Cal Raleigh Update

first_imgCullowhee native, Smoky Mountain High School and Florida State alumni Cal Raleigh had a tremendous month playing baseball for the Advanced A Modesto Nuts affiliate of the Seattle Mariners. First of all Raleigh was a member of the California League North Division All Star team. He followed that up by being named the California League Player of the week twice. Last week he slammed three homers, knocked in six runs, and stole two bases. In the last ten games he is has a .344 batting average. The Modesto Nuts are playing the San Jose Giants this week, a team they trail by just two games in the league standings.last_img read more

Massive HIV-testing drive for SA

first_imgA major HIV counselling and testing campaign set to reach 15 million South Africans is due to kick off in South Africa this month. (Image: Chris Kirchhoff,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more freephotos visit the image library) MEDIA CONTACTS • Nono Simelane SA National Aids Council +27 11 655 7000 [email protected] RELATED ARTICLES • Loving life, fighting Aids • Hunger strike against HIV • Bold new HIV/Aids plan for SA • R13m boost for HIV clinic in SANosimilo RamelaA major HIV counselling and testing campaign will be launched in South Africa this April. Recognised as the most comprehensive in the world to date, the drive aims to have 15-million South Africans tested by June 2011.The initiative, which is being led by the South African National Aids Council (Sanac) and government, will run until the end of 2011, when the National Strategic Plan on HIV and Aids is concluded.Speaking at a Sanac meeting in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, on 17 March, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said: “The main objectives of the campaign are to encourage South Africans to know their HIV status; to equip those who test HIV-negative with ways of ensuring that they do not get HIV; to increase health-seeking behaviour; and to create a quick and easy entry point to accessing wellness and treatment services for those who test HIV-positive.From April 15, everyone who visits one of the 4 300 health facilities in the country will be offered an HIV test, regardless of whether they show symptoms or not, the minister added.Previously only pregnant women and people showing symptoms of HIV were given the option of being tested, while others had to volunteer and request a test.“I don’t have a feeling that South Africans understand that the biggest weapon against HIV must be prevention,” Motsoaledi said. “The mainstay of the fight against any disease is to prevent it from happening.”The Department of Health will raise funds for testing kits to be supplied to all health centres. “Health facilities won’t be expected to provide those,” the minister said.According to the Health Department, there are currently more than 5-million people living with HIV/Aids in South Africa – out of a population of 49-million.In the 2010/11 national budget, presented by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, the Department of Health’s HIV/Aids allocation increased by 33% from the previous year.Compared to budgets for other departments, 33% is the highest increase, said Motsoaledi.But “we can’t keep on increasing by 33%. We have got to cut the rate of infection. That’s where the issue of prevention comes in,” he said.“If we keep on increasing [the budget] we will reach a situation in South Africa where the whole budget must go to the treatment of HIV/Aids, and I don’t think any country can afford that. So, our war of prevention is extraordinarily important.”Private-public partnershipLocal business has shown great support for the drive. “We fully endorse and support government’s campaign, its targets and the keen focus on HIV prevention,” said Brad Mears, CEO of The South African Business Coalition on HIV/Aids (Sabcoha), which works with the private sector in combating the epidemic.Mears said his organisation would establish workplace wellness facilities to provide HIV counselling and testing.“You don’t have to be a scientist to know that prevention is better than cure at all times. But if you have failed to prevent it and it has happened, you have to treat it. We do accept that the fact that we have got so many people on treatment, might be the failure of prevention,” Motsoaledi said.last_img read more

