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Horned Frogs fight past slow start to advance to second round of NIT

first_imgFacebook Twitter Benton McDonaldhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/benton-mcdonald/ Board approves tuition freeze, RRI actions but doesn’t act on eligibility issue spurred by Williams Twitter Linkedin Benton McDonaldhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/benton-mcdonald/ Facebook TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello Benton McDonaldhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/benton-mcdonald/ Benton McDonald is a senior journalism and political science double major from Austin, Texas. He has worked for TCU360 since his freshman year and is currently the executive editor. ReddIt Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Thousands of TCU community members receive COVID-19 vaccines as university supply increases Settlement reached between TCU, former professor in discrimination lawsuit Previous articleWomen’s tennis power past DartmouthNext articleHoroscope: March 21, 2019 Benton McDonald RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Kendric Davis finished with 10 points on an efficient 4-of-6 shooting. Photo by Heesoo Yang ReddIt Benton McDonaldhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/benton-mcdonald/ Benton McDonald printKendric Davis finished with 10 points on an efficient 4-of-6 shooting. Photo by Heesoo YangThe Horned Frogs took the first step toward Madison Square Garden Wednesday, defeating Sam Houston State in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament (NIT)The top-seeded Horned Frogs triumphed over the Bearkats 82-69, propelled by a 15-2 run at the end of the first half that they never looked back from.“I’m very proud of our guys,” head coach Jamie Dixon said. “There was a lot of emotion on Sunday, a lot of disappointment. How were they gonna handle it? I thought they were terrific.”After being one of the first four teams left out of the NCAA Tournament, the Frogs began the game with the play of a team that wasn’t thrilled to be in the NIT. They made just two of their first 10 shots and had three turnovers in the game’s opening minutes. Robinson set the season record for assists with 235. Photo by Heesoo Yang“We were a little upset when we didn’t get in the tournament,” senior Alex Robinson said. “You could definitely tell that we didn’t come out with the energy we needed to and we picked it up.”The Bearkats, who finished 16-2 in Southland Conference play, came out with something to prove. They made eight of their first 13 shots and led by as much as eight midway through the first half. Following a 7-0 Bearkat run that had them up 27-19, the Horned Frogs woke up. The team went on a 15-2 and ended the first half leading by four, 34-30. They would come out in the second half right where they left off, going on an 8-2 run to push their lead to 10. They finished the second half making over 70 percent of their shots and never allowed the Bearkats to get back within striking distance. Nembhard’s two second half dunks epitomized the Horned Frogs dominance. Photo by Heesoo YangSix Horned Frogs would finish in double figures, led by JD Miller’s 15 points on 6-9 shooting. Miller played in his 137th game as a Horned Frog, becoming the school’s all-time leader in games played. He was previously tied for first with Brandon Parrish at 136 games.Miller and center Kevin Samuel were a big reason why TCU outscored Sam Houston State 50-28 in the paint, a big factor in their 13-point victory.“We had a size advantage,” Dixon said. “I thought in the second half, we talked about getting the ball inside, getting the ball inside, I don’t know that we did a great job in the first half, but I think we saw the success and in the second half we really did a good job on that.”By the final buzzer, they looked like a team that wanted to prove the selection committee wrong. Both Dixon and freshman Kendric Davis talked about how the team watched a tribute video to its 2017 NIT championship run before the game, which motivated them after the disappointment of not making the Big Dance. “I hadn’t seen it in a while, it was emotional and I think our guys saw how important it was to our guys,” Dixon said. “They saw how important it was to JD and Alex and you could see their emotion on the film. I thought it was really good for us.” Miller was one of two players on the team that was apart of the 2017 NIT championship squad. Photo by Heesoo YangWith the first of five wins under their belt, the Horned Frogs will enter Sunday’s second round match-up against Nebraska looking to channel the motivation of missing the NCAA tournament into another win.“We want to prove that we should’ve been in the tournament,” Robinson said. “So our goal is to win this whole thing.”Robinson totaled 11 assists, giving him 241 total assists this season, the most ever in a season by a TCU player. It was the 10th time this season the senior point guard has recorded at least 10 assists. Robinson also added 13 points to go with his assists, giving him his ninth double-double of the season and the 12th of his career.Tip off against Nebraska is set for 8:30 p.m. Chancellor talks stimulus money, COVID-19 vaccines and more at limited attendance faculty town hall + posts Linkedinlast_img read more

