first_imgLarissa in actionFRANCE 19, IRELAND, 15: DONEGAL duo Nora Stapleton and Larissa Muldoon put in a stunning second half performance to almost deny France the grand slam tonight.Tries from Marion Lievre, Elodie Portaries and Shanon Izar had France seemingly home and dry before a superb second-half rally from defending champions Ireland.Gillian Bourke went over for two tries off rolling mauls, the first of which was the first try France have conceded all tourmament, and the boot of Niamh Briggs brought the women in green right back into it. But it was not to be in the end and to the delight of the crowd in the south of France Les Bleus held on to complete the cleansweep.The hosts got off to an ideal start when Lievre went over in only the fourth minute, good hands down the right putting the winger over in the corner, although fly-half Sandrine Agricole missed the conversion.reland managed to hold out in the face of incessant French attacks in the first period, No.8 Safi N’Diaye leading the charge but unable to make a breakthrough and it was 5-0 at the break.But their hard work was undone straight after the interval when prop Portaries crashed over from close range and with Agricole’s conversion France led 12-0. A Briggs penalty reduced the gap to nine points but no sooner had Ireland established a foothold than they were punished, Izar picking a great line to go in under the posts after a fine pass from Agricole, who also added the extras.Ireland refused to buckle though and when Bourke burrowed over at the back of a rolling maul on the hour mark the tide appeared to be turning – despite Briggs missing with the extras.And the driving maul proved too much for France with Bourke again emerging with the ball to grab her second but it proved to be just too little too late. WOMEN’S RBS 6 NATIONS: DONEGAL DUO DO IRELAND PROUD IN PARIS BATTLE was last modified: March 14th, 2014 by John2Share 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:6 nationsfranceIrelandLarissa MuldoonNora StapletonRUGBYlast_img read more

Website gives direction to career paths, tertiary institutions

first_imgTwo entrepreneurs from Johannesburg have created a career research platform to enable learners to find information on what and where to study, and also where to get learnerships or bursaries.Thabiso Ramabida and Nimrod Dube are co-founders of PS Connect, a career research platform. (Image supplied)Brand South Africa reporterYears ago, two young men didn’t know which career to pursue; they also faced several challenges to furthering their education. Now they’ve created an online platform to help learners who find themselves in similar situations.PS Connect is a website created by business partners Thabiso Ramadiba and Nimrod Dube. “We started PS Connect to ensure that learners have equal access to opportunities that would help them further their education,” explained Ramadiba. “[The platform is created] so that the process of [finding a career path or tertiary institution] will be less traumatic, confusing or complicated.”Their aims for PS Connect are wide-ranging:Help learners identify a career they can pursue;Help learners identify which universities and colleges to apply to;Assess learners to see what courses they can apply for;Help learners with their university applications and online application for college admission;If an application is unsuccessful because of space constraints and other reasons at the tertiary institutions, the PS Connect team helps the learner find alternative universities and colleges.The foundersIn 2011, the founders of PS Connect officially registered their company, followed by five years of building the platform.Brand South Africa spoke to Ramadiba and Dube:Tell us about yourselves.Thabiso Ramadiba: I hold a BSc (Hons) in business information technology from the University of Greenwich. Born and raised in Seshego in Limpopo, I wasted three years of studying a wrong course due to lack of exposure and career guidance. Between my first and second year of my studies I left my course to pursue a learnership programme that kept me in the wrong career path. Fortunately in the third year I was exposed to IT and the diversity thereof; and that led me to change my career path.Nathan Dube: I have a BSc in computer science from Heriot Watt University. Born and raised in Johannesburg, I faced a similar challenge; my course was chosen for me by my family and since I had no idea what I wanted to pursue, I just went along with it.For the longest of times we didn’t know which careers to pursue. We both studied at a private college here in South Africa. I would say we became business partners around 2010, because that’s the time we discussed our common challenges in furthering our studies.Where the idea for PS Connect start?Ramadiba: The idea mainly came from the challenges that we personally faced when transitioning from secondary education to post-school education. We were both not exposed and did not have access to the opportunities South Africa offered to young pupils. We were both rejected from university because we did not meet the minimum requirements, which we were also not aware of. We also struggled to fund our studies. We did find an option to attain our qualifications through a college.Luckily for us things worked in our favour because our challenges imparted a new passion for us, which was to use technology to provide innovative solutions and services that expanded the career transitioning platform, and gave equal access to education for pupils from all socioeconomic backgrounds.What lessons have you learned as entrepreneurs?Dube: When you have a vision to change something big in life such as the education system, you will meet hurdles, disappointments and rejection along the way. Every day you will fail in some form but we gained momentum. This is because we are resilient, adaptive and will never give up. We have learnt that failure is a very close friend of success.Ramadiba: We have learned to deal with resistance to change – convincing educational stakeholders to change their ways around their pattern even a little can be such a task. An adaptive and improvising attitude have let us engage stakeholders in a way that benefits us both.How does PS Connect work?Brand South Africa writer Melissa Javan registered on the psconnect.co.za site. Trying to log-in via her Gmail and Facebook accounts, gave an error message. After she spoke to the PS Connect team, they fixed this and Javan then could access the site by logging-in with Facebook or Gmail. She also tried the manual registration, which allowed her to log into the site.Details needed for the manual registration are your full names, your school’s name, current grade, age, province and cellphone number. An SMS is sent to you after you have registered, with your log-in details as well as the WhatsApp group number where you may pose questions to the site administrator.Once logged in, you are asked questions such as: “Where would you like to study?” and “What method of studying do you prefer”?You can “Choose a career”, which gives information on scarce skills. There is also an explanation of the differences between a bursary, student loan, learnership and apprenticeship.You can view funding options available. The dates of funding applications have expired, however, so you have to do a Google search to find out which company’s funding programme is still available or when you can apply again.On the funding options and dates, Ramadiba said that the funding options in their system are closed for 2018 intake. “We take it upon ourselves to keep the dates updated and the companies information up to date.” The information is going to be updated after the late application period (January).The site also gives you a chance to assess yourself to see what career path you can follow – this helps learners who are uncertain about what they should study.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

