Uemura leaves World Cup to check injured knee

first_imgSki Association of Japan head coach Yasushi Takano said Uemura is expected to rejoin the other Japanese moguls representatives for the upcoming Turin Olympics at a training camp beginning in Tignes, France, at the end of this month but will miss all the World Cup events scheduled in the runup to the Olympics.“The pain is not so severe, but she is returning to Japan to receive detailed tests to clarify what is actually the cause of the pain. She needs to be better prepared physically and mentally for the Olympics,” Takano said.Earlier this winter, Uemura suffered a bruise on the right side of her lower back in pre-race practice at the season-opening World Cup competition and missed the first two events.The 26-year-old has been limited to only two World Cup appearances out of the five women’s moguls events held thus far this season and finished 15th and 10th.Uemura won a ticket to her third Olympic appearance after winning the dual moguls bronze at the world championships last March, a month after taking the latest of her two career titles on the World Cup circuit. At the Olympic Games, she finished seventh in Nagano in 1998 and sixth in Salt Lake City four years later. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – Japanese freestyle skier Aiko Uemura temporarily pulled out of the World Cup circuit Saturday to receive examinations and treatment on an injured left knee, Japanese skiing officials said.Olympic medal hopeful Uemura left Lake Placid for Japan after sustaining the injury on Jan. 13 during a practice run for the final of a World Cup event in Deer Valley, Utah. She appeared in the final and finished 10th but the continued pain forced her to withdraw from Saturday’s race in Lake Placid.center_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more

Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy major draws at Japan’s star-studded PGA Tour debut

first_img RELATED PHOTOS It began last week at the $9.75 million CJ Cup in South Korea, won by Justin Thomas, and concludes at next week’s $10.25 million WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai.Woods, who won his 15th major at this year’s Masters, will be joined at Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club in front of an expected tens of thousands of golf-crazy Japanese fans by a who’s who of golf.World No. 2 and PGA Tour Player of the Year McIlroy, eighth-ranked Xander Schauffele, Jordan Spieth and U.S. Open Champion Gary Woodland are just a few sprinkling more stardust.In-form Thomas will be aiming to improve his incredible strike-rate with a fifth victory in 10 starts in Asia after his second CJ Cup win in three years on Sunday elevated him to number four in the world.But most eyes will be on Woods, and his troublesome left knee, after the world number 10 underwent arthroscopic surgery two months ago.A smiling Woods said on Monday his recovery “was ahead of schedule” before he played a full 18 holes in an exhibition match on the Zozo Championship course in Chiba Prefecture.“I’m probably a week early. My season had ended a little bit earlier than I had expected it,” said Woods.“I had the procedure a little bit early and got ahead of it.”Japan golf fans might be seeing a lot more of Woods in the next 12 months.The 43-year-old said one of his ambitions was to play in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.“I would love to play in an Olympic Games,” he said. “Hopefully next year I can have a good year and qualify.”The event is co-sanctioned by the Japanese Golf Tour Organisation (JGTO) and the home hopes are led by world No. 27 Hideki Matsuyama, who has won six times on the US PGA Tour, most recently at the 2017 WGC Bridgestone Invitational.“This is the first time I’m playing in a PGA Tour event in Japan. I’m very excited to play,” Matsuyama, who is one of nine Japanese in the 78-man field, told reporters Tuesday.Woods will begin on the 10th hole Thursday in a three-ball with Japan’s world number 162 Satoshi Kodaira and England’s Ryder Cup hero Tommy Fleetwood at 8:00 a.m.McIlroy starts an hour later on the first tee in a stellar grouping with Schauffele and Thomas. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES CHIBA – Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy are the major attractions in a world-class line-up as the PGA Tour breaks new ground with its first tournament in Japan this week.The inaugural Zozo Championship tees off Thursday offering a $9.75 million prize pot as the middle leg of the Tour’s new near $30 million three-tournament Asian swing.center_img KEYWORDS Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Hideki Matsuyama, PGA Tour, Zozo Championship Tiger Woods watches his tee shot on the 10th hole of a pro-am event on Wednesday at Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club in Inzai, Chiba Prefecture. | APlast_img read more

