Seahawks hold off Raiders in last exhibition game

first_imgAs the Raiders completed their exhibition season Thursday night at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, coach Jon Gruden, general manager Mike Mayock and his staff got one last chance to evaluate players who may or may not make the 53-man roster.And pretty much anyone who was on the field against the Seattle Seahawks was competing for a job. The Raiders suited up fewer than 50 players out of 90 on the roster. Many players didn’t even make the trip and in all, 46 did not play.The Seahawks won …last_img read more

Two new vaccines for SA

first_img22 May 2008The Department of Health is to introduce two additional vaccines to reduce and prevent cases of pneumonia and diarrhoea, two major causes of death among South African children.“Building on the success of our immunisation programme with current coverage of more than 85%, South Africa is making arrangements to introduce in the public health sector two additional vaccines, Rotarix and Prevnar, which we expect will have a significant impact in reducing the cases of diarrhoea and pneumonia and related deaths,” Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang said.She was speaking on behalf of South Africa at the 61st World Health Assembly currently under way in Geneva, Switzerland.The World Health Organisation (WHO) lists pneumonia, diarrhoea, malaria, measles and HIV as the five main causes of death among children aged between one month and five years, contributing to more than half of all child deaths.Tshabalala-Msimang told the delegation that because of good immunisation programme, South Africa has been able to eliminate polio and prevent death from measles.“The programme to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV is available in 90% of the public health facilities and a new prevention of mother-to-child treatment regimen, which includes dual antiretroviral therapy, is being implemented and expanded,” she said.Dual antiretroviral therapy is a combination of AZT and Nevirapine, which is administered in the place of Nevirapine mono-therapy.High costsAlthough a decision has been taken to explore the introduction of the two vaccines, she emphasised that access to new vaccines remained a major challenge due to their high costs.“In line with the global commitment to reduce child mortality, South Africa urges the relevant agencies including WHO, UN Children’s Fund and Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (Gavi Alliance) to assist countries in increasing access to these vaccines by amongst others making them more affordable,” Tshabalala-Msimang said.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Local vendors still cashing in on 2010

first_imgSoweto vendors are hard at work, makingcraft to send overseas to tourists whocame for the World Cup and loved theirwork. (Image: Makoena Pabale) MEDIA CONTACTS • Dennis Creighton Soweto Tours +27 11 315 1534 RELATED ARTICLES • SA vendors ready for World Cup • Millions to boosts SA’s 2010 legacy • SA gains from 2010 security plan • World Cup’s transport legacyNosimilo Ramela It’s been six months since the final game of the 2010 Fifa World Cup was played in South Africa and the last of the foreign tourists returned home, but small vendors in this country say they are still reaping the benefits.  South African street traders say that brushing up on different languages ahead of the tournament was really worth it – and they’re still getting craft orders from overseas fans.Thulani Mabhena is a vendor outside the Hector Peterson Museum in Orlando West, Soweto – South Africa’s biggest township. He picked up some French so that he’d be able to converse with World Cup tourists who visited the museum and expressed interest in buying some of his handmade crafts.A hot spot for tourists in general, the museum on Khumalo Street commemorates the 1976 Soweto Uprising and is named after the first pupil who was killed in the protest.