Weird, wacky weather of the week: Wednesday

first_imgHUDSON COUNTY — The weirdest weather of the week may come this Wednesday, when forecasters say it will be party cloudy early in the morning, start flurrying around the start of the workday, change to rain to wash it all away around 1 p.m., and rain for the rest of the day. Temperatures are expected to be around 31 at the start of the day, climb above freezing around 9 a.m., and climb to 35 by the end of the night. So expect a bit of a slushy mess if the forecast holds out.It looks like after that, we shouldn’t expect much precipitation until a cold rain next Sunday.Click the upper right of hudsonreporter.com for the up-to-the-minute forecast.last_img read more

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Poyet calls for a fresh start

first_img Press Association “I know a lot about the players at Sunderland, and I know for them it is going to be even more difficult now with another new manager. “I have to make sure they are comfortable here and we will make sure they are ready and without excuses.” Poyet will inherit a club stranded at the bottom of the table with just one point from their first seven games and already six points adrift of safety. But Poyet is bullish about his new side’s survival chances and said Kevin Ball, the popular former player who inspired improved performances against Liverpool and Manchester United as interim boss, would have a major part to play. There were fears Ball, who was one of the players’ favourites for the job – could be cast aside with Poyet bringing his own back-room team of Mauricio Taricco and Charlie Oatway with him from his time at Brighton. But Poyet said: “He (Kevin) doesn’t know yet how important he is going to be for me. It is clear you need someone with the qualities Kevin has so I am going to count on him a lot.” Poyet also vowed to forge a strong relationship with director of football Roberto Di Fanti, who persuaded owner Ellis Short to choose the Uruguayan. Poyet added: “I am very straightforward and I am expecting the same from Roberto. “At the end of the day we are both working for the club. The closer we get and the more understanding we have, the better for the club, so we are starting today.” Gus Poyet has vowed to consign Paolo Di Canio’s tumultuous Wearside reign to history after agreeing a two-year deal to become Sunderland’s sixth boss in less than five years.center_img The 45-year-old Uruguayan was introduced to the media at the club’s training ground on Tuesday and wasted no time in putting his own imprint on the club he hopes to haul from the foot of the Barclays Premier League. Di Canio lasted for just 13 games in charge of the Black Cats and head coach Poyet said: “The time of Paolo has come to an end and it is time to move forward. We are all different and I don’t think it is right to compare people. last_img read more

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Torres and Bent start in derby clash

first_imgFernando Torres starts up front for Chelsea in the derby at Craven Cottage, where Darren Bent returns for Fulham.Fulham: Stekelenburg; Riether, Hangeland, Heitinga, Richardson; Dejagah, Parker, Sidwell, Dempsey; Kasami, Bent.Subs: Stockdale, Riise, Burn, Kvist, Holtby, Karagounis, Rodallega. Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Ramires, Matic; Schurrle, Oscar, Hazard; Torres.Subs: Schwarzer, Cole, D Luiz, Mikel, Lampard, Willian, Ba.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Branson school for small business

