Under-pressure Amla leads South Africa fightback against England

first_imgCAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP):South Africa showed some fight in the second Test yesterday, with Hashim Amla’s 157 not out helping cut England’s lead to 276 as the home team reached 353-3 at stumps on the third day.Amla, the South Africa captain, eased the pressure on himself and his top-ranked team with his 24th Test century and first since December 2014.He shared partnerships of 183 with A.B. de Villiers (88) and an unbroken 85 with Faf du Plessis. South Africa lost just one wicket for 212 runs on the day.England, after a huge first-innings total of 629-6 declared, were finding it tough to take wickets on a serene batting pitch at Newlands, which has been so good for the batsmen that 982 runs were scored over three days.”Tricky day for us,” England fast bowler Steven Finn said. “One wicket in a day is obviously not ideal for what we wanted from this day … but we’re still a long way ahead in the game.”England also already lead the four-match series 1-0, leaving South Africa effectively batting to stay alive in the contest.”We were behind the eight ball on day one,” Du Plessis said. “England played really well and we needed a really resilient performance to get back in the Test match and that’s what we did.”England’s lone breakthrough came just before tea when De Villiers, looking to push on, mistimed a pull shot off Finn. The ball flew to James Anderson, who knocked it up in the air at midwicket and completed the catch.Frustratingly for England, both Amla and De Villiers should have been out much earlier but for dropped catches. Joe Root put De Villiers down at slip off the bowling of Anderson late on the second day and very early in De Villiers’ knock. In a twist of irony, Anderson dropped Amla off Root’s bowling when the South African skipper was on 76. Amla was dropped again on 120 by Nick Compton.”Obviously we’re disappointed to not take them but no one means to drop catches,” Finn said.De Villiers hit 12 fours and a six, while Amla returned to form with a big century, hitting 21 fours.With South Africa in a slump, Amla’s lack of form and captaincy had come under scrutiny. When he passed 50, it was for the first time since the New Year test in Cape Town a year ago, ending a drought of 11 innings without a meaningful score.last_img read more

2017 Trans Tasman Award Winners

first_img@Eden_RichardsCongratulations to all of the award winners from the ultra successful 2017 Trans Tasman Series.A players’ player award and coaches’ award were given to a member of each of the Mixed Open, Men’s Open and Women’s Open teams.These awards highlight special individual performances from the past weekend, recognising those who went above and beyond to help deliver Australia a 9-0 clean sweep of the Trans Tasman Series.A dominant team display from all Australian sides meant it was hard to pick just two recipients, but after much deliberation these are the players who were adjudged to be the best and most worthy in their respective divisions.Zara Nicholls took home the players’ player award for the Mixed Open side after scoring four touchdowns in three games for Australia.The coaches’ award went to Michael Singh who was instrumental in his side’s unbeaten run, setting up a number of touchdowns and scoring three of his own.Matt Prowse starred for the Australian Men’s Open team and was rewarded, taking home the players’ player award after scoring four touchdowns over the course of the Trans Tasman Series.One of Australia’s most high profile players Pete Norman won the coaches’ award for a typically brilliant three games.The Australian Women’s Open side was perhaps the most dominant of the weekend and had many great individuals who could have been rewarded.But it was Tamika Upton who was the recipient of the players’ player award, scoring five touchdowns in her side’s three wins.Laura Peattie put together a terrific tournament and was rewarded with the coaches’ award for her efforts, with the Aussie star scoring six touchdowns in a huge individual haul.The last award for Australia to hand out was the Phil Smith Memorial Medal.  Phil was one of the founding members and the first Life Member of Touch Football Australia.This award was first instigated in 2007 to recognise Phil’s vision to elite touch football in Australia.It is voted on by every member of the Australian Touring Party and awarded to the person they think has shown the most passion, enthusiasm, dedication, commitment and Australian spirit during the 2017 Trans Tasman Series.It was award to Australian Mixed Open coach Mick Lovett, a just reward for all his efforts this campaign.Award winnersMixed Open awards: Players’ player: Zara Nicholas Coaches’ award: Michael Singh Men’s Open awards: Players’ player: Matt Prowse Coaches’ award: Pete Norman Women’s Open awards: Players’ player: Tamika Upton Coaches’ award: Laura Peattie Phil Smith Memorial Medal: Mick LovettRelated LinksAward Winnerslast_img read more

