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first_imgTHERE may be doubts over Andy Murray’s fitness and questions about his form but the top seed showed in his Wimbledon tussle with Italian Fabio Fognini that his status as one of tennis’s most determined and dogged scrappers is indisputable.The world number one and defending champion was far from his best against the 29th-ranked Fognini, but still booked a fourth- round spot with a rip-roaring 6-2 4-6 6-1 7-5 win on Friday.Murray saved five break points in the fourth set, before winning five successive games to prevent himself being dragged into an energy-sapping decider that would have put further strain on the niggling hip injury he has been nursing.“I didn’t feel like I played my best tennis,” Murray told reporters. “But I won and I got through it. You know, that’s a really positive thing.”It is the 10th successive year Murray has reached the last 16 at Wimbledon and he had never lost at this stage to somebody ranked as low as Fognini.Yet, with the Italian showman having beaten Murray in three of their six previous outings, this was never going to be easy for the Briton and so it proved in an encounter where the momentum swung dramatically from one player to the other.In tennis terms, Murray and Fognini are polar opposites: the Italian is the epitome of attacking flamboyance, while Murray is a determined defender.Fognini also spent much of Friday’s encounter strutting around Centre Court, while Murray’s awkward gait seems to have been exaggerated by his hip problem.That did not seem to be troubling Murray, however, when he broke Fognini twice and raced to take the first set.The Italian battled back at the start of the second, breaking in the first game, before immediately surrendering the advantage, which prompted him to hurl his racket into the ground and receive his first ticking off from the umpire.He regained his cool and broke Murray’s serve again in the fifth game, this time consolidating and holding firm to clinch the set.It was then Murray’s turn to regain the upper hand as Fognini appeared to be struggling with an ankle injury that required treatment on court, allowing the world number one to wrap up the set with two breaks of serve.Murray’s hopes of an easy route into the last 16 were dashed, however, as the Italian came out firing in the fourth.After Fognini received a point penalty for what the umpire called a visible obscenity, he broke Murray in the fifth game and then had a series of set points both on his serve and the Briton’s.Yet, with the Centre Court crowd willing Murray on, the Scot fought back, breaking twice before serving out with an ace.last_img read more

first_imgDuterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PBA slaps 30k fine on Pogoy after groin shot LATEST STORIES Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite “I would like to regretfully inform you that I may not be able to fulfill my duties in the upcoming league as I just found out recently the competition schedule of the Southeast Asian Games will be in direct conflict with my decision of pursuing a specialized training course,” wrote Daquis in the letter.READ: Daquis’ departure from national team saddens buddy Gonzaga FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new ground“This course I have mentioned is very essential in helping me achieve my long-term ambition to become one of the fitness ambassadors in our country and cannot just let the opportunity pass by. Given that it will be on a first come first serve basis, I have no other recourse but to enroll myself immediately since the opportunity to take it will only happen once for this year.”Still, Daquis showed her support for the national team and thanked Cayco for including her in the national team albeit just being in the reserve squad. 7 NPA members surrender in Isabela province Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working “I would like to thank you for the opportunity to be chosen as one of the players for our Women’s Volleyball National Pool to represent our country for 2017. You know very well how passionate I am in playing the sport for many years,” wrote Daquis.READ: Dy gets slot as Daquis leaves national team“I am very grateful you have considered me to be included in the team line up but I feel there are other more capable candidates that can contribute more effectively to the team given the other priorities in my life that I must consider.”Daquis added she’s “more than willing to join and play again given the opportunity.”ADVERTISEMENT For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ A dream fulfilled for Christian Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ CONTRIBUTED PHOTOA conflict in schedule prompted national team standout Rachel Anne Daquis to leave the team on Friday, relinquishing her spot to Kim Kianna Dy.Daquis, in a letter sent to Larong Volleyball ng Pilipinas Inc. Vice President Peter Cayco, said she is set to partake in “specialized training course” starting August 7, which is around the same time as the buildup for the 2017 Malaysian Southeast Asian Games late in the same month.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet View comments Trump invites Duterte again to visit US – this time for March summit Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Swing Out Sister back to PH this Aprillast_img read more

