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Gift of the Givers and P&G bring clean water innovation to SA

first_imgProcter & Gamble’s Children’s Safe Drinking Water programme has donated enough of its powdered purification sachets to clean 10-billion litres of water around the world. (Images: P&G’s Children’s Safe Drinking Water)By Play Your Part reporterSince 2004, American multinational company Procter & Gamble (P&G) has been distributing its sachets of water-purifying powder across the globe through the Children’s Safe Drinking Water programme. In 11 years, the sachets have made 10-billion litres of water clean and drinkable – six billion of those litres in 39 African countries.Now the company is bringing its technology to South Africa, partnering with local relief organisation Gift of the Givers to distribute the sachets.To celebrate the purification of the 10-billionth litre of water and launch the project locally, the Children’s Safe Drinking Water programme held its first event in South Africa at Thabotona Primary School in Tsietsi informal settlement, Ekurhuleni, earlier this month.At the event, rapper and TV personality ProVerb demonstrated to schoolchildren how one sachet can purify 10 litres of dirty water in just 30 minutes – a day’s supply for a family of five.Khululiwe Mabaso, P&G’s director for corporate social investment in sub-Saharan Africa, said lack of access to clean drinking water was a global problem. “This crisis is particularly prevalent in Africa, with 319-million people in sub-Saharan Africa lacking access to improved drinking water.”Mabaso said the water purifier came out of P&G laundry detergent research. “Each four-gram packet, which uses powder technology, can purify 10 litres of heavily contaminated water wherever it is needed, which is enough clean water for a family of five for a day.”She added that the packets are easy to transport, and require only a bucket, a cloth and a stir stick to complete the purification process in 30 minutes. “With the assistance of our 150 partners in 75 countries around the world, we have helped provide the power of clean drinking water to millions of people who need it most.”ACCESS TO CLEAN WATERAccess to clean water is a global emergency. Unicef estimates that 1.8-billion people globally drink contaminated water.Water-related diseases, such as typhoid, bilharzia and cholera, affect countless African communities. Stagnant water is a breeding site for mosquitos, which spread malaria, yellow fever and dengue.Children are particularly affected by this scourge. Diarrhoeal disease, usually caused by poor water quality, hygiene and sanitation, is the third leading cause of death among children under five. It is estimated that almost 340 000 children globally die from these diseases every year.Mabaso explained that clean water can also increase productivity in communities. “It means more people can work. It enhances productivity at individual, household, community and national workforce levels. In fact, the World Health Organisation has estimated that every $1 invested in clean water, sanitation and hygiene generates $4 in increased productivity, which enables sustainable and equitable economic growth.”CHILDREN’S SAFE DRINKING WATER PROGRAMMEThe Children’s Safe Drinking Water Programme has pledged to help people purify 15-billion litres of clean water globally by 2020.“That’s five billion more litres of clean water in just four years to assist in achieving one of the United Nation’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals – ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all,” said Mabaso.last_img read more

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Fall herbicide applications

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As populations of herbicide resistant weeds continue to grow, sound management practices are more critical than ever to keep these weeds under control. Fall herbicide applications are good tool for controlling existing weeds after harvest, which will provide a weed free field in early spring the following year.According to Mark Loux, OSU Weed Specialist, “Even where the herbicides lack residual, the fall treatment seems to enable more effective control of marestail the following season. In some cases, it’s probable that you don’t even know how much the fall treatment helps out, but our research shows that more often than not it does.”University research also suggests that most fall applied herbicides provide minimal residual control in the spring and that the greatest benefit from residual herbicides is gained from a spring application. The timing of fall herbicide applications is important to ensure control of existing weeds.“In our research, herbicides seem to be effective for control of winter annuals and biennials well into December. The rate of plant death can slow considerably, but this is not a problem since weeds just have to die by early spring. Control of perennials typically declines in late November or early December though, depending upon weather,” writes Loux.University experts have published several excellent articles on this subject that go into great detail, all of which are available online. Below are some effective fall herbicide treatments recommended by Ohio State University research. Keep in mind; it is important to make application decisions based on the weeds present and the crop to be planted the following spring.Any Crop Next Spring: -Glyphosate + 2,4-DSoybeans next spring: Canopy EX or DF + 2,4-D Glyphosate + 2,4-D Metribuzin + 2,4-D (excluding dandelions)Corn next spring: Basis + 2,4-D Glyphosate + 2,4-D Simazine + 2,4-D (except dandelion)For more information about fall weed control check out these articles from Purdue and Ohio State.last_img read more

