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No Basketball League in 2015?

first_imgMay is strictly set aside for the resumption of all sporting activities by associations since the outbreak and flush-out of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).Major associations, including football, athletics, kickball, table tennis and lawn tennis have commenced their activities, except the country’s second popular sport, basketball.Up to this date, the Ministry of Youth and Sports has suspended basketball activities due the leadership crisis in the association began over the last four months.Aggrieved stakeholders raised five issues, amongst which include: the violation of the constitution, the failure of holding election on the fourth and ineligibility of clubs which didn’t participate in the immediate past organized basketball season.A rejoinder by the LBA leadership said because of the outbreak of the Ebola in the country, elections could not be held in 2014; and that some of the contestants seeking positions are not eligible, quoting constitutional requirements.The misunderstanding compelled Deputy Sports Minister Henry Yonton to refer the case to FIBA-Africa.Minister Yonton said yesterday in a mobile interview that the Ministry, waiting for FIBA-Africa intervention is considering a re-dialogue between the contesting parties.“We want to call the two parties to find a way forward, and if there is no compromise then we would wait for whatever months or years it would take for FIBA-Africa to mediate,” Minister Yonton said.He added: “We hope that for the good of the game, there would be success in our second attempt to amicably solve this leadership crisis.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Killbillies to play first home game of the season Saturday night

first_imgThe Fort St. John Killbillies will return to the North Peace Arena on Saturday for their home opener. The team will be skating with the Quesnel Gold Pain and doors will open at 6 p.m., and the game following at 7 p.m.It will be the second meeting between the teams this year. They met in the Northern Exposure tournament in March in Prince George. The Killbillies won that matchup.Tickets are $10 and are available at ZooFood or at the doors at the North Peace Arena. Children eight and under get in for free and the Killbillies will have merchandise for sale at the event.- Advertisement –last_img

Loew to decide Neuer’s World Cup fate on Sunday

first_img0Shares0000Germany head coach Joachim Loew says he will only make a decision on whether to take goalkeepr and captain Manuel Neuer to the World Cup after Saturday’s friendly against Austria. © AFP / MIGUEL MEDINABERLIN, Germany, Jun 1 – Joachim Loew has said he will only decide on Sunday whether to take Germany’s captain and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer to the World Cup after eight months sidelined by injury.Neuer is set to play his first full game since fracturing his foot last September, on Saturday away to Austria in Germany’s penultimate friendly before the World Cup. After such a lengthy absence, the 32-year-old who is generally regarded as one of the world’s top goalkeepers is under pressure to prove his form and fitness.“The final decision will probably not come until Sunday night,” said Germany’s head coach Loew on Friday.“For the moment everything is on plan for Manuel Neuer.“I’ll talk to him tonight and if everything is okay, he’ll play against Austria.”Loew has said he will only take Neuer to Russia as his first-choice ‘keeper.Barcelona’s Marc-Andre Ter Stegen has deputised for Neuer, who has not played for Germany since October 2016.Despite months on the sidelines, the Bayern Munich star has impressed in practice games at Germany’s World Cup training camp in Eppan, north Italy.Neuer pulled of a string of saves earlier this week when he helped the Germany Under-20 team restrict their margin of defeat to the senior team to just 2-0. He was only beaten by a Thomas Mueller penalty and a Julian Draxler goal.Loew is set to leave several World Cup winners out of the team for the friendly in Klagenfurt.Defender Jerome Boateng, who has a groin strain, and midfielder Toni Kroos, who was rested winning the Champions League with Real Madrid last weekend, will sit out.Mats Hummels and Thomas Mueller, who are rested, are also being left behind in Eppan by Loew, but for the rest of the 27-man squad this is their last chance to win a place on the plane to Russia.– Tough decisions –Manuel Neuer is a key figure for Germany © AFP / MIGUEL MEDINA“I’m planning to use all my substitutions against Austria,” added Loew, with a maximum six permitted.“The Under-20 team was a welcome sparring partner, but Austria will be an important friendly and the result will be just a minor matter.“In this phase, it is important to gain some knowledge and see some processes which we have worked on.“They will demand a lot from us. ”Whether or not he includes Neuer, Loew said he knows he still has to disappoint “burst some World Cup dreams”.Four names must be cut before the final 23-man World Cup team is submitted to FIFA on Monday and Loew said decisions will only be made “late on Sunday night”.