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Protests spark after Iran admits downing Ukrainian plane

first_imgFlowers and candles are placed in front of the portraits of the flight crew members of the Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737-800 plane that crashed in Iran, at a memorial at the Boryspil International airport outside Kiev, Ukraine on Jan. 11. REUTERS/VALENTYN OGIRENKO DUBAI – Iran’s admission that it shotdown a Ukrainian airliner, killing all 176 aboard, has provoked internationaloutrage and triggered growing protests against Iranian authorities in Tehranand other cities.  Foreign governments condemned thedowning of the plane, with Ukraine demanding compensation. Canada, Ukraine andBritain, however, called Tehran’s admission an important first step. In what President Hassan Rouhanicalled a “disastrous mistake,” Iran said on Saturday that a missile fired inerror on Jan. 8 by its air defenses while on alert after Iranian missilestrikes on United States targets in Iraq, brought down the plane. Ukraine International Airlines saidIran should have closed the airport. The carrier said it had received noindication it faced a threat and was cleared for takeoff.(Reuters)last_img read more

MCC backs Young Windies, Stewart in appeal controversy

first_img(CMC) – UNDER-fire West Indies Under-19s and their embattled captain, Emmanuel Stewart, have found backing from the historic Marylebone Cricket Club, in the controversial ‘obstructing the field’ dismissal of South African opener Jiveshan Pillay, during their ICC Youth World Cup match last Wednesday.The left-handed Pillay picked up the ball and tossed it to wicketkeeper Stewart, following a delivery from pacer Jarion Hoyte, in the 17th over of the South African innings.Stewart immediately appealed and following consultation between the umpires, Pillay was given out under Law 37.4 of the Laws of Cricket.While Stewart’s actions drew strong rebuke from present and former international cricketers, the MCC said the player was well within his rights.“The first thing to say is that the umpires were completely correct in their decision to give Pillay out obstructing the field,” the MCC, considered the guardians of the Laws of the game, said in a statement.“Pillay did not seek, or receive the consent from a fielder and did use his hand to return the ball to the wicket-keeper. He was thus rightly given out on appeal.”The MCC said while the specific law had been questioned, it was there to protect the integrity of the ball for the fielding side.“The reason behind it is that a fielding team will often take enormous care to maintain the condition of the ball – and they are allowed to do so. Any external influence on the ball – including a sweaty glove – could change its condition unfairly,” the statement continued.“Batsmen are therefore, instructed to leave the ball to the fielding side unless given specific consent to pick it up. It may seem harsh, but a scenario in which batsmen could, without any punishment, interfere with the ball would be far more problematic.“Instead, all a batsman needs to remember is not to return the ball to any fielder without consent – as the popular adage goes: batsmen bat, bowlers bowl and let the fielders field.”Following the game which the Young Windies lost by 76 runs, Stewart said on reflection while his appeal had been within the laws, it had breached the spirit of the game.Law 37.4 states: ‘Either batsman is out obstructing the field if, at any time while the ball is in play and, without the consent of a fielder, he/she uses the bat or any part of his/her person to return the ball to any fielder.’Stewart also conceded he should have withdrawn the appeal but the MCC pointed out that the player should not be pilloried for not having done so.“Pillay made a mistake – he acted in a way not permitted under the Laws. He was correctly given out on appeal. While the opposing captain may withdraw the appeal, he should not be criticised for not doing so,” the MCC stressed.“These players are young and are still learning the game. It appears that both Stewart and Pillay learnt valuable lessons on Wednesday – faced with the same situation again, both would probably act differently.”last_img read more

I want the Black Stars head coach job not as an assistant- Tanko

