CRYSTAL PALACE VS SOUTHAMPTONSouthampton have every reason to be confident having beaten Crystal Palace in their last SEVEN league clashes; Palace last won against Southampton in December 2008 at Selhurst Park, in the Championship. But in 12 previous clashes between the Eagles and the Saints in the Premier League at home and away, Palace have never won, losing eight and drawing the other four.NORWICH CITY VS EVERTONIn their last six league games Norwich have scored three goals, while they have conceded 27, the most in the Barclays Premier League. Norwich have kept just one clean sheet all season; only bottom-placed Aston Villa have the same number of clean sheets. And away Everton have scored 11 goals; only Leicester (18), Arsenal (16) and West Ham (13) have scored more away from home.SUNDERLAND VSWATFORDSunderland have won their last four home league games against Watford, whose last victory there came more than 21 years ago, in November 1994. They have scored only nine home goals but they have conceded only eight. This is only the third time these teams will have met in the Premier League; on the last occasions, in the 1999-2000 season Sunderland won both at home and away.WEST HAM VSSTOKE CITYWest Ham have won just two home games in what is their last season at the Boleyn Ground before next season’s move to the Olympic Stadium. Stoke arrive having won three of their last four league games, including last Saturday’s impressive 2-0 win over Manchester City that knocked them off the top of the table. The Potters have managed just six away goals this season – only West Bromwich Albion (4) and Newcastle (3) have found the net fewer times on their travels.LIVERPOOL VSWEST BROMLiverpool return to Anfield where they have scored just eight goals. Only Watford (6), Stoke (7) and Aston Villa (5) have fewer home goals in the Premier League. However, the Reds have conceded only nine at home. In 10 league visits to Anfield, Albion have lost eight and won two, most recently in February 2013 – their last win over Liverpool home or away.TOTTENHAM VSNEWCASTLETottenham are now unbeaten in 14 successive Barclays Premier League, winning six and drawing eight to record their best run in the top flight since March 1985 (when they were also unbeaten in 14 First Division matches). Spurs have 14 home goals; only Manchester City (23) and Everton (16) have more.
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… welcomes liberalisation – CEOWhile the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GTT) welcome the passage of the Telecommunications (Amendment) Bill 2016, Chief Executive Officer Justin Nedd has stated that Government should honour its contracts with service providers.During a press briefing on Wednesday, Nedd stated that GTT is looking forward to further talks with the Government and is confident about Government honouring its contract with the service provider.GT&T CEO Justin NeddDigicel CEO Kevin Kelly“In order to get the liberalisation after the passage of the Bill, we have to talk to the Government, work out some negotiations and hopefully, we’ll get that done soon. And again, I emphasise, we are ready to do that very quickly,” Nedd said; adding, however, that they are not opposed to the monopoly being broken.The legislation was passed in the House on Monday after nearly seven hours of heated debate. Member of Parliament Odinga Lumumba, who described the monopoly as a noose around the necks of Guyanese, stated that when GT&T took over the sector it became a cash cow and instead of building national cable networks and advancing the sector, its only interest was in maximising profits.In November 2013, the National Assembly sent the legislation to a Special Select Committee with the then Opposition indicating that while it supported the Bill, it had unease over the then Minister’s control. The Bill was put back several times because the two telecommunications giants in Guyana were in discussions about breaking the monopoly held by GTT.According to the Explanatory Memorandum, the Bill provides for an open, liberalised and competitive telecommunications sector that will be attractive to new market entrants and investors while preserving the activities of the current sector participants. It expounded that by creating such an environment, the bill is expected to result in greater choice, better quality of service and lower prices for consumers.GTT, which had legal monopoly on international voice and data transmissions and the domestic wire line service, has always declared that the sector is free because of the existence of other service providers. But, Digicel, its biggest competitor, had lambasted the company for its statement.Nevertheless, Nedd on Wednesday stated that, “GTT is excited at the prospect of bringing a wider range of services to Guyana over the coming months. Liberalisation will bring much needed clarity to the sector, engendering a level playing field for all market participants and greater investment in Guyana.”“This is great for the people of Guyana and GTT remains ready to work quickly with the Government to complete the path to market liberalisation. Guyana will be very different with the development of the robust 4G broadband services that liberalisation will enable. GTT intends to be a big part of that transformation,” Nedd added.He also indicated that he remains optimistic that Government will honour the rule of law regarding its contract with GTT since non-compliance could impact future deals within the sector.““If any country wants foreign direct investment, it is important for investors to understand that if I have contract with the government, it will be honoured,” he explained.He stated that GTT is not asking the Government for the monopoly to remain but noted that there are some things that need to be resolved.“Right now there are many grey areas we are trying to resolve and we’ve been operating in those grey areas for several years, so we’re optimistic that with liberalisation, it will be clear. Businesses need predictability so once we have predictable operating environment, we know that we can focus on driving the business, providing good services and satisfying the customers.”Digicel Guyana on Tuesday had issued a statement welcoming the passage of the Bill. It indicated that the Bill “is the first step in the long overdue ending of the telephone monopoly, which is a laudable achievement and a position that Digicel supports”.The company added that it also awaits engagements with the Government to discuss its licence and regulations for a level playing field.
