Sharks’ Evander Kane ‘humbled’ by outpouring of support


first_imgSAN JOSE — In a time of immense personal strife, Evander Kane is finding a sliver of peace in the outpouring of support he’s received from teammates, Sharks fans and the hockey community as a whole.After Kane shared the tragic news regarding the death of his unborn daughter on Twitter Thursday afternoon, the hockey community rallied around him, flooding his social media accounts with messages of support as he prepares to rejoin the Sharks lineup for Saturday’s clash with the Nashville …last_img read more

South Africans nominated for Innovation Prize for Africa


first_imgFour South African innovations have made it on to this year’s list of 10 nominees for the Innovation Prize for Africa. Its aim is to encourage local solutions to challenges and inspire continued growth on the continent. The winner will be announced in a ceremony in June in Botswana. This year’s Innovation Prize for Africa takes place in June in Botswana. Four South Africans are in the running. (Image: African Press Organisation)• Girls in space! Africa’s first private satellite – designed by schoolgirls• How can digital technology boost growth in Africa?• Busting the myth that Africa doesn’t produce scientific innovators• African scientists make headway in grasping persistent TB bacteria• Robotic gliders boost for ocean research• Meet the global leaders heading WEF Africa 2016 Priya PitamberFour South Africans have been included in the list of 10 nominees announced for the Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA). Run by the African Innovation Foundation (AIF) and now in its fifth year, this year’s theme is “Made in Africa”. The aim is to create home-grown solutions for Africa to spur growth and prosperity on the continent.“As Africans, we have the talent, potential and clout to solve our own problems with ingenuity too, and IPA is testimony of this,” said IAP director Pauline Mujawamariya Koelbl. “In the past five years, I’ve seen innovation grow from a mere buzzword to a sturdy path for African growth in multidisciplinary industries across the continent.”There has been tremendous growth in applications and keen interest from innovators and innovation enablers since the inception of the awards. “IPA 2016 attracted a record 3 600-plus innovators and received 985 successful submissions from 46 African countries,” it said in a statement. To date, it has attracted more than 6 000 innovators from 50 African countries.The nominees and their inventionsThis year, the nominees include breakthrough innovations in malaria and other public health burdens, smart solutions for farmers and dynamic energy initiatives.Tackling malaria and other public health concernsDr Eddy Agbo, Nigeria: Urine Test for MalariaUrine Test for Malaria (UMT) is a rapid non-blood diagnostic medical device that is able diagnose malaria in less than 25 minutes. Africa is still in the process of eradicating malaria. Diagnosis of the disease can take a long time, and if the patient is not treated quickly enough, it can lead to kidney failure, lung fluid build-up, and even death.The technology in the UMT detects malaria parasite proteins in the patient’s urine. The UMT is simple and affordable, and a potential game changer in managing malaria across Africa.Valentin Agon, Benin: Api-PaluApi-Palu is an anti-malaria drug treatment developed out of natural plant extract. It is significantly cheaper than available anti-malarial drugs, and has great inhibitory effects on 3D7 strains of plasmodium falciparum, the causative agent of malaria.The drug is available in tablets, capsules or syrup. It has been approved in Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad, and Central Africa Republic because of its therapeutic and non-toxic effects.Dr Imogen Wright, South Africa: ExatypeExatype is a software solution that enables health care workers to determine the responsiveness of HIV-positive patients to antiretroviral (ARV) drug treatment. A growing number of people are increasingly resistant to ARVs. Exatype processes the highly complex data produced by advanced “next-generation” DNA sequencing of the HIV DNA in a patient’s blood. Through a simple report, it detects drugs that are resistant to the patient, then highlights the need to avoid these to ensure successful treatment.It has the potential to contribute towards effectively managing HIV/Aids in Africa, and also holds promise in helping to detect drug resistance for other diseases, such as tuberculosis and malaria.Dr Kit Vaughan, South Africa: AcesoAceso improves breast cancer detection by using imaging technology that is capable of performing full-field digital mammography