Apaches return two interceptions for touchdowns in home winBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterAUBURNDALE — The Auburndale football team evened its record at 1-1 this season with a come-from-behind 34-13 nonconference victory over Manawa on Friday night at Auburndale High School.Manawa led 7-0 at halftime before the Apaches exploded for five second-half touchdowns, including a 20-point third quarter.Aaron Marth and Trayton Weister each returned inceptions for touchdowns, Marth’s covering 50 yards and Weister’s going 87 yards.Jacob Peplinski rushed for 131 yards and a score, and Weister added 99 yards and two touchdowns as Auburndale racked up 293 yards on the ground.Cale Jacoby caught four passes for 70 yards as well for the Apaches.Auburndale plays at Rib Lake/Prentice at Prentice High School next Friday, Sept. 1, in a Marawood Conference contest.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Apaches 34, Wolves 13Manawa 0 7 6 0 – 13Auburndale 0 0 20 14 – 34Scoring plays not provided.Team StatisticsFirst downs: Manawa 11; Auburndale 16.Rushing (att-yards): M, 39-297; A, 41-248.Passing (comp-att-yards-int): M, 7-20-143-2; A 7-17-102-0.Total yards: M 440; A 350.Penalties (no.-yards): M 14-105; A 8-75.Fumbles (total-lost): M 2-0; A 4-1.Punting (no.-avg.): M 6-33.0; A 4-31.0.Individual StatisticsRushing: M, Bryce Schulke 10-124, Garrett Bristol 20-97, Seth Forbes 8-82, Brett Fisher 1-minus 6. A, Jacob Peplinski 20-131, Trayton Weister 10-99, Carter Wilcott 5-28, Ryan Isaacson 6-minus 10.Passing: M, Schulke 6-13-98-1, Forbes 1-7-15-1. A, Isaacson 7-17-102-0.Receiving: M, Isaac Ratliff 2-66, Austin Kitowski 2-34, Hunter Westphal 2-31, No. 15 (name not provided) 1-11. A, Cale Jacoby 4-70, Cameron Ertl 2-23, Wilcott 1-9.Records: Manawa 1-1; Auburndale 1-1.
18 March 2013 Procter & Gamble (P&G) is to invest more than R1.6-billion in a new manufacturing plant in South Africa as the global consumer goods group moves to make the country its manufacturing hub for southern and eastern Africa. “South Africa is the most advanced economy in Africa and represents an attractive investment destination with good infrastructure,” Dimitri Panayotopoulos, P&G’s vice-chairman in charge of global business units, told a media conference held jointly with Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies in Johannesburg on Friday. Panayotopoulos said the new manufacturing plant would operate according to the highest sustainability standards and would become one of the largest P&G facilities in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region, producing a range of products for export to southern and eastern Africa.African manufacturing hub “We aim to make South Africa P&G’s manufacturing hub for the markets of southern and eastern Africa,” he said, adding that the new investment would create over 500 additional jobs at P&G. Construction is expected to begin in 2014 on a greenfield site which P&G will acquire in the near future, with production expected to commence in 2016 or early 2017. In 2009, P&G built a R500-million manufacturing plant for Pampers nappies in Johannesburg, creating hundreds of jobs and attracting a further R6.6-million in investments from suppliers.‘Vote of confidence in South Africa’ Davies, also speaking at Friday’s press conference, said the company’s latest investment bore testimony to the role that business was playing in South Africa’s economic development, was a vote of confidence in the future of the country. “Since P&G entered the South African market, it has contributed to creating environmentally and socially responsible economic growth and, in particular, more South African jobs,” Davies said. “Such investment clearly demonstrates the confidence in South Africa as an investment destination and South Africa as the gateway into the African continent.” Davies said that Africa’s economic integration was imminent, with the continent moving to address the challenges posed by fragmented markets, insufficient trade diversification and low levels of intra-African trade. He said that creating larger regional markets would increase specialisation and competition, while boosting manufacturing by offering improved economies of scale in industrial production. SAinfo reporter
Author, Sir Percy Fitzpatrick, wrote the book Jock and the Bushveld in Barberton. The sculpture of Jock stands outside the town hall.