49ers Deebo Samuel won’t hold out, learning curve awaits

first_imgSANTA CLARA – Rookie Deebo Samuel officially signed Thursday and is on his way to catching presumably hundreds of passes for the 49ers. When training camp starts Friday, however, he’s got a lot of catching up to do.Samuel missed the final couple weeks of the offseason program with a minor hip issue.Then, before he flew Thursday from North Carolina to the Bay, he missed out on Jimmy Garoppolo’s informal passing sessions with the 49ers incumbent wide receivers at San Jose State in recent days.C …last_img read more

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2019-12-20

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New home for ancient texts in Timbuktu

first_imgSouth African academics, led by Shamil Jeppie of the University of Cape Town, are also involved in studying and deciphering the documents as they build a digital archive to complement the manuscript collection. Written in a variety of styles of Arabic calligraphy by scholars and copyists who were part of an African Islamic intellectual tradition centred in Timbuktu, the manuscripts have shattered the historical view of Africa as a purely “oral continent”, pointing to the fact that Africa has a rich legacy of written history. Malian President Amadou Toumani Toure joined Motlanthe at the opening of the new facility, which forms part of the South Africa-Mali project initiated by former president Thabo Mbeki in 2002, following a visit to Timbuktu in 2001. The project, a flagship cultural initiative of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad), set out to conserve the manuscripts by building a state-of-the-art archive to house them at the Ahmed Baba Institute of Higher Islamic Studies in Timbuktu. Speaking to journalists in Pretoria earlier this month, the department’s SA-Mali project manager, Riasen Naidoo, said it had “not been an easy road” getting the new building completed on schedule. 26 January 2009 The new facility, built at a cost of between R50-million and R60-million, boasts an archive capable of housing all 30 000 manuscripts in the Institute’s collection, with temperature and humidity controls necessary to provide the correct conditions for preserving the manuscripts. The building also comprises a conservative laboratory, an auditorium, an outdoor amphitheatre, a public library and administrative offices. The largest collection of manuscripts, numbering about 30 000, is housed in the Institute, named after the famous 15th century Timbuktu scholar Ahmed Baba. The rest of the texts are housed in the private libraries of families in and around the city. While most are in Arabic, some are in indigenous languages such as Songhai and Hausa, written using Arabic script. Growing involvement from several countries, including South Africa, in helping to preserve the legacy of Timbuktu, have kindled new interest in the city. Long-since a symbol in Western popular imagination for remote and exotic destinations, Timbuktu 500 years ago was not only a wealthy trading port, but also a centre for academics and scholars of religion, literature and science. Between 2003 and 2005, South Africa’s Department of Arts and Culture trained five Malians in document restoration and preservation, and sent South African conservators to Timbuktu to work with the group. Ancient African texts Naidoo told journalists that the non-profit Timbuktu Manuscripts Trust, chaired by former Minister in the Presidency Essop Pahad, had independently raised R45-million to go towards the project. The city may be steeped in history, but Haidara believes it could also shine a light on the future. The Timbuktu Manuscripts – or Mali Manuscripts – some of which date back to the 13th century, are Arabic and African texts that hark back to city’s glorious past, when Muslim merchants traded gold from West Africa to Europe and the Middle East in return for salt and other goods. Centre of trade and scholarshipcenter_img South African involvement Their subject matter ranges from philosophy and religion to medicine, astronomy and mathematics, as well as history and literary forms. It also includes manuscripts covering legal judgements and commercial transactions that give a sense of the daily life of the people of Timbuktu. South African President Kgalema Motlanthe visited Mali on the weekend to witness the official opening of a new state-of-the-art facility built with South African help to house and preserve the Timbuktu Manuscripts – priceless ancient documents which are thought to hold the key to some of the secrets of Africa’s history and cultural heritage. But Timbuktu’s fortunes sank in 1591 when Songhai was defeated by a Moroccan army. When Portuguese explorers discovered new trade routes along the West African coast, Mali was sidelined. Under France’s rule the country continued to slide into poverty and isolation. It was also a centre of learning, where thousands of students were taught and large private libraries kept. Timbuktu was founded in around 1100 by ethnic Tuareg nomads near the northern-most bend of the Niger River. Their caravans took salt from Saharan mines to trade for gold and slaves, transported along the river from the south, and by 1330 Timbuktu was part of the Malian empire. Shining a light on the future While Timbuktu remains a poor, dusty city, visitors still flock there today to experience the aura of mystique and legend that surrounds it. “Timbuktu: script and scholarship”, an exhibition of around 40 of the Timbuktu Manuscripts, also toured South Africa last year, marking the first time these priceless, delicate manuscripts had left the windy sands of Mali. Dr Eltie Links, chairperson of the board of South Africa’s Iziko Museums, which helped to organise the exhibition, said that, thanks to the SA-Mail project, the world’s readers and thinkers were now endowed with a largely unexplored intellectual legacy. According to Timbuktu philosopher and historian Ismael Diadie Haidara, Timbuktu was inhabited for hundreds of years by Muslims, Christians and Jews, who lived together in peace up until the end of the 19th century. And it is still home to many philosophers and scholars of Islam, with Sankore University catering to some 15 000 students. Some of the manuscripts are beautifully decorated with gold illumination and kept in finely tooled leather covers. Timbuktu is remote, to say the least – it is about 1 000 kilometres from the capital, Bamako, the last 200km of which is desert. Conditions are also fearsome: temperatures can reach up to 52 degrees Celsius in summer. Two centuries later the city was at the height of its grandeur under the Songhai empire. Timbuktu was described by Spanish Moor Leo Africanus as a centre for “doctors, judges, priests and other learned men [who] are bountifully maintained at the king’s expense”. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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2019-12-19

