Children the focus for January activations

first_imgBrand South Africa’s initiative, Play Your Part, will host activations in January that will focus on children’s education and livelihood. (Image: Shamin Chibba)The year has barely started yet Play Your Part is already planning activations for the month of January. The events will focus on  children’s education and welfare. On Friday, 29 January, Play Your Part will be at TT Lekalake Primary School in Batlharos Village, Northern Cape, where it will open a mobile library.The initiative will build on Shout SA’s libraries initiative. It also acknowledges that active citizenship is the key to move South Africa forward. Shout SA was founded in 2007 by singers Danny K and Kabelo Mabalane to find ways of making the country safer for all.Both singers will be at the activation, alongside Play Your Part ambassador Tebogo Ditshego, who is the chairperson of Read a Book SA. Representatives from two other stakeholders, the Square Kilometre Array and Hip Hop Foundation, will also be at the event.Play Your Part will also be involved in two GEM activities this month. On 23 January, Play your Part and GEM volunteers will make their way to the Refilwe Community Project in Lanseria near Johannesburg to spend the day with its 130 children. Apart from playing with the children, participants will also help to prepare meals for them.On 30 and 31 January, GEM and Play Your Part will run a clean-up campaign at Ethembeni Children’s Home in Johannesburg’s city centre.To join GEM activities, download GEM Project via USSD by dialling *120*GEM1 # or get the app from the App Store and Google Play. Once you have signed in, you will be able to see which volunteering opportunities are available in your area. When you have decided on a day and a place, the app will tell you how many Gems you will earn for volunteering on the project.last_img read more

Joburg Open tees off today

first_imgThe Joburg Open golf tournament begins today at the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Course in Linksfield North. This is the 10th time the city is hosting the contest, which ends on 17 January.“It has proven its value as a highly successful event to market Johannesburg to a huge international audience,” said Bongi Mokaba, the events management director of the competition.They’re off! #JoburgOpen10 up and running @Royal_JHB_Golf under cloudy skies. Also chance to play in @TheOpen pic.twitter.com/pyE7DglqCR— Sunshine Tour (@Sunshine_Tour) January 14, 2016#JoburgOpen10 1st Round underway @Royal_JHB_Golf ^NB pic.twitter.com/9IfcQbJyKs— City of Joburg (@CityofJoburgZA) January 14, 2016The tournament is broadcast to television audiences in 35 countries and, according to the official website, it provides the city of gold a chance to market its rich culture and facilities.Executive Mayor Mpho Parks Tau said it was “a valuable opportunity to showcase the city as a world-class golf and leisure destination”.Watch some of the more memorable moments from the Joburg Open of years gone by:Prize moneyThe total prize purse of €1.5-million (R27-million) is shared among all players who make the halfway cut, with the winner walking away with the sought-after trophy and more than €200 000.More than 200 golfers from across the world will tee off for the first round, with the top 70 scores at the halfway mark, qualifying for the final two rounds.The tournament also helps with the development of golf in previously disadvantaged communities. The professional golfers host training and development classes at the Alexandra driving range, in the north-west of Johannesburg.#KnowYourJoburgOpen: The Joburg Open Golf Development Clinic took place this morning at the @Royal_JHB_Golf. pic.twitter.com/dZS95OE8nd— #JoburgOpen10 (@JoburgOpen_) January 13, 2016Source: Joburg Openlast_img read more

