HE’S a Donegal hero for his tune ‘Jimmy’s Winning Matches’. Now Kilcar singer Rory Gallagher has belted out another cracking song….poking fun at celebrities.The video is first class.And you can watch his latest offering by clicking play. DDTV: KILCAR SINGER RORY BELTS OUT ANOTHER GREAT SONG was last modified: October 29th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DDTV: KILCAR SINGER RORY BELTS OUT ANOTHER GREAT SON
Stacey Brewer is adopting America’s charter school model for the new private schools she is establishing. Ryan Harrison is co-founder of EAdvance as well as director of technology. (Images: EAdvance) MEDIA CONTACTS • Stacey Brewer CEO, EAdvance RELATED ARTICLES • Schools to benefit for Mandela Day • Three SA schools among world’s best • Educated Africans teach SA children • South Africa prioritises quality education • Teacher laptops to enhance educationShamin ChibbaPrivate schooling in South Africa has always been expensive and therefore inaccessible to the majority of the population.However, two MBA graduates from the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) at the University of Pretoria have come up with an innovative way of providing quality private education to pupils from lower and middle income households.Stacey Brewer and Ryan Harrison have established EAdvance, a chain of schools that will look to combine traditional face-to-face teaching with technology in the classroom, while cutting operational costs in the process.A pilot school is expected to open in Johannesburg’s Cosmo City in 2013, which will allow 256 pupils from grades R to two to benefit from high quality education at reduced fees. At full capacity and at an estimated construction cost of R4.9-million (US$584 830), the eight-classroom school will accommodate up to 768 children.While doing her MBA thesis on sustainable financial models for low fee private schools in South Africa, Brewer, who is also the CEO, came up with the model that is now EAdvance.She believes that as a young South African who wants to live in the country for the rest of her life, she needs to use her knowledge to tackle the poor state of education.“It’s a simple case of not waiting for others to take action,” she said. “If we do not do it, who will?”It was during her research that she discovered that private schooling was either too expensive or the quality left room for improvement. In search of an answer, she spent time in India and the US exploring different education models.It was in the US that Brewer identified the blended learning model of the charter schools, which combines the use of technology with teaching.Adopting the US charter school systemCharter schools are publicly funded and privately run institutions. According to Brewer, they are known to be innovative in that they integrate technology in the classroom instead of merely adding it on, like South African schools tend to do.She added that the schools accelerate the learning process and allow for individualised learning.A typical pupil in this school may spend 75% of the day in a traditional classroom followed by a further 25% in computer aided learning.“This allows for real-time feedback and swift teacher intervention,” said Brewer.Cutting out the middle manBefore establishing EAdvance, Brewer worked as a project manager at the Fifa headquarters during both the 2009 Confederations Cup and the 2010 Football World Cup. It was her thesis, however, that compelled her to shift her focus to improving education in South Africa.She believes that in order to live in a prosperous country, South Africans need to improve the quality of education for children from low income communities. This will subsequently transform the low esteem the country has of its education system.Asked how EAdvance would tackle the affordability aspect, Brewer said the integrated technology will mean that one less teacher and classroom per grade is needed.“This is a saving of R360 000 (US$43 000) per grade, based on conservative figures,” she said.“We also have light administration at a schooling level and the way the company is structured allows for heavy cost burdens to be taken away from the school level.”According to Brewer, the model has taken out middle management so that there would only be a principal, an assistant principal, an academic dean and teachers.Getting parents involvedIn an interview with radio personality Bruce Whitfield on the GIBS website, Brewer said that the model is simple, and cuts the management of the school to its bare minimum.“A big focus is on parent involvement where we highly encourage parents to come 30 hours a year and take the administration away from the teachers in terms of tasks such as photocopying and just checking that homework is done,” said Brewer.Teach South Africa (Teach SA), an initiative that recruits and trains recent university graduates to teach in some of the country’s most disadvantaged schools, will also play a part in the growth of EAdvance.Brewer said the school will go through Teach SA to ensure that their schools have a strong pool of teachers.At the same time, constant professional development and coaching will ensure that teachers are uplifted and motivated.Part of the plan is to bring teachers from the US to help set up the institution and instil their culture of teaching as well.Accelerating the learning processThe point of EAdvance is not to change the curriculum, explained Brewer, and pupils would receive the same education as those attending schools within the traditional system. The difference is their innovative use of technology in the classroom.