first_imgVariousPuratosBakery ingredients supplier Puratos UK has made three new appointments to its business development teams in a bid to deliver ambitious growth plans in the UK. Jo Greengrass (above) takes on the role of industrial sales manager bakery. Greengrass joins the firm from Maple Leaf Bakery, where she was senior national account manager of Sainsbury’s and, latterly, Marks & Spencer.Celine Vanbleus (below) joins the R&D bakery team. She has worked with Vandemoortele and Campden BRI and will focus on the development of new bakery ingredients and improver systems.Susie Milson (right) is the new out-of-home sales manager and worked with Smithfield Foods before joining Puratos.Louise NixonBAKO North WesternBAKO North Western has appointed Louise Nixon to the role of bids and tenders manager. Nixon has considerable experience in the tendering process gained from working with a large Australian utilities company. Her role at BAKO will encompass the entire process of bids and tenders.James SmithEdmeJames Smith (above right) joined natural ingredients supplier Edme earlier this year as sales director of the firm. Smith has several years of professional experience in related industries and will spearhead a move to broaden the product and market base for the Edme brand. The firm supplies flaked and kibbled malt cereals, bakery concentrated mixes and diatastic and non-diatastic malt flours.Ian NichollsCenFRAEurope’s leading centre of excellence for food robotics and automation, CenFRA, has appointed Ian Nicholls as managing director. Nicholls has been involved in the food and drink sector for almost 40 years. His principle role at CenFRA will be to raise the company’s profile by promoting its project support and management services for the food and drink manufacturing sector. Nicholls is a former chief executive of Allied Bakeries.Gary Lewis, Ruth HowesSilburyOils, fats and tomatoes supplier Silbury has made two new strategic appointments to expand its presence in the oils and fats market. Gary Lewis (right) joins the firm as director, oils and fats. Lewis previously worked with Cargill, Nortech and New Britain Palm Oil. Ruth Howes (right) has been promoted to sales director.last_img read more

FUFA Women’s Cup: Lady Doves, Makerere to contest final

first_img Tags: Echoes High SchoolFUFA Women’s Cup 2019Lady Dovesmakerere universityShe CorporatestopVanessa Karungi Lady Doves midfielder Margaret Agnes Kayima (Right) takes on Sarah Namulindwa (left) of She Corporates in the 2019 FUFA Women’s Cup semi final. (PHOTO/FUFA)FUFA Women’s CupSemi finals-She Corporate 2(3)-2(4) Lady Doves-Echoes High School 0-5 Makerere UniversityKAMPALA – It is now official that Lady Doves and Makerere University will contest the 2019 FUFA Women’s Cup final.This is after Lady Doves took care of rivals She Corporates 4-3 in penalties following a 2-2 draw in normal time at the Nakawa playgrounds.She Corporates raced into an early lead on 15 minutes through Betty Namataka.Two minutes past the half hour mark, Lady Doves equalized thanks to Nuru Kakyanzi’s goal.Moments later, the visitors found themselves in the lead as She Corporates’ defender Christine Nambirige put through her own net, beating goalkeeper Vanessa Karungi.Despite a late surge by the hosts to draw level, Lady Doves held on to go into the break holding a slender one goal advantage.Five minutes to the end of the game, substitute Dorcus Namukisa temporarily halted Lady Doves celebrations as she equalized to send the match into sudden death.In the shootout, Lady Doves goal keeper Daisy Nakaziro saved Cissy Nantongo’s kick while Kenyan import Jackie Ogol fired wide as Lady Doves won 4-3.“It has been a walk in the park for us, said Lady Doves head coach Fred Ndawula, after the game.“We played a less experienced side so we had an easy game though it was a bit rough.“We are now going back to start preparations for the final and our training will kick-off on Thursday. We are a strong team and have good financial backing, our fans should expect us to win the final.In the other semifinal, Makerere University were 5-0 land-slid winners away to Echoes High School.Amina Nababi helped herself to a brace while Rebecca Nakasaato, Samalie Nakamatte and Madina Nakaayi scored the other three goals.The semifinal results confirm Makerere University will take on Lady Doves in the final that will be played on the 8th of June at a yet to be confirmed venue.Just like it was in the Men’s final, both Makerere and Lady Doves will contest in their first ever cup final with the winners claiming their maiden crown.Comments last_img read more

Secret Animal Hideouts

first_imgSmall animals can hide out in secret places, even in your own home.Under the SnowThere’s a world of animals out of sight, living under the snow. Many have seen videos of coyotes hunting rodents in the snow, but there are many more that live in an amazing world called the subnivium—the habitat under the snow. PhysOrg peers into this habitat with artwork of this secret world, “unseen by most humans” and “barely explored” by scientists. Yet most animals on the planet, directly or indirectly depend on the white wilderness.Snow covers some 40 percent of Earth’s land masses year in and year out. And, as scientists are discovering, snow is critical to animals and plants that live in northern latitudes, as well as those in far southern latitudes like Patagonia at the tip of South America. It ensures their—and our—survival.