#HackJozi – New ideas to feed South Africa’s digital economy

first_imgThe top three most innovative digital ideas in the 2016 #HackJozi Challenge wereannounced in Johannesburg in late May, marking the end of an intensive six-weekboot camp for aspiring South African tech entrepreneurs.This year’s winner was Neo Hutiri, founder of Technovera, whose smart lockers cutthe time patients have to wait when collecting chronic medication at clinics fromseveral hours to just a few minutes.Placed second was a multidisciplinary team behind Tuta-Me, a mobile applicationconnecting qualified tutors and students, enabling students to receive one-on-onetutoring while helping tutors earn additional income.Third place went to Lomile Mokoka, an architect who developed eSubmit, an online platform for submitting building plan applications to municipalities.The winner gets R1-million in funding to fully develop the idea, while the two runners up each receive R350 000.#HackJozi is a collaboration between Wits University’s Joburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE) and the Johannesburg municipal government, designed to accelerate early stage ICT start-ups. Three winners were chosen from a shortlist of 10 finalists who best used technology to solve everyday problems.Professor Barry Dwolatzky, director of the JCSE, said the competition helped buildskills in South African ICT. More than that, each of the finalists contributed tofinding solutions for some of South Africa’s most pressing problems, particularly ineducation and health.“The winners and finalists also addressed a third challenge in that they eachcontributed to developing entrepreneurship,” he said. “What South Africa needs isfor more people to believe they can create their own future, and #HackJozi helpedfoster that spirit in participants.”The end of the challenge isn’t the end of the journey for the winners and finalists,Dwolatzky said. “The JCSE will work with each of the 10 businesses, and the wonderful entrepreneurs behind them, for the next year, with the support from the City of Johannesburg, to help drive their future success.”The top 10 will also get a one-year free membership at the prestigious ICT Tshimologong Precinct in Braamfontein, another Wits University initiative.“#HackJozi gives the JCSE a great opportunity to work with local government to help launch 10 new ideas into the world,” Dwolatzky said. “Through the finalists’ success, we feed the digital economy with new business start-ups, where each new start-up means new jobs. #HackJozi is so important because it creates jobs, economic activity and the opportunity to build a tech ecosystem based on meaningful partnerships.”Dwolatzky said he was confident #HackJozi, now in its second year, would continue to go from strength to strength.“Year-on-year we’ve seen a step change and even more great businesses come through. I’m so optimistic that next year we’ll see a similar change, and that is a mark of great progress. #HackJozi is about making innovation happen and we’re doing something better every year.”The Joburg Centre for Software Engineering is a three-way partnership between the government, academia and industry. Based at Wits University, the JCSE’s wide variety of programmes and facilities make it pivotal to the growth of software development in South Africa and the rest of the continent.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

7 sentenced to life term for advocate’s murder

first_imgA court here on Saturday sentenced seven persons to life term for killing a leading lawyer here over two years ago in broad daylight. The seven sentenced by Additional District and Sessions Judge Ved Prakash Sirohi for stabbing and battering to death advocate Subhash Gupta included his son Rose Gupta’s father-in-law Pawan Bansal.Bansal’s six other accomplices who were sentenced to life imprisonment in the case are Sunil, Kuldeep, Pawan, Gulshan and Naresh of Hisar and Sanjeev of Fatehabad in Haryana.Fine of ₹55,000 each The court also ordered the seven to pay a fine of ₹55,000 each, failing which they will have to undergo an additional jail term of one month. According to the prosecution, advocate Gupta was attacked by some miscreants on January 24, 2017, minutes after he left the court premises and was heading to his residence at Urban Estates here in his SUV. As Gupta reached a petrol pump on Delhi Road in Hisar, his vehicle was intercepted by a bike-borne youth. As the advocate’s driver stopped the car, five-six other youths armed with knives and batons emerged from an adjoining vacant plot and attacked Gupta. The assailants first smashed the window panes of the car and repeatedly hit the advocate on his head with batons, while one of them stabbed him in the chest. Declared brought deadAs some other persons rushed to the scene, the assailants fled, said the prosecution. Gupta was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was declared “brought dead”. The police lodged a murder case and arrested the seven persons. During the investigation, the police found the estranged relations between Gupta’s son and the latter’s wife as the motive behind the crime.last_img read more

