5 intriguing prospects on Raiders Senior Bowl team

first_imgMOBILE, Ala. — Jon Gruden won’t delve into his Senior Bowl roster with the No. 4 pick, but the Raiders have two other first-round picks and 11 selections in total as he and general manager Mike Mayock rebuild the franchise following a dismal 4-12 campaign.Here are five intriguing prospects playing for Gruden on the North squad this week, some of whom just might play for him again in a couple months.Andy Isabella, UMass WRIsabella stands only 5-foot-8 and 186 pounds, but he screams Gruden …last_img

SA remittances help feed Africa

first_imgUgandan artist Samuel Kalule Ssendowooza sells his and others’ work in Cape Town, South Africa, helping support his family back home. (Image: Jeffery Barbee, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com)Khanyi MagubaneSouth Africa is the largest source of remittances sent by migrants back home to countries in the rest of Africa, helping pull families from the brink of poverty and ensure the next generation get an education. There are currently 2-million migrant workers in the country, sending about R6.1-billion to their families across the continent every year. The bulk of the money goes to Southern African Development Community countries.According to the Financial Mail magazine, global recorded remittances to developing countries are expected to have topped US$240-billion in 2007. Money sent by migrant workers back home to their families has been a critical means of financial support for generations.Remittances are recognised as one of the world’s largest poverty reduction efforts – by millions of individuals at a time. The International Fund for Agricultural Development (Ifad) reports that the flow of foreign currency to developing countries now reaches millions of households. Ifad estimates that, worldwide, 150-million migrants sent $300-billion to their families in 2006.In January 2007, researchers Yao Lu and Donald J Treiman from the University of California’s Centre for Population Research in the US, produced a paper entitled The Effect of Labour Migration and Remittances on Children’s Education among Blacks in South Africa.The paper found that in households where a parent is absent due to migration for work, the remittances received substantially increased the likelihood that children are in school, through three pathways: increased household educational spending, reduced child labour, and mitigation of the negative effect of parental absence due to out-migration.Migrant voicesBut what’s it like to be the sole breadwinner, but so far from home? An online survey of migrants, conducted by the BBC, sheds some light on the global phenomenon of remittances.“Sending money to relatives in Cameroon/Africa is more or less a noble deed and duty for most of us out of Africa,” Cameroonian Levei Babaya, who works in the US, told the BBC. “[T]hose friends and relatives who have received such remittances have for the most part put it to good use. There is no question that there are abuses. There is also no question that some of our relatives consider us bottomless pits.”According to Lawrence Bangura, a Sierra Leonean in Chester, England, his family’s gratitude is what makes migrant work worthwhile. “To me it is an obligation which I have to honour and my happiest moments are when my relatives say thank you to me after receiving what I have sent,” he said.“We have a saying in my tribe, Temne, that God chooses one or two people in a family and gives them all he would have given the entire family. Although some of them, especially my brothers and sisters, do not spend it wisely, I am always happy to send whatever I can afford.”Some see it as a means of not only helping their families, but also their countries. “The money I send home is seen as an investment,” says Faraieverett Magagula, a Zimbabwean working in Pretoria, South Africa. “The money I send to my family in Zimbabwe goes a long way to propping [up] the Zimbabwean economy.”Then there’s the view of “Mecano”, working in Canada: “Of course, that is what Africa’s life is about. ‘A sharing circle’.”Remittances made easyThe R6.1-billion disbursed through Africa in from South Africa is a conservative figure, as up to 60% percent of remittances reach their beneficiaries in informal ways. The official statistics are from money organs that deal in international transfers, and don’t account for money sent with relatives, friends and taxi drivers.High transaction fees are a major reason informal routes are preferred. In Africa, Moneygram and Western Union dominate the market. According to Nikki Spottiswoode, Moneygram’s international director for Africa, the amount charged on transactions depends on the amount of competition in the market. In the US, for instance, there is a flat fee of $10 charged for amounts up to $500 hundred. But Moneygram charges $20 for sending the same amount out of South Africa.Another reason migrants prefer informal routes is that they cannot meet the documentation requirements created by South Africa’s foreign exchange regulations, as well as other financial and immigration laws.As an alternative to the costly traditional money transfer operators, various new means are being developed across the world to reduce costs and improve the speed at which money is transferred between countries.Ikobo, a money-transfer company based in Atlanta, US, has a system in which the beneficiaries back in Africa are given a bank card, which can be used at Visa merchants and ATMs across the world. The migrant simply reloads the money every month using a simple online process, and the money is available immediately.Xoom, a company based in San Francisco, also uses a simple method for international money transfer. A sender can send money worldwide from any internet-enabled computer to friends, family and businesses in over 30 countries. Various methods can be used, including PayPal, major credit cards, or the withdrawal of funds directly from the senders US bank account to fund the money transfer.Useful linksSending Money HomeIkoboMoneygramEldis – developmental policy practice and research companyWestern UnionXoomInternational Fund for Agricultural Developmentlast_img read more

