…aim to promote more singing in GuyanaThe Education Ministry hosted its annual Festival of Choirs which saw the Bishops High School, South Ruimveldt Secondary School and Supply Primary School emerge as winners in their respective categories at the National Cultural Centre.The competition saw the participation of several schools from five administrative regions and Georgetown.The winning school in the Primary category sang “Song of Hope” while in the Secondary and solo categories, the schools performed “Let us Co-operate” and “My Guyana Eldorado” respectively.Coming in at second position in the Primary Category was Mahaicony Primary while Berbice Secondary copped the second spot in the Secondary category and Novar Primary and St. Roses High scooped up the third position in their respectiveWinners of the Choir festivalcategories.Acting Administrator of the Unit of Allied Arts, Lorraine Barker-King explained that the aim of the festival is to be able to reach children from all 11 educational districts and also to expose them to music.“Studies would have shown that children who are involved in music actively preform exceedingly well in their academic subjects because of the discipline and all the benefits that music attracts”.Nevertheless Barker-King underscored that the Ministry is looking for a larger audience and more participations from schools across the nation as plans are afoot for the hosting of Choir festival 2019.“Next year we will raise the bar, we will be taking it higher in terms of better music selection and so on that is why we are encouraging more schools to take part in this festival”.Further she noted that the Ministry was already placing focus on the children’s Mashramani competition since like music, it plays an integral role in the social upbringing of children.The competition involved a combined choir presentation, where students from primary and secondary schools in their region or district came together to form a choir.Each choir was required to perform a national song and a song of its own choice.
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23 April 2014 After winning the IRB Junior World Championship in 2012 and finishing third in 2013, the Junior Springboks will be one of the favourites to lift the title when the tournament takes place in New Zealand from 2 to 22 June. The squad, announced on Tuesday, includes a number of players with Super Rugby experience, and other players with previous experience of the Junior World Cup. Handre Pollard (Vodacom Bulls), Andre Esterhuizen (Cell C Sharks), Sergeal Petersen and Aidon Davis (Southern Kings), and Malcolm Marx (Lions) have all either played Vodacom Super Rugby or have been part of their respective franchise’s Super Rugby training groups.Win over New Zealand The squad also sees the return of several players who did duty for the South African under-20s in France last year, where they claimed the bronze medal after defeating New Zealand in the playoff for third. Pollard, who also starred in the 2012 tournament, Davis and Jesse Kriel all played for the Junior Boks in 2013. Winger Petersen, who made an impressive Super Rugby debut for the Kings last year by scoring several stunning tries, was also included in the squad but missed the trip to France because of a hamstring injury.Selection South Africa under-20 coach Dawie Theron and the national selectors, Peter Jooste and Ian McIntosh, selected the 28-man squad following an intensive identification and trials process. More than 50 players attended the training camp, which ran for almost three weeks in Stellenbosch and included two trial matches as well as several training games. The Junior World Cup squad returned to their training base in Stellenbosch on Tuesday to continue their preparations for the tournament, which will include a three-match international series against traditional rivals Argentina from 2 to 10 May in the Western Cape.Weather conditions Theron said the weather and playing conditions in New Zealand, as well as a tough pool draw, will contribute to a challenging competition. “Our players are used to dry and fast fields and we will encounter the opposite of these conditions in New Zealand,” he explained in a statement. “These were obvious factors we had to take into account when selecting the squad. “We will now intensify our preparations. The series against Argentina will give us an ideal opportunity to test our game plan, readiness and decision-making against a very competitive team and in real match situations.” Twins There are two sets of twin brothers in the squad, Jean-Luc and Daniel du Preez, the sons of former Springbok scrumhalf Robert du Preez, and Jesse and Dan Kriel. In 2013, the Du Preez’s older brother, Robert, played flyhalf for the SA under-20s. Jean-Luc du Plessis is also the son of a former Springbok. His father is Carel du Plessis, who also served as Springbok coach in 1997.Junior Springboks 2014 JWC fixtures2 June: SA vs Scotland (North Harbour)6 June: SA vs New Zealand (North Harbour)10 June: SA vs Samoa (Pukekohe) 15 June: Playoffs (Tbc)20 June: Finals (Auckland)
