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Sevens series hits Hong Kong

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS In the last round the ever-present New Zealand lost to South Africa. Who will do the business in Hong Kong and Japan? It is hard to tell, with such an unpredictable table – Australia and Scotland do not even feature in the top ten and Welsh fans will be delighted to see they are one place above England – but that makes for an exciting next round.Coverage of day two starts at 7am on Sky Sports 3. Late show: Portugal’s Duarte Moreira scores in the corner to seal a 27-21 win over Scotland in Hong KongBy Alan DymockAS SNOW still blankets parts of the UK, spare a thought for those having to toil in the balmy conditions in Hong Kong.The latest leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series is underway in the Far East, with the event in Hong Kong to be followed up with a weekend in Tokyo. It is the sixth tournament of the nine in a series where New Zealand are already pulling away from nearest challengers South Africa and Samoa in the overall standings.Sevens heaven: a fan enjoys the actionIt is an event with plenty to savour for the home nations, with Wales already beating Australia in their opening leg and England set to meet their northern rivals Scotland in a Pool C clash. But who are the latest stars of the tour?England’s Dan Norton is in typically lethal form, having scored 22 tries so far, but he is shaded in the listings by versatile winger Cornal Hendricks of South Africa, who has a staggering 25 tries already. Sean Duke of Canada is the surprise joint-second top try-scorer with Norton, with his team having a bit of a breakout year in terms of standings and progress.New Zealand’s Tomasi Cama routinely tops the list and it is no surprise that the almost omnipresent playmaker is one of the top point-scorers in the series, but even he is second to Fiji’s finisher and kicker Joji Baleviani Raqamate.If you follow sevens you will be pleased to see names like Collins Injera of Kenya (now coached by Mike Friday) and Lio Lolo of Samoa still hanging in there, as well as Pedro Martin producing the goods for Spain. Terry Bouhraoua continues to be an unpredictable French outfit’s one constant, and the distinctive running of James Fleming is a standout for Scotland. NOT FOR FEATURED Samoan star: Lio Lolo wins a high ballHowever, the event is notable for the inclusion of some new forces, with Brazil taking their first bow in the sevens arena as part of their preparation for the Rio 2016 Olympics, where the abbreviated game will be played for the first time. Russia have been keen to get involved recently too, with Moscow hosting the Sevens World Cup this summer.Both nations, alongside the likes of Uruguay and Hong Kong (involved in the series this weekend), will be hoping for vast improvements. With 12 sides competing in a core team pre-qualifier competition that runs alongside the main World Series tournament a lot is at stake. The top four teams from the pre-qualifier will progress to the London Sevens in May for a chance to qualify as a core team on the 2013-14 Series.If you only care about the big boys, though, you may be pleased to see how topsy-turvy things have been. It is sevens, after all.Fiji won the inaugural event in Australia, Samoa triumphing in Dubai and New Zealand continuing the Pacific charge by claiming the South African title. England then defied form by besting Kenya in an entertaining final in Wellington, New Zealand.last_img read more

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USA: General Dynamics Bath Iron Works Secures Contract for DDG 1000

first_img View post tag: DDG View post tag: General USA: General Dynamics Bath Iron Works Secures Contract for DDG 1000 View post tag: works General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine is being awarded a $14,392,031 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-06-C-2303) exercising options for DDG 1000-class services and class logistics services. This contract modification provides additional class services associated with the detail design and construction of DDG 1000-class ships. This work will provide technical and industrial engineering in the interpretation and application of the detail design to support construction and the maintenance of the ship design.  The class logistics effort is for the continued development of DDG 1000-class integrated logistics support which includes development of training curriculum, supply support documentation, maintenance analyses, and configuration status accounting.Work will be performed in Bath, Maine, and is expected to be completed by November 2012.  Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.[mappress]Source: defense, November 02, 2011 View post tag: 1000 View post tag: Naval View post tag: secures View post tag: DYNAMICS View post tag: News by topiccenter_img Industry news View post tag: Bath View post tag: contract View post tag: Iron View post tag: Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: General Dynamics Bath Iron Works Secures Contract for DDG 1000 November 2, 2011 Share this articlelast_img read more

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Teamwork pays dividends for St. Bernard’s girls

first_imgThe top two teams in the Division-5 playoffs will renew their rivalry at Kezar Pavilion in San Francisco this evening, with the little matter of a North Coast Section championship up for grabs.No. 2 seed St.Bernard’s will play No. 1 Urban in the title game for the second straight season, although this time around the Crusaders will have to make the trip to the Blues’ backyard.And if last year’s showdown is anything to go by, today’s game will be a close and hard-fought affair between two …last_img