West Eagles, Dockers in top of the table clash

first_imgAFL BY SIMON KESLEP Bismark Maritime West Eagles and Lamana Dockers are two of the undefeated senior men’s division teams and will match up against each other on Sunday (3pm) as Esiloan Port Moresby AFL enters round six of competition at the Bisini Colts oval. It is a top of the ladder clash for the two teams given their outstanding performance to stay undefeated since the start of the season. The senior men’s points ladder: Eagles 24, Dockers 24, Sun City Cats 16, Gordons Kokofas 12, Concept Koboni 12, Gereka Bombers 8, Gerehu Magpies 0 and North Waigani Royals Tigers 0. For Eagles, they are coming off from a big win 16.16 (112) over Kokofas 2.2 (14) last weekend and should give their opponents (Eagles) a good test to dig deep if there is any chance of causing an upset against Dockers in a brotherly rivalry. Surely, they have been putting some time into training to iron out on a few areas before the match. Dockers on the other hand, will also see them expected again to step up and bring out their never-say- die hard efforts throughout each 17-minute quarter of play. Both teams (Eagles and Dockers) comprise of PNG Mosquito representative players. The majority are AFL talents from West New Britain who can be unstoppable once they are in their A game performance. The team with good coordinated support plays and consistent goal kicking accuracy is likely to survive the contest with a win. Eagles will be banking on the likes of Jeffery ‘Hardy’ Vogae, former Dockers Clyde Pulah, John James Lavai and their backline. Dockers have the reliable workaholic ruck rover Archie Mae, Wesley Yuwi, Chris Mong, Luke Savere Jnr, Hosea Wartovo, Emmanuel Tupia, Brendon Bola, Max Lavai and Desmond Kaumu to take lead. “The first quarter was abit scrappy but as we played on in the third and final quarter the boys gained momentum. That is why we won the game because we played as a team,” said Dockers coach Alphonse Gale following their previous game against Sun City Cats. This performance is likely to improve for Dockers as Coach Gale said the match against Eagles will get abit aggressive and physical. “This match will test which team will remain at the top of the ladder and who will be second.” In the senior division match tomorrow Koboni take on Bombers, Kokofas face off with Cats which should see both teams searching for their fourth and third wins respectively. The A reserve ladder: Eagles 24, Kokofas 20, Cats 20, Dockers 16, Bombers 4, Magpies 4, Koboni 4 and Tigers 0. Womens division is led by Dockers 20, Kokofas 20, Magpies 12, Koboni 12 and Tigers 4.last_img read more

Five questions pondering Joseph, Garcia, others

first_img5. Do we still not appreciate Jim Palmer enough? The Hall of Fame pitcher celebrated the 50th anniversary of his major league debut Friday and he continues to remain a fixture on Orioles telecasts five decades later. As someone who only remembers Palmer the broadcaster, I marvel at his numbers, which included a period of nine times in 10 years from 1969-1978 in which he posted an ERA below 3.00 and at least 4.1 wins above replacement. His 211 complete games, 53 shutouts, and four seasons of 300 or more innings are numbers we don’t even see in video games today. Every Friday, I’ll ponder five topics related to the Orioles or Ravens (or a mix of both).Five questions …1. Does Caleb Joseph make it easy to wait for Matt Wieters to take his time to return? No, I don’t expect the former to continue hitting .375, but it’s difficult to argue how good his defense has been as Orioles pitching posted a 3.00 ERA with him behind the plate in 2014, he threw out 40 percent of runners trying to steal, and his pitch framing rates better than Wieters’ did in either of his his last two full seasons. The question isn’t whether Joseph is better than or as good as the pre-injury Wieters — he’s clearly not — but it remains to be seen if the post-surgery Wieters will be the same defensively and whether he’ll provide enough offense to justify being the undisputed starter if he’s a shell of his old self behind the plate.2. Does Buck Showalter need to figure out exactly what he has with Jason Garcia sooner rather than later? I know the Orioles love the Rule 5 pick’s arm and he has nice potential at age 22, but they can’t afford to carry him if it means they essentially have a 24-man roster. If his arm is special enough to warrant keeping him, he should be able to get some meaningful outs along the way. The early-season struggles of Tommy Hunter and and the rest of the bullpen have magnified the situation, of course, but Showalter needs to be able to use Garcia in some legitimate situations, especially if he’s not going to give the Orioles length in the same way that T.J. McFarland did as a Rule 5 pick in 2013.3. Should third base coaches take more chances around baseball? I thought about this at different times this winter after Kansas City elected not to send Alex Gordon home as the potential tying run in Game 7 of the World Series, and the question returns with Orioles third base coach Bobby Dickerson drawing the ire of fans with some questionable sends at the start of the season. Historically, a runner standing on third base with two outs will score only 27 percent of the time, but data shows only five percent of runners being sent home from second base on a single with two outs are thrown out at the plate. Yes, that success rate looks great, but how many potential runs are ultimately being stranded at third base to avoid the chance of a runner being thrown out in favor of the potentially lower-percentage chance of the next batter driving him in. Of course, there are many variables involved such as the speed of the runner, the location of the ball, and the arm strength of the fielder, but it’s still interesting to ponder how many potential runs are lost due to the fear of failure and the criticism that a third base coach can face.4. Is the exuberant friendship between Manny Machado and Jonathan Schoop a joy to watch? I first watched these two play together when they were at Single-A Frederick in 2011, and it’s scary to think how young both still are with so much untapped potential. Of course, scenes like this don’t hurt, either:last_img read more

