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Boris Becker apologises after being spotted wearing Chelsea head-hunters scarf

first_imgBoris Becker has apologised after being spotted at last night’s Champions League tie at Stamford Bridge wearing a scarf bearing the name of Chelsea’s most notorious hooligan firm.Becker was photographed standing in a VIP box with a Chelsea Headhunters scarf draped around his shoulders, causing several onlookers to question his choice of attire.The Headhunters, prominent in football hooliganism’s salad days of the 1970s and 80s, were once famously infiltrated by investigative reporter Donal MacIntyre for a documentary later screened by the BBC.Alas, it all turned out to be a big misunderstanding, with Becker admitting his football scarf was a few years old and that he was completely oblivious as to its connotations.“I did not know that. I bought it years ago at a booth outside the stadium,” the former Wimbledon champion told Bild.“I am the last person to support hooligans.” Well, that’s that cleared up then, though why nobody at the Bridge has ever pointed it out to him is a bit of a mystery.last_img read more

Good pitching dominates Big 5

first_imgStellar pitching has been one of the big talking points recently on the local baseball and softball fields.In the past 10 days alone, we’ve witnessed a perfect game for Eureka softball, a no-hitter for McKinleyville baseball and a St. Bernard’s standout shutting down the most potent offense around.And we’re just halfway through the league schedule.For the Loggers, senior Alyssa Jimenez has been on fire recently, tossing a perfect game against Fortuna on April 14. In baseball, …last_img read more

49ers make Monday moves before hosting Seahawks

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Tight end George Kittle is expected to miss the 49ers game tonight against the Seattle Seahawks, but a slew of regulars are expected back from extended absences.Garrett Celek, an eighth-year tight end, was activated off the physically unable to perform list after his surgically repaired back responded well in last week’s practices.SANTA CLARA, CA – DECEMBER 16: San Francisco 49ers’ Garrett Celek (88) is congratulated on his touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks in the second …last_img read more

SADC suspends Madagascar

first_imgBiti said running the government was costing $100-million a month – way above its monthly $20-million revenue collected. The SADC further called on Andry Rajoelina to vacate Madagascar’s president’s office as a matter of urgency or face the consequences. Tough sanctions Hospitals, schools, roads, water and sanitation are in need of urgent attention. Most Zimbabweans are on the verge of starvation, with the UN estimating that about seven million of the country’s nine million people are in dire need of food aid. Marc Ravalomanana withdrew his leadership of the east African island under pressure two weeks ago. The military handed power to opposition leader Andry Rajoelina, who was then installed as head of a transitional authority. The 15-member SADC held a special summit in Ezulwini outside Swaziland’s capital Mbanane on Monday to discuss the findings of a fact-finding mission which was sent to Madagascar to investigate the crisis. ‘Lift Zim sanctions’ 31 March 2009 Last week, Zimbabwean Finance Minister Tendai Biti revealed that the country’s woes were worse than initially estimated, with at least $8-billion being needed to revive its economy. The African Union decided on 20 March to suspend Madagascar’s membership, denouncing the change in the government as a coup and giving the island country six months to hold a general election. “The extraordinary summit suspends Madagascar from all community institutions and organs until the return of the country to constitutional order,” SADC executive director Tomaz Salomao told media at the close of the summit in Swaziland this week. Western governments have agreed and some have suspended non-humanitarian aid to the island nation. It is estimated that the short-term emergency recovery programme developed by the government of Zimbabwe towards its recovery plan could be around US$10-billion. The SADC troika on politics, defence and security said earlier this month that it would propose that SADC impose tough sanctions on the country. Leaders attending an extraordinary summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), chaired by South African President Kgalema Motlanthe, have suspended Madagascar from the bloc for an unconstitutional change of government. Meanwhile, the summit also called for the lifting of all forms of sanctions against Zimbabwe and urged donors and international financial institutions to support Zimbabwe financially for its economic recovery. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Brand South Africa encourages citizens to Play their Part towards alleviation of crime in the country

