Students to see design as Kipling cake

first_imgA Union Jack-themed Battenberg cake is set to join the Mr Kipling range after a group of high school students from West Yorkshire won a Premier Foods competition. The cake will be on sale nationally later this year.The company challenged 12 schools to set up their own mini manufacturing business and create a cake to celebrate either the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee or the London 2012 Olympics.Carleton Community High School in Pontefract won the trophy with its ‘Jubilee Delight’. Judges praised the students’ well-designed packaging, which included a Jubilee-themed game on the back.Runners-up were the team from Stocksbridge High School in Sheffield, who impressed judges with the development of their ‘White Diamond’ luxury strawberry and cream cakes.The event is part of a series of themed challenges, supported by The Manufacturing Institute through its ‘Make It’ campaign, which aims to attract the brightest and best new talent into manufacturing.>>Premier launches sweet shop cakeslast_img read more

Baazov pens CAD $3.5 billion offer for Amaya assets

first_imgDavid Baazov the former Chief Executive Officer of Amaya Inc, has penned a reported CAD $3.5 billion (US $2.56 billion) offer to acquire the Toronto TSX-listed operator outright.Baazov who is currently facing charges of insider trading by Quebec’s securities regulator Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF) makes his formal approach to purchase Amaya assets outright.The former Amaya CEO who officially resigned as leader of the company this August is prepared to pay CAD $24 per share representing a premium of 30.9 percent to Amaya’s Friday close of CAD $18.34.Baazov who currently owns approximately 17.2% of Amaya equity, is reported to have his bid financing supported by four separate funds. Should his acquisition be successful, Baazov will move to create a new business entity holding Amaya’s core asset of PokerStars.The new entity is prepared to set aside $200 million until its deal with Amaya is approved, with Baazov further stating that if the deferred payment is due before the deal closes, the entity will release funds in advance.Amaya’s latest acquisition offer comes following last month’s failed merger negotiations with FTSE-listed bookmaker William Hill Plc. The merger which looked to create a ‘global gambling powerhouse’ failed to gain key investor backing from both operators.Since Baazov’s departure from the company, Amaya governance has created a ‘special committee’ reviewing the firm’s potential strategic options.In its latest trading update, Amaya reported a better-than-expected Q3 2016 performance with the operator declaring a net income of US $12.6 million boosted by increased player activity. StumbleUpon Submit ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Share Share Related Articles Canada’s sports betting hearings threatened by Trudeau’s ’emergency recess’  August 24, 2020last_img read more

Morabaraba? Get on board!

