first_imgKevin McGrath in action against Dunboyne.ROAD TO AVIVA: Kevin McGrath is one of the youngest members of Eamon Mc Conigley’s squad which is heading to the Aviva Stadium with Letterkenny Rovers and it will be an extra special day for the Glenwood Park man as his native town do battle with Crumlin.McGrath, who will turn 21 next month, is now in his 5th year with the senior side since making his debut at Castle Park in Buncrana as a 16 year-old, and on a dream debut set-up the winning goal in a 1-0 win.It’s McGrath’s 12th year with the club in total apart from a brief four-month sojourn with Rathmullan Celtic in the Donegal League during the USL off-season. He is the only player to have come through u10s, u12, u14, u16s, youths, u19s, reserves and senior.Many titles have been won with 3 Youth Leagues and a number of cups – while he also captained the team in the u19’s League of Ireland – for whom he played for a few seasons and formed a formidable midfield partnership with current Stevenage man Dale Gorman.He was also was an integral part of Eamon McConigleys side who won the USL Reserve double in 2013.Donegal Daily caught up with the unassuming McGrath this week and spoke to him about the huge match on Saturday. McGrath said, “It’s a great time for the club, and I’m well aware of how much hard work goes on behind the scenes.“I have seen a number of players come and go at the club but it’s fair to say that there is something different with this bunch of lads.“There seems to be a strong bond between the players which I haven’t experienced in football before, and I’m just glad all the work all year is beginning to pay off.“I’m always walking around the town and it would be great to walk down the town with the Cup on Sunday evening, so hopefully we can go and lift it now.“Crumlin are probably the standard bearer for Intermediate football in the country, but we are in the final on merit so we have a good chance to go on and win the thing now. “We dont fear anyone.”McGrath is a versatile player who can play in a number of different positions and even slotted in at right back for Rovers last game against Fanad United.“If Eamon asked me to go into goal I would have no bother doing it, but sure it might happen some day and maybe Rory might have to watch his back – but seriously anytime you get to wear the Rovers jersey its a great honour for anyone and if I get a chance to be involved on Saturday it would be brilliant.”ROAD TO AVIVA: OOH AAH KEVIN MCGRATH! ROVERS MIDFIELDER READY FOR BATTLE was last modified: May 11th, 2016 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:BattleCrumlinfai cupRoad to Aviva: Kevin McGrathlast_img read more

Conte on his and Batshuayi’s future, Moses, Hazard’s injury and dealing with West Ham

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesChelsea boss Antonio Conte was asked about a number of issues at his press conference ahead of Monday’s game at West Ham. Here’s some of what the Italian had to say. On whether he has received an offer from Inter Milan“Me personally? No.” On his futureEmbed from Getty Images“I think the situation is very clear. I have a contract with Chelsea and we are trying to do something important with the club for the present and for the future.“The only problem for me is that the family is missing me for sure.“They stay in Italy and I am working for the future to try to bring them here and to stay together, because my family is missing me.“The story (that he could leave) tells this, but I am not worried.“With my players I want to work very hard and I think we have to continue in this way to do something important this season, because we are in the right position.” On Eden Hazard“We have a little problem for Eden. In training on Wednesday he got a kick, but I think it’s nothing serious. Everyone else is fit.” On facing West HamEmbed from Getty Images“I think that we must pay attention in the whole squad and team because in the cup they beat us (in the EFL Cup).“The result wasn’t good. For sure we want to take three points in this game. It is a difficult game because we all know the difficulty in this type of game – a derby against West Ham.“We are preparing very well in the right way with the right commitment and focus.“It will be tough. It will be pressure, positive or negative pressure, but we are ready to to play this game and to try to do better than the last game.” On dealing with Andy CarrollEmbed from Getty Images“For sure Andy Carroll is a really good player, very strong physically and we must pay good attention.“We are preparing different solutions to try to limit the strength of our opponents but it is important for us to play our football, with our philosophy to try to play, to try to score and defend very well with high intensity.” On whether Michy Batshuayi has a future at ChelseaEmbed from Getty Images“The most important thing is the present. To work hard in the present and then at the end of the season we will see every situation with every single player.“Now he is working very well for us. He must continue to work and everything can happen.“If he shows me he deserves to play I am ready to put him in the starting 11. If this doesn’t happen then we will continue this way.” On Victor Moses’ new contractEmbed from Getty Images“It is right that Victor Moses deserves a new contract. He is a really good guy and a good player with a good technique and a great desire to fight. I think he deserved this.“When I saw him during pre-season I was very pleased with him to stay here for the whole season. He told me he was very happy to try to prove himself.“He said ‘I am ready to play for Chelsea’. I am pleased for him.”See also:Conte on Bakayoko, Hazard, Pedro’s setback and facing Spurs   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Live updates: Warriors vs. Kings, Friday at 7 p.m.

