South Africa survive early scare to beat Afghanistan in World T20

first_imgMUMBAI, India (AP):South Africa avoided another bowling nightmare to revive their World Twenty20 campaign and beat inexperienced Afghanistan by 37 runs in the Group One match yesterday.Chasing South Africa’s daunting 209-5, opener Mohammad Shahzad smashed 44 off just 19 balls before medium-fast Chris Morris grabbed 4-27 to dismiss Afghanistan for 172 in 20 overs.”We need to be a lot better, it’s as simple as that,” said South Africa captain Faf du Plessis, who won the toss and chose to bat. “It’s a big challenge for the bowlers … I guess we are a bit soft in our execution which we need to improve on.”AB de Villiers had earlier capitalised on two dropped catches to hit 64 off 29 balls. Left-handed opener Quinton de Kock made 45 and du Plessis contributed 41.South Africa lost the first match against England, which chased down a WT20 record 230-8 at the same venue on Friday to win by two wickets. It was Afghanistan’s second loss in succession after they were beaten by defending champions Sri Lanka at Kolkata.Shahzad followed the England-style run rampage when he smashed five sixes and three fours in the first three overs from fast bowlers Kagiso Rabada and Kyle Abbott as South Africa rested their front-line fast bowler Dale Steyn and included David Wiese, who went for 0-47.Morris cut short the cricketing carnage and knocked back the middle stump of Shahzad, before following it up with the wicket of captain Asghar Stanikzai. He returned to clean- bowl Rashid Khan and Dawlat Zadran in his last over.The South African pace proved too much for Afghanistan’s middle-order batsmen as they kept losing wickets, with wicketkeeper de Kock holding on to four catches and also stumping Noor Ali Zadran.”This experience will be good for us,” Stanikzai said. “Shahzad started well but, unfortunately, we gave some quick wickets and that’s why we lost the match.”Earlier, de Kock and du Plessis set the pace of the South Africa innings by adding 65 off 42 balls after Hashim Amla was dismissed in the third over.Afghanistan came back briefly when du Plessis was run out in the 10th over and two overs later de Kock was caught behind.last_img read more

Ewe won’t baa-lieve it – Donegal has the most number of sheep in Ireland!

first_imgIt may come as no surprise to some but Donegal now officially has the largest number of sheep in Ireland.Ireland’s breeding ewe flock decreased by 3% in 2018 on 2017 levels, the latest sheep census figures from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine show.But levels of sheep in Donegal are steady with a total of 504,408 followed by Mayo (418,361) and Galway (408,835). Kerry had the next greatest number (318,720). Meanwhile, Limerick had the lowest number (21,638).Due to its big sheep population, Donegal had the highest number of flocks (5,986), followed by Mayo (4,852) while Dublin had the least (201).Census returns show that in 2018 the number of breeding ewes in the country stood at 2.56 million compared to 2017, when there were 2.64 million breeding ewes.Ram numbers also decreased, compared to 2017 levels. The figures show that ram numbers were down 2.1% on 2017, with 2,681 fewer rams present on farms in 2018. In total, as of December 2018, Ireland had 3.73 million sheep (3,732,955) spread across 35,186 flocks, including 2.56 million breeding ewes over 12 months-of-age.There was an average of 106 sheep per flock in 2018, the census returns show.69% of flocks had below-average numbers, compared to 68% in 2017.Census forms for 2019 were sent to 45,432 registered flock-keepers on the department’s database. Returns were received from 40,891, representing a response rate of 90%.Ewe won’t baa-lieve it – Donegal has the most number of sheep in Ireland! was last modified: August 2nd, 2019 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:donegaleweflockNumberssheeplast_img read more

