Microsoft puts Xbox on iPhone

first_img Ericsson, Leonardo team on 5G products Home Microsoft puts Xbox on iPhone KT makes LG Electronics trade-in move Microsoft today (20 April) began inviting iPhone and iPad users to beta test Xbox Cloud Gaming on their devices, a move which could prove a key boost for a service tipped as a premiere 5G use case.Alongside Windows 10 PC users, the software giant is providing users of Apple devices with web-based access to a catalogue of more than 50 tailored Xbox titles. Microsoft has developed customised controls alongside Bluetooth and USB options.Gamers will be able to access games though Google Chrome, Safari, or Microsoft Edge.Cloud gaming is expected to be a key 5G service: the next-generation network technology opens new creative possibilities for developers because they will no longer have to synchronise games on the individual phones of each player, instead using the cloud to perform calculations once.In a recent blog, Ericsson estimated there are 209 million mobile gamers in the US alone, implying more than half the people in the country play games on their phones at least occasionally.The vendor has a vested interest in mobile gaming because it will employ 5G networks and edge computing.Carlos Bravo, director of Cloud Strategy Execution, explained edge servers “can be dimensioned in a better, more efficient way, generating a synchronised gaming experience in the cloud”.“You won’t feel any lag as you’re moving around, which is critical for a good gaming experience, and you won’t have to be hooked into a Wi-Fi network.” Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back AppleEricssonMicrosoft Tags Freelance tech journalist Martha DeGrasse is delighted to be contributing to Mobile World Live. Martha has written for a number of telecom and wireless publications, and was a writer, editor and video producer at RCR Wireless News for almost seven… Read more Author Previous ArticleRootMetrics flags Verizon 5G challengesNext ArticleSmartphone shipments hit 340M in Q1 Former Ericsson employees charged in bribery case AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore1 20 APR 2021 Martha DeGrasse Relatedlast_img read more

