Software that speaks ‘local’

first_img11 February 2008South African multilingual software developer Translate.org.za has won an award from the Pan South African Language Board (PanSALB) for its efforts to make computer software more accessible to speakers of South Africa’s indigenous languages.Translate.org.za won the PanSALB award for Multilingualism and Nation Building in the eBusiness Institution category, which recognises Translate.org’s invention of the country’s first multilingual keyboard and open source spell checkers.The award also recognises the company’s work in translating software including OpenOffice.org and Mozilla Firefox into South African languages.Their latest project entails helping people across Africa translate their indigenous languages into popular software.Speaking to BuaNews last week, Translate.org.za director Dwayne Bailey said the award was not about recognition for them, but about promoting the use of vernacular languages.Bailey said the project had proved that South African languages were in no way inferior to others: “If we can’t protect our languages, they will die, and if we care about them, we should use our hands and pens to promote them.”PanSALB, which conferred the awards, is a statutory body that promotes the equal use and enjoyment of all 11 official South African languages.Criteria for the awards include a landmark language-related work, a campaign to increase public awareness of the linguistic profession, a specific event or programme or a number of endeavours or sustained services over a certain [email protected] of Translate.org.za’s successes was a “translation marathon” held on the University of Grahamstown’s Rhodes campus in May 2007, aimed at making indigenous African languages visible.During the event, about 60 isiXhosa speakers and IT specialists huddled around computer screens and dictionaries in an attempt to translate the 10 000 words that make up the Rhodes e-mail system.The translated software was the first application of its kind to allow the university’s students and staff to access e-mail in their mother tongue.In 2004, Translate.org.za successfully translated OpenOffice.org into isiZulu, Northern Sotho and Afrikaans, and by 2005 they had translated it into all 11 official languages.Translate.org.za also won the 2006 African ICT Achiever award for their efforts towards bridging the digital divide in Africa.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Google Aims to Replace Credit Cards & More With the Addition of Near Field Communications to Android

first_imgRelated Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#mobile#web Google CEO Eric Schmidt just announced on stage at the Web 2.0 Summit that the next version of Android, code-named Ginger Bread, will include native support for what’s called Near Field Communication, or NFC. NFC is a short-range, high-frequency wireless technology which lets devices, primarily mobile phones, communicate with other NFC devices in order to exchange data. As ReadWriteWeb’s Sarah Perez explained in her coverage of Apple’s NFC moves this Summer, this allows for a number of applications including mobile ticketing, mobile payment, e-money, electronic keys, smart billboards and more. Apple has filed a number of NFC patents, but the technology is expected to drive growth throughout the mobile market. Native NFC support in Android now is a big deal.Nokia and Symbian have both been reported to be set to launch NFC technology early next year as well.Mobile commerce, “tap to pay,” was the primary use-case discussed by Schmidt, but Tim O’Reilly pointed out on stage that the technology is really capable of transmitting any kind of information. “Bump, for everything,” he called it. Schmidt concurred. Hopefully Gingerbread will include a healthy API for access to the NFC technology and developers will see opportunities to build more than just commerce systems. Schmidt said on stage today that the Gingerbread release date will be within the next two weeks. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img marshall kirkpatrick Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Mizzou alum Scherzer, Nationals, win first World Series

