Top three refuse to blink in TPL title race

first_img0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, October 22- It remained as you were in the Tusker Premier League (TPL) following the 27th round of matches with the three title challengers having as many games to seal the crown.In yet another gripping climax to the season, leaders and titleholders Tusker FC (54 points) failed to shake off the challenge of Gor Mahia (52) and AFC Leopards (51) as the top-three saw off their opponents on Saturday. The Brewers edged out battling Muhoroni Sugar 1-0 as Gor posted a similar result against Karuturi Sports with Leopards maintaining their title push by overcoming the stun test of former champions Ulinzi 2-1 in Mumias.Sunday could be the water shed day for the destination of the title with the top two clashing at City Stadium as Leopards visit Oserian hoping to feed off any scraps.Western Stima (November 4) and City Stars (November 10) wrap the season for Tusker while Gor face Muhoroni Youth (November 4) and Thika United (November 10) after the pre-emptive Sunday title decider against the league leaders.Leopards who held the lead for long stretches in the first leg have an easier run-in on paper with Mathare United and Chemelil coming up after Oserian.On the other end of the spectrum, bottom placed Rangers inched closer to the relegation trap door after being sunk 2-0 by Sofapaka on Sunday with Osborne Monday and James Situma on target for the former titleholders who moved up to fourth on the log.Oserian, the two-time champions in the early 2000s, are also likely candidates for a swift return to the first division after they were silenced by a solitary goal by Mathare on Saturday in Nairobi.The tail enders are five and six points adrift of 14th placed Muhoroni (26) who need a victory from their last three encounters against Chemelil Sugar, Gor and Western Stima to confirm their continued stay in the TPL following their promotion last season.RESULTSSaturdayMathare United 1-0 OserianGor Mahia 1-0 Karuturi SportsAFC Leopards 2-1 Ulinzi StarsSony Sugar 0-1 Chemelil SugarNairobi City Stars 1-0 KCBTusker 1-0 Muhoroni YouthSundayThika United 0-0 Western StimaRangers 0-2 SofapakaTABLETeam P W D L GF GA GD Pts1 Tusker 27 15 9 3 34 13 21 542 Gor Mahia 27 15 7 5 31 17 14 523 AFC Leopards 27 15 6 6 38 23 15 514 Sofapaka 27 12 8 7 29 19 10 445 Ulinzi Stars 27 13 4 10 33 26 7 436 Thika United 27 12 7 8 34 31 3 437 W Stima 27 10 7 10 24 20 4 378 Chemelil 27 8 12 7 17 17 0 369 Mathare 27 8 11 8 30 31 -1 3510 Sony 27 10 4 13 22 21 1 3411 KCB 27 9 6 12 31 28 3 3312 Karuturi 27 7 9 11 17 24 -7 3013 City 27 6 9 12 16 29 -13 2714 Muhoroni 27 7 5 15 19 29 -10 2615 Oserian 27 4 9 14 11 29 -18 2116 Rangers 27 3 11 13 19 48 -29 200Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

