Josh Urbiztondo sparks Alab Pilipinas rout of Wolf Warriors

January 18, 2020

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first_imgFILE – Josh Urbiztondo celebrates after hitting a 3-pointer. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSan Miguel Alab Pilipinas picked up where it left off after dumping the Zhuhai Wolf Warriors, 105-95, to stay unbeaten in the 2019 Asean Basketball League Sunday night at Lapu Lapu Sports Complex in Cebu.ADVERTISEMENT Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Renaldo Balkman and Ethan Alvano scored 21 points each while Josh Urbiztondo came off the bench and fired 12 of his 19 points in the second quarter where Alab broke the game wide open.Urbiztondo, the former PBA veteran, hit four 3-pointers in the second quarter to help Alab establish a double-digit lead. He also collected six rebounds, two assists and one steal in less than 14 minutes of action.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissLeague-leading Alab, which shot the lights out from downtown with 16 triples, rolled to its fifth consecutive win.Ray Parks chipped in 12 points, three rebounds and two steals while PJ Ramos had a quiet night with seven points and 11 rebounds for the Philippine side. Big men Mike Bell and Chen Cai combined had 20 points apiece for the Warriors, who remained dead last in the standings with a 1-9 record.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Same old Manny Pacquiao in LA MOST READ Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View commentslast_img read more


USAID Director Attributes Economic Growth to Poverty Reduction

January 18, 2020

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first_imgThe United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director to Liberia, John Mark Winfield, has observed that inclusive economic growth is paramount to reducing poverty.Mr. Winfield told a cross section of Liberians that an inclusive and sustained market driven economy is key to reducing poverty and providing stability in the country.Mr. Winfield made the comment when he delivered a statement during the signing ceremony of USAID-Liberia’s Investing for Business Expansion (IBEX) over the weekend in Monrovia.The signing was between the USAID-funded Liberia IBEX with partner banks that included Ecobank-Liberia Limited and International Bank Liberia Limited (IB).IBEX-Liberia is an implementing partner of USAID and other organizations in the country.The project is intended to expand and provide financial assistance to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the country.At the signing ceremony on Friday, March 14, USAID Mission Director further explained that his institution through it IBEX project program is intended to empower Liberian small businesses.According to him, the new program would address issues of transportation, construction, merchandise trade, hospitality, and Infrastructure development among others.He added that Liberian entrepreneurs are doing well, but lack access to financial credit in the country.Mr. Winfield promised that USAID would continue to provide more opportunities for Liberians in several areas of development.For his part, Ecobank Managing Director, Kola Adeleke, lauded USAID-IBEX for taking great steps in providing financial solutions for Liberian businesses.Mr. Adeleke said the agreement being signed is intended to empower Liberian businesses and give them the opportunity to access loans from various banks across the country.According to him Ecobank, which is the largest banking institution in Africa, has the responsibility to develop the economy.He also promised various partners that Ecobank would ensure that small and medium enterprises (SMEs) get developed.Also speaking at the ceremony was International Bank Managing Director, Henry Saamoi, who acknowledged USAID-IBEX for signing up for such a program with his organization.Mr. Saamoi told delegates that the only way Liberia can grow is when Liberians are involved in their country’s economic development.“We will make sure that we improve the economic system of the country,” he said.Meanwhile, the Chief of Party for USAID-IBEX, Watchen Harris Bruce, said technical support and capacity building provided by her organization for SMEs focus on coaching, advising and mentoring in business management while facilitating the preparation of loan applications and other financial documents.Madam Bruce also indicated that the organization helps to creates awareness of finance options and opportunities to increase the number of bankable deals in the country.“We have been providing financial support to SMEs and local banks that are actively engaged in Liberia’s agriculture and renewable energy sectors,” she added. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


