Fly the Flag for Football Toolkit

first_imgSouth African football fans.(Image: Chris Kirchhoff,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For morefree photos, visit the image library)Brand South Africa has produced a toolkit that organisations and individuals can use to get 2010 Fifa World Cup fever going among all South Africans.The Fly the Flag for Football presentation offers a number of tools and downloads for encouraging enthusiasm for the upcoming football extravaganza, organised according to four activation ideas:Football FridaysFly the Flag for FootballThe Diski DanceThe national anthemView the presentation in your browser now by clicking on the link below, or right-click to save it to your computer:The Fly the Flag for Football ToolkitBrand South Africa+27 11 483-0122info@brandsouthafrica.comlast_img

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Odisha training tribal women to make jackfruit chips

first_imgThe Odisha Rural Development and Marketing Society, with the support of several other organisations, has started a project to provide income to women in the tribal-dominated Koraput district. Since July, over 1,000 tribal women have been trained to prepare tasty, marketable and hygienically prepared jackfruit chips.“The aim is to start mass production during summer months next year,” said ORMAS Deputy CEO Roshan Kumar Kartik. Out of the 14 blocks of the district, 12 have a large number of jackfruit trees, but only 10% of the produce is consumed locally. Usually tribals sell these at ₹5 to ₹10 per fruit to middlemen who send it outside. A large number gets wasted. However, fried jackfruit chips fetch ₹250 to ₹350 per kg. According to ORMAS, each kilogram of jackfruit chips can provide at least ₹100 profit to these women.Apart from providing training in chips making and packaging, it has been decided to establish three large scale production and packaging units at Sunabeda, Jeypore and Laxmipur. The units will be managed by Koraput Agro Products Producers’ Company, an organisation of women farmers promoted by ORMAS and the Odisha Livelihood Mission. Forest and Agriculture Departments are also supporting the project.last_img read more

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IPL 2011: Kings XI Punjab vs Chennai Super Kings- KXIP win by 6 wkts

first_imgPunjab opener Paul Valthaty scored the first ton of IPL-4 as Punjab cashed down the highest total of the season to beat Chennai by a convincing six-wicket margin. Score | PhotosChasing 189, Valthaty carried his bat through scoring an unbeaten 120 helping his to victory at the PCA Stadium in Mohali on Wednesday.Punjab openers Adam Gilchrist and Paul Valthaty got off to a flyer keeping in mind the massive target. The duo dealt in boundaries and over the fence shots and by the time the fifth over got over Punjab total was a good 49. But, the inevitable happened as skipper Adam Gilchrist departed to a Morne Morkel delivery that took the edge of his bat and Chennai’s Sri Lankan import Suraj Randiv took a fine catch in the deep. He fell to 19 and Punjab lost their opener on 61/1 in the sixth over.Then opener Paul Valthaty and Shaun Marsh helped Punjab score past the 100 run mark but as soon as they reached the figure Marsh got run out on the first ball of the 11th over and Punjab fell to 110/2. The pace of the scoring rate continued despite the fall of wickets as one man who was doing major damage was still at the crease. He was Paul Valthaty, who kept dealing in boundaires and he even got a life when Morne Morkel dropped him off Suraj Randiv.Randiv didn’t get his wicket but accounted to the other batsman Sunny Singh four ball later to reduce Punjab to 136/3 in the 14th over. The first ball of the next over saw Kiwi Tim Southee claim Abhishek Nayar cheaply and Punjab were down to 136/4.advertisementValthaty went on to score the first century of this edition of the IPL hitting a four off Morkel in the 17th over. Soon the mammoth target looked well within reach and Chennai had clearly lost the plot and there was moer to come as skipper Dhoni dropped a catch of Dinesh Karthik in the 19th over to help Punjab’s cause.Minutes later, Valthaty (120 n.o.) and Karthik (21 n.o.) were seen hugging each other with Punjab win by 6 wickets written on the large scoreboard. And they did it in good time with five balls remaining.Chennai innings Murali Vijay (74) and Subramaniam Badrinath (66 n.o.) put on 124 for the third wicket as Chennai scored a mammoth 188/4 against Punjab.Earlier, Punjab skipper Adam Gilchrist won the toss and put the opposition batsmen in the middle — a decision keeping in mind the PCA pitch. And Punjab paceman Praveen Kumar did justice to his skipper’s decision by scalping opener Srikkanth Anirudha and then following it up with Suresh Raina’s wicket on the next one. Praveen missed the hat-trick but Chennai were reduced to 0/2 in the first two balls.After those two wickets, opener Murali Vijay and S Badrinath attempted a revival of innings batting steadily at the PCA pitch. Gradually the two upped the tempo and started milking the opposition bowlers. Soon Chennai, who were tottering on 0/2 were way past the 100-run mark in good time.Finally, Murali Vijay departed after scoring 74. A Piyush Chawla turner that landed on Vijay’s toes failed to give him enough room to play. He missed and skipper Adam Gilchrist stumped him. But Vijay played his part well falling after a fine 124-run stand with Badrinath.Soon Punjab were the ones facing the music as Chennai skipper MS Dhoni and S Badrinath charged away at the opposition bowlers. Praveen Kumar, who had caused early destruction, too was not spared. A four in the18th over was followed by two over the fence shots and then the last ball was sent away again by skipper Dhoni to finish the over with 22 runs.At death Dhoni and Badrinath went hammer and tongs. The duo put on 64 runs off just 31 balls to post the highest score in the tournament so far — 188/4 in their stipulated 20 overs. Dhoni was especially brutal scoring 43 off just 20 balls. Eventually he fell to Ryan Harris on the last ball of the innings, but the damage was done. Badrinath remained unbeaten on 66.last_img read more

