‘Officially done’ with college studies, Thirdy Ravena to take master’s degree

first_imgBut before that, Ravena still has one more mission left to accomplish for Ateneo.He has one year left of eligibility in the UAAP and he wants no less than another championship to cap off his colorful collegiate career. Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu NBI, BIR , PNP raid Illegal cigarette factory run by Chinese in Pampanga Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MANILA, Philippines—Thirdy Ravena has garnered a long list of accolades throughout his young basketball career, having won two UAAP championships and a pair of Finals MVP awards for the Ateneo Blue Eagles.His latest achievement, however, shows that the do-it-all forward can also get it done off the court.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay Blackwater flaunts depth in win over Rain or Shine 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knickscenter_img Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Rio’s unsafe Olympic Park ordered closed by Brazilian judge LATEST STORIES Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN Exemplifying the role of a student-athlete, Ravena has completed his academic duties and he posted his graduation photo on his Instagram account on Friday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe 22-year-old Ravena has come a long way after he was forced to sit out UAAP Season 78 due to academic deficiencies.Ravena, who studied AB Interdisciplinary Studies with Communications and Information Design as tracks, said he plans to take a master’s degree in either communication or management. MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Liberians Called to Support the Most Vulnerable

first_imgProfessor Raymond Godfrey has called on Liberians to invest in the most vulnerable about the country by supporting non-governmental organizations like Charity Liberia.Speaking yesterday at the International Humanitarian Day celebrations held at the Brewerville City Hall, Godfrey appealed to Liberians everywhere to provide philanthropic assistance as an act of love for others.He said their material and other support must be considered as personal investment, based on deeply felt commitment to help other Liberians who lack any kind of support.He reminded Liberians, quoting from the Holy Bible (Leviticus 19: 5) when God instructed the Israelites, “When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap to the very edges of your field, or gather the gleanings of your harvest.“You shall not strip your vineyard bare or gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the poor and alien…”“We must learn to give back to our community,” Godfrey said.He appealed to all individuals, public and private organizations, government entities, future leaders and others to support Charity Liberia in its effort to assist the Liberian poor.He said: “Even though solicitation is difficult; solicitation is a delicate presentation of an opportunity to invest material assets in a way that brings mostly tangible rewards and a very real sense of fulfillment.“It is a high from of seeking investments or asking for assistance to help unfortunate people,” Godfrey indicated.He challenged students, parents, teachers, principals, corporations, foundations, businesses and community leaders to support the efforts of Charity Liberia.“You can send them non-perishable foods, like cans of tomatoes, beans, sardines, rice, trousers, shirts, blouses, skirts, among others, as goodwill gestures to buttress Charity Liberia’s humanitarian efforts. He also hoped that new channels of support would flow with added resources to nurture and revitalize the organization’s capacity to see that the needs are met.Present at the program were Brewerville City Mayor George Curtis, representatives of several organizations and Augustus Leman, coordinator of Charity Liberia Margibi County chapter.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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‘We pay Hodgson £3.5m for this. Daylight robbery!’ England fans fume after draw

first_img[View the story “‘We pay Roy Hodgson £3.5m for this dross. Daylight robbery!’ – England fans fume after Slovakia draw” on Storify] 1 England have stuttered to second place in Group B after a goalless draw with Slovakia in St Etienne.Roy Hodgson made six changes to the side that dramatically beat Wales with the Three Lions’ star performers so far, Wayne Rooney and Kyle Walker, dropping to the bench.Wales on the other hand smashed Russia 3-0 to finish top and relegate England to group runners up.England fans were less than impressed with the tactics of Hodgson and took to social media to vent their anger.See below for the best reactions to England’s dismal display.center_img Roy Hodgson made six changes to the side that beat Wales last_img

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All you need to know about the teams left in this season’s Champions League

first_imgALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BORUSSIA DORTMUNDOutright winner odds: 10/1Last five matches in all competitions: WDWWLIt’s been a funny season for Borussia Dortmund and coach Thomas Tuchel, who finds himself linked with Arsenal.Dortmund haven’t had the best of campaigns by their standards and find themselves sitting in fourth place in the Bundesliga.While they have won three of their last five since coming back from the winter break, the team are reeling after suffering a shock 2-1 defeat to bottom side Darmstadt on Saturday.Player to watch: Ousmane Dembele – While many will highlight Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as Borussia’s main man, it’s arguably the young Frenchman who has been their standout player this season.The winger was excellent in their German cup-tie against Hertha Berlin and has been a creative force since signing from Rennes in the summer. The Champions League is back and Ronaldo is looking to add to his collection Bayer Leverkusen v Atletico Madrid (first leg 21 February/second leg 15 March)ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BAYER LEVERKUSENOutright winner odds: 100/1Last five: WWLLWLThey qualified ahead of Tottenham for the knockout stages of the Champions League but domestically it’s been far from rosy for Leverkusen.Sitting in ninth, well below their standards, they are on a run of three wins and two defeats in their last five domestic games.However, they suffered a real blow at the start of the month when star midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu was banned for four months following a contract dispute with Turkish club Trabzonspor.Player to watch: Javier Hernandez – Chicarito is Leverkusen’s top scorer this season with 10 goals in all competitions.The former Manchester United man is still capable of being a threat and, should he get the service, you would fancy him to finish well. 1 Have you got what it takes to be the best in Europe? Sign up to Dream Team’s new Fantasy Football game and you could win £100,000!Benfica v Borussia Dortmund (first leg 14 February/second leg 8 March)ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BENFICAOdds to win the 2016/17 Champions League: 125/1Last five matches in all competitions: WLLWWThe reigning Portuguese champions are at it again, sitting top of their domestic table, one point clear of FC Porto in second.Manager Rui Vitoria has guided Benfica to the knockout stages in successive seasons, for the first time in the Champions League era, and the Lisbon side are in decent form going into their tie with Dortmund.They’ve won three of the last five in all competitions and are on the back of two successive 3-0 victories against Nacional and Arouca.Player to watch: Kostas Mitroglou – The former Fulham striker, who made a solitary three appearances without scoring during his time in West London, is a different prospect these days.The Greek international has six goals in his last seven games and, though he is yet to score in the Champions League this season, he remains a threat. Paris Saint-Germain v Barcelona (first leg 14 February/second leg 8 March)ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PSGOutright winner odds: 33/1Last five matches in all competitions: DWWWWFor a team so used to having it their own way in Ligue 1, PSG must be finding it strange occupying second place behind high-flying Monaco.However, the French side haven’t lost since 17 December and, in manager Unai Emery, they have a European specialist who has won the Europa League with Sevilla for the last three years.PSG beat Bordeaux with an impressive 3-0 win on Friday and will be a real challenge to visitors Barcelona.Player to watch: Marco Verratti – The diminutive Italian may be small in stature but his presence in central midfield is huge.He is one of the main creators for PSG and should he perform to the best of his abilities he can cause all sorts of problems. Real Madrid v Napoli (first leg 15 February/second leg 7 March)ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUR REAL MADRIDOutright winner odds: 9/2Last five matches in all competitions: LWDWWThe reigning Champions League winners are flying high in LaLiga and Zinedine Zidane’s side will be looking to add a 12th European Cup to the club;s honours list, despite finishing second in their group.Real have been outstanding in the league, though they hit something of a bump after losing to Sevilla on January 15 and were dumped out of the Copa del Rey by Celta Vigo soon after.While those remain the only real blemishes for Zidane and his team this season, they did have to work hard on Saturday to beat bottom side Osasuna 3-1 away.Player to watch: Casemiro – Real may have some guy called Ronaldo on their team but don’t underestimate the impact of the Brazilian.Virtually untouchable under Zidane the midfielder adds crucial balance to a Madrid team bustling with attacking flair. Manchester City v Monaco (first leg 21st February/second leg 15th March)ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MANCHESTER CITYOutright winner odds: 12/1Last five: LDWWWThe Pep revolution is yielding results a little slower than most would have anticipated but Manchester City are undergoing something of a rebirth.  The atmosphere around Guardiola’s side is far more positive, since the 4-0 drubbing they suffered against Everton, though the injury suffered by Gabriel Jesus at Bournemouth – which could see him ruled out for months – has put a dampener on things.There are still big question marks over the defence and it remains to be seen if the frail or sublime Manchester City will show up when Monaco come to town.Player to watch: David Silva – With Gabriel Jesus out injured and Guardiola seemingly not a big Sergio Aguero fan, City will need their little magician on top form if they are to get past the Ligue 1 leaders. ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BARCELONAOutright winner odds: 10/3Last five matches in all competitions: DWWDWA team that needs no introduction to the Champions League, Barcelona are currently playing second fiddle to Real Madrid in LaLiga.Even though they have won three and drawn two of their last five games, and haven’t lost a domestic game since January 5, Barcelona currently sit second in the league, one point behind Real, having played two games more.In the Champions League Barcelona have been dominant, apart from a 3-1 defeat against Manchester City, but they know they face a tough tie against PSG.Player to watch: Andres Iniesta – While Barcelona possess the formidable attacking trio of Messi, Neymar and Suarez, it is the magician Andres Iniesta that could help decide this tie.The Spanish legend has won pretty much all there is to win and has a habit of shining on the big stage in crucial games. Expect the same again. ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MONACOOutright winner odds: 80/1Last five: DWWWWWhat a season it’s been for Monaco and manager Leonardo Jardim, who are topping Ligue 1 ahead of PSG.They are unbeaten in their last 10 games, with just one draw in that time, and are receiving plenty of praise.After thrashing Metz 5-0 on Saturday, Manchester City can expect to face a confident side by the time the first leg comes around.Player to watch: Radamel Falcao – Remember him? After his torrid time in England with Manchester United and Chelsea, the Colombian is back scoring goals.With 16 in the league and two in the Champions League, Falcao could remind everyone in England that he can still find the back of the net.center_img Sevilla v Leicester City (first leg 22 February/second leg 14 March)ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SEVILLAOutright winner odds: 33/1Last five: WWLDWThe Europa League specialists are ready to make a splash in the Champions League and, under the stewardship of former Chile boss Jorge Sampaoli, they have been making all the right noises. After replacing Unai Emery in the summer Sampaoli has led Sevilla to third in La Liga, with just four defeats, and they enjoyed a 1-0 win against Las Palmas on Sunday.In the Champions League they finished runners up to Juventus in group H and will prove a threat through attacking talent like Samir Nasri and Wissam Ben Yedder.Player to watch: Steven N’Zonzi – The French midfielder arrived as an unknown quantity when Blackburn signed him for just £500,000 in 2009.It proved to be money well spent and, seven-and-a-half years later, N’Zonzi is proving pivotal for Sevilla since he was signed from Stoke City.After signing a new contract last month the Frenchman remains a pivotal cog in what Sampaoli is hoping to achieve at the club. ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT NAPOLIOutright winner odds: 50/1Last five: WWDWWNapoli are on a terrific run of form after winning seven and drawing one of the last eight.Sitting third in Serie A, Maurizio Sarri’s side have coped well this season since losing Gonzalo Higuain to Juventus, and beat Genoa 2-0 on Friday after thumping Bologna 7-1 the weekend before.Napoli won their Champions League group finishing ahead of Benfica and will be in a confident mood ahead of their Real Madrid match-up.Player to watch: Dries Mertens – The Belgian has been prolific and is a large reason why Napoli are in good form.With 16 goals in the league and four in the Champions League, Real Madrid should be wary. Porto v Juventus (first leg 22 February/second leg 14 March)ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PORTOOutright winner odds: 125/1Last five: WWWWWThough they sit in second in the Portuguese league Porto have won their last five on the spin.Under former Valencia manager Nuno, Porto finished runners up in their Champions League group behind Leicester and have only tasted defeat twice since October.Player to watch: Andre Silva – The 21-year-old is Porto’s top scorer and, should he carry his form into the games against Juventus then expect him to be a threat.The forward has a total of 16 goals this season with four of them coming in the Champions League. ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT JUVENTUSOutright winner odds: 10/1Last five: WWWWWThe Old Lady are at it again sitting top of Serie A and on course for a sixth successive title.Manager Massimiliano Allegri has had to tinker with his tactics this season, but has unleashed a daring formation that puts all his attacking stars on the pitch at the same time.With Miralem Pjanic sitting deeper, and an attacking trio of Juan Cuadrado, Paulo Dybala and Mario Mandzukic sitting behind Gonzalo Higuain, Juventus will come into their match with Porto high on attacking flair.Player to watch: Paulo Dybala – Higuain gets the goals but Dybala has drawn plenty of praise since his move from Palermo two summers ago.The 23-year-old Argentinean has eight goals this season but his dribbling skills are sure to cause problems. ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ARSENALOutright winner odds: 20/1Last five matches in all competitions: WWLLWThey finished top of their group ahead of PSG and everything seemed rosy for Arsenal and their fans. Then they were drawn against Bayern Munich.It’s a familiar tale of late for Arsene Wenger and his Gunners, as their confidence took a huge hit after damaging losses against Watford and Chelsea.While they managed to beat Hull City on Saturday they were far from their best and will need to rediscover their form as they gear up for a trip to the Allianz Arena.Player to watch: Alexis Sanchez – A world-class talent whose desire to win is clear at all times.If the Chilean is on song he will be a thorn in the Bayern defence, but he’s just as likely to be waving his arms in celebration as he is in frustration at his teammates these days. ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT LEICESTER CITYOutright winner odds: 50/1Last five: DLLWLOf all the Champions League last 16 teams surely there is no other side enduring a worse run than English champions Leicester City.The Foxes have won once in seven games, an FA Cup replay against Derby County, and are in danger of being relegated as they sit one point and one place above the drop zone.The heroics of last season are a distant memory as the players fail to perform and Claudio Ranieri’s side were thumped 5-0 by Porto in their final Champions League group game.Player to watch: Demarai Gray – In amongst this season of misery the English winger has shown glimpses of quality. But they have only been glimpses.Should he perform as he did against Derby, Gray may have a hand in deciding this game.However, like most of his teammates, he could also fail to show up at all. ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ATLETICO MADRIDOutright winner odds: 8/1Last five: DLWDWDiego Simeone’s side have had a rather lacklustre season compared to the heights they have previously scaled under his tenure.Atletico have won two of their last five, and were knocked out of the Copa del Rey by Barcelona, but will be buoyed after a dramatic 3-2 win against Celta Vigo on Sunday.Though they sit in fourth place in La Liga, Atletico have built a reputation as one of the best defensive sides in Europe.Should they revive that defensive resilience that took them to last year’s Champions League final they will be a difficult team to break down.Player to watch: Antoine Griezmann – Courted by Manchester United, the French forward is highly rated and sought after.With nine goals in La Liga and three in the Champions League, the Atletico number seven is capable of deciding games even if he’s having a quiet match. Bayern Munich v Arsenal (first leg 15 February/second leg 7 March)ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BAYERN MUNICHOutright winner odds: 4/1Last five matches in all competitions: WWDWWThe German giants sit top of the Bundesliga once again having won the league title for the last four years.Despite the fact they are top of the tree, there is a sense, however, that Carlo Ancelotti’s team haven’t quite fulfilled their potential.Bayern have won four of the last five domestically and their last defeat in all competitions came in the shock 3-2 defeat to FC Rostov, in the Champions League, that left them second in their group behind Atletico Madrid.Player to watch: Robert Lewandoski – The Polish forward keeps on scoring and you wouldn’t be surprised to see him do it again.He’s grabbed 15 goals in the league and has five in six Champions League games. Arsenal beware.last_img read more

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Manchester United v West Bromwich Albion live stream and confirmed lineups

first_imgManchester United host West Brom looking to boost their Champions League qualification hopes with a win over the Baggies.CLICK HERE TO STREAM MANCHESTER UNITED V WEST BROMWICH ALBION LIVE COMMENTARY ON TALKSPORT 2, KICK-OFF 15:00GMT.The Red Devils currently trail fourth placed Manchester City by five points, but could reduce the deficit should they take advantage of their game in hand.Jose Mourinho is without the services of a host of stars, including Juan Mata, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba and Ander Herrera.Tony Pulis has given starts to the former United trio of Ben Foster, Jonny Evans and Darren Fletcher for the trip to Old Trafford.Confirmed lineups:Manchester United XI: De Gea, Valencia, Bailly, Rojo, Young, Carrick, Fellaini, Mkhitaryan, Lingard, Martial, RashfordSubstitutes: Romero, Blind, Darmian, Fosu-Mensah, Tuanzebe, Willock, RooneyWest Bromwich Albion XI: Foster, Dawson, McAuley, Evans, Nyom, Livermore, Fletcher, Brunt, Chadli, McClean, Robson-KanuSubstitutes: Wilson, Harper, Yacob, Morrison, Rondon, Myhill, Field 1 The Red Devils and the Baggies clash LIVE on talkSPORT 2 last_img read more

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Gardai appeal for information after major disturbance in Inishowen

first_imgGardai in Buncrana have appealed to anybody who was in the Earlsfort Avenue area of the town yesterday to contact them.It follows a major disturbance in the area between 4.30pm and 6pm.Gardai were called to the scene following the incident in a bid to bring the incident under control. A Garda spokesman described the incident as “serious” and appealed for anybody who may have witnessed anything suspicious to contact them in confidence at Buncrana Garda station.“The matter was brought under control quickly when our members went in but we are appealing to anybody who was in the Earlsfort Avenue and may have noticed anything to come forward,” he said.Gardai appeal for information after major disturbance in Inishowen was last modified: March 7th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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World Cup ticket frenzy

first_imgCape Town’s Greenpoint stadium, a WorldCup venue, in the construction phase.(Image: City of Cape Town.Janine ErasmusSouth Africans are lining up in their thousands to buy tickets to the long-awaited 2010 Fifa World Cup, with around a third of 1 635 136 ticket applications originating from the host country. The first phase of ticket sales ended at midnight on 31 March 2009, with the six-week first phase attracting intense interest and excitement from all over the world.The 1.6-million-plus applications have come from 205 countries, all wanting their share of the 743 000 available tickets. South Africans make up the largest group of applicants, followed by the US, the UK, Germany, Italy and Australia. According to Fifa there were no problems experienced with the online or paper application system, and all indications point to the follow-up sales phases being even more hotly contested internationally.Tickets for the opening game and the final, both taking place at Soccer City in Johannesburg on 11 June and 11 July respectively, were the most in demand. Category 3 tickets, which are the cheapest tickets available to overseas fans as Category 4 is reserved for South Africans, were the most popular.Applications for team specific tickets – that is, tickets that allow fans to closely follow the progress of their favourite team – make up more than half the total number of applications received. “We are delighted that the team specific series is in such big demand, even before the actual fixtures for the tournament are known,” said Fifa honorary vice-president David Will, who also chairs the ticketing sub-committee.Since the number of applications far exceeds the number of available tickets, all applications will be placed into a random draw to be held on 15 April 2009. This ensures that everybody has an equal chance of getting a ticket. Applications may be viewed on the Fifa website and applicants will be informed via SMS or e-mail at the end of April of the success or failure of their bid.Still plenty of chancesThe unlucky ones need not despair, as there are a further four sales phases in store.Phase Two runs from 4 May to 16 November 2009. Applications are processed on a first come, first serve basis, so time is of the essence.Phase Three runs from 5 December 2009 to 22 January 2010. Tickets will be allocated through a random draw that will take place on 1 February 2010. By this time the 32 finalists will be known and the draw for the group stages will have been settled.Phase Four runs from 9 February to 7 April 2010. As in Phase Two, tickets will be allocated in the order in which applications are received – so the earlier the better.Phase Five runs from 15 April to 11 June 2010 and is the last-minute sales phase. Application forms will be done away with in this phase and tickets may be purchased in real time – subject to availability – on the Fifa website and at First National Bank (FNB) branches.Optimism and hopeFifa reported that within the first 24 hours of ticket sales, 216 975 applications from 128 countries had been received online, which excludes the hard copies handed in by South African residents at branches of FNB. Local fans put in the biggest order during the initial period, followed by the UK, the US, Germany, Brazil, Australia, Japan, Mexico, Canada, Switzerland, Ireland, Netherlands, Spain and Argentina.“It is the end of doubt and the beginning of optimism and hope – it is a wonderful time of celebration,” commented Local Organising Committee CEO Danny Jordaan on hearing the news.“I feel as if we are at a high-point on this 15 year rollercoaster journey,” added Jordaan, referring to the moment during the 1994 Fifa Congress in Chicago when he and then South African Football Association president, the late Sticks Morewa, first talked about South Africa bidding to host the World Cup.Good responseInitial fears of a half-hearted response to ticket sales have been totally swept away by the overwhelming number of applications received for the 2010 event.“It is very pleasing to see the huge global interest in the first African Fifa World Cup,” said Jordaan, who has repeatedly advised South Africans to avoid their habit of waiting until the last minute, and get their applications in early. “We want to encourage even more South Africans and Africans to apply for their Fifa World Cup tickets during the next sales phase, so they do not miss out on this unique once-in-a-lifetime experience.”Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.Related articles2010 World Cup tickets on saleUefa praises SA’s 2010 readinessUseful links2010 Fifa World Cup ticketingSA 2010Shine 2010FNB – 2010last_img read more

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Nigeria-South Africa forum to discuss intra-African trade

first_img19 August 2014A meeting of the Nigeria-South Africa Chamber of Commerce, to be hosted by Brand South Africa in Lagos, Nigeria on Thursday, will discuss Africa’s competitiveness and ways of boosting intra-African trade.Deputy Trade and Industry Minister Mzwandile Masina will address the forum, whose members include such heavyweights as Stanbic IBTC Bank, Honeywell Group, Philips Consulting, Old Mutual, First Bank, South African Airways, Southern Sun, MTN, Multichoice, SABMiller and Unilever.“The NSACC is probably the most vibrant and active chamber of commerce in Nigeria, and was set up in 2000 to promote bilateral trade relations between Nigeria and South Africa,” Masina said on Monday.The minister said the forum would look to facilitate opportunities for intra-Africa trade, and discuss ways in which African countries can collaborate for growth.Economic growth across Africa is expected to hit 6.1% in 2014. The continent has the resources to power that growth and to feed itself. Entrepreneurship is flourishing, the middle class is growing and poverty rates have been falling since the 1990s.What stands in the way of growing that percentage and making growth sustainable over the long term is the promotion of effective trade exchanges, as well as the availability of skilled people to drive development.Colin Coleman, managing director of Goldman Sachs in South Africa, told an earlier Brand South Africa forum, held in Johannesburg in May following the World Economic Forum on Africa meeting in Abuja, that trade between African countries amounted to just 12% of all trade on the continent.Freight trucks held up at border posts because there are too few guards, or the failure to embrace technology, are issues that constrain cross-border trade.“We need to develop seamless and effective frameworks between governments to encourage more trade between African countries,” Coleman said. Agreements exist, he pointed out, but there remain practical problems on the ground, and a lack of follow-through has hampered trade growth.Legislation and trade agreements are one thing, and these are in place, but skilled people to implement them will become the biggest stranglehold as trade grows.If governments are unable to build education systems to deliver these people Africa’s ability to trade with itself will be hamstrung, Coleman said, hinting at the biggest challenge faced by African governments – education.SAnews.gov.za and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Open Knowledge Sharing for the Dynamic Web

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#NYT#Product Reviews#Semantic Web#Structured Data#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting So…What Is It Exactly?Understanding how a system like this works is difficult and the Open Knowledge web site doesn’t make the process of comprehension any easier. Even despite the cute, Harry Potter-themed slideshow meant to describe the process, the actual details are hard to grasp. Obviously written by brainy researchers, they can’t even call the slideshow a “slideshow,” instead referring to it as a “simple pictorial introduction.” Ok For EveryoneView SlideShare presentation or Upload your own. (tags: researchp2p)Still, if you can wade through the academic speech on the site, what you may find is a creative idea for sharing information. Basically, through open source downloadable code, OpenKnowledge sets up a peer-to-peer network where users can trade in information and data similar to how BitTorrent users trade mp3s and video files. In the OpenKnowledge system, anyone can easily become a peer or even create their own peer by sharing existing code or writing their own. In order to become an OpenKnowledge user, you simply need to download the OpenKnowledge kernel from here together with some additional components that you might want to use. In addition to users, services, such as WSDL services, can also be made into peers on the OpenKnowledge network. OpenKnowledge is more of a framework for decentralizing the systems on the web. It’s not so much of a consumer-friendly web app than it is a model for information sharing that can help advance areas of science and research. You may not ever use OpenKnowledge yourself on your home computer, but your life may very well be impacted one day by the innovations it made possible. sarah perez The EU-funded OpenKnowledge program is a smart toolkit designed to unlock the hidden resources of the web that can’t be accessed by web sites and browsers alone. With a small, downloadable piece of Java code, users can coordinate and share information with each other more directly than through traditional means. To highlight the potential of the OpenKnowledge system, researchers have put it to work in three different areas: healthcare services, emergency management, and proteomics research. 1) OpenKnowledge HealthcareThe first demonstration of the OpenKnowlege system is aimed to enhance the abilities of those seeking health-related information on the web. Instead of solely relying on a doctor to prescribe a course of treatment, people today tend to seek out medical information on their own using the web. Unfortunately, that data is often inaccurate and misleading. What OpenKnowledge intends to do is provide patients with structured information that has been checked for accuracy. To test this system, OpenKnowledge is working with Cancer Research UK on a project related to treatment methods. 2) Emergency ResponseWhen there’s an emergency situation, there is often a centralized point that disseminates critical information to people in need. But if that system itself breaks down, people are out of luck. OpenKnowledge aims to decentralize those systems so that a “backup” decentralized network of peers could be put into place. There, people could help each other out when the centralized system failed. This is currently being testing with emergency response authorities in Trentino, Italy.3) Protemoics ResearchProtemoics research (the study of the structure and function of proteins) can also benefit from the OpenKnowledge framework. In this area of science, many researchers worldwide rely on a small number of databases, creating a bottleneck of sorts which stresses the infrastructure of the databases themselves as well as those that maintain them. Researchers also find it hard to share data and results directly with other groups. In addition, the quality of the information in those databases is very mixed. OpenKnowledge aims to solve all three problems by letting the researchers share data with each other directly, peer-to-peer style. This relieves the burden on the databases while the feedback will continually improve the quality of the data shared. This is currently being tested in an existing proteomics network in Spain called ProteoRed.last_img read more

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Conte: ‘Inter can’t change now’

first_imgAntonio Conte has issued a rallying cry ahead of Inter’s Champions League clash with Slavia Prague. “We need this type of match to grow.” Inter must make up a three-point deficit on Borussia Dortmund going into their match against Slavia, whom held Conte’s side to a surprise 1-1 draw in September. “We very much know the importance of tomorrow’s game,” the former Juventus boss said at a press conference. “We’ll have to suffer like Barca and Dortmund did and we did in the first game, but today we’re much more of team than the one who played at San Siro. “We’ve had time to work and understand which kind of football we want to play. We need this type of match to grow. “The result is crucial, but 95 percent of the time it depends on the performance you put in. “I expect an open match. We don’t have too many chances to go through, but we have to take them. “In the Champions League you always play against top teams, often with a winning mentality, which is acquired over time, so it’s inevitable to come across a few more difficulties. “However, we’ll also grow in Europe. We’re still a ‘newborn’ team here.” The Nerazzurri’s task has been made more difficult by Nicolo Barella joining Stefano Sensi, Kwadwo Asamoah and Alexis Sanchez on the sidelines… “We have desire to do well and it makes no sense before a match to cry about the players we have out. “We’ve been working since day one on an idea, which all the players have married into. “There’s no reason to change the programme or fold if someone is missing. I’m calm because I believe in all my players. “Borja Valero’s introduction against Torino is the most striking example. It would be wrong to change. “Talking about the market today doesn’t seem right, plus it’s for the club to sort out. Today we must talk about those currently here and I thank them for getting us here.” Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

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