FUFA Big League: Wakiso Giants travel to Bukedea as Money Bags hope to maintain unbeaten start

first_imgWakiso defeated Kataka 3-0 in their last game (Photo by Wakiso Media)2018/19 FUFA Big LeagueBukedea Town Council vs Wakiso GiantsEmokori Play Grounds, MbaleThursday, 22nd November 2018 @04:00pmAfter registering their first victory of the season, Wakiso Giants will be hoping to continue their fine start to the 2018/19 Big League Campaign when they travel to Mbale to take on Bukedea Town Council.The Money Bags defeated Kataka FC 3-0 last Thursday, a result which took them to five points from their first three games.At Emokori Play Grounds on Thursday afternoon, they come up against a Bukedea side that has struggled since the start of the campaign, accumulating only a point from their first two games. They lost 1-0 at home to JMC and then drew with Kataka.The game will come only hours after Bukedea parted ways with tactician-Bashir Kalungi after the club deemed him unfit to lead them to the Promised Land (StarTimes Uganda Premier League).However, Wakiso head coach, Ibrahim Kirya is anticipating a difficult game for his side despite the issues at the Mbale based side.“They have issues at the moment and have been struggling since the league started but we will approach the game in the best way possible, said Kirya ahead of the game.“Away games in this division are so difficult to negotiate and am anticipating a tough fixture against Bukedea.“However, our target is to get a positive result and hopefully we will.Wakiso will be without Abdul Karim Kasule who stayed in Kampala due to family issues. Ashraf Mbaziira is also not part of the match day squad as he is currently in the sick bay with Malaria. Kasule and Mbazira have been replaced with Junior Ainemani and Geoffrey Luutu with the later hoping to make his debut for the Purple Sharks.They will also still be without Steven Bengo and Sulaiman Jingo who also missed the 3-0 victory at home to Kataka last time out.In the other Elgon-Group games, Doves All Stars host Nebbi Central at the Green Light Stadium, Arua. Wounded Kataka face Kyetume at the CRO Stadium, in Mbale while JMC Hippos will be at home Steven Bogere’s UPDF at the Kakindu Stadium in Jinja.Meanwhile, in the Rwenzori Group, there will be five games:Kiboga Young hosts Kansai Plascon at the Bamusussuta S.S play-ground in Kiboga, new comers Dove play host to Kireka United at the Katushabe Play-ground in Masindi, Bumate United faces Kabale Sharp at the Christ High School play-ground, Bundibugyo, Water entertains Kitara at the Muteesa II Wankulukuku Stadium while Kira United locks horns with Ntinda United at the Mandela NationalStadium, Namboole.The FUFA Big League is the second highest tier league in the country.Three clubs are promoted from the FUFA Big League to the top tier.Other fixtures on Thursday:Elgon Group.-Doves All Stars Vs Nebbi Central – Green Light Stadium, Arua-Kataka Vs Kyetume – CRO Stadium, San Siro – Mbale-JMC Hippos Vs UPDF – Kakindu Stadium, JinjaRwenzori Group:-Kiboga Young Vs Kansai Plascon – Bamusussuta S.S play-ground, Kiboga-Dove Vs Kireka United – Katushabe Play-ground, Masindi-Bumate United Vs Kabale Sharp – Christ High School play-ground, Bundibugyo-Kira United Vs Ntinda United – Mandela National Stadium, Namboole-Water Vs Kitara – Muteesa II Wankulukuku StadiumSaturday, 24th November 2018:-Amuka Bright Stars Vs Light S.S.S – Lira P7 Play-ground, LiraComments Tags: Abdul Karim KasuleBukedea Town CouncilFUFA Big League 2018/19Ibrahim KiryatopWakiso Giantslast_img read more

Raiders superlatives from their 23-21 win over the Cardinals

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceGLENDALE — The Raiders grabbed a morale booster in Arizona with a 23-21 walk-off win over the Cardinals on Sunday.Derek Carr drove the Raiders 63 yards downfield with under two minutes remaining and rookie Daniel Carlson kicked the game-winning 35-yard field goal as time expired.The Raiders no longer own the current top slot in the 2019 NFL Draft, but they’ll sleep just fine after win No. 2. Let’s hand out …last_img

