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Thursday’s QPR quiz

first_imgTest your knowledge by seeing how many of these five QPR-related questions you can answer correctly.[wp-simple-survey-102] 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Smith set to fight for English title

first_imgMitchell Smith is set to fight for the English title at the Copper Box on 12 April.Harrow Weald’s super-featherweight prospect, 21, became southern area champion at the same venue last year and in February he extended his unbeaten record to 8-0 by beating Mark Evans.He is now poised to face Hartlepool’s Peter Cope, 22 and also unbeaten, for the vacant title.All of Cope’s nine wins have been on points, while Smith’s second-round demolition of Evans was his fourth stoppage victory.My little girl wants a new belt at home! All my hard work WILL pay off on April 12th AND THE NEW— 父Mitchell Smith父 (@MitchellSmith92) March 18, 2014Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

More Going On in the Brain Than We Realize

first_imgThe news story about a girl who can see in both eyes with half a brain has stunned neurophysiologists (see New Scientist and Live Science).  Somehow, the remaining parts of her brain underwent a massive reorganization of the circuits involved in vision.  “It was quite a surprise to see that something like this is possible,” one of the neuroscientists who imaged the girl’s brain remarked.  Even more surprising is that the girl appears to be able to lead a normal life.  This story illustrates that much about the workings of the brain remains to be understood.    How aware is an unborn baby in the womb?  Live Science reported that experiments seem to show short-term memory in fetuses 30 weeks of age.  Tests with vibroacoustic stimulation on 100 pregnant women in the Netherlands apparently showed habituation to stimuli by the growing infants.  This does not necessarily correspond to consciousness, but was unexpected; Dr. Jan Nijhuis, a co-author of the study and an obstetrician at Maastricht University Medical Center in The Netherlands, said that until a few decades ago, “people would say that the human fetus is a sort of black box.”  Tests on infants below 30 weeks were negative, but that could be due to using the wrong kind of stimulus.    Apes have brains but something is missing: the ability to innovate.  Experiments show they can imitate one another, and even pass on lessons learned.  But New Scientist said, “For all their cognitive prowess, chimpanzees will never build four-stroke engines, stone pyramids, or even a simple wheel.”  Why?  When watching another chimp, they focus on the outcome, but not on the process that produced the outcome.  Andrew Whiten (St. Andrews U, UK) thinks that dichotomy, however, is too simplistic.  His observations acknowledged the monkey-see-monkey-do ability, but said, “They didn’t show any kind of cumulative cultural evolution.”  What in the brain of a chimp limits them?  It’s not just size, as the first story indicated.    New Scientist also debunked the myth that we only use 10% of our brains by discussing the vital role of glial cells that has been coming to light in recent years.  Long thought as mere scaffolding, these cells that constitute 90% of brain tissue may underlie dreams and imagination.  They have also been implicated in cell regeneration and cell death.  For those reasons, they may hold keys to understanding Alzheimer’s disease and other neural disorders.  Helen Thomson wrote about this in her review of a book, The Root of Thought by Andrew Kolb, that surveyed the history of speculation about the brain.  Thomson ended, “No matter what scientists uncover, though, it is clear that the brain is a far more subtle structure than the neural lightning storm it was once thought to be.”    Bacteria don’t have brains at all but they display some uncanny abilities that seem downright brainy.  New Scientist described bacteria that can communicate, make decisions, cooperate, form communities, navigate, learn, remember, and adapt.  “Remarkable though these behaviours are, we have probably only scratched the surface of what single-celled organisms can do,” reporter Michael Marshall wrote.  “With so many still entirely unknown to science, there must be plenty more surprises in store.”    Another story on New Scientist warned that doctors may be misdiagnosing patients in comas.  New testing methods found that 41% judged in a vegetative state were actually minimally conscious.  The thought of a partly conscious human being denied food and allowed to die should bring shudders to family members who are typically more concerned about their loved one than the medical staff.  “We may have become much too comfortable about our ability to detect consciousness,” said Joseph Giacino, the doctor in Belgium whose team re-diagnosed 44 patients and reclassified them as minimally conscious.  “I think it’s appropriate for there to be some level of alarm about this.”  Most diagnoses are made with subjective techniques that are subject to examiner bias.  The new method devised in 2004, called revised coma recovery scale, uses a series of behavioural tests based on criteria that can be used to distinguish between the two states.  It considers patients who may pop in and out of consciousness, and distinguishes reflex responses more objectively.    Judging the mental state of someone seemingly unconscious is important.  It can be a matter of life or death.  Some jurisdictions allow withdrawal of food depending on the diagnosis of vegetative state.  The other investigator said, “It’s very important to be sure of the diagnosis.”Between birth and death, that 3-pound jelly-like mass in your skull is your physical key to rationality, decision-making, and emotion in ways we do not fully understand.  It may half as large as others – that’s not the important thing.  Take what you have and use it wisely.  And be careful how you treat the brains of others.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits 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Multimedia: South Africa, the United Nations and apartheid

