Bolt, Fraser-Pryce aiming at more success this year

Posted On Feb 10 2020 by

first_img Pushing myself Newly crowned RJR Sports Foundation National Sportsman and Sportswoman of 2015, Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, say winning the prestigious title means a lot to them, adding they will be looking to represent Jamaica well, and seek more global success this year. The RJR Sports Foundation’s annual awards ceremony was held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel last Friday night. Bolt won his sixth Sportsman of the Year award, after copping titles in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013, while Fraser-Pryce, who also won in 2012 and 2013, lifted her third Sportswoman of the Year title. Last year, Bolt returned from an injury-plagued start to the season to dominate the men’s sprints at the IAAF World Championships. He won gold medals in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m in Beijing’s Bird’s Nest Stadium where he had previously set world records in the 100 and 200 metres. “Six-time athlete of the year in Jamaica is always an honour,” Bolt told reporters. He pointed out that he is looking forward to a stress-free year, but was mindful of the demands ahead. “It’s just about trying to stay focused this year and staying on top of things and making sure everything runs smoothly … pushing myself, but also being aware of everything that is going on around me,” he added. Meanwhile, Fraser-Pryce, the three-time Sportswoman of the Year, also received the Sagicor Iconic Award at the function. The MVP Track Club star won gold medals in the 100m and 4x100m at last year’s World Championships in Beijing, China, as well as copping the Diamond League 100m title. “I am feeling blessed and I am feeling honoured,” she said. “For me winning an award is a signal that you did something right in 2015, and I am really honoured and blessed and grateful to be able to collect a third Sportswoman of the Year Award here,” Fraser-Pryce said. She added: “I am looking forward to an exciting 2016.” Shot-putter O’Dayne Richards, who twice hit a national record – 21.69m – on his way to winning Pan American gold and a historic World Championships bronze, was presented with the runner-up to the Sportsman of the Year Award. World Championships 100m hurdles gold-medal winner Danielle Williams who clocked a personal best 12.57 for gold in the event in Beijing last summer was runner-up to the Sportswoman of the Year. The People’s Choice Award for Performance of the Year went to Jamaica’s senior women’s 4x400m relay team. Novlene Williams-Mills, who anchored Jamaica to the gold medal in the World Championships 4x400m and who has successfully fought off breast cancer, was recognised with the Chairman’s Award. Former Netball Jamaica president Marva Bernard was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Personal bestlast_img read more

South Africa’s judiciary

Posted On Dec 18 2019 by

first_imgFind out more about how the wheels of justice turn in South Africa.The inside of South Africa’s Constitutional Court. (Image: Design Indaba, YouTube)Brand South Africa reporterSouth Africa has an independent judiciary, subject only to the Constitution and the law.The Constitution is the supreme law of the country and binds all legislative, executive and judicial organs of state at all levels of government.No person or organ of state may interfere with the functioning of the courts, and an order or decision of a court binds all organs of state and people to whom it applies.The Constitution provides for the following courts:Constitutional CourtSupreme Court of Appeal (SCA)high courtsmagistrate’s courtsany other court established or recognised in terms of an Act of ParliamentThere are also special income tax courts, the Labour Court and the Labour Appeal Court, the Land Claims Court, the Competition Appeal Court, the Electoral Court, divorce courts, small claims courts, “military courts”, and equality courts.The Constitutional Court, Supreme Court of Appeal and High Courts have the power to protect and regulate their own processes, and to develop the common law.The courts are also required to declare any law or conduct that is inconsistent with the Constitution to be invalid, and develop common law that is consistent with the values of the Constitution, and the spirit and purpose of the Bill of Rights.How are judges appointed?Judges in the various courts are appointed by the President in consultation with the Judicial Service Commission, the leaders of parties represented in National Assembly, and, where relevant, the President of the Constitutional Court.The Judicial Service Commission includes the Chief Justice, the President of the Constitutional Court and the Minister of Justice. It is a widely representative body, with the transformation of the judiciary remaining one of government’s key priorities.Legal systemSouth African law is a combination of different legal systems, with its origin in Europe and Great Britain. Its foundation lies in Roman-Dutch law, which is itself a blend of indigenous Dutch customary law and Roman law. The legal system that prevailed in Holland during the 17th and 18th centuries was introduced to South Africa after the Cape was settled by the Dutch in the 1600s.When the Cape was occupied by the British at the end of the 18th century, Roman- Dutch law was retained and confirmed as the common law of the country. English became the language of the courts and English legal procedures and the English law of evidence in both criminal and civil matters were introduced.As with any other country, the common law has been augmented by statutory law and many of the cases before the court are now concerned with their interpretation and application.Because of the unique heritage of South African law, and the constitutional imperative to regard comparative law, foreign law is frequently consulted, not as binding but as persuasive authority.Judicial decisions are themselves a source of law. The decisions of the court are binding on all lower courts.The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development is responsible for ensuring an accessible justice system that promotes and protects social justice, fundamental human rights and freedoms, thus providing a transparent, responsive and accountable justice for all.Source: South African Yearbook and the Department of Justice.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

