With Madness entertaining the sold-out crowd at the break, madness also reigned on the pitch as Russia shocked Scotland, Wales drew with Fiji and the series qualifier tournament had fans on the edge of their seats. Australia will be happy with their performance on Saturday as they followed up their day one win over Samoa with victories against South Korea and England to ensure their place in the quarter-finals against Argentina.The other quarter-finals on Sunday will see Fiji play Canada, USA face England and a mouthwatering encounter as South Africa take on New Zealand.Elsewhere in the World Rugby series qualifier competition, Chile, Germany, Papua New Guinea and Spain progressed to the semi-finals on Sunday. The day began with the announcement that the next Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco, USA will take place from July 20-22, 2018. Pool AAustralia kicked off proceedings on day two with a comfortable 52-0 win over invitational team South Korea but it was their 12-10 winning performance against England in their final pool match of the day that sparked rapturous cheers in a packed out Hong Kong Stadium. Rookie of the year 2015-16 Henry Hutchison scored twice as Andy Friend’s outfit finished top of their pool for the first time since Dubai last December.Despite their loss to Australia, England had already secured their place in the Cup quarter-finals with a 12-10 win over Samoa earlier in the day, with Gordon Tietjens’ side pushing them close.Pool BSeries leaders South Africa finished with a clean sweep of three wins from three in the pool stages, beating Kenya 35-10 on the morning of day one with a hat-trick from Werner Kok the highlight of the match. Damian McGrath’s Canada side proved a different level of competition though, keeping the score level at half-time with Justin Douglas’ try cancelling out Dylan Sage’s score to keep it 7-7 at the break. The familiar Blitzboks momentum shone through late in the second half though, with scores from Ruhan Nel, Cecil Afrika and Siviwe Soyizwapi sealing the win 26-7. McGrath’s Canada side had beaten France 28-14 earlier in the day and beaten Kenya 17-14 on day one to make sure they will be in the business end of things come the third day in Hong Kong. Pool CFiji topped Pool C but were almost tripped up by a fierce performance from Wales in their first match on day two. Having lost to the Welsh in Sydney earlier in the series (which broke Wales’ 14-match losing streak against the Pacific islanders), Fiji were aware of the threat and Luke Morgan was on song scoring twice in the first half to give his side a 10-5 lead at half-time. Vatemo Ravouvou scored early in the second half to put Fiji ahead 12-10 after his conversion also landed, but Morgan tipped the game back in favour of Wales. A late try from Amenoni Nasilasila brought the scores level, making it a thrilling 17-17 score line. Gareth Baber’s side faced a strong New Zealand outfit in their second pool match, a side who had beaten Japan 40-14 earlier in the day to qualify for the quarter-finals. Despite a barnstorming try from New Zealand debutant Joey Ravouvou, it was his namesake Vatemo who clinched the winning try for Fiji and put a 17-14 win on the board.Pool DUSA went unbeaten in Pool D, beating Scotland 19-14 early on day two thanks to a hat-trick from Perry Baker to secure their spot in the Cup quarter-finals. Mike Friday’s side produced a dominant performance against Argentina in their final pool match, with the returning Mike Teo showing his class from the recent Americas Rugby Championship by bagging two tries in his side’s five-try, 33-5 win. Argentina had fortunately secured their Cup quarter-final place with a 17-12 comeback win over Russia earlier in the day. Russia’s Vladimir Ostroushko and Vitaly Zhivatov scored in the first half and combined with Dmitry Sukhin’s conversion made it 0-12 at half-time. However, Santiago Gomez Cora’s side bounced back quickly with Fernando Luna, German Schultz and Matias Ocsaduk all scoring to help make it 17-12 at full time.QualifiersDay two of the Hong Kong sevens finished with four thrilling quarter-finals as the eight teams battled out for a chance to be a core team on next year’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series. After pool play, Guyana, Tonga, Jamaica and Sri Lanka had been eliminated.South American rivals Chile and Uruguay faced off in the first qualifier in a tense affair that saw two men in the bin. Chile scored first but Uruguay fired back to leave the teams level 7-7 at the midway point. But a try from Lucas Westcott stretched the gap and Francisco Neira – the man who just completed his business studies degree – put Chile in the business end of the qualification tournament, despite a consolation try for Uruguay. It finished 21-12 and Chile took their place in the semi on Sunday.Their opposition was to come from the next quarter-final as Germany faced off against Hong Kong, who were, unsurprisingly, backed by a passionate local support. In what turned out to be a breathless affair, Germany’s Sebastian Fromm opened the scoring with a superb break after just two minutes. However the hosts grew into the game and Jamie Hood levelled the scoring in the dying minutes. The game was headed for extra time when Hong Kong chipped ahead only for the Germans to counter-attack, making space for Bastian Himmer who broke away to score and silence the home support. 14-7 it finished and Germany will face Chile in the first semi-final on Sunday. It started badly for Uganda – a poor kick off resulted in a try for their opponents Papua New Guinea as AA Clements broke through the line. However the African side equalised with a try from the energetic Govle Ramathan and the momentum saw them cross the line right at the break – Solomon Okia rewarded for his hard work in attack to leave it 10-7. Gaino Kapana then scored with 3 minutes left to make it 14-10 to PNG and, despite a frantic finish, Papua New Guinea held on for the win.The final match of the night saw Spain take on a plucky Namibian side. Spain, unbeaten so far in the tournament, went ahead in the first half with tries from Joan Losada, Pol Pla and Lucas Levy leaving it 21-0 at half time. Second half tries from Losada and Levy saw Spain take their place in the semi-final with a 33-0 win.