first_img26 September 2002“I’ll take this one and I’ll hit you”, says 12-year-old Walter. Kagiso shakes his head: “Ag man, that’s an old trick. Now you think you can fly anywhere with those cows.”Flying cows can mean only one thing – war has broken out inside this classroom at St Enda’s Community College in Hillbrow, Johannesburg. But Walter and Kagiso are not fighting, at least not in the physical sense. Instead, these two youngsters are engaged in the centuries-old battle of morabaraba, Africa’s oldest board game.For all those who thought that board games were lost forever to the Playstation generation, young players like Walter and Kagiso, who are self-confessed addicts, are an encouraging sight.But, while Walter may be leading this game, he learnt his savvy skills from his opponent, whom he refers to as his “master”. Kagiso, on the other hand, acquired his morabaraba prowess from his brother. Apparently the skills for this game, which is believed to be older than the pyramids, have been passed from generation to generation, from parents to grandmothers, from brothers to sisters, for thousands of years throughout Africa.And it’s still got the right moves. According to a 1996 poll by the Sowetan newspaper, about 40% of South Africans play the game.Egyptian originsAnthropologists and archaeologists believe that morabaraba originated from an ancient Egyptian game known as mancala. The flying cows that Kagiso and Walter are tactically manoeuvring around the board are actually tokens based on Africa’s traditional supreme symbol of wealth – the cow. In Ghana, the game was used to teach kids how to count, add and subtract.And morabaraba by any other name is just as sweet. In the Eastern Cape it is called mlabalaba and in Limpopo Province as mefuvha. In Zimbabwe it is called tsoro and in Angola it is referred to as mbau.Morabaraba has even given the African Renaissance a boost – morabaraba fever is catching on fast worldwide, and the game is now played Europe and Asia.In 1996 the South African Wargames Union was invited to send a South African morabaraba team to Thailand to attend the Traditional Wargames Championships. When the team arrived, loaded with 50 000 board games, they distributed them free to Taiwanese locals.The next day proved to be somewhat of a cultural surprise. Police had to be called in to calm down the thousands of people clamouring outside the championship venue for more of the board games, of which there were none.Legends and mythsStill, no one really knows when the first morabaraba game was played, says Colin Webster, president of the SA War Games Union. “It’s truly an African game and we are trying to take it back to its roots. But the history of the game reaches far back into antiquity,” he says. “It was certainly played in ancient Egypt about 3 000 years ago. I think morabaraba has been around for a very long time, for as long as anyone can remember anyway. But it’s not dependent on any written history.”A plethora of legends and myths surrounds the game. A favourite is that African chiefs selected the best morabaraba players to serve as advisers on their traditional councils. Webster concurs, and says that the game is deeply rooted in the concept of teaching young warriors how to do cattle raids.According to the rules of the game, two players have 12 cows each and play on a wooden board ringed with 24 circles. The ultimate aim is to take as many of your opponent’s cows as possible while moving your cows forward and towards your opponent’s back row.Provincial and national coloursThe game was recognised as a traditional African wargame in 1996 by South Africa’s Department of Sport and Recreation and the National Sports Commission. Players receive provincial and national colours.“Now that the game is recognised, players can be rewarded for the excellence of their play”, says Webster. “It has developed a lot since then and it does make the sports pie bigger. But in terms of development, it is always difficult for new kids on the block to catch up with people who have been participating in sport for a long time.”Kids like Buthi, a Grade 8 pupil, drew the board on his street in Soweto and played with rocks. But that was a long time ago, he says, and now morabaraba bores him. “I don’t know why people play this game. Man, I like soccer. It’s so much more entertaining.”But Webster believes that the accessibility of the game is what entrenches its popularity. “You don’t need money to play the game; I’ve seen people in Diepkloof play it with pebbles and apple and orange cores. It’s not restrictive, and it’s cheap.”Every day during their 45-minute break, Walter and Kagiso play morabaraba. “Everyone else plays soccer, but we are using our brains”, says Kagiso. “This game teaches you to think before you make a move. It is just logic. We play it at home. It keeps us off the streets.”Walter watches as Lawrence saunters into the room proclaiming that morabaraba is just not cool. As Lawrence settles down to a game of draughts, in which tokens can only be moved diagonally, Walter looks on scornfully. “Man, in morabaraba, we can move our cows in any direction. I love morabaraba, I’ll teach my kids one day, and my wife too.”Walter’s wife may just prove to be tough competition. Women are reputed to rank among the best players, but as rural communities are still patriarchal, females are not encouraged to play. Says Webster: “In rural areas women don’t openly admit to playing. It’s a game that men pride themselves on. But because it’s not a physical game, men and women can sit down together and play it on an equal footing. This can be great in breaking down gender discrimination.”His organisation has now established a morabaraba club at Athlone Girls High School in Johannesburg. “We would like to see a team at every school, but it’s difficult to say what the future holds. I think that morabaraba offers a lot of value for young people; it gives them a much greater feeling of self-worth.“It’s a great game, and so is the concept of winning that goes along with it. Players feel a sense of personal gratification and it gives them hope, especially for poor people. I love the game. It really makes you think.“Some people say it’s nothing more than noughts and crosses, and you can learn the rules in five minutes, but to be great at it, it can take you a lifetime. There’s always a new twist”, Webster adds.Dorian Love, a computer studies teacher at St Enda’s, says the school’s pupils play the game so earnestly because of a lack of open space at the school. “But I’m for any kind of strategic thinking that exercises the brain”, he says. “It’s nice because the pupils practice general cognitive skills.”From the look on Kagiso and Walter’s faces, they are happily lost in another world, where tactics and strategies are king, and where they can keep on trying to outmanoeuvre one another.* In 2005, the South African Wargames Union changed its name to Mind Sports South Africa, and is an affiliate of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc).Source: City of Johannesburg web sitelast_img read more

