East Central Wins!

first_imgCongratulations to Justin Roden and the East Central Trojans in winning the Class 4A state football championship this past Saturday!  Alex Maxwell accounted for both touchdowns in their 14-7 win over the Lowell Red Devils.  He passed for a first half touchdown and ran for the 4th quarter touchdown.  The other hero for the Trojans was Nathan Lloyd who intercepted 2 passes including the one that ended the final drive by Lowell.   Great job Trojans!!last_img

Pochettino points the way

first_img Last time out Southampton embarrassed reigning champions Manchester City 3-1 and before that drew at Wigan and lost narrowly at Manchester United. Sir Alex Ferguson said Pochettino’s men were the best team to play at Old Trafford this season and the manager is hoping for a similar performance on Sunday. “I think it is very important for the players that played those two away games to know they played really well,” he said. “I am not in it for me, I am in it for the team. The fact that the team got those two good results playing well is great. The victories are always down to the team and what is clear is that we will got to Newcastle looking for the three points.” Mauricio Pochettino wants Southampton to turn impressive away performances into three points at Newcastle. Only goal difference separates Southampton and the Magpies, who suffered a 2-0 defeat at St Mary’s in the corresponding fixture. “We have the same expectations and ambitions,” Pochettino said. “For example we want to go to Newcastle and get the three points. “We know that whatever has happened in football in the past doesn’t count for anything in the future, so we will keep moving forwards. “We are going to encounter a very attack minded team who get forward quickly. “But we go with the same set up that we have been playing with and the intention of getting the three points. “They are a dynamic team who get forward quickly, especially with their latest signings, they have grown with their speed in how rapidly they can attack.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

South Africa 6th best to live in: expats

first_img6 January 2010 South Africa is the sixth best country in the world to live in, according to expatriates based here. This was revealed in a massive global survey commissioned by global finance house HSBC Bank International. The study was conducted by UK-based research company FreshMinds. Results were released in late November 2009. Over 3 100 expats, from more than 30 industries and living in 50 countries on four continents, took part in the study earlier in the year. MediaClubSouthAfrica Free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service. Titled Expat Experience, it sought to determine the challenges people encountered when living and working away from home, and also aimed to differentiate between the expat experience in various countries and on various continents, in comparison with home. In the end, 26 countries made the rankings. South Africa came in behind the top five of Canada, Australia, Thailand, Singapore and Bahrain. As an expat favourite, the country eclipsed highly developed nations such as the US, France, Hong Kong, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium and the UK, as well as other emerging nations including Brazil, Mexico, China and India.Quality of life The survey is one of three reports released under HSBC’s annual Expat Explorer series of studies. The other two studies are the Expat Economics and Offshore Offspring reports. South Africa was the only African country surveyed for the economics report, where it came 13th out of 26. The results of the Offshore Offspring report, which reveals the best place to raise a family away from home, are due out in early 2010. The latest survey focused on the expat experience of mingling with local culture and society, and the increase or decrease in quality of life compared to the home country. Expats rated their current locations according to 23 day-to-day criteria, including food, accommodation, entertainment, transport, banking, utilities, healthcare, working hours, family and social life, hobbies, and more. They were also asked to rate the ease with which they were able to perform a variety of tasks, including finding accommodation for their families and schools for their children, learning the local language, making friends among local and expat communities, and arranging their finances, vehicles, utilities, and other essentials.Friendly country In addition to making the top 10 overall, South Africa scored highly in the categories of making local friends (2), organising schools (3), finding somewhere to live (3), social life (3), quality of life (3), and accommodation (4). South Africa was the top-ranked country for hobbyists, as well as the top country for settling down, beating Thailand and Canada which took 2nd and 3rd place respectively. More than half of those questioned – 55% – have lived in South Africa for more than five years. South Africa was rated among the top nations in terms of the ease with which expats integrated into local society, which covered factors such as setting up their bank accounts, learning the language, and arranging healthcare. According to the report, in most countries new arrivals gravitate towards the expat community when seeking new friends. Notable exceptions are Brazil, where 94% of people easily made local friends; followed by South Africa and Canada (both 91%); and India and Russia (both 90%). South Africa’s worst score was 22 out of 26, in the transport category.Most affordable A global survey earlier last year named Johannesburg as the most affordable city in the world for foreigners. Results of the Cost of Living survey, regarded as the world’s most comprehensive study of this type, were released in March 2009. Out of 143 cities on six continents, Johannesburg was found to be the cheapest, almost three times cheaper than the most expensive city, Tokyo. The weakening of South Africa’s currency, the rand, against the dollar is said to be responsible for Johannesburg replacing Asuncion in Paraguay as the least expensive location in 2009.First published on 3 December 2009 by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more

