Bok victory seals a sporting weekend

first_imgBok stalwarts: Saturday’s match against the Wallabies marked the 50th cap for both Jannie du Plessis and Morné Steyn. Photo: SA Rugby By Anne Taylor30 September 2013It was a great sporting  weekend for South Africa – Ernie Els had a cracker of a round at St Andrews putting him in contention to win the Dunhill Classic, cyclist Louis Meintjes raced to a silver medal in the under-23 road race at the UCI World Championships in  Italy – and, best of all, the Springboks beat the Australians 28-8 in a thrilling match at Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday.The All Blacks won against Argentina, setting up the final between the world’s two best teams on Saturday (October 5) at Ellis Park in Johannesburg. The Springboks will need to beat the All Blacks and score a bonus point, without conceding one, to win the Rugby Championship.“A few things we have worked on that worked, this is a special bunch of players, really hungry to do well for their country,” coach Heyneke Meyer said after the match. “We don’t play on emotion, but focus on task at hand. We are in with a chance to win championship, and are where we wanted to be.”The last time the Aussies won at the Newlands rugby stadium in Cape Town was in 1992. Saturday’s game was also the Springboks’ 50th test at Newlands, the first ground in South Africa to host the national team 50 times. And it was Morné du Plessis and Jannie du Plessis’ 50th game. Du Plessis and his brother Bismarck became the first South African siblings to achieve 50 caps a piece.Read the match report on SA.info: Bok win sets up showdown vs NZlast_img read more

Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part shortlisted for international award

first_imgJohannesburg, Tuesday 22 September 2015 – Brand South Africa’s flagship domestic programme aimed at building pride and patriotism, Play Your Part, has been shortlisted for the internationally distinguished City Nation Place Awards within the Citizen Engagement category.Speaking about this nomination, Brand South Africa’s Chief Marketing Officer, Ms Sithembile Ntombela said, “Citizens are a critical driver of a country’s reputation and this is manifest in, amongst others, their pride and patriotism in promoting the nation brand. Brand South Africa therefore prioritises citizens as a pillar of our national engagement strategy and we therefore welcome this nomination.”The City Nation Place Awards were launched to celebrate and benchmark excellence in place branding with shortlisted entries have demonstrated a combination of creativity, intelligence and effective strategic planning to deliver results in each of the categories. Brand South Africa is competing against 5 other participants from the United Kingdom, Ireland and the United States of America in the Citizen Engagement category.The City Nation Place awards consist of 4 main categories namely, the Best Citizen Engagement Awards; the Best Communication Strategy; the Best Use of Social Media; as well as the Place Brand of the Year. The final judging for the Awards will take place at the City Nation Place Forum in November, which will bring together delegates from around the world to focus on the challenges they face as they work to build a competitive identity for their place.Why Play Your Part?Brand South Africa, is mandated to position South Africa as a globally competitive inward destination. This cannot be achieved without the collective efforts of all citizens in the country. Brand South Africa therefore needed to find efficient and impactful ways to drive meaningful engagement with South African communities in the quest towards nation-building and social cohesion.To achieve this, Brand South Africa launched the Play Your Part programme – a nationwide social movement created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa. The campaign is targeted at all South Africans – from corporates to individuals, non-profit organisations, to government, youth platforms and young to not so young.The Play Your Part initiative aims to encourage South Africans to use some of their time, money, skills or goods to contribute to a better future for all. Ultimately the end result is for every South African to do what is within their capacity to make a positive difference in the communities in which they live and operate. This kind of active citizenship, aligned to the country’s national priorities as outlined in the National Development Plan, will drive the implementation of the nation’s Vision 2030.Follow the conversation on @Brand_SA #CompetitiveSAlast_img read more

