.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug warcenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Wildly gesticulating with his arms, the world’s most expensive goalkeeper forcefully indicated to Sarri he would be ready to face penalties against Manchester City with the Wembley showpiece locked at 0-0 and extra time about to end.But Sarri was determined to bring on Willy Caballero, who saved three spot kicks in the 2016 League Cup final while in City’s winning side.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSo Kepa, who joined Chelsea in August for 80 million euros (then $93 million), simply would not leave the field.“It wasn’t that I was refusing to be substituted,” Kepa said later, after being beaten by four penalties in City’s 4-3 victory in the shootout. “It was a way of trying to tell the bench that I was fine.” “It was two or three minutes of confusion until the medics got to the bench, and they explained everything well.”After collecting his runners-up medal, Sarri sought to diffuse the controversy.“It was a big misunderstanding,” Sarri said. “I understood the goalkeeper had cramp and for me he was unable to go to penalties but the problem was not cramp so he was able to go to penalties.”Not that Sarri wants to see a repeat.“Kepa was right but in the wrong way,” Sarri said. “He was right for the motivation but not for the conduct.”Even Kepa realized the incident was damaging for the club’s reputation as images flashed around the world.“I understand that on television, on social media, they’re talking about this but I am here to explain it, to say that it wasn’t my intention to go against the manager,” Kepa said. “We have spoken now, and I was only trying to say ‘I’m fine.’ He thought I wasn’t fine. It was in tense moments, with a lot happening.”The insubordination exposes the player power that has appeared to often cause problems for Chelsea managers. It leaves the 60-year-old Sarri without a trophy in his career and Kepa’s defiance adds to the manager’s problems with Chelsea down to sixth in the Premier League.The incident distracted attention from how Sarri had set up his team to successfully thwart City two weeks after a 6-0 loss in the Premier League.“Today the players played exactly the match we prepared,” Sarri said. “I think I am fully in control of this situation. … We conceded nothing to the best team in Europe.” US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Sergio Ramos knee problem heaps more injury pain on Real Madrid

first_imgReal Madrid’s injury crisis worsened on Sunday when influential defender Sergio Ramos was forced off in Spain’s 2-0 World Cup qualifying win away to Albania with a knee strain that could sideline him for up to a month.The centre back received treatment on the pitch after falling awkwardly while contesting a corner but was substituted by coach Julen Lopetegui in the 80th minute.”Sergio’s injury looks like a strain and we hope that’s all it is but the doctors are the ones who have to determine what it is. He’s a very important player for us and his club,” the coach told a news conference.Ramos will undergo further tests when he returns to the Spanish capital on Monday to determine the extent of his injury.Although Ramos has endured a stumbling start to the season, conceding four penalties for club and country, his absence will be keenly felt by Real and coach Zinedine Zidane, who has recently been without Brazilian duo Marcelo and Casemiro and midfield maestro Luka Modric.The former Real great has also faced serious criticism for the team’s stuttering run of four consecutive draws in all competitions, which culminated in a shock 1-1 draw at home to Eibar last Sunday. (Also read: Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale to make Real Madrid return against Villarreal)Ramos is likely to miss Real’s La Liga games against Real Betis, Athletic Bilbao, Alaves and Leganes and two Champions League group games with Legia Warsaw.He is also doubtful for Spain’s World Cup qualifier with Macedonia on Nov. 12 and friendly versus England on Nov. 15.advertisementIf his recovery goes according to plan, the 30-year-old will return to action in time for the Madrid derby against neighbours and La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid on Nov. 20.Marcelo is set to return from his calf injury to face Betis on Saturday but Casemiro, credited with balancing the team last season and helping Real set a joint record 16 straight league wins, is not due back until the end of October as he recovers from a fractured fibula.Real’s Croatia midfielder Modric, nursing a knee problem, is not expected to return until the start of November.last_img read more

