Milford High School’s Bryson Barnes Offered By SUU

first_img Written by Tags: Bryson Barnes/SUU Football January 6, 2020 /Sports News – Local Milford High School’s Bryson Barnes Offered By SUU Brad James FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailCEDAR CITY, Utah-Monday afternoon, Southern Utah University’s football program offered Milford High School star-athlete Bryson Barnes a scholarship as confirmed on Barnes’ Twitter account.Barnes stated that SUU running backs coach Sam Elliott reached out to him Monday on Twitter.Barnes has also been offered a scholarship by Western Illinois University in 2019.last_img

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Port Douglas’ Spice at Oak Beach gets Houzz award

first_imgAwarding winning home Spice at Oak BeachA BALINESE-inspired beach house built using recycled timber has added another accolade to its impressive award history.Images of Spice at Oak Beach near Port Douglas were rated Cairns most popular in the bathroom, kitchen, wardrobe, entry, landscape and patio categories in the annual Best of Houzz award.In the bathroom category, 36-38 The Peak, Brinsmead was also recognised for its breathtaking design.Houzz is a leading online platform for home renovation and design. Awarding winning home Spice at Oak Beach“This particular job, and the way the clients wanted to approach it was unique — they didn’t really know how to explain their requirement, they just knew how they wanted it to feel and they wanted it to be like it had been there for a long time,” Mr Reason said.“Builder Nathan Verri won the tender and I think the way the materials all came together was the most pleasing part of the project.“The client decided to use recycled timber and it added to the age and character and charm of the house.“The way the kitchen benchtops and the vanity was cast in concrete, they give it a nice weight and age and feel as well.” 36-38 The Peak, Brinsmead.Spice is a large L-shaped, two-storey home with four bedrooms, three bathrooms and a pool and an entertaining area. The term ’tropical bohemian’ was given to the home’s particular style, which helped in establishing a design palette to work with.Balay Van Dyke project manager Sean Reason, part of the team who spent six months designing the home, said the process took nine different concept designs.The home was named best individual home at the master builders award in 2017, won the state award for best residential project at last year Building Designers Association of Queensland awards and from that, went onto to the national awards category where it picked up a gong for best use of timber.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days ago Awarding winning home Spice at Oak BeachThe client’s passion for hand crafted finishings led them to source the various decor from overseas trips as well. The L-shaped layout of the home wraps around a private courtyard and pool area and the bi-folding timber doors open the main living areas out to both the beach and the courtyard.“Best of Houzz is a true badge of honour as it is awarded by our community of homeowners, those who are hiring design, renovating and other home improvement professionals for their projects,” said Tony Been, Asia-Pacific country manager of Houzz. Bathroom at 36-38 The Peak, Brinsmead“We are excited to celebrate the 2019 winners chosen by our community as their favourites for home design and customer experience, and to highlight those winners on the Houzz website and app.”last_img read more

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RESULT: Nanyondo finishes 11th in Doha 1500 final