56 girls from Mae’s receive HPV vaccine

January 12, 2020

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first_imgDespite the doubts and tears, 56 girls from Mae’s Schools took their Human papillomavirus (HPV) shots on Thursday at the institution. Parents and teachersMedex Carleen Howard-Mohabirwere there to support the 10 to 13-year-old girls.A few of the students – Alyssa Singh, 11; Sara Singh, 10; Ciara Bathya, 10, and Maninesha Alli – all described the inoculation feeling “as a mosquito bite and a little pinch”, according to the Department of Public Information (DPI).Parents Debbie Singh, Natasha Ally and Matignol Saint-Lot all expressed satisfaction that their children have been immunised. They also encouraged moreA mother shares a moment with her daughter who bravely took the vaccineparents from the school to fill out the necessary forms so their children could be vaccinated.Carleen Howard-Mohabir, the Medex, said the nurses have been trained to calm and reassure the girls who may be scared. She added that support was vital for the girls and expressed satisfaction that parents had accompanied the girls.Howard-Mohabir noted that the Ministry intended to extend the age group so that more girls could access the vaccine.The HPV campaign is part of the Public Health Ministry’s plan to control the number of cervical cancer cases.  Upon the recommendation of a technical group, the campaign will target girls nine to 16 years of age.  The end goal is to achieve 90 per cent coverage of the target population.last_img read more


Tottenham flop delighted to be back firing in La Liga

December 30, 2019

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first_img Roberto Soldado Roberto Soldado is loving life back in La Liga after his disastrous spell at Tottenham.The Spanish hitman failed to find his best form at White Hart Lane following his record £26m move and netted just seven times in two years.But he has already netted twice for Villarreal after his cut-price return to his homeland this summer, and the 30-year-old admits he can barely believe his swift return to form,“Coming back has surpassed all of my expectations – I couldn’t have imagined that it would be as good as it has been so far,” he told AS.“I was really keen to come back to Spain, and above all to a club which has everything it needs to do things well“We know we’ve got great potential in attack and in defence if we play as a team. The players who arrived over the summer are trying to get to know each other so that we can enjoy a good understanding out on the pitch.“For the moment, it’s working out well and the team is creating lots of chances – we have to continue down this route and keep scoring a lot of goals which is what counts.” 1last_img read more


DDTV: WATCH RESIDENTS OF RURAL DONEGAL PARISH CALL FOR A YES VOTE!

December 28, 2019

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first_imgDDTV: Donegal has traditionally voted NO in previous referendums but residents in the sleepy village of Cloughaneely/Derryveagh are calling for you to say YES tomorrow.In this superbly made video even some of the village’s youngest residents who won’t be able to cast a vote are urging the people of Donegal to say YES. It’s a short video, but it’s both a fun and powerful video which delivers the message of the YES side in this rural part of Donegal.The video was made by Pól Penrose and here’s a link to another he made with other residents from Cloughaneely/Derryveagh.Simply click play on the videos above to watch and enjoy! 🙂 DDTV: WATCH RESIDENTS OF RURAL DONEGAL PARISH CALL FOR A YES VOTE! was last modified: May 21st, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:DDTVdonegalEqualityFeaturesnewsruralvideoYESlast_img read more


TERENCE McWILLIAMS’ COACHING COURSE: SUSTAINABLE COACHING AND GAMES DEVELOPMENT

December 24, 2019

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first_imgINVOLVED with sport and sporting clubs? Want to be a better coach? Well, we hope you enjoy our brand new columnist Terence McWilliams, the GAA’s Ulster Games Development Manager. Every Tuesday he will be passing on the latest ideas in coaching. Here’s his first column:Creating Sustainable Club Coaching and Games Development Structures.By Terence McWilliams Ulster Games Development managerThe successful clubs of the future will plan for the future rather than keep doing the same thing over and over again and just getting the same results. This is what we call insanity. If we want things to happen, we must make them happen, success rarely happen on its’ own. Planning good club structures is no different from planning any structures should that be business or any other enterprise. The key ingredients in planning any structures are to get the right people to do the job. The following process may be used for the creation of effective and efficient club coaching structures. The first step is to plan all the stages to take the club through the process. Target key personnel to publicise the event to the whole community and what you hope to do for the benefit of the club. Unless the whole community is involved in the whole process from the start it will fail. One or two of the same old stalwarts, doing the same thing year after year will change nothingAim: State your main aim for holding the meeting i.e.• To Review Club and County Coaching and Games Development and put a Plan in Place for the next few years. If there is no plan you will have to start from scratch. Objective: To help us achieve our aim we will have to do the following…• Assess the current coaching & games situation in the club• Create a shared vision for success in our club for the future. Here everyone must have their say in a non-threatening environment• Identify and solve the critical challenges facing our club now and in the futureThe following process should be followed in the order given. Task 1:A first task could be to get club delegates to jot down 2 or 3 key things that they would hope to get out of the process by using Post Its. Ask them to stick them up on the wall and review. The facilitator should read out a few to see if the process covers any of them and if they can be addressed.Task 2: The London UndergroundHere is a great task which could be used to show the importance of planning and everyone working together. 1. Break into 6 Groups2. Give each group their task – The London Underground i.e. a photo of the London underground is cut into 6 parts and each group is given a part3. Explain Rules of Task• Only allow 1 Flip chart page and 2 markers per table• Can borrow or add 2 more items to complete task• Open Envelop and recreate this image i.e. a sixth of the complete underground exactly 5 times larger.• 5mins4. Bring all Groups together and ask them to put their Task sheets on the ground5. Then bring their version together – Groups put original 6 parts of map together and then their drawn map together.6. Review the resultsThe aim of this task is to show the importance of the groups working together and the members within the groups helping each other. When we did this task we found that groups failed to work as a team and here you can stress to club members the importance of having a plan in place.Now is the time to explain what a plan is.Explain the importance of producing a plan and its benefits. Here stress the point if you don’t know where you are going how you ever going to get there!A Working Action Document Which:• Provides a blueprint for the future direction & development of the Club• A framework containing Goals and Time scales• Plan that is owed by the members not the two or three who have been controlling things this past number of years which is sadly the norm in many clubs.• That is Implementable & Reviewed from time to time and tweaked when necessary.Why do we need a plan? Benefits…Club members need to know what they will get out of this for their efforts. They want to know what has to be done to achieve success. If you can show them this you are half way there. That’s what makes us all tick.• Allows Members to understand that there is a plan• Allows input – creates Ownership & Identity• Identifies Goals & Focus your activity• Assist with the recruitment and training of new members• Keep everyone informed of Aims & Objectives• Allows the Club/County to Grow & StrengthenProducing the Coaching and Games Development Plan: The 3 key stages in producing any plan are…1) Analyse the Current Situation – It’s a good idea to look at where you have come from, where you are now and where you hope to go2) Design a way forward3) Implement a Plan1) Analyse the Current SituationI. What is the current situation in the club?II. What are the club values?III. What is the club’s mission statement? If you haven’t got one write one up now.IV. What are its resources? A club audit i.e. number of teams, players, coaches etc. This might show you any weakness and issues that you need to take on board.2) Design a new way forwardI. What is the vision of success? A good idea here is to get groups to actually draw what the feel a successful club would look like and again take feedback from the different groups.II. What are the key success factors that come out of this vision?III. What are the critical challenges from these key factors?3) Implementation of PlanI. Develop new club plan from the critical factors suggestedII. Implement the plan. Draw up a plan template for this i.e. who does what when and how etc.Task 3:What does the Club Value (Task 5mins/ Review 5mins)In Groups discuss what your club values and their importance to the club. An example of a value might be…Player Welfare and this means our club would aim to…’Provide the best playing experience for all our players.’ ‘Structure our games to allow players of all abilities to reach their potential’ etc.This will have a big bearing on the direction your club will take i.e. winning v community involvement. Remember only one team can win. Does that mean everyone else fails?1. In Groups Complete the Value Sheet i.e. what you feel are the key values for your club2. Feedback to Group• Take the top 2 answers from each group• List all top answers and Vote on the Top 10 by allowing each member to highlight which one is their top answer.Task 4:Create a Mission Statement for The club1. Working in Groups2. Take a Flip Chart page and Split it into 3 areas.3. Describe What your Club Does?4. Describe How you do it?5. Add Why you do it?6. Feedback answers to all7. Write a Mission Statement for your club based on these values.An example of a mission statement for a club might be…‘Our vision is that everybody has the opportunity to be welcomed to take part in our games and culture, to participate fully, to grow and develop and to be inspired to keep a lifelong engagement within our Association.’Task 5:Analyse the current situation under a number of headings e.g.• Games, coaching, refereeing, volunteering, school/club links etc.• Split group up into the specific number of groups you have topics for.• Give each group the task of planning a specific topic each and how they might develop them. Be specific here i.e. who does what, when, how etc.As a starting point you could ask members to consider the positive things that their club is doing with in each specific topic. Then look at the negatives and finally the things their club does well occasionally but would like to do more off i.e. run more coaching clinics etc.Planning: The following process can be used in planning…Task 6 – Create a Vision (Task 5mins/ Review 10mins)I. Working in GroupsII. Take a Flip chart SheetIII. Draw a vision of your club – Keep as visual as possible as pictures are more powerful than words.IV. Feedback answers to allTask 7 – Key Success Factors (Task 5mins)I. What are the key things we need to achieve this vision just completed?II. Use a New Flip Chart SheetIII. Write down the Key points from each vision drawn from the various groups. These become the key Success Factors for the club.a. No wrong answers list everythingTask 8 – Critical Challenges (Task 5mins)I. What are the key things we need to achieve this visionII. Everyone takes a Marker and Highlights which Key Success Factor is most important to themIII. Select the top voted answers and place these on another flip chart sheet i.e. place the number 1 beside the one you feel is most important to you etc.These must be SMART (no wishy washy answers) A SWOT analysis i.e. Discuss the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats that your club might meet over the next few years.The facilitator then adds up all the number 1’s etc. and the top 4 or 5 are selected as the key areas to work on for the planTask 9 – Create a Plan (Task 5mins/ Review 10mins)I. From the Critical Challenge Sheet everyone has to select 1 area which they could support or work in e.g. coaching etc.?II. Split into groupsIII. Ask each group to complete the planning sheetIV. Feedback Planning Sheet to everyoneCritical Success Factors Current Score Target Score Action Required When – by Whom1 COACHING2 GAMES3 VOLUNTEERING45Task 10:Implementation of the Plan – Process is as follows…1. Select a Steering Committee – usually made up off…• Project Manager + Club Chairperson + 1 other. It could be advantageous to have a coordinator from each code in the club i.e. ladies football, camogie, handball etc.2. Appoint Internal Project Manager• Eyes & Ears Facilitator. The Doer – knows who is doing what and when. This is the key person and is responsible for the plan working or not.3. Appoint a Facilitator• Neutral – Keeps project on Track, answerable to Project Manager4. Select Project Team• Made up a person from each project selected from the critical challenges which become the key planning topics. This person can call on any other expertise in the club who might not have attended the meeting but could be a useful source of knowledge and help.• Responsible for Tasks set for their project and reports to Project Manager5. Arrange Next Meeting• Should be quiet close to review what has been done and not let anything slip. Here those that attendedThe key from here on is to report monthly otherwise tasks lag and fail to be completed. Any projects not been implemented must be addressed as soon as possible by the project leader and addresses by the project manager and not allowed to fester.TERENCE McWILLIAMS’ COACHING COURSE: SUSTAINABLE COACHING AND GAMES DEVELOPMENT was last modified: March 11th, 2014 by John2Share 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:coaching courseDonegal DailyTerence McWilliamslast_img read more