Semantic Search Engine Gets Help from Facebook Friends

first_imgPerhaps the biggest problem with natural language search is that it’s incredibly difficult to try and automate machine-assigned ontologies. Essentially, machines just don’t get it. This is precisely the reason why Canadian technologist Bruce Johnson switched his focus from semantic tagging to a new style of search. Says Johnson, “Machines don’t really deconstruct language well. They miss so many of the ambiguities and they often don’t pick up on synonyms.” As a result, Johnson’s Semanti was built in the belief that humans are best at determining search relevancy. ReadWriteWeb spoke to Johnson, about how his start up, differs from some of the semantic web’s more-recognized players like Hakia and Powerset.Most semantic search services are natural language search engines; however, Semanti employs a system of personal bookmarks, a drop-down menu with multiple definitions, and search recommendations pulled from Facebook friends. Semanti actually increases relevancy by introducing human eyes and opinions into the search process. Semanti’s search experience is incredibly different than natural language search engines. Firstly, Semanti is not a separate engine, but a Firefox plug-in to be used with Google, Yahoo or Bing. This means that users are not being asked to change the habit of visiting their preferred search engine. Secondly, every time you type terms into your preferred engine, Semanti Suggest automatically provides a drop down menu of possible definitions. The search term “apple” offers the fruit, the company, the car, the record label, and Gwyneth Paltrow’s uniquely named baby. From here, users choose the relevant definition and results from alternate definitions are omitted. This portion of the search is particularly useful if you are looking for one of the seemingly obscure definitions. Additionally, Semanti uses a series of bookmarks to further categorize results. Users install the Semanti browser plug-in and bookmark the pages they are likely to revisit. However, unlike regular web-based bookmarks, Semanti’s MyWeb stores the entire page’s text and the original search terms. Later, when the same page is needed, Semanti scans the bookmarked pages and offers them at the top of search results. This means that the more you search, the more relevant your results are likely to be. Once you’ve saved a few pages to MyWeb, you can also increase search relevancy through Semanti Social Search. Semanti Social Search is a web-based community where you can invite your Facebook friends to share their MyWeb bookmarks. Once a friend has accepted your invitation, you’ve got access to their search results in addition to your own. Now every time you search, Semanti offers your bookmarks and your friends’ bookmarks at the top of search results. Below your friends’ bookmarks, you can also view bookmarks from the Semanti community. Or if you’d like to turn off these suggestions, Semanti also offers you that option as well. Semanti is clearly a new approach to finding information. The drop down definitions are very likely to speed research efforts; however, because the social search component is dependent on our friends, it will be interesting to see how results emerge over time. It’s always a celebration of human achievement to see a community effectively “harness the wisdom of the crowds”; however, there’s always a chance that a good thing can be destroyed by the ignorance of the masses. The community will just have to be discerning with their invitations. Semanti is currently available in French and English and the team of nine plans to roll out additional language versions in the coming months. To install Semanti and test drive the product yourself, visit Semanti.com. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#start#startups Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… dana oshiro Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Please Revamp iTunes: 5 Ways Apple Should Improve Its Media Player

