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Froch v Groves: Live updates

first_imgHammersmith’s unbeaten challenger George Groves tonight attempts to become a world champion by dethroning Carl Froch in Manchester.For live updates from the big super-middleweight fight, follow @westlondonsport on Twitter.A report and post-fight reaction will appear here later.See also:Hearn predicts Groves will go on the attackRelaxed Groves unfazed by Froch – trainerFroch claims Groves will be ‘annihilated’Groves: Froch is wrong, I’m ready for himGroves stays cool at tense weigh-inYTo4OntzOjk6IndpZGdldF9pZCI7czoyMDoid3lzaWphLW5sLTEzNTI0NjE4NjkiO3M6NToibGlzdHMiO2E6MTp7aTowO3M6MToiMyI7fXM6MTA6Imxpc3RzX25hbWUiO2E6MTp7aTozO3M6MjI6Ildlc3QgTG9uZG9uIFNwb3J0IGxpc3QiO31zOjEyOiJhdXRvcmVnaXN0ZXIiO3M6MTc6Im5vdF9hdXRvX3JlZ2lzdGVyIjtzOjEyOiJsYWJlbHN3aXRoaW4iO3M6MTM6ImxhYmVsc193aXRoaW4iO3M6Njoic3VibWl0IjtzOjMzOiJTdWJzY3JpYmUgdG8gb3VyIGRhaWx5IG5ld3NsZXR0ZXIiO3M6Nzoic3VjY2VzcyI7czoyODM6IlRoYW5rIHlvdSEgUGxlYXNlIGNoZWNrIHlvdXIgaW5ib3ggaW4gb3JkZXIgdG8gY29uZmlybSB5b3VyIHN1YnNjcmlwdGlvbi4gSWYgeW91IGRvbid0IHNlZSBhbiBlLW1haWwgZnJvbSB1cywgY2hlY2sgeW91ciBzcGFtIGZvbGRlci4gSWYgeW91IHN0aWxsIGhhdmVuJ3QgcmVjZWl2ZWQgYSBjb25maXJtYXRpb24gbWVzc2FnZSwgcGxlYXNlIGUtbWFpbCBmZWVkYmFja0B3ZXN0bG9uZG9uc3BvcnQuY29tIGFuZCB0ZWxsIHVzIHlvdSB3aXNoIHRvIHN1YnNjcmliZSB0byBvdXIgbmV3c2xldHRlci4iO3M6MTI6ImN1c3RvbWZpZWxkcyI7YToxOntzOjU6ImVtYWlsIjthOjE6e3M6NToibGFiZWwiO3M6NToiRW1haWwiO319fQ== Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Do You Belong in the Zoo?

first_imgPeople are gawking at people in the London Zoo, each probably wondering what side of the cage they belong on.  In one of the primate exhibits, eight scantily clad white people are on display, reports AP (see MSNBC and Yahoo).  Wearing fig leaves pinned onto their swimsuits, they play, they scratch, they groom each other, they wave to the onlookers.  The idea is to show that humans are nothing special, but just like other animals.  Unlike the apes and chimpanzees in the other primate cages, however, the humans get to go home at night.    The stunt is drawing visitors who had never visited the zoo.  Some viewers were disappointed to find the humans wearing clothes; didn’t fig leaves come from the Genesis tradition? they wondered.  Children, confused by the message of the display, have been overheard asking, “Why are there people in there?” An apocryphal story has one of the chimpanzees asking, “Am I my keeper’s brother?”At least they’re using white people this time (see articles by Carl Wieland and Jerry Bergman).  Mark Looy at Answers in Genesis couldn’t keep silence any longer, especially when he had a Londoner on staff, Dr. Monty White, to interpret the zoo’s actions in light of Darwinian theory.    The Darwin Party leaders need to give the rest of us a demonstration.  They should get into the cage and show us how to act like a primate – where to scratch, how to shriek and club each other, how to draw figures of prey on the wall, and how to make rock music.  After we lock the door and take the key, we’ll promise to take good care of them (feed them all the bananas they want, etc.) as we laugh all the way to the school board meeting.(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Confederations Cup: the contenders

