With competition for No. 1 role, here’s how 49ers’ wide receivers stack up

first_imgStrengths: His knack for making plays (five touchdowns on 27 catches) comes with a unique, long stride that surprises cornerbacks.Weaknesses: His size and physicality required … Jimmy Garoppolo’s favored 2019 target will likely be George Kittle, unless NFL defenses have come up with an answer for the record-setting tight end.But the 49ers’ stable of “wideouts with real potential” hasn’t been this robust in recent memory.Here’s a rundown:DANTE PETTIS2nd year out of Washingtonlast_img read more

Broadband centre launches in SA

first_imgA map of the internet. The broadbandphenomenon will connect people aroundthe world in a matter of seconds.Image: Wikimedia A broadband cable modem for home use.Image: WikimediaKhanyi Magubane As South Africa enters what’s been termed the “broadband boom”, internet company Cisco, is leading the way with the creation of an information and communication technology (ICT) innovation hub centre.The innovation hub, billed at about R215-milion (US$ 26-million), is set to be an advanced technology incubation centre aimed at fostering and developing local skills, intellectual property, entrepreneurship and solution development capabilities in the local ICT sector.Although the centre comes with a hefty price tag, Cisco says that the initiative is expected to contribute more than a R1-billion ($ 124-million) to the economy over the next five years.The hub aims to empower individuals with the needed skills when the broadband revolution kicks off in the country.According to Cisco South Africa managing director, Steve Midgley, South Africa is not far from joining the international community that has woken up to the benefits of broadband.“South Africa is on the brink of entering a broadband boom,” he said. “This will change the way people live and work – giving the public sector and business the opportunity to gain significant efficiencies.”Various programmes will run from the innovation hub, which is expected to create a minimum of 200 direct and 800 indirect employment opportunities.Initiatives to be based at the hub include InnovationLab, which will focus on developing the necessary technology solutions to solve common business challenges in South Africa.Also based at the centre will be the Cisco global talent acquisition programme (GTAP) aimed at tackling the growing shortage of skilled IT networking professionals in the country.The GTAP has already absorbed the first group of students who will be trained up to high-level network entrepreneurs, and eventually qualify as a Cisco Certified Internetwork Experts.Another skills development programme, Cisco Netversity, aims to create some 150-network design engineers through an experiential architecture and design programme.Midgley says Cisco has high hopes for the project, “[We aim] to drive productivity enhancements, to achieve cost reductions and to gain access to new market segments within their existing business models. [The innovation hub] will also create an enabling platform from which new business models can be created.”What is broadband?Broadband is a technological revolution on its own. Broadband enables the high-speed transmission of large amounts of data using cable technology. It’s basically a type of fast internet connection with an increased bandwidth.It increases the number of services that can be offered via the internet and digital television.High-capacity optical fibre networks may be used or, if there are existing phone networks, a technique called multiplexing allows more information to be carried through the old copper wires.According to Broadband.co.uk, a beginners’ guide to using broadband in the United Kingdom, broadband enables the internet user toWatch video clips and listen to music in real time, including live broadcasts.Download music, software, film trailers and other files faster and more effective.Play games online.Do everything you could do before, just much faster.Other features of broadband include; not having to log on or off to your internet connection and eradicating fears of high call costs, as is the case with many dial-up connections.Broadband and AfricaITU telecom, a United Nations agency for information and communication technologies, says whilst broadband has been swift to take off in the developed world, Africa has been a different story.According to the agency, fixed line penetration is the lowest in the world, with only 2.8% at the end of 2002. This is in stark comparison with Europe’s 41%.The broadband market in Africa is currently at a budding stage with a number of Africa’s public telecoms operators beginning to deploy broadband services between 2002 and 2003.The agency argues that despite some growth and developments on the African broadband “scene”, the market remains at very early stages in its development, and its reach is limited to a minimal target market.It states that it’s easy to view broadband internet access as some sort of a luxury,“Broadband may be considered a luxury to many African governments whose citizens still lack access to basic amenities such as clean drinking water” says Avita Dodoo, project officer for Internet Policy at ITU.BMI-TechKnowlege (BMI-T), a Johannesburg-based telecommunications, internet and financial services consulting agency on the other hand, says there might be too much broadband in Africa.The company has written a report on undersea and land infrastructure on the continent. Research director, Brian Neilson, said it seemed unlikely that all of the projects aimed at carrying the broadband cables would come to fruition.According to Neilson, Seacom, a cable carrying line that runs along the east coast of Africa should be operational from 2009. He said that it was ahead of the race and should emerge as the winner.Neilson also noted that Seacom had simple ownership structures, supply and finance agreements in place, which was not the case with some of the other potential projects.The report also notes that the four most likely projects to come to fruition, according to BMI-T’s analysis of their business case and project management approach, were Seacom, The East African Marine System (or teams, spearheaded by the Kenyan government), the SA government’s Infraco (it plans a west African cable) and pan-African initiative Eassy (the eastern African submarine cable system).The rest of the projects that were deemed to never see the light of day, were bogged down by the complexity of multi-government involvement. Such a project, Neilson said, was the Nepad (New Partnership for Africa’s Development) led UhuruNet project.Africa has been rated fourth in broadband penetration among six continents that were sampled by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) in the 2007.According to the website: South Africa – the good news, in 2007 Africa was rated by the Economist Intelligence Unit as fourth in its uptake of broadband services. Africa was rated along with the Middle East region. The continent scored 7.4 behind North America 10, Western Europe 9.9, Central and Eastern Europe 7.6.Scores are on scale of one to 10, with 10 representing the highest level of affordability.South Africa was reported by EIU as an example where broadband deployment progress has made broadband access much more affordable in recent years.“South African e-commerce consultancy World Wide Worx reports that online sales of consumer goods grew by 25% in 2006 to the tune of R688 million (US$86-million.” EIU added in its report.Broadband and South AfricaSouth Africa has an increasing broadband market. In 2005, a number of broadband product categories were released in the country, with South Africa’s fixed land line operator Telkom’s ADSL programme seen as the most successful.Although Telkom, a government parastal company is currently enjoying a monopoly in the ICT sector, it isn’t the only provider of broadband solutions.Vodacom and MTN, South Africa’s two leading cellular providers also joined the broadband market with their 3G services in 2005. 3G refers to the third generation of cellular data transfer, giving users a faster download rate.Other broadband providers in South Africa include the wireless providers, Sentech and Wireless Broadband Solutions Pty ltd, which currently offer a service commonly known as iBurst, a broadband wireless internet service.The South African government is also part of a number of programmes, most notably, UhuruNet.UhuruNet was established on 15 October 2007, when ministers responsible for ICT and/or Telecommunications in countries that are signatory to the Kigali Protocol, met in Johannesburg, South Africa. This was done under the auspices of the Nepad-eAfrica Commission.The participants of the meeting approved the construction of a high capacity submarine cable system with the potential to connect each and every coastal and island African country, and connecting the continent to the Americas, Europe, Middle East, and India.The east coast cable will allow for links that will enable landlocked countries to be connected to the cable system, which will make connectivity through Africa much easier and at a significantly reduced cost.Do you have queries or comments about this articles? Email Khanyi Magubane at [email protected] linksCiscoITUMy BroadbandNepad eAfrica Commission Economist Intelligence UnitUhuruNetDepartment of CommunicationBmi-Tlast_img read more

