AFCON 2019-Group E: Mali vs Mauritania

first_imgMali have failed to progress past the groups in the last two AFCONS. (PHOTO/AGENCIES)AFCON 2019Mali vs MauritaniaNew Suez Stadium, SuezMonday, 24-06-2019 @11pmSUEZ – Mali and Mauritania will square off in their Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) opener at the Suez Stadium on Monday night.The two nations have it all to do if they are to make it out of the group E as the other two occupants Tunisia and Angola seem to be better on paper.Mali would be out-right favourites for the game but have had several issues in the build-up to the tournament and it remains to be seen, which frame of mind the players are in, come game time.The Eagles had FUFA threaten to ban their country from the Cup of Nations over squabbling among officials.Their head coach Mohamed Magassouba then took four days longer than any of the other 23 coaches to name his squad, without offering an explanation.Such a chaotic build-up to any major tournament can easily destroy the mood of the camp and it is something that Mali will be hoping to overcome as soon as possible.The other concern for Mali coming into the game has been their defensive issues.Mali went down 3-2 to Algeria in a recent friendly, the third match in a row for the Eagles highlighting a need to tighten up on defence after conceding three other goals against Senegal and Cameroon.Mali made it through to consecutive semi-finals in 2012 and 2013 but have failed to progress out of the group stage since and they have not won a match during the last two editions of the tournament.They qualified with ease from a group containing Burundi, Gabon and South Sudan; they didn’t lose a game and only conceded twice during the campaign.Although there is not a vast amount of international experience in the squad with only three of the outfield players possessing in excess of 20 caps, Mali have a number of excellent talents plying their trade in Europe with Amadou Haidara and Moussa Marega amongst them. Marega had an excellent UEFA Champions League campaign for Porto with six goals in the competition.Mauritania are making their first-ever appearance at the Africa Cup of Nations after finishing second in their qualifying group ahead of 2017 semi-finalists Burkina Faso.Mauritania are making their debut at AFCON.They won all three of their home matches in qualifying but lost twice away from home which included a 4-1 defeat against Angola.Pleased to just have qualified for the tournament, their expectations are low and any positive results they gain will be a bonus.Mauritania are also coming off the back of a loss having suffered a 3-1 defeat to Benin in Marrakech.Lions of Chinguetti did, however, clinch a 3-1 win over Madagascar in their previous warm-up match.Other games on Tuesday-Ivory Coast vs South Africa-Tunisia vs Angola @8pmComments Tags: AFCON 2019MALIMauritanialast_img read more

Peter Casey plans to get training for election run with new gym

first_imgDonegal-Derry businessman Peter Casey is setting himself up for a healthy run at the European Elections with a new home extension.The Presidential runner-up has applied for planning permission to build a new office and gym at his home in Greencastle overlooking Lough Foyle.Casey has lodged plans with Donegal County Council to renovate the house which he bought for quarter of a million euro in 2014.  The home of Presidential candidate Peter Casey in North Donegal. (North West Newspix) Planning documents reveal proposals to add an upstairs home office and room for gym equipment to his garage.Casey appears to have work and fitness in his sights as he bids for a seat in European Parliament this May. The businessman will be campaigning in the Midlands-North West constituency as he aims to “empower communities and give a voice to locals in Europe.” Peter Casey plans to get training for election run with new gym was last modified: April 15th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:GreencastlePeter Caseyplanningpropertylast_img read more

QPR 1-3 Reading: Highlights of Rangers’ defeat against the Royals

first_imgReading’s 3-1 win at Loftus Road is a setback for QPR in their bid for promotion and leaves them four points behind third-placed Burnley.See also:Bond bemoans Rangers’ poor defendingHoilett: Morrison can get QPR back on trackStuttering QPR beaten at home by ReadingQPR v Reading player ratingsFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Humboldt State receiver Chase Krivashei eyeing more team success in 2016 season

first_imgARCATA >> When it comes to stats versus success, there’s no doubting which side Humboldt State senior Chase Krivashei is going to land on.“If I have a great year and we go 0-11, I’m still not happy, not happy at all,” Krivashei said. “When we win is when I’m happy — whether I catch 18 balls or I catch one. I don’t really care as long as we win. This year I’m hoping to have another good year and help the team win. That’s all I want to do and that’s really all I care about is winning.”By virtue …last_img read more

