A new public access point was opened in the foyer of the 44 Wale Street building in the heart of Cape Town’s CBD last week, with five computers that can be used by anyone for up to 45 minutes each per day.The building’s foyer area has been converted into a large public space with information and displays covering a range of city services, as well as the Smart Cape computers. The access point is open from 9am to 4pm on weekdays.The computers can be used to surf the internet, and every user gets a free e-mail account.Smart Cape, which aims to provide computing facilities with free internet access to all the citizens of Cape Town, was launched in July 2002 as a pilot project at six libraries: Wesfleur, Brooklyn, Delft, Grassy Park, Guguletu and Lwandle.The following year Smart Cape won the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s $1-million Access to Learning award, which has contributed to extending the project.“Since we launched the Smart Cape Access Project in 2002, over 100 000 people have made use of the computers installed in Cape Town’s public libraries,” said Nirvesh Sooful, the City’s chief information officer.This, he said, was the first move to expand computer access to other public buildings, so that more people could gain experience of computer use.“We hope that workers and residents in Cape Town’s CBD will find this new facility useful.”The city’s e-governance strategy is to give people access to computers, help them develop the skills to use them, and provide online information that is useful and relevant to local people.“Our library access points and digital business centres are still only reaching a small proportion of the residents of our city”, Sooful said. “If people are to get computer experience, which is a vital skill for employment in the modern economy, then we need to build more facilities like this one.”Useful linksCity of Cape Town: www.capetown.gov.zaSmart Cape Access Project: www.smartcape.org.zaCape Gateway: www.capegateway.gov.za
A few days ago, we reviewed iTwitter, one of the earliest iPhone 3.0 Twitter apps to support push notifications, but one major let-down of iTwitter is that push notifications only work when both parties use the iTwitter client. Today, however, Boxcar arrived in the App Store (iTunes link), and this client actually polls your Twitter feed every 5 minutes and sends out push notifications whenever a new direct message or @reply arrives. Messages sent between Boxcar users will be pushed out immediately.Not a Fully-Featured ClientIt’s important to note that Boxcar is not a fully-featured Twitter client. While you can reply to direct messages right from the app, it will actually open up your favorite Twitter client (you can currently choose between Tweetie and Twitterific) in order to open up replies. In the next version, which has already been submitted to Apple, Boxcar will also give you a choice to handle your direct messages in another Twitter client as well. This new version will also support multiple Twitter accounts.OAuth Support One nice aspect of Boxcar is that it allows you to sign in to your Twitter account using Twitter’s OAuth implementation, which means that you won’t have to give your Twitter name and password to yet another company.Of course, Boxcar’s 5-minute delay is still not quite the instant push that some users would like to see, but chances are that we will see this in the near future. At that point, Twitter could become a real alternative to sending text messages to your friends (assuming your friends are on Twitter and have a phone that supports push messages, of course).We should also note that IM+ (iTunes link), which is mostly an IM app, but also supports Twitter, can also send push notifications when you receive direct messages and @replies. If the IM functionality isn’t of interest to you, however, or if you don’t want to switch away from Tweetie or Twitterific, Boxcar is probably a better solution at this time.Boxcar as an Infrastructure ServiceOverall, we think Boxcar is a very interesting solution, and at $2.99, it is also a dollar cheaper than iTwitter. We especially like the fact that, at least at this point, Boxcar is basically providing an infrastructure service and allows you to continue to use your favorite Twitter apps just like you used to. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… frederic lardinois Tags:#Product Reviews#twitter#web A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Related Posts
Touch Football Australia (TFA) would like to extend heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Christine Meally (nee Sterling) who passed away on Saturday 4 August 2007 after a long battle with cancer.Christine, a popular, well respected, and long serving referee at State and National level will be sadly missed.Our deepest condolences and thoughts are with Graham, Rebecca, Shona, and the Sterling and Meally families. Chris was widely regarded as the best female referee to have been involved in the sport.The talented whistle-blower was a pioneer for female referees and broke new ground by being one of the very first females to referee Men’s Premier League equivalent matches in New South Wales, as well as the Men’s Open division at National Championship level during her esteemed career through the late 1980’s and early to mid 1990’s.Christine’s knowledge of the game, superior communication skills, and advanced interpretation of the rules gave her control in the middle and a commanding presence.However, it was her rapport with players as well as her passion, commitment, talent, and professionalism for the discipline that ensured she garnered the respect of all those whom she officiated over and with.Chris took a break from the sport after being diagnosed with cancer to take on the significant challenge of regaining her health. She returned as a player in the Women’s 40’s division in recent times to make good on a goal she had to play with her close friends from the Central Coast Dolphins.After devoting the bulk of her many years involvement in the sport to the technical arm, the refereeing icon received much joy from playing the game she was passionately committed to with her closest friends.Christine’s funeral will be held at the Hillside Chapel Palmdale Memorial Park Lawn Cemetery & Crematorium, Palmdale Road Ourimbah this Thursday August 9 at 9.30am. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the New South Wales Cancer Council in Christine’s name.
