Spain draw 1-1 with Italy in Euro 2016 warm-up

first_imgFOOTBALL: UDINE, Italy (AP): Two-time defending champions Spain began their preparations for this summer’s European Championship with a 1-1 draw against Italy in a friendly yesterday. Substitute Lorenzo Insigne fired Italy in front in the 68th minute, sliding in to meet Emanuele Giaccherini’s cross. It was the first goal Spain had conceded in nearly 700 minutes. Italy’s lead lasted just two minutes before Aritz Aduriz levelled with his first international goal, tapping in the rebound after Gianluigi Buffon parried a header by Alvaro Morata — who appeared to be offside. Italy were the more dangerous side and Spain — who beat the Azzurri 4-0 in the Euro 2012 final to successfully defend their title — did not have a shot on goal in the first half. Spain goalkeeper David de Gea pulled off several saves, including two to deny Insigne, who was a real threat after coming on for Eder in the 51st minute. Buffon was rarely challenged. There was a minute’s silence before the match to honour the victims of the Brussels attacks as well as the 13 exchange students — seven of them Italian — killed in a bus crash in Spain. Wales also drew 1-1 against Northern Ireland, thanks to a last-minute penalty from Simon Church, while the Czech Republic began their preparations with a 1-0 home defeat to Scotland. Iceland also lost to a team which failed to qualify for the tournament as two goals in four minutes from Nicolai Jorgensen helped Denmark win 2-1. Cenk Tosun scored twice to help Turkey to a 2-1 victory over Sweden, which rested Zlatan Ibrahimovic, while Ukraine beat Cyprus 1-0. Elsewhere, Malta’s match against Moldova and Estonia’s against Norway ended goalless. Greece beat Montenegro 2-1.last_img read more

Fishing the North Coast: Numbers don’t add up — Lower Klamath quota reached quickly

first_imgJust after the additional water released from Iron Gate Dam hit the mouth of the Klamath River, controversial news broke from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. On Tuesday, the CDFW determined the 555 quota of adult fall-run Chinook on the lower Klamath River was met by anglers fishing from the State Route 96 Bridge at Weitchpec to the mouth.The spit quota of 167 fish, which is a subset of the 555 lower river quota, was projected to be met at sunset Monday night, leaving roughly …last_img

