England Knights head coach Kieron Purtill has name

first_imgEngland Knights head coach Kieron Purtill has named a 19-man squad to take on France in their first ever competitive game this Saturday at Leigh Sports Village (3.00pm).The Knights face France in the first of a two game autumn series which will see them travel to Whitehaven to face Cumbria next weekend and Purtill has shown his intentions by naming a strong line-up for tomorrow’s fixture.Hull FC’s Joe Westerman has been awarded the team captaincy with Warrington half-back Richie Myler instated as vice-captain. Myler has been joined in the 19-man squad by four other Wolves payers including second row Ben Westwood, who comes into the Knights squad as part of Steve McNamara’s senior team plans.Salford City Reds have a trio of representatives in the back positions, with Stefan Ratchford, Jodie Broughton and Matty Smith taking up the respective full-back, wing and scrumhalf roles while Wigan Warriors also have a trio of players selected in the form of Josh Charnley, Lee Mossop and Liam Farrell.Danny Haughton joins captain Westerman as the second Hull FC representative while arch rivals Hull KR also have two players selected in the form of Kris Welham and Liam Watts. Harlequins, Leeds Rhinos, St Helens and Castleford Tigers all have one player each selected in the 19-man squad.England Knights 19-man Squad to face France:1, Stefan Ratchford (Salford City Reds, Wigan St Pats) 2, Josh Charnley (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Pats) 3, Joe Arundel (Castleford Tigers, Castleford Panthers) 4, Kris Welham (Hull KR, Myton Warriors) 5, Jodie Broughton (Salford City Reds, Queens) 6, Richie Myler (Warrington Wolves, Halton West Bank) 7, Matty Smith (Salford City Reds, Blackbrook) 8, Ben Harrison (Warrington Wolves, Barrow Island) 9, Danny Houghton (Hull FC, East Hull) 10, Lee Mossop (Wigan Warriors, Hensingham) 11, Joe Westerman (C) (Hull FC, Featherstone Lions) 12, Ben Westwood (Warrington Wolves, Normanton) 13, Liam Farrell (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Pats) 14, Luke Gale (Harlequins RL, Middleton Marauders) 15, Paul Clough (St Helens, Blackbrook) 16, Mike Cooper (Warrington Wolves, Latchford Albion) 17, Liam Watts (Hull KR, Featherstone Lions) 18, Chris Riley (Warrington Wolves, Woolston Rovers) 19, Chris Clarkson (Leeds Rhinos, East Leeds)Tickets for the England Knights v France international fixture at Leigh Sports Village on Saturday, October 15, cost just £3 adult and £2 concession and can be purchased at the turnstiles on the day.last_img read more

