Benteke’s back? Liverpool line up vs Bordeaux in the Europa League

first_img 9. Christian Benteke (striker) 11 11 11 Liverpool will be looking to secure progression to the knockout stages of the Europa League with a victory over FC Girondins de Bordeaux at Anfield on Thursday night.Jurgen Klopp’s side will be high in confidence after their 4-1 drubbing of Manchester City at the weekend, and the German manager will be hoping for a similar performance infront of the home supporters.The Reds haven’t really got going in Europe, having clinched just the one win and three draws, but three points is all that’s needed to book their place in the last 32.Daniel Sturridge and Christian Benteke could return to action against Bordeaux, but there may be a few key players missing from the team-sheet – including Philippe Coutinho.Take a look at talkSPORT’s predicted Liverpool XI by clicking the yellow arrow above, right. 6. Dejan Lovren (centre back) 11 11 23. Emre Can (centre midfield) 22. Simon Mignolet (goalkeeper) 11 11 11 11 2. Nathaniel Clyne (right back) – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 18. Alberto Moreno (left back) 24. Joe Allen (left midfield) 11. Roberto Firmino (left wing) 7. James Milner (right midfield) 4. Kolo Toure (centre back) 11 11 33. Jordan Ibe (right wing)last_img read more

Nature the best way to nurture

first_img1 November 2007Thabo Jekwa’s* future was bleak.Orphaned when young and living with a pensioner aunt in an impoverished household of 12, his school years were characterised by alcohol abuse in the home, food shortages, and zero opportunity for furthering his studies or securing employment.Often working by candlelight until late at night, he achieved his grade 12 level of education in a determined effort to make something of his life and move beyond the obstacles of his past. Thabo’s prospects changed dramatically after a community organisation referred him to the Wilderness Foundation’s Umzi Wethu Project. Based in Port Elizabeth, Umzi Wethu – under the slogan “Nature, Nuture, Future” – provides certified training in eco-tourism for Aids orphans and vulnerable youngsters.“He showed unwavering committment to completing his professional cookery training at Umzi Wethu, and missed only one day of training when his household was flooded during heavy rains,” says Umzi Wethu counselling psychologist Debbie Gothan.Thabo moved into an associated residence a few months into the programme to escape a difficult home situation, graduated from the course and proved to be “a leader, an excellent team worker and a good communicator”, Gothan adds. “He is also a very humble person.”Thabo is currently employed as a Junior Chef at Shamwari Game Reserve – one of 12 graduates from the Wilderness Foundation training academy who have secured employment in the eco-tourism sector in the Eastern Cape and at the foundation itself.Top Eastern Cape game reserves Kariega, Kuzuko and Shamwari have bought in to the Umzi Wethu programme, finding placements for these graduates in their hospitality sectors.With the first intake of youngster from the northern townships of Nelson Mandela Bay now placed, the training of the second intake – drawn from rural areas including Steynsburg, Kirkwood, Addo, Pearston, Cookhouse and Paterson – is nearing completion.The third intake commenced training in June this year, while the fourth and fifth intakes have already been selected.“Our pilot group was a huge success,” says Gothan. “All graduated, underwent practical training at Conynghams Coffee Shop in Port Elizabeth, and put their skills to the test at the 2007 Society for Conservation Biology meeting at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.”The biodiversity conference, held in July, attracted 2 000 international delegates to the city. It was the first time this biggest annual gathering of conservation scientists was held in Africa, and it was an ideal platform for the Umzi Wethu pilot project launch.Employment is not the only need addressed by the initiative, says Gothan. Umzi Wethu’s holistic approach promotes wellness, learning life skills and using nature as therapy to support long-term employability.While the first intake was trained as junior chefs and in the food and beverages sector, “one member absolutely thrived in the wilderness environment and has been given the opportunity to train as a game ranger.”The Wilderness Foundation aims eventually to roll the programme out across South Africa.* Not his real name.This article was first published in Eastern Cape Madiba Action. Republished here with kind permission.last_img read more

