“League title? Too early for that” – Fabin cools Allies title talk

first_imgInter Allies coach Paa Kwasi Fabin is not going ahead of himself.After a win against Hearts of Oak on Saturday that see get closer to the top three, league watchers have tipped the small team for the crown.“I thank my boys for fighting to the end,” he said, referring to how Goeckel Ahortor struck in injury time to hand the Tema-based side the three points.Allies, now fourth on the table, are still unbeaten at home.”We keep working hard to improve match after match but it is too early to talk about [winning the league],” he told Supersport.Fabin, who has formerly coached Hearts and Kotoko, also noted that the league is only 12 days old and there’s a long way to go. –Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmithlast_img read more

QPR v Palace player ratings

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Is the Universe Hole-y?

first_imgCosmologists are trying to avoid a void.  Since astronomers at U of Minnesota announced a gaping hole in a distant part of the universe, representing a region of space devoid of matter a billion light-years across, others are scrambling to discern what it means.  The issue was discussed on EurekAlert, BBC News, Science Now, and Space.com.  It even made the nightly TV news.    The Minnesota team compared observations from the Very Large Array of radio telescopes with WMAP data, and looked closer at a region showing a remarkable drop in the number of galaxies in a region toward the constellation Eridanus.  Other voids have been detected in the past, but never one this large.  “Astronomers don’t know why the hole is there,” said science writer Robert Roy Britt.  Others don’t know that it’s there.Cosmological observations are so deeply intertwined with theory, it is often hard to tell the one from the other.  The hole could be real, or it could be an artifact of the theory and techniques used.  Some cosmologists (see the BBC article) are claiming this a confirmation of dark energy.  ScienceNow said it contradicts the inflation theory.  And it quoted one astronomer who thought the conclusion was premature.  The Minnesota team said their announcement will need independent confirmation, so it is unwise to lean too heavily on the reports.  Still, it’s fun to see scientists get surprised once in awhile.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Without Bromine, There Would Be No Animals

first_imgA 28th element has proven to be essential for life: bromine.Vanderbilt University scientists have added another element to the list of elements vital for life.In a paper published Thursday, June 5, in the journal Cell, Vanderbilt University researchers establish for the first time that bromine, among the 92 naturally occurring chemical elements in the universe, is the 28th element essential for tissue development in all animals, from primitive sea creatures to humans.“Without bromine, there are no animals. That’s the discovery,” said Billy Hudson, Ph.D., the paper’s senior author and Elliott V. Newman Professor of Medicine.Why was this not found earlier?  Unlike calcium, iron, potassium and other elements, bromine does not make up any organelles or machines in the cell.  It works indirectly during the construction of tissues.  But without its participation, there would be no animal life, the investigators found.  A 4-minute embedded video explains the importance of this discovery.  The team was obviously delighted to find one of the “incredibly fundamental things” about life, a finding that could have important real-world applications in disease treatment.Foundations for the discovery were laid in the 1980s, when researchers back then found that certain patients had defective collagen-IV, an essential protein for tissue development.  Since then, several patient groups have been found to be bromine-deficient.  The Vanderbilt team found that fruit flies deprived of bromine in their diet had radically deformed tissues, and most died.  The flies could be rescued, however, by addition of bromine to the diet.  Subsequent research found that bromide (the ionic form) is an important cofactor for the enzyme peroxidasin, which builds collagen-IV.  Bromide plays a key role in formation of the sulfilimine bond.  “The chemical element bromine is thus ‘essential for animal development and tissue architecture,’ they report.”Here is another requirement for habitability of a planet for life as we know it.  Astrobiologists err by thinking that planets might be habitable merely with rock and water.  Perhaps microbial life could get by without bromine, but not multicellular life that builds tissues.  It’s no bromide (n., a platitude or trite saying) to say that life depends on bromide (the ionic form of bromine).  Can you find any place on Earth without animals?  From the frozen poles to the depths of the sea, to the driest deserts, animal life flourishes because of bromine.  The Creator ensured that the planet He designed to be inhabited (Isaiah 45:18), and on which He formed creatures in His image, had sufficient quantities of bromine available all over the globe, along with 27 other essential elements. (Visited 556 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Building a Workplace for the Next 100 Years

