In Your Neighbourhood

first_imgMile Gully, Ricam lead Manchester Major League Following the completion of the first half of the first round, Mile Gully and Ricam are the respective zone leaders of the Magnum/Captain’s Bakery Major League. Mile Gully’s 2-0 win over Greenvale pivoted them to 13 points from five games to head Zone One ahead of defending champions Hillstars, who have 12. Mile Gully had to fight off relegation in their penultimate match last season. However, their resurgence this season has been remarkable and included the highlight of the competition so far – a 1-0 win over Hillstars in the fourth round. That win spoilt Hillstars’ unbeaten record, which dates back to the 2014 season. Ricam leads Zone Two with 13 points after five matches, which includes four wins and a draw against Alligator Pond. They completed the pre-Christmas round with a 6-0 win over Land Settlement. Christopher Dyer netted a hat-trick, the third time the feat had been achieved since the start of the competition last month. Downs are second with 12 points, having lost to Ricam. The competition takes a break until Saturday, January 2. Hillstars, Ricam to contest Manchester KO finals The first finals of the 2015-16 Manchester FA season will be contested next Tuesday when Hillstars and Ricam meet in the Brumalia Hardware-sponsored Knock-out Cup. Venue will be Brooks Park, starting at 2:45 p.m. Both teams earned the right following convincing semi-finals performances. Hillstars recorded a 3-1 win over Old England, while defending champions Porus were brushed aside 6-0 by Ricam. That result has since sent Porus in a spin, so much so that they failed to show for their fifth-round Major League fixture against Alligator Pond. Ricam are in their best form, currently unbeaten and leading Zone Two of the Major League. Hillstars are in second position in another Major League zone, but are still fancied to win the KO finals despite a recent 0-1 upset loss to Mile Gully. Henriques wins ‘Rappa Pam Pam’ Despite being noticeably injured, Mandeville’s top shooter, Orville Henriques, held off the challenge of Jamaica Rifle Association’s Lennox Moulton to win the Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club’s Christmas extravaganza dubbed ‘Rappa Pam Pam’. Henriques was not dominant, but won four of the eight stages to finish on 476 points. Moulton, who earned top-four positions on five stages, ended at 84 per cent with 400 points. Female shooter Sue Ann Henriques, who won the last two stages, was edged into third with 384 points. The next three positions were separated by four percentage points. Ellsworth Dixon, who won the practice shoot held three days earlier, was fourth, followed by Evon Grant and Owen Campbell. Clarendon KO to break until December 31 The Noel Arscott-sponsored Clarendon Knock-out football competition will take a break until next Thursday, December 31, when the second round starts. The first round ended earlier this week, and included home-and-away matches. Jamalco, as well as the parish’s Premier League team, Humble Lion, will enter at the quarter-final stage. In results from the first round, York Town exited Sandy Bay, Bamboo Lane knocked out Kemps Hill, Springfield got rid of Spartan, Rock River made it past newcomers Bulls United from Alston, while Original Hazard took care of Little Brazil of Sheckles. In the most recent results, newcomers Anderson Drive knocked out Lionel Town 1-0 after the first leg ended 0-0, while Four Parks got the better of Treadlight by a similar margin. Jamalco top Clarendon FA awards Jamalco were deemed the best team, taking both the top competition and individual awards at the recent Clarendon Football Association 2015 awards ceremony held at Wembley Excellence Centre. Jamalco got the top incentive award for being Major League champions, Knock-out champions, in which they triumphed over Premier League team Humble Lion. They were also recognised for narrowly missing the cut to the Premier League. Jamalco secured the top individual awards, including Coach of the Year, which went to Ryan Johnson. The CFA also recognised its referees. The National award went to Kevin Morrison, while the parish’s Performance award went to Doween Tummings. Jason Jackson was handed the best assistant referee. Clarendon College was adjudged the best schoolboy team, while Lennon got the award for best female team. Battle on for semi-final spot Four teams – Pro Santos A, Express All Stars, Progressive Strikers, and Passagefort Strikers – will play off for the fourth and final semi-final spot in the South East St Catherine Netball League. The play-offs starts on Saturday, January 9, and is over three days. Based on form, Pro Santos A and Express All Stars should be in the two teams that will fight for that one spot. Meanwhile, Westchester netball team topped the standings with 16 points as the preliminary round comes to a close. Mega Angels, 13 points, occupy second spot. Pro Santos B (12 points) are third. The top three are given automatic berths to the semi-final. In a recent game, Mega Angels dismissed Pro Santos B 24-11. Free Jamaica Holiday Lacrosse camp A Jamaica Holiday Lacrosse Camp will take place at St George’s College (Emmett Park) in Kingston from Monday, December 28, to Thursday, December 31, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. each day. This camp is funded and staffed by players and coaches primarily from the United States. Equipment is provided on loan from the Jamaica Lacrosse Association and given to committed campers to keep at the end of the camp. The organisers of the camp said that “the game will be taught in a positive and encouraging environment. Water and light refreshments are provided, along with music, games, prizes, contests, awards, and lots of fun.” There will be high-school and university men’s and women’s divisions at this camp, as well as a new youth boy’s division (Primary School boys ages 8-13). Mid-season final for January 3 The York Pharmacy-sponsored Portmore Division Two mid-season final has been pushed back to Sunday, January 3, 2016. The match was originally scheduled for Sunday, December 27. The match, which features Cedar Grove and Braeton United, will take place at the Cedar Grove playing field starting at 3 p.m. Meanwhile, both Cedar Grove and Braeton United were beaten in recent matches. Cedar Grove suffered a shock 2-0 loss to Cumberland (five points), which won their first match in four tries, while Cedar Grove were losing for the first time. Braeton United remained on six points from three games as they were clipped 1-0 by Edgewater. In another game, Daytona (seven points) spanked Southborough 4-2.last_img read more

