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Video: How spiderwebs stay tense

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first_imgWhen compressed, most fibers sag if they are soft and buckle if they are hard. But the silken webs of some spiders do neither: They remain taut no matter how far they are stretched or compressed. Now, scientists say they have figured out just how these webs maintain their tension. Using a microscope and a nanoscale positioning system, a team of scientists artificially stretched and compressed a single-capture thread from a golden orb weaving spider. They found that the capture thread—used to build the sticky spirals of the web—behaves like an elastic solid when stretched. But when compressed, droplets of liquid silk that dot the fiber cause the solid silk to spool like a liquid (see video above). This keeps the silk taut even when it is compressed up to 95%, the researchers report today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Using this new insight, the team decided to build their own “liquid wire”: a hybrid material made from droplets of silicone oil on a polyurethane thread. The synthetic fiber displays the same properties as spiders’ capture silk, switching from liquidlike to solidlike behavior as tension across the thread changes. Any sufficiently thin fiber surrounded by a droplet should show these properties, the researchers say, which could one day be applied to robotics, artificial muscles, and even flexible, stretchable electronics.(Video Credit: Science/AAAS)Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

Antigua Test: Virat Kohli’s unbeaten 143 helps India bully West Indies on Day 1

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first_imgVirat Kohli began the West Indies tour on a high by slamming an unbeaten ton on the opening day of the first Test in Antigua on Friday. (Scorecard)The Team India skipper, who was unbeaten on 143 at the end of the day’s play, led from the front to lay a solid platform for his team with the other major contribution coming from opener Shikhar Dhawan (84).The Indian captain, who also crossed the 3000-run mark in his 42nd Test, had the support of  Ravichandran Ashwin (22 batting) at close of play as the two shared an unbeaten 66-run stand. (Also read: Virat Kohli brushes aside Anil Kumble’s ‘be boring’ plea with majestic ton) QUIET FIRST SESSIONThe away side had a rather quiet first session where it managed 72 for one in 27 overs before Kohli arrived at the crease and stepped up the tempo. By stumps, India had a decent run rate of 3.35 runs per over. (Also read: Gutsy Shikhar Dhawan repays Virat Kohli’s faith) The pitch was flat and the West Indies bowling lacked depth to trouble the visitors who found it tough early on after Kohli opted to bat.Starting at 65 after tea, Kohli put on 57 runs with Ajinkya Rahane (22) as the duo looked to build after losing both Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara (16) in the second session of play. Rahane was nearly dismissed cheaply, for 5 runs, as Shannon Gabriel (1-43) induced an edge that fell short of slips. But thereafter the vice-captain tightened up his game and didn’t give another chance until his eventual dismissal. (1st Test, Day 1: Here’s how Kohli, Dhawan subdued West Indies) advertisementIn the meantime, the duo kept the run-rate flowing, bringing up the 200-mark in the 61st over. Then, five overs later, they brought up their 50-partnership, coming off only 65 balls. Kohli was looking particularly good in this period, as cover drives and on-drives started booming off his blade. (Also read: Virat Kohli reaches 3000 run-mark in his 42nd Test match) Perhaps Carlos Brathwaite (0-46) was the only bowled who troubled him a bit, but even was not able to create a straightforward wicket-taking opportunity.Just as they were looking good, Rahane was dismissed, a loose stroke off Devendra Bishoo (3-108) lobbing up and he was caught at midwicket. It was yet another loose dismissal for India, with only Murali Vijay (7) getting out to a good delivery earlier in the morning.Thereafter, with 22 overs remaining in the day’s play, it was surprising to see Ashwin come out to bat ahead of Wriddhiman Saha.But he did an immaculate job, including some silken drives down the ground, and the two batsmen stayed unbeaten until the end of play, bringing up the 300-mark in the 88th over. Kohli and Ashwin’s stand partnership rescued India from what looked like a disappointing first outing for the five top-order batsmen theory.DHAWAN REPAYS KOHLI’S FAITHEarlier, Dhawan scored his third Test half-century and put on 105 runs with Kohli to help ease the pressure after lunch.Pujara had done all the hard work in the first session, seeing off shine of the ball and looked to attack against the slower bowlers. But he was too eager to get going in this second session and threw away his hard work almost immediately as play began, playing too early against Bishoo and simply lobbing the ball to point for an easy catch.The Indian skipper smacked another five boundaries in his fifty that he reached off just 75 balls. Bishoo was erratic in his line and length, not helped perhaps by the left-right combination at the crease and runs flowed easily.Kohli and Dhawan brought up their 50-partnership in the 41st over and the 100-mark in the 53rd over, as the next fifty runs came off just 12 overs. Just as they looked comfortable enough to go into the tea break, the leg-spinner trapped Dhawan in front of the wicket and got the breakthrough West Indies wanted.In the morning, India were subjected to some testing spells in the first session after they had won the toss and elected to bat. Left-arm Ravindra Jadeja was left out with the think tank opting to go in with three pacers instead. Umesh Yadav and Mohammad Shami joined Ishant Sharma in the pace department, while Ashwin and Amit Mishra are the spin options.The West Indies handed a debut to Roston Chase, picking seven full-time batsmen, and left out fast bowler Miguel Cummins.Vijay and Dhawan started off then, with Gabriel and skipper Jason Holder (0/41) starting the proceedings for the hosts. The West Indies had come out with a clear ploy and made good use of the new ball on a fresh first morning pitch.advertisementPACE TEST FOR INDIAHolder was the first one to test Dhawan with a short ball, and soon it became clear what plans they had set for the left-handed opener. Soon after, Gabriel worked up his pace and started bowling some testing deliveries to Dhawan. Meanwhile, Vijay looked comfortable at the crease, leaving as many deliveries as possible. And it was surprisingly good bounce that got him, as he looked to play at one outside the off stump, only for the ball to kiss his glove and loop up to second slip where Kraigg Brathwaite (0-4) caught it at after a little fiddling.Pujara then came out to bat at number three, and never looked in any discomfort. That was particularly because West Indies decided to bring on debutant Chase (0/54) to bowl in the 12th over. His gentle off-breaks didn’t pose much threat to the batsmen, and Pujara in particular to attack him. But he was given good cover to block off the drives and didn’t bleed too many runs.The 50-mark came up for India in the 24th over, and Dhawan-Pujara brought up the 50-partnership for the second wicket off 118 balls, just before the lunch break.last_img read more

