Modric ‘prepared to hand in transfer request’ at Spurs

first_imgLuka Modric is prepared to hand in another transfer request at Tottenham after they missed out on the Champions League because of Chelsea winning this season’s competition, according to the Daily Mirror.It is claimed the Spurs playmaker, previously a target for Chelsea, is still on the Blues’ radar, with Real Madrid and both Manchester clubs also interested.Meanwhile, Chelsea’s players reportedly urged Roman Abramovich to make Roberto Di Matteo their full-time boss in a dressing room sing-song after their Champions League triumph in Munich.The Mirror say the club’s owner went to see Chelsea’s victorious squad, who pointed at interim boss Di Matteo and chanted: “We want you to stay, we want you to stay.”Abramovich has a decision to make.A source is quoted as saying: “It was one of those rare occasions where the players felt able to push the boundaries with the owner a little.“They all want Robbie to stay and they wanted to get their message across. It was all very light-hearted.“The owner was smiling and laughing as they were singing the Di Matteo song. He knew the players were teasing him.”The Sun claim Abramovich told the players he wants four more Champions League titles.Several papers report comments by Chelsea striker Fernando Torres which appear to cast doubt over his future at Stamford Bridge.Torres, unhappy at being a substitute for Saturday’s final, is quoted saying: “I felt I’ve been treated in a way I was not expecting and not in the way for which the club brought me here.“We have had many conversations and now the season is finished we will have more talks to see what happens in the future because this is not the role for which I came and I’m not happy.“Winning the Champions League makes up for it of course but as far as the future is concerned… well.“Right now I do feel it’s all worth it but the truth is I’ve gone through some very bad moments – the worst moments of my career – during the season and I am not willing to relive those moments.”The Sun and Daily Mail both suggest that Lille’s highly-rated Belgian winger Eden Hazard is leaning towards a move to Chelsea rather than Manchester City or Manchester United.And Fulham are set to make an offer for Newcastle full-back Danny Simpson, according to the Northern Echo.Simpson, who has also been linked with Chelsea, is entering the final year of his contract and is yet to agree a new deal at St James’ Park.It is suggested that Fulham manager Martin Jol is planning a formal approach for the 25-year-old.Jol is keen to sign a right-back and has also been linked with the likes of Nottingham Forest defender Chris Gunter and Tottenham’s Kyle Naughton.Who was your man of the match against Bayern? Click here to voteSee also:Overjoyed Di Matteo celebrates incredible Chelsea winDrogba the hero as Chelsea are crowned European championsBayern v Chelsea: player ratingsFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Half-time: QPR 0 Southampton 0

first_imgChris Ramsey fielded a side full of attacking intent but Southampton looked more dangerous in the first half and went close when Graziano Pelle hit the woodwork. Ramsey, in caretaker charge following the departure of manager Harry Redknapp, included Adel Taarabt in QPR’s starting line-up, while Matt Phillips and Armand Traore were deployed on the flanks and Leroy Fer was moved into central midfield alongside Joey Barton.However, Rangers’ Rob Green was the busier keeper early on, gathering an effort from Pelle and seeing a shot from Eljero Elia drift wide after Green had been spotted off his line.Victor Wanyama and the impressive Sadio Mane also fired wide, while at the other end Barton shot over following good work from Taarabt.Southampton were dealt a blow when young defender Matt Targett was stretchered off midway through the first half following a clash of heads with Phillips.But they continued to have the upper hand and Mane was denied by a fingertip save by Green after squirming away from Clint Hill.Pelle was then unlucky not to open the scoring when he volleyed James Ward-Prowse’s right-wing corner against the bar. QPR: Green; Onuoha, Caulker, Dunne, Hill, Phillips, Barton, Fer, Traore, Taarabt, Austin.Subs: McCarthy, Isla, Kranjcar, Henry, Vargas, Zarate, Zamora.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Joonas Donskoi on recent play: “I just have to find another level”

first_imgSAN JOSE — Perhaps no one on the Sharks roster, especially among the forward group, needed a goal more than Joonas Donskoi.For the often-streaky Donskoi, the question is whether his goal Thursday against the Winnipeg Jets can lead to greater things and more consistency in what has so far been a disappointing offensive season.Mired in a 13-game goal-less drought at that point, Donskoi skated out in front of the Winnipeg net after a forecheck and tapped in a perfect pass from Evander Kane …last_img read more

