VCB ready to face trials

first_imgDOHA, Qatar:Despite having 17 Olympic and World Championships medals to her name, Veronica Campbell-Brown knows it will be as difficult as ever to make Jamaica’s team to this year’s Rio Games when national trials roll around in June.”Based on my experience, it is always tough to make my team,” Campbell-Brown said. “Jamaica has a lot of great athletes. I expect it to be as tough as always.”Campbell-Brown, who will turn 34 on May 15, says she feels as fresh as ever and, therefore, is not ready to pronounce this as being her last Olympics despite the fact that she will be 38 in 2020 when the next track and field spectacle is slated for.FEELING YOUNG”Actually, I don’t feel a day older. I feel as young and as fresh as ever,” Campbell-Brown said. “So I will just train hard and stay focused as I feel good.”I do not put limits on myself, and I am not closing any doors because I do not know what God has in store for me. So I will just take it season by season, and right now I am focused on the 2016 season.”The former Vere Technical High student, one of the greatest female sprinters of all time, is the first to admit that last season was not one of her best. She did recover, however, to take bronze in the 200m at the World Championships and helped Jamaica to gold in the 4x100m.”I do expect things to be better and to move smoother than last year. Preparations have been going well. I am excited about the season.”Campbell-Brown, who has a personal best of 10.76 seconds in the 100m and 21.74 in the 200m, was unwilling to say how fast she is likely to go this season.”You never know. I don’t know. We will see,” Campbell-Brown said when asked how fast she believed she would go this season. “I am just focusing on making the team to Rio and then go from there.”ryon.jones@gleanerjm.comlast_img read more


first_imgCOUNCIL MEETING LATEST: Liam Ward, Donegal County Council Director of Service, later explained to councillors that a budget should have been struck tonight.He said the provisions of the legislation were that the council could meet again by January 13 if they wish.“Is there any point in coming back?” asked the Mayor.  COUNCIL DIRECTOR OF SERVICE EXPLAINS CONSEQUENCES OF COUNCIL VOTE was last modified: January 8th, 2014 by John2Share 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

Warriors mailbag: Can the Warriors win without Kevin Durant?

first_imgHOUSTON — I knew the question was coming before I opened my Twitter timeline.What do the Warriors do without Kevin Durant? A fair and complicated question. After all, the Warriors beat the Houston Rockets in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals despite Durant leaving late in the third quarter because of a strained right calf. But can the Warriors do this beginning with Game 6 tonight and possibly beyond?Warriors coach Steve Kerr sounded optimistic both with that question and about Duran …last_img read more

What’s happening Friday at 49ers HQ: No Kittle, but Witherspoon returns

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Here are the top things we’ve learned so far Friday at 49ers headquarters ahead of Monday’s visit by the Seattle Seahawks, with more updates coming after locker-room access:HERE, KITTLE, KITTLE?Tight end George Kittle remained out for a third straight practice, casting further doubt on his availability Monday to play through knee and ankle injuries.The 49ers won’t officially declare Kittle’s status until after Saturday’s practice, at about 1 p.m. Kittle hurt his left knee on …last_img read more

