Montgomery to lead Refs for CAF Assignment

first_imgLiberia’s best FIFA badge referee, Isaac Montgomery is expected to lead a team of Liberian referees to officiate the crucial 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier between Mauritania and the Gambia on March 25.Following their failure to officiate in the CAF Club competition preliminary, the local league best referee Montgomery along with three other Liberian match officials have been given a Nation’s Cup engagement by the Confederation of African Football.Montgomery, Elisha Johnson, Francis Sannoh and Jerry Yekeh will handle the first leg match between Mauritania and Gambia at the Office Du Complexe Olympique of Nouakchott.Montgomery will serve as center referee, while his compatriots Johnson and Sannoh will run the lines as assistant referees one and two respectively and Jerry Yekeh will serve as fourth official.They are expected to depart the country for Nouakchott, Mauritania a week prior to the match. Their trip to Mauritania will be the second assignment for Liberian referees after the Ebola crisis.Last year, four Liberian referees handled a U-23 Africa Cup of Nations qualification match between the Leone Stars of Sierra Leone and Guinea-Bissau.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

What is an “ILS”?

first_img“ILS” stands for “Instrument Landing System,” a modern, reliable, and essential radio-navigation aid installed at every major commercial airport in the world today. Where landings in fog, rain, or blowing snow once caused anxiety and concern for pilots and passengers alike, the ILS solves the problem of landing in bad weather by providing flight crews with an electronic precision guidance pathway down to a safe landing in any type of weather. Top and side views of the approach as well as radio frequencies and other vital criteria are shown on an “approach plate” used by the pilots, either in printed form or on digital screens in the cockpit.The three major components of the ILS are the “localizer” which indicates lateral alignment of the airplane with the runway centerline, the “glide slope” which tracks the angle and rate of descent, and three markers that signal distance to the runway threshold via an audio tone and indicator lights on the aircraft’s instrument panel. The outer marker is located approximately four miles from the runway threshold; the middle marker is approx. 3,500 feet; and the inner marker approx. 1,000 ft.last_img read more

Social media growing strong in SA

first_imgSouth African individuals and businessesare embracing the use of social media, with locally developbed MXit garnering the lion’sshare of the market.(Image: Memeburn) MEDIA CONTACTS • Michal Wronski   MD, Fuseware  +27 21 930 9171 or +27 74 104 1969 • Arthur Goldstuck  World Wide Worx  +27 11 782 7003 or +27 83 326 4345   RELATED ARTICLES • Innovator up for social media award• Safe social portal for scholars• Social media to help Nigerian poll • JamiiX: from the Cape Flats to the world• Vaal Dam becomes social networking hitEmily van RijswijckSocial media has gone mainstream in South Africa, with both individuals and businesses embracing the available platforms and the average age of users steadily increasing as more people become connected and networks mature.These and other findings were released in a study by Fuseware and World Wide Worx, titled South African Social Media Landscape 2011. The publication throws some interesting and welcome light on social media usage in the country.  Homegrown messaging application MXit and Facebook are the most popular choices of individual internet activity, while Twitter has seen the most growth in the past year and BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) is the fastest growing network in the second half of 2011.“South Africans and business have flocked to social media in 2011 – a tipping point has been reached,” said Michal Wronski, MD of Fuseware and co-author of the report.It is the first time that research delved into the use of social platforms by both South African consumers and businesses.Fuseware is a social media monitoring platform which helps companies to make sense of the conversations taking place on the internet in real time.With World Wide Worx, a leading market research company focusing on trends in information technology and telecommunications, Fuseware aimed its study at getting a better understanding of how individuals and businesses are using social media, and to establish key demographics of the major social networks.  Data from Facebook, Twitter, MXit, LinkedIn, South African blogs and YouTube was collected through a combination of Fuseware’s analysis of social network databases, information provided directly by social networks, and World Wide Worx’s consumer market research.The success of prominent South African social media campaigns was also analysed.  “Businesses that want an in-depth understanding of social media and how it is being used in the South African context can use the 95-page report to better evaluate their own social media strategies,” said Wronski.Some numbersOverall, MXit remains the most popular application with about 10-million users, while Twitter notched up an impressive 1.1-million users by mid-2011, a trend in part attributed to the media’s obsession with the network.Co-author of the report and World Wide Worx MD Arthur Goldstuck said this is because most radio and television personalities with large audiences are engaged in intensive campaigns to drive their listeners and viewers to both Twitter and Facebook.Surprisingly, of the approximately 4.2-million Facebook users in South Africa by August 2011, only 3.2-million had visited the site in the year to date, showing that many user move on once the novelty wears off. However, these 3.2-million South Africans spend on average up to 20 minutes per day browsing Facebook.Wronski also attributed the drop in Facebook user numbers to the fickle nature of the youth market.“Once BBM picked up significant traction in private schools, for example, many teenagers who had previously flocked to Facebook, opted for BBM’s greater immediacy.”As for businesses, almost every large consumer-orientated company in the country has started using social media to some extent, whether by way of a Facebook page, Twitter account, a LinkedIn presence or a corporate blog. LinkedIn, aimed at professional users, also reached the 1.1-million user mark, of which 10% are business owners.And although there are over 600 000 active blogs in South Africa, the majority of traffic is concentrated on a small pool of extremely popular blogs.Finally, contrary to popular belief, MXit is not a youth-only social network, with the study showing that 70 % of users were in fact over the age of 18 years.Mobile penetrationSocial media is also driving the growth in mobile phones in South Africa, with the mobile penetration rate standing at 80%, up from 50% last year, and expected to reach 90% by the end of 2011.  What is clear from the study is that social media is here to stay and while younger users are more inclined to use these networks, as social networks become more mainstream, their penetration within all age groups deepens.However, although South Africans are very media- and mobile-savvy consumers they appear to be more aware of privacy issues than their American counterparts.  “Location-based social networking services such as Foursquare, where users check in and share where they are, have not taken off on any significant level here,” said Wronski.“And South Africans are still fairly timid when it comes to shopping for goods online. This means that social commerce, such as Facebook credits, are a little slow to take off locally, but in time it will definitely bring in a new wave of innovation.”Wronski predicted that with increasing mobile accessibility, niche social networks aimed at the local market may well spring up.“There will be a heavy mobile focus with social networking, and creating and sharing content from your phone will become incredibly simple and real-time.”He concluded that social media holds much value, especially for businesses that understand how to use it.The full report is available for purchase from World Wide Worx.last_img read more

