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Atletico make Barca wait by squeezing past Valladolid

first_imgHowever they had to endure a nervy final few minutes in which Jan Oblak had to be at his best and they survived a late VAR check over what looked like a clear Santiago Arias handball in the area.“It’s controversial, a ball that hits the hand and the referee’s decision is to see if it’s voluntary or not,” said Saul Niguez, whose cross led to their fortunate winner and who gave away a penalty in a similar fashion during Wednesday’s 3-2 win over Valencia.The victory means second-placed Atletico are six points behind Barca, who now have to beat Levante at the Camp Nou later in order to take the title with three matches to spare before they host Liverpool in the first leg of the Champions League semi-finals.Should Barca win as expected, they will hold their nine-point lead over Atleti, who will no longer be able to overtake the Catalans thanks to their inferior head-to-head record.However Diego Simeone’s side will be satisfied they are nine points ahead of local rivals and reigning European champions Real Madrid, who travel to Rayo Vallecano on Sunday amid increasing speculation they will respond to a disappointing season by swooping for Eden Hazard and Neymar.“It’s what we deserve, no more, no less. We’ve come so far,” added Saul.“There were moments when we wanted to be first and others that I would say no, that’s what we deserve.”– Under-par Atletico –Valladolid meanwhile stay 17th, just one point and a place away from the relegation zone after a match they will feel they were unlucky to lose.Atletico were far from their intense best, and the first half was a drab affair enlivened by a few Valladolid pot shots and a fine save from Jordi Masip, who did well to tip away Antoine Griezmann’s free-kick.However they upped their game early in the second half and got the breakthrough in the 66th minute when Joaquin launched himself at Saul’s cross from the left and headed the ball past Masip into his own goal.That didn’t stop Valladolid though, and the away side thought they would be given a chance to equalise from the spot with just four minutes left when Arias appeared to handle a cross, only for referee Mario Melero Lopez to give a corner following a long VAR check.They then forced saves from Oblak before Fernando Calero hit the post with a header two minutes into stoppage time, but they couldn’t make their late flurry count.Earlier on Saturday, Athletic Bilbao and Alaves did their chances of European football next season no favours with a 1-1 draw in the Basque Country.Seventh-placed Bilbao are five points away from the Champions league places — with Alaves a further three points back — and could also see Valencia and Sevilla take the Europa league further away from them when they take on Eibar and Girona.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Atletico Madrid had to survive a VAR penalty review to beat Real Valladolid and delay Barcelona’s La Liga title party © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSMADRID, Spain, Apr 27 – Barcelona were made to wait to retain their La Liga title on Saturday as closest challengers Atletico Madrid scraped past strugglers Real Valladolid 1-0 after surviving late VAR penalty drama.Ernesto Valverde’s side would have been crowned champions for the eighth time in 11 seasons ahead of their home clash with Levante later had Atletico lost to relegation-threatened Valladolid, but Joaquin Fernandez’s own goal was enough to seal the three points and delay the Barca title party.last_img read more

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Housing redevelopment plans in west Donegal welcomed

first_imgProposed redevelopment and construction work on a number of housing units on the former Ard Scoil Mhuire school site in Gaoth Dobhair was welcomed on Friday. Pearse Doherty praised news that a planning application to build houses on the former west Donegal school site has now been lodged.It’s understood that the application for the site by Charles Roarty proposes to construct up to thirty number housing units and includes plans to build an assisted living residential facility for adults with intellectual disabilities. Commenting on the project, Deputy Doherty said that the proposed redevelopment of the former school would provide much needed additional housing to the area.He said: “I very much welcome these plans to redevelop the former Ard Scoil Mhuire college site which will see the construction of up thirty housing units as well as a purpose-built assisted living unit.“The assisted living element of the development will provide accommodation for adults with intellectual disabilities and the purpose of the facility is to enable them to continue living independently within their own community by providing personal and emotional assistance and supports in order to meet their individual care needs.” “The planning application has now been submitted to Donegal County Council and will now go through the formal planning process,” Doherty continued.“As many people will be aware, this derelict site has a very troubled past and has been somewhat of a blight on the landscape and a scare on Gaoth Dobhair and the surrounding area.“It’s hoped that this project will assist families in Gaoth Dobhair by providing much needed additional housing in the locality, including badly needed homes for persons with intellectual disabilities,” he added.“I now look forward to seeing how these plans progress over the coming weeks and months, and I intend to continue to engage and work closely alongside all the various stakeholders in an effort to ensure that this project, if approved, can be delivered in a thoughtful, sensitive and respectful manner.”Housing redevelopment plans in west Donegal welcomed was last modified: May 10th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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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Moon Gas Indicates Recent Geologic Activity

