Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is hurt after being sacked during the first half of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)GREEN BAY, Wis. — Slowed by a sore knee, Aaron Rodgers picked up the pace behind center.Remarkably, the two-time NFL MVP was more effective against the Chicago Bears after returning from what initially looked like a serious injury. ADVERTISEMENT View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title US Open champ Djokovic: ‘I owe Federer, Nadal’ Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown MOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “No, I’m planning on playing,” Rodgers said.OTHER DEBUTS: Chicago’s Allen Robinson had four catches for 61 yards on seven targets in his debut as the Bears’ top receiver. … TE Jimmy Graham had two catches for eight yards on four targets after joining the Packers as a free agent in the offseason from the Seattle Seahawks.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Rodgers was carted back to the locker room. Doctors determined he did not suffer a major injury and cleared him to return in the second half.The Packers had to make a slight adjustment with their normally mobile quarterback limited to the pocket.“Got to get the ball out. Can’t be moving around a whole lot back there,” Rodgers said. “And we did a good job mixing things up in the second half with some of our quicker-hitter stuff and actually some of our more vertical stuff, too.”Rodgers also had touchdown passes to Geronimo Allison (39 yards) and Davante Adams (12 yards) in completing the rally from a 20-0 deficit with 9:14 to go in the third quarter.Rodgers finished 20 of 30 for 286 yards, including 17 of 23 for 273 yards in the second half.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “Obviously, that’s a tough one for us. It stings,” coach Matt Nagy said after his Bears debut.MACK ATTACK: A Chicago defense featuring newly acquired star linebacker Khalil Mack dominated until the third quarter. Mack had a 27-yard interception return for a touchdown against backup quarterback DeShone Kizer in the second. He had a strip-sack that led to another turnover. He had pressure in the backfield on a play in which Rodgers hurt his left knee.This from a player who missed the entire preseason. The Bears acquired Mack last week in a trade with the Oakland Raiders.“I prepared all offseason for the first game of the season and I wanted to … make an impact,” Mack said. “But you want to win these games. That’s the only thing on my mind. I hate losing.”FAST START: An offensive-minded coach, Nagy had the aggressive Bears’ offense pushing the Packers around the field in the first half. Mitchell Trubisky was 23 of 35 for 171 yards. He also ran for 32 yards on seven carries, including a 2-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. It turned out to be the only offensive touchdown the Bears would score all night. The Packers’ defense, in new coordinator Mike Pettine’s first game, held the Bears to two field goals in the second half.“You know we talked about finishing and we didn’t do that,” Nagy said.COMEBACK COMPLETE: Nick Perry sacked the Bears’ Mitchell Trubisky on fourth-and-10 with 58 seconds to complete the comeback. It was memorable start to the Packers’ 100th season. Sunday marked the first time in franchise history that the Packers won after trailing by 17-plus points entering the fourth quarter, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.MORE RODGERS: Packers coach Mike McCarthy said he was prepared to go with Kizer to start the second half until getting the word from the team doctor in the tunnel.“His performance speaks for itself,” McCarthy said.Rodgers said he knee was swollen after the game. The Packers plan to run more tests on their QB on Monday, though Rodgers seems very optimistic to about his availability for next week’s game against Minnesota. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The hobbling quarterback threw three touchdown passes in the fourth quarter after returning from injury, and the Green Bay Packers overcame a 20-point deficit for a thrilling 24-23 win over the Bears on Sunday night.Rodgers connected with receiver Randall Cobb for a catch-and-run through the secondary for a 75-yard touchdown and the go-ahead score with 2:13 left in the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“You’ve seen it time and time again. That guy’s a warrior,” Cobb said.Rodgers was hurt in the second quarter after slipping to the turf while under pressure from linebacker Khalil Mack and defensive lineman Roy Robertson-Harris. The lineman landed on Rodgers, who grabbed the back of his left leg. He had ACL surgery on his left knee in college.
