Vikings are on a mission

first_img The Vikings open their Mission Conference American Division schedule today against the Mounties (2-3), the team they defeated in overtime a year ago to claim the division title. LBCC is ranked 10th in Southern California while Mt. SAC is 20th. “Every game now is a playoff game for us,” said Long Beach coach Jerry Jaso. “We try to treat every game the same. We want to prepare to the utmost of our possibilities.” Technically, Long Beach City College’s football team takes a 3-2 record into today’s game against Mt. SAC at Veterans Stadium. Similarly, Cerritos takes a 2-3 mark into its game at Saddleback. But it could be argued each team is 0-0 as it enters Mission Conference divisional play today. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Cerritos’ Frank Mazzotta has similar feelings entering the Falcons’ Mission Conference National Division opener. The Gauchos (3-2) are ranked eighth in Southern California and are the defending MCND champs. “They’re the team we have to beat to have any chance at (winning the division),” said Mazzotta, whose team is coming off a thrilling 28-24 victory over LBCC two weeks ago. “We get them right out of the door. If we get by them, we’ve got a chance.” Defensive speed, especially on the line and at linebacker, has led LBCC this season. Mt. SAC features a huge offensive line “They look like they can maul you a little bit,” said Jaso as well as freshman quarterback Brian Hildebrand (56 for 99, 791 yards, 3 TDs, 5 interceptions) and leading rusher Randall Brown (63 carries, 265 yards, 3 TDs). The Vikings allow 304.6 yards per game. On offense, sophomore quarterback Alex Aispuro leads LBCC. The Jordan High graduate is ranked among the top 10 in the state in passer rating and is second in TDs (16) and yards (1,328). Sophomore flanker Stanley Franks has 35 catches for 440 yards and six TDs. Another sophomore quarterback, Jeff Kline, had a brilliant game for Cerritos against LBCC. The Los Alamitos High grad threw for 302 yards and two TDs against the Vikings, and Mazzotta is hoping for a similar performance today. center_img Saddleback averages 348.6 yards on offense, including 177.2 on the ground. The Falcons allow 232.6 rushing yards per game. “The scary part is, we’re not real good against the run,” said Mazzotta. Mazzotta hopes the momentum from the LBCC victory carries into today’s game. David Felton can be reached at or (562) 499-1318. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Team SA reaches out to international partners in Davos

first_imgThe South African delegation launched its participation in the World Economic Forum (WEF) 2018 with a range of interactions with international partners in government and business to position South Africa favourably and build partnerships to address global issues.Deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa is leading a hopeful Team SA to Davos for the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting.The World Economic Forum’s 2018 Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, brings together political, business and broader civil society leadership under the theme, “Creating a shared future in a fractured world”. The theme seeks to mobilise global leadership to develop responses to trends – including the rise of isolationism and extremism – that undermine efforts by the global community to foster openness, tolerance, integration and shared opportunity.The forum presents South Africa with various platforms to outline the country’s efforts to secure sustainable and inclusive economic growth; address governance weaknesses in the public and private sectors; and to contribute positively to the development of solutions to global challenges.South Africa continues to attract global interest in view of its position as a sophisticated, diverse and promising emerging market, as recently endorsed by Goldman Sachs Portfolio Strategy Research.South Africa’s first day at WEF 2018 – Tuesday 23 January 2018 – saw Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and his ministerial delegation participate in a range of public forums and bilateral meetings as part of positioning South Africa’s attractiveness as an investment destination, trade partner and member of the international community.As part of his working visit to WEF, the deputy president attended the opening plenary session of the forum as well as a plenary discussion on the conference theme.Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa, and Finance Minister, Malusi Gigaba, at the Pre-WEF Davos Breakfast. The latter believes it is critical to use WEF Davos as a platform to showcase Africa’s economic potential. (Image: GCIS)Deputy President Ramaphosa held bilateral meetings with President Paul Kagame of Rwanda; President João Lourenco of Angola; Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khayre of Somalia; Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam of Singapore and Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani of Qatar.The deputy president also had a bilateral meeting with WEF founder and executive director Professor Klaus Schwab to whom Deputy President Ramaphosa expressed South Africa’s appreciation for the forum’s continued support for and commitment to the development of Africa.In addition to positioning South Africa as a leading competitive and investment-friendly destination that is open for business, government continued to utilise the WEF Davos 2018 platform to bring attention to the significant centenary celebrations of the iconic global leader and late South African President, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.Deputy President Ramaphosa will be a contributor in a breakfast session entitled “Building Peace in Africa”. This will be complemented by various interactions by ministers and discussions between South African businesses and international partners.Deputy President Ramaphosa, together with several ministers, will participate in a country strategy dialogue on South Africa, which will focus international attention on measures to grow the South African economy and promote development. It will be attended by international and South African business people.The deputy president will also hold discussions with Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen of Denmark.Team South Africa’s day will culminate in a South Africa business dinner hosted by Brand South Africa.Enquiries:Tyrone Seale :  +27 83 5757 440: Acting spokesperson for the Deputy President of South AfricaDeputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is looking to position South Africa as an attractive investment destination. (Image: GCIS)Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

