Following up on a pledge made last year to contribute to better community relations with police, the San Francisco 49ers on Wednesday unveiled the first two episodes of a public-service announcement series centered on a “candid conversation” between police officers and residents about the root causes of historic tensions between law enforcement and communities of color.The series, “Cops + Community in Conversation,” is a slick production that features exterior shots of San Jose, Oakland and …
The first bi-annual South Africa-China exhibition launched on Thursday, 13 October 2016 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. Entrepreneurs, scientists and other professionals in the science and technology industry gathered to showcase products which included drones, robotics and high-tech medicine. This event took place over three days.Daan du Toit, Hou Jianguo, Dr Phil Mjwara and Tian Xuejuan cut the ribbon at the opening of the South-Africa China exhibition. The three day event aims to enhance the two countries’ collaboration. (Images: Melissa Javan)Reasons for the exhibitionThe two countries have been cooperating on science and technology since 1999. “The exhibition is aimed at creating a platform for South African and Chinese science councils, academic institutions and industry players to exchange information on new technological trends and foster collaborative linkages,” said the Department of Science and Technology.Panel discussions were held until Saturday to bring light to research. Development topics included:The benefits of herbal/plant and bio-resources to benefit the economy for the pharmaceutical and medical industries,The challenges and opportunities for renewable energy in the developing world, and;Advanced manufacturing.Andrew Mu, employee of the surveillance camera company Hikvision, is one of the vendors at the exhibition. Here he is standing next to the aerial vehicle that he said is used by the Chinese fire and police departments.Potential to improve livelihoods in AfricaThe Chinese Vice-Minister for Science and Technology, Hou Jianguo, said the exhibition had huge potential to further economic growth and improve livelihoods in both countries.He said that innovation was important for enterprise development.Jianguo told delegates at the opening ceremony that China was always willing to work with South Africa’s young scientists and research institutions, calling this a powerful strategy through which both countries could implement its development objectives.He said deepening cooperation in human capital development was critical to growing the next generation of scientists, and that China was looking forward to having more young people from South Africa visiting science institutions in China.In this regard, China would train hundreds of young scientists from South Africa over the next five years.Dr. Phil Mjwara, director general of South Africa’s department of science and technology said they hope to deepen the partnership between South Africa and China. “This event will lay a basis for the exiting partnership.””This event creates a dynamic platform for networking in research and investment.”He said an example of existing partnership is that Tshwane University is already collaborating with China.Mjwara also said that there’s a lot of room for South African products to be exported. “We also have a lot of products that are not here (showcased at the event).”The participantsThere were more than 50 stalls in which the South African and Chinese participants showcased their products or services.Gift Lubele of GN Lub said he started his business last year when he was in matric. “We have our first big client now.”His business transforms disposed items into products. For example, he makes couches out of old tyres.Gift Lubele believes: “If vast environmental predicaments are man made, it is the very same man who can resolve them.”Jessica Zha and Andrew Mu, Hikvision employees, showcased its video surveillance products.For instance, the company’s unmanned aerial vehicles are flown into areas that are unreachable to people. Zha said the country’s police and fire departments make use it. “If something is wrong somewhere in the mountain, the vehicle is sent out to view and analyse the situation.”It can fly at 80km/h and its battery lasts for about 33 minutes,” she said.Another surveillance Hikvision camera can detect temperature. It is used on farms and forests and sets off an alarm in the early stages of a fire, explained Zha. Scientists of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s Biosciences division use their knowledge of indigenous plants to help people in rural communities create products. The popular plants they have researched are the moringa and marula.Zodwa Mbambo and Phatheka Mbambiso are research scientists of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s Biosciences division in Pretoria. They incorporated their knowledge of indigenous plants to develop products. These products range from cosmetic, to medicinal, and food consumption.For example, they created a nutritional powder breakfast drink for learners. The ingredients include vegetables and cow pea leaves.The powder drink is currently distributed as a pilot at five schools in the country. The over 2 000 learners get the mixture in a packet every morning and mix it with a cup of water.Mbambo said they also help people in rural areas use indigenous plants to create products. “We analyse the plant material. From the plant extract we develop a product.”Besides doing that, these scientists test the products and help their clients comply with the regulatory requirements. The clients are able to then sell the products such as lip balm, tissue oil and aqueous cream.Mbambiso said over the past three years they have helped 19 small, medium and micro enterprises to develop products that are commercially ready to use.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using SouthAfrica.info material
