It’s anticipated that the deal will take Microsoft from a Level 4 to a Level 2 BEE contributor, subject to the relevant audits. “We want to create a new model for entrepreneurship and set a new benchmark for developing talent in the local software industry.” Rigorous vetting process Participants will be chosen from responses to a nationwide request for proposals, slated for issue in early May, and it is expected that between five and 10 companies will be part of the initial programme. After a rigorous vetting process by external consultants KPMG, the shortlist will be identified, interviewed and selected. Microsoft then hopes to select the finalists and start working with them as soon as July. Enterprise development, job creation Nyati said Microsoft would focus “significant time, energy and resources” on growing the fledgling companies, which would build partners in new, potential high-growth areas and hopefully generate greater competition in the South African technology industry overall. The selection process kicks off on 28 April with the issuing of the nationwide requests for proposals, inviting black-owned software development companies to apply. “The country can only be transformed if empowerment plays its rightful role in business,” Ntuli said. “We need to ensure it is linked more effectively to the development of skills, and to growth of local businesses. The Microsoft programme covers both aspects well.” “The best way to do this was to ask the right questions within unique context of South Africa. So we asked: what does the market need? What are the government’s priorities? And what is the greatest impact we can make? The result is the significant investment being made for economic development seen here today.” ‘Highest levels of support’ Financial muscle, expertise “We’re looking to take existing software development companies and transform them into companies that compete in South Africa and around the world in areas like cloud computing,” he said. “In the conversations with our global leadership team in Seattle, they made it clear that this was South Africa’s moment, and this was the time to step up our commitment to the country,” said Faramawy. “This is the first time a major multinational is willing to put both financial muscle and expertise behind the growth of the SME sector, as opposed to a generic offering of money that is not applied to a specific outcome,” said Goldstuck. Arthur Goldstuck, the MD of technology research house World Wide Worx, welcomed the deal as a significant step for BEE in the technology industry. “We anticipate these small companies will learn and collaborate with our existing partners, and in doing so create new software solutions and approaches for the unique challenges we have in South Africa – and for those of international markets,” said Nyati. “Research from our annual SME survey points clearly to the fact that small businesses that think like big businesses, and use so-called big business tools, are far more likely to be highly competitive in their given field. If this deal is able to give the chosen companies that business approach and tools, it has a good chance of achieving something different in the BEE environment.” Nyati said the investment would directly address some of the key challenges facing the government and South Africa as a whole – namely creating jobs, developing enterprises, building the local software economy and developing scarce technology skills. Microsoft Middle East and Africa President Ali Faramawy said at the launch that there was overwhelming support for the move from the highest levels of the company, with global CEO Steve Ballmer, Microsoft International president Jean-Philippe Courtois and other senior leaders completely behind the move. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material In one of the biggest equity-equivalent deals seen in South Africa to date, Microsoft is to invest almost half-a-billion rand in the local software industry over the next seven years as part of the company’s broad-based black economic empowerment (BEE) programme. The deal, announced by Microsoft South Africa MD Mteto Nyati and Deputy Trade and Industry Minister Maria Ntuli in Sandton this week, will see the multinational software giant spending R472-million to help small, black-owned software development companies to grow into global businesses by 2017. 26 April 2010
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Duane Stateler, Stateler Family Farms, Hancock CountyIt has been quite interesting being a part of the Blanchard River Demonstration Farms in ways that I would not have originally imagined.To set the stage, we had a visitor last week who had been contacted to visit the farm after he was quoted in a recent local newspaper article with some information that upset quite a few members of the agricultural community. We were asked if we were open to him coming to visit and, of course, we agreed because we have found over the past 3 years that the 98% of the population that are removed from the farm have no idea of today’s farm is compared to the Charlotte’s Web storybook. My son Anthony and I enjoy being an open book and answering every question they pose while looking into their eyes and witnessing as they are seeing, realizing and experiencing something completely different than what they have been told.Now for the story, this young man is a professor of philosophy and religion at a University within 25 miles of us. He was teaching a class on “food ethics” to college students and it was very apparent his information was not coming from any knowledge from the farm prior to 50 years ago. What became even more interesting when he was contacted about a visit was that this semester he was teaching on “environmental ethics” which tweaked some more interest from those involved with the Demonstration Farm.We had a good conversation for about two hours with some questions I wish to point out that arose during that time. He asked: I really can’t understand why you would do what you do. I can understand why you might grow a few plants of corn in the garden, but why would you grow a whole field? Why would you want this kind of a lifestyle? Why are farms so big? These questions were posed with a straight face and genuine interest to our reply seeking an answer.I must admit the question about why we would raise a field of corn versus some sweet corn in the garden caught me a little off guard, but I don’t know if he realizes the difference and I forgot to point out the difference in my answer. It just caught me by surprise. The lifestyle and size of today’s farms are normal questions we get.He looked somewhat puzzled by my answer, which was: I do this so you and others may have things to not only eat but all the useful products that are developed from corn and soybeans, from fuel to cosmetics, corn oil and soy based cooking products to the Crayola colors you used as a child.When I was a child, we had a few dairy cows, steers, sheep, laying hens, and meat chickens along with the hogs. And everyone up and down this road and the road over had the same as we did. We helped one another with jobs that are now