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Kemba Walker carries Hornets past Wizards in NBA playoff push

first_imgWashington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) goes to the basket against Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker, center, center Bismack Biyombo (8) and forward Nicolas Batum (5) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, March 15, 2019, in Washington. The Hornets won 116-110. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)WASHINGTON— The Charlotte Hornets turned some well-timed rest into a much-needed win.Kemba Walker scored 28 points and the Hornets beat the Washington Wizards 116-110 on Friday night in a matchup of teams chasing the final Eastern Conference playoff berth.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hornets second-year swingman Dwayne Bacon, who came in averaging 4.9 points, scored 13 points for his second straight game. Bacon played 29 minutes, shooting 5 of 8.“He’s really confident right now. Probably the most confident I’ve ever seen him,” Borrego said. “He continues to get to the rim, make plays in the paint, draw fouls and he’s competing on the defensive end.”TIP-INSHornets: Won the season series, 3-1. … Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (left knee strain) retuned after missing two games. … C Cody Zeller (left knee soreness) missed his second straight game.Wizards: It was Beal’s fourth 40-point game of the season. … Fell to 2-11 in the first game of back-to-backs. . G Tomas Satoransky did not return after halftime and was being evaluated for a concussion. … F Sam Dekker (lower back soreness) returned after missing one game. … It was Parker’s sixth double-double of the season.UP NEXTHornets: Visit the Miami Heat on Sunday.Wizards: Host the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday. Walker, coming off a 40-point effort against Houston, shot 11 for 30.Bradley Beal, who had 15 points in a loss at Charlotte last Friday, had 23 by halftime Friday night and finished with 40 points on 15-of-29 shooting.Jabari Parker had 17 points and 11 rebounds for Washington. Jeff Green scored 20 points.Charlotte put six players in double figures and its bench outscored the Wizards reserves 57-33.The Hornets scored 27 points off 17 Washington turnovers.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES The Hornets came out after three days without a game and scored 40 points in the first quarter.“We worked on a few things and I think you saw it carry over to tonight,” Hornets coach James Borrego said. “I think it was more of a refresher for our bodies, our minds. Got our spirits right and I thought we came out and competed tonight.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesJeremy Lamb added 18 points and eight rebounds, and Nicolas Batum and Tony Parker had 16 points apiece for Charlotte, which defeated Washington for the second time in eight days.“Just loved the way we came out and competed from the very beginning of the game,” Walker said. “We established ourselves really early on both ends of the floor. That was a big win. We showed some resiliency (and) showed how much we cared about our season.” MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal on collision course in semis at Indian Wells View commentscenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem “We had a chance to save this. Maybe not our night,” Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. “We fought back and made it interesting. We came up a couple of stops short.”Charlotte led by 21 early in the third quarter and was ahead 95-78 to start the fourth, but Jabari Parker’s floater cut the Hornets’ lead to 107-97 with 5:26 remaining.Washington got within six before Batum and Lamb hit 3-pointers.The Wizards rallied again and Green’s two free throws made it 113-108 with 1:56 to play, but Lamb answered with a three-point play.The Hornets led 25-20 when Frank Kaminsky’s 3-pointer started a 15-6 run to the end of the first quarter.“They came out just trying to punch us in the mouth, right then and there as soon as the tip started,” Washington’s Thomas Bryant said.Tony Parker scored the first five points of the second quarter and the Hornets led by as many as 21.Beal hit back-to-back 3-pointers and the Wizards cut it to five before trailing by 13 at halftime.“I’m tired of seeing Washington and Beal so good luck to the rest of the NBA,” Borrego said. “Good luck trying to figure him out.”SIZZLING P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbedlast_img read more