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Leaked dongle hints at end of the headphone jack on Galaxy Note

first_imgA leaked adapter signals the possible end of the headphone jack on the Galaxy Note 10.  Roland Quandt The headphone jack on phones had a good run, but like all good things, it eventually must end. That end seems to have finally arrived with Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 10 line. After being one of the last holdouts against the trend of ditching the headphone jack, it appears that Samsung is going to do just that for the Note 10 line. In leaked images shared Thursday by Roland Quandt and SamMobile, it seems pretty clear Samsung is planning a 3.5mm headphone jack to USB-C dongle for its new Note 10 and 10 Plus.  Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Apple • Share your voice Samsung Galaxy Note 10 (Plus) #donglelife pic.twitter.com/FmXsMkvF9h— Roland Quandt (@rquandt) August 1, 2019 Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Comments See All Phones 7 Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier The dongle itself looks like, well, a headphone adapter no different than what Apple makes for its iPhones or Google makes for its Pixels. But it signals the end of an era, showing that Samsung may indeed be planning to move on without the port going forward. It is unclear if Samsung will include the dongle in the box (like Google) or charge separately for it (like Apple). That answer, as well as Samsung’s heavily rumored and leaked next flagships, will likely need to wait until Samsung’s Unpacked event on Aug. 7. Samsung didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.  reading • Leaked dongle hints at end of the headphone jack on Galaxy Note 10 Tags Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Rumors Google Samsung Applelast_img read more

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This group of islands is coming up with its own cryptocurrency

first_imgBitcoin, Ethereum are types of cryptocurrencies availableReutersThe Republic of the Marshall Islands, an island country located in the central Pacific Ocean, is set to become the first sovereign nation to issue cryptocurrency as a legal tender.The parliament of the group of more than 1,200 islands with a population of about 50,000 on Wednesday passed a law declaring digital coin, named Sovereign (SOV), as its new currency. It will be issued later this year.Neema, an Israel-based startup that facilitates international money transfers via an application, will develop the underlying technology of the new cryptocurrency.”SOV is a big deal because, until now, all cryptos were in regulatory limbo,” Barak Ben-Ezer, co-founder of Neema, told Bitcoin Magazine.The move comes at a time when financial regulators around the world are growing increasingly hostile against digital currencies.The Securities and Exchange Commission of the United States have issued dozens of subpoenas and information requests to technology companies and advisers involved in cryptocurrencies, Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday citing people familiar with the matter.Meanwhile, the European Central Bank has repeatedly issued warnings about the dangers of investing in digital currencies.The government of Marshall Islands will arrange an initial coin offering, proceeds of which will be used to fill its coffers ahead of the termination of U.S. reparations payments, for sustainability projects related to climate change and green energy, among others.The Marshall Islands currently uses the U.S. dollar as its currency. The republic’s main sources of revenue are substantial U.S. subsidies under a Compact of Free Association and the leasing of land for the U.S. missile testing range on Kwajalein, a coral formation in the western chain of the Republic of the Marshall Islands.Earlier this year, Venezuela launched a cryptocurrency called Petro, claiming that it was the world’s first sovereign cryptocurrency.last_img read more