South African rugby in 2003

first_imgMuch like 2002, 2003 will go down in the history books as a poor year for South African rugby. The Springboks failed to fire during the course of the season, and only in a 60-10 victory over Samoa during the World Cup did they look like a world-class outfit.SA rugby was hit by accusations of racism after an incident involving Quinton Davids and Geo Cronje at a World Cup camp. After that neither player was selected to go Down Under for rugby biggest tournament.Revelations about a military-style camp, named ‘Kamp Staaldraad’, which took place just before the World Cup, shocked both the South African public and the rugby world.Coach Rudolf Straeuli, who had always maintained he should be judged on the Springboks’ performance at the World Cup, came under heavy fire, especially when sensational photos of naked players carrying out tasks came to light.Straeuli subsequently resigned and on the same day SA Rugby boss Rian Oberholzer stepped down. South African Rugby Football Union (Sarfu) president Silas Nkanunu followed soon afterwards, also resigning. Brian van Rooyen then took over as Sarfu president in a major shake-up for the embattled sport.Player of the year: Juan SmithThe one area of South African rugby that did stand out in an otherwise poor year was in the loose forward department. And Juan Smith stepped up and made his mark in the Springbok number-eight jumper.A tall man, he showed excellent speed off the mark, a motor that ran at 100 percent throughout every contest, and the heart of a lion. Together with Joe van Niekerk and Corne Krige, Smith formed a formidable loose trio, capable of upstaging many a back row combination in world rugby today.Providing Van Niekerk avoids the injuries that have plagued hm, he and Smith should be two of South Africa’s stars for many years to come.Special mention: Ashwin WillemseAshwin Willemse made his mark in 2003. A member of the South African under-21 World Cup winning team of 2002, he first made the step up to Super 12 level during the 2003 season, and then to international level where he proved to be one of the Springboks’ more consistent and exciting players.In some of the Boks’ poorer performances he stood out like a lighthouse in the mist. Willemse was well rewarded for his excellent performances when he became the first player in history to scoop the top three awards at the SA Rugby Player of the Year awards. Willemse won the Player of the Year, Promising Player of the Year, and Players’ Player of the Year awards. Maybe the reason I didn’t pick him ahead of Smith is because in some of the Boks’ poorer showings Willemse was effectively shut out of the action.Most overlooked player: Brent RussellBrent Russell is the kind of player that can turn a match on its head in the blink of an eye. He has an unbelievable ability to spot the gap and incredibly fast feet that enable him to create spaces where none should exist. He is, in a word, a game-breaker.Russell was the catalyst in South Africa’s 26-22 win over Australia in July, and was rightly showered with praise. However, next time out against New Zealand, he had a below-par outing and was dropped. He never got the chance to play for the Boks again.Although he was injured at a stage before the World Cup squad was chosen, Russell could still have played Down Under – especially when the Boks were crying out for a playmaker, someone who could make a difference.It seems the constant obsession with size is the problem that Russell faces. But surely his fantastic skills outweigh any considerations that he is too small to make it at the top level?Best Test performance: SA vs Samoa (Brisbane)South Africa’s most complete performance of the year came in the World Cup against Samoa in a must-win match. The Samoans had pushed eventual winners England all the way in their previous match and, based on that performance, it was thought that they could upset the Springboks.But the Boks never allowed the Samoans into the showdown and ran out comfortable 60-10 winners. South Africa dominated all facets of play from the very first whistle and with the scrum calling the tune up front the backs were able to flourish. By the end of the game the Boks had outscored the Samoans eight tries to one and were full value for their win.Worst Test performance: SA vs New Zealand (Pretoria)South Africa’s worst performance of the year came at Loftus Versfeld where they lost 52-16 to New Zealand. Springbok hopes were high after their win over Australia the week before, but the All Blacks tore the Boks apart with fine running rugby.If Carlos Spencer had had his kicking boots on the New Zealand score would have been closer to 70 points. In the end they ran in seven tries to one and it was the most emphatic victory the All Blacks have ever scored over South Africa.Newcomer of the year: Kabamba FloorsSouth Western Districts Eagles flanker Kabamba Floors quickly made a name for himself in 2003 with his wholehearted game. He