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  • Rams open exhibition season against Raiders, with both teams eyeing new homes

    first_imgThe Oakland Raiders glitzy new stadium in Las Vegas is still a year away from opening, so the Rams will visit the venue affectionately referred to by some as “The Black Hole” for their first exhibition game of 2019 Saturday night in Oakland.The Rams and Raiders have something of a vagabond existence in common, both playing in temporary homes while their new, multi-billion-dollar stadiums are being constructed, both franchises having fled Southern California in 1995 – the Raiders returning to …last_img read more

  • Western Cape citizens are invited to Play their part towards progressive change

    first_imgJohannesburg, Wednesday 09 November 2016 – The College of Cape Town in the Western Cape will on Tuesday 15 November 2016 collaborate with the Play Your Part initiative to engage and encourage all citizens to play their part and contribute towards progressive change for their communities.On the 26 October 2016, Brand South Africa played its part in the Western Cape when it participated in the Rally to Read programme that helps improve education in rural South Africa. The Rally team travelled across the Western Cape to distribute reading and educational resources to disadvantaged schools. As well as applaud and further upskill teachers through the READ training programme.Returning to the Western Cape, Brand South Africa’s Play your Part is on its fourth leg and will have a similar format to the engagements in Limpopo, Port Elizabeth and Bloemfontein. Citizens will be urged to interact with the PYP cube as well as share inspirational stories and take the opportunity to pledge their time, money and skills.The Play Your Part activation is aimed at engaging with citizens to “start doing” in order to contribute actively and positively to the development of their communities. With the mandate to encourage active citizenship, Play your part aims to contribute to a South African Nation Brand where people care deeply for one another and the environment.The activation continues its partnership with SABC’s One Day leader a programme which promotes leadership and entrepreneurship within society also bringing on board a partnership with the College of Cape Town on its Western Cape journey.“Education is one of the themes driving the Play Your Part agenda this year. Brand South Africa believes that every student has a role to play in shaping their destiny and this starts with small acts of commitment and dedication toward their studies. Students have to understand the role they play in shaping and enhancing the reputation of the country through the subject choices they make”, said Brand South Africa’s general manager: marketing Ms Sithembile Ntombela.The College of Cape Town is regarded as one of the best colleges in South Africa. In 2014 the college achieved the best Mathematics results in South Africa in the National Certificate Vocational Level 4 programme. “The partnership between Brand South Africa and the College of Cape Town is to further encourage students to play their part by paying it forward for students currently in high schools, meaning they can contribute to making it easier for students who are currently in school,” concludes Sithembile Ntombela.Active citizens of the Western Cape who will lead the Play Your Part conversations include International Youth Foundation Programme and training manager  Anusha Naicker and Rahima Loghdey from the  Department of Economic Development and Tourism.Engage with the PYP Cube, Brand South Africa and its partners on #PYPCube.Media is invited to attend as follows:Date: Tuesday 15 November  2016Time: 09h00 -13h00Venue: College of Cape Town,334 Albert Rd, Salt River, CapeRSVPS/Enquiries: Ntombi NtanziEmail: [email protected] number:  081 7041488Brand South Africa will also be able to facilitate any requests for interviews.Follow the conversation on  #SANationBrand#PYPCUBEProgramme for the Brand South Africa Play Your PartTimeTopicSpeaker09H00INTERACTION AND ENGAGEMENT WITH THE PYP CUBEBRAND SA10H35OPENING AND WELCOMEMS TILLY REDDY, ACTING DEPUTY PRINCIPAL OF COLLEGE OF CAPE TOWN10H40ADDRESS BY COLLEGE PRINCIPALLOUIS VAN NIEKERK; PRINCIPAL OF COLLEGE OF CAPE TOWN10H55BRAND SOUTH AFRICA OVERVIEWTBC11H05IYF PARTNERSHIP WITH COLLEGE OF CAPE TOWNANUSHA NAICKER, PROGRAMME & TRAINING MANAGER11H20DEDAT PARTNERSHIP WITH COLLEGE OF CAPE TOWNRAHIMA LOGHDEY, DIRECTOR SKILLS, DEVELOPMENT & INNOVATION11H35GUEST SPEAKER / ICE BREAKERTBC11H45COLLEGE OF CAPE TOWN GRADUATE12H00PTS GRADUATION AND CERTIFICATE, HANDOVER TO STUDENTSlast_img read more

