George Groves became European super-middleweight champion with a points victory against Christopher Rebrasse in their WBC world title eliminator at Wembley Arena.Groves, who has also held the British and Commonwealth titles, was short of his best in his first outing since being knocked out by Carl Froch in their rematch in May.Frenchman Rebrasse didn’t let his belt go without a battle, absorbing some heavy shots and at times troubling Groves as the Hammersmith man tired in the later rounds.Groves, 26, was nevertheless a clear winner and is now in line for a third world title shot following his two defeats against WBA and IBF champion Froch – the WBC title is currently held by unbeaten American Anthony Dirrell.Groves started at a frenetic pace and rocked Rebrasse in the third round, while the Londoner’s jab was a persistent and effective weapon.As the pace slowed, Rebrasse had more success, including during an explosive eighth round in which the pair traded heavy shots.Although his opponent, who has never been stopped, was durable and still strong in the closing rounds, Groves always had the edge in terms of hand speed and variety of shots.Two of the judges scored the bout 118-110 in his favour, with another making it 117-111.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Science in Africa: Fog-harvesting for water: clouds on tapNational Geographic: Water harvested from clouds in rural South Africa South Africa is following the lead of a desert beetle in tackling the problem of water scarcity in the country’s drought-prone Limpopo province, where remote rural communities live far from reliable water sources – yet in areas that are often shrouded in mist. According to the Science in Africa website, which ran an article on the Tshanowa Primary School project some years ago, “each fog collector consists of three 6m-high wooden poles, mounted 9m apart. Steel cables stretch horizontally between the poles, and from each pole to the ground. A double layer of 30 percent shade cloth is draped over the cables, and fixed to the poles on each side. With the nearest water sources being a non-perennial spring about two kilometres away, and a dam about five kilometres away – and with water source contamination rife in the province – the fognets have given the school children and the wider community a lifeline. It’s a method followed by the Namib fog beetle, which has net-like hairs on its underside that enables it to harvest water from the sea-fog that rolls in over the desert every morning. “Within four days of completion, school children and members of the local community were drinking water collected by the fog screen … the giant fog screens at Tshanowa Junior Primary School … are providing pupils and members of the community an average of between 150 litres and 250 litres of water per day.” “Water dripping from the net into the gutter runs through a sand filter and is then emptied into a tipping bucket,” Science in Africa reporterd. “From there, it flows into a 10kl storage tank further down the slope. Two additional tanks were erected at the school to collect the overflow from the first. An automatic weather station was also installed to record rainfall, wind speed and wind direction. “These fognets have over the years been providing water to local communities,” Deputy Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Rejoice Mabudafhasi said at the launch of the Fognet Project at the Mphephu Holiday Resort in Limpopo this week. For years now, members of Vondo Village, in the Thulamela Municipality in Limpopo, have been implementing an innovative solution to their water shortage problem, using special nets erected at Tshanowa Primary School to harvest drinking water from fog. Now, Unisa and University of Pretoria have partnered with the South African Weather Service and the Department of Water Affairs to give the Tshanowa Primary School project additional backing, while formalising it and extending it to Tshiavha Primary School in Tshiavha village, also in the Thulamela Municipality. Members of the two universities and the South African Weather Service are training members of the two communities to maintain the fognets. The Tshanowa Primary School research project was led by University of South Africa (Unisa) climatologist Jana Olivier, an associate professor at Unisa’s School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences. Olivier has since been involved in setting up similar research projects in half a dozen places across South Africa. Mabudafhasi added that the Fognet Project had the additional virtue of bridging the gap between science and day-to-day living. 27 August 2010 SAinfo reporter, Science in Africa and National Geographic
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Every year there are a handful of days in Ohio this time of year where it seems the last of winter has faded. Balmy temperatures warm your bones and the welcomed sunshine pushes the last of the winter doldrums away. There are a just a few of those days in Ohio this time of year where it is simply a pleasure to be outside just for the sake of being outside.This was not one of those days.I got an invitation to go check some salamander traps that had been set out a couple of days prior on a central Ohio property not far from where I live. Not knowing quite what to expect, I thought it would be interesting to check out along with some salamander aficionados, including the fine folks from MAD Scientist Associates, LLC, a full-service ecological and wetland-consulting firm based in Westerville.Thus, I found myself clad in mud-covered boots slogging through the fields and forests of central Ohio after steady rains saturated the landscape. Fortunately there was a brief respite from the endless precipitation, but that was about all that could be said positive about the weather. Temperatures were on the short side of 50 degrees and unpleasant winds made things pretty chilly. Even on the driest parts of the journey we left inch-deep footprints in between the corn stalks and we routinely found ourselves in calf deep water fighting to maintain balance from the uneven forest footing on this fairly unpleasant late February day. Apparently, salamander movement this time of year is triggered by rain combined with 50+ degree temperatures for a couple of consecutive nights. In this case we’d had both — especially the rain part.Ohio is home to 24 species of salamanders in five different families.