Broken leg for Nick Scholfield | Racing News

first_imgNick Scholfield is hoping he may yet be able to return in time for the busy Christmas schedule after breaking his leg in a freak incident at Fontwell.The multiple Grade One-winning jockey suffered the injury on Friday when he was cannoned into by a loose horse as he crossed the finishing line in fourth on Shintori in the Star Sports Owner’s Club £20K Guarantee Handicap Chase.- Advertisement – He was due to ride Champagne Court in the feature Badger Beers Silver Trophy Handicap Chase at Wincanton on Saturday – but will be out of action for several weeks at least.“I’ve fractured my tibia,” said Scholfield.“I hope I can get back as quickly as possible – if I could do it in six weeks, that would be what I’m hoping.”- Advertisement – Go Steady had unseated his jockey Bridget Andrews at the third-last, but then ran loose before careering into Scholfield.He admits his frustration at the injury, just as the new National Hunt season begins to step up a gear, but acknowledges many others are encountering far more trying times during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.“In these times, this is not so bad,” he added.- Advertisement – “It was unusual circumstances – something you don’t expect – so it’s frustrating from that aspect.“I’d crossed the line and finished the race on Shintori.“I was just pulling up, and a horse that had fallen was galloping (loose) and it has just ‘T-boned’ my horse, and my leg was stuck in the middle, and it caused me to fall off.” – Advertisement –last_img read more

Fund Open Source Software Research to Enhance ICT for Development (ICT4D) and ICT for…

first_imgI owe part of my IT education to the Open Source community. I enhanced my programming skills using Open Source programming languages; I garnered a better understanding of operating systems through my study and research of the Linux kernel; I understood the inner workings of software by having access to their code; and in college, I used learning materials from computer science classes made available by MIT Open Courseware. But this article is not about how I benefited from open source software. I only mentioned my experience with Open Source Software (OSS) to stress the plethora of opportunities that it provides and the impact it can have on our ICT sector, and the country as a whole. Hence, the subsequent paragraphs provide insights into the positive impact that Open Source Software can have on a developing country like Liberia. The article is also a call to both the public and private sectors to invest in Open Source Software or OSS in order to enhance Information and Communications Technology for Development (ICT4D) and Information and Communications Technology for Dollars (ICT4$). Liberia’s ICT sector has achieved a lot since the end of the civil war. The creation of a liberal market that favors all players, the advent and deployment of the ACE subsea cable and several other achievements have been factors that have driven Liberia’ ICT revolution. Before going further into this discussion, please indulge me while I attempt to inform you of the two types or categories of software in the field of ICT: Proprietary Software and Open Source Software. Proprietary software is software that is generally licensed for a fee and its source code is kept secret. It is often developed by software firms or companies such as Microsoft. Open Source Software or OSS is software whose source code is openly published, made available at no charge, and can freely be modified and distributed. Since the focus of this article is on the impact of OSS on development, I shall not expound further on Proprietary Software.Investing in OSS for development can be done in several ways: as a research program in institutions of learning, or through IT experts and firms in Liberia. Such an initiative can result in an ecosystem of software that can be used in government, institutions of learning, businesses, etc., to enhance economic growth. It will also lead to the creation of software firms that will hire and train talented Liberian ICT professionals to develop software that can be used and sold both locally and internationally. This initiative has the propensity to yield a rapid uptake in OSS use and expertise in Liberia, with a corresponding blossoming of new projects and new commercial ventures based on them. Investment in OSS for development is not a new idea. A lot of countries have been doing this for quite some time. For example, in the United States, the Obama Government is known to have been very pro-open source considering its policies and use of open source software (White House’s Web site is built on Drupal and Open Source CMS). In fact, the United States has been supportive of OSS prior to President Obama’s ascendency to office. Through its agency for international development (USAID), the US Government has been funding OSS development abroad since 2007. Its involvement with the Open Source Development 2.0 challenge a few years ago, and the creation of the Global Development Commons and Innovation Development Agency (IDEA) are few initiatives that demonstrate U.S. interest in encouraging open source software development.The British government is also known to support the use of OSS. Its Gov.uk initiative, a scalable and modular open source platform that supports the needs of citizens across numerous government departments, is evidence of this. France, which has a large market for OSS, has a history of investing in OSS as evidenced by its handing out of 175,000 OSS-equipped memory sticks to high school students in 2007. Through policies and high-profile projects, France has for years been advocating for OSS in government and education.In Africa, over the years many efforts have been made to promote the adoption and use of OSS within academic institutions, companies and governments. The Free Open Source Software Foundation for Africa (FOSSFA) and Open Source Initiative of West Africa (OSIWA) have been strong advocates of open source software development in Africa. Africa is also known for some major open source projects that have originated from the continent. Some of these projects included, Ubuntu, one of the most widely used Linux distributions and the crisis reporting application from Ushahidi. Finally, the continual decrease in the prices of broadband internet services due to the presence of the Africa Coast to Europe subsea optical cable in Liberia, I strongly suggest that investors begin funding OSS research. This will help to put software in the hands of many, reduce ICT spending in government and the private sector, allow Liberians to open businesses that will sell locally developed software, increase ICT expertise in Liberia, and help create content needed to leverage the capacity of the ACE subsea cable. It will certainly enhance our ICT4D initiatives as well as provide the medium for ICT4$. More importantly, it will create the path toward a DIGITAL LIBERIA. HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!!!!!!!!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

