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Serie A: Juventus Looks Set to Clinch Scudetto

first_imgThe round 32 of the 2018/19 Serie A season could see Juventus clinch their eighth consecutive Scudetto, with the ‘Old Lady’ in action in the first match on Saturday afternoon.DStv has promised to broadcast all the action from Italy’s top flight. Juve heads to the Stadio Paolo Mazza to face SPAL at 2:00 pm WAT and need only avoid defeat to secure top spot and yet another Serie A title.It will be a deserved triumph for Massimiliano Allegri’s men and the earliest (with six games to spare) any side has won the title in a 20-team Serie A season.With Napoli’s hopes of catching Juve effectively over after their 1-1 draw at home to Genoa, their focus must turn to ensure they remain in the second spot ahead of Internazionale (who are seven points adrift).The Neapolitans are away to Chievo at the Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi, while the Nerazzurri take on Frosinone at the Stadio Benito Stirpe.The race for fourth place and the final UEFA Champions League berth is now of huge interest, with Atlanta, Milan, Roma, Lazio and Torino in positions four through eight and covered by just three points. The key game in this regard sees Milan host Lazio at the San Siro on Saturday night.The Rossoneri have failed to win any of their last four league matches to see the pressure piling up on Manager Gennaro Gattuso, who reportedly may leave the team even if he leads them to Champions League qualification.Another of the notable games this coming weekend is the clash between Sampdoria and Genoa from Stadio Communale Luigi Ferrraris, the famous ‘Derby della Lanterna’. While Samp are in mid-table and set to enjoy a relatively comfortable path to the end of the campaign, Genoa are just seven points above the drop zone and cannot assume that their Serie A status is secure.In addition, the match provides the opportunity for veteran striker Fabio Quagliarella to try and add to his 21 goals and beat out competition from Milan’s Krzysztof Piatek (also on 21 strikes for the season) in the race for Italy’s ‘Golden Boot’Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Jamaica wants transnational crime among others to be confronted in 2019

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – Jamaica says transnational organized crime as well as the high rates of crime and violence, human trafficking are among some of the challenges that must be confronted by the Caribbean this year.National Security Minister Dr. Horace Change, quoting Dr. R. Evan Ellis, a research professor of Latin American Studies at the U.S. Army War College Strategic Studies Institute, said the security environment of the region is shaped by three persistent, interdependent, albeit evolving, challenges – climate, migration and criminal flows.Strategic focus “It is, therefore, fitting that we will commence 2019 with a strategic focus on the defense and security threats impacting the region,” Chang told a seminar being organized by the US-based William J Perry Centre for Hemispheric Defense and the Jamaica Defense Force.Demands persistent attentionHe told the seminar, which ends on Thursday that in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean Community (CARICOM) region, the security threats that are unique to small island states demand the persistent attention of policymakers.Chang said that the seminar is a demonstration of the JDF’s commitment to developing sustainable solutions to long-standing and emerging problems impacting Jamaica and the wider Caribbean region.Numerous security and defense challenges He told the delegates that the seminar could not be more timely, as the Americas is currently facing numerous security and defense challenges and that this exchange of perspectives and experiences will allow persons to contemplate new policies and approaches to achieve safety and security at the national, regional and international levels.The National Security Minister said that security does not exist in a vacuum, as insecurity and instability in one country can have significant implications for citizens in countries thousands of miles away.Delegates to the seminar will discuss a number of issues including national security and defense, transnational threats and organized crime and evolving and future trends.“I am confident that the seminar participants, who represent a wide cross section of ministries, departments and agencies, are all keen to engage in the diverse, interesting and relevant subject matters,” Chang said.“The varied perspectives that will be brought out in your discussions can only enrich the understanding and provide new insights that will enable us to eradicate crime and violence from the Jamaican society,” he added.last_img read more

Donegal presenter finds herself on a Junior Cert paper!