Can Black Stars pay back Mexico?

first_imgGhana’s Black Stars, Africa’s best ranked national side on FIFA’s scales presently, will tonight attempt to establish their devastating credentials in England as they face off with Mexico in an international friendly.But the match is also an image redeeming assignment for the high rising Black Stars, who suffered a 1:0 defeat at the hands of the Mexicans during a pre-Germany 2006 World Cup tune-up in Dallas, USA.That loss was one of a few dents to the Stars’ World Cup build-up, and it did very little to take from the resolve of the Ghanaians, who left the tournament the proudest African side.For many Ghanaian football fans, tonight’s encounter at the Craven Cottage in London (kick-off: 8pm) offers a different proposition; a test of character sort of, in measuring how much pain the Black Stars are prepared to endure, and if they can rise up to the occasion of paying back their conquerors.Two things are certain though; you can always count on the Black Stars to play above themselves in the UK where a cream of the team’s kingpins ply their trade. Talk of the Essiens, Muntaris, Kingsons, Paintsils, Agogos and latest addition Prince Buaben from Scotland.At least the 4:1 London drubbing handed the Super Eagles of Nigeria on February 6, 2007 and the 3:1 win over South Korea in Edinburgh readily come to mind. Of course there is the 5:0 post World Cup defeat handed Ghana by Saudi Arabia for a lesson in complacency.But the other reason the Black Stars will rise to the occasion is the very essence of the encounter; a build up for the 2010 World Cup and African Nations Cup qualifiers.last_img read more

Gal Gadot, Seth Rogen, Chris Hemsworth & more set to present at the Golden Globe Awards

first_imgNBC(LOS ANGELES) — The 2017 Golden Globes are beginning to take shape.The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has announced the presenters for the 75th Golden Globe Awards, and the list includes Wonder Woman’s Gal Gadot, The Disaster Artist’s Seth Rogan, Thor: Ragnarok’s Chris Hemsworth, Beauty and the Beast’s Emma Watson, and Scandal’s Kerry Washington. Icons Carol Burnett and Shirley MacLaine will also grace the stage as presenters at this year’s awards.No stranger to the Golden Globes ceremony, Amy Poehler will also present, after hosting the ceremony with pal Tina Fey in 2013, 2014 and 2015.During the ceremony, Oprah Winfrey will be presented with the 2018 Cecil B. DeMille Award, a honor which has previously been given to Meryl Streep, Denzel Washington and George Clooney.Seth Meyers will host the ceremony Jan. 7 on NBC.Check out the full list of presenters:Halle BerryCarol BurnettKelly ClarksonDarren CrissPenélope Cruz Gal GadotGreta Gerwig  Hugh Grant  Neil Patrick HarrisChris HemsworthChristina HendricksIsabelle Huppert Shirley MacLaine Ricky MartinSarah Jessica Parker Amy Poehler Edgar RamírezSeth RogenJ.K. Simmons Sharon Stone Aaron Taylor-Johnson Alicia Vikander Kerry Washington Emma WatsonCopyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

