Real Madrid ‘approves’ the Olympics in 2021

first_imgVinicius, Rodrygo, Kubo …As AS related, 13 members of the current Zidane squad and 4 on loan appeared on the respective list of their countries for Tokyo. They are Militao, Vinicius, Rodrygo, Reinier and Brahim, still of category Sub-23; Ramos, Nacho, Carvajal, Lucas, Isco, Asensio, Marcelo and Casemiro, that they could enter the quota of three ‘majors’ that each selection has; y Vallejo (Granada), Mayoral (Levante), Take Kubo (Mallorca) and Ceballos (Arsenal). The latter also exceeds the age limit of this generation, but De la Fuente wants him in the trio of ‘veterans’.In Spain, however, the picture is unique, since teams are required to release their players when the RFEF requires it. Despite this, this newspaper has already revealed that De la Fuente has those currently on loan, Ceballos (if next year he plays outside again he would not have this ‘privilege’), Vallejo and Mayoral, who were to be summoned this summer. And watch out if Fabián arrives at the Bernabéu … At Real Madrid, one of the three options that the agency was considering was particularly concerned: that of Tokyo 2020 being developed this fall., hypothesis that this Tuesday fell off the table in favor of 2021. The Games, as planned, naturally generated a certain rejection due to the possibility of several Madrid fans attending, which would have meant their absences in the preseason and, almost certainly, at the beginning of the course. But having them relocate in the middle of 2020-21 complicated the situation to the extreme. The chaos in which he has also plunged into sport the coronavirus it has clubs, federations and competition organizers in check. One of the problems revolves around how to face the next Olympic Games, in football initially devised from July 22 to August 8. That date will vary, although we will have to wait for the IOC to specify the new one.last_img read more

Reporters Without Borders cite efforts to silence journalists in Guyana

first_img…says threat by officials using legislation to fine, jail reporters still loomJournalists in Guyana still face hurdles in executing their duties and some of the present laws that the country has implemented can land a journalist in jail despite the Constitution guaranteeing free speech and the right to information.According to the Reporters Without Borders for freedom of information (RSF), officials often use various pieces of legislation – including defamation laws, which provide for fines and up to two years in jail – to silence opposition journalists.The RSF website says that “a Cybercrime Bill that was passed into law in July 2018 took into account amendments RSF proposed regarding provisions that could have posed a threat to press freedom if used to penalise journalists for publishing reports deemed critical of the Government or that are based on information from confidential sources. However, the bill remains imperfect. The members of the media regulatory authority are appointed directly by the President”.According to the media advocacy body, this restricts the freedom of certain media outlets, which are denied licenses and recent attempts to improve regulation of the broadcast industry involved no consultation with any broadcasters.“Journalists are still subjected to harassment that takes the form of prosecutions, suspensions, and intimidation,” the RSF said.It added that local journalists may be censored due to editorial or company policies, the threat remains at large that Government officials can use the laws of Guyana to persecute and prosecute journalists if their articles are not “in keeping” with how they wish the publicity to be.This by itself, is an infringement on the rights of journalists, and in contradiction of Guyana’s Constitution.However, despite such struggles, the country has been able to elevate itself from the 55 position in 2018 in the World Press Freedom Index to 51 position in its 2019 report.Presently, there are 180 countries which are mentioned in the 2019 World Press Freedom Index and while Guyana has moved up four notches in comparison to last year, it added that much more work is to be done that will allow local reporters and journalists the freedom to publicise stories that are fair and accurate without bias or fear being incited.Last year, despite concerns being expressed that the measures included in clause 18 of the Cybercrime Bill of 2016 could be used to silence critics, Government was initially unmoved, and was, in fact, insisting that the measure is for national security.According to clause 18, persons commit an offence of sedition when they, “attempt to bring into hatred or excite disaffection towards the Government”.After much public outcry and criticism from the media, the controversial Cybercrime Bill was passed in National Assembly on July 20, 2018, with several amendments, including the removal of the clause on sedition.However, the Opposition – People’s Progressive Party – noted that the words may have changed, but the Bill still threatens civil liberties.The BillLaid in the National Assembly since 2016, the Cyber Crime Bill had catered for, inter alia: illegal access to a computer system; illegal interception; illegal data interference; illegal acquisition of data; illegal system interference; unauthorised receiving or granting of access to computer data; computer-related forgery; computer-related fraud; offences affecting critical infrastructure; identity-related offences; child pornography; child luring and violation of privacy among a slew of other offences.Previously, section 18 (1a) of the Bill had stated that persons commit an offence of sedition when they “attempt to bring into hatred or excite disaffection towards the Government”.Section 18 (1) now states that “A person commits an offence if the person, whether in or out of Guyana, intentionally publishes, transmits or circulates by use of a computer system, a statement or words, either spoken or written, a text, video, image, sign, visible representation or other thing that (a) advocates the use without authority of law of force as a means of accomplishing a governmental change within Guyana”.The amended section goes on to state that the law also criminalises anyone who “incites, counsels, urges, induces, aids or abets any person to commit, participate in the commission of or to conspire with another person to commit treason under section 314 or 317 of the Criminal Law (Offences) Act”.Breaking this law, according to the amended section, carries a penalty on conviction on indictment of imprisonment for five years.Meanwhile, the amended clause nine of the Cyber Crime Bill states: “A person commits an offence who, through authorised or unauthorised means, obtains or accesses electronic data which (c) is stored on a computer system and is protected against unauthorised access”.The penalty on summary conviction is a fine of $3 million and imprisonment of three years, while conviction on indictment earns the accused a fine of $8 million and five years’ imprisonment.last_img read more