first_img22 June 1990: Nelson Mandela, newly freed from jail and then the deputy president of the African National Congress, addresses the Special Committee Against Apartheid in the UN General Assembly Hall. It was the first time Mandela spoke at the UN. (UN Photo/P Sudhakaran) • A freedom timeline: 20 years of democracy • Saluting Sharpeville’s heroes, and South Africa’s human rights • Robert Sobukwe: South Africa’s non-racial Africanist • Gallery: The Rise and Fall of Apartheid • Places to visit on Madiba’s JourneyMary AlexanderIt is now 20 years since South Africa rejoined the global community when it resumed its place in the United Nations after the end of apartheid. On 23 June 1994, following the country’s first democratic elections in April, the General Assembly approved the credentials of the South African delegation and removed “apartheid” from its agenda.Almost 20 years before that, in November 1974, the assembly suspended South Africa from all UN activities – “so long as it continues to practice apartheid”.South Africa was one of the original 51 founding members of the UN, established on 24 October 1945 after the end of the Second World War. Indeed, the South African statesman Jan Smuts was instrumental in setting up the UN’s predecessor, the League of Nations.Watch a montage of Nelson Mandela’s speeches at the United Nations:But almost from the start the policies of racial segregation, later codified into apartheid, made South Africa an uneasy fit in the UN. In 1948 the white electorate chose the National Party as its new government, and apartheid was on its way. Also in 1948, the UN adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Article 1 of the declaration reads: “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.” Article 2 makes this explicit: “Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.”When the vote on the declaration was taken, the then Union of South Africa abstained – as did the Soviet countries, and Saudi Arabia. Things were not going to go well.It didn’t take long. Just two years later, on 2 December 1950, the General Assembly officially took the position that apartheid was racism, with the declaration that “a policy of ‘racial segregation’ (apartheid) is necessarily based on doctrines of racial discrimination”.The Sharpeville massacre and beyondBut it took another decade for the UN to start putting real pressure on the apartheid state. On 21 March 1960, in the small town of Sharpeville south of Johannesburg. South African police opened fire on a peaceful crowd demonstrating against the hated pass laws. In what became known as the Sharpeville massacre, 69 unarmed protestors were killed and at least 180 injured.Watch historical footage of the aftermath of the Sharpeville massacre:International condemnation was swift. Just nine days later, on 1 April 1960, the UN Security Council passed Resolution 134 after a complaint by 29 member states regarding “the large-scale killings of unarmed and peaceful demonstrators against racial discrimination and segregation in the Union of South Africa”. The resolution voiced the council’s anger at the policies and actions of the South African government, and called on it to abandon apartheid. With world authority behind it, UN Resolution 134 became a powerful weapon for the international anti-apartheid movement. 8 July 1963: Patrick Duncan, a spokesperson for the banned Pan-Africanist Congress of Azania, addresses a meeting of the UN Special Committee on the Policies of Apartheid, in which he suggests an oil embargo against South Africa. (UN Photo/TC)Over the next three decades the UN ramped up its pressure on apartheid South Africa, with a number of committees, resolutions, hearings, seminars and international agreements and conventions.In November 1962 the UN General Assembly Resolution 1761 declared apartheid to be a violation of South Africa’s obligations under the UN Charter and a threat to international peace and security. It also asked UN members to break off diplomatic relations with South Africa, stop trading with the country, and deny passage to South African ships and aircraft. Finally, it established the UN Special Committee against Apartheid. 