Content Management: Reasons for Adopting An Email Archive Solution

first_imgEmail has become a primary tool for business communication, and management of the content found in emails has become increasingly important for businesses.Three reasons for adopting an email archiving solution:1.  Mailbox Management.  Very often the storage costs for keeping email on a server like Microsoft Exchange are very expensive.  Offloading email and attachments to an archiving system can save storage costs and often improve performance by shrinking the size of the data kept within the email store.2.  Compliance.  Email archiving solutions can assist in complying with regulations like Sarbanes Oxley, GLBA, FRCP, SEC and HIPAA.  Email messages often contain critical information that are considered to be both company documents and company assets. 3.  eDiscovery.  Archiving solutions are important for legal reasons.  The archiving system can help locate requested email documents and also provide realtime monitoring of email activity and enforcement of potential violations of email policies.A 2005 AIIM study found that these major drivers for adoption of email archive solutions:  – 58%  Increasing volumes of email in the organization  – 40%  Potential to provide email during litigation  – 39%  Damage or Loss experienced by the company  – 30%  Sarbanes Oxley  – 24%  Media coverage of Compliance failuresBy adopting an email archive solution, organizations can save considerably on storage costs.  Email archive solutions can identify email attachments that may be common across many email and can replace multiple copies with a single instance. Compression of email messages attachments is often done more effectively by the email archive compared to storage within the email server. The archiving solution typically provides search and administration functionality via a central dashboard application that helps simplify the task of email management.  And finally, email solutions help enforce archival and record management rules, ensuring that document retention policies are adhered to.last_img read more