first_imgFormer Black Stars forward and now assistant coach of the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon, Ibrahim Tanko has declared his intention of joining the technical team of the Black Stars only as head coach not as an assistant.This revelation comes as the Ghana FA made an official statement last Friday that its outfit and the Black Stars coach James Kwesi Appiah had agreed to mutually part ways therefore making the position vacant.Reports in the media are that apart from the assistant coach Maxwell Konadu the   rest of the technical staff will follow suit and it is believed Konadu will be named as substantive coach anytime soon.Tanko has  been linked to the Black Stars assistant coach job due to his commitment exhibited  since he joined the four times African champions, Cameroon.But in an exclusive interview with Asempa Sports, the former Borussia Dortmund player says he will only accept an offer from the Ghana FA as head coach of the Black Stars.“I will not join the Black Stars coaching staff as assistant but head coach rather because if I look at those who are applying for the job at the moment then nothing prevents me from applying for the top most one”. “Anyway, am very happy with where the Cameroonian national team has gotten me into. Although is in my plan that as a coach I will come back home one day to serve my motherland”“The coach am working with is one of the best so am not sure that if any country approach me to assist now, I don’t think I will be able to do so just because I know what am getting from Volker Finke”. He addedTanko joined the Cameroon national team in June 2013 following the appointment of the German tactician, Volker Finke and was also appointed as a scout for Ghana at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nationslast_img read more


first_imgDavid Lopez711361218%44%$384,858 Peter Eurton32510516%63%$223,160 ASHLEY’S SASSY TAKES TO TURF IN FILLY & MARE SPRINTAshley’s Sassy makes her grass debut in Saturday’s $150,000 Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf Sprint for older fillies and mares at about 6 ½ furlongs, and if breeding means anything, the chestnut filly should take a liking to the greensward.“It’s her first time down the hill and she seems to like grass,” trainer Peter Eurton said of the 4-year-old daughter of Decarchy out of the Urgent Request dam Ashley’s Folly.“She’s from an all-grass family, that’s for sure, with her mother and Decarchy.”The field: Yana, Agapito Delgadillo, 30-1; My Fiona, Fernando Perez, 20-1; Smoove It, Mario Gutierrez, 6-1; Chati’s On Top, Santiago Gonzalez, 5-1; Heaven’s Stairway, Joe Talamo, 6-1; Sheer Pleasure, Tyler Baze, 8-1; Velvet Mesquite, Kent Desormeaux, 7-2; Singing Kitty, Gary Stevens, 5-1; Jenna’s Faith, Drayden Van Dyke, 30-1; Light One, Flavien Prat, 12-1; Qiaona, Victor Espinoza, 8-1; Ashley’s Sassy, Alonso Quinonez, 12-1; and also-eligibles Nite Delite, Edwin Maldonado, 12-1 and Princess Bertrando, Abel Lezcano, 30-1. Jeff Mullins1133027%55%$95,980 Mark Glatt3442112%21%$133,420 Martin Garcia4755711%36%$349,884 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Kristin Mulhall1642125%44%$154,310 Steve Knapp1431221%43%$97,570 Tyler Baze9711171111%40%$556,202 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Bob Baffert4276817%50%$463,740 J. Eric Kruljac2032515%50%$75,200 RUN LIKE THE BOSS SHOULD FANCY TURFJoe Talamo has ridden Run Like the Boss twice, winning once, and hopes to add to his success in Saturday’s $200,000 Xpressbet California Cup Oaks for three-year-old fillies scheduled for one mile on turf.“She won first time out and ran third at Del Mar coming off a layoff,” said Talamo, who has been working the gray daughter of Scat Daddy at San Luis Rey Downs for Peter Miller, trainer of  Run Like the Boss for owners J. Kirk and Judy Robison.