QPR’s Helguson a target for Cardiff

first_imgCardiff City are looking to sign Heidar Helguson from QPR.Helguson, 34, has a year of his contract remaining but is not part of manager Mark Hughes’ plans at Loftus Road, and Rangers have indicated that they will let him go.Bluebirds boss Malky Mackay knows the Icelander from their time together at Watford and is keen to take him to Wales.After initially struggling for fitness and form following his move from Bolton in 2009, Helguson became a key player for Rangers and was instrumental in their promotion to the Premier League.He was also their top scorer in the top flight last season, netting nine goals. But he was troubled by a groin complaint and missed virtually all of the second half of the campaign.Helguson is one of a number of players Hughes is looking to offload this summer.Luke Young is also surplus to requirements but his future is unclear after a potential move appeared to fall through.See also:QPR likely to offload defender Young (29 June)Rangers chief hints at player exits (17 July)Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Why 90,000 at Wembley Proves Football Isn’t Just A Man’s Game

first_imgIt’s been a huge year for women’s football, particularly in the UK. Phil Neville’s Lionesses built a whole new audience, while members of the US team even took on the President!It’s been a staggering rise as Super League teams continue to see attendances rise, while the game between England and Germany at Wembley sold out. It’s undoubtedly a landmark year, and Wembley will make many sit up and take note of the women’s game, conclusively proving it’s far from being a man’s game.The likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United are investing more and more in their women’s team, and that will see more commercial activity taking place.More female orientated industries will now have the opportunity to target an ever-increasing audience, just as the likes of gambling, motoring and beer has in the men’s game.That could see the likes of online bingo, cosmetics and fashion begin to make its way into the game. Bingo is particularly an interesting one. Online gambling is a huge part of sponsorship income in the men’s game, and with the likes of Moon Bingo now hugely popular among British players, a foray into sports sponsorship could be on the horizon.Liverpool linked with Avon just a few years ago, which was considered a landmark deal, and it is expected that more and more partners will begin to take note of the women’s game.It’s been a long time coming, but what that will do is then bring more money into the game, offer better wages, offer the opportunity for more clubs to go full time and in turn improve the standard of the game.That will help inspire generations and a whole new lifecycle will begin as the game continues to improve.A full Wembley, 24,000 at Stamford Bridge to watch Chelsea play Spurs will inspire a new breed of players, particularly as the likes of Beth England, Lucy Bronze and Steph Houghton become more and more of a household name.It will be interesting to see how the game in Britain can kick on from the World Cup. It’s the perfect start in filling Wembley, but with another major tournament not due until 2021, when the European Championships are hosted in England, the game needs to keep up the momentum.Do that and 2021 could be even more groundbreaking. 2019 has seen the women’s game well and truly stand up in its own right. The Super League, clubs and the FA now need to put the infrastructure in terms of commercial sponsorships and investment in place to take it to the next level. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youCosmoWomensMagThe Most Remarkable Oscar Outfits EverCosmoWomensMagUndoDrhealth35 Foods That Should Never Be Placed in the RefrigeratorDrhealthUndoMiss Penny StocksWesley Snipes Is 57 And This Is His Real Life PartnerMiss Penny StocksUndoFood World Magazine15 Fruits that Burn Fat Like CrazyFood World MagazineUndoNutrition Expert11 Best Foods to Eliminate Knee Pain NaturallyNutrition ExpertUndoFood Eat Safe7 Surprising Foods That Burn FatFood Eat SafeUndoDroneXProThis Selfie trend is going viral worldwide…DroneXProUndoFood Eat Safe11 Foods to Avoid When Trying to Lose WeightFood Eat SafeUndolast_img read more