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding MOST READ That makes Fields all the more motivated to bounce back stronger as he hopes to jell better with his Columbian teammates.“The team is just getting adjusted to me. I could’ve been better. I struggled from the free throw line and I’ll get better and efficient, know where my shots are coming from, and know how to play the offense,” he said. “You just got to go back and look at film, and see what we could’ve done better.”Fields, though, is confident it won’t take long for him and his teammates to get their bearings back.“Coach wanted a certain player who can put the ball in the basket from any angle — low post, drive, and wherever. I feel like I didn’t disrupt the chemistry, so I think we’ll just have to bounce back game,” he said.Columbian eyes to rebound against Rain or Shine on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netPlaying for the first time in Asia, John Fields is playing with a chip on his shoulder as he tries to prove his mettle in his initial foray in the PBA.“Coming to the PBA, I had to prove that I belong,” said Fields, who replaced CJ Aiken as Columbian’s import earlier this year.ADVERTISEMENT Fields, 30, sent strong statement in his 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup debut tallying 39 points, 16 rebounds, and two assists for Columbian.However, those efforts were for naught as the Dyip got waylaid by Alaska, 134-103, on Friday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe former Tennessee stalwart didn’t deny that the defeat was a dampener on what he envisioned would be a fruitful journey in this continent.“You always you want to win and play good on your debut,” he said. ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Azkals face China, Korea in Asian Cup View comments
In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial View comments Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film LATEST STORIES The scores:NU 86 — Clemente 23, Galinato 20, Joson 14, S. Ildefonso 13, Aquino 6, D. Ildefonso 4, Mosqueda 2, Tibayan 2, Gaye 1, Yu 1, Diputado 0, Gallego 0, Mangayom 0, Oczon 0, Sinclair 0.GILAS 81 — Paras 20, Tratter 16, Gomez de Liaño 13, Alejandro 11, R. Rivero 9, Ambohot 4, V. Tolentino 4, Tamayo 2, Tuffin 2, Go 0.Quarters: 21-26, 43-47, 66-63, 86-81. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netNational University eliminated Gilas Pilipinas from playoff contention with an 86-81 escape in the 2018 Chooks-to-Go Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup Tuesday night at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.John Lloyd Clemente unleashed 23 points, including the dagger basket that gave the Bulldogs an 85-79 cushion with 12.9 seconds left. Clemente also finished with seven rebounds and three assists.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Clemente also got ample support with rookie John Galinato adding 20 points and three assists, while Enzo Joson tallying 14 points, seven assists, and four boards.Shaun Ildefonso also contributed 13 points and five rebounds to help NU improve to 2-3 in Group A.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“We’re maturing right now,” said NU coach Jamike Jarin.“As I’ve been saying, this group of young men have the talent, the skill level. They’ll be very good in the coming years, but they are very young. We need to fasttrack our maturity and I think we’re maturing every game.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NU survived the late barrage from the cadets, who leaned on Kobe Paras. Paras anchored an 11-0 run that put Gilas in front, 77-72, with 3:52 remaining.But the Bulldogs responded with their own 11-0 surge behind Galinato, Joson, and Ildefonso to regain the lead, 83-77, with under 20 seconds to go.Gilas Pilipinas fell out of playoff contention as it dropped to a 1-5 card.Paras poured in nine of his 20 points in the belated fourth quarter fightback.Abu Tratter also had 16 points and seven rebounds, while Juan Gomez de Liaño had 13.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Manganti, Sarr push Adamson past Letran in Filoil
– probe reveals “managerial indecency” root of wrongful dismissalsBy Kristen MacklingamTwo former employees of the National Frequency Management Unit (NFMU) that were dismissed some 20 years ago recently received their benefits after investigations revealed that the duo was wrongfully dismissed.Consultant at the Social Protection Ministry, Francis CarrylThis was revealed on Thursday by the Ministry of Social Protection’s Labour Department and the Public Telecommunications Ministry that collaborated to probe the age-old dismissal.Consultant at the Social Protection Ministry, and advisor to the subject Minister there, Francis Carryl, told reporters that this matter was handled in the “normal course of business” by the Labour Department at his Ministry and that regardless of the date that complaints are filed, they will be investigated.