49ers moved into two more prime-time slots vs. Packers, Rams

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Fresh off losing for the first time this season in a Monday night madhouse, the 49ers got assigned two more prime-time kickoffs at Levi’s Stadium in the coming weeks.— Their Nov. 24 game against the Green Bay Packers was flexed into NBC’s Sunday Night Football slot at 5:20 p.m., after originally scheduled for 1:25 p.m. on Fox. It replaces Seahawks-Eagles as the late game in Week 12.— Their Week 16 game against the Los Angeles Rams will take place on Saturday night, Dec. 21, at …last_img read more

Gift of the Givers: 25 years of philanthropy: Owen Williams

first_imgIn a series of five articles, we share stories from Gift of the Givers volunteers in their own words as the organisation marks its 25th year of serving humanity. We find out more from beekeeper, Owen Williams.Being involved with Gift of the Givers gives Owen Williams a sense of purpose. (Image: Owen Williams)Sulaiman PhilipSouth African humanitarian organisation Gift of the Givers, the largest African organisation of its kind, has brought aid and comfort to people in need in 43 countries.It has ongoing feeding programmes in South Africa, humanitarian missions in war-torn Syria and has helped to free South African hostages in Yemen and Mali. The group, founded and led by Dr Imtiaaz Sooliman, has helped to deliver water to drought stricken areas of South Africa and fed refugees in Somalia.William’s met Dr Sooliman while trying to rescue bee colonies that had survived the Knysna fires. (Image: Honeywood Farms)Owen Williams: BeekeeperI met Dr Sooliman for the first time on 15 June 2017 as Knysna was dealing with the fires that devastated the area. In hindsight it seemed that our paths were destined to cross.The day before, I got a phone call from Grant [Liversay, one of my partners in Honeychild Honey] asking how he coud help with protecting our hives. We had saved a few hives but the bees were starving; we needed to get sugar to make syrup to feed the surviving bees. We abhor artificial feeding, but it was either that or lose the colonies we had rescued.Despite his efforts – and Grant is not a man who understands the word no – we were only able to find a few broken bags of sugar from local supermarkets. Remember, the region had gone from extreme drought to a fire storm and back again. We were not the only beekeepers in dire straits.Grant had heard of this humanitarian organisation whose station was located in the mall. So he went up to them to ask if there was any chance they could spare a few bags of sugar. I can only imagine their thinking when faced with this manic, slightly built redhead asking for sugar. After explaining his need, Emily [Thomas], felt it was important enough to speak to Doc.I feel I should point out that Gift of the Givers was working around the clock but Doc wanted to know more about, as Grant said, “this bee story”. I don’t believe in co-incidence, but when the call came Meagan [Vermaas, William’s partner] was giving free therapeutic massages and I was delivering basic goods donated by the community.We met Doc, explained the need and how unique the Cape Honey bee was. Immediatley he wanted to know how Gift of the Givers could help, but he also wanted to see the bees. Back at Honeychild me, Meagan and Doc were all kitted out in beekeeping gear inspecting a colony I had rescued from the side of the N2.We pulled a frame from the hive, and right there in the middle of the comb was the queen. The sun was just beyond the apex and Doc’s face was lit up by the sun. I could see through the veil as he watched the queen and bees working. He looked so amazed and serene.Doc wanted to know how his organisation could help; he wanted to know our objectives. He suggested we set up an NPO – Hope for the Honeybee – and then Gift of the Givers donated R250,000. We ordered pollen substitute, bought sugar for syrup, collected data on losses, designed a strategy for feeding stations and contacted renowned bee scientists.From what I can tell, Hope for the Honeybee and the support from Gift of the Givers is a world first. In the middle of the kind of human suffering that we saw in Knysna, that they took the time to consider the plight of honey bees speaks to the aura of love and caring that surrounds them. I remember that look on Doc’s face when he was inspecting the hive, and my vision became clear. What we are doing is about the survival of the honeybee and benefits humankind as a whole. There are no personal agendas, just this aura that comes from giving.Through Hope for the Honeybee we are tools that spread the help that springs from Gift of the Givers. I read about the landslides in Freetown; hundreds have died. In the past I would have said a silent prayer. This time I found myself wondering if Gift of the Givers might be headed there and if there was a way I could go along.Williams joined the Gift of the Givers humanitarian mission in Knysna after meeting the team. (Image: Gift of the Givers)Read the next profile on Emily Thomas, who works in logitistics at Gift of the Givers.Our first profile was on medical co-ordinator, Dr YM Essack. Click here to read more.Ahmed Bham is the head of search and rescue. Read his story here.Orthopaedic surgeon, Dr Livan Meneses-Turino, shares his experience in Nepal, Haiti, and Palestine.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

African courage, European victories in Brazil

first_img1 July 2014Africa’s challenge at the 2014 Fifa World Cup was brought to an end in the round of 16 after Nigeria and Algeria bowed out of contention on Monday. Despite the losses, there were positives to take out of two battling performances.Nigeria, the African champions, were the first to fall, beaten 2-0 by France at the Estadio Nacional de Brasilia.The contest was level at the break, but the French found two late goals to advance to the quarterfinals.GoalPaul Pogba put them in front in the 79th minute after Victor Enyeama, who had kept 21 clean sheets for Lille in France’s Ligue 1 in the past season, made a mess of dealing with a corner, which allowed the Juventus midfielder the chance to head his team into the lead.The tie was decided two minutes into additional time when Joseph Yobo netted an own goal.‘We didn’t deserve to lose’“Every defeat is painful, especially when the players follow their instructions and play well, as they did against France. We didn’t deserve to lose, but that’s football and we have to accept it,” Nigeria’s coach Stephen Keshi said after the contest.“We have to keep going forward and move on to something else now. There’s no point looking for guilty parties. The team plays, wins or loses together.“I’d like to thank the Brazilian public for their support during all of our games. I couldn’t have hoped for more from them.”France’s coach Didier Deschamp commented: “Nigeria played a very physical game and had a real presence across the pitch. It was a challenge to go up against that, but we managed it.”Pushed all the wayAlgeria pushed Germany all the way at the Estadio Beira-Rio, but in the end the European powerhouse continued with its remarkable record of having reached the quarterfinals of every World Cup since 1938. They needed extra time to advance, however.Coach Joachim Low’s side pushed hard for victory over the North Africans, but goalkeeper Rais Mbolhi continually stonewalled them. Two minutes into extra time, though, Andre Schuerrle finally found a way past the goalie.Extra time opening goalLaunching a swift counter-attack, the Germans attacked down the left, with Lukas Podolski sending in a low cross for Schuerrle, who cleverly redirected the ball, passed a little behind him, into the Algerian net.In the second last minute, Germany opened up the Algerian defence again. Mesut Ozil set up Schuerrle for another shot on goal, but when it was stopped on the goalline it came out to Ozil and he made no mistake, blasting it into the African team’s goal, despite the efforts of two defenders to cover behind Mbolhi.Almost immediately, Algeria hit back with a superb flowing move which was expertly finished by Abdelmoumene Djabou with a one-time shot from the left post after the ball had been curled in from the right.‘We’re very disappointed’After the match, Algerian goalkeeper Mbolhi, who was named man of the match, said: “We played against a very strong Germany team and conceded two goals late on. We’re very disappointed because we felt we had a chance. Fitness wasn’t the decisive factor.Taking something positive out of the clash, he added: “We’re part of Algeria’s footballing history because we’re the first team to have come this far and we can build on this for the future. We owe it to our coach that we made it into the Round of 16. We’d like to thank him for everything he’s done for and with the team.”Low’s thoughtsGermany’s coach Joachim Low admitted his team had been pushed all the way before clinching victory. “You need to catch your breath after a game like that, and at the end it was sheer force of will that got us the win,” he said.“We didn’t get into our rhythm in the first half and lost a lot of balls, but we were the better team after the break and in extra time.”France and Germany will next meet in the quarterfinals at the Estadio do Maracana on Rio de Janeiro on Friday.last_img read more