first_img“At no time did I promise we shall win a lot in these first years. We shall build from ground up and that I said will take more time!”“There is and will be a lot of talk. We have good youngsters and we will make them stronger. We cannot shy away from these situations,” Mwendwa wrote.It was a nightmare start for first coach Stanley Okumbi, whose coaching credentials were put to scrutiny after succeeding Scotsman Bobby Williamson in Mwendwa’s regime.Okumbi’s starting line-up released seven hours before the match raised eyebrows after midfielder Patillah Omotto was preferred for experienced Anthony Akumu, who was nursing a minor eye injury.The absence of Posta Rangers forward Timothy Otieno, who is currently leading the SportPesa Premier League top scorer chart with four goals, was also the talk of town with the former Gor Mahia striker not included in the first 18.In his place, youngster Ovella Ochieng from Kariobangi Sharks was slotted in to earn his maiden cap after he was introduced in the 76th minute for AFC Leopards winger Clifton Miheso.Playing against a team placed 44 places below Stars, many expected the new technical bench to start on a high after having ample time to prepare thanks to the two-week break that the Kenyan Premier League took, something that was not witnessed in the past regime.The team arrived in Bissau on time except the foreign based players who linked up with the squad on the eve of the match while skipper Victor Wanyama joined the team hours to kick off.On the pitch, the much talked new philosophy saw Mathare United’s Eric Johanna start on the wing, Musa Mohammed at right-back and James Situma on the left side of defense.Forward Michael Olunga was deployed on the flanks when Zesco United striker Jesse Were was introduced in the second half for Johanna, but these experiments did not work.Harembee Stars players posing for the team photo before facing Guinea Bissau in their 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on 23rd , March, 2016.PHOTO/FKFStars chased the ball in the opening half to see a defensive howler by Musa Mohammed allow Bissau’s Idrissa Camara to puncture a body blow to Stars’ ambitions of featuring at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon.Okumbi only had one defender on the bench (Thika United’s Dennis Odhiambo) after Ulinzi Stars left-back Omar Mbongi was overlooked to watch the match from the stands.Zesco defender David ‘Calabar’ Owino produced a man of the match performance alongside Wanyama and Johanna  Omolo to see the match end 1-0 ahead of the return leg on Sunday at Nairobi’s Nyayo National Stadium.Stars’ slimmest hopes of qualification now remain bleak, but for pride they need to beat the West Africans at home as Okumbi seeks to imprint a win in front of the home fans to restore faith in his abilities, something that has come under huge doubt after the Bissau horror show.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000FKF President Nick Mwendwa greeting the players when they arrived in Bissau on Monday 21st, 2016.PHOTO/FKFNAIROBI, March 24 – Football Kenya Federation President Nick Mwendwa took to his Twitter account to defend Harambee Stars’ disappointing result in Wednesday’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier 1-0 away defeat to minnows Guinea Bissau.Mwendwa, who accompanied the team to Bissau, immediately posted on Twitter after Kenyan football enthusiasts criticized Stars’ display especially the fielding that left the team languishing at the bottom of Group E on a single point after three matches.last_img read more

first_imgChelsea are the champions of Europe again after their Under-19s beat Shakhtar Donetsk to win the 2015 UEFA Youth League.The Blues, who had dispatched the likes of Roma, Atletico Madrid and Zenit St Petersburg on the way, ran out 3-2 victors in Nyon.An Isaiah Brown double sandwiched a Dominic Solanke strike to hand Adi Viveash’s team to triumph, although they were given a late scare when Viktor Kovalenko got a second goal for their Ukranian opponents.You can see all the goals from the game above…last_img

first_imgAssistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $256 million in 81 projects (PDF, 233 KB) to improve water and wastewater infrastructure in rural areas in 35 states.