Dreamfields, Chevrolet bring joy to Vosloorus kids

first_imgTen local primary schools in Vosloorus, currently within a soccer league developed by Dreamfields, will be supported by the partnership and receive DreamBags that include soccer equipment and kit to help extend the DreamLeague into its second year John Makeke, a local teacher at Bopang-Kgotso Primary School and other teachers just like him across Vosloorus are working together with Dreamfields and the Chevrolet Ute Force to bring joy and hope to the lives of primary school children in the area through the game of football.Saturday, 22 February signalled the beginning of a powerful long-term commitment between the local community, Dreamfields and the Chevrolet Ute Force initiative. Vosloorus was selected because of the incredible demand on the schools within the community, due to the fact that it is one of the poorest areas in the Gauteng province – with the children often paying the highest price, their dreams.Vosloorus has a total population of approximately 163 000 residents, the majority of whom are living below the breadline, unemployed and in unsafe living conditions.  Children walk long distances to get to and from school, many not being able to afford taxi fares. Somehow their spirit of hope lives on and they continue to attend school regularly, participate in sport and help their families with day-to-day chores.Makeke, who is also the chairman for sport at the school, points out that since the introduction of the Dreamfields project into the community in 2013, children involved have shown a heightened passion for the game and a stronger sense of community. “Often we have to help children get back home after school as they have missed the only transport they have access too, because they wanted to play soccer with their friends after their lessons.”LOCAL DREAM LEAGUETen local primary schools, currently within a soccer league developed by Dreamfields, will be supported by the partnership and receive DreamBags that include soccer equipment and kit to help extend the DreamLeague into its second year. A dedicated all-girls soccer league will also form part of the 2014 project, with four girl’s teams starting the season in March.The inclusion of Isipho Sethu LSEN School, a special needs institution in Vosloorus, taking care of 800 pupils, is an achievement only made possible through the dedication of both the Dreamfields and Chevrolet Ute Force teams.Highly involved in sport already, the school has managed to start breaking down stereotypes in the local community about intellectually impaired learners. It is clear that through soccer these young South African’s have found their true calling, and through the project, children will receive DreamBags to help extend this important platform.Dreamfields founder John Perlman said: “Our vision is to create and grow primary school football in a way that allows children to play week in and week out, the first step towards building a sustainable love of sport. If we can reach out to this age group, right now, and add joy and purpose to their lives, we have a great chance of giving them the kind of positive dreams that will keep them away from drugs, crime and violence later on.”Chevrolet will further extend the footprint of their global partnership with One World Futbol, by donating the Virtually Indestructible futbol, the ball that never needs a pump and never goes flat, even if its been punctured multiple times, allowing children to play almost anywhere.Tim Hendon, Chevrolet brand manager added that Vosloorus is the fourth community impacted so far by the Dreamfields and Chevrolet Ute Force partnership with three additional projects identified for rollout in 2014. “The Chevrolet Ute Force initiative is focused on supporting the youth. We partner with organisations to extend our reach into communities across the country,” he said.last_img read more

Fertilizer recertification opportunity May 30

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Mark Badertscher, Ohio State University ExtensionDo you have a fertilizer certificate that is set to expire May 31 and need a final chance to renew it before it expires? If so, there is a fertilizer recertification class scheduled in Kenton (Hardin County) for May 30 at 7:00 pm. This one-hour evening class will meet the requirements for the Ohio Department of Agriculture. The class will be held at the Hardin County OSU Extension Office, 1021 W. Lima Street, Kenton, Ohio. Please arrive early to allow time for check-in or registration and bring your Ohio ‘Fertilizer Applicator Certificate’ card.Seating is limited, so pre-register at or call 419-674-2297. There is a $10 class fee payable to OSU Extension that can be taken care of online or the evening of the class. Registration for this training does not include the applicator license renewal fee that is due to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. Please contact the Ohio Department of Agriculture at 614-728-6987 if you have any questions concerning your renewal/recertification status.last_img read more

Tea for the Heart!

