49ers Shanahan critiques Breida, Pettis after shutting them down for finale

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Matt Breida and Dante Pettis emerged as two of the 49ers’ best playmakers and injury replacements in this sideways season, but they won’t make it to the finish line.Breida’s often-aggravated ankle injury and Pettis’ knee injury Sunday will keep them out of Sunday’s season finale against the host Los Angeles Rams, coach Kyle Shanahan announced.SANTA CLARA, CA – DECEMBER 23: San Francisco 49ers’ Dante Pettis (18) bobbles a catch, but holds on to it, against Chicago Bears’ Kyle …last_img

Citigroup, CDC launch Africa Fund

first_img17 January 2007US banking giant Citigroup and UK government-backed CDC Group have together committed US$200-million to Citigroup’s first dedicated African private equity fund, the CVCI Africa Fund.CDC Group will commit an initial $100-million to the fund, with Citigroup Venture Capital International (CVCI) – which will manage the fund – matching CDC’s investments dollar for dollar.“The fund will provide growth capital to larger companies across Africa and will invest alongside CVCI’s managed emerging market private equity funds,” CDC said in a statement on Monday.CDC is a British government-owned fund of funds with assets of £1.6-billion that targets businesses in poorer countries, with an emphasis on Africa and South Asia.According to CDC, its commitment to the CVCI Africa Fund will bring its total investments in Africa to over $830-million since 2004.Investors eye AfricaThe move comes as companies across Africa attract increasing attention from both local and international private equity investors.The African Venture Capital Association said recently that it expected a dramatic increase in the amount of private equity capital invested on the continent since 2004, when deals worth more than $1.3-billion were done.Sunil Nair, CVCI’s MD for Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa, said the new fund would “seek to capitalise on the growth of African economies, evidenced by high GDP growth.“The investment environment is increasingly attractive given rising political and macroeconomic stability, growing disposable income and economic reform which will particularly benefit sectors such as mining, oil and gas, financial services, infrastructure, transportation and consumer goods,” Nair said in the CDC statement.“We believe that Africa is a high potential market where we can generate attractive returns,” said CVCI head Dipak Rastogi.Individual amounts of between $20-million and $60-million would be invested in companies in both sub-Saharan and North Africa, CDC said.CDC chief executive Richard Laing said investment areas would include infrastructure, natural resources, energy, telecommunications and general manufacturing.Private equity activity in SAThe boom in private equity activity worldwide has been mirrored lately in South Africa, where a number of large corporations – among them Shoprite, Edcon, Alexander Forbes, Consol Glass and Primedia – have attracted bids from private equity players.And according to Business Report, the governments of Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa have intervened to help develop the private equity asset class.“The South African government has established the National Empowerment Fund, which is targeting the black SME sector with investments from R100 000 to R50-million,” Business Report noted.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Ask the weight-loss coach

first_imgI believe daily exercise is a must for a healthy heart. What is the ideal fitness regimen to keep my heart strong? – Sameera AbhichandaniAn active lifestyle, regular exercise and a sensible diet are the three pillars of a healthy heart. According to the American College of Sports Medicine, at least 30 minutes (up to 60 minutes) of low-to-moderate cardiovascular (aerobic) exercise done on most days of the week will help you maintain and improve your heart health.Walking, weight training, jogging, cycling, swimming, aerobics, dancercise are also excellent. All exercises should be done at a moderate intensity. An increase in intensity will certainly burn more calories and make the body stronger but will also increase the risk of injuries. Intensity should be increased depending on your age and fitness level. When it comes to weight training, one has to be selective. Isometric exercises are to be avoided at all times and strength training should be done using low resistance (lighter weights) and more repetitions. Yoga, Tai Chi and Pilates can be included in addition to the aerobic workout. Consult your physician before joining any exercise programme, though. Here are some suggestions to enjoy your workout and get it right:Take professional guidance for exercise and diet.Exercise for an hour on all days of the week.Exercise with friends and choose an activity you enjoy.Nisha Varma is a Reebok master Trainer based in delhi. Write to her at nisha.v@ preventionindia.comlast_img read more

10 months agoTottenham striker Kane to be awarded OBE

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham striker Kane to be awarded OBEby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham striker Harry Kane is set to be awarded an OBE.The Sun says he has been notified of the award for his services to sport, which will be unveiled in the New Year’s Honours list.But like England boss Gareth Southgate, also in line for an OBE, he has been asked to keep quiet until next weekend’s official reveal.A close pal said: “Harry is overwhelmed and excited about the idea of going to Buckingham Palace.“Playing for England was one of the proudest moments of his life but to be honoured by the Queen for his achievement will top the lot.” last_img

