Security guard denies battering principal

first_imgLANCASTER – A Quartz Hill High School security officer accused of assaulting the principal pleaded not guilty Thursday to felony battery on a school employee. Andrew Santos, 42, surrendered to authorities Tuesday after he was accused of punching and kneeing Quartz Hill Principal Mark Bryant. Santos remained in custody in lieu of $20,000 bail. Bryant was taken to a local hospital where he was treated for multiple injuries, including a broken nose and jaw and a possible dislocated shoulder. The incident occurred when Bryant called Santos to his office to issue a written reprimand for a minor administrative violation, sheriff’s deputies said. 160Want 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

Silva impressed by Yerry Minas performance

first_imgEverton manager Marco Silva is happy with the man-of-the-match performance of Yerry Mina in his first start at Stamford Bridge.Everton signed Yerry Mina signed from Barcelona in August, and he made his Premier League debut as a sub just last weekend due to a foot injury, but he replaced Kurt Zouma and played fulltime.Sky Sports named Mina man of the match as he kept Chelsea’s attack at bay in their goalless draw at Stamford Bridge and Silva was happy with his contribution.“He did everything I expected,” Silva told Sky Sports.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“It was his first official match in maybe three or four months and he showed his quality.“He is very good on the ball and he is a player who will give us quality on the ball. Even without the ball, he did what we planned, our defensive organization and process.“I think he did really well.”last_img read more

Study suggests blue hue for tarantulas not about attracting a mate

first_img Explore further A greenbottle blue tarantula (C. cyaneopubescens) on a branch. Despite its name, saturated, bright green color rarely occurs in tarantulas. Credit: Michael Kern, A look at the critically endangered gooty sapphire ornamental tarantula (P. metallica) from the underside. Metallic blue color can be seen on the femurs. Credit: Michael Kern, © 2015 A look at the critically endangered gooty sapphire ornamental tarantula (P. metallica) from the underside. Metallic blue color can be seen on the femurs. Credit: Michael Kern, A microscopic image of a multilayer nanostructure inside a tarantula’s hair that is responsible for its vibrant blue color. Credit: Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego A microscopic image of a multilayer nanostructure inside a tarantula’s hair that is responsible for its vibrant blue color. Credit: Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego A front view shot of a critically endangered gooty sapphire ornamental tarantula (P. metallica) and its reflection. Credit: Michael Kern, Scientists have known for quite some time that many species of tarantula have parts that are colored blue, but have not been able to figure out why that is. In this latest effort, the researchers sought to find that answer by looking at digital image of 53 genera, focusing on the different hues between species and the location of the coloring. They followed that up by obtaining samples of several species and examined them under a normal microscope and then used reflectance spectroscopy and electron microscopy to get a better look.Their close analysis revealed that the blue hue comes about due to the arrangement of nanocrystals in the hairs that grow on their body, which reflect blue wavelengths of light, though not all the shades in the different species are the same—they are very close. They also found evidence that indicated that the blue color evolved separately at least eight different times in different species, suggesting there must be a strong purpose for it, though they still do not know what it is. They also found that not all species cause blue light to be reflected in the same way, suggesting that it is not related to a different trait such as an ability to repel water. Journal information: Science Advances In addition to having poor eyesight, the researchers report that the tarantulas do not appear to try to use their blue color to capture the attention of a mate, suggesting the purpose is likely for signaling, such as to help with evading predators, or fooling prey. How that might work though, remains a mystery especially when noting that tarantulas are nocturnal—they hunt at night. Despite not solving the riddle of the blue hue, the work by the team did show that the colorations though bright, are not very iridescent, a finding that with more study could lead to wide-angle lenses for phones that are less energy intensive. More information: B.-K. Hsiung et al. Blue reflectance in tarantulas is evolutionarily conserved despite nanostructural diversity, Science Advances (2015). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1500709AbstractSlight shifts in arrangement within biological photonic nanostructures can produce large color differences, and sexual selection often leads to high color diversity in clades with structural colors. We use phylogenetic reconstruction, electron microscopy, spectrophotometry, and optical modeling to show an opposing pattern of nanostructural diversification accompanied by unusual conservation of blue color in tarantulas (Araneae: Theraphosidae). In contrast to other clades, blue coloration in phylogenetically distant tarantulas peaks within a narrow 20-nm region around 450 nm. Both quasi-ordered and multilayer nanostructures found in different tarantulas produce this blue color. Thus, even within monophyletic lineages, tarantulas have evolved strikingly similar blue coloration through divergent mechanisms. The poor color perception and lack of conspicuous display during courtship of tarantulas argue that these colors are not sexually selected. Therefore, our data contrast with sexual selection that typically produces a diverse array of colors with a single structural mechanism by showing that natural selection on structural color in tarantulas resulted in convergence on similar color through diverse structural mechanisms.Press release (—A team of researchers affiliated with the University of Akron and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography has found via lab study that the blue color present in many species of tarantula does not appear to be related to attracting a mate. As they report in their paper published in the journal Science Advances, both genders have limited eyesight and do not appear able to discern the color blue. A critically endangered adult female gooty sapphire ornamental tarantula (P. metallica), native to India. A blue hair is observed under an electron microscope. The hair is symmetric with an array of rod-like, tubular foldings projecting longitudinally on its periphery.  Organized multilayered nanostructures were observed, which produced the bright blue reflection as seen under the microscope. Credit: Tom Patterson [upper]; B.-K. Hsiung, UAkron [lower]; D. Deheyn. UC San Diego (SIO) Image: Pluto’s blue sky Citation: Study suggests blue hue for tarantulas not about attracting a mate (2015, November 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Nepal Opp to hold up constitution drafting via majority votes

