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Software companies to merge

first_img  60 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis They added that they believed the new combined business “will become the largest, most profitable and significant group in the Membership and Charities (NFP) Sector.”The two companies use common technology. Both Minerva’s Charisma system and Systems Team’s Profile Concept CRM software are Oracle based. Their joint solutions cover wide aspects of not-for-profit organisations’ needs, ranking from tracking those attending seminars and registering examinations, to processing transactions and Web portals for online communities. Each of the CRM Systems is built around a central database and add on modules are tailored to suit individual client needs.Technology consultant Peter Flory ofAthena Consultants commented: “This kind ofconsolidation in the market place should begood for the user community, and in this case, the fact that Minerva can now focus solely on the charity market is bound to have a positive impact on their Charisma Fundraising software”.Systems Team and Minerva will continue to operate from Bristol and Cheltenham. Tagged with: Consulting & Agencies Digital Technology About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Software companies to mergecenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 30 September 2003 | News Software companies Systems Team and Minerva Computer Systems are merging.The West Country organisations specialise in Contact Relationship Management software for the not-for-profit (NFP) sector, particularly professional membership organisations and charities.Systems Team Directors, Geoff Iles and Colin Black, said: “We are delighted that we have joined forces with Minerva. Our main focus is in the Membership and commercial sector and Minerva have experience inthe membership and charity sector so we make a great team.” Advertisementlast_img read more

Surakarta deputy mayor tests positive for COVID-19, tested shortly after meeting Jokowi

