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Proteas spend Mandela Day with children

first_img20 July 2015The Proteas, South Africa’s national cricket team currently on tour in Bangladesh, teamed up with the International Children’s Palliative Care Network (ICPCN) to spread some Madiba Magic among young cricket fans in Chittagong.The youngsters, all born with life-limiting conditions, were treated to a once-in-a- lifetime opportunity of spending the afternoon with the Proteas in celebration of Nelson Mandela International Day, at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Cricket Stadium.The 18 children were accompanied by their parents and spent a day of fun with the team. The children are patients at the Paediatric Oncology Centre at Chittagong Medical College Hospital. They watched the team train, and received ICPCN wristbands and NOW campaign cricket bats as they eagerly waited to meet the players.Mandela Day is a day set aside annually to celebrate Mandela’s life and legacy, and all South Africans and citizens of the world are encouraged to make acts of kindness to help change the world for the better.Proteas assistant coach Adrian Birrell, one of the drivers of team culture, said humility and compassion – keys traits of the late leader – were the founding qualities by which the Proteas lived.“We knew that back home most South Africans would be spending 67 minutes doing good deeds in Nelson Mandela’s memory and we felt we wanted to share that Madiba legacy with the people of Chittagong,” he said. “The Proteas are all about higher purpose and we felt it would be a great opportunity to give back to the community and to contribute towards a worthwhile cause.”A tour could get tedious between moving from the hotel, training and playing, Birrell explained, so it was nice to do something fun and different. “These children are suffering from terminal illness; it’s tragic for them and their families. It was humbling to see the excitement and smiles on their faces.“Hopefully that makes some kind of difference to their lives. Hopefully they forgot about their plight in these few minutes that they were with us signing autographs and interacting with the players.“I think the most important thing for us was to bring smiles to their faces by spreading some Madiba magic to those less fortunate than us. We tried to share a little bit of what the Proteas stood for and gave an unconditional act of kindness. I think it’s important for all South Africans to give where we can, if we can all do a little bit it can go a long way.”Watch the Proteas with the children in Chittagong:Speaking of the work the network does, media and marketing officer, Lorne Sithole, said: “The ICPCN’s mission is to achieve the best quality of life and care for children and young people with life-limiting conditions, a critical necessity especially in an impoverished country like Bangladesh. It is a dream come true for many of the children here from the Chittagong Medical Hospital.“Bangladesh is one of the poorest countries in the world and access to medical care, information and resources is limited. We hope this day will at least have given these brave children something to smile about.”The Proteas’ two-Test series against Bangladesh starts tomorrow. They had mixed success in the limited overs portion of their tour, winning the T20 series 2-0 but losing the One Day Internationals 2-1 to the home team.Source: News24Wirelast_img read more

Be prepared for soybean diseases

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Soybean frogeye leaf spot, which has traditionally been more of a problem in the southern states, is progressing further north every year and is now being found in several Ohio fields. White mold will try to hamper soybean yields this year as well. Jon Sherwin, an Account Manager with Gowan, talks about the advantages of Domark fungicide and how it is more cost effective to apply this year.last_img

Samsung Ready To Launch The Galaxy S4 [Livestream]

first_imgAfter months of hype, rumors and leaks, Samsung is finally ready to unveil its newest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S4. The launch is set to start at 7:00 p.m. ET at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Depending on whom you believe, we know a lot about the Galaxy S4 or very little about the Galaxy S4. The basic rumors go like this: it will have a 5-inch display, 3 megapixel front camera, 13 MP back camera, 2 GB of RAM and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. The processor is likely to differ by where the phone is released. Users in the United States are rumored to get the Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 processor while those overseas are supposedly getting Samsung’s Octa-Core Exynos 5.The interesting stuff will be in the software. Samsung will unveil a variety of new features. That will likely include a variety of Samsung-branded S apps, “Eye Scrolling” (or not, again depending on the source of the rumor), 2D/3D camera and more. We also expect that little ninny Jeremy Maxwell to make an appearance. We are present at the Samsung Galaxy S4 event at Radio City and will be throwing out news and first impressions as soon as we can. Follow ReadWrite (@RWW) and @Dan_Rowinski on Twitter for the full blow by blow from the event.For those who can’t be in attendance, Samsung has been nice enough to provide a live stream through YouTube. We have it embedded below.What are you looking forward to? Let us know in the comments.  Tags:#Galaxy S4#Samsung Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement dan rowinski The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Roger Federer loses to Dominic Thiem in Madrid Open quarterfinals

