Montego Bay United striker Gordon faces three-week layoff

first_imgWESTERN BUREAU:Montego Bay United (MBU) FC not only lost their chance of advancing to the next round in the CFU’s Caribbean Club Championship by losing 1-0 to Trinidad and Tobago’s Central FC on Sunday night, they also may lose the services of red-hot striker Owayne ‘Turtle’ Gordon for at least three weeks.Midfielder Darren Mitchell’s 87th-minute strike was the decisive factor as MBU ended with 10 men after the sending off of centre back Winston Wilkinson for a second bookable offence.DECIDING GAMEBoth teams had beaten the other group contender, Cayman Islands’ Scholars FC, and their Sunday night clash was the decider. Central FC had won 6-0 over Scholars, while MBU had won 4-0.Gordon was replaced in the first half after he was accidentally poked in the left eye by a Central FC defender.”We took him to see an ophthalmologist and the diagnosis is that he suffered what they say is a laceration of the eyeball, meaning that he was scraped in the eye, most likely from a fingernail,” said Sandra Christie, the club’s chief operating officer.The injury could keep the player off the field for close to a month and comes at a most inappropriate time for both player and club.MoBay United are currently leading the Red Stripe Premier League with 55 points, one more than Portmore United, who drew 2-2 away to FC Reno in their Sunday fixture. But the Montego Bay club has played one game less, while boasting a league-leading 45 goals.Gordon, for his part, has been in sensational form, racking up seven goals in his last three outings for the club, including back-to-back braces in the Premier League before exploding for a hat-trick against Scholars FC of Cayman in last Wednesday’s opening Group Three match in the Club Championship.He has also become the focal point in attack for MoBay United in the absence of Dino Williams, who inked a season-long deal to play football in the United States.”Gordon’s injury does not sit well with the club. In fact, we are totally unhappy with the officiating in this match,” said Christie, adding that Cuban referee Marcos Despaign was not of a quality befitting such levels.”The referee, it would seem, never had an angle on the game. How can a player be seriously injured in the eye and you telling him to get up and play?” she questioned.last_img read more

Leaf Vein Patterns Are Not in Vain

first_imgThe vein patterns in a leaf approach perfection.  If the requirement is to reach every cell with the shortest and most efficient paths, leaves do it just right.  A team of scientists at Cornell, “inspired by plant leaves,” tried to build a network in a polymer substrate that would maximize distribution of fluid with evaporation-driven flow.  Their “biomimetic leaf” couldn’t improve on the real thing.  Read all about it in PNAS.1    Next, they think the “design principles” they uncovered will be useful for inventors.  “These scaling relations for evaporatively driven flow through simple networks reveal basic design principles for the engineering of evaporation�permeation-driven devices, and highlight the role of physical constraints on the biological design of leaves.”1.  Noblin et al, “Optimal vein density in artificial and real leaves,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, published online before print July 1, 2008, doi: 10.1073/pnas.0709194105.Don’t you creationists try to latch onto this story now.  They said, “The long evolution of vascular plants has resulted in a tremendous variety of natural networks responsible for the evaporatively driven transport of water.”  So clearly they believe in evolution.  This is merely an adaptation.  Natural selection is up to the task.  That’s what natural selection does: adapts things to their environment.  It searches through all possibilities and finds the optimum solutions to nature’s engineering problems.  It tinkers with things until it gets them right.  Evolution has millions of years to work its magic.  Given enough time, anything is possible, even things that look like miracles.  Evolution is smart.  Evolution is like… well, a god.  Believe!(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Is the SABC promoting social cohesion?

