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Harvard professor wins Blavatnik Award

first_imgThree young scientists, including one from Harvard, are being recognized for discovering novel ways to fight the most challenging human diseases and explore the depths of space with today’s announcement of the winners of the 2016 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists.The awards, given annually by the Blavatnik Family Foundation and administered by the New York Academy of Sciences, honor the nation’s most exceptional young scientists and engineers, celebrating their achievements and recognizing their outstanding promise. Each laureate receives $250,000, the largest unrestricted cash award given to early career scientists.This year’s Blavatnik National laureates are:David Charbonneau, professor of astronomy, Harvard University, who is being honored for his numerous pioneering discoveries of exoplanets and for the development of novel observational methods that astronomers use to search for chemical fingerprints of life in space. Charbonneau’s recent results include a landmark discovery of an Earth-like planet orbiting a very nearby star, dubbed “arguably the most important planet ever found outside the solar system,” and the best possible target for future exploration with the world’s most powerful observatories.Phil Baran, professor of chemistry, the Scripps Research Institute, who is being honored for his transformative research in the field of natural product synthesis and his development of new synthetic methodology that enables chemists to design scalable, efficient, economically viable synthetic routes to potential new drugs.Michael Rape, professor of cell and developmental biology, University of California, Berkeley, who is being honored for his discoveries related to the fundaments of ubiquitylation — a process of cellular signaling dependent on the protein ubiquitin — which has emerged as a complex cellular language essential for information transfer and communication in nearly all organisms.The three laureates were selected from a pool of nominations submitted by 148 of the nation’s leading universities and research institutions.Growing up in a family of scientists, Charbonneau’s interest in science was encouraged from a young age. As a Scout, he used to take a star chart with him on canoe trips in Ontario. At the end of high school, he read “A Brief History of Time” by Stephen Hawking, and many of the ideas — relativity, quantum mechanics — seemed magical at the time, and compelled him to study further.When he arrived at Harvard to begin graduate school in astronomy, Charbonneau was certain that he would work on theoretical astrophysics and cosmology. However, in 1995, the first exoplanet (a planet outside the solar system) orbiting a sun-like star had just been discovered. This discovery posed so many simple but unanswered questions that Charbonneau was encouraged by his mentor, Robert Noyes, to try his first project in planets. He never looked back.“For generations, humans have looked up at the stars and wondered if there existed inhabited worlds other than our own. We are the first generation in human history with the technological ability to answer that question,” said Charbonneau, when asked about the inspiration behind his work.At 41, Charbonneau is considered very senior in exoplanet research, a field that has gone through a remarkable transformation from its infancy 20 years ago to one of the most active and competitive directions in astrophysics.Charbonneau’s discoveries have opened the floodgates for search and discovery outside our cosmic neighborhood. In 1999, while still a graduate student, Charbonneau was the first to observe a transiting exoplanet.The transit method proved to be extremely fruitful in discovering exoplanets and granted new access to characterizing their properties — their atmospheres, weather, and the degrees to which they are similar to Earth. Throughout his career, Charbonneau’s unifying purpose has been to develop new methods to answer key questions about exoplanets, and a number of his methods have become standards of the field.With more than 3,000 exoplanets discovered thus far, a major question remains unanswered: Is there life elsewhere in space? To determine this, Earth-like planets and their atmospheres need to be studied for the presence of elements that indicate life. Ever the celestial detective, one of Charbonneau’s latest projects is MEarth, a network of eight robotic telescopes in Arizona and Chile that search for candidate planets orbiting the closest and smallest stars to undertake more detailed studies.The big question Charbonneau is working on now is the detection of atmospheric biomarkers, such as oxygen, the molecules that we can detect in the atmosphere of a distant world that might permit us to infer the presence of life.last_img read more

