Ex-Liverpool striker joins French side

first_img1 Former Liverpool, Bolton and Swansea forward David N’Gog has joined Reims on a two-year deal, it has been announced.The French frontman has spent the last six years in England, having moved to Anfield from Paris Saint Germain in 2008.He then moved on to Bolton and Swansea but failed to consistently show his best form at any of those clubs and has been allowed to return to his homeland.N’Gog has signed a two-year deal with Reims and joins on a free transfer.“I am pleased to have arrived and very happy to be part of this new team,” he said.“Now I’m looking forward to meeting my new team-mates in training in order to be fit as soon as possible to attack the competition.“It’s a pleasure to be back in the French league, Ligue 1 has evolved a lot since I left and I expect tough games but I’m prepared.“I am proud to wear the jersey of Stade de Reims and hope to have all the support of the fans and gain their trust as soon as possible to achieve great things here.” David N’Gog last_img read more

South African academic elected to top council

first_imgProf Malegapuru Makgoba has been elected vice-president of the International Council for Science. (Image: University of KwaZulu-Natal) MEDIA CONTACTS • Smita Maharaj  Director: Communications   Corporate Relations Division  University of KwaZulu-Natal  +27 31 260 4447RELATED ARTICLES • Space science thriving in South Africa • South African women lead the way in science • Pharma conference debuts in Africa • Home-grown nutrition research • Research centre for African oceans Wilma den HartighSouth Africa’s Prof Malegapuru Makgoba has been elected vice-president of the International Council for Science (ICSU), one of the most prestigious international bodies of its kind in the world.“I feel humbled and inspired to be given such an opportunity,” says Makgoba, vice-chancellor of the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN).The professor, who is a trained physician and an internationally recognised molecular immunologist, says his new position will give him significant exposure to other respected scientists and scientific disciplines.“What I find exciting about the work is meeting highly motivated and talented scientists from all over the world,” he says.Although his main area of interest has always been basic science and health, he says the position will allow him to explore new areas of science. “It will enable me to broaden my horizons in science. I think it is going to be an enriching experience,” he adds.His involvement with the ICSU will also promote South Africa’s participation in scientific matters of global concern. “As a country, we can play a major role in shaping the future of global science research collaboration and influence science policy,” he says.The International Council for ScienceUtilising science to find solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges is a core focus of the council.The ICSU, which is one of the oldest non-governmental organisations in the world, was established to promote international scientific activity with the emphasis on research outcomes that will benefit humanity.The council has a global membership of national scientific bodies and international scientific unions.The organisation identifies issues of importance to science and society, provides an enabling research environment for scientists across all disciplines and promotes the participation of scientists in international research projects.Makgoba will serve as vice-president for three years. In this time, he is required to attend a minimum of two international ICSU meetings in Paris each year. He will also be involved in the planning of international interdisciplinary scientific programmes and a review of current global research.His position as vice-president is a voluntary service to the ICSU, and he will continue to perform his duties as vice-chancellor of the UKZN. “It is all voluntary work, but I look forward to it because it is giving back to science what science has given to me,” he says.Science to benefit peopleMakgoba has already attended his first meeting of the ICSU and the General Assembly has identified two new global scientific research projects.The “Health and Wellbeing in the Changing Environment” project will draw on the expertise of an interdisciplinary team of researchers to investigate the complex effects of urban and migratory patterns on human health and wellbeing.The outcomes of this particular project will be of major importance for individuals, policy formation and governments worldwide, as it looks at the growing urbanisation trend in the world.According to the UN, 50% of populations in developing countries will live in urban areas by 2020. Although Africa is predominantly rural, it is considered to be the continent with the fastest rate of urbanisation.By 2030 both Asia and Africa will have higher numbers of urban residents than any other major area of the world.UN figures quoted in a report of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) reveal that 70% of the world’s population will live in urban areas by 2050, with the percentage rising to 86 for people in OECD countries.He says that urbanisation has far-reaching impacts on health, culture and how human beings define their identities.“It is a highly relevant topic in a changing world environment and raises many questions about urban wellbeing and health. The study will investigate the challenges and find potential solutions for the urbanisation trend,” he says.Another project on the agenda is the Earth Systems Sustainability Initiative, which will research the impact of global change on the earth, people and the capacity of the earth to sustain life on the planet.“The main focus of this ongoing research is on the unprecedented human-induced global change and the threat to society and human wellbeing worldwide. Climate change and biodiversity loss are just two examples,” he said in a statement.Contributions to scienceMakgoba has made other major contributions to the advancement of health and science in South Africa.His research as a molecular immunologist has made it possible to identify and understand cell surface molecules and genes important in the human immune system’s response.He is also a leading scientist in HIV vaccine research, he has served on the leadership team of the South African Aids Vaccine Initiative and he is the founding chair of the UNAids-World Health Organisation African Aids Vaccine Programme.Makgoba, who is also a member of the National Planning Commission and special advisor to the minister of science and technology, has received numerous awards, including fellowships at both the Imperial College Faculty of Medicine and the Royal College of Physicians of London.He is a founding member of the Academy of Science of South Africa and a foreign associate of the Institute of Medicine of the US Academies of Science.In addition to various accolades for his work, Makgoba was the 2011 recipient of the National Research Foundation President’s Lifetime Achievement award.last_img read more