Underwhelming Chelsea edge Vidi on Morata goal

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first_imgAlvaro Morata ended his goal drought to earn Chelsea a 1-0 home win against Vidi in the Europa League.The striker – without a goal since the middle of August – missed a great early chance but struck in the second half to put the Blues in a dominant position at the top of Group L. Willian’s flick-on gave Morata the chance and the Spain striker’s instinctive finish flashed past goalkeeper Tomas Tujvel at Stamford Bridge. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Loic Nego had a series of chances for the Hungarian side, but Chelsea held firm to follow up a matchday one 1-0 win over PAOK with another narrow Europa League victory.Morata had seven shots without hitting the target against PAOK and the striker missed another superb chance in the 16th minute.Having beaten the offside trap to advance on goalkeeper Tujvel and after creating an angle for the shot, Morata somehow fired wide from eight yards out.Despite Chelsea’s dominance Vidi almost scored against the run of play before the break, Nego poking wide after a mix-up between Kepa Arrizabalaga and Andreas Christensen, then shooting straight at the goalkeeper from close range.Nego was proving a significant threat and Kepa had to make an excellent save from his left-footed drive shortly after the restart to keep the scores level.Such was Sarri’s concern he sent on Eden Hazard for Pedro in the 54th minute, with Ruben Loftus-Cheek bending a shot narrowly wide soon after the Belgium star’s introduction.But Morata broke the deadlock in the 70th minute, Cesc Fabregas finding Willian in the box with the Brazilian’s clever header slammed home by the striker for his first goal since scoring in a 3-2 win against Arsenal.Substitute Ross Barkley almost marked his England recall with a flicked header, while Kepa made a vital late save from Istvan Kovacs, but one goal again proved enough for Chelsea in the Europa League.14 – Alvaro Morata scored his first Europa League goal of the season with his 14th shot and with only his second on target. Breakthrough. pic.twitter.com/Ktq1Mf1NMi— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 4, 2018What it means: Europa League an annoyance for ChelseaSarri named a strong team for Chelsea’s opener, a 1-0 win at PAOK, but it was very much a second-string XI that took on Vidi. With his side flying high in the Premier League, it is tempting to wonder if the former Napoli coach would be happier if Chelsea did not qualify. Having been given such a seemingly straightforward group, though, the Blues will surely be progressing – it could affect their title hopes domestically.Morata finally comes goodIt looked set to be another frustrating game for Morata, who should have scored an early opener but somehow missed the target with the goal at his mercy. His confidence has obviously been affected by a poor run of form, but, to his credit, Morata – who was booked for dissent before scoring – kept going and he got the crucial goal. Perhaps his self-belief will now rise, which would be a big boost for Chelsea as the former Real Madrid and Juventus striker is a major threat at his best.Nego misses costly for VidiFor much of the game it was Nego offering the best goal threat, not Morata. But  it was Morata who won the game for his side while Nego could not make his chances count. An opportunity late in the first half, when Nego shot at Kepa when he looked the favourite to score, will be rued by the Hungarian side’s coach Marko Nikolic.Key Opta stats- Chelsea are now unbeaten in 10 games in all competitions this season (W8 D2), since losing their opening fixture against Manchester City in the Community Shield.- Vidi haven’t won any of their last seven away UEFA Cup/Europa League matches, drawing one and losing six since winning 1-0 against Real Madrid in the second leg of the 1984-85 UEFA Cup final.- Chelsea mustered 27 shots in the game, last attempting more in a game in all competitions in May 2017 against Sunderland in the Premier League (28).- Alvaro Morata finally scored his first Europa League goal of the season with his 14th attempt and only his second on target.What’s next?Chelsea head to Southampton in the Premier League on Sunday, with Vidi also on domestic duty the same day at home to MTK. read morelast_img read more