“On Monday morning, I will speak to the relevant players and they will leave the squad around midday,” said Loew.“When I call their room, they will already have a bad feeling as I won’t be calling the likes of Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels or Joshua Kimmich.”The German federation were left red-faced this week when a poster appeared on their website showing how their squads’ names appear in sign-language, minus defender Jonathan Tah, midfielder Sebastian Rudy, goalkeeper Kevin Trapp and striker Nils Petersen.Team director Oliver Bierhoff insisted the slip-up does not reflect the quartet set to miss out on a place at Russia.Germany play their final friendly before Russia 2018 when they host Saudi Arabia in Leverkusen next Friday with their opening World Cup match against Mexico in Moscow on June 17 having also drawn South Korea and Sweden in Group F.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Kenya’s Hamisi makes final Arsenal clinic shortlist

first_img0Shares0000Hamisi is a founder of Young Talents Soccer Academy, a mixed academy in Embul Bul, Ngong.NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 27 – Founder of Young Talents Soccer Academy in Ngong, Hamisi Mohamed is the only Kenyan who made the final six shortlist announced by a panel of judges from English Premier League giants Arsenal FC and its official online money transfer partner, WorldRemit in their new Future Stars coaching programme.Hamisi made the cut from across Africa as finalists that also includes Adegun Shola John from Nigeria, Ahmed Ali from Somali, Innocents Yeboah-Num from Ghana, Tersia Davids from South Africa and Titus Tongesai Sanangurai from Zimbabwe. These final six coaches will now compete in a public vote on for the chance to attend an exclusive training programme with Arsenal Soccer Schools in London – fully sponsored by WorldRemit.Hamisi is a founder of Young Talents Soccer Academy, a mixed academy in Embul Bul, Ngong.Together with his friends, Hamisi started the academy over 10 years ago to bring young members of his community together and help them avoid falling into tribalism, drug abuse and crime.He was involved in the Premier Skills programme, a joint venture between the Premier League and the British Council, which further reinforced his belief that football can make a positive impact on society.If he were to win a coaching session with Arsenal, he would use the opportunity to benefit his local community. He would share the knowledge he gains with others and use it to enrich coaching programs designed to address societal issues.Other Kenyans who did not make the cut are Kariobangi Sharks U17 coach Beldine Odemba, Hamisi Mohamed, Ligi Ndogo’s Iddi Badi, Kevin Oduor Akumu from Kibera, Mutinda Irene Mutindi, Samira Schwarz and Stephen Githinji.The programme was designed to recognise and reward the valuable contribution of youth coaches to their local community and has already granted Arsenal replica shirts to over 500 kids whose coaches were shortlisted for the programme by the judging panel.WorldRemit has filmed the finalists during their coaching sessions and the videos will be shown on the Future Stars website, where members of the public can vote for their preferred candidate. Voting on will open on 28th September.A key part of the successful coach’s training at Arsenal will focus on how they will use the opportunity to build a lasting legacy in their home country.The finalists have therefore been selected based on the strength of their existing contribution to the community as well as their plans and ability to pass on their new skills on their return home.The six coaches were chosen from a shortlist of 25 individuals who were selected by the judging panel earlier this month. One in six of the 25 shortlisted coaches were women and, as the programme moves into the final selection phase, Tersia Davids from South Africa becomes the one woman amongst the six finalists to face the public vote.“Arsenal has the most successful women’s side in England and is actively involved in encouraging greater participation from females in the game regardless of age. We were very impressed by the work that all these coaches were already doing in their community and the work of the women coaches further emphasizes the positive impact that encouraging more women to get involved in coaching can have,” Simon McManus of Arsenal Soccer Schools said.Andrew Stewart, Managing Director Middle East & Africa at WorldRemit said:“Our business is all about helping our customers’ financial support for their community to go further. We hope that by shining a spotlight on the way these coaches are using football to benefit their community, we can help their efforts to go even further still.”