Watch Live PDF Box Score Drake has a fast turnaround with in-state rival Iowa State (1-0) coming to the Knapp Center Sunday for a 2 p.m. game. Sunday’s game is a “Blue Out” presented by Broadlawns Medical Center. The in-state contest will be streamed on ESPN+ and on Mediacom MC 22. Print Friendly Version The teams then traded baskets as the Jackrabbits tried to take the lead but they would only get as close as one point before Hittner and Rhine combined for nine-straight points to help pull away. Also big in the fourth quarter was sophomore Allie Wooldridge who converted a clutch three-point play. Iowa State 11/10/2019 – 2 PM Story Links HTML Box Score Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats 1350 ESPN Des Moines Mediacom MC22/ESPN+ Photo Gallery Full Schedule Roster Hittner scored 18 points, including five consecutive points late in the fourth quarter when South Dakota State was within one point. Rhine finished with a game-high 25 points and added seven rebounds, two steals and two blocks. She scored eight key points in the final period. Rose handed out a career-high nine assists, had eight points and pulled down five rebounds. She scored six of Drake’s first 13 points, making two three-pointers. DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s basketball team won its fifth-straight season opener with a 74-67 victory over South Dakota State Friday night at the Knapp Center. In the first quarter, Drake’s defense held South Dakota State to 30.2% from the field and forced eight Jackrabbits’ turnovers to lead 18-10. Paiton Burckhard and Myah Selland paced South Dakota State with 18 and 17 points, respectively. Drake newcomer Kierra Collier, who sat out last season after transferring from Washington, just missed double figures in her debut finishing with nine points to go with five assists. Drake (1-0) held off a resilient South Dakota State (0-1) squad coming off a 2019 Sweet 16 appearance and snapped a two-game losing streak to the Jackrabbits. South Dakota State got back into the game with a 21-13 third quarter, trimming Drake’s lead to two points with Tylee Irwin’s field goal at the 1:28 mark. Rhine though answered with a basket to lead by four heading into the final quarter. She made another at the start of the fourth and scored the team’s first five points in the final period. Next Game: After Drake led by as many as 15 points in the second period, South Dakota State drew within seven points with just over two minutes left. However, Drake closed the period on a 7-2 scoring run to lead 38-26 at halftime. The Bulldogs’ senior trio of Becca Hittner, Sara Rhine and Brenni Rose each stepped up in key situations to hold off South Dakota State, which nearly rallied from a double-digit deficit.
Robin van Persie and Shinji Kagawa scored their first goals for Manchester United as Sir Alex Ferguson’s men hit back after Damien Duff’s early opener.Fulham took advantage of some shoddy United defending to go ahead in the third minute at Old Trafford.Bryan Ruiz rolled a free-kick in towards Duff, who was given time and space to fire past keeper David De Gea.United levelled when Van Persie volleyed Patrice Evra’s left-wing cross into the top corner of the net.And Kagawa put them in front 10 minutes before the break, tapping in from two yards out after keeper Mark Schwarzer could only parry Tom Cleverley’s shot.Worse followed for Fulham when an unmarked Rafael doubled United’s advantage by heading in Ashley Young’s cross.But Fulham were twice unlucky not to pull a goal back – first when Duff was denied by a fine save from De Gea, and then when Mladen Petric’s drive hit the keeper’s legs and then bounced onto the bar.Click here for the Man Utd v Fulham quizFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
The Raiders surprised some people by taking Clelin Ferrell at No. 4 in the NFL Draft.Not that the Ted Hendricks Award winner wasn’t a great player for national champion Clemson. It’s just that most people pegged him as a mid-to-late first-round pick since Khalil Mack, for example, had gone No. 5 overall.Ferrell, the youngest of nine kids, sat down to discuss the term “rookie,” criticism over how high he was drafted … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile device
SANTA CLARA – Kyle Shanahan was the Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator, Jimmy Garoppolo a New England Patriots rookie and Nick Bosa a high school junior in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.This was Thanksgiving 2014, a flashpoint in the 49ers’ ensuing freefall from playoff contention.Now flash forward to the 49ers’ long-awaited, holy-moly resurgence. Their leading characters aren’t showing up at Levi’s Stadium on Monday … Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.
The uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park has outstanding natural beauty, Africa’s highest mountain range south of Kilimanjaro, a fascinating and ancient geology, some of the rarest animals in the world – and the largest, richest and most concentrated series of rock art in Africa. In 2000 it became the fourth site in South Africa to be granted World Heritage status by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco).World Heritage in South AfricaDid you know that Table Mountain has more plant species than the British Isles? Or that the Vredefort Dome is the world’s largest and oldest meteor impact crater? SA is home to seven Unesco World Heritage sites, places of “outstanding value to humanity”.Internationally, there are 812 World Heritage sites, in 137 countries. Africa has 65 sites and South Africa a total of seven. Three of these are cultural sites and three natural. The Drakensberg, because of its remarkable geology and unmatched wealth of San rock art, is a mixed cultural and natural World Heritage site.The uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park lies in the west of KwaZulu-Natal on the Lesotho border. It is 243 000 hectares in size, stretching 150 kilometres from Royal Natal National Park in the north to Cobham Forest Station in the south.Both the Zulu name uKhahlamba – barrier of spears – and the Afrikaans name Drakensberg – dragon mountains – fit the formidable horizon created by the range.A massive basaltic cap set on a broad base of sedimentary rocks belonging to the Stormberg series of 150-million years ago, the mountains are South Africa’s main watershed.For more than 4 000 years they were home to the indigenous San people, who created a vast body of rock art – the largest and most concentrated collection in Africa. There are some 600 sites and 35 000 individual images in the Drakensberg.In describing the park’s natural heritage, Unesco notes its “exceptional natural beauty in its soaring basaltic buttresses, incisive dramatic cutbacks and golden sandstone ramparts. Rolling high altitude grasslands, the pristine steep-sided river valleys and rocky gorges also contribute to the beauty of the site.”The giant lizardThe ox-wagons of Boer settlers had to negotiate the Drakensberg’s steep passes in 1837 during the Great Trek from the Cape Colony. The apocryphal tale goes that, 40 years later, the name Drakensberg was coined when a Boer father and son reported seeing a dragon, a giant lizard with wings and a tail, flying above the cloud-covered mountain peaks.The Tugela Falls in the Drakensberg is the second-highest waterfall in the world, with a total drop of 947 metres (Photo: John Hone, Art Publishers)From the massive basalt cliffs of its northern reaches to the soaring sandstone buttresses in the south, the range is the highest in Africa south of Kilimanjaro. It is home to the world’s second-highest waterfall, the Tugela Falls, with a total drop of 947 metres. They are easily viewed after a heavy rain from the main road into the park. (The highest waterfall in the world is the 979-metre Salto Angel in Venezuela.)The Drakensberg’s natural and cultural wealth has made it one of South Africa’s top tourist destinations. Accommodation caters for all tastes and budgets, from luxury resorts and hotels to guest-houses, bed-and-breakfast establishments, caravan parks and cabins.Huts and listed caves are available for those who prefer to hike the mountains. Thousands of trails are marked across the Drakensberg, from short ambles through indigenous fern forests to more strenuous expeditions through the mountains’ hills and passes.The park offers four golf courses, as well as horse trails, scenic self-drives, trout streams for fishing, and mountain climbing and abseiling activities.Ancient rock art heritageThe uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park is also a monument to the San hunter-gatherers, who lived there from the Stone Age until the late 19th century – a 4 000-year occupation.San artists used red, orange, yellow, black and white, derived from mixing clay, burnt wood and ochre oxides (Photo: South African Tourism)Living in the sandstone caves and rock shelters of the Drakensberg’s valleys, the San made paintings that Unesco describes as “world famous and widely considered one of the supreme achievements of humankind . outstanding in quality and diversity of subject and in their depiction of animals and human beings . which throws much light on their way of life and their beliefs.