Rugby World Cup squad return to training

first_imgConnacht host Zebre at the Sportsground from half-past seven, while Leinster are away to the Scarlets at 7.35.Ulster’s trip to Murrayfield to face Edinburgh will kick-off at quarter-to-eight. Head coach Joe Schmidt will be hoping that Johnny Sexton will be able to take a full-part in the session as he continues his recovery from injury, while Keith Earls is also expected to return to action after he was rested last Tuesday.After the work-out, a decision is expected on whether or not the Irish management team are planning to lodge an appeal against Sean O’Brien’s suspension while there will also be an update on Paul O’Connell’s surgery.Later tonight, Connacht, Leinster and Ulster are all in action in the Guinness Pro12.last_img

Smith savours historic Bees win but fears for Macleod

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesDean Smith savoured Brentford’s first win at QPR for 52 years – but their triumph was somewhat marred by an injury to Lewis Macleod.Goals from Josh Clarke and Romaine Sawyers gave the Bees a 2-0 victory at Loftus Road, where they were by far the better side and could have won by a bigger margin.“The first half was as good as we’ve played,” said boss Smith.“We were outstanding in the first half – our intensity on the ball and off the ball. In the second half we needed to defend manfully at times and we did that as well.“It’s great to get the win – not just the victory but the performance we put on tonight.”Romaine Sawyers scored Brentford’s second goalBut there is concern for Macleod, who was stretchered off late in the match with what appeared to be a serious knee injury.Sidelined for much of his time at Brentford, the midfielder now appears to be facing another long spell out of action.“He was on crutches and in a brace. He said he felt a click in his knee,” said Smith.“It doesn’t sound great but I’m hoping it’s nothing long term. We won’t know anything until he’s had a scan.” See also:Brentford’s derby triumph: as it happenedBees beat woeful QPR in derby clash’Pressure’ will not help QPR – HasselbainkBrentford defeat worse than Newcastle thrashing – HasselbainkQPR v Brentford player ratingsBees man steps up fitness bid and scores in win over ReadingOur west London Championship team of the week  Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Boost for Addo’s marine antipoaching efforts

first_img4 June 2014Addo Elephant National Park’s marine protection team has a new anti-poaching vessel which will be used to combat illegal fishing and poaching of the threatened abalone species in the protected area around Bird Island, South African National Parks (SANparks) said in a statement.The vessel, a Gemini Waverider Pro, was handed over last month by the park’s Honorary Rangers to replace the aging 14-year-old vessel currently in use. The Honorary Rangers are a conservation group of volunteers who work in support of SANparks.Situated close to Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, Addo Elephant National Park is the third-largest of South Africa’s 19 national parks. The park has grown over the past decade to encompass a marine reserve that includes St Croix Island and Bird Island, both important breeding grounds for gannets, penguins and a variety of marine life.“It was decided that the vessel was the most effective support we could offer the Addo Elephant Park in their attempts to curb abalone poaching off our immediate coastline,” Rob Holliday, Honorary Rangers chair for the Addo region, said in a statement published on the SANParks website.Illegal harvestingThe large-scale illegal harvesting of abalone by organised crime syndicates started in the Eastern Cape, and mainly along the Port Elizabeth coastline, in 1996, SANParks said. As the resource continued to be plundered and became scarce, this illegal activity expanded in the direction of Bird Island in around 2002.In 2004, a marine protected area was established around the Bird Island group to try and curb the poaching, and in 2006 a complete dive ban was implemented, “but the plundering continued”, the statement said.In 2008, a SANParks marine section was established to maintain a presence in the area. The nine-person team alternates between being based on Bird Island and on vessels in and around the protected area, and has made a number of arrests and confiscated numerous vessels over the years.‘Shepherd’The vessel, christened the JMB Malusi, is named after three former marine rangers who were killed in a car accident near Alexandria in 2010: John Molefe Mapheu, Marvin Ricardo Williams and Bonga Richman Skotsho. “Malusi” is the Xhosa word for shepherd.Speaking at the handover of the team’s new vessel, John Adendorff, Addo’s conservation manager and acting park manager, said: “As a skipper out at sea, our rangers shouldn’t worry about the reliability of the vessel they’re skippering, and whether it’ll place their or the lives of their crew in danger.“Also, as an enforcement officer out at sea at night, combating illegal activities conducted by organised crime syndicates, they need the best equipment available to achieve the maximum positive results.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

