Springboks lend a hand in Queenstown

first_img22 October 2013The South African Rugby Union’s Footprint Programme paid a second visit to the Eastern Cape last week to deliver the latest rugby coaching techniques and skills to schoolboys and coaches.Springboks Francois Hougaard, Flip van der Merwe, Jan Serfontein and Bjorn Basson coached more than 170 schoolboys and 50 school and club coaches during a coaching session in Queenstown.They were assisted by Springbok assistant coaches, Johann van Graan, Ricardo Loubscher and John McFarland.Mastering basic techniquesThe Springboks demonstrated to the local coaches how to master basic technical techniques in areas, such as tackling, scrumming, lineout play and the breakdown.In July, the Footprint Programme paid its first visit to the Eastern Cape in Mthatha at the behest of the Eastern Cape Department of Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture.The Eastern Cape Sports Department is also assisting the South African Rugby Union (Saru) to prepare the Springbok Women’s Sevens squad to qualify for the 2016 Olympics. The assistance includes scientific support, fitness and conditioning training.Rassie Erasmus, Saru’s general manager for high performance, got the two-day symposium underway when he addressed the eager local schools and club coaches on the proper tackling and breakdown techniques.DemonstratedDuring the practical session, the Springbok players and coaching staff demonstrated those techniques to the learners and coaches at a community field, with a happy local crowd following every move on the field.Afterwards, lock Flip van der Merwe said he and his teammates enjoyed the session as much as the schoolboys and the coaches.“This is a great initiative and it is wonderful to see eagerness amongst the kids and their coaches to learn.“We seldom get the chance to visit areas such as Queenstown, and the reception we got from the local community and kids was amazing,” he said.SAinfo reporter and SA Rugbylast_img read more

PBA: Phoenix survives TNT in OT for early lead at 2-0

first_imgExplosive KOs highlight prelims of ONE Jakarta card MOST READ Michael Miranda had a chance to win it for KaTropa in regulation, but his wide-open triple from the right side was just a tad too strong.The Fuel Masters to be on a roll against teams that denied them a playoff runs in 2018. They handed Meralco, their tormentors in the Governors Cup quarterfinals last year, a heart-breaking loss in the opening week before frustrating the KaTropa, who knocked them out of playoff contention in the all-Filipino contest.The FuelMasters now sit atop of the conference with a 2-0 card, but Alas prefers not to get too high on the pair of victories.“We’re very happy with this win, but if we go 3-0, I think we’ll be happier since our upcoming assignment is coming off a great win,” he said.Phoenix will try to notch a third win at the expense of Columbian, which opened its conference with a stunning win over San Miguel Beer on Friday, this coming Wednesday at the Big Dome.ADVERTISEMENT Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? TNT moves on to face sister team NLEX on the same playdate in a battle of winless squads.“We’re supposed to practice on Sunday but I’m calling it off. They deserve to rest,” Alas closed. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Matthew Wright leads Fuel Masters’ fight anew. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO — Phoenix Pulse shored up its drive for a lofty standing in the Philippine Cup after turning back TNT in overtime, 93-84, in the cardiac nightcap of Saturday’s PBA Philippine Cup action at Ynares Center here.Matthew Wright led the way for the FuelMasters with 23 points to go with the double-double of last season’s Rookie of the Year Jason Perkins who registered 11 points and 15 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Two more members of Louie Alas-mentored squad tossed in double-digit contributions—Alex Mallari had 15 while Calvin Abueva 14—to add to TNT’s woes and spoil Roger Pogoy’s career performance.“Two OTs in two games,” said Louie Alas as he heaved a sigh of relief. “But more than the win, [I’m happy] with the experience to play a close game.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“Last conference, we lose in such games. This affords very, very good experience to us,” he added.Pogoy paced TNT with 30 markers and 12 boards as veteran Jayson Castro chimed in 18 points to keep Phoenix within striking range. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño View commentslast_img read more

Why we avoid taking stairs

first_imgClose proximity of a staircase to an escalator that seems so much faster and more convenient, discourages people from making the healthy decision of taking the stairs, says a study.To make sure that people take the stairs while shopping in a mall or in the metro station, you just have to make sure that the stairs are far, far away from the escalator, said the study published in the journal Environment and Behaviour.The study by researchers from Concordia University in Canada and Peking University in China looked at how location, height and traffic volume dictate pedestrian choices. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“Environmental factors have been explicitly identified as having an impact on stair-climbing, including the visibility of the stairway and its width,” said study senior author John Zacharias from the University of Peking.“This study shows that staircase location is just as important, and should be factored in when planning new buildings.” The researchers monitored 13 stairways and 12 pairs of escalators in seven connected shopping centres in Montreal, Canada. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixA total of 33,793 pedestrians were counted ascending or descending over 35 days.When the researchers examined the data, they found that increasing the distance between a stairway and an escalator by 100 per cent, accounted for 71 per cent of variance when shoppers were going up, and 21 per cent of variance when they were going down. Overall, that is a 95 per cent increase in stair use, the study said.last_img read more