“The rock art of the Drakensberg is the largest and most concentrated group of rock paintings in Africa south of the Sahara, and is outstanding both in quality and diversity of subject.”Originally roaming freely throughout southern Africa, the San were forced to take refuge in the mountains with the 13th-century migration of Bantu-speaking people into the region and, later, European colonisation. San culture disappeared from the Drakensberg at the end of the 19th century.The artists used red, orange, yellow, black and white, derived from mixing clay, burnt wood and ochre oxides. The paintings have a documentary aspect, showing the San interacting with one other and their environment. Hunting scenes are common. The subject-matter changed with the arrival of the settlers from the north and the colonisers from Europe.The oldest painting on a rock shelter wall in the Drakensberg dates back about 2 400 years, but paint chips at least a thousand years older have also been found.Rich natural heritage“Rolling high altitude grasslands, the pristine steep-sided river valleys and rocky gorges contribute to the beauty of the site,” Unesco writes of the Drakensberg. “The site’s diversity of habitats protects a high level of endemic and globally threatened species, especially birds and plants.”Protea nubigena is found nowhere on earth except on a high ridge in the Royal Natal section of the Drakensberg (Photo: Ruhr University)Of the 2 153 plant species in the park, a remarkable 98 are endemic or near-endemic. These include the extremely rare Protea nubigena, a plant found nowhere on earth except on a high ridge in the Royal Natal section of the park.Part of the reason for the Drakensberg’s rich biodiversity is its exremes of altitude, from 1 000 metres above sea level to 3 500 metres. It is home to aquatic, forest, scrub, fynbos, savannah, mountain grassland and heath plant families, including a large number of species listed in the Red Data Book of threatened plants, with 119 species listed as globally endangered.For the birdsThe park is also home to 299 recorded bird species – an astonishing 37% of all non-marine avian species in southern Africa. Ten of the park’s bird species are listed as important to world conservation. These include the globally endangered Cape parrot and white-winged flufftail, and the globally threatened corncrake, lesser kestral and yellow-breasted pipit. The blue crane, Cape vulture and bald ibis are counted as globally vulnerable, while the pallid harrier and black harrier are on the near-threatened list.Among the park’s 48 species of mammal are the threatened eland and endemic grey rhebuck, which each currently number around 2 000 – the highest population nationally. Its colonies of clawless and spotted neck otters are also the largest in South Africa.An ancient geologyThe imposing Drakensberg escarpment is the product of millions of years of sculpting by the elements, with its foundations formed over billions of years.A satellite image of the most elevated stretch of the Drakensberg, composed of severely eroded basalt capping a sandstone base (Photo: Radar Remote Sensing Group, University of Cape Town)Eons ago, the place was an enormous inland lake, lying on the ancient supercontinent of Gondwanaland. Sediments carried into the lake were deposited on granite foundations, which formed almost three billion years ago. Today, in areas such as Wit Umfolozi, Old Baldy in the Valley of a Thousand Hills, and Kloof Gorge, small portions of these grandfather granites are exposed and visible.The sediments of mud and sand were deposited for millions of years into the vast central swamp, home to dinosaurs. Compacted by the immense pressure of the overlying layers, they built up about 490 million years ago. Today the resultant sandstone can be seen in the typical table-top shapes of the Valley of a Thousand Hills and Oribi Gorge.The next layer of sediments deposited over the Beaufort sandstones built up the blue and grey Molteno and red Elliot formations about 200 million years ago. These form the small cliffs in the Drakensberg foothills. The layer is easily recognised from the tiny quartz crystals that make it sparkle in the sun. Millennia later, the San used the even Molteno layers as a canvas for their art.Some 160 million years ago, enormous internal pressures caused the supercontinent of Gondwanaland to crack and drift apart, forming the different continents we have today. Enormous cracks in the crust of the African continent caused massive lava flows, which were to create the Drakensberg.The thick lavas flowed and cooled, flowed and cooled, adding up to 50 metres of lava at a time. Over 20-million years these flows built up a deposit of basaltic rock over 1.5 kilometres thick in some places, covering an area from Lesotho to most of KwaZulu-Natal and as far as Mozambique and the Indian Ocean.The lava stopped flowing about 140-million years ago. Since then, erosion has been the dominant force in the mountains, forming the imposing peaks and steep-sided valleys we know today.Through the centuries, the slow build-up of soil on the steep slopes has provided a base for vegetation, food for the vast herds of game that once roamed the grasslands.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