first_imgPhilippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hotshots heed coach’s call, overcome Beermen rally in Game 5 Thiem has a chance to win his third title of the year after victories in Barcelona and Indian Wells, where he defeated Federer in a three-set final.“Facing him, it always requires my absolute best game and also a little bit luck, which I both had in Indian Wells and also here, and that’s why I won these two matches,” Thiem said.The other semifinal will be between Stefanos Tsitsipas and five-time Madrid champion Rafael Nadal. Tsitsipas defeated defending champion Alexander Zverev 7-5, 3-6, 6-2, while Nadal cruised past Stan Wawrinka 6-1, 6-2.Nadal lost only seven points on his service games, conceding no break opportunities against the 34th-ranked Wawrinka. The Swiss lost the 2013 Madrid final to Nadal.“It was one of my best matches in a long time, my best match on clay this year,” the second-ranked Spaniard said. “It means a lot to have this feeling in this crucial moment of the clay season.”ADVERTISEMENT It may have ended his first appearance at a clay-court tournament in three years, but Federer wasn’t leaving the Spanish capital too disappointed with the outcome of his return.“I feel very good about my game. I thought I had some good matches here,” Federer said. “I feel good on the clay right now. It’s been a good week. Frustrating, clearly. Losing with match points is the worst, so that’s how I feel. But nevertheless, if I take a step back, it’s all good.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Roger Federer, from Switzerland, reacts after losing a point during the Madrid Open tennis match against Dominic Thiem, from Austria, in Madrid, Spain, Friday, May 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)MADRID — Roger Federer’s return to clay lasted only three matches.A day after saving two match points at the Madrid Open, Federer squandered two match points himself in the quarterfinals against Dominic Thiem on Friday, losing 3-6, 7-6 (11), 6-4.ADVERTISEMENT The top-seeded Serb is seeking a third Madrid Open title, and his second of the season after winning the Australian Open.Thiem lost the Madrid final to Nadal in 2017 and to Alexander Zverev in 2018.“I was playing Novak last year and two years ago and he was not at his best I guess, and now he is again,” Thiem said. “He’s won the last three Slams and he is at the top of the ranking again. So the challenge couldn’t be bigger.” LATEST STORIES Federer skipped the clay swing the past two years to remain fit for the rest of the season. He decided to return this year in preparation for his first French Open appearance since 2015.The fifth-seeded Thiem, runner-up in Madrid the last two seasons, will next face top-ranked Novak Djokovic, who didn’t have to play his quarterfinal after Marin Cilic withdrew because of food poisoning. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:48Trump awards Penske Presidential Medal02:42PH 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 On the women’s side, Simona Halep made it back to the Madrid final for the first time since 2017 with a 6-2, 6-7 (2), 6-0 win over unseeded Belinda Bencic.The French Open champion can surpass Naomi Osaka for the No. 1 ranking if she wins Saturday’s final.“I don’t want to think about that. For me, it is more important to win the trophy here than being No. 1,” the third-ranked Halep said. “I prefer titles than numbers and rankings. So this is my goal, to play finals and to win trophies.”She will face last year’s runner-up Kiki Bertens, who defeated Sloane Stephens 6-2, 7-5.The 37-year-old Federer was trying to win his third Madrid title, and first since 2012. He has already won hard-court titles this season in Dubai and Miami.Federer got off to a great start against Thiem at the Magic Box center court, breaking the Austrian’s serve early and cruising to a first-set win. He squandered five break points in the second, and then had match points at 8-7 and 10-9 in the tiebreaker before Thiem forced the deciding set by converting his sixth set point.Federer had saved two match points in his difficult three-set win over Gael Monfils on Thursday.Thiem broke Federer for the first time in the third game of the third set, converting his ninth break opportunity of the match. Federer got back on serve at 4-4, but started his next game 0-40 and couldn’t recover. Thiem then served out for the victory, converting on his second match point.Thiem has won the last two matches he played against Djokovic, who got the day off because of Cilic’s withdrawal.“It was supposed to be definitely a good match,” said Djokovic, who has played only four sets this week. “I went back on the court, trained for another hour and got a good sweat in. Happy that I’m going to be fresh for my semifinal.” MOST READ Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue View commentslast_img read more