first_imgWhat Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… Related Posts How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture Leveraging Big Data that Data Websites Should T… Suresh Sambandam Suresh SambandamFounder & CEOcenter_img China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … Growing and maturing a company are two different operations, yet they share a common goal: to stay in business for the long run. As the number of new companies multiplies all over the globe, competition grows fierce. Surviving the digital age in a sea of competitors requires thoughtful preparedness and agility. What we want to do is start building a workplace for the next 100 years.SAP’s recent study revealed that 84 percent of CEOs believe the digital transformation of their workplace is critical to their survival in the next five years. Only three percent have completed any company-wide transformation efforts. This  three percent of dedicated leaders are leaps and bounds ahead of their rivals:85 percent of leaders say the transformation has increased market share70 percent say they are already seeing higher customer satisfaction64 percent of employees at leading companies feel more engaged80 percent of leaders say the transformation has increased profitabilityForming a business framework to outlast this century takes commitment and follow-through to fuse the right mix of software applications, human talent, and robots successfully.Humans and robots: a combined workforce.The data age poses profitable opportunities for businesses. IDC’s Data Age 2025 report commented: “Data is helping us reach new markets, serve existing customers better, streamline operations, and monetize raw and analyzed data.” How can data make such a profound impact? Robotic process automation (RPA), artificial intelligence (AI), and other machines work alongside humans to process multitudes of data and leverage its advantages.  Machines process data at infinitely higher speeds than humans. Machines take on tedious tasks most employees don’t enjoy, at reduced risk and cost. Quicker, efficient data processing enables higher-quality products and top notch customer service that keep consumers coming back for more. A senior Japanese executive commented in a 2018 Deloitte survey, “Robotics is not about cost reduction. It’s about maintaining the business.”  On the flip side, robots require people to feed them the right data and ensure useful output is delivered. Creative tasks, like planning a website redesign or a new product release, requires human critical thinking skills. Bots are process-dependent, so individuals are needed to manage all other work scenarios. Combining people skills and robotic intelligence can cover all aspects of work most efficiently.A unified digital workplace for humans and machines.How can companies manage a seamless flow of data to synchronize the work performed by humans and robots? Employees need one efficient tool and not a pile of fragmented, inflexible applications. This single tool is required in order to manage whatever kind of work that comes their way, both repetitive tasks they can hand off to robots and creative projects requiring a human touch. A digital workplace is a central platform where automated processes, one-time projects, cases, and collaboration function in harmony. All types of work are performed and tracked in the same application, ensuring that nothing falls through the cracks, including customers’ needs. Ninety-five percent of global consumers say customer service is a significant factor that determines brand loyalty. So, efficiently managing internal operations and customer needs must be a top priority to sustain a solid customer base and long business life.Many solutions are inflexible and don’t directly address business problems. Other programs take too much effort to learn, so employees resort to their own tools, taking security and compliance protocol for granted. Employees need a user-friendly digital workplace where data is shared and integrated. Workflow for both robots and humans can be easily modified. Does this mean only big-budget enterprises will be able to afford a digital workplace to survive the data age? Not necessarily. Citizen developers are presenting a new precedence.The astounding shortage of computer science professionals in the US demonstrates the need for enterprises to become less reliant upon IT professionals to persist in digital transformation. SMBs often have a limited IT budget and were previously unable to utilize high-tech tools to improve operations. Building a tech-savvy business for the future, no matter the size requires a new approach to business solutions.No-code development platforms are beginning to take the place of expensive IT teams and may help and may help build a business for 100 years. These no-code companies offer smaller businesses the opportunity to reap technology’s benefits. In a digital workplace, any business user can automate a repetitive process, build a project board, or construct a case workflow through a drag-and-drop interface without writing any code. In the past, IT professionals had to build every application from the ground up, a lengthy process. Now, in only a matter of days, users can create custom applications covering a wide range of both internal and external operations. This potential can boost productivity by 90 percent and increase customer satisfaction by 70 percent. Embracing citizen development in a digital workplace is key to building essential, custom solutions for both humans and machines to excel.Eye on the futureThe only thing constant is change, especially in the business environment. But a majority of businesses aren’t adapting successfully. Only one in five companies can be marked as digital leaders—agile, tech-forward companies who are using technology disruption for explosive growth. While businesses stuck in email and spreadsheets lag behind, leaders who embrace the digital age race ahead. Employing a combined workforce of humans and machines in a digital workplace will put your company on a track that stretches into the next century. Suresh Sambandam is the CEO of Kissflow, the first unified digital workplace for organizations to manage all of their work on a single, unified platform. Kissflow has over 10,000 customers across 160 countries, including more than fifty Fortune 500 companies. last_img read more

