No rankings reward for Bafana’s big win

first_img20 November 2013 Bafana Bafana’s upset 1-0 victory over world number one Spain on Tuesday will not be reflected in the Fifa world rankings, Fifa’s media office said on Wednesday. South Africa’s Eye Witness News contacted Fifa for clarification about the matter and were told that because Spain used a seventh substitute in Tuesday’s match it could not be classified as a category A game. Therefore no caps will be earned and the match will not be recorded as an official result. However, it appears that the matter is not yet closed, as a Fifa spokesman told Eye Witness News that they are still are still awaiting the official report for analysis and to consider their next steps.The seventh substitution Late in the match at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, Spanish goalkeeper Victor Valdez, who had replaced Iker Casillas during the game, suffered an injury. Spain had already used the maximum allowable six substitutes by that time, so outfielder Alvaro Arbeloa donned a goalkeeper’s jersey. South Africa’s coach Gordon Igesund was then seen remonstrating with officials and Spanish players as Napoli goalie Pepe Reina moved to join the game. After an exchange of words between Igesund and a number of players and officials, Reina was allowed to replace Valdez and became the world champions’ seventh substitute.‘The rules of the game’ “I was not fighting on the sidelines, I was just informing them that they had already made six substitutes as per the rules of the game and also from our agreement in the meeting a day before the match,” Igesund said at a press conference after the game. “I also added that if they want to make another change it is up to the match officials, but I think the rules are rules and they shouldn’t be changed, even if it is a friendly match. “I was not refusing them to put on another player, and was quite happy for them to get on another player in terms of fair play. I think it was a misunderstanding due to a language barrier,” he added.A welcome boost South Africa’s 1-0 victory was their first win over a team ranked number one in the world. It came as a welcome boost after Bafana Bafana missed out on qualifying for the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil. The focus of the team, Igesund said would be the big forthcoming competitions. “Our vision remains the 2015 and 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, as well as the 2018 World Cup in Russia.last_img read more

New Firefox 3.6 Beta Enables Local File Handling

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market frederic lardinois Earlier this morning, Mozilla released the fourth beta version of Firefox 3.6. Besides over 140 bug fixes, the new beta also introduces support for HTML5’s local file handling API. This feature gives web apps the ability to access and handle local files selected by the user. A photo site that implements this feature can now work with images locally, for example. You don’t have to upload your images to the site – instead, the web app can just manipulate the photo through the browser locally and an upload is only necessary if you want to store the image remotely.The development of Firefox 3.6 has fallen behind schedule, though barring any major bugs in this latest version, Mozilla will likely release the first release candidate next month and the final version should arrive early next year.Local File Handling Another example that Mozilla uses in its documentation is photo thumbnails. Normally, you would have to upload the image to the site’s server before you could see a thumbnail. Now, developers can easily render and display these thumbnail before the file is uploaded. Support for the HTML5 file handling API is the only major new feature in this latest beta, though Mozilla also made some tweaks to how extensions integrate with Firefox, which should improve stability. Help Mozilla to Test Add-OnsMozilla also recently launched the latest version of its Add-on Compatibility Reporter tool. If you want to help out Mozilla and your favorite add-on developers, this tool will send back information about how an add-on performs in whatever version of Firefox you have installed on your machine. About 70% of all Firefox add-ons are already compatible with Firefox 3.6. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Browsers#news#web last_img read more

A Breakthrough for Solar Power?