“Because of the historical nature 20 years ago of this case, there are some things that were involved that one would not want to talk about, very serious issues. What we are concerned with is the injustices which were inflicted on these men they were really corrected. No matter how long it takes, as long as the Ministry of Social Protection is concerned, and once we are involved…we will ensure that any and every injustice is overturned because we operate on the philosophy that every act of injustice has a shelf life”.He stated that he was a co-author of the report on this investigation into the dismissal of two senior managers at the NFMU in 1998, Keith Griffith and Robert Ross, whose services were terminated under “questionable circumstances”.Carryl pointed out that the two Ministries investigated the complaints which required the examination of available historical records which were more than a decade old, and interviewed relevant personnel, some of whom were already retired. After an in-depth investigation, no evidence was unearthed to justify or substantiate the actions taken against these employees.He also added that managerial indecency was at root of the dismissal of those two men.“The Ministry of Social Protection, in pursuit of justice, concluded that a grave wrong had been done to the two men and therefore submitted that the dismissal should not be allowed to stand. The recommended course of action is compensation, and that recommendation has been endorsed by the Attorney General’s Chambers. Thus, the Ministry of Social Protection is delighted to announce that the recommendation has been implemented”.According to the Consultant, the matter was independently probed and last month (August), Griffith and Ross each received a settlement which they were satisfied with and legal documents were inked in this regard.Meanwhile, Permanent Secretary at the Public Telecommunications Ministry, Derrick Cummings, stated that the duo has received what they are entitled to despite the matter occurring 20 to 21 years ago.He noted that one of the two men is presently not enjoying “very good health” and that the Ministry wanted to ensure that this matter was completed in a timely manner so that both former NFMU employees could have the justice they deserved.Additionally, Permanent Secretary of the Department of Public Service, Karen Vansluytman-Corbin, who had been the Acting Chief Labour Officer when the probe commenced some three to four years ago, expressed satisfaction that Griffith and Ross received what is rightfully theirs.
VANCOUVER, B.C. –A newly released Fraser Institute study suggests increases in the minimum wage do very little to reduce poverty, and in some cases can make matters worse.Charles Lammam, the Institutes’ Director of Fiscal Studies, noted 60 per cent of minimum wage earners in this country are teens or young adults.- Advertisement -What is arguably the most crucial piece of the study data, confirms, that only two percent of low income workers are single parents with at least one child.So that would seem to put outside any alignment with the facts, the often quoted perception, of the typical minimum-wage earner being a struggling single parent.Meantime, Lammam also notes minimum wage hikes can do considerable harm.So that begs the question: is there a better way to help these workers?Advertisement
Defender – Chris Smalling (Manchester United) – Click the right arrow to see who else makes our team of the weekend… – The new and improved Mike Smalling is proving a real asset for Louis van Gaal and with another imperious display at the back could prove the Dutchman right for not signing Nicolas Otamendi. He won six headers as Newcastle looked to get the ball forward directly to Aleksandar Mitrovic and his 94.4% passing accuracy goes to show hes improving his distribution. Defender – Chancel Mbemba (Newcastle) – Click the right arrow to see who else makes our team of the weekend… – Already fondly known as The Chancellor, Mbemba came in at right-back for the suspended Daryl Janmaat and immediately came up against Memphis Depay, who had displayed his qualities against Club Brugge in the Champions League. He dealt with the Dutchmans threat well and won some vital aerial battles, even if his passing is a little dodgy. Goalkeeper – Petr Cech (Arsenal) – Click the right arrow to see who else makes our team of the weekend… – After a calamitous start to his Premier League career with Arsenal, the shot-stopper looked backed to his best as he kept Liverpool at bay on Monday night. The Czech star played a huge role in the goalless draw, producing a number of fine saves from the likes of Christian Benteke. 