The Cutting Edge of Smart Cards: Japan’s Suica Card

first_imgRelated Posts Image credits: purprin; jpellgen; David Murakami Wood 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market richard macmanus Tags:#Internet of Things#Product Reviews#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… This week we’re looking at the world of Smart Cards. Yesterday we checked out the Oyster Card, an RFID-powered smart card that millions of Londoners are using to pay for public transport. It’s one of the largest implementations of RFID in the western world. However perhaps because of that scale, it’s also fairly conservative. Right now the Oyster Card is only used on public transport and there is little Internet functionality available. We can find a more cutting edge example of smart cards in, where else, Japan. The Suica card – produced by transport company JR East (East Japan Railway Company) – is used on most trains, subways and buses in the Greater Tokyo, Sendai and Niigata regions. It is also used in a variety of micro-payment scenarios. The main function of the Suica card is payment for train and bus rides. However the card is increasingly being used to make purchases at stores and kiosks within the train stations, as well as in airport stores and taxis. The card is also available as an option at some Japanese e-commerce stores. As of April 2009, over 28 million Suica cards were in circulation. Many people have more than one Suica card, so this number doesn’t equate to the amount of users. Suica stands for “Super Urban Intelligent Card.” Like the Oyster card, the Suica card uses RFID technology. Also noteworthy is that the Suica isn’t the only smart card option for Japan’s rail system – the Pasmo card is another popular one.There is a Mobile Suica, enabling Osaifu Keitai mobile phone users to use Suica via their phone instead of a card.There have been mashups made with Suica data. An example is Sherelog, a service that fetches data from Suica and “visualizes personal train-ride records on a large public map (or Google Map).”Suica Posters Connect to Net – But Note The Privacy Warnings Probably the best example of Internet applications built using Suica has been the ‘SuiPo’ (short for ‘Suica Poster’) sites. These are Suica-enabled advertising posters that, when scanned with a Suica card or phone, send further details to your email. As with anything RFID-related, there are privacy and security concerns. Surveillance expert David Murakami Wood says that while SuiPo are activated by consumers (and so are opt-in), they could also “lead to the accumulation of a lot of data on consumption interests.” He warns that this “potentially generates a massive consumer surveillance tool, because it can be linked up [to] travel patterns.” Wood helpfully translated the SuiPo webpage on privacy and data protection. He summarizes what Suica can do with user data as follows: 1. Sending the specific requested information to you;2. Improving services; 3. Data processing and analysis; 4. JR East’s promotional marketing; and 5. JR East customer questionnaires. Wood wryly notes that “Purposes 2 and 3 pretty much allow JR [East] to do anything it likes with the data.” ConclusionAs usual Japan is a number of years ahead of western countries in mobile technology. But hopefully this type of functionality on smart cards won’t be too far away in the U.S. and the rest of the world.To conclude, we recommend you watch these cute Japanese ads to see the full range of uses for Suica: A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Nithyananda has fled India: Gujarat Police

