#KnowYourAfrica: Agadez Grand Mosque of Niger

first_imgPicture courtesyBelieved to have been built in the 16th century, this art master piece made from clay has withstood time to tell the story of Niger’s forefathers as the tallest building ever built in mudbrick.The magnificent minaret of the ancient mosque towers the historic mud city of Agadez in Northern Niger. Agadez town is full of rich history which not only boasts of the mosque but of the Sultan’s Palace that dates back to the fifteenth and sixteenth century.“Known as the gateway to the desert, Agadez, on the southern edge of the Sahara desert, developed in the 15th and 16th centuries when the Sultanate of Aïr was established  and Touareg tribes were sedentarized in the city, respecting the boundaries of old encampments, which gave rise to a street pattern still in place today.” Says UNESCOThe desert city of Agardaz seen as “a gateway to the desert” in Niger was granted World Heritage status by UNESCO in 2013.Agadez town was key in the caravan trade becoming a major centre for trans-Saharan cultural interchanges. It was a center of Islamic learning, led by several sultanates before being colonized by the French.In its heyday in the 1980s, some say Agadez was one of the most popular tourist destinations in Niger. But in the 1990s the city descended into unrest on the back of Tuareg minority rebellions. In recent years, the region has also been shaken by the presence of Al Qaeda-linked Islamist extremists, who have carried out several high-profile abductions — causing an already dwindling tourist flow to decline even further reports Africa review.The 16th Century mosque stretches towards mud-walled houses which fade into the desert in the distance. According to BBC, despite restrictions on movement for both locals and visitors, the age-old way of life remains the same in this hot and dusty mud-brick city.Sultan of Agadez still rules the region.last_img read more

Independence 2014 Literary Competition winners announced

first_img Share Delroy Williams copped two prizes in this year’s competitions (file photo)The Division of Culture has announced the winners of the Independence 2014 Literary Competitions. The announcements were made at the Cultural Gala on November 3. The competitions were in English Poetry, Short Stories and Kweyol Poetry. Leandra Lander topped the English poetry category with her poem ‘I Love Her Still’. Ian Jackson copped second prize with his poem ‘Bosum Buddy’ while Delroy Williams earned the third prize with his poem “A Woman of Roseau”.In the Short Story category, Michelle Belle captured the first prize with a story entitled “Neg Mawon”.Delroy Williams won the second prize with ‘The Bond” while Judith Margaret Alexis copped the third prize with “Carnival Nightmare”.In the Kweyol Poetry category, the first prize went to Justina Prince John with a poem entitled “Domnik Bat Ladje”. Leandra Lander copped the second prize with the poem “I Pa Ni Dot Kon Gwan manman mwen” while Iris Andre won the third prize with the poem “Konet Kont Nati Lil la”. Share Share Sharing is caring!center_img 304 Views   no discussions Tweet LocalNews Independence 2014 Literary Competition winners announced by: – November 6, 2014last_img read more

Anokiwave Expands its San Diego Facility and Adds a New mm-Wave Lab

first_imgAnokiwave, a provider of highly integrated IC solutions for communications and RADAR applications, has announced the expansion of its San Diego operations to a new facility that will triple its floor space and lab capabilities to meet its growing needs. The location will increase the capabilities of its design center by providing state-of-the-art mm-Wave laboratory for all mm-Wave active antenna and IC design and tests, and room to double its local workforce.The move to Sorrento Towers South, in San Diego’s tech hub Sorrento Mesa, was completed in early February 2020. This expansion is driven by Anokiwave’s rapid growth in recent years, during which the company has emerged as an innovative leader in technologies critical to 5G and other advanced wireless communications markets. The move comes on the heels of Anokiwave’s recent expansion of its design center in Billerica, MA, and the establishment of a new office in Taiwan. The company is looking to further expand its footprint with additional offices elsewhere for engineering and customer support.In order to fully characterize the performance of Anokiwave’s products in specific customer environments, the new facilities will house a sophisticated mm-Wave laboratory. It incorporates a state-of-the-art anechoic chamber for the development of phased array antennas for 5G, satellite communications, and radar applications operating up to 50 GHz. The laboratory enables complex antennas and components to be exhaustively tested and evaluated in conformance with exacting customer requirements in all operating modes.Last year, Anokiwave celebrated 20 years of being in business and doubled its space in Massachusetts. Now the expansion in San Diego just marks the steep growth trajectory that Anokiwave is on. The company continues to push the bounds of mm-Wave innovation and enable mm-Wave active antennas at a commercial scale for 5G, SATCOM and radar markets. And this new facility and a larger team will allow the company to serve the market at a much broader scale and in more impactful ways than ever before.Sorrento Towers South also allows the company to meet a key corporate goal to operate in an environmentally sustainable manner. The building is currently getting re-certified as a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) facility, and it incorporates many forward-thinking practices such as water efficiency standards, waste, and e-waste recycling, green construction, and others.last_img read more

