first_imgThe Latest: 49ers to begin season without fans in stadium August 25, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The San Francisco 49ers will play their season opener without fans in attendance because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The spectators would have their temperatures taken before being admitted. They would be required to wear masks and keep to social distancing rules.The decision comes despite an uptick in in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country. Daily infections have jumped to more than 1,000 since Aug. 4 to reach levels previously recorded in June.___The Minnesota Vikings will play at least their first two home games without fans in attendance.With current Minnesota Department of Health guidelines specifying an indoor venue capacity of 250 people, officials from the Vikings, the state, U.S. Bank Stadium, the NFL and the city of Minneapolis were unable to establish a prudent way to open the gates to the public for now. Students can start requesting tickets issued on a game-by-game basis Sept. 23.___More AP sports: and The team said Tuesday after consulting with local officials that the Sept. 13 game against Arizona at Levi’s Stadium will be played without spectators.The team said it would work with state and county officials to determine whether it will be safe to allow fans to attend games later this season.___The Turkish soccer federation says a limited number of spectators will be allowed into stadiums to watch games as of October as it relaxes coronavirus restrictions.The federation says stadiums around the country would operate at a maximum of 30% capacity. The Vikings will host Green Bay on Sept. 13 and Tennessee on Sept. 27 with the 66,000 seats empty. Over the ensuing five weeks, Minnesota plays at home only once, on Oct. 18 against Atlanta.In a statement, the Vikings said: “We have sought to balance the opportunity to provide fan access with the responsibility to adhere to public health and medical guidance in order to maintain the health and safety of fans, players, staff members and the broader community. Ultimately, public health is our top priority.”NFC North rivals Green Bay and Detroit have announced their first two home games will be played without fans. Chicago also will start the season without spectators but has not specified for how many games.___Tennessee will be selling tickets for approximately 25% of the seats at Neyland Stadium for this season. Associated Press The stadium has a capacity of 102,455, counting everybody in the building, which could mean around 25,000 fansThe Volunteers’ first home game is Oct. 3 against Missouri and university officials say restrictions could change during the season based on statewide virus data and recommendations from public health officials. Tennessee asked fans statewide to wear masks in public.Athletic director Phillip Fulmer says he empathizes with the thousands of fans who won’t get to go to games in Neyland this fall. Fulmer says the circumstances are beyond the control of Tennessee officials and they will do their best to create the safest environment both inside and outside the stadium.Current students and active donors to the Tennessee Fund with season tickets get top priority for tickets and season tickets will be offered based on annual amount given and the order to the Tennessee Fund.The original prices for season tickets will not change with Tennessee set to host five Southeastern Conference opponents for the first time since 1959.last_img read more

first_imgKilburn’s Ashley Theophane will defend his British light-welterweight crown against English champion Nigel Wright in Sunderland on 10 December.Theophane (30-4-1) will take on the Durham fighter (24-6-1) at the Peterlee Leisure Centre in the second defence of the belt he won by beating Lenny Daws at Wembley Arena in February.The 31-year-old Theophane, who is currently training in New York, wants to challenge for a world title next year.AdChoices广告He recently signed with promoter Ricky Hatton – himself a former world light-welterweight champion – and is keen to take on WBO title-holder Timothy Bradley or Mexican legend Erik Morales, who has the WBC belt.last_img read more

