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first_imgRelatedPosts Italy introduces compulsory virus testing for travellers from France Nigeria records new COVID-19 infections, more deaths as figures rise to 57,242 Tyson Fury to Anthony Joshua: Don’t risk fighting Usyk Anthony Joshua’s promoter has hinted that the world champion’s next title defence may not be staged behind closed doors despite the coronavirus crisis.Eddie Hearn is considering moving Joshua’s next fight against Kubrat Pulev, which was originally scheduled for the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on June 20. The London bout has been postponed indefinitely due to the pandemic and Hearn would be willing to move it to the Middle East if an audience is allowed there.Joshua beat Andy Ruiz to take the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles in Saudi Arabia in December.Hearn has already suggested he might stage the clash between Dillian Whyte and Alexander Povetkin in an empty venue, but the financial implications of doing the same with Joshua make it unworkable.“We’re not going to go to AJ and say, mate, there’s £10 million less in the pot – we’ve got to get creative,” Hearn told Boxing Social on Wednesday.“These countries are going to be up and running a lot quicker than our country or America. “Would Saudi (Arabia) or Dubai or Abu Dhabi be ready to stage an event in September or October? I think 100 per cent.“If you can’t get a live gate for the bigger fights we have to look elsewhere and that involves looking at other territories.“Do I really want AJ to box behind closed doors? No. With what he has produced in terms of that live audience, I will be doing everything I can do make sure AJ doesn’t fight behind closed doors.”The British Boxing Board of Control has issued a series of rules for the sport’s prospective domestic return in July, including all shows taking place without fans, and trainers and officials wearing face-masks.Hearn said he broadly accepted the guidelines, which they insist are not necessarily binding, but called it “a very conservative starting-point”. Tags: Anthony JoshuaCoronavirusEddie HearnTottenhan Hotspur Stadiumlast_img read more

first_imgUNITED Kingdom- based Guyanese cyclist, Claire Fraser-Green, along with Briton John, David Hicks, Warren Mckay and Andrew Spencer, all won their respective categories when the Guyana Cycling Federation (GCF) staged its National Road Race Championships yesterday.Fraser-Green for the fifth consecutive year won the ladies’ road ace title: a 53-mile event in two hours, 29 minutes 49 seconds (2:29.49) ahead of Shemika Teixera.Fraser-Green also won the ladies’ individual time trial on Saturday last and this is also the fifth consecutive year that she has won both the individual time trial as well as the road race titles.Warren MckayJohn for his part returned 2:58.40 in winning the Juniors’ 70 mile road race ahead of Nigel Dugid and Marcus Keilus, respectively.In the juvenile category, David Hicks, the younger brother of national cyclist Andrew, won easily ahead of Jonathan Ramchuschit and Raj Seenarine, respectively.Hicks’ time for the event was 2:29.48.Warren McKay crossed the finish line at 2:58.40 to win the veterans’ under-45 years category ahead of Leer Nunes and Steve Ramschuit in that order, while Spencer returned 3:02.16 in winning the veterans over 45 years category. Second was Ian `Dumb Boy’ Jackson, while Burchelle Samaroo finished third.One day earlier, (Saturday), Fraser-Green out-dueled the field to win the ladies’ individual time trial, while Raynauth `Obeahman’ Jeffrey was too good for the seniors in winning that category.Curtis Dey was the winner of the junior category while Nunes won the veterans’ category.last_img

first_imgAuthorities in Miami have made an arrest in the death of a bicyclist who was shot and killed while riding on Rickenbacker Causeway.The incident occurred on Wednesday.According to the report, the victim, Alex Palencia was riding with a group of bicyclist when he got into an altercation with a suspect who was riding a motorcycle.Video of the incident shows the two arguing before the motorcycle hits the ground. There is some sort of scuffle and then shots are fired.Officials arrested Kadel Piedrahita Friday.An attorney for Piedrahita told reporters that his client acted in self defense.last_img read more

