Struggling Scorpions lose again

Posted On Jan 19 2020 by

first_img SCOREBOARD The Jamaica Scorpions suffered the ignominy of being soundly beaten in their first three games in the Cricket West Indies Professional Cricket League Regional 4-Day competition after the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force completed the formalities to come away with a 157-run win on yesterday’s final day at Sabina Park in Kingston. Resuming on 108 for 5, and needing a further 217 to win, the Scorpions were not expected to put up much resistance. The lower half of the batting folded meekly, as expected, with the last five wickets falling in less than an hour and a half. The Scorpions could only manage 167. Leg spinner Imran Khan ended with 5 for 59, while Khary Pierre claimed 3 for 29. Assad Fudadin was left unbeaten on 35. Speaking to reporters after the game, Scorpions captain Paul Palmer Jr was critical of his batsmen. “It was a poor performance from our batters,” he said. “Going forward, we just have to find a way to stay at the crease. It can’t be about scoring boundaries only.” Red Force captain Denesh Ramdin was elated with the win. “Winning cricket games is always good,” he said. “When you go out there and are not getting results, you look for these little things to pull together, and we got it right in this game.” The Scorpions depart the island today for St George’s, Grenada, where they play the Windward Islands Volcanoes, starting Thursday. RED FORCE 1st Innings 203 SCORPIONS 1st Innings 112 RED FORCE 2nd Innings (overnight 62 for two) K Hope c Thomas b Miller 20 J Solozano b Miller 13 D Bravo c Palmer b O Thomas 38 K Pierre c wkpr A Thomas b Leveridge 46 J Mohammed b Miller 14 D Ramdin c (sub) Levy b Miller 25 Y Cariah c wkpr A Thomas b Leveridge 10 I Khan c Palmer b Miller 23 O Smith b Miller 25 D St Clair c K Williams b Miller 0 A Phillip not out 6 Extras (b1,lb11, nb1) 13 TOTAL (all out, 92.4 overs) 233 Fall of wickets: 1-19, 2-59, 3-92, 4-114, 5-162, 6-176, 7-179, 8-224, 9-224 Bowling: Thomas 15-4-33-1 (nb1); Leveridge 19-9-27-2; Miller 32.4-6-87-7;K Williams 21-5-59-0; McCarthy 5-1-15-0 SCORPIONS 2nd Innings (target: 325) C Walton st Ramdin b Pierre 26 O Williams c wkpr Ramdin b Pierre 56 A McCarthy c Mohammed b Khan 1 A Fudadin not out 6 *P Palmer lbw b St Clair 8 K Williams b St Clair 0 R Powell not out 2 Extras (b1, lb5, nb3) 9 TOTAL (5 wkts, 37 overs) 108 Fall of wickets: 1-89, 2-90, 3-90, 4-104, 5-104 Bowling: Phillip 3-1-18-0; St Clair 6-1-12-2 (nb2); Smith 3-0-28-0 (nb1); Pierre 9-4-16-2; Khan 13-5-26-1; Mohammed 3-1-2-0 Position: Scorpions need 217 more for victory with five second innings wickets standing Umpires: C Taylor, D Butler Match referee: D Hayles Reserve umpire: C Wrightlast_img read more

We stand in solidarity with all child survivors of sexual offences

Posted On Jan 18 2020 by

first_imgDear Editor,The disappearance of the medical reports and birth certificates of the nine boys allegedly raped by Neezam Ali from the court files warrants an immediate and through investigation, including enquiry as to all who had access to the files and thus the opportunity to remove evidence. No one must be exempt from the investigation.The fact that this sexual offence case has languished in the court system for so many years, in effect denying these nine young child survivors of sexual assault their right to a fair trial within a reasonable time, is a violation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which Guyana has signed and ratified.The Sexual Offences Act paper committals provisions have been under appeal for a number of years since former (now retired) acting Chief Justice Ian Chang twice ruled in favour of the accused in two sexual offence cases and found that the provisions violate the constitutional rights of those charged with sexual offences to confront their accusers.It is well known that rape and other sexual offences leave survivors physically and psychological traumatised, many never fully recovering from the brutality and horror of what has been perpetrated against them. The fact that these nine child survivors now stand to be denied their right to justice is in itself criminal, points to corruption in the court system and exposes Guyana as a country where access to justice and justice itself can apparently be perverted.We will not stand by and allow the rights of Guyanese children to be trampled on by the executive, legislative or Judicial branches of the State. We stand in solidarity with these nine boys and all other child survivors of sexual offences who continue to be denied justice and the right to a life free from violence.We call on the UN agencies in Guyana, and in particular UNICEF and all rights organisations to speak out publicly against the violation of the rights of child victims of sexual violence and to do all in their power to ensure that such rights are effectively protected.Yours faithfully,Danuta Radzik – Help & ShelterKaren de Souza – Red ThreadPatricia Sheerattan-Bisnauth – GRPAAndaiyeVidyaratha Kissoonlast_img read more