(Images: Barberton Community Tourism) Barberton was home to the old Transvaal’s first stock exchange. The Barberton daisy was first discovered here by Robert Jameson in 1889.MEDIA CONTACTS • Astrid ChristiansonMarketing ManagerBarberton Community Tourism+27 13 712 7119Romaana NaidooIt might look unassuming, but the quaint Lowveld town of Barberton, in the foothills of the Makhonjwa Mountains, is a winner in the heritage stakes.Founded in the late 1800s, this town in Mpumalanga’s De Kaap Valley can lay claim to some of the country’s firsts: the first stock exchange in the old Transvaal; the first double-storey building in that province; the first swimming pool in the old Transvaal; and the longest and only cable car that crossed into another country (Swaziland).Barberton is a geological, cultural, ecological and botanical treasure trove well known for its gold-mining history. Fringed by the oldest mountains in the world, which date back 3.5 billion years, the town – some 43km south of Nelspruit – is home to some of the oldest exposed rocks on the planet.Barberton Community Tourism marketing manager Astrid Christianson says thousands of scientific papers have been written about the Barberton Greenstone Belt, or the Barberton Mountain Land, which has the best preserved and most easily accessed Archean rocks in the world.Most recently, microscopic fossils of primitive single-cell organisms were found in the area, which indicate the emergence of life occurred a billion years earlier than previously thought.Also known as the “Genesis of Life”, this greenstone belt contains fossils of the earliest life forms on Earth as well as evidence of an ancient meteorite strike.Gold was discovered in the area over 120 years ago, marking the beginning of industrial development in South Africa, and the mines that flourished then are still producing the oldest gold on the planet.Christianson, who describes Barberton as a bowl of crumpled hills dressed in flat-crowned thorn trees and dusted with aloes and daises, says gold laid the foundations of the town.“The valley has scarcely a creek or a cave that has not been panned or peered it into since the Barber brothers made their gold strike back in 1884. Almost every inch has been gone over with a fine tooth comb – or at least a hand shovel – in the hope of instant riches.”Evidence of the early gold rush can be seen at numerous sites, including Bray’s Golden Quarry, which was once a source of a rich ore deposit, and at Rimers Creek, where the Barbers struck gold. Sheba Mine, said to be the oldest operating gold mine in the world, is tucked away in a hillside, while Fairview Mine has the only biox plant in South Africa for the extraction of gold, and still operates a ropeway for conveying ore to the crusher.However, gold is not the town’s only treasure – the area’s botanical riches are a draw card for those seeking green gold. The biodiversity of the Barberton Centre of Endemism is said to be rivalled only by the Cape Floral Kingdom.“Cynics say this is simply because there have been more botanists in this area than elsewhere – and perhaps there is a fragment of truth there – but the botanists came because of the plants. The reason for the rich variety of plants is the area’s exceptional geology,” said Christianson.The Makhonjwa Mountains which surround Barberton – from Jeppe’s Reef to Oshoek and all the hills between, from Shiyalongubo to Queen’s River and Jambila to Songimvelo and Elukwatini – also have important high-rainfall catchments that are protected in terms of several proclaimed nature reserves.“Spend a day exploring the valley on quad bike, mountain bike, horseback or foot, or view it from the air in a microlight or hang-glider, or let it zoom in on you while sky-diving,” says Christianson. “Explore old mine shafts, or hunt for rare butterflies on the bald hill that was once crowned with ephemeral Eureka City, the town that had hardly boomed before it went bust.”The area is also home to an abundance of wildlife, and walking through the town one can catch sight of the elusive Narina trogon, flashes of crimson from the wing of the purple turaco – and even baboons.The cultural history of the region is also significant, encompassing the colonial and apartheid eras, as well as that of the Swazi nation. Today, Barberton is home to many cultural groups that have played a role in shaping the town’s heritage.Christianson says, “On the darker side, Barberton has played a role in three great wars: the Anglo-Boer war and the two World Wars. Barberton Prison, made famous through Bryce Courtenay’s novel The Power of One, housed many a freedom fighter in the apartheid years, among them Helen Hendricks, Dorothy Dlamini, Dorothy Kubheka, Jean Middleton and Esther Barsel.“Esther was later private secretary to Chris Hani and a close friend of Nelson Mandela, who himself was held in the Barberton Prison before being sent to Robben Island.”Heritage walks through the town, which include visits to restored late Victorian residences, offer a peek into life during the 1880s mining boom. The local museum is housed in the renovated Barberton Iron and Steel Foundry building.Adjacent to the museum is the Umjindi Jewellery Project, which trains young people in jewellery design and manufacture. It also has a coffee shop and an interesting collection of arts and crafts.East of the town, on the old wagon road, is world-renowned Outsider artist Nucain Mabuza’s Stone Garden. Author Sir Percy Fitzpatrick and his dog Jock travelled this route and the book Jock of the Bushveld was written in Barberton.A chunky sculpture of Jock, created by Ivan Mitford Barberton – a descendant of the town’s founding brothers – stands outside the town hall.