first_img27 October 2005For the first time anywhere in the world, international tycoon Sir Richard Branson has lent his name to an educational institution – in the heart of Johannesburg.Cida City Campus, the country’s first virtually free tertiary institution, providing specialised accredited business administration degrees to disadvantaged students, officially launched the Branson School of Entrepreneurship on Wednesday.Entrepreneurship will be one of the 11 courses Cida students study in their first year at the foundation college, which bridges skills such as computing, mathematics and English, and will be offered as an elective course after that.A first batch of foundation year students has already put forward business ideas for which they will be given seed money.British entrepreneurs Tom Bloxam and Leo Caplan have each donated £100 000 (R1.2-million) to the school.“They will get a tiny bit of seed money in the first year, more in the second year and even more in the third year; and the best ideas will get even more at the end,” Branson said. The money will be in the form of a loan, which the students will have to pay back into the business seed-money kitty for use by those following them.Many of the students needed little encouraging, Caplan said at the launch. “I was at Cida this morning, and was ‘pitched’ by no fewer than four students,” he said.Walking in their footprintsTo mark the occasion Branson, with leading South African and British entrepreneurs, left his footprints behind when he placed his feet in concrete to represent “walking in the footprints of global entrepreneurs”. These symbols of inspiration will be placed at the entrance of the school at 27 Harrison Street.The building, donated and renovated by First National Bank, will be named the Nelson Mandela First National Bank Building, as it was here that the former president held meetings in his early years.Cida CEO Taddy Blecher said the school has been established to help qualified students start up and manage their own businesses.“The South African economy is dependent on entrepreneurial activity for creating economic growth and jobs, yet few young South Africans choose to start a business after their studies,” Blecher said.“A myriad reasons explain this, including the lack of role models, no access to capital or training to help them identify viable business opportunities, and the misconception that starting a business is for those who have no other choice. The school has been created to tackle these issues and arm financially disadvantaged students with entrepreneurial skill.”All students will study a module in entrepreneurship in their first year. Thereafter, they will able to specialise in entrepreneurship, entering the Branson School of Entrepreneurship in their second year at Cida.Social entrepreneurshipThe school will also focus on campaigns to boost the image of entrepreneurship as a viable career, and will offer students modules in social entrepreneurship to address social issues.“Being an entrepreneur is not only about making money,” Branson said. “You can also tackle social problems with an entrepreneurial mind. No one should develop Aids, no pregnant mother should be passing on HIV to her baby, and millions should not be dying of malaria. These are just some of the issues we will lead the school into discussing.”Branson pointed out that only 2% of entrepreneurs in South Africa have success with their businesses. “That’s a perilous situation, especially if you consider that many of them have some formal education in entrepreneurship.”Having a school like this will give people a better chance, he added. “Many will succeed and many will fail, but the confidence with which they leave there will be unparalleled.”Branson hopes that the students, by studying companies such as Virgin and working with their staff, will learn that taking a great idea and having the courage to run with it can build great 21st century businesses. “I believe that increasing entrepreneurship in this country is the golden highway to economic freedom – plus it’s an exciting and fun way to make a living.”Start-up funding for the venture comes from Virgin Unite, the charitable arm of Branson’s Virgin Group.“We have come a very long way in this country,” Blecher said. “We overcame apartheid, but the next stage of the struggle in South Africa is the need for economic democracy. We can only truly be free when we build an equal economy.”Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

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Innovation at technology awards