Australian Men’s 30’s player, Ryan Pollock tells www.touchfootball.com.au about his team’s preparation for the 2015 World Cup. 30 Shades of Garry – Episode OneSaturday, 11 April The day didn’t start so well for the GC contingent of the Men’s 30’s, with Jetstar cancelling the early morning flight from Coolangatta, with notification of the cancellation coming at 3.00am, thanks guys, really appreciated the early heads up!We were a few men down for the camp over the weekend, with Nath Jones, Michael Devonshire and Dean McKechnie all expecting brand new bubs. Massive congratulations to Girds on the birth of his little fella, Callum. Jonesy was having great difficulty putting together his change table, so he decided to push on with that over the weekend instead of joining the boys at camp. Jonesy probably should have given Devo a call, he would have been all over the build.We were also missing Gavin Shuker this weekend. We were hearing conflicting stories out of Rocky with regards to Shukes and his non-attendance. There were whispers that he may have sustained a nasty ingrown hair injury on his inner left buttock, or he may have actually developed quite a serious case of whooping cough. Whichever it is mate, get well soon hey.We started off with a run against the Men’s Open, and they really put on a show in the morning session. They were fast, slick and clinical and we are really looking forward to seeing them continue to play an impressive style of Touch at World Cup. Our 30’s team ran really well too, given that we were up against the best team on the planet, it was a great start to our last camp and the defensive and attacking combinations were beginning to click nicely. There were a few hairy moments in the game though. The local canine population at Queens Park must have been out in force early Saturday morning, as it was like a minefield trying to dodge a few hefty deposits throughout the game.Our Manager, Mick McGrath came into his element after the game, sorting out a big spread of lunch for the boys. Trevor Moran gave it the big tick of approval, which was lucky, because big Trev has been known to unleash one of his trademark almighty sprays of disgust if things aren’t up to scratch. Macca did a great job over the whole weekend looking after all the boy’s needs. There was only one complaint, Anthony Ziade was devastated at the choice of food provided for lunch, all Z has been banging on about since our last run has been hotdogz, he wanted hotdogz for breakfast, hotdogz for lunch, and when they didn’t arrive poor Z wasn’t a happy camper…Next up we had an awesome hit out against the Mixed Open. The game was physical, and the movement up and down the field from both teams was at a ferocious pace, end to end, and as per usual the Mixed showed their class throughout. Craig Boston got himself on the end of a Grade Six ‘Back Slam’ from one of the Mixers, but in true WA style, Bosto crumbed the ball supremely and continued in his stride. The main focus for our side throughout the game was our transition work. Coming off our own score line, then across the halfway and in and out of our sub box, and then the all important transition into a strike set-up on the opposition score line. The boys were outstanding, with Garry Sonda controlling our structure perfectly. Gaz was insanely busy this game, when he wasn’t controlling the boys up and down the park, just for something different, he was constantly trying to control the referees too, having in depth conversations with them throughout. He was furious at one stage, waving and flapping his arms vigorously, I think I overheard him saying something along the lines of ‘how many times do I have to tell you blokes, it’s Garry with two r’s, not one…”The north and west of the border crew jumped in the Tarago and headed for our accommodation to gear up for dinner. Aaron Jones, our resident numbers man in the team was designated driver. WOW is all I have to say about AJ and his driving skills. The big fella must have been daydreaming of Kane Evans from the Roosters and his incredibly high knee action whilst running thinking, how can I possibly get my knees higher than him…You got us there in one piece mate and that’s all that counts.I was lucky enough to room