Giants are baseball’s biggest trade deadline wildcard thanks to bullpen surplus

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — After Bruce Bochy exhausted all of his frontline relievers on Tuesday evening, the Giants’ manager had no choice but to call on an unproven rookie to face Cubs sluggers Javy Báez, Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo in the top of the 13th inning.Enter Sam Coonrod, a pitcher making his fifth career appearance in the most daunting of circumstances.With a fastball that topped out at 99 miles per hour and a breaking ball that fell off the table, Coonrod was unfazed as he struck out Báez …last_img read more

Sheldon Neuse forces his way onto Athletics’ roster; Matt Chapman sits and Sean Manaea stands by

first_imgKANSAS CITY — Sheldon Neuse should make his major league debut with the Oakland A’s sometime this week. The team’s No. 8 prospect’s contract was selected from triple-A Las Vegas on Thursday morning.Neuse’s performance with the Aviators was hard to ignore. In 126 games, Neuse has a .317 average with 27 home runs and a .939 OPS.“Look at the numbers it’s a really good season,” manager Bob Melvin said. “Kind of similar in what we’re seeing with (Seth) Browny.”Neuse primarly playes third base, …last_img read more

Ferrari-Like Gears Move Your Muscles

first_img(Visited 85 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 A creative science reporter compares the “gears” of molecular motors in your muscle cells to those of high-performance cars.A short but potent article in PhysOrg, “A nano-gear in a nano-motor inside you,” describes dynein—a molecular motor that transports cargo in cells and helps muscles work.  In so doing, the reporter shows how nature outsmarted scientists who thought the motor was slow and inefficient.  First, the build-up sets the stage in hunting terms:To live is to move. You strike to swat that irritable mosquito, which skilfully evades the hand of death. How did that happen? Who moved your hand, and what saved the mosquito? Enter the Molecular Motors, nanoscale protein-machines in the muscles of your hand and wings of the mosquito. You need these motors to swat mosquitoes, blink your eyes, walk, eat, drink… just name it. Millions of motors tug as a team within your muscles, and you swat the mosquito. This is teamwork at its exquisite best.Zooming into the cell, the article describes how a scientists used to wonder why “nature” made a “counter-intuitive choice” to use dynein, a rather sluggish motor, instead of the more powerful kinesin.  By measuring the forces on dynein, a team at Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), led by Dr. Roop Mallik, found the answer: dynein has gears.  Mallik explained,“Each dynein showed a special ability to shift gears, just like you shift gears in your car to go uphill. Therefore, each dynein in a team could speed up or slow down, depending how hard it was pulled back. This allowed the dyneins to bunch close together as they were pulling. The bunching helped dyneins to share their load equitably, and therefore work efficiently to generate large forces. Remarkably, motor-teams made up of another motor (called kinesin) which is much stronger than dynein, could not generate comparable forces. The reason? Well … you guessed it right. Kinesin does not have a gear!!“The double exclamation points put the delight in finding the answer.  “Because of this, dynein’s do much better at teamwork than other stronger motors that cannot change gears,” the article explained.  And even though dynein gears are orders of magnitude smaller than those on a performance car, the principle is the same:Taken together, these new studies show that Nature may have learnt how to use the gear in a motor much before we made our Ferrari’s and Lamborghini’s. But, what boggles the mind is that dynein’s gear works on a size scale that is ten-million times smaller than the Ferrari’s gear.This led to a bit of debate in the comments about evolution vs. intelligent design, even though the article didn’t mention evolution.Evolutionists try to explain this by saying that natural selection uses whatever works, even if the design is inelegant.  But surely the key question is how did a molecular motor arise in the first place.  It would seem a diversity of motors for different purposes is a good design.  And if the reporter here thought of Ferrari’s and Lamborghini’s by comparison, how can the Darwinist invoke blind natural selection?  From uniform experience, the only cause sufficient to arrange parts for gear-driven function is intelligence.  Animals as diverse as flies and mammals share the same motors in their respective muscles.  On the face of it, these considerations falsify neo-Darwinism, but Darwinians are clever.  They say that the common ancestor invented the motors, then they stayed the same for millions of years along different evolutionary branches.  They say,  “Nature evolves to the point of ‘good enough’.”  Such insufferable ingrates.  Say that to a Ferrari designer.Gimme that old time selection,Gimme that old time selection;Gimme that old blind selection;It’s good enough for me.It was good enough for Darwin,It was goody for Dobzhansky,It was good enough for Dawkins;It’s good enough for me.last_img read more

