Women’s Soccer Blanks Creighton, 1-0

first_img Full Schedule Roster Watch Live UIC 9/17/2017 – 1 p.m. The Valley on ESPN3 Next Game: Preview “This was a good road win for us,” said head coach Lindsey Horner. “We worked hard for our shutout and are coming home with some tired legs. Our back four were solid defensively, but we were not quite as sharp on the ball as we have been up to this point, which led to some of their best chances. We adjusted our style a bit in preparation for today, and fine-tuned it at halftime, and the players did a good job of adjusting. We protected our goalkeeper in the first half, but naturally the game opened up and Haley (Morris) was solid for us when we needed her late in the game. We had a lot of players execute their role today, and they should feel good about earning the result and for taking another step towards getting better.”center_img OMAHA, Neb. – Freshman Hannah Bormann (Amana, Iowa) scored her first career goal as the Drake University women’s soccer team blanked Creighton, 1-0, Wednesday night at Morrison Stadium in Omaha. Bormann’s goal was scored in the 62nd minute (62:24) as she recovered a loose ball on a Drake (4-3-1) corner kick and put it in the back of the Creighton (1-6-1) net. Junior Alyssa Brand (Skokie, Ill.) was credited with her second assist of the season. Live Stats Morris made four saves as Drake snapped a two-match losing streak to its former Missouri Valley Conference rival. Seniors Rebecca Rodgers (Peotone, Ill.) and Rachel Wanninger (Johnston, Iowa) each recoded one shot on goal. It is the third shutout this season for the Bulldogs. Drake will host UIC on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. at the Cownie Soccer Complex. Sunday’s match will be broadcast online via The Valley on ESPN3. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

The Man City vs QPR quiz

first_imgManchester City and Rangers meet at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday in a monumental match for both sides. Test your knowledge of the history between the two clubs by seeing how many of these five questions you can answer correctly. [wp-simple-survey-26]Will QPR get a point at Man City? Click here to voteWhy the omens are so good for City against QPRVideo: QPR fans react to dramatic victory against StokeFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

QPR 2-1 Wigan: Highlights of the victory that took Rangers to Wembley

first_imgCharlie Austin’s extra-time winner took QPR through to the Championship play-off final and ended the club’s 28-year wait for a trip to Wembley.See also:Rangers confident Yun will be availableQPR’s Kranjcar passed fit for Wembley clashDerry believes McClaren’s knowledge of QPR will give Derby an advantageIn a huge game like this, players need to focus on their individual roleQPR v Derby: six key battlesFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Experience Africa’s oldest sound

first_img17 February 2004In a unique musical combination, the internationally acclaimed Imilonji kaNtu Choral Society, the Traditional African Orchestra, and Drumstruck are teaming up to present the African Sound Experience at the Market Theatre on 18-19 February.The project melds voices, drums and traditional African instruments in a way that has never been done before. Some of the instruments to be played on the two nights have not been played for decades, or are played in such remote areas as to be difficult to source.Soweto’s famous 40-strong Imilonji kaNtu Choral Society, led by director Gobingca George Mxadana, will accompany the uhadi bow harp, tshikona reed pipe, ixilongwe, kudu horn, mbira, marimba, drum, shaker and clapper.Composer and instrument researcher Anthony Caplan of the Traditional African Orchestra will conduct the performances, which will offer a unique opportunity to explore the depths of texture, power and diversity of African culture on Newtown’s stage.Seating is limited, and bookings are through Computicket.The Orchestra and the Drum Cafe, in alliance with Mxadana, Wendeen Lieberman of the Arts and Culture Trust, and Johannesburg’s CIDA City Campus, have set out to rediscover Africa’s unique musical legacy, and to fuse it in a celebration that is less about the past than a vote of confidence in the future.The project aims to bring together traditional instruments, song and dance to promote and preserve indigenous African music in all its diversity. It also aims to showcase outstanding talent, and to revive the sung and dramatic African traditions.The Drum Cafe, which started off as a corporate teambuilding and entertainment company, has expanded over the last two years and embarked on a range of projects aimed at educating the public in traditional South African music. The Imilonji kaNtu Choral Society, founded in 1983 and drawing its choristers from Soweto, is one of South Africa’s most prestigious choral groups. The choir has performed at music festivals around the world – as well as at the inauguration ceremonies of former president Nelson Mandela in 1994 and President Thabo Mbeki in 1999.Imilonji Kantu’s stunning rendition of South Africa’s national anthem is on almost every CD the choir has brought out, including:Ibuyile I’AfrikaListen to the anthem – MusicaBuy the album – MusicaBuy the album – Kalahari.netHymns – Songs of the PeopleListen to the anthem – click2musicAlbum review – click2musicBuy the album – Kalahari.netBuy the album – MusicaSource: Arts & Culture Trustlast_img read more

Video: South Africa’s Dreamfields Project

first_img8 April 2010“My name is Zukisa. My friends call me ‘The Wall’ – nothing can pass me, even Ronaldo” … a team of young footballers who call themselves the A-Stars feature in a commercial filmed by Justin Bonello of BBC TV programme “Cooked” in aid of the Dreamfields Project, which uses football for community development in South Africa.According to Bonello, he was driving back to Cape Town after filming in Somerset West one afternoon last year when something he saw provided a moment of inspiration.“There were these impromptu soccer matches taking place on the side of the N2,” Bonello writes on the Dreamfields Project blog. “I started thinking: ‘Would I want my son to play soccer here?’ And the answer was no.“We then started looking for a charity we could partner with.”Bonello got in touch with Dreamfields, shared his vision for a short film – and the crew from Cooked in Africa Films was soon headed for Nyanga township where, under the direction of Corne van Rooyen, they began filming the A-Stars boys.The result was stunning – and the judges of the M-Net Vuka! Awards agreed. The Vuka! Awards were set up to encourage film companies and ad agencies to make TV commercials for causes close to their hearts. The Dreamfields commercial made it through to the finals of the 2009 competition.“We decided to put together a positive story with real kids,” says Bonello. “We produced it in six hours, with no budget, and made the finals with some of the big boys. Brilliant!”The Dreamfields Project, brainchild of journalist John Perlman, is using the excitement generated by the 2010 Fifa World Cup to bring soccer fields and equipment – as well as business skills and new social partnerships – to disadvantaged communities across South Africa.The project, which has already attracted some heavyweight corporate backing, raises money to upgrade existing sports facilities in townships and rural areas, and to build new fields in at least 32 regional soccer centres by the end of 2010.The organisation also supplies communities with “Dream Bags”, each containing 11 footballs and 15 full sets of kit, and works with the government and other organisations to bring coaching and sports management skills programmes to communities.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Veterinary Feed Directive implementation deadline coming soon