first_imgIt was an emphatic win for Hassan, the fastest woman over 1,500m this season who also set a world record for the mile in Monaco in July.Hassan had startled many at the start of the championships after her win in the 10,000m, showing a devastating turn of speed over the closing laps to take gold.However she found herself at the eye of storm on Tuesday when news of Salazar’s four-year suspension for doping violations at the Nike Oregon Project, where Hassan trains.Hassan later said in a statement she was “shocked” by the news, insisting her “conscience was clean” over working with the tainted coach.Salazar, 61, was suspended for a catalogue of drugs violations uncovered in a years-long investigation by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).Hassan joined the Oregon Project in late 2016, shortly before an internal report by USADA detailing Salazar’s malpractice was leaked in early 2017.She earlier finished 4th in the 800m, winning $15,000 in a race won by teammate Halimah Nakaayi.****Ugandan teams YET TO RUN10,000 Metres – SUNDAYJoshua CHEPTEGEIJacob KIPLIMO 1Abdallah Kibet MANDEMarathon – TODAY midnightStephen KIPROTICHFred MUSOBOSolomon MUTAIShare on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: Nanyondo running the 800m earlier.RESULT 1500m final Nanyondo 11thPrizes Finalists win…. $60,000 $30,000 $20,000 $15,000 $10,000 $6,000 $5,000 $4,000Doha, Qatar | AFP | Uganda’s Winnie Nanyondo finished 11th in the 1,500m final on the penultimate day of the  World Athletics Championships on Saturday.The gold medal was won by Sifan Hassan, who surged to her second gold medal of the World Championships.The 26-year-old Ethiopian-born Dutch runner romped home in a world leading championship record time of 3min 51.95sec to take gold, with 2017 champion Faith Kipyegon of Kenya claiming silver and Ethiopia’s Gudaf Tsegay bronze.It was Hassan’s second gold medal of the championships following her win in the 10,000m, making her the first woman to successfully double in the two events.  She shrugged off the doping controversy that has embroiled her banned coach Alberto Salazar.After taking her time at the back of the pack, Hassan hit the front towards the end of the first lap and was always in control at the Khalifa Stadium.Britain’s Laura Muir was on her shoulder at the bell but Hassan turned on the speed with around 250m to go to put clear daylight between her and the rest of the field, finishing around 20m ahead of Kipyegon.last_img read more

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Sea Bright Celebrates the Resurrection of Its Library

first_img 1234567891011121314151617181920212223242526272829303132333435363738394041424344454647PreviousNext SEA BRIGHT – Generations of beachgoershave enjoyed taking a book to the beach for some second-hand romance andadventure in the sunshine. The library is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays. Lance “Chick” Cunningham, who owned thesnack bar by the beach, Chick’s Dogs, and another small building nearby, gotinvolved on one of his stops to chat with the women at Hilton’s studio. Mayor Dina Long, council members,longtime library supporters and residents new and old came out last Saturday,March 16, to celebrate the rebirth of their library which, along with manystructures in this seaside borough, was a casualty of Super Storm Sandy in2012. For the crowd of supporters gathered forthe ribbon-cutting last Saturday, the long road to recovery from that loss madethe celebration extra special. But the Borough of Sea Bright has takenthat a step further by bringing an entire library to the beach. The Sea Bright Library and Cultural Arts Center occupies the second floor of the new Sea Bright Pavilion, which also houses borough offices, council chambers, community space and beach badge operations. Then things took a turn that would soundfictional, but file it under nonfiction: a Monmouth Beach philanthropist namedJay Ross offered to build the town a library. “Sarah is the grandmother of thelibrary,” Cunningham said. The JW Ross library and cultural art center was constructed in a southwest corner of the municipal parking lot. “People asked, ‘Why is that library in a corner of the parking lot?’ ” Rooney recalled. “Because that was where Jay wanted it.” The Pavilion rises three stories abovethe municipal parking lot, with glass doors on the library level opening to anexpansive outdoor deck offering cruise ship views of the beach, sea and sky. “The town of Sea Bright came together and voted 2-to-1 to move forward,” Rooney said. A contract for the construction of the pavilion portion of the project was awarded in the spring of 2018. Like grains of sand piling up to make adune, the journey to a town library was a long one for Sea Bright. Nearly four decadesago, local artist Sarah Hilton, who had a studio in town, decided to dosomething about the fact that the town lacked a library. For a town that didn’t have an officiallibrary until 1993, the new facility is a treasure that many Sea Brighters lookupon with personal pride. Like its predecessor, the new library willserve as a crossroads for the community, with up-to-the-minute features like a “cyberbar” where visitors can plug in to recharge their devices, work at computerstations, and space for meetings, like the knitting club local artist MeganGilhool hosts on Monday nights. There are also reading nooks with comfortablechairs and a children’s room with an ocean motif.center_img Hilton, who is a friend of The Two RiverTimes founder Claudia Ansorge, also arranged for the first art exhibit in thesmall building, which featured the profile photos that photographer DannySanchez shot for the paper. It was a big success. After Ross’s death in 2007,philanthropist Franz von Ziegesar funded the expansion of the library in hismemory, increasing its size by 30 percent. “The kids needed something to do,” saidCunningham, who is now head of the borough planning board. “Sea Bright needed aplace to go.” “When we lost our library, it wasdevastating,” said the mayor, who said her son learned to read there as a preschooler.“It truly was devastating for this community.” Photos by Patrick Olivero Cunningham offered space for the libraryin his building, where he’d already put in a few games to keep the kids busy.The library project soon gathered steam. Volunteers lent their time and residentsdonated boxes of books. “We are here to celebrate Chapter Two ofthe Sea Bright Library,” Rooney said. “We have a library that is worthy of ouramazing community,” said Long. “Congratulations, Sea Bright!” By Eileen Moon Ross donated $100,000 for the project.“Jay was not easy to deal with,” Rooney recalled. “But my father could dealwith him.” Five years later, the library washeavily damaged as storm tides and heavy winds swept across Sea Bright,destroying much of the town. The borough held a referendum on construction of the new facility in September 2016, approving a total of $5.3 million toward a $12.73 million project that would include construction of a new municipal, fire, police and first aid complex. The borough anticipated covering the remainder of the costs with FEMA reimbursements and insurance coverage. “Everyone in this town came together andsupported this,” said Charlie Rooney, a councilman whose father, also CharlieRooney, was mayor when the first library was dedicated. This story originally appeared in the March 21-27 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