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The force behind SA’s free varsity

first_img21 July 2005Words such as beautiful, wonderful, unbelievable, joyful and love trip off his lips with such ease, yet you know they have deep meaning for Taddy Blecher, the chief executive of Cida City Campus university.One of the founding members of Cida, South Africa’s almost-free tertiary institution in downtown Johannesburg, Blecher is clearly the spark that makes this audacious dream a success.Blecher (38) describes himself as “a great lover of life and human potential” and “a believer in dreams”. Cida must be one of his greatest dreams.Started back in 2000 with 250 students and no equipment, it now has 1 300 students from poor backgrounds, youngsters who had little other hope of attending university.The first 83 students graduated from Cida in May 2004 with Bachelor of Business Administration degrees. For the moment the university will only offer this degree, with an emphasis on entrepreneurship.Students pay R350 for the first year and R150 a month in the following three years, about 7% of what they would pay at other universities. They also contribute to the running of the university by helping with cleaning, maintaining computers and working in the administration offices.Cida also receives sponsorship from the private sector, with some of the country’s major corporates – Investec, FNB, MTN, DaimlerChrysler SA and T-Systems – augmenting its coffers. Some of their top executives also give lectures.Five years down the lineFive years down the line, the institution owns four inner city buildings, all donated, has books worth R100-million, 1 400 computers, and has just trained 1 500 call centre agents from Soweto and Diepkloof in its latest venture, Cida ConnectLab. The call centre company Connectivity was donated to Cida.In February 2003 an ICT Academy was opened, sponsored by leading information and communication technology companies, with an initial enrolment of 121 students. The academy now has 321 students.The Dalai Lama sponsors a student. US talk show host Oprah Winfrey sponsors 10 students and has donated money for a student residence to be built at Cida Park. Richard Branson is planning to fund a School of Entrepreneurship. Other international funders include Suze Orman and JP Morgan.In 2002 Cida won the grand prix award in the Age of Innovation competition for the most innovative organisation in South Africa. In the same year the Commonwealth Secretariat appointed the university to serve as a Regional Centre of Excellence in Higher Education.Stars in mind, feet on the groundBlecher tells the story of how he discovered the stars as a three-year-old. On a trip into the country he ran outside one night and looked up into the sky, and saw a night full of stars.“It was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen. They became my friends,” he says. Back in the city, he looked for the stars in the murky Joburg sky but couldn’t see them, and rushed to his mother, asking where they had gone.He takes this as the point where he focused on “creating a wonderful world” for himself.But this does not mean that his feet are not firmly on the ground. “I have made tons of mistakes. I don’t get overshadowed by stuff, if something failed at least I tried. But I am a realist and optimist.”He says he used to be terrified of public speaking, a claim that’s hard to believe. I have been to Cida on two occasions where he took the podium, and both times I heard people alongside me saying they were so inspired, they were going to give up their jobs to work at Cida.“I used to be sick for three weeks in anticipation of a speech,” Blecher says. But then he made a sudden realisation. “I was trying to be like somebody else, but then I decided to just be myself, for better or for worse.” In addition, he only talks about things that are meaningful and uplifting – not hard when it comes to Cida’s story.He’s come so far in public speaking that The Star newspaper acknowledged him in 2002 as one of the top 100 people who made the headlines: “An inspirational speaker whose incredible story made every major publication in South Africa.”From actuary to activistAfter matric Blecher’s father offered him two options at university: medicine or actuarial science. He qualified as an actuary, picking up several awards, including the Liberty Life Gold Medal for the top actuarial honours student in the country.He worked as an actuary for a number of years and was voted consultant of the year three consecutive times at Monitor Company. But the world of numbers and money became too much, and a change of direction was precipitated in 1995 by a R1.3-million job offer in the US.He had bought his air ticket and had packed up his life, but changed his mind.He puts this down to something spiritual, a depth of belief that a better world, free of suffering, is possible. “I am very driven by spirituality – you begin to weave and God will provide the thread.”A week later he was in a township for the first time in his life. He spent five years in Alexandra and Soweto, helping school kids pass their matric exams.That led to other problems. Kids came back to him, saying they could not afford tertiary education and couldn’t get jobs.So the idea of Cida was born, with students taking the skills they have acquired back to the rural areas. Blecher estimates that about 900 000 people have benefited from students passing on those skills. This is real empowerment, he says.Lessons learnedHas he learned from the students? Without a doubt. “I have learned about the unbelievable ability to share, from people who have almost nothing. Also, their incredible tenacity and courage, how they sacrifice and how they motivate themselves. And how to be happy – these have been very joyful times.”What have the students learned from him? “He’s a great leader, a good negotiator, to get funding, the best lecturers for us,” says a fourth-year student. “I have enjoyed it here every step of the way.”A third-year student agrees: “Taddy Blecher is a star, more than the President, he’s everything, a friend, a mother, beyond what I can describe him. He means everything to me.”So, where does he get his energy? “I meditate twice a day, I walk, I do yoga.” He gets up at 5am and spends two hours meditating, repeating the process in the evenings. He learned to meditate as a 10-year-old, he says.Besides this, Blecher says he has “an unbelievable passion, love and excitement for what we’re doing for this country. What I do is not work.”He also believes passionately in the power of education. For every R1 that is put into education, up to R200 goes into the hands of the poor, he says. For every 120 students who get jobs, R10-million goes directly to disadvantaged families.“Education is about wisdom. It is not just content but also discipline, love, caring and support,” he maintains.He won the Global Leader of Tomorrow Award from the World Economic Forum in 2002 and again in 2005. Yet he see awards as immaterial, only offering further networking and fundraising opportunities. “If I didn’t win them it wouldn’t matter – I truly mean it. I have done just as many things wrong. The awards are more exciting for my mother.”Where does he see himself in 10 years’ time? Probably still with Cida, where there is “still a lot to do”.A model of Cida opened in Cape Town at the beginning of 2005, with plans to open in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape in two years. But otherwise, he would be “having a wonderful time somewhere”. I bet.Source: City of Johannesburg Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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South African IT company aims to solve online piracy