A deeper look at intensive soil sampling and precision ag data collection

Posted On Dec 17 2019 by

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest I get common questions from growers about Precision Ag. One of those questions was “What should I do first to get started with Precision Ag?” As a generic suggestion, my recommendation was to start with grid soil sampling and collecting yield and planter information. So this month I would like to discuss both of these technologies with you. Grid soil samplingAt Ag Info Tech we like to call it intensive soil sampling. Intensive soil sampling is a service that can be used by any sized grower. Several co-ops, national chains and independent fertilizer outlets offer this service for a per-acre fee to their customers. There are also several independent companies, like ours, that perform the service for a per-acre fee as well. Since the fee is charged per acre, it is just as affordable for the 50-acre grower as it is for the 5,000 acre grower.Intensive soil sampling involves pulling several soil samples on a 2.5- or even one-acre basis, depending on what the grower determines to be most economically viable. Ag Info Tech uses a GPS equipped utility vehicle with an automated soil probe to guarantee uniform sampling depth. Since it is equipped with a GPS unit, we can mark where the soil samples were taken from within the field. The samples will be sent away to a soil lab and the results will be imported into a Geographic Information System where we can make fertility recommendations for each area of the field.A variable rate application (VRA) can then be made with a fertilizer or lime spreader that is equipped to change the rate on-the-go with a VRA capable electronic display. You load in a VRA prescription file containing rates for each area of your field, based off of your soil samples and/or yield map.This technology allows us to build the low or deficient soil phosphate, potassium and pH levels up to the desired levels. At the same time, we can forgo putting fertilizer on the areas that have excessive rates and let the crop draw those areas of the field down to the desirable level. The areas that are already at the desired level will have the amount of nutrients replaced that the crop has removed.Intensive soil sampling allows you to maximize your fertility input dollars by helping you choose the right product for the right place at the right rate. Ag Info Tech made recommendations on 77,000 acres last year and we were able to save our customers on average $40.74 per acre compared to a standard practice of two tons of lime every three years and 200 pounds of potash and 100 pounds of DAP every two years. Collecting yield and planter informationI believe any farmer that has a combine and farms over 200 acres should have a Precision Ag display that is capable of yield monitoring, manual guidance and logging planter information. The information collected at planting and at harvest are key components to making educated agronomic decisions for your farm. Remember, you only get one chance to collect that data. If the crop is planted or harvested without that tracking system you can never rebuild that information. By using a display without sensors, you can manually enter your variety, population, planting depth, soil moisture, soil temperature and tillage type. You can update changes throughout the field and the data will be recorded as a map is created for your field. If you add sensors to the planter, we can monitor and record population, singulation, skips, doubles and even gauge wheel load on the row unit. This information gathered and recorded at the time of planting can be very beneficial when analyzing the yield data. You can use that same display from the planter in your combine as a yield monitor. We have kits for almost all combines that are used today. Have a John Deere 6620? We have a kit. How about a Case 1460? Yep, we have a kit for that as well. Even if you have older equipment, it does not mean you can’t take advantage of this technology. Some displays will even let you have all of your planting maps displayed as a background image while you harvest. The display will even automatically switch varieties and keep those yields separate based of the information you gathered at the time of planting.These same displays can be used as a guidance system in the field as well. When you look at the value of the data you are collecting and the decisions you can make based on your data, coupled with the savings you can have from the guidance system, I believe a system can be profitable for any 200 acre grower. Next month I will discuss automated steering systems.last_img read more

