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All Blacks face Springbok litmus test

All Blacks face Springbok litmus test

first_imgAt the start of the international season Springbok rugby was at an all-time low.2016 was the worst season in South Africa’s history. They won just four of their twelve games, were humbled by their heaviest defeat to New Zealand in 95 years, and didn’t win a single test away from home.They fell to their first ever home defeat to Ireland and their first ever loss to Argentina in South America.Fast forward and they’re now nipping at the heels of the unbeaten All Blacks in the Rugby Championship standings, following two big wins over the Pumas and last week’s draw with Australia.Coach Allister Coetzee, who kept his job despite his dismal first year in charge, believes 2017 has been a new beginning for Springbok rugby.”The big thing is the team environment has changed completely. The big factor was the time that we could spend together. We’ve had some proper training camps this year.”He said the players are a much more unified band of brothers and he say’s that’s being reflected the field.The All Blacks coach Steve Hansen shares the sentiments. “They seem to be incredibly tight with each other so they’re obviously building something there from a cultural point of view and that will make them more dangerous. They’ve changed their attack coach, they’ve changed their defence coach so there’s two new people in there doing pretty good work by the look of it.”Albany is the most South African corner of the country, the braai will be burning on Saturday night with Springbok supporters heading to the test en mass.Coetzee is grateful for the expat energy, but he knows anything less than a near perfect performance will result in defeat.”You always know in the last 20 minutes they score at least 20 plus points, so you’ve got to play and be at your best for the full 80 minutes.”The respect is mutual, with assistant coach Ian Foster describing the game as the All Blacks biggest test of 2017.”Your mind conjures up some of the great games of the past and the great rivalries and this is no different. For us this is a pretty special game.”You’ve got to take the hat off to the way they’ve rebounded from last year and just changed quite dramatically within a very short time period. Clearly they’ve got a youthful team that really look like they want to play with each other and that’s a dangerous beast.”If the All Blacks can tame the beast in Albany, they’ll all but quash any hopes the others had of knocking them off their Rugby Championship throne.last_img read more

Google has a plan to solve all unanswered questions on the internet

Google has a plan to solve all unanswered questions on the internet

first_imgBeing one of the most used and popular search engines around the world, anyone can use it to answer the most varied questions. The Google database has millions of answers, however, even the largest companies may have problems and this search engine has some questions that you do not know how to answer. Google works with an algorithm that allows you to associate each search with related web pages. Although its success rate is very high, this famous search engine does not know which links to show in 15% of searches performed by users around the world, that is, two billion searches remain unanswered.Google seeks to solve all the doubts of its users This situation is a big problem for the popular search engine, since it leaves millions of its users unanswered every day. However, this state will not last long since the company has already taken the necessary measures to solve it.Google has developed a tool in which it hosted all searches that have no response on its server to this day. With this tool, Google directly asks the media to write content that resolves their users’ doubts and thus obtain a reward in return.The search engine will not pay financially to the media that create this type of content. These companies will receive instead of remuneration, the promise of accessing topics of interest and detecting relevant questions to write the appropriate content to increase their user flow. Google is one of the most used search engines every day to resolve doubts, keep us informed or know some specific information: from the location of a restaurant to tips to start a healthy life, Google has an answer for everything and even answers when you want to know the height of a famous Google has billions of unanswered searchesThe media will not receive money but rewardscenter_img Image: iStocklast_img read more