first_imgThe deputy mayor of Surakarta in Central Java, Achmad Purnomo, has contracted COVID-19, a city administration official has confirmed, as a swab test he took shortly after meeting President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo in Jakarta has come back positive for the coronavirus.City administration secretary Ahyani confirmed the test results, which came out on Thursday after the deputy mayor was tested last Saturday.”[The deputy mayor is now in] self-isolation,” Ahyani said as quoted by kompas.com on Friday. Ahyani, who is also the head of Surakarta’s COVID-19 task force, said the team would trace the deputy mayor’s contacts to identify other individuals that might have been exposed to the disease.On July 16, Achmad met with Jokowi at the State Palace in Central Jakarta, during which, the latter claimed, the two discussed the state and development of the city, which is the President’s hometown.The day after the meeting in Jakarta, Achmad took a swab sample to be tested for COVID-19 and the result came in negative. He then took another test the following day, which showed a positive result.Surakarta Mayor FX Hadi Rudyatmo said he would also take COVID-19 swab test after finding that Achmad had been infected.Separately, Presidential Secretariat head Heru Budi Hartono said Jokowi would immediately take the COVID-19 test following the announcement from Surakarta.“The President and all of his aides routinely take swab tests. For the specific case relating to the Surakarta deputy mayor, I think he will take the test sooner than [usually scheduled] after hearing that [Achmad] has tested positive,” Heru said on Friday.He added that the Presidential Palace applied strict health protocols for all visitors and gave an assurance that the palace was “sterile”. (mfp/mrc)Topics :last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgUpdate on the latest sports May 9, 2020 A person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press that clubs gained the ability to reduce the draft as part of their March 26 agreement with the players’ association and MLB plans to finalize a decision next week to go with the minimum.The 160 players drafted would be by far the fewest since the annual selection started in 1965. The amount of signing bonus pool money eliminated is over $29 million.KYLE LARSON RETURNSKyle Larson returns to racing – on dirtKNOXVILLE, Iowa (AP) — Kyle Larson has returned to racing for the first time since he was fired by Chip Ganassi Racing for using a racial slur in a NASCAR iRacing event last month. Larson was one of 24 drivers to make the main event in Friday night’s World of Outlaws sprint car race, a $15,000-to-win Invitational held without spectators on the dirt oval in Knoxville, Iowa. Larson finished 10th. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNHL considers early draftUNDATED (AP) — The success of the NFL’s virtual draft and the uncertainty surrounding the resumption of hockey this season have raised the possibility of the NHL draft being held before the Stanley Cup Final. Associated Press — At least six of the 20 English Premier League clubs are concerned about the plan to use neutral stadiums to finish the season. Ahead of Monday’s crunch meeting of topflight clubs, the Hornets have joined Brighton and Aston Villa in making clear their opposition to the current “Project Restart” plans. Watford is 17th in the league with nine rounds left and looking to fight off relegation amid a challenging backdrop brought on by the coronavirus outbreak.— Figure Skating in Harlem is pivoting from the ice to the internet. The annual fundraiser was called off in March, two days before it would have hit the ice. So instead, the Figure Skating in Harlem Champions in Life Virtual Gala will be held on May 14. It will feature Olympic champions Scott Hamilton, Kristi Yamaguchi and Meryl Davis. The 23-year-old group is the only organization for girls of color that combines education with access to the athletic and artistic discipline of figure skating.MLB-DRAFTMLB reduces draft to 5 roundsNEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball will cut its amateur draft from 40 rounds to five this year, a move that figures to save teams about $30 million.center_img The draft had been scheduled for June 26-27, but it was postponed with the season in an indefinite suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic. Now the NHL is considering having it earlier in June.There are mixed feelings about the idea among executives. It would put hockey back in the spotlight for a couple of days, but it would also create some headaches.Unlike the NFL, which held its draft as usual in the middle of its offseason, the NHL would be holding its draft before the season is complete. That means teams would not be able to trade players, there would be a lack of clarity over next year’s salary cap and the draft order could be determined before all games are played.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— NASCAR’s revised 2020 Cup schedule eliminates three major races as the circuit attempts to restart its season. NASCAR has canceled races at Richmond Raceway, Chicagoland Speedway and Sonoma Speedway. Richmond was originally scheduled for April 19 and Chicagoland was slated for June 21. Speedway Motorsports traded its road course race in Sonoma scheduled for June 14 for a Cup race at Charlotte on May 27. NASCAR plans to race at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina on May 17 and May 20. Since those races weren’t originally scheduled, NASCAR forfeited events at its Richmond and Chicago tracks. NASCAR is attempting to race at tracks within driving distance of its North Carolina-based teams. — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver took part in a teleconference Friday with members of the National Basketball Players Association for an update on the league’s plans amid the pandemic. A person familiar with the call’s details says Silver told players that the league is still aiming to hold full best-of-seven playoff series should the season resume and that playing without fans is an obvious possibility. Silver also spoke about the well-known notion of having the season resume in a centralized location, though cautioned that no decisions may be made for another several weeks.— A small number of NBA practice facilities reopened for workouts Friday, and at least one team received permission from the league to test players and staff for the coronavirus. Cleveland and Portland were open for players who wanted to get back into game shape. The Orlando Magic revealed that they have been authorized by local health officials to test players and staff.— NCAA President Mark Emmert says the coronavirus is making it unlikely all schools will be ready to begin competing in college sports at the same time. He says the goal is for every team to have an equal amount of preparation time before its season starts. Emmert acknowledges there could be some competitive inequities caused by schools having varied timelines for re-opening campuses.— The presidents of the 11 Big East Conference schools are leaning toward not allowing sports to be played at schools this season unless their campuses are open. While no deadlines have been set, Commissioner Val Ackerman said the presidents indicated a late June/early July deadline for fall sports, and possibly a Sept. 1 deadline for winter sports. It is conceivable the league would play with some members not participating. Ackerman said there are hybrid scenarios that could change things, such as a campus opening late.— The end of this virus-disrupted school year has produced a bleak financial outlook for major college sports. Budget projections are landing in the red. West Virginia has announced a $5 million projected shortfall for the fiscal year ending June 30. The athletic director will take a 10% salary reduction for the next budget cycle along with other high earners in the department. Minnesota has forecast a $4 million deficit for the current fiscal period. The month before the pandemic hit, a $1 million surplus was projected. Now, the school says all cost-savings measures are on the table. — Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez, football coach Paul Chryst and men’s basketball coach Greg Gard are being asked to take a 15% pay cut over the next six months as part of the school’s response to the pandemic. School officials say Alvarez, Chryst and Gard are among 25 of the athletic department’s highest-earning employees who are being asked to take that voluntary cut. There will be no reduction in that group’s work hours.— Canada’s gymnastics federation laid off 70% of its staff this week. The organization’s chief executive officer hopes the emergency funding announced by the federal government Friday allows him to recall people soon. Canada’s amateur sports system will receive nearly $52 million to alleviate the financial pain from the COVID-19 pandemic. Athletes whose monthly Sport Canada checks are affected by the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics to 2021 also receive financial aid.— One of the fighters scheduled to take part in Saturday’s UFC mixed martial arts event in Jacksonville, Florida, has tested positive for the COVID-19. UFC says Jacaré Souza’s middleweight bout against Uriah Hall has been called off after Souza tested positive, along with his two cornermen. UFC says all three men have left the host hotel and will be self-isolating off premises, where UFC’s medical team will monitor their conditions remotely. The UFC is returning after an involuntary eight-week break that upended plans by UFC President Dana White to keep fighting amid the coronavirus outbreak.— Two players at German second division side Dynamo Dresden have tested positive for the coronavirus, putting on hold the club’s planned return to soccer next weekend. Dresden was to play Hannover away on May 17 when the league resumes after a two-month suspension. Now, the entire squad, coaching and supervisory staff must go into 14 days of quarantine at home. Their positive results for COVID-19 were found in a third wave of tests conducted at the club yesterday as part of the league’s hygiene protocol to get soccer back underway in Germany.— The president of French soccer club Lyon (lee-OHN’) says all members of its men’s and women’s teams have tested negative for the coronavirus. They were tested by team doctors. It’s a total reset for a driver who less than a month ago was the top free agent in NASCAR. His career came to a sudden halt when he was fired by Chip Ganassi Racing for using a racial slur in an iRacing event late Easter Sunday. Matt Kenseth has come out of retirement to replace Larson when NASCAR resumes May 17.Friday night’s event also featured the return of Kasey Kahne (kayn), who retired from NASCAR at the end of the 2018 season. He was supposed to race 50 sprint car events for his own team last year but was injured in a March 2019 accident and had not raced before Friday night.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Collins says support after coming out ‘incredible’

