Sorry, 49ers fans: Why Malcolm Smith’s iconic interception never should have happened

first_imgSANTA CLARA — The 49ers visit the Seahawks on Sunday, marking the first time Richard Sherman will be back inside CenturyLink Field since he was released by Seattle in March.Naturally, 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh was asked Thursday about his favorite memory of Sherman when the two were both in the Emerald City.“Well, there’s plenty. I guess one of the last ones, the tip where Malcolm (Smith) intercepted it,” Saleh said. “Sorry Niner fans.”Ah, yes, perhaps the defining moment of …last_img

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Giants add Jake Barrett, designate John Andreoli for assignment

first_imgJust days after designating one right-handed reliever for assignment, the Giants have added another to a crowded bullpen.The Giants acquired pitcher Jake Barrett from the Arizona Diamondbacks Tuesday in exchange for cash considerations. To clear a 40-man roster spot for Barrett, San Francisco designated recently acquired outfielder John Andreoli for assignment.First-year president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi picked up Andreoli off of waivers Friday in a move that compelled the club to …last_img

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SA invention soothes stuttering

first_imgThe credit card-sized VoiceAmp 601 Fluency EnhancerTamara O’ReillySouth African inventor Alan Falck has patented a remarkable new device that can help people overcome stuttering. The credit card-sized VoiceAmp 601 Fluency Enhancer uses the soothing effects of choral sounds to allow stutterers speak more fluently.A socially debilitating condition, stuttering occurs when the normal flow of speech is disrupted with pauses, frequent repetitions or a prolongation of the first syllable of words. Speaking before a group of people or talking on the telephone tends to make it more severe. More than 1% of the South African population are stutterers, while 5% stutter at some time and recover spontaneously during childhood.“It is not known what causes stuttering, but what we do know is that it is a complex interplay of a combination of factors like genetics, family dynamics and child development,” says Dina Lilian, speech therapist at the Donald Gordon Medical Centre in Johannesburg.There is no cure for stuttering. But for 70 years it has been known that situations where a phenomenon called choral accompaniment occurs – such as singing, reciting poetry or speaking alone – often improve fluency.Knowing that hearing one’s own voice can also cause a person to speak effortlessly, Falck, the managing director of VoiceAmp, invented the device in collaboration with research teams at the University of the Witwatersrand and other South African universities. It is now being successfully marketed across the world.Falck is no stranger to inventions; he has been known to be creative with his hands from the age of eight, when he started making solar panels. His interest in speech aids began when his grandfather lost his ability to speak clearly; Falck invented a device that amplified his grandfather’s vocal chords.How it worksThe VoiceAmp 601 is based on an electronic reproduction of choral accompaniment, where the device receives the user’s voice signal via a microphone. This signal is then processed by the device and altered to produce a choral voice. The choral voice is then played back to the user via an earpiece, which unlocks the stuttering effect and allows the user to speak with little or no interruption.Settings for three different background noise levels can be programmed to simulate noisy to quiet backgrounds at the flick of a switch.“This device helps mainly those with a severe stutter and is best used in conjunction with speech therapy,” says Lilian. “For those who have benefited it really does make a remarkable difference to their lives.”Useful linksVoiceAmpSpeakeasylast_img read more

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China, South Korea, Iran open Asian Cup with victories

first_imgHotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? South Korea’s forward Hwang Ui-Jo, center, celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the AFC Asian Cup group C soccer match between South Korea and Philippines at Al Maktoum Stadium in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)AL AIN, United Arab Emirates — With coach Marcello Lippi in charge and the team needing a bit of help from an own-goal, China came from behind to beat Kyrgyzstan 2-1 at the Asian Cup on Monday.Lippi, who won the World Cup with Italy in 2006, is trying to win another title in what is likely to be his last major tournament. But it won’t be easy in the United Arab Emirates.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Another coaching heavyweight, Sven-Goran Eriksson, lost his opening match of the Asian Cup when South Korea defeated the Philippines 1-0 in Dubai in the other Group C game.In Group D, another favorite, Iran, routed Yemen 5-0.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsChina entered the Asian Cup with one win in seven games, including draws against Palestine, India, and Bahrain. It didn’t look much better at the start of Monday’s match.Akhlidin Israilov gave Kyrgyzstan the lead with a low left-foot shot from outside the box just before halftime. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES View commentscenter_img Time to move on: Chris Tiu retires from basketball TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion The in-form Son is still with his Tottenham club for one more English Premier League match against Manchester United on Sunday before joining South Korea. He could be away for up to five of Tottenham’s matches in all competitions if South Korea reaches the final on Feb. 1 in Abu Dhabi.South Korea reached the final at the previous Asian Cup.In Abu Dhabi, two first-half goals from Mehdi Taremi helped Iran ease past Yemen.Iran is seeking a fourth title, with former Real Madrid and Portugal coach Carlos Queiroz in charge of Asia’s top-ranked team.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño But five minutes into the second half, Kyrgyzstan goalkeeper Pavel Matiash jumped to handle what seemed to be an easy catch following a corner kick. He was under no pressure with two of his teammates around him, but the ball went into the net off his gloves.Yu Dabao then angled in a left-footer in the 78th minute to ensure the fourth straight victory for China in its Asian Cup opening game and improve its record against Kyrgyzstan to 3-0.A runner-up in 1984 and 2004, China faces the Philippines and South Korea in its remaining group games.In Dubai, the Philippines had only 18 percent possession against the 2015 Asian Cup runner-up but managed to hold firm until the 67th minute.With forward Son Heung-min absent, Hwang Ui-jo scored the lone goal for South Korea.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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