Rowing Closes Fall Season against Creighton

first_img“Hats off to Creighton today, who had a really good day on the water,” said head coach Charlie DiSilvestro. “We congratulate them on retaining the trophy. We gave it our best shot today. We will learn from this use to build to get stronger for the spring.” Creighton defeated Drake in three official races and retained the traveling trophy awarded each fall to the winner in the duel between the longtime rivals. Drake and Creighton resumed their rivalry that is in its 27th year, but didn’t take place in 2018 due to flooding on the Des Moines River. Creighton won the trophy in the last meeting in 2017. York Johnson Squiers Bigus Whyte Kearns DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University rowing team closed its fall season Saturday, Nov. 10 morning against Creighton on the Des Moines River. Cox -Rambhia Cox- Vroman Cox – Stock The Bluejays accumulated the most points in three races: varsity 8+, 2nd varsity 8+ and varsity 4 in a best 2-out-3 format in each race. Following the official races, the two teams competed in several novice exhibition races and one varsity exhibition race. Drake won the novice 8 exhibitions with its boats sweeping the best of three format. Hovland Evan-Cook Froeschner Lajoie Holden Manolis Smith Drake Official Lineups Drake will resume training in January, 2020 when they make their annual winter training trip south with this season’s trip taking place in Natchitoches, La. Check back later to www.GoDrakeBulldogs.com for the program’s 2020 spring schedule once it is official. Thacker Pomeroy Jaske Wilson Pereira Varsity 8         2nd Varsity 8   Varsity 4 Coffman Faria Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Mamas move for health awareness

first_imgThe Clover Mama Afrika project has a number of women taking part who are determined to make the correct nutritious foods available in their communities. (Images: Clover Mama Afrika)Health Awareness Month is in full swing, and as always Clover’s Mamas are taking action to help the people in their communities eat balanced diets and get the right nutrition to maintain their health.Many people know about healthy food choices but it is difficult for the poorer members of society to maintain a balanced diet. It is here that Clover Mama Afrika works to help people lead healthy lives.South Africa’s current drought has had a huge impact on food security in general, and has resulted in food prices rising significantly. This has made it even more difficult for underprivileged people to get the nutrients needed to fight off infection.But there are community heroes who step in to provide for those who need it most. Clover Mama Afrika is a corporate social investment project run by dairy company Clover in an effort to give back to the country and make a positive difference to its people.The project has a number of women taking part who are determined to make the correct nutritious foods available in their communities.MAMAS IN ACTIONMama Sipiwe Solomons from Hazyview, in Mpumalanga, has her own food garden and piggery. Through these, she provides a feeding scheme for orphans. She delivers 30 food packages a day to 10 high schools, catering to more than 80 children in the programme.Her food garden also supplies her community hospice with food packages, feeding 20 patients.In addition, Solomons’s garden helps her to generate much-needed income, which in turn allows her to sustain her garden and piggery and so continue her efforts to help her community.The founder of the Ebenezer Care Centre, Shirley Merime, feed 120 pre-school children, 55 children from her own centre, 75 elderly people, 18 of her own workers and 60 underprivileged people from her surrounding informal settlement each day out of her food garden.Other Clover Mama Afrika food garden champions include Florence Nyakiso from Botshabelo, Dawn Irons from Ubombo and Pauline Mokae from Randsgate.Nkanyiso provides a safe haven for over 250 children and feeds an average of 7 000 young and old people each month.Although she has been badly affected by the drought, Irons still feeds 26 children and 10 adults daily, as well as 70 more people every Sunday.Mokae feeds 150 children through her feeding scheme and supplies food to nine orphans and 15 adults daily, as well as 50 church members.Many people know about healthy food choices but it is difficult for the poorer members of society to maintain a balanced diet with the rise in both food prices and unemployment ratesNO CHALLENGE IS TOO GREAT“I am so proud of our Mamas,” says Professor Elain Vlok, manager of Clover’s corporate services and founder of Clover Mama Afrika. “Even though our Mamas have been hit hard by the drought crisis they never give up and continue to supply food to their communities which helps community members get the nutrition they need to keep going.“With each Clover Mama Afrika we are able make a difference in so many lives and we hope to reach even more communities throughout the rest of this year.”Clover Mama Afrika started as a humble project 12 years ago and has since become the dairy company’s flagship CSI programme.To date, it has appointed 41 Mamas throughout South Africa. These remarkable women collectively care for more than 15 500 children and 2 500 elderly people who are unable to provide for themselves.PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part to help improve the lives of the people around you or the environment? Do you know of anyone who has gone out of their way to help improve South Africa and its people?If so, submit your story or video to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more