and automated breast ultrasound at the same time.If diagnosed early enough, the cancer can be treated successfully. However, because 40% of women have dense tissue, their cancers cannot be seen on X-ray. Furthermore, a false negative finding can have devastating consequences. This world first system is protected by international patents and has been successfully tested in two separate clinical trials with 120 women.IF you could do one innovative thing to show your LOVE for #Africa, what would it be? #MadeinAfrica #IPA2016 pic.twitter.com/DwGVy5EkQS— IPA Prize (@IPAprize) May 3, 2016Design architecture and learning platformsDr Youssef Rashed, Egypt: The Plate PackageThe Plate Package (PLPAK) is a software solution that assesses the architecture of building plans or technical drawings, determining structural integrity of the end design. PLPAK applies the boundary element based method to analyse and view practical design of building foundations and slabs.It enables engineers to represent building slabs over sophisticated foundation models easily, building information modelling techniques and eliminating human error. With the rapid growth of African cities, there is increased demand for infrastructural developments to support the growing population.Godwin Benson, Nigeria: TuteriaTuteria is an innovative peer-to-peer learning online platform that allows people who want to learn any skill, whether formal or informal, to connect with anyone else near them who is offering that skill. For instance, a student needing maths skills can connect online with someone in their vicinity offering remedial classes in mathematics.Tutors and learners form an online community that connects them, and once a fit is established, they meet offline for practical exchange. Both tutors and learners are thoroughly vetted to ensure safety, accountability and a quality learning experience.Smart farming solutionsOlufemi Odeleye, Nigeria: the TryctorThe Tryctor is a mini tractor modelled on the motorcycle. By attaching various farming implements, it can carry out similar operations as a conventional tractor, but on a smaller scale.Through inspired alterations to a motorcycle’s engine, gearing system and chassis, this innovation has made it possible to mechanise agriculture in Africa for small-scale farmers in a way that was previously not possible.Additionally, the Tryctor is easy to use and cheaper to maintain as 60% of its parts and components are locally sourced.Samuel Rigu, Kenya: Safi Sarvi OrganicsSafi Sarvi Organics is a low-cost fertiliser made from purely organic products and waste from farm harvests, designed to improve yields for farmers by up to 30%.Safi Sarvi costs the same as traditional fertilisers, can reverse farmers’ soil degradation and lead to improved yield and income. The product uses biochar-based fertiliser that can counteract soil acidity, retaining nutrients and moisture in the soil.The carbon-rich fertiliser also removes carbon from the atmosphere by at least 2.2 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent per acre of farm per year. The nominees for this year’s Innovation Prize for come from all over the continent. (Image: IPA, Facebook)Dynamic energy initiativesAndre Nel, South Africa: Green TowerGreen Tower is an off-grid water heating and air conditioning solution based on solar power that uses advanced thermos-dynamics to create up to 90% savings in electricity consumption.The Green Tower improves efficiency of a solar heat pump with solar thermal collectors, low pressure storage tanks and heat exchangers.With Africa’s middle class rapidly growing and demand for energy outstripping supply, this initiative has the potential for large-scale roll out. Green Tower can conserve limited energy resources, diverting them from heating and cooling systems to more productive industries.Johan Theron, South Africa: PowerGuardPowerGuard enables consumers to determine the maximum amount of power supply required for daily operations. Consumers can thus reduce their power demand, especially during peak times, leading to a more efficient power supply, and helping to reduce power cuts.Consumers are able to set their own maximum peak power usage needs. This technology substantially reduces load shedding and power rationing, diverting power to more productive industries.The existence of a smart grid can help to reduce the pressure on existing infrastructure while moving the continent slowly towards renewable energy.The big nightThe winner will be announced at a gala ceremony on 23 June at the Gaborone International Conference Centre in Botswana.Watch this:There is a grand share prize of $150 000 (about R2.3-million).last_img read more