first_imgThe SABC’s role in promoting social cohesion and non-racialism was explored at a seminar in Johannesburg.Bessie Tugwana, acting chief operating officer at the SABC, speaks at a seminar exploring the public broadcaster’s role. (Image: Priya Pitamber)Priya PitamberThe South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) was there to serve its people, said the acting chief operating officer, Bessie Tugwana. This was one of the messages that came out of a seminar on the SABC’s Role in Promoting Social Cohesion.The event was hosted by the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation and the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism. Alongside Tugwana, other panellists included Emeritus Professor Pieter Fourie, a research fellow in the department of communication science at the University of South Africa, and Dr Caryn Abrahams from the Wits School of Governance.Sound policyFourie opened the discussion by commending the Broadcasting Act of the 1990s. “These policies were state of the art, especially coming out of apartheid,” he said.The seminar took place in Johannesburg on 29 August.If the SABC would stick to its policy, said Fourie, there should not be any problems. He described the current issues facing the broadcaster as systematic and structural, referring to the SABC’s financial situation and leadership crisis.But he said the broadcaster was doing a good job of promoting non-racialism and upholding journalistic professionalism. “I can still tune in to a news bulletin every night on TV, and radio shows.”Fourie: As a user of the SABC despite issues, still doing good. #ReportingRace— Kathrada Foundation (@KathradaFound) August 29, 2017However, the SABC needed to justify its privileged position and adapt to a new media environment, he said. “Network communication is about interactivity, and it plays a bigger role. The SABC needs to take that into consideration.”In agreementAbrahams agreed that the broadcaster helped to build a cohesive society and promote a national identity.– @carynabe says SABC does create a sense of social cohesion, based on govt definition of social cohesion. #ReportingRace— Kathrada Foundation (@KathradaFound) August 29, 2017“The SABC has done well in terms of language inclusion,” she said, using the example of Takalane Sesame.– @carynabe – in terms of programming, esp language inclusion, SABC does quite well. #ReportingRace— Kathrada Foundation (@KathradaFound) August 29, 2017Showing the audience an SABC advertisement from the 1990s, where the script was flipped between black and white people in South Africa, she said the SABC provided South Africans with a platform to discuss race.See the ad:Tugwana admitted that the SABC was not where it wanted to be, but pointed out that public broadcasting was essential. “[It] has to be the eyes and ears of the nation. Public broadcasting has to reflect what is, and not change it. That is the challenge.”South Africa’s democracy still needed to be nurtured because it was so young. “Therein lies the role of the public broadcaster.”Responding to Fourie’s comment about the new media environment, she said the organisation was looking into how it could enhance what was already done, even in the social media space.The SABC was also about promoting languages, she said, picking up on comments from Abrahams.“We see languages being eroded, but a language is an integral part of your being. When you lose it, you lose your essence.“When you talk in your language, you are more confident and you are free to engage in dialogue.”Accountability and credibilityTugwana said the public broadcaster had a calling, a unique role, but agreed that it had lost credibility. “We started to rebuild it through engagement. The SABC is currently engaging the nation on the review of its editorial policies.“We at the SABC need to earn the respect of the nation.”Tugwana – we (SABC) need to go back to people to ask them what they want to hear and see. #ReportingRace— Kathrada Foundation (@KathradaFound) August 29, 2017Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Donation launches Ohio State study of natural gas pipelines’ impact on farm soil