POLICE LOG for June 8 Wilmington Man Arrested For Assault Battery With

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights of the Wilmington Police Log for Saturday, June 8, 2019:Anonymous caller reported a female party “flipping out” on the corner of Taplin Avenue and Wisser Avenue. Police responded. Female party was picked up prior to police arrival. There was a dispute over a cell phone. (2:15am)A caller reported one of the porta potties near the Fourth of July Building was knocked over during the night. (5:18am)Police noted a building on Grove Avenue was spray painted. (6:45am)A walk-in party reported his vehicle was struck while parked unattended in the Target parking lot. (10:53am)Kevin MacDonald (56, Wilmington) was arrested for Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon, Threat To Commit A Crime, and 2 counts of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon. (12:10pm)A car struck a bicycle at Jacquith Road and Hardin Street. No injuries noted. (12:58pm)A red iguana escaped from an Aldrich Road residence, but was quickly found. (5:38pm)A turtle with a cracked shell was found on Chestnut Street. Animal Control Officer contacted Turtle Rescue Group. (6:15pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 31: Woburn Man Arrested For OUI; Bad Highway Crash Required MedflightIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 26: Wilmington Man Arrested For OUI; Tractor Trailer Takes Out Wall, Signs & HydrantIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 27: OUI Arrest; Woman Brings Caged Bird To Town BeachIn “Police Log”last_img read more

India Ranks 142 in Ease of Doing Business Report Leads South Asia

first_imgA new World Bank Group report finds that India set the pace for regulatory reform in South Asia in 2013/14 India with 20 — the region’s largest reforms during the period.India was followed by Sri Lanka with 16 reforms while three countries — Bangladesh, Nepal, and Pakistan — focused their efforts on adopting modern electronic systems to facilitate business activity.The Doing Business 2015: Going Beyond Efficiency report released on Wednesday found that four of eight economies in South Asia implemented at least one regulatory reform making it easier for local entrepreneurs to do business in 2013/14.”Doing business is easier in economies with administrative efficiency and strong regulatory protections,” said Rita Ramalho, Doing Business report lead author, World Bank Group.The report noted that in India a little over a decade ago, an entrepreneur seeking a loan to grow his business would have had little luck, because financial institutions lacked access to information systems to assess creditworthiness.”Today, thanks to the creation and expansion of a national credit bureau offering credit scores and coverage on par with those in some high-income economies, a small business in India with a good financial history is more likely to get credit and hire more workers,” it said.Three of India’s regulatory reforms benefiting local entrepreneurs were in the areas of starting a business, getting electricity, and protecting minority investors, including through the adoption of the new Companies Act of 2013.India made starting a business easier by considerably reducing the registration fees, but also made it more difficult by introducing a requirement to file a declaration before the commencement of business operations, the report said.These changes apply to both Delhi and Mumbai. In addition, the electricity utility in Mumbai made getting electricity less costly by reducing the security deposit for a new connection.Finally, India strengthened minority investor protections by requiring greater disclosure of conflicts of interest by board members, increasing the remedies available in case of prejudicial related-party transactions, the report said.It also introduced additional safeguards for shareholders of privately held companies. This reform applies to both Delhi and Mumbai.This year, for the first time, Doing Business collected data for a second city in economies with a population of more than 100 million.In India, it now analyses business regulations in Delhi and Mumbai; in Bangladesh, in Chittagong and Dhaka; and in Pakistan, in Lahore and Karachi.The report covering 189 economies worldwide, found that Singapore tops the global ranking on the ease of doing business.Joining it on the list of the top 10 economies with the most business-friendly regulatory environments are New Zealand; Hong Kong SAR, China; Denmark; the Republic of Korea; Norway; the United States; the United Kingdom; Finland; and Australia.last_img read more