Coronavirus live updates: 1 million cases worldwide

first_imgjarun011/iStock(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has killed at least 5,648 people in the United States and more than 51,000 worldwide.Worldwide, more than 1 million people have been diagnosed with the new respiratory virus, which causes an illness known officially as COVID-19. Over 208,000 of those diagnosed have recovered, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.With more than 236,000 diagnosed cases of COVID-19, the U.S. has by far the highest national tally in the world.Here’s how the news is developing Thursday. All times Eastern:3:20 p.m.: Cruise ships with sick passengers allowed to dock in FloridaA pair of cruise ships carrying dozens of people with flu-like symptoms, including at least nine who have tested positive for COVID-19, will be allowed to dock at Port Everglades in Florida, says Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis.Last week, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said it would be a mistake to bring the passengers from the MS Zaandam and MS Rotterdam ashore because the state’s hospitals need to be saved for residents and not “foreign nationals.”The decision to let the ships dock was made by the Coast Guard, Homeland Security, health officials and Broward County officials, said Trantalis.He said Holland America, which operates the ships, has “agreed to a strict set of protocols … intended to protect our community by ensuring there is no contact with local residents.”“The vast majority of passengers are not ill and have no symptoms, they will be placed on private chartered buses, taken directly to the airport” for chartered flights, the mayor said“A small number of critically ill passengers will go to local hospitals,” he said, while some who are mildly sick or have symptoms will quarantine on the ships.The illnesses began aboard the MS Zaandam, which set out from Buenos Aires for a South America cruise on March 7, with 1,243 guests and 586 crew on board. The voyage was supposed to end in San Antonio, Chile, on March 21 but the vessel has remained at sea since the Chilean government refused it permission to dock and disembark.The ships later passed through the Panama Canal and the government of Panama also denied approval to disembark guests.At least four people on board the ship have died and several have tested positive for COVID-19, according to Holland America.Last week, the cruise line announced plans to move “healthy” people from the MS Zaandam to another one of its ships, the MS Rotterdam. Holland America Line president Orlando Ashford said he wanted to dispel the myth of a healthy ship versus a sick one, explaining that the intention was for the two cruises to work in tandem so that they can reduce the workload on each vessel, “create maximum flexibility” and move passengers that have been stuck self-isolating in inside cabins for a week to cabins that have access to light and fresh air.There are now 442 guests and 603 crew aboard the MS Zaandam, and 808 guests and 583 crew on the MS Rotterdam, including a total of 311 U.S. citizens. Since March 22, at least 97 guests — 83 on Zaandam and 14 on Rotterdam — and 136 crew — all on Zaandam — have presented with influenza-like symptoms, according to Holland America Line.“We have seen a significant decline in the presentation of new cases on Zaandam, with only one new case reporting in the past 24 hours,” the cruise line said Wednesday. 2:50 p.m.: Louisiana cases jump 42% in 1 dayCoronavirus cases in Louisiana jumped 42% in one day. On Wednesday, there were 6,424 cases statewide and now the state is reporting 9,150 cases.There are 1,639 patients in hospitals, including 507 individuals on ventilators, said state officials.The death toll in Louisiana has climbed to 310.Gov. John Bel Edwards tweeted Thursday, “We are doing everything we can to source ventilators and increase our medical capacity & we need everyone else to do everything they can to slow the spread and stay at home. This is going to get worse before it gets better, but how much worse depends on all of us.”2:30 p.m.: 6 charged for coughing, spitting on cops and claiming to have coronavirusSix people have been charged in New Jersey for allegedly spitting or coughing on police officers while claiming to have the coronavirus, Gov. Phil Murphy said Thursday.“We are taking a zero-tolerance policy against anyone who acts so stupidly and puts others in danger or makes them fear for their health,” the governor tweeted. “If you engage in such behavior, you’re going to face – at the least – fines of up to $10,000 and up to 18 months in jail.”In New Jersey, over 25,000 people have been diagnosed with the coronavirus and 537 of them have died.12:36 p.m.: FDA loosens restrictions for gay men to donate bloodThe FDA is loosening restrictions that have blocked men who have sex with men from donating blood within 12 months of their last sexual encounter, citing concerns dating back to the 1980’s about the transmission for HIV or AIDS through the blood supply.The new restrictions will be to defer men from donating if they have had sex with another man within the last 3 months.The FDA’s change follows urging from gay rights activists and Democratic senators who cited the recent blood shortages caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic as a catalyst for change. 12:04 p.m.: Democratic National Convention postponed to Aug. 17The Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee, initially set for July 13, has been pushed back to Aug. 17 due to the coronavirus pandemic,  according to senior convention and party officials.“Ultimately, the health and safety of our convention attendees and the people of Milwaukee is our top priority,” said DNC Chair Tom Perez. “And we will continue to be in contact with local, state, and federal health officials as we monitor this fluid situation.”11:45 a.m.: More than 50,000 cases in NYCNew York City — the U.S. city hit hardest by the pandemic — has over 51,000 people who have tested positive for COVID-19, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday.New York state has 92,000 diagnosed cases. Of those, 13,000 are hospitalized, including 3,396 patients in intensive care units, Cuomo said.Over 7,000 people have been discharged from hospitals in the state.New York state now has lost 2,373 lives, Cuomo said.The apex in New York will depend on social distancing, Cuomo said. Depending on the model, the apex could be anywhere from 7 to 30 days away, he said.10:50 a.m.: 100-year-old charged for attending large funeralA 100-year-old is among 15 people charged for attending a funeral in Lakewood, New Jersey, in violation of the governor’s executive order banning large gatherings.About 60 to 70 people had gathered for the Wednesday funeral, and when officers tried to disperse the crowd, some “became unruly and argumentative,” according to the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office and the Lakewood Township Police.The 15 people — including the 100-year-old — were charged with Violating Any Rule or Regulation Adopted by the Governor During a State of Emergency.10:50 a.m.: 100-year-old charged for attending large funeralA 100-year-old is among 15 people charged for attending a funeral in Lakewood, New Jersey, in violation of the governor’s executive order banning large gatherings.About 60 to 70 people had gathered for the Wednesday funeral, and when officers tried to disperse the crowd, some “became unruly and argumentative,” according to the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office and the Lakewood Township Police.The 15 people — including the 100-year-old — were charged with Violating Any Rule or Regulation Adopted by the Governor During a State of Emergency.10:25 a.m.: FEMA asks Defense Department for 100,000 body bagsFEMA has requested that the Defense Department make 100,000 body bags available to help state health agencies with mortuary affairs, a Pentagon spokesman confirmed to ABC News.The request comes as the White House revealed this week that as many as 200,000 Americans could die from the coronavirus.Bloomberg, which was first to report on FEMA’s request, said the Department of Defense will initially draw from its stockpile of 50,000 bags before having to purchase more.9:44 a.m.: Vatican reports 7th positive caseOne new positive case of COVID-19 has been reported in Vatican City, the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church.Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said in a statement Thursday that a Holy See employee has tested positive for the coronavirus. The employee has been in isolation since mid-March, after his wife contracted the virus from an Italian hospital where she works, according to Bruni.This brings the total number of positive cases in the Vatican to seven. The city-state is surrounded by Rome.