first_imgThe 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup takes place in South Africa from 14 to 28 June 2009.Played in the World Cup host country a year before football’s premier event, Fifa’s “Festival of Champions” has become a serious test of the host country’s World Cup readiness – and a major sporting event in its own right, bringing together regional champions from all corners of the globe.In 2009, the participating teams will African champs Egypt, Asian champs Iraq, European champs Spain, Oceanian champs New Zealand, South American champs Brazil, Concacaf champs USA, 2006 World Cup winners Italy, and 2010 hosts South Africa.The draw for the tournament took place on 22 November 2008, splitting the eight teams into two groups and setting up some classic clashes.Here are snapshot profiles of the contenders for the title of 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup champions, including each team’s recent record and star player/s.GROUP ASouth AfricaSince winning the African Nations Cup in 1996, it seems that Bafana Bafana have been on a slow but steady downward spiral, apart from a few encouraging successes. Four wins in their four most recent outings, however, have fans of the side hoping that South Africa has turned the corner under coach Joel Santana.Earlier this year, the team suffered a big setback when they failed to qualify for the 2010 African Nations Cup. However, Santana had been thrust into the middle of qualifying without an opportunity to learn about the players following the shock resignation of previous coach Carlos Alberto Parreira. Progress, although slow at first, appears to have been made.Santana looks, for the most part, to have identified South Africa’s best players, and the national team is playing a more rounded and effective game, with the long-time problem of lack of goal-scoring no longer dogging the side.Blackburn Rovers’ striker Benni McCarthy has helped, as has the emergence of Thanda Royal Zulu marksman Bernard Parker, who looks a likely candidate for an overseas contract.Bafana Bafana’s emerging star, however, is midfielder Teko Modise. Not only is he capable of pulling the strings in the middle of the park, but he is also a goal scorer; his ability to score from distance, often with blistering shots, make him a man to keep an eye on. He has the talent to make a big mark on the game. What he needs to develop is consistency.IraqIraq’s victory in the 2007 Asian Cup was hailed as a miracle by many, as the splintered country united behind its football team, which wasn’t considered a serious title challenger. That success earned the side a nomination as Laureus World Team of the Year in 2007, a title that was ultimately awarded to South Africa’s Rugby World Cup winners, the Springboks.Since the high of the Asian Cup title, Iraq’s form has been patchy. The team’s record in 2008 stands at three wins, four losses and three draws.Striker Younis Mahmoud is captain of the Iraq national team and was in charge when the side lifted the Asian Cup, making him, to many, the face of Iraqi football. He made his international debut in 2002, and in 2004 became the first Iraqi football player to launch a website.New ZealandAs part of the Oceania Football Confederation, undoubtedly the weakest of Fifa’s regional bodies, New Zealand doesn’t get to consistently play against top-class opposition. It is something that could hamper their efforts in the Confederations Cup.The other teams in the confederation – American Samoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Samoa, Tahiti, Tonga, Vanuatu – fall in the category of minnows on the world stage. With Australia joining the Asian Football Confederation, New Zealand has become the region’s soccer powerhouse.Defender Ryan Nelsen, who has been playing for the All Whites since 1999, is probably their best known player. He plays alongside South Africa’s Aaron Mokoena and Benni McCarthy for Blackburn Rovers in the English Premier League.SpainWith a hugely impressive European Championship victory, Spain finally brought together and lived up to the potential of the country’s undoubted football-playing prowess. Time after time the Spaniards had flattered only to deceive, but they got it right in Austria and Switzerland in 2008.Blessed with outstandingly talented players in every position, Spain is on an unbeaten run of 24 matches that covers the last two years. It is an astonishing record.Maybe the most recognisable player among the many talented stars that Spain boasts is striker Fernando Torres, who became a massive star on the world stage after a stunningly effective first season with Liverpool in the English Premier League. Scoring the winning goal in the European Championship final against Germany further