Big Win for Assam in VM Trophy Match at Agartala

first_imgOur Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: Assam registered 140 runs victory in the VM trophy match against Tripura in Agartala today. Assam who started their second innings from 3-102 were bowled out 136 runs in the second innings. Later a fantastic spell from Manjit Deka, who bagged 5-22 runs, forced Tripura to bowl out paltry 96 in their second innings.Also Read: Kerala Beat Assam in VM Trophy held at ACA stadium, BarsaparaAlso Watch: 83rd Raas Mahotsav Celebrations to begin in Nagaon’s Kampur from Nov 11last_img

MSU’s frontcourt scoring too much for UW

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS – Most teams would be satisfied with the defensive effort the Wisconsin men’s basketball team set forth against Big Ten Player of the Year Draymond Green Saturday afternoon in Indianapolis. But with Michigan State’s deep frontcourt rotation, Wisconsin wasn’t able to get the result it wanted in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament.Michigan State’s leading scorer and rebounder finished with an impressive stat line of 14 points and 16 rebounds, but it took him longer than usual to produce those numbers. In the first half of the Spartans’ (26-7) 65-52 win over the Badgers (24-9) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, however, Green scored just two points and turned the ball over a stunning four times.But thanks to his frontcourt partners, centers Derrick Nix and Adreian Payne, Green was able to take his time before picking things up in the second half. Guard Austin Thornton also was critical in allowing Michigan State to rebound from the 20-9 run Wisconsin began the game with, scoring 12 points on 4-for-4 shooting from three-point range.All together, with their top player unusually ineffective, the Spartans entered halftime leading 35-25.“One of us was down, and I’ve been saying all year, a lot of the credit came towards me, but this team wouldn’t be where it’s at without Austin,” Green said, singling himself out for his first-half struggles. “I’ve always said we complement each other so well. I’m kind of a guy who’s up front and all that and Austin is just behind the scenes, does the work. And today, everybody saw what he was capable of doing when I started off the game struggling very bad.”Green was quick to praise Thornton, but the all-around efforts of Nix and Payne might have played the largest roles in carrying the Spartans to victory. Offensively, Nix finished with nine points, while Payne added six. But on the defensive end, the duo largely shut down Wisconsin’s post players, providing a noticeable advantage in the paint.UW forward Ryan Evans finished with 18 points, but the majority of those points came on jumpers abnormally far from the hoop. Forward/center Jared Berggren, one game after nearing a double-double against Indiana with 16 points and nine rebounds, finished with just six points on 1-for-7 shooting against Michigan State. Forward Frank Kaminsky added one three-pointer, while forward Mike Bruesewitz was held scoreless.“They’re a good defensive team,” point guard Jordan Taylor said. “They do that to a lot of teams. But we didn’t do a very good job moving without the ball and some other things.”Wisconsin’s biggest issue seemed to be an ability to manufacture quality shot attempts, reflected by its 34.7 percent (17-for-49) mark from the field. The Badgers also made just 35 percent of their 3-point attempts (7-for-20), making a second-half comeback even more difficult. Michigan State’s largest lead of 19 points came with 16:52 left in the game, but the closest Wisconsin was able to come in the second half was within 46-40 at the 12:18 mark.With the Badgers’ frontcourt unable to manufacture consistent production, the Spartans took advantage – from start to finish. All nine of Nix’s points came in the first half, while all six of Payne’s were scored in the second.The 6-foot-9, 270-pound Nix greatly overpowered any of the defenders Wisconsin threw at him defensively and on the boards, none any bigger than the 6-foot-10, 235-pound Berggren. Payne, at 6-foot-10 and 240 pounds, also exhibited his will on the Badgers in the second half.Ultimately, the size disparity manifested itself inside. Michigan State finished with 22 points in the paint, while Wisconsin scored just six.Coupled with the Spartans’ hot three-point shooting, keyed by Thornton, the Badgers simply could not keep pace. MSU finished 6-for-9 (66.7 percent) from behind the 3-point arc, including 4-for-5 (80 percent) in the first half.“The three threes really hurt because there were a couple things that we didn’t do according to our rules,” head coach Bo Ryan said. “Some teams make you pay more than others if you don’t stick to your reads on defense. People talk about reads on offense; I like to talk about [them] on defense. It’s the same thing.”last_img read more