SA golfers defend All-Africa Challenge Trophy

first_imgCUMULATIVE INDIVIDUAL RESULT220 (+7) Michaela Fletcher (RSA)225 (+12) Cara Gorlei (RSA)226 (+13) Josephine Ainley (Ken)229 (+16) Madina Iddy (Tnz)230 (+17) Naomi Wafula (Ken)233 (+20) Angel Eaton (Tnz)233 (+20) Magda Kruger (RSA)234 (+21) Hawa Wanyeche (Tnz)236 (+23) Melissa Nawa (Zam)237 (+24) Christina Engell Andersen (Ken) SAinfo reporter 13 June 2014 For the eleventh time since the All-Africa Challenge Trophy (AACT) was launched in 1992, the South African women’s amateur team claimed success in Africa’s most prestigious biennial championship on Thursday. Magda Kruger, Michaela Fletcher and Cara Gorlei showed the same tenacity, commitment and determination as their predecessors to ensure the country’s successful title defence at the Muthaiga Golf Club in Nairobi.Excellent final round Fletcher, from KwaZulu-Natal, birdied three par-fives and a par-four on her way to a closing three-under-par 68 to safeguard the team’s six-stroke overnight lead. Western Province’s Gorlei added an 80, while Kruger from Gauteng North signed for a non-counting 81. Rounds of 146, 148 and 148 secured an 11-stroke victory for South Africa on a winning score of 442.Runner-up Meanwhile, Kenya held up under huge pressure from Tanzania to combine for a final round of 151 to clinch the runner-up spot on 453. Tanzania took third on 456 after posting a final round score of 150, while Zambia claimed fourth on 472, finishing six strokes ahead of neighbouring Zimbabwe.Individual winner Pietermaritzburg’s Fletcher also claimed the individual competition on seven-over-par 220 after carding rounds of 79, 73 and 68, which was also the lowest round of the tournament. Gorlei, from Milnerton, took second, finishing five strokes behind her compatriot, while Kruger finished seventh overall on 233.‘An exceptionally good job’ “We are very proud of this team, who did an exceptionally good job against some very tough opponents,” Women’s Golf South Africa president, Karen Olivant, said in a statement on Thursday. “The course was quite challenging, but they showed a lot of grit and determination and didn’t let the course deter them from their goal to defend the title. “Michaela and Cara both contributed two great rounds to boost our chances and Magda was the only player in the field over 54 holes to birdie the tough par-three second. “I am very proud of their performance and they were fantastic ambassadors for South Africa and Women’s Golf South Africa.”TEAM RESULTS442 (+16) South Africa 146 148 148453 (+27) Kenya 145 157 151456 (+30) Tanzania 156 150 150472 (+46) Zambia 156 159 157478 (+52) Zimbabwe 163 158 157496 (+70) Uganda 158 168 170500 (+74) Egypt 166 168 166514 (+88) Botswana 176 168 170535 (+109) Nigeria 181 176 178561 (+135) Cameroon 183 188 190564 (+138) Gabon 201 185 178569 (+143) Ghana 185 190 194571 (+145) Tunisia 187 197 187617 (+191) Malawi 209 203 205635 (+209) Sierra Leone 208 214 213644 (+218) Togo 214 213 217676 (+250) Rwanda 216 230 230last_img read more