first_imgInnovation was the star at the annual TT100 awards. (Image: stock.xchng) Science and technology minister Mosibudi Mangena delivers the opening speech. (Image: Technology Top 100) The Freedom Toaster has facilitated access to open source software. (Image: Technology Top 100) Breadbin’s Brett Simpson, second from left, and Jason Hudson, second from right, accept their award. (Image: TechnologyTop 100)Janine ErasmusThe Technology Top 100 (TT100) awards, held annually, showcase the best of South Africa’s technological pathfinders, acknowledging those role models who have used technology to give their companies a competitive edge. The latest edition took place in February 2009.Established in 1990 as a joint initiative of the national Department of Science and Technology and Da Vinci Holdings, the TT100 programme has over the years helped to establish criteria as to what constitutes a so-called technologically excellent organisation. This information is used by organisations as a standard for improving their own competitive edge.Delivering the opening address, minister of science and technology Mosibudi Mangena remarked that “The whole process is particularly interesting from my department’s perspective in that it gives us ongoing information on the changes we might need to make from time to time to increase our technological competitiveness as a nation.”Mangena added that government uses the data collected to inform policy-making decisions, while organisations are able to benchmark themselves against other players in their particular industry sector.The 2009 ceremony acknowledged 71 South African companies out of the approximately 500 that entered. Recognising that technology can alter the world, these pioneers embody the best of local ingenuity and have contributed meaningfully and sustainably to the economy as well as improving the lives of people.The TT100 programme is based on a model known as Tips – making optimal and synergistic use of technology, innovation and people within a system. “After many years of analysing data from the TT100 awards, it was found there was strong evidence linking the success of globally competitive organisations to their ability to focus their strategies on the Tips model,” said Mangena.Entrants into the TT100 programme encompass all spheres of industry, from software development to consulting, asset management and e-marketing, to mobile applications. Ranging in size from small to large, they all have one thing in common, and that is their use of technology to maximise profits, gain market share, and add value for their stakeholders.Toasting their victoryOne of the top winners on the night was Cape Town-based Breadbin Interactive, whose Freedom Toaster concept is steadily gaining ground both at home and abroad. In the Emerging Enterprises category Breadbin took home two awards, one for management of technology and the other the Director-General’s award for overall excellence.The Freedom Toaster is a type of vending machine primarily for the distribution of open source software, but not for long if Breadbin has their way. Users can copy data to CDs, DVDs or flash drives and take whatever they want away with them.“The Toaster concept has done surprisingly well,” said Breadbin director Jason Hudson. The project started off as an initiative of the Shuttleworth Foundation but Hudson and his partner Brett Simpson have since taken it completely into the Breadbin fold and are marketing it aggressively.“We are looking to grow the concept,” said Hudson, “so that people can get not only open source software but also e-books, videos and music from local artists, which is a great way for them to gain exposure in a competitive industry.”The only material that cannot be distributed via the Toaster platform is that which is copyrighted, otherwise clients can put any kind of content they wish into the Toaster. Clients customise the Toasters so that they are no longer merely Freedom Toasters but become, for example, Unisa Toasters.Unisa, one of the world’s largest distance learning institutions, distributes all its courseware, across the entire curriculum, to registered students via Toasters placed in its offices around the country. This not only saves the university significantly in that it does not have to print thousands of hard copies of study materials, but the Toasters free up valuable manpower for other duties because they can be left unmanned, apart from periodic updating.“We believe that we are approaching our tipping point,” commented Hudson, “and all indications are that it is going to be very big. We’re also getting more and more queries from abroad. The Toasters are making their mark overseas – for instance, a German technology student built one as a fourth year project!”To date Breadbin has helped people from Canada, India, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Germany, Kenya and Namibia build their own Freedom Toasters – a great example of South African innovation going out into the world.Breadbin is not planning to sit on its laurels at home, but intends to expand further into Africa to make relevant information and the latest open source software freely available, particularly in the enterprise and education sectors.Other winners in the Emerging Enterprises category were C U P L – Rapid Liquid Dispensing cc for management of innovation, Flexi Manufacturing for management of people, Resource Ballast Technologies (Pty) Ltd for management of research as well as management of systems. Resource Ballast Technologies shared the Director-General’s award with Breadbin.Established winnersIn the Established Enterprises category the winners were X/Procure Software (Pty) Ltd for management of technology; DebTech for management of innovation; ID Control Solutions for management of people; Hazleton Pumps and the South African Post Office for management of systems; Sasol Limited and the South African Medical Research Council for management of research; Altech Management Services and Sasol Limited for management of TIP; and Bell Equipment Co SA was the recipient of the minister’s award for overall excellence.In addition, the inaugural TT100 Lifetime Achiever award was bestowed jointly on Irvine Bell, founder of Bell Equipment Co SA, and Dr Bill Venter of Altron.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at [email protected] articlesA toast to educational successSouth African inventionsScience and technologyUseful linksDepartment of Science and TechnologyDa VinciTechnology Top 100Breadbin InteractiveFreedom ToasterCape Information Technology Initiativelast_img read more

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Nigeria champs, Banyana third at AWC

