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Five keys for the Raiders against Lions, Matthew Stafford

first_imgOAKLAND — Sure, it’s a dump. But to the Raiders, for five more games anyway, it’s home.The Raiders will have been away an unprecedented 48 days when they host the Detroit Lions Sunday at the Coliseum, having last played there on Sept. 15 when there was still a baseball infield and Patrick Mahomes was leading the Kansas City Chiefs to a 28-10 win.“I’m excited, man. I can’t wait,” Raiders safety Karl Joseph said. “It feels like it’s been forever. We’ve been on the road so long I think I …last_img

South Africa aims to draw youth into agriculture

first_img24 June 2014 The government will be working to strengthen the country’s agricultural training institutions over the next five years in order to attract more young South Africans into the sector, says Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana. Speaking at the Agricultural Youth Summit in Johannesburg on Monday, Zokwana said that agriculture was a key focus of South Africa’s National Development Plan (NDP) precisely because of its potential to create jobs. “While in many emerging markets there are jobs and the potential for more jobs to be created, many young people do not have the skills to meet that demand. South Africa should invest more in agriculture to create those jobs, and in education and training so that the youth can take advantage of them.” He vowed to use his five year-term to establish and strengthen the Agricultural Sector Education Training Authority (AgriSETA) to attract more young people into the sector. South Africa has the third-highest unemployment rate in the world for people between the ages of 15 to 24, with more than 50% of South Africans in this age-group estimated to be unemployed. In his State of the Nation address earlier this month, President Jacob Zuma said the government had identified agriculture as a key job driver. “Our target is for the agricultural sector to create a million jobs by 2030,” he said, adding that the government would provide comprehensive support to smallholder farmers “by speeding up land reform and providing technical, infrastructural and financial support”.SA ‘could be a major international player’ Minister Zokwana said world-class infrastructure, counter-seasonality to Europe, vast biodiversity and marine resources, and competitive input costs could make South Africa a major agricultural player on the world’s markets. “Agro-processing contributed R280-million to the GDP in 2011, which is 20% of the total amount generated by the manufacturing sector. It is the third-largest contributor to GDP within the sector, after chemicals and metals,” he said. Last week, speaking at the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association’s annual global forum in Cape Town, Zokwana said the government was ready to work with the private sector “to create an enabling investment environment for entrepreneurs,” adding that “effective public-private dialogue and partnerships will be the key in driving the agricultural sector forward”. The private sector needed government support to address market failures, as well as infrastructure, while the government needed information about the obstacles and opportunities that the private sector faced in order to design policy interventions to address these issues, he said. “As [the] government, we acknowledge that the acceleration of growth will depend on enabling the public and private sectors to build, explore and renew industrial capacities and to take advantage of complementarities between sectors, emerging value chains, and the upgrading of products, processes and functions.” Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

25 Billion Mobile App Downloads by 2015

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#mobile#Trends#web sarah perez Consumers will have downloaded 25 billion mobile applications to their smartphones by the year 2015, claims market research firm Juniper Research in a report released today. That’s an increase from less than 2.6 billion applications in 2009. Part of this projected increase is due to the launch of additional “app stores” worldwide, including those in large markets like China and India. However, cautions the report, just mimicking Apple’s model alone may not be enough. “Customers are buying the iPhone for the apps,” says report author Dr. Windsor Holden. “That’s not been the case with other handsets.”Big Markets, Lots of DownloadsThe report specifically makes mention of app store efforts from China Unicom, India’s Bharti and the Vodafone 360 app and games shop, the latter available on 247 mobile networks in more than 60 countries. Also mentioned is GetJar, a cross-platform mobile application store which just exceeded 1 billion downloads last month. Although perhaps not a household name yet, GetJar offers around 65,000 applications (compared to Apple’s 225,000, for example). The company aims to triple its revenue over the course of the next year, double its workforce and make its online store more reliable and user-friendly, GetJar CMO Patrick Mork told the Wall St. Journal in June. 25 Billion by 2015…or 50 Billion by 2012? Conflicting Reports ConfuseIn that same article, Mork said consumers would download 7 billion applications to their handsets in 2009, a number much higher than that reported by Juniper today. He also said that 50 billion apps would be downloaded in 2012, a number twice as large as the one being reported for 2015 by Juniper’s report. Mork didn’t pull those numbers out of thin air, however. They come from a report GetJar commissioned, released in March. Consulting firm Chetan Sharma Consulting performed an independent study which predicted a year-over-year growth rate of 92% for mobile app downloads, with an economy that would generate $17.5 billion in sales by 2012. Whether or not you want to believe those numbers or the more conservative predictions from Juniper, however, is up to you. We feel more comfortable with Juniper’s numbers, though, over those from a commissioned study financed by an app store company. Don’t Just Copy Apple Juniper’s report also warns that simply copying the Apple “iTunes App Store” model may not be enough to encourage developers to build apps for a particular platform. (Case in point: Palm’s webOS or Nokia’s OVI store, perhaps?) Instead, an app store would need to demonstrate sufficient scale in order for developers to get involved. After noting that people are buying the iPhone specifically for the apps, Holden said the same may not be true for other mobile manufacturers. “Even if you have a subscriber base of tens of millions,” says Holden, “your addressable market is a fraction of that – and spread across a variety of operating systems and handsets.” Also according to Holden, “freemium” is now becoming the prevalent business model for mobile applications, with in-app purchases, subscription services, micropayments for virtual items and upgrades to premium content as the method for monetizing a developer’s efforts. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts last_img read more