Spectacular wheels up landing

first_imgWamena Airport was closed following the incident.“The airport will remain closed because the aircraft is still on the runway. It will be removed from the location only after an initial technical investigation is conducted by a National Transportation Safety Commission [KNKT] team to reveal the causes of the landing failures is finished,” Wamena Airport head Rasburhani told The Jakarta Post.Rasburhani said several flights had been cancelled due to the airport’s closure. “There are between 150-160 flights at Wamena Airport every day. The closure has caused many flight cancellations,” he said.The aircraft, which came in from Papua’s Sentani airport, was carrying 14 tonnes of fuel, rice and sugar belonging to Indonesian state energy firm Pertamina. The fuel load was safe, Pertamina marketing director Ahmad Bambang said on online news portal Trigana Air Service is based in Jakarta and started its operations in early 1991 but has a long history of safety issues. It is on the EU’s black list of airlines that are banned from operating to the bloc since July 2007.The Aviation Safety Network lists a total of 14 occurrences for Trigana Air Service in its safety database.In August 2015, a Trigana Air ATR-42 aircraft crashed in the mountainous region of Papua killing 54 people and a Trigana DHC-6-300 Twin Otter aircraft crashed in November 2006, killing all 12 on board.A Fokker F-27 Friendship 600, leased from Trigana Air Services, crashed into a muddy field after the aircraft developed engine trouble shortly after take-off in July 1997.The crew tried to make an emergency landing at Sulaiman Airbase, but the aircraft clipped roofs and a wall of a housing complex and the F-27 broke up and caught fire; 28 of the 50 crew and passengers on board lost their lives. A Boeing 737-300SF of the Indonesian airline Trigana Air Service made a belly landing at Wamena Airport in Jayawijaya, Papua on Tuesday Sept. 13. A video below shows how the aircraft skids on the runway with only its nose gear fully extended.The video however does not show the moment of touchdown because the view is blocked by another Boeing 737, so it is not clear whether the main landing gear legs did not extend – due to pilot error or technical failure— or if they were lowered but collapsed in the very hard landing. last_img read more

Will Apple’s New Design Approach Kill The Luster Steve Jobs Loved ?

