SANTA CLARA – A matchup of playoff-contending teams? The 49ers and Cleveland Browns? What kind of bizzaro world is the NFL living in now?Rebuilds happen. Apparently.It’s early but the NFC West-leading 49ers (3-0) and the visiting Browns (2-2) should offer compelling – not repelling – theater for a “Monday Night Football” audience.It’s a far cry from flopping as two of the NFL’s worst franchises. CLEVELAND, OH – DECEMBER 13: Quarterback Blaine Gabbert #2 of the San Francisco …
24 December 2010 Two researchers at South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) have developed a portable talking computer that “speaks” four South African languages – with more still to come – for use by blind people. The “Notetaker for the Blind” was developed by Willem van der Walt, working with Gerhard van den Berg, as part of the National Accessibility Programme, a five-year initiative led by the CSIR’s Meraka Institute to develop information and communications technology resources for people with disabilities. According to the CSIR, the Notetaker was designed “to empower blind users in South Africa, from young children at school to university students and older people, through a single device tailored to general use such as text documents and unit conversions. “Blind users are therefore able to get a three-in-one to take the place of a special scientific calculator, hardware and a DAISY (Digital Accessible Information System) player.”Uniquely South African innovation Van der Walt is proud of the way in which the Notetaker has taken shape as a uniquely South African innovation. The computer’s calculator has been designed for future expansion to serve as a financial calculator suited to South African requirements. It has also been built as cheaply as possible, using readily available off-the-shelf components, so that it can be supported locally. The Notetaker has a keyboard for input and a voice synthesiser for output. By using open source software, it has been easier to localise the notetaker, giving users the option to set it to any one of four South African languages: English, Afrikaans, Sesotho sa Leboa (or Sepedi) and isiZulu. Van der Walt, who is a member of the CSIR’s human language technologies research group, is working on integrating text-to-speech resources for other South African languages into the Notetaker.eSpeak for Afrikaans and Sepedi It was Van der Walt who, with the help of colleagues and local and international collaborators, developed eSpeak for Afrikaans and Sepedi. eSpeak, a compact open source software speech synthesiser for English and other languages, uses a different synthesis method from other open-source text-to-speech engines and produces clear articulation. More recently, Van der Walt ported eSpeak on Symbian, the operating system used by certain mobile phones, which has made the localisation of voices possible in the mobile domain. Anyone interested in discussing the Notetaker’s technical details with a view to taking the product to market can Van der Walt on email@example.com or Hina Patel of the CSIR Meraka Institute on firstname.lastname@example.org. SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Jammu & Kashmir Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu, who presented the fourth budget of the Peoples Democratic Party-Bharatiya Janata Party government on Thursday, came up with a slew of populist measures, including welfare initiatives for local industry, employees, women and transgender community.In the ₹80,000-crore budget, Dr. Drabu announced a social security net for the poor, employees and journalists, in the form of medical insurance and education loans. The State’s transgender community was extended “all the benefits of Below Poverty Line citizens, and a pension. Pension benefits were also extended to unmarried daughters of government employees.
Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ She credits American tennis great Billie Jean King for making prize money equal in Grand Slam tournaments and wants to continue her path. “Venus and I definitely do a lot of work. At the Grand Slam, it’s definitely equal; at other tournaments it’s almost there, which is fine too, we’re getting there, but it’s a work in progress and we continue to fight the good fight.”At the Western & Southern Open in 2016, Williams received $495,000 while Roger Federer earned $731,000 for winning the same trophy.She explains, “If I were a man, it would be a different story. I feel like if I’ll be able to open the door for the next person, that means a lot for me too, and hopefully they’ll be able to do better than me.” Niña V. Guno/JBRELATED STORIES:Serena Williams cheered by netizens after answering John McEnroe’s backhanded complimentSerena Williams does a Demi Moore, 26 years later Image: INQUIRER.net Stock PhotoTop-ranked tennis player Serena Williams shared her views on money as one of the highest earning athletes in the world.She talked about making millions at a young age with sports business manager Maverick Carter on his video series “Kneading Dough”. The show is produced through Uninterrupted, LeBron James’ media company.ADVERTISEMENT National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Williams started playing pro when she was 13, and has been accepting professional-level sums since. But she says she’s never been too interested in money.“When I first turned pro, I had to go pick up my check. I never, never picked it up,” she relates. “So at the end of the year, the tournament directors would literally hand me the check because I would never go get it. I just played for the love of the sport.