A hairy anthropological puzzle

first_imgThe brown hyena – prime suspect in theancient whodunnit. (Image: Richard DuToit, Nature Picture Library) Electron microscope scans of fivefossilised human hairs.(Image: Born Animal – Discovery News) Gladysvale has yielded thousands of fossilsof man and beast, with millions more stillin place. (Image: Gladysvale)Janine ErasmusThe World Heritage Cradle of Humankind site has yielded another important archaeological find, with the discovery of what is very probably strands of ancient human hair in a fossilised piece of hyena dung – dating back to around 200 000 years ago.The strands are the oldest examples of their kind, surpassing the previous oldest known specimens of human hair by 191 000 years. The latter were found on a 9 000-year-old Chinchorro mummy from Arica, Chile.The Chinchorro culture was prevalent in northern Chile and southern Peru between 5 000 and 3 000 BC. Mummies from this epoch are the oldest examples of mummified human remains, much older than even the Egyptian mummies. However, the new find makes the hair from the Chinchorro mummies seem positively youthful.The strands were found in a hyena latrine – typically used by a single animal – embedded within a fossilised clump of dung known as a coprolite. Appearing to the untrained eye to be nothing more than a group of round white rocks, the coprolites each measured roughly 2 cm in diameter.The high calcium content in such biological objects, and the calcium-imbued drip from the cave roof, facilitated the fossilisation and preservation of the hairs. After carefully extracting the delicate specimens with tweezers, researchers placed them under an electron microscope. Scans revealed external wavy scale patterns that are characteristic of primates – these, and the size and shape of the hairs suggest that they are human in origin.The hyena species in question is the brown hyena (Parahyaena brunnea), a canny opportunist that derives most of its nourishment from scavenging, although it has been known to occasionally hunt small mammals.Although they consider it most likely that the animal stumbled upon its last meal, scientists have not ruled out the possibility that a hyena attack was the cause of death. Brown hyenas are found in the area still today.Rich source of fossilsThe exciting discovery was made at Gladysvale Cave in Gauteng, located about 45km north-west of Johannesburg. The cave, which sits in the John Nash Nature Reserve within the boundaries of the Cradle of Humankind, has been a prolific source of fossilised specimens since the first fossil, that of a baboon, was found in 1946.The complex consists of three underground caves containing a substantial amount of breccia – that is, a clastic (fragmentary) rock composed of angular gravel-size fragments in a matrix or cementing material. Sediments in the cave date from as ancient as three million years to as recent as 250 years ago.Since 1946, thousands of fossils have been recovered from the Gladysvale deposits, both inside and outside the cave, including rare remains of hominids. The first hominid remains – two teeth of the early human species Australopithecus africanus – were discovered in 1991.The famous fossils of the Taung Child and Mrs Ples are both fine examples of A. africanus. The good news for the scientific community is that there are still millions of ancient bones in place in the cave, waiting to be unearthed.International collaborationPaleoanthropologist Dr Lucinda Backwell of the School of Geosciences at the University of the Witwatersrand headed the study, together with a team of South African and international colleagues from Switzerland and the UK.Their findings are due to be published shortly in the print version of the Journal of Archaeological Science, but for those who can’t wait, the article has been available on the journal’s website since 31 January 2009.The owner of the hair has not yet been established but, said Backwell, the hyena dung falls within the period of existence in Africa of early species of humans such as Homo heidelbergensis. This period, which spans 195 000 to 257 000 years in the past, also saw the emergence of the first anatomically modern humans.“The hairs could belong to either of them or, of course, to a species not yet recognised,” explained Backwell.Although there are no hairs from early human species to use for comparison, and DNA sampling from the hairs was not possible, there is a plethora of coprolite material in the cave. Further analysis of the fossilised dung may well lead to a better understanding of the environment in which our ancestors lived, and their interactions with the creatures around them.Significant findThe hairs are significant in a number of ways. They represent a soft tissue find from a period, said Backwell, which rarely even yields skeletal material.Furthermore, commented biological anthropologist Pat Shipman of Penn State, “The hair is an especially exciting find because it raises the possibility that there are other coprolites with other hairs, which would give us a new and quite accurate means of looking at the composition of ancient animal communities.”Hyenas search for food in their immediate surroundings, she added, so at that time a human lived, or at least died, close to Gladysvale cave.This also raises the possibility that at that time humans were preyed upon or scavenged by hyenas, or that they competed with them for food resources.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.Related storiesUnearthing our human ancestors Ancient arrows a clue to the pastTracing the origins of humankindUseful linksBernard Price Institute for Palaeontological ResearchWits University School of GeosciencesDiscovery ChannelHyena – African Wildlife FoundationBrown hyena – IUCN specialist groupGladysvaleMaropeng – Cradle of HumankindCradle of HumankindTransvaal Museum of Natural HistoryJournal of Archaeological ScienceSmithsonian Institution – Human Origins programmeUnesco – Cradle of Humankindlast_img read more