Industry Minister Welcomes $2.16-Billion Investment by Red Stripe

first_img Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, has welcomed Red Stripe/Heineken Jamaica’s $2.16-billion (€14-million) investment in a new state-of-the art production line at the entity’s brewery on Spanish Town Road in Kingston. Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, has welcomed Red Stripe/Heineken Jamaica’s $2.16-billion (€14-million) investment in a new state-of-the art production line at the entity’s brewery on Spanish Town Road in Kingston.The new Line 8 facility, which was commissioned into service in October 2017, brews Jamaica’s world-renowned Red Stripe Beer and Dragon Stout for the CARICOM, North American and United Kingdom markets.It has an output of 40,000 bottles per hour, which will enable it to produce 3.5 million cases of the beverages per annum.During a tour of the facility on Friday (April 6), Mr. Shaw said he is pleased with this latest infusion of automaton and sophisticated equipment in Red Stripe’s production process.He also hailed the company for incorporating cassava in the ingredients used to brew beer, through collaboration with more than 100 farmers.The Minister further praised the management for taking steps to introduce measures and initiatives aimed at enhancing the employees’ welfare, which, he noted, will contribute to boosting their productivity.“I really want to commend you on the example that you are setting in the manufacturing sector in Jamaica,” he added.Meanwhile, Mr. Shaw said based on discussions with Red Stripe’s management, there is great anticipation that the entity will further boost cassava production over the next several years, “involving small farmers (who own) their own plots, so (that) everybody can (share in) the profits”.“The good news is we are not short of land. Nearby here, between St. Catherine and Clarendon, we are going to have about 20,000 acres of land available, 70 per cent of which is already irrigated,” he informed.For his part, Red Stripe’s Managing Director, Ricardo Nuncio, said the Line 8 production facility is part of a broader slate of investments being made to expand the entity’s operations.Other areas, he indicated, include construction of new warehouses to store raw materials and finished products, and expanding the entity’s mill to process more cassava, which, he emphasised, “is definitely something that can only grow… (and) we are really excited about that”.“So it’s a lot of investments because we believe in this company. We believe Red Stripe can really be big across the world… it’s a great brand that represents Jamaica and is what Jamaica is all about,” Mr. Nuncio added.Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association (JMA) President, Metry Seaga, who was also on the tour, said he is pleased with what he saw, describing it as a “great investment”.“I am happy that (this is) one of the first tours that the Minister is getting to do, to see a facility like this. (This demonstrates that) manufacturing is alive and well in Jamaica and. hopefully, under the Minister’s leadership, it is going to flourish,” Mr. Seaga added. Story Highlights Meanwhile, Mr. Shaw said based on discussions with Red Stripe’s management, there is great anticipation that the entity will further boost cassava production over the next several years, “involving small farmers (who own) their own plots, so (that) everybody can (share in) the profits”. It has an output of 40,000 bottles per hour, which will enable it to produce 3.5 million cases of the beverages per annum.last_img read more

Settop box and wireless networking specialits Air

first_imgSet-top box and wireless networking specialits AirTies has launched a miniature portable wireless set-top box that it will showcase at the forthcoming IBC show in September.The portable box, the Air 7405, which measures 10 x 10cm, can be attached wireless to an IP gateway and moved from room to room. It features an RF remote control and home automation capabilities to enable remote programming and is portable enough to take on holiday or to a neighbour’s house, according to AirTies.The box, which is now available for trial, is based on the Broadcom 7250 System-on-a-chip (SOC) chipset with 5K DMIPS CPU, an HEVC decoder, and USB 3.0. the devices comes with built-in 2×2 802.11ac wireless connectivity, operating at 2.4 or 5GHz frequencies, together with AirTies Mesh Technology, enabling self-installation and extending its coverage, according to AirTies.last_img read more