State title hopes end with early exit as St. Bernard’s is upset by Mt. Shasta

first_imgEureka >> The St. Bernard’s Crusaders, the No. 3 seed heading into the first round of the NorCal Division 5 Championships on Wednesday, had their dreams of a state title abruptly end by the 14th-seeded Mt. Shasta Bears, 59-52 at St. Bernard’s Academy.“I think the difference was playing defense without fouling,” said an Mt. Shasta head coach Kirk Andrus following his team’s upset win. “It’s very challenging against these guys…when they go to the basket, they are very hard to stop without …last_img read more

An Animal Cannot Be On the Way to Evolving Something

first_imgNo animal can plan ahead how it will evolve, so why do some evolutionists talk like they do?“500-million-year-old creature was on the way to evolving jaws,” Sid Perkins titled his short article in Science Magazine, accompanied by an artist’s conception of “one of the world’s oldest known vertebrates“—a Cambrian creature named Metaspriggina from Canada.  The thumb-sized swimming creature possessed “eyes, muscle groups and the support for gills,” the article says; the upward-pointing eyes were “large and prominent.”  Moreover, “A small but sharp-edged circular area in each eye hints that the eyes of these ancient fish included a lens, a relatively modern feature for its era.”In Live Science, Tia Ghose surmises that this “tiny fish” was possibly “the ancestor of almost all living vertebrates.”  It lived during the “Cambrian Explosion, the ‘big bang’ when almost all complex life appeared.”  These fossils hail from the newly-discovered Marble Canyon site in Kootenay National Park that rivals the famous Burgess Shale site (see 2/11/14 and Royal Ontario Museum post).  The “camera eyes” are “indisputable vertebrate eyes,” one paleontologist said.  (Note: Metaspriggina is unrelated to the earlier Ediacaran creature Spriggina, contrary to earlier beliefs; Metaspriggina is now classified as a chordate.)Why does Perkins think the animals were “on the way” to developing jaws?The arrangement of these paired structures foreshadows that seen in fish that evolved much later, and the slightly thicker dimensions of the foremost pair of gill supports may reveal the first steps in the evolution of jaws. Detailed analyses place Metaspriggina near the base of the vertebrate family tree and certainly among the earliest fish, the team suggests.Big MouthPerkins might be excused for his headline, evolutionists could claim, because jaws did appear in later fish.  PhysOrg announced a “jaw-dropping” armored fish (placoderm) from China dated 419 million years old, named Entelognathus, with big toothless jaws and big eyes.  The discoverers likened it to the Australopithecine “Lucy” because of its importance in “forcing us to rethink what we thought we knew about evolution.”  The trouble with this “weird-looking specimen” is that it “rewrites man’s evolutionary history” because it “disproves the long-held theory that modern animals with bony skeletons (osteichthyans) evolved from a shark-like creature with a frame made of cartilage.”  It looks now like the bony fish were the ancestors of the cartilaginous fish.  “This astounding discovery does throw a spanner in the works of some long-held ideas about vertebrate evolution,” a lead author said.  Other co-authors remarked, “It will take time to fully digest the implications of such a remarkable fossil, but it is clear that a major reframing of our understanding of early gnathostome (jawed vertebrate) evolution is now in full swing.”But then things got worse for evolutionists.  A more modern-looking toothed jawed fish was found even earlier in the record.By the Silurian (dated by evolutionists about 75 million years later than Metaspriggina), a fully modern-looking fish fossil with teeth and jaws able to crush armor-plated placoderms was also found in China in strata about 16 million years earlier than Entelognathus.  Live Science reported the meter-long animal, named Megamastax (big mouth), challenges beliefs that oxygen levels in the oceans were too low to support large animals:The new discovery suggests that large vertebrate predators may have emerged earlier in the Devonian period than previously thought.At the same time, a newer climate model suggests the Silurian period may not have been as oxygen-starved as previous models have shown.The newly discovered fish, together with fossil finds that show greater diversity in vertebrates at the time, call into question the notion that low oxygen levels during the Silurian limited the body size of early jawed vertebrates.Proto-EyeDespite these puzzles, is this not a succession that could justify Perkins’ claim that Metaspriggina was “on the way to evolving jaws”?  Evolutionists also argue that eyes show a sequence from primitive to complex.  