Lady Cats Battle Lady Trojans In Golf

first_imgThe Lady Wildcats traveled to New Castle tonight to take on the Trojans winning 173-204. They played at Westwood Country Club and shot a team score of 173 and took home the win.Senior, Dana Branstetter, shot a 38 and took home medalist honors.The win tonight brings their season record to 7-0.FC Scoring:  Dana Branstetter – 38, Kendyl Brack – 42, Abby Orschell – 49, Maggie Brack – 44, Gracie Graf – 51, Ashlan Hill – 54.Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Marisa Mears.last_img

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Take a look at the Preparations of our Shot Putters in Rio (VIDEO)

first_imgHamza Alic, Kemal Mesic and Mesud Pezer, three of our shot-putters, are the last from our team who will perform at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.Qualifications are scheduled on the 18th of August at 2:55 pm our time, and BiH along with the United States and Poland, is the only country that has three representatives from the A-standard in the competition in the shot put.It’s not clear whether Pezer will participate in the qualifiers, since he got injured last week and is still far away from being fully healed.Thus, the youngest BiH shot putter at the Olympic Games is not training with Alic and Mesic, and how two of them are preparing, take a look at the VIDEO from Rio.(Source: faktor.ba)last_img

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Serb Sredojevic quits as Uganda coach in pay row

first_imgMicho announces he is quitting Uganda Cranes, July 29, 2017 – PHOTO LOUIS JADWONGKampala, Uganda | AFP |  Milutin “Micho” Sredojevic resigned as Uganda coach on Saturday, six months after leading the team to the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time in 38 years.The 47-year-old Serbian confirmed he was terminating his contract with the Cranes in a row over unpaid salary allowances totalling 216 million shillings ($64,000).“I have been patient and working under very difficult conditions. Today I have resigned because I and FUFA (Federation of Uganda Football Association) have stretched limits,” Sredojevic told AFP on Saturday.FUFA president Moses Magogo confirmed the departure of the Serbian coach after four years in charge of the national team.Sredojevic joined the Cranes in May 2013 after being sacked as the head coach of Rwanda, and successfully qualified Uganda for their first Cup of Nations since 1978.Uganda were knocked out in the first round of the tournament held in Gabon after two losses and a draw in Group D. They are still in contention to qualify for next year’s World Cup in Russia, with a key game in Egypt to come next month. Share on: WhatsApp RELATED STORYlast_img read more

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Giants stay busy, another day of wheeling and dealing

first_img(CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this photo gallery on your mobile device.)OAKLAND – Continuing to make roster adjustments right up to the first official pitch of the 2019 season, the Giants acquired veteran catcher Erik Kratz from the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday prior to the first game of the annual Bay Bridge exhibition series against the A’s.The Giants sent minor league infielder C.J. Hinojosa to Milwaukee to obtain Kratz, who was a hitting hero for the Brewers in last year’s …last_img

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South African street art wired for success

