Softball Blasts Iowa, 11-1

first_img Watch Live at Wichita State 3/18/2017 – 2 PM Drake starts MVC play on March 18 at Wichita State with a doubleheader scheduled for noon.Print Friendly Version Drake (16-9) slugged three home runs and received an excellent performance in the circle by junior Kailee Smith (Murietta, Calif.) in the big win. Junior Tasha Alexander (Eddyville, Iowa) slugged a two-run homer, Smith smashed a three-run blast to help her own cause and senior Megan Sowa (Gurnee, Ill.) crushed her third career grand slam. Smith pitched six innings and allowed one earned run on six hits with one walk and one strikeout. With the win, she improved to 7-5 on the season. Preview LAWRENCE, Kan. – After not being able to play on Saturday at the Jayhawk Invitational due to cold and snow, the Drake University softball team blasted Iowa, 11-1, in six innings on Sunday to close the tournament. Freshman Mandi Roemmich (West Des Moines, Iowa) put the Bulldogs on the scoreboard with an RBI double in the third inning. Drake added another run in the frame, capitalizing on a Hawkeyes’ error. Iowa (2-13) scored in the bottom of the inning to cut the lead in half, but Alexander and Smith homered in the fifth inning and Sowa added her grand slam in the sixth to end the game one inning early. Live Stats Next Game: The Valley on ESPN3 Alexander and Sowa each had three hits while freshmen Abby Buie (Gardner, Kan.) and Sarah Maddox (Henderson, Nev.) each had two hits. Full Schedule Roster last_img read more

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72 days that shaped South Africa (11)

first_imgJust how “miraculous” was South Africa’s transition from apartheid to democracy? How close did the country really come to civil war?Check out our press clipping snapshots of the 72 days leading up to Nelson Mandela’s inauguration as SA’s first democratically elected President – and see how heavily the odds were stacked against “the rainbow nation”.9 MAY 1994World’s rich and powerful arrive in SAA who’s who of the world has arrived in South Africa for tomorrow’s inauguration of president-elect Nelson Mandela.Prince Philip of Britain, United Nations secretary-general Dr Boutros Boutros-Ghali, United States Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and his deputy Joshua Nkomo are among those already in the country.And today, the flow of dignitaries continued with the arrival of delegations from the Middle East and Far East.The Star, Monday 9 May 1994New South Africa has landedCape Town – Yesterday morning’s Flight SA373 from Johannesburg was not ordinary. It carried, along with a smattering of everyday passengers, a hefty chunk of South Africa’s first ever nonracial Parliament.In years gone by, flights to Cape Town on the eve of parliamentary sittings were also filled with MPs. But in those days, the overwhelming majority were white.The Star, Monday 9 May 199410 MAY 1994The world at Mandela’s feetToday will see the climax of a breathtaking two days in the history of South Africa. Mr Nelson Mandela, elected by Parliament in Cape Town yesterday as South Africa’s new president, will be inaugurated at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.His election yesterday was an event filled with joy and emotion. It started with outgoing President FW de Klerk leading Mandela into the chamber of Parliament. They embraced to rapturous applause from newly elected MPs and guests in the public gallery.Mandela also embraced Inkatha Freedom Party leader Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi when he saw him walking towards him.The land of miracles was seeing a momentous event unfolding every few minutes.Sowetan, Tuesday 10 May 1994Mandela and FW express optimismOn the eve of changing the reins of power, South Africa’s outgoing and incoming presidents last night called for reconciliation and expressed confidence in the country’s future.Outgoing president FW de Klerk told a civic banquet in Pretoria that he would play his part so that reconciliation became reality. President Nelson Mandela said it was necessary to join hands to promote the spirit of reconciliation to build the country.The Star, Tuesday 10 May 1994Gore’s night at the MarketJohannesburg’s Market Theatre complex last night became the site of an awesome security spectacle as one of America’s most prized politicians arrived for a night of entertainment.US vice-president Al Gore and his wife “Tipper”, First Lady Hillary Clinton and Jesse Jackson were but a few big names who swept into The Laager theatre to watch extracts of South Africa’s theatrical genius.Patrons temporarily detained in The Yard restaurant opposite the theatre entrance were astonished to see six black limousines cruise swiftly into the precinct, which was tightly guarded by US secret service agents.The only SAF presence was in the form of two black-clad snipers on the theatre roof.The Star, Tuesday 10 May 199411 MAY 1994Let’s build a great SA, says MandelaPretoria – South Africans should forget the past and work together to build a great country, President Nelson Mandela told an excited, cheering crowd of 60 000 people attending his inauguration at the Union Buildings yesterday.Before starting his speech to the people gathered on the Botha Lawn, Mandela danced briefly to the music of the African Jazz Pioneers, and the crowd danced delightedly with him.In a carnival atmosphere, a group of youths ran across the lawn holding aloft a coffin with “hamba kahle apartheid” (farewell apartheid) painted on the side.Earlier, after he had taken his oath of office, Mandela told almost 60 heads of state, royalty and 6 000 other dignitaries that South Africa, the “rainbow nation”, had at last achieved its political emancipation.In his address, Mandela vowed that “never, never, and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will experience the oppression of one by another”.Business Day, Wednesday 11 May 1994Big welcome from world leadersPretoria – UN Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali welcomed South Africa back into the world community yesterday, paying tribute to President Nelson Mandela and his deputy FW de Klerk.“Today South Africa regained its rightful place in Africa, in the UN, and the family of nations”, he said at Mandela’s inauguration lunch at the Presidency.“South Africa has earned the respect and admiration of all; tireless in search of understanding, and vigorous in pursuit of peace. You have refused to let difficulties defeat you.”Business Day, Wednesday 11 May 1994Years of enmity end as Castro meets De Klerk and defence chiefPretoria – An atmosphere of reconciliation prevailed as Cuban leader Fidel Castro chatted with former arch-enemies Deputy President FW de Klerk and defence force chief Gen Georg Meiring and President Mandela welcomed three of his former jailers to yesterday’s inauguration luncheon.Business Day, Wednesday 11 May 1994The story continued …1 – 6 March 19947 – 13 March 199414 – 20 March 199421 – 27 March 199428 March – 3 April 19944 – 10 April 199411 – 17 April 199418 – 24 April 199425 April – 1 May 19942 – 8 May 19949 – 11 May 1994Research, photos: Ndaba DlaminiWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Le secteur touristique d’Afrique du Sud