first_imgThat has added plenty of juice to the on-court rivals who share the same building, with both talking about championship aspirations. The two teams have never met in a playoff series, but a Christmas Day game could add to the sense of a postseason preview if both teams live up to the hype.For the Clippers, it’s a return to the Christmas schedule for the first time since 2016, when they also played the Lakers.The Lakers faced Golden State on Christmas night last season in Oakland – notably the game in which LeBron James injured his groin, leading to an extended absence. It will be the first time since 2015 that James will play against a team other than the Warriors on Christmas.The Clippers have had the upper hand in the recent history of the rivalry, winning three or more head-to-head games in six of the past seven seasons. The Lakers have the overall advantage in the series, 148-72. Last season, the teams split 2-2 in head-to-head meetings.The Lakers have a 2-1 advantage when the teams play on Christmas. For all the offseason drama they’ve gone through, SoCal’s two NBA teams will be gathered under one roof for the holidays.According to an ESPN report, a Lakers-Clippers tilt at Staples Center is to be one of the games for the NBA’s five-game Christmas Day schedule. Pitting Anthony Davis and LeBron James against Kawhi Leonard and Paul George on a pair of remade rosters, the game should provide insight into the burning question of the summer: Which team is the top contender in L.A.?Both are widely considered frontrunners after compelling offseason moves. After six months of hot-and-cold discussions, the Lakers finally pulled off a trade for Davis and signed a host of veterans around him and James. The Clippers landed the stunner of free agency when Leonard agreed to sign with them after they worked a trade for George.There’s certain to be no love lost between the crosstown rivals. The Lakers were one of the teams Leonard spurned during the process, choosing to try to contend with George for a team that has never won a title instead of forming a superteam on a franchise that has 16 championships. George chose his former team, Oklahoma City, over the Lakers the summer before. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

first_imgCeltic are looking to sign Christian Atsu on loan from Chelsea, according to the Daily Mail.Aston Villa and West Ham are also reported to be interested in the 22-year-old Ghana winger, who featured in the World Cup in Brazil.The Mail also say Chelsea have opened talks to bring Didier Drogba back to Stamford Bridge and are confident of beating Arsenal to the signing of Germany star Sami Khedira.Boss Jose Mourinho is said to want Drogba, 36, as a second striker and to give him coaching responsibilities at the club, where the former Blues star remains a hugely popular figure.As for Khedira, Spanish media reports suggest the midfielder, 27, will sign for Arsenal on a four-year contract in a deal worth around £23m.Drogba has been linked with a return to Chelsea.Meanwhile, Liverpool have again been linked with a possible move for QPR striker Loic Remy, this time by the Daily Express.And Tottenham’s apparent bid for R’s transfer target Jamaal Lascelles of Nottingham Forest is on hold because Spurs are struggling to offload Michael Dawson, according to the Daily Mirror.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceThis story originally appeared on Dec. 19, 1999CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Not far from Ericsson Stadium, not long before the Carolina Panthers kicked off against the 49ers, the body of Cherica Adams was laid to rest.At neither locale, the stadium nor the cemetery, or at the Victory Christian Center church, was there any sign Saturday of Rae Carruth. The former Carolina Panthers wide receiver was in a Tennessee jail cell, …last_img read more

first_img22 November 2007Coca-cola, in partnership with the 46664 initiative, will randomly place one million empty coke bottles with encouraging messages from Nelson Mandela in them around South Africa in the run-up up to World Aids Day on 1 December, as part of their Message in a Bottle campaign.The campaign is already under way in the form of the “Hello” television commercials, showing a young boy who uses an empty Coca-cola bottle to transport his message around the world.The commercial ends with the voice of Nelson Mandela underlining just how massive the problem is and asking for everybody’s help. It encourages people to visit the 46664 website to find out more and to make a donation.“[HIV/Aids] is not a disease any more, it’s a human rights issue,” Mandela says in the advertisement.“Our ‘Message in a Bottle’ campaign is the culmination of four years of work driven by patience, passion and commitment,” Coca-Cola South Africa marketing manager Julian Bryant says in a statement on the 46664 website.“As an iconic brand which has the power to influence lives and change perceptions, it is important for Coca-Cola to have a voice and an opinion. Our ‘Hello’ campaign does just that.”Bryant says that while the pandemic brings about pain, loss and unbearable grief, the team behind the campaign purposely tried to set a tone that was positive, with the message that everyone can make a difference.It’s in your handsMandela’s message inside the bottle reads:Hello.All over the world a silent tragedy is unfolding. Today, especially in Africa, Aids is claiming as many lives as all the wars, famines and floods that have ravaged the continent. It is devastating families and communities, overwhelming and depleting healthcare services, and robbing schools of both students and teachers.This is not a disease any more, it’s a human rights issue. It’s time to break the silence.We need your help. 46664 and Coca-Cola are partnering to make a difference to the millions of people affected by this pandemic.To find out more about 46664 and how you can become involved, please go to or, or donate right now by sms-ing “hello” to 46664. An amount of R20.00 will be deducted from your account and channeled to our HIV AIDS campaign owned by the Nelson Mandela Foundation.Your donations will make a huge difference, so please give generously.It’s in our hands.