2010 Fifa World Cup firsts

first_imgBrazil play Chile in their 2010 Fifa WorldCup Round of 16 match at Ellis ParkStadium in Johannesburg on 28 June.(Image: Crystian Cruz, Flickr) The 2010 Fifa World Cup broke new ground simply by being held on African soil. It was also Spain’s first global victory. Those were the most obvious milestones set in South Africa this year, but the rest of the tournament also had a number of firsts on the field, from team results to player landmarks.Result firstsSlovenia and Greece both picked up their maiden Fifa World Cup wins in South Africa, with Slovenia downing Algeria 1-0 thanks to a Robert Koren goal and Greece seeing off Nigeria 2-1.Japan also enjoyed a breakthrough win of sorts as their 2-1 victory against Cameroon was their first-ever Fifa World Cup finals success away from home, eight years after they defeated Tunisia 2-0 in Osaka.New Zealand’s 1-1 opening draw with Slovakia earned them their first Fifa World Cup point, after they lost all their group stage matches at their previous appearance in 1982. This year, the Kiwis drew all of their opening games, with a further 1-1 result against Italy and a goalless stalemate with Paraguay.Goal firstsDimitrios Salpingidis’s equaliser against Nigeria finally ended Greece’s World Cup goal drought, his strike coming after 404 minutes and over four games without result. There was a first for Daniel Agger too, but the Denmark defender would doubtless prefer not to be on this list as his own goal against the Netherlands proved his country’s first on the global stage. In another unwanted precedent, Denmark were also on the receiving end of Japan’s first ever three-goal haul in a Fifa World Cup final.Didier Drogba of Côte d’Ivoire became the first African player to score against Brazil in six meetings between A Seleção and teams from the African zone. On a domestic note, midfielder Michael Bradley became the first Fifa World Cup scorer to be coached by his father when he equalised for the United States in their 2-2 draw with Slovenia.Penalty firstsVladimir Stojkovic became the first Serbian goalkeeper to have kept out a penalty at a Fifa World Cup when he saved a strike by Germany’s Lukas Podolski. In contrast, David Villa became the first Spanish player to miss a spot-kick in the tournament when he failed to register against Honduras.The new world champions can nonetheless lay claim to a more desirable landmark as Iker Casillas became the first goalkeeper to stop penalties in two different Fifa World Cups. The Real Madrid number-one player first thwarted the Ireland’s Ian Harte at Korea/Japan 2002 before frustrating Oscar Cardozo of Paraguay in this year’s quarter-finals.On the other side, Asamoah Gyan entered the history books as the first player to miss spot-kicks in separate editions of the competition, following up his failed effort against the Czech Republic at Germany 2006 with another fruitless attempt against Uruguay in 2010’s eight.Player firstsCuauhtemoc Blanco can now boast that he is the only Mexican international to have scored in three different Fifa World Cup final tournaments, having added South Africa 2010 to his list by finding the target against France. On the other hand, Rigobert Song did not register for Cameroon, but he nonetheless returned home with a record as the first African player to have appeared in four Fifa World Cups.Somewhat less distinguished, Nigeria’s Sani Keita and Switzerland’s Valon Behrami became the first players from their countries to collect red cards at the finals when they were dismissed against Greece and Chile respectively.Progress firstsParaguay reached the quarter-finals for the first time in their history at South Africa 2010, experiencing a joy not shared by Italy, who exited the tournament without a single win to their name.As for South Africa, they became the first Fifa World Cup host nation to be eliminated at the end of the group stage.Team firstsChile’s pair of 1-0 successes against Honduras and Switzerland were their maiden Fifa World Cup triumphs outside South America, La Roja having only previously secured wins at Uruguay 1930, Brazil 1950 and Chile 1962.Algeria’s achievement was to record their first clean sheet in the global arena as they clinched a goalless draw with no less a team than England, while Paraguay topped their group for the first time. Better still, the Netherlands managed a feat beyond all previous Oranje sides by winning each of their three group games.Finally, the quarter-final line-up proved unprecedented with South American teams outnumbering their European counterparts by four to three, but the Europeans came out on top in the end as Spain lifted the trophy for the first time.•    Source: Fifalast_img read more