“Salamanders are silent and spend most of their lives hidden, so people rarely see them,” said Marne Titchenell, with Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). “But they’re there. And they’re often quite abundant.”Salamanders are long-tailed amphibians that live on land, in water or both often on forest floors and in streams, ponds and pools in the woods. Salamanders eat invertebrates insects and worms and serve as food for larger animals. They often hold clues to the environmental conditions of the area.“Salamanders can be important environmental indicators due to the permeability of their skin and eggs,” Titchenell said. “Water and air pass easily from the environment through their skin. This makes them very susceptible to toxins or changes in their environment.”Salamanders do most of their moving at night and those with a flashlight and a willingness to slog through the woods in the dark can often find many of them as they flee from the light, but to get to see them more closely, trapping works well. The traps are box-shaped nets with places for the salamanders to get in, but not back out.I could not believe what we found! I have been crawling around in the woods and the swamps around the farm since I was a very young boy and I have never seen salamanders in the wild before. We found well over 20 Spotted Salamanders, a Jefferson Salamander and a Small-mouth Salamander. After we caught them and counted them, the salamanders were released back into the water. They return to the same pools year after year.Another note, the traps and boots of experienced salamander hunters are bleached after each trip to maintain the health of the separate populations of salamanders — salamander biosecurity. Here is a bit more about the salamanders we found from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife. Spotted SalamanderSpotted Salamanders are found throughout Ohio in low-lying moist woodlands adjacent to swamps, ponds, and creeks. Because of their secretive nature and their love for tunneling underground, they are seldom seen except in early spring. Then they migrate in large numbers to breeding ponds. Even then, they are active only at night. Often the only evidence of their presence is a fist-sized egg mass containing less than 100 eggs attached to a submerged stick or plant. How does a six-inch salamander pass a fist-sized egg mass? The eggs are not that large when laid, but the jelly-like substance that covers them swells when the eggs come in contact with the water. This large, chunky salamander has two irregular rows of yellow or greenish-yellow spots. Occasionally, the spots on the back of the head are orange. Jefferson SalamanderThis salamander looks somewhat like the Spotted salamander species without the yellow spots. They have long toes and the sprinkling of small silver-blue specks concentrated on the sides of the body on younger specimens.It lives in moist woodlands throughout most of the state. It is very secretive and seldom seen except in early spring when it enters shallow woodland breeding ponds. Small-mouthed salamanderNamed for its conspicuously small mouth, this animal also has a relatively small, narrow head. Its dark earth- tone color may be accented with light flecks of pigment, especially along its sides and bottom.The Small-mouthed Salamander is one of the least particular in its choice of habitat. It can be found in just about any situation throughout all but the extreme eastern edge of the state, and like most members of this family it breeds in temporary ponds or wetlands. For those who want to learn more about these fascinating Ohio natives, Getting to Know Salamanders (22 pages, $7.50) gives details on Ohio’s common species, how to see them, where to see them and how to take care of the places they live. It’s published by Ohio State University Extension and can be bought through county offices or the online eStore, http://go.osu.edu/salamander. Even if the weather is less-than-ideal, I’d recommend a fascinating salamander hunt any day. Spotted salamander Spotted salamander Spotted salamander This Jefferson Salamander kept trying to check us out by staring up at us. Salamander trap This Jefferson Salamander kept trying to check us out by staring up at us. I got to hold the Jefferson salamander. It is important to get your hands wet before handling them. We also caught a Leopard frog. Spotted salamanders fill up the top container and the Jefferson and Small-mouth salamanders are on the bottom at Hague’s farm.
“It’s almost impossible to describe how important the Web was for getting the New Orleans Musicians Relief Fund off the ground,” said co-founder Karen Dalton-Beninato. Karen and her husband Jeff, who grew up playing music in the Ninth Ward, used Web technologies and social media to reach out to music fans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Now, almost exactly five years later, another crisis is hitting the shore, the Gulfoil spill. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts “If you think this tragedy is over think again. There are still families out there in corners of this country trying to figure out what they are going to do to get their lives back to some normalcy. There are so many musicians who were well known in New Orleans that are totally unknown where they are now. Imagine building your fanbase or your work base in your workplace and suddenly it all disappears.”And now what promises to become the single largest ecological catastrophe in the nation’s history, the Gulf oil spill, is bearing down on the city. The travelers and the money they bring are starting to dry up again. The resource economy, fishing, shrimping and crabbing, that all funnels into the city, is faltering. The need to plug in to this newest of technologies – the Web – to save the oldest – music – is pressing, again. There is some truth to the notion that this technology we cover levels and democratizes. NOMRF is using it to make the process of helping the men and women who provide the soundtrack to your hopes and dreams more egalitarian and more direct. Think trading tracks and files is “peer-to-peer”? Pass the hat at the Green Dragon and buy a guy a trumpet so he can gig and get his kids new shoes. That’s peer-to-peer, brothers and sisters. Can I get an amen? I said…Can I get an amen?Alright, then. Tags:#Non-Profits#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market curt hopkins “With the current state of the economy, we get more used instrument donations than anything else these days, but it’s been an amazing ride. New Orleans is going to have a rough summer with Gulf Coast tourism dropping already after the oil spill. Hopefully people will keep the city and its music