Kenya opens Chinese-built railway line

first_imgThe extension links to the $3.2 billionline between the port of Mombasa and Nairobi that opened in 2017, alsosuffering from underutilization of its cargo services. Both sections wereChinese-funded and Chinese-built. The development of Kenya’s railways hasbeen part of China’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative, a multi-billion dollarseries of infrastructure projects upgrading land and maritime trade routesbetween China and Europe, Asia and Africa. (Reuters) The boxy red-and-white diesel train left from a gleaming new terminal in the port city of Mombasa, carrying Kenyatta, Chinese dignitaries and citizens from around the country on its maiden journey to Nairobi, Kenya. THECITIZENcenter_img NAIROBI – Kenya’s President UhuruKenyatta is due to open a new $1.5 billion Chinese rail line on Wednesdaylinking the capital Nairobi to the Rift Valley town of Naivasha, despite delaysin establishing an industrial park there to drive freight traffic.last_img read more

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No eyes? No problem: Marine creature expands boundaries of vision

first_imgLaboratory experiments indicated thebrittle stars have rudimentary vision. Placed in a circular arena, they movedtoward walls that were white with a black bar, suggestive of a daytime hidingplace. Brittle stars, with five radiating armsextending from a central disk, are related to starfish (also called sea stars),sea cucumbers, sea urchins, and others in a group of marine invertebratescalled echinoderms. They have a nervous system but no brain. Researchers said on Thursday that thered brittle star, called Ophiocoma wendtii, is only the second creature knownto be able to see without having eyes – known as extraocular vision –joining asingle species of sea urchin. It possesses this exotic capabilitythanks to light-sensing cells, called photoreceptors, covering its body andpigment cells, called chromatophores that move during the day to facilitate theanimal’s dramatic color change from a deep reddish-brown in daytime to stripybeige at nighttime. “It’s such an alien concept for us, asvery visually driven animals, to conceive of how an animal might see itshabitat without eyes, but now we know of two examples,” Sumner-Rooney added. (Reuters) The red brittle star – up to about 14inches (35 centimeters) from arm tip to arm tip – lives in bright and complexhabitats, with high predation threats from reef fish. It stays hidden duringdaytime – making the ability to spot a safe place to hide critical – and comesout at night to feed on detritus. Its photoreceptors are surrounded duringdaytime by chromatophores that narrow the field of the light being detected,making each photoreceptor like the pixel of a computer image that, whencombined with other pixels, makes a whole image. The visual system does notwork at night, when the chromatophores contract. A red brittle star, Ophiocoma wendtii, is seen in this image released on January 2, 2020. REUTERS “If our conclusions about thechromatophores are correct, this is a beautiful example of innovation inevolution,” said Lauren Sumner-Rooney, a research fellow at Oxford UniversityMuseum of Natural History who led the study published in the journal CurrentBiology. Another scenario showed they were notsimply detecting brightness versus darkness. When they were presented with graywalls making it so no part of the arena was lighter or darker overall, theystill moved toward the black stripe, which was centered on a white stripe so asto reflect the same amount of light as the gray. WASHINGTON – A cousin of the starfishthat resides in the coral reefs of the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico lacks eyes,but can still see.last_img read more

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Women’s Big Bash League: Deandra Dottin suffers cheekbone fractures

first_imgWEST Indies women all-rounder Deandra Dottin has suffered multiple cheekbone fractures after a collision on the field during the Women’s Big Bash League game between Brisbane Heat and Melbourne Stars. However, she insisted “all is going to be fine!” in a post on Facebook.“Eye socket and eyesight fine, jaw and teeth fine,” Dottin wrote. “I am out of hospital now, recovering before a specialist appointment with a face surgeon Thursday (today). At this stage it is believed I will require titanium plates to fix the issues.”The Cricket Australia website reported Dottin, who plays for Heat, would check in with Brisbane Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon Dr John Arvier to finalise a timeline for her recovery.Dottin suffered the injury at Allan Border Field on Tuesday. In the 11th over, with Stars chasing 130, Meg Lanning hit seamer Haidee Birkett over midwicket. Dottin and Laura Harris were the fielders in the deep and, while trying to prevent the ball from crossing the boundary, they crashed into each other. Dottin seemed to land awkwardly on a kit bag and was stretchered off the field by medical staff. Harris was thrown into the picket fence, but she felt well enough to remain at the ground though she didn’t take any further part in the match, which Heat won by five runs.This incident came a day after Heat’s Holly Ferling suffered a concussion from her head striking the turf hard while trying to take a catch.She was not able to play Tuesday’s game as a result.last_img read more

