first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University men’s basketball team has signed a pair of guards in Teyvion Kirk and Tai Bibbs to National Letters of Intent for the 2017-18 season, head coach Ray Giacoletti announced on Wednesday, Nov. 9.Kirk is a 6-3 point guard from Joliet, Ill., attending Joliet West High School. Kirk is a consensus top-20 prospect in Illinois for the class of 2017 and a top-five ranked point guard. After helping his high school team to a 21-10 record last season including the Class 4A sectional title, the team has earned a preseason ranking in the top 5 for this upcoming season in the state of Illinois.”Teyvion will bring a competitive edge and attitude to this program from his first day on campus,” Giacoletti said. “He is a pure, pass-first point guard who relishes in making others around him better. He plays with a tremendous basketball IQ and he will have the unique ability to impact the game on both ends of the court.”Kirk is one of five NCAA Division I players to come from the AAU All-In Young & Reckless team. Playing in the NY2LA Association, the team is recognized nationally and ranked as a top 5 AAU program in the state of Illinois.Bibbs, a 6-2 guard from West Chicago, Ill., is ranked alongside Kirk as one of the top-five senior guards in the state and is also a top-20 prospect in Illinois.Playing for West Chicago High School, Bibbs helped his team to a 22-7 record last year to win the school’s first basketball conference title in its 113-year existence. He was named first-team all-conference for his contributions and was also named the MVP of the West Chicago Thanksgiving Tournament and to the all-tournament team of the prestigious DeKalb Holiday Tournament.”Tai comes to Drake with a limitless amount of potential and God given talent,” Giacoletti said. “He is a relentless hard worker both on and off the basketball court. That is exemplified with his basketball accomplishments on top of his 4.0 GPA. Tai is capable of playing both guard positions and possesses the ability to defend multiple players by using his long frame and versatility.”Kirk and Bibbs will join a roster that is only slated to lose one senior heading into the 2017-18 season. The current edition of the Bulldogs is set to begin their season on Friday, Nov. 11, when they host South Dakota in the Knapp Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 8:35 p.m. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

first_img23 March 2006South African business owners report a 19 percentage point increase in the importance of black economic empowerment (BEE) in winning business, according to consulting firm Grant Thornton’s International Business Owners Survey 2006.According to Grant Thornton, 70% of South African business owners interviewed in the 2006 survey indicated that black empowerment was a key issue for them in winning business – up from 61% in 2005 and 51% in 2003.The annual survey tracks the trends and opinions of some 7 000 business owners in 30 countries. In South Africa, the survey was conducted by Research Surveys among 300 business owners employing between 50 and 250 staff.The survey indicates that business owner opinion on the importance of BEE is on the rise across all regions and business sectors in the country.In Gauteng, 73% of respondents reported that BEE was an issue in winning business, followed by 72% in Durban, 67% in Cape Town and 59% in East London and Port Elizabeth combined.In the construction sector, 91% of business owners indicated that their BEE status was having a significant impact on gaining new clients (up from 72% in 2005), followed by 69% of business owners in the retail sector (54% in 2005), 78% in the service industry (71% in 2005) and 56% in manufacturing (51% in 2005).When business owners were asked whether their business was aligned to any BEE charter or scorecard, 66% responded positively.More broad-based approachAccording to Grant Thornton, South African business owners also seem to be adopting a more broad-based approach to BEE, with 63% of respondents identifying skills development and 67% identifying employment equity as “very important” aspects of their BEE strategy.This compared with 53% for the ownership aspect of BEE, 49% for the management aspect and 46% for affirmative procurement.“It is encouraging that, increasingly, business owners are shifting their focus away from only addressing equity ownership as part of their BEE strategy and incorporating broad-based empowerment structures,” Grant Thornton’s Lee-Anne Bac said in a statement.“What these results reflect is that business owners are focusing on developing and grooming people to move up the ranks, which is in line with the whole BEE rationale.”In spite of this, Bac said, there was “still a misunderstanding that ownership is the only aspect of BEE, with mid-sized businesses still feeling pressure from their clients to comply with the ownership aspects of BEE scorecards.”SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest There was 1 day suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending April 2, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Soil conditions have been too wet for planting and field work in most areas, but some spring tillage, burndown, anhydrous applications, and topdressing of wheat was possible on lighter soils. Soil temperatures are higher than normal due to the mild winter. Wheat is doing well despite a few reports of winter damage. It is too early to tell if recent frost will have a negative effect on the fruit crop.This is the first weekly crop and weather report for the 2017 season. A series of weekly crop progress reports will be published each Monday at 4:00 p.m. EST throughout the crop season.These reports will cover planting and harvesting activities, crop development, weather data, and timely crop management information provided by farmers, USDA, and Ohio State University experts. For the earliest possible access, look for these reports on the internet shortly after the 4:00 P.M. release time.To see the full report, click here.last_img read more

