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Djalma late strikes denies Tunisia winning start

first_img Tags: AFCON 2019Djalma CamposMALIMauritaniaNiam SlititopTunisiaYoussef Msakni Angola have not lost an AFCON opening game in their last 5 edition. (PHOTOS/Agencies)AFCON 2019Tunisia 1-1 AngolaNew Suez Stadium, SuezMonday, 24-06-2019SUEZ – Djalma Campos scored with 17 minutez of the game to play and in process, denied Tunisia a win in their group E opener at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations on Monday evening as the Desert Foxes drew 1-1 with Angola at the New Suez Stadium.Goal keeper Farouk Mustapha pushed Matues shot into the path of Djalma for the foward to draw Angola level in the game and hand his side a positive start to the tournament.Monday’s clash in Suez saw few clear chances created by either side, with Tunisia captain Youssef Msakni seemingly having stepped up to seal all three points for his team.Naim Sliti was brought down in the penalty area in the first half and Msakni made no mistake with the resulting spot-kick.Angola had the better of the opening 45 minutes but Tunisia took the lead in the 34th minute.A sweeping counter-attack led to Sliti cutting inside Paizo and shaping to shoot, with the defender’s desperate lunge brought him (Sliti) down, leaving Msakni to convert from 12 yards.Gelson Dala fired off target as Angola continued to press, but Srdjan Vasiljevic’s team appeared unable to find a way to break Tunisia down.Msakni had a penalty appeal rejected in the 71st minute when referee Bamlak Tessema Weyesa adjudged the striker to have gone down too easily in the area.But Tunisia have kept just one clean sheet in their last 17 Africa Cup of Nations matches and Angola levelled with its next attack.Tunisia had late chances to retake the lead but, after finding space in the box with some neat footwork, Wahbi Khazri curled his low shot wide, then Msakni drilled straight at Tony Cabaca in added time.The draw sees either side take home a point and await the othe group E game between Mali and Mauritania, to know where they sit on the standings.The Mali vs Mauritania game will be played later on Monday at 11pm.The result means that Tunisia have lost only one of their last 10 opening AFCON games (W4 D5) with that defeat coming at the hands of Senegal in 2007 (0-2)The Desert Foxes have now gone six years with out an AFCON clean-sheet since keeping one in a 1-0 victory over Algeria back in January 2013.Tunisia’s last clean-sheet at AFCON dates back to January 2013.Youssef Msakni has scores two goals in his last three games at AFCON, as many as he managed in his previous 10 matches.Tunisia has scored three of its last six goals at AFCON via the penalty kick.For Angola, they have now lost none of their Five opening games at AFCON (W1 D4).In their next games, Tunisia take on Mali on Friday while Angola squares off with Mauritania the following day.The other games on Monday-Ivory Coast 1-0 South Africa-Mali vs MauritaniaTuesday’s fixtures-Cameroon vs Guinea-Bissau @8pm-Ghana vs Benin @11pmComments last_img read more

Mauricio Dubón hits first MLB home run, Giants’ September goals shifting fast

first_imgClick here if you are having trouble viewing the slideshow on a mobile device.ST. LOUIS — It didn’t take long for the Giants’ vision of a miracle run to the postseason to blur.With a 1-6 homestand against a pair of division foes, the Diamondbacks and Padres, the Giants turned from a team that saw a path to a Wild Card spot into a club that needs binoculars to keep the National League’s playoff contenders within their line of vision.The Giants came face-to-face with the first-place St. …last_img read more

