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first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. We are young 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman throws during the seventh inning of Game 5 of the World Series Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016, in Chicago. APCHICAGO — They’ve waited 108 years for a championship. So with this World Series on the verge of slipping away, the Chicago Cubs could not wait any longer.Manager Joe Maddon summoned closer Aroldis Chapman from the bullpen in the seventh inning for the first eight-out save of his big league career, needing to hold off the Cleveland Indians in Game 5.ADVERTISEMENT As nervous fans fretted at Wrigley Field, Chapman fired his 100 mph heat and preserved the Cubs’ 3-2 win Sunday night, cutting Cleveland’s lead to 3-2.The Cubs won a Series game at Wrigley for the first time since Game 6 in 1945.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agent“High anxiety,” first baseman Anthony Rizzo said. “A lot of deep breaths. Every pitch gets bigger and bigger as the game goes on. It’s unbelievable. Great win here, we sent these fans off with a win, now we have to go to Cleveland and win.”Now, the team that led the majors in wins this year will try to extend its season again Tuesday night when Chicago right-hander Jake Arrieta faces Josh Tomlin at Cleveland in Game 6. PH among economies most vulnerable to virus View comments Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway After a pair of relatively balmy autumn nights on the North Side, the temperature dropped to 50 degrees at game time and a 10 mph win added chill. Maddon wore a ski hat with a blue pompom rather than a baseball cap.Bryant, in a 1-for-15 slide, led off the fourth with a drive into the left-field bleachers, where a fan in the first row dropped it.Rizzo sent the next pitch off the ivy on the right-field wall for a double, admiring its flight before hustling, took third on Ben Zobrist’s single and came home with the go-ahead run when Addison Russell reached out and topped a pitch down the third-base line for an infield single.Jason Heyward took a called third strike, slumping Javier Baez dropped a bunt down the third-base line for a single that loaded the bases and Ross, a 39-year-old making perhaps his final big league start, hit a sacrifice fly for a 3-1 lead.CARBON COPYRoss allowed Santana’s second-inning foul pop to glance off his glove and Rizzo batted the ball in the air with his bare hand, then gloved it. It was similar to Game 6 in 1980, when Philadelphia first baseman Pete Rose grabbed Frank White’s foul pop after it nicked off catcher Bob Boone.WEB GEMCubs right fielder Heyward climbed the brick wall in the right-field corner, then reached back to catch Bauer’s wind-blown foul fly.MOVING ONThis was the last game with the bullpens in foul territory at Wrigley, where new bullpens under the bleachers are to open next season. Zobrist had to climb the mound to catch Kipnis’ seventh-inning fly. MOST READ With the crowd at the Friendly Confines desperate for a win, Kris Bryant homered to start a three-run burst in the fourth off Trevor Bauer.That gave Jon Lester a 3-1 lead. The Indians nicked him for a run in the sixth, and Carl Edwards Jr. took over to begin the seventh with a 3-2 edge.Chapman came in with a runner on second and one out. He stranded the potential tying run at second base in the seventh and at third in the eighth, then pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.Lester, the Game 1 loser, improved to 4-1 in Series play by allowing two runs and six hits.Ramirez homered in the second to put the Indians ahead. Cleveland closed within a run in the sixth when Rajai Davis singled, stole second scored on a two-out single by Francisco Lindor.Mike Napoli singled against Edwards leading off the seventh and took second on a passed ball by rookie catcher Willson Contreras, who had just replaced David Ross.Carlos Santana flied out, and Chapman came in to strike out Ramirez with a 100 mph pitch. He hit Brandon Guyer on the left leg and retired Roberto Perez on a groundout as fans screamed in relief.Then in the eighth, Davis singled with one out on a hard grounder down the line that Rizzo stopped with a dive — Chapman took a few seconds before heading to cover first, leaving Rizzo with no one to throw to. Davis stole second, and after Jason Kipnis fouled out, swiped third standing up.Lindor, Cleveland’s hottest hitter, took a 101 mph pitch at the knees for a called third strike, then stood in the batter’s box for nearly 20 seconds in anger and frustration.Bauer, his pinkie seemingly healed from a cut sustained while playing with a toy drone during the AL Championship Series, dropped to 0-2 in the Series, giving up three runs and six hits in four innings. EDITORS’ PICK Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Rockets beat Mavs on Harden’s late free throw READ: Kluber, Indians rout Cubs, now lead World Series 3-1Chicago is trying to become the first club to overcome a 3-1 Series deficit since the 1985 Kansas City Royals and the first to do it by winning Games 6 and 7 on the road since the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates.Cleveland, in search of its first title since 1948, is in search of its third-ever title and has won the championship at home just once, in 1920.Chapman hadn’t pitched in the seventh inning since 2012. He threw 42 pitches, 15 of them at least 100 mph.The lefty struck out four and fanned Jose Ramirez, who had homered earlier, with 101 mph heat to end it.ADVERTISEMENT Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantinelast_img read more