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In case you aren’t familiar with the terms, let’s start with three definitions:Dark web – a collection of websites that exist on an encrypted network and cannot be found by using traditional search methods or visited by traditional browsers. Dark web sites often deal in illegal activities.Bitcoins – a worldwide cryptocurrency and digital payment system. Called the first digital currency since the system works without a central repository or single administrator.- Sponsor – Deep web – the aggregate term for websites that are not encrypted but, like the dark web, cannot be accessed by traditional search methods. Contains millions and millions of sites, but content is usually legal.According to Anna Lothson in a post on Rippleshot in August, the dark web market has become a haven for hackers to access credit card data and then commit credit card fraud. The packaging and auctioning of compromised cards occurs faster than a bank can detect it. The monetization of compromised cards has become a sophisticated industry using the dark web. Also, the reselling of stolen credit and identity data through the dark web is running rampant and creating a whole new business for hackers.According to Suzanne Woolley in a recent Bloomberg article, high-limit credit cards are selling on the dark web for the bitcoin equivalent of between $10 and $20. Business credit cards are even more valuable, as they often have very high or no spending limits.In addition to credit card data, underground markets also sell full identities of individuals for as little as $10 apiece. They are called fullz – “dossiers that provide enough financial, geographic and biographical information on a victim to facilitate identity theft or other impersonation-based fraud,” according to the Bloomberg report. Fullz allows fraudsters to get past those highly personal questions asked to verify identity, like your mother’s maiden name. Researchers from SecurWorks, an information security service, recently found one vendor selling W-2 and 1040 tax returns as a package for $30. If a buyer wanted information on the victim’s adjusted gross income, they could get it for an additional $20.It’s interesting to note that bitcoins have become the de facto currency of the dark web. Bitcoins played a major role in Silk Road transactions. Silk Road was an online black-market site dealing mainly in illegal drugs. It was founded in 2011 and shut down by the FBI in October of 2013.Differences between the Deep Web and the Dark WebMany people confuse the deep web with the dark web. Combined, they comprise the majority of the billion-plus websites that exist. It is estimated that traditional web search engines, such as Bing and Google, can only index about one in every three thousand pages on the web.The main difference between the dark web and the deep web is that the dark web is truly dark, often involving illegal activity. Fortunately, the largest part of the deep web, which is huge compared to the dark web, consists of legal statistics and data bases often tied to US government agencies. One surprising fact is, every time you access a website designed for your eyes only, like your bank account, email, or even your personal Netflix account, you are actually on the deep web.Fear of the UnknownScary stuff? You bet. An average individual may feel defenseless against illegal web activity. It has been suggested that credit monitoring and credit freeze services may offer the only hope of protecting oneself from dark web credit fraud and identity theft. There are numerous credit monitoring services that, for a fee, will notify the customer of activity regarding them posted to the three main credit