Banyana too strong for Namibia in Windhoek

first_img8 July 2014Banyana Banyana began their preparations for the forthcoming African Women’s Championship on a winning note, beating Namibia 2-1 in an international friendly at Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek on the weekend.Goals by Leandra Smeda and Disebo Mametja were enough to seal victory for South Africa’s national women’s football team, while Thomalina Adams pulled one back for the home side.Coach Pauw’s comments“The ladies know what is expected of them now,” Banyana Banyana coach Vera Pauw commented after the game.“The hard work that we have been putting in is starting to show. It was a tough game, Namibia has improved a lot. They are physical, but we managed to contain them.”ChangesPauw made two changes to the team that had beaten Botswana 4-0 last month, with Noko Matlou returned to the starting eleven and playing alongside captain Janine Van Wyk in defence, while Disebo Mametja started her first match under Pauw on the right flank.The Namibians were the first to threaten in the contest and managed the first shot at goal in the seventh minute, but the ball passed narrowly wide of goalkeeper Tokozile Mndaweni’s goals.Opening goalIt took Banyana Banyana almost half-an-hour to find their feet. Smeda then found the back of the net in the 29th minute after the South Africans executed a well- coordinated set piece from outside the box.Refiloe Jane had an opportunity to extend the South African lead just before the halftime break. She made good contact with the ball inside the box, but her effort went wide, off the goal post.2-0 leadA quarter-of-an-hour into the second half, Mametja doubled Banyana Banyana’s with an easy tap-in.Namibia pulled one back with 15 minutes remaining after a defensive error from Banyana Banyana, but when the final whistle sounded the visitors had taken the honours 2-1.Namibia will host the African Women’s Championships from the 11 to 25 October this year.Zimbabwe friendlyBanyana Banyana next face Zimbabwe on Friday in another pre-African Women’s Championship friendly on Friday at the Rufaro Stadium in Harare.“We need to play more matches before the African Women’s Championships as this will give us an opportunity to keep practicing what we have learnt,” Banyana coach Pauw said in a statement on Monday.“The ladies know what is expected of them. From here on we have to master what we have learnt. We need to get the team physically ready for an intense high level of play.”The draw for the African Women’s Championships draw will be held on 19 July in Windhoek. The other nations that have qualified for the finals are Namibia, Algeria, Cameroon, the Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria and Zambia.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Is Identification the Missing Piece in LP’s War against ORC?