Men’s Soccer Picked Fifth in 2017 MVC Preseason Poll

first_imgEnna and his teammates have one final exhibition match against Northern Illinois scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 20 at 3 p.m. The Bulldogs open the regular season at Xavier on Aug. 27. Senior Steven Enna (Overland Park, Kan.) was selected by the coaches to the preseason all-conference team. Enna, a forward, is coming off a stellar junior season when he garnered All-MVC honorable mention accolades. He is the team’s top returning scorer with a career-high five goals in 2016. Enna is one of seven returning starters for Drake. ST. LOUIS – The Drake University men’s soccer team is picked to finish fifth in the 2017 Missouri Valley Conference men’s soccer preseason coaches poll, the MVC announced Thursday, Aug. 17. Drake tallied 18 points as the 2016 MVC champions, the Loyola Ramblers, were tabbed as the preseason favorite with 47 points (five first-place votes).center_img Rank               Team (1st-place votes)        Points1.                     Loyola (5)                               632.                     Evansville (1)                          383.                     Missouri State (1)                   34                               4.                     Central Arkansas                    305.                     Drake                                      186.                     Valparaiso                               157.                     Bradley                                    14Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Sol, surf e observaçao de baleias

first_imgDesde as longas extensoes de areia de praias inexploradas da Costa Ocidental ate as orlas maritimas subtropicais de Maputaland, ha uma praia para todos os gostos. Veja o nascer do sol sobre o oceano Atlantico ou Índico, ponha o bronze em dia ou seja mais activo – a África do Sul oferece dos melhores surf, windsurf e mergulho do mundo. E depois ha as baleias…O PARAÍSO DOS DESPORTOS NÁUTICOSOs nossos programas de mergulho tem florestas de algas gigantes nos recifes de coral, o surf inclui programas divertidos na praia, tubos ocos e alguns monstros a serio, alem de termos um optimo surf ski ou as ondas de esqui, caiaque e vela.Surf, windsurf, kitesurf, caiaque oceanico“A África do Sul e dos melhores paises do mundo para a pratica de surf, com um cenario costeiro espantoso, boa qualidade de surf em qualquer epoca do ano, um nivel de vida barato e ao mesmo tempo de grande nivel, alem de uma cultura unica de que se pode orgulhar,’ diz Steve Pike, editor da Wavescape.Poucos seriam os visitantes a discordar. Ha centenas de surf breaks por todo o pais – cerca de 50 a uma hora de carro da Cidade do Cabo.Desde a ondulaçao segura para crianças e principiantes ate aos breaks epicos que assustam mesmo os concorrentes mais audazes nas competiçoes internacionais que se realizam em Junho e Julho.A area do Cabo Oriental em volta do Cabo de Sao Francisco, Jeffreys Bay e Port Elizabeth – conhecidos em conjunto como Jay Bay pelos surfistas locais – conhecido em todo o globo pela qualidade das suas ondas.Muitos dos albergues para os chamados turistas de mochila espalhados um pouco por todo o pais estao preparados para aluguer de pranchas, surfaris guiados e liçoes de surf e em Durban e na Cidade do Cabo existem boas escolas de surf.A África do Sul tem locais assombrosos para a pratica de windsurf e kitesurf. Langebaan, perto da Cidade do Cabo, e internacionalmente reconhecida como um dos pontos de encontro mais badalados para todo o genero de pratica de surf – mas ha mais.Uma maneira mais acessivel de experimentar o prazer do mar e andar de caiaque. Existem viagens guiadas em volta da Cidade do Cabo, Hermanus, Knysna, Plett e Durban.VelaA costa maritima da África do Sul e uma das mais desafiantes do mundo da vela, com poucos portos, muitas tormentas e, mares frequentemente bastante alertados. Nao e por isso uma boa opçao para levar um barco alugado.No entanto, e um lugar optimo para aprender vela – ha escolas da modalidade na Cidade do Cabo, Porth Elizabeth e Durban – e disputam-se aqui algumas das regatas mais famosas do globo. As regatas locais sao inumeras tambem e a