49ers mailbag: Is Shanahan safe, QB Beathard OK?

first_imgNah. Don’t reach for the low-hanging-fruit, fire-the-coach angle (see: 2014, ’15, ’16). Shanahan received a six-year contract because this was a massive rebuild. He’s 1 1/2 seasons into it, and he’s had more bad luck … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSANTA CLARA — The 49ers (1-7) take a a six-game losing streak into Thursday night’s home game against the Raiders (1-6). They can take this mailbag with them:Is Shanahan at risk? (@wgclements)last_img read more

All the election info, results via mobile app

first_img5 May 2014The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has released three mobile phone applications (apps) ahead of Wednesday’s general election.Using the first set of apps, voters can get the election results in real time as they are captured, from the first result to the last, including the final seat calculation and allocation.“Voters will be able join us and all our stakeholders in the journey of monitoring the correctness of what is captured and calculate the final results with us,” IEC chief information officer Libisi Maphanga said on Friday.The apps also provide information on voter registration status, voting station locations, candidates lists, frequently asked questions, contacts and more. They can be downloaded free from all major app stores on Android, BlackBerry, Apple, Windows 8 and Symbian platforms.Links to the downloadsThe second app, the “IXSA” app, is a 3D digital game which introduces first-time voters to the voting process in a fun, interactive way. The game can be downloaded free from Android and Apple app stores and is also available to play on Facebook.The game allows users to pick an avatar and then follow this character on Election Day, facing a number of challenges along the way. Players earn points for how election-savvy they are and can complete against other South Africans by posting their scores on social media and challenging their friends to beat their score.The IEC’s deputy chief electoral officer for outreach, Nomsa Masuku, said the game was about making the voting process accessible to young people in a format they were familiar with.“Learning is best achieved when people are having fun and don’t feel like they are being taught,” Masuku said. “The digital gaming world is the perfect place to combine education and entertainment.”The third set of apps are APIs (application programming interfaces), designed to give the media, political parties and other interested stakeholders automated real-time access to election data using their own apps on any online platform of their choice.Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

One Kanwad pilgrim dead, nine injured in an accident

first_imgA kanwad yatra pilgrim died and nine others were seriously injured on Friday after the tractor trolley they were travelling in came in touch with a high tension wire in Kushinagar district, adjoining Gorakhpur in eastern Uttar Pradesh.The deceased has been identified as 15-year-old Anita, a resident of Padrauna.According to the police, the accident occurred near Saraiya village when a pipe installed by the pilgrims on top of the trolley came in contact with a 11,000 volt wire. The Kanwariyas had “attached a DJ system on the trolley through a high pipe,” a police spokesperson said.The trolley, carrying 14 Kanwariyas, was moving towards the Kubersthan Shiv Mandir after filling water at the Gandak river for rituals when the incident occurred.The injured were admitted to the nearest hospital where they are undergoing treatment. Those who were in critical condition have been referred to Gorakhpur hospital.The incident occurred even as the UP government led by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had issued the Kanwariyas strict directions to not use DJ systems during the yatra. The yatris had also been adviced to stay away from rumours and provocations.It came a day after another set of Kanwad yatris vandalised police property and held up traffic for hours near Allahabad following rumours that one of the pilgrims had died in a road accident.A Kanwariya, who was crossing the road with his earphones on, was hit by a truck in Handia near Allahabad.”Somebody spread a rumour that he died and upon hearing this, angry Kanwariyas held a road jam near police chowki Baraut and vandalised the furniture in the station. They also set on fire the car belonging to the police chowki in-charge,” a police spokesperson said.The injured Kanwariya, who was admitted to the SRN hospital, was identified as Mukesh (23), a resident of Jaunpur.The matter is under investigation. No arrests have been made.Another instance of violence involving the DJ system during the yatra was reported from the Aliganj area of Bareilly on Friday.The Kanwariyas clashed with members of a particular community while passing through village Khemal after locals objected to them playing the DJ, the police said.More than two dozen persons were injured in the stone-pelting, including police personnel and ITBP jawans, who had to resort to lathi-charge to disperse the crowd.R. Vikram Singh, District Magistrate, Bareilly, said the Kanwariyas “did not have permission” to pass through the route, which fell under pockets of Muslim population.Action with be taken against those who instigated the clashes, the police said.last_img read more

India vs England: 5 things to know about 3rd Test at Southampton

first_imgTeam India lead 1-0 against England in the five-match Test seriesAfter England’s last-day batting collapse against India in the second test at Lord’s, the pressure and scrutiny on captain Alastair Cook seems to be reaching its peak.England slumped from 198-5 to 225 all out as India won its first test away from home in three years, taking a 1-0 lead in the five-test series. The squads drew the first test at Trent Bridge.Here are five things to know for the third test at the Rose Bowl, starting Sunday:COOK’S WOES: England’s captain is without a century in 14 months and his team has lost seven of its last nine tests. Immediately after England’s collapse against India, Cook said this run of poor form has been his “darkest time” as an England cricketer. He refused to step down as skipper after the embarrassing 95-run loss at Lord’s, though, saying he wants to “stay until my position becomes untenable.” One glimmer of hope for the opening batsmen is that while he only made 10 and 22 in each of his innings at Lord’s, his footwork was noticeably better and he hit the ball much straighter.LINEUP CHANGE: England made just one change to its 13-man squad for the third test, with the uncapped Jos Buttler in for injured wicketkeeper Matt Prior. Prior announced after the loss to India he was taking an indefinite break from the game to regain his fitness after struggling with Achilles, thigh and hand injuries. This paved the way for Buttler, England’s one day keeper, to enter the test team. Buttler, an aggressive batsman when not behind the stumps, says he will not be intimidated by making his debut for a team under intense pressure to end its winless streak.advertisement”I’m an England fan, as well, but I’m not coming in expecting to be the one person who can fix English cricket,” Buttler said Tuesday. “I’m coming in determined to be authentic, to be myself and to enjoy the occasion helping England.”VETERAN LEADERSHIP: After a 1-0 series defeat to Sri Lanka in June and two underwhelming performances against India, England coach Peter Moores is also under scrutiny, just four months after taking the job for the second time. At Lord’s, he said the form of his veteran players was a major concern. In addition to the struggles of Prior and Cook, Ian Bell only managed 42 runs overall against India and bowlers James Anderson and Stuart Broad couldn’t stop India from batting through day one at Lord’s.”They will be desperate to make a big contribution going forward,” Moores said. “The senior players have got to look at their own games and decide how they can come back and play to the level needed to be in a successful England team.”JADEJA vs ANDERSON: The fallout continues after the confrontation between Ravindra Jadeja and James Anderson as they left the field for lunch on day two of the first test at Trent Bridge. Anderson faces a hearing on Aug. 1 for allegedly pushing and abusing Jadeja, which could lead to him being banned for up to four test matches. The Indian allrounder, meanwhile, was fined 50 percent of his match fee on Friday for his part in the incident.The acrimony between the two has made for a riveting duel on the pitch. In the second test at Lord’s, Anderson was caught out trying to reverse-sweep Jadeja in England’s first innings. Jadeja then blasted 68 from 57 balls in a game-changing knock in India’s second innings before running Anderson out with a direct hit to win the test match.KUMAR’S PLAY: Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been a revelation for India with both the bat and ball in the series. He managed figures of 5-82 on a lifeless Trent Bridge wicket, and followed it up with a career best 6-82 in England’s first innings at Lord’s. With the bat, he has made 209 runs from ninth in the order, including three half centuries. He did not win man of the match in either test, but has arguably been the player of the series so far.last_img read more