SAINTS continued their mid season resurgence with

first_imgSAINTS continued their mid season resurgence with a dogged 20-18 win at Warrington.Resilience shone once again throughout the side as Keiron Cunningham’s men recorded their sixth win on the spin.They led 12-6 at half time and to be fair it could and probably should have been more.Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook continued his excellent form with a try whilst Mark Percival combined with Adam Swift to put Jonny Lomax over.The second half was built on that never say die defence that has been a facet of your Saints over recent weeks.A touch of brilliance from Jordan Turner took Saints out to a lead they never relinquished whilst a wonder tackle in the corner, from Percival in the last minute, ended the contest.Games between these two sides are often end to end, passionate occasions.And from the off this was no different.Warrington thought they’d scored early doors when Chris Hill went over from close range but he was penalised for a double movement.Saints then won a penalty to get them into Wolves’ territory for the first time – only for Chris Sandow to intercept as they looked likely down the right hand side.Handling was at a premium in the opening stages with the home side slightly shading the possessional advantage from it.But Saints were looking dangerous on the counter with Walsh orchestrating things well.And that was proven half-way through the first half.A Jordan Turner break almost set Saints on their way, but they had to settle for a drop out following Jon Wilkin’s chip.But from there they didn’t disappoint – Turner hitting LMS for his ninth of the season.Daryl Clark drew the Wolves back into it on the half hour mark – Gidley making it all square.But Saints hit back within five minutes courtesy of Jonny Lomax.Mark Percival made the break, setting Adam Swift off down the left hand side before the winger cooly sent it inside for his fullback to fly over with no one within 10 yards of him.Percival converting to make it 12-6 at half time.Saints weathered early second half threats from their hosts before winning a drop out thanks to great runs from James Roby, Luke Walsh and Turner.And they should have had a repeat set following another kick on the last but the ball was inexplicably given back to the home side when it clearly came off a Warrington boot.The game was beginning to bubble nicely and on the hour mark it boiled over as LMS and Jack Hughes got stuck into some handbags.Saints won the resultant penalty and four drives later Chris Hill gave away a high shot to allow Percival the simple task of making it an eight point game.Warrington hit back with 15 to go through Hughes as they took advantage of three penalties and a repeat set to draw within two points.But Cunningham’s men could point to a harsh call in the build up as it looked to all the world that Rhys Evans had knocked on.That said, Hughes ran a superb line to break the defence.Saints weren’t going to give in easily though and after great kick chase forced a drop out, Jordan Turner burst through the line and showed all his strength to go over.Percival made it an eight point game once again but within minutes Ryan Atkins went through the centre of the defence.Dominique Peyroux made a try saving tackle on Atkins as the game entered the final five minutes, and then some wonderful kick chase put Rhys Evans right on his line.Warrington were given the ball in the closing stages as Walsh was cruelly adjudged to have touched the ball from Chris Sandow’s pass – and it almost came to haunt them as Evans took a pass that looked very forward to go over in the corner.But Mark Percival, who is growing every week,  had timed his tackle to perfection and Warrington man was in touch.It was a crucial decision and one the video referee got spot on.Match Summary:Wolves:Tries: Clark, Hughes, AtkinsGoals: Gidley (3 from 3)Saints:Tries: McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Lomax, TurnerGoals: Percival (4 from 4)Penalties:Wolves: 8Saints: 10HT: 12-6FT: 20-18REF: Phil BenthamATT: 10,769Teams:Wolves:6. Stefan Ratchford; 5. Matty Russell, 24. Toby King, 4. Ryan Atkins, 3. Rhys Evans; 1. Kurt Gidley, 7. Chris Sandow; 8. Chris Hill, 9. Daryl Clark, 10. Ashton Sims, 11. Ben Currie, 12. Jack Hughes, 14. Joe Westerman.Subs: 13. Ben Westwood, 16. Brad Dwyer, 18. George King, 27. Sam Wilde.Saints:1. Jonny Lomax; 22. Jack Owens, 18. Dominique Peyroux, 4. Mark Percival, 5. Adam Swift; 3. Jordan Turner, 7. Luke Walsh; 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 15. Greg Richards, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 20. Joe Greenwood, 12. Jon Wilkin.Subs: 10. Kyle Amor, 11. Atelea Vea, 17. Luke Thompson, 28. Morgan Knowles.last_img read more

KEIRON Cunningham was understandably upset followi

first_imgKEIRON Cunningham was understandably upset following Saints’ defeat to Warrington but praised his side for their efforts this season.A controversial semi-final ended 18-10 to the Wolves on Friday night with several calls heading away from the visitors.“We fought really hard and played good semi-final football,” he said. “We needed a little bit of luck and a few of those calls but they didn’t quite go our way tonight. You’re looking at more than just 50:50s… you can look at all the big calls. Stefan Ratchford drops the ball and we get a scrum in our favour but that changes to a penalty against us for Ratchford’s poor carry.“Ashton Sims drops the ball and we get a penalty against us. These are game changing calls in those big games. But it isn’t something we haven’t spoken about before. This consistency happens every week. You only need to look at the video referee calls today too. “My boys have have busted their backsides since November to get into this game. They then do what they have done and people can treat them in the manner they have and nothing happens. Tom Lineham drops the ball in the corner, Dom Peyroux scores a try and and it is a different game.“Sport changes by minute things, it is a game of inches and today it certainly was. That is sport… they say it evens itself out and you get your share of tough calls and good calls. It certainly evened out for us today didn’t it…”He added: “Warrington are a great team and when I am saying this stuff about the calls I don’t want to detract from what they did today.  I don’t want anyone to think I am whinging about bad decisions… I am just stating the obvious. They played exceptionally well, as well as last week, and brought Kurt Gidley back who steered them around the field.“We were on the back foot in the first half but luckily enough got in front. We hung on in there and got chances but when we didn’t things went against us a little bit.“You can talk about the final stages and our composure but it should never have been a try and the game should have therefore been closer. “We shouldn’t have been trying to chase the lead, we should have been trying to finish the game off. Unfortunately the calls didn’t go with us today.“Jonny Lomax run his blood to water, as did Jon Wilkin, but if you look all across the team they have been immense. The juniors have made debuts and not looked back. The kids that have been in and out have been important. Shannon McDonnell has contributed some lovely stuff for us. We have had lots of great performances through a fair amount of adversity too.“I thought we deserved a little bit more than we got in that game tonight.”last_img read more