first_imgUndeterred by the miserable failure of Ping, Apple is reportedly already making moves toward a more social iTunes. These include a deeper integration of Facebook into the iTunes Store and a limited music-sharing feature. The further Apple can head in this direction, the better. Music and video are naturally social-friendly (see YouTube and SoundCloud), but iTunes has long existed on its own isolated island, far from the social networks we’re glued to all day long.As Apple learned the hard way, trying to roll its own social music product isn’t the way to go. Instead, leverage existing social networks is essential, especially for music discovery and artist promotion. Spotify’s Facebook integration, as imperfect as its “frictionless sharing” implementation was, is an example worth emulating. Of course, iTunes has a different business model than Spotify (and, despite rumors, Apple doesn’t plan to launch its own subscription service any time soon). Whereas a user can stream entire tracks from Spotify when they pop up in a friend’s Facebook feed, iTunes may need to work out something else. Perhap’s its a 30-second clip or, in a more user-friendly implementation, the song could be streamed on Facebook once prior to purchase. A similar approach could be adapted to Twitter, where some kind of easy-sharing option could help drive exposure and downloads for music, movies, apps and other content. iTunes shouldn’t play nice only with established services like Facebook and Twitter, but also make an effort to keep up with other social sites when appropriate. Maybe Instagram doesn’t make sense, but Pinterest might. The more iTunes touches the social Web, the better the experience will be for users and content creators alike. Integrate iTunes with Other Music SourcesApple would never do this, but it can’t hurt to ask: iTunes would be far more useful as a desktop media manager if users could plug in third-party content providers. This is something that open-source music player Tomahawk does very well, and it’s a big part of what makes that project so promising. Let’s face it: Users stream music from Spotify, Rdio, SoundCloud and YouTube, in addition to purchasing it from iTunes (or downloading it via BitTorrent for that matter). Allowing access to numerous sources from one user interface would make for a great user experience, even if it would eat into Apple’s music sales. Play Nice with Other Apps and ServicesEven if Apple doesn’t offer a subscription service, it could steal a page from Spotify’s playbook and launch an iTunes platform upon which third-party developers could build apps.Spotify launched its own platform late last year, effectively outsourcing a chunk of its product development. And developers have responded, eagerly building extensions for the Spotify desktop client. Apple could do the same by introducing a similar platform or opening iTunes so developers could add functionality through browser-style plugins. Opening the iTunes ecosystem could include deep integration with recommendation engines such as Last.fm or partnering with exciting social music services with whom Apple knows better than to try to compete. This is another suggestion that would require Apple to think of iTunes less as a gateway to its own retail storefront and more as an experience to be enjoyed by users, who would spend money on content and apps. Redesign the iTunes User InterfaceThe iTunes desktop interface has undergone only subtle, incremental visual changes since its inception. In the meantime, we’ve seen Web-based music services like Rdio rise up sporting clean, well-designed user interfaces. Apple should borrow from these services while striving to create a more iOS-like desktop experience. An extensive visual refresh could go a long way toward making iTunes a joy to use and thus keep more content consumers tied to it. Make the Code More EfficientiTunes is a beast. The desktop client is a notorious resource hog, even when it’s being used for the most basic activities – or just sitting there, for that matter. Any cosmetic changes to the application should be accompanied by architectural updates that would allow it to load and run faster, especially on older machines. 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Tags:#Apple#music#web Related Posts Apple is planning to overhaul iTunes, according to recent reports. Hallelujah! Apple’s clunky, archaic media player is long overdue for an upgrade. iTunes used to be a necessary evil for managing music on an iPhone or updating the operating system on Apple’s mobile devices, but with the arrival of Spotify and the over-the-air software updates in iOS 5, there’s little reason to launch it at all. Even podcasts are more neatly managed in a third-party app such as Instacast or Apple’s own Podcasts app. Whether or not an overhaul is actually under way is anybody’s guess. Nonetheless, we humbly offer a few suggestions.Make iTunes More Social  john paul titlow 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

Smart Homes Get Smarter as Utilities Join In

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#home#Internet of Things#web Related Posts john paul titlow The move toward smart homes that are intensively networked and microprocessor-controlled got a small but important push in the U.K. last week. British Gas, one of the country’s biggest gas suppliers, announced a partnership with AlertMe, a startup that specializes in remote home monitoring and energy management. AlertMe and its competitors offer customers a way to manage their home’s energy consumption on the Web or from smartphone and tablet apps. The need to more effectively manage energy consumption is growing, and networked technology is uniquely equipped to help. AlertMe is partnering exclusively with British Gas for its Remote Heating Control service, which will be available to all of the utility company’s 10 million customers. The new arrangement demonstrates that the smart home concept is spreading beyond forward-thinking startups and catching on with utility companies. For consumers, the most compelling advantage of this type of technology is the cost savings. Under the old system, homes were cooled and warmed inefficiently and at improper times, leading to wasted energy and money. Automated systems like those offered by AlertMe, Control4 and smart thermostat manufacturers like Nest allow residents to schedule their temperature-control regimen in advance or do so automatically based on their past habits. This has an immediate impact on home energy bills. If adopted on a large scale, it could have a broader environmental impact. Utility companies and tech startups aren’t the only ones diving head-first into this space. Tech giants are getting in on the action as well. Google aims to weave Internet connectivity into a variety of household appliances with its [email protected] initiative. Meanwhile, Comcast’s XFinity Home initiative is a partnership with Verizon to offer home automation services.  AlertMe’s solution is geared toward U.K. customers for now, but the company says it plans to launch a similar offering in the United States soon. center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Apple Q3 Earnings: Even Underwhelming Numbers Are Strong