a month agoMan City boss Guardiola dismisses 5-point Liverpool lead

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Guardiola dismisses 5-point Liverpool leadby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola has dismissed concerns about Liverpool’s five-point lead at the top of the table.Last week’s shock defeat to Norwich has left City playing catch up in the opening weeks of the season.”We accept it,” he said. “It doesn’t happen many times in the big moments. I’m relaxed. It’s going to happen.“There are 99 points to play for. We’re five behind, but let’s see how many we get. I lost many times as a player and a manager, the only way to survive here is to win games and we’ve won a lot.“Many times we look to improve. You have to understand what we have done in the past.”I’ve said many times, the strongest opponent we’ve had in Liverpool. I said when they were in front (last season) they have everything in their game, set pieces, transitions. I know how difficult it is and was and will be. That’s the challenge.” last_img read more

23 days agoBVB chief Watzke mocks Aubameyang over Arsenal move: Champions League on TV!

first_imgBVB chief Watzke mocks Aubameyang over Arsenal move: Champions League on TV!by Freddie Taylor23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBorussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has taken aim at Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.The Gabon international left Dortmund in January 2018 for a lucrative move to Arsenal. And Watzke has laughed at Aubameyang spending the last two seasons watching the Champions League on television.”Of course it is hard to keep a player in the face of such sums,” Watzke told Suddeutsche Zeitung. “Some go to clubs because of this money, where they have not played Champions League for years.”Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who plays great at Arsenal, will probably be warm-hearted when he looks at his bank account, but on Wednesdays, will be saddened when he has to watch the Champions League on television.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

This Fan-Made Texas A&M Hype Video Will Have All Aggies Ready For The 2015 Season

first_imgTexas A&M player makes a difficult catch.YouTube/Tamuhighlights WhoopLast season was an interesting one in College Station. Texas A&M opened the season by blowing the doors off of its opponents, but the Aggies were inconsistent as the year went along. A&M did close the season with some gritty performances, including a big win over Auburn and a Liberty Bowl victory over West Virginia. After a tremendous recruiting period, and some coaching staff shakeups that should help improve a lackluster defense, the Aggies have some serious momentum heading into 2015.YouTube user Tamuhighlights summed up the off-season, and the excitement heading into 2015, incredibly well with this hype video. You’ll be ready to run through a brick wall after this one, Aggie fans.last_img read more

November 24 2008 The The The Ecosa group enjoy

first_imgNovember 24, 2008 The The The Ecosa group enjoyed a view of some of the materials in the Soleri Archives. Part of the visit were also an extended tour of the Arcosanti site and a hike into the surrounding desert with Cliff Hersted, to see some of the petroglyphs around the Arcosanti site. The group also participated in a silt-workshop. [Photo & text: sa]last_img