Jazz beat Celtics 123-115 in Hayward’s return to Utah

first_img“I kind of expected some of that,” Hayward said. “They were booing me from the get-go, so it’s part of the game.”Boston trimmed a 20-point deficit to four by the fourth quarter. Playing without injured Kyrie Irving, the Celtics closed within four on multiple occasions late in the period, the final time on a 3-pointer from Marcus Smart that made it 111-107 with 2:19 left.Rudy Gobert quickly answered with a layup that pushed the lead back to six. Jayson Tatum followed by missing back-to-back layups that could have cut the deficit again, and Boston never got closer.Jae Crowder finally slammed the door on the comeback with a corner 3 that gave Utah a 117-109 lead with 47.7 seconds left.Utah coach Quin Snyder thought his team turned a corner by hanging tough down the stretch against the Celtics.“Our team has not been able to handle successes during games at times,” Snyder said. “We’ve lost focus sometimes when we’ve hit shots. Teams are going to come back on you, but you can’t make it easy on them.”Donovan Mitchell scored 21 points for Utah. Crowder had 20, and Gobert finished with 17 points and 15 rebounds. The Jazz won their second straight home game and second in a row overall.“We all have picked it up, picked up our energy defensively, picked our focus up,” Mitchell said. “We’ve been having great practices, but we just didn’t put it into the games. I think over the past couple of games, we’ve done that.”Terry Rozier scored a season-high 22 points, making his first start in place of Irving, and Jayson Tatum added 21 for the Celtics.Boston lost for the third time in four games after allowing Utah to shoot a season-high 56 percent from the field.“As good as we were defensively in the first nine games, I don’t think we’ve been as good the last three,” coach Brad Stevens said. “I thought we actually did an OK job on the initial drives in isolation, but we didn’t get rebounds in a lot of cases. Our pick-and-roll defense, we just have to really shore it up.”The Jazz started to pull away when they hit 3-pointers on each of their final four possessions of the second quarter to take a 58-51 halftime lead. Ingles accounted for the first three long-distance baskets, highlighting a 20-point first half for him.Utah opened the third quarter on a 17-6 run. Mitchell ignited the spurt by draining three free throws and driving for a layup on back-to-back possessions. Derrick Favors kept it going with back-to-back baskets that gave the Jazz a double-digit lead and finished the run off with a pair of free throws that put Utah ahead 75-57 just four minutes into the quarter.“Defensively, we didn’t pay attention to details,” Rozier said. “We just didn’t have a presence out there, so they played freely.”The Jazz built their lead to 83-63 on a layup by Crowder before Boston rallied in the fourth quarter.The Celtics scored on four straight possessions, culminating in Tatum’s layup, to ignite a 15-4 run. Rozier nailed a 3 to cap off the run and cut Utah’s lead to 100-96. (AP) Utah Jazz guard Alec Burks (left) guards Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward in the first half of their game Friday, Nov. 9 in Salt Lake City. AP SALT LAKE CITY – Gordon Hayward got a cold reception in Utah. He was booed every time he touched the ball, and his Boston Celtics left town with a loss.Joe Ingles matched his career high with 27 points and added a season-best seven assists to help the Jazz beat the Celtics 123-115 on Friday night in Hayward’s return to Salt Lake City.Hayward had 13 points and seven assists in 25 minutes during his first game back in Utah since leaving the Jazz as a free agent to sign with the Celtics after the 2016-17 season. He broke his left ankle in Boston’s opener last season.The star forward spent his first seven NBA seasons with the Jazz after they drafted him ninth overall in 2010. He averaged 15.7 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists for Utah, but took the hostile reaction from Jazz fans in stride.last_img read more