NIAA coming to Columbus April 3-7

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 2017 National Institute for Animal Agriculture Annual Conference agenda April 3 to April 6, 2017 in Columbus is focusing on the globalization of food production with a prominent line–up of industry, academic and policy experts.“No matter what business you are in, you have to realize we are in a more global marketplace than we have ever been,” said NIAA Annual Conference speaker, Mark McCully, VP Production, Certified Angus Beef. “With the speed of communications, and the transparency necessary today, we need to think globally starting right now. U.S. agriculture, being a traditional industry, has perhaps not thought big enough in the past. The NIAA Annual Conference will put a spotlight on this issue.”McCully will present during the Wednesday, April 5, 2017 general session. He says his organization gives him insight into both the producer and consumer points of view.“Certified Angus Beef is producer–owned and governed by a board of ranchers as a not–for–profit brand, with a mission of increasing the demand for our cattlemen. So, we have a producer vantage point, but we have succeeded by focusing on the perception of our consumer,” McCully said. “What does the consumer want and what will they pay for? That has been the business model for Certified Angus Beef. It is all about adjusting to what the consumer is saying. That consumer could be in Japan, Atlanta, or the Middle East. They all have different preferences, and they all create demand for U.S. cattle.’”McCully’s presentation is titled “One Billion Pounds and International Trade.” The one billion pounds refers to exceeding sales of one billion pounds of Certified Angus Beef brand product in 2016, a milestone of growth for the brand. Looking toward the next billion pounds, McCully says there is room for tremendous U.S. growth, but there is also a demand for grain–fed high quality Certified Angus Beef® products around the world.“We are looking at the new middle class, even an emerging upper class as some of these countries grow economically. They want high quality protein which is where a premium brand like ours comes in.”If global business for the brand is roughly 15% today, McCully said “That is going to have to grow as we think of what two billion pounds of sales looks like.”This is the first NIAA Annual Conference for McCully and he says he applauds the work of the organization. “They are providing a forum for important topics, creating a dialog and an opportunity for experiences to be shared. That, according to McCully, is where progress happens. “Collectively, it might just stretch our thinking,” he said.After the Annual Conference closes, NIAA will host an added forum on April 6, on animal well–being,” Animal Care Standards – How Laws, Company Commitments, and Public Perception Have Changed the Landscape.”Registration and a pre–conference Ag Tour will be offered on April 3. The event is at the Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel.For agenda information and speakers, go to the NIAA website, www.animalagriculture.org.last_img read more

Correcting compaction infractions below the surface

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Dusty Sonnenberg, CCA, Ohio Field LeaderIt will come as no surprise to farmers that compaction issues will play a role in the future productivity of their fields after the last two growing seasons. Across Ohio, 2018 finished with a wet harvest with many farmers unintentionally committing compaction “infractions.” The equally wet spring of 2019 did not help heal the already injured soil profile, and in some areas, the fall of 2019 was also a challenge. Soil structure was severely damaged by multiple passes of heavy harvest and planting equipment. While many farmers attempt to follow controlled traffic patterns, it is not always practical when the weather only allows for brief windows of opportunity for field work.This scenario was a text book example for both topsoil and subsoil compaction to occur according to research conducted by Randall Reeder, Ohio State University emeriti and Sjoerd Duiker, Penn State Soil Specialist. Their work has found farm equipment with high axle loads on wet soil causes compaction in both the topsoil and subsoil. This is exactly what occurred in a number of fields in Ohio since the fall of 2018. The research also revealed that low axle loads will cause compaction in the topsoil and only the upper part of the subsoil. Contrary to popular belief, deep subsoil compaction can only partially be alleviated with subsoilers. Freezing/thawing and drying/wetting cycles have been shown not to eliminate deep subsoil compaction. Deep subsoil compaction is permanent according to the research findings. The recommendation is that deep subsoil compaction should be avoided at all costs. In a sense, the only good way to eliminate it is by not creating it in the first place. Unfortunately, many farmers realize that with the limited windows of opportunity we have experienced recently, avoiding field work in those conditions is not a realistic option. More information can be found at https://extension.psu.edu/avoiding-soil-compaction“Compaction was a huge issue this year,” said Elizabeth Hawkins, OSU Extension, Agronomic Systems Field Specialist.Hawkins coordinates the field-scale on-farm research for the The Ohio State University Extension Digital Ag Program known as eFields. This program is dedicated to advancing production agriculture through the use of field-scale research. The program is committed to completing research and extension activities regarding soil compaction. The program has a strong focus on researching pinch row compaction from planters (tracked vs. wheeled tractor and planter configurations), and investigating the potential of utilizing smaller equipment to limit loading while maintaining efficiency and profitability. More information can be found at https://digitalag.osu.edu/precision-ag/research-focuses/soil-compaction-management“Precision U will have a session on Jan. 8, 2020 focusing specifically on mitigating the compaction issue,” she said.Precision University is a program hosted by The Ohio State University and the Digital Ag Program to help farmers make better management decisions. This specific program will help those in attendance learn how to minimize compaction and maximize soil productivity from industry and academic experts. More information and to register go to https://digitalag.osu.edu/events/precision-university-2020To share more information, the Ohio State University Extension, Agronomic Crops Network, Agronomy and Farm Management Podcast has an episode available specifically dealing with compaction. Episode 37 focuses on soil compaction. The extremely wet fall in 2018 and spring in 2019 led to field operations needing to be conducted even when soil conditions were not ideal increasing the risk of soil compaction occurring. Scott Shearer sits down to talk about soil compaction, what it is, the causes, how to avoid it, and how to mitigate it. To listen or learn about the podcast, visit go.osu.edu/AFM.last_img read more