Reggae Warriors crash out of contention after tie

Reggae Warriors crash out of contention after tie

first_imgThe Reggae Warriors conceded 18 points in the last 17 minutes and were eliminated from contention for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup as their do-or-die match against Canada ended in a thrilling tie on Tuesday.The Warriors, who lost 20-14 against the United States last week Friday, looked certain winners against the Canadians, a team they had never beaten.The Warriors were all over the Canadians early on and Wayne Rettie’s try in the 53rd minute seemed to put them back into contention for World Cup qualification. The Canadians had other ideas, as full back Robin Legault crossed for two tries in three minutes in an astonishing climax.Canada could have capped an amazing comeback for the win had Canadian scrum half and co-captain, Steve Piatek, who had scored the equalising conversion from the touchline to Legault’s second try, not missed with a final second drop goal attempt.NO SHAME IN LOSSWarriors head coach Romeo Monteith was devastated.”I’m proud of the performance from the team. There’s no shame in losing to the world No. 10 by six points, and drawing with the world No. 12 in these qualifiers. We tried our best and I wish we could have held on at the end, but it wasn’t to be, and we have to move on,” he said. “Canada had more urgency towards the end. They had one particularly dangerous play, turning the ball inside from the play … to the full back that kept opening up our middle. We needed more discipline there; we were calling for the team to be tighter around that area, but we weren’t.”Lamont Bryan opened the scoring in the 21st minute, barrelling over from close in, Joel Farrell converting and, five minutes later, the Jamaican lead was doubled, crisp passing seeing Corey Hanson and Richie Barnett combining to send in winger Alex Brown for a lovely score, Farrell wide with the conversion.Canada will play the USA on Saturday, with a World Cup berth awaiting the winners.last_img read more

Balkman promises another show in Alab Pilipinas’ first ABL Finals stint

Balkman promises another show in Alab Pilipinas’ first ABL Finals stint

first_imgPhoto from ASEAN Basketball LeagueRenaldo Balkman promised a show when the 2018 ASEAN Basketball League rolled on, and with San Miguel Alab Pilipinas advancing to the Finals, things won’t be much different.“All I got is my word as a man, you know. I believe in my guys, I believe in myself, and like I told you, I will give them a show,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The Puerto Rican forward has backed up his words, hiking his totals to 26.3 points, 14.3 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 3.0 steals, and 1.0 block in the playoffs.Balkman further silenced all the doubters with his standout play in the semifinals, where the Philippine-based squad swept defending champion Hong Kong Eastern for its first ever championship appearance.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“Everybody kept talking about they’re the number one team, and they’re a great team. But I know how good we are. We prepared for these games and in the semifinals, I think we had an edge on them and that’s what I’m telling you, we put on a show,” he said.Balkman believes that missing out on the outright semifinal berth and going through the grind in quarterfinals helped in keeping Alab Pilipinas at its peak heading into the most crucial part of the season. ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:02‘Bata’ Reyes bows to Vietnamese foe for another SEA Games bronze05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC MOST READ Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Djokovic needs 10 match points in ‘real battle’, Nadal’s ‘positive’ start Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ “I think the best thing that happened to us is when we play in the quarterfinals. If we sat home and rested for 10 to 15 days, it would’ve hurt us. But since we played in the quarterfinals, we’ve gotten better going into the semifinals,” he said. “Not being arrogant or what, but I know how my guys are. We’re playing well because we playing together.”Balkman, for his part, churned out solid outings in the Philippine squad’s two elimination meetings against the Thais, averaging 22.5 points, 10.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 2.5 steals, and 1.0 block in its two wins.Alab, which has has won seven of its last games, is facing an equally determined Mono Vampire of Thailand, which slayed top seed Chong Son Kung Fu, in the best-of-five Finals series starting Sunday.With the stakes as high as it is now, Balkman knows that there’s no room for complacency in the championship series.“We got to prepare again. I’m gonna tell it one more time: it’s gonna be another show,” he said. “Win or lose, no matter what, it’s gonna be a show because these last three games, we got to win and it’s over.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

