49ers reach deadline deal with kicker Robbie Gould

first_imgKicker Robbie Gould agreed to a four-year deal with the 49ers hours ahead of Monday’s NFL deadline for franchise-tagged players to do so, league sources confirmed.Gould, 36, got a two-year, $10.5 million deal that is fully guaranteed, with an option of becoming a four-year, $19 million deal ($15 million guaranteed). Had Gould not come to terms, he would have played this year for a $4.97 million salary that ranked as the NFL’s highest for a kicker.San Francisco 49ers’ Robbie Gould (9) shares a …last_img

New technology hub for Braamfontein

first_imgProfessor Barry Dwolatzky is excited about the new software hub. He believes our world has changed at the core, with a tsunami of technological, economic and social transformation. The old nightclub will be remodelled as the iClub, the dance floor will be a co-working space, the bar and seating areas will be set up to encourage innovation through incubating new start-ups, and the sound and light control area will become the server room. The team involved with the Tshimologong Precinct. This African technology centre is connecting budding entrepreneurs, programmers, designers and investors. (Images: Melissa Jane Cook) MEDIA CONTACTS • Barry Dwolatzky Director & CEO Joburg Centre for Software Engineering+27 11 717 6390 RELATED ARTICLES • Cape Town: city of innovation • Mobile technology for Africa • Smart cities need innovative citizens • Youth focus at innovation summit • Empowering young people in South AfricaMelissa Jane CookWith funky wallpaper, a DJ box, architecturally interesting window frames and a labyrinth of fascinating spaces, a former nightclub at 41 Juta Street in Johannesburg’s Braamfontein is being renovated, to be transformed into the city’s technological hub.Global tech hubs include Nairobi’s iHub, driving Kenyan innovation, as well as the Googleplex in California and the Cambridge Innovation Centre in Massachusetts, both in the US.Part of the ambitious the Joburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE) cluster development programme, TechinBraam is revitalising the once derelict suburb into a cutting-edge, high-tech precinct.The programme is a three-way partnership between the government, academia and industry, based at the University of the Witwatersrand.Professor Barry Dwolatzky, JCSE director, says the university has been trying to reach into its urban surroundings, and this is a perfect opportunity to do so.“This vision is what a renewed future can be, in the broader urban environment. Through partnering and a creative energy, we want to have as enormous an impact as possible. There are similarities to Maboneng, an artistic, creative hub on the east side of the city centre. Developments like these are a chance to remake this country, remake opportunities, and remake the economy of the area, and the space to remake careers.”The precinct has been dubbed Tshimologong, meaning “a place of new beginnings” in local language Sesotho.Technology changing usDwolatzky outlines how technology has affected society. “It has changed in numerous ways, how we make things (the use of robotics), how we buy things as consumers (online), how we communicate (we are all threaded together by networks of communication), how we deal with knowledge and education, how we deal with health, how we deal with government, and entertainment and leisure.“Our world has changed at the core, with a tsunami of technological, economic and social transformation.”He explains that within the three elements of digital technology – software, hardware and content – the innovative lifecycle is no longer linear.“There is now a connection: skills are no longer static, skills and ideas merge together, there is business model development and finally, commercialisation.