Buyers of shortterm health plans Wise or shortsighted

first_img This article was reprinted from khn.org with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente. Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Nov 20 2018Supporters of the nation’s health law condemn them. A few states, including California and New York, have banned them. Other states limit them.But to some insurance brokers and consumers, short-term insurance plans are an enticing, low-cost alternative for healthy people.Now, with new federal rules allowing short-term plans that last up to three years, agents said, some consumers are opting for these more risky policies. Adding to the appeal is the elimination of a federal tax penalty for those without comprehensive insurance, effective next year. Short-term health plans often exclude people with preexisting conditions and do not cover services mandated by the Affordable Care Act.Colorado resident Gene Ferry, 66, purchased a short-term health plan this month for his wife, Stephanie, who will become eligible for Medicare when she turns 65 in August. The difference in the monthly premium price for her new, cheaper plan through LifeShield National Insurance Co. and the policy he had through the ACA is $650.”That’s a no-brainer,” said Ferry, who considers the ACA “atrocious” and supports President Donald Trump’s efforts to lower costs. “I was paying $1,000 a month and I got tired of it.”He signed up his wife for a three-month plan and said that if she is still healthy in January, he will purchase another one to last six months. But Ferry, who is covered under Medicare, said if something happens to her before open enrollment ends — which in Colorado is in January — he would buy a policy through the exchange.There’s a lot of “political jockeying” over the value of short-term plans, said Dan Walterman, owner of Premier Health Insurance of Iowa, which offers such policies. “I think people can make their own choices.”Walterman, 42, said he chose a short-term policy for himself, his wife and their 3-year-old daughter — at a sixth of the price of more comprehensive insurance. “The plan isn’t for everybody, but it works for me,” he said, adding that he gets accident coverage but doesn’t need such things as maternity care or prescriptions.Essentially, short-term plans cost less because they cover less.Some plans have exclusions that could blindside consumers, such as not covering hospitalizations that occur on a Friday or Saturday or any injuries from sports or exercise, said Claire McAndrew, director of campaigns and partnership for Families USA, a consumer advocacy group.”People may see a low premium on a short-term plan and think that it is a good option,” she said. “But when people actually go to use a short-term plan, it will not actually pay for many — or any — of their medical expenses.”The plans can exclude people with preexisting conditions such as cancer or asthma and often don’t cover the “essential benefits” required under the health law, including maternity care, prescription drugs or substance abuse treatment. They also can have ceilings on what they will pay for any type of care. Insurers offering such plans can choose to cover — or not cover — what they want.”Democrats are condemning them as ‘junk plans,’ but the adequacy of the health plan is in the eye of the beholder,” said Michael Cannon, director of health policy studies for the libertarian Cato Institute. “The only junk insurance is a plan that doesn’t pay as it was promised.”The plans originally were designed to fill brief gaps in insurance coverage for people in the individual market. When the ACA went into effect, the Obama administration limited short-term plans to three months, but the Trump administration this year expanded that to 364 days, with possible extensions of up to three years. Critics fear healthy people may abandon the ACA-compliant market to buy cheaper short-term plans, leaving sicker people in the insurers’ risk pool, which raises premiums for those customers.Related StoriesEmploying new federal rule on health insurance plans could save moneyNovel insight into microRNA function can be crucial for the development of gene therapyResearchers discover gene linked to healthy aging in wormsBut some agents said the policies may be good for healthy people as they transition between jobs, near Medicare eligibility or go to college — despite significant limitations.”It’s hard to encourage those types of people to spend hundreds of dollars extra on a health insurance plan that they are rarely using,” said Cody Michael, director of client and broker services for Independent Health Agents in Chicago.Michael said agents also get a higher commission on the plans, providing them with more of an incentive to sell them. But he advises clients that if they do have a chronic illness, they may face denials for coverage. “This is old-world insurance,” he said. “You basically have to be in perfect health.”Dania Palanker, assistant research professor at Georgetown University’s Center on Health Insurance Reforms, said preexisting conditions aren’t always well understood — or well explained. A person might discover too late that, for example, they aren’t covered if they have a stroke because an old blood test showed they had high cholesterol.But Ryan Ellis, a 40-year-old lobbyist and tax preparer in Alexandria, Va., who is considering a short-term plan for himself, his wife and his three children, said his decision will be made “very deliberately, with my eyes wide open knowing the advantages and disadvantages.”Some agents said they offer the short-term plan as a last resort — only after warning clients that if they have an accident or get sick, they might not be able to renew their plan. That means they could be stuck without insurance while waiting for the next open-enrollment period.”They could really be in a world of hurt,” said Colorado insurance agent Eric Smith. “This is just a ticking time bomb.”Roger Abel, of Marion, Iowa, said he’s willing to take the risk. He has a short-term plan for his 2-year-old daughter. Abel said he pays about $90 a month for her, compared with more than $450 that he would have paid for comprehensive coverage. He and his wife have a separate policy from before the Affordable Care Act took effect.But Abel, who is an investment adviser, has a backup option. He said he could always start a group health plan under his company that would provide his daughter with more coverage.Neena Moorjani, 45, said she wanted to buy a short-term plan but can’t because she lives in California, where they were prohibited under a law signed by Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown this year. Moorjani, a tax preparer in Sacramento, said she rarely gets sick and doesn’t need an ACA plan.She decided on religious-based health coverage known as a Christian ministry plan. These cost-sharing programs use members’ fees to pay for others’ medical bills. Such programs are not regulated by government agencies and may not cover preexisting conditions or preventive care.When California banned short-term plans, “I was really, really upset,” Moorjani said. “I wish I had the freedom to choose what health care insurance is appropriate for me.”KHN’s coverage in California is supported in part by Blue Shield of California Foundation. last_img read more