World Bank, Partners Conclude Review of WAAPP-Liberia Project

World Bank, Partners Conclude Review of WAAPP-Liberia Project

first_imgThe World Bank Mission to Liberia has completed the assessment of the West Africa Agricultural Productivity Program’s (WAAPP-Liberia) first phase implementation being carried out in the country.According to the communication specialist of WAAPP-Liberia, Elvis Sirleaf, the assessment was recently done in the project’s counties.He said that it was intended to ascertain the level of progress already made and the challenges being faced by the project in order to make corrections and recommendations for areas that need improvement.According to him, the team comprised of the World Bank Co Task Team Leader to Liberia, Dr. Abimbola A. Adubi; the coordinators of WAAPP Sierra Leone and Guinea, Pete Kaindahen and Dr. Boubacar Diallo; and the coordinator of the Mano River Union Japanese fund, Madam Kenyeh Laureh Barley among others.WAAPP-Liberia is a ten year agricultural project of the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) intended to increase rice and cassava production in the country. It is being funded by the World Bank and the government of Japan.It is a regional program that is taking place in 13 West African countries.In Liberia it is being implemented in eight of the fifteen counties, including Bong, Bomi, Mar-Gibi, Gbarpolu, Grand Gedeh, and River-Gee among others.Dr. Adubi, who led the team in several field visits to the project counties, said that he was impressed with the level of work achieved so far.He said that supporting the effort of local farmers to get away from traditional farming to mechanization is significant for achieving the objectives of the World Bank funded project.“Seeing farmers at one of the out grower sites in Bomi County engage in manual labor is a clear manifestation that Liberian farmers want to farm. Helping them to achieve their desire helps to reach future food security agenda goals for Liberia,” he said to farmers in Bomi County.He stressed the need for the engagement of farmers in farmers’ field schools where they can learn new farming methods that are being introduced under the WAAPP project.“We are requesting that the improved planting materials that have been developed in the country be made available to farmers to enable them to meet the deadline of their planting season,” he said.The World Bank Co-Task Team Leader praised the producers of Bomi Gari for their value added component and called on the project to draw marketing plans for the product.He encouraged the out growers to enter in to written agreements with the original owners of the lands being used for farming in order to avoid conflict.For his part, the Development Superintendent for Bomi County, Ernest Davies, said that the county’s authority was ready to work with development partners to ensure that lives of the people in their county are transformed.“We have vast lands that are fertile for the growth of agriculture. Which is why I think there should be no reason Liberia cannot feed itself and its neighbors,” he told the visiting team.He promised his county’s commitment to farming activities in the country, adding that the notion that Bomi citizens are not good at farming is untrue.The week-long visit took the team to the Central Agricultural Research Institution (CARI) in Suakoko, Bong County, where WAAPP is presently multiplying improved rice seeds and cassava cuttings for distribution to local farmers.CARI’s manager, Aaron Marshall, guided the tour of over 50 hectares of upland and lowland rice that have been improved at the research institute, as well as tons of seed rice that are ready for distribution.According to Mr. Marshall, his institution is also engaged in the production of 50 hectares worth of improved cassava cuttings for the WAAPP project, some of which are ready for distribution.“CARI is working with scientists from Africa Rice and the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in breeding and multiplying improved planting materials for the project’s counties as well as mentoring young Liberian scientists who are expected to take over when the visiting scientists leave,” he disclosed.The Coordinators of WAAPP Sierra Leone and Guinea who joined the mission to share experience from their respective countries with Liberia, said there was great potential for Liberia to develop and improve in the agro sector.They named land, rich soil, and the enthusiasm of local farmers to work even in the absence of tools as key indicators that Liberia can do well to feed itself if farmers are given all of the necessary support needed.The Mano River Union was represented by the coordinator of the Japanese Funds, Madam Kenyeh Barley.She pointed out the need for active female participation in agricultural activities of Liberia.According to her, respecting the female requirement of 40% under the regional arrangement of recruitment of women to benefit the project was important to the enhancement of WAAPP in Liberia.WAAPP-Liberia Coordinator, J. Cyrus Saygbe, at the end of the mission thanked the participants for the lesson shared and promised to improve those areas that are marked for improvement.He noted the need for more support in the areas of capacity building for CARI, the provision of machines, and help to improve the farming activities of farmers in the country; especially during this final half of the project’s first phase.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Three Liberians Selected For Elumelu’s Entrepreneurship Program