“The Magazine” For iPad: An Island Of Calm Amid A Roiling Sea Of Journalism

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… john paul titlow Tags:#New Media#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Another tech publication? And you have to pay for it? What is Marco Arment thinking? Today the Tumblr cofounder and Instapaper creator pushed out the inaugural issue of The Magazine, an iPad mag focusing loosely on technology. Launching a paid tablet magazine is gamble, but Arment has a fresh approach.The Magazine is, above all, simple. It borrows the stripped-down simplicity of Instapaper to present articles in a no-frills, text-heavy layout rather than packing in the kind of slick, animated UI elements favored by Flipboard. This emphasis extends to the editorial approach. Each bi-weekly issue will have only four articles. That’s something of a relief: I’m already flooded with articles via Twitter, Flipboard and Instapaper. For some readers, though, four articles might not justify a $4 monthly subscription fee. Speaking of the content, it’s very good. This is billed as a tech publication, but it’s not an avalanche of regurgitated news stories and longwinded gadget reviews. Instead, The Magazine focuses on thoughtful, well written essays about technology and topics that “appeal to people who love technology.”  In the first issue, there’s an excellent story by Alex Payne that examines the revolutionary yet imperfect role technology plays in our lives framed by a series of personal traumas. Another essay deals with “weird schism between geeks who love sports and those who don’t.” It’s thoughtful, interesting stuff that would feel more at home in The Atlantic than on Techcrunch. Introducing a paid iPad magazine is an especially bold move at this moment. Several weeks ago, the Huffington Post stopped charging a fee for its tablet magazine after lackluster sales. Part of the reason may have been that readers were already conditioned to expect free content from the HuffPo brand, and the company was accustomed to bringing in revenue from ads rather than subscriptions. Across the board, publishers have seen mixed results from tablet-based magazines.  Will people pay $2 per issue for four really good articles? That seems like a gamble to me, but perhaps readers will perceive The Magazine’s simplicity (amid a roiling sea of digital content) as a value worth paying for. If the project doesn’t turn a profit after two months, Arment says, he’ll kill it. The app isn’t without its drawbacks. The fact that the content isn’t free creates a necessary walled garden around it. That bugs proponents of the open, linked Web, but Arment does as good as job as he possibly can of making the content shareable across the usual social networks. Naturally, Instapaper is on the list of default sharing options. I wish I could save an entire article to Instapaper (rather than a snippet), but of course this would blow a hole in the paywall. The experience is pretty awesome overall. My biggest gripe is probably the name. The Magazine? Try running a search for that one in the App Store, even after the post-Chomp improvements in iOS 6. Good luck!Personally, I’m willing to stick around for a few weeks to see where this goes. So far, I like what I see. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got an out-of-control Instapaper queue to catch up on.  Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Do You Have What it Takes to Be an IoT Developer?

