Sixteen young cagers return to the country on Monday carrying with them a wealth of memories after participating in the Jr. NBA/WNBA Experience in Shanghai last week.The highlight of the four-day trip of Team Philippines, composed of eight boys, eight girls and coaches Catrina June Biongcog of Xavier-Cagayan and Jed Cabellon of Southwestern Cebu, was watching the Golden State Warriors-Minnesota Timberwolves preseason match live at Mercedes-Benz Arena on Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide The players aged 13 and 14 years were among the initial 33,000 aspirants who participated in regional training selection camps, led by Alaska Milk and NBA Philippines, throughout the country.The top 37 advanced to the National Training Camp where the final 16 was selected.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogIn Shanghai, the Filipinos trained with other players from Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore. —VANESSA B. HIDALGO Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Mordido seizes Shell youth chess lead Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball00:50Trending Articles02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio 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 LATEST STORIES How to help the Taal evacuees Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson DAY6 is for everybody Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene MOST READ
Edu Fun is organised, run and staffed by volunteers who give their time for free. This means all donations and funds raised are used for the group’s programmes, teaching materials and school supplies; health checks and medical expenses; materials for mending torn uniforms; as well as educational and social activities, such as trips to the zoo and student graduations. (Images: Edu Fun) • Avril Donnelly Teaching Programme Edu Fun +27 82 892 0505 email@example.com • South Africa’s mother tongue education challenge • University of the People offers online education for all • Tackling South Africa’s education challenges • Gauteng Department of Education, 20 years on • Zuma: South Africa to meet 2015 education goalMelissa Jane CookAristotle once said: “Those who know, do. Those who understand, teach.” It’s a driving idea behind Edu Fun, a non-profit organisation that believes if you educate a child for a day, they will remember it that day; but if you bring fun into it, they will remember it for life.Edu Fun is organised, run and staffed by volunteers who give their time for free. This means all donations and funds raised are used for the group’s programmes, teaching materials and school supplies; health checks and medical expenses; materials for mending torn uniforms; as well as educational and social activities, such as trips to the zoo and student graduations.The group works with Diepsloot Combined School in Diepsloot, a township in Joburg’s far northern reaches. Its main objective is to teach English to students in grades 3 and 4 students in an entertaining and stimulating way, encouraging them to open their minds and use their imaginations. Diepsloot is a poor area and local resources are limited. Classes at the school are very large and English is not the first language of their teachers. Edu Fun’s aim is to help the children with reading, writing and speaking English, so difficulties in using the language will not be a barrier in their futures.Key members of Edu Fun are experienced teachers and nursing professionals. The volunteers come from all walks of life – locals, ex-pats and visitors from around the world. Lord Joel Joffe, the human rights lawyer who defended Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu, Govan Mbeki and seven others in the Rivonia Trial of 1963-64, is the patron.Diepsloot Combined SchoolWhen the school opened in 2001, it was simply a collection of mobile classrooms with few facilities. Today, thanks to the dedication of its staff and the support of the Adopt-a-School Foundation, various corporate sponsors and voluntary groups such as Edu Fun and School Aid, it is a beacon of hope for the disadvantaged community of Diepsloot informal settlement.Catering for more than 1 500 pupils from Grade R to Grade 12, it is a government school that is not only a centre for learning but is also a much-needed refuge and valuable source of food for the most under-privileged youngsters in the township. In 2013, the Grade 12 students gained an impressive matric pass rate of 98.8%; 29 of them achieved university entry-level grades.Edu Fun aims to support the school in its long-term goal of helping its students go on to further education and fulfill their potential. A decade ago, a group of volunteers – many of them ex-pats – took up the challenge to improve the chances of the underprivileged children of Diepsloot. Edu Fun still brings fun to education and hope for a brighter future to the school. VolunteeringVolunteers teach English to the children on Mondays and Tuesdays. Lessons for Grade 3s run for almost an hour-and-a-half on Mondays during term. Classes are divided, based on ability, into three groups. There is a lead teacher for each class responsible for lesson design and delivery. Each classroom has about 30 children and a volunteer works with a group of about six children. The teaching materials are provided by Edu Fun.About 20 Grade 4s need additional help with English. Volunteers teach them English on Tuesdays during term time, and classes run for an hour. On Monday mornings, after the Grade 3 English classes, a group of volunteers spends about two hours mending school uniforms. All tools and materials are provided and no experience is necessary. They also plan to start training a few of the older students at the school to help out with this project.Also on Monday mornings during term time, volunteers can help the Spread a Little Love project by making peanut butter sandwiches or buying bags of apples for the children. These donations provide a filling start to the week, on average, for more than 300 pupils.In 2013, Edu Fun’s 10th anniversary year, it introduced a fourth group, the Further Education Project, to support former learners from Diepsloot Combined School who go on to university. At present, it supports three first generation students at university in Pretoria, helping them with everyday expenses, extra tuition, computer equipment and accommodation.The Edu Fun educational programme at Diepsloot Combined School was started by Avril Donnelly, Petra Michelson and Sandy and Miguel Buchwald, an American couple now retired in the US.Donnelly explains: “We have taught about 1 100 children over the years and the first group that we taught in 2003 matriculated in 2013. It really gives me a sense of satisfaction. I can only say that through this programme I have met some wonderful expats (both men and women) who have helped us with the teaching, nursing, Spread a Little Love and mending groups. The nursing group was started by a group of Swedish ladies, led by Maria Junebrink, who didn’t want to teach but wanted to give to the community. It has gone from strength to strength. I love what we are doing with Edu Fun and it has really become a passion in my life.”
The ads are, as a group, delightfully off-brand. They’re too cool for Microsoft, which has generally dwelt somewhere between stodgy and cutesy in terms of marketing.Better still, they show that Microsoft just might be listening to what users really need: Web Slices to get quick views of personally important sites without wasting unnecessary time browsing between full-on tabs; sharing accelerators for sending along lolcats or other media with a single right-click; and yes, a way to keep the missus from finding out about your love affair with Suicide Girls.The features are nifty in themselves. We’d totally use them if we weren’t already committed to Chrome and Firefox. Related Posts Tags:#Microsoft#web jolie odell Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Under waves of ever-increasing competition from Mozilla, Safari, and Google, Microsoft has released a series of edgy, PSA-style online videos to promote Internet Explorer 8.Featuring one-time Lois and Clark actor Dean Cain, the ads are uncharacteristically hip and discuss such real-world Internet problems as the fear of missing something (a.k.a. insomnia by social media) and the fear of your S.O. finding your porn cache. However, at least one of the videos was just too cool for Microsoft. After becoming strangely popular and talked-about online, the video was renounced by the software mega-company and pulled from the promotional website. Somewhere tonight, a creative director weeps.A Microsoft rep wrote in an email to CNET, “We created the… video as a tongue-in-cheek look at the InPrivate Browsing feature of Internet Explorer 8, using the same irreverent humor that our customers told us they liked about other components of the Internet Explorer 8 marketing campaign. While much of the feedback to this particular piece of creative was positive, some of our customers found it offensive, so we have removed it.”The spot itself features a young lady spewing copious amounts of what used to be breakfast on a young man. She’d borrowed his laptop and evidently stumbled upon some hideous new Rule 34 form of online entertainment. The ad serves to highlight IE8’s sneaky no-history InPrivate browsing feature. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
mike melanson A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting If you’re an independent film lover, than big name online movie sites like Netflix, Amazon Video on Demand and Hulu Plus probably don’t do it for you. They’re full of blockbuster hits, mainstream movies and TV shows. If, however, you’re into cult classics, film noir, international hits and more, Fandor, the “online service for indie film fans,” is for you. Fandor has more than 2,000 films in its online catalog. By comparison, Amazon Video On Deman has only around 1,200 films, while Netflix only overlaps with 20% of Fandor’s catalog. The difference here, according to Fandor, is curation, with each film is chosen based on its artistic, historic and entertainment value.Just going onto the site and looking at the selection of categories, you can immediately see that this isn’t going to be your standard, mainstream drivel. As the company notes in its release, “You know you’re not in Hollywood anymore when you click on ‘Seafaring & Swashbucklers’, ‘Anarchic Comedy’ or ‘Dysfunctional Families.’”