1 Manchester City ensured they kept up with early pacesetters Chelsea as Sergio Aguero’s sensational four-goal performance saw the Blues defeat Tottenham Hotspur 4-1 at the Etihad.The Argentine’s haul saw him become the club’s leading Premier League scorer as he tormented a dazzled Spurs defence who just couldn’t handle him.Christian Eriksen was the only bright spark for Mauricio Pochetttino’s side as he levelled the scores early on but a Federico Fazio red card, a Roberto Soldado missed penalty and three spot-kicks given away goes some way to showing they are as hapless at the back as they are dangerous at the front.Man City started tenaciously and didn’t give the Tottenham midfield any time to settle on the ball but slowly Spurs improved before Ryan Mason scuffed wide of the upright.The youngster should have scored the opener after eight minutes when he was slipped through the centre by Roberto Soldado’s marvellous pass, but Joe Hart did well to toe away his right-foot flick before Christian Eriksen lashed another chance well over the bar.Tottenham paid for their profligacy though when Sergio Aguero, given acres of space, was able to flick the ball out of his feet and whip a low strike beyond Hugo Lloris.Mauricio Pochettino’s Lilywhites got back on level terms within two minutes when Mason’s tackle on Fernando allowed Soldado to play in Eriksen, who made no mistake from inside the area.But Tottenham, as they so often do, fell behind again almost immediately when Erik Lamela was adjudged to have fouled Frank Lampard inside the penalty area with Aguero sending Lloris the wrong way with the resulting spot-kick.It looked like it was about to get even worse for Spurs when a rash Younes Kaboul challenge saw David Silva tumble in the box but second time around Aguero was unable to beat Lloris from 12 yards and looped his acrobatic rebound over.The French goalkeeper was all of a sudden under extreme pressure and, after Aguero tormented the hapless Kaboul, the 27-year-old superbly denied the Argentine who was in tantalising form for Pellegrini’s side.At the opposite end though, Eriksen was also looking bright and after sidestepping two challenges in the area he forced a smart stop from Hart, who was alert, if a little clumsy with his handling.Three minutes after the break it was more of the same from Aguero as his swerving strike from 22 yards was, just about, saved by a bamboozled Lloris and, although Spurs threatened on the counter, they continued to leave themselves open at the back.Nacer Chadli failed to offer much throughout but his bobbling half volley saw Hart scampering to his right but seconds later it was Lloris again who was at full stretch to deny the voracious Jesus Navas, who looked eager to score his first goal of the season.In a end-to-end game full of twists and turns, Tottenham were then handed what looked an extremely soft penalty when Soldado was tripped fractionally inside the penalty but Hart’s right glove palmed away the Spaniard’s tame spot-kick.And England’s No.1 then stopped the former Valencia striker again just seconds later when he blocked a close-range snapshot with his legs.But just as Spurs looked to be in the ascendency Federico Fazio pulled back Aguero in the box resulting in the game’s fourth penalty, which the Argentine dispatched with glee.This season there has been plenty of talk about Diego Costa’s emergence as the Premier League’s best striker but, against a calamitous Spurs side, Aguero was simply irresistible and he curled home his and City’s fourth with 15 minutes to go as this time he left Jan Vertonghen sprawling.An arcing James Milner effort cracked the upright as Man City pushed for more goals in front of a home crowd but Tottenham avoided further humiliation, despite intense pressure, and will now have to regroup ahead of games against Newcastle United and Aston Villa. Man City striker Sergio Aguero
8 October 2012 The Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Commission (PICC) will address the pace of infrastructure development in South Africa, which is lagging behind what the country needs, says Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe. Motlanthe was speaking at an event held to mark 60 years since the establishment of the Southern African/German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Pretoria on Friday evening.20-year pipeline of projects He said the PICC’s mandate was to develop a 20-year infrastructure pipeline of projects to ensure that South Africa could plan ahead and move away from the “stop-start syndrome” around the building of infrastructure. “This will allow us to