“Without snow, plant and animal life would be completely different,” says biologist Jonathan Pauli of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.Why is this? Ecological webs are interconnected. “Without fungi, wildflowers’ summer bloom in mountain environments wouldn’t happen,” for instance. “Fungi increase their metabolism as winter progresses, releasing nutrients from their by-products as snow melts in spring.” And without plants, much of the food web would break down.Surprisingly, even some desert animals depend on snow. “Gazelles in the Gobi Desert in northern China and southern Mongolia rely on ‘snow mines,’ oases of water from melting snows buried beneath the sand.” And along with the mice under the snow, many other species of bugs, worms, rodents and even birds find refuge in the constant temperature provided by “nature’s igloo.”In Your HomeThe news media had fun announcing a new survey of arthropods (invertebrates with segmented bodies and jointed appendages) that live in human houses. Scientists at North Carolina State found a much greater diversity than expected:Your home is a jungle inhabited by 100 different species (New Scientist)Hundreds of Tiny Bugs Are Probably Hiding in Your Home (Live Science)500 Kinds of Bugs May be Living in Your House (National Geographic)For some homes it could be well over 500 species. They’re found in every room of the house: ants, flies, spiders, silverfish, crickets, beetles and more. Live Science posted a gallery of 15 common indoor dwellers, including gnats and daddy-longlegs. Homeowners had this reaction when the scientists showed them what they found: “The residents were really surprised and often horrified that we found so much, so we had to calm them down by saying it was normal.”Now you know why those cobwebs keep showing up between dustings. Thankfully, most of our uninvited house guests are harmless, and they generally try to remain out of sight. Some are even beneficial, the scientists said:The carpet beetles and book lice do much of the clearing up, scavenging dead insects, moulds and algae, as well as polishing off food crumbs and detritus from our own bodies, including nail clippings, hair and dead skin. Some carpet beetles live on and consume spiders’ webs. [New Scientist]They won’t hurt you, either, the researchers added. Although many of the species that Bertone and his colleagues found were predatory — like spiders, centipedes, wasps and beetles — they can’t bite people. In fact, some may actually help out around the house by consuming harmful species — the arthropod equivalent of pitching in with household chores. [Live Science]So keep moving; nothing to see here.  “Just keep living your life how it is,” Bertone advised. “This has been happening for a long time.”Add this to the fact that most of the cells you carry are not your own, although Nature busted the myth that we carry 10 times more microbes and bugs than our own cells; it’s more like 1:1. That’s a relief. They’re not all germs, of course; we all have tiny mites that live in our eyelashes and hair follicles, but that’s too disturbing to think about, so we won’t tell you about that.We may as well accept the fact that we share our habitats, both indoors and outdoors, with other creatures. Instead of becoming horrified, we can learn to accept this as normal, unavoidable, and actually good—to a point. It’s OK to set out roach traps and wipe up the ant trails, but you don’t have to run around the house spraying everything with Raid. Live and let live. Parents, you can help your kids avoid paranoia by treating bugs matter-of-factly and not screaming at the sight of every spider or bee. Calmly teach them to look at it and learn about its way of life. Instead of stomping on it, show the kid how to take the little friend gently outside where it belongs. Correct the urban myths that come and go, like notions that everyone eats bugs and spiders during their sleep. Obviously, some pests that can cause disease (lice, fleas, bedbugs, houseflies) need to be controlled, but avoid calling arthropods “nasty vermin” and other dark, scary terms. Most are harmless, and all of them were harmless in the original good creation.It can be disconcerting, though, to run into an unexpected arthropod. I remember laying in bed one night reading when [Warning: Do Not Tell This Story to Young Children] a big hairy mygalomorph (a large black spider like a tarantula) strolled into the bedroom. I jumped up, but before I could catch it, it ran under the bed. After several minutes trying to find it with a flashlight, I gave up and got back in bed. As I was reading, I dangled my hand down and then [cue scary music] felt the hairs of this “monster under the bed” brushing my fingers. Jumping up again, I was determined to get it this time, not wanting to risk having it wake me up in the dark or something. Finally, I caught it under a jar, and imprisoned it in a closed terrarium to show it who’s the king of this castle. (And also to observe and learn about it for science, of course.) Speaking of castles, the wise Agur said, “The spider skillfully grasps with its hands, and it is in kings’ palaces” (Proverbs 30:28). Some translations say it’s a lizard you can catch with your hands, but the point is that even lowly creatures can live like royalty. I don’t live like a king, actually. I can’t afford goldfish, so I just keep silverfish.Small black ants in my part of the country are almost impossible to stop in the summer months (fortunately, cockroaches are less common, but we have black widows to watch out for). Ant trails can stretch clear across the house—that would be a long hike for a human! I marvel at how the scouts locate food and call the whole army within minutes. Spray their entrance, and they quickly find another way, even out of light switches and faucets. We also have Mormon crickets that hop faster than you can step on them. One will start chirping in another room, driving you crazy, but when you approach it, it stops, leaving you clueless where the little ventriloquist was hiding. I think we dislike bugs in the house partly because they outsmart us. If you want to see one of those tiny gnats that hover and dart about, Live Science has a magnified photo of one. Think of all the flight hardware packed into that tiny thing.Speaking of crickets, one night working late in the home office I heard a grinding noise a few feet away under some equipment. This time I suspected what it was, and with a flashlight, there was a big ugly potato bug (also called Jerusalem cricket) doing its thing. Not reachable, I sprayed it with spider spray and it quieted down, but I never found the body. Hopefully some other friendly arthropods will work it over, and it will evolve into a dust bunny.Share your story!  