German Research Foundation recently approves new research unit

first_img how cells infected by the virus are recognized by human immune cells how these immune cells are then activated and perform their control function and how these insights can be harnessed to improve immunologic control in patients with a compromised immune system. Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Apr 11 2019″Cytomegalovirus, beware of this new research group!” This could be the motto of a new research unit recently approved by the German Research Foundation (DFG). It is titled: “Advanced concepts in cellular control of cytomegalovirus “.Professor Lars Dölken, who holds the Chair of Virology at the Institute for Virology and Immunobiology at the University of Würzburg, is the spokesman of the research unit which brings together scientists from Würzburg, Freiburg, Tübingen, Hannover, Braunschweig and Croatia. The DFG will fund the research unit with EUR 3.4 million for the first three years. Around EUR 1.4 million of the funding amount will be allocated to the University of Würzburg.Cytomegalovirus – the dormant enemy withinCytomegaloviruses are members of the herpesvirus family. Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) is the largest human virus and encodes hundreds of viral proteins in its genome. “They allow the pathogen to manipulate almost all human immune defence mechanisms developed during the course of evolution,” Lars Dölken explains. However, the virus is asymptomatic in most people with a healthy immune system. “It has perfectly adapted to the human host in the course of evolution,” the virologist says.Around half of the population in Germany is infected with HCMV. The rate is as high as 90 percent in some countries. Most people get infected as children. They usually have few if any flue-like symptoms, including tiredness, muscle aches, headaches, fever and enlarged lymph nodes similar to infectious mononucleosis. As all herpesviruses, HCMV establishes lifelong infections that cannot be eradicated from the body.”It does not cause any problems in people with a healthy immune system. But the virus can reactivate in patients whose immune system is compromised as a result of immunosuppressive therapies to treat autoimmune diseases and cancer. This can readily become life threatening,” Professor Hartmut Hengel says. He holds the Chair of Virology at the Freiburg University Hospital that is a member of the research unit. This is especially critical for patients who have received a stem cell transplant to treat leukaemia or lymphoma.In addition to drug therapy approaches, immunotherapies have therefore become increasingly important over the past years, especially the production and administration of virus-specific T cells. “While these novel therapies yield astonishing results in some patients, they unfortunately still fail in others,” Dölken says.Restoring immunological control mechanisms Related StoriesTrump administration cracks down on fetal tissue researchSchwann cells capable of generating protective myelin over nerves finds researchAXT enhances cellular research product portfolio with solutions from StemBioSysThe new research unit focuses on the interaction of the virus-infected cell with two central constituents of the immune systems, T cells and natural killer cells (NK cells). Both cell types are capable of recognizing the infected cells using special receptors on their cell surface and eliminating them subsequently. The central goal of the research unit is to understand: Source:https://www.uni-wuerzburg.de/en/news-and-events/news/detail/news/new-research-unit-approved/center_img Bringing together basic research and clinical practiceEach of these three goals will be tackled by three dedicated subprojects. To achieve this, basic researchers will be working hand in hand with clinicians. In a first step, the scientists want to determine which gene products the cytomegaloviruses of humans and mice actually possess. “Not an easy task given the huge genome which includes hundreds of eligible genes,” the virologists admit. Afterwards, they plan to study which gene products are particularly relevant for T cells to recognize the virus infected cells and how these T cells as well as NK cells are activated. These data will then be used to improve the production of virus-specific immune cells at the university hospitals in Würzburg, Freiburg and Hannover.The research efforts require a broad spectrum of expertise in virology, immunology and methodology. The participating institutions hence represent a wide range of disciplines. The research group combines the huge potential of modern analysis procedures in systems biology, the latest in imaging technology such as two-photon excitation microscopy, established animal models and new knock-out models with work on clinical patient samples.Their goal is to transfer the insights gleaned from basic research to new diagnostic, prophylactic and therapeutic procedures to be able to identify and treat both patients who are at risk and patients suffering from an active HCMV infection more effectively in the future.DFG research unitsDFG research units enable scientists to commit themselves to relevant and pressing issues in their respective disciplines and establish innovative research directions. At present, the research units are funded for a period of up to six years which will be extended to a maximum of eight years in the future.last_img read more

