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As he sat at his weekly press conference on Tuesday, Humboldt State head coach Rob Smith talked about how impressed he was with Azusa Pacific’s improvement from a season ago following the two teams’ meeting last month.Based on how the Jacks’ annual trip to Southern California went, that opinion probably isn’t changing much.The Humboldt State football team suffered its first loss on the road in the 2016 season on Saturday night, as 19th-ranked Azusa Pacific led from start to finish in a 45-13 …
SAN FRANCISCO — A 21-year drought in the Giants’ farm system came to an end on Thursday in Sacramento.No Giants’ Triple-A affiliate had won a division title since the Fresno Grizzlies came in first place in 1998 until the Sacramento River Cats clinched a Pacific Coast League Pacific North Division crown against the Reno Aces with a 10-2 victory.“To win down there and go to the playoffs, I’ve said this so many times but it’s such a valuable experience,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.🍾🍾🍾� …
16 October 2003The Limpopo government has launched a R1.3-million project to build a central library in the province to store, preserve and provide information and services on indigenous music.The library project, which will be based at the University of Venda, was initiated by the departments of sport and recreation and of arts, culture, science and technology as part of efforts to preserve music facing extinction.George Mugovhani, head of the university’s music department, said the library will showcase South Africa’s different types of indigenous music, their instruments and their history. “The project will help in researching, documenting and preserving music in all the indigenous languages that are spoken in the province,” he said.Mugovhani said the project would also help build awareness of the diverse cultures in the province and the country.This is the third such project in South Africa, after funding was received for similar projects at the University of Fort Hare in the Eastern Cape and University of Zululand in KwaZulu-Natal.Mugovhani said few people realise that some genres of South African music are on the verge of extinction because no one is interested in learning how to play or sing them any more.He said the library would also provide extensive information on the instruments used in the making of indigenous music.“Once the people who know our music die, and we have not recorded it, part of our history will also die,” he said, adding that part of the R1.3-million will be used to fund oral history research projects on all the languages spoken in Limpopo, such as Xitsonga, Tshivenda, isiNdebele and Sesotho sa Leboa.Source: BuaNews
Ray Maota Madiba, Nelson Mandela’s Xhosa clan name, will be the title of the new mini-series. (Image: Nelson Mandela Foundation) MEDIA CONTACTS • Out of Africa Entertainment +27 11 486 3355 RELATED ARTICLES • Mandela a free man 21 years ago • ‘Make every day Mandela Day’ in 2011 • Mandela quotations book published • Mandela’s old offices restoredA new television mini-series documenting the life of former president and Nobel laureate Nelson Mandela will be filmed mostly on location in South Africa and will cost a whopping US$20-million (R160-million) to produce.Three production companies will be involved with the six-hour mini-series – Canada’s Blue Ice Film; the UK’s Left Bank Pictures and Out of Africa Entertainment, from South Africa. Mandela’s grandson Kweku Mandela will co-produce.The series will be titled Madiba, Mandela’s Xhosa clan name and one by which he is fondly known.Lance Samuels of Out of Africa said: “We will start filming in August and plan to release by 2013. Right now we are just pretty much casting and putting the script together.”Kweku Mandela said: “Madiba would not just be another project painting my grandfather as ‘Mandela the saint’, but would seek to credit the many people who helped shape his life story.”The series aims to educate a new generation about the system of apartheid through which South Africa’s white minority government oppressed the black majority for more than 40 years, until 1990.A life well livedThe series will span six decades of Mandela’s life and chronicle the events leading to 1994, when he assumed leadership of South Africa as the country’s first democratically elected president, after being imprisoned for 27 years.The script will be based on two books, the autobiographical Conversations with Myself, and Nelson Mandela by Himself, which features authorised quotations.The series will look at Mandela’s childhood, his relationship with his mother and how it shaped his train of thought.Viewers will see him joining the African National Congress (ANC) in the 1940s and playing an instrumental role, with Oliver Tambo and Walter Sisulu, in founding the ANC Youth League.Madiba will culminate in his inauguration as president of South Africa and will show how his ideals are still being used throughout the country today.The ANC celebrated its centenary on 8 January 2012.Popular film subjectThis will not be the first time that Mandela’s