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RHT, Upper Corentyne advance to final

first_imgBCB/ANSA McAL Skyy Vodka 20/20 Tournament…High-level cricket returned to the Upper Corentyne area on Sunday, and residents turned up in large numbers to witness the semi-finals of the 2018 Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) Skyy Vodka 20/20 Tournament at the Number 69 Vikings Ground.The victorious Rose Hall Town Gizmos & Gadgets Cricket TeamThe stands were packed to capacity while spectators also lined the boundary boards around the Ground. Upper Corentyne and Rose Hall Town Gizmos & Gadgets advanced to the final after recording victories over Albion and Skeldon.Both games were closely contested as all four teams fought all the way, to leave the large crowd on their feet.In the first match, Albion, batting first, were restricted to 104 all out in 20 overs. Ritesh Umroa (22), national player Jonathan Foo (21) and Ramesh Kassinauth (18) were the principal scorers while Upper Corentyne’s Devendra Budhoo took 2-15, Devendra Chatterpaul claimed 2-19 and A Roopchand bagged 2-20.Albion, expertly led by Foo, defended the small total with purposeful bowling and fielding, but two attacking innings from Rishi Persaud (39) and Latchman Roopchand (35 not out) saw Upper Corentyne to 106 for 6 from 19.3 overs.National Under-19 left arm spinner Kevin Umroa took 3-18 while off-spinner Karran Arjpaul picked up 2-19.In the second semi-final, Skeldon won the toss and surprisingly invited RHT to take first strike despite the Number 69 pitch proving difficult for stroke playing.National Under-19 players Kevin and Junior Sinclair added 32 for the first wicket in six overs before Errol Byass trapped Junior Sinclair lbw for 7.RHT then slipped to 32-3, after losing two more wickets for no runs. They eventually struggled to 63 for 6 at the end of the 13th over before National Under-19 player Kevlon Anderson produced a classy innings of 45, which included a single boundary.He received crucial support from all-rounder Keith Simpson (20) to add 50 for the seventh wicket. RHT reached 125-8 from 20 overs as medium pacer Jermaine Reid took 4-12 while Byass supported with 2-30.Skeldon began their chase aggressively and raced to 50-2 from six overs as Naresh Deo (34) and Ryan Ramdass put up two good cameos. However, the introduction of Captain and leg-spinner Shawn Pereira changed the course of the game as he spun webs around the confused Skeldon batsmen to end with 5-9 from four overs.No other Skeldon batsman reached double figures as the home team were bowled out for 88, much to the disappointment of the large crowd. Eon Hooper and Kevin Sinclair took two wickets each for 10 and 21, respectively.The grand finale is scheduled for Sunday, October 14, at the same venue. Albion and Skeldon are scheduled to battle for third place while the winner of the tournament walks away $100,000 richer.BCB President Hilbert Foster was full of praise for the massive turnout of spectators while he was also very impressed by the cooperation of the Number 69 Vikings Cricket Club.The Club, with the help of overseas donors, undertook emergency work at the venue valued more than $700,000 to accommodate the final of the tournament sponsored by ANSA McAL under its Skyy Vodka brand.Foster also committed to taking more major First Division matches to the area in the future.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>File & Caption: Shawn PereiraFile: RHTCaption: The victorious Rose Hall Town Gizmos & Gadgets Cricket Team2last_img read more

 

Picture Special: Proud moments at Loreto Secondary School awards

first_imgLoreto Secondary School held its annual prize-giving with plenty of special moments for all the students and staff.The ceremony is one of the highlights of the school year where staff take the opportunity to acknowledge the efforts and achievements of the students in the same academic year.A wonderful night was had by all, with teachers saying they are extremely proud of the many talents and successes of their students. See below…Picture Special: Proud moments at Loreto Secondary School awards was last modified: October 23rd, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more

 

Hopes high at QPR after Holloway’s return – but Norwich look good for at least a point