Egypt arrests head of Iranian TV channels Cairo bureau

first_imgCAIRO – Egypt’s “Journalists for reform” group, meanwhile, condemned the arrest as a “new blow to journalists.”Egyptian security forces on Thursday arrested the Cairo bureau director of Iranian satellite TV news channel Alalam.“Security forces raided the home of Ahmed al-Siyoufi and arrested him,” a security source told Anadolu Agency.The reason for al-Siyoufi’s arrest, however, remains unclear.The news channel confirmed the arrest, saying talks were currently underway with Egyptian Journalists Syndicate head Diaa Rashwan to determine the reason for al-Siyoufi’s sudden arrest.Egypt’s “Journalists for reform” group, meanwhile, condemned the arrest as a “new blow to journalists.”In a statement, the group described al-Siyoufi – an Egyptian national – as “an outspoken opponent of the [July 3] coup” that unseated elected president Mohamed Morsi and “a staunch supporter of constitutional legitimacy.”Egyptian security forces had briefly detained al-Siyoufi in July and confiscated broadcast equipment from Alalam’s Cairo office on allegations that the channel lacked official permission to operate in Egypt.last_img read more

Netgear uncovers a thirdgen Meural smart art frame at CES 2019

first_img CES 2019 CNET Smart Home CES 2019: Every story so far: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show. CES 2019 schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. 1:10 Over-the-air wireless charging will come to the smartphone Samsung’s CES 2019 robots just want to give you a helping hand The weirdest, wackiest products from the show See all our CES coverage Post a comment 0 Create a digital picture frame using an old iPad Share your voice Tags Netgear We last wrote about the Meural Smart Canvas at CES 2017 when it was still a startup product. Netgear scooped it up in August 2018, and is now announcing a third-generation version of the smart art frame here at CES. The Meural is essentially a large, Wi-Fi-connected digital display that you hang on your wall. A $50 annual subscription buys you access to a database of over 30,000 images from various artists and institutions around the world, which you can then display on the 1080p screen. The previous version cost $600 for a 27-inch model.  center_img See also Netgear has also made a few technical updates to produce the Meural 3.0. Among other things, Netgear says it has added an improved Wi-Fi chipset that’s more stable and with country-specific tweaks. It also moved the light sensor, which the company says helps the screen adjust for brightness levels more consistently. You can also look forward to more streamlined setup from the accompanying app. Netgear hasn’t specified pricing or availability timing of the Meural 3.0, but we hope to see it before the end of 2019. Netgear is introducing a few more options for the Meural with this third-generation version. You can opt for a 21.5-inch model or the original 27-inch design. You can also choose from a few different bezels, including black, white, or light or dark woods. Art partners for the subscription service now include the Saturday Evening Post and Normal Rockwell Archives, as well as the National Geographic archive. All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 Now playing: Watch this: 85 Photos Smart Home Netgearlast_img read more

Lailatul Qadr being observed

first_imgMuslims across the country are observing the holy Lailatul Qadr tonight (Thursday) with due religious fervour and solemnity, according to UNB. The holy Quran was revealed to prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) on this night to show mankind the path of worldly and eternal emancipation.  According to the holy Quran, the night is superior to one thousand nights. Devotees will pass the night offering special prayers, reciting from the holy Quran and holding milad mahfil and zikr. In their prayers, they will seek divine blessings for themselves, country and Muslim Ummah. Bangladesh Television, Bangladesh Betar and private TV channels and radio stations are airing special programmes while newspapers published special supplements highlighting the significance of the night.last_img read more

2 killed in lightning strikes

first_imgFile photo of LightningTwo people were killed by lightning strikes in separate places in Nachole upazila of Chapainawabganj on Wednesday, reports UNB.The deceased are Ekramul Haque, 35, son of Wajob Ali of Surjopur Kataripara are in Nachol upazila and Arman, 30, son of Kabir Ali of Fatepur Bera village.Officer-in-charge of Nachol police station Zobair Ahmed said Ekramul sustained injury after being struck by lightning while he was working in his cropland at 12:30pm.Local people rescued him and sent him to Nachol Upazila Health Complex where physicians declared him dead.In another incident, Arman, 30, son of Kabir Ali of Fatepur Bera village, was killed as a thunderbolt hit him on his cropland at noon, said UP member Mojibur Rahman.last_img read more