Science Forum to ignite conversations about science and society

first_imgThis week’s inaugural Science Forum South Africa will provide a public science forum for discussions on the role of science in society in South Africa, across the continent, and globally, writes Science And Technology Minister Naledi Pandor.South Africa will host the first “Science Forum South Africa” (SFSA) this week.It is designed as a “public science” event open to all interested stakeholders, to provide a platform for discussion and debate on the role of science in South African, African society as well as globally.The programme is bringing together more than 1 500 participants for discussion and debate in four plenary sessions, 32 (parallel) short seminars and 18 individual lectures – labelled “Science talks.” The Science Forum will also include an exhibition and public outreach activities.The opening plenary session will include remarks by the African Union’s Commissioner for Science and Technology, Japan’s renowned Science and Technology in Society Forum’s Koji Omi, and Prof Salim Abdool Karim, internationally acclaimed for his work in the fight against HIV-AIDS.With the international negotiations on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris enjoying huge public attention, the Science Forum will include a plenary debate on the science, technology and innovation response to climate change.Chaired by the Chairperson of South Africa’s National Advisory Council on Innovation, Prof Cheryl de la Ray, and introduced by renowned South African systems ecologist and contributor to the International Panel on Climate Change, Prof Bob Scholes, the debate will include contributions from experts from Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania. These will include Dr Tanya Abrahamse, of the South African National Biodiversity Institute and member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the United Nations Secretary-General.The second plenary debate will focus on how to best harness science, technology and innovation for the National Development Plan, drawing on international experience. The debate will be moderated by the CEO of South Africa’s Technology Innovation Agency, Barlow Manilal. Panellists will include experts, such as Dr Ben Ngubane, democratic South Africa’s first Minister of Science and Technology; Prof Tebello Nyokong, a member of the United Nations high-level panel on the “Technology Bank and Science, Technology and Innovation Support Mechanism”, proposed to support the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals; as well as Prof Anil Gupta of India – an internationally celebrated expert on “grassroots innovation”.The closing plenary discussion will see the awarding of the “SFSA Science Diplomacy Awards”. These awards will recognise excellence and achievements in international scientific co-operation. A report highlighting the main messages emanating from the Forum will be compiled and presented by young officials of the Department of Science and Technology, on which international science policy thought leaders will comment, before I and Prof Romain Murenzi, Executive Director of the World Academy of Sciences, close proceedings.Of special note are the “science talks” programme, a series of 18 lectures of 30 minutes each delivered by eminent thought leaders. These lectures will run concurrently with a networking reception and as with the short seminar programme, participants will be able to move freely between lectures and the networking reception according to their areas of interest. The aim is to create a dynamic and lively discussion environment enabling a vibrant exchange of ideas, fostering partnerships and co-operation.The first cycle will notably include a lecture by the Director-General of the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology on “Modern biotechnology and the African challenge.” International partnerships will be on offer in a presentation of “Skoltech – a new English-speaking university in Russia: strategy and international networking.” The scientific response to societal challenges specifically with regard to energy will be presented in a lecture on “A renewable-based South African energy system.”The Science Forum has been actively supported by the Non-Aligned Movement Centre of Science and Technology. Thus, the first cycle of the Science talks will include a lecture by the Centre’s Director-General on “Science, technology and innovation policy-making in developing countries – initiatives in emerging economies.” The last two lectures in the first cycle will focus on large-scale research infrastructures, with a Russian perspective on “Mega science projects” and then “Square Kilometre Array: Big Telescope, Big Science, Big Data.”Find the full programme at www.sfsa.co.zalast_img read more

Pew Internet Study Points to Challenges Americans with Disabilities Have with Internet Access

first_imgaudrey watters Related Posts One of the great promises of the Internet is its ability to connect users with information and resources that they couldn’t get “at home” – whether that’s literally in their home or whether it’s in their geographic location. But a new report from the Pew Internet and American Life Project finds that those resources may not be accessible by many Americans living with disabilities. The Pew report finds that 54% of adults living with a disability use the Internet. That’s compared with 81% of adults who report none of the disabilities listed in its recent survey.Another recent Pew study found that the Internet was a site for fostering group connections and civic engagement. This latest report finds that 2% of Americans report a disability that prevents them from accessing the Internet, and as O’Reilly Radar’s Gov 2.0 correspondent Alex Howard notes, this means they are “unable to make use of one of the greatest platforms for collective action in history.”According to Pew, 27% of American adults live with a disability that interferes with activities of daily living – climbing stairs, hearing, trouble dressing, and so on. These individuals are more likely to live in lower income homes and have lower education levels.Only 41% of adults with disabilities have broadband Internet at home, as compared with 69% of those without a disability.“This is a correlation that we observed, not causation,” Susannah Fox, associate director at the Pew Internet and American Life Project tells Howard. “We don’t know that it’s the disability that’s causing that difference, but we do know that it’s not just lower levels of education or income, or age, all of which tend to depress Internet access rates. It’s something else.”As Howard argues, the Pew study should be seen in the context of continuing revisions to the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as other efforts, including recent legislation that aims to improve access to the Internet for those with disabilities.As Fox contends, “The reality is that so much of what’s happening today in the world is online. There’s a real difference between a someone in their 70s who doesn’t want to add the Internet to their life and someone in their 20s who can’t go online because of a disability.” A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Government#web center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

