Football Talk: Hearts’ injury blow, Old Firm fallout

first_imgThe dust has just about settled after a helter-skelter afternoon at Ibrox.Celtic eventually emerged victorious despite going down to ten men, ensuring the champions created a nine point gap and breathing space at the top of the Premiership table.Rangers ran their rivals close though, going ahead twice and seeing Alfredo Morelos miss from all of five yards in the dying moments.David Bates was stretchered off in the aftermath of Tom Rogic’s equaliser. The centre-half now faces a race against time to be fit for the Scottish Cup semi-final between the pair after fracturing a bone in his foot, say reports. Across in Edinburgh, Hearts have also suffered an injury blow after hearing news that talented young midfielder Harry Cochrane faces up to six weeks on the sidelines. The 16-year-old hobbled off the park at Easter Road having sustained a hamstring injury.Meanwhile, English football is currently embraced by an injury sweat of its own as talismanic striker Harry Kane faces a prolonged period out of action.The goal machine left the south coast on crutches following Spurs’ 4-1 win over Bournemouth, with fears circulating Kane suffered ankle ligament damage which would leave his World Cup hopes in the balance.last_img read more

Video: ‘White Wedding’ strikes a chord

first_imgRomantic comedy “White Wedding” grossed over R1.1-million on its opening weekend on the South African movie circuit. The film stars Rapulana Seiphemo and Kenneth Nkosi of “Tsotsi” and “Jerusalema” fame. Actor and co-writer Kenneth Nkosi chats about his role in the film and how the storyline came about.Posted on SouthAfrica.info on 1 June 2009.last_img

South Africans help flood-stricken nations

first_img20 January 2015Relief parcels have been distributed to flood-hit families in Malawi by the South African humanitarian group, Gift of the Givers.The parcels – worth R500 each – contained staple food, blankets, eating utensils, water purification tablets and plastic sheets, the organisation’s founder, Imtiaz Sooliman, said on 17 January.The eight-member Gift of the Givers team reached areas more than 100km away from Blantyre, he added. Distribution would also be carried out in Chikwana, Nsanje, Mangochi, Machinga, Balaka, Zomba, Phalombe and Mulanje regions.Continuous rain and the “baby” Cyclone Bansi have resulted in Malawi declaring 15 of its 28 national districts disaster zones, and the country has called for international assistance. An estimated 100 000 people have been left homeless and 173 are confirmed dead.The death toll is expected to rise as it is believed that 183 people have been swept away from one village alone. In addition, 11 000 homes have been damaged.Sooliman said the southern African country was probably facing the “greatest flood disaster in the history of its existence”. “Massive destruction to agriculture, roads, bridges and general infrastructure, including power facilities, has complicated the situation due to prolonged power outages.“The Malawi defence force has already rescued more than 4 000 people with the fear that many more are trapped in inaccessible areas,” said Sooliman.There are also concerns of a cholera outbreak and other water-borne diseases as there is no clean drinking water and the sewerage system is contaminated. The humanitarian crisis is expected to worsen as tropical Cyclone Chedza hit Malawi on 18 January.“It is expected to be far more destructive than Cyclone Bansi, bringing more heavy rains and greater flooding,” said Sooliman. Gift of the Givers has put water rescue teams from South Africa on standby for this eventuality, and medical teams are also ready if required.Sooliman has urged South Africans to contribute to the relief efforts.Meanwhile, its rescue mission in Mozambique is progressing well, according to the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), which was deployed to the flood- stricken country after its government approached its neighbour for help.SANDF personnel left for Mozambique a week ago, and spokesman Lieutenant General Mabanga said the team was expected to spend seven to 14 days in that country. “Their stay will depend on the situation in that country.”Senior SANDF members would go to Mozambique on 20 January to assess needs.Tens of thousands of people have been displaced following torrential rains in Mozambique. Four people have died in Mocuba, one of two districts badly affected by flooding, while an estimated 5 000 have sought refuge in government shelters. According to reports, the waters have risen to double the flooding threshold.SANDF soldiers deployed in Mozambique include members of the South African Air Force, Navy divers and medical personnel. No SANDF members had been deployed in Malawi, Mabanga added.Source: SANewslast_img read more

Letting Robots Make Decisions Also Makes Human Workers Happier

first_imgDespite everything we’ve learned from science fiction, giving robotic workers more control may be the key to human happiness in the workplace, an MIT study suggests.MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) conducted a study in which three workers—two humans and a PR-2 humanoid robot (pictured above)—completing an engineering task together. There were three conditions to the study: manual, or totally human organized; autonomous, or totally managed by the robot; and semi-autonomous, in which the robot assigned tasks to one person, and the other person assigned tasks to himself. See also: Why We’ll Have Robots In The Workplace Before Robots At HomeWhen humans were given complete control, they ended up doing more tedious tasks than otherwise. These moral-reducing tasks were lessened with semi-autonomous control, but the team started to make true progress when the robot was fully autonomous. Not only did CSAIL find that humans and robots were able to complete the task most efficiently with an autonomous robot, but that human workers preferred it that way, too. While it’s a concern that humans would feel less valuable with less control, it’s also true that the PR-2 is naturally slower and clunkier than a person (hence the sped-up images of the tests), and is hardly an asset when not using its full potential for autonomous task completion. “In our research we were seeking to find that sweet spot for ensuring that the human workforce is both satisfied and productive,” says project lead Matthew Gombolay, a PhD. student at CSAIL. “We discovered that the answer is to actually give machines more autonomy, if it helps people to work together more fluently with robot teammates.”No, we’re probably not going to go willingly to our robot overlords. But the research shows that a robot that can’t do anything on its own without an OK from a human is hardly a teammate at all.Photo via Willow Garage Related Posts Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Tags:#CSAIL#Manufacturing robotics#MIT#Personal Robotics#pr-2#robot autonomy#Willow Garage Why You Love Online Quizzescenter_img lauren orsini 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees?last_img read more

