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first_imgMighty Barrolle, on Wednesday increases their chances for winning the 2014 Basketball Championship, when she thumped Barnersville Celtic, 71-62 points, reports Leroy M. Sonpon, lll.The Rollers, in the first quarter, bowed to Barnersville Celtics 19-15 points, but led the remaining three quarters; 33-30, 47-35 and 71-62 points.Wednesday’s game was rescheduled from Saturday, May 3 because of the rain.The basketball outfit of the Kanyan pepper boys, last month in their strive to end their title famine in decades, pinned a number of basketball teams, including LPRC Oilers 55-53 points.So far, Rollers have suffered two defeats to Timber Wolves and NPA Pythons, 53-49 and 64-54 points respectively.Former and current basketball champions, NPA Pythons and LPRC Oilers surpassed Barrolle’s triumph. Both teams have so far lost a game.However, in the second Wednesday’s game virtually youthful Timber Wolves convincingly walloped Dream Team II, 107-52 points, while Oilers boosted their chances over archrivals Pythons, winning 87-79 points.The two games were also rescheduled from Sunday, May 4.According to the fixture, the league continues today with two 2nd division teams opening the floor; Uhuru Prince and Heats; and Cestos Morgars will face Dream Team II, in the first division.Several spectators, including Mary Taylor, Siatta Mensah, David Nagbe and Jenkins Nah on Wednesday expressed their hope for a continuous favorite weather condition for the league to end successfully.They urged the LBA management to take care of the generator to avoid mechanical fault and should not rent the gym during scheduled games days.Die-hard Barrolle fan, Madam Taylor said it is sad for the games to be cancelled because of the rains and it is frustrating for the generator to cause the deferment of games.Nagbe and Nah, in separate interviews said it is not correct for the LBA management to rent the Sports Commission.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


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first_imgEverton are the only British club left in European competition and Roberto Martinez is unlikely to field a weakened side against Dynamo Kiev with his side holding a 2-1 lead.John Stones is back from suspension and Ireland flyer Aiden McGeady has returned from a spell on the sidelines – good news considering Kevin Mirallas has been ruled out with a dead leg.Martinez will instead hope Ross Barkley can celebrate his England call-up by firing the Toffees into the last eight of the Europa League.Below is a possible Everton line-up v Dynamo Kiev: John Stones is back for Everton to face Dynamo Kiev 1 1 Do you agree with the above? Let us know in the comments below…Dynamo Kiev v Everton is LIVE on talkSPORT from 6pm. Click here to stream.last_img


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first_imgA student from Finland who has spent the past number of weeks studying at the Letterkenny Institute of Technology says he wants to stay – for the good weather!I’ve had such a FINN-tastic time here says student Mikko.Mikko Alatarvas says his experience studying in Donegal was “excellent and very positive,” even describing our weather as “much nicer than in Finland”.But then again, he did leave temperatures of -15 Celsius to come here. Mikko is studying for a degree in Construction Management in Oulu University of Applied Sciences in Finland.Letterkenny IT has an Erasmus agreement with the university, situated 600km north of the capital Helsinki, which enables Finnish students to spend a semester studying in Letterkenny (or vice versa).Mikko came to Letterkenny IT to brush up on his English and also to enhance his degree studies. He joined the final year BSc in Construction and Fire Technology class.Talking about his time spent in Donegal, he is very enthusiastic, describing it as life-changing. “I learned a lot on the course but also was really struck by the warmth of the Donegal people and the culture.“It’s nice to be here at LYIT, I really like the people. Although I found the course challenging it helped me along the way with my studies.“In fact, I learned a lot including a new computer program (BIM). The lecturers are very, very good, they make everything very clear.”The Finn saw quite a lot of the country by going on trips with the other international students.He also joined the LYIT hillwalking club and says the Donegal scenery was “magnificent”. “I’m so glad I didn’t go to Dublin or one of the other big cities, I feel I got to do and learn much more in Donegal. I can’t wait to come back.”The only difficulty for him he says, was, “driving on the wrong side of the road.”Mikko returns to Finland with warm memories of having learnt new skills and made many friends. He’s one of the numerous international students who come to LYIT to advance their studies whilst improving their English.His final word on Donegal, “I liked it here so much I just might fail my exams so that I have to repeat!” According to Head of Department of Civil Engineering & Construction, Anne Boner – “There’s not much chance of that.”DONEGAL IS SOME-FINN ELSE SAYS VISITING LYIT STUDENT! was last modified: May 28th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:donegalFinlandLYITlast_img read more