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Dr. Charles Hatcher, the Tennessee State Veterinarian, was at the center of the recent flurry of activity with avian influenza when the H7 strain of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) was discovered in a commercial facility in the state.“The state of Tennessee benefitted from the previous states going through the outbreak in 2015. The lessons learned there were critical for what we did,” Hatcher said at yesterday’s National Institute for Animal Agriculture meeting in Columbus. “We knew there was a possibility of this happening because the Mississippi Flyway and the Atlantic Coastal Flyway touch Tennessee. Since 2015 we have been planning. The bombshell hit us and once we determined it was HPAI, our pre-determined plans went into place. We had the incident command structure just like you would have going into war. It is like fighting a war because you have all of these battles.”The Tennessee Department of Agriculture announced the discovery of HPAI in early March. A few days later, another Tennessee poultry farm tested positive for a different low pathogenic strain of avian influenza through routine testing. Soon after, Alabama and Kentucky found low path cases as well.The first key with the HPAI is to contain the area and depopulate.“We acted quickly. The key with HPAI is to depopulate the birds as quickly as you can. We had it done in less than 24 hours. We established a control zone and we only had one other commercial location that broke with it and it was relatively close,” Hatcher said. “In our situation we think it was a showering of the virus from migratory waterfowl and we had multifocal introductions. In a matter of 10 days we had two high path cases and one low path. The two high path locations were the only ones that spread laterally. All of the others locations had no connections.”Biosecurity is the best defense and is particularly important in Ohio during migratory season in the Eastern Mississippi Flyway from early March through late May or early June.“Nothing can really prepare you for this but we were reasonably ready. We are nearing the end of this, I hope. The weather is warming up and we have gone through all of our procedures. After another week or 10 days we hope to be wrapping up the hard part of it,” Hatcher said. “The No. 1 thing you need to think about is biosecurity. The months they are at risk are when migratory waterfowl are moving. You need to sit down and have a plan. You want to separate poultry from exposure to migratory waterfowl.”
A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… markhachman Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Microsoft#Windows 8 A senior executive at popular retailer NewEgg described the Windows 8 launch so far as not the “explosion” that the company originally planned for, but as slow and steadily improving. From a software perspective, however, Windows 8 will probably not take off until about the second quarter of 2013, said Merle McIntosh, the senior vice president of product management of Newegg North America, in an interview.McIntosh said that while he’s heard stories of retailers planning for discounts of Windows 8 to accelerate sales throughout the holiday season, NewEgg so far has no plans to. On the other hand, the e-tailer will discount televisions, Android tablets and digital cameras. And a newer category, solid-state discs (SSDs), could receive discounts if the supply ramps up as anticipated.NewEgg ranked 172nd on the Forbes 2011 list of the America’s top private companies, with an estimated $2.5 billion in annual sales. Known for its geeky focus on all sorts of technology products, NewEgg’s chief competition is probably Fry’s Electronics, ranked at 200th on the Forbes list, with an estimated $2 billion in sales.It’s believable, then, when McIntosh says that NewEgg, along with Microsoft, Intel, and hardware and software manufacturers, have been planning for the Windows 8 launch for some time. Did it go as planned? McIntosh said that the launch sparked debate, even within NewEgg’s offices.“So we planned with our partners to be prepared for an explosion,” McIntosh said. “Did we really believe there was going to be one? Even within our own building, there were some people that thought that this was going to be the next coming of God, and other people were saying, this will be the next coming of God, but not until next year sometime. What we wanted to make sure with our own customers and our own business is that we were ready for any event. So yes, we were prepared for some pretty big upside on the software side of the equation, and the hardware side of the equation, and it is has been steadily improving. But it did not explode, as I think you know, coming out of the gate.”McIntosh said that it was important to divide the Windows 8 launch into two areas: sales of the software itself, and sales of the corresponding Windows 8 hardware, such as traditional notebooks, convertible tablets and pure tablet implementations.