49ers injury updates: Why Weston Richburg would be huge loss

first_img(Photo by … Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.NEW ORLEANS — Weston Richburg’s leg injury Sunday could mean the 49ers use Ben Garland as their center for the rest of this season.That was the feeling inside the 49ers’ locker room after their 48-46 win over the host New Orleans Saints.“Losing Weston is big,” left tackle Joe Staley said. “He’s the center position and one of the captains for our group. You don’t want to see anyone go down.”last_img

Young people must be empowered to drive SA’s development

first_imgMandla Maseko, who will be the first black South African astronautThe recently held elections in South Africa once again shone a spotlight on the importance of active citizenry, pride and patriotism in our country and its heritage as well as an indomitable hope for a better future.For many of our youth who were born during the two decades of democratic freedom in our country, the elections provided a powerful reminder of how citizens can pool their collective power to make a difference to our country. We ourselves own the power to build the South Africa we want to see by 2030.Young people are a critical force in this. You have the enthusiasm, vibrancy, courage and spirit to do things differently, to make changes that will bring a better life for the millions of our people.Is it any wonder that many of the innovations we most enjoy in our lives were spearheaded by young people and it is these individuals that continue to inspire us – young and old alike. People like Steve Jobs who inspired the Apple revolution throughout the world.In South Africa we have people like Mandla Maseko who will be the first black South African astronaut and Siya Xuza who has had a minor planet named after him by NASA based on his ground breaking work. A little piece of South Africa lives in space through the planet named Siyaxuza.We may not know what active citizenship is as a concept but when we look at people like Siya Xuza and Mandla Maseko, we realise that the meaning does not matter. What matters is that these inspiring young people have done what they could, when they could with the resources they could! They were excellent at what they needed to do in their respective fields and soon enough, they received the recognition and accolades that they deserved. However, this is not the end for them. We will yet hear of their contributions to South Africa in particular and the world in general.This is the spirit that must drive the implementation of the National Development Plan which recognises the role young people can and must play in South Africa’s development.Recognising that we have a rapidly urbanising and increasingly youthful population, the NDP or Vision 2030, presents an unprecedented opportunity to harness the talent, passion and energy of the youth to help boost economic growth and development in the country. By being innovative and creative in how we do this, we will be able to ensure the gainful employment of our young people.The NDP recognizes that all too often young people bear the brunt of unemployment, and as a result, the NDP has adopted a “youth lens” in preparing its proposals to help young people become active, contributing citizens moving forward.The implementation of the NDP will see young people receiving quality education – particularly around maths and science programmes, skills transfer and training. Government will be expected to play its part by ensuring adequate teacher training as well as enabling infrastructure for schools and tertiary institutions. Communities and civil society are expected to play their part by developing programmes, together the relevant institutions, to provide life-skills and entrepreneurship training. Organised business is expected to expand learnerships, comply the tax incentives to support the employment of young people and create formalised graduate recruitment schemes.The implementation of the NDP will see South Africa become a nation that collectively cares for its young people as envisaged by President Mandela. The soul of our nation will be carried by productive and engaged young people.Ultimately, the National Development Plan must result in a more united, cohesive society – the words unity in diversity must extend beyond the pages on which I write them.To achieve this, we must all play our part in our individual spaces. We must each do what we can, where we can, when we can to make our homes, communities and country, safer, happier, prosperous and fulfilled. I urge each of you reading these words to give them life by going into your community to see what you can do to make someone else’s life slightly brighter. South Africa has many social and economic challenges. The National Development Plan clearly recognises this.The Plan also identifies the required interventions that must be taken to address these challenges sustainably and durably. We cannot and must not be grappling with these 20 years from now. The year in which we celebrate 20 years of democracy must be remembered in history as the year in which South Africa collectively – you and I included – decided to do things differently to grow our country. We must begin by prioritising the growth and development of our children, our young people. They are our greatest legacy.Ms Wendy Tlou is Director: Strategic Marketing and Communication at Brand South Africalast_img read more

Lee takes new organization director role at Ohio Farm Bureau

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Melinda Lee of Tipp City has been named Ohio Farm Bureau Federation organization director for Delaware, Franklin, Madison, and Union counties. Lee has spent the last three years serving in the same position for Champaign, Clark, Darke and Miami counties.In her new territory, Lee will continue her work as a liaison between the county Farm Bureaus and Ohio Farm Bureau. She will assist the county groups as they develop and implement programs to strengthen their organizations and enhance their ability to serve members and affect positive change in their communities.Lee is a 2013 graduate of Ohio State University where she majored in animal sciences and agribusiness. She received her American FFA degree in 2010. Previously she worked at Aldermere Farm in Maine helping plan and facilitate agricultural education programs and at the Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center. She is a graduate of Ohio Farm Bureau’s AgriPOWER Institute Class IX and currently serves as the chairperson for the Miami County Agricultural Leadership Fund. She also continues to help out on the family’s beef, sheep and grain farm in Cardington.last_img read more

