Other Sports CCI Kekoo Nicholson-BSAM Billiards League from Monday

first_img Mumbai: Top guns, including Siddharth Parikh, Devendra Joshi and Rohan Jambusaria will be seen in action representing their respective teams in the CCI Kekoo Nicholson BSAM Billiards League, which will start from April 29. A total of 29 teams will be fighting it out for the top honours in this competition which will be played on a league-cum-knockout basis.India’s fifth ranked Parikh is the captain of P.J. Hindu Gymkhana ‘Probables’, sixth ranked Joshi will captain Matunga Gymkhana’s MG ‘Night Kings’ and India number seven Jambusaria is named as skipper of Mandpeshwar Civic Foundation’s MCF ‘Tough Men’, a media release said Friday. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlights The teams have been divided into eight sections and will play on a home and away basis during the initial phase of the league, which will conclude with the third week ending May18. Two teams from each section will qualify for the knockout phase starting from the pre-quarter-finals.The semi-finals will be played on Saturday, May 25 and the league will culminate with the grand finale to be played Sunday, May 26 in celebration of the birth anniversary of Late Kekoo Nicholson.The winners and runners-up will stand to pocket a cash award of Rs 60,000 and Rs 30,000 respectively, the release added.  Siddharth Parikh, Devendra Joshi and Rohan Jambusaria will play in BSAM Billiards League.CCI Kekoo Nicholson BSAM Billiards League will start on April 29. A total of 29 teams will be fighting it out for the top honours.last_img read more

Offensive line, running game down in this week’s stock watch

first_img Published on October 16, 2019 at 12:33 pm Contact Eric: [email protected] | @esblack34 Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse’s struggles with consistency continued as the Orange (3-3, 0-2 Atlantic Coast) fell to North Carolina State (4-2, 1-1), 16-10, last Thursday at Carter-Finley Stadium.SU’s offense failed to score until there were just 54 seconds left in the third quarter. It did have a chance to win the game with one last drive late in the fourth, but the Orange offense again sputtered out and dropped Syracuse to .500 overall and winless in conference play. SU was strong on the other side of the ball, holding the Wolfpack to just 16 points. It extended its takeaway streak to 20 games, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the ineptness shown on offense.Here’s whose stock is up or down after Syracuse’s disappointing loss to NC State. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textVideo Playerhttp://dailyorange.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/SOC_SU_Andrew.mp4Error loading this resource00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Armstrong turned in the best performance of his Syracuse career against the Wolfpack, tallying a career-high 14 tackles in addition to two tackles for loss and an interception down the stretch. He was key to SU’s overall dominant defensive performance and made a number of big stops from sideline-to-sideline, including a tackle in the second quarter that may have prevented a touchdown. Later on in the second half when the Wolfpack were deep in Syracuse territory, Armstrong read a screen perfectly and picked off the pass, the second interception of his career. While Armstrong and Evan Foster were partly responsible for allowing the lone touchdown of the game — a trick wide receiver pass — the two and head coach Dino Babers chalked up the score to timely, smart play calling. Otherwise, the defense, led in large part by Armstrong, limited the damage and kept Syracuse’s offense in the game.Syracuse’s defense held firm on third downs and red zone opportunities. After struggling on third down during its three-game stretch against Maryland, Clemson and Western Michigan, SU has shown significant improvement during its past two contests, limiting Holy Cross (four-for-18) and NC State (four-for-15) to lower numbers. It forced the Wolfpack to punt the ball six times to Syracuse, which actually had more possession time than NC State. The Orange’s red zone defense, which now ranks tied for 27th in the country in terms of efficiency, also stepped up against the Wolfpack by limiting them to a pair of field goals on their two opportunities. It was by no means perfect, as SU still allowed NC State to score and had both an unsportsmanlike penalty and dropped interception in the end zone, but in a game in which just 26 total points were scored, the Orange were elite defensively.The up-and-down play of Syracuse’s running back core continued on Thursday, as Moe Neal, Abdul Adams and Jarveon Howard combined for just 54 yards on 21 carries. Taking into account the yards lost on the eight times Tommy DeVito was sacked, the Orange rushed for 41 yards on 37 attempts. It marks the third game this season in which they’ve run for 70 yards or fewer. In its other three games this year, Syracuse has averaged 197.6 yards per contest. With a struggling offensive line and little to no downfield passing game, SU often faced stacked boxes and holes that closed just as they appeared.After a two-game stretch in which SU briefly gave DeVito some breathing room in the pocket and allowed just three sacks, the Orange offensive line showed their true form against the Wolfpack. DeVito, who already appeared somewhat banged up and looked hesitant to get hit, was sacked eight times and scrambled from the pocket seemingly every other play. He’s now been sacked 25 times this season, fourth-most in the country, and looks agitated whenever the pocket begins to collapse on him. That’s resulted in an inconsistent passing attack and completely negated DeVito’s running ability, all the while allowing teams to focus on stopping the run. At the midway point of the season, the only thing that’s clear about this Syracuse team is that it’s nowhere near as good as last year’s iteration. The Orange have yet to put together more than two games of consistent play and already have as many conference losses as they did last year, with a home matchup looming on Friday in which they’re an underdog against Pittsburgh. Against NC State, Syracuse had the chance to prove that it was still one of the better teams in the ACC. Instead, it showed that it was in the lower tier of teams in the conference. At the beginning of the season, reasonable expectations had the Orange expanding on their first 10-win season since 2001. Now, they’ll have to scratch and claw to make a bowl game. Commentslast_img read more