Wilmington Boat Show returns to Port City Marina this weekend

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — There are plenty of sights to see over the next two days as the Wilmington Boat Show is back for a second year.Wilmington Convention Center, Port City Marina, The Shell and Battleship NC are all working together to put on a family-friendly show that will feature food and live entertainment.- Advertisement – The show runs Friday, September 8 from 12 to 6 p.m. and Saturday, September 9 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.Due to the threat of Hurricane Irma, the show will not run on Sunday as originally planned.Park for free at the USS North Carolina and take a complementary water taxi ride across the Cape Fear River. Then, walk inside the convention center and along the marina to check out vendors and boats of all shapes and sizes.Related Article: Man wanted after allegedly crashing car into Wilmington RiverwalkCaptain Don Dingman will host two kids fishing clinics on Saturday. Stop by at 11:30 a.m. or 2:30 p.m. and receive a free rod and reel. It’s in the Ward Room on the Battleship Main Deck. Enter through the Battleship Visitors Center.Captain Jack Sparrow, Anne Bonny and Mary Read will also make an appearance in Wilmington for the weekend. Hold on to your wallets, hide the rum, and keep your wenches close as you take pictures with Captain Jack and his crew.Ticket prices are as follows:Adults (13 to 64):  $10Two-Day Pass:  $15Seniors (65 and Up):  $8Military:  $5Children (4 to 12):  $5Children 3 and Under:  FreeFor more information, visit wilmingtonboatshow.com.last_img read more

Bladen Co deputies find overdue hunter used tracking training

first_img(Source: MGN Online) BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Bladen County deputies recently used skills learned in a man tracking course they attended last year to locate an overdue hunter in a densely wooded area.Sheriff James A. McVicker said deputies received a call around 8:15 p.m. on October 26, from a concerned resident of Cumberland County. She told deputies her husband, 76, had left home that morning around 6:30 a.m. to go hunting on a tract of land he hunted in the Tar Heel area. She said she wasn’t able to reach him and he suffered from mild dementia.- Advertisement – Deputies went to the area he was hunting in and located his truck at the entrance to his property. Deputies found his cell phone, food and water still in the truck. Deputies contacted Emergency Management and began a ground search. They located foot impressions leading from the vehicle into the woods and used techniques learned earlier in their man tracking training. Using strategic plotting and a grid search pattern they narrowed his location down to an area over two and a half miles from his truck.The man was located shortly before midnight sitting beside a tree. He was transported by a volunteer who had an all-terrain vehicle to a medical unit standing by at a staging area. He was conscious but disoriented. The man told deputies he left his food in his truck and later in the morning he became hungry and thirsty and lost his bearings, becoming disoriented so he sat down beside a tree to rest and that was where he was found.He was treated at the scene and released.Related Article: Crime sting leads to 34 charges in Bladen County“We put a lot of effort into our training,” said McVicker. “Since I became Sheriff we have increased our training by 300 percent. “This was a class I saw a need for and so far we have been able to train several deputies in this technique. This is not the first time this training has been utilized. I am glad we had this skill set and could use it to locate this individual before he found himself in more serious trouble. It was a cool night and if he had been out much longer he could have succumbed to hypothermia.”last_img read more

Wilmington Waffle House closes after grill fire

first_img Flowers says this was an accidental fire that started under the griddle.He says there was enough damage that the Waffle House remains closed until repairs can be made.There were no injuries. Waffle House (Photo: Daniel Oines / CC BY 2.0) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington Waffle House is closed following a grill fire Wednesday night, according to officials.Wilmington Fire Department Assistant Chief Sammy Flowers says crews responded to the fire at 5041 Market Street and saw moderate flames when they first arrived. He says a quick attack kept the fire confined.- Advertisement – last_img

