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Dempsey wanted by Sunderland as Liverpool hesitate – reports

first_imgSunderland manager Martin O’Neill is keen to capture Clint Dempsey if Liverpool continue to hesitate over signing him, the Daily Mirror say.Fulham star Dempsey wants to move to Anfield, but Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is yet to follow up his apparent interest with a firm bid.It is claimed that O’Neill will try to persuade the American to move to the Stadium of Light and hopes to speak to him this week.The Daily Mail also suggest Sunderland want Dempsey – and say Fulham are considering signing former Arsenal striker Eduardo from Shakhtar Donetsk as well as Brescia’s Omar El Kaddouri.According to the Mail, QPR are interested in Tottenham defender Michael Dawson and expect Joey Barton to join Marseille on loan later this week.This page is regularly updated.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Do Honeycombs Just Happen, or Do Bees Design Them?

first_imgThe idea that honeycombs in beehives self-assemble is as old as Darwin.  A new study claims to reinforce the idea, yet honeybees are not just bystanders in the process.Honeycombs have long been admired as examples of functional design in nature.  The hexagonal packing is the most efficient method of maximizing storage area while minimizing building materials.  Is this an example of design in nature, or natural laws at work?  Maybe that’s a false dichotomy.Nature News announced the self-assembly theme in an article entitled, “How honeycombs can build themselves.”  Writer Philip Ball recounts how Darwin thought of self-assembly: “The idea that the bees might first make circular cells, which become hexagonal subsequently, was proposed by Charles Darwin,” he writes, “But he was unable to find convincing evidence of it.”  That evidence has supposedly been forthcoming in a new study by an engineer in the UK:Engineer Bhushan Karihaloo at the University of Cardiff, UK, and his co-workers say that bees simply make cells that are circular in cross section and are packed together like a layer of bubbles. According to their research, which appears in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface, the wax, softened by the heat of the bees’ bodies, then gets pulled into hexagonal cells by surface tension at the junctions where three walls meet.This finding feeds into a long-standing debate about whether the honeycomb is an example of exquisite biological engineering or blind physics.Further reading, however, shows that the bees are not mere bystanders, even if they employ the natural laws of “blind physics” —It might seem like there is not much left for the bees to do once they’ve made the circular cells. But they do seem to be expert builders. They can, for example, use their head as a plumb-line to measure the vertical, tilt the axis of the cells very slightly up from the horizontal to prevent the honey from flowing out, and measure cell wall thicknesses with extreme precision. Might they not, then, continue to play an active part in shaping the circular cells into hexagons, rather than letting surface tension do the job?Good question.  Another physicist noted that if bees’ body heat were so important to the process, the whole hive would melt down.Live Science stated that the honeycomb, “once thought to be an incredible feat of math-savvy insects” has been “explained by simple mechanics.”  Later in that article, though, is the suggestion that bees focus their body heat to shape the hexagonal cells after first carving them out as cylinders.  Another biologist spoke of the “the mechanisms that honeybees manage to build very precise cells,” suggesting there is more going on than “simple mechanics.”  That biologist also hinted that humans could learn something from the bees’ techniques.If honeycombs were the product of blind physics alone, why are they so precise in beehives?  Columnar basalt is an example of natural law at work without design.  When some lava flows cool, they crack into polygonal shapes, usually hexagons—but not always.  Displays like Devil’s Postpile in California, spectacular as they are, show the limits of natural law; irregular polygons, falling into piles at the base.  Nothing forces them to assemble at precise angles or thicknesses for any conceivable function.  Similarly, bubbles on the surface of water can sometimes assume hexagonal borders due to surface tension, but are rarely free of defects.  Honeycomb hexagons, by contrast, are very orderly and regular, maximizing space and minimizing wax, for a specified purpose: creating space for honey storage and the raising of young.Another example can be found with arches.  Natural arches can be very large and spectacular, but we can tell intuitively whether an arch is natural or designed.  The Arc de Triomphe in Paris, the arches in a basement supporting a building, or the arches in a Roman aqueduct spanning a canyon for miles, would never result from natural law.  Why do they differ from Delicate Arch in Utah?  Delicate Arch doesn’t do anything.  It has no specification, no purpose.  There, a sandstone fin eroded, weakest part first, till the most stable structure – an arch – formed and enlarged till it stands near to collapse, joining other arches in the park where gravity took over.  No mind was involved.  The man-made arches, though, required a mind. They function for artistry (commemorating a military victory), for architecture, or for carrying water.  Because they function, the design specs for them are more critical and precise.  Some Roman aqueducts, still standing today, maintained a very, very slight declination to keep the water flowing for over 30 miles, despite hills and canyons along the route.Just because bees know how to use surface tension does not mean they are bystanders in a blind process of physics.  On the contrary, knowing how to use natural law efficiently is evidence of intelligent design.  If a bee can start with a round hole and use surface tension to help mold it into a hexagon, the bee is working smart, just as much as an engineer using gravity to advantage.  The bee doesn’t just let nature do it.  The bee supervises the result, ensuring that the resulting honeycomb meets the requirements for precise wall thicknesses and inclinations of the cells.The intelligent design in the case of honeycomb construction resides not in the brains of the bees themselves, but in the instinctive abilities programmed into them.  They carry out the programmed instincts like miniature robots.  That presupposes a robot-maker.  Who was it?  That’s an interesting question, but it’s beyond the scope of intelligent design theory.  Just as one can tell an aqueduct was designed without knowing the designer, one can infer intelligent design in honeycombs from the specified complexity observed, whether or not certain natural laws come into play during its construction.  The observation of design does not require knowing the identify of the designer, but makes belief in a personal, purposeful God, such as the God of the Bible, the most reasonable step of faith in the direction the evidence points. 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Ways of giving on the agenda

first_imgThere are different ways of giving in community philanthropy, was one of the discussions held at the Global Summit on Community Philanthropy in Johannesburg.Delegates from across the world attended the Global Summit on Community Philanthropy, held in Johannesburg on 1 and 2 December 2016. Discussions included ways to mobilise people and to get donors to participate in grantmaking. There was also speed networking. (Image: Melissa Javan)Melissa JavanFinancial capital was not the only means of philanthropy, former US ambassador to South Africa James Joseph said at the opening of the Global Summit on Community Philanthropy, where he was the main speaker.More than 350 delegates from across the world attended the two-day summit, which was held at the Turbine Hall in Johannesburg. Of them, 11% lived in Johannesburg, 48% travelled more than 16 hours to be at the event, and 20% travelled between eight to 16 hours.The summit, which took place on 1 and 2 December 2016, was the first of its kind. Its aim was for delegates to discuss how local giving could shift power to communities and local institutions. The summit was organised by the Global Fund for Community Foundations.The theme was #ShiftThePower.Gerry Salole (far right), chair of the Global Fund for Community Foundations, moderates the discussion on “#ShiftThePower, and what needs to change?” at the Global Summit on Community Philanthropy, held in Johannesburg on 1 and 2 December 2016. The panellists are James Joseph (far left), former US ambassador to South Africa; Hilary Pennington of the Ford Foundation; and Sibongile Mkhabela, Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund CEO. (Images: Melissa Javan)Different ways of givingJames was also a panellist. He spoke about the different ways of giving to communities as a philanthropist. “You can provide intellectual capital. Giving people the information they need – that is a powerful thing.“Let’s not only depend on financial capital,” he said. “Think of how you can influence those networks.”James challenged philanthropic leaders to take risks, to not be afraid to stand for something. “Act wisely and boldly, without fear. Managers impose order, leaders take risks.“Think big, respond boldly to great issues facing our communities.”While charity was good, he said, justice was better. “When you provide help, you provide hope.”To make more of a community, James added, use your social capital. “Respect for the different is the first thing to find common ground. Fear of the different is fear of the future.”Keep up with your visionSibongile Mkhabela, CEO of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, advised communities to defend their right to be themselves. “Keep up with your own vision, your own truth. Don’t let anyone define you.”She also pointed out that many people who worked on the ground were expected to get little or no payment for what they did. It was unfair that those who managed the grant funding, on the other hand, earned a lot of money and discussed issues at hotels.Hilary Pennington, the vice-president of education, creativity, and free expression at the Ford Foundation, said initiatives created by young people, such as #BlackLivesMatter, showed the compassion and community of this generation.The American foundation is a global philanthropic organisation.“We must interpret the environment,” said Pennington, adding that networks were important.Grantmakers had a lot in common, Pennington said: “We have to show how our collective work is making people’s lives better.“We have to be smart, strategic and stay connected.”The participantsGail Jacobs of the West Coast Community Foundation and Mamo Mohapi of the CS Mott Foundation are two South African delegates at the Global Summit on Community Philanthropy, held in Johannesburg on 1 and 2 December 2016.People such Gail Jacobs of the West Coast Community Foundation in South Africa and Antonia Autuori of the organisation Fondazoine della Comunita Salernitana in Italy shared similarities in projects to which they gave grant funding.For example, each one of their projects concerned helping people with physical disabilities.Jacobs’ foundation supported a youth group in Eendekuil on the West Coast. The group, comprising more than 10 people, raised funds to help the needs of their community. “The youth identified three physically disabled individuals in their community. They communicated with these people, as well as their community and decided that they would build appropriate ramps outside their houses.“This is to give the people with physical disabilities easier access and mobility.”The youth were busy building the ramps during the week of the summit. “It took them two years to raise funds for this project,” said Jacobs. “They sold goodies for example at rugby matches.”Antonia Autuori from Italy says she is keen to hear how others run their community philanthropy projects, at the Global Summit on Community Philanthropy, held in Johannesburg on 1 and 2 December 2016.Autuori said that they had identified 18 people with disabilities in Salerno, in southern Italy. “We funded this project to renovate a building for the 18 people. On 10 December we plan to open the building for them to live there.”Her organisation also planned to hold workshops for these beneficiaries. “They will make small, hand-crafted things and do things such as grow olives.”Delegates also split into in smaller groups to discuss various topics, such as “Resources: are we addicted to scale?” and “Participation and mobilising people: models of participating grantmaking”.More about the conferenceJenny Hodgson, the executive director of the Global Fund for Community Foundations, said the summit brought together hundreds of people from 60 countries. “Community philanthropy taps into the drive of local people to help each other, a naturally occurring asset found in societies and cultures.“In some countries, the wealthy individuals are establishing their own foundations and, in others, a growing middle class has its own disposable income, and an increasing appetite for giving to social causes.”She added that community philanthropy organisations – such as community foundations, women’s funds, environmental funds, social justice funds – raised and gave local money and other assets. “In doing so, they involve local people in development processes and decisions in new ways, making them ‘co-investors’ rather than passive ‘beneficiaries.’”Why do we call people beneficiaries. If we are serious about #ShiftThePower then all are donors. It isn’t just about money. All contribute.— Marcia Anne Dwonczyk (@creativma) December 1, 2016Hodgson said that over the past 10 years the Global Fund had aimed to grow a network of people who wanted to give. “The characteristics (of the givers) we’ve seen all over the world are assets, capacities and trust. These three things connect them.”Because this was an empathetic sector, relationships were important, she said. “It’s not enough to be a grantmaker. The quality in the way we do our work is critical. Institutions matter.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

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Cooper Farms supports local Boy Scout camp

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Cooper Family Foundation provided a contribution to Camp Lakota, a Boy Scout camp in Defiance that serves Northwest and West Central Ohio. The $750,000 donation will go toward funding for a new hall at the camp.The relationship between the Boy Scouts of America and Cooper Farms is a long-standing one. The Cooper family has eight current Eagle Scouts and three more in the process of earning the honor.“We believe in scouting and we believe in tradition,” said Greg Cooper. “We have three generations of Eagle Scouts in our family. We’re proud to be able to provide this donation to such a great organization.”The tradition of the Coopers supporting the scouts started with Virgil Cooper and hasn’t ended.“My dad was very involved and very supportive of the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts,” said Dianne Cooper. “We just want to keep that legacy going.”This donation forever etches the Cooper family into the camp’s history as the new building will be donning the name “Cooper Lodge.”Camp Lakota has been serving the youth of Nortwest and West Central Ohio since 1941. The camp covers 640 acres, including the 48-acre Lake Glengary, and is bordered on the west side by the Auglaize River. The camp houses 18 conservation-type campsites.last_img read more

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Bajrang confident rowing will get its due now

first_imgBajrang Lal Takhar is happy that his gold medal at the Guangzhou Asian Games has brought the neglected sport of rowing into the limelight.The armyman had won a silver at the Doha Asian Games as well but Takhar was never mentioned as one of the gold medal prospects as the Indian contingent left for China.”Rowing was not considered a major sport in India before the Asian Games.But now, it can no longer be ignored,” Takhar said on the sidelines of a felicitation ceremony. Apart from his gold medal in the single sculls event, India also came back with three silver and a bronze from the rowing competition.Men’s four, lightweight men’s four and men’s eight added silver medals to India’s kitty while the women’s pair event was the one which brought a bronze medal.What made the unexpected medal haul all the more creditable was that it was achieved with eight-year-old boats that put the Indians at a disadvantage even before the competition started. The new boats that had been ordered were stuck with customs but Takhar said the problem has been resolved now.”We have got the new boats and that will help us to improve our performances further.” Takhar pointed out that there was still a significant gap between his timing and that of the top rowers at the international level. That needs to be bridged if India hopes for top honours at the 2012 London Olympics.”There is still a gap of eight seconds between my timing in Guangzhou and the gold medalwinning time at the Beijing Olympics.advertisement”Two or three seconds can be made up with the arrival of modern boats. There is still one-and-a-half years left for the London Olympics and we can work towards bridging the remaining five seconds,” he said.The European countries are the ones dominant in the sport, especially Norway these days.” After his achievement in Guangzhou, the Rowing Federation of India has given Takhar a free hand in devising his own schedule in the lead-up to the 2012 mega event. “The federation has left it for me to decide. The training regimen is yet to be finalised. I am resting right now after the strenuous training schedule for the Asian Games.”We may continue training in Hyderabad as we did before the Asiad. If we need some foreign exposure, it will most likely be in Germany. Next year will have the world championship qualifiers and I will also have to prepare for those as Olympic berths will be available there. The venue and dates are still undecided.”last_img read more

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Ind vs SL: Sri Lanka set 287-run target for India in 3rd ODI

first_imgKumar Sangakkara (73) Angelo Mathews (71) helped Sri Lanka post an impressive 287-run target for India in the third ODI of the five-match series in Colombo.Scorecard: Mathews stitched an unbeaten 104 runs partnership with Jeevan Mendis to take Sri Lanka to 286/5 in 50 overs. Mendis remained unbeaten on 45 off 40 balls, hammering three fours and a six.Sri Lanka suffered a big blow when Indian pacer Ashok Dinda dismissed Kumar Sangakkara. Sangakkara scored a 73rd ODI fifty to lift the Sri Lankan innings after the early collapse. The former skipper smashed five boundaries in his 95 balls stay at the crease.Rahul Sharma broke the century stand between Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene to give India a crucial breakthrough.After losing three quick wickets, Sangakkara and Jayawardene added 121 runs partnership to revive Sri Lanka. Sharma removed the Sri Lankan skipper to end the partnership.Zaheer Khan struck in his successive overs to remove Tillakaratne Dilshan and Upul Tharanga to give Sri Lanka early blows.In the next over, Irfan Pathan dismissed Dinesh Chandimal to leave the hosts tottering at 20/3 in 5.3 overs.Earlier, Sri Lanka skipper Mahela Jayawardene has won the toss and elected to bat against India on Saturday.India have made two changes, bringing in leg-spinner Rahul Sharma, who had recently tested positive for recreational drugs, and Ashok Dinda in place of Pragyan Ojha and Umesh Yadav.For Sri Lanka, Jeevan Mendis comes in place of Lahiru Thirimanne.The five-match ODI series is currently locked at 1-1.Teams: Sri Lanka: Tillakaratne Dilshan, Upul Tharanga, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene (captain), Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews, Jeevan Mendis, Thisara Perera, Rangana Herath, Isuru Udana, Lasith Malinga.advertisementIndia: Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (captain), Irfan Pathan, Ravichandran Ashwin, Zaheer Khan, Rahul Sharma, Ashok Dinda.last_img read more

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Dynamo Kyiv beat MSP Higher Secondary School 5-2 to win Subroto Cup final

first_imgStriker Dmytro Zayikin scored four goals to propel a consistent Dynamo Kyiv from Ukraine to the Subroto Cup title with a 5-2 win over MSP Higher Secondary School from Malappuram, Kerala, in the final on Monday.The losers punched above their weights but failed to threaten the Kiev-based Dynamo, who ended up with mind boggling 34 goals in seven matches and conceded only two, both in the final.Rostyslav Taranukha scored the fifth goal while Muhammed Sabith scored a brace for MSP, which was playing its maiden Subroto final. Going into the final at the Ambedkar Stadium, everyone was wondering how many more goals Dynamo would score in the title clash, given their prolificacy.The 3,000-odd crowd lent a festive touch to the setting and it seemed to unsettle the Dynamo players in the initial period of the match. Muhammed Safeer of MSP took a shot at the goal in the seventh minute but the ball sailed over the bar.Dynamo found their stride and drew the first blood in the 10th minute through Zayikin. MSP conceded the second goal three minutes later and Zayikin made no mistake in scoring from close range. MSP then responded strongly and breached the Dynamo defence for the first time in the tournament.Salman K’s pass split the backline and found Sabith, who slotted it past the goalkeeper. The goal seemed to have a galvanising effect on the Dynamo players and they pumped in two more goals before halftime.Zayikin completed his hat-trick in the 29th minute and Taranukha scored in the 25th minute to take the game away from MSP. In the second half,  Zayikin scored his fourth goal to dash all hopes of a ‘Liverpoolesque’ comeback.advertisementBut the Kerala boys, cheered by a vociferous crowd, battled hard. They got their reward in the 54th minute when Sabith again found the net with a clinical finish. It was only a blip for the Ukrainian side that kept the sporadic MSP attacks at bay.The spirit of MSP players was acknowledged by Dynamo coach Serhii Bezhenar, who said that it was the best opposition they had come up against in the tournament. “This team always looked keen to score and we were tested by them,” Bezhenar said.He said that his players were a bit overawed by the atmosphere and that was the reason why his players took time to settle down. “The players were initially overawed by the ambience.But this was a great learning experience for our players,” said Bezhenar, who last visited India in 1991 as part of the USSR junior team that played in the Nehru Cup.last_img read more

