Brathwaite helps Thunder to key win

first_imgHOBART, Australia, (CMC):West Indies all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite made an instant impact with a brace of wickets as reigning Big Bash champions Sydney Thunder continued their resurgence with an emphatic six-wicket win over Hobart Hurricanes here yesterday.Called up to replace injured Windies teammate, Andre Russell, the 28-year-old Brathwaite played a key role in his first game to help restrict Hurricanes to 161 for eight off their 20 overs at Bellerive Oval.In reply, Thunder cruised to their target with over three overs remaining, to collect their second win on the trot. They remained bottom of the standings but joined four other sides on four points, with Brisbane Heat top on eight points.HOSTS SLUMPEDSent in, Hobart were carried by George Bailey’s unbeaten 69 off 54 deliveries while Ben McDermott got 31 and Jonathan Wells, 26.The hosts slumped to 10 for two in the second over but Bailey led the recovery, adding 46 for the third wicket with McDermott and a further 49 for the fifth wicket with Wells.Seamer Brathwaite accounted for Daniel Christian for 16 in the 14th over at 90 for four, caught in the deep off a slower ball. He then stalled Hobart’s momentum by removing Wells to another slower ball in the 18th over, caught at square leg off a top-edged slog sweep at 139 for five.In reply, Thunder benefited from captain Shane Watson’s top score of 55 off 31 deliveries and opener James Vince’s 44 off 28 balls, as they easily overhauled their target.Vince and Kurtis Patterson (23) put on 62 off 38 balls for the first wicket before Watson anchored a 63-run, third wicket stand with Ben Rohrer who made an unbeaten 28.Batting at number five, Brathwaite made six before he was dismissed with the scores tied, caught in the deep attempting to end the game with a maximum.last_img read more

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Parents urged to Take Child Education Seriously

first_imgMadam Ellen Olunfe Pratt, Deputy Minister for Industry and Inspector General at the Ministry of Commence, has advised parents to take their children’s education seriously, “because they are the future leaders of the country.”Minister Pratt who spoke on the topic “Importance of Education in Global Competition,” at the closing program of Aware International School, said parents have a critical role in the education of their kids.“An excellent education is every child’s right; and while our nation has gone through a difficulty period of civil war, we have much further to go to ensure that every child has equal opportunity to learn and to compete with other kids,” she said.“We have to make it our responsibility to provide children access to affordable, quality education that would make them competitive globally.”According to her, Aware International School (AIS) is among several institutions that are providing quality education to children in the country.For her part, school principal, Mrs. Beena Gopinathan said if Liberian children are to compete with their international counterparts, their learning environment should be conducive for learning.“Our school will continue to meet the challenges ahead; we will emphasize on aligning expected outcomes and promote student development, creativity and critical thinking capacities,” she said.Giving an overview of the school, she said, her institution started with a small number of students and with resilience has been able to accomplish the school’s objective of enriching the lives its students.“The previous year especially, with the Ebola crisis literally paralyzing the country, we had the most challenging period. However, we overcame it, and have emerged much stronger.“We always strive to play a leading role, not only in the personality development of our children, but also the development of the country,” Mrs. Gopinathan assured.She said her school has made strides because of the “various co-curricular activities like contests and cultural programs.”“This has been possible because of our arts festival, which was conducted in December last year, that exposed our students’ talents,” she said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Trackers to make second trip to provincials in upcoming season

first_imgLast year was the first time the N.E. B.C. and Yukon Trackers made the trip to provincials, and they’ll be making the same trip this upcoming season. The team announced on Sunday that B.C. Hockey had approved the club to attend the tournament.Head coach Shawn Brinsky said being able to take part again will expose the roster to the best competition the province has to offer, and also provides players with a chance to get scouted by teams in leagues such as the BCHL, major junior, or the KIJHL.“In tier one provincials you’re playing against some of the best midget aged kids, period. It’s a great opportunity to test yourself, it’s a good opportunity to see where you fit in, in the bigger picture. It gives them an opportunity to be seen by a whole host of people who are in that next level.”- Advertisement -Brinsky added that the tournament is not only beneficial to the players in the exposure it provides, but it’s also good for the team as a whole as it provides a chance to show off the program to hockey representatives in the province.The Trackers came away with a respectable 3-3 record in their first outing at the tournament in Comox back in March.last_img read more