Flickr Sprouts App Garden: Five Cool Apps We Discovered

first_imgFlickr, the ever-more-popular photo-sharing service, has a five-year history of apps built on its API. From the interesting to the useful to the pretty to the downright silly, these applications make up a colorful and varied ecosystem around the service itself.Flickr has organized these third-party apps into a “garden,” complete with user favorites, tags, descriptions and screenshots. The App Garden represents a significant evolution from the former “services” section on the user side, and the revamp includes new features for developers, who can now use the Garden as a tool to help users discover their products. Read on for details and a few spotlighted Flickr apps we thought were fun.As Flickr software engineer Mikhail Pachenko wrote on the Flickr developer blog, “We’ve tried to make things as simple and straight-forward as possible” for developers. On a new Apps By Me page, devs will find their apps are kept private until the creator decides to go public with the product.“When you click on one of your apps,” Pachenko continued, “you will be taken to the owner view of your app page. This page is where you tell the world about your app – provide a description, link to a website, set screenshots, and add tags. When you’re ready, change the privacy setting to public. That will make your app visible to other users and allow it to show up in searches.”Now, for end users, here are a few apps we picked from the Garden that we think you might like.Bubblr Makes Comics This delightful time-saver shows a compact grid of photos uploaded from a user’s contacts during given time periods between 30 minutes and 8 hours prior to the current time. Below each user’s avatar is the number of photos uploaded, and the avatars can be clicked to display (or hide) an array of thumbnails to quick digestion of the day’s pics.Suggestify Geotags Photos A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting This app lets users geotag other users’ Flickr photos by suggesting a location to the photo’s owner. That geotag information is stored with Suggestify until the photo owner approves or rejects the suggestion. If approved, the photo is geotagged and the user who suggested the geotag is credited with a special tag on the photo.Flogr Turns Flickr Pics Into Photo Blogs Related Posts Tags:#Photo Sharing Services#web This app is focused on delivering a seamless, quick viewing experience with minimal visual distraction. Users can choose to check out interesting photos filtered by user or by group. They can search for photos or simply browse to discover the most interesting photos on a given day. Flickriver also includes a keyboard-operated slideshow mode. Better still, Flickriver offers a dynamic badge for bloggers to showcase their images. jolie odell Flogr is a PHP/MySQL-powered photoblog interface that displays a main photo page with EXIF data and Flickr comments, a customizable thumbnails page of a user’s recent pictures, a slideshow component, a tag cloud and an about page showing the Flickr user’s profile. Users can also determine which photos are displayed by telling Flogr to only include images with certain tags.Flickriver Surfaces Interesting Photos Make comic strips from your or others’ Flickr photos with this fun, simple application from Barcelona-based shop Pimpampum. The app allows users to search for photos by user or by tag, string the pics into strips, and add captions, thought bubbles and speech bubbles. Creations can be shared via a user’s blog, Delicious or email.Flickr For Busy People Speeds Up Skimming Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

