Diego Costa put Chelsea ahead in the FA Cup third-round tie at Stamford Bridge.Costa got in front of Scunthorpe defender Scott Laird to nudge home Branislav Ivanovic’s right-wing cross after 13 minutes – the striker’s fourth goal in three matches.Chelsea continued to dominate and Iron keeper Luke Daniels did well to tip over shots from Cesc Fabregas and Pedro before seeing a curling effort from Oscar drift wide of his left-hand post.Blues boss Guus Hiddink named a strong line-up but rested keeper Thibaut Courtois and skipper John Terry.Asmir Begovic came in for Courtois and was called into action just after the half-hour mark, when he gathered Luke Williams’ long-range shot.Chelsea: Begovic; Ivanovic, Zouma, Cahill, Azpilicueta; Ramires, Fabregas; Willian, Oscar, Pedro; Costa.Subs: Courtois, Terry, Baba Rahman, Mikel, Loftus-Cheek, Kenedy, Traore.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
QPR win 2-1 at Craven Cottage in a dramatic west London derby – Rangers’ first away victory against Fulham since 1980. See also:QPR beat Fulham in dramatic derbyFulham results ‘not acceptable’, Jokanovic admitsHasselbaink: I felt like I was fighting everybodyQPR chief pays tribute to Hasselbaink and fans after derby triumphQPR boss explains Ngbakoto absenceFulham v QPR player ratingsFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
16 February 2007The Netherlands has contributed about R70-million towards a five-year research programme tackling the challenges of teaching language and numeracy in South Africa’s schools.Dutch ambassador to South Africa Frans Engering and Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) president Olive Shisana signed an agreement on the programme in Pretoria last month.“This agreement is a new and important part of the substantial contribution by the Netherlands government to promote education in South Africa, which has amounted to approximately R1.3-billion since 1994,” Engering said.The programme aims to help the Department of Education to identify and address the challenges impeding the provision of quality education to children, especially in poorer and rural areas.“To date there has not been much improvement in the quality of education, despite various efforts at improvement in the past decade,” Shisana said, referring to the 66.6% matric pass rate in 2006, down from 68% in 2005.The programme, to be led by the HSRC, will rope in JET Education Services, the Education Policy Consortium and the Project for the Study of Alternative Education in SA, the leading experts in literacy and numeracy research in the country.Source: BuaNews
22 November 2011First National Bank (FNB) has opened up access to the PayPal service so that people with accounts at any of South Africa’s banks can link their accounts to their PayPal account and receive funds from anyone belonging to the PayPal network across the world.The service was previously exclusive to FNB customers. PayPal has more than 100-million active users in over 190 countries and territories.“One and a half years after launching our exclusive Top Up and Withdraw services for FNB customers we are pleased to open up the PayPal service for receiving funds to all customers with a South African bank account,” FNB general manger for complementary online services, Chris Savides, said in a statement this week.“They will now be able to withdraw funds from a PayPal account into a qualifying South African bank account regardless of which South African bank that they bank with.”Receiving payments in 24 currenciesSouth Africans already making use of PayPal but not banking with FNB have been able to make credit card-based payment transactions, but can now benefit from the added security of transacting online with PayPal by linking their credit card to an authorised PayPal account.Receiving funds and withdrawing these funds into a South African bank account was previously offered exclusively to FNB banking customers.New users are still required to create a free FNB Online Banking profile in order to link the accounts, even if they do not bank with FNB.Customers can simply open a PayPal account by visiting www.paypal.com/za and are then required to link it to a qualified South African Bank account by visiting www.fnb.co.za.They will be able to receive payments in 24 different currencies via PayPal and FNB will convert the currency to rand when the money is withdrawn into their South African bank accounts.Enables transactions, cross-border salesFNB’s agreement with PayPal enables international businesses and individuals to transact with South African service providers via a secure and convenient payment service.Over 20 000 FNB-banked merchants and individuals have already signed up for the PayPal service to-date. By opening up access, FNB is able to offer the more than 500 000 South Africans with registered PayPal accounts the ability to receive funds through PayPal into their selected bank accounts.Savides added that the internet has changed the global commerce landscape, and encouraged South Africans to think about selling their goods and services to people outside of South Africa’s borders.“One of South Africa’s leading online floral and gifting retailers, NetFlorist.co.za started making use of PayPal after it realised that 30% of its business comes from outside of South Africa’s borders,” he said. “PayPal is a trusted and safer payment service for people transacting from abroad.”Great strides in eCommerceOded Zehavi, the head of PayPal’s business in South Africa, pointed out that with South Africa’s solid financial infrastructure and its status as one of the continent’s largest economies, there had been “great strides” in eCommerce in the country.“FNB and PayPal have a similar focus on innovation, so it makes sense that we would work with FNB to make online payments even easier for merchants and consumers in South Africa,” he said.“The success of FNB and PayPal’s initial offering will be further bolstered by offering all customers with a South African bank account a safer way of getting paid online with PayPal.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