DDTV: Watch terrifying moment Donegal’s TG4 weather presenter is struck by lightning!

first_imgDDTV: Viewers were left spooked on Halloween night when popular TG4 weather presenter Caitlín Nic Aoidh was struck by lightning live on air! Caitlín, from Gortahork, has been with TG4 since July 2014.The weather presenter was mid-forecast when she was struck by a flash of lightning and then disappeared from the screen.That left viewers completely stunned, as the broadcast continued for a number of moments in an eerie silence.Caitlín’s whereabouts have not yet been established and fear for her safety is increasing with every passing moment!! Click on the video above to watch the clever Halloween video from TG4. 🙂DDTV: Watch terrifying moment Donegal’s TG4 weather presenter is struck by lightning! was last modified: November 1st, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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)last_img read more

PE launches heritage walk

first_imgThe Voting Line features metal cutoutsof real people who stood in the longqueues to vote in South Africa’s firstdemocratic elections between 26 and 29 April 1994. A colourful mosaic, depicting scenes fromPort Elizabeth’s history, leads up to theDonkin memorial and lighthouse.(Images: Emily van Rijswijck) MEDIA CONTACTS • Chuma Myoli  MBDA communications and marketing  +27 41 501 8300 RELATED ARTICLES • Local Xhosa heritage goes global • Celebrate SA on Braai Day • Mandela’s old offices restored • Biko’s legacy lives on• Celebrating Soweto’s heritageEmily van RijswijckNelson Mandela Bay Municipality in the Eastern Cape province celebrated National Heritage Day on 24 September with the launch of a magnificent new heritage walk within its inner city precinct. The walk commemorates the public life of former president Nelson Mandela and is known as Route 67. The number 67 is significant because it is the number of years spent by Mandela in public service, as a lawyer, then a freedom fighter and finally a politician.The walk sets off from the Campanile in Strand Street, a well-known Port Elizabeth landmark commemorating the arrival of British settlers on city shores in 1820. Built in 1923, the Campanile, or bell tower, has been given a facelift and now boasts the addition of a public art piece in the form of a kraal with stories of the city’s past depicted on ceramic tiles.Crossing the Settlers Highway, visitors wend their way up a set of stairs past a new water feature and an impressive fishbone sculpture, before arriving at the old market square, now the Vuyisile Mini square. Mini was one of the first activists to be executed for his involvement in the fight for freedom.Port Elizabeth’s Victorian past still holds sway in the square, with Queen Victoria’s statue keeping a stern eye on proceedings in front of the old public library, built in 1901. The majestic City Hall buildings across the square also date back to that era. In time the queen will be forced to mingle with the likes of political stalwarts Nelson Mandela, Ray Mhlaba and Govan Mbeki, all of whom will have statues erected in close proximity.Other great figures from local history, including Robert Sobukwe, Steve Biko and Mahatma Gandhi, will also take their place on the square in future.  Once fully completed, Route 67 will have 67 artworks, done by 67 local artists.The Donkin ReserveFrom there, the route winds past the quaint St Mary’s Church to the 67 steps, beautifully decorated with mosaic tiles by local craftsman, which lead up to the Donkin Reserve. At the top, visitors are rewarded with a spectacular view over Algoa Bay from the “balcony of the city”. The Donkin Reserve was proclaimed as a public open space by Sir Rufane Donkin, who established the town of Port Elizabeth in 1820 with 4 000 other settlers. He chose to build a stone pyramid structure in memory of his late wife, on whose memorial he inscribed “the most perfect of human beings who has given her name to the town”. The adjacent lighthouse, built in 1861, is now the home of the Port Elizabeth