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first_imgLynch out The Seattle Seahawks have downgraded running back Marshawn Lynch and defensive tackle Brandon Mebane to out for tonight’s game against the Detroit Lions. Seattle announced the status changes following the team’s walk-through practice yesterday. Lynch and Mebane had both been listed as questionable after Saturday’s final practice. Lynch injured one of his hamstrings late in the first half of Seattle’s 26-0 win over Chicago last Sunday. Mebane suffered a groin injury against the Bears and did not practice all week. BMX track receives poor grade RIO DE JANEIRO (AP): The BMX track for next year’s Rio Olympics hosted its first test event yesterday but received a poor grade from riders. The two-day test event was reduced to one day after some of the world’s top riders declined to race on Saturday, citing dangerous jumps and curves. Rio Organisers tried to modify the track for yesterday, but both men and women wound up using the women’s circuit as the men’s course was deemed too risky. Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes and Carlos Nuzman, head of the Rio organising committee, both said problems should be blamed on the world governing body of cycling, which they said had approved the track. Officials promised both layouts will be ready in 10 months when the Olympics open. Advocaat quits SUNDERLAND, England (AP): Dick Advocaat has quit struggling Sunderland, becoming the first Premier League manager this season to leave his job. The experienced Dutch coach stepped down with Sunderland winless after eight league games. The 68-year-old Advocaat was initially hired on a two-month deal last season and, after saving the team from relegation in May, he had a change of heart and decided to stay for a season. Now he is leaving without compensation.last_img read more


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first_imgLOS ANGELES – Arizona State lost its last four games by only a combined 14 points, and earlier this month missed an open shot and a chance to beat Washington State in the closing seconds. When the Sun Devils visited Pauley Pavilion on Jan. 18, they held an early lead and trailed by a handful of points before UCLA pulled away for a 10-point win. For that reason, the No. 5 Bruins will not take last-place Arizona State lightly tonight at Wells Fargo Arena. Count Bruins coach Ben Howland among those who do not believe UCLA hurt its chances of earning the No. 1 seed in the West in the NCAA Tournament with last Saturday’s loss to West Virginia. “It’s all based on what we do from here on out, depending on how we go,” Howland said. “It’s a loss. We’re still No. 1 in the RPI. So, although it’s a loss, it’s a loss against a good team on the road. But that remains to be seen. “It’s totally depending on what we do with the rest of our games here in the regular season.” brian.dohn@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img “It doesn’t look good over the long haul, but each individual game is different,” Arron Afflalo said. “That team has the potential to beat you. If you look at each individual game, that potential to win was always there. But they’re so young, and they don’t have the experience of winning all the time, that can catch up with you.” Arizona State is heading toward the first winless season in Pac-10 history. If the Sun Devils fail to get out of the weekend with a win, they will be the first Pac-10 team to lose its first 15 conference games. last_img read more


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first_imgHowever, despite a strong start that many thought would go on till the end of the season, Bandari faded off and finished the season 10th, way off the targets that Nkata had set for himself and those set by the club.“It was the decision of the club taken after the season ended. I can’t say there is a heavy feeling in my heart and I enjoyed the short time I was there with the players and staff. I am not worried, I know I will get another team soon,” Nkata who was coaching his fourth club in Kenya said.Bandari FC head coach Paul Nkata issueing instructions.PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNkata won just 12 of his 34 league matches in charge while his hunt for the GOtv Shield, a title the dockers won in 2015 ended in the quarter finals.The Ugandan who previously worked with Muhoroni Youth and Nairobi City stars said he couldn’t perform well with Bandari because they didn’t have the right quality of players like he had at Tusker.He has also insinuated that most of the new players were signed while he was away, some coming in injured.“I wasn’t there when most of the players were signed. With that, you can’t do much as a coach. We also had very many injuries. Also, there were many young and inexperienced players at Bandari and you can’t compare that with Tusker,” the coach further alluded.The team will now be handled by Ken Odhiambo who was one of Nkata’s assistants while the club continues its search for a new manager.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Bandari FC head coach Paul Nkata feeds instructions to his players during a past match. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 1- Having failed to replicate his title winning spirit from Tusker FC at Bandari, the coastal Kenyan Premier League side has made the decision to relieve Ugandan tactician Paul Nkata and his assistant George Owoko off their duties.Nkata arrived in Mombasa with a rich curriculum vitae having led Tusker to their first ever double in history, winning both the league title and the GOtv Shield.last_img read more


