DevSecs goes Dutch

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Tennis News Sumit Nagal qualifies for US Open 2019, to face Roger Federer in first round

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Tennis News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New York: Earning a dream Grand Slam debut for himself, Indian tennis player Sumit Nagal sets up the US Open first round clash against one of the greatest players of all time — the legendary Roger Federer — on Monday. When Nagal stepped on the court to take on Brazil’s Joao Menezes in the final qualifying round on Friday, he would not have thought a win would pit him against a global superstar, who has 20 Grand Slam titles to his name. Nagal lost the first set but regrouped for a 5-7 6-4 6-3 win over the Brazilian in two hours and 27 minutes.  The 22-year-old Indian has become only the fifth Indian player to feature in a Grand Slam singles main draw in this decade. Somdev Devvarman, Yuki Bhambri, Saketh Myneni and Prajnesh Gunneswaran are the only ones who have played at Tennis Majors. Nagal had also become only the sixth Indian player to win a junior Grand Slam title in 2015 when he won Wimbledon boys doubles with Nam Hoang Ly of Vietnam.  With Prajnesh also playing in this US Open, India now will have two players in the Grand Slam main draw for the first time since 1998 when legends Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi competed at the Wimbledon. Prajnesh is set to clash with Cincinnati Masters winner and world number five Daniil Medvedev, who conquered Novak Djokovic during his title triumph.  Nagal came into the US Open qualifiers confident, backed by terrific results during the clay court season. Consistent results on the Challenger Circuit meant that he broke into the top-200 for the first time in his career and has now earned himself a chance to play a match which every tennis player dreams of. He had started the year outside the 350 bracket and had to overcome a difficult period, encountering injuries but came back strong.  India’s Davis Cup captain Bhupathi, who was the first to spot Nagal’s talent and took him under his wings to provide support, said it’s a career defining moment for the 22-year-old from Jhajjar in Haryana. “Nagal has been unlucky with injuries and has worked very hard to get back to this level.Playing Roger at the US Open at night is every qualifier’s dream and nightmare and I think this experience will both be a confidence booster and a career defining moment for him,” Bhupathi told PTI, reacting to Nagal’s impending Grand Slam debut.  So what Nagal needs to do to not get overwhelmed when he finds Federer across the court? “He needs to enjoy the moment and go for his shots,” suggested Bhupathi.  First time since 1998 that India will have two players in one Grand Slam.Sumit Nagal will face Roger Federer in the first round.Prajnesh Gunneswaran is set to clash with world number five Daniil Medvedev.center_img highlightslast_img read more

CodeMakers teaches computer programming to Umlazi learners

first_imgCodeMakers teaches learners at schools in Umlazi, eThekwini to understand computer programme coding and in the process tell their stories through creating their own animations, games and interactive stories.The isiZulu option on the Scratch website helps Umlazi learners learn more about coding. Non-profit organisation CodeMakers set it up to help youngsters understand the coding programme better. (Image: CodeMakers)Brand South Africa reporterMore than 700 learners in Umlazi, in eThekwini, KwaZulu-Natal, have learned computer programme coding and have produced animations that tell their stories in their own words and their own language. The skills training was undertaking by the non-profit organisation CodeMakers.The organisation began in 2015 with a pilot of linked courses — coding, cardboard engineering and robotics.Stories told through programmingSpeaking to talk radio 702, CodeMakers founder and executive director Justin Yarrow said the group gave children an opportunity to take apart a piece of technology and build their own. “What we are doing is helping kids in many different ways other than just understanding how coding works.”Scratch, a free visual programming language, is used. Learners are able to create animations, games and interactive stories.“Doing Scratch computer coding is very creative and for kids with curiosity, it gets them to approach problems from a point of logic,” Yarrow told Business Day Live.“It also gets kids to express themselves and letting their stories be told is incredibly important.”This gave children recognition, he said. Through the project, they had found that many children “don’t feel like they can be creators of technology”. CodeMakers wanted to change this.Its goals included helping its learners recognise the power of computers, especially since many South African children left school without ever using a computer, Yarrow said.Currently CodeMakers work with grade 6 to 10 learners of Umkhumbane Secondary School and Bhekaphambili Primary School. “We have worked with or run workshops at the KwaZulu-Natal Society of Arts (KZNSA), eThekwini Municipality Area Based Management Unit, Chesterville Extension Library, Meadowlands Secondary and Wiggins Secondary,” said Yarrow.“In the workshop we did with learners at KZNSA they made stories about what they thought the year 2050 would look like, with talking animals, robots, flying cars, and the extinction of rhinos.”CodeMakers has three inter-linked programmes that teach, inspire and empower learners to understand and pursue studies and careers in science and technology. The programmes are:Skills through hands-on coding classesInspire through video interviews of early career professionalsEmpower through offline internet education resourcesCareers in science and technologyMedical microbiology student Bonisile Luthuli is one of the people profiled by CodeMakers through video interviews. One of her tasks is testing various drugs on tuberculosis (TB) bacteria in the search for those that will kill the bacteria.She was interested in how science kept evolving, Luthuli said. The deaths of relatives from TB had driven her to a career in science, Luthuli said, and she hoped to make a difference by finding a cure for the illness.She works at KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for TB and HIV. “I went to a school that didn’t have a library or computers. I had never touched a computer in my life before I came to university and I had never seen a microscope.”She encourages learners to pursue careers in science and technology. “Go for it, work hard, and focus on your studies,” Luthuli said. “You don’t have to be super smart. You just have to work hard.”Watch Bonisile Luthuli explains what her work entails:Watch a biomedical scientist profiled by CodeMakers:Sources: CodeMakers, Business Day Live, Radio 702 and CodeMakers, YouTube.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