“The power of sport to bring communities together and create positive social change was one of the key reasons for entering into a partnership with Arsenal. This programme has highlighted just how powerful sport – and our partnership – can be and the immense potential in this area. This is something we are now looking to build on further.” -Final six profile-Adegun Shola John from Lagos, NigeriaCombining his love of football and teaching, Adegun has been a community coach for girls and boys for three years. He is motivated to lead fun training sessions, helping young people unlock their passion for football, avoid social vices and appreciate the value of hard work, friendship and respecting one another.He would use the opportunity to train with Arsenal coaches to build on his football and coaching skills and enrich the programmes that he leads. He would also share his knowledge with other local coaches to improve the standard of training in the community.Ahmed Ali, Hargeisa, SomalilandThe civil war meant that Ahmed’s opportunities to play were constrained and like many other kids, he ended up playing football in the streets and unsafe areas of Hargeisa. After moving away to the UK and coaching, he returned home to increase the opportunities for both boys and girls to participate in football through the Somaliland Football Academy. Through the academy he has developed the Somaliland Level 1 coaching course and they have trained over 120 male and females coaches in the past year.Hamisi Mohamed, from Nairobi, KenyaHamisi is a founder of Young Talents Soccer Academy, a mixed academy in Embul Bul, Ngong. Together with his friends, Hamisi started the academy over 10 years ago to bring young members of his community together and help them avoid falling into tribalism, drug abuse and crime. He was involved in the Premier Skills programme, a joint venture between the Premier League and the British Council, which further reinforced his belief that football can make a positive impact on society.If he were to win a coaching session with Arsenal, he would use the opportunity to benefit his local community. He would share the knowledge he gains with others and use it to enrich coaching programs designed to address societal issues.Innocents Yeboah-Num, from Abease, Pru West District, GhanaInnocents founded Madonna Sporting Club in Abease in the Pru West District. Passionate about football, he believes that it has the power to lift people out of poverty and is committed to helping children reach their full potential.He has been teaching under 12, under 15 and under 17 teams for the last seven years. If he won a coaching session with Arsenal FC, he would organise training programmes to share his experience with other coaches and enhance community football across the country.Tersia Davids from Cape Town, South AfricaTersia’s love of football developed during her primary school days. She graduated from university with a degree in Sport Conditioning and Personal Training and now coaches at Islamia College in Lansdowne, Cape Town. Her coaching style reflects her passion for the sport and she enjoys creating a fun environment for the children that she trains.She continues to compete as a player for Santos Ladies F.C. and would use the opportunity to train with Arsenal to help her to achieve her long-term goal of setting up an academy to teach girls and boys the foundations of football.Titus Tongesai Sanangurai, Harare, ZimbabweTitus began coaching during his years as a player attached to the 1st Division side of DStv Rangers. Having secured his CAF ‘A;’ coaching licence, he joined the Rangers’ coaching staff and his passion for developing young talent led him to coach the DStv Rangers Junior Team. When the team was disbanded he went on to secure support from Old Mutual for grounds and equipment enabling him to set up his own team, Big Stuff Youth Soccer Team. The academy-style team has grown from 6 to 60 players in 2 years.Having benefited from training from volunteers, Titus says he feels a responsibility to give back. 1 in 4 players at Big Stuff Youth are women and Titus expressed an interest in using the Future Stars experience to highlight the opportunities that exist for female players and to help to create new opportunities for both girls and boys. He believes the experience will help him to open doors to exchange ideas and improve communication at an international level.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgBY JAMES MORRISON in CLONES: It may not have the glamour of the Munster Championship, but Down showed real class in despatching Donegal from this year’s Ulster Senior Hurling Championship in Clones.In the end Donegal were well beaten by a resurgent Down side, with 24 points between the sides in the quarter-final match – the curtain-raiser for the footballers of Monaghan and Tyrone.Down’s 1-31 to 0-10 win was fully deserved. But for the first 15 minutes or so, Donegal had held their own despite missing Danny Cullen and Enda McDermott, the latter to a one match ban and the former to a nasty cruciate ligament injury.Ciaran Mathewson had hit five points by that stage to keep Donegal just two points behind the Mourne men (0-08 to 0-06) but he also missed a penalty and it was Down who kicked on, Ryan Brannigan finding the net and giving them a 12 point half-time lead (1-16 to 0-07).Even the best optimist’s hopes of a comeback were soon destroyed as Down’s Scott Nicholson and Johnny McCusker ran riot in the second half, pointing 13 times between them as Donegal managed just three more points in the game.  GAA NEWS: DONEGAL HURLERS OUTCLASSED BY RESURGENT DOWN was last modified: June 16th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ClonesdonegalDownHURLINGlast_img read more

Why Did God Create Cannabis?