first_imgAT&T’s announcement that it will begin offering mobile tethering to additional devices for a fee but will stop offering unlimited data plans to new customers is being called cynical and anti-consumer. But the cap is 2 GB a month, with extra GB available for an extra $10 if you go over. Are you concerned this will be a problem?“The announcement comes at a time,” media watchdog Free Press said in a statement today, “when the company’s investments as a percentage of its revenues are steadily declining, indicating that AT&T is choosing to manage scarcity and ration its network, rather than build to meet users’ needs.” But do users need more than 2 GB a month? You can see how much data you use by going into your AT&T account and looking at “past activity.” I’m willing to bet you fall far below 2 GB of monthly data usage. But what about a future of live video streaming to and from mobile devices, video chat and unforeseeable data-intensive innovations? All video delivered all over the web? If it’s going to be a data-intensive, mobile and real-time future – it may be time to crank up our expectations and capacity – not limit data available to consumers.Free Press Policy Counsel M. Chris Riley issued the following statement, which intuitively sounds pretty compelling:“While AT&T asserts that its high-end 2 GB cap will only impact the heaviest users, the fact is that today’s heavy user is tomorrow’s average user. Internet overcharging schemes like the one AT&T proposes will discourage innovative new uses and stifle healthy growth in the mobile broadband economy. It is price gouging for AT&T to charge the low-end users $15 per 200 MB, and to charge $20 for tethering capability even if no additional capacity is used. This pricing system is clearly divorced from the actual underlying cost of service.“If there was true competition in the U.S. mobile market, providers would invest in their networks to keep pace with consumer demand, removing the need to implement usage-based pricing plans. The fact that AT&T can introduce an Internet overcharging scheme that bears no resemblance to the cost of operating the network, despite constant complaints about the network’s quality, further demonstrates that our wireless markets are not competitive. Unfortunately, until the FCC takes seriously the need to promote meaningful competition in the wireless industry, Americans will continue to face a market of high prices and poor service.“This pricing ploy further illustrates why we need the FCC to put an end to the anti-consumer practice of handset exclusivity. For the wireless market to be competitive, consumers must be free to choose both devices and services, and take their devices to any compatible network.” Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts What do you think? Do you think this is an anti-competitive blow against the future, or do you think a 2 GB limit is just fine for now? Please share your thoughts.Update: For really excellent coverage of this, see Gigaom today.Photo by Flickr user magerleagues. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#mobile#web marshall kirkpatrick The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