enhanced the reputation he had established at Anfield.However, Torres is but one among many stars who have finally meshed their talent into a superb team with a spine that was missing in the past.GROUP BUSAThe USA, the champions of North, Central America and the Caribbean, visited South Africa in 2007, beating Bafana Bafana 1-0 in the Nelson Mandela Challenge.The Americans also have experience in the Confederations Cup, having played in the event three times previously, twice placing third.While they’re not a team that immediately springs to mind as a football powerhouse, the Americans have consistently maintained a world ranking between the teens and low-twenties for a long time now.Their record for 2008 reads: played 14, won nine, drawn two, and lost three.The team’s star player is veteran Landon Donovan, who first turned out for the USA in October 2000. The previous year he had been awarded the Golden Ball, given to the best player at the 1999 Fifa U-17 World Championships.Donovan has earned more than 100 internationals caps and is his country’s all-time leading goal scorer with 37 to his name.ItalyItaly, the 2006 Fifa World Cup winners, have produced mixed results in 2008. While the traditional Italian mettle was on show in Euro 2008, where they reached the final before losing 1-0 to Spain, they have been inconsistent, suffering a shock 2-1 defeat to minnows Cyprus.Through the course of 2008, Italy played 13 matches, won five, drew four, and lost four, including two to world number one Spain.Regardless of their results, the Italians always bear watching in big competitions; their record over the years is proof of this. Also, with their traditionally miserly defence, and the goalkeeping of Gianluigi Buffon, arguably the best net-minder in the game, they are always in with a chance of winning.Buffon is the rock at the back for the Azzuri while, in front of him, Fabio Cannavaro, their 2006 World Cup winning captain, is the man who pulls the strings in defence.After the Italians won the World Cup, Cannavoro was named Fifa World Player of the Year. He then transferred from relegated Juventus to Spanish giants Real Madrid so that he could continue playing in the Uefa Champions League. There, Cannavaro took over the jersey of one of the legends of the game, pulling on the number-five shirt previously worn by Zinedine Zidane.BrazilNo nation has won the World Cup more times than the five victories recorded by Brazil. The country is synonymous with outstanding footballers and teams, with skillful, entertaining football and a passion for the game that courses through all Brazilians’ veins.However, Brazil has dropped to fifth in the world rankings, an unusually low position for the South American giants. Ten matches into qualifying for the 2010 World Cup, they lie second in the South American standings, six points behind leaders Paraguay. Their 2008 record is a disappointing – for Brazil – four wins, five draws and one loss.Despite their less than stellar form, the Brazilians will probably, based on past history, go into the Confederations Cup as the favourites; but they have a lot to prove, not least to their fans.They are, as usual, blessed with talented individuals, and midfielder Kaka is one to watch out for. The AC Milan star was named Fifa World Player of the Year in 2007, and has the ability to unlock the best of defences with great passing and finishing.EgyptThe winners of the last two African Nations Cup titles, Egypt are ranked second on the continent, behind only Cameroon. Victory over the Indomitable Lions in the Nations Cup final immediately qualified 2008 as a successful year for the Pharaohs.Their 2008 record of 12 wins, three losses and two draws is a good record, but two of those losses – 4-0 to Sudan and a shock 1-0 defeat to Malawi – indicate that the Egyptians are not always consistent. Their other defeat was by a 2-0 margin against powerful Argentina.Mido, who plays for English Premier League club Middlesbrough, is a talented and strong striker. He has plied his trade for many other clubs in many different countries, representing Zamalek (Egypt), Gent (Belgium), Celta Vigo (Spain), Olympique Marseille (France), AS Roma (Italy) and Tottenham Hotspor (England).Mido has had his issues with the national team’s management in the past, leading to a number of instances of accusations and counter-accusations between the player and management. These problems have led to him playing fewer matches than he might otherwise have played for the Pharaohs.Nonetheless, he has a good striking rate of 19 goals in 48 internationals, and is a big man, capable of making things physically tough for defenders.Article last updated: November 2008Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

A playground providing opportunities for youngsters

first_imgProject Playground strives to foster capable individuals through running life orientation programmes in a safe and nurturing environment.(Image: Project Playground)Brand South Africa attended a fundraising event in October 2017 hosted by the Embassy of Sweden in support of Project Playground.Project Playground is a Swedish-South African non-profit organisation founded in 2010 by Princess Sofia of Sweden and Frida Vesterberg. Their mission was to give youngsters between the ages of four and 18 better opportunities in life through recreational and educational activities.The project currently helps about 750 youngsters in the Western Cape townships of Langa and Gugulethu.Attending the fundraiser, Brand South Africa CEO, Dr Kingsley Makhubela spoke of the long-standing relations between Sweden and South Africa. “Swedish-South Africa links go as far back as the 1960s when a countrywide Swedish anti-apartheid movement was founded in support of the struggle for liberation.”In true Play Your Part spirit, Sweden contributed a great deal to bringing about positive change in South Africa, and the relations between Sweden and South Africa have continued beyond the struggle for liberation. They now include partnerships that address other socio-economic and political challenges – children’s rights being one of them.Project Playground strives to champion children’s rights through various life orientation programmes. The project provides a safe environment where every child grows up with a belief in the future and the desire to positively improve their own life. It is hoped that by making available good role models for the children, Project Playground can nurture capable and assured individuals.Project Playground is a sanctuary away from the insecurity that characterises many of the children’s lives. Life orientation is achieved by means of team sports, dance, music, art, and drama, among other activities.The 50 staff members are highly dedicated to the project’s vision and mission. Through regular staff development programmes the team is able to gain knowledge in their specific areas of specialisation in the organisation. This means that the children’s interactions with their mentors is effective because they have a comprehensive view of the child’s environment and represent a continuous and secure contact throughout the child’s upbringing.Project Playground is a wonderful demonstration of how individuals and collectives can come together and play their part for the greater good of their society.Visit the Project Playground website to find out more about how this organisation is playing its part and how you can get involved in helping children in South Africa reach their potential.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Micronutrients?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It seems everyone has a “package” that gives an extra bump in yield. Many of these packages contain micronutrients. In Ohio, because we generally have clays in our soil and reasonable levels of organic matter, we don’t regularly see a yield impact from applying micronutrients. So should we be concerned about micronutrients?Our soil tests are most reliable for pH, phosphorus and potassium. We usually use a combination of soil and tissue tests to determine micronutrient deficiencies. Soil pH can also help us know where to look for deficiencies. Table 1 outlines some situations in which to watch for these deficiencies. Table 1 Crop and soil conditions under which micronutrient deficiencies may occur. This taken from Table 23 of the Tri-State Fertilizer Recommendations. MicronutrientSoilCropBoron (B)Sandy soils or highly weathered soils low in organic matterAlfalfa and cloverCopper (Cu)Acid peats or mucks with pH < 5.3 and black sandsWheat, oats, cornManganese (Mn)Peats and mucks with pH > 5.8, black sands and lakebed/depressional soils with pH > 6.2Soybeans, wheat, oats, sugar beets, cornZinc (Zn)Peats, mucks and mineral soils with pH > 6.5Corn and soybeansMolybdenum(Mo)Acid prairie soilsSoybeans Typically we will see deficiencies occurring in small isolated areas of a field first. When these are noted, pull both a soil and a tissue sample. You can also consult a previous yield monitor map for losses. Nutrient deficiencies I have seen of late are potassium from the dry early conditions we had in 2012 and sulfur just this past year — neither of these are micronutrients however.Two sources for information on micronutrients are the Tri-State Fertility Recommendations for Corn, Soybean, Wheat and Alfalfa (http://www.extension.purdue.edu/extmedia/AY/AY-9-32.pdf) and the Field Guide for Corn, Soybean, Wheat and Alfalfa (http://estore.osu-extension.org/productdetails.cfm?PC=2845) a for sale item. The Field Guide also has excellent pictures of deficiencies.last_img read more