Can a Smartphone Make You Smarter?

first_imgJay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhDUsing smartphones and other mobile communications devices have become a way of life for many of us. As of 2010, there were over 7.000 health applications for mobile devices – and the list keeps growing. Dr. Shore and colleagues have cataloged and prioritized applications for mental health for the military and summarized three leading military mental health projects using mobile technologies [1].[Flickr, Operation Lone Star by Texas Military Forces, CC BY-ND 2.0] Retrieved on September 17, 2015Mobile Health, or mHealth (using mobile communication devices for health care services), can improve traditional mental health practices by enhancing communication, enriching health information, encouraging engagement, and improving compliance. Mobile technology can be used easily on-base or in the civilian community, is easily accessible (can be carried in a pocket, purse, or backpack), and can provide patient physiological data as well as voice and text communications. A wide range of mHealth applications for the military have been developed or are in development. Some of the projects being developed include:Remote Exercises for Learning Anger and Excitation Management (RELAX): This application collects self-reported information about the emotions of the user and physiological information that is reported to a therapist to assist in therapist-directed feedback to address anger and stress.Remote PTSD monitoring and diagnosis using an automated system: The application uses voice analysis software to screen and identify individuals at risk for PTSD.A Conversational Independent Living Assistant for Cognitive Impairments: This project extends the current Planning and Execution Assistant Trainer (PEAT) to help users in the VA system to plan, execute, and monitor daily activities. The application is planned to have a virtual caregiver who interacts with the user.Naturalistic Neurocognitive Assessment: A video game for smartphones, the application assesses increasingly complex neurocognitive metrics.While there are many opportunities to develop innovative mobile technology solutions, there is a limited base of mental health literature evaluating outcomes when using these devices. Still in its infancy, the field of mobile technology and of mHealth is fast moving and provides many possibilities for uses in mental health for care providers in the future.References[1] Shore, J. H., Aldag, M., McVeigh, F. L., Hoover, R. L., Ciulla, R., & Fisher, A. (2014). Review of mobile health technology for military mental health. Military Medicine, 179(8), 865-878. doi:10.7205/MILMED-D-13-00429This post was written by Jay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhD, members of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.last_img read more