“Indie film fans simply don’t care about the same things as traditional movie-goers,” said Chris Kelly, a social technology evangelist who sits on Fandor’s board of directors. “Indie fans want to be enriched or moved by the film, which is a personal thing that’s hard to predict based on past viewing habits or a Q&A. They are highly suspect of being marketed to, invest heavily in discovering new things, but depend very much on personal recommendations for taste making. It’s a natural fit for social.”The service has been in beta for several months but is launching to the public today. Users can sign up for a free month trial. From there, the service is $9.99 a month and is available on both the Web and on Boxee. Related Posts Tags:#Video Services#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Designing for bikes has become a hallmark of forward-looking modern cities worldwide. Bike-friendly city ratings abound, and advocates promote cycling as a way to reduce problems ranging from air pollution to traffic deaths. But urban cycling investments tend to focus on the needs of wealthy riders and neglect lower-income residents and people of color. This happens even though the single biggest group of Americans who bike to work live in households that earn less than $10,000 yearly, and studies in lower-income neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Boston have found that the majority of bicyclists were non-white. I have worked on bicycle facilities for 38 years. In a newly published study, I worked with colleagues from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Boston groups focused on health and families to learn from residents of several such neighborhoods what kinds of bike infrastructure they believed best met their needs. Some of their preferences were notably different from those of cyclists in wealthier neighborhoods.RELATED ARTICLESDesigning Greener City StreetsGetting Around Without Fossil FuelsAre Traffic-Clogged Cities Ready for Congestion Pricing?Designing the Cities of the FutureMoving Beyond the Autobahn Cycling infrastructure and urban inequality Bike equity is a powerful tool for increasing access to transportation and reducing inequality in U.S. cities. Surveys show that the fastest growth in cycling rates since 2001 has occurred among Hispanic, African-American, and Asian-American riders. But minority neighborhoods have fewer bike facilities, and riders there face higher risk of accidents and crashes. Many U.S. cities have improved marginalized neighborhoods by investing in grocery stores, schools, health clinics, community centers, libraries, and affordable housing. But when it comes to bicycle infrastructure, they often add only the easiest and least safe elements, such as painting sharrows — stencils of bikes and double chevrons — or bike lane markings, and placing them next to curbs or between parked cars and traffic. Cycle tracks — bike lanes separated from traffic by curbs, lines of posts or rows of parked cars – are more common in affluent neighborhoods. Compared with white wealthier neighborhoods, more bicyclists in ethnic-minority neighborhoods receive tickets for unlawful riding or are involved in collisions. With access to properly marked cycle tracks, they would have less reason to ride on the sidewalk or against traffic on the street, and would be less likely to be hit by cars. In my view, responsibility for recognizing these needs rests primarily with cities. Urban governments rely on public participation processes to help them target investments, and car owners tend to speak loudest because they want to maintain access to wide street lanes and parallel parking. In contrast, carless residents who could benefit from biking may not know to ask for facilities that their neighborhoods have never had. Substandard bike lanes, like this one in Seattle, expose cyclists to unsafe passing motorists and collisions with cars turning right at intersections or pulling out of driveways. [Image credit: Joshua Putnam CC BY] Protection from crime and crashes For our study, we organized 212 people into 16 structured discussion groups. They included individuals we classified as “community-sense” — representing civic organizations such as YMCAs and churches — or “street-sense,” volunteers from halfway houses, homeless shelters, and gangs. We invited the street-sense groups because individuals who have committed crimes or know of crime opportunities have valuable insights about urban design. We showed the groups photos of various cycling environments, ranging from unaltered streets to painted sharrows and bike lanes, cycle tracks, and shared multi-use paths. Participants ranked the pictures according to the risk of crime or crashes they associated with each option, then discussed their perceptions as a group. Studies have shown that awareness of criminal activity along bike routes can deter cyclists, and