Warriors’ DeMarcus Cousins suffers sore right ankle vs. Oklahoma City

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!OKLAHOMA CITY – The Warriors have always handled DeMarcus Cousins’ surgically repaired left Achilles tendon with care. Now, the Warriors have another Cousins’ injury to manage.Cousins sat out for the final 7:01 of the Warriors’ 110-88 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday because of a sore right ankle. Warriors coach Steve Kerr added Cousins “just …last_img read more

Ghana ‘shows Africa how to win’

first_img19 October 2009South Africa’s 2010 World Cup Organising Committee (OC) has hailed Ghana’s historic win against Brazil in the 2009 Fifa Under-20 World Cup as a example for African football.Historic victoryGhana’s “Black Satellites” beat Brazil in a thrilling final of the tournament in Egypt on Friday to become the first African team to clinch the under-20 World Cup title.They won after a nail-biting penalty shootout victory against the Brazilians, despite being reduced to 10 men in the 37th minute of the game.“What a great moment for African football, and we want to congratulate Ghana’s Black Satellites on an exciting, historic victory that has warmed the hearts of all African football fans,” said OC chief executive Danny Jordaan, who watched from the stands in Cairo.Africa’s ‘golden age of football’Jordaan said Africa was experiencing a golden age of football as the continent hosted the under-20 Fifa World Cup, the under-17 Fifa World Cup in Nigeria and the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa in quick succession.He was quick to point out, however, that it was not enough for Africa to simply host these tournaments, saying that teams should also reach the final stages on home soil.“With a fairytale victory against Brazil in the final, Ghana’s Black Satellites have shown the way and proudly put African football on the world map,” Jordaan said.“We’re delighted for them, and hope it’s a taste of what’s to come at the Under-17 Fifa World Cup and the 2010 Fifa World Cup next year.”The focus now shifts to the Under-17 World Cup, which kicks off in Nigeria next weekend.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Next Einstein Forum looks for Africa’s leaders

first_img4 March 2016The first global forum for science on African soil will take place in Dakar, Senegal, from 8 to 10 March 2016, and the Next Einstein Forum (NEF) has launched a global call for support for Africa’s scientific and technological emergence.Its video asks the question: “Can the next Einstein come from Africa?”. It calls on game changers from Africa and around the world to support Africa’s scientific renaissance.Watch the video “Can the next Einstein come from Africa?”:The Next Einstein Forum Global Gathering 2016, the African global science and technology forum, is convened by the NEF, a global platform that brings together leaders in industry, policy, science, and technology. The first edition of this biennial event will set the stage for a conversation on transforming Africa and the world through a renewed and increased focus on science, technology and innovation.Scientific talentThe NEF is an initiative of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) in partnership with the Robert Bosch Stiftung.“At more than 700 participants from 80 countries already registered, 52% of them young people and 40% women, we are expecting a truly global forum that discusses opportunities, innovations, and solutions,” said Thierry Zomahoun, the NEF chair and president and chief executive of AIMS.“The NEF Global Gathering will unveil Africa’s global contributions to science and technology and as the forum opens on International Women’s Day, we will specifically acknowledge the contributions and address the challenges faced by female scientists.”The NEF Global Gathering 2016 will showcase the innovations and contributions of the NEF’s 15 Fellows – some of Africa’s brightest young scientists who are on the frontline of Africa’s science renaissance. Flying under the radar, these scientists have been tackling some the continent’s most urgent technological and development challenges – from big data and cybersecurity to hypertension, heart disease, immunology and public health.“A great idea can come from anywhere in the world, and there is no doubt that new and novel scientific ideas to solve global health challenges will come from Africa,” said Seema Kumar, the vice-president of innovation, global health and science policy at Johnson & Johnson and a member of the NEF International Steering Committee. Johnson & Johnson is sponsor of the gathering.“The scientific talent in Africa is outstanding with the potential to produce the next Einstein, Pasteur or Madame Curie. The world needs the best science from across the globe to solve the medical challenges of our lifetime like HIV, TB, and other infectious diseases like Ebola and Zika virus, and non-communicable diseases like hypertension and diabetes.”Continent-wide initiativesIn addition, for the first time in history, all 54 African countries will come together to talk science and technology, each represented by NEF ambassadors who will work to raise awareness about science and technology in their countries.With a programme that focuses on advances in basic and applied science and technology as well as an innovation pitching competition, a presidential panel with President Macky Sall of Senegal and President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and sessions with ground-breaking scientists and inventors, the NEF Global Gathering 2016 will be live-streamed to a global audience through the Next Einstein Forum.Supporters of science, innovation and technology as drivers of growth in Africa can join the NEF movement by pledging their signature at I Am Einstein.Source: APO-Africa Newsroomlast_img read more