Are Affordable Ground-Source Heat Pumps On the Horizon?

first_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Members My grandfather, William L. Holladay, was a refrigeration and cooling engineer. Decades ago, he wrote a pioneering, speculative article on ground-source heat pumps, “The Heat Pump: What it does, and what it may do someday.” The article appeared in the October 1948 issue of Engineering and Science Monthly. (For a basic explanation of how a heat pump works, and the difference between an air-source heat pump and a ground-source heat pump, see Heat Pumps.)Even back in 1948, my grandfather realized that the Achilles’ heel of ground-source heat pumps was their high cost. He wrote, “To use earth heat, a hole must be dug, and the cost, while not always predictable, will surely be high: maybe from 25 to 50 per cent of the entire project.”In the six decades since my grandfather’s article was published, engineers have not given up on ground-source heat pumps (GSHPs). Among those who remain enthusiastic about these systems are a group of true believers who are convinced that (a) this is a wonderful technology, and (b) there must be a way to bring costs down.Ground-source heat pumps are still expensive. One fan of the technology, Brian Clark Howard, has provided the following guideline to system costs: “In our book Geothermal HVAC, my co-author, Jay Egg, crunches the numbers for a typical homeowner, based on his 20+ years in the business. For a home geothermal system, he estimates the total installed cost at $42,000.”This estimate is similar to those made by two installers of ground-source heat pumps from Maine, Jeff Gagnon and Jim Godbout. In an episode of the Green Architects’ Lounge series on the GBA website, Gagnon estimated the cost of a residential GSHP system (including the cost of a drilled well) at $30,000 to $42,000, while Godbout gave an estimate of $40,000 to $50,000.Back in 1995, Steve Kavanaugh, a… Start Free Trial Already a member? Log incenter_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.last_img read more

Jeron Teng declares for PBA Draft

first_imgJeron Teng. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netOpening a new chapter in his basketball career, Jeron Teng has declared himself eligible for the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft.The 23-year-old swingman submitted his application on Monday, three days before the deadline. He is expected to be a top five pick.ADVERTISEMENT Teng sees the draft as his chance to make his dream a reality and continue his proud family’s legacy of making it to the pro league.“It’s always been my dream to follow my father’s foot steps, to enter, play, and show my talent in the PBA,” said Teng, whose father Alvin achieved legend status and older brother Jeric was also made it to the pros.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 shutoutAfter a stellar collegiate career with La Salle, where he won two titles and was named Finals MVP twice, Teng made a splash in the PBA D-League.Picked first in the 2016 PBA D-League Draft, Teng established himself as one of the most lethal scorers in the amateur ranks, averaging 23.2 points on top of 8.2 rebounds, and 4.4 assists in his time with AMA Online Education in the 2017 Aspirants’ Cup. He continued to further complete his game, netting 22.2 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 5.8 assists with Flying V in the 2017 Foundation Cup, where he also set the league record for most triple-doubles with three.Teng also had international experience as he suited up for the Philippines in the 2017 Fiba 3×3 World Cup in Nantes, France, as well as with Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas in the 2017 Fiba Champions Cup in Chenzhou, China.With these international stints under his belt, the 6-foot-2 slasher believes he’s already prepared to make the jump to the PBA.“I think I’m ready. I’ve been working hard to improve everyday, working hard on my weaknesses, and improving on what I can improve on,” he said.“I can bring in energy inside the court. I think my biggest asset is that I’m always hungry to improve and add dimensions to my game to be an all-around hustle player. And I know I can only do this through hard work and perseverance.”ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters 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 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Teng’s entry strengthens the draft pool that already includes Fil-German big man Christian Standhardinger, former Green Archer Jason Perkins, and NCAA studs Rey Nambatac and Sidney Onwubere. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. VP Pence exits NFL game after anthem protest MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Sport healthy and clear skin