LATEST STORIES The three judges were divided on the outcome, with one scoring it 115-111 for Wilder, another 114-112 for Fury and the third 113-113.But while the scoring drew criticism, with many arguing that Fury had done enough to win, there was a marked absence of animosity after the bout.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissInstead, the main talking point from a thrilling contest was Fury’s miraculous recovery after being knocked down by Wilder in the 12th round.The 30-year-old Briton, who had boxed skillfully to frustrate and outpoint the aggressive but inaccurate Wilder, looked to have finally been beaten when the American champion uncorked a savage right-left combination that sent him sprawling to the floor. View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘We’re both warriors’While both men felt they had done enough to win the fight, both accepted the result.“I’m not going to sit here and complain, and scream robbery or whatever,” Fury said. “I thought I won the fight. I’ll leave the audience to make up their mind.”Wilder, who also had Fury on the deck in the ninth round, was adamant he had won.“I think with the two knockdowns I definitely won the fight,” said Wilder afterwards. “We poured our hearts out tonight. We’re both warriors, but with those two drops, I think I won the fight.” Wilder, who remains unbeaten after 41 fights, immediately called for a rematch.“I would love for it to be my next fight,” Wilder said. “Let’s give the fans what they want to see. It was a great fight and let’s do it again.”Fury also said he hopes to arrange a rematch.“One hundred percent we’ll do the rematch,” Fury said. “We are two great champions. Me and this man are the two best heavyweights on the planet,” added Fury, who exited his press conference after leading a rousing chorus of Don McLean’s classic “American Pie.” Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award However, in the ninth round, Wilder finally made his mark, dropping Fury with a short hook that had the fans on their feet.Fury however recovered well and regained his composure to resume where he had left off.With a large contingent of British fans in the audience of 17,698 roaring him on, a victory suddenly seemed within reach.Wilder however suddenly found a devastating combination just when he needed it in the 12th round.A right hand sent Fury rocking backwards towards the deck and a brutal left hand on the way down appeared to be the coup de grace for the challenger.Fury’s extraordinary Lazarus act however ensured the fight would go to the judges.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Wilder celebrated as if he had won and members of his entourage moved to climb into the ring, only to stare in disbelief as Fury somehow cleared his head and got to his feet.“I really thought I had him out of there,” Wilder said afterwards. “I saw the eyes in his head rolling, I saw the ref checking on him and I thought, ‘It’s over’. I don’t know how he got up,” the 33-year-old added.Fury, who won the unified world title from Wladimir Klitschko in 2015 only to lose his belts as he battled depression, alcohol and drug problems, was equally baffled.“I don’t know,” Fury said. “I had a holy hand upon me tonight and brought me back. I’ve got good fighting spirit.”ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Whistling haymakersUntil Wilder’s sensational final round knockdown, Fury appeared to be heading for what would have been a remarkable upset.The self-proclaimed “Gypsy King”, who returned to boxing this year after missing more than two years, had boxed cleverly to evade the heavy-hitting threat of Wilder for most of the fight.The American champion struggled to connect cleanly with Fury throughout an absorbing contest, all too often sending huge arcing haymakers whistling past Fury’s head.Wilder landed just 71 of 430 punches thrown, or barely 17 percent.Fury by contrast picked his moments to attack, finding Wilder with greater accuracy and causing a nasty swelling over the American’s left eye.Wilder, the more aggressive of the two fighters early on, quickly moved into the lead after the opening rounds. But Fury gradually grew in confidence, regularly taunting Wilder by throwing his arms up in the air or behind his back.Wilder responded with increasingly desperate flurries of big punches, very few of which found their mark.As several former heavyweights had predicted beforehand, the longer the fight went on, the more Fury looked in control. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew GALLERY: Blue Eagles scrape past Fighting Maroons in UAAP Finals opener After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tyson Fury, left, of England, poses with Deontay Wilder, right, along with referee Jack Reiss after their WBC heavyweight championship boxing match ended in a draw, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury battled to a controversial split-decision draw in their WBC heavyweight title showdown Saturday, triggering immediate demands from both camps for a rematch. Wilder, who retains his WBC belt after 12 rounds of pulsating action, had Fury on the canvas twice at the Staples Center in Los Angeles but was unable to deliver the knockout he had promised his fans.ADVERTISEMENT
