PORTLAND, Ore. — The Warriors are not better without Kevin Durant.Anyone who is pushing that narrative is, in essence, saying that the Warriors are better off with an amalgamation of minutes from Jonas Jerebko, Alfonzo McKinnie, and Shaun Livingston instead of 35-plus from perhaps the greatest scorer in NBA history.No offense to those reserves, who have played well in this series against the Blazers, but that’s a downright a laughable sentiment.Yet the Warriors are 5-0 since Durant went down …
African maths students are to benefitfrom a network of training centres, whichwill boost the continent’s complementof skilled scientists and researchers.(Image: AIMS South Africa)MEDIA CONTACTS • Lisa LambertCommunications, Perimeter Institute+1 519 569 7600, x5051• Arun SharmaNextEinstein South AfricaRELATED ARTICLES• SA hosts world science meet• New online university to fight cancer• Science university for Botswana• R50m for new research posts• SA-Uganda science agreementJanine ErasmusThe Cape Town-based African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), a postgraduate academic institution, is to be the model for three maths training centres on the continent.The three centres are expected to serve as a nurturing ground for more world-class African mathematicians.According to cosmologist Neil Turok, founder of AIMS South Africa, the goal is to build 15 such centres across Africa by 2020, possibly in countries such as Botswana, Egypt, Rwanda, Madagascar, Mozambique and Uganda.The project, dubbed NextEinstein, is Turok’s brainchild and has already led to the opening of a second AIMS centre at the African University of Science and Technology in Abuja, Nigeria.NextEinstein aims to boost capacity for scientific and technological education, research and development in Africa.The South African-born Turok is currently the executive director of Canada’s Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, taking up his position after a stint as the Chair of Mathematical Physics at the UK’s Cambridge University. The non-profit Perimeter Institute, which focuses on scientific research and educational outreach, is to disburse the funds.Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the new venture in July 2010, saying that his government was pleased to support research into science and technology, as millions of people in developing countries already lead better lives because of it.The first centre is to be launched in Senegal in September 2011, with others in Ghana and Ethiopia following soon afterwards. The Senegalese government has allocated about US$1.3-million (R9.4-million) towards the facility, and has donated a parcel of land near the coastal city of M’bour, about 80km south of Dakar.The Canadian government has also pledged its financial support for the project, to the tune of C$20-million (R140-million). The money will go towards the construction of AIMS centres over the next four years.“With the announcement of major support for the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Canada is also pioneering the sharing of knowledge and expertise as a route to development,” said Turok. “Just as ideas and innovation are the foundation of Canada’s new economy, they will be the basis of Africa’s future economic, educational, scientific and governance self-sufficiency.”Africa’s young EinsteinsAll of the new centres will be based on the Cape Town model, established by Turok in 2003. AIMS South Africa receives sponsorship and support from British philanthropist Sir Bob Geldof, eminent physicist Stephen Hawking, South African entrepreneur Mark Shuttleworth, US actor Forest Whitaker, and business tycoon Sir Richard Branson, among others.Academic partners include the Stellenbosch, Cape Town and Western Cape universities locally, and the Cambridge, Oxford and Paris-Sud-XI universities abroad. An enthusiastic teaching body of both local and visiting lecturers ensures that tuition is of the highest quality, and often at no charge.According to the centre’s director Prof Barry Green, there is no shortage of willing teaching staff, and he felt confident that the other AIMS centres wouldn’t have any problem in attracting lecturers either.“AIMS is now generating a stream of well-prepared students entering many advanced areas of science,” said Hawking in 2008. “The NextEinstein plan, to create AIMS centres all over Africa, is even more exciting. Its implementation will have a major impact on the continent’s development. Not only will this be vital for Africa, I believe it will be important for the future of science because science needs Africa’s talents.”The theoretical physics genius, who attended the Canadian announcement, added that he was looking forward to meeting Africa’s potential young Einsteins.AIMS South Africa has already seen over 300 mathematics graduates from various African countries successfully complete the training course. With their skills and knowledge now at a globally competitive level, these students are able to apply to universities around the world for admission to postgraduate degrees. Many have been accepted into courses in Europe and the US, while others have successfully completed postgraduate degrees at South African universities.About 60 students are currently enrolled, but the expanded AIMS network of 15 centres will see about 750 scientists graduating across the continent each year. This bodes well for the future of African science and technology.The M’bour institute will take in 35 students for the 2011-2012 academic year. The centre’s director Mamadou Sangharé said that it would employ local lecturers, but also draw foreign teachers from its own pool of partnerships, particularly those with French universities.