tourist information office.In addition to its romantic past, the reserve is now also home to the biggest flag in South Africa, standing as proud witness to the country’s great democratic achievement.At the height of urban decay in the inner city, the Donkin Reserve became a desolate area filled with gravel and stone. Now revitalised, the park-like atmosphere encourages a longer stay with beautiful landscaping and public art pieces. Among these is the striking Voting Line – metal cutout figures of real people waiting to vote during South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994. Nelson Mandela himself leads the way in familiar stance – captured with his right fist raised as he leaves the Victor Verster prison in 1990. The artwork also plays on South African stereotypes with a humorous touch, light-heartedly paying homage to the country’s cultural diversity. Other pieces to be seen are an unusual 3.8m-high fish-bird, and a large mosaic celebrating Port Elizabeth’s history, colourfully juxtaposed against the backdrop of the white lighthouse. At night, the walkway turns into a fairy land with 34 lights strategically placed to lead the way. The entire walk is wheelchair friendly.  “The environmental upgrading of the Donkin Reserve has been about creating an activity space that means something to all residents of the city,” said  Dorelle Sapere, planning and development manager for the Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA), the drivers of the project. First Urban RunTo create greater awareness around the project, and to enhance the idea of a shared heritage, the City also hosted its first Urban Run on 25 September. Starting and ending at the Donkin, more than 350 runners participated in a 12km obstacle race through the inner city. This included crossing the Baakens River with ropes, traversing various log-built obstacles, running through a stationary train at the Port Elizabeth harbour, and racing up a six-storey parking garage.Participants were unanimous in their enjoyment of the race.Nicolas Moolman, third over the line in the men’s division, said he was impressed by the skill and creativity of the various obstacles, some of which were designed by the local Boy Scouts movement.“It was a very good, well thought out race. The obstacles were excellent and very creative, and next year, I will be back to win the race,” he promised.A vision becomes realityA project that was two years in the making, the Donkin Reserve and Route 67 development centred strongly on Nelson Mandela, the municipality’s namesake and former Eastern Cape resident, and his significant role in South Africa. The agency worked hand in hand with the Nelson Mandela Foundation to ensure that all intellectual property rights were honoured.  It was the foundation’s idea to call the development Route 67.In addition the project also had to work from a social, tourism and economic perspective, an important prerogative for all MBDA developments.“We realised we needed to get people to stop, spend time here in Port Elizabeth and spend money in our shops and restaurants,” said Sapere.   The Donkin upgrade cost R17-million and was funded through the National Lotto. The MBDA is the development arm of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, and acts on its behalf to implement urban regeneration projects. Since 2003 it has completed two other projects successfully: the first was a revamp to the entire Govan Mbeki Avenue and Parliament Road to make it more pedestrian friendly; this was followed by the Uitenhage Market Square upgrade.  Says Pierre Voges, the agency’s COO: “We are trying to create spaces for people. The idea is to reverse the urban decay and in so doing, bring people and businesses back into the city.” The MBDA has just started with its latest project, a R42-million upgrade to Kings Beach, once Port Elizabeth’s premier beachfront area. The upgrade will include extensive landscaping, incorporating the use of water features and re-development of the existing skate park.last_img read more