Youre Probably Not Even Thinking About One of Social Medias Biggest Dangers

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Social media platforms allow us to stay connected to family and friends that we don’t get to see every day, but they also allow hackers and identity thieves to gain access to our personal information. In the last few years, there has been a rise in identity theft cases that started from social media platforms.Related: Your Cyber-Enemy May Not Be the Person You SuspectIt’s critical that individuals practice safe and smart social media use to protect not just themselves, but also their businesses and their customers. Beware of these three common mistakes that can lead to your personal information being compromised, and learn ways to proactively protect your identity from being stolen:Avoid oversharing.When people start sharing information with the public, it can open up doors for the information to be used against them. Details like full name, date of birth, hometown and even school locations and dates of graduation can become dangerous in the wrong hands. Social media platforms typically require your name and your date of birth, but most platforms will give you the option to not make the information shareable.Beyond basic information, be careful about what you post. Of course, you should not share your debit/credit card and social security numbers with people online, but images can be dangerous, too. A few examples would be things like posting a picture of your new car and not covering your license plate number or sharing event details that contain your home address. If these get in the hands of someone you don’t know, that person could use the information to steal your identity.Restrict application permissions to your social media accounts.When you download a new application that gives you the option to log in with a social media platform instead of using an email address, you are giving the app the rights to your information that has been collected on the platform. You might not think anything of it or that it would impact you in a negative way, but as we saw with the Cambridge Analytica data scandal, third parties have been able to gain access to information on social media users without their knowledge.Related: The Latest Thing You Need to Worry About Cybercriminals Hacking? Your Voice.Use careful consideration when granting access to any application, regardless of its stated intent. Even if the app itself is benign, a hack or data breach could leave your personal information out in the open. And the more applications your social channels are linked to, the more vulnerable your information is to being hacked and used inappropriately. Make sure to review the settings on your social media accounts, including the permissions for apps, and delete applications that you no longer use.Update security functions regularly.Changes to websites and applications happen often, and it is never a bad idea to monitor the security functions on different platforms to ensure that your information is protected. You should have a clear understanding of what the default security settings are and how to change them so that information is only shared with the audience you choose. Many people are surprised when they learn how broadly visible their information is by default on social media; you don’t want to be caught unaware when your personal information is at stake.In addition to security functions, you should consider changing your password frequently and avoid using the same password across different accounts. A rogue hacker tweeting from your profile might not make you sweat, but what if that person then also had access to your bank accounts and healthcare data? If someone was able to gain access to an account with a shared password, they will have a lot of information about you that they can use to steal your identity.Related: How to Protect Your Personal Brand’s Website From a Cyber AttackHow can you protect your information?Before you start shutting down all social media platforms because of fear of identity theft, there are a few more things that you can start doing now to protect yourself. Only follow or friend people that you know, and be mindful of what you post and share. When accessing accounts in public spaces, make sure to log out when finished and delete any browsing history. Lastly, never give out your social security or credit card number to any person or business unless it is legally mandatory (as with an employer for tax purposes or when applying for certain federal benefits).Identity theft is something that individuals should be vigilant about, but it doesn’t need to be a burden. Keep best practices in mind so you can still enjoy the positive benefits of social media and protect your information from the bad guys. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. September 27, 2018last_img read more

Haiku the open source BeOS clone to release in beta after 17

first_imgThe Haiku OS project initially launched in August 2001, then named as “OpenBeOS”, is nearing a beta release expected later this month. It’s been over 17 years since the project launched, and more than 18 years since the last release of the operating system- BeOS that inspired it. BeOs launched in 1995 by Be Inc, almost became the operating system for Apple’s hardware. However, the negotiations between Be Inc and Apple turned into nothing and the iPhone giant decided in favour of NeXT. Used primarily in the area of multimedia by software developers and users, BeOS had an impressive user interface, pre-emptive multitasking, symmetric multiprocessing and a 64-bit journaling file system. Cloning BeOS, Haiku’s boot performance is very good. The Haiku user interface is modeled entirely after BeOS, acquiring its signature variable-width title bars and spatial file management. Be Inc was shuttered in 2001. Although BeOS is dead- Haiku is very much alive, with around 50 people contributing to a patch every year. The biggest challenge that Haiku faces is the length of time between its releases. The most recent release, Haiku R1 Alpha 4.1, dates back to November 2012. In response to the considerable amount of time taken for this release, Haiku developer Adrien Destugues asserts that they needed to figure out various details regarding the project. From how to get the process back on track, to figuring out the buildbot setup, how to distribute the release to mirrors, where to get CDs pressed , and how to ship these to users who want to buy them. While the expected release date is somewhere towards the end of this month, Destugues is also open to delaying the release for another month or so in order to ship a quality product.  However, he confirms that, beginning with the first beta, there will be more frequent releases and continuous updates via the OS’s package manager. Why Should Haiku users stick around? Right after the first release of Haiku, the development team released a poll with a list of features, for which developers and users would vote to decide if they were ‘R1’ or ‘not R1’ Along with fixing a lot of bugs encountered in the previous version, users can now look forward to new features, including- Support for Wi-Fi A modern web browser with CSS and HTML5 support Improvements to the APIs which include support for system notifications, applications localisation, easier controls in the GUI, ‘stack and tile’ window management ‘Launch daemon’ in charge of starting and monitoring system services 64-bit CPU support, support for more than eight CPU cores USB3 and SATA support Support for more than 1GB of RAM Haiku now includes Package manager. All of these features will help the 200 odd users to run Haiku on a modern machine. The Haiku OS is famous among its users for its ease of use, responsiveness, and overall coherence. HaikuPorts and HaikuArchives currently include a range of software that can be used with the OS- including small 2D games, porting tools for embedded systems and the occasional Python library needed. Haiku has also made it possible to achieve porting Qt, LibreOffice, or other large applications over from the Linux world. While working with Haiku, developers often encounter system bugs in the process. This means if one is developing an application and is faced with resolving a bug, sooner or later they will be fixing the OS as well. Naturally, there are some viewers who are apprehensive of the timeline committed by Haiku, as they have waited long enough for the release. Source: Reddit After a span of 17 years, it would be interesting to see the number of Haiku users that have stuck around for the Beta release. Head over to computerworld for deeper insights on this project. Read Next Sugar operating system: A new OS to enhance GPU acceleration security in web apps cstar: Spotify’s Cassandra orchestration tool is now open source! Storj Labs’ Open Source Partner Program generates revenue opportunities for open source companieslast_img read more