first_imgVitamin B1 (Thiamine)1.279mg85.00% Total Fat0.65g1.00% CC Flickr by Autan What have you done? June 4, 2007by Robin Allen MSPH, RDN, LDNA few weeks ago while having lunch with the Nutrition and Wellness Team, I drank my first glass of iced hibiscus tea.  I was exclaiming how delicious when the team reminded me of the health benefits we learned about in the webinar Phytonutrients and Cardiovascular disease.Hibiscus or Hibiscus sabdariffa (HS) is a tropical plant that has been used for food and medical purposes in Asia, Africa and several regions of South America. The HS flower or calyces are used as a food ingredient in salads, beverages and jams and food color. The flower contains a high concentration of flavonoids and polyphenolic compounds such as anthocyanins. The active ingredients are extracted with cold or boiling water. The plant also contains minerals, such as calcium and iron, and vitamins, such as niacin, riboflavin, and vitamin C. Oil from the seeds has an anti-infection effect.A recent study by McKay, demonstrated that three servings of hibiscus tea per day were effective at reducing blood pressure in pre- and mildly hypertensive adults.  In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial, 65 pre- and mildly hypertensive adults, age 30–70 y, not taking blood pressure (BP)-medications, were served either three servings, 240 mL servings per day of brewed hibiscus tea or placebo beverage for six weeks. The group receiving the hibiscus tea lowered systolic blood pressure (SBP).  Participants with a higher SBP at baseline showed a greater response to the hibiscus tea.Many studies have shown that the active compounds found in HS may help to prevent diseases such as cancer, inhibit inflammatory process, promote diuretic activity, modulate the formation of adipose cells, decrease serum cholesterol, control diabetes mellitus, lower blood pressure, reduce kidney problems, among others.Nutritional Benefits of Hibiscus Tea: Calories37N/A Vitamin C18.4mg31.00% Total Omega-318mgN/A Total Omega-618mgN/A Fiber0.3g1.00% Iron8.64mg48.00% NutrientAmountDaily Value Protein0.43g1.00% Total Carbohydrates7.41g2.00% Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)0.099mg6.00% Vitamin A296IU6.00% You can purchase hibiscus tea ready to brew or make you own tea using the flower.  Dried hibiscus flowers are available in many grocery stores, or you can order them online.  Below are some recipes but there are many others available, and you may have your own.’s drink some hibiscus tea for good health!What is your favorite recipe for hibiscus?  References:McKay, D. L., Chen, C-Y. O., Saltzman, E., Blumberg, J.B. Hibiscus Sabdariffa L. Tea (Tisane) Lowers Blood Pressure in Prehypertensive and Mildly Hypertensive Adults1–4 J. Nutr. 140: 298–303, 2010. file:///C:/Users/roballen/Documents/MFLN/phytonutrients/J.%20Nutr.-2010-McKay-298-303.pdfMojica, L., Rui, L., deMejia, E. G. Hibiscus sabdariffa L.: Phytochemical Composition and Nutraceutical Properties. ACS Symposium Series; American Chemical Society: Washington, DC, 2012. blog was posted by Robin Allen, a member of the Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) Nutrition and Wellness team that aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Find out more about the MFLN Nutrition and Wellness concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, and LinkedIn.last_img read more