first_imgBrand South Africa welcomes Minister of Police Mr Bheki Cele’s announcement to host a National Summit On Crime and Violence Prevention on the 13-14 September 2018. This following the South African Police Service and Stats South Africa releasing the country’s crime statistics for the year 2017/2018.The Summit will be held under the theme “Building safer communities through an integrated, developmental approach to crime and violence prevention”. The summit is hoping to achieve a joint vision on safety as a collective responsibility, and to provide a platform for key stakeholders and experts to engage on the effective implementation of the 2016 White Paper on Safety and Security across all sectors.The White Paper on Safety and Security was adopted by Cabinet in April 2016 and seeks to address crime and violence in a proactive manner, to promote an integrated approach to safety.Brand South Africa echoes the importance of building safer communities and thus encourages citizens to play their part in taking a stand against crime.“Citizens can play their part by reporting criminal activities towards alleviating crime in the country. We all have a role to play in ensuring safer communities and call on community members with any information of abuse of women and children or human trafficking to report perpetrators to the police” said Brand South Africa’s Chief Marketing Officer, Ms Linda Magapatona- Sangaret.Useful link to make use of various platforms to report crimes  on Crime Stop or call 0860 1011 or SMS line 32211“The Nation needs to work together with police, the justice system and courts to guarantee the arrest and conviction of perpetrators”, adds Ms Magapatona- Sangaret.Follow the link for more on the  Crime Statistics 2017/2018last_img read more

Brewing business success: SAB Miller’s Graham Mackay

first_imgGraham Mackay is remembered as one of the most inspirational and successful leaders in international business by people he worked alongside at SAB Miller.(Image: SAB Miller) Meyer Kahn said of Mackay, “He had the courage to join what we called the dance of the elephants.”(Image: Wall Street Journal)Sulaiman PhilipIt rarely happens that the government takes note of and comments on the death of a businessman in the private sector. But Graham Mackay, a man lauded by South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan as a phenomenal leader, was not simply another businessman. The SAB Millerchief executive officer (CEO) was, according to Gordhan, a man who, “never forgot his South African roots and remained proudly South African in international fora”.Described as forward-thinking and cerebral the soft-spoken Mackay, who succumbed to cancer on December 18, oversaw a 1 000% rise in the value of SAB stock since 1999 when he became CEO. Under Mackay’s leadership South African Breweries grew from the market leader in a pariah state into the world’s second-largest brewer. Today, the company sells 200 brands of beer and employs 70 000 people in 75 countries. With Mackay at the helm, every R1 700 you invested when he became CEO, would now be worth almost R10 000.When the University of the Witwatersrand Bachelor of Science graduate joined SAB in 1978 it controlled the South African beer market and accounted for 10% of all consumer expenditure. Income was not derived solely from brewing though; as economic sanctions against the apartheid government shrank the economy SAB had expanded into supermarkets, clothing, furniture and hotels to drive growth.When Mackay took over from former CEO Meyer Kahn in 1990 he starting selling off operations that were not core to the brewery business. The OK Bazaar chain was sold to Shoprite/Checkers’s Whitey Basson for R1. Mackay believed strongly that beer was a growth industry, as he told an investor conference in February this year, paraphrasing rock icon Frank Zappa, “You can’t be a real country without a beer or an airline.”International dominanceSAB Miller’s international expansion was made possible by changes in South Africa’s political landscape. Like other large South African companies SAB was eager to be seen as not supporting the government’s apartheid policies. The company’s practice of training and promoting black employees and encouraging black entrepreneurship won it support from Nelson Mandela even before his release from prison in 1990.As Mackay told a journalist, “We positioned ourselves as a very progressive company and enlightened company, and pushed the boundaries all the time in what we were allowed to do.”Expansion opportunities for SAB in Europe and North America were limited. In North America Anheuser Busch’s dominance made it a difficult market to crack, and European brewers were unimpressed by SAB’s courting due to the soft Rand.Mackay identified Africa and the former Communist Eastern Europe as the areas to look for opportunity. He tapped into the experience of his South African management team to turn around breweries that had been nationalised, run badly or neglected and which produced poor-quality beers.Through his years at the helm of what became SAB Miller, Mackay depended on the experience of these South Africans to build a brewing conglomerate that is the now the largest beer producer in China and South America. “Those early experiences helped us to develop skills to turn around failing enterprises in other markets. We learnt how to analyse companies quickly and deploy a cadre of managers to knock them into shape.”Mackay employed a core group of managers whom he trusted with day-to-day decisions. Executives often refer to the company as a family where each member trusted that each one was working for the benefit of SAB Miller.SAB chairman, Norman Adami, was at Mackay’s side in those years and remembers that the belief that a company from the tip of Africa could take on giants came from Mackay. He never doubted that South Africans had the ability to take on the world.“He told us once that we did not need to have an inferiority complex about being South Africans … ‘I’m telling you that we can conquer the world,’” Adami remembered recently.In the words of Minister Gordhan, “The corporation that he worked for counts as one of the best producers of high-calibre managers and is among those firms that have been a good training ground for black professionals.”Alan Clark, the current CEO, told the Wall Street Journal that Mackay preferred asking questions to giving orders, saying “Graham Mackay never gave me a direct instruction.”Within a decade the former tank commander had grown SAB from the giant of the South African beer market to a player on the international stage. By 1999, 55% of the company’s revenues were derived from its offshore operations. In 2002 Mackay took his boldest step when he added the US-based Miller Brewing Company to the SAB stable for $6.5-billion.In April Mackay underwent surgery for a brain tumour before recovering to resume his post as chairman in September. His conditioned worsened and by November he stepped down permanently. He passed away at his home in Hampshire, England, surrounded by his wife and family.Acknowledged as the 20th best CEO in the world by Harvard Business Review, Mackay’s business acumen placed SAB Miller on a transition path that allayed any jitters in the markets. Clark believes that Mackay’s legacy is that he leaves SAB Miller stronger than when he joined it.last_img read more