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Stink bugs in soybeans

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As our soybean begins to develop flowers and pods, we need to be aware of stink bugs that will begin feeding.  Although more common in the southern US, we have been noticing more stink bugs in soybean the past few years, even some fields where economic damage was seen.There are several species, including the green, the brown, the red-shouldered and the brown marmorated stink bug.  These insects have piercing/sucking mouthparts similar to aphids, and will pierce through the pod to feed on the developing seed. Damaged seed are often flat, shriveled, wrinkled or completely aborted.  Over the next few months, we will begin to see stink bugs move into soybean, and now is a good time to begin scouting.To sample for stink bugs, take 5 sets of 10 sweeps.  An average of 4 stink bugs per set of 10 indicates an economic population.  We are interested in gathering information on stink bug species distribution across the state and will begin our surveys this week. Please let us know of any fields that might have a high number of stink bugs.last_img read more

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5 Video Platforms Vying to Be the YouTube of the Enterprise

first_imgMassive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… klint finley Related Posts Although enterprise video adoption is slow, several platforms are competing to bring the simple video sharing experience of services like YouTube to business users. Here’s a look at five of them. Each of these solutions give uses the ability to upload video, encode it, view and share it online and track analytics.23 Video23 Video is a Danish startup and one of the newer players in this market. One of its differentiators is price. 23 Video has a single plan: $675 per month for 1TB of bandwidth and $250 a month for each additional TB. Brightcove offers tiered and custom plans. The largest non-custom plan from Brightcove is $499 for 250 GB of bandwidth.BrightcoveBrightcove started as a YouTube competitor, but changed focus to offer custom embedded video hosting for businesses. Notably, it’s created an HTML5 video player for its services for those watching videos on devices that don’t support Flash. Our previous coverage is here.Cisco Show and ShareCisco Show and Share is part of Cisco’s “pervasive video” strategy. Unlike the other platforms listed here, Show and Share is designed specifically to be self-hosted for internal use.  It enables enterprise users to capture video from a variety of sources -including Web cams, Cisco’s Flip cameras and iPhones – and upload it to a central location for editing and sharing.Although it’s designed for internal use, it has a full range of social features such as commenting, rating and related videos.KalturaKaltura is the company behind an open source video platform of the same name. It offers its own hosting service, as well as an on-premise version. The free community edition is available here. In addition to video hosting, Kaltura offers a collaborative video editor. Like Brightcove, it has an HTML5 player.Plugins are available to integrate Kaltura with open source content management systems such as Drupal, MindTouch and WordPress.Our previous coverage of the company is here and here.OoyalaOoyala is another well established video platform vendor. It was founded in 2007 by ex-Google employees. Ooyala is focused on consumer facing video, and includes an advertising platform. Like many of the others, it offers an HTML5 player. Our previous coverage is here.Photo by Jason Rogerscenter_img 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#enterprise#Products last_img read more