In the Survivor Series 2018 kickoff match, SmackDown’s tag team division defeated the counterparts from RAW in a 10-on-10 Tag Team Traditional Survivor Series Elimination match.Women’s 5-v-5 Elimination matchThe first match of the show proper was the Women’s 5-on-5 elimination match. Both teams had put themselves in prime position for internal dissent during the Kickoff. To secure the “total humiliation” of the blue brand, RAW team captain Alexa Bliss subbed out the quarreling Ruby Riott and Natalya for best buddies Sasha Banks and Bayley. SmackDown’s captain Naomi, decided to fill the vacant position on her team with the more-than-willing Mandy Rose.The match progressed with the usual back and forth eliminations, with Smack Down’s Asuka and RAW’s Nia Jax and Banks being the final three. Jax let Sasha handle most of the work, but she had no desire to give up the glory.With Banks perched atop the turnbuckle and closing in on a victory, Jax snuck onto the apron and shoved her head-first into the waiting clutches of Asuka, who ensnared Banks in the ‘Asuka Lock’ and quickly notched a submission. Jax immediately struck, flattening Asuka with a trifecta of leg drops and sealed the deal with a ‘Samoan Drop’.Seth Rollins vs Shinsuke NakamuraWith RAW 1-0 up, Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins locked horns with United States Champion Shinsuke Nakamura. After a slow-build match, filled with high-risk spots and stiff hits, it was the ‘King Slayer’ that walked away with the win, beating the ‘King of Strong Style’.advertisementAOP vs The BarRAW Tag Team Champions AOP defeated the SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Bar to make it 3-0 in favour of the red brand.Men’s 5-v-5 Elimination matchIn the Men’s 5-on-5 elimination match, Braun Strowman was easily ‘The Monster Among Men’ as he singlehandedly won the contest with four straight eliminations.Strowman had made his distaste for all his teammates – Finn Balor excluded – clear before the bell rang, and the feeling was clearly than mutual, especially between himself and Drew McIntyre. McIntyre threatened to seize control of the match from the start, when he tagged himself in and scored a surprise elimination of Samoa Joe (the only Team RAW elimination not recorded by Strowman). That set off a chain of events that culminated in a brief throw down between Strowman and McIntyre.Team SmackDown responded in opportunistic fashion. Rey Mysterio ousted Balor after a dizzying back-and-forth. The Miz called a surprisingly crisp game as Team Captain. Shane McMahon put his death-defying bonafides to good use with a ‘Leap of Faith’ that took out both Strowman and the announce table, as well as a ‘Coast-to-Coast’ that helped send RAW’s Dolph Ziggler to the showers.It seemed, for a moment, like SmackDown had the chance to outlast the red brand, until Strowman re-entered the picture. Strowman clotheslined McMahon clean out of the air on a second Coast-to-Coast attempt (this one to Lashley) and stormed back with near-immediate eliminations of Jeff Hardy, Mysterio and Miz. That left Shane as the last man standing for Team SmackDown. The SmackDown Commissioner refused to drop his hands, but even Shane knew he was destined to go down fighting. Strowman scooped him up for a ‘Running Powerslam’ and put the match away in monstrous fashion, giving RAW a 4-0 advantage over SmackDown and effectively sealing the Survivor Series for RAW.Ronda Rousey vs Charlotte FlairIt was the dream match between RAW Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey and Charlotte Flair, but the finish was a nightmare for Rousey, who won by disqualification after Flair blasted her with a kendo stick.Another WWE ‘Face’ turned ‘Heel’, as the Flair thrashed Rousey with the kendo stick, drove her into a steel chair, and then wrapped the chair around Rousey’s throat and ruthlessly stomped on it. Rousey staggered to her feet with welts from the attack raising on her flesh. This wasn’t what she, or the entire WWE Universe, expected from this dream match.Brock Lesnar vs Daniel Bryan Another dream match, this time between newly crowned WWE Champion Daniel Bryan against Universal Champion Brock Lesnar.Whatever plan Bryan had of playing with the Beast, it didn’t work, as he got caught in ‘Suplex City’ and found himself mercilessly tossed around the ring like a sack of potatoes. While Bryan had the look and pose of a post-collision crash-test dummy, the Universal Champion grew so bored with his own dominance (Paul Heyman, by contrast, looked horrified) that he let Bryan up after the first F-5 of the match.advertisementLesnar and Bryan exchanged blows, the Universal Champion with his F-5s and German suplexes and the WWE Champion with his signature ‘Yes’ kicks and dangerously stiff running knees. Bryan briefly countering with a triangle but Lesnar hoisted the WWE Champion onto his shoulders, hit the F-5 and secured the win. The night ended with RAW clean-sweeping SmackDown 6-0.(With inputs from WWE)