first_imgJanine ErasmusWire art is as unique a South African cultural icon as is boerewors, kwaito and Nelson Mandela. Across the country street vendors sell anything from Christmas decorations and wine racks to fruit bowls and representations of popular characters from animated films. These creations are works of art in their own right, delicately formed, colourfully decorated with beads and pieces of tin can, and lovingly finished off – plainly the work of talented hands.This art form has been given a boost by the Streetwires wire art project. With a small team of two artists and two marketing coordinators, the three founders – Winston Rangwani, Patrick Schofield and Anton Ressel – set out in 2000 to establish a formal business structure to support wire artists in Cape Town, and to tackle the ever-present problem of unemployment in South Africa by building on traditional skills that were already in place. Today Streetwires provides a creative outlet for more than 100 men and women, all of whom were previously unemployed. The project supplies skills training, raw materials and support, and encourages individual expression and an attitude of responsibility in taking control of the future.The Streetwires catalogue is bursting with beautiful and imaginative items. The Nguni range, featuring the beloved Nguni cattle farmed for hundreds of years by the Xhosa people, has been thoroughly researched and each piece is accurately crafted in terms of patterning and form. There are other Southern African wild animals and birds – the guinea fowl, the lion, the zebra and giraffe. Christmas baubles and stars are always popular, and the demand for the range of battery-operated radios outstrips the supply.In January 2006 Streetwires opened a workshop in the Ngwenya Glass Village, a craft centre in Muldersdrift, west of Johannesburg. Under the guidance of Joseph Ketche, who was transferred from Cape Town to head up the Joburg operation, the new Streetwires initiative is gaining ground and enjoying extensive support from the locals.“Ninety-nine percent of our items are sold to the local market,” says Ketche, “whereas about 75% of the Cape Town sales are destined for overseas. It’s a completely different environment, because we’ve found that while tourists like to buy game animals and larger goods, people in Joburg prefer smaller items such as keyrings, magnets, fashion accessories such as earrings and brooches, and so on. We’ve had to adjust our output accordingly.”It was tough having to start from the ground up, he explains, but so far 30 people have been trained in Joburg. Some have been retained by Streetwires and others have gone on to establish their own businesses. “We found that people who were not accustomed to working with their hands struggled to master the techniques. Some of them became disheartened and dropped out, but others persevered, and in fact it was often the case that we would come across a person who had a lot of talent but was just waiting for an outlet for that creativity.”Before embarking on the Muldersdrift expansion, Streetwires undertook a successful pilot project in Clanwilliam, a town located in the Cederberg region of the Western Cape province. The Clanwilliam Rural Wire Art Centre was established with a view to community development, but it also turned out to be a trial run for the setting up of the operation in Joburg.Says Ketche, “We left the people in the Clanwilliam community with all the equipment and skills needed to carry on with a wire-work enterprise – we taught them how to hold the pliers, how to select the gauge of the wire and the size of the bead, how to market themselves.”This is a vital component of the Streetwires project – skills development and transfer creates a ripple effect that is felt throughout the community, and the result is upliftment and empowerment. The establishment of the facility in Clanwilliam was supported by the Department of Arts and Culture and there are plans to open other such centres around South Africa, particularly in areas that are in need of social development. Streetwires is currently establishing a dedicated training and development division which will focus intensively on outreach projects, skills training and artist development.Streetwires as a community development project is indeed an inspiration. The issue of unemployment, which so easily leads to poverty and crime, is one that Streetwires has tackled by helping previously unemployed South Africans to earn a livelihood in a meaningful, sustainable way. The company has not only enabled its artists to sell their products overseas but has also expanded its product availability into local retail stores around the country, in addition to the success of the Clanwilliam initiative and the opening of the Joburg branch. A large proportion of Streetwires’ work is made on commission and because items can easily carry branding, they work well as corporate gifts.Street wire art, highly sought after by tourists and locals alike, shows in the most vibrant and vivid way that South Africans are creative and innovative with even the most simple materials at their fingertips, and in the most humble of surroundings, originating as it did in rural areas. Because the pieces are made by hand each one is unique, and now the products of this thriving art form are found in homes, galleries and even in the foyers and offices of corporate buildings all around the world.Useful linksStreetwiresB&B Craft MarketsCraft Council South AfricaEskom Due South Craft RouteCape Craft and Design Institutelast_img read more

