Football Talk: Tony Watt to Aberdeen… or Airdrie?

first_imgAnd former Hibs striker has had a bad start to his career in Greece. His new side Apollon Smyrni lost 2-0 on his debut and slipped down to the relegation zone in the Super League. They haven’t won a game since the start of November. Former Celtic striker Tony Watt may be best known for his winner against Barcelona but let’s not forget his roots. Back in 2010 he made his senior debut for Airdrie and after a string of moves that haven’t quite worked out, his career could be about to go full circle.His former side have offered him the opportunity to train with them since he became a free agent but if they have any aspirations to sign him then they face competition from Aberdeen, who have also been reportedly doing him a favour.Meanwhile, Zenit are talking up Celtic’s Europa League visit later this week by insisting there will be a heated atmosphere in Russia. last_img read more

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Donegal scientist leads project which detected mysterious radio signals from deep space

first_imgAn Irish scientist has helped design a massive telescope which has helped astronomers collect mysterious sounds from a distant galaxy.What the sounds are or why they were caused is still unknown.But the group of scientists, who are based in Canada, say the radio waves come from a staggering 1.5 billion light years away. Donegal man Jojo Boyle is a scientist and manager of the group which is based in Montreal which has helped design the CHIMES project which made the discovery.His role was to manage the construction of the telescope and the supercomputer systems.He also managed the development of the software that processes the data from the telescope.Mr Boyle gave some indication of the complexity of building such a huge telescope. He revealed “CHIME is a marvel of modern technology. It produces and searches through over 100 million GigaBytes of data per day – more data than is used by all the mobile phones in the world.“A hundred-million Gigabytes is too much data to store, so it must be processed in real time on a supercomputer that has been built inside five shipping containers right under the telescope.“Even over this short distance, it takes almost 200km of fibre optic cable to move this enormous amount of data from the telescope to the shipping containers – enough to stretch all the way from Glencolmcille to Fanad – imagine this could solve all of Donegal’s broadband issues!”Mr Boyle said he is looking forward to returning to his native Dungloe in West Donegal in March to speak to students about his work.Over the past 25 years, he has worked on and managed many world-class science projects, some for NASA and most in remote places like Arizona, Antarctica, the Arctic and now Canada. “I am looking forward to coming home in March and am excited to visit our local schools to talk my work as it is important to show young people that, even if you are from Donegal, the sky is not necessarily the limit,” he said.The CHIME observatory, located in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, consists of four 100-metre-long, semi-cylindrical antennas, which scan the entire northern sky each day.The telescope only got up and running last year, detecting 13 of the radio bursts almost immediately, including the repeater.Donegal scientist leads project which detected mysterious radio signals from deep space was last modified: January 11th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CHIMEdonegaldungloeJojo Boyletelescopelast_img read more

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Tanker Spill Closes I-40 Near Tennessee

first_imgAn overturned tanker truck has closed both eastbound lanes of Interstate 40 near the Tennessee state line.The truck was 95 percent full of tar, and spilled its contents.The N.C. Department of Transportation is working with the Tennessee Department of Transportation to advise drivers from the Knoxville area heading to Asheville and beyond that taking an alternate route is advisable.Drivers heading east on I-40 from the greater Knoxville area can take I-81 north then I-26 east to reach Asheville and continue through North Carolina on I-40. The interstate may reopen by 9 p.m.Traffic is utilizing the on and off-ramps at Exit 7 to continue on I-40. But the backup extended to the Tennessee state late before noon on Friday.Several NCDOT Incident Management Assistance Patrol (IMAP) vehicles are assisting with traffic control in the crash area, while the tar spill is cleaned up. That work could keep the highway closed until 9 p.m.NCDOT reminds motorists to drive with caution when driving through work zones and to move over one lane if possible when approaching IMAP vehicles with flashing yellow lights.last_img read more