Leading Lady for Seattle debut

first_imgLeading Lady tells of a teacher and struggling actress who enlists the help of a South African sheep farmer to help her in preparing for the film role of a lifetime. (Images: Leading Lady) • Monica Steyn Freelance Publicist MS PR and Promotions +27 82 452 2095 [email protected] • Of gangsters, bad cops and taking on Hollywood • Cape Flats gang film an Oscar contender • American film industry on tour • South African actresses make it big in Hollywood • Feature film shows arresting beauty of LesothoMelissa Jane CookA romantic comedy from South Africa, Leading Lady, will have its world première at the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF), in the Pacific Northwest United States.Matthew Mole, the popular musician, will perform live at the screening. SIFF opened on 15 May, and runs until 8 June. Leading Lady will be screened on 7 June at 7pm, and again at 1.30pm the next day at the Harvard Exit.The film, by director Henk Pretorius, stars some of South Africa’s finest actors, including the singer Bok van Blerk, whose latest album, Steek die Vure Aan, has outperformed all expectations, and Brümilda van Rensburg, who has returned to South African TV screens in Binnelanders as Jana du Preez. Other cast members are Canadian Gil Bellows (Ally McBeal, Shawshank Redemption), who has added to his 80-plus television and film credits by sharing the silver screen with Susan Sarandon and Donald Sutherland; and Irish actress Katie McGrath, who has recently been cast in Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic World. Katie McGrath, best known for her lead role in the BBC’s global hit show Merlin – Official and recently included in the cast for Steven Spielberg’s feature Jurassic World, seen here with award-winning SA actress and well-known TV personality Brumilda van Rensburg. Pretorius’s previous film, Fanie Fourie’s Lobola, won the SIFF 2013 Golden Space Needle Award for Best Film. He returns this year with an inspiring tale of an aspiring English actress, Jodi Rutherford, played by McGrath (Dracula, Merlin), who persuades a South African farmer from Brandfort, Kobus Willemse, played by Van Blerk, to prepare her for a role in a major Hollywood film as an Afrikaner war heroine. The legendary Van Rensburg also gives a quirky performance as Magdaleen Willemse.A self-proclaimed “passionate observer of humanity”, Pretorius made Bakgat in 2006, which went on to become South Africa’s first film trilogy and one of the most popular Afrikaans films ever made. Mole is a South African multi-instrumentalist who blends Mumford-style folk with electronic layered tones. He has gone from winning songwriting contests to making chart history.Listen to Matthew Mole hereThe storyLeading Lady tells of a teacher and struggling actress who enlists the help of a South African sheep farmer to help her in preparing for the film role of a lifetime.The SIFF programme explains: “Famous film director Daniel Taylor (Bellows) is planning a film about a historical Boer woman. His British actress girlfriend, Jodie, covets the role but realises she must travel to South Africa to fully embrace the character. On arrival she meets ruggedly handsome Kobus, a young farmer who shares the same last name as the historical character, and eventually convinces him to let her stay at the farm. In payment, Jodie will act and direct the annual summer play with a ragtag group of misfits, including a scene-stealing supporting role Eduan van Jaarsveldt, who played Fanie in last year’s award winner, as Kobus’s much-looser brother.”As is to be expected, it says, the blossoming relationship between Jodie and Kobus becomes much more complicated when Daniel arrives for location scouting. “Combining outstanding performances and a deep love of Afrikaans Boer culture with delightful deviations from the romantic comedy formula, writer-director Henk Pretorius confirms the promise of Fanie Fourie’s Lobola with another meaningful, laugh-out-loud comedy about following your dreams and finding your place.”Watch the Leading Lady movie trailer hereLeading Lady is produced by Dark Matter Studios’ Llewelynn Greeff and Pretorius. The film is distributed in South Africa by Ster Kinekor Entertainment and will open in South Africa on 28 November.last_img read more