with a couple of debutants, Graeme Clancy and Scott Prince. Princey was initially filthy as he got left with one of the ‘bunkie’ beds, a far cry from the days of luxurious NRL accommodation I bet. To his credit though, Princey being the ultimate team man, took it in his stride and embraced his tiny little ‘bunkie’ bed. Running with the theme of good blokes and roomies, gclan5 offered to lend me his belt for the evening under the proviso I look after it well. Little did I know that it was faulty to start with, and when I broke it very early on in the piece, all hell broke loose. What a stitch up!Off to dinner at the Royal Oak and the choice of attire from one of the lads raised some eyebrows. Young Dave Zanette rocked out with an outstanding cashmere sweater number, and given the clientele that was on offer at the Royal Oak, Davey fitted in perfectly, very up-market and impeccably dressed. The boys were craving some tucker, and the Royal Oak delivered. Our coach Johnny Singh showed great leadership by ensuring the boys were well tucked up early in preparation for day two, and that was a very lucky thing for his assistant Chris Loth, as Lothy looked like he was ready to go 10-12 deep. But instead, we ducked off early and Lothy hooked into a glorious tuna and cucumber sandwich combo from the local servo on the way home. Loves his tucker does our Lothy.Day two saw a venue change to Parramatta, and the arrival of one of our strike weapons, Willie Bishop. It was awesome to have Willie B with us on the second day, the ‘big dog’ brings a big energy and lift to our team. Having only recently moved over from the Men’s setup too, his technical prowess wowed some of the boys on Sunday, going through some ‘pre-touch’ setup strategies for line defence before our games.We had our first hit out against the Men’s 35’s, and they gave us a real grinding 4 x 10min session. Our yardage game stepped up massively on day two, with the engine room double act, Tom Eyles and Steve Takchi leading the way. Yolesy had his big angry/scary ‘give it here’ driving face going on, which we all love, and Cubby, well, when Cubby subs on, he does it with that much intensity and rigour that his arms and legs start flying everywhere, kinda almost like an octopus falling out of a tree to be honest. I found myself reminiscing back to training with Jonesy before the last WC where his backstroke looked exactly the same, weird…Massive thanks to the Sydney Scorpions 18’s Boys for coming down and giving us a good solid hit out too, very much appreciated. Few of the lads with great skills, and lightning speed, almost as quick as Lothy’s movement toward the counter with his tuna and cucumber combo the night before…Jetstar were at it again on day two, with another text message coming through around lunchtime, cancelling our afternoon flight home this time. On a positive note though, it did give us a chance to sit and hang out with some of the Women’s 27’s and also Senior Mixers and hear all about how their prep work went over the weekend camp, which sometimes you don’t necessarily get the chance to do.All in all, a very productive and enjoyable weekend camp for the Men’s 30’s. Can’t wait to get to Coffs and get stuck into the #TWC2015.Keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the Australian teams at the 2015 World Cup:Website – www.touchfootball.com.auFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyausInstagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia Related LinksTWC Diary – Ryan Pollock
Rachel Jeffs played for the Newcastle Knights in the inaugural NRL Touch Premiership – a pretty incredible experience for her, particularly because she barracks for the Knights in the NRL. And next week she touches down in Kuala Lumpur for the 2018 Youth Touch World Cup (8-11 August 2018). It won’t be the first time Jeffs has repped for Australia though – earlier this year she played Women’s Open in the Open Trans-Tasman 2018 in NZ. What a year she’s had!How are you feeling about playing in the YWC 2018? “I’m super excited, it will be such an amazing experience playing for Australia and getting to go up against different teams from around the world. I’m looking forward to being with a really good bunch of girls in Australia and showcasing the broad range of talent we have in our team.”How does representing your country feel? “I’ve represented the Youth 18 Girls Australia team in 2017 and also made my debut in the Australian Women’s Open team earlier this year in Rotorua. It was the best experience of my life and one I will never forget. The best thing was playing up against some of the best girls in their country, playing alongside the best older girls in Australia, and experiencing the culture of New Zealand.”How did you feel about the introduction of the new NRL Touch Premiership?