‘If you let Gerrard go, I will find you…’ Taken’s Liam Neeson delivers Liverpool warning!

first_imgTaken star Liam Neeson is back with the third and final instalment of the action thriller series… but he’s just as concerned with the potential snatching of Steven Gerrard from Liverpool.As a Liverpool fan, Neeson told talkSPORT’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show that he believes the club should keep Gerrard.“Give him two years,” said Neeson, whose Taken character Bryan Mills is almost as all-action as Gerrard. “He’s a great player.”Listen to the Neeson verdict in the video above.last_img

Kick Off: Football tactics special – Monday, June 26

first_imgMark Saggers is joined by authors Michael Cox and Jonathan Wilson to discuss the development of tactics since the Premier League’s inception 25 years ago.The trio trace the importance of foreign influence within previous title winning teams, combining traditional physicality with modern finesse, and the alarming shortage of British managers working in England’s top-flight today.Listen above or click here to download the Kick Off special from iTunes, along with previous editions.last_img

A Just-So Story Digest

first_imgFor your weekend reading entertainment, here is a collection of recent science stories that rely more on imagination than evidence, in the tradition of Kipling’s Just-So Stories for children.How the Brown Dwarf Sowed Planet Seeds:  Apai et al. in Science found magic crystals, hidden by the six brown dwarfs, that turn into planets over time.  “These results indicate that the onset of planet formation extends to disks around brown dwarfs,” they said, “suggesting that planet formation is a robust process occurring in most young circumstellar disks.”  Now in paperback at JPL.The Ancient Tunnel that Led to Life:  Scientists found a secret passageway into the ribosome where all of life’s proteins are made.  ScienceDaily said, “In developing the project, the team identified a corridor inside the ribosome that the transfer RNA must pass through for the decoding to occur, and it appears to be constructed almost entirely of universal bases, implying that it is evolutionarily ancient.”How the Animals Learned Fairness:  Nowak and Sigmund continued their long-running Game Theory Tales with the next sequel, published in Nature, on the “Evolution of direct reciprocity.”  Their attention-grabbing intro asked, “How can natural selection promote unselfish behaviour?”  It’s all in how you play the game called, “I help you and somebody else helps me,” they say.  The rest is human history: “The evolution of cooperation by indirect reciprocity leads to reputation building, morality judgement and complex social interactions with ever-increasing cognitive demands.”How the Shark Kept Warm During Workouts:  A cold-water shark with tuna-like muscles?  How could this be?  They belong to different evolutionary families.  The Knight of Convergent Evolution to the rescue: Bernal et al. writing in Nature 10/27 found that salmon sharks and tunas both independently discovered the secret to keeping their body temperatures elevated enough in cold water to power their strong muscles.How the Molecule Developed a Sweet Tooth:  Michael Yarus wrote a story about how an ancient RNA molecule learned the secret of the aldol reaction, essential for sugar metabolism.  “Could this be similar to an ancestral catalyst that existed billions of years ago?” he asked in Nature 11/03.  Watch for the next exciting episode.How the First Stars Lit Up the Sky:  We can’t see them, but they must have been there, because there is a faint infrared echo of the first stars in the universe.  Kashlinsky et al. followed the invisible light and the reporters told the world the glad tidings of their success (BBC, Space.com).How the Early Peoples Learned to Share:  “The question of the coexistence and potential interaction between the last Neanderthal and the earliest intrusive populations of anatomically modern humans in Europe has recently emerged as a topic of lively debate in the archaeological and anthropological literature,” said scientists in Nature.  In the darkness of the cave, radiocarbon light revealed a surprising mystery: “The implication is clear that the site shows either a directly interstratified sequence of Neanderthal and anatomically modern human occupations, or at least a very close contact and interaction between these two populations within this particular region of France.”How the Frog Women Decoded the Music:  New species of frogs arose in less than 8,000 years in Australia, which is lightning-fast, said the storyteller in UC Berkeley News.  The frog women learned to distinguish calls in the dark and split into various tribes by “reinforcement,” an evolutionary mechanism that “has been controversial since the time of Charles Darwin” and was considered “too complicated” and “unnecessary,” according to critics.  But ah, the frog women have free will, and free will is unpredictable.  “Because the frogs in the isolated contact area had a distinctively different call, and because they were effectively isolated from surrounding populations by mating preference, Hoskin and colleagues concluded that female choice led to this new species.”  It’s “kinda cool,” said one storyteller.  “It gives us a mechanism for very rapid speciation.”How the Stem Cells Lost Their Pedigree:  “Forgotten by evolution?” asked the Max Planck Society about stem cells.  Assigned to the slavish work of repairing organs, adult stem cells seemed destined for drudgery.  But scientists may have found their long-lost royal blood: “at least some adult stem cells could be the mere remnants of former embryonal differentiation processes, or, in other words, ‘footprints’ of evolution,” reported the short story.How the Play-Dough Gave Birth:  The womb of the earth mother lay deep in the ocean depths, with a placenta of clay.  Billions of years ago, this protective layer brought forth molecules destined for fins, wings, brains and philosophers.  Read this fascinating tale in [email protected], children.  No questions, now; just close your eyes, and sweet dreams.  Good-night, sleep tight, and don’t let the Creationist Monsters bite.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Honouring South Africans who fought in World War I