demonstrated a real nose for the ball and exceptional pace for a loose forward.Considered to be undersized, Floors didn’t let that get him down at all. He caught the eye of Springbok Sevens coach Chester Williams and when he was given the opportunity in the IRB Sevens Series on his home ground in George he delivered a dynamic performance, winning the player of the tournament award. With his dyed-blond hair he’s hard to miss, and his performances are just as eye-catching.Coach of the year: Heyneke MeyerBlue Bulls coach Heyneke Meyer, as he was in 2002, is my pick as coach of the year.Under Meyer the Blue Bulls continued to build on their Currie Cup victory of last year and they became stronger and stronger as the season progressed.The Blue Bulls were forced to take on the experienced Natal Sharks in the Currie Cup final without a single member of their first-choice tight five – all on World Cup duty – but that didn’t hold them back. They overpowered the Sharks in a one-sided match, winning 40-19.Rugby fans had begun to forget the Blue Bull dynasty that once ruled South African rugby, but with Meyer at the helm in Pretoria those memories have become nightmares to the supporters of other teams – and happy recollections of days gone by for Blue Bulls fans.Provincial upset of the year: Blue Bulls vs Griquas (Pretoria)The upset of the year took place at Loftus Versfeld where struggling Griquas managed to upset the Blue Bulls.The men from Kimberley kept the defending Currie Cup champions on the back foot throughout the match, dominating the much-vaunted Blue Bulls pack on their way to a 19-15 win. in which Griquas outscored the home team three tries to two.Heading into the game, Griquas were winless in four outings and had not challenged for victory in any game.Special mention: Western Province vs Blue Bulls (Cape Town)The Blue Bulls opened their Currie Cup season with a 64-29 thrashing of Western Province.The second time the teams met Heyneke Meyer’s charges had lost only one game, away to the Sharks, and had five wins under their belt. Province, who had been struggling throughout the season however, tore the Bulls to shreds with a display of great running rugby in the finest traditions of the men in blue and white stripes.Province were too fast and too slick for the Blue Bulls and there could not have been a more complete turnaround from the opening match of the season. Province led 42-7 at the break and went on to a comfortable 63-26 victory that included nine tries.Provincial game of the Year: Cheetahs vs Sharks (Bloemfontein)Heading into their final round-robin match, the Natal Sharks needed to beat Free State in Bloemfontein – never an easy task – and also score at least four tries to pick up a bonus point and advance to the Currie Cup final.The Sharks built up a 15-10 lead at halftime, but the Cheetahs fought back strongly in the second half to take the lead. Meanwhile, Sharks flyhalf Butch James squandered three kicks at goal.James’s opposite number Kennedy Tsimba had put his team ahead with two fantastic tries as the Free Staters first led 22-15 and then 25-20 with only 11 minutes to play.Charl van Rensburg the pulled the Sharks level with his second try of match that also earned the visitors a bonus point, but at 25-all it wouldn’t be enough to take them into the final.In the final movement of the game the Natalians surged deep into Free State territory and when the Cheetahs were trapped offside, James was given an opportunity to make amends for his earlier misses. He slotted the penalty to give the Sharks a 28-25 win and a spot in the final.Feel-good moment of the year: SA under-19 win World CupFollowing in the footsteps of the under-21 World Cup winners of 2002, the South African under-19 team captured the World Cup in their age group with a spirited and deserved 22-18 victory over arch-rivals New Zealand.Ably led by scrumhalf Paul Delport, the young South Africans fought fire with fire but found themselves 15-10 down at the break. However, South Africa kept the pressure up and the Kiwis started to wilt under the never-say-die commitment of the green and gold.A penalty by the outstanding Earl Rose pulled South Africa to within two points of the defending champions and another successful kick put SA in the lead 16-15. New Zealand hit back immediately, though, and went 18-16 in front with another penalty.But South Africa took they game to the Kiwis and earned another penalty that Rose slotted to put his team back in front. He missed a tough kick at goal shortly afterwards, but flyhalf Isma-Eel Dollie sealed a great win with a well-taken dropped goal as South Africa became World Cup winners with a 22-18 victory.Top domestic points scorers in 2003Kennedy Tsimba (Cheetahs) 230Chris Rossouw (Western Province) 199Casper Steyn (Pumas) 193Butch James (Sharks) 174Nel Fourie (Lions) 139Louis Strydom (Blue Bulls) 133Derick Hougaard (Blue Bulls) 83John Daniels (Lions) 65 Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