New exploration shows parts of North Atlantic seabed were once above sea

first_img Extending for 3,861 square miles (10,000 square km) just north east of the Orkney-Shetland Islands, and about 1.2 miles (almost 2 kilometers) beneath the surface, the undersea terrain appears to have once existed above sea level, forming an island. By examining data from echo-sounding technology employed by contractors working for oil companies, maps of the ocean floor were able to be made. The maps constructed are 3-D in nature, and thus are able to show not just the ocean floor, but what lies beneath; hence its use in looking for oil. In looking at the maps, the researchers were able to see that beneath the layers of silt and other assorted debris, was a lost land of sorts, one that had been pushed up by the Icelandic Plume, or expansion of the mantle due to the hot magma below.The images constructed were sharp enough to allow the researchers to identify ancient rivers and mountain peaks and even some fossils, all from some 56 million years ago. The images also suggest that the ocean floor rose in three distinct stages of about 200-400 m each, creating the island which they believe lasted for about a million years, before once again disappearing beneath the cold waters of the North Atlantic Sea. White describes the seascape as appearing for all the world like that of a modern landscape.The echo-technology used by the contractors involved releasing highly pressurized air beneath the surface of the sea, which produced sound waves capable of passing through the ocean floor sediment. When the sound waves eventually bounced back, they were captured by microphones dragged behind a boat and fed into a computer to produce the 3-D images.The initial research team followed up on the 3-D imagery by taking core samples, some of which contained pollen and coal, suggesting land-dwelling life once existed there. The Cambridge team also found fossils indicating there was also a marine environment at one time.The research team thinks that the now sunken landscape is part of a much bigger region that at one time merged with modern Scotland and may have reached all the way to Norway. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Citation: New exploration shows parts of North Atlantic seabed were once above sea level (2011, July 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-07-exploration-north-atlantic-seabed-sea.html Explore further 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. UNH-NOAA ocean mapping expedition yields new insights into arctic depths More information: Transient convective uplift of an ancient buried landscape, Nature Geoscience (2011) doi:10.1038/ngeo1191AbstractSedimentary basins in the North Atlantic Ocean preserve a record of intermittent uplift during Cenozoic times. These variations in elevation are thought to result from temperature changes within the underlying Icelandic mantle plume. When parts of the European continental shelf were episodically lifted above sea level, new landscapes were carved by erosion, but these landscapes then subsided and were buried beneath marine sediments. Here, we use three-dimensional seismic data to reconstruct one of these ancient landscapes that formed off the northwest coast of Europe during the Palaeocene–Eocene Thermal Maximum. We identify a drainage network within the landscape and, by modelling the profiles of individual rivers within this network, we reconstruct the history of surface uplift. We show that the landscape was lifted above sea level in a series of three discrete steps of 200–400 m each. After about 1 million years of subaerial exposure, this landscape was reburied. We use the magnitude and duration of uplift to constrain the temperature and velocity of a mantle-plume anomaly that drove landscape formation. We conclude that pulses of hot, chemically depleted, mantle material spread out radially beneath the lithospheric plate at velocities of ~35 cm yr−1. Image (c) R A Hartley et al./Nature Geoscience (2011) doi:10.1038/ngeo1191 (PhysOrg.com) — Using data obtained from oil searching contractors, researchers have discovered that parts of what is now the ocean floor off the northern coast of Scotland, were at one time raised up enough by thermal expansion beneath to have jutted at least 1 kilometer above the sea. Nicky White, senior researcher from the University of Cambridge and his team explain what they’ve found in their paper published in Nature Geoscience.last_img read more

Pascal Lamy Broadcaster lobby group Broadcast Netw

first_imgPascal LamyBroadcaster lobby group Broadcast Network Europe (BNE), under the banner of the Wider Spectrum Group, has called on the European Commission to provide greater long-term legal certainty that sufficient spectrum will be made available to preserve terrestrial broadcasting alongside mobile broadband.In an open letter to EC president Jean-Claude Juncker, the group called on the EC “to consider the impact of frequency allocation on European jobs and growth” and “the possible consequences for the media, creative and cultural sector, now recognised as one of Europe’s top three sectors by growth and employment”.In the letter, the group said it hoped for a consensual outcome to spectrum allocation and said there is a strong case for co-existence between terrestrial broadcasting and mobile broadband services.It expressed surprised that the EC’s reported draft communication on the Digital Single Market appears to incorporate “so few traces” of the Lamy report on the future of the UHF – 700MHz – band, which made a strong case for the continued relevance of DTT. The group said that the draft communication “appears not to make the connection between spectrum allocation and local creative and cultural jobs, media pluralism and diversity”.In an annex to its letter, the Wider Spectrum Group said that moving away from DTT would result in a loss of €38.5 billion to the European economy even before any impact on the EU’s creative industries was taken into consideration.last_img read more