Food banks reach out to the needy

first_img10 November 2009The South African government, working through four “food banks”, has distributed up to 600 tons of food to more than 100 000 people in need of emergency food relief since May, says Public Works Minister Geoff Doidge.Briefing the media in Cape Town this week, Doidge said that the four food banks, located in the Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal provinces, had distributed food through 900 agencies.Food bank networkEach food bank acts on behalf of social services agencies, by procuring food which is mainly donated by the food and grocery industries, government agencies, individuals and other organisations.The government plans to have a food bank, complemented by a network of village food banks, set up in each of the country’s nine provinces.The food banks are being set up under FoodBank South Africa, a non-profit organisation formed by the South African Forum for Food Security – a partnership between government, civil society and the corporate sector.Public-private partnershipsSouth Africa and sub-Sahara’s first food bank was launched in Cape Town in March, and already a number of countries around the world have set up their own networks of food banks.“We are grateful to the civil society and corporate sector for their cooperation in setting up the SA Food Bank and the community food bank networks,” Doidge said. “This is the kind of partnership that our country needs during these hard economic times.”He said government had also introduced various other measures to assist poor households in the production of food and collection of water. One was that households are being provided with agricultural starter packs which include seeds, farming implements and fertilisers.Micro farming projectsAnother measure is an intervention by the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, which together with the Food Agriculture Organisation, has so far helped finance eight micro farming projects through the UN’s Tele-Food Fund.Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries director general Kgabi Mogajane said the government was able to secure a grant of US$23 000 (R170 000) to fund the programme.The Department of Environmental Affairs has also initiated a rainwater harvesting programme aimed at rural areas plagued by water shortages.“We have what we call veggie towers which have been erected particularly in drier areas where we know very well that they don’t have adequate water,” said Mogajane.She said these towers had been erected in Muyexe, Limpopo and would also be set up in Riemvasmaak in the Northern Cape and Nkandla in KwaZulu-Natal.For more information, visit the FoodBank South Africa websiteSource: BuaNewslast_img read more

Android Gets True Caller ID via New App

first_imgsarah perez First Orion, maker of a popular call-blocking and caller identification app for BlackBerry smartphones, is today revealing a new Android application which promises similar features. The app called PrivacyStar lets Android users block calls, report violators of the Do Not Call law and utilize the real Caller ID services. Although there are a number of Caller ID-type applications already out there for mobile phones, PrivacyStar actually connects with the SS7 Network. In the telephony world, this set of signaling protocols allows for the existence of services like call forwarding, call waiting, call screening, busy callback, caller identification and more. However, PrivacyStar’s claim that this SS7 connectivity for True Caller ID makes the app an “industry first” appears to be a bit of hyperbole. Competitor Privus Mobile, for example, can also connect with SS7 via its set mobile Caller ID applications. As explained in this forum posting (from 2008!), PrivusMobile’s CTO says the company accesses data via its parent company, Accudata Technologies. “They have a patented system to translate our requests into a query to all the telecom databases in North America. This includes Verizon, VeriSign, AT&T, and many others… So the query starts on the data network and might go out over the SS7 signaling network, or might go over another data network to get whatever will be the most current information for the calling phone number.”Being directly connected to SS7 or not may or may not be a key selling point for PrivacyStar’s end users. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement PrivacyStar: Caller ID, Blacklisting and MoreThat said, First Orion claims PrivacyStar’s implementation of Caller ID is the one most similar to Caller ID services you would find on your landline phone. As with traditional Caller ID, the new app will display the name and number of whoever’s calling as the phone rings. In the past, this service was only available to former PrivacyStar users by way of a lookup tool integrated with the phone’s call log feature. Now, the identification is immediate. In addition to the caller identification service, PrivacyStar users can also block individual phone numbers, entire area codes or private and unknown numbers. An included (and optional) SmartBlock service goes even further, proactively blocking phone numbers identified and blocked the most by all PrivacyStar users. If a telemarketer makes their way through somehow, despite this formidable blockade, you can then report them as being in violation of the Do Not Call list, assuming you’ve added your number. Finally, a Do Not Disturb feature not only sends calls straight to voicemail, but also sends out a customized text message to the caller saying you’ve received the message. The recipient could then text back if the message was urgent but you weren’t able to talk. (Would it be wrong to turn this on permanently, we wonder?)Droid Doesn’t?There is one unfortunate drawback to the $2.99/month PrivacyStar service subscription: It doesn’t work over Verizon’s CDMA network. The company explains that on the CDMA network, the Caller ID service isn’t able to make an outbound call while a voice channel is operating. For CDMA users, PrivacyStar’s caller identification feature will only work when the phone is also connected to a Wi-Fi network. These afflicted users can rely on the reverse caller lookup option instead, which allows any user to find the name of the caller within their call log. This option is similar to the current way the BlackBerry app works, but the BlackBerry version will soon be updated with the features outlined here today. Why There’s No iPhone AppInterestingly enough, one app that’s not mentioned as being in development is the Apple iPhone version of PrivacyStar. Why is that? From what we could gather, it’s primarily because Apple doesn’t allow the level of modifications required by PrivacyStar within its officially sanctioned iPhone applications. For example, PrivacyStar changes the incoming call screen. Would Apple allow that? No. Nor would it allow an app that integrates deeply with call logs and contact lists. Apple’s restrictions give Android and even Blackberry the edge here when it comes to offering practical tools for the everyday user. iPhone owners who want similar functionality can download “lookup apps” that let you enter in phone numbers after the fact, or apps that apply custom ringtones to warn you of “blacklisted” numbers.  To really blacklist a number, iPhone owners have to jailbreak their phones, then install apps like iBlacklist. And to get Caller ID services… wait, what’s that?…There isn’t even a jailbreak app delivering Caller ID functionality to iPhone? Sorry, guys. Tags:#Google#mobile#Product Reviews#web last_img read more

