SAINTS U20s lost 3622 to Warrington on Saturday

first_imgSAINTS U20s lost 36-22 to Warrington on Saturday, writes Graham Henthorne.All started well as the Saints raced into a 12 – 0 lead with tries from Danny Jones and Dom Speakman in a sparkling first 20 minutes.Danny Jones sprinted away from the chasers after Speakman had put him through a gap and then jinked over for his own try after Adam Swift had cleaned up a Wolves grubber and gone 85 metres.But from then on in the massive Wolves forwards were allowed to get on top resulting in four unanswered tries in the second quarter.Coach Talbot asked for a response from his side and was a whisker from getting it as Alex Trumper just failed to hold on to a Gaskell offload.The Saints fell further behind as the Wolves stand off picked up a loose ball and sprinted 60 metres to score.Two tries in ten minutes set the Saints up for an unlikely comeback.Gaskell switched play down the blind side putting Andrew Dixon away. His grubber sat up, bounced over Jamie Foster’s head, was recovered by Danny Yates only for Foster to touch down Gaskell’s grubber to the corner.Jaydon Sandford then scored his first in Saints colours with a spectacular dive into the corner after quick hands had given him space.The home side were reeling but a penalty for ball stealing gave them an eight point cushion and with eight minutes to go winger Rhys Williams sealed the win picking up another loose ball to out sprint the Saints cover over 85 metres for the score.The Saints worked very hard to get themselves back into the contest but ultimately had left themselves with too much to do.Match Summary:Warrington Wolves:Tries: Rhys Williams, James Saltonstall, Ben Currie, Glenn Riley, Danny Bridge, Ben Evans.Goals: Ryan Shaw 6.St Helens:Tries: Jaydon Sandford, Jamie Foster, Dom Speakman, Danny Jones.Goals: Jamie Foster 3.Half Time: Warrington 22 St Helens 12Full Time: Warrington 36 St Helens 22Teams:Warrington Wolves:31. Jordan Burke; 2. Rhys Williams, 34. Callun Beckett, 3. James Saltonstall, 5. Ryan Shaw; 32. Ben Currie, 7. Bobbie Goulding; 35. Glenn Riley, 33. Brad Dwyer, 8. Ryan Duffy, 12. Danny Bridge, 11. Tyrone McCarthy, 13. Ben Evans. Subs: 37. Brad Brennan, 29. Ben Moores, 15. Gene Ormsby, 17. Jack Morrison.Saints:1. Adam Swift; 5. Jaydon Sandford, 3. Mark Percival, 4. Tom Makinson, 2. Jamie Foster; 6. Lee Gaskell, 7. Danny Yates; 8. Jordan Hand, 9. Dom Speakman, 10. Ant Walker, 11. Andrew Dixon, 12. Joe Greenwood, 13. Danny Jones. Subs: 14. Marcus Baines. 15. Alex Trumper. 16. Jordan Case. 17. Joe Bate.last_img read more

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FOUR rule changes that will enhance Rugby League m

first_imgFOUR rule changes that will enhance Rugby League matches for players, spectators and viewers in the First Utility Super League, Kingstone Press Championship and League 1 and Challenge Cup will come into effect for the 2015 season.The changes have been devised by the RFL Laws Committee, a group with game-wide representation, and relate to the rules around player concussion, video referee referrals, obstruction and sin-binnings.Details of the changes are as follows:ObstructionThe application of the obstruction law will now focus on enabling the referee to allow play to continue unless the defending team has been materially disadvantaged. The changes clarify the current obstruction policy and remove the ambiguity that caused some confusion for players and spectators alike during 2014.ConcussionTeams will be allowed an extra ‘free’ interchange in the event of a player suffering an injury that requires a pitchside concussion assessment.The change is designed to safeguard players against the unseen dangers of concussion by removing any sub-conscious pressure on medical staff to not be over-cautious in removing a player from the field for an assessment.Sin-binThe number of main areas in which sin-binning is deemed to be the appropriate course of action is to be changed from seven to four with the aim of helping referees impose immediate real-time sanctions by reducing the number of ‘on report’ decisions.Video refereesA new law will be introduced to enable the referee to make a ‘live decision’ during televised fixtures on any try before being referred to the video referees. The system is similar to that used during the 2014 Four Nations tournament and in the NRL.When a try is scored which the referee deems worthy of review, he will signal his decision (Try or No Try) before the video referees assess whether there is sufficient evidence to overturn his decision. The process gives parity between televised and non-televised games with the referee being required to make a decision.RFL Chief Executive Nigel Wood, who chairs the Laws Committee, said: “The changes will enhance the matchday experience for players, spectators, coaches and TV viewers alike by making the laws of the game as simple and unambiguous as possible.“The Laws Committee took into consideration views from across the game and I am sure the changes will be well received by everyone involved.”The Law changes and amendments were approved by the game at a meeting of the Rugby League Council held on Thursday December 11.Full details of the law changes and the Committee can be found here.last_img read more

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The 26yearold has agreed a deal that will keep h

first_imgThe 26-year-old has agreed a deal that will keep him at the Totally Wicked Stadium until the end of Season 2019.“Jonny is a classy player and I’m delighted he has committed his future to us,” Saints Head Coach Justin Holbrook said. “He is an integral to the squad and not only offers us versatility and quality but is an example to the younger players coming through the system.”Jonny signed into the Saints’ system from Orrell St James and made his first team debut in 2009 at Wakefield.He cemented his place in the first team squad during the 2011 season and has gone on to make 147 appearances for the club, scoring 468 points.His form in 2016 also saw him called up for England’s 2016 Four Nations campaign and, after being selected in the ETS, is expected to feature in this year’s World Cup.Jonny added: “I am more than happy to sign this contract. I have grown up loving and supporting the club. At heart I am a fan of the Saints and want the best for the club in every way possible.“I am delighted and hopefully I can do some good things over the next two years.“I was aware that there was other interest in me but the club is always at the centre of my heart and has supported me through long periods of injury in recent years.  I am delighted and made up to remain here.”He joins a group of players that the RFL have contracted centrally to help promote the sport.Jonny will take part in Rugby League marketing and commercial opportunities and will continue to be not only a face of the club but the sport as a whole going forward.last_img read more