regata da Cidade do Cabo ate ao Rio de Janeiro e uma das mais celebres, atraindo um enorme contingente de barcos.MergulhoSe precisa que o convençam acerca da gravidade e do perigo da costa sul africana, nao precisa de ir longe – basta ver os naufragios mais recentes ou os que ficaram na historia – todos eles grandes tragedias, mas ainda assim boas noticias para os mergulhadores. Porem, nao se preocupe, temos mais para lhe oferecer do que esses sitios desoladores. O nosso ambiente submarino e do mais diverso e do mais belo que existe, com infinitos sitios fantasticos para mergulhar.Possuimos uma linha costeira incrivelmente longa, dos 35º S aos 27º S, que nao fica propriamente ao alcance normal do mergulho tropical. Apesar disso, as correntes que descem de Moçambique pela costa oriental trazem aguas quentes e tropicais e Sodwana Bay, no KwaZulu-Natal, tem os recifes de coral mais a sul do mundo.Encontrara aqui todo um conjunto de peixes com cores magnificas e algumas grandes lesmas do mar, incluindo a extravagante “dançarina espanhola’. Tubaroes baleia, tartarugas, golfinhos e tubaroes de areia sao muitas vezes vistos em zonas especificas.À medida que vamos descendo a costa, o ambiente submarino muda gradualmente ate que, quando chegamos a Cidade do Cabo, ja estamos a mergulhar em aguas frias mas encontraremos lindissimas florestas de algas gigantes – onde podemos flutuar por debaixo da agua e admirar o surpreendente mundo colorido dos recifes.Ha escolas de mergulho em praticamente todos os sitios, um grande numero delas, para nossa admiraçao, na cidade de Joanesburgo, tao isolada do mar, onde as pessoas fazem o seu treino antes de partirem para a Sodwana Bay para praticar mergulho.Mas tome sempre muito cuidado com as zonas interditas. Um voo do nivel do mar para Joanesburgo pode demorar so uma hora, mas sobe-se quase 2.000 metros (7.000 pes) de altitude – e isso sem considerar o voo. O que representa um enorme risco, por isso deve ajustar o seu itinerario de modo a incluir um dia de visitas e excursoes, compras ou idas a praia antes de ir fazer mergulho e viajar em Joanesburgo.CAPITAL MUNDIAL DA BALEIAA África do Sul e um dos melhores destinos mundiais para observaçoes dos mamiferos marinhos. No inicio de Junho, as baleias franco astrais deixam o seu habitat no Antarctico para ziguezaguear nas aguas (relativamente) quentes da costa do Cabo.Experiencias com a vida selvagemÉ claro que os grandes mamiferos da África do Sul nem sempre estao na linha da costa.Aqui acasalam, tem as crias e geralmente permanecem, ocasionalmente jogando a cauda para o ar ou pondo as cabeças de fora para ver por onde param as pessoas.Na Cidade do Cabo pode ve-los da estrada, em qualquer sitio ao longo da False Bay (Baia Falsa) e, se estiver num sitio suficientemente alto, pode ve-los perfeitamente no litoral ocidental.A cidade de Hermanus auto-proclamou-se a capital mundial da baleia – e nao anda longe da verdade. Estes animais imensos aproximam-se as vezes a escassos metros da costa e sao claramente visiveis do passeio panoramico no cimo do penhasco.Mais a leste, a cidade de Plettenberg Bay tambem se auto-proclama capital da baleia – e igualmente com fortes motivos para o fazer. As baleias franco austrais podem ser vistas na baia entre Junho e Novembro e as baleias jubartes ou corcundas migratorias vem aqui por pouco tempo, mais ou menos em Maio ou Junho e depois, na sua viagem de regresso, entre Novembro e Janeiro.As baleias de Bryde ou orcas sao vistas ocasionalmente, ao passo que os golfinhos nariz de garrafa e os golfinhos corcundas sao residentes todo o ano. Uma colonia de procriaçao de focas do Cabo completa a impressionante colecçao de mamiferos de Plettenberg Bay.É em Plett que a industria de observaçao de golfinhos e baleias esta mais bem organizada, com viagens de barco, caiaque e aeronaves. A observaçao, as distancias e o tempo gasto com cada animal sao estritamente controlados para que nao haja a minima interferencia.Na costa mais a norte de KwaZulu-Natal, os golfinhos de nariz de garrafa e os golfinhos corcundas tambem sao frequentemente observados dos barcos.Reporter infoSA, incorporando material de Turismo Sul Africanolast_img read more