Bucks hope firing Kidd sparks club with expectations rising

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Still, if and when Milwaukee does compete for NBA titles, Kidd’s influence will be clear. He led Antetokounmpo and company to two playoff appearances in three seasons — not bad for a team that won 15 games four seasons ago. Antetokounmpo has become a star, and Khris Middleton has also become a standout player.Yet the Bucks are hovering around .500 and stuck in the bottom half of the Eastern Conference playoff picture. The perimeter defense hasn’t ever really improved, and turnovers have become a debilitating issue of late.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingFor Horst, there wasn’t enough progress for Kidd to keep his job. The surprise firing, hours before the Bucks beat the Phoenix Suns 109-105, sent a message to players about mounting expectations as the talented kids become veterans.“It’s not all on one person. The players have some type of responsibility,” Middleton said after scoring 35 points in the victory. “He’s the first one to go, but it could be one of us next. We have to do our job night in and night out.” MOST READ SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Milwaukee Bucks head coach Jason Kidd watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)MILWAUKEE — Jason Kidd helped make the Bucks relevant again. Someone else will have to help them become champions.Despite mentoring a young, athletic core led by All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kidd was fired by Milwaukee general manager Jon Horst on Monday. Assistant coach Joe Prunty will lead the team for the rest of the season.ADVERTISEMENT Without Neymar, Messi and Suarez keep Barcelona thriving Robredo: 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 PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives He was hired by Milwaukee a few months after a group led by co-owners Edens and Mark Lasry bought the team in April 2014. The Bucks traded two future second-round draft picks to the Nets as compensation.In Milwaukee, Kidd inherited a team that won 15 games in 2013-14. He was part of a fresh start for an organization that had been mired in mediocrity for years.Other than a 33-win season in 2015-16, the youthful Bucks hovered around .500 under Kidd while Antetokounmpo and Middleton developed. Malcolm Brogdon won the NBA rookie of the year award last season, and Jabari Parker has the potential to be an explosive scorer when healthy.Despite all that, Milwaukee has largely treaded water in the wide-open East, even after adding talented guard Eric Bledsoe in a trade with the Suns in November. The Bucks are 8-12 since going a season-high five games over .500 on Dec. 9.Under Kidd, Milwaukee a regular-season record of 139-152.“We didn’t lose any talent. We still have all of our guys on the floor. We still have to make the playoffs our goal,” Brogdon said.The Bucks plan to conduct a coaching search after the season. It will be an important hire for a franchise celebrating its 50th anniversary and getting ready for the opening of a new downtown arena next season.“I think Jason’s done obviously a tremendous amount for the organization. He’s a good friend, he’s a soon-to-be Hall of Fame basketball player,” Edens said in an interview before the game.“But we think this team can be the best team in the East and we want to give ourselves every chance we can to do that.” Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Consider Kidd’s dismissal a wake-up call for a team that had been a feel-good story in the NBA over the last couple years.“A general manager in the NHL had a statement once: ‘If something is inevitable, why wait?’” Horst said at a news conference before the game.Horst added that the decision was made “relatively quickly” and was not in the works through the season. Co-owner Wes Edens said Horst had the ownership group’s support.“We just felt that we got to a point in the season where this team could do more and could perform at a different level in a different way and (we are) looking for a fresh approach and different voice in leadership for the team,” Horst said.Kidd was one of the NBA’s most dynamic guards during his playing career and a triple-double threat in his heyday. He made the unusual jump right into coaching the year after his playing career ended, guiding the Nets to a 44-win season and a trip to the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs in his one and only season in Brooklyn in 2013-14.ADVERTISEMENT ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims View comments LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’last_img read more


