Football Former Michigan recruits now key Buckeyes

OSU redshirt junior cornerback Gareon Conley picks off Michigan State’s quarterback Tyler O’Connor to seal the team’s 17-16 win at Spartan Stadium.. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorIt’s no secret that this coming Saturday’s game between No. 2 Ohio State and No. 3 Michigan has a lot of implications behind it. It is not just college football’s annual matchup between the two teams, but it is also a game that will potentially decide which of the two teams will make the College Football Playoff. But the rivalry goes beyond just “The Game” itself. It ranges all the way down to recruiting.For years, young football players have looked at both universities as potential options to continue their playing careers, while both programs have pushed to obtain the next best recruit. On the OSU roster, there is no shortage of connections with “That Team Up North,” as a few of its current players have decommitted from Michigan only to commit to OSU. This was the case for redshirt junior cornerback Gareon Conley and redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber.“I was a young-minded person, and really, (Michigan) was my first big offer,” Conley said. “But I wanted to explore my options, and when I came (to OSU) it just felt like going from the same program to a better program of what I already experienced, and it felt like home.”As a four-star prospect out of Massillon Washington High School in Ohio, Conley was a Michigan commit for eight months before he decided to join Urban Meyer’s 2013 class. Meyer said on Monday that he went to watch Conley play basketball when recruiting the cornerback, and that the team thought highly of him during the process.“I went and watched him actually practice basketball, and that’s when I was like, ‘this is a crazy athlete,’” Meyer said. “Then you get to meet him and his family. Major impact. He’s not just a great player, but a great leader as well.”Conley, who made the game-ending interception last Saturday against Michigan State, said that his initial commitment to be a Wolverine was “real fast.” He had only gone to Ann Arbor once to visit and didn’t talk to a lot of people, causing him to make the decision to switch schools.“It was a magnificent decision because, obviously, two years ago we won a championship and last year we had a good season,” Conley said. “Overall, the teams I’ve been a part of (at OSU) and the brotherhood I have experienced — it’s great.”Now one of the Ohio State team captains, Conley was the first player that Meyer would convert from Wolverine to Buckeye in his OSU coaching tenure. Conley wouldn’t be the last player to recommit to OSU, as Weber would do the same just two years later.Unlike Conley, Weber grew up in Michigan as a native of Detroit. After playing football for Cass Technical High School, Weber committed to the Wolverines. However, after Michigan fired then-head coach Brady Hoke, the four-star recruit decommitted from the university, and eventually ended up at Ohio State.Weber said that former Cass Tech teammate and current Ohio State teammate Damon Webb, a junior cornerback, helped him with his decision to join the Buckeyes.“Having people here that I know of, that I can talk to, and that relate to me is always good,” Weber said. “I used to talk to (Webb) in high school about the program, about what to expect, and he always gave me good feedback.”Weber said that with Webb already in Columbus and with redshirt freshman defensive tackle Joshua Alabi, also one of Weber’s Cass Tech teammates, committed to OSU, he was comfortable with his decision.“It feels good to play with guys you grew up with,” Weber said.However, Weber, who joins Maurice Clarett and Robert Smith as the only Ohio State freshman to rush for 1,000 yards, will be playing several of his high school teammates when the Buckeyes and Wolverines take the field on Saturday. “Now it is really personal. A lot of people I played with — Jourdan Lewis, Delano Hill, Mike Onwenu, Lavert Hill — all those guys I played with in high school and won championships with are on the team,” Weber said. “It’s going to be fun playing against all those guys and I’m looking forward to it.”Along with Conley, Weber, Alabi and Webb, true freshman offensive lineman Michael Jordan is also a native of Michigan and will be playing for his home-state rival on Saturday.With each of these players deciding to play for Meyer and the Buckeyes, there is no denying that both teams could look very different for Saturday’s game had Conley and Weber not recommitted to OSU and stayed at Michigan.Conley said that he is looking forward to the game on Saturday, and that he is happy with the decision he made three years ago.“It’s an honor to play in this game. It’s an honor to be a Buckeye in this game,” Conley said. “This is one of the most tradition-rich programs in tradition games, and it’s going to be a great challenge. I’m just glad to be here with my team.” read more