eventful life has been captured on camera.He has been portrayed by various actors, such as Sydney Poitier in Mandela and De Klerk; Denis Haysbert in Goodbye Bafana; Morgan Freeman in Invictus and David Harewood in Mrs Mandela.UK film-makers Andy Harries and Marigo Kehoe, of Left Bank Pictures, came to South Africa in 2011 to do research and also get Mandela’s blessings for the project.Harries said at the time: “There is a whole generation of people who weren’t even born when Nelson Mandela finally walked free from prison in the early 1990s. His story is one that they need to know.”Harries added that he believed a “quality six-hour TV series with a budget of over $3-million (R24-million) an hour will be able to give the story the space and breadth it needs”.Bringing South African stories to the screenBlue Ice Film, co-founded by Steven Silver and Neil Tabatznik, will not be unfamiliar to South Africans as this is the production house responsible for The Bang Bang Club.The movie depicts the real-life experiences of four photographers: Kevin Carter, Greg Marinovich, Ken Oosterbroek, and João Silva, who were known as the Bang Bang Club.The four captured images between 1990 and 1994 of faction fighting between the ANC and the Inkatha Freedom Party supporters, who were locked in a power struggle after the unbanning of both political parties.Out of Africa Entertainment was also involved in the production of The Bang Bang Club and lists the evergreen Leon Schuster’s Schuks Tshabalala’s Guide to South Africa in their credits.Left Bank Pictures produced the movie The Queen, starring veteran actress Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II. The film depicted the differing views held by the royal family after the death of Princess Diana in 1997, and the public pressure they had to deal with.
One of the performances for Streetiquette is “Little Red Riding Hood crossing the street”. (Image: Open Streets Cape Town)A campaign to raise awareness of pedestrian safety is under way in Cape Town to minimise the risks pedestrians face in the streets.The campaign, aptly named Streetiquette, is inspired by a popular form of engagement in Latin America in which colourful performances and interactive theatre are used to tackle unsafe and irresponsible behaviour on urban streets by motorists and pedestrians. The campaign aims to trigger self-observation, self-reflection and, ultimately, self-education, and has been adapted for local audiences.It is a collaborative effort between the Western Cape government, its Department of Transport and Public Works, and Open Streets Cape Town (OSCT), a citizen-driven initiative working to change how streets are used, perceived and experienced.STREET PERFORMANCESThe performances started on 23 November and end on 3 December at five busy CBD intersections. They are directed by Mandisi Sindo, the artistic director of Theatre4Change Therapeutic Theatre.A soccer referee, a gogo and Red Riding Hood will be among the characters who bring the campaign to life. They will interact with pedestrians at the intersections of Darling and Buitenkant streets, Darling and Plein streets, Wale and Long streets, Adderley and Bureau streets, and at the pedestrian crossing near Parliament on Plein Street. A “finale” will take place on 3 December at the intersection of Bree and Wale streets.“We are anticipating an atmosphere of fun and hope Streetiquette will start an important conversation that everyone becomes a part of,” said Marcela Guerrero Casas, co-founder and managing director of OSCT.To get involved in the action on social media, tune into the hashtags #WalkSafe, #SafeRoadsForAll and #Streetiquette and keep an eye on www.twitter.com/OpenStreetsCT.CAPE TOWN PEDESTRIANSAccording to the Western Cape government, over 2 800 pedestrians were hit by vehicles in central Cape Town from 2005 to 2014, which means a pedestrian has been struck in the area approximately every 28 hours for the past 10 years. More than 450 of these cases resulted in serious injuries.“The Open Streets Cape Town manifesto states our strong belief that streets can be more than they are. The way we interact on those streets is the result of a combination of infrastructure regulation and human behaviour,” said Guerrero Casas.“We believe that embedding respect in our streets can lead us to truly change them as public spaces that are inclusive and conducive to a prosperous society.”Above all, it was a safer system we must develop, said Donald Grant, the provincial minister of transport and public works. “Right now, in the contexts of the National Development Plan, national, provincial and departmental strategic plans, we are developing the right models for the province to link legislation, institutional frameworks, infrastructure, district safety planning, public transport, population level communications and above all, data-driven intelligence and evidence, in such a way as to build a safe system that keeps people as its central focus.“Such a system must be based on evidence and best practice, yet allow for innovation, for trial and error, as we make our way forward,” he said.