first_img“That’s the number one for our special projects,” she said.The wallpaper and ceiling upgrades will cost an estimated $6,800 each. Thegroup will also replace four antique cane chairs at Longstreet with hand-wovenseats and also replace some of the heirloom fruit trees at the property. In Colts Neck, the new Sensory Lions’ Den project was recently completed in Dorbrook Park’s Challenger Area, thanks to the Friends of the Monmouth County Park System and the Colts Neck Lions Club. It is designed for people of all abilities, but especially for the visually impaired. In 2020, the group will pay off an additional $2,100 for the playground for additional site work that was not included in the original plan, Wojciechowski said, like extra surfacing areas. “It really looks nice,” she said Dec. 16. MONMOUTH COUNTY – The Friends of the Monmouth County Park System have a lot on their to-do list in 2020. Longstreet Farm, Holmdel Park Photo courtesy MCPS Looking back on 2019, Wojciechowski said it was a very goodyear for the organization, which offers several levels of memberships, startingat $25 for individuals, $50 for families and $250 for corporations. They wereable to raise $281,751 through a membership drive, donations and fundraisingefforts in 2019. “We really had a good year,” she said. Purchasing new fabrics to help repair and createnew historic clothing, $500.Expand social media advertising for park system programsand events, $6,000.Employee training, registration and travel,$10,190.Coastal Activity Center special events, fieldtrips and after-school scholarships for program fees and field trips, $4,550.Therapeutic recreation expenses including asemi-formal, weather presentation, camp scholarships and tickets and entry feesfor inclusion coaches, $3,100.Volunteer Services cards, National Trails Daylunch, gardening tools and holiday reception costs, $2,550. This article originally appeared in the Jan. 9, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times. In a presentation at the Dec. 16 Monmouth County Board of Recreation Commissioners meeting, the Friends charitable organization laid out plans to tackle various projects to fund park system enhancements. One they are particularly excited about is the Nature on theMove project. Nature on the Move will be a $12,000 project to bring crittersto various events in the county, said Maria Wojciechowski, executive directorof the Friends group. Also on the to-do list are essential upgrades to the historicLongstreet Farmhouse in Holmdel. According to Wojciechowski, the farmhouse needsceiling repairs and new wallpaper. The wallpaper work was supposed to be donein 2019, but when they visited the site to replace it, they discovered that theplaster from the ceiling was starting to fall. The park system will purchase a van and the Friends willoutfit it with flat-screen TVs, built-in cabinets and cooling systems toprotect the reptiles and insects on hot days. The Friends will be financing several other events, programs, scholarships and more throughout the year. Here are just a few of the 2020 expenses: “The trees are starting to age out of there, so the parksystem is trying to start to rotate some stock so they don’t all go out at thesame time,” she said. Additionally, cherry trees will be replaced at Holmdel Park.Wojciechowski said she has been told that Monmouth County is home to thesecond-largest display of cherry blossoms in the state of New Jersey. One oftheir goals for 2020 is to replace three cherry trees donated by the Stevensonfamily in town, to maintain the site. The Friends and the park system have various fundraising events throughout the year, but the Friends’ “biggest and newest” event was a wine and craft beer tasting Sept. 19 at Tatum Park. The group raised over $20,000 there, Wojciechowski said. “It really is a lot of fun and my board really works so hard on this. They really put so much effort into it. It really came together nicely,” she added. “It will be kind of like a bookmobile,” said Wojciechowski.“They will be able to take it out on the road to a school program or to afestival or a fair and open it up and have a mini environmental center therethat the naturalists will be able to use.” It will likely take about a year toget everything set up and running.last_img read more

first_imgThe Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) may seem a different subject than origin of life (OOL), but researchers in both depend on each other’s assumptions.  The common bond is illustrated in a SETI article on Space.com today.  Devon Burr of the SETI institute wrote an article not about intelligent aliens trying to broadcast signals to us, but about Saturn’s moon Titan, where no aliens are known to exist.  Let Burr explain the connection himself:As we search for extraterrestrial life, Earth in some sense always provides our framework.  The data indicate that life does in fact exist on this planet, and it existed here sometime before about 3.5 billion years ago (give or take a couple hundred million years).  However, thanks to plate tectonics and other pesky processes, we’re missing some critical information about this early time.  This includes information about how life got started on Earth.    Titan may come to our rescue….As many astrobiologists have asserted, Titan is supposed to resemble the early Earth in deep freeze.  The “chemical evolution” taking place there may provide clues to how life supposedly arose here out of a primitive soup.  