“I think she’ll love the distance, and even though she hasn’t run on turf, her breeding indicates she can handle it,” Talamo said. “All the Scat Daddys seem to like it.”The Oaks lineup: Just Google Me, Edwin Maldonado, 6-1; Patriotic Diamond, Rafael Bejarano, 7-2; Hurricaine Callie, Santiago Gonzalez, 15-1; Run for Retts, Tyler Baze, 20-1; Roo’s Valentine, Martin Pedroza, 4-1; Run Like the Boss, Joe Talamo, 12-1; Pacific Heat, Flavien Prat, 9-5; and $25,000 supplemental nominee Cheekaboo, Mario Gutierrez, 4-1. Philip D’Amato47981019%57%$558,210 Robertino Diodoro1234125%67%$96,090 William Spawr1664138%69%$146,914 Rafael Bejarano751614821%51%$810,130 John Sadler323539%34%$176,470 DRINKS ON BOOZER IN $250,000 TURF CLASSIC?SUNDAY RULES VS. MALES IN VALPREDO SPRINTTOUGH IT OUT SET FOR RICH CAL CUP DERBYTALAMO’S FILLY ‘REAL BOSS’ IN CAL CUP OAKSASHLEY’S SASSY IN FILLY & MARE TURF SPRINTMOR SPIRIT DRILLS FOR ROBERT LEWIS STAKES Patrick Gallagher1642225%50%$265,008 ‘GOOD TRIP’ CRUCIAL FOR BOOZER IN TURF CLASSICBoozer makes his second attempt to win the $250,000 California Cup Turf Classic presented by City National Bank Saturday when the son of Unusual Heat trained by Mark Glatt for Al and Saundra Kirkwood runs in the mile-and-an-eighth race for four-year-olds and up.The six-year-old gelding is usually on the pace or close to it. Last year, he missed winning the Classic by a neck after leading most of the way under Gary Stevens, who is back aboard Saturday.“It looks like there’s speed in the race and hopefully he’ll relax behind it,” Glatt said. “If he gets a good trip, he’ll be close and we’ll see if we can hang on this year.”The Turf Classic, one of five stakes races worth a total of $1 million for California-bred or sired horses on Sunshine Millions Day: Tamarando, Edwin Maldonado, 20-1; G.G. Ryder, Santiago Gonzalez, 4-1; Unusually Green, Joe Talamo, 20-1; Image of Joplin, Agapito Delgadillo, 15-1; defending champion Alert Bay, Martin Garcia, 7-2; Grazen Sky, Tyler Baze, 12-1; $25,000 supplemental nominee What a View; Kent Desormeaux, 8-1; Soi Phet, Alonso Quinonez, 15-1; Something Unusual, Iggy Puglisi, 12-1; Poshky, Flavien Prat, 9-2; Boozer, Gary Stevens, 10-1; Awesome Return, Rafael Bejarano, 6-1; and also-eligible Cowboy, Jose Verenzuela, 50-1. Edwin Maldonado66126818%39%$392,460 Agapito Delgadillo2945314%41%$119,554 Mike Smith444369%30%$466,320 Brice Blanc222069%36%$214,020 Mario Gutierrez80915911%41%$481,444 Abel Lezcano3031210%20%$133,620 Alex Solis930233%56%$174,634 Richard Baltas4475316%34%$463,934 Karen Headley530060%60%$127,700 (Current Through Sunday, Jan. 24) Joseph Talamo8010121013%40%$489,564 Tiago Pereira442525%20%$156,962 Martin Pedroza3952113%21%$94,440 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Jerry Hollendorfer5545107%35%$292,022 Drayden Van Dyke5267612%37%$368,634 Peter Miller4873415%29%$256,720 Kent Desormeaux3447512%47%$330,220 Doug O’Neill67891212%43%$407,902 Brayan Pena1520013%13%$36,170 Fernando Perez70841111%33%$424,876 Vladimir Cerin1441229%50%$112,690 TOUGH IT OUT READY TO GO IN CAL CUP DERBYTrainer Phil D’Amato also has Tough It Out entered in the $250,000 California Cup Derby at 1 1/16 miles for owner/breeder Nick Alexander.A gray son of Grazen, Tough It Out was third behind Found Money in the one-mile King Glorious for state-breds last Dec. 12 at Los Alamitos.“He’s doing really well,” D’Amato said. “He lost a lot of ground in the King Glorious. He ran an extra sixteenth of a mile. Saturday, we’ve got the rail and (leading rider) Santiago (Gonzalez). The horse is ready to go.”The Derby field: Tough It Out, Santiago Gonzalez, 6-1; Smokey Image, Victor Espinoza, 4-5; Record Highs, Joe Talamo, 10-1; Demonslayer, Rafael Bejarano, 8-1; Glory Bound, Edwin Maldonado, 4-1; Xingontothebone, Martin Pedroza, 8-1;and Loyalist, Flavien Prat, 12-1. Victor Espinoza302617%30%$276,880 Alonso Quinonez403738%33%$162,860 J. Keith Desormeaux2040620%50%$101,170 Steven Miyadi2336413%57%$120,184 Jack Carava1432121%43%$70,360 Jeff Bonde1242033%50%$94,260 George Papaprodromou1932216%37%$79,030 Gary Stevens2342017%26%$496,930 SUNDAY RULES TACKLES MALES IN CAL CUP SPRINTSunday Rules has been entered to face males in Saturday’s $150,000 Donald Valpredo California Cup Sprint for older horses at six furlongs.It would mark a first for the five-year-old Tribal Rule mare trained by Phil D’Amato for owner/breeder Nick Alexander.“She’s one-for-one on grass and four-for-four on the main track at Santa Anita, so it’s hard to ignore her dirt record,” said D’Amato, the meet’s leading trainer through 19 days with nine victories from 47 starts. He also has eight seconds and 10 thirds.