Cleveland State Battles Green Bay in Horizon League Tourney Saturday

first_imgGAME #32LITTLE CAESARS HORIZON LEAGUE MEN’S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP#9 CLEVELAND STATE (9-22) vs. #4 GREEN BAY (19-12)Saturday, March 5, 2016 | 12:00 pm ET | Joe Louis Arena | Detroit, Mich.GAME PREVIEW:•    Ninth-seeded Cleveland State opens play in the Little Caesars Horizon League Championship with a first round game against fourth-seeded Green Bay on Saturday (March 5) at 12:00 pm.•    The League tournament will be played at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Mich., the first time since 2002 that the tournament will be contested at a neutral site.•    CSU concluded the regular season at 9-22 overall and 4-14 in the Horizon League.•    Green Bay went 19-12 overall and 11-7 in the League.•    Saturday’s game will be broadcast live on AM 1220-WHKW with Al Pawlowski providing the play-by-play.•    The game will be live on ESPN3 with Will Haskett providing the play-by-play and David Kaplan serving as the analyst.THE GREEN BAY SERIES:•    Green Bay leads the all-time series with CSU, 43-29.•    The Phoenix won both meetings this year, 87-67, on Jan. 7 in the Wolstein Center and 78-61 on Feb. 22 in Green Bay.• CSU is 1-1 against Green Bay in the Horizon League tournament.•    CSU lost in the first round at Green Bay in the 2007 tournament and defeated the Phoenix in the 2009 semfinals at Butler.UP NEXT:•    The winner of Saturday’s first round game advances to the second round to play the winner of Saturday’s first round game between No. 5 Milwaukee and No. 8 Northern Kentucky on Sunday (March 6) at 1:00 pm at Joe Louis Arena. Related TopicsCleveland State VikingsGreen Bay Matt Loedecenter_img Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.last_img read more

No. 2 UWF controls destiny in GSC, defeats Shorter 9-0

first_imgNo. 2 UWF controls destiny in GSC, defeats Shorter 9-0 Share Tony Rajaobelina improved to 8-2 with a win Saturday at Shorter (Photo by Bill Stockland) center_img    ROME, Ga. – The No. 2 West Florida men’s tennis team remained the only undefeated team in the Gulf South Conference by defeating Shorter, 9-0, Saturday on the road.The Argonauts (11-1, 5-0 GSC) swept the Hawks to continue to control their own destiny with two conference matches remaining. UWF can clinch the regular-season conference championship with a victory over North Alabama March 24.Against Shorter, UWF sat its No. 1 singles player, No. 13 Kevin Ducros (Aix-en-Provence, France), and lost just one set in the entire match.UWF’s only match next week is against UNA at 2 p.m. at the Ralph “Skeeter” Carson Tennis Complex.For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com. #ARGOS##2 West Florida 9, Shorter University 003/16/13 at Rome, Ga. Singles competition1. #5 Bruno Savi (UWF) def. Romain Lefevre (SU) 6-0, 6-42. Tony Rajaobelina (UWF) def. Romain Ferreira (SU) 4-6, 6-4, 1-03. Elio Latela (UWF) def. Marc Guerry (SU) 6-2, 6-34. Felipe Frattini (UWF) def. Arturo Lifshutz (SU) 6-3, 6-35. Domenico Sano (UWF) def. Colt Kelley (SU) 6-3, 6-26. Guilherme Canineo (UWF) def. Robert Watson (SU) 6-4, 6-1Doubles competition1. Kevin Ducros/Bruno Savi (UWF) def. Romain Lefevre/Romain Ferreira (SU) 8-32. Domenico Sano/Tony Rajaobelina (UWF) def. Arturo Lifshutz/Marc Guerry (SU) 8-13. Elio Latela/Felipe Frattini (UWF) def. Robert Watson/Cody Carr (SU) 8-1Match NotesWest Florida 11-1; National ranking #2; Regional ranking #1Shorter University 4-6Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Post Office Extends Hours For Holiday Season

first_imgThe main lobby will not be open, but you will be able to retrieve packages.The following locations on the Peninsula will be open Sunday, Dec. 22; FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Both the Kenai and Soldotna post office’s are committed to making sure the holiday season is accommodating for everyone, and that means being open even on Sunday for people to be able to pick up packages. Homer 3658 Heath Street – 8AM to 10AMKenai 140 Bidarka Street – 8AM to 10AMSoldotna 175 N Binkley Street – 8AM to 10AM For Helpful Info – Go online to usps.com/holiday to find helpful mailing tips, holiday shipping dates, order free Priority Mail boxes, print postage-paid shipping labels, and schedule a free pick up of their package by their postal carrier the next day.center_img As people send even more packages through the mail this holiday season, the Kenai Postal Service reminds mail recipients to pick up their packages to free up space in parcel lockers. An estimated 15 billion cards, letters, and packages will be sent out during the holiday season. With the increased mail volume, the postal service will be delivering packages outside of regular delivery hours. That includes Sundays and Christmas.last_img read more

