After a weekend in which the USC men’s basketball team split two hard-fought games that came down to the final seconds, the Trojans hit the road to take on the Arizona State Sun Devils on Thursday night at 7:30 p.m.Turnover troubles· USC senior point guard Jio Fontan struggled in the team’s recent victory over Oregon State, where he had ten turnovers. – Priyanka Patel | Daily TrojanUSC (8-11, 3-3) staved off a tough Oregon State defense in the final minutes to secure a 69-68 victory Saturday, despite allowing the Beavers to overcome a 15-point deficit in the second half. Arizona State (14-4, 3-2) suffered a 17-point loss to its in-state rival, No. 6 Arizona, whom the Trojans will face Saturday.The win for USC, which comes as the first under interim head coach Bob Cantu, moved the Trojans up to No. 6 in the Pac-12 standings, just one position behind the Sun Devils. With their next three games coming on the road against Pac-12 opponents, USC has the potential to make a serious move this week.“It’s a huge opportunity for us,” junior center Omar Oraby said. “[The Sun Devils] are a very good team, one of the top teams in our conference. We have nothing to lose so we have to go out and play and get some wins.”USC leads the all-time series against Arizona State, but the Trojans lost both times the teams met last season. Still, Cantu sees the upcoming game as a new matchup.“They’re a lot different than they were a year ago,” Cantu said. “They’re playing a lot more man-to-man defense. We’ve got to be able to take care of the basketball whether they’re playing man or zone.”Cantu was confident about the team’s performance during a practice held Tuesday afternoon, acknowledging the focus he observed in all of his players, especially in light of their adjustment to the coaching changes.“All the guys were fantastic today,” Cantu said. “They’ve been great since this transition and I’m confident I can play any of these guys at any time.”Part of Cantu’s confidence comes from the team’s performances in games against Oregon and Oregon State last week, both of which were decided in the final seconds — a loss against Oregon after three missed shots at the buzzer and a winning layup with 4.8 seconds remaining against Oregon State.Despite the loss against No. 16 Oregon, the fact that the team was able to compete against the nationally ranked Ducks boosted its morale.“Although we lost, we played down to the wire and [the Ducks] were a top team in the country so we have a lot of confidence going into the road trip,” Oraby said.USC will face more tough competition from Arizona State and especially from freshman guard Jahii Carson, who is posting statistics that rank him alongside some of the best players in the conference. Despite the loss against Arizona, the star freshman led the Sun Devils in scoring for the 12th time and posted 22 points, marking his eighth 20-point game.With one of the most challenging schedules, featuring seven games against teams ranked in the NCAA RPI Top 50, USC has already faced off against a number of tough teams and players. The Trojans have especially shown their offensive power in conference games, ranking fourth in points per game with 69.0 and leading all teams with a 45.8 shooting percentage.USC will need to maintain that production against a staunch defensive squad from Arizona State, which boasts 133 blocks in 18 games (averaging 7.4 per game), good for fourth in the nation.Still, Pac-12 play thus far shows that statistics alone won’t predict the outcome of a game, a conclusion that Cantu has stressed to his players regarding their upcoming games this week.“In conference play, anybody can beat anybody,” Cantu said. “We just have to stay focused and try to compete and play hard.”
