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Liberia Ends Gabon 2017 Journey in Tunis

first_imgThe formbooks said Liberia’s Lone Star missed their chance when they allowed Togo to force them to a 2-2 draw; and if they had won that game, it could have earned them 12 points clear. If that had happened, their 4-1 loss to Tunisia yesterday could not have affected their 12 points, and they would have been second in Group A.And because they failed to beat Togo, they went to Tunisia on a 10 points tie with Tunisia; and so with their last game in favor of Tunisia, the North Africans now topped Group A with 13 points. Togo comes next with 11 points, one point over Liberia, who still remains at 10 points. Lone Star’s disastrous performance was foreshadowed by their friendly against the U-20 national team of Morocco that defeated the national team 4-2.Meanwhile, there were 14 games held throughout Africa yesterday, with yet five more games to go. Ethiopia fell behind against Seychelles in Hawassa before goals from Getaneh Kebede and Saladin Said either side of half-time brought a 2-1 win and hope of qualification as one of the best two runners-up.It was the sixth goal of the qualifying campaign for Kebede in Group J and moved him to the top of the scorers’ charts. Fouad Al Triki scored a late goal as Libya shocked Cape Verde 1-0 in a Group F match interrupted when a dog wandered onto the pitch in Praia.Defeat eliminated Cape Verde, who were briefly ranked No.1 in Africa this year and had been seeking a third consecutive Cup of Nations appearance.A brilliant goal from Manchester City teenager Kelechi Iheanacho on 78 minutes earned already-eliminated Nigeria a 1-0 Group G win over Tanzania in Uyo.The Super Eagles took a short corner and the striker moved across the edge of the penalty area before unleashing a left-foot thunderbolt into the roof of the net.Group H winners Ghana lacked numerous first choices, including Andre Ayew and Asamoah Gyan, and were held 1-1 in Accra by Rwanda.Samuel Tetteh put the Black Stars ahead midway through the opening half with a low shot and Muhadjir Hakizimana leveled off a free-kick seven minutes from time.Mozambique jumped from fourth to second in the same mini-league after a last-gasp goal earned a 1-0 win over Mauritius in Maputo. Cameroon cruised to a 2-0 victory over bottom-of-the-table Group M team Gambia in Limbe. Benjamin Moukandjo converted a first-half penalty for a foul on Karl Toko Ekambi, who scored the second goal soon after half-time.A dismal run by Angola in Group B extended to five matches without a win when they were held 1-1 by Madagascar in Luanda.Bapasy put the visitors ahead during the opening half with a glancing header off a corner and Gelson leveled nine minutes into the second half.Senegal finished with a perfect Group K record thanks to a predictable 2-0 win over Namibia in Dakar through goals from Balde Keita and Famara Diedhiou. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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How Your Brain Conducts Itself at Attention

first_imgThe conductor taps the stand.  All the musicians, who had been warming up or conversing with neighbors, suddenly hush and rivet their attention on the conductor.  The downbeat comes, and a marvel of coordination comes to life, each skilled player contributing to a unified yet diverse exhibition of harmonious sound.    Something like that occurs in your brain every time you are jolted from distraction to attention by a stimulus.  “Paying attention sets off symphony of cell synchronization,” writes EurekAlert based on work from Northwestern University.  A research team monitored EEG brain scans from subjects.  Here’s how Ken Paller, a co-author of the study, described what happened when the subjects were asked to focus their attention on objects displayed on a computer screen.  “When you need to dig deep to summon that extra ounce of attention,” he said, “it’s as if you engage a symphony of brain activity that can come to your rescue as millions of neurons together make the music that represents a vivid conscious experience.”  That was the grand finale of this short but lively scientific performance.Symphony: that’s intelligent design language.  Some ID thinkers have compared creation to a living symphony instead of a mechanical clock.  We hope you were paying attention.  If you were, you just got a free concert without the need for headphones.  You may now applaud the Composer (12/11/2006).(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Sibanye – Stillwater commits to improving safety at work as it rolls out its safety strategy