Former Sky and Lovefilm executive Nick James and f

first_imgFormer Sky and Lovefilm executive Nick James and former Zodiak Media chiefs Rod Henwood and Marc Antoine d’Halluin are creating an SVOD service for quiz show fans.The trio have created Inquisitive Media (stylised InQuisiTiVe Media), whose interactive on-demand service IQTV is first launching in the UK before an international rollout follows.D’Halluin left Zodiak upon its merger with Banijay Group two years ago and later turned up at France’s M7 Group as chairman.Rod HenwoodFormer Zodiak UK boss Henwood took on the same role at the merged business, but exited Banijay UK in 2016.Henwood is chairman of the company, with James and d’Halluin co-founders.Programming deals have been struck with BBC Worldwide, Channel 4 and Banijay Rights, allowing subscribers to watch a variety of game shows such as Mastermind, Celebrity Mastermind, A Question of Genius, Only Connect, The Weakest LinkAt launch in July, IQTV will cost £3.49 (€3.93) per month. The first month will be offered free.There is interactive playalong technology built in to the service, meaning viewers can compete in individual episodes.Henwood told DTVE sister title TBI he and the co-founders have financed the company along with unnamed personal connections, and that a new funding round will happen “just before or after launch to support more marketing investment”.“This is a unique proposition in the world of SVOD, addressing an important gap in the market. Intelligent quiz shows represent an attractive, untapped genre for a niche SVOD service,” he said in a statement. “They have significant and very loyal audiences, their brands are enduring, their hosts are highly recognisable with a strong social media following, and they have had a relatively limited airing on multi-channel television.“While there has been a well-documented focus on scripted content and millennial audiences, older viewers and non-scripted passion genres represent a real gap in the VOD landscape.”BBC Worldwide UK television sales and business development director Jonathan Newman said: “SVOD is the perfect medium for harnessing the potential for re-discovery and celebration of classic content; this new venture promises to demonstrate exactly that.”Karla Berry, Channel 4’s transactional distribution manager, sold classic British gameshow Countdown – the first show to air on the terrestrial channel in November 1982 – to Inquisitive.“Through our agreement with IQTV we’re delighted that true gameshow fans in the UK and the Republic of Ireland can discover and play along to classic episodes and comedic moments made famous by the much-loved Richard Whiteley and his number crunching co-host Carol Vorderman.”last_img read more

The community in Creggan was subjected to highlev

first_imgThe community in Creggan was subjected to high-level anti-social behaviour sparked by joyriding youths in two cars in front of St Mary’s Church where Requiem Mass for Mr Cassidy had taken place at lunchtime on Friday.During the unfolding chaos, a teenage male was discovered by a police patrol lying in grass shrubland and was taken to hospital where he was treated for puncture wounds to his shins.Police believe violent dissident republicans carried out the vicious attack.However, senior officers would not be drawn on local speculation that the victim was attacked with a pick axe, describing his injuries as “not life threatening”. There was also a fracas near the St Mary’s Church after the teenager’s funeral.Three windows at a house in Culdaff Gardens in Creggan were also smashed in the early hours of Saturday morning, which is also understood to be connected to the aftermath of Friday’s mayhem.On Friday schools and youth groups cancelled events and businesses shut early with some saying they felt the community was being held to “ransom”.Community representatives said police had questions to answer over their response.“The police can’t win in this situation,” Creggan priest Father Joe Gormley told the BBC.He said dissident republicans saw themselves as “self-appointed” protectors of the community and the PSNI need to work with the community to “normalise policing”.“They are damned if they do and damned if they don’t. If they were to come in to the area some of those militant republicans would have easily orchestrated a riot,” he said.“They have manipulated people’s minds to set themselves up as saviours of the people, which they are not. “They have their own narrow agenda. Do we want vigilante policing or do we want normal accountable policing?”PSNI Chief Inspector Johnny Hunter said police were on the outskirts of the Creggan and had carried out “discrete patrols” admitting police presence was increased due to concerns raised prior to the funeral.“We were in the position of do we put officers in the Creggan or do we respond to incidents as and when they happen?”He said responses had to be carefully judged and measured saying those in the car may have been looking for a police chase in a residential area as opposed to his officers waiting outside to try and stop it. Although they did not manage to stop the vehicle or capture those inside.Chief Inspector Hunter said police would be reviewing their response and what lessons can be learned. He said he understood the community’s concerns. He said police observed a group in the area and without intervening the crowd dissipated without “any other major issues later in the evening”.“It is very difficult for police to balance the consequences of us taking action which at the time can lead to more serious offences especially around stolen vehicles or vehicles being driven erratically,” he said.“And we have to be very, very careful around our various options.”He disagreed with a community perception there had been a change in police approach to policing in the Creggan following the murder of the journalist Lyra McKee. He said police teams had “good relations” with those in the area.“We face challenges… but we are doing our best to get into the Creggan and provide a normalised policing response,” he said.“We don’t get it right on every occasion and there are always lessons to be learned. “We have strong relationships, we will listen to feedback and use that as part of this review into this incident.”Police to review actions after disorder in Derry following Caoimhin Cassidy funeral was last modified: June 10th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: Picture circulated on social media of a fracas near the funeral of Caoimhin Cassidy on FridayPOLICE in Derry are to review their response after gangs of youths rampaged in Derry following the funeral of Caoimhin Cassidy.He died in the early hours of Saturday, June 1, after he was trapped inside a stolen red Mazda 6 car that caught fire after it struck a lamp post on Fairview Road in Galliagh. Caoimhin CassidyCHIEF INSPECTOR JONNY HUNTERCRegganDerryFAIRVIEW ROADgalliaghPolice to review actions after disorder in Derry following Caoimhin Cassidy funeralPSNIST MARY’S CHURCH ShareTweetlast_img read more

