Monday’s QPR quiz

first_imgDjibril Cisse’s equaliser against Reading took QPR off the bottom of the table. Test your knowledge of the Rangers striker by seeing how many of these five questions you can answer correctly.[wp-simple-survey-37] 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Latest: Chelsea 1 Steaua Bucharest 0

first_imgChelsea took an early lead in their final Champions League group match courtesy of Daniel Georgievski’s 10th-minute own goal.Willian’s right-wing corner was headed towards goal by Oscar and with Demba Ba looking to apply the finishing touch, an under-pressure Georgievski appeared to knock the ball in.Already through to the knockout stage and knowing a victory would guarantee they progress as Group E winners, the Blues had made a strong start.David Luiz miscued after being found unmarked by Willian’s corner and Oscar fired wide from the edge of the penalty area before the opener.Luiz, who has been nursing a knee problem, was recalled to the side along with Ashley Cole – the duo’s first appearance since last month’s defeat at Newcastle.Oscar, lively in the opening 20 minutes, also returned after shaking off an ankle knock.The home side have been well on top but Steaua Bucharest should have equalised when Gabriel Iancu sneaked in behind John Terry and had only keeper Mark Schwarzer to beat but dragged his shot horribly wide.Chelsea: Schwarzer; Ivanovic, Luiz, Terry, Cole; Mikel, Lampard; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Ba.Subs: Cech, Cahill, Ramires, De Bruyne, Mata, Schurrle, Torres.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Multiple Independent Animal Types Use Structural Color

first_img(Visited 386 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The phenomenon is found in butterflies, fish, birds, and snakes, and scientists are rushing to imitate their secrets.At The Conversation, Colin Hall and Eric Charrault describe the gold rush for structural color. These are colors made not with pigments, but with nanometer-scale structures that play tricks with light, intensifying some wavelengths and diminishing others. Coming up with a way to make Vantablack, a structural color that absorbs 99.6% of the light hitting it, was a feat of engineering:To put this in perspective, if you think of a forest of trees about a metre in diameter, then these trees would scale to be around one kilometre high. Light falling on this very tall forest of tubes bounces around and is almost perfectly absorbed.The article on cutting-edge attempts to create new colors with structure includes photographs and descriptions of very diverse animals that use this technique:Butterflies, that create iridescent colors on their scales. (see 6/15/10)A snake that has some of the blackest scales found in nature.Sardines with silvery sides.Live Science shares another secret: “Butterfly Wing Optics Help to Cheaply Create Bright, Realistic Holograms.” The blurry holograms seen at concerts, in movies and on credit cards could much more colorful and clear, David Roos reports, by mimicking the nanostructures on butterfly wing scales.We know from previous reports on structural colors or “photonic crystals” that birds, spiders, beetles and mammals also use them (6/05/08). These diverse animals could not have gotten their secrets by descent from a common ancestor because many intermediate animals in the evolutionary scheme do not have them. The only other way for evolution to handle this would be for the common ancestor to have the secret, but most animals down the line lost it. That would also create a challenge: how did the common ancestor come up with a trick like that? There’s only one cause that we know of that can share technology across multiple, independent platforms. That cause is – you guessed it – intelligent design.last_img read more

