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Local athletes triumph at challenging triathlon

first_imgBarb Polehoykie did extremely well in her age bracket, 50-55, placing sixth overall in her division.Polehoykie first began her race in the water, finishing the swimming portion with a time of 1 hour 36 minutes and 21 seconds, earning her fourth place in the ranks.She next hit the bike, completing that stage of the race with a time of 7:29:45, dropping two spots to sit in sixth. She finished the Ironman on her feet, running for quite some time, to complete the race at a time of 15:06:16, finishing the entire event in sixth place.- Advertisement -She finished the entire event with an overall ranking of 735.  Polehoykie was faced with numerous adversities during the race, having to battle 70 km/hr winds, a scorching hot 30 degree Celsius temperature as well as 4 foot high waves, which managed to capsize a couple of boats during the race.The Polehoykies are no strangers to tough, physically challenging races, as they often compete in races hosted by Fort St. John’s Blizzard Bike Club.Advertisementlast_img read more

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COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – YOUR PICTURES OF THE DAY

first_imgMALIN GOES MADE FOR JIMMYGETTING READY IN GAOTH DOBHAIRYET MORE PAINT! THE SWEENEYS WITH NODDY THE DONKEYTHIS CAR THING IS CATCHING – AND YOU CAN’T BEAT THE VIEWNOT SURE IF ANYONE CAN SEE OUT THAT WINDSCREEN – BUT THESE CHILDREN DON’T CARECOUNTDOWN TO CROKER – YOUR PICTURES OF THE DAY was last modified: September 16th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – YOUR PICTURES OF THE DAYlast_img read more

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Hearings for Harriet

first_imgAs Harriet Miers’ nomination stumbles toward Senate confirmation hearings, there’s one more dustup: the would-be Supreme Court justice’s opposition to abortion, as expressed in a 1989 questionnaire she filled out as a candidate for the Dallas City Council. Now, in a perfect world, a Supreme Court justice’s opinions on abortion – or any issue – today or 16 years ago would be irrelevant. Judges, after all, are supposed to interpret and apply the law honestly, leaving their personal opinions at the door. But this is hardly a perfect world, and Miers is hardly a perfect nominee. Not knowing anything about her qualifications as a constitutional scholar – let alone her judicial philosophy – analysts find themselves digging through the minutiae of Miers’ past, looking for some clue as to what sort of justice she would be. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week That’s not good enough. Although Chief Justice John Roberts dodged controversial subjects during his confirmation hearings, he gave no doubt as to his qualifications, his temperament or his deep knowledge of constitutional law. And while Roberts is a tough act to follow, Miers will need to demonstrate that she’s also up to the job – and not just reaping the benefits of being a lifelong Bush loyalist. If Miers is as qualified as the president says she is, she will need to prove it before the Senate.last_img read more

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Half-time: Ipswich 0 QPR 0

first_imgDean Gerken’s fingertip save prevented Charlie Austin giving QPR the lead at Portman Road, where Joey Barton went off seven minutes before the break.Gerken managed to tip over Austin’s close-range header from Gary O’Neil’s right-wing cross.Rangers endured some difficult moments, not least when keeper Rob Green denied Luke Chambers during a goalmouth scramble before Barton cleared the danger.And when O’Neil’s loose pass led to David McGoldrick robbing Clint Hill, the recalled Richard Dunne moved across to usher the Ipswich forward away from goal.Barton seemed to be struggling from the opening minutes and was eventually replaced by Karl Henry.QPR: Green; Simpson, Dunne, Hill, Assou-Ekotto, Carroll, Barton (Henry 38), Benayoun, O’Neil, Kranjcar, Austin.Subs: Murphy; Traore, Phillips, Johnson, Wright-Phillips, Onuoha.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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SA tipped as future African internet leader