VFX Master Michael Conelly Talks AR and VR Technology

first_imgVFX world influencer Michael Conelly gave PremiumBeat an in-depth interview on the unlimited possibilities of AR and VR technology.PremiumBeat: You’ve worked in the VFX world for a long time as a supervisor on projects such as Snow White and the Huntsman and Charlotte’s Web. What is your process? Are you normally involved with the producers and director during pre-production regarding what can be live action and what should be an effect?Michael Conelly: It varied quite a lot per show. Generally speaking, I was involved very broadly across the whole production spectrum — often on set, often involved in the design phase — but the bulk of my work came in the form of steering very large teams of artists, making sure they were all working in sync with the best tools for each phase of work, and that the kinds of assets they built fit the director’s vision and the producer’s time and budget constraints. It was a very complex job, but very rewarding for the enormous range of work I did from show to show.One might invent a new workflow or piece of software one day, then hand it off to a team and teach them how to use it. Deep in production, it’s more about making sure predictions are smoothly turning into actuals — that characters perform the way they need to, that render times are manageable, that shot complexity doesn’t overwhelm production, that change orders are folded smoothly into a complex flow of work. There’s a lot we could go into more detail on, but that’s the gist.Image via Snow White and the Huntsman (Universal Pictures).PB: What is AR/VR technology, and how is it transforming storytelling?MC: Broadly speaking, I’m far more interested in VR than AR, particularly as a storyteller. There are very few stories that are best told in my kitchen, or wherever I happen to be. There’s a very good reason that movie theaters go black before the movie starts. We want full access to your senses, we don’t want you distracted, and we don’t want you expecting that a story must somehow integrate with the physical world — where you find yourself — when the “play” button is pressed.As far as the technology, we could speak for a long time about what all is required for VR and AR to work seamlessly, but broadly speaking, VR technology is based on a computer knowing exactly where your eyes and hands are (the more of you the computer knows about the better). Once the computer knows where your eyes are, we can draw pictures for each eye that mimic the kind of perspective and parallax that you experience in the real world. So, we can make it seem to you (visually) that you’re seeing a whole other world that maps perfectly to how you’re moving your head and eyes and body. This is complex stuff. We need to update the image ninety times a second in order to trick your brain into thinking it’s really somewhere else. And if the images we draw don’t conform exactly to how you’re moving, it starts to feel really weird, really quickly. There are incredible issues with optics that need solving; there are issues with how to track your motions within a large room; there are issues with wanting to make sure you don’t walk into things in the real world, once you have the headset on. It’s all delightful when it syncs up. It’s engrossing and captivating in ways no other form of media can approach. From a storytelling standpoint, it’s an absolutely remarkable medium. I can think of no better way to transmit imagination from my head into yours.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.PB: Your Blackthorn Media has created a 360-virtual reality, interactive origin story called Caliban Below. What is the user experience and what are the new special effects — and how do they yield the emotional result you want with the story?MC: Caliban Below is a short story, which is part of a much larger project called The Abbot’s Book. So there’s some lineage to the piece, but it’s carefully constructed to work as a stand-alone experience, too.With each of the pieces we’ve made, we’re targeting a broad audience. We want to appeal to gamers (since they’re currently the most likely to have VR gear), but even more, we want to appeal to people who just like movies and TV. This is why we’ve been so pleased to present our work at film festivals. People have heard of VR, but most people still haven’t experienced it. So, the stories we make first and foremost are built for people who have never done VR before. We have an “on ramp” for the piece that orients our visitor — gives them a framework for the experience — it’s 1680AD, Northern Italy. And then, we teach them just the bare minimum necessary to have the story experience. We teach them how to move around with little teleports we call “blinking,” we demonstrate that their hands can interact with the world, and then we tell them that they will play the part of Caliban: “The scion of a broken lineage, struggling to understand his dark inheritance.” It’s a mystery. It’s a world to explore. A story is there to be found, and your place in it yields some wonderful moments of empathy and, I think, a very new and organic way of experiencing a story. People who go into this world don’t know what to expect, and they come out having a pretty sophisticated understanding of a much larger world, and a sense of generations that have preceded their visit to the place.In terms of “special effects,” I think that’s the most special. There are all kinds of technical things going on under the hood, but the real magic of the thing is that this “recipe” for storytelling is purely experiential in a way that no other medium has previously achieved. You become this character, you live in this world that moves and changes as you go through it. And there’s a bit at the end, in particular, which engrosses and captures the visitor in a very unique way. I don’t want to give away the ending — it’s quite an effective and wonderful moment of living a narrative.Michael ConellyPB: With Caliban Below, the technology is engaging the viewer in a very immersive, unconventional way. You’ve collaborated with Game of Thrones sound designer Paula Fairfield – how does the use of movement and locations connect to music and sound?MC: I’m such a big fan of Paula. We’re great friends now, after years of collaboration, and I can’t say enough great things about her. She’s like a magician. So creative, so interested, so able to produce a tapestry of aural experience that is absolutely crucial to the end result. She really fell in love with the power of VR and audio as a medium along the way. I think she’s pretty hooked now, making her own stuff. I’m hoping to collaborate with her on a whole new project she’s dreamed up — we’ll see how that percolates in the coming months.Back to your question though, the sound is so massively important to Caliban Below. There are so many tiny details that you feel subconsciously, rather than in the front of your mind. A bird roosting in a ruin, for instance, can be a passing detail, but it instantly fires a host of associations, and helps you understand the world better: “Ah, this place is old; no one cares to clear the birds out. I wonder how long it’s been this way?” Somewhere else, there might be the sound of a trickle of water, and while we may not see it, that too can speak to important backstory. There are thousands of these moments that fly by, and they form a richness that helps sustain a complete illusion.Image via Caliban Below.PB: Where do you see the future of VR?MC: Oh, great question. We’ve been hoping that VR would take off as a mass medium sooner than it has. I continue to love it, but when you compare the audience size for VR versus TV or movies, the economics of it have been pretty janky.What I’ve continued to watch for is the “big boys” of the technology continuing to invest in it: Valve, Oculus, HTC, Apple, Google. Their interest in AR and VR evolves over time, but in general, the technology continues to improve. If the tech stagnates, then I think it would be hard to justify sticking with it. As it is, it’s moving slower than I’d like to see. But — and this is a big but — one of these days, it’ll be good enough and cheap enough that I think it finally will break through. That’ll be great to see.When used right, there really is no medium more potent for transmission of ideas and feelings. And so the future continues to be promising. I think it’ll get here someday, it’s just a question of when. It would be spectacular to see the budget of a Marvel movie funneled into a VR experience. The things you could do with a “proper” budget would be mind-bending and electrifying. With any luck, someday the market economics will support that evolution. Until then, we’ll have to make do. I think the love of the work shines through just fine today. With any luck, more is in store in the not too distant future. Til that fine day!Looking for more industry interviews? Check these out.Industry Interview: Emmy-Nominated Composer Dominik ScherrerIndustry Interview: Documentary Editor Aaron WickendenIndustry Interview: DJ Stipsen, DP of “What We Do in the Shadows”The Sun is Also a Star Film Composer Herdís StefánsdóttirIndustry Interview: Miles Hankins — The Composer Behind “Long Shot”last_img read more