Chaos ensues as McIntyre wins NXT title in NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III

first_imgUPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LATEST STORIES Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC (From left to right) Bobby Fish, Adam Cole, and Kyle O’Reilly made immediate impact at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III, attacking newly crowned NXT Champion Drew McIntyre. Photo by WWE.comDrew McIntyre finally realized his potential after winning the NXT Championship at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III Sunday (Manila time), but that may have come with a price.The Scottish star emerged as the biggest target in the locker room, which led to former Ring of Honor champion Adam Cole making immediate impact as he, alongside fellow independent standouts Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish, attacked the newly crowned champion after his grueling match against Bobby Roode.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program MOST READ WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img View comments LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games In the night’s other matches, Asuka continued her 504-day NXT Women’s Championship reign as she survived a game challenge from Ember Moon, working on her challenger’s left arm all match long before submitting her with the Asuka Lock.Aleister Black also topped Hideo Itami in a highly physical matchup, which ended after the Dutch star nailed his Japanese foe with the Black Mass.Andrade “Cien” Almas won in the night’s opener after his valet Zelina Vega threw a #DIY shirt on Johnny Gargano, providing the distraction which led to the Mexican star hitting La Sombra on his opponent.ADVERTISEMENT LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses PH finishes 4th in men’s water polo It was supposed to be a crowning moment for the returning McIntyre, who made his comeback to the WWE umbrella after getting released in 2014. He survived a pair of Glorious DDTs from Roode and reversed the third before hitting the Claymore for the three-count.Unfortunately, his triumphant celebration was ruined after the Cole, O’Reilly, and Fish crashed the party and asserted themselves as the new force to be reckoned with in NXT.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutO’Reilly and Fish earlier made their presence felt as they made a post-match attack after SAnitY dethroned the Authors of Pain to win the NXT Tag Team Championship.Eric Young and Alexander Wolfe have just dethroned the defending champions after they hit a tandem neckbreaker on Rezar, before the indy duo left all of the competitors in a pile of heap.last_img read more

California dreaming Freshman from Sunshine State plays major role for OSU

Freshman Grayson Overman has been an integral part of the Ohio State men’s volleyball team’s success in the 2010 season.A starter in all of his team’s matches, the 6-foot-7-inch California native has been a key contributor for the Buckeyes since day one.The team held high expectations coming into the season. Overman is one of the key young players coach Pete Hanson said would have a breakout year earlier in the season. While the pressure to come into a whole new situation and succeed might unnerve some freshmen, it was motivation for Overman.“From the very beginning, the expectation level for the freshman was to play at the level of the rest of the team.” Overman said. “I love being pushed to play at the level of the older guys each and every day.”Overman said that the level of competition in college is at a whole different level compared to when he played volleyball for his high school in San Clemente, Calif.“The players are all bigger, stronger, faster and more athletic than the kids in high school,”Overman said. “[But] because the intensity and competition increased, it makes everything more rewarding and fun.”Overman seems to have adjusted well to the college game. He currently ranks third on the team in total kills and points scored. But if it weren’t for some heavy recruiting by OSU coaches, the freshman could be scoring for a school out west.“I had originally wanted to stay on the west coast,” Overman said. “But after my official visit and meeting all the guys on the team, I knew I was going to play for Ohio State.”Despite being more than 2,200 miles from his hometown, Overman says he has been able to fit in just fine with his teammates and his new surroundings.“One of the main reasons I came to Ohio State was because of the guys on the team,” he said. “They are all such great people and they have made my transition such an incredible experience.”Nicknamed “Cali brahs” together with freshman and fellow California native Kyle Lawrence by their teammates, Overman says their acceptance is helping him have the time of his life.“I am having such a good time on the team and here at Ohio State that I haven’t had time to be homesick,” he said. Overman said he is able to attribute his success to not only his talents, but because of the support he receives from the players and coaches.“Everyone on the team supports and helps each other on and off the court because the team is our new family,” Overman said. “The unity and support is always there when I need it.”But if Overman should ever feel overwhelmed by the differences between the surf town of San Clemente and the city of Columbus, he is comforted by a simple fact.“California will always be there when I need it,” he said. read more

