first_img Mario Balotelli AC Milan have confirmed the return of Mario Balotelli, who has left Liverpool to re-join the Serie A giants in a season-long loan deal.The maverick Italian striker moves back to his homeland after failing to prove himself Anfield following his £16million move from Milan last summer.In his first spell with Milan, Balotelli scored 30 times in 54 appearances but never came close to replicating that on Merseyside, with just four goals in 28 games.And having struggled to make an impact at Liverpool, Balotelli is determined to prove his critics wrong this season.“I feel like someone who has just put the first part of his career to one side. Played and lived like a boy. But the ‘match’ is not over… Now I will have my say and live like a man,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport.“I know that many people don’t believe in my comeback. But I have to try. And have the belief that I can do it. I have a promise to keep to myself, my family, and all those that want the best for me… I know that I cannot make any more mistakes. I will accept all of the rules. I haven’t forgotten how to play football.“I am 25 years old and I am no longer a kid. I’ve wasted too many chances.”When asked how a return to Milan came about, he added: “It all happened so quickly. Raiola [Balotelli’s agent] told me on Saturday.“I knew I would find another team because I am not finished. But I am grateful to Milan, because, to tell the truth, I did not expect them to bring me back. The ‘yes’ from Berlusconi was the biggest surprise of them all.“My time at Liverpool? I take my responsibilities, but the system chosen by Rodgers wasn’t suited to my characteristics.“[AC Milan manager] Mihajlovic? He wanted to look me in the eyes, to understand if I had the right motivation. He listened to me: I told him that I have understood my errors and that if he gave me this chance, I would not let him down. I have a huge debt towards him.” 1last_img read more


first_imgDHL Western Province 19 (13)Tries: Damian de Allende, Conversion: Demetri Catrakilis, Penalties: Catrakilis (3), Kurt Coleman Province’s victory in 2012 came after the Sharks had beaten them twice in the round robin stage of the competition. This time around the roles were reversed, with the Sharks having lost twice to the team from Cape Town in 2013 before defeating them in Saturday’s final. 28 October 2013 In a very physical game, the men from Natal dominated the tackles, breakdowns and lineouts. All three of those aspects have in recent years been the strengths of Western Province and Stormers rugby and when the home team ceded superiority to the Sharks in those areas, they effectively surrendered the game to the fired-up visitors. McLeod, like Lambie, also kicked exceptionally well. His little dinks just over the Western Province defensive line caused plenty of problems for the home team and he also cleared from the base of the scrum efficiently. Western Province, though, is a team of character and they fought manfully, but could not overcome the committed gang tackling of the men in black and white, their slick handling and a team engine that ran full out for the duration of the contest. The Natal Sharks captured the Absa Currie Cup for the seventh time at Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday evening after a stirring 33-19 victory over Western Province. The tension-filled clash was a wonderful advertisement for South African rugby, and for the third year in succession the underdog came out the winner. At the very least, it’s an indication that there is reasonable parity and depth in the top tier of South African domestic rugby. Effective game planProvince’s ability to slow down the opposition’s ball and win turnovers at the breakdown, along with solid set piece ball, is the foundation of their game, but the Sharks had clearly done their homework well and prepared an effective game plan to counteract the Cape team’s strength, and, most importantly, they were able to implement that game plan. The Sharks 33 (19) After going through the round robin stage of the competition unbeaten, with eight wins and two draws, Western Province, with home ground advantage, were favourites to lift the title, even though, with the return of Springbok players to the Currie Cup, the Sharks boasted 11 Springboks in their starting line-up to six for Western Province. Remarkably, the sixth team in the A-Division of the tournament, Griquas, beat the Sharks in Durban to kick start the 2013 tournament and went down by just a single point to the eventual champions in the return fixture in Kimberley. That’s remarkable because Griquas were relegated to the B-Division on the weekend, losing out to the Pumas. Intercept tryHis halfback partner Charl McLeod also turned in a fantastic performance. He got the Sharks onto the scoreboard through