Chelsea v Maribor: Zouma starts

first_imgGoalkeeper Petr Cech starts for Chelsea in their Champions League Group G game against Maribor, while Blues boss Jose Mourinho hands starting places to defenders Kurt Zouma and Filipe Luis. Gary Cahill and Cesar Azpilicueta are among the substitutes. Chelsea:Cech; Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry, Filipe Luis; Matic, Fabregas; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Remy.Subs: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ake, Salah, Solanke, Drogba.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Molecular Motors Put a Spring in Your Step

first_imgWhen you feel in spring in your step, thank tiny molecular motors in your muscles and tissues that make it possible.A paper in Science by researchers primarily from University of Washington, Seattle, proposed the novel idea that the molecular motors in muscle cells store elastic energy.  Observing flight muscles in moths, they deduced that the springiness of these motors provides an additional boost to the power generate by muscles:Muscles not only generate force. They may act as springs, providing energy storage to drive locomotion. Although extensible myofilaments are implicated as sites of energy storage, we show that intramuscular temperature gradients may enable molecular motors (cross-bridges) to store elastic strain energy…. These results suggest that cross-bridges can perform functions other than contraction, acting as molecular links for elastic energy storage.Researchers from Europe, publishing in PNAS, found that collagen and fibrin exhibit non-linear strain response upon loading.  This is another factor that provides resilience in movement.We show that the nonlinear mechanical response of networks formed from un–cross-linked fibrin or collagen type I continually changes in response to repeated large-strain loading. We demonstrate that this dynamic evolution of the mechanical response arises from a shift of a characteristic nonlinear stress–strain relationship to higher strains. Therefore, the imposed loading does not weaken the underlying matrices but instead delays the occurrence of the strain stiffening. Using confocal microscopy, we present direct evidence that this behavior results from persistent lengthening of individual fibers caused by an interplay between fiber stretching and fiber buckling when the networks are repeatedly strained…. Thus, a fibrous architecture in combination with constituents that exhibit internal plasticity creates a material whose mechanical response adapts to external loading conditions.This behavior is so interesting, they pass the news on to biomimetics engineers: “This design principle may be useful to engineer novel materials with this capability.”Once again, the CEH Law is confirmed: Darwin-talk is inversely proportional to the amount of detail discussed about biological systems. (Visited 33 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

South Africa’s judiciary

first_imgFind out more about how the wheels of justice turn in South Africa.The inside of South Africa’s Constitutional Court. (Image: Design Indaba, YouTube)Brand South Africa reporterSouth Africa has an independent judiciary, subject only to the Constitution and the law.The Constitution is the supreme law of the country and binds all legislative, executive and judicial organs of state at all levels of government.No person or organ of state may interfere with the functioning of the courts, and an order or decision of a court binds all organs of state and people to whom it applies.The Constitution provides for the following courts:Constitutional CourtSupreme Court of Appeal (SCA)high courtsmagistrate’s courtsany other court established or recognised in terms of an Act of ParliamentThere are also special income tax courts, the Labour Court and the Labour Appeal Court, the Land Claims Court, the Competition Appeal Court, the Electoral Court, divorce courts, small claims courts, “military courts”, and equality courts.The Constitutional Court, Supreme Court of Appeal and High Courts have the power to protect and regulate their own processes, and to develop the common law.The courts are also required to declare any law or conduct that is inconsistent with the Constitution to be invalid, and develop common law that is consistent with the values of the Constitution, and the spirit and purpose of the Bill of Rights.How are judges appointed?Judges in the various courts are appointed by the President in consultation with the Judicial Service Commission, the leaders of parties represented in National Assembly, and, where relevant, the President of the Constitutional Court.The Judicial Service Commission includes the Chief Justice, the President of the Constitutional Court and the Minister of Justice. It is a widely representative body, with the transformation of the judiciary remaining one of government’s key priorities.Legal systemSouth African law is a combination of different legal systems, with its origin in Europe and Great Britain. Its foundation lies in Roman-Dutch law, which is itself a blend of indigenous Dutch customary law and Roman law. The legal system that prevailed in Holland during the 17th and 18th centuries was introduced to South Africa after the Cape was settled by the Dutch in the 1600s.When the Cape was occupied by the British at the end of the 18th century, Roman- Dutch law was retained and confirmed as the common law of the country. English became the language of the courts and English legal procedures and the English law of evidence in both criminal and civil matters were introduced.As with any other country, the common law has been augmented by statutory law and many of the cases before the court are now concerned with their interpretation and application.Because of the unique heritage of South African law, and the constitutional imperative to regard comparative law, foreign law is frequently consulted, not as binding but as persuasive authority.Judicial decisions are themselves a source of law. The decisions of the court are binding on all lower courts.The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development is responsible for ensuring an accessible justice system that promotes and protects social justice, fundamental human rights and freedoms, thus providing a transparent, responsive and accountable justice for all.Source: South African Yearbook and the Department of Justice.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