done with machines. The reason we have machines now is because in 1960 there were about 6 million farmers compared to less than 3 million today farming the same amount of land. We are now less than 2% of the population compared to about 5% back then. Today’s farmer’s average age is about 58, so one thing I am sure of is the size of farms is going to get bigger. I pointed out that there is the same number of hogs in Hancock County today as in 1960. The only difference is the majority of those are on 20 farms today compared to maybe 300 farms raising pigs then.I don’t know if he grasped Anthony’s response either: “This is what I grew up with and I want my kids to experience the same things I have come to appreciate. The work is hard but it is very rewarding. I have worked off of the farm enough to know I did not want to do anything else but get back full time.”We have begun to realize that not everyone has the appreciation for much of what we take for granted and thank God daily for — sunrises, that fresh morning breeze, the aroma of freshly cut hay, birth of newborn animals, watching a butterfly land on the head of a calf for a brief rest and ride, seeing seeds turn into plants, fulfillment of harvest while leaning on the pickup watching deer and wildlife grazing in the field before a beautiful sunset.I find it amusing when a philosophy and religion professor is being permitted to teach individuals who believe they will be told facts from someone educated in exactly what things they are teaching, which would include the way things were done before to how they are now if you are comparing feasibility. Unfortunately in this case, the now was never told, so philosophy really could not happen. The question was raised about his knowledge of the environment and water quality for the class he was conducting now, an honest answer was “very little” but his preference was to invoke conversation and thought among students.How many “answers” are being told to students who believe everything stated is truth, without fact or knowledge? Needless to say, the students have no idea they are paying high dollars for an opinion that will stick with them until they would have the rare opportunity to really visit a farm and see for themselves, just like the young professor we had the pleasure of meeting.Before you think this all was in vain let me tell you I think not. We truly believe he left like many others with genuine questions on what he had read and been told about agriculture was completely different than what he had just experienced. He is interested in bringing his classes next year to see what it is like, and I believe he means it.We will never win everyone over by sharing our experiences and what farmers truly do in today’s farm setting. But people are amazed by the technology from grid sampling to variable rate planting populations, variable rate fertilizer application and yield monitoring, which is becoming more the common place on the farm moving forward. It is more than can really be consumed in a 2 hour visit.Thank you letters from environmental students working at OSU Stone Lab to the former Toledo mayor and her staff are some of the most enjoyable experiences we have had. We have had reporters apologize about an article not appearing in their paper because the editor did not like the content because it was not what he expected. The reporter refused to tell a story that was not real. That situation is disappointing because the story didn’t run and more people will not be informed, but that one person and their photographer will tell others what it is really like.My suggestion to fellow farmers reading this is to invite your non-farm neighbor or friend for a ride in that jump seat, share what you do and I bet he will tell a lot of friends about that ride in the tractor or combine and the things you do that you take for granted. If you are not a farmer reading this and wish to experience the same, just stop along that field and ask a farmer for a ride. They might be a little apprehensive at first on why you are there, just tell them I sent you. I don’t know a one farmer who would not be willing to share that experience with you.
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Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town It was during this time that Tynanes further patched things up with his mother whom he lived with until second grade when his parents split up.“Mixed martial arts is my first love, and it’s always been my number one desire. I really got to see things from different angles. I went back to school, I worked on myself, my relationship with my mom, my family and traveled a bunch,” said Tynanes.“My little sister is turning two, and I found happiness in other things. But I’m back to my first love and the love was never gone. I took a little break and I’m physically ready again.”ADVERTISEMENT Versatile forward Lamar Odom sees self in Warriors’ Draymond Green View comments US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Lowen Tynanes dominates in his return to the ring. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Lowen Tynanes proved he’s back and ready for the title picture when he put on a dominant display in ONE: Hero’s Ascent to take the technical knockout win over Honorio Banario in the quarterfinals of the ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix.The undefeated lightweight finished the match against Banario 4:46 into the first round with a vicious ground-and-pound in what he said was the culmination of nearly three years of preparation.ADVERTISEMENT 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 SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem MOST READ ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Tynanes (10-0) was sidelined with a back injury that almost ended his career after he defeated Koji Ando in April of 2016.Since then, Tynanes used his layoff to become slow down and get a different perspective in life.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I live in the gym and when it was taken away from me due to injury. I went to school, I setup a foundation, and I donated a lot of my time to my little sister,” said Tynanes Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.Tynanes had a recurring back injury since his high school days but his fight with Ando further aggravated it when he suffered herniated disks that was almost, to some extent, some type of sciatica that left a painful sensation on his lower back down to his buttocks. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES
EAST LANSING, MI – NOVEMBER 24: General view of the Breslin Student Event Center as the Michigan State Spartans play against the Santa Clara Broncos on November 24, 2014 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)Michigan State lost to Illinois Saturday night, but at least one Spartans fan may have been too distracted to notice. The below video, which has now gone viral, shows a MSU supporter somewhat infatuated with the female standing in front of him in the stands. He seemingly can’t believe his eyes when he looks at her backside.Discreet, he is not. The below video seems appropriate.
