May 31, 2021

Centenarians celebrate

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week They both smiled and nodded when the crowd of about 60 well-wishers sang “Las Mananitas,” Mexico’s version of “Happy Birthday.” “I feel like I’m not even 100,” said Larriva. According to the 2000 U.S. Census, Duran and Larriva are among 420 people in Pico Rivera who are older than 85. Julia Estrada, El Rancho’s activity director, said the two centenarians are very active. “They are both active here, Maria Duran especially. She participates in all our activities and always shows up for bingo,” she said. PICO RIVERA — – On her 104th birthday last year, Maria Duran told friends she hoped to live to be 105. She made it. On Friday, she and Maria Larriva, a sprightly 100-year-old, celebrated their birthdays together with friends, family and the staff of the El Rancho Vista HealthCare Center in Pico Rivera, where they live. “I’m happy. Everything about today is exciting,” said Duran, who along with Larriva was decked out in a silver tiara and a rose corsage. The two women dined on a traditional Mexican-style birthday cake, sang along with Michael Sinatra, an entertainer hired for the event, and received proclamations from President Bush, Rep. Grace Napolitano, D-Santa Fe Springs, and state Assemblyman Rudy Bermudez, D-Norwalk. Duran who has lived at El Rancho Vista since 2002, credits her longevity to a vegetarian diet. She also has walked 3 or 4 miles a day for most of her life. Duran grew up in Mexico before moving to El Paso with her sister when she was about 15. She moved to South Los Angeles in 1924, later lived in East Los Angeles, worked as a migrant field hand and had five children. After her husband died in 1986, she lived in her own home until she was 100. Larriva’s said cooking with chili peppers was her secret to a long life. She lived in East Los Angeles until about a year ago, when she started having trouble walking and taking care of herself. Originally from Arizona, Larriva later moved to Downey and then to East Los Angeles, where she lived most of her life. Maria Ruano, one of Larriva’s two surviving children, recalled that her mother worked as a seamstress when Larriva’s five children were young. “I feel very lucky to still have her with us,” said Ruano. — Debbie Pfeiffer Trunnell can be reached at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028, or by e-mail at [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Animal Engineering Is Not Just a Metaphor

first_imgSome evolutionists complain that talk of molecular machines and engineered systems in the living world is a misleading figure of speech.  Why, then, do human engineers seek to reverse-engineer them?Make like a fish:  On open-access paper in PNAS describes attempts to reverse-engineer melanophores, the light-sensitive organs in fish that give them coloration.  So far, the team has used proteins to self-assemble into a melanophore-like structure.  “We believe that self-organization of molecules in microstructures can be a powerful method for assembling functional molecular systems in future nanotechnology,” they said.I dream of hawkmoth with the elegant moves:  “Animals Have Moves Engineering Only Dreams Of,” Susan Reiss writes in Live Science. Robot designers at the University of Washington are carefully studying the nerves and muscles of hawkmoths to just begin to learn how to build actuators for flying robots.   They artificially move flowers and watch how the moths respond.  “The resulting knowledge may help engineers improve the designs of remote, distributed sensors and actuators, biologically-inspired robotics and brain-machine interfaces.”As the worm turns:  Most people may not be aware that roundworms swim.  Robot designers at Texas Tech are watching the tiny lab roundworm C. elegans, though, in hopes of “setting the stage for designing smart soft robots.” Science Daily reported.Even a brown recluse is good for something:  “The silk of a spider feared for its venomous bite could be the key to creating new super-sticky films and wafer-thin electronics and sensors for medical implants that are highly compatible with the human body,” PhysOrg reported.  Researchers at the College of William and Mary are finding its unique silk fibers ideal for studying how they are put together.  Thin-film implantable sensors could come from the research, leving the spider’s fangs outside, of course.Putting antibodies to use:  PhysOrg also reported that researchers in Spain are using biological polymers, like those found in antigens and antibodies, to build structures on the nano scale.  A photo with the article shows the company logo made out of the materials.  Their “molecularly imprinted polymers” are “are synthetic materials with similar functionality to certain biological molecules, such as antigens and antibodies, used as receptors to detect certain molecules, for that reason MIPs are considered as biomimetic materials.” Animals Have Moves Engineering Only Dreams Of(Visited 18 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 In the August 29 issue of Nature, Eleonore Pauwels cautioned readers to “mind the metaphor” and not speak too literally of molecular machines.  Using computing and engineering metaphors in biology too loosely, she felt, could be misleading.  On the October 10 issue of Nature, Brett Calcott only partially agreed.  “Biologists borrow more than words” he opined, adding, “biologists don’t simply borrow words, they take engineering principles — derived from theory and practice — and apply them to biological systems.”  Further, he said,  “We use the same terms because the same formal criteria can be usefully applied to both engineered and evolved systems.”  Indeed, the useful comparisons are widely applicable: “Shared engineering terminology extends beyond biomechanics to molecular and systems biology.”Pauwels just doesn’t want to acknowledge a supreme Engineer.  To do good science, though, don’t have to.  You can just recognize good design and try to imitate it.  The rest of us can laugh at the illogical phrase, “engineered and evolved systems.”last_img read more