Updates coming to Profile and Dashboard

first_imgWhy do we have to change the Profile and Dashboard pages?There are two reasons why we have to change the Profile and Dashboard before implementing more functionality: usability and technical limitations.When the Dashboard page was created nearly 16 years ago, we didn’t have designers lending their expertise on how to best organize the page. That created a conundrum when we released new features. Instead of devising an intuitive grouping of themed features, we just added them where we found space and the page eventually became the “junk drawer” of Geocaching.com.Among the main issues with the page’s arbitrary organization was that there was no visual hierarchy to let people know what information is most important to view or where they should look first. This means that most geocachers navigate the page by memorization or using Control-F on their keyboard – which results in a poor user experience. When we took a holistic look at the page through data and watched how geocachers were using it, we found that the duplication of links both within the Dashboard and between the Dashboard and Profile page were confusing and a lot of links weren’t used. We decided to improve the experience by removing unused links and creating themed areas. We also moved the links that we saw were being used most often to the top of the page for easier access.Our primary code base is ancient when it comes to technological standards and a lot of us at Geocaching HQ refer to it as “spaghetti code” – meaning when you touch one piece of it, it will most likely break about eight other things. We have wanted to add feature improvements to areas of Geocaching.com for years, but our legacy code limitations have always held us back. Therefore it becomes necessary to create new pages in order to add new, scalable functionality to the site.Why are we changing the default display?We learned through data that only 2.4% of active geocachers have anything entered in their custom profile information tab. It makes for an inconsistent experience when most people land on an empty page. The ‘geocaches’ tab is relevant to everyone who plays the game. We could add an “empty state” (a bit of information that tells you what you are missing out on and how to add content, if you currently have none) on the page for those who don’t have any content. But all of that code is part of our legacy (aka: spaghetti) code base and we run the risk of breaking the custom content for the people who do have it on their profile. So we end up playing the balance game to keep the content available, but shift location or build something that is relevant to everyone and risk breaking it. We’ll look at community feedback and use of the page after this release to help us determine next steps.The updated Profile and Dashboard will be available for you to play with coming next week. You can opt in while we’re tweaking the new page and working to make frequent edits based on your feedback. Or you can stick with the existing Profile and Dashboard for now.Share with your Friends:More If you follow our newsletter and blog, you know we talk a lot about the geocaching community. There’s a reason for that. We’re different than other games. There is no game without the geocaching community.To build a foundation to better support geocaching friendships on Geocaching.com, we are going to release updates to the Profile and Dashboard (aka: the /my page) early next week. Those changes are going to be released alongside the current Profile and Dashboard pages and you can opt in to give them a try next week.The update will allow us to add a newsfeed to your Dashboard, that keeps you informed about what your friends are up to.What will change?With the first release we will simplify each page by removing duplicate and obsolete links, and update the user interface to become more intuitive. SharePrint RelatedUpdates to Profile and Dashboard: FAQsMay 16, 2017In “News”Make friends with the updated Profile and DashboardMay 16, 2017In “News”Latest addition to the Dashboard and Profile makes this project a wrapDecember 19, 2017In “News”last_img read more

La Salle outguns NU for 2-0 start

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLa Salle overcame a gutsy stand by National University to win, 115-109, in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Ricci Rivero finished with a team-high 21 points, nine coming in the fourth, to go along with seven rebounds to lead La Salle while Aljun Melecio orchestrated the offense putting up 20 points and eight assists.Jolo Go also provided added firepower for the Green Archers with 19 points in just 13 minutes of play.Rookie Jordan Bartlett led the Bulldogs (1-1) with 23 points.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8002:34UAAP SEASON 80 PREVIEW: DLSU GREEN ARCHERS01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Adamson soars to third win, dumps TIP MOST READ View comments For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LATEST STORIES BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Aljun Melecio split his free throws while Santi Santillan made a pair of freebies inside the final 20 seconds as the Green Archers, who are still without reigning MVP Ben Mbala, held on for the second straight game.Matt Salem could’ve kept his team in it, but his 3-pointer went in and out as La Salle kept a 113-109 lead with 11.2 seconds left.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“That was a good game for us, we showed a lot of tenacity, we were resilient, the composure was there, and we were able to execute our plays,” said DLSU head coach Aldin Ayo as his team improved to 2-0.The Green Archers had 22 assists, including a dish by Ricci Rivero to his older brother Prince underneath to give the Green Archers a 112-107 buffer with 25.3 ticks remaining. last_img read more

10 months agoMan Utd academy chief Butt: We must blood youngsters under Solskjaer

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Man Utd academy chief Butt: We must blood youngsters under Solskjaerby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNicky Butt believes that his Manchester United youth players must make the step up to the first team.Butt is of the belief that a United youth player should always get a shot with the first team.And with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in charge until the end of the season, Butt hopes the likes of Angel Gomes will get their chances.”If you ask any Manchester United fan, or Ed Woodward, or the owners, or the manager, they want players in the first-team,” Butt said to the Daily Express.”That’s my job. That’s the job of the academy coaches – to get players into the first-team.”I think it’s something that fans will demand, the club will demand, the owners and the board will demand and the manager as well.”The academy is the lifeblood of the club and the home-bred players are the ones that help the superstars all around the world embed themselves into our culture and become Manchester United people.”I think that’s the most important thing.” last_img read more

a month ago​Champions League final was world’s biggest annual sporting event on social media

