19 Sep

Cricket News Shoaib Akhtar slams Archer for not checking up on Smith

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar on Sunday slammed Jofra Archer for not showing the basic courtesy of checking on Steve Smith after the Australian batsman was felled on the ground by a nasty bouncer from the England fast bowler during the second Ashes Test.During his fiery spell on the fourth day of the second Ashes Test at Lord’s on Saturday, Archer struck Smith twice—first on his forearm and then on the unprotected back of his neck by a bouncer clocking 92.4 miles per hour.“Bouncers are a part & parcel of the game but whenever a bowler hits a batsman on the head and he falls, courtesy requires that the bowler must go & check on him. It was not nice of Archer to just walk away while Smith was in pain. I was always the first one to run to the batsman,” Akhtar tweeted on Sunday.The body blow forced Smith to retire hurt while batting at 80. After a concussion test, Smith, however, returned in less than an hour to take the crease even as a section of English crowd booed the batsman.The former skipper was eventually dismissed when he shouldered arms to a straight ball from Chris Woakes, just eight runs short of a century. last_img read more

20 Dec

Giants’ bullpen struggling, but team may have struck gold with unlikely addition

first_imgCHICAGO — When the Giants added right-handed pitcher Jandel Gustave to their 40-man roster on July 18, the transaction appeared more like a clerical error than a wise decision.Gustave hadn’t appeared in a major league game since 2017, owned a 6.85 ERA at Triple-A Sacramento and wasn’t among the top five relievers on his minor league team.A month after Gustave’s name surfaced in an unlikely roster move, the Dominican Republic native has emerged as one of the Giants’ best relievers.“You look …last_img read more

18 Dec

Soweto building on award shortlist

first_imgRay Maota The Nike Football Training Centre inSoweto is used as a training groundby nearly 20 000 young footballers ayear and is also an HIV/Aidseducational centre.(Image: Designboom) This theatre in Estonia is made from blackspray-painted straw bales and is incompetition with the Nike building inSoweto for the 2011 World Building Award.(Image: Dezeen Magazine)MEDIA CONTACTS• Seruscka NaidooCommunications manager, Nike SA+27 82 688 4376RELATED ARTICLES• Reviving sport in SA schools• Nestlé nurtures future footballers• Cape Town has Africa’s best airport• Mandela’s old offices restoredThe Nike Football Training Centre in Soweto in Johannesburg’s south-west, could become the second South African building to be named World Building of the Year, after making the shortlist for the award.The facility is used as a training ground by nearly 20 000 young footballers every year and is also an HIV/Aids educational centre.If it is crowned the World Building of the Year 2011, the centre will join Limpopo province’s Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre, the site of an ancient trading civilisation located in the Mapungubwe National Park. This structure won the award in 2009.The Nike building is one of 704 entries from 59 countries competing for the annual World Architecture Festival Awards, which take place in Barcelona, Spain, from 2 – 4 November 2011.The festival, described as the “world’s largest architectural meeting for architects, suppliers and clients”, culminates in the awards ceremony. This year’s event is the fourth edition, and has attracted the most entries since its inception.There are three main sections: completed buildings, structural design and future projects. The South African entry is nominated in the first category.Seruscka Naidoo, communications manager at Nike South Africa, said: “Nike is very proud and excited to be nominated for this prestigious international award.”Naidoo said that the Nike building’s place on the shortlist is testimony to the world-class facilities it offers.Rivals for the award include an office made of bamboo in India; Sweden’s Treehotel which takes the treehouse concept to new heights; and a straw-made theatre in Estonia.The centre in the heart of SowetoThe football training centre was opened by then-mayor of Johannesburg, Amos Masondo, on 9 June 2010.Designed by architects from Rural Urban Fantasy Projects (RUF), it took six months to build.Sean Pearson, RUF director, said: “It is a world-class facility, with its design inspiration taken directly from the community of Soweto and the surroundings, and football.”In its shape the rectangular building is similar to houses in the township, but is covered with wood-strip cladding, adorned with the Nike logo, that protects the interior from the sun yet lets in appropriate amounts of light.The reception area is brimming with autographed photos, T-shirts and football boots of greats such as Ronaldo from Brazil. It also features a coffee shop and 10 Apple Mac computers for the use of visitors.The first floor houses offices and the roof, fitted with synthetic grass, has a view of the two Fifa-approved pitches.Mark Parker, president and CE of Nike Inc, said at the centre’s launch: “This football training centre will create a lasting legacy for the Soweto community and inspire the next generation of footballers by delivering premium football clinics combined with life skills programming.”These factors, he said, would equip young people to live free of HIV.Saving lives in AfricaThe centre is part of Nike’s RED initiative which uses the power of sport to support young people in the fight with HIV/Aids in Africa. It does this through its Lace Up/Save Lives campaign.Nike urges people to buy red shoelaces, giving sale proceeds to educational and medicinal programmes that tackle the disease across the continent.Simply by buying the shoelaces one would have contributed to programmes such as Grassroots Soccer, which uses football as a framework to teach youngsters how to avoid contracting HIV/Aids, and to the Global Fund.The fund supports the purchase of lifesaving antiretroviral medication, training of medical staff, HIV testing, and treatment to help prevent mother-to-child transmission of the virus.Aaron Motsoaledi, South Africa’s minister of health, said at the centre’s opening: “Nike’s approach to combine football, education and medication is a powerful example of how sport can be used as a catalyst, enabling youth to make informed decisions and hopefully live a life free of HIV.”The Lace Up/Save Lives campaign has to date generated more than US$135-million (R972-million) for the Global Fund.last_img read more