MIT Creates Cloth That Listens

first_imgmarshall kirkpatrick A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Cloth sensors could make the Internet of Things fashionable. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Internet of Things#web If my clothes are listening to me, I want to be very sure I know to whom they are repeating what they hear.Where there are sensors, there is data – and where there is data there is analysis, actionable thresholds and functional mashups across data sets and technologies. In this case, that could look like clothes with awareness of ambient sound and a user’s physiological state. Put that data on a usable web interface and the Internet of Things starts feeling closer to the heart than ever before.We wrote this Spring about 10 Smart Clothes You’ll Be Wearing Soon, but Fink’s creation may be the smartest of the smart clothes bunch.All this instrumentation of personal items and objects is going to require some serious deliberation over privacy policies and standards. If my clothes are listening to me, I want to be very sure I know to whom they are repeating what they hear. That conversation has barely begun.Fink’s research was supported by MIT’s Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies, the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Defense Department’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). So you can be sure that consumer privacy rights are somewhere on everyone’s agenda. Scientists, of course, are only in charge of creating clothes that can hear – not deciding when they should listen.Photo: Research Laboratory of Electronics at MIT/Greg Hrencenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts MIT scientists announced this week that they have created a new kind of fiber capable of detecting and emitting sound. “Throughout their history a key premise has remained essentially unchanged,” the research team wrote in Nature Materials, “fibres are static devices, incapable of controllably changing their properties over a wide range of frequencies.”Professor Yoel Fink and team says they’ve upended that history and have developed a process for making fiber that can act like a microphone or a speaker. As with any new type of sensor, the platform possibilities are intriguing – the degree of personal intimacy (pants with patience, shirts that sass you back) makes this particularly potent.The shirt that knew too much: Cozy, no?“Applications could include clothes that are themselves sensitive microphones for capturing speech or monitoring bodily functions, and tiny filaments that could measure blood flow in capillaries or pressure in the brain,” says MIT’s Press Office. AFP coverage of this was the first we saw. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

The B Word

first_imgBy Michael GutterBudget. There, I said it; I am sure everyone is cringing now. This is a tough topic for families to discuss. Couples struggle at times to have formal conversations about money management. And we seldom want to discuss these issues with our children. Are we afraid of being judged? Are we concerned we will feel bad about our choices? Are we worried that we will stress out the children? Talking about money can be difficult, however, try to talk about money regularly and avoid being defensive.Get StartedEmail [email protected] to receive a copy of the Money Management CalendarOftentimes a question about money spent or the price of something desired is merely a request for information, although it may seem like an interrogation..One way to get started tracking expenses in a house is to take the initiative in your family. Be patient, start simply.  For example, you can use a sheet from the Money Management Calendar and place it on the fridge with a list of some of your expected expenses. Inevitably your spouse or partner will ask what it is all about.The calendar can be an easy visual tool to help you begin to get organized with your finances. It easy to use; you can find out more about calendar based budgeting here.Don’t AttackIf you want to be really proactive in prompting communication, you can estimate all of your households expenses but then put “?” by the items which are really your spouse or partner’s expenses. Ask if the amounts are correct and ask them to check. If this is a first time, it’s probably not helpful to look over their shoulder while they do this. Having discussions about finances with your loved one is a skill that develops with Do’s and Don’ts. It is important to try to avoid some hot button topics when talking about personal finance.  To learn more tips about  successful ways to tackle talking about finances, see our 9 Important Skills for Talking About Money webinar.Involve the KidsDepending on the age of your children, you may want to involve them in some decisions.. Younger kids should learn more about money concepts such as saving, borrowing, wants, and needs.  Older kids can learn some basic responsibilities for their own expenses before they finish high school and are managing their money for real! For more insights into Talking With Military Kids About Money webinar.For a copy of the IFAS Money Management Calendar, email [email protected] This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network Blog on August 7, 2013.last_img read more