Woodpeckers Have Multiple Protections Against Brain Injury

first_imgAny one of these adaptations would challenge Darwinian evolution, but all of them together in head-banging bird?How do you protect your head against 1,400 G’s when your life’s work requires you to bang your head repeatedly to find food in wood? Woodpeckers don’t die of concussions. Surely they must suffer some brain injury, don’t they?At Live Science, Mindy Waisberger reports on examination of brain tissue in woodpeckers. Three scientists, publishing their results in PLoS One, found the presence of tau protein in the tissue. Since that is often associated with brain injury in humans, they initially thought this shows that woodpeckers do suffer from the repeated pounding to the head. Another possibility, though, is that the tau protein cushions the birds’ brains.The presence of tau proteins in woodpecker brains shows that their brains are not invulnerable to the effects of forceful pecking. Nevertheless, the tau proteins aren’t necessarily hinting that woodpeckers suffer from pecking-related neurodegenerative disease or brain damage, the scientists wrote in the study.“Something — tau — was there that shouldn’t necessarily be. But whether it’s a good thing or a bad thing, we don’t know,” Farah said.Pileated woodpecker by Lorax (Wikimedia Commons)Woodpeckers have numerous specialized traits that work together to enable them to peck holes in trees. Waisberger and the authors only mention the first five:Skulls with spongy layers, particularly in frontRobust neck musclesThick inner eyelids that close for each strikeA bony plate that protects the optic regionSharp beaks with upper and lower components which can move independently of each other while peckingToes adapted for gripping trees: two pointing forward, two pointing backward, with tendons for each oneSenses geared to finding bugs behind the hard wood, so they know where to peckA long tongue that wraps around the skull that can be extended into the pecked holeSticky glue on the tongue to catch a bugGlue dissolver so the tongue doesn’t stick inside the bird’s mouthWith this new study, another specialization may have been found. “In fact, tau might even serve as a protective adaptation,”Waisberger writes, “providing a buffer around the birds’ neurons that insulates them against harm, according to the study.” One of the authors suspected this might be true for ‘evolutionary’ reasons:“I wonder if what we’re seeing in the woodpeckers may be a protective mechanism for the neurons,” Cummings added. “You have skull modifications, tongue modifications —why would that stop at the brain? Why would the brain not participate in that process of evolutionary adaptation, and molecularly do that by the expression of a protective protein that may help stabilize neurons during that pecking procedure?”And yet according to Darwin’s theory, any one of the functional adaptations listed above would require millions of years of lucky mutations to be selected for any advantage. How many pre-woodpeckers had to die of concussions before the first one succeeded in pecking a hole in a tree and finding a bug for all the trouble? As Dr Jobe Martin likes to point out in his films Incredible Creatures That Defy Evolution, all the parts have to be there at the same time to work. The ability to peck a hole wouldn’t help if the bird didn’t have a tongue long enough to reach inside. Glue on the tongue would starve the bird after its first meal if the tongue got stuck inside the mouth. All the brain protections wouldn’t help if the bird’s feet couldn’t cling to trees, and so on.Waisberger glibly says that “the woodpecker lineage has been around for about 25 million years” (Darwin Years, that is), but neither she nor the three scientists address the puzzle of how all the necessary traits arose at the same time to allow pecking to work. One thing we do observe: they work exceptionally well. Waisberger says,A woodpecker hammering away at a tree experiences forces up to 1,400 times that of Earth’s gravity, or 1,400 G’s. To put that into perspective, humans can withstand about 8 G’s of continuous momentum before eventually blacking out, and a sudden application of 50 G’s would detach most of our organs. Even relatively small amounts of g-force in people can cause concussion, lingering pain in the neck and back, and red dots on the skin from ruptured capillaries — known as “G-measles” or “geasles” — according to Go Flight Medicine, a website for aviation and medical professionals.In short, watch woodpeckers with amazement, but do not imitate them. Football helmet designers have taken inspiration from woodpeckers, the authors note: “Due to it’s [sic] assumed resistance to neurotrauma, the woodpecker has become a model for the development of safety equipment such as football helmets and neck collars.”Don’t you wish someone, somewhere, would realize that evolution (the Stuff Happens Law) is powerless to explain the superlative abilities we find in the living world? Oh, wait: we do here at Creation-Evolution Headlines. This story is another example of why you should stop trusting the Fake Science Media when they approach every wonder of nature with the worn-out lie, “It evolved.” (Visited 527 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Zuma condemns strike violence

