Northern Ireland have been announced as Uruguay’s final World Cup warm-up opponents ahead of their Group D clash with England. Uruguay meet Roy Hodgson’s men on June 19 in Sao Paulo, with games against Italy and Costa Rica either side. Their warm-up programme sees them take on Austria in Klagenfurt on May 5 and Slovenia in Montevideo on June 4, and they will now host Michael O’Neill’s side in between. With so many of O’Neill’s side based in Britain, they are likely to be seen as a good match for England, albeit significantly lower down the FIFA rankings. A statement on the Uruguayan Football Association (UAF) website read: “The third and final opponent of the Uruguayan national team for their pre- World Cup preparation is confirmed. To the already fixed matches against Austria and Slovenia, it was determined that Northern Ireland will be the rival of Uruguay on May 30.” The sides last met in New Jersey in 2006, during current manager Oscar Tabarez’s first match in charge. Press Association
In a pair of three-set sweeps Friday and Saturday night over UW-Milwaukee and California, the Wisconsin volleyball team advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament with their best hitting performances of the season.Junior outside hitter Ellen Chapman recorded a team-high 12 kills against UWM and another team-high 14 against Cal Saturday.Saturday night, Wisconsin fell behind early in the third set, but Chapman took things into her own hands as she had four kills in the deciding set, including the game-winning kill.“I was trying to be aggressive anytime I got set,” Chapman said.Chapman was not the only player hitting well for the Badgers as every Badger played well in the opening two rounds of the NCAA tournament, following the team’s motto: “Keep the train moving forward.”The train did not stop as the Badgers turned in a season-high hitting percentage Friday at .461 thanks to an aggressive style the hitters all displayed. While playing with added aggression on the court, UW did not make many unforced errors during either of their matches this weekend.Saturday night brought a new set of challenges for Wisconsin, as they had to keep their hitting strong going up against California, a team with a dominating front line. Going into the match Saturday night, the Badgers knew that hitting would be a challenge against the big and physical Cal team.Without much time to scout a game plan, Wisconsin stayed true to what worked the previous night and hitting was the key reason for the second three-game sweep on the weekend. Against the tougher blockers of California, Wisconsin was able to keep their hot streak going by hitting .404 as a team.Led by Chapman and junior outside hitter Deme Morales, the offense continued rolling, but the hitters were not the only ones getting in on the fun against Cal.The net play of freshman setter Lauren Carlini added a change of pace that California could not seem to handle. Carlini was able to go out and just find holes in the defense and attack, tallying five kills and leading the team with a hitting percentage of .714 to go along with her 40 assists. Looking at the game as a whole, Carlini felt her performance Saturday was largely aided by the strong hitting by the rest of her teammates.“Everyone has been taking really aggressive swings this weekend and they’ve been hitting the ball really well,” Carlini said.Not only aggressive on the attack, UW was also smart about where and how to hit the ball.Instead of swinging hard every time, Chapman and Morales were able to hit around the block and use tips to get the opposing defenders off-balance.“There were certain areas where we felt we could go off-speed,” head coach Kelly Sheffield said.Although the hitting saw most of the success in the stat line, Sheffield emphasized that UW’s defense led to better offense all weekend. Senior libero Annemarie Hickey had 29 digs in the two matches.A big reason the Badgers believe is making for such aggressive performances this weekend is their growing confidence in one another.“We are being aggressive and we are so confident in each other that it is just a complete team effort that is going to make us win in the end,” Carlini said.This complete team effort has led to some of the best volleyball that Wisconsin has played this season. California head coach Rich Feller gave credit to the Badgers’ hitters, who kept his team off balance most of the game. He said that his team was not able to make adjustments quick enough to come back and win the match.“They did a great job of keeping us on the defensive,” Feller said.Carlini gave high praise for the all the hitters’ performances this weekend, which she hopes will carry on throughout the tournament“Overall, our hitters have done just a great job and have been really smart these past two days,” Carlini said. read more