Google Maps Shoves Apple Maps To The Edge Of The World

first_imgTags:#Google Our long national nightmare is over: Google Maps for iOS has been released in Apple’s iTunes Store, bringing back Google’s robust and much superior map data to iOS users.There are no download stats for Google Maps yet, but it has already been rated nearly 8,000 times since debuted on the iTunes Store late Wednesday. There are reports that some would-be downloaders can’t, possibly due to high demand. Many reviews gush, and indeed, the app seems to return all the features that made Apple’s native Maps app great — when Apple Maps used Google’s free geo-searching service.  Apple ditched the Google data for its own when it released iOS 6 in September, and people have been finding themselves surrounded by hungry dingoes ever since.The iOS version of Maps separated Apple from rival Google as intended, but the gamble failed spectacularly.In the wake of the new Apple Maps release, Apple’s CEO made a public apology and, just recently, the company fired Maps manager Richard Williamson.The new Google Maps app features turn-by-turn directions, Street View and transit directions. But there are small headaches for people who download the app.For one, Google Maps is only optimized for iPhones, so iPad owners will have to contend with the non-universal interface for a while. And those using any other app on an iOS device that uses map data, like the awesomely awesome Wundermap or one of the MapMyRide apps, will still have to work with Apple’s native mapping data.I don’t drive with my iPad, for instance, so who cares if the interface is small for now? (Google is reportedly working on an iPad edition.)The impact of a function-rich Google Maps app on iOS is sure to be a poke in the eye for Apple, but more important, it will siphon some map-related ad revenue that Apple coveted. Once Google Maps gets ads back in the iOS version of its app, all that potential revenue will be navigating its way to Google’s bank account.Title image courtesy of Shutterstock. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts center_img brian proffitt The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementlast_img read more

