Football Beats Valpo, 35-21

first_imgWilkins ended up recording 205 rushing yards on 37 carries and one completion for an 18-yard touchdown. University of San Diego 10/15/2016 – 12:30 p.m. On the Bulldogs first possession of the game, Wilkins rushed for 45 yards to help lead Drake down to Valpo’s three-yard line. Grant Kraemer then found Eric Saubert in the back corner of the end zone for a three-yard touchdown pass, capping the 13-play 85-yard drive. The Crusaders answered to make it 14-7, but the Bulldogs kept rolling offensively as Kraemer found Keegan Gallery on a post route for a 19-yard touchdown pass to put Drake ahead, 21-7. Drake used some trickery to take a 14-0 lead early in the second-quarter. Wilkins completed an 18-yard pass to Zach Zlabis for a touchdown. Kraemer threw for 236 yards and completed 17-of-31 as Saubert was his top target with seven catches for 37 yards and two touchdowns. Cates recorded a game-high and career-best 92 yards receiving on three catches. Next Game: VALPARAISO, Ind. – Conley Wilkins matched a career-high 205 rushing yards to lead the Drake University football team past Valparaiso, 35-21, on Saturday at Brown Field. With just over five-minutes to play, junior Jabari Butler intercepted Jimmy Seewald to allow the Bulldogs to put the game away. The Bulldogs gave Wilkins the ball eight times to wind down the clock and on his eighth carry he ran eight yards into the end zone to put the game out of reach, 35-21. Drake was clicking in the first half on both sides of the ball. Offensively, the Bulldogs converted 7-of-7 third-down conversions and tallied 301 yards of total offense. Drake’s defense limited the Crusaders to just 126 yards of total offense and only allowed Valpo to convert one third-down on six chances. The Crusaders forced and recovered a fumble in their own territory in the first possession of the third-quarter. Valpo capitalized on the Bulldog miscue to cut Drake’s lead to 28-21.center_img Listen Live Watch Live The Bulldogs return to Drake Stadium on Oct. 8 when they host defending co-champions San Diego. Kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m. Print Friendly Version Valpo brought it back to seven, 21-14, when Joey Diaz-Martinez returned an interception 49 yards for a touchdown. “I am proud of how our guys fought from beginning to end. We came out and played hard right from the start and we made some mistakes in the second-half offensively but we never lost our passion,” said Drake head coach Rick Fox. “They (Valpo) were playing to stop the run and our offensive line did a great job blocking and giving him seams and Conley just ran hard all the way throughout. I couldn’t be more proud of him.” Full Schedule Roster The Crusaders came back and tried to put points on the board before the end of the half, but Drake’s Nathan Clayberg blocked the field goal attempt as time expired. A 67-yard reception by Devin Cates helped set up the Bulldogs to take a 28-14 lead. Three plays after Cates’ big play, Kraemer found Saubert for the second time in the end zone, this time for a six-yard touchdown. Defensively, Sean Lynch tallied a team-best nine tackles, while Michael Roane and Cody Stepanek each registered seven stops. Drake improved to 3-3 on the season and 2-1 in the Pioneer Football League, while Valpo fell to 2-4 and 1-2 in the PFL. Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats 1350AM KRNTlast_img read more

17737: Your hotline to the President

first_img15 September 2009South Africans can now dial 17737 (toll-free from a landline) to get through to a call centre at the President’s office with questions or gripes about government service delivery. Some callers may even find themselves speaking to Jacob Zuma himself!Callers will have the option of being helped in a variety of languages, and calls will be recorded and logged for quality, tracking and monitoring purposes. A call log will help the Presidency monitor turnaround times and gather information – to tell them, for example, which government department receives the most complaints.The R4-million service is operational between 7.30am and 10pm, and has 21 well-informed hotline agents, backed up by 43 public liaison officers, dedicated to answering inquiries.Each government department and each province has assigned a public liaison officer to help handle inquiries that cannot be solved by the Presidency alone.Speaking to ZumaAnd some callers may be lucky enough to speak to the President himself. Zuma will have a direct link to an online platform where he can take calls directly, depending on his schedule and when he is in his office at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.Zuma announced in his State of the Nation Address earlier this year that he intended setting up a public liaison unit, which would include a toll-free hotline to handle public inquiries, as part of the efforts to move towards a “more interactive government”.Deputy director-general in the Presidency Vusi Mona said Zuma had attached a lot of importance to handling each inquiry like it was the only one, and following it through all channels until it received the attention it deserved. “This project is very close to the heart of the President. It’s one of his pet projects,” he said.Mona said the hotline would become a key service delivery improvement instrument and monitoring and evaluation tool, which was of importance to the new administration.“The President has indicated that this is not a public relations exercise, but forms part of the government’s attempts to change the way it operates.”Zuma’s word of adviceZuma visited the centre on its first day of operation, 14 September, to offer a word of advice to the call centre agents.“You may receive calls from very angry people, who would have been provoked by your colleagues from other departments,” Zuma said. “Remain calm, patient and be humane and human. You will solve a lot of problems if you remain human and avoid being technical.”Zuma added that part of the call centre agent’s job was to improve the government’s image. “We want people to be able to tell us what their problems are with service delivery, so that we can assist directly.”He urged the staff to work together to eradicate the stigma that makes people think anything from the government is bad or is of inferior quality.“You are the frontline of government communications and citizen care and support,” Zuma said. “Smile when you take those calls, as people can feel your mood wherever they are.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