first_imgIf you constantly find yourself fascinated by the latest technological gadgets hitting the marketplace, have you ever considered becoming one of the people who designs and creates them? This week is Computer Science Education Week, which is the perfect time to explore exciting career options like becoming an IoT developer.The Internet of Things has been a dream of many companies and individuals for years, but it’s only just beginning to really take off, making now the perfect time to consider making a career out of your passion for connected gadgets. In 2017, the number of connected devices will finally outnumber people, at 8.4 billion—and that’s just the beginning. We’re only now scratching the surface of what’s possible with IoT.  Becoming an IoT developer takes a lot of hard work, and it’s a lot easier if you have the skills and aptitude to succeed in the field. If you’re thinking about getting into IoT development, read on to find out what skills, abilities, and training you’ll need.Deciding On Your Role The creation of new IoT devices requires far more than just one developer or engineer to complete—it’s a multi-step process. After all, Netflix’s new recommendation algorithm system took 70 engineers a full year to complete—now think about how many people are needed to create a device like a self-driving car!Before you move forward with becoming an IoT developer, you’ll need to decide on which part of the process you want to be involved in. Are you interested in programming the devices? The servers? Or perhaps developing the apps or sites users will work with? Focusing on one aspect of the process will allow you to gain more in-depth knowledge.Know the Right Languages Any developer needs to know the right languages for the projects they hope to complete. IoT developers are currently best served by knowing languages like JavaScript and Python, though as the industry develops, that might change. Since many IoT devices are controlled by smartphone and tablet apps, hopeful developers should also have a solid understanding of mobile development.Understand the Role of Data IoT devices operate on data, typically collected through sensors in the hardware itself. Big data is big business these days, in all kinds of industries. The healthcare industry alone reached 150 exabytes in data by 2011—and the amount has been increasing massively every year. IoT developers need to understand not only how data is collected and used, but how it must be protected in IoT devices, since healthcare devices, self-driving cars, smart homes, and other IoT solutions could become dangerous if hacked—and many early IoT devices have had issues with security.Other SkillsHaving an in-depth knowledge of IoT hardware, machine learning and AI, automation, and networking are all applicable “hard skills” for IoT developers. “Soft skills” including collaboration, adaptability, and curiosity can be useful in an IoT developer role, since most projects will involve working with others and learning new skills on the fly.Try a Practice Project If you really want to see how you enjoy the process of programming an IoT solution, try testing it out. Raspberry Pi is an inexpensive, tiny computer that can help you learn the concepts you need to know to become a successful IoT developer, and will also allow you to work on some test projects.Keep Up with Trends IoT is changing almost at the speed of light, and successful developers never stand still. Keeping up with what’s new, experimenting and learning new skills is key. This is why becoming part of the community is an important part of becoming an IoT developer.Getting a Job in IoT If you think becoming an IoT developer is a good option for you, you won’t have to worry about a lack of opportunity. Some projections indicate that about 4.5 million IoT development roles will be opening by 2020, so it’s a great time to get into the field. Aside from tinkering with your own projects to show you have the skills to become an IoT developer, networking with the community is a great way to get started. In tech, it’s about what you can do and who you know—not the degree you hold. So get out there and start exploring! Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Related Posts Tags:#Trending Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Follow the Puck Ryan Ayers Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Ryan Ayers is a researcher and consultant within multiple industries including information technology, blockchain and business development. Always up for a challenge, Ayers enjoys working with startups as well as Fortune 500 companies. When not at work, Ayers loves reading science fiction novels and watching the LA Clippers. last_img read more

Ceres’ AFC bid resumes vs Brisbane

first_imgLATEST STORIES Eustaquio says he has edge in five-round fight vs Akhmetov in rematch Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH While it sees playing in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League as a bonus, Philippines Football League champion Ceres-Negros is determined to put up a creditable showing as it continues its qualifying bid on Tuesday against one of the top Aussie sides in Brisbane Roar.A couple of weeks after returning from the holiday break, the Busmen are looking to pull off one of the biggest upsets in tournament history against a team that finished third in the Australian League last season.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:12Sotto: Expect something explosive as new evidence, witnesses appear vs ‘ninja cops’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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Read Next MOST READ Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH View comments 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kickoff is set 5 p.m. (Manila time) at Queensland Sport and Athletic Stadium.Making the task even more difficult for the Busmen, who won the Asean zonal finals of the AFC Cup last year, is the fact that Brisbane is already in the middle of its season, although the Roar is running eighth.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s still the second week of preseason for us so we are obviously unprepared to play these kind of games,” said Ceres coach Risto Vidakovic, who survived Myanmar’s Shan United to set up a meeting with the Roar.The winner of the match will travel to China to face Tianjin Quanjian in the final round of qualifying. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more

Northern Railway, New Delhi invites application for recruitment for various posts

first_imgThe Northern Railway (NR), New Delhi has invited applications for recruitment for its various sports quota posts. Set up in 1952, it remains the largest zone in terms of route kilometer, even after the re-organisation of the Indian Railways into 16 zones. Northern Railway now comprises of 5 Divisions-Ambala, Delhi, Ferozpur, Lucknow and Moradabad.VacanciesA. Total Posts: 21B. Name of the posts: Sports QuotaC. Pay Scale: Selected candidates would be getting a monthly salary of Rs 5200 to 20200 with grade p pay of Rs 2800/2400/2000/1900.EligibilityA. Age Limit: Applicants’ age limit should be minimum 18 years and maximum 25 years as per the organization rules.B. Educational Qualification: All interested candidates should have completed Class X /ITI/graduation or equivalent.C. Selection Procedure: An interview and a trial would be conducted to shortlist candidates.How to applyA. All eligible and interested candidates can download application forms through official website. After filling the application form, candidate must send hard copy of application along with relevant testimonials to ‘The Administrative Officer, Northern Railway Sports Association, Room N: 7 (G), Annexe -II, Accounts Building, Baroda House, New Delhi -110001’.B. Important Dates: The last date for submission of application is October 31, 2014.last_img read more

9 months agoDONE DEAL: Rochdale sign Wolves defender Ethan Ebanks-Landell

first_imgTagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say DONE DEAL: Rochdale sign Wolves defender Ethan Ebanks-Landellby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveRochdale have signed Wolves defender Ethan Ebanks-Landell on loan until the end of the season.Ebanks-Landell, 26, has played 50 times for Wolves since his debut in their League One-winning 2013-14 season.He has also had loan spells with Bury, Sheffield United as well as MK Dons.Rochdale boss Keith Hill said, “He’s of a young age but he has already experienced League One football,” said Hill.“He’s had promotion with Sheffield United and was involved in a relegation battle with MK Dons last season.“We see in Ethan the attributes that we need as a football team and a football club. He fits my DNA – it’s a good acquisition.” last_img read more

a month agoMan City boss Guardiola on Liverpool hacking scandal: We’re all bugged

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Guardiola on Liverpool hacking scandal: We’re all buggedby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola says everyone is bugged after responding to their hacking scandal.In 2013, City’s online scouting network had been hacked by a rival Premier League club who accessed their database of player targets.The Scout 7 system was password protected – but City believe their network was illegally accessed.It’s emerged in The Times that Liverpool are believed to have made City a £1million payment in a confidential settlement of the data breach.Guardiola said: “Today there are not secrets any more. Look what happened in the big governments in the states and Russia and everywhere everyone knows it.“No secrets anymore. You want to keep a secret? Don’t tell to a friend, on devices or mobile phone, today anything can happen.” last_img read more

A guinea for a pet

first_imgMy guinea pig’s teeth fell out. Should I be concerned? If it has happened for the first time, it is not a major cause of concern. Guinea pigs have ‘open-rooted’ teeth which keep growing throughout their life because of wear and tear of the teeth enamel from their round plant-based diet. However, if the teeth have discoloured or your guinea pig is having difficulty consuming food, then you might have to hand feed him/her. Falling of teeth could indicate a lack of Vitamin C in your pet. But if the growing teeth seems misaligned or is causing gum sores or is breaking the skin, consult a good vet. Also Read – Feel what you fear My guinea pigs always have a strong smell coming from them even if I clean up the cage regularly. Is this normal? Typically, guinea pigs keep themselves very clean. Sometimes a musky smell can come from your guinea pig (especially a male) due to natural hormone fluctuations or during the period a baby guinea pig is growing up into an adult. The other reason could be that the faecal matter or urine is getting stuck on your Guinea pig’s bottom fur which could lead to foul odour. To clean his/her bottom you can take a cotton ball dabbed with a little coconut oil and gently clean the bottom of your Guinea pig. Also Read – Homecoming My pet guinea pig has a swollen foot and is unable to walk properly. It is also losing hair on the same foot. One of the main reasons is having wire mesh for it to walk on in its cage. Imagine if you had to walk on it, what would happen to your feet. Pododermatitis is a condition in which a guinea pig’s footpad becomes inflamed, develops sores or becomes overgrown. The appearance may be similar to callouses, or small tumours on the bottom of the foot. This condition is commonly referred to as bumblefoot. When bumblefoot is left untreated or is present in a very severe form, there are sometimes complications in treatment and the infected leg may have to be amputated. The infected guinea pig’s footpads may become inflamed (redness), develop sores, or become overgrown over the course of many months. Other signs and symptoms include: Loss of hair on affected foot Reluctance to move or inability to walk normally Loss of appetite due to pain Joint or tendon swelling Pododermatitis can be difficult to cure. Start with switching your pet’s living quarters to ones with a smooth bottom, improving sanitation, and changing the bedding to softer material. Your veterinarian will clean any likely wound, clip the hair around the affected areas and trim any overgrown nails. Affected feet should be soaked in an antibiotic solution, and antibiotic ointment should be applied. In severe cases, animals may need antibiotics and pain medications. (Views expressed and information provided are personal. Send your questions to [email protected])last_img read more