Raiders’ valiant comeback falls short in 40-33 loss to Chiefs

first_imgYet after rookie Marcell Atman’s first … (CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this photo gallery or video on your mobile device.)OAKLAND — Late into the fourth quarter, the biggest upset of this NFL season remained a possibility.Kareem Hunt or not, the Chiefs far outmatch the Raiders on paper. Even with a leaky pass defense that allowed more yards in the air than any other team entering Week 13, the Chiefs’ offense seemed far too powerful for the Raiders to even contend with.last_img

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Play Your Part for quality school education

first_imgLearners in impoverished schools in the Western Cape have received educational resources thanks to the Rally to Read initiative.(Image: Rally To Read)Brand South Africa once again combined efforts with Bidvest Rally to Read to contribute to the improvement of literacy and education in South Africa.Rally to Read aims to help improve education in rural South Africa, and the partnership is in line with Brand South Africa’s aim of a South Africa with quality school education that has literacy and numeracy at globally competitive standards.Rally to Read is an initiative that was originally launched by the McCarthy Motor Group and is now organised by Bidvest.Every year, Rally to Read travels across 10 school districts in all nine provinces to distribute reading and educational resources to disadvantaged schools.On Saturday, 21 October 2017, Brand South Africa collaborated with the teams to play their part in Noordhoek and Paternoster in the Western Cape.Brand South Africa also recognised the teachers for their hard work towards improving education.Visit Rally To Read for more information. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Sharks fly South African Super Rugby flag

first_img18 July 2014 The Sharks will carry South African hopes at Kings Park stadium in Durban on Saturday evening when they host New Zealand’s Highlanders in the Super Rugby playoffs. The team from Durban was the only franchise from South Africa to qualify for the playoffs of the southern hemisphere competition after finishing top of the South African conference and third on the overall log. Qualifier in Canberra While they have never lifted the Super Rugby title, they have made it through to seven semi-finals and contested four finals, which makes them among the more successful teams in the history of the competition. While the Sharks face the Highlanders for a place in the semi-finals, the Brumbies and the Chiefs, who met in last year’s final, will do battle in the first of the qualifiers in Canberra. It will be a tough task for the two-time defending champions to win there. They last achieved the feat in 2008 and the Brumbies have won seven of their eight home games at the GIO Stadium this year. The Sharks have a strong home record, but the Highlanders inflicted the biggest defeat on Jake White’s charges this season, winning 34-18 in Durban where they became the only side to record a four-try bonus point victory over the KwaZulu- Natalians. With that win, the side from the south island was also the only team to deny the Sharks a point in any match.‘This is a team that can scores tries’ “When they are on song, they can perform. They beat some big teams this year and this is a team that can score tries, they have the players,” White said in a statement on Thursday. “But, in saying that, the nice thing we have in our favour is that we lost to them. I know I don’t have to talk much this week. The players will know it’s not just going to happen. “I think in a lot of ways, we were on a high in that pool game back in April, about to tour, and we ended up losing that game. We’ll be a lot more focused this week. “It was probably a good thing for us that they beat us. Had we beaten them comfortably perhaps we would have gone into this game thinking it was a fait accompli. In a lot of ways, we get to have another crack at them,” he concluded.Clash of styles The match should produce an interesting clash of styles, with the Sharks having conceded only 22 tries, the lowest number in the Super Rugby competition, and the Highlanders having let in 52, second worst among the teams. Contrast that with the Sharks scoring only 29 tries, the second lowest number of five-pointers on offence, and the Highlanders scoring 39, and you have distinct differences between the approaches to the game of the two teams. Underlining this is the fact that the Sharks enjoyed the most possession per game on average and the Highlanders the least.Defence and firepower In playoff competition, historically it is defences that rule the roost. However, the Highlanders proved earlier in the season they have the firepower to win in Durban, running in four tries without reply. The Sharks will have captain Bismarck du Plessis back in their team on Saturday. He missed the loss in April and, as the hooker many regard as the best in the world, he could make a massive difference to the outcome of the showdown. In their win in Durban earlier in the season, the Highlanders bossed the breakdowns and moved the ball swiftly around the park to outflank the Sharks. With Du Plessis contesting possession on the ground, and an all-Springbok loose trio of Ryan Kankowski, Willem Alberts and Marcell Coetzee, the battle at the breakdown should be more evenly contested and perhaps crucial to the outcome of the game. CELL C SHARKS: SP Marais, S’bura Sithole, JP Pietersen, Paul Jordaan, Lwazi Mvovo, Frans Steyn, Cobus Reinach, Ryan Kankowski, Willem Alberts, Marcell Coetzee, Stephan Lewies, Anton Bresler, Jannie du Plessis, Bismarck du Plessis (captain), Thomas du Toit. Replacements: Kyle Cooper, Dale Chadwick, Lourens Adriaanse, Ettienne Oosthuizen, Jean Deysel, Charl McLeod, Pat Lambie, Tonderai Chavhanga HIGHLANDERS: Ben Smith (co-captain), Richard Buckman, Malakai Fekitoa, Phil Burleigh, Patrick Osborne, Lima Sopoaga, Aaron Smith, Nasi Manu (co- captain), Shane Christie, Elliot Dixon, Joe Wheeler, Jarrad Hoeata, Chris King, Ged Robinson, Kane Hames. Replacements: Liam Coltman, Matias Diaz, JP Koen, Josh Bekhuis, Tom Franklin, Fumiaki Tanaka, Trent Renata, Gareth Evanslast_img read more