first_imgTagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say ​Champions League final was world’s biggest annual sporting event on social mediaby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveThis year’s all-English UEFA Champions League final has broken a record of over 1 billion social media interactions, cementing its place as the world’s biggest annual sporting event, reports www.fcbusiness.co.ukAvailable and comparable data showed that the final of the world’s premier football club competition outperformed all other major events in 2019 by more than 30%, while according to the video optimisation and online video analytics company Conviva, “the UEFA Champions League final is now the biggest sports event ever on Instagram stories from a single account” with 177 million impressions. The stand-out figure of 1.09 billion social media interactions includes all engagements (likes, shares and comments) and video views, 110% up from the final a year ago. Interactions were tracked across all of UEFA’s social accounts as well as the official accounts of the participating teams, players and various media organisations around the world. Almost half – 486 million – of the interactions were generated from UEFA’s social media platforms, with the remaining 604 million coming from other sources. “For years, the UEFA Champions League final has been the biggest one-day sporting event in terms of the media coverage it gets, and the results from the Madrid final corroborate that this is also true on social media,” said UEFA marketing director Guy-Laurent Epstein.The UEFA Champions League competition itself – from group stage to semi-finals (1 September 2018 to 9 June 2019) – drew over 6.5 billion interactions originating from UEFA’s own social media channels, including 3 billion cross-platform video views. last_img read more

Former Florida State RB Karlos Williams Doesn’t Like Desmond Howard’s Take On J.T. Barrett vs. Cardale Jones

first_imgKarlos Williams tweets shows he disagrees with Desmond Howard.Twitter/@Karlos_SrDuring a College GameDay segment about Ohio State’s high profile quarterback battle, Desmond Howard made it very clear who he believes will come out on top. Citing Cardale Jones’ Twitter antics, which he does not appreciate, Howard thinks that J.T. Barrett is a lock to win the job. Desmond Howard on J.T. Barrett: “He’s not really about the foolishness” Tell us what you really think— Land-Grant Holy Land (@Landgrant33) September 5, 2015Desmond Howard just called Cardale Jones’ tweets to Ronda Rousey “foolishness” and cited it as a reason J.T. should start. So there’s that.— Ben Axelrod (@BenAxelrod) September 5, 2015Former Florida State running back Karlos Williams, of all people, was very upset with Howard.Desmond Howard is a hater.— Karlos Williams Sr. (@Karlos_Sr) September 5, 2015He don’t know nun bout what players do in the personal time. He just talking.— Karlos Williams Sr. (@Karlos_Sr) September 5, [email protected] Bruh be hating.— Karlos Williams Sr. (@Karlos_Sr) September 5, 2015We probably wouldn’t have guessed that Karlos Williams would be a Cardale Jones defender this morning, but here we are.last_img read more

New Session of Parliament Begins

first_imgThe 2013/2014 session of Parliament began on Thursday, April 4, at Gordon House, with the traditional pomp and pageantry. It was highlighted by the delivery of the Throne Speech by Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen. [Download the Governor General’s 2013 Throne Speech] The Governor-General, on his arrival, inspected the Guard of Honour mounted by members of the Jamaica Defence Force, after which he entered the chambers of the House, accompanied by the Commissioner of Police, Owen Ellington, and Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Antony Anderson. Specially invited guests, including Permanent Secretaries from the various Ministries and members of the Diplomatic Corps, also entered the House to hear the Throne Speech. Members of the Senate were the first to take their seats inside Gordon House, followed by the President of the Senate, Rev. Stanley Redwood, and President of the Jamaica Council of Churches,the Most Reverend Donald J. Reece. The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Michael Peart, then entered the Chamber, followed by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller and Leader of the Opposition, Andrew Holness. Members of Parliament also entered and took their seats. The Throne Speech was delivered under the theme: ‘Jamaica: Going for Growth and Development’, and it outlined the priority programmes and policies to be pursued by the Government during the new fiscal year. [Download the Governor General’s 2013 Throne Speech] Some of the priority areas outlined for the 2013/14 financial year include: securing an Extended Fund Facility with the International Monetary Fund; creating an enabling environment to do business in Jamaica; diversification of the tourism market; job creation; boosting agricultural production thorough the development of Agro Parks; energy efficiency; reducing crime and violence; the economy and foreign policy. The Government will also pursue an active legislative agenda for the 2013/2014 fiscal year. Some of the critical Bills include: an Amendment of the Road Traffic Act and Transport Authority Act, with the objective of ensuring that the gaps in the road traffic legislation affecting enforcement of road traffic laws are addressed; An Omnibus Tax Incentive Bill to establish a transparent and coherent regime to govern all tax incentives; and a Public Sector Procurement Bill to provide the framework for a Public Sector Procurement System, and legally separate the National Contracts Commission from the Office of the Contractor General.Later in the afternoon the Lower House had its first official sitting for the new fiscal year, and the 2013/14 Estimates of Expenditure were tabled by the Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips.By Latonya Linton, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