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Health Canada confirms Fentanyl in pill seized on New Brunswick First Nation

first_imgThe Canadian PressHealth Canada has confirmed a pill seized on the Esgenoopetitj First Nation in New Brunswick contained fentanyl.RCMP say five Esgenoopetitj residents have been hospitalized since April 10 from suspected overdoses of the drug, a powerful synthetic opioid that has killed hundreds in western Canada but is relatively new to the East Coast.Police are continuing to investigate the April 11 death of a 35-year-old woman on the First Nation, saying an autopsy determined she died of an overdose, although they are still awaiting toxicology results.Her death has fuelled a growing movement on New Brunswick’s First Nations to banish drug dealers.Police say the seized pill is blue, about one centimetre in diameter and inscribed with “Percocet 5.”They say there was one other suspected overdose, but that person did not go to the hospital.In the case of one man, RCMP administered naloxone spray, which appeared to reverse the drug’s [email protected]last_img read more

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Football Signing Day 2017 is one for the record books with five

OSU coach Urban Meyer smiles during his press conference on National Signing Day on Feb. 1, 2017. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Assistant Sports DirectorOhio State coach Urban Meyer has championed recruiting. The Buckeye program has been known for recruiting and receiving commits from the state’s top football talents. Meyer, however, has done that and taken the program to new heights in recruiting across the country. His second-ranked 2017 class is a perfect example with the most out-of-state signees since he joined OSU.Eight of OSU’s nine early-enrollees were available to the media on Wednesday after team workouts. Here are three stories from National Signing Day.Meyer’s best class adds MunfordFive five-star, 14 four-star and two three-star recruits make up what many consider to be Meyer’s greatest recruiting class not just at OSU, but in his entire coaching career. The class had the most five-star signees in Meyer’s time at OSU. Twelve of the 21 new Buckeyes are ranked in the top five of their respective positions. The Buckeyes became richer on Wednesday with the addition of four-star offensive tackle Thayer Munford.The 21 players in the 2017 class are the fewest Meyer has ever had, but there’s reason for celebrating given the talent he brought in from across the nation, including the state of Texas. However, only 33 percent of the class came from the state of Ohio, which is not enough, Meyer said.“50 percent is kind of the mark that I’ve been trying to (meet). I keep it right in front of me and I stare at it and make sure that we’re doing right,” Meyer said. “I’m glad it worked out with Thayer. We had another spot saved if we wanted to go after an Ohio guy and it just didn’t materialize.”There were no surprises for OSU on Signing Day. Munford actually committed to the Buckeyes a couple days before, Meyer said. OSU targets Marvin Wilson and Jay Tufele signed with Florida State and University of Southern California, respectively.Now with 90 players on scholarship, counting sophomore punter Drue Chrisman who paid his own way in 2016, the Buckeyes have to cut down to 85 players by fall camp.Defensive backs readyThe OSU defensive back class is second to none. And that’s a good thing.With the early departures of cornerbacks Gareon Conley, Marshon Lattimore and safety Malik Hooker to the NFL draft, OSU had to replace its three key members in the secondary. However, Meyer is confident that the recruits in the secondary will help immediately.Jeffrey Okudah and Shaun Wade are the top two cornerbacks of the 2017 class and both could see the field immediately. Those two, cornerback Marcus Williamson and safety Isaiah Pryor enrolled early to get a leg up on the open positions.Wade was the Gatorade National Player of the Year. He and Okudah are taller than most cornerbacks in college, both at 6-foot-1, but have a similar size to former OSU cornerbacks Lattimore and Conley, who will all be in the NFL next season.“I know a spot is open,” Okudah said. “It’s all about competition and I know the best two corners will get on that field. It’s just whatever I make of it.”Wade and Okudah are in the running to start alongside junior cornerback Denzel Ward, who will likely have one of the starting positions in 2017. But the No. 1 junior college cornerback signee Kendall Sheffield has already had the college experience at Alabama, which qualifies him for the starting job.Brendon White’s positionOne of the few Ohio players in this class is Brendon White. He doesn’t have a true position right now, but is arguably the most versatile player in the class. His position is designated “athlete,” but he thinks of himself as a receiver.Meyer told White this offseason that the unexpected early departure of wide receiver Noah Brown left a spot for White. He has been playing on both sides of the ball in workouts and said he likes the comparisons of Darron Lee at linebacker and Michael Thomas at receiver.“It definitely helps (being versatile) because it helps coaches know that I can play different positions,” White said. “If I struggle at wide receiver, I can go to linebacker. If I struggle at linebacker, I can go to safety.”On top of that, White has deep ties in his family to OSU and expressed his interest of becoming a captain in his time at OSU. He has started to do that within the freshman class having been with the team during bowl practice.“When they first got here and the first move-in day was Jan. 9, I told them this warm-up they were about to do was going to be hard,” White said. “After the end of the warm-up, they thought that was our workout and so I was like, ‘We got way more than this.’ We’re doing better now.” read more