America’s highest award for Tutu

first_img13 August 2009US President Barack Obama, presenting America’s highest civilian honour to Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, said the Nobel Peace Laureate exemplified “that sense of generosity, that spirit of unity, that essence of humanity that South Africans know simply as ubuntu.”Tutu was one of 16 people to receive the 2009 US Presidential Medal of Freedom from Obama at the White House in Washington on Wednesday.These included British physicist Stephen Hawking, American actor Sidney Poitier, tennis great Billie Jean King, former Irish President Mary Robinson, Bangladeshi economist Muhammad Yunus, and (posthumously) US gay rights activist Harvey Milk.On receiving the medal from Obama, Tutu said the honour belonged to all South Africans who fought to free their country from apartheid. “I am standing out only because millions of my compatriots are carrying me on their shoulders.”Obama said in his presentation speech that Tutu had “stirred the world’s conscience for decades.“The glint in the eye and the lilt in the voice are familiar to us all,” Obama said. “But the signature quality of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, says Nelson Mandela, is a readiness to take unpopular stands without fear.“Perhaps that explains what led the Arch, as he’s known, to preach amid tear-gas and police dogs, rallying a people against apartheid. And later, when a free South Africa needed a heart big enough to forgive its sins, Archbishop Desmond Tutu was called to serve once more, as chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.“Tribune of the downtrodden, voice of the oppressed, cantor of our conscience, Desmond Tutu possesses that sense of generosity, that spirit of unity, that essence of humanity that South Africans know simply as ubuntu.”Tutu said he and his wife Leah were humbled by “the extraordinary symbolism of a former South African township urchin receiving the United States’ highest civilian honour from the first African American to occupy the White House.”Obama’s ascension to the Oval Office “has not only brought hope to America, but to a world grappling with massive challenges including global warming, global recession, poverty, prejudice and HIV/Aids.“We are honoured that in these trying times the President saw fit to salute the contribution South Africans have made to deepen the world’s understanding of peace, justice and reconciliation.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Proteas exit ICC World Twenty20

first_imgOne has to ask, was it a choke on South Africa’s part? Not really. One has to be in with a strong shot at victory to choke and the Proteas were too far off their best to really challenge at the ICC World Twenty20. After the testing tour of England, the tournament proved to be a bridge too far. Faf du Plessis made the highest score for South Africa in the tournament of 65 against India, but the next highest score in the game was just 16. Neither South Africa nor England performed well in the tournament, but the Proteas had the added disadvantage of being away from home since early July. With different preparation, more focused on the 20 overs a side game, they would surely have done better. “We did all the preparation possible. We thought we were ready, but the guys didn’t click.” The very next ball, however, Morkel dragged the delivery from Lakshmipathy Balaji onto his stumps. That brought his brother Morne to the crease. Games they could have wonTheir matches against India and Pakistan were games they could easily have won, but they did not. Those were contests that a fresher side might well have taken. The taller of the two Morkels was deceived by a slower ball first up and played a shot too early. The next ball, though, he blasted Balaji for six. Advantage South Africa, it seemed. 3 October 2012 ‘A poor tournament’After the contest, captain AB de Villiers did not try to hide his dissatisfaction with his team’s performances. “Disappointed isn’t the word to describe it. We’ve had a poor tournament,” he said. “We’ve let the country down and that’s what hurts most. However, when Morkel went for it again off the second last delivery of the over, he was clean bowled, leaving India winners by one run, with South Africa all out for 151. If one offered De Villiers an excuse for his team’s sub-standard showing, he probably wouldn’t take it, but touring England before heading directly for Sri Lanka was far from ideal preparation for the ICC World Twenty20.center_img Batting first, India posted 152 for 6, led by Suresh Raina’s 45 off 35 deliveries. Morne Morkel captured 2 for 28 with the ball in his four overs, while Robin Peterson picked up 2 for 25. Final overNonetheless, the contest came down to the final over, with South Africa requiring 13 for victory. When Albie Morkel smashed the first ball of the over for six, the Proteas, who had two wickets in hand, were left needing eight runs off five balls, and it looked as if they would sneak home. At the top level of play, it’s the little things that make the difference and with the team some way off its best form, that was the difference between winning and losing. The biggest factor was the poor batting performances by the Proteas. Not only were match-winning individual innings not played, but the top scorers in each match received little support, resulting in poor totals which were difficult to defend. South Africa’s reply started poorly, with Amla dismissed from the second ball of the innings. Faf du Plessis shone with 65, but five other batsmen made it to double figures, yet four of them failed to make it beyond 13. To underline just how poor the Proteas’ batting was: only JP Duminy, with 106 runs in four innings, topped the 100-run mark. Hashim Amla managed 71 runs in five innings, Jacques Kallis made 24 in three, De Villiers 89 in four and Richard Levi 62 in four. Such performances won’t serve any team well. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Half-centuriesIn five matches, only two South Africans made half-centuries and one of those, Richard Levi’s 50 not out, came against minnows Zimbabwe. The bowling was good, but not good enough to defend poor totals. The Proteas’ slim chance of reaching the semi-finals of the ICC World Twenty20 fell away when Pakistan beat Australia on Tuesday. That left South Africa with nothing but pride to play for against India. In a roller-coaster contest, AB de Villiers and company exited the competition with a one-run loss.last_img read more