Fired-up Proteas head for World Cup

first_img4 February 2015The Proteas got a full South African send off at Melrose Arch in Johannesburg before making their way to Christchurch, New Zealand, on Wednesday for the 2015 Cricket World Cup.Hundreds of passionate fans turned up at Melrose Arch to wish the team luck as part of Cricket South Africa’s #ProteaFire supporters campaign.“In you flows the blood of African warriors,” Sports Minister Mbalula Fikile told the team at a media briefing on Wednesday morning. “It’s now or never. South Africa, your time has arrived to conquer.”Australia enters the Cup at the top of the latest ICC ODI Team Rankings, which were released on Monday after their 112-run tri-series final victory over England in Perth on Sunday. South Africa is ranked third – but the Proteas go into the tournament as one of the favourites.Click here to see the full ICC rankings“There’s no hiding from the fact that we haven’t won a World Cup,” captain AB de Villiers said. “There’s a lot of pressure but we’re gonna stick together.”South Africa will play Sri Lanka in their first warm-up match on Monday. On Wednesday, they will play New Zealand in a warm-up match.Their first World Cup match will be played in Hamilton on 13 February, where the South African side will face Zimbabwe in the first of six group games.“There is no complacency when facing a side in a World Cup. You have to respect all of them,” Protea coach Russell Domingo said.The selection committee announced the World Cup squad in January. It includes includes eight players with previous World Cup experience: De Villiers, Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis, JP Duminy, Wayne Parnell, Morne Morkel, Dale Steyn and Imran Tahir.“We feel we have a nice blend of experience of major knock-out tournaments plus the freshness that will come from the relative newcomers,” Andrew Hudson, the convenor of the selection committee, said at the announcement.“We have also stayed true to our policy of consistency and reward for good performances that has enabled us to build a good record over the past 12 months. The fact that most of these series have been played away from home has provided excellent preparation as well,” Hudson said.#ProteaFireCricket South Africa has been running a supporters’ campaign, which they have tagged #ProteaFire.As part of the campaign, Protea players were asked what it meant to them to represent South Africa. Captain AB de Villiers said: ‘Representing your country at a World Cup is the highest honour that any player can achieve, it is what we all aspire for a young cricketers.“When we step on to the field, we want nothing more than to make our country proud. We know that we will be representing 60-million passionate South Africans when we head to New Zealand and Australia and having that support means the world to us.”SQUADCastle Lager Proteas World Cup squad: AB de Villiers (The Unlimited Titans, capt), Hashim Amla (Nashua Cape Cobras, vice capt), Kyle Abbott (Sunfoil Dolphins), Farhaan Behardien (The Unlimited Titans), Quinton de Kock (bizhub Highveld Lions), JP Duminy (Nashua Cape Cobras), Faf du Plessis (The Unlimited Titans), Imran Tahir (Sunfoil Dolphins), David Miller (Sunfoil Dolphins), Morne Morkel (The Unlimited Titans),Wayne Parnell (Chevrolet Warriors), Aaron Phangiso (bizhub Highveld Lions), Vernon Philander (Nashua Cape Cobras), Rilee Rossouw (Chevrolet Knights), Dale Steyn (Nashua Cape Cobras).All the player profiles, stats: Cricket SA’s Player ProfilesFIXTURESGroup matches15 February, 3am: South Africa v Zimbabwe. Seddon Park, Hamilton22 February, 5.30am: South Africa v India. Melbourne Cricket Ground27 February, 5.30am: South Africa v West Indies. Sydney Cricket Ground3 March, 5.30am: South Africa v Ireland. Manuka Oval, Canberra7 March, 3am: South Africa v Pakistand. Eden Park, Auckland12 March, 3am: South Africa v United Arab Emirates. Westpac Stadium, WellingtonQuaterfinals18 March, 5.30am: Sydney Cricket Ground19 March, 5.30am: Melbourne Cricket Ground20 March, 5.30am: Adelaide Oval21 March, 3am: Westpac Stadium, WellingtonSemifinals24 March, 3am: Eden Park, Auckland26 March, 5.30am: Sydney Cricket GroundFinal29 March, 5.30am: Melbourne Cricket GroundSAinfo reporterlast_img read more

MQTT Poised For Big Growth – an RSS For Internet of Things?