Few Mutational Pathways Lead to Darwinian Evolution

first_imgMutations may not be as helpful for neo-Darwinian evolution as expected, say researchers from Harvard.  Let’s say five mutations need to occur for a bacterium to gain resistance to an antibiotic, and there are 120 ways to get these mutations.  They found that only about 10 of the pathways could be selected by natural selection.  Since natural selection would have to confer better fitness at each step, most of the pathways are dead ends.    Although the team studied only one particular kind of resistance, “this finding likely applies to most protein evolution,” they said.  “Although many mutational paths lead to favored variants, only a very small fraction are likely to result in continuously improved fitness and therefore be relevant to the process of natural selection.”    See also Science Daily, EurekAlert.  The original paper was published in Science.1  The abstract states:Five point mutations in a particular beta-lactamase allele jointly increase bacterial resistance to a clinically important antibiotic by a factor of 100,000.  In principle, evolution to this high-resistance beta-lactamase might follow any of the 120 mutational trajectories linking these alleles.  However, we demonstrate that 102 trajectories are inaccessible to Darwinian selection and that many of the remaining trajectories have negligible probabilities of realization, because four of these five mutations fail to increase drug resistance in some combinations.  Pervasive biophysical pleiotropy [i.e., one modification causing a cascade of effects] within the beta-lactamase seems to be responsible, and because such pleiotropy appears to be a general property of missense mutations, we conclude that much protein evolution will be similarly constrained.  This implies that the protein tape of life [sic] may be largely reproducible and even predictable.   (Emphasis added in all quotes.)The last sentence about what this implies is purely a speculation.  They elaborate slightly in the last sentence of the paper: “It now appears that intramolecular interactions render many mutational trajectories selectively inaccessible, which implies that replaying the protein tape of life might be surprisingly repetitive.  It remains to be seen whether intermolecular interactions similarly constrain Darwinian evolution at larger scales of biological organization.”  If those larger scales are random and require multiple steps, it would seem the same principle applies.1Weinreich et al., “Darwinian Evolution Can Follow Only Very Few Mutational Paths to Fitter Proteins,” Science, 7 April 2006: Vol. 312. no. 5770, pp. 111-114, DOI: 10.1126/science.1123539.It wasn’t going to work anyway, so this just makes it harder.  They are’t talking about adding new genetic information or function, but rather losing function (susceptibility to the antiobiotic) in such a manner that each stage doesn’t kill all of the organisms in one fell swoop.  If this principle applies, as they suggested, to larger scales of biological organization, then the neo-Darwinian gig is, for all practical purposes, over.  Try getting a whale from a cow against these kinds of constraints.  This makes “the protein tape of life” predictable?  In whose Tinker Bell tale?(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Fifa mulls ‘easier’ 2010 tickets for locals

first_img18 January 2010The 2010 Fifa World Cup Local Organising Committee (LOC) confirmed this week that moves are afoot to change the way tickets are sold in South Africa in order to accommodate local fans.Speaking to BuaNews, LOC chief executive Danny Jordaan said they had raised the matter with Fifa and that it would be discussed at the next executive meeting to be held in Zurich.At the moment, tickets can be bought by filling in application forms at First National Bank (FNB) branches or fans can apply for tickets online.The process has sparked an outcry from football fans, who complain that it is just too complicated to secure tickets for Africa’s first world cup tournament.Unfamiliar technologySome soccer analysts have also pointed out that ordinary soccer supporters in South African may not be familiar with the internet and other technology used to apply for World Cup tickets.“We are definitely in the process of changing this and as a member of the ticketing committee, I am confident that Fifa will understand our position,” Jordaan said, adding that fans can expect to buy their tickets over the counter from April.Jordaan cautioned though, that people should not wait for that time and should in the meantime use the current process to purchase their tickets: “If you wait for that time, there is danger that there will be few or no tickets at all,” he said.Around 50% of the three-million tickets made available by Fifa have been sold.The move comes with only a week before the closing of the third ticket sales phase for the general public on 22 January.New sales phaseMeanwhile, Fifa also announced the creation of a new sales phase between 9 February and 7 April, to ensure that fans from the qualified associations have more time and easier access to tickets to watch their teams.The arrangement will only cater for supporters of the participating member associations and add to previously taken measures directed at South African residents.“Only one such phase had previously been planned, starting on 5 December 2009 and closing on 13 January 2010. This sales phase will run at the same time as the fourth sales phase for the general public carried out via Fifa.com and the FNB branches (in South Africa only) and will operate on a first-come-first-served basis,” said Fifa.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Black Stars shine for Africa