first_imgA California-based startup says it has developed a new type of concentrating solar technology that can produce temperatures high enough to replace fossil fuels in industries that so far haven’t been able to make a dent in their carbon emissions. The company, Heliogen, built a demonstration array in Lancaster, California, showing off the technology and only recently made it public. Heliogen backers include Bill Gates and other well known entrepreneurs. Like other concentrated solar power (CSP) systems, this one uses a number of mirrors that can be controlled individually to focus solar energy in a small area. Where it differs from existing CSP technology is how precisely the heliostats (moveable mirrors) can be adjusted and kept in alignment, resulting in temperatures of 1,000°C (1,832°F) at the point where the sunlight concentrates. The company says temperatures of 1,500°C are possible.RELATED ARTICLESFire Knocks Out Tower at Concentrated Solar PlantIf a Solar Plant Uses Natural Gas, Is It Still Green?Solar Thermal Plant Blamed for Bird DeathsCarbon Emissions By the Construction IndustryCalifornia’s Push for Carbon-Free Electricity That makes the Heliogen model a potential breakthrough for industries like cement- and steel-making, which use huge amounts of high-temperature energy. Existing solar arrays have not been able to create temperatures that would allow these kinds of production facilities to wean themselves off of fossil fuels. The announcement on Nov. 19 generated a number of news articles, the most detailed of which so far seems to be a post by David Roberts on the website Vox. He writes that while renewable energy can now replace carbon-emitting fossil fuels in electricity, buildings and transportation, industrial sectors of the economy haven’t been able to find low-carbon sources of energy that meet their needs. Collectively, these industries produce 20% of global carbon emissions, so Heliogen’s announcement could be a very big deal. One of the best known CSP installations now in service is the $2.2 billion Ivanpah solar power plant, which opened in 2014 in the Mojave Desert on the California-Nevada state line. Its 173,500 heliostats concentrate sunlight on boilers that are mounted on three centrally located towers. The plant, which also burns natural gas, has a capacity of 392 megawatts of electricity. After some initial setbacks, Ivanpah was meeting its contracted power output by 2017. There are a few differences with the Heliogen project. One is that the mirrors are smaller and less complicated. More important is that their orientation is monitored and adjusted in real time, keeping the concentrated solar energy in a very small, tightly controlled space. As a result, temperatures are much higher than what could be produced in CSP stations to date. The mirrors are controlled by computer software linked to cameras on the concentrating tower. The software monitors the orientation of all of the mirrors and makes whatever adjustments are necessary to keep sunlight focused on a spot about 20 inches across. The company’s CEO, Bill Gross, used a similar approach in an earlier venture called eSolar. He told Roberts that the Heliogen system takes huge amounts of computing power to work, capabilities that weren’t available just five years ago. Among the industrial processes that could use 1,500°C heat is the generation of liquid fuels that could take the place of hydrocarbons, Roberts writes. This “synfuel,” a mix of hydrogen and carbon monoxide, could be refined into “any fuel, for any purpose.” If the C02 used in the process is taken from ambient air, the fuels would be considered carbon neutral. At its website, Heliogen says its technology can be used to split water to create “100% green hydrogen.” While the technology is promising, Gross says there are many unknowns, and no way of accurately predicting either costs or real-world performance. The company says it is looking for both customers and partners (see the video link above) to move the technology ahead. -Scott Gibson is a contributing writer at Green Building Advisor and Fine Homebuilding magazine.last_img read more

Gavina blows his top after yet another Kia loss: ‘I’m tired of this’

first_imgUPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “There’d be no more Mr. Nice Guy. If I have to hold practice with eight or nine guys so be it, everyone else who doesn’t want to be there can stay the hell home because that’s the message that will be sent. I’m tired of this [expletive].”center_img WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kia import Johnson goes back to drawing board after subpar debut “The [expletive] will be called out the next practice, there’s going to be some changes.”The final score, though, was a mere fraction of Gavina’s frustrations as the Picanto trailed 70-31 by halftime and even looked at an 86-37 mountain in the third period.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBlackwater was also relentless on the three-point arc hitting 19 against the sorry defense of the Picanto, who managed to sink just eight threes.“These guys are putting other people’s livelihoods on the line, including mine and I do not like being embarrassed,” said Gavina. “It was just ridiculous how much these guys are taking for granted the amount of trust I’m putting in.” Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO—Kia head coach Chris Gavina did not hold back when expressing his grievances over how his players conducted themselves in their 118-97 loss to Blackwater in the PBA Governor’s Cup.“I told the management that I think I’ve been as nice as I could possibly could to handle what’s going on,” said Gavina Friday at Ynares Center here in Antipolo. “I’m tired of seeing the body language these players have coming into practices and games, you can see guys have checked out and I’m tired of it.”ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