Maryland Wins Over Texas As Terps Play for McNairs Honor

first_imgBy Mark F. Gray, Special to the AFROA rainbow covered the skies following the game-stopping thunderstorms signaling a smile from the heavens, when Maryland and Texas returned to play after an unexpected weather delay in the fourth quarter at Fed Ex Field.  Perhaps it was the presence of the late Jordan McNair who needed to give the Terps a lift after they had blown a 22 point lead on an emotional day where his teammates remembered him from start to finish.McNair, the offensive lineman who passed away from heat stroke in June, was honored by his teammates with #79 decals on their helmets, a moment of silence with his image on the jumbotron, and by lining up with only 10 players for the game’s opening play. The late lineman may have been the intangible they needed to win.Jordan McNair was remembered by fans and teammates during a pregame moment of silence before their season opening game vs. Texas at FedEx Field.  (Photo by Mark Gray)Maryland is playing for more than wins and losses this season, they are playing for McNair. Emotion can take teams a long way in sports and perhaps this was the start of a special season in College Park.  The Terps had several chances to give in but ultimately pushed through a series of challenges that may have broken one of their lesser teams to beat Texas 34-29 for the second consecutive year on September 1.“We just stayed together which has been our motto through everything that’s happened,” said wide receiver Taivon Jacobs during the postgame press conference.  “Everybody in our building just packed our parachute and stuck together.”Any doubts that Maryland was up to this emotional challenge was put to bed on their first drive.  The Terps’ march downfield was choreographed better than the performance by their band.  With Kasim Hill starting at quarterback for the first time since his season ended last year in Austin the offense was almost flawless.Maryland football players honored his memory with his jersey on the field after their 34-29 victory over Texas at FedEx Field. (Photo by Mark Gray)“Its been a long time since we played a football game and it was good just to be back out on the field with your brothers,” said Hill.Maryland’s freshmen were massive.  The neophyte Terps contributed to every score. Jeshaun Jones, from D.C.’s Friendship Collegiate high school, was the star. He busted through the Texas defense for 28 yards and the game’s first touchdown to cap their opening drive. Jones also went deep against the Longhorn secondary for a 65-yard scoring reception. In the second quarter, Jones converted a jet sweep option by connecting with Tavion Jacobs for a 20-yard touchdown pass to give Maryland its biggest lead at 24-7.Jones scored three times in the first half placing himself in elite company.  He became the first college player to score on a rush, reception and pass in his first game in 20 years.The Longhorns used their uptempo, offense to change the game’s momentum and took the lead. Texas scored 22 unanswered points behind sophomore quarterback Sam Ehlinger. Texas’ defense also stopped Maryland’s Jake Funk in the end zone for a safety which closed the gap to 24-22 at halftime.   Ehlinger found Collin Johnson in the endzone on for a touchdown then Kyle Porter’s two-yard score gave Texas its only lead.Interim head coach Matt Canada’s leadership was tested also after both teams went to the locker rooms as the mini monsoon hit.  He first had to re-establish the Terps offense after overcoming an 86 minute weather delay and conservative play calling that kept Texas alive. The Terps went 75 yards in just under five minutes for the game’s final and decisive score while their defense produced three fourth quarter turnovers to seal the game.The adversity of their offseason seems to have prepared them for challenges of the season to come at least for one big game.last_img read more

UltraFast QuantumDot Information Storage

first_img Digitally programmable perovskite nanowire-block copolymer composites Citation: Ultra-Fast Quantum-Dot Information Storage (2008, March 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-03-ultra-fast-quantum-dot-storage.html Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img The information-storage market is dominated by two main types: Flash memory, used in memory sticks and cell phones, and dynamic random access memory (DRAM), which is the main memory in a personal computer. Both types have their advantages and disadvantages, but a new type of memory, based on tiny atom clusters, called quantum dots, may soon displace both of them. In research published in the March 4, 2008, online edition of Applied Physics Letters, scientists from the Technical University of Berlin, in Germany, and Istanbul University, in Turkey, describe how they created a type of quantum-dot-based memory device that can save information at speeds of only a few nanoseconds (billionths of a second).The paper’s lead author, Technical University of Berlin scientist Martin Geller, explained to PhysOrg.com, “Flash memory, which is today’s market-driver in the semiconductor industry, and which everybody knows from memory sticks, digital cameras, and mp3-players, has a slow write time. The semiconductor industry is seeking faster Flash memories, but hasn’t found an ultimate solution yet. Our quantum-dot-based memory may provide long storage time without power consumption of Flash memory, as wells as a fast write time and better scalability to real-life devices.”To be fair, the other established predecessor of quantum-dot memory, DRAM, does have some excellent qualities. It offers very fast information-access times—under 20 nanoseconds—and the information can be repeatedly written and rewritten on a DRAM; it has excellent so-called endurance. But a DRAM device has a big disadvantage: It is volatile, meaning the information has to be refreshed every ten milliseconds to be maintained, also resulting in a high power consumption.“The very first prototype of our new quantum-dot-based memory scheme is already almost as fast as DRAM,” said Andreas Marent, a physicist at the Technical University of Berlin who took part in the research. “And in contrast to DRAM or Flash, the physical characteristics of quantum dots limit the write time to the picosecond, or trillionth of a second, range. That means a better device prototype should be more than 100 times faster than today’s DRAM.”The prototype consists of quantum dots of indium arsenide (InAs), a compound of the metals indium and arsenic, embedded in a layer of gallium arsenide (GaAs; gallium is also a metal). The GaAs layer is “p-doped,” which means it contains impurity atoms that impart it with excess free positively charge called holes. This InAs/GaAs structure is topped with a layer of “n-doped” GaAs, which contains extra electrons. Altogether, the structure is a p-n diode, an electrical device that allows current to flow only in one direction.When a voltage is applied across this structure, the quantum dots become charged, which allows them to store bits of information, i.e. “0” or “1” values. Whether the quantum dots represent a 0 or 1 depends on the capacitance of the diode—how much charge it is holding. A larger capacitance indicates the quantum dots do not hold much positive charge, which equates to a “0.” A smaller capacitance means that the dots are filled with holes, representing a “1.”Geller, Marent, and their colleagues say that the write times of their quantum-dot schemes are currently limited by the experimental setup and certain physical characteristics of the memory structure. In the future, after they make improvements to the structure, they expect that write times faster than 1 nanosecond may be possible. Even picoseconds seem possible, since the structure’s physical limitation is in that range.Said Prof. Dieter Bimberg, who is the group’s leader at the Technical University of Berlin and co-author on the paper, “Our results and patents demonstrate that quantum dots like these we are studying might, in just a few years, revolutionize semiconductor memory.”Citation: Appl. Phys. Lett. 92, 092108 (2008)All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com.last_img read more