“On the software side it has been slow going, and I think it will be that way until the pricing normalizes sometime next year,” McIntosh said, declining to provide actual sales numbers. “But on the hardware side, we’re starting to see some slow but steady increases in notebooks, and as the tablets become available, we’re starting to see some good sides of the tablet part of the equation as well.”Windows 8 Hardware: Slow and SteadyFor its part, Microsoft has pointed to comments made by chief executive Steve Ballmer that describe the sales of its Windows RT tablet, Surface, as “fantastic.” But that’s also left hardware partners like Dell and HP scratching their heads a bit, and initially focusing on Windows 8 devices for businesses.On the hardware side, McIntosh said that NewEgg hoped to be able to sell “well into six figures of units this quarter, [and] we’re hopeful that a significant amount will be Windows 8.” Traditional clamshell notebooks and ultrabooks will be strong sellers, he said. McIntosh didn’t identify any specific Black Friday promotions, but he said the company would be doing “hundreds and hundreds of deals” across various hardware categories.To date, the majority of the company’s Windows 8 device sales are coming from notebooks and desktop PCs, a spokeswoman said in an email. Sales between these two categories have been pretty evenly split. Tablet sales are growing, and NewEgg expects this trend to continue next year, she said. Unfortunately, NewEgg did not break out which notebook hardware categories – clamshell devices, ultrabooks, convertible tablets or tablets – had seen the strongest actual sales.NewEgg may get aggressive with older Windows 7-designed ultrabooks and machines that lack touch screens – not because manufacturers are jettisoning older products into the market, “but because we have some aggressive ambitions in market share,” McIntosh said. NewEgg snapped up inventory of Windows 7 hardware from August through October, anticipating healthy demand. And so far, that’s been the case.“What I do think will happen, generally speaking when we get to Cyber Monday, and the early part of that week – if demand stays strong, that’s one thing. But with even the slightest bit of worry, deals across the board will present themselves,” McIntosh said.Windows 8 OS Sales Expected to Ramp Next YearFrom a software perspective, however, Windows 8 is a different animal. McIntosh said that the Windows 8 launch had been nothing like Windows 7, which, in total, sold more than 100 million copies in six months, and made it Microsoft’s fastest-selling operating system. “It doesn’t even come close,” McIntosh said. “As you know … the Windows 7 launch was coming in to solve a Vista problem, and there was lots of lots of pent-up demand for it. And so for the launch – at launch – the Win 8 stuff doesn’t compare, really.”To date, he said, NewEgg has sold about half the number of Windows 8 copies that it originally stocked, “which is pretty good,” McIntosh said. “My own personal take is that I think it’s great – the software’s great, the touch part of it is great. … I think it will take hold, but I think it’s going to be midway through the first half next year, probably at the end of the first quarter, going into the second quarter, when it really gets some momentum. That’s my opinion.”Microsoft, of course, was suspiciously quiet about Windows 8 in the weeks leading up to the launch, and hasn’t said much since. That’s a different way of doing things than, say, Apple or Amazon, both of which usually trumpet a massive amount of sales in, say, the opening weekend.But McIntosh said that NewEgg wasn’t inclined to discount Windows 8 much during the holiday season, although other retailers might.“From a Windows 8 software perspective, we might be doing some short-burst promotions. … We’re hearing stories that the $69 package [to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro] is going to get into the $20 range at some point here in the quarter, and we’re just not inclined to play there,” McIntosh said. “We may do some things prior to Black Friday, but we’re not going to go wading into that. We don’t think we need to. “Believe it or not, we are selling at full price, although the volume is not as great as we would like,” McIntosh said. “But you know, I’m not inclined to lose a bunch of money when I don’t think we need to.”Image captured from Microsoft Webcast. Related Posts
At NAB this year, the industry is finally getting its hands on Fujifilm’s new 4K mirrorless x-H1 camera. Here’s what we’ve learned so far.Top image via Fujifilm.So, the X-H1 isn’t news — this camera was announced earlier this year. However, people are finally starting to get their hands on it at NAB. Much like 2016’s X-T2, Fujifilm’s new mirrorless camera offers a little more than its predecessor — but not much. The sensor is still the same, and most of the still photography settings are the same. The body is a bit “more sturdy.” The camera is also the first in the X-series lineup with 5-axis in-body stabilization, as well as a new flicker reduction mode, making indoor photography (specifically sports photography) easier for new shooters.This new bulky body is necessary to accommodate bigger lenses. This is Fuji listening to their users and trying to build a smoother, more comfortable camera. NoFilmSchool got their hands on the camera at NAB, so let’s take a look at how the test played out.