Widespread tool-using chimp culture discovered in Democratic Republic of Congo

first_imgResearchers spent 12 years documenting the behaviors exhibited by a population of Eastern chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii) whose range extends across more than 50,000 square kilometers (over 19,300 square miles) of northern Democratic Republic of Congo.The paper published this month in the journal Folia Primatologica detailing the team’s findings includes a description of an entirely new chimpanzee tool kit featuring four different kinds of tools: a long ant probe, a short probe, a thin wand, and a digging stick.These tools are used to harvest five different food types, including a variety of driver and ponerine ant species as well as honey from the nests of ground-dwelling and arboreal bees. And they’re not the only evidence of unique behaviors discovered among this chimp population. Scientists have discovered a new chimpanzee “behavioral realm” in the Bili-Uéré region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).A research team led by Thurston C. Hicks of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany and the University of Warsaw in Poland spent 12 years documenting the behaviors exhibited by a population of Eastern chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii) whose range extends across more than 50,000 square kilometers (over 19,300 square miles) of northern DRC.The paper published this month in the journal Folia Primatologica detailing the team’s findings includes a description of an entirely new chimpanzee tool kit featuring four different kinds of tools: a long ant probe, a short probe, a thin wand, and a digging stick. These tools are used to harvest five different food types, including a variety of driver and ponerine ant species as well as honey from the nests of ground-dwelling and arboreal bees.“We found that the tool types each have different distinctive characteristics,” Hicks told Mongabay. “The tools used by some of our chimpanzee communities to harvest driver ants are the largest known for insect prey in Africa, on average 1.2 meters long, but some are 2.5 meters! Given the painful bites these ants inflict, adding some extra length makes sense, but we still don’t know why they make them so long compared to other populations.”Cleve Hicks with the different chimpanzee tool types described in the study. Photo Credit: Sonia Uribe, 2018.According to Hicks, just a few decades ago, chimpanzees’ various behavioral traditions appeared to be distributed in a fairly haphazard manner, with few discernible patterns. But now that scientists have collected data from many additional chimp study sites, patterns are emerging: chimps in Central Africa use clubs to pound open beehives, for instance, while the use of stone and wooden hammers to crack nuts is limited to chimps in a certain region of West Africa.“With this paper we add the Bili-Uéré,” Hicks said. In addition to their novel tool use, he added, the Bili-Uéré chimps are also distinguished by their construction of ground nests. “Up to 28 percent of nests in some areas are made on the ground, gorilla style,” he explained. “This is rather puzzling, because in most areas chimpanzees sleep in trees, presumably to avoid predators. In [the Bili-Uéré] region, predators like leopards and hyenas are abundant — and there are even lions!” (A student of Hicks’ is currently studying the Bili-Uéré chimps’ use of ground nests.)But Hicks says that he thinks the most interesting quirk of the Bili-Uéré chimps is what he calls their “expanded ‘pounding behavior.’” Many chimpanzee groups are known to pound fruits against branches or roots in order to open them up, but the Bili-Uéré population also pounds open two different kinds of termite mounds, Cubitermes and Thoracotermes, across the entire 50,000-square-kilometer region Hicks and team surveyed.Bili chimpanzee ground nests in the Gangu Forest, 2012. Researchers Cleve Hicks and Ephrem Mpaka (second from left and far right, respectively) with Zande field assistants Ligada Faustin (left) and Mbolibie Cyprien. Photo Credit: Cleve Hicks.“What is intriguing is, this population seems to totally ignore the widespread and abundant Macrotermes termite mounds, which are preyed upon using stick tools in many other chimpanzee populations such as, famously, at Gombe,” Hicks said. “Instead, they are pounding open the mounds of two other widespread termite types which are ignored by most other chimpanzee populations (with one exception: Tai Forest). This to me is consistent with human-like quirky food preferences and supports the proposal of my colleague Thibaud Gruber that chimpanzees, like humans, have ‘cultural override.’”Potential ecological factors have to be ruled out before we can be sure that the Bili-Uéré chimps are just being choosy about their meals, Hicks is quick to add, but genetic explanations are unlikely, he said, “as all Eastern chimpanzees appear to have diversified very recently in prehistory, with little genetic differentiation.”Though the behavioral similarities demonstrated by the Bili-Uéré chimps across such a large region could have arisen through other means, Hicks believes that social learning is the most likely explanation for the development of this unique animal culture.Field assistant Kisangola Polycarpe next to a freshly-pounded termite mound. Leguga Forest 2008. Photo Credit: Cleve Hicks, The Wasmoeth Wildlife Foundation.