South Africans respond to Moyo’s ridicule of the Rand #SomeoneTellProfMoyo

first_imgSouth Africans dominate ATU African Championships Many South Africans, and even Zimbabweans in South Africa, expressed their disappointment and anger at Moyo. Related South Africans react to Pistorius trial https://twitter.com/LeleNtobo/status/636977699261689856https://twitter.com/Tumiq/status/636867563117543425 Jonathan Moyo, Zimbabwe’s minister of higher and tertiary education, has taken to social media to ridicule the South African rand, saying it was “falling like any other African currency”.Moyo’s posts on Twitter on Thursday came after the rand tumbled early this week. It was the greatest drop since 2011. The comments sparked a heated debate on Twitter. South Africans unite against Xenophobia attackslast_img

WBB : Hemingway looks to break out of slump against Marquette

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Iasia Hemingway entered last week on top of the world.The Syracuse forward was the driving force behind a two-game winning streak, and after scoring a combined 48 points those contests, she was named the Big East Player of the Week.But last week against two ranked opponents, Hemingway was shut down completely. She shot a combined 2-of-17 in lopsided losses to No. 4 Notre Dame and No. 19 Louisville. And the senior hit rock bottom against the Cardinals on Saturday, finishing with a season-low two points.‘It really hurts. She only had two points, and she’s our leading scorer,’ head coach Quentin Hillsman said after SU’s 89-62 loss to Louisville, ‘so when your leading scorer only has two points, it’s tough to win.’Hemingway will look to right the ship when Syracuse (15-11, 4-8 Big East) takes on Marquette (13-12, 4-8 Big East) at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Carrier Dome. Hemingway’s demoralizing performances caused SU to struggle on offense, and she will look to get back to form this weekend.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU is 11-4 this season when both Hemingway and center Kayla Alexander both score in double figures. It’s a clear formula for Syracuse to have success.But with Hillsman adamant on getting the ball inside to either of his bigs, Notre Dame and Louisville concentrated primarily on stopping SU’s frontcourt.And it worked.Hemingway was determined to attack the paint against Notre Dame, but the Fighting Irish clogged the area in front of the basket, and she struggled find any openings. Hemingway was 0-of-8 from the field in the opening half, and SU fell behind by 19.She ended up shooting a paltry 2-of-13 from the field.‘Honestly, I realized every time I went to the basket they had somebody coming,’ Hemingway said after SU’s loss to Notre Dame on Feb. 7. ‘So I just did what I can to make sure I can help my teammates.’She did some damage from the free-throw line, going 11-of-12 from the stripe, but despite a better performance in the second half, the Orange fell 74-55.Hemingway’s slump continued into SU’s game against Louisville last Saturday. She picked up two early fouls, and Hillsman took her out. Hemingway never got in a rhythm and missed all four of her shot attempts.‘She got in a little bit of trouble in the first half,’ Hillsman said. ‘She had two fouls and I didn’t want her to get her third, and I thought that was the key in the game.’The success of Hemingway and Alexander has been instrumental to the way Syracuse plays in games. The duo combines to score 31 of the team’s 69.2 points per game. And with Hemingway virtually nonexistent offensively against Louisville, the Orange faltered.Alexander did her best to will Syracuse to victory, scoring 20 points, but SU’s offense was hampered by Hemingway’s inconsistent performance.‘(Iasia’s) very good for Kayla because as we throw her the ball, she can make great assists from the high post and from the short corner areas and on the wings,’ Hillsman said.But when Hemingway went missing in SU’s two performances last week, Syracuse fell apart. And it had an effect on the entire team.SU guard Phylesha Bullard said that when all things are clicking in the frontcourt, that’s when the Orange finds success.‘Iasia and Kayla, it’s really good playing with them,’ Bullard said. ‘They really encourage me. When I get the ball to the high post or even the post, it feels good that they can do something in the paint.’Syracuse guard Carmen Tyson-Thomas said the way SU’s frontcourt performs gives the team a lot of confidence on offense as well.And the Orange’s focus on feeding the frontcourt hasn’t waned despite two rough performances. If Hemingway can end her recent skid against Marquette, the Orange should be able to get back on track.‘Those other great teams they do what they do, but if we do what we do better, then that in itself is going to get us a W,’ Tyson-Thomas said. ‘When we play like us, we’re a very good basketball team. I believe that.’adtredin@syr.edu center_img Published on February 15, 2012 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more

US Senate Shelves LongDebated Patent Troll Bill

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Country Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) A U.S. Senate bill intended to crack down on frivolous patent lawsuits has floundered after months of negotiation between key stakeholders. The bill aimed to discourage so-called patent trolls—companies that amass patents with no intention of making any product and instead generate revenue by filing suits against allegedly infringing firms. But opponents of the bill—including university groups and biotech firms—feared the Senate’s offensive against patent predators would make it too costly for legitimate patent holders to protect their claims.On Wednesday, Senator Patrick Leahy (D–VT), who introduced the Patent Transparency and Improvements Act in November 2013, pulled it from Thursday’s Judiciary Committee agenda. “Regrettably, competing companies on both sides of this issue refused to come to agreement,” Leahy said in a statement. The bill has been postponed repeatedly, and it is now unlikely that Congress will have time to act on it this year. Email Opponents of the bill claimed certain provisions would make protecting their intellectual property prohibitively risky and expensive. One major concern was a provision that tries to discourage unfounded patent infringement lawsuits by requiring the losing party to pay the winning party’s legal fees. That might force patent trolls to think twice about taking a company to court, but it might also frighten a small business away from entering complicated litigation, says John Vaughn, executive vice president of the Association of American Universities (AAU), a Washington, D.C., group that represents major research campuses. “Universities don’t sue over patents very often, but their startup companies may, and neither universities nor startups have deep litigation budgets,” Vaughn tells ScienceInsider. (AAU supported language that would require the court to consider fee shifting only in certain circumstances.)AAU, along with other organizations including the American Council on Education, the Association of University Technology Managers, and the Biotechnology Industry Organization, issued a letter on 20 May encouraging the committee not to support the bill. Another provision that makes them uneasy is the requirement that a patent holder who files a lawsuit disclose anyone with a financial interest in the patented product. That requirement is intended to prevent large, predatory patent holders from disguising themselves behind small shell companies, but it could also have negative effects on universities, Vaughn says. For one, it could put off venture capitalists who want to remain anonymous when investing in a new technology. The bill’s provisions “are all targeted at abusive practices, and we recognize that,” Vaughn says, but “universities saw unintended consequences that would sweep in legitimate behaviors.”Technology companies, whose tangled assortments of patents make them prime targets for patent trolls, are among the bill’s supporters. The delay in the Senate is “deeply disappointing,” said Michael Beckerman, CEO of the Internet Association, whose members include Google, Facebook, and Amazon, in a statement. Beckerman suggested that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D–NV) bypass the Judiciary Committee altogether by calling for a vote on similar legislation that passed in the House of Representatives (over the opposition of university groups) this past December.Meanwhile, two bills now in the House Energy and Commerce Committee and Senate commerce committee aim to put more restrictions on demand letters—notices demanding licensing fees for infringement, which patent trolls often send out en masse with little detail about the patent in question. Vaughn says that compared with the Senate’s broad attempt at reform, this more targeted legislation has a better chance of becoming law this year. read more