first_imgA meeting of the 19-party alliance led by UCPN (Maoist) on Sunday decided to strongly retaliate if the new constitution is bulldozed through majority votes without considering the rights of minorities including the Madhesis.The Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist)-led alliance has accused the ruling parties, Nepali Congress (NC) and CPN- UML, of conspiring to promulgate new constitution on January 22 by mobilising the army, police and government employees. It has also decided to oppose the promulgation of constitution through any such process. Also Read – Pro-Govt supporters rally as Hong Kong’s divisions deepenUCPN (M) Chairman Prachanda proposed the defiance accusing the ruling alliances of trying to adopt the procedural way to draft the constitution without forging consensus among political parties.The political parties have been trying to find common grounds on the key contentious issues such as federalism, judiciary, electoral process and forms of governance in the constitution.They have set January 22 deadline to draft the new constitution. Meanwhile, pro-Hindu Rastriya Prajatantra Party Nepal has demanded to reconvert the country into a Hindu nation. Also Read – Pak Army ‘fully prepared’ to face any challenge: Army spokesmanNepal was declared a secular state through Parliament declaration in 2008 when monarchy was abolished after Maoists came to power.At a function organised here to mark the National Unity Day coinciding with the birth anniversary of late Prithvinarayan Shah, who unified smaller states into a bigger country two and half a century ago, party president Kamal Thapa ruled out the possibility of drafting a new constitution by the stipulated deadline. He said his party will organise protests if the country is not re-converted to a Hindu nation in the new constitution.Former Home Minister Thapa also claimed that national unity and sovereignty of the country have weakened and his party is launching a campaign to strengthen it. Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, attended the function.last_img read more

Man held for sexually abusing street shedog

first_imgKolkata: In a bizarre incident, a person was arrested on charges of sexually abusing a street she-dog inside his residence at Bidhanpally in Patipukur under Lake Town police station area.The person Kamlesh Mahato has been arrested by the police on the basis of a complaint lodged by an NGO that works for animal welfare. According to police sources, one Prantik Chatterjee, a resident of Narayan Roy Road in Barisha under Thakurpukur police station area, who runs an NGO, lodged a written complaint at Lake Town police station regarding this unnatural sexual lust. Also Read – Sowing activities on track with ample rain in S Bengal districtsChatterjee along with some of his friends were passing through Patipukur area at around 9 pm on Sunday night when they found the person luring a street she-dog to his residence. They sniffed something unusual in his act and followed him inside the house.They were surprised to find that he was trying to fulfill his unnatural lust through the animal.He had put a piece of cloth on its mouth to stop her from barking. Kamlesh noticed that Chatterjee and his friends were keeping an eye on him and he somehow managed to flee the spot Also Read – Son-in-law arrested in connection with Garden Reach murder incidentChatterjee and his friends reported the matter to the Lake Town police station, who made arrangements to take the animal to Belgachia Veterinary Hospital.The animal was treated there and the medical test confirmed that she was sexually abused.The police has initiated a case under section 377 (whoever voluntarily has carnal inter­course against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal) and arrested Kamlesh in this collection.The arrested person, who is a daily labour, is married and has kids. They are presently at their hometown in a neighbouring state. The incident reminded of a similar incident that had taken place at Bargram under Shyampur police station in Howrah, where a cow was killed by a person after sexually assaulting it.The person Sujal Maity had stole the cow from one of his neighbour’s farm.He was arrested by the local police after the locals caught him and beat him up for such an act.It may be mentioned that Maity had tried to steal a cow six months back before the incident but his attempt was averted by the locals.last_img read more