Womens Soccer Ohio State falls 10 to Michigan on the road

Ohio State senior goalkeeper Devon Kerr (1) prepares to take a goal kick in the second half of the game against Florida Gulf Coast University on Sept. 7. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorThe Ohio State women’s soccer team (6-5-1) ended its four-game unbeaten streak on Friday, falling to Michigan (8-6) in Ann Arbor. In the first 45 minutes of the match, neither team could find its opponent’s net, resulting in both teams staying scoreless, while the Wolverines leading 5-4 over the Buckeyes in shots. Michigan sophomore midfielder Nicki Hernandez, who leads the team with seven goals and five assists this season, notched the first goal of the night in the 54th minute of the match, finishing from six yards and giving the Wolverines a 1-0 advantage over Ohio State.Ohio State senior goalkeeper Devon Kerr recorded only one save on Friday night. The Buckeyes concluded the game with a 5-1 edge in corner kicks, a 5-2 lead in shots on goal and recorded 10 shots over the Wolverines eight, while Michigan was able to make five saves over Ohio State’s one. The Ohio State women’s soccer team will travel to East Lansing to take on Michigan State on Sunday at 1 p.m. read more

Wenger was like a father to Wilshere

first_imgArsene Wenger decided to end his career as the Arsenal coach and he will leave after this season – and Jack Wilshere admitted that the manager was something like a father to him.The Frenchman was the first one to give a chance to the midfielder in the professional football and, of course, the player is grateful to him for it – and he insisted that it will feel strange not to have Wenger in the locker room anymore.The England international spoke about his relationship with Wenger as he wrote on his Instagram account, according to Football London:“To the man who gave me my chance as a 16-year-old, and showed unbelievable faith and commitment towards me.”Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“Always a gentleman, like a father through tough times in my career.”“He always believed in me when most people didn’t.”“Thank you for everything boss.”“It’s down to us now to end your era right. #onearsenewenger.”last_img read more

Ronaldo reveals the toughest defender he has ever faced

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo has revealed the name of the toughest defender he has ever faced in his career with his answer leaving many people surprisedOver the course of his glittering 16-year career at senior level, Ronaldo has played alongside and against some of the greatest players throughout the world of football.In terms of defenders, the Real Madrid star has come across the likes of Gerard Pique, Mats Hummels, Dani Alves and Carlos Puyol.Yet, despite now going up against the world’s most expensive defender in Virgil van Dijk in this Saturday’s Champions League final against Liverpool, it is somebody of a much smaller stature that has caused the Portuguese forward the most trouble.In an interview, after being asked a series of lifestyle and sport-related questions, Ronaldo was asked: “Who is the toughest defender you have played against?.”After a moment of careful consideration, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner replied: “Ashley Cole”.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.¡IMPRESCINDIBLE! ??¿QUIÉN es MÁS GUAPO? ¿@Cristiano o Edu??? El TEST MÁS PERSONAL de @EduAguirre7 en #ElChiringuitoDeMega pic.twitter.com/2auNrgH1TM— El Chiringuito TV (@elchiringuitotv) May 24, 2018Ashley Cole was formerly a left-back for both Chelsea and Arsenal in the Premier League and was frequently pitted against Ronaldo during his Manchester United days, where they had a number of high profile battles.The former England international now plays alongside Zlatan Ibrahimovic at LA Galaxy, whom he also captains, in the MLS.last_img read more

Shin on South Korea defeat We became too subdued

first_imgSouth Korea boss Shin Tae-yong admitted that his players became far too “subdued” in their 1-0 defeat to Sweden in their World Cup opener and fears that the opposition goalkeeper “probably became bored”The Taegeuk Warriors were unable to test the Sweden defence in their opening game at the Nizhny Novgorod on Monday with Hwang Hee-chan coming closest to scoring when he headed wastefully wide in the closing moments of the match.A Kim Min-woo foul on Viktor Claesson in the box allowed Sweden captain Andreas Granqvist to score the match-winner.Speaking after the defeat, Shin was particularly critical of his attacking players.“I think…we became too subdued,” he said, as quoted by The Independent.Victor Lindelof, SwedenEuro 2020 qualifiers round up from group F George Patchias – September 6, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group F saw Scandinavian neighbours Sweden and Norway keep the race for the groups second automatic qualifying spot alive.Spain had already…“We really wanted to win this game. That was the attitude of the players coming into the match.”Next up for South Korea is Mexico on Saturday, who arrive on the back of defeating reigning champions Germany 1-0.“Mexico against Germany were very fast and skilled. A very good, tough team,” said Shin of his next opponents.“They will be a formidable opponent. We’ll analyse the game against Germany and try to find a way to deal with the Mexico team.”last_img read more