Organic Grain Trials and Transition Farm Tour

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Organic Grain Trials and Transition Farm Tour will be held at Sonlight Acres/Morning Sun Farm at 9:30 a.m.  Aug. 30 at 3993 State Rte. 503 S., West Alexandria, OH.Dale Filbrun of Morning Sun Farm is an early organic pioneer, first becoming OEFFA certified in 1995. The farm focuses on organic eggs and produces its own feed grain. During this stop, attendees will visit the layer houses, tour the Great Harvest Seed grain trial plots, and observe the mechanical cultivation equipment used on the farm.The tour will continue at the adjacent Sonlight Acres for a discussion about transitioning land into organic management. Kenton Filbrun will address various transition strategies, effective approved fertility products, and the path he has followed toward organic certification.After the tour, the Filbruns invite you to a farmstead lunch sponsored by Great Harvest Seed. If you plan to stay for the lunch, RSVP by August 20 by calling (513) 267-0148 or email Sonlight Acres.last_img read more

Is a Perfect Storm Forming For Distributed Social Networking?

first_imgMaybe it’s better to host your own. That’s the thinking coming from a growing number of early technology adopters as service after service goes down, sells out or otherwise frustrates the users who have published their content online only to see the tools they use become broken or less desirable. The prospect of a distributed, interoperable, self-hosted network of publishing, reading and discussion tools is nothing new – but the idea is gaining a lot more support as more people react to recent news like FriendFeed’s sale to Facebook, Tr.im’s up and down and Twitter’s denial of service attacks. The tide may not be turning, but there’s sure to be some new waves of innovation that come out of this period of frustration.Isn’t This What Blogging Does For Us Already?One of the analogies people are drawing is that we need a WordPress.org-type version of Twitter to put on our own servers as an alternative to the Twitter-hosted version that exists now like WordPress hosts blogs on WordPress.com.Why do we need self-hosted lifestreaming, microblogging or social networks though when we’ve already got the ability to host our own blogs, own our own data there and set our own rules? Simply because these technologies fill different needs. Blogs are good for longer-form, author-centric communication. Quick, very social conversations around objects like links or media items can best be had in other settings. Thus the interest many people have in both writing a blog and sharing and discussing items on sites like Facebook (social networks), Twitter (microblogging) or FriendFeed (activity streams).Twitter’s Down Time Twitter went down again today, possibly for the second time in two weeks because of a Distributed Denial of Service attack. A swarm of zombified computers, distributed all around the world, is hitting Twitter’s centralized infrastructure over and over again until it can’t stay up.If we all had a little piece of our microblogging network on our own servers and they spoke to each other, that couldn’t happen. We’d also own our own data, our archives, our interface design and more. It would be like publishing little messages… like grown ups.The two systems could co-exist, a hosted service has its advantages and many people wouldn’t use anything else. Realistically, no one is going to build something too much like Twitter if they could build a distributed version of something like FriendFeed or Facebook.Facebook Eats FriendFeed Social activity stream discussion network FriendFeed announced that it was selling itself to Facebook yesterday and many of its users were very upset. The acquisition is likely to change Facebook in interesting ways (FriendFeed’s creators were the inventors of GMail and Google Maps) but FriendFeed itself was important to its users.The feeling of betrayal that comes from a transaction like this makes it hard to trust a hosted social networking company again.Fortunately, there’s a long and growing list of ways to put all of your activity around the web in one place on your own website. When will those tools begin to include subscription to other peoples’ activity feeds and posting comments from your social lifestream viewing page that will appear back out on everyone else’s?That’s a big part of the vision articulated by Anil Dash in his recent essay about what he calls