“On this occasion it is useful to clarify that, like all institutions, the various entities and departments of the Holy See and of the Vatican City State continue only in essential, mandatory and indifferent activities,” Bruni said, “clearly adopting to the maximum extent possible the appropriate measures that have already been communicated, which include remote work and shift criteria, in order to safeguard staff health.”9:07 a.m.: Florida reaches conditional approval on Carnival’s entry plan for two cruise shipsThe U.S. Coast Guard and the Florida Department of Health have reached a conditional agreement with Carnival Corp., the world’s largest cruise line, on an entry plan for two ships carrying dozens of people with flu-like symptoms. The commissioner of Florida’s Broward County, Michael Udine, said via Twitter Thursday morning that Carnival’s plan is still subject to approval from Broward County, where the ships would dock. Until then, the pair of vessels will remain outside U.S. waters. It’s unclear how many passengers would be allowed to disembark.Both cruise ships — the MS Zaandam and the MS Rotterdam — are operated by Holland America Line, a subsidiary of Carnival. Since March 22, a total of 97 guests and 136 crew on board have presented influenza-like symptoms, while at least nine people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Four people on board have died, according to Holland America Line.8:59 a.m.: Record 6.6 million Americans file for unemploymentA record-smashing 6,648,000 people filed for unemployment in the United States in the week ending March 28 amid the coronavirus crisis, according to data released by the U.S. Department of Labor on Thursday. Thousands of businesses across the country have been forced to close due to government-mandated stay-at-home orders.8:28 a.m.: Spain sees new record in coronavirus-related fatalitiesSpain has again reported the highest single-day death toll from the novel coronavirus since the pandemic began. The Spanish Ministry of Health on Thursday recorded 950 new deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the nationwide total to 10,003 — a nearly 10.5% jump. It’s the largest one-day, in-country increase of fatalities so far, surpassing the record set by Spain last week.The Spanish health ministry also recorded 8,100 newly diagnosed cases of COVID-19, bringing the nationwide tally to 110,238 — a nearly 8% increase. Spain has one of the highest nationwide death tolls from COVID-19 in the world, second only to Italy. Spain also has the third-highest national tally of diagnosed cases, behind Italy and the United States.7:53 a.m.: New England Patriots plane carrying N95 masks from China to arrive in BostonA private jet owned by the New England Patriots professional football team carrying much-needed medical supplies from China will land in Boston on Thursday, according to Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker. Patriots CEO Robert Kraft coordinated with officials to send the National Football League team’s plane to pick up personal protective equipment that Massachusetts had bought from China. The U.S. state has purchased over a million N95 masks, and the ones arriving Thursday at Boston’s Logan International Airport represent a partial shipment, according to the governor.“As I said before, ordering vital equipment like this is only one part of the challenge and I am incredibly grateful that the Krafts worked this issue relentlessly alongside our Command Center staff to get these critical supplies to Massachusetts,” Baker said in a statement Thursday. “The Krafts, our partners Ambassador Huang Ping, Dr. Jason Li, Gene Hartigan and our COVID-19 Command Center personnel teamed up to get this job done and we eagerly await the plane landing at Logan Airport soon. Our administration will keep pursuing the PPE necessary to support our brave front-line workers who are working tirelessly to save lives during this pandemic.”7:25 a.m.: FEMA cargo plane with medical supplies from China lands in OhioA planeload of medical supplies from China has landed in the United States.The cargo plane touched down early Thursday at Rickenbacker International Airport near Columbus, Ohio.“The shipment includes supplies from Shanghai, connecting the global market with local medical distributors,” airport officials told ABC News.The relief shipment, coordinated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, contains masks, gowns, ventilators and other supplies, all of which will go to medical distributors “in areas of greatest need,” officials said.6:46 a.m.: Over 95% of those who died in Europe were over 60, WHO saysThe head of the World Health Organization’s regional office in Europe said Thursday data shows that more than 95% of people who have died from the novel coronavirus on the continent were over the age of 60.More than half of them were older than 80, Dr. Hans Kluge said.Still, he warned that age is not the only risk factor. About 10% to 15% of people under 50 who are diagnosed with COVID-19 have moderate or severe symptoms, according to the WHO, the global health arm of the United Nations.“The very notion that COVID-19 only affects older people is factually wrong,” Kluge said during an online press conference Thursday in Copenhagen. “Young people are not invincible.”More than four in five of those who have died in Europe had at least one other chronic underlying conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes or hypertension.“On a positive note,” Kluge added, “there are reports of people over the age of 100 who were admitted to hospital for COVID-19 and have now since made a complete recovery.”5:39 a.m. Cruise ships with sick passengers to arrive off Florida coastA pair of cruise ships carrying dozens of people with flu-like symptoms, including at least nine who have tested positive for COVID-19, were expected to arrive off the coast of Florida early Thursday.It’s still unclear whether passengers will be allowed to disembark.The illnesses began aboard the MS Zaandam, which set out from Buenos Aires for a South America cruise on March 7, with 1,243 guests and 586 crew on board. The voyage was supposed to end in San Antonio, Chile, on March 21 but the vessel has remained at sea since the Chilean government refused it permission to dock and disembark. At least four people on board the ship have died and several have tested positive for COVID-19, according to Holland America Line, which operates the cruise.Last week, the cruise line announced plans to move “healthy” people from the MS Zaandam to another one of its ships, the MS Rotterdam. Holland America Line President Orlando Ashford said in a video message that he wanted to dispel the myth of a healthy ship versus a sick one, explaining that the intention is for the two cruises to work in tandem so that they can reduce the workload on each vessel, “create maximum flexibility” and move passengers that have been stuck self-isolating in inside cabins for a week to cabins that have access to light and fresh air.There are now 442 guests and 603 crew aboard the MS Zaandam, and 808 guests and 583 crew on the MS Rotterdam, including a total of 311 U.S. citizens. Since March 22, at least 97 guests — 83 on Zaandam and 14 on Rotterdam — and 136 crew — all on Zaandam — have presented with influenza-like symptoms, according to Holland America Line.“We have seen a significant decline in the presentation of new cases on Zaandam, with only one new case reporting in the past 24 hours,” the cruise line said in a statement on Wednesday afternoon.Both ships are heading to Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, after passing through the Panama Canal. The government of Panama also denied approval to disembark guests.Holland America Line said it hopes to disembark the nearly 1,200 guests on the two ships who are “well” and fit to travel per guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Guests fit for travel will be transferred straight from the vessels to flights for onward travel home, the majority on charter flights.“Out of an abundance of caution, these guests will be transported in coaches that will be sanitized, with limited person-to-person contact and while wearing masks,” the cruise line said in its statement Wednesday. “These provisions well exceed what the CDC have advised is necessary for their travel. Guests have not left the ship since March 14 and have self-isolated in their staterooms since March 22.”The approximately 45 guests who still have “mild illness” and are unfit to travel at this time will continue to isolate on board until recovered, according to Holland America Line. For the estimated less than 10 people who need immediate critical care shoreside, the cruise line has secured approval from a local health hospital in Florida’s Broward County that has agreed to accept the patients for treatment.“This small number is the only group that will require any support from medical resources in Broward County,” the cruise line said, “and is necessary to prevent further harm to their health.”Last week, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said it would be a mistake to bring the passengers ashore because the state’s hospitals need to be saved for residents and not “foreign nationals.”As of Wednesday afternoon, Holland America Line was still awaiting confirmation from Florida authorities to disembark the guests in Fort Lauderdale. Both ships will remain outside U.S. waters while awaiting clearance to enter.“Holland America Line calls for compassion and reason in the review and approval of our disembarkation plan by Florida officials,” the cruise line said, “and we are grateful for those that have supported our efforts.”4:11 a.m.: Dr. Fauci forced to ramp up personal security due to threatsThe U.S. government has ramped up security for Dr. Anthony Fauci, as the nation’s top medical expert on the coronavirus pandemic faces threats to his personal safety.Upon recommendation of the U.S. Marshals Service, the U.S. Department of Justice in recent days approved a special deputization request from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for more than half a dozen special agents to provide protective services to Fauci, a Justice Department official told ABC News.Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, is a member of President Donald Trump’s coronavirus task force and has become the face of the nation’s response to the novel coronavirus pandemic.The Washington Post first reported the threats to Fauci and the increased security.When asked during Wednesday’s White House press briefing whether he or the task force coordinator had received any threats or if they had been given a security detail, Fauci said he was not able to answer and referred the reporter’s question to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.Trump quickly chimed in, saying, “He doesn’t need security, everybody loves him.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. 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DRC says its Ebola outbreak not linked to West Africa’s