first_imgIt has been a century since South African and other soldiers lost their lives in World War I. The refurbishment of the Delville Wood South African National Memorial in France means that every South African soldier who fought is now honoured. Previously the contribution of black soldiers was sidelined. South Africa’s participation in World War I is commemorated with the refurbishment of the Delville Wood South African National Memorial to include all the soldiers of all races who lost their lives in the battle and the war. (Image: Yusuf Abramjee, Twitter)Priya PitamberIt is little known that a century ago South African troops from all races fought in one of the bloodiest battles in World War I.The Battle of Delville Wood took place in France, in July 1916. It was a series of engagements in the 1916 Battle of the Somme between the armies of the German Empire and the British Empire and was the first major clash South Africa undertook during the Great War. The commander, Brigadier General Lukin, received the order to “take and hold the wood at all costs” from 14 to 20 July 1916.“For six days and five nights a soldier was killed every minute, with one South African soldier dying every three minutes,” said President Jacob Zuma during the centenary commemoration at the site of the battle. “The brigade was tasked to ‘break through the enemy lines by any means necessary’.”Out of 3 153 men who entered Delville Wood, only 142 walked out alive.Watch this in-depth look at South Africa’s contribution to World War I:A history forgottenBlack soldiers who enlisted formed the South African Native Labour Corps (SANLC), but its contribution has largely been ignored in military records.“The SANLC has hardly received any attention in South African histories,” noted the Department of Military Veterans. “Nor did they receive any medals for their participation in the war.”The original Delville Wood South African National Memorial was inaugurated in 1926 at Deville Wood, built on a 63ha piece of land bought by author and politician Sir Percy Fitzpatrick, and presented to South Africa. “The representation of Africans during the war is very minimal and it distorts the important role they played in various theatres of war,” said the department.The SANLC mainly provided a supportive role to soldiers because they weren’t allowed to carry weapons for two reasons, said Zuma.“First, giving black and white South Africans the same roles in the war was seen to accord blacks the same status as whites, contrary to the then dominant political ideology.“Secondly, General Louis Botha and the ruling white elite feared that training blacks in the handling of firearms would empower them to, in future, use such military expertise to fight white supremacy.”Black soldiers were also buried not in Delville, but in other areas in France.“The injustice that we have to redress is that the Delville Wood Memorial Museum in the past reflected a very biased South African military history,” said Zuma.The refurbished memorial is now reflective of the full story of South Africa’s contribution to the war.The battle of #DelvilleWood became one of the deadliest Somme engagements of WWI. @PresidencyZA @VeteransZA pic.twitter.com/1QGFd2IsVR— France in S. Africa (@FrenchEmbassyZA) July 12, 2016In recognitionA memorial wall now includes the names of every South African who fought during the war.Unveiling the Wall of Remembrance at the 100 Delville Wood Centenary Commemoration of Delville Wood Museum, France. pic.twitter.com/wrPQvb1sWK— PresidencyZA (@PresidencyZA) July 13, 2016There is a Garden of Remembrance for those who perished but whose remains were never found.The Deville Wood Museum will also house a new exhibition. “Care has been taken that the new murals in the museum will depict the involvement of the SANLC in the Great Wars, as well as the sinking of the SS Mendi,” said Zuma.The refurbishment presented a powerful message of reconciliation and provided “some redress that will further consolidate the diversity of our South African nation”.All South Africans should be proud of the achievements of the men in Delville, he said. “Let their ideal be our legacy and their sacrifice our inspiration.”It is a reference to the words on the archway of the memorial:“Their ideal is our legacy“Their sacrifice our inspiration”last_img read more

