Liverpool agree £10m Dempsey deal – report

first_imgFulham star Clint Dempsey is on the verge of completing a move to Liverpool after a £10m fee was agreed, according to the Daily Mail.It is claimed that Anfield boss Brendan Rodgers expects the deal to be completed within the next few days.Meanwhile, The Sun say Chelsea have had another bid for Victor Moses rejected by Wigan.Latics chairman Dave Whelan is said to have turned down a third offer from the Blues – believed to be £5m – for the former Crystal Palace forward.Whelan is quoted as saying: “They’ve made three bids and we’ve not accepted any. I don’t know if they’ll bid again but if they do we always listen.”The Guardian report that Chelsea are set to sign highly-rated Brazilian midfielder Oscar from Internacional for £25m.Related West London Sport story: Breakthrough for Chelsea in Oscar talksThe Daily Express suggest Chelsea will have further talks with Napoli striker Edinson Cavani’s agents over a £35m move, but the Uruguayan’s wage demands are apparently holding up the deal.The Mail say Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas is hoping to beat his former club Chelsea to the signing of Porto striker Hulk.QPR are willing to subsidise a loan move for Joey Barton, according to the Daily Mirror.It is suggested that Blackburn want the midfielder but cannot afford his wages, so Rangers would be prepared to continue paying a large percentage of his salary.Nottingham Forest and Sheffield Wednesday have also been linked with Barton, who is suspended for the first 12 matches of the coming season.This page is regularly updated. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

SA joins solar clean water project

first_img4 December 2006The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is representing South Africa in an international, multi-partner project aiming to demonstrate that solar disinfection of drinking water is an effective intervention against waterborne diseases.The European Union (EU) recently awarded a €1.9-million research grant to the three-year programme, which will be carried out by nine research groups in Ireland, Kenya, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, the UK and Zimbabwe.According to the CSIR, the project could be of immeasurable benefit to “vulnerable communities in developing countries who normally do not have a reliable, safe water supply, as well as those communities who might find themselves exposed to natural or man-made disasters.”The project aims to help reduce the number of fatalities, especially among sub-Sahara African children under the age of five, caused by diarrhoeal diseases resulting from exposure to contaminated water.According to the United Nations Development Programme’s Human Development Report 2006, diarrhoea is the second biggest killer of children worldwide, claiming the lives of around 1.8-million children a year, while 1.1-billion people in the world still have no regular access to clean water.Solar disinfection of drinking water is a low-tech, safe and affordable method to improve water quality. It involves placing contaminated water in transparent bottles which are then placed in direct sunshine for six hours.The method has been approved by the World Health Organisation, and is commended for its proven efficiency in the aftermath of the tsunami disaster in Southeast Asia in 2004.Over the next three years, the multidisciplinary research team will investigate the health benefits of using solar disinfected drinking water in developing countries, the factors that influence communities to adopt or reject the technique, whether the basic technique can be improved using simple technologies, and whether there are any major waterborne diseases that are not susceptible to it.“We want to confirm the considerable health benefits that can be derived, at no cost, from drinking solar disinfected water, and increase awareness of this method in our country and other countries where sunlight abounds,” said Martella du Preez, a senior CSIR researcher who coordinates the health impact studies in African countries.“After a series of laboratory and field trials, we are certain that it is an effective way of preventing many diseases such as cholera, dysentery or polio, and that it should be considered as an option alongside boiling, chlorination and other standard water treatment methods,” Du Preez said.As part of the agreement, CSIR researcher Eunice Ubomba-Jaswa has travelled to Ireland to take up a three-year PhD research position at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Ubomba-Jaswa will spend 18 months in Ireland and England before moving to Spain to complete her experiments under real sun conditions.Other institutions participating in the study include the Kenyan International Community for the Relief of Suffering and Starvation, the Institute of Water and Sanitation Development in Zimbabwe, the universities of Ulster and Leicester in the UK, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, and Spain’s University of Santiago de Compostela and Plataforma Solar de Almeria.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Digital broadcasting one step closer

