Rangers mourn loss of legend McDonald

first_imgQPR are mourning the tragic loss of former club stalwart Alan McDonald, who died on Saturday at the age of 48.McDonald made over 400 appearances during 17 years as a player at Loftus Road, where he later returned for a spell as assistant manager.A hugely popular figure among Rangers fans, McDonald is the club’s most-capped player.He made 52 appearances for Northern Ireland and starred for them in the 1986 World Cup, which they qualified for with a famous 0-0 draw against England at Wembley.In a statement, the club said it was “desperately saddened” by the news.last_img read more

South Fork football to play for spot in NCL III title game tonight against Upper Lake

first_imgNot too long ago, it didn’t look like the South Fork football team would get the chance to play the fellow unbeaten in the North Central League III North Division, Upper Lake.But with a little creativity and some reshaping of the postseason format, it’s a go.The top two teams in the NCL III North Division will face off for not only a division title tonight in Upper Lake, but also for a spot in next week’s league title game against the South Division’s championship. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. …last_img read more

SA ‘ready for any flu outbreak’

first_img11 March 2005South Africa’s Department of Health will hold discussions next week on ways of dealing with the possibility of an outbreak of a new, deadly strain of influenza.This follows a warning from the World Health Organisation that the H5N1 strain of the avian flu virus affecting some parts of the world may have the capacity to mutate and jump the species barrier, resulting in a disease with a high mortality rate among humans.Avian influenza, or “bird flu”, is caused by viruses that infect birds and, less commonly, pigs.The meeting, that will include representatives from the National Institute of Communicable Diseases, will also review the implementation of the country’s flu epidemic prevention and management plan.The department said that a number of measures had already been put in place to enable the country to respond adequately to any flu outbreak.“We are working in tandem with the World Health Organisation and other countries in anticipation of a new cycle of the influenza”, the department said in a statement.The first priority, according to the WHO, is to reduce opportunities for human exposure to the largest reservoir of the H5N1 strain of the avian flu virus.This can be achieved through rapid detection of outbreaks among poultry, along with emergency control measures such as the destruction of all infected or exposed poultry stock and the proper disposal of carcasses.To date, no case of bird flu caused by the H5N1 strain has been reported in South Africa. The recent strain H5N2, detected in August 2004 at ostrich farms in the Eastern Cape, has since been successfully contained.“Despite the fact that there is no immediate danger to South Africa, health authorities have intensified their detection control measures”, said department spokesperson Sibani Mngadi.Mngadi said these included strengthening screening services at the country’s major points of entry, with particular emphasis on freight from high-risk areas such as Asia.The department was working closely with the Department of Agriculture to monitor developments, Mngadi said.Source: BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Play Your Part television series returns

first_imgThe life-changing Play Your Part series shares inspiring stories of ordinary South Africans doing extraordinary things.Kabelo Mabalane, Play Your Part ambassador, has been travelling the country meeting South African philanthropists for the PYP TV series. (Image: Brand South Africa)The Play Your Part television series is back! The 26 episode docu-reality series has, since its launch in August 2017, consistently offered viewers an inspirational insight into the world of active citizenship and volunteerism by profiling citizens from across the country who are doing extraordinary things to change people’s lives for the better.Presented by Play Your Part ambassador Kabelo Mabalane, the family show hopes to continue to empower viewers, young and old, to get involved in their individual communities and play their part in uplifting the spirit of South Africa.So far, episodes have featured the likes of Tebogo Ditshego, Mogau Seshoene, Esther Mahlangu, Professor Thabo Msibi, Alan Farber, and Dr Michael Mol, who shared their stories of active citizenship in the areas of literacy, local cuisine, art, education, film production and healthcare.There are still many more stories of inspiration that viewers can look forward to.Be sure to catch Play Your Part every Saturday, at 6pm on SABC 2.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

The Day Has Come: Facebook Pushes People to Go Public

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market marshall kirkpatrick Facebook announced this morning that its 350 million users will be prompted to make their status messages and shared content publicly visible to the world at large and search engines. It’s a move we expected but the language used in the announcement is near Orwellian. The company says the move is all about helping users protect their privacy and connect with other people, but the new default option is to change from “old settings” to becoming visible to “everyone.”This is not what Facebook users signed up for. It’s not about privacy at all, it’s about increasing traffic and the visibility of activity on the site.Update: See also our in-depth interview with Barry Schnitt, Director of Corporate Communications and Public Policy at Facebook, about why these changes were made.Information like your email address is recommended to remain limited to friends, but make no mistake about it – Facebook wants you to make the status messages you post visible to the entire internet.According to the video explaining the changes, the new default for status messages is “everyone.” That’s a huge change. Of course it’s not hard for people to keep their existing privacy settings, but confusion around what those settings are is hardly resolved by the phrase “old settings” and a tool-tip phrase appearing when you hover over that option.Update:Some users are saying that their default options are in fact on “old settings” and not “everyone.” We’re hearing that “old settings” as private is the default for users who have ever changed their privacy settings and set them to private. People who have not changed their settings ever or who have set them to public already, will be defaulted to public. That’s what we think, it’s hard to know for sure. Facebook is maddeningly unclear about what exactly is going on. Part of the problem is that they are willing to tell press that they want to move users toward being more public, but when communicating with its users they appear to put more emphasis on communicating about privacy than is warranted by the changes at issue. See also: Zuckerberg Changes His Own Privacy Settingsthe Facebook blog post about the announcement. Previous moves by the company, like the introduction of the news feed, have seen user resistance as well – but this move cuts against the fundamental proposition of Facebook: that your status updates are only visible to those you opt-in to exposing them to. You’ll now have to opt-out of being public and opt-in to communicating only with people you’ve given permission to see your content.Will users go for it? If Facebook becomes a lot more like Twitter, will users stick around? The network of friends you’ve created on Facebook can’t be taken anywhere else – access to those people off-site is limited due to “privacy concerns.”This is an amazing move that was announced with limited press attention. A Facebook group message to press was sent out at 6am, two hours before a press phone call. The announcement is a long, wordy and unclear text putting undue emphasis on Privacy when the new options clearly favor going public. Earlier this week the company made an announcement about forthcoming privacy policy changes and Open was not the recommended setting.Facebook spokesman Barry Schnitt told Reuters today that Facebook was recommending that posts be viewable to everyone because such sharing of information is consistent with “the way the world is moving.” But as the largest social network in the world, isn’t it Facebook that effects these kinds of changes?Facebook confirmed to us in a press call earlier this year that the company does in fact want users to post more publicly and we expected a site-wide call for users to loosen privacy restrictions – but not like this. This announcement was couched in language of user control and privacy.A much more honest approach to privacy would be to encourage users to create lists of contacts and encourage them to select which list any update was visible to. Instead, that’s greatly underemphasized.Expect to see this story blow up for the rest of the year. It’s a very big move.See our previous coverage for context:Facebook Wants You To Be Less Private – But Why?A Closer Look at Facebook’s New Privacy OptionsIs Facebook a Cult? Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Analysis#Features#NYT#web last_img read more