“The field was coming up on the smaller side, so I hoped we’d draw well and sure enough we drew the outside. It’s a good post, she’s ready to go and we’ll give it a shot.”The Sprint field: San Onofre, Alex Solis, 4-5; Solid Wager, Victor Espinoza, 10-1; Old Man Lake, Tyler Baze, 30-1; Richard’s Boy, Flavien Prat, 8-1; Raised a Secret, Santiago Gonzalez, 12-1; Sunday Rules, Edwin Maldonado, 9-5; and Pay the Fine, Mario Gutierrez, 12-1. Flavien Prat721141315%39%$556,488 FINISH LINES: California General and VIP packages are available at santaanita.com/events for Saturday’s Sunshine Millions & Wine Festival, which will offer food from some of the best local wineries and food vendors. First post time is 12 noon. Admission gates open at 10 a.m. . . Mor Spirit worked five furlongs in company Thursday morning in 1:00.20 for his three-year-old debut a week from Saturday in the Grade III Robert B. Lewis Stakes at 1 1/16 miles. The winner of the Grade I Los Alamitos Futurity had jockey Martin Garcia aboard for the drill. Stablemate Latest Craze was clocked in 1:01.60 . . . Multiple graded stakes winner Om, prepping for the Grade II Arcadia Stakes on Feb. 13, worked five furlongs for Dan Hendricks with Gary Stevens in the irons in 1:00.80 . . . Champion Songbird continued to advance for her three-year-old debut in the Las Virgenes Stakes on Feb. 6 with a seven furlong workout Wednesday in 1:26.60 . . . The first offspring of stakes-winning turf sprinter Lakerville was born Jan. 25 at Harris Ranch in Coalinga. A chestnut filly out of the mare Craven Cottage owned and bred by Bob Huston and Barry Abrams is a half-sister to stakes winners of more than $1.5 million. Appropriately, she was named The First One . . . Jockey Abel Lezcano has been suspended three days (Jan. 30, 31 and Feb. 4) for causing interference aboard Mr. Count On Me in Saturday’s sixth race, resulting in a disqualification of his mount from first to third, while Edwin Maldonado has been banned the same days for failure to maintain a straight course on Xerxes after the start of Saturday’s third race . . . Also given “days” were jockeys Abel Lezcano (Jan. 30, 31 and Feb. 4) for causing interference on Silent Movies in Saturday’s fourth race, and Bruno Panicucci (Feb. 7, 11 and 12) for interference on Icona in Sunday’s second race . . . Joe Carr, whose British-based Duralock Equestrian is the manufacturer of Santa Anita’s newly installed temporary rail, was a race-day visitor on Thursday. Duralock Performance Fencing, renowned for safety and for its ease of installation and movement, is currently in use at racetracks and equestrian venues throughout the world, including New York’s Aqueduct, Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course…Horse player and Thoroughbred owner Bob Carper and Dudley Osborne, agent for jockey Agapito Delgadillo, will be Tom Quigley‘s guests Saturday and Sunday, respectively, in the East Paddock Gardens at 10:50 a.m.; Saturday and 11:20 a.m. on Sunday. Santiago Gonzalez10722141021%43%$801,468last_img read more

Local cyclists to compete in Paris

first_imgSnucins will begin the evening of Sunday, Aug. 21, while Kok and Morrison chose to begin the next day on Aug. 22.This will be Kok’s third time competing in the event.Riders’ progress can be followed on the event’s official website, by inserting their frame numbers: 5907 (Snucins), 8399 (Morrison) and 8572 (Kok).This year, there will be 5,414 participants from around the world, with the biggest contingent coming from France and the United States. Canada has 101 cyclists participating, 40 from B.C. and three from Fort St. John. Advertisement Three local long distance cyclists are preparing for an overseas competition.Jay Morrison, Erik Snucins and Wim Kok have all qualified to compete in the 17th Paris-Brest-Paris, taking place in France from August 21-25.