BUG Labs WiFi Release: DIY Web-Enabled Gadgets for All

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… dana oshiro Tags:#start#startups Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Related Posts Have you ever wanted to build a better web cam, GPS device or web video pet monitoring service? Well you just might get your chance. Bug Labs recently released their latest BUGbase device module with an embedded WiFi and bluetooth solution. Best known for its Lego-like hardware blocks, BUG offers users a set of programmable modules to develop DIY gadgets. What makes this so groundbreaking is the fact that the company is offering one of the first-ever open source WiFi hardware solutions. This means that both large-scale hardware manufacturers and garage tinkers can utilize the code. CEO Peter Semmelhack noted that BUGbase’s WiFi has taken a year to launch with significant hardware, software and regulatory struggles to overcome. Nevertheless, the results are a triumph for the entire open source community. Says Semmelhack, “The world is already rapidly changing via popular software applications like Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, Digg, etc. It will change even more radically when we are able to personalize our hardware experiences as easily as our digital ones.”Rather than trading old products for newer models or adjusting to the limitations of their gadgets, consumers may one day learn to build better experiences for themselves. Semmelhack listed a number of commercial products that can already be recreated using BUG modules. Below are some of his examples:1. Novatel Mifi: This pocket-sized mobile hotspot can be created using the BUGbase Wifi and BUG 3G modules.2. Dash: Most basic GPS solutions can be built using the BUGbase, GPS and BUG 3G modules. 3. Kodak Easyshare One camera with WiFi Card: Users can create their own camera via the BUGbase WiFI, BUGcam modules. They can also add geotagging with the BUGlocate GPS module. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Incubating Women Entrepreneurs