This month, the Max Planck Institute pointed to marine worms (polychaetes, a type of annelid) to support Darwin’s notion of “proto-eyes” as precursors of more complex eyes later in evolution.  Bristle worms have little more than light-sensitive spots able to distinguish light and dark.  By mapping the neurons involved, researchers said they could see evolution in action, from its starting point to the advanced vision to come:For the first time, the developmental biologists from Tübingen describe a complete neuronal network of a simple visual system from the stimulus to the behavioral output. They also further gained deeper insights into the evolution of eyes. The simple eyes, which mediate phototaxis in the early larva, consist of two cells corresponding to Charles Darwin’s idea of the “proto-eye”, the precursor of all existing eyes. The four eyes which appear in the 3 day old larva represent an advanced form of this proto-eye principle. “It is as if we could observe several steps of eye evolution in a single animal”, says Jékely. “We think that the first eyes probably evolved to perform phototaxis – later, eyes evolved that could recognize objects”.Probably, the first simple eyes in evolution could merely discriminate a bright from a dark field. Such eyes might nonetheless represent the starting point for the evolution of more complex visual systems, as for example the human eyes.Evolution on the Way?There are several problems with the notion that simple traits are “on the way to evolving” into more complex traits:First, and most obviously, is that a series of objects does not necessarily represent an ancestral sequence.  One could arrange vehicles or tools in a series to weave a tale about how one “developed” or “evolved” into the other, when in actuality, the objects were intelligently designed for different purposes.Another problem is that no single individual animal has any way of knowing (or caring about) what its descendents would become.  Each animal must be adapted to its own environment while it is alive, or it will die.  In the mindless, unguided process of Darwinian evolution, nothing plans ahead.  It is misleading, therefore to say that a jawless fish is “on the way to evolving” jaws, or a worm with simple eyes is on the way to evolving more complex eyes.  Assuming some invisible hand is guiding them to progress into more complex forms is tantamount to a belief in a designing intelligence.Another problem is the gaps between each item in the series.  There is a huge gap between Metaspriggina and the Silurian fish Megamastax with its crushing jaws and teeth.  So many random mutations would have had to appear in the interim, the improbabilities become astronomical.  This problem is compounded when considering all the other systems that were supposedly “evolving” simultaneously during the gap: muscular systems, skeletal systems, digestive systems and more.Lastly, there is no time sequence.  Metaspriggina and the bristle worm were contemporaries in the Cambrian Explosion, both arriving essentially instantaneously in geological terms.  The “proto-eyes” of the bristle worm did not have time, therefore, to evolve into the complex camera eyes of Metaspriggina.  This effectively falsifies the claims of the Max Planck evolutionists.  As for jawed fish, the modern-looking jaws of Megamastax is dated by evolutionists to have lived 423 million years ago – far earlier than the placoderm Entelognathus (419 million years) that had been suggested as representative of ancestors of jawed vertebrates (gnathostomes).  “Fossil finds from the region [of the South China Sea] predate jawed vertebrates found anywhere else thus far,” PhysOrg reported, “suggesting the area was the birthplace of such creatures.”  It’s doubtful they stayed in their birthplace, if that indeed were true.  Since contemporary Burgess-Shale animals have been found in Canada and China, it’s likely that large, powerful swimmers like Megamastax did not take long to spread their “innovation” around the world.  Other specimens could well turn up in locales distant from China.Considering these issues, a series of animals becomes a line-up of brute facts about which nothing more can be said in terms of ancestral relationships.The Tinker Bell myth of the Darwinists continues.  Tinker Bell tinkers with animal parts blindly, and new complex traits magically emerge out of the void.  Helping her is Popeye (5/31/05), telling her that eyes can pop into existence when you wish upon a star in the magic kingdom (the realm of King Charles).  Don’t think for a minute that Darwinians are secular naturalists.  They personify evolution, while practicing Finagle’s Rule: “Do not believe in miracles.  Rely on them.” (Visited 79 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