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Report Wilmington ranks on list of best cities for recent college grads

first_img The website says along with an unemployment rate well below state and national averages, the city offers a variety of fun things to do, including a historic downtown district packed with dining spots, breweries, shops and attractions like the Wilmington Riverwalk.“Wilmington offers the unique mix of quality of life, affordability, eclectic charm and career opportunities that today’s college graduates seek,” says Natalie English, president and CEO of the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce. “With a lively historic riverfront, Wilmington and the Cape Fear region offer serious work and play opportunities for recent college grads.”UNC-Wilmington held their graduations last weekend and ceremonies for Cape Fear Community College will be this weekend.Related Article: New details on UNCW after Hurricane FlorenceOther places on the list include Cincinnati, Arlington, Albany, and Santa Monica. Downtown Wilmington (Photo: WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — According to a report, Wilmington is one of the best places in the country to find a job and live for those just getting out of college.The report from Livability says Wilmington is one of the top 10 best cities for recent college graduates.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Coast Guard gives shrimp boat captain until Friday to remove beached boat

first_imgDrone shot of Big Earl shrimp boat beached in Holden Beach on May 15, 2018. (Photo: Mark Moore) HOLDEN BEACH, NC (WWAY) — The shrimp boat captain who has been working to dislodge his boat, Big Earl, from Holden Beach has until Friday morning to remove it before the U.S. Coast Guard steps in.If not removed by 9:00 a.m., the USCG will use an oil spill removal organization to remove all the fuel and oil products from the boat.- Advertisement – Chief Jeremy Thomas with the USCG said they are authorized to remove the threat to the environment and public, but are not authorized to salvage the boat.“It’s not something we take lightly. It’s the man’s livelihood,” Thomas said.Many people have asked why the Coast Guard can’t help remove the boat from shore.Related Article: Swimming advisory lifted for most of Brunswick County“We’d only hook up to a vessel to move it, only if it’s in a navigable channel,” Thomas said, explaining that they’re bound by law.The shrimp boat became struck on Holden Beach on Thursday.Captain Virgil Coleman said the problem began when his net got caught in the propeller.“Lost the steering. Lost the power in the boat,” Coleman said. “I got the net out and by the time I got the net out and all the boat still wouldn’t go ahead forward left, right. And we just were stuck.”Since then, the community has been rallying around the shrimp boat captain. They have donated funds to hire machinery to help dig trenches around the boat, other boaters have come to help, and on Tuesday a strap attached to Big Earl broke when one of the boats was pulling it out into the ocean.Coleman said a blower on the engine caught fire, which forced them to call it quits on Tuesday night.Coleman was spending Wednesday trying to straighten out the motor issue. They plan to dig all night and hopefully go out on the morning’s high tide.last_img read more

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Habitat for Humanity holds CEO Build

first_imgWILMINGTON (WWAY) — Habitat for Humanity helps people build a place to call home.Friday they held their CEO build, which will become an annual tradition.- Advertisement – CEOs and other corporate team members joined the construction workers out in the field. The Development and Communications Director Lynne Wooten says that it was about having fun.“We had a little bit of fun with it because we figured that most people that are here are type-a personalities so it’s gonna be hard to let other people tell them what to do so we have a lot of superlative awards that we’re gonna be giving away at the end of the day like the one who’s the most improved or the person whose the most organized,” said Wooten.Wooten says the original CEO Build was postponed when hurricane Florence hit, and Friday ended up an ideal building day.last_img read more

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Crews respond to Southport house fire

first_img Crews battle Southport house fire (Photo: Southport Fire Department) The post states that when crews arrived they saw heavy fire and smoke coming from the home. It was under control in about 20 minutes.The Southport Fire Department was assisted by Brunswick EMS and Sunny Point Fire Department.Firefighters and EMS worked tirelessly to save the family pets that were inside the home but unfortunately they did not survive. Crews battle Southport house fire (Photo: Southport Fire Department) Crews battle Southport house fire (Photo: Southport Fire Department) SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY)– According to a Facebook post from Southport Fire Department, crews responded to a structure on N. Howe Street on Saturday.According to the Facebook post a call came in around 11:45 a.m. for a house fire in the 1100 Block  of N. Howe St.- Advertisement – Crews battle Southport house fire (Photo: Southport Fire Department) Crews battle Southport house fire (Photo: Southport Fire Department) Crews battle Southport house fire (Photo: Southport Fire Department) Crews battle Southport house fire (Photo: Southport Fire Department) Related Article: Crews battle two overnight kitchen fires in Southportlast_img read more

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Man in Gozo Hospital with grievous injuries after boat collision

first_imgA 27 year-old man is in Gozo General Hospital suffering from grievous injuries received after a boat collision last night.The Police say that that the collision between the two boats occurred at around 22.15PM, Mgarr and Comino.The 27 year-old is understood to be Macedonian in origin and currently living in Zebbug Gozo, which the second boat was driven by a 48 year-old man from Naxxar Malta. A 35 year-old female from Naxxar was also in the second boat.The police say that a Magisterial Inquiry is currently underway to understand the incident.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