first_imgBreak the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle… David Curry Related Posts IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A…center_img For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Chinese search giant Baidu announced on Wednesday that it has open sourced its self-driving technology, through a new project named Apollo.Automakers will be able to look at reference designs for self-driving sensors and use Baidu’s software, which includes a cloud data service to transmit 3D maps and traffic updates to the car.See Also: Hackers tried to steal Chinese search giant’s autonomous trade secretsThe announcement a few months after Baidu ended a self-driving partnership with BMW, who then went on to partner with Intel and Mobileye.Baidu has not said how it plans to finance the open source platform, but the addition of a cloud service sounds like one way. Automakers might also be forced to use Baidu as the default search engine, similar to how all Android manufacturers are forced to pre-install Google services.Automakers will be able to download the platform come July, but it will only be for “restricted environment” driving. At the end of the year, the platform will open to self-driving programs on public roads.Baidu is aiming for self-driving cars on public roads by 2020. It has been working on the technology for two years now.“An open, innovative industry ecosystem initiated by Baidu will accelerate the development of autonomous driving in the US and other developed automotive markets,” said Baidu CEO, Qi Lu.The move takes aim at Google, which has always made its services free to the public and operators. It may force the U.S. search giant to respond, especially if Google wants any chance of succeeding with the tech in China.Google’s self-driving division, Waymo, has not said how it plans to commercialize its technology. Tags:#autonomous vehicles#Baidu#BMW#driverless cars#featured#Self-Driving#top last_img read more

first_imgAbsconding Uttar Pradesh policewoman Laxmi Singh Chauhan, accused of embezzling ₹70 lakh, surrendered in an anti-corruption court in Meerut on Thursday along with constable Dheeraj Bhardwaj, who was allegedly her accomplice.Ms. Chauhan was on the run for more than a month and according to local sources used every possible ‘connection’ to steer clear of the charges. The surrender came after the Allahabad High Court rejected her appeal for anticipatory bail and the U.P. Police declared an award of ₹25,000 each on her and seven accomplices. The process of attachment of their properties had also started.Hailed as ‘Lady Singham’ for her presence on social media, Ms. Chauhan was posted as SHO at Link Road police station in Ghaziabad when she embezzled ₹70 lakh while solving, ironically, a case of embezzlement. According to the police, on April 22, CMS Info System company lodged an FIR of stealing money meant to be loaded in ATMs across the city against its employee Rajiv Sachan. The company claimed that Mr Sachan stole a sum of ₹75.50 lakhs. During recovery on September 24, when the accused was arrested with an accomplice, the amount was found to be ₹1.15 crore but Ms. Chauhan showed only ₹45,81,500 as the recovered amount. Later, a CCTV footage showed Ms. Chauhan allegedly transferring a ‘bag’ from a government vehicle to her private car. Raid at residenceOn September 27, a team led by the then SP (City), Shlok Kumar, raided her residence and recovered ₹1.12 lakh and a bag of CMS Info System from there. Soon, Sudhir Kumar Singh, Senior Superintendent of Police, Ghaziabad, suspended her and a case under Section 409 of the IPC and the Prevention of Corruption Act was registered against her and seven constables.last_img read more