10 months agoChelsea goalkeeper Kepa: Beating Watford so important

first_imgChelsea goalkeeper Kepa: Beating Watford so importantby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga believes they’re back on track after victory at Watford.Kepa meet Crystal Palace later today.”After the Leicester game at home, we wanted to bounce back,” said Kepa. “We were great in the first half, then in the second half Leicester were better than us. We found it hard.”After the Leicester game it was important to get back on track and there’s no better way to get back on track than beating a great team away from home.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month ago​West Ham announce official travel partner

first_img​West Ham announce official travel partnerby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham United have announced Nirvana as their official travel partner, reports, deal will see the company, which specialises in event travel, accommodation and logistics for sporting and leisure events, provide exclusive travel offers to Hammers fans.Nirvana adds West Ham to a list of sporting partners, which include Paralympics GB, British Triathlon and the Ironman European Tour Series. For the Premier League club, Nirvana adds to a list of recent commercial deals in recent months, having signed up the likes of Monster Energy, Ivacy VPN and Osonyq.Karim Virani, West Ham United’s commercial and digital director, said: “It’s fantastic to sign up Nirvana as our official travel partner. Their expertise in planning and logistics will benefit our squads as they travel around the country, and in time we’ll work with Nirvana to bring exclusive offers to our supporters too.” TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Colin Cowherd, Joel Klatt Explain Why They Believe Michigan State Can Win It All

first_imgColin Cowherd previews the Big 10 Championship on The Herd.colin cowherd joel klatt high on michigan stateMichigan State has an all-important contest this Saturday, as the Spartans take on undefeated Iowa in the Big Ten title game. The contest, which is being played between the No. 4 and No. 5 ranked teams in the College Football Playoff rankings, is a de facto national quarterfinal.Thursday, FOX Sports radio host Colin Cowherd and guest Joel Klatt debated whether they believe the Spartans are capable of not just winning that game – but winning the national championship. Both do, citing Connor Cook, the team’s offensive line and the fact that they’re getting healthy at the right time.Michigan State and Iowa kick off at 8:00 PM on FOX.last_img read more

Rickmers Maritime to Restructure Debt amid Liquidation Fears

first_imgzoom Singapore-listed containership owner Rickmers Maritime will not be able to pay USD 179.7 million of senior debt which is due in March 2017, the company said in an investor presentation filed to the Singapore Exchange.Furthermore, due to adverse market conditions which affected the company’s financial performance, Rickmers Maritime said it will not be able to meet on-going coupon and principal payments of the SGD 100 million (USD 73.1 million) 8.45% notes due in May 2017.The company is asking investors to exchange their debt with SGD 28 million of new perpetual bonds to avoid liquidation and total loss on the notes. This would also allow continued coupon payments under the new securities, Rickmers Maritime said.Tomas Norton de Matos, Chief Financial Officer of Rickmers Trust Management (RTM), earlier said that the restructuring process was “fairly complex and made more difficult by current market conditions.” “Nevertheless, we remain focused on securing a unified single credit facility that is sustainable and that gives the trust greater flexibility and a longer runway to manage its liabilities and growth. This will enable us to address the USD 100 million three-year notes, maturing on May 15, 2017,” he added.Rickmers Maritime recorded a net loss of USD 55.6 million in the second quarter of this year, compared to a loss of USD 15.7 million in the same period last year, a change of 255%.The company’s charter revenue during the period fell to USD 18 million from USD 28.5 million seen in the second quarter of 2015, mostly due to reduced charter rates and a lower vessel utilization rate amid a worsened charter market.last_img read more