National Genotyping Center open

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The National Agricultural Genotyping Center officially opens its doors with representatives from government and industry on hand for the grand opening of the new facility. Together North Dakota Ag Commissioner Goehring, Fargo Mayor Mahoney, legislative staff and agricultural association leadership discussed the center’s possibilities while touring the state-of-the-art laboratories.“This facility is the first of its kind for a farmer-led association, giving growers more influence on research agendas,” said Larry Hoffmann, chair of the Research and Business Development Action Team for the National Corn Growers Association. “NAGC will help growers increase production and lower costs. With so many stakeholders on hand and actively expressing interest, it was apparent to all present that the exciting potential for innovation is enormous and will lead to concrete results that can strengthen the bottom line for U.S. farmers.”The National Agricultural Genotyping Center will translate scientific discoveries, such as the information from the maize genome project, into solutions for production agriculture, food safety, functional foods, bioenergy and national security.The NAGC partnership brings together Los Alamos National Laboratory, the premier research institution in the world with a proven track record in developing high-throughput genotyping technology, and the National Corn Growers Association, an organization representing more than 42,000 farmer members.last_img read more

Make sure manure is treated as a valuable resource

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Mary WicksDid you know that manure is a valuable resource? From applying it to cropland to creating compost, it can benefit crops and soil or generate additional income. Using manure is complex, which makes it interesting but challenging. There are many factors, such as nutrient availability, application methods, and application rules that need to be taken into account. Soil benefitsA recent 2-year study by the University of Wisconsin compared the effects manure and inorganic fertilizers on soil health. Researchers demonstrated that manure was more effective in maintaining soil pH at a healthy range, while the fertilizer tended to increase acidity. Manure was also more effective in increasing total nitrogen in the soil. And, due the organic matter in manure, it helped increase water stable aggregates, which makes soil more resistant to erosion. However, the electrical conductivity of soils with manure application was higher, indicating that salt levels in manure need to be considered. Nutrient benefitsThe key for land application is to take advantage of the nutrients in manure, saving money on fertilizer while also protecting water quality. Following the 4R Nutrient Stewardship principles (right source, right rate, right time, right place) is a good starting point, but other considerations, such as weather and storage capacity, must also be addressed.In Ohio, nearly 49% of manure is applied from October to December, but an unusually wet fall followed by an extended wet spring as we are currently experiencing, can limit the days available for field application. This results in many livestock producers with not enough manure storage capacity. Regulations that limit manure application during winter months and rain forecasts that prevent manure application can further reduce the application window. To expand the available days for applying manure, Glen Arnold, manure management systems field specialist with OSU Extension, has shown that using liquid manure to side dress emerging crops, especially corn and wheat, can result in yields similar to, or better than, commercial fertilizers. Other benefitsManure can also be a source of income. Poultry litter is often sold to crop producers as a source of nutrients and to improve soil tilth. Others compost manure for sale to nurseries or garden centers. Composting is a natural process in which organisms, primarily microbes, decompose the manure. When managed correctly, this aerobic process can reduce pathogens, odors, and the moisture content creating a product that is easier to handle and allows manure nutrients and organic material to be cost effectively transported off the farm. Learn more at the Manure Science ReviewThere’s a lot more to know about managing manure and the Manure Science Review on August 7 is a great place to learn. This year’s speaker and demonstration program will be held at JIMITA Holsteins in Strasburg, Ohio, and then followed by a tour of nearby Bull Country Composting. Speakers will address when manure nutrients are available, what cover crops can and can’t do, side dressing with manure, and more. Field demonstrations will highlight spreader calibration, liquid manure application methods, manure health, and other practices. The day will wrap up with a tour of a commercial manure composting facility, focusing on material handling and processing as well as marketing.This educational program qualifies for continuing education credits for Certified Crop Advisors, ODA Certified Livestock Managers, ODA Fertilizer Recertification, Pennsylvania Manure Hauler/Broker, and Indiana State Chemist Category 14. For program and registration details, click on the link at https://ocamm.osu.edu/. Mary H. Wicks, Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering. Phone: 330.202.3533. E-mail: [email protected] This column is provided by the OSU Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, OSU Extension, Ohio Agricultural Research & Development Center, and the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.last_img read more

