Duo would welcome Odemwingie return

first_imgWest Brom duo Gareth McAuley and Ben Foster insist want-away striker Peter Odemwingie will be welcomed back into the squad. Odemwingie delivered a series of Twitter rants against the club after having a transfer request rejected. He then turned up at Loftus Road without Albion’s permission in the hope of completing a move to QPR which ultimately never materialised. Odemwingie and the club issued a joint statement last week indicating that the matter had been resolved, and McAuley insisted: “It’s fine. The lads realise that if Pete is on the pitch, playing well and scoring goals, everyone benefits from it.” He added: “That’s how we’re looking at it. Everything is fine now. The line has been drawn and now we’re back talking about football. “When we’re out there together and everyone is pulling together we’re a good side. We need Pete back on the pitch, playing and scoring goals for us.” Foster said: “It was an unfortunate incident but we’ve just got to carry on. Peter is an important part of our team. “When he’s on form he’s an absolute world-beater, so we will welcome him back into the squad with no qualms whatsoever.” Odemwingie travelled with Albion to Monday’s game at Liverpool but was not part of the final 18. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

SA Internet access set to grow

first_img5 January 2004The rollout of Internet access services by South Africa’s second telecommunications operator is one of three factors which will kick-start growth in Internet access in the country in 2004, according to a study of South Africa’s Internet industry by independent technology research organisation World Wide Worx.The licensing of the second national operator (SNO) by the government means that the monopoly currently enjoyed by Telkom will soon come to an end.According to The Goldstuck Report: Internet Access in South Africa 2004, the rollout of high-speed or broadband wireless access by Sentech, and the healthy rand-dollar exchange rate, will also significantly contribute to increased access in the country.Sentech has been granted a wide-ranging licence to provide access services, while the stronger rand will reduce the costs of equipment to build infrastructure.“From having no choice at all, the South African market will suddenly be faced with two new players who are both eager to supply Internet access needs”, says World Wide Worx MD Arthur Goldstuck, who led the research in collaboration with IT outsourcing organisation Netsurit and internet service value-added applications provider Systemsfusion.The last three years has seen a dramatic slowdown in Internet access growth in South Africa. According to the report, 3.1-million South Africans had access to the Internet at the end of 2002.Growth in Internet access in 2002 was around 7%, the slowest since the Internet became available to the South African public in 1993, and the first time it had been below 20%.In 2003 growth was set to be only 6%, with 3.28 million South Africans expected to have access to the Internet by the end of 2003. This is a mere 1 in every 13 South Africans, marginally up from 1 in 15 at the end of 2001. (South Africa’s total population, according to Census 2001, stands at 44.8-million.)For the first time, the annual survey included a survey of small, medium and micro enterprise (SMME) usage of the Internet, which saw research partner Netsurit surveying more than 2200 SMMEs with Internet access.Almost half of SMMEs reported e-mail as their primary use of the Internet, while a third cited banking as their primary online activity.The survey also found that small businesses with Internet connections were increasingly pursuing high-speed connectivity, with only one out of five using traditional dial-up modem access.On the technology front, the report concludes that 2004 will see the biggest explosion yet of technology options available to Internet users in South Africa.“From broadband wireless supplied by Sentech to ADSL and ISDN from Telkom, to a range of creatively packaged technology options from a variety of ISPs, it’s like 1994 all over again”, says Goldstuck.“Once again, the challenge will be an educational one for the existing market, and affordability for those who are still not connected.”Nevo Hadas, VP of marketing for survey support partners Systemsfusion, warns that this poses a huge challenge to ISPs. “They have to make their offerings not only simple to use, but also simple to understand”, he says.“The Internet user wants a fast, reliable connection, rather than a technically brilliant way for it reach the computer. The industry has to be technically brilliant in such a way that the user doesn’t even know about it.”Other significant findings of the report were:The size of the dial-up market passed the one-million mark for the first time in 2002, largely due to the marketing campaigns of Telkom and Absa’s Internet services, while the subscriber base of traditional ISPs fell for the first time. ISPs tended to be more focused on serving existing customers than on chasing growth in users, and this in turn resulted in the most profitable year yet for the access industry, despite the slowdown in user growth. The leased line market for corporate access remained healthy, largely thanks to companies focusing on the reliability of their networks and putting more backup systems in place. As a result, the number of lines grew faster than expected, but growth in users with access to such lines was slower than expected. Schools connectivity will receive a boost in 2004 as a range of long-awaited projects are finally implemented SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