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Markus Potter’s Stalking The Bogeyman Will Play Off-Broadway

first_img Stalking The Bogeyman is based on the true story of David Holthouse and follows one man’s quest for revenge as he comes to grips with the killer inside him. In the spring of 2003, Holthouse was a successful, award-winning journalist. But no one knew that he had two dark secrets—first, that 25 years ago he was the victim of a violent rape, and second, that he was quietly planning the ultimate revenge on the man responsible. Stalking the Bogeyman Adapted and directed by Potter, Stalking the Bogeyman was created from the original true story and subsequent news reports, as well as conversations with Holthouse, lectures he has given around the country and original text by the playwright, with additional writing by Fontana, Shane Zeigler and Shane Stokes. Potter’s producing and directing credits include The Velocity of Autumn on Broadway, Black Wizard/Blue Wizard and Why You Beasting?. Show Closed This production ended its run on Nov. 9, 2014 Star Files Related Showscenter_img View Comments Markus Potter’s Stalking The Bogeyman will have its off-Broadway premiere at New World Stages. The drama, which has additional writing from Broadway favorite Santino Fontana, among others, will begin previews on September 12, with opening night set for September 29. Casting will be announced later. Santino Fontana The production will feature scenic design by David Goldstein, lighting design by Cory Pattak and sound design and original composition by Erik T. Lawson.last_img read more

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Redshirt freshman safety makes first impression

first_imgRedshirt freshman safety Isaiah Pola-Mao recorded seven tackles against UNLV during his first game. (Emily Smith | Daily Trojan)Isaiah Pola-Mao didn’t know he would be starting his first college football game until the Thursday before the game. The redshirt freshman was forced into action at safety after sophomore Bubba Bolden, who was set to start, was taken out of the lineup  for an undisclosed reason two days before the season opener against UNLV.Bolden’s loss was Pola-Mao’s gain. Pola-Mao, who redshirted last season after sustaining a shoulder injury, made a statement with his very first play, forcing a fumble on UNLV’s opening play from scrimmage.“I was overwhelmed with a lot emotions, and I was very sad for what Bubba was going through but I had to lock in and focus and clear my mind, get ready for this game,” Pola-Mao said.Pola-Mao stripped UNLV running back Lexington Thomas of the ball deep in Rebel territory, setting up a short field for the USC offense, which produced a field goal that would get the Trojans on the board first. The Trojans easily won 43-21 at the Coliseum.Pola-Mao was nervous before starting the game.“Being away from football and not actually playing in a game, it’s a big difference,” he said. “Coming into my first college game, I was very anxious, so I just had to get the jitters out. Happened to be a big [play].”It quickly endeared Pola-Mao with the veterans on the defensive corps.“That was big, that was big, that was dope for him,” said redshirt senior cornerback Ajene Harris.Senior linebacker  Cameron Smith said the situation could not have played out any better for the first-time starter.“Anytime after that first play or that first series, you just calm down and just say, ‘It’s football,’” Smith said. “That’s what he needed to get him going and I thought he did a really good job for us today.”There’s no better way to calm down than by forcing a turnover seconds into the game.“I don’t think he saw me so I came in and just tried to punch it as hard as I could and landed right on,” Pola-Mao said on forcing the fumble.Pola-Mao was originally slotted on the depth chart behind senior Marvell Tell at free safety, but slid over to strong safety once Bolden was unavailable. Head coach Clay Helton declined to provide details on Bolden’s situation after the announcement was made on Thursday, though a University spokesperson confirmed he was still on the roster.Pola-Mao, a Phoenix native starred in high school at Mountain Pointe High, named to the Max Preps All-American first team in 2016. He also has football royalty in his blood — Pola-Mao’s uncle is former USC and NFL star safety Troy Polamalu and his great uncle, Kennedy Polamalu, played for USC from 1982 to 85 as a fullback and is now an assistant with the Minnesota Vikings.Now, it’s Pola-Mao’s turn. Though he had nerves heading into his debut, the redshirt freshman said he had a good feeling about what was to come the night before the game.“I was thinking about it,” Pola-Mao said. “I saw the opportunity and just took it.”A reporter asked him to elaborate on what he felt.“I felt me making a play, changing the game,” he said.last_img read more

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External debt increases to US$1.3B