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Mobile Music

first_imgWe’ve been raving about Shazam for years at ReadWriteWeb, but even over the past 6 months the service has taken itself to a new level. In September, Shazam launched improved music discovery features along with a fresh user interface for its iPhone and iPod touch apps. Then in January, Shazam added a new option for interacting with a song it’s identified: listen in Spotify. As Marshall Kirkpatrick noted at the time:“A seamless ability to listen to entire albums of whatever musician or group is playing on the speakers in a room you’re in, with just a click or two and some awesome music identification technology, is truly incredible.”My UX: Music on Mobile is a Pleasure! The increased control over what music we listen to, together with enhanced discoverability of new music, are two of the main user experience trends in music on smartphones. Both of those things have significantly enhanced my music-listening pleasure. They’ve increased the range of music I listen to and have given me the opportunity to listen to music anywhere I go (although expensive bandwidth is still an issue where I live).It’s by no means a perfect user experience yet, however. There’s still work to do on fleshing out back catalogs in music apps – the online music companies continue to work through this issue with record companies. Also, syncing your music between devices is not always hassle-free. Finally, tracking your listening habits and having that data given back to you in a usable format is not universally solved – despite the groundbreaking work of Last.fm and its Audioscrobbler.Overall though, I’m very happy with the state of music on mobile devices! Let us know in the comments about your own user experience.Photo credit: mari moon Tags:#Series#UX Evolutions#web We’re living in an exciting era for media. The user experience of consuming (and producing) media is changing rapidly, as new devices take hold of the consumer market. Smartphones, tablets, Internet TVs, eReaders, and more. It isn’t just new devices either. The content we’re consuming is beginning to change too. For example, it’s only natural that the type of television program you consume on a tablet device can – and increasingly will – be different to traditional television.Today we’re starting a new series on ReadWriteWeb that will explore how the user experience (UX) of media is evolving. Over the coming weeks we’ll look at television, movies, music, books, blogs, news, art – anything that is ‘content’ on the Web. In today’s post, we’re going to explore the new UX of music on smartphones.I better start by explaining what I mean by “user experience.” It’s a web design term, but I’m using it in a broader sense to mean the experience of using a product. Wikipedia defines user experience as “how a person feels about using a product, system or service.” It goes on to state:“User experience is subjective in nature, because it is about an individual’s feelings and thoughts about the system. User experience is dynamic, because it changes over time as the circumstances change.” Online music has had a particularly fruitful couple of years in terms of innovation. As I explained in January, new subscription-based music services like MOG, Rdio and Spotify have shaken up the online music market with their all-you-can-eat plans and compelling mobile apps. Meanwhile other services, such as online music stalwart Pandora, continue to add new features and expand into new markets. More Control Over The Songs You PlayPerhaps the biggest change in the user experience of online music over the past few years is that you can now control what you listen to.With last.fm and Pandora, leaders in the previous wave of online music, you had limited control over what songs would play. Those apps were modeled on radio, where you don’t know what song is coming next. With the new wave – MOG, Rdio and Spotify – you can listen to entire albums. What’s more, you don’t need to own the albums. You can subscribe to one of those services for as little as $5 per month and listen to an impressive catalog of new and old music. Today I listened to the brand new Strokes album on MOG, even though I don’t own it.Being able to choose what I listen to and explore new music without having to buy it first, is very liberating to a music fan such as myself.Slicker Mobile Apps & Enhanced DiscoverabilityThe other major change in recent years is the vast improvement in functionality of mobile music applications. It almost goes without saying that MOG, Rdio and Spotify all have outstanding mobile apps. But let’s look at another mobile music app that not only has a wonderful UX, but enables you to discover even more new music: Shazam. It’s an app that can identify the name of a song, no matter where you hear it. For example, if you hear a song in a shop – simply launch Shazam on your phone and it identifies the music. richard macmanus Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

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JR Smith gets 1-game ban for tossing soup at Cavs assistant