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Corsair, former Logger signs with Cal Maritime

first_imgA signing ceremony was held in the College of the Redwoods gym lobby earlier this week for former Eureka Logger and CR basketball player Bryce Rose, who intends to resume his basketball career at California Maritime Academy after a year off the court.“We are excited for Bryce to be able to continue his education and extend his basketball career,” Redwoods head coach Justin Mora said in a statement. “He’s a tremendous competitor and a difference maker, especially on the defensive end of the …last_img

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Science Discovers the Unexpected and the Obvious

first_imgYoung’s Law jokes, “All great discoveries are made by mistake.”  Here are some recent examples.Arch-istan:  Think the world’s natural features are all well known?  “Researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society have stumbled upon a geological colossus in a remote corner of Afghanistan: a natural stone arch spanning more than 200 feet across its base,” reported PhysOrg.  It now ranks as the 12th largest natural bridge in the world.    “It’s one of the most spectacular discoveries ever made in this region,” a spokesman for the Society said.  And there’s probably more: “The arch is emblematic of the natural marvels that still await discovery in Afghanistan” if only the warlords would let people in.Sing for surgery:  A lady needed knee replacement surgery, but her blood pressure was too high.  Science Daily reported, “While the patient was unresponsive to aggressive pharmacologic interventions, the woman’s blood pressure dropped dramatically when she sang several religious songs.”  Maybe they’ve stumbled upon a new therapy: “Singing is simple, safe, and free.  Patients should be encouraged to sing if they wish.”    The story did not explain whether it was the singing that was effective, or the words.  Depending on the songs (which were not mentioned), it could have been the concepts expressed by the songs that gave this particular patient comfort.  The article said that “larger studies are needed” to see if singing will be advised for patients.  If so, it could make for a strange new auditory environment in hospitals depending on the singers’ skill (and harmonization).  Arguably, though, there are songs that might raise blood pressure.Nice termites:  Termites are a farmer’s friend, claimed New Scientist.  An ecosystem scientist in Australia “has shown that the insects can increase the yield of wheat crops by 36 per cent.”  Ants and termites can loosen the soil in arid climates like earthworms do in more temperate climates.  They also bring more nitrogen into the soil.    “Never mind fertilisers and pesticides: for a natural solution to boosting crop yields in arid regions, turn to termite power,” said Wendy Zukerman at New Scientist; however, she quoted critics who pointed to some potential downsides. Mammoth protein:  Protein samples have been extracted from a mammoth said to be 600,000 years old.  Science Daily quoted a “bio-archaeologist” from the University of York who remarked, “Until several years ago we did not believe we would find any collagen in a skeleton of this age, even if it was as well-preserved as the West Runton Elephant.”    The specimen, 85% intact, is the most complete and well-preserved mammoth found so far.  See artist rendition of the West Runton Elephant on PhysOrg.Non-renewable energy:  Wind and wave power seem to be models of clean, green, renewable sources of energy.  Not so, says Axel Kleidon of the Max Planck Institute.  New Scientist claims, as summarized by reporter Mark Buchanan, “Build enough wind farms to replace fossil fuels and we could do as much damage to the climate as greenhouse global warming.”    