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Region 1 water woes to end soon

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first_imgResidents of Region One (Barima-Waini) communities are soon to benefit from access to potable water after the many challenges they faced as a result of the prolonged dry weather pattern.The Guyana Water Incorporated visited the area last week and commenced enhancement works as well as drilling of new wells in some communities. Region One Chairman, Brentnol Ashley said he welcomes the work and expressed hope that it is completed within the stipulated time thereby offering permanent relief to those residents who continue to suffer from the lack of access to water in those communities. The regional administration is involved and supports the interventions being made by the water company.Over the months, residents have complained about the hardships they were faced with without access to water. Their springs were dry and they were also unable to use the river as an alternative means since GWI issued a statement prohibiting the use of the river water for consumption due to contamination.A team from GWI, headed by its Managing Director Dr Van West-Charles, visited sites where the works are to be done. The spring which supplies the community of Mabaruma has been cleaned and refurbished and an overhead tank activated.In Port Kaituma, a new well has been drilled and the laying of pipes is nearing completion. Further enhancement works to be completed in that community include the construction of a discharge – the connection of two wells to the transmission line – and the interconnection and installation of gate valves, which are used to control the water supply network. There will also be disinfection of the pipelines before the new wells are activated. Some 540 residents of that community will benefit from improved water access.The only source of water for those residents is the Port Kaituma River which stands the risk of contamination from mining, agricultural and other activities and as such the drilling of this well is a move to transition 50 per cent of Port Kaituma to groundwater supply. This includes the school, hospital and the entire Fitsburg area.Hinterland Services Director of GWI Ramchand Jailall acknowledged the hardships that were being faced by those residents as a result of the dry spell and as such, noted that the new wells are being drilled at a depth of about 230 metres and additional drilling pipes are being mobilised to advance the deeper drilling. Other Region One communities where wells are being drilled include Kamwatta, White Water and 1-4 Miles.The team also visited Matthews Ridge where residents depend on a spring using gravity feed for water supply. During the inspection, it was discovered that this was not an adequate supply of water and as such, measures are to be put in place for the drilling of a well in that community.Meanwhile, Dr Van West-Charles committed to all works being completed within two months and pointed out that while some communities were not targeted in this exercise, provisions will be made in the company’s 2020 budget.He reiterated the company’s efforts in ensuring safe water for all in keeping with its Sustainable Development Goal.last_img read more

Women’s Soccer Drops Final Exhibition at Iowa State

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first_imgThe Cyclones scored each of their goals in the first half. The Bulldogs recorded four shots with Sam Nosler having the best chance at a goal midway through the final half. Nosler had her shot from just outside of Iowa State’s 18-yard box blocked by the Cyclones’ wall in the 66th minute. AMES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s soccer team fell to Iowa State, 2-0, in its final exhibition of the preseason on Saturday night at the Cyclones Sports Complex. PDF Box Score Drake opens the 2019 schedule Friday at Colorado with first kick set for 6 p.m. Print Friendly Version Story Linkslast_img read more