Hit and miss planting progress continues to frustrate

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Dylan Baer – Wood CountyThere have been some guys west of here who were able to get in the fields and get some planting done on Saturday. We could only find one field we thought we could run on and we got 50 acres of corn in. We got the drill out in the afternoon on Saturday and made about three rounds planting beans and decided it was too wet. It was raining again Sunday morning.The last I heard, we were closing in on 14 inches since April 1. I’m pretty sure that is record breaking for us. Even the older farmers are talking about how they have never seen this. The 10-day forecast doesn’t look good so we have pretty much written off corn at this point. We were hanging on for as long as we could. Every time a chance of rain came up we’d say, ‘If we miss this one we could plant’ but we got it every time.We flew on a Prosaro application for head scab last week on the wheat. There is some wheat that got topdressed early and it is starting to yellow up a little like it is losing N. So far our wheat is a nice green color and I think we’ll at least have something to harvest.We keep telling ourselves it is better to try and fail than not try, but there are guys getting stuck out there. And, in some of the fields that are planted, there are some pretty good-sized ruts in the field. We are trying.We are planting corn fields to beans based on what landlords want to do. Otherwise, we are just going to take prevented planting on the corn, plant cover crops and try again next year. We may plant more wheat on some of those fields because we may have late beans that could limit the wheat crop we plant this fall.We have been close to being able to get out and mow hay, but we just can’t get four days without rain. We have seen where guys have been able to run and it is disappointing for us, but it is what it is at this point.Andrew Armstrong – Clark CountyHere on our farm we are very fortunate. On Saturday night we were able to put the last bean in the ground. We were able to finish corn before the insurance date on June 5, other than we had a few drowned out spots we knew were bad. We spotted those in.We pushed the envelope a little on when we got into the fields. We went with what most of the soil was like in the field instead of waiting until we were ready in the whole field. It was a little sketchy in some places. There were places we had to stop and pick up the planter and go back and dig out a couple of rows. For our decision, we’d look at how bad we were cleating and if we were closing the rows behind us, at least a little bit.The crops are coming up pretty well. We sidedressed the acres of corn we were able to plant in April and the corn we planted in May will need to be sidedressed soon. We were going to sidedress today but we got a shower last night and it will probably be Wednesday before we can get out in the fields. With the beans we are pretty happy with what we are seeing based on the planting conditions. They are at least coming up.Around here there is a wide range of planting progress. Some people waited until conditions got better and some of us just went when we could get the planter in the ground to get some acres in. I honestly don’t know which side is correct. We’ll know more this fall.We are going to watch the early corn like a hawk. It was planted in better conditions so we will push for better yields on those acres and the later fields we are just hoping just to see some return on those.We are really fortunate on what we were able to get done. I know a lot of people weren’t so lucky. Sometimes it is better to be lucky than good, and we were lucky this year.Nathan Brown – Highland CountyIt is raining again so it is a pretty typical day. We finished up corn last Thursday. We have one small field of beans to plant yet but we are pretty well wrapped up down here. We had a pretty good stretch of weather last week and we got a lot accomplished. There are still some guys around here trying to finish up, but you don’t have to go very far to find ground that hasn’t been touched yet. A lot of guys were talking about planting after the insurance dates because they are looking at the potential to get some decent prices.There are a lot of guys, including myself, who pushed it hard and planted a little sooner than we should have. But, we planted based on the calendar and we got it in. We are kind of glad we are still getting some rains to help the root systems break through the compacted sidewall and get some root development.Disease wise, I haven’t noticed a whole lot yet, but if we continue to get these rains we are going to have to keep an eye on a lot of this stuff. We are seeing a little bit of head scab in the wheat, but we did put fungicide on and that is holding most of it back.We are looking at maybe 2 weeks before wheat will be ready to harvest. There is some earlier stuff that is further along. The wet weather will make it important to get it harvested timely. This might be a year where you want to start early and get it done to preserve that quality. There may not be much of a window so when it is time to go we’d better be ready to go. We have a good price right now and if you have a decent crop out there, preserving that quality is going to be important.There has been very little hay made down this direction, other than wet wrapped. The hay situation is getting scary. A lot of this stuff is getting to mature and rank. We may have problems with the hay quality this winter.Lamar Liming – Trumbull/ Mahoning CountyI have got some hay chopped and got my silos filled. The quality was low on it and the fields were still a little iffy. I haven’t made any dry hay, so we still have that to make. The hay is way over matured, but what are you going to do? The ground is so wet you can’t get it dried.Some people to the south and to the north got some crops planted over the weekend. I haven’t planted anything since Memorial Day. In the last couple of weeks we have gotten 4.5 inches of rain.I got 80% of my corn acres planted and I guess I’ll give it another week. If it dries out, I’ll still plant corn. We chop about 20% of our corn acres.After that I’ll probably consider switching to beans. I think the price of corn is going to keep going up, which is why I would rather plant corn than beans. And if everyone switches corn to beans, beans won’t be worth anything.I’ve heard everything. Some people are talking about prevented planting. Some are talking about planting corn up until the 20th. There are so many different angles to look at with these decisions. I think I have one thing figured out and then I hear something else.We are supposed to get more rain this afternoon — anywhere from two tenths to an inch depending on what model you look at. Then we are supposed to get two nice days, then rain again on Thursday.For the year, the crops that have been planted look pretty good. We do have some drowned out spots in the corn. The beans we planted 2 weeks ago are coming up and, for as much water as we’ve had, they look alright.We are hopeful with this North American trade agreement and the impact it will have on dairy. Prices have been going in the right direction and that would sure help. I was nervous when they were starting to talk about those tariffs on Mexico, but it sounds like that is worked out.last_img read more