Three Liberians Selected For Elumelu’s Entrepreneurship Program

first_imgThe Tony Elumelu Foundation has selected three Liberians for its Entrepreneurship Program. A dispatch from the Liberian Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria says the three Liberians form a part of the 1,000 entrepreneurs the Foundation selected out of 20,000 applications received. James Mulbah, William R. Dennis, II and Peter Gbelia submitted competitive proposals on waste management, information and communication technologies and energy/power generation sectors respectively and will now join 997 other entrepreneurs from a total of 52 African countries for the Entrepreneurship Boot-Camp slated to be held in Lagos, Nigeria from the 9th to the 12th of July, 2015.Quoting a letter from The Tony Elumelu Foundation which was addressed to the Liberian Ambassador to Nigeria, His Excellency Al-Hassan Conteh dated May 19, 2015, their selection was based on being the “best and most transformative entrepreneurs from across the continent”.The selected entrepreneurs are currently doing a 12-week course online after which they will travel for the boot-camp in Lagos.The boot-camp includes learning relevant life skills and advanced business planning. Each participant will receive a guaranteed US$5,000 non-refundable seed capital investment from the founder, Mr. Tony Elumelu at the end of the boot-camp.The Elumelu Entrepreneurship Program represents a decade-long commitment by the Tony Elumelu Foundation to bolster African entrepreneurship with the goal of identifying, creating and growing 10,000 African-owned businesses over the next 10 years that will generate one million new jobs and contribute US$10 billion in revenue across Africa. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Attacker who drank poison succumbs

Attacker who drank poison succumbs

first_imgCorentyne murderImran Lyte, 28, who consumed a poisonous substance after knifing his ex-wife to death almost a week ago, succumbed while receiving medical attention at the Port Mourant Hospital, Corentyne, Berbice.Reports reaching Guyana Times revealed that Lyte took his last breath on Sunday evening.At the time he was under Police guard at the medical facility. He consumed the poisonous substance moments after killing his ex-wife on June 20, 2018 and was rushed to the hospital where he remained in critical condition.With his death and the death of his ex-wife, Tovonie Simmons, their four children are now left to live with relatives. In the wee hours of June 20, the 28-year-old mother of four was stabbed to death by Lyte at their Second Street, Limlair Village, Corentyne, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) residence.Reports are the perpetrator had left his wife and was living with his newfound loveTovonie Simmons and Imran Lyte in happier times– a next-door neighbour.It was reported that Simmons was visited by her ex-husband and his sister, and they were sitting at the table having a discussion when he started stabbing her. In a bid to escape, Simmons jumped from the veranda into the yard, but Lyte went after her.He reportedly caught up with her and continued stabbing her. After stabbing her about 18 times, he ran away. However, he was later taken to the Port Mourant Hospital by his relatives after informing them that he had consumed a poisonous substance.A few days prior to the brutal murder, the now dead woman had gone to collect her children from a relative and on her way, she was confronted by Lyte, who accused her of allowing her friends to taunt his new lover.Lyte reportedly hit Simmons, and in retaliation, one of her sisters reportedly kicked him, thus resulting in him falling into a nearby trench. One of the now dead woman’s brothers, who was passing at the time, went to his sisters’ rescue, but Lyte attacked him, stabbing him several times.Simmons and Lyte had been together for nine years. Their relationship ended after the man reportedly became abusive.last_img read more

Workshops aimed at helping local businesses

Workshops aimed at helping local businesses

first_imgA third workshop is called Succession Planning and it will provide information to businesses who are thinking of winding down in the next five years.A lawyer and accountant will be available for questions on the mornings of December 3rd and 4th. For full details, or to sign up for any of the workshops call Community Futures at 250-782-8748. There will also be a meeting on November 17th at the Northern Grand from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The conference deals with leadership tactics during challenging times, and has a goal to help local businesses survive the economic downturn.A variety of keynote speakers are scheduled and dinner is provided. Locher says the workshops will also help prepare local businesses for the future. [asset|aid=1901|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=1b37fa12323496c91bdfb98c6517d374-Lynn Locher 1_1_Pub.mp3] Advertisement A series of workshops are penned in over the next couple of months, to help local businesses through the rough economic times.Lynn Locher from the Fort St. John Employment Information Source discussed the workshops on Wednesday’s Issues and Answers.Locher says some of the workshops will help employers locate and retain potential employees from the ‘Generation Y.’ – Advertisement -[asset|aid=1900|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=1b37fa12323496c91bdfb98c6517d374-Lynn Locher 2_1_Pub.mp3] Locher says on any given day, local employment agencies can see around 150 applicants looking for work. So, Community Futures is holding a series of workshops on October 1st and 2nd. The workshops will be in the morning, and will help employers understand the younger workforce. Advertisementlast_img read more

