Takeaways: Joe Thornton is a perfect fit for the Sharks’ hole at 3C

first_imgClick HERE if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.SAN JOSE — Apparently, it’s Timo Time all the time in San Jose this season.Timo Meier scored two more goals Saturday, lifting the Sharks (7-4-3) to an overtime victory against the Philadelphia Flyers (6-7-1) by scoring just 13 seconds into the extra session. Meier also found the back of the net at 3:15 of the first, allowing him to break Patrick Marleau’s franchise record of 10 goals in 14 games to open a season (2010, …last_img read more

Photo library: Tourism and leisure 2

first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Tourism & Leisure contact sheet (1.1MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Durban, KwaZulu-Natal province: Beachfront hotels. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Durban, KwaZulu-Natal province: Harbour scene. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Durban, KwaZulu-Natal province: The Royal Yacht Club. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Durban, KwaZulu-Natal province: Harbour scene. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Durban, KwaZulu-Natal province: Couple at the Royal Yacht Club. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Durban, KwaZulu-Natal province: The Royal Yacht Club. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Durban, KwaZulu-Natal province: The Royal Yacht Club. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Durban, KwaZulu-Natal province: Sewa bird, Wilson’s wharf. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Durban, KwaZulu-Natal province: The Durban International Convention Centre Arena. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res imageTOURISM AND LEISURE 2:{loadposition tourism}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about the image library? Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected]last_img read more

Connecting farmers and consumers with country music

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The best compliment I can receive is when someone tells me that they can see that I have a passion for what I do through my work. Nothing could be truer. I wake every morning chomping at the bit to head to a farm for a “Cab Cam” video or call up an agronomist to get an update on crops or meet the young superstars of Ohio agriculture at livestock shows.10 years ago when I was a country music DJ in Columbus, if you would have told me that I would be back doing the type of radio that I started doing when I was 17 as a farm broadcaster, I would have told you that you were crazy. But, here I am and I couldn’t be happier.Do I miss my days on country radio? Not as much as you might think. Sure I love country music and meeting the stars and getting free concert tickets was pretty alright, but I wouldn’t trade all that stuff for what I am doing now. Not for a second.A few years ago at the St. Louis airport, the owner of the Ohio Ag Net and I were talking about my old radio days and my experience of almost 15 years of playing Toby Keith, George Strait, Martina McBride and others. I’m pretty sure that I jumped out of my chair a little bit when I had a thought about a project that would intertwine my two career passions.That is when the idea of Farm & Country Radio came to be. A weekly show that I would put together to highlight country music and the country life. After over a year of good ideas and some bad ones, the first weekly, one hour show debuted in April of 2015. Recently, the 71st episode was sent out to affiliate radio stations from Tennessee, to southern Minnesota and all states in between.The response has been humbling and it has made producing over 70  shows feel like I am still just getting started and hope that I am.Farm & Country Radio is a vessel that I use to do something that is becoming more and more important as farmers continue to reach out to those that enjoy the fruits of farm labor. I have had farmers on from just about every state, including the world record pumpkin growers from New Jersey and a teenager from Alabama who just struck a business deal with his grandpa to raise bison. These “Featured Farmers” share the stories behind their farms, the work that is currently being done and their hopes and dreams for the years to come. It doesn’t get any more real than that.You don’t have to search very far to find farmers that have intriguing stories to tell. Some have raced dragsters to multiple championships, some have donated their entire produce crop to the local school’s food pantry and others have helped veterans returning home start career transitions from the battlefield to the corn field. Those stories are what make farmers a little more like ordinary people. That is when real conversations about farming and food can begin.Find out more about Farm & Country Radio and how you can listen to the show on one of our affiliate radio stations at www.FarmAndCountryRadio.com (and be sure to like us on Facebook too). Thank you for allowing me to be a representative of an industry that I admire so much. I truly enjoy it.last_img read more

Top 10 Culture of Tech Stories of 2010