first_img22 April 2016SA startup Custos uses #bitcoin to disrupt media piracy #bAgile http://t.co/jJz3o89KrF pic.twitter.com/qPQCJuKrvE— BitcoinAgile (@bitcoinagile) July 8, 2015Custos Media Technologies in Stellenbosch has devised new technology that could be the answer to online piracy of films, television and music. The system uses Bitcoin technology to track the distribution of pre-released products.A common problem for stemming online piracy, pre-release copies of films, albums and series are distributed to media reviewers and other parties, some of which are then illegally uploaded to online torrent sites.“Movie piracy has escalated dramatically over the past couple of years. It’s so easy now, your grandmother can do it,” GJ van Rooyen, Custos chief executive, told News24. It is creating an unsustainable business model for the media industry, with a shrinking group of paying consumers subsidising content for non-paying consumers.In a world-first, Custos’ patented technology embeds a unique Bitcoin digital identifier (“wallet”) in each digital copy. The wallet file cannot be removed from the data, and it uniquely identifies each recipient of each copy.How does it work?South African Startup Raises Funding to Fight Digital Media Piracy With #bitcoin #Custos https://t.co/SAQvCCS2Gx pic.twitter.com/3t2b9QjtLK— BitcoinAgile (@bitcoinagile) April 19, 2016If files with this Bitcoin watermark are uploaded, law enforcement agencies and piracy bounty hunters are able to find and use the unique code to track the original uploader/recipient via Bitcoin’s global register, known as a blockchain. The identifier can still be discovered even in the dark web, where the digital footprint of information is often erased or hidden.Van Rooyen says the new technology is extremely cost-effective, making it a viable option for both big budget Hollywood media companies and smaller, more independent media distributors, including e-book publishers, which have seen a rise in leaked and illegally downloaded products over the last two years that has dramatically affected the industry’s bottom line.Global interest and funding#blockchain Anti- Piracy Provider Custos Gains Seed Funding – CCN: Financial #bitcoin & https://t.co/B8s4PyIUxo pic.twitter.com/BeqZx6KQAK— BitcoinAgile (@bitcoinagile) April 11, 2016The idea is gaining international attention as a practical answer to the piracy problem.Custos has recently received a funding boost, raising almost R4-million from the American company, Digital Currency Group (DCG). “DCG put us into a network that otherwise we would have had a lot of difficulty getting into,” Van Rooyen says of the deal. “They invest in all of the big Bitcoin related successes (including). more experimental and interesting blockchain companies.”Van Rooyen started Custos as a university project two years ago, looking primarily at digital security solutions. In 2015, Stellenbosch University’s technology hub, Innovus, invested R2.1-million into growing the project into a business.While internationally there has been a big focus by law enforcement on the downloaders of illegal content, Van Rooyen says the Custos solution is looking at the source of the content, the leaks within the industry. Illegal downloading has become such a huge and uncontrollable cultural global norm, he explains, it is more effective to curb the flow of content at the start of the chain.Piracy in South AfricaIn a South African context, the technology holds much potential for smaller independent media companies and distributors that are looking to protect their investments. The ability to protect local content – music, film and television – and make sure the creators get their financial due is one of Custos technology’s biggest selling points.“Piracy has been rampant in South Africa and we’ve seen the stats,” Van Rooyen says, but with the right technology protecting the products and creating more viable distribution channels for content in general, he thinks customers will play their part in curbing piracy and illegal downloading.“With Netflix, ShowMax (and other streaming services offering willing customers a cost-effective and legal way to access content), we will probably see a drop in downloading numbers.”Meanwhile, Custos and its technology will continue to help stem the wave of illegal content at its source.Source: News24last_img read more