bureaus. They will also report any suspicious activity or changes to personal information, such as address.Some believe using a credit freeze is preferable to credit monitoring. A credit freeze allows a user to “seal” their credit reports and use a personal PIN to temporarily “thaw” their accounts if legitimate inquiries are needed. This prevents thieves from establishing new credit in a user’s name even if they have obtained personal information fraudulently.Credit bureau and information services group Experian has recently been advertising a free “one-time scan” of the dark web scan to see whether your personal information has been compromised. But many believe that even credit monitoring and credit freezes will not stop credit card fraud or identity theft due to the ever-increasing sophistication of thieves on the dark web. Time will tell.This post was originally published in 2017 and was updated February 15, 2018. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
34 percent of adults now say that they own a tablet computer like an Apple iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Google Nexus or Kindle Fire, according to the Pew Research Center.Kathryn Zickuhr, a research analyst for Pew, said that “with smartphones, for instance, we’ve seen a very strong correlation with age where most younger adults own smartphones, regardless of income level. But when it comes to tablets, adults in their thirties and forties are now significantly more likely than any other age group to own this device.”Ross Rubin, principal analyst at Reticle Research, told NBC News that “tablets — at least in the post-iPad era — have been the fastest growing consumer electronics category from launch in recent history.”Bloomberg BusinessWeek quotes MIT Technology review describes the ever-increasing speed of adoption of new technologies: “Smart phones, after a relatively fast start, have also outpaced nearly any comparable technology in the leap to mainstream use. It took landline telephones about 45 years to get from 5 percent to 50 percent penetration among U.S. households, and mobile phones took around seven years to reach a similar proportion of consumers. Smart phones have gone from 5 percent to 40 percent in about four years, despite a recession. In the comparison shown, the only technology that moved as quickly to the U.S. mainstream was television between 1950 and 1953.”
Virat Kohli became the first Indian batsman to score a century in a World Cup game against Pakistan on February 15, 2015. Kohli, who scored 107, was also declared as the Player of the Match.The fourth match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 series between India and Pakistan was played at Adelaide Oval Stadium in South Australia and was won by India by a total of 76 runs. Indian Cricket Team took over Pakistan for the sixth consecutive time in the ICC Cricket World Cup. Highlights of Innings by India: Powerplay 1 – 42 runs, 1 wicketIndia: 50 runs in 11.5 overs2nd Wicket: 50 runs in 61 balls (Shikhar Dhawan 23, Virat Kohli 30)India: 100 runs in 20.2 oversShikhar Dhawan: 50 off 54 balls (4 x fours, 1 x six)Virat Kohli: 50 off 60 balls (5 x fours)2nd Wicket: 100 runs in 111 balls (Shikhar Dhawan 42, Virat Kohli 56)India: 150 runs in 28.3 oversPowerplay 2 – 25 runs, 0 wicketsIndia: 200 runs in 36.6 overs3rd Wicket: 50 runs in 55 balls (Virat Kohli 21, Suresh Raina 28)Virat Kohli: 100 off 119 balls (7 x fours)Suresh Raina: 50 off 40 balls (1 x fours, 3 x sixes)India: 250 runs in 43.4 overs3rd Wicket: 100 runs in 86 balls (Virat Kohli 34, Suresh Raina 65)India: 300 runs in 49.6 oversInnings Break: India – 300/7 in 50 oversImage(s) Courtesy: Google ImagesInputs From: Official Website of ICC Cricket.