Ducati dominates at Kyalami

first_img18 May 2009The roar of potent engines reverberated around Kyalami on Sunday as the circuit hosted the sixth round of the Hannspree FIM Superbike World Championship. It proved to be a fantastic day for the Xerox Ducati team.It was the first time in seven years that South Africa had hosted a round of the championship, and it proved a popular drawcard, pulling in 53 000 spectators.Japanese star Noriyuki Haga, the championship leader heading into round six, extended his lead at the top by winning both races on Sunday. He entered race one unsure of how his Ducati would perform after a scratchy showing in qualifying.Commanding formHowever, on race day Haga was in commanding form, dominating the opening race. It was his fifth victory of the season.“On Friday and Saturday we had quite a big problem,” said Haga. “But we tried to fix the suspension and couldn’t find a solution.“This morning we found a little better feeling but it was not perfect. My feeling was that it would be difficult to win, but in the end I am very satisfied with the victory.”Haga’s Xerox Ducati team-mate Michel Fabrizio battled Yamaha’s Ben Spies for second. A slight mistake by the American saw Fabrizio edge ahead and take second.Second place scrap“It is a pity that the fight with Ben was for second place and not for first,” commented Fabrizio. “Ben and I for sure lost out to Nori, because when you pass each other a few times you lose a lot of time. When Nori passed me, I lost a bit of confidence in the front so I had to settle for second place.After a tight scrap, Honda’s Jonathan Rea edged out Aprilia’s Max Biaggi for fourth.Further down the field, reigning South African Superbike champion Sheridan Morais, riding for the Kawasaki World Superbike Team because of an injury to team regular Makoto Tamada, finished thirteenth.Race twoRace two was dominated by Haga once again as he led all but one of the 24 laps. He was challenged by his team-mate Fabrizio, who managed to pass the Japanese ace twice on the final lap.Haga, however, held his nerve and managed to accelerate past the Italian out of corners on both occasions as Fabrizio used very late breaking and a wide line to get past him. With the double at Kyalami, Haga took his number of wins for the season up to six.Yamaha’s Spies was in the early running, but on lap three he was forced into the pits with a gear shift problem. The American’s misfortune was good news for Honda’s James Rea, who raced through to take third place.Leon Haslam, also on a Honda, battled Rea for third, but had to eventually settle for fourth, while Aprilia Racing’s Max Biaggi again finished fifth.South Africa’s Morais finished eleventh and, as he was in the first race, was the leading Kawasaki rider.‘Enjoyed battling with Michel’Haga, reflecting on his success afterwards, said: “We get some good points this weekend and I really enjoyed battling with Michel in the second race. We changed a little bit the setting from the first race and that feeling was a bit better, but at some point it got worse.On the last lap I saw Michel do harder braking than me, and of course I took the wrong line, but I was able to open the gas and get to the line first.”Haga’s two wins lifted him up to 250 points in the standings, while Fabrizio, after the retirement of Spies, moved into second place on 165. Spies, despite his retirement in race two, is only three points behind the Italian.Fabrizio remarked: “Maybe I did the wrong thing by telling Nori where I was strong in race one because he pushed harder than me in that sector. On the last lap, if he hadn’t been my team-mate I would have given him a push with the shoulder! But I’m happy, I’m second in the championship and that’s a good thing.”WORLD SUPERBIKE KYALAMIRace 1 resultsNoriyuki Haga, Ducati 1098R Michel Fabrizio, Ducati 1098R Ben Spies, Yamaha YZF-R1 Jonathan Rea, Honda CBR1000RR Max Biaggi, Aprilia RSV4 Carlos Checa, Honda CBR1000RR Shinya Nakano, Aprilia RSV4 Yukio Kagayama, Suzuki GSX-R1000 Shane Byrne, Ducati 1098R Tom Sykes, Yamaha YZF-R1 Gregorio Lavilla, Honda CBR1000RR Ryuichi Kiyonari, Honda CBR1000RR Sheridan Morais, Kawasaki ZX-10R Jakub Smrz, Ducati 1098R Broc Parkes, Kawasaki ZX-10RRace 2 resultsNoriyuki Haga, Ducati 1098R Michel Fabrizio, Ducati 1098R Jonathan Rea, Honda CBR1000RR Leon Haslam, Honda CBR1000RR Max Biaggi, Aprilia RSV4 Carlos Checa, Honda CBR1000RR Shinya Nakano, Aprilia RSV4 Yukio Kagayama, Suzuki GSX-R1000 Tom Sykes, Yamaha YZF-R1 Jakub Smrz, Ducati 1098R Sheridan Morais, Kawasaki ZX-10R Gregorio Lavilla, Honda CBR1000RR Ryuichi Kiyonari, Honda CBR1000RR Broc Parkes, Kawasaki ZX-10R Fonsi Nieto, Suzuki GSX-R1000POINTS(After six of 14 rounds)RidersHaga 250 Fabrizio 165 Spies 162 Haslam 116 Rea 106 Biaggi 103 Sykes 103 Laconi 77 Neukirchner 75 Checa 73ManufacturersDucati 275 Yamaha 203 Honda 170 Aprilia 106 Suzuki 105 BMW 59 Kawasaki 27Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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UN award for SA’s Dr Math mobile tool