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first_imgDear Editor,An effective government needs effective political leadership, no Ministers who understand their roles, set clear priorities, work well with their departments and cope with the demands of the job can result in so many deficiencies that are being shown by this Granger Government. The APNU/AFC coalition Government Ministers were unable to be effective in fulfilling their promises and bring resolution to numerous issues over the past four years despite various highlighted attempts by residents especially by picketing exercises throughout Guyana.Lack of leadership, appointment of “square pegs in round holes” for important positions, refusal to be more transparent and accountable in projects and Ministers’ increased salaries were some reasons that resulted in the loss of confidence in the APNU/AFC Government by the people of Guyana.The announcement by the APNU/AFC coalition Government to be in Region Six to address issues is a clear sign of desperation and a continuation of the 2015 elections campaign trail of unfulfilled promises to Berbicians in order to garner votes for the next elections.As Berbician, we need to ask ourselves what this coalition Government has done for Berbice over the past four years without benefitting themselves.Berbice was quickly transformed into a state of depression after May 2015 and in the most shameless method, this coalition “circus” hiding under ‘Bringing the Government to you’ is nothing else but the wasteful abuse of taxpayers monies by public officials while Guyanese are suffering in Region Six.This exclusive clique of elite rulers that make up the Granger regime is secretive, corrupt, unaccountable, dictatorial and non-transparent, enjoying the good life, while other Guyanese are suffering because of the inhuman policies of the APNU/AFC coalition Government. There are numerous issues that are known to the Government which they continue to disregard; eg:– The increases of over 200 new taxes– Increases of tariffs by the Guyana Water Inc despite the poor quality of water and services– The poor performance of GPL– Refusal to reinstate students’ cash grant, but install overcrowded school buses with no insurance in case of accidents– East Bank-Berbice public road project used as a political milking cow to benefit Ministers and APNU/AFC activists-Secrecy in awarding contracts by central Government Ministries, contract documents being kept secret from regional authorities.– Millions unaccountable at the Indian monument site at Palmyra– Streetlights not maintained in the region– Only some playgrounds are being fixed– Three excavators in one area while rice farmers are suffering– No job creation for over 6000 workers in the region; this include severed sugar workers, construction workers, laid-off workers from affected businesses etc– Increases in fees for passports, driver’s license, gun licenses etc– Increased land rental for farmers in the region– Crime rate on the increase– Streets, roads need urgent upgrade– Remove VAT from GWI, GTT and GPL billsGovernment must be open because an open Government is a doctrine that citizens have the absolute right to, which involves accessing the documents and proceedings of Government so that ordinary Guyanese can exercise oversight. The APNU/AFC coalition Government has changed our country to secrecy, oppression, intimidation and threats while the epidemic of systemic corruption in Guyana ensures that monies are being syphoned off into the pockets of public officials. Granger has not been able to do anything to make Guyanese lives better.Sincerely,Zamal Hussainlast_img read more

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first_img“It’s a very interesting concept in marketing, and we look forward to them having a very successful operation in Pico,” City Manager Chuck Fuentes said. This would be Pico Rivera’s first grocery store for upscale specialty foods. The Fresh & Easy chain has been compared to Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s. “They’re one of the largest specialty chains in the world,” Fuentes said of Tesco and its subsidiary. “They know what they’re doing, and I’m sure before they launched into a predominately Latino market like us, they’ve done all their research.” Tesco will invest $2 billion over the next five years to launch its U.S. brand. Thirty stores in Los Angeles, Phoenix, Las Vegas and San Diego are slated to open in 2007. This week, the company announced plans to add 48 stores in the Inland Empire. None of the chain’s U.S. stores are open for businesses. Fresh & Easy has not announced the Pico Rivera location, but City Planner Julia Gonzales confirmed that the company had submitted building plans for approval last month. The store would move into a new shopping center being built on Washington Boulevard, which will include L.A. Fitness and several other restaurant and commercial businesses, Gonzales said. “This whole shopping center is very exciting for the city,” Gonzales said. “Across the street you have the Pico Town Center, which was developed about five or six years ago. The new center will compliment that.” Gonzales said she does