One of the interesting things about Liberia’s multi-party democracy is the political cross-carpeting that takes place, especially at election time. It may be recalled that in the 2011 presidential and legislative elections, many people left their parties for the ruling Unity Party when the green light unveiled that the possibility was high for President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to win the election. At that time, you could see many groups formed to support Ellen’s reelection. Some legislative candidates left their parties in support of Ellen’s second term for a publicized reason that “she was the best choice for Liberia at the time.” Support of Ellen, it was deemed, would lead voters closer to her. But unfortunately, many of these cross-carpeters did not make it to the legislature. However, some of the unfortunate candidates were able to end up in prominent government positions by presidential appointment, bringing into play the true intent of defection, crystallized by the saying, “Politics is interest.”A similar situation is unfolding today as the October 10 election fast approaches. There have been many instances of cross-carpeting, the latest being Unity Party stalwart and former Grand Bassa Senator Gbehzohngar Milton Findley, who rose to the dignified position of Senate President Pro Tempore. Senator Findley later lost his Senate seat and his high-profile position. Findley then defected from the UP right after the new UP standard bearer, Vice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai, picked Speaker Emmanuel J. Nuquay as his running mate. In his resignation statement, Findley told the public that his political ideology and that of the Unity Party “were no longer in consonance.” Moreover, he said politics is interest, and that the Constitution gives everyone the right to associate or disassociate with any group or union.We challenged Mr. Findley in our editorial following his resignation to clarify how different was his political ideology vis-a-vis that of the Unity Party, but he did not respond. Now he has joined the opposition Congress for Democratic Change (otherwise Coalition for Democratic Change) and the political leader, George Weah, has welcomed and given him all of the positive adjectives. But long before joining CDC, Findley, like other ruling party stalwarts, had campaigned for his beloved UP and described CDC as a “party of immature members and an immature political leader.” Senator Findley and other UP partisans had campaigned against George Weah, saying that he was politically incompetent, lacked education and public speaking skills. Findley and company branded CDC partisans as a bunch of hooligans with no agenda but only troublemakers.In response, George Weah and his CDC members had described Findley and the ruling Unity Party members as a “bunch of rogues who have squandered the country’s money and diverted it to their own use, leaving Liberians in abject poverty.” Even though George Weah and some members of his CDC work in the first branch of government as Senators and Representatives, they have always distanced themselves from anything that has to do with failure of the government; referring to the rest of government officials only as “rogues”, of which Findley had been a part, even though he, too, like Weah and others, was also in the first branch of government.Now that Findley has joined CDC, Weah in his welcoming statement described Findley as “an astute leader with an impeccable record of service to our noble country. He has contributed immensely to the governance process of our country and I believe he will be a great asset to our movement.” Weah continued: “Findley’s move to our political institution is a testament that Liberians from all sectors of our society are yearning for change and see the CDC as the best political institution and only option to effectively bring about the change that Liberians truly desire. As he officially joins our movement for change today, I have no doubt in his ability to work assiduously and passionately to ensure that we realize our quest for a prosperous Liberia. I ask that you all embrace him with open arms and join me in giving him a rousing welcome to our great institution, CDC—the party of the people and for the people.”As these praises go out to Findley from Weah, how can both of them reconcile the earlier descriptions they gave each other? Has Findley now been baptized in a fountain of the good? And have CDC partisans and George Weah suddenly become academically, morally and politically refined? This is not only unique to the CDC and Gbehzohngar Findley. There have been many instances of political cross-overs since politics began to heat up for the pending election. From research, decisions leading to political cross-carpeting in Liberia have been based more on superficial interest than principles or state interest. This is why in our editorials, we have always advised Liberian voters to be careful in making decisions; for our decision may come back to haunt us—and make us end up looking ridiculous and opportunistic, plain and simple.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Jose Mourinho has told talkSPORT he came close to signing Thierry Henry during his time alongside Sir Bobby Robson at Barcelona.Reacting to news of the Arsenal legend’s retirement when he joined The Sports Bar on Tuesday night, the Chelsea manager revealed Henry was an ‘inch’ away from moving to the Nou Camp from Monaco in 1999.Henry instead joined Juventus before going on to enjoy a memorable eight-year spell at Arsenal, where he became their record goalscorer and earned legendary status.“When I was an assistant in Barcelona with Mr (Bobby) Robson in 1996 (we tried to sign him). He was in Monaco and he went to Juventus, we lost him by an inch,” Mourinho said.“After that he was not on my radar because it was never a possibility to come to my teams. Could you imagine in that moment leaving Arsenal to come to Chelsea? I wouldn’t imagine that.“He’s the kind of player that you need forever, especially in the Premier League where he was more than any other place.“He was okay in Barcelona and the (France) national team, but the real Thierry Henry, the player that we are all going to miss forever, is the one that made unbelievable seasons and incredible history in the Premier League.”