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Update on the latest sports

first_img August 10, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditPANTHERS-TALLON OUTDale Tallon, after 10 seasons, out as Florida Panthers’ GMUNDATED (AP) — The Florida Panthers will have a new general manager next season, making the announcement that Dale Tallon is leaving the franchise after 10 years. The entire three-game series between Pittsburgh and St. Louis at Busch Stadium has been postponed. There have been 27 games postponed by Major League Baseball because of the coronavirus, 13 of them involving the Cardinals. Eight St. Louis players in total have tested positive, including star catcher Yadier Molina.BLUE JAYSToronto at temporary home Tuesday Tallon’s contract as president of hockey operations and general manager expired July 1, and was extended by Panthers owner Vincent Viola to get through the remainder of a season that was stretched out by the coronavirus pandemic. The Panthers were eliminated from the playoffs on Friday, falling to the New York Islanders in four games. Another season of high expectations that didn’t deliver as planned sealed Tallon’s fate.PIRATES-CARDINALS-POSTPONEDMore cancellations for the CardinalsPITTSBURGH (AP) — The Cardinals haven’t played since July 30 because of virus concerns and now will have to wait even longer before getting back on the field. Update on the latest sports CHAMPIONS LEAGUE-VIRUSTesting for UEFA leader will allow trophy presentationsLISBON (AP) — UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin will undergo testing for the coronavirus that will allow him to present the Champions League trophy to the winners. Ceferin and general secretary Theodore Theodoridis will be tested two days before the finals of Europe’s three club competitions this month so they can hand over the medals and trophies. Some competitions during the pandemic have seen players have to collect their own medals, including at the FA Cup final in England. The men’s Champions League final is in Lisbon, Portugal on Aug. 23 — two days after the Europa League concludes in Cologne, Germany.center_img Associated Press OAKLAND, Calif. (AP)— The Athletics try for their 10th straight win when they start a series on the road against the Angeles. In the meantime, outfielder Ramon Laureano and the A’s — along with the Houston Astros — will see if Major League Baseball will issue any discipline for their dust-up. Laureano charged toward Houston bench coach Álex Cintrón after being hit by a pitch Sunday at the Coliseum. Astros catcher Dustin Garneau left the dugout to tackle Laureano as the benches emptied. Players who were sitting in the seats, observing COVID-19 social-distancing protocols, also rushed onto the field. The skirmish came months after Houston’s sign-stealing scandal was brought to light by Oakland pitcher Mike Fiers.VIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE SPORTS Players unite in push to save college season, create unionUNDATED (AP) — College football players from across the country united Sunday in an attempt to save their season and ensure they’ll no longer be left out of the sport’s biggest decisions. Numerous players from Florida State to Oregon posted a graphic on social media with #WeWantToPlay and #WeAreUnited. Michigan defensive back Hunter Reynolds says, “Every athlete, I’m pretty sure, wants to play their sports. They just want to do so safely.” Not only do they want to play, they want to create a players association for college football. UNDATED (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays’ first game in their temporary home of Buffalo will be Tuesday night against Miami. Buffalo’s Sahlen Field is their new home for the rest of the season, being that they’re barred from playing in Toronto this year because of health concerns over the coronavirus. Sahlen Field is the ballpark of their Triple-A affiliate. ASTROS-ATHLETICSAstros, A’s clear benches, empty seats; Oak wins 9th in rowlast_img read more