Is location intelligence the key to citizen-centric smart cities?

first_imgRelated Posts Cate Lawrence How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities Tags:#CARTO#location intelligence#Mapping#neighborhood#predictive analytics#Smart Cities#urban planning center_img How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Anyone who works in the smart city space knows the power of data: it’s held up as the rich oil that can be revealed through smart sensor technology embedded throughout the public landscape including train stations, parks and recreation areas and various neighborhoods or districts. It intersects across various components of a city including traffic management, public safety, infrastructure and city planning.Because so many government activities are inherently location-centric, accessing and understanding location-related data is critical. Citizens and stakeholders demand it, and agencies are being held accountable to the data they manage with many cities having a model of open governance which includes their data open to their citizens. Earlier in the year, I attended a conference hosted by CARTO.See also: How to socialize great smart cities ideas across more urban centersCARTO is a software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform that creates geographic mapping tools to help businesses and designers create location-centric visualizations on the web. The company was initially developed as an open-source product from a Spanish company called Vizzuality. Their clients are extensive and include Bloomberg, Caixa Bank, Accenture, Twitter, and Google.Their location intelligence platform means anyone can build self-service location based apps that help optimize operational performance, strategic investments, and everyday decisions. This is key to smart cities, where governments are working with businesses, universities, and citizens to create more of the predictive analysis that shapes the life of a city.Here are just a few use cases of CARTO:Mapping construction and maintenanceIn these instances, publicly available data maps provide real-time information for citizens. For example in SanDiego mapping and provides a means for citizens to monitor and track road repairs. It provides real proof of progress and gives locals a means to find out when their street will be repaired, so they can, for example, park their car in the garage or ensure an elderly neighbor’s disabled parking is arranged. Similarly, in New York, data maps are used by the Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency to document Hurrican Katrina restoration and recovery efforts, just one of their extensive open source data available to citizens. In big cities, it’s easy to feel forgotten when you see other repairs progressing but not yours and such documentation provides residents with a clear plan of action and dated progress.Environmental and local conservationWhile reindeer may not be a problem for you or your neighbors, if you lived in Finland it might be a different story with thousands of reindeer killed each year by getting onto the road and being hit by cars, according to Leon van de Pas, Senior Vice President at  IoT business group at here. Signage had previously proven ineffective as tourists would steal them as souvenirs. Officials created an app where a simple, one-button interface allows drivers to tap their smartphone screens to register any reindeer spotted near roads. Using GPS technology, it creates a 1.5-kilometer (1-mile) warning zone that lasts for an hour and warns other app users approaching the area if there are reindeer.Arborist Jill Hubley has created the NYC urban forest. The map makes clear the most prevalent trees in each borough, while simultaneously revealing clusters of diverse species. Tree selection varies per site based on site condition, overhead clearance, and tree bed width. The Parks Department then uses these criteria to define the habitat for each planting area, which in turn determines the range of species that can be planted.Citizen-led organizations working in cities to better understand the intricacies of housing markets, housing policy, tenant rights, as well as the socioeconomic and demographic evolution of neighborhoods are assisted by CARTO’s Grants For Good Program which connects academics and organizations to the technology they need to create impactful projects. The use of geospatial technology and location intelligence provide fundamental tools for analysis, communication, storytelling, monitoring, and evaluation.Economic opportunityMapping can also provide predictive analytics to aid smart city planning. For example, location intelligence can predict the economic impact of closing traffic in a street and how it affects locals and tourists. It can also determine how it will change commute times, and the number of cars that typically frequent a particular route. Not only providing predictions into road maintenance, it can also help determine routes where more public transport may be beneficial in efforts to reduce traffic pollution and provide insight for a business that may want to locate themselves in that area.Finance institutions such as banks can utilize transactional data record to share with a business owner to decide where are the best places to open, consolidate, or close locations for their business, based on revenue and profitability. They also can gain crucial insight into their competition such as the demographic and socioeconomic factors that have the biggest impact on the success of their and their competitors’ locations. Imagine if you ran a business in a tourist area and you were able to discover how many transactions done by day, by locals or tourists vs another day? What countries tourists are coming from- not only to your city but your suburb, based on anonymized data of credit card transactions?It’s easy to get excited by the bling of IoT-the hardware and the sensors and the big city projects that are popping up everywhere. But smart cities are not just places but homes to many who as citizens need to be first and foremost in mind in any smart city planning. Citizens should not have cities created around them but should be part of the decision-making. CARTO’s location intelligence is a means to achieve this.last_img read more