Love Your Planet

first_imgModern astronomy and space travel have given humans the ability to view the earth from a distance and ponder its significance.  Some astronomers expected the earth to be ordinary-looking.  In many respects, however, astronomy is teaching us otherwise.  Clara Moskowitz, staff writer for Space.com began an article by saying, “Earth is one special planet.”    What makes the earth special?  Let her count the ways:Liquid water in abundance – but not too much water to submerge the continents.Plate tectonics and active geology.A magnetic field that shelters it from harmful solar radiation.The only planet known to have life.The only planet known to have intelligent life.The only known planet hosting intelligent beings who have achieved space travel.An environment that has kept water liquid for a long time.A safe distance from its star.A carbon-silicate cycle that has operated for a long time.The right size to hold onto an atmosphere, yet have a habitable surface.A moon the right size and distance to stabilize earth’s tilt and rotation.A moon that circulates the ocean tides.Moskowitz entertained hopes that astronomers will find billions of earth-like planets eventually, but her list of unique features of the home planet is impressive.  No other planet or moon in the solar system comes close: not Venus, Mars, Jupiter, or Titan.  No other body is in the “Goldilocks” position of being just right.  And “So far,” she added, “we haven’t seen any planet outside the solar system come very close to Earth either.”  Of the extrasolar planets discovered so far (going on 300), many are “hot Jupiters” or gas giants as close in as Mercury to our sun, or even closer.  An earth-like planet could not compete in the habitable zone of such a system.    She quoted Donald Brownlee, co-author of Rare Earth (12/19/2000, 07/15/2002) and project scientist of the Stardust mission (01/02/2004, 01/25/2008), who said, “I doubt that in our galaxy typical stars have planets just like Earth around them.  I’m sure there are lots of planets in the galaxy that are somewhat similar to Earth, but the idea that this is a typical planet is nonsensical.”  See also the 04/04/2005 entry, where five astronomers on a panel agreed that our solar system is special.Brownlee appeared briefly in the DVD The Privileged Planet explaining his view about the uniqueness of earth.  The unique properties listed above and more are discussed in the film – along with a thought-provoking hypothesis about why these features point to intelligent design.  The production includes startling admissions by a variety of astronomers, some hostile to intelligent design but struck by the facts of nature.  If you haven’t yet seen this powerful and beautiful film, order a copy today.  It makes a nice loaner and conversation starter.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

World Cup: 90% of tickets sold

first_img13 May 2010About 90% of the more than three-million tickets made available for the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ have been sold, the Local Organizing Committee says.“I have no doubt that come kick off all the matches will be sold out,” Local Organising Committee CEO Danny Jordaan said at a press conference in Pretoria to mark one month before kick-off on Tuesday.In 2006, Germany sold around 92% of the total number of tickets available, and with just 30 days left before the start of this year’s World Cup, it is likely that South Africa may also end up recording a similar figure.Jordaan said most South Africans had used banking group FNB and over-the-counter sales to purchase their tickets. “FNB and the over the counter system really proved to be popular among South Africans,” he said.World Cup firstFifa introduced the over the counter sales model, a first in the history of the World Cup tournament, after it had emerged that the majority of South Africans were struggling to get tickets via internet applications and other ways initially in place.Most of the high profile matches including the opening match, semi finals and the final have been sold out.Hosts South Africa lead the ticket sales with more than 1.1-million tickets purchased in the country. SA is followed by the United States, then the UK, with Australia in fourth place.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