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Internet of Things#NYT#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img richard macmanus MQTT is an IBM-developed protocol for real-time messaging that could become a keystone of the emerging Internet of Things. As the BBC explained recently, MQTT (which stands for Message Queuing Telemetry Transport) is “a platform-agnostic system which can connect almost any networked object to the wider world.” MQTT is used as a messaging protocol for sensor and actuator solutions – for example in the house that twitters, which we covered earlier this week. According to one of its creators, Andy Stanford-Clark from IBM, MQTT is “going to explode” in popularity this year and next year. The protocol has just turned 10 years old; indeed there was a party to celebrate in London this week. In this post we explain MQTT and look at a health care product that uses it. The topic of MQTT came up in my conversation with Andy Stanford-Clark this week, when I asked him for his thoughts on Pachube – an open source Internet of Things platform that we have featured a couple of times on ReadWriteWeb. Stanford-Clark told me that Pachube is “very cool, as far as it goes.” But he said that it hasn’t got “true push.” To get your data out of Pachube, Stanford-Clark explained, you have to poll it (i.e. it’s a pull system, rather than push). So in order to get real-time data, you’d need to be constantly polling Pachube. A better way to do it, according to Stanford-Clark, is have data pushed to you. This is what MQTT enables. Stanford-Clark noted that oil pipeline monitoring systems make use of push messaging systems.MQTT in Action: St. Jude Medical Center A real-world implementation of MQTT is a project that IBM did with the Merlin System at St. Jude Medical Center, which is using sensors for home health care. St. Jude Medical designed a cardiac device called the Merlin@home, a wireless transmitter that enables home monitoring of patients implanted with cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) and pacemakers (both are basically types of sensors). The product uses MQTT to call back to the doctor/hospital whenever there is a data update, which the hospital then stores.St. Jude Medical Center explained in a press release how their device improves patients lives:“Until recently, patients with implanted cardiac devices were typically required to visit doctors’ offices several times per year to have their device performance checked. With the advent of transmitters capable of downloading and transmitting device data over telephone lines, patients are now able to initiate and perform many of these follow-ups in their own homes.”The Merlin@home transmitter uses RF wireless telemetry to transfer data to the Merlin.net PCN, a secure Internet-based data management system. The data may then be reviewed at any time by the patient’s physician. The transmitter device has, according to IBM, a “large viewing screen with touch-point capabilities, an embedded keypad platform and a Linux-based operating system.”I’m sure we’ll see many more implementations of MQTT over the coming years. For the web geeks amongst you, particularly those interested in sensors and real-time messaging, it’s a protocol to keep your eye on. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Hurriyat chief Geelani hospitalised

first_imgHardline Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani was hospitalised here on Sunday due to ill health.The Hurriyat Conference chairman was shifted to SKIMS hospital after he complained of abdominal cramps, dehydration and weakness, a Hurriyat spokesman said.He said Mr. Geelani has been admitted at the hospital and is under observation. He added, there is “nothing serious” as far as the Hurriyat hawk’s health is concerned. The octogenarian leader has been under house arrest in his uptown Hyderpora residence here for over an year.last_img read more