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SANTA ANITA JOCKEYS SET TO COMPETE IN 48TH ANNUAL HOLY ANGELS BOYS CHARITY BASKETBALL GAME FEB. 12, PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT PERMANENTLY DISABLED JOCKEYS FUND, HOLY ANGELS ATHLETICS & EYE ON JACOB FOUNDATION

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 29, 2015)–The 48th annual Santa Anita Jockeys vs. Holy Angels School Charity Basketball Game will take place Thursday, Feb. 12, at La Salle High School in Pasadena with proceeds to benefit the Holy Angels athletic program, the Kentucky-based Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) and the Eye on Jacob Foundation.Sponsored by J. Paul Reddam’s CashCall and Santa Anita Park, game time is 7:15 p.m., with admission doors opening at 6:15 p.m.Hall of Fame jockeys Kent Desormeaux, Laffit Pincay, Jr., Mike Smith, Alex Solis and Gary Stevens will be available for an autograph signing session beginning at 6:30 p.m.With Pincay serving as honorary team captain, Desormeaux, Smith and Solis will comprise a team of fellow active riders such as William Antongeorgi, Tyler Baze, Rafael Bejarano, Brice Blanc, Brandon Boulanger, Alex Canchari, Victor Espinoza, Santiago Gonzalez, Mario Gutierrez, Aaron Gryder, Edwin Maldonado, Felipe Martinez, Corey Nakatani, Irving Orozco, Martin Pedroza, Fernando Perez, Tiago Pereira, Flavien Prat, Iggy Puglisi, Kayla Stra, Joe Talamo, Elvis Trujillo, Drayden Van Dyke and perhaps others.“We look forward to this game every year,” said Nakatani, perennially one of the most competitive jockeys on the squad. “The game is fun for everyone, the jocks, the Holy Angels kids, all of our families and the fans that come to support us. It’s a great night where we can all get together, have fun and help raise money for some great causes. I’ve really enjoyed it over the years.”The PDJF helps assist permanently disabled jockeys nationwide, while the Eye on Jacob Foundation, named for Jacob Desormeaux, who is the 16-year-old son of Hall of Fame jockey, Kent, benefits those suffering from Usher’s Syndrome. An extremely rare neurological disorder, Usher’s Syndrome causes progressive loss of hearing, imbalance, and eventual loss of sight in approximately 14,000 children in the United States.HRTV’s Kurt Hoover, a former standout cager at Arcadia High School, will again coach the jockeys’ team. Known for his laid-back approach, Hoover stated his game-day approach will be similar to that of past years–“We’ll keep the clock runnin’ and just let ’em run and gun.”Tickets are $5 per person, and for every two tickets purchased, individuals receive one free admission ticket to Santa Anita. Additionally, there will be opportunities to win a trip to Las Vegas and a Paintball Package to Hollywood Sports Paintball and Airsoft Park.La Salle High School is located at the southwest corner of Michillinda Ave. and Sierra Madre Blvd. in Pasadena, approximately four miles northwest of Santa Anita. Admission tickets and promotional tee shirts are on sale now at Champions! Gifts and Apparel in Santa Anita’s East Paddock Gardens, or through Holy Angels School. –30– EVENT SPONSORED BY J. PAUL REDDAM’S CASHCALL & SANTA ANITA PARKlast_img read more

