Spencer/Columbus wrestling team uses five pins to beat Stanley-Boyd

first_imgJake Dick has first-period pin at 106 pounds for RocketsBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterSPENCER — Spencer/Columbus had five pins and won two other matches by forfeit to beat Stanley-Boyd/Thorp/Owen-Withee 45-17 in a Cloverbelt Conference wrestling dual meet on Thursday at Spencer High School.Jake Dick (106 pounds), Tim Bauer (138), Elijah Welsh (195), Hunter Luepke (220), and Logan Zschernitz (285) won by pin for the Rockets.Nate Neumann won a decision at 160 pounds for the Rockets.Spencer/Columbus will compete at the Merrill Invitational on Saturday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Spencer/Columbus 45, Stanley-Boyd/Thorp/Owen-Withee 17106: Jake Dick (SC) pinned Dalton McDermond in 0:58.113: Double forfeit.120: Dominick Wichlacz (SC) won by forfeit.126: Bryce Shaw (SC) won by forfeit.132: Dalton Smith (SB) def. Austin Post 6-5.138: Tim Bauer (SC) pinned Luke Spaeth in 3:13.145: Sam Burzynski (SB) won by technical fall over Caden Schillinger 16-0.152: Brandon Nitz (SB) def. Carson Hildebrandt 8-4.160: Nate Neumann (SC) def. Eric Hoffstatter 8-4.170: Nathan Scheidler (SB) pinned Hunter Hildebrandt in 3:09.182: Double forfeit.195: Elijah Welsh (SC) pinned Jakota Todd in 4:23.220: Hunter Luepke (SC) pinned Quintin Melville in 3:21.285: Logan Zschernitz (SC) pinned Eric Bentler in 2:37.last_img read more

AU prioritises peace, security in Africa

first_img1 February 2011The African Union emphasised the importance of peace and security on the continent as the pan-African bloc ended a summit that was dominated by discussions on Cote d’Ivoire, Somalia, Sudan, Tunisia and Egypt.The 16th African Union (AU) summit concluded late on Monday in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa after adopting a series of decisions and declarations concerning Africa’s development, peace and security.Major issues of concern for African leaders included the situation in Cote d’Ivoire, Somalia and Tunisia, according to a document situation adopted by AU leaders during the summit.On the situation in Cote d’Ivoire, the African leaders expressed their deep concern for the crisis, while encouraging the AU Commission and the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) to continue with their efforts to find a solution to the impasse.During the summit, AU’s Peace and Security Council decided to set up a panel to tackle the crisis in Cote d’Ivoire. The team comprises the presidents of Mauritania, South Africa, Burkina Faso, Tanzania and Chad, as well as the heads of the AU Commission and of Ecowas.The panel will evaluate the situation in the West African country, and is mandated to come up with a solution within one month.On Somalia, which is going through a crucial transitional period, the African leaders urged the country’s stakeholders to broaden and consolidate the reconciliation process, ensure greater cohesion within the Transitional Federal Institutions, and complete the outstanding transitional tasks, including the constitutional process.The war-torn Horn of Africa country has not had a functional central government for two decades. It is currently run by the internationally recognised Transitional Federal Government (TFG), which is protected by AU peacekeepers while facing deadly attacks by Islamist insurgent group of Al-Shabaab.The country is expected to end its transitional period on 20 August this year.Meanwhile, the African leaders appealed to all parties in Tunisia to “work together, in unity, peace, consensus and respect of legality, towards a peaceful and democratic transition,” according to the document.Source: BuaNews-Xinhualast_img read more