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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsHealth care reform? Nope. Solved the budget problems? Nope. In fact, what did distinguish the legislators this year is placing a measure on the ballot that will try to trick voters into giving them more time in their well-paid jobs and for ushering in a $10 billion structural deficit in future budgets. They get rewarded for this? Why not? Everyone else is doing it. In recent days, the five Los Angeles County supervisors and 18 elected officials of the city of Los Angeles also got handsome raises for all their good work. The city, of course, sets records for giving away taxpayer dollars without any benefit to taxpayers, even as these politicians maintain their status as the nation’s highest-paid municipal officials. And they, too, end the year with a bleak financial picture despite always rising revenues. For extra fun, they are seeking tax and fee hikes and cutting basic services. In fact, all the state’s pols seem to be practicing this particular form of political dissonance. Executives at the state’s public higher-education institutions also got a pay boost and perks when they are considering raising fees for students – again. Many people like to point out that cutting politicians’ pay wouldn’t even do much in the face of billions in financial shortfall. To which we say, it’s not the money, it’s the point. What crazy kind of logic allows elected leaders to divorce their ever-rising paychecks – not to mention the countless perks of office they happily enjoy – while they cut vital services or raise taxes for the rest of us due to a supposed lack of money? If they want the public to swallow higher taxes, then the elected representatives ought to set a better example themselves.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It’s starting to seem like a tradition in the Golden State: pay raises for the highest-paid elected officials in the country while their budgets go bare. This week, Sacramento’s legislators got a boost to their paychecks. They were already the best-paid legislators in the country, but still they got a $3,111 a year raise, to $116,208 with only a few declining the increase. That’s on top of their generous per diems, state cars, and large office staffs. And what have these pols done to earn this boost? Let’s see: redistricting legislation? Nope. last_img read more


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first_imgSamra Damani (left) speaking at the event this morning. Second left is Azaan damani and Patricia Ampumuza(right) who represented the UNF. Photo by Shaban Lubega.VOLLEYBALL–Bearly a month after the Aziz Damani family injected 50 million shillings into the National Vollyball league playoffs, the sport loving family has once again boosted the finals of the league with more cash.This time round it is not a figure close to the one that was first injected but judging by the fact that its 10 million for only the finals, it shades a bigger picture on how huge a contribution the Aziz Damani family has made.Announcing the package today morning at D’Mellos restaurant in Nakasero, Azaan Damani, son to Aziz, expressed joy that his family is working hand in hand with the Uganda Volleyball Federation to the betterment of the league and sport in general.“We are happy to associate with volley ball and like we said earlier, we look foward to a longer partnership with the volleyball fraternity,”Azaan Damani said.Patricia Ampumuza, the second vice president of the Uganda Volleyball Federation, commended the sport loving family who are also involved in other sport like Cricket and Football.“Unlike in the past playoffs, this time round we have the honour of handing out cash prizes to the different teams and individuals that have stood out and its all thanks to the Aziz Damani family,” said a delighted Patricia who was representing Hadijah Namanda the President of Uganda volleyball Federation.“The cash prize will hopefully spur on the teams and individuals to put up spirited performances and hence breath taking finals,” she said.It is not hard to see why Aziz Damani injecting more money into the playoffs after the initial rounds went on smooth and fair attracting more crowds by the day and looking at the level of competition which seems to be at another level.The finals serve off on Thursday November 30, as 2015 finalists Nemo Stars and Sport S renew their rivalry in the Mens Serie A while Vision Vollyball Club and Nkumba volleyballl Club tussle it out in the Ladies Serie A category.All the games in serie A will be played at the MTN Arena in Lugogo while those of the Serie B and C will be contested at Nsambya Sport S grounds starting on December 2nd.The teams in the finalsSerie A (Men): Nemo Stars VC and Sport S VCSerie A (Women): VVC and Nkumba VCSerie B: Police VC and MUST VCSerie C: Kampala University VC and Mulago VCCommentslast_img read more