first_imgA Discussion about the Bible, Drugs, Cannabis, and Creationby Jerry Bergman, PhDWith the recent legalization of the recreational use of the mind-altering drug cannabis in many states, and the legalization of its medical use in most states, questions arise about the drug from a creation-worldview standpoint. The main psychoactive component of cannabis is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). One major question is, why did God create drugs that are poisonous or that can cause harm? Poisonous substances include anything that can physically harm us if we inhale, swallow or touch it. They range from bee stings to cyanide poisoning.Original Creation v Corrupted NatureCreationists consider questions that arise related to God’s purpose of plants that can be used for evil. Some propose certain plants became problematic due to the Fall, or have become more dangerous since they were first created due to mutations. In light of these questions, how should Bible believers approach the political issues related to marijuana’s use today?  The Scriptures declared all creation, including plants, to have been good initially. Genesis 1 is clear: “God said, ‘Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you.’”[1] Scriptures that caution ingesting certain plants are Galatians 5:20, Revelation 9:21, 18:23, 21:8, and 22:15.A State of MindThe Greek word used in these scriptures is “pharmakia” (Greek: φαρμακεία) which literally means “drugs,” and is the source of the English word “pharmacy.” Pharmakia is translated in our English Bible as either “witchcraft” or “sorcery” because of the strong connection of mind-altering-drugs to “witchcraft,” “sorcery,” and the casting of spells. In short, the condemnation of witchcraft is linked with mind-altering drugs such as cannabis. Thus, the concern is the abuse of mind-altering drugs that put the user in a wrong state of mind. Christians are enjoined to keep a clear, active mind: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind,” Paul said, “that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect” (Romans 12:2). To love God with all our mind, we must be in our right mind, exercising judgment, discernment, and self-control.Dosage and Individual DifferencesA major point is this: any chemical, both plant-derived and otherwise, can be abused. A second point is, “the dose level is the poison.” This means most every known chemical is not poisonous in small doses, and all chemicals are poisonous in large enough doses. The only exception I am aware of is dimethylmercury, of which even extremely small doses (less than 0.1 mL) are poisonous.[2] The conclusion that all chemicals are poisonous in large doses even includes water, which is lethal in large doses. Danger ensues if the amount of water is so high that it becomes difficult for the kidneys to process it rapidly enough. The result is too much body water, thus causing the mineral levels to become too dilute, especially when dangerously low levels of sodium result, producing hyponatremia. No more than four liters in 4 hours is a rough guideline to avoid harm, but the danger level depends on the climate and the person, their sex, weight, age, and health status.* The same thing is true of cannabis. At a low enough level, it can do no harm.*For fun, read the classic DHMO Parody.My medical school toxicology class taught by a creationist, Dr. Robert Forney, made this clear. Nothing is toxic in small enough amounts, including dimethylmercury, and everything is toxic in large enough amounts.* How toxic a chemical is depends on how easily it is absorbed and metabolized, and how rapidly it is expelled by the body. Furthermore, not everyone is equally affected by a specific toxic substance. Some animal species are more susceptible to various poisons, others far less susceptible. One classic example is that it requires 1,000 times more dioxin to kill a hamster than a guinea pig. The high level of guinea pigs’ sensitivity makes them ideal for certain kinds of toxicity research.*Some hormetic substances are actually beneficial in small amounts, but reverse and become toxic as dosage increases.Dosage-Dependent HarmSome compounds, although very toxic even in small amounts, also function as miracle drugs when used properly. Botulism produced by Clostridium botulinum bacteria is one of the most toxic compounds known to mankind. It is also the most toxic substance produced by living organisms, bacteria in this case. A single gram (0.04 ounces) can kill 14,000 people if swallowed – or 8.3 million if injected![3] Botulinum works by disrupting communication between nerves and muscle cells, paralyzing its victims, and leading to respiratory failure because the victim cannot breathe.