How Tall Can a Tree Grow?

December 19, 2019

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first_img130 meters (426 ft) seems to be the upper limit on the height of a tree, say researchers from Humboldt State, Northern Arizona University and Pepperdine University, in the April 22 issue of Nature.1  To find this out, they had to establish working stations at the tops of northern California redwoods, the tallest trees on earth (the current record holder is 369.75 feet, the height of a 36-story building).  Ian Woodward calls their in situ measurements of photosynthesis at heights of over 360 ft. a “remarkable achievement.”2  The team shot arrows over the tops of tall northern redwoods, then pulled up ropes and climbed hundreds of feet into the crown branches to take their measurements of water pressure, leaf mass, carbon dioxide exchange, and light environment.  Since the tallest trees, which are estimated to have been growing for 2000 years, have not reached the theoretical limit, they could continue growing for some time.    Koch et al. determined that the limiting factor is ability to pump water against the competing forces of gravity and friction, which increase with height.  Transpiration through the leaves creates a suction in the woody vessels that pulls the water upward until cavitation occurs, when an embolism forms that collapses the water flow.  They found that the top leaves get smaller and denser at the top, and less photosynthesis occurs, due to the challenge of delivering water hundreds of feet off the ground.  The northern redwoods are efficient drawers of water, Woodward says:Tall trees use considerable quantities of water.  For example, a 45-m redwood uses about 600 kg of water each day, a figure that increases substantially with height and size.  It seems surprising, therefore, that the redwoods live in a climate with an annual dry season of 3-4 months.  Offsetting such an apparent drawback, however, is the oceanic influence on local climate, which means that dry-season fog occurs for up to two weeks at a time: fog reduces transpiration, a benefit in the dry season.  Moreover, tall trees actually increase the interception and capture of fog coming in off the sea, to the tune of 34% of the annual incidence of precipitation; in their absence, the precipitation input from fog is halved.Woodward finds it interesting that Koch’s team began their research in 1988 on the lowly radish, and now they have continued on the tallest plants in the world.  “Yet that is no real surprise,” he notes: “despite the very different packaging and longevity of the two species, their physiological processes are much the same.”See also the BBC News writeup on this research paper.1Koch, Sillett, Jennings, and Davis, “The limits to tree height,” Nature 428, 851 – 854 (22 April 2004); doi:10.1038/nature02417.2Ian Woodward, “Plant science: Tall storeys,” Nature 428, 807 – 808 (22 April 2004); doi:10.1038/428807a.Here is a good example of science as it should be done.  Excellent field work, and no storytelling about evolution.  As remarkable as today’s giant trees are, there were probably even bigger ones in the past.  Yellowstone in Wyoming and Florissant Fossil Beds in Colorado have fossilized Sequoia stumps, and redwood fossils have been found even near the Arctic circle (see 03/22/2002 entry).  Conditions in the past may have been even more conducive to their rapid growth.    Like Ian, we should all look woodward and marvel at the trees.  Look at a tall tree nearby, whether an oak, a pine, or whatever is prominent in your neck of the woods.  Imagine if it were the only tree on earth.  Would it not be an international tourist attraction?  People would travel the world over to look at this natural marvel.  They would wonder how it could pump water from under the ground all the way up to the highest leaves.  They would admire its beauty.  It would seem almost a miracle.  The fact that trees are so plentiful should not blind us to the reality that trees indeed are some of the most elegant, handsome, remarkable, and complex entities in all of creation.  Why not take the family on a hike or picnic under the shady trees, and use it as a teachable moment?Enjoy this gallery of the natural water pumps that enrich our world: by a lake (foxtail pine), in a canyon (cottonwood), outdoor pews (sequoia), blooms in fog (dogwood), giant’s foot (sequoia), forest blanket (lodgepole pine), Yosemite valley (pine, oak), Tehipite valley (pine, oak), redwood saddle (sequoia), mountain majesty (pine), waterfall curtain (cottonwood), giant and dwarves (sequoia).(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