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Bumper maize crop for SA

first_imgA field of maize, known in South Africaas mealies, on a farm in the EasternFree State.(Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For morefree images, visit the image library) MEDIA CONTACTS • Priscilla Tsotso SehooleMedia liaison officer, Department of Agriculture+27 12 319 6843Janine ErasmusSouth Africa has achieved its biggest maize crop in 29 years, weighing in at around 13-million tons. This equates to about 4.8 tons per hectare and closely rivals the record 1981/82 yield of 14.42-million tons.Despite a worrying dry spell at the start of the growing season, the bumper crop is attributed to better farming techniques, above average rainfall, increased use of biotechnology and a move away from sunflowers and wheat, resulting in an 8.2% increase in the number of maize plants in the ground.This is the third year in a row that South Africa has reaped an above-average maize crop. Around 7.8-million tons is white maize and the balance is yellow, which is mainly used for animal feed.This means that not only will the country have ample supplies for its residents, who consume around 9-tons of the grain annually, but it will be able to export about 2-million tons in both white and yellow varieties.To date most of this year’s exportable maize produce has gone to drought-stricken areas of Kenya. About 3-million tons will leave the country next year.South Africa is the continent’s biggest maize producer. Last year’s harvest brought in 12.05-million tons of which 1.9-million tons was carried over to 2010.Crop estimatesThe Department of Agriculture’s Crop Estimates Committee is tasked with releasing crop estimates on a regular basis. To do this, the committee uses geographic information science (GIS) and an innovative, locally developed process called the Producer Independent Crop Estimate System (Pices).This involves a number of steps including the use of satellite imagery, obtained from the France-based Spot Image Group, to digitally establish boundaries of crop fields, the selection of sampling points at random, and visual surveys – using light aircraft – to obtain crop data.Once the aerial survey is complete, the information obtained is used to statistically calculate crop estimates.This system eliminates dependency on producers’ data, which has often been inconsistent in the past.The Pices system has digitised about 13-million hectares of crop land in all nine of South Africa’s provinces, and is constantly monitored to ensure that data is current. According to a GIS expert, this area can be covered in about two months by just three field observation teams.But the committee’s forecast is not as optimistic for the 2010/11 season, as plantings will decline mainly due to a drop in the maize price both locally and internationally, and more severe El Niño conditions. This climate phenomenon is expected to bring good rain in spring, but drier conditions in the middle of the warm season may even lead to a drought in some areas.In this case, commercial farmers have the option of switching to hardier crops, such as sunflowers. Maize prices are lower because of the stronger rand, the excellent current yield and the forecast of a similarly plentiful harvest in the US.While some other Southern African countries have also enjoyed a good maize season, a drought in neighbouring Zimbabwe has placed extreme strain on this year’s crop.Staple foodMaize (Zea mays) is a grass and a staple food of people on the African continent, as well as the most common livestock feed grain.In South Africa, which is also the breadbasket of the Southern African region, the maize sector comprises both commercial and small-scale farmers, mostly in the North West, Free State, Mpumalanga and northern KwaZulu-Natal provinces.Maize is also used in the production of biofuel and starch, which itself is used in a number of products ranging from paint to cosmetics.Other major crops in South Africa include wheat, sunflowers, sugar, fruit and nuts.Media Liaison OfficerMs Priscilla Tsotso Sehoole (Acting)Mail:Private Bag X250, PRETORIA, 0001Street:No 20, Agriculture Place, Block DA, 1st Floor, cnr Beatrix Street and Soutpansberg Road, Arcadia, PRETORIATel:(012) 319 6843Fax:(012) 321 8558E-mail:[email protected]last_img read more

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Facebook Home: A Facebook Phone & A New Facebook Mobile Experience