21 human rights all South Africans enjoy today

first_imgApartheid laws were designed to segregate South Africa’s population in terms of race. The majority suffered discrimination in terms of education, economic rights, social standing, and eventually even citizenship. Today, the Bill of Rights enshrines many rights denied in the past.The Reservation of Separate Amenities Act of 1953, an apartheid law, specified the use of many basic amenities such as parks, benches and entrances according to race. (Image: Wikipedia)Priya PitamberMost South Africans were denied many basic human rights during the apartheid. As the country celebrates 23 years of democracy, we shine a light on some of the laws that existed back then, and how things have changed today.“The state may not unfairly discriminate directly or indirectly against anyone on one or more grounds, including race, gender, sex, pregnancy, marital status, ethnic or social origin, colour, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, conscience, belief, culture, language and birth.” – Bill of Rights1. Then: Black Land Act of 1913This law stopped black South Africans from owning or even renting land that was outside the reserves.Now: It was cancelled by section one of the Abolition of Racially Based Land Measures Act No 108 of 1991. This meant that anyone could own or rent any land.2. Then: Electoral Laws Amendment Act of 1940Under this law, only white South Africans over the age of 18 were allowed to vote.Now: Every person who has a valid South African identity book, and is over the age of 18, can register and vote. “Every adult citizen has the right to vote in elections for any legislative body established in terms of the Constitution, and to do so in secret,” reads the Bill of Rights.3. Then: The Prohibition of Mixed Marriages Act of 1949When the National Party came into power in South Africa in 1948, it implemented various apartheid laws. This act banned marriage between any white person and a person of another a different racial group.Now: Everyone has the right to marry the person of their choice. The Civil Union Act of 2006 also allows same-sex partners to marry.4. Then: Immorality Amendment Act of 1950This law made it illegal for people from two different race groups to have sex. It also prohibited other acts considered illegal under the Christian government of the time, such as adultery or attempted adultery.Now: All South Africans are free to choose their sexual partners, and the number of partners they have.5. Then: Suppression of Communism Act of 1950This act outlawed the South African Communist Party (SACP) and all communist propaganda. It also authorised the punishment or banning of anyone participating in communist activities.Now: The SACP is part of the Tripartite Alliance with African National Congress (ANC), which rules the country, and the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu).6. Then: The Group Areas Act of 1950This law made residential separation by race group mandatory. The government set up different areas where blacks, coloureds, Indians and whites could live. It led to thousands of people being relocated to designated areas based on race alone.Now: People are free to live where they want to live. “Every citizen has the right to enter, to remain in and to reside anywhere in, the Republic,” states the Bill of Rights.7. Then: The Population Registration Act of 1950This act divided South Africans into different race groups; these groups determined an individual’s economic, social and political rights. It used methods such as the ‘pencil test’ – a pencil was placed in an individual’s hair to determine the kink. If the pencil did not easily fall out, then the individual fell into the black population category.Now: While South Africans are still classified according to race, it is solely the basis for collecting population census information and addressing the inequalities of the past.8. Then: The Bantu Authorities Act of 1951The government set up areas known as homelands for the black population. Each operated independently under a leader, but they were still subordinate to the South African government. A map shows the homelands set up by the apartheid government. (Image: Wikipedia) Now: The homelands are all a part of South Africa, which is a single republic divided into nine provinces.9. Then: Natives (Abolition of Passes and Co-ordination of Documents) Act of 1952Under this act, the old pass book was replaced with a reference book containing a person’s image, place of origin, tax records, employment details, fingerprints and encounters with the police. All black men were required to carry this hated document, colloquially known as a dompas, and failure to produce it when asked by the police was an offence. When the system was extended to black women, they protested by marching from Johannesburg to the Union Buildings in Pretoria, in 1956.Now: There is a standard identity document for all citizens of South Africa.10. Then: Bantu Education Act of 1953Under this education system, black children were taught a different curriculum from white children. The aim was to provide them with skills to work in manual jobs only. “There is no place