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first_imgMIAMI — It is not easy to have patience in times of trouble, but in Thursday’s series finale against the Marlins, the Giants proved why it’s so valuable.The Giants believed Tyler Beede was capable of throwing quality innings in the big leagues. They believed a slumping Brandon Crawford was due for a big hit. And they believed that despite plenty of evidence suggesting otherwise, their miserable play of late would soon improve.At the end of a disastrous seven-game losing streak, all of that …last_img


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first_imgThis week’s entry by Sara Goudarzi in Live Science requires no comment.  The title of the article is, “Life’s Origin a Gas.”Life on Earth emerged out of thin air, scientists now say.    By mimicking in a lab the gases that could have been present on early Earth, researchers have concluded that a layer of haze blanketing our planet produced organic material that helped living organisms develop.Sara went on to talk about how the atmosphere on Saturn’s moon Titan might have resembled that on the early Earth.  An organic haze layer could have existed for “a billion years while life was evolving,” she said, based on inspiration from a recent paper claiming that organic material could have rained down on the Earth like manna from heaven.  Despite the opening bravado, her article ended on a minor chord: “Scientists still do not know exactly what triggered the onset of biology, however.”Life emerged out of thin air.  Wonderful.  That’s a gas, all right.  Laughing gas.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


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first_img8 May 2008Scientists and engineers from around the world met in Perth, Australia last month to launch the €22-million preparatory phase of the biggest project ever undertaken in radio astronomy, the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA).South Africa and Australia are the two countries shortlisted for hosting the massive radio telescope.The SKA will be 50 times more sensitive than any existing facility and will tackle some of the biggest questions in astronomy, including searching for earth-like planets and potential life, looking at the first objects in the universe, testing theories of gravity and examining the mystery of dark energy.PrepSKAThe SKA preparatory project, dubbed PrepSKA, will run through to 2011, pulling together international efforts from around the world to finalise a detailed, costed technical design and develop the governance and legal framework for the SKA.The PrepSKA programme will also conduct additional studies of the short-listed sites in Australia and South Africa that are being considered for the SKA.Funding will be provided by the European Union, which has committed €5.5-million, and the 12 participating countries: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, the Netherlands, the UK and the USA.“Once PrepSKA is complete, there should be an agreed design for the largest array of radio antennas ever built, allowing interested countries to decide on their involvement with the final SKA project,” SKA South Africa said.Professor John Womersley of the UK’s Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), the co-ordinator of PrepSKA, said the SKA “has the potential to be one of the most exciting global endeavours in science, changing the way radio astronomy is done.“The PrepSKA project is a vital preparation stage that will allow the interested partners to bring together their different approaches and priorities and lay the groundwork for a world-class programme.”4 000 antennasConstruction of the SKA is due to start in 2013, subject to successful funding proposals, and to be conducted in phases over seven years. The telescope should start operating in 2015, once a significant portion of the array has been commissioned.The array will comprise approximately 4 000 antennas spread out over a total collecting area of a square kilometre. The antennas will be distributed in about 200 “stations” spread over approximately 3 000 kilometres.If South Africa wins the bid to host the SKA, the core of the telescope – consisting of approximately 3 000 antennas – will be located in the Karoo region of the Northern Cape province, approximately 95km north-west of Carnarvon. The other antenna stations will be distributed throughout South Africa and a number of African countries.South Africa will play a leading role in much of the PrepSKA study, thanks to the knowledge and experience gained in the design and construction of the MeerKAT, an SKA prototype or “pathfinder telescope”.According to SKA South Africa, SA’s report on the MeerKAT project “was very well received” by the nearly 200 delegates at the SKA Forum in Perth in April. These included the international agencies that will fund the SKA, as well as astronomers, industrialists and government officials.South Africa’s MeerKAT projectWork on the design, development and construction of the MeerKAT, located at the site selected for the SKA, began in 2004 and is due for completion and commissioning by the end of 2012.The MeerKAT has been designed by South Africans “in collaboration with the best universities and institutes in the world, including Cambridge, Oxford, Manchester, Berkeley, Caltech, the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy, Astron and others,” said SKA South Africa.The MeerKAT “is intended to be a world-leading centimetre-wave radio telescope for many years”, eventually comprising up to 80 12-metre antennas.A 15-metre prototype antenna has been built from composite materials at the Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory in Gauteng province.“This is the first large antenna in the world to be manufactured from composites,” said SKA South Africa. “Tests on this antenna have improved the design, and an optimized 12-metre antenna will be constructed for a seven-dish array to be constructed in the Karoo by the end of 2009.“The final phase will see the construction of the array of up to 80 dishes by 2012.”SKA South Africa is a project of the Department of Science and Technology, managed via the National Research Foundation.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more