More comfort, more control, more traction

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion LATEST STORIES ONE: Aoki ‘really good’ opponent for Askren’s swan song CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA CURRY 4 AVAILABLE IN ALL UA BRAND HOUSES AND SELECTED MULTIBRANDED SPORTS STORES:UNDER ARMOUR BRAND HOUSES;BONIFACIO HIGH STREETMEGAMALLUP TOWN CENTERGREENBELTTRINOMAROBINSONS MAGNOLIAAYALA CENTER CEBUMULTIBRRANDED:SECONDWIND – AYALA 30THLANDMARK MAKATIOLYMPIC VILLAGE- SELECTED STORES ONLYROYAL DUTY FREE SUBICRUNNR ATC AND BGCPLANET SPORTS ROCKWELLTOBYS MOA, AURA AND MEGAMALLRUSTANS ATC AND MAKATISPORTSCENTRAL MOA, BAGUIO AND AURAADVTADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games The Curry 4 is all about more – Stephen’s insatiable desire to win more, to play more and to achieve more. The shoe was designed from the ground up with one thing in mind – to help Stephen get more, from the first ideation conversations, to sketches, to design iterations and beyond.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101center_img Read Next The Curry 4 offers more control, via continuity; a seamless feel between the foot and the shoe, and that is evident when putting on the footwear. Immediately, the shoe conforms to your foot, with no break in period, offering more comfort than ever before.Traction is critical to Stephen’s game; the ability to grip the hardwood with no slippage and ensure the quickest, cleanest cuts to offer that extra sliver of space gives Stephen all he needs to unleash the fastest, deadliest release in the league. Concentric circles, inspired by gravitational waves, achieve more traction, beyond any prior Curry footwear iteration.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAdditional tech details driving the Curry 4:Knit internal sleeve creates a structural fit around the collar & forefoot for an amplified performance feelMicrofiber synthetic quarter panel is bonded to the knit material giving the ideal balance of support with reduced weightDynamic seam taping merges the knit sleeve & synthetic quarter panel without adding any stitchingSpeed plate for underfoot structure & performance containment built to handle explosive movementsCross-centric traction pattern is designed to optimize on forefoot-to-heel traction & provide amazing grip on any courtProprietary foam compound for responsiveness under footStephen has helped redefine what success looks like in professional basketball – being quick and light is the name of the game, and Under Armour has applied that approach to the design and functionality of the Curry 4. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Trump makes racism ‘fashionable’ – LeBron

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ James, who has long been outspoken about matters of race in America and endorsed Trump’s opponent Hillary Clinton for president, had tweeted his dismay at the events in Charlottesville over the weekend.“It’s sad what’s going on in Charlottesville,” James tweeted on Saturday. “Is this the direction our country is heading?“Make [America] Great Again huh?! He said that,” added James in a dig at Trump’s celebrated campaign slogan.While James has attempted to use his celebrity to combat racism, his wealth and fame haven’t made him immune.On the eve of the NBA Finals in June his house in an upscale Los Angeles neighborhood was daubed with a racial slur.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Woods had marijuana, painkillers in system at arrest — report Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img A suspected Nazi sympathizer plowed his car into a crowd of anti-racism demonstrators, leaving one woman dead and 19 injured.Trump’s reaction on Saturday, that there was violence “on many sides” provoked a backlash and on Monday he singled out the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazis involved as criminals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingREAD: Trump blames ‘many sides’ for violent clashes in VirginiaBut in an exchange with reporters at Trump Tower in New York on Tuesday, a clearly irked Trump again said that both groups were at fault in inciting violence and insisted that those who gathered to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate leader Robert E. Lee form a park were not all racist. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side MOST READ “Hate in America, especially for African-Americans, is living every day,” James said at the time.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James. AP FILE PHOTOLOS ANGELES—Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James reacted swiftly Tuesday to US President Donald Trump’s repeated claim that there was “blame on both sides” in the deadly racial unrest in Charlottesville.“Hate has always existed in America. Yes we know that but Donald Trump just made it fashionable again!” James tweeted shortly after Trump angrily defended his controversial initial response to the white supremacist rally on Saturday that erupted in clashes with counter-demonstrators.ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters View commentslast_img read more