San Miguel wins 5th title in 3 years, conquers PBA Comm’s Cup

first_imgThe Beermen picked up their fifth title in three years, all under coach Leo Austria, and hiked the franchise’s overall championships to a league-best 24 in 38 Finals appearances.San Miguel also claimed its first Commissioner’s Cup title since 2000, when it topped Sta. Lucia in five games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe championship also brings the Beermen closer to a Grand Slam this season with only the Governor’s Cup title left to win.Alex Cabagnot registered a rare triple-double in the game-clinching conquest with his 19 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists, and three steals to be adjudged as the Cignal-PBA Press Corps Finals MVP. MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Motivated to seal his first title in his professional career, Charles Rhodes came out smoking to open the game as he dropped 14 of his 30 markers in the first quarter. He also had 11 boards, four blocks, three assists, and two steals.Marcio Lassiter also had his best game to date, shooting 5-of-13 from thres to finish with 24 points, alongside five boards and four dimes.With Rhodes leading the charge, the Beermen turned a close 23-21 lead to a 37-26 edge to end the opening frame.They continued to pounce on the hapless KaTropa, sharing the rock with 24 assists and shooting 12-of-29 from beyond the arc, to extend the lead to as high as 28, 94-66, late in the third period.Arwind Santos came off the bench and dropped 17 points, seven rebounds, and two blocks, while Chris Ross got 14 markers, seven boards, three dimes, and three steals to make up for June Mar Fajardo’s struggles in the game.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Troy Rosario topped TNT with 21 points and five rebounds, while Roger Pogoy got 16 in the loss.The Scores:SAN MIGUEL 115 – Rhodes 30, Lassiter 24, Cabagnot 19, Santos 17, Ross 14, Espinas 5, Semerad 4, Fajardo 2, Agovida 0, Heruela 0, McCarthy 0, Van Opstal 0, De Ocampo 0.TNT 91 – Rosario 21, Pogoy 16, Smith 15, Castro 13, De Ocampo 7, Garcia 7, Tautuaa 4, Williams 4, Rosales 2, Semerad 2, Reyes 0.Quarters: 37-26, 62-42, 94-69, 115-91. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games What ‘missteps’? Visayan fans stunned by Pacquiao loss to Horn Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLooking back at San Miguel’s second conference struggles in the past, coach Leo Austria called his team’s Finals appearance this season as destiny.And on Sunday, that destiny became a reality as the Beermen closed out the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals in style, dominating TNT in Game 6, 115-91, at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games View commentslast_img read more