Duke probe finds no evidence Nike paid Zion Williamson

Posted On Jan 15 2020 by

first_imgLOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Duke athletic director Kevin White said in April that the school would investigate after lawyer Michael Avenatti accused Nike Inc. of paying Williamson’s mother to persuade him to attend a college affiliated with the Beaverton, Oregon-based shoe company.Avenatti said in a statement Saturday that he “never heard from anyone associated with Duke” about the investigation and repeated his claim that Williamson was paid to attend the school.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4“The documents and the hard evidence do not lie,” he said.Williamson was taken first overall by the New Orleans Pelicans in the NBA draft after earning Associated Press player of the year honors as a freshman at Duke. Residents rescue horses, farm animals left on volcano island MOST READ Teen dead, another hurt in vehicular collision in Santiago City LATEST STORIES Avenatti has pleaded not guilty to charges he tried to extort up to $25 million from Nike by threatening to publicize claims the sportswear company enabled payouts to promising young athletes and their families.Avenatti has released material his attorneys say support his claims the sportswear company was paying amateur athletes.He gained fame by representing porn star Stormy Daniels and sparring on social media with President Donald Trump.ADVERTISEMENT No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Robredo to visit Batangas families displaced by Taal erruption View commentscenter_img ‘Fight for your dreams:’ Bianca Andreescu embraces path to US Open joy Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:40Trending Articles04:52WATCH: 62 miyembro ng JC, masuwerteng nakaranas ng all-expense-paid vacation sa Shanghai, China04:52WATCH: 62 miyembro ng JC Premier, masuwerte nakaranas ng all-expense-paid vacation sa China01:52Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FILE – In this July 10, 2019 file photo, Zion Williamson, of the Duke University Basketball team, arrives at the ESPY Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Duke says an investigation has found no evidence that Williamson received improper benefits. School spokesman Michael Schoenfeld said in a statement Saturday, Sept. 7, that a “thorough and objective” probe led by investigators outside the athletic department found “no evidence to support any allegation” that would have jeopardized Williamson’s eligibility. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)DURHAM, N.C. — Duke University says an investigation has found no evidence that its former basketball star Zion Williamson received improper benefits.School spokesman Michael Schoenfeld said in a statement Saturday that a “thorough and objective” probe led by investigators outside the athletic department found “no evidence to support any allegation” that would have jeopardized Williamson’s eligibility.ADVERTISEMENT Canada yet to decide if it will pay Harry and Meghan security costs LOOK: Kryz Uy, Slater Young expecting first son Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Heart Evangelista, Kim Chiu, more celebs appeal for animal rescue after Taal eruptionlast_img read more