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A study of how natural gas pipeline installations affect Ohio cropland productivity will begin this fall, funded by a $200,000 gift from Kinder Morgan, Inc. to The Ohio State University.The study, to be overseen by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, focuses on soil disturbance caused by statewide pipeline installations.Kinder Morgan’s gift allows the college to begin identifying and sampling soil from farmer fields this fall, said Steve Culman, soil fertility specialist with Ohio State University Extension and project leader.Over the course of three years, the college will survey and take samples from 50 fields statewide, predominantly in rural areas. Samples will be taken before and after pipeline installation.“Now we can move forward,” Culman said. “We’re very appreciative of the leadership that Kinder Morgan is providing here. This operation will affect a lot of acres, nationally and locally within the state of Ohio. A lot of landowners are being affected by this. They are genuinely interested in understanding it.”This study is of particular interest to Kinder Morgan, the Houston-based corporation which owns or operates 84,000 pipelines and is the largest energy infrastructure company in North America.“Kinder Morgan takes great pride in restoring agriculture properties to their full production yields following the construction of a pipeline,” said Allen Fore, Kinder Morgan’s vice president of public affairs. “We have a long history operating in Ohio and we continue to demonstrate a strong commitment to working collaboratively with landowners.“This study will examine the effectiveness of our best practices to determine what restoration alternatives, if any, our company and industry should follow.”In addition, the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation has offered to provide assistance to the project, Executive Vice President Jack Fisher said.“The study is important to Ohio farmers because of its review of the effects of pipeline construction on Ohio farmland productivity,” Fisher said.The donation counts toward the $2.5-billion But for Ohio State campaign, of which CFAES has a $150 million goal. One important portion of that campaign is a $38 million objective to Embolden the Research Agenda. The college has eclipsed that $38 million goal, having raised $64 million towards it.More information about this gift and others to the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences can be found at cfaes.osu.edu/development.Information about the pipeline and soils research can be found at go.osu.edu/pipelineresearch.last_img read more

Videocon launches new serries of feature phones starting 1,299

first_imgBullish on the mobile phone ecosystem, Videocon has launched four new feature phones. The line-up includes V-Style Mega, V-Style Curve, V-Style Flip and V-Style Mini. Other than this the company has also launched V-Smart, a low budget smartphone, that will run on Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread OS. This move is suggestive of company’s efforts to compete with Intex and Spice, which recently announced Firefox smartphones, at a price comparable to a feature phone.Priced at Rs 2,950, the new V-Smart features a 3.5 inch 320X480p HVGA display and 1 GHz processor packed with 1300 mAh battery. It sports dual SIM connectivity, Wi-Fi, GPRS, EDGE and Bluetooth.  The device is equipped with 128MB RAM and 256 MB internal storage that which is expandable to up to 16 GB with a microSD card. The device also sports a 1.3 MP rear camera. V-Style Mini comes with a price tag of Rs 1,299. It features a QVGA resolution 2 inch screen, a VGA camera, memory expandable to up to 16 GB, packed with a 1000 mAh battery. The device also offers standard features including Radio, Bluetooth and GPRS connectivity. Both V-Style Flip and V-Style Curve are priced at Rs 1749. In terms of features, both mirror each other in most of the departments. Both feature 2.4 inch QVGA panel, 1.3 MP rear camera, GPRS and Radio connectivity. As suggested by the name Style Flip comes with a flip cover and its memory can be expanded to up to 16 GB only while Style Curve’s memory can be expanded to as much as 32 GB.Style Mega from the series sports a 3 inch display, 1.3 MP, GPRS, Bluetooth and Radio connectivity packed with a 1000 mAh battery. The device bears a price tag of Rs 1,999.advertisementlast_img read more

Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma Delhi reception: Suresh Raina, Shikhar Dhawan attend glittering event. See photos

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Tearful Ronaldo picks himself up for Juve trip to Frosinone

