Excelsior set for Grace Shield honours

first_imgEltham High are mounting a spirited challenge heading into today’s third and final day of the urban area ISSA/GraceKennedy Shield cricket competition at Melbourne Oval.However, it is still Excelsior High’s match to lose.Resuming on 70 for five, 158 runs in arrears of Excelsior High’s first innings score of 228, Eltham were dismissed for 96 in their first innings.Part-time left-arm spinner, Raewin Senior, with six for 26, was the chief wicket-taker for the boys from the Mountain View Avenue-based institution, with captain Orande Pearson, a part-time off-spinner, claiming three for 23.Enjoying a comfortable lead of 132, Excelsior were then bowled out for 178 in their second innings. Pearson, 74, Raymond Hall, 28, and Okachie Brown, 24, scored most runs against the part-time off-spin of Eltham captain, Ramone Francis, who took four for 53. Javion Brown and Leshawn Heslop, picked up two wickets each.Set 311 for an outright win, Eltham closed the day on 58 for three, 253 runs adrift.last_img read more

St Joseph’s Hospital Committee is not politically motivated – Cllr McGowan

first_imgThe Cathaoirleach of the Stranorlar Municipal Authority, Cllr Patrick McGowan has said the St Josephs Hospital committee are not politically motivated. Cllr McGowan said he wanted to make it perfectly clear that the St Josephs Hospital Committee is a totally inclusive committee made up of all opinions, political, religious and no one is excluded regardless of their personal beliefs.He said “I want to make it perfectly clear this is not my Committee or a Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael or Sinn Fein Committee. “The Save St Josephs Hospital Committee receives its mandate from the people of the area and it continues to serve that mandate.“I will work along with the other six local representatives for the retention of long & short term beds in St Josephs.”Last weekend more than 1,000 people marched on the Twin Towns calling for the development of the hospital.On the morning of the march, the HSE again reiterated that they are committed to the future of the hospital. St Joseph’s Hospital Committee is not politically motivated – Cllr McGowan was last modified: March 29th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)last_img read more

Get Brainwashed in Your Sleep

first_imgOur Maker designed an important cleanup function that takes place in our sleep.“Brainwashing” is a funny word. To those who first hear it for the first time, it might sound like a good thing. Usually, though, we associate it with indoctrination using the propaganda of a totalitarian government or a cult. Scientists recently found a situation where brainwashing actually is a good thing. During certain periods of sleep, it appears that the body regulates fluid levels between blood and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) with gentle ebbs and flows. The scientists think that the brain is washing out waste products each night so we wake up with clean fluids with which to work.The paper’s title in Science looks intimidating: “Coupled electrophysiological, hemodynamic, and cerebrospinal fluid oscillations in human sleep,” but the idea is simple. Layal Liverpool explains in New Scientist:As you sleep, slow waves of electrical activity in your brain seem to help rinse away harmful waste products that could otherwise damage your brain cells. The process may play a role in preventing neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease.Then by all means, let us be brainwashed! Brains are metabolic organs, after all, and any process generating energy is bound to generate waste products. We wouldn’t want those to accumulate and give us a splitting headache, would we? Every manufacturing plant or office needs a cleanup crew. Inside the skull, maybe it’s something that cannot be done effectively when the brain is on full alert. Why not use the dark hours of the night to clean up?  Liverpool reminds us that other tasks need to be done during sleep, too:They found that, during sleep, large waves of cerebrospinal fluid flow into and out of the brain every 20 seconds, a process thought to remove waste. The inward flow was preceded by patterns of slow waves of electrical activity, called delta waves.These brainwaves are also known to play a role in consolidating memories while we sleep. The researchers found that the waves coincided with blood flowing out of the brain, which they say helps balance the total volume of fluid around the brain.Abby Olena’s headline in The Scientist says, “Waves of Fluid Bathe the Sleeping Brain, Perhaps to Clear Waste.” Olena’s article suggests that getting a “brain wash” may just be part of a grander story about what goes on in our brains when we are not consciously in control:Right now, the paper draws a correlation between neural activity, blood flow, and CSF rhythms, Moore adds, so another extension of the work will be to use animal models to manipulate each oscillation and see what happens downstream. An additional question, he says, is “how do all these vascular and CSF dynamics impact neurons? They could be for taking out the garbage, but maybe they’re . . . doing something far more interesting.”The autonomic nervous system must keep the lungs breathing, the heart beating, digestion flowing, and manage dozens of other tasks. But thinking and using all the senses requires the energy of a 100-watt light bulb (more or less) running all day. The researchers state their main findings in typical austere scientific jargon:We conclude that human sleep is associated with large coupled low-frequency oscillations in neuronal activity, blood oxygenation, and CSF flow. Although electrophysiological slow waves are known to play important roles in cognition, our results suggest that they may also be linked to the physiologically restorative effects of sleep, as slow neural activity is followed by brain-wide pulsations in blood volume and CSF flow.These results address a key missing link in the neurophysiology of sleep. The macroscopic changes in CSF flow that we identified are expected to alter waste clearance, as pulsatile fluid dynamics can increase mixing and diffusion. Neurovascular coupling has been proposed to contribute to clearance, but why it would cause higher clearance rates during sleep was not known. Our study suggests slow neural and hemodynamic oscillations as a possible contributor to this process, in concert with other physiological factors.Jargon like that is enough to put you to sleep. But that might be a good thing. See also Science Daily‘s press release from Boston University, “Are we ‘brainwashed’ during sleep?”Maybe you’ve pondered how much more you could accomplish in life if you didn’t have to devote a third of it to sleeping. The fact is, you couldn’t get more done. Sleep deprivation is very harmful to human performance. We live in and manage energetic systems, partly under our control, but much of it pre-programmed for our health. Now that we see another beautiful example of an automatic maintenance process inside our heads, let’s be thankful and sleep well tonight.As an additional thought, ponder what else might be going on. Why do we dream? Why are some of our dreams bad, erotic, or fearful? One of my college psychology professors, named Dr. Fremont, used to present the “Fremont Dream Theory.” He proposed that the brain purges bad or false thoughts during dreaming. If you remember old tape recorders, they had an “erase head” to wipe a recorded tape clean. Maybe as we have bad dreams, the virtual “erase head” is wiping them from memory. It would normally be an unconscious process unless we wake up during the dream. Some dreams might require multiple passes. It would be very difficult to prove such a theory, but who knows? One thing is clear: there is much more going on inside our heads, both awake and asleep, than we can possibly imagine.Recommended Resource: Dr Marcos Eberlin’s book Foresight gives many examples of complex, coordinated systems that would have required planning beforehand to solve problems that an intelligent designer would have foreseen would arise. This example of metabolic waste cleanup during sleep adds another example to Eberlin’s impressive list.(Visited 381 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