first_imgJoin us for live news and analysis Friday at 7 p.m. as the Warriors look to rebound from a real stinker when they face the Kings at Sacramento’s Golden 1 Center.The Warriors (19-10) had arguably one of their poorest efforts of the season Wednesday when they got smoked 113-93 by the Raptors in a showdown of the favorites to meet in the NBA Finals. Listless Golden State came into Oracle on a four-game winning streak and exited with some memories it would like to erase Friday.The Kings …last_img read more

Astrobiology Survives on Passionate Hope

first_imgWithout the words ‘might’ and ‘could,’ astrobiologists would have nothing to say.Two decades since astrobiology became a ‘science,’ there is still no evidence for life beyond earth. That doesn’t discourage the true believers. With olympic fervor, they reach a perfect score—zero—for actual evidence supporting their belief.Oceans on Jupiter? Gas Giants Might Start Out As ‘Steam Worlds’ ( Jupiter might have been a steamy water world before it became a gas giant. It might have lasted long enough to be habitable. And if it were habitable, life could have evolved there. That’s a summary of this article by Jesse Emspak, contributing author to Imagine anyone else proposing such face-free ideas and calling it science. But since John Chambers has a job as a scientist at the Carnegie Institution, he gets permission from Emspak to speculate freely and propagate his myths on this popular science news site.Water worlds could support life: Analysis challenges idea that life requires ‘Earth clone’ ( Because Earth’s many life-friendly features form such an improbable combination, astrobiologists are motivated to expand the boundaries of habitability. This article does not rely on actual evidence. It relies on computer models, programmed by believers in astrobiology. Such models can be considered as reliable as those programmed by believers in astrology.The conditions for life surviving on planets entirely covered in water are more fluid than previously thought, opening up the possibility that water worlds could be habitable, according to a new paper from the University of Chicago and Pennsylvania State University.The scientific community has largely assumed that planets covered in a deep ocean would not support the cycling of minerals and gases that keeps the climate stable on Earth, and thus wouldn’t be friendly to life. But the study, published Aug. 30 in The Astrophysical Journal, found that ocean planets could stay in the “sweet spot” for habitability much longer than previously assumed. The authors based their findings on more than a thousand simulations.Did you previously think that? Did you previously assume that? Beware lest the bio-astrologers snare you in their tontological net.Carl Sagan standing by Viking model.Life on Mars? 40 Years Later, Viking Lander Scientist Still Says ‘Yes’ ( Background: in 1976, two NASA craft landed on Mars in two different places and ran 3 carefully-designed experiments to specifically search for life. Two of the three experiments gave negative results, but one, the ‘labeled-release experiment’ (LRE) was inconclusive. Most scientists concluded that abiological chemistry could explain the ‘fizzy’ results. The subsequent discovery of ubiquitous perchlorates supported the abiological interpretation. This highly optimistic article, though, squeezes the ambiguous result for all it’s worth, using the principal investigator of the LRE, Gilbert Levin, as principal cheerleader. He makes it seem that subsequent evidence for water under the ice caps of the red planet justifies his belief that Viking found life in the Martian soil. Like a modern-day P.T. Barnum, he touts his greatest show on Mars, with fingers drumming for NASA funds.Go to Sea with Astrobiologists Visiting Hawaii to Learn How to Look for Alien Life ( Astrobiologists are setting out to search for