15 July 2008State telecommunications company Telkom has announced its willingness to work with the Department of Trade and Industry’s incentive programme by significantly dropping the costs of bandwidth for the business process outsourcing and offshoring (BPO&O) industry in South Africa.BPO involves relocating business processes that a company usually performs in-house to a third-party service provider, such as a customer care or call centre, to carry out on behalf of the company. Outsourcing becomes offshoring when the third-party service provider is located overseas.“We do not expect to make any profit from the BPO sector,” Telkom group executive for strategy Steven Hayward said at a national BPO&O conference in Durban last week. “We are prepared to do this for the department’s incentive programme and the BPO industry.”In 2004, Hayward said, two megabits of bandwidth cost R250 000 a month, which was “absolutely exorbitant”. This had gone down to R200 000 a month in 2005, R135 000 a month in 2006 and R105 000 in 2007.“This year the price for the same amount of bandwidth will be R88 000,” Hayward said.He also announced that Telkom was now offering its multi-protocol label switching (MPLS) technology – which has voice carrying capabilities and is far less expensive than its equivalents – to the local industry at R50 000.US market ‘under-exploited’Craig Reines, managing director of US-based BPO giant TeleTech, which recently set up a facility in Cape Town, told the conference that South Africa should be at the top of the list when it comes to business process outsourcing and offshoring.India, he noted, had a BPO industry that has grown by over 500 000 jobs since 2004, but unlike South Africa had suffered two major terrorist attacks and four significant natural disasters in that time.Over the same period, another of South Africa’s competitors, the Philippines, had had six terrorist bombings, 50 media assassinations, three attempted coups and seven super typhoons, as well as earthquakes registering above 7.5 on the Richter Scale.Reines asked why South Africa was under-exploiting the BPO opportunities that existed in North America, despite its being the United States’ 10th largest trading partner.Trade and Industry Minister Mandisi Mpahlwa echoed Reines, telling conference delegates that while the Euro-zone would remain a strategic BPO market for South Africa – “as we get to deal with their service needs in real time” – the United States would be targeted for its potential.The minister explained that as Americans were getting ready to go to bed, South Africans were getting ready to go to work, “and we could therefore deal with their service requirements overnight, allowing the problem to be dealt with by the time they arrived back at work the next morning.”Industry poised to grow globallyMpahlwa said the BPO&O industry was expected to have a global value of around US$50-billion in 2008 and to grow by 50% per annum over the next three to four years, creating an additional 3-million direct jobs worldwide.“However, it is also anticipated that there will be some unmet demand, as existing centres will not be able to maintain or grow their supply for a number of reasons,” including talent and infrastructure “bottlenecks” in traditional BPO centres such as the Philippines.At the same time, the global increase in prices had forced many companies to cut costs, particularly in the United States, creating an added incentive for businesses to shift certain functions, such as after-sales service and data processing – overseas.“What this means is that a window of opportunity exists for us to further develop the sector in our country, and to do so as rapidly as possible,” the minister said.Support programme“Certainly the evidence exists that rapid development is possible,” he added, noting that R658-million in investment value had been attracted, and more than 25 000 direct and indirect jobs had been created, since the launch of the government’s BPO&O support programme in 2007.This programme includes a BPO&O investment incentive comprising an investment grant of between R37 000 and R60 000 per seat, and a Training and Skills Support Grant – to help cover the costs of company-specific training – of up to R12 000 per agent.Mpahlwa said the department would be looking to raise these incentives further still.Andrew Briggs, sales group executive at Dimension Data, said that while the government had shown commitment to making South Africa’s BPO industry more attractive, the cost and ease of doing business in the country remained a concern.Source: BuaNews