for the Bantu in the European community above the level of certain forms of labour,” said Dr HF Verwoerd, the prime minister and prime architect of apartheid. “Until now he has been subjected to a school system which drew him away from his own community and misled him by showing him green pastures of European society in which he was not allowed to graze.”Now: All schools fall under a single, national Department of Education. “Everyone has the right to a basic education, including adult basic education,” reads the Bill of Rights.11. Then: Reservation of Separate Amenities Act of 1953This law stated that there should be separate facilities such as toilets, beaches and parks for different race groups. This was indicated by signs seen throughout the country. The act also stated that the quality of the amenities should be different. A sign in Durban, from the apartheid years, indicates the beach is for whites only. (Image: Wikipedia)Now: South Africans are free to use any toilet, or play in any park, or swim at any beach they prefer. “Everyone has the right to freedom of movement,” states the Bill of Rights.12. Then: Natives Resettlement Act of 1954This act allowed the removal of black people from the area next to the magistrate’s court in Johannesburg. It made it legal for the removal of the black population out of Sophiatown, in Johannesburg, to relocate them to Soweto. Sophiatown was renamed Triomf, meaning “triumph” in Afrikaans, after the removal.Now: The suburb was eventually renamed Sophiatown in 2006.13. Then: Natives (Prohibition of Interdicts) Act of 1956This law made it illegal for blacks to apply to courts for protection by means of an interdict, or use the legal system to protest against any apartheid law.Now: All South Africans are able to use the legal system and everyone is equal before the law. The Bill of Rights states: “Everyone has the right to have any dispute that can be resolved by the application of law decided in a fair public hearing before a court or, where appropriate, another independent and impartial tribunal or forum.”14. Then: Riotous Assemblies Act of 1956Gathering in public spaces was illegal if the Minister of the Justice deemed it to be an endangerment to public peace.Now: South Africans can gather en masse, even if they are protesting against government policies, although they do need permission from the police for large gatherings. “Everyone has the right, peacefully and unarmed, to assemble, to demonstrate, to picket and to present petitions,” reads the Bill of Rights.15. Then: Extension of University Education Act of 1959Different tertiary institutions were set up for different races and ethnicities; for example, the University of Fort Hare was set up for isiXhosa speaking people and the University of the North was designated for seSotho and Tswana speaking students.Now: All universities are open to anyone who makes the grade and are able to pay the fees. “Everyone has the right to further education, which the state, through reasonable measures, must make progressively available and accessible,” states the Bill of Rights.16. Then: Unlawful Organisations Act of 1960Organisations that threatened public peace were declared unlawful, which immediately affected the ANC and the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC).Now: Everyone is free to form any organisation because the Bill of Rights ensures “everyone has the right to freedom of association”.17. Then: Prohibition of Mixed Marriages Amendment Act of 1968This law invalidated any marriage that took place outside South Africa between a male citizen and a woman of another race.Now: South Africans can love and marry whomever they choose.18. Then: Bantu Homelands Citizens Act of 1970Black people became citizens of their homelands and were denied the right to South African citizenship.Now: All South Africans enjoy full citizenship of the country. “No citizen may be deprived of citizenship,” states the Bill of Rights.19. Then: Black Laws Amendment Act of 1973This law sped up the process of removing blacks from their places of residence, to a homeland. If they refused to move, they were no longer allowed to appeal the decision.Now: South Africans are free to live anywhere in the country. “No one may be evicted from their home, or have their home demolished, without an order of court made after considering all the relevant circumstances,” reads the Bill of Rights. “No legislation may permit arbitrary evictions.”20. Then: Newspaper and Imprint Registration Act of 1977This meant that newspapers had to be registered and conform to a code of conduct.Now: “Everyone has the right to freedom of expression, which includes freedom of the press and other media,” states the Bill of Rights.21. Then: Internal Security Act of 1979The law allowed the government to declare any organisation illegal and meetings of more than 20 people were illegal unless they had received permission from a magistrate.Now: People are free to form an organisation and meet when needed.Sources: South African History Online and the Constitutional Court websiteWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Corn acres bearish surprise today while soybeans are sharply higher