Jamaica Hosts Regional Conference on Intellectual Property in Sports

first_img Director for Sports Policy Development in the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Suzette Ison, told JIS News that the conference will promote conversations on intellectual property rights in sport, the infringement of rights relating to sport, the sport marketing industry and athletes support framework. Story Highlights Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, will deliver the keynote address at the opening ceremony at 9:00 a.m. Jamaica will host a two-day regional conference on the ‘Strategic Use of Intellectual Property in Sports’, at the Jamaica Conference Centre in Jamaica will host a two-day regional conference on the ‘Strategic Use of Intellectual Property in Sports’, at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown, Kingston, beginning on September 19.The conference, organised by the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, is being held in collaboration with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the Jamaica Intellectual Property Office (JIPO).Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, will deliver the keynote address at the opening ceremony at 9:00 a.m.Other presenters will include President of the Jamaica Olympic Association, Christopher Samuda; Executive Director of JIPO, Lillyclaire Bellamy; Vice-President of the Calgary Flames of Canada, Mr. Jim Bagshaw; Head of the Caribbean Section, Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean and representative of WIPO, Carol Simpson; Head of Copyright and Content Affairs at the International Olympic Committee, Carlos Castro; and Jamaican Olympian, Veronica Campbell-Brown.Director for Sports Policy Development in the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Suzette Ison, told JIS News that the conference will promote conversations on intellectual property rights in sport, the infringement of rights relating to sport, the sport marketing industry and athletes support framework.The conference will also look at strategies for developing sponsorship and merchandising agreements, and how athletes’ support personnel and business advisors can manage their brand.Miss Ison said the Ministry is seeking to enhance and leverage the sport component of brand Jamaica, listed as one of the priorities of the country’s National Sport Policy.“As a country, we don’t want to be left behind with what is happening in sport and the economic benefits to be derived in sport. The Ministry is staging this conference as one of the activities that we believe will achieve the required outcomes,” she said.The Director for Sport said that although a few Jamaican athletes have been benefitting from Sport, it does not necessarily mean that the country is benefitting.“What we want to do is to be able to provide opportunities to facilitate discussions at this point, bringing all stakeholders together in the sport sector and talking about how we can make sport an important contributor to what we call brand Jamaica,” she added.last_img read more

Gee adheres to students seating gripes hopes for louder environment at Schott

Despite continuous requests for more student seating in the Horseshoe, OSU President E. Gordon Gee said he wants to see more support for other Buckeye sports before he will consider upping the allotment of student football tickets.   With that goal in mind, the university announced in late August it will move 800 of the student seats at the Schottenstein Center from behind the baskets to behind the benches and scorer’s table for some men’s basketball games in the upcoming season. “We need to create an environment in which our basketball programs have the same kind of intensity as our football program or other things,” Gee told The Lantern on Oct. 6. “So we needed to make the change, too, because the students made a very important point to me, ‘Well you know if you’re just sitting behind there and (they) have you sitting there in the middle, you’re not a very good fan, Mr. President.’” Gee took the students’ words to heart, as he and fellow faculty members will vacate their previous seats behind the benches for all-Big Ten contests and an additional non-conference game this season to make room for what Gee hopes to be a more boisterous NutHouse student section.     “Now I have every expectation that we’re going to have a ring of fire around our court and I’ll be very disappointed if every game is not sold out by our students,” Gee said. So far, so good. When men’s basketball tickets were released last week, tickets sold out in two hours. Although the 1,400 tickets available to students this year were a drop from last year’s total, senior forward David Lighty said the move could provide a big boost for the team. “I think that’s going to help us out a lot,” Lighty said. “We feed off the crowd. Big plays happen and they are loud and rowdy. … That’s just going to get us excited. I think it’s going to be a good thing for us.” Schools such as the University of Michigan and Michigan State University already have a similar type of seating arrangement. Lighty said he is glad OSU pulled the trigger on the adjustment. “You go to Michigan State and they have a whole student section in the bottom bowl, and my parents are sitting with the students going crazy,” Lighty said. “It’s a more suitable atmosphere for college basketball and something that gives the fan a better experience and makes them want to come and get more excited.” As the students move closer to the action than ever before, senior guard Jon Diebler said he hopes they will have the arena rocking.    “I think we have a great student fan base,” Diebler said. “I think they are excited about the new seating because I think they might feel more into the game instead of being on the ends.” Having become accustomed to verbal lashings from opposing student sections, junior guard William Buford said he hopes the seating change will entice the Buckeye students to return the favor to visiting squads.       “I don’t really pay attention to them too much, but I hope that it will mess with the opposite team,” Buford said. “We get dogged everywhere we go, so they need to do something.” read more