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Man United’s world class XI for next season featuring Pogba and more signings

first_img 5. Luke Shaw (left back) – Shaw missed the majority of last season with a broken leg, but is poised to return at the start of next season. Mourinho could throw the 20-year-old straight into action. 10. Anthony Martial (left attack) – It’s hard to believe Martial is just 20. The young striker radiates confidence and could firmly establish himself as one of Europe’s finest players under Mourinho. 11 11 8. Henrikh Mkhitaryan (right attack) – Mkhitaryan’s agent claims his client has his heart set on a move to Old Trafford. With 18 goals and 20 assists in all competitions for Borussia Dortmund last season, what an addition to the side he would be. 9. Wayne Rooney (attacking midfield) – The England captain’s recent performances for his country suggest his days of playing as a leading striker are behind him. A midfield role looks likely at Old Trafford next season. 11 11 4. Chris Smalling (centre back) – Smalling will be full of confidence after an excellent last season and could be a key player as United bid to return to the top four. 2. Matteo Darmian (right back) – It was a challenging first campaign for the Italian, but he’ll be out to cement a role at right back under Mourinho. 7. Paul Pogba (centre midfield) – Pogba is reportedly the statement signing Mourinho wants to make this summer. The France international would certainly liven up an ageing midfield and could feel he has unfinished business in Manchester. 11 6. Morgan Schneiderlin (centre midfield) – Van Gaal didn’t seem satisfied with Schneiderlin’s performances, much to the annoyance of the Old Trafford faithful. With Michael Carrick and Bastian Schweinsteiger in the latter stages of their career, Mourinho might be keen to focus his attention on the Frenchman. 11 11 11 Jose Mourinho will be a new face in the Old Trafford dugout when the Premier League kicks off on August 13.The Portuguese replaces Louis van Gaal and is hard at work addressing the Dutchman’s struggling squad.Reports suggest Mourinho will spend big this summer and wants a statement signing to shock his club’s rivals.So, talkSPORT has taken a look at who the former Chelsea manager is said to be eyeing and assembled a possible starting line up for next season.Check out the predicted Manchester United XI, featuring Eric Bailly and more possible summer signings, by viewing the slideshow above. 11 11. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (striker) – This deal isn’t wrapped up just yet, but now Sweden have exited Euro 2016, it could soon be announced. United are reportedly closing in on Ibrahimovic’s transfer and he’ll be guaranteed a starting role up top. 11 11 3. Eric Bailly (centre back) – Chris Smalling was outstanding for United last season, but Van Gaal struggled to secure a consistent partner for the England international. New signing Bailly could be the man to step up. 1. David De Gea (goalkeeper) – see the Red Devils’ full possible XI for next season by clicking the arrow above, right – The Spaniard looks to be staying put and is expected to be the no.1 next season, with Real Madrid reportedly no longer interested in luring the stopper to the Santiago Bernabeu. last_img read more

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Humboldt State women’s basketball opens season Friday as host of West Region Crossover Classic

first_imgAs the saying goes, two is a coincidence — but three is a trend.The Humboldt State women’s basketball team, following trips to the NCAA D-II West Region postseason tournament in each of the last two seasons, will take it first steps towards a third March Madness bid on Friday when it opens the season against Seattle Pacific inside Lumberjack Arena at 7 p.m.The game will serve as the night cap of night one of the West Region Crossover Classic. Humboldt is playing host to the annual preseason …last_img