first_imgAfter the break, however, the Nzalang Nacional took the game to Super Falcons and they were eventually rewarded when Caroline Conceicao headed home from close range in the 63rd minute. Nigeria were crowned CAF African Women’s Championship winners following a 4-2 victory over defending champs Equatorial Guinea in Daveyton outside Johannesburg on Sunday, while South Africa won the playoff for third place, beating Cameroon 2-0. She made a nice run, slicing through the centre of Cameroon’s defence as she raced deep into the box. But, just as she found space beyond the defenders and created a one-on-one goalkeeper Fouda Ndongo, she lost control of the ball and had to centre it. Jermaine Seoposenwe shot, but her effort was deflected behind. Third place playoffSouth Africa, runners-up two years ago, faced Cameroon for third place and made sure of the bronze medal with an enthusiastic and forceful display. They were clearly the better side and made Cameroon look like anything but the “Indomitable Lionesses”. Star of the tournament Banyana Banyana took an early lead in the eighth minute after Nthabeleng Modiko had come close to scoring from a free kick. Cameroon failed to clear the danger and when the ball was crossed back into the centre from the left an unmarked Nocawe Skiti was on hand to head home from right in front of goal. The defending champions managed a late consolation goal through Bojo Jade, but Nigeria, the most dominant team during the course of the finals, had done the business by then and went on to a 4-2 victory. Thirteen minutes later Nigeria hit the front again when Ugochi Oparanozie rose high to head the ball into the net. Extended their leadAfter forcing a corner, Banyana extended their lead in the 38th minute when Cameroon once again displayed lousy marking from a corner. Amanda Dlamini didn’t even need to leave the ground to head a shot into the net from the far post and put South Africa 2-0 up. Shortly after that, the Super Falcons extended their lead with another header, but this one came from Equatorial Guinea’s Noah Nkein whose attempted clearance flew powerfully past her own goalkeeper. Kylie-Anne Louw created South Africa’s best opportunity in the second half. Own goal Victory in the final didn’t come easily, and it took until deep in the second half for the Nigerians to go clear. Bizarrely, it took two own goals by Equatorial Guinea to separate the teams. Nigeria took the lead in the first half when Perpetua Nkwocha, the star of the tournament, struck for the eleventh time in only five matches. He refused to single out any player, saying: “I think my outstanding player has been the 21 players in the squad. They’ve played well and given their best.” When Equatorial Guinea ousted the Nigerians in the semi-finals before going on to claim the title two years ago, it was a big upset. However, in South Africa, the Super Falcons were expected to reclaim the title that they had won on every other occasion that it had been contested. They didn’t disappoint. Cameroon’s only chance of the first half fell to Gaelle Enganamouit, who tested Banyana goalkeeper Thoko Mndaweni in the 25th minute with a stinging, dipping drive. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material ‘I’m happy’After the game, Banyana coach Augustine Makalakalane told Sapa: “I’m happy for the support the people came out and gave us, and the players stayed motivated.” Incredibly, Nigeria’s lead increased on another own goal only four minutes later by Guinean captain Conceicao Carolina. 15 November 2010last_img read more

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DRC peace charter ‘calls for commitment’

first_img25 February 2013The signing of a peace charter for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) presents an opportunity to bring about stability in Africa’s war-torn Great Lakes region, says South African President Jacob Zuma.Zuma was speaking at the African Union (AU) headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Sunday following the singing of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Great Lakes Region.The 11 signatories to the framework were the presidents and representatives of Angola, Burundi, the Central African Republic, the Republic of Congo, the DRC, Rwanda, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.The African Union and the United Nations joined hands to facilitate the signing of the framework, which sets out a list of commitments to achieve peace. It also includes an oversight mechanism to facilitate follow-up and implementation of the commitments made.Zuma conceded that the framework in itself did not provide all the answers, but said it was an instrument “that points the government of the DRC, its immediate neighbours and the international community in a direction that will take this country out of the current morass”.The Eastern DRC has been in a state of chaos for over a decade now, while concerns continue over the persistent illegal exploitation of natural resources in the Great Lakes region.Zuma said the framework’s success would depend on the commitment “and ultimately the concrete actions taken by all the parties to it, to interpret and implement it to its fullest noble intention.”He hailed the commitment of the international community to walk alongside the DRC and its neighours on the path towards peace and stability.He said “a heavy burden” of responsibility fell on the government of the DRC and its neighbours to implement the plan.“Theirs is the historic task of freeing the people of the DRC and the region from its tortuous history of conflict and instability, and to introduce a new future offering democracy, peace, stability, progress and prosperity,” Zuma said.He said South Africa was committed to partnering with the government and people of the DRC as they responded to the urgent challenges of development.“We believe that only a comprehensive political solution would form the basis of lasting peace in the eastern DRC.”Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Discovering my strengths: AgriPOWER Session 1 blog

