Humboldt State men’s basketball adds D-I talent, begins 2019-20 campaign Friday

first_imgThree NCAA Division-I senior-transfers all hailing from Compton decided to reunite for their final collegiate season.Humboldt State University men’s basketball will gladly play host.The Lumberjacks open up the 2019-20 season on the road at Point Loma Nazarene University Friday night at 7:30 p.m. inside Golden Gymnasium.The three senior transfers, Leland Green, Rob Lewis and Raysean Scott Jr., will be on the count for tip-off and look to be nightly starters for the ‘Jacks throughout the …last_img

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MLB Winter Meetings: A’s lose All-Star closer, Coliseum to add more netting

first_imgWith big waves breaking around them, waters remain relatively calm in the Oakland A’s camp at the Winter Meetings in San Diego.There are, however, some rumblings and moves that effect the A’s side. Here are some takeaways from Day 3.Commissioner Rob Manfred on netting and new ballparkA seat down the foul lines and up close to the action can be thrilling, but dangerous. A handful of viewers throughout a couple ballparks have been struck by hot line drives — some young, some distracted, some …last_img

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Green Point Stadium ready for 2010

first_img17 December 2009 Just over a week after the successful hosting of the Final Draw for the 2010 Fifa World Cup™, the “keys” to the brand new, completed Cape Town Stadium (Green Point Stadium) were handed over to the city’s executive mayor, Dan Plato, on Monday. At a special ceremony to mark the completion of one of the world’s most spectacular stadiums, the keys were handed over by joint contractors Murray and Roberts and WBHO. Construction of the 68 000-seater stadium started on 26 March 2007, and the project has been completed on deadline two years and nine months later. In just 33 months, Murray and Roberts and WBHO completed the massive project at a cost of R4.4-billion (about US$600-million). The project architects were an association between GMP Architects of Germany and two local firms, Louis Karol and Associates and Point Architects.‘The Diva of Cape Town’ Design: the sweeping silhouette of Green Point Stadium has forever changed the face of the surrounding Green Point Common. Enwrapped by a façade of woven fibreglass, coated with Teflon, it resembles a rose-coloured bowl floating on a base when lit up at night. The architects dubbed the stadium “the Diva of Cape Town”, reflecting the constantly changing moods of the city in varying weather conditions. Roof: the design and construction of Green Point Stadium’s roof is unique. Its basic structure resembles a bicycle wheel, open in the middle, with 72 cables linking the outer and inner rings of the circle, which were slowly tightened to raise the roof from ground level to its present height. Another first for the roof was the use of 16mm thick panels of glass to cover and protect the spectators from strong winds and rain. This will let in the light, while the ceiling panels underneath – made of woven PVC fabric – will soften the noise from within. The stadium bowl: for the eight World Cup matches to be played at the venue, the stadium will have a seating capacity of 68 000, including 13 000 temporary seats, which will be removed afterwards. Features of the stadium are that it can be evacuated in 15 minutes and that all the spectators are close to the game. Safety: spectators will be protected by a state-of-the-art camera surveillance system monitored by police from a venue operations centre inside the stadium, while pitch invasions will be discouraged by a wide moat around the circumference. There will also be a police station inside the building to deal with hooligans and other criminals.Quick facts96 000 cubic metres of concrete were used.The roof has a total weight of 4 700 tons.Some 9 000 glass panels were used to cover 37 000 square metres of roof.The stadium has 500 toilets, 115 entry turnstiles and 16 lifts.More than 2 500 workers were employed on site during construction, and almost 1 200 artisans received training from the contractors. Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more

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Oprah’s girls get 100% matric pass