Guessing Game: Name the Organism that Inspired This Discovery

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first_imgHere’s a quick brain teaser. Can you guess which biological organism inspired the scientific advance? Answers and sources below.(1) Better joints for robots.(2) New antibiotics.(3) Safe landings without a parachute.(4) Improved artificial intelligence.(5) Tandem wing airplanes.(6) Super strong, stretchy material.(7) Liquid-solid composites that are both flexible and strong.(8) Threads that don’t spin out of control.(9) Nanoscopic channels allowing controlled passage.(10) Cost-effective manufacture of structural colors.Answers:(1) The ostrich (Phys.org). “Ostriches are the only animals in the world to have a double-kneecap, but its purpose remains an evolutionary mystery. PhD student, Ms Sophie Regnault, from the Royal Veterinary College, UK says ‘understanding more about different kneecap configurations in different animals could help to inform prosthesis design, surgical interventions, and even robots with better joints.’”(2) Bacteria with Type IV pili (Phys.org). “According to Dr Vladimir Pelicic, from the MRC Centre for Molecular Bacteriology and Infection at Imperial, who led the research, TFPs are like a ‘Swiss Army Knife for bacteria’.”(3) Geckos (Phys.org). Finding the limit of adhesion when geckos fall and need to arrest their drop by clinging to a tree would be like “a skydiver reaching terminal velocity and then grabbing a support in mid-fall and stopping without using a parachute to slow down.”(4) The synapses in a human brain (Seeker). “By replicating the function of the human brain’s 100 trillion synapses, scientists hope to boost the versatility of artificial neural networks.”(5) Flying fish (Science Daily). The ribbon halfbeak lacks the pelvic fins of true flying fish, but still can fly above the water. “Investigating the design of ribbon halfbeak could provide useful information for the optimal design of tandem wing airplanes.”(6) Spider silk, of course (Science Daily). At the University of Cambridge, “Researchers have designed a super stretchy, strong and sustainable material that mimics the qualities of spider silk, and is ‘spun’ from a material that is 98 percent water.” See also separate article at Science Daily, and a paper in PNAS.(7) Disks in the human spine, or the skin in ocean-diving fish (Science Daily). “Materials scientists at Rice University are looking to nature — at the discs in human spines and the skin in ocean-diving fish, for example — for clues about designing materials with seemingly contradictory properties — flexibility and stiffness.”(8) Golden silk orb weaver spider (Phys.org). “The last time you watched a spider drop from the ceiling on a line of silk, it likely descended gracefully on its dragline instead of spiraling uncontrollably, because spider silk has an unusual ability to resist twisting forces.”(9) Cells with membrane channels called porins (Phys.org). “Proteins in lipid membranes are one of the fundamental building blocks of biological functionality,” the article begins. “Lawrence Livermore researchers have figured out how to mimic their role using carbon nanotube porins.”(1) Birds and butterflies (Phys.org). Pigments have their place, but structural colors have many advantages. The “photonic crystals” in bird feathers and butterfly wings have been hard to duplicate, this article says:Structural colors, on the other hand, produce color through nanostructures that reflect or scatter light. Feathers of birds and the scales of butterflies are two of the many examples of structural colors in nature. Furthermore. their structural spacings allow for the production of more distinct colors than is possible through pigments. However, despite the many advantages of structural colors in various applications, high fabrication costs and the inability to change a structural color once it has been applied has curtailed widespread implementation.Research conducted by Geunbae Lim, a professor with the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), in collaboration with Taechang An, a professor with the Department of Mechanical Design Engineering at Andong National University, has successfully developed a new and cost-effective method for obtaining biomimetic structural colors with the ability to finely tune the completed structures. This achievement has been published in the world-renowned ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces.(Visited 351 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Govt ‘fully behind’ South African mining

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first_img Raphela was speaking on behalf of Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu. “We should not forget that South Africa owes its industrialisation and economic diversification to the mining sector,” he said. “It was mainly on the back of mining that our country built its network of national railways, ports, power utilities, petrochemical industries and pipelines as it delved beneath the earth in search of minerals and metals.” The two-day lekgotla brought together over 1 000 representatives of government, industry and labour to map a way forward on how to improve the global competitiveness of the South African mining industry and its contribution to the country’s economy.Addressing the challenges The shortage of skills and vital infrastructure such as rail, port capacity, water and energy were obstacles to the growth and competitiveness of the industry, Raphela said. A major breakthrough in tackling these challenges was the announcement of a multi-year infrastructural programme by President Jacob Zuma in his 2012 State of the Nation address. As a result, state agencies such as Eskom and Transnet have made project announcements to alleviate the constraints on the industry. “I am convinced that, as the binding constraints on the operational side of the industry ease over the next year or two, South African mining is destined to regain its competitiveness. “We have already seen improvements in respect of the 2011 Fraser Institute mineral competitive index, which ranked South Africa 54 out of 93 countries, a 13 place improvement compared with 2010.” Also planned to contribute to the recovery of the industry is the mineral resources department’s whole scale review of its internal operational processes in order to strengthen capacity and accelerate the pace of addressing challenges. It will include a review of legislation, including the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act and the Mine Health and Safety Act. SAinfo reporter 7 June 2012 The government has pledged its full support to South African mining, and is moving to alleviate the skills and infrastructure constraints facing the industry in order help it to regain its global competitiveness. Speaking at the inaugural mining lekgotla in Midrand, Johannesburg on Tuesday, the Department of Mineral Resources’ acting director-general, Joel Raphela, said: “We should use the democratic space we now enjoy to outline a joint vision of where we want the mining industry to be in the years ahead, building on the promise and techniques of past collaboration.”last_img read more