Cavaliers Roll Up Nets, 117-92

first_imgCLEVELAND — Cavaliers coach David Blatt had seen enough, more than enough.After his team’s sixth turnover in the game’s first minutes, a disgusted Blatt called timeout and gave his players some very specific instructions. “Stop turning the ball over,” he told them.The Cavs listened and then lit up the Nets.J.R. Smith and Timofey Mozgov scored 17 points apiece, Kyrie Irving had 10 assists and the Cavaliers shook off the sluggish, sloppy start to win their 14th straight home game, 117-92 over Brooklyn on March 18.LeBron James added 16 points for the Cavs, who had seven players score in double figures. Just back from a four-game road trip, Cleveland trailed by 13 in the first quarter before going on a 30-8 run and didn’t look back.“The first game after a road trip is always kind of tough,” James said. “We just found our rhythm.”The Cavs are 25-6 since Jan. 15, when they were 19-20 and being questioned about whether they were NBA title contenders. Well, Cleveland is an entirely different team these days with balance, inside muscle and a healthy James, who battled knee and back issues earlier this season.Kevin Love returned after a two-game break to rest his back and finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds. The Cavs recorded 32 assists on 45 field goals, a testament to their unselfishness.“We moved the ball tonight,” James said. “Mozzy was unbelievable in the paint. Kyrie was great getting guys involved and J.R. was shooting the ball well. Everyone worked well together tonight.”Deron Williams scored 20 to lead the Nets, who are running out of games as they claw to get into the playoffs.Brooklyn led 22-9 in the first quarter before the Cavs stopped throwing the ball away and started making shots. Smith dropped four 3-pointers — each on an assist by James — and scored 14 in the second quarter, when the Cavs’ bench sparked the rally and Cleveland outscored the Nets 36-21.“LeBron went in the post,” Nets coach Lionel Hollins said. “We tried to help a few times and he threw it out and they made 3s, and he was in the pick-and-roll and he made plays for people and they made shots. He wasn’t the man. It was the guys making the shots. He set them up. He was the orchestrator.”Leading by 12 at the half, the Cavs looked underneath in the third quarter and the 7-foot-1 Mozgov took over, scoring 12 points in the period to help Cleveland extend its advantage to 23.The large lead allowed Blatt to rest his starters, including James, who sat out the final 5:04. Blatt intends to closely monitor his players’ minutes down the stretch as the Cavs prepare for the playoffs.Blatt said the balanced scoring attack is vital for James.“You can’t expect him to have huge games that he’s had fairly regularly and you can’t expect that all the time,” he said. “The second thing is that it takes a lot of pressure off him going forward knowing that other guys can pick up the slack and carry it well.”(TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Position Vacant – National Communications Coordinator

first_imgTouch Football Australia is seeking applicants for the postion of National Communications Coordinator in Canberra. For a full position description please download the attached document. Applicants should send a two page letter of introduction addressing the selection criteria and CV to CEO Colm Maguire [email protected]   Applications for the position will close on Wednesday the 30th of April with the anticipated starting time of May 2008.Related Filescommunication_coordinator-pdflast_img read more