9 March 1964: Exiled South African singer Miriam Makeba appears as a petitioner before the UN’s Special Committee on the Policies of Apartheid. (UN Photo/Teddy Chen)August 1963 saw the beginning of the international arms embargo, when Security Council Resolution 181 called on all UN states to stop the sale and shipment of arms, ammunition and military vehicles to South Africa. The embargo was eventually made mandatory in 1977. 4 August 1967: Simon Kapwepwe, Zambian foreign minister, addressing a UN Seminar on Apartheid, Racial Discrimination and Colonialism in Southern Africa in Kitwe, Zambia. (UN Photo)Oil sanctions were the next weapon, starting in November 1963 when General Assembly Resolution 1899 urged all states to stop supplying petrol to South Africa – the first of many similar efforts over the years. 15 June 1968: Swedish writer Per Wasteberg with exiled ANC leader Oliver Tambo at a UN Apartheid Committee meeting in Stockholm, Sweden. (UN Photo)Sport and the arts followed. On 22 December 1968 the General Assembly requested all UN states and organisations “to suspend cultural, educational, sporting and other exchanges with the racist regime and with organisations or institutions in South Africa which practice apartheid”. 1 May 1969: “The segregated stands of a sports arena in Bloemfontein, South Africa, are a reflection of an entire nation divided by the issue of race,” the contemporary UN caption to this photo reads. (UN Photo/H Vassal)On 30 November 1973 members of the General Assembly agreed to the International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid. The convention came into force on 18 July 1976. 20 May 1964: A UN Special Committee on Apartheid meeting in Dublin, Ireland, celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Irish Anti-Apartheid Movement. (UN Photo/J Riedel)South Africa’s final suspension from the UN came in 1974, when the Tunisian representative, as head of the African Group at the UN, asked the Security Council to review the UN’s relationship with South Africa. He stated that “the political and social system practised in South Africa was in total violation of, and in flagrant contradiction with, the principles and purposes of the Charter of the United Nations and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights”. In his declaration, he asked that the UN invoke Article 6 of its Charter and expel South Africa from the UN. 26 March 1981: A minute of silence is observed in memory of the victims of the 1960 Sharpeville massacre during a UN special meeting discussing the plight of women and workers under apartheid. (UN Photo/Yutaka Nagata)Many member states – mostly African, but also Australia, the USSR, Iraq and others – supported the call for expulsion. But opposition from powerful countries such as the US, UK and France resulted, after the final vote, in South Africa merely being suspended from UN activities, until it put an end to the policies of apartheid. 22 June 1990: During his first visit to UN headquarters in New York, Mandela meets US boxers who contributed to the fight to end apartheid. From left, Mike Tyson, Jose Sulaiman, Mandela, Sugar Ray Leonard, Mayor David Dinkins of New York City, and Joe Frazier. (UN Photo/Milton Grant)The UN’s work in increasing pressure on South Africa continued for the next 15 years, culminating in the General Assembly adopting the Declaration on Apartheid and its Destructive Consequences in Southern Africa on 14 December 1989, which called for negotiations to end apartheid and establish a non-racial democracy. 24 September 1993: Mandela addresses a press conference at UN headquarters in New York, flanked by Ibrahim Gambari (right), chair of the Special Committee against Apartheid, and David Dinkins, mayor of New York. (UN Photo/John Isaac)Then, in 1990, it all started to change: liberation movements such as the African National Congress were unbanned, and political prisoners – including Nelson Mandela – freed. Four difficult and often violent years followed, but finally, in April 1994, South Africans voted in their first democratic, inclusive election. 27 April 1994: Mandela votes at Ohlange High School near Durban during South Africa’s first democratic elections. (UN Photo/Chris Sattlberger)last_img read more

