Ferdinand responds to FA ban

first_imgRio Ferdinand appeared to endorse a tweet sent on Friday accusing the Football Association of applying double standards in handing him a three-match ban. Press Association “Can someone from the @FA send me a list of offensive, ban-incurring words that I can’t use online and the requisite bans attached to each,” he wrote. “The punishment (in the Ferdinand case) isn’t fitting of the crime in my opinion. “3 games is violent conduct. (John) Terry only got 4 games for racial abuse? “3 games and £25k for a tweet? Come on.” Ferdinand tweeted “preach!!” in reply to the message posted by @flowingmindset and sent another in which he appeared to suggest the FA’s punishment had “baffled” him. The FA has yet to announce whether Mackay or Moody will face any action over their text message exchange, although it has been reported in the media recently that the pair may escape censure if the messages are deemed to be private correspondence. Elleray, who is the chairman of the FA’s referees committee, was ordered to go on an equality and diversity training course by the FA after making racist comments to a black delegate at a refereeing event at St George’s Park in the summer but faced no further punishment. A minute before his tweet to @flowingmindset, Ferdinand wrote on the social media site: “Is humour even allowed….I’m baffled! Ludicrous…. & I don’t mean the rapper.” Ferdinand is set to miss Saturday’s Barclays Premier League trip to Chelsea and further matches against Manchester City and Newcastle under the terms of his suspension. QPR manager Harry Redknapp, chief executive Philip Beard and chairman Tony Fernandes met Ferdinand and his representatives at QPR’s Harlington training ground on Thursday to consider a potential appeal. Redknapp leapt to Ferdinand’s defence, labelling the former England defender a “top-class person”. He also received backing on Twitter from Rs team-mate Joey Barton on Friday, who criticised the FA’s handling of Ferdinand’s case. The QPR defender was hit with the suspension and a £25,000 fine on Tuesday after using the slang term ‘sket’ – taken to mean a promiscuous woman – on Twitter. The FA deemed that the tweet was abusive and that the breach of conduct was aggravated by the fact that it contained a reference to gender. A tweet from the account @flowingmindset sent on Friday afternoon accused the FA of a “double standard” in its treatment of Ferdinand compared to its handling of a text message exchange involving former Cardiff manager Malky Mackay and the club’s former head of recruitment Iain Moody which contained sexist and racist terms, and also its treatment of a disciplinary case involving former top-flight referee David Elleray. last_img read more

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Mallard’s Team of the Week — Kootenay Rhythm Dragons

first_imgThe Kootenay Rhythm Dragons returned from the Kelowna Dragon Boat Festival with the consolation prize . . . as well as some nice looking hats.The festival attracted six women’s teams and 12 mixed teams from as far away as Nelson, Calgary and Victoria. Mallard’s Source for sports would like to add to the impressive results — and nice hats — by honouring the Rhythm Dragons with Team of the Week accolades for their consolation prize.The Kootenay Rhythm Dragons began as Nelson’s first dragon boat team in January 2004 when a group of dedicated women decided to form the club.Through commitment and hard work by this non-profit association funds were raised to purchase the Green and Yellow Dragon Boats.The team in Kelowna includes, (in no specific order) coach Jeanette McCarvell, steers person Janet Stephenson, manager Lauretta Bulanoff and paddlers Yvonne Burrows, Brooke Campbell, Dianne Carlson, Sandra England, Sophie Goodwin, Linda Hoffman, Willa Horsfall, Dawn Jacobsen, Jill Jacobsen, Carla Klein, Frances Long, Lorna Maxwell, Rae McCreignt, Patty McMillan, Deb Myers, Judy O’Leary, Marlene Pozin, Jude Schmidt, Diane Tulloch and Mary Walters.Missing, Lily and Cohoe who donated the hats to the team.last_img read more