Archaeologist sees Bosnia stone sphere as the most massive in Europe

first_imgCredit: Sam Osmanagich An archaeologist is looking at a rock with great interest, a sphere unearthed in a forest, believed to be part of ancient civilization. Or is it just a very big rock? © 2016 Phys.org Explore further Citation: Archaeologist sees Bosnia stone sphere as the most massive in Europe (2016, April 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-04-archaeologist-bosnia-stone-sphere-massive.htmlcenter_img Prehistoric rock art engraving discovered in Brecon Beacons A stone ball in Podubravlje village near Zavidovici, Bosnia and Herzegovina was seen earlier this month, in the ground, in a forest.What can it tell us? Archaeologist Sam Osmanagich, who called his Bosnian stone ball the most massive in Europe, has some interesting answers.”I’ve been researching prehistoric stone ball phenomenon for 15 years,” he blogged last month.”By the mid of March 2016, it became obvious that the most massive stone ball in Europe has been discovered. Name of the location is village Podubravlje.”He said actually less than half of the ball is uncovered. “Preliminary results show the radius to be between 1.2 – 1.5 meters. Materials have not been analyzed yet. However, brown and red color of the ball point to very high content of the iron. So, the density has to be very high, close to the iron which is 7,8 kg/m3. If we take value of only 5 kg/c.c. we have all the elements for the preliminary calculation of the mass. Mass comes to be over 30 tons!”Why does he view this discovery as significant? “First, it would be another proof that Southern Europe, Balkan and Bosnia in particular, were home for advanced civilizations from distant past and we have no written records about them. Secondly, they had high technology, different than ours. Finally, they knew the power of geometrical shapes, because the sphere is one of the most powerful shapes along with pyramidal and conical shapes. No wonder, that pyramids and tumulus phenomena can also be found in Bosnia.”News.com.au said Osmanagich had examined granite stone balls in southern Costa Rica, volcanic stone spheres in western Mexico and Easter Island, and then turned his attention to Bosnia.If the huge stone in Bosnia is found to be hewn by human hands, it would be the largest man-made stone ball ever found – twice as heavy as the Costa Rican ones, said MailOnline.Do other experts see the rock formation as proof of an ancient civilization which thrived there? Voice of America reported that some scientists said the rock was likely a natural formation and not a human construct.Experts were quoted in MailOnline as saying they believed the boulder was not man made. A lecturer at the University of Manchester School of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences told MailOnline that the spherical stone may be an example of concretion. This is when a compact mass of rock is formed by the precipitation of natural mineral cement within the spaces between sediment grains. The result is often spherical in shape, with the process forming the famed Koutu boulders in New Zealand. Experts at the Geological Society, according to MailOnline, said the round shape of the rock could come from spheroidal weathering. This is a type of weathering affecting jointed bedrock. The result is formation of concentric or spherical layers of highly decayed rock. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more