extraterrestrial life—in Hawaii! NASA is paying their way to use techniques that might come in handy some day for evaluating claims of life on other planets. Sounds like a fun job if you can get it. Amy Smith gets to study a seamount in the Pacific.She’s particularly interested in finding out whether any critters can use hydrogen as a source of energy, since that molecule can be found below the ice of Enceladus. In addition to studying microbes at the site, she’ll also take samples for genetic testing and gather specimens to try to grow in her lab. “Since this environment is similar to what we might find, we predict, on other ocean worlds, we’re hoping to get some answers as to what kinds of life might be there,” Smith said.Other scientists get to participate remotely with ‘telepresence’ to watch the fun. Your tax dollars at work, making it seem like astrobiology is real science, even if there is no evidence for it.Small Doses of RealityOmega Centauri Is a Terrible Place to Look for Habitable Planets ( Cross off globular clusters as pleasant nurseries for life, Nola Taylor Redd says. A big one, Omega Centauri, “probably doesn’t contain many habitable worlds, a new study suggests.” The problem? Neighboring stars would steal the water. This letdown applies to other similar clusters.Previous studies had suggested that a globular cluster might be the first place where intelligent life is identified in the galaxy. That’s because the roughly 150 clusters around the Milky Way are about 10 billion years old, with stars roughly the same age, giving life plenty of time to emerge and evolve.Unfortunately, the large but cozy environment of Omega Centauri works against hopes for habitability. Even compact planetary systems would struggle to exist in the core of the cluster, where stars lie an average of 0.16 light-years apart, the new study suggests.When the world is not enough: how to find another planet to live on  (The Conversation). Eamonn Kerins at the University of Manchester, an astrophysicist, tries to remain optimistic about space travel by humans to other planets, but he knows better than to upset facts. After relating the history of discovering exoplanets, and the prospects for better detection, he hits the brakes a little:There are of course many other factors beyond bulk planet characteristics that contribute critically to the success of evolved life here on Earth. The truth is that our descendents [sic] won’t know for sure that they’ve found Earth-2 until they try living on it. So, while we would not hand an empty map to our brave space explorers of the future, we are a long way from being able to guarantee them habitable accommodation.And, lets [sic] be clear, the long journey time even to our nearest exoplanet neighbour, Proxima b, means that it is definitely a one-way ticket. Indeed, with current technology, this journey would take tens of thousands of years.Then he remembers some other challenges for the poor wayfaring earthlings:During their voyage the astronauts also have to shield themselves from potentially fatal doses of cosmic rays. They must also avoid muscular and skeletal wasting, and cope with the psychological demands of being locked up for years in a large tin can. At their destination, they will also have to adjust to life as an alien without the advantages of evolutionary adaption [sic] that we enjoy on Earth. This is probably the greatest challenge of all.Oh well, it was fun to be optimistic for a few paragraphs. Should humans expect to colonize space? “All things considered,” he ends, “it’s one long journey for a man, one giant roll of the dice for mankind.”If Darwin skeptics ever presented theories this fact-free, their words would be mocked, trashed, and rejected. Oh wait; they are anyway, facts notwithstanding.(Visited 316 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Integration ‘key to Africa’s growth’