first_imgSouth Africa’s economic activity is mainly centred on mining, therefore, it is important that crucial safety strategies are implemented. The safety of employees is very imperative particularly in the mining sector as success lies in the employees’ capability to work effectively in a conducive environment. It is every employee’s right to work in a safe and healthy environment, no employees should have to suffer because of preventable dangers in the work environment.In 2014 the mining sector contributed R18 billion to the South African fiscus, a total of 495,568 people were employed. With numbers like these, it has become necessary for all stakeholders to work together, to support and enable the achievement of zero harm in the workplace.Sibanye-Stillwater is the largest individual producer of precious metals in South Africa and is one of 10 largest gold producers globally. It has recently experienced a significant increase in incidents, with 20 employees having lost their lives in nine separate incidents since February 2018.In a recent statement CEO of Sibanye-Stillwater, Mr Neal Froneman said; “One life lost is one too many. We are appalled by the loss of our employees’ lives at our mines over the past few months. It pains all of us when employees are injured or lose their lives in safety incidents. While we cannot rectify the harm that has occurred, we will continue to support the families as best we can in their grief”.In the process of improving safety at all their operations, Sibanye – Stillwater rolled out a safety strategy in 2017. “The safety of employees is our primary concern and, if it is not safe to operate, we expect conditions to be fixed before work can resume at a working place. There is substantial evidence that well-organised workplaces are both safe and productive, and that is our aim”, adds Froneman.Sibanye – Stillwater has committed to;Launch a safety summit with stakeholders to work towards a common goal of reducing work-related fatal accidents and injuriesContinue to provide necessary support, including counselling, financial backing, housing, education support and other benefits to the grieving families of the deceased employeesSupport and promote adherence to Section 23 of the Mine Health and Safety ActEstablished safety programmes which inform employees, supervisors and managers about the right to withdraw from an unsafe workplace and how to apply Section 23 responsiblyInstituted a programme to promote the behaviour change required so that the right to withdraw becomes an integral part of our workplace cultureAfford employees a formal grievance procedure and an anonymous tip-offs system that any employee can use if they are given an unlawful instruction or are victimised.The launch of Digiine a collaborative partnership between Sibanye – Stillwater and the University of the Witwatersrand is expected to complement and improve safety and operating effectiveness.last_img read more

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Can Algorithms Make You Laugh? Laffster Is Counting On It

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Geoffrey Plitt – Standup Demo from Geoffrey Plitt on Vimeo.Altmann and Plitt started hosting think-tank like meetings bringing together creative executives and researchers, dissecting what makes us laugh. “Not looking at what is funny but (asking) what about this is funny,” Altmann told me. It was at one of these talks that they met the lauded cartoonist Mankoff and agreed to work together. Everyone says when you have to explain a joke it’s not funny anymore. But maybe this exception to the rule finally shows us how wrong we might have been… and why no one laughs at our jokes. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts “We know what you think is funny.”That’s what the folks over at Venice, Calif., startup Laffster are claiming. Last week the MuckerLab-accelerated company closed a $750,000 seed round and launched its first product, an online political comedy-discovery app called Mock the Vote. The app features articles and videos on political news, dividing content by red, blue or undecided leanings. Think The Daily Show and The Colbert Report segments, curated to your politics.There may actually be a business opportunity here. Besides CollegeHumor and FunnyOrDie, it’s a relatively small field for such a huge social interest. A recent study by the Pew Research Center found that in 2009, 50% of adults watched online comedy videos, up from just 31% in 2007.Learning What Makes You LaughLaffster is confident its special sauce can make those numbers continue to go up. They really do believe they know what you think is funny. The service uses special IP technology that it says learns over time what makes you laugh. This politically satirical app is the first of what will likely be other themed applications the company plans to publish in the near future.“We want to marry someone to content and what would make them laugh based on their social media profiles,” explained chief executive Dan Altmann. “When it comes to (online) comedy, there’s no personalization.”So how do these yahoos come up with laughable content? Believe it or not, it’s all science. And math. Huh? What? That’s not funny. Well…it could be. Laffster, Altmann says, taps into peoples’ comedic sensibilities by the service’s highly detailed software, and by incorporating peoples’ online footprints to help understand what they like, much the same way Facebook uses your likes and friends to make suggestions. In the end, it’s all psychology.Can Algorithms Be Funny?The team behind Laffster created an algorithm that tracks keywords for what makes you laugh. The company hired an academic comedy researcher (A humorologist. Seriously.) at the University of Colorado, a neuroscientist at Dartmouth University, and Bob Mankoff, a long-time cartoonist at the New Yorker. The company’s co-founders have something of a comedy pedigree, too. Chief technology officer Geoff Plitt, is a standup comedian and a former Google engineer (that’s right a code-crunching comic). And chief executive Dan Altmann is formerly of Barry Diller’s InterActive Corp., which owns CollegeHumor. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Funny MoneyThe company’s monetization plan is geared towards in-app advertising, licensing content and sponsorships. Right now Laffster is working with the the comedy club the Laugh Factory, engaging users with political videos coming out of their clubs; it is also feeding and creating custom content with Maker Studios’ POLIPOP YouTube channel. “One third of all Americans 40 years old and younger see satirical sources like Jon Stewart, Bill Maher and Stephen Colbert as being replacements of traditional news sources,” said Altmann, referring to recent analyst reports. “This is how we source our news, believe it or not, through satirical sources. We wanted to lock into something immediately and see what’s going on in the world but in a way that Stewart or Colbert would do and laugh at it.” Tags:#apps#startups Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting adam popesculast_img read more