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2019-11-27

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9 days agoMan Utd draw up seven-player shopping list

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd draw up seven-player shopping listby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United have drawn up a seven-player shopping list.The Red Devils are desperate for reinforcements having endured their worst start to a top-flight campaign in 30 years.ESPN says manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and chief Ed Woodward have their eyes on seven signings to restore their ailing fortunes.Mario Mandzukic, Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson and Lyon’s Moussa Dembele are the attacking targets.While Declan Rice, John McGinn, James Maddison and Ivan Rakitic are also being eyed to bolster the midfield department. last_img read more

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2019-10-28

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4 days agoJose Mourinho waiting on call from Real Madrid

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Jose Mourinho waiting on call from Real Madridby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJose Mourinho is waiting to return to Real Madrid.Out of football since his December sacking by Manchester United, Mourinho is ready to step in for Zinedine Zidane at Real.It’s been claimed after their dismal defeat to Real Mallorca, Zidane could be dumped this week.Should Real be beaten by Champions League opponents Galatasaray, then Zidane will be sacked.And El Mundo reports confidants of Mourinho say he is ready and motivated to return to Madrid – even if it means he’ll be entering a hostile dressing room. last_img read more

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2019-10-28

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GIF: Texas Tech Fans Rush The Court After Massive Upset Of Iowa State

first_imga shot of an ncaa basketball before a game(Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)In the loaded Big 12, Texas Tech has been an afterthought. Coming into tonight’s game with No. 9 Iowa State, the Red Raiders were 0-6 in conference play, but Tubby Smith’s team jumped all over the star-studded Cyclones from the get-go. Tech opened up a 19-point lead at one point, but Iowa State came back to cut the lead to three with 23 seconds left. Iowa State would never get closer than that. Tech’s Devaugntah Williams hit two free throws to extend the lead to five, and as the final buzzer sounded, hundreds of Texas Tech fans flooded the court and mobbed the team.last_img read more

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2019-10-27

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Wisconsins Russell Wilson poses dual threat to Ohio State defense