Musk proposes minisubmarine to save Thai cave boys

first_img Space bases could preserve civilization in World War III: Elon Musk After garnering headlines with initial ideas of installing a giant air tube inside the cave complex and using his firm’s penetrating radar to dig holes to reach the boys, Musk’s latest concept is the pod.”Primary path is basically a tiny, kid-size submarine using the liquid oxygen transfer tube of Falcon rocket as hull,” Musk said in a tweet to his 22 million followers.”Light enough to be carried by 2 divers, small enough to get through narrow gaps. Extremely robust.”An accompanying video of people testing the submarine in a swimming pool in Los Angeles that was posted overnight Sunday attracted more than 3.1 million views in 10 hours.Many people offered positive comments, with fans hailing Musk and his engineers for their creativity.Other people, however, questioned whether Musk’s plan was credible.”Seriously? No kid or adult will want to be in there for any amount of time. Re think this. CAT or open MRI machines create unsurmountable anxiety. Go back to drawing board,” one person wrote to Musk on Twitter. Explore further © 2018 AFP Elite divers began a rescue mission Sunday, successfully escorting four of the trapped Thai boys out, and were aiming to extract the others swiftly before fresh monsoon rains made escape impossible The mini-submarine is due to arrive in Thailand on Monday, Musk wrote.Last week Musk said he was sending teams to Thailand from his private space exploration firm, SpaceX, and engineering firm, Boring Co. which is developing tunneling systems for transport projects.While offering the mini-submarine as a potential saviour, Musk again used the opportunity to promote space exploration.”With some mods, this could also work as an escape pod in space,” Musk said on Twitter.Thai authorities have said they are welcoming all offers of help in the rescue effort for the boys, who became trapped in a complex cave system in mountainous northern Thailand on June 23 when rising waters hemmed them in.Twelve boys aged from 11 to 16, plus their 25-year-old coach, were caught inside the cave.Elite divers began a rescue mission Sunday, successfully escorting four of them out, and were aiming to extract the others swiftly before fresh monsoon rains made escape impossible.center_img Citation: Musk proposes mini-submarine to save Thai cave boys (2018, July 9) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-07-musk-mini-submarine-thai-cave-boys.html American tech entrepreneur Elon Musk has proposed a mini-submarine to save the boys trapped inside a flooded Thai cave, floating the idea on social media while linking it to his space exploration business. After garnering headlines with initial ideas of installing a giant air tube inside the cave complex and using his firm’s penetrating radar to dig holes to reach the boys, Elon Musk’s latest concept is a mini-submarine This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Using deeplearning techniques to locate potential human activities in videos

first_imgWhen a police officer begins to raise a hand in traffic, human drivers realize that the officer is about to signal them to stop. But computers find it harder to work out people’s next likely actions based on their current behavior. Now, a team of A*STAR researchers and colleagues has developed a detector that can successfully pick out where human actions will occur in videos, in almost real-time. The ‘YoTube’ detector helps makes AI more human-centered. Credit: iStock Provided by Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore Detecting ‘deepfake’ videos in the blink of an eye Citation: Using deep-learning techniques to locate potential human activities in videos (2018, August 30) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-08-deep-learning-techniques-potential-human-videos.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Image analysis technology will need to become better at understanding human intentions if it is to be employed in a wide range of applications, says Hongyuan Zhu, a computer scientist at A*STAR’s Institute for Infocomm Research, who led the study. Driverless cars must be able to detect police officers and interpret their actions quickly and accurately, for safe driving, he explains. Autonomous systems could also be trained to identify suspicious activities such as fighting, theft, or dropping dangerous items, and alert security officers. Computers are already extremely good at detecting objects in static images, thanks to deep learning techniques, which use artificial neural networks to process complex image information. But videos with moving objects are more challenging. “Understanding human actions in videos is a necessary step to build smarter and friendlier machines,” says Zhu. Previous methods for locating potential human actions in videos did not use deep-learning frameworks and were slow and prone to error, says Zhu. To overcome this, the team’s YoTube detector combines two types of neural networks in parallel: a static neural network, which has already proven to be accurate at processing still images, and a recurring neural network, typically used for processing changing data, for speech recognition. “Our method is the first to bring detection and tracking together in one deep learning pipeline,” says Zhu.The team tested YoTube on more than 3,000 videos routinely used in computer vision experiments. They report that it outperformed state-of-the-art detectors at correctly picking out potential human actions by approximately 20 per cent for videos showing general everyday activities and around 6 per cent for sports videos. The detector occasionally makes mistakes if the people in the video are small, or if there are many people in the background. Nonetheless, Zhu says, “We’ve demonstrated that we can detect most potential human action regions in an almost real-time manner.” More information: Hongyuan Zhu et al. YoTube: Searching Action Proposal Via Recurrent and Static Regression Networks, IEEE Transactions on Image Processing (2018). DOI: 10.1109/TIP.2018.2806279 Explore furtherlast_img read more