first_imgLa beaute des paysages, les exterieurs magnifiques, le climat ensoleille, la diversite culturelle et la reputation d’apport de valeur ajoutee a la monnaie en Afrique du Sud ont fait du pays une des destinations a plus forte croissance du monde en matiere de loisirs et d’affaires.Le pays est tres diversifie en termes de climat, culture, activites touristiques et infrastructures repondant aux besoins de chaque niche touristique, du tourisme economique et culturel a l’aventure, au sport et au paleo-tourisme.CroissanceTourisme d’affairesTourisme culturelLe tourisme ecologiqueLe paleo-tourismeLe tourisme d’aventureLe tourisme sportifCroissanceLes voyages internationaux vers l’Afrique du Sud ont fortement augmente depuis la fin de l’apartheid. En 1994, l’annee des premieres elections democratiques en Afrique du Sud, seuls 3,9 millions de visiteurs etrangers sont venus.En 2004, les entrees internationales avaient plus que double et etaient passees a 6,7 millions. Et en 2007, un total de 9,07 millions d’etrangers ont visite l’Afrique du Sud, soit une augmentation de 8,3% par rapport a 2006, alors que le pays battait son record d’entrees de touristes pour la troisieme annee consecutive.Le tourisme est egalement l’un des secteurs de l’economie dont la croissance est la plus rapide en Afrique du Sud;; sa contribution au produit interieur brut (PIB) augmentant de 4,6% en 1993 a 8,3% e 2006.Directement et indirectement, le tourisme constitue environ 7% de l’emploi en Afrique du Sud. Idealement positionne pour creer de nouveaux emplois et ajouter de la valeur aux ressources naturelles et culturelles du pays, le tourisme a ete repere par le gouvernement comme l’un des secteurs de croissance de l’Afrique du Sud.Cela rend la perspective extremement positive pour ce secteur, en particulier avec l’exposition dont le pays beneficiera en organisant le plus grand evenement sportif du monde, la Coupe du Monde de la Fifa qui aura lieu en Afrique du Sud en 2010, et les modernisations des infrastructures de transport et d’hebergement qui l’accompagneront.Tourisme d’affairesL’Afrique du Sud cherche de plus en plus a attirer les voyageurs pour affaires qui passent en moyenne trois fois plus de temps que les touristes et finissent par faire du tourisme pur eux aussi en visitant le pays avant ou apres leurs activites professionnelles et qui reviennent les annees suivantes.Avec ses infrastructures de rang mondial, son climat doux et ses paysages a couper le souffle, sans parler de ses parcours de golf, l’Afrique du Sud est la destination ideale pour des congres et des conventions internationaux.Le pays possede plus de 1 000 lieux de conference et d’exposition de rang mondial, allant de retraites intimes dans le bush jusqu’a des centres de convention a grande echelle. Tout cela offre une richesse d’activites de loisir, de visites et d’evenements:: d’une balade avec les elephants a des experiences authentiques de la culture africaine jusqu’aux achats de luxe et a la relaxation.On estime que 6 a 7% des visiteurs etrangers en 2007 en Afrique du Sud relevaient du tourisme d’affaires, soit 550 000 touristes d’affaires contre 470 000 en 2006. Les depenses directes totales des touristes d’affaires etrangers dans le pays ont atteint 2,4 milliards de rands en 2006, contre 2,1 milliards de rands en 2005.Le secteur des conferences en Afrique du Sud est passe a la 31eme place du dernier top 40 des premieres destinations du monde de l’Association des Conventions et Congres Internationale publie en mai 2007.Et l’enquete de M&IT Trends & Spends de 2007 aupres des lecteurs du magazine tres influent Meetings and Incentive Travel (M&IT), distribue aux organisateurs d’evenements au Royaume-Uni, a classe le Cap en tete de la liste des villes de destinations longs courriers alors que l’Afrique du Sud etait classee deuxieme pays de destination long courrier.Tourisme culturelL’Afrique du Sud accueille une grande diversite de cultures, allant des Zoulous qui ont resiste a la conquete europeenne aux nomades San du desert de Karoo. Chaque culture a evolue a developpe sa propre musique, ses propres formes d’art et de rites traditionnels alors que les descendants des colons ont evolue sur la base de variations de leurs racines europeennes.L’histoire de l’Afrique du Sud a ete celle de la confrontation mais plus recemment celle de la reconciliation. Depuis 1994, un certain nombre de sites de rang mondial ont ete crees pour commemorer le passe du pays et celebrer sa nouvelle unite alors que le nombre