first_imgTV personality Caitlín Nic Aoidh got a pleasant surprise yesterday when she discovered that she was featured on the Junior Cert Irish paper.The Cloughaneely native is well-known as the TG4 weather presenter and host of other shows, but she couldn’t forecast being a star of the Higher Level Gaeilge exam!Doiligh a chreidiúint nuair a bhí mé féin ag déanamh an teastas sóisearach fada an lá ó shin, go mbéinn fhéin ar an pháipéar lá breá eicint! #JuniorCert @TG4TV @ptccf #LeavingCert2019 pic.twitter.com/bERyQ7fuOe— Caitlín Nic Aoidh (@CaitlinNicAoidh) June 6, 2019 Caitlín was featured in a magazine-style profile on her life and career. Students were asked to read the story and answer questions. The article explored Caitlín’s role promoting the Irish language during Seachtain na Gaeilge 2018 and her new appointment as the Irish language ambassador for Cloich Chionnaola.Sharing her surprise on Instagram, Caitlín wrote: “Doiligh a chreidiúint nuair a bhí mé féin ag déanamh an teastas sóisearach fada an lá ó shin go mbéinn fhéin ar an pháipéar lá breá eicint!”“Hard to believe when I was sitting the Junior Cert many moons ago that I’d be on the paper myself one day. Hope everyone sitting it got 100% in that section.”  Donegal presenter finds herself on a Junior Cert paper! was last modified: June 6th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Caitlín Nic Aoidhlast_img read more

New Camera Imitates Eyeball

first_imgScientists at the University of Illinois and Northwestern University have succeeded in manufacturing stretchable optical electronic sensors on curved surfaces.  This will open up a whole new world of new imaging products – inventions that imitate the human eyeball.  The team said this about the eyeball in their paper in Nature:1 The human eye is a remarkable imaging device, with many attractive design features.  Prominent among these is a hemispherical detector geometry, similar to that found in many other biological systems, that enables a wide field of view and low aberrations with simple, few-component imaging optics.  This type of configuration is extremely difficult to achieve using established optoelectronics technologies, owing to the intrinsically planar nature of the patterning, deposition, etching, materials growth and doping methods that exist for fabricating such systems.  Here we report strategies that avoid these limitations, and implement them to yield high-performance, hemispherical electronic eye cameras based on single-crystalline silicon…. In a general sense, these methods, taken together with our theoretical analyses of their associated mechanics, provide practical routes for integrating well-developed planar device technologies onto the surfaces of complex curvilinear objects, suitable for diverse applications that cannot be addressed by conventional means.Commenting on this new technology in the same issue of Nature,2 Takao Someya (U of Tokyo) remarked that flat-field imagers used up till now suffer from distortion and non-uniform brightness.  He said that the new breakthrough came because the researchers “have drawn inspiration from animals’ eyes and have succeeded in eliminating these fundamental limitations of conventional artificial-vision systems.”  What can we expect from this invention?  Compact health-monitoring devices, ultra-compact cameras with less distortion, adaptive focusing mechanisms, and more gadgets for industry and the home – maybe high-resolution, bright cell-phone cameras, for instance.    Someya even foresees using the technology to imitate insects’ compound eyes “with exceptional dynamic visual acuity” and fish eyes “that have a 360° field of view.”  It’s an exceptional advance in optical engineering, he said.  Where did it come from?  “These and other types of biologically inspired device should become feasible given the advances in optical engineering made possible by the advent of geometrically transformable and stretchable-compressible electronics and optoelectronics” – something animals, insects and fish have had all along.    The UK Telegraph said this invention “heralds a cyborg revolution.”  Reporter Roger Highfield quoted team member John Rogers of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  “We believe that some of the most compelling areas of future application involve the intimate, conformal integration of electronics with the human body, in ways that are inconceivable using established technologies,” he said.  “This approach allows us to put electronics in places where we couldn’t before.  We can now, for the first time, move device design beyond the flatland constraints of conventional systems.”  See also the Science Daily report.1.  Rogers, Ko et al, “A hemispherical electronic eye camera based on compressible silicon optoelectronics,” Nature 454, 748-753 (7 August 2008) | doi:10.1038/nature07113.2.  Takao Someya, “Optics: Electronic eyeballs,” Nature 454, 703-704 (7 August 2008) | doi:10.1038/454703a.How much did this discovery owe to the theory of evolution?  Zip.  The word was absent in all the papers and articles about it.  How much did it depend on intelligent design (i.e., reverse-engineering a contrivance with “attractive design features”)?  That was the whole point.    Now, if they can get their silicon eyes to work for 90 years, clean themselves, repair themselves, focus themselves, adjust themselves, point themselves, automatically process images, automatically concentrate on useful information, perform at 126 megapixel resolution with motion imaging and reproduce themselves, they will begin to approach the engineering your Creator installed in your eye sockets.  Let’s give credit where it’s due.  Speaking of long-lasting performance, Methuselah’s eyes apparently lasted 969 years.Footnote:  The prior week, Nature allowed the foul-mouthed, profane blooter for evolution, PZ Myers, to rant about the “scourge of creationism” in his review of a pro-evolution book by Ken Miller (07/31/2008 issue.)  Having eyes, they see not.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Drought SA: the gateway to managing water scarcity