first_img22 November 2013 South Africa and Morocco could become leaders in driving the growth of the internet in Africa, according to a new report by global consulting firm McKinsey which predicts that the internet’s contribution to economic growth on the continent will increase dramatically over the next decade. According to the report, released on Wednesday, the continent, following a decade of rapid urbanisation and strong economic growth, is going digital. “While just 16 percent of the continent’s one-billion people are online, that picture is changing rapidly,” says McKinsey. Africa’s “iGDP” – the percentage of gross domestic product (GDP) that is contributed by internet-related activity – currently stands at 1.1 percent, just over half the levels seen in other emerging markets and well below the average of 3.7 percent in developed economies.Africa’s internet potential This is set to change over the next decade, the report argues, envisaging a “baseline scenario” in which the continent’s iGDP grows to at least 5 to 6 percent of GDP, matching that of leading economies such as Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and Sweden. However, if internet take-up mirrors that of mobile telephony in Africa, growth could be much more dramatic. “To put the internet’s potential for Africa in perspective, it is helpful to consider the impact of the mobile phone, which has revolutionised the way individuals interact and the way SMEs, farmers, and informal traders operate,” the reports states. “As a result, mobile revenue is equivalent to 3.7 percent of GDP in Africa, more than triple its share in developed economies, where it was an incremental innovation.” Under this “leapfrog scenario”, McKinsey predicts, Africa’s iGDP could account for as much as 10 percent of total GDP – or about US$300-billion – by 2025, with increased internet penetration and use driving private consumption 13 times higher than current levels.”Internet growth drivers “Demographic trends – including urbanization, rising incomes, and a huge generation of young, tech-savvy Africans – will drive this growth,” the report continues. “More than half of urban African consumers already have internet-capable devices. Basic smartphones have already fallen below the ‘tipping point’ of $100 per unit, and companies are introducing new affordable models specifically geared to the African market. “Africa’s smartphone penetration, currently at 2 to 5 percent, could reach 50 percent in leading countries and 30 percent overall. This translates into 300-million new smartphones being sold in Africa in the decade ahead. PC, laptop, and tablet penetration could double, to 40 percent.” Most African countries have strategies for information communications technology in place, including plans to move key processes such as benefit payments and tax filing online, and introduce digital health and education initiatives. If governments fully implement these plans, McKinsey argues, Africa’s public-sector spending on internet- related initiatives could rise sharply by 2025. “Private investment, too, is likely to increase significantly as telecommunications operators continue to build out networks and as more companies begin digitizing their operations.”Morocco, South Africa ‘poised to lead’ Among McKinsey’s sample of 14 African countries, Senegal and Kenya currently lead the way with iGDP figures of 3.3 percent and 2.9 percent respectively, followed by Morocco (2.3), Mozambique (1.6) and South Africa (1.4). Senegal and Kenya’s success is attributed in large part to government policy and its successful implementation. “Both governments have made it a priority to stimulate internet demand and have therefore driven private consumption, which accounts for more than 85 percent of iGDP in each country.” Morocco and South Africa, by comparison, have lower contributions from private consumption, but are the leaders in trade surplus, thanks to strong business process outsourcing industries, and have a higher contribution from public expenditure and private investment. However, the report finds, Morocco and South Africa could become future leaders on the continent, as they have the highest “i5F scores” – that is, the highest scores on five pillars that indicate internet growth potential or readiness: national ICT strategy, infrastructure, a healthy business environment, financial capital, and human capital with the requisite technology skills. “Already Morocco has the highest internet penetration in Africa (and recently announced a 10-year plan to create universal broadband access), while preliminary 2013 data indicate that South Africa’s internet adoption is rapidly accelerating,” McKinsey states. “To fully leverage these advantages, both countries may need to strengthen infrastructure, cultivate ICT skills in their workforce, and sharpen their national ICT strategies.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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South Africa mourns captain Meyiwa