Stockpiling pasture for late season grazing

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Now is the time for pasture-based livestock operations to begin stockpiling pasture grass if they want to extend the grazing season into late fall and/or winter. To stockpile forage, take a last cutting, clipping or grazing pass in a pasture paddock in early to mid-August and then let the pasture regrow and accumulate forage until the end of the growing season. Stockpiling research and on-farm trial results have shown this timing is the best compromise between quantity of forage stockpiled and quality of forage stockpiled. Beginning earlier can result in more tonnage but quality will be lower, while beginning later will result in higher quality forage, but lower total tonnage. Tall fescue is the best grass to stockpile, especially for late winter grazing, because it holds its forage quality value better than other forage grasses. Other pasture grasses can be stockpiled, but then they need to be managed so that they are grazed off by early winter.Variables that influence the success of stockpiling are weather and nitrogen fertilization. Nitrogen fertilization can increase both the quality and the quantity of the forage being stockpiled. Research results from a southeastern Ohio location showed that applying nitrogen increased the crude protein content of stockpiled fescue by an average of 2 to 3 percentage points as compared to the unfertilized fescue across late fall and into winter. Nitrogen applied to tall fescue in the early to mid-August time period should return 20 to 30 lbs. of additional stockpiled dry matter (DM) per lb. of nitrogen as compared to stockpiled fescue without supplemental nitrogen. Weather-wise, moisture is needed. That hasn’t been an issue so far this year, but without rainfall fall stockpile growth is greatly reduced.Stockpiling offers the opportunity to reduce winter feeding costs. The highest cost of raising an animal or maintaining a flock or herd through the winter is the cost of using stored feed. In most situations you just can’t beat the cost of livestock out harvesting and eating their own feed compared to the fertilizer, machinery, and labor costs associated with making, storing and then feeding hay. What does it cost to stockpile pasture? The answer to that question depends upon whether synthetic nitrogen fertilizer is applied. If the pasture paddock has 30% or more legumes evenly distributed throughout the stand, there is no need for any additional nitrogen. If the legume component is under 30% and/or unevenly distributed in the stand, it may be beneficial and economical to apply nitrogen.Stockpiling research results indicate that in predominantly grass stands, providing 50 lbs. of actual nitrogen per acre is economical. Considering a current urea price of $455/ton, plus a spreading cost of $7/acre, it would cost approximately $32/acre to apply 50 lbs. of actual nitrogen. Provided there are some timely rains, we might expect an additional 1000 to 1500 lbs. of DM to be produced from an early to mid-August nitrogen application. This figures out to between $43 – $64/ton of additional DM. This is cheaper than producing or purchasing a ton of hay and doesn’t involve the cost of moving the hay bale out to the livestock.Use your hay as a tool to help you stockpile. I believe there is merit to feeding first cut hay during the stockpiling time period. There are a couple of advantages to doing so. First, stockpiling allows that paddock to recover from any overgrazing that occurred during the season and allows those pasture plants to build carbohydrate reserves during the critical fall period. Second, feeding first cut hay at this time usually matches up forage quality with livestock nutritional needs better than winter/spring feeding of first cut hay. This year is a perfect example. Rain prevented the majority of first cut hay for non-dairy livestock from getting made until July. We are going to have plenty of low quality hay out there. Feeding this low quality hay anytime from August to November while pastures are stockpiling is going to come closer to meeting early gestation nutrient requirements as compared to feeding that hay in late winter/early spring when the animal is in late gestation or, in some cases, early lactation and needs a higher level of nutrient intake. Meanwhile, stockpiled fescue, especially if some nitrogen has been applied, could supply15% crude protein hay and better from November to December and 13-15% crude protein forage from January-March. This stockpiled forage is generally higher quality than first cutting hay and about equal to a lot of 2nd cutting hay made for non-dairy livestock.last_img read more

Jammu police urge citizens to be vigilant for August 15

first_imgThe Jammu police have sought the cooperation of citizens and the civil society to ensure that Independence Day is celebrated safely, and urged them to report all suspicious people or objects.They have been advised not to carry arms and ammunition, sharp-edged weapons, handbags, polythene bags, transistors, fire extinguishers, stopwatch, any kind of powder, cigarettes, inflammable material such as match boxes and lighters, cameras and other objectionable items, an advisory issued by the Senior Superintendent of Police (Security), Jammu, said.The people have been advised to cooperate and not hesitate to disclose their identity if requested by security personnel.The district administrations have been reviewing the security situation since the Central government withdrew Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and split it into two Union Territories on August 5.Heavy security arrangements were put in placeincluding suspension of Internet and telecommunication lines immediately after the government’s move.However, these restrictions are being gradually lifted after reviews by senior officials.The government has asserted the removal of provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution, which gave Jammu and Kashmir special powers, was necessary to put an end to terrorism and development of the region.Residents, however, have expressed angst over the difficulties they are facing due to the restrictions. The situation has largely remained peaceful in the past week.last_img read more