Freedom of London for Mokoena

first_img26 October 2010Aaron Mokoena’s services to football and charity will be recognised when the Bafana Bafana and Portsmouth captain receives the Freedom of the City of London on 10 November.Mokoena was nominated for the honour by Alderman Andrew Parmley, who met the South Africa skipper during President Jacob Zuma’s state visit to the UK earlier this year.“I was impressed by what Aaron has achieved in his football career as captain of South Africa and Portsmouth FC and by his determination to ensure young people in South Africa have access to sport and education opportunities through his charitable foundation, which he established in 2009,” Parmley said in a statement.‘I am honoured’Mokoena said he was honoured by the award. “London is such a fantastic city, and to be presented this award as a South African playing football in the UK is a very proud moment for my country, my family and myself.”Portsmouth Football Club’s CEO David Lampitt described Mokoena as “a great role model for young people and all Portsmouth fans.“The club has been fully supportive of the work Aaron is undertaking in South Africa through his foundation,” Lampitt added. “The club congratulates him on this wonderful accolade.”Kaizer MotaungKaizer Chiefs’ owner Kaizer Motaung told The Sowetan: “I believe it is a good thing to follow the successes of the likes of Doctor Steve ‘Kalamazoo’ Mokone, a legend that represented the apartheid-oppressed talent of South African football abroad,” Motaung said.“We must also not forget the towering Lucas Radebe, who carved a name for himself in the City of Leeds when he played there. There have been a lot of South African exports to other countries, and one can only marvel at how they set up new arrivals to fly our country’s flag.“Aaron Mokoena’s achievement has therefore crowned a successful career in the tough English football fraternity, and is worthy of receiving our fullest respect,” Motaung said.“I just hope other youngsters will emulate such heroic feats that demonstrate the quality of our exports that have raised the standard of our football abroad.”History of the awardThe Freedom of the City of London is believed to have begun in 1237 and enabled recipients to carry out their trade. Today, people are nominated for the Freedom because it offers them a link to the historic City of London and one of its ancient traditions.The Freedom is also offered to individuals by the City of London Corporation to help celebrate significant achievements.CareerMokoena became the the first South African to play in 100 internationals when he ran out against Guatemala in May this year.He captained South Africa on home soil in the 2010 Fifa World Cup, the first World Cup to be held in Africa.During his club career, he has played for Ajax Amsterdam, Germinal Beeerschot, Racing Genk, Blackburn Rovers and Portsmouth.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