first_img7 August 2008The government has approved the Broadcasting Digital Migration policy for South Africa’s conversion of television broadcasting signals from analogue to digital, while also approving the local manufacture of set-top conversion boxes.The migration has been made necessary due to developments in telecommunications technologies, which enable a more efficient use of the radio frequency spectrum, as well as ensure better quality of pictures and sound.Once migration begins, television users will have to purchase locally manufactured set-top boxes which convert the digital signal for use on currently available analogue TV sets.The decision to promote local manufacture of the set-top boxes in high volumes will provide a boost for the local electronics manufacturing sector and help create additional jobs.Subsidised set-top boxesThe government has also agreed to help approximately five million of the poorest television owning households, by providing up to 70% of the cost of set-top boxes. Funding for this subsidy could possibly be sourced from the Universal Service and Access Fund.In February 2007, the government agreed that South Africa’s digital signal would be switched on on 1 November 2008, and its analogue signal switched off on 1 November 2011.This allows for both the digital and the analogue signal to be broadcast concurrently for a “dual-illumination” period of three years.According to the Department of Communications, it is on track to start broadcasting a digital signal on 1 November 2008, and will provide digital broadcasting and mobile TV by 2010.Increasing access to informationDigital broadcasting enables providing services in a multiplicity of languages, thereby increasing access to information, while it will also allow viewers to access on-screen programme guides for the various channels.The inclusion of a return path compatibility feature enables the user to send and receive messages through the set-top box, which could see them serve as important tools for access to government information and services in the future.The feature could enable the provision of fully interactive e-government services over the digital network, such as accessing, filing and submitting various government-related forms, without the viewer having to leave the comfort of their own home.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Increasing fan speed can help with scabby wheat

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Wheat harvest in now in progress and will continue over the next several days before and after the next showers. Early reports on grain quality indicate that a few fields may have moderate levels of scabby grain, and consequently could have vomitoxin contamination above thresholds set by grain buyers. The threshold set by the US Food and Drug Administration for harvested grain intended for animal and human consumption is 2 ppm, but elevators may accept grain with slightly higher levels, depending on how big of a problem we have and whether or not they can find clean grain to blend. Although head scab was not widespread across the state this year, there were a few small pockets with 10 to 15% scab incidence (10 to 15 out of every 100 heads with some amount of scab). These will likely be the fields with the biggest grain quality and vomitoxin problems. In addition, the rains we have had over the last few weeks may have contributed to making the situation worst, increasing scabby grain and vomitoxin levels and reducing test weight beyond what you would expect based on the observed levels of scab.Remember, scab causes kernels in affected heads to become small, shriveled, lightweight, discolored (whitish and pinkish), and contaminated with vomitoxin (and other mycotoxins). So, in general, the more scab you have, the more damaged kernels you will see in your grain lot, and high levels of damaged kernels are often associated with high levels of vomitoxin contamination. However, scab is not the only thing that reduces grain quality. Other late season diseases such as Stagonospora and well as poor weather conditions in the weeks leading up to harvest may also cause kernels to become shriveled and lightweight. So before you start worrying about vomitoxin or even thinking about abandoning your crop, examine your grain lot for the presence of chalky-white, pinkish kernels; this would be a good way to tell whether you have a grain quality problem and whether it is due to scab or some other factor.Before you being to harvest, collect and thresh multiple heads (two to three handfuls) from multiple locations across your field and examine the grain for discoloration. If you see a lot of small, shriveled, discolored kernels, you should consider increasing your fan speed during harvest to blow them out. Research in the cereal pathology lab at OSU/OARDC showed that when harvesting wheat from scabby fields, increasing the fan speed and air flow through the combine can reduce the amount of scabby kernels and vomitoxin in the grain lot by an average 30 to 45%, and increase test weight by about 6%. This could reduce price discounts by up to 50%, depending on how badly damaged the grain is. However, there is a limit to which you could increase the fan speed without blowing out healthy kernels, so unless you have to, do not increase the fan speed beyond the default wheat setting of your combine. Usually, if you have less than 5% scabby kernels in your sample, you will not see a major benefit from increasing the fan speed.Harvest suspect fields separately from healthy fields, and make sure you dry the grain down to below 15% moisture before storage. Store dried grain at cool temperatures (35-45F). This will reduce the risk of further mold growth and mycotoxin problems in storage.last_img read more