OFFICIAL Andre Silva sent on loan to Sevilla

first_imgAC Milan and Sevilla have agreed on a loan deal for Portuguese international Andre Silva.Andre Silva is heading out on loan to Sevilla, and the Spanish club will have the option to buy the player at the end of the loan deal. Sportskeeda reports.Andre Silva joined AC Milan last year for a reported fee of €38million.But his first season in Italy was poor. He scored just 2 goals in 24 Serie A appearances.He managed to earn a place in Portugal’s World Cup squad scoring eight goals in 14 Europa League matches.Sevilla via Twitter confirmed his arrival.? We’re delighted to confirm an agreement with @acmilan for the loan of @andrevsilva19! ?Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….➡️ https://t.co/griEBIoq3X#vamosmisevilla #silvamos pic.twitter.com/RS9zRcr0wK— Sevilla FC (@SevillaFC_ENG) August 11, 2018Bas Dost, Vincent Aboubakar, Nikola Kalinic and Michy Batshuayi were all strongly linked with the Andalusians, but they couldn’t manage to sign any of them.Sevilla will be delighted with the arrival of Silva, 22, who will compete with Wissam Ben Yedder and Luis Muriel for a starting spot.If Andre Silva impresses this season, Sevilla can buy the forward outright.last_img read more

Griezmann feels closer than ever to win the Ballon dOr

first_imgDuring an interview with French journal L’Equipe, Antoine Griezmann explains why he believes that the 2018 Ballon d’Or is closer than ever for him.It’s been a truly spectacular 2018 for French forward Antoine Griezmann, he’s managed to win all the finals he’s played with both his club and his country and he looks like the top contender for this year’s Ballon d’Or. It is a little confusing that both UEFA and FIFA didn’t include him in any of the podiums for their individual awards, there is no question that Griezmann is one of the best players of the season in all competitions and he certainly is one of the most successful footballers on the collective aspect. The only exception we remember from a Ballon d’Or winner who failed to win all the major trophies in a specific season, is the 2010 prize that was given to Lionel Messi instead of either Andres Iniesta or Xavi Hernandez who won the World Cup that year. The rest of the wards have always gone to either a Champions League or a World Cup winner usually. But the FIFA The Best podium is a bit alarming for French people, because there wasn’t a single player from Les Bleus featuring in the list of nominees.⏱ 35’ | 0-0 | A disputed first 35 minutes in Balaídos. Let’s go boys! ?#AúpaAtleti #CeltaAtleti pic.twitter.com/V3KgWMrZYB— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) September 1, 2018Nobody doubts that there is a large number of French football players who deserve to be in any of the lists of nominees for both the UEFA and the FIFA awards, it’s hard to understand the reason behind their snub but the voters have made their decision and it needs to be respected. However, things are going to be very different for the Ballon d’Or because of a large number of reasons. For starters, the award is given by French prominent magazine called ‘France Football’. This publication has always favored French players when they really deserve to win the award, they gave it to Zidane back in 1998 when France won the FIFA World Cup and they have to give to a French player this time. Besides Griezmann there could be a surprise winner in Kylian Mbappé, who may not have won as many major trophies as the Atletico forward but is the better footballer from the two. France Football could surprise everyone and give the award to the player who will most likely dominate football for the next decade.no words necessary. pic.twitter.com/f7eKCCoAA5— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) September 3, 2018But for now, the top favorite to take the award is the Atletico Madrid player, who last season was the UEFA Europa League’s best player and won the competition by scoring in the final for the Colchoneros. But the best came for him during the summer as he was the leader of France during the World Cup, a tournament in which they defeated Croatia in the final with a goal scored by Griezmann from the spot and a couple more scored by Paul Pogba and Mbappé himself. But Antoine is without question the player who has made the most merits to get the recognition, an award that would be shared between all the players of this fantastic French generation that is very young still and has a lot more trophies to win without question. But Griezmann is not as young as he once was, he may not be a part of all those success stories and this could be his last chance to win the award.Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…Antoine Griezmann est à la Une de L’Équipe en ce mercredi 5 septembre.Téléchargez votre journal : https://t.co/qSnU2voSkb pic.twitter.com/jxqiS9alF8— L’ÉQUIPE (@lequipe) September 4, 2018In the past during his career, there was another year in which he deserved to at least be part of the final list of nominees for the Ballon d’Or award back in 2016. During that season, Antoine Griezmann was Atletico Madrid’s main player all the way through the final they played against Real Madrid but he failed to deliver in the most important moment by missing a key penalty. Then later that year during the summer, he was France’s best player and reached the final but lost it against Portugal. In that year’s contest for the award, there was no doubt that Cristiano Ronaldo deserved the honors but Griezmann thinks this year will be very different. “I compare this year to 2016 and for me, this is a year in which I have to be amongst the final three at least. I lost the 2016 award because I lost two finals and I was still amongst the final three nominees. This year I won the three finals I played. So normally, I think about it because I am very close to winning it this year,” said Griezmann to L’Equipe.? The team has already put the third kit on ??Compra online: ➡ https://t.co/yPWAnq29FTMore info: ➡ https://t.co/xMvhOAAlaB pic.twitter.com/kyOtfGmHHd— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) September 4, 2018Do you think Antoine Griemannn deserves to win the Ballon d’Or this year? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Luke Shaw explains how he stays grounded