Pacquiao lets son chase boxing ‘dream’

first_imgPH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “I said to him that boxing is tough, that training is tough, everything is tough. But he said, ‘Daddy, boxing is my passion,’” Pacquiao, 40, told the Rappler online news site.“I said, ‘Son that’s my line, you are copying my line,’” he added, saying the teenager’s words softened his stance.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesKnown for his rags-to-riches climb from the street, Pacquiao said his wife, Jinkee, was adamant their 19-year-old son, nicknamed Jimuel, must not box.“Then Jimuel told her, ‘Mommy, you’re killing my dream.’ So what can we do? We just let him,” he added. P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy LIKE FATHER Emmanuel “Jimuel” Pacquiao (left) helps dad Manny show his world title belt. “I can’t stand to see my son getting beaten,” Pacquiao says. —GRIG C. MONTEGRANDEBoxing icon Manny Pacquiao said on Friday he had reluctantly allowed his eldest son to follow his footsteps after the younger Pacquiao chastised his parents for “killing” his dream of ring glory.The Filipino legend, who has eight world titles in different weight divisions, said he could not stand the prospect of seeing his son, Emmanuel Jr., getting hurt.ADVERTISEMENT “He is training every day. I see him in his room watching my fights in TV almost every day,” Pacquiao said.“It pains me because I know how hard is boxing. I can’t stand to see my son getting beaten. It’s okay if I am the one who will be beaten.”Pacquiao himself is not keen on hanging up his gloves soon.“If I feel something wrong with my body or if I feel slightly weaker, then I might think about retirement,” he said.“But for now, I’m fine. I feel like I’m 27 or 28 years old,” Pacquiao said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIEScenter_img Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end View comments 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Fiery fuel Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. He outpointed US challenger Adrien Broner in Las Vegas in January to easily defend his World Boxing Association welterweight title, improving his record to 61-7 with two draws and 39 knockouts in a career that began in 1995.Pacquiao said he had not lined up his next opponent, “but I’m sure he is a boxer.” —AFPSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

TOUCH A HIT AT MACQUARIE UNI

first_imgMacquarie University are an affiliate on the rise. They have recently kicked off their first season of competition and are already proving to be an absolute hit in their area. Craig Oliver and his team have already exceeded their initial expectations, with the competition booming. “We decided to only take 24 teams in the first season and only in a Mixed Intermediate competition, however we turned away a number of teams in the process and think that 32 teams for next season is definitely very achievable,” said Oliver. At the moment about 60% of the competitors are Macquarie University students and with the University already a traditionally strong contender at the Eastern University Games and the Australian University Games, the competition can only bring more improvement at the University Games as well. However, the competition has also attracted the remaining 40% of players from the local area and with the fields at Macquarie University considered some of the best sporting grounds in New South Wales, it is certainly set to grow. “We’re aiming to increase membership in the Macquarie Touch club through the competition,” Oliver said, “as well as raise the skill level of University members and offer everyone increased competition.” As is often the case, the competition is running on the hard work of just a small handful of people, with refereeing being one area where the competition needs some more people to stick their hands up. With the competition paying referees $15.00 a game, there’s certainly an opportunity for those who need that bit of extra cash. Any one who is interested in joining the competition should call Ann Marie Hopps on (02) 9850 7636 or visit the website www.musa.mq.edu.au. The next competition is kicking off in August and this is certainly one affiliate to keep an eye on!last_img read more

In The Spotlight – Nathan Wong

first_imgIn the fortieth edition of In The Spotlight, Australian Mixed Open player, Nathan Wong, speaks about what it means to be playing in the 2011 World Cup, and how he got involved in Touch Football. Name: Nathan WongNickname: WongyAge: 19Affiliate: Hornsby LionsOccupation: Logistics Assistant for David JonesPosition: Link/middleDebut for Australia: 2009 Youth Trans TasmanHow you got involved in Touch Football: My rugby league coach got me to try it out when I was younger.Favourite player: Put BerrymanWhat does it mean to you to be representing Australia at the 2011 World Cup: Speechless.Biggest influence on your Touch Football career: Put Berryman (: Favourite sporting moment: Any Michael Jordan highlights Any superstitions: NoneFunniest Australian teammate: Tashie (Tony El Takchi)Favourite quote: What doesn’t kill you will only make you stronger.Any travel plans for after World Cup: To go see the Queen in London (: Stay tuned to the website for the upcoming editions of In The Spotlight, which will feature every Open’s player travelling to the World Cup.  With two weeks left until the 2011 Federation of International Touch World Cup, be sure to be regularly visiting the Touch Football Australia website to keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information. Don’t forget to become a fan of Touch Football Australia on Facebook and Twitter in the lead up to the 2011 World Cup to find out all you need to know about Australia’s World Cup campaign:http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384 www.twitter.com/touchfootyauslast_img read more