first_imgFor Australian Mens 20’s Coach Sam Ayoub, the 2004 NSW State Cup is about more than some good Touch viewing, a great time at the function or a chance to catch up with Touch mates. This is the final quality hit out his Australian 20 Years players will get before the 2004 Youth World Cup. The Youth World Cup is being held from January 19-23 at Kawana Waters on the Sunshien Coast and the tournament is coming quicker than people realise. With almost all of his players NSW based, Ayoub is pleased to see that a large proportion are representing Open sides in the State Cup. “This tournament is fantastic conditioning for the boys, it’s a great competition of Touch,” Ayoub said. “Playing in the Mens Open division exposes the boys to some quality opposition, something that will really challenge them and help with their preparation for the Youth World Cup.” With son Jai and also Troy Malcolm playing for the Parramatta Mens Open side, as well as Jay Miller playing for Western Suburbs, Mat Bird for Canterbury, Marc Kovacic for Penrith, James Harrington for Lismore and several others for Mens 23’s sides such as Yass and Western Suburbs, Ayoub is guaranteed of the chance to see how a large majority of his players are shaping up for the Youth World Cup. Not only is the tournament tough on fitness and skills, with each team playing around 10 or more games in three days, it is a great opportunity for the younger players to play alongside and against Australian Open representatives. Having never won a Men’s 20’s tournament at International level, Sam and his side are keen to reverse their recent results against the New Zealand Mens 20’s. “It’s really important for us to re-establish ourselves at that level and the Youth World Cup is that opportunity. It’s not good enough for us to just win the Opens or Seniors, we want to dominate in every division,” he said. Ayoub is not one to shy away from how tough the Kiwi sides will be however. “The New Zealand teams have been preparing for this for a long time, they are well drilled and well organized and are eager to maintain their dominance. We’re eager to take that away.” By Rachel Moyle [email protected]last_img read more

a month agoMan Utd Treble winner Beckham moving into agents world

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd Treble winner Beckham moving into agents worldby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United Treble winner David Beckham appears to be moving into the football agent world.His company Footwork Management Limited have Beckham, his close pal Dave Gardner and ex-PR chief Nicola Howson listed as directors.Beckham, who retired from playing in 2013, is not a licensed intermediary but Gardner is on the Football Association’s list and the ex-England captain was credited with being involved in Leroy Sane’s potential move to Bayern Munich last summer, says the Mirror.Beckham’s involvement is becoming widely known in the agent world and having one of the biggest names in English football will be a huge draw as Footwork Management look to sign players. last_img read more