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Android Device Manager will help you find your lost phone

first_imgAdvertisement Lost your Android handset again? Don’t worry, it happens to the best of us. And help will soon be at hand. Later this month, Google will release Android Device Manager, which will help you find your phone.If you can’t remember which pub/bar/drinking hole you left it in, Android Device Manager will show your phone’s location on a map in real-time. Or you can set your mobile to ring at maximum volume, even if it’s on Silent mode. Handy if it’s just somewhere down the back of the sofa.If you’re worried about your data falling into the wrong hands, you can quickly wipe everything from your phone, too. – Advertisement – Android Device Manager will work on phones or tablets running Android 2.2 Froyo or higher. That’s 98 per cent of all devices with Google’s operating system, according to the latest stats. The feature will also be available as an app.There are already apps out there that do this kind of thing, most notably Find My Phone — which is made by Apple — for the iPhone, and an app of the same name for Android. So Google is playing catch-up. Nevertheless, with its awesome mapping software and considerable resources, Google’s phone location feature could come into its own. No doubt it’ll be a welcome addition to Google Play’s portfolio of apps.Perhaps aware of just how useful a feature like this is, a couple of Android device manufacturers have tried their hand at making their own phone-finding programs. HTC’s has since been retired, while Sony announced its My Xperia program earlier this year.last_img read more

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Safaricom partners with Moneygram to enable cash transfer from the Diaspora

first_imgAdvertisement Safaricom and MoneyGram International have entered into a partnership for money to be sent from abroad to Kenya through their money transfer services, targeting more than $1 billion (Sh89 billion) sent in remittances every year.Safaricom has nearly 22 million users who will be able to receive money directly to their mobile money M-Pesa accounts from MoneyGram outlets in 90 countries.The partnership is expected to drive growth in Safaricom’s M-Pesa division and boost Kenya’s remittances, a key source of hard currency. – Advertisement – All consumers need to do is visit any of the MoneyGram agents and send up to Sh70,000 ($800) to any registered M-Pesa customer which can be withdraw from any M-Pesa agent in the country.“This new relationship with MoneyGram enables us to tap into remittances coming in from Kenyans living in other countries,” Safaricom Chief Executive Bob Collymore said.Pamela Patsley, the CEO of MoneyGram said the partnership marks another step in the money transfer business.M-Pesa accounts for around a fifth of Kenya’s largest telecoms operator’s revenue.Latest data from the Central Bank of Kenya showed that the amount of remittances sent into Kenya by its citizens living abroad rose 20.34 per cent in August from the same month last year to $128.8 million, with 49.7 percent of the remittances coming from North America.Kenyans abroad sent a total $1.3 billion in remittances in the whole of 2013.Source: The Starlast_img read more

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HelloFood Raises 100 Million to Expand Its Delivery Operations

first_imgAdvertisement Online food ordering and delivery service Hellofood/ foodpanda last week announced a new financing round of USD 100 Million led by Goldman Sachs and existing investors, among them Rocket Internet SE.As part of the financing round, Goldman Sachs Investment Partners will join the Advisory Board of Hellofood/foodpanda. In March announced it had raised $110 Million adding the total raise to $310 Million since its launch in 2012.Hellofood/ foodpanda also recently acquired key competitors in India, Mexico, Russia, Brazil, Eastern Europe and South-East Asia in an expansion move. This new raise will help the company to further expand its own delivery activities and improve overall customer experience across its 40 markets. Last-mile delivery has been part of foodpanda’s operations since the beginning, it will now accelerate its efforts to drive customer satisfaction, aiming to offer the most convenient way of ordering food – from the mobile app and online.Ron kawamara, Managing Director of Hellofood Uganda, said: “This added investment, shows we are doing something right and have gained confidence from our investors, and now we can improve further the world-class customer experience we offer our clients and delivery operations, therefore making the service even better and confirm our status as the biggest global online food delivery marketplace. – Advertisement – In an added statement, Ralf Wenzel, Co-Founder and CEO of foodpanda group said: “We are very happy about the recent support from Goldman Sachs Investment Partners, with its deep expertise in online marketplaces, and which, together with our renowned group of investors, will allow us to build the leading mobile food delivery marketplace in Emerging Markets targeting over 3 billion consumers. The Emerging Markets represent the largest opportunity in online food delivery and we are committed to create the most convenient way for ordering and delivering food.”Ian Friedman, Goldman Sachs Investment Partners said: “We have been impressed with both Hellofood’s/Foodpanda’s growth trajectory and high-quality management team. We believe that Hellofood/Foodpanda has a tremendous opportunity to cement its Emerging Markets leadership position in the coming years. It is our expectation that the Company’s innovative, value-added offerings will lead Hellofood/Foodpanda to be the winner in online food delivery within the markets in which it operates.”last_img read more

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MTN Rwanda tax body partner on tax payment solution

first_imgMTN Center in Kigali Advertisement KIGALI, RWANDA – MTN Rwanda has partnered with Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA) to offer taxpayers an easier way to pay their taxes using the MTN Mobile Money platform.Speaking at the launch of the Mobile Money tax innovation at the MTN offices in Nyarutarama last week, Ebenezer Asante, the MTN Rwanda CEO, said that the move is aimed at further easing up the process and cost of doing business by the business segment of MTN subscribers in Rwanda.“Once again, this innovation is arguably the first in Africa and a further boost for Rwanda as a leader in ICT for development. To our customers, the Mobile Money channel for paying taxes will provide unbeaten convenience and enhanced productivity in saving time, energy and money when paying their taxes. We closely take note of the digital world our customers’ lives revolve in and we don’t want factors like time or distance to be a disincentive for any of our customers to access a service.” – Advertisement – With the payment of taxes through Mobile Money, tax payers can concentrate on doing their business rather than taking time off in order to honour their civic obligations. MTN subscribers can pay their taxes from the comfort of their office or any remote location outside the premises of RRA.MTN is charging subscribers a token of as low as 30Rwf and higher slabs depending on the amounts being paid through the platform. Tax payers can pay up to a maximum of 2,000,000Rwf at a time.With this new innovation, taxpayers will be able to have their payments cleared, processed and credited to the RRA account in real-time.On his part the Rwanda Revenue Authority Commissioner General, Tusabe Richard, noted that “This is a groundbreaking scheme that has come to facilitate the existing online tax declaration platforms by enabling SMEs to instantly pay taxes using their mobile telephones.”The payment of taxes using Mobile Money comes in a wake of RRA’s strive to transform tax payment by introducing the simplest and possible methods that are more affordable and friendly to taxpayers.To access the service, subscribers must first declare taxes by using the RRA M-Declaration process. They will have to dial *800# and follow the steps to be able to get a reference number. Using the MTN Mobile Money platform, they will then dial *182#, * Pay Bill, * RRA payment, enter their reference number and type in their Mobile Money PIN to complete the payment.“By using this service, we hope that this will further expand the digital financial ecosystem, and potentially offer revenue growth,” Asante concluded.According to a recent statement from MTN, about 85% of its subscriber base is registered on Mobile Moneylast_img read more