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Past LeBron foe Stephenson joins ‘King James’ on Lakers

first_imgStephenson has a history with James, including a choke sign to Miami’s bench after James missed a late free throw in a lopsided Indiana playoff win in 2012, trash talk and the ear-blow incident when Miami met Indiana in the 2014 Eastern Conference finals and striking James in the groin when the star drove to the hoop in a game last November.“It’s actually funny that I’m actually on the same team as him. I’m very excited to see what that brings,” Stephenson said. “It’s going to be amazing.”The deal, reportedly for one year at $4.5 million, unites Stephenson with fellow Lakers free agent signings James, 2008 champion with Boston and four-time All-Star Rajon Rondo, JaVale McGee and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.In eight career NBA seaons, five of them with Indiana, Stephenson has averaged 8.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists a game. After four seasons with Indiana, he played for Charlotte, the Los Angeles Clippers, Memphis, New Orleans and Minnesota before rejoining the Pacers just ahead of the 2017 playoffs.“It’s incredibly exciting to have Lance join our team,” Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka said. “Lance is playoff-tested and will bring a certain edge, confidence and toughness to our roster.“His multi-positional versatility and open-court playmaking abilities are key ingredients for the basketball style we designed for next season.”The Lakers have missed the playoffs for the past five seasons and haven’t gone past the second round of the playoffs since winning the 2010 NBA crown.James has played in all eight NBA Finals since then, going 2-2 with Miami from 2011-2014 and 1-3 with Cleveland from 2015 to last month, when the Golden State Warriors swept the Cavaliers for their third title in four seasons.James agreed to a three-year deal worth $154 million on July 1 and signed the contract on Monday.The Lakers have spent much of the money they had available but have room to make an offer to forward Carmelo Anthony, who is expected to have Oklahoma City buy out his contract next week to make him a free agent.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The Pacers’ Lance Stephenson has lost several playoff games to James’ Cavaliers and is known for several of his attempts to toy with or annoy him © GETTY/AFP/File / ANDY LYONSLOS ANGELES, United States, Jul 11 – Lance Stephenson, who once blew in the left ear of LeBron James trying to disrupt the NBA superstar, signed a new contract Tuesday to join James on the Los Angeles Lakers.The 27-year-old American guard played for Indiana the past two seasons, each campaign ending with a first-round playoff loss to James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.last_img read more

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Video of the Mexico wonder goal that ensures they top Group C at Copa America

first_img1 Jesus Corona (centre, no.10) celebrates his excellent goal for Mexico Jesus Corona rescued a point for Mexico in their Copa America group game against Venezuela.The 23-year-old Porto man weaved his through the defence to score a wonderful goal to ensure Mexico top Group C on goal difference.They now await to discover their opponents in the quarter-final and in addition to salvaging a draw, the team are now unbeaten in their last 22 games.COPA AMERICA KITS V EURO 2016 KITS RANKEDlast_img