Robot maker’s artificial boy resembles own son

Posted On Jan 3 2020 by

first_imgUntil then, Hanson, 37, makes a living selling and renting pricey, lifelike robotic heads. His company offers models that look like Albert Einstein, a pirate and a rocker, complete with spiky hair and sunglasses. They cost tens of thousands of dollars and can be customized to look like anyone, Hanson said. The company, which has yet to break even, was also buoyed by a $1.5 million grant from the Texas Emerging Technology Fund last October. Gov. Rick Perry created the fund in 2005 to improve research at Texas universities and help startup technology companies get off the ground. Hanson concedes it’s going to be at least 15 years before robot builders can approach anything like what seems to be possible in movies. Zeno the robot remains a prototype. During a recent demonstration, Zeno could barely stand and had to be tethered to a bank of PCs that told it how to smile, frown, act surprised or wrinkle its nose in anger. Hanson thinks robotics should be about artistic expression, a creative medium akin to sculpting or painting. But convincing people that robots should look like people instead of, well, robots, remains a challenge that robot experts call the “uncanny valley” theory. The theory posits that humans have a positive psychological reaction to robots that look somewhat like humans, but that robots made to look very realistic end up seeming grotesque instead of comforting. “Nobody complains that Bernini’s sculptures are too darn real, right? Or that Norman Rockwell’s paintings are too creepy,” Hanson said. “Well, robots can seem real and be loved, too. We’re trying to make a new art medium out of robotics.” So just how did Hanson end up with two Zenos, anyway? It all goes back to when his wife, Amanda, gave birth to their first child and Zeno the robot was already in the works. They rattled off several names to their baby boy, but it wasn’t until they whispered “Zeno” that “this look of peace fell over his face; it was like soothing to his ears,” Hanson recalled. “There was no way we could give him any other name. He chose Zeno as his name.” The similarities go beyond the name. Though Zeno the robot was built to resemble the animated Japanese TV show character Astro Boy, his plastic hair and saucer-shape eyes bear a striking resemblance to the curly locks and wide-eyed smile of the real Zeno. “So by coincidence they’re both Zeno, and in other ways this robot has become more of a portrait sculpturally of the son, although it’s almost coincidence,” said Hanson, whose previous jobs include working as a character sculptor for The Walt Disney Co. Hanson says one of the robot Zeno’s biggest advancements is that its brains aren’t inside it. Instead, Zeno synchs wirelessly to a PC running a variant of Massive Software – the same Academy Award-winning code that enabled the fantastical battles among humans, orcs and elves in the “Lord of the Rings” movies. Hanson has been recognized for his work, garnering accolades from the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence in 2005 and a “best design” award at the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Triennial last year. But Hanson is most proud of the real Zeno, a rambunctious toddler who frolics with free rein among priceless electronics. “If the robots become popular, I suppose it will pose an identity crisis for my son. But I think that the amount of love that he receives will make him feel like an individual no matter what.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! RICHARDSON, Texas – David Hanson has two little Zenos to care for these days. There’s his 18-month-old son, Zeno, who prattles and smiles as he bounds through his father’s cramped office. Then there’s the robotic Zeno. It can’t speak or walk yet, but it has blinking eyes that can track people and a face that captivates with a range of expressions. At 17 inches tall and 6 pounds, the artificial Zeno is the culmination of five years of work by Hanson and a small group of engineers, designers and programmers at his company, Hanson Robotics. They think there’s an emerging business in the design and sale of lifelike robotic companions, or social robots. And they’ll be showing off the robot boy to students in grades three through 12 at the Wired NextFest technology conference Thursday in Los Angeles. Unlike clearly artificial robotic toys, Hanson says he envisions Zeno as an interactive learning companion, a synthetic pal who can engage in conversation and convey human emotion through a face made of a skin-like, patented material Hanson calls frubber. “It’s a representation of robotics as a character animation medium, one that is intelligent,” he beams. “It sees you and recognizes your face. It learns your name and can build a relationship with you.” It’s no coincidence if the whole concept sounds like a science-fiction movie. Hanson said he was inspired by, and is aiming for, the same sort of realism found in the book “Supertoys Last All Summer Long,” by Brian Aldiss. Aldiss’ story of troubled robot boy David and his quest for the love of his flesh-and-blood parents was the source material for Steven Spielberg’s film “Artificial Intelligence: AI.” He plans to make little Zenos available to consumers within the next three years for $200 to $300. last_img read more

Everton agree compensation with Watford for Marco Silva

Posted On Dec 25 2019 by

first_img 2 Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Upon Watford’s subsequent complaint to the Premier League, the club said: “The club is convinced the appointment of Silva was the right one and had it not been for the unwarranted approach by a Premier League rival for his services we would have continued to prosper under his leadership.” huge blow RANKED LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS This inquiry will no longer be necessary, though, as both clubs have now reached a settlement.Silva was sacked by Watford in January 2018 after a string of poor results.He then replaced Ronald Koeman at Everton the following May. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 2 Watford made an official complaint accusing the Toffees of “tapping up” Silva in 2017.An independent inquiry was set up and settlement attempts through mediation had failed.The league had planned for a three-man commission to consider the findings. Marco Silva is currently the manager at Everton Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions BEST OF Marco Silva was sacked by Watford in January 2018 ADVICE REVEALED MONEY REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury no dice Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Everton have agreed to pay compensation to Watford for manager Marco Silva after allegations of an “unwarranted approach” were made.The clubs have avoided a Premier League inquiry into the matter and reports suggest the compensation is in the region of £4million.last_img read more