‘I feel good when I help others and see them prosper’

first_imgThato Mokhothu named her company RTT Construction after her children, Refilwe, Tshiamo and Tshego. She is not only building a legacy in the business world but also in the lives of many women through her Phenomenal Women initiative.Thato Mokhothu runs Phenomenal Women, her non-profit organisation, without remuneration and says she enjoys seeing it grow. “It has helped me to feel good about myself by helping others and seeing them prosper.” (Image supplied)Melissa JavanBloemfontein businesswoman Thato Mokhothu believes that playing a part in the community helps to decrease stress and eases depression.The eldest of her siblings, she saw her mother become depressed following her parents divorce in 2000. Mokhothu had to become the family breadwinner for her siblings, according to the Vie by Envie online magazine.She dropped out of college and started waitressing. But Mokhothu was determined to improve her situation and went on to qualify for the National Home Builders Registration Council Women Empowerment Business Course offered through the Gordon Institute of Business Science.In 2014 she completed a Seda Enterprise Development Programme. Mokhothu also became part of the Cherie Blair Mentorship Programme.Working towards a bigger goalPhenomenal Women focuses on female and youth empowerment, says the founder of RTT Construction, named for her children, Refilwe, Tshiamo and Tshego.Mokhothu set up her non-profit organisation as a network that allowed women to share information and business opportunities. It has a Facebook group of more than 16,000 members.One of the ways Phenomenal Women empowers women and youth is by helping to connect them with possible new clients in other provinces. This allows members of the network to do business with other women in other provinces.“[Working towards making your community a better place] brings people from diverse backgrounds together to work towards a common goal,” says Mokhothu, a Play Your Part ambassador.Other Phenomenal Women initiatives include hosting finance workshops, mentorship opportunities and training in payroll, compliance advice and supplier diversity programmes. Members of the network also do various charity events, such as working with an orphanage in Heidedal, in the Free State.Mokhothu says: “I believe if the majority of people [are] involved in community work, we will be able to decrease poverty, the high rate of unemployment and assist with the economic challenges that affecting our country at the moment.“We cannot rely on the government alone to take care of the community.”Brand South Africa journalist Melissa Javan talked to Mokhothu.MJ: Where did you get the idea for the NPO?TM: I have always liked to help other people — when I was working for Absa I made sure that I shared available positions with friends and other people.I would also share available tenders, knowing very well that I would be applying for the same tender. In 2013, I started Phenomenal Women, but it was not registered as yet.I had a restaurant and allowed women to showcase their products at the restaurant at no cost. I started to host business workshops and invited key roleplayers such as the South African Revenue Services and the National Youth Development Agency to come to the event at the restaurant.I saw how everyone was benefiting from the workshops. People would, for instance, come to buy shoes and bags, and would also buy a plate and cold drink from me.There were other women’s associations before but they were not active in the Free State. I have been a member of some of them, but I never got to enjoy the benefits of joining.In 2014, I decided to re-launch Phenomenal Woman and register it and run it differently from other existing women’s associations. I also believe in leading by example, which has pushed me to work very hard.MJ: When did you become involved in community work and how have you made it part of your decision-making as a businesswoman?TM: From a young age my father taught me that I needed to give and help other people in order for me to be blessed or to receive more. That’s how I have lived my life.When I was in high school I was the chairperson of the TADA (Teenagers Against Drug Abuse), working together with the police. In my tertiary years, I took care of people with disabilities, visiting them and doing their hair.When I worked at Absa Home Loans, I was the chairperson of the Home Loans corporate social investment [programme] for the Free State. Our project was to renovate a school and turn it into a house of safety for children. It is still going, run by Christian Revival Church.I then adopted a children’s home in Heidedal, where I helped with things such as clothes and food. I celebrated my birthdays with the children and asked people to buy the children presents instead of buying me birthday gifts.In my company I empower other women and youth by giving them construction sub-contracting work. This is to help increase their Construction Industry Development Board levels because I know how difficult it is out there to get someone who will give you a chance in business.MJ: What are your Phenomenal Women highlights?TM: My highlights are the testimonies of women who have achieved their dream. One woman in particular started off as a member of Phenomenal Women and was inspired to follow her dream.She is currently demolishing 650 shacks used as day care centres in the Free State, and is offering them better structures with the help of Letsatsi Power Projects. These centres are also offered nutritious meals.MJ: How important are relationships for an entrepreneur and for someone who wants to make an impact in society?TM: I believe that every relationship is very important. If they know you and know your business ethics, they will listen to you and they will do business with you.When you need help in any corporate social investment projects, they gratefully assist you.MJ: Can you share tips on using social media to talk about what you are doing?TM: I use my social media pages to inspire people to get involved in community life. You need to be consistent. For example, I use social media to promote community involvement campaigns and collaborations.Branding is also very important and I have made sure that my page is full of positive quotes. I also share job opportunities and tenders.I get messages every day from different people who are inspired by my work and who would like to join me or start similar projects that I do in the community.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