Clarendon, XLCR advance in Champions Cup

first_imgExcelsior High rallied back from near elimination to defeat Dinthill Technical High School 4-3 on penalties as the opening round of the ISSA Champions Cup got underway yesterday at the National Stadium. Alex Alexander scored the decisive penalty after Pepetto Smith foiled Dinthill’s TY Wedderburn attempt in sudden death after both teams finished 0-0 after regulation. Agony turned to joy and relief for the Mountain View-based team playing on a day’s rest, after their Manning Cup Quarter-final defeat to St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) on Wednesday. Both coaches thought that they had enough chances to win it. Excelsior Technical Director Leebert Halliman was pleased, however, with the result and is optimistic about his team’s chances in the tournament. “We should have won it long ago but as the game went on Dinthill was a bit stronger than us,” Halliman said after the game. “We have a slim chance in the Manning Cup. We have a better chance in the Champions Cup.” Dinthill’s head coach Xavier Gilbert lamented the opportunities missed, especially in the first half. “We had majority dominance in the second half, we just didn’t create enough opportunities to score and the few that we got hit the frame,” said Gilbert. Gilbert said that the missed opportunity to seal the win on penalties was down to a lack of execution. “I think we prepared for it, we just didn’t execute. Credit must be given to Excelsior for executing theirs and moving on,” he said. Manning Cup quarter-finalists Excelsior had the early run of chances in the first half. Noel Rattray’s shot gave a favourable bounce to put through Jahiem Flemmings but Demerio Hill was quick to repel the effort. Rattray was also sent through but Hill was alert to deny Excelsior the opener. Dinthill were under pressure for most of the half but had a golden chance to take the lead five minutes before the break. Jehvonne Redman sent in a low cross on the right-hand side, which Carlington Facey got on the end of, but saw his effort bang off the post. Almost immediately afterwards, Excelsior had a chance of their own take the lead. Jhevan Smith did well to cut past a Dinthill defender but his shot was saved by goalkeeper Demero Hill off the bar. Hill repelled the follow-up chance preserving the tie at the break. It was the Linstead-based outfit that pushed the initiative in the second half. Rushan Parkinson saw his shot curl wide and Shavon Thompson saw his free kick clip the crossbar. There wasn’t much generated from the Excelsior in the second half until the latter stages. Aseany Richards, who came on as a substitute played a great pass towards Joel Jones on the right of the penalty area, but his delayed decision to shoot gave the Dinthill backline enough time to recover and block the shot. Rojaughn Joseph had the chance to win it in stoppage time but his shot slammed on to the bar. Dinthill had the advantage into the first two rounds of penalties making their attempts, while Mills saved Excelsior’s first attempt. Despite Kareem Bryan failing to convert for Dinthill in the third round, they held on to their 2-1 advantage after Flemmings couldn’t level the score for Excelsior. Parkinson gave the daCosta Cup team the lead in the fourth round, pushing them closer to victory or so they believed. Excelsior converted their spot kick but Dinthill failed to win it from the spot on the fifth kick and Smith’s goal gave Excelsior a lifeline, which they gladly took. Smith repelled Wedderburn’s attempt in the sixth round and Alexander calmly slotted home to seal an unlikely victory for Excelsior. In the second game, Clarendon College outplayed Wolmer’s to win 2-0 and book their spot in the next round.last_img read more

RFU Disciplinary: Alapati Leiua

first_imgLeiua was cited by independent citing commissioner Paul Burke following the match Harlequins v Bristol Bears on Saturday 16 February 2019.This was for allegedly striking Harlequins’ Marcus Smith with the arm contrary to Law 9.12. The incident occurred in the first half of the match. The hearing will take place in Bristol on Wednesday 27 February 2019 at 18:30. The panel will be chaired by Gareth Graham with John Doubleday and a further panel member tbc.  For background detail on panel members please click here. For the NEW 2018/2019 sanctions table effective from 1 August 2018 (RFU Regulation 19 Appendix 2) please click here.last_img read more