Terry Gibson says Carlo Ancelotti is keen to keep Angel di Maria at Real Madrid, but the Spanish football expert believes the winger is still likely to be sold this summer.Di Maria has been heavily linked with a switch to Manchester United in recent weeks, with the Red Devils reportedly prepared to commit as much as £100million to their pursuit of the Argentina international.And Gibson reckons a deal could be on, with the arrivals of Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez at the Bernabeu this summer likely to see Di Mario forced out by the club’s president Florentino Perez.“Carlo Ancelotti doesn’t want him to go but it is a numbers game,” said Gibson, speaking on the Hawksbee and Jacobs show.“Although Real do spend a lot of money, they usually get quite a lot back in terms of players they sell. So, I’d be surprised if Di Maria is still at Real Madrid at the end of the transfer window.”Gibson also discusses Luis Suarez’s Barcelona bow, and says former Arsenal midfielder Alex Song looks certain to leave the Nou Camp after he was left on the bench for the pre-season friendly against Club Leon on Monday night.
Wales’ biggest match since 1958 ended in glory as Hal Robson-Kanu’s sensational goal helped them onto a 3-1 win over Belgium and a place in the Euro 2016 semi-finals.Radja Nainggolan scored early on to hand the Red Devils a well-deserved lead, but Chris Coleman’s men showed a resilience that has come to define their performances, and equalised through Ashley Williams.In a second half where Wayne Hennessey’s goal was peppered with opportunities, it was down to Robson-Kanu to turn the Belgian defence and send the ball into the back of the net, before Sam Vokes headed a third and guaranteed Wales’ place in a clash against Portugal.Early Belgium dominance was rewarded just 12 minutes in, Nainggolan thrashing the ball through Hennessey’s fingers with a powerful shot from outside the box.It’s hard to say they didn’t deserve taking the lead, having recorded a number of clear chances in the opening stages.Two Eden Hazard crosses were not sent on target after being played into the area, and three shots in quick succession were somehow kept out of the goal.Yannick Carrasco had a close range attempt saved by Hennessey, and Thomas Meunier shot from the rebound was cleared off the line by Neil Taylor. That rebound fell to Hazard, but he could only shoot high over the bar.However, Nainggolan did grab the opening goal minutes later – but that seemed to kick-start Wales’ performance.They started to keep the ball well, actually controlling possession rather than chasing the ball as they had been in the opening stages.Aaron Ramsey had a diagonal shot blocked, and then Taylor came within inches of grabbing an equaliser thanks to some great work from the Arsenal midfielder.Making space for himself on the right side of the area, he cut the ball back into the centre where an unmarked Taylor came rushing in, sending a low strike towards goal.It looked certain to fly into the back of the net, but Thibaut Courtois somehow got down to his right to palm the ball away.However, that world class save was nothing but a reprieve – as the equaliser came just three minutes later.Hal Robson-Kanu won a corner which Ramsey sent curling towards the area, finding captain Williams, who had been left alone by the entire Belgium defence.His low header flew into the corner, bouncing past the outstretched leg of Kevin De Bruyne.Bale came close to grabbing a second, charging alone up the pitch in impressive fashion, but only managing to strike a weak attempt which Courtois held with ease.James Chester headed wide as Wales were on the ascendancy, whilst Williams sent another free header over the bar when he really should have scored.Belgium started the second period with real drive, and Lukaku missed a glorious chance to retake the lead just two minutes in; heading Meunier’s cross wide of the far post.Hazard drove towards goal and sent a powerful strike flashing past the post, and Williams had to stretch to head a cross away for a corner with Lukaku lurking close to goal.Wales were struggling to show the control they had in the first-half, but a rare attack brought their second goal, Robson-Kanu netting one of the goals of the tournament.Ramsey sent in a ball from the right-wing which the out-of-contract attacker picked up on the penalty.Facing away from goal and with nothing on, he turned three defenders and sent a composed finish past Courtois.Wales had taken the lead and were flying, Williams forcing a save from another corner, and then sending an audacious scissor kick attempt over the bar.Fellaini, who replaced Carrasco at half-time, used his physicality well to win another excellent Meunier cross with his head, but somehow he sent the ball wide of goal when it looked easier to score.Wales were pushed further and further back as the game passed into its final stagesThey escaped two strong penalty shouts and an Axel Witsel piledriver, before charging up the other end and grabbing their third goal of the night, Sam Vokes sending a perfect header past the flailing Courtois.It sealed the win, and ended an almost perfect night for the Welsh, as cards to Ben Davies and Ramsey – meaning they are suspended for the semi-final – put a dampener on the evening, 1 Hal Robson-Kanu celebrates his sensational goal as Wales reach the semi-finals
This Tuesday morning on Sportsday we looked ahead to Stage 10 at the Tour De France, Tom Dumoulin won stage nine as defending champion Chris Froome retained the overall lead.We also discussed Sam Allardyce becoming the new England manager after reports say he’s left Sunderland’s pre-season training camp and will have a meeting with the FA this week to succeed Roy Hodgson. And we also bring you up to date with all of the latest transfer news as Southampton striker Graziano Pelle has joined Chinese Super League side Shandong Luneng for £12m.All brought to you by Jake Robson and the team.