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… jon mitchell Tags:#Apple#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Apple announced its fiscal 2012 third-quarter earnings Tuesday. There were no surprises; Apple continued to sell well across all its product lines. Even the iPod, which is down 10% over last year, sold 6.8 million units. Apple also announced that the new version of its operating system, Mountain Lion, will be released Wednesday.The quarterly revenue was $35 billion, amounting to $8.8 billion in profit, or $9.32 per diluted share. Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer announced a dividend of $2.65 per share, noting that he expects the earnings per share to be significantly lower next quarter as Apple is “continuing to invest in the growth of our business.”In our preview of this quarter’s earnings we pointed to five numbers that matter. Apple scored on four out of five counts, and there were no blow-outs.Apple sold 26 million iPhones this quarter. It’s lower than some optimistic expectations, but that’s still plenty of phones.It sold 17 million iPads, also just on the safe side of expectations. That’s an 84% increase in iPad sales year-over-year.Apple announced that it will release Mountain Lion Wednesday, right on schedule near the end of the July timeframe it announced at WWDC in June.Apple came in just shy of the gross margin we expected, at 42.8%. Last quarter’s monster numbers – 47.4% – were driven by the iPhone, its most profitable product. Those sales are beginning to slow as consumers expect a major update to the model line in a few months.International sales represented 62% of the quarter’s revenue.The earnings call begins at 2:00 Pacific and is streaming live on Apple’s website.center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts last_img read more