[4] Extremely small doses of botulinum toxin can, however, be used to treat muscle spasms and excessive sweating. It can even be used to partly paralyze muscles that cause wrinkles. For this use it is sold commercially as Botox.Chemistry and ConsciousnessCannabis sativa, drawing by Koehler c. 1900With this background, let us consider cannabis use for Bible believers. If it is used to achieve a state of normality, such as to relieve pain, this could be an appropriate use (cf. Proverbs 31:4-7). When used for the purpose of achieving an abnormal out-of-mind state, however, that would be an issue. The fact that some regard the “out-of-mind state” as a desirable state raises spiritual red flags; God wants us in “our right minds.” One has to evaluate the total effect and consequence of the results of the out-of-mind state. Compare the pleasure of marijuana with some other feelings people consider pleasurable. Some people enjoy inflecting pain on others — a tendency called sadism, and others enjoy experiencing pain — a tendency called masochism. Though called “pleasurable” by some, these behaviors often cause serious health damage, even death, and thus given the Biblical rule noted above would be condemned. Aside from the psychological harm marijuana can cause, the effects of burning cannabis leaves must be considered. The smoke contains carcinogens, such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. A desire to care for one’s body as the temple of the Lord should militate against willfully ingesting carcinogens for “pleasure.”Given these facts, cannabis use by Bible believers needs to be evaluated critically. And Christ followers would also want to be discerning about the possible cultural effects of widespread use of substances that alter people’s perceptions, e.g., while driving or working. Enough research is now available to make some tentative judgements.From my experience working with drug users at Alexandria House in Detroit, I spent much time discussing the motivation and experience of the clients, most of whom were in this treatment center by court order for drug use. Their response to its use varied greatly. Some described marijuana smoking like breathing smelly air and having no effect. Others noted it caused them to become irrationally paranoid, and yet others to commit crimes of violence, which is what got them into the program. The scientific research supports this experience.From my hospital work experience, I learned that cannabis had some use in dealing with nausea from cancer drugs and relieving pain, but is much less effective than opiates. The peer-reviewed research in leading medical journals supports my conclusion that marijuana can cause, or worsen, severe mental illness, especially psychosis, a fact that has been known for over a decade.[5]Long-Term EffectsOne question to ask is, “Marijuana abuse can lead to transient psychosis, but can it cause or worsen psychotic disorders like schizophrenia?” The evidence from key research reports is “that marijuana use, especially in early adolescence, can lead to psychotic disorders in adulthood, such as schizophrenia.”[6] The latest study in a special section of Nature about cannabis supported this conclusion, finding psychosis was three times greater in those who used cannabis daily compared to people who never used the drug. The researchers extrapolated this finding, concluding “where highly potent cannabis was most available, the researchers calculated that …  eliminating its use would reduce psychosis rates in London by 30% and in Amsterdam by 50%.[7]Difficulty of Establishing CertaintyAs a whole, cannabis has the potential for causing severe psychoses, supporting its classification as a mind-altering drug that Scripture warns about. Because marijuana was illegal in the USA till recently, studies were few. More research on potential medical applications is warranted; one most recent review of the evidence was lambasted because firm scientific studies were too few and problematic.[9] Consider that it took over two centuries to finally prove beyond any doubt that smoking tobacco causes lethal diseases including cancer and heart disease. It may also take years to establish the same ‘beyond-a-doubt’ level of proof for cannabis. But enough evidence now exists to decide that the safest course by far is to avoid the drug at all costs, unless some clear medical use is warranted.[10] In the Nature special issue, Clement and her colleagues analyzed the findings of 68 reviews of cannabis research, and fully 62 foundassociations between the drug and various adverse outcomes, including impaired driving, increased risk of stroke and testicular cancer, brain changes that could affect learning and memory, and a particularly consistent link between cannabis use and mental illnesses involving psychosis. Risks were highest for teenagers, pregnant women and people already at risk of mental illness.