Enjoying the journey

first_imgStratford basketball has high expectationsBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterSTRATFORD – After a run all the way to the sectional finals a season ago, and the bulk of its team returning, the Stratford boys basketball team has high expectations for the 2017-18 campaign.The Tigers couldn’t wait to hit the floor for their season opener on Nov. 21 and it showed. Stratford jumped out to a 22-1 lead and crushed Colby 89-20.The dominance Stratford showed was on both ends of the floor as it hustled relentlessly on the defensive end, forcing 32 turnovers and shooting 54 percent from the field.The Tigers poured in 55 points in the first half, using every player on their roster. Stratford ended up with 13 different players tallying at least one basket.“The defense, I was very, very pleased with,” Stratford coach Curt Schmidt said. “We played man-to-man the whole game. Our help, our movement, it was good. I was very excited about that.”Stratford is just three players from its rotation last season.All-Marawood Conference South Division honorable mention selection Vaughn Breit, a 6-foot-4 sophomore forward, is back after averaging 11.2 points and 6.3 rebounds per game in conference play, and scoring 24 points in a regional final win over Auburndale.Also returning is senior point guard Brenden Fecker, who followed up a 20-point game against Auburndale with 32 in a sectional semifinal victory over Neillsville.Junior Paul Huther, another 6-foot-4 forward; senior guard Trent Heckel; and junior guards, Lance Heidmann and Okley Wrensch are also back after seeing significant minutes last year for the Tigers.“We played a lot this summer and had 10-12 kids show up every single night,” Schmidt said. “It means something.“The kids are excited and we’re excited. We just want to enjoy the journey and don’t want to get stuck on the what-ifs and all that, we want to take it one game at a time. We want to enjoy every moment because the kids have worked hard just to start the season.”While Stratford does have four seniors on the roster, it will still have to rely on a number of underclassmen to maintain the success it saw last year when it finished 18-9 after the long playoff push.last_img read more

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South Africa to push for SKA decision

first_img17 May 2012 South Africa will be pushing for a decision on the site of the €1.5-billion Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope at the next meeting of the international SKA organisation members on 25 May, says Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor. “The bidding countries submitted all the required technical information and we are impatiently awaiting the outcome of what we hope will be a final site consideration meeting on 25 May,” Pandor said during her department’s budget vote in Parliament in Cape Town on Tuesday. South Africa, allied with eight other African countries, is competing against Australia (allied with New Zealand) to host the SKA, an instrument 50-100 times more sensitive and 10 000 times faster than any radio imaging telescope yet built. A decision on the site was delayed in April to allow a scientific working group to explore ways of maximising investments already made by rival bidders South Africa and Australia-New Zealand – raising the possibility that the hosting of the world’s biggest radio telescope could be shared. Pandor was disappointment at the delay, saying at the time that she hoped the SKA organisation “will make a decision in the first half of 2012 and that the decision will reflect the best scientific outcome. “We believe we have an excellent site at which exciting science will be done,” Pandor said. “We in Africa are ready to host the SKA.” On Tuesday, Pandor told Parliament that her department had allocated R500-million to South Africa’s SKA initiative in the 2012/13 financial year.South Africa targets new satellites She said her department would also be working with the South African National Space Agency (Sansa) to develop an implementation blueprint for its next satellite. South Africa is planning to build its third satellite, to form part of a new African satellite constellation, as part of a government drive to grow the country’s share of the global market for small- to medium-sized space systems. “Our intention is to expand our investment in ‘micro’ satellites, building on the existing SumbandilaSat platform,” Pandor told delegates at the 62nd annual congress of the International Astronautical Federation in Cape Town in October. South Africa’s second satellite, the two-year-old SumbandilaSat, has been out of commission since a blast of solar radiation damaged its on-board computer in July 2011. Sansa chief executive Sandile Malinga announced in September that South Africa hoped to start building a new, fully operational satellite – not just a prototype or “pathfinder” satellite such as SumbandilaSat – as early as 2012, for possible launch by 2014/15. The new satellite would cost in the region of R400-million – compared to the R26-million spent on SumbandilaSat – and would also be used for earth observation, in line with the country’s space strategy, which seeks to apply satellite data to help to improve livelihoods, reduce poverty and manage natural disasters in the country and the region. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Reconciliation Day: Time to join hands in the spirit of Ubuntu

first_imgJeff Radebe, Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and EvaluationReconciling and uniting people who lived as adversaries for many years was always going to be a painful and difficult task. Reconciliation affects every aspect of our life as a country. It is not a once-off event, but a process. It demands that we work together and look beyond our differences. This is the legacy our founding father and former president Nelson Mandela left us with.On 16 December this year we observed National Reconciliation Day without Madiba for the second time, but his legacy of a united and prosperous country lives on in each and every one of us. Tata was laid to rest on 15 December 2013 and we honoured his memory a day later with the unveiling of a nine-metre statue at the Union Buildings. He, along with other leaders, made enormous sacrifices for our country. Some paid with their lives so that we may be free and celebrate this day.Together they achieved the impossible by convincing those who did not see eye to eye prior to 1994 to find each other and work towards building a country based on the values of our Constitution. Our Constitution lays the foundation for an open society based on democratic values, social justice and fundamental human rights and is regarded around the world as very progressive.December 16 is used to foster reconciliation and national unity in the true spirit of our late icon as he had envisaged at the start of our democracy. It also serves as a reminder of how far we have come in uniting the country and of the challenges that still lie ahead. This year’s commemoration under the theme: “Social Cohesion, Reconciliation and National Unity in the 20 years of Democracy” coincides with South Africa celebrating 20 Years of Freedom.As a nation, we have come a long way in healing the wounds of the past and in building an inclusive society. The government has over the last 20 years provided leadership in creating an enabling environment for achieving this. It successfully laid the foundation for the removal of obstacles that divided our people on the basis of race, culture, religion or language.As part of our reconciliation we began to ensure the equal spread of national resources. The government started to provide basic services such as water, sanitation, electricity, houses, health and education for those who were deprived prior to 1994.Reconciliation also required government to tackle the triple challenge of unemployment, poverty and inequality. We have taken decisive steps to promote the economic growth through the implementation of the National Development Plan, the National Infrastructure Plan, the New Growth Path and the Industrial Policy Action Plan.But the task of reconciling a nation is not merely the duty of government alone but a societal responsibility. Through our collective effort and perseverance that we can achieve the social harmony former President Nelson Mandela spoke about and are able to advance national reconciliation. As citizens we need to reach out to each other and break down the barriers that still define us 20 years into our democracy.We need to ask ourselves whether we have done enough to confront and overcome the stereotypes and myths that were entrenched over years under colonisation and apartheid. We remain concerned over the racism-related incidents across the country. They are unacceptable and go against our goal of building a society based on the ethos of Ubuntu where everyone feels valued, respected and safe.Reconciliation requires of us to confront our past and educate fellow South Africans of the past wrongs committed against black people. A major step towards reconciliation is to acknowledge that apartheid was a crime against humanity.Addressing the National Council of Provinces in 1998, former President Nelson Mandela said: “What has been revealed in the TRC shows not only what human beings can do to other human beings, but has actually confirmed the condemnation by the international community that apartheid was a crime against humanity. To kill people without bringing them before a court of law; to bury them secretly, this is an illustration of how apartheid is an evil against humanity.”It is disheartening that the 2014 South African Reconciliation Barometer published by the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, shows that 25% of South Africans believe apartheid was not a crime against humanity. We should take this survey as a call to action to do more in educating and raising awareness about the injustices and violence that were perpetrated by the apartheid regime against the majority of people. The youth, in particular, should know our history to avoid repeating the same mistakes in the future.last_img read more

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Qatar Airways celebrates 10 years serving Australia

first_imgPhoto: Qatar Qatar Airways is celebrating 10 years serving Australia this month with some amazing fare deals to Europe’s top destinations.Bookings are open from December 3 until December 31, 2019, and return fares (Economy Class) include Sydney to Rome from $1,189*, Melbourne to Athens from $1,279*, Adelaide to Paris from $1,219* and Perth to Dublin from $1,129*.And it’s amazing to look back at where the airline has come from in such a short time.But going further back in time Qatar Airways took a very conservative approach to its growth starting with one Airbus A310 and one Boeing 767 and 75 staff on November 22, 1993.Operations began on January 20, 1994, and the first services were to Amman in Jordan in May of that year.By April 1995 the network included destinations such as Abu Dhabi, Bangkok, Cairo, Dubai, Khartoum, Kuwait, Madras, Manila, Muscat, Sharjah, Taipei, Tokyo, and Trivandrum.To start with the airline used leased aircraft for its considered expansion but in 1998 it placed a firm order with Airbus for six Airbus A320s.However, with the basis of a solid airline proven, in 2001 Qatar Airways became Airbus’s ninth customer for the A380 with an order for two and two options.But that was just a taste of what was to come.At the 2003 Paris Air Show, Qatar Airways placed an order with Airbus valued at US$5.1 billion for 18 aircraft and in the same year it became the first airline to be audited under the new IATA operational safety audit (IOSA) program.In 2007 the airline stamped itself as major global player with an order for 80 Airbus A350 XWBs and 65 Boeing 787s and 27 777s and these are the fleets that have been the bedrock of the airline’s expansion over the past 10 years.With the best from Airbus and Boeing, the airline turned to its in-flight product and again excellence is not negotiable.Qatar Airways has won countless prestigious Skytrax awards for its service and overall product with four Airline of The Year awards and World’s Best Business Class six times.The flagship Qsuite business class, which won the highly-prized Airlineratings.com Best Business Class for 2019 and 2020, is a standout product that sets the airline apart from all others.Qsuite is spacious, private, well-designed and is packed with features designed to make travel more productive and comfortable.The suite is dominated by a giant, 21.5-inch high definition touch screen that is both crisp and responsive.It is complemented by a pair of decent noise-canceling headphones, and the latest version of Qatar Airways’ Oryx system has some 4000 options, including a good selection of movies.Qsuite is being progressively introduced on the airline’s A350s and 777s and a slightly modified version is to be installed in the airline’s A380s and 787s.The airline also excels in catering with premium classes getting restaurant standard delivery and this also sets a higher bar for the service and food in economy.Qatar Airways is totally committed to the Australian market with its flagship A380 aircraft on 3 of its 6 Australia and New Zealand destinations.It was the first airline to introduce the A350 into Australia with services to AdelaideTo celebrate its 10 years of service in Australia, Qatar Airways has launched a commemorative inflight menu on all Australian routes to Doha from December to January.The menu celebrates Australia’s rich produce and all ingredients are sourced locally.Ingredients includeYellowfin Tuna from Coral Bay, West AustralianKing Prawns from QueenslandLamb from Gippsland, VictoriaBlue Eye-Cod from Portland, Victoria.As well as flavorsome fresh berries for a classic Australian Pavlova.Shiraz wines from McLaren Vale, South Australia.Qatar Airways first flight to Australia was to Melbourne on December 6, 2009. Perth was added in July 2010, Sydney in March 2016, Adelaide in May 2016, and finally Canberra in February 2018.Since launching, Qatar Airways has carried over 5.2 million passengers from Australia to Doha and beyond.The airline has also launched the flagship Qsuite on Australian routes this year, and this was also voted World’s Best Business Class by Skytrax, as well as Airlineraings.com.Qatar AirwaysQatar Airways’ current operations are:Melbourne: 7 flights per week – Currently operate A380Perth: 7 flights per week – Currently operate A380Sydney: 14 flights per week – Currently operate A380 & A350-1000Adelaide: 7 flights per week – Currently operate A350-900Canberra via Sydney: 7 flights per week – Currently operate A350-1000Since operations started the airline has carried over 5 million passengers into and out of Australia.And Australian’s most popular destination is London (Heathrow), followed by Athens.*Terms and Conditions apply.last_img read more

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Alderman’s Shoplifting Charges Upgraded to Felony

first_imgIllinois Alderman Lynne M. Johnson has now been charged with felony burglary for allegedly stealing $55.21 worth of merchandise from a Meijer store according to a statement from the DuPage County state’s attorney’s office. She had initially been charged with misdemeanor retail theft.You may remember the story. On January 31st a loss prevention associate at Meijer allegedly witnessed Johnson hiding in her purse $55.21 worth of markers, pencils, holiday party favors, and two bottles of ibuprofen. Johnson paid for other items she had in her shopping cart with a credit card but according to the LP associate, she never opened her purse and left the store without paying for the items inside. The associate stopped Johnson outside the store, escorted her to the office without incident, and then notified Aurora, Illinois, police.She was arrested with her brother outside the same Meijer store in August 2013. For that arrest, Johnson pled guilty to failing to pay for $86.60 worth of grocery items and to having $63.64 worth of health and beauty items concealed in her purse. According to court records she was granted supervision in that case.- Sponsor – “It is troubling any time an elected official is accused of wrongdoing,” DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said in the statement, adding that the retail shoplifting charges were upgraded “following a thorough review of the facts and circumstances surrounding the allegations”.Johnson was elected in April 2013, and her term is up in 2017. Her bail after her arrest was originally set at $1,500, and she was released later that evening, records show. Johnson is scheduled to appear in court March 7 at the DuPage County Judicial Center in Wheaton, Illinois.A judge issued the upgraded $50,000 arrest warrant Friday, prosecutors said. Johnson turned herself in Monday and was released after posting the necessary 10 percent of the warrant. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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NY Times Paywall Off to A Great Start