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Zak: Andersen and Badgers traversed well through transition

first_imgSometime Saturday night, Melvin Gordon ran in his third touchdown of the game, a 13-yard scamper where the sophomore went untouched, his cut-back quickness seemingly all he needed to score. It increased Wisconsin’s lead to 25, at 42-17 with little more than five minutes left in the third quarter.Around that same time, around 600 miles away, Bret Bielema’s Arkansas team was finishing up against top-ranked Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Bielema’s team was trounced 52-0, their fifth-straight defeat, solidifying them as the placemat of the SEC West at 0-4.Karma? No, definitely not. A sign of the difficulty that comes with a coaching change? Undoubtedly, yes.It was never going to be easy trekking for Bielema in his first season at Arkansas, even if their 3-0 record to begin the season made things seem otherwise. He was inheriting a 4-8 team from last season and competing in the toughest division in the toughest conference in college football. The optimism was undeservedly high, but that’s usually just the way it is.And the rough start is also usually just the way it is. In a system where players come and go, sustainability of coaches remains vital to the success of a program. Replacing one coach with another generally reveals an inherent transition period where wins and losses aren’t the only thing judging success. Only a handful of cases conclude differently. It’s just not a simple endeavor.And that’s why Gary Andersen’s takeover of the Wisconsin program is impressive. Life after Bielema was inevitable and never promised to be pleasant.As Gordon ran for those three scores and his partner in crime James White tallied three of his own, it was another sign that the Wisconsin football program didn’t take a step back when Bielema elected to leave for southern pastures. The win over Illinois resembled the type of wins seen from the teams Bielema coached to three consecutive conference championships. It made this season seem much less like a zone of transition.The running game forced the issue against a less-than-stellar Illini defense; Joel Stave made enough throws to move the chains and the defense — although spotty at times without proclaimed leader Chris Borland — really kept Illinois from holding much hope.It was a rather ho-hum victory with a rather ho-hum attendance of less than 50,000 — many of them wearing cardinal red — making for a rather ho-hum primetime experience at Memorial Stadium. But in the end, that was sort of the expectation.It was widely anticipated that Wisconsin would roll over the Illini — losers of 16 straight conference games, a new school record — just like they have over the past few years and just like they treated many other Big Ten opponents during Bielema’s tenure.Through seven games, Wisconsin has won convincingly and lost heartbreakingly, and they’ve also made it impossible to argue there has been a drop off. This is a testament to many facets of the program where, obviously, head coach sits at the top of the list.But in addition to Andersen, there are plenty of faces he could thank for the program’s transitional stability. Athletic Director Barry Alvarez is one, commandeering the Rose Bowl preparation and then handing the keys to Andersen on Jan. 2, one day after Wisconsin lost to Stanford.This was more important than it would normally seem. Bielema left on December 4, 2012, and less than a month later, on January 3, 2013, five new assistants had already been hired.In leaving, Bielema sliced up a puzzle and rearranged the pieces, grabbing assistant after assistant with him, but it didn’t take long for Andersen to fit them back together. His early presence on campus and interactions with the team is an aspect many UW players look back to.“It was nice to have the coaches in here in January, and be able to work with them for eight months before the season really started,” senior linebacker Ethan Armstrong said. “It was definitely a benefit and helped make it a smoother transition.”Armstrong noted the transition period is very much real, and the team is still feeling its way through everything, one week at a time. Things were never going to be perfect. The obstacles were out there, and Ohio State and Arizona State served as temporary obstructions, but at this point, those blocks seem minor.Andersen and his staff came in, seemingly changing nothing but the color of the helmets once in a while and Wisconsin football has remained exactly that.This outward view is easy and hindsight is even easier. Yes, the Wisconsin program was always in good shape, but it isn’t by mistake that Wisconsin didn’t drop off much, if at all, from the conference championship pace of 2010-2012. That’s something not many programs can do. The examples are out there in the form of schools like USC and Florida.Now, more than halfway through the first season of the Andersen era, it might be more important to note that instead of seeing a pair of heartbreaking losses and Wisconsin flubs in primetime, things could definitely be much worse. That coach at Arkansas could tell you this.Sean Zak is a senior majoring in journalism and communication arts. How do you think the program has fared since Andersen took over? Let him know with an email to szak@badgerherald.com or with a tweet to @sean_zak.last_img read more