“This new innovation will not take place in garages, or in the offices of big corporations. It will be a social activity, with people working together, people joining together, and this innovation will skyrocket in technology hubs. In these single environments people will be able to germinate ideas, learn, interact and incubate. This set of spaces will encourage innovation, learning and collaboration.“Almost all cities have hubs, some have more than one; they are popping up constantly.”Establishing the Tshimologong Precinct is now at a critical stage, with funds being raised to begin Phase 1 of building renovations.Clare Jeffrey, head of the Wits University Partnerships Office, explains; “Phase 1 will require an investment of about R10-million. We have set up a Founding Partners Pledge scheme, which provides an opportunity for corporates and individuals to support this exciting initiative. Founders will be listed in perpetuity on a board displayed prominently in Founders Square …. Companies pledging R250 000, or individuals and SMMEs pledging R50 000 before 31st December 2013, will be acknowledged in this way. We have already had pledges from Microsoft and BBD, with several others in the pipeline.”From hubs to clustersCluster development was proposed by company strategy authority and Harvard professor, Michael Porter, in the 1990s and refers to a geographic concentration of interconnected businesses. For example, London’s East End is now known as Silicon Roundabout or Tech City. It has 10 technology hubs, more than 5 000 technology companies, and some 300 start-ups per year, and it’s becoming the European Union’s new answer to the US’s Silicon Valley.Dwolatzky explains that research shows that for a high technology cluster to succeed it must be close to research institutions and technology hubs, close to customers, have sound infrastructure, and offer access to transport and housing. There should also be government support.He adds that Johannesburg is a major city, the economic hub of Africa. He believes that it is possible for the city to be the continent and country’s Silicon Valley.“Some initial hubs have started up; Jozi Hub at 44 Stanley, The Open at Maboneng, and Intellilab on the UJ (University of Johannesburg) Kingsway campus. This is not about competition; it’s about joining the dots and making this into something bigger.”A green, people-centred hubThe old nightclub will be remodelled as the iClub, the dance floor will be a co-working space, the bar and seating areas will be set up to encourage innovation through incubating new start-ups, and the sound and light control area will become the server room.The warehouse, 43 Juta, will be remodelled into classrooms and meeting areas; 47 Juta becomes the development centre, and 45 Juta houses offices. Founders Square, a public space, will sit at the heart of the centre offering a coffee bar and events area.Dwolatzky’s vision is to see new buildings, housing, big technology players’ research and development, and old buildings repurposed in Braamfontein.Finally, Wits will begin to reconnect with its neighbourhood, as some of its ICT-related Centres (such as the JCSE, the LINK Centre and parts of Digital Arts) move off campus into Tshimologong.Anna Cowen, from architectural consultancy Meshfield, said, “This hub is selling the future. It is a place of experimentation, a place of discovery. We are regenerating the inner buildings and there is huge potential for growth. Environmentally at the hub there will be renewable energy sharing, rain water harvesting, shared parking and waste recycling. This city block is a symbiotic relationship, with shared resources and risks and benefits.“We need to rapidly innovate to create smart, resilient and equitable cities that are people-centred … to seek for potential solutions that could cycle urban material … by using waste as resources.”Dwolatzky and Mteto Nyati, Microsoft South Africa managing director are the co-winners of the 2013 IT Personality of the Year award. The winners were announced during the Institute of IT Professionals South Africa President’s Awards ceremony at Montecasino, Johannesburg, on the 7 November.last_img read more

