This just in: Scott Zolak, a member of the New England Patriots broadcast team, skewered 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo on air Thursday night.#Patriots color man @scottzolak just called Jimmy Garoppolo ‘one of the worst practice quarterbacks we’ve had here.’— Marc Sessler (@MarcSessler) August 23, 2019 I believe the zebras call that a late hit. It was quickly followed by piling [email protected] said he heard the same thing on a recent Around the NFL pod. Certainly …
Chris van Wyk’s love affair with words began in childhood. At five years old, he told his parents he was going to be a writer. (Image: Pan McMillan) Sulaiman PhilipChris van Wyk’s memorial could easily read: “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” His life was a celebration of the power of words, the wonder of expressing them and the joy of memory. Or, as he would say: “We’ve got our own magic, lots of it, which remains untapped.”The “coloured” Black Consciousness writer, Van Wyk, who succumbed to pancreatic cancer on 3 October at the age of 57, will be remembered for his humour, his generous laughter and his campaign to get others to love and enjoy words, books, as much as he did.Whenever he said “coloured” his fingers became inverted commas dancing around the word, his friend, J Brooks Spector, wrote in the Daily Maverick. In the 1980s, as the politically active editor of the Congress of South African Writers’ Staffrider magazine, Van Wyk would refer to himself as black.Now he was coloured, but that identifier was still problematic to him. In his writing and his embrace of his identity as a South African, Van Wyk “drew upon a complex mix of all the things that went into being both Coloured and South African – something like putting on a newer, bigger coat with more space to stretch and move in, by contrast to an earlier, more tightly fitting model”.As proud as he was of the non-racial, democratic experiment he was a part of building, Van Wyk was always watchful. Race remained an identifier for South Africa’s population and he bristled at the way history was rewritten to celebrate some icons while the fruit of others labours were left to wither on the vine. The people of South Africa should choose their heroes, and not fall in line behind heroes sold to them. “[Nelson] Mandela and thousands of others fought and died so that you could build your own dreams and ideals,” he would tell his audiences of schoolchildren. The poetVan Wyk won the country’s most prestigious poetry prize, the Olive Schreiner Award in 1979 for his collection, It Is Time To Go Home. It included “In Detention”, the poem extensively quoted on social media when news of his death became public. His 1996 debut novel, The Year of the Tapeworm, attempted to describe the impact of apartheid on ordinary people; his 2004 memoir, Shirley, Goodness and Mercy,sold over 25 000 copies and was translated into Afrikaans. It was followed by Eggs to Lay Chickens to Hatch in 2010, which “filled in the missing bits”. His 2006 children’s book, Ouma Ruby’s Secret sold over 50 000 copies and his children’s version of Nelson Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom, published in 2009, sold 55 000 copies.A bookish child in a rough neighbourhood, Van Wyk’s identity was shaped by his favourite authors – Es’kia Mphahlele, Pablo Neruda, early John Steinbeck, Albert Camus and Peter Abrahams. More than that, there were the sights and sounds of Riverlea, in southern Johannesburg, that created a world to which he returned to give his life meaning. And there was the music he grew up with – the soul-fuelled rock of The Flames, Abdullah Ibrahim’s jazz and the most loved of all, Port Elizabeth vocalist Danny Williams.Growing up in brutal times, Van Wyk’s poetry echoed the horrors of deaths in detention, the humiliation of being ordered around by a white child in uniform. Talking to the Africa Book Club, he remembered the beginning of his writing career: “In my last two school years I had poems published in the Saturday edition of a local newspaper, The Star. That was in 1974/5 and marked the beginning of my ‘writing career’. It wasn’t easy: the apartheid government reacted harshly to anyone who criticised it. And in those days much of the writing by black writers was unavoidably about life under apartheid.” The memoriesIn his memoir, Shirley, Goodness and Mercy, the most difficult chapter to read is the one about an especially violent teacher who took pleasure in meting out corporal punishment, but there were others, inspirational teachers who nurtured Van Wyk’s story-telling talent. There was also the surprisingly well-stocked Riverlea library (he would joke). Complemented by his parents’ love of reading, it all added up to create the author.“I have a vivid memory of a four-year-old me in bed and my parents telling me stories. Their plan was to make me sleep. But it had the opposite effect, leaving me wide awake and excited about suddenly having discovered a new world – the world of make-believe!”For Van Wyk, writing, his poetry and memoir especially, was never just about fighting the demon of apartheid. Yes there is sadness and anger in his work, but also humour. His work is a celebration of the simple joys of being alive. South African writers, he believed, took themselves far too seriously; they saw themselves as artist and not story-tellers. At the time of his death, Van Wyk was collecting and recording stories from Riverlea’s older residents. Stories, he told the Writers Write website, that were jaw-droppingly fascinating.It’s that magic of telling stories and knowing your neighbours and their families that contributed to his remaining in the suburb until 2005, when the storyteller of Riverlea and his family moved to a house in Northcliff in Johannesburg’s northern suburbs.His collection of recordings will end up in the archives of a public institution such as Wits University. A self-confessed lover of gossip, Van Wyk said these stories were skinder-filled – or gossipy– personal histories of South African life. He recorded and transcribed them personally because, he said: “I want to hear how they say things, the gaps between the words. I stayed in this community because there is that element of me as writer that kept me here.”Here, whether it was Riverlea or South Africa, mattered because it was home; and home was an idea that mattered to Van Wyk. And after watching the stage production of Shirley, Goodness and Mercy his family finally understood. These men, artisans who worked with their hands, realised his importance in their world as the teller of their and his stories.Chris van Wyk will be missed by the people whose stories mattered to him, by the children he inspired and by readers who will not get to read new work by a man who believed in the power of words to celebrate life.
Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement sarah perez What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#apps#How To#mobile Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Michael Yuan of the medical-focused mobile company Ringful Health has submitted over 30 applications to multiple mobile application stores. It’s what made him qualified to give a speech at this week’s SXSW conference in Austin, Texas on the topic. His panel, “Tips on Getting Your Approved on App Stores,” wasn’t so much of a step-by-step guide for navigating the submission process, but more like a collection of things developers would want to know about the major application marketplaces. It probably wasn’t the best title, considering the content presented, but the information itself was helpful to developers looking to learn a few more details about the different app stores out there.Due to time constraints, Yuan’s talk only focused on three mobile app store ecosystems: iTunes, Android (both the official Market and third-party efforts) and BlackBerry App World.Yuan began by explaining why it’s important for mobile app developers to submit apps to an app store in the first place. App stores provide a wide reach, he explained, and offer easy one-click purchasing for customers, which can potentially lead to recurring billing scenarios. He then went through several of the top mobile app stores and the tips he picked up along the way:BlackBerryYuan wasn’t too pleased with his previous BlackBerry App World experiences because the registration fee only covers 10 submissions. Afterwards, you pay per update once that limit is exceeded. This seems to discourage updating apps, Yuan noted. Your best bet is not to count on releasing several incremental updates in this store.One nice feature for developers submitting apps to BlackBerry AppWorld is that you can select the devices on which your apps will run. While obviously this is due to fragmentation issues in the BlackBerry ecosystem, at least they don’t pretend that fragmentation doesn’t exist, Yuan said.The wait time in BlackBerry’s app store is long – several weeks at least.Developers should be prepared to give written statements whenever the slightest problem about third-party trademark issues arise.iTunesThe wait time for getting your app approved at iTunes is 1-4 weeks, and the initial submission process goes much slower than future updates.Generally, app updates are approved in just a few days.However, if you submit too many updates in a short period of time, the approval process will slow down. Yuan did not specify what counts as “too many updates,” however.Despite media reports hyping Apple censorship issues, getting a rejection from Apple is good news, said Yuan. Not hearing back is much worse. Apple’s rejection letter will at least explain what things need to be fixed within your application.Be sure to read the interface guidelines from Apple, as it is very strict about these sorts of issues. For example, Apple will reject your app if your list item does not remove its highlight after the finger lifts off, said Yuan.Apple will reject your app if there are obvious bugs.Never use unpublished API methods.Rate your app 12+ if you use UIWebView to load Internet pages at all.Your app should contain no offensive content during “normal” use3rd-Party Android Stores (GetJar, Handango, Carrier, etc.)Yuan recommends that you talk with the business development people at the store if you can as they can often help you implement alternate revenue models or offer you promotional opportunities.The on-deck Verizon VCast store has complex sign up, submission and approval process, Yuan warned.Official Android MarketThe Android Market provides a computerized validation of the binary and then immediate publication of that binary, says Yuan.Unfortunately, unlike BlackBerry’s store, you cannot pick and choose which devices your app is targeting. Instead, device visibility depends on OS version and API extension.Users can try apps before they buy them.Google can remote kill apps or wipe them from devices.The tips here may be useful for developers now considering developing a second or third app for another store, but SXSW sessions are often just too short for there to be much detail. It would have been nice to hear more about real-world examples involving rejections, issues and fixes from Yuan. But SXSW is not really the venue for those sorts of in-depth discussions…except for those that occur in the hallways, that is. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces
It was a big advantage to the BJP late on Thursday, winning 22 seats and leading in 40 out of a total of 80 constituencies. The BSP had won just four seats and the INC and SP winning one each. Uttar Pradesh saw the Bharatiya Janata Party coming to power in the State in 2017, after 15 years. The party made massive gains in the Assembly elections — from a mere 47 seats to 325 seats. While the ruling party in the State hopes to translate these gains into parliamentary seats, the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party have joined hands to beat the BJP.The State has 80 Parliamentary constituencies, with 71 of them being held by the BJP. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is contesting from Varanasi again, and Home Minister Rajnath Singh is looking to retain his Lucknow seat. Minister for Textiles Smriti Irani is pitted against Congress president Rahul Gandhi for the second time. SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav has held the Mainpuri seat for four consecutive terms.An average of 59% of voters turned up to exercise their right in the State over seven phases.Here are the live updates: Trends as of 3 p.mAccording to data available as of 3 p.m, the BJP continues to lead in the state in 59 constituencies, followed by the BSP with 12 seats. The SP and Congress are leading in 6 and 1 constituencies respectively.The trends thus far are favouring the BJP, with the alliance between the SP, BSP and RLD still trailing the ruling BJP by several seats. Mahagathbandhan helps BSP to stay in the gameBSP leader Mayawati’s decision to forge a Mahagathbandhan (grand alliance) with the Samajwadi Party has paid off for the party.The BSP failed to win any seat in 2014 Lok Sabha elections. In the 2017 Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections the party’s tally was reduced to 19 from 80 in the previous Assembly. This election mattered to Ms. Mayawati the most as the BSP would have lost the national party status and the elephant symbol, if the party hadn’t performed well.The BSP-SP alliance contested in 78 out of 80 seats after talks for an alliance with Congress failed. It, however, didn’t field any candidate in Amethi and Rae Baraeli.The Samajwadi Party too has increased its tally to eight from five in 2014. Trends as of 12 noonAccording to official data available as of 12 noon, the BJP continues to lead in the State in 57 constituencies, followed by the BSP with 11 seats. The SP and Congress are leading in 8 and 1 constituencies respectively.The trends thus far are favouring the BJP, with the alliance between the SP, BSP and RLD still trailing the ruling BJP by several seats. Battle for BundelkhandThe BJP looks set to sweep the Bundelkhand region in Uttar Pradesh, repeating its performance of 2014 as well as the 2017 Assembly polls when it won all the 19 Assembly segments here. Bundelkhand is considered a strong region for the BJP as the Muslim population here is below the state average of 19.5%. The non-Yadav OBC, non-Jatav Dalit and upper caste vote segments kick in for the BJP in this region known for its drought and quarry mining. As per latest figures provided by the Election Commission of India, the BJP is comfortably placed in Jhansi, Hamirpur, Banda and Jalaun. Jalaun is a reserved seat.Read more Rahul Gandhi trails in AmethiCongress President Rahul Gandhi is trailing behind BJP’s Smriti Irani in the Gandhi family’s bastion, Amethi.The Samajwadi Party-Bahujan Samaj Party alliance in Uttar Pradesh has not fielded any candidates from Amethi, leaving the field open for a face-off between the Minister for Textiles Smriti Irani and Rahul Gandhi.The BJP in an aggressive campaign in Amethi has accused Rahul Gandhi, the sitting three-time MP from the constituency, of being a “missing MP” who ignored its residents. In 2014, in a close contest with Irani, Rahul Gandhi won the seat by a margin of a little more than one lakh votes.The BJP has claimed that Gandhi’s candidature from a second seat in Wayanad is out of fear of losing Amethi.The Amethi seat was contested by Sanjay Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi till Rahul Gandhi took over in 2004. Trends as of 11 a.mAccording to data available as of 11 a.m, the BJP is leading in the state in 57 constituencies, followed by the BSP with 12 seats. The SP and Congress are leading in 8 and 1 constituencies respectively.The trends thus far are favouring the BJP, with the alliance between the SP, BSP and RLD still trailing the ruling BJP by several seats.
TORONTO – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with the founder of the Invictus Games hours before the competition for wounded veterans was set to get underway.Prince Harry and the Prime Minister exchanged laughs and pleasantries at a downtown Toronto hotel shortly before both were expected to attend the opening ceremony of the Games.Harry told Trudeau that the event had created “a real buzz around Toronto,” which will play host to the Games for the next week.Trudeau, in turn, thanked Harry for founding the Games and creating opportunities for veterans.Harry will meet with Gov. Gen. David Johnston before attending the star-studded opening ceremony at the Air Canada Centre, which will feature performers such as Sarah McLachlan and Alessia Cara.A few well-wishers gathered outside the room where Harry and Trudeau were meeting, though the crowd paled in comparison to the one assembled to greet the prince earlier in the day when he touredone of Canada’s premier mental health facilities.