Probably, it never got very far because of the cold on Titan, where water cannot exist as a liquid.  He mentions that a few astrobiologists still hold out hope that some kind of exotic life based on methane or ethane chemistry may have evolved there.  Still, it’s a long way to amphioxus as well as from it (02/23/2006), but that should not be a problem for natural selection, given enough time.    At the end of the article, Burr states, “continued spacecraft investigation of Titan may tell use about life on Earth in the ancient past.  In the exploration for life, Titan and Earth symbolize spatial and temporal symbiosis.”    The January 2007 issue of Sky and Telescope arrived on newsstands and contains a story that could be called the flip side of Burr’s interplanetary symbiosis.  Its provocative cover story is, “Is the Earth contagious?”  Selby Cull speculates about “reverse panspermia,” the idea that microbial life on Earth could have migrated to the other planets of our solar system – including Titan.  Large meteor impacts could have lofted material into orbit that eventually found its way to Mars, Europa or other planets or moons, complete with bacterial hitchhikers.  So even if future astronauts detect life on Titan, it might have a familiar genetic signature.    Selby Cull assumes that such a meteor impact wiped out the dinosaurs, clearing ecological niches for mammals – a claim that is highly controversial (10/24/2006).  So, for presenting that as fact, among other flights of fancy, he wins Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week for his ending lines: “If one day we find fossil bacteria on another world, will genetic testing be able to distinguish a citizen of Titan from an expatriate from Earth?  Depending on what we find, we may never be able to tell whether they are truly aliens or just exiled earthlings – displaced by the very catastrophe that made human life possible.”There is a continuum of belief from big bangers to astrobiologists to chemical evolutionists to Darwinian biologists to SETI researchers.  They are all blood brothers sharing a common mythology.  A phylogenetic search of the evolution memes show that astrobiologists and SETI enthusiasts and complete wackos spring from a common ancestor.  They will believe anything, make the wildest unsupported statements, and uniformly ignore evidence for design that stares them in the face.  Their eyes and ears appear to be tuned to mystical fantasies incomprehensible to reasonable humans.  Maybe they are from another planet.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_imgThe opportunities of the digital age could be the engine of growth for South Africa, delegates heard at the Vision 2030 Summit. It needed more investment in skills and infrastructure, but it could use technology to push local innovation.The digital age offers South Africa the opportunity to change the face of our economy. (Image: Strike a pose photography)Sulaiman PhilipInvestment in information and communications technology infrastructure today will bear fruit before the National Development Plan (NDP) ends in 2030. Embracing the opportunities of the digital age could be the engine of growth in South Africa. This was the view of speakers at the Vision 2030 Summit held in Johannesburg between 21 and 22 June.As Limpopo Premier Chupu Mathabatha pointed out in his keynote address, to work towards a possible future we need to be able to visualise it. The NDP is that vision. “The people of South Africa, united in their diversity, have all embraced this future as visualised in the NDP. The challenge for all of us is to put shoulder to the wheel and work in unity towards this shared future.”The South African contextBrand South Africa’s head of research, Dr Petrus de Kock, set the context upon which South Africa needs to build. South Africa, despite its many challenges, remains a magnet for investment. For South Africans, it still offers the best opportunity for personal development. “We talk about vision but to transform our world we need imagination.”The world, De Kock pointed out, was still recovering from the economic meltdown of 2008. In some countries, especially Western economies, that had led to more aggressive inward-looking policies. South Africa had escaped the worst and as future growth would be driven by the Asian/African axis, we could grow if we were ready.“We talk about vision but to transform our world we need imagination,” Dr de Kock speaking at the Vision 2030 Summit. (Image: Strike a Pose Photography)The country and its people remained open and welcoming he said, and pointed to our tolerance as a society. “We exist in a unique context. We are unique in our constitutional acceptance of difference, religious tolerance for example. This is the identity of who we are.”The future can be in ICTPost and Telecommunications Deputy Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams — like the speakers who spoke after her — championed the benefits of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. She has been a strong advocate for the benefits that that will accrue to South Africa if we embrace the digital world.