“My business did really well during the World Cup,” said Mabhena, who sells handmade beaded leather shoes, shirts, hats, wooden bangles, wooden wine glasses, handmade painted tablecloths, calabashes, small sculptures of elephants and rhinos, key holders and other ornaments painted in the colours of the South African flag.Mabhena said it was a happy time for both the tourists and for his business. “We got to exchange cultures. With my conversational French I was able to sit with some of the tourists and chat about life and the amazing experience of the World Cup. We talked about our favourite teams and players, and I taught them how to play the legendary vuvuzela.”He said tourists felt safe in the township and spent time before and after games enjoying the culture, food and drinks at local spots close to where he worked. “It was amazing how free everyone was. I taught some of the visitors how to sing and dance South African style, it was a lot of fun. The best part was making sales … many of the tourists thought my stuff was magnifique (magnificent, in French) and bon marché (cheap, in French).”Mabhena said he is still hard at work keeping up with a number of orders for “local treasures” – such as calabashes and animal sculptures – which foreigners want packaged and sent back to them as a reminder of their time in Africa.“The crafts painted with South African flags were also quite popular with many tourists – they also asked me to tailor-make some crafts painted with their countries’ flags too.”A recipe for successDuring the 2010 tournament Ntabiseng Molefe and Lufuno Mgomane were based a few kilometres from Soccer City, which hosted the opening and closing matches. They learned Portuguese so they could chat to fans supporting their food business. “We sold plates and plates of pap and tripe, a local delicacy,” said Molefe.“Business is a bit slow now because there isn’t the same flow of people coming to the stadium, however, we have used the money we made during that time to pay for baking and cooking classes so we can open a small shop and sell food,” said Mgomane.She said many World Cup tourists asked them to write out the recipes and ingredients of the food they sold, so the fans could make the dishes back home. “Many were willing to pay for the recipes, but we were happy to give it to them for free. A lot of them insisted so, well, we were not going to refuse money.”Breaking into new markets“I made a killing on vuvuzelas,” said Siphamandla Njilo. “ I was just travelling around fan parks and along stadium routes all over Gauteng with vuvuzelas and flags. Within two hours I would be rushing back home to get more vuvuzelas and make more orders because tourists loved them so much and snapped them up within minutes.”Njilo said he couldn’t believe how popular the loud plastic horns were. “It was crazy … everyone wanted to blow one, it was all you could hear from any part of South Africa. It may have irritated some, but it excited me because I made major money from it.”As with the other vendors, Njilo said he is still enjoying the financial benefits of the World Cup. “Ive put my money away and want to go to school to learn how to make crafts that celebrate football and African culture. I could send these overseas to be sold there. I think I’ll do well, I saw how many foreign visitors loved African craft and I want to break into that market.”last_img read more