“Although it is possible that these patterns could reflect ecological factors or genetic differences, I find them to be much more consistent with cultural diffusion,” he said. In other words: “A chimpanzee in a particular community invented a certain behavior, it became the community norm and then it spread through the surrounding forests via territorial expansions or immigrating females, until hitting some natural barrier.”The Bili-Uéré chimpanzee population’s range actually occupies two very different habitat types on the two sides of the Uele River: savanna woodland forest mosaic to the north and tropical moist forest to the south. Though the behaviors of the population overall are strikingly similar, it’s perhaps not surprising that Hicks and team did discover some geographic variation, such as a lack of honey-digging tools to the south of the river even though the same types of bees are common there. Meanwhile, long driver ant probes and fruit-pounding sites were found only to the north of the Uele River.“One would think, given the diversity of chimpanzee behaviors elsewhere, these chimpanzees would have reacted to the different habitat types and invented a different material culture,” Hicks said. It’s possible that the Bili-Uéré chimps have only recently colonized the area. “Perhaps chimpanzee traditions are rather conservative, and they have not had time to differentiate their behaviors to match the very different habitats they were colonizing,” Hicks speculates. He and his colleagues plan to visit the Ituri Forest, which lies about 400 kilometers southeast of the Bili-Uéré region, later this year to test the theory that the Bili-Uéré chimps are part of an even more widespread behavioral realm that occurs across northern DRC.Cleve Hicks holds the skull of a poached chimpanzee at a hunting camp south of Bili in 2016. Bushmeat is a major threat to free-living great apes. Photo Credit: Cleve Hicks, 2016.Whatever the reason for the distinct behavioral similarities shared amongst the Bili-Uéré chimpanzee population, Hicks says that this research can help us understand how culture spread through generations of our ancient hominin ancestors. “It could be that we are observing the first stages in behavioral differentiation between subpopulations,” he said. “Whatever the case, we are very lucky to have this ‘natural laboratory’ in Northern DRC to study the spread of chimpanzee traditions.”The team’s findings about the Bili-Uére chimp culture could also have important implications for the conservation of chimpanzee populations. “We have evidence from Bili-Uére, for instance, that chimpanzees living in areas hunted more heavily by humans no longer make ground nests and reduce their amount of vocalizing, probably to avoid detection by hunters. This must have an impact on their social lives,” Hicks said.“To the south of Uele River the apes are being slaughtered as gold and diamond mines spread across the region. This has not yet happened in the more remote Bili-Gangu Forests north of the Uele. If they disappear, the tragedy of their loss will be compounded by the accompanying loss of a priceless opportunity allowing us to understand how great ape traditions spread across time and space. Our activities are robbing these apes not only of their forests but their ‘wisdom of the elders,’ their ingenious cultural solutions to survival in the forests and savannas developed over hundreds or thousands of ape generations.”Young Bili chimpanzee in the Gangu Forest, 2006. Photo Credit: Cleve Hicks, The Wasmoeth Wildlife Foundation.CITATION• Hicks, T. C., Kühl, H. S., Boesch, C., Dieguez, P., Ayimisin, A. E., Fernandez, R. M., … & Hart, J. (2019). Bili-Uéré: A Chimpanzee Behavioural Realm in Northern Democratic Republic of Congo. Folia Primatologica, 90(1), 3-64. doi:10.1159/000492998Follow Mike Gaworecki on Twitter: @mikeg2001FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Animal Behavior, Animal Intelligence, Animals, Apes, Charismatic Animals, Environment, Great Apes, Mammals, Research, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation Article published by Mike Gaworeckicenter_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