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ROISIN SHORTALL TELLS DONEGAL ASSOCIATION OF HER LOVE OF THE COUNTY

first_imgRoisin Shorthall with Sorcha Ni Dhomnaill and Martin McGettigan.The Donegal Association Dublin held their annual mass for deceased members of the Association and their families, on Sunday 17th November at the Regency Hotel. A large crowd attended which was celebrated by Fr. Michael McCullagh.Afterwards, the fourth Fr. McDyer Memorial Lecture was delivered by Róisín Shortall TD. Róisín Shortall is an Independent T.D. for Dublin North West. She was first elected to the Dáil in 1992 and was re-elected at every election since. Mrs. Shortall began by saying how honoured she was to address the Donegal Association given her own strong connections and how Donegal held a very special place in her heart.Her mother Sally, a Lifford woman, was both secretary and President of Cumann Thír Chonaill. Roísín herself attended many of those meetings with her mother as a young child. She recalled many of the different events that the Association organised during her childhood with great fondness.Martin McGettigan, Marian Caffrey and Hugh McGroddy.She noted that while her mother had lived away from Donegal for most of her life, the love for her home county never left her. When Sally joined the Donegal Association, it allowed her to retain her strong bond with her native county.While that was many years ago, Róisín commented that we face a similar situation now. Many people are living away from home due to the current economic crisis and while doing so, many seek out fellow county people to connect them with home. For our young people, who face uncertainty and emigration, with approximately 51,000 emigrating from Ireland last year! She spoke of the need to foster strong community spirit through our sports clubs, parishes, community centres and simple acts of kindness! We need to focus on restoring belief in ourselves and to rediscover our positive innate qualities. She believes that we can take our lead in this area from the spirit of Fr. McDyer and his strong belief in a sense of community. If we draw inspiration from Fr. McDyer’s beliefs & qualities, Róisín feels that we can come through these difficult times and have a bright and hopeful future for everyone especially our young people.Following Mrs. Shorthall’s talk there was a question and answer session, whereby she showed her true grit and independence of mind which makes her such a capable and impressive T.D for Dublin North West.Kay Dunleavy & Bernadine O’SullivanMartin McGettigan thanked Roísín for her comprehensive lecture and Cathaoirleach, Sorcha Ní Dhomhnaill presented her with a Donegal Pen, handmade by Ronán and Conor Mc Garvey in Loch an Iúir so that she will always remember ‘youth and initiative’ in Donegal.Remember!!A final reminder that our closing date for the receipt of nominations for Donegal Person of the Year is 30th November! You only have a number of days left to get your nomination to the association! Anyone or any group may nominate someone – the main criteria being that the person nominated should have made a significant contribution to the promotion of the county at local, national, or international level. Nominations should set out the reasons for the nomination and include supporting documentation and endorsements from individuals and groups. Nomination forms may be downloaded from the Association’s website www.donegalassociation.ie or by request from The Secretary, Donegal Association, c/o Teachers Club, 36 Parnell Square, Dublin 1. You can also contact Marie Ryan on 087 243 9317 or Sorcha Ní Dhomhnaill on 087 918 4072 to receive an application form. Alternatively, you can send your nomination directly to us by letter outlining the reasons for your nomination which we look forward to receiving!ROISIN SHORTALL TELLS DONEGAL ASSOCIATION OF HER LOVE OF THE COUNTY was last modified: November 21st, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DONEGAL ASSOCIAITON DUBLINROISIN SHORTALLlast_img read more

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New Mammal Discovered in Borneo

first_imgCaught on camera: a cat-sized quadruped with a long, bushy tail.  See the picture on National Geographic News.  Found in Borneo’s rain forests, it is so new we don’t know what to call it yet.  The article says this is the “first new mammal species discovered on the Southeast Asian island in more than a century.”  See also the Reuters story on MSNBC.It looks like a cat with a fox face.  How did such a creature escaped detection for so long?  There are still plenty of mysteries on this vast planet.  The natives probably knew all about it, though.(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img

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Championing the children of fire

