Man United team to play CSKA Moscow today – starting XI to secure three vital points

first_img 16. Michael Carrick 4. Phil Jones 10 21. Ander Herrera 10 10 10 9. Anthony Martial 10. Wayne Rooney 10 1. David De Gea – take a look at the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above! And let us know what you think of our predicted team by leaving a comment below 5. Marcos Rojo 10 10 10 10 Manchester United travel to CSKA Moscow for a tough Champions League match tonight, which you can listen to live on talkSPORT (click here to find out how to listen).The Red Devils are fresh from an impressive 3-0 win at Everton in the Premier League, and won their last European outing at home to Wolfsburg.But having lost their first match in Group B, at PSV Eindhoven, United can ill afford to slip up in Russia.How will Louis van Gaal line up his side? Take a look at our probable XI, above, and share your thoughts on which team you think United should field at Moscow, by leaving a comment below. 8. Juan Mata 10 12. Chris Smalling 28. Mrgan Schneiderlinlast_img read more

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Sitole brings adventure to education

first_imgAdventurer Monde Sitole pictured here on Mount Everest. Sitole is combining adventure with education to provide world-class education. (Images: Monde Sitole Facebook page)South Africa’s National Development Plan (NDP) or Vision 2030 makes provision for quality basic education for all, but it is always better when individuals or corporates get involved too.Monde Sitole, an adventurer and social entrepreneur, is doing just that. He started the Monde Sitole Educational Strategies Foundation to develop a culture of achievement and excellence by promoting an impactful, meaningful, comprehensive, holistic, world-class education and training system that is engaging and integrated.“Innovation and ingenuity are the missing links needed to inject life into today’s education and for youth to spearhead solutions towards solving our many troubles and challenges we face as country,” he said. “Serious change needs to take place in order to produce the quality of individuals needed to lead our country forward.”Sitole grew up in East London but his foundation is based in Khayelitsha, in Cape Town. Through it, he is fighting to get some of the country’s 700 000 children back into the classroom.Sitole is also a Global Youth Ambassador for A World at School. The organisation and its network of ambassadors do grassroots education work in 85 countries.BECOMING AN ADVENTURERHe did not set out to become an adventurer but, as he puts, it “one thing led to another”.“I have always said that there is no formula to how I’ve turned out. One thing led to another and it’s evident of the fact that when you aspire and prepare well and always avail yourself to opportunities they will come.“I first got an opportunity via Cape Wind Jammers Sailing Trust to join the first Africans to attend school on board a tall ship on a voyage from Cape Town to Bermuda via St Helena, Ascension Island, Fernando Island, Brazil, and Trinidad and Tobago.“It was on that trip that a friend introduced me to bouldering. After returning from the voyage I was chosen to take part in the Mike Horn Young Explorers Camp in Switzerland, where I was further engrossed in high altitude mountaineering and responsible exploring,” he said.“After that I set off on my very own expedition to scale the highest peaks on each continent, which I succeeded with climbing Kilimanjaro twice; Mount Elbrus, the highest in Europe; Mount Denali in Alaska, the highest in North America; and now I am prepping for Mount Everest without bottled oxygen.”BECOMING A SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURThe vision to make society a better place for all prompted Sitole to become a social entrepreneur.“I realised that if we were to make relevant, meaningful and core strides towards impacting and developing our country and Africa, we needed to have genuine interests and part of that is approaching all the challenges we face with urgency.”East London-born Sitole believes preparation and making himself available to life’s opportunities made him the adventurer he is today. He is hoping to pass on these same lessons at his educational foundation. WHAT HIS FOUNDATION NEEDSSitole’s foundation is in need of young volunteers and workshop space. “We host a series of educational and innovation showcases for the public because our other goal is to create a relationship between school and community,” he said. “As Africans say, a child is raised by a whole village.”Its next school showcase will include the future of education and learning institutions.“We will have exhibitions and stands of youth pioneers, innovators and inventors, for example: Thato of Repurpose Schoolbags; Shalton Mothwa of Epoch Microchips, who invented a charging laptop bag; and Ludwich Marishane of dry bath, to name just a few,” said Sitole.PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part in developing South Africa and its citizens? If so, submit your story or video to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more