(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Strange things have been coming to light about animals we knew and animals we didn’t; bizarre animals, and normal animals with bizarre traits.Ocean dandelion: At The Conversation, Rebecca Helm was intrigued by the “ocean dandelion,” a creature science knew little about. Was it a sea anemone? A marine flower? It turns out this colorful creature is a whole colony of siphonophores, related to the Portuguese Man-o’ War. Though the “petals” can live independently, they live in a communal arrangement that remains little understood. Helm’s article includes pretty pictures of the collective thing.New eye type: The glasshead barreleye, a fish that lives 800 to 1,000 meters down, has an upward-pointing eye that helps locate predators, PhysOrg reported. This cylindrical eye has a “mirror-like second retina which can detect bioluminescent flashes created by deep-sea denizens to the sides and below,” the article explains. How does it work? “The light coming from below is focused onto a second retina by a curved mirror composed of many layers of small reflective plates made of guanine crystals, giving the fish a much bigger field of vision.” This is one of two known cases of reflector eyes in vertebrates (some mollusks and crustaceans have them), but the two cases are in different genera. “That indicates that two related but different genera took different paths to arrive at a similar solution – the reflective optics and a second retina to supplement the limited vision of the conventional refractive cylindrical eye.”Sea wonders: In a review of a new book, Adrian Barnett took a “wild ride through the ocean’s strangest creatures” for New Scientist. From the pages of The Extreme Life of the Sea by Stephen and Anthony Palumbi, Barnett mentions the Pompeii worm, whose hind end endures 80° C next to a hydrothermal vent; jellyfish that solved the problem of ageing; and Sailfish that corral their prey with their fins. The book explores some of the incredible diversity in the various habitats from shallow lagoons to realms under polar ice, from surface waters to abyssal canyons. Most abundant animal on Earth is probably “Prochlorococcus, a tiny cyanobacteria [sic] found in the 1980s.”Cuckoo theories: Cuckoos have been thought of as parasites, using other birds to raise their eggs. Science Magazine found some mutual good in the arrangement, however. In an article titled “From Parasitism to Mutualism: Unexpected Interactions Between a Cuckoo and Its Host,” researchers from Spain describe how they found a secretion from cuckoo chicks helps crows avoid predation, even if they hatch fewer baby crows from invaded nests.Aesop’s crow: It’s not just a fable any more. A video clip on New Scientist shows a New Caledonian crow reasoning that if it drops objects into a water column, a treat floating just out of reach will rise to become accessible. Experimenters figure the bird has the reasoning ability of a 5 to 7 year old child.Bird lept in: “How does the Arctic tern (a sea bird) fly more than 80,000 miles in its roundtrip North Pole-to-South Pole migration?” an article on Science Daily begins (see Arctic tern story in Flight: The Genius of Birds). “How does the Emperor penguin incubate eggs for months during the Antarctic winter without eating? How does the Rufous hummingbird, which weighs less than a nickel, migrate from British Columbia to Mexico?” Those and other feats were poorly understood partly because leptin—a protein that regulates body fat storage—evaded detection in birds. Now it has been detected by researchers at the University of Akron, the article crowed.Smart goats: Goats may look dumb, but they can remember solutions to a puzzle for 10 months or more, an article on PhysOrg reveals. They’re “far more clever than previously thought,” the article says, though some farmers may interject that they already knew that. Describing experiments at Queen Mary University of London, the article says that they can watch other goats solve a puzzle, but prefer to live on their own. They appear to have good long-term memory.Male bear wanderings: Studies of the Y chromosomes of male bears suggests they travel far and wide, another article on PhysOrg says. Researchers “found evidence of extensive male gene flow that has led to the distribution of some brown bear Y chromosomes across incredibly large geographic distances, with two brown bears as far away as Norway and the Alaskan ABC islands carrying very similar Y chromosomes.” That’s greater Y-chromosome gene flow than occurred when Genghis Khan spread his empire across Asia.Mammoth troubles: Science Magazine examined the merits and demerits of a new theory for extinction of the mammoths: inbreeding. Some mammoth bones from the North Sea area show defects that might be related to inbreeding that might have sent the lumbering giants into a genetic tailspin. It’s a “fascinating idea,” but some other scientists are not convinced. Still, “When we think about the mammoth, we picture the 3-meter-high, 6-ton beast roaming northern Europe in imposing herds, fending off human hunters with their dangerous tusks,” the article acknowledged.These articles not only point out amazing facts worth knowing, but illustrate the difference between operational science and origin science that Ken Ham emphasized in the recent creation debate (2/05/14). Researchers can study fish eyes, bear chromosomes and bird proteins in the present, and learn much. They can’t however, observe how these things came into existence. Most of these articles described scientists doing good observational science. Few of the articles mentioned evolution; it would have been a waste of time anyway, since the facts fit the creation model better than the evolution model. Creationists love true science that focuses on what we can observe, test, and repeat. read more
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As farmers continue along with planting and replanting progress, many are wondering what the same heavy rains that kept them out of the fields and put them back in some fields for a second time may have done to their starter nitrogen situation. Trent Brisby, DuPont Pioneer Account Manager, talks about what he has found out about N loss in his area of Northwest Ohio in this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report.
Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Coach Jerry Codiñera was glad with Arellano’s adjustments without Salado, who suffered a slight MCL tear on his right knee in the Chiefs’ last game against San Sebastian.“It was a big change for them to play without Kent. We started bad, we couldn’t score, but when (Lervin) Flores scored, the doubts and apprehensions disappeared,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLervin Flores topped the Chiefs with 19 points, eight rebounds, four blocks, and two assists, while Rence Alcoriza got 16 markers and seven boards off the bench.Levi dela Cruz also fired 11 points, four rebounds, and four assists as he took the cudgels as Arellano’s starting point guard. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Dragic getting ready for the season, by not playing Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH PERPETUAL 52 – Coronel 14, Eze 11, Lucente 10, Pido 8, Dagangon 6, Ylagan 3, Tamayo 0, Casas 0, Clemente 0, Yuhico 0, Mangalino 0, Sadiwa 0.Quarters: 14-17, 29-23, 48-34, 62-52. View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:22Manila police chief: Cops tolerating illegal street vendors to get ax01:42Cops track down 4 persons of interest in ambush of DOLE employee01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Lervin Flores. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netArellano bucked Kent Salado’s absence and continued to tread the Final Four tightrope, downing Perpetual, 62-52, in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Chiefs rose to fifth place with an 8-9 card after racking up their third straight win with only a game left in the eliminations against Mapua on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next The Chiefs pulled away from a close 23-22 affair as they staged a 21-3 run abridging the middle periods to establish the 44-25 advantage in the third quarter.Also-ran Perpetual incurred their sixth straight loss as it further plummeted to a 4-12 card.AJ Coronel paced the Altas with 14 points and three rebounds, while Prince Eze got 11 markers, 22 boards, and four blocks in the losing end.The Scores:ARELLANO 62 – Flores 19, Alcoriza 16, Dela Cruz 11, Canete 6, Nicholls 5, Villoria 4, Meca 1, Enriquez 0, Abanes 0, Ongolo Ongolo 0, Taywan 0, Concepcion 0, Padilla 0.ADVERTISEMENT read more
TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Fulham boss Ranieri confirms Fosu-Mensah can return to Man Utdby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFulham boss Claudio Ranieri has confirmed Timothy Fosu-Mensah can return to Manchester United.With Aston Villa watching developments, Ranieri admits the on-loan fullback isn’t in plans.”I don’t know, if United want him, he can go because with me he does not play often and I understand he is young he needs to play,” Ranieri said in a press conference on Friday afternoon. “This moment for me is very, very important to achieve our goal. “Our goal now is to save Fulham.” read more
Chris StewartAPTN National NewsConservationists and First Nation communities in Alberta are calling in the United Nations to help stop a proposed dam from destroying parts of the Wood Buffalo National Park.They’re already concerned about how 2 existing hydro dams in British Columbia are affecting the park.And they want this third project [email protected]
2003 -4.5 2.0 2.2 1.2 1.1 1.7 3.5 -3.1 -0.4 2.6 2007 0.7 2010 -0.4 2012 -2.9 1.3 1.6 0.5 Spain The question at this point is: Can these outstanding European stock market performances continue? In our search for an answer, let’s start with a closer look at the economic conditions within the European Union (EU), where approximately 2/3 of total “exports” (internal and external) of the EU-28 are traded. And then let’s have a look at the economic setting of some major trading partners, such as the US and BRIC countries, which account for roughly 17% and 21%, respectively, of the external exports of the EU-28. Although the EURO STOXX 50 Index has soared since June 2012, certain key measures of the underlying real economies paint a different picture. To start, the GDP of the EU-28 is not really growing. In 2012, it contracted by 0.4% and grew by the smallest fraction of 0.1% in 2013. The GDP growth numbers for the countries in the euro area are even worse: -0.7% in 2012 and -0.4% in 2013. Whereas Germany’s GDP was up in 2013 by 0.5%, economic growth was down in Spain, Italy, and Greece by -1.2%, -1.8%, and -3.6%, respectively. 