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House Agriculture Committee Farm Bill markup completed today

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The House Agriculture Committee completed its markup of the House farm bill today and reported the bill to the full U.S. House. Despite a robust debate, the Committee made few changes to the bill. Now the bill moves toward the House floor.“The 2018 Farm Bill is ready for debate and amendments a mere six days after its introduction. A vote by the full House of Representatives is expected to soon follow. This is great news for farmers and ranchers everywhere. H.R. 2 — The Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 —  takes us one step closer to bringing certainty to families who face the toughest farm economy in more than a decade,” said Zippy Duvall, American farm Bureau Federation president. “We look forward to working with members of both the House and Senate to complete work on a bipartisan, bicameral bill that can be signed into law by the president before the current law expires.”The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) lauded the House Agriculture Committee for approving a draft of the 2018 Farm Bill that contains key dairy policy improvements. Among the provisions of significance to the U.S. dairy industry in the House bill are additional improvements to the dairy Margin Protection Program (MPP). The measure raises the maximum covered margin to $9 per hundredweight and adjusts the minimum percentage of milk that can be insured; both measures will offer greater flexibility for dairy producers. It also includes provisions of an important agreement reached between NMPF and the International Dairy Foods Association on price risk management.“It’s important that the Farm Bill process continue moving forward,” said Jim Mulhern, NMPF President and CEO . “As U.S. dairy farmers weather a fourth-straight year of depressed milk prices, making additional improvements to the dairy safety net through this farm bill becomes more critical with each passing day.”The House bill also addresses several other NMPF priorities. The conservation title helps producers access technical and financial assistance to carry out multiple conservation practices on their land and water. Under the trade title, the Farm Bill authorizes the trade promotion programs that are critical to dairy farmers and their cooperatives. The bill also includes helpful provisions intended to increase fluid milk consumption. NMPF looks forward to working with Congress on these issues as the process continues.The National Corn Growers Association too was supportive of the House bill.“NCGA is pleased the bill restores full funding to the Market Access and Foreign Market Development Programs and makes administrative reforms to the revenue-based Agriculture Risk Coverage Program (ARC), which are welcome provisions for corn farmers facing uncertain times. NCGA also appreciates the bill’s expansion of grower participation in working lands conservation programs and the research title’s funding for the phenotyping initiative,” said Kevin Skunes, NCGA president. “Moving forward, NCGA will remain focused on our growers’ top policy concerns — a robust federal crop insurance program, ensuring the ARC-county program is a viable risk management option, and increased resources for trade promotion programs.”last_img read more

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Barcelona target Harry Kane in £200M transfer deal

first_imgSpanish giants Barcelona are hoping to secure the services of Tottenham striker Harry Kane in a blockbuster £200million transfer, claim The Daily Star.The Spanish giants see the in-form English superstar as a long-term replacement for forward Luis Suarez, while the newspaper reports that the likes of Richarlison, Kylian Mbappe, and Antoine Greizmann are also on their shortlist.Barcelona face Tottenham in their final Group game in the UEFA Champions League and they are hoping to have a firsthand assessment of the striker who will be leading his team to Camp Nou.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.Tottenham are currently in the second spot behind Group B winners Barcelona, however, Mauricio Pochettino’s men know that they are likely to have to conjure up a win in Spain in order to beat off competition from Inter Milan, and in turn secure qualification.The Italian outfit are also on seven points after five games, and they face rock-bottom PSV at the San Siro on the same night.Kane penned a new six-year contract with Tottenham in June, but The Daily Star speculates that Barcelona could test the waters with an initial £150m bid for the striker, which the paper claims could tempt the Tottenham Board due to the ‘spiralling costs’ of their new stadium, which they are likely to move into at some point in early 2019.last_img read more