et la qualite des villages culturels, des visites de communautes et de townships ont considerablement augmente.Quatre des huit sites du patrimoine mondial de l’UNESCO en Afrique du Sud sont des sites culturels alors que un d’entre eux est un site mixte culturel et naturel. Ceux-ci sont : l’ile de Robben, le Berceau de l’Humanite, le Paysage culturel de Mapungubwe, la Paysage culturel et botanique de Richtersveld et le Park uKhahlamba Drakensberg.Voir : Les experiences culturelles en Afrique du SudLe tourisme ecologiqueLes differents climats de l’Afrique du Sud vont du climat tropical au sud-est au desert de la region centrale. Les paysages passent par toute une gamme, des chaines de montagne spectaculaires aux vastes plaines herbeuses, du littoral aux meandres des fleuves et aux dunes du desert. La vie sauvage du pays ne se limite pas aux cinq grands animaux mais presente une extraordinaire diversite biologique.Trois des huit sites du Patrimoine Mondial de l’Unesco en Afrique du Sud sont des sites naturels et un site est mixte, a la fois naturel et culturel. Il s’agit de la Region Florale du Cap, du Parc marecageux iSimangaliso, de Vredefort Dome et du Parc uKhahlamba Drakensberg.L’Afrique du Sud ouvre la voie des initiatives transfrontalieres audacieuses qui se developpent actuellement en Afrique, a savoir le developpement de parcs transfrontaliers.Les parcs nationaux du pays, y compris le Parc National Kruger, sont passes au nombre de 21 et le gouvernement s’est engage a augmenter les zones terrestres protegees du pays des 5,4 % actuels a 8 % et les zones maritimes protegees de 11 % a 20 % d’ici 2010.Les auberges privees de chasse au gibier du pays ont aussi augmente de façon importante au cours de ces 10 dernieres annees, offrant des services standard, de moyenne et de haut de gamme jusqu’a des auberges ultra luxueuses accueillant presque exclusivement des touristes etrangers.Voir : Les experiences de la vie sauvage en Afrique du SudLe paleo-tourismeL’Afrique du Sud beneficie de nombreux sites archeologiques d’importance. Les plus connus sont les sites de Sterkfontein, Swartkrans et Kromdraai qui forment le Berceau de l’Humanite, l’une des concentrations les plus riches en fossiles d’hominides.Les autres sont le Parc uKhahlamba Drakensberg qui abrite les exemplaires de peintures sur roche les plus grands et les plus concentres en Afrique et le Paysage Culturel de Mapungubwe, site de l’ancien royaume complexe africain tres anterieur a la colonisation europeenne. Les trois sites ci-dessus sont des sites du Patrimoine Mondial de l’Unesco.Voir : Le patrimoine mondial en Afrique du SudLe tourisme d’aventureSe trouvant a la pointe australe d’un vaste continent, l’Afrique du Sud offre 3 000 kilometres de littoral ainsi que des montagnes a couper le souffle, le plus souvent cote a cote. Le terrain varie du pays, associe a un climat ideal pour les activites en exterieur, en fait un terrain de chasse ideal pour les chercheurs de sensations fortes.L’Afrique du Sud propose de l’escalade, du surf, de la plongee, des randonnees, des safaris a dos de cheval, du mountain bike, du rafting de niveau mondial et toutes les autres activites extremes que vous pourriez citer, toutes encadrees par des organisateurs devoues.Voir : Afrique du Sud : Le paradis de l’aventureLe tourisme sportifDes lieux de rang mondial et des infrastructures adaptees, des evenements internationaux et la passion des sud-africains pour le sport s’associent pour faire du pays une carte de choix pour les passionnes de sport. Plus de 10 % des touristes etrangers viennent en Afrique du sud pour regarder ou participer a des evenements sportifs, les spectateurs representant de 60 a 80 % de ces arrivees.De nombreux evenements sportifs mondiaux sont inscrits sur l’agenda sud-africain chaque annee et le pays a prouve qu’il pouvait se charger d’evenements tres importants avec succes.Ceux-ci comprennent la Coupe du Monde de rugby de 1995, la Coupe du Monde de cricket de 2003, la Coupe du Monde feminine de golf de 2005 a 2008, le Championnat du monde inaugural de cricket Twenty20 en 2007 et la seule course dans les rues de la Coupe du Monde Motosport A1GP qui a eu lieu a Durban en 2006, 2007 et 2008.Aujourd’hui, le pays se prepare pour le plus grand d’entre eux : la Coupe du Monde de Football 2010.Derniere mise a jour de l’article : Septembre 2008SAinfo reporter. Sources (sites en langue anglaise) :South Africa YearbookSouth African TourismDepartment of TourismStatistics South Africalast_img read more