0.9 0.0 1.4 -5.5 -0.1 2008 3.6 1.5 Where Germany has a current unemployment rate of 5.2% and a youth (under 25) unemployment rate of 7.5%, the numbers for other countries are worrisome: Current unemployment in Spain is 26.7%, and 12.7% in Italy, with youth unemployment in Spain at an incredible 57.7%, and 41.6% in Italy. And don’t forget Greece, which is mired in a historically unparalleled economic depression where unemployment is 28% and youth unemployment is a shocking 61.4%. Keep in mind that all of these numbers are those officially released by bureaucratic agencies. The real numbers, as we know, would likely be even worse. Recent EU industrial production numbers have shown some slight improvement. Nevertheless, industrial production has only managed to recover to its 2004 level, and remains way below its 2007 heights (see next graph). -0.9 -0.2 0.7 2.0 2011 Over the last six months, European stock exchanges have seen a surprising change of leadership: The major stock market indices of the “weaker” countries, like Portugal, Spain, and Italy, have outperformed those considered stronger, like Germany. One of the top performers was a country that was and still remains in “bankruptcy” mode: Greece. 0.9 France -2.5 0.1 The EU unemployment rate stood at 10.2% at the beginning of 2012 and stands at 12.1% today. That the European Union is anything but a homogenous body that moves in unison can be seen in the following chart: 3.1 0.9 -1.3 EU 2.4 4.0 -3.8 -5.1 -3.2 -1.6 2.7 0.9 3.4 2.5 0.5 2.5 2005 0.0 2009 2.3 0.4 2006 Italy 2002 3.3 3.7 3.3 1.8 1.7 Real GDP Growth Rates 2002-2012 Doug French, Contributing Editor Europe: Cliff Ahead? By Dirk Steinhoff (This article originally appeared in World Money Analyst) When Kevin Brekke, managing editor [of World Money Analyst], contacted me last week, I knew it was time again to survey the investment landscape. This month, I will focus on Europe and its decoupled financial and real-economy markets. Globally, the last two years were marked by booming stock exchanges of developed markets, disappointing bond markets, and devastation across the precious metals markets. Since June 2012, the EURO STOXX 50 Index, Europe’s leading blue-chip index for the Eurozone, has advanced by approximately 50% and outperformed even the S&P 500 and the MSCI World indices. Portugal 4.1 Germany 3.3 1.7 2.2 2004 0.8 3.2 1.7 0.0 0.0 1.9 0.8 If you favor sound money, you’re a sadomonetarist, according to New York Times columnist Paul Krugman. The Nobel Prize winner says he doesn’t use the term “just to be colorful.” No, he uses the term “advisedly,” and defines it as “an attitude, common among monetary officials and commentators, that involves a visceral dislike for low interest rates and easy money, even when unemployment is high and inflation is low.” Krugman writes as if one favors low interest rates versus high ones in the same way a person supports high taxes versus low, or more government versus less. Interest rates are now government policy to be argued about and decided by government bureaucrats serving at the pleasure of politicians, instead of a reflection of the demand for funds versus the supply. At what interest rate does a person’s support render him or her the Marquis de Sade? The columnist says he’s happy that sadomonetarists have little influence at the Federal Reserve, “but they do constantly harass the Fed, demanding that it stop its efforts to boost employment.” Krugman still buys into the dubious notion that low interest rates lead to more jobs, not to let the facts get in the way of his Keynesian theory. In the Depression of 1920-‘21, prices of everything plunged. The Fed, only operating since 1914, was, as James Grant says, “not quite out of short pants.” In those days the central bank was run by bankers. When the crisis hit, Chairman William P.G. Harding, a banker from Alabama, and the other sadomonetarists on the board of governors, raised interest rates. Relating this anecdote to an audience at the Mises Institute in Auburn, Alabama, Grant looked into the camera and wondered, tongue in cheek, “How did we ever recover, Dr. Krugman? I know you’re watching.” The US economy did recover—powerfully, in fact, and in short order. Benjamin Anderson wrote in Economics and the Public Welfare: “In 1920-‘21, we took our losses, we readjusted our financial structure, we endured our depression, and in August 1921, we started up again. By the spring of 1923, we had reached new highs in industrial production and we had labor shortages in many lines.” Since then recessions have been lengthened into depressions by the meddling of the PhDs now running the Fed. Interest rates are not supposed to be government policy, but signals to the market. For now the signals are scrambled. Artificially low rates have engendered booms in asset prices and government dependence (food stamps), but not job creation. The dichotomy between the real economy and financial markets in Europe is even more pronounced. In today’s guest article, Dirk Steinhoff tells us what’s going on across the pond and how US trade policies, exchange rates, and