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Holidaymakers suffering due to mismanagement BNP

first_imgBNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi. Prothom Alo File PhotoBNP on Saturday alleged that Eid holidaymakers are going through immense sufferings on their way home due to the “mismanagement” of the government authorities, reports UNB.”There’re long tailbacks on the highways near the ferry terminals, including Dhaka-Aricha one. Trains are packed and their roofs are overcrowded as the government didn’t take proper steps to ensure the smooth journey of home-goers,” said party senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.He further said, “Trains schedules are collapsing while vehicles cannot ply smoothly for the poor condition of roads and mismanagement. People are suffering due to the government’s mismanagement.”The BNP leader came up with the allegation while distributing leaflets of their party in the city’s Gulshan area to create awareness among people about dengue.He criticised the government for its failure to maintain train schedules as passengers have to wait for long hours at Kamalapur Railway Station. “Why people are being forced to wait 12 hours to catch their trains when the government always talks about development?”Rizvi also came down hard on the government for its failure to control the dengue outbreak. “They’re spraying ineffective insecticide to kill mosquitos. It’s the medicine to keep mosquito asleep for a while. When the mosquitos wake up after five minutes, they again bite people.”He said people want to know who plundered crores of taka in the name of importing mosquito-killing insecticide from abroad.The BNP leader said the government has kept their chairperson Khaleda Zia and many opposition leaders and activists in jail by obliterating justice and the rule of law.He urged people to get ready for waging a movement to free Khaleda Zia from jail and restore democracy in the country.last_img read more

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200 not done

first_imgIt is a truth universally acknowledged that the life of an author is in her creations. And personal preferences of readers aside, if there is one book that one identifies Jane Austen with, from among the many wonderful ones she has written, it has to be Pride and Prejudice. Published in 1813, the Elizabeth-Darcy romance celebrates 200 years of its life this year, and if the many articles that are being written to mark the occasion is any proof, their popularity today is no less than when the book was published. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’What one is unsure of though, is whether Austen, an open critique of the stereotypes society expected men, and more importantly women, to confirm to, would approve of the book surviving as an epic romance.Two hundred years after Austen’s signature piece was published, the one element or character that overshadows the rest of Pride and Prejudice, is Darcy and his relationship with the book’s female protagonist, Elizabeth Bennett. Reams have been written analysing taciturn Darcy’s charm for women. He is proud and perverse, brash and opinionated, critical even of the one he loves, difficult to please and reluctant to praise, and yet women over generations have loved and idolised him. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixPoor Elizabeth has not been so lucky with the men. She is too independent and proud a heroine, with no frivolous failing, coy art, or weakness to soften her cool good sense, to fan undying passion in the men. Few indeed are the Darcies among the book’s male readers, who would go beyond her ‘just tolerable’ first appearance to appreciate the ‘intelligent’ eyes and their expressions. Or is it that there are just few men who would read Jane Austen’s magnum opus unless they are not forced to, because it is part of their syllabus. Most men are disdainful of the ‘chicklit romance-meets-feminist ideology’ as the book is referred to by many. My introduction to Pride and Prejudice happened in school, at an age when my friends were still finishing their Nancy Drews and graduating to their first Mills and Boon. Having never read a Mills and Boon, but having heard enough descriptions of ‘tall, dark and handsome’ M&B heroes who held my friends’ imaginations captive, I did the predictable and promptly fell in love with Darcy. He was better than any M&B hero (he had brains, wrote well, and read books, to give an intellectual edge to his smouldering good looks). It would be years before I reached college and as part of my literature course would read analyses of Darcy as the archetypical romance hero. It was also here that I would read Austen’s letters and essays that would give me a peek into the writer’s mind, and start seeing glimpses of her creator in Elizabeth. It was also here that I would be introduced to Pride and Prejudice as a social commentary and not just a great romance (or mother of all chicklits).For all Darcy’s faults, his relationship with Elizabeth is for Austen, the prototype of the perfect marriage, if there can be a perfect marriage. Proud and opinionated though they both are, Elizabeth and Darcy complement each other, correct each other and together form a unit that others look up to. Elizabeth’s sister Jane and Darcy’s friend Bingley come a close second, but they are both too easy going to be firm even when required, unlike Elizabeth and Darcy who blend a good heart and noble sentiments with cool good sense. Elizabeth’s youngest sister Lydia and Wickham’s marriage is, to put it lightly, rash, based on fleeting passion rather than real love or respect for their partner.Marriage was important in Austen’s world, especially for the women. Unmarried women were perceived to be a burden for the family, and the brother, who were forced to take care of them. There were a few unfortunate women, forced to work as governesses, but of course they lost all claims to social hierarchy when they those to work. And so, apart from the few, like Darcy’s cousin Anne, who had an independent income fixed on them by their fathers, marriage for girls like Elizabeth’s friend Charlotte, was the only respectable option and explains why a girl of Charlotte’s good sense marries Mr Collins, who no girl with an iota of self respect can be in love with. Unfortunately, a girl with little fortune also had little chance of attracting a wealthy or noble match, unless so great was her beauty and charm that her personal attractions could make up for the deficiencies of her birth. With marriage the prime objective for women from the time she turns 16, the vast majority, with neither great good looks, nor fortune or family name, could ill afford to be choosy when it came to their matrimonial partners.The term spinster, used for an unmarried woman, originated in the medieval era as spinning wool was one of the few means of livelihood available to a woman to live independently of male economic support. But for ever afterwards, the term has left a bitter aftertaste and is used to refer to a stereotype of an older woman who is unmarried, childless, prissy and repressed.Two hundred years after Pride and Prejudice was published, not much has changed in society. Women have become increasingly financially independent, but much as a girl hates to admit it, marriage remains, for the majority a social security that not many will find the courage to renounce. So much so, that a modern-day Collins with comfortable means, but little else to recommend him as a husband, is still too proud to imagine a woman capable of refusing him. Worse, he can rape her for refusing him. For a man, having a wife still means returning to a comfortable house, while for a woman marriage is an insurance from unwanted attention, uncomfortable questions about her sexual preferences or her attraction quotient for the men (think Bridget Jones or any Brinda, Bishakha or Bani closer home).Perhaps, herein lies Darcy’s enduring popularity. For if marriage is a necessary evil for women, Darcy holds out the promise of romance and respect that can make it a rewarding experience. Of course, things might have been different, if Austen had cared to pen a sequel focussing on Elizabeth and Darcy’s life as a married couple.last_img read more