Massive voting ahead of Chiefs, Pirates clash

first_img28 May 2014 Voting in the Carling Black Label Cup voting has been open for just a matter of weeks, but already over 5.3-million votes have been cast for the classic showdown between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates at FNB Stadium outside Soweto on 26 July. The massive number of votes emphasises not only the popularity of the two clubs, and also one of the football world’s great rivalries, but also the popularity of the unique concept, which allows the fans of both teams to vote for the players they would like to see start the contest. In 2013, an amazing 22.2-million votes were cast, which improved on the previous year’s voting by 2.2-million. In 2011, when the event kicked off for the first time, 10.5-million votes were cast.Easily accessible Voting for fans this year has been made more easily accessible than previously. It takes place on the Carling Black Label website – www.carlingblacklabel.co.za Already, there are some surprises in the Kaizer Chiefs’ line-up, with the most eye- catching one being the exclusion of the 2013/2014 PSL season’s top-scorer Bernard Parker. Fans have voted for Knowledge Musona and Katlego Mphela to start ahead of Parker. However, he is not far behind them and could still make the starting XI. The midfield has a very familiar look to it, with wide players George Lebese and Siphiwe Tshabalala, as well as strong-men Reneilwe Letsholonyane and Willard Katsande operating in the engine room. George Maluleka, though, is just a few thousand votes off the pace and could well win his place in the starting line-up if the AmaKhosi fans get behind him. Siboniso Gaxa and Tsepo Masilela are the two fullbacks selected so far, while Tefu Mashamaite and Erick Mathoho are the preferred central defensive partnership.Most popular Not surprisingly perhaps, goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune is the elite choice between the sticks, and once again has the most votes of any player on either side, almost three times as many as his opposite number Senzo Meyiwa from Orlando Pirates. Meyiwa is the top pick among the Pirates’ goalkeepers and it looks unlikely that either Fatau Dauda or Brighton Mhlongo will unseat him. Happy Jele and Thabo Matlaba lead the choices at fullback, while the ever popular Siyabonga Sangweni is among the central defensive selections despite not having featured for much of the last 15 months due to injury. He has so far been paired with Rooi Mahamutsa, with that duo keeping skipper Lucky Lekgwathi out of the side. That situation could still change, however.Wingers Orlando Pirates fans have so far gone for the pace of Tlou Segolela on the right wing and the guile of Daine Klate on the left. Oupa Manyisa will anchor the midfield along with playmaker Sifiso Myeni, though Thandani Ntshumayelo will hope to get enough votes to force him into the starting line-up. Lehlohonolo Majoro, who scored the winning goal for Kaizer Chiefs against Orlando Pirates in the fixture last year, has since switched sides and is now a Buccaneer. He has been incredibly popular with The Ghost since his arrival and that shows in the voting as he is the most favoured striker among supporters. He is currently selected to play with Kermit Erasmus to play alongside him, with Lennox Bacela a fairly distant third and on the bench.How to vote The concept sees supporters vote for the starting line-ups of the Soweto giants until 22 July. Fans can do this by purchasing a Carling Black Label beer and either dialing *120*764* or going to www.carlingblacklabel.co.za. The Carling Black initiative also comes with an experience of a lifetime for two lucky fans, one representing Kaizer Chiefs and the other Orlando Pirates. The two “consumer coaches” will be selected to be coaches of their respective teams on game day and get to be with their teams at training, sit in the pre-match briefing and be part of the dug-out with their favourite team. In order to be eligible for the competition, Champion Coaches must vote either via their cellphones or at www.carlingblacklabel.co.za a minimum of 11 times. Coaches Forum Fans can further join the Coaches Forum to take their coaching credentials to the next level with exclusive interviews and content, improved player stats and a chance to win a share of R3-million airtime or tickets to the game. The Carling Black Label Cup has been a massive hit with fans since its inception in 2011. Orlando Pirates won the first two matches on penalties, before Kaizer Chiefs claimed their first title last season with a 1-0 victory.VOTES (as of 25 May) Kaizer Chiefs: Itumeleng Khune (816 131), Siboniso Gaxa (100 790), Tefu Mashamaite (121 439), Erick Mathoho (141 111), Tsepo Masilela (110 158), George Lebese (129 715), Reneilwe Letsholonyane (120 184), Willard Katsande (112 675), Siphiwe Tshabalala (137 048), Katlego Mphela (236 877), Knowledge Musona (268 132) Orlando Pirates: Senzo Meyiwa (378 236), Happy Jele (87 154), Siyabonga Sangweni (81 877), Rooi Mahamutsa (77 757), Thabo Matlaba (91 856), Tlou Segolela (71 238), Oupa Manyisa (105 849), Sifiso Myeni (55 459), Daine Klate (71 238), Lehlohonolo Majoro (169 571), Kermit Erasmus (145 007) SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Former Miss Earth South Africa on M&G Top 200 list