first_imgMilan, Sept 21 (AFP) Cristiano Ronaldo picks himself up and gets back to business in Serie A against promoted Frosinone on Sunday after his return to Spain in the Champions League ended in a tearful sending off against Valencia. The former Real Madrid star collapsed dramatically on the pitch after being handed a controversial red card just days after his first goals for Juventus saw the champions keep their 100 percent record to pull three points clear at the top of the Serie A table. Juventus beat Valencia anyway thanks to two Miralem Pjanic penalties.And after securing a winning start to the European campaign which is their focus this season, the Turin giants look to keep their quest for an eighth straight domestic title on track with a trip to Frosinone. Coach Massimiliano Allegri is confident that Ronaldo, 33, will be back to business against a side from outside Rome who are second from bottom of the league with one point. “He was upset and he needs time to calm down. He needs to rise above it and focus on Sunday, even if these things leave a bitter taste in the mouth,” said the coach. The champions will be without German midfielder Sami Khedira who suffered a thigh muscle injury in Spain. Douglas Costa also suffered an adductor injury, but the Brazilian would have missed Sunday’s league game as he sits out a four-match ban for spitting last weekend. “He’s picked up an adductor injury from virtually his first sprint,” said Allegri.advertisement “Unfortunately I was expecting this because the last few days have been draining for him mentally. “When these things happen, the risk of injury is very high. It was a tactical decision that he would only come on for the last 20 minutes, but that was still enough for him to get injured.” – ‘Self-belief’ -================= Inter Milan also return from Champions League duty on a high after a last-gasp 2-1 win over Tottenham in their return to Europe for the first time since 2012. But Roma fell 3-0 to holders Real Madrid in Spain with Napoli playing out a goalless draw at Red Star Belgrade. Luciano Spalletti’s Inter scored two goals in a seven-minute spell, sparked by captain Mauro Icardi who scored his first goal of the season on his Champions League debut. Inter — floundering in 15th in Serie A with just four points from four games — head to fourth-placed Sampdoria looking for just their second win in the fifth round of action. “This result gives us self-belief around the work we are doing. Getting players like Icardi to break their ducks is fundamental, as we need his goals,” said Spalletti. “We have many great players, though and sometimes we must learn how to win even without Mauro. We can’t have the same XI in every game.” Roma — last year’s Champions League semi-finalists — are reeling from their defeat to Real Madrid. Eusebio Di Francesco’s side have not won since their opening game against Torino in August, and travel Sunday to Bologna. “I’m concerned but I’m not pessimistic,” said Roma sporting director Monchi. “I remain confident that the coach will find the right path.” Serie A runners-up Napoli, three points behind Juventus, visit Torino after a lacklustre European stalemate in Belgrade. “It’s a tie that leaves us bitter, but there’s no reason to be dramatic, there are another five games to go,” said Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti. Lazio host Genoa after their Europa League win over Apollon Limassol at the Stadio Olimpico, with AC Milan hosting Atalanta after Gonzalo Higuain scored the only goal against Dudelange in Luxembourg. SPAL — who are three points behind Juventus in second — host Fiorentina, with Sassuolo, in sixth, hosting Empoli in Friday’s early match.Fixtures (all tims GMT) FridaySassuolo v Empoli (18:30)SaturdayParma v Cagliari (1300), Fiorentina v SPAL (1600), Sampdoria v Inter Milan (18:30) SundayTorino v Napoli (10:30), Bologna v AS Roma, Chievo v Udinese, Lazio v Genoa (13:00), AC Milan v Atalanta (16:00), Frosinone v Juventus (18:30) (AFP) ATKATKlast_img read more

Video: Texas And Baylor Nearly Brawled In Overtime Tonight

first_imgTexas and Baylor almost fight during game.Texas hosted No. 14 Baylor tonight, and the Longhorns needed the win to keep their NCAA Tournament hopes alive. They won 61-59 in overtime on a runner by guard Isaiah Taylor, but not before seven players from both teams were ejected following a serious scuffle in the extra session.The scrum started near the scorers table and resulted in multiple players leaving their respective benches. Assistant coaches and referees had to break up the action.A look at the fracas in Austin. Several #Texas players left the bench area, to join the scrum Maybe 1-2 #Baylor plyrs pic.twitter.com/eBTDmN7gD4— Mike Leslie (@MikeLeslieTV) March 3, 2015Here’s a glance at the seven players who got the boot for their roles in the near melee.Seven players (4 Texas, 3 Baylor) have been ejected in #BAYvsTEX. pic.twitter.com/Kq3LvsYmqC— ESPN College BBall (@ESPNCBB) March 3, 2015Amazingly, Taylor, who was involved in starting the entire incident, not only didn’t get ejected but ended up winning the game with his floater in the lane. Longhorns head coach Rick Barnes needed this win, but it’ll be interesting to see if players from either team are suspended moving forward.last_img read more