Men’s soccer league offering one final registration date

first_imgRegistration will be running from 5-9 p.m.For more information on the upcoming indoor soccer league, or for additional information on registration, email or call 250-787-5425.Information is also available through the league’s official website.- Advertisement –last_img

Redwoods mega signing adds 10

first_imgThe College of the Redwoods softball team held its largest single-day signing event in program history as 10 local players, all currently seniors in high school, committed to play softball at the college.Fortuna High’s Paige Johnson; Eureka’s Briana Graham, Raime Young, Karyn Jensen, and Sadie Wilkinson; McKinleyville’s Jaycee Morais, Grace Rosebrook, McKenna Turner and McKenzie Gonsalves; and Del Norte’s Laycee Coopman all signed letters of commitment at the college Monday afternoon.“I’ve …last_img read more

Press release: South Africa’s reputation has improved as perceived by “G8” countries and South Africans

first_imgAccording to the G8 countries, some of the factors driving South Africa’s reputation and improvement in the rankings come as a result of advancements in areas of progressive social and economic policies and the country’s friendly and welcoming people. (Image: Brand South Africa)Johannesburg, Friday 21 July 2017 – Brand South Africa welcomes the news that South Africa is ranked 45th out of the 71 countries measured in the 2017 Country RepTrak® study conducted by Reputation House. This year the country moves 4 places up, scoring 55.1 points (out of a possible 100), versus the 49.2 points in 2016, which gave it a rank of 49th.The Reptrak study measures South Africa’s reputation from both an internal and external perspective, meaning that the survey is conducted in South Africa, as well as in “G8” countries. This year’s results show an improvement both in terms of how respondents in the G8, and South Africans perceive the country in terms of its reputation.Amongst the BRICS countries, the country is positioned 3rd place with Brazil and India in first and second places respectively. Interestingly enough, the 2017 results show that the United States of America’s perceived reputation has fallen behind South Africa’s, placing it at 47th out of the 71 countries measured.The study evaluates country reputations amongst the general population of the “G8” countries (UK, Italy, France, Canada, US, Japan, Germany and Russia), while also providing an internal assessment from the perceptive of South Africans.Brand South Africa’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr Kingsley Makhubela said: “South Africa’s performance in such indices encourages national efforts by government, business, civil society and South African’s in general – to strengthen recovery strategies that’ll ensure that we improve our economy, and global competitiveness.”According to the G8 countries, factors driving South Africa’s reputation and improvement in the rankings come as a result of advancements in areas of: progressive social and economic policies, a well-educated and reliable workforce, production of high quality products and services, that the country values education, beautiful landscape, and it’s friendly and welcoming people.Other reputation attributes that impact on G8 perceptions about the country are that the country is an important contributor to the global culture, is a responsible participant in the global community, and offers an appealing lifestyle.South Africans, on the other hand – scored South Africa 43.3 points, which is 14.0 points more than last year’s score of 29.3. However, it should be noted that South Africans are much more critical of the country than international respondents to the study. The two areas in which South Africans and the “G8” general public agree, and hence rate the country highly, is that it is a beautiful country, and that her people are warm and friendly.A new development in the attitude of South Africans towards their own country is the emphasis on valuing education which international respondents admire.“This also reinforces perceptions about South Africans, from other studies such as the Nation Brand Index, as hardworking and resilient people. Importantly, a reputation is not a fixed once off outcome of an action, or set of actions. The nation brand and our global competitiveness is built by all citizens through their pride and patriotism, and improvements in our global reputation is a testament to the work that we are all doing to make South Africa a winning nation.“This is a continuous process that needs to be refined based on the challenges and opportunities presented to our nation. Despite challenges, South Africa stands ready to contribute to inspire new ways of creating significant opportunities for growth and greater prospects for its citizens,” concluded Dr Makhubela.Follow the conversation on #CompetitiveSA.Notes to the Editor:About Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.Join the conversation:Follow Brand South Africa on Twitter: @Brand_SATell us how you Play Your Part: @PlayYourPartSA.Follow us on Facebook: Official Brand South Africa.For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Tsabeng NthiteTel: +27 11 712 5061Mobile: +27 (0) 76 371 6810Email: tsabengn@brandsouthafrica.comVisit: www.brandsouthafrica.comlast_img read more