  • Apple Adds Social Playlists to Ping

    first_imgRelated Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Ping: Dead in the Water?While this update brings what’s now one of the only notable features for Ping, as a whole, the social network is incredibly unremarkable. Although iPad integration and Twitter connectivity was added last month, Ping still lacks Facebook connectivity for finding friends or sharing music socially. And even the Twitter integration did not seem to pay off for Ping – our analysis of Twitter revealed a low volume of tweets and no re-tweets shortly after the feature was launched.As our own Marshall Kirkpatrick described it, the Ping user experience is “totally focused on commerce not community.”The new social playlists feature again confirms Apple’s stance on “social” once again is about money, not users. Without options for users to add their own esoteric, indie tracks from unsigned artists, Ping isn’t serving as a place where music fans can find the next big thing, it’s serving as yet another pointer to the virtual cash registers on iTunes.What’s more, according to a recent article from music technology blog Hypebot, Ping to date only has around 2,000 artists on board, an incredibly low level of participation considering the network’s potential to reach iTunes’ 160 million users. At launch, Apple said artist profiles were invite-only but “any iTunes user can create a profile on Ping, artist or otherwise.” Distributers like Tunecore and CD Baby who serve indie musicians are now helping artists create Ping profiles. So why haven’t more done so?Where are the Artists?According to a comment on Hypebot from Peter at TuneCore, the company has set up more than 1,000 of its artists with Ping accounts…which begs the question, if half of the 2,000 are from TuneCore, then how many has Apple actually “invited?” Where is everyone?MySpace?Perhaps. Fast Company said that the flailing News Corp-owned social network hosts eight million artists currently, while Apple is slowing adding “worthy” artists one-by-one. Meanwhile, Apple also posted a 9-page rule book for any other artists interested in joining the Ping network. The book includes a bizarre list of no-no’s for artists on Ping like a ban URLs in the About section of a Ping profile (artists can’t mention their own website?) and no posting links to other content providers or ads for sites outside of iTunes. It even recommends artists don’t recommend only their own songs to their fans. It’s likely that the limitations put into place have discourage some artist participation, but ultimately, it’s Ping’s overall lackluster appeal that is dragging it down. sarah perez Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Ping, Apple’s half-hearted attempt at its own music-focused social networking site, has finally received an update worth noting: Social Playlists. On Friday, the iTunes-only website Ping added a new feature which lets you create a playlist of your favorite songs. Those playlists can then be published for your Ping followers to rate and review or even collaborate on with you.How Social Playlists WorkTo access the new feature, click on the “Ping” icon in the left-hand sidebar in iTunes to be taken to the social networking site. From there, look for the “Ping Playlists” section on the right side and click on “Create a New Playlist.”On the Playlist creation page, you fill out a title, description and can check a box that reads “Allow people who follow me to add songs” if you want to create a collaborative playlist with friends. However, in typical Apple fashion, the songs for your playlist can only come from the iTunes store – there’s no option to add your own MP3’s from your music collection. Tags:#Apple#music#social networks#web Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

  • Gov’t Committed to Free Flow of Information – Minister Reid

    first_img The Minister was addressing students and teachers at the launch of the Access to Information (ATI) Unit’s National High School Essay Competition at the Office of the Prime Minister in Kingston on September 25. Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), Audrey Sewell, in her address noted that since the competition’s inception, it has “laid a solid foundation for youth involvement in national life”. Story Highlights Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, said the Government is committed to the free flow of information to the public and to provide channels for citizens to openly share their views and concerns. Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, said the Government is committed to the free flow of information to the public and to provide channels for citizens to openly share their views and concerns.“As a Government, we are the servants of the people. We want to make sure that what we are doing is in the best interest of the people of Jamaica. We are not hiding information; we want to be very transparent,” he said.The Minister was addressing students and teachers at the launch of the Access to Information (ATI) Unit’s National High School Essay Competition at the Office of the Prime Minister in Kingston on September 25.The competition, lunched in 2008, aims to help students to appreciate the value of the ATI Act as a research tool, and garner their interest in issues of national importance.Senator Reid hailed the initiative, noting that it provides an avenue for young people to become activists and participate constructively in the “fashioning of a peaceful and prosperous Jamaica”.He said the Government is focused on opening up avenues of progress for youth “who will take up the mantle of leadership in the country”.“Our youth possess a wealth of knowledge, creativity and enthusiasm. That is why the Government views this cohort of the population as one that needs to be nurtured and instilled with the right skills and values to achieve their highest potential in order to be fully incorporated into national development plans,” he said.Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), Audrey Sewell, in her address noted that since the competition’s inception, it has “laid a solid foundation for youth involvement in national life”.“It has allowed youngsters to join the conversation on topical issues in our society,” she pointed out.She noted that the launch of the competition is timely, as this week (September 24- 29) is being celebrated as International Right to Know Week.“The competition underscores our (ATI Unit) belief in nurturing the intellectual development of our youth and to encourage expansive and critical thinking. We want to inform you about your rights as a citizen and for you to inform others,” she said.For her part, Public Education Manager at the ATI Unit, OPM, Prudence Barnes, informed that this year’s competition offers two questions, from which students can choose one.This is a departure from last year when there was only one question.“With these questions, we’re hoping to take students into the intricacies of the ATI Act and also to explore its provisions in more practical terms. We want these questions to be food for thought,” she said.Students are required to write a 1,600 to 1,800-word essay on either of the following topics: ‘The ATI Law Balances Rights and Promotes Responsible Access to Information’, or ‘How can members of the public use the Access to Information Act to help bring about transformation in the society?’.The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2018. Entries should be sent to the Access to Information Unit, 5-9 South Odeon Avenue, Kingston 10; email [email protected]; or fax 926-9491.The winner will receive $50,000 plus an ATI trophy; with $30,000 and an ATI trophy for second place; and $20,000 and trophy for third place.last_img read more