Wednesday Mailbag: Would this OSU team have more wins with JW Walsh at the helm?

first_imgJW Walsh balling against FSU. (USATSI)JW Walsh balling against FSU. (USATSI)Welcome back to the mailbag — thanks, as always, for your [email protected] Does a healthy JW make the offense better enough to win anymore games than Daxx does?— Dylan Hays (@dylanchays) November 5, 2014I’m just not sure which games OSU would have won/will win with JW instead of Daxx. Not TCU, not Kansas State, not OU, not Baylor and probably not West Virginia — though that might have gone differently. So….Texas? I guess that’s possible.I do think this offense is more dynamic with No. 4 back there — I’m not sure if that means better. Somehow all the defensive lines OSU faces seem to get better as the season wears on and OSU’s offensive line keeps regressing.Kansas State has 10 conference play sacks on the season, five were against us. Michael Vick circa Blacksburg couldn’t save that.I’ll say this team would have one more win by the end of the season — either Texas or WVU — if Walsh had played all year instead of [email protected] Who has the better professional career when it’s all said and done, Marcus Smart, Dez Bryant or Rickie Folwer?— Kade Gottschalk (@Kade_G34) November 5, 2014That’s a tremendous question.I’m going to say Dez. His trajectory as it stands right now is as a Hall of Famer. You can’t say the same for the other two (although Smart’s sample size is entirely too small).I go back to who would you be the least surprised to see in their respective Hall of Fame and that answer is easily Dez. Not even [email protected] is Tyreek fast enough to throw a pass down field, run, and catch it?— The OG (@GentsOkstate) November 5, 2014 @pistolsguy do you think any college QB since 2011 would have lead OSU to a national title if they were on the 2011 #okstate squad?— Nolan (@nolancox) November 5, 2014I’m so irrational about Brandon Weeden it’s unbelievable. Even watching the Dallas game last week I know he wasn’t very good but I was still able to explain away all his shortcomings in my head.It’s like having a kid, really. I know deep down that my kid is definitely not the cutest/smartest/most well-behaved but it’s hard to disassociate yourself from that because you love them and have a familiarity with them that’s unparalleled.The answer might be that somebody else could have taken that team to the title game but I wouldn’t choose anyone else to have tried to do [email protected] Who will be better: Last year’s defense, or this defense 2 years from now? (assuming Spencer is still DC)— Matt Haney (@thematthaney) November 5, 2014That 2013 defense was the fifth-best in the nation in points per drive given up and the second-best at points per drive given up on 80+ yard drives. It also created the fifth-most turnovers in the country.In short, the argument could be made that it was the second or third-best defense in the country last season behind Michigan State and Florida State.Will this defense be the second (or fifth? or 20th?) best in the country two years from now? I don’t think it will. I think it will be a really, really good D, but that one from last year was underappreciated and [email protected] are you going to accept the pomping challenge?— Eric Williams (@Super_EWilliams) November 5, 2014I might get pomp glue in my hair so no.Totally Tickets is your source for Oklahoma State football tickets. We might find out [email protected] Would you dislike Yurcich & Ford more if their names were Yurcichros or Fordopoulos? #GreekHater— John Stotts (@OkieStotts) November 5, 2014That’s [email protected] how many signatures does it take to get you to resign?— Grant Cooper (@grantcooper28) November 5, 2014One.[1. She’s a tough get, though.]@pistolsguy You get Chelf or Zac for 1 more year. Who do you pick?— Chance (@InheritTheLand) November 5, 2014Do we still run the air raid? That’s not a hypothetical, rhetorical question — I legitimately don’t know whether we run it anymore.With this offense I’d have to take Zac. Chelf is a rich man’s Daxx with some wheels which, with a good offensive line, is good enough to be All-Big 12. With this line it might not be good enough to be All-Payne County.center_img If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more