first_imgIan Holloway takes charge of his first match since returning as QPR boss when they face Norwich at Loftus Road on Saturday. He inherits a struggling Rangers side, 17th in the Championship table, while the Canaries have lost three of their last four league games and need the points to get their own season back on track, having long been considered automatic promotion candidates.Alex Neil’s side are 5/4 to win, with an R’s victory and the draw both at 23/10.This is a massive game for both sides for different reasons and I think the points will be shared in a 1-1 draw, which is 6/1 at BetVIctor.Rangers have 27 points to play for between now and 2 January, including five home games; they must get back to making Loftus Road a difficult place for opposition teams to play.Fulham, meanwhile, are looking for a third straight win at home to Sheffield Wednesday.The Whites are 11/8 to beat the Owls, with the draw 23/10 and the visitors 21/10. Fulham are 31/10 to win to nil, with Chris Martin 11/2 to open the scoring.Fulham are in to 9/1 to be promoted and 9/4 to make the top six. This is a game they need to win to maintain their promotion charge.Brentford travel to face a Blackburn team who currently sit just one place off the foot of the table. Rovers are marginal favourites at 13/8, with the Bees 17/10 and the draw at 23/10.Rovers are a shade of odds-on (10/11) to be playing in League One next term and new boss Owen Coyle is sure to have them fired up for Saturday’s clash.Dean Smith’s side must be ready for the challenge. If they are, that 17/10 is too big.For all the latest odds, check out www.betvictor.comHave a good weekend everyone.Charlie Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

 

Biomimetics Inspires Education

first_img(Visited 38 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Students and teachers are catching on to the potential of biological design to inspire good science.Noticing that the blades in many wind farms were not turning, Michael Carruth, a junior at Colorado University, thought there must be a more efficient design for a wind turbine. Taking inspiration from birds, flowers and various wing types, he invented one. His professor encouraged it. The take-away quote from an article in Science Daily is from his instructor, Michael Belluci:“Michael was looking at biomimicry, taking inspiration from the natural world to build something that’s beautiful, efficient and sustainable,” said Bellucci. “We teach our students to use natural systems to influence design, because design is inherent in everything. ENVD students have a broader picture of the world.“The word design is found all through the article. Carruth was first attracted to the environmental design program at CU, because, he says, “I like the freedom of expression that comes with design.” His turbine uses sails that open and close to increase efficiency. “Even the design is drawn from nature, mimicking a wing or a flower caught in the air.” His design project, named VAST (Vertical-Axis Sail-Turbine), even attracted a research grant.“I want to make the world better in terms of exploring new ways of doing architecture,” he [Carruth] said. “Philosophically changing our relationship with problems, which requires a different level of design. I feel a deep connection with trees, wind, water and light. A lot of that is what drives my desire for change.”There’s no shortage of subject matter to provide inspiration. Here are some other recent advances in biomimetics:Bat-flight inspires unique design for micro air vehicles (Science Daily): Work on micro-air vehicles (MAVs) at the University of Southampton shows that biomimetics is thriving across the pond: “One emerging trend among MAV developers is to draw inspiration from the natural world to design vehicles that can achieve better flight performance and that offer similar levels of controllability to small drones but use the efficiency provided by wings to fly much further [sic].”Material heterogeneity in cancellous bone promotes deformation recovery after mechanical failure (PNAS): This paper tells why your bones are resistant to breaking. “The ability to recover deformation after failure improves long-term function of bones after a fracture. Our findings suggest a previously unidentified design strategy of man-made foams in which material heterogeneity can be used to mitigate the effect of local failure to better maintain mechanical function.”Sponge structure key to mopping up oil spills (Science Daily): While not mentioning biological inspiration specifically, this article talks about research in Italy working on “An interconnected structure, which water can easily flow through,” that “is key to creating a highly effective mechanical sponge for clearing oil spills.” Marine sponges fit this description.Super-stretchy robot skin can become brighter when it bends (New Scientist): “A glowing skin for robots can also be stretched to more than six times its original size. It was inspired by octopuses, whose colour-changing organs and flexible bodies allow them to modify their posture and hue for communication and camouflage.” Lots of applications foreseen here, from electronics to “mood robots” (see Science Daily). The research is published in Science Magazine.Unlocking the secrets of squid sucker ring teeth (Science Daily): Surprise: the sharp “teeth” that line the suckers of some squid tentacles are composed entirely of proteins like the ones in spider silk, without any bone or mineral. “Those proteins, called suckerins, give the teeth their strength and stretchiness, and could one day be used as the basis for biomaterials with many potential biomedical applications.”Bendy bugs inspire roboticists (Nature): Elizabeth Pennisi writes about how scientists are fascinated with cockroaches, honeybees and bumblebees. Why? They can bend without breaking. “By mimicking the combination of rigid and flexible parts that gives insect exoskeletons and wings their resilience, biomechanicists are making robots tougher.”Tiny Molecules Could Solve Problems Supercomputers Take Lifetimes to Crack (Live Science): Let’s compare your brain with a supercomputer, shall we?Modern supercomputers are staggeringly powerful. The world’s fastest supercomputer, Tianhe-2 in China, is capable of carrying out up to about 55 quadrillion calculations per second, which is many thousands of times more than a desktop computer or video game console.However, conventional supercomputers generally perform operations in sequence, one at a time. In contrast, brains can perform many operations simultaneously, or in parallel. The human brain also powers these cellular processes by chemically converting the molecule adenosine triphosphate, or ATP, into other molecular forms, an energy-efficient process that generates far less heat than do silicon chips.These factors may partly explain why brains can solve certain problems much faster than can conventional supercomputers while consuming less power. For instance, the human brain consumes only about 20 watts of power, which is barely enough to run a dim light bulb, while Tianhe-2 consumes about 17.8 megawatts of power, which is enough to run about 900,000 such light bulbs.No wonder researchers in England and America are hot on the search to build “biological computers” running on ATP. Climate scientists should take note.Educators are catching on to the fact that biomimetics is where the future is. It’s also where the money is. Smart science seeks to understand basic principles in the natural world and not only explain them but apply them. Biomimetics fulfills those ideals. It is rich with potential. To go to the effort to understand something, you have to be interested in it. What could be more interesting than seeing something in nature working extremely well? Biomimicry is good for students, for professors, for scientists, for engineers, and for governments. Let’s promote it early on in the classroom.last_img read more