The Axe and the Tree

first_imgThe healing circle is open to both victimsand perpetrators.Using the analogy of a tree, which mayendure trauma and yet survive,participants are encouraged to share theirstories and begin the healing process.(Image: Curious Pictures)MEDIA CONTACTS • Refik HodzicICTJ communications director+1 917 637 3853 or +1 917 975 2305• Viva Liles-WilkinPR and communications, Curious Pictures+27 11 726 2828 or +27 76 327 0154RELATED ARTICLES• Giving Zimbabwe’s diaspora a voice• Victoria Falls rising• Zimbabwe’s turning point?• Khama: lift sanctions on Zimbabwe• Zimbabwean fathers fight HIVJanine ErasmusThe healing work of an empowerment NGO in strife-torn Zimbabwe is the subject of a gripping documentary titled The Axe and the Tree, which premiered in Johannesburg at the end of May 2011.Directed by Zimbabwean Rumbi Katedza, produced by Johannesburg-based Curious Pictures, and supported by the International Centre for Transitional Justice (ICTJ), the film focuses on the work of the Tree of Life, a local NGO that conducts community healing workshops in Zimbabwe.The 42-minute film takes place in the suburbs around the country’s capital, Harare, and was shot during the second half of 2010. It features a group of survivors of the violence that swept the country during the elections of 2008, and four individuals in particular.Despite the possibility of reprisals, the participants agreed to tell their stories on film, reliving the events of that time, and expressing their hopes for the future.Onscreen, they spoke of their ordeals – husbands were forced to watch as their wives were raped; and wives endured long periods without their husbands, who had been taken away for interrogation and torture.The Tree of Life is working with these individuals to help them overcome their anger and the desire for revenge, and allow them to move forward. Using trees as a tool, the workshop leader starts off by asking participants to choose a tree, and then, through contemplation, to liken their lives to its leafy experiences.According to a Shona proverb, the axe will forget, but the tree that has been chopped will never forget.Survivors at first find it hard to share their stories freely, but by drawing strength from the group, they identify similarities between themselves and their chosen tree, which may have suffered disease or drought, or even had its limbs removed, but still lives and grows.“I saw that this tree had been hacked and that nails had been driven through it,” said one participant. “I felt that God had led me to this tree for a reason. If a tree can survive damage and still bear fruit to feed birds and people, there is nothing to stop me from also standing firm in times of tribulation.”Many facilitators are survivors who have completed the course and have received training in the Tree of Life methodology. Remorseful perpetrators are also welcomed into the circle, and encouraged to participate in Tree of Life sessions to add momentum to the national healing.Media freedom a matter of life and deathAfter the screening of the premiere, director Katedza, Zimbabwe-born activist Elinor Sisulu and Howard Varney of the ICTJ discussed the film with the audience, of whom a number were Zimbabwean exiles and activists.“Zimbabwe is in a fragile state of transition,” said Varney, “compounded by the legacy of organised violence and torture. The situation presents a huge challenge for Zimbabwe, the Southern African community, and the African Union.”He said that he was inspired by the film. “These people wanted to share their pain with the rest of Zimbabwe and the world.”Varney also said that there was an urgent need for measures against organised violence, as only this would create the proper conditions for free and fair elections, as well as participatory constitution-making.“This film shows ordinary people doing something extraordinary,” said Katedza. “It’s important that they tell their stories, because the media wasn’t allowed to capture the events of 2008. Many Zimbabweans didn’t even know what was happening to their compatriots. Now, their voices can at last be heard.”She added that speaking out was an important part of moving forward, and that, while it described violent events, the documentary’s central theme was one of healing.Sisulu said media freedom was often a matter of life and death, and that prominence in the media offered a sort of protection, as it was more likely that anonymous people would be victimised.“We pay tribute to Zimbabweans who are risking their lives to expose this type of crime.”With the ruling party insisting on elections in 2011 in Zimbabwe – although there are reports now that these may take place in 2012 – Sisulu said that the Southern African community had a responsibility to prevent the events of 2008 from happening again.Political violenceIn mid-2008 Zimbabweans prepared to vote in the presidential and parliamentary election, with three candidates in the running – Morgan Tsvangirai of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), independent Simba Makoni and incumbent Robert Mugabe.The first round of presidential voting produced no outright winner, although Tsvangirai led Mugabe by 48% to 43% – a result that took one recount and over a month to materialise.Because the MDC lead wasn’t enough to avoid a second round of voting, this was then scheduled, but Tsvangirai withdrew because of alleged violence against his party’s supporters. Voting went ahead anyway, giving Mugabe a clear road to victory.The entire election process, especially the uncontested second round, was widely criticised.Violence broke out around the country, with each side blaming the other, but even before the election took place, people became the victims of violence for no reason other than that they were not supporters of the ruling party. According to the ICTJ, over 15 000 human rights violations were carried out, just in this period.Victims were kidnapped, tortured, beaten, raped, and their houses were burned – and for many people in other countries around the world, ongoing political violence and persecution is something that they too have to live with. The Axe and the Tree may be set in Zimbabwe, but the story it tells is a universal one.The ICTJ and other organisations that work in situations of transitional justice help to address these occurrences through instruments such as truth commissions, prosecutions, and other programmes.Refik HodzicICTJ communications directoroffice: +1 917 637 3853mobile: +1 917 975 2305rhodzic@ictj.orglast_img read more

Hops field night July 27

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest If you raise hops, pre-harvest can be a make-or-break time. Learn everything you need to know about the next steps that need to happen at the Ohio State University South Centers Hops Pre-Harvest Field Night on July 27.The field day will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at OSU South Centers Research Building Auditorium, 1864 Shyville Road in Piketon.Brad Bergefurd, a horticulturist with OSU South Centers, will be hosting the field day, which is being sponsored by Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center.Due to Ohio’s growing craftbrewing industry and increased interest in buying local, Bergefurd has developed a research and education program for hops that focuses on production and marketing. The goal is to develop sustainable hop production practices for growing conditions in Ohio, he said.“A lot of people are growing hops for Ohio’s brewing industry, and hop farmers need to know what to look for as they get close to harvest. We will also review everything the farmer needs to know about preparing for the harvest,” Bergefurd said.Topics at the field day will include:Viewing of the Hops Harvester Machine.Galvanized Trellis System.Hop Mechanical Harvesting Demonstration.Drying Demonstration.Insect and Disease Scouting and Management.Nutrient Management and Fertigation Demonstration.Petiole Sap Analysis Demonstration.Drip Irrigation Management.“These are the topics folks need to be aware of as we reach the pre-harvest time for hops. We don’t want pests to ruin the hops so close to harvest,” Bergefurd said.“The nutrient program will also need to be adjusted, and it’s important to keep crops well irrigated up through harvest,” he said. “Farmers need to know proper harvesting and processing techniques.”“There is a lot to know and be aware of.”The field day is $25 per person and $40 for a family of up to three. Preregistration is required. To register, contact Charissa Gardner at gardner.1148@osu.edu or 740-289-2071, ext. 132. The deadline to register is July 25. Dinner is included with the registration fee.For more information, go to southcenters.osu.edu/horticulture/events.last_img read more