Play Your Part episode 16: get involved


first_imgYou can get involved with Shalate Teffo of the children’s home, Dimphonyana Tsa Lapeng; Sandi Mazibuko of FabroSanz; and Sakina Mohamed of the Greater Rape Intervention Project, here:Shalate Teffo (pictured) and her mother, who is known as Mama Assie, take in orphaned and neglected children, who they raise as their own. (Images: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterAsnath Teffo, mother of Shalate Teffo, founded the children’s home, Dimphonyana Tsa Lapeng, in Olievenhoutbosch, a township outside Midrand in Gauteng.The NPO is featured on episode 16 of Play Your Part, which airs on Saturday, 30 December 2017.The episode airs at 18:00 on SABC2.Here’s how you can get involved with the good work of the guests on this episode:Shalate TeffoTeffo runs Dimphonyana Tsa Lapeng with her mother. They give a home to and care for destitute children. There’s a particular focus on children facing challenges such as child-headed homes.Contact detailsEmail: shalate.teffo2@gmail.com or sihle.davids@gmail.comTwitter: @ShalateTeffoFacebook: Dimphonyana Tsa Lapeng “Little gifts of home”Sandi MazibukoSandi MazibukoMazibuko started with a fashion label, Fabrosanz, which evolved into the House of Fabrosanz. It hosts lifestyle events such as style and beauty workshops, empowerment seminars and pop-up shops.Mazibuko initially did the design and sewing of the clothes herself, but later created jobs – she now only designs and her team does the cutting and sewing.Contact detailsEmail: info@fabrosanz.co.zaWebsite: houseoffabrosanz.com/homeTwitter: @FabroSanzFacebook: FabroSanz CreationsSakina MohamedSakina MohamedMohamed is the CEO of the Greater Rape Intervention Project (Grip) in Nelspruit.Grip, which was established in 2000, helps rape survivors and actively supports and enhances the work of the police, the National Prosecuting Authority, and the departments of Health, Justice and Social Development.Contact detailsEmail: info@grip.org.zaWebsite: www.grip.org.zaFacebook: GRIP Nelspruit 2000Play Your Part is broadcast at 18:00 on Saturdays on SABC2.To get involved in playing your part in South Africa:Check out the conversation on Twitter: #GetInvolved; orFind out about initiatives on Play Your Part here.Tell us how you Play Your Part through our social media channels:Follow us on Twitter: @PlayYourPartSA;Follow Brand South Africa on Twitter: @Brand_SA; orLike us on Facebook: Official Brand South Africa.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast, February 18, 2019


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Happy President’s Day! Light snow lingers across parts of Ohio this morning, and it may take a while to get out of all parts of the state. We expect 60% coverage of at least some on and off light snow today, but do not expect any noteworthy accumulations. The rest of the state will be just cloudy and chilly, as north winds continue to flow across the eastern corn belt. High pressure will try to move over the Great Lakes and the northern parts of the state overnight into tomorrow morning, so we do have a chance at seeing a little bit of sunshine early in the day tomorrow, but clouds quickly return and then increase through the balance of the day. We have a significant weather system on the way for midweek. Cold air will be sufficiently far enough south to allow for a large part of the state to see precipitation start as snow on Wednesday morning. In fact, we see the potential for some significant accumulations out of this event. From US 20 northward, we can see a coating to 3 inches Wednesday. From US 20 southward we have concern about 3”-8” snow totals piling up. Perhaps down in far southern Ohio, we can see a rain-snow mix, or even predominantly rain for the even, but that area will be relatively small. . This will be very wet snow in areas that see snow, with the heaviest accumulations running from SW Ohio to central parts of the state.  The snow is likely done by early afternoon, but in ending, we expect a changeover to rain. We can see an additional few .25″-.75” of liquid before everything is done Wednesday night. There is big potential for this to be an absolute mess. The maps below show the potential liquid equivalent totals and system snow totals the way we see them this morning.  Clouds do give way to some sun on Thursday, and we see partly sunny skies hold for most areas through Friday. The only exception may end up being in far southern and southeastern parts of the state Friday afternoon and evening, where we may end up with a few scattered light rain showers. Temps for Thursday and Friday will end up near normal…temps chilly, but not bitter cold. Another big batch of moisture remains on track for the weekend. We are putting rain in the forecast for both Saturday and Sunday, although we will grant that Saturday will have most of the rain focus south of I-70. Sunday will feature the heaviest rains and full state coverage. For the two days combined, we expect .5”-1.5” rain totals with coverage at 100%. Rivers and creeks will continue to run full, and localized flooding is likely. Sunday will also feature very gusty winds, averaging 20-40 mph statewide. We turn colder for the first couple of days next week, but we still are not that far below normal. Partly sunny skies are expected. We can’t rule out a chance of some light snow in northern Ohio next Wednesday, especially NW Ohio, but even that does not look to be nearly as impressive as our next two systems this week and weekend. The extended 11-16 day forecast suggests a significant move colder as we start off the month of March. Next Thursday through the following Monday we see much colder, well below normal temps across the entire state. That air mass, along with good strong north winds, will produce some lake effect snow chances for the first weekend in March, the 2nd and 3rd. A much broader coverage snow event is showing up for the 5th bringing a coating to 2 inches, with nearly full state coverage.last_img read more