first_img– now amounts to 33% of GDPExternal debts have shown increases for 2018, as Guyana’s indebtedness to various international institutions continues to grow. This is contained in the Bank of Guyana’s annual report, which was recently released.The report states that Government’s total public debt increased by 1.5 per cent in 2018. The report notes that this is an increase that represents 43.9 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). In the case of external debt, there was an increase to US$1.3 billion.The increase to external debt was 5.5 per cent and accounted for 33.9 per cent of GDP. According to the report, higher disbursements primarily from the International Development Association (IDA) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) for project financing were chiefly responsible for this increase.The report further explains that IDA and IADB’s disbursements were mostly targeting citizen security strengthening, sanitation improvement, economic diversification, education sector improvement and fiscal stability.“Obligations to multilateral creditors, which accounted for 58.5 per cent of total external debt, increased by 8.6 per cent or US$62 million to US$788 million,” the report states. “Liabilities to the IADB increased by 4.3 per cent to US$525 million, reflecting a change in the debt stock of US$22 million during 2018.”“Indebtedness to the IDA expanded by 112.2 per cent or US$40 million to US$75 million. Commitments to the ‘Other’ category of multilateral creditors rose by 4.5 per cent to US$38 million. In contrast, obligations to the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) decreased slightly by 0.5 per cent or US$1 million to US$150 million.”According to the report, total bilateral debt obligations which represented 37.2 per cent of total external debt increased by 1.5 per cent to US$487 million. Specifically, Guyana’s debt to the Export Import Bank of China (Exim) increased by 10.7 per cent or US$19 million to US$201 million.“Liabilities to Kuwait and Libya rose by 2.9 per cent and 0.7 per cent to US$80 million and US$44 million respectively. Conversely, obligations to Venezuela, the Exim Bank of India and Trinidad and Tobago declined by 4.7 per cent, 6.9 per cent and 64.4 per cent to US$115 million, US$16 million and US$4 million respectively.”Meanwhile, external debt service payments increased by 27.7 per cent to US$78 million from US$61 million in 2017. This, the report says, represented 5.1 per cent of export earnings and 7.5 per cent of Central Government’s current revenue.“Principal and interest payments amounted to US$55 million and US$23 million respectively. Payments to multilateral creditors rose by 14.2 per cent to US$40 million, and represented 51.3 per cent of total external debt service,” the report says.The US$50.2 million East Coast Road Expansion project is one project for which monies had to be disbursed from the Exim Bank of China. This project has two components. One features a four-lane expansion of the road from Better Hope to Annandale. On the other hand, the other caters for an upgrade to the existing two-lane road from Annandale to Belfield.Guyana had received a US$45.3 million concessional loan from the China EXIM (Export-Import) Bank to finance the road project, and that agreement was signed in January last year.Initially, the People’s Progressive Party/Civic Government had tried to secure financing for the road expansion project, but the money was not readily available.Hence, the then Administration decided to use local funds for preliminary works, while it awaited the release of funds from the Chinese to complete the works. The preliminary works for the four-lane upgrade were completed at the end of 2014.With the China EXIM Bank putting up most of the finances for the road expansion, Guyana had awarded the contract to China Railway First Group for some US$42.7 million. The Chinese construction company reportedly put in the lowest bid of US$46.994 million.In light of the increase in Guyana’s current account balance cause by a drop in exports which brings in foreign exchange, the servicing of this increased debt load will become problematical since it must be done with foreign exchange. It was for this reason the PPP had kept sugar going since it generates foreign exchange.last_img read more

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ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE REPORTS: WINS FOR DRUMKEEN, COCKHILL, BONAGEE AND LK ROVERS