ReadWriteWeb DeathWatch: Zynga

Posted On Dec 15 2019 by

first_imgThe Players Mark Pincus, CEO: Mark Pincus is a smart guy, and he gets social media, having founded the push news service Freeloader and the social network Tribe Networks. He’s also not afraid of bending the rules to make a buck. In addition to the stock clawback, Pincus admits to dumping spyware on his users’ computers to turn a profit:I knew that I wanted to control my destiny, so I knew I needed revenues, right, f*cking, now. Like, I needed revenues now. So I funded the company myself but I did every horrible thing in the book to, just to get revenues right away. I mean we gave our users poker chips if they downloaded this Zwinky toolbar which was like, I don’t know, I downloaded it once and couldn’t get rid of it. *laughs* We did anything possible just to just get revenues so that we could grow and be a real business…So control your destiny. So that was a big lesson, controlling your business. So by the time we raised money we were profitable.Pincus got the company this far by being ahead of the curve. His challenge now is coming up with a way to stay there as the industry becomes more commoditized.The PrognosisZynga’s stock will not return to its peak for years, if ever. Its current franchises will likely hold onto a good deal of their market share, and the titles in the pipeline should perform well enough, but competition will eat into the company’s dominance. Within a few years, Zynga may still be the biggest social game publisher, but own a far smaller portion of a market valued far more conservatively than it is today. Unless it hits a major home run with one of its new initiatives (see below), there’s really no reason for anyone to acquire Zynga, so the company’s value will continue to float down to a point justified by its actual profit.Can This Company Be Saved?Zynga should continue to produce relevant, popular games, but to remain a power player in the social world, Pincus needs to win big with two moves.First is his push toward becoming an infrastructure provider. This will be an uphill climb, and there’s no good way to lock in developers who become successful on the Zynga platform.Second, and much riskier, is a jump into online gambling, a recurring theme that Pincus resurrected in July. Given the recent domestic troubles online gambling has faced, Zynga will likely be relying on years of Farmville sequels before gambling becomes a major revenue source.The Deathwatch So FarResearch In Motion: Amid Massive losses – more than 11 times worse than expected – the company has reportedly started pitching its long-delayed Blackberry 10 devices to carriers. And rumors are swirling that the company may do a licensing deal – or even a sale – with Samsung.HP: The company reported disappointing earnings last week, with declines in computer and printing revenues – and an $8.9 billion loss on a $10.8 billion writedown. Reports that HP is creating a new division to take another plunge into the consumer tablet market did not reassure anyone.Nokia: The mobile phone giant’s quarterly revenue and earnings exceeded expectations and it has reduced its cash burn rate, but the company lost money yet again and saw its debt ratings cut to junk status. And it still hasn’t cracked the U.S. smartphone market as it halves the retail price of its flagship Lumia 900 to $49.99.38 Studios: No changeBarnes & Noble: No changeSony: No changeGroupon: Groupon’s stock price continues to hit all-time lows as growth slows. T-Mobile USA: The company’s troubles continue to mount, reporting second quarter losses of 557,000 high-value contract customers, and a net loss of 205,000 customers. Netflix: No changeElectronic Arts: No changeBest Buy: After rejecting Richard Schulze’s takeover bid over the weekend, Best Buy hired Hubert Joly as its CEO. Joly is a turnaround mercenary who’s done good work in the past with companies like EDS, but whose primary experience is in the hospitality industry. Best Buy’s stock dropped 7% in an initial response.Motorola Mobility: no change Zynga’s Mafia Wars, Farmville and Bubble Safari are enormously popular pastimes that helped define social/casual gaming. But faced with a changing market and an unpopular leader, can Zynga innovate its way out of the hole it keeps digging for itself?The BasicsZynga’s climb to the top of social gaming didn’t take long. In 2007, Mark Pincus launched the Texas Hold’Em Poker app (now Zynga Poker) on Facebook. Within a year, he had acquired nearly $40 million of venture capital. A year later, Zynga reached 40 million active users on the back of Farmville, and an empire was born. Zynga went public in late 2011, and its stock took off, bolstered by strong performances from games like CityVille, Bubble Safari and Words With Friends. Since it peaked in March 2012 at nearly $15 per share, scandals and missed numbers have driven Zynga’s stock down to just over $3 per share. The company is now fighting to gain back the valuation, reputation and dominance it enjoyed just a few months ago.The ProblemsZynga’s biggest problems break down into four buckets. Some of them are Zynga’s fault, and others aren’t:1. The Brand Problem Mafia Wars has a loyal following. So do Words With Friends, Hidden Chronicles and Pioneer Trail. They’re all Zynga games, but Zynga itself does not command any loyalty. Social gamers are interested in individual game, not the companies producing them. That’s how something like OMGPOP’s Draw Something could come out of nowhere in a matter of days. Draw Something scared Zynga enough to prompt it to buy the company for $180 million. You can only do that so many times before the well runs dry, and hot apps can die as fast as they grow. The only way to stay on top is to keep churning out new hit games. That’s a tough business to maintain and scale.2. The ‘Book Problem Zynga and Facebook are tied together in a very unequal partnership. Sure, Zynga still dominates Facebook’s gaming channel, but there are plenty of other options for gamers, and Facebook is willing to test the waters. When Facebook made non-Zynga games easier to discover, Zynga’s business – and its stock – took a dive.On a recent earnings call, Mark Pincus acknowledged Zynga’s Facebook problem, noting that “getting beyond the Facebook Web footprint through mobile is going to give us more growth opportunities.” In the long run, that may be the case, though monetizing mobile traffic has been notoriously difficult for everyone. In the short term, Zynga has to hang on to as big a piece of the pie as Facebook will let them eat.3. The Bubble Problem Zynga isn’t the only social gaming company that’s disappointed. Electronic Arts’ PopCap acquisition is also starting to look like a bust. Social gaming is here to stay, but it seems tremendously overvalued. Zynga was funded in a bubble, built its expectations in a bubble and now has to meet bubble-sized expectations in a world that’s made a market correction. 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Related Posts 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 4. The Boss Problem Speaking of management, the former wunderkind at the top of the org chart hasn’t made a lot of friends. Despite all his talk about everyone being a CEO, Mark Pincus has always been known as a bit of a control freak. When he was on top of his game, everyone let it slide. Then it got ugly, and so did the public.In late 2010, we heard rumors of stock option clawbacks where Pincus allegedly demanded that certain employees return their options or be fired. Then, when Zynga executives cashed out before the stock tanked (and while everyday employees remained locked up), Pincus became the target of a class-action lawsuit alleging insider trading.Pincus doesn’t seem to care about the common employee, and when you make video games for a living, your employees are your only real asset. That helps competitors to swipe your best talent and makes it really easy to mock you in videos like this one from Kixeye (language not suitable for work):center_img 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Tags:#Deathwatch#gaming#web cormac fosterlast_img read more

Teacher beats up student for not producing Aadhaar card

Posted On Dec 3 2019 by

first_imgA Class V student of a school in Chinchwad was allegedly beaten up by his class teacher for failing to produce his Aadhaar card. The boy sustained severe leg injuries and had to undergo a surgery at a private hospital on October 5. He was discharged on October 16.Case lodgedThe police said that the incident took place late last month and the parents of the victim filed a complaint against the teacher on Monday. The police said that a case has been lodged against K. Kharath, a teacher at MSS High School, which is run by the Moraya Shikshan Sansthan.The parents said the school had launched an Aadhaar-linked mobile application system and Mr. Kharath beat up their son for not producing his Aadhaar card. The parents said their son was repeatedly hit on his lower leg and he did not report the incident out of fear. He later opened up when his mother questioned him about the injuries.Teacher out of town When the parents confronted Mr. Kharath, he denied hitting their son. The parents said a copy of the Aadhaar card had been submitted to the school along with the admission form. The class teacher was also given a copy of the card.The police is yet to question the teacher. A senior police officer of Chinchwad police station said, “We visited the teacher’s house, but he has left the town for the Deepavali break. We don’t know the precise nature of the events as the school is also closed now. We are yet to grill Kharath.”The police have booked a case under Section 324 (voluntarily causing hurt) of the Indian Penal Code, and Section 75 (for cruelty to child) of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection) Act 2015.last_img read more

South Australian’s Selected for Sydney Roosters

Posted On Nov 7 2019 by

first_imgSA Roosters Men’s Open Captain Ferghus Kernahan and SA Roosters Men’s Open Head Coach Dean Philp have been selected in the inaugural Sydney Roosters squad to compete in the second year of the NRL Touch Premiership.The achievement is a significant milestone for Kernahan, who had represented South Australia for eight years at junior level before an ACL injury hampered his initial senior representation. Since recovering, Kernahan has represented South Australia at the annual National Touch League in both T-League and Men’s Open divisions, most recently leading the Men’s Open in their 2019 campaign.“I’m extremely proud to have been selected for the Sydney Roosters and excited to be part of the NRL Touch Premiership,” he said. “Initially, I really just want to enjoy the moment, but I can see this having positive long-terms effects on both my development and the development of Touch Football in South Australia.”Kernahan has also broadened his skillset into coaching, both locally in South Australia and at national events with the South Australian U18 Boys team.Philp is one of two Elite accredited coaches in South Australia and has significant coaching experience at both local and state level, most notably with the South Australian U18 Boys Team, Alliance Cup Men’s Open team and NTL Men’s T-League and Men’s Open team.Philp sees the opportunities that the Sydney Roosters and the NRL Touch Premiership present as invaluable to the development of touch in South Australia:“[Having the] Sydney Roosters in the NRL Touch Premiership is our dream for players in South Australia. We have a very close community where talent and knowledge develop and flow easily,” Philp said. “I’m excited to imagine a future where our juniors can look up to mentors who have made it – and then start the climb towards that dream.”On being selected as the Assistant Coach to the Sydney Roosters, Philp was surprised but thankful for the opportunity: “As a coach I’m here to help others develop their game, teamwork and character. Being part of Sydney Roosters will help me help others get there too.”Kernahan and Philp will take the field with experienced Australian players like Steve Roberts and Stuart Brierty as part of the Sydney Roosters squad, and both are excited about the opportunity this presents to learn valuable lessons on performance and leadership from these phenomenal athletes.When asked who the biggest influences on their Touch Football careers were, Kernahan and Philp had a long list: “Rob Day, Ninh Duong, Michael Sheeky, Mark Jones, Grant Richards, Dave Nolan, Greg Frost, Kelly Rowe and Anthony Grandison have all been key South Australian figures who have contributed immensely to the development of Touch Football in SA.The Sydney Roosters will play the Brisbane Broncos on Adelaide Oval on Friday 28th June, with the match played prior to the Sydney Roosters vs Melbourne Storm NRL fixture.last_img read more

Flyers to host Athletics on Saturday

Posted On Oct 13 2019 by

first_imgPrior to puck-drop, the Flyers will be raising their 2017-2018 NPHL Championship banner.Game time is 8:30 p.m. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Flyers will be taking on the Grande Prairie Athletics this Saturday.Last Saturday, the Flyers played a tight exhibition game as they went on to beat the Dawson Creek Canucks 6-5.The Flyers are looking for another win as they host the Athletics this Saturday at the North Peace Arena.last_img

Libraries closed this weekend

Posted On Sep 17 2019 by

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, October 12, 2016 – The TCI public libraries will be closed this Friday and Saturday due to a workshop and staff meeting being held.  Libraries will reopen on Monday at 8am. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img

WASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON The Latest News From Moulton Markey  Warren

Posted On Sep 11 2019 by

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is the latest news from the offices of Congressman Seth Moulton, Senator Ed Markey, and Senator Elizabeth Warren.Congressman Seth MoultonRecent Press Releases and Statements from Congressman Moulton’s Office:NoneSenator Ed MarkeyRecent Press Releases and Statements from Senator Markey’s Office:Senator Markey: Trump Government Shutdown Has Shut Down Merrimack Valley Gas Disaster Federal InvestigationSenators Markey & Murray Urge FDA To Take Immediate Steps To Ban Menthol Cigarettes Senator Elizabeth WarrenRecent Press Releases and Statements from Senator Warren’s Office:Senator Warren Sworn-In To A Second TermSenator Warren Announces New Staff Leadership For The 116th CongressLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON: The Latest News From Moulton, Markey & WarrenIn “Government”WASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON: The Latest from Moulton, Markey & WarrenIn “Government”WASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON: The Latest News From Moulton, Markey & WarrenIn “Government”last_img read more

Robots to dominate Chinese labor

Posted On Sep 5 2019 by

first_imgRobots to dominate Chinese labor1.2K viewsRobots to dominate Chinese labor1.2K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00Robots to dominate Chinese labor1.2K viewsBusinessRobots taking over China’s factory floors. And by 2017, there will be more in production plants here than in any other country in the world. (SOUNDBITE) (English) REUTERS REPORTER, JANE LANHEE LEE,Ventuno Web Player 4.50Robots taking over China’s factory floors. And by 2017, there will be more in production plants here than in any other country in the world. (SOUNDBITE) (English) REUTERS REPORTER, JANE LANHEE LEE,last_img read more