Yankees face elimination again, this time in ALCS Game 7

first_imgSeverino threw only 62 pitches — exactly half as many as Verlander — in Game 2. The 23-year-old right-hander didn’t even take the mound for the fifth in that game after he uncharacteristically wound his arm several times after giving up a solo homer to Carlos Correa, and was struck on the wrist of his non-throwing hand on the last out.Robertson gave up a solo homer to Altuve, and four runs without recording an out, in the eighth.Verlander has thrown 16 scoreless innings and won twice against the Yankees in the ALCS.The closest the Yankees came to scoring against Verlander in Game 6 was after Greg Bird drew a walk to lead off the seventh and Starlin Castro was hit by a pitch — though Girardi had to issue a replay challenge after home plate umpire Jim Reynolds initially just called the pitch a ball. The ball clearly hit off Castro’s arm.But Aaron Hicks struck out and Todd Frazier hit a deep drive to center field, where Springer made a leaping catch on the warning track and came down against the wall. Chase Headley, already with two more hits Friday to give him seven in nine at-bats after starting the postseason 0 for 18, then ended the inning with a groundout.In Game 2, Verlander had already thrown the last of his 124 pitches before Altuve’s dash from first base to score on Carlos Correa’s double in the bottom of the ninth inning for a 2-1 victory that had put the Astros up 2-0 in the series. MOST READ The Yankees haven’t lost when facing elimination this postseason. After beating Minnesota in the win-or-go-home AL wild-card game, New York lost the first two games in the best-of-five AL Division Series against Cleveland before winning three straight to advance.Judge’s third homer of this series — he hit two in New York — was a soaring shot off reliever Brad Peacock in the eighth projected to 425 feet by Statcast.But in his other three at-bats, Judge grounded into a double play and struck out twice. That’s 26 strikeouts this postseason for the rookie slugger, matching the record set by Alfonso Soriano while with the Yankees in 2003.Severino got into trouble against the bottom half of the Astros order in the fifth. After No. 6 batter Alex Bregman walked to lead off, Evan Gattis drew a one-out walk and No. 9 batter Brian McCann got his first hit in the ALCS with a ground-rule double that drove in the first run.George Springer, the Astros leadoff hitter still hitless in the ALCS, then drew a walk, and Jose Altuve ended an 0-for-12 slide with a two-run single that made it 3-0 and chased Severino.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Tagalog NPA Luis Severino had another abbreviated start in Houston and Aaron Judge struck out two more times to match a major league record for strikeouts in a postseason before a towering home run in the Yankees’ 7-1 loss in Game 6 on Friday night.With a series lead for the first time this postseason after winning all three ALCS games in the Bronx, the Yankees were again stifled by Justin Verlander — just like in Game 2. The big right-hander didn’t go the distance this time, but he did get his ninth win in nine appearances since being acquired by Houston.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 shutoutNew York will have veteran left-hander CC Sabathia on the mound for Game 7 on Saturday night. Sabathia, reliever David Robertson and left fielder Brett Gardner are the only holdovers from the Yankees’ last World Series team eight years ago — in Joe Girardi’s second season as their manager.It will be the first Game 7 for the Yankees since the 2004 ALCS, when the Boston Red Sox came back to claim the AL pennant after losing the first three games in that series. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino leaves the game during the fifth inning of Game 6 of baseball’s American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)HOUSTON — The New York Yankees will have to win one more elimination game to get to their first World Series since 2009.This time, the Baby Bombers are going to a Game 7 after missing a chance to close out the AL Championship Series against the Houston Astros.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LeBron James delivers as Cavaliers breeze past Bucks Read Next View commentslast_img read more

Bald Shahid Kapoor to return to Kashmir for Haider

first_imgActor Shahid Kapoor is all set to return to Kashmir for the final schedule of his upcoming film ‘Haider’.Shahid, 32, who will be sporting a bald look in the Vishal Bhardwaj directed film, took to Twitter to inform the same. “Reading scenes for the final schedule of ‘Haider’.. Nervous and excited.. Last four days of hair I can run my hands through.. Snowed out Kashmir calling,” Shahid tweeted.Read: Bollywood’s hot new pairs of 2014 Earlier, Bhardwaj had to cut short the shooting of ‘Haider’ in the valley following protests by students of the Kashmir University at Hazratbal.The shooting of the film, starring Shahid, Irrfan Khan and Shraddha Kapoor, started last year.The movie is an adaption of Shakespearean tragedy ‘Hamlet’ and is set in Kashmir valley.last_img read more

1 million birthday win for Kelowna BC man planning to pay off

first_imgVANCOUVER – A British Columbia man had a happy birthday indeed by winning $1 million.The B.C. Lottery Corp. says David McLeod of Kelowna bought a 6/49 ticket for a draw on May 17, which happened to be his birthday.McLeod says he texted a picture of the validation slip to his wife to confirm what he was seeing.He says it a great present and the reality of the big win is starting to sink in.McLeod plans to pay off his mortgage with part of money.He says he’ll donate some of the money to the Rotary and help his kids with their university expenses.last_img