first_imgThis former Miss Earth South Africa and multi-award winning social entrepreneur is determined to see economically viable, visible, action on the African continent that contributes to food security and prosperity for both people and planet. (Image: Catherine Constantinides)• Georgina CostOperations managerSA Fusion+27 21 680 6650safusion@mweb.co.zaRomaana NaidooClimate change activist and executive director of Miss Earth South Africa, Catherine Constantinides, been recognised as one of the Mail & Guardian’s Top 200 Young South Africans for 2014.The newspaper’s initiative recognises the most influential young people under 35 in the country and includes young South Africans from the fields of arts and culture, business and law, civil society, education, health, film and media, politics and government, sciences and technology, sport, and environment and conservation.A passion for sustainable developmentHaving travelled across the world to share her passion for sustainable community development, Constantinides has shared platforms with heads of state, activists, international business moguls, celebrities, sports stars and freedom fighters, ensuring that the views of Africa’s youth are included in the global conversation on the continent’s development.Constantinides has more than a decade invested in creating awareness around climate change, sustainable development, agriculture and women empowerment in schools and rural communities. With her team, she consults with government and the private sector across the continent.“As a passionate African I believe that the challenges our people face across Africa need to be addressed urgently in order to look at more sustainable ways to uplift and grow the continent. Moving Africa forward requires addressing skills shortages, educational transfer and an aligned focus on the development of the continent’s agricultural sector and food security programmes. If we do not urgently address climate change and the effects – which we can already see taking place – including displacement of people, water challenges, climate refugees and the food crisis, we further cripple the development of our individual countries and continent,” she says.This former Miss Earth South Africa and multi-award winning social entrepreneur is determined to see economically viable, visible, action on the African continent that contributes to food security and prosperity for both people and planet.“While I am sincerely honoured that my environmental efforts have been recognised and to have been included as one of the Top 200 South Africans, my work is far from done. Until local policymakers, businesses, environmental experts, educators and communities can agree on a strategy to turn challenges into opportunities, we will always need to fight for the environment. I strive for an environment that is safeguarded and an Earth that does not need protecting,” she says.The Archbishop Tutu African Oxford Fellow has received a number of other accolades; in 2013 she was recognised as a Standard Bank Top Young Female Entrepreneur; recognised as a South African Youth Entrepreneur at the South African Premier Business Awards hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry, Proudly SA and Brand South Africa; and received a Mail & Guardian Greening the Future award for her Generation Earth initiative.About Miss Earth South AfricaThe Miss Earth South Africa is a leadership programme that aims to empower young South African women with the knowledge and platform to create a sustainable difference in combatting the destruction of our natural heritage.The programme helps to create an awareness of sustainable development, the environment, wildlife and the conservation of South Africa’s natural legacy, and ultimately the preservation of Earth.last_img read more

Let Them Make Web Comics: Bitstrips Comes to Schools

first_imgBitstrips for Schools makes us want to go back to the third grade.Bitstrips is an online tool for quickly and simply creating web comics, and the company has just launched a new product custom-tailored for the classroom. Kids get to be creative; teachers get a new, interactive tool to reinforce learning; and everyone goes home smarter and happier.A year and a half ago, Bitstrips launched at SxSW. At the time, we wrote that it was the “YouTube of web comics” and speculated on whether the app could become the breakout app of the show.While the service has remained relatively under-the-radar, Bitstrips has managed to suss out their revenue streams and remains 100 percent bootstrapped, according to an email we received from co-founder Jesse Brown today. With Bitstrips for Schools, the company is offering a subscription-based service, adding even more revenue to their budget.“We sold a license to the Ontario Ministry of Education,” he wrote. “It just launched six days ago, and over 15,000 students have already signed up. They’ve been making over 1,000 comic strips a day.”Basic accounts give users (a.k.a. teachers) one private and secure virtual classroom; space for up to 40 students in each class; unlimited saved activities, comic strips, and characters; and unlimited use of the Shared Activities Library. They’re also remarkably affordable at a $.9.95 monthly subscription rate. For $29.95 a month, users (a.k.a. schools) can purchase a package that includes up to six classrooms with space for 40 students each.Now for the fun part: the comics! Check out this promo/demo video showing the software hard at work in a real classroom environment: Students, individually or as collaborators, create characters and choose from a variety of scenes and props to create comic strips, which they can then share, print, and comment on. Teachers can review comics as they are created.We can see kids having a ton of fun with this tool and learning a lot about design, content creation, and media while they’re at it. The site also points out that comics could be an especially good tool for students of foreign languages.Finally, we had to take the app for a test drive. We had a lot of fun – the interface is extremely intuitive and works well for kids of all ages. We’ll be showing it to the kids in our lives, and we recommend that teachers give the 14-day free trial a shot, as well! For those of you who are not teachers, we suggest taking a look at classic Bitstrips, where you can create your very own tech scene-themed versions of Family Circus. Or something less nerdy/ironic, if you prefer. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#E-Learning#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img jolie odell 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