- Advertisement -Morrison and Snucins both qualified to compete in the middle of June, when they both completed the 600 km Tour de Peace. Morrison finished with a time of 37 hours and 52 minutes, while Snucins finished with a time of 38 hours and 40 minutes. Kok qualified two weeks later, finishing the 600 km North Thompson event in 34 hours and 18 minutes.In order to qualify, athletes must complete four distances, 200, 300, 400 and 600 km this year, with a time limit of 13.5, 20, 27 and 40 hours respectively.The 1,230 km marathon, held every 4 years, begins in Guyancourt, a Paris Suburb and cyclists will ride through tertiary roads and small villages to Brest in Brittany, located on the Atlantic Coast. Upon arriving, cyclists will then have to turn around and ride back to Paris.Competitors are expected to be self sufficient during the competition and no support is allowed while en route. To reach Paris in the designated amount of time, riders will have to cycles day and night on only a few hours of sleep.Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgThe King of Tory Patsy Dan Rodgers played the Waves of Tory as Santa left, he saysBREAKING NEWS: By Chris Massey, Our Christmas Correspondent: SANTA has left Donegal.He flew off with his reindeers from Tory Island shortly after 6am, arriving in New York at midnight (local time).He’s expected to finish his ‘run’ in Hawaii in a few hours time before heading home. The National Statistics Office (Donegal branch) based in Lifford said a short time ago that Santa had dropped off a record 2,734,119 presents to 161,123 people in a new record time.Met Eireann said Santa’s sleigh reached speeds of 1,986 km/hr at times.The King of Tory told us a short time ago: “Aye, he’s left.”Cllr Marie-Therese Gallagher added: “Sin é – for another year.”  BREAKING NEWS: SANTA LEAVES DONEGAL, LEAVES PRESENTS FOR 161,123 PEOPLE was last modified: December 25th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalpatsy dan rodgersSANTAlast_img read more

From Hunter-Gatherer to Modern Farmer

first_imgHere are some headlines concerning early man and the ongoing struggle by humans to improve life.Throw the dog a bone:  An extinct ape named Oreopithecus did not walk upright as earlier claimed, Science Daily admitted.  Maybe they sat as they made little black cookies with white cream in the middle.  “The study, published in a forthcoming issue of the Journal of Human Evolution, confirms that anatomical features related to habitual upright, two-legged walking remain exclusively associated with humans and their fossil ancestors.”Back in Liang Bua Cave: Whatever happened to The Hobbit?  News about those little fossil people from Indonesia occasionally breaks above the din into the headlines.  Latest claim: they looked like us but were not us.  Science Daily reported, “3D-Comparative Analysis Confirms Status of Homo Floresiensis as Fossil Human Species.”  A team from Stony Brook University claims that they were not victims of microcephaly.  That keeps them in the genus Homo, but as a separate species – at least, until the next analysis contradicts it.Give peace a chance:  Scientists are fighting over whether early humans were aggressive and warlike.  Reviewing a paper in Science, Elizabeth Culotta, in her perspective article, announced, “Latest Skirmish Over Ancestral Violence Strikes Blow for Peace.”  Early people were peacemakers.  That’s the opinion of two Finns who published an article in Science about whether “lethal aggression” was dominant among mobile foraging bands.  It has “implications for the origins of war,” they wrote.  “But those on the other side of the debate” are fighting back, Culotta wrote; they “say that the paper lacks the numerical data to evaluate how common war and homicide actually are.”  And how can there be a peace treaty if both sides can’t even define what war is?  Darwin always wins, regardless.  “If war is a common feature of the foraging way of life, then perhaps it was a driving force in human evolution,” Culotta said.  Well, then, what “if” it wasn’t?  Then, presumably, peace and cooperation were the driving forces in human evolution.Ancient mariners:  Using traditional craft and no modern navigation aids, a Polynesian team completed a voyage from New Zealand to Easter Island and back, the BBC News reported.  The feat revitalized natives to remember a skill that is rapidly being lost.  For “over 3,000 years, John Pickford wrote, “the Polynesians had been using their great canoes, combined with near-miraculous navigation skills, to explore and settle a vast stretch of the Pacific.”  Today’s islanders, want often to leave their paradise and get jobs on the mainland, it was a big morale booster.  “They are a powerful reminder of a heroic age not so long ago when those mythic islands of the south seas were more connected and the ocean really was a highway rather than a barrier.”Crop rotation, good:  Since the days the Jews were ordered to give their land a Sabbath rest, allowing native plants to grow back for a year, wise early farmers have learned that crop rotation increases productivity of the land.  It’s a trick medieval farmers had to re-learn the hard way.  Now, Science Daily claims to know why crop rotation works: it causes a shift in soil microbes.  The microbes affixed to the roots of some plant species, like legumes, know how to fix nitrogen and fertilize the soil.   Not only that, rotation has a  “profound effect … on enriching soil with bacteria, fungi and protozoa,” researchers at the John Innes Centre found.Farm changer, world changer:  Moving up to modern times, now, here’s a story to watch.  Science Daily reported that a professor at the University of Nottingham has found a way to take nitrogen fertilizer from the air.  No, he hasn’t invented a way to do it; he’s just borrowing the technology of nitrogen-fixing bacteria.  Nitrogen is the most abundant molecule in the atmosphere, but its triple bonds make it hard to crack.  Man’s methods of fixing nitrogen to produce fertilizer are costly and require heat.  The press release could hardly contain the excitement:Professor Edward Cocking, Director of The University of Nottingham’s Centre for Crop Nitrogen Fixation, has developed a unique method of putting nitrogen-fixing bacteria into the cells of plant roots. His major breakthrough came when he found a specific strain of nitrogen-fixing bacteria in sugar-cane which he discovered could intracellularly colonise all major crop plants. This ground-breaking development potentially provides every cell in the plant with the ability to fix atmospheric nitrogen. The implications for agriculture are enormous as this new technology can provide much of the plant’s nitrogen needs.Turbocharging farms:  Current Biology has another idea to increase farm productivity: genetically engineer crops to use C4 photosynthesis.  97% of plants use the C3 method, but a few species, particularly those in harsh environments like deserts, use C4.  Now that humans have learned genetic engineering, could they use C4 to get more mileage out of crops?  Elizabeth A. Kellogg thinks so:The number of humans on earth is increasing, generating concerns about food security and spurring efforts throughout the world to increase the productivity of crops. If a way could be found to increase the yield of crops by, say, 20%, it would have immense impact on global food supplies. Fortunately, evolution has already crafted such a mechanism, known as C4 photosynthesis. The C4 pathway is in effect a turbocharger for the more conventional C3 pathway. Just as a turbocharger improves performance of an engine by forcing more air into the manifold, C4 improves photosynthetic performance by forcing CO2 into the standard C3 photosynthetic apparatus. The added efficiency of this mechanism is obvious at a global level.In a sense, humans continue to use ingenuity (a.k.a., intelligent design) to improve their lot in life, using natural resources more and more efficiently.  If modern humans have existed on this globe for at least 40,000 years (some evolutionists think Homo species were our equals two million years ago), would they not have invented seafaring and agriculture much earlier?  (See 7/06/13, “Farming Came Too Late in the Evolutionary Timetable”.)Despite all the progress in agriculture, there are worries that humans are devolving, not evolving.  Evidence was right here in the article: a retreat into pagan mysticism, as evident in Kellogg’s statement, “Fortunately, evolution has already crafted such a mechanism, known as C4 photosynthesis…in effect a turbocharger….”  There’s not much hope for mankind with that kind of personification fallacy getting published in a major science journal. 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Brand South Africa co-hosted the Human Library initiative alongside LEADSA

