Can Liberia take Points from Djibouti?


first_imgThe Djibouti national football team Shore men of the Red Sea, will today, Thursday, March 24 hosts Lone Star in Djibouti City at 1pm in the Group A qualifying in the 2017 African Cup of Nations.Djibouti is the underdog of Group A with zero point out of two games, while Liberia has three points as well as Tunisia, from two games, and sits third on the log on goals difference. Togo heads the Group with six points.Head coach, James Salinsa Debbah has expressed faith of winning the two-tier encounters. The return leg is on Tuesday, March 29 in Monrovia. But can Liberia actually take points against Djibouti?Prior to the team’s departure, Coach Debbah told journalists that his side has been challenged to show their mettle against Djibouti.“In football anything can happen, but I’m a believer that Liberia can top the Zone after this round,” Coach Debbah said.Liberia will be playing a 4-4-2 pattern, with William Jebor (SD Ponferradina, Spain) and Patrick Wleh (FC Selangor, Malaysia) as strikers.South African based Anthony Laffor (Mamelodi Sundowns) will be on left wing; Malaysian league former most valuable player Zah Krangar will play the right wing whereas Sam Johnson (Djurgarden IF, Sweden) and Theo Weeks (Ermis Aradippou, Cyrpus) will control the middle.Cyprus based defender Solomon Grimes (Nea Salamina FC) is still at the right back, and recalled Gizzie Dorbor from Napoel Afula, Israel will play left back, and Teah Dennis (Al Ahli) and Omega Roberts (Donji Srem, Serbia) will play central defense interchangeably.Deputy Coach Kelvins Sebwe said Thursday’s impending victory against Djibouti would serve as indicator for Liberia’s motivation to win her return leg in Monrovia.Liberia suffered 2-1 defeat in Lome, Togo in the opener, but rotated their sorrow by whipping Tunisia at home 1-0. Togo claimed top spot when she also dragged Djibouti 2-0. Tunisia convincingly whacked Djibouti 8-1 before bowing to Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Colour festival to brighten South Africa


first_imgDuring Holi, coloured powders thrown with abandon into the air symbolise the colours of life.(Image: Holi One) The trend these days is to make the coloured powders, as far as possible, from natural ingredients.(Image: Colours of India)MEDIA CONTACTS • Mike PocockHoli One SA PR manager+27 21 462 0016Tiisetso TlelimaIt is only fitting that the newest instalment of the biggest colour festival on the planet – Holi One – be held in South Africa, the Rainbow Nation and home to many different cultures and races.The Holi One colour festival is a fun-filled day where people from different backgrounds come together to celebrate diversity through music, dance and performance arts, with the element of colour being the primary focus of the day.Inspired by an ancient tradition in India, the first global Holi One colour festival took place in Germany in 2011 and the concept has since captivated crowds across the world, gaining popularity in places such as Munich, Hannover, New York, Tokyo, Istanbul and Singapore.The open-air festival is now to take place annually in South Africa. It kicks off in March 2013 in three cities – Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban.Cape Town will be the first city to host the festival on 2 March. It will take place on the Grand Parade from 12h00 to 20h00. Durban and Johannesburg dates have yet to be confirmed. The South African Holi One colour festival series will be organised by Seed Experiences, the event management company behind the Rocking the Daisies music and lifestyle festival.Thousands of South Africans, dressed in white, will come together to experience a wide array of electronic dance music and perform the traditional dispersal of coloured powder into the air, celebrating the festival’s core message ‘We Are All One’.In Hindu culture the festival marked the beginning of spring and was established to commemorate good harvests. It was a time to enjoy spring’s abundant colours and say farewell to winter.The event also had a religious purpose, commemorating various events present in Hindu mythology, such as the divine love of the deities Radha and Krishna, and the defeat of the demoness Holika. During this event, participants would start a bonfire and throw coloured powder at each other.Promoting a spirit of togethernessThe global Holi One festival is not directly linked to the original Holi Festival, or with its religious aspects, but is inspired by it and shares the same values – a day steeped in the old Indian tradition of bringing people together in love and peace, a tradition that transcends backgrounds and cultures.“We will carry this ethos throughout all of our planning, promoting a spirit of camaraderie and togetherness in the ‘We Are All One’ philosophy – something that we feel is very relevant and necessary in the South African context, explained Seed Experiences MD Brian Little.“The aim of the festival is for people to celebrate the diversity of life through music, dance and colour.”By throwing the powder in the air and at each other revellers feel a great sense of unity, freedom, fun and solidarity.Available in five different colours, the powder that will be used during the festival is produced locally and is traditionally called Gulal powder. It’s made from corn flour and is an eco-friendly, completely water soluble and non-toxic product.However, say organisers, people with a history of asthma or similar conditions should wear protective gear.Gulal is the only powder that will be allowed at the festival and it will only be available to purchase at the festival on the day, or as an online presale with the festival ticket.The countdown to throw the powder will take place on the day, on the hour, every hour starting at 14h00.Tickets, which include the five powders, can be purchased on at R290, and at R190 for the non-powder version.Celebrating local talentThe South African instalment of the Holi One festival will include performances by a wide range of electronic dance music acts.Although the line-up has not been confirmed yet, festival goers can expect an entertaining mix of local artists, according to the organisers.“The hype around the event is already massive and we are confident that the Holi One colour festival will become one of the country’s biggest and most differentiated annual events,” said Little.South Africans are already excited about this unique festival which is evident in the more than 4 000 followers the event has attracted on its social media platforms since its official launch on 5 December.last_img read more