SPORT-SATURDAY-ACCEPTANCE(R)

first_imgUdhagamandalam, May 13 (PTI) Following are theUdhagamandalam, May 13 (PTI) Following are the acceptances for the 13th day Udhagamandalam races to be held here on Saturday May 14, 2016.1st Race The Royal Verse Plate 1400 M 10.30 A.M.:- Baby Darling 61.5, Trendsetter 57, Schumii 56.5, Its High Time 56, Star Studded 55, Sunshine 55, Deck Of Cards 54, Tribal Diamond 54, Giant Saga 52, European Star 51.5, Carlyle Hills 51, Land Of Kings 50 (Total : 12.)2nd Race The Satyamangalam Plate 1300 M 11.00 A.M.:- Forest Vision 60.5, Glorious Regime 58.5, Priceless Precious 58, Girlish Charmo 56.5, Serena 56.5, Rouletti 56, Siena 54.5, Ever So Sharp 53.5, Turf King 53.5, Centre Court 52, Prince Of Knights 51.5, Panthom Prince 50 (Total : 12)3rd Race The Varkala Beach Plate 1200 Metres 11.30 A.M.:- Adios Amigo 60.5, Domain Anna 58, Establish Predator 57, I Love You 57, She?s No Angel 56.5, Sergeant Pepper 55.5, Starlight Hero 55.5, Royal Star 55, Warwick 54.5, Saphira 54, Tender Mist 50, Tiny Trot 50 (Total : 12)4th Race The Coorg Plate 1200 M 12.00 Noon.:- Classic Solitaire 56, Dashing Conqueror 56, Noble Laureate 56, Phantom Of Stars 56, Power Of Liberty 56, Regimental Hero 56, Enjoythegoodtimes 54.5, Gift Of Knowledge 54.5, Priceless Heart 54.5 (Total : 9)5th Race The Long Tunnell Plate 1300 M 12.30 P.M.:- Heatwave 60,Supreme Minstrel 59,Emperor Of Rome 58,Miss Sophisticated 58,Victorious March 56.5,Starlight Princess 55,Panthera 54.5,Capilano 54, Majesterian 53 (Total : 9)6th Race The Finger Post Cup 1400 M 1.00 P.M.:- Honest Pleasure 60, Street Magic 59,Star Marquess 58.5, World Of Magic 58.5, Etesian 58, Special Edition 58, Ultrasonic 57.5, Fantastic Strike 55.5, Sweet Secret 53.5, Next Move 53, Copperglow 52.5, Dreamland 51.5 (Total : 12)7th Race The Aravalli Plate 1500 M 1.30 P.M.:- Swashbuckler 60,Bravesofthebrave 59.5, Our Commander 57.5, Violent Storm 56.5,Symbol Of Victory 53.5,Dancing Duke 50.5 (Total : 6)Jackpot Race Nos:3,4,5,6 & 71st Treble Race Nos:2,3 & 42nd Treble Race Nosadvertisement:5,6 & 7 PTI MAV MAV CMlast_img read more

Beyonces wax figure at Tussauds modified after fan complaints

first_imgLos Angeles, Jul 22 (PTI) A wax statue of Beyonce at Madame Tussauds in New York has been given a makeover after fans of the pop diva complained that the figure was too white.The wax Beyonce sported wavy blonde hair and appeared to be thinner and lighter-skinned than the “Lemonade” singer in real life.Fans complained on Twitter that the figure looked more like Mariah Carey or Shakira than Beyonce, according to The Hollywood Reporter.Madame Tussauds said that the wax model, which was briefly taken down on Thursday amid criticism, is back on display following adjustments to “the styling and lighting of her figure.” PTI SHD SHDlast_img read more

Fight against illegal drugs will continue in J-K: DGP

first_imgJammu, Dec 26 (PTI) Stressing that substance abuse pose a bigger threat to society than terrorism, Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police S P Vaid said today that the police crackdown against drug peddlers in the state will continue.”A massive crackdown has been launched against drug peddlers and the pressure built on the people involved in this illicit trade will continue,” Vaid said after interacting with members of the civil society in Reasi and Udhampur districts.According to the official data released in November, the state police arrested 667 people for drug trafficking this year. The number of such cases in 2016 was 377, and in 2015 it was 275.Without naming Pakistan, Vaid had then said: “There are a lot of drugs and narcotics being pumped into J-K from across the border.”Today, he reiterated his call to various sections of society, including lawyers, judiciary, doctors and students, to cooperate with the state police to eradicate the menace.A police spokesman said residents of Reasi praised the police initiatives to fight the problem and engage the youth – through sports.During the visit, Vaid launched a mobile application and the official website of the Katra Police at District Police Lines Reasi. The pilgrims visiting Mata Vaishno Devi shrine can register their complaints through the app.In Udhampur, civil society members thanked the police for taking up issues related to public amenities and for organising sports competitions, the spokesman said. PTI TAS ABHlast_img read more

