Huge boost for Chelsea as Terry returns

first_imgJohn Terry has been given the green light to return to action and will feature in an Under-21 game against Fulham this evening.Chelsea were hopeful their skipper would be able to take part in the match at the Blues’ Cobham training ground.And Terry, who has been named in the starting line-up, is expected to play 45 minutes.It is his first outing since suffering a knee injury against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge two months ago.Interim manager Rafael Benitez this week stated that he would consider Terry for first-team selection if he came through this week’s match unscathed.Click here for today’s Chelsea quizSee also:Blow for Chelsea as Terry stays sidelinedInjured Terry still unable to return Bone bruising prolongs Terry’s injury woeTerry could return to action this 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

South Africa launches fuel cell study

first_img11 February 2016A R15-million feasibility study launched by Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies will identify particular components that can be manufactured for fuel cell units.The Isondo Precious Minerals (IPM) study was launched by the minister on Tuesday. It is intended to accelerate mineral beneficiation and localisation of fuel cell manufacturing in South Africa.“We are in a difficult time as producers and exporters of primary mineral resources as a result of the significant price fall of commodities,” Davies said. “This has affected many of the industrial mineral commodities that we produce as a country. We have realised that we need to find new uses for our resources.”There has been a rise in the technological development of fuel cells with demand for platinum in the fuel sector being at its most stable.“It is as a response to this demand that (the) government and the platinum mining sector resolve to encourage an increase in the demand for platinum. We have an additional interest to make sure that those new uses generate and support industrial development in South Africa, so as to capture the manufacturing that takes place in this particular industry,” Davies said.South Africa has honed in on two potential uses of fuel cell technology.“The first is the small power unit that could be used to power remote areas 20 kilometres away from the existing grid connection. The other use is of powering underground equipment within the mining industry.“What we are doing as (the) government is to support different initiatives that can realise the industrial development opportunities. This will also help us to achieve the beneficiation objectives.”The study is envisaged to be completed in a year’s time. “What we want to do through this feasibility study is to understand better the building blocks of fuel cell units and to look at the particular competencies and capabilities that can be developed in the country.“We want to establish this technology on the African continent as something which builds into the platinum industry to support and sustain the expansion and stabilisation of the industry,” the minister said.The feasibility study was evidence of IPM’s commitment to bring together world- class proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells and South African precious metal supply to significantly reduce the cost of PEM, said IPM’s chief executive, Vinay Somera.The Department of Trade and Industry is working closely with the Industrial Development Corporation on the development of a fuel cell roadmap.The announcement came as the Investing in African Mining Indaba was under way in Cape Town. Investors and stakeholders at the indaba widely acknowledged to current gloomy market – Mineral Resources Minister called it a “winter season” in his opening address on 8 February – be the worst downturn in the commodities market many in the mining sector had ever experienced.South Africa has 96% of the world’s platinum group metal reserves, and the country is the world’s largest producer of platinum. The Mining Indaba ends on 11 February.Source: SouthAfricanews.govlast_img read more