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WhatsApp Relaxes Privacy Stance to Share Phone Numbers With Facebook

first_imgA 3D printed Whatsapp logo is seen in front of a displayed stock graph in this illustration taken April 28, 2016. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration Advertisement WhatsApp on Thursday said it would start sharing users’ phone numbers with parent Facebook Inc., marking a notable shift in its stance on privacy.When Facebook bought WhatsApp in 2014, founder Jan Koum vowed to protect data of its users, saying the deal would not affect its privacy policy.The change in policy, WhatsApp’s first since the deal, will allow for more relevant advertisements and friend recommendations on Facebook, according to a WhatsApp blog post. – Advertisement – WhatsApp, however, sought to reassure users by saying that it would not sell, share, or give users’ phone numbers to advertisers.The company also maintained that messages on the service were encrypted by default and that it would not allow banner advertisements from third parties.“Our belief in the value of private communications is unshakeable,” WhatsApp said in the post.Koum had outlined his approach to privacy in a blog post after the deal with Facebook, drawing on his own experiences of growing up in Ukraine during the Soviet era.Some users, however, were not convinced by the shift in WhatsApp’s stance.“Phone numbers?!? No! That’s absolutely NOT OKAY. I might need to delete Facebook, people. NOT kidding,” Twitter user Mindy McAdams wrote.WhatsApp said users could choose not to share account information with Facebook.The shared data will also help WhatsApp track information about how often people use its services and tackle spam on the service, it said on Thursday.WhatsApp, which is has more than 1 billion users, will also explore ways for businesses to send messages using its platform over the next several months, it said.WhatsApp dropped its $1 token fee for some of its users earlier this year and said it was experimenting making businesses pay to reach their customers through the service.[Source: Reuters]last_img read more

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Communications Authority of Kenya Has Opposed a Proposal to Break Up MPesa

first_imgImage Credit: techcabal Advertisement According to reports by a Kenyan blog; TechWeez, the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) hired Analysys Mason Group; an independent international consultant firm to look at the country’s telecommunication and broadcasting industry on market dominance and anti-competitive conduct, recommending that M-Pesa should be split from Safaricom to keep up a competitive environment.According to the press statement that was released, the two telecom firms were required to operate in separate offices, with separate staff below board level, separate branding, separate accounting and separate business operations and support system, customer support systems and management information systems.“As the government, we do not support regulation that splits companies based on innovation. To say that any company that innovates something – they are likely to be penalized by law – I believe, is unfair.”  said Joe Mucheru, Cabinet Secretary, ICT, TechWeez reports. – Advertisement – The ICT cabinet secretary noted that government disapproves of measures that would stifle innovation as it wants companies to expand by investing in new products and technology.[related-posts]The country has existing laws that can be used to stimulate competition without having to introduce new regulations.“It would be a shame if we now started punishing innovation by just legislating without taking into account our future and where we want to go in a more globalized market. I believe that is a decision that a board and company can take. It does not have to be taken through regulation.” Joe Mucheru added.last_img read more

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STARTERS ORDERS Wednesday

first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Wednesday 27 AugustRACING2.30 CarlisleCharlie Croker 3/1 > 13/83.10 CatterickMiss Macnamara 11/2 > 3/14.25 LingfieldRembrandt Van Rijn 100/30 > 7/4What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img

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STAR PREVIEW Derby County v Nottingham Forest

first_imgThe East Midlands Derby will have plenty of spice behind it – that’s a given – but this time around there’s more than just pride at stake. Half the Championship season has gone and just 11 points separate the first seven teams, with Derby and Nottingham Forest both in that top seven and right in the thick of the promotion fight.Frank Lampard’s Derby have taken time to find their feet this season but as time has passed, Lampard has managed to find his own feet and a system that works for him and since heading into winter they have put their foot down, with six wins from their last nine games.They included wins over West Brom (4-1 no less), and Sheffield United (2-1 at Bramall Lane) and they bounced back from an dreadfully unlucky defeat to Stoke with a pair of hard fought wins against Swansea and Wigan.Forest have taken a very similar route this season; a huge influx of new players and a new manager – the highly skilled Aitor Karanka – they took time to gel but when they did the quality came through and Lewis Grabban has shot to the top of the the Championship goalscoring charts with 15 goals whilst Joe Lolley has seven goals and six assists to his name.They had a shock setback against Preston last week when they dominated from start to finish only for Declan Rudd to deny Joe Lolley, Daryl Murphy and Tendayi Darikwa in a game that saw Forest win the corner count 10-2.The two teams are evenly matched but Derby have been pretty exceptional at Pride Park; they’ve lost just twice there and whilst they are 10th in the goals scored tally they have won on the expected goals count in seven of their ten home contests. This goes some way to explaining a price of evens for them to take this six pointer.However, Nottingham Forest will not go down without a fight. Forest might have drawn a frustrating 10 times but they have lost just three of their 21 games and one of those was last week’s freak result – they’ve also lost just once on the road to boot. More interestingly, they’re unbeaten in their five trips to current top half teams.Derby County v Nottingham ForestChampionship19:45 Sky Sports Football / Sky Sports Main EventHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)MAR 2018 CHAMPIONSHIP Nottingham Forest 0-0 DerbyOCT 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP Derby 2-0 Nottingham ForestMAR 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP Nottingham Forest 2-2 DerbyDEC 2016 CHAMPIONSHIP Derby 3-0 Nottingham ForestMAR 2016 CHAMPIONSHIP Derby 1-0 Nottingham ForestNOV 2015 CHAMPIONSHIP Nottingham Forest 1-0 DerbyJAN 2015 CHAMPIONSHIP Derby 1-2 Nottingham ForestSEP 2014 CHAMPIONSHIP Nottingham 1-1 DerbyMAR 2014 CHAMPIONSHIP Derby 5-0 Nottingham ForestSEP 2013 CHAMPIONSHIP Nottingham Forest 1-0 DerbyKaranka, as with Middlesbrough, has made his team tough to beat – they are the third best defensive team in the league – but they pack a punch going forward to boot and there might not be much separating these two teams at all by the end of the match. 5/2 about the draw looks to be value.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK DRAW 5 points at 5/2 with starsports.betPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 175.61 points(not including Premier League ante-post or cricket)last_img read more