A Review of Instagram Marketing by Matthew Lucas

first_imgYou may be new to Instagram marketing. you may think it’s all about getting the best photos. Remember what Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom said. Instagram “is not a photography company. Instagram is a communications company.”If you’re lost in the weeds of Instagram marketing, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of or download the eBook Instagram Marketing by Matthew Lucas. This slim book (26 pages) packs a ton of information in a short book.Top Takeaways from Instagram MarketingGaining Instagram fans is not easy, especially if you’re a newbie.In Instagram marketing, choose one aspect you want to focus on. Don’t try to be everything to everyone. Instagram itself started out as a nimble startup with a dedicated focus on “visceral, visual communication & community.”If you’re an artist, focus on showcasing your paintings and engaging conversation.Despite what we said at the top of this article, don’t neglect the appearance of your account. Learn how to create photos that have great composition. Instagram is still a photographers’ medium despite some policy changes that offended users back when Facebook bought Instagram.Share your Instagram content using other channels such as Twitter, Google+ and Facebook. Remember Facebook is passe for millennials and teens (and not just because of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.)Interact with other Instagrammers, but #don’t use too many #hashtags. This can hurt your Instagram marketing campaignsRespond to your followers when they comment. Even if it’s just a response with an emoji. That can work for banks.Gaining more followers doesn’t have to cost you a ton of money. Hold an Instagram contest. Use the “Suggested Users” feature. Use the “Mayfair” filter for your Instagram marketing campaign. Share images your followers have uploaded.This should go without saying, but create a separate Instagram account for your business.Offer promos to your Instagram followers. Share content that others would like to see. If your followers want to see pictures of the latest fall fashions, share those.Use creative hashtags in your Instagram marketing to improve #visibility. Make your own hashtags. Just don’t use #snowicane.Add a direct question or call-to-action in your captions.Measure the success of your campaign.Read Instagram marketing books. Matthew Lucas’s book is a good start. Kristin Johnson Uber vs Lyft: Battling for Supremacy Kristin Johnson is the author of AIN’T “U” GOT NO MANNERS, winner of three 2019 Dan Poynter Global eBook Awards (Silver-Best eBook Cover, Bronze-Technology and Engineering, Honorable Mention-Self Help) and “the Bible for Social Media”.She is a prize-winning/prize finalist writer (Blue Mountain Arts Tri-Annual Poetry Contest first place winner out of 50,000 entries and finalist in the 2016 Palm Springs Writers Guild Annual Poetry Contest, short story, drama, Bahamas International Film Festival screenplay semi-finalist, Amsterdam Film Festival Van Gogh Award for Television Writing with DeAnn Lubell), blogger, ghostwriting/creative writing consultant, screenwriter, and editor. A graduate of the former Master of Professional Writing Program from the University of Southern California, she has published/collaborated on seven books: fiction, Internet manners book, co-written memoir with and for the late Sir Rupert A.L. Perrin, M.D., co-written Christmas book (with Mimi Cummins), and three children’s books, including two books from CartoonGems on penguins and the Pacific Ocean. Her latest two books are THE DIVINITY PROTOCOL, written with Berkeley Johnson (no relation) and AIN’T “U” GOT NO MANNERS, “the Bible For Social Media.”Besides the books on which her name appears, she has ghostwritten several books (and scripts) for clients as that acknowledge her contribution, such as ASIM: Servant of Two Masters; Mercedes; Never Marry Your Soulmate; Whites, Blacks and Whilacks; Bringing Down High Blood Pressure, and The FlavorDoctor Diet. She edited media personality Nicholas Snow’s memoir Life Positive: A Journey to the Center of My Heart and singer Allison Annalora’s Late Blooming: My Gender Journey. She brings her screenwriting talents to the miniseries adaptation of longtime colleague and friend DeAnn Lubell’s THE LAST MOON. She has blogged for The Happy Guy Marketing and written for numerous Web sites, e-zines and e-newsletters.She has given well-received talks and workshops for the Desert Screenwriters Group (part of the Palm Springs Writers Guild) and was a founding member of the Palm Springs chapter of Women in Film and Television as well as a past First Vice-President and Contests and Grants Chair for the National League of American Pen Women-Palm Springs Branch. CEOs in Troubled Waters (with Myriam Joire from…center_img Related Posts 4 Ways You Can Make Your Workplace an Engine of… Is Voice Search the Next Big Travel Technology …last_img read more

Focus now on 2015 and not on retirement, says Viswanathan Anand

first_imgTwo world championship losses in successive years to a younger and more dominating opponent and the retirement question becomes a norm, even if you are- Viswanathan Anand. But seeing the ambition in his eyes and the determination to bounce back you realise its futile asking him that question. “There’s a lot to look forward to this year,” he tells Headlines Today in an exclusive conversation.Following his loss to Norwegian Magnus Carlsen, Anand has since won the London classic. And although not a big fan of the football like 3 for win, 1 for a draw, points system for the tournament, he admits the win has helped him recover. “The whole thing with the world championships was a pity especially because I had chances but life goes on. The very next tournament I won has made me feel a lot better,” says the 45-year-old Anand.The five time world champion agrees a non championship year allows him a breather and is strongly in disapproval of the way two championships were held in succession in the past two years. “It’s definitely insane playing a world championship every year. I think they should change that schedule anyway. Either 13′ or 14′ should not have been a world championship. But it will be nice to play tournaments and try and take them as a challenge in 2015.”He hates to delve into the Sochi encounter too much but one can see how much it meant to him. “There is disappointment but at some point you realise that life goes on and you find new challenges. I am fine now,” he says.advertisementEfforts to have another crack at Carlsen in 2016 will keep him going, but to get there would mean another candidates win in the same year. And to get to the candidates tournament in good form, he would require a good 2015. “This year I will play tournaments and keep my self in shape. Plus lots of young players are all trying to qualify for the candidates so I will be following them and trying to learn and pacing myself. It’s also nice to have a year where you have just tournaments and a different kind of challenge. That’s not to suggest that this year I will just be lounging around it’s a serious year with serious tournaments,” he says firmly.Just minutes ago somebody asked him a question if Magnus Carlsen reminds him of any cricketer? “Virat Kohli maybe,” he thinks and answers. And is there any cricketer like Vishy Anand? “Can’t think of anyone,” he says. He didn’t say it but could well have said MS Dhoni.So does body language play a role in chess, we ask him of facing off against the more expressive Magnus Carlsen. “Not too much. Everyone has their own body language. What matters is a series of good moves. When that happens, all falls in place,” he says.We take a final effort to see if he has even begun to delve into retirement. If he got another shot at Carlsen and won, would the thought than occur to him? “There are too many ifs in the question. Let’s focus on what I can do this year and try and get there in 2016,” he signs off with a smile.last_img read more