[11]Some GuidelinesThe few beneficial uses that exist for Cannabis, apart from the intoxicating effects that make it controversial, are very limited and vary according to individual factors. I am convinced from my own experience, and my review of the peer-reviewed scientific literature, that long-term use of marijuana—no matter how ingested—will eventually cause enormous problems in society. I may well in the future sadly say, “I told you so,” as have the many scientific studies of the use of marijuana. I learned from my work experience that Cannabis is highly addictive and many occasional users do, in fact, become addicted.In conclusion, while cannabis is not “evil,” and is “just a plant” that manifests (as all of creation) clear evidence of very good design, one cannot justify smoking or eating it on that basis. Cactus is very good, but we don’t hug it. Poison oak is just a plant, but we don’t smear its leaves on our skin. Many garden plants like castor bean and poinsettia are nice to look at, but deadly in the body. Cannabis can help a few medical conditions, like certain types of epilepsy, but it is not a cure-all. And as Nature reported, it can have horrible side effects. [8] Although the use of marijuana, like cigarettes or alcohol, when not illegal, falls within individual conscience, is it worth the risks, when there are thousands of other good plants without such dangers that can satisfy us with pleasure and health? Paul’s advice to the Corinthians is relevant here: “All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything.” (I Corinthians 6:12).References[1] Genesis 1:29. New American Standard Bible (NASB), 1977.[2] Dimethylmercury is one of the strongest known neurotoxins. A quantity less than 0.1 mL is capable of inducing severe mercury poisoning. It is also easily absorbed through the skin, which creates problems in working with it. See[3] Zajtchuk, R. 1997. Textbook of Military Medicine. Office of The Surgeon General at TMM Publications, Borden Institute, Washington, D.C.: Walter Reed Army Medical Center, 20307-5001.[4] Middlebrook, John L. 1986. Cellular Mechanism of Action of Botulinum Neurotoxin. Journal of Toxicology, 5(2):177-190.[5] Raby, Wilfrid Noël. 2013. Comorbid Cannabis Misuse in Psychotic Disorders: Treatment Strategies. Primary Psychiatry, 6(4):29-34, May.[6] Raby, 2013, p. 29.[7]  di Forti, Marta et al., 2019. Potent pot linked to Psychosis. Lancet Psychiatry. 6, 427–436.[8] Drew, Liam. 2019. Cannabis research round-up. Highlights from laboratory studies and clinical trials. Nature. 572(s21). August, 29.[9] Berenson, Alex. 2019. Tell Your Children: The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence. New York, NY: Free Press.[10] Gogek, Ed. 2015. Marijuana Debunked: A handbook for parents, pundits and politicians who want to know the case against legalization. New York, NY: innerQuest. This book was written by a medical doctor with extensive experience in treating persons addicted to drugs, and this book is much better documented to the scientific literature than Berenson’s book.[11] Sohn, Emily. 2019. Weighing the dangers of cannabis. As interest builds in the potential health benefits from the plant, accumulating evidence confirms that taking the drug also carries risks. Nature, 572, S16-S18 August, 28.Dr. Jerry Bergman has taught biology, genetics, chemistry, biochemistry, anthropology, geology, and microbiology at several colleges and universities including for over 40 years at Bowling Green State University, Medical College of Ohio where he was a research associate in experimental pathology, and The University of Toledo. He is a graduate of the Medical College of Ohio, Wayne State University in Detroit, the University of Toledo, and Bowling Green State University. He has over 1,300 publications in 12 languages and 40 books and monographs. His books and textbooks that include chapters that he authored, are in over 1,500 college libraries in 27 countries. So far over 80,000 copies of the 40 books and monographs that he has authored or co-authored are in print. For more articles by Dr Bergman, see his Author Profile.(Visited 1,021 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

500 Gb/s network trial a global first in SA

first_img2 August 2011Undersea cable company Seacom and US-based digital optical networking equipment supplier Infinera have achieved a global first by successfully trialling a 500 Gigabits per second transmission over Seacom’s newly built network between KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.