first_imgUSL Results & Reports 14.07.13Results4 Lanterns USL Bonagee Utd. 2 1 Fanad Utd.Finn Harps Res. 1 2 Letterkenny RoversKildrum Tigers 1 2 Cockhill CelticDrumkeen Utd. 4 3 Swilly Rovers DPD Division 1Swilly Rovers Res. 5 2 Bonagee Utd. Res.Letterkenny Rovers Res. 2 0 Drumkeen Utd. Res.ReportsCockhill Claim Win in St. Johnston Kildrum Tigers 1Cockhill Celtic 2JAMES Bradley stepped off the bench to score a priceless winner in the seventh minute of stoppage time against Kildrum Tigers at St Johnston. Bradley had only just come onto the field and, when Christy McLaughlin prodded into the box after Gerry Gill’s corner had over-run, Bradley kept his cool to steer home what could be a defining goal in this USL title race.The League leaders had got the perfect start when Gerard McLaughlin headed home the opener in the second minute. Malachy McDermott and Derek Doherty both tried their luck, but to no avail, while a good passage down Kildrum’s left channel between Dean Bonner, Sean Ferry and Darren Cassidy ended with the latter’s low cross being cleared. Garbhan Friel was just put off his stride by teenage ‘keeper Michael Lynch, leaving his 27th minute lob falling just wide, before Mark Moran’s powerful drive nestled in the arms of the Tigers stopper. Kildrum had suffered a first League defeat of the season at home to Drumkeen on Wednesday night but they were determined to get back on track here. Their attack sometimes lacked a penetrative edge, Barry O’Donnell’s low effort not troubling Gavin Cullen and Cassidy firing well wide. Ronan Coyle flashed a header just wide, before Friel stabbed a header inches away after being caught by surprise by a rebound. Lynch did well to hold a power-packed effort from McDermott and a minute later, with the game just entering its final ten minutes, Kildrum drew level when Cassidy superbly drilled home. When Liam O’Donnell cracked a volley off the post, it looked like a share of the spoils – only for sub Bradley to tear up the script.Drumkeen Keep Pressure on LeadersDrumkeen Utd. 4Swilly Rovers 3The game kicked off at 4 o’clock in Drumkeen, the conditions were very hot and made running difficult for players. The home side started strongly when David Craig took it down the flank passed the ball to Gary Patton who squared it to Richie Moore, Moore then fired into the bottom of the net to open the scoring on three minutes. Conor Carlin pushed to get a second after twelve minutes but was dispossessed by Dylan Hegarty. Swilly Rovers responded to the goal nine minutes later when a cross that was partially cleared fell to Jordan Toland who struck low into the bottom right corner from twenty yards. Before Drumkeen could recover from the blow of the equalizer Swilly attacked and won a penalty after Declan Curtis was brought down by Paul Given in the Drumkeen goal. Declan’s younger brother Ronan stepped up to put the ball in the back of the net to put the visitors ahead fourteen minutes into the game. Both teams pushed for goals with Blaine Curtis getting the best of these chances when he fired a shot over the bar after a mistake by Seamie Coshia Friel at the heart of the Drumkeen defence. David Craig was forced off after twenty minutes to be replaced by David Shovlin. Drumkeen earned a free from around twenty-five yards which was cleverly put away quickly by Mark Marley. The closing stages of the first half was evenly fought with the teams going in level at half time.The second didn’t take long to spring to life with bookings going to both teams Keith Hegarty receiving one as well as Gary Patton and both Seamie Friels. Ronan Curtis and his brother Blaine teamed up to put Swilly ahead on fifty seven minutes. On Sixty-six minutes Keith Hegarty received a second yellow and was sent off by referee Stephen Toner. Drumkeen got the second penalty of the game after seventy minutes, this was taken by Seamie Friel but the first effort was saved however Conor Carlin was on hand to fire the rebound into the back of the net. Carlin was causing trouble again when his effort was saved by Gareth Wade Gavin Reilly put the rebound into the bottom corner after 75 minutes. The closing stages were exciting with both teams coming close, but the main talking point was Coshia’s second yellow and the resulting sending off.Rovers Up To ThirdFinn Harps Res. 1Letterkenny Rovers 2Darren McElwaine was the Letterkenny Rovers hero as the men from the cathedral town came away with all three points from a sun drenched Finn Park on Sunday. Rovershad the best opportunities early in the game , first Oisin McMenamin hitting the side netting after just three minutes and Kieran Gorman firing over after Lee Toland had cleared off the line for Harps. The home side responded well, Forker playing a neat slide rule pass to McVeigh who shot wide and McVeigh again came close when he headed a Ward cross just over on 20 minutes. The sweltering conditions were not ideal for a pressing game , Harps