Boyata to miss Celtic’s Europa League match against Zenit

Posted On Dec 24 2019 by

first_imgAsked if he’d be available for selection on February 15, Parkhead boss Brendan Rodgers said: “I don’t think he will be, the medical team are saying it will probably be around a couple of weeks. “We are just assessing that day by day, it’s an unfortunate situation we are in but we get on with it.”“Kris Ajer should be okay, he took a nasty knock to his Achilles similar to Nir Bitton on the surface the last time we played there (at Kilmarnock), but he should be okay for the weekend.Towering centre-half Jozo Simunovic also returns for Thistle’s visit to Glasgow’s east end, having missed the Kilmarnock fixture as a precaution due to the artificial grass surface in Ayrshire. Injured defender Dedryck Boyata is set to miss Celtic’s Europa League first leg tie against Zenit St-Petersburg.The Belgian centre-half joined the Scottish champions’ growing list of injury casualties when he was forced to leave the field against Kilmarnock on Saturday.Kristoffer Ajer also limped off during the Rugby Park defeat, but is expected to return for this weekend’s Scottish Cup match with Partick Thistle having recovered quickly from a knock to the Achilles.Boyata, however, faces a longer period on the sidelines after picking up a groin injury. Rodgers added: “Jozo Simunovic will be back in as we are playing on grass.“One or two of the guys have started to return to training. “The likes of Tom Rogic and Patrick Roberts have rejoined training, but they are a wee bit of time off from games.“It’s been one of them seasons, we’ve had a lot of injuries, a lot of bad luck really. But whatever squad we put out we always look to win the game.”last_img read more

Scott County Inmate Roster – 4-2-18

Posted On Dec 22 2019 by

first_imgView Profile >>> Booking Date:03-31-2018 – 6:54 pm Charges:SERVING TIME ~ SERVING TIME MILLER, FRANCESCA Charges:IC 35-44.1-3-1(A)MA ~ RESISTING LAW ENFORCEMENTIC 35-43-2-2(B)MA ~ CRIMINAL TRESPASSIC 16-42-19-18(FL6) ~ UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF SYRINGEIC 35-48-4-8.3(A)MA ~ POSSESSION OF PARAPHERNALIAIC 16-42-19-13(FL6) ~ UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OR USE OF A LEGEND DRUG OR PRECURSORIC 35-48-4-7(A)MA ~ POSSESSION SCHEDULE I, II, III, OR IV CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE CAUDILL, LARRY Booking Date:03-31-2018 – 7:08 pm Charges:IC 35-42-2-1.3(a)MA ~ DOMESTIC BATTERY View Profile >>> Booking Date:03-31-2018 – 5:22 pm Charges:IC 9-30-5-1-(B)MA ~ OPERATING VEHICLE WITH AN ACE OF 0.15 OR MOREIC 9-21-8-52 ~ RECKLESS DRIVINGIC 9-30-5-2(A)MA ~ OPERATING A VEHICLE WHILE INTOXICATED ENDANGERING A PERSON Inmates released from the Detention Center within the last 24 hours. HELTON, DUSTIN Booking #:SCJAIL:2018-000344 Inmates booked into the Detention Center within the last 24 hours. Charges:IC 9-24-18-1 ~ OPERATOR NEVER LICENSED Release Date:04-01-2018 – 11:24 am View Profile >>> View Profile >>> Charges:IC 35-43-2-2(B)MA ~ CRIMINAL TRESPASS Charges:IC 9-24-18-1 ~ OPERATOR NEVER LICENSED SMITH, REBECCA View Profile >>> Booking Date:03-31-2018 – 1:58 pm Booking #:SCJAIL:2018-000343 Booking Date:04-01-2018 – 7:18 am Booking #:SCJAIL:2018-000347 View Profile >>> ROSE, BRANDYN Charges:IC 35-43-4-2.3(B)MA ~ DEALING IN ALTERED PROPERTYIC 35-43-4-2(A)(1)(A)FL6 ~ THEFT – GREATER THAN $750 LT $50,000 View Profile >>> ROBBINS, LISA Booking Date:03-31-2018 – 12:03 pm Booking #:SCJAIL:2018-000345 View Profile >>>center_img Release Date:04-01-2018 – 7:39 pm KRIETE, MEGAN Charges:IC 35-43-4-2.5(B)FL6 ~ AUTO THEFT HELTON, DUSTIN Booking #:SCJAIL:2018-000277 Booking Date:04-01-2018 – 10:55 am Booking #:SCJAIL:2018-000346 Booking Date:03-31-2018 – 2:31 am Bond:2018-04-26 09:00:00 LEHMAN, MATTHEW ABBOTT, JOHN Booking #:SCJAIL:2018-000349 View Profile >>> EVERETT, STANLEY Charges:IC 35-44.1-3-1(A)MA ~ RESISTING LAW ENFORCEMENTIC 35-43-2-2(B)MA ~ CRIMINAL TRESPASSIC 35-48-4-8.3(A)MA ~ POSSESSION OF PARAPHERNALIAIC 16-42-19-18(FL6) ~ UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF SYRINGEIC 35-48-4-7(A)MA ~ POSSESSION SCHEDULE I, II, III, OR IV CONTROLLED SUBSTANCEIC 16-42-19-13(FL6) ~ UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OR USE OF A LEGEND DRUG OR PRECURSOR Release Date:03-31-2018 – 3:09 pm Booking Date:03-16-2018 – 11:25 am Charges:IC 35-48-4-11(A)MB ~ POSSESSION MARIJUANA/HASH OIL/HASHISH OR SALVIAIC 35-48-4-8.3(A)MA ~ POSSESSION OF PARAPHERNALIA View Profile >>> Booking #:SCJAIL:2018-000350 Booking #:SCJAIL:2018-000348 Booking #:SCJAIL:2018-000351 Booking Date:03-31-2018 – 2:35 pm Booking Date:03-31-2018 – 12:03 pm Charges:IC 35-42-2-1.3(a)MA ~ DOMESTIC BATTERYIC 35-42-3-3(A)FL6 ~ CRIMINAL CONFINEMENT View Profile >>> COMBS, HARLAN Booking #:SCJAIL:2018-000317 Booking Date:03-24-2018 – 8:46 pm Release Date:03-31-2018 – 7:09 am Booking #:SCJAIL:2018-000344 Inmates released from the Detention Center within the last 24 hours. View Profile >>>last_img read more