The Push Button Web. It’s related as well to RSS pioneer Dave Winer’s recent promotion of a part of RSS called RSS Cloud. Developers are actively building on RSS Cloud and a similar protocol with the humorous name PubSubHubbub.That’s also part of the vision of the Distributed Social Networking Project (DiSo). We haven’t heard much lately from this project, probably because its founders are busy building the technical standards that will allow the information to flow from one social network to another. Tr.im Your ExpectationsThis weekend link shortening service Tr.im announced that it was shutting its doors. It was too expensive and hopeless to run the service without the funding, hype and official blessing from Twitter that competitor Bit.ly had won.Big deal, right? It turns out that people freaked out. Tr.im’s biggest users were developers who were hip to the opportunities to do interesting things with the service. They had built on it and they felt a lot of frustration when they heard the news.A dead URL shortener means dead links, broken content, lost data.There are a number of different solutions being explored in response to this part of the problem. Developer Brian Hendrickson has already begun working on a service called rp.ly, a “community-owned URL shortener” based on cloning the Tr.im API.There will, no doubt, be any number of other efforts that rise from the ashes of the trust that’s been burnt over the last week or more.Are all of these circumstances and conversations going to push the social web over the edge, toward a more distributed and less centralized model? Probably not in a big way, immediately, but we’re pretty sure that some interesting innovation is going to come out of this. Dissatisfied engineers, working on a problem that a lot of people are interested in, can produce some fun and important work.Some will hold out for Google Wave, the forthcoming open-source hyper communication head shift. We’re hearing that Wave may be too complicated, though, and we suspect that the most important innovations will come from coders building the kind of software that many, many people can hack on and help evolve.In the future many of us may be microblogging, lifestreaming and social networking over technology that we control and can customize ourselves, instead of inside the owned networks of major companies like Facebook or Google. Those companies are seeking to branch out as well, trying to colonize the web (in the words of Forrester’s Jeremiah Owyang) with tools like Facebook Connect. But many of us may decide not to trust them anymore, and to use the tools that are becoming available to build and host our own systems of communication. People who control their own systems of communication can innovate on them outside the boundaries of the financial interests of big communication companies and we can all benefit from those innovations.This summer is an important period in answering those questions. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#Analysis#NYT#social networks#web Related Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit marshall kirkpatrick Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more

Flower Fields in Carlsbad open Thursday through May 13

first_imgFlower Fields in Carlsbad open Thursday through May 13 Allie Wagner Allie Wagner, Posted: March 1, 2018 March 1, 2018center_img Updated: 1:25 PM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsKUSI’s Allie Wagner was live at the Flower Fields in Carlsbad which open Thursday and run through May 13.For over sixty years, Mother Nature has transformed the rolling hills of North San Diego County into one of the most spectacular and coordinated displays of natural color and beauty anywhere in the world.The nearly fifty acres of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers that make up The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch® in Carlsbad, California, are in bloom for approximately six to eight weeks each year – from early March through early May – literally bringing the famous fields back to life.This annual burst of color, which has become part of the area’s local heritage, also is one of nature’s official ways of announcing the arrival of spring here in Southern California.The Flower Fields are an alcohol and tobacco-free environment, smoking and alcoholic beverages are not permitted onsite. No Bicycles, hoverboards or drones are permitted. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more