On March 14 the United Nations commemorates a case of extreme wickedness meted out by one group to another. This evil was the transatlantic slave trade which lasted from 1514 to 1866. Approximately 10.8 million Africans were forcibly transported to the New World—i.e., North America, South America, and the West Indies or Caribbean. The original number was 12.5 million. But 1.7 million of the captives perished during the horrifying three-to-eight week voyage across the Atlantic Ocean as a result of diseases and hardship. Survivors labored under ruthless plantation masters to produce export crops like sugar, cotton, and tobacco. This year’s remembrance is for the enslaved females. They comprised 4.2 million, just about Liberia’s current population. Women worked as hard as men doing most of the physically- demanding and dangerous plantation chores such as making sugar. But their drudgery continued well after the plantation’s dawn-to-dusk routine, especially for single mothers whose spouses were enslaved elsewhere. They cooked and cared for children well into midnight, barely getting a wink before the next day’s grind. Additionally, many females were repeatedly compelled to satisfy the predatory sexual demand of their slave masters. In this and a subsequent article, I will separately memorialize a girl and a boy. Children (15 years and younger) made up an equally astounding 3.4 million captives that were forced into the “floating dungeons.” This article is the story of Mapoo’s journey from slavery to freedom. Information about her enslavement and freedom is scant. One source is the ship’s log, though it is a mere glimpse of the “cargo.” I fill some gaps with the generally accepted history of the slave trade. In 1810, the log of the slave ship “Diana” contained the name Mapoo, listed as a female; her age is given as 6 years and height, 45.5 inches, or about 4 feet tall. All together there were 84 captives on board, 56 of whom were 14 years and younger. The youngest were girls, all like Mapoo six years of age. Mapoo boarded the Diana at “Cape Mount” (roughly Grand Cape Mount County) but shortly afterward the Diana was intercepted by the British anti-slave-trade Navy Squadron. At the time, the British Navy patrolled the Atlantic coast to enforce that nation’s 1807 law that prohibited the slave trade. The captured Diana, along with its 84 captives, was escorted to the British colony of Sierra Leone. Eventually, all 84 of the Diana slaves, including Mapoo, were liberated in Freetown. So far, there is no additional record of this six-year old child. Mapoo’s name reveals her Bassa background. It represents light-skinned woman in the Bassa language. The child probably lived in one of the Bassa towns on or near the Atlantic coast that extended from present-day Monrovia to Grand Bassa County (e.g., Gbehzon later renamed Buchanan). Or Mapoo was of the interior Bassa, a group that inhabited the inland portion of present-day Margibi County. This would be the Gibi (or Gibbee) who today are, by and large, Bassa-speakers. That Mapoo originated in the interior and not on the Atlantic littoral is more consistent with the pattern of the transatlantic slave trade. Principally, due to denser population, the African interior supplied the bulk of the slaves. Most were victims of wars. In that period, for instance, the Gibi/Bassa on the one hand, and the Kpelle (who resided further inland) on the other, fought sporadically. Oftentimes conflicts erupted over control of commercial routes, passages that linked the interior and coast. Interior people crisscrossed these roads bringing slaves and primary goods like ivory, to exchange for salt and foreign merchandise such as cloth, metal wares, and rum. Prisoners of wars, together with other victims obtained mostly by kidnapping were forced to march for weeks or even months to the coast. Many died along the way of starvation and deprivation. If the six-year old Mapoo was Gibi, she survived the painful walk to Cape Mount. This was the lot of the 3.4 million children. Partly out of fear of re-enslavement, liberated people seldom returned home. Consequently, Mapoo almost certainly remained in Freetown and joined others that had also been emancipated. Known collectively as recaptives or recaptured Africans, they came from various parts of Africa. Their number grew steadily in Freetown and eventually reached around 50,000. By 1848, the largest group of recaptives was Yoruba-speakers from Nigeria. (Parents of President Charles D. B. King are said to have been recaptives of Yoruba descent.) Among the Freetown recaptives were the Congos predominantly from present-day DR Congo and Angola. Freetown Congos were culturally related to another grouping of recaptives that was resettled in the new colony of Liberia in 1822 and onward. Also called Congos, they included minorities like the Igbo of Nigeria. Liberian Congos had been rescued by the American Navy Squadron and relocated to Liberia. The population of Congos went from 18 in 1823 to approximately 1,000 by independence in 1847. The final cluster disembarked in Liberia in 1861 and brought the total number of recaptives to 5,722. Sierra Leone’s recaptives, as well as Liberia’s Congos, adopted Western culture. They learned English, became Christians, and many obtained Western education. Accordingly, following acculturation, it is likely that Mapoo melded into Sierra Leone’s influential Creole (or Krio) class consisting of Europeanized black settlers from the New World and recaptives. As a Creole, Mapoo would have had greater opportunities for upward social mobility compared to local Africans like the Mende and Kono. Similarly, the assimilated Congos in Liberia joined the ruling class of Americo-Liberians or descendants of former American slaves. From the late 1800s and onward, Congos held key positions in government. Some became members of the House of Representatives, e.g., Joseph W. Brown, Sinoe County; Abayomi Karnga, Grand Cape Mount County; and J. C. N. Howard, Montserrado County. Other prominent Congos included Chief Justice Anthony Dash Wilson.Mapoo’s 1810 journey from slavery to freedom foreshadowed a significant aspect of Liberian history: the resettlement of slaves rescued at sea. One of Mapoo’s Liberian counterparts was Daniel Bacon, a Congo youth. In the next article I will recall Daniel Bacon in continued remembrance of children in the transatlantic slave trade. (Sources provided upon request: email@example.com.) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