an intercept try that covered 65 metres and later in the match added a second five-pointer after a superb cleanout by Bismarck du Plessis and Stephan Lewies cleared the way to the tryline for him.center_img Considerable gapThe gap between the teams on the day was, however, considerable. Had Lambie landed a few more kicks and had not one or two tries been disallowed, thanks to the television match official, it could have been a huge victory for the Sharks. Fullback Gio Aplon proved once more that size is not everything and was well backed up by the fleet-footed Cheslin Kolbe, but Francois Steyn kept Springbok captain Jean de Villiers still in the midfield with a rugged defensive effort. There were tears in his eyes as he received his medal after the game, and it was well deserved. Their victory was built upon a superior kicking game, led by flyhalf Patrick Lambie and fullback SP Marais, which kept the hosts pinned in their own half. Kick offsThe kick offs were one of the areas in which the Sharks clearly outperformed Western Province and they made a big difference to the outcome of the contest. Recent Currie Cup historyThere have been five different winners of the title in the last seven years, with the Sharks, with three titles, the only team to have lifted the Currie Cup more than once. As it was, the Currie Cup final was an entertaining spectacle to the end and the role of referee Jonathan Kaplan should be recognised. Refereeing his last game, he controlled the contest superbly to end his wonderful career, which included a world record 68 tests, on a high note. Favourites’ tagThe favourites’ tag was justified, however, as Province had beaten the Sharks, with all of the Durban-based team’s Springboks on board, 25-18 in the 2012 final in Durban. SCORERS Up front, lock Pieter-Steph du Toit, long identified as a future Springbok, turned in a man of the match winning performance that suggested that his time to don the green and gold is now. He stole three Western Province lineout balls, made numerous tackles, carried the ball up strongly and was imperious in receiving kicks off. Lambie controlled the contest superbly with excellent decision making, kicking and passing at the right times. The only blot on his copybook were three missed kicks at goal. However, five successful penalties, two drop goals and a conversion, to go along with his fine all-round performance, more than made up for any misses. Tries: Charl McLeod (2), Conversions: Pat Lambie, Penalties: Pat Lambie (5), Drop Goals: Lambie (2)last_img read more


first_imgGet your sneak peek of episode 16 of Play Your Part, here:Sakina Mohamed, CEO of the Greater Rape Intervention Project, is one of the guests on episode 16 of Play Your Part. (Images: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterSakina Mohamed believes that the world would be a better place if there was no violence against women and children. Mohamed, the CEO of the non-governmental organisation Greater Rape Intervention Project (Grip), is one of the guests on Play Your Part this week.Grip was founded in 2000 after a teenage girl contracted HIV through a rape; she died of an AIDS-related illness.The episode will be broadcast on Saturday, 30 December 2017 on SABC2 at 18:00.Here’s more on the other guests on this episode:Sandi MazibukoSandi MazibukoMazibuko is the founder of the fashion label, Fabrosanz. The company does fashion styling, make-up and hair. The designer began by doing the sewing herself, but now focuses on design; she has employed a team for the cutting and sewing.Shalate TeffoShalate TeffoChildren’s home Dimphonyana Tsa Lapeng is run by Teffo and her mother, Asnath. Dimphonyana Tsa Lapeng, which means “little gifts of home” in Setswana, has helped hundreds of destitute children and their families. Through the home, Asnath has taken in orphaned or abandoned children and raised them among her own.Play Your Part is broadcast at 18:00 on Saturdays on SABC2.To get involved in playing your part in South Africa:Check out the conversation on Twitter: #GetInvolved; orFind out about initiatives on Play Your Part here.Tell us how you Play Your Part through our social media channels:Follow us on Twitter: @PlayYourPartSA;Follow Brand South Africa on Twitter: @Brand_SA; orLike us on Facebook: Official Brand South Africa.