WPD asking for help identifying suspect in convenience store robbery

first_img The suspect, who was caught on surveillance video, is a described as a black male, around 40 years old, bald, with a goatee, 5’10-5’11” and weighing 170-190 pounds. Police say he left the store in a gold SUV.If you can identify this man, call WPD at (910) 343-3609 or use Text A Tip. Wilmington Police say this man robbed the Phoenix Mart on S. 17th Street on March 31, 2019. (Photo: WPD) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police are asking for help identifying the suspect in the robbery of Phoenix Mart at 2238 S. 17th St. early this morning.Police say the man never showed a weapon, but they say he implied he had one. They say he took an undisclosed amount of cash from the store around 2:20 a.m.- Advertisement – Wilmington Police say this man robbed the Phoenix Mart on S. 17th Street on March 31, 2019. (Photo: WPD) 1 of 2 Wilmington Police say this man robbed the Phoenix Mart on S. 17th Street on March 31, 2019. (Photo: WPD)last_img read more

Overnight power outage planned for Bayshore Drive

first_img Starting at 9 p.m., people who live along Bayshore Drive and the side streets in that neighborhood will have their power turned off until early Wednesday.Duke Energy says it will affect 640 customers, who were notified by phone on Sunday as well as door hangars.The utility hopes to have power back on before 4 a.m. Power outage (Photo: Pixabay) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — People who live along Bayshore Drive in New Hanover County will be without power for a few hours overnight.Duke Energy says they have to move power poles and power lines because of the DOT’s road widening project along Market Street.- Advertisement – last_img

Bladen County Schools prek screening begins next week

first_imgBLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Bladen County Schools will begin pre-kindergarten enrollment for eligible children for the upcoming school year next week.Screening for children begins July 22 and continues through July 24 at the Bladen County Board of Education from 1 to 4 p.m.- Advertisement – Children must be 4-years-old on or before August 31.Parents must bring the following:Certified birth certificate (not mother’s copy)Pre-kindergarten health assessment/dental assessmentImmunization recordSocial Security CardProof of residence (water bill, rent receipt, etc.)Proof of income (pay stubs, most recent W2, etc.)To schedule a screening time, call (910) 862-4136.last_img

Spring hunting dates dropped but Turtle Dove moratorium could go to EU

first_imgThe Ornis Committee has said that the proposal to reopen a Spring hunting season for the Turtle Dove has been defeated.The organization says that the proposal put forward by the Federation for Hunting and Conservation – Malta (FKNK) called for the moratorium against the hunting of the bird to be lifted and a specific hunting period to be initiated in the last fortnight of April.During the committee meeting, only FKNK voted in favour of the proposal while the conservation group Birdlife Malta and the Environmental Resources Authority voted against.Representatives from the government and the Ornis Committee chairman are understood to have abstained.Take moratorium to EU levelWhile their proposal was defeated, the FKNK is also calling on the government to seek a solution with the European Commission on a verdict by the European Court of Justice which states that the Autumn hunting period was ‘not a satisfactory alternative solution to the spring hunt.’The FKNK explain that Malta is one of 10 countries where the Turtle Dove is hunted but Malta is the only one where a Moratorium on Spring hunting had been introduced.Government representatives, the Ornis Chairman and the FKNK voted in favour of this motion meaning that it would now be presented to the Minister to take to the European level.Be boldResponding to the news of the defeated proposal on Spring Hunting dates, Birdlife Malta has called on the Maltese Government and the Prime Minister ‘to be bold and take this signal either as a reason for spring hunting to be abolished altogether’.However, they also say that if need be, the dates for the quail hunting season should not elapse into the key migration period for the Turtle Dove.Birdlife Malta says, ‘If the dates proposed last week (10th-30th April) are accepted, the season would only serve as a smokescreen for hunters to illegally target this protected species.’   Seeking long term sustainable solutionsThe government says that following today’s meeting, they will be looking to carry out discussions with the European Commission for a ‘long-term sustainable solution regarding the turtle dove hunting derogation in the spring.’‘These discussions will be designed to determine the Principles on which future derogation is applied to the turtledove spring game, as I did the Government with regard to the trapping of blackbirds and golden plovers .’ the government response reads.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Central Link NGOs reach crowdfunding target in less than 24 hours