4 tips for freelancing on-site

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first_imgMost freelancers – even those comfortably ensconced in the coziest work-home-nest situation – occasionally have to work on-site with clients.Sometimes, this is a perfectly lovely situation: who doesn’t like free coffee and snacks?By following a few simple tips, you can create a path to smooth, productive on-site visits… even if you have to get out of your pajamas.1. Make sure you have information beforehandI once infamously showed up on-site for a new client and discovered that the person who had hired me had been unceremoniously fired the day before.Nobody knew whom I should report to, or what exactly I should be doing; indeed, they had forgotten to expect me. I discreetly played Minesweeper for the first two hours, while they figured it all out.Save yourself the fate of mindless Minesweeping by doing a little prep work.Once you get on-site, who should you check in with? Who will be issuing approval of projects? Will you need to bring special ID to get in the building / fill out paperwork, or bring your own equipment to work with? How long will you be expected to stay on-site?You don’t need to overwhelm your client with questions. Feel out the vibe a little bit.If it’s a mom-and-pop operation, you probably won’t need to cart your passport to the location in order to get past security.But foreknowledge of your client’s organizational structure is really helpful; you’ll feel less lost, and more confident.Skip the suit and join Freelancers Union (it’s free & pajama-friendly!)Become a member2. Make sure you have your own goals (and boundaries)The best way to feel anchored in a new environment is to have your own goals – no matter how small.Maybe you want to get some practice leading teams or maybe you just want to get the project done with as little muss and fuss as possible.Set a couple of objectives for yourself before you ever set foot in a client’s office. It’ll help you feel focused and self-empowered.Setting boundaries goes hand-in-hand with this tip!While you’re working on-site, you’re still a freelancer – and that means you set some of your own parameters.For instance, salaried employees might be expected to work late hours; that’s the downside of making more consistent money than you do.If YOU’RE not cool with staying late (or similar workplace expectations), politely set your boundaries ahead of time.3. Dress the partNOBODY enjoys “business casual” less than I do. Left to my own devices, I tend to look like a Dickensian steampunk orphan who just stumbled out of a pajama party.But when I visit clients on-site, I bust out the ol’ button-down and black pants.I’m not trying to limit your self-expression or creativity!Some offices are perfectly casual. But start out dressing neutrally/professionally until you’ve absorbed some of your client’s onsite culture.It’s way easier to transition down from a simple, clean style to band t-shirts than it is to dress up after you’ve made a grungy first impression.4. Avoid office dramaIt’s been my experience that as the weird alien who migrates into the client’s office – the unknowable and unknown freelancer – you will occasionally get drawn into office dramas.People view you as a new entity to enlist, and that means you’re privy to all the gossip.Some of this can, honestly, be sorta fun!I don’t mind hearing people’s complaints about Stan X from marketing, because I don’t know Stan X, and thus am not invested.But there’s very little benefit in becoming actively embroiled in back-biting or minor office tensions.Listen all you want – it’s hard to make friends without being a little receptive to other people venting – but try not to join in with gossip just for the sake of “belonging.”As the new person on campus, you rarely know your audience. That same person who’s venting to you now may be indiscreetly quoting your nasty little jibe at the next in-office meeting.Complain all you want to your friends or family at home, but keep it a bit discreet on-site.A modicum of wise silence can mean the difference between more lucrative on-site visits in the future… or a lost client.Kate Shea lives and works in New York City, where she consumes an inordinate amount of Sriracha daily. You can catch up with her on Twitter at @katerone.last_img read more

Europa League: Arsenal F.C. victory marred by crowd trouble

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first_imgCrowd disorder marred Cologne’s return to European competition after 25 years as the German team’s fans caused havoc in London and forced the Europa League game against Arsenal to be delayed on Thursday.Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was surprised that the game was eventually played after a one-hour delay, with his team winning 3-1.The presence of thousands of ticketless Cologne fans, who marched through the streets of the British capital, made it hard for ticketholders to enter the Emirates Stadium.Police said four people were arrested for public order offenses. About 20,000 Cologne fans came to London, after only 3,000 tickets were allocated to them.?? #ElNinoMaravilla#AFCvCOL pic.twitter.com/zswK61ihGS- Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) 14 September 2017″At some stage I thought they would not play the game, because I can’t see the police taking any risk,” Wenger said. “We live in a society of 100 percent security and I thought they would never take a gamble to play this game when I saw the images around the stadium. But I must say our supporters as well dealt well with the situation as well and there was no aggravation.”Great response from everyone after a difficult start in the @EuropaLeague! On to Sunday now. #COYG pic.twitter.com/khijIW7kfU- Hctor Bellern (@HectorBellerin) 14 September 2017Wenger said Cologne supporters had been “very clever” to enter the stadium undetected.”I don’t know how they managed to infiltrate our fans and get everywhere but they did that very well,” he said. “I don’t know if they went through Arsenal membership, on the internet … they did very well.”advertisementCologne coach Peter Stoger declined to be questioned on the actions of the supporters.”I have no comment about the fans,” he said. “I’m the coach. My job is the team. My job is football not the fans.”Good to start with 3 points, but also respect for the performance of @fckoeln????? #COYG #UEL @Arsenal- Mesut ?zil (@MesutOzil1088) 14 September 2017Cologne sits winless on the bottom of the Bundesliga, but its fans – walled off by security guards in the stadium were celebrating after only nine minutes when Jhon Cordoba lobbed goalkeeper David Ospina from 40 yards out.Not a bad way to score your first goal at the Emirates…?? @seadk6 pic.twitter.com/4ZiAcHFuPS- Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) 15 September 2017It took Arsenal 40 minutes to reply, through substitute Sead Kolasinac. Alexis Sanchez hit the match-winner, and started the move for the last goal, a rebound effort finished by Hector Bellerin as Arsenal won a Group H match that is likely to lead to UEFA charges over the disorder.last_img read more