first_imgIt’s aliv-v-v-v-e!  Evidence for recent geological activity on our moon has been reported in Nature.1  Katharine Sanderson introduced the findings in [email protected], in an item titled, “The moon has gas: Eruptions confound the idea that our nearest neighbour is a geological dead zone” –Some think the Moon has been geologically dead for billions of years.  But Peter Schultz of Brown University, Rhode Island, is not one of them.  His results show that some lunar craters were formed as recently as 10 million years ago by gas eruptions, suggesting that there’s still something bubbling away beneath the Moon’s surface.    In terms of lunar geology, 10 million years is yesterday.  It was thought that all volcanic activity stopped 3.2 billion years ago, and that any young craters were caused by meteor impacts.  Time to think again, say Schultz and his colleagues in this week’s Nature1.Here is the abstract from the paper by Schults et al.1  It hints at a serious intellectual tension between the evidence for recent activity and the belief that this activity should have ceased billions of years ago:Samples of material returned from the Moon have established that widespread lunar volcanism ceased about 3.2 Gyr ago.2  Crater statistics and degradation models indicate that last-gasp eruptions of thin basalt flows continued until less than 1.0 Gyr ago, but the Moon is now considered to be unaffected by internal processes today, other than weak tidally driven moonquakes and young fault systems.  It is therefore widely assumed that only impact craters have reshaped the lunar landscape over the past billion years.  Here we report that patches of the lunar regolith in the Ina structure were recently removed.  The preservation state of relief, the number of superimposed small craters, and the ’freshness’ (spectral maturity) of the regolith together indicate that features within this structure must be as young as 10 Myr, and perhaps are still forming today.  We propose that these features result from recent, episodic out-gassing from deep within the Moon.  Such out-gassing probably contributed to the radiogenic gases detected during past lunar missions.  Future monitoring (including Earth-based observations) should reveal the composition of the gas, yielding important clues to volatiles archived at great depth over the past 4-4.5 Gyr.This tension continues in the body of the article.  “Both morphological and spectral criteria indicate that the exposed surfaces within Ina are exceedingly young,” the authors say.  “In fact, our observations do not preclude the possibility that it is still in the process of formation.”  The 10 Myr figure, clearly, was intended as an upper limit.    Moreover, Ina is just one of four such features they identified.  Since these four trend along a rille around the Imbrium basin, “These occurrences in similar structural settings indicate that volatiles (for example, juvenile CO2 and even H2O) trapped deep within the Moon episodically escape along crustal weaknesses, thereby continually freshening the regolith.”    Another clue that something very recent is going on comes from the identification of Polonium-210 alpha particles by the alpha particle spectrometer on Lunar Prospector.  These short-lived radioactive decay products (half-life = 138 days) “indicate radon release within the past 60 yr.”    If these features indicate recent geological activity, it could mean that at least some craters were formed by gas explosions, [email protected] explained.  It has long been assumed that all craters formed since the ancient volcanism stopped were from impacts.  Although these findings are “suggestive, rather than definitive,” the implications take lunar scientists back to square one, Sanderson concluded: Lunar scientists will now be forced to rethink assumptions made about the Moon.  “There is more to the Moon than we had previously discovered,” says Schultz.  “This shows there’s still some [geological] life.  We just have to learn how to take its pulse.”See also popular reports on this story posted by National Geographic and Brown University.1Schultz, Staid and Peters, “Lunar Activity from Recent Gas Release,” Nature 444, 184-186 (9 November 2006) | doi:10.1038/nature05303.2Gyr = billions (giga) of years; Myr = millions of years.No sooner had we speculated that the Egyptian anomalous craters (11/01/2006) might have been endogenic, leading to new hypotheses about other solar system craters, than this report appears in Nature suggesting the same thing.  Imagine: some craters on the moon forming from the inside out, in recent times.  That is a startling change in thinking.  Undoubtedly many, if not most, are still impact craters (the authors did not consider secondaries; see 06/08/2006), but it’s hard to understate the surprise that geologists must feel finding something this young on a moon their minds have been trained to think as old, old, old.    The authors, for sure, considered details that might distinguish the young features from the presumably old ones, and do not doubt the 4.5-Gyr accepted age.  (How could they and keep their jobs?)  But then they had to admit that the new findings are forcing lunar scientists to “rethink assumptions made about the Moon.”  It’s been almost heresy to consider the moon being geologically alive.  Only a few “last gasp” episodes from isolated craters like Aristarchus, location of numerous lunar transient phenomena sightings, have been considered as interesting but anomalous.  The moon was supposed to have cooled and quieted down three billion years ago.  You can almost sense the astonishment as they first talk glibly about billions of years, then 10 million, then 60 years, then Yikes, it might be even active today!    Isn’t it just like secular scientists to sidestep the most serious implications of their discoveries?  At the end, the scientists focused on how this finding might help future astronauts understand what resources are available to exploit.  Come on; this is a story with big epistemological ramifications.  The lesson can be stated as a question you should train children to ask when they hear things about the unseen past taught as accepted fact: “How do you know that?”(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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SA exports to Africa on the increase