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The clock is winding down on implementing the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) final rule from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.Some livestock farms are well on their way to have the necessary changes in place at the start of 2017, but others have much yet to do.“This is a huge issue. We will see over the coming months growth promotion and nutritional efficiency labels and uses of antibiotics that are also important to human medicine will be going away. The labels will change,” said Dr. Liz Wagstrom, chief veterinarian for the National Pork Producers Council. “If those antibiotics are used in feed, it will be illegal to use them to improve growth or improve nutritional efficiency. The remaining uses — the therapeutic uses for disease prevention control and treatment — will require a veterinarian to write a prescription if those are in water or a VFD if they are delivered in feed. This will be a huge cultural change and a very interesting transition. This is going to affect most of the antibiotics used in animal agriculture.”A current “VFD drug” is a drug intended for use in or on animal feed. These include tetracycline, penicillin, neomycin, tylosin and many others. Injectable over-the-counter antibiotics are not included in this rule, but mineral preparations and salt blocks containing affected antibiotics are a part of the VFD regulation.In the future, when a new animal drug application is submitted to FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) for approval, CVM will evaluate the drug for safety and effectiveness, and as part of the review process, to determine whether the drug will be an over-the-counter (OTC) drug, a prescription (Rx) drug, or a VFD drug (limited to drugs used in or on animal feed).The changes are being mandated by the FDA due to ongoing concerns about the use of antibiotics (antimicrobials) in livestock production contributing to serious, and real, resistance issues.“We cannot deny that antibiotic resistance happens and that it makes human disease more difficult to treat. We also have resistant diseases in animals that make them more difficult to treat. It is a big public health concern that has been a driver for the FDA to make more changes,” Wagstrom said. “We can talk about how much, if any, contribution the use of antibiotics in animal agriculture contributes to human illness, but I think we are now to a point that it is not worth arguing how much. We just need to get our own house in order and use antibiotics responsibly and do our share to protect both animal health and pubic health.”The key moving forward for livestock operations is a close, and well documented, relationship between the farm and a veterinarian.“If a producer doesn’t have a strong relationship with a veterinarian, we are encouraging them to find one. You are going to need one and that veterinarian needs to be a part of your team who needs to know your animals, facilities and management before they can legally write you a VFD,” she said. “We hope you can view that as a contributor to your bottom line rather than an expense because we believe that relationship will strengthen your business as well as legally allow you to use antibiotics.”Frank Burkett III farms in Stark County with three uncles on a 690-cow dairy with another 700 replacements on feed. He sees the value in a close relationship with the veterinarian.“We have a great relationship with our veterinarian. When we look at the effect it will have on us, in addition to having a veterinarian-client-patient-relationship (VCPR), we’ll have to take an extra step in the future. Specifically for our farm, one example I can think of right away is that we use tetracycline to treat calves with respiratory issues,” he said. “So rather than just going to our feed supplier and getting it, we will need to take another step with our vet to write something along the lines of a prescription for that product for us to supply to our feed company so they can provide that product to us.”Without a well-established VCPR, the potential use for many of the important antibiotics in the operation could no longer be legal on the farm after Jan. 1, 2017. The final rule issued by FDA specifies the key elements that define a VCPR. These include that the veterinarian engage with the livestock producer to assume responsibility for making clinical judgments about animal health, have sufficient knowledge of the animal by virtue of patient examination and/or visits to the facility where the animal is managed, and provide for any necessary follow-up evaluation or care. The final rule will require veterinarians to follow state-defined VCPR requirements and all veterinarians will need to adhere to a VCPR that includes the key elements in the final rule.“The main concern is for people who don’t have that relationship with their veterinarian. There are areas of the state that are underserved by large animal vets — we are well aware of that. The livestock producers in those areas have been treating and making decisions on their own for their livestock and raising healthy animals for years. They can consult a vet when they need, but they have been making decisions on their own and using antimicrobials in a responsible way. Now this will put them in a position where they will have to establish that relationship and agreement in order to continue to use antimicrobials on the list,” Burkett said. “For our farm, it will just be some more paperwork involved with the process. The intention is more oversight so we can be sure antimicrobials are being used responsibly to prevent resistance in animals and humans. It looks like it will just be some additional paperwork and communication with our vet and our feed suppliers that we get those products from.”In addition, the label changes will mean some differences on the farm.“These antimicrobials in feed and water will have to be used based on the label. Right now they can legally be used under an extra label use but that will not be able to be done legally once this change takes place. The important thing is communication so producers are not surprised about this change as this moves forward,” he said. “We were at risk of losing the use of this class of antimicrobials altogether. This is a compromise to allow us to use them but add securities so we don’t build resistance. We want to make sure that this is not expanded in a way that becomes more burdensome.”In December 2013, the FDA published a guidance document on this issue, which called upon animal drug manufacturers of approved medically important antimicrobials that are put into water or feed of food-producing animals to voluntarily stop labeling them as drugs that can be used to promote animal growth and change the labeling of their products for the remaining uses to require veterinary oversight of these drugs when they are used for therapeutic purposes. All of the affected makers of these drugs committed in writing to participate in the strategy. Then in June of 2015, the FDA announced the VFD final rule to bring the use of these drugs under veterinary supervision so that they are used only when necessary for assuring animal health.“The actions the FDA has taken to date represent important steps toward a fundamental change in how antimicrobials can be legally used in food-producing animals,” said Michael R. Taylor, FDA deputy commissioner for foods. “The VFD final rule takes another important step by facilitating veterinary oversight in a way that allows for the flexibility needed to accommodate the diversity of circumstances that veterinarians encounter, while ensuring such oversight is conducted in accordance with nationally consistent principles.”last_img read more