first_img SharePrint Fourteen non-governmental organisations have crowdfunded €20,000 in less than 24 hours, which will be used to challenge the Central Link project.READ: Central Link: NGOs ask for public’s help to fund legal action against PA“Today, residents and common citizens have shown that the opposition to this project is far more widespread than government has expected,” the NGOs and the Attard Residents Environmental Network (AREN) said in a statement on Tuesday afternoon.The NGOs added that they are overwhelmed by the support that they have received over the last hours.The NGOs will now be discussing the next steps with their legal team. Those who would like to donate to the cause, can still do so.The organisations are: Bicycle Advocacy Group, BirdLife Malta, Din l-Art Ħelwa, Friends of the Earth Malta, Flimkien għal Ambjent Aħjar, Futur Ambjent Wieħed, Għaqda Bdiewa Attivi, Għaqda Siġar Maltin, Isles of the Left Malta, Youth in Agriculture Foundation, Moviment Graffitti, Nature Trust Malta, Ramblers Association, The Archaeological Society Malta.The controversial Central Link Project was recently approved by the Planning Authority. A number of objections and alternative recommendations were presented by groups and entities like the Attard Residents Environmental Network and the Bicycle Advocacy Group.Critics see the infrastructure project widening of roads, increasing traffic and congestion, as well as destroying agricultural farmland and trees.Read more:Central Link Project: ApprovedCentral Link Project will lead to more cars and more traffic – PDCentral Link Project is a ‘major hazard to our health’ – psychologistCentral Link: Our plan uses 60% less agricultural land – PMWe condemn vandalism; We worked to reduce Central link impact – ERAWhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

IFC invests 35m in African ICT

first_imgAdvertisement “The fund is expected to play an important development role in Africa, where ICT infrastructure bottlenecks impede the growth of business and companies lack access to finance, especially risk capital and related expertise from investors that can help businesses succeed.”The investment focus of the fund will be to address the lack of enabling infrastructure that provides quality and affordable communications services – especially broadband – across Africa. The fund aims to develop and invest in new wholesale, open access networks and related services, and will capitalise on the potential for communication technology platforms to deliver critical services such as banking, healthcare, education and government programmes that contribute to improved living standards.Chairman of investment management and advisory firm Convergence Partners, Andile Ngcaba, says there is an exciting opportunity to accelerate the development of Africa through increased investment in critical infrastructure, specifically ICTs. “We are proud to be working together with the IFC in our new fund to deploy critical capital and expertise into this sector to the benefit of the continent.” – Advertisement – Saleem Karimjee, IFC senior country manager for SA, says: “The Convergence Partners Communications Infrastructure Fund will further spur Africa’s development. Access to communications helps improve economic competitiveness, facilitates efficient government services, increases the productivity of private businesses, and enhances living standards.”Convergence Partners’ fund eventually aims to grow to $500 million, with the first closing of the fund scheduled for later in 2012. “This will also involve other investors, including local and international development finance institutions and banks.”By Staff writer, ITWeblast_img read more

Samsung invests almost 1m in Nairobi retail store

first_imgAdvertisement SMART: Samsung’s latest of the Galaxy S series at the Kenya Galleria Shopping MallSamsung Electronics has invested over KSh85 million (US$980,000) to open its seventh outlet in Kenya at the Galleria shopping mall, as it moves to deepen its retail capacity in the country.The store joins six other brand shops located at Junction Mall, Westgate Mall, Thika Road Mall, Ridgeways Mall, Tom Mboya Street (Ambassadeur House) and Nyali Mall (Mombasa).Robert Ngeru, Samsung Electronics East Africa chief operating officer (COO), said at the launch: “The idea behind our brand stores is to change a dull retail shopping trip into an interactive, cheerful experience which is now known as retailtainment, the future of shopping, – Advertisement – “Our customers in Karen, Lang’ata and Rongai regions now have an ideal location to experience the premium Samsung product range including mobile phones, tablets, professional and digital cameras and laptops at their leisure.”Ngeru added that, aside from the brand shop at Galleria, Samsung East Africa is also developing three more brand shops to be opened in Nairobi’s Central Business District, Mombasa, Kisumu and Eldoret in coming months.“Our retail development strategy is anchored on a commitment to ensure that we are within the reach of our growing customer base,” he said. “To meet this commitment, we are actively developing branded Shops, Mobile Plazas and Service Centers.”The launch of the Samsung brand shop comes after the company unveiled its range of premium products in Kenya, including the Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 8.0, Galaxy Grand Duos and Smart cameras.Credit: HumanIPOlast_img read more