first_imgGhana’s Black Stars are the only teamrepresenting the continent in the quarterfinal round of the first 2010 FifaWorld Cup on African soil(Image: www.souzavto-sts.ru)MEDIA CONTACTS• Wolfgang Eichler, Fifa Media Officer+27 11 567 2010 or +27 83 2010 [email protected]• Delia Fischer, Fifa Media Officer+27 11 567 2010 or +27 567 [email protected]• Jermaine Craig, Media Manager2010 Fifa World CupLocal Organising Committee+27 11 567 2010 or +27 83 201 [email protected] RamelaAfricans are pinning all hopes on Ghana – the only country on the continent to make it through to the quarter-finals of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.“We are so proud of Ghana, they’ve played really well and have kept Africans’ hopes alive in our first African World Cup,” said Thabiso Malesa from Tembisa, east of Johannesburg.The team, popularly known as the Black Stars, sent Africans into fits of excitement on Saturday 26 June when striker Asamoah Gyan scored the winning goal three minutes into injury time, defeating the US 2-1.“In 2006 we made the second round, now we have gone a step further. We have made Ghana proud and the whole of Africa proud. I am the happiest man in the world,” said Gyan.Samuel Musah, also from Ghana, shares his sentiments: “This is just amazing. These boys have represented this continent with such heart, have made us so proud and given us hope for Africa.”Musah was one of the 34 976 fans who attended the game at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg, in South Africa’s North West province. “The energy was fantastic at the stadium. I think our support, singing, screaming, dancing, praying and blowing the African horn motivated the guys. They knew the whole of Africa was behind them and they played their hearts out for their country and the entire continent,” he said.Speaking after the game, Ghanaian midfielder Andre Ayew said: “We did it for Africa. We knew we had the whole continent behind us and we did not want to disappoint. It gave us more energy to beat the US.”Carrying Africa’s hopesSouth Africa, Algeria, Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire and Cameroon were all eliminated in the first round of the tournament, leaving the Black Stars as the only team in the tournament to represent the continent.“It’s amazing to have the whole of Africa behind us,” said fellow midfielder Sulley Muntari in a post-match interview with Fifa.com. “Football means so much to Africans. Having the World Cup here is just incredible. It would have been nice if more African sides had reached the last 16, but we’re very proud to carry their hopes.”Former South African President Thabo Mbeki has congratulated Ghana for advancing to the quarter-finals, saying their victory is a positive indication of Africa’s ability to perform.He said the team has always been known as Ghana’s Black Stars, but they should consider changing their name to Africa’s Black Stars because they have represented the entire continent and made it proud with their performance.“I wish Ghana to proceed to the semi-finals and hope the whole continent, not only South Africans, will support the team,” said Mbeki.South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC), has also said the Ghanaian team has made Africa proud.The party’s Jackson Mthembu said they are fully behind Ghana. “We are, as the ANC, calling on all South Africans and all people who come from the length and breadth of Africa to be behind the Ghanaians. In fact, they are no longer Ghanaian stars, they are African stars.”When Ghana first qualified to play in a Fifa World Cup in 2006, the team got through to the second round, before being knocked out by Brazil. They are the third African team to reach the quarter-finals, after Cameroon and Senegal did so in 1990 and 2002 respectively.“We’ve created history,” said right back John Pantsil. “It’s the first time that Ghana has reached the quarter-finals and it’s incredible.”Musah says that when Ghana faces two-time World Cup winners Uruguay on Friday 2 July at Soccer City Stadium, “the whole of Africa will be behind the team. I believe their commitment and our support will carry them to the next round”.last_img read more