Connolly’s Audi gear up for exciting 2019 after successful Letterkenny test-drive

first_imgAfter a hugely successful Test Drive Event in Letterkenny, Connolly’s Audi Sligo is gearing up for an exciting new year for 191.With the release of several models both new and existing the 2019 Audi range promises to be one that won’t disappoint. The second-generation Audi Q3 arriving in showrooms in late November boasts unparalleled style, versatility and space for enhanced comfort.The all new Audi Q8 which is the newest edition to the Audi range combines the best of both worlds: the elegance of a four-door luxury coupe with the practical versatility of a large SUV. The Audi Q8 is a confident companion for both business and leisure featuring S Line as standard is now available in our showrooms for test drives.Next, the Audi A1 second generation due in Showroom in December offers cutting edge infotainment systems, new driver assistance systems for more safety and comfort. Lastly but certainly not least the most anticipated model release of the year – the Audi A6 is now sporty and elegant in design.Featuring the latest technologies such as HD Matrix LED headlights providing optimum road lighting, 400 customisable functions and 4 choices of suspension.The eight generation A6 is creating innovations with vision, enhancing comfort, and setting new standards in the luxury class. To learn more about any of the cars above or to arrange a test drive call out sales in on 071 9115333 or visit Connollys.ie. Connolly’s Audi gear up for exciting 2019 after successful Letterkenny test-drive was last modified: October 23rd, 2018 by StephenShare 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:Connolly’s AudiletterkennyTEST DRIVElast_img read more

Changing the world, one IT Boot Camp at a time

first_imgSiyabonga Vilikazi (centre) (17) fromZitikeni High School scooped the competition prize, with 16-year-old Khotofo Takgafela (right) from Diepsloot Combined Schoolcoming second, and Phumzilema Mathuthu (left), also 16, from Rabasotho High School, thirdIn partnership with the Dell Development Fund and Tata Consultancy Services, the Change the World organisation hosted its second ICT and IT Boot Camp competition for high school students on Saturday 21 June, with top students from schools around Tembisa and Diepsloot participating.“This is really to give them a chance to create something beautiful on their own and really get a taste of what it’s like to be a programmer and to get more into IT and consider it as a career option,” explained Jonathan Novotny, co-founder and programme director at the Change the World Trust.The organisation offers IT and ICT training workshops to school pupils in Tembisa Alexandra, Olivenhoutbosch , Zandspruit and Diepsloot to help the pupils improve their IT skills to successfully join the modern world of work.“I think it’s exciting for them to start with nothing and finish with a project that has some of their own characteristics and carries some of their own interests.”Pupils from Rabasotho Combined School, Diepsloot Combined School and Zithikini High School gathered at the Wings of Life Centre in Diepsloot to compete for the grand prize of an RCT Android Tablet valued at just under R2 000.“They’re all 10th and 11th graders; we don’t take any matric students into the Boot Camp because we don’t want to interfere with their preparations for the exams coming up at the end of the year,” said Natalie Emery, co-founder of the Trust.“We do however we involve most senior students who we feel have a passion and desire to learn IT in our programmes.”TOP OF THE CLASSThe competition challenged pupils to build a static three-page website using the HTML/CSS coding language they had been taught during their courses.“They’re very confident,” Emery said; “I’ve had a variety of responses; some of them feel that it’s very complicated and others feel that maybe it’s too easy.“They’ve had quite a few classes with our trainers so I’m sure they all know what’s going on. What I’ve seen from them so far makes me feel that we’re doing the right things.”The Change the World courses cover basic computer operation, programmes such as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel and more advanced subjects such as HTML/CSS coding and programming.Siyabonga Vilikazi (17) fromZitikeni High School scooped the competition prize, with 16-year-old Khotofo Takgafela fromDiepsloot Combined Schoolcoming second, and Phumzilema Mathuthu, also 16, from Rabasotho High School, third.A confident Vilikazi said, “I’ve always been interested in computers and how they work and I wanted to learn more about IT, so when I was told at school that we were going to be trained in the use of computers and IT I was very excited.“Winning this competition has encouraged me to pursue a career in IT.“If it wasn’t for Change the World and this boot camp I wouldn’t have known that I’m capable of making my own website. It has opened my eyes.”Marlin Madondo, head of donor relations and marketing for Change the World, said the organisation’s students have taken to programming and “some of them say they are really considering careers in the IT industry”.The learners were given the task of creating a static three-page website using laptops and the HTML/CSS coding knowledge they had acquired from the workshops that the organisation had been running at their schools during previous monthsTHE CHANGE THE WORLD INTERN PROGRAMME“If you look at the world the way it is, technology is the way forward. So what we’re trying to do is spark an interest in IT amongst young students and hopefully impart these skills … and give them that initial footing they can use to go on and pursue these careers,” Madondo said.In light of this, Change the World encourages some students to join the organisation as trainers. Once the students complete the courses they are encouraged to “give back” by enrolling in intern programmes where they are deployed to training centres. The best-performing interns can opt to join the organisation as full-time trainers.“We can’t just preach employment without trying to create some ourselves,” explained Madondo; “We hope to expand more and as we do so it will allow us to take on more of the talented youngsters that come through our programmes.“Right now we’re operating in two provinces; the Eastern Cape and Gauteng, but we’re looking to spread into Limpopo, the Western Cape, the North West and Mpumalanga and maybe, to a certain extent, reach out beyond our borders to places like Malawi, Mozambique or Zimbabwe.“But for us, as long as we see the value in what we’re doing our growth will be organic.”PLAY YOUR PARTTo get involved or learn more about Change the World visit the organisation’s website, email [email protected], or call 27 (0)71 5333 656 or +27 (0)11 455 2282.last_img read more