Online ticketing overhaul for SA

first_imgLocal ticket sales are moving to social media, through an innovative partnership between Tixsa and US-based TicketBiscuit. MEDIA CONTACTS • Michael Canfield  MD, Tixsa  08614 tixsa RELATED ARTICLES • E-commerce now more accessible• Prestigious award for UCT project • Mobile technology for Africa • Healthcare from your mobile • Mobile opportunities in AfricaMark ReidSouth Africa’s online ticketing industry looks set for a major overhaul, with a new social media application becoming available, and more opportunities opening up for smaller players.A partnership between local innovators Tixsa and American company TicketBiscuit has led to the launch of new technology that will enable entertainment lovers to buy tickets directly from fan pages and websites.This is good news for the local ticket industry, which since 1971 has been dominated by Computicket, at that time the first electronic centralised booking system in the world.While the company put South Africa at the forefront of advance ticketing, it also grew to dominate the local ticketing industry, capturing a 96.6% market share by 2010. This monopoly eventually aroused the ire of smaller ticketing companies, which resulted in a case being lodged with the Competition Commission.Complainants claimed that Computicket’s use of long-term contracts and exclusivity clauses stifled competition in the industry and prevented clients from choosing an alternative ticketing source, or even a co-provider. The case is now awaiting a tribunal hearing date.The launch of Tixsa’s new initiative therefore comes at a convenient time, with the possibility of new opportunities opening up in the market.The partnership was announced back in July 2010, just six months after Tixsa started up. Back then TicketBiscuit was looking to expand internationally, and the company’s CEO Jeff Gale said in a statement that the time was right for the two companies to join hands.“The Tixsa team was ready to take advantage of the Fifa World Cup momentum,” he said.Gale added that Tixsa would use an enhanced version of TicketBiscuit’s licenced software. This allows Tixsa to integrate its product into clients’ websites or social media pages in just a few steps, giving them the chance to interact directly with their clients.Because no special hardware is needed, clients can use their existing equipment to speedily set up their new service.Easy set-up and operationTixsa offers a comprehensive box office management system. Services include round-the-clock ticket sales via the Tixsa mobile application or the client’s Facebook page or website.The system also offers completely secure payment processing. Tickets are delivered directly to a mobile phone, or may be printed at home, and each ticket features a unique barcode to prevent fraudulent use.The Tixsa system also delivers automatic event updates to the client’s website, and offers realtime sales reports, on demand. User details may be extracted and used for email campaigns and other relationship-building exercises.In addition to tickets, the sale of related merchandise is also possible. For instance, the client can offer packages that include a concert ticket, a t-shirt and a CD, or just the ticket. This adds value to the customer’s purchase and increases the vendor’s income.last_img read more

The up-to-date Practical Guide to Media Law is now available

first_img“The freedom to criticize is a right worth defending” Jonathan Shapiro at the launch of the handbook. (Image: LexisNexis) • Jozi Donjeany-MethAccount ManagerLogico Creative Solutions+27 31 207 [email protected]• Oscar and the photo of the witness • South Africa’s global reputation steady • Press freedom in South Africa • Press Freedom Day: release Hammerl • SA celebrates media freedom Sulaiman Philip “If the law supposes that,” said Mr Bumble, “the law is a ass – a idiot. If that’s the eye of the law, the law is a bachelor; and the worst I wish the law is that his eye may be opened by experience – by experience.”Charles Dickens wrote those words in Oliver Twist in 1838. Not much has changed; experience is the only way the law is tested or changed.One of the most vibrant aspects of law in South Africa over the past 20 years has been the practice of media law. With the dawn of democracy the country’s constitution was rewritten, including sections pertaining to media law. For journalists and editors the most up-to-date legal guide was the venerated Newspaperman’s Guide to the Law , last updated in 1990. But on Tuesday, 4 March, publisher LexisNexis released the new Practical Guide to Media Law .Written by Webber Wentzel partners and media law experts, Dario Milo and Pamela Stein, the new LexisNexis Practical Guide to Media Law is a guide to how media law is practised in South Africa. Written in simple English and using cases the authors are familiar with, the handbook is an easy-to-use guide for media professionals.Keynote speaker at the launch was Jonathan Shapiro – better known as satirical cartoonist Zapiro – whose experience of testing “what is legally acceptable” goes back to 1998. In all his brushes with the courts his attorneys have been Milo and Stein. Praising their talent, which has “kept me from the poorhouse” he said, “I have always seen it as my job to push the envelope as far as I can and it’s always been theirs to hold me just behind the line.”The cartoonist remembered the early days of the country’s new democracy as being “like the Wild West”; what was acceptable was still up in the air. He reminded the audience that even while a new constitution was being negotiated the media was operating under legislation guided by the infamous Internal Security Act. “As apartheid legislation was being dismantled it opened up the media space because the rules were in flux.”The Newspaperman’s Guide to the Law was the perfect handbook for a dark time in South Africa’s history, Stein said when the authors took questions from the audience; however it was time for something to replace it. Agreeing with his colleague, Milo explained that changes in the law happened incrementally and only when the limits of legislation were tested. “The cases we chose as examples were the ones that pushed constitutional limits, but it is a book that can be read as celebrating the vibrancy of our democracy.”Melissa Moore from non-governmental organisation section 16, which provided funding for the handbook, celebrated the rich jurisprudence of the country before signalling a warning, saying all governments would rather hide information than share it with their citizens, which is why the media plays such an important role in a democratic society. “In a democracy as young as ours, a strong free press has a vital role to play. Besides being a tool for the press it is a reminder of its obligations to provide truth, information and news.”Section 16 advocates for law reform in the areas of freedom of expression and access to information.Shapiro joked earlier in the evening that the book was a tool, but that nothing “beat having a good attorney in your corner” and none were better than the authors of the handbook. He is a friend of artist Brett Murray – best known for his painting The Spear – who sought his advice when he was sued by the African National Congress. Shapiro said, “My first question was ‘Who is your lawyer?’ Once I heard Dario’s name I told him to relax; it was all taken care of. My point, if you are going to put together a handbook on media law, then get the best.”The LexisNexis Practical Guide to Media Law is available online and at bookstores for around R513.last_img read more