first_img9 June 2011Dr Math, a mobile-based mathematics tutoring programme developed by South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, has received a Technology in Government in Africa award from the United Nations.The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), in collaboration with the government of Finland, selected Dr Math as a winner in the category “ICT in Education”. The award was made in in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on 27 May.Through Dr Math, developed by researcher Laurie Butgereit from the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) Meraka Institute, learners have access to a group of registered tutors who are online on computers to receive their requests for help via MXit, a popular mobile chat service.“Learners put through requests using MXit and receive responses via MXit. A flow management system ensures that requests are distributed to tutors who are available to help. The emphasis is on imparting skills rather than supplying answers,” Butgereit said in a statement last week.Rewarding commitment to e-governmentThe biannual Technology in Government in Africa (TIGA) awards celebrate African governments’ commitment to e-government to ensure digital interactions with citizens or between government agencies.Comments by the TIGA judges attest to the quality of the Dr Math nomination: “I loved the idea of boosting sciences in general and math in particular, especially for under privileged youngsters,” said Anne Rachel Inne, regional liaison for Africa, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).“It should be positioned to strategically work effectively for the region because math is key to future success.”Matti Sinko, a technical adviser at the ECA’s ICT, Science and Technology Division, said Mr Math was “innovative, useful, inclusive, affordable for users … and educative not only to users but to service providers as well”.Sharing best practice with collaboratorsDr Math is part of the HP Catalyst consortium, thereby ensuring that the CSIR shares best practice and learning with national and international collaborators.Funding from the Department of Science and Technology, and collaboration and support from the Department of Basic Education and MXit, has been instrumental to the ongoing success of Dr Math.Dr Math tutors are drawn primarily from the University of Pretoria. Since 2006, students from the Faculty of Engineering, the Built Environment and Information Technology (EBIT) at the University of Pretoria, have been doing Dr Math in fulfilment of a compulsory community-based Project.On a yearly basis, more than 30 students sign up for this project. Their feedback is always very positive, for example: “it was an awesome experience, but requires nerves of steel and a lot of compassion”, and “it was nice to see school students willing to spend time at home and on weekends to finish their work”.Providing valuable teaching experienceTutors also come from the African Institute of Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), a centre for education and research in Cape Town.“AIMS is proud to be associated with Dr Math through the participation of some of our current postgraduate diploma students who volunteered their time to answer pupils’ questions,” said the institute’s Dr Barrie Barnard. “This opportunity provided them with valuable teaching experience as well as introducing them to an innovative use of technology for educational purposes.”Interactions with learners using Dr Math are defined by a code of conduct, and tutors also sign an informed consent before they receive a manual to assist them in carrying out their duties.Questions received from learners range from finding explanations for basic definitions to calls for help on how to solve problems. “We encourage tutors to teach methods, rather than supplying the answer,” said Butgereit.Students can subscribe to Dr Math by sending a MXit contact request to 079 992 3962. If they use Google Talk or any open source Jabber server, the contact details are [email protected] reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Facebook’s 1st CTO Launches His Next Company (Screen Shots)