Solider killed in blast near LoC in Kupwara

first_imgOne soldier was killed and another injured in twin landmine explosions near the Line of Control (LoC) in the frontier district of Kupwara on Saturday. Rifleman Nihal Gurang was hit by the blast near the LoC in the Keran Sector during a patrol on Friday night. He was airlifted to the 92 Base Hospital Badamibagh here, but died of his injuries. In another incident, a police official said soldier Abishekh Chhetri suffered multiple splinter injuries after a landmine exploded in the Gogal Dar area on Friday night.last_img read more

Lawyer for opioid maker says US lawsuit has no binding impact in

first_imgVANCOUVER — A lawyer for Johnson & Johnson says a civil judgment from an Oklahoma court that ruled the companies helped fuel the state’s opioid crisis has no binding impact on other courts.British Columbia Attorney General David Eby has said while the legal action in the province is against dozens of manufacturers and others, the cases are based on similar facts.Eby and other legal experts have said the court ruling is a positive sign for litigation in Canada.Sabrina Strong, outside counsel for Johnson & Johnson and its pharmaceutical subsidiary Janssen, says the court’s decision will not impact how the company approaches legal actions elsewhere, given the different jurisdictions, laws, defendants and claims in those cases.The B.C. government filed a proposed class-action lawsuit a year ago alleging drug manufactures falsely marketed opioids as less addictive than other pain drugs, helping to trigger an overdose crisis that has killed thousands since OxyContin was introduced to the Canadian market in 1996.Ontario and New Brunswick have announced they will participate in B.C.’s lawsuit, and Eby says Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Quebec are participating in a national working group on the case. None of the allegations in the lawsuit have been tested in court.Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin and another defendant in B.C.’s lawsuit, has said that it followed all of Health Canada’s regulations, including those governing marketing, and it’s very concerned about the opioid crisis in B.C. and across Canada.Johnson & Johnson is appealing the Oklahoma court decision, which ordered the company to pay US$572 million, and says it is confident it has strong ground for its appeal. Attorneys for the company have maintained that they were part of a lawful and heavily regulated industry subject to strict federal oversight. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

DEADPOOL DEFENDS NICKELBACK IN FUNNY NEW ONCE UPON A DEADPOOL TRAILER

first_imgAdvertisement We’ve got another funny trailer for you to watch for Once Upon A Deadpool! After Fred Savage bashes the rock band Nickelback, Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) comes to their defense and reminds us of how great a band they really were.It’s great to see the marketing team having fun with Deadpool again! This is an entertaining trailer that I’m sure the fans will get a kick out of.Once Upon A Deadpool will hit select theaters this week on December 12th and will be available to watch until December 24th, so you’ll have plenty of time to catch it! Also, don’t forget that a portion of the proceeds will go to the Fudge Cancer charity. Enjoy the new trailer and let us know if you are a fan of Nickelback!by Joey Paur | Geek Tyrant LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Longtime Burnaby resident says Trans Mountain pipeline expansion ridiculous

first_imgTina House APTN NewsA small group of concerned citizens opposing Kinder Morgan’s expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline gathered outside a Burnaby hotel as the National Energy Board (NEB) began three days of hearings on the project.Elsie Dean, 93, has been living in Burnaby for 40 years and doesn’t want to see Kinder Morgan’s tank farm there expanded to support the pipeline project.“It’s ridiculous if you know about how small Burnaby inlet is and all the bridges and all the industrial traffic that’s going on there,” said Dean.The NEB is schedule to hear from nearby homeowners and Burnaby city council at the hearings.John Clark didn’t get an invite to speak at the hearings even though he lives 300 metres from the tank farm.Clark said the NEB is basically an unelected quasi-judicial body with a lot of power to make decisions “on constitutional issues and they’ve been allowed to run roughshod and were given that power by the Harper government.”Burnaby and Vancouver have expressed its disapproval of the project because of the environmental risks, that was approved the Justin Trudeau government near the end of 2016.thouse@aptn.calast_img read more