first_imgSponsored by Avery DennisonLast month, police officers from the Berkeley Police Department in California raided a house as part of an investigation into a retail theft ring and found stolen cosmetics and other goods totaling $500,000, according to news reports. It was a major bust that was, nonetheless, fairly typical—reflecting just how extensive organized retail crime (ORC) has become. The raid was also the kind of score-one-for-the-good-guys story that gives retailers hope they are making progress against a stubborn enemy.But the extent to which a feel-good police raid denotes a genuine victory largely depends on whether there is a way to identify where the stolen products originated. Without identification, prosecuting and disrupting fencing operations could be difficult and impracticable, victim retailers may not recover any products for resale, and the perpetrators of the crime or boosters will feel little lasting deterrence from returning to work.- Sponsor – “When you go to seize product, if there is no label and you can’t identify where the product came from, then you don’t have a victim. And you don’t have a crime unless someone can take the stand and say ‘this is mine,’” said Denny Dansak, who until April served as the head of Kroger’s organized retail crime division for all 24 of its companies.Kroger began labeling its high-theft products several years ago to take advantage of improvements in labeling technology made by Avery Dennison. Labels that, if removed, leave a residue or otherwise degrade the product. That technology advancement has created a new class of theft prevention solutions—one that costs just pennies.“When people think about ORC, they tend to think the answer is expensive electronic solutions and EAS gates at the door. Those are a deterrent, but they may not always be the most cost-effective way to protect merchandise,” explained Bob Glavin, vice president for innovation in Avery Dennison’s Printer Solutions division. “A lot of our customers report really strong ROI through paying just a little more in label costs. They’re reporting positive payback in a couple of months, rather than the years that it can take for more involved solutions.”Through its partnership with the Loss Prevention Research Council (LPRC), Avery Dennison has seen the impact of its identification solutions on theft. “Partnering with LPRC we know fences are forced to re-sell products at a lower cost if they’re labeled, so it actually deters boosters from stealing them in the first place,” said Glavin. “We’re able to use this kind of knowledge to create solutions that will work, and manage the cost.”Avery Dennison Theft Deterrence and Recovery labels, which feature numerous types of face sheets and difficult to remove adhesives to work on different kinds of product material, are less expensive than other LP tools. Labor costs are minimal when retailers target their use on high-theft items, or if stores are already affixing labels for other reasons, such as for pricing or promotions. And Avery Dennison’s solutions extend beyond pre-printed store identification and allow retailers like Kroger to include variable information at the time of application to the product, such as store number, phone number, date, and whatever else LP finds useful for recovery. Thus, eliminating the need for hundreds of pre-prints that have to be ordered and warehoused. In addition, they can be combined with pricing or promotion labels and used to improve product appearance and enhance store branding.Recovery is the most obvious value of product identification. If a retailer can show that they own products seized in an investigation—a pallet, for example, of Tide detergent—they can recover it and potentially make it available again for sale. However, even if products are consumable or otherwise unable to go back on store shelves, identification yields value by strengthening criminal cases against fencing operations, which cuts into ORC operations. “Cutting the head off the snake can put 40 to 60 boosters out of business,” said Dansak, who added that ownership identification not only helps to secure convictions but can—for instance by demonstrating when stolen products have traveled over state lines—increase charges and penalties against fencing operators.Identification can also help increase sales. Some major customers are reporting a sales uplift that they attribute to the recovery labels. “Because ORC thieves often clear out an entire section of merchandise—an entire shelf of teeth whitening products, for example—then when customers come in they can’t purchase it because they’re out of that item,” explained Glavin. “This solution prevents that kind of issue.”Moreover, the value that theft recovery labels are providing from a loss prevention perspective is growing alongside the awareness of ORC rings. “We’ve had boosters cooperate with us, and they say that more and more fences are telling them not to bring them products with identification labels,” said Dansak. “Now that you have labels where the adhesive is strong enough that they can’t really be removed, then if retailers A, B, and C have labels, boosters will hit retailer D instead. We’ve seen that.”In addition to providing low-cost theft deterrence, labeling solutions also account for a hard truth about ORC—that 100 percent prevention isn’t realistic. “The mentality of many boosters is that they’re going to get the product they’re after regardless of the theft deterrent in place,” be it EAS, video surveillance, or some other prevention tool. However, even when criminals can’t be deterred, identification labels—unlike many other LP solutions—still yield value by providing critical intelligence to retail investigators. For example, when a legitimate retailer finds itself with a labeled product and calls its 800 number and provides the store number from the label, investigators can trace their stolen product back to its original store.Using information gathered from recovered products, retailers can: uncover the type of schemes they’re falling victim to, such as a diversion issue or a refund issue; determine the extent of a fencing operation trafficking their products; and gather the information that law enforcement needs to pursue a case.“It really helps investigations, especially with fences selling products online, and we’ve followed products from New York City to Phoenix to the Philippines,” said Dansak. “I got a call from ICE in New Jersey saying, ‘We have three pallets here with your labels being sent overseas,’ and that was baby formula, which many retailers sell. I got the call because it had our labels. But what happens to all the others that don’t have an identification label?”Dansak says that his real-world experience coincides with recent data from the National Retail Federation that shows ORC poses a growing threat to retailers. And the motivation behind ORC makes it particularly difficult to combat. “It’s is a not a crime of opportunity, but a crime of economics,” he says.The enormity of the challenge may be why retailers have reflexively looked first to intricate, expensive solutions when an inexpensive, straightforward tool is available to help deter crime, recover merchandise, prosecute crime rings, and improve sales. The value was obvious to Dansak, a former special agent in law enforcement. “When I first got to Kroger, after one month, I started asking, ‘how do we identify our products from those of other retailers?’ With me, it just seemed essential that we have something on there that identified our products. That’s how it all starts. That’s how you build a case.” Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Podcast: Why we murder, resurrecting extinct animals, and the latest on the three-parent baby