this is an important concern in low-income and minority neighborhoods. In a study in Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood, I found that African-American and Hispanic bicyclists were more concerned than white cyclists that their bikes could be stolen. Some carried bikes up three flights of stairs to store them inside their homes. From an anti-crime perspective, our focus groups’ ideal bike system was a wide two-way cycle track with freshly painted lines and bike stencils plus arrows, free of oil or litter. Conditions around the route also mattered. Our groups perceived areas with clean signs, cafes with tables and flowers, balconies, streetlights, and no alleyways or cuts between buildings as safest. They also wanted routes to avoid buildings that resembled housing projects, warehouses, and abandoned buildings. For crash safety, participants preferred cycle tracks separated from cars by physical dividers; wide cycle track surfaces, colored red to designate them as space for bicyclists; and bike stencils and directional arrows on the tracks. In their view, the safest locations for bike facilities had traffic signals for bikers, clearly painted lines, low levels of traffic, and did not run near bus stops or intersections where many streets converged. Rules for the road We compared our results with widely used bicycle design guidelines and Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design principles to see whether those sources reflected our participants’ priorities. The guidelines produced by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials and the National Association of City Transportation Officials provide engineering specifications for designing bicycle facilities that focus on road elements — paint, delineator posts and signs — but do not describe design features that would protect vulnerable humans bicycling through an environment at night. Our study asked people about what kinds of surface markings and features in the surrounding area made them feel most comfortable. As an example, our groups preferred street-scale lighting to brighten the surface of cycle tracks. In contrast, tall highway cobra-head lights typically used on busy urban streets reach over the roadway, illuminating the road for drivers in vehicles that have headlights. In higher-income neighborhoods, cyclists might choose bike routes on side streets to avoid heavy traffic. However, people in our study felt that side streets with only residential buildings were less safe for cycling. This suggests that bicycle routes in lower-income ethnic-minority neighborhoods should be concentrated on main roads with commercial activity where more people are present. Decisions about public rights-of-way should not be based on how many car owners or how few bicyclists show up at public meetings. Our study shows that city officials should create networks of wide, stenciled, red-painted, surface-lighted, barrier-protected, bicycle-exclusive cycle tracks in lower-income ethnic-minority neighborhoods along main streets. This would help residents get to work affordably, quickly and safely, and improve public health and quality of life in communities where these benefits are most needed. Anne Lusk is a research scientist at Harvard University. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.
Melchiot tells Chelsea striker Abraham: Get nasty like Drogba!by Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTammy Abraham needs to develop a nasty streak like former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba. That is according to ex-Blues defender Mario Melchiot.Abraham has already proven his goalscoring chops, having blasted in seven this season. But Melchiot thinks his game can reach another level.”Tammy Abraham is a real finisher but, as much as I like him as a player, he’s sometimes got to be more of a bad boy,” Melchiot told talkSPORT.”You know why? When you play against players like Virgil van Dijk, the striker has to have a bit of badness in him. A bit of nastiness.”OK, look at the guys I played against, like Ryan Giggs. He was so elegant, he dribbled beautifully, but trust me, if I kicked him he would have got up and either kicked me back or found a way to do it – he was one of the best players I played against.”Tammy needs that too. As cute as he looks, he’s young, fresh and exciting to watch, he needs to have that.”If you look at Drogba, [Jimmy Floyd] Hasselbaink, these guys weren’t cute when you played against them.”Be a little bit of a bad boy! Bring that badness out of you!” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Any version of “Bad Lip Reading” (video of people talking with their voices dubbed over) is usually ridiculously funny. This rendition, produced by Notre Dame football, is no different.Quarterback Malik Zaire and defensive lineman Jay Hayes are in the studio providing the voice-over work. They are both really, really funny. The footage from the video is from last season. If you’re an Irish fan, you should definitely watch this, but if you’re just a fan of laughing a lot, check it out as well. A little something to brighten up your Monday…Courtesy of Malik Zaire and Jay Hayes.https://t.co/iMLte4Dal6— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) March 21, 2016