first_img(AP) – Washington has a World Series championship for the first time since the 1924 Senators beat the New York Giants.Anthony Rendon (rehn-DOHN’) and Howie Kendrick belted huge home runs in the seventh inning as the Nationals rallied to take Game 7, 6-2 over the Astros in Houston. Winning pitcher Patrick Corbin gave the Nats three solid innings of shutout relief to close out a series in which the road team won every game.Astros starter Zack Greinke (GREHN’-kee) cruised through the first 6 1/3 innings, allowing just one hit and one walk until the dam burst. Rendon belted a solo homer got the Nationals within 2-1 before Howie Kendrick slammed a two-run blast off reliever Will Harris two batters later.It was yet another big postseason hit for Kendrick, who was the MVP of the NL Championship Series after slamming a tiebreaking grand slam in extra innings to give the Nats the fifth and deciding game of the division series against the Dodgers.Juan Soto doubled Washington’s lead with an RBI single in the eighth, one inning before Adam Eaton’s two-run single put the Nats in complete control.Houston managed just two of their nine hits after Washington starter Max Scherzer left the game. Scherzer needed 103 pitches to complete his five innings of work, yielding seven hits and four walks but just two runs. The three-time Cy Young Award winner made a quick recovery after being scratched from Game 5 due to a nerve irritation near his neck.It’s the first World Series crown for the Nationals in franchise history, including their time as the Montreal Expos from 1969 through 2004. The Nats had never won a playoff series before this year. Their playoff run occurred despite a 19-31 start to the campaign.Yuli Gurriel (YOO’-lee gur-ee-EHL’) hit a solo homer for the Astros, who were seeking their second championship in three seasons.Stephen Strasburg was named the MVP of the series after going 2-0 with a 2.51 ERA. Strasburg was outstanding in helping the Nationals win Game 6 and extending the Fall Classic to the limit.last_img read more

India Inc uses cricket strategists to teach managers how to employ spirit of winners

first_imgJohn Buchanan”Competition can come from anywhere,” Harsha Bhogle, India’s best-known cricket commentator told a gathering of mutual fund distributors in Jodhpur, “even noodle straps.” That was one of several jokes on a day when Bhogle, an MBA himself, dropped the mike and donned the hat of a management guru. Out,John Buchanan”Competition can come from anywhere,” Harsha Bhogle, India’s best-known cricket commentator told a gathering of mutual fund distributors in Jodhpur, “even noodle straps.” That was one of several jokes on a day when Bhogle, an MBA himself, dropped the mike and donned the hat of a management guru. Out came a laptop and a presentation highlighting how the distributors could learn from Vivian Richards and Sachin Tendulkar. “Body language is important whether you are playing cricket or selling mutual funds. These great players have all had a body language that showed hunger and confidence,” explained Bhogle.Over the past few months, Bhogle and his fellow-IIM grad wife Anita have made 23 presentations to top corporates, including HLL, Microsoft, HSBC, Cadbury and Standard Chartered, where they revealed how the two Cs- cricket and corporates – are interlinked. “We speak in English not HR. Sports is a metaphor that everyone understands,” he says.Team work: Harsha Bhogle and wife Anita have given talks to 23 corporatesElsewhere, in the dusty Mumbai suburb of Andheri, Australian cricket coach John Buchanan takes charge of a class of 25 fast-trackers from Mahindra British Telecom (MBT), a software firm.He unveils a series of charts with points scribbled on them and launches into what it takes to lead a team. “Coaches and leaders have to hide their egos. Stars have big egos,” says Buchanan. “During the last Indian tour, I made a comment about Shane Warne that dented his ego. It severely affected our relationship and became a distraction for the team. I promised that day that my ego will never be seen.”advertisementWhile corporates overseas regularly pull in people from the world of sports to talk to their employees – US basketball star Magic Johnson, gymnast Pete Vidmar and rugby players Francois Pienaar from South Africa and New Zealand’s Sean Fitzpatrick are regulars – Indian firms are now waking up to the power of talking cricket. It is a direct fallout of increasing focus being laid on human resources and employee retention in times of tough competition. The past few years have seen a surge in young people taking top positions in companies as well as fierce competition to grab the best talent. All this has transformed the workplace. Corporates now realise that cricket can give lessons in leadership. Guru MantraThere can be limitations but no limits. Take the case of Brad Hogg who played a Test in 1997 and was then out of the team. Last season he came back to the team as an important member of the team. He had some limitations but overcame them.Stress is a myth. It does not exist; you create it. It is up to you to interpret circumstances. If you allow circumstances to intimidate you will feel stressed. Those who handle pressure well are those who see difficult circumstances as a challenge.A team may bat and bowl well but often slip in the 1 per cent things- hitting the stumps or converting singles into twos. Many companies are very good at strategising but slip when it comes to doing the simple things right.Between 1985 and 2000, Australia rose from bottom to top while West Indies fell from top to bottom. The Windies didn’t do backward integration. They didn’t realise where four fast bowlers would come from in future. Australia groomed and trained talent.The best analogy from sport that transfers to marketing and leadership is the importance of teamwork in winning, “Whether it is Steve Waugh or Shane Warne, a star cannot be bigger than the team,” says Buchanan. Says Joel M. Farnworth, HSBC’s senior manager, HR: “Not everyone may want to read a book on Jack Welch. Cricket is an arena many are familiar with. If that helps make the connection through simple messages, then so be it.”Sports can be used for strategic planning too. Says Bhogle: “Many times organisations fail to see the changes around them. The Indian hockey team failed to see that the world was changing to Astroturf. Cricket changed to a fitness-led sport rather than a talent-led one.”Anecdotes from the field pepper every talk. “When Tendulkar was single-handedly winning matches no one felt it was a danger sign. What if he couldn’t deliver? We tell companies why they shouldn’t rely on a few stars alone and instead develop stars around the stars,” says Bhogle.Farnworth says, “The current generation changes seven jobs in a lifetime as against two in our’s.” Therefore, developing their leadership abilities early on is of great importance to any organisation. He recounts how Mike Brearley, despite being a mediocre cricketer, was a very successful captain. “The one thing common between cricket and companies is people,” says Buchanan. “We are going in for people with character rather than just talent.” Meshing cricket and business works, says Smita Anand of HR firm Hewitt Associates. “Companies realise lessons can come from anywhere. They are always looking for people who think out of the box,” she says.Prasad Chitale, a consultant with MBT who attended Buchanan’s talk, came out impressed. “Every team has some very good and some not so good people. What really struck me was how they managed underperformers and stars in the team,” he says. Corporates will now have anyone interested listening in. Bhogle and Kapil Dev talked to the top 50 distributors of the Standard Chartered Mutual Fund “It was a big high for them,” says Naval Bir Kumar, CEO. “Cricket and films unite India.” Cricket is surely uniting India Inc. these days. Filmstars may be next in line.advertisementlast_img read more