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HONEYMOON STAKES QUOTES

first_imgBRICE BLANC, SPANISH QUEEN, WINNER: “She keeps improving. Richard has done a great job. He takes his time and he’s been trying to get her to settle down and take everything in. She’s getting more and more professional. She has so many gears, she has a good turn of foot and she puts me in good spots as well. She’s done everything well and she even seemed like she was a step better than her last race. She just needs to keep improving, she’s special.“She handled herself really well today, she’s a fireball though.“She helped me today. Ninety percent of horses wouldn’t have gone through that hole but she didn’t chicken out on me; she’s got a big heart and I was able to maneuver her.“I was loaded the whole way, she was galloping. I was just like ‘I hope something opens up because I could see (Richard) pulling out the rest of the hair that he does have!’“She’s just got it from the start. She’s professional, she loves racing, even when she started working. She’s getting better and better. NOTES: The owners are Harry Bederian, Harout Kamberian and Hagop Nakkashian TRAINER QUOTES RICHARD BALTAS, SPANISH QUEEN, WINNER: “She has a helluva turn of foot. Brice made a good move there at the top of the lane. I thought he was going to go around, which probably wouldn’t have mattered but he did make a helluva move there splitting horses.“She’s always breezed like a good horse. She just lowers herself and she gets it.“Brice has been on her every time to breeze her and I think she’s the kind of horse that needs the same person to get used to because she can be a little difficult.“I think maybe she’s just had more experience going farther. I thought last time out, that horse (Spirit of Xian) walked on the lead and she got pressured today which helped us out. She got an easy lead last out and we were tracking her that day.“We’ll just have to play it by ear. I wasn’t even planning on this race but I let the horse tell me what to do and she was begging me to go out there. If she comes out of the race good and she really wants to go, then maybe we go in the American Oaks, (Grade I, $400,000, 1 1/4 miles on turf May 30) because it looks like we’re the horse to beat. JOCKEY QUOTESlast_img read more

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Origin of Multicellularity: Back to the Drawing Board

first_imgMicro-RNAs have been found in green algae.  So?  What’s the big deal?  If you read the statements in Nature,1 it sounds like evolutionary biologists consider it a big, bad deal:The discovery, made independently by two labs, dismantles the popular theory that the regulatory role of microRNAs in gene expression is tied to the evolution of multicellularity.The finding is as startling as the discovery ten years ago that the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans has 19,000 genes, just 1,000 short of the human count…“People were shocked that the complexity of the genomes in these simpler creatures was similar to our own,” he [Gregory Hannon, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory] says.  Now it seems that the RNA in simple unicellular organisms could be as complex as that in higher creatures.This [lack of microRNA in algae], combined with the fact that RNA sequences differ between plants and animals, helped give rise to the idea that microRNAs evolved independently in plant and animal lineages as parts of complex regulatory mechanisms associated with multicellularity.  Now it seems that these molecules may predate that evolutionary development.“It shows how basing conclusions on studies of just one or two model organisms can really lead you astray in terms of how you think about evolutionary processes,” says Jim Umen from the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California.Nobody knows why such a simple organism needs microRNAs, nor how or when they first appeared.One thing was not under dispute, however: evolution.  “Whatever their role, their presence indicates that microRNAs could be much more ancient than previously thought; they might have persisted for more than a billion years.”1Lucy Odling-Smee, “Complex set of RNAs found in simple green algae: Single-celled organisms aren’t as basic as they seem,” Nature 447, 518 (31 May 2007) | doi:10.1038/447518b.See it again?  The incorrigibility of Darwinists (e.g., 05/10/2007 commentary).  No amount of contrary evidence has the power to release the vice-like grip of evolutionary thinking on their minds.  To shield the audience from these embarrassments, they just turn up the fogma machines (05/14/2007 commentary) and the show goes on.(Visited 25 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Japan hails South African space tech successes