Hotel Interests in Full Support of SOEs

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first_img They note that while it is never the most ideal of situations, it would have been impossible to sit idly by and allow the wanton and despicable behaviour of criminal gunmen to continue “and do nothing”. Story Highlights Business and hotel interests in western Jamaica say they are in full support of the declaration of States of Public Emergency (SOEs) in the parishes of St. James, Hanover and Westmoreland. “The Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA), like the rest of the country, has been informed that SOEs have been declared for the parishes of St. James, Westmoreland and Hanover,” said JHTA President, Omar Robinson, in an interview with JIS News. Business and hotel interests in western Jamaica say they are in full support of the declaration of States of Public Emergency (SOEs) in the parishes of St. James, Hanover and Westmoreland.They note that while it is never the most ideal of situations, it would have been impossible to sit idly by and allow the wanton and despicable behaviour of criminal gunmen to continue “and do nothing”.“The Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA), like the rest of the country, has been informed that SOEs have been declared for the parishes of St. James, Westmoreland and Hanover,” said JHTA President, Omar Robinson, in an interview with JIS News.“While our membership would have preferred not to have to deal with the negative publicity that this measure will cause in the tourism marketplaces, particularly those of the USA, Canada and the UK, we fully understand that this action has been precipitated by the return of an unacceptable level of shootings and murders in western Jamaica,” he said.Mr. Robinson said to that end, “the JHTA puts its full support behind the Government” in its effort to bring this unacceptable state of affairs under control.“We also must make it clear that this measure must not be squandered. It is no secret that we, like many other well-thinking Jamaicans, thought the cancellation of the last State of Emergency (in St. James) was premature. So since we are at this place once more, we strongly suggest that the Government and the Opposition must work together so that this initiative, along with other anti-crime measures, will be successful,” he said.For his part, President of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Winston Lawson, said his organisation has found the unequivocal action taken by the Government to cauterise what has been a significantly worrying trend of high crime in St James, “necessary”.He said that while the Chamber recognises that there will be challenges “for some of our members and the business community”, with respect to constrained business opening hours, “we are of the view that the security forces are now well up the curve with this tool,” adding that consideration should be made for more relaxed opening hours for businesses.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, today (April 30), announced SOEs for Hanover, St. James and Westmoreland, as proclaimed by the Governor-General.last_img read more

Sony to slash smartphone workforce by half by 2020

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first_imgTokyo: Once an iconic brand, Sony is now going to slash its mobile division workforce by half by 2020 in the wake of stiff competition and poor sales. The move could result in roughly 2,000 staffers either losing their jobs or getting shifted to a new department at Sony. “Sony’s share of the smartphone market has fallen sharply in recent years – from more than three per cent in 2010, according to the research portal Statistica, to less than one per cent currently. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”It has struggled to compete against leaders Apple, Samsung Electronics and Huawei Technologies, all of which are racing to develop new 5G devices,” the Nikkei Asian Review reported late on Friday. The Tokyo-headquartered company would cut smartphone sales in Southeast Asia and other areas to focus on markets like Europe and East Asia. “The company’s smartphone sales for fiscal 2018 are projected to come in at a dismal 6.5 million units, half the previous year’s figure and just one-sixth that of five years ago. “In fiscal 2014, Sony pulled 1,000 employees from its smartphone operations but sales have plunged faster than expected, necessitating a further round of cuts,” the report added. Some of the Japanese employees hit by the decision would be transferred to other divisions in the company, but the firm would offer voluntary retirement in its Europe and China operations.last_img read more

Moroccos Refinery Samir to Increase Capital After Production Halt

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Casablanca – Morocco’s oil refinery “Samir” announced it will increase its capital after it halted production at 200,000 barrels per day due to financial difficulties. The refinery, based in Mohammedia (40km north of Casablanca), which holds the monopoly of oil products refining in Morocco, denied media reports that it halted its production, stressing that it will continue to supply the national market with oil products.According to the release, “shareholders and executives are resolved to continue efforts to reinforce the refining industry in Morocco, a national strategic pole for the country”. Privatized twenty years ago, the company, listed on the Casablanca stock exchange, is facing a shortage of crude oil, following a provisional halt in production plants caused by delays in supply.It will continue to supply refined oil products according to the available stocks until production totally resumes around mid-August, the company had said on Wednesday.Following this announcement, Samir’s shares lost 10pc at the stock exchange and were suspended the day after upon the stock exchange regulating authority’s request. Meanwhile, the ministry of energy, mining, water and environment said all measures have been taken to secure the national market oil supply.With MAP read more

Turkey is Ready to Help Morocco Shut Down Gülen Schools Turkish

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Rabat – Ethem Barkan ÖZ, Turkey’s Ambassador to Morocco, reportedly said Monday that Turkey is ready to cooperate with Morocco to shut down the institutions of Fethullah Gülen, the alleged mastermind of the July 15 abortive coup d’état aimed to overthrow Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.The ambassador said that Turkey is at the disposal of the Moroccan authorities to collaborate in an effort to shut down Fethullah Gülen’s institutions.“The countries in which there are schools of this ‘terrorist’ organization must assess the situation as to … its risks and potential threats,” he said. “Moroccan authorities are acutely aware of the nature of the risks that may pose a threat to their interests – and we are always available to provide all the information that Morocco needs.” The ambassador added that many countries, such as Somalia, Niger, and Equatorial Guinea, had closed Gülen institutions after the failed coup d’état.The ambassador highlighted that Fethullah Gülen’s organization, known in Turkey as FETO, emerged as a religious movement in 1970 when it began working on education and inter-religious dialogue by establishing private schools and accommodating students who are members of the organization. He added that the work of the organization grew nationally and internationally as a democratic and altruistic movement. However, over time its purpose as a movement to infiltrate the chief positions of the army, homeland security and justice became apparent.The Turkish embassy in Rabat provided the Moroccan Foreign Ministry with information about Fethullah Gülen’s institutions in the country, and called on Moroccan authorities to take action against them, the Middle East Monitor reported two weeks ago.According to The Guardian, after the failed coup d’état, some journalists visited Fethullah Gülen at his house in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania, and he denied all accusations that had been made against him. Gülen claimed that the failed coup could have been staged by the government.Last year, the Turkish Interior Ministry published a list of “Turkey’s wanted terrorists,” which included Fathullah Gülen as one of the fugitives. read more