China to Launch National Internet of Things Plan


first_imgTags:#Government#international#Internet of Things#web “It started on Aug. 7, when Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao made a speech in the city of Wuxi calling for the rapid development of Internet of Things technologies. It included this equation: Internet + Internet of Things = Wisdom of the Earth. Wen Jiabo followed up with a speech on Nov. 3 at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, in which he encouraged breakthroughs in key technologies for sensor networks and the Internet of Things.”IoT CapitolAn interesting by-blow of this plan is the de facto emergence of the city of Wuxi as the China’s IoT capitol. A sensor project helped to clean up a lake there and the city’s mayor proclaimed it the 530 Project: bring 30 IoT entrepreneurs to Wuxi within five years. Startups are supported and given free office space. “When the Chinese government gets behind something, it’s usually a done deal,” says Robert Kong Hai (@weirdchina), an American writer and author living in China. “This is the advantage or disadvantage of a socialist/capitalistic type of system. As an example, just look at how much money China threw at its railroad secter to now lead the world. IoT technology with be no different. Remember, with a one party system most people get on board; this means less dissent so things tend to move really fast.”China vs. Everyone ElseYou have to wonder if there are American mayors taking such brave positions (or Finnish, Russian or Botswanan mayors for that matter). But then, Chinese mayors are in some ways inheritors of the powers of the old war lords of history. (The occasional prosecution of mayors for corruption is a good indicator of this.) Not to mention, it’s always easier to take such a step when someone in a position of profound national power sanctions it. It will be interesting to see how China’s plan compares withEurope’s. For one thing, given China’s militant dedication to supression of non-official speech, progress will certainly not hang-fire on privacy concerns. Security issues on a national level will be important but personal security probably won’t. Perhaps this is one situation in which the omission of pesky human rights will speed the plough. Robert Kong Hai:“The EU is different because, since it’s a more open system, political parties, interest groups, etc., can demand changes – and more importantly, apply pressure to ensure privacy protections. With a one party system like it is here, politically, everyone agrees, so when the government backs something, it generally moves as one machine to get it done and without much dissent. As for the business, many of China’s business leaders are also part of the same system, so most would naturally back the government.”Wuxi photo from Wikipedia Commons Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Xi Guohua, China’s vice-minister of industry and information technology, has announced that the MIIT is working toward a national IoT plan. The announcement was made at the recent China IoT Conference in Shanghai. TCMnet reported the announcement. “According to Xi, MIIT will fix a clear positioning, development goals, timetable and roadmap of IOT industry… It will strengthen policy supports to IOT, including financial and taxation measures.”The seriousness of the Chinese effort is underscored by the source of the push. Florian Michahelles blogged about attending the conference. “(T)he entire hype for Internet of Things has actually been jump started by the current premier minister Wen Jiabao mentioning Internet of Things as one of the key industry areas for China.”ReadWriteWeb covered the speech Michahelles mentioned, among others from the Chinese leadership earlier this year. Internet + Internet of Things = Wisdom of the Earth curt hopkins Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Are You Willing to Do What Success Requires?


first_imgMost people don’t do the thing they want to do because they are not capable. It isn’t a matter of “can’t. “ It is a matter of “won’t.” It’s a matter of “willingness.”Unwilling to do the work. You cannot have what you want without putting in the work. This means putting in both the time and the effort necessary to achieve whatever it is you want. Everything has a price that is measured in effort and energy, and you can’t have what you want until you pay the price in full.Unwilling to persist. Anything worth having is going to require that you persist long enough to obtain it. You can’t have what you want if instead of persisting, you give up, give in, and go home. You have to have the intestinal fortitude and determination to hang in longer than what seems reasonable to others.Unwilling to change what you’re doing. If what you are doing isn’t working, you need to try something different. There is always more than one way to achieve something, and that means you can try, and try again. The way you want to achieve something may not be the way you actually succeed. Take a different path and try something new.Unwilling to ask for help? You don’t have to do everything yourself. There is no great honor in going it alone, and there is no shame in getting some help. Anyone who has accomplished anything worthwhile will happily share with you the people who helped them succeed. If you need help, ask for it.Unwilling to make mistakes. Mistakes are how you learn how to course correct. In fact, that’s the most interesting part of your journey. All the action is in the struggle. When you tell your story, we’ll be on the edge of our seats when you tell us what went wrong and how you finally figured things out.Unwilling to fail. Failure is feedback. The learning outcome you get from failure is indispensable. Maybe you don’t succeed on the first try. Or the second try. Maybe the fourth business you start is the one that scales, or the fifth book the one that hits. You don’t have to hit on the first attempt.Unwilling to launch until perfect. Perfect is an excuse. It’s a way to avoid failure and a way to avoid criticism. You have to be willing to launch, even though you could improve on what you are doing. If you have to wait for perfect, you will never produce anything. Launch, learn, adjust, launch again.You can do what it is you dream of. The only question you have to ask yourself is, “Are you willing?”last_img read more