LSU’s Breaux, Hall take top honors

first_imgBATON ROUGE – For the seventh time in her career LSU gymnastics head coach D-D Breaux received the Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year award, while senior Lloimincia Hall earned SEC Event Specialist of the Year in a vote of the league’s coaches, the SEC office announced Thursday.Breaux shared the coach of the year honor with Auburn’s Jeff Graba.The SEC Specialist of the Year award is only in its second year of existence, and Hall won the vote in part by ranking as the nation’s No. 1 performer on floor in both regional qualifying score (9.975) and season average (9.941).For the fourth time in her four-year career, Hall won at least a share of the SEC floor exercise title with a 9.975 at the 2015 SEC Championship. She became only the second gymnast in conference history to win four SEC titles in the same event, joining Ashley Miles from Alabama, who won the floor title from 2003-06.A two-time recipient of the SEC Specialist of the Week award this year, Hall added two perfect 10.0 scores on floor this season to bring her career total to seven, the most on floor in LSU history. Hall is the only gymnast in the nation with two 10s on floor this season.She has captured seven individual titles this season, winning six on floor and one on vault. For her career, she holds 31 titles on floor, the most in LSU history.Breaux guided fourth-ranked LSU to a 13-1 overall regular season record, which included a perfect 7-0 conference mark for the first time in school history.In addition, LSU has shattered school records all season, including earning the highest score in program history at 198.375. In fact, LSU has recorded the Nos. 1, 3 and 5 best team scores in program history this season, highlighted by two 198 scores.Breaux coached the Tigers to a second-place finish at the SEC Championship, the best team finish since 2005 when LSU was also second.Florida’s Kytra Hunter was named the SEC Gymnast of the Year, while Florida’s Kennedy Baker and Arkansas’ Paige Zaziski shared SEC Freshman of the Year honors. Missouri’s Katelyn Trevino earned SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year.LSU also placed four gymnasts on the All-SEC Team. It is only the second time in school history four Tigers earned All-SEC honors in the same season, joining the 2012 squad.Rheagan Courville, Jessie Jordan, Myia Hambrick and Hall netted All-SEC honors with their performance at the 2015 SEC Championship. In addition, Hambrick tallied SEC All-Freshman Team honors.The All-SEC Team is comprised of the student-athletes with the top two scores (including ties) on each event and in the all-around competition in the first and second sessions of the SEC Championship. The All-Freshman Team is comprised of the freshman student-athlete with the top score (including ties) on each event in the first session of the SEC Championship and the student-athlete with the top score (including ties) on each event in the second session of the SEC Championship. The All-Freshman Team will also include the freshmen student-athletes with the top two all-around scores (including ties) in the first session of the SEC Championship and the freshmen student-athletes with the top two all-around scores (including ties) in the second session of the SEC Championship.Courville and Jordan tied for the SEC all-around title to earn their spots on the All-SEC team. Hambrick tied with Courville for the SEC vault title, and Hall won her fourth SEC floor title to make the All-SEC team.Courville and Hall have earned All-SEC honors all four years of their career, and Jordan is a three-year honoree.Hambrick is the fifth Tiger to receive SEC All-Freshman Team honors since the honor was first given in 2011. Hambrick joins Sarie Morrison (2011), Courville (2012), Hall (2012), Jordan (2012) and Jessica Savona (2013).LSU has now featured 32 gymnasts who have produced 66 total All-SEC honors in program history.LSU (19-2) returns to action at the NCAA Ames Regional hosted by Iowa State on April 4. The Tigers are the No. 1 seed and will compete for a spot at the NCAA Championships against No. 9 Nebraska, No. 16 Denver, Washington, Michigan State and Iowa State.2015 SEC Gymnastics AwardsGymnast of the Year: Kytra Hunter, FloridaEvent Specialist of the Year: Lloimincia Hall, LSUCo-Freshmen of the Year: Paige Zaziski, Arkansas and Kennedy Baker, FloridaScholar-Athlete of the Year: Katelyn Trevino, MissouriCo-Coaches of the Year: D-D Breaux, LSU and Jeff Graba, Auburn2015 All-SEC TeamLauren Beers, AlabamaKaitlyn Clark, AlabamaKeely McNeer, AlabamaCarley Sims, AlabamaHeather Elswick, ArkansasAmanda Wellick, ArkansasPaige Zaziski, ArkansasLexus Demers, AuburnAbby Milliet, AuburnMegan Walker, AuburnKennedy Baker, FloridaClaire Boyce, FloridaBridgette Caquatto, FloridaKytra Hunter, FloridaAlex McMurtry, FloridaBridget Sloan, FloridaGigi Marino, GeorgiaMary Beth Box, GeorgiaRachel Schick, GeorgiaBrittany Rogers, GeorgiaTaylor Puryear, KentuckySydney Waltz, KentuckyRheagan Courville, LSULloimincia Hall, LSUMyia Hambrick, LSUJessie Jordan, LSULaura Kappler, MissouriSEC All-Freshman TeamPaige Zaziski, ArkansasAbby Milliet, AuburnKennedy Baker, FloridaAlex McMurtry, FloridaGigi Marino, GeorgiaNatalie Vaculik, GeorgiaCori Rechenmacher, KentuckyMyia Hambrick, LSUBecca Schugel, Missourilast_img read more