Juventus top MLS All-Stars on penalties

first_imgAfter Wright-Phillips’ effort bounced off the post to leave Juventus up 4-3 — Mattia De Sciglio fired into the upper left corner past Columbus goalkeeper Zack Steffen to settle it.Andrea Favilli had put Juventus ahead in the 21st minute, heading in a curling cross by Matheus Pereira.The MLS All-Stars, selected from around the league through fan voting, pulled level in the 26th minute through Atlanta United’s Josef Martinez — the Venezuela star and former Torino forward who leads MLS with 24 goals in 23 matches.Juventus keeper Wojciech Szczesny saved an initial effort, but after a scramble in the area, Martinez bundled the ball in to score in front of his home crowd.Diego Valeri of the MLS All-Stars scores the third penality kick against Juventus during their 2018 MLS All-Star Game, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, on August 1 © GETTY/AFP / Kevin C. Cox“It’s been a moving week here,” Martinez said. “I have to thank all the fans in Atlanta for the way they support us all the time and the wonderful experience in this game.”He added, however, that there was “a lot of pressure” on the All-Star team.“Beyond the fact that we had a very good opponent, it was an important game, especially a team of this caliber. We had never played together before. We only had three days to meet, but I think we looked good despite that.”It marked the second straight year that the All-Star Game ended in a 1-1 draw to go to a shoot-out. Last year, Real Madrid beat the All-Stars 4-2 on penalties at Soldier Field in Chicago.The crowd was the largest ever for the MLS All-Star game, surpassing the 70,728 for the 2010 edition in Houston.The game was one of four matches for Juventus on their North American tour, but they haven’t brought off-season acquisition Cristiano Ronaldo, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner whose 100 million-euro ($117 million) move from European champions Real Madrid was announced in July.With three wins from three matches, Juventus will look to make it a clean sweep of the tour on Saturday night against Real Madrid at FedEx Field in Washington, DC.“It was really a wonderful game, and it was a good preparation for us,” said Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri, who said he was “very pleasantly surprised” by the atmosphere in Atlanta.“You know it’s not easy to put 70,000 people in a stadium like today,” he said.The All-Stars were without Los Angeles Galaxy forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who was voted into the contest against his former club by fans but would have been playing in his third game in seven days.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Goalkeeper Zack Steffen of the MLS All-Stars fails to block a penalty shot by Mattia De Sciglio of Juventus during their 2018 MLS All-Star Game, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, on August 1 © GETTY/AFP / Kevin C. CoxWASHINGTON, United States, Aug 2 – Serie A champions Juventus got the best of Major League Soccer’s All-Stars in a penalty shootout on Wednesday after an entertaining 1-1 draw in the North American league’s mid-season exhibition.Before a crowd of 72,317 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium — home of MLS’s Atlanta United — Juventus prevailed 5-3 in the shoot-out after New York Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips missed his penalty attempt.last_img read more