St. Eunan’s College has signed up a team – named Optimal F1 – to participate in the F1 in Schools Technology Challenge.This will be the Letterkenny school’s second year entering the competition – last year, Sigma Racing did very well and got through to the National Final in Griffith College, Dublin.Lucas Saava, a member of last year’s F1 in Schools team, explains why F1 in Schools was such a good challenge to participate in. “It was a great experience to design an f1 car, having to follow the specification and compensating for things such as CNC machine drilling capabilities. Also, designing a website for a business-like purpose gave me an insight into what people like to see on such websites”.Members of the team -Matthew Hanlon, Ciaran Kelly, Gavin Maguire, Caolan Vaughan, Pauraic Neely & Ayrton Kelly- will be required to make an aerodynamic model F1TM car which will be raced against other participating schools in the Regional Finals in March and National Final in April.This is the seventh year for the competition to run in Ireland under the guidance of the Irish Computer Society (ICS) in partnership with Discover Science & Engineering.Caolan Vaughan of St. Eunan’s College explains why their school chose to enter F1 in Schools Challenge: “None of us knew much about F1 in Schools, but once Mr McGinley explained a bit about it we all wanted to partake. “I think that it’s a great thing to do because it will help us develop and working in a team will give us experience that we never really get. What’s more, you get a fantastic opportunity to build a car which, if good enough, could represent Ireland in another country in the World finals”.Optimal F1 will be required to write a five page plan explaining how they would go about putting their model F1 car together should they qualify for the Regionals.Once a school team has qualified they will receive a kit which includes balsa wood – a very light, durable wood grown in South America – for making the model.Ongoing support will be offered and the school will be paired with a Formula 1 Make Centre i.e. a college or university with the necessary equipment for milling the models. This interaction with colleges will give students an introduction to Engineering, Science and Technology choices at third level.The colleges will offer their paired teams the opportunity to visit their facilities for design tutorials, to show models being made and cars being tested. All participating schools also get free computer design software with which to form their creation. Visit www.F1inSchools.ie for more information on the Challenge.ST EUNAN’S COLLEGE REVS UP FOR F1 CHALLENGE was last modified: November 10th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:F1 challengeS Eunans
51; Are there body parts you could live without? Sure; people get by without fingers, teeth, legs, or even brains (figuratively speaking). Some people think this is proof of evolution. New Scientist, rather than showing how new organs and structures could arise by mutation and natural selection, listed “five things humans no longer need” as evidence for Darwin’s theory. Laura Spinney’s article resurrects the “vestigial organs” argument for evolution, which “has come under attack from creationists anxious to deny that vestigial organs (and hence evolution) exist at all.” Her list includes: (1) the vomeronasal organ, (2) goose bumps, (3) Darwin’s point (on the outer ear), (4) the tail bone (or coccyx), and (5) wisdom teeth. Each of these structures, she argues, give evidence of animal ancestry and not creation. Incidentally, Spinney did confess that “Probably the most famous example,” the appendix, may have dropped off the list. She said “it is now an open question whether the appendix is really vestigial.” An entry posted here on 10/06/2007 showed how the appendix may cultivate normal flora for the gut. The article suggested a similar function may be found for the tonsils – another erstwhile vestigial organ. Spinney also was equivocal about goose bumps; they “may have taken on a minor new role,” like signalling emotions or heightening the pleasure of listening to beautiful music.So here we have a fine thing; evolutionists using the loss of something as evidence that humans had bacteria ancestors. Tell us how to get an ear, teeth, a spine, skin and a nose in the first place before picking at little bits to call useless. A number of questions should be raised about this old vestigial-organs argument. Did Spinney connect any of these items with its actual effect on reproduction? Are people with wisdom teeth dropping out of the dating game and failing to have children? Are people with malformed bumps on their ears failing to hear the call of love? Are people with a coccyx unable to have kids? Is she a Lamarckian? Does disuse itself lead to loss of structure? Why isn’t evolution more effective at getting rid of vestigial structures if humans have been around for 300,000 years? Stickleback fish got rid of their armor, and got it right back within human memory, according to a recent news report (SeattlePI.com) that tells us “Evolution is much faster than people