Bank Login-Stealing Botnet Found Hiding in Amazon Cloud

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market jolie odell We’ve all heard security nerds complain about the vulnerabilities of cloud computing; here’s the news they’ve been waiting for.Black-hat hackers got into an unnamed website hosted on Amazon’s servers then proceeded to install an illegal command and control infrastructure. Named America’s number one most wanted botnet, Zeus was discovered on Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) by security researchers yesterday.The Zeus Trojan is a keylogger designed to steal data such as login credentials, account numbers and credit card information. It creates fake HTML forms on banking login pages to allow hackers to steal user data. This particular botnet has been linked to around $100 million in bank fraud in 2009.Although we don’t yet have details on exactly how the website in question was hacked, we have learned that the software has been removed from the Amazon cloud. This incident is the first example of malware being found on AWS’ infrastructure.As we were warned by black hats in April this year, cloud computing carries certain risks and opportunities for exploitation. Our own Sarah Perez wrote:In another part of the Sensepost presentation, they looked specifically at vulnerabilities of Amazon’s Web Services. To start off, they detailed the process involved in setting up a new instance on EC2… While Amazon has provided 47 machine images they built themselves, the remaining 2721 images were build by other EC2 users. Can you really believe that all of these images were built securely? Basically, the template directory is just a big archive of user-generated content. And you know what user-gen content is like… risky.As John Pescatore told the Financial Times, “The security of these cloud-based infrastructure services is like Windows in 1999. It’s being widely used and nothing tremendously bad has happened yet. But it’s just in early stages of getting exposed to the Internet, and you know bad things are coming.”Will hackers continue to employ web services to carry out their schemes in 2010? Twitter, Facebook, Google Apps, and now Amazon Web Services have all been used for evil this year. How can websites, corporations, and end users be smarter about online security to avoid personal and financial loss next year? Let us know what you think in the comments. Tags:#cloud computing#NYT#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Mizoram Speaker Hiphei resigns, to join BJP

first_imgMizoram Speaker Hiphei on Monday said he had resigned from his post, the House as well as the Congress and would join the BJP later in the day, just a little over three weeks ahead of the Assembly elections.The seven-time Congress legislator said he submitted his resignation letter to Deputy Speaker R. Lalrinawma, who accepted it. From there, he went to the Congress Bhavan to resign from the primary membership of the party.He is the fifth Congress MLA to resign from the 40-member House since September.Mizoram, the only State in the Northeast under the Congress rule, will go to the polls on November 28.In Guwahati, convener of the North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) and BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma said Mr. Hiphei (81) will join the saffron party in his presence in Mizoram capital Aizawl.“He is a very senior leader. His joining the saffron party will greatly strengthen the organisation,” Mr. Sarma, who is also Assam Finance Minister, said.The senior BJP leader, however, did not comment on whether the party will field Mr. Hiphei from any constituency in the coming Assembly polls.The Congress had named Mr. Hiphhei as its candidate for the Palak constituency, but replaced him with party general secretary K.T. Rokhaw last week following reports that he might move to the BJP.last_img read more