Beermen down KaTropa in heated Game 3 for 2-1 finals lead

first_imgFederer beats Alexander Zverev 6-1, 6-3 for 9th Halle title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Fellow BPC candidate Chris Ross posted 17 points, five rebounds, four steals, and three rebounds, while Marcio Lassiter finally broke out of his shooting slump as he rack up 16 markers and seven dimes.San Miguel shoots for a 3-1 lead on Wednesday still at Araneta Coliseum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“This is a hard fought game. I think what happened to the game is we did not have any major adjustment and we just kept our intensity high,” said SMB head coach Leo Austria.Things got heated near the end of the first half when Ross engaged in a verbal duel with TNT’s stand-in import Mike Myers and Governors’ Cup reinforcement Michael Craig. It escalated during the halftime break when Craig allegedly pushed off a metal gate which hit San Miguel governor Robert Non and some of the Beermen staff. With Ross kept on the bench after incurring a flagrant foul penalty one at the 2:49 mark of the second quarter, San Miguel got a huge shot in the arm thanks to the stupendous play of Brian Heruela as he sparked his squad to a 16-5 run and grab a 62-52 lead with seven minutes to play in the third quarter.San Miguel also weathered Rhodes’ foul woes, as its all-Filipino crew kept the KaTropa at bay and preserved its 10-point cushion up until the fourth quarter.The win came despite June Mar Fajardo’s silent outing as the three-time MVP was limited to just six points, five rebounds, and two blocks.Also aiding the Beermen were TNT’s 23 turnovers, which turned to 26 easy points for them.RR Garcia led TNT with 19 points and four assists, while Joshua smith got 18 markers, 14 rebounds, three assists, and two blocks.ADVERTISEMENT PBA IMAGESSan Miguel did just enough to hold off TNT, 109-97, and gain a 2-1 edge in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Charles Rhodes celebrated his 32nd birthday in style, carrying the load for the Beermen with 25 points, 20 rebounds, two assists, and two steals, while Best Player of the Conference contender Alex Cabagnot scattered 28 markers, nine boards, and six dimes.ADVERTISEMENT Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken MOST READ Jayson Castro contributed 17 points, three boards, and three assists, but committed 10 turnovers while Roger Pogoy was held scoreless for the second straight game after delivering a career performance in the finals opener.The scores:SAN MIGUEL 109 – Cabagnot 28, Rhodes 25, Ross 17, Lassiter 16, Santos 10, Fajardo 6, Heruela 5, Semerad 2, Tubid 0, Espinas 0. TNT 97 – Garcia 19, Smith 18, Castro 17, Semerad 12, De Ocampo 9, Williams 8, Tautuaa 7, Reyes 7, Pogoy 0, Rosario 0.Quarters: 23-23, 46-47, 79-72, 109-97. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage View comments Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire What ‘missteps’?last_img read more

Ateneo, La Salle gather momentum for coming crucial clash

first_imgLATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Foton sets up decider against F2 DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte The Lady Eagles got their feathers ruffled by the feisty National University Lady Buldogs but still had enough poise to nail a 25-14, 24-26, 25-17, 25-19 victory that formally clinched for them the Final Four spot.Ateneo extended its winning streak this season to 10 games. Another win will clinch for the Lady Eagles a twice-to-beat shield in the semifinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsInterestingly enough, the Lady Eagles will next face the Lady Spikers who dealt them their only defeat so far, happening at the start of the tournament which also represents their only loss.“We know the other teams are preparing for us, so we just have to follow our coach and the game plan,” said Ateneo spiker Jules Samonte, who topscored with 13 points. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid A full week before their highly-anticipated showdown, bitter rivals Ateneo and La Salle set the tables up to make this battle even more meaningful.Zeroing in on twice-to-beat bonuses, the Lady Eagles and the Lady Spikers scored crushing victories over different foes on Sunday in the UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Earlier, La Salle blasted Adamson, 25-15, 25-18, 25-16, to dog Ateneo at second place with an 8-3 record.Despite the straight sets win, La Salle coach Ramil de Jesus wasn’t satisfied with the way they played, especially if they want to repeat over Ateneo on Saturday.“In the first round we surprised them, hopefully we can surprise them again,” said De Jesus.It was the Lady Spikers’ second straight win and one that gave them at least a playoff for a Final Four spot, and a win against the Lady Eagles will seal that.“We worked very hard, and treated each set like it was the first set because we don’t want to take chances against Adamson,” said La Salle’s star rookie Jolina dela Cruz in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Dela Cruz had 13 points, while team captain Desiree Cheng had 11.The 19-year-old Dela Cruz said they will spend the coming week working on “our weaknesses, because for sure our coach will focus on our weaknesses and how we can still improve.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Drewry Routing Options to Ease Dover Congestion PostBrexit