India bowlers in focus ahead of one-off Test against Bangladesh

first_imgThe Indian cricket team got down to work soon after landing in Dhaka on Monday for the short series against Bangladesh, sweating it out in a gruelling two-hour net session at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium.The Test side led by Virat Kohli arrived by a morning flight from Kolkata and they hit the nets at the stadium in the afternoon. India will take on the hosts in a one-off Test starting on Wednesday followed by a three-ODI series.”Since we arrived Monday and the boys wanted to practice, it was decided to train at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium as Bangladesh were training at Fatullah. On Tuesday, we will be training at Fatullah,” BCCI’s administrative manager Biswarup Dey told PTI.Since Fatullah, which is in Narayanganj district takes about an hour and half to reach from Dhaka city, where the team is staying, it was decided to hit the straps right away.The team manager confirmed that all 14 members are fit and Wriddhiman Saha, who has sustained a hit on the chest during the final training session in Kolkata is absolutely fine and also trained with other members.The Indian team will be concentrating on getting the bowling combination right. While Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Ravichandran Ashwin and Harbhajan Singh are almost certain to play, it will be up to Kohli and Team Director Ravi Shastri to decide on whether India will go with four or five bowlers. If they go with five bowlers, the toss-up will be between speedster Varun Aaron and legspinner Karn Sharma.advertisementlast_img read more

Chelsea urged to stick with Sarri: He’s not doing so bad!

