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Hughes: Julio Cesar is as good as Schmeichel and Southall

first_imgMark Hughes says QPR’s Julio Cesar is among the best goalkeepers he has ever seen.The Rangers boss, a former Manchester United colleague of Peter Schmeichel and international team-mate of Everton legend Neville Southall, believes Cesar is as good as them both in their prime.“Over the years I had the pleasure of playing with the likes of Schmeichel and Southall, and he’s right up there,” Hughes said.“It’s not only his ability as a keeper. His mentality in the dressing room is huge for us and that’s a benefit we’ll tap into.“He understands what it takes and he drives people around him. He inspires people with his manner and his presence.“He’s on a par with the top keepers in the world in my view.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Photo library: Nature 12

first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Nature contact sheet (785KB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Eastern Cape province: Indigenous forest in the Tsitsikamma National Park. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Eastern Cape province: Indigenous forest in the Tsitsikamma National Park. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Eastern Cape province: The Storms River mouth in the Tsitsikamma National Park. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Eastern Cape province: Indigenous forest in the Tsitsikamma National Park. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Eastern Cape province: Indigenous forest in the Tsitsikamma National Park. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Eastern Cape province: Indigenous forest in the Tsitsikamma National Park. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Eastern Cape province: Indigenous forest in the Tsitsikamma National Park. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Eastern Cape province: The Storms River Bridge in the Tsitsikamma National Park. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Eastern Cape province: View from the Storms River Bridge in the Tsitsikamma National Park. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res imageNATURE 12: {loadposition nature}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about the image library? Email Mary Alexander at [email protected]last_img read more

King Shaka Airport ready to take flight

first_imgThe airport will be replacing the existing Durban International Airport, which will see its last flight out of Durban on 30 April. King Shaka International is situated approximately 65 kilometres from Durban International. South Africa’s new international airport, the King Shaka International Airport situated outside Durban, came through a major trial exercise with flying colours on Thursday, the Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) reports. The mass trial at the airport at La Mercy involved the participation of an estimated 800 “fake passengers” and 300 staff members as part of the last leg of rigorous checks to ensure its readiness ahead of its big day on 1 May, when it becomes operational. Last flight The trial marks the culmination of the operational readiness and transfer programme, and shows that the airport is fully functional ahead of its official opening ahead of the 2010 Fifa World Cup™. Job creation “We are all excited about the move to King Shaka International Airport, and are all committed towards ensuring a seamless change-over to King Shaka International,” said Delomoney. “We urge passengers to access information about the move on our website and to be part of this historical moment.”center_img 16 April 2010 “This trial has shown that King Shaka International is more than ready on all operations at the airport from landing and passenger [and] luggage transfer, to safety and security, as well as road infrastructure, traffic around the airport, car rental and retail facilities and readiness of our personnel,” said airport GM Terence Delomoney. Acsa said the airport would contribute to the creation of between 165 000 and 260 000 direct and indirect jobs over the next 20 years. The new airport will be able to process 7.5-million passengers a year, and will alleviate pressure on the Durban-Johannesburg route by transporting more than 50 000 tons of manufactured goods produced in the region directly from the local airport. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Brand South Africa urges Western Cape residents to play their part

first_imgBrand South Africa was established in 2002 with the primary objective of developing and implementing a pro-active and co-ordinated marketing, communication and reputation management strategy for the country.Speaking at the summit, Brand South Africa CEO, Miller Matola, said that the branding of South Africa is not a matter of choice but rather a necessity. It requires the concerted effort of all stakeholders in the Western Cape to achieve any real measure of success – government, citizens, business, political parties, charities, the media, academia, sporting organisations and the like.Brand South Africa met with its stakeholders to rally their support on a unified approach to branding SA locally and internationally.“We are particularly pleased to have shared our active citizenship campaign – Play your Part – with the people of the Western Cape,” said Matola. Play your Part is a campaign encouraging all South Africans – from corporates to individuals, NGOs to government, churches to schools – to contribute to change in South Africa.“Addressing the guests at the summit, Brand South Africa board member, Mr. Essau Yacoub said that the economy of the province is built on agriculture and tourism.“So, what we, and South Africa, need is more tourists and more investment. How people see a country is vital in this regard.He continued to say, it may be a strange thought, but the image of a country, makes a vital contribution in attracting tourists, investors and in building trade relationships. So, again, just what we need, concluded Yacoub.Speaking at the summit, Mr Solly Fourie, Head of Department for Economic Development & Tourism in the Western Cape explained that as globalisation increases the production and movement of goods, services, investment and talent, perceptions of nations have to be actively managed.South Africa has just gone through four very important stages: it managed a widely acknowledged successful soccer world cup, came through the world-wide recession almost unscathed, became a part of the BRICS group of nations and held its fourth free and fair local elections since 1994. This has underlined that the country is an important developing nation in its own right.This has to be marketed to the world.He said that Brand South Africa met with President Jacob Zuma in May where the discussion centred around the need for business and government at all levels to work together to promote and market the successes of the country domestically and to the world.In conclusion, Mr. Essau Yacoub, said that the meeting affirmed Brand South Africa’s mandate, which is to focus on strategic issues relating to reputation and competitiveness of South Africa, both domestically and globally. The organisation needs to manage the perceptions of Brand South Africa and co-ordinate nation branding efforts through improved cooperation between itself, business and civil society.last_img read more