BRILLIANT DONEGAL TEEN CROWNED IRISH GOLF CHAMP AND URGES SCHOOL PALS TO CROKE PARK GLORY

BRILLIANT DONEGAL TEEN CROWNED IRISH GOLF CHAMP AND URGES SCHOOL PALS TO CROKE PARK GLORY

first_imgIrish Amateur Youth Champ Kyle collects his winning trophy in Co DownBRILLIANT Donegal golfer Kyle McCarron has followed in the footsteps of Rory McIlroy and been crowned Irish Amateur Golf Champion.Now Kyle is hoping Donegal’s Seniors and Minors make it a super Donegal TREBLE for the county at Croke Park this weekend.TWO school pals and school team mates are part of the squads later today – Darach O’Connor for the Seniors and Caolan McGonagle for the Minors. Kyle comes from a long family of golfers with his father, grandfather, and great grandfather all having played golf in North West Golf Club in Lisfannon.Kyle’s parents got him his first golf club when he was only two.“But Kyle had no interest in golf until he was about 13, he always played football for Inishowen but decided to give it up and got a great interest in golf,” said proud mum Roisin.“He is 18 years old now and has a handicap of +1, which he has strived to get to for a long time.” And she insisted: “Kyle and the rest of us are now hoping for a Donegal treble this weekend…wins for the Minors and Seniors at Croke Park would be fantastic!”Kyle has won quiet a few competitions in his short career but this was his first big one, he won the 2014 Irish Amateur Golf Championship in Ardglass Co Down.Said Roisin: “Rory McIlroy won this title in 2004, Graeme McDowell won it in 1999 and 2000, to name a few, so Kyle is delighted to be getting his name alongside them.”Kyle is having a great week because last Saturday in NWGC while playing in president’s prize, Kyle carded a Hole in One at the 2nd hole, a par 4 hole..360 yds, this has never been done there before so he caused quite a stir in north west for that.Kyle played last year for the Ulster Team at the Interprovencial golf championship in Cork. He has just done his leaving certificate and is starting NUI Maynooth in Mid September, where he was offered a Paddy Harrington Golf Scholarship at Maynooth University. BRILLIANT DONEGAL TEEN CROWNED IRISH GOLF CHAMP AND URGES SCHOOL PALS TO CROKE PARK GLORY was last modified: August 30th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:golfIrish Youth Amateur ChampionKyle McCarronlast_img read more

Cartoon: Edge Cases

Cartoon: Edge Cases

first_imgTags:#Cartoons#web 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App More Noise to Signal. 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Related Posts rob cottingham 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Hard to believe it’s already been a year since I posted my farewell to Internet Explorer 6. (By “farewell” I meant “Just frickin’ die already.”)My post was prompted by the announcement that support was ending for IE6 on Google Apps; since then, IE6’s decline has accelerated, dwindling into low-single-digit percentages of browser visits (if that) on most of the sites I manage.And this week, the latest heavyweight jumped on the let’s-kill-IE6 bandwagon: Microsoft, which launched the Internet Explorer 6 Countdown site. It sets a target of reducing IE6 usage to less than 1% worldwide.“For the love of god, please stop using our product” is an unusual message, but it’s a welcome one from Redmond. I’ve already been told by one client not to bother supporting it – which is very welcome news.So if you haven’t already struck IE6’s installed base off your list of users you have to support, chances are you’ll be doing it sometime in the next few months.But don’t feel too smug. If there’s anything to the latest sensational headlines from astronomy news (and that might be a big if), we might have a whole new group of use cases to consider. 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnoutlast_img read more