first_imgFire survivor Musa ZwaneImage: Khanyi MagubaneKhanyi MagubaneGrade 11 learner Musa Zwane is relieved it’s Friday afternoon and school is done for the week. At least, he thinks, he won’t have to deal with spiteful comments from his classmates for two days.Eighteen-year-old Zwane from Alexandra, north of Johannesburg, is a shack fire survivor. When he was three years old, he sustained first-degree burns when a fire broke out inside his family’s shack. Although he’s been living with the disfigurement for 15 years, he still deals with the emotional pain of being taunted by other children.“Today at school I was called ‘fried roast meat.’ This hurt my feelings, because the comments came from someone I thought was a friend,” he says with sadness in his voice.According to statistics by Childsafe, an organisation helping parents understand child injuries and take preventative measures, injury is the leading cause of death and disability among South African children. The leading external causes of fatal injuries to children are firearm injuries, burns, motor vehicle accidents and drowning. While more than 70% of childhood injuries occur in and around children’s homes, the statistics also show that more than 80% of childhood injuries can be prevented.Ali Gule is the founding member of the non-profit organisation Safey in Action. The organisation, similar to Childsafe, teaches children safety skills, particularly in South Africa’s black townships. Gule says they teach children how to react when a fire breaks out – including how to protect themselves.The programme also equips the children with skills to use in other areas of their lives. They are taught social skills, taught not to talk to strangers and how to recognise inappropriate behaviour from an adult. Health issues are also covered, such as teaching children how to wash their hands properly and the benefits of living in a clean environment.Gule says they are hoping to take the children overseas, to experience life in another country, but also, they would be keen to meet with other children who have been victims of fire.Zwane says even though the malicious comments made by his classmates are now far in between, they still hurt.“It’s hard for me when they call me names, because I wasn’t born like this. But I have to find a way to make it work, because I’m not the type of person who doesn’t like to talk to others. I’m very outspoken.”He says even though he’s generally a positive person, sometimes his classmates make it difficult for him to cope. “I am a human being, and I think they have to treat me like a normal person, not a creature. I hate it because it brings down my self-esteem and self-image”Therapy for shack fire survivorsIn a bid to address the emotional scars of the children, in December 2007 Safety in Action took 20 fire-scarred kids on a four-day therapy camp to the Kruger National Park. Psychologists and social workers were roped into the event, sponsored by the Department of Education. Many of the children were being continually taunted at school and were reluctant to continue with their education.Although the aim of the camp was to address the emotional needs of the children, the programme focused on fun-orientated activities, which the children would find easy to participate in.Children were taught to overcome their fears by learning how to swim, which can be a daunting task if you come from an environment where facilities such as swimming pools are not available. The different activities were then used as a metaphor to teach the children more about dealing with emotional pain, having constructive outlets and standing up for themselves.The Mpumalanga provincial branch of Childline was also involved in the camp, bringing in mind-exercising games, which enabled the children to expand their thinking capacities. The kids were also taken on a game drive.Zwane benefited from the camp, and is looking forward to completing high school. “I want to study graphic design, but my real passion is fashion design,” he says with excitement. “I want to design beautiful dresses, and my preferred fabric to use is silk,”. Zwane is also looking forward to learning how to drive, and to leading a normal teenage life.Shack fires and childrenThe disfigurement of children from shack fires is of grave concern in South Africa, making organisations such as Children of Fire crucial. With its sister organisation Children of Fire International, the organisation was founded at the initiative of Bronwen Jones, a British engineering geologist and author.In 1996, in a Johannesburg hospital, Jones met Dorah Mokoena, an infant who had been terribly disfigured by a squatter camp shack fire at the age of seven months. Jones, her son Tristan and his friend Thobeka befriended the baby.Mokoena’s biological mother Margaret abandoned her for more than three years but was reunited with her daughter after Jones’s relentless efforts. But the reunion was short lived. Two years later, the little girl’s mother abandoned her again. Mokoena, who turns 14 in April, now lives full time in the Children of Fire home.In September 2001, Children of Fire’s frequent work in Alexandra, and particularly the shack-fire deaths of three children, led the organisation to further investigate the root causes of fires in the severely overcrowded township. The result was Umashesha (a Zulu word meaning to be quick, or one that is quick), a programme aiming to educate people about avoidable danger and get them to look after themselves and their community. It also involves training in first aid and in fire fighting and prevention. The programme also trains individuals who go on to become public educators and safety workers in their local communities.Useful linksChildren’s fire and burn trust Childsafe Paraffin safety association of Southern AfricaSA bureau of standards new laws for paraffin stoves and heaterslast_img read more

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Firefox 4 Comes to Android

first_imgaudrey watters Hot on the heels of a phenomenally successful release of the desktop version of Firefox 4, Mozilla has just launched an Android version of the browser.If you’re a Firefox user and an Android owner, then the browser’s worth downloading as it brings the Firefox sync, giving you access to your bookmarks, open tabs, form data, and passwords across computers. Firefox 4 also has a nice feature that hides the browser controls when they’re not in use, something that can take up the precious real estate on the smaller phone screen.But it’s not just looks or even synced data that matter – it’s performance. A this latest version of Firefox for the Android is fast – up to three times faster than the standard Android browser, according to Mozilla – as its JavaScript engine has been enhanced so that pages load more quickly and graphics perform better. This new browser supports HTML5, but it doesn’t support Flash. The app is available now via the Android Market. It’s a hefty 14 MB download. Tags:#Browsers#NYT#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Meet Microsoft’s First Surface Tablet — From 21 Years Ago