‘Disaster’ season made Morata ponder Chelsea exit

first_img0Shares0000Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata has been recalled to the Spain squad by Luis Enrique © AFP / Glyn KIRKMADRID, Spain, Sep 4 – Alvaro Morata admits he considered leaving Chelsea after a “disastrous” year that culminated in him missing the World Cup.Morata was dropped from the Spain squad after scoring only three times in 23 games for Chelsea in the second half of last season. “Yes I considered returning to Spain or Italy, but you cannot always escape reality,” Morata said.“I left Spain to be at the World Cup and I did not go.”Since then, Luis Enrique has taken the Spanish reins from Julen Lopetegui’s short-term replacement, Fernando Hierro, while Maurizio Sarri has arrived at Chelsea after Antonio Conte departed in July.Enrique’s first squad included a recall for Morata, who has also started Chelsea’s four Premier League games so far under Sarri.“Last year I started well but in the end it was a disaster,” Morata said. “I did not even know where I was when I went out to play.”Asked how he felt after being left out of the World Cup squad, the 25-year-old said: “I thought ‘how am I going to get through the summer without going to the World Cup?’“It was a hard moment but I’m going to do everything I can to go to the next one. It was a difficult time because I expected to go.”Morata had lost the confidence of Conte, who experimented with Eden Hazard as a lone striker and then preferred Olivier Giroud towards the end of the campaign.Sarri, however, appears to be offering Morata a fresh start.“At my club, the way of playing has changed and it’s more similar to what is played here with Spain, many passes, a lot of possession and freedom to attack,” Morata said.Enrique, meanwhile, is tasked with reinvigorating a Spanish side still smarting after their shock last-16 defeat to Russia at the World Cup. They face England at Wembley in the League of Nations before hosting Croatia on Tuesday in Elche.“Luis Enrique tells us that he wants Spain to win again and wants everyone to know who Spain is,” Morata said.“He asks for a lot of intensity, a lot of concentration and he seems to me a very sincere person, who wants to win.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

‘Frightening front three!’ Liverpool fans excited by new signing’s performance

first_imgLiverpool faced Wigan in a pre-season friendly at the DW Stadium, giving fans an early chance to assess £34m new signing Sadio Mane.The Senegalese attacker lined up in the first half along with Philippe Coutinho, in support of Roberto Firmino.And despite the score remaining 0-0 with all three on the pitch, Liverpool fans saw promising signs from their potential first-choice attacking line up… Sadio Mane in action for Liverpool against Wigan 1last_img

Deadline Day 2018: Why is the transfer window shutting at 5pm?

first_imgIt’s been a long hot summer, but club football is back.And after three months of big-money deals, near-misses and speculation, clubs are scrambling to get their final transfers done before the transfer window shuts. Getty Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener NEW ERA How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? FOOTBALL LATEST 1 possible xi highlights Jorginho is one of the big-name signings from this window center_img ALTERED Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade When is Deadline Day?The final day that English clubs can buy players is August 9.This year’s window was brought forward and will therefore end earlier than the traditional August 31 finale.All other leagues in Europe are still following this model and therefore EFL clubs can still sell players until the usual deadline, as well as pick up players on loan.But in an effort to minimise disruption once the season has begun and provide much needed stability, the decision was taken to close the window before a ball is even kicked in the Premier League.Why is the window shutting at 5pm?You’re all used to the bongs of Big Ben bringing Deadline Day to a close.But this year is different, due to the Premier League kicking off just over 24 hours later on August 10 at Old Trafford.The window shuts at 5pm so that players signed late in the day can be registered in time to appear for their new club at the weekend. gameday Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? smart causal last_img read more