first_imgOrlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana Skipper Senzo Meyiwa’s life was cut shot in a robbery in Vosloorus in the East of Johannesburg (Image: Orlando Pirates Facebook). • Ubuntu comes to the Big Apple• Kruse finds ubuntu on cross-country walk• International Literacy Day promotes understanding • Giggling Gourmet praises good food• Richard Maponya’s big dreams for SowetoRay MaotaThe South African football fraternity, fans and supporters, Orlando Pirates Football Club and South Africans at large are mourning the death of Bafana Bafana’s number one goalkeeper, Senzo Robert Meyiwa.News broke late on 26 October that Meyiwa had been shot dead during an attempted robbery on Sunday night, at the home of his girlfriend, Afro-pop singer Kelly Khumalo, in Vosloorus, Ekurhuleni, a metro in Gauteng. “We have to brake (sic) normal protocol. We can confirm that Bucs keeper Senzo Meyiwa has been shot and sadly declared dead on arrival at hospital,” said the SA Police Services official Twitter feed. The police reported that “the incident happened at around 20h00, Zamo Section in Vosloorus. Reward of up to R150 000 is on offer 4 any info that can lead to arrest”.Meyiwa last played on Saturday night, when the Buccaneers, as his club Orlando Pirates is known, defeated Ajax Cape Town 4-1 at Orlando Stadium in Soweto, in their Telkom Knockout quarter-final. The goalkeeper has been in exuberant form lately. His death comes in the week that the biggest soccer match in the country is to played, between traditional rivals Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates on 1 November.Dr Irvin Khoza, the chairman of Orlando Pirates, asked the league to postpone the match in honour of Senzo. It was most likely that he would be buried on that weekend, although the burial would depend on his family. The Premier Soccer League’s Brand de Villiers confirmed the postponement of the match in his honour.“Senzo was not an ordinary player; he was the captain of the national team and Orlando Pirates,” said Khoza. “He came to Orlando Pirates at only 13 years old and I never thought he would be greatest of captains, but he showed us he could be.”Dennis Mumble, the chief executive of the South African Football Association, said: “Sincerest of condolences to Senzo’s family. We his South African family are in shock and mourning with them.”Born on 24 September 1987, in Umlazi, in Durban, Meyiwa played his grassroots football at a club called London Cosmos; he went on to join Orlando Pirates at the age of 13. He was the goalkeeper for the South African under-17 and under-20 national teams. He played a total of 137 games for Orlando Pirates and was part of the double and treble winning squad of the 2010/2011 and the 2011/2013 seasons. Pirates won six trophies during that period, including two league titles back to back.He made his debut for Bafana Bafana on 2 June 2013 in a 2–0 away victory against Lesotho. He was included in the South African squad led by manager Gordon Igesund for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, but made no appearances. Then new national coach Ephraim “Shakes” Mashaba not only promoted Meyiwa to replace an injured Itumeleng Khune, but also made him captain of a team that has been in the doldrums for some years.Meyiwa responded to his promotion by leading the team to victories over Sudan and Republic of the Congo, and draws against Democratic Republic of the Congo and Nigeria, a country against which South Africa traditionally struggle. For the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification, he played four times, with his last match being a 0–0 draw against Nigeria. He kept clean sheets in all the matches he played.Some of Meyiwa’s career highlights include: 2014 Nedbank Cup Champion; 2013/14 Africa Champions League runner up; 2010/11 Absa Premiership winner, Nedbank Cup winner and MTN8 Cup winner; 2011/12: Absa Premiership winner, MTN8 winner and Telkom Cup winner; 2008/09 Telkom Charity Cup winner, SAA Supa 8 runner-up, Jet Club PSL Rookie of the Month, Telkom Charity Cup runner-up and Vodacom Challenge runner-up; and, 2005/6 Premier Soccer League runner-up and Vodacom Challenge winner.Senzo is survived by his estranged wife, Mandisa Mkhize, Khumalo, and two children, one with each woman.South Africans took to social media to express their grief over Meyiwa’s death.“Beyond devastated at the loss of our captain and friend Senzo Meyiwa. Thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this terrible time,” tweeted Dean Furman, who plays for Doncaster Rovers in the third-tier in the English league, and for Bafana Bafana.Proteas cricketer Wayne Parnell said: “Saddened to wake up here in New Zealand and hear such horrific news about the passing of Senzo Meyiwa.”Mark Fish, a former Orlando Pirates player and Bafana Bafana legend, tweeted: “Devastated to hear the news about Senzo… Pirates and SA No1 goalkeeper… our thoughts are with your family… THANK YOU TRUE BUCCANEER!!”Maria Ramos, the chief executive of Absa Bank and Barclays Africa, and the former director-general in the National Treasury, tweeted: “On behalf of all my Barclays Africa colleagues, I would like to express my sincere condolences to the family of Senzo Meyiwa and the entire footballing community.”last_img read more