first_imgThe South African Water Research Commission has launched a website that teaches people about being water wise. One of the messages is that this includes taking action to solve any water problems, as well as respecting water and all life. You can also work out your water footprint. Five provinces in South Africa have been declared drought disaster areas, prompting experts to urge people to become water wise and to use water carefully. The message is don’t waste water. (Image: Brand South Africa) Melissa Javan“Your knowledge gateway to managing water scarcity in times of drought” – this is the slogan of the Drought South Africa website, launched recently by the Water Research Commission (WRC).The WRC, which was established in terms of the Water Research Act following a serious water shortage in 1971, launched the Drought SA site in collaboration with a series of dialogues. The focus of the dialogues will be whether the country is prepared for recurring drought and what its mitigation and coping strategies are. Discussions will include the knowledge gaps in drought preparedness and what the country should do to bridge knowledge and practice.The site includes tips on how to save water. Users can discover their water footprint, learn how to fix leaks, and equip themselves to be water wise at home. Drought SA also allows users to check dam levels, rainfall data, and water restrictions in each province.Five provinces have been declared drought disaster areas, according to news agency News24. The drought has affected 2.7 million households in the country, or 18% of South Africa.Watch everything you need to know about South Africa’s water crisis:Drought SADrought SA is a unique online drought portal, explains the government. It gives users useful information about the current drought and links to various other drought-related websites. It will be an ongoing project and will be continuously populated with fresh research and knowledge that will empower users.  This graphic shows where water comes from. (Image: Water Wise)According to Water Wise, water is freely available from the natural water cycle. However, because water in South Africa is a scarce resource – and often a polluted resource– many systems need to be put into place so that we receive enough clean healthy water, i.e. dams, water transfer schemes, water purification stations, reservoirs, pipelines, et cetera.Water Wise is Rand Water’s environmental brand. It is a campaign aimed at increasing awareness of the need to value water and to use it wisely. Rand Water, the largest water utility in Africa, supplies potable water to Gauteng and other areas of the country.“These systems cost large amounts of money and this is why we have to pay for water,” says Water Wise. “At the moment you pay between R4 and R16 for 1 000 litres for tap water, which is very cheap compared to your grocery items.“If we continue to waste and pollute water then that cost will drastically increase. More dams and water transfer schemes will have to be built, and further technology will have to be included in Rand Water’s purification process, or further infrastructure built, to clean polluted water.“That is why it is so important for people to change their attitude towards water, treat it with respect and use it wisely.”Learn more about fixing leaking taps, toilets or meters and mains here.Find out more about water restrictions in your province here.Learn what your water footprint is here.For more information on how to save water at your home read more here.last_img read more