Huge win for Montjane in Gauteng Open

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first_img8 April 2013 “As soon as I realised that she was struggling with her serve and rhythm, I started putting pressure on her with my returns. She also struggled with her forehand, so I hit a lot of shots to her forehand to raise the pressure. Third-seed Montjane beat top-seed Jiske Griffioen in straight sets 6-4 6-1 at the Gauteng East Tennis Centre in Benoni, east of Johannesburg, while world number one Kunieda briefly lost his bearings in the first set before running out a 7-6 (7-2) 6-1 winner over second-seed Fernandez in the Grade I NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour event. MenJapanese star Kunieda was 0-3 down to Fernandez in the opening set, but the world number one managed to dig himself out of the hole with some aggressive shot play and levelled the score in the sixth game. World number one David Wagner initially struggled against second seed Andy Lapthorne, but the American prevailed to win the quads’ singles final 6-3 6-4. An injury in August derailed Montjane’s Paralympic dreams and she launched her come back only recently in January, reaching the quarter-finals of the Australia Open and becoming the first African to compete in a wheelchair tennis Grand Slam event. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material After winning the tie break, the Japanese player was back to form and cruised to his first victory on South African soil after breaking the Argentinean teenager’s serve in the second game. “I have to admit that I was very nervous about this match against Jiske,” Montjane said afterwards. “I had never beaten her and she is a very experienced player. My coach Holger Losch told me to just play my own game and to get a little more aggressive. ‘Fantastic’“It’s been a long road back, but it is really fantastic to play at this level again after all the injuries, and to win again,” Montjane said. VictoryThe South African star then rushed to victory in less than an hour after two breaks of serve in the second and sixth games of the second set. “This victory has given me a lot of confidence going into the Acsa SA Open next week. It’s a Super Series event on the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour and it carries a lot of world ranking points. I would really like to do well next week.” In March, she underlined her growing stature when she reached the finals of the women’s singles and doubles at the Pensacola Open in the United States. ‘Confidence’“I got a lot of confidence after winning the tie-break and everything felt good after that.” World number seven KG Montjane delivered a commanding performance to win her second successive women’s singles title at the Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) Gauteng Open, while top seed Shingo Kunieda had to work much harder than expected to lift the men’s title against Argentina’s Gustavo Fernandez on Sunday. Looking ahead to the Acsa SA Open, Kunieda said he needs to work on a few things, but he hopes to win back-to-back titles. “I let Gustavo take control in first couple of games,” Kunieda said. “When I got more aggressive and I took more risks, I made a comeback to level the match. I made more first serves and less unforced errors and I took control of the match. Montjane had never beaten the Dutch player before, but she wrapped up the first set 6-4 in 28 minutes after making the crucial break in the 10th game. ‘Work’“Of course, I want to win next week, but you saw in the final with Gustavo, it’s not always easy. I have to work on a few things. My confidence is high because I have had a good year so far. I definitely think I can make it to the final.” Germany’s Lucy Shuker and Whiley won the women’s doubles final against Montjane and Katharina Kruger of Germany in straight sets 6-1 6-4, while men’s first seeds Michael Jeremiasz from France and Britain’s Gordon Reid defeated second seeds Fernandez and Frenchman Frederic Cattaneo 6-3 7-5. SAinfo reporter A three-time Paralympic gold winner, Kunieda arrived in South Africa having won three titles this year in Sydney, Melbourne and Rotterdam. His 382nd men’s singles victory also extended his unbeaten sequence on the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour to 40 matches since mid-June last year. Pressure“After I won the first set, I felt hopeful that I could win the match. I just kept piling on the pressure and I went all out to win.”last_img read more