what Janet Yellen does impacts Europe, its economy, and its investment prospects. Enjoy. -1.2 1.6 Source: Eurostat So let’s see: a shrinking GDP, high and rising unemployment, and stagnant production significantly below 2007 levels. Those are not the rosy ingredients of a booming economy (as indicated by the stock exchanges) but of one that is struggling. Europe is not in growth mode. This verdict is further supported by the export numbers for trade between EU countries, known as internal trade. In 2001, internal trade accounted for 67.9% of EU exports. Today, this share is down to 62.7%. In an attempt to compensate for sluggish European growth, EU companies had to develop other export markets, such as the US or the emerging markets. Will these markets help rescue European companies? Time to Taper Expectations With regards to the US, two important developments are worth mentioning. The first key development, which will have severe consequences for the global economy, was brought to my attention by my friend Felix Zulauf, an internationally well-known investor and regular member of the Barron’s Roundtable for more than 20 years. Running ever-increasing deficits in its trade and current accounts for almost 30 years, the US thus provided an enormous amount of stimulus for foreign exporters. Since 2006, however, the US trade deficit has shrunk, with deteriorating trade data for many nations as a consequence. The second key development is that the newly appointed head of the US Federal Reserve system, Janet Yellen, seems determined to continue the taper of its bond buying program. This fundamental shift in monetary policy could be questioned if the economic numbers for the US begin to show significant weakness. But in the meantime, the reduction of economic stimulus in the US should lead to a reduced appetite for European export goods. The emerging markets had been seen, not too long ago, as the investment opportunity and alternative to the fiscal and debt crisis-stricken countries of the developed world. Today, on a nearly daily basis, you hear bad news about the situation and developments in the emerging countries: swaying stock markets, plunging currencies, company bankruptcies, corruption scandals, and even riots. The emerging markets are dealing with the unintended consequences of the Quantitative Easing (including liquidity easing and credit easing) programs in the West. The increased liquidity spilled over into the emerging markets in the hunt for yield. This flow of capital into the emerging markets lowered capital costs, inflated asset prices like stocks and real estate, and boosted commodity prices. All that, and more, sparked the emerging markets boom. Now, this process has reversed. The natural conclusion to exaggerated credit-driven growth, the tapering of QE programs, the shrinking US trade deficit, and lower commodity prices has been an outflow of capital from emerging markets, triggering lower asset prices and exchange rates. The attempt of some countries to defend their currencies by raising interest rates will only exert further pressure on their economies. With weaker emerging market economies and currencies, there will be no big added demand for European exports. Revenues and profits for EU companies (measured in euros) will fall. When Trends Collide So, over the last two years we had opposing trends—booming European stock markets and weak underlying real economies. This conflicting mix was mainly fostered by easy money that drove down interest rates to historic low levels. Plowing money into stocks, despite the poor fundamentals, was the only solution for most investors. At their current elevated levels European stock markets appear vulnerable, and it seems reasonable to doubt that we will see a continuation of booming stock markets. Of course, such a decoupling can continue for some time, but the longer it continues, the closer we will get to a correction of this anomaly. Either the real economy catches up to meet runaway stock prices, or stock prices come down to meet the poor economic reality. Or some combination of the two. Because of the economic facts that I discussed above, in my view, we may be seeing just the beginning of a stronger correction in stock prices. Dirk Steinhoff is chief investment officer of portfolio management (international clients) at the BFI Capital Group. Prior to joining BFI in 2007, Mr Steinhoff acted as an independent asset manager for over 15 years. He successfully founded and built two companies in the realm of infrastructure and real estate management. Mr Steinhoff holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in civil engineering and business administration, magna cum laude, from the University of Technology in Berlin, Germany. Contact: [email protected] read more