Kleidon’s argument, being taken seriously in the UK, is that the second law of thermodynamics dictates that devices built to take advantage of winds and waves are doomed to emit much of the energy gained as heat – back into the atmosphere.On the other hand, scientists occasionally state the obvious:Hearing media reports about uncommon acts of goodness can make good people even better (PhysOrg).Lack of motivation is a barrier for exercise in boys (PhysOrg).Researchers given intellectual challenge and independence are more likely to come up with innovations (PhysOrg).Beautiful people are happier (PhysOrg), but there was a lot of spread in the data (to say nothing of subjectivity).Distressed areas have more poverty (PhysOrg).Lastly, PhysOrg made the astonishing discovery that “conscientious people earn more and save more for retirement.”Must be publish-or-perish time at some universities.  Scientific discovery needs to be distinguished from scientific explanation.  Sometimes scientists stumble upon new ideas, sometimes they reinforce the obvious, and sometimes they upset apple carts (05/19/2010) – only to have other scientists turn them right-side up again.  Occasionally, scientists discover new, useful principles by careful, methodical research.  Whether accidental or methodical, their findings must always be filtered through human limitations.  That’s why discernment is required for anyone evaluating their claims.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Passive House in the Woods Goes Energy-Positive

first_img RELATED ARTICLES Passive House in the (Wisconsin) WoodsPassive House in the Woods Opens Its DoorsBlog Review: Tim EianWisconsin Electric Cooperative Jolts Passivhaus Owner The house is equipped with a solar hot water system, a 4.7-kW photovoltaic system, and a ground-loop system and liquid-to-air heat exchanger designed to pre-warm, pre-cool, and dehumidify the ventilation air as needed.Getting to positiveBased on PHPP calculations, Eian explained, as much as 80% of the heat load over the course of the year has been covered by passive solar gain.“While we predicted this with our energy models,” Eian wrote in the TE Studio blog, “we found and learned through monitoring that some equipment and appliances use more energy than assumed. On the flip side, user behavior plays a major role as well and can effectively lower energy consumption over the predicted model.”Eian also pointed out to GBA that more performance tracking will be needed to create an accurate picture of monitored usage. TE Studio summarized the monitoring data for 2011 in a report to the building’s owner, Gary Konkol, a general-practice physician, but at this point that information isn’t being released to the public.So monitoring will continue and, Eian adds, “no changes to the building’s systems or performance are scheduled. On whole, the building performs as predicted and the owner is very excited about it.” As the clock wound down on 2011, marking a full year of monitoring for Passive House in the Woods, in frosty Hudson, Wisconsin, it became clear that the building’s design, construction, and renewable-energy systems had combined to deliver net-zero-energy performance, and then some.Tim Eian, of Minneapolis-based TE Studio, designed the home to meet the Passivhvaus standard and teamed up with Morr Construction Services, of Shoreview, Minnesota, to turn the plans into reality. The 1,940-sq.-ft. home was certified by the Passive House Institute U.S. in October, and Eian recently reported on the TE Studio blog that it had produced more energy than it used in 2011.The home’s above-grade walls are built from 11-in.-thick insulated concrete forms (ICFs) clad with an exterior-insulation and finish system (EIFS) that brought the overall R-value of the walls to 70. The slab, which sits on 12 in. of extruded polystyrene, is designed to deliver R-60 thermal resistance, and the flat roof, with an average of 14 in. of polyisocyanurate insulation, is rated at R-95.last_img read more