By BEN HARRISSydney Rebels continued their dominance in the mixed open division at the National Touch League when they claimed their fifth consecutive crown.With the quest of the ‘#fivepeat’ firmly set in their minds, the Rebels were simply untouchable on finals day of the NTL.They hammered Defence Warriors 16-5 in the quarter-final before fighting tooth and nail to knock off Sydney Scorpions 9-5 in the semi-final.In the final, the Rebels played their archrivals Brisbane City Cobras for the third consecutive year.The Cobras were looking for third time lucky but they stumbled out of the blocks and despite fighting back, they went down 6-4.Rebels co-captain Kirstie Wakely has been involved in all of her team’s victories and said this one was the sweetest.“It’s pretty awesome, I am so pleased. Our team probably played the best they’ve played for the entire tournament, so I’m really happy with it,” Wakely said.The Rebels scored three touchdowns in the first nine minutes to set the tempo of the game.Credit to the Queensland team, they fought back to make it 3-2 just before half-time.But Rebels’ co-captain Roy Prasad scored his second of the half to give his team a 4-2 lead at the break.Midway through the second half the next score was added and it went to the Cobras.But the Rebels’ reply was swift as they scored less than 90 seconds later.A superb flick pass from Cobras’ Aiden Beiers to Tasi Cordtz made the scores 6-5 with seven minutes to go.Both sides were denied more touchdowns and it wasn’t until the 37th minute the Rebels put the nail in the Cobras’ coffin courtesy of an Ashleigh Werner touchdown.“Cobras are always tough. Our game plan is we don’t want to slip up, make no mistakes and if we stick to that, hopefully we can come away with a win,” Wakely said.The co-captain credited her team’s attitude, which has played a big part in their success for the past five years.“They are such a positive and tight crew and I think that helps us to bond in the end,” she said.Wakely and Prasad were named the players of the final.SYDNEY REBELS 6 (Roy Prasad 2, Kirstie Wakely, Amy Lugg, Ashleigh Werner, Jamie Chan touchdowns) def BRISBANE CITY COBRAS 4 (Allan Shine, Jordan Lovejoy, Kenneth Adams, Tasi Cordtz touchdowns).Related LinksMixed open final
APTN National NewsThe line up for APTN‘s Aboriginal Day Live broadcast and celebration was announced Wednesday.This is the sixth year for the event held at the Forks in Winnipeg.APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler has the details.
OSU coach Urban Meyer claps on the sideline during a game against Penn State at Ohio Stadium on Oct. 17. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo Editor Ohio State coach Urban Meyer spoke to the media on Monday to talk about the top-ranked Buckeyes’ 38-10 win over Penn State and the team’s upcoming week. Meyer declined to answer the most pressing question about who his starting quarterback for Saturday’s contest against Rutgers will be, but he acknowledged that in his mind he has an idea of who it will be.Here are three highlights from his press conference.Best foot forwardMeyer expressed high praise of the Buckeyes’ effort in the victory over the Nittany Lions. “Probably our best all-around effort,” he said.To relay it in a quantitative way, 19 players graded out as “champions” for their performances against Penn State.Offensively, there were two players of the game in redshirt sophomore quarterback J.T. Barrett and senior left tackle Taylor Decker.Meyer said Decker “probably” played his best game of the year, while also touting the entire unit’s showing on Saturday.Junior defensive end Joey Bosa was the defense’s player of the game. Meyer called the performance from Bosa, who finished the game with seven tackles and one sack, “dominant.”On special teams, junior punter Cameron Johnston garnered the nod for player of the game. The Geelong, Australia, native had four punts downed inside the 10-yard line, including one at the 4-yard line and another at the 2.“He’s really, really good at his job,” Meyer said of Johnston.The coach admitted that the Buckeyes did have a couple weaknesses in the game, but he remained positive about the win.“Overall, really proud of our guys,” he said.Good guys touching the ballMeyer has mentioned throughout the season that he and his staff brainstorm the amount of touches that players will get during each forthcoming game. On Monday, he offered insight as to why the staff does so.“We have a big belief that scheme isn’t what wins games. That’s very important. That’s not what wins,” Meyer said. “What wins are the dynamic players that touch the ball.”He referenced Barrett’s 13-yard touchdown run in the second quarter against Penn State as proof for his point.Meyer admitted the called play was “probably the perfect play” for that situation, but why it worked was not because quarterbacks coach Tim Beck radioed it in; it’s what the guys on the field did, Meyer said.