Astrobiology’s Fantasy Universe

first_img(Visited 117 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The media glosses over difficulties in its blind quest to look for the ’emergence’ of life on other planets.If evolution skeptics had ten minutes on mainstream media to present scientific objections to origin-of-life scenarios, they would blow astrobiology out of the water. But evolutionary materialists are clever. They found a way to label anything other than their belief as ‘anti-science.’ As a result, reporters have free rein to present fact-free, fantastical stories like the following without any fear of critical analysis.poof spoof, n.: a phrase representing the evolutionists’ propensity to use words like “emergence” — a miracle word masquerading as a natural process.Looking for life in all the right places, with the right tool (Science Daily). Researchers publishing for the American Chemical Society have developed a tool for detecting amino acids with 10,000 times more sensitivity than before. That’s nice; it could be useful for organic chemists. But it means about as much to astrobiology as detecting iron atoms in rock means to explaining bridges and skyscrapers. Amino acids are quite common and have no significance unless arranged into long, precisely-sequenced, polypeptides that can fold into functional proteins. Not only is that hopelessly improbable (see the film Origin and our online book), but amino acids tend to fall apart in water (not join up) according to well-known laws of chemistry. They’re also useless unless one-handed, another huge improbability. That’s the science. None of those crucial facts are mentioned by the reporter. Extrapolating recklessly, he tempts imagination, saying, “this type of technology is under consideration for future missions to ocean worlds like Europa and also Enceladus,” adding,”The researchers say these are the best techniques yet to find signs of life on other worlds.”One sign the press is living in a fantasy universe is the high perhapsimaybecouldness index. Another clue is reliance on the Poof Spoof fallacy. Watch for them:Biochemical ‘fossil’ shows how life may have emerged without phosphate (Science Daily). Major premise: life as we know it depends on phosphate; it is “an essential building block of genetic and metabolic machinery in cells.” Minor premise: It has “poor accessibility on earth.” Conclusion: Maybe the first life didn’t need it.In a study published on March 9 in the journal Cell, researchers used systems biology approaches to tackle this long-standing conundrum, providing compelling, data-driven evidence that primitive life forms may not have relied on phosphate at all. Instead, a few simple, abundant molecules could have supported the emergence of a sulfur-based, phosphate-free metabolism, which expanded to form a rich network of biochemical reactions capable of supporting the synthesis of a broad category of key biomolecules.“The significance of this work is that future efforts to understand life’s origin should take into account the concrete possibility that phosphate-based processes, which are essential today, may not have been around when the first life-like processes started emerging,” says senior study author Daniel Segrè (@dsegre) of Boston University. “An early phosphate-independent metabolism capable of producing several key building blocks of living systems is in principle viable.”Is it really possible to have “compelling, data-driven evidence” for something that may or could have happened? Usually those adjectives describe what did happen. Do these scientists show any actual phosphate-free organisms? No, of course not. The “scenario” was all done with models. Do they explain how phosphate-free life evolved to depend on phosphate later? No, of course not. It’s nearly inconceivable to imagine life without ATP, DNA, RNA, which all require phosphate, to say nothing of the elaborate molecular machines that build and maintain them. Their model is pure fantasy, trying to imagine the “landscape of possible historical paths of metabolism” that have no observational basis. The article uses the word “emerged” or “emergence” seven times (the Poof Spoof).Synchronized chaotic targeting and acceleration of surface chemistry in prebiotic hydrothermal microenvironments (PNAS). Without controversy, it’s hard to get into the National Academy of Sciences. It’s hard to publish a paper in their journal PNAS. But no amount of knowledge can overcome faulty premises. For the same reasons as above, no amount of handwaving and Jargonwocky by these four materialists at Texas A&M University can overcome the heavy use of “emergence” and perhapsimaybecouldness they use in the paper. It ends up only “suggesting a new avenue to explain prebiotic emergence of macromolecules from dilute organic precursors—a key unanswered question in the origin of life on Earth and elsewhere.” For a taste of what they are up against, see the Santa Fe Institute‘s article “Life’s lower limits.” It explores the minimal energy requirements for living cells in the real world.The Future of Prebiotic Chemistry (ACS Central Science). This press release begins in an embarrassing way. “Here is a puzzle: in what area of organic synthesis research are synthetic organic chemists a minority? According to Albert Eschenmoser, it is in the field of prebiotic chemistry: the study of the reactions and molecules that led to the emergence of life on earth.” Maybe they know better what they are up against in astrobiology’s fantasy universe, and feel it more productive to work in the real world. “It may be that the challenge of finding funding for such an esoteric problem comes easier to established scientists in a world increasingly focused on practical applications.” The article goes on to praise the work of Matthew Powner and John Sutherland, without mentioning that Suzan Mazur essentially demolished their ‘RNA World’ scenario in The Origin of Life Circus (2014), using extensive quotes from leading origin-of-life (OOL) researchers she personally interviewed. Sutherland isn’t even working with RNA any more, but on a mythical molecule he calls ‘pre-proto-RNA’ that he is still searching for.Saturn’s moon Enceladus with “Tiger Stripes” fissures where geysers eruptThe search for extraterrestrial life in the water worlds close to home (The Conversation). A Cassini photo of Enceladus begins this speculative article by Martin and McMinn. It’s a complete distraction. “The discovery of seven exoplanets around a star 40 light years from our Sun has raised the possibility that they could harbour life,” they say. “Why? Because the astronomers who made the discovery believe some of the planets may have liquid water. And on Earth, wherever there is liquid water, there is life.” Thus they launch their Poof Spoof on the basis of hydrobioscopy. Their wonderland of confabulation reads like a religious text, with genuflections to Gaia and the energy god, full of positive vibes except for one moment of sobriety after admitting the only known life is here on our planet: “But ironically, we do not know when, where or how life originated on Earth.” Time out for a logic lesson. The existence of extremophiles in hot springs and at deep sea vents says nothing about how life might have emerged on other planets. If anything, it points to extreme examples of complexity required to survive in such conditions.Their mention of “seven exoplanets” refers to Nature‘s paper last week about an unusual red dwarf named Trappist-1 with seven roughly Earth-size planets in its habitable zone. The planets were only detected indirectly; there is no knowledge of their surfaces or whether they have atmospheres or water. As for life, that would be highly unlikely, given that red dwarfs are prone to deadly superflares, and planets around them tend to be tidally locked. Regardless of those inconvenient truths, the announcement set off a flurry of breathless headlines by reporters:NASA telescope reveals largest batch of Earth-size, habitable-zone planets around single star (Science Daily).Welcome to TRAPPIST-1 (Astrobiology Magazine)Earth’s Seven Sisters (Nature News)Seven Alien ‘Earths’ Found Orbiting Nearby Star (National Geographic)Searching for Life on 7 Nearby Alien Worlds: How Scientists Will Do It (Mike Wall on rare breath of realism came from Chilean astronomer Joshua Tan on In his article, “Excited Reports of ‘Habitable Planets’ Need to Come Back Down to Earth,” he pointed out that determining habitability is not so easy; he regrets that reporters were “jumping the gun” on this announcement. “Someday, we may discover definitive proof that another Earth is out there,” he concludes. “But that day has not yet arrived – despite the excited headlines.” For even more realism, listing more reasons not to expect life out there, see the coverage on Evolution News and Science Today, and Creation Ministries International.Could Dark Streaks in Venus’ Clouds Be Microbial Life? (Astrobiology Magazine). NASA’s evidence-free Astrobiology Institute teases readers with the “could” word. Almost anything could happen. Anyone familiar with Venus must surely realize it is one of the last places to expect to find life. If OOL researchers can’t even explain it on the Eden of Earth, why even try with the hellish hothouse of Venus with its sulfuric acid clouds? This can only mean one thing: it’s funding season at NASA. “The question of life on Venus, of all places, is intriguing enough that a team of U.S. and Russian scientists working on a proposal for a new mission to the second planet — named Venera-D — are considering including the search for life in its mission goals.” What would Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions, dragged through media mud about alleged interactions with Russia, think about this?It quickly gets repetitive pointing out the same problems in such articles (hydrobioscopy, perhapsimaybecouldness, Poof Spoof), so we’ll spare readers the redundancy by just listing other examples of fantasyland worlds where complex things just ’emerge’ to show that the science rot in Astrobiology is pervasive.NASA wants to put a lander on Europa’s surface to look for life (New Scientist).Does Pluto Have The Ingredients For Life? (Astrobiology Magazine)Potentially hospitable Enceladus ( dreams can become reality. There are historical examples of that; Jules Verne dreamed of space travel, and Ada Lovelace dreamed of programmable computers. The dreams that came true, however, were built on solid principles of physics (Isaac Newton‘s laws of motion and gravity, for Jules Verne) and the mathematics and logic of Charles Babbage‘s early calculating machines (for Ada Lovelace). When dreams run absolutely contrary to all that is known about chemistry, physics and math, the dreamer has few hopes of escaping the fantasyland of his or her own imagination.You can order copies of Origin from Illustra Media in quantity in convenient quicksleeve format. Consider keeping a handful and handing them out as video tracts. They can have a powerful influence on people, a healthy jolt of realism for those living in the Fantasy Universe.Those with good background in chemistry might enjoy reading Mazur’s Origin of Life Circus. She interviews all the top researchers in the field. Though never quite coming to outright rejection of OOL as pseudoscience, she garners numerous quotes that are unique and priceless. All the researchers essentially falsify each other’s scenarios, and admit that they are absolutely clueless. You would never know that from reading the popular press.last_img read more