2016 Ohio State Fair Market Barrow results

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Grand Champion Market Barrow: Ashton Frey, Upper Sandusky (Champion Light Crossbred)Reserve Grand Champion Market Barrow: Lea Kimley, South Charleston (Res. Champion Light Crossbred)Third overall: Diana Weimer, Waterville (Champion Dark Crossbred)Fourth overall: Madelyn Fearon, Greenville (Res. Champion Dark Crossbred)Fifth overall: Jenna Siegel, Marion (Champion Duroc)Sixth overall: Brilea Bishop, Jamestown (Champion Yorkshire) 2016 Junior Market Barrow results Dark CrossbredGrand Champion – Diana Weimer, Waterville-264 lbsReserve Champion – Madelyn Fearon, Greenville-258 lbsLight CrossbredGrand Champion – Ashton Frey, Upper Sandusky-262 lbsReserve Champion – Lea Kimley, South Charleston-262 lbsBerkshireGrand Champion – Paige Pence, New Carlisle- 264 lbsReserve Champion – Zander Ivey, Bloomingburg- 250 lbsChester WhiteGrand Champion – Lily Rees, Bidwell-253 lbsReserve Champion – Micah Smock, Jackson Center-256 lbsDurocGrand Champion – Jenna Siegel, Marion- 269 lbsReserve Champion – Ashton Frey, Upper Sandusky- 274 lbsHampshireGrand Champion – Kelsey Vollrath, South Charleston- 271 lbsReserve Champion – John Smock, Jackson Center-250 lbsHerefordGrand Champion – Dustin Winner, Piqua- 257 lbsReserve Champion – Kelli Kearney, Burbank- 280 lbsLandraceGrand Champion – Madelyn Harrison, Hamilton- 279 lbsReserve Champion – Tyler Warner, Clyde- 265 lbsPoland ChinaGrand Champion – Ansley Kozarec, Farmersville- 280 lbsReserve Champion – Aaron Rolfe, Sabina- 267 lbsSpotGrand Champion – Anne Thompson, Wilmington- 280 lbsReserve Champion – Saylor Moore, Washington Courthouse- 249 lbsTamworthGrand Champion – Kamree Frey, Upper Sandusky- 262 lbsReserve Champion – Ashton Frey, Upper Sandusky- 270 lbsYorkshireGrand Champion – Brilea Bishop, Jamestown-280 lbsReserve Champion – Kaci Way, West Salem- 246 lbsJunior Breeding Berkshire GiltsDonor Grand Champion Grand Champion Kolton Keener viper man hunt 1/7/2016Donor Reserve Champion Reserve Champion Kendra Keener viper man hunt 1/7/2016Grand Champion Grand Champion Miley Edelman KTB4 Up Roar BFS2 Black Dog 1/13/2016Reserve Champion Reserve Champion Skyler Marker Drinking Class Wanted 1/18/2016Junior Breeding Chester White GiltsGrand Champion Grand Champion Tony Banister Walter Convoy 1/2/2016Reserve Champion Reserve Champion Korrine King AG3 Robbo Cop 47-8 WTX4 U Turn 1/6/2016Junior Breeding Hereford Swine GiltsReserve Champion Reserve Champion Lilly Quesenberry GRUS BOR Rapid Fire 1-1 LNHM Shock Collar 25-3 2/17/2016Reserve Supreme Overall Grand Champion Lilly Quesenberry LNHM Shock Collar 25.3 AH Red Sox 1/4/2016Junior Breeding Poland China GiltsGrand Champion Grand Champion Sofia Zampino Radar Perfect Storm 1/5/2016Reserve Champion Reserve Champion Chloe Studebaker Radar Bullet 1/10/2016Junior Breeding Spotted GiltsReserve Champion Reserve Champion Kayla Barker Power Pak 11-6 Listen In 12-1 2/1/2016Supreme Champion Overall Grand Champion Derek Barker Foot Print 3-1 Worth the Weight 10-6 1/14/2016Junior Breeding Tamworth GiltsGrand Champion Grand Champion Jason Geer GAF14 Mickey 43-1 CHF14 High Geer 22-3 2/6/2016Reserve Champion Reserve Champion Colton Henricks HPS12 Movin On 7-1 HPS9 Moving On 4-1 2/9/2016Session 2Junior Breeding DurocGrand Champion Grand Champion Cassady Healea Slats Load em Up 12/23/2015Reserve Champion Reserve Champion Gracie Isler DCM4 High Rent 43-5 SDF1 Bold Ruler 87-1 1/13/2016Junior Breeding HampshireBred and Owned Grand Champion Grand Champion Natalie Darner Good to Go Point Maker 1/8/2016Bred and Owned