first_img9 May 2013 Closer regional integration will be crucial for addressing underlying weaknesses in Africa’s long-term competitiveness and ensuring that the continent delivers on its massive growth promise, according to the Africa Competitiveness Report 2013. The report, jointly produced by the African Development Bank, the World Bank and the World Economic Forum, was released on the opening day of the World Economic Forum on Africa meeting in Cape Town on Thursday. According to the report, despite the impressive growth strides made by many African economies, the continent’s competitiveness as a whole trails other emerging regions – especially in quality of institutions, infrastructure, macroeconomic policies, education and technological adoption – while large gaps persist between its highest and lowest ranked economies. “Africa’s growth needs to be seen in the wider international context, where encouraging gains in economic growth belie an underlying weakness in its long-term competitiveness,” WEF chief economist Jennifer Blanke said in a statement on Thursday. “Regional integration is key to addressing this weakness through the delivery of wider social and economic benefits, and should be prioritised by Africa’s leaders as they look to ensure that Africa delivers on its promise.” Regional integration, according to the report, will be a key vehicle for helping Africa to diversify its economic base and create enough jobs for its young, fast-urbanising population. Gaiv Tata, Africa region director for the World Bank Group, said that Africa had been enjoying an economic transformation, with growth rates of more than 5% annually over the past decade. “To turn its economic gains into sustainable growth and shared prosperity, Africa’s public and private sectors must work together to connect the continent’s markets, deepen regional integration, and adopt reforms that enhance national competitiveness.” According to the report, Africa’s share of world trade remains low, despite numerous regional economic communities and market liberalisation at the domestic level, with intra-African trade being particularly limited. The report identifies cumbersome and non-transparent border administration, limited use of information communication technologies, and a persistent infrastructure deficit as the major barriers to higher levels of regional integration. Africa’s infrastructure deficit is identified as a particularly serious impediment, made more pronounced by growth in consumer markets and urbanisation. “Developing adequate and efficient infrastructure will assist African economies to increase productivity in manufacturing and service delivery, contribute to improvements in health and education, and help deliver more equitable distribution of national wealth,” the report states. Mthuli Ncube, chief economist at the African Development Bank, said that sustained high economic growth “often occurs in an environment where there is a meaningful infrastructure development. “It is therefore imperative that planning for both national and regional infrastructure projects is coupled with the requisite legal and regulatory framework that will allow for increased involvement of the private sector in infrastructure development on a public-private partnerships model,” Ncube said. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