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The scoop on trackable tattoos

first_img SharePrint RelatedBecome Trackable on Geocaching.com – Tattoos to Travel BugsSeptember 13, 2011In “Community”You earned a free tracking code, now what?August 23, 2017In “Community”Inside Geocaching HQ Podcast Transcript (Episode 11): The Magic of trackable promotionsMay 10, 2018Similar post Geocacher aunna adds a little color to her designGeocachers love to make anything and everything trackable. We’ve seen trackable pets, cars, stuffed animals, and even a drum set. Over 500 geocachers have taken their love of trackables to a whole other, more permanent level – trackable tattoos.There are many reasons as to why geocachers decide to brand themselves. Maybe it’s because they want every geocacher they encounter to have a way to remember them, or maybe it’s an artistic way for a geocacher to express their love for the game. Either way, getting a trackable tattoo is a pretty reliable way to ensure your TB won’t go missing.We asked Geocacher NutmegBrownie to share her recent experience with us, and we were amazed by the amount of thought and creation that goes into the process. Here is what she had to say:What inspired you to tattoo a trackable on your body?“I’ve always been interested and pretty much fascinated with tattoos, the history they have played and the stories behind the ones people choose. I’ve known that I was going to have one for a very long time and that it would be nature related somehow… On the other hand, timing and funding were another story. While researching tattoo artists that do that kind of realistic natural work and trying to find one somewhere near me, I stumbled on the site for the first human trackable and was immediately hooked – I thought it was absolutely awesome and just knew my first tattoo would have to be a trackable! I have a blast geocaching and have met some truly amazing individuals through it that I otherwise would likely never have known. It just makes perfect sense for something that I enjoy participating in so much and look forward to doing long into the future. Sometimes I forget it’s there and then I’ll catch a glimpse of it and it just makes me smile every single time!”Can you tell us more about the design?“Narrowing down the things that I really liked and wanted for my first tattoo was tough and took a long time… We’re talking years. My job as a Naturalist and various volunteer work as an Assistant Wildlife Biologist in an NPS entomology lab as well as various insect surveys helped narrow down my choice… Well, kinda. My first choices were more physically interesting specimens, but the space they required to get the detail I wanted  made me go back to the drawing board. I knew that my insect interest was perfect for a TB and that I also wanted to mix scientific accuracy with some Steam Punk elements. This particular insect doesn’t have any research, photos, or drawings, of it’s wings so that allowed me to take a bit more artistic license with my idea. The idea of mechanically driven insects isn’t anything new and there are some artists out there with amazing miniature works of art where they have taken a real preserved insect and added clockwork innards. So I just took mine a step further and gave the wings a bit of a mechanical feel too. I was also really lucky to have a super laid back and talented artist that didn’t mind my insistence on an 18th century scientific font or adding some additional small details as we went along. I had spent some time in their shop prior and a few e-mails regarding design elements I wanted so we were really comfortable at tattoo time. He was really great and did amazing work!”NutmegBrownie Human TB How did you decide placement?“You always hear and or read that placement of a tattoo is a personal choice… It is, but other variables come into play as well. I originally envisioned my first tattoo being on the inside of my right wrist and just a little bit up the inside of my forearm. Partly because it is an area that is almost guaranteed to age well (i.e. no noticeable weight gain and little loose skin down the road in the later years) and also because I was getting the tattoo for me to enjoy and I wanted to be able to see it easily every day. Well, a small wrist doesn’t leave much room for anything but a pretty small tattoo and hard to notice details… So when the tattoo artist asked me if there was anywhere else I would consider – I immediately said the inside of my shin just above the ankle. He was good with that and there my insect sits. Now I have my wrist free for a second tattoo. Hmmm… decision, decision, decisions!”What advice would you give to other geocachers who are interested in getting a trackable tattoo?“Absolutely don’t be in a hurry, not even a little – take your time deciding on your design, research tattoo artists (near and far) then check them out while they work, be flexible and have a back up design and location (or two) on your body just in case. Do be prepared to sit still for quite a while to get it done and, I have been told that it hurts, sometimes a lot. I seem to be a bit of an anomaly because the 2.5 hours that I sat there watching wasn’t long enough! I actually enjoyed the tattoo process and was a bit disappointed when the tattooing was done… That isn’t the way it is supposed to be so just make sure you are mentally ready for the process and the pain. Choose the design carefully and make sure it’s something that you don’t think you’re going to get tired of seeing, explaining, or sharing… because none of that is going to go away.”“A nearby cacher in the next state over from me was the first actual physical human trackable that I found, and I was literally so excited when I met him and his tattoo last spring. I was kind of dancing and hopping in place and making some embarrassing girlie squeaks (so not me). He just gave me some great advice at our Fall Event yesterday. He said be ready for the cachers that will forget to cover up your trackable number before posting pictures. It will happen at some point and once it’s out, well it’s out, so think about how you want to handle that ahead of time when the virtual logs start rolling in. I hadn’t thought about that because of course all cachers play by “the rules” and follow “TB etiquette”… LOL Rules?!? Etiquette?!? Absolutely appreciated the warning and shock prevention he provided. Oh, and like a trackable, tattoos aren’t for everybody so don’t be disappointed or surprised at those who show little or no interest; it just isn’t their thing. If you got your tattoo for you, it won’t matter one way or the other! :>)”s/v Ubiquitous’s traditional travel bug tattoo is very popularMulling over the idea of getting a trackable tattoo? Here are a few things to consider beforehand:– Tattoos are permanent so make sure you’re “all in.”– It’s easy to get a tracking code for your tattoo. Purchase a set of Travel Bugs from Shop Geocaching or one of Geocaching.com’s Official Distributors. It is important that you do not send the Travel Bug into the geocaching world, as it will cause confusion.– Use the unique tracking code from your Travel Bug as part of your design and have a trusted tattoo artist work their magic. -You can receive a custom trackable icon for your tattoo. Send an email to logo@geocaching.com and include a photo of the tattoo that clearly shows the tracking number. The icons are typically updated within a week of receiving your email.Løiten’s Signal tattoo. Thumbs up!If you were to get a trackable tattoo, what would the design look like?Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