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Hendrick admits no Europa League has helped Burnleyby Freddie Taylor11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley midfielder Jeff Hendrick has admitted that not needing to play in the Europa League is helping his side.The Clarets struggled last season as they had to cope with additional European games.It caused them to have a very poor start to the season, which lead to a relegation battle for much of the campaign.But they have started brighter this term, and Hendrick thinks he knows why.”We’ve progressed but I think last year was a bit different,” the midfielder told reporters.”I know it was frustrating for us as players and maybe the fans, staff and everyone.”At the start of the season, with the games we had, it was difficult, it was tiring.”I was talking to my friend at Wolves when we played them and I said, ‘How are you getting on with the European football?’ and he just said he’s constantly tired.”Without even knowing, the travelling does take it out of you and that’s what happened with us last year.”Even when we were out of that, we tried to pick the performances up, but it didn’t work.”Eventually we sat down, we all got on the same track and the performances started to pick up and we got some points on the board, which we did need at the back end of last year.”
LEXINGTON, KY – NOVEMBER 14: A general view of the Kentucky Wildcats game against the Grand Canyon Antelopes at Rupp Arena on November 14, 2014 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)We’re just one month away from March Madness, so naturally, the apparel manufacturers are starting to debut new uniforms for the top college basketball teams. Nike unveiled eight new uniforms Friday – six for men’s teams, two for women’s teams.The men’s squads for Kentucky, Duke, Syracuse, Florida, Arizona and Oregon got new Nike Hyper Elite’s for the stretch run. UConn and Baylor’s women’s teams were were also part of the release. A number of teams, including the Blue Devils, will debut them this weekend. From Nike:Each school’s home uniform will feature a white base with school-specific color lettering and a 26-degree speed graphic of an iconic symbol of each school across the side of the game short. The 26-degree angle of each school’s graphic was inspired by the chevron on the classic Nike Windrunner track jacket that debuted in 1978. Each graphic represents a distinctive basketball point of view, based on the roughly 1,000 directional changes, or “cuts” that a player might make in the course of a game.Here are some shots of the new digs.New Nike uniforms for Kentucky, Duke, Syracuse, Florida, Arizona, Oregon, UConn, & Baylor pic.twitter.com/q6HykfdiCr— Heidi Burgett (@heidiburgett) February 20, 2015Road to March is paved with @nikebasketball Hyper Elite Unis for 8 teams. Debuting this wkd. http://t.co/7ryu7iCz2S pic.twitter.com/cgXspbt3yA— Brian Strong (@briangstrong) February 20, 2015The new Disruption uniform set from Nike! Will wear when Syracuse visits Cameron. pic.twitter.com/sV0EvMGWod— Duke Basketball (@dukeblueplanet) February 20, 2015Check out the brand new @Nike Hyper Elite uniforms we will wear vs. Virginia on Senior Day 3/2! #CuseMode pic.twitter.com/qjz5Fdb6MB— Syracuse Basketball (@Cuse_MBB) February 20, 2015College basketball fans – what do you think?
georgia spike squad mark foxGeorgia basketball coach Mark Fox has always made it clear how much he supports the school’s football team. Saturday, he’ll be going all out, yet again, to help cheer on the Dawgs against SEC juggernaut Alabama.Friday, Fox, on Twitter, revealed that he’ll be joining the Spike Squad in the stands for the contest. The Spike Squad is notorious for wearing body paint and spiked shoulder pads to games.…& forgive me when I drip paint on you cause I’m #100%Dawg @UGASPIKESQUAD – I’m in! Time to GATA pic.twitter.com/ldchIG1e2q— Mark Fox (@coachmarkfox) October 2, 2015This isn’t the first time Fox has done this, and it probably won’t be the last. Very cool.