  • Quebec taken to court over cancellation of 18000 immigration applications

    first_imgMONTREAL — The Quebec government is being sued over its decision to cancel a backlog of more than 18,000 immigration applications as it overhauls its system for selecting newcomers.An association representing Quebec immigration lawyers filed an injunction request today seeking a halt to the policy. It wants the Immigration Department to be ordered to resume processing the applications.The request, made in the name of a Korean woman, Seeun Park, states that potential immigrants whose applications have been scrapped feel humiliated and betrayed.People whose applications were already being processed were informed they would have to start over under a new system.Quebec Immigration Minister Simon Jolin-Barrette tabled Bill 9 on Feb. 7, setting out a legal framework that would allow the province to be more selective with immigrants.Jolin-Barrette said the new approach would better match applicants to the needs of the labour market and ensure immigrants speak French and respect Quebec values.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

  • Two planets orbiting Teegardens star described as most earthlike found yet

    first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. , Astrophysical Journal More information: Amri Wandel et al. On the Habitability of Teegarden’s Star Planets, The Astrophysical Journal (2019). DOI: 10.3847/2041-8213/ab2df7 A pair of researchers, one with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the other Tel Aviv University, has found evidence that suggests two of Teegarden’s star planets are the most Earth-like found yet. In their paper published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters, Amri Wandel and Lev Tal-Or describe their study of the two exoplanets and what they found. Journal information: Astrophysical Journal Letters Citation: Two planets orbiting Teegarden’s star described as most earthlike found yet (2019, August 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-08-planets-orbiting-teegarden-star-earthlike.html © 2019 Science X Network New Earth-like exoplanets discovered around red dwarf Teegarden star Credit: CC0 Public Domain Back in 2003, astrophysicist Bonnard Teegarden led a team that discovered what is now known as Teegarden’s star—a red M dwarf star approximately 12.5 light-years away. Since that time, space scientists have studied both the star and the planets that make up its star system. In this new effort, the researchers focused their efforts on two of those exoplanets, which are called Teegarden’s star b and c—both were first detected this past June by a team working on the CARMENES survey.The work by Wandel and Tal-Or was focused on learning more about the habitability of the two exoplanets. As part of that effort, they noted that both are relatively close to their star, with orbits of just 4.9 and 11.4 days, putting them both firmly in the Goldilocks zone. They note that both are tidally locked, which means one side always faces the sun, which also means they have no day/night cycle.The researchers acknowledge that it is not known what sort of atmospheres the two planets have, but suggest it is likely either or both could support water. This is because they are tidally locked, which means that even a thin atmosphere would be enough to spread the warmth and cold across the dark/light dividing line. They calculated that atmospheres between one-third that of Earth’s or as much as 17 times as dense would allow for liquid water to exist on the surface of either planet. They also note that both of the planets are near in size to Earth. And as part of applying an analytic habitability model to the planets, the researchers calculated that Teegarden b has a 60 percent chance of having surface temperatures between zero and 50 degrees C—Teegarden c was found to be colder, much more like Mars. The researchers conclude that conditions in the transition zone appear to be favorable for supporting life. Explore furtherlast_img read more