“(Barrett) read the defensive end. The end grabbed the tailback. The tight end came up and fit up on the corner, who squeezed. The wide receiver blocked the X at tackle, grabbed the mike linebacker, and J.T. went in for a touchdown,” Meyer said. “So you can spend all your time on scheme, and they don’t come out and play. So more important than scheme is who is physically touching that ball.”Meyer said sometimes there might be a temptation to force the ball to certain players based on the number of touches the coaches set before the game, but he doesn’t believe it is an issue.“That’s how we do that. I’ve always believed that,” Meyer said. “The good guys have got to touch the ball. They’ve earned that right.”Torrance GibsonFreshman Torrance Gibson’s name is talked about often, despite him never seeing the field for the Scarlet and Gray through seven games. The former five-star recruit from Florida came to Columbus as a quarterback but opted to spend his freshman campaign at wide receiver in an attempt to play.Gibson suffered a foot injury in August that set him back in his quest to contribute for OSU, but he has been healthy for the past few weeks. However, against Penn State, he was not in uniform.“You just have to earn your right to dress, and he didn’t do it last week,” Meyer said. “Just academics and that kind of stuff. Nothing serious. It’s just to go out there, you have to do a series of things.”Meyer said that Gibson is still on the team and he anticipates the freshman to be back shortly.As for his transition to pass-catcher, Gibson is doing great, Meyer said.“His production and grasp has been better,” he said.Gibson’s 2015 campaign appears to spurious as he switched to wide receiver to avoid having to redshirt. Now, it looks like that there is real possibility he will.“We haven’t made that decision,” he said. “He was playing so good and got dinged, and all of a sudden right in the season do you burn his redshirt? Those are things we’re going through right now.”
Ohio State freshman midfielder Liza Hernandez looks to score against Vermont. Credit: Courtesy of Walt Middleton – OSU AthleticsThe Ohio State women’s lacrosse team has had a stellar class of young talent come in and make an immediate impact.Freshman midfielder Liza Hernandez has swept all of the Big Ten Freshman of the Week awards this season, with her third coming after her four-goal, two-assist outing against Cincinnati. But her fellow freshman, goalie Jillian Rizzo (3-0), has been just as hot from the start of the season, and just this week won her first Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week award.Rizzo, who had 11 saves in the Buckeyes’ previous game, has the Buckeyes at No. 2 in save percentage (.508) in the Big Ten, and is 15th nationally with 30 saves on the year. Her play has not gone unnoticed by her team, but an individual award is not something that she is focusing on.“It feels pretty cool,” Rizzo said. “I don’t really dwell on that. It’s exciting for the day and then I’m looking forward to the next game. It’s cool but it doesn’t mean that much.”Hernandez’s 16 points through the first three games have her sitting second in the Big Ten and tied for 23rd nationally in points. Seventeen of her 19 shots on the year have been on target.“She’s a great teammate,” OSU coach Alexis Venechanos said. “The upperclassmen are giving her the green light to take those shots. She’s playing fearlessly right now, she’s great.”Freshman attacker Alex Vander Molen has also been influential on the offensive end for OSU. She has started in two of three games so far and has assisted on nine goals this season, tying her for tenth in the NCAA.Two California teams make the trip to ColumbusThe Buckeyes will be hosting a weekend double-header against the Stanford Cardinal (1-3) and California Golden Bears (0-2), which will wrap up their three-game homestand. Both are teams that OSU is familiar with, having played Stanford 14 times and California 10.Each time against Stanford, OSU has been anything but phenomenal. Stanford has beaten the Scarlet and Gray four consecutive times, and the Buckeyes have won only four of their 14 total matchups against the Cardinal.“We’re always going to see something new when we play Stanford,” Venechanos said. “They’re always changing defenses, their rides have always been impressive in the past, a really unselfish team on the attack.”OSU will look to repeat a similar start to last weekend against Cincinnati by dominating the early minutes. Senior midfielder Morgan Fee could be the key to having the same success, winning seven draw controls during the game. Fee got her first start on Sunday against the Bearcats and helped the Buckeyes jump out to an early lead.“We need to figure out how to win the draw (control),” Fee said. “How to gain possession and hold possession throughout the first five minutes because during our previous games we had kind of gotten off to a rocky start.”While the Stanford Cardinal looms as more of an imminent threat to the Buckeyes, OSU squeaked out a narrow overtime victory against the Golden Bears in Berkeley, California, last season. California is currently winless on the year but they are returning eight seniors from last year’s team, including attacker Jena Fritts who led them in points (30) and assists (20) a season ago.Both games will be played at Ohio Stadium, and with Friday’s game against Stanford set for a 6 p.m. start the Buckeyes will get their first action under the stadium lights. Sunday’s game against California will start at noon.