17 Dec

U.S. dairy industry cautions Japan to respect current trade relationships during review of EU’s list of geographical indications for foods

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Japan’s agriculture officials must respect current market access between Japan and its trading partners, including the United States, when reviewing a list of geographical indications (GIs) proposed by the European Union (EU), or else risk disrupting one of the world’s largest consumer marketplaces, the U.S. dairy industry urged.In a letter to the Japanese Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, leaders from the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) and the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) said it is imperative that Japan “not overlook the enormous significance of the EU food name list for Japanese consumers and producers, and for your lasting relationships with key international trading partners.”The European Union is in the final stages of negotiating a free trade agreement with Japan, establishing the rules of commerce for hundreds of food products produced in each region. In doing so, the EU is seeking to monopolize a long list of common names under the guise of geographical indications in trade deals with Japan and other nations, including China and Mexico. This campaign attempts to restrict generic product names such as parmesan, feta and asiago to products made only by EU producers, and runs counter to international trade commitments.The Consortium for Common Food Names and U.S. dairy groups have argued that this strategy is intended to deprive U.S. manufacturers of markets that local industries have developed. The EU’s goal of co-opting these terms would limit sales from non-EU companies to benefit European marketers, thereby stifling healthy competition among food producers all over the world.“This is a critical moment for Japan as your nation prepares to review hundreds of food and beverage terms; the decisions Japan makes will have lasting impact for years to come,” the letter said. “We urge you to make sure that the steps you take do not unnecessarily limit healthy trade and competition within your market.”The letter cited Canada’s decision to acquiesce to EU pressure, which has negatively affected its producers, consumers and trade partners The U.S. dairy leaders insisted that Japan can avoid this fate by helping to finalize a list of GIs that does not “encroach on generic names and terms.” For example, “Parmigiano Reggiano” is an acceptable geographical term, but the common name “parmesan” is already used by non-EU producers and widely used in Japan.“For the good of our trade relationship, it is imperative that Japan’s efficient and transparent GI review process ensures that generic names and terms remain accessible to all,” said Jim Mulhern, NMPF President and CEO. “We encourage Japanese government officials to continue on this course, and to respect their own laws and international agreements with the United States.”The Consortium for Common Food Names (CCFN), of which all three dairy groups are a part, has been instrumental in opposing any attempt to monopolize common food names that have become part of the public domain. It has been coordinating U.S. industry submissions to the Japanese government to defend common food terms that appear on the EU’s GI list. CCFN seeks an appropriate model for protecting both legitimate geographical indications and generic food names.“Wholesale acceptance of the EU’s proposed GI list would not only unfairly limit the ability of U.S. and other nations’ cheesemakers to do business in Japan, it would negatively impact Japanese consumers and cheese producers,” said Tom Vilsack, USDEC President and CEO. “We urge Japan to consider the confusion, marketplace disruptions and inflated prices that would ensue by restricting common cheese names as the EU desires.”last_img read more