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A Strategy to Help Military Caregivers Use Resources/Supports

first_imgWritten By: Mary Brintnall-Peterson, Ph.D., MBP Consulting, LLC, Professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin – ExtensionAs a professional, you spend time searching for resources, supports and services to assist military caregivers with hopes what you discover will be helpful to them. You are ecstatic when a caregiver uses a suggested resource and comment on how helpful it was to them. So why is it that some caregivers use suggested resources while other don’t?Hidden Heroes, American’s Military Caregivers, a study funded by the Rand Corporation explores military caregivers use of resources/supports. They found that only 15-30% percent of post 9/11 caregivers used recommended services in the past year. Religious supports were used most often while stipend type programs were used least (Ramchand, et al., 2014). Why were these resources used and not others?The easy answer is, caregivers only use resources/supports they value because they understand how it will address their particular concern or issue. A strategy I use to help the caregiver understand the benefits of possible resources/supports involves several steps. It ends with the caregiver developing a goal detailing how they will use a particular resource/support. The steps include:Step #1: Listening carefully to what the caregiver is sharing and together identify his/her major caregiver concern. This involves a “give and take” process of listening, sharing back what you heard, and having the caregiver agree or disagree with what you are telling them you heard. Probing can help get to the core issue and concern. This step is time consuming but essential if you are going to get to the military caregiver’s core issue or concern. Before moving to step 2 the caregiver must have a clear picture of what the concern or issue is.Step #2: Identifying and sharing possible resource and support options. Explain each resource in detail pointing out how they could benefit the caregiver. Have the military caregiver identify the pros and cons of each resource/support from their perspective.Step #3: Asking the caregiver to select one resource/support option they are willing to try. By the caregiver selecting the resource/support they acknowledge how it can address their concern and benefit them.Step #4: Assisting the caregiver in creating a goal. The following questions can be helpful in developing the goal which should be written out.What resource/support will be used?When will it be used?How often will it be used?For how long will it be used or done?Where will the caregiver go to get the resource/support?Goal example: I will call the doctor to make an appointment for a physical exam on Friday before noon. Another example: I will mediate for 10 minutes on the deck after lunch on Monday and Friday. It is essential that the goal is achievable so the caregiver is successful so they will try other resources/supports. One of the benefits of exploring lots of resource/support options is that if the first one selected didn’t work out, there are others to try. Sometimes it may take the caregiver several tries before finding a resource/support that works for them.Step #5: Last step– Determining how you will support the caregiver so they are successful in reaching their goal. This could include calling or sending an email asking about the progress on their goal, making a contact for them so its easier to access a resource, making a referral, etc. Make sure the caregiver leaves with the goal in writing including details on how you will support them. Encourage the caregiver to post the goal in a place they will see it often. By writing the goal and having it visible the caregiver has a higher chance of success.This strategy is designed to enable the caregiver to see the positive benefits or value of using a specific resource/support to assist them with their caregiver role and responsibilities. With the caregiver identifying their concern or issue, exploring possible resource/support options, selecting a resource/support and developing a specific goal the caregiver will be more successful in addressing their concern or issue.ResourceRamchand, R., Tanielian, T., Fisher, M., Vughan, C., Trail, T., Epley, C. V., Robinson, E. G.-D. (2014). Hidden Heroes, Americans Military Caregivers. Santa Monica: Rand Corporation.last_img read more