Reserve Champion Reserve Champion Micah Smock Good To Go Point Maker 2/3/2016Reserve Supreme Overall Reserve Champion Cale Hall All Eyes 23-7 Home Boy100-3 12/12/2015Supreme Champion Overall Grand Champion Katie Siegel GMW3 Flat Bill 1-3 EC0 Top Shelf 27-2 1/1/2016Junior Breeding Landrace GiltsGrand Champion Grand Champion Elijah Keplinger Got Em Jaws 1/28/2016Reserve Champion Reserve Champion Cade Sponcil WTX4 Got Em 14-6 KORBZ Revolution 12-2 2/1/2016Junior Breeding YorkshireGrand Champion Grand Champion Lea Kimley Close Call Time 2 Shine 12/22/2015Reserve Champion Reserve Champion Mary Sonner ABD3 Dress to Kill 1-3 BOBLO TCG Capone 10-2 12/20/2015last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — January 15, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A clipper system moves across the Great Lakes today and should trigger some snow in Ohio as we move through midday and afternoon. Snows can continue overnight tonight and may take into early tomorrow to finally exit the state. Snows are not all that impressive at this time, but we are expecting a coating to 2 inches over about 80% of the state. The good news is that we don’t think winds will be much of a factor during the event, so significant blowing and drifting is not likely. Most of the state will be done with snow by midnight to 3 AM tomorrow, but far southern and southeast areas may take through sunrise tomorrow to get through it. The map above shows snow totals through just after midnight tonight.Behind this clipper comes a reinforcing shot of cold air that holds through most of the rest of the week. We can see some subzero temps tomorrow night into Wednesday morning as skies clear, and we see highs doing no better than mid-teens to mid-20s through Thursday. Friday we may get back closer to normal for this time of year. The week will be dry, and we do expect sunshine to be a big player, much like we saw yesterday. Sunny and cold will describe most of this week.Strong southwest winds bring moderating temps back for the weekend. We go above normal Saturday, and stay there Sunday as winds strengthen ahead of our next front. With the moderation, we won’t rule out a few scattered showers in NW and west central parts of the state late Saturday night through midday Sunday. Those will be limited to a few hundredth to a tenth or two and coverage of 30%. The front mentioned above does not arrive in Ohio until Monday early morning. Rains continue through most of Monday and can bring rain totals of .25”-.75” over 100%. The map above is a snapshot of action from next Monday morning.Temps cool slightly behind that front for early next week, but we do not see cold arctic air returning. Instead, temps stay near normal for most of next week.  South winds are back at midweek, suggesting that another strong system is in the works out in the plains. Indeed, in the extended 11-16 day period we see a massive system coming together in the 4 corners region late Friday, the 26th, and then it slowly churns eastward. This significant storm looks to move into our region around the 28th, and will have liquid equivalent precipitation potential of half to 1.5”.  Currently, the track of the heaviest action is well south of us, crossing the Deep South, but a system like this needs to be watched as it evolves. Behind it we likely see cold arctic high pressure returning for the finish of the month and start of February. The cold air should come in stages…the initial push behind the front for the 29th and 30th, and then a colder shot behind a clipper we think could emerge around the 31st into the 1st.last_img read more