A first AFN candidates in the Yukon for candidates forum

first_imgShirley McLeanAPTN NewsFor the first time in the history of the Assembly of First Nations, a forum featuring the candidates who are running for the national chief’s job were in the north.The group met in Whitehorse to compare views on where to take the AFN after the election on July [email protected]@shirlmcleanlast_img

Young Kolkata club cricketer dies onfield

first_imgKolkata: A young club cricketer died after collapsing on the field during a friendly match on Wednesday. 22-year-old Sonu Yadav, who plays for Ballygunge Sporting Club in Cricket Association of Bengal’s second division league was playing a match at the Bata Club ground. According to those present at the ground, the wicketkeeper-batsman was going back to the tent after finishing his batting and suddenly collapsed. He was quickly rushed to the SSKM hospital where he was declared brought dead. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja A few years back, another junior Bengal player Aniket Sharma had lost his life collapsing on the field while playing at the Paikpara ground. Ballygunge SC official Shyamal Banerjee said:”I cannot believe that Sonu is no more. Sonu was a very talented cricketer. I heard the news in the afternoon. Heard Sonu was playing with his friends because our club did not have any match. I pray to Almighty so that it gives strength to his family to deal with this loss.”last_img read more

Woman gangraped on pretext of offering lift in Shamli village

first_imgMuzaffarnagar: A 22-year-old woman was allegedly abducted and raped by three youths on the pretext of giving her lift in neighbouring Shamli district, police said. The victim was given a lift by the accused who drove her on a bike to an isolated area in Khandarwali village under Kotwali police station area in the district on Thursday and took chances to rape her at pistol point, police said. According to a complaint lodged by the survivor’s mother, the woman has stepped out of her home to withdraw money from a bank for purchasing medicines when the accused offered her lift. A case has been registered and the hunt is on to nab the absconding accused, they added.last_img read more

Panghal wins gold at Asian Boxing Cships

first_imgBangkok: Indian boxer Amit Panghal (52kg) picked up his second successive gold of the year, while two others claimed silver medals in the Asian Championships here on Friday. Panghal, who won the Asian Games gold medal last year, defeated Korea’s Kim Inkyu in a unanimous decision. He came into the tournament on the back of a gold at the Strandja Memorial Tournament in February in Bulgaria. This was his maiden international competition since moving up to 52kg from the 49kg division earlier this year. Panghal had won a bronze in the 2015 edition of the event. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuHowever, national champion Deepak Singh (49kg) and Kavinder Singh Bisht (56kg) signed off with silver medals after close losses. Up against a lanky opponent, who was willing to play the waiting game, Panghal started in his usual aggressive style. The strategy of stumping rivals with relentless attacks paid off against Inkyu and the Korean simply had no answer to Panghal’s aggression. The Indian managed to corner his rival quite often and his solid defences thwarted the feeble attempts at connecting by Inkyu. Earlier, at the end of Deepak’s highly contentious split loss to Nodirjon Mirzahmedov of Uzbekistan, the Indian contingent handed the referee the yellow card meant for seeking a review, which was introduced in the tournament on a trial basis this year. However, India’s High Performance Director Santiago Nieva said that the gesture was merely to highlight “how wrong” the decision was. “We cannot get the decision changed. Just a protest here,” he said. “The system will officially start in the world championships,” added national coach C A Kuttappa. Bisht, on the other hand, also lost to an Uzbek in Mirazizbek Mirzahalilov, a unanimous decision. The boxer from Uttarakhand fought with a bandage over his right eye but did not back down from going for the offensive. The aggressive approach resulted in his wound, sustained in the semifinals, opening up just a minute into the third round. This made Bisht slightly defensive and allowed the Uzbek to edge ahead. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersEarlier, Deepak also put up a gutsy performance that failed to find favour with the judges. It was a bout in which both the boxers were mostly looking to counter-attack. Deepak’s focus was getting his straight punches across, while Mirzahmedov looked to connect right hooks occasionally. The Indian was a clear winner in the opening round but Mirzahmedov came back strongly in the second. The Uzbek turned a shade defensive in the last three minutes, which gave Deepak a chance to assert himself. However, the final outcome was in favour of the Uzbek, much to the surprise of the Indian camp.last_img read more