Friendly: Eagles Test Might against Togo’s Hawks in Paris

first_imgThe Super Eagles will this evening take the pitch against the Hawks of Togo in an international friendly in Paris.Coach Gernot Rohr is using Thursday’s game, just like last Friday’s session against Corsica Island in Ajaccio, as preparation for next weekend’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against South Africa in Uyo.The match against the Hawks will be played at the Stade Municipal de Saint Leu La Foret, Paris starting from 7pm (6pm Nigeria time). Forward Kelechi Iheanacho, who scored from the spot to level scores (1-1) against Corsica on Friday, is one of 20 players in the Eagles’ Hyatt Regency Hotel camp in Paris, and who have been training in the French capital ahead of today’s game.Goalkeepers Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Dele Alampasu, defenders Elderson Echiejile, William Ekong, Chidozie Awaziem, Tyronne Ebuehi and Abdullahi Shehu, midfielders Wilfred Ndidi, Mikel Agu, Oghenekaro Etebo, Alhassan Ibrahim and Uche Agbo, and strikers Ahmed Musa, Stephen Odey, Victor Osimhen, Henry Onyekuru, Alex Iwobi, Olanrewaju Kayode and Sikiru Olatubosun are the others.Thursday’s match will be the 17th clash between both West African countries at senior level, with Nigeria having won nine of the previous 16 clashes. Togo won in three, while four matches were drawn.The first match between both countries at senior level took place on 6th October 1956. Albert Onyeanwuna (of blessed memory) scored the game’s only goal, with Nigeria’s roster also including the likes of Dan Anyiam, Sam Ibiam, Asuquo Ekpe and Cyril Asoluka. Paul ‘Wonder Boy’ Hamilton (also of blessed memory) scored the one goal in each of two friendlies in Lagos in 1966.Nigeria’s biggest win over Togo remains the 3-0 scoreline in a 1992 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match in Lagos in August 1990, but Nigerians will never forget the 5-2 hiding by the Hawks in a WAFU Cup match in Abidjan in December 1983.NIGERIA VERSUS TOGO(At Senior Level)6 Oct 1956: Nigeria 1 Togo 0 – Lagos (Friendly)29 Dec 1964: Nigeria 1 Togo 2 – Lagos (All-Africa Games Qualifier)6 Mar 1966: Nigeria 1 Togo 0 – Lagos (Friendly)9 Apr 1966: Nigeria 1 Togo 0 – Lagos (Friendly)2 Apr 1967: Togo 1 Nigeria 0 – Lome (AFCON Qualifier)15 Apr 1967: Nigeria 4 Togo 2 – Lagos (AFCON Qualifier)23 Apr 1975: Togo 0 Nigeria 1 – Dakar (Friendly)13 June 1980: Togo 0 Nigeria 1 – Lome (Friendly)9 July 1983: Nigeria 2 Togo 1 – Ibadan (Olympics Qualifier)27 July 1983: Togo 1 Nigeria 1 – Lome (Olympics Qualifier)16 Dec 1983: Togo 5 Nigeria 2 – Abidjan (WAFU Cup)29 July 1986: Togo 2 Nigeria 2 – Lome (Friendly)18 Mar 1987: Nigeria 2 Togo 0 – Lagos (AFCON Qualifier)2 Apr 1987: Togo 1 Nigeria 1 – Lome (AFCON Qualifier)18 Aug 1990: Nigeria 3 Togo 0 – Lagos (AFCON Qualifier)27 Jan 1991: Togo 0 Nigeria 0 – Lome (AFCON Qualifier)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