BlackBerry Messenger Rumored to Be Heading to Android, iOS

first_imgThere are rumors this morning that Research in Motion is preparing to bring to Android and iOS one of the key selling points of the BlackBerry phone: BlackBerry Messenger. BGR is reporting that it’s learned from “multiple trusted sources” that the company plans to introduce the Android version some time this year, with an app for iPhones available at some point as well. Details are still sketchy, says BGR, and while the app may be free, RIM could also charge users a fee (either a one-time or a recurring fee) to access the BBM service via other platforms.At first blush, the rumors pretty far-fetched as the BlackBerry Messenger is arguably one of the most beloved BlackBerry apps. It’s also featured in recent advertisements as one of the main reasons why you should buy a BlackBerry over an iPhone or an Android (or, just as importantly, why you should stay a BlackBerry user and not switch to a different smartphone).BlackBerry nailed the real-time messing service, in many people’s eyes, and BlackBerry users prefer its speed and efficiency over texting. Several other companies have tried to bring that same experience to other smartphones. Kik, most famously perhaps, delivered some of that same functionality – and brought it across platforms – before being blocked by Blackberry in November.BGR surmises that the BBM app for Android and iPhone will be stripped down, offering the communication capabilities, but not the ability to share photos, videos and locations. Is that enough to convince consumers – Blackberry users or others – of the benefits of moving to or sticking with BlackBerry? It seems like a gamble. But as we’ve seen a number of new messaging apps pop up, it could be that RIM wants to remind everyone that it’s a leader in the messaging space. Related Posts Tags:#NYT#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting audrey watterslast_img read more

Greek Soccer League No Longer a 1-Horse Race

first_imgATHENS (AP) — With the financial gap in Greek soccer getting smaller and smaller, Olympiakos is finding it harder and harder to stay at the top.The perennial Greek champions — the team has won 19 of the last 22 league titles — are normally already well out front by mid-October. But this year, Olympiakos is only in fourth place following a 1-1 draw with defending champion AEK Athens at the Olympic Stadium.“For all the teams chasing the title, it isn’t enough to create chances. Those chances need to be finished,” said Olympiakos coach Pedro Martins, a former midfielder who played one match for Portugal. “We didn’t make that happen today. It cost us the game today.”Olympiakos midfielder Kostas Fortounis gave his team the lead in the 58th minute on Sunday, but Tasos Bakasetas equalized in the 90th with a powerful header. Giannis Fetfatzidis could have scored the winner for Olympiakos, but he missed an open goal in the final seconds.The draw comes a week after Olympiakos lost to league leader PAOK Thessaloniki, which has won all six of its matches but has only 16 points because it started the season with a two-point penalty. Atromitos, a small Athens-based team, also has 16 points but trails on goal difference.AEK and Olympiakos have 13 points each.Referee Kristoffer Kristoffersen from Denmark during a Greek Super League soccer match between AEK Athens and Olympiakos at Olympic stadium in Athens, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)The renewed competitiveness for the Greek league title comes at a time when financial gap is closing. Olympiakos is still the most valuable team in the league with an estimated worth of 64 million euros ($74 million), while PAOK is valued at nearly 60 million euros ($69 million). AEK, which has battled back to the top division after going bankrupt five years ago and winning successive promotions from amateur leagues, has caught up to nearly 40 million euros ($46 million).The rules of how soccer is run have also changed.Danish referee Kristoffer Kristoffersen was in charge at Sunday’s game after a shakeup introduced this season bringing overseas officials in to be used at every major Greek match.Clashes between AEK fans and police did break out at halftime on Sunday, but criticism normally leveled at the referee after key matches was muted.—By DEREK GATOPOULOS and DEMETRIS NELLAS , Associated PressAEK Athens’ Tasos Bakasetas, left, celebrates after scoring against Olympiakos during their Greek Super League soccer match at Olympic stadium in Athens, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)AEK Athens’ Tasos Bakasetas celebrates after scoring against Olympiakos during their Greek Super League soccer match at Olympic stadium in Athens, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)AEK Athens coach Marinos Ouzounidis reacts during a Greek Super League soccer match against Olympiakos at Olympic stadium in Athens, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)Olympiakos’ Ahmed Hassan, center, tries to score against AEK Athens during their Greek Super League soccer match at Olympic stadium in Athens, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)Olympiakos’ Kostas Fortounis, left, celebrates after scoring against AEK Athens during their Greek Super League soccer match at Olympic stadium in Athens, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)Olympiakos’ Kostas Fortounis, left, celebrates after scoring against AEK Athens during their Greek Super League soccer match at Olympic stadium in Athens, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more