first_imgDaily news stories Should we bring animals back from extinction, three-parent baby announced, and the roots of human violence, with David Grimm.   From the magazine Our networked world gives us an unprecedented ability to monitor and respond to global happenings. Databases monitoring news stories can provide real-time information about events all over the world — like conflicts or protests. However, the databases that now exist aren’t up to the task. Alexa Billow talks with Ryan Kennedy about his policy forum that addresses problems with global data collection and interpretation.   [Image: Stocktrek Images, Inc. / Alamy Stock Photo; Music: Jeffrey Cook]last_img read more

Irfan Pathan keen to leave his mark on Asia Cup

first_imgIrfan Pathan’s bowling is mostly about rhythm and confidence, and he is currently high on both counts as he gets ready to give his best shot at the Asia Cup.After returning to the Indian team late last year, the left-arm pacer performed decently enough on the recent tour of Australia and is now looking forward to the four-nation tournament that began here on Sunday with a Bangladesh-Pakistan encounter.Irfan, as usual, was business-like during the team’s first practice session here on Sunday, giving his all with the ball and chatting with coach Duncan Fletcher.After missing the Asia Cup in 2010, Irfan is eagerly waiting to unleash his banana swingers at the opposing batsmen.”I am looking ahead to the Asia Cup big time; getting the selection and the nod to represent the country is an honour.I am really looking forward with the confidence that I have gained in Australia,” Irfan told Mail Today. “An Australian tour gives you the confidence because it’s always a tough tour. The conditions there are different from those we play in at home. It’s always a challenge and a confidence booster when you do well.I will make sure that I do the same things in the Asia Cup that I have been doing – the hard work and thinking about the process rather than anything else.” The Baroda all-rounder played four ODIs in the tri-series in Australia and bagged six wickets. He also contributed with the bat, with his top knock being 47.advertisementA wiser Irfan, however, doesn’t want to rest on his laurels. “In cricket, whatever you have done in the past is done and dusted. You don’t have to look too far back, because if you do that, those things hardly matter. Those are the years gone by,” he said philosophically.”What has recently happened matters. And for me what matters is that right now is that I am feeling good. Of course, memories will always be there. It’s better to live in the present as a professional sportsman. And, yes, my confidence is good right now, thanks to the Almighty,” he emphasised.Irfan would be playing for the first time in Dhaka after a triangular series in 2008, but he is keen to adjust quickly to the venue, Sher- e- Bangla National Cricket Stadium.”If you keep doing your thing, no matter what the venue is, you will do well. It is different from the Australian pitches, but the key is to make sure that you adjust to the conditions quickly enough,” he said.India open their campaign with a game against Sri Lanka on Tuesday, and it could be Irfan’s 113th ODI. He has so far captured 160 wickets in ODIs and another 100, including a hat-trick, in 29 Tests.Irfan thanked India’s former bowling coach Eric Simons – who is also the head coach of the left- arm pacer’s IPL team, Delhi Daredevils – and TA Sekhar – who is also with the Daredevils and had helped him when at the MRF Pace Foundation in Chennai – for helping him correct his technical flaws, regain his rhythm, and gain confidence.last_img read more