“No matter what zip code you live in, infrastructure is a foundation for quality of life and economic opportunity,” Hazlett said. “Through strong partnerships, USDA is ensuring that rural communities have the modern, reliable infrastructure they need to prosper.”During her keynote address at the Arkansas Rural Development conference, Hazlett spoke about USDA’s longstanding partnership with state and local officials to improve the quality of life in rural communities. She met with various representatives on issues important to rural Arkansas residents and businesses, such as ways USDA is partnering with local communities to support opioid treatment, prevention and recovery services. She also highlighted USDA efforts to support e-Connectivity in the state.Arkansas is receiving two of the 81 rural water and wastewater infrastructure projects Hazlett announced. The Tri County Regional Water Distribution District, in Russellville, Ark., for example, is receiving a $6.2 million USDA loan to construct a water treatment plant with new intake and water lines. The new plant will better serve customers during high demand and will help avoid unhealthy conditions. Tri County supplies water to Pope, Logan and Yell counties. The town of Ravenden is receiving $859,000 to construct a water supply well. The new well will correct system deficiencies to comply with health and sanitary regulatory standards for the 246 users.The recently enacted Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Omnibus spending bill includes a significant boost in financial support for water and wastewater projects. It provides $5.2 billion for USDA loans and grants, up from $1.2 billion in FY 2017. It also directs Agriculture Secretary Perdue to make investments in rural communities with the greatest infrastructure needs.In addition to funding in the 2018 Omnibus bill, President Trump has proposed a $200 billion infrastructure investment that allocates 25 percent ($50 billion) to rural projects.The loans and grants Hazlett announced today are being awarded through USDA’s Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grantprogram. The funds can be used to finance drinking water, stormwater drainage and waste disposal systems for rural communities with 10,000 or fewer residents.Other awards announced today include:$1.4 million for the city of Edgerton, Minn., population 1,189, to connect to the Lincoln Pipestone Rural Water system. Edgerton’s well is more than 40 years old. The Minnesota Department of Health has prohibited the city from using a secondary, older well except for emergencies due to high nitrate levels and because untreated water would be discharged directly into the distribution system. The water from Lincoln Pipestone will be blended with water from Edgerton’s well as a useable backup system.$4.8 million for Moore County, N.C., to provide sewer service to the town of Vass. Nearly 40 percent of the town’s residents and businesses use privately-owned septic tanks and drain fields, many of which have exceeded their useful life. The new wastewater collection system will address widespread health and sanitary issues.$446,000 for the Leroy Water Authority (Ala.) to improve its water system. Upgrades include replacing smaller water lines with three-inch lines. This will result in increased water pressure and better service to the Authority’s 531 customers. The population of Leroy, Ala., is 911.In April 2017, President Donald J. Trump established the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity to identify legislative, regulatory and policy changes that could promote agriculture and prosperity in rural communities. In January 2018, Secretary Perdue presented the Task Force’s findings to President Trump. These findings included 31 recommendations to align the federal government with state, local and tribal governments to take advantage of opportunities that exist in rural America. Increasing investments in rural infrastructure is a key recommendation of the task force.To view the report in its entirety, please view the Report to the President of the United States from the Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity (PDF, 5.4 MB). In addition, to view the categories of the recommendations, please view the Rural Prosperity infographic (PDF, 190 KB).USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community services such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit read more

first_imgIf you’re of a botanical bent, you’ll never want to leave South Africa. We have the third-highest level of biodiversity in the world, and ours is the only country to contain an entire floral kingdom.The Cape Peninsula National Park has more plant species within its 22 000 hectares than the whole British Isles or New Zealand. Some 18 000 species of vascular plant (plants with vessels for bearing sap) occur within South Africa’s boundaries, of which 80% occur nowhere else.Our incredible biodiversity is due to our unique physical features. Most of the country is situated on a high-lying plateau, between two very different oceans.The Indian Ocean, on the east, is warmed by the Mozambique or Agulhas Current which flows down from the tropics, while the Atlantic, on the west coast, is cooled by the icy Benguela Current which comes up from the Antarctic.These two different oceans, the prevailing wind and the topography of South Africa combine to create lush forests and subtropical savanna on the east coast, gradually changing to desert or semi-desert on the west coast.South Africa has seven major terrestrial biomes, or habitat types – broad ecological life zones with distinct environmental conditions and related sets of plant and animal life. (Graphic: Environmental Potential Atlas for South Africa)Right in the southwest, influenced by swirling cyclonic weather systems travelling up from the low latitudes, the area around Cape Town is totally anomalous.It has a Mediterranean climate, with