 

Sugar CRM Matches Salesforce.com with Web Service Integration

first_imgSocial Feeds is an activity stream that provides statuses, alerts and notifications similar to the functionality in social networks. Users may exchange information and collaborate with team members. They can also receive alerts on key changes in customer information and updates on recent team activity. More New FeaturesMobile Studio: Views are now customizable, which allows Sugar administrators to create a more streamlined mobile experience for users. Administrators may also remove or move default fields and add or delete modules depending on the needs of the user. Dynamic Teams: Users may add multiple individuals to a CRM record, which improves their ability to collaborate on complex projects. For example, sales and support can be added to the same record. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… SummaryDashboards and real-time technologies represent the new CRM environment. The new offerings from Sugar CRM put it in line with Salesforce.com’s capabilities. Salesforce.com may still have an edge with its Force.com platform, but third-party integrations put Sugar CRM in step with the market, especially with clients that prefer an open-source platform. Tags:#enterprise#news#NYT#Products 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts alex williams My Portal Dashlet: This allows users to view information from external web sites and applications within the SugarCRM instance. According to Sugar, product and news updates about SugarCRM can be integrated into the homepage. They can be changed, minimized or shared across users, teams and roles. This is another example of a dashboard environment that gives the user deeper views across varying data points. IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Sugar CRM is opening its platform for better third-party web integration with LinkedIn, Jigsaw and Hoovers.The service is part of a broad upgrade launched today that includes features similar to Salesforce.com’s newest offerings.New features include social feeds that provide statuses, alerts and notifications similar to the functionality found in social networks such as Facebook. An improved mobile service gives users a more streamlined experience when out on the road.Sugar CRM is a competitor to Salesforce.com, which launched Salesforce Chatter last month. Salesforce Chatter is a real-time, social network for the enterprise that integrates with third-party applications.The new features in Sugar CRM 5.5 are by no means groundbreaking, as a number of companies offer varying flavors of real-time technologies and third-party integrations. But Sugar’s features do offer a comprehensive upgrade that give it more leverage in the market.Cloud Connectors may be the most significant upgrade. It uses web services to connect third-party services such as LinkedIn, which allows users to receive the most up-to-date account and lead information. It reminds us of the new cloud service launched by MindTouch, which stitches data together from multiple sources.last_img read more

 

Swelling Ganga brings a spate of trouble to people of U.P.