Brand South Africa proud of South Africa’s competitive bid for SKA

first_imgBrand South Africa would like to congratulate the Department of Science and Technology; the SA SKA bid team, and Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor, on their success in hosting the Square Kilometre Array, in partnership with Australia.Brand South Africa CEO, Miller Matola, says that South Africa is thrilled with the opportunity to share the hosting of the SKA as the partnership with Australia will open up new avenues for skills development as well as ideas and cultural exchange.“The SKA will bring advancements of astro-sciences to both countries and facilitate knowledge sharing between young and older astronomy and cosmology experts. The opportunity to share the SKA with Australia will also highlight the benefits of partnerships on a global scale, and will improve industry cohesion and co-development in astronomy and other related fields.”In addition to the SKA, South Africa’s plans to focus on developing the field of astronomy will be enhanced by the MeerKAT project in the Northern Cape. The MeerKAT is a powerful scientific tool in its own right and it will attract the best scientists and engineers to work in Africa and will provide unrivalled opportunities for scientists and engineers across the continent and the country.Matola adds that the building of the MeerKAT will also spearhead the Department of Science and Technology’s campaign to introduce astronomy to scholars and students across the country, and develop and retain human capital in the field of science and engineering.“We thank the bid committee for giving us and our African partners the platform to bring the stars and the universe closer to the leaders and explorers of tomorrow. SKA funding and infrastructure will encourage our scholars and students to take up science and technology subjects, and a new class of scientists will be developed. The SKA will showcase the innovation from African communities and will embolden career interest in the diverse field of physics and cosmology.”last_img read more

Saving on Cell Phones – Part 2

first_imgBy Carol ChurchIn Part 1 of this series, we went over special considerations for military families regarding cell phone service and questions families should ask themselves when considering switching to a less costly option. In this part, we’ll review some of the many budget services out there. Be aware that these deals can and will change.TingTing is a pay-as-you-go model that adjusts to your actual usage. If you are disciplined (or very budget-minded!) you can even pay as little as $12 per month for a line with minimal voice and texting and no data. More typically, an example family with 4 lines using 500 minutes, 1000 texts, and 3 GB of data in a month would pay $68. (You can add lines for $6/each to the basic Ting plan.) It’s a good choice for families who are able to be somewhat conservative with their minutes, texts, and especially data, in exchange for the advantage of low cost. You do have to bring your own phone (which you can buy used or new—most, but not all, phones are supported) with this plan. Ting uses the Sprint and T-Mobile networks (you choose), so coverage is okay but not the best possible. Ting is known for good customer service.Republic WirelessIf you’re willing to go with a limited stable of 9 (decent quality) Android phones, Republic Wireless offers a very competitive pricing, starting at $20/month for unlimited talk and text plus 1 GB data. You have to get a separate plan for each phone when you use Republic, but this isn’t necessarily a reason for families to avoid the plan. An example family of 4 would have to pay a minimum of $80 month, but for that, they would get unlimited talk and text plus 4 GB of data. You can also upgrade or downgrade your plan by the month to add more or less data as needed. Republic keeps you on Wi-Fi wherever possible for savings, which may result in a slight decrease in call quality. Like Ting, Republic uses the Sprint and T-Mobile networks.US MobileWith a starter plan of 100 minutes/100 texts/100 MB at just $9, this can be a very cheap plan, but this is usage level is likely unrealistic for many. There is also no family plan here either, so each person has to decide on his or her own plan. A more reasonable plan offering 250 