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South African innovation to be seen through the eyes of top bloggers

first_imgThat’s why the Brand South Africa/IMC is bringing a group of top-notch US bloggers to SA in first week of December and hosting them on a first-of-its-kind 8-day tour that will showcase South Africa as an extraordinary nation of creative problem-solvers who do difficult things well. Travelling with the group will be two of South Africa best-known bloggers, Thoughtleader’s Ndumiso Ngcobo, author of “Some of My Best Friends are White”, and Nicholas Haralambous of SARocks.co.za,  along with Simon Barber, the IMC’s US Country Manager, who blogs at brandsouthafricablog.com.  Nich will also be blogging for the Homecoming Revolution website whilst on the trip.Armed with their laptops, cameras and digital recorders — and 3G wireless modems generously supplied by Vodacom to give them 24/7 access to the web – the bloggers will:1. Helicopter out to De Beers’ state of the art mining ship, Peace in Africa, off the west coast;2. Get a close look for South Africa’s green technology, including the Joule electric car and the Darling wind farm;3. See the sun set over the Richtersveld;4. Descend 3.7 kilometres to the ore face at Anglogold Ashanti’s Tau Tona mine, the world’s deepest;5. Hike in the Magaliesberg with an innovative programme to rescue troubled youth;6. Overnight in Soweto to get a feel for its history and transformation;7. Visit Soccer City to get the latest on 2010;8. Drink a little wine with the folks from Stormhoek winery who  pioneered the use of web-based social networks to be an internationally-respected brand;9. And much, much more on a remarkable itinerary assembled with the invaluable help of the well-known science-writer, author, educator and blogger Graeme Addison.As they go, the bloggers will be posting on their experiences and impressions in words, pictures, video and sound.  Their posts will be aggregated at a special site, www.weblogtheworld.com , and also available as an RSS feed. Photos will be posted to flickr, videos to YouTube and Zoopy.Explaining the thinking behind the tour, IMC’s Barber said: “The beauty of the Internet, blogs and technologies like Facebook, YouTube, Zoopy and Twitter, is that everyone can now be a storyteller and, with a little luck and flair, have their story heard by millions.“We’re going to be creating all kinds of great content on this tour.  We hope our posts will generate tons of links from other blogs, Facebook pages and the like. We hope lots of people will not just watch our videos on YouTube and Zoopy but embed them, along with the tour’s RSS feed and flickr stream, on their own sites. That’s what we’re working to achieve.”Emphasising the importance of user-generated-content, Barber continued: “If you’re in the market for almost any product or service these days, and you have an Internet connection, the net is your buyer’s guide.  You don’t need to listen to sales pitches or succumb to slick ads. You go online and get recommendations from people your trust, other consumers, your peers. That’s the new reality for everyone in the marketing business.“As the custodian of Brand South Africa, the International Marketing Council’s job is to see that South Africa’s story is told compellingly, convincingly and, above all – because you can neither compel nor convince otherwise – authentically.“One way to do that is to empower South Africans to use the Internet to talk about the country they love and get themselves heard. Another is to amplify the voices of visitors when they record and share their overwhelmingly positive experiences here. Nothing beats a good third party endorsement.”Barber cited the example of Kevin DeSouza, an assistant professor at the University of Washington’s School of Information, who  spent a couple of months teaching at Wits earlier this year.  Here’s a link to what he wrote in his blog when he left:  http://kevindesouza.blogspot.com/. As the comments at the bottom of the post show, it had an impact. Shirley Meyer wrote:  “Very grateful for the review. I have wanted to visit for a while, but was too worried (nervous). I must buy my ticket now. Thanks a million.”The US bloggers are:       1. Renee Blodgett and Ray Lewis (www.downtheavenue.com),       2. Zadi Diaz (www.zadidiaz.com),       3. Mona Gable (www.huffingtonpost.com/mona-gable),       4. John Gartner (www.matternetwork.com),       5. Chris Morrison (www.venturebeat.com),       6. David Sasaki (www.globalvoices.org),       7. Graeme Wood (www.theamericanscene.com,www.thesmartset.com ,www.theatlantic.com)       8. Eliane Fioret (www.ubergizmo.com). For further information, please contact: Simon Barber, US Country ManagerCell: +1 202 276 5084Office +1 202 657 5758 / +1 202 432 5607From November 28: +27 76 822 7365Skype name: barber.comEmail: [email protected] this article in PDF format. [367kb]last_img read more