first_imgTags:#web Adam D’Angelo was a programming genius who knew Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in high school, became the young company’s first CTO and has just begun to unveil his new startup company, Quora. Built by D’Angelo and a team of crack young engineers, Quora is a real-time enabled Q&A site. The company calls itself “A continually improving collection of questions and answers.” In our very early testing it’s a pleasure to use, but we’re going to share screen shots with you tonight and write about it in depth after more extensive use tomorrow.Is this the next Facebook? Probably not – but it does look pretty fabulous. The service is still in closed beta (we’ve been trying to get in for months) but here’s some screenshots that show some key features.Update: We’ve got a limited number of invites to offer. See this post for details.Quora is a little like Aardvark, the social Q&A service founded by ex-Googlers and rumored to be in Google’s acquisition sights, and it’s a little like Stack Overflow, the carefully crafted Q&A site for programmers that’s shot through the roof with reader interest.  It’s definitely different though.  Co-founder Charlie Cheever says it’s built on Tornado, the real-time infrastructure built by FriendFeed, then bought and open sourced by Facebook. That’s a nice touch.Here’s what we’ve seen so far. Click these screenshots to get a bigger view of each of them. There are more coming up. We’ll do our best to offer invites tomorrow morning. marshall kirkpatrick Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Philips wants to help you get a better night’s sleep

first_imgFollow the Puck Cate Lawrence With more patients seeking medical care for sleep disorders, the world is waking up to the challenge of healthy sleep, its impact on overall health and the need for a good’s night rest.During the recent IFA conference here in Berlin, Philips presented the Dream Family solution designed to improve the sleep therapy experience for people with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). More than 100 million people worldwide are estimated to have OSA, a serious condition that is treated with positive airway pressure (PAP) therapy. The Dream Family, comprised of the DreamWear mask, DreamStation PAP device, and DreamMapper patient engagement app, is designed to engage sleep apnea patients with one of the most comfortable and effective therapies available.The components of the Dream Family were inspired by feedback from more than 900 patients as well as insights from clinicians who treat sleep apnea. This input combined with Philips’ more than four decades of experience developing revolutionary patient-centric solutions led to the award-winning design of the Dream Family. Since their launch in October 2015, DreamWear and DreamStation have been honored for excellence in design, including recent iF Design, Red Dot, Good Design Australia, and Core77 accolades.“Sleep therapy can be challenging, and our goal is to help people across the globe get a better night’s rest – whether they live with a chronic sleep condition or are struggling to achieve eight hours a night,” said John Frank, CEO of the Sleep and Respiratory Care unit at Philips.“Next to nutrition and exercise, sleep is the third pillar of health and now we are looking to the future for all people who need help with improving their sleep quality. We intend to make good sleep possible achatcialisfrance24.com/ for everyone.”It’s interesting that they’ve stuck to the design of a mask for treating sleep apnea. This year, Startup Airing raised more than $1.5 million on Indiegogo for its creation of a far cheaper, mask-less, cordless, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device to treat obstructive sleep apnea, an alternative to masks which many users find uncomfortable to wear at night, to the extent that 50% of CPAP users stop using it within one year. However, they have yet to get FDA clearance, a process that can take some time.Light therapy goes mainstreamPhilips also showcased two light therapy solutions designed to improve the experience of getting out of bed.Philips’ EnergyUp Energy Lights lights help combat energy dips caused by jet lag, long hours inside an office, or general fatigue. A white light mimics the natural energizing power of daylight, and is clinically proven to increase energy levels and mood.  There’s also a blue light for people to use when traveling or at the office.There’s also Wake-up Light, clinically proven to provide a more energetic wake-up in the morning and reduces sleepiness after waking up. The technology allows users to simulate the sunrise and choose the preferred sound for their wake up. They aren’t cheap, retailing from $159 but do also function as a radio and alarm clock.It’s good to see Philips creating products that have the benefit to improve the lives of many sleepless people, who would probably pay anything for a good night’s sleep and greater energy levels. Related Posts How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua…center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#health wearables#Internet of Things#IoT#medical devices#Medical Wearables#Phillips#sleep#sleep apnea#sleep problems#wearables Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You…last_img read more