Is the End Near for Apple’s Digital Music Dominance?

first_imgjosh catone 1 Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Trends#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Apple Will Continue to Rule the Digital Music LandscapeEven though it looks like a confluence of recent events is finally pointing to a weakening in Apple’s digial music strangehold, the reality is that there still remains a long, long uphill battle for Amazon, Microsoft, and the rest. Further, in order to really take down Apple, both Amazon and Microsoft (or Sandisk, Creative, etc.) need to succeed. Apple has opened two fronts in this battle, iTunes and iPod, and in order to take them down, you have to beat them on both.Too many people are already ingrained in the iTunes+iPod experience, and for many of them, DRM doesn’t matter. They buy tracks on iTunes and put them on their iPods. As long as iPods control the player market, iTunes will control the download market. And let’s not forget that Apple sells about 2 million DRM-free tracks of its own, so it has hardly sat on the sidelines while competitors have added copy protection-less tracks to their offerings.Until the music player market shifts dramatically away from iPod dominance, DRM-free tracks will generally matter less to the majority of the MP3-buying public, who just won’t be affected since they are using iPods. Once that happens, though, then all things being equal selection-wise (i.e., assuming the major labels working with Amazon eventually work with Apple as well to sell DRM-free tracks) and price-wise (which it is already), it likely comes down to buying experience.The most intriguing prospect for that shift? The potential for an Amazon digital media player. Amazon began selling hardware late in 2007 with the release of the Kindle e-book reader, so perhaps an Amazon media player isn’t so far-fetched. It would replicate the vertical integration of the iPod and iTunes store that has been a major part of Apple’s rise to control over the industry.Then again, as TheStreet.com points out, “with iPod satisfaction rates running at over a staggering 90%, and competitors like Microsoft failing to dent its market share, an Amazon-made device would likely struggle to dislodge Apple.”ConclusionEventually, Apple might lose some of its grip on the music download and media player industry. But while Amazon and Microsoft take baby steps in competing with Apple, the Cupertino, CA-based company is not standing still. Microsoft made positive changes to its Zune, but Apple released the iPod Touch (and updated the rest of the iPod line), plus signed distribution deals with Starbucks to deliver iTunes tracks over wifi in-store. Amazon signed two more major labels onto its MP3 download store, but Apple is already expanding into video rentals (i.e., onto Amazon’s turf to compete with their Unbox service).It seems likely that Apple’s dominating position over the music download and media player markets will continue for at least a few years. What do you think? Is there and end to the iPod/iTunes monopoly in sight? Does Amazon, Microsoft, or some other company have what it takes to take on Apple? Let us know in the comments. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… A lot of things happened in 2007 that seemed to threaten Apple’s stranglehold on the digital music market. Microsoft launched its new Zune MP3 players, which received mostly glowing reviews, and they kept their installed user base happy with major firmware updates for old players. Meanwhile, Amazon launched a major DRM-free MP3 download service at a cut-rate (compared to Apple’s). But generally, the facts still point to Apple dominance for awhile to come.Why it Looks Like Apple Should SweatYesterday, we heard that Warner Music Group had teamed up with Amazon to offer its entire catalog DRM-free. They joined Universal music and EMI music, as well as 33,000 independent labels in pushing Amazon’s catalog to 2.9 million tracks. That’s still well short of Apple’s 6 million or so tracks offered via iTunes, but Apple’s DRM-free selection comes only from EMI. Warner and Universal have chosen so far to deal just with Amazon.Amazon is starting to feel like a real threat to Apple’s monopoly on the music download biz. They seem to have the cooperation of the music industry in offering DRM-free tracks, and their lower pricing (generally $.89-.99 per track) already forced Apple to lower its own DRM-free prices earlier this year.Further, Amazon’s MP3 store soft launched in September and has had little advertising. So far it has gained about a 3% share of the total market (more according to other reports) — measly compared to Apple’s iTunes — but in just over a month, Amazon and Pepsi are planning a large Superbowl promotion to give away 1 billion free songs via the service. According to Billboard, when Pepsi offered 100 million free tracks via iTunes in 2004, just 5 million were ultimately redeemed over the 5 month promotion period. But since then, digital music has grown 416%, so it’s a safe bet tht this promotion will be more successful. Could the Superbowl be a coming out party for Amazon in the music download business?Additionally, Apple faces more competition in the digital media player market. Microsoft’s Zune.net web site reportedly saw a 299% jump in traffic on Christmas day. Granted, Apple’s iTune’s store page still received 6 times the traffic, but the Zune.net numbers might be indicative of a strong holiday season for Microsoft’s player.Apple’s iPod line still holds about a 70% market share (March), but that is down from over 90% just a couple of years ago. Better offerings from Microsoft, Sandisk, and other competitors are certainly putting a dent in the iPod’s commanding position in the MP3 player market, albeit a small one.last_img read more