16 Dec

Security Trends: Quality Over Quantity, Mobile Vulnerabilities and the Cloud

first_imgTags:#enterprise#networking Web applications accounted for nearly half the vulnerabilities disclosed in 2010. Cross-site scripting and SQL injections are the biggest problems, though cross-site scripting is in decline.Perhaps the scariest fact in the report, however, is that nearly half the vulnerabilities disclosed remain unpatched. klint finley The good news is that phishing in decline. The peak level of phishing in 2010 was less than 1/4 the peak level of phishing over the past two years. The bad news is that “spear phishing” on the rise. Spear phishing is a more targeted form of phishing – the phisher generally poses as someone the victim knows.Spam peaked in 2010, reaching its highest level in history, and then leveled off. IBM speculates that this is due to spammers seeing less benefit from high volume spamming. Instead, spammers seem to be focusing on bypassing spam filters. Again, quality over quantity is the new rule. Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair The report also warned of security vulnerabilities in virtualization systems, particularly hypervisor escape vulnerabilities.Although the number of security vulnerabilities in Web applications and hypervisors may be off-putting. IBM thinks cloud security will eventually improve to such a point that it becomes a driver, instead of an inhibitor, of cloud adoption. We’ve been saying much the same here for some time.Also of note, IBM is opening the Advanced Institute for Security in Europe in Brussels. The goal of the institute is to connect representatives from the government, private sector and academia with IBM security experts in Europe.Disclosure: IBM is a ReadWriteWeb sponsor.Photo credit: Circo de Inviernocenter_img Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… As enterprises face increasingly sophisticated and specialized risks, criminals seem to be taking a quality-over-quantity approach to malware, phishing and spamming. According to the IBM X-Force 2010 Trend and Risk Report, spam and peaked and phishing declined last year. But total security disclosures increased, and, of course, we saw what happened with Stuxnet.Stuxnet proved that highly targeted attacks against specialized equipment is no longer a hypothetical threat – it’s a real threat.Although Stuxnet was the highest profile computer security story of 2010, the Zeus botnet continues to threaten far more individuals and organizations. According to the report, Zeus was responsible for stealing more than $1 million from customers of one UK-based financial institution alone. IBM warns that PDF vulnerabilities are a growing way to spread the Zeus trojan, and that FoxIt Reader is not immune to the flaws.Despite the alarm it caused, the Conficker worm is in decline. The number of mobile operating system vulnerabilities increased this year, but malware on mobiles is still uncommon. The biggest security risk remains lost or stolen devices.last_img read more