first_img12 October 2012President Jacob Zuma has spoken out against the violence that has characterised recent industrial action in the country, saying that striking workers should use existing channels to address their grievances within the law, and that violence could not be tolerated.Speaking at at a Black Business Council breakfast hosted by the New Age newspaper and the SABC in Midrand, Johannesburg on Thursday, Zuma said the government could not allow the recent wildcat strikes in the mining sector to push South Africa to a “crisis point”.He warned against a culture of violence during strikes. Several people were reportedly killed this week as a two-week long mass action by truck drivers intensified. Doctors in Cape Town were forced to switch off life support of a man who suffered brain damage after being hit by a rock while driving in a truck.“Violence should be condemned. We have mechanisms that allow people to engage on labour issues … Some of those trucks that were torched and destroyed actually belonged to small business,” Zuma said.The President acknowledged that the protracted industrial action in mining had delivered a hard blow to South Africa’s economy. The Treasury has put the estimated total rand production lost as a result of the strikes in platinum and gold mining sectors at R4.5-billion. Up to R118-million was lost in coal.But despite the figures, Zuma said investor confidence in South Africa remained unaffected.“Our economic data does not indicate a significant drop in business confidence yet since the strike and the global economic decline, but our responsibility is to ensure that we do not reach a crisis point.”‘Right to strike does not override other rights’Meanwhile, the Cabinet has also expressed concern over the recent spate of lawlessness, violence and intimidation that it says has continued to mar the democratic right of workers to strike.“It is a fact that as a democracy, the right to strike is a defined right in South Africa that obligates the strikers to observe that they cannot encroach on other people’s rights as they enjoy theirs,” Acting Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Minister Richard Baloyi said at a post-Cabinet briefing in Pretoria on Thursday.The Cabinet warned that violence and lawlessness would not be tolerated.“No one should be intimidated to take or not take and industrial action in a democracy,” the minister said, adding that no one should resort to any form of violence against people or property as a form of striking or protest.Baloyi said existing channels had to be used and that the law had to prevail, adding that the struggle for freedom and democracy ensured that the laws provided space for protected peaceful strikes.He called on the striking workers to use existing channels with unions to address grievances and wage negotiations in a manner that was within the law.“It is, among others, these illegal strike actions and the accompanying violence that is not helping the country’s image internationally and is contributing to the already existing challenges facing our economy and society,” Baloyi said.Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Planter in-cab display terminology

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The planting operation is arguably the most important field operation since it establishes maximum yield potential of a seed when placed in the soil. In terms of planting performance, four factors of focus to maximize yield potential and are at the control of the planter operator are 1) population, 2) uniform spacing, 3) uniform emergence, and 4) planting timing and field capacity. Three of these four important factors, population, seed spacing uniformity, and field capacity (ac/ar) can be directly monitored during the planting operation from the in-cab display.This and other information is provided by new in-cab displays providing the operator real-time feedback. Precision planter technology can help monitor and ensure population and spacing expectations are being met during field operations. This real-time feedback also provides opportunity to the operator to make timely adjustments or most importantly make sure seed is being placed properly to maximize yield potential. Many planter displays today provide additional meter, planter and tractor parameters that can be valuable feedback to the operator along with data (e.g. as-planted data) for post-planting analyses.One issue with in-cab planter displays is determining what all this information means and how it can be utilized to its potential. Each planter or in-cab display manufacturer uses different terminology. To help with understanding the information being provided by today’s displays, a group of university and industry professionals are working on a publication that lists the terms and associated definitions so users can better understand all this data being displayed and collected. The first list of terms is currently being reviewed by the group and should be published later this year.Here are a selected few terms and definitions related to the four factors of attention at planting:Plant population (also referred to as population, planted population or target population): A general term that indicates the target or actual number of seeds planted per acre.Live population (also referred to as emerged population or live stand): A general term indicating the population or number of seeds per acre that emerge. Live population and planted population are used to determine the percent of seeds emerged which is commonly referred to as “Emergence percent.”Singulation: the percentage of seeds properly singulated by a seed meter. The singulation value takes into consideration seed skips and multiples. The higher the singulation value the better and it is typical to have singulation values of 97% or higher for precision planters.Spacing (seed spacing): the distance between two successive seeds in the row. The spacing is measured for an individual row using a seed tube sensor during field operation. Seed spacing is commonly used to evaluate planter performance by the operator as it represents the ability of the meter and delivery system to consistently deliver seed at a preferred spacing to the seed furrow. Variability in seed spacing expressed as standard deviation or Coefficient of Variation (CV) is typically used to monitor planter performance.Seed spacing standard deviation: computed as the variation in spacing between consecutive seeds. This variation can be used to evaluate planter performance. A standard deviation of two inches or less represents an attainable variation in spacing by most planters. But one should remember a standard deviation of two inches is different for varying populations.Plant spacing: the distance between two successive emerged plants in a row. This is typically measured over a known distance to determine final mean plant spacing and evaluate plant spacing uniformity expressed as standard deviation or Coefficient of Variation (CV).Ride quality (also referred to as ride dynamic or good ride): indicates the level of vertical movement (e.g. bouncing) by a row unit. Displayed commonly as a percentage of time when ride quality is sufficient to not impact seed spacing. A 100% good ride (e.g. no vertical movement thereby a smooth operation) represents optimum row unit ride quality and 0% represents the poorest ride quality.Applied down force: the amount of weight applied by the planter row unit and downforce system, either pneumatic or hydraulic, onto the row unit for coulter or pair of disc to achieve right depth and gauge wheel to carry enough load for desired soil compaction during the planter operation in the field.Down force margin: margin represents the amount of extra down force applied to row units, over and above what is required for opener disks to penetrate the soil and achieve full planting depth. The extra down force comes from the weight of the row unit and meter, weight of seed in the seed hoppers, and the down force system.Once the publication is reviewed, it will be provided online through the Ohio State precision agriculture website, www.OhioStatePrecisionAg.com. Dr. John Fulton, Associate Professor, can be reached at 614-292-6625, or fulton.20@osu.edu. This column is provided by the OSU Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, OSU Extension, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, and the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.last_img read more