Testing human limits – for a good cause

first_img14 June 2013Endurance adventurer Sean Conway seems to be a man who is always on a mission – and no ordinary missions at that. They include climbing Mount Kilimanjaro dressed as a penguin and cycling 16 000 miles (25 750 km) across six continents. He did three-quarters of that event, the first-ever World Cycle Race, with a fractured spine after being run over by a truck in the USA.His next challenge, believe it or not, is probably even tougher, and it’s something that (not surprisingly) has never been attempted. He’s going to try to swim the entire length of Great Britain, from Land’s End to John O’Groats, a distance of 1 000 miles (1 600 km).The swim, which will be sponsored by Speedo, begins on 30 June.Daunting logisticsBreaking it down, the figures are astonishing. Conway will be attempting to swim a distance equivalent to a crossing of the English Channel each day for a period of two months in some very inhospitable waters.Organising such an ambitious swim requires plenty of planning. “Crew logistic are the hardest. I have to feed them, keep them warm, make sure they can follow me safely, etcetera,” Conway, who was in South Africa on one of his regular trips in April, told earlier this month.“There will be times when I can swim, but the boat might not be able to sail near me, or the wind is forcing the boat to tack in a different way.“The other big problem logistically is the tides. The tide can be 10 knots at times and in the wrong direction. I have to plan the times when I swim. I am planning 32km per day, so I might have to swim at night to make the most of a good tide.”South Africa where it all beganHis love of endurance adventures began in South Africa, where, as a schoolboy at Clifton Prep School he competed in the Midmar Mile. “I did the Midmar Mile twice as a kid and loved it,” he reckoned.Conway also loved canoeing and being the competitive type took on the Dusi Canoe Marathon, a very tough test of running and paddling, a few times. He also competed in the Fish and Drak Challenge canoe marathons. “I loved canoeing and wish I had carried on with it,” he admitted.He moved to the United Kingdom in 2002, but remains a regular visitor to South Africa, which he says is a wonderful place for endurance training. His father, Tony, has been with KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife since 1983, and was with Zimbabwe National Parks before that. He has dedicated the last 35 years of his life to rhino conservation.Charities working in AfricaAs with every challenge the former Hilton College schoolboy takes on, charity is one of the primary reasons that drives him.“Raising money for charities is a very important part of my adventure challenges,” Conway explained. “They give me a reason to carry on when times are tough or I feel like quitting.“I like to help charities in Africa, which is why I support War Child, Solar Aid and Save the Rhino.War Child, the charity he is swimming for on his 1 000 mile journey, provides life- changing support to children whose families, communities and schools have been torn apart by war; Solar Aid aims to eradicate the kerosene lamp from Africa by 2020 by creating a market for high-tech solar lamps.“My father has dedicated the last 35 years of his life to rhino conservation, so that’s why I have a thing for rhinos,” Conway said.Saving the rhinoDad, Tony Conway, is proud of his son. “To have him personally involved in rhino is great as it is a species very close to my heart, having been the chairman of the KwaZulu-Natal Rhino Management Group for 19 years, a member of the IUCN African Rhino Specialist Group for 22 years, and a member of the SADC Rhino Management Group for seven years.“Any publicity on the plight of rhino, which is clearly a ‘species in crisis’, helps,” Tony Conway said, “and that is what Sean is trying to create – it’s all about awareness, and obviously through that people are more likely to donate generously to NGOs/donors that fund rhino security and management programmes.”The challenges that the younger Conway faces when he takes on one of his missions are those most people would consider impossible, if not slightly crazy, but it is the scale of those challenges that drives him on. “It’s my oxygen. I seem to thrive at being cold, wet, hungry and sleep deprived. I can’t explain it,” he said. “I actually get panic attacks at the thought of being average and just existing on this planet.”Another South African connectionThe idea for “Swimming Britain”, the name adopted for his forthcoming challenge, is his own. He thought it must have been done before, but it hadn’t been.