“We need to integrate digital goals into our day to day lives. We need to become comfortable with the changes and benefits that will come. Most importantly, we need to be more than just consumers of the internet.”Ndabeni-Abrahams said South Africans needed to embrace the 21st century. The digital age, she said, would allow the country to show off the innovation of which we were capable. The deputy minister acknowledged that South Africa faced infrastructure challenges, but added that innovative solutions would help to make the best use of the infrastructure we had.“We have launched the Internet for All with a pilot project in the OR Tambo municipality. The idea is that no matter where you are, you will have access. We can find solutions that have South African characteristics.”Beyond infrastructure, South Africa’s shortage of skills in digital industries had hamstrung the growth of the sector. In response to this dearth, she pointed to the public-private programme with Google, which had undertaken to train 5 million coders over five years, as the way forward.“We need to work together to breach the skills gap. We need to find these innovative ways forward, solutions that show that not only are we spending, but that we’re gaining on more digitally advanced nations.”InfrastructureOne of the important benefits of the digital age highlighted by the deputy minister would be the lower cost of communication. Working towards lowering costs while still innovating was Siemens’ history in South Africa since it started doing business in the country in 1860.Sabine Dall’Omo, Siemens South Africa chief executive, highlighted the company’s relevance in South Africa. Its operations contributed R6.8-billion to gross domestic product (GDP) and its technology lay at the heart of 31 mega projects. From the first telegraph built, the company had been “driving innovation and now driving digitisation”.A benefit of the digital age often overlooked was the way technology was making it easier and cheaper to transfer technology to developing nations. This benefit had allowed Siemens to use innovations developed in more mature economies to benefit South Africa.It did so in the automotive industry, for example: “One hundred and twenty thousand cars — or 50% — of cars produced in South Africa are built using Siemens technology.”Siemens’ Sabine Dall’omo and Dr Petrus de Kock being interviewed after their presentations. (Image: Strike a Pose Photography)eCommerceTo highlight the importance of the internet to economic growth, the Chinese TELE company Huawei monitored sales on one day — 18 June 2017. The study highlighted the power and opportunity presented by e-commerce.Huawei studied the buying habits of people on T-Mall, the Chinese online shopping service.It found:In a five-minute spell 200 tons of milk powder were bought onlineIn a seven-minute period 200 million nappies were boughtIn a 26-minute spell 10 million lipsticks were boughtThe fastest time between order and delivery was 13 minutes85% of all orders that day were made on a mobile deviceThis, in the words of Leonard Chang, Huawei’s managing director of corporate industry development and marketing, showed the power e-commerce had to create economic miracles. If South Africa was to meet the growth requirements of the NDP it needed to embrace digitisation. “Connectivity is not only a human right but an economic growth right.”Digitisation could be the engine for growth. While South Africa had among the strongest ICT policy frameworks, investment from the government and the public sector had lagged. The company’s research had shown that for every additional dollar (about R12) invested in ICT infrastructure there could be a $5 benefit to GDP growth by 2025.In the recently released Huawei 2017 Global Connectivity Index, it was reported that South Africa led Africa in terms of connectivity but lagged behind the rest of the world. “If we go at the same pace as we do today, we may never catch up with the frontrunners. At the same time, we must realise there is no shortcut in climbing the ladder of digital transformation.”The NDP was a start, but the vision was never enough, Chang warned. The country needed to move faster to close the digital divide. South Africa needed a strong action plan with achievable targets. One area that needed improvement was building ICT talent.Building skillsMymoena Ismail, the CEO of the National Electronic Media Institute of South Africa (Nemisa), believes South Africa was closing in on the Mobile Moment – when there was at least one mobile smartphone per citizen.She explained that the world was close to a new kind of future. “We are