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The Meka Robotics M1 A customizable humanlike bot at 340000

first_img The Meka Robotics’ M1 has a human like appearance. It has a head with two eyes and an adjustable torso that allows it to go between the height of an average sitting human and an average standing human. The M1 does not, however know how to walk like a man. It has bypassed the idea of bipedal locomotion in favor of a motorized wheel base. That does limit its mobility, but unlike walking robots, like Asimo, it does not spend a lot of time and processing power on walking that can be better used on tasks. Explore further © 2010 PhysOrg.com The choice of using modified Microsoft Kinect sensors allows the robot to see the world in some semblance of 3D, which is important if the robot wants to be able to act in the real world, which is the goal of these bots, human-like action.These robots are expected to retail for about $340,000 for a user-customizable design, which means that you will not likely see them at the corner store, but when they are ordered the customer will get exactly what they need from the bot. The market for these bots in expected to be universities and in-house research facilities. Scientists study robot-human interactions More information: mekabot.com/products/m1-mobile-manipulator/ (PhysOrg.com) — San Francisco-based company Meka has introduced the Meka Robotics’ M1. The Meka Robotics’ M1 is a mobile robot that features a pair of dextrous arms with what is known as compliant force-control (a set of sensors that measure how much force is being used for each task, in order to keep the robot from breaking items or hurting humans) and some modified Microsoft Kinect sensors. Citation: The Meka Robotics’ M1: A customizable human-like bot at $340,000 (2011, February 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-02-meka-robotics-m1-customizable-human-like.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Google kills another product Fusion tables

first_imgYesterday, Google announced in a support page that they will ‘turn down’ Google Fusion tables. Google Fusion tables users got an email yesterday saying that the service will be retired on December 3, 2019. With Fusion tables, users can plot data on a Google Map without any coding. Fusion Tables is popular among journalists, scientists and other non-technical groups that use data visualization regularly. Google encouraged users to switch to other products, like its BigQuery cloud data warehouse system, its Google Data Studio business intelligence tool, or simply Google Sheets. The company says it’s also working to make other mapping tools, currently used internally, available. In their blog post, Google has mentioned alternatives to Fusion tables. They are: Google BigQuery Google Cloud SQL Google Sheets Google Data Studio Other tools that will be available in the coming months The email from Google, reads: “Google Fusion Tables was launched almost nine years ago as a research project in Google Labs, later evolving into an experimental product. For a long time, it was one of the few free tools for easily visualizing large datasets, especially on a map. Since then, Google has developed several alternatives, providing deeper experiences in more specialized domains.” Any maps using a Fusion Tables Layer in the Maps JavaScript API v3.37 will be met with errors from August 2019. You can download your data in various formats before Fusion tables ‘turns down’. The available formats are CSV, KML, and KML Network Link. A comment from Hacker news reads: “I stopped teaching FT because several years ago because it seemed clear, in an implicit way, that it wasn’t getting the traction. I hardly ever heard anyone inside or outside of Google talk/tweet/etc about it, in the same way people do for Sheets or BigQuery. I missed the easy data-to-interactive-map workflow for teaching, but for production work, FT was just too clunky (and merge far too limited compared to a SQL join) to justify using as a data store.” Seems like Fusion table never got enough traction, a story we have seem played with other recently retiring Google products like G+ and Allo. For more details, visit the Google support page. Read next Google to discontinue Allo; plans to power ‘Messages’ with Rich Communication Services (RCS) Chat Google+ affected by another bug, 52M users compromised, shut down within 90 days Google hints shutting down Google News over EU’s implementation of Article 11 or the “link tax”last_img read more

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