2019 Between the Rows farmers gearing up for planting

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Dylan Baer – Wood CountyMost of our farm is in Wood County. We farm a little in Henry and Hancock counties. We grow wheat, corn, beans, and a bit of alfalfa. My dad is a seed dealer. We are delivering seed right now. I bale straw too.On our farm we only plant enough wheat for what I’m going to bale. We have 220 acres of wheat this year. We had it planted in the first week of October and it looked good, not great, but good last fall. It is having a heck of a time greening up this spring. The green spots are starting to make the brown dead spots look bad. We like to topdress it in mid-April and the first chance we get we’ll get out there.We actually finished up with harvest Oct. 25. We thought we’d have the month of November to finish up with tillage. Then it started raining. We hardly got anything done. We do not have very much ready to plant.We bought enough rye cover crop to plant before all the corn acres. We planted rye for a cover crop but we didn’t get it all on. This is our second year of rye before the corn and we seeded it in September. It is about 3 inches tall and it is greening up fast. We want to get in there and kill it ahead of the corn because we don’t want it to get too big. It looks good. I can’t wait to get in there and plant it. There is no water laying on that cover crop ground anywhere.We are going to no-till some beans and we have about 200 acres of corn ground after the wheat acres last year that are ready to plant. The rest of our corn acres still need a field cultivator or something like that. We have water laying in some places. We are still gearing up for things and we have time. We’ll see if the weather holds.Nathan Brown – Highland CountyI planted three acres of beans on March 24. We had ideal weather conditions. While I had the drill out to sow some cover crops, I thought I’d throw some soybeans in the ground to see what happens. The soil temperature was in the high 30s or low 40s and the ground conditions were about ideal.They were planted into a cereal rye cover crop. If I can get the beans out of the ground, the rye may help regulate the ground temperature and keep them from getting frosted if we get a late frost. I went out on Saturday and dug some. They are actually starting to sprout. So far I’m happy with the progress. I have never planted anything that early before but there is a lot of talk about getting things out early. I have seen a few other guys trying it so I thought I’d see what happens.We still have equipment to work through before planting. We are a few weeks out on getting started. We are busy with calving.The pastures are starting to green up. We frost seeded some cereal rye in heavy traffic areas and that is starting to come up. The cows are finally starting to cut back a little on hay consumption.Cover crops at this point are really just starting to take off, especially the stuff that was planted in late November or December. I was hoping to have a little more growth at this time, but you have to be flexible with management. We may end up using more herbicides this year.It has been challenging around here. I drove from Hillsboro to Georgetown and saw a couple of fields of beans and corn still standing. Some guys will be chasing the combine with the corn planter this year.Andrew Armstrong – Clark CountyWe farm corn and soybeans in the southeast corner of Clark County. As of right now we have planters still in the shop. Some are ready to roll when the weather is perfect. We are still thinking about trying to spray some burndown, but we are waiting on the weather.We thought we had a window here this weekend and we got a little drizzle that just softened up the top and we didn’t want to risk anything. We don’t want to get in too much of a hurry but as the calendar continues to flip everyone is getting excited.We parked the combines last fall. Then the faucet turned on and it never shut off.We always aim to do some burndown around Thanksgiving, but we didn’t get a window of opportunity. We can get a lot accomplished in the matter of a couple of days, though. In 3 days we can be caught up with herbicide application. We typically are no-till. We do have a field that was systematically tiled last year. We cultivate it, plant it and chisel plow it the following fall, but we didn’t get that done. We are going to plant it rough. We try to keep everything else no-till. We don’t want to mess up the no-till.We have not done much with cover crops but if you look at some of our fields right now you may think we are into cover crops with all of the weeds that have come up. We are very interested in cover crops but we are concerned with the management. Are we going to efficiently be able to plant them and kill them? Will they pay for themselves in the future?We keep watching the weather here. We are ready to go with a moment’s notice. It will probably be toward the end of April before we start planting.Lamar Liming – Trumbull/ Mahoning CountyWe’re in Lordstown, Ohio, which is in southern Trumbull County. We have a dairy and grain farm. We milk about 60 cows and farm 700 acres. I am about 20 miles from the Pennsylvania line, just barely into the Snow Belt.We are starting to dry out, but it seems like we get dry and it rains again. Last weekend we had 2.25 inches of rain that soaked everything down. It warmed up pretty nice, though, this weekend and the grass is trying to pop. We have been trying to haul manure. It has been a real challenge trying to get manure out.Harvest was long. We finished up in December with our own crops. We did a little bit of custom work and it got into February before we finished that. There are still some crops out in the area. A week ago I still saw some beans out.All of last year was a challenge. It was a challenge getting stuff in, making hay and planting wheat. I planted about half my wheat and it looks like I’m going to burn it all off. None if it is going to make it. I think I got it planted on Oct. 18. The insurance date is Oct. 20. It just didn’t want to come out of the ground. We had so much water and freezing and ice. It was a terrible winter for wheat around here.They say dairy is going to be better in 2019. It is picking up a little bit here from what it was, but it has been very challenging. Ideally we get done planting by mid-May and then we start chopping hay. Last year we were planting corn, planting beans and chopping hay all at the beginning of June. It was hurry up and get it all done at the same time.last_img read more