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Leave a Commentby Devin Trout, AgriPOWER Class XI memberOpening session for AgriPOWER Class XI took place on the hottest weekend thus far of the summer. But that was okay because we took advantage of the cool air conditioning at Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau. “All any of us can offer is the nucleus of a good idea,”  Keith Stimpert, senior vice president at Ohio Farm Bureau, shared this in his welcoming message to us while kicking off the first session. Keith shared the importance of working with others to bring other unknown ideas to life. This really hit home for me as a Farm Bureau member. We are all walking a similar walk in life in the agriculture industry, but all have so many different ideas that we still don’t know we have. That’s why community is so important in agriculture — community helps build ideas and turns those ideas into goals then into plans. Following a tour of Nationwide and of Ohio Farm Bureau, we were introduced to Elise Stoddard from American Farm Bureau Federation. “Our greatest potential lies in what we already do well,” she said, which helps create the most impactful leaders and allows for unique opportunities based on their strengths. Elise was able to help define and help us apply what our strengths were. She shared that the next steps to follow with knowing what our strengths are is to be deliberate about how we focus on our leadership efforts, to identify people that can help us on our journey, and to master our environment and be more engaged to be successful. Understanding my strengths and weaknesses is a real game changer for me in my professional and personal worlds. Knowing that empathy is my top strength will allow me to be a better team player and understand the rest of my team throughout my career.Elise also shared with us about Emotional Intelligence. Emotional Intelligence is the capacity for recognizing your own feelings and those of others, for motivating ourselves. We learned that our EQ = our job performance. As someone who hopes to eventually be in a managing role, this is key to know and understand. If my team is stressed, overwhelmed and not motivated, their performance is going to be lacking. I think it’s important for managing personnel to invest in their team’s EQ and focus on team building. We also learned about influential communicators and that they put the people before themselves. They ask what do they need, focus on change in the listeners and are impact conscious. A question Elise asked us is “Will your message matter tomorrow for your audience as they begin their day?” I think this is key for anyone. Will what I say impact this person? Whether we are talking to a large audience or a peer, I think we all need to recognize what impact our words have on others.  Being in the agriculture industry we may get feedback from others who do not share the same values as we do, and I think instead of losing our cool, which happens a lot, we should ask ourselves if what we are saying will matter to this person tomorrow? We wrapped up our session with defining leadership with Marlene Eick from Live Your Story. Dr. John C. Maxwell defines leadership: “Leadership is influence; nothing more, nothing less.” Marlene shared that we must truly know ourselves before we can understand how to influence effectively. She asked us what have we been holding ourselves back from, and this really hit home with me. I am a dream chaser 100% and never fulfill my dreams because I hold myself back. This session really encouraged me to stop holding myself back from anything. The most simplest sounding thing, that has a huge impact. Session one was a great dive into what AgriPOWER is and I am looking forward to growing my leadership skills with a great group of other impactful leaders. Other AgriPOWER Class XI blog:The beginning of relationships, by Kenzie Johnston, Delaware CountyDevin Trout is the media and marketing specialist for Franklin County Farm Bureau and designer for Edible Columbus. She is a Columbus Pittie Committee foster and active with the Central Ohio Young Ag Professionals.   Leave a Commentlast_img read more

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Apple iPad mini weighs 0.68 pounds, sports 2 cameras

first_imgApple Inc’s recently launched iPad Mini is 7.87 inches tall and 5.3 inches wide, compared with the full-size iPad, which is 9.5 inches by 7.31 inches. The new device also sports two cameras, on the front and on the back, which the competitors don’t.The iPad Mini is as thin as a pencil and weighs 0.68 pounds, half as much as the full-size iPad with its 9.7-inch screen. The screen resolution is 1024 by 768 pixels, the same as the iPad 2 and a quarter of the resolution of the flagship iPad, which starts at $499.Wi-Fi-only models will ship on Nov 2. Later, the company will add models capable of accessing cellular, LTE data networks.The new model has better apps and is easier to use than competitors such as Google’s Nexus, said Avi Greengart, a consumer electronics analyst with Current Analysis.Apple is charging $329 and up for the Mini – a price that fits into the Apple product lineup between the latest iPod Touch ($299) and the iPad 2 ($399). Company watchers had been expecting Apple to price the iPad Mini at $250 to $300 to compete with the Kindle Fire, which starts at $159. Barnes & Noble Inc.’s Nook HD and Google Inc.’s Nexus 7 both start at $199.”Apple had an opportunity to step on the throat of Amazon and Google, yet decided to rely on its brand and focus on (profit) margin,” said Bill Kreher, an analyst with brokerage Edward Jones.Apple shares fell $20.67, or 3.3 percent, to close at $613.36 after the price was announced. Shares of Barnes & Noble jumped 88 cents, or 6.1 percent, to $15.32. Shares of Amazon rose 53 cents, or 0.2 percent, to $234.31.Apple has sold more than 100 million iPads since their debut in April 2010. Analysts expect Apple to sell 5 million to 10 million iPad Minis before the year is out.With AP inputsadvertisementlast_img read more

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