Chicago Bulls’ Derrick Rose, right, defends as Philadelphia 76ers’ Michael Carter-Williams drives onto the lane in the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/H. Rumph JrPegged the worst team in the league, the Philadelphia 76ers are continuing to defy the odds by taking down the Chicago Bulls 107-104, at Wells Fargo Center on Saturday.Rookie Michael Carter-Williams led 76ers with 26 points and 10 assists. Evan Turner, who has netted 20 or more points in all three tilts this season, posted 20 for Philadelphia, which is 3-0 for the first time since the 2006-07 campaign.Spencer Hawes tallied 18 points and 11 rebounds in the triumph. Philadelphia has already defeated the Washington Wizards and two-time defending champion Miami Heat to rise to first place in the Atlantic Division.“We understand what everybody has said and written about us,” first-year coach Brett Brown said. “Our guys have put in the day-to-day stuff, which has always been our message. I’m lucky I’ve found a group that enjoys each other’s company and they enjoy playing together.”Carlos Boozer had 22 points and 10 boards for Chicago, which dropped to 1-2 in the young season, while Luol Deng added 20 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Derrick Rose registered 13 points and six assists, but was just 4-of-14 from the field against the team he tore his ACL against in the first round of the 2012 NBA playoffs.“I would blame tonight on me,” said Rose, who wore tape around his neck for the second straight game. “Turnovers, missed shots, miscommunication – I just couldn’t get in my groove.”After trailing by as many as 18 points in the second half, the Sixers took a 100-99 lead with 3:29 left when Carter-Williams, a former Syracuse star, picked up a loose ball and calmly laid it in. It was the Sixers’ first lead since 11-10.With 5.9 seconds left, Hawes made a jumper to put the Sixers ahead 107-104, and Deng missed a potentially game-tying 3-pointer on the other end.The 76ers will take on Stephon Curry and the Golden State Worriors Nov. 4, at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m.CT in the Oracle Arena.
Tottenham player Eric Dier will make his debut of the 2018 World Cup in England’s game against Belgium on Thursday, Sky Sports, confirms.Dier was named as a substitute in both of England’s matches and made his only appearance as a late replacement in their 2-1 win over Tunisia in their opening game. Despite not choosing to start Dier in either of England’s games so far, Gareth Southgate paid tribute to the influence he has had on their World Cup campaign.“He is always a big part of our plans,” Southgate said. “He is a really intelligent player, tactically very aware and he is a crucial part of our squad and has been all the way through our journey.Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“His mentality has been about playing his way into the tournament, recognising he will have a part to play. There is a real maturity about him and I enjoy our discussions about the matches we play.“He has great insight into the difficulties we might face, so even though he hasn’t been in the starting team he has had invaluable contributions in meetings and training sessions and tomorrow he is back in the team.”Both England and Belgium have secured qualification from Group G but whoever wins their match in Kaliningrad will finish top.
Mashable announced today that it closed on its first-ever capital round, a $13.3 million Series A investment led by Updata Partners. Since starting in 2005, the company’s founder and CEO Pete Cashmore says Mashable has grown “without a dollar of funding,” until now.CNN’s Brian Stelter, who broke the story, points out that Mashable had toyed with the idea of being acquired in 2012—ironically and potentially to CNN—but instead forged ahead as an independent company. Soon after, the company, which now says it has 30 million monthly readers, launched a new responsive design site that doubled down on the mobile content gold rush, social sharing and native advertising. Mashable has since launched a content marketing operation called BrandLab and a social media-based advertising program called Lift. Joining Updata in the investment are New Market Ventures Partners, Social Starts, Buddy Media co-founders Michael and Kass Lazerow, Iglo Group CEO Elio Leoni Sceti and Havas CEO David Jones.“We will use the capital to grow our reach, technology capabilities, invest in video and new storytelling formats, grow the company’s BrandLab, which now engages with some of the world’s best brands, and work on new products that will be announced next year,” says Mike Kriak, Mashable’s chief operating officer and chief financial officer, in a statement provided by the company. “This means we’ll be increasing headcount by as much 50 percent, and we will move to a new headquarters in New York City to house our rapidly growing team, and be opening up new offices in London and Los Angeles.”Mashable currently employs about 120 people.