first_imgThe infrared survey facility (IRSF) became operational in November 2000, and since then has played a key role in the advancement of our space knowledge.(Image: Tetsuya Nagata, Nagoya University) The Large Magellanic Cloud is a nearby irregular dwarf galaxy that was the subject of the IRSF’s first research mission.(Image: Wikipedia) An aerial view of the site, with the Southern African Large Telescope (Salt) on the left and the IRSF on the far right.(Image: Tetsuya Nagata, Nagoya University) The Salt is the largest such instrument in the entire southern hemisphere.(Image: Flickr)  MEDIA CONTACTS • Anacletta Koloko  Science communication unit, South  African Agency for Science and  Technology Advancement  +27 12 392 9338 RELATED ARTICLES • Eye in the sky benefits society • Space science thriving in SA • SA’s space capabilities set to grow • SKA: who gets whatJanine Erasmus Scientists from Japan, South Africa and other African countries came together in early October at the Space Science Colloquium to share the latest developments in the fields of astronomy, space science and satellite applications. The event was co-hosted by the national Department of Science and Technology, with the Japanese Embassy in South Africa. Dr Takahiro Nagayama of Nagoya University filled attendees in on the infrared survey facility (IRSF), a joint Japan-South Africa project located in Sutherland, Northern Cape province, at an altitude of 1 761 metres. Nagayama is the manager of the facility and has been involved with it since its inception in 1998. The IRSF is situated on the same site as the Southern African Large Telescope (Salt) – the largest optical telescope in the southern hemisphere – and a number of other instruments including the Alan Cousins telescope, the Elizabeth telescope, and the Korean Yonsei telescope. This makes the site one of the best places in the world to conduct advanced astronomy, according to Nagayama. The IRSF is a 1.4m telescope with an infrared (IR) camera. It was developed by scientists at Nagoya, with the help of the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) and the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan. It’s Japan’s first southern hemisphere IR telescope. The country decided on South Africa as a host for several reasons. “We knew we had to build a telescope in the southern hemisphere, because there are many important celestial objects that are only visible in the southern sky,” explained Nagayama. South Africa was chosen from an initial group of three candidates, with Chile and Australia. It was selected as the best of the three because it had excellent weather as well as an extremely competent astronomical community, and there was no language barrier, as there was in South America. “The South African people are also very friendly and good to work with. South Africa was the best site for us at that time, and I believe it still is now.” Japan entered into the agreement with the SAAO in 1998 and soon afterwards, the project received a grant from the Japanese ministry of science and technology, to the tune of some US$7-million. “The SAAO has provided the infrastructure, including power, water, internet, and the site itself,” said Nagayama. “The local astronomical community built the dome and building.” Nagoya provided the telescope and near-IR camera known as Sirius, which was developed by graduate students. “You won’t find any big names – Sony, Nikon – in this project,” said Nagayama.Surveying our skies Initially, the main function of IRSF was to conduct a thorough study of the Small and Large Magellanic Clouds – small irregular galaxies that lie close to the Milky Way – using a tri-wavelength observation technique.The Magellanic Cloud survey was completed in 2007 and then the Indian Department of Space used the telescope to survey the central region of the Milky Way. There are other research projects ongoing. The presence of the IRSF in South Africa has brought the world’s best astronomers to the country and helped to develop its scientific talent. In the 12 years since the telescope came into operation, 142 observers, of whom 81 were Japanese and 61 foreign, have visited from 31 institutes – 13 from Japan, six from South Africa and 12 from other countries including Korea, the UK and US. Also, studies have resulted in 87 refereed papers, 11 of them with South Africans as the first author. Finally, 19 PhDs have been awarded for research carried out at IRSF, to 16 Japanese scholars and three from the University of Cape Town. “We hope the collaboration will continue,” said Nagayama. “The IRSF is so far the most successful science collaboration between South Africa and Japan.”Uncovering the secrets of the universe Nagayama explained the reasons for choosing to work in infrared instead of visible light. “Astronomers are interested in concepts such as the possibility of a second earth beyond our solar system, dark energy, black holes, and the dawn and end of the universe,” he said. “Traditionally we have observed these things with visible light, but today we can use the whole electromagnetic spectrum, from gamma rays to radio.” Probably the most well-known example of this technology, he said, is the Hubble telescope, which has a 2.4m primary mirror and captures images in the near-ultraviolet to near-infrared bands. The Hubble is in a low earth orbit and because it is not subjected to atmospheric turbulence, said Nagayama, its images are sharp. However, when taking images of objects that are very far away, visible light does not produce the best pictures. Interstellar dust results in a phenomenon known as scattering of visible light, and the picture that is finally received is degraded, but this doesn’t affect IR as much. “Also, visible light can’t penetrate the interstellar dust to see into and behind the Milky Way, but IR can,” said Nagayama. “The centre of our galaxy is hidden to visible light, but we can see it clearly in IR because the dust is invisible at these wavelengths.” Sirius can take simultaneous images in three different bands – wavelengths of 1.2µ (micron), 1.6µ and 2.1µ respectively – because of its special mirrors. The optics are cooled by a closed-cycle refrigerator to about 100 kelvin, or -173 degrees Celsius. “We can also create a false-colour composite image by colouring the three bands blue, green and red respectively.”Complementing each other Nagayama described another major Japanese astronomical project, the Subaru telescope, which is an 8.4m single mirror telescope built on the summit of the volcanic Mount Mauna Kea in Hawaii. “Although Subaru has a bigger mirror than Hubble and takes good pictures, Hubble is better because it is in space,” said Nagayama. Other Japanese large projects include the Akari (IR), Suzaku (x-ray) and the Alma radio telescope, while South Africa has the Salt, whose aperture is larger than Subaru, and the KAT-7, MeerKAT and Square Kilometre Array, all of which are projects involving radio telescopes. Altogether, said Nagayama, this means that the Japanese and South African projects have an observation range from gamma or y-ray, through x-ray, UV, visible light, IR, and radio. “These projects complement each other,” he said, “meaning that the coverage between Japan and South Africa is effective across the full spectrum of electromagnetic waves.”last_img read more

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Pages and pages of wise words

first_imgToddlers learn important co-ordination skills while having fun. Colour Africa Proverbs presents words of wisdom from around the continent in a fun and educational way.(Images: Colour Africa) MEDIA CONTACTS • Rosie Campbell  Design for Development  +27 21 434 1126 RELATED ARTICLES • Instilling a love of reading • Gift that keeps on giving • Getting needy kids hooked on books • E-classroom, a fun way to learnSue MustafaColour Africa Proverbs is a unique project that encourages reading and respect for others and the environment among children between the ages of four and eight.Created by a somewhat unlikely source – a team of Cape Town-based graphic designers – the book is a collection of proverbs from around Africa, which are presented along with illustrations, words in different shapes and pictures that children can colour in. Rosie Campbell, Roulé le Roux, Melissa Visser and Amanda Storey run Design for Development, a design studio that has links to community development initiatives, non-profit organisations (NPOs), advocacy groups and the business sector. The company creates logos and branding accessories for prominent NPOs like the Treatment Action Campaign, Equal Education and Hoops4Hope, among others. Colour Africa Proverbs, through its words of wisdom, promotes respect, teamwork and patience in an educational and fun way. The cover is made with 100% recycled materials, to encourage environmental friendliness among the young readers. Each page is dedicated to one proverb, quoted at the top of the page, for which a translation is provided in illustration form below. To further emphasise the proverb’s meaning, the opposite page features a picture that can be coloured in. Next to the original-language saying is the country from where it originated.The books are available at R45 (US$9) each, while a donation copy costs R30 ($3.4), a pack of five costs R210 ($24), and a pack of 10 costs R400 ($45). Books may be ordered via the website. To date over 3 000 copies have been sold.Developing childhood skills“Most colouring books are very commercial,” explained Le Roux, who was responsible for the illustrations. “We wanted to create a book for children and parents that feels familiar and has local content.” Furthermore, the letters of the words in the translation have to be coloured in, a process that Le Roux explains was incorporated to help children pay special attention to their spelling skills.“I specifically wanted the text to be hand drawn and pictorial,” she said, “to show young children how closely drawing, writing and reading are linked. The drawings also encourage children to get ready to read and explore letter-forms while doing a fun activity.”Across the centre spread is a maze-like game that can be played by more than one person, where the winner is the first person to finish a race and reach a set destination. Along the way, players encounter obstacles and in some cases have to rely on each other for help, and in this way are forced to work as a team.Embracing Africa’s diversityThe designers have drawn on wisdom from Kenya, Ethiopia, Namibia, Zimbabwe and South Africa, among other countries. Following the vast interest from Afrikaans speakers, an edition in that language has now been made available. Plans are also in place to translate the book into other languages as well, while also adding more editions to turn the project into a series. The Design for Development team believes that using the different languages in the book also helps children to embrace the cultural diversity of the continent. This way, they not only pay attention to what makes African cultures different, but also how to respect and honour these differences. One isiZulu proverb, says “Ikhotha eyikhothayo” which means “The cow licks the one who licks her”. The saying promotes the value and benefit of helping others when they most need it. International demandFollowing its appearance at the 2012 Design Indaba in March, Colour Africa has attracted international interest and books are being stocked in shops in the US and some countries in Europe. Seeing this as an opportunity to distribute to an even wider audience, the company has recently launched an online shop. Local customers can view a list of stockists on the Design for Development website. One element of their distribution plan is to get as many hard copies to under-resourced crèches and early childhood development centres across the continent as possible. The book is already a feature at crèches across the Western Cape suburbs of Khayamandi and Philippi, while a pupil in another school in Cape Town arranged to donate several copies to a small village in the Eastern Cape.last_img read more