first_imgEddie Newton has urged Chelsea to show stability and keep faith with Maurizio Sarri, insisting that he isn’t doing a bad job and that “people get carried away” with their criticisms of the Italian.The Blues’ form spiralled over the winter period and high-profile away league defeats to the likes of Arsenal, Bournemouth and Manchester City left Sarri’s long-term future in west London in doubt.As revealed by Goal, the former Napoli boss was given three games to save his job, with a 2-0 win over Spurs, coupled with their qualification for the Europa League last 16, helping to keep Sarri at Stamford Bridge. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The pressure is still on the Italian, however, and with the show of defiance from Kepa Arrizabalaga in refusing to be substituted in the Carabao Cup final, Sarri’s position still seems uncertain.With the Blues preparing for an away trip to Fulham on Sunday, Newton joked that his name should be in the mix for the caretaker role, should it become available, but he believes that the current boss deserves more time.”It should be,” Newton told Goal with a laugh, as he spoke of his name being included among those who could take over. “I have a lot of experience at first-team level. I have been there before and seen it before, so my name always gets thrown in the mix when managers are a little bit under pressure, so it is normal.”I cannot comment on that because I am not sitting on the board and making those decisions. But it will help him with the fans [to beat Tottenham]. Spurs are a big rival and beating them is a big thing. Not just winning but the connotations of halting their drive to the title and maybe propelling us forward.“I know it is well-documented our club turn over managers quite regularly. But the simple fact is I think Sarri will get more time. I think the last two performances especially show he is adaptable because we were a lot more structured and compact and harder to beat.Maurizio Sarri Manchester City Chelsea Premier League 02/10/19“It shows we are going in a different direction and I think that helps a lot and will secure the fans. Hopefully, the fans saw the last two performances and got a little bit of confidence even though we lost one.”You are at a top club, and you expect criticism when things are not going so well. When you are within the club, you know you are doing a good job. Most people won’t see that unless they are in the club on a day-to-day basis.”As long as you know your systems are correct, you are trying to do the right things, and you are moving in the right direction then you have to believe in yourself. Sarri has come out and said, at this point in his first season ‘I got more points than Pep Guardiola, but he is not getting criticism like I am’.”It is true. Sometimes people get carried away with circumstances and so on. People have got to pull back and realise that he is not doing so bad.”Newton’s work can go unnoticed, but he is highly respected at Cobham Training Ground, as he provides feedback and analysis to Chelsea’s loan group.This comes after spells with the first team where he worked alongside both Guus Hiddink and Roberto Di Matteo, as well as taking a few first-team training sessions this summer, between Antonio Conte and Sarri’s roles as head coach.With the Blues facing a ban over two transfer windows, a decision that they have confirmed they will appeal, Newton now expects the loan system to be altered, but has defended the club’s model in shipping out numerous players on temporary deals.”It will get tweaked,” he added. “At the end of the day, FIFA are looking at it and saying that ‘maybe some clubs are using the loan system in not the right way’, but with FFP and the way clubs are trying to manage the resources at their club, being in the business model of what they are being asked to do, the loan system has to be there.Mason Mount Derby County 2018-19“It is a way of looking after the players if they are not in our first team or too good for our Under-23s, not just to get rid of them. We would get hammered if we just got rid of all these players [after they graduate from the academy].”We are still trying to look after them, find solutions for them and make sure that they play at a high level. Most of our players are at a high level all around the world. We have players in Serie A, La Liga, Bundesliga, Ligue 1, Championship and Premier League.”So, they are all over the world but playing at a very high level. That’s because of the exhaustive work that goes on behind the scenes to help them with their career. So, whether they go elsewhere or come back to us, they are better for it.”FIFA has to understand that, because of the resources in football, players are staying at clubs for longer because we can afford to. We have got to try and find solutions to that, and I think it is a good way, not just to get rid of players like in the old days.”Not because it was against the club’s [interest] but because we didn’t have the financial resources to keep them and wait for them to get better. You had to act now; you either had to stay and be good enough or get told to leave.Ola Aina - Torino“Football is different nowadays. We can sustain and keep them on contracts for longer, so we need to find solutions.”Newton picked out some success stories that he has been keeping tabs on as the club’s loan coach, with many of them still hoping to be deemed good enough for Sarri’s first team.”I think it has been one of our most successful seasons. We have got the boys in the Championship,” Newton added. “They are all playing really well. Fikayo Tomori and Mason Mount, notably at Derby County. We have many boys in the Championship doing really well.”Ola Aina at Torino is doing really well this season, and I am really pleased for him. Kenneth Omeruo at Leganes in La Liga, a lot of people had doubted him but he has gone into one of the strongest leagues and he is standing strong. We are ecstatic with it.”I think one of the most stand-outs for us is Kurt Zouma at Everton. To be a loanee in the Premier League and compete with someone that they bought in the same position and keep him out of the team stands testament to how well he has done this season. He is having a really strong season.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