give it credit for.” Why has evolution been so slow at getting rid of useless structures in our case? And who says they are useless, anyway? Evolutionists told us the appendix, the pineal gland, the pituitary gland and a hundred other things were vestigial, only to have science find out they had a function after all. How do we know that they are not wrong now about these five items? If an organ or structure has a function at some stage in development, is it valid to call it vestigial? If it is deformed in today’s physiology due to a congenital defect that became established in the population, but was once well adapted, is it valid to call that vestigial? Has Spinney done any experiments to show what happens when the item is surgically removed? Dare say she would not sit comfortably without her coccyx. Many people were exposed to increased infections during the tonsillectomy craze of the 1960s. Spinney alleged that creationists have been anxious to deny that vestigial organs and evolution exist at all. Let’s turn that ploy around. We hereby allege that evolutionists have been anxious to deny that complex specified information and (and hence creation) exist at all. We allege that Darwinism is a vestigial philosophy from an atheistic past. Prove us wrong.(Visited 102 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
The world’s oldest murder mystery has been solved: the 2-million-year-old Taung child was killed by an eagle, not a big cat.(Image: Wits University Palaeoanthropology Department)Previously, experts had believed that the child, whose fossil skull was found by Professor Raymond Dart in South Africa’s North West province in 1924, had been killed by a leopard or sabre-tooth cat.The Taung child, only three-and-a-half years old, was a member of Australopithecus africanus, a species of bipedal hominid and an early human ancestor.Professor Lee Berger of Wits University’s palaeoanthropology unit announced on Thursday that it was evident from the marks on its skull that a bird of prey similar to the African crown hawk eagle had swooped down and seized the child with its large talons and beak, killing it immediately.“It is proven beyond reasonable doubt that the eagle is the killer of Taung,” said Berger. He said the evidence was so convincing he could “prosecute the eagle killer in court”.“These raptors were extraordinary predators and could kill large prey like a bushbuck weighing 30 kilograms.”It is estimated that Taung weighed around 10 to 12 kilograms. After killing the child, the eagle would have waited for the troop of hominids to move away before disembowelling it, eating some of the carcass, then carrying it off to its nest, from where the skull was eventually kicked out, Berger said.Ten years ago, Berger and Dr Ron Clarke presented the same thesis to the scientific community, but it was discounted because it was felt that the Taung child would have been too heavy for an eagle to lift.Berger admits that the spark for the new discovery was when he was asked several months ago to review a paper by Drs Scott McGraw, Catherine Cooke and Suzanne Schultz of the department of anthropology at the Ohio State University in the US. The paper looked at the primate remains from African crowned eagle nests in Ivory Coast’s Tai Forest, and was to be published in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology.The Ohio researchers isolated features of eagle damage on bone that was different from damage made by other predators like big cats.These included flaps of depressed bone on top of the skull, keyhole-shaped cuts in the side of the skulls made by the eagles’ beaks, and puncture marks and ragged incisions in the base of the eye sockets, made when the eagles ripped out the eyes of the monkeys.After reading the paper, Berger says he hurried to the Taung skull to see if these marks could be detected.“I had handled the skull hundred of times, and I knew it wasn’t there. But after reading the paper I just wished so much that the marks were there.”Then he found the evidence – a hole in the base of the eye orbit of the left socket, and another one in the right socket.“I almost dropped down when I looked into the eyes of the skull as I saw the marks, as described in the McGraw paper – they were perfect examples of eagle damage. I couldn’t believe my eyes as thousands of scientists, including myself, had overlooked this critical damage.“I even went to look at an original 1925 cast of the child to make sure the damage had been there originally, and it had. I felt a little bit like an idiot for not seeing those marks 10 years ago, but at least we had them now.”A small skull with a detached lower jaw bone, the Taung specimen was the first hominid to be discovered in Africa. It marked the shift in focus from the search for humankind’s origins from Europe to Africa, and the subsequent recognition that those origins were to be found in Africa.It has since become the most photographed and the best-known early human fossil.The Taung site forms part of the Cradle of Humankind, which has been proclaimed a World Heritage Site by the United Nations.The original skull and Mrs Ples, another Australopithecus africanus skull found by Robert Broom at Sterkfontein in 1947, are kept at the Wits Medical School in Johannesburg.One of the “driving stresses” of early hominids was being hunted by predators, a stress which may have helped our intellect to evolve.