Moving on from his English Premier League flop, winger Angel Di Maria signed a four-year deal with Paris Saint-Germain to complete his transfer from Manchester United on Thursday.Di Maria, who struggled to adapt to the physicality of the Premier League during his one-year spell at Old Trafford, said he was wanted by clubs other than PSG, but was impressed by the depth of its ambition to win a first Champions League title.He won the Champions League with Real Madrid last year, and was man of the match in the final. Still recovering from a thigh injury, he is not available for the French league opener on Friday at Lille, and said in a Parisian palace conference room packed with journalists that he will need “two or three more weeks” of recovery before making his debut.He will be introduced to the home fans on Aug. 16 against Ajaccio. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press this week that Di Maria joined for a fee in the region of 63 million euros ($69 million).United paid 59.7 million pounds for him last summer, the most expensive signing in the history of British football. But after scoring just three goals in 27 Premier League appearances, United and Di Maria decided mutually to part.”Leaving United was not only my decision,” he said. “I’m here because they wanted to sell me, it was a collective decision.”PSG lost out to United last season because of Financial Fair Play restrictions that have since been eased.advertisementNow, PSG have made him the second most expensive player in French league history.He will team with Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani, who joined PSG for a reported fee of 64 million euros when the club broke the French transfer record in 2013. He will also be reunited with Argentina teammates Javier Pastore and Ezequiel Lavezzi.”Lavezzi has been telling me that PSG is a fantastic club,” he said. “One of the factors that brought me here is my friendship with Lavezzi.”Since Qatari investors took over in 2011, PSG has spent heavily to build one of the most expensive teams in world football. The investment has taken a while to pay dividends. Laurent Blanc’s team secured an unprecedented domestic treble last season, but has repeatedly failed to advance beyond the Champions League quarterfinals, losing 5-1 on aggregate to Barcelona this year.”We’ve got the team to win the Champions League,” PSG president Nasser Al Khelafi said. “With Angel Di Maria we will continue our European dream. We are close to achieving this dream, we will try this year. He is a big plus to our club.”
In advance of the Big 12 championship game on Saturday former Cowboys Brandon Weeden, Ryan Simmons, Kevin Peterson … just to name a few, wished OSU good luck for the big game. Pretty cool video tribute to the players put together by OSU.Check it out:We asked several former players who have lived it to share encouragement as we go for a Big 12 title in #Bedlam tomorrow. #okstate #GoPokes pic.twitter.com/OrLBtWifxF— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) December 3, 2016 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. As we put a bow on the our spring preview series, we turn to the ever-important but often under-valued specialists. The Cowboys lost a record-setting place kicker, return one of the nation’s top punters and are still looking for an answer in the return game.Let’s dive in.KickerLet’s start at that place kicker spot vacated by OSU’s all-time points scorer, Ben Grogan. As far as spring camp goes, the Cowboys only have two kickers listed on the roster. Strong-legged 2017 signee Jake McClure will join the Cowboys this fall after he finishes his senior year of high school.But there’s already a kicker with a big leg on campus. Matt Ammendola was a redshirt freshman a year ago. “Philly” as his head coach calls him turned around OSU’s kickoff game as he took over that side of the kicking duties from Ben Grogan. The previous year, Grogan’s efforts gave the Cowboys touchbacks on just 24 percent of their kickoffs. Ammendola nearly doubled that number as the Cowboys touchback percentage climbed to 47 percent.“(Matt) Amendola will kick,” said Gundy. “We’ll see how he develops. Right now, in practice and games, he’s been six-for-six from 55 yards and out, but he hasn’t been good from 35 and in.We’re going to work him quite a bit this spring.”Ammendola did attempt one field goal last season, as well. A 53-yarder. Which he made.Max Allan, last year’s backup kickoff specialist is not on the spring roster. Kevin Mahon is a redshirt senior transfer from Tarrant County CC who is currently designated as a practice squad contributor but should get some burn in the spring game on April 15.PunterZach Sinor is the clear starter as far as punting duties are concerned. He was the most effective punter in the country as a sophomore in 2016. He looks to build on his legacy in his redshirt junior season.Matt Hockett will also get reps in the spring game. The redshirt junior is pegged for the practice squad but has spent time as a backup punter and has backed up in kickoffs over his time at OSU.Long SnapperIn a group of unheralded positions, they are the probably the most forgotten. Basically, we don’t hear their names unless they screw up or make some incredible play (see Josh Elias in the Cactus Bowl). Last season, a couple of freshmen jockeyed back and forth for reps at long snapper. They will both get plenty of burn this spring.ReturnersAfter a string of extremely effective return men, OSU has hit a bit of a dry spell these last couple of years. Below is a look at the return scores since 2008. Notice the drop off after Tyreek Hill left. (One of those in 2015 was Miketavius Jones’ blocked punt/recovery.)Does OSU have the next Josh Stewart or Justin Gilbert on their roster? The absolute embarrassment of riches we call Oklahoma State’s receiver corps could provide an answer. You can be sure that finding the answer is one of Gundy and Co.’s top priorities this spring.