first_imgThe Manchester United defender says he never wants to change who he is and how he maintains both feet on Earth during his current good runManchester United left-back Luke Shaw has been doing great things this season with his team.The defender is playing very well for the Red Devils during the 2018-2019 English Premier League season.“I’m really close with my mates, so I just do normal things. Sometimes it’s hard to do that, but you’ve got to stay grounded and just enjoy it,” he told the club’s official website.“Of course, you had a life before all of this and you’ve just got to remember what you were before any of this. You’ve got to stay grounded and keep doing what got you to where you are today. There’s no need to change because of what I do.”Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“I’ll always be the same boy that I was before I started being a professional footballer to the day I finish playing,” he added.“I play Xbox with my mates, because they come around a lot, and we play FIFA and Fortnite at the moment. I also like to play a bit of pool and we go bowling – we always have competitions.”“We like to play for a forfeit so the loser might have to eat a hot chili or something like that,” he commented.“It’s just a bit of fun and makes the game more intense, although you don’t want to get videoed on Snapchat doing the forfeit.”last_img read more

PREMIER SETS THE RECORD STRAIGHT CARNIVAL IS BOOSTING STOPS

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS, NOVEMBER 14, 2013- Not quite right. The Premier setting the record straight on a statement by the governor recently that Carnival is shifting some of its cruise routes to nearby Dominican Republic. Magnetic Media questions to the country’s tourism minister unearthed that Hon Rufus Ewing has already had a meeting with vendors at the beach adjacent to the Grand Turk Cruise Center in an effort to deal directly with the concerns of Carnival Cruise lines executives who have apparently complained that the vendors are sometimes too aggressive and in many cases operating illegally posing potential risks to cruise passengers. The premier said Carnival is boosting cruise stops for 2014 as far as he can tell in reviewing the schedule, but warned that other less committed cruise liners may opt out of docking in Grand Turk due to the unauthorized beach vendors. last_img read more