From bugs to calibration, here are some helpful ways to optimize your quadcopter drone.BugsAs with any new technology, there are always some kinks to work out. You may have heard plenty of horror stories about drone crashes and lost connections. In reality, many times these come down to pilot error. However, there are times when bugs in the system can cause problems, including crash landings.DJI has been constantly updating their firmware since releasing the Inspire 1. It’s necessary to update your drone as soon as updates are available. If not, you risk being grounded until you do update. You can grab the latest updates from the DJI Download page.If you have not yet performed an update, here is a handy tutorial video from DJI. Prepare to hear some beeping. A whole lot of beeping. Why do you need to calibrate the Inspire 1?Users have noted that their DJI Inspire 1 tends to yaw to the left of right while holding the control stick straight forward. A YAW is the motion to the left or right on the drone’s vertical axis. It changes the direction the drone faces.Imagine a car’s alignment. If the tires are straight and the car is aligned – the car will move in a straight line. If the alignment is off – the car will drift to the left or right, even though the tires are pointed straight ahead. This is the same concept.If you notice that the DJI Inspire 1 is not accurately responding to the controller, you will need to calibrate the Compass and IMU.Calibrating the CompassFor the best performance, you should be calibrating the compass every time you move to a new flight location. It’s in your best interest to make this a habit. Calibrating the compass is just as important as attaching the propellers. You shouldn’t fly without this step.Find an open space to perform the calibration. You want to avoid any possible magnetic interference, such as parking structures, keys, cell phones, or any massive metal objects.Turn on the DJI Inspire 1 and Master Controller.In the DJI Pilot App, go to the Camera and tap the Aircraft Status menu. Select Calibrate Compass.The DJI Inspire 1 should now be flashing a Yellow indication light. Hold and rotate the DJI Inspire 1 horizontally 360 degrees counter clockwise. Keep spinning until the light turns solid Green.Now point the nose straight down. The indicator light will return to Yellow. Spin another 360 degrees counter clockwise.If the indicator light is now a solid Green, the compass is calibrated. If the light flashes Red and Yellow, move over a few feet to another spot and repeat the compass calibration.Calibrating the Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU)As DJI puts it, “The IMU incorporates both a 6-axis gyroscope and an accelerometer to monitor minuscule changes in tilt and movement. This allows the aircraft to compensate and adjust immediately, holding its position at all times.” As your mind recovers from reading that sentence, let’s break it down.The inertial measurement unit (IMU) is an electronic device that measures velocity, orientation, and gravitational forces. It’s responsible for speed and direction of motion, staying upright, and maintaining any position.The IMU is the brain. It is responsible for knowing if the drone is up in the air and level.As complicated as all of that sounds, calibrating the IMU is actually incredibly easy. You should also make note to perform and IMU Calibration after every firmware update. Turn on the DJI Inspire 1 and Master Controller. DO NOT FLY THE DRONE.IMU calibrations require the drone to be in a “cold” state. Performing an IMU calibration after a flight can lead to this error message:The system has overheated. Power off and allow to cool for 5 minutes, then re-start Calibration.Place the Inspire 1 on a firm level surface away from any magnets or electronics.In the DJI Pilot App, go to the Camera and tap the Mode menu. The MC Settings menu will pop up, then select Sensors.The bottom of the Sensors menu will list Check IMU and IMU Calibration.Make sure the Inspire 1 is on the ground in a stationary and horizontal position. Then select IMU Calibration.The process should take 5-10 minutes.Resume FlightNow that the Inspire 1 has been updated and calibrated, you are ready to take to the sky.Be Smart, Fly Safe!Want to see more about drones? Check out these posts: Flying the DJI Inspire 1 Quadcopter with Adam Savage – Tested15 Videos That Prove Drone Piloting Isn’t EasyPhantom 3: DJI’s Latest Drone Takes FlightDid you finally cave and buy a drone? Did you buy a DJI Inspire 1 or Phantom 3? Did you go with another type of drone? Let us know in the comments below.