“This event is a landmark achievement and a global first,” Seacom CEO Brian Herlihy said in a statement on Monday. “It also signals the international science research and development community that global projects such as the Square Kilometre Array are well within Africa’s reach.”Live demonstrationThe trial made use of five 100 Gigabit per second (100 Gb/s) channels of coherent optical transmission over a distance of 1 732 kilometres on Monday.The trial was run over and looped back across Seacom’s newly built 930-kilometre Dark Fibre Africa fibre route, which links the Seacom Mtunzini cable landing station on the coast of South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province to the Teraco data centre in Johannesburg.The live demonstration, news of which has generated huge excitement in the industry, was witnessed by members of the scientific, research and development community at Teraco’s data centre in Johannesburg.“The trial demonstrates Seacom’s commitment to increase the pace at which African networks are deploying cutting-edge telecommunications infrastructure technology to support Africa’s rise as a primary scientific and business destination,” said Herlihy.Photonic Integrated CircuitsThe trial used Infinera’s 500 Gb/s Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs), each of which integrates five 100 Gb/s coherent channels onto a single chip. The PICs were used for both transmitting and receiving the five 100 Gb/s signals during the trial.At the consumer level, the 500Gb/s PIC technology enables the download of 2 400 high-definition Blu-Ray movie files in 60 seconds, or supports the streaming of 320 000 simultaneous high definition video channels over a single fibre pair.Demand for large-capacity transmissionFibre optic transmission technologies have been developing considerably to satisfy demand for large-capacity digital transmission in public telecommunication networks worldwide.“With internet traffic growing at exponential rates, driven by video, cloud computing, and mobility, the 500G PIC technology is designed to support the required growth in network capacity, while reducing the per-bit cost, space, and power consumption,” said Infinera CEO Tom Fallon.“These attributes are in-line with Seacom’s vision to providing world-class infrastructure as African traffic continues to increase at record speeds.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Banyana unlucky in loss to Ireland

first_img11 March 2013Luck was not on Banyana Banyana’s side as the South Africa’s women’s football team slipped to a 1-0 loss to the Republic of Ireland in a Cyprus Women’s Cup match played in windy conditions at Paralimni Stadium on Friday.A lapse of concentration early in the second half allowed Ireland to score through Aine O’Gorman, who struck with a half-volley from inside the penalty area.Banyana dominated the contest in the first half, struck the crossbar three times in the second half, but failed to find a goal against the Irish, who had thumped Northern Ireland in their first match by five goals to one.Close callsPlaying with the the wind in the first half, Ireland put Banyana on the back foot, but coach Joseph Mkhonza’s charges weathered the pressure, although there were one or two close calls. One those occurred when Grace Murray watched in agony as her in-swinging corner kick from the left struck the crossbar and was cleared to safety by Janine van Wyk, who was outstanding in defence.Refiloe Jane and Amanda Dlamini produced a far better display in the middle of the park to stifle the Irish, but Banyana’s attack looked somewhat jaded. Jane, in particular, played superbly as a protective shield for the back four.Midway through the first half, she sent Jermaine Seoposenwe through on goal with a defence-splitting pass, but Seoposenwe’s shot was saved by Ireland goalkeeper Emma Byrne.Narrow missesSubstitute Noko Matlou and fellow striker Nomathemba Ntsibande, came close to scoring on three occasions in the second half: Matlou had a header agonizingly shave the upright. Moments later, Ntsibande struck an upright with a fierce low shot, while goalkeeper Byrne pulled off a good, low save from Matlou towards the end of the match.Winger Mary Ntsweng was Banyana’s best player on the day. She came close to scoring and thought she had found the back of the net with a long range effort, but was left to watch in disbelief as her shot cannoned off the crossbar following sustained pressure by Banyana.After the game, she said: “As a collective, we have done well in creating chances. What we need only is to improve our communication and be fully alert when in the final third.‘Standard is higher’Ntsweng added: “The standard is higher in the tournament this year, teams have regrouped after last year’s outing and strengthened their weak departments.”Despite conceding early on in the second half, South African goalkeeper Andile Dlamini performed well on the few occasions she faced challenging situations and showed a huge improvement from her nervous first outing on Wednesday.Banyana, runners-up in the 2012 African Women’s Championship, will next face Northern Ireland in their final Group C match on Monday. They beat the same opponents 2-0 in last year’s Cyprus Women’s Cup.In Group C’s other game on Monday, the Korea Republic, who beat Northern Ireland 3-0 on Friday, will play against the Republic of Ireland.RESULTSItaly 2-0 New ZealandScotland 4-4 EnglandSwitzerland 1-1 NetherlandsFinland 1-2 CanadaRepublic of Ireland 1-0 South AfricaSouth Korea 3-0 Northern IrelandSAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