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Today’s USDA report showed that U.S. farmers planted 94.188 million acres of corn and 83.688 million acres of soybeans. Corn acres were higher than expected as they went up when the trade was looking for a lower number. The higher corn acres number is a bearish surprise. It shows that the U.S. farmers’ love affair with corn continues. Soybean acres while up, were less than expected.Prior to the report corn was down 4 cents, soybeans were down 12 cents and wheat was down 1 cent. Soybeans had a huge range shortly after the report as they moved over 30 cents in less than 2 minutes. We are seeing lots of price volatility and price ranges with grains today.Today’s report is providing end users of corn to get coverage in places they had not expected two weeks ago. At one time corn was down about 17 cents. Thirty minutes into the report we are seeing corn still lower on the day but down just 7 cents. Soybeans at that same time were up 42 cents, and wheat was up 4 cents.If you want to sum up the market drivers for the rest of the summer, it will be these two words, “weather” and “demand.” Weather is always changing. Some will receive perfect weather this growing season, others will not. Demand continues strong for soybeans as the past few weeks have seen export sales for both old and new soybeans. Some are already reporting that the U.S. in August will export at least double of what is normally flowing out of U.S. export facilities. Today brings a potentially very volatile USDA report day. Today USDA will provide their estimate of quarterly grain stocks as of June 1st.  Traders are looking for grain stocks to be above that of a year ago. No big surprise there. In addition, USDA will also provide a report of planted acres for corn, soybeans, wheat, and other crops planted in the U.S. It is that report that looks to bring lots of price volatility to the grains today. This report will be compared to numbers USDA released with the March 31 planting intentions report. That report was a big bearish surprise to the markets when USDA estimated at 2016 corn acres at 93.6 million acres, up from last year’s 88 million acres. Soybean acres in March were estimated at 82.24 million acres, down from 2015 at 82.65 million acres. That lower number in March was a surprise with all of the talk during the winter of low prices and negative returns per acre for both corn and soybeans, and corn seeing the biggest negative return at that time.Soybean stocks as of June 1 were 869 million bushels and above the trade estimate of 829 million bushels. Corn stocks were 4.722 billion bushels while the trade estimate was 4.528 billion bushels. Wheat stocks were 981 million bushels nearly matching to the tick the trade estimate of 982 million bushels.If you make the assumption that stocks will be higher than last year, then the area of most surprise and or the potential for the most surprise will be with acres. Corn acres will be compared to the March estimate of 93.6 million acres. Trade estimates range from 92-94 million acres with an average trade estimate of 92.9 million acres. The likely assumption is that corn acres will be lowered. It is just a matter of how much. The biggest surprise area has to be with soybean acres. Trader estimates for soybeans ranged from 82.1 to 85.7 million acres with 83.83 million acres the average trade estimate. The March estimate for soybean acres was 82.24 million acres.Weather continues to dominate the news as rains have come at somewhat regular intervals across much of the Midwest this past month. It is the time of year when you can easily get lost in all of the weather reports that come out in a week’s time. Maps are updated every six hours. In the mix of weather discussion comes this — is the forecast based on the American model or the European model? In dry periods the European model tends to be the more accurate of the two. Corn in Ohio and the Midwest is already starting the pollination process. The next two weeks for much of the Midwest will be very critical in determining corn yields. Earlier this month the driest parts of the Midwest included southern Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Missouri, and Michigan. Central and southern Ohio did receive weekend rains that ranged from trace amounts all the way to two inches or more. Much of that area did see anywhere from .5 to 1 inch of rain. Meanwhile, much of northern Ohio did miss those rains. Plants were already showing stresses with corn leaves curling this week.Producers earlier this month had the opportunity to get corn priced above the $4 mark. It was a level they had not expected during the winter or spring. December CBOT corn peaked earlier this month on June 17 at $4.49. That rally enabled many producers to get corn priced above earlier expectations. Bottom line is that corn returns per acre are better than many had expected. In the past two weeks it has dropped to the $3.78 area that was reached earlier today and puts fall delivery corn near the $3.50 level across much of Ohio. Soybeans, like corn, have moved higher than earlier expected. Earlier this month soybeans were higher for eight straight weeks in a row beginning in late April.  November CBOT soybeans peaked earlier this month at $11.86 on June 13. In the past week with weekend rains and fund liquidation they had fallen to $10.73.Some might be surprised by the strength seen in soybeans. Time will tell if they can hold the lofty gains seen after the report.Don’t be surprised to see lots of price volatility the next month and especially the next week. The July 4th holiday is on Monday and the markets will be closed that day. Next Tuesday will be a most interesting day depending upon the weekend weather. Cinch that belt tighter as you ride the roller coaster of price volatility for grains. Any kind of hot and dry weather in the next month could easily see corn re-testing the highs made earlier this month.last_img read more