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Thirtymillionpage backup of humanity headed to moon aboard Israeli lander

first_img A 23rd-century tourist guide to the galaxy The top layers of the archive disc can be viewed with an optical microscope. Arch Mission Foundation/Bruce Ha On Thursday night, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carried an Israeli-made spacecraft named Beresheet beyond the grasp of Earth’s gravity and sent it on its way to the surface of the moon. On board Beresheet is a specially designed disc encoded with a 30-million-page archive of human civilization built to last billions of years into the future. The backup for humanity has been dubbed “The Lunar Library” by its creator, the Arch Mission Foundation (AMF).   “The idea is to place enough backups in enough places around the solar system, on an ongoing basis, that our precious knowledge and biological heritage can never be lost,” the nonprofit’s co-founder Nova Spivack told me via email.The AMF also placed a small test archive on Elon Musk’s red Tesla Roadster that was launched in the direction of Mars aboard the first Falcon Heavy demonstration mission last year. That archive consisted of Isaac Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy encoded in a disc made of quartz silica glass made to last millions of years as the Roadster orbits the sun. The AMF has also placed a solid-state copy of Wikipedia on board a cubesat from SpaceChain in low-Earth orbit.graphic-1-space-ilThe little lander Beresheet hopes to make history in multiple ways this year. SpaceIL Part of the motivation for the far-out project is to leave a copy of humanity’s knowledge not just in the cloud, but far beyond the clouds, should the impacts of climate change or a potential nuclear war do us or the planet in at some point in the future. “While I am optimistic that humanity will rise to the challenge and develop a multinational  planetary defense initiative to mitigate these planetary risks, it is also prudent to have a plan B,” Spivack said. “Instead of one backup in one place our strategy is ‘many copies, many places’ — and we plan to send updates on a regular basis.”The AMF has already signed on to an additional planned moon mission, with startup Astrobotic, to send another Lunar Library installment to the moon in the next few years. There are also plans in the works to send archives to Mars, LaGrange points around Earth and deep underground caves on our planet. “The interplanetary network of backup locations we have started may even help to enable an interplanetary Internet. As we become a spacefaring civilization, we are going to need ways to move big data around the solar system, and protect it in transit, and at each location,” Spivack said. 17 Photos Tags Share your voice Sci-Techcenter_img 8 Space Comments The disc aboard Beresheet is about the size and thickness of a DVD, but consists of 25 stacked thin nickel films that AMF insists can resist radiation, extreme temperatures and other harsh conditions found in space for billions of years. There is, of course, no way to test how long it will last, but if it survives as long as hoped, the disc may even be around longer than the moon itself. The top four layers are actually filled with 60,000 pages of tiny analog images that can be viewed with optical microscope technology that’s been around for centuries. The images include a sort of users’ guide explaining human language, the contents of the disc and how to access the deeper layers containing compressed digital data. The digitized layers include a full copy of Wikipedia, more than 25,000 books and data for understanding over 5,000 languages. But if humans — or perhaps someone else — is ever going to get a chance to use the Lunar Library, it has to first get to the surface of the moon. Beresheet is now just beginning a long, complicated journey that will involve a handful of swings around Earth to increase the size of its orbit before jumping into orbit around the moon and eventually attempting a landing.The first window of opportunity to land comes on April 11.  So if all works out, Wikipedia will touch down on the moon almost exactly 50 years after man first showed up there. Any aliens who come across it in the future will surely be baffled by a few choice entries, like “moon-landing conspiracy theories,” “flat Earth” or “Tide pod challenge.” But at least they’ll help illustrate why we needed a backup.  last_img read more

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Will Chinas IPO Boom Weigh on Troubled Indian Stock Markets

first_imgConcerns deepen over troubled Indian stock markets as the China’s red-hot initial public offering (IPO) heats up further. Foreign investors appear to be preparing to pull out their money from Dalal Street and invest in lucrative IPOs in China.As many as 20 Chinese companies have lined up to issue IPOs this week amounting to $483.19 billion, intensifying worries of outflows from other countries including India.Impressive post-listing performance of Chinese IPOs has created frenzy among the investor community. In the past one year, all the IPOs have generated more than 40% returns on listing.”We have heard from sell-side brokers that some of the selling in India is attributable to the fact that Chinese markets have outperformed India,” Nilesh Shah, MD, Kotak Mutual Fund, told The Economic Times.Recent controversy over Minimum Alternate Tax (MAT) led to high volatility in domestic stock markets in recent trading sessions, as overseas investors aggressively sold their shares.Foreign investors have sold shares amounting to over $2 billion or nearly ₹14,000 crore in the past 15 trading sessions, NDTV Profit said.The Chinese securities regulator has been fast accelerating its nod for IPOs in a bid to cool down its skyrocketing stock market performance. Last Friday, the regulator approved a batch of IPOs for the second time in less than a month.”Regulators have said they would accelerate IPO approvals and we’re seeing it happen,” Zhang Chen, analyst at Shanghai-based Hongyi Investment, told Reuters.The Chinese authorities have been initiating many measures to curtail the speculative activity in its equity markets. Despite a sharp decline in recent sessions, the Chinese stocks still trade at multi-year highs, with a gain of 34% so far this year.The China’s Shanghai Composite Index is up 122% since January 2014, supported by increased buying by the retail investors.Will China’s IPOs Attract FIIs in India?Analysts see limited scope for foreign investors, who have their holding in Indian equities, to participate in the forthcoming $200 billion IPOs in China. The total share holdings of overseas investors in India stand at over $300 billion, so offloading a part of their holdings may offer a little liquidity to subscriber for Chinese IPOs.There is no evidence of ‘any large-scale’ selling of shares by foreign institutional investors (FIIs) so far although the Chinese IPO boom has started a few months back. Recent sell-off in Indian stock markets is largely due to uncertainty over retrospective tax and weak corporate earnings, Business Standard reported.Instead, China IPOs are having an impact on its own markets, with the benchmark index declining by around 10% in recent sessions. Investors are selling their shares to buy IPOs.However, with the Chinese equity market outperforming India’s, many global money managers are reshuffling their portfolios to include Chinese stocks.last_img read more