  • Solemn personal ceremonies as US commemorates 911

    first_imgSolemn, personal ceremonies as US commemorates 9-11 NEW YORK — Holding photos and reading names of loved ones lost 16 years ago, 9-11 victims’ relatives marked the anniversary of the attacks at ground zero on Monday with a solemn and personal ceremony.Every Sept. 11 since the date of the deadliest terror attack on American soil, Rob Fazio has come to the place where his father, Ronald Carl Fazio, and thousands of others died.“I’ll come every year for the rest of my life,” the son said. “It’s where I get my strength.”At least 1,000 family members, survivors, rescuers and officials were gathered as the ceremony at the World Trade Center began with a moment of silence and tolling bells. Then, relatives began reading out the names of the nearly 3,000 people killed when terrorist-piloted planes hit the trade centre, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field, hurling America into a new consciousness of the threat of global terrorism.Some said they couldn’t believe 16 years had passed since a tragedy that still seemed so present on the anniversary. To others, it was an occasion to plead for a return to the sense of unity they felt after the attacks.“Our country came together that day. And it did not matter what colour you were, or where you were from,” said a tearful Magaly Lemagne, who lost her brother, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Officer David Prudencio Lemagne. She implored people to “stop for a moment and remember all the people who gave their lives that day.“Maybe then we can put away our disagreements and become one country again.”Nicholas Haros Jr. saw a glimpse of that cohesiveness in the country’s response to catastrophic recent hurricanes Irma and Harvey. Irma was making its way through the Southeast as a tropical storm while 9-11 anniversary ceremonies unfolded in New York, the Pentagon and near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.More news:  Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youth“God bless, and be New York strong,” Maureen Tipping-Lipshie urged those affected by Irma after she remembered her brother, John James Tipping II.Sixteen years later, the quiet rhythms of commemoration have become customs: a recitation of all the names of the dead, moments of silence and tolling bells, and two powerful light beams that shine through the night.Yet each ceremony also takes on personal touches. Some name-readers added messages ranging from the universal to the personal _ updates on family graduations and marriages, memories of personality traits and favourite foods.Some have never even had a chance to meet the relatives they lost on Sept. 11, 2001.“I wish more than anything that I could have met you,” Ruth Daly said, her voice breaking, after she read names in remembrance of her slain grandmother, Ruth Sheila Lapin. “I’m very proud to be your namesake. I hope you’re watching down on me from heaven.”Meanwhile, President Donald Trump, a native New Yorker observing the anniversary for the first time as the nation’s leader, observed a moment of silence at the White House with first lady Melania Trump.The Trumps also planned to participate in a 9-11 observance at the Pentagon. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis and Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, are hosting a private observance for victims’ relatives there at 9:11 a.m. Monday. After the names are read at that ceremony, there’s a public observance, with a wreath-laying and remarks.Vice-President Mike Pence and U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke are scheduled to deliver remarks at the Flight 93 National Memorial near Shanksville. It’s on the rural field where one of the airliners crashed after passengers and crew fought to wrest control away from the terrorists who’d hijacked it and were heading for Washington.More news:  TRAVELSAVERS welcomes Julie Virgilio to the teamConstruction continues at the Shanksville memorial, where ground was broken Sunday for a 93-foot (28 metres) tall Tower of Voices to honour the 33 passengers and seven crew members who died.Rebuilding and reimagining also continues at ground zero, where the third of four planned office towers is set to open next year. Work toward a $250 million performing arts centre continues after a design was unveiled last fall. Most recently, plans were announced this spring to transform a grassy clearing on the memorial plaza into a walkway and area dedicated to 9-11 rescue and recovery workers.The ceremony on the National Sept. 11 Memorial plaza strives to be apolitical: Politicians can attend, but since 2011, they haven’t been allowed to read names or deliver remarks.Yet last year’s 15th-anniversary ceremony became entangled in the narrative of a fractious presidential campaign when Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton left abruptly, stumbled into a van and ultimately revealed she’d been diagnosed days earlier with pneumonia.This year, the focus remained on the names read out beneath the waterfall pools and lines of trees.“It does feel good to know you have other people who are feeling the same pain that you’re in,” Marvaline Monroe said as she headed into the ceremony to remember her brother, Keith Broomfield. She comes to the ceremony as often as she can.“It’s very hard. We’ll never forget, but we just have to live with the memories that we have of him.”Delaney Colaio read names in honour of the three relatives she lost: her father, Mark Joseph Colaio, and her uncles Stephen J. Colaio and Thomas Pedicini. She is making a documentary about the children who lost parents in the attacks. Monday, September 11, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >> By: Jennifer Peltz & Karen MatthewsSource: The Associated Press Tags: New York City Sharelast_img read more

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