first_imgSunita Mallah could only salvage a pair of clothes, two little cots, a buffalo, a plate, a spoon and a tumbler. Though the water level had been constantly rising for days, slowly but steadily, she did not anticipate that, by Saturday evening, her semi-pucca hut would get submerged in the swelling Ganga.‘Everything drowned’“The water rose swiftly and, while we still deciding on evacuation, it reached chest-high. We could not take out anything. Everything we had, drowned. Only our lives were saved,” says Ms. Sunita, sitting on a cot, her children, two of them still in their school uniform, by her side.After escaping the flooded Devipurva village in Unnao on a boat along with her family, Sunita, who belongs to a community of traditional boatmen, a Backward Class, took shelter on a bridge connecting the district to Kanpur’s Bithoor. All that they, along with dozens of other families, have for shelter are makeshift tarpaulin tents. With little or no cash, they are surviving on relief material and food packets provided by the administration, even as the river remains in its swollen state.“The last time we saw such was situation was in 2011. We had to evacuate to another area. There is nothing to shelter us except for this tarpaulin. If it rains heavily again, we won’t have anything to protect us,” says another Mallah woman, also named Sunita. The flood damaged all her crops, mattresses and clothes. Depressed by the annual flood situation along the Ganga, she lashes out at the government for failing to provide a permanent solution.“Every time there is a flood, they provide us food packets, that’s all,” she says.80 deadThe recent bout of heavy rainfall has caused havoc in parts of U.P., with at least 80 persons dead since September 1, and over 2,000 houses and huts damaged or submerged, with territory of over 1.12 lakh hectares affected.According to the Uttar Pradesh Disaster Management Authority, on Thursday evening, there were still 153 marooned villages and 805 flood-affected villages in the State, directly impacting over 5 lakh people. On Thursday, 18 deaths were reported, with four each in Unnao and Faizabad, and two each in Rampur and Gonda, and 158 homes were damaged.According to Relief Commissioner Sanjay Kumar, till 5 p.m., 47,470 people had been evacuated to safe spots, while 21,629 were living in 170 relief camps across the State.In Unnao alone, 32,453 persons were rescued from 17 villages and more than 12,000 people are currently living in 32 relief camps. “I don’t know how long we will carry on like this. I have nine animals to take care of. Two calves have already taken ill and cannot walk any more,” says Ram Janaki of Babu Bangali village.Suresh Mallah, who is listening to the conversation, adds that the waters damaged all his vegetable crops and animal fodder, and drowned two goats. “The wall of my house fell and my goats panicked and jumped out, only to drown,” said Mr. Suresh.Temporary relief The administration is shifting rescued persons to the nearest temples or schools for temporary relief. Videos of affected areas shared by the villagers showed many homes submerged completely. Many rivers across the State continued to be swollen. The Ganga was flowing over the danger mark in Naraura in Bulandshahr, Kachlabridge in Budaun, Fatehgarh in Farukkhabad and Ballia, while the Ghagra had crossed dangerous levels in Barabanki, Ayodhya and Ballia.In Shahjahanpur, the Ramganga was also above the red mark, so was the Sharda in Lakhimpur Kheri and Kuano in Chandriphat in Gonda.last_img read more

 

NSWTA State Cup to celebrate 20th at Port

first_imgThe 2008 New South Wales Touch Association (NSWTA) State Cup taps off on Friday, 5 December 2008. This year marks the 20th consecutive year it has been held in Port Macquarie.The three day tournament will attract 180 teams in 15 divisions with all vying to be crowned NSW State Champions.  In the Men’s Open, Pool 1 is the Pool of Death with Hornsby, Canterbury, Penrith, Parramatta, Wagga Wagga, and Lismore all drawn in it. 2007 Champions Canterbury and 2008 Vawdon Cup winners Hornsby should progress to the Quarter Finals but the other two spots are up for grabs. After a strong Vawdon Cup campaign, Penrith should claim one of the spots on offer although Jamie Stowe (Parramatta), Nathan Jones (Lismore), and Andrew Baggio (Wagga Wagga) will all be trying to get their respective sides into the business end of the competition.  In Pool 2, Easts will be looking to recapture their form from 2007 which lead them to the State Cup final after a disappointing Vawdon Cup. Wests are the other team favoured to do the damage in the second pool.In the eight team Women’s Open competition, Canterbury, Wests, Easts and Wollongong are favoured to progress to the Semi-Finals. After seven tough preliminary rounds, teams will need enough petrol in the tank to perform when it is most needed. The 21 team Mixed Open division is more difficult to pick a winner but Wests, Easts, Wollongong and Manly have strong line-ups on paper.For further information on the NSWTA State Cup including the draw and team details, visit http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=14%2525252525252520-856-0-0-0last_img read more

 