Ban vows support for Palestinian efforts to build state institutions in two

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The plans to build up Palestinian institutions were announced last month by Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, and reportedly include disentangling the Palestinian economy’s dependence on Israel and foreign aid, trimming the size of the government, increasing the use of technology and unifying the legal system. “I strongly support the Palestinian Authority’s plan to complete the building of the state apparatus for Palestine in two years, and pledge the UN’s full assistance,” Mr. Ban said in a message to the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee that was delivered by B. Lynn Pascoe, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs.“The significance of this goal should not be lost on any of us. Nor can we underestimate the urgency of the moment,” he told the meeting, which was chaired by Norway, and attended by Mr. Fayyad and Tony Blair, Special Envoy of the Middle East Quartet, among others.“Either we move forward, towards two States living side-by-side in peace, or backwards towards renewed conflict, deeper despair and long-term insecurity and suffering for Israelis and Palestinians alike. The status quo is untenable.”Mr. Ban said he hoped it will be possible to immediately launch negotiations for an end of occupation and an end of conflict, based on clear commitments to and implementation of the Middle East Roadmap, including a settlement freeze. In addition, efforts on the political track must be accompanied by work on the ground, including continued engagement by the Palestinian Authority with the challenges ahead, as well as broader action by Israel to ease movement and access restrictions and to enable Palestinian growth. For donors, this means continued support to the Palestinian Authority, including budget support, and the alignment of programming behind Palestinian national priorities, he added.Norway’s Foreign Minister, Jonas Gahr Støre, told a news conference later in the day that while donor assistance has risen, there is a shortfall of $400 million in the Palestinian budget which needs to be addressed urgently.The Secretary-General also noted that the long-term impact of what is happening currently in Gaza can only undermine efforts to build a Palestinian State and achieve peace between Israelis and Palestinians. The UN has proposed in concrete terms how to kick-start civilian reconstruction in Gaza, under its auspices, and Mr. Ban appealed once again to Israel to allow the entry of material into the area to make a meaningful start in addressing the massive civilian recovery needs following the conflict there earlier this year.Today’s gathering comes ahead of a meeting slated for Thursday of the diplomatic Quartet – comprising the UN, European Union, Russia and the United States. 22 September 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced his strong support for Palestinian efforts to complete the building of state institutions in two years, and pledged the full assistance of the United Nations towards this goal. read more

Brock popup shop now open at Pen Centre

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A little slice of Brock University has popped up at Niagara’s largest shopping centre.Located in the middle of the mall between David’s Tea and Coles, a Brock University kiosk full of Campus Store items perfect for holiday gifts or stocking stuffers is open daily until Thursday, Dec. 20 during Pen Centre holiday hours.“Having a Brock presence at the Pen Centre gives us the opportunity to engage with the Niagara community, prospective students and alumni,” said Sabrina Blaylock, Campus Store Buyer, Branded Merchandise. “Not everyone is able to visit our campus, so having an outlet in the mall allows us to showcase our brand and unique product offering during a busy holiday season.”The kiosk is made up of selected apparel items, including kids clothing, along with stationary items and tech products.Last year, Brock opened the holiday booth at the Pen Centre for the first time and found it to be successful.“We have increased the amount of product we’re offering this year by having a second kiosk installed,” said Blaylock.The branded kiosk will be open during mall hours seven days a week until Dec. 20. read more

HomeField Advantage Doesnt Mean What It Used To In English Football

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Only one home team lost last weekend in the English Premier League. It was the same the weekend before. How unusual is this? Or, put another way, how significant is home-field advantage in soccer?It’s significant — at least, it was significant.Using a data set of scores compiled by one of this article’s authors (James), we can quantify the home team’s advantage in English football over the past 126 years. Here are the percentages of home wins, visitor wins and draws, by year, since the founding of the league in 1888 (the data is from all games played in the top four tiers of the English football pyramid, or just shy of 200,000 games):In the early days of English football, about 60 percent of games were won by the home team. The rest split about equally: 20 percent draws and 20 percent visitor wins. Now, the home team wins only about 40 percent of games, the visitor wins 30 percent, and the rest are draws. This trend doesn’t show signs of slowing. Home-field advantage in English football is disappearing.What’s responsible for this dramatic shift? Most immediately, it’s the result of a decrease in home-team scoring. Here are the average home and away goals per game, by year:Although scoring for either side has fluctuated, visitor goals have remained relatively constant, floating mostly between 1.00 and 1.3 per game. Home goals have fallen to roughly 1.5 per game from more than 2.5. The average difference (home goals minus away goals) has fallen to about 0.3 goals last year from about 1.1 goals at the league’s founding.A laundry list of explanations for home-field advantage have been offered over the years: partisan crowds, influenced officials, the comforts of home, the hardships of travel, stadium accommodations that favor the home team (e.g. nicer locker rooms or grass mowed to the liking of the players), even “home-cooked” stoppage time.Just as many reasons have been offered for the advantage’s decline, in soccer and elsewhere: easier access to tickets for away fans through sites like StubHub, more comfortable travel accommodations, better oversight of officials, the gentrification of soccer crowds — or maybe just random chance.1For a brief review of the literature, see this paper by Richard Pollard.Economists Mark Koyama and J. James Reade noticed this decline, too, and offered a provocative explanation in a 2008 paper. Writing mainly about English soccer, they argued that the effort put forth by players depends on how much they are “monitored” by their team’s fans. Players tend to put in more effort, they write, when their fans can observe it — they tend not to shirk. More of their fans observe this effort during a home game, of course. But that fact is mitigated by televised soccer. Television serves as a “monitoring technology,” and enables fans of the visiting team to monitor their players’ performance more easily. This, in turn, increases the effort put forth by players of visiting teams. Therefore, Koyama and Reade conclude, the increase of televised soccer has depressed home-field advantage.The theory seems plausible, but struggles to explain the decline in home-field wins in the first half of the 1900s. And it struggles to explain variations, or the lack thereof, in other sports.While a constellation of factors is likely responsible for shifts in advantage, one especially convincing explanation is changes in officiating.The soccer referee was introduced in roughly his modern-day form in 1891 (minus the aerosol spray). A single official can have an enormous influence on a game — an influence rarely rivaled in other sports. One reason is that soccer games are low-scoring and a referee can, in many cases, effectively award a goal to one team or the other by calling for a penalty kick. Since 1992, penalty kicks in the Premier League have led to goals 85 percent of the time. And there has been a systematic bias of awarding penalty kicks to the home team: Of 1,666 penalties called over the last two-plus decades, 1,051 (or 63 percent) went to the home team. With the exception of the 2001-2 season, home teams have won more penalties every single year. There are, on average, 75 penalties awarded each season, or about one every fifth game.Koyama and Reade noted that a similar home-team bias has been found for the “awarding” of yellow and red cards. High-leverage biases could also manifest in the calling of close-range free kicks, corner kicks and offsides violations. It often hasn’t taken much to influence the outcome of a soccer game.But with the rise to prominence of English football over the past 100-plus years2The Premier League has revenues of nearly $4 billion a year. came correspondent increases in money, exposure,3Television may influence refs, too. professionalization, organization, oversight, monitoring and evaluation of the league. All these could have lowered referee bias toward home sides.While hard data on historical referee bias is hard to come by, there is some evidence. There has been a slight downward trend in penalty-kick bias since the founding of the Premier League, for example. In the 1992-3 season, 74 percent of penalties were awarded to the home team. Last season, just 55 percent were.Soccer’s long-diminishing home-field advantage seems to be the exception in sports, not the rule. Here are home teams’ regular-season winning percentages for the four major American sports. (For simplicity, we’ve included ties as half wins, where applicable.)With the exception of four NFL seasons, home teams won more than visitors every year. Basketball and hockey typically show the most sizable home-field advantages. Basketball’s home teams have historically won at nearly a 70 percent clip, though that has dipped to around 60 percent in recent years. NHL home teams have won consistently between 60 percent and 65 percent of their games over the league’s history.While no American sport has shown the sustained decline in home-field advantage that English soccer has — a mark against Koyama and Reade’s “monitoring technology” hypothesis — there are hints of decreases, especially in basketball. That makes sense. Basketball is another sport that can be heavily influenced by the subjectivity of officials. read more

Ohio State running back Rod Smith dismissed from team

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Ohio State redshirt-senior running back Rod Smith has been dismissed from the team for a violation of team rules, sources close to the team told Lantern TV on Monday evening.The Fort Wayne, Ind., native rushed for 549 yards during his OSU career, including 101 yards and four touchdowns on 24 attempts this season. Smith played, but did not touch the ball during the Buckeyes’ 31-24 double-overtime win against Penn State on Saturday in State College, Pa.Sources confirmed Smith’s departure to Lantern TV following an initial report by Eleven Warriors.An Ohio State spokesman didn’t have any information to provide regarding Smith’s status with the team.Smith did not immediately respond to The Lantern’s request for comment.The Buckeyes are scheduled to play Illinois on Saturday at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. read more

Exmet police chief Bernard HoganHowe calls for urgent review of cannabis laws

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He said: “The decriminalisation of cannabis would not eliminate the crime committed by the illicit trade, nor would it address the harms associated with drug dependence and the misery they can cause to families and society.”Decriminalisation or legalisation would send the wrong message to the vast majority of people who do not take drugs, especially young and vulnerable people, with the potential grave risk of increased misuse of drugs.”Lord Hogan-Howe was a police officer for nearly 40 years and for nearly six years he was commissioner of the Metropolitan Police.- Cannabis: Time To End The Ban? – Channel 4 Dispatches will air on Channel 4 on Monday 22 October at 8pm. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Bernard Hogan-Howe, the former Metropolitan Police commissioner, has called for an “urgent review” of the evidence around legalising cannabis.Lord Hogan-Howe, who has always supported tough laws on cannabis, investigated the issue for Channel 4’s Dispatches programme, to be shown on Monday.He said if he was home secretary he would have an “urgent commission of experts to look at the evidence about what’s happening about cannabis in North America”.Lord Hogan-Howe said: “We already know from the evidence around the world that where people use it for medicinal purposes, it slides into recreational.”Surely it’s better that we get ready for that potential change.”I’ve not seen clear evidence to say change the law now. But I have seen clear evidence to say let’s review it, but in a time-limited way, not a kicking into the long grass way. “I think we need to get on with it, now the Government has made it easier to get medical cannabis on prescription.”We’re lucky – we’re not the pioneers and we can learn from others’ mistakes. The evidence is out there and it shouldn’t be ignored.”Doctors will be able to prescribe cannabis products to patients in England, Wales and Scotland from November 1.Sajid Javid, the Home Secretary, decided to relax the rules on when cannabis products can be given to patients, after considering expert advice from a review following a number of high-profile cases.A spokesman for the Home Office said the Government has “no plans to decriminalise recreational cannabis”. read more