endeavouring to keep possession , while Rovers held a good shape springing counter attacks with the always effective McElwaine as the focal point. Indeed it was McElwaine who broke the deadlock shortly after the half hour mark . Former Harps legend Johnathan Minnock’s beautifully struck corner was headed powerfully home by the Rovers no. 9.Rovers went on to create two more good chances before the break, O’Donnell and McMacken both with good efforts. Harps approached the second half on the front foot and got their reward a couple of minutes after the restart. McCarron attacking from the right hand side, was expected to square the ball across ,but instead twisted and turned, before finishing with precision. The home side continued to pass the ball with aplomb but might have been guilty of trying to walk the ball into the net at times. McVeigh and McLaughlin both had opportunities, but the experienced Rovers centre backs Gorman and Kelly held the line admirably. Harps had elected to play with three at the back and Rovers continued to prove a threat going forward. McMenamin and McMacken had chances from inside the box while Harkin and McCarron both passed up gilt edged chances for the home side. Referee Tommy McAree deserves credit for allowing both sets of players to take on water as the temperature continued to rise during the 90 minutes. It was that man McElwaine who got the decisive winner. Harps dithered in defence, and the Rovers no 9 poked home to the delight of the visiting support. Indeed “Macca” could have secured a hat-trick but his header was brilliantly saved by Danny Rodgers, making his debut in the Harps Goals. But his Lee Toland , also making his debut for Harps had a great opportunity for a late equaliser, but his curling free going just over Jason Quinn’s crossbar.Harps Reserves . Rodgers, Toland, Lonergan, Sheilds, McLaughlin, Ward, Forker, Harkin, Coluane, McVeigh, McCarron. Subs McDaid, O’Donnell, Barcaly.Letterkenny Rovers: Quinn, Doherty, Minnock, Kelly, Gorman, Gallagher, McMacken, Neeson, McElwaine, McMenamin, O’Donnell. Sub: O’RourkeDPD Div. 1Swilly Rovers Res. 5Bonagee Utd. Res. 2An entertaining encounter at Swilly Park served up seven goals as the Ramelton men came out on top. Swilly were three one up at the break courtesy of a fine hat-track by Kyle Black with Seamus Browne responding for the visitors. The Swilly striker proved a real handful and surely staked a claim for a first team return. The second half was to take the same pattern as Laurence Toland scored the goal of the game with a fine strike from twenty five yards to extend the lead. Bonagee youngster Sam Murphy reduced the deficit with a fine solo effort but Daniel O’Donnell marked a fine performance at midfield with a deflected strike from thirty yards to round off a good victory for the home side.McGrath Double for RoversLetterkenny Rovers Res 2Drumkeen United Res 0Letterkenny Rovers got back to winning ways in the Ulster Senior League First Division with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Drumkeen United at a sun-kissed Leckview Park on Saturday afternoon. A goal in each from influential midfielder Kevin McGrath gave Rovers all three points as they reached the half way stage of their league season. The home side dominated proceedings early on with the lively Marty Vance and Ryan McCloskey both testing the goalkeeper Michael Gibson. The opening goal arrived on 22 minutes when right winger Kevin Doran slipped the ball in field to Kevin McGrath and from the edge of the box he unleashed a superb left foot drive which flew in past Gibson. At the other end Lee McMonagle had the best opportunity for the visitors following a good move but his shot on target was well charged down by Anthony Doherty – who along with Gareth Doherty were solid at the back. McGrath sealed the victory with his second goal of the game on 70 minutes. On this occasion McCloskey’s defence splitting pass found McGrath charging through inside the box and side stepped Gibson before tapping the ball home from an acute angle. Next up for Garret McDaid’s young team is a trip to table toppers Kildrum Tigers on Saturday. Referee – Tommy McAreeFixtures4 Lanterns USLWednesday, July 17th at 7:30pmDerry City Res. v Finn Harps Res. Ref. V. McLaughlinThursday, July 18th at 7:30pmSwilly Rovers v Kildrum Tigers Ref. W. HarveyFanad Utd. v Drumkeen Utd. Ref. P. CollSunday, July 21st at 2pmLetterkenny Rovers v Bonagee Utd. Ref. S. TonerDPD Div. 1 FixturesSaturday, July 20thKildrum Tigers Res. v Letterkenny Rovers Res. (1pm) Ref. T. McAreeDrumkeen Utd. Res. v Bonagee Utd. Res. (2pm) Ref. C. McLaughinULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE REPORTS: WINS FOR DRUMKEEN, COCKHILL, BONAGEE AND LK ROVERS was last modified: July 14th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BONAGEE AND LK ROVERSCockhillULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE REPORTS: WINS FOR DRUMKEENlast_img read more