7 Easy Ways to Improve Your Cinematography

first_imgWatch TutorialsImage via Awesome Cinematography Tutorial: The Flip Shot.We truly live in a golden age of information as pretty much anything you want to learn, you can learn online by watching videos. Filmmaking may be one of the great examples of the democratization of knowledge, as there are an endless number of videos that can explain everything from cinematography basics to camera breakdowns to a litany of concepts, tips, and tricks.6 Filmmaking Tutorials for CinematographersCinematography Tutorials Will Help You Put Some Brains Behind Your Cinematic Choices20 Lighting Tutorials for Film and VideoYou can also keep developing your cinematography by subscribing to channels like PremiumBeat’s YouTube channel or keeping tabs on our archives here.What are your tips and tricks for improving at cinematography? Let us know in the comments. Use InstagramImage via Shutterstock.Like it or not, Instagram is not only a cultural phenomenon for sharing food pics, it’s also a powerful tool for aspiring cinematographers. Depending on how much you want to utilize its potential, Instagram can be a great means to try new perspectives and develop an understanding of what makes certain images stand out. With its in-depth editing options covering everything from contrast to pulling out colors in highlights and shadows, it’s a great program to keep you constantly trying new things.8 Cinematographers to Follow on InstagramHow Instagram Can Help Cinematographers!Ryan Booth on Career, Life and Instagram Try Different Cameras and LensesImage via Shutterstock.A good director of photography needs not only a comprehensive understanding of cinematography but also an astute knowledge of camera technology. Finding ways to shoot on different cameras — either by renting, borrowing, or buying — is a great way to expand your camera repertoire. When you do try different cameras, try to understand each camera’s strengths and weaknesses for your specific cinematography style.The 6 Best Filmmaking Cameras Under $1,000How To Choose The Best Camera For Your Video ProductionImportant Cameras of Cinematic History Use Different Aspect RatiosImage via Shutterstock.Another way to get a cinematographer out of his or her comfort zone (which is important for growth), is to practice shooting in different aspect ratios. A good cinematographer should have a comprehensive understanding of what it takes to shoot in everything from a 1:1 box to 2.35:1 cinemascope. A DP will have a major say in what aspect ratio is right for a project and will make their selections and recommendations based on what the story dictates.Using Aspect Ratios Like a Pro: Why Choose One Ratio Over Another?Movie Making Manual/Cinematography/Aspect ratios352 Free Letterbox Templates for Video Editing (8K, 4K, HD & More) Try out these 7 tips and tricks to expand your skill set and improve as a cinematographer.Cover image via Shutterstock.Like any artist, a good cinematographer must constantly look for ways to hone his or her craft. While it’s easy to say “practice, practice, practice,” it’s harder to find creative and pragmatic ways to expand your knowledge base, day in and day out.Let’s explore seven tips and tricks that can help you become a better cinematographer.Take Up PhotographyImage via Shutterstock.It’s simple and it’s true: cinematography shares many of its principles with photography. However, you could argue that the stakes are higher in photography as a single frame must maximize all of its elements to convey a feeling and tell a story. Camera settings like exposure, color temperature, and depth of field are as important as framing concepts like the rule of thirds; focus; and foreground, middleground, and background.Here are some resources on how to improve your cinematography with photography (and vice versa).Find Cinematic Inspiration with These Visionary PhotographersThree Ways Cinematography Can Improve Your PhotographyTranslating Your Photography Skills to CinematographyCinematography and Photography Concepts Simplified Learn to Color GradeImage via Shutterstock.As film crews are continuing to shrink and roles continuing to merge, a good cinematographer in today’s multifaceted environment needs a good understanding of color grading — if not how to double in that role altogether. If you think about it, it really makes sense for a DP to know how an image is going to color in post and how to shoot intentionally to prepare for those results.The Video Editor’s Guide to Color GradingThe Difference Between Color Correction and Color Grading35 Free LUTs for Color Grading Videos Practice StoryboardingImage via Shutterstock.While it may not be the most glamorous part of the profession, storyboarding is often a major part of a cinematographer’s job. A good cinematographer must often painstakingly storyboard every shot throughout an entire film — often by hand. If you’re a forward-looking individual, check out some of the many online and app options to streamline storyboarding. But make sure you’re ready to dive in deep, as storyboarding is where a true cinematographer can shine.Free Storyboard Template for Film and Video ProjectsThe Unifying Power of StoryboardsWorkflow Tip: Storyboard Your Animations in Adobe Illustratorlast_img read more