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first_imgWhat was shaping up to be the Crabs’ second win in their second game of the season ended after just three innings thanks to a blown fuse which turned off the lights, Saturday night at the Arcata Ballpark.Crabs manager Robin Guiver said he liked how his team looked Saturday night, despite in the shortened action. “Our lineup is looking really good from top to bottom,” Guiver said. The Crabs had amassed a 6-0 lead over visiting Corvallis before the power failed. Corvallis, already on its second …last_img


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first_imgIn terms of security, a number of new initiatives have been implemented to ensure that crime and violence do not mar the tournament. These include boosting the ranks of the police, acquiring hi-tech equipment (including helicopters, bomb suits, robots, x-ray machines and crowd-control water cannons) and setting up special courts to deal with offences related to the event. Nevertheless, we are not alone with our social and political problems. Just 500 days before the 2006 World Cup, Germany was dangerously divided – yet that tournament provided the glue that united a nation in a sea of black, yellow and red. 26 January 2009 Urquhart is a former Fifa World Cup media officer and the current editor of Project 2010 Like in 1994, cool heads are needed. Millions of South Africans, new to staging an event of this magnitude, have helped lay the foundations for the world’s biggest single-code sporting event. The result is that the skylines of every host city are now dotted with cranes, towering over stadiums and other World Cup-related projects. And the consensus is that most of these projects are well on track to meet their deadlines. The biggest hurdle facing South Africa is surely the political climate. The ruling party has split, its leader could still face prosecution, and a general election is looming fast. An entire subcontinent is preparing to play a role in the successful hosting of the event. Already, all of our neighbours have formulated plans to ensure they will be part and parcel of the extravaganza. The spin-offs are enormous, particularly in the tourism sector, which is where most other countries stand to benefit. And so it is with January 26, which marks the 500-day countdown to the start of the quadrennial showpiece of international football. It affords us an opportunity to gauge the progress South Africa has made – as well as the challenges that still lie ahead. On the field, Bafana Bafana are showing real signs of promise (four wins in four international friendlies), and are well positioned to hold their own in this year’s Confederations Cup – a key curtainraiser for 2010. The reality is that South Africa may be on the brink of a 2010-induced revolution, one that could change the country – and the rest of the continent – forever. The international focus on South Africa’s preparations for the 2010 Fifa World Cup usually intensifies with major events – like the 2010 Preliminary Draw and the Olympic Games – or with key dates.last_img read more


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first_img30 April 2012Nelson Mandela turns 94 on 18 July. A new project aims to honour the great man, and help realise his long-held dream of a proper education for every South African child, by coming to the aid of 94 schools in dire need of new or radically upgraded infrastructure.The 94+ Schools Infrastructure Project was launched last week by the Department of Basic Education in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory and Brand South Africa.It will form part of Mandela Day, which is marked across the world on 18 July each year to inspire people to take action to change the world for the better and, in doing so, to build a global movement for good.Mobilising resources and supportThe project aims to mobilise resources and support from various sectors of society to tackle the huge infrastructure backlog facing schools that serve South Africa’s poorer children.“President Mandela forged invaluable partnerships with the private sector towards the building of schools, particularly in poor communities across South Africa – an initiative that the education sector can build on,” the department said in a statement last week.Interested organisations are invited to pledge their support for the project by e-mailing taylor.l@dbe.gov.za.“The 94 Schools Project originates in the former President’s strong view on the importance of education, and his world-acclaimed efforts to build an equitable system of education in South Africa,” Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said at the launch in Johannesburg.Progress, but still huge shortfallsSouth Africa has made considerable progress in improving school infrastructure over the last decade. Since 2000, according to the department, 1 206 schools and a further 38 664 classrooms have been built, while 5 214 schools have been equipped with running water and 2 847 schools given electricity.Massive shortfalls remain, however, with the department estimating that R66-billion is needed to bring all schools in the country to a level of optimal functionality.At the current rate of resource allocation, it will take the department 30 years to clear this backlog.‘Innovation, partnerships needed’Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola, also speaking at the launch, said the project was a call to government, business and civil society to get involved in transforming education in the country.“We have to find new ways to build human capital in our country,” Matola said. “Our approach requires innovation and partnerships to deal with the challenges.”Basic education director-general Bobby Soobrayan said that with the project, the department aimed to create an environment that was conducive to quality teaching, learning and improved performance in the targeted schools.“Public-private partnerships are one of the most effective ways to meet infrastructure backlogs,” Soobrayan said.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more


