Jacks to face Azusa in NCAA

first_imgThe Humboldt State women are heading back to the NCAA playoffs.A dramatic victory over UC San Diego in the California Collegiate Athletic Association championship game on Saturday night was enough to hand the Jacks a place in the eight-team West Region field.Humboldt State will now open the postseason tourney against No. 1 seed and host school Azusa Pacific Friday night at 7:30.The No. 8 seed Jacks improved to 18-12 on the season with Saturday’s dramatic 76-75 victory at Pomona, a win that …last_img read more

Sharks’ NYC visits stir emotional 9/11 experiences

first_imgNEW YORK — Seventeen years later, it still hits hard whenever the Sharks come to New York City.Jamie Baker lost two of his college teammates here on Sept. 11, 2001. Dan Rusanowsky, the Sharks radio voice, lost a childhood friend and a college classmate. Kevin Labanc lost a next-door neighbor. Joakim Ryan lost a close family friend.“It’s impossible to not think about 9-11 when you’re in New York City,” Rusanowsky said Tuesday. “It’s something I’ll never forget, a sober reminder that makes you …last_img read more

‘Middle class – invest in the people’

first_img23 September 2005Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka has urged South Africa’s black middle class to reinvest in their communities, to create the skills needed for the country to achieve the government’s target of 6% economic growth.Addressing the 20th anniversary celebration of the Medical Education for South African Blacks (Mesab) in Johannesburg on Wednesday night, Mlambo-Ngcuka said the rise of the black middle class was exciting, but came with responsibility.“Make sure that you not only serve, but create others like you,” she said.Mesab is a collaborative US and South African effort to improve the health of SA’s people by training black health professionals in the country.The organisation was founded in 1985 by Herbert and Joy Kaiser, who had extensive careers in the US Foreign Service.Speaking at the class of 1949 Commencement Address at his alma mater Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania last year, Herbert Kaiser said that during his three-year stay in South Africa in 1971 he was treated successfully for melanoma, a virulent form of cancer.“I benefited from the superb medical care available to whites but denied to black South Africans in apartheid South Africa,” he told the gathering.He said several years later the surgeon who saved his life wrote to him to say he was leaving his private practice to train black doctors. This, Sullivan said, was the seed that grew into Mesab.When Mesab started in 1985 there were only 500 black doctors in South Africa. Today, more than 6 800 Mesab-funded graduates work in the country’s public and private healthcare sectors.At the anniversary celebration, Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang said South African healthcare had benefited enormously from Mesab’s 10 600 bursaries and scholarship grants to black healthcare professionals.She said the government was busy finalising a human resources plan to curb the drain of healthcare professionals from the public service.Other interventions include the introduction of the midlevel worker – pharmacist assistants, physiotherapy, occupational health and radiography assistants – to reduce professionals’ workload, she said.The health department was also working with other departments such as National Treasury and Public Service and Administration to improve health professionals’ pay and working conditions.“This will ensure that in the long term the support we get from organisations such as Mesab benefits the public health service by retaining these professionals,” said Tshabalala-Msimang.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

“Comes with Music” Shuts Down in Most Markets

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Nokia has announced that its free music streaming service originally titled “Comes with Music” is going to shut down in most markets. The service, which was bundled with select handsets from the mobile phone manufacturer launched in late 2008 with the support of the four major music labels: Universal, EMI, Warner and Sony.According to Nokia, the reason the service didn’t perform is because of its inclusion of copy protection on the tracks, which locked the music to the device. “The markets clearly want a DRM-free music service,” a Nokia spokesperson said.In the Reuters report from this morning, other reasons for “Comes with Music’s” failure to gain traction were cited. These included its use of older handset models for the product at launch and its “difficult to understand product offering.”The service will now be shut down in 27 countries worldwide, but Nokia will continue to offer free music downloads with 12-month subscriptions in China, India and Indonesia and with 6-month subscriptions in Brazil, Turkey and South Africa, the report states.Now known as Ovi Music Unlimited, the service is compatible with Nokia devices including the N8, X6 (16 GB), 5800 XpressMusic, 5250, 5530 XpressMusic and 5235.In an interesting twist, the would-be iTunes competitor allowed users to keep all the tracks they had downloaded, even after the subscription period ended. In a way, it represented the best of both worlds (downloads & streaming): tracks you owned and music available via subscription-based “all you can eat” online catalogs.But apparently, it never caught on.Is DRM the Real Issue?Nokia says that the issue is the DRM (digital rights management, a copy protection technology) placed on the tracks, which restricted your access to the music.That’s funny because Nokia’s offering is not all that dissimilar from currently up-and-coming streaming services like Spotify, MOG and Rdio, all of which provide large catalogs of songs playable on the phone. In addition, these services have either a robust Web interface or a desktop software interface for accessing the music via PC, and for creating playlists, favoriting tracks, organizing your library, etc. But Nokia’s Unlimited Music service also let users play tracks via its Nokia Ovi Player software on a computer.So it seems that if MOG, Rdio and Spotify and the like can be successful with such a similar business model, Nokia could have been, too. Perhaps 2008 was just too early to launch subscription music?Nokia says that its Ovi Music Store, which offers DRM-free music downloads, will not be affected. The Music Store is available in 38 markets. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces sarah perez Related Posts center_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#mobile#news#web The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Refinery given week’s time to demolish wall on jumbo corridor

first_imgThe administration of eastern Assam’s Golaghat district had set a week’s deadline to Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL) to demolish a boundary wall erected on a major elephant corridor.The Supreme Court had on January 18 ordered NRL to remove the 2.2 km wall around its proposed township that included a golf course. The refinery was given a month’s time to comply.In a notice to NRL’s Chief General Manager (Human Resources) on February 14, the district’s Deputy Commissioner said the refinery should demolish the entire wall within seven days and ensure that the land so acquired was kept free of any barrier for facilitating the movement of elephants.The order, the notice pointed out, was in reference to the apex court’s order as well as that of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) in 2016.Environmentalists had objected to the wall the refinery had erected in 2011 in – as the NGT had observed later – a part of the 133.45-hectare Deopahar Reserve Forest which the Assam Forest Department notified a day after the Supreme Court’s order.The refinery received flak from wildlife activists when a seven-year-old male elephant died of haemorrhage in May 2015 after trying to force its way through the wall. Videos also captured herds trying to cross the high boundary wall with barbed wire in vain. In August 2016, the NGT ordered NRL to demolish the wall within a month, but only a 289-metre stretch was demolished.The refinery challenged the NGT order to demolish the entire wall, but the Supreme Court said “there cannot be any township as elephants have the first right on forest”.last_img read more