Mobile TV Coming to 20 U.S. Markets by 2011

first_imgTags:#mobile#news#NYT#Video Services#web sarah perez The Mobile Content Venture (MCV), a joint effort by U.S. broadcasters, recently announced its roadmap for its mobile TV network. The roll-out plans to have 20 U.S. markets covered by the end of 2011. And we should see mobile TV-compatible devices by the second half of 2011.Could it be true? A real, broadcaster-led, freemium mobile TV service is launching next year?The consortium includes 12 broadcasters:  Fox, NBC, Belo, Cox Media, E.W. Scripps, Gannett Broadcasting, Hearst Television, ION Television, Media General, Meredith, Post-Newsweek Stations and Raycom Media.The markets MCV has announced are New York,  Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Dallas, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Houston, Detroit, Tampa, Phoenix, Minneapolis, Orlando, Portland, Cincinnati, Greenville, West Palm Beach, Birmingham and Knoxville.About MCVYou may remember hearing something about a new mobile TV initiative earlier this year from a group calling itself Pearl (Pearl Mobile DTV Company, LLC). That’s actually the same group of broadcasters, it has just changed its name.In April, MCV, then called Pearl, announced its plans to re-use broadcast spectrum for mobile digital TV services to provide live and on-demand video, sports and entertainment programming and local and national news. The broadcast partners are providing the spectrum, marketing resources and capital to the venture.As technology blog GigaOm described it at the time, the decision to re-use spectrum was due to a “use it or lose it” push from the FCC, which was attempting to reclaim 120 MHz of spectrum for mobile broadband services. The broadcasters decided instead to keep the spectrum and launch the mobile TV venture, saying that it would lead to additional revenue streams and would help alleviate the strain on carriers’ mobile networks, already clogged by delivering mobile video. The Burden of Mobile VideoMobile video usage has grown substantially over recent months, contributing heavily to the mobile data traffic surge. In February of this year, for example, Cisco pegged mobile data traffic at 40 exabytes for 2010 (one exabyte = 1 billion gigabytes), much of it due to mobile video. In fact, Cisco said that by 2014, 66% of all mobile data traffic would be video.This morning, new data from video site MeFeedia again confirmed this trend, showing an increase in video traffic in 2010 – up 60% this year, it’s saying. iPhone, Android and iPad devices have contributed to this growth, with traffic up 22% since April on iPhone, up 200% on Android and up 325% on iPad.Is MCV Really Happening?Consumers may wonder whether or not this announcement means a whole lot at this point. Burned by previous attempts at mobile TV efforts (see, for example, Qualcomm’s now closing FLO TV service), there’s a bit of “I’ll believe it when I see it” sentiment out there these days regarding mobile TV ventures.For what it’s worth, the analysts at iSuppli are somewhat bullish on the possibilities for MCV, citing three main aspects to the service that provide it with a better chance than prior efforts. First, the technology it uses (ATSC M/H) is cheaper than others (DVB-H or MediaFLO, the latter which was used by Qualcomm) because it leverages existing infrastructure. Second, the venture is broadcaster-led, meaning it will have a good content portfolio and will be better designed to match up with consumers’ viewing habits and exceptions. And third, the technology (ASTC M/H) is backed by handset makers LG and Samsung, which will help bring devices to market.iSuppli also notes that MCV is likely to go for a business model involving both free and paid-for content to help push consumer adoption.That being said, there are also several challenges MCV must overcome. It needs to get operator commitment to integrate with cellular networks, and it needs to be able to offer handset subsidies, mobile billing and produce nationwide marketing campaigns. In fact, mobile operator support for MCV is key, without it, the initiative will probably not survive. So for now, cautious excitement only – but when you hear MCV announcing operator partners, you then have our permission to shout “hooray for mobile TV!” Image credits: DVICE, HotHardware Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