African designers to collaborate with Ikea

first_imgIkea, the Swedish company that specialises in designing and manufacturing furniture, appliances and home technology, wants to collaborate with South African and African designers on its 2019 home décor collection.African design aesthetic in architecture, fashion and the visual arts combines modernity with tradition. It is this unique combination that home décor company Ikea wants to bring to the rest of world in a new collaboration with African designers. (Image: Wikipedia)CD AndersonThanks to an initiative started by Design Indaba South Africa, international home décor company Ikea is working with several African designers in creating the group’s 2019 collection.African design aesthetic in architecture, fashion and the visual arts combines modernity with tradition. It is this unique combination that home décor company Ikea wants to bring to the rest of world in a new collaboration with African designers. (Image: Design Indaba)Over the past 22 years, the Design Indaba has become one of the continent’s premier events for the promotion of African design, art and technology. The 2017 indaba is being held in Cape Town from 1-3 March, at which some of the best the continent has to offer is being highlighted.Ikea was founded in Sweden in 1943 as a mail-order business selling pencils, postcards, and other merchandise. Furniture was added in 1948. Today it is driven by the vision: “To create a better everyday life for the many people”. This is done through creating sophisticated, stylish and quality home décor. As of August 2016, the Ikea Group has 340 stores in 28 countries.African design aesthetic in architecture, fashion and the visual arts combines modernity with tradition. It is this unique combination that home décor company Ikea wants to bring to the rest of world in a new collaboration with African designers. (Image: Ikea)Thanks to Design Indaba’s founder, Ravi Naidoo, and Ikea head of design Marcus Engman, this global brand will feature a significant African aesthetic across its range, spotlighting the work of African architects, illustrators and designers.“The creative explosion which is taking place in several cities around Africa right now is something Ikea is curious about. We want to learn from this and spread it to the rest of the world,” Engman told CNN.Design Indaba 2017 promotes the work of creatives from South Africa, Kenya, Senegal, Egypt, Angola, Ivory Coast and Rwanda for consideration for the Ikea project, centred on the theme of modern rituals and the importance they play in the home.“We have learnt so much from the collaboration to date,” Naidoo wrote on the Design Indaba website. “The scale at Ikea is staggering, yet it is still true to its founding principles, with which we find such symmetry. It looks towards democratising design and is happy to be infiltrated by external ideas. In addition, we love its credo: a better everyday life for everyone. Now, urban Africa and our intrepid pan-continental group of reformers, thinkers, makers and activists will also inspire it.”Some of the big names in African design participating in the project include renowned Rwandan architect Christian Benimana and Senegalese fashion designer Selly Raby Kane, whose eclectic, proudly African designs are a favourite of international stars such as Beyoncé and Rihanna.South African knitwear designer Laduma Ngxokolo, with his quirky Xhosa beadwork-inspired creations, is also one of the Ikea collaborators.Another big African name in the world of architecture, Ivorian Issa Diabate, says the project is a chance for the world to see a modern African design aesthetic. “Certain approaches in many urban African environments could benefit or contaminate the international world of design,” he said in a statement on the Design Indaba website.The collection will launch in Ikea stores around the world in 2019. While Ikea does not have much of a presence in Africa, with its only African stores in Morocco and Egypt, Engman says the company will be using this African collaboration as an opportunity to evaluate new markets further south.Read CNN’s full piece on the origins of the Ikea Design Indaba project here.Source: CNN, AFK InsiderWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

USDA adds flexibility for cover crop management in 2020

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 2018 Farm Bill mandated changes to the treatment of cover crops for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs, which add more flexibility to when cover crops must be terminated while remaining eligible for crop insurance. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Risk Management Agency (RMA) developed new guidelines and policy provisions to enact these changes, which will be available beginning with the 2020 crop year. With these changes, NRCS is now recognized as an agricultural expert resource for cover crop management systems.“USDA is working to quickly implement the 2018 Farm Bill to better serve our customers,” said Bill Northey, USDA Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation. “These new guidelines will provide more flexibility for our customers who want to plant cover crops to meet their production and conservation goals for their farms.”Producers now know up front that insurance will attach at time of planting the insured crop. Cover crop management practices are covered by Good Farming Practice provisions, and the guidelines are no longer a requirement for insurance to attach.“Now, cover crop management practices will be treated like all other farming decisions such as fertilizer application, seeding rates, and tillage practices,” Northey said.More InformationCrop insurance is sold and delivered solely through private crop insurance agents. A list of crop insurance agents is available at all USDA Service Centers and online at the RMA Agent Locator. Producers can use the RMA Cost Estimator to get a premium amount estimate of their insurance needs online.Cover crops have the potential to provide multiple benefits in a cropping system. To learn more about cover crop termination guidelines, selection tools and more, visit the NRCS Cover Crops and Soil Health webpage and RMA Cover Crops webpage.last_img read more