(signed) Nelson Mandela.A million empty bottlesCoca-Cola will also be donating R1-million to the 46664 initiative and giving their support to the 46664 concert on World Aids Day, 1 December, by selling limited-edition “Style my Coke” bottles, the proceeds of which will all go to the cause.46664 international director Tim Massey said the Hello campaign illustrated the power of partnerships between corporates and charities to realise a common goal, in this case to increase awareness about HIV/Aids.“Coca Cola’s generous donation will be used to fund the 46664 outreach activities, while the TV commercial and the outdoor activation will ensure that the 46664 campaign remains highly visible, and that Mr Mandela’s appeal for help is heard by most South Africans,” he says.Readers can find out more about the 46664 initiative and on how to become involved by going to either of the initiative’s websites – see the box on the right above. Also, South African residents can donate R20 to the cause by sending an SMS to 46664.SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

first_img6 October 2009South Africa’s Standard Bank has signed a US$150-million (about R1.1-billion) loan agreement with the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) in order to boost trade finance in Africa.The deal was signed by Standard Bank Group CEO Jacko Maree and JBIC president and CEO Hiroshi Watanabe in Istanbul, Turkey this week, during the annual meeting of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.African growth, developmentThe loan is the first transaction between Standard Bank and JBIC, the international arm of the Japanese government-owned Japan Finance Corporation. It is also their first trade facility programme transaction in Africa.“This transaction is significant for Africa as Japan remains an important and strategic trade partner and JBIC can work with us towards our joint goal of supporting economic growth and development in Africa,” Maree said in a statement this week.“It is good for Africa, the region and Standard Bank. These funds will enable us to increase the flow of trade into and out of Africa.”Japanese investment in AfricaDuring the Fourth Tokyo International Conference on African Development in May 2008, the Japanese government announced that JBIC would provide financial support totalling up to $2.5-billion to Africa over a five-year period, with the aim of doubling Japanese private sector investment to Africa.The Standard Bank loan will be used to facilitate trade finance in South Africa and other African countries.It will also serve as a platform for future cooperation between Standard Bank and JBIC across a range of different banking products and geographies.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

first_imgThe treasure chest…not yet opened.Close up of Captain Kidd’s home turf.Treasure seeker rjb43nh and others.The treasure chest…opened!The FTF prize.Spoiler video! (Also available via the cache page).Some cache owners go above and beyond to make finding and logging their cache an experience. What’s been your favorite geocaching experience?Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, just fill out this form. Thanks!Share with your Friends:More Geocache Name:Auburn Sea by Nashuan with help from CaladorGCSDifficulty/Terrain Rating:3.5/2.5Why this is the Geocache of the Week:While geocaching is a hobby that’s captured the hearts of millions of people, not all geocaches are created equal. Not every cache is difficult to find. Not every cache is well-maintained. Not every cache is going to make your jaw drop and your eyes fall out when you see it.But this one does. “Auburn Sea” is a Puzzle Cache that melds adventure, history, and handiwork. After deciphering a tricky puzzle about the pirate Captain Kidd and his beloved treasure, the geocacher embarks on a quest to find said treasure…or die trying.