What NFL games are on Thanksgiving in 2019? Schedule, times, TV channels

first_imgTwo of the NFL teams playing on Thanksgiving in 2019 are the NFL teams that always play on Thanksgiving. At this point, the annual questions to ask are: Who are the Lions and Cowboys playing against on Thanksgiving, and who is playing in the game on Thanksgiving night?For the 14th consecutive season, the NFL has three games scheduled on Thanksgiving. The tripleheader begins with the traditional Detroit game, with the Lions this year hosting the division-rival Bears. Also a tradition, Dallas will host the late afternoon game on Thanksgiving, with the Cowboys this year playing the Bills. The Thanksgiving night game this year is Saints at Falcons. MORE: Watch NFL Thanksgiving games live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)As for the TV channels for the three Thanksgiving games in 2019, Lions vs. Bears will be presented on Fox. Cowboys vs. Bills will get the Tony Romo treatment with a national broadcast on CBS. The night cap, Falcons vs. Saints, will feature the “Sunday Night Football” broadcast crew on NBC.Though the Bears, Bills, Saints and Falcons don’t always play on Thanksgiving, they are no strangers to this holiday stage. Including last year, the Bears have appeared on Thanksgiving 33 times. The Saints and Falcons, who are playing in the Thanksgiving night game for the second consecutive year, are playing on Thanksgiving for the third and fourth times, respectively. The Bills have played on Thanksgiving eight times dating back to the 1960s.Below is all you need to know about the teams playing on Thanksgiving this year, plus the TV channels for the games and more.What teams are playing on Thanksgiving 2019?GameKickoff timeTV channelBears at Lions12:30 p.m. ETFox, fuboTVBills at Cowboys4:30 p.m. ETCBS, fuboTVSaints at Falcons8:20 p.m. ETNBC, fuboTVThe Lions, 3-7-1 and limping through a lost season, will play their 80th Thanksgiving game dating back to 1934. Their opponent, the 5-6 Bears, are desperate to stay alive in the NFC playoff picture in what has been a disappointing season following last year’s playoff run. This matchup marks the 18th Thanksgiving day meeting between the Bears and the Lions.When the 6-5 Cowboys play against the 8-3 Bills, it will mark just the 11th regular-season meeting between Dallas and Buffalo. The Cowboys have a 6-4 edge in the all-time series, not including their two Super Bowl victories over the Bills in 1993 and 1994. The Cowboys, playing in their 52nd Thanksgiving game since 1966, have played host on the holiday for 41 years in a row. The Saints, 9-2 and running away with the NFC South, are looking for revenge against the 3-8 Falcons a few weeks after Atlanta inexplicably pulled off an upset in New Orleans.What channel is Thanksgiving football on?Bears vs. Lions TV channel(12:30 p.m. ET kickoff)National: FoxChicago: WFLDDetroit: WJBKStream: fuboTVThe broadcast team for Bears vs. Lions on Thanksgiving has not yet been announced, but there’s no reason to believe anybody but Fox’s No. 1 crew will be on the call for this game.That means Joe Buck will call the play-by-play action of Bears vs. Lions, and Troy Aikman will provide analysis. Erin Andrews and Kristina Pink are the sideline reporters on Fox’s No. 1 broadcast crew. Former NFL vice president of officiating Mike Pereira serves as the broadcast’s rules analyst.Cowboys vs. Bills TV channel(3:30 p.m. ET kickoff)National: CBSDallas: KTVTBuffalo: WIVBStream: fuboTVAs is the case in the early game, the broadcast team for Cowboys vs. Bills has not yet been announced. But there’s no chance CBS won’t feature its No. 1 crew again on Thanksgiving.Jim Nantz will call the play-by-play action for Cowboys vs. Bills, and Tony Romo will provide analysis. Tracy Wolfson will report from the sidelines, and recently retired NFL referee Gene Steratore will serve as CBS’ rules analyst.Saints vs. Falcons TV channel(8:30 p.m. ET kickoff)National: NBCNew Orleans: WDSUAtlanta: WXIAStream: fuboTVWe already know who will be on the call for Saints vs. Falcons on Thanksgiving since NBC, carriers of “Sunday Night Football,” has just one broadcast crew. And, in our estimation, it happens to be the best announcer team NFL broadcasts have to offer.Al Michaels will call the play-by-play action of Saints vs. Falcons, and Cris Collinsworth will provide analysis. Michele Tafoya will serve as NBC’s sideline reporter, and recently retired NFL referee Terry McAulay will discuss officiating calls as the network’s NFL rules analyst.What football teams always play on Thanksgiving?Yes, the Cowboys have hosted a Thanksgiving game for 41 consecutive years, but Dallas is still far off from Detroit in terms of being a Thanksgiving mainstay. With the exception of a six-season gap from 1939 to 