Only recently, the first qualifier for the next stage of the competition emerged from Oshimili South Local Government as officials forwarded Osa Dennis Secondary School as the winner from the LG.Four more schools have also joined Osa Dennis Secondary School to confirm places in the zonal event billed for next year January.From Ughelli South, Ovwian Secondary School has emerged champions while Okpe Local Government Area has forwarded Oyenke Secondary School as its representative.The organisers also confirmed that Essi College will represent Warri South as Uvwie LGA also has Ogbomro as its winner.Head of the organising team, Tony Pemu, told newsmen tuesday that many of the schools in various LGAs were still engaged in keen contest to produce a winner.â€œSapele has over 30 schools participating while in Ndokwa, 42 teams are competing. We expect winners to emerge in the first week of next month and the zonal event will take place in January,â€ Pemu stressed.The Group Managing Director of Zenith Bank, Peter Amangbo, has assured all the participating schools that the incentives for this edition will be better that the maiden event.â€œWe are committed to this competition to develop young talents and it will get better every year. The youths are always eager to showcase their talents and that is why we are happy with this opportunity given to them in Delta State,â€ Amangbo said recent.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram More teams have qualified for the zonal stage of the Zenith/Delta Principalâ€™s Cup Football Competition organised for all secondary schools in the state.The Season 2 of the Zenith Bank sponsored competition has engaged many of the young ones in the state in the past five weeks.
Living life in misery sees a sinking manDrowns to the depth of his deathWeeping and sobbingHe breathes the breath of hardshipBravely begging for survival theAid of the enemies of justiceAnd singing the song of his future freedomWith tears at his tender cheeksLiving life in misery plots the death of the innocentAnd seals the city of joy with sorrow salientTo the perpetrators of evilBreaking the cage of captivity in miseryIs his dream only to be achievedBy his generous generations to comeShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
We are here today because a man died, but we are also here because of the many who have been murdered, raped, hurt in so many ways.We are here today to confirm that we, the vast majority in the country, do not do crime.We are decent citizens and we are using this opportunity to tell our government that we want stronger, consistent action against the scourge of crime.The message we are sending today is a powerful one. But it is not the only one. This Million Men March is part of a wider moral regeneration programme which has already kicked off. It will give greater impetus to these on-going actions by drawing attention to them.Our action today says very loudly that we will not stand by idly when matters go wrong. It says that we, each one of us in our individual capacity and through our various organisations, can and will make a difference.At the International Marketing Council of South Africa we are embarking on a journey this week which essentially says what all of you here are saying by your presence: we can make a difference and we will make a difference.The IMC, which is the custodian of Brand South Africa, will kick off an inter-active campaign later this week. It will ask South Africans what kind of a country they want to live in, it will feed that information back into society and the campaign will inspire South Africans to take action to make this vision – your vision – a reality.It is telling South Africans – and this is what all of you here today are also doing – that every single positive act, however insignificant it may seem – can and does make a difference.The IMC’s call is for all to participate in its Active Citizen Campaign.This campaign feeds into the broader Movement for Good which appropriately has the slogan “It Starts with you’. It is an umbrella organisation of a network of country-wide organisations that have come together to mobilise South Africans.The vision of the movement is to inspire and support all South Africans to build the country we want to have by doing the right thing – active citizens don’t do crime, don’t bribe, pay their taxes, don’t litter, treat fellow-human beings with respect, are disciplined in all they do.Every small act is a bit of positive energy which helps towards getting where we want to be – creating an unstoppable momentum, to get to a tipping point of critical mass that ensures that the groundswell grows into a force to be reckoned with.“Noka e tlatswa ke dinokana’ – ‘A river swells from little streams,” Remember – it starts with you.Being here is a good beginning. Now go out and join the Movement for Good.Ends
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. Many people predict that the open science movement could be every bit as far-reaching to the future of humanity as the scientific method, first articulated by Roger Bacon in the 13th century.That raises a question: What is open science?Open science can be interpreted in several ways, but it essentially can be described as an effort to make scientific research more open, more public. Open-science proponents argue that the Internet has made this possible. As a matter of fact, many of them contend that the old, traditional approaches to scientific inquiry and discovery are antiquated and even hinder the advance of science.Likewise, many supporters of open science contend that the lowered transaction costs that have accompanied Web 2.0 have rendered scientific research far less expensive. The huge corporate and government-funded laboratories that were once required to secure major breakthroughs, such as vacuum tubes and the atom bomb, are no longer as essential in many cases.Opening up research, making it as available for input from as many players as possible would not only speed up scientific