Intel and Alan Turing Institute form Strategic Partnership to help solve Big Data Healthcare Challenges

first_imgResearch into the fundamentals of algorithms for data science;Training the next generation of researchers;Addressing ways in which scientific advances can be taken into practice;Collaborating with a range of public and private organizations.If you want the deep dive on the ATI’s forward looking vision, I’d highly recommend reading Andrew Blake’s (Institute Director) Alan Turing Institute Roadmap for Science and Innovation.Alan Turing is a name that is familiar to many of you I’m sure and as the person who many see as the founder of modern computer science we are delighted that new algorithms developed by the ATI will feed into the design of future generations of Intel® microprocessors. Intel will provide the ATI with world-class High Performance Computing solutions including Intel® Xeon®-based workstations, Intel Software tools and access to an Intel Data center cluster based on Intel® Xeon® and Intel® Xeon Phi™.People and TechnologyBut great technology is just one part of the story of Intel’s strategic partnership with ATI, so I’m excited to tell you that we’re supporting the development of the next generation of data scientists too. Alongside hiring a number of talented individuals to work at the ATI we will be supporting the PhD and Research Fellow programme which will help fulfil one of the core aims of the Institute in helping to bridge the skills gap and place the UK in a strong global position in this sector.Solving the Big Data Challenges in HealthcareAnalysis of big data has the potential to solve some of the biggest challenges in healthcare which will help us deliver better patient care, including All-in-One-Day personalized medicine, unlocking the value of electronic medical records through natural language processing and making sense of the ever-increasing data produced by wearables and sensors. It’s an exciting time and we’re eager to see where this fantastic strategic partnership between Intel and the Alan Turing Institute takes us in the coming years. I look forward to keeping you updated in future blogs. Learn more about Intel Big Data and Analytics in HealthcareAlan Turing Institute websiteStay in touch with Intel Health and Life Sciences news Realizing the potential in big data is a challenge we’re enthusiastically tackling head on here at Intel and a recently announced strategic partnership with the Alan Turing Institute (ATI) in the UK is just one example of where working with key partners can help us drive scientific and technological discoveries.We want to help turn the rapidly increasing volume of data into meaningful insights which will help solve global challenges across a number of areas, including health and life sciences. The ATI’s vision is an exciting proposition, and that is to be a national institute which supports the UK in becoming a world leader in data science, through:last_img read more