The NFLs New Defensive Rules Probably Arent Going To Make A Difference

Every offseason, NFL officials make an instructional video that highlights new rules and gives players a warning about which existing ones will be called more tightly in the upcoming season. This year, officials say they’re going to key in on defensive holding and illegal contact, ensuring they’re called correctly.According to reporting by ESPN’s Jeffri Chadiha, officials became concerned that those particular penalties were not being called as often as they were a decade ago. (Conspiracy theorists, on the other hand, blamed the Seattle Seahawks’ dominant defensive performance against Peyton Manning’s record-setting Denver Broncos offense in the Super Bowl.) With an assist from the data of Pro-Football-Reference.com, we wondered if the official rationale holds up: Have illegal contact and defensive holding really been called less (on a per-pass basis) in recent seasons?In the case of illegal contact, yes. In 2004, Indianapolis Colts general manager Bill Polian spent the offseason lobbying the NFL Competition Committee to more strictly enforce the illegal contact rule in the wake of his team’s 24-14 playoff defeat against the New England Patriots (a game in which Manning — then playing for Indianapolis — tossed four interceptions).As the chart below shows, referees began calling the penalty much more often the very next season, a 15-year high point. Since then, the penalty’s frequency has steadily receded.However, the pattern is less obvious with defensive holding, which also peaked around the middle of the decade but reversed its decline by 2010, and was near its 15-year high just last season. It doesn’t seem to be a penalty in need of greater emphasis.Then again, concerns about the wisdom of placing more restrictions on defenders in an already pass-happy league may be largely academic. At least in terms of illegal contact and defensive holding, there doesn’t seem to be any relationship between the frequency of either penalty being called and the NFL’s overall level of passing efficiency (as measured by Adjusted Net Yards Per Attempt).The last time the NFL cracked down on holding and contact by defenders, it didn’t make any noticeable dent in the rising trend of passing efficiency. Pass offenses have steadily become more and more efficient over the last decade and a half — but that’s part of a longterm trend of increased passing efficacy, not because of the rule changes inspired by Polian a decade ago. The same will likely be true for the changes made this offseason as well. read more

Block O tattoo signified early commitment from Buckeyes new quarterback Braxton Miller

Discussing when in the recruiting process he gets a sense a recruit will be joining Ohio State, co-defensive coordinator Luke Fickell said he’s not usually comfortable until he sees that player’s signed letter of intent. That wasn’t the case with Braxton Miller. When Miller, who is ranked as the No. 2 quarterback in his class according to multiple recruiting services, announced in June that he’d be joining OSU’s 2011 recruiting class, he left little doubt in his future coaches’ minds about his level of commitment, as he showcased an OSU Block “O” tattooed on his left shoulder. Though he announced his intentions months ago and has been taking classes for weeks as an early enrollee at OSU, Miller was officially introduced as a Buckeye on Wednesday at a ceremony introducing OSU’s 23-member recruiting class. Wearing his new No. 5 OSU jersey, along with a retro-style Buckeye hat, Miller said he’s still getting the hang of college life. “The first week was hard to adjust to,” he said, “but I’m cool now.” With OSU quarterback Terrelle Pryor suspended for the first five games of the upcoming season, OSU coaches say they are hopeful that Miller’s ability to adjust carries over to the football field. With the 15 extra practice sessions Miller has received from enrolling during Winter Quarter, he likely will compete with Joe Bauserman, Ken Guiton and Taylor Graham to fill the temporary void Pryor will leave. Miller said he’s excited for the opportunity to compete right away but that it’s too early to get caught up in the competition. “It’s just an opportunity,” he said. “Just got to get the job done, do the work and see who wins it out.” OSU quarterbacks coach Nick Siciliano agreed that it’s too early to see when, or if, Miller will contribute in the upcoming season, but he acknowledged that Miller’s decision to enroll early only improved his chances. “That’s all going be determined to how fast he adapts to what we do on an offensive standpoint — our play-calling, our formation setups and all those things,” Siciliano said. “Any time you’re here from any position, it gives you an advantage to play football a little bit more. I think that really is an advantage for a quarterback, to be able to get 15 extra days of snaps.” Like Pryor, Miller has displayed an ability both to throw and run the ball. In his senior season at Wayne High School in Huber Heights, Ohio, Miller passed for 2,167 yards and 17 touchdowns and ran for 658 yards and 17 touchdowns. Miller led his team to the Division I state title game. As a three-year starter at Wayne, Miller compiled a 31-7 record. Enrolling early gave Miller the opportunity not only to practice early with his new team but also to bond with Pryor, whom he’ll attempt to replace either this season or the next. “He’s a cool dude to hang out with,” Miller said of Pryor. “I figured I’d learn from the best.” read more