Top US regulator calls for transparency from tech giants

first_imgFCC Chairman Ajit Pai said he hopes the recent scrutiny of US technology firms will lead to more transparency © 2018 AFP The head of a key US regulatory agency called Tuesday for Silicon Valley firms to provide more transparency about how they operate, raising the possibility of tougher regulations for technology firms. Explore further After Trump bashing, tech firms gird for congressional grillingcenter_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. “We need to seriously think about whether the time has come for these companies to abide by new transparency obligations,” Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai said in a blog post a day ahead of congressional hearings with executives from Twitter and Facebook.Pai offered no specific proposals, but appeared to echo concerns raised by President Donald Trump, who claimed tech firms may be biased against conservatives.”Consumers interact with these digital platforms on a daily basis. We get our news from them. We interact with our family and friends on them,” Pai wrote.”But how do these companies make decisions about what we see and what we don’t? And who makes those decisions? We still don’t know.”The FCC chief repeated complaints made in recent months over the blocking or removal of content by conservative politicians and activists.Tech firms have contended their algorithms are not designed with political aims, and analysts have pointed out that many conservatives, including Trump himself, have a considerable online following.Pai said the FCC imposes “strict transparency requirements” on companies that operate broadband networks,  but that the public has “virtually no insight” into tech firms’ business practices.”Are these tech giants running impartial digital platforms over which they don’t exercise editorial judgment when it comes to content?” he asked.”Or do they in fact decide what speech is allowed and what is not and discriminate based on ideology and/or political affiliation? And again, going back to the first point: where is the transparency?”The government  “ shouldn’t regulate these entities like a water company,” Pai said, while maintaining that “it’s important to have a serious conversation about these issues… because these tech giants have come to have much greater influence over our economy and society.”Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey and Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg were set to appear at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Wednesday of foreign influence operations on social media.Lawmakers were seeking a top executive from Google or its parent Alphabet, but it remained unclear if the search giant would be represented.Dorsey is due to testify at a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on online “transparency and accountability.” Citation: Top US regulator calls for ‘transparency’ from tech giants (2018, September 4) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-09-transparency-tech-giants.htmllast_img read more