Quebec First Nations seeking more documents from Ottawa on education bill

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador (AFNQL) is demanding additional internal documents from Ottawa linked to the controversial First Nation education bill as part of its ongoing Federal Court case against the Harper government.The AFNQL made the request via letter on Sept. 30. The federal government has until the end of the month to respond.The latest request follows Ottawa’s surprise filing on Sept. 10 of a previously undisclosed document which outlined the framework for Bill C-33, the First Nation Control of First Nation Education Act. The document was signed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt and former Assembly of First nations national chief Shawn Atleo.The emergence of the document forced the AFNQL to reassess its legal strategy which led to the postponement of a planned hearing last month.The Quebec-based First Nation organization launched its Federal Court action last February seeking a judicial review of Ottawa’s consultation process leading to the tabling of Bill C-33.Zachary Davis, the lawyer for the AFNQL, sent the letter to Justice Canada lawyer Eric Gingras requesting four categories of documents from Ottawa. The documents requested include “discussions papers,” background explanations, analyses and policy options related to Bill C-33 and its tabling.According to Davis’ letter, the First Nation organization is seeking documents on Valcourt’s recommendations to cabinet around the decision to table Bill C-33, the consultation process for the proposed bill and the policy behind it.The AFNQL is also seeking documents sent to individuals outside the federal cabinet that discussed the bill, its tabling and the consultation process. In addition, the AFNQL wants all documents, including correspondence, meeting minutes and any drafts related to an agreement on Bill C-33.Currently, the bill remains in limbo after the Assembly of First Nations chiefs voted to reject the proposed Act. The Harper government had tied $1.9 billion in funding to Bill C-33.Chiefs rejected the bill because they felt it gave too much power to the minister over First Nation education.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

 

Sherlock star Cumberbatch praised for tackling muggers

first_imgLONDON – The food-delivery firm Deliveroo thanked Benedict Cumberbatch on Saturday after a newspaper reported that the “Sherlock” star had fought off muggers who were attacking one of its cyclists.Uber driver Manuel Dias told the Sun newspaper that he was driving Cumberbatch and his wife Sophie Hunter along London’s Marylebone High Street when they saw a cyclist being hit with a bottle.He said Cumberbatch jumped out of the car and grabbed one of the attackers.“I had hold of one lad and Benedict another,” Dias was quoted as saying. “He seemed to know exactly what he was doing. He was very brave.”“Here was ‘Sherlock Holmes’ fighting off four attackers just round the corner from Baker Street,” he added.The fictional detective’s home address in London is around the corner from the scene of the attack.Cumberbatch’s spokeswoman declined to comment.The newspaper didn’t say when the incident occurred. Police said a delivery cyclist was assaulted in the street in November.On Saturday, Deliveroo praised Cumberbatch “for his heroic actions.”“On behalf of everyone at Deliveroo: Thank you so much,” it said.last_img read more

 

Womens basketball No 4 Ohio State advances to Sweet 16 with doubledigit

The Ohio State women’s basketball team huddles before its first round game against Western Kentucky in the NCAA tournament in Lexington, Kentucky. Credit: Dana Lewin | Courtesy of OSU AthleticsThe No. 5 seed Ohio State women’s basketball team dominated the No. 4 seed Kentucky Wildcats 82-68 with sharp shooting and tough defense in the second round of the NCAA tournament in Lexington, Kentucky.Freshman Tori McCoy and redshirt junior guard Linnae Harper dominated on the floor for the Buckeyes, each recording a double-double.This was a battle between two of the most powerful guards in the country — Kentucky’s senior Makayla Epps and OSU’s junior Kelsey Mitchell, who each led their team in scoring with 21 points a piece.The Buckeyes had five players scoring in double figures including Mitchell, senior forward Shayla Cooper (10), Harper (12), McCoy (14) and redshirt sophomore guard Sierra Calhoun (10).Mitchell started things off right for the Scarlet and Gray, draining a 3 just five seconds into the game. OSU got an early 12-8 lead thanks to 10 points from Mitchell in the first five minutes of play.Kentucky kept the OSU lead to just four-points at the end of the first quarter, with senior forward Evelyn Akhator leading the team in points and dominating rebounds on both sides of the floor. She finished with 14 points and 23 rebounds.In the beginning of the second quarter, the Buckeyes took control of the game, going on a 15-2 run in the first five minutes. OSU led the fast-paced game 46-31 and sunk six from 3 compared to the Wildcats’ one.Kentucky came out with more fire in the second half and out-scored the Buckeyes 22-15 in the third quarter. Epps and Akhator led the Wildcats in scoring as they decreased the deficit to just 8-points.Sophomore Wildcat Maci Morris downed a 3-pointer with 8:55 left to play to bring her team within one possession of the Buckeyes, 61-58.The Wildcats never obtained the lead, however, and OSU went on an 8-0 run which resulted in a 82-68 tournament victory.Harper, who transferred to OSU from Kentucky halfway through the 2015-16 season, was essential in the victory over her former team. She nearly had a triple-double with 12 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.OSU will move on to the regional semifinals in the Sweet 16 round on March 24 at Rupp Arena. The Buckeyes will take on the winner of No. 1 seed Notre Dame and No. 9 seed Purdue. read more