How You Know Your Excuses Aren’t True

first_imgIf you believe there is some external reason you can’t produce the results you want, you must be willing to look at the evidence stacked up against you. The evidence strongly suggests that there are people who are producing that same result under the same circumstances.Here is how I know this is true:One person believes their company is too expensive, that they can’t beat their irrational competitor, and that there is no way to command the price they need. Other salespeople in the sales company with the same pricing model and the same irrational competitor are going to President’s club. If it is possible for the people who are succeeding to sell and win, it is possible for you.You might use the excuse that you don’t have time to do whatever it is that you should be doing, like exercising, reading, meditating, working more or some other activity that would improve your life. There are other people—some of them busier than you—who use the same 24 hours that you have to do some or all of these things. Of course, these people are armed with the superpowers of self-discipline, focus, and priorities, superpowers that are available to you whenever you want them.Excuses absolve you of the responsibility to change, to do something different. When you choose to use something external as an excuse, you do so because there is nothing you can do about something outside of your control. If there is nothing you can do about whatever you are using as an excuse, you are free from the responsibility to do something different—even if you are not free of the consequences.Your government, your manager, your territory, your pricing model, and your irrational competitor are not valid excuses. You share all these things with other people who are succeeding. Neither is being constrained by the same 24 hours that you share with all the other inhabitants of planet Earth.Your excuses aren’t true. They’re just a way to absolve yourself of the responsibility to change.last_img read more