first_imgThe Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology At this point, handwriting recognition wasn’t new; both Pencept and CIC offered PCs with handwriting recognition built in, according to Wikipedia, and 1989’s GRidPad went on to inspire the Palm Pilot.Still, simply being able to scrawl a note and have it translated into actual text looks pretty impressive, even today. Vision Objects, for example, recently signed a deal to power the Samsung Galaxy Note and Note 2 with its handwriting-recognition system, and company executives demonstrated the same sort of handwriting-to-text capabilities that the Windows for Pen Computing demonstration included.The tablet also translates drawn lines and circles into their digital equivalents. There were even gestures: “If you want to delete something, you just swipe through it,” Gates says. “That’s one of the easy-to-remember gestures.” Gestures like cut, copy, paste and other common functions used their own shortcuts, while user-defined functions (macros, basically), were letters in a circle. People could also train the system to recognize quirks in their handwriting, such as connecting the horizontal swipe of a “t” with the lower hump of an “h.” Gates also showed off the ability to sign a form and connect to a database, both useful functions for a mobile tablet used for shipping and receiving, for example. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts Tags:#Microsoft#mobile#Surface center_img Twenty-one years ago, Microsoft debuted the first Surface tablet, complete with handwriting recognition and gestures. It wasn’t called the Surface then. In fact, the prototype tablet that a young, charming Bill Gates showed off was an unnamed prototype from NCR running Windows 3.1.In a video lost among the millions on YouTube, Gates marked the debut of Windows for Pen Computing, the first tablet interface for Windows.Next week, Microsoft will debut its Surface, a tablet that the company introduced in June. Surface will come in two flavors, one based on the full-fledged Windows 8 operating system, and one running a derivative for ARM processors, called Windows RT, which will be priced at $499 and up.  Beneath The SurfaceThose tablets flip Microsoft’s design process on its head: The Surface and its rivals guided the development of Microsoft’s new operating system, rather than the other way around. Two decades ago, the PC was at the center of the technology solar system, although even then it was clear that Gates and Microsoft were thinking about vertical industries like health care and shipping.The original video, a production by Microsoft titled “Personal Computing: The Second Decade Begins,” opens with Gates strolling through another relic of the era, a computer store. Printers line the walls, and Gates holds up a clunky laptop that weighs “only” seven pounds.Soon enough, however, we see why Gates is there – to promote the “graphical environment” of Windows 3. (Support engineer Joe Long notes, incidentally, that the number of support calls for Windows 3 is about 2,500, and Microsoft doubled its support staff to compensate.) In the video’s second chapter, however, Gates introduces something new.Pen Computing A Precursor To Touchscreens“One of the products we’re testing today is called Pen Computing for Windows,” Gates says in the video, adding his own spin to the brand name. “The idea is that hardware manufacturers will be building PCs that include a touch-sensitive surface.”“You use a pen, right here on the surface, and you can handwrite, just like you can on paper, and the computer recognizes it,” Gates adds. “So you don’t have to use a keyboard. So a machine like this could be taken into a meeting, or out on a sales call, and used in a very natural way. We’re making sure that it’s easy for people to work with Windows for Pen Computing.”Byron Bishop, then a lowly product engineer (later ascending to become the executive vice president of Expedia, and beyond) shows off the tablet interface by first clicking a calendar tab, then a date, then pulls up a schedule. The Pen Computing interface allows Bishop to draw an amusing little map of the location (no calendar-to-map integration, then!) which is saved as digital ink, automatically. Bishop also then scrawls in a new appointment, which is automatically converted into text and saved. markhachman Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Unfortunately, certain elements of the Windows for Pen Computing interface were found to infringe upon patents held by GO Corp., a rival and pioneer in tablet computing. In 2005, Go filed suit against Microsoft; technology developed by GO eventually found its way to Alcatel-Lucent, which successfully sued Microsoft for $512 million for patent violations.Still, the video is impressive, not just for the history, but as a reminder that Windows 3 was actually useful. If you buy a new Surface, remember, some of its capabilities Microsoft has touted are more than two decades old.last_img read more

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