first_imgdavid strom Tags:#Analysis#enterprise#news Related Posts IT + Project Management: A Love Affair 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowcenter_img Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Since earlier this year, if you want to read more than 20 articles a month on nytimes.com, you have to either pay for a print subscription, pay for a digital subscription, or figure out another way to gain access. The early results are in, and the Grey Lady is doing well with its paywall, which costs at least $200 a year to. According to the Columbia Journalism Review’s Ryan Chittum, they have created 224,000 regular subscribers, another 57,000 iPad readers, and more have been added via a promotion from Lincoln cars (where the company purchased ads in exchange for free digital subs) as well as its 750,000 print subscribers. There is some hope for the newspaper after all. “It proves that, contra the naysayers, readers will pay good money for quality news. The anti-paywall folks said paywalls would kill traffic and slash digital ad revenues. The NYT is showing that idea was wrong,” says Chittum. Digital ad revenue grew by 16% in the first three months that the paywall was up. While this figure includes both the Times and the Boston Globe, and some probably includes the Lincoln promo, most of that revenue increase is from the Times. Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

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Hip Trips With Cheldin: Dining Alfresco In Philly

first_img Parc 227 S. 18th Street With Parc, famed restaurateur Stephen Starr brings a certain je ne sais quoi to Rittenhouse Square. Parc offers an authentic French bistro experience, fully equipped with a chic Parisian ambiance and gorgeous sidewalk seating overlooking the Square. Manayunk Brewery and Restaurant(G. Widman for GPTMC) Silk City 435 Spring Garden Street Part diner, part bar and part dance club, Silk City is a favorite spot for a lot of our Creative Ambassadors in Northern Liberties. Warmdaddy’s 1400 S. Columbus Boulevard There’s nothing like getting some good ol’ southern soul food at one of Philly’s best spots for live R&B and soul music. And, you can enjoy the Southern cookin’ at their outside seating. (They also have rooftop dining!) Insider tip: Make sure you try their Rum Punch. There’s nothing like summer in Philly–especially when you’re sitting outside, people watching, sipping on cocktails and having some delicious bites. Philly is packed with outdoor dining spots—actually, the city has over 200 alfresco dining restaurants! So, I wanted to break down the list with a few top picks. Manayunk Brewery and Restaurant            4120 Main Street Philadelphia, PA 19127 Sit along the river and sip a signature cocktail at the Brew Pub (locals’ nickname for the restaurant) which offers everything from full entrées to sushi!  The Brew Pub also offers live music, and with such a large venue it easily turns into a pretty happening night spot for dancing after dark. Jamaican Jerk Hut 1436 South Street You will fall in love with the authentic Caribbean food and atmosphere here. Insider tip: Jamaican Jerk Hut is B.Y.O.B. Try the Hut’s homemade juice drinks as mixers for a rum cocktails. Mercato 1216 Spruce Street Located in what used to be a neighborhood corner market, Mercato expands on its namesake theme by emphasizing fresh, local ingredients in its contemporary Italian menu. Fork 306 Market Street The restaurant’s hip, stylish and sophisticated interior complements the contemporary menu and makes it a great spot for a business lunch, dinner with friends or a romantic dessert with cocktails. Lolita 106 S. 13th Street Lolita serves contemporary Mexican fare.  And, it’s also a B.Y.O.T. ( Bring Your Own Tequilla) hot spot in Midtown Village.center_img The Continental Midtown 1801 Chestnut Street A re-creation of the highly-successful original Continental in Old City, this restaurant features cutting-edge chic martini bar off of Rittenhouse Square and a rooftop deck that sizzles in the summer. Positano Coast 212 Walnut Street Surrounded by a serene backdrop reminiscent of the Amalfi Coast, Positano Coast in Old City offers small-plate servings of modern Italian cuisine. The Piazza at Schmidt’s 2nd Street & Germantown Avenue A European-style open space surrounded by shops, restaurants and galleries; this is not your typical outdoor space. With tons of cool eateries, almost-daily outdoor events and other eclectic happenings in and around the Piazza, this is a must-do for the summer–or anytime! Insider tip: Make sure you stop by P.Y.T. for burgers and adult shakes. Bar Ferdinand
 1030 N. 2nd Street Bar Ferdinand is a Spanish tapas bar located in the ultra-trendy Northern Liberties.  You can sit outside along Liberties Walk while enjoying tasty sangrias.  Moshulu 401 S. Columbus Boulevard Enjoy the Philadelphia skyline with your meal. During the warmer weather months, you can enjoy a drink or a meal on the historic ship’s multi-level decks and take in the Philadelphia skyline and the shimmering lights on the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. Zavino Pizzeria and Wine Bar 112 S. 13th Street Zavino is a delicious new pizzeria and wine bar located at the epicenter of the city’s trendy Midtown Village neighborhood. The restaurant features a seasonal menu, classic cocktails, an approachable selection of wine and beer and the some of the best late-night menu offerings in the area. Varga Bar 10th & Spruce Streets Varga is Washington Square West’s newest late-night hangout. A neighborhood pub in the truest sense, they serve all-American comfort foods, American cheeses and more than 20 hard-to-find, American-made craft beers. The Continental Restaurant and Martini Bar 138 Market Street The ever-popular Old City institution has creative cocktails and imaginative décor where a diner-made-martini bar creates an atmosphere all its own, making it one of the hottest night spots in Old City.last_img read more

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Sania Mirza will be in top 100 for sure: Martina Navratilova

first_imgTennis legend Martina Navratilova, on her first visit to India for the WTA Hyderabad open, spoke to senior editor Sharda Ugra. Excerpts: Martina NavratilovaQ.Indian girls are always told that in tennis everything is against them physique, culture, precedent. Can such hurdles be overcome?A. Physique is bullshit … pardon my French,Tennis legend Martina Navratilova, on her first visit to India for theWTA Hyderabad open, spoke to senior editor Sharda Ugra. Excerpts: Martina NavratilovaQ.Indian girls are always told that in tennis everything is against them physique, culture, precedent. Can such hurdles be overcome? A. Physique is bullshit … pardon my French but Justine Henin-Hardenne is just 5 ft 6 in. You don’t have to be a monster to be No. 1. Roger Federer is not a big guy. One who can be a threat at the net as well as play from the baseline, that is the player who will be No. 1, the champion of 2005 or 2010. If you are bigger, it helps but there is place for a smaller player who is clever and fast, who can use the court. I don’t think physique is the problem in India, it is more cultural. Girls are not encouraged to be as active as boys, women don’t have as many opportunities. It is tricky but you can overcome it. Look at Sania, she’ll be in the top 100, for sure.Q. What would you say to Sania Mirza today? A. Love what you do and do it to the best of your ability. Give 100 per centon the practice court, in preparation, in matches. Take care of details – fitness, rest, training, diet. Also balance tennis with other things.Q. Can athleticism be taught to a player who may not move well? A. No, you are either a natural athlete or not. Movement is essential to reach the top. And all top players are great movers. But you can work to become a better athlete at every level. India has fantastic cricketers and you play very good field hockey which is a very athletic sport. So the basic athletic ability is there, you just have to nourish it.Q. Can India produce champions? A. I don’t know how many people play tennis here. Dogirls play it in school? Do you have the system to support it? You need clubs, funding, competition. You are only as good as your opposition. You cannot hit a great tennis ball until a great tennis ball is hit to you.Q. When you come to places like India,does your impact surprise you? A. It is strange when you come to a country you have never been to and people know who you are. I amnot used to it. It still surprises me.Q. In your press conference, you said you were familiar with Indian history. Who and what had you heard of, outside tennis? A. Indira Gandhi, Mahatma Gandhi himself. Indira was very popular in Czechoslovakia. I know about the division of India and Pakistan, the history, about the Sikhs, Hindus, Muslims and the Buddhists. You have such a combination of cultures and they got along fine until the British came and messed things up. But you are getting yourself together economically. Indian people are so bright … it is funny, every time I call AOL for technical support, Iend up talking to someone in India.advertisementlast_img read more

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PSL Grand Prix: Sta. Lucia outlasts Generika in 5 sets

first_imgRobredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Kingad eyes to bounce back in ONE: Visions of Victory ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte MOST READ Sta. Lucia Realty overcame a slow start to escape with a 21-25, 25-21, 23-25, 25-15, 15-7 victory over Generika-Ayala in the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix on Tuesday at Bacoor Sports Complex in Cavite. Bohdana Anisova, formerly of the Ukraine national team, erupted for 28 points and MJ Philips chipped in 22 to tow the Lady Realtors to their first victory. SLR coach George Pascua said his key players led by veteran setter Rubie de Leon are slowly adjusting with the rest of the team.ADVERTISEMENT Judiciary Committee set to take over Trump impeachment probelast_img read more

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