* The geocacher who finds the cache treasure is only halfway there—getting it open is an adventure in and of itself. *not reallyThe logs and favorite points on this cache are testament to the creativity of the puzzle and the hide. This cache is sure to bring smiles to all who dare to find it.What geocachers have to say:“Best cache we have found yet. Very cool! This will get a favorite from us. TFTC.” –WeRmudfun“Everything about this cache was fantastic from the puzzle the cache page and of course the final container. This is one of those you wish you could give more then one favorites to. Thank you for one of the highlights of the trip. This was #14 of 20 for the day. Thank you for the cache.” –Odyn“I’d solved this one a while ago and enjoyed the process….and then when I knew we were coming up here to the Auburn Sea to walk on water, I found I’d lost my notes, left nothing electronic, and had to find the solution to all the puzzles all over again….surprisingly difficult even the second time! Both the puzzle work and the cache at GZ are amazing bits of work….the treasure chest was far nicer than I’d expected even based on spoiler images, and getting it out and open was impressive and loads of fun. Can I give more than one favorite point???” –T13“The puzzle is the work of a master craftsman, and the treasure awaiting was beyond description. The adventure, exceptional.” –snewt lindellRead the rest of snewt’s awesome log on this cache here.Photos: SharePrint RelatedThe name says it all. — Director’s A-Mazing Treasure Hunt (GC3Y1GE) — Geocache of the WeekSeptember 10, 2014In “Community”A Puzzling Tour — Cube Root of 39.304 (GCNCMA) — Geocache of the WeekMarch 5, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”Epic Winter Adventure Awaits! – Georgia on my mind (GCV3AH) – Geocache of the WeekJanuary 15, 2015In “Community”last_img read more

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#mobile#Product Reviews#search#web sarah perez The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementcenter_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Mobile startup Aloqa launched earlier this week at the MobileBeat conference, revealing their innovative interface for location-aware search. Their new application proactively seeks out nearby businesses, services, events, and even Facebook friends and presents them to you in a colorful yet streamlined interface. The app essentially lists everything that’s nearby – with no need for you to perform map-based searches or launch a browser. Instead, all you have to do is look at your phone. Mobile Search Should be “Push,” Not Pull The concept behind Aloqa’s app offers a unique vision for mobile search that’s quite different from how most people use their phones today. Currently, if you’re looking for nearby restaurants, for example, you would first launch a mobile mapping application like Google Maps, let it locate you, and then perform a search for “restaurants.” Once the results loaded, you could tap on the various pushpins to see the info about restaurants nearby, including names, phone numbers, and addresses. In Aloqa, however, that same search would be much simpler. In fact, it wouldn’t be a search at all. Instead, you would just tap on the icon for restaurants and immediately see a list of those nearby. When you see the one you want (oh look, there’s sushi!), a second tap will display a window where you can choose to go to the business’s web site, display the location on a map, call the business, or send the info to a friend. This same sort of functionality can be used for anything from restaurants to retail stores to gas stations and ATMs. It can also help you find events that may spark your interest, like a nearby concert for instance. Location-Aware Facebook Friend Finder One of the even more interesting functions in Aloqa is its ability to find your nearby Facebook friends. Instead of building an entirely separate mobile social network like mobile social networks Loopt and Brightkite have done, Aloqa lets you invite your Facebook friends to share their location with you on the “Aloqa Buzz” channel. Then, when you and your friends are in proximity to each other, you’ll be able to chat with each other via the mobile application. Although this still isn’t the ideal solution for making Facebook a true mobile social network (nothing short of a location-aware mobile Facebook app would really do that), it comes very close. All you have to do is convince your friends to accept the invite. About the PlatformIn addition to proactively monitoring your location, Aloqa can also send out “push notifications” based on your own preferences for the types of alerts and levels of intrusiveness you want. For example, you can choose to receive a text-based alert when you walk past a nearby store offering a mobile coupon or you could receive a phone call when an important event occurs – like when your child leaves a pre-configured safety zone. Surprisingly, Aloqa doesn’t exclusively use GPS technology to deliver its location-aware information. If your phone doesn’t have a GPS chip, then Aloqa will use cell towers or Wi-Fi to determine your relative position. Not only is this data “accurate enough,” explains Aloqa CEO (and ex-Googler) Sanjeev Agrawal in an interview with VentureBeat, it’s less of a drain on battery life, too. Where to Get ItCurrently Aloqa is available only on the Android platform in beta form. Over the coming weeks, the app will be made available for other phones, too. Stay tuned to this company’s news – this is one app you’re going to want to try. last_img read more