hot, windy summers and cool, moist winters, creating a unique floral assemblage, known as fynbos locally, but internationally referred to as the Cape Floral Kingdom.Although lacking the spectacular array of flowering plants of the fynbos, the rest of the country has much to offer too. Afro-montane forests and grasslands grace the eastern escarpment, and lush coastal forests cloak the rugged Garden Route and Tsitsikamma coasts.The semi-desert regions have an incredible amount and variety of succulent plants – one-third of the world’s succulent plant species occur in South Africa – many of which have a brief but bright flowering season.And, of course, the lowveld areas are typified by broad-leaved forests which support a rich game population. Not to be missed in the northern part of the country is the fabulous baobab tree.You can enjoy our botanical riches in the many national parks and botanical reserves or just on the side of the road. The flower season in the Western Cape is in spring – August and September, when specialist flower-viewing trips are run and almost every small town has a flower show.For a really intimate experience with some big old forest trees, try the tree-top canopy trail in Tsitsikamma – one of only three in the world.So, when you’re next in one of our national parks, remember to take note of the wonderful plants as well as the trees. For more information about our wonderful flora, check out the National Botanical Institute.Source: South African TourismWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#Series#Technotransect#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img “The government has a big role to play in Kenya,” said Paul Kukubo, CEO of the country’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Board. “We need to protect the private sector until it can compete.”We spoke in Kukubo’s office in the Telposta Towers in downtown Nairobi. Out the window, the feathery acacias disguise the frenetic activity on the streets of the capitol, a place and people famous for its determination and energy.Vision2030 “Eventually, the private sector will have to stand on its own,” added Mugu Kibati, the director general of Kenya’s Vision2030. But that moment, according to the two government officials, is some time off. In the meantime, the government has a lot of work to do.Governments in Africa, both colonial and post-colonial, have not had an admirable track record in creating or inspiring the creation of wealth in Africa, at least not for people outside the elite. But the recent elections in Kenya, at which the new constitution was adopted, promises to change some of that. Following an uncharacteristic outbreak of legislative and tribal violence during the 2007 elections, Kenyans, much more freaked out by what happened than any observers could be, insisted the new constitution come down heavy on transparency and accountability.Talking to a dozen public officials over a week, I was left with the strong impression that this accountability is more than a buzzword. Primarily because long-time officials seem distinctly nervous. To be fair, they also seem energized and challenged by the demand to actually create change.The question is, will historical inertia, cronyism and self-interest trump, or be trumped by, this new sense of mission and responsibility?Certainly, transparency is no passing fancy in Kenya. This year, it became the first Sub-Saharan African country to launch an open data program.Digital Insurance Against Graft My visit to the Attorney General’s state law office and registry was enlightening. Senior Deputy Registrar General Jane Joram showed us an office that had transitioned from all-paper to digital. Prior to the change-over files went missing with an alarming regularity. Most of the disappearances were probably accident, but some were integral to lawsuits and were convenient in way that tested credulity.Now, all the paperwork from the office, which is responsible for licensing for all business conducted in the country, is digitized. Each application is assigned a separate, cross-reference file ID and backed up, both on an alternate set of servers and, every two weeks, on CD stored in a secure facility. All the initial applications are still done on paper and the storage of that paper is still a self-evident pain. But with an Internet penetration of less than 10%, online applications are not practical yet.The AG’s office and many others in the government are also routinely shuffled, so that no worker can carve out a bribe-fueled domain within the government. Things are moving, there’s no denying it. But there is still a huge reliance on the magic wand of authority. One of the chief instances of this in Kenya is Vision2030. This is a detailed, and admirable program, with the goal of making Kenya a “middle class country” by 2030. When Mr. Kibati spoke of the program he did so with a great deal of passion and a great deal of faith. But it is, in the end, just a document.