South African para-cyclists shine at World Cup

first_img13 May 2014The South African Para-cycling team produced a series of top performances in the UCI World Cup in Castiglione, Italy on the weekend, highlighted by gold medals for Pieter du Preez and Justine Asher.Time trialA spectacular time trial route had the riders racing across a flat coastal foreland through Mediterranean coastal forest, with the smell of pine resin and the singing of a few early cicadas adding much to the ambience.The largely non-technical nature of the circuit proved deceptive in the way that it enticed the unwary rider to go out too fast and to not leave enough in reserve for the return section.GoldH1 hand-cyclist Pieter du Preez adapted to the challenges brilliantly to capture gold in his class. Ernst van Dyk picked up a silver medal in the H5 hand-cycling category, while George Rex added a bronze in the T1 tri-cycling class.While Justine Asher used the event to prepare for the following day’s road race, a number of other riders performed well: C3 cyclist Craig Ridgard, competing in his first international tour, finished respectably in the middle of his group; Stuart McCreadie finished fifth in the H3 category; and youngster Yusthin Lintnaar finished sixth, ahead of former Italian T2 world champion Giorgio Farroni.Road raceCompletely different to the time trial route in terms of a technical challenge, the route selected for the road race threaded its way through the narrow streets of Castiglione della Pescaia and the even narrower country roads extending out of town into the postcard landscape of olive groves and vineyards.As the first South African rider Stuart McCreadie discovered, the route made it extremely difficult to maintain a place in the lead group and he lost touch with it towards the end of the 65 km race. Nonetheless, he finished in a very competitive seventh place.George Rex, using lighter gears than in the time trial (to accelerate quickly out of the route’s myriad tight corners) improved on his previous day’s results by claiming a silver medal.His T2 tricycling teammate Lintnaar rode to a pre-set race plan, which worked perfectly and positioned him for a fourth place result after a sprint finish, one bike length behind Paralympian gold medallist David Stone, who finished third. The result was unfortunately later overturned when Lintnaar was disqualified for an infringement.HighlightA highlight performance of the day was Justine Asher’s gold medal win in the H2 category and the award to her of the World Cup champion’s jersey for her outstanding overall performance in the first leg of the season’s road race series.Pieter du Preez added a silver in his event to his time trial gold, while Ernst van Dyk picked up a bronze medal after a three-way sprint to the line to go with his silver in the time trial.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Is cybersecurity for smart cities being dangerously underestimated?

first_imgTags:#cybersecurity#featured#IoT#Kaspersky Lab#Smart Cities#top Donal Power Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities Related Posts How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi…center_img As governments around the globe barrel headlong into the smart city wave, cybersecurity experts are raising the alarm about the proliferation of unsecured technology.  This is from a recent Trustwave study that surveyed 203 information security experts working with local and state governments in the U.S.See also: Dyn DDoS attack shows the weaknesses on the new IoT worldIn the survey 23% of respondents said that cities didn’t properly understand the cyber risks of smart city technology.Nearly one third of experts said cities were failing to allocate the appropriate budgetary support to properly secure smart city tech. The same number of those surveyed said that political wrangling led to interference with local decision-making over security relating to smart city initiatives.In other areas 27% of those surveyed identified publicly run WiFi networks as the area most at risk to hackers, followed by 19% who saw smart grids as most vulnerable.Further to these nearly 13% said that traffic systems were most at risk for a security breach, with 11% citing security cameras as vulnerable to hacking.“Municipalities are dazzled by the promises of the Industrial Internet of Things, which can bring cost savings and improved efficiency,” said Rekha Shenoy from Tripwire’s parent company, Belden. “However, the dazzle will wear off quickly if smart city initiatives can’t keep up with new threats, regulatory requirements and hidden costs.”“In order to succeed, smart cities must actively protect their critical infrastructure,” she concludes.Smart City IoT devices have let us down recentlySmart city projects are frequently driven by mass deployment of Internet of Things (IoT) enabled devices. However, it has been revealed that many of these devices come equipped with little or no security measures.In a recent example, Kaspersky Labs found a large number of connected speeding cameras deployed in smart city initiatives were easily hackable.They suspected many cities are deploying IoT devices to jump on the smart city bandwagon without fully examining how secure the technology is.“Even in not so smart cities, those devices are already processing gigabytes of citizens’ data and unfortunately are not always secure enough to defend against third parties set on manipulating them,” said the Kaspersky researchers. How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In…last_img read more

Bomb blast in Imphal

first_imgMiscreants exploded a high intensity Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in the busy commercial locality here on Monday, police said.The incident occurred at around 10:50 a.m. in the vicinity of Soibam Leikai area, they said.No casualty was reported in the powerful blast. Security personnel have cordoned off the area.last_img