What animals live with you, besides pets?  Lizards have run into my house, and once a Cooper’s hawk flew in the front door with a rabbit in its talons! Some people have to worry about moose and bears wandering in. But we all have a story about arthropods, I’m sure. (Visited 40 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

A Handy Guide To Google’s Project Loon

first_imgIs This Just A Publicity Stunt?Unlikely. Driverless cars seemed like a publicity stunt, as did Glass. Google has a way of surprising people with both the scope of their vision and its willingness to push it into reality. From the Project Loon announcement: We believe that it might actually be possible to build a ring of balloons, flying around the globe on the stratospheric winds, that provides Internet access to the earth below. It’s very early days, but we’ve built a system that uses balloons, carried by the wind at altitudes twice as high as commercial planes, to beam Internet access to the ground at speeds similar to today’s 3G networks or faster. As a result, we hope balloons could become an option for connecting rural, remote, and underserved areas, and for helping with communications after natural disasters.That said, Google also states that “this is still highly experimental technology and we have a long way to go.” What Will Project Loon Be Used For?According to Google, for 2 out of every 3 people on Earth, “a fast, affordable Internet connection is still out of reach.” Project Loon is an early, inspiring attempt to deliver reliable connectivity to those areas where it does not exist or is prohibitively expensive – the Southern Hempishere, in particular.The view from a Project Loon balloonGoogle also mentions the ability to deliver communications using its balloons following natural disasters. Disasters such as Hurricane Sandy, which devastated Haiti last year before striking the U.S. East Coast, can cripple a region’s communications infrastructure for an extended period. Loon could potentially serve as a helpful backup grid.Is This Just A Plot To Sell More Ads?Maybe. But does it matter?Of course, nearly all Google’s revenues come from advertisements posted onto connected screens large and small. The more people connected, the more advertisements. Google wins. This is its bold project, after all.  The Tech Considering the uniqueness of the idea, its use of old technology, and the potential impact it will have should Google succeed, you no doubt have questions. Here is a handy Q&A guide to help you understand Project Loon.Balloons? Really?Yes, really. The balloons are made of polyethylene plastic. They are approximately 15 meters in diameter and the entire apparatus is about 12 meters tall. Each balloon is powered via solar panels. The balloons will float along the winds in the stratosphere, approximately 20km above the surface. At such a distance, they cannot be seen with the naked eye. Each balloon is equipped with transceivers to communicate with nearby balloons and with a regional ground station and the specialized antenna Google developed to receive the signal.  While only 30 test balloons were used at launch, Google expects far more floating in the sky should this project prove viable. Google says the balloons will provide mobile data connectivity equivalent to today’s 3G speeds, or possibly greater. How Does It Work?Each balloon is networked to one another with a radio transceiver as in a mesh, designed to ensure signal reliability. A second transceiver keeps the balloon in contact with a network station on the ground and beams an Internet signal to specialized antennas that can be placed on homes, much like a very small satellite TV receiver.There is also a back-up transceiver and a GPS on each balloon, so Google can monitor a balloon’s location. And each balloon will carry weather instruments, too. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts Has This Been Tried in the Real World?Yes. Google ran its first public test last weekend, in New Zealand, sending 30 balloons into the sky and offering 60 lucky volunteers 15 minutes of balloon-based Internet access. Smaller, private tests were conducted in California and possibly elsewhere.The company says that “over time” it intends to set up similar pilots in countries with the same latitude as New Zealand (40th parallel south). It hasn’t provided any timeline for these pilots.How Much Does All This Cost?Launching a Project Loon balloonYou won’t be surprised to learn that Google hasn’t specified what spent on this project, nor how much it intends to spend. Neither has the company offered any cost data for any of the equipment used or any indication of how many of its own employees are Loonies. All this is par for the course for Google.As for (eventual) end users, it seems reasonable to assume that Google plans to deliver Internet connectivity expects its solution to ultimately cost less than satellite-delivered Internet, or be scrapped.Ultimately, the costs may prove worth it. As my ReadWrite colleague Matt Asay noted in April:Google is giving away hugely expensive fiber-based Internet access (in the U.S.), but not because it’s a charity. Google knows that the more people that spend time online, the more likely they will spend money with Google.Will The Balloons Crash?Each balloon is made of rugged polyethylene plastic. They use solar power to help remain aloft. The balloons float in the stratosphere, above rain and commercial aircraft, for example, and far below satellites.Of course they will crash. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Google says each balloon includes a parachute to ensure a more controlled landing – not a crash, per se. The company adds that the balloons are designed to stay aloft for “100+ days.”When a balloon is known to have reached its end of life or needs repair, controllers can arrange an orderly descent. Google has plans for designated Loon balloon collection points. Google has also suggested that the balloons and equipment on board can be re-used and recycled.Google will notify the appropriate authorities, such as air traffic controllers, during both launch and descent. Where Can I Get Updates?Project Loon has its own Google+ page. Wait. Are the Skies Open? Not, especially. There are many rules regarding airspace and who controls it, and also disagreements as to how far (up) such control extends.Floating in the stratosphere means that almost certainly, Google will always be required to seek permission from any government whose airspace the balloons float into. In addition, while this project uses unlicensed spectrum, there’s no guarantee that will always be the case.Luckily for Google, approximately 70,000 weather balloons are launched every year, which may mitigate some, though not all, of the legal and regulatory issues.Can I Get Balloon Powered Internet?If you are reading this, then probably not. This solution is not intended for you. As Google states:There are many terrestrial challenges to Internet connectivity—jungles, archipelagos, mountains. There are also major cost challenges. Right now, for example, in most of the countries in the southern hemisphere, the cost of an Internet connection is more than a month’s income.Given that Google can control the positioning of the balloons, it could – in theory – bring Loon to areas that have suffered connectivity outages following a disaster or conflict, for example.Will This Be Another Failed Last Mile Solution?We’ll see. As Google notes, most people don’t have affordable and reliable 3G-like access. This is obviously a difficult problem to solve.Google has been working on delivering wireless connectivity using “white spaces” – publicly available radio spectrum – since at least 2010. Microsoft has just announced it’s joining a multi-organization effort to bring white spaces connectivity to underserved areas (such as rural communities) in Europe. Typically, such efforts function similar to today’s cellular networks – and most certainly do not use balloons. Many efforts to bring WiMax, a high-speed wireless service for more densely populated areas, were clear failures, despite early hype. Similarly, satellite-delivered Internet, which has succeeded for many, continues to remain relatively expensive and fraught with issues such as line-of-sight, visibility, and cost.Google has said that, at minimum, balloons offer the potential for widespread, affordable Internet access. And that’s clearly a big part of the company’s mission when you consider Project Loon, the company’s other white spaces efforts and its Google FIber business in the U.S. True, it’s also a self-interested mission. But that doesn’t mean it’s not a good thing.Images via Google Project Loon Tags:#Google#Internet#wireless brian s hall Google has been tight-lipped regarding exactly how this will all work. Project Loon technology includes, at minimum, the balloons, transceivers, terrestrial control equipment, on-board battery, solar panels and GPS, network monitoring equipment and terrestrial antennas that connect to Project Loon balloons. (These earthbound antennas resemble – you guessed it – red balloons; one is pictured at left – or above if you’re on a mobile device.)The company has suggested that at this early stage, humans will be needed to monitor the system and individual balloons. This is a problem Google hopes to eventually resolve using “complex algorithms and lots of computing power.” Won’t The Balloons Float Away?Yes! Only not much as you might suspect. Google claims to have “figured out” how to control the balloons by moving them up or down into the desired band of wind in the stratosphere, though it didn’t specify how, exactly.The stratospheric winds and temperatures should presumably not present a hazard problem for the balloons or equipment. Should Google really ramp up this project to the point where it involves hundreds or even thousands of balloons, controlling the entire system will pose some pretty complex challenges. Do not be surprised to one day read a story about a Loon balloon landing on some farm in South America, for example.Is This A Google X Project?Yes, and it certainly seems like Google X is about the coolest place to work for in all of tech. The company states that Project Loon is just its latest “moonshot” effort. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces No one can accuse Google of not thinking big. Project Loon, Google’s audacious “moonshot” vision to bring mobile Internet connectivity to the billions without – via balloons – is one of the company’s biggest ideas ever. It’s madness, but it just might work. last_img read more