Wonderful occasion to play final in Mumbai, says Sachin Tendulkar

first_imgAfter guiding India to the World Cup final with an useful knock of 85, Sachin Tendulkar simply can’t wait to play one of the biggest matches of his illustrious career at his home ground in Mumbai.”It will be a wonderful occasion to play the final in Mumbai. All we would like is to remain calm and focussed and get the job done,” the man-of-the-match against Pakistan said at the post-match presentation ceremony.For someone who has been a member of the side that has won all its five World Cup matches against Pakistan, the legendary batsman was quick to admit that it would be a “memory that he would always cherish.”Someone who has always put the team before individual performance, Tendulkar lavished praise on young Suresh Raina whose unbeaten 36 provided necessary impetus during the death overs.”Raina played a special knock. When we started batting, I felt that 310-315 was par-score. But as the spinners came on the ball was stopping and coming. Then I thought that 265-270 will be a good score to defend,” Tendulkar stated.For him Virender Sehwag’s blitzkrieg at the onset gave him and others that extra bit of time to check out on how to proceed with the innings.”Viru got us off to a flier but then we needed to assess the situation. It was a difficult wicket to bat on and we needed to put up a good score. Full credit to our bowlers as they put up a fabulous show.”Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni also spoke in the same vein about how the wicket slowly became difficult to bat on as the match progressed.advertisement”If you take the opening partnership out, you would find that 260 was a good score to defend. May be we could have got another 20-30 runs,” was what the skipper assessed.The skipper admitted that his reading of the pitch was wrong but his seamers did a good job.”We read the pitch wrong but then our seamers bowled exceptionally well. That is why I didn’t need to use a sixth bowler. We don’t have any bowler who regularly hits 140 plus.”We have bowlers who have variations and can change plan accordingly. Ashish is a rhythm bowler and Zak (Zaheer) is really good with his variation. Even Munaf’s strength is bowling wicket to wicket as he has become really smart after playing in IPL.”Dhoni who has already led India to World T20 triumph back in 2007, said that his team is “ready for final.””It was important to peak at the right time. That’s the beauty of this game. But it’s important to do well on that particular day.”Dhoni’s counterpart Shahid Afridi was a dejected man at the end of it all.”I congratulate India for this win and wish them all the best for the final. But I should give credit to my boys for their performance. I am proud to lead these bunch of guys.”He praised Wahab Riaz who grabbed five for 46. “Wahab really bowled well.”But the skipper was critical about his batsmen. “The key would have been partnerships and we couldn’t get going. Also we played a few responsible shots. In the end, they played better cricket than us,” Afridi was forthright in his evaluation.About the decision not to take Powerplay till the end, Afridi said,”We thought that we would take the Powerplay when Bhajji would have finished his spell.”The Pakistan captain in the end “apologised” to the nation for letting them down.- With PTI inputslast_img read more