first_imgRelated Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… audrey watters A story last week in the San Jose Mercury News highlights, as the title suggests, “the dearth of women in tech.” The article begins with a description of InDinero founder and Y Combinator alum Jessica Mah: “I just wasn’t sure if Jessica Mah was for real,” writes Scott Duke Harris, admitting that he probably wouldn’t have had this impression if Jessica were Jesse. He admits it’s a sort of “gender profiling” – the expectation that girls can’t (or are less apt, perhaps) to found tech companies. The article points to the small number of women who’ve participated in Y Combinator’s program over the years – only 14 out of 450 have been women. “It’s tempting to think the Y in Y Combinator has something to do with the Y chromosome,” writes Harris. Debates about a chromosomal aptitude for math and logic aside, there are undoubtedly many cultural pressures and expectations that seem to steer girls and women away from pursuing technology careers. The Case for an XX CombinatorAnd the obstacles that stand in the way of women entrepreneurs, particularly those that don’t seem to fit into the Y Combinator model, prompted Tereza Nemessanyi to ask, first in comments on Fred Wilson‘s blog then in a longer post on her own, as to whether there was a need for an XX Combinator.“To start,” she writes, “Y Combinator is seeking founders who code. And in today’s tech innovation model, the founders have to. Problem is, very, very few women in the U.S. can code.” Furthermore, “Y Combinator participants are for the most part very young — in their early 20’s. This is not when women would be most inclined. Women who start businesses like to know what they’re doing, and be trained and experienced in it. That takes up our 20’s. We have kids in our 30’s. Our entrepreneurial sweet spot is around age 40.” Prestigious incubator programs like Y Combinator also demand participants relocate, something that isn’t always possible for founders (men or women) with families. While Y Combinator and other programs have been enormously successful in supporting innovative tech startups, it’s not a model that “works” for everyone.Women 2.0 Labs Recognizing the importance of incubator and accelerator programs that support women entrepreneurs, Women 2.0 Labs is a pre-incubator for men and women. The mission of Women 2.0 “is to increase the number of female founders of technology startups, by enabling entrepreneurs with a network, resources and knowledge to take your startup from an idea to launch.”Women 2.0 Labs is a five-week program – “five engineers, five more engineers, five designers, five business mavens, five teams, five weeks, five days a week, five product releases, five minimal viable products released.” The teams are formed organically at the start of the program, and by its end are hopefully in the position to apply to an incubator program or be ready to launch. The program takes place in the evenings and on weekends, so that participants can keep their “day jobs.” Visiting advisors have included Steve Blank, Eric Ries, Dave McClure, Ann Muira-Koo, Mari Baker, and Theresia Gouw-Ranzetta.A key benefit from the program is the establishment of “founder history” created in the teams as they work together intensely over the course of the program. Women 2.0 Labs also provides participants a first taste of truly creating something from an idea to a basic prototype. As Labs participant Rebecca Woodcock says of her involvement, “The idea has been formulating for a while, but my lack of technical expertise has stifled me from pursuing product development.” The Labs program has helped her form a team to bring her idea to fruition. Women 2.0 CEO Shaherose Charania says she sees the program as a “way to jump into the deep end of being a founder while still wearing a lifejacket (keeping your job). By the end of the program I expect individuals and teams to be able to rip off the life jacket and keep swimming into the deep end (quitting their job to work on the startup they started in the program).”While Women 2.0 Labs does provide great mentorship and skill-building opportunities for women entrepreneurs, it doesn’t address all of the issues raised by Tereza Nemessanyi. It requires relocation to the Bay Area, for example. But the questions raised by her call for an XX Combinator, alongside the work of Women 2.0, Astia and other programs, point to some of the efforts to help support more women entrepreneurs. As a recent Kauffman Foundation study found, providing support and mentorship is one of the keys to increasing the number of women entrepreneurs. Tags:#Analysis#start center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Odisha villagers in panic after wolves kill sheep

first_imgThe killing of dozens of sheep possibly by a pack of wolves in Niali and adjacent areas of Odisha’s Cuttack district has triggered panic among villagers, who have been spending sleepless nights for over two weeks now.Despite the Forest department personnel attributing these deaths to attack by wild animals, villagers suspect that a ‘mysterious creature’ is behind the killings. The Cuttack Rural Police have asked villagers to form defence committees comprising volunteers and police personnel to check such attacks.The Animal Disease Research Institute, Odisha, has collected samples of sheep carcasses for study. In most of the carcasses, intestines had bulged out while the liver was not in place, indicating attacks by wild animals. Fisheries and Animal Resource Development Minister Damodar Rout said there were reports of 150 sheep being killed by wild animals. “Wolves are present near the Vanaragarh forest patch close to Niali. Sheep has no defence mechanism. Wolves are devouring its liver because it is soft,” said Prasanta Kumar Mishra, Divisional Forest Officer of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar city division.Two traps set“To dispel doubts, we have set up two traps. From the pug marks, we have identified the animals to be wolves,” said Mr. Mishra. The forest department is now considering installing cameras.“We have advised villagers to keep the sheep in well protected sheds. As the sheep are left in the open, it becomes easy for the wolves to attack them,” the City Division DFO said.last_img read more

Iconic hotels that still rock

first_imgHistory with a shot of the modern, the hip and the cool. With snazzy makeovers and new additions, the buzz is back in ten of the world’s most iconic hotels. Rashmi Uday Singh finds out what keeps them ticking.Beverly Hills hotel, Los AngelesThis is an icon of Hollywood–decades of glamour and history distil themselves and yet this legendary hotel continues to rejuvenate itself. Its iconic Polo Lounge, a premiere dining spot in LA, may look the same as it did when it was first set up but the culinary flavours are all contemporary. The creative force behind the kitchen is Malaysian Executive Chef Alex Chen. Graceful palms, lush gardens, rare plants and flowers make this into a 12-acre haven. Who’d believe that we are in the heart of Los Angeles? www.beverlyhillshotel.comTaj Pierre, New YorkIt’s a happy coincidence that this fabulous Georgian style hotel (located on New York’s 5th Avenue), born out of inspiration from a French chateau, has now been taken over by our very own Taj Palaces and Resorts. It has recently undergone a multi-million dollar revamp. Not only have the rooms and baths of my most favourite New York hotel been renovated but they’ve also added on a new destination bar, Two E. Le Caprice continues to be an upper crust restaurant with a sublime touch of British class. www.tajhotels.comThe Dorchester, LondonIn the gold room the frescoes are restored by Gaugin’s great grand-daughter, a gold plated spiral staircase glimmers in a grand suite and the uber cool, elegant China Tang restaurant rocks with a glamorous vibe and haute Chinese cuisine. In the hallowed, very British, Grill Room, Chef Aiden Byrne is reinventing traditional British dishes in modern terms. Alain Ducasse has set up his temple to French gastronomy here. I revel in the brand new spa with its Spatesserie (where you can feast on delicious cakes and cocktails), South Sea pearl chandeliers and the Vaishaly facial, which is exclusive to The Dorchester. It is the best treatment your skin could ask for. www.thedorchester.comRitz, Paris This more than a century-old beauty continues to reinvent herself and yet preserve her style. Even the Bloody Mary cocktail was created here for Ernest Hemingway in Bar Hemingway. And the crepes suzette by chef Auguste Escoffier. Colin Field, the “world’s best mixologist and head bartender” (Forbes magazine) creates magic cocktails while Chef Michel Roth rustles up classics. I also attend a class at the Ecole Ritz Escoffier cooking school! And I never skip a swim in the fabulous indoor pool (probably the only pool in the world with so much art around it). www.ritzparis.comMandarin Oriental, LondonWhat a shot of youthfulness has been injected to this Knightsbridge legend! I love its spruced up high-ceilinged plush rooms as much as I do the superb massages in its new spa. April saw the opening of Bar Boulud here and it is already one of London’s most happening places. I love the fabulous French bistro meals here. The trendy new Mandarin Bar, too, is a rage. There’s more in offing: Celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal is all set to launch Dinner with Heston before Christmas this year. Talk of Victorian heritage infused with contemporary buzz! Wilshire, Los AngelesIf it’s Hollywood, it’s got to be the Beverly Wilshire hotel. Here eight decades of Hollywood glamour are distilled within its elegant interiors located on the stunning sun-drenched Rodeo drive. Radha Arora, the dynamic vice- president keeps injecting energy and youth into this hotel, from the state-of-the-art spa to setting up a cutting-edge restaurant from America’s leading chef Wolfgang Puck. Hollywood dines, meets and stays here and so does our own Bollywood. www.fourseasons.comMandarin Oriental, BangkokThe inspiration of Somerset Maugham to Paul Theroux, this Grand Dame on the banks of the Chao Phrya River, Bangkok, continues to amaze me with its grace and energy. She continues to update herself. Two outdoor swimming pools, the most well-equipped sports centre and spa beyond comparison too. In order to keep up with the times, The Thai Cooking & Cultural School offers the most amazing classes, which I have attended with great joy. I stayed at the rejuvenated River Wing… an exquisite balance of modern technology and sumptuous comfort. Hof, DusseldorfIn Dusseldorf’s Breidenbacher Hof (two centuries of history cohabit with the most contemporary hi-tech) I taste my finest Frikadeller (traditional German meat ball). It is a favourite of Beyonce, Tom Jones and the chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel. What does the Dusseldorf Air Taste Like? is the intriguing name of the must-have dessert here. It’s not just the restaurant, even the rooms are fully equipped with thoughtful hi-tech flourishes; automatic lights come on when you enter the walk-in cupboard at this hotel located across the style mile–the glittering Konigsallee or the King’s Avenue. www.breidenbacherhofcapella.comFour seasons George V, Paris The legendary George V reigns in its Franco-British aesthetic splendour. Every detail is impeccable, luxury and technology blend stylishly–antique clocks, bronzes and more and yet there is up-to-date technology here. From the complimentary 24-hour business centre to the poshest spa in the City of Lights. From the rejuvenating Oxygen Facial, chocolate massage to Chef Eric Briffard’s Michelin starred magical food… there is magic everywhere. And then there is their Silver Ghost Rolls Royce (with custom made interiors by H?rmes). Did you just say ‘by George’? de Paris, Monte CarloThis landmark hotel of Monaco (the balmy playground of the rich and the famous) lives up to its grand history in every single way. It adds on the fabulous sprawling state-of the-art Les Thermes Marins de Monte-Carlo spa. I not only have the most unique and rejuvenating crushed red ruby massage but also feast on Louis XV’s ‘Essential Cuisine’ served amid flamboyant luxury in a Versailles-style dining room. Here super chef Alain Ducasse delivers a fabulous experience. Contemporary melds with the traditional in the sensational Grill restaurant which also dishes out memorable views of Monte Carlo. en.hoteldeparismontecarlo.comadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more