FINALS FEVER ON THE GOLD COAST

first_imgFINALS FEVER!!! The last day of Round games was the calm before the storm as teams jockeyed for finals berths at the Schools Sport Australia Combined Touch Tournament on the Gold Coast today. After taking the Dream World one day holiday, it was back to work for our Junior Touch stars who plied their trade for a grateful crowd who appreciated the efforts of players, referees, and coaches who continue to produce quality performances under sweltering conditions. The semi-finals jigsaw had final pieces inserted and all is in place for an exciting finals series. The 15 Years Boys semi-final schedule seeds an inform QLD as number one qualifiers. The Maroons will open proceedings tomorrow on field one after rounding off their preliminary games with copycat 12 -1 victories over Western Australia (6th Overall) and their semi-final opponents, Northern Territory. NSW produced a 28 -0 demolition of Tasmania and a 13 – 1 victory over the Territory Boys to set up a semi-final showdown with the ACT who had a 6 -5 Houdini like escape against Victoria and a comfortable 11 – 0 win over the Apple Islanders. Victoria and Tasmania will face off and South Australia will battle with Western Australia, with the respective winners advancing to the plate final. In the 15 Years Girls QLD and NSW `Tom cruised’ into the semi-finals with emphatic wins today. QLD made short work of the ACT 13 -1 then cut loose and rattled up a 23-0 score line over the Northern Territory. The Maroons will confront the ACT in their semi-final after completing a flawless run in the round games, whilst NSW will take on Western Australia in their semi-final after disposing of the Sandgropers 9 – 1 today, and South Australia 15 – 0. Western Australia bounced back from their defeat at the hands of NSW to beat Tasmania 7 -0 and advance to the semis. SA will meet NT and Victoria will clash with Tasmania for spots in the Plate Final. The 12 Years Boys and Girls had only the one round game today, and then played some lightning mixed games. The ten-minute games pitted Mixed combinations from the respective Girls and Boys State teams against each other for some fun and social touch. The kids had a ball and some of the Touch looked pretty good from where I was standing, the girls mixing it up with the best the boys had to offer – with this sort of talent on display the future of all forms of the game, including Mixed, looks pretty bright. In the 12 Years Tournament proper, the top three teams on points at the end of the round games go into Pool `A’ and the bottom three into Pool `B’. There are no grand finals in the 12 Years divisions, whichever team is placed the highest after all games is declared the overall winner. NSW put on a clinic with a professional 28 -0 victory over Tasmania in the 12 Years Boys to cement the top spot in Pool `A’. QLD comfortably defeated fellow Pool `A’ combatant, the ACT 13 – 0. NT, SA, and Tasmania will play each other to determine final rankings for the 2004 tournament. The QLD 12 Years Girls team’s quest for glory remains right on track after completing the preliminary games undefeated with the incredible figure of 87 touchdowns for and 0 against… Harry Potter wrapped in his cloak of invisibility couldn’t sneak past these girls! NSW who swept aside Tasmania 15 -0, will be joined in Pool `A’ by the Northern Territory, 8 -0 victors over South Australia. SA, ACT, and TAS will battle out the ranking games in the Pool `B’ series. So there you have it sports fans, the Finals series is shaping up better than Anthony Mundine to a forty -year-old opponent. The preliminary bouts tomorrow see the super powers NSW and QLD determined to produce the goods to set up a final confrontation in each division that will determine National champions for 2004. “Don’t stop fighting until the fight is done” Kevin Costner’s character Elliot Ness in the movie `The Untouchables’ famously said – the other competing States will be doing just that tomorrow – fighting as hard as possible to produce their best and prove that no one is untouchable. Ranking games, Semi-finals, and Grand finals are on the menu. Games start at 8.30 am, yes I know it’s early, so set the Alarm clock – not the VCR – c’mon we all know there’s no such thing as `live’ broadcasts, anyway, the atmosphere’s always better at the ground. Get down to Owen Park and cheer on our Touch stars of the future, it will be a fantastic day. Written by Karley Banks 29th October 2004.last_img

4 days agoArsenal boss Emery fumes over Sokratis penalty call: Where was VAR?

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Arsenal boss Emery fumes over Sokratis penalty call: Where was VAR?by Freddie Taylor4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveUnai Emery believes Arsenal were robbed of a clear penalty against Sheffield United on Monday night. The Blades won the match 1-0 thanks to a first-half strike from Lys Mousset.But Emery says the Gunners were unlucky not to have a chance to equalise from the penalty spot after Sokratis was fouled in the box.He told Sky Sports: “The scorer was with our goalkeeper and we had three players free to attack the ball. They gave us a key moment – the goal and another one when we should have had a clear penalty on Sokratis.”Bukayo Saka drives forward but I do not know if it was a penalty. It is a hard action for a yellow card. With VAR, the foul on Sokratis should have been reviewed. it was clear but we have to accept it.” last_img read more

ESPN Releases Game Times For 10 Opening Weekend Games

first_imgESPN College Football Playoff logo.ESPN ESPN AnnouncersESPNThe opening weekend for this year’s college football season, simply put, is going to be epic. Monday, ESPN/ABC released game times for 10 of the best matchups we’re going to see.South Carolina and Vanderbilt will kick things off on Thursday, September 1 at 8:00 PM ET, oddly enough in an SEC regular season tilt. Georgia Tech and Boston College will play in Dublin Ireland, at 7:30 AM ET on Saturday morning.Here are the rest of the games – including Oklahoma vs. Houston, LSU vs. Wisconsin, USC vs. Alabama, Clemson vs. Auburn, Notre Dame vs. Texas and Ole Miss vs. Florida State.9/1/2016: South Carolina at Vanderbilt on ESPN (8:00 PM ET) 9/3/2016: Georgia Tech vs. Boston College on ESPN2 (7:30 AM ET) 9/3/2016: Oklahoma vs. Houston on ABC (Noon ET) 9/3/2016: Hawaii at Michigan on ESPN (Noon ET) 9/3/2016: LSU vs. Wisconsin on ABC (3:30 PM ET) 9/3/2016: Georgia vs. North Carolina on ESPN (5:30 PM ET) 9/3/2016: USC vs. Alabama on ABC (8:00 PM ET) 9/3/2016: Clemson at Auburn on ESPN (9:00 PM ET) 9/4/2016: Notre Dame vs. Texas on ABC (7:30 PM ET) 9/5/2016: Ole Miss vs. Florida State on ESPN (8:00 PM ET)Which will you be watching?last_img read more