13 March 2013South Africa’s olive industry has enjoyed a recent growth spurt and has the potential to expand even further following a 50% slowdown in Spanish production, says Pam Golding Properties manager in the Karoo region, Wayne Rubidge.“In fact, olive farming is one of the fastest growing activities in South Africa’s agricultural sector,” Rubidge said in a statement.Demand from foreign markets is causing an upward swing in production due to low European production and the quality of South African olive oil;import tariffs are also expected to boost local olive oil production.“About 68% of South Africa’s olive consumption comes from mostly inferior European products, and with the general world shortage, the olive index is up by a massive 50%,” he said.The country generally has small olive oil consumption patterns, despite its long tradition of olive growing. According to Rubidge, the country’s first olives were produced by Jan van Riebeeck at Boschheuwel in 1661, with the first commercial olives seen about 200 years later.“In contrast to traditional olive oil consuming countries, where per capita consumption of olive oil ranges between 12 to 36 litres, the average South African consumes a mere 80 millilitres – 0.08 litres – per annum,” he said.“This highlights the tremendous opportunity for growth and expansion in this country.”The primary olive producing areas in South Africa are in the Karoo region of the Western Cape, which boasts favourable conditions and climate for olive growing with winter rainfall and a dry summer.The interests of the country’s olive growers, olive oil producers, table olive producers and olive tree nurseries are represented by the South African Olive Industry Association.“The total South African consumption is approximately 65-million, of which local production is currently less than 32%,” Rubidge said.“Local production is solely extra virgin at present [and] local production of table olives is estimated at 3 000 tonnes per annum while 2 000 tonnes are imported annually – 40%.“Considering these statistics, there is no doubt that this farming sector offers significant potential for growth,” he said.SAinfo reporter
Millions of dollars of wasted energy“I’ve found that we can indeed make pasta in just a few cups of water and save a good deal of energy,” McGee reported. “Not that much in your kitchen or mine — just the amount needed to keep a burner on high for a few more minutes.” RELATED ARTICLES An Induction Cooktop for Our KitchenAll About Microwave OvensChoosing an Energy-Efficient Refrigerator McGee continued, “But Americans cook something like a billion pounds of pasta a year, so those minutes could add up. My rough figuring indicates an energy savings at the stove top of several trillion BTUs. At the power plant, that would mean saving 250,000 to 500,000 barrels of oil, or $10 million to $20 million at current prices.”McGee’s article is posted at The New York Times Web site. The traditional method for cooking pasta wastes energy, according to columnist Harold McGee. McGee, who writes the “Curious Cook” column for The New York Times, recently investigated whether 4 to 6 quarts of boiling water are really necessary to cook a single pound of pasta.After experimenting in his kitchen and consulting with Italian chefs, McGee concluded that a pound of pasta can be cooked to perfection using a mere 1 1/2 to 2 quarts of water, as long as the cook stirs the pasta for the first 1 or 2 minutes of cooking.
In the first auction of its kind in the U.S., a Rhode Island-based company has agreed to pay $3.8 million to lease offshore wind sites off Massachusetts and Rhode Island where it will install 200 turbines with a total capacity of 1,000 MW.According to a Bloomberg News report, power production could begin in 2018.Deepwater Wind LLC won rights to an area covering more than 164,000 acres about 9 miles south of the Rhode Island coast. The U.S. Interior Department said the power generated on the site would be enough to power 1 million houses.Deepwater CEO Jeff Grybowski said the project could cost as much as $5 billion, including $1 billion for transmitting the power to shore. The electricity will be sold in southern New England and on Long Island, New York.Grybowski said the turbines, which have not been selected, would have a capacity of at least 6 MW.There are currently no large offshore wind farms in the U.S. Two other federal leases off the coast of Delaware and in Nantucket Sound off Massachusetts have been issued without auctions, according to The Wall Street Journal, and Bloomberg News reports more East Coast leases will be offered by the government in the next nine months.