Architect Turned Master Marketer Writes a Book

first_imgOn finding time, being remarkable, finding your passion, and being generousTraditional marketing was mostly local, consisting of advertising, networking, and events. Most small businesses can’t afford traditional national marketing, but proper use of new media can provide national and international reach for little or no cost. It now takes mostly time and creativity. On the subject of time, Mouzon suggests that while in the past, businesses dedicated a percentage of their budget to marketing — he suggests 10% — we should instead devote 10% of our time to new media since there are few if any costs involved.Mouzon suggests that there are too many people who work to be faster, better, and cheaper than their competition. We need to focus instead on being remarkable, to differentiate ourselves from the competition. This used to be done with traditional marketing and advertising, but it can be done as well, or better, and for less money, using new media. Bloggers who position themselves properly are often very quickly viewed as experts in their field.Finding your passion is critical to creating your image. Find a cause that inspires you and work on it. Mouzon found New Urbanism and turned it into his passion and a new career as a speaker and writer to augment his architectural practice. He discusses his involvement with the New Urban Guild and how it furthered his career.My personal passion is green building, which evolved from my remodeling business, eventually supplanting it. Both of us invested time and energy into learning about our new passions until they became our businesses. Similar opportunities are out there for everyone to take advantage of.Mouzon distributes his ideas and images generously, and suggests that generosity is important. Be free with your time, ideas, and knowledge. People will appreciate it, particularly when times are tough. Nuggets of your ideas, the things you use frequently, can be incredibly useful to others, more so than unique, special conditions that are unlikely to arise for others. Sharing your ideas will expand your reputation. Rethinking marketingMouzon has developed several theories on how designers and architects should market and manage their images, focused almost entirely on web-based new media platforms.The book presents several theories on why we need to market differently and how to do it. I agree with his theory that many traditional marketing methods, or “old media,” are ineffective. Much typical web-based marketing focuses on selling lots of little things quickly, but designers, builders, and affiliated professionals sell services and big things which requires a different approach from both traditional marketing methods and common internet techniques. Slick messages can be considered inauthentic. Having a real, rather than a corporate, voice is more appealing to consumers. Marketing is no longer a one-way process; it is much more interactive, and we need to learn how to manage these new methods.The recession caused a lot of downsizing of businesses and budgets, particularly marketing budgets, and we are now fortunate to have many low- and no-cost tools to market ourselves, thanks to new media. Blogging and micro-bloggingMouzon has been perfecting his marketing methods over several years, and he shares them openly, including specific programs he uses. At times the amount of information can be a bit overwhelming, particularly when considering the time and energy it would take to do everything he does. Readers, particularly those who are not active in new media, could pick and choose a few strategies to get started. For many it is probably better to sip a little at a time rather than try to drink from this firehose of a book. As dense as this book is with information, it is a quick read, and with companion websites and embedded links, it is well suited to the short attention span of the industry and society.Specific techniques he describes in great detail includebBlogging and micro-blogging, websites, public speaking, idea cards (a sort of business card), e-mail, images, publishing, communities, and video.He shares his very specific techniques openly, providing details on how he created and manages his many media outlets. I was pleased to find that I already incorporate many of his ideas into my marketing strategy, as many readers may be doing as well. Architect, urbanist, and new media guru Steve Mouzon’s latest book, New Media for Designers and Builders, is a how-to manual for business owners who want to use social media and other marketing methods to promote themselves for fun and profit. It is truly a 21st-century book, since it is available in PDF and iPad formats, and since much of the content is published on separate websites accessed through embedded links.One of his previous books, The Original Green, is a traditional print book, well written and filled with beautiful photographs outlining his theories on design, construction, and urban planning. I liked many of his theories, and excerpted a section in my textbook.center_img A game of enduranceAll marketing takes time, and using new media is no exception. Using the web to market yourself is a game of endurance. When you first start writing, you will have few readers, but if you stick with it, over time, your reach will expand, and if done properly, you can create your own brand and reputation for little more than an investment of your time.In the Getting Started section, Mouzon offers a two-week program to get started in new media, providing a useful outline of channels to use in creating your online image. His outline assumes that readers can all write, setup blogs, websites, and shoot video. While I accept that none of these are that difficult, many people may become semi-paralyzed just considering all the effort they involve. I say, do as much as you can, as often as you can, and track your results. RELATED ARTICLES Home Builder Tips for Increasing Web Site TrafficSocial Media Networking CrazeElements of Successful Websites Stay Connected With Your Customers Update Your Website Embrace TechnologyMarketing High-Performance HomesIf Only Green Homes Could Be Sold Like Breakfast Cereal Tips and tricks galoreThe book is packed with tips on how to use just about any new media platform – a quick skim through can provide dozens of ideas to consider. I am familiar with many of these, including embedding live links and requesting back links from other websites, writing about your passion, and making it easy for people to share your posts through Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and other platforms.One quip that I found amusing and fairly accurate: If Facebook is a barbecue, then Linked In is a Rotary meeting.Many high and low profile new media personalities are profiled, including Prince Charles, and my friend Geoff Graham of GuildQuality. I have to admit that I am shattered that he did not include me in this section. Maybe I’ll make the next edition.I found this book to be a solid, straightforward guide for using new media. It reads sort of like a website – short sections with links for additional information. While it is mostly focused on architects and designers, the information can easily be applied to many other allied professions. If you accomplish just a small portion of what he suggests, you should expand your reach, improve your reputation, and, most likely grow your business.last_img read more

Inventor believed to have died after becoming trapped in freezer at Braves stadium

first_imgAn inventor who was at the Atlanta Braves’ stadium to install new beer technology is believed to have died after becoming trapped in a freezer, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.Cobb County police said the body found before Tuesday’s game between the Braves and Cincinnati Reds was that of 48-year-old Todd Keeling of White Bear Lake, Minnesota. A spokeswoman said an autopsy would be performed on Wednesday in an effort to determine the cause of death. Police said they have no reason to suspect foul play. The AJC reported that Keeling is the inventor of Draftwell, a technology that was expected to cut down pour times from beer taps at SunTrust Park. The AJC spoke with Keeling’s aunt, Fran Kuchta, who told the newspaper that police believed Keeling got stuck in the freezer and could not get out.Keeling had been working on his technology since college. “He worked hard to do this,” said Kuchta. “I’m sure things would have gone on further.” According to Kuchta, Keeling’s teenage sons helped him install the system at SunTrust Park but left a few days ago. Keeling was there to finish up the installation. The game between the Braves and Reds went on as scheduled on Tuesday after the body was found at 3.30pm local time. US sports Support The Guardian Atlanta Braves Share on Messenger Baseball MLB Since you’re here… Share on Pinterest … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Atlanta Reuse this content Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Topics newslast_img read more