first_imgEbola has struck an area in the northern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), with at least two confirmed fatal cases, but authorities say it is not the same strain as in West Africa, according to media reports and the World Health Organization (WHO).DRC Health Minister Felix Kabange Numbi announced on state television yesterday that 2 of 8 samples from patients in Djera, in the Boende region of Equateur province, tested positive for Ebola, according to an Associated Press (AP) report yesterday. The story described the cases as fatal.Kabange said officials believe Ebola has killed 13 people in the region, including five health workers, according to the story. He said 11 people were sick and in isolation and that 80 contacts were being traced.”This epidemic has nothing to do with the one in West Africa,” Kabange said.Further test results expectedThe DRC’s national laboratory reported that the Ebola strain is different from the one causing the epidemic in West Africa, the WHO said on Twitter yesterday. The agency said the government is “organizing” further tests to better characterize the strain.More test results were expected today, WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl said yesterday on Twitter. He said there “could be 2 different strains here, meaning two different events/outbreaks.”The WHO said earlier that an outbreak of hemorrhagic gastroenteritis was the cause of 70 deaths in the Boende region in recent weeks. In Twitter comments last week, Hartl said those deaths were not from Ebola, but yesterday he tweeted that he had been given “premature information from the field.” He said samples had tested positive in the DRC lab and the tests would be checked by another lab.DRC’s seventh Ebola outbreakDjera is a collection of villages more than 1,200 kilometers (745 miles) from the DRC capital, Kinshasa, and more than 600 kilometers from the provincial capital, Mbandaka, the AP reported.Confirmation of Ebola prompted the DRC to deploy a response team to the affected area immediately, working with the WHO and other partners, the WHO said yesterday.The DRC has had six previous Ebola outbreaks since the disease was discovered there in 1976, according to WHO data.See also: Aug 24 AP storyWHO on TwitterGregory Hartl on TwitterWHO fact sheet on Ebola virus diseaselast_img read more