Want Microsoft’s Imagine Cup Grant? Combine Devices, Sensors And The Cloud

first_imgAfter a user enters some basic information about the child, such as the date of birth, the app asks the parent or doctor to hold the stethoscope up to eight points on the child’s chest, “listening” and then uploading the sound file to the cloud. An algorithm then determines whether or notthe child has pneumonia, and advises a course of treatment.That same approach was used to develop Winsenga, which combines a high-performance microphone placed within a Pinard horn, rural Africa’s answer to the stethoscope. Without access to ultrasound machines, doctors and nurses have to rely on their own ears to determine if a fetus is alive, and what problems there might be. The app listens to the heartbeat, diagnoses any problems and issues an alert if needed. IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#Microsoft#startups 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Related Posts Rival navigation systems, according to Brueggemann, are reactive: a driver’s GPS device encounters a traffic jam, reports it, is rerouted, possibly encounters another traffic jam, and the process repeats itself. What Nunav attempts to do, he said, was to proactively assign drivers to side streets, so that every driver wasn’t trying to fit through the same high-speed bottlenecks. (It’s worth noting that Graphmasters’ examples focused on cities, where a number of relatively equal alternative routes present themselves.)“A reactive system routes drivers around traffic jams that already exist, and when the traffic jam exists, you already have the problem,” Bruggemann said.All Nunav needs is about 1% of the cars on the road to communicate and respond to create a detailed traffic overview, and about 10% of the GPS infrastructure. “The strategy we’re making is to get our service into the navigation systems alrady in the market, because once we do that it will be very easy to get 10% of users,” Bruggemann said. That doesn’t necessarily mean only Windows Phones, but all GPS devices.And what’s the business model? It’s a new one: Nunav charges for the accelerated route. Yes, it’s only $.10 or so, which Graphmasters promises will be made up for by reduced stress.Stethocloud And WinsengaThe same strategy – the cloud plus a device – drove the introduction of Stethocloud, a nifty app developed by four students from Australia. The team created a digital stethoscope that could be plugged into the audio jack of a smartphone. The goal is to help diagnose and treat pneumonia.  Team Vivid from Egypt and Team QuadSquad from Ukraine each won $50,000 to form companies that can access healthcare records from mobile devices, as well as help disabled individuals speak more effectively.The message here is clear: Microsoft is looking for developers focused on using devices as a local sensor and tapping into the cloud for specialized intelligence and additional computing horsepower. Whether it’s Microsoft technology talking to Microsoft services, or something like Symbian talking to an Amazon Web Services hosted application running within Amazon’s cloud, the company sees the combination of local sensors and back-end intelligence as a powerful trend it wants to encourage. Microsoft’s Imagine Cup rewards student innovators with thousands of dollars worth of prizes, the chance to network with other entrepreneurs and valuable experience. But to develop those skills into a viable business can require additional funding, and Microsoft’s Imagine Cup Grant winners, announced Tuesday, now have that.Team Graphmasters of Germany walked away with $100,000 in cash, which the company will use to develop a navigation system using Windows Phone and Microsoft’s cloud technology, Windows Azure. Team Stethocloud placed second, walking away with a $50,000 prize for its mobile-hybrid stethoscope that can be used to detect childhood pneumonia via the cloud.See the similarities? The company is funding startups that combine a client sensor, like a phone, with the combined knowledge of the cloud. In fact, every team that Microsoft funded combined a Windows Phone with Windows Azure.According to a Microsoft representative, each team was judged based on four criteria:Project impact and viability (40%), including whether or not the solution would be technically and economically viable.Team quality and motivation (30%), concerning how the team is structured, and how capable it appears to be to overcome obstacles.Solution design (20%), or how novel the solutuion is.Defining the problem (10%), or how broad the problem that the team is solving actually is.Imagine Cup Grants are a three-year, $3 million competitive grants program that provides opportunity for young people by helping them realize their vision of bringing their technology enabled projects to life, according to Microsoft. Grant recipients receive funding, access to resources and support to help them create a business or nonprofit organization. The Imagine Cup Grants are part of Microsoft YouthSpark, a global initiative that aims to create opportunities for 300 million youth in more than 100 countries during the next three years.Graphmasters: Solving Traffic Problems, CollaborativelyAccording to Christian Brueggemann, who is involved in the technical development of the algorithms behind Team Graphmasters, the company began life as an academic project, natch, which competed in the Imagine Cup about four years ago.The company’s first product – originally dubbed “Greenway” and now known as “Nunav,” uses a combination of cloud services and devices not to route drivers to their destination via the shortest, most optimized route, but to send them along a variety of paths to minimize total congestion. That, in turn, can cut the amount of time all drivers spend idling in traffic, reducing congestion and the corresponding increase in greenhouse gases from wasted gas. In a hypothetical example, one car can produce 2.5 tons of carbon dioxide per year – enough that a forest of 200 trees would be needed to consume it all. In total, the CO2 output from the world’s cars would require a forest the size of Australia. markhachmanlast_img read more