Hundreds set to paddle in Yukon River Quest for healing or cash

first_imgWHITEHORSE — A Yukon cabinet minister is among the hundreds of participants taking part in a gruelling paddle as the 21st Yukon River Quest launches from Whitehorse.Pauline Frost holds the portfolios of environment, health and social services in Yukon’s Liberal government, but she’ll be just another paddler in one of 118 teams using canoes, kayaks or stand-up paddleboards in the race.Competitors launch from Whitehorse on Wednesday and will finish in Dawson City, 715 kilometres down river.Frost and three others are competing on an Indigenous women’s canoe team representing missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.Another team member, Melissa Carlick, whose aunt and cousin are both victims of unsolved homicides, is competing in the quest for the third time and says it always leaves her feeling healed. The race awards more than $50,000 in prizes and allows competitors to paddle day and night, with the first finishers expected to arrive in Dawson City as early as Friday afternoon. Frost says the canoe carrying her, Carlick and team members Alice Frost and Emily McDougall, will bear a special logo honouring missing and murdered women. “We’re doing it because we are all Indigenous women and we really want to encourage other Indigenous women to speak out and be a part of the … positive journey, looking forward to making our society a better place.” (CKRW)Tim Kucharuk, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

US aviation system is starting to show strains from shutdown

first_imgThe partial government shutdown is starting to strain the national aviation system, with unpaid security screeners staying home, air-traffic controllers suing the government and safety inspectors off the job.Miami International Airport is providing the most visible evidence yet that the shutdown is at least making air travel less convenient.Facing double the usual number of absences among unpaid TSA screeners, the Miami airport will close one of its concourses most of Saturday, Sunday and Monday to make sure TSA can adequately staff the remaining security checkpoints.Meanwhile, the national union representing 10000 air traffic controllers — who are also working without pay during the shutdown, now in its 21st day — sued the government Friday, claiming they are illegally being denied pay.David Koenig, The Associated Presslast_img read more

The Warriors Improbable Comeback

YEARTEAMOPPONENTROUNDGAMEQTRODDS Win probability calculated at the end of each quarter or overtime, based on FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratingsSource: 41994RocketsSuns2312.4 32000LakersTrail Blazers3732.0 51995RocketsSuns2513.5 As the Oklahoma City Thunder learned Monday night, it’s really tough to eliminate a defending NBA champion. After opening up a 3-1 series lead in the Western Conference finals, the Thunder were poised to knock the Golden State Warriors out for good — they led for almost the entirety of Game 6 before collapsing down the stretch, and they took a 6-point lead into the second half of Game 7. None of that mattered; the finishing blow was always just outside of OKC’s reach.But, man, did the Thunder come close. In fact, according to our quarter-by-quarter analysis of seven-game playoff series since 1984,1The year the NBA playoffs expanded to 16 teams. the Thunder — with a peak win probability of 95.8 percent going into the fourth quarter of Game 6 — came the seventh-closest to a series victory of any modern team that went on to lose. And in the conference finals, only the Portland Trail Blazers’ infamous collapse against the Los Angeles Lakers in 2000 was more unlikely.(The least likely comeback overall? Last year’s Houston Rockets, who went down three games to one against the Clippers before storming back to win three straight games — just like this year’s Warriors team.) 82001BucksHornets2624.7 LOWEST WIN PROBABILITY MOMENT But the Dubs pulled out a dramatic win in Game 6. Their reward: a Game 7 at home that had them as 66 percent favorites to win the series.2It’s worth noting that the betting markets (as measured by Inpredictable’s in-game odds) were never quite as bullish on OKC’s upset chances as the statistical models were. Perhaps the markets were factoring in the invisible aura of Golden State’s championship experience?The rest is history. The defending champions are returning to the Finals, in a rematch against LeBron and the Cavs.Check out our NBA Finals predictions. 102005MavericksRockets1337.5 Greatest best-of-seven NBA playoff series comebacks 91997HeatKnicks2616.6 12015RocketsClippers2630.3% 72016WarriorsThunder3634.2 Here’s how we crunched those numbers: First, we gathered quarter-by-quarter line score data for every NBA playoff game since ’84 and used Wayne Winston’s method of converting point margins to win probabilities to generate a win expectancy number for each team after every quarter. (Given the data we were working with, we couldn’t go deeper to, say, the play-by-play level to find the most dire circumstances within a quarter.) We then plugged those game-level probabilities into the formulae for winning a series, which allowed us to incorporate both the results of games already played and the expected outcomes of future games based on Elo.In terms of series win probability, the Warriors rode a wild roller coaster against the Thunder. At the start, our Elo-based projections gave them a 70 percent chance to win the series. However, by the end of Game 4, that had dropped to just 17.5 percent. A solid Game 5 win helped their odds, but by Game 6 the Thunder had them on the ropes. Entering the fourth quarter of that game, the Warriors stood only a 4.3 percent chance of winning the series. 22000KnicksHeat2621.8 62013HeatSpurs4634.2 read more