first_imgIN THE SPOTLIGHT–In this photo provided by ABC, NBA basketball veteran Jason Collins, left, poses for a photo with television journalist George Stephanopoulos, Monday, April 29, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/ABC, Eric McCandless) by The Associated PressJason Collins said he has gotten “incredible” support since coming out as the first openly gay player in one of the four major U.S. pro sports leagues.Collins sat down for an interview that was aired by ABC’s “Good Morning America” early Tuesday, one day after the veteran NBA center revealed his sexuality in a first-person story posted on Sports Illustrated’s website.“I think, I know, in my personal life, I’m ready and I think the country is ready for supporting an openly gay basketball player,” Collins told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos.Collins said he went through something akin to a 12-step program while deciding to come out, dealing with emotions such as anger and denial.“But when you finally get to that point of acceptance, there’s nothing more beautiful than just allowing yourself to really be happy and be comfortable in your own skin,” Collins said.Dozens of NBA players sent messages to Collins after the story was posted Monday, many doing so through social media. The support didn’t stop there, with President Barack Obama also calling to offer his support.“It’s incredible. Just try to live an honest, genuine life and the next thing you know you have the president calling you,” Collins said. “He was incredibly supportive and he was proud of me, said this not only affected my life but others going forward.”Collins said he does not know of any other gay NBA players. He also told ABC that he was overwhelmed by the reaction of tennis legend Martina Navratilova, who came out in 1981 and called him a pioneer after he went public with his story.“I look at her as one of my heroes, the dignity and class that she’s lived her life and all that she’s achieved in her career,” Collins said. “She is my role model. Hopefully going forward I can be someone else’s role model.”Asked by Stephanopoulos what his story could mean to children who play basketball and are worried about their futures because they are gay, Collins offered a simple piece of advice.“It doesn’t matter that you’re gay. The key thing is that it’s about basketball,” Collins said. “It’s about working hard, it’s about sacrificing for your team. It’s all about dedication. That’s what you should focus on.”last_img read more

Black jockey eyes top prize at Kentucky Derby

first_imgJockey Kevin Krigger talks about his Kentucky Derby mount, Goldencents, outside Barn 45 at Churchill Downs, Sunday, April 28, 2013, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Garry Jones) by Zachary Lester(NNPA)–Kevin Krigger always wanted to be a jockey.He rode the arm of the sofa at his home when he was tiny, later graduating to a horse he was gifted by his grandmother. By the time he was a teenager, he had won his first race at the Randall James Racetrack in his hometown of St. Croix. His heart was set and his ambition clear: he wanted to join the ranks of the great Black jockeys who once dominated the sport of horse racing.Krigger has realized his dream, racing in California and even taking the top spot April 6 at the Santa Anita Derby, the first Black jockey to win there since horse racing began there 78 years ago. On May 4, Krigger, 29, will be in the saddle steering Goldencents, a thoroughbred with a good shot at taking the title at the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Goldencents landed in the No. 8 post and was made the 5-1 third choice for Saturday’s race. If he is successful, he will join the ranks of the great Black jockeys who once dominated horse racing.Trainer Doug O’Neill, who won last year’s Derby with “I’ll Have Another”, is a friend of Krigger’s agent, Tom Knust, and was open to a suggestion of having the jockey swing by his barn last summer. So Krigger started working out Goldencents in the morning about six weeks before the colt’s racing debut.“He got off him and in his best U.S. Virgin accent just said, ‘Wow, man, this horse can really run,’” O’Neill recalled. “I had Kevin and Tom starting planting the seeds to the owners of Goldencents, and they fell in love with him right away, too.”And suddenly, the Derby rookie was the colt’s regular rider. They’ve won four of six races together, including the Santa Anita Derby, which I’ll Have Another won last year before heading to Churchill Downs.“Of course, no matter how much you love a person they’ve got to have some chemistry with the horse,” O’Neill said, “and thank God, not only is he a great person, a great rider, but he’s got great chemistry with Goldencents.”One of Goldencents’ owners is Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino, who has a 5 percent share in the colt. Krigger had never watched a college basketball game start to finish until he saw the Cardinals beat Michigan for the national championship earlier this month.“That made me a Louisville Cardinals fan,” he said.The last time a Black jockey won the Kentucky Derby was 1902, when Jimmy Winkfield crossed the finish line first atop Alan-a-Dale; he also rode the winner in 1901. He would become only the second Black man to ride in the race since 1921. The first was Marlon St. Julien, who jockeyed Curule to a seventh-place finish in 2000. According to the Associated Press, Krigger keeps a picture of Winkfield in his locker.The scarcity of Black jockeys in horse racing today contrasts sharply with the numbers who used to participate in the sport. In the first Kentucky Derby, run in 1875, 13 out of 15 of the jockeys were African American and 15 of the first 28 jockeys who won the derby were Black, according to Smithsonian Magazine. Many of the Black jockeys who rode in the contest in the early days also cared for the horses. Some were former slaves, according to historical accounts. But by 1903, business began drying up as white owners and trainers relied less and less on them.Of some 1,000 jockeys aboard thoroughbreds in the U.S., only 50 are Black, according to the Jockey Guild.“I think the reason is there aren’t many African-Americans interested in riding horses,” Krigger said. “And it’s really hard to get into the Kentucky Derby for any jockey, whether you’re African-American, Hispanic, White . . . it doesn’t matter what race or color you are. There are 20 horses. It’s not a race that is meant for everyone. Usually, only the top riders get in.”“I would love to see maybe five years, 10 years from now, we have African-American riders in every (jockey) colony,” he said. “I’m proud of myself, that’s the main thing.”For his part, Krigger has told reporters that he is anxious to win at Churchill Downs as a rider, not necessary as an African American.Back in St. Croix, his success is stirring national pride, according to news accounts. A parade is scheduled to celebrate the participation of Krigger and (Victor Lebron, another jockey from the island, will ride Frac Daddy in the Derby.Krigger, who is engaged and has four children, will be cheered on by dozens of loved ones on May 4 as he attempts to join the ranks of the greats who came before him.“I’ve always thought of myself as the best rider in the world and there’s no reason why I shouldn’t,” he said. “Goldencents is the horse that is going to help me prove that.”Special to the Afro-American.The Associated Press (Beth Harris, AP Racing Writer) contributed to this report. Goldencents, Kevin Krigger up, races to win the Grade I $750,000 Santa Anita Derby at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif.  (AP Photo/Benoit Photo, File)last_img read more