first_img26 October 2012 With the continued gloomy outlook in eurozone countries and a slowdown in growth in a number of developing economies, a rapidly growing sub-Saharan Africa holds clear opportunities for South African businesses, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said on Thursday. Tabling his Medium Term Budget Policy Statement in the National Assembly in Cape Town, Gordhan said opportunities in sub-Saharan Africa had benefited many South Africa mining, manufacturing and retail companies. The IMF’s World Economic Outlook, released earlier this month, estimates that sub-Saharan Africa will grow by 5% this year and 5.7% next year – compared to growth of just 1.3% in advanced economies and 5.3% in developing countries this year. South Africa’s exports to the EU fell 0.9% year-on-year in the second quarter, while exports to the US remained flat, and those to China and India grew by just 1.1% and 0.7% respectively. By contrast, exports to Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries grew 2.7%.SADC now SA’s second-largest export market Gordhan said the SADC was now South Africa’s second-largest export market after the EU, which is expected to account for 21% of South Africa’s exports this year. The SADC region is expected to account for 12.2% of SA exports this year, up from 9.8% in 2000 and putting it just ahead of China, which the National Treasury expects will account for 12% of SA exports this year. The Medium Term Budget Policy Statement says the share of manufactured exports to the southern African region (21.8%) have increased rapidly over the past few years on the back of demand for chemical products, machinery and appliances, particularly mining equipment. It says that, with strong growth forecast for the next five years, the SADC region could become South Africa’s biggest market for manufactured exports.Fall in exports, rise in imports Overall, South Africa’s export volumes fell by 6.3% in the second quarter compared with the same period last year, after a decline of 1.5% in the first quarter. Over the first eight months of the year, the value of exports of platinum fell by 21.9%, while exports of coal and chemical products remained robust. In the first eight months of the year, however, imports increased by 20%, driven by strong increases in oil, machinery, vehicles and appliances. Imports are now 4% above 2009 levels, while exports are 13% below their highs. With the fall in exports and rise in imports, South Africa’s current account deficit has widened sharply over the past year and is expected to average 5.9% this year, up from 3.3% in 2011. Over the next three years, the current account deficit is expected to moderate to 5.5%. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

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South Africa exceeds foreign investment target by R20-billion

first_img4 March 2016South Africa attracted R64.3-billion in foreign direct investment (FDI) between 1 April and 31 December 2015, the first three quarters of the financial year – surpassing its target of R45-billion by almost R20-billion.This was announced by Minister Siyabonga Cwele, chair of the International Cooperation, Trade and Security cluster, during a media briefing in Cape Town last week. South Africa, he said, remains a competitive investment destination, despite a troubled global economy.“For citizens, the investment means an opportunity to work, to develop their skills, earn a sustainable income and feed a family,” Cwele said.He said South Africa continues its engagements with the European Union (EU), its largest trading partner and foreign investor.“Over 2 000 EU companies are operating within South Africa and have created over 350 000 jobs. The EU also contributes about R1.5-billion to infrastructure development for domestic and regional programmes through the Infrastructure Investment Programme.”In 2015, South Africa exported goods worth more than R216-billion to the EU. Half of the exports were manufactured products.Tourism essential to growthCwele said tourism was a vital sector of the economy, contributing about 9% to South Africa’s gross domestic product.“The country received 8 903 773 foreign tourist arrivals during 2015, generating a significant revenue contribution to the economy,” he said. He added that more than 1.6-million local and international tourists visited Kruger National Park last year.A range of skills development programmes have been launched to unlock the full economic potential of tourism, Cwele said. “These include training 577 young people as chefs this year, instructing 300 youths in the art of serving wine expertly as professional sommeliers and teaching unemployed graduates to become food safety assurers, who ensure that the food served at our establishments is stored, prepared and served safely.”He said the Department of Tourism was implementing revised Tourism Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment Codes of Good Practice.“The black ownership target has been set at 30%, which is higher than the target in the generic codes of good practice to assist in our efforts to drive transformation in the sector. To address women empowerment, this 30% must consist of 50% women.”South Africa.info reporterlast_img read more