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH ‘It is gonna be a classic’ LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving JR Smith #5 of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFPINDEPENDENCE, Ohio — Chicken noodle or tomato? J.R. Smith didn’t serve up any explanation.Cleveland’s mercurial shooting guard declined an interview request Friday, a day after the Cavaliers suspended him one game for throwing a bowl of soup at assistant coach Damon Jones.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games LATEST STORIES Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus View comments Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said Smith did not address the team over the latest drama for a team that has had no shortage of theater this season.“I had a little discussion with him,” Lue said before refusing to say if he was the one who suspended Smith.The 32-year-old Smith, who served his suspension while the Cavs were beaten by the Sixers, had a history of fines and other issues before arriving in Cleveland by a trade in 2015. However, he’s had few problems with the Cavs and has been a key member of three straight Eastern Conference championship teams. Smith has endeared himself to Cleveland fans with his hustle and knack for knocking down big shots.But Smith hasn’t been himself this season. He’s always been a streaky shooter, but his shot isn’t falling as often. In 59 games (56 starts), Smith is averaging 8.3 points — the second-lowest average of his career — and shooting 39 percent.An emotional player and person, Smith was clearly bothered by the arrival before the season of Dwyane Wade, who briefly took his starting spot. Wade was traded to Miami at the deadline, and the move seemed to invigorate Smith.ADVERTISEMENT Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Rodney Hood started in Smith’s place against the Sixers and scored 11 points on 5 of 14 shooting. Before Thursday’s game, Lue said Smith will return to the starting lineup following his suspension.Smith’s target, Jones, previously played for the Cavs and is in his second season as an assistant on Lue’s staff. Jones played in the NBA for 11 seasons for 10 teams.Before Thursday’s clash with Smith, the talkative Jones engaged in a lively shooting contest with point guard George Hill. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The soup toss came following Thursday’s shootaround at the team’s training facility, hours before the Cavs played the Philadelphia 76ers, a person with direct knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Friday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not disclosed details.Smith was with his teammates Friday — the Cavs didn’t practice, but watched film — and after getting in some extra shots, he told a team spokesman he will address the media at Saturday’s shootaround before the Cavs play Denver.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutUntil then, what triggered his brothy outburst remains a mystery.ESPN.com first reported the reason for Smith’s suspension. Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

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10 months agoWest Ham boss Pellegrini still keen on Medel

first_imgWest Ham boss Pellegrini still keen on Medelby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini remains keen on Gary Medel.The Mirror says former Cardiff midfielder Medel could be heading back to England.Reports in Turkey say West Ham have held talks with Besiktas over the Chilean.The Hammers are reportedly ready to make an £8m bid.And Besiktas are prepared to sell as they seek to balance the books this month. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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7 days agoWOW! Vidal delivers home truths to Barcelona pal Dembele

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say WOW! Vidal delivers home truths to Barcelona pal Dembeleby Carlos Volcano7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArturo Vidal insists Barcelona must keep hold of Ousmane Dembele.Despite his problems off the pitch, Vidal says the France attacker has world class potential.He told L’Equipe: “Above all, Ousmane is a footballer with a crazy talent. When he reaches maturity, he will be an important player for Barça and the France team. “But, clearly, he needs to mature. To listen to his body, to be better prepared to avoid injuries. In football, if you want to be the best, you have to get up, eat and go to bed thinking football. And then, do not rest on your achievements. “Football evolves so fast, you have to constantly innovate, discover other ways to surprise the opponent, be curious … You can not bet everything on your talent. I think Ousmane will realise at some point that he has to do more.” last_img read more

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2018 2019 Big Ten conference schedules released

Junior quarterback Braxton Miller (5) attempts to run through a tackle by Northwestern defender during a game Oct. 5 at Ryan Field. OSU won, 40-30. Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThe Big Ten football schedules for the 2018 and 2019 seasons were released by the conference Wednesday.Ohio State is scheduled to play new conference foe Rutgers for the third time at home in 2018. The Buckeyes are also set to host Indiana, Minnesota, Nebraska and Michigan and travel to Penn State, Purdue, Michigan State and Maryland.A season-opening home game for 2018 is yet to be determined, but OSU is scheduled to visit TCU and host North Carolina to round out its schedule that year.OSU hosts Michigan State, Wisconsin, Maryland and Penn State as part of its conference slate in 2019, and is scheduled to travel to Indiana, Nebraska, Northwestern, Rutgers and Michigan.The Buckeyes open Big Ten play that year with back-to-back road games at Indiana Sept. 14 and at Nebraska Sept. 28. OSU hosts TCU between those games Sept. 21. It will be the first time the Horned Frogs will play in Columbus since 1973.The 2019 visit to Northwestern marks the first time OSU will play in Evanston, Ill., since this year’s 40-30 victory Oct. 5. The Oct. 26 date with Wisconsin will be the first time the Badgers will return to Ohio Stadium since losing to OSU 31-24 on Sept. 28 of this year.Maryland and Rutgers officially join the conference next season, and the B1G will sport a new alignment with East and West divisions.The Big Ten is scheduled to expand its conference schedule to nine games beginning in 2016, the same season OSU is set to play nine straight weeks of B1G contests. 2019 Ohio State Football ScheduleAug. 31 —TBASept. 7 — CincinnatiSept. 14 — at IndianaSept. 21 — TCUSept. 28 — at NebraskaOct. 5 — Michigan StateOct. 19 —at NorthwesternOct. 26 — WisconsinNov. 9 — MarylandNov. 16 — at RutgersNov. 23 — Penn StateNov. 30 — at Michigan 2018 Ohio State Football ScheduleSept. 1 — TBASept. 8 — RutgersSept. 15 — at TCUSept. 22 — North CarolinaSept. 29 — at Penn StateOct. 6 — IndianaOct. 13 — MinnesotaOct. 20 — at PurdueNov. 3 — NebraskaNov. 10 — at Michigan StateNov. 17 — MarylandNov. 24 —Michigan read more