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jim Noel, NOAAAfter a wet spring was forecasted since January, it appeared in April that a window would open in May. The rain total window has however, the frequency window has not. The rainfall the last two weeks in Ohio has averaged 1.5 to 2.5 inches with some streaks above 3 inches and some below 1.5 inches. Normal for this period is 1.5 to 2.0 inches. The reality is the ground is just so wet from the wet period up to May. The other BIG key is the frequency of the wet weather.Often, when it is wet in say the eastern U.S., it is dry in the western U.S. The opposite also holds true. However, we have a very active and progressive weather pattern all around the northern hemisphere. This means a lot of weak to moderate storms on a continuous basis. It is not just Ohio either. Boston set a record for most days with measurable rain in the month of April.Much of the U.S. is very wet right now.The latest soil moisture rank shows most of the corn and soybean belt is in the top 1 to 5%. https://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/Soilmst_Monitoring/Figures/daily/curr.w.rank.daily.gifThere are some questions on similarities to past years. Yes, you can see some similarities to 1993 or 1965 or 1948 and 1949 but there is no perfect year. It depends on where you are. From the widespread wetness in the U.S. you have to look at 1948/1949 for a closest fit but even that does not.Going forward for the rest of May, we will be seeing increasing temperatures which will lead to increasing evapotranspiration. Hence, like most years, even with some rainfall, the ground will begin to dry in the top layers.Up to May 16, temperatures will be below normal. However, starting May 17-May 31 the second half of May will see above normal temperatures and evapotranspiration so things will dry some. Rainfall for the rest of May will average close to normal in the 1.5-3 inch range as seen in this link…https://www.weather.gov/images/ohrfc/dynamic/NAEFS16.apcp.mean.total.pngLooking ahead to the summer growing season, not much has changed. We expect near to slightly above normal temperatures from June to August. However, due to the wet soils, we expect normal daytime temperatures and above normal nighttime temperatures similar to last summer. Humidity levels will be above normal this summer too with all the evaporation. Therefore, expect increased issues with mold and mildew. As for precipitation, June looks like a variable month with areas of above and below normal precipitation. That could create some early challenges for growing if you get areas of hard ground near the top soil with wet ground beneath. As we get into July and August, indications are for a little wetter than normal pattern to resume.last_img read more


first_imgTags:#AR#Augmented Reality#Internet of Things#IoT#Ultrahaptics#virtual reality#VR Fei Zhao Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… With the rapid development of VR and AR technologies, we have experienced fascinating virtual environments, but in terms of haptic feedbacks and vivid feelings, the market still lacks practical and mature solutions. Ultrahaptics, which was founded in 2013 based on technology originally developed at the University of Bristol, has developed technology that uses ultrasound to virtually create 3D objects and real-life sensations so that users can get feedback from touchless buttons by seemingly gesturing in midair. Its technology will enhance user experience so that VR and AR-related products look just like what we have seen in sci-fi movies for years.Truly unique technologyUltrahaptics launched a development kit called UHDK5 TOUCH last year, which included a complete hardware and software package that can be used in product designs and test results. According to TechCrunch writer Lucas Matney, who tried the kit a couple months ago, despite Ultrahaptics still being “in the early stages of finding use cases for its tech,” the technology it’s offering is “definitely an interesting solution to some tired problems.”With such unique and sci-fi-like technology, Ultrahaptics draws attention from many investors in related fields, and on May 4, Ultrahaptics announced on its official blog that it had raised $23 million in just its B round of funding. Dolby Family Ventures and Cornes both participated in this round, along with Woodford Investment Management and IP Group, who already invested in Ultrahaptics in its $15.6 million A round of funding. This recent funding marks not only a large milestone for the firm, but also for the landscape of user input relating to haptics. According to the data provided by VB Profiles in their “User Input – Haptics” market, Ultrahaptics’ B round makes up almost a fourth of all investments — $101 million — in this market. In fact, the money raised by Ultrahaptics in all its funding rounds makes up 41% of all funding in User Input – Haptics with the heavy majority of the remaining funding being raised by Immersion. Immersion, a publicly traded company, is one of Ultrahaptics’ strongest competitors in the User Input – Haptics market; it has raised the most money in the market thus far — over $50 million. However, Immersion has had nearly no headcount growth in the last two years, while Ultrahaptics has experienced nearly 300% growth according to LinkedIn data.Shifting to smart vehiclesBecause of