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Takeaways: Amid Sharks’ win streak, a new power trio emerges

first_imgSAN JOSE — The Sharks juggled their forward lines and defense pairs earlier this month when some injured players returned to the lineup. But just as important to their recent success has been another adjustment.To turn around their season, the Sharks had to change their attitude toward defending.“We were not playing our system. We were freelancing, doing our own thing,” Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic said. “It’s funny. When we stick to what we do best, the results follow.“Whoever’s …last_img read more

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South Africa’s global reputation ‘steady’

first_img24 October 2012 South Africa’s overall global reputation has remained steady for the second consecutive year, maintaining its 36th position out of 50 nations under review in the latest Anholt-GfK Roper Nation Brands Index (NBI), an annual survey which measures global opinions of various developing and developed countries across the world. This is a significant achievement for South Africa as the findings come at a time when two-thirds of the surveyed countries, some which are considered the world’s most highly regarded nations, suffered declines in their reputation over the past year. South Africa’s stable position as a nation brand is important because the way a country is perceived can make a major difference to the success of its business, trade and tourism efforts, as well as its diplomatic and cultural relations with other nations. Petrus de Kock, research manager at Brand South Africa, says the country’s inclusion in the report is recognition of South Africa’s position in global economic and political systems. De Kock says that promoting the country is not only the job of government. “How South Africans speak about their country and relate to others also play a role when shaping perceptions,” he says. The Anholt survey is conducted annually – approximately 20 000 people are interviewed in 20 core panel countries, one of which is South Africa. They consist of major developed and developing nations that play a key role in international relations, trade, the flow of business, cultural and tourism activities. The respondents rate 50 countries on questions in six categories, namely exports, governance, culture, people, tourism and immigration/investment. The index measures the power and appeal of each country’s ‘brand image’ by examining its competence in these categories.Top achievers The US retained the top spot for the fourth year in a row, as the nation with the best overall reputation, followed by Germany (2nd), UK (3rd), France (4th), Canada (5th), Japan (6th), Italy (7th), Switzerland (8th), Australia (9th) and Sweden in 10th position. NBI founder Simon Anholt, in his analysis of the results, said in a statement that with a few exceptions, developed nations, ranking among the top 20, have registered some of the biggest score losses. “Put simply, the world likes the world a bit less than it did last year,” Anholt said. Most countries that achieved higher scores in 2012 have come from emerging regions, with the highest gains for the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Kenya, and Poland.No small feat for South Africa South Africans provided high rankings in the people, tourism and culture categories, but are more critical about areas such as governance and immigration/investment. The latter refers to a country’s ability to attract talent and capital, its economic prosperity, equal opportunity, and the perception that it is a place with a high quality of life. The country’s economic and business conditions are also measured.Governance The report notes that South Africa faces the greatest difficulty in the area of governance, with South Africans being more critical of their government in 2012. Although South Africans’ overall score for their own country in this area declined, the country recorded some gains in this area, outdoing its BRICS partners, India and Russia, in this category.Tourism, culture, people South Africa moved ahead of Russia, South Korea and China in the people category, which measures people’s friendliness by whether respondents would feel welcome when visiting the country. According to the report South Africans are admired across most panel countries for their welcoming nature, especially when it comes to wanting someone from South Africa as a close friend. The cultural reputation of a nation is considered to be among the most volatile of all indices, but South Africa’s standing in the culture category remains its strongest asset, being ranked 28th. In this category the country scored highly on sporting excellence (16th), but is somewhat less known for its culture – both contemporary (34th) and historic (33th). South Africa’s rank of 34 for tourism is the same as last year. The country, which is particularly well known for its natural beauty (15th), received its best ranking from 11 out of the 20 panel countries on this measure. The study found that international travellers, defined as people who have visited at least one foreign country, are the most positive toward South Africa. Travellers view South Africa as a tourist destination, which is also an appealing place to live and work. However, they also note that it is a creative place that contributes to technology, produces quality products and offers both investment and educational opportunities.Selecting the countries The list of 50 nations is based on their political and economic importance in global geopolitics and the flow of trade, businesses, people and tourism activities. Regional representation and the diversity of political and economic systems are also taken into consideration. The panel countries are: Western Europe/North America, which includes the US, Canada, the UK, Germany, France, Italy and Sweden; Central and Eastern Europe including Russia, Poland and Turkey; Japan, China, India, South Korea and Australia comprise the Asia-Pacific category; Argentina, Brazil and Mexico as part of Latin America; and the Middle East/Africa panel, which includes Egypt and South Africa. First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more

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HTML5: 10 Provocative Predictions For The Future