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Gallery ESPN College GameDay – Ohio State versus Oklahoma

Lee Corso reacts to being served a ‘Thurmanator’ from The Thurman Cafe in Columbus during the ESPN College GameDay broadcast for the 2017 OSU- Oklahoma game on Sep. 9. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo Editor

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Ter Stegen sends his regards to the injured Alves

first_imgBarcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen has sent his best wishes to former teammate Dani Alves after it was confirmed that he will miss the World Cup this summerThe experienced right-back was expected to be one of Tite’s key players for Brazil in next month’s World Cup in Russia, but suffered a cruciate ligament injury in Paris Saint-Germain’s Coupe de France victory over Les Herbiers.Alves was being touted as one of the prime candidates to wear the captain’s armband for the Selecao at the World Cup.But the 35-year-old is now out with PSG yet to announce a timeframe for Alves’ return from injury.“There’s never a good time to get injured, but keep your head high + positive mind as you always do. You will be back in no time to keep lifting trophies!” wrote  Ter Stegen on Twitter.Neymar, BrazilNeymar can win the Ballon d’Or, says Ander Herrera Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 An “excited” Ander Herrera believes new Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar is a contender for the Ballon d’Or alongside Kylian Mbappe.Not just football will miss you at the @FIFAWorldCup , also your GOOD CRAZY MOOD @DaniAlvesD2 ! There’s never a good time to get injured, but keep your head high + positive mind as you always do. You will be back in no time to keep lifting trophies! TAMO JUNTO MEU IRMÃO???? pic.twitter.com/FbPkIKRNnr— Marc ter Stegen (@mterstegen1) 15 May 2018Ter Stegen himself is expected to be Germany’s first-choice goalkeeper as they bid to successfully defend their World Cup title this summer.last_img read more

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Lennon not expecting national team callup

first_imgBurnley winger Aaron Lennon insists he is not expecting a national team call-up despite putting on an impressive display in front of the England national team coach.The ex-Tottenham Hotspur player scored his first goal since 2016 when he scored Burnley’s second goal of the game during their 4-0 win over Bournemouth.The 31-year-old made his England debut as a teenager and is yet to be called to the national team setup since February 2013.He said, according to Sky Sports:“It’s a long time since I played international football. You never know. But the only thing I am concentrating on is playing well for Burnley. Whatever happens, happens.”He said of his goal drought: “It’s been preying on my mind to be honest. I should score more. I’ve had a few chances this season but it is great to get the goal.Burnley FC v Manchester City - Premier LeagueMatch Preview: Burnley vs Liverpool Boro Tanchev – August 30, 2019 Premier League leaders Liverpool travel to Burnley for the Matchday 4 of the 2019-20 Premier League campaign.“If you are playing every game you want to aim for double figures. But for me getting assists is just as important. It makes my day if the other lads score as well.”“It didn’t matter how we won. We knew it was just important to get back to winning ways. To win 4-0 was even better.”“We worked on it all week, getting back to basics, being on the front foot and doing what we do. From minute one we were in their faces and it has paid off for us.”The win takes Burnley off the foot of the table and Lennon believes the team can push on from here.He said: “I don’t see why not. The squad is pretty much the same, we’ve brought in a few quality players, as you can see, and obviously we’re out of the Europa League now and we go back to one game a week so we get to work on the training pitch and hopefully we can kick on from there.”last_img read more

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