Health Minister Calls for Behaviour Change to Tackle Obesity

first_img Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says behaviour change is critical to reduce obesity levels and to improve lifestyle choices in the country.“Part of the challenge that we face in combatting the scourge of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) is that we are not as consistent as we ought to be in trying to address, not just perception but also behavioural change,” he said.Dr. Tufton was speaking at the launch of the third phase of the obesity-prevention campaign in Jamaica, held at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St. Andrew on October 11.“This (change) doesn’t come overnight; this is going to require consistent effort. It is going to have to deal with objections, which you will get from time to time, and what we are aiming to do is to create, over time, a change in behaviour because until we change behaviour, we are not going to achieve the objectives that we have set for ourselves,” he said.Data from the 2016/17 Jamaica Health and Lifestyle Survey showed that one in two Jamaicans or 54 per cent were overweight or obese.The data further revealed that women are more affected by overweight/obesity, with two-thirds of Jamaican women 15 years or older being overweight or obese.The overall weight/obesity trend for adults is 34 per cent in 2000, 51.7 per cent in 2008 and 54 per cent in 2016.Recent findings from the Global School-based Student Health Survey (2017) show that obesity is increasing for boys and has almost doubled from 5.3 per cent to 10.3 per cent, and from 6.7 per cent to 9.9 per cent for girls.In the meantime, Dr. Tufton said the Government is taking a holistic approach to combatting unhealthy lifestyle choices, particularly from the earliest age, with the introduction of several initiatives.These include the restriction on certain types of sugary beverages come January 2019; the development of the school nutrition policy, in conjunction with the Ministry of Education, which will influence what is prepared within the school system.“We have reintroduced in the schools our sealant and fluoride programmes,” he said, adding that this is being undertaken through the Ministry’s Oral Health Programmes.He noted, too, that the Ministry’s Jamaica Moves initiative will be introduced in schools shortly.This introduction is to be guided by a nutrition policy, a physical activity regime, as well as public education on health and wellness programmes.Jamaica Moves is part of the National Strategic and Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases, which covers seven main categories of diseases – cardiovascular conditions, cancers, chronic respiratory diseases, diabetes, sickle cell, mental health disorders and chronic renal failure.Dr. Tufton said the third component of the campaign, which is being led by the Heart Foundation of Jamaica, in collaboration with several partners, including the Ministry, is critical.The new phase of the campaign focuses on reducing children’s consumption of sugary drinks.Entitled ‘Are Your Children Drinking Themselves Sick?, the campaign shows the negative effects of sugary drinks on physical and dental health, from childhood into adulthood, and encourages Jamaicans to reduce consumption of sugary drinks at home and at school. Dr. Tufton was speaking at the launch of the third phase of the obesity-prevention campaign in Jamaica, held at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St. Andrew on October 11. “Part of the challenge that we face in combatting the scourge of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) is that we are not as consistent as we ought to be in trying to address, not just perception but also behavioural change,” he said. Story Highlights Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says behaviour change is critical to reduce obesity levels and to improve lifestyle choices in the country.last_img read more