U.S. CIO Wants To Open Mobile Apps Store But Is Apple The Right Model?

first_imgalex williams Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#cloud#cloud computing A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… The federal government sure loves cloud computing. And now it’s using the foundation it built in the cloud to create a mobile apps store for citizens and government agencies.The federal budget for IT services has $35 million set aside for introducing mobile technologies. The money is part of a $79 billion IT budget, down from $81 billion last year.According to the Hill.com, federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra said he wants to “tap into the mobile revolution” by helping the General Services Administration add the mobile apps to the government “store” at Apps.gov.Apps.gov is the government’s cloud-based apps environment. Government agencies use it to download different software and services. The Hill reports that Kundra wants to model the success that Apple has seen with its app store for the iPhone and iTouch. For example, just as independent developers can submit iPhone apps, he wants people to use government data to create mobile apps for citizens. There is no detail yet about the costs of the apps, if they’d be free or a mix like on Apple or the Android platform.Kundrs has the information ready to mine. He spearheaded Data.gov, which gives access to all kinds of government data.Kundra understands the ecosystem that is developing online. He refers to the way social networks leverage third-party sites. He’d like to see the same ecosystem emerge out of the federal government.But we wonder what apps developers would create. Kundra envisions mobile apps that, for instance, would track federal spending, and show which projects get initiated in your neighborhood.And how would this application developer community emerge? Apple’s success comes from the sheer volume of applications available and the popularity they enjoy. Is there an interest among developers to create applications out of government data? And we wonder if the Apple model is really best. An open application development environment seems more in the spirit of an effort such as this by the federal government.In the meantime, cloud computing appears to gaining slowly in the federal government over concerns about security. To help spur adoption, Kundra’s IT budget has $70 million in funds for the National Institute of Standards and Technology to establish formal security standards for cloud computing.center_img Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