first_imgThe first group of 72 girls to matriculate from the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls have achieved a 100% pass rate.(Image: panoramio.com) MEDIA CONTACTS • Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy  +27 16 366 9000RELATED ARTICLES • A hefty boost for conservation • Alice Walker to explore Biko ties • Tackling SA’s education challenges • Education goes mobile with Vodacom • South Africa prioritises quality education Wilma den HartighThe first group of 72 girls to matriculate from the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls have excelled in their national senior certificate exams, achieving a 100% pass rate and 188 distinctions.This is a major accomplishment for the relatively new school, which opened its doors in 2007.All the pupils from the Academy’s pioneer matric class will be attending university or enrolling for another form of tertiary education. Some pupils are pursuing admission to colleges or universities in the US.The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy, a girls-only boarding school in Henley on Klip in the south of Johannesburg, was founded by Winfrey, an internationally renowned talk show host and philanthropist.She established the school as part of her dream to provide educational and leadership opportunities tor academically gifted girls from disadvantaged backgrounds in South Africa.The Academy is making a significant contribution by providing a world class education to the country’s young girls.Teachers at the school share Winfrey’s vision of giving girls the opportunities they need to become future leaders in South Africa and the continent.Since starting with grade seven and eight classes, the Academy has added a new high school grade each year. At the end of 2011, the school expected to have more than 300 girls enrolled from grades seven to twelve.Bursaries and scholarshipsIn a media release, the Academy says that several pupils have been awarded full scholarships that cover university fees and residence.Sharlotte Mkansi received a scholarship from the Department of Mining and Energy and will be studying geology and environmental science at the University of Pretoria.Nonhlahla Kgwedi was awarded the Gallagher Scholarship for a degree in medicine at the University of Cape Town.The Anglo-Coal Scholarship went to Magnolia van Wyk for a BA in accounting sciences at University of Cape Town. Juliet Mantso will be studying medicine at Stellenbosch University.Accounting firm Ernst & Young awarded six scholarships to pupils to cover tuition and residence fees. The company will also provide the recipients with employment on completion of their degrees.Some learners were awarded merit scholarships from universities, based on their Grade 11 results.Sue Norval, the director of university guidance for South African universities, helped pupils from the Academy with the paperwork, admission forms and scholarship applications.Wendy Chang, director of university guidance for the US, assisted pupils who were applying for tertiary institutions based in that country.Innovative curriculum designThe Academy’s approach to learning is distinctive as it encourages pupils to be critical thinkers and nurtures their curiousity about the world.The curriculum includes mathematics, natural science and technology, arts and culture, social economic and management sciences, life orientation and leadership, and languages.Citizenship is an important value and pupils give back to the community through painting schools, reading to disadvantaged children and visiting old age homes.This initiative teaches the girls how to be sensitive to the needs of others.Education South Africa, a monthly educational publication distributed nationwide, featured the Academy in 2011. School head Anne van Zyl said in an interview that ‘servant leadership’ is an important value of the school.“The girls can serve the school from within, in the residences or by leading co-curricular activities such as the computer club, peace group, the library, and community service groups,” Van Zyl said.Recognition in high placesIn 2007, former president Nelson Mandela praised Winfrey for her initiative in establishing the school and investing in the education of South African children.Former US president, Bill Clinton featured the Academy in his 2007 book: Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World, as an example of how to give back to the world.last_img read more

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Paul Allen Backed Semantic Service Evri Has Been Acquired (Updated)

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… We profiled Evri as one of 10 intriguing companies in the real-time web space in our recent research report The Real-Time Web and Its Future. Also included was the now Google-acquired Aardvark. (See our coverage: How I Loved and Lost an Aardvark) Here’s how we described the real time part of what Evri does in that report:Evri is a semantic Web recommendation service for online publishers. The company tracks the real-time Web to know when it needs to create or update a topic page for one of its emerging news topics.Evri watches news sources to see when a news topic is trending, including articles on Wikipedia that publicly available data shows have leaped in page views. Then it visits structured databases like Wikipedia and FreeBase to check for updates to entries about related entities. It then creates or updates a topic page with news links, photos and Twitter search results. The language used in those Twitter posts is analyzed and the names of news entities in the posts are linked to other Evri topic pages, like pivots.Evri has done lots of other things as well, including a blog widget, an iPhone app, automated content portals for publishers and a sentiment analysis product. The company didn’t see a particularly large amount of hype but was closely watched. Robert Scoble, for example, named Evri one of his top startups to watch for 2010, even a year and a half after it launched.We haven’t been able to identify the company that has acquired Evri yet but the most obvious candidate would be its neighbor and kin Microsoft, where the service would compliment the Powerset team nicely and change the Bing user experience in news search dramatically. Now that we know that Google is working on building a real-time index of the web (our coverage) the prospect of a competitor upping the ante with near real-time semantic parsing, riding on top of real-time indexing, sounds like a hot move.A number of people have raised the possibility of an Amazon acquisition as well. Evri was also tested out by Yahoo! starting last Fall as a way to facilitate navigation throughout its Sports content pages. Take that, semantic web doubters.We’ll update this post when the acquiring party is identified. Geeky types interested in an in-depth explanation of Evri’s work would be well served by checking out a 6 part video series on YouTube wherein Deep Dhillon, CTO of Evri, discusses the company’s technology with students at the Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science & Engineering. Tags:#news#Semantic Web#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts marshall kirkpatrick A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Think the semantic web is all hype with no bite? Paul Allen backed semantic startup Evri will announce tomorrow that it has been acquired, we’ve learned from a reliable source. The service specializes in extracting the names of people, places and things from raw streams of text in order to facilitate smart user navigation and related content recommendation. The company launched a striking new version of its website earlier today.Evri launched just short of two years ago and raised $8 million from Vulcan, the fund of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. More interesting than the business side of this story, though, is the technology. Evri brings the semantic and the real-time web together in some very interesting ways. Update: According to new reports this morning, Evri wasn’t acquired. Instead, Evri acquiredRadar Networks. We regret this error. For a full discussion see coverage rounded up on Techmeme. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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As the Internet Loses its Way – the Cloud Will Carry the Most Importance