Skelton announces run for Missouri Senate

first_imgMichela Skelton now has her sights set on a higher office.The Democrat announced on Thursday she’s running for the Missouri Senate seat held by Columbia Republican Caleb Rowden. He’s the Senate Majority Leader.Skelton ran twice against Republican Sara Walsh in Missouri House races, losing in 2017 and 2018.last_img

Council approves road project at Providence and Broadway

first_imgYou will see a lot of construction on the southeast corner of the Broadway and Providence intersection next spring.The Columbia City Council approved some downtown changes on Monday night. The city will extend the right turn lane from Providence to Broadway, and make sidewalk improvements.Dave Nichols with Public Works says it will have more space for people to make that turn.“It allows, as the car is approaching if it’s in that dedicated lane, to be able to then get into the intersection and have a better visibility of the crosswalk area,” Nichols says. “Helps traffic flow considerably through this intersection.”The $130,000 project is part of the planned Flat Branch Park expansion. That is in the area where CVS Pharmacy tried to build several times, but was rejected.“This is also forward-looking,” Mayor Brian Treece says. “We don’t want to make big improvements to that city-owned property there, only to extend that lane in the future.”last_img read more

Food cravings peak twice nightly, in countries all around the world

first_img Food cravings peak twice nightly, in countries all around the world Do you ever find yourself scouring the web for pizza delivery services to satisfy those late-night cravings? You’re not alone: A new study reveals hungry web surfers around the world all start searching for food-related information at two peak times, 7 p.m. and 2 a.m.Wanting to see whether they could spot trends in human behavior based on a massive database of Google searches, a team of scientists analyzed hourly food-related queries from five countries: the United States, Canada, India, Australia, and the United Kingdom. For two 1-week periods, they looked for general food-related keywords such as “pizza delivery” or “Chinese delivery” and country-specific delivery companies like India’s “Swiggy” and “Just Eat,” which serves the United Kingdom and Australia. They also analyzed 5 years of data to see whether they could discover seasonal trends.The two spikes in food-related searches occurred across all countries, keywords, days of the week, and seasons, the researchers report today in Royal Society Open Science. They say the peaks likely represent two different groups of people searching for nighttime nourishment, one older (the early birds) and one younger (the night owls). Another hypothesis is that the two groups are simply running on different internal body clocks, which affects when they want their evening calories.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Further studies are needed to reveal the real answer. In the meantime, you might want to listen to your guts and keep your laptop handy for when it’s time to start searching. wonderlandstock/Alamy Stock Photo center_img By Frankie SchembriJul. 24, 2018 , 7:01 PMlast_img read more

ODI tri-series: Irfan Pathan and Praveen Kumar in fray

first_imgIn-form pacer Irfan Pathan and Praveen Kumar, who seem to have recovered from his rib injury, are expected to be picked in the squad for the three-nation One-day International (ODI) tri-series beginning on February 5.Selectors will meet on Sunday in Chennai to announce the squad for at least eight ODIs of the triangular series, in which hosts Australia and Sri Lanka will be the other competing teams, and two Twenty20 Internationals against Australia.Left-armer Pathan and Praveen, who were among the players in the “scheme of things” of the selectors for the ODIs, are currently training at the National Cricket Academy (NCA).While Irfan has shown his form in the Ranji Trophy, capturing 21 wickets in four matches for Baroda before his team crashed out of the quarter- final race, Praveen injured his rib and has been undergoing rehabilitation at the NCA for a couple of weeks. Irfan staged a comeback to the Indian team in the fifth and final ODI against the West Indies at home recently, and has been at the NCA after Baroda failed to advance.Selectors Mohinder Amarnath and Raja Venkat watched them and other ODI specialists in two matches they played among themselves at the NCA on Thursday and Friday.Besides Pathan and Praveen, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Parthiv Patel, Varun Aaron, Rahul Sharma, Piyush Chawla, Munaf Patel, Yusuf Pathan and Harbhajan Singh are also at the NCA. Yusuf (knee injury), Harbhajan Singh (lack of form), Yuvraj, who hasn’t recovered fully from non-malignant tumour and Aaron are out of contention.advertisementRaina, wicket-keeper Parthiv Patel, Manoj Tiwary, and Ravindra Jadeja are expected to make the cut. India will play four ODIs each against the hosts and Sri Lanka in the triangular series, and at least two more if India qualifies for the best-of-three finals.It remains to be seen if the selectors decide to retain Sachin Tendulkar and pacer Zaheer Khan, who has not played ODIs since April. While Zaheer got injured on the tour of England in the summer, Tendulkar has been choosing his matches.If Tendulkar opts to play his first ODI since the World Cup final on April 2, Ajinkya Rahane may have to sit. Patel looks set to get the second wicketkeeper’s position. But the selectors may also discuss the case of Madhya Pradesh’s Naman Ojha, who has scored 668 runs in Ranji Trophy this season, studded with three centuries and two half-centuries.Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Rohit Sharma, and Virat Kohli are the other batsmen.In bowling, the selectors would choose from among Zaheer, Praveen, Umesh Yadav, R Vinay Kumar, Abhimanyu Mithun, Ishant Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Pragyan Ojha.Umesh has particularly been impressive and picked up a five-wicket haul in Australian first innings in Perth on Saturday.last_img read more