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Miami Dade Public Schools’ 2018-2019 ‘Back-To-School Tool Kit’ now online

first_imgMiami-Dade County Public Schools will open its doors to over 350,000 students on Monday, August 20, 2018, to begin the 2018-2019 school year. This year’s enhanced “Back-to-School Tool Kit” has been developed to help parents and students have a smooth transition back to school. The tool kit, which now includes videos, has been updated with information about registration and vaccination requirements, school hours, transportation, important dates, and school safety. Families can also find information about various academic programs, diploma options, before and after-school care, testing, free and reduced-priced meals, as well as policies regarding their child’s education.The tool kit is available online at http://toolkit.dadeschools.net/ in English, Spanish, and Haitian-Creole. For the most up-to-date information, please download the Dadeschools mobile app to your iPhone or Android device.  Follow us on Twitter @mdcps and @miamisup and on Facebook atMiamiSchools and AlbertoCarvalho.last_img read more

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Excitement In Brazil As Top Teams Aim To End Season On A High

first_imgLewis Hamilton comes into the penultimate round of the 2017 F1 season already crowned as World Champion for the fourth time in his career, but the season is by no means far from over.Max Verstappen won his second race of the season convincingly last time out in Mexico while Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari seem determined to bounce back up from the title disappointments which sets up the race on the Interlagos circuit nicely for a spectacle.Having a winner for both titles already means the gloves are off and right now there is not absolutely nothing to lose and more to gain. Definitely it will be a Mercedes vs Ferrari vs Red Bull.Valterie Bottas clinched pole position in qualifying on Saturday by crossing the checkered flag less than a tenth of a second ahead of Sebastian Vettel.The Finnish driver too advantage of a crash and consequent early exit for team-mate Lewis Hamilton, to claim his third pole position this season. No driver in the present top 6 rankings, except Hamilton and Vettel, had ever claimed pole in Brazil in their careers.Kimi Raikkonnen and Max Verstappen will share the second row. Max Verstappen has now beaten Daniel Ricciardo 13 times in qualifying races this season. Ricciardo starts outside the top ten after an engine related demotion.Lewis Hamilton crashed into the grid barriers on the first lap In Q1 losing control on turn six and is going to start from the back of the grid in 20th place.Fernando Alonso qualified on sixth – an all-season high for the Spaniard. His performance was the stand-out in the session as he wrestled his McLaren to 6th.“Fernando’s qualifying effort was genuinely brilliant,” said McLaren boss Eric Boullier.The Brazilian Grand Prix is live today November 12 in Sao Paolo and is live on Supersport 6 from 16:00 GMTRelatedlast_img read more

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Proform Racing launches new bet, lay and trade finder app

first_img Racing committee plans for 1 June restart May 12, 2020 Share Proform Racing has launched a new web app to help users quickly identify relevant bets, lays or trades based on real time data and an almost unlimited selection criteria.The Bet, Lay, Trade Finder App (BLT Finder), which is the brainchild of Proform Racing owner Simon Walton, enables punters to find their next selections on the move. It also allows users to apply more than 100 different statistically sound filters to the day’s racing across UK and Ireland.Walton, believes that it’s the most functional app of its kind: “We’ve come at this from a solid statistical base, aware that the users of our software are predominantly using it to find bets that meet their own criteria. From our research, none of the other apps provide either the scope, usability or quantifiable statistics of BLT Finder; we know it’s going to be a game changer.”As multiple filters are applied to the day’s race cards, the numbers of available bets, lays or trades that meet the criteria reduce as the search becomes more specific. Each filter selection updates the remaining available filters so you only see relevant data at every stage.As well as being updated with live racing results, the BLT Finder, which has been launched on the Proform website, also allows you to apply your search criteria to any past day’s racing to see how your theory would have fared, and test your assumptions ahead of making your final selections. Share Racing group outlines priorities for resuming racing ‘at the earliest opportunity’ March 31, 2020 Irish racing gets green light to resume in June May 15, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Related Articleslast_img read more