(Note: The X-T2 is featured in the thumbnail, but it’s not about the X-T2. Just click it.)The real kicker with this camera is the ETERNA mode that essentially emulates film stock, bringing out the colors in a way that reduces the need for extensive color grading in post-production.The FUJIFILM X-H1 features the “ETERNA” mode, a new Film Simulation mode suitable for video recording, simulating the output of cinematographic films. Characterized by subdued color presentations and rich shadow tones, this mode can be used at 400% Dynamic Range (equivalent to approximately 12 stops) to attain video recording with a high degree of perfection while substantially reducing color-grading workload in post processing.Fujifilm has released a short film captured using the X-H1 and the ETERNA feature. You be the judge.They’ve also included a series on photographers and filmmakers who have gotten their hands on the camera to shoot various styles of art and culture. Each artist has a video or profile on their thoughts here.So, my personal thoughts . . . what’s the point? The differences between the X-H1 and the X-T2 are so minimal, I don’t think it justifies an entirely new camera. But that’s just me.Here are the specs:Sensor: 23.6mm x 15.6mm(APS-C)X-Trans CMOS IIIX-mountF-log120 fps at 1080pWeight: 507g5-axis in-body stabilizationTouchscreenFilm Simulator ETERNA15 minutes recording timeDCI 4K Looking for more NAB coverage? Check out these announcements.NAB 2018: Aputure Reveals A Brand-New RGB Panel LightNAB 2018 Announcement: Atomos Unveils the Ninja VNAB 2018 Announcement: Canon’s C700 Goes Full FrameNAB 2018: Blackmagic Announces DaVinci Resolve 15NAB 2018: SmallHD Unveils 5 New Focus Monitors
For some teams, training for the National Touch League (NTL) is a matter of a short drive in the car, or a trek down the road to your Local Association. Not so for our remote permits who are travelling thousands of kilometres just to compete in the showcase event on the sport’s calendar. Neil ‘Molly’ Collins, player/coach of the Barbarians Men’s 40s team, knows only too well the challenges facing remote permits.“Our players are drawn from the Northern Territory (NT) and Western Australia (WA) but within each state there can be a great distance as well. We have a number of Karratha players this year, which means they have to travel over 1500 kilometres just to get to Perth and then across the country to Coffs Harbour.” Collins said.The geographical and logistical barriers between team mates means the preparation for a team like Barbarians has to be a little more creative. “This year we had our patterns and plays video taped and put on a CD and sent to each player. We also try and get here on the Monday to watch our open teams play and give ourselves that extra day to train together.” Collins said.While the logistics of this venture pose certain challenges, the remote experience is far from a negative one.“There is great camaraderie within the team as a result of having to travel so far and there is now a core of us who enjoy the annual challenge. You know what you are up against and you try and improve aspects of your preparation each time. It’s also great for WA and NT development as many of our players are coaches and managers at the local level and they can take back what they’ve learned and apply it at their local affiliate.” Collins reasoned.The fruits of grass root level labour continue paying handsome dividends for the Barbarians permit, with strength and depth of teams being swelled across numerous divisions.The Barbarians Permit enjoyed their most fruitful NTL campaign to date, recording some impressive results in 2007 in the three premier Open level divisions.The Women’s Open team reached the semi finals for the third year running, the Men’s Open claimed the Plate Final, and the Mixed Open narrowly missed a semi-final berth.Barbarians are one of the real success stories of the NTL, overcoming many obstacles to make their permit a well organized, efficient, and professional outfit that continues to improve on and off the field with each passing year.“Our permit continues to improve with the annual exposure to the elite level that the NTL provides. We’ve worked hard to build a solid infrastructure and now have a good foundation of players and officials to call on each year. Distance, needing extra time off work and limited training are issues but their not issues we can’t overcome.” Isobel Appo, Northern Territory State Manager said.As the 2007 Seniors NTL rolls on, the Barbarians Men’s 30s and 40s team are looking to consolidate on last year’s performances with their 2008 return never far from their minds.“We will make every effort to be back next year, and are hopeful of adding a Men’s 45s team as well. As long as we can all stay in one piece til then.” Neil Collins said. Barbarians continue their 2007 campaign today facing tough competition in both the Men’s 30s and 40s divisions. Regardless of the result, Barbarians future continues to look promising.