“No government that comes along will be able to reverse this plan,” he told me. Alas, it turns out that is not so. It would be much more accurate to say, “Any administration that comes along could over turn this plan.” It has no force of a constitutional amendment and it has no funding mechanism. That does not mean that this series of policies cannot work, it just means that it does not seem to have an institutional reason for any more success than any other plan. If there is a difference, it is in that enthusiasm and faith that was shared by every government official, and a few private ones, that I met in my time there.The Silicon SavannahOne of the significant elements in the plan is a breathtakingly ambitious project called Konza Technology City. Modeled on the smart city idea, it is a 5,000 acre public-private partnership designed to evoke the spread of a “silicon savannah” about 30 miles from the clogged precincts of Nairobi at a crossroads and camp called Konza.The freestanding models which take pride of place in Dr. Bitange Ndemo’s office, as well as the graphics on the city’s website, possess an aesthetic that resembles the offspring of Redwood Shores and the city from Logan’s Run – all swooping lines and spires, planned waterways and shining glass.Dr. Ndemo is a force of nature in pushing through approval for Konza and in talking it up everywhere from the Kenyan parliament to Silicon Valley. If you’re going to have a spokesman and evangelist you could not do much better than the good doctor. A great bear of a man, he exudes easy-going confidence, respect, intelligence and authority. He was good enough to fly a number of us out to the Konza site on a Kenya Wildlife Service helicopter so I could see the spread from the air and walk it for myself.Located about 30 miles outside the increasingly overburdened capital, it is currently a spot of grazing land out beyond Nairobi National Park on the Mombasa Road. The scope is hard to mistake from the air. If it gets built, it’s going to be a massive monument to Africa’s future. If it does not, it’s going to be another destination for photographers searching out evidence of industrial-age hubris. Dr. Ndemo has a number of expressions of interest, from ministries as well as private citizens (one English lord wants to build a stadium there) and companies. But the only work that has yet to be done is the fencing. Under Morris, the fencing supervisor, the first chainlink will completely surround the place in a couple of weeks.“The government is ripping us off again!” exclaimed one Nairobi resident who was educated abroad and involved in high-tech in the city. Her opinion is not a rare one. “They are going to put up a half-finished ghost town that will smell like, pardon me, like human shit!” In fact, Kenyan government buildings are notorious for that smell, a result of cheaply or improperly built plumbing systems. “If they can’t make the plumbing in a building, why should we trust them to build a tech city!”If anyone can get this thing through, though, it’s Ndemo. But that is part of the problem, perhaps. Such an undertaking may require a single strong proponent with a powerbase of his own. It may not be enough to have a government believe in the project. But Ndemo made noises about retiring in the next few years, which elicited moans of distress from those who know him, some of whom believe he should run for president.Pasha One of the programs fueled by Vision2030 is very cool. Called “Pasha,” Kiswahili for “sharing,” it empowers individual Kenyans to build out from their tech experience. In the pilot program, 37 applicants from around the country were funded through the World Bank to create Internet centers. These centers of digital access are spread around the country. The government’s goal is to get its people wired and give them access to access, and to the skills that access allows.Each takes the character and emphasis of its owner. The one I visited was Kabete Pasha in Kikuyu Township, and was run by Lucy Kinyanjui, a former NGO worker and American Library Association scholar who spent time in Santa Barbara studying the practical application of public information technology.Located in a walkup with street access and a courtyard, Lucy’s center is painted pleasantly in shades of purple, red and peach. All the furniture and labor was locally sourced. Lucy’s focus is on education. Ironically, a lot of public education in the country is privately funded. Here students learn video production and even take part in a popular DJing class.In between classes I met Ignatius Kevin Matimu, Hiram Thume Kimotho and Caleb Okubasu Andayi. The three friends had already staged a play they wrote, winning top prizes at a city contest. They were reviewing their video version of the play and discussing the next production, to take place around Christmas. These were dedicated, super-bright kids who seemed to lack even a nodding relationship with laziness. I’ve known theatre and movie professionals in the States and these guys had their obsession, focus and nerdy joy in the media they were born to manipulate.