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Priyanka Chopra-starrer Mary Kom declared tax free in Maharashtra

first_imgThe biopic on Indian Olympic boxer Mary Kom starring Priyanka Chopra has been declared tax free in Maharashtra.The film has been produced by filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali. “It is wonderful news. We have a compelling story to tell of a strong, determined woman who has done the nation proud. It is our tribute to all the unsung sports people who give so much to see the Indian flag flying high. If this can act as a catalyst of hope for them, then its something we can all be proud of,” Priyanka, who is playing the five-time world champion in ‘Mary Kom’ said in a statement.”We are grateful to Revenue Minister Balasaheb Thorat and government of Maharashtra for lending their support to the film. This exemption right from release day will allow large segments of society to experience the spirit of magnificent Mary,” Ajit Andhare, COO, Viacom18 Motion Pictures (producer) said.Priyanka Chopra in a still from Mary Kom.Bhansali’s spokesperson said the tax free status will encourage audience to recognise and support the spirit of the film.Based on the true story of Mary Kom, the biopic chronicles the journey of a woman boxer who gave up her sporting career when it was at its peak to embrace the joy of motherhood. After giving birth to two beautiful children, she made her comeback in the ring and went on to become both a stronger woman and a stronger boxer. The film directed by Omung Kumar is set to release on September 5.advertisementEarlier, various state governments including Maharashtra, Bihar, UP and others had granted tax exemption to Farhan Akhtar starrer ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’, a biopic on legendary athlete Milkha Singh.last_img read more

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Video: Purdue Quarterback Austin Appleby Wrecks Marshall Defender With Stiff Arm, Throws Touchdown

first_imgA general view of Purdue's football stadium.WEST LAFAYETTE, IN – SEPTEMBER 12: General View during the game between the Indiana State Sycamores and the Purdue Boilermakers at Ross-Ade Stadium on September 12, 2015 in West Lafayette, Indiana. (Photo by Cory Seward/Getty Images)Things did not start off well for Purdue, in the season opener against Marshall. On the first play from scrimmage, quarterback Austin Appleby was picked off by Thundering Herd safety Tiquan Lang, who returned it for a touchdown. Appleby has rebounded well, and is now 10-for-13 for 94 yards and a touchdown. On the scoring throw, Appleby managed to deliver the ball after wrecking lineman Blake Keller with a stiff arm. Saturday Tradition captured the play on video.Austin Appleby says, “Get off me, human.” pic.twitter.com/0vUlZnbF4B— Saturday Tradition (@Tradition) September 6, 2015Keller’s going to be seeing that one during film review. Marshall leads Purdue 17-14 to start the second quarter.last_img read more

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US Tim Hortons franchisee group sues RBI over alleged price gouging equity

first_imgA group of U.S. Tim Hortons franchisees filed a lawsuit Tuesday alleging their parent company engaged in price gouging and equity theft.Restaurant Brands International “established a very aggressive and improper investment strategy in the Tim Hortons franchisee system, which resulted in the economic squeezing of Tim Hortons franchisees by RBI,” reads the suit filed in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida court on behalf of the American chapter of the Great White North Franchisee Association.None of the allegations have been proven in court and RBI disputes the allegations.The U.S. GWNFA group, which says it represents about half of all American Tim Hortons franchisees, claims RBI and Tim Hortons USA strip them of income and profit through increased and improper franchisee fees.RBI raised the prices of necessary products and services — like food supplies, paper cups, containers and cleaning supplies — that franchisees must purchase from approved vendors, according to the suit. These prices are “significantly above” open market prices, the suit alleges.Tim Hortons franchisees pay $104.08 more per case of Applewood bacon than Wendy’s franchisees do, according to the court documents, and $23.85 more for boxes of diet and regular Coke.It also claims the company requires franchisees who want to sell their stores to first offer it to the company for the five-year declining depreciated value of the furniture, fixtures and equipment.The GWNFA wants the court to declare the practices a breach of contract.RBI spokeswoman Devinder Lamsar said in an emailed statement that the lawsuit “does not at all reflect the facts.”She said the company “will respond in due course with the facts to this U.S.-based claim” and that RBI works closely with its Canadian and U.S. advisory boards made up of franchisees committed to its plan to grow the business and franchisee profitability.“These franchisees have been unfairly squeezed by Tim Hortons/RBI to the point where they are, in many cases, no longer viable businesses,” said Jerry Marks, one of the lawyers representing the GWNFA in this case, in a statement.“We expect to stop this type of abusive franchisor behaviour.”RBI is also facing two lawsuits from the Canadian GWNFA chapter, including one alleging the company improperly used money from a national advertising fund.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:QSR)last_img read more

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