13 Apple Watch bands for fitness the office and more

first_img $349 $399 $19 at Amazon Looking for a sleek upgrade from the basic silicone band that your Apple Watch came with? Try stainless steel — combined with an analog clock face, your smartwatch could look as classic as a high-end designer timepiece on your wrist. This Kades stainless steel band comes in a brushed metal finish that looks just as great with a casual outfit as it does with a formal one. Amazon Amazon Mentioned Above Apple Watch Series 4 GPS (40mm silver aluminum case, white sport band) If you have large wrists, and/or long or muscular arms, you might find that many watch bands look oddly minuscule on you. This steel band from eLander features a larger width and big links, making the metal band a heftier option. Apple Preview • Apple Watch Series 4 review in progress (updated) Generally speaking, any plain silicone band will serve well as a sport band for your Apple Watch. Many buyers reviewed this band as comparable to the Apple Watch Sport Band and one of the best Apple Watch bands in terms of flexibility, thickness, functionality and comfort. But the IYOU starts at just $5.99, while the official Apple band costs $49. A work-appropriate Apple Watch band Aug 31 • Apple iPhone 11 launches Sept. 10, Disney Plus in big demand An official Apple accessory, the Apple Watch Sport Loop utilizes a double-layer nylon design that features extra cushion and comfort, making it idea for many activities and all-day wear. Nylon is breathable, so you can wear this band straight from a morning workout to a morning meeting. Amazon A comfortable Apple Watch band Amazon Tomazon faux-pearl band Amazon An all-purpose Apple Watch band $15 at Amazon Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it eLander stainless steel band $19 at Amazon Again, Apple’s official accessory bands are hardly cheap, but some are worth the price tag. The popular Milanese Loop band is a great choice when you want something more professional than silicone, but aren’t into leather or metal chain link designs. The Milanese Loop features a woven design of stainless steel that results in a flexible fit and comfortable yet sturdy band. $49 at Amazon Carterjett tire tread band See It Share your voice A stylish Apple Watch band for a night out WFGEAL leather band Sometimes, simplicity tops all else. This nylon strap from Modal combines the sturdiness of thick woven nylon with a simple design and classic belt loop-type buckle for a stylish yet comfortable fit. $6 at Amazon Adorama reading • 13 Apple Watch bands to get on Amazon An Apple Watch band for working out $399 Looking to glam up your Apple Watch? Look no further than Tomazon’s handmade jewelry Apple Watch bands, particularly this faux-pearl beaded one. It comes in a few different color schemes, and it’s fully elastic with no buckle, which makes it easy to slip on and off. Amazon Apple manufactures its own suite of Barenia leather Apple Watch bands, but they’re priced high enough to sticker shock most people. For a less expensive option that’s still high quality, highly rated and a comfortable fit, try this WFGEAL genuine leather band that comes in a variety of colors — with more than 40 color combinations. Fitness Wearable Tech A protective case and band combo is a smart option for anyone who wears their Apple Watch while doing any sort of manual labor, high-intensity exercise with weights, outdoor activities like rock climbing, or any other activities that could damage your watch.This protective Apple Watch band comes from Supcase, which has long made quality protective cases for the iPhone. The band doubles as a case, which snaps onto your Apple Watch to provide shock absorption, and the raised bezel design acts as screen protectors to help you avoid screen damage and scratches. $20 at Amazon Comments Review • Apple Watch Series 4 review: ECG, and a lot of refinements Amazon Secbolt thin leather band News • Apple Watch Series 4 vs. Galaxy Watch Active: What’s the best smartwatch? Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier Switch up your Apple Watch band to make it perfect for the gym, the office and even a night out. Sarah Tew/CNET Like many on-the-go professionals, I have a handful of trusty outfits that can take me from the office to the gym to social hour with minimal effort put into changing between settings — the rise of “athleisure” and the stack of black leggings in my closet have gotten me through many busy days. When your Apple Watch serves as your right-hand — er, wrist — man, it’s only natural to want the same flexible functionality from your watch straps. Thanks to the surge in third-party bands for Apple Watch, you can easily flit between different purposes and aesthetics. From office-acceptable (e.g., nylon, stainless steel) to ballroom-worthy (e.g., Italian leather, rose gold) to rugged and outdoorsy (e.g., Cordura fabric, a silicone band, or a sports band), Amazon has tens of thousands of Apple Watch bands to suit your different needs and watch sizes. Here are some of the best Apple Watch bands. Read more: These are the 7 best Apple Watch chargers you can get on Amazon | Apple Watch 5: What we’re expectingNote: These products and services are independently chosen by our editors. CNET may get a share of the revenue if you buy anything featured on our site. A budget-friendly leather Apple Watch band A wide-width Apple Watch band $149 at Amazon $15 at Amazon Kades stainless steel band There are a lot of silicone Apple Watch bands out there, but there aren’t many with this thick, textured design. The tire-tread silicone on this Carterjett band makes it perfect for people who need durability in a band, and the rugged aesthetic is a bonus for outdoorsy or adventurous types. A budget-friendly nylon Apple Watch band IYOU Sport Band A budget-friendly metal Apple Watch band Amazon See it A durable silicone Apple Watch band Amazon How To • How to use the Apple Watch ECG app Best Buy Amazon See It See All Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. $13 at Amazon Supcase protective case and band CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Amazon $9 at Amazon This story originally published on June 22, 2019 and has been updated with current pricing. Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors AdMaster soft silicone band Tags Apple Milanese Loop band $22 at Amazon Modal woven nylon band Apple Watch Sport Loop • Amazon A protective Apple Watch band Apple Watch Series 4 4 For ultimate breathability, try this AdMaster band that features air holes throughout the entire band. Made of silicone, this band is soft and the stainless steel buckle keeps it in place on your wrist. Most people who bought this band on Amazon consider it one of the best Apple Watch bands in terms of comfort, fit and price.  On the other hand, many people feel that most watch bands are too wide or thick. If you’re looking for a thin wrist band, try this Secbolt leather band that comes in more than 20 colors and patterns. The genuine leather strap conforms easily to small wrists and can be adjusted to wrist size thanks to the stainless steel buckle. $10 at Amazon See It A skinny Apple Watch band $349 Apple Amazon Applelast_img read more