first_img “I am in the NCP and shall always be in the NCP and @PawarSpeaks Saheb is our leader. Our BJP-NCP alliance shall provide a stable Government in Maharashtra for the next five years which will work sincerely for the welfare of the State and its people,” Mr. Ajit Pawar’s tweet said. He added: “There is absolutely no need to worry, all is well. However a little patience is required. Thank you very much for all your support.”Sensing that the statement would create confusion among the party ranks and also with the allies Congress and Shiv Sena, the NCP president responded: “There is no question of forming an alliance with @BJP4Maharashtra. NCP has unanimously decided to ally with @ShivSena & @INCMaharashtra to form the government. Shri Ajit Pawar’s statement is false and misleading in order to create confusion and false perception among the people.”Other NCP leaders too jumped in to sort out the confusion. Party’s State unit president Jayant Patil said Mr. Ajit Pawar is the founder member of the NCP and all party leaders have grown under the shadow of Mr. Sharad Pawar. “However Sharad Pawar has decided to not join hands with the BJP which is in the interests of Maharashtra. We expect him [Ajit Pawar] to return respecting the decision,” he said. However, the latter’s return to the NCP mainstream seems highly unlikely after his series of tweets thanking leaders of the BJP for their congratulations on in his role as the deputy CM of Maharashtra, after joining hands with the BJP.Mr. Ajit Pawar went on tweeting spree from thanking Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah to all the Union Ministers. “Thank you Hon. Prime Minister @narendramodi ji. We will ensure a stable government that will work hard for the welfare of the people of Maharashtra,” he tweeted.He also thanked BJP president Union Home Minister Amit Shah, union ministers Nitin Gadkari, Rajnath singh, Smriti Irani, Piyush Goyal along with BJP’s national working president J.P. Nadda.Mr. Pawar’s response to the BJP indicate that all attempts from the NCP to bring him back to the party have failed and he has decided to stay firm with his stand to rebel. Earlier in the day, Mr. Jayant Patil and senior leader Dilip Walse-Patil held a meeting with him at his Mumbai residence. Both the leaders left the house without speaking to the media which was an indication that the meeting was unsuccessful. His nephew and NCP MLA Rohit Pawar too on Sunday morning had written an emotional post on social media site appealing him to come back. A day after he was sworn in as Maharashtra’s Deputy Chief Minister in the wake of his joining hands with the BJP and ditching his Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Ajit Pawar was locked in a Twitter war with his uncle and party president Sharad Pawar on Sunday.The first tweet came from Mr. Ajit Pawar in the evening saying he would always remain with the NCP and sought patience until future developments unfold, calling Mr. Sharad Pawar his leader. He also claimed that the new government will be of the BJP and the NCP.Mr. Sharad Pawar, however, dismissed these claims, saying there was no question of forming a government with the BJP, adding his nephew’s tweet was false and misleading.I am in the NCP and shall always be in the NCP and @PawarSpeaks Saheb is our leader.Our BJP-NCP alliance shall provide a stable Government in Maharashtra for the next five years which will work sincerely for the welfare of the State and its people.— Ajit Pawar (@AjitPawarSpeaks) November 24, 2019 There is absolutely no need to worry, all is well. However a little patience is required. Thank you very much for all your support.— Ajit Pawar (@AjitPawarSpeaks) November 24, 2019 last_img read more