Why Intel Bought McAfee – It’s Not About Security in the Silicon

first_imgTags:#enterprise#mobile IT + Project Management: A Love Affair klint finley 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…center_img Related Posts Intel’s acquisition of McAfee last year puzzled many analysts. We said it was about securing the Internet of Things.In an interview with Forbes’ Andy Greenberg, McAfee CEO David Dewalt talks about the purchase and explains why it happened. Dewalt emphasizes the IoT angle, but more notably emphasizes that the security innovations will happen at the software level, not the hardware level. “We’re not embedding anything into the silicon,” he says. “What we’re doing is utilizing features that exist today with the technologies McAfee has to secure the stack in a way that’s never been done before.”He says Intel has already added security features into the silicon. Dewalt told Greenberg:Block, kill, encrypt, locate features, disaster recovery features. These are all in Intel technologies today.It was much more the idea of putting security lower down in the software stack that led us to acquisition conversations.Dewalt also points to Intel’s Wind River acquisition. The Wind River operating system powers devices ranging from ATMs to airplanes, and McAfee is working to build security into the OS and BIOS.He says this isn’t about lock-in, however. According to him, competitors have the same low-level access that McAfee has. “The silicon instruction sets have been published, for example, the I-Series platforms for CPUs, the Xeon processors, the vPro technology that Intel has,” he says “This opportunity to integrate and utilize these features has been around for everybody.”That makes me wonder what the strategic purpose of Intel having its own in-house security company is, though (aside from the revenue element, which Dewalt discusses). Perhaps Intel felt not enough companies were taking advantage of the technology? Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

a month agoReal Madrid star Casemiro burgled as wife and daughter at home

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid star Casemiro burgled as wife and daughter at homeby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid star Casemiro had his house broken into while playing the derby on Saturday night.The home burglary occurred with his wife and daughter inside, says El Chiringuito.The Brazilian is the latest in a string of players to be hit while with their teams. Casemiro lives in La Moraleja, one of the most exlusive zones in Madrid.Alvaro Morata, Zinedine Zidane, Isco and Lucas Vazquez have also been hit in the Spanish capital. In Barcelona Arthur, Gerard Pique and Jordi Alba have suffered similar problems.Casemiro and Madrid drew 0-0 at Atletico at the Wanda Metropolitano, staying top of La Liga. last_img

Ohio State womens lacrosse set to open Big Ten play against rival

Senior defender Taylor Donahue (left) streaks up the field during a game against Niagra on March 1 in Columbus. OSU won, 15-2.Credit: Leah Alexander / Lantern photographerAfter women’s rowing was added to the Big Ten in 1999, it took 14 years for another women’s sport to officially join the conference. That changed in June 2013 as the Big Ten announced that women’s lacrosse would be joining the conference as the 28th official sport.Almost two years later, Michigan, Penn State, Rutgers, Maryland, Northwestern and Ohio State are set to open the first Big Ten women’s lacrosse season this weekend.After playing in the American Lacrosse Conference throughout her career, OSU senior attackman Jackie Cifarelli said she is honored to be playing in the Big Ten.“It’s awesome. Being a Buckeye, just knowing you’re in the Big Ten, going against some of the best schools in the country, it’s exciting,” Cifarelli said. “Having the Big Ten logo on our jerseys now, it’s an honor.”Fittingly, the No. 14 Buckeyes (8-2, 0-0) are set to take on Big Ten rival, the Michigan Wolverines (5-4, 0-0), in their first game competing in the conference. Last year, the Buckeyes played the Wolverines for the first time in the program’s history and won, 18-3. But despite that blowout victory, coach Alexis Venechanos said she won’t overlook Michigan this year.“They are a more improved team and they play a physical brand of lacrosse, so we are excited to match that and use that to our advantage,” Venechanos said. “I think you just kind of throw away the records and throw away all the numbers when you play such a rivalry game.”The Buckeyes had high expectations entering the season after appearing in the NCAA tournament last year for first time since 2003. OSU started its 2015 season 8-2, but suffered losses to No. 15 Stanford and No. 19 Notre Dame. OSU has yet to showcase its true potential, Venechanos said. “We talked about playing a fearless brand of lacrosse. We haven’t played our best lacrosse yet, but we’ve had a great week of practice. And if we just continue to be aggressive and be fearless, we can be successful,” she said. The Buckeyes have the some key individual pieces in place, but Cifarelli said success comes from the whole team working together to play the full game. “Our team is so dynamic, so just being able to play the full 60 minutes, just finishing every game and finishing every goal,” Cifarelli said. “We are so fast, our midfielders are always working so hard down the field, but I think now just practicing and knowing when to slow it down, we can limit our turnovers and win the games.”Venechanos said the Buckeyes’ first Big Ten game presents an opportunity to improve after losing to Notre Dame on Saturday.“Every time we step on to the field we want to be better. We are excited to always leave a mark. Our program has continued to get better and we are excited for these opportunities,” she said.The Buckeyes are scheduled to take on the Wolverines on Friday at 5 p.m. and Hofstra on Sunday at noon. read more