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Kickstart a Lucrative Data Science Career for Less Than 50

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Google employees plan a walkout to protest against the companys response to

first_imgIt was only last week when a report by The New York Times brought to light the shocking allegations against Andy Rubin’s (creator of Android) sexual misconduct at Google. Now, more than 200 engineers at Google are organizing a “women’s walk” walkout this week to protest against the company’s response to the reports of sexual misconduct, as per Buzzfeed news. According to the report by the New York Times, after Rubin was accused of misbehavior in 2014 and the allegations were confirmed by Google, he was asked to leave by former Google CEO, Mr.Page, but received $90 million as an exit package. He also received a high profile well-respected farewell by Google in October 2014. But Rubin isn’t the only one, at least four senior executives have been protected by Google in the past, despite them being accused of sexual misconduct, as per the NY Times report. Andy Rubin spoke out about the allegation on Twitter where he denied the NY Times report: As per the Buzzfeed reports, Google executives had hosted an all-hands meeting last Thursday, during which they tried explaining their behavior towards Rubin and apologized to employees. Google CEO Sundar Pichai also sent an email to all Google employees on Thursday clarifying how the company has fired 48 people over the last two years for sexual harassment where 13 of them were “senior managers and above”. He also mentioned how none of the accused employees received any exit packages. “We are dead serious about making sure we provide a safe and inclusive workplace. We want to assure you that we review every single complaint about sexual harassment or inappropriate conduct, we investigate and we take action”, read the email. The protest is a response to Google’s handling of sexual misconduct within the workplace in the recent past, that employees found as inadequate. Moreover, Google employees participating in the planned protest are dissatisfied that senior executives such as Drummond, Chief Legal Officer, Alphabet, and Chairman, CapitalG, mentioned in the NY times report for indulging in “inappropriate relationships” within the organization continue to work in highly placed positions at Google and have not faced any real punitive action by Google for their action. In April this year, Google employees protested against Project Maven, with petitions, and better demands for more transparency within the organization. The demands of the upcoming protest haven’t been made specified yet, but, shares similar sentiments. The planning for the walkout was done on an internal online forum by the Google employees to map out the details regarding the protest. By yesterday, that post had upvotes, as per a current Google employee who wishes to remain anonymous. The day and timing of the walkout haven’t been fixed yet but is likely to take place this Thursday, as reported by BuzzFeed. One of the Google employee, who wishes to remain anonymous, told BuzzFeed, ‘Personally, I’m furious. I feel like there’s a pattern of powerful men getting away with awful behavior towards women at Google‚ or if they don’t get away with it, they get a slap on the wrist, or they get sent away with a golden parachute, like Andy Rubin. Public reaction towards the protest is largely positive: Our take on this development If this protest manages to get a response from Google on the veracity of the claims made by the NYT article, it would be a good place to start healing. Openly acknowledging issues is the first step towards working on them. The protest could be more effective had the organizers has a clear set of goals to achieve from the walkout. Currently, it appears more like an emotional response to the revelation than as a way to move the company in the right direction on the topic of making the workplace safe and treating everyone fairly. Of late Google, employees seem to increasingly place the role of the companies moral compass on contentious and sensitives topics. Holding Google accountable for its role in enabling workplace misconduct is a worthy cause to stand up for. However, doing this via continuous protests or through media leaks does not seem to be an effective long-term approach to dealing with organizational issues – for both employees and for Google. There is the risk of employees becoming jaded and distrusting or management simply taking the easy way out by choosing to leave behind those that don’t align with its new vision only to become a monolithic thinking machine. Frequent employee protests is a symptom of a deeper value-misalignment problem that Google must reflect on. Read Next Ex-googler who quit Google on moral grounds writes to Senate about company’s “Unethical” China censorship plan OK Google, why are you ok with mut(at)ing your ethos for Project DragonFly? Google takes steps towards better security, introduces new API policies for 3rd parties and a Titan Security system for mobile deviceslast_img read more