In Preparation for the iPhone, Verizon Plans to Throttle Its Heaviest Data Users

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Apple#mobile#NYT#web Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts center_img audrey watters Some early reviews are in for the Verizon iPhone 4, which is available for pre-sale today. Many of these tout the ability to actually make a phone call – something AT&T customers have famously struggled with. But for those who plan to take advantage of the iPhone for its data and not its voice capabilities, the news isn’t so good. The Wall Street Journal’s Walt Mossberg, for example, notes the device has much slower data speeds on Verizon’s network than on AT&T’s.If that’s not enough to give you pause about the storied Verizon iPhone, then perhaps this news from Verizon itself might: the company has announced that it plans to start throttling the data of customers who “use an extraordinary amount of data.”In a PDF memo on the Verizon website, the company states that it “may reduce your data throughput speeds periodically for the remainder of your then current and immediately following billing cycle to ensure high quality network performance for other users at locations and times of peak demand.”Verizon says it will only do this if you fall in the top 5% of the company’s data users, calling this step “proactive management” to make sure its network can handle the influx of new subscribers and new smartphone users.Throttling data isn’t the only step Verizon is taking. The company says is is “implementing optimization and transcoding technologies” that will make data transmission more efficient. This will include caching less data, using less capacity, and resizing video – a major culprit in data usage – so that it’s more appropriate for mobile devices. Verizon says these steps won’t impact the quality of the text and video files although it may “minimally impact the appearance of the file as displayed on your device.”It should be noted, lest iPhone users shoulder the blame for Verizon’s announcement today, that some reports peg Android phones as the bigger data hog. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Should I Upgrade My Jailbroken iPhone to iOS 6?

first_imgSo much of this conundrum is a matter of digital lifestyle. Many people like tricking out their Notification Center with tweaks and widgets, and for that, tools like SBSettings and IntelliscreenX are invaluable. I’ve grown accustomed to using Sparrow as my default email client and Chrome as my default browser.  Other things, like the custom design theme I’m using and various minor visual tweaks, aren’t of dire importance to me.  Still, I like having more options than the average iPhone owner. Even if I’m not tricking out my jailbroken iPhone with every bell and whistle, it’s nice to know I have the freedom to do so. Tags:#Apple#web Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… john paul titlow 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… As months of frenzied iPhone rumors are put to rest, a nagging question remains. For iOS users like me who have jailbroken their devices, the debate begins: Should I upgrade to iOS 6? Would having an iPhone 5, which ships with the new iOS version, be worth giving up the advantages I now enjoy? For many jailbreakers, these answers are no-brainers, but for me they pose something of a dilemma.Jailbreakers enjoy a host of unauthorized apps and OS tweaks from the Cydia app store. For us, upgrading to a new version of iOS means losing our phones’ jailbroken status. That is, until developers come up with a new hack. After iOS 5 launched, we waited for two months for the first untethered jailbreak (that is, one that didn’t require connecting the phone to a computer for each reboot), and even that didn’t cover devices with the A5 processor like the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S. A month later, the Absinthe A5 tool was released, liberating the newest Apple gadgets. Weighing the Pros and Cons of Losing the JailbreakThree months might not seem like a long time, but it can be a painful period of living without the features and tweaks that Cydia affords. Of course, the wait this time will depend on how aggressively Apple patches the exploits that allowed developers to crack open iOS 5 and whether the new A6 processor throws up another roadblock to jailbreak developers. The decision of whether or not to upgrade next week depends on how heavily you rely on Cydia’s apps and tweaks. I’m a casual jailbreaker myself, but I do like the freedom it enables. For me, upgrading is a tough call, but one that might be easier to make once I’ve had a chance to play around with iOS 6 on my iPad first. For some users, things like data tethering (without paying a carrier) will be hard for to live without, especially when they cost only a few bucks to install. Much of what’s available in Cydia, though, is relatively inconsequential. Can you live without the ability to add a fifth icon to the dock, rename apps and reskin the OS? That depends on how badly you want to try the new Maps app, redeem tickets and coupons with Passbook, and take the other 200 new features of iOS 6 for a spin. If you’re mulling over a hardware (rather than strictly OS) upgrade, the iPhone 5’s faster processor, taller screen and 4G LTE connectivity factor into the decision. Are those things more exciting than the ability to play Super Mario Bros 3 in an old-school NES emulator and customize your phone? If so, go ahead and preorder the iPhone 5. Apple has a tendency to borrow generously from jailbreak developers, so some jailbreak features won’t be lost at all. Using FaceTime over 3G, for example, is now a standard feature in iOS. last_img read more