IT Poll: Which of Our Enterprise Startups to Watch Do You Think Will Be Most Successful?

first_img3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Tags:#enterprise#Products Related Posts Last week we profiled five enterprise startups to watch in 2011. Each startup is one that we think has great potential and hasn’t received much, or any, coverage from ReadWriteWeb in the past. The five were: DokDok, Jama, Erply, SnapLogic and Podio. Which of these five do you think will be most successful in the new year? Photo by Shereen M IT + Project Management: A Love Affair klint finley Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img

Why Microsoft Might Spend $1B On Nook: E-Books Could Solve Its App Problem

first_imgThe Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#Barnes & Noble#E-Books#Microsoft#Nook#Surface#tablet#tablets#Windows tablets We also know that Microsoft has already forged ties with software developers, including game creators; has established relationships with the music business to create Xbox Music; and has developed a network of cloud servers which can serve that content up virtually anywhere. Adding book publishers to the list should be relatively simple.Microsoft has already proved its interest in the Nook platform. In 2012, Microsoft dumped $300 million into Nook Media, which later generated a Nook app for Windows 8 and not much else. It certainly looks like Barnes & Noble isn’t heavily invested into the relationship. It’s time for Microsoft to take over.Patching The Windows App Store With BooksPeople need a compelling reason to buy a new device, and Microsoft hasn’t given them much of one. Microsoft’s Surface is a terrific piece of hardware, but is overpriced compared to rival tablets. Meanwhile traditional PCs are on the decline, perhaps even being pushed down the slope by Windows 8. Microsoft’s platforms simply lack the app support of iOS and Android.Windows Store apps, as measured by MetroStore Scanner.Moreover, if apps are now a key tablet selling point, Microsoft doesn’t have that much to offer. Microsoft’s app store is growing quickly – but that’s due to the fact that it’s starting from a very small base. As of Thursday, MetrostoreScanner, which tracks the apps that appear and are updated on Microsoft’s Windows Store, showed a total of 70,182 apps in the Store – about double what it had at the end of December. Google and Apple, on the other hands, each claim about 800,000 apps in their respective app stores.In the company’s defense, Tami Reller, Microsoft’s Windows chief, has argued that the Windows Store has aggregated more than the number of apps that iOS did during the same period. She also said that almost 90% of the entire app catalog is downloaded every month – a puzzling statement, meaning that either Microsoft is doing an excellent job promoting app discovery, based on its Mimvi technology – or that Windows uses really don’t have that much to choose from. E-Books Complete The Windows Store Adding e-books won’t make Microsoft’s app problems go away. But they could provide a pretty big distraction. Not to mention that owning the Nook platform would dramatically broaden Microsoft’s content strategy to include iPads and Android tablets. Microsoft has also hinted at plans to integrate Nook content in Office, putting its digital content in front of millions more users. That would be a welcome change from Microsoft’s decision not to rush out Office for iOS and Android. (See also Why Microsoft Is Tying Barnes & Noble’s Nook To Windows, Office And Bing.)Finally, it may seem simplistic, but one of the more compelling reasons to add Nook content is simply what users see – or don’t see – on the Windows 8 Start screen: Games, Music, Video – but not Books. It’s a glaring omission, and one that Microsoft could solve with a single stroke of the pen – and a billion dollars.Image Sources: Pearson Media (Nook App) Barnes & Noble (Nook) Who needs apps? Microsoft buying Nook Media would be a a brilliant move: Microsoft would add millions of e-books that consumers want, to supplement tens of thousands of apps that, well, they don’t.Is Microsoft About To Buy Nook For $1 Billion?TechCrunch reported Thursday that Microsoft is considering paying $1 billion for Nook Media, the division of Barnes & Noble that includes both the Nook tablet as well as its e-book business. That works out to a discount of about $700 million to $800 million compared to what Barnes & Noble valued the Nook at just a few months ago. A deal at that level would be a clear indication that B&N wants out of the digital business.So much so, in fact, that there have been rumors that Barnes & Noble plans to kill the Nook by the end of April 2014, instead selling its e-book content on apps from “third-party tablets” from an undisclosed manufacturer or manufacturers. That could mean Microsoft’s own tablet, the Surface, steps in to replace it – and we’re already getting reports of smaller, Nook-like Windows tablets in the works. Of course, Nook is already available on the iPad and non-Amazon Android tablets.(See also Microsoft, Barnes & Noble Release Windows 8 Nook App: Is A “Nook Surface Next?)TechCrunch’s report suggests two key factors: developing, manufacturing and selling a tablet like the Nook isn’t a profitable business. But e-books are. By itself, the Nook unit lost $262 million on $1.2 billion for the fiscal year ended April 30, TechCrunch’s secret documents alleged. Meanwhile, B&N itself publicly disclosed that its Nook segment revenue dropped 26% last quarter, but e-book sales grew 6.8%. (Some 10 million Nook tablets and e-readers have been sold, and the service boasts more than 7 million subscribers.) Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement markhachman What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts last_img read more