South African wine triumphs at international awards

first_imgA South African wine has scooped a prestigious international award. Held in the UK, Decanter World Wine Awards named DeMorgenzon Chardonnay Reserve 2015 as one of the best in the world.It received the “platinum: best in show” chardonnay for a wine of more than £15 (about R324).The wine came out on top against 16 000 others, originating from France, the US and Australia, according to the SABC. The Decanter Awards is the largest in the world and known as the most wine prestigious competition.“I am absolutely thrilled,” Stellenbosch’s DeMorgenzon wine estate owner, Wendy Appelbaum, told the SABC.“It’s not only good for the farm, I think it’s good for South Africa. I think that when they realise that South Africa is actually making some of the best wines in the world it will do the entire industry the world of good.”Watch:Winemaker Carl van de Merwe said he used natural and traditional processes to make the award-winning chardonnay.“I think it takes a ton of insight and an ability to dream, and an ability to perceive and understand your natural resources, the people that you work with, the sight and then just a love and a passion for making wine and you put that all together,” he told the SABC.The awardsChile and France dominated the “platinum: best in show” category, taking six and nine titles, respectively.Blind tastings are done of all the wines by 240 of the world’s most esteemed Masters of Wine Master Sommeliers. DeMorgenzon Chardonnay Reserve 2015 profileBottle size: 75clClosure: Natural corkAlcohol level: 12%Grape composition: 51% chardonnay, 49% pinot noirTasting notes: 86/100 heady citrus, marmalade and sweet biscuit aromas, and a palate brimming with candied fruit, crunchy apple, zesty mandarin and a fresh citrusacidity.South Africa.info reporterlast_img read more

Books + Online Video = Vooks: Watchable, Readable, & Very Cool

first_imgTags:#web jolie odell Another one of the Vooks we saw was a cookbook – another product type that meshes very well with the hybrid book/video offering.We see vooks being awesome for many verticals. Celebrity-penned tomes interspersed with video interviews or anecdotes, how-to books with video tutorials, biographies, et cetera. But how does the format work for literary fiction, pop attorney dramas, or romance? Time and experimentation will tell.Still, for nonfiction works, we think that ebook formats that can integrate intelligently with online video are where it’s at, and we applaud Vook’s direction. If they can just get the licenses to splice The Princess Bride film footage with the ebook text, we’ll personally invest our two cents. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Vook is a new company that’s come up with a method for blending text and premium video to create an interesting mobile multimedia experience around popular literature.It combines the (relatively) old skool readability of a Kindle with the engagement of a YouTube series, all wrapped in the delicious flavor of a usable, interactive UI for web users and iFanboys alike.Of course, no experiment involving new media and books would be complete without reference to our dear friend Mr. Gary Vaynerchuk, whose new title, Crush It!, was just published in every imaginable format, including this one. And as skeptical as we were about the marriage of books and video, at least for this author and product, the format really seems to work.last_img read more

India-SA match ticket seekers lathi-charged

first_imgThe Nagpur Police on Tuesday used force on cricket lovers at the old stadium of Vidarbha Cricket Association following a melee to grab tickets for the World Cup match between India and South Africa here on March 12.In a virtual repeat of the action on cricket lovers in Bangalore ahead of the India-England clash last week, the police cane-charged the fans who had queued up to buy tickets in Nagpur. Few people received minor injuries in the ruckus.Police personnel, who were deployed in large numbers at the stadium anticipating a trouble, used force to control the fans following which organisers closed the counters for some time. Order was restored later.Fans protest lack of tickets for India-Netherlands matchThings were no better in the national capital as it prepared for the match between India and the Netherlands on Wednesday. Fans gathered outside the Ferozeshah Kotla stadium protesting lack of tickets for the match.As it is the only match involving India being played in Delhi, there was a mad scramble for tickets and fans were protesting that enough tickets were not made available in the general category.last_img read more