1944, the Lions this season are playing their 80th straight Thanksgiving game, a streak that begain in 1934.The Lions, who have a 37-40-2 record in Thanksgiving games, started the tradition during their first year in Detroit. George A. Richards, who had just purchased the team, figured a game on Thanksgiving would help his team steal attention from the more popular Detroit Tigers. Sure enough, tickets for the Lions game against the Bears in 1934 sold out two weeks ahead of time, and according to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, another 25,000 tickets could have been sold had University of Detroit Stadium seated more than 26,000.The successful turnout meant a Thanksgiving tradition was born. And another one joined some 30 years later.The Cowboys, who have a 31-19-1 record in Thanksgiving games, started their Thanksgiving game tradition in 1966, when then-general manager Tex Schramm signed up for the holiday game in an effort to boost the franchise’s popularity. It worked. The Cowboys that Thanksgiving broke what was then their attendance record, as 80,259 fans watched the team beat the Browns at the Cotton Bowl.The Cowboys have played on Thanksgiving every year since except two. In 1975 and 1977, the NFL awarded Thanksgiving games to the St. Louis Cardinals, instead, in an attempt to boost that franchise’s national exposure. The Cardinals lost both games, and the Cowboys reclaimed the tradition in 1978.What teams have never played on Thanksgiving?The Jaguars have to be looking at the Lions and their 79 appearances on Thanksgiving and thinking: Come on, can’t we just get one game?Jacksonville, which along with Carolina entered the NFL as an expansion franchise in 1995, is the only one of the 32 current NFL teams that has never played a game on Thanksgiving. The Panthers joined the list of Thanksgiving participants when they beat the Cowboys in 2015.The Buccaneers, Texans and Bengals also have just one Thanksgiving appearance apiece. The Arizona Cardinals technically have played on Thanksgiving just once, but the Cardinals franchise, which began in Chicago and spent many years in St. Louis before it moved to the desert, has appeared on Thanksgiving 23 times.Below is a list of NFL teams in order by number of Thanksgiving game appearances.TeamThanksgiving gamesDetroit Lions79Dallas Cowboys51Green Bay Packers36Chicago Bears33Arizona Cardinals23New York Giants15Washington Redskins11Denver Broncos11Kansas City Chiefs9Pittsburgh Steelers8Minnesota Vikings8Buffalo Bills8Oakland Raiders7Philadelphia Eagles7Miami Dolphins7Tennessee Titans/Houston Oilers6San Francisco 49ers5New England Patriots5New York Jets5Los Angeles Chargers5Seattle Seahawks4Los Angeles Rams4Indianapolis Colts4Cleveland Browns3Atlanta Falcons3Baltimore Ravens2New Orleans Saints2Carolina Panthers1Tampa Bay Buccaneers1Houston Texans1Cincinnati Bengals1Jacksonville Jaguars0Do people watch football on Thanksgiving?Um, yeah. A lot of people. Take the numbers from last year, for example. According to the NFL, among the top 20 United States television broadcasts of the year based on Nielsen figures, two Thanksgiving NFL games — Redskins at Cowboys at No. 8 and Bears at Lions at No. 15 — cracked the list.An absurd 30.5 million people watched last year’s Cowboys game on Thanksgiving. The number for the Lions game was 26.6 million viewers.Fifteen of the top 20 TV broadcasts in 2018 were NFL games, and that doesn’t count the pre-game show for Super Bowl 52, which ranked No. 5. Below are the full rankings.Super Bowl 52 (Eagles vs. Patriots); NBC — 103,470,966 viewersAFC championship game (Jaguars vs. Patriots); CBS — 44,144,971 viewersNFC championship game (Vikings vs. Eagles); Fox — 42,328,830 viewersNFC divisional playoffs (Saints vs. Vikings); Fox — 35,657,010 viewersSuper Bowl 52 pregame show; NBC — 33,491,894 viewersAFC divisional playoffs (Jaguars vs. Steelers); CBS —31,484,869 viewersNFC wild-card playoffs (Panthers vs. Saints); Fox — 31,124,724 viewersThanksgiving game (Redskins vs. Cowboys; Fox — 30,523, 699 viewersWinter Olympics opening ceremony; NBC — 27,856,508 viewersCollege Football Playoff championship; ESPN — 27,696,227 viewersNFC divisional playoffs (Falcons vs. Eagles); NBC — 27,081,969 viewersThis Is Us; NBC — 26,986,989 viewersAFC divisional playoffs (Titans vs. Patriots); CBS — 26,724,795 viewers90th Academy Awards; ABC — 26,621,234 viewersThanksgiving game (Bears vs. Lions); CBS — 26,610,395 viewersCollege Football Playoff semifinal (Georgia vs. Oklahoma); ESPN — 26,049,302 viewersAFC wild-card playoffs (Bills vs. Jaguars); CBS — 25,320,105 viewersNFL Week 14 (Eagles vs. Cowboys); Fox — 25,181,749 viewersNFL Week 15 (Patriots vs. Steelers); CBS — 24,626,101 viewersNFL Week 16 (Steelers vs. Saints); CBS — 23,975,846 viewerslast_img read more