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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Algae blooms in the Gulf of Mexico use up the majority of the oxygen in the water, leading to massive “dead zones” that cannot support fish or other wildlife. The culprit? Nitrate, running off agricultural fields through tile drainage systems. But nitrate is only part of the problem. Algae in freshwater lakes and ponds flourishes when exposed to a different pollutant, phosphorus, and the tiniest amount is enough to trigger a bloom.Illinois and the 11 other states that send the majority of the water to the Mississippi River set aggressive goals to reduce nitrate and phosphorus pollution in the Gulf of Mexico. To achieve those goals, large point sources of phosphorus, such as wastewater treatment plants, will need to invest in new infrastructure. But new research suggests there could be a role for farmers, as well.Laura Christianson, assistant professor of water quality in the Department of Crop Sciences at the University of Illinois, is an expert in woodchip bioreactors. She has done extensive work to demonstrate the potential of the woodchip-filled trenches in removing nitrate from tile drainage water in croplands.“The woodchips and the nitrate are necessary for the bacteria to complete their life cycles. As they consume the nitrate, it is removed from the water. It’s a biological process,” Christianson said.In a recent study, Christianson and several colleagues looked at whether they could also remove phosphorus by adding a special “P-filter” designed to trap the fertilizer-derived pollutant. The team tested two types of industrial waste products in the P-filters: acid mine drainage treatment residual (MDR) and steel slag. Phosphorous binds to elements such as iron, calcium, and aluminum contained in these products, removing it from the water.Rather than mixing MDR or steel slag with woodchips in one big nitrate- and phosphorus-removing machine, the team placed a separate P-filter upstream or downstream of a lab-scale bioreactor. They ran wastewater from an aquaculture tank through the system and measured the amount of nitrate and phosphorus at various points along the way.Nitrate removal was consistent, regardless of P-filter type and whether the P-filter was upstream or downstream of the bioreactor. But MDR was far superior as a phosphorus filter.“It removed 80 to 90% of the phosphorus at our medium flow rate,” Christianson said. “That was really, really good. Amazing.”Steel slag, on the other hand, only removed about 25 percent of the phosphorus. “But steel slag is a lot easier to find in the Midwest. And according to the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy, we’re only trying to remove 45% of the phosphorus we send downstream. Since agriculture is only responsible for half of that, 25% would be pretty good,” Christianson said.The system clearly shows potential, but several unknowns remain. Paired bioreactors and P-filters have yet to be tested in real-world conditions, although a handful have been installed in the United States. Perhaps more importantly, researchers don’t have a good handle on how much phosphorus is running off agricultural fields in tile drainage.last_img read more


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first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Areas of intense connection include the Eastern Seaboard, the Pacific Northwest, the Bay Area, the Chicago area and the Southland. The overwhelming majority of the Mountain West and Southwest, as well as inland Northwest and California are a broadband desert. The map was built from 25 million documents that provided information on what kind of connections are available, who the providers are, where the connections are and what speed they operate at. The site allows a user to analyze the data, browse the map or enter a specific location to see how connected it is. It also requests that users provide missing information, such as an unlisted broadband provider. The APIs used to develop the map are all listed and developers are invited to use them. The home page lists the top five locations that have been searched on. 38 w 45th st new york, ny 10036franklin mcpherson square2 1st avenue, new york, ny2017 mission street, san francisco, californianyOther sources: PopSci Tags:#news#NYT#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… The National Telecommunications and Information Administration and the Federal Communications Commission have released a map of the broadband connections across the United States. The most surprising thing in looking at the map? The reality that much of the country is not connected to broadband at all. But that was rather the point. The NTIA gives grants to projects in every state to increase the reach of broadband. curt hopkins Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more



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first_imgEngland are using a computer to unearth unheralded stars for their one-day team ahead of the 2019 Cricket World Cup.English cricket authorities announced on Monday that a three-match “North vs South” series will be played next year in the United Arab Emirates, featuring players from England’s county circuit who are not already playing international cricket.The players will be selected by a player-ranking system that provides more rigorous analysis of performances than traditional averages, taking into account less tangible factors like fielding, venues, conditions and standard of opposition.Andrew Strauss, managing director of the England and Wales Cricket Board, says “this is a bit of a step into the unknown… but the logic behind it is very solid.”England will host the 2019 World Cup.last_img read more