inquiry and discovery, but would also render it far more efficient.The idea essentially began with famed Cambridge University mathematician Timothy Gowers. Gowers (pictured right) got the idea to solve a handful of highly complex mathematical problems by posting them to his Weblog and inviting people to offer suggestions for solving them. He dubbed it the Polymath Project and initially had no idea how far-reaching this effort would turn out to be. In fact, it ended up producing a series of new ideas and insights as well as several collaborative papers published under the pseudonym DHJ Polymath.In one respect, the Polymath Project is not new. It’s already been foreshadowed in other areas of science, including The Human Genome Project, the pioneering effort to map and share DNA.It also parallels much of what already is unfolding within the computer software industry.Science, it seems, is proving no more immune to the effects of Web 2.0 than any other facet of modern life.The economic downtown has contributed too. Open science may prove a cost-effective alternative as governments around the world slash conventional research funding, proponents contend.It may be instructive to look at the Innocentive website to see how one organization is using the concept of challenge prizes and crowdsourcing to allow companies to solve their most difficult problems. Innocentive has had more than 31,000 solutions submitted, of which, more than 1,200 were accepted and awarded prize money, ranging from $1,500 to $1 million, from the sponsoring agency. They tout a success rate of 57% for solving the submitted problems (source). By bringing different perspectives and experiences to a challenge, solvers are able to come up with innovative solutions that are often not apparent to the teams of experts already working on a problem.To be sure, open science has garnered its share of critics. Many of them argue that genuine scientific achievement is not possible without traditional research methods, which often require immense investments of time and manpower. Likewise, hundreds of years of experience have underscored the importance of sharing and refining these research findings among scientific peers, typically within accredited scientific journals.For their part, many open-science advocates concede that there will still be a place for more rigorous research methods. On the other hand, they stress that some of the greatest scientific and technological strides in human history have been made by unconventional individuals, often employing unconventional methods. Examples of some of history’s most notable and unconventional scientific and technological innovators include Robert Hooke, Charles Darwin and Benjamin Franklin.Author: Jim Langcuster
Wolves captain Coady takes blame for Southampton equaliserby Freddie Taylor3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves captain Conor Coady held up his hands and admitted his mistake against Southampton.The defender was not happy with his performance as Wolves had to settle for a 1-1 draw at Molineux against the Saints.He missed a clearance that allowed Danny Ings to step in and score the first goal in the game.Speaking after the game with reporters, captain Coady said: “It was a tough game, but I felt we let them off the hook a bit with individual errors – mistakes at the back that cost us a little bit.”I’ve got to deal with it better, it is as simple as that. We need to know when to not try and play out from the back.”I need to improve, it is as simple as that. From my point of view, it is just something where I lost concentration of the ball.”I was trying to look at what was ahead of me to start a counter-attack because I felt it was quite an easy ball to control.”These things happen and we need to move on with two big games ahead.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
joel klatt cardale jones fox sportsSaturday, Ohio State, for the first time this season, will be starting sophomore J.T. Barrett over junior Cardale Jones at quarterback. Most college football analysts are applauding the move, given Jones’ struggles this year. Fox Sports’ Joel Klatt agrees, and even went one step further when he joined Dan Patrick Friday morning.Klatt, using a Thanksgiving analogy, implied that Jones was given too much credit for last year’s national title. He believes that Barrett did most of the work in leading Ohio State to the promised land.Klatt’s right, but he is discounting the fact that Jones, who had never started a college football game, beat Wisconsin, Alabama and Oregon in his first three games. Regardless, Barrett is set to lead the offense, and it has Ohio State fans excited.
week 7 college basketball coaches poll Twitter/@MSU_FootballMichigan State continues to roll. The 12-0 Spartans are one of just three power conference programs that remain undefeated so far this season, and should enter Big Ten play with an unblemished record. Things won’t be easy for Michigan State going forward, however, with the injury to do-it-all star guard Denzel Valentine, who will be out for 2-3 weeks. For now, Michigan State remains on top of the college basketball world. Here are the week seven Top 25 polls. AP Poll:1. Michigan State 2. Kansas 3. Oklahoma 4. Maryland 5. Virginia 6. Xavier 7. North Carolina 8. Arizona 9. Butler 10. Providence 11. Iowa State 12. Kentucky 13. Miami (FL) 14. Purdue 15. Duke 16. Louisville 17. Villanova 18. SMU 19. West Virginia 20. George Washington 21. Texas A&M 22. Cincinnati 23. Baylor 24. Utah 25. South Carolina USA Today Coaches Poll: 1. Michigan State 2. Oklahoma 3. Kansas 4. Maryland 5. Virginia 6. Xavier 7. North Carolina 8. Arizona 9. Iowa State 10. Duke 11. Kentucky 12. Butler 13. Purdue 14. Providence 15. Louisville 16. Miami (FL) 17. Villanova18. West Virginia 19. Texas A&M20. George Washington 21. Cincinnati22. Baylor 23. South Carolina 24. Gonzaga 25. Vanderbilt