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Local heroines in the spotlight

first_imgThe graves of Helen Joseph, Lilian Ngoyiand Charlotte Maxeke will be declared national heritage sites by the departmentof arts and culture and the South AfricanHeritage Resources Agency on 20 August (Image: Nosimilo Ramela) MEDIA CONTACTS • Mack Lewele Department of Arts and Culture +27 82 450 5076 or +27 012 441 3083 RELATED ARTICLES • African women forging ahead in IT • SA women take the lead • SA women in the spotlight • Media awards for SA womenNosimilo RamelaIn celebration of Women’s Month in South Africa, the Department of Arts and Culture has launched a number of initiatives to honour female icons who’ve helped shape a more democratic society.Women’s Month is always held in August, with a public holiday on the ninth, to pay tribute to the more than 20 000 South African women who marched to the Union Buildings on that date in 1956 to protest against unjust pass laws, which enforced racial segregation.This peaceful demonstration was led by apartheid activists Lilian Ngoyi, Helen Joseph, Rahima Moosa and Sophie de Bruyn, and put women at the forefront of the political struggle.“Through their actions, they helped to lay the foundations for the building of a non-racial, non-sexist and democratic country,” said Minister of Arts and Culture Lulu Xingwana.She was speaking at her department’s Women’s Month launch at The Rosebank Hotel, Johannesburg, on 3 August 2010.Women have always played a central role in the socio-economic development of society, but their roles have often been overlooked, the minister said.“The programmes we are launching are to declare that women also made a contribution.”Graves become heritage sitesThe department and the South African Heritage Resources Agency will declare the graves of Joseph, Ngoyi and fellow freedom fighter Charlotte Maxeke national heritage sites on 20 August. “This is part of the national legacy projects which honour the forgotten and unsung heroines of the liberation struggle,” said Xingwana.The ceremony will take place in Soweto, where Joseph and Ngoyi are buried. “The programme will include a church service, speeches and the unveiling of site plaques,” the minister added.Dulcie September Memorial LectureA day before this ceremony on 19 August, the department, in partnership with the University of the Western Cape, will host a memorial lecture in the name of another anti-apartheid icon, Dulcie September, who was assassinated in 1988 while in exile in France.“Through this lecture the government acknowledges her contribution towards the liberation of the people of South Africa,” said Xingwana.The lecture will be delivered by award-winning British writer and editor Margaret Busby, with guest speakers Dr John Daniel – a researcher from the Human Sciences Research Council – and South African ambassador to the US, Barbra Masekela.Xingwana said this lecture was a symbol of her department’s commitment to women: “We constantly see lectures recognising male heroes and rarely do we have lectures about women.”Women writers unite“We will host a women writers’ symposium under the theme Women’s words, African worlds, renewing a dialogue between African women writers and women of African descent,” Xingwana said at the launch.The gathering will take place from 25 to 26 August at two Johannesburg venues: the Windybrow Theatre and Museum Africa. It will focus on fiction and non-fiction writing, journalism and the formation of an African Women Writers’ Network.Invited writers who will participate in the symposium include Tsitsi Dangarembga of Zimbabwe, Lola Shoneyin of Nigeria, Shailja Patel of Kenya and Lauretta Ngcobo, Miriam Tlali and Elinor Sisulu from South Africa.Sarah Bartmann rememberedTo reaffirm the often marginalised history, heritage and culture of the indigenous Khoi and San Bushmen of South Africa, the department will unveil the design for the Sarah Bartmann Centre of Remembrance, on the 22 August in Hankey, in the Eastern Cape province.Bartmann was a Khoi slave who was lured to London in 1810 and put on show as a “scientific curiosity”, owing to her physical features that were perceived by Europeans as “freakish”.She was later moved to Paris, where she was exhibited by an animal trainer in severely degrading displays intended for public amusement.She died in France in December 1815 and her remains were exhibited in a museum there until 1974.Years later, then president of South Africa Nelson Mandela requested that her remains be returned. This was done, and on 9 August 2002 Bartmann was buried in Hankey, the town of her birth.SA women shine at Shanghai expoThe country is currently taking part in the six-month-long Shanghai World Exhibition, for which the Department of Arts and Culture developed a programme to showcase the talents of South African women artists and performers.Each country participating in the Shanghai Exhibition is allocated a national day – and South Africa has chosen 9 August. “As part of celebrating our national day we will hoist the South African flag,” said Xingwana.Prominent South African female musicians, including Debra Fraser, Loveline Madumo, Sibongile Khumalo and Thandiswa Mazwai, will perform at the event.Beyond Women’s MonthAll programmes launched will be sustained beyond the month of August to help empower and inspire women, Xingwana said, adding that “freedom is not complete until women are free from all forms of abuse, poverty, and deprivation”.last_img read more