3D printing will change the world

first_imgFrom replacement kidneys to guns, cars, prosthetics and works of art, 3D printing is predicted to transform our lives in the coming decades as dramatically as the Internet did before it.“I have no doubt it is going to change the world,” researcher James Craddock told AFP at the two-day 3D Printshow in Paris which wraps up later on Saturday.A member of the 3D Printing Research Group (3DPRG) at the UK’s Nottingham University, Craddock nevertheless predicted that use of 3D printing would be limited. “You wouldn’t want to make a cup from a 3D printer because it would probably fall apart, leak or poison you, but you would use it for high-value, beautiful items or replacement parts,” he said.“The real revolutionary factor is industrial use,” he added.Here is a selection of the potential future uses of 3D printing:– ArmsThis is one of the more eye-catching prospects and has attracted a lot of publicity.Californian engineering company Solid Concepts said earlier this month it had produced a metal replica of a classic 1911 shotgun.US entrepreneur and inventor Brook Drumm, however, warned that the process of printing a gun would be slow, expensive and potentially dangerous, requiring lasers at high temperatures, lots of power and hazardous materials.Drumm set up his firm Printrbot to produce printers costing from $400 that print plastic items.Metal printers can cost around $250,000 (185,000 euros) and “the particulates are so fine that your skin could absorb them through the pores. The materials are not safe”, he said.The gun itself — unless made out of metal — would also be unreliable.“There’s a lot of moving parts in a gun and they need to be precise,” he said, adding that he tried to print a plastic gun but gave up because it took so long.“Time-wise, if I was going to print a plastic gun and you were going to go and buy a metal one, even if it took you two weeks to get approval I probably still wouldn’t have it working first,” he said.– ArtFancy a replica of a Viking helmet or one of the Louvre’s most famous sculptures on the mantelpiece?American Cosmo Wenman has used thousands of photographs taken in some of the world’s biggest museums to produce exact plastic copies.Works he has produced include the ancient Greek statue Venus de Milo which is in the Louvre.“If you look at the small print at museums in terms of taking photographs, they say that you cannot put them to commercial use,” he said.“But from a practical point of view that is not enforceable and for antiquities there is no intellectual property issue,” he said.– CarsCanadian Jim Kor’s 3D Urbee car is made out of plastic and stainless steel.The futuristic-looking three-wheeler is electric but uses petrol at higher speeds.Production designer Kor says if a car company mass produced the vehicle it would be possible to keep the price down to around $16,000 (12,000 euros).“We want it to be the Volkswagen Beetle for the next century, low cost and long-lasting too,” he said.“It should last 30-plus years. Our goal is that it should be 100 percent recyclable.”– JewelleryJewellery can made to ensure that each piece is slightly different, known as “mass customisation”.3D printing can also make the production process far less expensive and time consuming.Dutch jewellery designer Yvonne van Zummeren produces a range of jewellery made out of lightweight nylon polyamide.“All my designs are based on works of art,” she said holding a bracelet that uses a Matisse motif.“It enables me to be a jewellery designer much more easily. Otherwise I would have needed a factory in China and a minimum order of 20,000,” she added.“When you are producing something for the first time it means you can adapt and try again very easily until you get the result you want.”– ProstheticsProsthetics can be custom made to provide the perfect match.Electronics could be built in allowing the recipient accurate control of the limb.“It would all be printed out at the same time,” said 3DPRG’s Craddock.– Replacement partsOne-off parts are needed by everyone from NASA to the person who loses an unusual jacket button.last_img read more