Microsoft’s Complaint Against Android In Europe Is All Kinds Of Stupid

first_imgGoogle releases Android’s kernel and base code to the public, for free. If a manufacturer doesn’t want to include Google services in their Android hardware, it’s free to ignore Google’s requirements for accessing Google Play.That’s exactly what Amazon did with the Kindle Fire. You cannot access Google Play or other Google apps from Amazon Android products. According to research by The Guardian, around a quarter of all Android devices shipped do not use Google services (mostly sold in China, where Google’s search service is banned). Facebook’s new “Home” skin allows Facebook to monetize consumer data while also allowing access to Google services.Samsung and its new Galaxy S4 (pictured above) also de-emphasize Google apps in favor of Samsung’s own apps. That doesn’t mean that Samsung has cut Google out of the equation (though it could, theoretically), but it has gone in its own direction in terms of how it’s deployed Google’s open source mobile operating system. It should be noted that the leader in the anti-Google Pitchfork Brigade is Microsoft. This is a company that has twice been hammered by governments (the U.S. and the European Commission) for abusing monopoly power stemming from its Windows operating system to shut out competing products such as browsers or streaming media players.By contrast, while Google does push its own apps, it also allows competitors to those same apps in its Play store. For instance, if you don’t want Chrome for your browser, you can easily download Firefox, Dolphin, Opera or a variety of other browsers. Google is not locking its users into its own experience. Facebook Home This Has Nothing To Do With Fair SearchYou would think that an organization called Fair Search would, you know, be about search. The complaint barely mentions search at all. This is about money… not freedom of information.From the complaint:Google’s anti-competitive strategy to dominate the mobile marketplace and cement its control over consumer Internet data for online advertising as usage shifts to mobile.“Cement its control over consumer Internet data and for online advertising.” That has little to do with consumers rights, wants or privileges. It has everything to do with Microsoft, Nokia, Oracle and its cohorts’ declining businesses.This is about smartphone and tablet sales. The complaint with the European Commission is a sideways slap at Google without taking the real issue — share of handset market share — head on. Nobody put a gun to the heads of mobile carrier and manufacturer executives and told them they had to use Android. Even if they you take the issue of access to Google Play into account, that is a service that Google has every right to set requirements to use. How is this anti-competitive?Just because Google built a popular product that is easy to build, easy to distribute and many manufacturers and partners have willingly decided to use that product, how does that make Google an anti-competitive monopoly in the mobile business?Europe vs. United StatesThis type of complaint would never fly in the United States. Google could very easily point to Amazon and say, “look, we just give this thing away and people can do want they want with it. We think consumers get extra value if they want Google services and we set requirements for their use.”FairSearch has already come after Google in the U.S. It logged complaints with the Federal Trade Commission targeting Google’s acquisition of Boston-based travel search engine ITA along with concerns over its AdWords keyword advertising engine tied to search results. In January 2013, after a 19-month investigation, the FTC basically exonerated Google of wrongdoing and chastised it about how it licenses patents. The European Commission has not been quite so forgiving. The EC has come down against Google over privacy concerns and is currently investigating the company, based on a FairSearch complaint, over privacy and antitrust concerns with its browser. European officials have show more willingness to put the hammer down on supposed monopolistic activities than its American counterparts.It should also be noted that Android does not have the dominance in the U.S. like it does in other parts of the world. Here, it’s embroiled in an epic fight with Apple’s iPhone for the top spot among American consumers. In Europe, Google can point to Apple dominance in the U.S. as an example of how competitors can achieve success by being smart and having superior product. Top picture: Motorola Razr M by Dan Rowinski What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … What happens when a new company comes into your market, drives down prices, iterates better and faster and ends up kicking your butt around the room and taking all of your customers?Well, you sue them, of course. That is what a coalition of companies under the moniker FairSearch.org has been doing to Google for the past several years. Its members include bitter rivals like Microsoft, Oracle, Nokia, Expedia and TripAdvisor that have long complained that Google has a monopoly on search, online data and advertising.Now, FairSearch is going after Google’s Android mobile operating system with a new complaint to the European Commission. The claim? Because Android is free, it creates uncompetitive pricing in the mobile market and also that Google creates has unfair practices by “making” its partner manufacturers use Google services like Gmail, Talk, Maps and the Play app and media store to use Android.This Is All Kinds Of StupidFrom FairSearch’s complaint:“Google is using its Android mobile operating system as a ‘Trojan Horse’ to deceive partners, monopolize the mobile marketplace, and control consumer data,” said Thomas Vinje, Brussels-based counsel to the FairSearch coalition. “We are asking the Commission to move quickly and decisively to protect competition and innovation in this critical market. Failure to act will only embolden Google to repeat its desktop abuses of dominance as consumers increasingly turn to a mobile platform dominated by Google’s Android operating system.”Android currently makes up about 70% of the world’s smartphone shipments.  Tags:#Android#Google#Microsoft#Windows Phone Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Let’s get a couple of pertinent issues out of the way. First, Android is free. This we know. Microsoft charges a license for Windows Phone, the same way it used to charge a “per seat” license for manufacturers to build the Windows PC operating system. Google, meanwhile, imposes some restrictions on its official partners (like Samsung, LG or HTC), saying that if they want access to the Google Play Android app store, they must also give tools and services like YouTube, Talk, Maps and the Chrome browser top billing.center_img dan rowinski Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts last_img read more