17 days agoIreland coach McCarthy: Keane tipped me off about Brighton striker Connolly

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first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ireland coach McCarthy: Keane tipped me off about Brighton striker Connollyby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveIrish legend Robbie Keane gave Aaron Connolly a glowing reference to Mick McCarthy after his two-goal performance in Brighton’s win over Spurs.Keane was in the crowd at the AMEX and was mightily impressed by the 19-year-old, who McCarthy called-up to the latest Republic of Ireland squad.McCarthy said today: “I didn’t see it at the time but I’ve seen it since. Robbie was watching it.”It was excellent. His goals were both very good. People talk about his second one. I thought his first one was brilliant, because his movement was good.”He got across the defender and then, having had it saved, he had the presence of mind, he didn’t just have a little dig at it and run off, he spun and put it in the net.”I saw him against Armenia (under-21s) and I was really impressed. He really has some personality on the pitch, he plays with real personality.” last_img read more

Jim Harbaugh Got Drew Brees To Stop By His Daughter’s Career Day Wednesday Morning

first_imgJim Harbaugh looks on from the sidelines.TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 1: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines looks on from the sidelines during the second quarter of the Outback Bowl NCAA college football game against the South Carolina Gamecocks on January 1, 2018 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)As a child, I don’t remember ever being that enthralled about Career Day – even though it meant the cancellation of normal classes. But if Michigan’s head coach had shown up to talk college football, perhaps I’d have a different opinion.Wednesday morning, Harbaugh attended his daughter Addison’s Career Day, and brought along a friend. Harbaugh was able to get New Orleans Saints star quarterback Drew Brees to stop by too – presumably to talk about the art of being a professional signal-caller.It looks like the kids all received Michigan hats as well. Pretty cool.Thanks to @drewbrees for stopping by my daughter Addie’s Career Day this morning. pic.twitter.com/tPVPd8NEI5— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) April 13, 2016Perhaps a future Wolverines star is in the bunch.last_img read more

Indigenous studies now mandatory in southern Ontario schools

first_imgAnnette FrancisAPTN NewsStudents in southern Ontario will soon be studying the works of authors like Thomas King, Drew Hayden Taylor, and Thomson Highway.That’s because Indigenous voices are now mandatory in 13 high schools in southern Ontario.The move by the Ontario government is seen as an act of reconciliation.Métis teach Marilyn Robitaille has been teaching English for the past 15 years.Now she gets to include Métis culture in the curriculum.“Actually it’s a dream come true for me being able to share some of the personal aspects of my life with students in a way that is meaningful,” Robitaille said.“And lets them connect to me and connect to the texts and have the authentic voice I think that’s real.”It’s all part of the contemporary Indigenous voices course, now a mandatory English credit for all grade 11 high school students in the Kawartha Pine ridge District School Board.It’s only the fourth school board in Ontario to make the course mandatory.Teachers have been provided with new teaching resources and have received cultural competency training.The Indigenous education consultant says it’s an exciting time and a lot of work“The curriculum component is there and that’s all we’re asking our teachers to cover,” said Dean Smith, Indigenous education consultant.“They’re not being asked to bring in anything cultural and that’s where the community and the authentic voice has to come in.”Three weeks into the school year, 15 year old Emily Mrozowski said the change is good.“I really like history so we’re learning about treaties and I find that interesting,” she said.“But I also find it cool how everything like the medicine wheel for example it’s a cycle I don’t know I just find it interesting how it relates to everything.”The Kawartha board serves students from three First Nations.As an Indigenous education consultant with the school board, Marjolaine Lapointes supports teachers implementing Indigenous education.She says, it’s a significant move to reconciliation.“I think of all of the Indigenous students that we have here in the board are now going to be able to see themselves reflected in the curriculum and they’re going to be able to engage with their realities in the course that they’re taking,” she said.“And I think also of all of the all of our non indigenous students who are seeing these truths right, so we talk about truth and reconciliation where they’re going to be able to access all of these authentic voices for their own learning.”Lapointe said she would like to see Indigenous content included in all grades, starting in kindergarten“We’ve really talked about the culture that they’re going to be reading about and learning about and it’s giving them the background knowledge,” she said.“So when they read a novel and it talks about an animal as a symbol for example they understand importance of symbol and what that means in a culture they don’t necessarily already know.”[email protected]@aptnafrancislast_img read more