Panthers look to rebuild, compete in 2018Offensive, defensive lines key as McKinleyville looks for first win since 2016

first_imgMcKinleyville High varsity football has won just 13 games over the last five seasons and has not enjoyed a winning season since 2008. Head coach Keoki Burbank, now in his third season with the team, said his roster is full of kids who “want to see change,” and who “know they can leave a mark” in McKinleyville if they are able to be competitive week in and week out and win a number of games in 2018.McKinleyville will open its 2018 season on the road at St. Vincent de Paul, Saturday August 18 at …last_img

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46664 fires up volunteer spirit

first_img10 March 2004Nelson Mandela’s 46664 campaign is set to reposition itself – from merely raising awareness of the HIV/Aids pandemic to encouraging people to actively participate in the fight against the disease.The first salvo was fired by Mandela himself during a press conference on 6 January, where he spoke of his son Makgatho’s death that morning from an Aids-related illness.Through the launch of the 46664 volunteer campaign, the organisers aim to highlight and revive “the voluntarism spirit”.“The 46664 volunteer campaign is aimed at reviving South Africa’s goodwill spirit, particular in the rural areas where community members have taken it on themselves to help those in need”, says programme manager Merlyn van Voore.“The beauty of this campaign”, says Van Voore, “is that it does not require people to dig into their pockets. Instead, it encourages people to join in the war against inhumanity by showing compassion and by volunteering their time to support those who are infected, because surely we are all affected by this pandemic.”A hotline has been set up for anyone interesting in joining the fight. To find out more, or to volunteer, call 0800 046664, SMS 08388 9429 46664, e-mail [email protected], or visit the Nelson Mandela Foundation website.So far, about 10 000 people have registered as 46664 volunteers, according to Van Voore.First launched in 2003, the 46664 campaign – named after Mandela’s Robben Island prison number – kicked off with a ground-breaking music launch on the Internet and phone networks around the world, followed by an all-star concert in South Africa in November 2003.Now, the campaign is seeking “to build on this foundation and strengthen its impact in the fight against HIV and Aids”; and more specifically “to inspire ordinary South Africans and businesses to take personal responsibility in the fight against Aids.”The campaign is “forming partnerships with business and civil society to mobilise their employees, members and customers”.So far, several businesses – including Absa, Digital Mall and Pick ‘n Pay – have answered the call with social responsibility projects and by encouraging their employees to give of their time.Local and international celebrities have also taken up the cause, with kwaito star Mandoza and actor Will Smith recently being appointed as 46664 ambassadors.Kwaito musicians Mzekezeke, Ghetto Lingo and Bouga Luv recently visited the Ikageng Itireleng Aids Ministry, in Orlando, Soweto, which caters for 139 child-headed families that have lost their parents to the disease. The centre, founded by Carol Dyantyi, provides refuge to more than 300 children orphaned by Aids.“It’s really encouraging to see local youth icons positively using their celebrity status to help influence more people to take personal responsibility in the fight against Aids”, Van Voore says.According to Volunteer South Africa director Joan Daries, volunteering “has to be a lifestyle choice, just like going to work or to a gym. We need to make time.”Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

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Platmin shares listed on JSE

first_imgThe Bakgatla Ba Kgafela community, which lives near Platmin’s Pilanesberg platinum mine in North West province, seeks to develop strategies for social and economic development in the area. Shares in Platmin Limited have been made available for trading in the platinum and precious metals sector on the main board of the JSE, with effect from Wednesday. “The country is home to a sophisticated and discerning investor community,” Liddell said in Johannesburg this week. “Importantly, a JSE listing creates for our empowerment shareholders, the Bakgatla Ba Kgafela, a platform to participate in the fortunes of this company at a listed ownership level.” Natural progresson The complex, situated mostly in the North West and Limpopo provinces, is a geological structure that is estimated to contain approximately 90% of the world’s Platinum Group Metal (PGM) resources as well as some 80% of its chrome. The company is already listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange in London. 24 July 2009 “Furthermore, approximately 30% of the 1 000 permanent employment positions are currently filled by people in the neighbouring community,” Liddell said. Platmin Limited is incorporated in Canada as a mineral exploration company focused on the exploration and development of platinum group metal (PGM) deposits in South Africa. Platmin chairman Keith Liddell says the listing is a natural progression for the company, which has four key projects – Pilanesberg, Mphahlele, Grootboom and Loskop – in South Africa’s Bushveld Complex. SAinfo reporter and BuaNewsWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Economic, social development Since production commenced in March this year, the mine has produced approximately 250 000 low-cost PGM ounces annually. During the construction phase, over 2 500 jobs were created at the mine.last_img read more

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FlexConnect – New Soybean Inoculant Technology

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio-based Morral Companies have been early adopters of Flex Connect soybean inoculant technology from Verdesian Life Sciences. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins traveled to north central Ohio to learn about this new innovation and see it an action.last_img

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Lattice expands sensAI stack with optimized solutions for always-on, on-device AI

first_img Continue Reading Previous GrammaTech integrates static analysis engine Julia into CodeSonarNext IBASE: 8th gen Intel Xeon E/Core based ATX motherboard with M.2 NVMe and CNVi functions Lattice Semiconductor unveiled expanded features of the company’s Lattice sensAI stack designed to speed time-to-market for developers of flexible machine learning inferencing in consumer and industrial IoT applications. Building on the ultra-low power (1 mW-1 W) focus of the sensAI stack, Lattice is releasing new IP cores, reference designs, demos and hardware development kits that provide scalable performance and power for always-on, on-device artificial intelligence applications.Examples of the architectural choices that sensAI solutions enable include:Stand-alone iCE40 UltraPlus / ECP5 FPGA based always-on, integrated solutions, with latency, security, and form factor benefits.Solutions utilizing iCE40 UltraPlus as an always-on processor that detects key-phrases or objects, and wakes-up a high performance AP SoC / ASIC for further analytics only when required, reducing overall system power consumption.Solutions utilizing the scalable performance/power benefits of ECP5 for neural network acceleration, along with IO flexibility to seamlessly interface to on-board legacy devices including sensors and low-end MCUs for system control.Updates to the sensAI stack include a CNN Compact Accelerator IP core for improved accuracy on iCE40 UltraPlus FPGA, and enhanced CNN Accelerator IP core for improved performance on ECP5 FPGAs; updated neural network compiler tool with improved ease-of-use and both Caffe and TensorFlow support for iCE40 UltraPlus FPGAs; new human presence detection and hand gesture recognition reference designs and demos; iCE40 UltraPlus development platforms including Himax HM01B0 UPduino Shield, and DPControl iCEVision Board; new vehicle classification and package detection demos from sensAI Design Services Partners.The Lattice sensAI partner eco-system continues to expand worldwide with new design service and IP partners focused on enabling smart home, smart factory, smart city, and smart car applications.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more

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