Google to turn on encryption by default in next version of Android

first_imgAdvertisement Internet giant Google is turning on data encryption by default in the next version of Android.This step is one of the broad moves in the technology industry to ensure better data security.Android has been capable of encryption for more than three years, with the keys stored on the device, according to a Google spokesman. – Advertisement – That means Google or another service provider wouldn’t be able to provide access to the encrypted data. Law enforcement would have to approach the device’s user.Android L, which is still in a developer preview mode, is due for release before the end of the year.Turning encryption on by default means one less step for users, who may not even be aware of the option. It also protects users in other scenarios, such as if they lose their phone.At the moment, many developers are striving to make applications and systems where they do not hold encryption keys, which could be obtained by law enforcement through a court order.While many technology companies have vowed to fight overly broad court orders for the government that seek data, the companies generally have to comply with ones with a proper focus.But if only encrypted data passes through their data centers, and the keys to unlock the data remain in possession of their users, there’s little to turn over, which is what many service providers these days would prefer.Apple earlier this week made two-step verification an option for its iCloud online storage service following the theft of nude photos from the accounts of celebrities.Source: PC Worldlast_img read more

Apple watch to ship with 100000 Apps

first_imgAdvertisement We may not be aware what will come bundled up in the entire Apple watch, but it has been predicted that the device will ship with 100,000 Apps.The prediction was given by Trip Chowdhry of Global Equities Research who said that everyone who owns an iPhone will want one.To come up with the 100,000 apps, Chowdhry says he and his staff have attended six “Apple Watch-Kit hackathons,” taking a look at some of the apps that’ll be coming to the device. – Advertisement – He even predicts that we will able to install more apps on our Apple Watch than we do on our iPhones. “Currently, on an average there are 65 Apps per iPhone,” he writes. “We are estimating that an average Apple Watch will have 100 Apps per Apple Watch.”Concerning the advantages the Apple Watch has over Android Wear, arguably its biggest competitor, its the WatchKit programming environment which is better than the tools provided by Google for building smartwatch apps for its own platform.“Apple WatchKit is extremely well engineered, and the framework is strictly sandboxed, which dramatically reduces developer errors, that could drain battery life,” Chowdhry explains. “Android framework is very open and lose and hence prone to numerous developer errors.”Chowdhry added that Apple’s implementation of Watch apps is also much simpler and more effective than Google’s.“Every aspect of Apple Watch is extremely well thought-off and seamlessly integrated,” he writes. “Google Android Wear seems quite disconnected and haphazard in implementation.”Chowdhry even goes as far as predicting Apple Watch will be one of the Cupertino company’s most successful devices so far, selling as many as 42 million units by December this year.Via: iPhone Hackslast_img read more

Is Apple buying Tesla

first_imgAdvertisement The question that very many people desire to have answered is whether Apple is going to buy Tesla.The same question is what the Apple shareholders had for Tim Cook at their annual meeting this week.It is reported that CEO Tim Cook was peppered with questions about a possible partnership with Tesla Motors, and One shareholder flat out told Cook that he wants Apple to buy Telsa. – Advertisement – However, Cook sidestepped the comment, saying that his company doesn’t “really have a relationship” with the car maker, he then quickly changed the subject to Apple’s in-car infotainment system.“I’d love Tesla to pick up CarPlay,” Cook said. “We now have every major auto brand committing to use CarPlay.” After a pause, he added, “was that a good way to avoid the question? Hey, there are some perks to being CEO.”Tesla chief Elon Musk last year revealed that they had conversations with Apple, but said he could not comment on “whether those revolved around any kind of acquisition.”Via PC Maglast_img read more