Ohio StateOhio 5 questions

1. Can Ohio State crack the 50-point barrier? After coming close in their opener against Marshall with 45 points, OSU was a few better-executed red zone plays away from hanging half a hundred on Miami last week. They’ll get a great shot to cross the 50-point threshold Saturday against the Ohio Bobcats. Look for the defense to get involved in the scoring, as Ohio is No. 111 in the nation in passing yards and No. 79 in rushing yards. That adds up to a very aggressive Scarlet and Gray defense. The Buckeyes haven’t scored 50 points in a game since Sept. 22, 2007, at home against Northwestern, when they pummeled the Wildcats 58-7 behind Todd Boeckman’s four touchdown passes. 2. After two shaky performances to start the season, can the kick and punt coverage teams get their mojo back? A 63-yard kick return allowed against Marshall. An 88-yard kick return touchdown and a 79-yard punt return touchdown allowed against Miami. The kick and punt return coverage teams’ problems actually date back to the Rose Bowl victory against Oregon, when the Ducks’ return men broke off a number of long returns. The special teams’ setbacks haven’t gone unnoticed. “The difficulty of special teams is the field is so large,” coach Jim Tressel said. “If you err on the line as a kickoff coverage guy, there’s a 10-yard issue, and if there’s a fast guy running through that 10-yard issue, everyone else is in trouble.” Tressel said the coverage men need to be more disciplined in their assigned running lanes to the ball, and furthermore, not overrun the ball. Don’t anticipate the special teams’ issues to linger as the season moves forward. 3. Will the Barnett-to-Johnson transition be seamless? Tressel said Tuesday that starting strong safety C.J. Barnett will miss the rest of the season following knee surgery. Sophomore Orhian Johnson, who was the original starter before missing most of preseason practice with an injury, will step into the starting position. Barnett had played well in his first two starts. He had five tackles, a pass break-up and pass deflection, which defensive lineman Nathan Williams intercepted. He was awarded the team’s Jack Tatum Hit of the Week after his crushing blow on Miami wide receiver Leonard Hankerson. Still, Johnson should have no problem stepping in. OSU has four relatively easy games against Ohio, Eastern Michigan, Illinois and Indiana before traveling to Wisconsin on Oct. 16. 4. Is Saturday’s contest the breakout game the defensive line has been waiting for? Criticizing the OSU defensive line is probably nitpicking at this point in the season. Although it has only recorded two sacks on the season, one each by sophomore John Simon and senior Dexter Larimore, they’ve provided good pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Miami quarterback Jacory Harris had ages to throw at some points in the game, but he was flushed from the pocket many times and forced to run or check-down to his receivers. Additionally, junior Nathan Williams was coming back from injury last week. In games against pass-oriented teams like Miami, OSU relies on the front four to get pressure and drops the other seven defenders into coverage. 5. Will Saturday be the day OU snaps OSU impressive in-state winning streak? In 2008, the Bobcats took a lead into the fourth quarter at Ohio Stadium before a Ray Small punt return touchdown sealed the win for OSU. Entering Saturday’s contest, the Buckeyes haven’t lost to another Ohio opponent since 1921, when they fell to Oberlin, 7-6. In their six all-time meetings, OSU hasn’t been kind to their counterparts from an hour away in Athens. The Buckeyes have won each of the meetings by an average score of 27-5. While many of the players from the 2008 team are still on the 2010 squad, including Ohio quarterback Boo Jackson, don’t expect a second round of heroics from the Bobcats. read more

