COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP):Ravichandran Ashwin took four wickets yesterday to propel India to their first Test series win in Sri Lanka in 22 years, defeating the hosts by 117 runs in the third Test.Chasing 386 to win, Sri Lanka slumped to 107 for five in their second innings, but captain Angelo Mathews scored a fighting 110 and shared 135 runs for the sixth wicket with Kusal Perera (70), giving Sri Lanka a chance to save the Test.However, Perera’s dismissal shortly before tea exposed the tail and the hosts lost their remaining wickets in five overs after the break.Fast bowler Ishant Sharma took the three important wickets of Upul Tharanga (0), Dinesh Chandimal (18) and Mathews in the second innings and collected eight wickets in the match.India hadn’t won a Test series in Sri Lanka since 1993 under captain Mohammad Azharuddin.Sri Lanka won the first Test in Galle by 63 runs and India won the second match by 278 runs.India captain Virat Kohli said that at no stage during the big partnership did he think that the match was slipping away.”In Test cricket on a fifth day even if you get a 100-run partnership you will have that one opportunity to get someone out and you have to make sure you grab that,” Kohli said. “It was a case of concentrating more in that situation.”Mathews said poor batting caused his team’s downfall.”On this wicket we had our chances to win. If not for the collapse in the top order, we could have won the game. Unfortunately we didn’t. We’ll try to rectify those mistakes in the future,” he said.India’s Cheteshwar Pujara, who carried his bat through the first innings for an unbeaten 145 in his comeback Test match, was named Man of the Match.Ashwin, who bagged 21 wickets in the three Tests, was adjudged player of the series.Sri Lanka lost their first three wickets for 21 runs on the fourth evening, leaving Mathews and Kaushal Silva to rebuild the innings.Meanwhile, the International Cricket Council charged India bowler Sharma and Sri Lanka’s Dhammika Prasad, Dinesh Chandimal and Thirimanne with breaching the code of conduct for their angry confrontations on Monday.The players were involved in a series of arguments during India’s second innings after Prasad directed several bouncers at tail-end batsman Sharma.The details of the charges are expected to be announced later today.
West Brom manager Alan Irvine has dispelled fears of a fresh injury set-back for summer signing Joleon Lescott, after the defender limped off during a pre-season friendly.The England international joined the Baggies on a free transfer following the end of his contract at Manchester City, but he has been sidelined with a calf injury in the build-up to the new Premier League season.Lescott made his comeback in a trip to Nottingham Forest on Saturday, but lasted just 35 minutes before being substituted with a suspected knee problem, with the Baggies eventually losing 1-0 at the City Ground.But Irvine insists the defender feels fine despite his early bath.“I’ve just spoken to Joleon Lescott and he feels ok,” the Baggies boss said.“He felt something on the outside of his knee, something he felt during the warm-up, and he just felt it go in the game.“He said it’s settled down now, but we were a little bit worried about it at the time, so hopefully that’s nothing too bad.“But we’re so thin on the ground so we took him off. We’re just trying to look after people, we can’t afford an injury at this time.”