One Man’s Quest for Energy Independence — Part 2

first_imgThe third installment of Paul Kuenn’s blog series is here: One Man’s Quest for Energy Independence — Part 3. This is the second in a series of blogs by Paul Kuenn describing energy-efficiency improvements to his home in Appleton, Wisconsin. The first appeared here as One Man’s Quest for Energy Independence — Part 1. RELATED ARTICLES Retrofits versus ReductionsDeep Energy Retrofits Are Often MisguidedThe History of the Chainsaw RetrofitThe High Cost of Deep-Energy RetrofitsEnergy-Efficiency Retrofits: Insulation or Solar Power?An Old House Gets a Superinsulation Retrofit Roofing and Siding Jobs Are Energy-Retrofit Opportunities The goal is no fossil fuelsA new building permit ($35) and electrical solar permit ($35) with a two-year deadline was as easy as filling out an application. The city of Appleton was catching on. Obviously, things had changed. Our inspector had been sent for training as PV installations grew in number around the city. However, he told me up front to work with him on my new project as it would be the first battery-based system he had seen.We were already biking to work every day, and I wanted to rid ourselves completely of fossil fuel. The 1988 furnace had to go. We had an unfinished basement with exposed floor joists, which provided the opportunity for in-floor radiant heating with PEX tubing. I would expand the hot water system to three 4-foot by 8-foot collectors with 130 gallons of storage (one 80-gallon tank plus the original domestic hot water tank of 50 gallons).My new engineering plans included sistering new 2x8s alongside the existing rafters to handle the weight of the new PV and solar thermal panels. Hip roofs are nearly “bomb proof” but it’s hard to predict what a 1960 2×8 can handle. I added 3/4-inch plywood decking immediately under the new array where the Quikmount solar racking feet would go to hold the collector and PV array rack legs and 2×6 blocking between doubled rafters so we wouldn’t have to worry about splitting any rafters. I didn’t have the room for the collectors and a fully tilted PV array so I had to settle with a fixed tilt.In northern latitudes we would rather have a tilt rack so the directness of sunlight is aimed 90 degrees to the panel; a 45-degree tilt at our latitude of 45 gives the best all-around performance. But a tiltable rack would have allowed me to adjust the panels and absorb more sun in the winter when it is as low as 23 degrees off the horizon.In this case, a 43-degree tilt would keep the PV array sitting in front of the hot water solar collectors from shading the collector bottoms in the winter when the sun was at its lowest position and when you want the hottest liquid possible. To keep PV from shading the collectors and maintain the three feet of required roof access around the array (good idea if there was ever a fire) I had to be very careful in my positioning with so little south-facing roof space. Riding the bike to work over the years had not only allowed me to save for this project but also to have a clear mind to strategize my nightly building plans. Adding radiant-floor heatThis was late in the year so I planned to start with the floor heating and end the next season with the added PV array in 2011. It took the patience of a few friends and willing spouse to get the under-floor tubing in place and insulated.One collector came damaged so we would start the winter with three collectors and see how it would do. The fourth would eventually show up the next spring due to model size changes and a great search for a matching panel with the staff at Heliodyne.Roof reinforcements: Kuenn stiffened roof framing to ensure it could handle the added weight of new solar thermal collectors and PV panels.A very long Thanksgiving weekend was spent blowing cellulose into the floor joist bays. Not much sleep the first night as near the end of the basement job, we found that I had forgotten to tape over a few of the old registers upstairs. What a mess!Another early snow and excellent cross-country ski season followed. We loved the feel of warm feet on the floor. Unfortunately, until I worked out the bugs of the system, we had a few cold showers. An air-source AirTap heat pump water heater was added to supply heat to the domestic hot water storage tank after I dismantled the gas-fired on-demand unit. We attempted using this one heat pump to back up the floor heating 80-gallon tank.The AirTap worked overtime when no solar heating was available and its coils frosted up, so we reused the previously removed and unsold on-demand heater to back up the radiant floor system and planned on moving the AirTap to the domestic hot water (DHW) storage tank. I was trying not to use fossil fuel. We had to quickly redraw my plan. Luckily Rob was game, as usual. We tweaked the system enough to get us through the winter – sans cold showers.We moved the AirTap to the DHW tank and re-installed the Rinnai between the floor heating tank and Viega floor heating manifold. If the temperature of the water in the floor tank was below 100°F, the Rinnai would kick in and heat the water circulating through the PEX tubing directly. I hated the thought of one more winter using natural gas, but at this cold late date I did not have much choice.In my next blog installment, I’ll discuss further revisions to the hot water system. BLOGS BY PAUL KUENN One Man’s Quest for Energy Independence — Part 1One Man’s Quest for Energy Independence — Part 3One Man’s Quest for Energy Independence — Part 4 It was back to our engineer friend for advice and some drawings. We’d need to add five new panels to the garage roof, which already carried eight panels, and another five modules on the house roof. The 10 new 215-watt panels would produce 2.15 kW at peak. We also decided to add three additional solar thermal panels for floor heating.I was now working as a fire apparatus consultant and had to work around that busy schedule. Most of the next year and a half would be devoted to working late into the night. Many evening building adventures would be accomplished by lamplight. In 2010, a brochure arrived from our utility, We Energies, stating it had done enough for the environment and solar credits would be drastically reduced. We Energy said it had met its 1% goal in wind and solar.We were locked into a 10-year contract that did not permit me to either increase or decrease my solar output, with any electricity going to the grid earning 22.5 cents per kilowatt hour, the same rate we would pay for power used between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.My existing system could not be altered, but I decided to add another 2 kW in capacity that would not be grid-tied but connected to battery storage instead. With our original, grid-tied panels, we’d been getting checks from the utility of between $12 and $20 each month from February through October, and paying bills of between $15 and $20 in winter. I thought an extra 2 kW would put us in the black. Paul Kuenn lives in Appleton, Wisconsin. He is a past owner of a climbing school and guide service who has studied environmentally sound building practices, along with plumbing and electrical. He’s a graduate of solar thermal and photovoltaic installation programs at the Midwest Renewable Energy Association. In the last eight years Paul also has worked as a third-party inspector for fire and rescue apparatus. In his spare time, he helps homeowners use the least amount of fossil fuel energy possible.last_img read more