A tale of two trackables

first_img SharePrint RelatedTrackable Stories of the WeekSeptember 16, 2011In “Community”Share Your Trackable StoriesSeptember 12, 2010In “Community”MAT – the Travel Bug® that TeachesSeptember 18, 2012In “Learn” On September 19, Jedi Master Yoda was moved from California to New York City.Jedi Master Yoda traveled from California to New YorkWhen I looked closely, I realized that both Travel Bugs were in the same geocache on the same day: Snug as a Bug in Central Park (GC12F8M). Thor was placed September 18th and moved September 19th. Yoda was placed September 19th and moved the next day. I have no way of knowing if both Travel Bugs were in the geocache at the same time, but they were clearly logged in on the same day.GC12F8M – A view from Snug as a Bug in Central ParkWhat are the chances of this happening: two Travel Bugs created by the same person, placed thousands of miles apart, and brought to the same geocache by different people on the same day?This is why we love Geocaching. I wanted to share my store with the Geocaching community but wasn’t sure how. That’s why I’m writing you here. Please feel free to share this story!Share with your Friends:More Geocacher Heidi, aka teamhine, wrote in to Geocaching HQ to share this amazing coincidence about two Travel Bug trackables that happened recently. Last April, I created a trackable for my daughter and named it Thor. We dropped Thor into GC5RCNK – Left Field Bench in Wilsonville, Oregon. But subsequently my sister, who geocaches under ljh, traveled to Europe and took Thor with her. They traveled together throughout Germany, Spain, Belgium, and the Netherlands.TB6VTCJ – Thor, the Baseball Travel Bug On September 18, Thor was moved from Europe to New York City.Thor traveled from California to Europe, New York, and Australia In August, I created a Jedi Master Yoda trackable for my son. We dropped Yoda into GCXYTC Seaside View on Angel Island, California where he stayed for about a month before getting grabbed and taken to the east coast.TB6C97M – Jedi Master Yoda, the Key Travel Buglast_img read more

Smart city startups plumb the waterworks for IoT data

first_imgSurveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities Donal Power Related Posts How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … Data-related opportunities await Internet of Things (IoT) entrepreneurs in smart city water programs as top-down utilities allow smaller players to play.Ecopreneurist recounted some of the more interesting ideas to emerge from a recent MIT conference on smart city water issues.Smart water management is seen as a blooming opportunity for eco-startups, with the market expected to grow to $20 billion in 2021 from $8.5 billion in 2016.See also: Can IoT turn back climate change?Driving these opportunities is the emerging trend towards approaching city water utilities from a holistic perspective rather than from the traditional top-down approach.This means that utility managers are now turning to smaller players to boost efficiency and increase value through better use of IoT innovation.This opens the door for opportunities in the area of smart water metering, which can reduce carbon footprints, while enhancing management and operational efficiencies.“Cities need to identify endpoint leakage; gain clarity between leakage, non-revenue water and chargeable consumption; establish consumption patterns; use predictive analytics to regulate supply; and, set up adjustable alarm notifications to predict/prevent end point anomalies,” summarized Ecopreneurist from the conference.Conference speakers cited water leaks as the biggest problem facing city water managers, with leak detection as a critical opportunity area for IoT improvements.“Software can sync with meters and controllers on a customer’s property to remotely control outdoor irrigation use and monitor flow through pipes into a building,” said the article. “The impact can have up to 50% water savings and ongoing, real-time leak detection.”More opportunities in weather forecastingAnother opportunity area is weather anticipation and adjustment, powered by intelligent systems that can think on their own.In order to cope with fast changing weather-driven challenges, such systems will need to redesign themselves minute by minute to maximize efficiencies.And of course new software and hardware developments are enabling data opportunities that were previously unknown.Measuring detailed, time-based information is being powered by technological breakthroughs that enable remote communications and interval data measurement.For consumers, this can create capabilities to monitor water usage via smart sprinklers and faucets.center_img Tags:#data analysis#IoT#Smart Cities#smart city#smart water How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In…last_img read more

Flights diverted to Agartala

first_imgSeveral passenger aircraft landed at the Agartala airport on Monday as flights for Kolkata’s Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport were diverted to different destinations due to bad weather. Eight flights made a halt at the airport which could not even operate routine flights for Kolkata.“There was an emergency situation due to incessant rains and heavy winds in Kolkata. Nearly 30 midair flights were diverted to different sectors as a safety measure,” an official of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) told The Hindu.He said flights were told to land in the Agartala, Bhubaneswar, Bagdogra and Ranchi airports. The diversion started in the morning, he added. The situation also disrupted normal flight operations from Agartala.last_img read more