“These are the stresses that formed the human mind and made us one of the most successful animals on the face of the planet,” says Berger.This finding proves that early people were was not only hunted by the big cats, but also by raptors. Today this situation is reversed – raptors, as well as big cats, are endangered by human beings.Source: City of Johannesburg, Cradle of Humankind, Wits University PalaeoanthropologyWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Pupils thinking hard during the 2011 UCTMathematics Competition on 14 April2011 – 6 636 pupils from 134 WesternCape schools took part. Ashraf Moolla, the runner-up in the Grade12 category, and Sean Wentzel, who hasachieved perfect scores for five years,will take part in the InternationalMathematical Olympiad later this year.(Images: UCT)MEDIA CONTACTS• Patricia LucasUCT Communication and Marketing+27 21 650 5428 or +27 76 292 8047RELATED ARTICLES• Educated Africans teach SA children• Top marks for IEB matrics• SA laser physicist wins top honour• Gauteng matric results best in SARay MaotaA South African grade 12 pupil has achieved 100% in the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Maths Competition for the fifth year in a row, setting a new record in the contest’s 35-year history.Sean Wentzel from Westerford High School in Cape Town was awarded honours for his feat at the city’s Baxter Theatre on 1 June 2011.Some 6 636 pupils from 134 Western Cape schools entered the competition, which took place on 14 April this year.The competition, which began in 1977, is UCT’s biggest outreach project for schools and is sponsored by Aurecon, an engineering consultancy company.Wentzel said his success was due to hard work, practice and luck, but he also acknowledged his parents for teaching him the basics.“My father, who is a professor in chemistry and biology, taught me a lot of scientific ways of thinking, and my mother, who is a tutoring accountant, gave me the love for numbers,” Wentzel said.One of the aims of the UCT competition is to prepare school pupils for the Interprovincial Mathematics Olympiad, held in September each year.Christopher Gilmour, a UCT mathematics associate professor, spoke about the revised senior certificate maths curriculum and the single-grade exam, saying: “There is no doubt that the new matric single-grade maths papers have been seen to be significantly less challenging than the previous higher grade exams, and there has been substantial grade inflation.”“Everybody seems to be getting an A for maths and this is worrying,” added Gilmour.The university’s maths department is involved in many initiatives to instil a culture of mathematical excellence in Western Cape schools. This includes distributing a high school maths magazine Mathematical Digest and hosting the UCT mathematics circle on Wednesday afternoons, which is a maths programme that goes beyond the school curriculum.Maths circles originate from 1930s Russia and involve universities inviting local schools to take part in mathematics enrichment programmes.Awards for bright mindsAshraf Moolla from Cape Town’s Rondebosch Boys High School came second in the grade 12 category, after being runner-up to Wentzel in grade eight and 10. Moola tied with Wentzel for first place in grade nine and 11.The two pupils have dominated the competition in every edition they have entered.Khadija Brey from Wynberg Girls High School came in second in the grade 11 category this year and received the Diane Tucker Trophy for top female participant in her year. She was also awarded this trophy in grade nine.Gold awards and Casio watches or calculators were presented to the top individuals and the top three pairs in each grade.Merit awards were presented to the top 200 pupils in each grade and the top 100 pairs.Schools that entered 10 or more individuals into the competition also received awards in the form of a book donated by Oxford University Press for the highest ranking individual at the school in any grade.A total of 28 schools won gold awards and 77 other schools won the book prize.The school with the best overall performance in the competition received the Mona Leeuwenburg Trophy, which is named after the founder of the competition.All other competition entrants received certificates of participation.Striving for excellenceWentzel and Moolla, along with Kira Dusterwald from Springfield Convent Senior School and Robert Spencer of Westerford, will be part of a team of six from the Western Cape representing South Africa at the International Mathematical Olympiad in the Netherlands later this year.Six UCT mathematics circle members took part in an online international maths contest called The Purple Comet in April in which 49 countries participated. The UCT circle competed in the “mixed high school” category and was ranked 15th out of 110 teams.