RB Charter School Holds Relief Fundraiser to Assist Those in School…

first_imgRED BANK – Red Bank Charter School, a nonprofit, nonpartisan K-8 public school, will be holding a Sandy relief fundraiser from 6 to 10 p.m., Friday, Nov. 30, to help members of the school family rebuild their lives after the storm.Several RBCS families and faculty have either been displaced or deeply burdened in the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy. “It’s our desire to work together to lighten their load,” said RCBS Principal Meredith Pennotti. “This community is like family and we want to help them any way that we can.”Together with Lucky Break Billiards, the Red Bank Charter School CCO (Charter Community Organization) will host the fundraising event at Lucky Break Billiards, 14 West Front St. Light fare and refreshments will be served along with access to Lucky Break pool tables, pingpong, shuffleboard and more.“We’re pleased to offer our establishment to support this charitable effort,” said James Hertler, owner of Lucky Break Billiards and a Red Bank Charter School parent.Limited tickets can be purchased and donations made online at www.redbankcharterschool.com/cco. Donations do not require event attendance and can be entered in any amount.Proceeds for the event will be used toward direct assistance of members of the RBCS community affected by Super Storm Sandy.Additional information is available by e-mailing [email protected] or calling 732-309-0331Founded in 1998, the school has an enrollment of 180 students with a faculty and staff numbering more than 40.last_img read more