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Wheat Tour Preview

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Emily UnglesbeeDTN Staff ReporterROCKVILLE, Md. (DTN) — It’s become one of surest signs that spring is underway — for three days, dozens of people crouch in Kansas wheat fields, in rain or shine, with a ruler and a pen, measuring wheat stands across the state.The Wheat Quality Council’s annual Hard Red Winter Wheat tour will hit the road next week to scout fields and give the industry an idea of what kind of wheat crop to expect when the combines roll this summer.This year, scouts may get a break from two years of extreme weather conditions in the Southern Great Plains.“Two years ago, we were scouting wheat in the snow, and last year, it was very dry and I was very pessimistic about the crop,” recalled Dave Green, executive president of the Wheat Quality Council and tour organizer.After a rough start in the fall of 2018, much of the winter wheat crop appears to be in pretty good shape this spring.“A lot of the crop didn’t get in on time, and that triggers a whole set of worries about emergence and freezes,” Green noted. “But we’re finding that the wheat does look really good. It is late, but it is tillering and setting stands, and I suspect we’re going to see pretty good wheat.”USDA’s weekly Crop Progress report concurs. As of Monday, April 22, the winter wheat crop was running behind average pace, at just 9% headed, but 62% was rated in good-to-excellent condition, up from just 31% last year at this time. The state’s moisture levels are also high, with 82% of topsoil moisture and 86% of subsoil moisture estimated at adequate levels.Yet, as healthy as the crop may prove to be, any final production numbers will be constrained by the historically low winter wheat acres planted last fall — the result of depressed prices and shrinking profit margins for growers.“USDA is estimating 31.5 million acres of winter wheat plantings in 2019, the lowest in over a hundred years,” DTN Lead Analyst Todd Hultman noted. “With U.S. ending wheat supplies near their highest level since the 1980s and exports struggling to compete around the world, Kansas City wheat is trading near its lowest prices in 13 years, a difficult environment for U.S. producers.”SCOUTING PRIORITIESJeanne Falk Jones, a Kansas State University Extension agronomist in northwest Kansas, was a little worried about some fields in that region this winter. But with plentiful moisture, wheat there is earning its reputation for scrappy resilience, she noted.“A lot of wheat seems to have filled in — the smallest tillers have gotten some growth on them,” she told DTN. “It has gotten regular moisture, and even the smallest wheat has come along. In general, our wheat in northwest Kansas looks really good.”Some freeze damage is possible, given a statewide plunge in temperatures on April 11, but Falk Jones has mostly noted only mild leaf burn in her corner of the state. Winterkill was not significant, either, she noted. “There were a few spots of cold conditions this winter, but for the most part, we had good snow cover on the wheat.”Scouts may encounter some wheat disease, however. After two years of significant wheat streak mosaic virus outbreaks in the state, the disease is a potential threat again this year. The disease is spread by wheat curl mites, which survive and spread on volunteer wheat.Growers in northwest Kansas who experienced hail damage in the summer of 2018 saw a lot of volunteer wheat come up last year, and the disease is present in the region, Falk Jones said.Leaf rust and stripe rust have also been spotted in central and southern counties of Kansas recently. Kansas State University Extension plant pathologist Erick DeWolf alerted colleagues and growers of the disease’s spread via email this week.“The monitoring efforts for rust have really picked up after last week’s report of both leaf rust and stripe rust in south-central Kansas,” he wrote. “This morning there were several more reports of rust for the south-central region of the state, including Edwards, Ford, Gray, Finney, and Hodgeman counties. So far, it appears to be leaf rust that is most active, but stripe rust is also present.”In contrast, insect pressure appears to be low across the state so far, Falk Jones and Green both noted.THE TOUR’S HISTORIC PERSPECTIVEFor two decades, the HRW Wheat Tour scouts have followed the same routes across the state each year using uniform scouting procedures, in order to compare yield estimates reliably year to year, Green said.“We have six different routes we take every year,” he explained. “Cars stop at random fields based on the odometer — roughly every 10 to 15 miles. Each car makes 12 to 15 stops a day, and then we tally our routes and calculate an average yield estimate for the route versus last year and versus long-term averages.”On Monday evening, scouts gather in Manhattan, Kansas, and are trained to measure wheat yield potential and scout for disease, insects and freeze damage. On Tuesday, they explore northwest and north-central Kansas, with one route hitting Nebraska’s southernmost counties, before landing in Colby for the night.On Wednesday, scouts fan out through southwestern and south-central Kansas, with one route dipping into northern Oklahoma, before ending the day in Wichita. Finally, on Thursday, scouts explore southeastern Kansas, before heading back to Manhattan and revealing the tour’s final statewide yield estimates.Each year, the tour draws a good sampling of the entire wheat industry, Green noted. This year, he expects around 80 participants. “We have the full value chain represented this year: two of the wheat-breeding companies, growers, grower group representatives, university people, federal government representatives, state government representatives, the milling companies and several of the bakers and some grain marketing companies,” he said.Several media outlets also participate in the tour. DTN will post an evening story with the day’s yield estimates and observations on Tuesday, April 30, and Wednesday, May 1, as well as a final story on the tour’s statewide yield and production estimates on Thursday afternoon, May 2.For live wheat tour scouting news and yield estimates, follow Emily Unglesbee on Twitter next week @Emily_Unglesbee.She can be reached at Emily.unglesbee@dtn.com(AG/SK)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Lyft launches autonomous division to build own self-driving tech

