QPR v Northampton: Changes for Rangers and youngster is among subs

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesMatt Smith and Idrissa Sylla start for QPR at Loftus Road, where Steven Caulker plays a first-team match for the first time since last October.Keeper Matt Ingram and midfielders Ariel Borysiuk and Ryan Manning are among those also brought into the side for the League Cup first round tie.Rangers’ substitutes include Belgian youngster Ilias Chair, a midfielder the club signed earlier this year.QPR: Ingram, Furlong, Onuoha, Caulker, Robinson, Freeman, Manning, Borysiuk, Ngbakoto, Sylla, Smith.Subs: Lumley, Baptiste, Petrasso, Luongo, Chair, Wszolek, Washington. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Small Wonder: Tubulin Visualized Up Close

first_imgScience Daily printed a neat story about microtubules, complete with a 3D visualization of how the protein components are arranged.  They are not just ropes or chains, but complex cylinders of precise parts.  Scientists are starting to get an idea of why they continually grow and shrink within the cell.  The process allows them to “explore their cellular environment to find their goals,” and is coordinated by numerous genes and protein parts.  Microtubules form the cell’s superhighway (see 04/13/2005 and 12/04/2003 entries), and are also critical in cell division for winching chromosomes into the daughter cells (see 04/30/2005 entry).We like to keep pointing out research projects with no need for mentioning evolution, that fit within a design approach.  The cell provides plenty of examples.  Here are two more: waterwheels (12/22/2003), quality control (12/20/2003), and many, many others in the chain links on Cell Biology and Amazing Stories.  Every person, from philosopher to man on the street, should ponder such things.(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Bill to instil scholar responsibility

first_img19 February 2008South African scholars will be taught a new Bill of Responsibilities as part of their life orientation lessons, which together with a schools’ pledge is intended to instil a culture of respect and responsibility in the country’s youngsters.Unveiling the Bill on Monday, Education Minister Naledi Pandor said it listed 12 responsibilities that result from the rights afforded to South Africans by the country’s Constitution.The responsibilities that are in the Bill are to ensure the right to equality, human dignity, life, family or parental care, education, work, freedom and security of the person, own property, freedom of religion, belief and opinion, live in a safe environment, citizenship and freedom of expression.Although the Bill is already being distributed to schools, Pandor said that members of the public had until March to comment on it. “We need to get all sectors of society involved in this process to ensure that everybody understands it well,” she said.Earlier this month, Pandor unveiled the draft National Schools Pledge, which aims to instil a sense of morality in young South Africans.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Economy faces challenges: IMF

first_img“In particular, global food and fuel price shocks have boosted inflation and the external current account deficit, while economic growth has slowed in the context of still-high levels of unemployment and inequality,” the IMF said. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has welcomed the significant economic progress made by South Africa in recent years, reflected in the country’s relatively high economic growth and rising employment. “These achievements have been based on sound macroeconomic policies and a transparent policy framework,” the IMF said in its latest annual country report, released on Wednesday. “South Africa’s economic fundamentals remain strong, the external debt is low, and the financial system is resilient.” Recent developments, however, had heightened South Africa’s economic vulnerabilities and made the country’s medium-term growth targets more challenging. The IMF also “stressed the importance of structural reforms to boost productivity and employment growth”, while encouraging the government “to persevere with steps to open the economy to greater international competition, strengthen product and labour market competition, and improve education outcomes.” “On the domestic side, an elevated household debt and debt service burden poses further risks to growth.” SAinfo reporter The IMF welcomed the South African government’s prudent fiscal policies, “and their intention to maintain a broadly neutral fiscal stance in 2008 while strengthening the social safety net in response to the increase in food prices.” The IMF’s executive directors warned in the report that the deteriorating economic outlook had increased the risk to South Africa’s economy posed by a slowdown in capital inflows. While acknowledging South Africa’s pressing infrastructure and social spending needs, the IMF urged the government to explore ways of meeting these needs without weakening fiscal policy – “for example, by relying more widely on public-private partnerships established within an appropriate transparent regulatory regime.” Protecting the economy from a rising current account deficit would require “redoubled efforts to raise South Africa’s national saving rate, improve infrastructure, and implement further structural reforms.” 23 October 2008 While South Africa’s financial system was “sound, well capitalized, and well regulated,” the IMF urged the country’s financial authorities to continue engaging with banks to ensure that their capital and liquidity buffers were adequate. The report, completed on 8 September, was compiled by the IMF’s executive board following a staff team visit to South Africa. The IMF backed the SA Reserve Bank’s policy of inflation targeting, supported the Bank’s monetary tightening in response to food and fuel price hikes, and said the Bank should be ready to “raise interest rates further if supply shocks resume or domestic demand pressures do not dampen as expected”. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Liverpool, Chiefs Legends to clash

first_img4 October 2013 Chiefs will be able to call upon Bafana Bafana greats Doctor Khumalo, Lucas Radebe, and John “Shoes” Moshoeu, who made 50, 70, and 73 appearances for the national team respectively. They rate among the best players produced by South Africa. Striker Robbie Fowler, who scored 183 goals in his time with Liverpool and was recently signed up with Steve McManaman to help the club’s under-18 and under-21 squads, will also be in action. ‘Great respect’Assessing the challenge that lies ahead for the Reds, Barnes added: “We have a great respect for the Kaizer Chiefs club, who are South Africa’s most successful ever team and themselves are known around the world. They too have had many great players down the years and we look forward to locking horns with them.” “We also welcome the opportunity to play a club of Liverpool’s stature, as this will be a meeting of two great sides who enjoy vast support in South Africa. Durban-born former Durban City goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar, who played 440 games for Liverpool has been named in the visitors’ line-up. SAinfo reporter ‘A wonderful opportunity’“We have had some great players in our history and for those that never saw them play in their prime, this will be a wonderful opportunity to show the younger fans the skills that made these players such legends,” Khumalo told Sapa. “It will be an honour for us to play in front of these passionate fans and show some of the skills that have not only won us many trophies, but millions of friends around the world too.” “We have always enjoyed fantastic support in South Africa, where Liverpool is as loved as anywhere else in the world,” John Barnes, a Liverpool legend, who is nowadays a regular figure on South African television as a football pundit, told the South African Press Association (Sapa). The Liverpool Legends football team is set to tour South Africa, with a clash against the Kaizer Chiefs Legends at Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium on 16 November to highlight their visit, it was announced on Thursday. “We are sure it will be a great occasion not just for the fans, but the players too.” Phil NealThe Liverpool squad will be packed with players that were crowned European champions, including defender Phil Neal, who won 50 caps for England and lifted numerous trophies with the Reds, including four European Cups, one Uefa Cup, one Uefa Super Cup, eight First Division titles, four League Cups, and five FA Charity Shields. last_img read more