Chile Whale Fossil Site Explained

first_img(Visited 115 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 At least 40 baleen whales and other species of marine mammals fossilized in a dry desert of Chile have been explained with a “toxic bloom” theory.  Does it explain all the findings?The discovery was a sensation when announced in 2011 (see 11/14/11): fossil whale skeletons inland from the coast of Chile, perfectly preserved in dense numbers.  “There’s never been a find of this size, or of this diversity, anywhere in the world,” one spokesman said on a video clip posted by the BBC. (although for density and size, it needs to compete with other well-known sites like the La Brea tar pits).    The Cerro Ballena (“whale hill”) website, sponsored by the Smithsonian, has a map showing the individual fossils and their locations, along with photographs, videos and other information.Now that scientists have documented some 40 specimens and carted them off to labs, they have a theory to explain how they got where they are, published in the Royal Society Proceedings B (open access).  About 6.5 to 9 million years ago, they believe, there was a series of toxic blooms of algae (probably dinoflagellates that cause the well-known “red tides” today).  Whales and other large marine mammals ingesting infected fish probably died and were washed ashore.  Moreover, since the whales were found at four levels, this probably happened multiple times over an estimated period of 16,000 years.  New Scientist, Science Magazine, Live Science and the BBC News have echoed this explanation.The theory needs to account for several unusual facts:The whales were mostly found in a belly up position, mostly in the same direction along a line parallel to the coast.Many of the whales were articulated and complete.Along with baleen whales, the fossil graveyard includes sharks, seals, dolphins (including “dolphins that evolved a walrus-like face”), and “bizarre aquatic sloths.”The fossils are encased in fine-grained sediment.  There is orange soil in places that might be remnant of toxic algae, but the researchers are not sure.Some of the bones seem to have marks made by crabs.  “Given the unique food resource provided by marine mammal carcasses, it is not surprising to find scavenging traces on individual balaenopterid bones that we attribute to crabs,” the authors say.Hundreds more fossils may exist in the graveyard.  The researchers only had two weeks to excavate before a stretch of the Pan-American Highway was built over the site.The site today is on the edge of one of the driest deserts in the world: the Atacama Desert.In order to explain why the carcasses would have been slowly buried by sand, the theory claims that there were no large land predators at the time.  Still, they would have needed to be washed up high enough to escape the ravaging effects of marine predators (worms, bacteria, etc.) and seabirds.  It would seem normal high tides would be incapable of getting the whale carcasses high enough above the surf; perhaps storm surges did it.  Unless sand buried them quickly during the surge, though, it’s not clear how they would have been buried by sand in time to become fossilized.  But then, how did crabs get to the bones?  Why would this mechanism occur four times in a few thousand years (1/200 the assumed 3.5 million years of the deposit), and not more?  None of the articles mentioned these or other problems with the theory.  Instead, they presented the theory as a triumph of science.  “This is an awesome snapshot of deep time,” a Stanford marine biologist said, even though he had just remarked that the findings “are revealing something that we didn’t know anything about.”While we can all be amazed and delighted over this discovery, we must deplore the uncritical treatment by the media.  They seem incapable of thinking logically or asking the tough questions that reporters ask of politicians.  They just regurgitate the explanation scientists give, never thinking to themselves, “That doesn’t make sense.”  They rarely go off and compare this site with other sites, like the Peru location that has 346 whale fossils buried in diatomaceous earth (2/02/04).  Reporters just stumble about from story to story, copying the thinking of the shamans, doing little more than rewriting some of the boilerplate text in their own words.The official explanation could be correct; nobody knows, because no humans were there.  Several aspects don’t add up, as mentioned above.  There doesn’t appear to be any reason to postulate four distinct episodes, just because they are found in layers.  A single storm surge or flood can deposit multiple layers.  If “hundreds” more whales exist in the deposit, it becomes less credible to imagine placid red tides killing that many large marine mammals and depositing them high above the highest tides, where they sat in the open air long enough for crabs to gnaw on their bones, but the bones never scattered till they were buried in sand.  This happened at least 4 times?Reporters toss around the “millions of years” like word salad.  But millions of years doesn’t help.  It makes the story less credible.  Are we to believe that all these fossils were deposited in 16,000 years, just one half of one percent of the assumed age of the deposit?  What happened the other 99.5% of the time?  Were there no red tides for millions of years?  No storm surges?  There should be over 200 times as many whale graveyards in those strata if that much time elapsed and this was a routine occurrence.Learn to ask questions the reporters never ask.  Think logically, rather than taking their words on faith.  Faith is supposed to be a no-no in science, isn’t it?  Scientists and reporters treat faith the way Finagle treats miracles: “Don’t believe in faith; rely on it.”last_img read more

Liquorice plant starts exporting

first_img29 October 2003The Western Cape government has confirmed a R265 000 grant to expand the seven-year old Dysselsdorp liqourice plant.The plant – which extracts liqourice from a root that grows in abundance in the area – was initiated as a small-scale income-generating project for the community, and has since developed into a high-quality liquorice liquid and powder operation that exports its products.The project recently signed a 10-year contract valued at R500 000 with tobacco manufacturer British American Tobacco to supply the company with liqourice, which will ensure consistent income for the plant. Liquorice is said to be essential for the manufacture of tobacco.The plant is also engaged in talks with an international airline to supply it with liquorice sweets, and a deal is expected to be reached soon.The provincial economic development department said the facility employs both permanent and temporary staff, which has helped to reduce the area’s high unemployment rate, estimated at 40 percent. Last year, the plant generated turnover of R900 000.The province’s spokesman, Thabo Mabaso, said the plant employs eight permanent staff on an average salary of over R2 000 per month, while seasonal workers who earn an average wage of R300 per week are employed for six-month periods.Mabaso said the workers had started manufacturing liquorice sweets and essential oils plant, which will make the project more sustainable. “The essential oils plant is currently being built, and will add much-needed value and jobs to the project”, he said.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Help! My Twitter Account Got Hacked