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David Beckham watches as Salford secures promotion at Wembley

first_imgLeBron James’ Ohio school gets $1M grant to build gymnasium Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The club is located less than 8 kilometers (5 miles) from United’s Old Trafford.The former United players are members of the so-called Class of 92, who graduated from the academy and won trophies under Alex Ferguson.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Emmanuel Dieseruvwe fired Salford in front in the 15th minute following a defensive mishap, with Carl Piergianni’s second-half header and a third by full-back Ibou Touray completing what was in the end a comfortable victory.It completed a remarkable rise for the team since the Nevilles joined up with Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and Giggs to take control of the Ammies in 2014.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsBeckham also bought into Salford in January, when he purchased a 10% stake.“It is tough, but we have done it and we are so proud and delighted,” said Gary Neville. “Five years ago we had 180 fans, now we have got a few thousand here, so it is amazing.” Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Salford City co-owners Gary Neville, second left, David Beckham, center, and Phil Neville watch the National League Play-off Soccer Final at Wembley Stadium, London, Saturday, May 11, 2019. David Beckham watched on at Wembley as Salford secured their Football League place with a 3-0 win over AFC Fylde in the Vanarama National League play-off final. The former England captain joined some of his fellow co-owners from Manchester United’s ‘Class of 92’ to cheer on Graham Alexander’s side as the club secured promotion to the Football League for the first time. (Bradley Collyer/PA via AP)LONDON — David Beckham watched his Salford team secure its Football League place with a 3-0 win over AFC Fylde at Wembley Stadium in the National League playoff final on Saturday.The former England captain joined some of his fellow co-owners from Manchester United’s “Class of 92” players — including brothers Gary and Phil Neville, and Ryan Giggs — to cheer on Graham Alexander’s side as the club secured promotion from the fifth tier to the Football League for the first time.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ LATEST STORIES Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassleslast_img read more

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CMA CGM Boosts India Middle East East Africa Links

first_imgzoom French container shipping major CMA CGM has decided to upgrade two weekly services connecting India Middle East Gulf to East Africa, starting from February 20, 2017. The services in question are Swahili Express and Noura Express which have a combined fleet of nine vessels of up to 3,500 TEU, with twelve ports of call.Commencing on February 24 with M/V Chief arriving at the Port of Nhava Sheva, the Swahili service will be operated with four ships. The company will add Mombasa direct call, complementing the existing Dar Es Salaam call.Port coverage at origin will be upgraded with two port calls in India, while Longoni and Zanzibar ports are discontinued, according to CMA CGM.The Swahili service will include the following ports: Nhava Sheva, Mundra, Jebel Ali, Khor Fakkan, Mombasa, Dar Es Salaam, Nhava Sheva.Mombasa will be reached from Mundra in twelve days and Dar Es Salaam in fourteen days, the company said.Furthermore, the Noura service will be operated with five 2,200 TEU containerships, starting with M/V Keta on February 20.The firm revealed that the service will have an improved transit time to Somalia by four days. Mogadishu port will be reached in seven days from Jebel Ali and in seventeen days from Mundra.Longoni and Zanzibar port calls transferred from Swahili will be continued on Noura, while Port Victoria call remains unchanged.Port rotation of the Noura service will be as follows: Khor Fakkan, Jebel Ali, Mogadishu, Longoni, Zanzibar, Port Victoria, Khor Fakkan.last_img read more

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