DaVinci Resolve Tip: Emulating Photoshop’s Vibrance

first_imgPhotoshop can be a source of techniques and inspiration for color grading. Learn how to emulate the software’s vibrance effects in DaVinci Resolve!One Photoshop parameter that always seems to improve the image is the Vibrance slider inside the Camera Raw settings. Vibrance adds saturation to only the least saturated colors, leaving objects with already high saturation alone. While there’s no doubt that Photoshop’s algorithms are quite sophisticated, let’s try to emulate the action in DaVinci Resolve.The original image when it was imported into Photoshop using Camera Raw. For comparison, here’s Photoshop’s Saturation function set at 68. Most would agree it’s been pushed too far. Vibrance is a much more subtle effect that we’ll try to employ in Resolve.First, qualify a key just on saturation, leaving luminance and hue alone. Pull up the Saturation Low and turn on your Highlight so you can see what parts of the image you’re qualifying. Next, affect Saturation Low Soft to make sure the correction dissipates without any artifacts. Invert the key and slowly bring up the Saturation to see how the image is affected. You may need to change the point at which you’ve qualified the key to get the results you want.Here’s the qualifier, where only Saturation has been affected. When using this effect, the values you’ll want to separate will be on the low end of the saturation spectrum.The result of the key. Don’t forget to increase the Blur Radius.The qualification can now be inverted to process the more saturated parts of the image as well. This little trick is one way to achieve uniform saturation across the whole image.If you find this useful, save it as a preset in your Powergrade stills store for use in future sessions.Looking for a few more DaVinci Resolve tips? Well, here you go!DaVinci Resolve Workflow Roundtrip BreakdownBetter Black and White in DaVinci ResolveBlockbuster Looks in DaVinci Resolve: TransformersGot any color grading secrets that you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments below! Photoshop’s Vibrance function at work, set at 68.last_img read more

The Very Best Time to Prospect

first_imgWhen I first started selling, I had no existing clients and no other responsibility. I made cold calls out of the phone book, more specifically, the business section of the white pages. I dialed from 8:00 AM until Noon, went to lunch with people on my team, and returned to the office to make calls from 1:00 PM until 5:00 PM. I made calls all day, every day, minus the time I spent at meetings booked as a result of my prospecting effort.On Mondays, I would call the stack of index cards I used to keep track of the known prospects in my territory. I would flip through every card each Monday, jotting the date and result on the back of the index card. After getting through that stack, it was back to the phone book, or the list of prospects I built as I drove through the area where I had booked a meeting. It was my practice to walk into the two doors next to the prospect’s building, as well as the one across the street. I also walked into any building with many cars in the parking lot, as that was a sign they employed a lot of people.I loved Mondays, and I always asked for time on Thursday. I believed that Thursday was late enough into the week that someone receiving a request for a meeting later in the week would possess a greater willingness to meet, even if I had no evidence to prove my superstition.Some people believe Monday is a terrible day to prospect, as people are just getting back to work and are dealing with an overflowing inbox and a list of tasks that need their attention. Others believe Monday means business, preferring to book their meetings as early in the week as possible.Others believe that Tuesdays are better than any other day, and I have seen the research that suggests this is the most effective time to make calls. I have seen conflicting research that insists that Thursday is the best days to ask for a meeting, with the highest percentages of positive outcomes occurring early and late on that day.The truth about the best time to prospect is something like the Chinese saying that “If you want shade, the best time to plant a tree was 100 years ago. The second best time is now.”The best time to prospect was days, weeks, months, and years ago, the result not being easily obtained without consistent effort and outreach over time. The second best time to prospect is now. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more