The Quote That Will Eventually Haunt David Boren When The Big 12 Implodes

first_imgOU president David Boren talked for a long (long) time on Monday about why the Big 12 is not expanding. He said “because there were no good teams to add” about 100 different ways during the press conference, but then he said something he will likely regret saying at some point.He was talking about the future of the 10 teams in the volatile Big 12.“What I heard over the last 24 hours as our colleagues spoke very candidly among ourselves was the strongest expression of unity and cohesion and commitment to the conference that I’ve ever heard,” said Boren.This could consist of three presidents saying, “you know, this conference isn’t that bad” and it would probably technically be the “strongest expression of unity and cohesion and commitment to the conference” that Boren has ever heard. But that’s neither here nor there. On to the crown jewel quote.“In my opinion, there’s not a single school in this conference that is looking to go elsewhere. We are committed to each other. We’re committed to the Big 12 Conference. We’re committed to staying in the Big 12 Conference and making it as strong as possible.”That one is probably going to sting in the future when Texas (or OU) bails for somewhere else, isn’t it? He also talked about the Big 12’s grant of rights which essentially legally binds teams to the conference by stating that they would have to give their TV money back to the Big 12 if they move to a different conference.“So I just want to underline, there is no theological or abstract opposition to the grant of rights at the University of Oklahoma. We are committed to this conference. As I say, what I heard in that room, gave me a tremendous amount of optimism. There have been times over the past in the history of the Big 12 when there’s not been that sense of unity in the room, real cohesion, and sincere commitment.”#Big12 BOD Chair David Boren on unanimity and commitment plus cooperation in future re: grant of rights. https://t.co/6JieE19Wxt— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) October 17, 2016“No one’s looking to walk away from this conference. Any feelings to the contrary is just mistaken. They don’t understand the strong commitment that we all have to it.”Boren probably won’t be OU’s president when the Big 12 is buried and the sod is laid over its grave, but for the sake of re-visiting these babies, I truly hope he is.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

10 months agoFlorentino Perez: Martin Odegaard has future with Real Madrid

first_imgFlorentino Perez: Martin Odegaard has future with Real Madridby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid president Florentino Perez insists Martin Odegaard still has a future with them.Odegaard is now impressing on-loan at Vitesse Arnhem.”He has developed well and we hope he can play for the first team at Real Madrid one day,” Perez said.”We value that his is still only 20 years old.”Odegaard also says: “I’m 20 years old, but I have a lot of experience.”I feel like I have become a better player every year.”It’s important to contribute with goals and assists, as it gives me a lot of self-esteem.”The main objective is to be able to play gradually at Real Madrid and show that it was the right choice.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoHector Bellerin thrilled with winning Arsenal return

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Hector Bellerin thrilled with winning Arsenal returnby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveHector Bellerin was full of emotion after making his Arsenal return in Tuesday night’s 5-0 win over Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup third-round.The Spaniard suffered a season-ending ACL knee injury against Chelsea on January 22.It was a tough road to recovery for the 23-year-old and he is thankful to be back playing football once again.Bellerin took to Twitter after the game to reveal his delight at making his long-awaited comeback, writing: “No words. Just pure emotion!!!”What a way to come back. Shout out to @RobHolding95!! Thank you everyone for the support and love”.No words. Just pure emotion!!! What a way to come back. Shout out to @RobHolding95!! Thank you everyone for the support and love #COYGpic.twitter.com/rPp1oFeEJp— Héctor Bellerín (@HectorBellerin) September 24, 2019 last_img read more