India underlines rising sporting prowess in Asiad

first_imgA month after producing their best-ever show in the Commonwealth Games, India underlined its rising sporting prowess by bagging the biggest madal haul in the Asian Games which concluded in Guangzhou on Saturday.India, who finished sixth on Friday with 14 gold, 17 silver and 33 bronze for a record 64-medal haul, maintained that position after the end of Saturday’s events.China ended on top with 199 gold, 119 silver and 98 bronze (total 416), followed by South Korea (76-65-91) and Japan (48-74-94) at second and third respectively.India’s best medal haul in the Asian Games till date was recorded in the 1982 Games in New Delhi when they had won 13 gold, 19 silver and 25 bronze for an overall tally of 57.India had finished 10th in the last edition of the Games in Doha with a tally of 10-17-26.The sixth spot on the medal rostrum by India is the best it has attained since 1986 at Seoul, where the country ended fifth with a more modest haul of 5-9-23.But a quarter century ago there was no Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and the rest of the former Soviet bloc to make the competition as stiff as it was here. In fact, Kazakhstan finished higher than India at fifth in Guangzhou.The 14 gold India won in Guangzhou is the second best after the inaugural edition in 1951 in New Delhi where the country finished second with 15 gold, 16 silver and 20 bronze for a total medal haul of 51. The 1951 Games was though contested by just 11 countries whereas the 16th edition here had seen 45 nations competing.advertisementIndia had also been improving in their medal haul in the last five Asian Games, having won 22 medals (4-3-15) in 1994 Hiroshima, 35 (7-11-17) in 1998 Bangkok, 35 (10-12-13) in 2002 Busan and 53 (10-17-26) fours years ago in Doha.The record medal tally of 64 in the Asian Games came a month after India won 101 medals (39-26-36) to finish second ahead of the likes of England and Canada in the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.Out of the 14 gold India won in Guangzhou, the highest number of five came from athletics and two each were won in boxing, kabbadi and tennis and one each from shooting, cue sports and rowing.Just like in many earlier editions of the Asian Games, athletics contributed the lions share in Indian’s number of gold medals in this addition also.AC Ashwini (400m hurdles and women’s 4×400 relay) and tennis star Somdev Devvarman (men’s singles and doubles) won two gold medals while Preeja Sreedharan bagged a gold and a silver — in women’s 10,000m and 5000m respectively.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

BC schools scrambling to hire teachers to meet new classsize standards

first_imgVANCOUVER – School districts in British Columbia are scrambling to hire thousands of teachers ahead of the new school year to satisfy a court decision that reinstates standards on class size.The Supreme Court of Canada ruled last November that legislation implemented by the province’s previous Liberal government in 2002 that prevented teachers from negotiating class size and composition related to special needs students was unconstitutional, resulting in a need for 3,000 to 3,500 more teachers.“It’s a massive undertaking,” said Glen Hansman, president of the BC Teachers’ Federation, adding the bulk of the positions are being filled in the final weeks before classes begin.The hirings mean students can expect more support when they return to school, but Hansman said the rush to post and fill vacancies could have been avoided if more had been done before May’s provincial election.“The previous government didn’t do enough before the election … to actually get a lot of this work done before the end of the last school year,” he said.The Education Ministry said in a statement “there were no substantial delays in the hiring process as a result of the election.”The Liberals earmarked $50 million in January to start hiring teachers while negotiations to reinstate class sizes were underway.A deal was reached in March to restore language from previous contracts that called for smaller class sizes, ending the union’s 15-year battle over bargaining rights and resulting in a $330 million funding boost for public schools.Premier John Horgan, whose New Democrats formed a government in July, included education in his list of priorities for the legislature in September.Hansman said the new government has eased lingering funding concerns for school districts, but attracting enough recruits remains a challenge for some jurisdictions, partly because of the cost of living in B.C.“Unfortunately, because of the affordability issues in this province and the fact that teachers in B.C. are paid significantly less than teachers in other parts of the country, it is really a difficult pitch to make to people who are graduating from teacher education programs to come out to B.C.,” Hansman said.Northern and rural communities have long struggled to bring in teachers, particularly specialty and secondary school teachers, he added.The Education Ministry said to help rural schools a $2 million fund was created to offer incentives, such as moving allowances or housing supports.For districts unable to meet the new standards, the ministry said remedies were built into the agreement so existing teachers could receive “more prep time, additional teaching supports, or some other form of assistance” to make up for the shortfall.Maintaining an adequate pool of on-call teachers has also been a challenge as they take full-time jobs and Hansman said the supply will need to be replenished.Gordon Swan, president of the B.C. School Trustees Association, said the coming school year is a transitional one and long-term planning involving the province, school boards, union and teachers education programs will be needed to meet the demands of growing communities.In the province’s largest school district, there is also a demand for more physical space.Doug Strachan of the Surrey School District said about 50 portables had to be purchased for new classroom space, adding to the existing 275 portables.Portables were first installed at schools that have no alternative spaces, he said. There may be a shortfall of roughly a dozen portables, but those are expected to be in place by the second or third week of the school year.The district has also worked aggressively to fill positions for 168 new classrooms this fall — representing five years of normal class growth, Strachan said.“There may be some positions still being filled getting into the school year but we expected that they will be hired quickly and it won’t have impact on startup,” he said.Swan said most districts have shared similar sentiments, and he’s confident everything will be in place by the end of September.“My thought to parents is that they shouldn’t be worried about the situation this fall,” he said. “There will be additional teachers in the schools and their child will have a classroom to go to.”— Follow @Givetash on Twitterlast_img read more