Four Donegal players named in Irish training squad

Posted On Dec 22 2019 by

first_imgTyler Toland. Picture by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile.Four Donegal girls have once again been named in the Republic of Ireland senior women’s squad for a training camp in Cork.Midfielders Amy Boyle Carr, Tyler Toland and Roma McLaughlin, and forward Amber Barrett are all included in the 24-player squad, named today by head coach Colin Bell.The nine-day camp at Fota Island Resort begins on Monday as Ireland prepare for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Slovakia and Netherlands in early April.There will also be an open training session at Turner’s Cross on Saturday, March 3 at 13:30, as part of a WNT Family Fun Day. There will be a number of activities, such as face-painting and children can sign a special ‘Good Luck’ message board for the team, while players will pose for photos and sign autographs.Regarding Bell’s squad, defender Claire Walsh, midfielder Karen Duggan and forward Aine O’Gorman have recovered from injuries to be included, while Megan Connolly returns after spending time focusing on her studies at Florida State University.Bell said: “We’re really looking forward to the Fota Island camp as it’ll be a great opportunity to get some crucial work done ahead of April’s qualifiers.“Unfortunately, Harriet Scott suffered a collarbone fracture during a recent game with Reading, which is a major blow to us and we wish her the best in her recovery. We welcome Aine O’Gorman, Claire Walsh and Karen Duggan back from injury and I’m delighted to have Megan Connolly available for selection again.“We’ve got ourselves in a great position in the group but we need to continue to build on that good start to the campaign by continuing to improve in everything we do. It will be an intensive training camp, purely focused on preparing to face Slovakia and the Netherlands in Tallaght Stadium in April.“We’re also looking forward to our open training session at Turner’s Cross. It’s really important for the players to meet our supporters and continue to drive the interest in Women’s football in Ireland. We’ve got lots of supporters in Cork and it will be great to meet them at our open training session.”Republic of Ireland Women’s National Team squadGoalkeepers: Marie Hourihan (Manchester City Women), Amanda Budden (Cork City WFC), Amanda McQuillan (Shelbourne Ladies)Defenders: Claire Walsh (Peamount United), Sophie Perry (Brighton & Hove Albion), Diane Caldwell (SC Sand), Louise Quinn (Arsenal), Niamh Fahey (Bordeaux), Eabha O’Mahony (Lakewood)Midfielders: Karen Duggan (Peamount United), Tyler Toland (Maiden City), Denise O’Sullivan (NC Courage), Megan Connolly (Florida State University), Roma McLaughlin (Shelbourne Ladies), Amy Boyle Carr (Sion Swifts)Attackers: Katie McCabe (Arsenal), Leanne Kiernan, Isibeal Atkinson (Shelbourne Ladies), Claire O’Riordan (Wexford Youths), Heather Payne, Amber Barrett, Aine O’Gorman (Peamount United), Zara Foley (Lakewood), Ruesha Littlejohn (Celtic)last_img read more