first_img7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Related Posts todd anglin Guest author Todd Anglin is EVP Cross Platform Tools & Services at Telerik.For HTML5 developers and decision makers, the most important technologies right now are HTML, JavaScript, CSS, mobile platforms and devices and evolving HTML platforms (browsers and operating systems). But what does that mean in the real world? It means these 10 things in 2013:  1. Rise Of HTML5 Mobile PlatformsHTML5 has played an increasingly important role building cross-platform apps for mobile devices. So far that has primarily been done using native “wrappers,” such as Cordova, which allow HTML and JavaScript to power apps on other native platforms (such as iOS and Android). This technique is called “hybrid” app development.This year, though, a wave of emerging platforms will support HTML5 apps as a first-class citizen – no wrapper required! The biggest players will be Chrome OS, which is about to get much more attention from Google; Firefox OS, already scheduled to start shipping on low-end ZTE and TCL devices in Europe; Tizen, a new HTML-focused platform backed by many industry heavyweights, including Intel and Samsung; Ubuntu Phone, which brings the most popular flavor of Linux to phones, again with a HTML-centered ap strategy; BlackBerry 10, which puts HTML and JavaScript at the center of its next-gen app strategy; and Windows 8, which introduced a new HTML and JavaScript development model for it’s “Windows 8 style” apps.   One (or more) of these platforms is bound to succeed in 2013. My money is on Chrome OS and Tizen. With the backing of Google, a revamped developer and consumer push, and the broadest platform strategy (spans mobile and desktop), Chrome OS is very well positioned.Tizen, meanwhile, enjoys broad industry backing from Intel, Samsung, NEC, Panasonic, Sprint, Huawei and Vodafone (among many others), and engineering stewardship in The Linux Foundation. It shows the most potential to challenge Android as the “more open” (read: more customizable) open source device platform, which should appeal to device makers.  2. Made For Chrome(kit)A growing number of sites are once again buildiing Web apps tested to work in only one browser. Like the “Made for Internet Explorer” badges of the 1990s, developers are now proudly advertising “Made for Chrome” in their apps. Not using Chrome? No guarantees.   This trend is likely to accelerate in 2013.   With a rapidly evolving, highlycapable browser platform that is available on virtually every major operating system (Windows, Mac, Linux, Android and kinda iOS), and a Webkit foundation that helps deliver a little extra compatibility with other non-Chrome browsers (like Safari and BlackBerry browser), developers are likely to conclude that the “good outweighs the bad” when it comes to building exclusively for Chrome.   In exchange for potentially alienating some users, developers building for Chrome can more aggressively leverage HTML5 APIs and save valuable development and testing time.  3. IE10 Euphoria – And PainInternet Explorer 10 is widely regarded as a huge step forward for the venerable Microsoft browser. With more support than ever for Web standards, IE10 goes a long way to put Microsoft’s browser in the modern HTML5 conversation.   But as fast-updating browsers like Chrome and Firefox race forward through 2013, IE will once again be left looking old and slow. There is a glimmer of hope that Microsoft will evolve IE more quickly: The Microsoft-owned HTML5 Labs, launched originally in the IE9 days, is continuing to publish new “experimental” improvements for IE10 that make it an even more capable HTML5 browser. Baby steps, but still a good sign.  4. The Death Of IE6, IE7 & IE8While IE10 will be in the spotlight, the long death march for Microsoft’s older IE versions will continue. Only the most stubborn corporate environments (and China) still require IE6 support, and much of the world skipped IE7 anyway. If you haven’t already stopped supporting IE6 and IE7, 2013 is definitely your year.   Dropping IE8 is a bit more of a stretch, but the pressure is on. Not only does IE10’s release make IE8 two versions old (often used as a “clean” support cut-off justification), but jQuery 2.0 will join Google Apps in cutting-off IE8 in 2013. By the end of the year, most developers will conclude IE8 is not worth their time.  5. The Death Of Android 2.xUntil recently, it looked like we had another IE6 on our hands with Android 2.x (Eclair, Froyo and Gingerbread). According to Google’s own stats, as recently as mid-2012, these versions of Android (mostly 2.3.x) represented more than 90% of all Android devices in use, despite the fact that Google was already shipping Android 4+! Google was failing to keep its Android user base (and ecosystem) upgrading.   Fortunately, the 2012 holiday season seems to have broken the logjam. Usage of Android 4+ (Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean) surged to nearly 40% at the end of 2012. By the end of 2013, Android 2.x will likely account for less than 15% of the market, and Android developers will be able to shift focus to versions 4+.  6. Responsive Design Goes MainstreamSo far, responsive design has remained on the fringes of Web development – something nice to do “if you have time.”   That’s about to change. With the lines between PCs and mobile devices increasingly blurred, developers will have no choice but to develop websites and apps that can dynamically adapt to an unpredictable array of screen sizes and resolutions.(See also The New ReadWrite: Looking Good On Every Screen [Video].)To ease the way, look for new techniques and defacto standards to also emerge, offering guidance for properly dealing with different device capabilities and form factors.  7. Mobile Development Overtakes DesktopIt doesn’t take an expensive analyst to see the growth in phones and tablets while traditional PCs fade. Right now is the moment when developers will begin spending more time developing software for mobile devices than for traditional desktop PCs, extending from the consumer market to businesses of all sizes, for both internal and external audiences. If you’re not developing for devices in 2013, you’re either A) maintaining legacy software, or B) missing the boat.  8. HTML On The DesktopJust because mobile is on the rise, don’t start writing an obituary for desktop development. The traditional desktop form factor will remain critical for many information workers. But as the PC becomes one among many screens, developers will look for ways to write code that can be shared across the PC and mobile devices.   HTML and JavaScript are perfectly positioned to offer this capability, and platforms like Chrome Packaged Apps and Windows Store Style (WinJS) apps will make this possible. With both Microsoft and Google pushing HTML for desktop app development, developers will take notice and start embracing cross-platform desktop development with HTML and JavaScript.  9. SPA TimeWith the shift of desktop development and increasingly complex mobile apps to HTML and JavaScript, developers will recognize the need for new techniques to build maintainable cross-platform apps. The “Single Page Application” (or SPA) has been on the rise thanks to powerful frameworks like Backbone, Knockout and even Kendo UI. If “RIA” (Rich Internet Applications) was the buzzword in 2010, “SPA” will be the buzzword in 2013.   If you’re looking for the one new technology or concept to learn as an HTML and JavaScript developer in 2013, it’s SPA architecture.  10. HTML Gets Naked (Again)Now that the W3C has “finalized” HTML5, public conversation and media coverage is going focus on what’s next for the Web standards platform. The W3C is already working on HTML 5.1, the next “snapshot” of the “living standards” work done within WHATWG, the Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group. But as we move past the “HTML5” bubble, we’ll once again settle-in to talking about HTML, sans version numbers. After all, who wants to talk or write about “HTML5.1” or “HTML5.3”?   Whatever it’s called, the next wave of HTML platform improvements will shift focus beyond the lower-level core at the center of HTML5 (DOM elements, CSS styles, Simple JavaScript APIs like Geolocation) and instead characterize improvements that are important to more robust application development (like ShadowDOM, Web Components, CSS layouts, speech recognition and more).The HTML conversation (and technology) will continue to evolve, even if the version numbers don’t come along for the ride.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Why You Love Online Quizzescenter_img Tags:#app developers#app development#App Economy#HTML5#Web Development How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more