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Praise for rugby academy programme

first_img24 October 2013 Nine Academy players represented the Eastern Province under-19s this year which, after winning the Absa under-19 B competition, secured promotion to the A- division in 2014 after defeating Border in a promotion/relegation playoff. ‘A significant role’“There can be no doubt that the Kings Academy has played a significant role in the identification, development and retention of young up-and-coming players from the region,” said Crous. “The support and commitment from Saru, through their partnership with the Academy, has played an integral part in the successes achieved.” ChampionsIn their respective finals the EP under-21s – unbeaten in the league phase and knock-outs in 2013 – beat their Boland counterparts 59-19, while the EP under-19s defeated the Valke 56-40 in a high-scoring final. ‘A massive improvement’“The biggest positive impact the Academy made in the Boland, was the good performances by our under-19 and under-21 teams in their provincial competitions, with both qualifying for the playoff rounds and showing a massive improvement from 2012,” said Smal. “The performances of these teams this season is testament of the commitment and hard work that was done in those provinces, which are crucial in our identification and development of talented young players,” Saru CEO Jurie Roux said in a statement. “We’ve not only given them opportunities to play, but because our Academy is situated on the George campus of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, the players also got the opportunity to study.” The CEO of Eastern Province Rugby, Charl Crous, said 19 of the 30 players currently enrolled at the Academy had played for the province’s under-U21 team, which narrowly missed out on being promoted to A-division after losing to Border in a playoff. SAinfo reporter and SA Rugby “We’re planning to increase this in the coming years as we aim to roll out the Saru Academy programme across all 14 provincial unions. We could already see in 2013 what a difference it made helping these players by improving the quality of their facilities and coaching, while we also focus on things like conditioning, injury treatment and rehabilitation, mentoring, nutrition, tertiary studies, life skills and good accommodation. Aim“Our aim is to ultimately help create a fully professional rugby player. In the long term, we’re aiming to produce 70 professional black players in the next four years, of which 25 will hopefully go on to play in Vodacom Super Rugby in five years’ time and by 2019, we’d like to see eight new black Springboks emerge from the Academy programme.” R18-million investedMervin Green, Saru’s general manager for development, said a total of R18-million was invested in equal portions across the four Academies this year. He also lauded Saru’s High Performance Mobi-Unit for the key role they played in ensuring the Academies had a good start in 2013.center_img “It was great to see so many players come through and gain valuable experience on the playing field,” said Prinsloo. South Western Districts CEO Johan Prinsloo lauded the programme and said 19 Academy players featured for the Eagles at under-19, under-21, Vodacom Cup and Absa Currie Cup level this year. The Academies are funded by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund and are located in areas that traditionally have high numbers of black players. During the 2013, season, five out of the eight positions in the knock-out phases of the Absa Currie Cup under-21 B and under-19 B competitions were filled by teams featuring players from Saru’s Academy Programme. Eastern Province won the Absa under-21 B and under-19 B divisions after winning their finals in Nelspruit. Rassie Erasmus, Saru General Manager for High Performance, said: “The feedback we’ve received on the involvement of the Mobi-Unit has been very good. We worked with all four Academies at least twice this year and were very well received. It was also good to interact with the coaches there.” In the U19 B division, Boland and South Western Districts made it to the semi- finals before being eliminated from the competition. “Out of our group of 30 Academy players, a total of 28 played for our junior teams, while Ashley Esau played one Vodacom Cup match for the senior team and a couple of players also trained with our senior Absa Currie Cup team.” Willie Smal, the CEO of Boland, said the Saru Academy allowed his union to retain a lot of the young talent in the province and made a massive difference in Boland’s junior teams’ results this year. “It was superb to see how the Academies and the provinces co-operated this year, and I believe that is one of the many reasons why they were so successful. I’m confident we’ll see the positive effect at a higher level in the next couple of seasons.” “Our return on investment in the first year was massive and we really got off to a very positive start this year,” said Green. The South African Rugby Union (Saru) on Thursday declared the first season of operation of its four Saru Rugby Academies – established last year in Border, Eastern Province, South Western Districts and Boland – a success.last_img read more

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Zimbabwe’s protectors of the secretive pangolin

first_imgPangolins are mammals distinctive for their protective keratin scales and largely solitary existence. This animal the most illegally trafficked mammal in the world. Here’s more on how they’re being protected.The Temminck’s ground pangolin known as “scaly anteaters” is protected by the Zimbabwean conservation group and the Tikki Hywood Trust, a group of Zimbabweans. (Image: Adrian Steirn, Barcroft Images)Brand South Africa reporterTogether with Zimbabwean conservation group the Tikki Hywood Trust, a group of Zimbabweans is contributing to the care and protection of the Temminck’s ground pangolin, as well as creating awareness of the plight of this bizarre and reclusive mammal that not many know even exists.Commonly called “scaly anteaters”, pangolins are mammals distinctive for their protective keratin scales and largely solitary existence. The animal is hunted for its meat and scales, and is the most illegally trafficked mammal in the world. They eat ants and termites using an extraordinarily long, sticky tongue, and are able to quickly roll themselves up into a tight ball when threatened. There are eight species of pangolin.#Zimbabwe‘s Pangolin Men are dedicated to rehabilitating the world’s most trafficked mammal – the #pangolin! https://t.co/m8jV4lfSet #Africa pic.twitter.com/lK4JH0q2nW— Barcroft Animals (@BarcroftAnimals) November 2, 2016All eight species – four in Africa, including the Temminck’s ground pangolin found in Zimbabwe and South Africa – are listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) as vulnerable, endangered or critically endangered.At the CITES CoP17 conference in October 2016, all eight species of pangolin were up-listed to an outright ban on all international commercial trade of the animal and its by-products.Watch:The Tikki Hywood TrustThe Tikki Hywood Trust, a wildlife NGO, was founded in 1994 to raise awareness of and sound conservation practices for lesser known, endangered fauna and flora globally, with a focus on the diversity of threatened species in Zimbabwe and the rest of southern Africa.The trust also runs successful breeding and protection programmes to augment dwindling wild populations. These programmes design and implement standards and protocols, including captive management and animal rehabilitation. The trust’s efforts include working with a group of young Zimbabweans to rehabilitate captured and injured pangolins, as well spreading the word about the mammals’ vulnerability.Watch the video on the group’s work below:The guardian group is “entrusted with caring for animals that have endured major stress, often having been transported many kilometres bound in a sack, starved and dehydrated”, according to the Beautiful News website on 2 November 2016.While rehabilitation of the pangolins can be long and arduous, with the animal’s instinctive reluctance to interact with humans a major obstacle to building trust in the relationship, the group does this with a deep respect and love for the animal.“They have developed an intimate relationship while caring for them. Pangolins are like their children. And like any parent, they will protect their family from anything that poses a threat,” the report says.I went to Zimbabwe to capture portraits of the individuals saving the #pangolin species. My #BeautifulNews film is out today at 4:14pm SAST pic.twitter.com/Jn53l13jHN— Adrian Steirn (@AdrianSteirn) November 2, 2016Creating global awareness through photographyAustralian photographer Adrian Steirn, well known for his extensive nature photography and the 21 Icons portrait series, has released a series of photographs highlighting the group’s important work and their special relationship with the animals.The photo series inaugurated Steirn’s Beautiful News digital platform, which continues his ongoing journey of portraying a true reflection of South Africa and the rest of the continent.As the story of the Zimbabwean pangolin protectors aptly illustrates, Steirn hopes the new multi-media platform will “continue sharing powerful messages, reflecting the deeds and actions of the everyman in an inclusive and engaging style”.Source: Beautiful NewsWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Ohio Pork Council and Farm Credit Mid-America promote careers in farming

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Pork Council and Farm Credit Mid-America are partnering to provide high school students with the opportunity to video chat, live from their classrooms with Ohio pig farmers to learn more current farming practices and strengthen their interest in pursuing a career on a pig farm. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins gets more information from Ohio Pork Council President Rich Deaton.last_img

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CTIA: PayPal Talks Future of Mobile Commerce