in their hearts.”Karen and Jeff started the fund in a Chicago FEMA room when it became clear that many musicians and others wouldn’t be able to return to New Orleans for weeks if not months. Jeff, who grew up playing in the Ninth Ward and was a member of the 80s pop band the dBs, as well as playing with roots and jazz outfits, turned to the Internet. He and Karen put together a Website with an online donation function. Podcasts were a powerful way to reach out to both a distributed public and a fractured musical scene, as was the blog they started. They used social media and more old school Web tools to beat the bushes and pass the hat. Straight out donations, walkathons, downloads and t-shirt sales. Money came in to help get people home, to help them repair storm damage and to pay rent and, above all, to give them back their means of making a living: get them back their bones. In addition to money, people donated trumpets and trombones, traps and guitars and even pianos. Joannie Hughes, a New Orleans native who became a volunteer with NOMRF, said after Katrina, the most disconcerting thing was the absence of music. “The one thing that struck me in my heart and soul when I returned was the silence. Having lived here all of my life and grown up in a music household I just was not prepared for the lack of live music that usually poured into the streets. The entire city owes (Jeff and Karen) a great deal of gratitude for bringing back our cherished music.” There’s a feeling that once a certain amount of time passes after a disaster, people should have the decency to be OK. Unfortunately, given the sheer bulk of the mess, both physically and politically, that’s just not been the case with New Orleans, as co-founder Jeff Beninato reminds us. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…
A recent article in The Atlantic magazine by Richard Florida, “How the Crash Will Reshape America,” has some very interesting observations about home ownership and the damage that our society has done to itself by creating artificial incentives for people to own homes. Home ownership has been subsidized in America for many years through mortgage-interest tax deductions and artificially low interest rates. These factors have distorted demand for homes, creating incentives for people to buy bigger (and more) homes than they need. This demand for increasingly larger homes has also distorted development patterns, leading to the creation of low-density suburbs instead of more sustainable, and denser, cities and towns. It also led to a boom in the home building industry, which, as most booms eventually do, has turned rapidly into a bust.The fictional “happy homeowner”While I accept that the recent disasters in the mortgage and financial markets are an aberration, we need to realize that not everyone should, or even necessarily want to, own a home of their own. A study from the Wharton School of Business quoted in the same article reports that homeowners are no happier, no more or less stressed, and have no higher self-esteem than renters. Another study shows that in both the U.S. and Europe, areas with higher rates of home ownership also have higher unemployment numbers. Homeowners are less mobile than renters, keeping them from accepting jobs in new locations. In our current dismal economic climate, this problem can lead to more foreclosures as residents are stuck living in homes where they cannot find work. Those that do find work will have longer commutes, reducing their quality of life, using more imported oil, and increasing pollution — none of which is a good thing.Don’t restart the building industry, reinvent itNew-home construction is in the tank, and the industry and government are tripping over each other trying to figure out how to reinvigorate it. To me this seems a myopic view of the problem. The entire industry is trying restart when it would be better off reinventing itself.Forget about building new homes, which will be difficult to sell anyway, and focus on both improving the homes we have and building new rental properties. All the homeowners who are losing their homes are going to need a place to live, so why not build it for them? Instead of providing financial incentives for first-time home buyers, let’s create a benefit program for builders and renovators of rental properties and their tenants. Along with that, create incentives to make both new and existing rental properties green. That will move us toward energy independence as well as reduce utility costs for these new renters.Insanity is not a good business planI know that this post will irritate builders, but the industry needs to take a long, hard look at itself and prepare for the future. All business is cyclical, but construction will take a very long time to recover, longer if it doesn’t change the way it does things. Let’s not forget Albert Einstein’s definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
Paris: Former French president Jacques Chirac, a centre-right career politician who served as head of state from 1995 to 2007, has died, his family told AFP on Thursday. He was 86. “President Jacques Chirac died this morning surrounded by his family, peacefully,” his son-in-law Frederic Salat-Baroux told AFP.
New Delhi: The Telangana Anti-Corruption Bureau Friday arrested the director and joint director of Insurance Medical Services (IMS) of Employee’s State Insurance (ESI) in Hyderabad for alleged irregularities in supply of medicines in the state. Six others were also arrested for allegedly procuring crores worth of medicines from unauthorised firms or non-rate contract firms by quoting higher rates by claiming that they were emergency medicines. The officials allegedly made huge amounts of money on these purchases. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange frameworkOfficials said that there were irregularities in supply of medicines, surgical kits, and medical equipment to all the ESI hospitals in the state and the scam could be worth around Rs 300 crores. Officials raided at least 30 locations across the state before arresting director Dr C Devika Rani, Joint director K Padma, Assistant Director V Indira, MD of surgical equipment supplier Omni Medi B Srihari, and four others. The Insurance Medical Services staff were all arrested from their residences and taken to the ACB headquarters at Banjara Hills for questioning before being produced in court. A Vigilance and Enforcement probe indicated that Dr Rani identified a few firms through which medicines were purchased at higher prices. (With inputs from Indian Express)