SA tourism looks to emerging markets

first_img South Africa’s tourism sector contributes 9% to the country’s gross domestic product, with 12-million international arrivals annually. Van Schalkwyk announced that it is the government’s goal to increase this number to 15-million by 2020. “The new growth will depend heavily on our marketing investment in China, Brazil and India.” China, in particular, represents a growing market for South Africa, with double-digit growth in tourist arrivals in 2011. “When the tourism industry talks about emerging destinations and source markets, Africa is often ignored,” Van Schalkwyk said. “As a destination, the splendour of [the] continent’s natural riches and the warmth of [the] people create many truly unique experiences.” SAinfo reporter It is predicted that in the next decade, emerging-market economies will contribute more to global economic growth than developed economies. “This global re-balancing, together with the spread of low-cost airlines, air space liberalisation, the removal of visa requirements and the growing popularity of online bookings, underscores that the extensive BRICS cooperation and partnership on travel and tourism among not only businesses but also governments offers boundless opportunities,” he said. 11 September 2012 South Africa’s tourism sector is looking to emerging markets to boost arrivals and drive growth, Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk said at the Global Tourism Economy Forum in Macau, China on Monday. The sector will focus specifically on attracting visitors from its BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India and China) partners as traditional tourism markets are still suffering the backlash of the global economic crisis. “While Europe stagnates, we in the emerging-market economies are boosting global tourism flows and outbound spend,” Van Schalkwyk said. “By 2015, the emerging economies are expected to account for 40% of all global departures.”last_img read more

Bing Spiffs Itself Up, Though It May Not Matter Much

first_imgHow Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Tags:#Bing#Microsoft#Microsoft Xbox Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts center_img brian proffitt Bing’s new look and feel, Microsoft’s marketing gurus tell us, is all about using Bing out of the box. It’s a laudable goal, but will enough mobile users actually get to experience the new design announced today to appreciate it?The new look for Microsoft’s search engine is not actually out on the Bing home page yet—buried in the release information is the fact that this will be rolled out in the U.S. over the coming weeks. The new redesign will include an updated Snapshot feature that encapsulates information about the search topic, as will as making more relevant information highlighted with bigger fonts at the top of the search results.Most importantly, the search features of Bing will be more tightly integrated within Microsoft platforms, such as Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox devices, which will ideally start providing a knowledge layer for users that offers them robust information even as other tasks are performed. Look up travel fares to another city, for instance, and you should see weather information for that city pop up.This kind of pushed content is very much keeping in line with what Bing is moving towards. Bing’s team has been building a database that is built on connections, not just indexed links. Ideally, such connections will lead to actions. If you search for a new auto repair shop, for instance, one day the search engine could suggest an appointment time for you, based on your existing schedule. At the very least, Bing wants to provide users with information for which they might not have thought to look.Along those lines, there are some interesting new features that I am looking forward to seeing. The Page Zero feature, which promises to populate the screen with known search results to start the search process rolling before the first “actual” search results screen is displayed, is certainly one of them.The rollout is a bit heavy on the marketing side, to the point of being distracting. In a related blog post, Microsoft spends an inordinate amount of time going over the cool new typography of the fonts and the design of the new logo. While no one wants to take away from the hard work that Scott Erickson, Senior Director, Brand and Creative at Microsoft and his branding team does, I tend to get a little suspicious about substance over form when I read passages like this in product blogs:Our hero color is Orange 124 and our primary palette was chosen to embody the characteristics that those colors usually evoke – clarity, confidence and warmth. Having a strong sense of color and living within a vibrant corporate palette allows us to clarify our identity without losing the freedom to explore and express ourselves in new ways.Bing’s Mobile ProblemBing has a lot more going for it than people think under the hood, and it really shouldn’t need this kind of dressing up. But it does, for the simple reason that people need to hear what Bing can do.See also: Is Microsoft Doubling Down On the Exact Wrong Mobile Strategy?Many of these changes, after all, will be well-woven into the Microsoft device framework: the aforementioned Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox. The “step out of the box” feature set Microsoft is planning for Bing will work very well on those devices, because Microsoft will be able to tightly integrate Bing on those platforms. But what about all the other non-Microsoft devices out there?The Bing team acknowledges that Bing will have to perform just as well on iOS and Android devices, and indeed Lawrence Ripsher, General Manager of User Experiences, Bing, makes a point to mention this towards the conclusion of his blog entry:Results should look as beautiful on a Surface or iPad as they do on a PC or phone. Our new platform will enable us to improve experiences across an ever growing range of devices, like mobile. In fact we recently announced a revamped experience as part of Windows Phone and this release will leverage those improvements to will bring them to all mobile devices.This addresses the display of search results, but what about the tight integration with the user’s device that Bing gets on Windows Phone and XBox machines? If you think Apple and Google will allow Bing to supplant its services on its respective iOS and Android devices, think again—it will still be a Siri and Google Now world for them.Without that integration, Bing’s user experience will be limited on those other platforms. On Android and iOS, Bing will be just another search app, still stuck in the box that Bing is trying to escape.Bing logo courtesy of Microsoft Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo…last_img read more