ensure better financial mobilisation, provide greater certainty to the construction industry, give educational institutions a framework around which to plan their skills development strategies, and to provide a roadmap for investors and communities.” The Deputy President added that the PICC’s infrastructure plan needed to include a focus on maintenance, so that “we do not only build new assets but also keep the state of the existing infrastructure base in good working order”. The PICC is working on a plan involving 17 strategic integrated projects (SIPs) covering more than 150 specific infrastructure interventions countrywide. These cover all the key platforms: rail, roads and ports; dams, irrigation systems and sanitation; new energy generation plants, transmission lines and distribution of electricity to households; communication and broadband infrastructure; social infrastructure in the form of hospitals, schools and universities; and regional infrastructure. Motlanthe said that infrastructure development was a “jobs driver” in the government’s New Growth Path, which seeks to place the economy on a production-led trajectory with growth targeted through 10 key jobs drivers.Germany SA’s 4th-largest export destination “The New Growth Path will create substantially new business opportunities for global companies, including those belonging to the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry.” He said Germany had become one of South Africa’s most important trading partners within the European Union, and was he fourth-largest export destination for South Africa in the world. “Today there are approximately 700 German-owned companies or subsidiaries of German companies in South Africa … overall, South Africa’s exports to Germany have been showing an upward swing over the five-year period ending in 2011.” He said that the two countries would continue expanding bilateral ties in areas such as energy, skills development, resource development and government-to-government co-operation. Source: SANews.gov.za
South African expatriates living in Sydney, Australia, are fully behind Brand South Africa’s efforts to renew the country’s reputation as a great place to invest in and do business.Brand South Africa met with expatriates in Sydney, Australia, to garner support in renewing the country’s reputation. (Image: Christopher Chan, Flickr)Johannesburg, Thursday 09 March 2017 – South African expatriates living in Australia have declared their allegiance to promoting their homeland as a place of global goodness and strength during a campaign tour by Brand South Africa this week.The appeal to 200 expatriates was issued by the Brand South Africa delegation at dinners in Sydney and Melbourne this week. The tour is part of South Africa’s mission to boost its international reputation in business, investment and tourism.Brand South Africa’s CEO, Dr Kingsley Makhubela, told the expats that South Africa was moving beyond the challenges of the past and in times of global uncertainty, South Africa should be known for its generosity and goodness.“Our country has spent a lot of time reflecting on our issues and not enough about what is good about South Africa,” he said.“We want to be known around the world for our goodness and competitive strengths, and it is time for all of us to create, inspire, empower, and celebrate our citizenship in South Africa.”Brand South Africa is the custodian of South Africa’s image and reputation and is targetting the 150,000 South African immigrants in Australia to define their own niche and contribute to the promotion of their country as a globally competitive and generous nation.Dr Makhubela was joined on the Australian tour by Brand South Africa’s General Manager Research, Dr Petrus De Kock, General Manager Marketing, Ms Sithembile Ntombela, Strategic Relationship Manager Civil Society, Ms Thoko Modise, and the High Commissioner of the Republic of South Africa, Ms Beryl Sisulu. The Nelson Mandela Foundation is a key stakeholder in Brand South Africa.During the two Australian dinners, Brand South Africa’s General Manager of Research Dr Petrus de Kock, told the expats that South Africa played a pivotal role in the economic revival of the continent.Dr de Kock also said: “Since the dawn of democracy, and regardless of the economic challenges in recent years, South Africa has been making steady progress on the front of human and social development.”His presentation highlighted that research undertaken between 2011 and 2015, showed South Africa’s life expectancy at birth has increased from 54.5 to 57.4 years, and there was a rise in expected years of