Sreesanth’s ball still difficult to play on net Says Sachin Baby

first_imgKochi: Captain of the Kerala team Sachin Baby says that Sreesanth’s ball has not lost that old sharpness and it is still difficult to play Sreesanth’s ball in the net.The Kerala Cricket Association had yesterday said that Sreesanth’s ban on the IPL could come to an end in September. Tinu Yohann, a former Kerala team coach and former Indian player, made the same point. Tendulkar’s comments on Sree’s bowling have been criticized.Sreesanth was practicing in a nets at Edappally with a few Kerala cricketers including Sachin Baby, Basil Thampi in and around Kochi.Tendulkar said he was happy with Sreesanth’s return. He was speaking on television host Arun Venugopal’s home run with AV on Instagram. “Sreesanth is my brother. I am looking forward to his return to the Kerala team for the last seven years. They have been practicing together for the past few years. Sreesanth’s bowling performance on net His ball is still difficult to play in the Nets. Pace and swing can be tough on us, ”Sachin Baby said.Sreesanth’s match fitness needs to be addressed. Sachin Tendulkar also works hard at bowling. He noted that Sri Lanka were bowling well in the nets and wickets were being dropped.Content Highlights: Sreesanth is still unplayable says Kerala batsman Sachin Babylast_img read more

Jensen third, Fitzgerald fourth for Marshfield girls golf at Osseo

first_imgClover Valley Golf LeagueMeet No. 2, Sept. 3 at Osseo Golf CourseTeam standings: 1. Stevens Point 187; 2. Stanley-Boyd 188; 3. Osseo-Fairchild 194; 4. Eau Claire Regis 198; 5. Marshfield 206; 6. D.C. Everest 240; 7. Wisconsin Rapids 296.Top 10 individuals and Marshfield scores: 1. Megan Ponkrandt (ECR) 40; 2. Katie Kiraly (SB) 42; 3. Ana Jensen (MAR) 44; 4. Jordyn Fitzgerald (MAR), Aly Wedward (OF) and Mary McDonald (SP) 45; 7. Brook Tuszka (SP) and Julia Szepieniec (ECR) 46; 9. Grace Eide (OF) 47; 10. Lily Bohlinger (OF), Jessica Barber (SP), Abbie Ter Maat (SP) and Julia Post (SB) 48; 18. Patty Bloczynski (MAR) 54; 26. Roma Shah (MAR) 63. By Paul LeckerSports ReporterOSSEO – Marshfield’s Ana Jensen shot a 44 to finish third and Jordyn Fitzgerald tied for fourth with a 45 as the Tigers took fifth at the second leg of the Clover Valley Golf League tournament Thursday at Osseo Golf Course.Megan Pokrandt of Eau Claire Regis won medalist honors with a 40, two shots ahead of Katie Kiraly of Stanley-Boyd. Fitzgerald tied Aly Wedward of Osseo-Fairchild and Mary McDonald of Stevens Point for fourth.Stevens Point won the team title with a 187, one shot ahead of Stanley-Boyd. Marshfield finished with a 206, eight shots out of fourth.Patty Bloczynski had a 54 and Roma Shah shot a 63 to round out Marshfield’s scoring.The third leg of the CGVL tournament is Tuesday at Wisconsin Rapids.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)last_img read more

Southern rugby’s export boom

first_img29 June 2007Springbok captain John Smit will be playing his rugby in France for the next two years, joining what could become an exodus of top South African rugby players to Europe. Judging by similar moves by Australian and New Zealand players, the game could be in for a shake-up after the World Cup in France.Smit announced on Wednesday that he has accepted an offer to play for Cleremont Auvergne in 2008/09. Free State Cheetahs’ centre Marius Joubert is joining Smit there, while former Springbok Grant Esterhuizen is already on the club’s books.“Representing the Springboks since my debut in 2000 and also playing for my beloved Sharks was a real dream come true for me and I thoroughly enjoyed my time with them,” Smit said on the Sharks website. “However, the time has come to make a change and move on in my professional career.”Smit’s decision notwithstanding, national coach Jake White, should he remain coach of the Springboks after the World Cup, has said he would still pick the hooker to captain the Boks. “Without a doubt, John’s ability to lead a team, coupled with his strength in the scrums and accuracy in the lineout, make him special,” White said.Andy Marinos, the manager of South Africa’s national rugby teams, said Smit had consulted SA Rugby throughout the process and “we respect his decision”.More international skippersSmit might not be the only Springbok captain heading for France. Ambitious French second division side Toulon recently announced that Victor Matfield, who led South Africa against New Zealand in Durban recently, has been signed.Matfield hasn’t yet confirmed the move. The French media, however, have quoted the lock as saying he has only a few loose ends to tie up and is committed to Toulon in principle.Former All Black captain Tana Umaga is both a player and the club’s general manager. He’s been very active signing players, and apart from chasing Matfield – viewed by many as the best lineout forward in world rugby – Umaga has signed Australia’s George Gregan, the most capped player in test, former All Blacks flyhalf Andrew Mehrtens, and Anton Oliver who, like Umaga, has led New Zealand.South Africans at ToulonToulon has a good number of South African players on its books, including Daniel Muller, Nicky Smit, Charl van Vliet, Nico Breedt, Norman Jordaan and Chris Rossouw, so it appears that settling settling in wouldn’t be a problem for Matfield.The club’s most recently announced signing, prop Lawrence Sephaka, brings the number of South African players, excluding Matfield, to seven.Toulon even has a South African coaching connection, with Tim Lane, who previously coached the Cats (now Lions) in Super Rugby and served as a Springbok assistant coach, in charge.While Matfield is 30 and probably doesn’t have that many years left in his career, another Springbok star, Schalk Burger, has drawn the interest of France’s Toulouse and England’s NEC Harlequins, and he is just 24 years of age.Currency issuesNaturally, South African rugby would rather not lose a young superstar to a northern hemisphere club, but it is an uphill battle for South Africa’s provinces and the SA Rugby Union – at current exchange rates the euro is worth close to R10, while the pound is worth over R14.It would be difficult, if not impossible, for South Africa to match the money Europe can offer players of the stature of Smit, Matfield and Burger.The list of players rumoured to be heading north doesn’t end there, however, and, if the number of New Zealanders and Australians also heading in that direction after the World Cup is any indication, a lot of South Africans will be joining them.UK callingPercy Montgomery, who previously had a stint in Wales with the Newport Gwent Dragons, has been linked with Perpignan, as has Bok winger Ashwin Willemse. Gerrie Britz has already signed a three-year contract with the club.Springbok flyhalf Butch James has reportedly been approached by English club Bath, while 39-test veteran De Wet Barry recently signed a two-year contract with Harlequins.Should a large number of frontline Springboks sign contracts with French and English clubs, there could be problems for SA rugby down the line.One need only to look back on England’s recent tour of South Africa and France’s tour of New Zealand, where both touring teams were missing many top players because of club rugby commitments.In both series, the southern hemisphere teams, at full strength, recorded record margins of victory over the northern hemisphere sides. South Africa thumped England 58-10 and 55-22, while the All Blacks hammered France 42-11 and 61-10.World rugby shake-up?Increasingly, countries are selecting teams for test matches that are not their strongest line-ups, but rather selections that are used to gauge whether players are potential World Cup players or not.The rugby world could be in for a big shake-up after the World Cup in France, with more watering down of national teams a definite possibility.An exodus of South African, New Zealand and Australian players could result in a weakened Tri-Nations competition; it could even end up with the southern hemisphere powers sending out third-string teams against the northern hemisphere.When England tackled the Springboks recently, 30 top players were unavailable for selection, mostly because of club commitments. The shoe could soon be on the other foot.SA players in EuropeBelow is a list of South Africans who played club rugby in France or England this past season, or who are set to play in Europe next season (A * indicates players linked with a move to a club, ^ indicates players who have recently signed contracts).Included in the list are a number of English, French, New Zealand and Welsh rugby internationals who were born and/or grew up in South Africa.FRANCEStade FrançaisPieter de Villiers (French international), Boela du Plooy, Brian Liebenberg (French international), Frans ViljoenToulouseDaan Human, Gaffie du ToitCleremont AuvergneGrant Esterhuizen, John Smit*, Marius Joubert*PerpignanGavin Hume, Gerrie Britz*, Percy Montgomery^, Ashwin Willemse^BourgoinRudi Coetzee, Wessel JoosteMontaubanBraam ImmelmanCastresDanie Saayman, Gerhard VoslooBriveVickus Liebenberg, Johan van Zyl, Hendrik Gerber, Charl van RensburgMontpellierDrikus Hancke, Rickus LubbeBayonneRob Linde, Jacques Deen, Sam Gerber, Eduard CoetzeeNarbonneHenk Eksteen, Retief Uys, Tinus van RensburgAgenWillem Stoltz, Adri Badenhorst, Pietman van Niekerk, Conrad StoltzToulouseSchalk Burger^Toulon (Division Two)Daniel Muller, Nicky Smit, Charl van Vliet, Nico Breedt, Norman Jordaan, Chris Rossouw, Victor Matfield^ENGLANDGloucesterRudi Keil, Jake BoerSaracensCobus Visagie, Neil de KockLondon IrishMike Catt (England international), Danie Coetzee, Faan RautenbachNEC HarlequinsStuart Abbott (England international), Hal Luscombe (Wales international), Andre Vos, Schalk Burger^BathPieter Dixon, Hottie Louw, Matt Stevens (England international), Michael Claassens, Butch JamesNewcastle FalconsRussell WinterWorcester WarriorsThinus Delport, Greg Rawlinson (New Zealand international)Northampton Saints Joe van Niekerk, Geoff Appleford (England international), Pat Barnard Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Mobile swipe machines take off in SA