going to see a convergence of a new kind of tech, one that seamlessly merges physical, digital and biological spheres. If we do not take advantage and adapt, we will not benefit.”Her organisation focused on developing e-skill capacity in South Africa by offering training courses across the country. “We are part of the solution to ensure South Africa has the necessary skills to be leaders in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.”In his address, Mathabatha said the NDP identified a stronger and better educational system and a more equal society as the keys to unlock economic growth. “The NDP envisions a South Africa where everyone feels free yet bound to others; where everyone embraces their full potential, a country where opportunity is determined not by birth, but by ability, education and hard work.“This is a vision embraced by all South Africans. The challenge, as I have said, is about navigating the routes towards such a future.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Western bean cutworm (WBCW) populations decreased for all monitoring counties in Ohio for week ending August 4. A total of 72 traps were monitored in 23 counties. Overall, 653 WBCW adults were captured. The state average per trap decreased from 21 WBCW (week ending July 28) to 9 WBCW (week ending July 28).Amy Raudenbush, Kelley Tilmon, Andy Michel, Mark Badertscher, Amanda Bennett, Lee Beers, JD Bethel, Bruce Clevenger, Sam Custer, Thomas Dehaas, Allen Gahler, Mike Gastier, Jason Hartschuh, Ed Lentz, Rory Lewandowski, David Marrison, Sarah Noggle, Les Ober, Adrian Pekarcik, Eric Richer, Garth Ruff, John Schoenhals, Jeff Stachler, Alan Sundermeier, and Chris Zoller monitored the western bean cutworm traps.  Figure 1. Average western bean cutworm (WBCW) trap counts within participating counties for week ending August 4, 2017. Number represents the average WBCW per trap in each county.Figure 2. Overall average number of western bean cutworm adults captured in traps in Ohio.last_img read more

first_imgQuadree henderson runs with the football during the Military Bowl.The Military Bowl is off to a rousing start on ESPN. Pitt’ freshman wide receiver Quadree Henderson took the opening kickoff at the goal line and jetted 100 yards for a touchdown, giving his team the early lead against Navy. Speed kills. Pitt starts the #MilitaryBowl with a 100-yd kick return for a TD. https://t.co/y7lkwyaK5S— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) December 28, 2015The touchdown is Henderson’s first kickoff return TD and the second for the Panthers this season. Navy has already tied the score, so it seems like Henderson’s touchdown will be the first of many scores in this contest.last_img read more

first_imgMichigan football players run under the "Go Blue" banner before a home game.ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 13: Quarterback Devin Gardner #98 of the Michigan Wolverines leads the team onto the field prior to the start of the game against the Miami University Redhawks at Michigan Stadium on September 13, 2014 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. the Wolverines defeated the Redhawks 34-10. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Michigan officially becomes a Nike school next month. The Wolverines, previously with adidas, signed a $173 million deal with The Swoosh earlier this year than runs through 2027. The contract begins on Aug. 1. As part of the deal, Michigan’s football program will be wearing the Jordan logo. All of the Wolverines’ gear – jerseys, pants, sideline apparel, etc. – will have the Jumpman logo. Today, we got a sneak peek at some of Michigan’s new gear, including a color, “Amarillo,” that Nike specially developed for the Wolverines. Michigan will be the only college program to wear this shade of yellow. Here’s a look, from ESPN’s Darren Rovell. Nike will go back to the more traditional yellow for Michigan. Here’s a comparison of adidas yellow vs Nike pic.twitter.com/KTQHQPXKMp— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) July 20, 2016MLive.com’s Nick Baumgardner says that the “Amarillo” sweatshirt with the Jumpman logo on one shoulder and the Block M on the other will be Jim Harbaugh’s official sideline shirt. This (but in blue and w/ a thin M) is Jim Harbaugh’s new coaching shirt. He designed it. pic.twitter.com/8ID6UFE44K— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) July 20, 2016You can view more details of Michigan’s new gear here.last_img read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsA delegation of First Nations people traveled from northern British Columbia to Vancouver this week.Their goal was to raise the alarm about what they call the government’s mission to allow industry to destroy fresh water streams.The mission would see the extraction of billions of litres of water from lakes and rivers.APTN National News reporter Tina House explains.last_img