WASHINGTON – The Trump administration has quietly set aside plans to require new cars to be able to wirelessly talk to each other, auto industry officials said, jeopardizing one of the most promising technologies for preventing traffic deaths.The Obama administration proposed last December that all new cars and light trucks come equipped with technology known as vehicle-to-vehicle communications, or V2V. It would enable vehicles to transmit their location, speed, direction and other information 10 times per second. That lets cars detect, for example, when another vehicle is about to run a red light or coming around a blind turn in time to prevent a crash.The administration has decided not to pursue a final V2V mandate, said two auto industry officials who have spoken with White House and Transportation Department officials and two others whose organizations have spoken to the administration. The industry officials spoke on condition of anonymity so as not to jeopardize their relations with the administration.The White House declined to comment, but the proposal has been dropped from the White House Office of Management and Budget’s list of regulations actively under consideration and instead has been relegated to its long-term agenda.Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao’s office forwarded a statement from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration which said the agency is still reviewing more than 460 comments on the proposed mandate before deciding its next step and that no final decision has been made. Industry officials said decisions on the matter are being made at higher levels of the administration.Administration officials indicated their decision was based on several factors, including general wariness of imposing costly mandates on industry, even though most automakers support requiring V2V, industry officials said. President Donald Trump has made reducing government regulations, which he sees as a drain on the economy, a guiding principle of his administration.The Transportation Department estimates the technology has the potential to prevent or reduce the severity of up to 80 per cent of collisions that don’t involve alcohol or drugs. V2V was also expected to provide an extra layer of safety for self-driving cars since it can detect even vehicles hidden by buildings or beyond the range of the sensors and cameras of autonomous vehicles. And it was expected to ease traffic congestion since vehicles could communicate with traffic signals, turning them green to prevent needless waiting, save fuel and reduce emissions.V2V is one of the “most important tools” for reducing traffic fatalities, but the Trump administration “is locking it in the trunk if they’re not going to put out the mandate,” said Deborah Hersman, president of the National Safety Council, a congressionally chartered advocacy group. “The only way you’re going to get it adopted and deployed in a widespread manner is by having a mandate.”The Obama administration shares some of the blame because it waited years to propose the mandate, she said.Traffic fatalities have surged over the past two years to 37,461 deaths in 2016, up nearly 5,000 deaths from 2014. It’s the largest two-year increase since the early 1960s.Another reason administration officials are allowing the V2V proposal to languish is strong opposition from the cable and tech industries, auto industry officials said.The government set aside the 5.9 GHz spectrum band for transportation technologies in 1999. It went unused while the government and automakers spent over a decade and more than $1 billion developing and testing V2V.Spectrum is finite and in short supply. Cable and tech companies have been seeking permission to use the 5.9 GHz spectrum for additional wireless bandwidth. Automakers say they need the entire 5.9 GHz spectrum for V2V and other safety uses.The Federal Communications Commission has been conducting tests to see if the spectrum can be shared without interfering with the safety signals. The first test results are expected to be released soon.Automakers wanted the mandate partly because it would establish V2V protocols to ensure that Fords could talk to Toyotas which could talk to Volkswagens, and so on.The mandate was also intended to get the technology onto roads faster. It called for half of new vehicles to have V2V within two years after a final rule was issued, and all new vehicles within four years. The more vehicles equipped with V2V, the more collisions that could be avoided. It would still take many years before there were enough vehicles with V2V to reap the technology’s full promise. That might be accelerated by after-market devices that would bring V2V to older vehicles.Automakers can put V2V in vehicles without a mandate. General Motors has put the technology in its Cadillac CTS sedans. Toyota has put V2V in vehicles in Japan and Volkswagen plans to put it in cars in Europe starting in 2019. But it will be more difficult for automakers to protect the 5.9 GHz spectrum and deployment will be far slower without a mandate, industry officials said.Some European manufacturers say they want V2V, but it might be better to wait super-fast 5G cellular technology to achieve it instead of currently available technology. But 5G is still being developed. Years of testing would be required after it’s ready before it could go into cars.“The longer we wait, the more people die,” said Kirk Steudle, director of the Michigan Department of Transportation. “We need to move forward with it.”___Follow Joan Lowy on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/AP_Joan_Lowy___This story has been corrected to reflect that General Motors has put the V2V technology in Cadillac CTS sedans, not CT6 sedans.