“Very good that touch football’s finally getting some big recognition. I think [audiences] would be shocked by the amount of skill that elite touch football players actually have.”What are the best things about touch footy? “Learning new skills, meeting new people and setting and achieving goals for yourself. Touch football makes me feel excited, nervous and all different emotions while I am playing.”Do you think it’s cool that touch football is a truly integrated mixed-gender sporting community? “I think it’s amazing. Being able to play touch footy with my dad or whole family will be memories that stick with me forever. Being gender-equal is what makes touch football.”Do you think everyone can have a crack at touch footy? “Yes of course, it’s a great sport that’s inclusive and that everyone can play. I’d tell anyone to give it a go. Touch footy has truly changed my life.”Quickfire questions:> What age did you start playing touch? “Seven.”> What affiliate do you play for? “Newcastle.”> What do you do when you aren’t playing touch? “I’m a barista while I’m studying my Cert IV Allied Health.”> What are some of your favourite things to do? “Waterskiing and eating. I eat a lot, I like chicken snitty with chips and gravy (no to the salad or veg!).”> Use 3 words to describe you. “Motivated, inspired, friendly.”> What’s your most common breakfast, lunch and dinner? “Leftovers, chicken toasties, salmon.”> Favourite holiday destination? “Hamilton Island – for the blue waters and snorkelling.”> Current favourite tune? “Questions, Chris Brown.”
Belgian expert dismisses Carrasco links to Man Utd, Arsenalby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveA Belgian football expert does not believe that Manchester United and Arsenal are interested in Yannick Carrasco.Kristof Terreur, who is a prominent Belgian journalist, suggests that reports of a move to the Premier League are bogus.Italian reports had claimed Carrasco was a target for the two Premier League clubs.But Terreur wrote on Twitter: “Yannick Carrasco linked with Arsenal by Sky Italia, just like in January 2018, before he moved to China.”Man United mentioned too – cheap name dropping.”A transfer will be expensive (wages & fee) and is he physically ready to make an immediate impact in the PL?”Terreur went on to tweet: “With heavy investment in new signings and contracts over the past year, Arsenal don’t have significant funds to spend in January.”Eyeing loan deals rather than permanent moves.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Klopp claims Man Utd set up to defend when they play Liverpoolby Freddie Taylor5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJurgen Klopp says it is a fact that Manchester United are set up to defend against Liverpool at Old Trafford. The Red Devils almost pinched a win over their rivals thanks to a goal from Marcus Rashford.Adam Lallana rescued a point for the visitors, with Klopp insisting he wasn’t frustrated by United’s tactics.The German said: “Why should it frustrate me? I’m not the person who should be frustrated by Man United’s style.”It’s just a fact, when we come here, this year, last year, year before, they just defend. That’s how it is, that’s OK, it’s no criticism, it’s just a fact. It’s not the usual way you think United plays against Liverpool, you would think both teams are trying like this.”Again, the quality, we are the one team everybody is on their toes when United plays against us. It’s no excuse, we need to do better, we can do better, but you cannot play against each team like this, how they played today.”We are a good team, and when we play against somebody it is normal for them to say: ‘How can we stop them?'”