Akali Dal to contest Assembly elections in Haryana

first_imgThe BJP’s ally, the Shiromani Akali Dal, on Tuesday declared that it would contest the upcoming Assembly elections in Haryana.A meeting of the core committee of the party held here presided by SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal also passed a resolution saying regional languages serve as an inalienable symbol of the rich multi-cultural character of our federal and democratic polity.Spokesperson Harcharan Singh Bains said the party had decided to hold a workers’ meeting in Kurukshetra on September 22 to screen candidates interested in contesting the elections. “Interested candidates had already been asked to submit their applications by September 22.” Mr. Bains said a committee headed by senior leader Sardar Balwinder Singh Bhunder would hold negotiations with the BJP on seat-sharing in the polls which are due next month.The core committee also passed two special resolutions. “In one, the SAD urged the government of India to order an immediate release of all Sikh prisoners languishing in different jails throughout the country despite having served their stipulated sentence. In the other, it reiterated its strong and principled commitment to the perseverance and promotion of the Punjabi language. The party firmly believes that throughout the country the regional languages serve as inalienable symbol of the rich multi-cultural character of our federal and democratic polity,” said Mr. Bains.last_img read more

Support pours in for protesting Honda workers

first_imgSeveral trade unions on Wednesday expressed solidarity with contractual workers of Honda Motorcycles and Scooters India (HMSI) Private Limited on the second day of their protest against the dismissal of over 200 workers.The company, meanwhile, announced to shut “B” and “C” shifts at its Manesar Sector 3 plant from Thursday saying that it was difficult to run all three shifts due to the protest. Shift “C” remained shut on Wednesday as well.Intervention soughtCentre of Indian Trade Union (Haryana) president Satvir Singh told The Hindu that the Trade Union Council (TUC), a conglomeration of all trade unions in Gurugram and Rewari, had submitted a memorandum to Gurugram Deputy Commissioner Amit Khatri seeking his intervention for an amicable solution. The memorandum warned that the situation could escalate and disturb peace in other companies as well.Besides Mr. Singh, All-India Trade Union Congress Haryana deputy general secretary Anil Panwar; Maruti Udhyog Kamgaar Union general secretary Kuldeep Janghu; and Hind Majdoor Sabha Gurugram secretary V.S. Yadav, were also part of the delegation.Extending support to the Honda workers, Bellsonica Auto Component India Employees Union vice-president Ajit Singh said that more than 75,000 workers were rendered jobless in Gurugram industrial area alone on the pretext of economic slowdown. He alleged that it was a conspiracy hatched by big industrialists in collusion with the government to lay-off permanent workers and hire labour at cheaper rates in violation of the labour laws.Later, the members of the TUC along with several hundreds of workers from different automotive companies, including Maruti Suzuki, Napino, Munjal and Shivam Autos, gathered outside the Manesar plant of Honda to express solidarity with the protesting workers. While around 2,000 contractual workers are on a continuous dharna inside the plant since Tuesday hampering production, the affected workers are holding a simultaneous sit-in outside company premises. The plant has around 