Science Media Tolerates Silliness

December 19, 2019

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first_img(Visited 359 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 As long as you are a secular Darwinian, you can get away with anything.Are Aliens Ignoring Us? Maybe We’re Already Their Captives in a ‘Galactic Zoo’ (Live Science). You can use “maybe” to tell any tall tale. Mindy Waisberger gets away with imagining, in a “science” media site, that space aliens—for which there is zero evidence—have put our planet in their zoo. Let’s play her game. “Maybe” she is one of them! Why, she might even be part of an alien conspiracy to discredit Earthling science by making it look stupid.Universities spooked by Trump order tying free speech to grants (Nature). Oh no! Universities will have to stop violating the 1st Amendment in order to receive funds for science grants! Spoooooky! Did anyone at Nature think about how this headline could come across to the average taxpayer?A mating war in diving beetles has stopped the evolution of species (University of Copenhagen). Evolution is a fact, you see, even when it isn’t. The same process yields opposite outcomes. What flexibility this gives to Darwin storytellers!In nature, males eager attempts to mate with females can be so extreme that they will harm females. Such negative impact of mating interactions has been suggested to promote the emergence of new species under some circumstances. Surprisingly, one type of diving beetle species now show that this conflict between the sexes can instead lead to an evolutionary standstill in which mating enhancing traits in males and counter-adaptations in females prevent the formation of new species.Natural selection favors cheaters (UC California, Riverside). Since natural selection built everything in the biosphere, as Darwinians believe, perhaps the authors of this study are illustrations of their thesis. If so, don’t listen to them!Scholar makes ‘moral case’ for letting people decide their own age  (The College Fix). The assumed right to identify your own sex, gender or other personal reality has gone so far overboard, this “scholar” thinks you should be able to declare your age, too. Some already do this, of course, answering their age as “29” every birthday. He is in favor of “trans-ageism” in order to avoid “discrimination,” he argues.The piece, by Joona Räsänen of the University of Oslo in Norway, titled “A Moral Case for Legal Age Change,” concludes that there are three scenarios when a change to one’s legal age should be allowed: When “the person genuinely feels his age differs significantly from his chronological age,” when “the person’s biological age is recognized to be significantly different from his chronological age,” and when “age change would likely prevent, stop or reduce ageism, discrimination due to age, he would otherwise face.”Räsänen differentiates between “chronological” age, or how long the person has actually lived; “biological age,” or the state of one’s body; and “emotional” age, the age as which one identifies.“Legal age is a cause of severe discrimination for some people whose biological and emotional age do not match their chronological age,” he argues.Did the “scholar” think through the social consequences? What if a 30-year old wants to apply for Social Security on grounds he identifies as a senior? Maybe he could get senior discounts at restaurants, too. What if a 21-year old declares himself a 15-year old to dodge the draft? Imagine the possibilities!To understand what’s going on, watch this video from Prager U.last_img read more


‘Wild’ plans for two Sudan cities

December 18, 2019

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first_imgBlueprints of the proposed Rhino City.(Image: aboswell) When Africa is mentioned, wild animals often come to mind. Now, in Southern Sudan, this is being taken a step further with plans to restructure two cities into the shapes of a giant rhino and a giraffe.It’s hoped this will help rejuvenate the impoverished and war-weary region.The one city, Juba, will take the shape of a rhino, while the city of Wau will be modelled on a giraffe. Both animals are national symbols of Sudan.This ambitious plan, which will need U$10-billion (R68.2-billion) to implement, has been introduced in the run-up to a referendum in January 2011. If the majority vote is “yes”, Southern Sudan will split from the north and become fully autonomous.Sudanese authorities are busy talking to investors about raising the project’s budget, which is almost six times more than the southern region’s 2010 budget of $1.9-billion (R12.9-billion).The National Congress Party, along with the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) govern northern Sudan, while the SPLM oversees the southern region.Architectural plansDaniel Wani, the under-secretary of Southern Sudan’s ministry of housing and physical planning, said of the plans: “It’s very innovative and it’s unique, that’s our thinking. The ministry of housing thinks you have to be unique to attract the people.“The advantage is that there will be uniformity of planning. It will be very easy for future generations to follow our thinking, what we wanted to put in place, because we are not planning for now, we are planning for tomorrow,” said Wani.Architectural firms from Canada and Sudan drew up the designs, which, if approved, could take 20 years to execute.Architectural drawings of Juba, the region’s capital also called the Rhino City, show that police headquarters would be situated at the rhino’s mouth, an amusement park at the ear, an industrial area along the back and residential housing throughout the four legs.Jemma Kumba, the minister of housing and physical planning, said: “Juba is made up of slums and the plans would bring order to the city’s chaotic layout.”ScepticsBut there are some sceptics who believe the project will never take off, and others maintain the money should go towards initiatives that would do more to improve lives in the region.“This is just one of a collection of crazy ideas and it’s very unlikely to ever happen,” said a Juba-based contractor familiar with the blueprints.Nora Petty, an aid worker for the Malaria Consortium NGO in Juba, said: “It doesn’t seem like the government of Southern Sudan should be using its resources or staff time on these projects when the people there lack basic services like healthcare and water.”Oil, religion fuel civil warSudan gained independence from British colonial rule in 1956 and had its first taste of instability in May 1969, after the civilian government was overthrown and Jaafar Numeiri took control.In 1978 large reserves of oil were discovered in Bentiu, Southern Sudan, and in 1983 Numeiri introduced Sharia Law, which led to hostilities between the north and south, which was mostly Christian at the time. A vicious civil war ensued.Numeiri was overthrown in a military coup in 1985. Current president of Sudan and the head of the National Congress Party, Omar al-Bashir, came to power in 1989 when he, as a brigadier in the Sudanese army, ousted the existing government.Heart of the conflictToday’s conflict in the oil-rich Darfur region is a continuation of the civil war, which flared up in February 2003 when the SPLM Army and Justice and Equality Movement groups in Darfur took up arms, accusing the Sudanese government of oppressing and committing genocide against black Africans in favour of Arabs.Several hundred thousand are believed to have died there – either from direct combat, or starvation and disease caused by the conflict.Although the situation remains volatile, UN and AU peacekeeping forces maintain a heavy presence in the region and the International Criminal Court has issued a warrant for the arrest of President al-Bashir on charges including war crimes and torture.South Africa’s position on DarfurSouth Africa is keeping a close watch on developments in Darfur, especially in light of the upcoming referendum.Speaking in parliament on 3 November, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said the country’s government was “reasonably satisfied that preparations for the referendum are progressing well.”“Sudan was mired in conflict for many years. Through mediation efforts mainly from the African Union, the main political parties signed a historic Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) on 9 January 2005,” he added.“Part of the agreement is that a referendum be held to give the people of Southern Sudan an opportunity to decide whether or not the region should secede.“In terms of the CPA, the National Congress Party and Southern Sudan People’s Liberation Movement agreed to work together to address the causes of conflict in different parts of the country. The two parties have formed a government of national unity to govern Sudan as a whole, while the SPLM governs Southern Sudan,” Motlanthe said.last_img read more


Enki Sports Debuts Smartphone-Based Training for iPhone

December 16, 2019

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first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#Data Portability#Internet of Things#mobile#web Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementcenter_img curt hopkins Tomorrow San Francisco-based Enki Sports is bundling wireless sensors and the Web together into a real-time integrated training system that you communicate with via your smartphone. “The system will coach the athlete based on their training plan, monitor’s the athlete’s performance via wireless sensors and provide feedback during performance to help the athlete follow their plan,” according to COO Jeff Broderick.The integrated system runs real-time training data to a web site that is inflected according to that data and checked against a workout plan. Any modification is then “pushed back down to the phone in time for the next workout.” “One of the biggest problems we solve is to give each workout context within the athlete’s overall plan and how it relates to their goals. Because our system knows the athlete’s plan and listens to the athlete’s body in real time, our customers are more likely to avoid fatigue-related injuries and performance issues,” according to CEO Kirk Ewing.The packages contain the wireless sensors to record heart rate and sport specific data, a phone application and a subscription to the MyEnki online training app. The first platform to be supported will be the iPhone. iPhone Sport Packages for Cycling will ship in June with Running following in August and Triathlon later in Q4 2010. Support for Android will arrive in Q4 2010 with Blackberry and other phones following in 2011.The smartphone connection may help to distinguish Enki Sports from competitors such as Nike, as well as BodyMedia, Fitbit and others. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more