Reports Jordan Sibert to transfer to Dayton

Former Ohio State guard Jordan Sibert has decided to transfer to the University of Dayton, according to multiple reports, and the final step in the process appears to be a mere formality. Sibert, who was released from his OSU scholarship April 16, told several outlets that he plans to become a member of the Flyers’ program. Douglas Hauschild, director of media relations for Dayton men’s basketball, said he read the same reports regarding Sibert’s transfer but could not comment, as the player hasn’t signed paperwork with the university. “At any school for any recruit, no one can comment until that recruit has signed with that school,” Hauschild said in an email to The Lantern. “In the case of a transfer, it is a financial aid agreement, since a student-athlete can only sign one letter of intent.” Sibert told the Dayton Daily News that he feels “Flyer Nation believes in him.” “It feels good to be able to be someplace where everyone is excited for you,” Sibert said according to the Dayton Daily News. “Everyone was excited for me at Ohio State. But when your coaches are excited for you, and you feel the love, feel the need for you, it makes you want to do better, makes you want to build upon it. Instead of being like, ‘I’m out here, I’m just another number,’ it feels better that. ‘Hey, these people believe in me.’” Sibert appeared in 24 games during the 2011-12 season for OSU and averaged more than 11 minutes and three points per game while shooting 30 percent from the floor. Sibert also took the court for 25 games during the Buckeyes’ 2010-11 run to the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Tournament, and averaged 2.1 points per game. Sibert’s transfer comes after OSU’s No. 3 overall finish in the 2011-12 season, according to the final ESPN/USA Today coaches poll. OSU posted a 31-8 record and advanced to the Final Four where it lost to Kansas, 64-62, in a National Semifinal match. Sibert did not play in any of the Buckeyes’ five NCAA Tournament games, and is the second player this year to leave the team as forward J.D. Weatherspoon also announced his transfer plans during the off season. read more

Football Urban Meyer to become Ohio State assistant athletic director

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer answers questions after announcing his retirement after the season at the Fawcett Center on Dec. 4. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorAfter ending his tenure as the head coach of the Ohio State football team, Urban Meyer will not be finished with his role in Ohio State athletics. On. Jan. 2, Meyer will take the position of assistant athletic director at the university, helping oversee the 36 sports at Ohio State. Meyer’s roles as assistant athletic director have not been specified. According to Doug Lesmeises of The Plain Dealer, Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said Meyer will develop other coaches in the university’s athletic department and he will help in raising money for the university. The article also states Smith said Meyer will be on the field during football games.Ohio State announced Thursday Meyer would also teach a class as a part of the Fisher College of Business on leadership and character. Meyer will coach his final game for Ohio State on Jan. 1 when the Buckeyes take on Washington in the Rose Bowl. read more

FIFA Player of the Year award to be decided with 10

first_imgFIFA have now officially announced that there will be a change in the selection process for the Player of the Year award with the number of candidates set to be reduced from 23 to tenThe football global governing body will select 10 male and female candidates for each award with the likes of Ronaldo Nazario and Frank Lampard representing the judging panel for the male section, while Mia Hamm and Maia Jackman will be among the judges for the female prize.FIFA have explained that the two lists of their candidates will be announced on July 23, just eight days after the World Cup final has been played at Russia’s Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.Football fans, national team captains, head coaches and more than 200 media representatives will subsequently cast their votes to decide who will be crowned the best players and coaches.Cristiano Ronaldo won the Best Men’s Player Award last year, while the Netherlands’ Lieke Martens was crowned Best Women’s Player.Zinedine Zidane was named as the Best Men’s Coach with Sarina Wiegman scoping the female award of the prize.IranFan dies after setting herself on fire protesting Iran’s ban on women spectators Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 A young woman from Iran set, only publicly known as The Blue Girl for the color of her favorite club Esteghlal, has died from her injuries after protesting Iran’s ban on female fans.The voting deadline is August 10 and the names of the winners will be announced on September 24 during the FIFA gala in London.Below is the full list of judges:The panels who will decide #TheBest shortlists have been announced! ????Some amazing names will be choosing the candidates for the men’s and women’s player and coach awards ?? pic.twitter.com/vXLkPcU5Q0— FIFA.com (@FIFAcom) July 4, 2018last_img read more