27 Nov

FIFA World Cup 2014 match preview: Host Brazil takes center stage at World Cup

first_imgBrazil’s footbal team at a training session ahead of their match with Chile, at Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil (AP Photo)The second round of the World Cup gets underway with host nation Brazil facing Chile and Colombia taking on Uruguay in an all-South American race to reach the quarterfinals. Brazil will be the first to play, in Belo Horizonte, and faces a Chile squad that has lived up to its pre-tournament expectations as a very good team that could cause few surprises. Colombia, which plays a Uruguay lineup that will be missing Luis Suarez, has also delivered so far on predictions of being a potential quarterfinalist in Brazil. Given Suarez’s absence, Colombia’s run should continue after Saturday’s game at Rio’s Maracana stadium. BRAZIL vs CHILE The statistics point to one outcome at the Estadio Mineirao: Brazil has never lost to Chile on home soil and hasn’t been beaten by its South American rival in 14 years. On top of that, Neymar is already in scintillating form for Brazil at the tournament. He scored twice in a labored 3-1 victory over Croatia in the tournament opener and struck two more to give Brazil a decisive 2-1 lead in what became a comfortable 4-1 win over Cameroon in its last group game. However, Brazil’s players – and coach – are understandably wary of a dangerous Chile side which has far less to lose than the hosts. “It’s normal to feel uncomfortable and anxious ahead of this first elimination game,” Luiz Felipe Scolari said. “We are a bit more scared and nervous… not only because this one is in Brazil. We know we can’t make mistakes, we can’t lose.”advertisement Chile’s 2-0 victory over 2010 World Cup champion Spain at the group stage underlined the potential of Jorge Sampaoli’s team, though a loss to the Netherlands by the same score maybe indicated its limits. Playmaker Arturo Vidal and livewire forward Eduardo Vargas will be the ones to watch in a game which the Chileans are clearly relishing. Vidal is coming back from injury, but there are bigger concerns over a muscle injury sustained by central defender Gary Medel. “We have a historic opportunity to eliminate the hosts,” Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo said. “It’s our longtime rival, one with a lot of titles. It’s up to us to do it.” COLOMBIA vs URUGUAY Things could hardly be going better for Colombia ahead of this match. Three straight victories and nine goals scored, playmaker James Rodriguez has been outstanding and now Uruguay’s best player, striker Luis Suarez, has been sent home. Even allowing for the absence at this tournament of its star forward, the injured Radamel Falcao, Colombia will be the favorite to reach the quarterfinals. Rodriguez, who engineered the opening two victories over Greece and Ivory Coast but was rested for the first half of a 4-1 win over Japan, will return to the starting lineup. For Uruguay, the loss of Suarez will be damaging – both technically and psychologically. His two goals in the 2-1 victory over England in Group D propelled Uruguay toward to the knockout stage and his presence in the squad as a proven match winner did much for its confidence. By contrast, strike partner Edinson Cavani has been in mediocre form so far at the tournament and will need to step up to the plate against Colombia. Playmaker Diego Forlan, named the best player of the 2010 World Cup, could be Uruguay’s best hope of a victory.last_img read more

27 Oct

Video: Georgia Commit Jake Fromm Finds 5-Star WR Jalen Hall For Crazy 1-Handed Catch At The Opening

first_imgTwo Georgia Bulldogs football helmets sitting on a field.CLEMSON, SC – AUGUST 31: Two Georgia Bulldogs helmets sit on the field prior to the game against the Clemson Tigers at Memorial Stadium on August 31, 2013 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)When you get together a giant group of four and five-star recruits, you’re bound to have some crazy plays. The 7-on-7 competitions didn’t disappoint. During a Saturday game, five-star 2018 wide receiver Jalen Hall, the top player at that position in his class, made a phenomenal one-handed touchdown catch on a great throw by Georgia commit Jake Fromm.The only thing that might top the catch is the coordinated double-backflip celebration from Tyjon Lindsey and future Fromm teammate Richard LeCounte III.#AlphaPro acrobatics from @LilEasy_35 & @tyjonlindsey at @TheOpening. pic.twitter.com/3o9TsKDsnO— B/R The Future (@BR_TheFuture) July 10, 2016Pretty much everything that happened in this video was super athletic and impressive.last_img read more

13 Oct

Macron says France will delay cap on nuclear energy

first_imgPARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron says the country will move more slowly than promised to cap the amount of energy it derives from nuclear energy.Amid popular discontent about high energy prices, Macron said Tuesday that France will shut down 14 nuclear reactors by 2035 out of 58 now in order.Yet he said France would cap the amount of electricity it derives from nuclear plants at 50 per cent by 2035. That is a delay compared with the goal of 2025 set by his predecessor, Francois Hollande.France depends more on nuclear energy than any other country, getting about three-quarters of its electricity from its 19 nuclear plants.The French leader promised to develop renewable energy instead, saying his priority is weaning France’s economy from fuel that contributes to global warming.The Associated Presslast_img read more