Meet Emma, the wearable that helps people with Parkinson’s

first_imgMicrosoft has unveiled a prototype watch that helps those suffering from Parkinson’s disease, a degenerative disorder that affects over 10 million people worldwide.The wearable, codenamed Project Emma, is designed to reduce the uncontrollable shaking, one of the early Parkinson’s symptoms. Small vibration motors inside the wearable stop the brain from creating as many tremors.Microsoft Research Cambridge innovation director Haiyan Zheng worked on the watch for Emma Lawton, a friend and graphic designer with Parkinson’s. In the video above, Lawton shows how the wearable stabilizes her hand, letting her draw for the first time in years.A Windows 10 app allows Lawton to change the rhythm of vibrations.“I’ve been chatting with Emma, Parkinson’s researchers and experts to put together a deeper piece of research on how AI and wearables can better support people with Parkinson’s to manage their symptoms and medication intake,” said Zhang. “This would be an extension of the original Emma Watch project but could be quite an impactful piece of work. At the moment, it’s still only in the proposal stage.”See Also: How the Azure Stack brings the cloud to youMicrosoft will start initial trials of the device in London, but has no set plans for a full rollout. In a blog post, Zhang remarks that she didn’t design the device for the health community, but simply for her friend to be able to write again.The wearable was introduced at Microsoft Build conference, the company’s annual conference in Seattle. How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… FDA Extends Collaboration on Living Heart Proje… David Curry Related Posts center_img Tags:#health#innovation#Internet of Things#IoT#Microsoft#Parkinson’s#Project Emma#smartwatch#wearable 8 Unusual Ideas for a Dentistry Business Can IoT Bridge The Gaps In Modern Mental Health…last_img read more

Chhattisgarh yet to implement amended Motor Vehicles Act

first_imgThe Congress government in Chhattisgarh is yet to implement the new penalty provisions of the Motor Vehicles Act. Chhattisgarh Home Minister Tamradhwaj Sahu said on Saturday that the State government was studying the new amendments before they were implemented, so that people may not bear the brunt of the newly-introduced hefty fines.“We have been studying the provisions of the amended act. It has been asked (by the Union government) to implement it all over the country, but we are studying it, keeping in view the situation in Chhattisgarh,” Mr. Sahu told the reporters.“It should not have hefty fines….The State government is examining in which form the Act can be implemented. We are also looking at whether the State government can make amendments to it,” the Minister added. An official of the Road Transport Department said the the amended act has been sent to the State’s Law and Legislative Affairs Department.The Law Department will submit a report following which the decision on implementation will be taken, he said. Parliament, in July, passed the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019. Under the new law, people will be fined ₹10,000 for drunken driving. Earlier the fine was ₹2,000. The fine for rash driving has gone up from ₹1,000 to ₹5,000. Fines of other offences have similarly been increased.last_img read more

Kat Tolentino hopes to finally experience winning UAAP title before leaving Ateneo

first_imgGrace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Over 3k athletes converge at 2019 Batang Pinoy in Tagum City SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte She had spend quite some time on the sidelines recovering from the anterior cruciate ligament tear in her right knee but being healthy for the past three years, she only has one goal in mind—to win that elusive title.“I’m hoping to get that championship before I leave,” said Tolentino Friday at Blue Eagle Gym in Ateneo after the team’s practice.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesTolentino was one of Ateneo’s best players in Season 80 tallying a total of 185 points to become the ninth best scorer in the league and the second-highest scoring Lady Eagle behind Jhoanna Maraguinot who had a total of 203 points.She’s also seen gradual improvement from the team that struggled to return to championship form since three-time UAAP MVP and two-time champion Alyssa Valdez graduated in 2016. US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants View comments “I think it’s really a good year for the team because we’re really blending in well with coach O’s [Oliver Almadro] system and you can see the improvement since our training in July last year,” said Tolentino. “I’m really happy with the team.”Tolentino knows that getting to the championship round, a place Ateneo has been in for six straight seasons beginning in 2012 until 2017, will require the combined efforts of a rather polarizing roster.The Lady Eagles have a mixed bag of seniors in Tolentino, captain Bea De Leon, co-captain Maddie Madayag, Kim Gequillana, and Ponggay Gaston, and a ton of rookies.“It’s a challenge because the majority of the team is made up of rookies and at the same time we have quite a few seniors in Bea, Maddie, and Kim and they’ve taken up the leadership role,” said Tolentino.“It’s not too bad because we have our own goal and coach O has given us that role since the beginning so we all prepared and we all contributed to the team in any way we can.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MANILA, Philippines—Kat Tolentino was supposed to be part of the 2015 Ateneo team that won the UAAP women’s volleyball title but a knee injury prevented her from even stepping into the padded floors.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug warlast_img read more