The Marshall Islands Are 10 Times More Radioactive Than Chernobyl

first_imgSome of the Marshall Islands in the Pacific Ocean — such as the Bikini and Enewetak atolls — are still more radioactive than Chernobyl and Fukushima, even though more than 60 years have passed since the United States tested radioactive weapons on those islands, a new study finds. When testing the soil for plutonium-239 and -240, the researchers found that some of the islands had levels that were between 10 and 1,000 times higher than those on Fukushima (where an earthquake and tsunami led to the meltdown of nuclear reactors) and about 10 times higher than levels in the Chernobyl exclusion zone. The researchers took only a limited number of soil samples, meaning a more comprehensive survey is needed, they said. Regardless, they were surprised that neither national governments nor international organizations had “any further guidance on permissible plutonium levels in the soil,” even though levels in the Marshall Islands were high, the researchers wrote in the study. [Top 10 Greatest Explosions Ever]Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really LoudThis rapid strike produces a loud ‘pop’ comparable to those made by snapping shrimps, one of the most intense biological sounds measured at sea.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Why Is It ‘Snowing’ Salt in the Dead Sea?01:53 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65949-marshall-islands-more-radioactivity-chernobyl.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0000:3500:35  Testing bombs After dropping atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, effectively ending World War II, the United States decided to test more radioactive weapons. Some of these tests happened in the Marshall Islands, a chain of islands between Hawaii and the Philippines that was then a district of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands and was run by the U.S. on behalf of the United Nations. The first two bombs, called Able and Baker, were tested on Bikini Atoll in 1946 and kicked off a 12-year period of nuclear testing on the Bikini and Enewetak atolls, during which the U.S. tested 67 nuclear weapons. The first-ever hydrogen bomb test, with the code name Ivy Mike, was tested on Enewetak in 1951. The U.S. conducted its largest hydrogen bomb test on Bikini Atoll — the 1954 Castle Bravo bomb, which was more than 1,000 times more powerful than Little Boy, the uranium weapon that decimated Hiroshima. In addition to contaminating the Bikini and Enewetak atolls, nuclear fallout from the tests also rained down on and sickened people living on Rongelap and Utirik atolls (also part of the Marshall Islands), the researchers said. In 2016, a team of researchers from Columbia University in New York published a study in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) on the background gamma radiation in three of the northern Marshall atolls: Enewetak, Bikini and Rongelap. The researchers found that radiation levels on Bikini were higher than previously reported, so they decided to do more in-depth studies on radioactivity in the islands. (Nuclear weapons are one source that releases gamma-rays, which are like energetic X-rays.) More fallout Now, that same team has written three new studies, published online yesterday (July 15) in the journal PNAS, on four of the atolls in the northern Marshall islands: Bikini, Enewetak, Rongelap and Utirik. External gamma radiation levels were significantly elevated on Bikini Atoll, on Enjebi Island in Enewetak Atoll and on Naen Island in Rongelap Atoll, compared with an island in the southern Marshall Islands that the scientists used as a control, the researchers found. The levels on Bikini and Naen islands were so high, they surpassed the maximum exposure limit that the United States and the Republic of the Marshall Islands agreed to in the 1990s, the researchers said. (On a side note, bikini swimsuits weren’t named after the island because of its tropicality, but because the French designer wanted the two-piece swimsuit to be “explosive,” just like the bomb tested there, said one of the study’s senior scientists, Ivana Nikolic-Hughes, director of the K1 Project at the Center for Nuclear Studies and a senior lecturer of chemistry at Columbia University.) [Flying Saucers to Mind Control: 22 Declassified Military & CIA Secrets] The researchers also found that the islands of Runit and Enjebi in Enewetak Atoll, as well as on Bikini and Naen islands, had high concentrations of certain radioactive isotopes in the soil. (An isotope is an element with a different number of neutrons in its nucleus.) These four islands had radioactive plutonium levels that were higher than those found in Fukushima and Chernobyl, the researchers found. “What was surprising was just how high the external gamma radiation was for Naen, which is the outer island for Rongelap Atoll,” Nikolic-Hughes told Live Science. “It was populated during the Bravo test … [the people there] were then moved, moved back and moved again. It’s quite a dreadful history of what happened to Rongelapese people.” In their second study, the researchers worked with professional divers, who collected 130 soil samples from the Castle Bravo Crater at Bikini Atoll. The level of some of the isotopes — plutonium-239 and -240, americium-241 and bismuth-207 — was an order of magnitude higher than levels found on other Marshall Islands, the researchers found. These findings are important because “measuring the radioactive contamination of the crater sediment is a first step in assessing the overall impact of nuclear weapons testing on the ocean ecosystems,” the researchers wrote in the study. In the third study, the researchers tested more than 200 fruits — mostly coconuts and pandanus — on 11 of the islands from four different atolls in the northern Marshall Islands. Cesium-137 levels didn’t look good for a sizeable chunk of the fruits on Bikini and Rongelap atolls, which had radioactivity levels higher than those deemed safe by several countries and international organizations, the researchers found. More work is needed to educate people living on the Marshall Islands about these dangers. Moreover, these findings and future research can shed light on whether it’s safe for the Marshallese people to resettle or harvest food on some of these islands, the researchers said. 10 Times HBO’s ‘Chernobyl’ Got the Science Wrong In Photos: World’s 10 Most Polluted Places The researchers tested coconuts and pandanus fruit (shown here) for radioactivity on 11 of the islands. 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