first_imgBrand South Africa over the weekend co-hosted the Human Library initiative alongside LEADSA in Sandton.The Human Library is a global movement that started in Copenhagen in 2000 with the aim to bring human books (people who have stories to share) with the intention to demystify and challenge stereotypes and prejudice through dialogue.Depot Manager of the Human Library, Ms Madi van Schalkwyk said in a video shared on the LEADSA, “The Human Library is a safe environment to have discussion that have been difficult to have and get people to really understand the type of people they share their community with and work towards social cohesion.”Topics dealt with are those considered taboo in society, thus bringing empathy and appreciation of what individuals go through in their daily lives.Play Your Part Ambassador Sophie Kanza participated in dialogues with some of the human books and shared her thoughts on the initiative. “I believe there should be Human Libraries popups everywhere, it is important that we take a moment to talk to each other.”Speaking on the collaboration, Brand South Africa’s General Manager: Stakeholder, Ms Mpumi Mabuza said, “Brand South Africa is delighted to have partnered with Lead SA on ‘The Human Library’ initiative. This is for the sole purpose of seeking to encourage tough, honest and inclusive conversations amongst citizens in order to contribute towards a unified society.Some of the human books included living with bipolar, Stockholm syndrome, young single mother, domestic abuse, lupus, embryo killing and these human books were individuals who came forth and volunteered their time and story in order to help guide towards a healing society that is not afraid to engage on what is deemed as taboo.“This was thought-provoking and totally different, it gets you uncomfortable at first but makes you shift your hypothetical opinion about individuals. People have unique stories to share about their life experiences and all they require is a listening ear without judgement,” said Pumeza Ceza, Brand South Africa’s Strategic Relationship Manager – Civil Society, and a participant at the Human Library.For more information on the Human Library click herelast_img read more

Google Earth’s iPhone App Lets You Track and View Your Adventures

first_imgdana oshiro A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… If you’re an adventure seeker with a penchant for storytelling you’ll be happy to hear that Google is giving you the visuals you need to illustrate your tales of bravery. In a blog post written by Google Earth Product Manager Peter Birch, the company has updated its iPhone application. While we’ve always been big fans of the Google Earth desktop version, the company released its iPhone app in 2008 with new attention to the mobile accelerometer and touch features of the iPhone. Users pinched, tapped and tilted their way to stunning satellite views of mountain ranges and far away terrain. The application update builds on these features but adds a touch of the personal. Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Apple#Google#web Google Earth for iPhone now offers users a chance to view their customized maps in the iPhone app. Rather than just offering standard maps, users save their pre-existing maps or favorites in the “My Maps” folder and the files are automatically synced to the device. One great feature of this release is the fact that users can track their travels via a GPS device and save the results as a KML file to be viewed in the application at a later time. The example given is a look at the route taken to climb a mountain; however, the same tool can be used to track marathons, sailing regatas, road trips and basic travel. For information on how to convert GPS data into Google Earth, users can visit Google’s KML Support Section. If you haven’t already downloaded the application, you can do so here. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Lonzo Ball’s triple-double sends Lakers past Denver