first_imgAfter working with partners for over a year, ride-sharing app Lyft has announced it will create its own autonomous division, which will focus on all the self-driving parts apart from car manufacturing.The company will double the size of its workforce to build the hardware, software, and services.See Also: General Motors plans to test thousands of driverless cars in 2018Once at the stage of deployment, Lyft will start to integrate self-driving cars into its taxi fleet. It did not say if it would move to a fully automated system once it achieved Level 5 autonomy.“It is not just going to happen tomorrow,” said Taggart Matthiesen, senior director of product, to the Financial Times. “It is not going to be some mechanized fleet blanketing San Francisco. It will take time. What you will see is in small pockets, in isolation, these vehicles will start providing service.”Some impressive partnershipsFor the past two years, Lyft has made impressive partnerships that put it in stark contrast to Uber, which started its own autonomous division by poaching talent from Carnegie Mellon University.It started collaborating with General Motors — which supposedly tried to acquire the app — followed by nuTonomy and Alphabet subsidiary Waymo. The company has said it will have an ‘open’ platform, although it did not provide further details.Uber’s recent issues, including the Waymo lawsuit and collapse of its reputation, have allowed Lyft to maintain a strong second position in the U.S. market. While it is only valued at a sixth of Uber, the introduction of a large autonomous division and continued growth in the U.S. market will keep it going for a few more years, avoiding a lot of the public pressure Uber faces. IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… David Currycenter_img Tags:#Autonomous#driverless#General Motors#GM#Lyft#ride-sharing#Self-Driving#taxi#Uber Related Posts 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle…last_img read more

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Scientists Blast Plans for Nicaraguan Grand Canal

first_imgA group of scientists are fighting plans by the Nicaraguan government for a canal that would open a direct route for ships to pass between the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean. Such a canal, which would likely pierce the largest freshwater lake in Central America, would imperil wetlands and other fragile ecosystems, the scientists warn in a commentary today in Nature.“This is the most imminent threat to the environment in Central America. It’s more urgent than climate change,” co-author Jorge Huete-Pérez, a molecular biologist at Universidad Centroamericana in Managua tells ScienceInsider.Last June, the Nicaraguan government granted a concession to HKND Group in Hong Kong to develop the $40 billion project, which would compete with the Panama Canal for a share of the booming shipping industry. 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The government and HKND Group have stated that the canal’s route is still under investigation. But Huete-Pérez says that the probable path, as determined in previous surveys, is a 278-kilometer-long route passing through the Cerro Silva Nature Reserve on the east coast, into Lake Nicaragua, and then across a narrow isthmus and out to the Pacific.“We’re all focused on saving the lake,” Huete-Pérez says. The shallow lake, an important source of drinking water for the region, would require “extensive dredging” and “would probably suffer from salt infiltration in the lock zones,” write Huete-Pérez and co-author Axel Meyer, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Konstanz in Germany. Along the canal route, the authors say, changes in water chemistry “could harm numerous populations of freshwater and marine fish found nowhere else in the world.” And clearing hundreds of thousands of hectares of forests and wetlands, they warn, would destroy habitat and food sources for endangered species such as the Baird’s tapir, the spider monkey, the harpy eagle, and the jaguar.The authors also speculate that the need to relocate indigenous people in villages along a canal route would sow social discord. “Forcing ethnic communities in their ancestral homes could ignite conflict,” Huete-Pérez warns.He and others criticize the government for allowing HKND Group to manage an assessment of the project’s environmental impact. HKND Group has hired the consulting firm Environmental Resources Management to carry out the study. “This is all backwards,” Huete-Pérez says. The science academy is working with the InterAmerican Network of Academies of Sciences to carry out an independent assessment.last_img read more

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