not anticipate problems with the approval of the grocery store’s plans. Spaces for lease at the shopping center are scheduled for completion this fall, Gonzales said, although it is not known exactly when the complex will be finished. While the center is part of the revitalization of Pico Rivera, Fuentes said, it is not a city redevelopment project. “This is basically a direct development, all privately done,” Fuentes said. Fresh & Easy representatives would not respond to requests for direct comment. In press releases, the company has promised to pay entry-level workers at least $10 per hour, to provide health benefits and paid time off. The company plans to employ 2,500 workers once all planned locations for 2007 have opened. Already, 250 have jobs at the chain’s El Segundo headquarters. Fresh & Easy, which average 10,000 square feet per store, has also pledged to be environmentally friendly, investing $13 million in solar panels at its Riverside distribution center. LED lighting will be used in refrigeration units to save energy, and trucks will be equipped to use smaller amounts of diesel fuel more effectively. In terms of product, the chain promises many all-organic options, as well as healthy foods and freshly prepared hot meals. Fresh & Easy could create new competition for stores like Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods, but neither have locations in Pico Rivera. Local business owner Alfonso Lora opened his health store, Natural Choice Health Food, 10 years ago. He sees room for more specialty choices in Pico Rivera. “I think it’s good,” Lora said. “We need the variety. People are looking for specialty projects.” Lora said the Fresh & Easy store might affect his business if it sells dietary supplements, but he believes there is an opening in the market for fresh produce and foods. Fuentes also believed the extra choices the store could provide would benefit the community. “It adds another flavor to the mix,” Fuentes said. “The competition among the markets is going to be very good for the consumer.” airan.scruby@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PICO RIVERA – This predominately Latino community is about to experience a British invasion. Tesco, a grocery chain based in the United Kingdom with locations around Europe and Asia, is beginning a venture into the U.S. market that will include a store in Pico Rivera. The new chain of stores, called “Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market,” will be opened over the next year in at least 12 Southern California locations, including Pico Rivera, La Mirada, Norwalk, Long Beach, Arcadia and West Covina. The stores focus on specialty foods and smaller, more intimate stores. last_img read more

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first_imgEven on occasions when its formidable power-hitting lineup isn’t clicking, speedster Alaina Devenney gives the defending World Series champion Antelope Valley-based District 51 Big League softball team an added dimension. Monday’s World Series opener against Hallettsville, Texas, was such an occasion, and the Devenney-factor turned out to be pivotal in a 3-0 victory at Vanderberg Park in Kalamazoo, Mich. District 51 (1-0) was scheduled to play Kalamazoo later in the day. Devenney (Quartz Hill High) scored the game’s first run in the bottom of the first, when she led with a single, took second on a sacrifice, and eventually scored on a two-base error. “We’re going to be creative with how we use (Dunn),” Patison said. The Hallettsville victory was especially timely for District 51, which was gearing up for an eagerly anticipated showdown against the host team later in the day. Kalamazoo and District 51 are considered two of the nation’s most perennially dominant programs. District 51 is making its eighth World Series appearance in 11 years. It has won two championships and has appeared in three title games. “I think that took a lot of pressure off the girls,” Patison said. “I’m sure we’ll be ready (for Kalamazoo).” gideon.rubin@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.Devenney also made several outstanding defensive plays in center field, District 51 manager Walt Patison said. “We came out a little flat, but Alaina’s speed got us going,” Patison said. District 51 extended its lead in the sixth inning when Shannon Bailey (Quartz Hill) and Ashley Stevens (Lancaster, Antelope Valley College) had consecutive RBI doubles. District 51 starter Johanna Ilejay (1-0) pitched four innings, combining with Nicole Torres (Quartz Hill/AVC) on a six-hitter. The outstanding pitching performance allowed Patison to save staff ace Jessie Dunn (Antelope Valley) for the Kalamazoo game. Big League rules limit pitchers from throwing more than 10 innings in one day or from pitching on consecutive days if they throw more than five innings on the first day. last_img read more