first_imgMobile transaction machines are becoming popular. (Image: Bongani Nkosi) The mobile swipe-card machine industry is booming and looks set to grow further, as more businesses and consumers in South Africa realise how convenient and safe the devices are.An increasing number of establishments are enlisting the services of such machines, said Paul Kent, managing director SureSwipe – an independent supplier.The gadgets have gained popularity as local consumers have become more confident in using them.“It’s almost unheard of for a business not to have a portable swipe-card machine,” Kent said.Debit cards are being used more and more in swipe machines, as opposed to credit cards – although the latter still dominates the market. Debit card users now account for about 30% of the market share, Kent said, but he predicts that by 2012 the market will be 50% debit and 50% credit cards.Debit-card usage is “around 30% at present and growing fast”, he added.The machines, also known as speedpoints, have grown in popularity over the last 12 months as new, faster technology has been introduced. About two years ago the industry was still using “first-generation machines that were not as reliable”, said Kent.Swipe-card machines are very popular in the hospitality sector, Kent said. These days one doesn’t need actual cash when eating out or even enjoying a drink at a bar, as a waiter can bring the handy device to your table.Grocery outlets, both big and small, have also introduced the machines in some of their branches. Furniture and clothing stores are using them too.“For consumers, the peace of mind of watching the transaction taking place in front of them, and the convenience of the machine being brought to their table, if they are at a restaurant, … is a significant advantage,” Kent said.“This market is growing rapidly and soon we might tell our grandchildren that once cards were taken from us and swiped some distance from us,” he added.Rental agreementSwipe-card machines are supplied by all four major banks in South Africa – Absa, Standard Bank, FNB and Nedbank – and groups like SureSwipe. Kent said the industry standard is for suppliers to rent out the devices and provide internet connectivity for them.He said they charge businesses R400 (US$58) per month to rent out a mobile machine and R250 ($36) for a fixed machine. Internet connectivity is R119 ($17.20) per month for a portable machine and R180 ($26) for fixed one.“This is the industry standard. With these machines, rental is more expensive than connectivity.”Machines currently available in South Africa take between 10 and 20 seconds to complete a transaction. Kent said his organisation is now eyeing machines that are much faster, like those recently introduced in Brazil, which “cut the time of a swipe to less than three seconds”.New mobile phone technology is changing the way payments are made overseas. Kent said that in the US, consumers can make purchases using their smartphones.With these gaining significant market share in South Africa as well, the country may not be too far away from adopting such payment methods.“The technology is advancing rapidly – from wireless links to satellite transmission – and even capacity to swipe using smartphones,” Kent said.Preventing fraudThe prevailing concern for retailers is that swipe machines use sim cards for internet connectivity, which Kent said can be taken out and used in any mobile phone. “For instance, a waiter could take this out and use it in his or her cellphone to make personal calls. It is quite difficult to do this, but not impossible,” he added.Another concern is that older credit cards can be used without the consent of the owner, as they do not require a secret pin code for machine transactions – but banks are aware of this and have started introducing a pin system for such cards.Debit cards are generally safer, as a user always needs to enter his or her secret pin number when buying or withdrawing money.If a credit card is lost or stolen, it needs to be reported to the police and bank as soon as possible, so it can be barred.“If the credit card company has frozen the account, the machine will decline the card and the credit card company will receive an alert about the transaction,” Kent said. “Overall, credit-card swipe machines can also prevent fraud or criminal activity.”last_img read more