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Google’s Android Is Learning How To Reach Straight Into Your Wallet

first_imgThe Platform is a regular column by mobile editor Dan Rowinski. Ubiquitous computing, ambient intelligence and pervasive networks are changing the way humans interact with everything.  What do you get when you take the greatest advertising company on the planet, computers that live in people’s pockets, software that guesses where you are and what you’re doing—and add access to people’s credit cards?For Google, you get the ability to buy anything, anywhere and everywhere, targeted to users’ specific interests. And for Apple and Amazon, you get trouble.Tracking the history of Android, Google’s operating system for all things mobile, everything that Google has done has more or less led to this point. Every seemingly unrelated update, every feature, every new app from Google has turned it into a platform for Google to access consumers wallets. In the past, that mission was far more opaque, but each successive iteration of software for Android brings new clarity to what Google is trying to accomplish.Quick Thought: A Smaller SurfaceMicrosoft is holding a “small” event for its Surface tablet in New York City on May 20. The speculation is that Microsoft will unveil a smaller Surface tablet based on Window 8 RT to compliment its two-in-one Surface tablets using Windows 8.1.Windows 8 RT is the albatross of the Windows family: a confused version of the operating system that has tried to be both tablet and PC. The Surface 2 did not perform particularly well as either a tablet or a PC and Microsoft has eaten hundreds of millions of dollars on the Surface line since it was introduced a couple of years ago.If Microsoft can come out with an RT-based tablet that functions more specifically like a tablet, it may be able to garner some interest among consumers that have been more prone to buying iPads and Android tablets. I’ll be in New York for the event, so stay tuned for details and analysis.Take, for instance, the latest version of Google Play Services, the software that turns your Android device into a buying machine.A Play For Your Wallets, And Developers’ HeartsGoogle is beginning to tick off its check boxes ahead of its annual Google I/O developer conference. The biggest stories at I/O this year will be Android Wear—Google’s software for smartwatches and other wearable gadgets—Google Maps, gaming, Google Apps Engine and Google Play Services.Google is preparing for I/O by delivering updates to its core developer groups. Google Maps has seen several updates in the last month while Android Wear was the big news in March. Yesterday, Google issued its second update to Google Play Services this year, one that updates the Maps application programming interface, mobile ads, activity recognition and Google Wallet. If you aren’t familiar with Google Play Services, you should be. It’s the vehicle that controls all of the Google apps on an Android phone, one that also provides a platform for developers to build on top of those apps.In older versions of Android, Google’s core apps—Maps, Gmail, Talk/Hangouts, etc.—were tied to the operating system. To update those apps, users would need an update to the Android operating system. In later versions of Android, Google decoupled the operating system from its core apps, which are now controlled and updated directly from Google through Google Play Services.Activity Tracking, Location, Ads And Instant BuyingGoogle Play Services’ latest update—version 4.4—gives developers new capabilities in five categories.Activity Recognition: Google’s Location API allows for developers to see if users are in a vehicle, sitting still, on a bicycle or on foot. The latest version adds new capabilities to the Location API to see if users are running or walking. The new Location API capabilities are an extension of the sensor capabilities found in Android 4.4 KitKat.Google Maps Android: Google Maps is one of the company’s more interesting developer products because of its cross-platform ubiquity—it runs on PCs, browsers, mobile apps and operating systems like iOS. The latest update is for the app’s Android API, which allows developers to implement Street View (the ability to see ground level images directly from Maps) within Android apps.Games: In Google Play Services 4.3 (released in March), Google enabled developer tools for implementing gift-giving between players. In version 4.4, Google is extending that capability so that users can give gifts to multiple recipients.Advertising: Google is the king of context when it comes to advertising. An Android smartphone knows basically everything about its user, which makes for pretty effective advertising. Hence, in-app ads are the bread and butter for Google to make money off of Android and to help developers get paid. The new Ads API for publishers make possible in-app promo advertisements that let users purchase goods directly. Wallet: Google has also taken steps to simplify the process of adding its “Buy With Google” button to apps with updates to the Instant Buy API. Google also introduced a new API called WalletFragment to assist in this process.Android: The Real-World Purchasing PlatformTake a step back from the minutiae of these updates and you can see what Google is moving toward. Add the location capabilities (including Indoor Maps) with activity recognition, contextually aware advertisements and the ability to buy instantly from anywhere, and it’s clear that Google is taking its advertising platform to the real world, directly into people’s pockets.Quote Of The Day: “App.net was envisioned from the beginning as a service that could be sustainable, something intended to operate on a longer timescale than a typical online service. It is often the case that services that are important to people can get caught on the wrong side of a boom-and-bust cycle, which is something we explicitly wanted to avoid.” —App.net founder Dalton Caldwell in a blog post announcing that the social network platform will no longer have any full-time employees.Google doesn’t make its own smartphones, at least not now that it’s selling Motorola to Lenovo. Google doesn’t make money by licensing Android to smartphone and tablet manufacturers. The Android Open Source Project (AOSP) is free and open source.Of course, Google hasn’t poured billions of dollars of development into Android out of altruism. In the beginning, Android was just another way to get people onto the Internet, where Google could serve them ads. Now, the power to live inside people’s pockets is emerging as an extraordinarily powerful tool.In other words, the central mission of Android has fundamentally evolved. This evolution is turning it into a powerful delivery platform for information, advertising and actions—like the ability to buy something through your phone from the street.The mobile era is gradually bringing real-world actions into convergence with our digital lives. I’ve long likened smartphones to keys that open the door to a world of digital information … basically, all the world’s accumulated knowledge in our pockets. That door historically has swung one way: the user wants information and goes to get it.The trend now is for the door to swing both ways. Now the providers of the platforms can swing back through the door to give you things you may need based on what they know about you, what you’re interested and where you happen to be.Every company wants to get a foot in this doorway. Apple is rumored to be pondering a mobile payments mechanism in its upcoming iOS 8, one that would presumably be centered around beacons—Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled sensors in the physical world that can detect where people are and send or receive information.Amazon, likewise, is the king of digital commerce and knows just about everything about its customers. But its ability to connect to consumers in the physical world is limited because it mostly has to rely on Apple, Google and Microsoft to reach them on mobile—at least outside of its Kindle Fire tablets and, possibly, its rumored smartphone.Google has the lead in the the convergence of digital and real world commerce because it controls all the pertinent stacks. Android has a huge base of users; a strong developer following armed with Google’s latest tools for personalizing app interactions with users; and an insane amount of information about its users thanks to apps like search, Maps and Gmail.Its approach is also far more subtle than that of, say, Facebook, which seems to constantly remind its users that they’re mostly there to sell ads against. Google delivers its targeting through a myriad of apps and related services, a tentacular and almost invisible approach that obscures just what it’s really about.Which is pretty simple: Google wants to reach through the Internet aether and put its hand in your wallet. And it hopes to make you grateful that it’s done so, too.More On Google Play Services, Maps And AndroidEmil Protalinski has a breakdown of Google Play Services 4.4 at The Next Web.ReadWrite enterprise reporter Jodi Mardesich details the meaning of Google’s acquisition of Boston-based Stackdriver.Reuters reports that Samsung’s head of mobile design has been canned because of the lackluster reception of the Galaxy S5. We will have more on the specifics in the Galaxy S5 (with a full review and more) next week.Nick Statt at CNET breaks down the latest Google Maps update with Uber integration.  Tags:#Android#android development#app development#fitness#Google#Google Play#google play services#Location#Mobile Ads#Mobile Payments#The Platform Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces dan rowinskicenter_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementlast_img read more

