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WEMBLEY DREAMS FOR DONEGAL DUO STILL ALIVE AFTER PLAY-OFF DRAMA

first_imgIs the Donegal flag heading back to Wembley?Donegal soccer stars Carl McHugh and Stephen McLaughlin are still on course to face each  other at Wembley later this month in the League Two play-off final.McHugh from Lettermacaward played in Plymouth’s 3-2 home defeat to Wycombe in their opening leg defeat last night. Plymouth Argyle are managed by former Republic of Ireland player John Sheridan and his side found themselves 3-0 down after just 52 minutes. However, Plymouth showed great character and scored two goals in the last five minutes to give themselves a fighting chance in the return leg on Thursday night.McHugh will be hoping his side can produce a better performance on Thursday that will see him return to Wembley.McHugh was a pivotal figure in Bradford’s epic Carling cup run and reached the final of the competition in 2013.Former Harps star McLaughlin played for Phil Brown’s Southend in their 1-1 away draw with Stevenage FC. McLaughlin was impressive for Southend and played 78 minutes before being replaced.McLaughlin will be confident that Southend can use their home advantage to book themselves into the play-off final at Wembley.  WEMBLEY DREAMS FOR DONEGAL DUO STILL ALIVE AFTER PLAY-OFF DRAMA was last modified: May 10th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Carl McHughLeague TwonewsPlay-offsoccerSportStephen McLaughlinWEMBLEYlast_img read more

Chico High cross country shines at EAL Center Meet; Red Bluff finishes 5th

first_imgChico >> The Chico High cross country team’s Wednesday afternoon was a little too fast-paced to be dubbed “a walk in the park.” But a similar metaphor would suffice.The Panthers won both the boys and girls individual races at the Eastern Athletic League Center Meet, held at Hooker Oak Park on Wednesday. The boys team also took first overall out of five teams, while the girls took second as a squad.Red Bluff boys and girls each took home fifth in the five-team race, with the boys compiling 134 …last_img

Mammals With Super Senses

first_imgThese mammals are very different from each other except in how they put human technology to shame.BatsBats have an ambulance in their ears (Virginia Tech). Echolocating bats have a challenge. They need to be able to follow moths through foliage by sound alone. While they dart through bushes and trees after their prey, bats hear reflected noise from leaves and other objects, each with their own doppler shifts. Researchers at Virginia Tech found that bats perform a trick that filters out the “bad doppler” noise from the “good doppler” of the prey.“The animals move their ears fast enough so that sound waves that impinge on the ears are transformed by the motion of the ear surfaces and shifted to higher or lower frequencies,” said Mueller. “In fact, the bat species studied (horseshoe bats and Old World Roundleaf bats) can move their ears so fast that Doppler shifts of around 350 Hz can be created. This is about seven times larger than the smallest Doppler shift the animals haven been shown to be able to detect.”So how does this ear motion actually help them on the hunt?“The solution these two types of bats have come up with has been to tune in on the Doppler shifts that are produced by the wing beat motion of their prey,” Mueller explained. “These ‘good Doppler shifts’ serve as a unique identifying feature that sets prey apart from static distractors, such as leaves in foliage.”By imitating this trick, the researchers believe it “could give rise to new sensory principles that could enable small, yet powerful sensors,” for instance in “drones that can operate in dense foliage or autonomous underwater vehicles navigating near complex underwater structures.”Evolutionary theory did not help the research. The paper in PNAS says,These species were thought to be evolutionarily tuned to Doppler shifts generated by a prey’s wing beat. Self-generated Doppler shifts from the bat’s own flight motion were, for the most part, considered a nuisance that the bats compensate for. Our findings indicate that these Doppler-based biosonar systems may be more complicated than previously thought because the animals can actively inject Doppler shifts into their input signals.ElephantsElephants can judge the quantity of hidden food just by using smell (New Scientist). Put two buckets of food in front of an elephant, one with more than the other. Without being able to see the food, an elephant will most often pick the bucket with more. Double-blind experiments in Thailand showed that elephant olfaction is more complicated than scientists had thought:Elephants have more brain real estate dedicated to smell than other animals do, which may be related to the fact that their primary concerns are finding food and interacting with other elephants.“For a lot of large mammals, especially herbivorous ones, we don’t really understand what goes into the food finding process, whether it’s quality or quantity,” says Melissa Schmitt at the University of California, Santa Barbara. “This is some of the first evidence of how elephants choose food based on quantity alone, and using olfaction.”NarwhalsNarwhals have endured a million years with low genetic diversity, and they’re thriving (Science Daily). Those arctic whales with long tooth tusks sported by the males know more about genetics than scientists. Usually, scientists consider the amount of genetic diversity as a measure of population health. Danish scientists, however, were surprised that narwhals have low genetic diversity yet are doing well. This is contrary to evolutionary expectations, says the article:Low genetic diversity has historically been viewed as a species’ death sentence because it was thought that when members of a species have less DNA variation for natural selection to act on, they would struggle to adapt to changes in their surroundings. But this research suggests it might be more complicated than that.“There’s this notion that in order to survive and be resilient to changes, you need to have high genetic diversity, but then you have this species that for the past million [Darwin] years has had low genetic diversity and it’s still around — and is actually relatively abundant,” says Eline Lorenzen, an associate professor and curator at the Natural History Museum of Denmark.In each of these articles, evolutionary theory was either useless or wrong, sometimes wrong for decades. The scientists were surprised in each case, by how complicated the observations were.Darwinism is the most useless, simplistic, and wrong theory in the history of science. Can we ditch it and move into the 21st century now? (Visited 252 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Motorwind-powered energy