South African, Dutch cities renew bond

first_imgNomonde Mda, head of Nompumelelo HighSchool in Duncan Village, is surroundedby Dutch teachers from Leiden, part ofan information exchange programme thatsaw the Dutch visitors accompanyingtheir South African counterparts on visitsto the poorer schools of Buffalo City.(Image: Shamin Chibba)MEDIA CONTACTS • Samkelo NgwenyaCommunications officer, Buffalo City+27 82 653 3593 or +27 43 705 1749RELATED ARTICLES• South Africa, Brazil cement ties• Teacher laptops to enhance education• SA, Angola strengthen ties• SA, China trade ties to strengthenShamin ChibbaRelationships between cities can be complex affairs, but Buffalo City Municipality (BCM) in the Eastern Cape seems to have handled its bond with the Dutch city of Leiden with consummate ease.Representatives from both cities were present at the BCM mayoral office towards the end of 2010 to sign an agreement that would extend their relationship another five years, taking it to an accumulated 17 years in partnership.Underlining this relationship is the law of give and take and this was emphasised by the deputy mayor of Leiden, Frank de Wit, who was one of the signatories. Even though the Dutch have been assisting BCM with major developmental projects over the past 12 years, he believes the relationship has been mutually beneficial.“We have gained inspiration and education from this city. With the student exchange, Leiden students have been able to grow.”De Wit stressed the need for both cities to continue learning through this bond. “One of the goals is to learn from each other’s cultures. We must listen to each other.”He stated that the objectives for the next five years would not change.“This renewal is an extension of the memorandum of understanding. We are going to start new projects but it is up to Buffalo City to decide which challenges to address,” said De Wit.He noted that with the new Dutch government in place, relations with developing countries could become less intensive. However, Leiden’s involvement with Buffalo City would not dissipate.“The Dutch government is not in favour of supporting developing countries, but we cannot leave it.”The local chairperson of the Leiden platform, Dinesh Vallabh, was excited about the agreement, since it would continue to uplift the underprivileged.“These projects are helping the poorest of the poor in the city. This is service delivery at its best,” he said.BCM’s acting municipal manager, Andile Fani, also signed the agreement. He was optimistic about having Leiden on the city’s side during the 2011 transformation from a municipality into a metropolitan area.“I am looking forward to this initiative. Seeing that Buffalo City Municipality is going to be a metro this will go a long way.”Developmental projects in Buffalo CityLeiden’s involvement with South Africa began in the 1970s when the city, along with the Dutch capital of Amsterdam, campaigned for the abolishment of apartheid. When the system was finally scrapped, each Dutch city was told to form relationships with municipalities here. Leiden was paired with Buffalo City and began relations in 1998.Twelve years later, Leiden’s bond with the city has deepened. In 2010 alone, Leiden has assisted the municipality with major development projects involving student exchange programmes, HIV/Aids, storm water drainage and solid waste management.It started in June when Leiden officials contributed to the transformation of a dangerous floodplain, which killed six people in 2002 in the township of Duncan Village, into a habitable area for its residences. They donated R1-million (US$146 000) to the cause.Acting Mayor Sizwe Dikimolo said changes were evident in the township and that further improvements could be made if residents cooperated with the municipality.The Dutch continued their work when, in August, a group of Leiden learners, part of the Keys for Kids programme, converted a shed into a girls’ unit at House on the Rock, a childcare centre.The project is an educational three-week excursion that brings a number of Dutch adolescents each year to partake in various developmental activities in the country, and learn about South African culture at the same time.In October, 14 educators from various institutes in Leiden visited the city in an information exchange programme. Dutch teachers were paired with their South African counterparts and spent one week visiting poorer schools in Buffalo City. They learned about the techniques local educators employ when managing classrooms of over 50 learners, something that is unheard of in the Netherlands.Vallabh believed that for some learners it would have been the first time they met a foreign national, and this would help expand their horizons.“Our learners need to know of the world around them. They need to be shown a new way of life, which is an education in itself,” he said.The educators who attended the programme had to pay their own air fares. “It just shows they want to add value to this trip,” added Vallabh.last_img read more