BBC World Cup Website Showcases Semantic Technologies

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting The basis of this system was an ontology that described how World Cup facts related to each other. For example, “Frank Lampard” was part of the “England Squad” and the “England Squad” competed in “Group C” of the “FIFA World Cup 2010”. The ontology also included “journalist-authored assets” such as stories, blogs, profiles, images, video and statistics.The publishing platform had both manual and automated tagging features. BBC journalists could, for example, tag Frank Lampard in a story about the disallowed goal from England’s last-16 loss against Germany. This is a normal part of most modern-day publishing systems (we tag content in this manner here at ReadWriteWeb). But the BBC World Cup site also automatically analyzed journalist content and matched it “against the World Cup ontology.” It did this by using what it describes as a “natural language and ontological determiner process.” [Update: IBM wrote in to inform us that the technology behind this was IBM LanguageWare.] This is similar to software such as Thomson Reuters’ Calais or the new Extractiv product that we reviewed yesterday. In the BBC’s case, the resulting tags were moderated before being published. Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… The BBC used Semantic Web technologies such as RDF and SPARQL to build their World Cup site. The stated goal was to achieve “intelligent mapping of journalist assets to concepts and queries.” The site reportedly served millions of page requests a day throughout the World Cup. The BBC may use this semantic publishing platform for other parts of the BBC sports site; and it will certainly deploy it again for the the London 2012 Olympics.The official explanatory post has the technical details, should you wish to follow up. Let us know in the comments about other large scale Semantic Web deployments that you know of.Update: See also The World Cup and a call to action around Linked Data, by the BBC’s John O’Donovan. Thanks Georgi Kobilarov for the pointer. Semantic Web Adoption by Facebook, Best Buy & OthersIt’s All Semantics: Open Data, Linked Data & The Semantic WebThe State of Linked Data in 2010Top 10 Semantic Web Products of 2009ReadWriteWeb Interview With Tim Berners-Lee The BBC World Cup site featured over 700 webpages and was powered by a semantic publishing framework. The site boasted a comprehensive ontology (a map of concepts), that output “automated metadata-driven web pages” created on-the-fly.Jem Rayfield, Senior Technical Architect, BBC News and Knowledge, explained further:“The underlying publishing framework does not author content directly; rather it publishes data about the content – metadata. The published metadata describes the world cup content at a fairly low-level of granularity, providing rich content relationships and semantic navigation. By querying this published metadata we are able to create dynamic page aggregations for teams, groups and players.”center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#NYT#Semantic Web#Structured Data#web The soccer World Cup has now ended, with Spain the victor. England was unceremoniously dumped out before the quarter finals – but if there was a World Cup for the Semantic Web, then the BBC may have lifted the trophy for its country. A post on the BBC Internet site explains how the BBC World Cup 2010 website used “dynamic semantic publishing” technology.It’s an impressive demonstration of how a large, mainstream website can have added meaning and structure.ReadWriteWeb’s Guide to The Semantic Web: richard macmanus 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Kalpana Dash, Odisha’s first woman mountaineer, dead

first_imgChief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday condoled the demise of Kalpana Dash, Odisha’s first woman mountaineer, saying it would inspire generations of young women in the State.Kalpana (50) died after scaling the Mount Everest on Thursday. She had complained breathlessness while descending from the Everest peak. She died near Balcony area.Kalpana had left for Everest on April 23. She along with Kanchimaya Tamang of Nepal and Liamu Mank of China had conquered the Mt. Everest. Her family members were informed about her death through Whatsapp message. The body of the mountaineer was still in the balcony area. Relatives of Kalpana would travel to Nepal to receive her body.The woman mountaineer from Odisha had first scaled Mt Everest in 2008. During her decade and half-old career, she had trekked many mountains conquering peaks in Europe, America and Australia, besides India.“I am saddened to learn about the demise of Kalpana Dash while descending from Mt. Everest. Her legacy in mountaineering will inspire generations of young women in the State,” said Mr Patnaik expressing condolences to the bereaved family.last_img read more