“There is no one in my country in the last five to 10 years who can say their life has not been effected by technology,” said Lucy. She and others also registered their belief that the country has more wealth than is commonly known. Banking is not popular, but Kenyans are money-wise and love to make a buck. These Pasha centers will, it is hoped, draw out some of that carefully-husbanded cash and help payer and payee both to increase their wealth.The Geeks While having lunch with Dr. Ndemo at Furusato, a Japanese restaurant in the capital, I had the chance to speak at some length with Sam Mwale, an economist in the Office of the President. I asked him, who is so involved with large-scale, government-led projects like Konza, if he had made the opportunity to talk with the 10,000-strong geektropreneur population in the city. He admitted that time and the needs of office had not made that possible, though he had heard a great deal about them.“Here is my concern,” he confided. “It’s great they’re creative. But in the end, we have to make money, provide for ourselves. Aren’t they going in the end to join Price Waterhouse – who are hiring in Kenya, and leave behind what they’re doing?”I told him that every incubator and geek group I’d spoken to had focused on helping the creatives to focus on marketable projects and to actually bring those products to market. It was a prime focus. Geekery is undeniable around the world, but in Kenya the focus was on two things: the social problems tech can solve, and the practical means by which their creators can interact with the market.He seemed surprised, but still a bit skeptical. And why not? No Google had come out of that ecosystem. But when it does, if the government is on the wrong side of it, it heads will fly.I told Mwale what an incubator manager and several others had told me: If the government wants to benefit from the sweat of geeks, it need only take a relatively small amount of money, say $50 million (compared to the $7-10 billion Konza will require) and form a VC firm of its own, investing $3,000 to $10,000 in seed company into the most promising projects. If you they lose everything at the end of a decade, well, it’s only $50 million. But if they win?“You could wind up with $50 billion,” enthused Mwale, the economist in him coming strongly to the fore.Will the government wake up to the power and promise of the nerdpocalypse threatening to blow up in their midst? Will the old-style, top-down master plan approach do more good than harm in a new atmosphere of transparency and accountability? We will see. Though not any time soon.Next story in the Technotransect series: Afro Nerd Superstar Explosion!Photos by Curt Hopkins | Disclosure: the Republic of Kenya provided the reporter’s airfare and hotel. curt hopkins 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

first_imgThe Columbia city council has made its choice to be the next city manager.Officials announced late Monday morning that John Glascock is the pick, over fellow finalist Jim Palenick from Racine, Wisconsin. Glascock is Columbia’s interim city manager.“Now more than ever, our community needs stable leadership. Someone who recognizes where changes need to occur, and will make those changes to the best of their ability,” Mayor Brian Treece said.Council members held their final interviews with city manager candidates Glascock and Palenick late last week.Glascock will replace Mike Matthes, who resigned last November. He has spent the last 16-plus years with the city, holding roles like chief engineer, director of Public Works, and deputy city manager.“My sincere thanks to the community members who do the hard work every day to challenge those of us in leadership roles to do better,” Glascock said. “I’m excited to continue the journey that we have begun.”(This story was last updated at 12:11 p.m. Monday.)last_img read more

first_imgOn Thursday, India will vote on a resolution at the United Nations that seeks to establish an independent expert on sexual orientation and gender identity at the human rights council. Related Itemslast_img

first_imgWatch astronauts play catch with a gecko-inspired gripper By Lindzi WesselJun. 28, 2017 , 2:00 PM How do we get a grip in space? Turns out it’s not that easy. Suction grabbers can’t work in a vacuum, and sticky chemical adhesives fail in the extreme temperatures of Earth’s orbit. So engineers are building new kinds of grippers inspired by the bottoms of gecko feet. A gecko’s foot is covered in microscopic hairs that lay flat when pressed against a surface. Added up across millions of these hairs, that increase in surface area lets geckos take advantage of tiny forces of molecular attraction at each point of contact—sending them scrambling up walls with ease. By mimicking those hairs with tiny, silicon wedges, researchers are now creating a gecko grip of their own—and are testing it for space. Training astronauts successfully used gecko-inspired grippers to play catch during the nosedive-induced weightlessness of NASA’s zero-gravity aircraft, the researchers report today in Science Robotics. And miniature grippers were even sent to the International Space Station, where they worked as well as on Earth, remaining stuck to the walls during several weeks of testing. Engineers think the grippers could help automate repair processes currently done by astronauts and may even be useful in future projects to clear up space debris cluttering Earth’s orbit.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more