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first_img rookie error 3 Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers 3 Getty New job Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas latest Raiola engineered Pogba’s move to United in 2016 and will now help get him his transfer away Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January OFF deals Paul Pogba wants to leave Manchester United and Real Madrid need him, according to the player’s brother.Mathias Pogba was a guest on Spanish television programme, El Chiringuito, and was asked about the midfielder’s future, who earlier in the summer admitted it might be time for a change of scenery. Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested LATEST FOOTBALL NEWScenter_img Getty Images – Getty Pogba had a very good game against Chelsea “Paul wants to move. In the team he is in now, he can’t do everything,” he said.“If [Real manager Zinedine] Zidane doesn’t have the things he wants, it’ll be difficult for him.”United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has previously insisted the midfielder remains committed to the club he joined for £89million in 2016.Pogba played the entire 90 minutes against Chelsea in the 4-0 Premier League win, but with the transfer window in Spain not closing until 2 September, there is still time for a deal to be struck. BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman stalemate LATEST In July, the player’s agent, Mino Raiola, told talkSPORT he was hopeful of the player being granted his wish to leave.“[Pogba] has done nothing wrong,” he said.“He has been respectful and professional in every way and always.“The club has known his feeling for a long time.“It is a shame other people only like to criticise without the right information, and I am also sorry that the club does not take any position against this.“Hopefully there will be soon a satisfying solution for all parties.” on target Asked which player Zidane is missing from his line-up, he said it was the World Cup winner, though did say he wasn’t worth £180m fee being mentioned.Pogba’s brother is not the only member of his entourage to talk up a transfer. 3 FAREWELL Pogba could still leave Old Trafford despite the closure of the transfer window in England Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ +@jpedrerol: “¿Qué JUGADOR le FALTA a ZIDANE?” +MATHIAS POGBA: “MI HERMANO @paulpogba”😂 #ElChiringuitoDeMega pic.twitter.com/9g48z1JUCe— El Chiringuito TV (@elchiringuitotv) August 16, 2019“I can’t guarantee you that Paul will be at Man United. Until 2 September, anything can happen,” the older Pogba brother, who plays for Spanish fourth division side Manchego, continued.“It’s not impossible for [Real president Florentino Perez] to sign Paul. Anything is possible.”last_img read more

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first_imgScotland Women head coach Shelley Kerr hailed the return of her captain Rachel Corsie and vice-captain Kim Little as preparations ramp up for the World Cup.Kerr is taking the Scots to the Algarve to take on Canada and Iceland as she continues to fine-tune her squad ahead of their finals debut this summer.Corsie and Little are two of five players returning to international action after injury.The experienced duo have 228 caps between them and Kerr believes their comeback will provide a welcome boost both on and off the park for the Scots. “We have five players back in,” she said. “I don’t like singling out players but I think it’s key we have our captain and vice-captain back, Rachel Corsie and Kim Little.“Rachel is a brilliant communicator and a phenomenal footballer.“Everyone talks about how talented a player Kim is, but we forget she is a big character who leads by example. We’re delighted to have them back, they are crucial.”Little recently made her comeback for Arsenal Women after fracturing a fibula back in October. The playmaker quickly made her presence felt, helping the Gunners reach the Women’s Cup final by beating Manchester United Women 2-1 earlier this month.Kerr watched on from the stands and was impressed by what she saw.Little added: “She is very unique, we chose not to take her to La Manga to give her extra time.“She played three games in a space of seven days, it shows how fit she is and determined she is. I watched the semi-final of the cup last week, Arsenal v Man United, and she was absolutely outstanding.“It was a fantastic performance, Kim is a huge part of why Arsenal are in the final.“She is a phenomenal talent and a great person, we have missed her leadership skills.”Scotland face Canada first in the Algarve Cup, before attention turns to a fixture against Iceland.Kerr believes the match against Canada, who are ranked fifth in the world, will prove a perfect measure for the Scots ahead of their World Cup opener against England.“It’s a two-pronged attack,” she continued. “We used 20 players over two games in the first window to experiment.“This camp is different, it is competitive. We are ranked ninth out of 12 teams so the level of opponent is fantastic.“To get better we have to play the best teams. It is a measure for us and something we are looking forward to.”last_img read more