Soy demand getting a boost through Airable Research Lab

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseWith an increasing number of consumers looking for environmentally friendly products, there is growing demand for plant-based chemical feedstocks in a wide range of uses (for example, as alternatives to petroleum-based plastics). More companies are finding ways to better serve their customers with bioproducts that can lower costs, provide functional benefits, and reduce the environmental impacts.One example is Roof Maxx, a soy-based emulsion that can extend the life of roof shingles. The product was developed through a collaborative effort between Roof Maxx Technologies, LLC, the Ohio Soybean Council (OSC), and Battelle in Columbus. Brothers Mike and Todd Feazel sold a successful roofing business to start Roof Maxx Technologies and develop this cost-effective, earth-friendly roofing treatment.The Feazels have been in the roof replacement business for many years and saw the great need for extending the life of traditional roofing to add value for customers. Roof Maxx restores the flexibility of aging shingles and their ability to repel water, extending the useful life of an existing roof for 10 to 15 years — and at a fraction of the cost of roof replacement. The product saves money, reduces landfill waste, and creates demand for soy.“People are seeing the value, and there’s never been anything like it,” said Mike Feazel. “The bio-aspect adds a lot to it — the main driver is economics and saving people money — but being a green product helps, especially on the West Coast and areas like Asheville, North Carolina, or Boulder, Colorado, where there are more people with that mindset. Across the board, if people can save money and be green, too, it feels good.”Feazel estimates that, so far, Roof Revivers has used 20,000 gallons of soy oil. With the business growing rapidly, that number could be closer to 200,000 gallons next year.“We’re in the process of moving and expanding manufacturing,” Feazel said. “We’ve brought on new employees. We went from 6 to almost 20 in the last three months — our staff is growing quickly.”Roof Maxx is just one of many examples of commercially successful soy-based products. The OSC–Battelle research partnership has led to numerous products, from powders to polymers, sealers to surfactants. The focus is not only on research and development but extends through demonstration and commercialization.For example, the collaboration developed EnzoMeal, an advanced soybean-based fish feed that can help improve the sustainability of the aquaculture industry. OSC moved forward to patent and license the technology. EnzoMeal production is expected to consume over a million pounds of soybeans in 2020. OSC has a long and successful history of working directly with partners in the research, university, non-profit, and commercial industries to upgrade products and create new ones. Many of these products — including EnzoMeal — have won numerous national and international accolades, including ten R&D 100 Awards, the most prestigious research and development award in the world. Ram Lalgudi is one of the researchers at Airable Research Lab. He has been working with the Ohio Soybean Council on product development since 2003.While these types of outside partnerships will continue, OSC is taking a new angle on commercial development of soy-based products with the recent creation of Airable Research Lab. Located in central Ohio, the lab is a new business model and brand that will capitalize on current research and find new opportunities to expand the use of soy in household and commercial products.“The Ohio Soybean Council has been investing in the development of new products made from soybeans for decades, and we’ve had tremendous success,” said Steve Reinhard, OSC chairman and Crawford County soybean farmer. “We hold multiple patents on products we’ve developed with partners and received multiple awards. But the most important part of this work is the value and return on investment we’re bringing back to Ohio soybean farmers.”Airable Research Lab will increase OSC’s reach and ability to market its services to potential partners. Through every commercial development stage, the lab’s chemists and inventors will work with clients to develop solutions tailored to their needs.