Prepare for the 2015 MTN Marathon like a geek

first_imgFull running gear for a marathon. Image Credit: GearPatrol Advertisement This weekend all roads lead to Kololo for the 11th edition of the legendary MTN Marathon. I used the word legendary because, let’s face it, there aren’t many events on our annual calendars like the MTN Marathon. The MTN Marathon which started in 2004 with 1500 runners has grown so popular over the years that along the way the organizers agreed they had to cap the numbers to keep them manageable.Aggrey Kagonyera who we recently learnt is leaving MTN to run his business was one of the people that conceived the idea back in 2004.He said, “On average, the leading participants take about 37 minutes to run the 10 KM race; by which time some participants are still getting ready to leave the starting point.” – Advertisement – So it is critical that the numbers are managed in order maintain some sort of sanity around Kampala, to minimize the interruption of traffic flow and manageable crowds of the runners. Many people are gearing up for the event for different reasons.For some people the MTN Marathon is a social event, to some others it’s actually a competitive race with potential of taking home some reasonable prize money. Although those might be just a handful. Some companies have made use of the event as a team-building activity, and we usually see groups of workmates warming up together, taking group photos and basically having a good time, not bothered by their finish time.I know there’s also the category of people who will post selfies at the start line, looking fresh and sharp, but for some reason we never get to see the selfies at the finish line with their time!Now as a geek, you might have seen many people giving tips on how to prepare for the run, and wondered whether there are any additional things to prepare as a tech savvy runner.Beyond the mandatory practice runs ahead of time, and the branded water bottle, cap and vest, here’s a few things that will help you with the run:1. Fitness Tracker or Smart watchImage Credit: GeekFitness trackers have reached a point where choosing one boils down to personal preference of the look, fit and compatibility with your smartphone and the accompanying app. For example, an iPhone user will swing to a tracker that has an excellent iOS app. Most of them are almost uniformly comfortable and useful, tracking steps, calories and activity levels.Choices range from the Apple watch to the Microsoft Band which has got an update on the way to stores, and several options in between, including some basic ones and some loaded options that have been around for a while.2. Running apps for your smartphoneRunKeeper is an app capable of giving you quite some info on their own using your phones sensors. Image Credit: YtImgSo you’ve had this smartwatch that you’ve been wearing to work but today you’ve discovered it can be an asset when you’re running a marathon. Linking it to your smartphone gives you more.And when it comes to running apps, we have two recommendations: Runtastic (iOS, Google Play) and Runkeeper (iOS, Google Play). Both of these apps are capable of giving you quite some info on their own using your phones sensors, but they both play nice with your tracker so that you can have a better overall experience.Whichever wearable you have, or decide to buy, just make sure ahead of time that you’ve got it properly set up and paired with your app of choice, ready for the run and not just for aesthetics.3. Secure your smartphoneWith a smartphone armband, you can easily protect your smartphone. Image Credit: RunKepperHere we are talking about smartphone in every sentence, how do we expect you to run holding your phone with your sweaty hands? No we don’t. You’ve got that covered with an armband for your phone. These are readily available in many phone and accessories shops, at reasonable prices. An armband will keep your phone tightly secured and give you the flexibility of getting into the run fully without worrying about it slipping out of your hands or getting drenched in your sweat.Some armbands even have extra slots for you to put away a few things, say your car key or a strip of gum.4. ZIKI!If you’re serious about the running music thing, you can get yourself a set of sports headphones with a more secure fit, or even an over-the-ear hoop. Image Credit: PixelhealthThe last piece in the puzzle is the music! We all have that playlist appropriately named “Gym” or “workout”, with all your favourite energizing tracks. But when you’re on a marathon, your regular earphones might not be up to the task. You need a set of headphones that fits comfortably but firm, and that won’t keep falling out of your ear as you sweat buckets on the run.Some earphones come with different sets of earbuds, change them up, practice see which one fits best. However if you’re serious about the running music thing, you can get yourself a set of sports headphones with a more secure fit, or even an over-the-ear hoop.[related-posts]Now that you’ve got your tech side covered, you need to actually register! You can do that by paying through Mobile Money or visiting MTN Arena, Lugogo before 20th November. You also stand a chance to win one of over 500 Huawei phones when you register and dial *183#.Follow the MTN Marathon on Twitter: #MTNMarathon2015 and #RunForKampalalast_img read more