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first_imgIf you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know I love infographics. They’re a great way to quickly communicate ideas to readers with pictures, charts, graphs, and colors instead of a long blog post.Well-designed infographics are:Easy to read and understandVisually engagingEasy to share I like infographics so much that I’ve made them a regular item on my blog; I feature a new infographic every Tuesday. So, when DigitalGov announced their Infographics: Stories from an In-House Gov Design Team webinar, I registered so I could learn about different infographic use cases. And I hoped to pick up some tips for designing better infographics. The presenters for the webinar, Federal Trade Commission user experience designers Jessica Skretch and TJ Peeler, shared their best practices and lessons learned at this afternoon’s webinar. Here are my takeaway tips:Don’t illustrate something that can be easily understood in words. Use infographics to explain a complex process, emphasize key points, or highlight an achievementLook for opportunities to add clarity. Ask a lot of questions. You need to understand the goals of the infographic. Sit down with the subject matter expert (SME) to learn as much as you can so you can offer great design solutions. Brainstorm many concepts, go with your strongest concept. Start sketching ideas with pencil and paper, bouncing ideas around. Test and iterate. Show your infographic to someone who doesn’t know the subject or topic. Does it make sense to them? Is it clear? If not, refine and test again.Remember it’s a partnership between a designer and subject matter expert. You need both to create an effective infographic. Don’t leave users at a dead end. What do you want the user to do after they’ve read the infographic? Include calls to action in your infographic. Consider adding a short URL for users to learn more about the subject and engage. Chunk your infographic. Mix and match different graphs, charts, pictures to make it easier for users to scan. Also consider how your infographic could be organized into sections. You, or your readers, may find it useful to promote sections of the infographic. Design in vector. It’s easier to resize. Export as PNG or PDF to post online. The Federal Trade Commission rarely posts an infographic by itself, there’s usually a blog post that accompanies the infographic. Think about how people will view your infographic. Will it be viewed online? In a print report? Or included in a press release? Be prepared to produce different formats (perhaps PowerPoint, or something else)Bonus TipsThe Q&A after the presentation was filled with lots of great questions from what tools to use (pencil and paper, Adobe Illustrator) to how much time it takes to create an infographic. Here’s a few more tips to consider for your infographics:Make sure the topic is good for visualizing. Is the message worth your time (and the subject matter expert’s time)?Consider whether you’ll need to update the infographic. Depending on how the infographic is used (is it for consumers?), you may need to update it next year, or every year with current info. That may influence your design decisions.Include sources for infographic. Add sources in the footer or section where the data is referenced.Ask a lot of questions. Yes, I know I’ve listed it in the ten tips. Get as much info as you can at the beginning.Have any tips for creating better infographics? I’d love to hear about them, share your tips in the comments.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…Related7 Steps for Writing Compelling Infographic Copy [Infographic]Congrats! You’ve decided to create an infographic for your business or organization. Infographics are an excellent way to share tips and information as well as educate people on a range of subjects. Illustrations in infographics make difficult topics easier to understand; people can quickly scan the images in your infographic.…In “Miscellaneous”The Ideal Length of a Blog Post, Tweet or Facebook Post for People to Share [Infographic]Trying to figure out the best length for your blog post, tweet or Facebook post can be a challenge. Finding that sweet spot for length can make the difference on whether your content is shared or forgotten. The folks at ShortStack have created an infographic for you that may make…In “Blogging”10 Fun Tips to Get Ready For Your Webinar [Infographic]I attend several webinars each month to stay current on user experience, web development, and WordPress. And I really appreciate it when they’re run well. There’s a lot of work to do when you’re planning a webinar to make sure it’s run smoothly. As a webinar attendee, I expect it…In “Internet”last_img read more

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first_imgThe Vodacom e-school was launched at the COSAT Centre of Science and Technology in ILitha Park, Khayelitsha, Cape Town. Joined by principal Phadiela Cooper and Vodacom executive head sustainability and corporate citizenship Suraya Hamdulay, learners show off the Kicka phones they will use to access the e-school. (Image: Vodacom)Schoolchildren at a high school in KwaZulu-Natal have been formally introduced to Vodacom’s e-school, which offers a variety of solutions to students’ educational needs and so enhances their learning capabilities.The portal was launched in January at the Centre for Science and Technology (Cosat) in Khayelitsha, Cape Town and is, in part, a response to a request from schoolchildren for free educational content.It has now also been introduced to students at Riet Valley Combined School in Inchanga, between Durban and Pietermaritzburg. Students who use Vodacom as their mobile service provider can access the portal at the touch of a button.The Vodacom e-school is a learning platform offering internet access to educational content for grades 10 to 12. The content is based on the South African Curriculum Assessment Policy Statements (Caps), and is taken directly from the school syllabus. Subjects currently available include maths and maths literacy, physical science, life science, accounting, and English first additional language. More grades and subjects are on the horizon.INVESTING IN STUDENTSThrough the e-school, Vodacom subscribers can access curriculum-aligned classroom content on their mobile devices for free. The mobile company has zero rated browsing on the site for its customers. People on rival networks also have access for free, but do incur data charges for logging on to the site.Suraya Hamdulay, Vodacom’s executive head for corporate citizenship, said: “We know that many learners in our country often do not have access to learning material such as textbooks, which makes excelling at school more difficult. Through the Vodacom e-school platform, we can help address this challenge.