11 11 11 Midfielder – James Morrison (West Brom) – Click the right arrow to see who else makes our team of the weekend… – Resilience is an underestimated attribute in a footballer, when times are tough you need to be able to bounce back quickly. After missing a penalty against Chelsea, the Scotsman could have let his head drop. Instead he displayed real leadership, scoring twice and completing all of his passes as the Baggies nearly came back to share the spoils with the Blues. Defender – Joe Gomez (Liverpool) – Click the right arrow to see who else makes our team of the weekend… – One of the signings of the summer so far, Gomez is excelling at left-back, despite the fact he doesnt really have much of a left foot to speak of. Hes out of position but looks mature and intelligent. Hes a future England international for sure. 11 11 11 Forward – Diego Costa (Chelsea) – Click the right arrow to see who else makes our team of the weekend… – Forget the snarling brutish personality you love to hate. Costa is a brilliant centre forward no doubt about it. Against the West Brom he showed the many facets to his game and his chest down for Cesar Azpilicuetas goal was nothing short of sublime. Defender – Fabricio Coloccini (Newcastle) – Click the right arrow to see who else makes our team of the weekend… – Just like team-mate Mbemba, Coloccini was superb against Manchester United as they held the Red Devils to a 0-0 draw. He marshalled his backline superbly and, alongside Steven Taylor, kept Wayne Rooney quiet for 90 minutes as they allowed him no room to manoeuvre. Midfielder – Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) – Click the right arrow to see who else makes our team of the weekend… – If you thought the Algerians form was just an early season anomaly, think again. Ben Davies and Jan Vertonghen will have been travelling back to Tottenham on Saturday night attempting to untwist their knotted legs after he ran them ragged at the King Power Stadium. His goal was well deserved he looks set to be a star this season. The £350,000 they paid in January 2014 is turning out to be an astute purchase. Forward – Pedro (Chelsea) – Click the right arrow to see who else makes our team of the weekend… – The ex-Barcelona man already looks up to the pace of the Premier League after performing superbly on a wet Sunday in Sandwell. His forward thinking attitude saw him score one and create another on his debut and had the Blues had 11 men throughout he might have added or aided at least one more. Another thrilling Premier League weekend is over.Three days full of goals, red cards, controversy, sensational saves and the odd awful error (we’re looking at you Aaron Cresswell).Chelsea showed improvements but still look leaky at the back, meanwhile Manchester United seem to be the complete opposite.Leicester City are continuing their excellent start to the campaign, while Tottenham are being, well, Tottenham.But who features in our team of the weekend? Click the right arrow above to find out… 11 11 11 11 Midfielder – David Silva (Manchester City) – Click the right arrow to see who else makes our team of the weekend… – The Spaniard is a delight to watch, his scraggy appearance belies his elegance on the ball. He will the architect of many teams downfall this season and his ability to find and create space even when there seems like there is none is astounding. Against Everton he had more touches than any player and 23 more than closest rival Ross Barkley. Forward – Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) – Click the right arrow to see who else makes our team of the weekend… – Four shots, three on target, three goals and three points won for the Cherries. It was an impressive performance from the ex-Coventry City man. He was prolific in the Championship and it looks like he could make the step up. 11
DONEGAL MURVAGH GOLF CLUB NOTESLadies CompetitionsFinal Ladies Winter Links Competition at Donegal Golf Club, Murvagh. 34 Ladies played in the postponed final ladies Links of the season on Monday the 23rd March 2015. Noelle Ward, Donegal Golf Club, Murvagh, playing off 32 was the winner with 36 points. Tracy Spence of Letterkenny Golf Club was the runner up with a score of 32 points. Third was Vivienne Foley, County Sligo Golf Club, Rosses Point with a score of 31 points and Dorothy Woods of Donegal Golf Club was 4th with a score of 30 points. Tracy Spence of Letterkenny Golf Club, for the third time, was Donegal Lady of the Links on a break of tie from Vivienne Foley, Sligo and Margaret Buckley Donegal.Results Ladies Links 23rd March 2015Noelle Ward (32) 36ptsTracy Spence (Lettrekenny) (11) 32pts Vivienne Foley (Co Sligo) (19) 31ptsDorothy Woods (12) 30pts1st Nine Dolores Devaney (B & S ) (11) 17pts (bot)2nd Nine Margaret Buckley (28) 15ptsDonegal Shield The Donegal Shield Golf competition will be played on the 25th April 2015 at Letterkenny Golf Club.Donegal Golf Club, Murvagh will be represented by the Lady Captain Moragh Canney and nine lady golfers. The team of nine golfers will be chosen from each golfer’s two best cards during the March Competitions.Easter Sunday LunchEnjoy Easter Sunday Lunch in the Clubhouse Restaurant. 