OSU redshirt sophomore Makayla Waterman (25) attempts a shot during the Buckeyes’ game against Cleveland State on Nov. 16. Credit: Carlee Frank | For The LanternTwo days removed from its first loss of the season, Ohio State recovered to down the Cleveland State Vikings 96-78 on Wednesday evening in Columbus.Despite struggling defensively throughout, the No. 7 Buckeyes (2-1) used their size and athleticism as an advantage to take over the game. The Buckeyes outscored the undersized Vikings 60-24 in the paint.“They’re not very big, so a point of emphasis was to get the ball around the basket,” coach Kevin McGuff said.The inside effort was led by redshirt junior forward Stephanie Mavunga, who put up 12 points and 10 rebounds in 14 minutes. Freshman forward Tori McCoy had the best night of her young career, adding 12 points and six boards.Cleveland State had its chances to score in the first half, but they struggled to finish. OSU junior guard Kelsey Mitchell led all scorers with 14 points at the half and OSU senior forward Shayla Cooper added 12 points on 6-for-8 shooting.The Vikings outscored the Buckeyes 8-4 over the first 1:24 of the third quarter, but that’s the closest they would get in the second half. A 17-0 run gave OSU a 30-point lead and the Buckeyes would close out the quarter leading 79-52.Cleveland State would go on to outscore the Buckeyes 26-17 in the final quarter. OSU held its largest lead of 33 with 6:43 left in the final frame, but the Vikings climbed to within 18 before the final buzzer sounded.“We still let them shoot a lot,” Mitchell said. “Our defense still was not good.”Mitchell finished with a game-high 31 points on 12-for-19 shooting from the field, including a 7-for-14 mark from 3-point territory. Cooper and freshman guard Kiara Lewis each added 12 points.The Buckeyes shot 51.9 percent from the floor, while Cleveland State shot just 39.4 percent.“We missed, I thought, some open shots,” McGuff said. “Especially Sierra [Calhoun] and Asia [Doss], they usually shoot it a little better, but it wasn’t there tonight.”Defensive struggles continueThe night was highlighted by the Buckeyes’ interior play, rebounding and a strong night for Mitchell, but the underlying issue of OSU’s defensive play was still evident. The Buckeyes were sluggish to start the game and allowed Cleveland State to get plenty of good looks.“We had a lack of communication on several possessions,” McGuff said. “I thought we had a good third quarter defensively and just were real spotty to end the game; kind of lost our focus and intensity down the stretch.”In the third quarter, OSU’s defense held the Vikings to just two points in the paint and five turnovers, and Cleveland State managed to convert on just four shots from the field.In the fourth, however, with the game in hand, the Buckeyes reverted to less-than-stellar defensive play. OSU allowed nine fast-break points and 12 points in the paint.“It’s a lack of effort,” Mitchell said. “And that’s the whole team; myself on down, coaches on down.”OSU overcame some of its defensive issues thanks to solid work on the boards. The Buckeyes outrebounded the Vikings 51-32 and limited the opponent’s second-chance opportunities throughout the contest.Even though the Buckeyes’ defensive issues were covered up by other aspects of its game on Wednesday, Mitchell said that OSU still needs to take pride in its defensive efforts.“You can’t teach it,” Mitchell said. “You can do all the help defense, you can do all the drills that we need to do, but at the end of the day it’s about you and yourself.”Up nextLIU Brooklyn will travel to Columbus to take on the Buckeyes on Saturday, Nov. 19. Tipoff is set for noon.