Tags:#AliPay#api#Apple#featured#Internet of Things#IoT#mobile#mobile wallet#Ovum#Payments#top#wechat#WePay Follow the Puck It’s safe to say by this point that the launch of the Pay platforms, like Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and so on, haven’t exactly set the world alight.Usage numbers remain difficult to come by, always a telling sign, and while growth may be slow and steady, it’s not the death knell for banks in the payments industry that so many expected and warned us about. Understandably many are now starting to wonder if the revolution is dead on arrival or simply on pause.See also: Contactless payments just got easier in SingaporeThe exceptions to this are of course the merchant led initiatives, like the ubiquitous Starbucks app, and similar offerings from companies like Dunkin Donuts, and Walmart Pay. That’s fine and good for very large scale brands who have the customer reach to gain that crucial real estate on a mobile device, but where does that leave the rest of the market? Perhaps more importantly, the limited success of dedicated mobile payment apps run the risk of making card issuing banks and indeed a lot of merchants complacent in their positioning as kings of the payments pile.Perhaps more importantly, the limited success of dedicated mobile payment apps run the risk of making card issuing banks and indeed a lot of merchants complacent in their positioning as kings of the payments pile.Mobile payments still a potential juggernautThe threat — or opportunity — of mobile payments hasn’t dissipated. It’s evolved into something different. The biggest shifts on the mobile payments front come from the rise of broader mobile ecosystem platforms. These are platforms that are multi-functional, mobile driven, increasingly global, and in many instances include a range of financial services embedded into another platform. While most payment executives don’t want to admit it, payments to most consumers are simply not an interesting proposition on their own and need that broader functionality to gain those critical user numbers.The most visibly successful of these is mobile ecosystems is course Alipay Wallet, a platform that includes a host of social, shopping and other functions and holds user numbers that would make Apple’s eyes water. Rival Tencent’s WeChat Pay platform, which Ovum forecasts will reach 1.2 billion daily active users by the end of 2017, by contrast, embeds payments not only into social messaging channels but into the real world for use at the POS.In India, we find the rise of Paytm, one of Alipay’s parent Ant Financials first big investment forays outside of China. Paytm like Alipay holds a variety of functions within the platform itself like bill payment, event ticketing and so on.This focus on developing a broader ecosystem, lies at the heart of moves by payments providers like Visa to open up their technology capabilities via extensive API libraries. Whereas in the past Visa, or more often than not the telco’s, would have attempted to push themselves into the market as the big customer-facing brand that all other wallet participants would have to bow down to, usually for a price, they’re now moving to make themselves the centre of a broader ecosystem of developers and platforms. In essence, this is a strategic shift away from viewingIn essence, this is a strategic shift away from viewing fintechs as existential competitive threats to viewing them as partners, and avenues for further growth. The customer facing component may be weakened but does it matter if you’re still drawing the transactions?APIs still core to new infrastructureAPIs aren’t new to financial services, and they form a core architectural component of much new infrastructure in terms of service orchestration and integration into what are typically very complex environments.However, the regulatory mandates from the likes of PSD2 and Open API Banking Platforms are in many ways a Pandora’s Box set to open up a new wave of innovation we haven’t seen before. The hope is competition and transparency and openness will improve, but from the customer experience perspective, no one really knows what this might look like. With many banks looking to recoup their investments in things like immediate payments infrastructure, open APIs may be the lifeline they need to finally deliver truly engaging customer-focused overlay services.For most banks and financial institutions, the shift to open APIs is more a challenge of mindset rather than a technology issue, although that also remains easier said than done. Most banks remain product-led in their thinking and are naturally conservative when it comes to partnership, openness, and sharing of data. However, as open API’s gain traction in financial services, this will likely lead to a renaissance of mobile wallet development and participation. The building blocks are now falling into place and where we go from here is anyone’s guess. Gilles Ubaghs What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You…