WINNIPEG – Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister says increasing regional tensions and economic uncertainty over the future of the Trans Mountain pipeline project should be defused as quickly as possible.Pallister’s comment comes one day after the Alberta government announced it’s banning wine from British Columbia because of B.C.’s plans to limit how much diluted bitumen can be shipped from its coast.Pallister says in a statement that he has promoted open trade among the provinces and he’s concerned about the controversy in the energy sector and the resulting provocation and threats at the provincial level.He notes that both the National Energy Board and the federal cabinet approved Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion in 2016 after determining it was in Canada’s national interest.Notley conceded on Tuesday that the ban on B.C. wine may violate interprovincial free-trade rules, but said Alberta is moving ahead anyway.B.C. Premier John Horgan has said the issue is about his government’s responsibility to keep the coastline and inland waterways safe.“This uncertainty is decidedly unhelpful to economic development in Western Canada and for the general well-being of the Canadian federation,” said Pallister’s statement Wednesday.“Whether it’s a pipeline or a transmission line, markets and investors need certainty. They don’t react well to either overlapping processes or backward steps.”(Companies in this story: TSX:KML)
DETROIT — Toyota’s top U.S. executive says car sales nationwide have bottomed out and his company will keep making them despite a dramatic shift to trucks and SUVs.U.S. CEO Jim Lentz told the Detroit Economic Club Wednesday that car sales fell below 30 per cent of sales last month, and he thinks that’s close to the bottom.While Fiat Chrysler, Ford and General Motors are cancelling many car models, Lentz doesn’t see that happening with Toyota. He says U.S. consumers still are buying more than 4 million compact, midsize and near-luxury cars each year, so cars are still a huge market. He says Toyota can pick up sales as other companies cut back on car models.Tom Krisher, The Associated Press
If you or a group would like to volunteer your time for the Food Drive, you can contact Allen Karasiuk by email [email protected] or by phone at 250-261-9466.Below is a video from 2017 where Hockey Canada shares the importance of this Food Drive and the unique care we have for our community. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Huskies hockey team is gearing up for their 21st ‘Fill the Bus’ Food Drive on December 2.All items collected from the Food Drive will be going to the Salvation Army. This is an integral campaign for the Salvation Army Food Bank as these items are the foundation of stock for the coming months.As this is a community event, the Huskies are seeking volunteers to help with the success of this event as many hands make light work.
Kolkata: Consecutive fifties in different batting positions ought to be a confidence-builder but Kolkata Knight Riders batsman Nitish Rana says he is occupied by the concern of maintaining his form that usually “fizzles” out early in the IPL.As a makeshift opener in the absence of Sunil Narine, Rana struck a fine 68 in KKR’s first match against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Sunday.Back at No. 4 in their second match, Rana scored a 34-ball 63 against Kings XI Punjab on Wednesday to overtake Delhi Capitals’ Rishabh Pant (103 runs in two matches) in the early Orange Cap race.”I haven’t thought too far ahead. But for the last couple of seasons, I start well but my form fizzles out towards the later half of the tournament,” Rana said after KKR’s 28-run win here on Wednesday night.”So this time around, I want to work on this. I want to continue the kind of form I have started in till the end of the tournament.” Rana did not have a good season with Delhi in the domestic circuit, managing just 147 runs form 10 matches in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 and 191 runs from six matches in the Ranji Trophy.Disturbed by his poor form, the top order KKR batsman spent some time at the Mumbai-based KKR Academy speaking to Abhishek Nayar and Dinesh Karthik.”I did not work on batting as such but I worked on the mental toughness. KKR academy was quite helpful in that sense because I got one-on-one time with Abhishek bhaiya and DK bhaiya. They helped me clear self doubts. Now, I feel, I’ve become a better player.”Having impressed at different batting positions, Rana said, “That’s the sign of a good team. My plan was clear — to hit a loose ball and then, let DK (Dinesh Karthik) or (Andre) Russell take over for the last four-five overs.” Four of his seven sixes came against India’s top off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin but Rana said the attack was not pre-planned.”I was just trying to build my innings. I was taking it ball by ball at the start and then when I thought I could charge, I did that.”It doesn’t matter for me who the bowler is. My game plan was simple. I thought that was the time to attack and I did. That was the plan for the two overs — of Ashiwn and South African pacer (Hardus Viljoen).”