Rep Hornberger takes House oath of office announces office staff and contact

first_imgState Rep. Pamela Hornberger takes a ceremonial oath of office on the House floor with family members, from left, nephew Eric Allen; daughter Olivia Malburg; and father Robert Hornberger.State Rep. Pamela Hornberger today was joined by her family for the first session day of the Michigan House of Representatives in the 99th Michigan Legislature, which included taking ceremonial and official oaths, meeting Gov. Rick Snyder and selecting her House seat.“This is exciting, like the first day of school, and it’s such a joyous moment to be able to share it with my family by my side,” said Hornberger, R-Chesterfield Township. “I’m looking forward to working with my colleagues in the House and Senate to keep Michigan on the comeback trail, and I want to hear from area residents with ideas and suggestions we can address together for our state and our hometown.”Hornberger’s Lansing office can be contacted by addressing letters to the State Capitol, Lansing, MI 48909-7514; calling 517-373-8931; and by email, is assisted by her office staff, Mel “Sonny” Koch and Phil Kraft.Koch, a Macomb Township resident, has six years of experience as House legislative office staff. He earned a master’s degree in American history from Eastern Michigan University, a bachelor’s degree in history from Alma College and is a 2004 graduate of Chippewa Valley High School.Kraft, a Chesterfield resident and 2004 Anchor Bay High School graduate, previously served five years as constituent services representative for Congresswoman Candice Miller and is currently on the Macomb County Board of Commissioners. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Saginaw Valley State University.“The 32nd House District and I are extremely fortunate to have Sonny and Phil on our team working for us,” Hornberger said. “Their knowledge and experience of our community and the government process means we are hitting the ground running.”##### Categories: Hornberger News,Hornberger Photos 11Jan Rep. Hornberger takes House oath of office, announces office staff and contact infolast_img read more