Beware of back stabbers: Yogi Adityanath

first_imgVirar: Launching a direct attack against its ally Shiv Sena, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Yogi Adityanath said on Wednesday that late Bal Thackeray would have been hurt seeing the way his party has indulged in backstabbing. “I have immense respect for Balasaheb Thackeray. But his soul would have been hurt today seeing the behaviour of Shiv Sena. He never backstabbed his friends. He fought from the front,” said the UP CM addressing a public rally in Virar to campaign for the BJP’s candidate Rajendra Gavit for the May 28 Palghar Lok Sabha bypoll. Claims on candidateThe Shiv Sena is contesting the bypoll independently and has fielded late BJP MP Chintaman Wanga’s son Shrinivas Wanga. Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis has said earlier that he had informed the Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray of his party’s decision to field a member of the Wanga family, despite which Sena acted in this manner. Mr. Adityanath said on Wednesday, “I ask people to have no sympathy for those who take Shivaji Maharaj’s name but work like Afzal,” he said, without naming the Shiv Sena. Mr. Adityanath said the example of Congress is there for everyone to see. It is a sign of God that Congress is out of the equation, he said. “Whoever opposed the BJP’s vision of development and good governance was reduced to dust. The people will ensure that whoever opposes the BJP will meet with the same fate,” he added. Wooing the northWith Wednesday’s rally, the BJP hopes to make an impact on the sizeable north Indian community in the urban areas of Palghar constituency such as Nalasopara, Vasai and Virar. Incidentally, Bahujan Vikas Aghadi (BVA) which won three out of the six Assembly segments in the Palghar LS seat had garnered maximum votes from this area last time.The UP CM appealed to people from north India to vote for BJP to counter lawlessness and goondaism, and ensure development. BJP has decided to deploy leaders from Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, and Rajasthan in Palghar till May 28. Former Congress leader and now a minister in the U.P. cabinet, Rita Bahuguna-Joshi, was among those who were present at the rally today. Nine MLAs from UP are permanently stationed in here to ensure north Indian votes. Others who addressed the rally today included MLAs Sushil Singh, Avadhesh Singh, and minister Anil Rajbhar.Smriti to campaignOn Thursday, Union minister Smriti Irani is scheduled to campaign in Dahanu. A team of BJP officials is stationed in Palghar to coordinate the election campaign. Corporators from Mumbai, and neighbouring Mira-Bhayander are being given specific responsibilities and have been asked to handle particular set of voters. While concentrating on urban area, the BJP has lured Vivek Pandit of Shramajivi Sanghatana to work on tribal voters.last_img read more

Glittering start to Tabal’s journey to Tokyo Olympics

first_imgMOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LOOK: Mayweather says he’ll party all week leading to McGregor fight LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “We have a long-term plan all the way to Tokyo 2020, I don’t want to commit the same mistakes I had in Rio, so this early I want to prepare,” added Tabal who stands to receive P300,000 from the Philippine Sports Commission.READ: Tabal wins half marathon in CanadaBy all indications, Tabal has already put aside her rift with the Philippine Track and Field Association as she went on to hug Patafa chief Philip Ella Juico at the end of the race.Juico stationed himself by the drinking station and even handed her drinks in one of the four loops around Putrajaya government district.She also made no mention of her strained relations with the athletics body that sacked her twice in the last two years over issues regarding her coaches and sponsors.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaulcenter_img Mary Joy Tabal wins the first gold medal for the Philippines when she ruled the women’s marathon at the 2017 SEA Games in Putrajaya, Malaysia. INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZPUTRAJAYA, Malaysia — Soon after crossing the finish line in this kingly, immense district, Mary Joy Tabal said she would like to immediately visit a church.“It’s been a long time since I went to church, I have so much to thank God for,” said Tabal after ruling the Southeast Asian Games women’s marathon for the country’s first gold.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Her gold medal victory, the first for the Philippines in this SEA Games, made it all seemed right.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tabal said that every time she passed by the end of the loop where Filipino fans were gathered, “it’s like all my hardships disappear.”READ: Tabal delivers first gold medal for PH, rules women’s marathonFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“I would feel very heavy physically, but I just decided to go my own pace. I knew that God will guide me as long as I keep running and keep my own pace” said Tabal.Now the petite lass from Guba, Cebu City is setting her sights on the Asian Games next year in Indonesia. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View commentslast_img read more