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If I Were Starting This Blog Over

first_imgAnonymous writes: “What would you do if you had to start your blog over from scratch?”Create Content ConsistentlyThe first thing I would do if I had to start this blog over from scratch would be to sit down with a legal pad and a pen (I like brainstorming on paper when I really need to get ideas out of my head fast).I would start by making 10 lists of 10 ideas about some subject. I might start with ideas like 10 Ways to Improve Your Sales Right Now, 10 Factors That Indicate Your Prospect Is Compelled to Change, and 10 Questions You Should Ask During Every Discovery Sales Call. That would give me 10 pretty good blog posts that I know would create value for the people I wanted to reach.But I would really have a 110 blog post ideas. Each list of 10 would really be 11 blog posts because I could go deeper on each individual point that makes up a list in its own post. Some of those individual posts would contain ideas that could easily make up another whole post on it’s own.I would worry most about writing something that would help the people I want to serve. I would want to write in a way that made the ideas immediately actionable for the reader. I would focus on consistently providing value.Create and Contribute to CommunityOnce I started posting content, I would focus on building or joining some community. I would look for a community of people who understand how the social tools work, people who understand the power of community, and the power of sharing. If I couldn’t find a community to join, I would create one. I’d invite people to connect and share.I would give my way into that community. I would promote other people’s work consistently. I would try to find ways to help them reach their goals. I would reach out to people on the telephone or Skype and introduce myself and get to know them.Content marketing (or building your personal brand) requires that you create compelling content and you join or build a community. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

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a month agoBournemouth striker Josh King: Time to find consistency

first_imgBournemouth striker Josh King: Time to find consistencyby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth striker Josh King says they need to find consistency.King has featured in all four games as the Cherries have taken four points from their first four games – a tally matched in their first two seasons in the top flight.The 27-year-old frontman netted from the spot to pave the way for the 2-1 win at Aston Villa and was also involved in the 1-1 draw with Sheffield United on the opening day.Asked for his opinion on their start, King told afcb.co.uk: “It’s been a very mixed bag. I thought we let ourselves down against Sheffield United. We should have beaten them but didn’t perform at our highest level.“We played a high-performance and energetic game against Aston Villa and won.“I thought we put in a good performance against Manchester City and them and Liverpool are the two best teams in the league.“I didn’t think anyone played well against Leicester and we all knew it. It’s in the back of everyone’s mind that it was a bad performance and we want to make it right against Everton.“They have made a few new signings and have a good team. Moise Kean and Alex Iwobi are two good acquisitions and Richarlison is playing well and scoring goals.“Every time we play Everton, it’s a good game to watch. We’re both attacking and both box to box which is probably why they have put it on television on Sunday.“We haven’t performed how we should have in the first four games and maybe the international break came at a good time because we can regroup and focus on Sunday because we need three points.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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21 days agoAZ midfielder Fredrik Midtsjø: I was expecting more from Man Utd players

first_imgAZ midfielder Fredrik Midtsjø: I was expecting more from Man Utd playersby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAZ Alkmaar midfielder Fredrik Midtsjø admits he was surprised by how poor Manchester United were last night.Midtsjø featured in last night’s 0-0 Europa League draw.He later told VG, “When you grew up watching United under Sir Alex Ferguson, you used to say it was entertaining for just about every match.”But what we were expecting today was not what I saw. I was expecting more from the boys we faced.”It may be the intensity of the game, that they are missing a bit. It’s a bit too easy to play them out. But it is easy for me to stand here and say it and have made a good fight. We made it difficult for them.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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TSB report cites fatigue in BC tug incident says mate asleep while

first_imgVICTORIA — The Transportation Safety board cites crew fatigue as a cause in a report involving a British Columbia tug that touched bottom while towing a barge loaded with cement south of Kitimat.The report says the vessel’s lone mate on watch duty fell asleep as the Ocean Monarch remained on auto pilot through Royal Channel’s confined waters.The board says there were no reports of injuries or pollution, but the tug’s hull and propeller sustained damage.The report says the tug’s operator had no strategies in place to mitigate a tired crew despite a previous occurrence in 2011 where fatigue played a role.The Transportation Safety Board has highlighted employee fatigue as a major safety hazard in the marine, rail and air transport industries.Last May, the board recommended mandatory fatigue-awareness education for vessel operators in a report on the sinking of the Nathan E. Stewart tug, which spilled about 110,000 litres of diesel into the water off B.C.’s central coast.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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