Premier League leaders Chelsea were frustrated in a goalless first half at relegation-threatened Crystal Palace.The first chance of the game fell to Fernando Torres from a long throw-in, but the Spain international’s snatched close-range volley was comfortably blocked by Scott Dan.Chelsea were next denied by the sliding intervention of Joel Ward, beating the outstretched figure of Andre Schurrle at the back post after Cesar Azpilicueta whipped in an inviting low ball after breaking clear on the counter-attack.Palace were driven forward by Jason Puncheon, who carved out the best opening of the first half, picking out the unmarked Yannick Bolasie, who could only fire into the side netting after failing to bring the ball down with his first touch as Petr Cech scrambled to cover his back post.It sparked a period of sustained Eagles pressure that included two penalty shouts that were turned down by referee Lee Mason after Gary Cahill first clattered into Cameron Jerome before then tangling with Bolasie.Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Matic, Lampard, Schurrle, Hazard, Torres. Subs: Hilario, Kalas, Mikel, Willian, Salah, Oscar, Ba.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Many of the RLabs team come fromdisadvantaged backgrounds. Through the Mom 2.0 and 3.0 courses, women in the community learn to use technology. (Images: RLabs on Flickr) MEDIA CONTACTS • Marlon or Rene ParkerRLabs+27 21 699 1453 RELATED ARTICLES • JamiiX: from the Cape Flats to the world• Low-cost phones for Africa • Skills via phones for rural women • Fight HIV with your phone • Mobile internet booms in South AfricaApril McAlisterJamiiX, an online counselling service operating on the Cape Flats, is a finalist in the inaugural Bees Awards. The ceremony, which takes place in San Francisco on 9 November 2010, recognises the most innovative use of social media in business and communication.In the category of best use of mobile social media, developer RLabs’ mobile drug counselling application was up against the brpr Group for its work with Smirnoff Ice, and Leo Burnett Frankfurt for its Fiat Punto Evo challenge. The Smirnoff application took top honours.“To be a finalist for this award is such a great honour and privilege,” wrote RLabs founder Marlon Parker on his blog, “as about 74% of the entries were from large brands coming from 21 countries.”Parker added that the non-profit RLabs is encouraged by the recognition from the international social media community, and will continue to innovate by using social media to bring about social change.Empowering communitiesRLabs operates with a mission to impact, empower and reconstruct global communities through innovation.Situated in Athlone in the Western Cape, Rlabs tackles the rampant drug use and trade as well as gangster-related violence that have resulted in severe economic and educational challenges for the Cape Flats community.Based at the Impact Centre in Athlone, RLabs also advises companies and other organisations on social media strategy.The project was born in 2007 when ten young residents of the area decided to change their lives and obtain an education at a time when use of methamphetamine (known in the area as tik) was rife.The men went to the Impact Centre, a community centre in Athlone which offered programmes such as feeding schemes, support and counselling and a seniors’ wellness program.There was no availability at the centre at the time for their rehabilitation, but the director was moved to start a programme called Reconstructed which offered them training and mentoring, as well as motivational talks and lessons in basic responsibility.The director then brought Parker, an IT lecturer at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, on board to teach them computer skills. When asked what they knew about computers one student stated: “I know how to steal one.”Their experiences were taken online in the form of the Reconstructed.com blog, which later became Reconstructed Living Lab, or RLabs. Through the use of the blog, Facebook and Twitter they gained a large following and used the social media platforms to encourage and empower other youngsters who were in similar situations and wanted to get out.In order to give more people access to much-needed counselling, and recognising that most people have a mobile phone even if they can’t afford much else, RLabs developed JamiiX, an aggregator that combines instant messaging with social media in one application. JamiiX can be used on a computer or mobile phone.RLabs’ Drug Advice Support (DAS) service, which was started to address the drug addiction problem in the Western Cape, is available on JamiiX. DAS is a place where those in need can get help on questions related to drugs, HIV, relationships, and abuse. It also offers a suicide help line, a place of safety and immediate assistance in a crisis.The system allows a counsellor to transfer a person’s entire history to a colleague, and still retain confidentiality. Over 100 000 South Africans currently use the system, as well as many international users.JamiiX has partnered with South African success story MXit to make its interface available through a special gateway on the popular instant messaging application.With an average of 20 000 messages exchanged every hour, 250-300 users assisted in that time, and 5% of online conversations receiving offline referrals. JamiiX is known as “the contact centre on the go”.