Gut microbiota can help predict occurrence of colorectal cancer

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Apr 1 2019Gut microbiota – the population of microbes that live in our intestine – can be used to predict the occurrence of colorectal cancer, the second most common type of cancer in women and the third in men.Research by an international team of scientists including Brazilians has found a link between colorectal cancer and changes in gut microbiota patterns that do not depend on the dietary habits of the populations studied. The discovery paves the way to the development of non-invasive tests capable of predicting emergence of the disease.The study is published this Monday, April 1, in the journal Nature Medicine. Its first author is Andrew Maltez Thomas, who has a PhD in bioinformatics from the University of São Paulo (USP), Brazil. Thomas was supported by São Paulo Research Foundation – FAPESP via a scholarship for a research internship at the University of Trento in Italy.In one of the largest and most varied surveys ever conducted on the topic, the researchers combined metagenomics, bioinformatics and machine learning (with the use of artificial intelligence) to correlate the occurrence of colorectal cancer with gut microbiota data for 969 people in Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan and the United States.The findings identified groups of microorganisms associated with colorectal cancer in all the populations studied, and signatures in the microbial metabolism (patterns of metabolites produced by microorganisms) that can be used to predict the occurrence of the disease. The research had two other important outcomes. One is the discovery in the intestines of colorectal cancer patients of a specific species of bacterium which is commonly found in the mouth and airways. The other is a correlation between colorectal cancer and the presence of the gene for a microbial enzyme that degrades choline, an essential vitamin B group nutrient.The study found higher levels of the bacterial species Fusobacterium nucleatum in colorectal cancer patients than in healthy individuals. This bacterium normally inhabits regions of the mouth, and the acidity of other parts of the gastrointestinal tract was thought to be fatal to it.”Larger numbers of oral bacteria tend to travel to the intestine in colorectal cancer patients. This migration may cause inflammation in the intestine, giving rise to the tumor,” Thomas said. “However, we don’t know the actual reason for the migration, only that there’s a link between the presence of these bacteria in the intestine and colorectal cancer and that the link deserves to be investigated further.”The other discovery, a significant presence of the gene for the microbial enzyme choline trimethylamine-lyase (cutC) in fecal samples from colorectal cancer patients, reinforces the possibility of a carcinogenic link between gut microbiota and a fatty diet, indicated by previous research. “When the enzyme cleaves choline, which is abundant in diets containing large amounts of red meat and other fatty foods, it releases acetaldehyde, a well-known carcinogen,” Thomas said.In the study, the researchers used data on the composition and abundance of all bacteria found in 969 fecal samples. To develop a simple method of analysis that can be widely used by clinics and hospitals, they selected the statistically significant bacteria.”Our results from 16 species of bacteria were comparable to those from analyses using all species. This is an important step in the development of a simple diagnostic tool that dispenses with the need to sequence the entire microbiota yet has the necessary precision,” Thomas said.Association is not a causal linkResearch on the links between gut microbiota and human health has grown in the last ten years, but the new study innovates by conceiving of bacteria as markers of the development of disease.Related StoriesTrends in colonoscopy rates not aligned with increase in early onset colorectal cancerStructure of bacteria responsible for traveler’s diarrhea decipheredBacteria in the birth canal linked to lower risk of ovarian cancer”Markers are typically looked for directly in association with tumor cells. We use a different concept. Our analysis is based on changes in a relatively small set of bacteria in a spectrum of hundreds of bacteria that live in the gut and may indicate the presence of a disease,” said Emmanuel Dias-Neto, a researcher at A.C. Camargo Cancer Center’s International Research Center (CIPE) and a co-author of the article.Sequencing of DNA obtained from gut microbiota enabled the researchers to identify the bacteria present in each fecal sample, to measure the quantity of each bacterium, and to identify variants in their genomes that may be linked to different outcomes, such as a heightened risk of colorectal cancer.It should be stressed, however, that the study did not show that alterations in gut microbiota cause colorectal cancer.”We detected an association, but that doesn’t necessarily imply a causal link. The question is whether specific bacteria can cause cancer or cancer creates a different environment in the colorectal duct and thereby favors certain bacteria over others. We don’t yet have an answer, which would be fundamental for the results of the research described in the article to help develop therapies to treat colorectal cancer,” said João Carlos Setubal, Full Professor in the University of São Paulo’s Biochemistry Department, coordinator of the same university’s Interunit Graduate Program in Bioinformatics, and also a co-author of the article. Setubal and Dias-Neto supervised Thomas’s PhD research.Computational analysisAccording to the researchers, this may be the largest-ever study of colorectal cancer based on data from fecal samples and such diverse populations. The group analyzed data from five public studies and two other studies by researchers at the University of Trento.With the data from these seven studies they were able to identify enzymes and bacteria, and to work out how gut microbiota can predict the development of colorectal cancer. They used data from two other studies with 200 samples to validate their findings.”DNA sequencing of the samples, which required distinguishing between microbiota DNA and human DNA, was a means of identifying and quantifying the species of microorganisms and their genes present in the samples,” Thomas said. “We extracted DNA from the fecal samples and sequenced it. We then used computational methods to analyze the data. As a result we were able to identify and quantify the species and gene abundance.”Because the data came from different studies, the researchers used sophisticated statistical methods to analyze them as an ensemble.”We used meta-analytical statistical methods and machine learning techniques to find out how predictive the results were,” Thomas said.The findings were validated by Nicola Segata, a computational biologist at the University of Trento and supervisor abroad for the project, and reinforced by another study performed at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Germany on the links between gut microbiome and cancer. An article on the EMBL study is published in the same issue of Nature Medicine.”While preparing the articles, we exchanged data and information with the other group in a partnership that proved highly important to reinforce our findings. Although we used machine learning techniques and different statistical methods, we arrived at the same conclusion that the gut microbiome can predict the presence of colorectal cancer in different populations and studies,” Thomas said. Source: read more