Justin Gilbert Suspended Four Games by NFL for Substance Abuse

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Former Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert has been suspended for four games after violating the league’s substance abuse policy.Source: Free Agent DB Justin Gilbert has been suspended by the Commissioner for the first 4 weeks of the 2017 season. Former 1st rd pick.— Courtney Fallon (@CourtneyFallon_) May 25, 2017Gilbert’s suspension is one more disappointment on what was initially a promising career. After being traded by the Cleveland Browns to the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2016, Gilbert was released in early 2017. The former No. 8 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft had only one interception in 35 career games and was rarely used in his time at Pittsburgh.Since being drafted, Gilbert’s motivation has come into question on multiple occasions. Following his release by the Steelers, Cleveland offensive lineman Joe Thomas didn’t mince words on Gilbert’s release.If you don’t like football, it doesn’t matter how talented you are, your star will burn out quick. https://t.co/r7PfDSTljL— Joe Thomas (@joethomas73) February 6, 2017Gilbert is still a free agent, but according to 247Sports, the Steelers have mulled re-signing him for the 2017-2018 season.last_img read more

10 months agoEintracht Frankfurt prepared to sell Newcastle target Jetro Willems

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Eintracht Frankfurt prepared to sell Newcastle target Jetro Willemsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEintracht Frankfurt are prepared to sell Jetro Willems next month.Newcastle United are interested in the Holland left-back, who is prepared to leave Germany in the coming weeks.BILD says Newcastle are in talks with Eintracht for Willems and been told they can sign him for €15m. Eintracht paid €3m to Feyenoord for Willems.AS Roma are also interested in Willems ahead of the winter transfer window opening.And the concern for Newcastle is owner Mike Ashley won’t sanction the deal. last_img read more

Texas Recruits Charles Omenihu, Kai Locksley Get Into It On Twitter With Texas A&M 5-Star DT Daylon Mack

first_imgDaylon Mack tweets about UT footabll recruits.daylon mack charles omenihu kai locksley texas a&m twitterTexas and Texas A&M might not have a football rivalry on the field anymore, but one certainly exists off of it. Thursday night, Aggies’ five-star defensive tackle Daylon Mack upset some Longhorns’ fans – and a couple players – with a tweet. Mack, a 6-foot-1, 330-pound defensive lineman pledged to Kevin Sumlin’s program, poked fun at Charlie Strong’s “I don’t know if I want to go walking into College Station right now” comment. He created a T-shirt featuring the quote and tweeted a photo of the clothing item. Mack then called out Texas signee Charles Omenihu, a three-star defensive end upset by the T-shirt, tweeting a conversation they had about playing together at TAMU. Clearly I had the option to be a longhorn I just chose different. Your only at Texas because we never offered you #NuffSaid @charless_94— THEE MACK TRUCK (@DaylonMack) April 17, 2015Lol we wanted you?? Haha ok @charless_94 pic.twitter.com/EPD60U5h0x— THEE MACK TRUCK (@DaylonMack) April 17, 2015Omenihu responded with a screenshot of another conversation. This one suggests Mack was interested in playing at Texas (which he was, but later opted to attend Texas A&M). @DaylonMack come on now don’t try and flex on me pic.twitter.com/iOJjlnWhWm— Charles™‼️ (@charless_94) April 17, 2015Thankfully, the posting of previous conversations ended there. The Twitter jabs didn’t stop, though. Texas four-star QB commit Kai Locksley and four-star linebacker commit Cecil Cherry joined in on the action, too. But I’m chillin I got mines you got yours just the towards my coach and school not needed cause you doing it for retweets @DaylonMack— Charles™‼️ (@charless_94) April 17, [email protected]_94 no need to rap moe.. We focused on us. They can have that childish lame ahh Twitter stuff. We got better things to deal with /p>— Kai Locksley (@LOCKSnLOADED_3) April 17, [email protected]_3 /p>— Charles™‼️ (@charless_94) April 17, 2015  Let him talk all he want to and tell his sorry lame coach to play us and get beat by the best team in Texas and let them know we run things— Cecil Cherry (@cecil__cherry3) April 17, 2015 @DaylonMack True ballers let the pads do the talking that’s all I’m say HOOK EM to bad you switch out on us just sit back and watch us— Cecil Cherry (@cecil__cherry3) April 17, 2015 Just play already, Texas and Texas A&M. Twitter fights are entertaining, but actual games would be better.last_img read more

The controversy continues regarding Manitoba flood evacuees

first_imgAPTN National NewsMore for you on Manitoba flood evacuees.Thousands were forced from their homes last spring by flooding.The Lake St. Martin reserve in Central Manitoba was written off.But government investigators say the numbers of evacuees – getting compensation – include hundreds of ineligible people.Some of Manitoba’s top chiefs said the spotlight should stay on the people still displaced.But as APTN’s Tiar Wilson shows us.Even some of the hardest hit- are asking where is the money going.last_img read more