From blizzards to flooding Canadians left wondering what happened to spring

first_imgMONTREAL — As Canadians grapple with wild weather ranging from snowstorms on the Prairies to heavy rain and flooding in the East, many are wondering if the days of T-shirts and mild spring temperatures will ever arrive.And the perception of a tardy spring is more than just vitamin-D-deprived grumbling, according to a senior climatologist from Environment Canada.“Everyone’s asking me, ‘Where’s spring?’ ” David Phillips said in an interview. “We’re sending out a search party.”Phillips says the “consistently lousy” and “relentless” cold and rainy weather across much of the country can be blamed on the long winter, which caused higher-than-normal snowfalls, frozen ground and cold temperatures that refuse to let go. “It’s like a bully, it grabs on and takes hold, there’s a big tug of war, a meteorological fight between the warm air and the cold air,” he said in a telephone interview from Toronto. “Clearly, the cold air is winning out.”From high winds in British Columbia to cold and ice that delayed the start of the spring lobster season in parts of the Maritimes, it appears no part of the country is immune.In Alberta, blizzard conditions forced road closures east of Calgary last weekend as crews rushed to remove stuck or smashed vehicles on the Trans-Canada Highway.The snow forced the city to close sports fields across the city, leaving teams scrambling to reschedule their first games of the season.“The biggest problem is the season lasts only until the first week of July,” said Mario Charpentier, president of the Edmonton Minor Soccer Association.“We have eight weeks to play 16 games, and if we lose one of the weeks, it forces us to reschedule and play maybe instead of two games a week, to play three games a week to catch up.”In Quebec, Ontario, and New Brunswick, thousands of people were forced to leave their homes as rising rivers spilled out of their beds, threatening roads, hydro dams and other infrastructure.In Ste-Marthe-sur-le-Lac, northwest of Montreal, residents had to resort to using boats to visit their stranded homes after the Lake of Two Mountains burst through a man-made clay and grass dike for the first time in decades.And much like Edmonton’s minor soccer players, even some of Montreal’s top-tier athletes were not immune from the effects of below-average temperatures, ample rain and the occasional snow that plagued the city throughout much of April.Remi Garde, the head coach of the Montreal Impact, said he’d been forced to ease off on training because of a playing field that remains stubbornly brown and muddy.“I know the people here are doing their best to get it green, but the cold temperatures at night don’t allow the seeds to germinate, so the field is very difficult for the players,” he told reporters on Tuesday.In Ontario, which saw frequent rain throughout the second half of April, the opening dates for several provincial parks have been postponed due to weather.Ontario Parks cited the “late spring arrival” for the delayed opening of Algonquin, Arrowhead and a handful of other popular parks, while Bonnechere and Fitzroy parks will open later due to flooding.Phillips says the Ottawa and Montreal areas recorded below-average temperatures for every month between October and April — something that “never happens,” he said.But April showers bring May flowers, right? Not so fast, he warned.“I have to tell you, May is not looking good,” Phillips said, explaining that below-average temperatures are expected to persist for at least the first part of the month.But he did offer a glimmer of hope: He said that while a cold winter can lead to a late spring, the same isn’t true of other seasons. “Spring gives no sense of what summer will be,” he said.In Ottawa — where thousands of homeowners, volunteers and first responders have been contending with grey days and cold weather while filling sandbags and fortifying houses from floodwaters —  this spring has meant hardship, fear and questions about the future.But there could be relief on the horizon as the most recent forecast for the National Capital Region calls for a weekend of sun and hot weather, which should see the floodwaters finally start to recede. Organizers of the National Capital Region’s most celebrated spring festival are also hoping the sun will bring something else: an explosion of tulips.Jo Riding, the manager of the Canadian Tulip Festival, says the 300,000 flowers are very resilient and need only a little sun to burst into bloom in time for the annual event that begins May 10.“What that takes is three hot, sunny days,” she said. “So we have high hopes for the weekend, that with three or four good, sunny, hot days in a row we’ll see their faces.”— With files from Daniela Germano in Edmonton, Adam Burns in Toronto, and Lee Berthiaume in OttawaMorgan Lowrie, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Olympian Bode Miller Cheers On Dwight School To Basketball Championship Victory

first_imgBode Miller skipped the Olympics closing ceremony and cheered on the Dwight School Lions boys varsity basketball team as they won the championship title against Leman Manhattan Prep on their new home court at the Dwight School Athletic Center in East Harlem.From left: Peewee Kirkland Jr. ’14, Bode Miller, Dwight School Chancellor Stephen Spahn, Coaches Dermon Player and David Brown, Kirk Spahn, ICL Founder and Chairman, and Kieran Hamilton ’15.Miller, a long-time Dwight School and ICL Champion, staunchly believes in Dwight’s educational philosophy of “igniting the spark of genius” in every child. He said, “Dwight instills the same sense of passion, perseverance, teamwork, and leadership skills in student-athletes that I needed to become an Olympic champion.”
Founded in 1872, Dwight is dedicated to educating the next generation of innovative global leaders. It was the first school in the US to offer the comprehensive International Baccalaureate curriculum for students from preschool through grade 12. It is the flagship campus of The Dwight Schools, a global network of programs and campuses in London, Seoul, Beijing, and on Vancouver Island — all of which rest on three pillars: personalized learning, community, and global vision. Dwight School graduates attend leading colleges and universities around the world such as Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, MIT, and Oxford.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Three systems under watch in Atlantic Basin still in busy season

Three systems under watch in Atlantic Basin still in busy season

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 14, 2017 – Nassau – In the #AtlanticBasin, we are watching three systems, #HurricaneJose which is frighteningly close to the islands but not forecast to come our way.  Jose will weaken, then regain strength and is said to be several hundred miles east of The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos.Tropical Wave 1 is about 700 miles off the Cabo Verde Islands, with showers and thunderstorms and over the next five days there is a 40% chance that this system will become stronger.  Tropical wave 2 is just off shore at the west African coast; it is described as having disorganized showers and thunderstorm activity.    Over the next five days, there is a 30% chance this system will become stronger.#MagneticMediaNews Hurricane Irma destroys Barbuda Recommended for you Related Items:#AtlanticBasin, #HurricaneJose, #magneticmedianews Hurricane Jose strengthens to a Category 4 Hurricane Jose not a threat, still being monitored says Bahamaslast_img read more