Are The Winless Pelicans And Sixers Equally Bad

Embed Code FiveThirtyEight More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (Nov. 8 , 2016), we chat about Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott and wonder if the numbers can tell us anything about whether the Cowboys should start Tony Romo when he is healthy again. Then we preview FiveThirtyEight’s college football predictions and Neil Paine explains why working out the selection committee’s rankings makes forecasting the playoff a little harder than usual. Finally, new FiveThirtyEight sports writer Chris Herring joins to chat about bad teams in the NBA and whether the process is finally beginning to pay off for the Philadelphia 76ers. Plus, a special Election Day quiz on the best presidents in American history.Links to what we discussed:Neil Paine says Dak Prescott is already playing as well as Tony Romo ever has.ESPN Stats & Info explains why Dak Prescott was the best quarterback in the NFL last weekend.Neil Paine explains how FiveThirtyEight is predicting this year’s College Football Playoff.You can find the site’s predictions here.Tom Ziller at SB Nation says the New Orleans Pelicans and Anthony Davis are probably destined for a sad future.If you want to check out the historical rankings of U.S. presidents that we discussed at the end of the show, you can find them here.And Julia Azari wrote about how scholarly rankings of presidents are correlated with the presidents’ years of experience. read more

Football Urban Meyer and Ohio State begin preparation for No 9 Penn

Ohio State redshirt senior receivers Parris Campbell (21) and Johnnie Dixon (1) celebrate after Campbell records his second touchdown reception of the day. Ohio State defeated Tulane 49-6. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorFrom the moment Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer took the podium in his Monday press conference, one thing was on his mind. It was not his return to the sideline or Saturday’s 49-6 win against Tulane. It was No. 9 Penn State. Through four games this season, Meyer sees the same quality team even with the Nittany Lions having lost both running back Saquon Barkley and tight end Mike Gesicki to the NFL after last season. “We don’t see much difference at all,” Meyer said. “Scheme’s very similar to what they’ve done in the past and obviously the quarterback’s the guy that makes it go.”Along with preparing for redshirt senior quarterback Trace McSorley, Meyer said Ohio State will have to prepare for the atmosphere when the Buckeyes travel to State College, Pennsylvania, on Saturday. Meyer said the atmosphere at Beaver Stadium is “one of the tops in the country” and the fans are like the ones he sees in Ohio Stadium. “It’s just a difficult place. Certainly one of the top five stadiums to play in, hard to play in,” Meyer said. “Very loud and the fans are into it. And very good environment. Great environment.”Meyer said Ohio State has the leadership with several returning starters to lead the players into what many consider as a hostile road game. “It’s essential,” Meyer said. “You don’t win that game without good leadership.”Nick Bosa injury updateMeyer said Monday that junior defensive end Nick Bosa will not play against Penn State on Saturday. “Nick Bosa is still not ready,” Meyer said. “It’s going to be a few more weeks, but we expect him back.” Meyer said last week that Bosa would miss the Tulane game after undergoing surgery to repair a core muscle injury. The timetable on his return has still not been announced. In Monday’s press conference, the head coach said he has conversations with Bosa’s family about his recovery affecting his future, with many considering him as a top-10 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. “We’ve already had those discussions a little bit. But that’s down the road when he becomes healthy again,” Meyer said. “Those conversations will be had, but absolutely. Not that you treat anybody different than another player. I want to make sure that’s clear. But that’s a real conversation that we’re going to have.” Meyer also said Monday that redshirt junior defensive lineman Robert Landers and redshirt junior running back Mike Weber will play against Penn State on Saturday. read more