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Pixabay (Pixabay Licence) Short-sea container services could provide alternative capacity between the UK and EU to alleviate possible congestion at the Port of Dover post-Brexit, a study by shipping consultancy Drewry showed.These latest findings follow an earlier Brexit briefing and resilience study by Drewry which concluded that the Port of Dover had the capacity to cope with moderate Brexit disruption.Using this ‘alternative mode’ assumption, Drewry sought to understand the current container services available at UK Ports, their connectivity with EU Ports and to examine what container shipping lines could do to accommodate additional volumes by understanding current service capacity levels and how easily additional capacity, if required, might be deployed.“In this second phase of our short-sea analysis we have turned our attention to alternative capacity and congestion mitigation,” said Tim Power, head of Drewry Maritime Advisors.Powel explained that container shipping line services not only have the capacity, options and flexibility to handle additional container volumes in the event of disruption to cross-Channel freight services but also container terminals in the UK have the capacity to meet the additional throughput demands.The study highlighted that of the 2.5 million trailers going via Dover up to 20% could possibly shift to another mode of transport. Also, the study showed that there are four ways that container shipping lines could cater for this demand, namely, making use of spare capacity on existing services; increasing frequency on existing services; increasing vessel sizes on existing services; and launching new services.Furthermore, the study noted that UK container terminals in 11 ports have a combined spare capacity of 5.9 million TEUs, sufficient to handle this additional volume and provide wide geographical coverage.last_img read more

Apprehension of Haitian Sloop with Illegal Migrants

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppCoral Harbour Base, 8 Aug. 15: The Royal Bahamas Defence Force patrol vessel, Her Majesty’s Bahamian Ship Leon Smith apprehended a Haitian sloop west of Ragged Island this evening with an undetermined number of Haitian migrants on board. The migrants will be transported to New Providence where they will be handed over to Immigration authority for further investigation. Last week Wednesday Defence Force Marines apprehended eight Cubans in a makeshift vessel in the Gulf Stream west of West End, Grand Bahama. Altogether, the Defence Force has apprehended or assisted in apprehending almost 1,000 migrants for illegal entry into The Bahamas This year. Related Items:apprehension, bahamas, haitians, illegal migrants, ragged island Recommended for you Bi-lateral talks with Bahamas to resume, UK gives green light to high-level TCI delegation Hurricane Jose Not A Threat to The Bahamas, For Now Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bahamian music legend gunned down at home in Turks and Caicoslast_img read more

Incessant rainfall causes landslide Hill Rly vehicle services disrupted

first_imgDarjeeling: Incessant rainfall caused a landslide at Paglajhora, 9 km from Kurseong town in between Ghayabari and Mahanadi on National Highway 55, connecting Darjeeling with the plains. The landslide has disrupted Darjeeling Himalayan Railway services, along with vehicular traffic on this stretch.This area is a landslide prone zone. The incident occurred at around 3 pm. “Till the tracks are cleared of the debris and boulders, the train from NJP to Darjeeling will run till Tindharia and the train from Darjeeling to NJP will run till Kurseong,” stated a Northern Frontier Railway. Work is on to clear the boulders and debris.last_img read more

State will provide kits to trainees under NULM Hakim

first_imgKolkata: Mayor Firhad Hakim said on Wednesday that kits to the trainees under National Urban Livelihood Mission (NULM) will be provided by the state government and asked the concerned persons to ensure that best training is provided to the beneficiaries.Hakim took stock of the various projects that have been taken up under NULM. The projects have been badly hit as the Centre is no longer sending the kits required for various schemes. Apart from the Mayor, Swapan Samaddar, Member, Mayor-in-Council (Bustee Development), Khalil Ahmed, Municipal Commissioner, senior officials of State Urban Development Agency (SUDA) and chairmen of borough committees attended the meeting. Hakim said the schemes taken up under the mission are important and their implementation will benefit hundreds of people. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeWhen the Trinamool Congress controlled civic board was set up in 2010, only 2,000 people were getting benefits under NULM. Trinamool Congress decided to provide training to 20,000 people. Accordingly, 18,000 people received training under various schemes. After the BJP government came to power in 2014, the supply of kits was reduced without any prior announcement, affecting the schemes badly. The schemes are meant for people coming from economically challenged backgrounds. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedOne of the important schemes provided to the youths is providing training for driving. But there is often inordinate delay in issuing driving licence and as a result, the youths who have received training cannot utilise their skills. Hakim said he would take up the matter with the state Public Vehicles department, to ensure that the delay in issuing driving licences is reduced. The Mayor said that he would hold weekly meetings in the boroughs to expedite administrative work. He will talk to the councillors directly and resolve the issues that come up. There are 16 boroughs in KMC. It may be mentioned that Atin Ghosh, the Deputy Mayor who is also in charge of KMC’s Health department, holds coordination meetings in every borough to conduct anti-larvae drives throughout the year.last_img read more