3 Course Lunch available for €18 per person Or 2 Courses for €15 per personBook in the Restaurant or on 074 9734953Men’s CompetitionsSunday 29th 2015.Sundays Competition was a Singles V Par event sponsored by E & J Oil. On an inclement day, Vice Captain, Gerry Forde handled the elements very well to return a score of Even, he was closely followed by Larry Walsh and Eddie Mc Garrigle, each shooting a round of -1,with Larry taking second place on a bot. The “man from Strabane”, Denis Kelly with a -2 took fourth place. Gross prize was won by Jason Conway with a -4.1. Gerry Forde (19) Even.2. Larry Walsh (12) -1 bot.3. Eddie Mc Garrigle (10) -1.4. Denis Kelly (12) -2.Gross. Jason Conway (4) -4.Next Sunday, Easter Sunday is a Stableford Competition, sponsored by Magee of Donegal.There is a Club Stableford Competition on Easter Monday.Team Competitions.The first of the GUI competitions takes place on Saturday 4th April (Easter Saturday) when Seamus Faulkner’s Ulster Cup team takes on Killymoon in the first leg. It is a home match with a 3.00pm tee off. Best of luck to all and any support would be appreciated.Club Competitions.The entry sheet for the Spring League, sponsored by T G Tunnelling will be on the notice board this week.Open Competitions:There will be an Open Singles Stableford competition on Good Friday the 3rd of April.GOLF NEWS: NOELLE WARD WINS LADIES LINKS AT MURVAGH GOLF CLUB was last modified: March 31st, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Murvagh Golf Club notes
And now for something completely tiresome.According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the Oakland Coliseum’s name is about to be changed for the fifth time in 21 years. RingCentral, a Belmont communications firm, has purchased the naming rights to the maligned stadium for three years at a cost of $3 million. The deal includes an option for a fourth year.“We have a contract that we are finalizing right now,” Coliseum Authority Executive Director Scott McKibben told the Chronicle. “The goal is to …
(Visited 25 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Three completely different biological mechanisms, at different scales of size, studied by different universities: all agree nature’s designs are wonderful, but difficult to imitate.Woodpecker shock absorber: Scientists at Mississippi State have come closer to understanding how a woodpecker hammers its head against trees at 1,000 G “without going stupid,” an article on Science News reports. The keratin proteins in the beak interlock in a wavy path shown in the article. This allows the proteins to slide past each other during compressive stress, absorbing some of the shock. “The structure of woodpeckers’ heads has already inspired designs for shock absorbers,” the article says; now, this mechanism within the beak itself will contribute to efforts to build shock-resistant materials. “We should implement this in car bumpers,” a reader comment says.Blood plastic: The blood clotting cascade in the human body is an example of irreducible complexity Michael Behe pointed to in his 1996 book Darwin’s Black Box. Now, the BBC News describes a “self healing plastic” that “mimics blood clotting.” Developed at the University of Illinois, this new plastic could lead to cell phone screens or tennis racquets that could heal themselves. “Inspired by the human blood clotting system, it contains a network of capillaries that deliver healing chemicals to damaged areas,” the article says. This is much simpler than blood clotting, actually, where multiple ingredients are tightly regulated to rapidly to stop the flow of blood without coagulating the flow in the vessels. Also, the artificial material is slower, and only regrows material to 67% of its original strength. The inventors realize that their product doesn’t measure up to blood’s abilities:However, future materials which are “truly regenerative” will require a much more flexible repair system, the scientists admit.“When damage is unpredictable and uncontrolled, more complex and interconnected vascular networks will be necessary to provide sufficient vascular coverage and redundancy to circumvent channel blockage,” Prof White and his co-authors wrote.Molecular wheels: How hard can it be to turn a wheel at the molecular scale? Very, a press release from the University of Southern Denmark says. Researchers trying to rotate parts of their man-made molecular machines are admiring ATP synthase, the rotary engine that powers cells by producing the “energy currency,” ATP, used by most cellular processes.“This is a classical biological molecular machine that you can use for inspiration when working with artificial molecular machines”, says Sissel Stenbæk Andersen, a postdoc at the Department of Physics and Chemistry, University of Southern Denmark.