27 Nov / 2019

Perfect match

first_imgThe pout in the mirror is distracting, the lips stained the colour of fresh strawberries. A longstemmed glass of white wine balances precariously on the edge of the sink as its owner throws her glossy, platinum mane back, impatiently clicks her smooth, creamy heels and gives her rock a quick,The pout in the mirror is distracting, the lips stained the colour of fresh strawberries. A longstemmed glass of white wine balances precariously on the edge of the sink as its owner throws her glossy, platinum mane back, impatiently clicks her smooth, creamy heels and gives her rock a quick dekko in the mirror.She then saunters out of the non-descript restroom at SW19 and prepares to enjoy a spectacle like none other. She is an A-lister and has a seat in the Royal Box at Wimbledon. Here the game is as much about the celebrity quotient as it is about the two fiery contestants- Federer and Djokovic, who are preparing to battle it out for the men’s title. To go to Wimbledon means doing it as the English look book dictates; if you have a ticket to view one of the big games on centre court you must obviously play the part.The sun-streaked grey swings crisscross patterns across the bare, tanned shoulders of the rich and famous as they turn up in their Sunday best. The Royal Box is being given the once over by Vogue’s formidable Anna Wintour as she pulls the lapel of her python-print coat close together. A Cartier-clasped wrist is raised to the mouth in awe as Federer serves an ace. The Duchess of Cambridge’s Givenchy glares reflect the mood of the moment. Every year, this is where royalty happily rubs shoulders with Hollywood, other athletes, musicians and anybody who is anybody. Here at Wimbledon, sport and excess hook up to create the year’s biggest ‘It’ event that is a serious crowd puller. When Wimbledon arrives in England, you know the season has turned. The smell of cut grass, the promise of strawberries fresh from Kent and sunshine, bare feet, fancy hats, red-soled heels, shorts, Burberry, wine-all the trappings of an extraordinary British summer.advertisementAnd chasing the Wimbledon dream is a brand that’s the official wine of the tournament: Jacob’s Creek. Bringing a touch of Australian whimsy and lassitude to the game for four years running, it represents a perfect marriage between the two. Wine spitzers line a neat tray waiting to be picked up as we make our way into the Jacob’s Creek hospitality marquee before the game. We are pleased as punch as the hint of wine, crushed ice and sweetness hits our throat. Much like the event, the wine brings about a sense of freedom and indulgence and depending on who’s drinking it, plays all tunes going from Bohemian rhapsody to Tchaikovsky. Versatility defines this wine and the game.The special ‘all white’ edition Wimbledon wine has lined the shelves at supermarkets across Britain in the run up to the game and is a worthy piece of memorabilia; it also helps that it tastes so darn good. Made from grapes grown in Australia’s Barossa valley, the chardonnay is easy on the tongue, its velvety fragrance reminiscent of the valley. Its pale straw hue with flecks of green is also the best accompaniment to strawberries and cream that have come to be regarded as one of Wimbledon’s rituals and a symbol of all that’s quintessentially English. The chardonnay works well if you want to taste some sunshine while sitting courtside but if the allure of the red is greater, the shiraz is an eager pleaser without being too rich or heavy. It has tasting notes of spicy berry, hints of dark chocolate and decadence. We are also served an elegant Wimbledon blend to be enjoyed at the marquee exclusively-sharp and sweet on the tongue with a touch of acidity, it offsets the well-curated meal. The wine sparkles like a bauble, the bubbles fraught with pre-game excitement and nerves.Jacob’s Creek wine maker takes us on a quick journey from vineyard to glass as we tuck into the goodness of flaky salmon and toffee cheesecake. We go the entire range from the red Sangiovese to the 2011 Reserve Barossa Shiraz which is a hit with many diners. The 2012 Reserve Reisling and the 2013 Fiano lead the whites but I am smitten by the Wimbledon blend which has the right amount of sparkle. The meal polished off, we make our way to our seats to watch the nail-biter unfold. Wimbledon is all things English and the dapper crowds are some of the more restrained cheer parties I have ever encountered.Silence and hushed moans of disappointment aside, the spectators measure their passion in wine-sized glasses and are never unruly. Halfway through the third set when it looks like all is lost for Federer, a round of Jacob’s Creek wine coolers is passed around, glasses iced to the rim and filled with wine and elderflower. The drink eases the blow and ignites some summer loving. It is evident that the brand has found a comfortable spot in England. Four years into its association with Wimbledon, it is equally at home in the Royal Box as the stands outside where picnic baskets laden with the choicest goodies are chased by a glass or two of this Australian delight.advertisementAs Federer turns away desolate after Djokovic is crowned king, we head to the marquee for our last hurrah. An English tea of scones, clotted cream, strawberries and bite-size sandwiches await us. I automatically reach for the crimson JC instead of Earl Grey, the shiraz rounding off the day in a way tea cannot hope to emulate. The agony and ecstasy of Wimbledon.last_img read more

first_imgzoom Switzerland-headquartered Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) plans to enhance its New Kiwi Service operating between Australia, New Caledonia and New Zealand, by adding a new port of call into Bell Bay, Tasmania. The New Kiwi Service has been running in its current format since February 2015, with fixed weekly port calls into Bell Bay.The company is now offering two fixed port calls in Bell Bay each week and the service is linking Tasmania directly to Noumea and New Zealand.The first vessel to call at Bell Bay via the upgraded service will be the 2005-built boxship Malte Rambow on December 8, 2016.The port rotation of the New Kiwi Service will be as follows, with round trip transit times remaining unchanged: Sydney, Brisbane (Australia), Noumea (New Caledonia), Tauranga, Auckland (New Zealand), Bell Bay, Melbourne, Bell Bay, Sydney (Australia).Image Courtesy: MSClast_img read more