Establishing a Significant Footprint in 100Gb Top500

first_imgBy John Beck, General Manager Intel Omni-Path Architecture Business GroupOn November 14, 2016, at Supercomputing 2016 in Salt Lake City, Utah, Intel shared exciting updates on the continuing market momentum of Intel® Omni-Path Architecture, Intel’s 100Gb fabric for high performance computing. The Intel® Omni-Path Architecture connects 28 systems in the current Top500 list, double the number of InfiniBand’s EDR, clearly proving that Intel®  Omni-Path Architecture is becoming the preferred 100Gb fabric for major deployments as a result of its strong performance and scalability. Intel® Omni-Path Architecture commands a total of 43.7 petaflops in the 100Gb Top500 arena, which is over 2.5x the total peak FLOPs for Infiniband EDR systems (17.1 petaflops). The high-speed, low latency and scalability of Intel OPA is critical to better performance and balanced cluster delivery for HPC applications.What a Difference Five Months Can MakeThe graphs below illustrate the tremendous improvements in the number of systems and total performance that have propelled Intel® Omni-Path Architecture to a leadership position in 100Gb fabric.We’re also very excited that Intel OPA is the first 100Gb fabric to appear in the Top 10!     The 8,208-node Oakforest-PACs cluster (University of Tokyo and Tsukuba University), which is based on the Intel® Omni-Path Architecture, has broken into the #6 spot in the recently-published Top500list. Delivering 25 petaflops of peak performance and a measured 13.5 petaflops (Rmax), the Oakforest-PACS cluster supports over 500,000 Intel® Xeon Phi™ processor cores (formerly codenamed Knights Landing).  The Intel® Omni-Path Architecture is specifically designed for large scale HPC deployments to offer the bandwidth, low latency and efficiency required for today’s biggest supercomputers.  The #6 listing on the Top500 list for the Oakforest-PACS cluster demonstrates the ability for Intel® Omni-Path Architecture to deliver top performance and scalability.Following the Oakforest-PACS cluster in the #12 spot is the 3,556-node CINECA Marconi-A2 cluster, sporting a peak performance of 10.8 petaflops and a measured ~6.2 petaflops.These are significant accomplishments, given that volume shipments started just nine months ago.  Intel’s high-speed, low-latency fabric for high-performance computing has quickly established its presence around the world as the 100Gb HPC fabric of choice, primarily due to its performance, price/performance, scalability, and the customers’ satisfaction with their initial experiences after deployment.   The vast majority of major HPC system OEMs integrating large and scalable machines have adopted the Intel fabric for their deployments. These include Dell, Lenovo, HPE, Cray, SGI, and Supermicro in the United States; Bull Atos and Clustervision in Europe; Fujitsu in Japan; and Sugon, Inspur, and Huawei in China.Integrators and customers cite that competitive performance is not the only compelling reason to choose Intel® Omni-Path Architecture. The increased port density afforded by Intel technology’s 48 radix switch silicon (compared to InfiniBand’s 36-port switch) reduces the complexity and costs in the network’s design required to enable large clusters. For Penguin Computing, who deployed Intel® Omni-Path Architecture for the first Commodity Technology System program (CTS-1) for the U.S. government’s National Nuclear Security Agency (NNSA), said Intel’s switch was very beneficial for the CTS-1 design.  Please check out what Sig Mair of Penguin has previously said about Intel® Omni-Path Architecture benefits in the following Top500.org articleOpens in a new window. There are now eight NNSA/CTS1 clusters on this Top500, a number of which are in the top 50 on the list.The Proof is in the PerformanceThe proven quality and stability of Intel® Omni-Path Architecture allowed MIT to deploy their HPC system in record time this fall.   Jeremy Kepner, MIT Lincoln Laboratory Fellow and head of the Lincoln Laboratory Supercomputing Center, shares that  “Dell EMC and Intel have been great partners in enabling us to dramatically increase the capabilities of our supercomputing center. The Dell HPC and Intel teams were very knowledgeable and responsive and able to deliver, install, and benchmark our Petaflop-scale system in less than a month. This was a great example of a well-coordinated and dedicated organization that was able to allocate the appropriate resources to exceed customer expectations.  We are very pleased with the efficiency and performance of our Dell EMC Networking H-Series fabric based on Intel® Omni-Path Architecture, which enabled our #106 ranking on the November Top500 list.”All accomplished in just the second Top500 list featuring Intel® Omni-Path Architecture, Intel’s leap in both number of solutions represented in the Top500 list and overall performance proves its commanding presence in the 100Gb fabric market.  Intel OPA is a pillar of Intel®’s Scalable System Framework, a consolidated strategy to bring highly integrated solutions to high performance computing.To learn more about Intel® Omni-Path Architecture visit: http://www.intel.com/omnipathOpens in a new windowlast_img read more