“For more than 20 years, OSC has been funding research for bioproducts. Now, not only are we funding other folks developing soy-based products, but we are developing our own soy-based products that we can get to market quickly and eliminate some of the middle men,” said Barry McGraw, OSC director of product development and commercialization. “This was an OSC idea, trying to figure out what more we can do with industrial soy-based products that create demand for soybeans. How do we take control of our own destiny and the farmer’s destiny? We want to do our own research and create our own intellectual property and develop our own products.“Our current partners will still receive the same attention to detail and creative thinking they have come to expect from us. Companies all over the world, large and small, are hungry for green technology that is easy to adopt — we can provide them that. Soybean farmers are looking for new markets — we can create them.”The Delaware-based Airable Research Lab expands opportunities for new product development by allowing for more flexibility in the R&D process.“The lab allows us to provide funding to large commercial companies that want to develop soy-based products — and even more valuable than that, it allows us to provide soy-based ideas. Many of the companies ask us about ideas, and now we are able to create them and show those companies why they should be using soy in their products,” McGraw said. “If we’re following up on our own ideas, it is very important that we work hand-in-hand with commercial companies and ask them what their consumers need, what they want, what challenges they have. That way, we know we’re working on soy-based products that meet a real demand — products that will go to market quickly and sell well.”The focus of Airable Research Lab will primarily be industrial and consumer products.“We are looking at the chemistry, whether it is formulation or synthesis to develop new molecules or just formulating simple garage chemistries to get products out there quickly,” McGraw said. “Right now there are five of us, including me. We have two PhD chemists. We just hired a gentleman from Ohio State with a degree in chemistry, and we have two Ohio Wesleyan University interns working for us full time. We’re just getting started, and we’re already looking to grow.”One of the on-staff researchers is Ram Lalgudi. Lalgudi has worked with OSC since 2003 while with Battelle and through his own company, Aries Science and Technology. His first project was a soy-based pressure-sensitive adhesive. He has since worked on numerous other products, including EnzoMeal and Roof Maxx. The process behind those products starts with market research.“First, we identify commercial companies that are currently using or could potentially use soy-based products,” Lalgudi said. “We reach out to those companies, present our capabilities and ask about their unmet needs. We prioritize needs and present our solutions, with opportunities and risks, to the OSC board for approval.”He has enjoyed working with soy because of its broad utility and numerous benefits.“The benefit of using soy is that it is sustainable and provides performance features that are not typically available from petroleum-derived chemicals,” he said. “Beyond being green and sustainable, it provides functional benefits without affecting consumer health and the environment.”When evaluating projects, the OSC research committee focuses on two primary factors: volume and sustainability. Nathan Eckel, a soybean farmer and OSC board member from Wood County, has been a part of these evaluations as a past research committee chairman.“When looking at proposals, the number one thing we talked about was volume to make sure we’d be providing demand for our soybeans,” Eckel said. “We really brainstormed what the vision of the product could be and what the potential impact on the soybean industry could be. We’d also look at the environmental impact of the new products from a sustainability standpoint because that’s important to us as farmers, too.”And, ultimately, new uses for soybeans drive more profitability for farmers.“Any time we can add new value to the crop or commodity we’re producing, it’s beneficial to us as farmers,” Eckel said. “Sometimes, we can get stuck in the same old ruts, thinking we’re only going to use soybeans for oil and soybean meal, but it’s beneficial to my farm to find new uses. We have to stay relevant to stand the test of time. That’s the point of the checkoff and OSC: to maintain our relevance in agriculture. We have to continue to push the envelope.”For more about Airable Research Lab, visit airableresearchlab.com.The Airable Research Lab facility will help set the stage for more soy products on the market.last_img read more

Autism Awareness

first_imgReferences:[1] Amendah, D., Grosse, S.D., Peacock, G., & Mandell, D.S. (2011). The Economic Costs of Autism: A Review. Autism Spectrum Disorders, 1347-1360. Retrieved March 10, 2016[2] Buescher, A.V., Cidav, Z., Knapp, M., & Mandell, D.S. (2014). Costs of Austism Spectrum Disorders in the United Kingdom and the United States. JAMA Pediatrics JAMA Pediatr, 168(8), 721.[3] Davis, J.M., & Finke, E.H, (2015). The Experience of Military Families with Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders During Relocation and Separation. J Autism Dev Disord Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 45(7), 2019-2034.[4] Hallmayer, J. (2011). Genetic Heritability and Shared Environmental Factors Among Twin Pairs With Autism. Arch Gen Psychiatry Archives of General Psychiatry, 86(11), 1095.[5] Is it Autism? What Should I Do? (n.d.). Retrieved March 15, 2016, from http://autism.about.com/od/whatisautism/u/symptomsdiagnosis.htm[6] Ozonoff, s., Young, G.S., Carter, A., Messinger, D., Yirmiya, N., Zwaigenbaum,L., Stone, W.L. (2011). Recurrence Risk for Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Baby Siblings Research Consortium Study. Pediatrics. Retrieved March 10, 2016[7] Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder Among Children Aged 8 Years – Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, 11 Sites, United States, 2010. (2014). Retrieved March 15, 2016, from http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/ss6302a1.htm?s_cid=ss6302a1_w[8] Ronald, A., Happe, F., Bolton, P., Butcher, L.M., Price, T.S., Wheelwright, S., Plomin, R. (2006). Genetic Heterogeneity Between the Three Components of the Autism Spectrum: A twin Study. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 45(6), 691-699. Retrieved March 10, 2016.[9] Rosenburg, R. E., Law, J. K., Yenokyan, G., Mcgready, J., Kaufmann, W.E., & Law, P. A. (2009). Characteristics and Concordance of Autism Spectrum Disorders Among 277 Twin Pairs. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, 163(10) 907.[10] Shimabuluro, T.T., Grosse, S.D., & Rice, C. (2007). Medical Expenditures for Children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder in a Privately Insured Population. J Autism Dev Disord Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 38(3), 546-552.[11] Sumi, S., Taniai, H., Miyachi, T., & Tanemura, M. (2006). Sibling risk of pervasive developmental disorder estimated by means of an epidemiologic survey in Nagoya, Japan. Journal of Human Genetics J Hum Genet, 51(6), 518-522.[12] Taniai, H., Nishiyami, T., Miyachi, T., Imaeda, M., & Sumi, S. (2008). Genetic influences on the broad spectrum of autism: Study of proband-ascertained twins. Am. J. Med. Genet. American Journal of Medical Genetics Part B: Neuropsychiatric Genetics, 147B(6), 844-849.[13] Top 10 Easy Autism Facts to Share with Friends and Family, (n.d.). Retrieved March 15, 2016, from http://autism.about.com/od/whatisautism/tp/topfacts.htmThis MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on April 1, 2016 Did you know that the month of April is set-aside as ‘Autism Awareness Month?’ In today’s blog we highlight Autism Spectrum Disorder, its potential effects on military families and resources for military helping professionals. What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?Autism Spectrum Disorder or ASD is mostly commonly known and referred to as Autism. Individuals with ASD may display either high-/or low-functioning Autism. There are several distinct diagnoses and symptoms for ASD as it relates to social communication skills, fine and gross motor skills, unusual responses to sensory input and intellectual skills.7 Causes of Autism You may find that ASD occurs more often in people who have certain genetic or chromosomal conditions.13 If you are working with a parent who has a child with ASD, there is a 2-18 percent chance their second child may also be affected.6,11  Studies show that among identical twins, if one child has ASD, then the other will be affected 36-95 percent of the time. However, if the twins are fraternal the chance of the other child having ASD reduces to 0-31 percent.4,8-9,12 Autism in the U.S.Autism affects many Americans across the country. In fact you, yourself may know of individuals with ASD. Let’s take a quick glance at ASD in the U.S.ASD’s prevalence in the United States is estimated at 1 in 68 births (CDC, 2014).ASD is reported to occur in all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups (CDC, 2014)More than 3.5 million Americans live with ASD.2ASD is almost 5 times more common among males (1 in 42) than among females (1 in 168) (CDC, 2014). Cost of AutismASD can be costly for families, accounting for approximately $236-262 billion annually.2 On average, medical expenditures for children and adolescents with ASD were 4-6 times greater than for those without ASD.10 In addition, rigorous behavioral interventions for children with ASD cost $40,000 to $60,000 per child per year.1 Autism and Military FamiliesFor military families, dealing with the stress of relocation, deployment and the culture itself can put an added amount of stress on families, compared to civilians. However when the military family has a child with special needs, more specifically a child with Autism, stress can be even greater for the family. There are many issues that these families are faced with when their child has ASD, such as:Emotional distress when a parent or family member is deployed.3Availability of services when relocating to a new installation.3Schools not having the services to meet the needs of ASD children, which may lead to possibly filing for mediation and due process if the caregiver feels the school is not meeting the Free and Appropriate Education (FAPE) law.3 Resources to Support Families with AutismTo learn more on how you can help support your military families and caregivers on ASD check out the resources below.Autism SpeaksNational Autism CenterAutism NowTRICARE® Active Duty Special NeedsCenter for Autism and Related DisordersAutism Societylast_img read more