Ohio agricultural loan delinquencies have stabilized in 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By David Marrison, Ohio State University ExtensionFinancial stress, expressed as the ability of farmers to repay loans, is important to follow during times of low farm income. A new report “Ohio Agricultural Lending Outlook: Fall 2019,” published by Kevin Kim, Robert Dinterman, and Ani Katchova with the OSU AEDE’s Farm Income Enhancement Program, points to good news for Ohio farmers. The report provides information on agricultural loan volumes and delinquencies for Ohio farmers.Agricultural loans issued by FDIC insured banks have increased in volume both nationally and in Ohio. For Ohio, the total number of agricultural loans reached $3.8 billion in 2018. There has been a slight uptick in delinquency rates, but they remain under 2%, which is a significant benchmark as delinquency rates remained above 2% for several years following the 2008 Farm Financial Crisis. The average delinquency rate for Ohio farm production loans for the recent 12 months was 1.06%, while for real estate loans it was 1.83%, seeing declines from last year’s rates.Access this report at:https://aede.osu.edu/sites/aede/files/publication_files/AgLendingOutlook2019.pdf.last_img read more

Neverware Breathes New Life Into Schools’ Aging Computers

first_imgRelated Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#cloud computing#E-Learning#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market audrey watters There was once a time when students may have had access to better computers at school than they did at home. But with the explosion of consumer technologies, that’s not the case. Arguably now many students carry more powerful computing devices in their pockets than sit on their desks at school.Schools struggle to keep up with continually changing technology. They simply cannot afford to replace hardware at the rate with which upgrades are released. And as such, the technology infrastructure of most schools is severely lacking.Jonathan Hefter has built something that could solve that.Hefter is the CEO of Neverware, a startup that addresses this huge gulf between schools’ existing hardware and the demands of new software. Neverware provides a virtualization platform, what he calls “the ‘last mile’ in cloud computing.” Virtualized desktops aren’t new. There are several prominent companies that are addressing this for enterprise customers. But even though some liken school districts’ technology implementations to ones in corporations, there are some substantial differences – budgets being the most obvious.Neverware is designed lean. In fact, Hefter is currently bootstrapping the endeavor (although he is starting to look for funding). But the emphasis on efficiency isn’t so much about Hefter’s resources, as the resources of the schools he’s aiming to support with Neverware.Neverware’s flagship product is the JuiceBox, a single server appliance that when connected to a LAN will power up to one hundred old machines with Windows 7. In case you haven’t checked the system requirements for Windows 7 lately, here they are: 1 GHz or faster 32-bit or 64-bit processor, 1 GB RAM, 16 GB hard disk space, and a DirectX 9 graphics device. So how old can those “old machines” be? Hefter says he “hasn’t found a desktop yet” that he can’t make run.The Juicebox generates a private, local cloud, something that addresses many of schools’ concerns about privacy, security, and reliability. Hefter uses the analogy of electrical versus gas-powered cars to compare the energy and environmental waste of the PC industry with the efficiency of the Neverware project. It’s a “single repository of computing power,” and with it, schools need only focus on updating one machine, not many. Currently Neverware is running in two pilot programs in schools in New Jersey, but Hefter says there are plans to go to market with JuiceBox in the next few months.last_img read more