Look to the birds of the air, and they will teach you aeronautics. That’s what designers of the Robo-Swift did. PhysOrg reported about a new plane that imitates a swift thing on the wing:RoboSwift is a micro airplane fitted with shape shifting wings, inspired by the common swift, one of nature’s most efficient flyers. The micro airplane will have unprecedented wing characteristics; the wing geometry as well as the wing surface area can be adjusted continuously. This makes RoboSwift more maneuverable and efficient. Resembling the common swift, RoboSwift will be able to go undetected while using its three micro cameras to perform surveillance on vehicles and people on the ground.The article says that RoboSwift, designed by Dutch engineers, will also be able to fly along with swifts and study them up close. One can only imagine what would be going through a swift’s bird brain upon seeing such a thing. (See also the 04/29/2007 story on swifts.) Scientists continue to learn more about bird flight. Birds seem to break the rules of aerodynamics, reported MSNBC News. But that can only mean that we don’t understand the rules very well yet. Bird maneuverability vastly exceeds man’s aircraft. PhysOrg explained that a new study of 138 bird species overturns “aerodynamic scaling rules that explain how flight varies according to weight and wing loading.” Their analysis reveals that the difference between the speed of small and large birds is not as great as expected; they suggest that this surprising result is likely to be the result of disadvantages associated with very slow speeds among smaller birds and with very fast speeds for larger birds. They also show that the evolutionary history of the species helps explain much of the variation in flight speed: species of the same group tend to fly at similar characteristic speeds. For example, birds of prey and herons had slow flight speeds, on average, given their mass and wing loading, whereas the average speed for songbirds and shorebirds was faster than would be predicted.Yet it would seem hard to claim knowledge of evolutionary history in the past when the article goes on to say that “there exists a diversity of cruising flight characteristics among birds that remain to be explored and understood” in the present, right under our noses. David Tyler, writing for Access Research Network, has explored which paradigm – design or evolution – is more suited to the explosive rise in biomimetic engineering.Scientists should be swift to learn, slow to mythologize. Evolutionists could not begin to explain how a lumbering dinosaur got the right combination of mutations to turn into a flying swift with aerodynamic engineering that is the envy of our smartest inventors. Evolutionary claims are vacuous and useless. Give us RoboSwifts and other useful inventions inspired by nature – as long as the government doesn’t use them to spy on honest citizens. A reader wrote in about witnessing birds in flight:About two years ago I was privileged to watch two (presumably male) nighthawks performing in front of a third (presumably female) nighthawk that was sitting on a rock and incidentally performing for me, sitting on a tractor a few yards from the one on the rock. One appeared to be chasing the other as they flew up the road, came back down through the orchard, dodging limbs in the tops of the cherry trees. The tail of the first and the beak of the second were separated by about a foot, no more than 18 inches. They flew at pursuit speed, much faster that when they are feeding hundreds of feet above the ground. They matched wing strokes as they flew around and over limbs, trees, sagebrush and rock, usually no more than two or three feet from the obstacles. Now and then the leader would perform some type of pull-up maneuver and the follower would become the leader. I think this is what happened, but it was too swift for me to be sure. In a word, it was awesome.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
13 May 2003The Reserve Bank is happy about the “positive” report from an independent review on corporate governance of the five largest banking groups in the country – Absa, FirstRand Bank Holdings, Investec, Nedcor and Standard Bank.Reserve Bank Deputy Governor Gill Marcus said the review, released in Pretoria on Tuesday, found that the corporate governance of the banking groups was “sound and that no serious breaches existed”.“It’s a very positive report. It points out that our banking groups’ boards are healthy and have a level of independence required to fulfill their roles,” Marcus said.The review was conducted by JK Myburgh and commissioned by the Registrar of Banks, Christo Wiese, last year. The review’s terms of reference were to broadly evaluate the standard of corporate governance applied by the banks, with the premise that corporate governance is an essential element of a healthy risk-management process crucial to the banking business.In this regard, the review found the banks to be committed to adhering to and applying high standards of corporate governance.“Acting on the advice of specialists on corporate governance, the banks on their own initiative from time to time review their corporate governance to ensure compliance with accepted governance principles,” the report said.However, vigilance was still required to ensure continued compliance with standards of governance, which were constantly evolving in South Africa and internationally, Myburgh said.Wiese said it was encouraging to note that risk-management processes in the relevant banks had become more quantitative, which reflected not only enhanced ability to process data, but also the application of improved techniques for the measurement and management of risk.Myburgh’s report recommended, however, that banks should reduce the number of board members, as “smaller boards are more cohesive and work more effectively than large boards”.He recommended that boards should consist of no more than 16 members instead of the current norm of 24 or 25 members.Source: BuaNews