Ohio State coach Luke Fickell has been preparing his team for the No. 15 ranked Wisconsin Badgers, but as of last Saturday, he wasn’t losing any sleep over it. Wisconsin lost to Michigan State on a last second, 44-yard Hail Mary touchdown pass at the end of regulation to hand the Badgers their first loss of the season, 37-31. But as the excitement unfolded, Fickell was sound asleep. “I was probably about 45 minutes to an hour into sleep by then,” Fickell said at his weekly press conference on Tuesday. “I did not stay up. I’ve probably seen it five, six, seven times now. Obviously an unbelievable play. Something you work on each and every week.” Fickell may not have been excited about it, but the Badger’s loss reopens the door for OSU to make the Big Ten Championship. To make the championship game, the Buckeyes would have to win the remainder of their games and hope Penn State loses to another opponent besides the Buckeyes. The road to the conference championship begins Saturday against Wisconsin, who, until their loss against MSU, was firmly in the national championship picture. The Badgers feature a high-powered offense that averages 47.3 points per game and is ranked No. 5 in the nation. Fifth-year senior quarterback Russell Wilson leads the Badgers and is widely considered a Heisman Trophy candidate. The transfer from North Carolina State leads the team and is ranked second nationally in passer efficiency (204.9). He has thrown for 1,780 yards and 16 touchdowns with just three interceptions on the season and with three rushing touchdowns, also poses a threat on the ground. Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema said Wilson has been impressive from the moment he came to Wisconsin’s program. “He’s a stand-up guy, great character,” Bielema said on July 28 during Big Ten Media Day in Chicago, Ill. “Just a really, really neat kid. Began to evaluate, talk to him. Brought him in on his visit, had him meet with a lot of offensive players, skill and offensive linemen. Everybody after that visit was very encouraging to talk to about the way he handles himself and talks to other players.” Wilson is protected by a physically imposing offensive line that averages 322 lbs. and 6-foot-5-inches tall per player. But Fickell said OSU has to find a way to get past the line and affect Wilson. “You have to find ways to get to him,” Fickell said. “Whether it’s picking a ball off, sacking him, getting hits on him, getting guys in front of his face. There’s all different kind of ways, but most importantly you have to be able to affect the quarterback.” The Badger offense also boasts a ground game led by junior running back Montee Ball that is ranked eighth nationally with 252.1 yards per game. Ball currently leads the nation in scoring at 16.29 points per game and also averages 109.7 rushing yards per game. Fickell said the combination of Wisconsin’s running backs and large offensive line provides a tough challenge. “With them it’s always going to start up front,” Fickell said. “They’re always going to have a couple tailbacks that are very good football players. I think you’ve always noticed them up front, whether they’ve had a first-round draft pick, an Outland Trophy winner. “Obviously, they’re going to be a little bit of a running-focused team. I think you see the consistency over the years of what they’ve been. They haven’t changed a whole lot, which means they believe in what they do. They recruit to it and they do one heck of a job at coaching it.” Fickell and the Buckeyes kick off against the Badgers at 8 p.m. in Columbus, Ohio at Ohio Stadium. read more

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2019-09-28

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NASA rover Curiosity fulfills dream drills into Mars clay

first_img Comments NASA Mars rover Curiosity spots peculiar pebbles NASA: ‘Cannonball’ spotted on Mars isn’t what it seems 2 Enlarge ImageThe Curiosity rover drilled into this clay-bearing unit on Mars. NASA/JPL-Caltech The Curiosity rover is living its best life on Mars. NASA chose the Gale Crater as the vehicle’s stomping ground in part because of the siren call of the crater’s “clay-bearing unit.” The rover has now finally drilled into that area, nearly seven years after landing on the red planet.”Don’t let your dreams be dreams,” the rover team tweeted. “I finally got beneath the surface of those clays. Science to come.” “Certain minerals, including some Curiosity may find in the clay and sulfate-rich layers near the bottom of Gale’s mountain, are good at latching onto organic compounds and protecting them from oxidation,” NASA said at the time. Curiosity now finally has its chance for a closer look. This is a time of great excitement for scientists and Mars fans alike. Curiosity has weathered technical glitches and damaged wheels to get here. This new chapter, carved into clay, is just beginning.  “This is a moment that the mission has been waiting for since Gale Crater was chosen as our landing site,” wrote Curiosity team member Scott Guzewich in a mission update. The bedrock target is nicknamed “Aberlady.” Curiosity will investigate the drill hole and composition of the rock powder as it seeks to learn more about this region of Mars. When NASA announced in 2011 that Gale Crater would be Curiosity’s home away from home, the space agency highlighted the likely history of water in the region and how it plays into the search for signs of organic compounds. Curiosity explores Mars Tagscenter_img Share your voice 43 Photos Don’t let your dreams be dreams.Back in 2011, before I launched for #Mars, Gale Crater was chosen as my landing site in part because of intriguing clays seen from orbit. I finally got beneath the surface of those clays. Science to comehttps://t.co/eNNcHi4X7f#MondayMotivation pic.twitter.com/YHk7DZJKig— Curiosity Rover (@MarsCuriosity) April 8, 2019 41 weird objects seen on Mars, explained Sci-Tech Mars rovers NASA Spacelast_img read more