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South Africa demonstrates algae-to-energy technology

first_img30 January 2014 Innovative technology that uses algae to convert waste coal dust into a clean, high-quality coal which can readily be processed into biofuel was publicly demonstrated at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth on Monday. The pioneering technology has been developed by the university over the past three years with funding from the Department of Science and Technology, and plans are afoot for its products to be commercialised, the university said in a statement ahead of Monday’s showcasing event. One of the main areas of research at university’s institute of chemical technology, InnoVenton, has been the conversion of waste coal into a usable, high-quality clean coal using algal biomass. The institute’s researchers have found that the microalgae can be combined with coal and charcoal and acts as an excellent binder for fine coal. “If you mix coal dust and algae biomass, the algae adsorps [collects] onto the surface of the coal and binds the dust together,” InnoVenton’s Professor Ben Zeelie said. The result is a coal-algae composite [briquette or pellet], for which they’ve coined – and trademarked – the name “Coalgae”. “The Coalgae composites may be used as a substitute in applications that require coal, or may be further processed through a variety of additional technologies, such as pyrolysis (heating in the absence of oxygen),” the institute said. “The result of the additional processing is a bio-fossil crude oil blend that may be processed into a variety of fuels, including gasoline, diesel, kerosene, aviation fuel, and heavy fuel oil. “Carbon sequestration, the upgrading of low grade coal and the production of clean water (a spin-off of the process) are among the advantages of the production of Coalgae, which, along with the production of the bio-crude oil, have presented commercial opportunities.” According to the institute, consulting engineering firm Hatch-Goba recently completed a pre-feasibility engineering study on the microalgae technologies, resulting in a “robust and cost-effective” design for Coalgae production on a semi- and full commercial scale. A full feasibility study will be conducted in the first half of this year. The institute demonstrated various aspects of Coalgae technology on Monday, include the cultivation of microalgae in a closed photo-bioreactor system developed by the university, the use of coal-generated flue gas to meet the microalgae’s need for carbon dioxide and fixed nitrogen, the harvesting of the microalgae, the production of the coal-microalgae composites, and their conversion into raw bio-crude oil. Speaking at the event, the Department of Science and Technology’s deputy director-general for research, development and innovation, Mmboneni Muofhe, said the technology would help to separate South Africa’s biofuels sector from its food-producing sector, and bring the realisation of a full-fledged biofuels industry in the country one step closer. South African fuel producers will begin mandatory blending of petrol and diesel with biofuels from 1 October 2015 as the country moves to encourage investment in its biofuels sector and reduce its reliance on imported fuel. “By 2015, the government intends all transport fuels to be a blend, with biofuels making up at least two percent of the blend. Coalgae exceeds this target,” the department said in a statement last week. And there’s certainly no shortage of raw material at hand. Millions of tons of coal dust go to waste every year in South Africa and elsewhere. According the department, the country currently has over 1-billion tonnes of discarded coal or coal “fines” (fine coal particles), which constitute a serious environmental nuisance. In addition, Coalgae can be delivered using existing petroleum or petrochemical infrastructure. “The ability to combine the two feedstocks (coal fines and algae) means that only one process is necessary, instead of two,” the department said. “Another advantage is that the technology will reduce the logistical challenges of accessing blended biofuels, as well as the capital investments required for the blending and distribution infrastructure.” SAinfo reporter and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Universitylast_img read more

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10 months agoHasenhuttl warns Southampton over Lemina future

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Hasenhuttl warns Southampton over Lemina futureby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl insists he doesn’t want to lose Mario Lemina.Lemina has been linked with a move to Paris Saint-German ahead of the January market.But Hasenhuttl insisted: “Lemina is a very important player for us and, though he’s not 100 per cent fit, I need him.”Meanwhile the Austrian is still worried about getting his message across. “Speaking in English in front of my players is getting better and better every day, but I want to improve this,” he admitted. last_img read more

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Ohio State Equestrian Team reigns in medals

The Ohio State Equestrian Team has another banner to hang on the wall.OSU’s equestrian club traveled to Raleigh, N.C. last weekend to compete in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association National Championships and finished as reserved national champions.“I’m really excited,” said coach Ollie Griffith. “We had plenty of opportunity to win and we just had a few bad breaks … but the team was great. They gave it everything they had.”The team finished second behind Oregon State University, who won the championship for the first time. Nebraska finished third.The team now boasts nine national championships and six reserve finishes.“We got another banner to hang on the wall,” Griffith said.The team also came home with some individual wins.Beth Bianco, a veteran Equestrian team member, was first in individual reigning. Austin Griffith, a second-year in marketing and Ollie Griffith’s son, was the high-point reigning and horsemanship western rider.“It was an awesome experience,” Austin Griffith said. “Winning the high point rider was really something I’ve really wanted to do.”Claire Sutton, a third-year in environmental science, won second in the team advanced competition. Lidia Pedrozo, a first-year in biology and animal science, was fourth in the team beginner bracket.“It was a lot of fun,” Austin Griffith said. “Our coaches just wouldn’t let up and we pulled through. I was really proud of our team.” read more