ISL: Ferran Corominas scored second consecutive hat-trick to help FC Goa thrash Kerala Blasters

first_imgFC Goa thrashed Kerala Blasters 5-2 in their Hero Indian Super League (ISL) clash at the Fatorda Stadium in Goa on Saturday.Mark Sifneos opened the scoring on the night for visitors but Ferran Corominas’s second successive hat-trick in the ISL took the game away from Kerala Blasters.Manuel Lanzarote also continued his good form for Goa by scoring two goals. Jackichand Singh was the only other Kerala player to get on the scoresheet.Three goals from Corominas and two from Lanzarote gave @FCGoaOfficial a stunning win over @KeralaBlasters on a sensational night of football!More videos: https://t.co/cVyUhTONeX #ISLRecap #LetsFootball #GOAKER pic.twitter.com/G6FaPr5krV- Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) December 9, 2017Kerala Blasters had an unfortunate start to the game. The visitors’ marquee player Dimitar Berbatov had to be taken off due to injury in the fourth minute of the game..@KeralaBlasters’ Dimitar Berbatov was forced off early due to injury.Watch it LIVE on @hotstartweets: https://t.co/2mJDo0iQjh JioTV users can watch it LIVE on the app. #ISLMoments #GOAKER #LetsFootball pic.twitter.com/SUD8oRwp7S- Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) December 9, 2017But that didn’t seem to have any effect on Rene Muelesteen’s side who opened the scoring in the seventh minute.Jackichand’s pinpoint cross into the box from the right wing found Sifneos and the Dutch striker’s shot crept under FC Goa goalkeeper Laxmikant Kattimani into the goal.An outside-of-the-boot finish by Sifneos! Should Kattimani have done better there?#LetsFootball #GOAKER https://t.co/OvYov864vf pic.twitter.com/san6BFHbdpadvertisement- Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) December 9, 2017Lanzarote levelled the score for Goa with a side-footed volley two minutes later. The Spanish import then handed the home side the lead in the 18th minute of the game.Perfect cross, perfect finish – Lanzarote, take a bow! #LetsFootball #GOAKER https://t.co/OvYov864vf @FCGoaOfficial pic.twitter.com/8uM4oDPZAe- Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) December 9, 2017Some sloppy play at the back by Kerala Blasters goalkeeper Paul Rachubka gave Lanzarote an opportunity to have a go at the goal and he obliged with some style and precision.FC Goa, however, couldn’t hold on to the lead for long. Jackichand equalised for Kerala at the half-hour mark after some one-touch play on the edge of the box between him and Milan Singh opened up Goa’s defence.Both sides went in the half-time with the scoreboard reading 2-2.In the second half, it was the Coro show. Having scored a hat-trick in the previous game, FC Goa’s Spanish forward followed that up with another hat-trick in just seven minutes to take the game away from Kerala Blasters.Just three minutes into the second half, Ahmed Jahouh’s through ball put Coro clear on goal, and the in-form striker slid past Rachubka to restore Goa’s lead.Coro’s first strike of the night! #LetsFootball #GOAKER pic.twitter.com/xQwbfPOIZC- Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) December 9, 2017Two minutes later, Kerala’s defence was opened up again thanks to a similar move. This time, Pekuson put the ball through and Coro lifted in over the goalkeeper to double the home side’s lead.Muelesteen’s side looked shell-shocked and their defence was breached again in the 55th minute.Lanzarote’s low cross from the right was turned in by Coro who duly completed his hat-trick.And the goal that brought Corominas his second #HeroISL hat-trick!#LetsFootball #GOAKER pic.twitter.com/p5wKnVjJFL- Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) December 9, 2017The visitors tried to get back into the game but couldn’t find a way.last_img read more