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Rising plasma offers clues to sun storms

first_imgAddThis If you do not wish to receive news releases from Rice University, reply to this email and write “unsubscribe” in the subject line.Office of News and Media Relations – MS 300, Rice University, 6100 Main St., Houston, TX 77005 http://news.rice.edu/files/2012/07/Solar-images-2m1.jpgLeft, image of hot (1.8-million degree Fahrenheit) active region loops. Right, flows of solar plasma (blue shifts). Credit: Left: SDO/AIA (NASA); right: Hinode/EIS (JAXA, NASA, ESA and STFC)Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is known for its “unconventional wisdom.” With 3,708 undergraduates and 2,374 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 4 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to www.rice.edu/nationalmedia/Rice.pdf .center_img ShareSUMMARY: Researchers use Doppler tracking to see, for the first time, loops of 1,800,000-degree Fahrenheit plasma flowing up from the sun at more than 12 miles per second.David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduRice researcher part of team that used Doppler shifts to ID phenomenon; may help predict space weather HOUSTON – (July 2, 2012) – Doppler measurements that help track storms on Earth may also be useful for understanding storms on the sun.A Rice University astrophysicist is part of an international team that combined Doppler techniques with images and data from a space-based telescope to observe, for the first time, loops of 1,800,000-degree Fahrenheit plasma flowing up from the sun’s surface at more than 12 miles per second.The loops, rooted in active regions near sunspots and guided by the sun’s magnetic field, arch over the sun and may be the first signs of trouble spots, where plasma undergoes “impulsive heating,” according to the researchers. They expect their findings will help scientists understand the genesis of solar flares and coronal mass ejections – solar storms – that threaten satellites orbiting Earth and power transmission grids on the ground.Rice’s Stephen Bradshaw and colleagues in India and the United Kingdom reported their results today in the Astrophysical Journal Letters.They wrote that Doppler measurements drawn from images taken by the Extreme-ultraviolet Imaging Spectrometer (EIS) aboard the Hinode solar satellite show the first observation of a “warm loop” in which plasma rises from the surface of the sun rather than sinks back into it.In visible-light Doppler, objects moving away from the viewer are shifted red, while objects moving closer shift blue. That fact has long been useful to astrophysicists judging how fast other stars and even galaxies are moving in an expanding universe. But in previous observations of active regions on the sun, warm loops like the one observed by Bradshaw and his colleagues have only been seen to shift red and, therefore, the plasma was thought to be sinking.The prevalence of red shifts led to the belief that heating is taking place high in the sun’s atmosphere and leading to the evaporation of material from near the surface into the atmosphere that then flows back down as it cools. That may be true, Bradshaw said, but it leaves some important questions unanswered: What causes the heating? Where is the evidence for plasma rising from the surface into the atmosphere?The new observations will help to answer these questions, he said.“The blue shifts are the signature, or ‘smoking gun,’ of plasma flowing up into the atmosphere,” said Bradshaw, Rice’s William V. Vietti Junior Chair of Space Physics and an assistant professor of physics and astronomy. “They show that the fastest up-flows are found near the surface of the sun. This information gives us clues to the location where the heating is taking place, how fast it is and how much energy is needed.”“The sun governs the environment in which we live, and it is the so-called solar active regions that drive extreme conditions leading to the explosive flares and the huge eruptions; understanding these active regions is absolutely critical for the study of what we now call space weather,” said Richard Harrison, head of space physics and chief scientist at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in the United Kingdom. “The work published in this paper is a key element of that work, applying innovative analyses to the observations from the U.K.-led Hinode/EIS instrument.”Bradshaw noted the sun is fast approaching the part of its 11-year cycle when flares and coronal mass ejections occur most frequently. “These events present the most danger to satellites, power grids and even to airliners on flight paths in polar regions,” Bradshaw said. “This period is called solar maximum, and we will become ever more reliant on this technology during every subsequent solar cycle.“One of the aims of solar research is to develop a space-weather forecasting capability, whereby solar storms can be predicted by detecting their signatures before they occur at the sun,” he said. “This is much like monitoring depressions as precursors to tropical storms and hurricanes, but space-weather forecasters will monitor active regions. Accurate forecasts of solar storms will give us the maximum possible time to prepare for their arrival at Earth and to mitigate their effects.“Our work will contribute to this aim by leading to a better understanding of the physics of active regions.”Co-authors are principal investigator Durgesh Tripathi ofthe Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics in Ganeshkhind, India; and Helen Mason, assistant director of research, and Giulio Del Zanna, an advanced fellow in the atomic astrophysics group, both in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge.The Hinode satellite was launched in 2006 by the of Space and Astronautical Science and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, in collaboration with the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, NASA and the and Technology Facilities Council the United Kingdom. The European Space Agency and Norwegian Space Centre also supported the research.-30-Read the abstract at http://iopscience.iop.org/2041-8205/754/1/L4Related links:Daily SDO/AIA images and movies: http://sdowww.lmsal.com/Hinode/EIS website: http://msslxr.mssl.ucl.ac.uk:8080/SolarB/iSun|trek website: http://www.suntrek.org/blogImage for download:last_img read more

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In borophene boundaries are no barrier

first_imgShareNEWS RELEASEEditor’s note: Links to high-resolution images for download appear at the end of this release.David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduIn borophene, boundaries are no barrierRice U., Northwestern researchers make and test atom-thick boron’s unique domainsHOUSTON – (July 16, 2018) – Borophene, the atomically flat form of boron with unique properties, is even more interesting when different forms of the material mix and mingle, according to scientists at Rice and Northwestern universities.Scientists at the institutions made and analyzed borophene with different lattice arrangements and discovered how amenable the varied structures are to combining into new crystal-like forms. These, they indicated, have properties electronics manufacturers may wish to explore. Return to article. Long DescriptionScanning tunneling electron microscope images of line defects in 1-to-6 and 1-to-5 borophene, indicated by blue and red arrowheads, respectively, show how the defects align in a way that preserves the synthetic material’s metallic nature. Scientists at Rice and Northwestern universities made the first detailed analysis of ordered defect structures in borophene. Courtesy of the Hersam Research GroupYakobson and Hersam also co-authored a recent Nature Nanotechnology perspective about “the lightest 2D metal.” In that piece, the authors suggested borophene may be ideal for flexible and transparent electronic interconnects, electrodes and displays. It could also be suitable for superconducting quantum interference devices and, when stacked, for hydrogen storage and battery applications.Co-authors of the Nature Materials paper are graduate student Xiaolong Liu of Northwestern and Rice alumnus Zhuhua Zhang, now a professor at the Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Hersam is the Walter P. Murphy Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern. Yakobson is the Karl F. Hasselmann Professor of Materials Science and NanoEngineering and a professor of chemistry at Rice.Zhang co-authored the Nature Nanotechnology paper with Northwestern and Argonne National Laboratory alumnus Andrew Mannix, now a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Chicago, and Argonne materials scientist Nathan Guisinger.The research was supported by the Office of Naval Research, the National Science Foundation Materials Research Science and Engineering Center, the Army Research Office, the Robert Welch Foundation, the Department of Energy Office of Science, the State Key Laboratory of Mechanics and Control of Mechanical Structures at Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Northwestern University International Institute for Nanotechnology.-30-Read the abstract at http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41563-018-0134-1.This news release can be found online at news.rice.edu.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related materials:Borophene as a prototype for synthetic 2D materials development: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41565-018-0157-4Long may you wave, borophene: http://news.rice.edu/2016/10/04/long-may-you-wave-borophene-2/Boron atoms stretch out, gain new powers: http://news.rice.edu/2017/01/26/boron-atoms-stretch-out-gain-new-powers/Borophene shines alone as 2D plasmonic material: http://news.rice.edu/2017/11/20/borophene-shines-alone-as-2-d-plasmonic-material-2/Yakobson Research Group: https://biygroup.blogs.rice.eduHersam Research Group: http://www.hersam-group.northwestern.edu/hersam.htmlRice Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering: https://msne.rice.eduImages for download:Long Description Return to article. Long DescriptionScanning electron microscope images reveal a borophene sheet containing domains with different periodic assemblies of known hexagon-to-triangle ratios of 1-to-5 and 1-to-6 rows, along with two previously unobserved phases of 7-to-36 and 4-to-21. Scientists at Rice and Northwestern universities made the first detailed analysis of ordered defect structures in borophene. Courtesy of the Hersam Research GroupThe research led by Rice materials theorist Boris Yakobson and Northwestern materials scientist Mark Hersam appears in Nature Materials.Borophene differs from graphene and other 2D materials in an important way: It doesn’t appear in nature. When graphene was discovered, it was famously yanked from a piece of graphite with Scotch tape. But semiconducting bulk boron doesn’t have layers, so all borophene is synthetic.Also unlike graphene, in which atoms connect to form chicken wire-like hexagons, borophene forms as linked triangles. Periodically, atoms go missing from the grid and leave hexagonal vacancies. The labs investigated forms of borophene with “hollow hexagon” concentrations of one per every five triangles and one per every six in the lattice.These are the most common phases the Northwestern lab observed when it created borophene on a silver substrate throughatomic boron deposition in an ultrahigh vacuum, according to the researchers, but “perfect” borophene arrays weren’t the target of the study.Long DescriptionA scanning electron microscope image (top) shows two periodic assemblies of borophene, a synthetic, two-dimensional array of boron atoms, that join at a line defect. Computational models in the middle and bottom images correspond to the regions, with 1-to-6 borophene in red and 1-to-5 in blue. Researchers at Rice and Northwestern universities determined that phases of borophene line up in such a way that the material’s conductive, metallic nature is maintained. Graphics by Luqing WangThe lab found that at temperatures between 440 and 470 degrees Celsius (824-878 degrees Fahrenheit), both 1-to-5 and 1-to-6 phases grew simultaneously on the silver substrate, which acts as a template that guides the deposition of atoms into aligned phases. The labs’ interest was heightened by what happened where these domains met. Unlike what they had observed in graphene, the atoms easily accommodated each other at the boundaries and adopted the structures of their neighbors.These boundary adjustments gave rise to more exotic – but still metallic – forms of borophene, with ratios such as 4-to-21 and 7-to-36 appearing among the parallel phases.“In graphene, these boundaries would be disordered structures, but in borophene the line defects, in effect, are a perfect structure for each other,” said Rice graduate student Luqing Wang, who led a theoretical analysis of atom-level energies to explain the observations. “The intermixing between the phases is very different from what we see in other 2D materials.”“While we did expect some intermixing between the 1-to-5 and 1-to-6 phases, the seamless alignment and ordering into periodic structures was surprising,” Hersam said. “In the two-dimensional limit, boron has proven to be an exceptionally rich and interesting materials system.”Wang’s density functional theory calculations revealed the metallic nature of the line defects; this implied that unlike insulating defects in otherwise metallic graphene, they have minimal impact on the material’s electronic properties at room temperature. At low temperature, the material shows evidence of a charge density wave, a highly ordered flow of electrons.Theoretical calculations also suggested subtle differences in stiffness, thermal conductivity and electrochemical properties among borophene phases, which also suggested the material can be tuned for applications.“The unique polymorphisms of borophene are on full display in this study,” Yakobson said. “This suggests intriguing interplay in the material’s electronic structure through charge density waves, which may lead to tantalizing switchable electronics.”“As an atomically thin material, borophene has properties that should be a function of the substrate, neighboring materials and surface chemistry,” Hersam said. “We hope to gain further control over its properties through chemical functionalization and/or integration with other materials into heterostructures.” Scanning tunneling electron microscope images of line defects in 1-to-6 and 1-to-5 borophene, indicated by blue and red arrowheads, respectively, show how the defects align in a way that preserves the synthetic material’s metallic nature. Scientists at Rice and Northwestern universities made the first detailed analysis of ordered defect structures in borophene. (Credit: Hersam Research Group/Northwestern University) AddThis http://news.rice.edu/files/2018/07/0716_BOROPHENE-WEB-2-18jw6f6.jpgScanning tunneling electron microscope images of line defects in 1-to-6 and 1-to-5 borophene, indicated by blue and red arrowheads, respectively, show how the defects align in a way that preserves the synthetic material’s metallic nature. Scientists at Rice and Northwestern universities made the first detailed analysis of ordered defect structures in borophene. (Credit: Hersam Research Group/Northwestern University) Scanning tunneling electron microscope images of line defects in 1-to-6 and 1-to-5 borophene, indicated by blue and red arrowheads, respectively, show how the defects align in a way that preserves the synthetic material’s metallic nature. Scientists at Rice and Northwestern universities made the first detailed analysis of ordered defect structures in borophene. (Credit: Hersam Research Group/Northwestern University) Return to article. Long Description A scanning electron microscope image (top) shows two periodic assemblies of borophene, a synthetic, two-dimensional array of boron atoms, that join at a line defect. Computational models in the middle and bottom images correspond to the regions, with 1-to-6 borophene in red and 1-to-5 in blue. Researchers at Rice and Northwestern universities determined that phases of borophene line up in such a way that the material’s conductive, metallic nature is maintained. (Credit: Graphics by Luqing Wang/Rice University) Scanning electron microscope images reveal a borophene sheet containing domains with different periodic assemblies of known hexagon-to-triangle ratios of 1-to-5 and 1-to-6 rows, along with two previously unobserved phases of 7-to-36 and 4-to-21. Scientists at Rice and Northwestern universities made the first detailed analysis of ordered defect structures in borophene. (Credit: Hersam Research Group/Northwestern University http://news.rice.edu/files/2018/07/0716_BOROPHENE-WEB-1-q4vq28.jpgScanning electron microscope images reveal a borophene sheet containing domains with different periodic assemblies of known hexagon-to-triangle ratios of 1-to-5 and 1-to-6 rows, along with two previously unobserved phases of 7-to-36 and 4-to-21. Scientists at Rice and Northwestern universities made the first detailed analysis of ordered defect structures in borophene. (Credit: Hersam Research Group/Northwestern University) Return to article. Long Description http://news.rice.edu/files/2018/07/0716_BOROPHENE-WEB-3-1mo2dw3.jpgA scanning electron microscope image (top) shows two periodic assemblies of borophene, a synthetic, two-dimensional array of boron atoms, that join at a line defect. Computational models in the middle and bottom images correspond to the regions, with 1-to-6 borophene in red and 1-to-5 in blue. Researchers at Rice and Northwestern universities determined that phases of borophene line up in such a way that the material’s conductive, metallic nature is maintained. (Credit: Graphics by Luqing Wang/Rice University)Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,970 undergraduates and 2,934 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just under 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for quality of life and for lots of race/class interaction and No. 2 for happiest students by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview.last_img read more

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Chicago Booth MBA Deadlines Have Arrived

first_img The newest batch of University of Chicago MBA deadline dates have been announced for the Booth School of Business, going in to the 2018-19 academic season.Round OneDeadlines: September 27, 2018Notifications: December 6, 2018Round TwoDeadlines: January 3, 2019Notifications: March 21, 2019 Round ThreeDeadlines: April 4, 2019Notifications: May 16, 2019Head over to the official Chicago Booth website for more application information. About the AuthorMatthew KormanMatthew Korman is the Managing Editor of MetroMBA. Since graduating from Rowan University with a degree in journalism and political science, Matthew has worked as a music industry writer and promoter, a data analyst, and with numerous academic institutions. His works have appeared in publications such as NPR and Sports Illustrated.View more posts by Matthew Korman regions: Chicago Chicago Booth MBA Deadlines Have Arrivedcenter_img Last Updated Jun 15, 2018 by Matthew KormanFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail RelatedChicago Booth Reveals New MBA DeadlinesHopeful applicants to the 2022 MBA Class at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business have a new batch of deadlines to keep tabs on. New Chicago Booth MBA Deadlines Round 1 Application deadline: Sep. 26, 2019 Decision released: Dec. 5, 2019 Round 2 Application deadline: Jan. 7, 2020…May 15, 2019In “Advice”Toronto Rotman School of Management MBA Deadlines and Essays AnnouncedThe newest batch of University of Toronto MBA deadline dates have been announced for the Rotman School of Management, beginning early next October. Rotman MBA Deadlines Round One Deadlines: October 1, 2018 Notifications: December 14, 2018 Round Two Deadlines: January 7, 2019 Notifications: March 8, 2019 Round Three Deadlines: March 4,…September 10, 2018In “Advice”Boston College Announces MBA Deadlines for 2018-19The newest batch of Boston College MBA deadlines dates have been announced for the Carroll School of Management, going in to the 2018-19 academic season. Round One Deadlines: September 17, 2018 Notifications: December 5, 2018 Round Two Deadlines: January 7, 2019 Notifications: March 15, 2019 Round Three Deadlines: March 15, 2019…August 22, 2018In “Advice”last_img read more