World’s Costliest Cities For A Home: Mumbai In Impossible Dream Pack

first_imgOh Canada! The first two words of that country’s national anthem are also what many people in Toronto and Vancouver must be saying when they pay their rent or mortgage.Toronto’s costs posted the biggest jump from a year ago in the annual Bloomberg Global City Housing Cost Index, which analyzes more than 100 municipalities worldwide. Canada’s financial hub surged 18 places to rank 28th globally in the survey, while Vancouver had the second-largest leap: 16 spots to 16th overall.Read it at NDTV Related Itemslast_img

Its been a great year for Indian badminton: Gopichand

first_imgMumbai, Dec 6 (PTI) National badminton coach, Pullela Gopichand, today expressed happiness at the performance this year of Indian shuttlers and termed Kidambi Srikanths feat of winning four Super Series titles as “phenomenal”.”Its been a great year. I think all the players have done well. At the beginning of the year if you had said this is what you would get this year, I would have taken it very happily,” said Gopichand here.”In the big events – World Championships or Super Series events, we have done well. Also varied people have done well. Last year was, may be, (P V) Sindhus year. This year mens singles has come off (well). Three of them winning Super Series titles, winning GP gold level – (HS) Prannoy and Sameer (Verma) winning. Overall it has been a good year. Now hoping for a good finish in Dubai (Super Series finals) to what has been a great year already,” he remarked.”We have a pretty cramped calendar in the world level. Considering that, what we have been able to manage has been good. Its a good stepping stone for the next year as well,” he noted.”To win four Super Series titles and becoming runner-up at one and, at the end of the year, reaching a ranking of world no. 2 is phenomenal. Not many players in world badminton (have achieved that). The only players who have achieved what he has achieved – we call them legends of the sport across time,” said Gopichand on Srikanths brilliant run this year.advertisementSrikanth had started his brilliant title-run by clinching the mens singles title in the Indonesian Super Series and followed it up by winning the singles Super Series crowns in Australia, Denmark and France.In between, the Hyderabad shuttler also finished runner-up to compatriot B Sai Praneeth in the Singapore SS and was a losing quarter finalist in the World Championships.”Hes 24 and has many more years to compete. (With) Lee Chong Wei at 34 and Lin Dan at 33 (still playing), we can expect that he has 8-10 years of badminton left in him. What he has achieved is phenomenal. What he can achieve, considering his potential, is unbelievable,” Gopichand gushed.On Sindhu, silver medal winner in womens singles at last years Rio Olympics, Gopichand said it was a fine display by the lanky shuttler to maintain such high levels the year after the sports spectacle in Brazil.”Sindhu has been good – Super Series wins in the India Open and Korea and finals of the Super Series in Hong Kong and the World Championship (silver) medal. To come back after an Olympic year and, in the next year, perform like that and finish off as world no. 2 is good.”She had problems with (Spains Olympic champion) Carolina (Marin), she beat her; with (Japans Akane), Yamaguchi, she beat her. She is improving as a player. I believe, the next year could be even better. She is just 22, young and has a lot of potential.”He also said that Saina Nehwal, bronze medallist in the 2012 London Games who has moved back to Hyderabad from Bengaluru after the World Championships, is showing what she is capable of after her injury last year during the Olympics.”We will have to work on a few aspects of her game. Its good that in the last few tournaments she had good performances – beating Carolina after a while and the match against Chen Yufei which she played. Overall she is showing that she is capable now. She needs to be fitter and also get back from her injury, as well as ensure she is physically stronger to win match after match,” said Gopichand.Looking ahead to next years Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, and the Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Gopichand hoped that the shuttlerss display would be better than that at Glasgow, Scotland and Incheon, South Korea.”Every two years we have these big events – whether its Commonwealth Games, or Asian Games or the Olympics. We are hoping we will come out strongly. In 2014 there were good performances and hopefully we can better it.” PTI SSR NRBlast_img read more