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2019-09-10

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Reliance Defence to raise up to Rs 1200 crore via rights issue

first_imgReliance Defence and Engineering Limited (Reliance Defence), an Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group company, plans to raise up to Rs. 1,200 crore via a rights issue to augment long-term resources and retire debt. The company informed the stock exchanges that a decision to the effect was made at its board meeting on Friday.The price and the entitlement ratio will be decided after consultations with bankers and advisors to the issue, the company said in its regulatory filing to the BSE.”The proceeds of the issue would enable RDEL (Reliance Defence) to exit from the corporate debt restructuring (CDR) and strengthen its financial position. Further, the resources would equip RDEL to undertake strategic business from the ministry of defence in line with the ‘Make in India’ programme,” it said.Meanwhile, the company has applied for approval to make defence equipment at its special economic zones (SEZs) in Mihan near Nagpur in Maharashtra, and Pithampur near Dhar, Madhya Pradesh.”The proposals of Reliance Defence Ltd for grant of industrial licences for manufacturing of defence products… is placed before the BoA (Board of Approval) for a decision,” the Commerce Ministry said in a note, reported PTI.The request will be considered at an inter-ministerial meeting on April 28, the agency added.The company was formerly known as Pipavav Defence and Offshore Engineering Company Limited.The company’s losses for the December 2015 widened to Rs. 293.60 crore on a turnover of Rs. 50.54 crore. It had incurred a loss of Rs. 70.46 crore for the December 2015 quarter and Rs. 170.22 crore for the September 2015 quarter.The Reliance Defence stock closed at Rs. 68.05 on Friday, up 1.04 percent from its previous close.last_img read more

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2019-09-05

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Infosys new CEO Salil Parekh will be earning just 25 of Vishal

first_imgSalil Parekh took charge as managing director and chief executive of IT major Infosys.Twitter InfosysThe newly inducted Infosys chief executive officer (CEO), Salil Parekh will earn only a quarter (25 percent) of the salary package given to his predecessor Vishal Sikka. Parekh will be receiving Rs 16.2 crore annually, according to the company postal ballot filed in Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE).Parekh’s salary is way short of what Vishal Sikka drew in fiscal 2017. In the last one year Sikka earned Rs 45.1 crore before he quit in August after a yearlong battle between co-founders and management.The company has also given the details of severance pay terms; as severance pay, Parekh will be getting half his compensation of the previous 12 months and vesting of outstanding stock options till that period.This is in line with the fundamental ideas set forth by the co-founders of the IT major. N R Narayana Murthy had flagged the issue of higher salaries the top executives were getting.Another co-founder, now the non-executive chairman, Nandan Nilekani had also said earlier that he would like see a low profile senior executive to execute a vision of focused delivery for customers.According to the company’s postal ballot, Parekh will get an annual fixed salary of Rs 65 lakh and variable pay of Rs 97.5 lakh that would be compensated based on achieving metrics set by the company. The Bengaluru-based IT exporter has also offered stock options worth Rs 97.5 lakh that would be vested over two years.With Parekh taking over as the head of India’s second largest software exporter, interim CEO Pravin Rao has been redesignated as chief operating officer (COO).On January 2, Parekh was inducted in a low-key manner with hardly any of the top executives or founders present in company’s Bengaluru headquarter.Speaking to employees in video call, the new CEO said that he is delighted to lead the company and excited to lead the company at a time when technology is changing at a fast and disruptive pace.last_img read more

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2019-09-05

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