minutes, 500 texts, and 1 GB of data per person would ring in at $25 per person. Multiplied by 4, for an example family, this is $100—too much to pay for what you get. This plan would probably mostly be good for people able to maintain low usage who want a very low-cost service. You need to bring your own phone, and US Mobile uses the T Mobile network.Google FiGoogle Fi is another no-contract service with some unique angles. The basic package is $20/month, which gives you unlimited calling and texting. (You can add family members at a cost of $15/month each.) You are then charged $10 per GB of data, with one different feature being that you are refunded (that is, the amount goes back to your account) for every “piece” of a GB you do not use. It’s hard to assign a price to a “example” family of 4 here due to the refund aspect, but for unlimited talk and text and assuming 1GB of data each with no refund, a family of 4 would pay $105 per month. This is a bit high, but the international calling and the improved network coverage may make it worth it for some.Fi’s SIM card allows you to use coverage from Sprint, T-Mobile, and US Cellular, giving better coverage than other resellers that rely on one network. Like Republic, it also relies on Wi-Fi whenever possible, which may result in decreased call quality. A major advantage to GoogleFi for military families is that the service works seamlessly in over 135 different countries (you’ll need to check their website for rates, but they appear reasonable). This alone may make this service the right choice for some.One potential big disadvantage to GoogleFi is that you are very limited on phone type. Right now, there are just 3 choices.Mint SIMMint’s special angle is that it gives you a discount for buying service in advance, allowing them to offer good deals like $12/month for unlimited talk and text plus 2 GB of 4G LTE and unlimited speed-throttled data (if you pay for 3 months upfront). Although they call themselves “no contract,” this does sound a bit like a contract. Mint uses the T-Mobile network and requires you to bring your own unlocked phone. International roaming is also an option with the plan. If you’re willing to take a chance on a newer service and commit, this looks like a good deal, but it might be wise to take a look at its customer service record.CricketCricket uses the AT&T network. Like other budget plans, you bring your own phone, but unlike some of these options, you have many choices, including the iPhone. Plans start at $30 per line for unlimited talk and text and 1 GB of high-speed data. Cricket provides discounts for family plans, so our example family of 4 could get unlimited talk and text and 5 GB of data to share (plus additional slower data that is unlimited) for $80/month: a good deal. This could be an excellent plan for heavy users who want a lot of phone choice but who also want to bring their costs down somewhat.lev dolgachov/PhotospinThe “Big 4”We’re not reviewing the traditional “big 4” (Sprint, Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile) here since most customers are familiar with or will “find” their plans on their own. Their deals also change frequently. In general, you can expect to pay $120-$200 per month for a family of 4 for unlimited talk and text and various larger quantities of data (4 GB-10GB+, to unlimited). These plans, though more expensive than the other options here, will be the best choice for some families.Families should definitely ask about discounts with these major players; at time of writing, all 4 offered 15% discounts to at least some military members on at least some plans. Proof of service (military ID) is necessary. Be aware, however, that this may well not be the best option, and that service members have complained about discounts not applying, applying only on “Cadillac” plans, or not being worth it.This monthly bill is one that can creep up in amount over time without us really focusing on how much it’s costing us. However (along with other recurring costs like cable, utilities, groceries, and so on), it can be an excellent place to find savings—as long families understand the tradeoffs they’re making. These less expensive options will be worth considering for some who want to cut their budgets and increase savings and decrease debt.last_img read more