first_imgThe light, easy to use motorwind turbines offer a cheaper, equally effective energy Solution. The plastic material used to make the motorwind turbine can easily be recycled.(images:motorwavegroup.com) Khanyi MagubaneA new compact motorwind turbine marketed by a South African company, Phieco, will now make it possible for electricity to be produced using relatively cheaper, low wind speed.Unlike the traditional wind turbine, the motorwind turbine works from wind speeds of 1m a second, or 3.6km per hour and it doesn’t have to be shut down for very high wind speeds. The mechanisms can be installed on any support structure including buildings, poles, trees, rocks, mountains, bridges and at low heights.Most crucial to the environment, the motorwind turbines are made of recycled plastic, which, in turn, can be recycled several timesWhat is the motorwind turbine?French-born Lucien Gambarota, owner of the Motorwave company, developed the concept. Gambarota is now a resident in Hong Kong where he continues to work on the Motorwave and other renewable energy projects.Frustrated with his monthly electricity bills, Gambarota retreated to his workshop and eventually came up with the idea for a new type of wind turbine that uses very small plastic blades.The product was officially launched in March 2007. The manufacturing company, Motorwave, received additional research assistance from Hong Kong University. The company has since pledged to donate a portion of the profits from Motorwave’s sales to the university for further research in renewable energy technologies.Motorwind is the only renewable energy system in the world, which not only allows the production of power, but a clever marketing strategy, too. The micro-turbines come in a variety of colours making it easy for an individual, school or company to use the turbines creatively.The motorwind is not Gambarota’s first successful invention. A chemist by profession, Gambarota became familiar with plastic moulding during his 15-year career as a manufacturers’ representative for various Chinese toy factories.He has also developed a popular and lucrative toy lollipop in Hong Kong that lights up as the child eats it. He gained recognition in a Wall Street Journal article for his work on rewiring exercise machines in a Hong Kong gym to harness energy created by workouts.Each unit of electricity generated from motorwind displaces one unit generated from fossil fuels, with the added benefit that the electricity is consumed on-site. This amounts to a displacement of approximately 1.4 tonnes of CO2 per year – a significant environmental contribution.The motorwind does not have to be shut down during high winds. It has the ability to operate at wind speeds of up to 180km/h.Motorwind micro-turbines are lightweight, small in size, and flexible. This contributes to its easy installation process in both rural and urban environments. It is equally useful in the office and home.Motorwind turbines give users a new option for efficient renewable energy, thus minimising the negative impact on the environment.Due to its unique generation method of Mass Parallel Processing (MMP), Phieco is confident that motorwind is the next generation in wind turbines.The notable MPP process makes the motorwind system the only scalable wind turbine system in the world. Motorwind generates regulated and optimised energy for increased power efficiency.A need for consistent energyMarketing company, Phieco, specialises in the design, development, manufacture and distribution of quality renewable energy package solutions and products. It is currently the primary marketer of the motorwind system.Negotiations are in place for Phieco to start production of motorwind turbines locally to supply South Africa and other African countries.Started by directors James Lech and Roland Walker in October 2007, Phieco plans to focus on green housing and wind turbines.Due to the company’s strict selection criteria, Phieco has developed a first-class track record for stable and consistent product and service supply.Much of Phieco’s success can be attributed to its policy of supporting products and brands that have undergone extensive in-house testing. This, the company says, has created excellent relationships with their clients.South Africa’s not the only country that has benefited from Phieco’s successes. It has clinched a major deal with HSBC of Hong Kong and plans are underway to install motorwind turbines at a Mozambican resort.According to Lech, the company is set to offer energy generating alternatives to companies in South Africa. “We have installed the first wind-turbine supported billboard in Bryanston (north of Johannesburg)” says Lech. The company is confident that the results of this installation will encourage other local users to join the fight against pollution.According to Lech, the motorwind system is more efficient than conventional solar panels. While solar panels depend on sunshine, the motorwind turbines are more efficient, relying on more consistent wind factors.Lech claims that solar panels provide between 20% and 40% of the energy required, while the motorwind turbines provide up to 80% of the required energy.Apart from the billboard unit in Bryanston, Phieco has installed a trial system for the Department of Minerals and Energy. The current cost of the system is estimated to be between R3 400 ($440) for 20 turbines and R3.4-million ($440 000) for 20 000 units, which will produce 220kW of energy.Each motorwind unit has a diameter of 25cm, with power output per square meter at 166W.Lech says that even a set of 20 turbines, of one square metre, would have a positive impact on the environment. The turbines reportedly eliminate the equivalent of 0.072 tons of carbon monoxide a year, 340g of sulphur dioxide and 100g of nitrous oxide, which is usually emitted by fossil fuels. The turbines are made from recycled plastic, which, in turn, can be recycled again.Phieco currently employs 11 people and has 50 international subcontractors. With their primary vision of “Helping our customers to help their customers”, the company strives towards this goal by nurturing close relationships with their business partners.Some of the services provided by Phieco include conducting “energy audits”. This is the first step in going “green” or installing a renewable energy system. An energy audit enables the exact identification of the state of an organisation’s energy usage and needs.From this assessment, the company then provides recommendations with an array of simple and innovative cost effective solutions. Often, audited companies are put on an “energy diet” where they are taught how to use the new products in order to cut down on energy usage, without losing production efficiency.Phieco’s research and development division is always striving to find innovative ways to conserve energy. Phieco currently in partnership with the Marcus Behrman Foundation’s (MBF) green housing project, aimed at developing low-cost green housing solutions.The homes will not only benefit people within the lower income bracket, but will also cater for middle and high income households, as well as luxury homes. The project will also include industrial businesses, the retail sector and office buildings.Inspired by Marcus Behrman an artist, inventor and passionate lover of South Africa, the foundation is at the cutting edge of simple, strong, stable and low-cost eco-green housing technologies. Behrman passed away in 2007.According to the foundation’s website, “Each home is focused on quality and aimed at lasting close to 400 years or more, resulting in an asset that can be passed on from generation to generation.”One of the many significant projects of the foundation includes the building of the Soweto Hospice Childcare Centre. Construction on this healthcare facility started in February, 2008.Useful linksPhiecoMBF green housing projectMotorwaveDo you have any queries or comments on this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at [email protected]last_img read more