Sandvik ups batteryelectric machine capacity with Artisan Vehicles buy

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first_imgSandvik has acquired privately-owned Artisan Vehicle Systems as it looks to capture more market share in the fast-moving battery-electric mining equipment space.Based in Camarillo, California, US, Artisan is a manufacturer of battery-powered underground mining equipment. It has three commercially-available machines: a 4-t capacity LHD (A4, pictured), 10-t capacity LHD (A10) and a 40-t capacity haul truck (Z40).The core technology behind Artisan’s offering is battery packs, electric motors, power electronics, software and control systems, according to Sandvik. “Artisan’s underground mining loaders and trucks are designed with these high-powered, highly reliable and field proven battery electric powertrains,” the company said, adding that Artisan is the market leader with most battery-electric vehicles currently operating in underground mining.Lars Engström, President, Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology, said: “I am pleased to see the strategic acquisition of Artisan so soon after the opening of Sandvik’s state-of-the-art battery electrification innovation and development centre in Turku, Finland, in 2018. It is in line with our ambition to be leading in the market for battery-electric vehicle solutions.”Artisan will be a business unit in the Load and Haul Division within Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology, the company said.Mats Eriksson, President Load and Haul Division, Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology, said: “The area in which Artisan is located is a frontrunner in electric vehicle development. Our new R&D foothold there will complement the skillset we have in Finland. The combination of knowhow and skills creates a very strong platform.”Prior to this acquisition, Sandvik had just one battery-powered underground machine, it’s DD422iE jumbo drill.Artisan is a start-up company which, in 2017, had revenues of $12.3 million and approximately 60 employees.The parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price, but the transaction is expected to close during the March quarter. The deal is initially neutral to earnings per share, Sandvik said.last_img read more

GOODBYE PRESOV Dainis Kristopans moves to Qatari Al Rayyan until end of

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Al Rayyan handballDainis KristopansQatar ← Previous Story EHF CL TOP 16: SG Flensburg VS THW Kiel! Next Story → US Dunkerque sign Predrag Vejin from BM Ademar Leon! Before his move to Belarussian team Meshkov Brest next summer, one of the most interesting lefthanded players in handball world, Latvian giant Dainis Kristopans will play until end of the season for Qatari Al Rayyan! A 217 cm tall right back said “godbye” to his team-mates from Slovakian Tatran HC yesterday night, after five and a half years in which he became most valuable member of the squad.As Dainis is only 24, his best years are ahead of him, from next season in Belarus. read more

Assurance maladie une réforme pour économiser 22 milliards deuros

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first_imgAssurance maladie : une réforme pour économiser 2,2 milliards d’eurosL’Assurance maladie voit ses déficits persister. Pour faire face, elle propose de baisser les prix des médicaments et de réformer son financement en profondeur. Objectif : économiser 2,2 milliards d’euros en 2012.Hier, l’AFP a divulgué des informations concernant le rapport annuel de l’Assurance maladie qu’elle est parvenu à se procurer. Cette année encore, y figure une série de propositions destinée à planifier le budget de la Sécurité sociale et tenter de réduire le déficit. Le rapport mentionne ainsi plusieurs mesures relativement classiques, parmi lesquelles : des baisses de prix pour certains génériques, des prescriptions d’arrêts de travail plus encadrées et des tarifs harmonisés entre hôpitaux et cliniques. À lire aussiAntihistaminique : qu’est-ce que c’est ? A quoi ça sert ?Mais ces suggestions ne sont pas les seules émises par l’Assurance maladie. Celle-ci propose également de demander aux assureurs de la rembourser davantage lorsque leurs clients sont responsables d’accidents qui entraînent des frais d’hospitalisation ou encore des pensions d’invalidité. En rendant les signalements d’accidents plus systématiques ou en modifiant les accords passés avec les assureurs, la Sécurité sociale estime pouvoir économiser 200 millions d’euros en 2012. Elle compte en économiser tout autant en rapprochant les tarifs pratiqués dans les hôpitaux de ceux pratiqués dans les cliniques.Dans le secteur des médicaments, les économies pourraient en revanche s’élever à près de 730 millions d’euros, selon l’Assurance maladie qui souhaite notamment “une baisse de prix substantielle” des versions génériques des anti-ulcéreux ou encore des anti-cholestérols. De même, elle demande une diminution du prix, pour 150 millions d’euros, des médicaments très coûteux tels que les anti-cancéreux. Par ailleurs, les médecins sont aussi mis à contribution avec une incitation à diminuer la durée des arrêts de travail ou le nombre de séances de kinésithérapie prescrites.Un déficit difficile à combler Avec un total de dépenses annuelles de plus de 190 milliards d’euros, les 2,2 milliards d’économies espérées font figure de goutte d’eau. Le déficit de plus de dix milliards en 2011 ne serait pas réglé pour autant et “l’assurance maladie ne pourra rétablir l’équilibre de ses comptes uniquement en agissant sur ses dépenses”, a t-elle, elle même indiqué, à l’adresse des pouvoirs publics. Elle les appelle ainsi à réformer plus largement le financement de la protection sociale et elle demande à l’Etat de contribuer à son financement à même hauteur que les entreprises. Elle réclame également un alignement de la taxe de contribution des retraités sur celui des actifs. Cette mesure serait d’autant plus légitime, selon elle, que les personnes âgées consomment de plus en plus de soins.Le 6 juillet 2011 à 13:31 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Buy This Comic Judas 2