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Country roots for Team India to lift the World Cup

first_imgIndian cricket fans pose with a replica of the cricket World Cup trophy and cheer for their home team, in Kolkata on Friday, April 1, 2011.Best wishes poured in from people of different walks of life on Friday for the Indian cricket team to lift the World Cup on Saturday with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi hoping the ‘Men in Blue’ would emerge victorious.As the nation waited with bated breath to know the outcome of the World Cup final, a car bonanza awaited the Indian players if they beat Sri Lanka with auto major Hyundai Motor promising its yet to be launched Verna sedan to all 11 players.Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar, an avid cricket fan, and Bollywood celebrities also rooted for an Indian win and fervently hoped that batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar will score an unprecedented 100th international century on his home ground in Mumbai.”Keep it up is all I would say. I hope India wins,” Singh said when asked about his message to the Indian cricket team.Singh, who watched the blockbuster India-Pakistan semi-final clash along with his Pakistani counterpart Yusuf Raza Gilani, however, will not be travelling to Mumbai to watch the final.”I will be in Assam then,” he told reporters on the sidelines of the Padma awards function at the Rashtrapati Bhawan here.”The whole nation joins in wishing the Indian cricket team,” he said, adding that he would be watching the game as and when he gets time.Sonia Gandhi, who was campaigning in Assam, hoped the Indian team would bag the World Cup.advertisement”I congratulate the Indian team for winning the semifinal at Mohali and wish them the best for the final”, Gandhi said. Sonia and her son Rahul Gandhi had watched the Mohali match.”We hope they win and bring the World Cup for us. I wish them all the best”, she added.Scores of youngsters across the country also belted out impromptu songs wishing an Indian victory. Groups like ‘Indian Ocean’ also came out with special compositions.81-year-old Lata Mangeshkar said, “I am eager to see India winning the cup and if Sachin scores his 100th century on his home ground in the final, it will be icing on the cake. I will pray for that.”When asked about the possibility of watching the final at Wankhede stadium, she replied in the negative. An avid cricket fan, Lata had enjoyed the 1983 World Cup final from the galleries at Lords.”I don’t go to stadiums anymore. I will watch the match at home and after that I leave for Pune where I have to attend an award ceremony,” she said.She also declined to predict the outcome of the much awaited match.”Both the teams are equally good. Cricket is a very unpredictable game and you can’t guess anything about the outcome. I thought Yuvraj will play a big knock in the semifinal but he got out for a duck. So I don’t like to predict anything,” Lata said.Bollywood star Lara Dutta said, the “whole country is rooting for the Indian team.””The team has all the ingredients essential for a win in the Final,” she saidAnother star Suneil Shetty said the Indian team is a “perfect combination and it deserved to win.””We will be extremely delighted to felicitate the Indian cricket team with the all-new Verna much ahead of its market launch in the country,” Hyundai Motor India Managing Director and CEO Hang-Woo Park said in a statement.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

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New Zealand Preview – Trans Tasman 2010

first_imgThe series opened last night with a Pre-Match dinner at which Steve Price presented on what it takes to be represent your country, be the best you can be and have self confidence to win.  He then interviewed all the captains and it was obvious the desire and focus each team has to win this.  Both teams stated how important this series is going into the World Cup in Scotland 2011. To see the full story, please visit the New Zealand Trans Tasman website:http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?client=1-6976-0-0-0&news_task=DETAIL&news_task=DETAIL&articleID=11112994&sectionID=125624last_img read more

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Special category status to pervade Arunachal and other NE states Rahul

first_imgItanagar: Congress chief Rahul Gandhi said Tuesday his party will restore the special category status to Arunachal Pradesh and other states in the northeast if elected to power. There are some states in the country which require special status because of their “unique problems and difficulties” such as connectivity, terrain, infrastructure, Gandhi said at an election rally here. During the Congress rule at the Centre, he said, Arunachal Pradesh and other NE states used to enjoy special category status. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Arunachal Pradesh has a special place in the heart of the Congress party and “we would like to have a ‘dil ka rishta’ with the people of the state”, he said. Gandhi said the Congress will not allow the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill to be passed in Rajya Sabha because the bill is “detrimental” to the people of the northeast. “We will not allow the suppression of the people of northeast,” Gandhi said. The Congress party will never attack the language, culture, customs and tradition of Arunachal Pradesh and other NE states, he said. Election to the 60-member Arunachal Pradesh Assembly and two Lok Sabha seats will be held on April 11.last_img read more