Video: Rapper Plies Was In USF’s Locker Room After Blowout Win Against FAMU, Co-Signed For Taggart

first_imgThe USF mascot raising its arms.TAMPA, FL – SEPTEMBER 22: The mascot from the University of South Florida Bulls entertains during play against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Raymond James Stadium on September 22, 2007 in Tampa, Florida. USF won 37-10. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***After averaging just over 17 points a game last season, USF opened its 2015 campaign by splashing 51 points on the board against the FAMU rattlers on the way to a 51-3 victory. The Bulls only scored a combined 206 points all of last season, so there was reason to celebrate. But it’s not every day a team gets to celebrate in the locker room with a famous rapper.USF freshman defensive end Vincent Jackson posted a video to his Twitter account after the win of rapper Plies with his arm around head coach Willie Taggart, giving him the seal of approval. The homie @plies in the locker room after the W #GoBulls pic.twitter.com/ldcHhc2QuJ— Vincent Jackson Jr. (@VMJacksonJr) September 6, 2015Not exactly what you’d expect in the locker room after a season opening victory, but maybe the Bulls are on to something. Plies seems pretty confident that USF will be “bustin’ the scoreboard every Saturday,” but a much bigger challenge lies ahead in Tallahassee next weekend as the Bulls are set to face the Seminoles.last_img read more

Henry interviews Pep

first_imgThierry Henry recently interviewed the manager of the newly crowned English champions Pep Guardiola.The interview was posted on Sky Sports’ official website. One of Henry’s questions was:“How important was it for you to show yourself, not so much everybody, but yourself, that you can win this league playing your way?” jose mourinhoMourinho knows why City and Liverpool are so far ahead George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Jose Mourinho knows why Manchester City and Liverpool are so far ahead of everyone else in the Premier League.In an interview with the Telegraph,…“A lot. A lot, yeah. It was comfort in Barcelona. So, I was at privilege to have one exceptional team, my club, with the best football player in the world… but at the end, life is challenge. Challenge to go to another country – Germany, and after here. But after, people have doubts about that [Pep’s football philosophy], even myself, if I will be able to do that, to win here in that way. And, we did it. We did it.” Henry also asked Guardiola if there was a moment when he thought this season could be the one for his team. Pep surprised Henry by saying that a pre-season match against Tottenham, a club Manchester City couldn’t defeat the season before, was when he had the feeling that his lads have what it takes. The Spanish manager went on to say that he even told his players at half-time and after the game that they need to maintain that level of play, hungry and aggressive with and without the ball.Pep was visibly relaxed, satisfied and, most of all, relieved that he was right, proving his doubters wrong.last_img read more

Bernardeschi urges more consistency from Juve teammates

first_imgJuventus forward Federico Bernardeschi has urged his teammates to be more consistent after their victory over Frosinone.The Italian champions defeated Frosinone 2-0 in the Italian league on Sunday courtesy of goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Federico Bernardeschi to record their sixth consecutive league victory so far.Bernardeschi who scored the second goal during the team’s sixth win of the season has urged his teammates to continue their good form as they seek to make it seven victories out of seven games in the Italian Serie A this season.After scoring the all-important winning goal against Chievo Verona on the opening weekend of the season, Federico has followed it up with impressive performances and a goal tonight means the Italy international has had a very good start to the season.Mario Mandzukic, JuventusJuventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.“I am consistently developing my game,” declared the forward, according to the club’s official website. “I have to continue down this path. There is still so much to do and many goals to be achieved. We must keep winning as we are doing, starting again next Wednesday against Bologna.”On his growing chemistry with Cristiano Ronaldo, Bernardeschi replied:“For me, Cristiano is the best in the world. I’ve always maintained that. He’s a great professional, a great man, and is working hard for this team.”last_img read more