A robot’s touch the answer for Bar-Lee Jerseys

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The dairy industry’s constant search for the most cost effective and efficient production options has resulted in some unique technological changes in recent years. Milking a cow with robots, something thought of as near science fiction not long ago, is now being accepted as the way of life on a number of Ohio dairies.Bar-Lee Jerseys, a family dairy farm in Willard, has in the past months put the technology to work. Jason Nuhfer is the fifth generation to milk and breed registered Jersey cattle.“I graduated from Ohio State in 2008. At that time we started doing some facility improvements,” Nuhfer said.A new free stall barn was added his graduation year. The calf barn was brought on in 2011 and the robotic milking system started the first of December this past year. Two Lely Astronaut A4 Robots were installed, each able to handle about 60 cows each.“As we’ve done these facility improvements, kind of our number one goal was cow comfort — to keep that in mind,” he said. “Anytime you can do a better job of taking care of cows, they’re more happy, they’re more productive, and they do a better job of taking care of you. One of our biggest goals was to increase cow comfort and that’s really paid off for us on our bottom line,” Nuhfer said. “The question of whether or not a robot can milk a cow is not really a question any more. I mean the robot can do a very good job of cleaning and prepping the udder, getting the milker attached and doing that. Our numbers have shown that so far with udder health and those kind of things.”The pair of Lely Astronaut A4s are not the only automated systems in use on the farm. A circular shaped piece of machinery, the Lely Juno, can be found sitting in the corner of the feed aisle, only to be awakened at the top of each hour.“The Lely Juno is a feed pusher. So every hour on the hour the Juno makes one pass through the feed alley and pushes the feed back to the bunk. If we’re out in the fields doing fieldwork or at an FFA banquet in the evening, or whatever the situation might be, the feed’s always being pushed up to the cows,” he said. “It enables us to take advantage of the opportunities that the robotic milkers give us and be away from the barn for a few hours and we know the cows still have fresh feed available all the time.”Lely, the company behind Nuhfer’s particular system, boasts more than 10,000 such milkers around the world, adding its ability to improve milk quality and help lower feed costs through proper management.In this day and age, a system such as the robots must offer benefits more than automated work. A hi-tech electronic identification collar each cow wears monitors activity, rumen movement, and more — all of which help in something vital to every modern dairy, heat detection.“The advantages in technology have been very good. Our heat detection system is excellent — helps you find heats much better. The information you can gain from the robot every day is really amazing. The number of things it monitors and sends to the computer for you to monitor, not only on the computer but you can look at it from your smartphone on the beach if you wanted to, just to keep an eye on what’s going on,” he said.Benefits have also been found in the labor department. Finding good workers are a challenge that faces many dairies the size of Bar-Lee Jerseys, big enough to require help but small enough to not fully maintain reliable work across the board.“Labor savings has been one of the major contributors to going robotic. In the past, for a farm our size it was very challenging to keep good help that wanted to milk cows every day,” Nuhfer said. “So the robot has allowed us to eliminate some of those part time, high school type jobs and still do a better job of taking care of cows. We went from two times a day milking to we’re averaging 3.2 at the moment.”A common question is how the transition from a people-based system to that of full automation is made. Nuhfer explains the complete process of introducing his cows to the robots.“About two weeks prior to milking in the robots, we got our pellet made that the cows are fed in the robot,” he said. “We topdressed the feed bunk with that pellet to make sure they liked it and wanted to eat it.“For three days before we started milking, we ran all the cows through just to let them eat a pound, pound and a half of feed. The robot arm would move, the vacuum pump fires up so they get used to the sights and the sounds of robotic milking. Once they knew that pellet was in there and they liked it, that was a big start to get them in. After those three days, we opened it up to any cows that wanted to come in to get a little bit of feed and we had like 45 cows that first two or three days come in. Jerseys are pretty curious — they want to know what’s going on with things.”The transition to the automated milking required quite a initial time investment.“Our first week of actual milking, it’s not a lot of hard work but it’s a lot of man hours — people in the barn all the time and W.G. Dairy was very helpful in having people here to get that accomplished. We were just moving cows to the robot and kind of letting them filter through on their own,” Nuhfer said. “After about the first week, a majority of the cows were coming in on their own and things have gone very smooth. I was very happy with the transition. The cows took to it very well. In fact, I would say most of the time cows probably adjust faster than the humans do. At this point, we don’t have any cows to bring in that don’t get milked on their own.”It all seems fairly easy when explained, but many dairymen have well-reasoned apprehensions about the robots. Nuhfer said, though, in the months the system has been at work, his herd health is improved.“I’ve had questions, ‘Well if you don’t milk the cows, how do you know what’s going on with your cows? Do you spend as much time with the cows?’ And my answer is that you spend more time with the cows doing what you need to be doing. You have more time taking care of the cows, making sure things are right with them, not spending eight hours a day milking and doing that kind of thing,” he said. “In my opinion you do a better job taking care of the animals than you did before just because you have more time to do it.”And no different than other technologies that are top of the line, cost is a major factor in the decision to go robotic. Nuhfer said it can be painful on the wallet, but financial perspective is important.“One of the biggest things is the cost. I mean when you just look at the cost of the robot, it is very expensive so you really need to evaluate what the robot is going to save you and also what it’s going to gain you in the long run and when you do that, things start to look a lot better financially,” he said.Most any farmer will also put a price on the worth of their time — one of the most valuable commodities. The rigid nature of milking has reinforced that down the years, but the new systems propose a big change for both the cows and the humans. Josh Keplar of W.G. Dairy said he has found the farmers often have the harder time adjusting.“They’re so used to milking five and five and were used to being there whereas now it just milks. A lot of the time we have to tell the dairymen just to stay out of the barn and let it do its thing,” Keplar said.Though the setup has changed, the basic process of milking has not.“When the cow comes in, it’s going to identify her from her neck collar. It’s going to know how much feed to dispense that cow, it’s going to know when the last time she milked, is she due to be milked again, and if she is it will go ahead and prep the cow with the brushes and clean the teats and prepare the udder and it will put the unit on and milk that cow,” Keplar said. “When each quarter is done, it will pop that quarter off and that way you’re not over milking that one and milk the rest of them. When she’s done, it will spray her with teat dip and out she goes.”Keplar also noted a misconception of the technology — that it’s just for smaller dairies and that larger farms are not suited for their use.“Some people think they’re just not for me. Robots are for everybody. Even the larger dairies are looking at them, not just the mom and pop dairy farms,” Keplar said. “The larger guys are looking at all the advantages they offer and they really do work everywhere.”Multiple brands have entered the robotic milking market. Lely is an industry-leader while perennial dairy equipment powerhouse DeLaval is now offering their VMC robotic milker.last_img read more