25 November 2015From 27 November to 2 December people would not be able to submit identity document (ID) and passport applications, the Department of Home Affairs announced, as it would be installing upgrades to improve its services.The upgrades, on the Live Capture system, will take place at all 140 Home Affairs offices in South Africa. Upgrading the Live Capture system facilities should be seen in the context of the department’s drive to improve processes for Smart ID card and passport applications, it said.His department had already issued public notices to announce a system upgrade and the affected sites, Home Affairs director-general Mkhuseli Apleni told journalists in Pretoria on 20 November.“During the upgrade, the affected offices will not be able to receive applications using the Live Capture system. For our staff, especially supervisors, this means working overtime on Sunday, 29 November, for a successful upgrade and a speedy recovery to normal services as planned.”Full Home Affairs services will resume on 3 December.Apleni also called on all those who had already applied for their Smart ID cards and passports to collect them. Up to 95 825 Smart ID cards, 75 517 green bar-coded ID books and 51 946 passports have not been collected by the applicants.Source: South African Government News Agency
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Fourth General Session featured presentations Ohio’s representative on the National FFA Officer Team Sydney Snider, creed speaking contest winner Austin Becker from Fairbanks, and prepared speaking winner Josie Montoney from Amanda Clearcreek. CDE winners, top Ohio officers and agriscience fair recognition and state officer parents were recognized. Josie Montoney, Amanda-Clearcreek,won the prepared speaking contest. Sydney Snider Austin Becker, Fairbanks, was the Creed Contest winner
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest 180306_RyanMartinWet snow showers are moving across the state for the first part of today, but we should see some improvement by this afternoon. Clouds will dominate the region today, and cold air is not going anywhere, so we won’t rule out some wet snowflakes here and there this afternoon, although the most organized action is going to be off to the east.Cold air will be the main feature of the rest of the week. That cold air mixes with a little bit of moisture coming in from the NW tomorrow, and will trigger some light snow and flurry action statewide. We look for 70% coverage, and there is the potential for a coating to an inch or two of general accumulation, while north central and northeast parts of Ohio can see 2-5 inches due to lake effect and enhancement. The snows for midweek look better here than to our west, and that is a testament to the cold air that sits over the top of us. Wednesday will likely be a day with some travel and weather challenges. Temps will struggle to break the lower 30s tomorrow, Thursday and Friday over nearly all of the state. Only far south central Ohio has a chance to run toward 40. Thursday we should see sunshine reappear over western Ohio areas, but we stay chilly right on through Friday.Our next system is still on track for the start of the weekend. However, it is coming a little faster, and we see precipitation breaking out early Saturday morning over the southwest areas of the state. The heaviest rains will be in far south central Ohio, near the river, where we can see up to a quarter of an inch. The rest of areas that see scattered showers will be more like a few hundredths to a tenth or to. The closer you get to I-70, the lesser chance of rain we have Saturday, and north of I-70, we should stay dry. Another surge of rain brings up to half an inch of moisture to southeast Ohio Sunday, but the rest of the state just features a mix of clouds and sun.Dry weather remains in our forecast for next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Next thus day we start to see some light precipitation come in from the west, the likely leading edge of our system for the 16th. Moisture totals do not look all that impressive yet, but we expect the system to strengthen. For the rest of the extended period, moderating temps are expected with normal and above normal temperatures in for most of the second half of the month. We continue to watch a system for the 20th and 21st, where we can see some rains of half to 1 inch at least. Strong southwest flow in the extended 11-16 day forecast window will lead to a slightly higher chance of stormy weather.
Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in An 6-kW photovoltaic (PV) system can be installed for about $18,000 in many U.S. locations. With a 30% federal tax credit, the system costs the homeowner only $12,600 — or even less if utility or state rebates are available.This 6-kW system will produce about 8,000 kWh per year in Boston (worth about $1,600) or 10,300 kWh per year in Phoenix (worth about $1,230). That’s a lot of electricity.If you want to save between $1,200 and $1,600 per year on your heating or air conditioning bill, and you are willing to invest up to $12,600 to make it happen, you’ll probably find that adding insulation or new windows won’t get you to your goal. However, adding a PV system will.Back in late 2006, when a Habitat for Humanity house in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, became the first house in the U.S. to achieve 12 months of net-zero-energy use, the net-zero goal was challenging. Eleven years later, the net-zero-energy goal is routinely achieved by builders all over North America. That’s because designing and building a net-zero energy house is becoming easier and easier. Less expensive PV means a less expensive thermal envelope The usual way to design a net-zero-energy house is to stop improving the thermal envelope of the house when the envelope improvements cost more per unit of energy saved than an investment in a bigger PV system.In 2007, installing 1 kW of PV cost about $8,500. These days, the same PV system costs only $3,000 or $3,500. As the price of PV drops, investments in envelope improvements make less and less sense. Why upgrade to triple-glazed windows when the windows won’t save as much energy as an equivalent investment in PV?With less expensive PV, today’s optimized net-zero-energy home will have a thermal envelope that performs worse and costs less to build… 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. This article is only available to GBA Prime Members
Federal rules for setting energy efficiency standards will be revised under a plan announced by the Department of Energy, prompting complaints that the changes would make it harder to update standards in the future and ultimately cost consumers more money. The proposed rules, which were published in the Federal Register last week, are intended to make the process consistent with the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975, according to a post at Utility Dive. But advocates for efficiency standards for products such as appliances and light bulbs said the changes were unnecessary and unhelpful.RELATED ARTICLESEfficiency Is Still the Best Energy DealEnergy EfficiencyNo Reason to Delay Efficiency StandardsThe Fine Print on Energy EfficiencyU.S. Lags in Energy Efficiency Changing the definition of “significant energy savings” Lauren Urbanek, a senior energy policy advocate with the Natural Resources Defense Council, said in a post at the NRDC website that the department wants to change how a “significant” energy savings is defined. The new test, which updated standards would have to meet before they could be implemented, would require savings equal 0.5 quads or a 10% improvement in efficiency over 30 years (0.5 quads amounts to 2.5% of total annual household energy use in the U.S.). The new threshold, Urbanek wrote, will make it harder to update existing efficiency standards and mean fewer savings for consumers. Other changes would make the process of setting new efficiency standards slower and more complicated, she added. Efficiency standards now cover 60 categories of appliances and equipment that have collectively saved consumers $2 trillion, Urbanek said. Improvements to standards that are due to be reviewed in the next few years could increase savings by another $43 billion by 2035. “But these savings are in peril, both from DOE inaction and from changes to the Process Rule that will make it significantly more difficult to set and update meaningful, impactful standards,” she said. Andrew deLaski, the executive director of the Appliance Standards Awareness Project, told Utility Dive that the new rules would make it difficult for rule writers to use anything other than industry test procedures, giving manufacturers “carte blanche to write the rules for how efficiency is measured.” At least one industry group is behind the changes. The North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers, a trade group representing more than 550 companies, said the proposed changes represented “substantial improvements” to the rule making process. The department has scheduled a public meeting March 21 and will accept comments until April 15.
Indian shooters’ gold drought continued and the trio of Ronjan Sodhi, Asher Noria and Vikram Bhatnagar settled for bronze in the men’s double trap event in the Asian Games in Guangzhou on Sunday.Sodhi, Noria and Bhatnagar combined for a score of 403 after shooting 139, 134, 130 respectively.The Chinese team of Qiang Pan, Junjie Mo and Binyuan Hu China clinched the gold with a score of 414 (143+136+135).Kuwait — comprising M Fehaid Aldeehani, M Hamad Alafasi and A Meshfi Almutairi — grabbed the silver with a total of 407 (137+136+134).With today’s bronze, Indian shooters have so far bagged six medals in the event.- With PTI inputs