Lava Flows From Guatemala Volcano Prompt New Evacuations

first_imgGuatemalan authorities ordered fresh evacuations of rescue workers and nearby villages on Friday because of escalating activity at the Fuego volcano, which erupted this week, killing at least 109 people. Disaster agency CONRED said on Friday morning that flows accumulated in four canyons and the buildup of volcanic material could spread to other areas. The new round of evacuations came a day after search-and-rescue efforts were suspended because of hot volcanic material and concerns that rainy weather could trigger mudslides.Guatemala’s volcanic institute said in a Friday morning statement that ash reached heights of up to 19,700 feet in two of the canyons where flows accumulated. Rescue workers, volunteers and police who were still in the area fled to escape the flows. “The [flows] carry hot vapor, including fine particles similar to cement … and tree trunks dragged out by the current,” the institute said. As Maria Martin reports for our Newscast unit, rain has hardened layers of volcanic ash that accumulated in the area surrounding the volcano, making it almost impossible for rescuers to dig for the nearly 200 people believed to be missing. Rescuers previously said it would be highly unlikely they could find any survivors after 72 hours since the original eruption on Sunday, The Associated Press reports. The death toll is expected to rise after a series of eruptions that started with Sunday’s giant blast, Fuego’s most violent in four decades. “If the search is not going to be continued [authorities] should send us help because even if it’s just bones, we want our families back,” said Eufemia Garcia, a 47-year-old woman who told Reuters almost 50 members of her extended family are still missing. The AP reports that authorities are facing criticism from residents for focusing efforts on clearing a highway that has been blocked by ash and debris. Without the necessary equipment, residents have been forced to use their hands and small tools available to remove large mounds of ash and rock. “They are cleaning the highway — the president has commitments to businesspeople. … But here, since the people have nothing to offer him, he leaves this part as a burial ground,” William Chavez, a 29-year-old accounting student who was helping with rescue efforts in the village of San Miguel Los Lotes, told AP. There are also questions remaining about why evacuation orders for at-risk villages came too late. The country’s volcanic institute warned of possible pyroclastic flows at 6 a.m. on the day of the eruption, but there was no clear call to evacuate. The institute has been blamed for CONRED’s failure to heed those advance warnings. The disaster agency says volcanologists were not explicit enough that the situation was dire. Guatemala’s Public Ministry is launching an investigation into whether authorities were negligent in their handling of the disaster. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