schooling from 13.3 to 13.6 years.Economically, South Africa now ranks 47th out of 138 global economies, with its strengths in financial market development (11th), market size (30), institutions (40), business sophistication (30), and goods and market efficiency (29).He said South Africa was placed 80th of the freest economies out of 186; 74th of 190 economies in the World Bank 2016/2017 Report on the ‘Ease Doing Business’; and had displayed improvement in technology readiness, innovation, labour market efficiency, health and primary education.The dinner in both major Australian cities achieved strong support from expat South Africans who detailed their pride and patriotism as ambassadors to support the future of South Africa.Follow the conversation on #BrandSADownUnder.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Native Americans carved totem poles, often of animals, that served as a reminder to the tribe of important truths. The first Americans also believed that different animal guides come in and out of our lives depending on the direction we are headed and the tasks that need to be completed along our journey.Maybe that explains why some idiot dumped a gorgeous black and white “tuxedo” cat, with white ears, early this summer. She is a striking creature. At first she was like a ghost. Kent and I would think we saw a beautiful cat, but if you looked the second time, she was gone. Once she got more familiar, she started following Kent around, notably one time when he mowed the lawn. Eventually, she felt safe, and I was able to pick her up and pet her. Then we discovered that she had no claws. Who leaves a de-clawed feline out in the country to fend for themselves? Obviously it was someone who did not deserve this magnificent creature.And she is truly remarkable. Kent has discovered that she is an amazing hunter. He often sees her very early in the morning in the far corners of the farm catching mice and birds. Apparently she did not get the memo that declared that de-clawed cats cannot survive outdoors.Given the growing season we suffered through and the challenging harvest, I think the cat now known as “that tuxedo cat with the white ears” offers an inspirational message for us. When prices are low, inputs high, and the growing season a literal disaster, you just have to figure out a way to survive. If a de-clawed, abandoned housecat can hunt and thrive in foreign territory, anything is possible.Cats may offer some guidance as Ohio farmers recover from a literal crop disaster as well as low commodity prices. The species is known for their ability to explore and be inquisitive (as in curiosity killed the cat). Perhaps a small dose of that questioning and thinking of new solutions is a good thing during an economic downturn. Now is the time to examine what is working, what is not, and why. Explore new ventures or approaches that make money and compliment the existing enterprises.Cats are known to be clever. In distressed economies, the important factor is often cash flow. Your business may have a great net worth, but unless you have cash readily available to pay accounts receivables in a timely manner, you have trouble. Now might be the time to review your balance sheet and discuss potential debt restructuring with your lender.Cats domesticated themselves, because it was in their best interest. They are literally the only animals on the planet known to have done so. Now is a good time to get close to your banker and others to whom you owe money. When times are tough, it is easier to keep your creditors aware of your situation as well as your plans for resolution.Cats have a finely tuned sense of self-care. Perhaps this is their best advice. When the farming operation is stressful, find time to step away and recharge. This is easier said than done. Even a short time away from the farm, however, can change your perspective and enable you to discover new solutions.Cats land on their feet. Oftentimes, survival during an economic downturn is all about being resolute and not giving up. Attitude is incredibly important. Also the realization that what goes up, must come down, and vice versa. Determination cannot be overrated.Cats have nine lives — maybe not literally, but they are creatures known for reinvention and resilience. Perhaps your farm will need to adapt to new ventures, technologies or commodities. Change is usually not easy but often necessary and beneficial.Since we could all use a good laugh, it seems fitting to close with an appropriate quote from Groucho Marx. “A black cat crossing your path signifies that the animal is going somewhere.”
SharePrint RelatedThe name says it all. — Director’s A-Mazing Treasure Hunt (GC3Y1GE) — Geocache of the WeekSeptember 10, 2014In “Community”The Most Found Geocache in the WorldMay 19, 2013In “Community”Creating story-worthy geocaches: Interview with cache owner jewilk1January 31, 2019In “Interview” Share with your Friends:More Not many Cache Owners can say they made their cache using a printer. Of those, even fewer can say they built the printer themselves. Geocacher Lisje2000 did both.3-D printing was solidified as a hobby for Lisje2000 when they built their own 3-D printer in March 2014. You heard right—they built their own 3-D printer.Lucky geocachers may get a private viewing of the 3-D printer when the cache owners are home.Much of the geocache itself is made of wood, but many of the parts were printed. A number of the objects found inside the cache were also 3-D printed.The cache is disguised as a birdhouse displaying the CO’s street number.Making the cache using the 3-D printer wasn’t an easy job. The CO’s estimate it took at least 132 hours to print all the parts that are currently in the cache…not to mention all the failed attempts at making other parts. The roof of the birdhouse alone took at least 40 hours.Inside the cache are various 3-D printed artifacts, some of which one might conceivably find in a regular living room: lamps, bookshelves with busts, even a tiny laptop.Can you spot the geocaching logos?Opening the cache requires some clever thinking and attention to detail, hence the Difficulty rating—but be careful! Some of the pieces are delicate, and nothing should be forced in order to retrieve the logbook.A peek into the attic window reveals the guardians of the logbook.An intrepid you geocacher makes the find.Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world.Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form. Location: Gelderland, NetherlandsN 51° 49.105 E 005° 48.293 TraditionalGC5BEEDby Lisje2000 Difficulty: 4.5Terrain: 1
During a ceremony in Iraq’s National Museum in Bagdad today, Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt announced that the company will digitize the museum’s collections. By early next year, all of these images will be available online for free. The museum lost a large part of its collection to looting in 2003. Except for a number of photo ops and press conferences, the museum has remained closed to the public since the beginning of the war in 2003. Most of the museum’s collection remains in storage.According to Reuters, the company has already taken 14,000 photographs in the museum. It’s not clear how Google plans to present these images, though it seems as if Google plans a bit more than just a simple gallery of the photos it took. Eric Schmidt promises “a few surprises” for when the site launches early next year. Google and the U.S. State Department will share the cost of this project.A Government-Sponsored Infomercial for Google?While this sounds like a great idea, the New York Times also reports that there are also some interesting politics at play here. Parts of the museum’s collections, for example, have already been digitized by Italy’s National Research Center. This collection is already available online. Today’s event was sponsored by the US Embassy in Iraq, where, according to the New York Times, US Ambassador Christopher R. Hill described the digitization project as “part of an effort spearheaded by the State Department to bring technology to Iraq.” Some of the invited journalists, however, argued that the event was nothing else but a “government-sponsored infomercial” for Google. Related Posts frederic lardinois Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Google#news#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…
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MOST READ “It’s very crucial, please keep praying for her. If the bone marrow transplant is successful, I’m sure she will come back again on the table tennis arena and proudly carry our flag again,’’ added Ledesma, who recently organized the Lariba Cup, a fund-raiser intended for Lariba.Ryu also donated a huge box of brand-new table tennis balls to the PTTF worth roughly $3,000 and gave Lariba a South Korean jersey with the signatures and messages from all the members of the Korean team.Ryu said the Korean team is open to a fund-raising activity where they would play an exhibition match against top Filipino table netters for Lariba’s benefit.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Kevin Ferrer hoping to return to action for Ginebra by Friday Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president IOC Korea Representative and former 2004 Athens Olympic gold medalist Seung Min Ryu (second from left) and Korean Table Tennis Association officials pay visit to Philippine’s first ever Olympian table tennis player Ian Lariba. CONTRIBUTED PHOTORio De Janeiro Olympian Ian “Yanyan’” Lariba personally received words of encouragement from South Korean Olympic champion Ryu Seung-min before she goes through a high-risk bone marrow transplant.Ryu, the International Olympic Committee’s representative to South Korea, visited Lariba at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Taguig City on Monday and handed out the financial assistance from the members of the Korean national table tennis squad.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Lariba, the first Filipino table netter to wear the national colors in the Olympics, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia five months ago and will go under knife on Saturday.“I’m here to support Lariba in her fight against her ailment. I couldn’t believe she’s sick, she smiled all the time,’’ said Ryu, who met Lariba during last year’s Rio Games with Lariba’s coach, Kwon Mi Sook.“I believe she will come back soon and play with us,’’ added the table tennis men’s singles gold medalistin the 2004 Athens Olympics.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutApart from the $3,000 donation of the Koreans, Philippine Table Tennis Federation president Ting Ledesma said the International Table Tennis Federation, the world governing body in the sport, has also committed $20,000 inn monetary aid.“This news is already known all over the world with table tennis enthusiasts from other countries helping her,’’ said Ledesma. “Ryu’s visit will boost Yanyan’s confidence for this Saturday’s bone marrow transplant.’’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments
Infineon Technologies has enabled a new open source software stack. It makes work easier for developers who want to use the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0 – a standardized hardware-based security solution for securing industrial, automotive and other applications such as network equipment. This is the first open source TPM middleware that complies with the Software Stack (TSS) Enhanced System API (ESAPI) specification of the Trusted Computing Group (TCG), providing significant value to the open source community.Making the TSS ESAPI layer available to everyone is part of Infineon´s commitment to ease the integration and wide adoption of strong security. This is further supported by security experts and industry leaders of the Infineon Security Partner Network (ISPN). The ISPN offers a wide variety of software libraries meeting the requirements of different applications and target platforms.Infineon funded the development of the ESAPI by Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology SIT, a long-term partner of Infineon in this field. The Infineon-funded ESAPI layer is based on the SAPI layer developed by Intel Corporation. It includes a new layer of API functions to simplify the use and integration of the TPM. It facilitates establishing a connection with the TPM through an application, secured communication between the host CPU and the TPM, and authorization using message authentication codes (HMAC).Based on the ESAPI layer, the stack includes support for OpenSSL. It can use the Infineon OPTIGA TPM to protect device communication secured with SSL/TLS via a standardized interface by deploying TPM 2.0 as a secured key store for OpenSSL. It thus protects the keys from vulnerabilities like the famous Heartbleed bug.The TSS stack and ESAPI layer are published under the permissive 2-clause BSD license, which provides high flexibility and increases adoption. The ESAPI has been designed and validated by a wide community to achieve a high level of quality and stability, as is required in modern embedded and IoT systems. With industrial and automotive customers in mind, the code was developed using industry standards, continuous integration and testing, a thorough two-person review process, and static code analyzers like clang and Coverity. In addition, the stack was tested and evaluated on Infineon OPTIGA TPM SLB 9670 with the latest TPM specifications. Future enhancements will include support for Cryptsetup/LUKS disk encryption and a version featuring ESAPI support for TPM tools.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Xilinx FPGAs deployed for AI accelerationNext Vecow: 8th gen Intel Coffee Lake expandable fanless embedded workstation
Women’s 20’s FinalBrisbane City Cobras 3 defeated Sunshine Coast Pineapples 1Player of the Final – Tara Sheppard (Brisbane City Cobras) Women’s Open FinalSouth West Queensland Swans 6 defeated Brisbane City Cobras 3 Player of the Final – Emilee Cherry (South West Queensland) Mixed Open FinalBrisbane City Cobras 12 defeated South Queensland Sharks 6 Female Player of the Final – Renee Fraser (Brisbane City Cobras) Male Player of the Final – Dylan Hennessey (Brisbane City Cobras) 26 teams from right across Queensland converged on the Palm Beach Touch Fields on the Gold Coast from Friday to Sunday to take part in the 2012 Queensland State Championships. With three days of exciting games concluding on Sunday, the massive weekend of Touch Football saw some of Queensland’s best players battle it out. The Brisbane City Cobras finished the event with wins in three divisions, the Men’s 50’s, Women’s 20’s and Mixed Open, while South West Queensland took out the Women’s Open final and the Central Queensland Bulls were one touchdown winners in the Men’s Open division final. The results of the event are below:Men’s Open FinalCentral Queensland Bulls 5 defeated South Queensland Sharks 4Player of the Final – Dan Withers (Central Queensland Bulls) Men’s 50’s Final Brisbane City Cobras 5 defeated Sunshine Coast Pineapples 4 Player of the Final – Geoff Garrick (Brisbane City Cobras) Related LinksQLD State Champs