… commences series of engagements in the USUpon the invitation of former US President Bill Clinton, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo travelled to theOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo shares a light moment with former US President Bill Clinton on the sidelines of the 12th Clinton Global Initiative’s Annual MeetingUnited States to deliver a keynote address at the 12th Clinton Global Initiative’s Annual Meeting which commenced on Tuesday.The event addresses a series of global issues, including how the international community can build from last year’s historic Paris Climate Agreement.President Clinton and the Clinton Foundation have been highly supportive of Guyana’s Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS), with a team from the Clinton Foundation working with the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC) and the Office of the President during Jagdeo’s presidency.Jagdeo praised the Clinton Foundation for assisting Guyana, saying the Foundation was an example of modern forms of global partnership which seek to solve big problems.“The conversations here today are focused on the world’s most pressing issues – things like climate change, global migration, terrorism, stagnating economic growth and youth un-employment. As we listen to each other, we hear again and again about how societies all around the world suffer when leaders move away from evidence-based policy, and instead forge policy through prejudice. In developed and developing countries, we are seeing how intellectually-weak policies are combining with the rise of populist politicians to put development into reverse. The answer to these threats is the reassertion of progressive politics across the world,” he stated.The Annual Meeting opened with public discussions, including between former President Clinton, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Argentinean Prime Minister Mauricio Macri and the recently-elected Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.Prime Minister Renzi made a passionate call for Europe to respond positively to changes in the world, and the Mayor of London spoke of how “progressive politics works.”Meanwhile, Jagdeo is slated to commence a series of engagements in the USA.After attending the CGI, Jagdeo moved to a further set of meetings in New York, focused on international plans to address climate change.According to a statement from his Office, the Paris Climate Agreement is likely to become international law in the coming months after it is ratified by the requisite number of countries, so global leaders are now consulting on how its provisions can be strengthened and global ambition to combat climate change can be increased.Jagdeo will then travel to the state of Florida, where he has been asked to be the guest speaker at the Eric Williams Memorial Lecture at Florida University in Miami.Dr Eric Williams was the first Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, and the Memorial Lecture in his honour has seen many world personalities speak, including former US Secretary of State, Colin Powell; former President of Zambia, Kenneth Kaunda; and former Prime Minister of Jamaica, PJ Patterson. Last year’s speaker was St Vincent and the Grenadines Head of Government, Dr Ralph Gonsalves.Following the engagement at Florida University, Jagdeo will meet with groups of university students in Florida, and he will also be meeting with members of the Guyanese community in both New York and Florida.
0Shares0000Joachim Loew said the chants of “Sieg Heil” bring shame on Germany © AFP / THOMAS KIENZLEBERLINBERLIN, Germany, Sep 3 – Germany coach Joachim Loew on Sunday dubbed as “shameful” Nazi-era chanting by a hardcore group of “so-called fans” during a World Cup qualifier.The chants of “Sieg Heil” (Hail Victory) came from a 200-strong group of travelling fans in Friday’s 2-1 win over the Czech Republic in Prague. They also whistled during the minute’s silence before kick-off for two deceased Czech officials. The chants were particularly embarrassing from a German perspective as they came on the anniversary of the invasion of Poland by Nazi Germany, which started World War II in 1939.“I can’t turn directly to sporting questions without commenting on what happened in Prague,” Loew said at the start of a press conference ahead of Monday’s qualifier against Norway in Stuttgart, victory in which could secure Germany’s place in Russia next year.“I’m full of anger and I’m very much shaken to see that some so-called fans use football, and an international match, for their deplorable demonstrations. They bring shame on our country,” Loew said, hailing his players’ decision to not applaud the block where away fans were gathered at the end of the match, as is customary.