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Kiefer Ravena ‘very excited’ to play for Guiao at NLEX

first_imgCPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion One of the most sought after prospects in the game today, Ravena believes that joining the draft is the culmination of all of his work back from his days playing for Ateneo.“It’s all for this. We look forward to this day since we all started playing.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRavena, who is projected to go second after Fil-German big man Christian Standhardinger, said he’s more than ready to play for whichever team he suits up for.But he admitted that the possibility of playing for coach Yeng Guiao at NLEX, which holds the No. 2 pick, makes him giddy. Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Standhardinger says he will be at PBA Draft after missing combine QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. READ: Guiao eyes Standhardinger, Ravena as NLEX’s draft pick“If ever NLEX picks me, I’m excited to be under coach Yeng. I’ve been under a fiery coach before such as coach Jamike (Jarin), and I guess that was a good practice for me. But I don’t think coach Jamike is anywhere close to how coach Yeng is,” said the 23-year-old guard.“I’m very excited and I’ve talked to coach Yeng a couple of times prior to the combine, so hopefully everything pans out. If ever I go number two, I’ll be with him in NLEX.”Ravena cleared he will give his best effort to whichever team picks him.“For us, as long as we get our foot inside the PBA, we’ll control what we can control which is how we play, and that is giving 110 percent for the team that will pick us,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Kiefer Ravena surveys the floor during a scrimmage at the PBA Draft Combine at Gatorade Hoops Center. PBA IMAGESAfter giving it much thought, Kiefer Ravena feels that the timing is just right for him to enter the PBA.“I really thought about this with my family and a decision that really took so much time. Once I submitted my papers, I knew my future is already here,” Ravena said.ADVERTISEMENT Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

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Olympic dress rehearsal gives a glimpse of things to come in London

first_imgLondoners got a taste of things to come on Monday night as the opening ceremony rehearsal was followed by a lot of traffic woes on train routes.What’s called Metro in New Delhi is referred to as the Tube in London. It’s an old transport system and was tested fully as almost 45,000 people, including volunteers and a huge work force, showed up for the rehearsal.Despite the hot conditions, people came to catch a glimpse of the rehearsal as there was no way they were going to be inside the stadium in July 27.The fear that the city’s transport system could crumble under the pressure of such huge numbers became a reality as the transport system almost collapsed.The Tube and other lines into the Olympic Park failed miserably. Routes had to be quickly changed and there were a number of announcements about the validity of tickets on alternate routes. People had a tough time getting back home.Hackney Wick, which is in the neighbourhood of the main Olympic Park, saw tracks buckling in high temperatures, while the Central Line, one of the main lines, was hit by a dislodged traction rail at St. Pauls.Apparently, the opening ceremony rehearsal started at 7:30 pm and many people actually made it inside only at 9 pm. The real-time drill was getting painful for all, said eyewitnesses.According to London’s Evening Standard, Mayor Boris Johnson admitted services were “not perfect” when he got his 9 am Olympic briefing.In addition, Howard Collins, London Underground’s chief operating officer, admitted it “wasn’t a good start” to the Games and even apologised.The newspaper mentioned incidents where people who left home in Ealing and Chiswick at 4:30 pm took till as much as 8:10 pm and 9 pm to reach the stadium.The next big test for organisers will be on Wednesday, when the final rehearsal is held with an additional 10,000 performers and spectators — taking the total to over 50,000.Considering that the Britons criticised New Delhi for the Commonwealth Games during its preparations, London is now getting to feel the heat.As it is, people are upset that the Olympics are hindering their daily life. Not everyone, even in the oldest home to modern Olympics, is happy that chaos is happening on a daily basis.”Whoever says we will be as efficient as other host cities needs to know London is an old city. We have developed Stratford but a lot of suspense remains,” said a volunteer near the area.advertisementlast_img read more

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