“We have just put the exercise book online to allow for individualised learning to accelerate the learning process for the pupil,” she said.Each class will have as many as 32 pupils and the institution will charge school fees of R1 000 ($120) per month for all grades, which translates into R12 000 ($1 440) annually. This is to make the school self-sufficient with no donations or government subsidies needed.Brewer would like to establish a high school for EAdvance at a later stage, but is, for now, focusing on creating a strong foundation level that works.“High schools will be launched once the need arises for the pupils within our system,” she said.Besides the Cosmo City project, EAdvance is planning to open more schools in Johannesburg. This, Brewer said, allows teachers within the same region to more easily collaborate with each other.However, she is looking to add a further 63 schools throughout the country and to educate as many as 49 000 students through the project.Learning based on individual needsEAdvance has designed an online program that provides students with a learning experience based on their individual needs.As the company’s director of technology, Harrison said that the tools will be used to gather data which can be used to individualise the student’s learning. Before joining EAdvance, he was a business information analyst at the British Columbia Transmission Corporation in Canada.Brewer is of the opinion that all teachers must do is teach without having to be divert their attention from the their pupils to unnecessary admin tasks.“It is all about maximising the utilisation of our resources,” she said.EAdvance already has the support of former deputy president Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. The feedback from the government so far has been positive, as both sides believe in sharing the best practices for the benefit of pupils.“We do not want to keep anything to ourselves. It is about the upliftment of all the schools,” Brewer said.* Slideshow image from Wikimedia
Clive Else, CEO of Avis Fleet Services, which has been named by Nissan as its fleet management partner of choice in South Africa, drives the eco-friendly Leaf. (Image: Avis Fleet Services) The Nissan Leaf will be introduced to South Africa later in 2013.(Image: Assist247.co.za) MEDIA CONTACTS • Barry MacColl GM, research, testing and development, Sustainability Division, Eskom +27 11 629 5585 or +27 83 440 2169 RELATED ARTICLES • VW builds R500m ‘green’ press shop • Easy way to back renewable energy • Driven by imagination • SA’s first hydrogen bike rolls out • SA’s auto industry to turn greenRomaana NaidooEskom and Nissan have joined forces on a three-year research project to study electric vehicles, their charging requirements, and characteristics. With this, the national energy supplier and the car maker hope to prepare for the entry of electric vehicles into the South African market, and gain insight into their effect on the national grid.This collaboration follows projects by the Department of Environmental Affairs and the Technology Innovation Agency aimed at creating public awareness of electric vehicles (EVs). Eskom’s general manager of research testing and development, Barry MacColl, explained: “Eskom has been doing EV research of one form or another for over 10 years now.“The focus has changed from development of EVs to understanding their need for energy and the subsequent impact on the electricity grid. The recent developments by suppliers of hybrid and pure EV has made us realise that we need to watch this technology closely and be ready for the wave of EV deployment if it happens. Note we say ‘if’; we are not sure that there will be a quick uptake of these vehicles nationally or internationally but if it does happen we want to be prepared,” he said.According to MacColl, the idea for the three-year research project came from one of the steering committees that focus on demand management and energy efficiency. “There is a small working group under this committee called the EV Care Group and it was fundamentally this group of people that gave birth to the idea that the best way to understand the EV and its impact was to have a small fleet of our own. When we looked at the market, we saw the Leaf as the only alternative at the time and so the partnership with Nissan was established after a commercial process.”Electric vehicles are increasingly being produced and appear to be gaining popularity globally as a more environment-friendly and fuel-cost efficient alternative. There are a few models available in South Africa, such as the Toyota Prius and the Honda Jazz, and a homegrown EV, the Joule, was in development for a few years before that project folded. Eskom therefore wants to ensure all the elements are in place before EVs flood the market. Over the next three years, it will invest R6-million (about US$600 000) – about R2-million a year – into electric vehicle research.Greener future“Eskom is committed to a greener energy future and acknowledges that the current electricity mix in South Africa is too carbon intensive,” MacColl said, while admitting he was not sure whether South Africa was ready for electric vehicles. “That is part of what we are trying to find out. From an infrastructure point of view it is very linked to numbers and densities. Ten cars like we have at present does not require a large amount of energy but 10 000 cars might, especially if they are all parked in the northern suburbs of Johannesburg.”Eskom does have a scenario in mind: “We think take-up will be slow and fairly geographically spread, allowing our network planners time to respond and strengthen the networks if required. Also, the current power shortage in the country is temporary and future energy forecasts show a return to higher reserve margins. Are South African people ready for EVs? I think this is the real question and time will tell. The three barriers to EVs – cost, range and infrastructure – will apply in this country as much as anywhere else.”In comparing electric vehicles to diesel or petrol vehicles, MacColl explained that this depended on the specific vehicles as they all differed slightly. But the electric vehicle running cost was about 16% that of a petrol car, he said – at worst 20%. “Now this depends very much on the future price of electricity [at 8% a year for the next five years] and petrol.”Eskom said it had received 10 Nissan Leaf cars to study, focusing on elements such as electricity use per kilometre, commuting costs and vehicle range. Other key points that will be included in the research are:Understanding the energy required to charge the electric vehicles;Identifying customer usage patterns that will determine how the vehicles are used and when they are typically charged i.e. overnight or during the day;Exploring the use of the EV as a demand management device through remote control of charge and discharge cycles;Deciding on the possibility of EV tariffs that could be incorporated in future schemes;Examining whether EVs could become part of Eskom’s fleet;Researching customer perceptions, infrastructure requirements and the carbon value chain.Sustainable technology“We support the principle of electric cars, in line with Eskom’s aim of finding and enabling technology solutions for a cleaner future,” said Steve Lennon, Eskom’s group executive for sustainability.The Eskom-Nissan partnership was announced on 28 May, by Nissan South Africa’s sales, marketing and aftersales director, Johan Kleynhans. It comes ahead of the car maker’s roll-out of its all-electric Leaf (leading, environment-friendly, affordable, family car), which will be on sale in South Africa later this year.Kleynhans was delighted to hand over the vehicles for the research project, “the outcome of which will have long-term implications for the development of the entire EV industry”.Stand-out features of electric vehicles include good torque and acceleration, low road noise, comfortable ride, smooth transition to higher speeds, a better awareness of energy consumption through the in-car displays of energy use and remaining range, and no need to visit the petrol station.The LeafThe Leaf is already on sale in Japan, the US and Europe. Its specifications include an 8 kW AC synchronous electric motor; zero emissions – 0g/km carbon dioxide emission; a maximum speed of 145km an hour; acceleration of zero to 100km/h in 11.9 seconds; a 3.3kW on-board charger for overnight charging; a 50kW quick charger for emergency top-ups while out and about; maximum torque of 280Nm/min-1; and a 24kWh lithium ion 360V battery.MacColl added that Eskom also wanted to understand usage patterns and the car’s charging characteristics to design grid solutions and tariffs for e-mobility. “E-mobility is a way of moving people around in a more effective and cleaner fashion, which is critical for the economy.”While South Africa used fossil fuels for many of its energy processes, a new approach was in the sights for all concerned, he said. “Eskom is intent on finding technology options suitable for implementation within the energy body.” The Nissan Leaf’s accolades include 2011 European Car of the Year, 2011 World Car of the Year, 2011-2012 Japanese Car of the Year, 2011 Electric Vehicle of the Year from EV.com, 2011 Eco-Friendly Car of the Year from Cars.com, 2010 Green Car Vision Award from Green Car Journal, 2010 Breakthrough Award from Popular Mechanics, and 50 Best Inventions of 2009 from Time magazine.Infrastructure in South AfricaEskom will also need to understand what electricity infrastructure is required and how such infrastructure is likely to be used, before electric cars become widely used in South Africa. Charging stations have been installed at Eskom’s head office, Megawatt Park, in Sunninghill, Johannesburg, and at its research facility in Rosherville in Germiston. Several portable charging stations will be moved with the vehicles so participants can charge the cars at home.Electric vehicles are either charged slowly over eight to 12 hours, or quickly in less than 30 minutes. Each of these options has implications for the electricity provider. Eskom will also explore the possibility of discharging energy from the car’s battery into the national grid. The three-year research project will also consider financial compensation for those owners who discharge into the grid.“The impact of electric vehicles on Eskom is not to be underestimated. While growth in this area is not expected to be rapid, the fast charge facility of many vehicles, combined with rapidly increasing battery capacities, means distribution networks can be severely overloaded during certain periods of the day, especially if this phenomenon is grouped in a particular geographical area,” the energy provider said.
They put on events, they readily share geocaching tricks and tips and they challenge new and seasoned geocachers with their hides. They are the January Featured Geocacher of the Month Nominees.December 2012 Featured Geocacher of the Month, MoneydorkNow it’s your turn to help select one of them as the Featured Geocacher of the Month for January.Write a comment at the bottom of this blog about which of these geocachers you feel should be awarded the Featured Geocacher of the Month title.In December, Wayne, a.k.a. Moneydork was recognized for establishing himself as one of Australasian’s most prolific geocachers. His efforts to support the community as a Geocaching volunteer reviewer and good Samaritan have not gone unnoticed. He even managed to organize New Zealand’s very first Mega-Event from 3500 km (2175 miles) away. According to fellow geocachers, Moneydork’s hides and events are legendary Down Under and he never hesitates to give his all to the sport.Here are your nominees for the January Featured Geocacher of the Month. Some testimonials have been edited for length.KirretKirretMr Bluesky writes, “On November 29th, Don, [a.k.a. Kirret] will have found a geocache every single day of the year, since November 2011. He has done this in three different countries and on two continents. This year alone he has found over 1,700 geocaches, including a grand haul of 100 on March the 27th. Don worked in Scotland in 2010 and 2011 and I got to meet him through geocaching. We immediately became firm friends. I had the pleasure of geocaching with him in Canada in July 2012 and then again on August 18th in Scotland. Don is very enthusiastic about geocaching and has, just by meeting people while out geocaching, gotten many involved in this hobby by informing them of what he was doing and how enjoyable it is. He mostly geocaches with his wife and son and is one of Guildford, England’s most prolific geocachers. He is out in all weather conditions with a smile on his face and a GPS in hand. I think his achievements this year is a remarkable feat.” The WeaselThe WeaselSuperGoober writes, “Tim, a.k.a. The Weasel is what geocaching is all about. He gives back so much more than he takes. He hosted the very first CITO in the Midwest: EIGA 2004 CEDAR RAPIDS CITO EVENT. He is an active member and Board Director for the Iowa Geocacher Organization and a volunteer for the Linn County Conservation. Tim has conducted and assisted in over 50 geocaching 101, 201 and 301 classes and workshops throughout the State of Iowa and abroad. His knowledge of the wilderness extends well beyond that of an average geocacher. He uses his extensive knowledge of the outdoors to help other geocachers by placing some very creative and educational geocaches. The Weasel has an impeccable sense as to what geocaching is all about. He realizes that cache maintenance is very necessary to ensure that geocaching is fun and that the geocache is there. He is just unstoppable.”Comment below to tell us who you think should be the January Featured Geocacher of the Month. A panel of Lackeys will use your comments to help decide which geocacher is awarded the honor. Each featured Geocacher of the Month will receive an exclusive special edition featured Geocacher of the Month Geocoin, along with a Geocacher of the Month hat, a Geocacher of the Month profile icon and a certificate acknowledging their contributions, signed by two of the founders of Geocaching.com. We will be accepting comments for January’s award through Sunday, January 20th.Those whose nominees were not recognized here are encouraged to submit their nominations again next month. If you know an outstanding geocacher you would like to nominate to be a featured Geocacher of the Month, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and include the following information:Your name, the name of your nominee, their usernameA picture of the nomineeDescription (200 or more words) explaining why he or she deserves to be the Geocacher of the MonthPlease inform your nominee that you’ve submitted them for the award.Nominations for the February Geocacher of the Month must be received by Friday, February 8th. Once we have received all of the nominations, we will choose the top candidates and post them on the blog. You will then get a chance to champion your favorite. Our goal is to involve the entire geocaching community in this process so we might learn from each other.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedAnnouncing the December Featured Geocacher of the MonthDecember 28, 2012In “Community”December Featured Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your CommentsDecember 7, 2012In “Community”February Featured Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your CommentsFebruary 13, 2013In “Community” The RavenThe Raventtcm4geo writes, “If you visit Prescott, Arizona as we were one weekend, you will note something curious. Many of the geocaches you visit will have a note stating that ‘while you are in Prescott, you must find a geocache called Raven’s Labyrynth.’ So many geocacher said this that we finally decided to pursue it. The geocache itself is amazing, which I am sure took weeks to construct. Then we found out that the geocache owner has many similarly thought-out geocaches in the area. In fact, Prescott is known as ‘Ravenland.’ But, even more amazing is that if you email Dan, a.k.a. The Raven with a question, he promptly replies and tells you to call him. So we called him and got some assistance. He was very nice, and you can tell that his only goal is to help people enjoy geocaching. His geocaches are creative, well thought out and so much fun. He does all this work for people many of whom he will never meet. Therefore, I think he deserves this recognition.”
A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… A little over six weeks out and already everybody’s talking about what company will break out at this year’s SXSW Interactive. There’s been a lot of talk about apps like GroupMe, Beluga and Fast Society, which all make group communication quick and easy, but what about talking to people who you don’t already know? Enter Yobongo, the iPhone app that “makes it super fun and easy to chat with people nearby.” Today, the company is launching into private beta and ReadWriteWeb readers will get priority access after the jump.Yobongo was started by Caleb Elston, former VP of product at Justin.tv, and David Kasper, a software engineer at Justin.tv. Both left the company last October, with Elston writing at the time that they wanted Yobongo to be what other apps hadn’t yet realized.It is clear to us that there will emerge new ways to communicate as a result of the proliferation of always connected location aware mobile devices. We have not seen anything truly new created yet, imagined from the ground up, that takes advantage of the unique characteristics of these new mobile devices. We believe Yobongo will be a new way to communicate and share with people nearby from your mobile device.According to the current landing page, using the app is as simple as opening it up. “There aren’t rooms to select, friends to find, or people to follow. We magically connect you to the conversation that’s happening around you.”Elston explained that they’ve taken a different approach than other location apps with Yobongo and that it isn’t just about where you are.Our algorithm takes into account all of the users who are in the app and where they are in relation to each other. When a new user opens the app, we determine which people to put them with based on various heuristics. Unlike many location services, we think the organizing principle should be around people, not GPS coordinates. The room algorithm is dynamic, so less dense areas will still have a positive experience. Therefore we target a manageable number of people per conversation.In order to avoid abuse by users hiding behind Internet anonymity, Yobongo will allow users to sign in using Facebook Connect or to create a Yobongo account. Elston explains that they will check all accounts for legitimate names and photos, similar to how Facebook does, saying that they believe that “real identity is critical to fostering real communication.”Serendipitous ConnectionsThis certainly isn’t the first attempt we’ve seen at solving the puzzle of serendipitous meetings. Last year, we wrote about a service called Meet Gatsby that approached a similar problem. The idea behind it was simple – you listed your interests and, whenever you checked in using Foursquare, if someone else had recently checked in nearby and had similar interests, it would text you. In theory, it sounded great, but in practice I (for one) found at that a whole lot of people like bikes, beer and the Internet. Now, listing these general interests may have been my fault, but it’s also not necessarily the case that with every Foursquare check-in you’re looking to make a new friend. With Yobongo, you only open the app with the express intent of chatting and potentially meeting with complete strangers in relative proximity.So, where do we actually see Yobongo getting used? At something like SXSW, there are a thousand crowded rooms full of people who may or may not actually have something to say to each other. At times, it can feel like you’re a ball in a pinball machine, as you bounce from one person to another. Perhaps Yobongo could help act as that initial filter. Rather than talking to whoever catches your eye or happens to be standing in the same line, Yobongo could help connect you with someone who shares similar interests or intentions.Outside of techie events like SXSWi, Yobongo could be useful in a variety of situations. The group dynamic could make it easier to make initial contact with strangers and find out if there’s any reason to go beyond chatting in an iPhone app. With something like Foursquare, your only real choice is a face-to-face interaction. Unfortunately, we haven’t gotten to play with it yet, so it’s all speculation, but we’re looking forward to seeing how it works. Elston has offered priority access to ReadWriteWeb readers and the first invites should be sent out today. Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… mike melanson Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#news#web
A Mumbai Indians cheerleader from South Africa was recently sent back home for blogging about her life behind the scenes during the ongoing Twenty-20 cricket tournament Indian Premier League (IPL).The cheerleader, Gabriella Pasqualotto, was kicked out after her secret identity was revealed. However, even before she returned, she had already given some interesting insights into the life of cheerleaders, IPL parties and players. Gabriella Pasqualotto spoke exclusively to Headlines Today.Pasqualotto was one of the 40 cheerleaders flown from South Africa, known for their beauty, glamour, adulation and the moves. However, she was sent home summarily for alluding to some flirtatious cricketers in her blogs.Her blogging comments allegedly caused “privacy concerns” among some players as Pasqualotto wrote: “I have come to realise that cricketers are the most loose and mischievous sportsmen I have come across.”She however gave the Indian cricketers a clean chit.”The few Indian players we have met, such as M.S. Dhoni and Rohit Sharma have been very polite and keep to themselves in the dark corners. Hotshots like Tendulkar with families at home are never present,” she wrote.South African cricketer Graeme Smith must be fretting that his newly engaged fianc does not read the blog as Pasqualotto wrote: “Ol Graeme Smith will flirt with anything while his girlfriend lurks behind him. Jonty Rhodes and Albie Morkel are notorious for having a good time with friends.”Even Australian cricketers might find themselves in a bit of a trouble with their girlfriend back home as Pasqualotto wrote: “The Aussies are fun but naughty, such as Aiden Blizzard and Dan Christian. By the end of a crazy evening, a certain someone had played kissing catchers with three girls known to me only, although he has his own girlfriend back home. He cooed to each girl, ‘come home with me, I just want to cuddle’.”advertisementObviously, even after the much maligned IPL after parties might have officially been stopped, that did not stop cricketers from partying and Pasqualotto exposed it through her blogs.She was put on the first flight home after a fellow cheerleader tipped an Australian player from the Mumbai Indians about the blogging and consequently the cricketer complained to the authorities. The IPL action has left her hurt and disappointed.”Nothing I wrote was directed at any one person. I think the cricketer (an Aussie) who complained had a guilty conscience. It’s a joke. There were cameras everywhere at these after-parties watching what they got up to. The guys treated us like pieces of meat,” she said.
The 37-year-old Casillas fell ill during a practice last Wednesday, was rushed to hospital, and underwent a catheterization.“I can only smile after everything that happened,” he said. “It was a very difficult situation but thankfully I’m doing well.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSpeaking to reporters outside of the hospital, without taking questions, an emotional Casillas said he doesn’t know “what the future holds,” and that the most important thing was to be standing there talking about himself.“I’m feeling much better,” he said. “I’ll rest for a couple of weeks, or a couple of months, I’m not sure yet. The most important thing is to be here.” View comments Casillas recently had his contract with Porto extended until the end of the 2019-20 season, with an option for another year.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas smiles while talking to journalists outside a hospital in Porto, Portugal, Monday, May 6, 2019. Veteran goalkeeper Iker Casillas had a heart attack during a training session with his Portuguese club FC Porto and was hospitalized May 1. (AP Photo/Luis Vieira)PORTO, Portugal — A cheerful Iker Casillas was released from the hospital on Monday, five days after having a heart attack.The veteran Porto goalkeeper said he was thrilled with his recovery but didn’t give any hints about whether he would keep playing professionally.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Cavs to interview Spurs assistant Ettore Messina for coaching post Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Porto doctor Nelson Puga said last week the playing future of Casillas would depend on several factors, including the goalkeeper’s will to keep competing.Casillas said on Monday he feels “very lucky” the incident didn’t have more serious consequences, and thanked the outpouring of support from players and clubs from across the world.“I want to thank the thousands of messages of support that I’ve received,” he said.Casillas joined Porto in 2015 after helping Real Madrid win five league titles and three Champions League trophies.He also helped Spain win one World Cup and two European Championships.ADVERTISEMENT