“I am favourable to very severe sanctions against these troublemakers. We don’t want them, we’re not their national team, and they’re not our fans.“Given our history, it’s very important for us to represent our country in a dignified fashion and its values of tolerance, respect and openness to the world. These troublemakers demean this image.”Loew also called on fans in Stuttgart to lay off Timo Werner, who was verbally abused by German fans during the victory in Prague despite scoring the opening goal after four minutes.The 21-year-old RB Leipzig forward is unpopular after diving to win a penalty during a controversial Bundesliga match last season at Schalke.“This behaviour by some fans is unworthy,” Loew said.“These insults against Timo are extremely painful. He made a mistake and recognised that. I now call for the public to treat him like a full-time player of the national team.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
The Drake University men’s basketball team plays its final game at the Gulf Coast Challenge Wednesday in the third-place game against Pepperdine at 5 p.m. CST.Wednesday’s game will be available to view via the BD Global Sports YouTube channel by clicking here.Pepperdine opened the tournament with an 84-70 win over Duquesne, followed by a 59-55 loss to Murray State. The Waves are led by Lamond Murray, Jr. and Stacy Davis with 15.0 points per game. In the loss to Murray State, Davis had 17 points and 11 rebounds. The Waves are coached by Marty Wilson, who was a member of Drake head coach Ray Giacoletti’s staff at Utah.The Bulldogs advanced to the third-place game via an 81-79 overtime win over Western Kentucky to open the tournament, followed by a 74-58 loss to Weber State on Tuesday evening. Tuesday’s loss was courtesy of 34 points from Weber State’s Jeremy Senglin. Senglin and guard McKay Cannon combined to shoot 12-of-18 from three-point range.Graham Woodward (Edina, Minn.) led Drake in the loss with 18 points on a 4-of-7 night from the three-point arc. The redshirt sophomore is shooting 57 percent from three-point range this season.Kale Abrahamson (West Des Moines, Iowa) followed up his 41-point night with 11 points against Weber State. On Monday against WKU, he scored a career-high 41 points on 13-of-23 shooting. In addition to setting a Gulf Coast Showcase record, that total tied for the seventh highest total in school history and the highest since 1981.Following Wednesday’s game, the Bulldogs return home to host UIC on Saturday at the Knapp Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. The last time the Bulldogs and Flames met Drake prevailed 61-59 on a runner as time expired from Richard Carter in Ray Giacoletti’s first game on the bench. Carter scored 38 in the win to open the 2013-14 season.Print Friendly Version
A mother of six who kicked the windows of a Garda car with her high heels when she was arrested on Christmas night has escaped going to jail.Melissa Darby was arrested by Gardai in Ballybofey when they pulled in a car on suspected dangerous driving at 5.40am on December 26th. Ms Darby, aged 31 years, who was a pack-seat passenger, became aggressive and abused Gardai before being arrested.Letterkenny District Court was told that when she was put into the Garda patrol car, she continued to be aggressive and damaged the seat of the car, tried to kick the windows with her high heels and also attacked rubber seals on the car.She was eventually pepper-sprayed by Gardai to bring her under control.Solicitor Frank Dorrian said his client was out with friends and did have an issue with alcohol.Judge Paul Kelly asked Ms Darby if she gave any thought to her young children while she was acting in such a manner and did she understand that she was putting them in jeopardy.He said she could well find herself in a different part of the court if she continued to act in such a manner.The court was told that Ms Darby had two previous convictions, one for having no car insurance and also a public order offence.Judge Kelly fined Ms Darby €150 under the public order charge and applied the probation act for damage to the patrol car.Mum-of-six damaged Garda car during drunken attack on Christmas night was last modified: January 10th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BallybofeycourtdrunkenMelissa Darbypatrol car
The US online paid-for streaming service of TV shows and movies, Netflix, has launched in 130 countries, including South Africa. It’ll now be easier for signed-up members to watch what they want, when they want, where they want, on any internet enabled device.Co-founder and chief executive Co-founder and chief executive Reed Hastings launches Netflix in 130 countries, including South Africa on 6 January. (Image: Netflix) launches Netflix in 130 countries, including South Africa on 6 January. (Image: Netflix)Priya PitamberThe days of being restricted to a television set to watch your favourite show are dwindling. Online streaming of series and movies is a fast-growing industry and one if its leaders, Netflix, expanded its reach to an additional 130 countries, including South Africa, on 6 January.The paid for service, which started in 2007 in the US, has since expanded across the world.“Today you are witnessing the birth of a new global internet TV network,” said co-founder and chief executive Reed Hastings at the launch in Las Vegas.