SA leads African competitiveness

first_img5 September 2012 South Africa is the highest-ranked African country and third-placed among the BRICS economies in the World Economic Forum’s (WEF’s) latest Global Competitiveness Index, ranking 52nd out of 144 countries surveyed while placing third overall for financial market development. Published on Tuesday, the annual Global Competitiveness Report was first released in 1979 and has since evolved into the prime authority on relative competitiveness among most of the world’s nations. South Africa (52nd) and Mauritius (54th) continue to lead the competitiveness rankings by African countries, followed by Rwanda (63rd), Morocco (70th), Seychelles (76th) and Botswana (79th). China (29th) continues to lead the BRICS group of influential emerging market economies, followed by Brazil (48th), South Africa (52nd), India (59th) and Russia (67th). Switzerland tops the overall rankings for the fourth year running, followed by Singapore, Finland, Sweden, Netherlands, Germany, the United Kingdom, United States, Hong Kong and Japan completing the list of the top 10 most competitive economies.Strength of institutions, financial markets According to the report, South Africa benefits from the relatively large size of its economy, particularly by regional standards, ranking 25th overall for market size. It also scores well for the quality of its institutions, ranking strongly for strength of auditing and reporting standards (1st), efficacy of corporate boards (1st), protection of minority shareholders’ interests (2nd), efficiency of legal framework (17th), intellectual property protection (20th), property rights (26th), and judicial independence (27th). Particularly impressive, according to the report, is the country’s financial market development, for which it ranks 3rd overall, “indicating high confidence in South Africa’s financial markets at a time when trust is returning only slowly in many other parts of the world”. Contributing to this assessment was South Africa’s high rankings for regulation of securities exchanges (1st), soundness of banks (2nd), availability of financial services (2nd), and financing through the local equity market (3rd). South Africa also shows up well for business sophistication, ranking 38th overall, and innovation, ranking 42nd overall – benefiting in the latter case from good scientific research institutions (34th) and strong collaboration between universities and the business sector in innovation (30th).Weaknesses At the same time, the report identifies weaknesses which South Africa will have to address in order to further enhance its competitiveness. South Africa ranked 63rd overall for infrastructure, and even though this was good by regional standards, it would require upgrading, according to the report. This is something the country has already embarked on, with President Jacob Zuma announcing a massive state-led infrastructure drive in his State of the Nation address in February. The country ranks 113th for labour market efficiency, thanks in large part to “rigid hiring and firing practices (143rd), a lack of flexibility in wage determination by companies (140th), and significant tensions in labour-employer relations (144th)”. The country can also develop its innovation potential by increasing its university enrollment rate, the WEF says, adding: “Combined efforts in these areas will be critical in view of the country’s high unemployment rate of almost 25 percent in the second quarter of 2012.” Other concerns raised by the WEF report include the security situation and the health of the country’s workforce.Sub-Saharan Africa On sub-Saharan Africa more widely, the report notes the region’s impressive growth over the last decade. “Registering growth rates of over 5 percent in the past two years, the region continues to exceed the global average and to exhibit a favorable economic outlook,” the WEF states. “Indeed, the region has bounced back rapidly from the global economic crisis, when GDP growth dropped to 2.8 percent in 2009.” In recent years, according to the report, the region has been improving its competitiveness in specific areas, such as educational attainment and goods market efficiency, “but a persistent infrastructure deficit and health concerns continue to be significant bottlenecks.” As a whole, sub-Saharan Africa continues to lag behind the rest of the world in competitiveness, “requiring efforts across many areas to place the region on a firmly sustainable growth and development path going forward”. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Talking about Transitions