France coach Didier Deschamps hopes Anthony Martial will keep up the good performances after recalling him into the national teamThe forward has scored five goals in his last four Premier League games for Manchester United.Based on this, Deschamps decided to award Martial with his first France call-up since March on Thursday.Now Deschamps has his fingers crossed that the 22-year-old will maintain his recent form.“He has incredible potential, but does not always show it regularly,” said Deschamps, according to BBC.Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…“What he is doing in Manchester now is closer to what he is able to do.“He is still a young player, but one who, I hope, is seeing the importance he has had in Manchester in recent weeks.”Martial has scored one goal and provided four assists in 18 appearances for France.The world champions will first to the Netherlands next Friday in the UEFA Nations League before hosting a friendly with Uruguay at Paris four days later.
WILMINGTON, MA — This is the third in a series of profiles celebrating the five recent WHS graduates who played on this year’s varsity softball team.Antonia KieranThe motto of the Wilmington High School Varsity Softball team is “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.”. Antonia Kieran is molded into this saying. Antonia started playing softball at the age of 6 years old with Wilmington little league in the U8 division. You could see immediately that she fell in love with the game at this age.It wasn’t until U-10 that she found the position that she would fall in love with and that was 1b. Throughout the years she played first and pitched in Wilmington in town playing with Dan Ardito and Billy Norman on the summer travel teams. She attended every clinic that was offered through the town in hopes of becoming an elite softball player.Her second year of U-10 she wanted to try out for a travel team that the Noreasters was putting together where her grandfather had spent many years coaching. At the end of tryouts they decided not to put a team together because they didn’t have talent. The director told Antonia’s grandfather that she would never be a good softball player with her skill set.Antonia took this to heart and made it her mission to get better. She went down to the field and practiced every single day on defense. It was her mission to become one of the better defensive players in her age group. The following season with her hard work and dedication she made a U-14 travel team as a first year 12 year old. Playing with the Noreasters for the last 8 years, her skills improved tremendously.As an 8th grader Antonia played Freshman High School softball and played first base every time. As a freshman, she made Varsity and was 2nd in line behind a senior first baseman. The first few games Antonia was chomping at the bit to get an opportunity to show the coaches what she had. By the third game she finally got her opportunity to play and was outstanding in a game versus Stoneham. She made several key plays and never left 1b again for the next four years. Throughout her career at Wilmington High School she made less than 5 errors defensively. She was named Captain her senior year, and a 3 time 300 club earner. She was also named Middlesex League Allstar her senior year. She was referenced in the last edition of the town crier as one of the best defensive first baseman since the late 1990s.Antonia’s parents Tim Kieran and Lisa Faretra would attend all of Antonia’s games throughout her career. Her dad coached her for many years until the age of 16. If you were to ask him what he is most proud about Antonia’s softball career he would tell you that she is the most dedicated and hardest worker he has ever seen. His proudest accomplishment of Antonia is when the director of the Noreasters approached him and stated, “I don’t know what she did but Antonia has become a phenomenal softball player”Antonia’s passion for the game is shown through her heart and dedication; constantly volunteering for clinics to help younger players get better at the game. Antonia will be attending Lesley University where she will continue playing the game that she is so passionate for. She will be studying Higher Education in math in the hopes of one day becoming a high school math teacher and a varsity softball coach.Antonia Kieran(NOTE: The above profile is from Wilmington Little League.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWHS Softball Senior Profile: Liz GordonIn “Sports”WHS Softball Senior Profile: Aliyah TangIn “Sports”WHS Softball Senior Profile: Dana GouletIn “Sports”
Arafat Rahman KokoThe fourth death anniversary of Arafat Rahman Koko, the younger son of BNP founder Ziaur Rahman and current chairperson Khaleda Zia, will be observed on Thursday, reports UNB.BNP and its associate bodies have chalked out various programmes to mark the day.As part of the programmes, BNP will arrange a milad mahfil at its Naya Paltan central office at 11:00am, said BNP chairperson’s media wing member Sayrul Kabir Khan.Besides, he said, BNP leaders and activists, led by its secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, will offer fateha at Koko’s grave at Banani Graveyard in the capital around 9:30am.Sayrul said BNP’s different associate and professional bodies will observe the day with holding various programmes, including discussion and milad mahfil, across the country.On 24 January, 2015, Koko died of cardiac arrest at the age of 45 at his rented house in Malaysia.Koko’s mother and BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia used to visit his grave every year and pass some time beside it. But she has been now in jail since 8 February last year.