Alves linked with shock Sevilla return

first_imgDani Alves could be in line for a shock return to Sevilla this summer after 10 years away, reports SportVarious media outlets in Spain have announced that the Brazilian is available in the upcoming transfer window with Paris Saint-Germain having reportedly offered him to Sevilla, whom he originally left in 2008 to join Barcelona, because he does not fit into the Parisian club’s plans.New PSG manager Thomas Tuchel is understood to have told the board that he does not view Alves as part of his plans at the French capital.Joaquin Caparros, who now works as the Director of Football at Sevilla after being replaced by Pablo Machin as head coach, has since revealed that he is currently unaware of these reports.Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…But the 62-year-old did state he would welcome Alves back to the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.“I do not know anything about Dani Alves, but we are always open to signing right-back and when we improve, although right now the priority is elsewhere,” he told Mundo Deportivo.last_img read more

Gio Simeone cant wait for his dad to coach Argentina

first_imgDiego Simeone’s older son who is having a great debut in European football, stated publicly that he knows his father will manage Argentina sooner or later.A couple weeks ago there was an interview in the Spanish radio where Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone, spoke about his son Giovanni and the narrow chances he has of bringing him to Atletico Madrid and the possibility of coaching Argentina in the future. The youngster hadn’t spoken in public after that interview and he did it this Thursday in Fox Sports Argentina, he revealed that his father’s words were hard to digest but he agrees with him. As Diego Simeone’s son, Giovanni always had a hard time to make people respect him because they always believed that he was a product of nepotism. Ever since he made his debut in River Plate at a very early age, young Giovanni never had it easy to rise through the ranks and he is one of the few examples of a football family where the descendants improve the bloodline. Today as a Fiorentina striker, Gio has many of the same trades his father had during his career but he uses them as a striker. The oldest of the Simeone children is a fighter like his dad, but he was also born with the gift of scoring many goals that have brought him to Europe on his own merits and has also given him the honor of making his debut for Argentina with a goal. ¿PRESIÓN PARA PAPÁ?#90MinutosFOX – Esto dijo Giovanni sobre las chances de que el Cholo Simeone llegue alguna vez a la Selección Argentina. pic.twitter.com/pGfMszR7T4— FOX Sports Argentina (@FOXSportsArg) September 27, 2018The lad also spoke about the dream of representing the National Team where his father once played as a young professional, but he set his sights on the striker position and he keeps working hard to accomplish that in the future. One of the most expected questions that the Fox Sports panel had for young Giovanni, was if he wanted his father to take control of the Argentina National Team during this term before the next World Cup. The player obviously said yes, but he understands why he chose to not do it now because of everything he is currently going through with Atletico Madrid. However, the Fiorentina striker keeps his hopes high and truly believes that his father will coach Argentina in the future. For Gio, Diego Simeone becoming the Argentina National Team manager is only a matter of time and he reflected the wish that everybody in the country has to let him have a go at coaching the squad in the near future. But this is not the time for ‘Cholo’ to manage Argentina yet, there are many things that AFA need to fix in order to convince the Atletico Madrid manager to take the team sometime in the future.”VENIR A EUROPA ME HIZO MADURAR MUCHO”#90MinutosFOX Giovanni Simeone, en exclusiva pic.twitter.com/CMj9yV427YCristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….— FOX Sports Argentina (@FOXSportsArg) September 27, 2018“Of course I would’ve like my father to be the Argentina manager, I tell you this both as a player and as an Argentinean. Of course I wish he takes control of the national team someday, most of all because he is a manager who has a lot of heart as we all know, he always finds the best way to motivate his players and he always convinces every player to make their greatest effort to fight. Exactly like you see him do in Atletico Madrid. I tell you this as an Argentinean but also as his son, I know that my father coaching the National Team is only a matter of time. I wish I can get to be Argentina’s number ‘9’ in the Qatar World Cup. I know it’s not easy but I will do my best to achieve it. The support I get from the city of Florence is immense. I have to keep doing things the way I’m doing them right now, I keep a mindset that tells me I have to score a goal tomorrow and also on the next match. I felt very moved when I made my debut for Argentina, but I realized what just happened after the match. In order to triumph in life, one must first fail repeatedly and I will keep doing that every day for the rest of my life,” said Giovanni during the interview with Fox Sports Argentina.”Sé que mi papá va a dirigir la Selección Argentina”: Giovanni Simeone dejó la puerta abierta para que su padre asuma la Selección Argentina en el futuro. https://t.co/mEWzbn8DQu pic.twitter.com/nvQbab8yHA— Futbol Argentino (@Argentina_futbo) September 27, 2018How long do you think it will take Diego Simeone to make the decision to manage Argentina? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more