Manchester United’s next manager must get more from Romelu Lukaku

first_imgBelgium Topics Share on WhatsApp Guardian Sport Network Facebook Infographic:WhoScored Infographic:WhoScored Infographic:WhoScored Share via Email Twitter David Squires on … José Mourinho’s United exit and Southampton’s spirit It’s clear that a number of Manchester United’s big names have been in need of a fresh start for some time now, and their big No 9 is certainly one of them. The club have confirmed that a caretaker will take the reins until the end of the season, with that man tasked with sparking new life into a group of players in desperate need of resuscitation. It’s up to Lukaku and his teammates to prove that Mourinho’s defensive tactics were key to so many players losing their form so dramatically.Premier League team of the week Bundesliga team of the week Share on Pinterest Romelu Lukaku La Liga team of the week After Sunday’s one-sided affair, Manchester United have now conceded more shots (236) than they have attempted (213), while their goal difference is back to nought. For a side of their stature, 17 games into a season, that is quite remarkable. For comparison, their goal difference under David Moyes was +21.United’s defence – the fifth worst in the league – must take a lot of responsibility for their struggles but Lukaku’s input, or lack thereof, at the opposite end is another crucial factor. It’s not that his finishing has been particularly poor. Lukaku has converted more than 20% of his chances in the league, but his movement, or at least the intelligence of it, has been lacking.He isn’t picking up goalscoring positions and is partly to blame for the lack of service he is receiving. Lukaku attempted more shots per 90 minutes at both West Brom and Everton (4.4 and 3.3 respectively) than he has during his spell at United (2.5). There is clearly something very wrong.One need only look at his international record to see that Lukaku is still a strong finisher, but if you don’t shoot you don’t score. Sunday was just the latest example of that. In fact, it was the fifth game since the start of October that he failed to muster a single shot. In fact, in recent months Lukaku has taken fewer shots than the man tasked with keeping him quiet on Sunday. Virgil van Dijk has taken 14 shots in the league since in the start of October; Lukaku has taken just 10. Cardiff defender Sean Morrison has had 10 more touches in the opposition box than Lukaku (34) in the same time.Strikers can sometimes get away with a lack of goal threat if they are linking up well with their teammates but Lukaku is also falling well short of expectations in that regard. For some of the world’s very best finishers, their first touch is often a shot and in many cases a goal. In Lukaku’s case at present it’s quite often a useful pass, but unfortunately the opposition are tending to be the recipient. Premier Leaguecenter_img Share on Twitter Manchester United José Mourinho Read more Infographic:WhoScored • Follow WhoScored on Twitter and Facebook• Follow Martin Laurence on Twitter Mourinho’s men mustered just six shots in the entire game and not one between the start of the second half and Liverpool scoring their third goal. Roberto Firmino had 50% more efforts at goal (nine) than the visitors’ 13 outfielders combined, while United striker Romelu Lukaku failed to have a single shot.It wasn’t the first time Lukaku had been kept quiet in recent months. The Belgian hasn’t made much noise all season. The line-up and tactics deployed by Mourinho at the weekend didn’t help Lukaku, but the case remains that the club’s first-choice forward did very little to relieve any pressure on a panicked defence and a failing manager. Zidane? Pochettino? Who will be Manchester United’s new manager? It’s official. José Mourinho is no longer the manager of Manchester United, with the club giving him the sack after an abject performance at Anfield on Sunday. While Liverpool required two deflected strikes to overcome their rivals at the weekend, Xherdan Shaqiri’s goals were little more than they deserved. A lack of ambition from the visitors has seen Mourinho’s time as United boss end with the club 11 points off the top four and and a whopping 19 back on Liverpool.It took Jürgen Klopp’s side until the 73rd minute to regain the lead they surrendered after Alisson’s blunder, but the eventual scoreline was a fair reflection of the game. For all of their 36 attempts at goal – the most in a single Premier League game all season – Liverpool didn’t create too many clear-cut opportunities, but United were so passive throughout the match that a result of any kind would have been an injustice. Read more Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook features Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Jerami Grant Posts Cool Photo Of Himself In Brother’s Jersey