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The Art of Conversation

first_imgI have an old friend, an on-course bookmaker by the name of Mick Crombie,who has always said to me that his favourite art, is that of conversation.I, today, met one of his fellow artists.In order to save my right-hand-man, Gaul Wood, from the punters and staff,should I snuff it out of the blue, I have organised an insurance policy thatwill leave him plenty of ammo to crack on with. As part of obtaining thisinsurance policy, I have had to have a full medical, carried out by anexperienced doctor, just in case I might try and hoodwink him! Would I?Would I ever try and do something like that to an official?! What anafront!! Anyway, this morning, at eleven ‘o clock, Dr Afzal Hossain of ‘Harley StreetDoctors’ came to my home to carry out the said inspection of my being. Whenpeople watch the likes of John Francombe inspecting a horse they speak ofhim being a ‘horse-man’. Of absolute knowledge and judgement of the animal,and at one with it. Dr Hossain appeared, to me at least, to be the same butwith the human body. I was given a full MOT and what ensued was afascinating hour of checks, balances, blood test, knocking of knees andstretching of limbs. In addition to this, was produced some extremelyinteresting and thought provoking conversation, that digressed at times tohis charitable work in Mauritius, horse racing in the same country,autopsies he performed at medical school, and his beliefs in a God or acreator that are afirmed by his professional knowledge of the creation thatis the human body.He told me the following interesting medical facts:I am twelve and a half stone (I’ve lost a bit since my brutal tonsiloperation) and my BMI is recorded at 27, being two units over therecommended level. In short, I am a stone over-weight.He said that, in laymans terms, if your tummy sticks out further than yourboobs, your life expectancy is reduced by 25%. I immediately challengedthis as being rather extreme as that means that even slight porkers struggleto get through sixty, and he just nodded dead-pan at me. He said it is aproven medical fact that has stood the test of time. When looking down atthe tragectory of my body, this will at times, from now on, be a ratherworrying fact to carry in my mind. Note to self: act upon this information.I said that I run an hour a day, six days a week. He said he was amazedthat I was thus over-weight and should see a thyroid gland specialist. Ifailed to advise him to read my blog ‘Arriba Espana’, where I was referringto myself as ‘El Gordo’, because of my roast beef eating performance atRules Restaurant. I must be honest to myself in admitting that by notinforming Dr Hossein of these Olympic level eating skills, it was borderingon telling him an untruth and I withheld essential information from him.Apologies, doc!He said that you should have your sight checked when you get new glasses,even if you don’t think you need to. Your lenses not being strong enoughcan lead to glaucoma (bad thing).I have blood pressure of 105/72. This is apparently very good. I amobviously fully in control of my punters and staff related anger this week!I am 172 centimetres in height, 80 kilograms in weight, and my pulse rate is68. I do not have diabetes and blood tests show no sugar or protein, so mykidneys are performing well too.He said that you should mix up the types of exercise you do as you willderive far more benefit from it. Ie not just running everyday. Herecommended cross-trainers and rowing machines highly.I told him that I have been known to retire to the balcony and enjoy thevery occasional menthol cigarrette. He informed me that there are some verygood herbal substitutes that give one a far greater feeling of relaxationthan chomping on an ‘oily rag’.After he had performed the tests he asked me if I had a photo-copier. Ipointed him towards a black light-aircraft type object, that looks like itcould have brought some small aliens to Earth. I am personally unaware ofthe machine’s full uses but I invited him to give it a go. He looked from adistance and then declined. I think the makers of such overly complicatedmachines need to take some responsibility in that even some of the mostintelligent people in the World, like Dr Hossein, shy away from trying touse them!Anyway, it was a most interesting hour. Thank you, Dr Hossein. I am stillalive and plan on being so for at least the forseeable future.Ben.last_img read more

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JULIE COLLIER Champions League Wednesday Preview

first_imgBET NOW starsports.bet or 08000 521 321 WEDNESDAY CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Julie Collier looks ahead to tonight’s Champions League games between MAN CITY v LYON and YOUNG BOYS v MAN U with some recommended bets on starsports.bet. Both matches kick off at 8pm. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET MARKET<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>last_img read more

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