The Consumerization Of IT: 7 Ways To Seize The Business Opportunity

first_imgGuest author Christian Buckley is product evangelism director at Axceler, a designer of collaboration solutions.Users have wrested more control from the information technology department than ever before. Now that they have become tech-savvy in their off-hours, they’re demanding work products with the same degree of usability as their home devices. Better yet, they want to bring their home gear to work (Bring Your Own Device, or BYOD).The consumerization of IT means empowerment for users, a (potential) headache for tech professionals, and an opportunity for third parties that offer products and services that increase the productivity of non-technical consumers.Here are seven tips for third parties who looking to jump on the trend:1. Data Anytime, Anywhere. Ten years ago, controlling data access was the central piece of intellectual property management. Today, companies are weighing the legal and competitive risks against the productivity benefits of allowing data to flow more freely to employees, partners and customers. Enterprises will need products that allow the protection of the most highly sensitive data while letting subsets of the rest of it to become more accessible. 2. Pick A Tool, Any Tool. Today’s world is app-centric. Companies hoping to break into the enterprise market should look to use apps as an entry point – the most common categories are mobile apps, browser add-ons or some flavor of Web service. But beware, the vibrancy of the third-party app market means that users can find three or four different competitive offerings in just about any category. To be successful, third parties have to find a way to distinguish themselves from the pack – either through technical innovation, superior user experience or brilliant marketing.3. Bring Your Own Device (BYOD). Users are no longer married to a single device. They’ve become polygamous: depending on circumstances, they’ll use smart phones, tablets, laptops or PCs. And they want to use device they’re most comfortable with – often one they’ve purchased themselves – at work. Smart organizations caught on early to the BYOD trend and have expanded the array of devices they support. To do that, they’ll need tools able to work across multiple platforms, applications and services  to help them manage the newly expanded variety of devices they’ve pledged to support.4. Let Me In. Users expect to connect to work, while at the same time staying plugged into their private circle of friends and activities. And they want to do it with a minimum of hassle. Personal and corporate applications should be designed with a minimum of security checkpoints so users can toggle easily between them. And applications should be able operate independently without either impinging on the other.5. Be Social. This means more than using Facebook-like features for workplace chat. Applications and networks should be designed so that data can be shared across environments and conversations can take place between users on competing platforms. An interconnected world will prove challenging. And that opens up a myriad of opportunities for tool providers and integrators to differentiate their products with innovative social features.6. The Business Proposition. The next generation of IT tools will be built for lay users, not techies. Increasingly, complex business tools offer easy-to-navigate, intuitive interfaces. Keep in mind that the person who now writes checks for new gear is a line of business manager and will expect the same level of usability that consumers do.7. I Can Do It Myself, Thank You. Much of the consumerization wave has to do with self-service. The IT team decides which piece of hardware the company purchases, but have little control over what is installed and how those machines are configured. Smart solution providers will create tools with the individual user in mind. Make a user happy and the eventual result may be an enterprise sale. or the effective equivalent as users bring it into the enterprise from the bottom up.Power To The PeopleThe consumerization of IT is the ultimate in user empowerment. Increasingly tech-savvy users want their managers to tell them what they need to do, but not how to do it. They want to pick the tools and processes they believe will best help them to meet goals. Those offering products and services that let them do that with a minimum of fuss will be the biggest winners.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Related Posts IT + Project Management: A Love Affair christian buckleycenter_img 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Tags:#app developers#BYOD#enterprise IT Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

Hazardous materials teams aiding in cleanup of fiery Alberta crash scene

first_imgCEREAL, Alta. — Police expect a stretch of southeastern Alberta highway that was the scene of a deadly fiery crash will remain closed until about midday today.RCMP say hazardous material teams will be at the site on Highway 9 to help with the complex cleanup of 10 vehicles that were involved in the Tuesday crash.Traffic was being rerouteded and motorists were being asked to avoid the area, where one person was killed and several others were injured, some seriously.Police say seven passenger vehicles and three semi-trailer trucks — one loaded with fuel and a second with butane — collided between the small communities of Chinook and Cereal, about 300 kilometres east of Calgary.The massive fire that followed generated a huge cloud of black smoke that could be seen for several kilometres.The Alberta government ordered the evacuation of Chinook but later cancelled the move.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Toronto stock index makes meagre gain as energy and gold sectors weigh

first_imgTORONTO – Gains in the health-care and telecommunications sectors helped prevent Canada’s main stock index from falling into the red Monday, as energy and gold shares weighed.The S&P/TSX composite index added 5.83 points to 16,004.40. Valeant Pharmaceuticals Intl. Inc. (TSX:VRX) and Shopify Inc. (TSX:SHOP) had some of the biggest advances, up more than six per cent and nearly four per cent respectively at the closing of markets.Shares of Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB) also moved up more than six per cent amid news the marijuana producer is pushing ahead with plans for an all-stock takeover offer for CanniMed Therapeutics Inc. (TSX:CMED) after failing to reach an agreement with the company’s board.On a rough day for most energy stocks, which fell sharply amid slumping crude prices, TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP) saw its shares climb nearly two per cent after Nebraska regulators approved an alternate route through the state for the company’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline. It was the last major regulatory hurdle facing the $10-billion, 1,897-kilometre project, though opponents say another round of federal approval may now be needed.The January crude contract was down 29 cents at US$56.42 per barrel.South of the border, it was a positive day on Wall Street as U.S. stocks made back most of Friday’s losses.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 72.09 points to 23,430.33. The S&P 500 index edged up 3.29 points to 2,582.14 and the Nasdaq composite index advanced 7.92 points to 6,790.71.“It’s a fairly quiet day,” said Craig Fehr, a Canadian markets strategist at Edward Jones in St. Louis. “When left to its devices, this market seems to be inclined to go higher, and I think that’s what we’re getting today.”In currency markets, the Canadian dollar was trading at 78.17 cents US, down 0.06 of a U.S. cent.Elsewhere in commodities, the December gold contract fell US$21.20 to US$1,275.30 an ounce. The December natural gas contract declined five cents to US$3.05 per mmBTU and the December copper contract added three cents to US$3.09 a pound.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.last_img read more

Court pulls up Delhi Police after DCP fails to show up

first_imgNEW DELHI: A Delhi court Friday pulled up the Delhi Police over non-appearance of DCP who was asked to file report in the 2016 JNU sedition case.The Delhi Police had earlier told the court that authorities were yet to give requisite sanctions to prosecute former JNU students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar and others in the case, and it would take two to three months to procure the sanctions.last_img