We deserved to win – Warnock

first_imgCardiff City manager Neil Warnock says his team deserved all three points at the King Power Stadium as they went home with a 1-0 victory against Leicester City.Cardiff goalkeeper kept his side in the game by saving James Maddison’s 75th penalty, before Camasara Victor sent a rocket shot into the top right corner of Leicester’s goal to give the visitors all three points.“I’m really pleased and I’m proud of the lads because I thought we played some good stuff. I thought we deserved it today, we got the late goal, but I thought we shaded it a bit,” Warnock told Sky Sports.“If we had a little bit more clinical finishing in the last third, I think we could have to put it to bed. But all credit to them, it took a penalty save to keep us in the game.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“I thought it was an iffy penalty, a little bit like Mo Salah’s last week, some would have given it and some wouldn’t, but I thought the right result came out of that. I’m glad that penalty didn’t win the game if I’m honest.“We haven’t had that much luck away. We missed a penalty at West Ham at 0-0 and there were a couple of other games where we could have put a lot of pressure on teams, but we have improved as the season’s gone on.“I can’t tell you how much we’ve improved since August/September time and I think we can get better now, especially with one or two additions in January, I think we can give everybody a good run for their money.”last_img read more

Wolverhamptons form has Pep Guardiola very worried

first_imgWith the upcoming match against Wolverhampton at Etihad Stadium, Pep Guardiola wants his Manchester City players to be wary.Even though it will be a Monday match and we are still a couple of days away from it, it’s inevitable to get excited for the game between Manchester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers from next Monday as Pep Guardiola spoke about it this Friday.During the press conference from this day after the squad’s training session, the Catalan manager had some very strong praise for Nuno Espirito Santo’s boys and demanded the highest focus from all his players.The Citizens cannot afford to lose another match in the Premier League this early in the season, because doing so would mean that Liverpool will have an easier road to the title during the most crucial part of the year.Pep Guardiola knew that winning the game against the Reds last week would only be the beginning of the road for the Citizens, he knows that the match against Wolverhampton is one of the most dangerous ones for them because of how well their rival has been playing this season.This same squad ha already defeated both Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea in the Premier League so far, they are playing spectacular football and they are considered to be English football’s underdogs.Ain’t no Friday like a press conference Friday!Hear from Pep soon 💬#MCIWOL #mancity pic.twitter.com/FZlDG6LPrU— Manchester City (@ManCity) January 11, 2019Maybe they don’t have the fire-power to actually win a trophy this season, but Wolverhampton does have the skill to at least give a few upsets to any squad from the Top 6 as they have already done with two of the biggest London-based clubs.For Pep Guardiola, staying focused now that they have managed to get out of a negative streak will mean everything for them. Most importantly for next Monday, winning against a squad like Wolves should be a great confidence boost.“We realized [how good they were] when we played them in the EFL Cup last season and again early this season,” the former Barcelona boss told a pre-match news conference via Four Four Two.“They are strong physically, good on set pieces, have incredible players on the counter-attack, they don’t just do that with two or three, they have four or five.”“And when you are tired they can bring on two new players to do that.”“They defend deep, they switch play, they control many areas and with [Ruben] Neves and [Joao] Moutinho they can shoot from outside the box.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“That’s why they are doing incredibly well,” he added.”Es un recién ascendido que lo está haciendo muy bien”.Pep Guardiola sobre nuestro rival del lunes, el @WolvesEspanol. #MCIWOL pic.twitter.com/hyGrQESOyX— Manchester City (@ManCityES) January 11, 2019Wolves are coming into this match with their confidence through the roof, as they just completed one of the major upsets of the season in the FA Cup after eliminating Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool at Molineux Stadium.Just imagining the reaction from everybody if Nuno Espirito Santo’s squad defeated the reigning Premier League champions, is something that people would go nuts over.But Pep Guardiola does have something slightly wrong, Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho are not the only key players that he needs to beware.Mexican striker Raul Jimenez is the most important player in Nuno Espirito Santo’s squad this season, he has proved it by being at the very top of the list in regards to goals and assists throughout this breakthrough Premier League season for his career.If Pep Guardiola isn’t already looking for ways of how to stop him, the Catalan manager has another thing coming his way on Monday at Etihad Stadium.It should be very interesting to see what the Premier League’s dark horse will be able to do against one of the most powerful clubs in the country.PEP 💬 (Wolves are) strong, physical, good at set pieces, strong on the counter attack.When you are tired in the last minutes, they put on new players. They defend deep, switch play, and control many areas.— Manchester City (@ManCity) January 11, 2019What do you expect from this match between Manchester City and Wolverhampton on Monday? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more