first_imgIt was Tuesday afternoon. Nine minutes after 3pm. I was standing on the corner waiting at a red light on Grand Avenue in Downtown L.A after just meeting a PR rep from New York. Head in a twirl over the mountain of work that awaited me at my office and thinking about the potential stories the pretty New Yorker pitched. That’s when it happened.My phone vibrated. I pulled it out and saw the message. “Direct from @MaryKnabben: OMG they said he died…Did he? http://t.co?BQ7zvZ6″(READER WARNING – DO NOT CLICK ON THIS LINK OR SUFFER THE SAME FATE AS ME!!)Who died I wondered? I didn’t click the link then. I let it linger. I had a 5pm appointment, three traffic-filled blocks to traverse and emails to send.Did I Miss Something?But as I stood waiting for the light to change I wondered if I had missed a major passing. It wouldn’t be the first time. I often get alerted to news by direct messages and Twitter friends. Nothing new there. The language in the message was, though. OMG. Not very journalistic or the type of lingo you’d expect an adult to write when a luminary passes. Still, I figured it must have been the writing of someone who was stunned.At first I figured this was the case, but in my gut, I knew something seemed weird about the tone of the note. As the light turned green I walked, slung my phone back in my pocket and kept moving. When I got back to the office, overlooking some of the priciest data centers in Los Angeles if not the nation, I scanned the wires and social media, but I couldn’t find anything. Hmmm. My antennae were buzzing. Had I missed it? Did she have a scoop? Before I could dive into my detective mode, 5pm came and I was thrust back into reality. By 6:30 it was over but then then I had to meet a friend at The Standard a few blocks away. By the time I got home I was exhausted and I showered and went to bed without checking further. I Couldn’t Resist ClickingThe next morning I opened up my Hootsuite and looked at the link. There it was, just waiting to be clicked.I checked out @MaryKnabben’s Twitter stream. A fellow journalist from Brazil, we had met at Social Media Week a few weeks earlier when I spoke on a panel on journalism and social media. I liked her. She seemed professional. Her tweets looked normal. Nothing seemed (ph)ishy. So despite a nagging feeling of doubt, I clicked on the link. It took me to a strange site. A pseudo-news site called News 3. But a few seconds of scanning the site, I realized it wasn’t news. It was a pay-per-click factory with an attractive young woman at the top of the page and promises of weight loss. What the hell?  I exited the window, thinking nothing of it. Must have been a wrong link. I should have known better. I should have known right away something was up. But I didn’t. Uh, Oh. Trouble!A few hours later, after a break for lunch, I reopened my Hootsuite account. And there it was. Staring at me. A new tweet on my timeline.A tweet that I. Did. Not. Send. “Losing weight is easy.” I’m 6 feet tall and 160 lbs. I don’t need to lose weight. And I didn’t send that tweet. There was a link at the end of it. I clicked on it. It was the same site. “Please don’t let my Twitter account be hacked,” I pleaded to the powers that be. “Please, please, please. No, no, no.”It was Halloween. And for the first time on this candy holiday I was scared. Panic ModeI deleted the tweet in a heartbeat and immediately changed my password. To my surprise none of my followers replied to the strange tweet. Perhaps that’s because I deleted it so fast.  Phew.At that point I wasn’t sure what the hell happened, but I knew someone had caught me with my pants down. I racked my brain. What happened? I’ve always been so careful… hadn’t I?  Could it be one of the hundreds of applications with read and write access to my Twitter account? I know I didn’t always read the fine print, but I knew right away that this was a long shoot. No, it couldn’t have been Goodreads or Digg. No way. No way…Then I realized just how un-careful I had been. I realized what it was and who the culprit was, too.Apparently Mary was hacked. She told me she didn’t see any changes in her account except for auto-DMing everyone who follows her that “shady link.”I had heard the horror stories. Now I was in one. I got phished. I clicked a funny link.Stupid. So, so stupid. I couldn’t believe it.Emergency CleaningI knew what I had to. I deleted all of my cookies, went through the process of changing my main online passwords (email, banking, social media), ran a virus scan and restarted my computer. I have so many online passwords I knew I couldn’t change them all, but the important ones I changed immediately. If someone wants access to my Friendster account, go ahead. It was Halloween night and I had a party to go to. After more than an hour of dreaming up new password combos, I waited for my virus status like a patient expecting a STD results phone call from the doctor. No trojan horses popped up. Thankfully. I breathed a sigh of relief.But I knew I had dodged a bullet. Exhausted and mad at myself, I signed out of my browser still steaming, swearing I would never make this mistake again.I hope.  adam popescu A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Tags:#hacks#phishing#twitter last_img read more

