CHAMPIONSHIP side Charlton are reportedly set to make a move for Troy Parrott with the hopes of taking the striker in on loan.Parrott has found playing time tough to come by under new manager Jose Mourinho despite star striker Harry Kane facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines.1 Troy Parrott could be set for a Championship moveAnd the Daily Star are now reporting that the striker could be set for a loan move to the Addicks.Despite making his Premier League debut under Mourinho, Parrott has not made the squad in recent weeks with a loan move for regular first team football beckoning.Boss Mourinho has been outspoken saying in December that the youngster still needs more time to develop.TIME TO DEVELOP”Parrott is a 17-year-old boy that played five minutes in the Premier League and we’ll give him more time.”He needs more time to develop.”POTENTIALHe said a month later.“I think he has potential. I think he needs to work a lot. He has a process to go through, a process that probably Tanganga had.“One thing is 17 and another thing is 20. We are speaking about three years of distance and three years.“Ok in Tanganga’s case it was three years without a Premier League match, but it was three years or working and playing, playing in his age groups, playing in England national team (youth games), which also gave him some experience.PART OF IT“Then with me it was just the last part of his preparation before he had his first opportunity.“I think Troy has to go through a process. Can he have minutes? Yes he can minutes.“I’m not saying he’s not able to have minutes, but to put on his shoulders the responsibility of replacing somebody to be replaced, I don’t think he’s ready at all.”Parrott, who made his debut in the Carabao Cup against Colchester under Mauricio Pochettino, has made one appearance under Mourinho when coming on against Burnley in December.MOST READ IN SPORT THROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidThat came after he made his Ireland debut from the start against New Zealand though he was kept in reserve during the must-win Euro 2020 qualifier with Denmark that was drawn.He has been an unused substitute since, against Bayern Munich in the Champions League and Middlesbrough in the FA Cup.But Kane’s injury has not led to an opening. But he remains close to a call-up with his last game for Spurs’ youth team coming at the end of November.
As many more Ebola afflicted patients are now being discharged from the Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs) across the country, the management of the National Social Security Corporation (NASSCORP) yesterday made a huge donation to several ETU centers in and around Monrovia.Last weekend’s donation was part of the Corporation’s social responsibility to identify with institutions that are engaged in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD).The NASSCORP management donated several bags of rice and other assorted items to the managements of the various ETUs in and around Monrovia, including the ELWA-ll and the one near the Island Clinic.NASSCORP’s Public Affairs Coordinator, David Q. Beekeh, who presented the first consignment of the items to the management of ELWA-ll treatment center, said those materials were part of the entity’s board of directors and management way of identifying with people that are being afflicted by the EVD as well as medical practitioners who are catering to them at the various ETUs.The donation by the NASSCORP coincided with this year’s Thanksgiving ceremony. The Corporation thought the gesture was in line with one of her slogans, “Social Security Touches the Life of Everyone.”“Consignments presented during this Thanksgiving Day are part of what the Corporation started doing already since the outbreak commenced, thus signifying to our many customers and Liberians in general that our our determination to touch the lives of those afflicted by this devastating situation,” Mr. Beekeh declared.He presented the consignment to the manager of ELWA-ll ETU, Nathaniel K. DeVillie.The items are intended for the sick, so that they may eat and get well. He promised that the Corporation would bring more other items whenever the need arises. The NASSCORP management yesterday made similar donations to ETU authorities at the Island Clinic on Bushrod Island.Items presented included nutrient-rich cartoons of biscuits, several 25 kg bags of rice, packages of canned food, juices and sacks of mineral water, etc. ELWA Devillie’s expressed gratitude to NASSCORP on behalf of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOH/SW) and the management of ELWA-ll for the gesture.According to him, the items represent some of the essential materials the ETU managements needed to administer to the patients to fast-track their recovery processes, especially the water to replace lost fluids. Mr. Devillie has meanwhile disclosed that as of last Wednesday, November 5, the center had discharged 19 patients, among them, women and children, as well as the elderly males.“The Ebola situation was getting better. This means we are getting better by reducing Ebola cases. He welcomed this development, he said, because doctors and nurses themselves were all getting afraid, in the midst of the stigmas from the outside,” Mr. Devillie asserted as he beamed a smile.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Robot Dog Astro Can Sit, Lie Down, and Save LivesYou Can’t Squish This Cockroach-Inspired Robot A cyborg cockroach may one day save your life.(Now there’s a sentence I never thought I’d type.)University of Connecticut professor Abhishek Dutta created a robot-roach hybrid—a hardwired biological insect—based on the Madagascar hissing cockroach.One of the largest species of cockroach, wingless hissers are often kept as pets (*shudders*). But it’s their reputation as excellent climbers (even able to scale smooth glass) that likely attracted Dutta to the arthropod.“The use of insects as platforms for small robots has an incredible number of useful applications, from search-and-rescue to national defense,” he said in a statement.A couple of real-life Dr. Frankensteins, Dutta and undergraduate student Evan Faulkner attached a microcircuit to the roach for more reliable and precise control. The tiny computer can detect six degrees of free motion, acceleration, and direction.The researchers are also able to track ambient temperature around the creature; tests have shown the temperature of the roach’s environment can affect how and where it moves.FYI: Roaches are more likely to go for walks when it’s warm, according to UConn.A cockroach with an implanted neurocontroller (via the Dutta Lab)The microcircuit is worn like a miniature backpack, its wires attaching to the insect’s antennae lobes. Tiny electrical impulses sent to the nerve tissue simulate an obstacle.For instance, a small charge to the left antenna makes the critter move right. Researchers found, however, that actions decreased in intensity after initial stimulus. So if a roach makes a hard left after the first pulse, subsequent turns are less dramatic. Handy knowledge if you’re the one doing the steering.A tiny Bluetooth transmitter and receiver allows nearby operation via a smartphone.Cockroach robots aren’t new. But while other labs have developed similar control systems, UConn’s stands out for its greater degree of regulation, real-time feedback, and multi-channel avenues for stimulation.“Our microcircuit provides a sophisticated system for acquiring real-time data on an insect’s heading and acceleration, which allows us to extrapolate its trajectory,” Dutta explained. “We believe this advanced closed-loop, model-based system provides better control for precision maneuvering, and overcomes some of the technical limitations currently plaguing today’s micro-robots.”This research will be published in the journal Proceedings of the Conference on Cognitive Computational Neuroscience, Philadelphia, 2018.No cockroaches were harmed during these experiments.Most people don’t want to see a creepy crawly insect, let alone study them. But bugs are roboticists’ favorite muse. Find out more here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target