WON’T FEEL OUT OF PLACE THE Mico University College has strengthened its netball programme for the upcoming season. One of the country’s most talented netballers, national goal shooter Jhanielle Fowler-Reid, has enrolled at that institution for the upcoming academic year. Fowler-Reid who returned to the island recently from the Netball World Cup in Australia will be pursuing a bachelor’s degree in guidance and counselling. Fowler-Reid will team up with two members of the team who were in Australia – goal defence Vangelee Williams and centre Nicole Dixon. Assistant coach of the Sunshine Girls, Annette Daley, is the head coach of the Mico University team. Fowler-Reid who plays for Southern Steel in the ANZ Netball Championships in Australia will add vast experience to a Mico team which has been very consistent in intercollegiate netball for the past six years. Fowler-Reid was delighted about the chance to pursue her degree and playing netball at the Mico. “I am more than overjoyed to know that I will be attending this beautiful and great institution to do my degree in guidance and counselling and also knowing that the Mico family has embraced me,” she said. “The Mico institution itself will not be strange to me as I have had several training sessions there and a few of my teammates at the national level are on the Mico team and I won’t feel out of place,” she added. Fowler-Reid will still turn out for the Southern Steel in the ANZ Netball Championship while enrolled at Mico. “When I am overseas I will be able to study online and there are persons both here and overseas who will be willing to help me,” said Fowler-Reid when asked how her overseas engagements will affect her studies at Mico.
14 July 2003South Africa has increased its share of the global wine market from six percent to 7.5 percent over the last year, and is now ranked sixth in the world. Andre Morgenthal, the spokesman of Wines of South Africa (Wosa), attributes the growth of South Africa’s wine industry on increased focus on branding and quality.Wosa is a member of Proudly South African. The wine sector is well represented in the campaign, with estates and wine companies as members.France has shed seven percentage points of market share and has lost its number one position to Australia.One of South Africa’s wines, the Bergsig Chardonnay 2002 vintage, was named one of the three top white wines at the Monde Selection in Brussels, Belgium. It received the Grand Gold prize, together with wines from Hungary and Portugal. They were the only three selected for top honours from 600 entries from around the world. Nine wines were awarded gold prizes.South African wines are performing better than ever at competitions around the world.At the recent 2003 Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival, South Africa proposed that it be presented as the theme country at the event in 2005.This year more than 17 000 people attended the festival and Morgenthal said the local wines made their presence felt through their sheer quality.However, because of the cost of participation at trade shows, he said Wosa had decided to initiate a series of tastings in North America focusing exclusively on local wines.“The objective of these tastings will be to enhance the image and increase awareness of South African wines among the United States media and the trade.“The acceptance of South African wine in the US is growing, as shown by recent statistics indicating a growth of 31 percent in 2002 from 2001,” said Morgenthal.Wosa regards the growth on the international arena as paramount to success, but the organisation has decided to invest within the country as well. South Africa’s first ever “township tasting” was recently held at Mandalay on the Cape Flats.Mzokhona Mvemve, the winemaker at Cape Classics, conducted the tasting and a group of 30 incipient wine-lovers attended.Source: ProudlySA
A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… marshall kirkpatrick Technology news aggregator Techmeme sent an email today to a select group of readers it has put on a whitelist of Twitter users whose short commentary about news of the day will appear automatically on the site. Techmeme has been a trailblazer in news technology for years and today’s experiment is something other media outlets would likely love to implement in the future as well. Site founder Gabe Rivera downplayed the news in a conversation with me, but I think it’s a big deal. The leading technology industry news aggregator continues to move from nearly 100% automated link analysis at its birth five years ago, to half-human assisted with the hiring first of Megan McCarthy two years ago and later a team of editors and now this – a direct line to add smart quips to clusters of highlighted, long-form coverage of news events. Techmeme announced the initial inclusion of Twitter messages at the end of January. Rivera’s email to whitelisted Tweeters (including myself, at least until I reported on this) included the following instructions:Please be smart and insightful if you take advantage of this. Something more than just snark. (Though snark combined with insightful is fine!)Short version: If you tweet something and include a Techmeme permalink, your tweet *will* appear in “Discussion” under the headline you’ve linked, because your Twitter account is on our whitelist!Rivera emphasized in conversation that it wasn’t just the whitelisted community members whose Tweets would appear on the site and that the ranking of all topical Twitter messages is something he’s experimenting with.The site has faced allegations of elitism and favoritism since the day it launched and critics will undoubtedly see more of the same in this new experiment. Fans far outnumber critics of the site, though, and between Techmeme’s cold-hearted algorithm and its “librarians on speed” beneficent editors, I think the mix of coverage there works out quite well. The formula developed on Techmeme has been spun out into other sites on other topics, most notably Mediagazer, a site aggregating coverage of media industry news. Techmeme’s first hire, Megan McCarthy, now edits Mediagazer. Former ReadWriteWeb reporter Lidija Davis is Techmeme’s lead editor durring the US daytime. The site now has a staff of six humans, working