Open Thread: On Trolls, Anonymity & Making the Internet a Better Place

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… jolie odell Trolls: Those creepy, hyperaggresive, hateful, mouth-breathing basement-dwellers. They were a feature of the Internet long before the social web, and most of us feel they’re probably here to stay.But one of the things most trolls rely on is anonymity, a wall behind which they hide any information that could be used against them, including their jobs, locations, appearances and real names. And anonymity is a not-so-slowly disappearing feature of the social web. What do you think: Will the rise of transparency and the fall of anonymity put trolls in the deadpool any time soon?Two things have brought this to mind. First, there’s this interesting post from The Next Web. Last week, Zee Kane wrote this piece about a typical flame thread that became a bit too personal.Kane observes, absolutely correctly, “If you’ve spent more than ten minutes on any blog, YouTube video or any site that permits anonymous commenting, you will have noticed some of the filth that many commenters come out with. Often it’s completely incomprehensible; other times it’s pure bile and frankly a test of what a human will not reply to.”When an anonymous commenter attacked the subject of the original post in the comments thread, the subject, one Hermione Way, decided to find out who the troll really was. Email addresses, IP addresses and the social web being what they are, Way soon had her attacker pegged and found out that his “anonymous” persona had been trolling and attacking some of the people he’d called his friends in real life.This chain of events left Kane editorializing, “Privacy truly is dead.” This is a theme some think we’ve been beating over the head lately at ReadWriteWeb, but it’s as timely as it is true.Facebook’s game of footsie with privacy and user data has led to a string of well-researched, thoughtful posts by our own Marshall Kirkpatrick. Kirkpatrick has very well justified his position that Facebook’s original brand promise to conceal and protect user data has definitely changed to a promise to make the site – and user data – more “open” and accessible to other users and search engines.Kirkpatrick sees this as a broken promise, which it is, to a point. I also see it as an overarching trend of sociological behavior online.Think about the days of You’ve Got Mail, that god-awful, AOL-based Meg Ryan/Tom Hanks flick where two real-world rivals end up being anonymous penpals via email with no idea who the other person is or what he or she looks like. That could never happen today. Username conventions have drastically changed over the past 10 years; more and more online identities are tied to part or all of a user’s real name rather than a “handle” for anonymous chatting and posting.The same is true of avatars. However posed or candid, more of us are using real photographs of our own faces on the web rather than cultural icons, cartoons or some graphical represenation of our personality.Today, anonymity represents the far, sketchy outposts of the web, much like the Reaver-filled edges of space in Firefly. Those who inhabit that space might be more likely to engage in account-cracking, cyberbullying, mob behavior and other activities that run the gamut from unkind to actually illegal. The illusion that their anonymity protects them from discovery and possible prosecution is often just that – an illusion.Of course, anonymity can be great for freedom of speech purposes. Several of our favorite sites lately, such as Formspring.me and Quora, provide opportunities for the anonymous asking of questions in a safe environment. But I’ve already experienced a bit of trolling on those sites, as well.What do you think: Is anonymity linked directly to trolling behaviors? Is the social web trending away from anonymous profiles and posts? Will less anonymity lead to fewer incidents of trollism? Let us know your opinion in the comments.center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Tags:#Open Thread#web last_img read more