Census 2011 mega-data capture begins

Posted On Dec 18 2019 by

first_img14 December 2011Approximately 135 000 boxes of questionnaires, 225-million individual pages, and 775 000 man-hours … Planning Minister Trevor Manuel says he is confident in the strict oversight and data capturing processes involved in the delivery of Census 2011.Speaking at a tour of Statistics South Africa’s (Stats SA) data processing centre in Pretoria on Monday, Manuel expressed confidence in the oversight exercised by the statistical body.He said it was fundamentally important for South Africa to know how many citizens it had, as well as their access to services such as water and energy.South Africa embarked on its third national census since the advent of democracy on 10 October to 31 October, followed by mop-up operations that begun in November.Rigorous processThe questionnaires are currently being delivered to the centre for processing into data.The sealed questionnaires are transported by trucks to the centre, where they are received and scanned to co-ordinate with data stored on computer before going into temporary store. Following this, the questionnaires (which come to the centre in boxes) are scanned by a zip-zip scan. Each questionnaire has its own unique bar-code.During the data capturing phase of Census 2011, approximately 225-million pages will be handled and scanned over the six-month period which begins this month. During this process, the pages of the questionnaires are separated so that they can be scanned.Census project director Calvin Molongoana said 880 temporary staff had been appointed for the job, with 220 people working per shift at the 24-hour centre.775 000 man-hoursNearly 775 000 man-hours will go into ensuring that accurate data is made available.Molongoana added that the Pretoria premises were access controlled, with staff not being allowed to enter the room where the boxes of questionnaires are kept with anything flammable on them. Data at the centre is backed up daily.“I’m pretty satisfied with the processes,” said Manuel, adding that there were risks associated with the transporting of boxes. The minister said trucks transporting the questionnaires were monitored and that their whereabouts were known at any given moment.135 000 boxes“The centre is expecting a total of 135 000 boxes to come for processing. The centre has the capacity to scan an A4 box of paper per minute. The process is complex, there is no room for error,” said Manuel, adding that results of Census 2011 were expected to be released in November 2012.“We are ready to convert information into electronic information,” said Stats SA’s deputy director-general for population and social statistics, Kefiloe Masiteng.“We are ready to ensure that all the data collected gets to be processed that will be able to inform the total number of people in the country and even their living circumstances.”The census (from the beginning until the release of the results) has a R3.2-billion budget.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Microsoft Beats Google on Facebook Deal; Valuation $15 Billion

Posted On Dec 17 2019 by

first_imgRelated Posts “Microsoft Corp. agreed to invest $240 million for a minority stake in Facebook Inc. that values the social-networking site at $15 billion. As part of the deal, the two companies expanded their advertising agreement.”The amount invested is lower than expectations, which were around $500M. Microsoft’s new deal with Facebook is all about bolstering their existing advertising arrangement – Microsoft will now sell Facebook’s international display ads, in addition to the banner ads it already sells on the US site. However this deal leaves room for Facebook to run its own advertising network, which we have been discussing on Read/WriteWeb. Facebook’s ad system will likely use social profiling to target ads, given the wealth of such data that Facebook has.UPDATE: Hitwise just sent this data, which shows Facebook’s growth in the US market over the past was the ninth most visited website (as ranked by Hitwise) in the U.S. receiving .96% of all Internet visits for the week ending 10/20/07.U.S. traffic to has increased 102% YOY comparing the week ending 10/20/07 versus 10/21/06.Among a custom category of leading social networking websites, received 15% of U.S. visits for the week ending 10/20/07. That was second most among social networking websites behind, who received 76%. Windows Live Spaces received .40% for the same received ‘9.90%’ of its U.S. traffic from Search Engines for the week ending 10/20/2007. Of that traffic, MSN Search and Live Search combined for .46% to last week. Google sent 6.82% percent of U.S. traffic while Yahoo! Search send 1.34% of traffic for the week ending 10/20/07.U.S visits for among users ages 35 and over have increased 19% comparing the week ending 10/20/07 versus 10/21/06. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#news#web We wrote earlier this morning that Google and Microsoft were competing for a stake in Facebook, the super-hot social networking platform. Earlier, the NY Post was reporting that Google was the frontrunner. But a WSJ report has now confirmed that Microsoft won out: richard macmanus Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more