NYS Rep Teams shutout of medals at Provincial B Cup Tournaments

first_imgNelson Rep teams were kept off the medal podium during B.C. Soccer Provincial B Cup in North Vancouver and Prince George.However, the Select squads were in the medal run right up until the final round robin games were played Saturday.The U16 Girls came within a whisker of playing for the top prize, but ended up sixth overall at the Provincial B Cup in North Vancouver.The Selects lost 1-0 to Penticton Pinnacles FC representing the North Coast in consolation round action Sunday.The winning goal came on somewhat of a fluke opportunity. A high kick attempted by a Pinnacle midfielder somehow went over the outstretched hands of keeper Katie Bow, off the crossbar and into the net.Nelson pushed for the tie as striker Hanna Enns chased down an errant back pass to their keeper but was foiled when the Pinnacle keeper got lucky with a wild swinging clearance that sent the ball out over the sideline.Nelson was in the hunt for a medal before a penalty shot goal with four minutes remaining in the final round robin game pulled Prospect Lake into a 3-3 tie with the Selects.Prospect Lake then played for the bronze medal after edging Nelson out on a tiebreaker.Aroha Taitini-Senchal, Abbie Willans and Danila Bergendahl scored for the Selects.Katie Bow was outstanding between the pipes for the Selects.Nelson head coach Justin Willans was ejected during the game along with the Prospect Lake skipper.Assistant coach Morgan Dehnel coached Sunday’s consolation game for Nelson.Perkins scores long marker as Selects lose in bronze medal finalEthan Perkins scored the lone goal but that was not enough as the Selects lost 2-1 to Vancouver in the U17 Division at the Les Sinnott Memorial Boy’s Provincial Cup Soccer Tournament Sunday in Prince George.Nelson finished just out of the medals, fourth overall in the tournament.Nelson opened the tourney with a 1-0 victory over Juan de Fuca.Perkins scored the lone goal for Nelson.Cole Sutherland earned the shutout. However, the Reps struggled the rest of the tourney against high caliber competition.Terrace outlasts U15 Girls at Provincial B CupTerrace Kermodeis outlasted Nelson Selects 3-2 to clinch fifth overall at the U15 Girl’s Division at the Provincial B Cup Sunday in North Vancouver.Nelson finished the round robin with a 0-2-1 record and sixth overall.The Selects, coached by Paul Burkart and Pat Perkins, were missing a key striker and struggled throughout the tournament to find offence.Nelson lost 2-1 to West Van Spuraways and 1-0 to Tsawwassen Blues.The lone point came Friday against Quesnel Strikers, a 1-1 draw.U13 Selects finish tourney with a victoryThe Nelson Selects capped off a rough provincial champion by edging Bulkley Valley Rapids 2-1 in consolation round action of the U14 Girl’s Division Sunday at the Provincial B Cup Sunday in North Vancouver.Nelson entered Sunday’s play with a 0-3 record after dropping games to Langley FC, Prince George Kodiaks and Powell River Surge.U13 Selects cook with the Big Dogs at Les Sinnott tourneyThe Nelson Selects lost 2-0 to Terrace to finish sixth overall in the U13 Boy’s Division at the Les Sinnott Memorial Boy’s Provincial Cup Soccer Tournament Sunday in Prince George.The Reps finished the round robin draw with four points and a 1-1-1 record.The final game was an epic scoreless draw against Langley FC.The result had coach Kerry Dyck very pleased with his troops.“It was a terrific battle against a strong team,” Dyck said from Prince George.“It was very encouraging to know we were able to go toe to toe with the representative in our pool from Greater Vancouver. We were very proud of the boys.Unfortunately, tie-breaker system is goal differential, which will put Langley in the bronze medal game ahead of NelsonU14 Boys finish tourney on a highNelson Selects finished on a high by stopping the host Kodiaks 1-0 in the consolation round of the U14 Boy’s Division at the Les Sinnott Memorial Boy’s Provincial Cup Soccer Tournament Sunday in Prince George.The win allowed Nelson to escape the basement in tournament standings, as the Selects took seventh.last_img read more

Insurance companies must stop this nonsense

first_imgDear Editor,It is totally unacceptable that insurance companies are now forcing prospective customers to declare their political affiliation on a ‘Customer Verification Form’, because this is a flagrant violation of every citizen’s right to freedom of association, as enshrined in the founding charter of the United Nations (UN).Guyana is a member of the UN, and officially recognises the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This means Guyana has an obligation to protect and promote human rights, including Article 20, section (1), which states: “Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association”.Freedom of association means individuals enjoy the intrinsic right to form and join groups of their choice without interference or penalties. One of the most effective ways of protecting this right is to give persons the choice to keep their membership of such groups private. One sure way to violate this right is to compel persons to disclose such affiliations.Local insurance companies are now abusing this right by taking away their clients’ choice to keep their associations and affiliations private, and forcing them to reveal their relationship with Government officials, military officials, politicians and political parties.What many people do not realise is that this is done under threat because customers of insurance companies are required to affirm that the information they provide on the form is true and correct, which unmistakably implies that they will be penalized for giving false information.I reject the insurance companies’ claim that the requirement is linked to the 2015 AML/CFT Amendment Act and regulations with regard to “Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs)” who can abuse their influence to commit crimes, or their close relatives and associates.In effect, they are illegally treating every prospective customer as a PEP, or relative or close associate of one, but the Act clearly does not provide for this. If it did, attorney-at-law Christopher Ram pointed out, it would have violated the Constitution and the law.I believe it is dangerous to let insurance companies interpret the Act arbitrarily and for their own advantage. Insurance company representative Paul Braam reportedly referred to “due diligence” under the Act, and a “judgement call” about how close are “close relatives”.Insurance companies are already allowed reasonable grounds to discriminate against potential and actual customers on the basis of such things as medical conditions, vehicle accident history etc., and they use these to raise premiums and protect their business interests.That is why I think they are using the AML/CFT Act to violate people’s human rights for purely selfish reasons. When they get personal information to which they are not entitled, they will use this information to reduce their ‘actuarial risk’ and potentially increase their profits.What do you think the insurance companies will do with the information they get about people’s family connections to PEPs, or links to political parties? The answer is simple: The same as they do with all customers’ personal information — let their actuaries use it to assess and reduce the insurance company’s business risks.Ask yourself: Where else in the world would insurance companies be allowed to get away with using anti-money laundering legislation to violate a UN-enshrined human right? I am sure your answer will be: Nowhere else in the world.It should not be done here either. Guyana has to stamp out this nonsense as soon as possible.Sincerely,Roshan Khan Snrlast_img read more

South African police in record drug bust

first_img26 June 2014South African police have seized nearly 10 tons of pure heroin worth over R3-billion (US$280-million) and arrested three men, including two Chinese nationals, in the biggest drug bust in the country’s history.Police uncovered the drug laboratory in the upmarket suburb of Kloof in Durban, and conducted the successful raid on Tuesday night, confiscating piles of 40-kilogram bags of pure heroin powder along with industrial mixers and chemistry equipment.The three arrested suspects, aged 23, 55 and 56, were charged with manufacturing drugs and were expected to appear at the Pinetown Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.The Witness newspaper reported on Thursday that the three were understood to be “underlings” in an international drug syndicate, and that the hunt for the kingpins was now on, with forensic detectives having flown in from across the country to analyse the evidence being assembled from the hi-tech drug lab.“I can say that investigators are using evidence that was found during the raid … to establish where they came from,” National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega told The Witness after visiting the compound on Wednesday.“I recently stated that I have issued an instruction that Crime Intelligence identify the top 15 syndicates in the country and work together with the detectives and the hawks to go after these syndicates operating in serious crime such as drugs, cash in transit, human trafficking, money laundering, arms and ammunition,” Phiyega said.“These drugs that we uncovered destroy the lives of our people who use them, especially the youth. They also are a huge contributor to other related crimes such as murder and robberies.”According to The Witness, the drug lab had been shut away in what was once a squash court on a sprawling property sheltered by trees, with the main house and garage used to store the uncut narcotics.SAnews.gov.za and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

It’s Time To Get iMessage On Android

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Most of the time, iMessages whiz from sender to receiver. The problem happens when they get stuck. According to this Apple security document, iMessages are queued for delivery to offline devices and are stored for up to seven days on Apple’s servers. If an Android user doesn’t disconnect her number from her Apple ID, the messages linger in the cloud, with nowhere to go—because Apple’s servers are looking for an iPhone, iPad, or Mac to deliver it to. The only reason why Android devices can’t receive iMessages is they don’t have software that lets them.Is iMessage For Android The Answer? Apple isn’t in the habit of building software for operating systems outside its own, but occasionally—as with iTunes for Windows and Safari for Windows—it’s willing to share. Apple cofounder Steve Jobs compared iTunes for Windows to “giving a glass of ice water to someone in Hell.”With iMessage for Android, Apple could solve the problem of iMessages ending up in limbo, and add millions of potential customers—all while keeping users tethered to its cloud services, like iTunes. While Apple would prefer otherwise, it’s not uncommon for people to mix and match—using an iPad tablet and an Android smartphone, for example. It makes sense for Apple to give defectors an opportunity to stay loosely attached to the Apple system, rather than lose them all together.Android has its own analogue of iMessage: Google Hangouts, a chat system that’s tied to the Google+ social network. As iMessage does on iPhones and iPads, Hangouts comes preinstalled on Android devices, and keeps users in the Google ecosystem. (Android phones also have a basic text-message app that doesn’t require a Google login.)See Also: Apple’s Revenge: iMessage Might Eat Your Texts If You Switch To AndroidGoogle’s app is a bit younger than iMessage—the Hangouts messaging app, which unified Google Talk, Google+ Messenger, and Hangouts video chat, launched last May. And it’s still competing with other apps like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger, which work across Android and iOS. iMessage, like most other chat apps, sends messages over Wi-Fi or data connections, so it doesn’t count as a text message on your phone bill. At Apple’s shareholder meeting earlier this year, CEO Tim Cook said Apple sends billions of iMessages per day, though he didn’t get more specific in his numbers.iMessage on Android would not only be convenient for cross-platform chatting, but it would also provide more security to your private communications. Apple’s iMessage system is reportedly difficult, if not impossible, for federal authorities to crack. (Popular apps like WhatsApp and Snapchat can’t claim that.) Even Apple itself has said it’s not able to read the content of iMessages, thanks to its encryption scheme.It might be a bit of a technical undertaking. It will also be a political one, given Google and Apple’s salty relationship. But if Apple can build iMessage for desktop Macs, which are very different in their hardware architecture from iPhones and iPads, it seems like it should be technically possible to port it to Android.Apple has promised to fix the iMessage bug, though it hasn’t given any details as to when, exactly, that fix might come. Considering this has been a problem since the launch of iMessage in 2011, the resolution might not come for a while. In the meantime, Apple is facing a lawsuit launched by a disgruntled user whose important messages have disappeared into the cloud. iMessage for Android will likely not come soon, if ever, but it could help solve a problem that’s plagued it for years. And as messaging apps continue skyrocketing in popularity around the world, adding on more to the mix—while keeping millions tied to the Apple ecosystem—might not be such a bad idea.Lead image modified from the original by Kārlis Dambrāns on Flickr Since Apple introduced its own text-messaging system, iMessage, in 2011, it’s had a dirty little secret: Users who ditch iPhones for Google’s Android smartphones may lose messages people send to them.It’s hard to assess the extent of the problem, because it involves messages that don’t find their way to their destination. By definition, it’s difficult to count what’s missing. But anyone who has switched, or had a friend or contact switch, from Apple to Android has probably experienced this problem.It’s frustrating, to say the least—for Apple, too. While the company’s engineers have reportedly tried numerous times to fix the issue, different bugs keep derailing a fix. Apple suggests users disassociate their phone number from their Apple ID—the login system used for Apple’s iTunes and App Store—and turn off iMessage on all their devices if they’re switching to Android. Even this doesn’t always work.As an iPhone owner, I use iMessage to chat more than any other messaging application because it’s so convenient—but it only works for iOS users. The people I chat with the most are other iPhone users, and I can see their messages on both my MacBook and iPhone, depending on which device I’m using. But when one of those people switched to Android, we didn’t talk for a few days. It wasn’t because of a feud: She just stopped getting my texts. Why Are The Messages Stuck?Unlike traditional SMS text messages, Apple routes iMessages through its own secure servers, bypassing carriers like AT&T or T-Mobile. Each message is encrypted—scrambled with a digital code so it can’t easily be snooped on in transmission.   selena larson Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#Android#Apple#chat#Google#google hangouts#hangouts#iMessage#instant messages#iOS#Messages#messaging The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts last_img read more

San Sebastian stays in Final Four race with humbling of Mapua

first_imgView comments San Sebastian immediately took control of the match building a 10-point lead, 31-20, at the end of the first quarter en route to the rout.Alfren Gayosa gave San Sebastian its biggest lead of the game at 88-64 going all the way to the rim with 3:30 left in the fourth.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“This game was all about team effort,” said Golden Stags head coach Egay Macaraya. “We had 21 assists, we had good looks from the three-point line, and the rebounds were there.”“The whole team wanted to win today and they showed heart, they showed we’re still here.” Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. The Golden Stags powered through the Cardinals futile inside defense, scoring 48 points in the paint while holding Mapua to just eight in the other end.San Sebastian also scored on 21 layups while allowing Mapua to only one.Jayson David ran rampant with 24 points to lead the Golden Stags while Gayosa and Alvin Capobres had 18 and 17 points, respectively.Christian Bunag put up a 13-point, 16-rebound double-double for Mapua, which is at a miserable 3-14 card.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Jordan says NBA superteams will create 28 ‘garbage’ teams—report Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Sebastian pushed its bid for the fourth spot in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball after pulling down Mapua, 97-70, Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The fifth-seeded Golden Stags stopped their three-game losing streak and improved to 8-9, tied with another Final Four-seeking team in Arellano. Both teams are half a game behind the no. 4 Letran.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Pamana’: Mausoleum caretaker cherishes humble work for family PLAY LIST 03:06‘Pamana’: Mausoleum caretaker cherishes humble work for family00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo 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 Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LATEST STORIES BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READlast_img read more