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IISWBM alumni demands alma mater get university status soon

first_imgKolkata: In a bid to fast track the process of granting deemed university status to the Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management (IISWBM), the alma mater alumni of the country’s oldest B-school has decided to take up the matter with the state government.IISWBM senior faculty and key alumni member Jhumoor Biswas said: “Getting the deemed university status will help the IISWBM acquire adequate central funds to carry on research on globally important disciplines in which our researchers have been undertaking important works throughout the past decades.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”State Education minister Partha Chatterjee had announced that the institute will get deemed university status but a Bill in this regard has not been passed yet in the state Assembly. We will urge Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to look into this. The status will help the institute carry on research activities in different streams like environment management, energy and healthcare, solid waste management etc,” said Koushik Pal, a member of the alumni association of the IISWBM on the sidelines of a press meet in the city. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseIt may be mentioned that Chatterjee himself is the president of the Board of Governors of IISWBM that was set up by the Calcutta University Senate together with the then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, and the then Bengal Chief Minister Bidhan Chandra Roy and Dijendra Kumar Sanyal in 1953. The IISWBM is the first business school not just in India but in South-East Asia. “If this becomes a management university, then several management schools and institutes scattered all over the state will come under our aegis,” another alumni member pointed out. They feel that the deemed university status will enable its brightest students and alumni alike to do research on globally important disciplines like transportation and logistics management, supply chain management, environment management etc. IISWBM will be holding its sixth annual alumni and corporate fest “Fiera Fiesta” on February 1 and 2.last_img read more

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Analyst Amazons Fire Phone Simply Not Compelling Enough

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 2 min read Register Now » September 9, 2014center_img Updated 4:00 pm ETAmazon unveiled its Fire Phone with much fanfare in June, but after only two months on the market, the company has dropped the price of the $199 32-gigabyte model to 99 cents, with a two-year contract. The 64-gigabyte version, originally priced at $299 is now $99, according to a release from Amazon.Customers who bought phone at the initial price can speak with customer service if they are interested in a rebate, and those who purchase the phone now can still get a free 12-month Amazon Prime membership, though for a limited time. The announcement comes amid anticipation of Apple’s latest big event and hype around the iPhone 6.Related: Amazon Drops $970 Million on Game-Streaming Service TwitchOf the price slashing, Tuong Huy Nguyen, a principal research analyst at Gartner told Entrepreneur.com that “any kind of fire sale is meant to generate volume.” The promotion seems to be working for the moment. The 32G Fire Phone is currently number one on Amazon’s list of bestselling contract phones, while it previously was behind the Samsung Galaxy S5, though on the site’s most “wished for” list, it sits at no. 18 spot.  Nguyen thinks that while the phone was a “solid offering” in terms of hardware, he believes that it had trouble gaining traction with customers because ultimately, “given the already high rate of smartphone ownership in the U.S., consumers need an extremely compelling [reason to buy]. The features of the device were not compelling enough to do this.” Additionally, the phone’s Android platform meant that the apps consumers can use are “essentially a subset of what’s already available to Google Play users.”Related: By 2017, the App Market Will Be a $77 Billion Industry (Infographic)However, even though the Fire Phone hasn’t made as strong a showing as Amazon may have hoped, Nguyen foresees the potential of some of the innovations that came out the phone’s four-year development, such as the interface’s Dynamic perspective and features like the content recognizing app Firefly. “I still hope to see these types of functionalities integrated into the broader market [and] other devices across all vendors,” he says.  Related: 9 Things Small Businesses Should Know About Amazon’s New Mobile Payments Reader Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globallast_img read more

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