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The Big One is Almost Certain to Hit California by 2045

first_img An article published Jan. 30 by The Conversation has started quite a few conversations about ‘The Big One.’The article titled “California’s other drought: A major earthquake is overdue” is the work of Geophysics Professor Richard Aster of Colorado State University, and what this academic has to say in the article is pretty alarming.The basis for the article is a US geological Survey report from 2014 which outlines the third iteration of forecasting efforts for the earthquake-prone region – the Uniform California Earthquake Rupture Forecast (UCERF3).The report outlines a lower probability of smaller quakes—but an increase in the likelihood of ‘The Big One’ when compared to the previous 2007 forecast report.Forecasters estimate that the probability of an earthquake of magnitude 6.7 to 7.0 or greater hitting California by 2045 is upwards of 93 percent—and a quake of at least 6.7 magnitude is a virtual certainty.UCERF 3 Earthquake forecast published in 2014 listing magnitudes (greater than or equal to) for potential seismic activity and their 30-year likelihood for the Greater California region. (UCERF 3) The expectation of a magnitude 8 quake or greater since the last 2007 report has jumped from under five to seven percent. The odds of at least a 6.7–7 quake have skyrocketed.As the report repeats a couple of times, “California is earthquake country.”California straddles two tectonic plates, the North American and Pacific plates. These two tectonic plates, huge slabs of rock floating on a layer of magma, are constantly grinding against each other.Caltrans workers carry materials to be used as reinforcement of the quake-ravaged Cypress Structures on Interstate 880 October 22, 1989 in San Francisco after a quake erupted 17 October 17 in San Francisco Bay Area, killing an estimated 273 people and doing $1 billion-worth of damage. (Chris Wilkins/AFP/Getty Images) Caltrans workers carry materials to be used as reinforcement of the quake-ravaged Cypress Structures on Interstate 880 Oct. 22, 1989, in San Francisco after a quake erupted Oct. 17, 1989, in San Francisco Bay Area, killing an estimated 273 people and doing $1 billion-worth of damage. (Chris Wilkins/AFP/Getty Images)General view of the Marina district disaster zone after an earthquake, measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale, rocks game three of the World Series between the Oakland A's and San Francisco Giants at Candlestick Park on October 17, 1989 in San Francisco, California. (Otto Greule Jr /Getty Images) General view of the Marina district disaster zone after a 7.1 magnitude earthquake rocks game three of the World Series between the Oakland A’s and San Francisco Giants at Candlestick Park on Oct. 17, 1989 in San Francisco, California. (Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)Cars lie smashed by the collapsed Interstate 5 connector ramp on January 17, 1994 following a 6,6 earthquake that claimed at least 28 lives. (Jonathan Nourok/AFP/GettyImages) Cars lie smashed by the collapsed Interstate 5 connector ramp on Jan. 17, 1994 following a 6.6 magnitude earthquake that claimed at least 28 lives. (Jonathan Nourok/AFP/GettyImages)A for sale sign is posted on the back of an earthquake-damaged car on August 26, 2014 in Napa, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) A for sale sign is posted on the back of an earthquake-damaged car on Aug. 26, 2014 in Napa, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)But the longer the plates push without giving, the greater the pressure build-up in the fault line between themThat pressure has been building for over a century along the northernmost reaches of the San Andreas fault. There hasn’t been an event of magnitude 7 or greater since the San Francisco earthquake of 1906.The Hayward fault, which underlies the highly urbanized East Bay region, hasn’t had a severe tremor since 1868.The situation is even more worrying south of the Bay area.The south-central section of that fault system has not seen major motion since 1857, and the southern end has not released its pressure since 1680.Based on how long the pressures have been building, the Uniform California Earthquake Rupture Forecast was updated.It looks like big quake is certain to come, and it could come any day now. And according to the report, the longer we have to wait, the worse it is likely to be.Although earthquakes are still impossible to predict with pinpoint accuracy, the good news is that our understanding and ability to monitor earthquakes continues to advance and the Pacific Coast now has in place an early warning system.Our the ability to predict their probability has improved thanks to modern global seismographic networks.This helps with the planning of earthquake readiness and resource commitments in the communities at risk to mitigate risks and prevent loss of life in the event of a major quake, Aster explains.But with such a big gap in time between big quakes, community readiness for such disasters poses a more difficult challenge to address.From NTD.tv Aerial view of wrecked cars litter the connector ramp from Interstate 5 to Highway 14 following the Northridge earthquake on Jan. 17, 1994, in Northridge, California. (Carlos Schiebeck/AFP/Getty Images)  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   US News Show Discussion Recommended Video: Timelapse Video Captures ‘Ocean’ of Clouds Over Vancouver, British Columbia ‘The Big One’ is Almost Certain to Hit California by 2045 By Chris Jasurek January 31, 2018 Updated: January 31, 2018 Share this article Sharelast_img read more

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