“It was only when I e-mailed all my swimming mates and they were annoyed that they hadn’t thought about it that I got excited,” he revealed. “I’d be lying if I told you that being the first at something isn’t cool. It is. I get to make the rules and no one can question my decisions.”One of Conway’s swimming mates is former Pietermaritzburg Seals swimmer Kent Kirkwood, who now lives in Johannesburg. A triathlete who has competed over the Ironman distance (3.8km swim, 180km cycle, 42km standard running marathon), Kirkwood, too, is serious about saving the rhino and supporting his mate, so he’s committed himself to being part of the Swimming Britain challenge by taking on a portion of the swim.“What I’m planning to do is to join him when he crosses the Irish Sea, which is probably one of the more difficult sections, where you’re out of sight of land for a couple of days, just swimming,” Kirkwood told SAinfo.Apart from the swimming, another difficulty, even before participating in the event, will be to co-ordinate his time away from work to hook up with Conway, who will have hopefully managed to stick closely to his timetable.“He’s raising money for War Child and I’m going to try to raise money to prevent rhino poaching,” Kirkwood said. “I come from Zululand and grew up near the Umfolozi Game Reserve. I’m very close to that issue (saving the rhino), and it’s important. I don’t see a solution happening, and it’s horrific what’s going on in the game reserves.”Kirkwood receives first-hand information from Tony Conway about the horrors of rhino poaching. “I’ve been involved in some of those efforts to fight rhino poaching. You can see how it affects communities and all the organised crime that is behind it. It’s really a big problem,” he said.Midmar Mile and Save the Rhino“The open water swimming community is so big,” Kirkwood said, “and we want to reach out to it to support these charities.”With Sean Conway’s endurance adventures having begun with the Midmar Mile, it’s fitting that the world’s largest open water swimming event has committed itself to support the Save the Rhino campaign.“After meeting with KZN Wildlife CEO Dr Bandile Mkhize, we were glad to discover that saving the rhino is one of his passions,” Midmar Mile organiser Wayne Riddin told SAinfo. “The Midmar Mile has become a very effective tool for charity fund-raising, so we’re thrilled to get behind this crucial drive to save the species.”After learning about the Swimming Britain challenge from Kent Kirkwood, Riddin has also committed himself to getting the story about the epic swim out to the Midmar Mile community; with close to 20 000 swimmers taking it on annually, with family members in tow, the community is a big one.Conway is hoping to be a part of the world’s largest open water swimming event again in 2014.Follow his progress in the Swimming Britain challenge mile-by-mile on you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast, June 18, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest No significant changes in our forecast this morning, but we are going to suggest a slightly better outlook for nearby over the state. We are allowing the heavier action today to stay farther south. There still will be some showers around, but we are pulling back on the overall totals. For today, we can see a .1”-.5” south and east of a line from Youngstown to Cincinnati. North and west of there, we cant rule out a shower or two, particularly in far NE Ohio, but the coverage will be nothing like the action farther south and east. Tomorrow should turn out mostly rain free, but we will likely see a few showers develop in the northern third of the state tomorrow late afternoon/evening.Overnight tomorrow night through Thursday another swath of moisture swings through, triggering rain totals of .25”-1.25” with 90% coverage. We look for the heaviest to come across central portions of the state, but in general we all have a pretty good chance of moisture. Friday should be dry over most of the state.For the weekend, scattered showers and thunderstorms will move through with at least 2, and perhaps 3 waves from Saturday through Sunday and early Monday. Combined weekend moisture will be from .5”-2” with coverage at 100% of the state. Some of the weekend thunderstorms, particularly overnight Saturday night into Sunday, can be strong to severe. Rain tapers off Monday midday, and we should be dry by Monday afternoon.We are looking to trend our forecast drier for next Tuesday, Wednesday and the first part of Thursday. Temps stay near normal, but the lack of precipitation should allow for good evaporation. Watch for some scattered showers to re-emerge later next Thursday afternoon.  An updated 10 day forecast map for total rainfall is at right.last_img read more