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ReadWriteWeb Interview With Tim Berners-Lee, Part 2: Search Engines, User Interfaces for Data, Wolfram Alpha, And More…

first_imgIn part 2 of my one-on-one interview with Tim Berners-Lee, we explore a variety of topics relating to Linked Data and the Semantic Web. If you missed it, in Part 1 of the interview we covered the emergence of Linked Data and how it is being used now even by governments.In Part 2 we discuss: how previously reticent search engines like Google and Yahoo have begun to participate in the Semantic Web in 2009, user interfaces for browsing and using data, what Tim Berners-Lee thinks of new computational engine Wolfram Alpha, how e-commerce vendors are moving into the Linked Data world, and finally how the Internet of Things intersects with the Semantic Web.Semantic Web and Search Engines Like Google, YahooRWW: You’ve been talking about the Semantic Web for many years now. Generally the view is that Semantic Web is great in theory, but we’re still not seeing a large number of commercial web apps that use RDF (we’ve seen a number of scientific or academic ones). However we have begun to see some traction with RDFa (embedding RDF metadata into XHTML Web content), for example Google’s Rich Snippets and Yahoo’s SearchMonkey. Has the takeup of RDFa taken you by surprise?TBL: Not really, but the takeup by the search engines is interesting. In a way I was happy to see that, it was a milestone for those things to come out of the search engines. The search engines had typically not been keen on the Semantic Web – maybe you could argue that their business is making order out of chaos, and they’re actually happy with the chaos. And if you provide them with the order, they don’t immediately see the use of it.“The search engines have not been keen on the Semantic Web […] their business is making order out of chaos, and they’re actually happy with the chaos.”Also I think there was misunderstanding in the search engine industry that the Semantic Web meant metadata, and metadata meant keywords, and keywords don’t work because people lie. Because traditionally in information retrieval systems, keywords haven’t proven up to the task of finding stuff on the Web. One of the reasons is that people lie, the other is that they can’t be bothered to enter keywords. So keywords have gotten a bad reputation, then metadata in general was tarred with this ‘keywords don’t work’ brush. Because a lot of Semantic Web data included metadata, then people thought that with Semantic Web data — again, that people will lie and won’t have the time to produce it.Google rich snippets example; image credit: Matt CuttsNow I think there’s a realization that when you’re putting data online, that people are motivated NOT to lie. For example when your band is going to produce its next album, or when your band is going to play next downtown, you’re motivated to put that information up there on the Semantic Web. There’s an awful lot of cases when actually data is really important to people; and it’s on the web anyway. So I think it’s great that some of the search engine companies are starting to read RDFa.Does this mean that they will start to absorb the whole RDF data model? If they do, then they will be able to start pulling all of the linked data cloud in.“The web of linked data and the web of documents actually connect in both directions, with links.”Will they know what to do with it? Because when it’s data in a very organized form, I think some people have been misunderstanding the Semantic Web as being something that tries to make a better search engine – i.e. when you type something into a little box. But of course the great thing about the Semantic Web is that you can query it, you can ask a complicated query of the Semantic Web, like a SQL query (we call it a SPARQL query), and that’s such a different thing to be able to do. It really doesn’t compare to a search engine.You’ve got search for text phrases on one side (which is a useful tool) and querying of the data on the other. I think that those things will connect together a lot.So I think people will search using a search text engine, and find a webpage. On the front of the webpage they’ll find a link to some data, then they’ll browse with a data browser, then they’ll find a pattern which is really interesting, then they’ll make their data system go and find all the things which are like that pattern (which is actually doing a query, but they’ll not realize it), then they’ll be in data mode with tables and doing statistical analysis, and in that statistical analysis they’ll find an interesting object which has a home page, and they’ll click on that, and go to a homepage and be back on the Web again.So the web of linked data and the web of documents actually connect in both directions, with links.User Interfaces for Semantic ContentRWW: At the recent SemTech conference, Tom Tague of Thomson Reuters’ Calais project suggested that user interfaces for semantic content are key in getting more take-up. With that in mind, I wonder if you’ve seen some great interfaces or designs for semantic applications in recent months – if so which ones and why did they impress you?TBL: I think that whole area is very exciting at the moment. The only piece of hacking I’ve done over the past few years has been on a thing called the Tabulator [a data browser and editor], which is addressing exactly that. Partly because I wanted to be able to look at this data. And now there are lots of different ways that people need to be able to look at data. You need to be able to browse through it piece by piece, exploring the world of data. You need to be able to look for patterns of particular things that have happened. Because this is data, we need to be able to use all of the power that traditionally we’ve used for data. When I’ve pulled in my chosen data set, using a query, I want to be able to do [things like] maps, graphs, analysis, and statistical stuff.W3C Tabulator, a data browser/editor; Image credit: wiwiss.fu-berlin.deSo when you talk about user interfaces for this, it’s really very very broad. Yes I think it’s important. There’s also the distinction we can make between the generic interfaces and the specific interfaces.There will always be specific interfaces; for example if you’re looking at calendar data, there’s nothing else like a calendar that understands weeks, months and years. If you’re looking at a genome, it’s good to have a genetics-specific user interface.“I want to be able to do maps, graphs, analysis, and statistical stuff.”However you also need to be able to connect that data, through generic interfaces. So if my genome data was taken during an experiment which happened over a particular period, I need to be able to look at that in the calendar – so I can connect the genetics to the calendar.So one of the things I hope to see is domain-specific things for various different domains, and the generic user interfaces. And hopefully the generic interfaces will be able to tie together all of the domains.Wolfram Alpha and Natural Language InterfacesRWW: An interesting new product was launched this year called Wolfram|Alpha, described as a ‘computational knowledge engine.’ It’s kind of a mix between Google (search) and Wikipedia (knowledge), and its key attribute is that enables you to compute something. The founders think that ‘computing’ things on the fly is something we’re going to see a lot of in future. What’s your take on Wolfram|Alpha?TBL: There are two parts to that sort of technology. One of them is a sort of stilted natural language interface. We’ve seen those sort of natural language queries for years. Boris Katz [from W3C] created a system called START[a software system designed to answer questions that are posed to it in natural language]. I think with the Semantic Web out there, those sorts of interfaces are going to become important, very valuable, because people will be able to ask more complicated things. The search engine has traditionally been limited to just a phrase, but some of the search engines are now starting to realize that if they put data behind them and have computation engines, then you can ask things like ‘what’s this many pounds in dollars?’ and so on. So yes, those interfaces will become important.“Those sorts of interfaces will become important […] people will be able to ask more complicated things.”Conversational interfaces have always been a really interesting avenue. We’ve had voice browser work in W3C, that has been an interesting alternative avenue. It’s possible that as compute power goes up, we’ll see a prolifieration of machines capable of doing voice. It’ll move from the mainframe to being able to run on a laptop or your phone. As that happens, we’ll get actual voice recognition and pattern natural language at the front end. That will perhaps be an important part of the Semantic Web. Tags:#Interviews#Semantic Web#web Related Posts richard macmanus A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting We talked before about what a great challenge the Semantic Web is going to be from a user interface point of view. Conversational interfaces are going to be part of [solving] that. Of course it’s also going to be really valuable to have compositional interfaces – for the visually impaired and so on.Wolfram|Alpha is also a large curated database of data sets. Obviously I’m interested in the big data set which is out there, which is Linked Data. This everybody can connect to. I don’t really know a lot about the internals of Wolfram|Alpha’s data set. I don’t know whether they’re likely to put any of it out on the web as Linked Data – that might be an interesting addition. I imagine that quite a lot of it may have come from the web of Linked Data.e-Commerce and Linked DataRWW: There have been reports recently that both Google and Yahoo will be supporting the Good Relations ontology and linked data for e-commerce. Companies such as Best Buy are already putting out product information in RDFa. What would be your advice to e-commerce vendors right now, to help them transition to this world of structured data on the Web. The same question could be asked across many verticals, but e-commerce seems like one area which has some momentum right now. Would you advise them just to put out their data as Linked Data?TBL: Yup! Certainly this year is the year to do it. I’ve been advising governments to do it and when you look at an enterprise, you find that a lot of the issues are the same. But when you put your data from government or enterprise out there, make sure you don’t disturb existing ecosystems. Don’t threaten those systems, because you’ve spent years building them up.Maybe there’s an analogy with when the Web first started and the first bookshops went online. They were more or less a flyer, saying ‘hey we have a great bookshop at 23 Main St, come on down!’. Let’s say that a person named Joe owned one of these early online bookshops. If somebody had suggested to Joe that he should put his catalog online, Joe would’ve felt that that was very proprietary data. And he’d be worried that other bookshops would see where he was weak, so they’d be able to advertise themselves as filling that niche he’s weak in.“When you put your data out there, make sure you don’t disturb existing ecosystems.”But when his competitors Fred and Albert put their catalogs online, then Joe can check which books people are browsing at Fred and Albert’s websites. So Joe would [finally] be pursuaded to put his book catalog up online. But he doesn’t put up the prices… until Albert and/or Fred does. And even if catalog and pricing is up there, nobody puts their stock levels online. And there was a period of time when nobody [i.e. online booksellers] had their stock levels up. But people got fed up with ordering stuff that wasn’t in stock. So the first book shop to actually tell you about stock levels suddenly was then unbelievably attractive to its customers.So there’s this syndrome of progressive competitive disclosure. This happens when people realize that if you’re going to do business with somebody, if you’re going to have your partners up and down the supply chain, really it’s useful to check the data web – and life goes much more quickly and open.Best Buy may be what starts the ball rolling [among e-commerce vendors]. Now if I want to look out for what [products are] available, I can write a program to see what there is. If somebody wants to compete with Best Buy, to my program they’ll be invisible unless they can get their data up in RDF. Doesn’t matter whether they use RDFa or RDF XML, as long as it maps in a standard fashion to the RDF model, then they will be visible.The Internet of ThingsRWW: I’m fascinated by how the Internet is becoming more and more integrated into the real world. For example the Internet of Things, where everyday objects become Internet connected via sensors. Have you been following this trend closely too, and if so what impact do you think this will have on the Web in say 5 years time?TBL: It connects very much with Semantic Web [and] with linked data. With Linked Data you’ve got the ability to give a thing a URI. So I can give a URI to my phone, and I can say that’s my phone in Linked Data. And also the company that made it can give a URI to the model of the phone. They can also put online all the specs of the phone, and then I can make a link to say that my phone is an example of that product. So now any system which is dealing with me and has access to that data will be able to figure out the sorts of things I can do with my phone, which actually is really valuable. Especially if the phone breaks.“The Semantic Web is a web of things, conceptually. Tying an actual thing down to a part of the web is the last mile.”The Semantic Web has already given URIs to things, and to types of things. When the things themselves have an RFID chip in them, then I think it’s a very exciting world. One can take that RFID chip, go to the Internet and find out the data about the thing. Whether we’ll be able to do that, whether the manufacturers will be open enough to allow me to turn data about the identifier of the thing into data about the thing, is yet to be seen. But it’s a very exciting idea.Pachube, an example of the Internet of Things (see ReadWriteWeb profile)Similarly, I’d like to be able to scan a barcode and get back nutritional information about what’s in – for example – a can of food. But we don’t have that yet. To get that sort of thing, which is very powerful, we need to build look-up systems, which allow you to translate an RFID code or a barcode into an HTTP address.The Semantic Web is a web of things, conceptually. Tying an actual thing down to a part of the web is the last link – the last mile. Give the thing a notion of its own identity in the web.ConclusionRWW: The over-riding message in both Part 1 and 2 of our interview with Tim Berners-Lee, is for companies and organizations to make their data available online. Preferably as Linked Data, which uses a subset of Semantic Web technologies. But Berners-Lee noted, in Part 1 of our interview, that he’d even be happy with the data in CSV (comma separated values) format.It’s clear that we’ve seen a lot of progress in linked data already in 2009. In upcoming posts on ReadWriteWeb, we’ll continue to track this trend and explain how organizations can contribute their data. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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At literary conference, NRIs condemn move to ban Indian officials from gurdwaras in US, Canada

first_imgA two-day international conference on ‘Immigrant Literature’ kicked off at Gujranwala Guru Nanak Khalsa College in Ludhiana Tuesday with an aim to promote literary works of Punjabis settled abroad. At the conference, the NRI community strongly condemned the ‘ban’ imposed on Indian officials and diplomats by some gurdwaras in US and Canada, and also said that sacred gurdwaras should be kept out of politics. They added that Indian government officials too should refrain from using them as platform to promote government policies.However, they maintained that no one can be stopped from entering a gurdwara which is against principles of Sikhism. They further expressed that despite various campaigns to make Sikh turban acceptable, racism and discrimination was still deep-rooted in those countries.Read it at Indian Express Related Itemslast_img read more

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Australia proves fertile talent pool for NBA

first_img“It definitely gives you something to aim for, knowing that they have started where you started and they made it all the way to the top,” Austin Bradtke told AFP after a narrow win at a recent basketball carnival in suburban Melbourne.“Experiencing American basketball, and also the crowds and stuff, it looks really enticing for a young player, that is where I am keen to go,” added the 17-year-old, whose father Mark was among the earliest Australians to play in the NBA.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutOnce a far-flung dream for young hopefuls, technology is giving scouts greater access to international talent, while an elite junior program is putting promising Australians at the forefront of the game, with courts Down Under proving fertile ground for US recruiters.Australia’s national side “the Boomers” were earlier this month crowned FIBA Asia Cup champions despite fielding a second-string side because their top international stars were unavailable. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension “When they have guys that are prepared to sacrifice for their teammates and put their team above the individual… I think that attracts all the NBA teams to look to those characteristics,” said Andrew Gaze, one of the first Australians to play in the US college system.“It is great for our national team and it provides tremendous inspiration for the youngsters coming through, who know that if you play basketball in Australia, there is clearly a pathway you can end up as an NBA player.”The 1990s were a golden era for Australian basketball, with a handful of trailblazers, including Gaze (Washington Bullets and San Antonio Spurs), Bradtke (Philadelphia 76ers) and Luc Longley, who won three championships with the Chicago Bulls alongside Michael Jordan, playing in the NBA.The Boomers reached the Atlanta Olympic semi-finals in 1996 before losing a memorable encounter to the USA “Dream Team” and took fourth-place at Sydney four years later.Standards during this period were also bolstered by US talent looking for game time elsewhere, said Marty Clarke, associate head coach with Saint Mary’s College in California, where Australians Mills and Milwaukee Bucks’ guard Matthew Dellavedova graduated.Strong at the grassroots“Partly because of the influence of the USA, with import players going overseas and the coaches going to coach elsewhere, the distance between the USA and the rest of the world certainly shrunk,” said Clarke, also a former Boomers assistant coach.While Australia’s National Basketball League (NBL) struggled after the turn of the century as attendances dwindled, grassroots participation remained strong, producing a new generation of talent.“Whereas people (once) played another sport and made a transition to basketball, these kids have been around these big stadiums since they were babies,” Clarke added.Exum, Simmons, and Jonah Bolden, who was recently drafted to the Philadelphia 76ers, are all sons of former NBL imports. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC A record eight Aussies (excluding Maker who was listed as South Sudanese) were listed on NBA rosters at the start of last season and hundreds of young men and women are now competing in the US college system, with many progressing to professional careers internationally.While no basketball nation can match the athleticism of the US, coaches say Australians have earned a reputation for selflessness and being team players.“I know that when we take kids to tours in America, the main thing that we struggle with is defending those super-athletic kids.“But then down the other end (Americans) struggle to defend our structure and our skill, and our decision-making,” said Melbourne Tigers coaching director Nick Abdicevic.Australia’s golden eraADVERTISEMENT Argentina, Uruguay collide in South America qualifierscenter_img (FILES) This file picture taken on August 21, 2016 shows Australia’s Matthew Dellavedova (2nd L) going to the basket during their men’s bronze medal basketball game against Spain during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. AFP PHOTO / Andrej ISAKOVIC / TO GO WITH Basket-AUS-USA-NBA, FOCUS by Daniel DE CARTERETIf you ask Australian youngsters who their favorite basketball player is, US superstars such as LeBron James or Kevin Durant are likely responses, with the mere mention of the NBA creating a buzz.But home-grown talent Ben Simmons (Philadelphia 76ers), Patty Mills (San Antonio Spurs), Dante Exum (Utah Jazz) and South Sudanese refugee Thon Maker (Milwaukee Bucks) have swelled Aussie numbers in the world’s top league and heightened the hopes of young Australians playing the game.ADVERTISEMENT The elite training program in Australia’s capital Canberra can take much of the credit for producing the country’s top talent.“We have got this hidden gem sitting in Canberra,” said Basketball Australia chief Anthony Moore.The academy has been lauded for producing an NBA talent pool whose numbers compare with some of the top US colleges.Recognizing this, the NBA in June teamed up with Basketball Australia to launch the NBA Global Academy there.“(Australian players in the NBA) have all had a touch point at some part with the AIS (Australian Institute of Sport) basketball program, so that holds us all in really good stead, and that certainly has drawn the NBA to us,” Moore added. 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Lava launches 3G calling tablet IvoryS at Rs 8499