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#conferences#CTIA 2011#mobile#web Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologycenter_img Fabio Sisinni of PayPal’s Mobile team was at this week’s CTIA Wireless 2011 conference in Orlando, Florida to talk about the company’s vision for mobile commerce. Paypal’s usage on mobile phones has soared over the past few years, and the company is now processing around $6 million in mobile transactions per day. It’s on track to produce a total payment volume of $2 billion in 2011 on mobile, Sisinni says, a figure that’s up from just $24 million in 2008.Along the way, PayPal has been experimenting with different types of technology, including everything from barcode scanning to NFC (near field communication).PayPal Wants to be Your “Wallet in the Cloud”In short, PayPal’s vision for mobile is a “wallet in the cloud.” Within this wallet, a customer could select any one of their payment instruments to make a purchase – a credit card, a debit card, a particular bank account, etc. But this vision isn’t just for smartphones – PayPal wants to expand to every other Internet-connected device, too, including set-top boxes, TVs and even billboards. For example, PayPal would like to be a payment option embedded in the signage advertising a particular movie – just tap the sign and purchase tickets right there on its digital screen. It could also show up in signage related to local transit systems, too, so you could use PayPal to buy your train ticket or subway pass.But PayPal knows that mobile payments aren’t just a necessity for modern societies with smartphones and Web-connected TVs, it also has a place in the developing world. On this front, there have been recent initiatives to address this market, like Paypal’s agreement with VIVO, the largest mobile phone service provider in Brazil and the southern hemisphere. Under the new agreement, subscribers can send in payments for airtime, goods and services using their mobile phones. The technology doesn’t require an “app” to work, but instead uses USSD technology, which provides a menu directly on the phone where different payment choices can be made. (USSD is a protocol used by GSM devices for basic data communication.)Technology ExperimentationWhen asked about NFC (near field communication), a short-range wireless technology for data exchanges between devices, and most often associated with digital wallet initiatives, Sisinni stressed that PayPal is not betting on just this one new technology. The company’s goal is to be a “technology agnostic wallet in the cloud,” he said. The service has to be ubiquitous. It has to work on any device, running any operating system. That said, PayPal has been experimenting with NFC though its partnership with Bling Nation, an NFC-based startup where consumers stick “BlingTags” (NFC-enabled stickers) on their phones to pay for goods and services in the real world. When used at participating merchants, the money is deducted from the user’s PayPal account just by tapping or waving their phone at checkout.PayPal also acquired the popular barcode-scanning application RedLaser from Occipital last summer, and now provides that same technology to other mobile developers through a software development kit. This kit lets third-party developers build apps that use RedLaser’s scanning technology in apps of their own creation.Another experimentation was the integration of Bump into PayPal’s mobile applications. With Bump’s technology, users can tap their phones together to send money.This sort of experimentation with new technology will continue over the next few years, Sisinni says. But at the end of the day, PayPal just wants to make sure it’s a discoverable choice when there’s an option to pay – whether with your computer, your phone, your tablet or whatever device comes next. sarah perez What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more

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Love What You Do and the Money Will Follow

first_imgYou might have heard that you can “do what you love and the money will follow.” I wish that were true, but alas, it is not. You can love doing all kinds of things that the market does not think highly enough of to compensate at all.Simply put, the idea that if you do what you love the money will follow isn’t true, but a derivation of those same words is truer: Love what you do and the money will follow.Love What You DoI am with Stephen Covey on the idea that “love” is a verb. It is something that you do. It is within your power to “love.”If you love what you do, you will pour your heart and soul into it. That love will allow you to give yourself over to your work, and that level of commitment is what creates something exceptional. Not something excellent. Lots of things are excellent. Exceptional means like nothing else.If you love what you do, you will care about the results you produce, and that caring is what is necessary to produce something exceptional.How You Do AnythingYou don’t get paid well for doing average work. You get paid a little better for excellence. The money follows when you to work that is exceptional. You say, “I can’t love what I do. It’s just a job I’m doing.” Because you believe that, it’s true for you. Know, however, that there are those who do the same thing that you do who are also craftsmen and craftswomen.It’s a matter of pride. Without caring, the work you do, regardless of what that work may be, won’t get you paid.When you love what you do and give yourself over to the work, what you do is extraordinary, regardless of what kind of work you are doing. You might not get paid for doing that exact work, but people will notice that your work is exceptional, and someone will pluck you from obscurity and pay you to bring that same quality to something else.How you do anything is how you do everything. Love what you do, and the money will follow. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

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