O’Donnell goes off injured in Munster defeat

first_imgHowever, the returning Dave Foley from Clonmel lasted the distance.Munster’s next Champions Cup pool match is against Stade in Thomond Park next Saturday. The province were beaten 27-7 by a superior Stade Francais side in a rearranged Pool 4 clash in Paris.Indeed, it took Munster until the 74th minute to register their first score – a try by Conor Murray, which was converted by Rory Scannell.The prospects of Anthony Foley’s side getting what they needed from the game were severly hampered by a series of injuries in the first 22 minutes – Tipperary’s Tommy O’Donnell, Andrew Conway and BJ Botha all had to leave the field of play.last_img read more

England players set for Aussie adventure

first_img6 Dec 2019 England players set for Aussie adventure Seven members of the England Golf performance squads are travelling to Australia to kick off the new year.Five of the men’s squad and two from the women’s team are heading down under for four top-class tournaments in January.Northamptonshire’s Ben Jones and Callum Farr (pictured above), Yorkshire’s Ben Schmidt, Tom Plumb from Somerset and Matty Lamb of Northumberland will spearhead the men’s challenge.Cornwall’s Emily Toy – the reigning Women’s Amateur champion – and Yorkshire’s Charlotte Heath will lead the way for the women.A month of competition starts with the Master of the Amateur tournament at the Victoria Golf Club near Melbourne between January 7-10.The England players will then travel on for the Australian Amateur at Royal Queensland between January 14-19 with the New South Wales Amateur to follow immediately at St Michael’s Golf Club and the Coast Golf Club in Little Bay.The month ends with the Avondale Amateur at Avondale Golf Club between January 28-31. Tags: Cornwall, England Men’s Team, england women, Northamptonshire, Northumberland, Somerset, Yorkshirelast_img read more

Alas leaves Game 5 with knee injury

first_imgTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown MOST READ LATEST STORIES Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Taking the necessary precautions, coach Yeng Guiao will no longer field Alas for the second half, resting the 26-year-old before he undergoes a checkup with Dr. Raul Canlas on Monday morning.Alas is averaging 9.8 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 4.0 assists in the series.Magnolia holds a slim 37-36 lead against NLEX at the half as of posting time.ADVERTISEMENT [email protected] shares that he felt his right knee “lock” and “buckled” as he made his move early in Game 5. #PBA2018 pic.twitter.com/dOTqC98Qow— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) March 18, 2018 Alas was immediately taken back to the Road Warriors’ dugout as the team’s physical therapists iced his injured knee.“I felt my right knee lock with the floor and it buckled,” he told INQUIRER.net in a short chat during the halftime break.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkcenter_img La Salle holds off FEU, stays on top Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO — NLEX guard Kevin Alas injured his right knee early in Game 5 of the 2018 Philippine Cup semifinals against Magnolia on Sunday at Ynares Center here.The shifty guard drove against Paul Lee and Mark Barroca when he sustained the injury and immediately writhed in pain on the floor 40 seconds into the all-important tussle.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinalast_img read more

Warriors consolation prize: A D’Angelo Russell, Steph Curry backcourt to open Chase Center

first_imgInstead of allowing Kevin Durant to bolt to the Brooklyn Nets for nothing, the Warriors executed a sign-and-trade that will land them D’Angelo Russell, Treveon Graham and Shabazz Napier in return.The main headliner, though, is Russell, who will be with the Warriors on a four-year, $117 million deal. He developed with Brooklyn the past two seasons and eventually became an All-Star point guard after spending his first … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile devicelast_img read more

Go to the Roach, Thou Robotics Designer

first_imgMost of us can’t step on them fast enough, but of cockroaches, engineers at Johns Hopkins say “the pesky critters are excellent role models” – for robotics.  Classroom exercises include building obstacle courses for cockroaches and observing how they use their antennae to navigate, even in the dark.  Said one student, experienced in trying to build robots that can navigate based on perception, “Every time I looked at the images of the runs, I was in awe of the cockroaches’ agility and speed.”    The story by Stefan Lovgren in National Geographic News says engineers want to learn how the insects achieve rapid locomotion control.  Cockroaches can sweep their antenna up and down and side to side when standing still to survey their surroundings, but hold them steady when running.  Like radar, the antenna give them a continuous status report on their surroundings.    Some day, artificial cockroachbots may be able to crawl inside collapsed buildings looking for trapped people, or explore battlefields for missing soldiers.  Actual robotics applications mimicking the antennae are “extraordinarily limited” to date, the article says: “But scientists are increasingly looking at some of nature’s solutions to help them overcome several of the problems that hamper progress using traditional engineering methods” (emphasis added).    By the way, a team at Northwestern is using a different biological model system for study: rat’s whiskers.“The vermin have become our role models” sounds like something a cynical talk show host might say.  But in the context of this story, it’s an interesting insight into design right under our feet.  Who would have thought that lowly and despised critters scurrying about in our yards (and, to our disgust sometimes, our homes) are providing scientists with a sense of awe over their engineered capabilities?    We humans are justly proud of our Mars rovers that struggle about at two inches per second and manage to avoid obstacles, but just imagine: if we could mount cameras and radio transmitters on cockroaches and release a batch out there, you can bet every nook and cranny on the whole planet would be explored in short order.    Scientists are justified to envy “nature’s solutions” and try to imitate them (although “nature” is not a person).  How scientists can stand in awe of the robotics capabilities of a cockroach or rat, and then turn around and say these technologies came about by the accumulation of accidents, is illogical in the extreme.  Let’s learn the true lesson of biomimetics: the world has a Designer with vastly superior engineering skills than ours.  Logic would continue that if He knows this much about rapid locomotion control, He must also have a lot of other things to teach us.(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

A dash towards literacy

first_imgBook Dash brings together volunteer creative professionals to create new, African storybooks for people to freely translate and distribute to budding young minds. (Image: Book Dash, via Facebook)A good book can broaden minds. For young children the benefits are even greater. Reading feeds their imagination and so improves their ability to learn, helping them grasp language faster.The problem is that suitable reading material of a high quality isn’t always easily available for some children. The Book Dash movement is trying to remedy this lack in children’s lives.Book Dash brings together volunteer professional writers and designers to develop open-licence books for young South Africans. Open licence means these books are free, and easily accessible.“Book Dash is a project to put more books in the world,” explains Arthur Attwell, founder of the organisation. “If we want to make them properly accessible we need to be able to print them cheaply and share them widely and translate them easily, and so we’ve got a whole lot of volunteers making books.”Book Dash: creating open-licensed children’s booksThe writers and designers come together for a day to create interesting and relevant stories for young people. These are then be printed with the help of donors and sponsors who see the value in getting more of the country’s youth reading.Attwell says the organisation’s ambitious vision is to ensure that every child in South Africa owns at least 100 books by the age of five. “If we’re going to do that we have to make a lot of books that we can very easily print and give away.“If we can get more children reading from a young age we’ll grow bigger publishing industries, we’ll have smarter leaders, more entrepreneurial business people, and in general we’ll be a better society for it.”Book Dash: Getting books to kidsGET INVOLVEDIf you want to help Book Dash get their books printed and delivered into the hands of youth hungry for an engaging story you can visit the organisation’s website for more information.You can also get involved with Book Dash by becoming a volunteer working with facilitators to help create magical stories.To join them on a Book Dash Day, email the organisation at [email protected] Rijsdijk, one of the writers involved in the early stages of the process says she really believes in Attwell’s vision of creating a large number of books that children can easily access.“I love the idea of flooding this country with children’s books to start creating a reading culture.”PLAY YOUR PARTPlay Your Part urges you to share your story. If you or anyone you know has gone out of their way to brighten up the day for someone else, we want to know.If you have a story to tell, be it your own or that of an organisation or initiative dear to you, submit your story or video to our website and tell us how South Africa is playing a part to build a better life for all.last_img read more

Protect Yourself from Negative Infections!

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now First, a disclaimer. I am not political, nor is the point I want to make here.A company called Cambridge Analytica, a firm that “harvested private information from the Facebook profiles of 50 million users without their permission . . . developing techniques that underpinned its work on President Trump’s campaign in 2016.” The psychographic information obtained, in what may have been the largest data breach to date, was used to design political messages to speak to segments of the population directly based on their self-disclosed, private information.Most everything you believe is an infection, as ideas are very similar to viruses, traveling from one mind to the next. What you believe is a complicated mix of the values and beliefs your parents imprinted on you, what society imposed on you through school and culture, what you learned from others at work and in the community settings, what you picked from your friends and acquaintances, and some part of what you chose to explore for yourself.Perhaps one of the greatest carriers of ideas and beliefs that have infected you is the media. (Read Douglas Rushkoff’s Coercion). For as long as advertising has been around, much has been done to figure out how to manipulate human behavior. Now, because there is so much self-disclosed information and a medium for communication that by all appearances seems to be more addictive than even television, you are at greater risk of picking up negative beliefs and, apparently, are subject to greater manipulation (something I believed to be true before reading the link above).In 2009, I went on a Negativity Fast, eliminating all forms of negativity from my life for 30 days. I ended up going 90 days without watching news, listening to the news, or taking in anything negative. Instead, I listened to Zig Ziglar, Brian Tracy, Stephen Covey, Les Brown, Anthony Robbins, and Don Miguel Ruiz (as read by Peter Coyote). I did this in hope of inoculating myself against negativity and infecting myself with beliefs that would better serve me. It worked even better than I hoped, and it transformed my life in the most positive of ways.When you look at the beliefs being presented to you on social sites (and in all other forms of media), ask yourself “cui bono,” or in English, “who benefits?” The best advice here is the advice given to a boxer by the referee at the beginning of a fight: “Protect yourself at all times.”Don’t allow others to infect you with beliefs that don’t serve you, that feed your fears or the fears of others. And don’t believe things that disempower you.last_img read more

A new era for PanMacedonians

first_imgA new era has been heralded for the Pan-Macedonian Association of Melbourne and Victoria, with the appointment of a new president.Representatives from across 24 Macedonian clubs gathered on Sunday to elect a new board of directors.Selected for the top job was Panagiotis Jasonides, while Sophocles Kitharidis was elected as vice president and manager of public relations, Dimitris Vrontzou for the role of secretary and Joseph Manaridis as treasurer.Mr Jasonides succeeds the association’s longest-serving president Dimitris Minas, who was at the helm of Macedonian Hellenism Down Under for more than 20 years.In his address, the former president referred to the many initiatives which were led under his guidance, including the publication of a book entitled Μακεδόνες Έλληνες της Ωκεανίας (Macedonian Hellenes in Oceania) released in March 2015. Mr Minas also stressed the need for continued cooperation with other collective bodies, making reference to the constructive cooperation between the Pan-Macedonian Association and the Australian Institute of Macedonian Studies over the past five years. While he declined to reapply for a position on the board, Mr Minas made it clear he would continue to support the association as he could. In his first public announcement as president, Mr Jasonides informed members that a new program would soon be made available.He also went to on state a number of initiatives which will be taking place under his authority, including increased participation of second and third generation members, an upgrade of IT infrastructure, and improvements to the annual Demetria festival, among others. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more