first_imgIndian handset maker Lava has announced the launch of its IvoryS tablet for Rs 8,499.In a press release, the company said, “17.78cm (7.0-inch) Lava IvoryS is an extremely stylish and sleek device weighing only 300 grams to make it highly portable and convenient to use. It is packed with enhanced features making it a perfect choice for youngsters and working professionals who like to have a device having great design and at the same time, like to enjoy on-the-go connectivity, entertainment and longer usage at an affordable price.”The Lava IvoryS comes with 7.0-inch multi touch capacitive display having  a  resolution of 1024×600 pixels.  It is powered by a MT8312 1.3 GHz dual core processor and Mali 400 GPU clocked at 416 MHz. The device has 1-GB of RAM and 4-GB of internal memory that is expandable upto 32 GB. It offers dual SIM (3G+2G) capabilities and runs on out-of-the-box Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.Lava IvoryS sports a 3.2-megapixelrear camera with flash for low light images and a VGA front camera for 3G video-calling. It packs a 2,800 mAh battery which, as company claims,  will provide up to 200 hours of standby time and 8 hours of talk time. On the connectivity options, it supports Wi-fi, Bluetooth, USB tethering, GPRS and EDGE.It comes preloaded with apps and games like Opera, Hungama Music App, WhatsApp, PayTM, EA games.Speaking about IvoryS, S.N. Rai, Co-founder and Director, LAVA International said, “We are very happy to announce the launch of our latest sleek and affordable offering, IvoryS, 17.78cm (7.0) tablet which is an extension of our Ivory Series. IvoryS is especially designed for youngsters and young working professionals to engage them with stylish product that meets their requirements of entertainment and connectivity at an affordable price.”advertisementPriced at Rs. 8,499, Lava IvoryS comes in grey and white colours and will be available across national retail chain stores, multi-brand outlets and online stores.last_img read more

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Cuban says Mavs want Kristaps Porzingis, Luka Doncic for long haul

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Latvian big man Porzingis, the number four pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, hasn’t played since undergoing surgery to repair a torn left knee ligament last February.He was traded from the New York Knicks last week in a blockbuster multi-player deal, but the Mavericks were quick to say that they don’t expect him to resume competition this season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesCuban said the Mavericks will evaluate Porzingis and develop a timetable for his return.“I’ve been patient this whole time and I’m going to keep staying patient,” Porzingis said. “We’re going to make the right decisions.” Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town 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 PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostingcenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Newly acquired player Kristaps Porzingis, left, responds to questions as head coach Rick Carlisle, center, and team owner Mark Cuban, right, listen during a news conferences where the newly acquired players were introduced in Dallas, Monday, Feb. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Kristaps Porzingis won’t join new Dallas teammate Luka Doncic on court this season, but once he does Mavericks owner Mark Cuban wants to keep the duo together for the long haul.“Our goal is to keep these two together for the next 20 years,” Cuban said Monday as the NBA club held a press conference to introduce new acquisitions Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr. Courtney Lee and Trey Burke.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes LATEST STORIES US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants While Porzingis can become a restricted free agent at the end of this season, Cuban envisions Porzingis staying in Dallas and forming a dynamic duo with rookie sensation Doncic, the third overall selection in last June’s draft who is averaging 20.7 points per game along with 7.0 rebounds and 5.4 assists.Porzingis, 23, said he had a “great relationship” with the 19-year-old Slovenian, having played against him in Europe.“I remember he was a few years younger than me. We just know each other from playing against each other for a long time,” Porzingis said. “Now that I have the opportunity to play with him I’m really excited about it.”ADVERTISEMENT Miami Heat to retire Chris Bosh’s No. 1 jersey next month View commentslast_img read more

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Ashish Nehra set to retire from international cricket on November 1

first_imgAshish Nehra has decided to retire from competitive cricket after the first T20 International against New Zealand at his home ground, Feroz Shah Kotla, on November 1.According to a senior BCCI official privy to the development, the 38-year-old Nehra has intimated his decision to chief coach Ravi Shastri and skipper Virat Kohli.With ICC not slotting any World T20 in 2018, Nehra apparently told the team management that it is only fair that performing juniors have a longer rope.It is understood that Nehra won’t play even in the Indian Premier League’s next season. Making his India debut back in 1999 under Mohammed Azharuddin, Nehra has so far played 17 Tests, 120 ODIs and 26 T20 Internationals for the country.He has picked 44 Test wickets, besides 157 ODI and 34 T20 scalps.”Yes, Ashish has told both Ravi and Virat that he does not want to continue beyond November 1 when India plays New Zealand at the Feroz Shah Kotla. Obviously, there is some element of surprise. One thought that he would like to continue till the home season against Sri Lanka. But he feels, it’s the right time to move on,” the senior official told PTI today.Nehra was recently picked for the three-match T20 International series against Australia but everyone was surprised when he did not figure in the playing XI for the first two matches.”Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah are form bowlers and Ashish felt that it’s only fair in the interest of the team that they continue.”Bhuvi has improved as a T20 bowler in leaps and bounds and Ashish said that the pair should continue. Had there not been a match at Kotla next month, Ashish would have retired after playing the third T20 International at Hyderabad on October 13,” the official said.advertisementThe Kotla T20 will give Nehra a chance to finish his injury-plagued career at his home ground.He is best remembered for his 6 for 23 against England at Durban in the 2003 World Cup, a match he played despite being unwell and frequently throwing up in between his overs.He was also a part of the 2011 World Cup-winning squad with a match-turning performance in the semi-final against Pakistan. He missed the final due to a finger fracture.It is learnt that a few IPL franchises want Nehra as their bowling coach-cum-mentor as his expertise and knowledge with white ball is considered to be unparalleled.last_img read more

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