Chatroulette Being Used for Marketing? Say It Ain’t So!

first_imgThanks to French Connection’s bravery, they have the honor of being the first brand to attempt using Chatroulette for marketing purposes. However, if the contest goes well (i.e., it generates a lot of press), other marketers will likely soon follow suit. Is that a good thing? We’re not so sure. At least, it’s not good for us, the Chatroulette surfers. Marketers, though, may think it’s a downright brilliant move. And maybe it is – after all, who would have thought that anyone could have figured out how to promote a brand on a service like this? Still, we sort of wish the marketers would leave this one alone. Stick to Facebook and Twitter and the other straight-laced social sites of the Internet – leave Chatroulette and all its unrestricted debauchery alone. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification sarah perez The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Related Posts Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#marketing#NYT#Social Web#Trends#web That didn’t take long. Leave it to marketers to find a way to use any innovative new web service to promote their own ends. The latest example? A Chatroulette contest launched by international clothing brand French Connection. According to contest rules, participants are asked if they can “conquer the sinister world of Chatroulette” by charming a member of the opposite sex. (Initially, the contest was for men only, but due to protests, the rules were adjusted to permit women the opportunity to try and seduce men, too. Oh joy.)According to the initial company blog post about the contest, “if you rise above the seas of failing men and charm a woman on Chatroulette,” the company promises to give you a voucher worth 250 pounds which you can spend at the company’s retail stores. The blog post then provides an example of what they mean by a “seduction attempt” by way of a screenshot of a Chatroulette chat session – and be warned, it’s not what we would consider safe for work. Instead, what French Connection is promoting is essentially a nod to the often perverse nature of the popular webcam-surfing site.Chatroulette for Marketing: Risky or Brilliant? Although the French Connection brand may pride themselves on their youthful, hip nature, it’s an arguably risky move to promote themselves via a service as odd, off-the-wall, and yes, occasionally very disturbing as Chatroulette. Like Casey Neistat recently explained in a charming video demo of this latest Internet craze, on any given day, Chatroulette is 71% male, 15% female and 14% pervert. In fact, it’s the possibility of running into something odd – or rather someone odd doing something odd- that makes Chatroulette so exciting for its users. Like the game of Russian Roulette from which its name is derived, most of the time nothing remarkable happens – you run into another bored voyeur looking back and you and maybe even have a casual conversation. But every now and then…bang! And it’s the bang that seems to appeal to French Connection. They want to send out their customers into the wild, wild west of Chatroulette to become the very sort of creepy perverts that make the site so darned intriguing. So now, dear Chatroulette users, you’ll have to wonder whether that freaky guy/gal hitting on you is doing so because they’re actually a weirdo or if they’re just trying to win a few bucks to spend at a clothing store. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Golden day for Indian athletics