9 months agoEx-Real Madrid GM Valdano: Isco must do some soul searching

first_imgEx-Real Madrid GM Valdano: Isco must do some soul searchingby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Real Madrid GM Jorge Valdano says Isco needs to “do some soul searching”.Valdano recognises Isco is on the outer of coach Santiago Solari’s plans.He said, “A year ago, Isco and Asensio were the great sources of hope at Real Madrid; [now] one has lost his way and the jury is out on the other.”Everyone knows something’s up, but nobody knows what; it has to be resolved in private. Today, [B-team striker] Cristo played ahead of Isco, [so] the issue has clearly developed into a very serious one. I imagine it’s something they’re discussing within the club. Isco needs to do some soul-searching.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Frommhold Royce Johnson might be the future of Ohio State field hockey

At the end of this season, the Ohio State women’s field hockey team will lose four players, including its top three scorers, but the future seems to still be bright. Three women are playing in their first year at OSU — sophomore midfielder Mona Frommhold, freshman midfielder Emma Royce and freshman forward Peanut Johnson. — two of whom lead the team in minutes on the field. Growing up and playing field hockey in Berlin, Frommhold received multiple awards. She was named the best defensive back in 2006 and 2007 at the German indoor championships and the best player at the championships in 2006, 2008 and 2010. She is also a member of the U-21 Germany National Team . As a freshman, Frommhold played in Germany and then transferred to OSU. She said her biggest transition to playing here was combining school and her sport. “We don’t have a college league, we only play in club. The practice between the classes is different than Germany to here,” Frommhold said. Since the first game of the 2012 season, Frommhold has stepped into a starting role. She has started all 17 games, is fourth on the team in goals with six and has tallied four assists. She also has the second most playing time on the team with 1,197 minutes. Frommhold described one lesson she learned from this season so far. “Prepare to have a lot of practice, not only two times per week,” Frommhold said. “Everyday be prepared to practice.” Hailing from Kingston upon Thames, U.K., Royce has played in all 17 games this season and following the season opener has been part of the starting lineup. She has scored two goals and leads the team in playing time with 1,203 minutes. The mental toughness required by players is the biggest lesson Royce said she would take from her first season of college play. “People underestimate how much work and effort and strength you need,” Royce said. “I’m certainly going to prepare myself mentally for not just playing good teams but playing great teams.” Coach Anne Wilkinson said the biggest adjustment for the two international players would be the frequency OSU plays games. “There’s no time to let down … in international (leagues) they don’t, maybe, play three games a week. They’re not used to that grind here … going day in and day out,” Wilkinson said. When it came to Johnson, a Dayton native, Wilkinson said what she learned was “the physicality of the game.” The season opener was the only game Johnson has not played. Since then, she has started six games, come off the bench to play in ten other games and has scored five goals and three assists. Johnson also described the lessons she’s learned from her freshman season. “How much work you put forth as a whole team, like you have to have a common goal and make sure you are on the same page when you are going into the season and each game, and I think that will carry into next year as well,” Johnson said. read more

US top court rebuffs mystery company in Mueller subpoena fight

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint FILE PHOTO: The Supreme Court in Washington, U.S., November 13, 2018. REUTERS/Al Drago/File PhotoFILE PHOTO: The Supreme Court in Washington, U.S., November 13, 2018. REUTERS/Al Drago/File Photo The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear a bid by an unidentified company owned by a foreign government to contest a grand jury subpoena related to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s now-completed inquiry into Russia’s role in the 2016 election, though the justices’ action does not force the firm to comply.A federal judge imposed a $50,000-per-day fine against the company, which had asked the justices to hear its appeal of a December appeals court ruling that upheld a judge’s decision to hold it in contempt for refusing to fulfil a document request made in the subpoena.The company already could owe more than $3 million (2.27 million pounds).The Supreme Court rejected the appeal in a brief order with no noted dissents from any of the nine justices.Mueller submitted a confidential final report on his findings to U.S. Attorney General William Barr on Friday. On Sunday, Barr said Mueller did not find a conspiracy between Trump’s campaign and Moscow.A spokesman for Mueller’s office said the case involving the subpoena will now be overseen by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington.The case has remained a high-profile mystery, with the Supreme Court and lower courts declining to identify the company, the country that owns it or the specific purpose of the subpoena. The company, which has a U.S. office, has said it was a witness, not a suspect, in Mueller’s investigation.Court papers detailing its legal arguments were made public but all information about specific facts of the dispute were redacted. The subpoena was issued last July.The Supreme Court in January refused to put the lower court ruling on hold. According to court filings, the daily fine imposed by U.S. District Court Judge Beryl Howell started accruing on Jan. 15. Such fines accrue until the grand jury is no longer sitting. It is unknown whether this grand jury has completed its work.The legal question was whether the company is protected under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, a law that allows foreign countries to avoid lawsuits in U.S. courts. The law does not cover commercial activities. The company argued that this law protects it not just in civil cases but also in criminal cases. The company also argued that foreign governments are immune from contempt findings in U.S. courts.On behalf of Mueller’s office, Solicitor General Noel Francisco, the Trump administration’s top Supreme Court lawyer, had asked the justices not to take up the case, deeming the lower court rulings correct.Mueller charged a series of Russian individuals and three Russian companies. The conviction of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort involved his concealment from U.S. authorities of millions of dollars he was paid as a consultant to pro-Russia Ukrainian politicians.Mueller neither concluded that Trump unlawfully sought to obstruct the probe, nor did he exonerate him of obstruction.Trump denied collusion and obstruction. Russia denied interfering in the election.WhatsApplast_img read more