Rocco Mediate said Tiger Woods cannot hit the shots he used to when he was at the peak of his game. Tiger Woods went out Friday in the second round at Torrey Pines and hit shots like he used to hit when he was at the top of his game. And so, he leads the Farmers Insurance Open at 11-under after crafting a beautiful 65 that included an eagle on No. 18.Now comes the hard part.With a lead going into the weekend, Woods was all but money during the height of his dominance. He had won 30 of 32 times that he held a 36-hole lead. But of the last six times he has held that advantage, he has won just twice. Not good, especially for him.“We have a long way to go,” Woods said. “It’s a pretty tough course.”Woods shot a first-round 4-under 68 on the harder South Course in Round 1. On the easier North Course, Woods was awesome, despite a steady rain. He leads over Graham DeLaet, Josh Teater and Ross Fisher, all who sit at eight under.The timing of Woods’ play was almost on purpose to counter Mediate.“Nothing he did ever surprised me,” Mediate said to USA TODAY. “He’s that good. But he can’t do it anymore because his golf swing is different. It doesn’t produce the shots he used to hit,” Mediate added. “Do I think he’s finished winning majors? No. Does he have as much desire? Yes. But you could ask him to hit any shot blindfolded back in the day and he could. Now he can’t. I know what I’m seeing. I know what I saw before. And it’s not the same.”Maybe not, but he sure looked like the old Woods Friday.He birdied the first two holes then closed out the front 9 by sandwiching birdies around a bogey on No. 8. He parred the first four holes on the back and then made birdie on the par 5 No. 14 and the 174-yard par 3 at No. 17. Finally, he closed the round by getting on the 516-yard par 5 closing hole and making the eagle putt to send him into the weekend looking as strong as he has in some time.
Ohio State redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) hands the ball off to redshirt junior running back Mike Weber (25) in the third quarter of the game against TCU on Sept. 15. Ohio State won 40-28. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorIn head coach Urban Meyer’s first game back on the sideline, Ohio State returns home for a matchup against the Tulane Green Wave.The Buckeyes come in after their 40-28 victory over then-No. 15 TCU, led by two defensive touchdowns and a 344-yard effort by redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins.The Green Wave holds a 1-2 record in 2018 and is coming off a 31-24 loss to UAB. Tulane’s sole victory comes against FCS opponent Nicholls State, who lost 42-17.When redshirt senior offensive tackle Malcolm Pridgeon was asked about Tulane, he compared the Green Wave to a certain team the Buckeyes have already faced.“They’re kind of like Rutgers,” Pridgeon said. “They’re a talented team.”Tulane enters the matchup with an offense ranked No. 71 and a defense ranked No.109 in the nation in yards per game. In the running game, the Green Wave’s offense ranks No. 52 with 199.3 yards per game, while allowing the 25th-most.Senior quarterback Jonathan Banks leads the Tulane offense, completing 48.1 percent of his passes for 651 yards and five touchdowns, with one interception. Banks has also run 33 times, but for only 29 yards and a touchdown.Most of those lost yards are from sacks, with the Green Wave having allowed 12 this season. The four per game is tied for third-worst in the NCAA.Ohio State junior safety Jordan Fuller said he expects Banks to bring a style of offense similar to TCU sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson.“He could do it all,” Fuller said. “He’s definitely a threat with his feet, so, he has a strong arm as well.” Wide receivers Darnell Mooney and Terren Encalade are two major threats for Banks to use. The two have combined for 29 of Banks’ 37 completions, including all five of his touchdowns. Mooney’s 308 yards are good for No. 19 in the nation.In the run game, redshirt junior Corey Dauphine and junior Darius Bradwell offer Tulane two strong options at running back. Bradwell has been used more consistently, with 39 carries for 207 yards and a touchdown. But Dauphine has been dominant in 2018, averaging 12.4 yards per carry on 19 rushes, scoring three touchdowns on his own.Redshirt junior defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones said the focus for Ohio State will remain on slowing down the run.