first_imgLead image of Jony Ive from Apple promotional video. Luxurious stitched leather. A fine wood grain you can almost feel. An old-fashioned microphone. If you use Apple devices, expect to encounter less of this kind of thing decorating your apps and operating system.After Monday’s big executive shakeup at the company, the interface design principles employed in the company’s software is expected to take a new, more modernist turn. Progress is good, but Apple runs the risk of watering down some of the familiar appeal that makes their devices so easy to learn and use. Skewering SkeuomorphismThis design tactic, known as skeuomorphism, mimics familiar, real-world textures and objects in a digital interface. It’s something for which Apple has become known – and sometimes ridiculed – for using in its apps and operating systems. The approach has long been championed by Scott Forstall, who was shown the door earlier this week. Forstall shared his affinity for these faux-analog details with Steve Jobs, whose death a year ago paved the way for the kind of sweeping changes recently undertaken by his successor, Tim Cook.  Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#Apple#design#iOS#Jony Ive#OS X#user interface design Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The future may not lie squarely at either end of this debate. Perhaps it’s somewhere in the middle, where digital interfaces borrow subtly from the real world, but continue to innovate and feely abandon skeuomorphs when they get in the way. At Apple, the visual language of iOS and OS X will continue to merge, possibly more rapidly than it already was. It seems clear that over time, it will have fewer accents of wood grain, stitched leather and fake glass. Will that make any difference? We’re about to find out.  Taking charge of the Human Interface group at Apple will be Jony Ive, the legendary hardware designer. Pretty much all of the company’s most successful hardware products – the iPad, iPhone, MacBook Pro and iPod Touch, to name a few – came out of Ive’s secret design lab in Cupertino. It’s that type of minimal, no-frills design that many expect to see more of in OS X and iOS now that Ive is in charge. That means things like the stitched leather across the top of iCal and the faux notebook paper in Reminders could find their way out of OS X and iOS. Don’t expect elements like this to be wiped out with the next OS upgrade, though. Apple’s operating systems are used extensively by millions of people who have grown accustomed to how they look and work. If the skeuomorphic stuff is going to get axed, expect Ive and team to start by easout out the subtle details – the linen texture in the background of Notification Center, for example – replacing them one-by-one with cleaner designs that don’t attempt to mimic things in the physical world. Why Skeuomorphism Isn’t All BadThere’s been a bit of a backlash against skeuomorphic design elements lately, both within Apple and among designers generally. Designer Wells Riley has called it “the easy way out,” charging that skeuomorphism ‘helps people misunderstand the capabilities and limitations of digital products.” Fast Company’s Thomas Hobbs urges designers to move beyond the “silly” trend. There’s certainly a case to be made that this type of thing should be used sparingly. Yet, at the same time, it’s easy to see how weaving familiar-looking textures and objects into digital designs can help make new ways of doing things more palatable, especially to new users. “Skeuomorphism is about communicating and reinforcing feelings – getting an application to become a memorable experience, not just a tool,” writes Tobias Bjerrome Ahlin, an interface designer at Spotify. “It’s about communicating the purpose of a UI, not only the functions it enables.”Skeuomorphism Has A Long HistoryComputers have borrowed visual conventions from the analog world for a long time. Since the dawn of personal computing, we have navigated through icons that mimic file folders, occasionally stuffing miniature pieces of paper into what looks like a tiny trash can. And yes, the calendar on my MacBook and iPad bears a resemblance to an actual, physical calendar.In many cases, digital design that mimics analog artifacts can help foster a certain level of comfortable familiarity among consumers, who are spending more and more of their waking hours staring into screens. Maybe we actually need these familiar-looking things to be comfortable with embedding these devices this deeply into our lives.  iPhones and iPads comprise the vast majority of revenue for what has become the most valuable company on the planet. They’re clearly doing something right. It’s hard to see how stripping out these vestiges of the physical world could help Apple do even better.Yet Amazon has done quite well with its Kindle e-readers, which don’t go quite as far as Apple’s iBooks in mimicking paper books. And Microosft is drawing critical praise for the clean design of its Windows 8 interface, which makes few concessions to the past or the physical world. (It remains to be see how actual users will embrace the approach, however.) john paul titlow Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Vicente blasts UE starters after blowout loss to UST

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH MOST READ 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises UE lost to the Lady Maroons in five sets, 25-19, 25-13, 21-25, 16-25, 15-8, in a game Vicente wanted his team to build on.“We should’ve been more inspired in this game considering what we’ve been through in our first,” said Vicente. “The players just need to have the mindset that the moment they step on the floor they would give it their all.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “They just allow the ball to drop wherever UST sends it. What I did in the third set was put in the players who really wanted to win, maybe we could’ve gotten at least a set.”Come the third set, Vicente had reserves Geline Olarve, Katrina Sta. Maria, Lialyn Manabat and Laizah Bendong in the late stretches.READ: Rondina asserts authority in UST’s closeout of UECherry Rondina, however, wasn’t having none of Vicente’s player rotations and scored UST’s match-point and game-clincher.Vicente added UE should’ve put more of an inspired fight against the Golden Tigresses after the Lady Warriors came off with a near win in their first game of the season against University of the Philippines.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Zark’s-Lyceum crushes Mila’s Lechon by 47 for 5th straight win LATEST STORIES Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments AFP official booed out of forum Read Next It is still early in the tournament but University of the East is already in disarray.ADVERTISEMENT The Lady Warriors are off to a disappointing 0-2 start in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament, with their latest loss coming in a straight set defeat to University of Santo Tomas, 25-17, 25-15, 25-21.Head coach Francis Vicente said the only positive thing he got out of their loss to the Golden Tigresses was that his bench players have the attitude to try and win games, something that his starters unfortunately lacked.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutREAD; UST recovers from opening day loss, blanks UE for first win“The starters tend to relax too much, they can’t control their own confidence or that they are too confident in themselves,” said Vicente in Filipino Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.last_img read more