Pumaren wants better decision-making from UE after 2nd loss

first_imgUE went just 1-of-4 in uncontested field goals while FEU was far better going 11-of-15.Passing was also a thorn on the Red Warriors’ game tallying just 19 assists as compared to FEU’s 26. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Phoenix trial begins for NBA players accused of assault NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ View comments Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Pumaren rued his team’s reliance on isolation plays instead of finding open shots and executing extra passes.“I was telling them to move the ball, don’t force shots, and I told them even after our game against NU [National University],” said Pumaren, whose team lost 86-69 against the Bulldogs in the opener.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“It’s fine with me if you dribble and try to attack your man, go ahead, but if you’re just going to dribble the basketball and you know there are no stats in basketball that says ‘most number of dribbles.’”In their game against the Bulldogs, the Red Warriors went 4-of-8 on uncontested shots and that mark was worse against the Tamaraws. 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 Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAfter starting the season with two straight losses, University of the East head coach Derrick Pumaren wants a stronger mental game from his players.The Red Warriors dropped to 0-2 after losing to Far Eastern University, 90-83, in the UAAP Season 80 seniors’ basketball tournament at Smart Araneta Coliseum Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimlast_img read more

Adfree CBC could serve as a rallying point for Canadian creativity

first_img Facebook Excuse me while I massage my neck: I have been suffering a severe case of whiplash since Monday, when the CBC unveiled a plan to go commercial free.Not so long ago, if you suggested the CBC cut advertising from its programming, both observers and insiders would pat you on the head and smile kindly at your naïve idealism. Received wisdom was that the CBC could not possibly survive without ad revenue, no matter what earnest cultural advocates or ponderous parliamentary reports might argue.And then this week, in response to the Liberal government’s review of cultural policy, the CBC boldly proposed that very thing. Clearly, chief executive officer Hubert Lacroix sensed an opportunity: After years of Tory cuts, the broadcaster is finally getting a sympathetic ear in Ottawa – and all TV ad revenues are in steep decline anyway. Lacroix seems convinced a commercial-free CBC might actually get replacement funding for the lost ad dollars: He is asking for $418-million. Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Leaving aside, for the moment, the political realism of the request, the plan is a good one. In an increasingly scattered but ever more Internet-dependent and globalized media environment, the country needs a public producer, curator and distributor to craft a powerful Brand Canada across all platforms, offering not only news, public affairs and documentaries, but also fiction, variety and arts programming. It needs an iconic institution to nurture and lead the cultural industries, a rallying point for Canadian creativity. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

IndiGo launches New Year Sale offers flight tickets starting Rs 899

first_imgIndiGoMany domestic carriers offer discounts around the New Year holiday season to attract passengers during a period marked by high demand. The latest on that list is IndiGo Airlines.IndiGo has announced a New Year Sale on air tickets, with fares starting as low as Rs 899 on selected routes. Bookings for the New Year Sale opened on January 8, 2018. The offer is available for three days and is applicable on travel between February 1 and April 15.Under the new offer, IndiGo tickets on flights between Delhi and Chandigarh are available for a fare of Rs 899. Some other starting fares offered are Rs 999 on flights from Delhi to Jaipur; Rs 1,099 from Delhi to Amritsar; Rs 1,299 from Delhi to Dehradun, and Rs 1,399 from Delhi to Nagpur, according to the airline’s website — 10 percent cashback of up to Rs 600 and IndiGo Special Service Vouchers of up to Rs 600 on payments made with HDFC Bank Credit Cards will also be available, subject to conditions, said the IndiGo website.The offer will be available for bookings made via its website and its mobile app, besides other booking websites. Group bookings will not be eligible for the offer.The offer is available on a limited number of seats on selected sectors and flights. If these seats are filled, regular fares will apply.Fares in the New Year Sale offer are non-refundable upon cancellation by the customer. ”On cancellation, only statutory taxes will be refunded,” said the airline’s website.Rs 600 is the maximum amount of cashback or IndiGo vouchers that can be earned on a round-trip ticket, IndiGo added. This offer is subject to a maximum of Rs 300 upon booking of a one-way flight, and Rs 600 on a return flight.last_img read more