first_imgI have dry and sensitive skin with many open pores on my face. Most products I use lead to breakouts. What types of creams and face washes should I try? I have dry and sensitive skin with many open pores on my face. Most products I use lead to breakouts. What types of creams and face washes should I try? -VishakhaOpen pores are mostly caused by blackheads and whiteheads left untreated. Use mild products like Cetaphil Cleansing Lotion and Uriage Crme Lavante to cleanse your face. Apply a sunscreen with SPF 30 or more, every day in the mornings and re-apply every three to four hours. Also, make sure you clean your face adequately before going to bed and apply creams containing tretinoin 0.025 % every alternate night. This apart, go for regular facial clean-ups (one every month) to keep your skin clear of blackheads. And if none of these help, consider opting for pixel, a fractional laser treatment that is known to diminish open pores significantly.I developed acne after getting my back waxed recently. The prescribed medication for treatment have left scars. How do I clean upmy back? -VidyaUse creams containing AHA (alpha hydroxyl acid), creams with retinol or creams with Vitamin C, arbutin, kojic acid, all of which are known lightening agents. Leave them overnight. However, since AHA and retinol-based creams are strong and can make your skin excessively dry, it is important to use small amounts and massage well. Since the skin on your back is thick compared to the rest of your body, it is important to use thicker creams as others won’t penetrate deep enough. Going for microdermabrasion and chemical peels helps scars lighten much faster, but it is important that these procedures are done under the supervision of a well-trained dermatologist.advertisementMy top tip: Never leave blackheads untreated. Use a specialised blackhead clearing scrub on your face once every week. Also, make sure you wash your face religiously before going to bed and apply a good night cream.Dr Rekha Sheth is a leading cosmetic dermatologist. She is founder-president, Cosmetology Society (India) and also runs Yuva, a successful chain of skin clinics. Write to her at [email protected]last_img read more

How Many Digits Of Pi You Have To Have Memorized To Be

3.1415926535 3.141526 If you can get to the first 3 after the decimal point, you’re in the top 5 percent of pi memorizers. I asked the people who got that far to keep going, and most tapped out shortly after.The biggest drop came after “3.14,” as respondents who got that far made it to “3.141” only about 52 percent of the time.And that’s fine!NASA employees can probably get away with knowing only the first six digits after the decimal point. Also, we have calculators for when we need a few more digits, TI-89s for when those calculators are insufficient and Wolfram Alpha for when we reduce those calculators to a smoking, melted mess.Maybe after the highly anticipated apocalypse, the guys at the Large Hadron Collider will be happy to have that dude who memorized tens of thousands of pi digits around, but for now, he’s just got a weird hobby. Knowing pi is strictly a performative act, like people who readily volunteer their SAT score or high school completion percentage.But, uh, happy holidays. Today is Pi Day — the day each year, March 14, that follows the first three digits of pi (3.14). And this year’s Pi Day is a special one: Since — in the U.S. — the date is represented as 3/14/15, we have the first five digits of pi on the calendar.That’s news for some people. When it comes to how many digits of pi people know by heart, the majority only know 3.14. Which is fine! Unless you’re building a bridge, that’s the most you will really need to know.I asked SurveyMonkey Audience to put out a poll to see how far people could get reciting the infinite digits of pi. Of 941 respondents, 836 attempted to name the digits after the decimal point. This is how far they got: 3.173 3.1415919 3.14133 3.141592610 3.141592657 3.14159212 LEVEL OF PRECISIONPERCENTAGE OF RESPONDENTS 3.1464 read more

Charitable offseason keeps mens lacrosse team busy

In just two weekends of preseason action, the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team has done more than most teams do all season.Coach Nick Meyers has jump started preseason play with a “Thumbs Up,” two weekends full of fundraising for athletic scholarship funds near and dear to the Buckeyes’ hearts.The Buckeyes scrimmaged Johns Hopkins in a friendly rivalry game on Oct. 10 at Upper Arlington High School. Johns Hopkins is the top team in the country, and the game served as a reminder that the Buckeyes have a lot of work ahead of them.     More than $5,000 was raised for The Michael Robert Breschi Memorial Scholarship Fund, which is the largest memorial scholarship endowment in the Ohio State Department of Athletics. The scholarship commemorates the life of Michael Breschi, the son of former Ohio State lacrosse coach Joe Breschi.Michael passed away in an accident in March 2004 when he was just three years old. In the ten years Breschi coached men’s lacrosse, he shattered the record for most career wins with 81.    The 2009 recipient, defenseman Scott Foreman, accepted this honor at the team banquet. Foreman was second team All-Conference in 2008.        The Lindner Memorial Athletic Scholarship golf outing took place last weekend. The scholarship was created in honor of former Buckeye lacrosse player Dan Lindner’s wife, two young sons, and mother-in-law, who died in a car accident in 2006. “Every decade of our lacrosse program was represented at the outing. It was great for the team to see the tradition our program has created,” Meyers said.The Lindner Memorial Scholarship honor was given to junior midfielder Michael Pires. A British Columbia native, Pires has stepped into the leadership role the team has needed. On Saturday, the Buckeyes hosted an alumni lacrosse game in the Horseshoe. The team played with recent graduates for about an hour, while older alumni surrounded the field. The weekend concluded with the annual team banquet. In addition to the Michael Breschi and Linder Memorial honors, awards were announced for the most valuable players, unsung heroes, most improved and players who performed exemplary service for OSU.The banquet recognized the accomplishments of the 2009 team and solidified the goals of the 2010 season. The focus of the offseason will be strength training and teaching the team the fundamentals.“The guys have been hammering away and the energy level at this point is great,” Meyers said. “We are going to work on an individual level and focus on studying game films.” The Buckeyes have a close-knit team, but Meyers would like to see the group get tighter. “We are working on our core values and maintaining what makes our program so special,” Meyers said. Regular practice will begin in January, giving the team just six weeks before they face Duke in the first game of regular season play. read more