Gender violence ‘must stop’: Zuma

first_img14 February 2013Brutality and cruelty meted out to women was unacceptable and had no place in South Africa, President Jacob Zuma said in Cape Town on Thursday evening, directing the country’s law enforcement agencies to treat such cases with the utmost urgency.Delivering his 2013 State of the Nation Address in Parliament, Zuma said the brutal gang rape and murder of Anene Booysen and other women and girls in recent times had brought into sharp focus the need for unity in action to eradicate this scourge.He applauded all sectors for the awareness campaigns that had taken place already, and urged the National Council on Gender Based Violence to make combating violence against women an everyday campaign.The multi-stakeholder council, led by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, was established last year.Zuma said the country’s Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Units, which were re-established in 2010, had increased personnel.“During the last financial year, the units secured over 363 life sentences, with a conviction rate of 73% for crimes against women above 18 years old and 70% for crimes against children under 18 years of age,” he noted.He added that the government was introducing other mechanisms to protect women, such as the Protection from Harassment Bill. He said that while the Domestic Violence Act also provided protection, it only applied to persons who were in domestic relationships.“The Protection from Harassment Bill also deals with harassment by persons who stalk their victims by means of electronic communications.”In addition, the Combating of Trafficking in Persons Bill, passed by the National Assembly last year, was now at the National Council of Provinces. Once implemented, Zuma said, the law would assist women and children, who were often victims of this heinous crime.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more