13 Oct

North Peace Cultural Centre gives annual update to City Council

first_imgThe theatre of the Centre has been an integral platform this year for many performers both locally and those that travelled to the Peace Region to perform for the community.The art gallery focused this year on having more local artists be able to display their work and sell at their own openings and functions which produced a lot of interest in the community.Workshops have been created and funded by the Centre; these are opportunities for local artists to come in and share about their art to help people discover things they might not know about and create new skills by participating in the workshop. In the future, the Centre is looking to provide more experiences for different age groups and by getting community input through Social Media as to what people want to see.There are various Art programs at the Centre such as Let’s Art that is a free Art program for children and teens as well as dance and theatre classes.The Bright Nights event in June captured the theme Classic Country, there was an expanded art market, with spinners and weavers, quilters and potters even a mobile kiln.  There were big machines with rollers helping to create big prints that were then sold as part of the big print sale. This years event will be setting the stage for the 2020 BC Winter Games.Financially the NPCC is on track; there has been restructuring within the Centre with room rentals, creating new uses for previously allocated space with programs such as childcare. The Centre is always looking for a new opportunity to create and find revenue while keeping the costs of running things down. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The NPCC has had a full and evolving year, and with the continued partnership with the City, the Cultural Centre continues to grow and thrive in its programs to maintain arts and cultural exposure in the North Peace region.The report for City Council outlined the NPCC’s shared partnerships with the City, theatre, art gallery, workshops offered, programs at the Cultural Centre, the Bright Nights event, funding, what’s to come and future plans.The NPCC thanked the City of FSJ for their continued support and shared how positive the Management Service Agreement between the City of FSJ and the NPCC has been as it has increased communication and by working together the Centre has seen improvements to the physical building and continued success in collaborated events. There has been a great success with finding new funding partners and continued support from old partners. With the help of community gaming grant and other applied and received grants this helps ensure programs and upgrading opportunities continue at the Centre. The City of FSJ is the major funder of the Centre supporting 24 percent of the budget, without that assistance the centre would be unable to operate as it does.The Centre received a $170,000 Gaming Grant for theatre renovations and is thankful the City matched those funds; all monies will help to refurbish the theatre by new carpeting replacing the seating, replacing theatre lights, curtains, and a paint job.Heading into the future, the season pass will continue for the ‘Presentation Series,’ Childcare has been made available since the closure of Oscare Daycare, and this grows new opportunity to help develop new relationships with the children and families. The Renovation is a big and exciting opportunity for the Centre and a Primary Liquor licence has been applied for to assist in what can be offered to Theatre patrons. The Centre will be hosting the Chocolate Festival this year and has partnered with the Literacy Society with a homework club.The NPCC future goals and wish list include working with the City and to be apart of the Downtown Revitalization plans, through refreshing the outside of the building and including more windows into the gallery, so people on the outside have a better idea of what is going on in the inside. Renovating the concourse and conference room to be more attractive to events. To replace the front doors and glass cubes to improve access and insulation to the building and to add a Marquee at the front of the building.last_img read more

13 Oct

Junior Dragons Den Submission Deadline March 15 2019

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C.- The 2019 Junior Dragons Den’s (JDD) deadline for submissions is March 13th, 2019 to enter the competition for the Northeast B.C. Region.Students in grades 7 – 12 and post-secondary students are welcomed to submit their concept for a business or expansion of their current business with an expression of why they should be chosen to participate in the competition.Five applicants from each category will advance to the Regional Competitions in Dawson Creek and Fort St John. Each student will be assigned a Mentor from their local community and these Mentors will assist their assigned student with everything from start-up considerations and marketing, to coaching and presentation skills. These chosen competitors then work on refining their business concept into a comprehensive one-page business plan with detailed financial statements.The competitors will be assisted in creating a live business pitch to use at the live competition for an opportunity to compete for cash prizes at the Final Competition on April 29, 2019.To download an application; CLICK HERElast_img read more