1,800 permanent workers and 2,500 contractual workers.HMIS Employees’ Union president Suresh Gaur said talks with the management had been inconclusive since the company was not willing to take back the sacked workers.Deputy Labour Commissioner Ajay Pal said the contractor had offered to settle the legal dues of the dismissed workers or help them secure jobs elsewhere or asked them to wait for the market situation to improve as part of solution, but the workers rejected all the three offers and instead sought compensation over and above their legal dues. “Since the contractual workers don’t have an elected leader, they have been told to discuss among themselves and come up with the mutually agreed compensation amount. The talks would continue on Thursday,” said Mr. Pal.last_img read more

Andre Villas Boas Chelsea’s new manager

first_imgAll eyes are on Blues’ New Manager. The English Premier League runners up Chelsea officially unveiled their new manager Andre Villas Boas.  The former Porto manager was handed a three-year contract that starts with immediate effect on a reported contract of five-million pounds sterling a year.  It’s not the first time though that Boas will be working at Stamford Bridge having assisted Jose Mourinho during his time at the club.  Fresh from guiding Portuguese giants FC Porto to domestic league and Europa League titles, his first task will be to decide at what stage the team – featuring ageing stars like Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba and John Terry – needs to be dismantled and rebuilt. The man often compared to his former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is hoping to bring some much-needed dynamism to a club that failed to land any silverware last season.For more News, click here.last_img read more

Blue Eagles roll past Green Spikers; Falcons outlast Tigers

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MANILA, Philippines—Ateneo had a Sunday cruise after dismantling De La Salle in three sets, 25-23, 25-22, 25-15, in the UAAP Season 81 men’s volleyball tournament Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.Tony Koyfmann had 15 points to lead the Blue Eagles while Chumason Njigha and Ishmael Rivera added 10 points apiece for Season 80’s runners-up.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In the other game, Adamson University survived University of Santo Tomas in five sets, 33-31, 23-25, 16-25, 25-15, 16-14.Paolo Pablico led the Soaring Falcons with 23 points while Lheo Miranda had 13.Joshua Umandal had 22 points for the Tiger Spikers while Manuel Medina added 16 points.ADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrantscenter_img 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 Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ateneo head coach Timothy Sto. Tomas said he was surprised his team was able to pull off the sweep against the Green Spikers since the Blue Eagles are essentially on a rebuild after the departure of setter Ish Polvorosa and Marck Espejo due to graduation.“This is definitely a morale-booster for us because people are saying that we don’t have Marck or Ish and they’ll think that we won’t have any scorers,” said Sto. Tomas in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“But that’s the thing because now I was able to instill in them that everyone will score for the team, that’s their mentality right now.”Chris Dumago led La Salle with 12 points. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations UST holds off Adamson in season-opening win View commentslast_img read more