first_imgRelated Posts Online TyrannyThe level of oppression against users of social media and other online tools reached a stupendous level in 2010. As a look at our weekly feature “This Week in Online Tyranny” shows, men and women were arrested, sentenced, beaten and tortured every single week. The fear and anger those who hate dissent show to anyone who didn’t roll over doubled and redoubled as social media gained more and more users around the globe. Low-lights include the sentencing of Canadian-Iranian blogger Hossein Derakhshan to almost 20 years in prison in Iran; the release, after additional torture, of the longest-serving imprisoned blogger, Kareem Amer; and the passage by the United Nations of a resolution that provides justification for blasphemy-based imprisonment and torture.Having covered the increasing sophistication of online oppression since January of 2005, I would be lying if I claimed to see anything positive developing. Repressive governments around the world have proven much quicker to understand and accept the power of the social web than the world’s media or business leaders have. Want to know where the online world is headed? Watch the internal police services of China, Iran and Egypt. They know. The Ongoing Dialogue Between New Tech and Legacy TechThe outcry when we published a story titled, “Oxford English Dictionary May Never Be Published Again” was profound from a group of techies probably reading the story on their brain implants. It was a microcosm of the back-and-forth between new ways of doing old things and the old ways of doing them. “As for the advantages of a paper version, they are undeniable but ultimately replicable,” said one reader, with another countering “Nothing beats a hardcopy backup.”This dialogue even happens internally here. Richard MacManus, the founder and editor, wrote one post titled “5 Ways That eBooks Are Better Than Paper Books” and had to follow it up the next day with a post titled, “5 Ways That Paper Books Are Better Than eBooks.”And when I canvassed all the “early adopters” I’m surrounded by here for a post called “The Truth About Legacy Technology” I discovered that almost every single one of them regularly used, and loved, both the very latest communications tech and absolute antiques – like pen and paper. A lot of consciousness of web technologies was born to the gospel of “disruption.” That note is so strong it’s become our tonic. But it’s not the whole picture. There is always an impassioned conversation going on between the past and the future…in the present. And the present is where we live. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Computer Warfare on Industrial TargetsOutside of the security field, the idea of a computer virus tailored to a specific country and a specific undertaking was the stuff of paranoid thrillers. This year, the reality of country-to-country viral warfare was brought home with the unleashing of the Stuxnet virus. As the story playedout, a number of eye-widening facts came to light. The virus was made by a highest-level digital team over a prolonged period. It was aimed solely at supervisory control and data acquisition systems, used only on large industrial machinery. Further, it was aimed directly at particular frequency converter drives from specific vendors. Those vendors exist only in Finland and Iran. It was designed, in fact, to change motor speed on, among other things, uranium processing facilities in Iran. The ubiquity of digital communication pathways mean that this is only the most dramatic event in governments targeting each other in this manner, not the last one. WikleaksWikileaks was not a story, but an ongoing continuum of stories. It started with release by the wiki-based whistle-blowing site in April of a video that seemed to show a U.S. helicopter gunship killing a number of Reuters journalists. We picked up the story when Wikileaks released 91,000 documents pertaining to the Afghanistan War. We followed with its release of 400,000 Iraq War documents and the recent release of classified U.S. diplomatic cables.Wikileaks, the site and the group behind it, could not have happened until the social web did. Leaks have happened for decades but the penetration and the mass of documents only became possible recently. Websites, email, wikis, blogs, microblogs and social networks created a network of avenues for leaks to come in and to spread out again. ReadWriteWeb’s 2010 In Review:Top 10 Semantic Web Products of 2010Top 10 RSS and Syndication Technologies of 2010Best BigCo of 2010: FacebookTop Trends of 2010: App StoresMost Promising Company For 2011: SimpleGeoTop Trends of 2010: Internet TVTop 10 Startups of 2010Top Trends of 2010: PrivacyThe stories that the overall Wikileaks story gave birth to included criticism of the group and its founder. Questions arose. Was transparency desirable for its own sake? Is the principal of transparency worth men’s lives and countries’ safety? Did it make our world more safe by requiring governments to face up or less safe by uncovering things that are not necessarily illegal or immoral but secret to maintain lives? It’s a story that is destined to keep on giving. Social Media