Patent Protection? Google Bids Nearly $1 Billion for Nortel’s Patents

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Our current patent system is a mess, many industry observers contend, and the number of patent lawsuits currently underway regarding technology IP borders on the ridiculous. To say that everyone is suing everyone doesn’t feel like much of an exaggeration. Microsoft, Oracle, Apple, RIM, Motorola, Google, and more – all suing or being sued.For its part, Google has long tried to take the moral higher ground, if you will, criticizing patent trolls (those who buy patents in order to file suits and profit without actually developing the technology themselves). Google has argued that the current patent system stifles innovation. Indeed, the company has found itself on the receiving end of plenty of lawsuits, most notably in recent months, by Oracle, which is accusing Google of infringing on the company’s Java patents in the development of Android.That history makes Google’s announcement today a little surprising, perhaps. Google says it is spending almost a billion dollars in a bid to acquire patent rights from Nortel, which filed for bankruptcy in 2009.Nortel and Google have entered into a “stalking horse” asset sale agreement that will include all of the former’s remaining patents and patent applications for $900 million. This will involve approximately 6,000 patents, spanning wireless, wireless 4G, data networking, optical, voice, internet, service provider, semiconductors and other patent portfolios. According to a statement from Nortel, this “extensive patent portfolio touches nearly every aspect of telecommunications and additional markets as well, including Internet search and social networking.”Google has called for reform of the patent process, but in announcing the agreement today, Google seems to recognize that while reform is the long-term solution, that stance will do little good in the short-term. “As things stand today,” writes Kent Walker, Google Senior VP and General Counsel, “one of a company’s best defenses against this kind of litigation is (ironically) to have a formidable patent portfolio, as this helps maintain your freedom to develop new products and services.”Describing itself as a “relatively young company” without a sizable patent portfolio, Walker says that Google hopes that the acquisition of Nortel’s patent will “create a disincentive for others to sue Google.” Hopefully, Walker adds that it will help those involved in projects like Android and Chrome to continue to innovate. Of course, that argument runs counter to what Google has long maintained about the patent process. But if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Tags:#Google#NYT#web center_img audrey watters Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more