Row House Recharged

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first_imgI first met Bill and Zahra through a school charity event and soon after designed a new set of stairs for them. A couple of years went by before they called with a bigger project in mind: to expand and rehabilitate their two-unit edwardian home on the sunny south side of San Francisco. The home was a standard San Francisco row house that had been lived in continuously for more than 30 years and was in poor condition. The house needed a lot of work, and the transformation would be dramatic. Bill and Zahra wanted a more modern home for their growing family and envisioned a house that would generate enough energy to power itself and all transportation associated with living in it. A facade worthy of preservation As is usually the case here in san Francisco, the entire plan had to be accommodated without significantly altering the appearance of the building from the street, which is a preservation requirement instituted by the san Francisco planning Department’s residential Design guidelines and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).It has taken me some time to appreciate the unique nature of this part of San Francisco, and even longer to see how environmental regulations could be invoked in the process of preserving it. Every row house contributes to the overall fabric of the city, and that is one reason why people find this neighborhood, Noe Valley, such an appealing place to live. Discussions of style and aesthetics are always subjective, as is the debate over how we Americans should best manage historic resources. My opinion is that we need to develop a more enlightened approach to contextualism when we are working in historic districts. As for this project, there is nothing wrong with preserving a turn-of-the-century piece of craftsmanship. Yet strict… This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.center_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more

The Power in Calling the Bottom

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first_imgLast week I was in Puerto Rico speaking to a group of CEOs and business leaders from around the island on behalf of Abarca Health. The island is still recovering from Hurricane Maria and things seem to be getting back to normal, but there is still much work to be done. One of the business leaders I met said something to me that I wrote down. He said, “This is the bottom.”The statement struck me because of its truth. That truth contains the same truth as a Native American rain dance. The rain dance always works because those who dance do so until it rains. The bottom is only the bottom if you make it the bottom, if you do something to get up off the floor.By calling it the bottom, you cut yourself off from going any lower, whether that means lower revenue, lower profit, or a lower standard for yourself. You draw a line in the sand that says, “come what may, this will not be allowed to get any worse, and instead, I will make it better.” If you are at the bottom, the only way you can go is up.There are things that matter a great deal to turning your situation around. The first is your mindset. You have to believe you have reached the lowest point and that you are now moving in a better direction. You have to take action to make your future better, refusing to stay down. You need a stubbornness, a pigheadedness that allows you to persist in your efforts long enough for your actions to take hold and progress to be made. And you have to accept that one comes before two, and let that one step be enough to sustain you while you work on taking another. That progress moves you up, and from there, you can move even higher.What strikes me most about “calling the bottom,” is that you can make the decision to call your current state the bottom, accepting that it is now your lowest point, no matter how well things are going, and you can follow this same recipe to reach even higher heights. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Teng shows he can do more than just score

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first_img“Our goal in the last two games is to get better and use it as our preparation for the semis,” he said. “I hope we don’t get too overconfident especially that we haven’t proven anything yet. I hope the hunger will still be there.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next But the former La Salle stud knew that he can do more than just score, heeding coach Eric Altamirano’s reminders that he has to focus on the other facets of his game.READ: Teng posts triple-double as Flying V books top seedFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“Prior to this game, me and coach Eric talked and he told me to add dimensions to my game, like on defense, rebounds, and also assists. That’s what I did,” he said.From there, Teng’s 7-of-24 shooting was deemed an afterthought as he became only the fourth player in PBA D-League history to record a triple-double, racking up 21 points, 13 assists, and 11 rebounds in the Thunder’s 114-91 win. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress MOST READ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant LATEST STORIES NCAA: San Beda vents ire on St. Benilde He joined the elite club to achieve the feat, alongside BDO-NU’s Ray Parks, Phoenix’s Mike Tolomia twice, and Racal Motors’ Kent Salado, who also notched it this  conference.READ: Jeron Teng says D-League team Flying V has ‘high potential’ But more than the impressive statline, Teng said that his goal is to help the team succeed, as Flying V secured the top seed in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup eliminations after cruising to its eighth straight victory.“We’re happy because we’re blessed, but we just made it to the semis and we can’t be contented. It’s a continuous learning experience for me and I just try to get better,” he said.And Teng and the rest of the Thunder are taking these final two games as their chance to finetune their game in preparation for the bigger wars in the playoffs.ADVERTISEMENT Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweetcenter_img Jeron Teng. PBA IMAGESShooting blanks to start the game, Jeron Teng thought that he was in for a long night as Flying V played his old team AMA Online Education on Monday.With the Titans defense swarming on him, the 23-year-old could only muster two points on a paltry 1-of-9 shooting in the first period.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View commentslast_img read more

18 days agoEngland coach Southgate insists Chelsea pair Abraham and Tomori in squad on merit

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first_imgEngland coach Southgate insists Chelsea pair Abraham and Tomori in squad on meritby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEngland manager Gareth Southgate insists Chelsea pair Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori are in his squad on merit.The pair have been included in the England squad on merit and not in an attempt to lock down their international futures, Southgate has said.Abraham, whose father is Nigerian, has never been capped in a competitive game for England but has made two friendly appearances for the Three Lions. Abraham’s Chelsea teammate, Tomori, was born in Canada and is also eligible for Nigeria through his parents.”I don’t think it’s ethically right just to give a player a cap to make sure they can’t play for somebody else,” said Southgate. “So, the two boys that are in the squad this time, Fik [Fikayo Tamori] and Tammy, are in on merit. I’m not going to guarantee that they’re going to get on the pitch, but they’ve both been part of our junior system right the way through.”Fik came in a little bit later than Tammy but has been part of the youth team that won the World Cup and as far as we’re concerned, born in England, Tammy, the two boys have been developed through English football, they’re English players and I’m sure they have huge desire to play for England at senior level.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

THINK YOURE FUNNY THERES A CLASS FOR THAT

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first_imgI feel like I’ve been drowning in data and computers most of my waking life. I’m worried I lost myself along the way. Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement ‘I’m buzzing from the adrenaline.’ Ron Porteous makes his standup debut at Ottawa’s Absolute Comedy club. (Michel Aspirot/CBC)center_img They’ve never done standup before, but every Tuesday evening, these public servants, IT workers and students gather in a dark club to learn the fine art of being funny. On the last night, they get up on stage in front of a crowd to perform a six-minute set. CBC reporter Omar Dabaghi-Pacheco met two of the comedy wannabes and followed their progress. Here’s what they had to say about why they did it. Their comments have been edited for style and clarity.Ron PorteousBy day I’m a mild-mannered IT manager at Canada Post. It’s just a dumb coincidence that I happen to look like Louis C.K.I’ve always thought of myself as funny, but recently I’ve started thinking maybe that’s not true. Maybe I suck at being funny, and I’ve been fooling myself for 40-odd years. So I signed up for a standup comedy class. During the last class I’ll do standup in front of a packed house at the comedy club. Welcome to my midlife crisis.Welcome to my midlife crisis. – Ron Porteous Advertisement Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

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