Top of the table clash as BetWay Power takes on City Oilers in NBL

first_imgBetWay Power won the first meeting between the two sides on opening day (File Photo)FUBA National Basketball LeagueMTN Arena, LugogoFriday, 20-07-2018-Ladies: A1 Challenge Vs KIU Rangers @06:00pm-Men: Betway Power Vs City Oilers @08:00pmLUGOGO – Two heavyweights in BetWay Power and City Oliers will square off in one of the two games on Friday evening in the FUBA National Basketball League.The two teams lead the standings in the men’s division having won 23 games between them already with just five losses in the entire season.Leaders Power will be hoping to bounce back from a 57-54 humiliating loss to KCCA Men in their last game.The BetWay funded side have lost only two games this season, the other coming against ‘giant slayers’ Ndejje University Angels last month.For Oilers, they are in a rich vein of form going into Friday’s tie having won all of their last five fixture in the league since going down 58-59 to Ndejje University at the start of last month.“A few things have changed since the opening day but I think one of the most significant things is playing better together, said Oilers Captain Jimmy Enabu ahead of the game.“We’d have to take care of the ball, take good shots and play good team defense.The Oilers who started the season slowly will be without Tony Drilleba who lost his mother earlier this week as well as Daniel Jjuuko (injured).Power on the hand, are also expected to be without star player, Stephen Wundi who also lost his Mother. Phillip Ameny is also a major doubt due to injury.It should be noted that ten league titles are equally shared between these sides, Oilers have won their five titles in the past five seasons.BetWay Power won the opening fixture on the first day of the season between the two sides 56-64, and they will hoping they can do likewise on Friday.Also read: Power come from behind to defeat Oilers in league openerIn the other game, fourth placed A1 Challenge will take on KIU Rangers who seat fifth on the Women’s Division log.Both teams head into the fixtures on the back of wins in their last respective fixtures; Al defeated Nkumba Lady Marines 85-73 in their last game while KIU Rangers were 43-17 victors over JKU Lady Javons.KIU will be looking for revenge after losing the first round game between the two sides 61- at the same Arena, a game that was also played on the opening weekend of the season.Comments Tags: A1 ChallengeBetway Powercity oilersFUBA NBL 2018KIU Rangerstoplast_img read more

Modern humans ’44 000 years ago’

first_img31 July 2012 An international team, including scientists from South Africa’s Wits University, has published research that substantially increases the age at which we can trace the emergence of behaviourally modern humans – through direct links to the San people of southern Africa. The question of when and where anatomically modern humans first emerged (Africa, about 200 000 years ago, the evidence indicates) still leaves open the question: when and where did human cultures similar to ours emerge? Until now, most archaeologists believed the oldest traces of San hunter-gatherer culture in southern Africa dated back 10 000 or at most 20 000 years. The new research – published online in the prestigious journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on Monday – pushes this much further back in time, to 44 000 years ago.Border Cave, South Africa The research team, comprising scientists from South Africa, France, Italy, Norway, the USA and Britain, drew its conclusions from archaeological material discovered at Border Cave in South Africa. Located in the foothills of the Lebombo Mountains in KwaZulu-Natal province, the site has yielded exceptionally well-preserved organic material. According to Lucinda Backwell, a senior researcher at Wits University’s Bernard Price Institute for Paleontological Research, the dating and analysis of this material “has allowed us to demonstrate that many elements of material culture that characterise the lifestyle of San hunter-gatherers in southern Africa were part of the culture and technology of the inhabitants of this site 44 000 years ago.” Backwell said in a statement on Monday that the team’s results had shown without a doubt that, at around 44 000 years ago, the people at Border Cave were using digging sticks weighted with perforated stones, like those traditionally used by the San.Earliest evidence of use of poison, beeswax “They adorned themselves with ostrich egg and marine shell beads, and notched bones for notational purposes,” said Backwell. “They fashioned fine bone points for use as awls and poisoned arrowheads. One point is decorated with a spiral groove filled with red ochre, which closely parallels similar marks that San make to identify their arrowheads when hunting.” According to the researchers, chemical analysis of residues on a wooden stick decorated with incisions reveals that, like San objects used for the same purpose, it was used to hold and carry a poison-containing ricinoleic acid found in castor beans. This represents the earliest evidence for the use of poison. A lump of beeswax, mixed with the resin of toxic Euphorbia, and possibly egg, was wrapped in vegetal fibres made from the inner bark of a woody plant. “This complex compound used for hafting arrowheads or tools, directly dated to 40 000 years ago, is the oldest known evidence of the use of beeswax,” said Backwell. Warthog tusks were shaped into awls and possibly spear heads. The use of small pieces of stone to arm hunting weapons was confirmed by the discovery of resin residue still adhering to some of the tools, which chemical analysis identified as a suberin (waxy substance) produced from the sap of Podocarpus (yellowwood) trees. The study of stone tools discovered in the same archaeological layers as the organic remains, and from older deposits, showed a gradual evolution in stone tool technology, the researchers found. Organic artifacts ‘appeared relatively abruptly’ “Organic artifacts, unambiguously reminiscent of San material culture, appear relatively abruptly, highlighting an apparent mismatch in rates of cultural change. “This finding supports the view that what we perceive today as ‘modern behaviour’ is the result of non-linear trajectories that may be better understood when documented at a regional scale.” The research team, led by Francesco d’Errico, director of research at the French National Research Centre, published its findings in the articles: “Early evidence of San material culture represented by organic artifacts from Border Cave, South Africa”. The team comprised d’Errico, Backwell, Paola Villa, Ilaria Degano, Jeannette Luceiko, Marion Bamford – a palaeobotanist also from the Bernard Price Institute – Thomas Higham, Maria Perla Colombini, and Peter Beaumont. A second article, “Border Cave and the Beginning of the Later Stone Age in South Africa”, was also published on Monday. The authors were Paola Villa, Sylvain Soriano, Tsenka Tsanova, Ilaria Degano, Thomas Higham, Francesco d’Errico, Lucinda Backwell, Jeannette Luceiko, Maria Perla Colombini and Peter Beaumont. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more