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… The Internet is groaning today under the load of a huge cyberattack — one of the worst on record — that’s clogged some of its most vital systems. And while you might be inclined to blame Spamhaus or Cyberbunker, two European outfits at the center of this online dustup, almost no one is talking about the real villains here: the world’s Internet service providers.First, some background on Spamhaus vs. Cyberbunker. Yes, that sounds like the lineup at a punk-rock show, but it’s actually a virtual battle that began when the anti-spam group Spamhaus added the Dutch web hosting company Cyberbunker to a blacklist used to fight spam. That apparently stung the outlaws at Cyberbunker, which prides itself on hosting anything but “child porn and anything related to terrorism.” insulted, on March 19 Cyberbunker allegedly launched a major distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack — that is, one that aims huge streams of data at target Web servers in an attempt to knock them offline — against Spamhaus. When that failed, the attackers pivoted to a much more serious attack, one that exploited a vulnerability in the Internet’s Domain Name System (DNS). And in so doing, they almost broke the Internet.Dissing the DNSDNS is a core service that translates URLs like into the numerical Internet addresses used by computers ( in the case of ReadWrite). Without it, traffic on the Internet goes nowhere.In this case, the attackers targeting Spamhaus turned to what’s called a DNS amplification attack — one that basically tricks DNS servers into directing a huge flood of traffic at a target. This is relatively easy because many network providers and ISPs have left DNS servers (also called “resolvers”) open and unprotected, meaning that they’ll respond to requests from anywhere on the Internet.All an attacker needs to do is to send a stream of forged DNS requests that appear to come from their target’s computers. Open DNS resolvers do the rest, responding with automated messages that are much larger than the initial requests. The security company Cloudfare, which has assisted Spamhaus in its current fight, wrote that attackers can use DNS amplification to boost their initial DDoS data flood by a factor of 50 or more.Which is exactly what Spamhaus’s attackers appear to have done.Why Your ISP SucksThe big problem here, as you’ve probably already figured out, is that so many network operators have left their DNS resolvers open. It’s fairly trivial to configure resolvers to filter out and ignore forged requests, but relatively few network operators have done so. The Open DNS Resolver Project, an Internet community initiative aimed at blocking this vulnerability, has catalogued more than 25 million open DNS resolvers around the world.“If ISPs had fixed those issues, [which are] relatively simple, and [involve] very little cost, this kind of attack would have been impossible,” Rodney Joffe, a senior vice president at the Virginia security firm Neustar, told me. Sam Erdheim, a senior security strategist at the network security company AlgoSec, says ISPs should be doing more to block certain IP addresses and identify and monitor network traffic better “before these threats impact the networks of the ISP’s customers.” These are what’s called DDoS signatures, and enabling them allows ISPs to track and trace the source of attacks.While that wouldn’t stop attacks, Erdheim said, it would be possible to identify them earlier and to cut off traffic from a questionable source before it bogs down users.How To Stop The SuckageDNS resolvers are becoming an increasingly popular target for hackers. Dan Holden, a security official at Arbor Networks, told me that in a recent Arbor survey, a full quarter of respondents said they’d experienced serious DDoS attacks on their DNS servers in 2012 — double the number who acknowledged similar attacks in the previous year.Fixing DNS vulnerabilities would be an ideal way to stop these attacks, says security expert Dan Kaminsky, who has helped shore up previous DNS problems. But he’s skeptical that this will ever happen.“If only everyone on the Internet made major changes at the same time, this wouldn’t have happened,” Kaminsky told me via email. Short of that, he said, the answer may lie in straightforward police work:We stop DDoS by getting as close as possible to the source and doing something about it there, or by doing nothing and tolerating it. I prefer the former, in this case, by perhaps finding the person almost certainly responsible.Photo courtesy of Shutterstock Tags:#ddos#privacy#security A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… adam popescucenter_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more