Junior linebacker Joshua Perry (37) attempts to tackle Virginia Tech sophomore fullback Sam Rogers during a game Sept. 6 at Ohio Stadium. OSU lost, 35-21.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorIt was a night filled with introspective discussion, historical significance and endless analysis. But despite all the circumstances surrounding it, Ohio State junior defensive lineman Adolphus Washington’s short statement turned out to be the best assessment of his team’s 35-21 loss to Virginia Tech.“We did OK, but we just didn’t play good when we needed to play good,” Washington said after the game.The OSU defense may have forced three Virginia Tech turnovers and held the Hokies to fewer yards than its own team’s offense, but it also surrendered nine third-down conversions. Five of those came on plays where the Hokies needed to gain seven yards or more to extend the drive.OSU sophomore safety Vonn Bell had an interception and five tackles in his first start of the season, but his evaluation of the defense’s third-down play struck a similar chord with Washington’s.“(The Hokies) were just making plays,” Bell said. “We need to make plays to get off the field when we have to get the ball to the offense in those types of situations.”Junior linebacker Joshua Perry said the third-down defensive failures weren’t just the result of one player, but of all 11 men on that side of the ball.(Giving up a third down conversion) is something you never want as a defense. That is something we have to tighten up,” Perry said. “We have to look at what we were doing and see where we can make corrections. We have to put it on everybody to do their responsibilities.”Coach Urban Meyer said his analysis of the defense would have to wait until later, as his focus during the game was on adjusting his offensive scheme. Co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell — like some of his players — pointed to those third down plays that put OSU in an early hole as the moments that changed the game.“Ultimately, you look back and that’s what killed us. It’s not like they were third-and-two, third-and-threes,” Fickell said. “We’re talking third-and-eight, third-and-10, third-and-12, in the ideal position you’d want to be in, and we didn’t execute.”No Buckeye football team had ever played in front of an Ohio Stadium crowd as big as Saturday’s 107,517 total. Nor had many Buckeye players ever played against the kind of triple-option offense they saw against Navy, but the more conventional style employed by Virginia Tech offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler still gave the unit problems.OSU co-captain and senior linebacker Curtis Grant said a combination of strategy and the play of visiting redshirt-junior quarterback Michael Brewer made the difference.“It was hard to get to the quarterback since (Brewer) was getting the ball out so quickly. We were coming, but it was hard to get to him when it felt like he was getting the ball out after three seconds,” Grant said. “(Virginia Tech) ran a lot of aggressive misdirection routes coming to the backside. That’s something we need to correct moving forward.”Junior defensive lineman Adolphus Washington (92) tackles a Virginia Tech player during a game Sept. 6 at Ohio Stadium. OSU lost, 35-21.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorFickell also singled out Brewer’s decision-making as the x-factor on big plays.“We lost leverage, it’s not like we weren’t pressuring him,” Fickell said. “We were coming after him to hit him. He rolled the pocket a little bit, made some plays on us.”After giving up 21 points in the first half, the Silver Bullets kept the Hokies out of the end zone as the OSU offense came back to tie the game with 11:40 left on the clock. But the Hokies pulled out all the stops — including a reverse play that went for 17 yards — on their way to scoring the game’s winning touchdown with 8:44 remaining in the game.Senior cornerback Doran Grant said the Buckeyes weren’t expecting a trick play like that, but he still saw the team’s first-half performance as the game’s deciding factor.“We didn’t play well in the first half. [We] came out pretty strong in the second but it wasn’t enough to win the game.”Grant and his Buckeye teammates are set to look to regroup from their first regular-season loss under Meyer next week when Kent State is scheduled to come to Columbus. Kickoff is set for noon on Sept. 13.
Celtic Football Club manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed the club are set to offer Ryan Christie a new contract.The Scotland midfielder came off the bench to score Celtic’s third goal as they overcame Hearts 3-0 to secure a place in the Scottish League Cup final.“He’s someone that of course, we would look to commit to,” Rodgers said, according to Evening Times.“The club have been talking to his representatives but I’m not aware of any movement. I tend to focus on working with the players.”“He is in his last year but we have had other players like Stuart Armstrong. My focus is on making them better as players, giving them a future here to be involved and be a part of.”“Hopefully then the other stuff can sort itself out. He is definitely a player that we would love to keep. He is a fantastic player. You saw his contribution today. You saw it at Aberdeen when he was there. It was step-by-step but now is 23.”“He is at a really good age to come in and have the personality to play at a big club. He did well against Leipzig so he can make a valuable contribution to this team.”Match Preview: Manchester United vs Leicester City Boro Tanchev – September 13, 2019 Old Trafford is the venue for the Premier League encounter between Manchester United and Leicester City, which kicks off at 16:00 (CET) on Saturday.“It’s been a process with Ryan. When I first came in, I felt he could be in and around the squad and he played some games.”“But for him to be able to give his best to Celtic and cope with the pressures of being at a big club, he had to go out and feel that pressure on a weekly basis.”“He went to a great club in Aberdeen with a great manager, so he felt that pressure playing.”“I always felt he could come back and then make a contribution because you need such personality to play for the big clubs and play in big games.”“Since he’s come back, he’s shown that. He’s come into games, he started games and you saw his impact.”“He scored a brilliant goal and was involved in two others.”