“As an investor in the country and partner of the Department of Basic Education, our goal is to ensure that learners throughout the country have access to some basic tools to help enhance their learning outside the classroom.”Accessing the material is simple. All a student needs to do is log in to the Vodacom.co.za/e-school from their cellphone, tablet or laptop to register. Thereafter, they have unlimited access to education content.“Most learners have access to cellphones, laptops or tablets in one way or another, but may not have adequate data. Having free access to our education content portal will now help remove the barriers to e-learning,” Hamdulay said.“Learners can now complete lessons from their school syllabus, to help them improve their marks. They can also track their progress and see how they are performing compared to other students in a fun, easy and interactive way.”Each pupil creates his or her own personal dashboard, where they can record their work. There is daily homework, with lesson notes and quizzes. They can keep track of their progress, and earn badges when they reach the next level.The development of the e-school portal has cost about R5-million and Vodacom has committed to investing more money to grow its footprint. “The R5-million is for the establishment of the portal and as we go into the next financial year, we will be investing more into [it].”TEACHER TRAININGThe company has a number of teacher training facilities around South Africa that operate in conjunction with the Department of Basic Education. At these nodes, it has trained 1 000 teachers in the use of ICT in teaching. “We help to train teachers on the integration of ICT in the classroom. We’re moving away from having a blackboard in the classroom and the teacher just standing and instructing,” explained Hamdulay.Content available on e-school is being expanded and efforts are being made to build rich media content to make education attractive to children.last_img read more

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first_imgTags:#enterprise#Trends#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market According to Forrester Research, there will be “strong demand” for web 2.0 tools in the enterprise in 2008. Even though 42% of enterprises say adding web 2.0 tools is not on their agenda, according to a Q3 2007 survey, Forrester expects that half of those will change their mind and embrace web 2.0 tools by year end. In the report “Top Enterprise Web 2.0 Predictions For 2008,” analyst Oliver Young gives three reasons why he thinks 2008 is the year that “IT departments will take their heads out of the sand and embrace web 2.0 technologies.”For the sake of clarity, Forrester’s definition of web 2.0 is, “A set of technologies and applications that enable efficient interaction among people, content, and data in support of collectively fostering new businesses, technology offerings, and social structures.”Young gives three reasons he things deployment of web 2.0 will sneak onto enterprise agendas in 2008: A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… IT guys are already using web 2.0 – According to Young, many IT departments and shops have been using web 2.0 tools for internal tasks like project management and support ticketing. The utility of these deployments will encourage them to push web 2.0 tools out more broadly in the enterprise.If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em – When big business is unable to stem the use of Software as a Service tools and things like social networks by employees, rather than allow untested software and services on their networks, they will “mitigate risk by deploying enterprise-class tools in their stead.”They make you look cool – “For IT departments aspiring to be more relevant to the business,” writes Young, “enterprise web 2.0 tools will be a high-impact, low-cost method to show leadership and innovation.”RSS Will Lead the WayForrester predicts that RSS will be the most popularly deployed web 2.0 tool in the enterprise over the coming year. “Forrester expects 2008 to be a banner year for RSS and specifically enterprise RSS,” says Young, concluding that many of the companies that discovered utility in blogs and wikis last year will realize that RSS is necessary to push that content to users. “While 9% of enterprise firms expect to consider the use of RSS in 2008, we believe that number will be close to 20% by year-end.”But while RSS might be the most important driver of enterprise web 2.0 adoption in 2008, Forrester expects social networking to still be the buzz word du jour. “Expect the adoption of social networking solutions for business to accelerate dramatically in 2008 with many firms looking for internal social networking