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first_imgStay on target “Judas comes face-to-face with Satan, and the Great Adversary begins to win him over.”JUDAS #2 (W): Jeff Loveness (A): Jakub Rebelka (L): Colin Bell (CA): Jakub RebelkaIn Judas #1, readers are introduced to Judas, the man behind the legend and his lingering questions over the right and wrong of following Jesus. We enter Judas #2 just as Judas comes face to face with the voice that was guided him to betray him. Jeff Loveness continues to craft a narrative that morally has us questioning information we take in. Loveness writes such a beautifully tragic story that, religious or not, everyone should have the pleasure of reading. Judas gives a juxtaposition of two tales: Jesus (& God, they’re kind of on the same side) and Satan but told through Judas as a middleman.via BOOM! StudiosJudas #2 very much gives and allows for conversation that makes you think. This comic tells familiar stories from a different perspective. You’re placed right in the middle with Judas, not knowing who to believe, what to accept or what to do. Loveness lets us know that we’re on this journey as much as Judas is but makes you question Satan’s intentions and his truth.Loveness laces this story within a story as well. He brings verses from the Bible to hit meaningful notes, but the strength in all of this comes from the characters. Satan tells Judas of how biblical stories of heroes and villains are constructed. There must always be a villain (or person who disobeys). There must be someone who was “cast aside” and sent below when they’re of no more use. Their story is done. It’s not only unusual to see this but interesting to see it from a different position. Loveness plays up the good and bad, the right and wrong and the morality.via BOOM! StudiosLoveness not only writes strong characters but genuine conversational and flourishing dialogue from characters we THINK we know. He’s always surprising us and turning us around in different directions. This is what makes the unreliable truth of this comic so well-written.Jakub Rebelka’s art is like mosaic masterpieces. He creates stunning stained glass-like creations. This not only speaks to the biblical and religious tone of the comic but the setting itself. He creates a different kind of abstract in this world. Rebelka’s art fills the panels with symbolism and meaning. Creating something outstanding with his art where each panel is its own work of art.His colors only enhance the experience within the comic. I like the different type of “hell” than we’re seeing. We’re so used to fire and brimstone. We get that in flashbacks, but this hell is cool, moody blues that almost depress you. He counters this with harsh red and oranges between the story within a story we’re reading. Rebelka does an incredible job enhancing Loveness’ narrative to even more of heightened depth that creates something rare and unique.via BOOM! StudiosFinally, Colin Bell, as always, slays the placement, easily allowing your eyes to move along as the story is told. I always find myself paying attention to lettering while a specific character tells a story, especially them taking up a crux of the story. Bell makes his lettering known clearly tells the story. He never overshadows the art. He breaks the dialogue up so you soak in the art, but also lean into the lettering to devour the story instead of just passing it by.Judas #2 continues to be a complex, fascinating story with stunning visuals and characters that leave you wanting more. I can’t wait to see what else comes into this comic because the last page introduces us to an old friend. Judas #2 is now available on Comixology and your local comic shop.01/10/18 Releases – In addition to Judas #2, here’s a list of other new titles that came out this week that you should be reading.Jem & The Holograms: Infinite TPB by Kelly Thompson (W), Stacey Lee, Jen Hickman, Jenn St-Onge (A), Sarah Stern, Jen Hickman, M. Victoria Robado (LL), Sarah Stern, M. Victoria Robado, Brittany Peer (C), Shawn Lee (L, CA) IDWRocko’s Modern Life #2 by Ryan Ferrier (W) Ian McGinty (A), Fred C. Stresing (C), Jim Campbell (L) BOOM! StudiosLimbo Longue by Dave Calver (W) Top Shelf/IDW Curse Words Vol 2: Explosiontown by Charles Soule & Ryan Browne (C + W) Addison Duke & Ryan Browne (W), Chris Crank (L) Image ComicsLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Buy This Comic: DEATH ORB #1Buy This Comic: MAN-EATERS #1 last_img read more

2 hospitalized after 4car crash in Hialeah

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first_imgHIALEAH, FLA. (WSVN) – Two people have been hospitalized after a four-car crash in Hialeah.The crash happened near East Fourth Avenue and 56th Street, Wednesday.Police said a postal truck was rear-ended and flipped over.Another vehicle crashed into a light pole.The mail carrier and one other person were airlifted to the hospital.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

POLICE LOG for July 25 Wilmington Man Arrested For OUI Men Carrying

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first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights of the Wilmington Police Log for Thursday, July 25, 2019:A caller reported two juveniles knocked on her basement windows and then ran off into the bushes at the end of the road. Police responded and were unable to locate the juveniles. (12:08am)Animal Control Officer had conversation with dog owner who left dog in vehicle outside the Post Office. Owner left the vehicle running with the AC on. Checked OK. (11:26am)A 2-vehicle crash occurred on Richmond Street. No injuries. Vehicle towed. Driver was issued a citation for failure to yield while making a turn. (2:40pm)A Woburn Street resident reported someone tampered with the ignition of his motorcycle. (5:32pm)A resident requested an officer check on two male parties carrying sledgehammers on Aldrich Road while walking toward Route 129. Police responded. Parties claimed to be preparing to become Army Rangers and were excising with weighted packs and sledgehammers to replicate weight of riffles. (5:48pm)Police received report of several turkeys in the intersection of Woburn Street and Lowell Street. Police sent them on their way. (7:39pm)Alex S. Condell (24, Wilmington) was arrested for OUI Liquor. Condell allegedly struck a parked vehicle at the Shell Gas Station on Main Street. (9:31pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 10: Car Stolen; License Plate Stolen; Road Rage Incident At Cumberland FarmsIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 18: 2 Vehicles With Same License Plate; Statue Missing From Wildwood CemeteryIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 26: 2 Missing Teens; OUI Arrest; Main St. Shut Down Due To Crash; Road Rage IncidentIn “Police Log”last_img read more