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4 motorcyclists killed in road crash

first_imgRoad Accident logoFour motorcyclists were killed after a bus hit their motorbike on Dhaka-Sylhet highway in Tarabagh area of Raipura upazila of Narsingdi district on Friday.The deceased are Ramjan Mia, 17, son of a certain Asad Choukidar, Dalim Mia, 17, son of one Hafizuddin, Shohagh Mia, 17, son of one Sharif Mia, and Yamin, 23.The accident took place around 7:00am when a Dhaka-bound bus from Kishoreganj knocked the bike carrying four people, leaving all the riders killed on the spot, said Bhairab highway police station officer-in-charge AKM Kauser.On information, police recovered the bodies and sent those to local hospital morgue, he added.last_img

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Texas Officials Deny Any Cap On Special Education In Letter To Feds

first_img Share PexelsTexas officials denied they imposed any cap on special education in a letter to the U.S. Department of Education.The Texas Education Agency told federal authorities that it never created a cap on how many children with disabilities could receive special education services.At the same time, the state’s Deputy Commissioner of Academics Penny Schwinn said that the state will add new changes to clarify rules for districts, citing “recent confusion” over the special education indicator.The letter was sent after federal authorities ordered Texas last month to end its arbitrary benchmark for special ed, unless Texas could show no children have been denied needed services.The state agency’s strong denial of any cap stands in sharp contrast to a major investigation by the Houston Chronicle. It revealed that state officials could have set an arbitrary benchmark at 8.5 percent for special ed. Since then, special ed enrollment in Texas schools has plummeted. The state now has lowest percentage of kids in special education in the country. The national average is higher at 13 percent.In the letter to the U.S. Department of Education, Texas officials defended the data-monitoring system that allowed them to keep tabs on districts and their special ed enrollment. They also denied that the goal was to cut back on services for children with autism, mental illness and other disabilities in order to save money.Federal law says children with disabilities are entitled to a free and appropriate education.It’s not clear when the feds will respond. “The Education Department will carefully review the state’s response and, after the review is concluded, determine appropriate next steps,” said Jessica Allen, assistant press secretary for the U.S. Department of Education.In Austin, some state lawmakers are already gearing up to address the issue. Speaker of the House, Rep. Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, has called for an immediate overhaul of special education in Texas.last_img read more

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White Oak Music Hall And Neighbors Reach Settlement Over Noise Complaint Suit

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Share 00:00 /00:00 Xcenter_img Florian MartinWhite Oak Music Hall. Photo Florian Martin | Houston Public Media.White Oak Music Hall and neighbors in the Near Northside reached a settlement over noise complaints.  Neighbors sued the venue in late 2016 for making too much noise.The settlement stipulates that White Oak Music Hall follow certain noise restrictions for their outdoor performances.  The venue is installing real time sound monitoring that neighbors will be able to watch through a webcam.  If the venue breaks the agreement, the hall could be fined up to $15,000. The plaintiffs’ attorney Cris Feldman said the venue also has to comply with other rules, like stricter limitations on how late bands can play outdoors on school nights. “White Oak has to cut off on 9:30. No shows on STAR nights, STAR testing nights,” said Feldman, “That has been an issue in the past.” In a statement, Johnny So, Managing Partner of White Oak Music Hall said he is glad the issue has been resolved. “We think it is the quintessential definition of a compromise, with both groups agreeing on a middle-ground that addresses the plaintiffs’ concerns regarding outdoor event frequency, outdoor event volume, and even such things as school testing schedules.”@WhiteOakMH and Near Northside neighbors have reached a settlement on a noise complaint lawsuit. The settlement establishes a private sound ordinance that includes sound monitoring paid for by White Oak. @HoustonPubMedia pic.twitter.com/N8nCFNXOGo— Elizabeth Trovall (@elizTrovall) April 24, 2018last_img read more

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