Hack of the Day Holiday Special: 3D Christmas Tree in 1KB


first_imgTags:#hack#Hack of the Day Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Why You Love Online Quizzes Roman Cortes wowed a lot of people with his entry into the “1k Javascript demo contest“: an animated 3D Christmas tree. In just one KB of code.Cortes has visual guide on how he created it starting with simple pixels to be used as sprites and then animated with 3D vectors. Related Posts The rules of the contest:Must have an xmas themeSubmissions may be up to 1k (1024 bytes)Submissions must consist of only jsAny and all externals are strictly forbiddenMust work on current browsers versions (ch, o, fx and sa)The eval family is NOT allowed this timeYou get canvas object, its context and body object for “free”Your demo must work in the “html5” shim providedYour demo must be submitted before xmas!For more information the history of these sorts of contests, see the Wikipedia entry for Demoscene. 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? klint finleylast_img read more

A New Five Million Dollar Villa


first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 23 Oct 2014 – A five million dollar home is added to the inventory of vacation residences in Providenciales; Magnetic Media recently toured and filmed at the RA Shaw designed and constructed spread located off Cherokee Road. Situated on four acres, it boasts infinity pools, can accommodate a party of 22 and wonderfully intertwines the indoor and outdoors. Ron Shaw, designer of the house and owner of the company explained that his local team and use of only local craftsman makes this design and build quite special. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:cherokee road, ron shaw, samara villalast_img read more

Six flurelated deaths reported last week bringing seasons total to 308


first_img Posted: March 21, 2018 KUSI Newsroom March 21, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A half-dozen influenza-related deaths were reported last week in San Diego County, bringing the flu season’s total to 308 in the region, health officials announced Wednesday.This has been a particularly severe flu season in the region and across the country. At this time last year, 72 deaths had been reported.There were 682 lab-confirmed cases in the county last week, up from 602 the week before. That brings this season’s total to 19,483, compared to 4,956 at this time last season, according to county data.The number of influenza cases being reported is still elevated, a sign that the flu is still here and making people sick,” said Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county’s public health officer. “People should continue getting vaccinated.”Wooten has extended until April 30 an order for unvaccinated health care professionals to wear a mask while they’re in patient care areas. She said she may need to extend the order further if flu activity remains elevated.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone over the age of 6 months be vaccinated.Vaccines are available at doctors’ offices and retail pharmacies. Those without insurance can go to a county public health center to get vaccinated. For a list of locations, visit www.sdiz.org or call 211. Six flu-related deaths reported last week bringing season’s total to 308last_img read more

Ohm Acoustics speakers sound bigger than they look


first_img The Audiophiliac I noticed that with the Walsh 1000 and F-5015 the soundstage focus varied with my distance from the speakers, but still sounded great as I moved around the room. Ohm speakers are built to order from a broad range of real wood veneer finish options, and if you need the speakers’ size altered Ohm will custom-build speakers for you. Ohm has been one of the best-kept secrets in high-end audio, but maybe that’s about to change. I listened to two different sets of Ohm speakers, the Walsh Tall 1000 ($2,000 per pair) and the F-5015 ($11,000 per pair), and loved the sound. Ohm speakers use a single Walsh Coherent Line Source (CLS) driver that produces bass, midrange and treble frequencies radiating in a 360-degree pattern, and the highest treble frequencies are more directional for precise stereo imaging. While most audiophile speakers are optimized for placement away from walls, Ohm speakers are designed to sound best near walls. img-0427The Ohm F-5015 speakers Ohm Acoustics And indeed they do. When I played audiophile recordings the Walsh 1000s’ sound blossomed and projected the music forward into the room. The speakers really do disappear as sources of sound. British experimental pop band Let’s Eat Grandma’s album I, Gemini is loaded with textures and ambient space, and with the Walsh 1000s the music had more room to breathe. The speaker is 38 inches tall and 7.75 inches wide and deep, so it’s not very big, but the room-filling sound is. The main limitation is dynamics; I felt the Walsh 1000 was holding back. look-inside-an-ohm-walsh-speakerEnlarge ImageA look inside the Walsh Coherent Line Source (CLS) driver Ohm Acoustics The much larger Ohm F-5015 had big-speaker grace under pressure thanks to its built-in 15 inch Xtreme Xcursion 500-watt subwoofer. The sound was effortless, and the speakers’ bass prowess at high listening levels was thrilling. That combined with the huge soundstage on Us, the last track on Spoon’s Hot Thoughts album, had me scribbling notes on the sound. This instrumental track has twin saxophones careening in a deeply reverberant soundscape. I’ve played this tune on countless speakers, but they didn’t come close to the spatial ecstasy I encountered over the F-5015s. With these speakers music is a visceral experience. The F-5015 is part of Ohm’s Beta line, new models that are just now coming out. The F-5015 stands 45 inches tall and is 18 inches wide and deep. 2:33 The Ohm Walsh 1000 speaker Ohm Acoustics Ohm Acoustics is one of those perpetually under the radar speaker companies. Founded 1971 in Brooklyn, N.Y., the company specializes in hand-crafted omnidirectional speakers. Chances are you’ve never heard an omni model, so some explanation is in order: Most “normal” box speakers only project sound forward, but Ohm’s omnidirectional Walsh speakers have 360-degree radiation, so they produce a bigger soundfield. Ohm speakers sound great over a much wider area than most audiophile products. You’re not locked down to one “sweet spot.” I recently visited the factory where they not only build new speakers, but also repair and even update older Ohm speakers with the latest technology so customers get the equivalent of a new speaker. Ohm’s customer service extends all the way back to the very first Ohm speakers from the early 1970s! New speakers are sold with a 120-day home trial return policy. How to buy an affordable AV receiver 21 Photos Speakers Home Entertainmentcenter_img Share your voice Best-sounding albums to own on vinyl Comments Now playing: Watch this: 7 Tagslast_img read more

StanChart warns errant Indian defaulters of tough action Report


first_imgStandard Chartered Plc Chief Executive Bill Winters warned its errant Indian borrowers that it would get “very aggressive” if they did not cooperate with the bank, the Economic Times newspaper reported on Friday.Standard Chartered’s India unit, which was one of the most profitable markets for the Asia-focussed bank a few years ago, has seen a sharp spike in loan losses in the last couple of years, denting its global balance sheet.”If they are transparent with us, direct with us, if they are doing everything they can to improve their business but also protect us, we will sit (with) those clients every time,” Winters told the newspaper in an interview.”If we have a client that is not transparent or has different interests that they are clearly prioritising above ours, then we will be very aggressive,” he was quoted as saying by the daily.Standard Chartered last month named Zarin Daruwala, a senior banker at India’s ICICI Bank, as the new chief executive of its India operations, as the British bank looks to halt rising losses on loans in the country.The bank’s loan impairment in India in the first half of this year rose to $483 million, up from $56 million in the same period last year, Standard Chartered said in an earnings presentation this month.Winters told the Economic Times the bank had overextended itself and had made mistakes by not following proper lending practices. He cited instances of giving unsecured loans and of loans to the holding company rather than the operational unit.”I think in the quest for growth we compromised on a lot of different fronts.”last_img read more

Hefazat thanks Hasina for rescuing Farhad promptly


first_imgHefazat-e-IslamHefazat-e-Islam Bangladesh on Wednesday thanked the law enforcers as well as the government for rescuing poet, essayist and political commentator Farhad Mazhar through their prompt action.In a statement emailed to different media outlets Wednesday evening, the Islam-based group also thanked the prime minister Sheikh Hasina for the rescue of Farhad.“The way the honourable prime minister played a role to save the life of an ordinary citizen, Farhad Mazhar, is praiseworthy and it reflected people’s aspirations,” read the statement.The statement further read: “Our call to the prime minister is to please stand firm against all types of interferences in country’s internal affairs and against all unfair demands, in order to build an independent, sovereign, and strong Bangladesh.”It said all the people of the country including Hefazat will stand by the prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, if she takes such steps.Farhad Mazhar, who had sided with Hefazat during its sturdy street campaigns against then Shahbagh movement, was abducted from his Adabar residence early hours on 3 July.Read more:No answers to who abduct, and whyThree persons forced him into the vehicle blindfoldedFarhad Mazhar admitted to Ibrahim Cardiac HospitalFarhad Mazhar free to go home‘Farhad Mazhar was blindfolded and picked up in a microbus’BNP’s allegations nothing but gibberish: ALFarhad abduction another ugly act of rulers: Khaledalast_img read more