solutions,” predicts the research firm.While Forrester expects the big boys — IBM, Jive, etc. — to rule the roost, they note that “nearly any vendor that uses the term ‘social networking’ will get at least some consideration.” Though, Forrester also expects Microsoft SharePoint to “steamroll” the market, and will reap the most rewards from a shift toward web 2.0 thinking in the enterprise market.Though the report puts a lot of stock in RSS and social networking, according to their enterprise survey, the technologies that more enterprises are actually planning to invest in over the next 12 months are discussion boards and wikis. Forrester, though, expects that it is these technologies that will drive the further adoption of RSS.What do you think? Is the enterprise ready for web 2.0? Has web 2.0 already arrived in the enterprise? Lets us know in the comments below. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting josh catone 1 Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts last_img read more

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first_imgNo product or component can be absolutely secure. Intel® technologies’ features and benefits depend on system configuration and may require enabled hardware, software or service activation. Performance varies depending on system configuration. No computer system can be absolutely secure. Check with your system manufacturer or retailer or learn more at www.intel.com. There is tremendous opportunity for application and solution developers to take charge of their data security using new hardware-based controls for cloud and enterprise environments. Intel® Software Guard Extensions (Intel® SGX), available in its second-generation on the new Intel® Xeon® E-2100 processor, offers hardware-based memory encryption that isolates specific application code and data in memory. Intel® SGX allows user-level code to allocate private regions of memory, called enclaves, which are designed to be protected from processes running at higher privilege levels. We believe only Intel offers such a granular level of control and protection.Think about it like a lockbox in your home. Even though you have locks on your doors and a home security system, you may still secure your most sensitive data in a private lockbox with a separate key to provide extra layers of protection even if someone gained unwanted access to your home. Essentially, Intel® SGX is a lockbox inside a system’s memory, helping protect the data while it’s in-use during runtime.This explanation is simplified, of course. It’s actually a complex engineering challenge to build a protection like this at the processor-silicon level and enable it with a broad ecosystem. Intel works with OEMs, OS vendors, and application developers to align on standards and implementation, and create solutions that can be deployed today in enterprises and cloud services. Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) now have an opportunity to expand their business to a greater range of sensitive workloads by deploying this technology which can help address enterprise security concerns and differentiate their services.A Matter of TrustIntel recommends a layered approach to security, with hardware security at the foundation. Intel® SGX helps protect user-selected sensitive data within an application, and sensitive application code itself, so you don’t have to solely rely on the security of other apps, the guest or host OS, or hypervisor. The more components of the system that have to be trusted, the wider the trust boundary, and therefore the more opportunities for exposure if one of those components was compromised. Intel® SGX offers a tighter trust boundary, narrowing it down to just the CPU and microcode. So even in the case of a rogue administrator or malware with read access to system memory, the attacker still wouldn’t have access to readable data within the Intel® SGX enclave. This provides added protection for your most sensitive data, such as private cryptographic keys.Real-World DeploymentsAnalogies and hypotheticals are useful to understand the technology, but with any new product, real-world demonstrations are what customers are after. Intel® SGX is already being utilized by security-conscious market leaders across a number of different domains for a variety of uses, including:Alibaba CloudBaidu for Memory Safe FunctionFortanix Runtime EncryptionIBM CloudMicrosoft Azure Confidential ComputingR3 Corda for Open Source BlockchainToday, the most popular use of Intel® SGX is for key protection. This makes sense, since private keys are often the most sensitive data an organization has, as they are used to encrypt/decrypt confidential data. Check out my blog, The Key to Enhanced Data Protection, to learn more about key protection.Security is a constantly evolving landscape. As we’ve highlighted, Intel® Xeon® E processors with Intel® SGX can be used in concert with existing data center infrastructure, to help protect the most sensitive portions of an application or data being used in a workload or service.  We are working on an entire roadmap for Intel® SGX to scale across our Intel® Xeon® processor portfolio. Our Intel® Xeon® E processor line is the perfect place for service providers to start testing and building proofs-of-concepts. Find more information on the Intel® SGX website.last_img read more

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