and Politics in the Developing WorldBetween the controversies surrounding Wikileaks and the perpetual cycle of arrests under repressive regimes, it’s easy to forgot what a tool the social web can be in the hands of people historically under-represented in the global discussion. Two examples this year of the latter are the Kenyan and Nigerian elections. During this year’s Kenyan legislative elections mobile technologies and social media were used to bring a degree of transparency and peace in short supply during the previous elections. Journalists, polling observers and the men and women on the streets used a combination of online sites and mobile phones to follow the vote counts, and keep the participants honest. Kenyan voter Samuel Ochanji waxed rhapsodic when he spoke to ReadWriteWeb. “It’s a revolution from our past shambles where votes were cast in the day and counted (read manipulated) in the night. The electoral system has been completely decentralized (which) minimizes chance for fraud and increases Kenyans’ trust in the electoral process!”In Nigeria, acting president Goodluck Jonathan declared his candidacy for the nation’s highest office on Facebook, the first time such a thing had been done anywhere. Zuzeeko Abeng, a blogger from neighboring Cameroon thought the move was fantastic. “Pundits would term the creation of a Facebook page a ‘tactic’ and an attempt to score political points, but without going into politics, permit me to reiterate that by creating a Facebook page, Goodluck Jonathan has demonstrated skills of good governance, leadership, transparency and accountability.” Better. Stronger. Faster.As much as technology is said to change and as operant as Moore’s law may be, the basic nuts and bolts of computing haven’t seemed radically different to the vast majority of users for who knows how long. If you put a iPad next to an ’84 Macintosh, sure, you can see a difference, but under the hood it’s basically the same. Now, however, work is being done that is leading to, and in some cases has already led to, a whole different kettle of computational fish. First, there’s graphene and water. Some mad scientists created graphene using – my hand to G-d – some Scotch tape and a pencil. Now it’s the strongest, thinnest, most conducive material on earth. Its potential for exponentially speeding up computing centers on using (how am I not making this shit up?) water. Take a wafer of graphene and slap it onto one of silicon and silicon dioxide, then send water into the tiny space between the two; the water backs away from the silicon toward the graphene, de-conducting the water, and breaking the connection. OK. Now, IBM has thrown the giant Frankenstein-switch on its Watson Research Center for a five-year quantum computing project. Using a superconducting material like rhenium or niobium and cooling it to absolute zero they create quickly burnt-out qubits for quantum computing. They use standard electronic manufacturing to create resonators that allow for the entanglement of qubits, creating much more computational force.Finally, they are now making computers out of brains. A Columbia University group is using “cortically coupled computer vision” and an EEG cap to united those things the brain does better than a computer and those thing a computer does better than a human brain. It works. In a generation, the inside of a computer may bear as much resemblance to those we use now as what’s under a car hood does to what’s beneath a horse’s ribcage. Google Investigated, Sued for Privacy OffensesWhen it was revealed that software in Google‘s Street View photo cars gathered not just general information on Wi-Fi locations for Google Maps, but also private information such as photos and emails, all hell broke loose for the company. In quick succession, the company was investigated by Germany, France, Spain, Australia, Canada, Italy, Ireland, the United Kingdom, the United States and South Korea. Attorneys General from over two-thirds of the states in the U.S. even met to arrange concerted action against Google. Oh, and there were private suits too of course. Google eventually agreed to start sharing information on their collection process and software. Although the U.K. found the company innocent of criminal wrong-doing, investigations led to the ability of Germans to opt out of inclusion in the mapping service. And the global tug-of-war over privacy goes on. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Every year ReadWriteWeb selects the top 10 products or developments across a range of categories. The latest installment is the top 10 stories of the culture of technology.These are the stories that answer that question you sometimes hear from tech skeptics or those who mistake advances in computing and communications for Beanie Babies and Segways. The question is “So what?” Here’s what. When Old Communist Apparatchiks Think You’ve Gone Too Far, You’ve Gone Too FarChina is the gold standard for censorship. Pioneering what one specialist called “networked authoritarianism,” the leadership of the country knows it cannot flick a switch and shut down criticism. The Internet, especially China’s, is too big to scientifically restrict, so in a sense terror must be used. It employs a combination of technical filtering, legal restrictions on free speech and social restrictions. Technical: filters and search feeds on “problematic” terms. Legal: rules against criticizing the regime and various vague types of libel. Social: strong-arming and threats against both individuals, such as writers and activists, and groups, such as publications and Internet cafe owners. A sort of social terror keeps the population in line enough for its Internet police to stomp down on real trouble-makers. Well, now “real trouble-makers” include folks like Cheng Jianping. She added a sarcastic RT to a post on her Twitter account, was arrested and is now spending what should be her first year of married life in a forced labor camp. Perhaps it is the Orwellian singularity Chinese censorship is heading toward that has driven a large group of influential, retired old guard communist leaders to put their collective foot down. What does it mean that such an august group publicly upbraids the wise guys of Chinese Internet policy? Maybe nothing. But maybe shame and a sense of betrayal will succeed where words, words, words have not. Tags:#2010 in Review#Features#NYT#Real World#web#Year in Review YouTube Grows UpIt may seem like a rough thing to say, but it may be that a technology like photo-sharing can only be said to really grow when it comes face to face with the ugly realities of life. And no reality of life is uglier than death. And no death uglier than murder. Last month, a drug gang from the Mexican state of Guerrero placed a video on YouTube showing members of a rival gang bound, confessing to the murders of a more than a dozen tourists from the neighboring state of Michoacan, whom they had mistaken for members of yet another gang. If a bunch of inbred criminal thugs know about you, yours is no longer a developing technology. It is a grown-up technology in a grown-up world that is too often every bit as ugly as it is beautiful. And it’s awfully beautiful. The Culture of TechnologyThe culture of technology in 2010 has been an acting out of notion that “argument is the road to knowledge.’ Privacy has struggled with transparency, transparency with liberty, liberty with life and life with death. If the thesis and antithesis in each encounter is fairly clear, the synthesis is not. The closest we may come as the year nears a close is the knowledge that tidy resolutions happen in fiction, not in real life. And technology is a part of real life. The American poet Walt Whitman spoke of the resolute untidiness of life with some hope. curt hopkins A Privacy Intrusion of Mammoth ProportionsWhen India, the second largest country, and the largest democracy, on Earth starts up an allegedly elective, and practically mandatory, public ID program, the fiction of the Internet as liberator sinks right in. India’s record on privacy was not great prior to this announcement. It has demanded, for instance, that Blackberry-maker RIM decrypt its user records for the government or it will be thrown out. They extended this demand to every device-maker that uses encryption. But the project to force every one of its one billion citizens to carry a card or other device linked to a central record, or risk denial of everything from housing loans to water, is one step beyond. Regardless of whether it is a practical undertaking given the state of the country’s sorry digital infrastructure, it is a Brobdingnagian object-lesson in just how little regard a country can have for this fragile fiction of right of privacy. Maybe Zuckerberg was right and privacy is dead. But if so, as India will no doubt show us, anything we might call us dies with it.After the jump, Google Street View, computers made of brains, the Oxford English Dictionary and more. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Do I contradict myself? 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SEA Games 7: Players to watch out for in basketball

first_imgPH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. However, it doesn’t mean that the other countries will just roll over and hand the country the gold as they themselves want to show that true to the critics’ observations, the rest of region has indeed closed in on the Philippines.With the task laid out, INQUIRER listed seven players who we feel the fans should keep tabs on this August.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars1. Kiefer Ravena – G, PhilippinesPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netArguably one of the best amateur players in the Philippines right now, Ravena is gunning for a record-setting fourth gold medal in the biennial meet. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul The Philippines against Indonesia during the 28th SEA Games Men’s Basketball final game held at the OCBC Arena Hall 1, Singapore Sports Hub. INQUIRER PHOTO/RAFFY LERMADespite tougher competition in the region, the Philippines remains the team-to-beat for the gold in the upcoming 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.And deservedly so, as the cadet-laden Gilas Pilipinas is bringing in a young but feisty squad aching to claim the country’s 18th pole finish in the meet.ADVERTISEMENT DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games View comments 7. Christian Standhardinger – F/C, PhilippinesLargely a mystery man a few months back, Standhardinger has undoubtedly shot up the ranks thanks to his solid play with the national team.The Fil-German has provided the national team a viable option in the paint, as evidenced by his performances in the 2017 Jones Cup and the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup.However, one thing going against Standhardinger will be his tiring schedule as he and Carl Bryan Cruz are set to fly to Malaysia for the SEA Games after the tournament in Beirut.It’s a mystery how coach Jong Uichico will utilize the 28-year-old given this exhausting challenge, but it shouldn’t come as a surprise if Standhardinger imposes his will down low and help the Philippines shun the opposition.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img LATEST STORIES Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters MOST READ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Expect more from the Thai-American in this tourney as he will fortify an already dangerous Thailand crew bannered by scorer Chitchai Ananti.3. Tam Dinh – G, VietnamPhoto from Vietnamese Basketball AssocationVietnam is leaving no stones unturned as it parade possibly its strongest squad headed by Tam Dinh for the regional tilt.The Vietnamese-American guard was the leading scorer in the inaugural Vietnamese Basketball Association season last year, where he averaged 19.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and 1.8 steals for the Can Tho Catfish.Dinh’s inclusion, together with the additions of Horace Nguyen and Stefan Nguyen, could only mean positivesfor Vietnam as it aspires to contend in this upcoming SEA Games, this time under coach Todd Purves.4. Sandy Kurniawan, G/F – IndonesiaSandy Febrianysah Kurniawan of Indonesia (R) attempts to block against Kiefer Ravena of the Philippines (L) during the men’s basketball gold medal match at the 28th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Singapore on June 15, 2015. AFP PHOTO / MOHD FYROL / AFP PHOTO / MOHD FYROLKurniawan didn’t shy away from the spotlight when Indonesia competed in the 2017 Seaba Championship, proving that he can hang with the best in the region.The 31-year-old swingman showed that he’s a reliable three-and-D guy for his side, averaging 11.5 points on a 47-percent shooting from threes on top of 3.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.8 steals.Spotlight may be on his heralded teammates like Mario Wuysang, Arki Wisnu, and Biboy Enguio, but don’t sleep on Kurniawan making his impact in Kuala Lumpur.5. Leon Kwek – F, Singapore Though one of the youngest in the crew, the 23-year-old guard is one of the veterans in this level of competition in another go-round in the SEA Games.As the vocal leader for this PH squad, Ravena is expected to play a key role in another attempt for Philippines to stay at the top.2. Tyler Lamb – G/F, ThailandTyler Lamb. Photo from Asean Basketball League websiteThe reigning ABL Heritage MVP takes his act to the SEA Games as he finally makes his debut for the Thai national team.Averaging 18.6 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 2.8 steals this past ABL season with the Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions, Lamb has been a household name in the region thanks to his outstanding play that almost earned him a spot in GlobalPort as the team’s Asian reinforcement last season.ADVERTISEMENT NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Photo from Asean Basketball League websiteOne of the fastest rising stars for his country, the 20-year-old Kwek has proven that he’s a solid commodity for the Singaporean national team.However, the 6-foot-2 forward couldn’t sustain his good showing from his time with the Singapore Slingers in the ABL as he only posted pedestrian numbers in the 2017 Seaba Championship with his 9.3 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.0 steals.One thing going his way, though, has been his efficiency as his presence has been a stabilizing force for a largely disappointing outing.Kwek would love to bounce back from that experience, and he has to, especially with the tough field awaiting for Singapore in the SEA Games.6. Kuek Tian Yuan, F, MalaysiaKuek Tian Yuan. Photo from ASEAN Basketball LeagueHosting the SEA Games also means bringing in the big guns for Malaysia.And with the hosts hell-bent to upend the Philippines from its throne, the Malaysians welcome back majority of their star players from the Westports Malaysia Dragons in the ABL and Kuek Tian Yuan is one of those.The 26-year-old, who has been the team’s top performer when they were welcomed as a guest squad in the PBA D-League last season, returns to national team duty ready to slug it out for national pride.Tasked to hold the paint for Malaysia, Kuek will have his hands full against the bevy of guards aching to challenge his length.And if he passes the test? It’s not far-flung that a podium finish is on the horizon for the hosts. ‘Chess god’ Kasparov returns to compete 12 years laterlast_img read more