CWG scam: PMO ignored warnings against Suresh Kalmadi, says CAG

first_imgIn a strong indictment of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) said that Suresh Kalmadi was appointed the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (CWG OC) chairman at its behest.In its voluminous 743-page report, the CAG said that the PMO recommended Congress MP Kalmadi for OC chairmanship in 2004, despite serious objections from the then sports minister Sunil Dutt.The PMO’s recommendation facilitated conversion of the originally envisaged government-owned OC into a body outside government control without commensurate accountability and concomitant controls to ensure propriety and transparency despite full financial guarantee and funding from the government.Click here to EnlargeAn unwieldy 400-plus general body of the OC was formed, which was not envisaged in the bid document or the Host City Contract, the report pointed out.Kalmadi was also allowed to run riot by ignoring suggestions for a greater control on the OC’s functioning from another former Union sports minister Mani Shankar Aiyar and former sports secretary S. K. Arora.Aiyar and Arora’s attempts in 2007 to officially take up the issue of OC’s accountability with the PMO, Group of Ministers and Cabinet Secretariat were resisted by Kalmadi and rendered unfruitful, the report said. The CAG said: “The CWG bid document of May 2003 envisaged the OC as a ‘government-owned registered society’ with the chairman of the OC executive board (EB) being a government appointee and the IOA president being only the EB vice-chairman.”However, in February 2005, the OC was set up as a ‘non-government registered society’ with the IOA president Suresh Kalmadi as the chairman of the OC’s EB, the report said.advertisementClick here to EnlargeThe change to a ‘non-government registered society’ with Kalmadi as OC chairman was orchestrated through a sequence of events commencing with a document titled ‘an updated bid’ of December 2003. This, the CAG said, had no legal sanctity or relevance and indicated a changed structure.The script of the CWG loot seems similar to the 2G spectrum scam. Besides the principal villains, the PMO and the Union finance ministry’s roles have been suspect in both the scams.The CAG report, which was tabled in Parliament on Friday, described the sequence of events to indict the PMO. On December 6, 2004, the report said, the PMO issued a communication stating that institutional arrangements had been put in place for the conduct of the CWG, catapulting Kalmadi as the OC chairman.According to the CAG, Manmohan Singh’s office direction was considered and passed by the third GoM on January 29, 2005. The audit body said that in September 2003 the central and Delhi governments decided to host the CWG and bear its financial liability – a decision which was critical to the success of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) bid for Delhi to host the CWG.Kalmadi managed to trick the government by converting the OC into a ‘non-government registered society’ in February 2005 so that he could organise the big ticket sporting event in the manner he liked. Prior to that, as per the CAG report, Kalmadi quietly filed an irrelevant and illegal ‘updated bid’ in December 2003 indicating a change in the OC structure.”This updated bid surfaced only in September 2004, 16 months after the IOA made its bid and 10 months after that bid had already been declared successful,” said the CAG report, pointing to Kalmadi’s ploy.The government woke up late and decided to rein in Kalmadi- led OC in August 2010, only two months before the Games were to start. But its actions were “largely in the nature of fire-fighting measures”, the highly critical report said.The report also indicted the ministries of finance and sports for failing to “exercise necessary due diligence and did not adequately examine and scrutinise the revenue projections or raise red flag on the critical issue at the highest levels of government, specially on the quantum jump in revenue projections from Rs 900 cr to Rs 1,780 cr and chose to go along with the OC’s claims of revenue neutrality”. In reality, the total committed revenue was just Rs 682.06 crore out of which the OC could manage only Rs 173.96 cr.The government also disbanded finance sub- committee of the GoM, which was supposed to clear the Games budget and monitor the spending. This contributed to the piecemeal approach towards cost estimation and budget approval. The Centre was clueless about the cost of hosting the biggest-ever sporting event in the country, the report said.PM is the common factor2G scamA. Raja has claimed that the finance ministry, then headed by incumbent home minister P. Chidambaram, as well as PM Manmohan Singh were kept in the loop about the policy decisions, for which he was now being blamedCWG lootadvertisementThe PMO got Suresh Kalmadi appointed as OC chief despite objections. The CAG has blamed the Centre for not setting up a single point of authority and accountability, showing govt failure.last_img read more