first_imga general view of the floor at notre dame basketball arena(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Syracuse and Notre Dame are rivals on the hardwood, but former Orange star Jerami Grant, who now plays for the Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA, is rooting for the Irish Thursday afternoon. That’s because his older brother, Jerian Grant, will be finishing up his senior season in this year’s NCAA Tournament. Grant showed some love for his brother by wearing his No. 22 Notre Dame jersey ahead of the contest.Grant made sure to remind Orange fans that he’s still “Cuse Nation” though. Very cool.last_img

Minister Neita Headley Meets With WADA

first_img These include the invitation to a National Anti-Doping Organisation to work with JADCO at an operational level. Minister Neita Headley met with the WADA Director General David Howman. Story Highlights WADA says it is satisfied that the Minister has accepted the practical suggestions in the report. Consequent on the receipt of the report prepared by the WADA Review Team which visited Jamaica, October 28 – 29, Minister with responsibility for Sport, Hon Natalie Neita Headley, who is in South Africa attending the 4th World Conference on Doping in Sport, met with the WADA Director General David Howman on Thursday, November 14.Minister Neita Headley responded to the recommendations made in the report. WADA says it is satisfied that the Minister has accepted the practical suggestions made and now looks forward to the full and speedy implementation of the recommendations.These include the invitation to a National Anti-Doping Organisation to work with JADCO at an operational level; undertaking of a review of Jamaica’s anti-doping legislation, and the evaluation of JADCO’s governance and management structure. Minister Neita Headley assured WADA that additional budgetary resources will be made available to JADCO, and reconfirmed that that the process was advanced for the filling of vacant posts at the Commission.Minister Neita Headley assured WADA that the Government of Jamaica was fully committed to addressing any deficiencies that exist and to improving the efficiency and efficacy of the anti-doping programme in Jamaica. For its part WADA said it will continue to work with JADCO in the interest of dope- free sport and the protection of its clean athletes.last_img read more