NAB 2018: DJI Officially Introduces New Camera Control Systems

first_imgDJI also showed off its new Force Pro as another solid wireless camera movement control system to consider. Built for similar precision synchronization and accuracy, the DJI Force Pro offers communication latency as low as 10 milliseconds. It also offers an embedded compass and high-precision IMU for keeping your gimbal steady and safe when moving. The Force Pro uses a similar 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz wireless transmission system which can operate at a distance of up to 3 kilometers.The DJI Force Pro is compatible with all sorts of accessories, monitors, and video transmission systems. It also comes with an adapter that makes it easy to mount on a tripod. Check out DJI’s Force Pro’s page for more information. The DJI Force Pro is available for pre-order for $1,200.For more news from the NAB 2018 floor, check out some of these articles below.NAB 2018: Fujifilm’s X-H1 Camera Gets Put to the TestNAB 2018: Aputure Reveals A Brand-New RGB Panel LightNAB 2018 Announcement: Atomos Unveils the Ninja VNAB 2018 Announcement: Canon’s C700 Goes Full FrameNAB 2018: SmallHD Unveils 5 New Focus Monitors DJI showed off its latest camera control technology with the Master Wheel and Force Pro at NAB 2018. We take a closer look.DJI, the Chinese technology company known for drones and gimbals, surprised some with its NAB 2018 major announcements being focused on camera control. Still, these two new camera control systems could be game changers for digital filmmakers looking for high-end precision controls.Let’s look at DJI’s Master Wheels and Force Pro’s announced tech and specs.Master Wheel As far as wireless camera movement controls go, DJI has delivered a plumb with their Master Wheels setup. The controller, which looks like something out of a 2024-version of Mario Kart, uses high-precision sensors, advanced control algorithms, and state of the art product design to detect subtle movements and transmit them to your connected gimbal system. The rig allows lots of manual adjustments for a more intuitive and interactive design and features a dual-frequency 2.4GHz and 5.8 GHz wireless transmission system.For DJI users, the Master Wheels are compatible with the Ronin 2, Ronin S, and third-party gimbals through its S-BUS connection. You can read more on it here and preorder the one you need. Choose between the $8,000 level (3-Axis Model), $6,000 (2-Axis Model), or $2,500 (Single Wheel Control Module).Force Prolast_img read more

Malaika wants to maintain her CWG form

first_imgMalaika Goel (left) won the silver medal in the 10m air pistol at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.As a child, Malaika Goel was not scared of arms and ammunition. The daughter of a police officer, weapons were nothing new for her. But it was only after she saw Heena Sidhu shoot to glory in various events on television that the young girl from Ludhiana decided to take the plunge into the world of shooting.”My father never brought guns to the house, but I had often seen them. So, I was not at all scared when I held my first gun,” the Commonwealth Games silver medallist in women’s 10m air pistol told Mail Today.Malaika, who beat her idol Heena in Glasgow, couldn’t do much in the junior event at the ISSF World Championships in Granada, Spain, last week. But 16-year-old Malaika feels she can put up a good show in the Incheon Asian Games.”I don’t believe in setting prefixed goals. Winning silver in the Commonwealth Games has given me immense confidence. Since I have performed well in Glasgow, I am confident of performing well in Incheon too,” she said. “My target is to get better. So, I usually don’t think about the colour of the medal. It is about giving my best and the results will follow.”The shooter, who took up the sport in 2008 when she was just 10, says winning the Glasgow silver was special, but not beating former World No.1 Heena, who finished seventh.”I have known Heena didi for some time now. So, if I was to pick a special moment between winning silver or beating my idol, I would say winning the silver medal was more special for me,” she said with a laugh. Unlike other teenagers, Malaika is not a fan of social networking sites and prefers to stick to sports even in her leisure time.advertisement”I have always been a sportsperson. Besides shooting, I like swimming, badminton and football. Ever since I took up shooting, it has become my life,” she added. Her mother Amarpreet makes sure she travels everywhere with Malaika, the youngest member of India’s shooting squad.”Having mom besides me is always an advantage. In 2012, when I travelled for my first international event, I was just 14 years old and had never travelled independently. I needed my mother and ever since she has been accompanying me to all the events,” Malaika said. “Being the youngest in the squad, my seniors also take good care. They keep giving advice on the do’s and don’ts.”[email protected]last_img read more