“We ultimately want to create an artificial machine that can rotate and run a process. It sounds very low-tech and simple, but it is not. It is indeed a huge challenge to keep track of how the machine rotates and how quickly it does so – and if we want to benefit from molecular machines in the future, we must be able to control the rotation and the speed”, says Sissel Stenbæk Andersen.They’re learning, the press release says, but they still have a long way to go.Need we say it? For the sake of newcomers, it bears repeating: “These articles mentioned nothing about evolution.” (The only exception was a completely gratuitous, useless statement at the end of the BBC article: “Here again, elegant examples that have evolved in nature can inspire solutions.” It’s clear, though, that the scientists did not need or use anything in evolutionary theory to do their work. That statement was tacked on at the end of the article, as if the reporter wanted to assure the NCSE that the BBC was not cozying up to the intelligent design movement.)It’s a law of science: the closer scientists look at designs in nature, the less they bring Darwin into the discussion. Biomimetics is the key to turning science’s attention back to design. It’s also the key to making science serve humankind once again, as Francis Bacon and other founders of modern science envisioned. It’s a slow process, though, to cure a Darwine addiction.
Dr Petrus de Kock, General Manager for Research at Brand South Africa, speaking at the Brand South Africa and Gauteng Growth and Development Agency research roundtable on BRICS, on Wednesday 30 September.Johannesburg, Wednesday 30 September 2015 – Since its inception, the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) forum has made great strides in challenging the traditional global political and economic paradigm.Today, Brand South Africa in collaboration with the Gauteng Growth and Development Agency (GGDA) hosted a research roundtable titled “Deepening the relationship between South Africa, Brazil, Russia, India and China”, which reflected on how the BRICS formation challenges the current global political, economic and social paradigm and the implications of this for the BRICS brand. Most notably, the BRICS has reached a high level of institutionalisation through the establishment of the BRICS New Development Bank.Brand South Africa, the GGDA and representatives from various high commissions representing the Russia, China, India and Brazil discussed and interrogated evidence that argues that the increased formalisation of intra- and inter-BRICS interactions, including the establishment of institutions such as the BRICS New Development Bank, has led to the development of the BRICS brand, a collective image of the five member states.General Manager for Research at Brand South Africa, Dr Petrus de Kock, said analysts expressed surprise at some of the successes of the BRICS – particularly in the context of the formation of the BRICS New Development Bank.Dr De Kock said: “Based on research conducted by the BRICS Research Group, and other analysts, the BRICS have achieved a 70% implementation/compliance rate in terms of implementing Summit decisions. As a relatively young multilateral organisation, the high compliance levels by member states are a progressive indicator. This means that levels of co-operation are not only high, but that buy-in into the organisation and its objectives, is of strategic significance for all member states.”The influence of the forum on political and economic developments cannot be understated. BRICS countries have expanded the scope of co-operation and put in place a multi-layered and all-dimensional structure of co-operation covering political, economic, financial, trade, social, cultural and people-to-people exchanges.The five BRICS countries currently represent over 3 billion people, or 42% of the world population. All five members are in the top 25 of the world by population, and four are in the top 10. The five nations have a combined nominal GDP of US$16.039 trillion, equivalent to approximately 20% of the gross world product, and an estimated US$4 trillion in combined foreign reserves. It is estimated that the combined GDP (PPP) of BRICS would reach US$50 trillion mark by 2020.It is principally debated that the accomplishments and growing institutionalisation of the BRICS is enabling the Forum, to develop a brand personality, that consistently advocates for the implementation of the global developmental agenda.And due to the collective influence of collaboration among the members, as the BRICS brand grows and develops (through, among other things, institutionalisation), the nation brands of the five members states stand to benefit not only in terms of trade and economic interactions, but also due to the impact the BRICS brand can have on global governance.Follow the conversation on @Brand_SA #CompetitiveSA