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The journalists, analysts and camera crews queued up in a chilly rain at Facebook’s Menlo Park, California, headquarters to get the first look at Facebook’s new home on Android – the long-rumored Facebook Phone.The Hype Was HeavyWould it be new “skin” software designed to put Facebook front and center on any Android device? Or an actual device in of itself – the rumor mill suggested HTC – built from the ground up to feature the social networking giant. Or would it be something completely new and unexpected?Everyone wanted to know. Heck, the local newsradio station – not known for its tech savvy – gushed breathlessly about the event – right before talking about President Obama’s visit to the Bay Area.But when Mark Zuckerberg walked on stage, it became clear we’re talking about both! “Today we’re finally going to talk about the Facebook phone,” Zuckerberg said. But that phone, the HTC First, is really just a reference model for the best integration of the Facebook Home software that can be downloaded onto any modern Android phone (starting April 12).What Is Facebook Home?According to Zuckerberg, Facebook Home consists of a few key capabilities designed to put people, not apps, first. “Today, our phones are designed aroundapps, not people” Zuckerberg said. “And we want to flip that around.” He compared the change to adding Newsfeed to Facebook’s website, where people started consuming about twice as much content overnight, he said. “We want to bring this experience right to your phone, and deliver it to as many poeple as possible.”There are three key components: Cover Feed, Chat Heads and Notifications.Cover Feed: Replacing the home and/or lock screen of an Android device, it gives you an immersive experience from the moment you turn on your phone, said Adam Mosseri, Facebook’s director of product. Instead of seeing a clock and maybe a snippet of a notification, you see your Facebook Open Graph stories with large images cycling across the screen. News shares, status updates (use the poster’s cover photo as the background) are visible right from the get got. You can do a long press to see the whole picture or swipe to get to the next one. You can even add comments right from the home screen, seen below. Chat Heads: These little round bubbles with the images of your friends shown below are the metaphor for Facebook Home’s way of keeping you up to date on what your friends are saying. Incorporating Facebook messaging and texting, you just tap on the Head to join the conversation. (Group conversations smuch all the participant’s pictures into the bubble, slightly awkwardly.) The key here is that Chat Heads show up everywhere on the phone, not just in a dedicated app. They’re always available – the little Heads show up in the corner of the screen no matter what else you’re doing, and follow along when you move to a new app. (You can just flick them away if you want to get rid of them.) Notifications: If Chat Heads are about connecting to what’s important to you, Zuckerberg said, Notifications are there to make sure you don’t miss critical information – along with the name and face of the person who’s sending you the message. Unfortunately, with the download version at least, Facebook Home will not support notifications of emails, but you can still use the native Android notification bar. It’s not as pretty, but it’s still effective – something may not matter to high-school kids, but it may to the older professionals who also make up a big part of Facebook’s member base.Finally, Facebook Home adds a new app launcher, for when you still want to use your phone the old-fashioned way. Apps are really important too, so we wanted to make it just as easy to get to your apps. The app launcher is just one swipe away from your home or lock screen.Many, but not all, of these features can be switched on or off, the company said.How Big A Deal Is Facebook Home?While Facebook home is not a complete mobile operating system, it’s not some lightweight app, either. “We’re not building a phone, and we’re not building an operating system, but we’re also building something a lot deeper than just an app,” Zuckerberg said. “We wanted this to feel like system software, not just an app that your run. We feel like theres a higher bar for that…”That’s critical, because people spend a lot of time on Facebook on their mobile phones. Some 20% of the time people spend on their smartphones is spent with Facebook – 25% if you include Instragram, the company said. And that’s three times as much as with any other app.Still, while Zuckerberg claimed that people look at Facebook 10-12 times a day, they look at the home screen of their phone 100 times a day. Facebook Home brings the social network much closer to the user – and could be expected to seriously up Facebook’s engagment time for those who use it.It also expands on Facebook’s Mobile First mantra to what Zuckerberg called “Mobile Best.” “We think this is the best version of Facebook there is.”The Facebook PhoneFacebook Home will be available for free download from the Google Play store on April 12, but that’s only part of the story. Facebook Home is also the HTC First (seen on the left, below), available the same day for $99.99 exclusively from AT&T – pre-orders start today. As the first phone with Facebook Home built in, the HTC First offers deeper integration than the downloadable version. The key, Zuckerberg said, is that users don’t have to download anything or sign in to anything to get started. In addition, the built-in integration means Facebook Home can (unlike the downloadable version) incorporate notifications from other apps, such as email or Spotify. The email issue, particularly, will be a big deal to some people.What’s Next For Facebook Home?The April 12 launch date is only the beginning for Facebook Home. Zuckerberg promised that like all Facebook software, it will be updated monthly (not yearly like mobile operating systems). Updates will likely expand Cover Feed to include video, group joins, friending stories and other actions.Another thing to expect? Ads. While Zuckerberg said there would not be ads in Cover Feed at launch, he didn’t dispute a question that they could be added at a later date.It also makes sense to expect more smartphones with Facebook Home built in. The company made no mention of an exclusive arrangement with HTC or AT&T. The company also promised a tablet version of Facebook home within the next few months. As for a version of Facebook Home for the iPhone and iPad, Zuckerberg was non-committal. That will require working with Apple, he said, in ways that talking to Google wasn’t necessary to do the Android version.And that could actually make some waves in the mobile platform wars. “I actually think this is really good for Android,” Zuckerberg said. Even though there are more Android phones out there, he explained, a lot of people do their best work on iphone first. “This could bring more innovation to Android.”Facebook will be working to lead that. “This is a deeply technical problem, and its also a deeply social problem,” Zuckerberg said, adding that his company is uniquely positioned to deal with that combination.Images courtesy of Facebook. Lead image by Fredric Paul. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#Facebook#smartphones#social Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement fredric paullast_img read more

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Perlas Pilipinas stays in Division A in Fiba Women’s Asia Cup

first_imgPhoto from FIBA.comPerlas Pilipinas wrapped up its 2017 Fiba Women’s Asia Cup stint with a 78-63 thumping of North Korea to retain its Division A status in the continental tilt.It was the first victory for the Filipinos in the tournament held in India after four straight losses, the last an 87-53 rout to Chinese Taipei that put its place in the elite Division A in peril.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant View comments MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Jet Spikers in Final 4; Lady maroons avoid cellar This time, everything clicked for Perlas Pilipinas as it shot 50% from the field even as the Koreans knocked down 10 triples but registered a flimsy 34.3% shooting clip.All but one of the 11 players scored for the Philippines with Allana Lim leading the way with 16 points that went with four rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsAnalyn Almazan added 13 points and five rebounds while Cindy Resultay had a double-double with 10 points and 10 boardsThe North Koreans, meanwhile, were relegated to Division B after a winless campaign. FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’last_img read more

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