Phil Jackson Knicks Never Called Him About The Job

Phil Jackson says he wouldn’t have wanted to coach the New York Knicks — even if the team asked.“I wasn’t gonna take that job; that’s for sure,” he told HBO’s “Real Sports” in an interview scheduled to air Tuesday night.Jackson — who won 11 championships as coach of the Bulls and Lakers — said Knicks owner James Dolan never called him about the job.Jackson, 66, was a member of two Knicks championship teams and said he has thought about coaching in New York, but wouldn’t want to lead the current team because it’s “clumsy.”“They don’t fit together well. (Amare) Stoudemire) doesn’t fit well with Carmelo (Anthony),” said Jackson, when asked to expand on “clumsy.” “Stoudemire’s a really good player. But he’s gotta play in a certain system and a way.“Carmelo has to be a better passer. And the ball can’t stop every time it hits his hands. They need to have someone come in that can kinda blend that group together.”Jackson, who retired after the 2010-11 season, was heavily rumored to be a candidate for the position before the Knicks eventually removed Mike Woodson’s interim tag and give him a multiyear contract in late May.Jackson said the Knicks and Orlando Magic openings this off-season were not the positions to bring him back to the bench.He says he wasn’t interested in Orlando because it’s too far from his Montana home. read more

TCI Police reach out to Bahamas hurricane victims

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Govt taking on the tab to get people out of Abaco via Bahamasair Bahamasair’s unfair advantage exposed by Aviation Minister Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 30 Oct 2015 – It was called an amazing turnout for a good cause, as the One Bahamas Association partnered with the Royal Turks and Caicos Police Force to raise money for The Bahamas victims of Hurricane Joaquin. Many gathered at the Tiki Hut Restaurant where OBA collected clothes and other basics for victims of the storm. Telicia Darville, a Board Member for the OBA and Long Island native called the disaster “pure devastation”. It was revealed that the fundraising efforts were spearheaded by Deputy Police Commissioner, Rodney Adams for their Welfare Committee. Canned goods are sill be accepted, Bahamasair will fly items into those victims and money can be donated at St. Monica’s Anglican Church. This past Tuesday night, The Bahamas raised $230,000 through a telethon. Government now says damages are at $80 million dollars. BahamasAir back to normal, arrived in TCI today Related Items:bahamas telethon, bahamasair, one bahamas association, rodney adams, telicia darville, tiki hut restaurant Recommended for youlast_img read more

Over 1500 SDGE customers without power in National City

first_imgOver 1,500 SDG&E customers without power in National City May 26, 2018 FacebookTwitter Posted: May 26, 2018 NATIONAL CITY (KUSI) — Over 1,500 SDG&E customers are currently without power in National City Saturday night.The cause of the outage, which happened around 9:30 p.m. is still being investigated. SDG&E hopes to have the power restored to the roughly 1,800 customers by 12:00 a.m.The outage is affecting customers in National City, Paradise Hills, Skyline, Bay Terraces and East Chula Vista.Check the SDG&E Outage Map for updates on the outage. center_img Updated: 10:39 PM , Categories: Local San Diego News last_img read more

Import tariff on gold raised by 8 to 362 per 10 gm

first_imgThe Central government on Friday raised the import tariff value on gold by $8 to $362 per 10 gm, and reduced it for silver by $14 to $443 per kg, according to a Finance Ministry statement.The tariff values on gold and silver were fixed at $354 and $457 on 18 January, 2016. The import tariff value is the base price at which the customs duty is determined to prevent under-invoicing. It is normally revised on a fortnightly basis.The tariff values on gold and silver were fixed at $345 and $452, respectively on 31 December, 2015.Gold prices closed at Rs 27,050 per 10 gm on 29 January, down Rs 85 from Thursday’s closing price, while silver prices fell Rs 350 on Friday to end at Rs 34,850 per kg. Gold imports in December 2015 were valued at $3.80 billion, up from $1.36 billion in December 2014.last_img read more