first_imgDaughters ‘illegally confined’ at Nithyananda’s ashram in Ahmedabad, alleges Bengaluru couple After the arrest of two disciples on charges of kidnapping, wrongful confinement and using children to collect donations from followers, controversial self-styled godman Swamy Nithyananda has fled the country, Gujarat Police said on Thursday.“We have learnt that Swamy Nithyananda has escaped from the country after a rape case was registered against him in Karnataka,” said Ahmedabad (Rural) Superintendent of Police (SP) R.V. Asari. He said the State police would go through the proper channel to seek his custody in connection with the case filed here. Since he was a key accused in the case, he would be arrested on his return to the country, he said.Also Read  Two children aged 9 and 10 years enrolled at the ashram had told the police they were tortured, made to work and kept in illegal confinement at a flat in the city for over ten days. Similar allegations were made by two other children rescued from the ashram in a complaint filed by their parents.On Thursday, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) sought a report from the Gujarat Education department explaining how the school’s land was leased out to Nithyananda’s ashram in Ahmedabad without its permission. DPS is affiliated to the CBSE. His disciples Pranpriya and Priyatatva were arrested on Tuesday and sent to five days’ police remand by a rural court here the next day. They were being questioned.Meanwhile, police on Thursday also arrested the Principal of the Delhi Public School near Ahmedabad where Nithyananda set up his ashram. According to police officials, Hitesh Puri violated government norms while leasing out land for the ashram. He was later released on bail.“School authorities failed to produce documents informing the police about leasing out the land,” said K.T. Kamaria, senior police official probing the sensational case.Also Read School land leased out to Nithyananda’s ashram: CBSE seeks report from Gujarat last_img read more

Lions slay Archers

first_imgMOST READ World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide View comments “We were down in the last few minutes but everybody stepped up. It’s really the trust and confidence of the players and our system that propelled us to win this game.”Fernandez reserved the biggest praise for Bolick, who minced no words in expressing his desire to beat La Salle every time, after he led the Lions to victory over the Archers in the elimination round.“He really wanted to prove himself in the first half,” said Fernandez, referring to his point guard who also had eight rebounds and six assists.“And I told him you cannot win alone. I told Robert, if you want to beat La Salle, you have to play within the team.”Jayvee Mocon added 13 points and Clint Doliguez came away with eight points for San Beda, which finished with an 11-0 card.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games 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 What ‘missteps’? Bolick reminded the Archers again of what they’ve lost as he nailed a triple with 8.5 seconds remaining to lift the Lions to a 75-72 triumph that completed a sweet sweep on Sunday night of the Filoil Flying V Premier Cup.The victory before a big Sunday crowd gave the Red Lions their second title in the preseason tournament at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe superb performance against the reigning champions of the UAAP augurs well for the upcoming season for the Lions who open their NCAA title defense against the San Sebastian Stags on July 8 at Mall of Asia Arena.“We won the Filoil, and hopefully we can win the NCAA,” said San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez, whose squad rallied from six points down in the final minute to complete a stunning comeback. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickencenter_img Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage It’s no secret how much joy San Beda guard Robert Bolick gets from playing against—and beating—his former team De La Salle.Although he has gone on to win an NCAA title with the Red Lions, the memory of his two seasons riding the Green Archers before they allowed him to walk away from Taft lingers for the do-it-all guard.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Alcantara, Otico rule overseas 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’last_img read more

NSW – Yr 7 & 8 All Schools State Final, Wallsend

first_imgWallsend Touch Complex, Lewis St, Wallsend.Details of the day are as follows:Managers Meeting 8:30amFirst Round Girls: 9:00amFirst Round Boys: 9:25amPlease note the State Final could possibly conclude as late as 3:00pmContact: NSW Touch AssociationPhone: (02) 9558 9333Email: