Focus on Cincinnati: Can 49ers handle ‘new’ Bengals?

first_imgDon’t be fooled by another Cincinnati loss on Sunday, these aren’t the same Bengals who’ve wallowed in or near the AFC North cellar the past three seasons.Energized by young (36 years old) and innovative head coach Zac Taylor, who was on Sean McVay’s Rams staff the past two years, the surprising Bengals nearly upset the Seahawks in Seattle, ultimately falling 21-20. They’ve got a new-found passing attack, engineered by first-year offensive coordinator Brian Callahan, the former De La Salle …last_img read more

South African companies play their part for economic growth at the inaugural Accenture Innovation Awards

first_imgJOHANNESBURG, October 1o 2013 – Brand South Africa Board member Geoff Rothschild today joined a panel of judges at the Accenture Innovation Awards at which South African companies showcased innovative concepts of leading South African companies.Speaking from the event, Geoff Rothschild said, “The 190 entries being showcased at the inaugural Accenture Innovation Index reflects positively on South Africa’s entrepreneurial spirit and ability to respond to the changing business and social environment in the country.”“This spirit is also attested to by South Africa’s ranking on the innovation pillar in the 2013 World Economic Forum’s Competitive Index.  South Africa improved its ranking from 42 in 2012 to 39 in 2013.  Entrepreneurship and innovation is key to driving development and economic growth in countries.”“The Accenture Innovation Awards also highlights the commitment of South African business to strengthening and growing the South African economy while responding to changing conditions in the country.”“The high level participation at this event truly inspires new ways of business doing business in a developing economy,” concluded Mr Rothschild.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 abroad. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.Further resources from Brand South AfricaMedia are invited to visit http://www.southafrica.info/ for further resources which can be reproduced without any copyright infringement.  Kindly attribute to Brand South Africa.For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Nadia Samie-JacobsPublic Relations DomesticTel: +27 11 712 5007 Mobile: +27 (0)72 777 9399Email: nadias@brandsouthafrica.comVisit www.brandsouthafrica.comEndslast_img read more

Harvest continues Between the Rows

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Jevon Rockwell, Erie CountyWe’ve been really moving along now. We have 800 acres of beans off. The first beans we cut were in the mid-40 range and those were our worst. Since then we have been in the mid-60 range and we did have a 45-acre field average 84 bushels and those were weighed across the scale.In some places on the lighter ground or gravel ridges it seems like the beans died off and then started re-growing. The beans themselves are dry but some of the stems are green. I think those beans got too dry and stalled out for a while then started re-growing. These late rains and nice weather we have had, though, helped them even out and they are easy harvesting now.Either today or tomorrow we are going to get wheat planted. Sitting in line at the elevator has been eating up my schedule as far as getting wheat planted. Probably tomorrow I’ll get it planted.We have not touched any corn yet. We have been cutting about 200 acres of beans a day so in about three days we’ll be done with beans. We’ll go right into corn. A lot of it is starting to break over. I was next to a corn field yesterday cutting beans and you could see corn down pretty bad. It is time to get going with the corn.We have been moving right along. It is good to have nice weather.For the rest of this week’s reports, click here.last_img read more

Microsoft unveils three new smartphones at IFA 2014

first_imgMicrosoft has unveiled its ‘first affordable flagship windows smartphone’, Lumia 830 at IFA 2014. Other than this, successors of Lumia 720; Lumia 730 and Lumia 735 were also unveiled. The mid-range devices are capable of delivering high end performance, and are equipped with enhanced software to its camera app and Cortana voice-control technology- Microsoft claims. Showing high confidence on performance of these gadgets, Chris Weber, Corporate Vice-President Microsoft, compared the mid-range phones with Samsung Note 3 and iPhone 5S. “It’s on par with its flagship equivalents from Samsung and Apple. Our goal is to call out Apple and Samsung in terms of the premium they’re charging” Weber noted. Nokia Lumia 730 the lower end model sports 3G and dual SIM connectivity while its advanced version Lumia 735 comes with 4G LTE connectivity. Riding on the popularity of selfies, which are trending these days, Microsoft positioned Lumia 730 and Lumia 735 as selfie phones, as both gadgets house 5 MP front facing camera. On the contrary the brand has stressed upon Lumia 830’s rear camera.The shipping for the new gadgets will begin by the end of September.last_img read more

Knicks Show Off 4 Free Agents

first_imgLAS VEGAS — Arron Afflalo, Robin Lopez, Kyle O’Quinn and Derrick Williams all were handed their white New York Knicks jerseys for the first time, then posed for dozens of photos inside a hotel ballroom.Smiles all around. It’s a good start for the Knicks.The four free-agent acquisitions were introduced in Las Vegas on July 10, all of them convinced of two things: they made the right choice by picking New York, and that a season like this past one where the Knicks finished with the worst record in team history won’t be repeated anytime soon.“They didn’t have to do too much recruiting, man,” Afflalo said. “I wanted to be here. I saw an opportunity to kind of get into a situation where they were looking to rise up again. That’s what you want to be part of, a challenging situation that brings out the best in you.”Afflalo and Lopez figure to be strong candidates to start for the Knicks, Williams could easily get into that mix as well and O’Quinn will probably be backing up Lopez down low.There’s tons of opportunity for all four, which is to be expected considering that the Knicks are coming off a 17-65 season and likely will be changing up more than a few things.“I think playoffs are a possibility,” Lopez said. “I think it’s a little hard to say. Things fluctuate, obviously. It’s hard to say until the ball’s thrown up and the season begins. But I think what’s most important is we have a very good foundation. I think we have a lot of high-character guys.”O’Quinn is a Queens native, and his parents still are there. He learned to play a tough brand of ball there, and said he’ll bring the same to the Knicks.“I’ve got to stick to what got me here: the grittiness, doing the things that nobody tends to want to do every night, dive on the floor, do the dirty work, set a nice screen to get somebody open,” O’Quinn said. “Those are the things I like doing.”Lopez coming to New York will certainly add some more juice to Knicks-Nets games next season — with his brother Brook starting at center for Brooklyn.Brook is the more accomplished player to this point; Robin is the one with the better comic flair, replete with a knack for tackling mascots in just about every NBA arena.For the record, no, he doesn’t plan on taking on the Times Square mascots anytime soon. And he scoffed at a notion that Brook would be letting him live in his attic.“I think he said under the stairs, a la Harry Potter. It’s a very ‘Muggle’ response,” he said, using a term that only Potter fans would understand is one describing someone who lacks magical powers. “I think he’s trying to hinder or suppress whatever mystical abilities I may have. He can’t understand them and I don’t blame him for that.”Later, the quick wit continued when he said playing more against his brother was “intriguing.”“Obviously there’s already a rivalry in place. I think this will spice it up a little bit,” Robin Lopez said. “I have a brother who’s out there living with him and I can see him a little more often. I don’t care about seeing Brook. It’ll make it easier on Mom. There won’t be quite as much traveling.”While quick wit is one thing, the Knicks are probably looking for a quick turnaround.Their goal for the summer was to find help for Carmelo Anthony, the right pieces to start the climb back to the playoffs and maybe the core of something bigger.Afflalo said he’s already embracing the challenge that Madison Square Garden will present.“I love the competitiveness of the fan base,” Afflalo said. “I love the competitiveness of the environment, playing in MSG every night, playing with a familiar teammate like Melo … it was everything I was looking for.”Williams felt the same way. After starting his career in Minnesota and Sacramento, he’s ready for a big market.“I want to play on the biggest stage,” Williams said, “and it can’t get any bigger than the Garden.”The Knicks also announced they had re-signed forward Lance Thomas, who averaged 8.3 points in 40 games last season after signing a 10-day contract in January.(TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Photo/Video: LSU Football Visited Flooding Evacuees This Afternoon

first_imgLSU football's Les Miles visits flooding evacuees.Twitter/@LSUfootballFor LSU football, today was a day to give back to a community still reeling from devastating flooding.The LSU football team took a break from training camp today to give back to those in need. Head coach Les Miles and his players visited the Celtic Media Centre in Baton Rouge to spend time with evacuees from the serious flooding that has plagued the area.Other LSU teams, such as men’s basketball, women’s volleyball and baseball, visited Celtic earlier in the week.The LSU Football team arriving at Celtic Media. pic.twitter.com/RrWhJoyH1Z— LSU Footbal (@LSUfootball) August 18, 2016Some of the media in attendance, including The Advocate’s Ross Dellenger and CBSNews’ Alyssa Estrada, also shared photos and footage. “Y’all got the best team this year, coach.” #LSU pic.twitter.com/y9hrCItlBZ— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) August 18, 2016Awesome job by Miles and his team, and really the entire LSU athletic department, for giving back to their community.It looks like they were able to put a smile on the face of people who could really use one.last_img read more

Minister Duncan dismisses Dakota claim theyre governed by law of the land

first_imgAPTN National NewsAs the Dakota in Manitoba continue their fight against the provincial government to sell cheap cigarettes, they also continue to claim their tribe is a sovereign nation.They’re calling on the federal government to come to an agreement over their rights.Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan was in Winnipeg Thursday and APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler found out what the minister had to say about the situation.last_img

Travel advisory issued for Highway 97 south of Mackenzie

first_imgFor up-to-date road conditions, visit DriveBC.ca. UPDATE: Cpl. Madonna Saunderson with North District Traffic Services said that the travel advisory has been extended to Highway 16 from Bednesti to Crescent Spur because of blowing snow. She added that poor visibility conditions are expected to persist into the evening.MACKENZIE, B.C. — Officials with the Ministry of Transportation have issued a Travel Advisory on Highway 97 south of the Mackenzie Junction.DriveBC.ca is reporting that a Travel Advisory has been issued for Highway 97 from the junction with Highway 39 south of Mackenzie all the way to the community of Stoner, roughly 36 kilometres south of Prince George. The advisory has been issued because of limited visibility due to blowing snow.last_img read more

Dawson Creek officials win this round against rising floodwater

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Officials with the City of Dawson Creek say they’ve managed to stem the rise of floodwaters in the creek at bear’s the city’s name.The City’s General Manager of Development Services Kevin Henderson said that the 17th St. Bridge has reopened after workers were able to divert some of the creek’s water. He said that maintenance workers brought in pumps to divert the flow of water over the culverts where Dawson Creek passes underneath 102nd Ave.Henderson said that the action of the pumps along with a smaller amount of snow melt that travelled downstream into the city yesterday meant crews were able to keep the flow of water from cresting any of the roads in the city. Henderson said he suspects the reason for the so-far intense snow melt is due to the higher than normal snow pack in the Peace Region this year, and because the region didn’t see a mid-winter similar to the past three winters. Henderson added that just because crews beat Mother Nature this time around, that doesn’t mean the city will be getting complacent, as there is still some time before all of the snow still blanketing the Northern Rockies is completely melted.last_img read more

Terrell Owens To Get Tryout With Seahawks

Maybe there is another shot at the NFL out there for Terrell Owens, the six-time Pro Bowl receiver whose knee injury and disruptive behavior has kept him out of the league the last two years. Reports are flying that the Seattle Seahawks are looking to bring in the troubled Owens for a tryout. The Seahawks are desperate for receiver help, with only Sidney Rice and Doug Baldwin are reliable options at the position.However, Owens tweeted Sunday night that the rumors he would visit Seattle are “not true.”Why Owens would deny reports is a mystery, especially since the Seahawks confirmed a report from KJR-AM in Seattle late Sunday night that Owens would be working out for the Seahawks on Monday. The team is off Monday before returning to practice Tuesday.Owens needs an opportunity in the worst way. He is 38 years old. He has publicly admitted that he has squandered his career earnings made while playing in the NFL.And just two weeks ago, an Atlanta judge threatened him with jail time if he does not make good on back child support.Owens has not played in the NFL since the 2010 season with the Cincinnati Bengals, when he caught 72 passes for 983 yards and nine touchdowns. Things quickly fell apart for Owens during that offseason. He could not find a team to offer him a contract to play even a portion of the 2011 season.He did have 35 catches for 420 yards and 10 touchdowns while playing eight of 11 games for the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League. He was cut and lost an ownership stake in the team in May.Owens clearly still wants to play, though some of that could be financially related with his vast having money problems. But his antics and mouth have prevented teams from even granting him a tryout, which really means, “He isn’t worth the trouble.” read more