Rejuvenated Police host on-form Mbarara City in SUPL tasty fixture

first_imgPolice (in White) have not lost any of their last 5 League gamesStarTimes Uganda Premier LeaguePolice FC vs Mbarara CityStarTimes Stadium, LugogoFriday, 30-11-2018 @04:00pmLUGOGO – Police FC will be hoping to maintain their surge up the StarTimes Uganda Premier League (SUPL) table when they host Mbarara City at the StarTimes Stadium on Friday afternoon.The Cops who endured a miserable start to the league that saw them lose all of their first three games, have been in good form of late and they go into Friday’s encounter on a five game none losing streak.That decent run of form can easily be attributed to the fact that they are now scoring goals unlike in the first three games in which they managed only three goals. Currently, they average just under two goals per game.Against Mbarara, they come up against one of the leagues’ most inform teams at the moment. The Ankole Lions have won their last three league games on the trot and have a chance of going temporary top of the pile with a victory on Saturday.At the start of the day, Mbarara sit only two points behind joint leaders KCCA FC and Vipers so victory over Police means they will go one point ahead of them (KCCA and Vipers).Team News:The hosts are set to miss the services of winger Ben Ocen who reportedly sneaked out of the country for a stint in India as well as defender Tayimour Kimera.For the visitors, they have no major absentees and will rely on the services of Paul Mucurezi who scored the winner against Bul last time out, to try and see them over the line.Match Facts:This will be the third meeting between the two sides ever since Mbarara returned to the top flight last year.In the other two match-ups, Mbarara have collected four points off the Cops including a goalless draw in the reverse fixture last season.Police heads into Friday’s encounter minus defeat in their last five games (W3 D2). The last time they lost a league game was in the 3-1 loss at home to express mid last month.At home however, they have been less impressive of late, winning only one of their last five games (D2 L2). The only victory in that period was the 2-1 come-back win over Tooro United in their last fixture.For Mbarara, they go into the game having lost only two League games this season (W5 D1).However, away from home, the Ankole Lions have been in wanting form so far, winning only one of their four fixtures this season (D1 L2). The victory was in the 2-0 defeat of Paidah Black Angels in their last game on the road.The other League game on Friday:-Nyamityobora FC vs SC Villa, BetWay Mutessa II Stadium-Wankuluku @04:30pmComments Tags: Mbarara Citypolice fcStarTimes Uganda Premeir Leaguetoplast_img read more