Jurassic insect that mimicked ginkgo leaves discovered

first_img Explore further More information: Jurassic mimicry between a hangingfly and a ginkgo from China, PNAS, Published online before print November 26, 2012, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1205517109AbstractA near-perfect mimetic association between a mecopteran insect species and a ginkgoalean plant species from the late Middle Jurassic of northeastern China recently has been discovered. The association stems from a case of mixed identity between a particular plant and an insect in the laboratory and the field. This confusion is explained as a case of leaf mimesis, wherein the appearance of the multilobed leaf of Yimaia capituliformis (the ginkgoalean model) was accurately replicated by the wings and abdomen of the cimbrophlebiid Juracimbrophlebia ginkgofolia (the hangingfly mimic). Our results suggest that hangingflies developed leaf mimesis either as an antipredator avoidance device or possibly as a predatory strategy to provide an antiherbivore function for its plant hosts, thus gaining mutual benefit for both the hangingfly and the ginkgo species. This documentation of mimesis is a rare occasion whereby exquisitely preserved, co-occurring fossils occupy a narrow spatiotemporal window that reveal likely reciprocal mechanisms which plants and insects provide mutual defensive support during their preangiospermous evolutionary histories. The inch and a half long fossil specimen was first overlooked, the team says, as those that found it first believed it to be a (now extinct) five lobed ginkgo leaf sample embedded within ancient rock. Upon closer inspection, the researchers discovered that the specimen was actually that of a fossilized scorpionfly, which is known more commonly as a hangingfly (Juracimbrophlebia ginkgofolia), because of its tendency to hang from branches waiting for prey to pass by. It was found in the northeastern part of Inner Mongolia. The scorpionfly gets its name from its oversized male genitalia that resemble a scorpion stinger. To mimic surrounding ginkgo leaves, the insect would latch onto a branch, hang down and spread its wings wide open. The researchers suggest that the insect likely evolved its mimicry abilities to help it evade predators or to help it hide from prey, as is seen with many modern insects. The first attribute would have been most useful as close inspection of the insect revealed weak wings and legs. They noted also that it was possible that the insect and the ginkgo formed a partnership of sorts with the tree providing shelter and the hangingfly eating other bugs that might seek to feed on the trees’ leaves.The discovery of the hangingfly fossil adds to the knowledgebase of insects that mimic non-flowering plants. Most mimicking insects going back 100 million years tend to mimic angiosperms. The newly discovered hangingfly fossil predates other fossilized mimicking insects by approximately 40 million years.Both the fossilized hangingfly and the ginkgo plant that it mimicked, date back to the heyday of the dinosaurs and thus it’s quite possible that the plant served as food for them and other large herbivores. © 2012 Phys.org Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Molecular study could push back angiosperm originscenter_img Camera lucida drawings of J. ginkgofolia gen. et sp. nov., holotype CNU-MEC-NN-2010–050P. Credit: (c)2012 PNAS, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1205517109 Citation: Jurassic insect that mimicked ginkgo leaves discovered (2012, November 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-11-jurassic-insect-mimicked-ginkgo.html (Phys.org)—Researchers working in China have discovered an insect that lived 165 million years ago that they believe used its wings to mimic the leaves of an ancient ginkgo tree. The fossil finding, the team writes in their paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is one of the few that shows that early insects mimicked non-flowering plants millions of years before doing so with angiosperms. 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

What makes an online dater

first_imgBragging is a strict no-no if you wish to attract possible romantic partners through online dating. Rather, present yourself as humble and “real,” suggests new research. Braggers are often seen as arrogant or immodest and highlighting your most favourable physical characteristics and personality traits while minimising negative information in the online profile can reduce the viewer’s intention to contact and date you, the study said.“Daters should strive to present themselves as humble, ‘real’ people,” explained the authors, especially if their goal is to establish a long-term relationship based on trust. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’In the study, the researchers ask how specific types of content in online dating profiles affect viewers’ impressions of the profile owner and their intentions to act on what they have seen by contacting the profile owner for a date. Crystal Wotipka and Andrew High of the University of Iowa asked 316 online daters what they thought of particular profiles.Participants were presented with one of four sample online dating profiles that exhibited different types of content development by the profile owner. The researchers looked specifically at the effects of two concepts – selective-self presentation and warranting. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSelective self-presentation is people’s ability to highlight the most flattering information to others.In the context of online dating, where the goal is to attract a partner, people are motivated to present a lot of positive information about themselves while minimising negative information – or in other words, to brag a little.People can “warrant” their online dating profiles by providing access to corroborating sites – for example, a link to a professional biography page or the name of a blog to which they regularly contribute, the authors explained.The authors found that viewers judged people who were perceived as overly bragging about themselves, their looks or their accomplishments as less trustworthy and less socially attractive, thereby lessening viewer’s intentions to date or contact those profile owners. The findings were published in the journal ‘Communication Monographs’.last_img read more