Foton, Branislav ready for PSL’s biggest conference

first_imgFrontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Foton will defend its title against eight other teams in the biggest Grand Prix to date.This season’s Grand Prix will feature nine teams—Foton, Petron, Cocolife, F2 Logistics, Generika, Sta. Lucia, Iriga, Cignal, and guest team University of Santo Tomas. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LATEST STORIES Iceland prepared for World Cup debut with 2 games in Qatar BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Coaches Ramil de Jesus of F2 Logistics, Francis Vicente of Generika-Ayala, Parley Tupaz of Iriga City, George Pascua of Cignal, Moro Branislav of Foton, Shaq Delos Santos of Petron, John Paul Dolorias of UST, Kungfu Reyes of Cocolife and Macky Carino of Sta. Lucia declare readiness to compete in the Chooks To Go Philippine Superliga Grand Prix starting Saturday at Filoil Flying CentreFoton has been the ruler of the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix Conference and head coach Moro Branislav has been preparing his team to keep it that way this 2017.“My opinion is, Foton will bring a very big surprise this conference,” said Branislav Wednesday during the pre-season press conference atr Viking Venue. “I’ve been preparing my team and we’ll see how we’ll finish so good luck to all the other coaches.”ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Read Nextcenter_img Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP The Tornadoes are shooting for their third straight title, but they have to do it without 2015 Grand Prix MVP Lindsay Stalzer, who was instrumental in their last two championships.Stalzer has jump shipped to Petron, the team Foton beat twice for the titles, in a move which Branislav respects.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We respect all players, and thanks to Lindsay because she played very hard last year for Foton.”Helping Branislav in his quest for a third straight Grand Prix title are Dragana Perunicnic, Sara Klisura, and libero Katarina Vukomanovic. MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

3 days agoArsenal hero Wright slams Emery over Ceballos selection: Start him!

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Arsenal hero Wright slams Emery over Ceballos selection: Start him!by Freddie Taylor3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal hero Ian Wright has questioned Unai Emery’s decision not to start Dani Ceballos in Monday’s loss to Sheffield United.The Spaniard was brought on as a second-half substitute and immediately provided the creative spark which Arsenal were severely lacking.Wright told Premier League Productions: “I think he’s [Emery] got to come here and Ceballos has to play. He’s played the youngsters and I’m pleased to see them in there, with Saka.”But Saka, for an 18-year-old, if you’re leaving Ozil totally out of the squad, then we have to see more from him [Saka], we have to see more from Joe [Willock].”Unfortunately, it was a game where it passed them both by and then it comes down to the manager and his choices.”He’s made the change at half-time, with Ceballos, so you’re thinking to yourself: ‘Why didn’t you start him in the first place?'”Start him. He’s someone that gets on the ball when they want to try and play out, [Matteo] Guendouzi’s got a lot of energy and get the boys playing.”[Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang didn’t have anything to play off because there wasn’t any creativity.” last_img read more

Minister Grange Pays Tribute to Ancestors

first_img Speaking on Wednesday’s (August 1) official opening of the Independence Village at the National Arena in Kingston, Minister Grange noted that she has tremendous respect for “those who fought the good fight and sacrificed their lives in our interest”. Story Highlights Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, has paid tribute to persons who fought for Jamaica’s Emancipation and Independence. “Every one of us has benefited from the struggles, the blood, sweat and tears of our ancestors, so that we could now be standing here in Independence Park celebrating Emancipation Day. Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, has paid tribute to persons who fought for Jamaica’s Emancipation and Independence.Speaking on Wednesday’s (August 1) official opening of the Independence Village at the National Arena in Kingston, Minister Grange noted that she has tremendous respect for “those who fought the good fight and sacrificed their lives in our interest”.“Every one of us has benefited from the struggles, the blood, sweat and tears of our ancestors, so that we could now be standing here in Independence Park celebrating Emancipation Day.“As we usher in the Independence period, we can proudly celebrate our achievements as a nation over the past 56 years. We have shown our capabilities and have demonstrated to the world that we can actualise self-governance,” the Culture Minister said.The best of Jamaica’s culture is on show at the Independence Village, which will run until August 6.The Village opens at noon daily to the public and features booth displays, food courts, lunch-hour concerts and a children’s village.Patrons will be entertained by gold medallists in the performing arts in music, dance, speech and traditional folk forms.Events on the opening day included the ‘Augus’ Mawnin Market’, where patrons were able to purchase fresh produce, and the Miss Jamaica Festival Queen coronation show.Activities on Thursday (August 2) include ‘Mento in the Village’, showcasing traditional Jamaican folk music and dance performances.The popular World Reggae Dance Championship will be on Friday (August 3), Mello-Go-Roun’ on Saturday (August 4), and the Jamaica Gospel Song Competition finals on Sunday (August 5).Jamaicans are being urged to participate in celebrations, which conclude on August 6 with the staging of the Grand Gala.Jamaica is marking 56 years of Independence this year, under the theme ‘Jamaica 56 – One Love, One Family’.last_img read more