Urban Meyer Says Braxton Miller Position Change Story “Jumped The Gun”: “I Haven’t Made Those Decisions Yet”

first_imgBraxton Miller wears his helmet during warm-ups at Rutgers.PISCATAWAY, NJ – OCTOBER 24: Braxton Miller #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes during warmups before a game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at High Point Solutions Stadium on October 24, 2015 in Piscataway, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images) braxton miller urban meyer 2012 ohio state spring gameTwitter/@StephDEpifanioSports Illustrated dropped a late news bomb on the college football world earlier, with the news that Braxton Miller will be moving to wide recevier/h-back for the coming season. The move has been met with praise from Buckeye fans, and members of the team. One key member of the program isn’t ready to fully commit to the move, however: head coach Urban Meyer. The three-time national champion told The Columbus Dispatch that reports of the official position change are a bit premature.“I haven’t made those decisions yet,” Meyer told The Dispatch. “It’s a little bit jumping the gun here. Braxton came to see me. He’s been talking to me about it (the switch). We’ve been working at it, but I’m not ready to say exactly how we’re going to use him yet.”Considering Pete Thamel’s SI report was based on a conversation with Miller, we have to imagine the move is, in fact, happening. Meyer is probably not thrilled that it was announced in July, giving Virginia Tech and others more than a month to prep for a J.T. Barrett or Cardale Jones-led offense, as well as figure out how to defend Miller as a skill guy. Otherwise, this would be a pretty crazy redirection by members of the Buckeye program.[Columbus Dispatch]last_img read more

Regulations for Hemp Industry by 2018

first_imgChairperson of the Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA), Hyacinth Lightbourne says regulations being developed to guide a legal hemp industry in Jamaica should be in place next year.She made the disclosure during a session on medical marijuana at the Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference on Tuesday (July 25) at the Jamaica Conference Centre, Downtown Kingston.Ms. Lightbourne said that a systematic approach is being taken to the hemp industry’s establishment in Jamaica, relative to that for marijuana (ganja), “because hemp that is planted too close to ganja breeds the possibility of cross pollination.”In this regard, she said advice is being sought in relation to minimising this possibility and “whether or not it has to be done specifically indoors.”“Unfortunately, we live on a small island that (can be impacted by) hurricanes; so the possibility of cross pollination is high,” she said.In the meantime, Ms. Lightbourne said measures are being implemented to ensure that small farmers are included in the discussions going forward.Cannabis is divided into two major pure strains – Indica and Sativa. Hemp is a variety of the Cannabis sativa strain.However, while Cannabis and Hemp are from the same species, they have very diverse applications.Cannabis sativa and Cannabis indica strains are mostly used for psychotropic and medicinal uses. Hemp, however, is almost entirely used for industrial purposes.The Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) is an agency of the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries that was established in 2015 under the Dangerous Drug (Amendment) Act, to formulate and regulate Jamaica’s legal ganja and hemp industry.last_img read more