first_imgPreeja Sreedharan and Sudha Singh made it a golden evening for India as the track and field athletics programme got off to a roaring start at the Aoti arena on Sunday. Riled and ridiculed in the last edition of the Asian Games in Doha and a flop show at the Beijing Olympics, Indian athletics is beginning to show guts and glory. If the Commonwealth Games was a big surprise, Day One at athletics was truly sensational as Preeja and Nashik-born Kavita Raut clinched gold and silver respectively in the 10,000 metres in a classy field where the Chinese and Japanese runners were supposed to dominate. Even before the euphoria of the 10,000m could sink in, unassuming Railways girl Sudha Singh won a sensational 3,000 steeplechase final with China’s Jin Yuan at her heels. She clocked 9 minutes 55.67 seconds. Back to the first surprise of the day, the way Preeja and Kavita ran the 25-lap event in front of a packed stadium was remarkable.Not having won a medal in the Commonwealth Games, rankled Preeja. As one who has also been battling asthma, the Kerala girl’s hunger for success was magnified. Yet, what made the two Indians look so good on Sunday was the final stage of the race when Preeja came into her own and outkicked the field after the final bend to seal gold in a personal best 31:50.47. Her winning margin was almost a second and Kavita came second in 31:51.44. Both of them clocked their personal best timings. In a race where saw seven of the 11 runners registered their personal best timings, another Ethiopian-born Bahrain athlete Shitay Habtegebrel claimed bronze. In the history of the 10,000m which was introduced at the Seoul Asiad in 1986, this is the first time a Chinese or a Japanese runner did not win a medal.advertisementAt 28, Preeja is one of the most accomplished 5,000 and 10,000 metres runner. An Asian Games gold was very special as she did an emo- tional victory lap with Kavita as fans cheered them. “Our coach Nikolai (Snesarev) had told us to run a tactical race. His advice was that if Kavita and I could run together, there was a medal chance. And that’s what we did as the last lap turned out be decisive. Our coach has been truly inspirational,” said Preeja. “I ran my own style and my own pace and I won. I didn’t think about the other competitors,” she said. The uniqueness about the 10,000m event was that till the last 100 metres, neither Preeja nor Kavita led the field.Japan’s Kayoko Fukushi, who had the fastest personal best in the field at 30:51.81, led for the first 2,000 metres. After that, Shitaya Habtegebrel of Bahrain took the lead for a couple of laps after which the lead kept changing between Fukushi, her teammate Hikari Yoshimoto and Habtegebrel. As the runners approached the last two laps, it was Habtegebrel who took the bell first and even on the back straight of the final lap, she looked in control. Into the final bend, the Indians made their decisive move and raced home. The 3,000m steeplechase turned out to be even more dramatic as the Mumbai-based Sudha held off a strong late challenge from China’s Jin Yuan, with close to 55,000 fanatic fans cheering, to win by four one-hundredths of a second.The sparse Indian fan base had their jaws gaping as in the final moments of the race Jin increased her stride length rapidly. Had the race been a metre longer, she may have won. Sudha had finished fifth at the Commonwealth Games in October and was very keen to do well here. However, it is on nights like these that a star is born and Sudha made a sudden burst for home. Minori Hayakari of Japan won the bronze medal. “I have won at the same venue before at the Asian championship when I broke the national record. “I knew I had to win at any cost as I lost a medal at the CWG. This is a very big day as I had not dreamt of winning gold,” said the ultra-thin Sudha.last_img read more