first_imgTags:#cloud#cloud computing Related Posts alex williams A well-respected university professor said at a futurist conference today that the cloud will surpass the web in importance.According to CIO.com, Georgetown University Professor Mike Nelson made the remarks today at the World Future Society conference in Boston.His comments came in the context of a discussion about the Internet, the cloud and its future. Nelson said that in the mid-1990s, the people who developed the Internet had a clear purpose. From their vision came the Web.Today, it’s a question if the focus about the Internet is as sharp as it once was. And if the focus is indeed faltering, will the cloud take its place?The cloud is now more exciting than the Internet. What we are seeing is the evolution of the cloud as a central nervous system for a new universal communications infrastructure that is more important than the Web.This may all seem a bit murky as much of the cloud is accessed through the Web. Cloud-based applications are often called Web apps. And the Internet is often used to describe the Web and the cloud.But the distinction about the cloud does fall into a different category when the discussion turns to all that is capable to do with it. Nelson made the point that cloud computing means developing nations may afford software that once only more affluent countries could provide.As we noted in another post today, the cloud also means that companies may shed its IT resources, saving on capital expenses. That may mean a loss of jobs but it’s clear the upsides may be considerable as the cloud scales.And then there is the Internet of Things (ioT), big data and a mobile universe where information is always accessible, anywhere you may be.The ChallengesNelson said forces could prevent society from getting to this universe of what he calls the “cloud of clouds.”The biggest challenges are vendor lock-in and proprietary technologies. If data gets locked in then the flow of data will be disrupted, disrupting he very nature of the cloud itself.Other challenges include the clamp down on content by media giants, who, in the name of privacy, can have a tendency to inhibit expression and as a consequence, the free flow of information. Government may play it own part as it seeks to regulate and in turn creates an onerous environment for the development of the cloud.We have faith that the people who have fought so hard for the open Web will continue to fight for an open cloud environment and in the process, foster that cloud of clouds that Nelson believes we can attain. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Hotshots’ Paul Lee wins 1st BPC award, Aces’ Mike Harris is Best Import

first_imgMOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Despite finishing with just 368 statistical points, well behind San Miguel’s Christian Standhardinger, who received 487 SPs, Lee had 424 points from the media, 71 points from the players, and 150 points from the PBA and all those three scores were the highest in its respective categories.Alaska point guard Chris Banchero finished second in the race with 753 points while Standhardinger came in third with 659 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefGlobalPort’s Stanley Pringle (520 points) and Barangay Ginebra’s Japeth Aguilar (398 points) were the fourth and fifth place finishers.Meanwhile, Harris garnered 1,209 total points to become the conference’s top reinforcement—which is also his first Best Import award. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Rivals in the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals shared center court after Magnolia’s Paul Lee and Alaska’s Mike Harris were named the Best Player of the Conference and the Best Import, respectively.Lee accumulated 1,013 of the 3,343 points to win his first BPC trophy in his seven-year career.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñocenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Former Mapua guard CJ Isit makes his case at PBA Draft Combine Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ The awarding ceremony was held before Game 4 of the finals tipped off at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Harris topped with 540 SPs while also getting the most points from the media (456) and the PBA (150).Alaska’s versatile import was second in player voting garnering 63 points while runner-up Romeo Travis had the most nods from his fellow athletes with 88 points.Magnolia’s Travis had a total of 914 points while Ginebra’s and Meralco’s Allan Durham had 679 and 541 points to finish third and fourth, respectively.ADVERTISEMENT Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionlast_img read more

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