Riise confident Liverpool can win Champions League

first_imgFormer Liverpool defender John Arne Riise is confident that the club have the potential to win this season’s Champions League after their convincing 3-0 win over Manchester City last weekThe Norwegian’s former side gave City a shock 3-0 thrashing in the first leg of their quarter-final clash with Riise, who won the Champions League with Liverpool back in 2005, now certain that Jurgen Klopp’s side can make it to the final.“This year, although it’s going to be very tight, they have a good chance of going all the way,” Riise told Sky Sports.“You have the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid and Bayern still there, and they have to go through against City.“There’s some great teams left but if they play like they did at Anfield on Wednesday there’s not many teams who could stop them.“All the other teams left will have seen that performance, it was amazing. The high pressure, the intensity in the game was unbelievable, they almost did it for 90 minutes. Liverpool proved if they are at the top of their game, they can beat anyone.“A club like Liverpool should always be in the quarter-finals, semi-finals of the Champions League and competing with the best clubs in the world.“I think the fans have been waiting for it, the players the same, it’s the best competition for a player to be involved in and you want to try to give something back to the fans when you get there.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“I’m happy for Klopp. They expect a lot, and now he’s proven he can bring the club back to the Champions League.”Riise is confident that Liverpool can score at the Etihad stadium in the return leg and believes that an away goal will almost certainty put the tie beyond doubt.“City lost against Liverpool, they lost against United, Liverpool have a habit of always scoring,” Riise said.“It’s important for City not to concede, because they will have to score five then.“I think Liverpool will go through, because they’ve got that 3-0 lead, but the game is not over. We’ve seen what City can do. If they start playing as they have most of the season, keeping the ball and scoring goals, it could be a close game.“They’re good at counter attacks, which is going to be very important, and I think the main thing is not to concede a goal in the first 15-20 minutes.“The players and the club have to go into the game like any other. Probably more compact than usual, but if they get too comfortable, and City score a goal they will get nervous again.”last_img read more

Former Barcelona striker Etoo joins Qatar SC

first_imgFormer Barcelona and Chelsea striker Samuel Eto’o has joined Qatar SC from Turkish Super Lig side KonyasporSamuel Eto’o will continue his illustrious career at Qatar SC after moving to the Qatari outfit on a free transfer.The 37-year-old striker is on the move to his 13th club having been released by Turkish Super Lig side Konyaspor at the end of the last season.Earlier on Monday, Eto’o confirmed he had held talks with Ligue 1 teams, stating that he was “open to offers from France.”Mario Mandzukic, JuventusJuventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.On Monday evening, the Doha-based outfit confirmed the signing of the former Barcelona and Chelsea marksman, who is set to be unveiled on Tuesday.The Qatar Stars League is two weeks into the 2018-19 season, and the Kings are fifth on the log after taking three points from their opening two games.Next up, the Suhaim Bin Hamad Stadium outfit play Al Sailiya on Friday, and the presence of the ex-Cameroon international should provide them with a boost.last_img read more