House Judiciary Committee Conducts Hearing on Wikileaks – Watch the Video

first_imgThe witness list for the hearing included Thomas Blanton of the National Security Archive at George Washington University; Geoffrey Stone, former dean of the University of Chicago Law School; and Ralph Nader for some reason. Some legislators, most prominently Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-CT), chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, and Diane Feinstein (D-CA), chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, have called for Assange to be prosecuted under the Espionage Act. However, given the extreme uncertainty of the outcome they desire, Lieberman has introduced the SHIELD Act (Securing Human Intelligence and Enforcing Lawful Dissemination). On his website, Lieberman makes it 100% clear that this law was written not so much to protect the country, to make up for a gap in the existing law, as it is to go after and get Assange. “(T)he SHIELD Act, would give the Administration increased flexibility to go after Wikileaks and its founder Julian Assange by making it illegal to publish the names of human intelligence informants (HUMINT) to the United States military and intelligence community.”The video of the meeting is actually interesting. It goes surprisingly far beyond the usual electioneering you see in these sorts of hearings, especially expected in one whose topic is so fraught. The majority of the legislators seem to actually care about the First Amendment, even when the speech it protects is odious to them. There is also a great deal of examination of the perils of over-classification of both diplomatic and military materials. Was there anything in the hearing that you found particularly surprising? If so, please share it in the comments. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#NYT#web Related Posts curt hopkins A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting The House Judiciary Committeemet today to discuss, among other things, Wikileaks and whether the organization and its boss Julian Assange have violated the United States Espionage Act. The committee meeting was recorded by C-Span and video of the hearing is available.In an extremely thorough examination, Trevor Timm of Legal As She Is Spoke, has made a very convincing case that Wikileaks has not broken the law. Timm, the editor of the New York Law School Law Review, examines “the most commonly cited statute by those who advocate prosecuting Wikileaks…Section 793(e).”“‘Whoever having unauthorized possession of, access to, or control over any document…relating to the national defense…willfully communicates… the same and fails to deliver it to the officer or employee of the United States entitled to receive it…[s]hall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both.’” As made clear in the Pentagon Papers case, the word ‘communicates’ was never meant ‘to encompass publication’ or to affect the press.”last_img read more

Kashmir is still picture-perfect

first_imgIn 2016, when Kashmir was witnessing street protests for five months in the aftermath of the killing of 21-year-old militant Burhan Wani in a gunfight, three youth from Srinagar, all in their 20s, came up with a novel idea to kindle a ray of hope in the grim situation.Nihal-ur-Rehman, 25, a civil engineer, along with Fasahat Allaqband, 23, a business management student, and engineer Zaid Qureshi, 24 — all in colleges then — started ‘CaptivatingKashmir’, an Instagram account, to curate postcard pictures from distinct geographical locations in J&K, mainly “bewitching, mood-lifting, rare and exotic frames” of places and people from the otherwise troubled State. “The situation (in 2016) was such that we were forced to do ground marketing only. There was no Internet. Curfew had halted life. We failed at generating any business to keep the idea afloat that year,” CapitivatingKashmir chief executive officer Rehman said.The trio started scavenging for pictures posted by locals for fun or as a click bait. The idea was to pick the frame to lift the mood locally and generate queries from prospective tourists.Keenly followedThree years on, ‘CaptivatingKashmir’ is followed by over 90,000 travel and photography enthusiasts across the country and overseas. Mr. Rehman and his co-founders started collaborating with avid trekkers and travel enthusiasts to access images from exotic locations in the State. They photographed daily life, art and culture “to bring authentic Kashmir online, distinct from the stereotypes created over the years.”Over time, they curated over 4,300 pictures to put the spotlight on little-known aspects. “The idea was to take an intending traveller away from the routine Dal lake ride. We streamed a series of pictures of terraced Great Lakes, 13 of them, all nestled in Mount Haramukh at an altitude of 3,575 m,” said Mr. Rehman. The pictures are attracting tourists as far as the Middle East.last_img read more

N-E varsity researchers patent process to treat industrial waste

first_imgThree researchers from the North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU) based in Meghalaya capital Shillong have patented a fast, energy-efficient and low-cost process for treatment and bio-detoxification of industrial effluents contaminated with harmful azo-dye.Non-toxic dischargeThe ‘green process’ developed by Mihir K. Sahoo, Bhauk Sinha and Rajesh N. Sharan for treating waste-water from industries such as textile, leather and paint is 75% faster, 40% more energy-efficient and more sustainable than the existing technology.Their process has also been found to leave the discharge environmentally benign and thus likely to be equally non-toxic to other bio-flora and fauna.“We received the patent for biologically detoxifying industrial waste-water apart from chemical detoxification, which we feel is quite revolutionary. My expertise in molecular biology and my colleagues’ expertise in chemistry combined to develop the technology,” Prof. Sharan of NEHU’s Department of Biochemistry told The Hindu on Sunday.He worked with Dr. Sahoo and Mr. Sinha of NEHU’s Department of Chemistry for four years. The trio perfected the technology and applied for a patent in July 2013. The patent was received in October this year.According to the trio, the traditional treatment of environmentally damaging waste-water effluents with appropriate chemicals processes such as chemical precipitation, coagulation and electrocoagulation only transfers the contaminating chemical entities and chemical groups of the waste-water to other media, thereby producing secondary wastes.Secondary wastes“In some cases, these secondary wastes, intermediates and by-products formed by the second process of chemical remediation or detoxification may produce equally or more toxic chemical entities than the original toxicants and pollutants,” Prof. Sharan said.It was thus important to ascertain if the treated effluent was also benign to the biosphere (flora and fauna). Although theoretically, modern chemical remediation processes completely eliminate the pollutants from waste-water, the trio’s bio-toxicity evaluation of such effluents using Escherichia coli, or E. coli based bio-toxicity assay showed that it still continued to be highly bio-toxic.Most strains of E. coli, a common kind of bacteria that lives in the intestines of animals and people, are harmless. Their survival is crucial for bio-flora and fauna, the researchers said.Therefore, the release of such effluents into the environment could adversely affect the survival of aquatic micro-organisms, flora and fauna, thereby disturbing the entire ecosystem and ecological balance.“The so-called waste-water is not really suitable for release directly into streams, rivers and other water bodies. We recognised this serious shortcoming of the existing technologies in the domain, and came up with the innovative technology,” Prof. Sharan said.last_img read more