its gains in virtual technology, funding from investors and rapid extension, Ultrahaptics is now shifting its focus more to smart vehicles, hoping it can implement its ultrawave technology and midair gesture feedback system in drivers’ dashboards. With this technology, drivers can release their hands from controlling infotainment and audio systems, all while paying more attention to the road.During the CES in Las Vegas early this year, it was revealed that the firm’s solution was used in BMW’s new virtual touchscreen system, HoloActive Touch. In February, Harman, which was acquired last year by the Samsung Group, partnered with Ultrahaptics to develop a better midair haptic feedback system and to enhance the driving experience with smart cars.The positive effects from Ultrahaptics’ new funding will drive its developing process more smoothly, and as a result, we should expect more practical and useful solutions for VR and AR related fields in the near future.center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Follow the Puck Related Posts last_img read more


first_imgA task force has been constituted in Odisha’s Koraput district to check the practice of child marriage, common among the tribal communities in the region, a senior official said. Against a state average of 21.3% and a national average of 26.8%, the annual rate of child marriage in the district is 34.7%. Child marriage is the main reason for high rates of infant mortality, maternal mortality and malnutrition, Koraput Collector Madhusudan Mishra said.“The rate of child marriage in Koraput is higher than the state and the national average. This is a matter of concern,” he stated. Noting that the task force comprises officials from 21 departments, including health, education, social welfare and police, Mr. Mishra said a massive awareness programme against the social menace will be launched in the district soon.“As school dropout often contributes to child marriage, the education department will create a database of the dropouts and provide life skills to them,” he said. The administration will also take help of community radio service Dhimsa, run by a voluntary organisation SOVA, to broadcast programmes on child marriage in tribal language.“All child development protection officers (CDPOs) and anganwadi workers have been told to stay vigilant to check the illegal practice in their respective areas. The CDPOs must act as child marriage prohibition officers,” he added. Official sources said the administration has been able to stop at least 24 child marriages in the district over the past two years.“Most child marriages go unreported. Whenever we get complaints, we intervene with the help of police and counsel parents to send their children to school,” said Rajshree Das, a district child protection officer.last_img read more


first_imgView comments Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games For his part, Gonzales admits that he has had his fair share of lessons from Banal that he’s imparting to his wards, saying, “He always told us that the will to win is important but the will to prepare is vital. We’re still a rookie team and coach Koy’s team is built on veterans so we’re just hoping for the best.”Joseph Sedurifa and CJ Isit will banner Batangas in the conference-opener.In the first game, Centro Escolar University starts its buildup for the collegiate season, this time under coach Yong Garcia as it braces for dangerous Wangs Basketball in the game which tips off at 3 p.m.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes LATEST STORIES Luckily for Banal, he’ll have familiar faces by his side led by his brother Joel, who will be a consultant as Marinerong Pilipino opens its 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup campaign on Tuesday at JCSGO Gym in Cubao.However, Banal’s buddies won’t be on his side this time, as he is set to engage in a coaching duel against his former deputy and now Batangas coach Eric Gonzales.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“Coach Eric is a champion coach and more or less, he knows my style. He’s been my assistant for a long time in Arellano and we go way, way back. That’s one thing where my anxiety also roots from and he knows how to lead his team and motivate his players,” he said.Banal will lean on Achie Iñigo, Julian Sargent, and veteran Mark Isip to lead the fight for the Seafarers in the 5 p.m. duel. Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blastcenter_img PBA IMAGESOut of the sidelines for almost a year, coach Koy Banal admits that he’s a bit anxious going back to his old gig.“There’s a bit of rust, but it should not be an excuse,” said the veteran mentor.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Black looking at TNT as Meralco’s ‘likely’ quarterfinals foe BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more