“No matter the team, the focus never changes,” Jones said. “Our goal is to stop the run, eliminate big plays and create takeaways always.”The Green Wave has shined in the secondary, tied for No. 7 in the nation with six interceptions this season.“I feel like they’ve got aggressive defensive backs,” redshirt junior wide receiver K.J. Hill said. “We expect a very aggressive game.”PredictionIf Tulane were to pull off the upset of a lifetime — Ohio State is a 37.5-point favorite according to Bovada — it needs Banks to go to Mooney and Encalade early and often to disrupt the Buckeyes’ weakest spot of the team at this point: the secondary.Dauphine and Bradwell could make a sizable impact and a big run, something Ohio State has struggled with, which could open up the passing game even more.Haskins has proved he can do anything but crack under the pressure up to this point, but Tulane’s secondary could make plays to get him off his game.In a perfect world, the Green Wave has a few opportunities to make a dent. But, Ohio State is far too deep and, even without redshirt junior defensive end Nick Bosa, its defensive front should look to dominate Tulane’s lackluster offensive line.Running backs Mike Weber and J.K. Dobbins, respectively, each could have big days against a defense that has failed to cover the run well, and Haskins’ performance against TCU proved his ability to stay composed under pressure.Tulane offers more weapons and talent than both Oregon State and Rutgers, but Ohio State still dominates the Green Wave on paper, and adding Meyer’s return to the mix, the Buckeyes should easily handle anything Tulane has to offer.Wyatt Crosher: 56-17 Ohio StateColin Gay: 63-14 Ohio StateEdward Sutelan: 63-10 Ohio StateRachel Bules: 55-14 Ohio StateChase Ray: 63-17 Ohio State
Arsenal have reportedly made the first step towards signing Luis Enrique as their next manager as they have already made contact with his agent, following Wenger’s resignation admission.The Gunners have not looked for a new coach since back in 1996, but is seems they will have to do so now after Friday’s groundbreaking announcement. Guillem Balague, a famous pundit and Spanish journalist, has claimed that Luis Enrique, who has been retired since leaving Camp Nou a year ago, would be more than interested in taking over Arsenal.Even though it has not been announced officially yet, representatives of the Spaniard have been talking with the Gunners and they might be into kickstarting a new era for the North London side, according to SportMole.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…This comes after Arsenal’s poor exhibition of the past few seasons, which is the main reason for his upcoming retirement.Juventus current head coach Massimiliano Allegri is also a target for Arsenal, but CEO Ivan Gazidis is not that keen on the option.
Cagliari and Serie A cult hero Andrea Cossu has officially announced that he has ended his playing career, stating that “It went exactly how I dreamed it would.”On Wednesday, the attacking midfielder was given a farewell friendly by Cagliari, however, the Sardinians lost 1-0 to Atletico Madrid.“I’m close to agreeing a collaborative role with the club. More will be known in the coming days,” the 38-year-old said after the game as quoted in Football Italia.“My career? It went exactly how I dreamed it would, going full circle. I’m happy I ended it at Cagliari.Maurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“My most beautiful memory? My goal at Juventus and above all surviving with [Davide] Ballardini in 2008.”Cossu made 270 appearances for the Rossoblu across two spells, netting 12 goals and assisting 58 of them.His peak came during the 2009-10 season, when his performances earned him two Italy caps.