“What really excites us is when we hear stories of people whose lives are being changed because of the members of the community who offer their time to help those in need,” said Parker. “Well done to all at RLabs for the amazing work you are doing and we celebrate with you and the rest of the online community through the Bees Awards finalist nomination dedicated to you.”Helping the communityBesides RLabs and JamiiX, the other main activity at the Impact Centre is Impact Direct, a community- based organisation. Formerly funded by the government, Impact Direct now relies on donations of all kinds, as well as income from wellness sessions, to maintain its operations.The organisation has adopted the local Kewtown primary school, which accommodates about 400 pupils and is at the heart of the gang wars. Programmes help children to learn basic manners, social skills, and hygiene. They receive a meal, help with homework, and support and counselling where needed. As many children as possible receive one new uniform.Counsellors also make house calls, as many children have no parents and battle with overcrowding in a limited amount of space. The children thank their teachers by holding an annual wellness day on which each teacher is pampered and given a little gift.The Moms 3.0 program and Social Media for Teens are a couple of the many programmes offered by the Impact Centre and Rlabs. Others include projects that assist newcomers to technology, such as the elderly, on an individual level.There is also a dedicated pampering day for the elderly of the community, which focuses on keeping their minds active through arts and crafts. The Seniors Mobile Sessions teaches them to use mobile phones efficiently and send text messages and “please call me” requests, and covers the use of the internet to find all kinds of information, from recipes to growing plants.Last year technology corporation Dell Inc. sponsored 14 computers for use in the lab – youngsters and adults are able to log in to them via their desktop computers or mobile phones.RLabs’ Social Media Factory holds sessions in public places such as shopping centres. Each session lasts about ten minutes per person, helping them to set up email, use social media, find a car online and even start a business. This innovation prompted the World Bank to invite RLabs to be the official social media partner at its Innovation Fair held in Sea Point, Cape Town, in April.Overseas expansionRLabs operates in Portugal and Malaysia as well as South Africa, while JamiiX has been launched in South Africa, Finland and the UK.The organisation has initiated its first social franchise, which encompasses the business model, support, branding, and more, in Porto, Portugal. A local franchise in Khayalitsha, also on the Cape Flats, rolled out at the end of October.Future plans centre on the establishment of RLabs as a social franchise in other locations. Those already confirmed include RLabs Eastern Cape (end of 2010), RLabs Southeast Asia (end of 2010), RLabs Kenya (early 2011), RLabs Johannesburg (early 2011), RLabs Netherlands (early 2011), RLabs Brazil (end of 2011) and RLabs Namibia (late 2011).http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=RLabs
It was yet another ruthless performance by the Indian team and the usual suspects were at the very best. The seamers rocked Sri Lanka early, the spinners controlled them and then the Indian openers forged a century partnership to absolutely dominate the chase. India became the number 1 side after the league stage, a true reflection of their dominance.”We wanted to play good cricket. To be honest, we didn’t expect this kind of scoreline heading into the semis. But that’s what consistent performances and hard work get you. Really proud and happy of our team. Most amazing team to be a part of. It is really an honour to play for India,” captain Virat Kohli said after the match.Praises Hardik Pandya’s role and intent Indian cricket teamGetty ImagesThe captain also said that as a side, they never focus on the opposition as they believe in their own strengths. He said that his side has the belief that if they play according to their potential, they can beat any side, but if they don’t, any side can beat them. He also spoke of Hardik Pandya and the importance of him firing and bringing the all-round balance to the side.”He has a gut feel as to what the batter might do, so he’s trying different things. Even when he goes out to bat you can see that intent, he’s just switched on from ball one. It is amazing to have a cricketer like that who can bring in so much to the table. Hopefully two more performances from him and till now it has been wonderful to see his performances and passion for the team,” Kohli further added. Twitter/Cricket World CupIn the other match of the day, South Africa downed Australia in a thriller. What this effectively means is that India will now take on New Zealand and Australia will take on England in the semi-finals respectively.The Indian team, as per the skipper, is covered in all dimensions and now it is a matter of turning up and putting in a performance on the day.”Feel confident if we are batting first or bowling first as we are covered with all dimensions. From that point of view we are happy with where we are placed. It is just about turning up on the semifinal day and putting up a performance,” the skipper added.
Kolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) undertook the anti-dengue drive in Ward 81 under Borough X on Saturday. KMC officials visited a slum at 56/1, Tollygunge Road where 11 cases of dengue had been reported in 2018. Senior officials spoke to the victims and advised them to take proper precautions. The KMC team included the Ward councillor, deputy chief Municipal Health Officer (I and II), chief Vector Control Officer, consultant entomologist, Ward Medical Officer and health supervisor among others. Anti-dengue drives will be conducted throughout the year. The civic authorities have identified 20 Wards that are vulnerable and where people had been afflicted with dengue last year. Along with the drives, massive campaigns to create awareness against dengue have begun. The civic authorities have launched a new documentary on the dos and don’ts against dengue. The KMC has opened dengue clinics in every borough and urged private laboratories to do ELISA test for proper detection of the disease.
2 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » With 80 percent of the US population owning a smartphone, I suspect you have thought about whether you need your own mobile application for your business and beyond. Yet, less than one third of businesses have a mobile application and 90 percent of websites are not mobile optimized. The average cost to develop a mobile app ranges from $38,000 per platform on the low end, to $270,000 on the high end and can easily climb to $500,000 or higher. The actual cost can vary widely and depends on a lot of factors from which operating system you need to be on, the functionality you need, and the design elements. And, it’s not just building an application – which on average takes more than seven months – but you need to maintain it to make sure it works as the operating systems evolve.So, how do you decide whether the investment is worth it? I often get asked this question. So at Yapp, we developed this quiz to help you decide whether you really need a custom app for that, or whether a self-service platform or mobile website will do. Take the Quiz Now.Close Related: 3 Strategies for Winning In the Hyper-Competitive Market for Apps Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global March 6, 2015
Tags: Sunwing Posted by Travelweek Group Sunwing invites clients to ‘Extend Your Summer’ with brand new sale Share TORONTO — Sunwing wants to make it easy for clients looking for a last-minute summer escape, with a new sale offering up to 50% off Sunwing vacation packages to many of the tour operator’s top resorts across the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America.The sale runs until Aug. 17 and includes convenient weekend departures from airports coast to coast including Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City, Edmonton, Vancouver and Calgary.Included in the ‘Extend Your Summer Sale’ is Vista Sol Punta Cana resort in the D.R. Set in tropical gardens, the laid-back resort boasts an upscale spa, three pools and a range of included activities such as kayaking, snorkelling and boogie boarding. There’s also plenty of evening entertainment.Another Sunwing favourite resort, Viva Wyndham Azteca in Riviera Maya, offers an array of activities including the Viva Fit program that features yoga, volleyball, soccer, windsurfing, trapeze and even rock climbing. Guests can walk to Playa del Carmen’s 5th Avenue from the resort to enjoy the shops and entertainment, and get even more out of their stay with exchange privileges at neighbouring resort, Viva Wyndham Maya.More news: Le Boat has EBBs along with its new 2020 brochureIn Jamaica, vacationers can enjoy free and unlimited access to the thrilling water park at Sunscape Splash Montego Bay, which features a full-size pirate ship and fort, a lazy river and 250-foot waterslides. << Previous PostNext Post >> Monday, August 13, 2018
Via Rail warns of delays through Montreal Friday, August 24, 2018 The Canadian Press << Previous PostNext Post >> Share MONTREAL — Via Rail says passengers travelling through Montreal could experience delays starting Aug. 24 because of infrastructure work in the city.The passenger rail company says reconstruction of the Turcot Interchange requires that a portion of the track and signals be relocated and there could be delays of up to 45 minutes.Disruptions will affect travellers on trips between Montreal and Toronto, Quebec City, Ottawa and Senneterre/Jonquiere through Aug. 29.Previously booked customers will be notified of the delays and can obtain a refund or change their dates of travel if desired. Tags: VIA Rail Posted by