© 2016 Phys.org Citation: Plant cellulose prevents short circuits in batteries (2016, July 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-07-cellulose-short-circuits-batteries.html In a new study published in Nano Letters, researchers from the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) in South Korea have designed a cellulose nanomat, or “c-mat,” separator membrane that contains a thin layer of nanoporous plant cellulose on top of a thick macroporous polymer layer. By finely tuning the thicknesses of the two layers, the researchers were able to design a separator membrane that delicately balances the tradeoff between preventing leakage current and supporting fast ion transport. With its tiny pores, the nanoporous cellulose layer prevents leakage current between electrodes, preventing short circuits. On the other hand, the macroporous polymer layer’s porous channels are too large to prevent leakage current between electrodes, but their large size enables them to function like “ionic highways” to rapidly transport charges.The new separator has another major advantage: At high temperatures (60 °C), batteries with the new separator membranes have an 80% capacity retention after 100 cycles, whereas batteries with typical commercial polymer separators maintain just 5% of their initial capacity after 100 cycles at the same temperature.The researchers explain that the large capacity loss in the commercial batteries at high temperature occurs due to unwanted side reactions between lithium salts and water, which produces harmful byproducts such as manganese ions. The nanoporous cellulose-based layer of the new separator membranes has a manganese-chelating ability, so that it binds to the manganese ions and prevents them from participating in the reactions that cause capacity loss. In addition, the macroporous polymer layer captures the acidic reactants that produce the manganese ions, resulting in fewer of these ions in the first place.”We demonstrate in this work that the chemically active cellulose-based c-mat separator can mitigate the manganese ion-induced adverse effects,” coauthor Sang-Young Lee, Professor at UNIST’s School of Energy and Chemical Engineering, told Phys.org. “This enables a remarkable improvement in the high-temperature cycling performance far beyond that which is attainable with conventional membrane technologies.”In the future, the researchers plan to modify the separators for potential use in next-generation rechargeable batteries such as sodium-ion, lithium-sulfur, and metal-ion batteries. “The c-mat separator is expected to be used for next-generation high-performance batteries with high temperature stability—for example, in large-sized batteries for electric vehicles and grid-scale electricity storage systems,” Lee said. In addition to its use as a battery separator membrane, the c-mat separator also has potential applications in membranes for desalination systems, as well as for ecofriendly sensors for heavy metal ions. 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. More information: Jung-Hwan Kim et al. “Functionalized Nanocellulose-Integrated Heterolayered Nanomats toward Smart Battery Separators.” Nano Letters. DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.6b02069 Journal information: Nano Letters Ternary-layered separator to retard the shuttle of polysulfides towards highly-stable lithium–sulfur batteries Cellulose that originates from plant material is used as a thin layer in a new separator membrane for batteries, resulting in a large increase in capacity retention at high temperatures. Credit: Kim et al. ©2016 American Chemical Society Explore further (Phys.org)—In order to prevent short circuits in batteries, porous separator membranes are often placed between a battery’s electrodes. There is typically a tradeoff involved, since these separators must simultaneously prevent leakage current between electrodes while allowing ions to pass through the porous channels to generate current. Conventionally, these membranes are made of synthetic materials, such as polymers.