(Left to right: Perry Bellegarde, Leon Jourdain, Ghislain Picard. APTN/File) Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsAssembly of First Nations candidates Perry Bellegarde, Ghislain Picard and Leon Jourdain released their campaign expenses and donor lists Wednesday.AFN candidate Perry Bellegarde was the last AFN candidate to release the information, posting the details on his campaign website a little more than hour before the chief electoral officer was scheduled to deliver the results from the first ballot of voting.Bellegarde’s campaign said it spent $34,771 on the campaign, which was the most of the three candidates vying for the job of national chief of the AFN. The campaign said it raised about $22,880, with $6,750 coming from in-kind donations from 25 donors. About 63 per cent of campaign funds was spent on travel and accommodations, 15 per cent on promotions, 13 per cent on advertising and eight per cent on administration and office expenses.Saskatchewan Building Trades and Winnipeg-based Dreamcatcher Promotions each donated $3,000 to Bellegarde’s campaign. The campaign also received $2,500 from Aboriginal Insurance and Piapot First Nation in Saskatchewan.APTN asked Bellegarde Tuesday evening if he would release his campaign expenses and donor list, but he didn’t answer the question. His campaign responded Wednesday morning saying they would be posted online.Picard’s campaign released their campaign financial information early Wednesday morning. The released financial information shows that Picard spent $18,932 on his campaign and that he received $9,677 in donations. An official said Picard also paid for the campaign from his own finances.Picard’s campaign expenses show that he spent $8,182 on promotional materials and advertising. The expenses also show he spent $10,000 on travel and hotel expensesPicard’s donor list shows he received the majority of his funding from Quebec Indigenous communities. He received $2,500 each from Wendake and Malecites de Viger. He also received $1,000 (TOTAL OR EACH?) from Kahnawake, Listuguj and Gaspeg.Picard was asked Tuesday evening whether he would release the campaign finance information submitted to the AFN’s chief electoral officer. He said he wanted to first consult with his team. Then, late Tuesday night, an official in the Picard camp told APTN National News that the long-time Quebec regional chief would be releasing the information.AFN candidate Leon Jourdain’s team also released their campaign expenses and donor lists. Jourdain’s campaign team says it spent $11,744 from two donations. Treaty 3 Grand Council donated $2716.35 to Jourdain’s campaign and Toronto neurosurgeon Michael Dan donated $9,028.In an interview with APTN National News Tuesday evening, Jourdain said he would release the information. He said he never took any corporate donations.All candidates are required to submit their expenses and donor lists to the chief electoral officer before they appear at the AFN assembly all-candidates forum, which was held Tuesday. Each of the candidates faces a $35,000 campaign spending limit.Candidates are not required to publicly release the information.APTN has been told by legal counsel working with the AFN electoral team that it is up to the candidates to release their campaign financial information, not the chief electoral officer.The vote began Wednesday at 9 a.m. Only chiefs or their proxies can vote for national chief of the [email protected]@JorgeBarrera
CALGARY – A long-running dispute over a well completion technology that helped usher in the shale oil and gas boom in North America has resulted in a Canadian court decision declaring invalid a patent held by Packers Plus Energy Services Inc.In the decision released this week, the Federal Court of Canada says that the Calgary fracking company’s patent isn’t valid because it was an “obvious” improvement on existing techniques and had been publicly disclosed before the patent application was filed.The decision has sweeping implications for the oil and gas industry because variations of the technology are used to free oil and gas from tight underground shale rock formations in resource plays from Texas to northeastern B.C. and around the world.Judge James O’Reilly struck down patent infringement lawsuits filed by Packers Plus against defendants including Houston-based Weatherford International and Baker Hughes, along with producer Harvest Operations Corp. and service firms Essential Energy Services and Resource Well Completion Technologies Inc. of Calgary.“A patentee merits a monopoly only when the claimed invention is truly new, useful and unobvious,” the judge wrote in his decision.“Packers claims that the claimed invention … was not obvious because it represented a notable advance both over the common general knowledge of skilled persons and the relevant prior art. I disagree with Packers. The claimed method of fracturing … would have been obvious to skilled persons.”Packers’ system, patented in Canada in November 2002, is used to control and separate high-pressure injections of liquids and sand used to break up tight underground rock and free the oil and gas to be produced from horizontal wells, a process called hydraulic fracturing or fracking.Packers CEO Dan Themig did not immediately respond to a request for comment.In an interview two years ago, he said his company had pioneered the system and invested tens of millions of dollars in the technology.Lawyer David Madsen, a partner with Borden Ladner Gervais LLP who acted for Weatherford and Harvest in the case, said the decision will help oil and gas producers control costs in the field.“Everyone has their own version of this … fracking technology so I guess the significance is it is still an open, competitive market and Packers Plus does not have a monopoly on it,” he said. “So that keeps prices down, of course.”Packers will have 30 days to file an appeal of the decision, he said.The judgment awards costs to the defendants.Madsen said those costs will likely be in the millions of dollars after two years of litigation and a five-week trial.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.