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first_img11 February 2014There is huge scope for stronger cooperation in science, technology and innovation between the countries of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) grouping, says Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom.Hanekom was speaking on Monday at the opening of the first BRICS Science, Technology and Innovation Ministerial Meeting in Kleinmond, about 90km southeast of Cape Town.“The BRICS countries are recognised as the future growth engines of the world economy,” he said. “It is clear that this kind of expansion will necessarily need to be accompanied by enhanced levels of technological integration into the global community and, without a doubt, will create huge opportunities for science, technology and innovation as critical growth and development drivers of the future.”Hanekom identified biotechnology and health innovations, space science and technology, and new and renewable energy as “strategic areas where South Africa sees potential not only for synergies, but real opportunities for extensive cooperation” between the BRICS countries.The two-day meeting, which brings together science ministers or deputy ministers from the five countries, was one of the activities agreed to in the declaration and work plan adopted at the 5th BRICS Summit in Durban in March 2013.Hanekom said the meeting represented the culmination of the process of operationalizing the working mechanisms of the grouping.The BRICS ministers were expected to table a memorandum of understanding aimed at strengthening cooperation in science, technology and innovation and addressing common global and regional socioeconomic challenges through appropriate funding and investment instruments.To achieve this goal, Hanekom said the five countries would use shared experiences and complementarities, the co-generation of new knowledge and innovative products, services and processes.On Tuesday, the BRICS ministers were expected to visit the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) site in Carnarvon in the Northern Cape, where the MeerKAT radio telescope is being constructed.The SKA project is an international effort to build the world’s largest radio telescope, which is to be co-hosted by South Africa and Australia. The 64-dish MeerKAT radio telescope is due to come online in 2016 both as a precursor to the SKA and as one of the most powerful telescopes in the world in its own right.Source: SAnews.gov.za-Xinhualast_img read more


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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseThe Ohio AgriBusiness Association Industry Conference always features a diverse and interesting program and this year is certainly no exception. Thursday’s topics included an overview of the state’s livestock industries, a look at global grain markets, and regulations, just to name a few. Among the more popular presentations was the topic of striving for high corn yields with Fred Below from the University of Illinois.“I talked about my seven wonders of the corn yield world. These are the management factors that each impact yield. This is not rocket science. I talked about how important weather is and how weather interacts with nitrogen, about getting the hybrid selection right, managing the rotation, and plant population. The plant population is a big factor that has changed and has to change in order to grow higher yields — narrower rows and more plants. Finally I try to put it together in a systems approach. When you combine management factors they do work together as a team to increase yields,” Below said. “We try to determine the value of each player. I summarized our research over 6 years and we see a common theme. The factors that play the largest role are fertility, narrow-row spacing and plant population. It is all about feeding and managing more plants.”Below said in a favorable year, weather and nitrogen combine to contribute more than 50% of total yield. On average, he has found the maximum response to nitrogen over an unfertilized check plot treatment is approximately 70 bushels per acre.As other management improvements are made, Below said the plant population must increase as well to achieve higher yields. This requires more management, however, and depends heavily upon weather conditions for success.Below also pointed out other factors that can be implemented on farms with a typically big bang for the buck.“One of the things growers could do alone is use fungicide. Some years fungicides have a huge increase in yield,” he said. “We often see the fullest relative maturity for the region gives us the highest yield, especially if they plant early. This is an easy thing to try and it doesn’t cost more.”Stepping up management can have a particularly significant impact in more challenging soil types.“I want to point out that if your soil is more challenging then you have to be a better farmer. Ohio’s farmers are probably better farmers because they have to manage the crops based on the soils they have,” Below said. “Their opportunity to increase yields on a relative basis is actually going to be greater than what we have in Illinois with our soil types.”The Friday program for the OABA event includes consumer relation efforts, equipment hazards and safety, technology updates, herbicide challenges, and edge of field management. Stay tuned for more.last_img read more