Do We Really Need Amazon TV? No, But Amazon Does

first_imgRelated Posts 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Whether we want one or not, Amazon is building a connected TV set top box for us, according to BusinessWeek. The so-called Amazon TV device will stream Internet video to our televisions, presumably with a bias towards the company’s own Instant Video selections. It may not be something consumers are clamoring for, but then again, neither was Amazon’s Kindle Fire. Indeed, Amazon’s tablets offer a useful analogy for what we should expect from Amazon TV: an affordable device that mimics  existing offerings with direct connections into Amazons products and services. The idea is to provide just enough value to carve out a respectable slice of the market. In the process, Amazon sets up another entryway into its universe of content and goods. As The Verge smartly put it, it’s all about the ecosystem. See Also: What The New Kindle Means To AmazonThe Kindle Fire didn’t turn out to be the “iPad killer” some predicted, but it appears to be selling fairly well. The class of 7-inch tablets it helped popularize were popular enough to induce Apple to release the iPad Mini. For Amazon, the Kindle Fire isn’t a huge money maker, but it plugs millions of people (and their credit cards) into Amazon’s storefront. Expect the Amazon TV to do the same. Another Streaming TV Box? Really? This makes total sense for Amazon as a business, but why do we, the buyers, need another set top box?Each of the devices on the market has its own benefits, but none of them are a slam dunk. Boxee’s buzz has given way to an identity crisis, while Google has yet to apply the proper amount of polish to Google TV. The Roku has tons of content, but Apple TV’s AirPlay feature offers even more, letting iPhone and iPad users stream anything from their devices onto the big screen. It’s really the Apple TV that Amazon is taking aim at here. And the Apple TV, it’s worth noting, has not generated iPad levels of popularity or excitement. Maybe that’s the point. This could be a preemptive strike on Amazon’s part. Whether Apple launches an HDTV set or not, the company is widely expected to make a splash in the Internet TV market sometime this year. By launching something with a TV app store, or at least an AirPlay equivalent, Amazon could beat Apple to the punch. That sounds a lot better than launching an inferior (albeit still good and, crucially, cheaper) competitor after the fact, as Amazon did with the Kindle Fire. How Amazon Can Nail This – And Apple In that sense, this is a huge opportunity for Amazon. A super-cheap device with a bulletproof user experience (this is TV, after all) that taps into a rich app development ecosystem could blow away the Rokus, Boxees and Apple TVs of the world. For consumers, the goal is to get as much content as possible on the new device, including a Web browser. If Aereo survives, Amazon should have an app for that, right alongside Hulu, Netflix and all the little guys building innovative video apps with awesome user interfaces.See Also: The Internet Assault On Traditional TV Is WorkingWhatever shows it plays, the Amazon TV box has to be absolutely painless to operate. Television has been dead-simple to use for decades, a fact that the makers of many Internet TV products seem to forget. None of these boxes will truly take off TV watchers find them the slightest bit confusing or intimidating.Don’t Mess This Up, AmazonHere’s what we don’t want: A half-decent piece of hardware that pushes you toward Amazon’s content but doesn’t let you stream Hulu Plus or YouTube videos. The things most people want to watch are fractured across these devices as it is. The reason Apple’s AirPlay is so promising is that I can get almost everything I want to see on my iPad – and then beam it to my TV. You know what doesn’t work with AirPlay though? The Amazon Prime iPad app. There’s no good reason for that other than the fact that Apple and Amazon are rivals. We consumers shouldn’t get caught in the middle of a corporate spitting match and get stuck with a crappier experience as a result (I’m talking to you, Apple Maps). It’s clear why Amazon is working on a device like this. It makes total sense from the company’s perspective. As long as Amazon also takes the consumer’s perspective into account ours, this could be huge.   12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…center_img john paul titlow 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Tags:#Amazon#Internet TV#television last_img read more

Professionally Pursue Your Dream Client

first_imgOne of my clients discovered that one of his dream clients was considering a change. They are unhappy with the results they are getting from the 800-pound gorilla in the industry, and they are now open to looking for a company that will get them the results they need. When my client’s company’s name came up, the very senior executive said, “I haven’t heard from anyone there since January.”The statement that no one had called on him for almost nine months wasn’t an offhand remark. It was an indictment. What he was saying is that if my client’s company wanted his business, they would have continued to call on him during the intervening months. Most of the time, the prospective clients of my client calls on an RFP, so most salespeople don’t call on their prospects during the intervening years when they are locked into a contract. It’s interesting that the very C-Level executive doesn’t care about what’s customary. He thinks the people who want his business should be pursuing him.Never Give UpThis story is a lesson for salespeople, especially as it pertains to the pursuit of their dream clients.It isn’t enough to express a passing interest in your dream client or to occasionally check to see if their dormant dissatisfaction has developed enough that they are primed to move. It isn’t enough to call quarterly to check in, or to meet up with your dream client contacts at industry events. These small, infrequent touches, betray a self-interest, teaching your dream client that you only care about them when there is an opportunity for you to compete for their business.Never Go AwayThe truth of the matter is that the competition is occurring right now. The mindshare is being developed between the intervening periods where no salespeople are calling on the dream client because they know that they have a contract and relationships. The relationships that create opportunities develop over time, and relationships are something that can’t be easily developed when you are transactional.If you are going to pursue your dream client, pursue them. Continually call, nurture, and meet with the contacts within your dream client’s company. If you are sporadic in your effort, you will be indicted for your lack of professional pursuit. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Parrikar makes birthday resolution

first_imgPanaji – Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on his 62nd birthday on Wednesday said in the coming year he would work towards extending the duration the State Legislative Assembly meets to more than 45 days a year. He was speaking to reporters at the State Legislative Assembly complex after cutting a cake in the presence of legislators and Speaker Pramod Sawant during a break in the winter session of the Assembly, which began on Wednesday. Mr. Parrikar said, “My resolution is that the House should run for a longer period. From the coming budget session, the House should run for a minimum of 40-45 days a year. So, next year, I will cross 40 days because if a House functions for a longer time, then those who asks several questions can then spread their questions over more days. If the House does not run for a longer time, there are no pointed questions. If there are no sharp questions, there are no solutions.”last_img read more