With new Egypt capital being built what becomes of Cairo

first_imgCAIRO — Billboards across Cairo advertise luxury homes with “breathtaking” views in compounds with names like “La Verde” or “Vinci” in Egypt’s new capital that is under construction in the desert, miles from the Nile-side city which has been the seat of power for more than 1,000 years.Often, what lies behind the billboards are Cairo’s most overcrowded neighbourhoods, with shoddily built homes and dirt roads frequently inundated with sewage water.A city of some 20 million people combining charm and squalor, Cairo may soon witness an exodus by well-heeled residents, state employees and foreign embassies to the New Administrative Capital, as the vast project in the desert is provisionally known. It will be the latest phase in the flight of the rich, many of whom have already moved to gated communities in new suburbs, leaving the old Cairo in neglect and decay.The new capital — a proper name has yet to be found — is the $45 billion brainchild of general-turned-president Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, the biggest of the mega-projects he launched since taking office in 2014. He contends the projects, ranging from new roads and housing complexes to a Suez Canal expansion, attract investors and create jobs.Senior officials boastfully compare what has been built under el-Sissi to monuments like the Giza Pyramids.“History will do justice to this generation of Egyptians and our grandsons will remember its achievement, a wave of construction unprecedented in modern-day Egypt,” Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouly, also the housing minister, proclaimed.Critics call the new capital a vanity project, arguing its cost could have been better put to rebuilding the wrecked economy and refurbishing Cairo.They also see it as evidence of el-Sissi’s authoritarianism, launching a multibillion-dollar plan with little debate. El-Sissi often lashes out at those who question him, telling Egyptians to listen only to him and saying he’s answerable to God alone. He often says Egypt’s resources are limited — leading some Egyptians, struggling amid skyrocketing prices, to wonder why so much is spent on questionable projects.“There is something very wrong with the order of priorities,” said political analyst Hassan Nafaa. “Maybe el-Sissi wants to go down in history as the leader who built the new capital, but if Egyptians don’t see an improvement in their living conditions and services, he will be remembered as the president who destroyed what is left of the middle class.”The government argues that Cairo is already bursting at the seams and will grow to 40 million by 2050.The new city is being built on 170,000 acres about 28 miles east of Cairo and nearly twice its size. Construction began in 2016, and the first of its forecast 6.5 million residents are scheduled to move there next year.The city will house the presidency, Cabinet, parliament and ministries. Planners promise a 21-mile-long public park, an airport, an opera house, a sports complex and 20 skyscrapers, including Africa’s highest, at 345 metres.Madbouly denied the new city will only attract the well-off, saying it is “for all Egyptians.”Prices tell a different story. The smallest apartment there — 120 square meters — is expected to cost 1.3 million Egyptian pounds ($73,000), out of reach for a mid-level bureaucrat, who may make the equivalent of about $4,800 a year.“Those targeted to live in the new capital constitute a very, very limited segment of society,” said Nafaa.Ironically, the new capital could one day be overwhelmed by the old, as illegal construction expands. That has often been the way Cairo has evolved, with the rich moving out, only to move again as the city swells, adding layer after layer.“Throughout the history of Cairo, the ruling elite and the rich have failed to completely isolate themselves from the rest of the population,” said novelist Hamdy Abu Golayyel, who authored a book about the city called “Cairo, Streets and Stories.” It will take draconian laws to keep the new city distinct, he said.No one knows how Cairo will be impacted by a new capital and the shift of the seat of power outside of the city for the first time since the Muslim conquest in the 7th Century.Many government buildings in Cairo, for example, are palaces and mansions confiscated by the socialist government of the 1950s and 1960s. In theory, they could be renovated and turned into museums or hotels, proponents argue. But then, many such empty architectural treasures are already left to fall apart or even torn down.The government is renovating some of Cairo’s illegally built neighbourhoods. But in one case, it razed a run-down district and moved out residents after compensating them to make way for a high-end district.Amar Ali Hassan, a sociopolitical expert, believes Cairo’s woes will only deepen.“It could be neglected, become estranged and left to die a slow death,” he said.Sameh Abdallah Alayli, an urban planning expert, wrote in the Al-Shorouk newspaper that the idea of a new capital was unacceptable, construction should be halted and the focus put back on overhauling the ancient city.“Historical Cairo must remain the political capital of Egypt,” he wrote.___Associated Press writer Samy Magdy in Cairo contributed to this report.Hamza Hendawi, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Shoppers Drug lights up medical cannabis ecommerce sales portal

first_imgBRAMPTON, Ont. — Shoppers Drug Mart’s e-commerce platform for medical cannabis launched Tuesday, a month after Health Canada licenced the company to sell the product online.Product information is available nationally, but Shoppers Drug Mart can initially only sell medical cannabis to patients in Ontario.Patients will be required to take a medical document similar to a prescription to an Ontario pharmacy to begin the process.Specialized advisers will then contact patients, review their medical history and provide support with online registration and product selection.Shoppers Drug Mart says it has signed supply agreements with 10 licensed producers of dried cannabis and cannabis oil and will provide products and medical accessories. Companies in this story: (TSX:L)The Canadian Presslast_img read more