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Rice University to plant 100 trees at Hermann Park Nov 16

first_imgAddThis ShareMEDIA ADVISORYJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.edu Rice University to plant 100 trees at Hermann Park Nov. 16HOUSTON – (Nov. 15, 2012) – Rice University and Hermann Park Conservancy will plant the Rice Centennial Grove in Hermann Park Nov. 16 in recognition of the shared centennials of Rice (2012) and Hermann Park (2014).Volunteers will plant 100 oak, bald cypress and other native trees in a reforestation area close to the park’s boathouse and picnic areas on the east side of McGovern Lake between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.Who: Rice student, staff and faculty volunteers. Ceremony speakers include:Rice President David Leebron and his wife, University Representative Y. Ping Sun, Harris County Judge and Rice alumnus Ed Emmett, City of Houston Parks and Recreation Director Joe Turner, Hermann Park Conservancy Board Chair Ann Kenned and Hermann Park Conservancy Executive Director Doreen Stoller.What: Planting of 100 trees at Hermann Park.When: Between 11 and a.m. and 3 p.m. Following an introductory ceremony at 11 a.m., the first planting will take place from 11:30 to 12:30 p.m. A picnic lunch will be served from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. A second planting session is scheduled for 1:30 to 3 p.m.Where: Hermann Park picnic area between the cul de sac of Miller Outdoor Theatre Parking Lot D and the boat house on McGovern Lake. Media can park in nearby lots E and F. For a map of Hermann Park, see http://www.hermannpark.org/map.php.Rice’s Community Involvement Center and Office of Public affairs are coordinating the Rice Centennial Grove project.“Hermann Park is enjoyed by many in central Houston and is a gathering point for recreation, fitness, the arts, and culture,” said Mac Griswold, director of the Community Involvement Center. “The park has also long been a quiet sanctuary for many Rice University students and residents from adjoining neighborhoods.”-30-Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsLocated on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,708 undergraduates and 2,374 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 4 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to www.rice.edu/nationalmedia/Rice.pdf.last_img read more

Artist reception for Ayako Onos Rice Public Art BRC popup gallery installation

first_imgAddThis ShareMEDIA ADVISORYDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.edu Artist reception for Ayako Ono’s Rice Public Art BRC pop-up gallery installation July 11HOUSTON – (July 3, 2013) – Rice Public Art is featuring a pop-up gallery installation, “Space Musical Instruments,” by Japanese artist Ayako Ono. A luncheon reception and conversation with the artist will be held Thursday, July 11, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the university’s BioScience Research Collaborative (BRC) at 6500 Main St. The pop-up gallery is located in the BRC’s first-floor lobby and the installation will run through mid-July.“Space Musical Instruments” is a video of unique musical instruments created by Ono and recorded on the International Space Station (ISS) to explore the performance of musical instruments in outer space. Ono designed and worked with metal artist So Negishi to create two objects specifically capable of being played in zero gravity: Ellipsoid Bell and Fractal Bell. Each are named for their structural shapes and are artfully captured in the video.In the video, NASA astronaut Daniel Burbank, Expedition 30 commander, acted as a musician working in collaboration with two composers, Akira Takahashi and Jaakko Saari, on board the ISS. His hands can be seen fading in and out of the camera’s view. Ellipsoid Bell and Fractal Bell behaved distinctively in zero gravity. Fractal Bell, for example, would appear lopsided with a gravitational force present, yet is observed as perfectly balanced when activated on the ISS, installation organizers said. Because the resonant parts of the instruments are freely floating, the resonance is not dampened by contact with other parts of the instrument, and thus a very clear and wind chime-like sound is produced.Ono is currently an intern with the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSRBI), which is located at the BRC. She began her study of instruments in weightlessness during her tenure as an artist in residence at the European Space Agency. Installation organizers said that as Ono continues her experimentations, she hopes playing these instruments will enliven and enrich the quality of life for those on board the International Space Station and for those on longer-duration missions.Rice Public Art is hosting the exhibition in collaboration with the NSRBI.The BRC pop-up gallery is an opportunity for Rice Public Art to further its interdisciplinary mission and partnerships, both throughout the university and the Houston community. For more information about Rice Public Art, visit http://publicart.rice.edu/.The July 11 event is open to the public and food will be provided for those who RSVP on or before July 5 to Emily Stein at ems12@rice.edu. Those who were unable to RSVP may bring their own refreshments. Parking is available in the BRC garage located on Dryden Road between Main Street and Travis Street.-30-Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,708 undergraduates and 2,374 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 2 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/AboutRiceU. last_img read more