Discussion: Webified Desktop Apps

first_imgRelated Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market richard macmanus Tags:#web Already there’s some great discussion happening regarding Ebrahim Ezzy’s post onRead/WriteWeb entitled WebifiedDesktop Apps vs Browser-based Apps. As I noted in the intro to that post, in some ways Ebrahim’sviews contradict my own.I’m a big fan of the concept of the browser as a ‘lowest common denominator’ platformfor the Web. And there is a lot of innovation happening in the browser space right now –Flock, Opera, Firefox and even IE7 is doing its bit to keep up (although we’re stillwaiting for some truly original knock-yer-socks-off features from IE7). So I like tothink there is plenty more innovation to come in the browser – and imho the WebOS playersare one of the more interesting set of startups using the browser as a platform. I alsolike the technology being delivered by Personalized Start Pages and associated widgets(Pageflakes, Netvibes, et al) and Web Office contenders (Zoho, Zimbra, ThinkFree, etal).Having said that, I do recognize that the browser has its limitations and that Ajaxisn’t the be all and end all of interactive technology. My profileof the upcoming NY Times Reader showed some of the possibilities of a web-enabled desktopapp (or a webified desktop app, to use Ebrahim’s term). Times Reader has richfunctionality, courtesy of Microsoft’s Windows Presentation Foundation technology – butit also relies on the Web to get the NY Times content and to communicate with otherpeople (email a story, for example).Other discussion on Ebrahim’s post:Ryan Stewart: “The best RIAsprovide a layer of abstraction over both the web and the desktop. The Webified desktopapplication, as Ebrahim uses the term, implies installation, which is an old, antiquatedmodel for software delivery.”Tim Bart: “Ipersonally prefer Desktop application over web-based applications, but I appreciate beingable to access to my data from anywhere, and get it synchronised over multipleapplications.”Alex Iskold calls it the“webification” of the desktop and mentions desktop widgets as an example. He notes:“There is no reason why our desktop applications can not be web-aware. An improvement inthis area would drive up our productivity, because switching back and forth between theapplication and the browser is very inefficient.”BuzzSort is firmly in favor of webified desktop apps and dislikes webtops: “It is a great technologicaltrick taking this platform we have within the web browser, one that is restricted in sucha tight way, and make it attempt to mirror your computer desktop. It is however a stepbackwards to a thin client way of working.”Emre Sokullu is in favor of browser-based apps, “except web based operating systems”. He sayssomething that I always point out too: “Connectivitity should not be seen as a drawbackbecause the world is getting more and more connected everyday.”Eric also prefers web apps: “Web applications have a number of advantages not easily duplicatedby desktop applications; sharing, collaboration, platform agnosticism, stability, lowrisk of data loss, accessibility.”John Milan does the numbers on desktop vs browser apps for email.There are othergreat comments to Ebrahim’s post and I encourage you to leave your comment there too.Perhaps the biggest point to make is that it’s not either/or, despite the headline Iwrote for the previous post! There is a place for both webified desktop apps andbrowser-based apps. Indeed the browser is basically just a desktop app at its mostgeneric.The biggest advantage the browser still has though is its ubiquity on computers– and we’ll continue to need common Web platforms, that utilize web standards, for quitesome time yet.UPDATE: We’ve published a poll, for you to tell us which type of app you prefer – desktop or browser-based.center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more