Year-End Biomimetics Parade

first_img(Visited 46 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 What better way to end the year than a celebration of biomimetics, where fun and useful science never ends thanks to nature’s inspiring designs?We start with a new story with seasonal holiday appeal.Rudolph’s antlers inspire next generation of unbreakable materials (Science Daily). What’s the secret behind the toughness of deer antlers? They have to be light yet strong, able to endure male contests without breaking. In order to design tough materials like that, scientists at Queen Mary University had to do some basic science.The team looked at the antler structure at the ‘nano-level’, which is incredibly small, almost one thousandth of the thickness of a hair strand, and were able to identify the mechanisms at work, using state-of-the-art computer modelling and x-ray techniques.First author Paolino De Falco from QMUL’s School of Engineering and Materials Science said: “The fibrils that make up the antler are staggered rather than in line with each other. This allows them to absorb the energy from the impact of a clash during a fight.”Moth’s eye inspires critical component on SOFIA’s newest instrument (Phys.org). Who would have thought a moth’s eye could inspire a sophisticated wide-view camera on a spacecraft that can gather details with more sensitivity than ever before? Read about it here. “The idea is simple. When examined close up, a moth’s eye contains a very fine array of small tapered cylindrical protuberances. Their job is to reduce reflection, allowing these nocturnal creatures to absorb as a much light as possible so that they can navigate even in the dark.” Great idea.Mimicking biological movements with soft robots (Science Daily). Getting robots to move “organically” the way the human body moves fingers and arms has been a challenge. The folks at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering “have developed a method to automatically design soft actuators based on the desired movement.” Save a step; mimicking nature “streamlines the process of designing soft robots that can perform complex movement.”Artificial leaf as mini-factory for drugs (Science Daily). “Inspired by the art of nature where leaves are able to collect enough sunlight to produce food,” engineers at Eindhoven University of Technology envision nano-factories where sunlight can be used to synthesize a variety of useful drugs. They need look no further than plants, where “nature is able to” gather and use energy that human engineers have heretofore found too weak to get done what they want.First movie of energy transfer in photosynthesis solves decades-old debate (Science Daily). Speaking of photosynthesis, a new advance in high-speed images captures the moment when a chloroplast transfers energy to the reaction center. “The whole process takes a matter of nanoseconds (billionths of a second), with the individual steps of energy transfer and charge separation taking only picoseconds (trillionths of a second).” Match that, engineers. “Can we mimic it or tune it to make artificial photosynthesis more efficient? These questions, and many others, can now be explored.” Read about it in the open-access paper in Nature Communications. Bio-inspired self-shaping ceramics (Nature Communications). Isn’t it neat how some plant seed pods can explode on contact, releasing their seeds over large distances? They do it with turgor pressure differences that build up inside the pod. Here’s what Swiss scientists are thinking:Shaping ceramics into complex and intricate geometries using cost-effective processes is desirable in many applications but still remains an open challenge. Inspired by plant seed dispersal units that self-fold on differential swelling, we demonstrate that self-shaping can be implemented in ceramics by programming the material’s microstructure to undergo local anisotropic shrinkage during heat treatment.Rice husk solar cells? (Nature Scientific Reports). Believe it or not, the seemingly useless debris from rice farming is finding a new use in solar power technology. “The morphology, structure and texture studies confirm the high surface area, abundant active sites and porous structure” that scientists in China are investigating for use in the production of solar cells. There’s a lot of rice in China. Think of the possibilities.Jumping water striders know how to avoid breaking water surface (Science Daily). Korean scientists are excited about these bugs that walk on water, thinking that if they figure out how they do it, money could be made. Somehow, the bugs know how to avoid breaking the surface. The paper in Nature Communications ends, “The fundamental concepts presented in this study can also give a guideline to develop semi-aquatic robots that aim to emulate the superior locomotory abilities of the water striders on water.”Mimicking biological functionality with polymers for biomedical applications (Nature). The title is self-explanatory, but the first paragraph is worth reading. It emphasizes the rationale for biomimetics and why it is leading to a science gold rush:The vast opportunities for biomaterials design and functionality enabled by mimicking nature continue to stretch the limits of imagination. As both biological understanding and engineering capabilities develop, more sophisticated biomedical materials can be synthesized that have multifaceted chemical, biological and physical characteristics designed to achieve specific therapeutic goals. Mimicry is being used in the design of polymers for biomedical applications that are required locally in tissues, systemically throughout the body, and at the interface with tissues.Light-induced vesicle explosions to mimic cellular reactions (Phys.org). “Cells are the site of a multitude of chemical reactions, the precision of which is envied by scientists,” so Europeans are acting on their envy. They created artificial vesicles they can get to explode with light, releasing their content on demand. Basic science precedes application: “This research could have medical applications in the long term, but for the time being researchers are studying the possibility of releasing substances in a controlled manner within artificial polymer cells, in order to be able to reproduce and better understand some of the metabolic reactions of the biological cell.”Biomaterials: Sharks shift their spine into high gear (Nature News). Get into the shark cage and watch. “It emerges that a dogfish shark’s spine becomes stiffer as the fish swims faster, enabling the animal to swim efficiently at different speeds. The finding could also provide inspiration for the design of robotic biomaterials.” Too bad Kolman and Summers win SEQOTW for their ending statement:In an age of climate change and increasing environmental pollution, inventors are increasingly looking to nature for inspiration when trying to build clean and efficient machines. What better animals to choose than sharks, given that their capacity for movement has been refined over more than 420 million years of evolution?Last but not least, what good is a wolverine? Isn’t that a nasty, vicious animal you want to stay away from? Check this out:A wolverine inspired material: Self-healing, transparent, highly stretchable material can be electrically activated (Phys.org). Well, this one is not pure biomimetics. It’s only partly about wolverines that live in the forest. “Inspired by wound healing in nature, self-healing materials repair damage caused by wear and extend the lifetime, and lower the cost, of materials and devices.” That’s the biomimetics part. But Chao Wang at UC Riverside also engaged in what might be dubbed comimetics. “Wang developed an interest in self-healing materials because of his lifelong love of Wolverine, the comic book character who has the ability to self-heal.” Think of it this way. The comic book character wouldn’t have been conceived without natural knowledge that real organisms can and do self-heal, some better than others. Scientists are inspired to figure that out, too, by observing nature (10/15/16, 3/08/16). Humans may have lost some of that ability over time (4/06/16); maybe we can get it back.Happy New Biomimetics Year! The future belongs to design in nature. Let’s get the word out in 2017, and don’t let Darwin take credit (8/24/07).last_img read more

Report Samir Nasri offered a contract by West Ham

first_imgWest Ham United have reportedly offered Samir Nasri a six-month deal that includes a weekly wage of £80,000The French midfielder has been training at West Ham since November in a bid to convince manager Manuel Pellegrini of his fitness and be awarded a contract.Nasri is currently a free agent with his last competitive outing being in August 2017 for Turkish side Antalyaspor in a Super Lig match against Yeni Malatyaspor.This is due to the fact that he’s still serving an 18-month ban from FIFA for breaching the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) rules in 2016.But the suspension will be lifted in January and Nasri can resume his playing career once more with West Ham his most likely destination.The 31-year-old previously played under Pellegrini at Manchester City four years ago and the Chilean has confirmed he’s interested in making a deal happen.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…Now the Daily Mirror claims that a six-month contract worth £80,000-a-week has been offered to Nasri with West Ham recently being hit by the loss of striker Javier Hernandez and defender Fabian Balbuena to injuries.Summer recruits Jack Wilshere, Andriy Yarmolenko and Carlos Sanchez are sidelined, while Manuel Lanzini remains out with a knee injury.The report adds that should Nasri impress the Hammers then they will likely take up an option to keep him beyond next summer.The ex-France international has spent the majority of his playing career in the Premier League for both Arsenal and City, where he won the title two times.After leaving the Etihad Stadium in 2016, Nasri had brief spells with La Liga side Sevilla and lastly Antalyaspor.last_img read more

City of San Diego trying to advance progress of homeless rehousing programs

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego City Council’s Select Committee on Homelessness today advised staff to move forward with a pilot program intended to increase employment for people using the city’s rapid-rehousing programs, which provide temporary assistance to those who are newly homeless or facing chronic homelessness.City leaders have dedicated millions of dollars to three temporary tent shelters for those who’ve been living on the street. For the last three to four months, it’s been a place to stay for nearly 700 people. According to new data, the goal of getting at least 65% of the tent’s occupants into housing has fallen short. Four months into the bridge tent program, the number of people moving out of the bridge shelter tents and into housing is just 12%.Councilmember Chris Ward, who is chair of the City Council’s Select Committee on Homelessness said the city’s low inventory of housing is part of the challenge of moving people from shelters to more permanent housing. The committee also heard about the need for stability and helping the tent occupants find some security and stability inside the tents.“So people aren’t getting jobs within that subpopulation, and I think that’s the missing link here that this pilot program is seeking to fulfill,” he said. “To the extent we can do that and have more people getting that gainful employment, having that steady income stream is going to help them be successful at the end of their temporary stay through the rapid-rehousing program and not fall right back into homelessness.”Lisa Jones, who is vice president of homeless housing innovations for the San Diego Housing Commission said the occupants in the tents are very vulnerable. “We have a population that is 49% chronically homeless, and another 44% have a disablilty. Many suffer from mental health issues. 37% are age 55 or older so we have a population that is considered very high need- one that really needs time to decompress and stabilize in a shelter environment where they feel safe and secure.Jones said one immediate priority would be to hire more skilled housing specialists with social work or counseling backgrounds who would help to stabilize the clients “so they remain in the shelter and reduce the numbers of exits and entries, back and forth.” Although a lot of percentages and numbers were cited at the committee meeting, one of the big questions that most at the meeting could not answer is how to create the housing that is essential to ending homelessness. Jones said she agrees that city leaders and housing advocates need to develop a broader strategic plan.“How do we best maximize the limited funding resources that we have and target them appropriately?” More funding from Sacramento could be coming soon. State lawmakers have just approved $33 million in funds to the San Diego region for housing and reducing homelessness.Pilot participants will be screened to determine appropriate employment services. Then, depending on urgency of needed services, agencies — including the San Diego Workforce Partnership, San Diego Regional Task Force on the Homeless and the San Diego Housing Commission — will place individuals using existing relationships with employers. Staff will also work with city departments to fill chronically vacant positions, including groundskeeper, laborer and library aid roles.Staff believe the program can assist 200 households its first year and 100 its second. A household is defined as an individual or family.Total pilot costs are projected to be $3.5 million and $1.7 million for years one and two, respectively. The majority of pilot funding has already been budgeted in the form of existing rapid-rehousing appropriations and grants. That leaves funding gaps of $322,728 for each year. The Lucky Duck Foundation has committed to filling the year-one gap, Kuntz said.RELATED STORY: San Diego City Council moves forward on affordable housing initiativeNew year-one expenditures will include $72,500 to hire a pilot coordinator and $50,229 for an additional job center coordinator. The positions will improve connectivity between existing resources while allow housing and employment officials to focus on their respective specialties, Kuntz said.“We’re already doing these things, spending money on it,” he said. “How do we fill in some of those gaps to improve coordination and targeted programming? That’s what we’re funding — the gap costs are to connect these systems.”Staff will measure the pilot program’s success by tracking the amount of households able to pay stable rent at the conclusion of rapid-rehousing programs, as well as the amount of households that are stable one to two years after exiting rapid-rehousing.Tamera Kohler, Regional Task Force on the Homeless chief operations officer, said her staff will follow program outcomes to determine appropriate strategies at a countywide level.I hope that over time as we measure those we’re able to see the best referrals, intervention and coordination, and then teach and train those best practices to strengthen us overall regionally,” she said Posted: June 18, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Sasha Foo, City of San Diego trying to advance progress of homeless re-housing programs Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwittercenter_img KUSI Newsroom, Sasha Foo June 18, 2018 Updated: 9:44 PMlast_img read more

Study to Resolve Potential Conflicts between MCAS Cherry Point Neighbors

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR A joint land use study (JLUS) under way for Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point on the coast of North Carolina will address a number of potential conflicts between the base’s mission and neighboring land uses, including the construction of tall structures such as windmills, the density of development surrounding the airfield, noise impacts from the new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and the use of surrounding waterways by boaters and commercial fishermen.“The JLUS process is fostering a good working relationship among the military installations and all neighboring communities to act as a team to prevent or curtail encroachment issues associated with the military mission,” Steve Player, project development manager for the Wooten Company, which is preparing the study, told the New Bern Sun Journal.The study is expected to recommend a uniform standard among surrounding counties governing tall structures that could present a danger to flight activities, as Craven, Pamlico and Carteret counties have differing rules.“We think that is probably a good step in the right direction as the Department of Defense looks at potential missions for Cherry Point down the road,” Player said.The study also will consider measures to limit development in accident potential zones near the installation’s runways, including recommendations discouraging mobile homes from being located there.“High density development is not a compatible use in association with the runways, the clearways and the accident potential zones that are immediately adjacent to the airfields, so we are looking at recommendations to reduce the density so that if an accident does occur, it would be less impactful,” said Player.The review will try to resolve conflicts between the installation’s bombing ranges and boaters in the Neuse River and Pamlico Sound, according to the story.“We are looking at suggestions and recommendations that would increase communication and decrease the conflict between the commercial and recreational fishermen and the mission that the Marine Corps has for those two air-to-ground bombing ranges,” Player said.The study also will address concerns about local infrastructure, such as the ability of area roads to handle increased military activity. Overall, the review is intended to preserve the ability of the installation to fulfill its military missions without affecting the quality of life for its neighboring communities.“We’ve been told that Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point has become a very desirable assignment for the Marines because of the quality of life in the surrounding communities,” Player said. “We want to continue to enhance those activities that make this a very attractive place for the Marines to come,” he said.last_img read more