James Harden has Rockets rolling with visit to Warriors looming

first_imgSerena Williams wins Perth season-opener ahead of Grand Slam tilt Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) congratulates guard Austin Rivers (25) after Rivers’ three-point basket late in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018, in Houston. Houston won 113-109. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)James Harden and the Houston Rockets were one half away from the NBA Finals last time they played at Oracle Arena.The way the Rockets are rolling now, they might just get another shot at the champs this postseason.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue View comments LATEST STORIES The Rockets try to wrap up a perfect month at home Monday against Memphis, then visit Golden State for the first time since the Western Conference finals, having recovered from a rough start thanks to Harden’s torrid stretch.He has scored 40 points in three straight games and 35 or more in seven straight, the longest streak since LeBron James did it in nine in a row in 2006. The NBA scoring leader’s quest to repeat as MVP is clearly on track.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionAnd after a poor start, so are the Rockets (20-15). They have won four straight and nine of their last 10 games overall, and are 8-0 at home in December after dropping their first four games at the Toyota Center.Just like Game 6 of the West finals, when they blew a double-digit lead, they will play at Golden State for Thursday’s nationally televised game without Chris Paul because of a hamstring injury. But instead of what had been a shaky season getting worse, the Rockets have surged in his absence because of Harden. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games openingcenter_img LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Deandre Ayton will finish his strong December by testing himself against the NBA champions. Then he opens January against a different kind of test — perhaps the toughest in the league at his position.The rookie center squares off for the second time against Joel Embiid on Wednesday when the Phoenix Suns host the Philadelphia 76ers.Luka Doncic might already have too much hype and highlights to be caught in the Rookie of the Year race, but Ayton’s strong play certainly shouldn’t be overlooked. The No. 1 pick scored a season-high 33 points on 16-of-20 shooting and added 14 rebounds Saturday in a 122-118 loss to Denver, after he came into the game averaging 16 points and nearly 12 boards for the month.“You can feel game-to-game he is getting better,” coach Igor Kokoskov said last week. “He is working on his game. He is a very dedicated player. It was just a matter of time.”That improvement has helped the Suns go 5-4 in their last nine games — one more victory than they had during a brutal 4-24 start.After facing Golden State on Monday, it’s on to his second matchup with Embiid, one of the league’s biggest talkers who was already chirping about Ayton even before he’d played his first game. After the former Arizona star was compared to him in June, Embiid wrote on Twitter: “Don’t compare Ayton to me either. I play DEFENSE.” He then told ESPN in a preseason interview that Ayton was “about to get his (butt) kicked.”Embiid had 33 points to Ayton’s 17 in the 76ers’ victory in Philadelphia in November.___ “Somebody said the other day that we can only win if he scores 40. OK, that’s kind of a bad thing, but the good thing is he can score 40 every night, so we’re OK with that,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said.“Tell him to keep going.”NEW YEAR, OLD HOMEKawhi Leonard’s first trip of the new year is to his old home.The Toronto Raptors visit San Antonio on Thursday for what became one of the most anticipated games of this NBA season this summer when the Spurs gave Leonard the exit he had been seeking, trading him to the Raptors.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Leonard was the NBA Finals MVP when the Spurs won their last championship in 2014 and had become one of the league’s most complete players by last season. But he was limited to nine games because of a quadriceps injury and his relationship with the organization became strained.The Spurs dealt him along with mainstay Danny Green to Toronto, getting All-Star guard DeMar DeRozan back.Leonard led Toronto to the best record in the league for most of the season and the two-time Defensive Player of the Year’s absence has shown on the Spurs’ defense, long one of the league’s best but well back in the rankings now.While the game Thursday is the most newsworthy, it’s not the most important of the week for Toronto. The Raptors follow it Saturday by visiting the Milwaukee Bucks, who have inched ahead of them for the NBA’s best record and have won both meetings this season.OTHER GAMES TO WATCH THIS WEEK:Orlando at Charlotte, Monday. Magic coach Steve Clifford returns to face the team he coached for five seasons.Oklahoma City at Lakers, Wednesday. Chance for Californians Russell Westbrook and Paul George to put on a show for the fans back home.Atlanta at Milwaukee, Friday. Mike Budenholzer’s move from Atlanta to Milwaukee couldn’t look much better.Dallas at Philadelphia, Saturday. The reigning Rookie of the Year (Ben Simmons) against the player (Luka Doncic) who could succeed him.AYTON IN ACTION Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? MOST READlast_img read more