first_imgKris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ He broke through the distractions with another beautiful game against Denver.Ball had his second career triple-double and Julius Randle scored 24 points in the Lakers’ 127-109 victory over the short-handed Nuggets on Sunday night.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 shutoutWith 11 points, a career-high 16 rebounds and 11 assists, Ball reached the milestone at 20 years and 23 days — the exact age at which LeBron James became the youngest player to record his second triple-double in 2005.Ball became the youngest player in NBA history with a first triple-double eight days earlier in a loss at Milwaukee. “I mean, he got a haircut and fielded three questions on game day about his haircut. One, it’s impressive how he is able to maintain and handle it, and two, I think it’s a little bit nuts. But that’s the way it’s going to be.”Brook Lopez scored 21 points and Jordan Clarkson added 18 for the Lakers, who surged to a 24-point lead in the first half and won easily.Denver coach Mike Malone and top scorer Nikola Jokic were ejected in the second quarter after Malone stepped onto the court during play to argue a no-call on a play by Jokic around the basket. Malone furiously confronted referee Rodney Mott, who swiftly ejected the coach and his best player when Jokic joined in the argument.“I’ll be honest, I deserved to get tossed, but Nikola Jokic did nothing to warrant an ejection,” Malone said. “That’s something that we’ll try to look into if we can.”TIP-INSNuggets: Jamal Murray got a technical foul for gesturing at Mott after a no-call shortly after the two ejections. … Two nights after Denver scored 146 points in a win over New Orleans, the Nuggets mustered just 48 points in the first half while committing 13 turnovers.Lakers: The 6-foot-6 Ball’s 16 rebounds are the most in the NBA by a rookie this season. … Los Angeles had a season-high 36 assists. … Randle scored 17 points before halftime. … Josh Hart and Ivica Zubac were recalled from the South Bay Lakers before the game. Hart scored three points, and Zubac played two minutes.TOSSEDMalone was infuriated when Mott didn’t call a foul on the Lakers for contact while Jokic battled underneath the basket. When the teams headed upcourt, Malone took two steps onto the hardwood and blocked Mott’s path.Jokic had barely joined the argument when Mott tossed him as well, prompting a profane response. Malone’s assistants had to calm him down. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I just want to apologize to the Denver Nuggets,” Jokic said. “I feel bad. I left my teammates alone there.”JULIUS EARNINGRandle went 11 of 18 from the field and added seven points and five assists in a stellar game off the bench. Walton would love to see a similar effort from Randle every night.“I’m trying to figure that out,” Walton said. “Because when he plays like he did tonight, he’s as good as anyone in this league.”HURTINGDenver forward Paul Millsap left with a sprained left wrist in the second quarter of a miserable night for the Nuggets, who lost for just the second time in six games. Millsap had X-rays, but Malone didn’t yet know the results.UP NEXTNuggets: At Sacramento Kings on Monday night.Lakers: Host the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday night. 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Chiu)LOS ANGELES — Lonzo Ball’s haircuts are headline news around LA and the NBA. His father already draws more attention than most politicians, and LaVar Ball is even currently engaged in a public argument with the president.Through all of this extraordinary attention on a 20-year-old point guard and his family, Lonzo has managed to remain focused on his rookie season with the Los Angeles Lakers.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 “This one was a lot better,” Ball said. “I actually like this one. Just keep building on it.”Ball and Magic Johnson are the only Lakers with multiple triple-doubles in their rookie seasons. Johnson had seven, and his new point guard has two in his first 17 games.“You should always play better in front of your fans, so I’m just trying to put on a good show for them and win at the same time,” Ball said.Ball had another big game at another turbulent moment in his family life. With his father beefing with Donald Trumpover the president’s role in resolving brother LiAngelo’s legal issues during a UCLA basketball trip to China, Lonzo Ball put together an outstanding floor game to boost the Lakers to just their second win in seven games.“Never with a young man like this, his age, have I seen it,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said of the circus surrounding Ball’s every move.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more