Sheikh Hasina to have luncheon meeting with Modi

first_imgBangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will have a luncheon meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday following the inauguration of Bangladesh Bhavana at the Visva-Bharati University in Santiniketan. Her younger sister Sheikh Rehana will also be with her, sources on both sides confirmed to The Hindu. Before the programme around mid-day, the two Prime Ministers will attend the annual convocation of the Visva-Bharati University. Clearing the confusion on whether Ms. Hasina can have lunch during Ramzan, as she is fasting, an Indian government official said that the Bangladesh Prime Minister “does not observe fast while travelling.”Convocation On Friday, the Prime Ministers will also visit Rabindra Bhavana, the museum that houses Rabindranath’s original manuscripts, paintings, letters and sketches. PM Modi, the Chancellor of the University founded by Rabindranath Tagore in 1921, will attend the convocation for the first time after being appointed Chancellor in 2015.On Saturday, Prime Minister Hasina is “likely” to meet Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata after her visit to Kazi Nazrul University (KNU) in Paschim Bardhaman in a Special Convocation programme presided over by Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi, Chancellor of KNU. She will be conferred with Degree of Doctor of Literature (Honoris Causa) by the University. Bangladesh’s Minister of Cultural Affairs Asaduzzaman Noor said in Santiniketan that the sharing of water of the Teesta river will be discussed in the meetings.last_img read more

Maharashtra PG medical, dental admissions: SC extends deadline to June 14

first_imgThe Supreme Court on June 4 directed the Maharashtra government to hold the last round of counselling for postgraduate medical and dental seats by June 14. It ordered the State to give wide publicity to the extension of the admissions deadline from June 4 to 14. It said no other court would entertain petitions filed on this matter.The order by a Vacation Bench led by Justice Indu Malhotra follows an interim direction last month to the State to not implement the 10% economic quota for the admissions for the 2019-20 academic year. The Maharashtra government issued notifications dated February 12 and March 7 last to implement the 10% reservation for the economically deprived classes. They were stayed by the apex court in a recent order.On June 4, the court slammed the government for “creating a mess” and troubling candidates who aspire to get their postgraduation. It clarified that candidates would not be allowed to change preferences made at the time of filling up the admission forms.May 31 directiveOn May 31, the court directed the government to complete the counselling process and come up with revised merit list for admissions after removing seats allotted under the 10% Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) quota to 25 students. The then Vacation Bench headed by Justice M.R. Shah asked the State to complete the counselling process by June 4. It pulled up the government for overreaching its May 30 order against the implementation of 10% EWS quota.On May 30, the court passed an interim direction that the 10% quota introduced through the two notifications will not apply for this academic year, the process for which had began in November 2018.By the 103rd constitutional amendment, Article 16 (6) was inserted allowing the States to make “any provision for the reservation of appointments or posts in favour of any economically weaker sections of citizens other than the classes mentioned in clause (4), in addition to the existing reservation and subject to a maximum of ten per cent of the posts in each category.”The May 30 interim direction came on a plea filed by a student, Rajat Rajendra Agrawal, from the general category questioning whether the constitutional amendment would apply to an ongoing admission process that had started well before the coming into force of the amendment (January, 2019) and the two notifications.last_img read more