first_imgby Sara Croymans, MEd, AFCRecently, I had the opportunity to have a conversation with Jolaina Falkenstein, military Service member and a mental health professional, about military transitions. Jolaina is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) with Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota where she provides individual, couples, and family therapy. In partnership with the Minnesota Department of Veteran Affairs, her clinic also provides free services to the Veteran population and their families. Jolaina is a Veteran and has served in the Army Reserves for over twenty years with two deployments to the Middle East. Currently in her military role as a Sergeant First Class, she supports the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program; a mandated program designed to support and assist Reserve/Guard Service Members and their families through the pre-, during, and post-deployment process.Listen to the podcast of our conversation at militaryfamilieslearningnetwork.org/podcast/talking-about-transitions/.  This blog highlights a few nuggets from our conversation and provides a listing of the multiple resources Jolaina shared.In the podcast Jolaina emphasized that military transitions involve military Service members and families experiencing change in so many different areas of their lives. Being resilient in times of change involves looking for the positives in a situation. Jolaina encourages Service members, families, and military family service professionals to identify those positives – including the strengths, abilities and talents that Service members and families developed as a result of their experiences. Change can bring opportunities for growth.Jolaina shared one of her favorite quotes by C. JoyBell C. which speaks to change and resilience:The only way that we can live, is if we grow.The only way that we can grow is if we change.The only way that we can change is if we learn.The only way we can learn is if we are exposed.And the only way that we can become exposed is if we throw ourselves out into the open.Do it. Throw yourself.”― C. JoyBell CThroughout the podcast Jolaina shared multiple resources for a variety of groups.Resources/Strategies for Service members & families:• Military One Source – http://www.militaryonesource.mil/; provides resources, individualized consultations, coaching and counseling on many aspects of military life• County Veterans Service Officers (CVSO) promote and protect the rights of Service members and families through education, communication and technology. Locate CVSO across the nation on the National Association of County Veterans Service Officers website at https://www.nacvso.org/• Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) – https://www.va.gov/; the VA provides a variety of benefits and services and assistance to Service members, Veterans, their dependents and survivors.• Vet Centers – https://www.vetcenter.va.gov/; The Vet Centers, available through the VA, offer free services to Service members and their families –• Give an Hour – https://www.giveanhour.org; this national nonprofit organization coordinates local mental health professionals to provide free counseling services with military Service members• Strategies:                                                                                                                                                           o Become aware of community resources before they are neededo Build networks – Military Service members and families are    encouraged to reach out to other military families in your community to become acquainted and build relationships before deployments or other challenges occuro Participate in trainings – Service Members often times are required to participate in a variety of trainings, including Resiliency Training. Jolaina encouraged Service members to take time to think about how to apply the strategies identified in trainings to their life and to be sure to share the information and strategies with family membersResources/Strategies for Military Family Service Professionals:• Become familiar with and network with nationwide resources including those listed above. Building a network and relationships with other military family service professionals will increase your ability to work with Service members and their families.• Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) – https://militaryfamilieslearningnetwork.org; MFLN provides professional development and engagement opportunities for military family service professionalsResources/Strategies for Communities and their residents:• Build relationships and rapport with the military population in your community• Learn who military families are in your community and celebrate them, including military children• Neighbors are encouraged to get out of their homes and build relationships with military Service members and families• Continue to learn about military families and strategies to support them• Building Healthy Military Communities (BHMC) is a multi-year pilot project aims to better understand unique challenges faced by geographically dispersed Service Members and their families that may impact their readiness, resiliency, and well-being. The pilot is being conducted in Indiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Florida, Maryland, Minnesota and New Mexico.Jolaina can be reached at jolaina.falkenstein@gmail.com This post was written by Sara Croymans, MEd, AFC, University of Minnesota Extension Educator, and member of the MFLN Family Transitions team. Family Transitions provides education, resources and networking opportunities for professionals working with military families to build resilience and navigate life cycle transitions. Engage with the MFLN Family Transitions team on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.last_img read more

Fadnavis committed to luring leaders Pawar

first_imgPune: Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar on Sunday accused Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and other BJP ministers of “committing themselves” to poaching leaders from other parties before the assembly election.Pawar also accused the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party of misusing probe agencies and state-run financial bodies to compel leaders to join their fold. “The chief minister and other ministers in the state government have literally committed themselves to this work (luring leaders of other parties). They are making phone calls to leaders of other parties and asking them to join,” the NCP president said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Citing an example of the alleged misuse of financial bodies, he said: “The sugar mill of (former MLA) Kalyan Kale in Pandharpur was in a difficult situation. The state government, by flouting norms, gave Rs 30-35 crore to it and asked him to join the BJP. Since he wanted to save his factory, he switched over.” Pawar claimed that NCP state women’s president Chitra Wagh, who had announced last Friday that she was quitting the party, was also forced to join the BJP by way of threats. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”Wagh met me. She looked worried,” Pawar said. “She told me that there are some criminal cases against her husband. In addition to that, an ACB (anti corruption bureau) inquiry has been initiated against their cooperative institution. That is why she asked me to give her permission to join the BJP,” he said. Pawar alleged that Kagal NCP MLA Hasan Mushrif was also made an offer by the BJP, but when he refused, the income tax department carried out raids at his premises in Kolhapur. Pawar added that Satara MLA Shivendraraje Bhosle and Ahmednagar MLA Sangram Jagtap are with the NCP.last_img read more