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsShe continues, “I’ve actually never played for money. I just thought you would go out there and hold a trophy. Not once did I think about a check.”When she received her first million dollars, she had no clue on what to do with it. “I never touched [the money] — just put it in the bank,” she shares, and admits she didn’t know how to properly deposit it. FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Like PH, other countries also sent their B teams in Jones Cup Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I remember I went through the drive-thru to deposit my check, and then they were like, ‘I think you need to come in for this.’”Her father who coached her and sister Venus allowed them to make their own financial decisions as teenagers. She credits her humble upbringing to never wanting for much.“I never ever, ever felt broke,” she tells Carter. “Looking back, I’m like, wow, we lived in a two-bedroom house with seven people… I don’t know how my parents were able to make me feel that way, but they did, and that was something really special. So I never felt when I came into money that I needed to go buy this [or that] because I never wanted it, so it was a great way [to grow up].”Even with 23 Grand Slam titles—not counting doubles titles with her sister—what matters to her is leveling the playing field between women and men in sports. She and Venus have been outspoken about the gender pay gap in tennis.“You sacrifice so much, just as much as the guy next to me that’s training everyday, but he gets to be paid more. How do you explain that? I could never really understand that.”ADVERTISEMENT El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant LATEST STORIES Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet View comments
For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. “Praise God that Michael wasn’t thrown out (unlike in our first round game). He was really big for us,” said coach Egay Macaraya, as San Sebastian leveled its record to 5-5.JM Calma missed out on a double-double with 12 markers and nine boards, Ryan Costelo unfurled 11 points, five assists, and four rebounds, while Renzo Navarro went 3-of-5 from beyond the arc to wound up with 11 markers, four dimes, and two boards.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“At least, we followed our game plan, but it was really tough facing them. Maybe, EAC just got tired because they have a short rotation,” said Macaraya.With the Generals fighting back and trimming the lead down to just two, 67-65 with 3:42 left, San Sebastian went on a 12-0 charge, capped off by a Costelo basket to put the game out of reach, 79-65, with 34.6 ticks remaining. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Francis Munsayac led EAC (4-6) with 14 points, five assists, and four rebounds, while Irvin Mendoza got 11 markers and three boards in the defeat.The Scores:SAN SEBASTIAN 81 – Calisaan 19, Calma 12, Costelo 11, Navarro 11, Bulanadi 9, Valdez 8, David 4, Baetiong 3, Mercado 2, Capobres 2, Gayosa 0, Ilagan 0, Are 0.EAC 69 – Munsayac 14, I. Mendoza 11, Bautista 10, Diego 10, Garcia 10, Onwubere 9, Bugarin 3, Pascua 2, Guzman 0, Corilla 0, J. Mendoza 0, Neri 0.Quarters: 21-16, 38-33. 53-52, 81-69.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul San Sebastian’s Michael CalisaanSan Sebastian shut down Emilio Aguinaldo College in the clutch to eke out an 81-69 victory Friday in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Michael Calisaan finished the game this time out and unleashed 19 points and five rebounds to lead the Golden Stags, atoning for his ejection in the two team’s first round tiff.ADVERTISEMENT NBA: New Cav Jae Crowder recalls mother’s passing the same day he was traded Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES View comments
Peter McNamara, who won three Grand Slam doubles titles with fellow Australian Paul McNamee and reached a career-high No. 7 in singles, has died. He was 64.His death at his home in Germany from prostate cancer was confirmed by David Law, a family friend and tennis commentator, on behalf of McNamara’s wife Petra.McNamara formed a long and successful partnership with McNamee the pair dubbed the “Super Macs” in Australia to win the Wimbledon doubles titles in 1980 and ’82 and the Australian Open title in 1979.”Hard to believe that after 50 years of friendship Macca is gone … you lived life to the full mate and will be missed,” McNamee said in a social media post.McNamara also won five singles titles, reaching the Australian Open singles semifinals in 1980, the Wimbledon quarterfinals in 1981 and the last eight at the 1982 French Open. A knee injury effectively ended his playing career at age 28.Tennis Australia described McNamara as a much-loved and respected member of the tennis community who was “known for his flair and gifted shot making.”McNamara became a successful coach, working with Mark Philippoussis, Grigor Dimitrov and more recently rising women’s star Wang Qiang of China.He joined the Patrick Mouratoglou Tennis Academy in Paris in 2009, and worked extensively with Dimitrov.”He was very charismatic, totally passionate about his job, and such a great team mate,” Mouratoglou said on Twitter. “He did an incredible job with Grigor Dimitrov helping his transitions to the pros.”Read more | Hall of Fame Open: Leander Paes and Marcus Daniell crash out in semifinalAlso see:advertisement