See the NASA Mars InSight seismometer level itself out

first_imgEnlarge ImageNASA’s InSight mission set this seismometer on the ground in December. NASA/JPL-Caltech NASA’s InSight mission has a way of making you feel like you’re standing on Mars. Some vivid new images show the latest steps in deploying the lander’s seismometer as the space agency gets ready to listen for marsquakes.InSight gently placed the seismometer on the Mars surface in December using a robotic arm, but it was sitting at a slight angle. On Sunday, NASA shared a before-and-after look at the seismometer leveling itself out. You can see the cable that connects the instrument to the lander. Sci-Tech 0 Share your voice With my seismometer safely at rest on #Mars, I was able to release my hold on it. There’s still some more instrument prep to do, but it’s looking good. pic.twitter.com/FlEsAKjzTT— NASA InSight (@NASAInSight) January 4, 2019 I’ve released the slack in my cable so it won’t flutter as much in the wind and pull on the seismometer. Keeping it still will help as I listen for #marsquakes. pic.twitter.com/8NJ9S4gD9i— NASA InSight (@NASAInSight) January 7, 2019 To get ready to record #marsquakes, my seismometer has been leveling itself out and adjusting its internal sensors. It’s always good to be centered and balanced. pic.twitter.com/2A6mpeLNKj— NASA InSight (@NASAInSight) January 6, 2019 Tags 22 Photos The instrument moves slightly between the two frames of the GIF. The InSight team reports the seismometer is adjusting its internal sensors. It’ll also receive a wind and thermal shield to protect it while it listens for activity from the interior of Mars.On Friday, NASA showed how the lander’s arm and claw was able to let go of the seismometer before it leveled itself.  These little Mars movies are giving space fans a fabulous view of InSight’s delicate and ambitious work. We can soon look forward to learning more about the red planet’s stomach rumblings.  NASA InSight lander rocks its journey to Mars: A view in pictures Post a comment InSight landed on Mars in late November to investigate the planet’s vital signs and learn more about how rocky planets are formed. “The seismometer is the highest-priority instrument on InSight: We need it in order to complete about three-quarters of our science objectives,” said Bruce Banerdt, InSight principal investigator.NASA made an additional adjustment to its seismometer deployment. The InSight team tweeted on Monday that the mission has “released the slack in my cable so it won’t flutter as much in the wind and pull on the seismometer.” NASA Spacelast_img read more

T rex was actually bigger than we thought

first_img3:36 This is what would happen if we still had dinosaurs 15 Photos The new conclusions are based on a 66-million-year-old skeleton found in Canada in the early ’90s. Roger Harris/SPL/Getty The undisputed king of the dinosaurs, Tyrannosaurus rex, is even bigger than we once believed.That’s according to new research conducted on “Scotty,” a 66-million-year-old T. rex skeleton first discovered in Canada in 1991. A team of paleontologists at the University of Alberta measured up the skull, hip and limbs of Scotty and suggested that it had a living weight of almost 20,000 pounds (approx. 8,800 kilograms).With that kind of weight, the monstrous ancient lizard would be up there with the largest terrestrial animal currently alive, the African bush elephant, which can weigh up to 26,000 pounds.”This is the rex of rexes,” Scott Persons, lead author of the new study, said in a statement. Tags 5 Sci-Techcenter_img The skeleton was discovered in the western Canadian province of Saskatchewan, encased in sandstone. It took 10 years of fine excavation work to extricate the fossil and now scientists have finally been able to stitch together a picture of Scotty as he would have been 66 million years ago.The findings were published in the journal The Anatomical Record on March 21. The research team describes Scotty as “exceptionally large” and “robust”, which in reality means he was an absolute unit.Making Scotty even more unique is the fact that it is the oldest T. rex skeleton discovered and was likely in his early 30s when he died — which is a pretty good run for the theropods because as far as we currently know, they lived to between 20 and 30 years. By studying one of the major leg bones, the research team could determine that Scotty was a mature T. rex.And in his time, he’d seen things — he bore the marks of a fair few scuffles.”Riddled across the skeleton are pathologies — spots where scarred bone records large injuries,” said Persons.Scotty takes the crown for biggest ever ancient lizard from Sue, a wonderfully preserved T. rex skeleton discovered in South Dakota in 1990. Sue’s estimated weight is around 400 kilograms less than that estimated for Scotty, but with around 90 percent of that skeleton recovered, she is still the most extensive T. rex specimen ever found. Share your voice Comments Tyrannosaurus rex has a surprise for you Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more