Twitter/@BigJah15By now, you’ve heard that Duke freshmen Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones met in third grade, roomed together and became best friends in ninth grade, and chose to play for the same college so that they could potentially win a national championship together. Thursday, with Okafor officially declaring for the NBA Draft after just one season, Jones took to Twitter with a cool tribute to his teammate. He urged Okafor to go make “another dream” a reality.So happy for my brother/bestfriend. We had a goal since 9th grade, & we did it Jah. Now go make another dream a reality. You earned it!— Tyus Jones (@Tyusjones06) April 9, 2015Currently, it isn’t known whether Jones will join Okafor and declare for the upcoming NBA Draft. But if he does decide to take the jump, it would be pretty cool to see them both drafted on the same night.
TORONTO — Canada’s main stock index was up sharply in the first trading following a two-day holiday, while U.S. markets plunged again after shooting upward on Wednesday.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 260.01 points at 14,040.20 in the first 30 minutes of trading at the Toronto Stock Exchange following the Christmas and Boxing Day holidays.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 295.83 points at 22,582.62. The S&P 500 index was down 31.13 points at 2,2,436.57, while the Nasdaq composite was down 84.56 points at 6,469.80.On Wednesday, the Dow and S&P 500 were up nearly five per cent while the Nasdaq rose 5.8 per cent.The Canadian dollar traded at 73.30 cents US, down compared with an average of 73.59 cents US on Monday The January crude contract was at US$45.42 per barrel, down 80 cents from Wednesday but up from 42.53 on Monday while the January natural gas contract was at US$3.41 per mmBTU, down 4.8 cents from Wednesday but up one cent from Monday.The February gold contract was at US$1,277.80 an ounce, up $4.80 from Wednesday and up $6 from Monday, while the March copper contract traded at US$2.67 a pound, down three cents from Wednesday and one cent from Monday. Index and currency in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD)The Canadian Press
Gangtok: Nearly 300 yaks have died due to starvation following heavy snowfall in North Sikkim district since late last year, an official has said. The North Sikkim District Magistrate Raj Yadav confirmed the death of around 300 yaks due to starvation during heavy snow fall in Mukuthang and Yumthang regions since December 2018. While carcasses of around 250 yaks were found in Mukuthang region, 50 yak carcasses were found in Yumthang recently, Yadav said Saturday. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh “It appears that these dead yaks had got nothing to eat during the prolonged period of snowfall since December last year,” Yadav said. The animal husbandry department’s medical team has reached Mukuthang, he said. The team carried feed and fodder for the yaks which are still alive, he said, adding, the yaks will also be examined by the medical team. The yaks belonged to 15 families in Mukuthang and 10 families in Yumthang, he said. The affected families will get compensations on the basis of a report that is being prepared by the district administration and the Indo-Tibetan Border Police, he added.
BRUSSELS- Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) Council of the European Union concluded Friday its two-day meeting in Brussels on combating hate crime. The Council invited member states to consider the experience of other EU countries in extending the scope of punishable hate crime offences within their criminal legislation, and the inclusion of other bias motives behind these offences, and ensure prompt and effective investigation and prosecution of hate crimes ensuring that bias motives are taken into consideration and throughout criminal proceedings.The council also invited EU members to take appropriate measures to facilitate the reporting of hate crimes by victims and as far as possible also associations supporting them, including measures to build trust in police and other state institutions; collect and publish comprehensive and comparable data on hate crimes, the number of convictions, the bias motives behind these crimes, and the punishments handed down to offenders. EU countries are also invited to ensure that victims of hate crime are assisted, supported and protected; and steps are taken to educate the public on the values of cultural diversity and inclusion, and aiming for all sectors of society to have a role in combating such intolerance.The council also invited the European Commission to assess current legislation of the union and submit the report to the council, whereas the Fundamental Rights Agency is invited to continue assessing the extent of racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism and other forms of hate crime through EU-wide surveys.