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Ohio State footballs special teams lays ground work for road upset of

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — While much attention will be given to Daniel “Boom” Herron and the OSU rushing attack after Ohio State’s 17-7 win over No. 16 Illinois, credit also belongs to the Buckeyes’ special teams. Head coach Luke Fickell said after the game that he knew two of the key aspects of the game would be the rushing game and field position. “Obviously, the field position was a big part of special teams,” Fickell said. “When you come here (to Illinois), you know you’re going to get some kind of weather condition.” On the Buckeyes’ first drive of the game, the OSU coaches ordered up a shot at a 43-yard field goal going into the wind, which sophomore kicker Drew Basil converted for his eighth straight field goal this season. “Going into the game, we had a certain distance that we would take a (field goal) shot at,” Fickell said. “It was a little beyond where we said we wanted to take a shot, but we thought with how (the wind) was twisting, we’d take a shot.” Junior punter Ben Buchanan, one of the top punters in the nation, booted another seven punts in the game including a 54-yarder. Buchanan also had two punts that pinned the Illini inside their own 20-yard line. Buchanan leads the Big Ten with 17 punts inside the 20-yard line. In coverage, the Buckeyes allowed just 11 yards per kick return and -1 yards per punt return. Junior defensive lineman John Simon called the OSU special teams “tremendous.” “The punt is the most important play in football,” Simon said. “Our guys take so much pride in special teams. I’ve never been on a team that has so much pride in what they do, and they do a great job for us.” Redshirt junior tight end Jake Stoneburner, the recipient of the only pass completion of the game, said the win was a culmination of a total team effort. “We just needed a full team game; we’ve been lacking that the whole year,” Stoneburner said. “So, for … the special teams to play like they did and for us to come out and score points, that was a great feeling.” OSU (4-3, 1-2) continues Big Ten Leaders Division play against the Wisconsin Badgers (6-0, 2-0) Oct. 29 at 8 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. read more

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Godin on Griezmann future We dont think even he knows

first_imgAtletico Madrid’s Diego Godin believes that Antoine Griezmann has not yet come to a final decision in regards to his future at the clubThe France international has been strongly linked with a move to Barcelona in the summer transfer window and has previously announced that he would like his future to be sorted before the beginning of the World Cup in June, where Griezmann will be hoping to fire Les Bleus to glory for the first time since 1998.However, his Atletico teammate Godin believes that the 27-year-old is still far from making any kind of final decision ahead of their second leg against Arsenal in the Europa League.“Nobody knows, we don’t think even he knows,” said the defender, as reported on Football-Espana.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“We want him to remain for us and stay here for many years. Right now he is under contract and we want him to keep improving here with us.“We love him and he brings an extra dimension to our team, so of course we want to continue like this.“He tells us he is Uruguayan and maybe that there are so many (Uruguayans) here is a factor, because he eats and drinks likes us, and listens to Uruguayan music.”last_img read more