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Defending Tipster Challenge champion reduces lead at Hamilton

first_img Better Collective secures esports vision by acquiring HLTV.org for €35m February 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Defending champion Sarah Shannon (OneBet) reduced the gap at the top of the Tipster Challenge to just 0.18 points after a victory for her Nap of the Day ‘Gulf Of Poets’ at Hamilton.Stephen Harris, the horse racing guru at bettingexpert, still holds a slender lead in the Betting Gods sponsored competition, despite landing just a single winner on Souls In The Wind.Unfortunately for Harris, his own Nap of the Day ‘Amy Blair’ struggled to fourth place in the 3:40, while his 12/1 selection Ted’s Brother only narrowly missed out on victory in the previous race.Race Winners at Hamilton:Miss Bar Beach – 11/8Souls In The Wind – 6/4Mistiness – 15/8Dark Crystal – 15/2Gulf Of Poets – 9/2Inexes – 3/1Kinglami – 4/1Tipster Challenge 2017 Leaderboard bettingexpert and a rotation of guests will be providing expert tips for a specific Wednesday race meet.We will keep record of points won each week and the number of race wins for each.The guests will compete individually, with their points going up against the average total for bettingexpert.The new tips will be published on Wednesday ahead of the race meet, and the results will be available on Thursday.For the competition, we will assume that all selections are backed with 1 point.Lost tips will count as 0 and won bets will be added to the leaderboard at SP value.Each tipster will get a ‘Nap of the Day’ each week which scores double points.For example, if bettingexpert’s Stephen Harris backs a winning horse at 8/1, he will get 8 points; if he has put this horse forward as his ‘Nap of the Day’, the reward is 16 points. Share Better Collective moves fast to mitigate COVID-19 as esports journey begins May 15, 2020center_img RankTipsterRace WinsPoints 1bettingexpert210.56 2Sarah Shannon – OneBet210.38 3Steven Mullington – 888sport24.57 4Charlie McCann – BetVictor12.25 5Alex Donohue – ODDSbible12.00 6Rupert Adams – William Hill10.50 Related Articles Submit ‘Better for Bettors’: Better Collective’s formalised approach to sustainable development June 15, 2020last_img read more

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Leaving the nest: Kemba Walker pens farewell to Hornets

first_imgThe Kemba Walker era in Charlotte has come to an end.In a piece published Monday in The Players’ Tribune, the All-Star guard penned an emotional farewell to the team and city that took a chance on him when he was selected ninth overall in the 2011 NBA Draft. This was tough https://t.co/ZR6OVSM2LV— Kemba Walker (@KembaWalker) July 1, 2019″This was an extremely tough decision, and I hope people on both sides will take that the right way. I owe Charlotte everything, man. Everything,” Walker began.Walker traced it all back to his first encounter with the Hornets’ owner and his new boss, who happened to be NBA legend Michael Jordan. Related News NBA free agency rumors: Patrick Beverley to stay with Clippers on 3-year deal Nuggets sign Jamal Murray to 5-year extension Now bound for Boston after reportedly agreeing to a four-year maximum contract worth $141 million with the Celtics, Walker is clearly eager to start his next chapter. He introduced himself to Celtics fans as a “quiet leader” and “a winner” as he promised to help get the team “back on top” in the Eastern Conference and beyond.”And Boston….. I’ll see you all in September. I’m ready. I’m truly ready,” he wrote.”Let’s do this.” “He called me up … and of course I recognized his voice instantly. (I remember thinking, even in that moment, you know, like — Damn. It’s MIKE.) And real calm, real cool, he just said, ‘Kemba, we believe in you. I want you to know that. We believe in you, and we expect great things,'” Walker wrote.”Man, I’m not exaggerating when I say that those words from MJ changed my life.”Walker, who grew up in the Bronx, went on to credit the welcoming organization and state as a whole for supporting him throughout his eight-year career in which he averaged 19.8 points, 5.5 assists and 3.8 rebounds over 605 games. He averaged a career-high 25.6 points for the Hornets last season.”Charlotte … you are my people forever. You’re family, straight up. I love you,” he wrote. Kawhi Leonard’s decision is ‘franchise-changing,’ Raptors’ Fred VanVleet sayslast_img read more

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