“With this launch, consumers around the world – from Singapore to St Petersburg, from San Francisco to Sao Paulo – will be able to enjoy TV shows and movies simultaneously – no more waiting. With the help of the internet, we are putting power in consumers’ hands to watch whenever, wherever and on whatever device.”How it worksUsers first sign up and then can choose packages starting from $7.99 (about R134 at the current exchange rate). Internet costs are separate and depend on individual packages and service providers.Netflix is available on virtually any device that has an internet connection, including personal computers, tablets, smartphones, smart TVs and gaming consoles. It automatically provides the best possible streaming quality based on available bandwidth.Many titles, including Netflix original series and films, are available in high-definition with Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 surround sound; and some are available in Ultra HD.What you can watchOnce signed up, members around the world can watch Netflix original series, including Marvel’s Daredevil and Jessica Jones, Narcos, Sense8, Grace and Frankie, and Marco Polo, as well as a catalogue of licensed TV shows and movies.“In 2016, the company plans to release 31 new and returning original series, two dozen original feature films and documentaries, a wide range of stand-up comedy specials and 30 original kids series – available at the same time to members everywhere,” the company said.Continued expansionWhile largely available in English, Netflix has added Arabic, Korean, Simplified and Traditional Chinese to the 17 languages it already supports.“From today onwards, we will listen and we will learn, gradually adding more languages, more content and more ways for people to engage with Netflix,” said Hastings. “We’re looking forward to bringing great stories from all over the world to people all over the world.”The service is not available in Crimea, North Korea and Syria because of American government restrictions on American companies.South African social media users took to Twitter to express their excitement about the launch.Welcome to South Africa @netflix Our bodies are ready! pic.twitter.com/7f1jppsahl— Anne Hirsch (@Anne_Hirsch) January 6, 2016Okay now that @netflix is officially in South Africa, I suggest we all celebrate by watching @JessicaJones — Caryn Welby-Solomon (@carrieanne07) January 6, 2016The competitionNaspers, the international media company based in South Africa, launched the local online streaming service, Showmax, in 2015. It charges a R99 a month subscription fee. Showmax offers a seven-day free trial, while Netflix offers a month trial period.Source: NetflixWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Mt. Fuji, outside of Toyko Japan, reaches 3,776 m (12,388 ft.) into the sky, but is still not immune from the trash found at lower elevations. Geocacher atstgm helped organize an ascent of Mt. Fuji to complete a grueling Cache In Trash Out (CITO) tour.Mt. Fuji CITOArmed with garbage bags more than a dozen geocachers started hiking up the tallest mountain in Japan at 11:00am on September 3rd.They stayed over night at a staging area, then began hiking again in the predawn darkness at 1:30am on the 4th.Mt. Fuji CITO LogbookThe group reached the summit of Mt. Fuji around 5am and began the CITO event by picking up bags full of trash. They also searched for the five geocaches along the route and at the summit. Watch this raw video of the ambition climb.Check out the events calender to see if there’s a CITO event near you.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedGeocaching atop Mt. FujiNovember 22, 2015In “Community”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – April 18, 2012April 18, 2012In “Cache In Trash Out”Add CITO to Your Geocaching VocabularySeptember 29, 2014In “Community”
This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Of all the construction-related topics that young builders need to master, one of the most confusing is flashing. If you don’t yet have much job-site experience, you’ve probably got loads of questions: Where do I need to install flashing? What materials should I use? How do I know if a particular product is appropriate or durable enough for a certain application?It takes many years to understand proper flashing techniques. I have never come across a comprehensive guide to flashing; that book has not yet been written. (That said, my 2003 edition of Architectural Graphic Standards for Residential Construction has an excellent chapter on flashing.)In light of the fact that flashing manufacturers come out with new products every year, most students of flashing practices will have to make do with a variety of cobbled-together resources, articles, and videos to master this subject.We install flashing to prevent rain from entering a building through cracks. Most of the cracks that require flashing are found where dissimilar materials meet — for example, where a chimney meets roofing, where roofing meets a wall, or where siding meets a window — or at the exposed perimeter of surfaces like roofs and walls.Originally, flashing was made of sheet metal. When I got my first job as a roofer in 1974, peel-and-stick products did not yet exist — or if they existed, they were still unknown on most job sites.The roofing company I worked for used four kinds of flashing: galvanized steel for drip-edge flashing, aluminum for step flashing on asphalt shingle roofs, copper for most purposes on slate roofs, and lead for chimney counterflashing.Many (but not all) types of metal flashing include a bend in the sheet metal to direct water in a certain direction — generally, away from the building and out. Sometimes… Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.