Exgoogler who quit Google on moral grounds writes to Senate about companys

first_img“I am part of a growing movement in the tech industry advocating for more transparency, oversight and accountability for the systems we build.”– Jack Poulson, former Google Scientist Project Dragonfly is making its rounds on the internet yet again. Jack Poulson, a former Google scientist who quit Google in September 2018, over its plan to build a censored search engine in China, has written a letter to the U.S. senators revealing new details of this project. The letter lists several details of Google’s work on the Chinese search engine that had been reported but never officially confirmed by the company. He affirms that some company employees may have “actively subverted” an internal privacy review of the system. Poulson was strictly opposed to the idea of Google supporting China’s censorship on subjects by blacklisting keywords such as human rights, democracy, peaceful protest, and religion in its search engine. In protest to this project more than 1,000 employees had signed an open letter asking the company to be transparent. Many employees, including Poulson, took the drastic step of resigning from the company altogether. Now, in fear of Google’s role in violating human rights in China, Poulson has sent a letter to members of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. The letter stated that there has been “a pattern of unethical and unaccountable decision making from company leadership” at Google. He has requested Keith Enright, Google’s chief privacy officer, to respond to concerns raised by 14 leading human rights groups, who said in late August that Dragonfly could result in Google “directly contributing to, or [becoming] complicit in, human rights violations.” The letter highlights a major flaw in the process of developing the Chinese search platform. He says there was “a catastrophic failure of the internal privacy review process, which one of the reviewers characterized as [having been] actively subverted.” Citing anonymous sources familiar to the project, the Intercept affirms that the “catastrophic failure” Poulson mentioned, relates to an internal dispute between Google employees- those who work on privacy issues and engineers who developed the censored search system. The privacy reviewers were led to believe that the code used for developing the engine did not involve user data. After The Intercept exposed the project in early August, the privacy reviewers reviewed the code and felt that their colleagues working on Dragonfly had seriously and purposely misled them. The engine did involve user data and was designed to link users’ search queries to their personal phone number, track their internet movements, IP addresses, and information about the devices they use and the links they clicked on. Poulson told the senators that he could “directly verify“ that a prototype of Dragonfly would allow a Chinese partner company to “search for a given user’s search queries based on their phone number.” The code incorporates an extensive censorship blacklist developed in accordance with the Chinese government. It censors words like the English term “human rights”, the Mandarin terms for ‘student protest’ and ‘Nobel prize’, and very large numbers of phrases involving ‘Xi Jinping’ and other members of the CCP. The engine is explicitly coded to ensure only Chinese government-approved air quality data would be returned in response to Chinese users’ search. This incident takes us back to August 2018, when in an Open letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai, the US Senator for Florida Marco Rubio led by a bipartisan group of senators, expressed his concerns over the project being  “deeply troubling” and risks making “Google complicit in human rights abuses related to China’s rigorous censorship regime”. If Google does go ahead with this project, other non-democratic nations can follow suit to demand customization of the search engine as per their rules, even if they may violate human rights. Citizens will have to think twice before leaving any internet footprint that could be traced by the government. To gain deeper insights on this news, you can head over to The Intercept. Read Next 1k+ Google employees frustrated with continued betrayal, protest against Censored Search engine project for China Skepticism welcomes Germany’s DARPA-like cybersecurity agency – The federal agency tasked with creating cutting-edge defense technology Google’s ‘mistakenly deployed experiment’ covertly activated battery saving mode on multiple phones todaylast_img read more

Cayman Airways appoints AirlinePros for distribution services

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group MONTREAL — Cayman Airways has appointed AirlinePros as its BSP Administrator for the Canadian market, thus strengthening its North American outreach.According to AirlinePros Canada Director Karl Muller, nearly 25,000 Canadians visited the destination in 2016 for its world-class water sports, dining options and luxury accommodations.“The Cayman Islands is a very exciting destination to visit, with more and more Canadians considering it as their top choice vacation spot,” he said. “Cayman Airways offers a strong product with competitive fares and quality flight services.”The airline accepts is bookable in the main GDS platforms – Sabre, Amadeus, Worldspan and Apollo – and agency commission is 4% with ticketing that includes interline on Cayman Airways published fares. Cayman Airways appoints AirlinePros for distribution services Wednesday, April 19, 2017 center_img Share Posted by Tags: AirlineProslast_img read more