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Siri: Your Personal Assistant for the Mobile Web

first_imgSiri is one of the most ambitious mobile services we have seen in the last few years. Imagine if you could just talk to you phone and tell it to call you a taxi, reserve a table at your favorite restaurant or tell you what the weather in New York City will be like tomorrow. If you have an iPhone, you will be able to start doing that tonight. Siri, a virtual personal assistant, will recognize your voice query and either give you the answer to your question or connect you to the right web service.When we first encountered Siri 2 years ago, it was an extremely stealthy startup and the company only started to release more information about the product in the middle of last year. Siri was spun out of SRI International and its core technology is based on the ambitious CALO artificial intelligence project. CALO stands for “Cognitive Assistant that Learns and Organizes” – and that’s exactly what Siri does.Using SiriThe app transcribes spoken text and then takes these commands and routes them to the right web services. If you try to book a table at a Thai restaurant (“get me a table at a good Thai restaurant nearby”), for example, Siri will check where you are, query Yelp for reviews of nearby Thai restaurants, show you the options and then pre-populate a reservation form on OpenTable with your information. All you have to do is to confirm Siri’s selection.Works Best on an iPhone 3GSWe should note that Siri recommends using the app on an iPhone 3GS, as the app is a bit sluggish on older versions of the iPhone. You can still install it on any iPhone, but your experience might not be quite as good as on a 3GS. When we talked to the company last month, Siri’s CEO Dag Kittlaus described Siri as “the mother of all mashups.” To make this personal assistant work for enough of the most likely queries that people will enter, Siri needed to make sure that it connects directly to as many web services as possible. The company, for example, pulls concert data from StubHub, movie times from MovieTickets, movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes, restaurant data from Yelp and you can order a taxi through TaxiMagic. In total, Siri current has partnered with 16 different companies and expects to expand this number continuously over the next few months. Siri will also plans to offer an API for developers.Siri’s mobile app will be free. The company’s business model relies on getting affiliate and referral fees from these partners whenever somebody buys something through the service. This also explains why Siri is currently only available in the U.S., though given that adapting the speech recognition and semantic analysis to other languages will take a while, we don’t expect to see Siri in other languages anytime soon. Our own tests of Siri have been limited so far, but the software is surprisingly good at translating voice queries into text. As the Siri team told us last month, the application works so well because it is able to recognize the context of your queries. This kind of semantic analysis is a very computing intensive problem, so most of the actual number crunching happens on Siri’s servers. Siri outsources the voice recognition to Nuance and if you are not comfortable with speaking into your phone, you can always use a regular text query as well.Obviously, Siri won’t be able to answer every query – and sadly the app doesn’t use Wolfram Alpha to give you answers to factual questions (yet). Should that happen, Siri will just route your query to a search engine and display the search results. As the Siri team told us, however, users tend to learn which queries work best pretty quickly (just like we learned how to structure effective queries for Google).If you want to give Siri a try, just head over to the App Store. Just remember to come back and tell us how well (or not) it worked for you. frederic lardinois Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts center_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#mobile#news#NYT#web last_img read more

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