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Dhawan should play natural attacking game says Ganguly

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Capitals (DC) opener Shikhar Dhawan batted at the nets, took some throwdowns from head coach Ricky Ponting and finally had a long chat with advisor Sourav Ganguly before heading to the dressing room at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Friday. Dhawan’s role will be crucial in Saturday’s Indian Premier League (IPL) match against Kolkata Knight Riders as DC look to get back to winning ways after losing their last game against Chennai Super Kings on Tuesday. Ganguly said it was a simple chat and he just asked the India opener to stick to the basics and not over experiment. “It wasn’t a struggle in the last few games. He just played differently and will play differently against Kolkata. I had a chat with him after the nets and just asked him to take it like a normal T20 game and play attacking cricket,” Ganguly said. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhInterestingly, the emotions in Kolkata will be divided on Saturday as their favourite son is now a part of the Delhi outfit. Asked if such thoughts crossed his mind when he was playing for Pune Warriors India, Ganguly didn’t wish to go back in time. “That is way too far. My focus is on the job at hand and I am hoping that we go out tomorrow and play good cricket,” the former India captain said. An important factor in Saturday’s game will be the way the DC boys take on KKR’s in-form all-rounder Andre Russell. The West Indian has single-handedly won Kolkata both their games in the IPL so far. While Russell hit a swashbuckling unbeaten 49 off 19 balls in the first game against Sunrisers Hyderabad, he cracked another match-winning 48 off 17 balls against Kings XI Punjab. But Ganguly has a small warning for the superstar.last_img read more

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Detention of foreigners SC directs Assam chief secy to appear before it

first_imgNew Delhi: Expressing unhappiness over inaction in the case relating to detention of foreigners in Assam, the Supreme Court Monday directed the state’s Chief Secretary to appear before it on April 8. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi termed the affidavit filed by the Assam government as “exercise in futility” and sought to know as to how many persons declared foreigners by the tribunal have amalgamated with the local population. “What is the number of declared foreigners who have amalgamated with the local population. This is why we wanted your Chief Secretary to remain present,” the bench, also comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna, said while expressing displeasure over the absence of officials. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The apex court then directed the Chief Secretary to appear before it and posted the PIL filed by activist Harsh Mander on the issue for next Monday. The bench was hearing a plea on the condition of detention centres in Assam and the prolonged detention of foreigners there. The court has expressed concern earlier as well over thousands of illegal migrants being kept in detention centres for years in Assam without being repatriated or deported to their countries of origin. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday It had raised several issues connected with the such centres and said the detainees could not be held for an indefinite period. On January 28, the apex court had asked the Centre and the state to provide details of the functional centres in Assam and foreigners detained in them during the last 10 years. On March 13, it had asked the state government to file a detailed affidavit in the matter. It pulled up the Centre and the Assam government over the functioning of foreigners tribunals and the problem of “external aggression” faced by the state due to influx of illegal migrants. “It has become a joke now. The situation has gone too far,” the top court had observed and told the Assam government that it was not been able to deport the illegal migrants to the country of their origin. “You have not done anything. The foreigners tribunals have identified 56,697 persons as foreigners and yet only around 900 persons are in detention centres,” the bench had said. Not satisfied with the replies of Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Assam government, the bench had said it would summon the chief secretary and the home secretary of the state to explain the situation. “We are not even told who are the foreigners or who were detected or suspected to be foreigners. Who are the presiding officers in the foreigners tribunals and how many foreigners tribunals are functioning properly in the state,” the bench had asked. Mehta had said that 150 people who have come to India on valid documents need to be deported while 823 people who are mostly illegal immigrants are detained in six detention centres of the state.last_img read more

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