Nancy Ragan posted on the Energeticcity.ca Facebook page “Felt it here a peace island park! House shaking like crazy and pictures falling down”.Vivian Clarke said the quake shook her entire house. “Very strong shook my whole house and set the chandeler swinging.”Members of the School District 60 felt the quake just as their band concert started at the North Peace Cultural Centre.We had an earth shaking start to the Beginning Band Concert but the show went on! #yxj #sd60 #fortstjohn pic.twitter.com/DtAEyUNcIF— School District 60 (@sd60) November 30, 2018 UPDATE – Natural Resources Canada Seismologist John Cassidy says the cause is under investigation. “There have been alot of induced earthquakes in the area, along with natural quakes. The Oil and Gas Commission has been notified and will investigate. They will be looking into the depth of the quake and recent activity in the area. It could take a few days to determine the exact size and cause of the quake”.Cassidy went on to confirm at least two aftershocks were felt in the region. The first happened at around 7:06 p.m. and measured approximately 3.3. The second was stronger at 4.0 at around 7:15 p.m.Natural Resources Canada says the quake measured 4.5, while the US Geological Survey said the quake was 4.2. Cassidy says Natural Resource Canada has equipment in the area, while the USGS’s equipment is located farther away from the quake. Seismologists will look at all the data and determine the exact size and location of the quake in the coming days. Residents are encouraged to share what they felt during the quake to Natural Resources Canada. You can do that by clicking here.ORIGINAL STORYFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A 4.2 or 4.5 magnitude earthquake was felt all around the B.C. Peace Thursday at around 6:27 p.m.The US Geological Survey says the quake happend 22 km east southeast of Fort St. John and was 4.2 in size. Earthquakes Canada says it was a 4.5 magnitued quake 16 km from Fort St. John.Many residents reported at least three aftershocks in the region. The PRRD says there has been no movement in the area of the Old Fort landslide. “The Ministry of Transportation has checked their monitoring equipment and there is no movement at this time.”Aftershocks could occur – take precautionary actions and drop, cover & hold on whenever you feel one. https://t.co/zOI9AnwLmO— Emergency Info BC (@EmergencyInfoBC) November 30, 2018 Eyewitnesses report feeling the ground shake as far away as Chetwynd, Tumbler Ridge and Dawson Creek. At this point there are no reports of any damage caused by the quake.Click here to read more information about the quake from the US Geological Survey.USGS reports 4.2 magnitude #earthquake 22 km east southeast of Fort. St. John. Reports of it being felt in the area. More info: https://t.co/kHfw5Yrv9y— Emergency Info BC (@EmergencyInfoBC) November 30, 2018
UPDATE – Here is an update from School District 60: Peace River North. They still haven’t said what routes are cancelled – Due to heavy snow overnight some of our buses are unable to run today. Drivers will contact families if their bus will not be running. Schools remain open.DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – School buses in and around Dawson Creek have been cancelled.Buses are still running in Chetwynd, but they have been cancelled in Dawson Creek. There is no word yet from School District 60 if buses are running or not in the North Peace. A snowfall warning remains in place for the B.C. Peace. The region could see another two centimetres of snow before it ends later today.
Lucknow: BSP president Mayawati Monday asked why the Election Commission was not cancelling the nomination of Pragya Singh Thakur, the Bharatiya Janata Party candidate from Bhopal, despite the “BJP ratna” issuing controversial statements. “Malegoan blast case accused and BJP candidate from Bhopal Sadhvi Pragya is claiming that she is contesting a ‘dharm yuddh’. This is the real face of BJP/RSS which is being exposed continuously. But why is the Commission only issuing notices and not cancelling the nomination of BJP ratna (gem) Pragya?” Mayawati tweeted. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “If the Election Commission is not able to work in an impartial manner to the satisfaction of people despite severe criticism in the media, it is an issue of grave concern for democracy and no one else but BJP and PM Modi, who are surrounded by serious electoral allegations.” Thakur is out on bail in the Malegaon blast case of 2008. She is under fire for saying that Hemant Karkare died during the 26/11 terror attacks because she had cursed him for “torturing” her in custody when he probed the Malegaon blast as Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad chief. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The BJP candidate from Bhopal retracted the statement after it drew severe criticism. Six people were killed and over 100 injured when an explosive device strapped on a motorcycle went off near a mosque in Malegaon, a town about 200 km from here in north Maharashtra, on September 29, 2008. Thakur has also said she was “proud” of her participation in demolition of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya. The Election Commission has issued a show-cause notice to her. On Monday in Kolkata, BJP national president Amit Shah defended his party’s decision to field Thakur as its Lok Sabha candidate, saying allegations against her are false and the real culprits in the Malegaon blast case have evaded the law.