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Mourinhos attitude may be exaggerated for media claims Morrison

first_imgClinton Morrison claims Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho’s current predisposition at United could have been exaggerated for just for media attention.Earlier, Mourinho has demonstrated his frustration on a wide range of things during the club’s pre-season tour of America.Some which are: a lack of transfer activity to some of his squad returning late from the World Cup, calling out players including Antonio Valencia and Anthony Martial for criticism.“He [Mourinho] might be so frustrated with the media but in the changing room he might be saying something totally different to his players,” Morrison told Sky Sports.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“As Lee Grant said, and I know Granty, he would be telling the truth, it looks like from the outside it is not a happy camp but from the inside, it might be a very happy camp.“He’s been very frustrated, Jose Mourinho. Over the last few years, it has gotten worse and worse. He looks like he hardly wants to speak to the media.”last_img read more

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Thierry Henry looking for possibilities at Monaco

first_imgThe French football legend has been signed as the new manager of the poor-form French Ligue 1 club for the 2018-2019 seasonFormer Arsenal and France international footballer Thierry Henry was recently hired by Ligue 1 club Monaco.And the team is not doing so well.Monaco is currently sitting in the 18th position with only six points in nine matches.“You all know results are all that matter, but results are the consequence of what goes before,” he told a news conference as reported by Goal.PSG, Neymar, Ligue 1PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.“I don’t like to use the word ‘win’, but winning only happens if you have worked well.”“As long as there are enough points possible, [finishing in the top three] is possible,” he added.“It’s a long, hard job, but we’ll see what’s possible.”“Then [we have to work on] how to work when with the ball to have numerical superiority over the opposition, while retaining balance when in possession,” he commented.“You also need to be able to be flexible. The opposition may give you something you need to change so you may need to change at half-time. You might need to sit low, you might need to press, you might need two or three on the ball.”last_img read more

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Man forces way onto Campo school bus armed with multiple knives

first_img Updated: 10:12 PM May 25, 2018 Man forces way onto Campo school bus armed with multiple knives 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsCAMPO (KUSI) — Several good Samaritans, including a grandmother, disregarded their own safety Friday when they helped subdue and disarm a knife-waving man who attacked the driver of a bus full of schoolchildren in a rural neighborhood in southeastern San Diego County.The school vehicle was pulling away from a stop in the 900 block of Jeb Stuart Road in Campo when the driver noticed a man running toward it about 8:30 a.m., according to sheriff’s officials.Believing the approaching pedestrian was a parent trying to stop the bus for a child who had missed it, the driver pulled to a halt and opened the front door of the coach, Sgt. William Uelen said.The man — believed to be under the influence of some sort of drug — then began to board the vehicle, which was full of Campo Elementary School students, prompting the driver to inform him that he was not allowed to do so.When the intruder refused to halt, the driver tried to physically block him from getting into the passenger area, Uelen said.Seeing the two men grappling with each other, a grandmother of one of the students hurried aboard to try to help the driver. As the struggle between the three escalated, the assailant pulled a knife, Uelen said.At that point, a second bystander entered the bus and intervened. Following a scuffle, he was able to pry the weapon away from the intruder and pull him off the bus.An older student, meanwhile, ushered the other children to the back of the vehicle, called out for help to some parents who were still nearby and helped the young pupils get out of the bus via a back door and rear windows.Arriving deputies arrested the suspect, later identified as 36-year-old Matthew Douglas Barker of Campo, without further incident. No injuries were reported.Preliminary evidence indicated that “drugs were a factor in this incident,” the sergeant said.A man who identified himself as Barker’s father told 10News the suspect had been hallucinating and behaving in a paranoid manner, and possibly was under the influence of a controlled substance.Barker was booked into San Diego Central Jail on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon on a transportation worker or passenger. He was being held on $30,000 bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Wednesday afternoon. , Posted: May 25, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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