beside computer scientist Rivera’s much-refined news discovery and ranking machine.Imagine This EverywhereAbove: Al Jazeera’s live coverage of the uprising in Egypt included highlighted Tweets from US political leaders.The press loves to pounce on the Twitter updates of well-known people in all kinds of fields, from Hollywood to US foreign policy. Imagine if other media outlets created a direct pipeline for those people to post their comments on coverage directly to the coverage itself! Might the front page of The New York Times someday include an appended quote like: “This article gives too much credit to the Republican party’s strategic thinking.” – @BarackObama.Probably not. But other media outlets are sure to take steps like Techmeme has today to capture and incorporate the most glamorous of User Generated Content into their own output. More likely than requiring a permalink to coverage, as Techmeme does of tech geek Twitter users whose personal brand audiences are generally smaller than the aggregator’s is, other sites will use keyword matching in filtering Tweets from the stars of stage, screen and industry. It’s a compelling value proposition for readers.Can the whitelisted Twitter users deliver? It’s a risk, but smart move by Techmeme – and something we’re sure to see variations on elsewhere in the future. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#New Media#news#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts
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Ali Kassem, a 17-year-old Syrian refugee, carries his surfboard on a beach in the town of Jiyeh, south of the Lebanese capital Beirut, on May 24, 2017.Ali Kassem had never seen the sea before he fled his home in Syria for Lebanon, but now he’s a regular in the waves and dreams of his own surf school. / AFP PHOTO / JOSEPH EIDAli Kassem had never seen the sea before he fled his home in Syria for Lebanon, but now he’s a regular in the waves and dreams of his own surf school. “He’s better than some people who have been surfing for years,” he says.‘Surf Syria’A picture taken on May 24, 2017 shows 17-year-old Syrian refugee Ali Kassem surfing off the shore of the town of Jiyeh, south of the Lebanese capital Beirut.Ali Kassem had never seen the sea before he fled his home in Syria for Lebanon, but now he’s a regular in the waves and dreams of his own surf school. / AFP PHOTO / JOSEPH EIDKassem has stuck with the sport, convinced it can help him “build a better life”.During the summer, he works at Amine’s school, repairing boards, welcoming customers and helping during lessons.The job provides income that helps his family, along with his father’s wages and support from the UN refugee agency.“My family really support me in surfing. They have no problem with it,” he says.“Right now I’m teaching my younger brother how to surf, and I’m going to teach my younger sister as well.”But, while Kassem says he has become used to life in Lebanon, he still dreams of returning home.His ultimate goal is “to become the first professional surfer in Syria and open a surf school in Latakia when the war is over”.Latakia is a popular seaside destination, and a government stronghold that has been largely spared the worst ravages of Syria’s conflict, which has killed over 320,000 people.The International Surfing Association does not so far count a Syrian surf school among its members, and to help Kassem achieve his goal, Amine has set up a campaign on the GoFundMe crowdfunding platform. Dressed in a purple wet suit, the 17-year-old confidently coats his board with wax and smears sunscreen on his face before dashing into the sea.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ He disappears behind one wave and another until his small figure is barely visible from the beach at all, as though he were headed for the horizon.“When I’m on my board, I feel free. I feel like I’m in another life,” the teenager says shyly at a beach in Jiyeh, 30 kilometres (20 miles) south of Beirut.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutKassem is from Aleppo city, though he says he remembers little from his childhood in Syria.His father has worked in Jiyeh for the past 25 years, and after Syria’s conflict erupted in March 2011, he decided to bring his family to Lebanon as well. A look at all 10 of Rafael Nadal’s French Open finals View comments World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide What ‘missteps’? 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It allows me to express my personality,” he says, his eyes sparkling in his tanned face.“I become someone else. I have more confidence in myself.”ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ A makeshift boardAli Kassem, a 17-year-old Syrian refugee, waxes his surfboard before going surfing on a beach in the town of Jiyeh, south of the Lebanese capital Beirut, on May 24, 2017.Ali Kassem had never seen the sea before he fled his home in Syria for Lebanon, but now he’s a regular in the waves and dreams of his own surf school. /AFP PHOTO / JOSEPH EIDKassem’s entry into surfing came through Ali el-Amine, who became his mentor after meeting him in 2015.At the sandy Jiyeh beach, a popular spot for surfers, Amine spotted Kassem trying his luck in the waves with a makeshift board.“He was trying to surf with a piece of polystyrene he had cut into a plank shape,” says the 34-year-old, who runs a surf school in Jiyeh.“He was very thin and wearing nothing but shorts. I was afraid he would drown,” he says.But after watching for a few minutes, Amine’s fears began to recede.“He knew exactly what he was doing,” he says.Kassem had spent long hours observing surfers in the water at Jiyeh before deciding to try himself.“I didn’t know this sport existed. The first time I saw the surfers, I wanted to try it,” he says with a smile.Amine decided to take Kassem under his wing, offering him a spot at his surf school and giving him a wet suit and board “on the condition he was good in class and behaved with his parents”.And two years later, the guidance has borne fruit, says Amine, who considers Kassem like “a son”. The school project might still be far off, but Kassem already has a name for it: “It will be called Surf Syria,” he says. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken