Grateful Bolt, Fraser-Pryce top RJR Sportsman, Sportswoman awards

first_imgSprinters Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce were on Friday night presented with the 2015 RJR Sports Foundation National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year awards at the Jamaica Pegasus. Bolt was winning his sixth Sportsman of the Year award, after copping titles in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013, while Fraser-Pryce, who also won in 2012 and 2013, was winning her third Sportswoman of the year award. “I want to thank my fans, who supported me this season, I really needed it. I want to thank my coach, I put him through a lot of stress, he has stood by me this season … I want to thank God and I promise I will try to do my best this season,” said a grateful Bolt. Fraser-Pryce, who won gold medals in the 100m and 4x100m at last year’s World Championships in Beijing, China, as well as the Diamond League 100m title, was also presented with the Sagicor Iconic award. The sprinter has won two Olympic gold medals and seven at the World Championships level since her ‘arrival’ at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. “Everything I have done is attributed to how much God has blessed me,” said Fraser-Pryce. “I am honoured to be here collecting this award a third time. I want to thank my coach for believing in me and putting up with me; and for me putting up with him sometimes.” Bolt’s award, which now puts him second in the all – time list behind boxer Michael McCallum (7) came after another dominant season by the powerful sprinter, who won three gold medals at the World Championships (100m, 200m and 4x100m). World Championships 100m hurdles gold medal winner Danielle Williams was the runner-up to the Sportswoman of the year, with shot put bronze medal winner O’Dayne Richards took home the male equivalent. The first award of the evening went to veteran quarter-miler and cancer survivor Novlene Williams-Mills, who was presented with the Chairman’s award. The People’s Choice Award for ‘Performance of the Year’ went to Jamaica’s senior women’s 4x400m relay team, which won gold at the World Championships, while former Netball Jamaica president Marva Bernard received the Lifetime Achievement Award.last_img read more

Live updates: Raiders beat Browns in OT thriller

first_imgClick HERE if you’re having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device. Get live updates, news and analysis Sunday afternoon as the Raiders look for their first win this season as Baker Mayfield and the Browns come to town.The Heisman Trophy winner Mayfield will make his first NFL start after coming off the bench to lead the Browns to their first victory in 635 days — a 21-17 victory over the Jets last Thursday.The Browns’ winning drought has nothing on Raiders coach Jon …last_img read more

South Africa, Spain sign arts, culture pact

first_img18 April 2012 King Juan Carlos of Spain wants to see more South African music, films and crafts in his country, Spanish ambassador Benavides Orgaz told Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile on Tuesday. Speaking at the signing of a cultural agreement between the two countries in Pretoria, Orgaz said that forging closer cultural ties with a country with an such an important historical background was “a luxury, hence we are saying bring more South African music, crafts and films to our country.” Mashatile said in response that his department would consider establishing an annual South African Week in Spain, during which local artists would perform at various events around the country. The cultural agreement, he said, would go a long way towards strengthening people-to-people contact between South Africa and Spain. “As we have said on various occasions, people-to-people contact is one of the key instruments to promote greater understanding and appreciation of one another. “People-to-people contact is also the key that opens other doors of interaction, be it in the fields of trade and commerce, education, technology exchanges and many other strategic areas.” The agreement would also open new avenues for cooperation in the areas of publishing, heritage preservation and museums, music, theatre, dance and film, Mashatile said. The minister thanked the Spanish government for placing relations with the African continent high on its agenda. “We are encouraged by the work done by the Spanish government to support the African World Heritage Fund,” he said. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Budget 2013: lion’s share for education

first_img27 February 2013South Africa will spend more than R23-billion on beefing up school infrastructure and increasing the number of no-fee schools this year, with education once more receiving the biggest slice – R232.5-billion – of the country’s R1.06-trillion 2013 National Budget.Delivering his Budget speech in Parliament in Cape Town on Wednesday, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said that over the medium term, the Basic Education Department would be expected to use some of its budget to improve numeracy and literacy, expand enrolment in Grade R and reduce the school infrastructure backlog.R1-billion will go to the country’s nine provinces to increase the number of teachers, while about R700-million will be channelled towards the technical secondary schools recapitalisation grant.“This will finance construction and refurbishment of 259 workshops and training of over 1 500 technology teachers,” Gordhan said.The education infrastructure grant is critical to government’s plans of eradicating unsafe and poor quality school structures, as it supplements the infrastructure programme in provinces to accelerate the construction, maintenance and upgrading of new and existing schools.Up to R8-billion has been allocated to the school infrastructure backlog grant, which was established in 2011. The grant aims to ensure that schools have basic services such as water, sanitation and electricity.R24.6-billion for universities, collegesThe allocation to higher education institutions will increase from just over R20-billion in the previous financial year to R24.6-billion over the next three years, Gordhan said.He confirmed that construction of two new universities, in Mpumalanga and the Northern Cape, would finally commence this year, with the authorities expecting an increase in student enrolment at South Africa’s higher education institutions from 910 000 to 990 000 by 2015.In recent years, government has also increased funding to help students from poor backgrounds obtain tertiary education and vocational training.The Student Financial Aid Scheme will provide loans and bursaries to 288 188 students from poor backgrounds in 2013/14, up from just over 118 000 in 2008/9.To increase access to basic education, the Budget notes the expansion of no-fee schools in South Africa to 20 688 by the end of 2012.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Press release: Gauteng – an attractive and competitive investment destination

first_imgThere are more than R300-billion worth of investment opportunities in Gauteng that are still to be tapped into. The Inspire Gauteng Tourism, Trade and Investment Conference taking place this week will showcase these opportunities.The Cradle of Humankind in Maropeng will host the Inspire Gauteng Tourism, Trade and Investment Conference, which looks to raise awareness about the investment opportunities that exist within the province. (Image: Gauteng Film Commission)Johannesburg, Monday 23 October 2017 – Brand South Africa will join the Department of Tourism and the Gauteng Growth Development Agency in partnering with Inspire Gauteng Tourism , Trade and Investment Conference and Exhibition on Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 October 2017, at Maropeng Cradle of Humankind.The aim of the conference and exhibition is to raise awareness around the R300 Billion plus investment opportunities and ease of setting up and doing business in the Gauteng province, thus positioning the province as a much sought-after investment destination.Themed “Unleashing Gauteng’s Investment Potential through Smart Partnerships, Economic Cooperation and Industrialisation” the main objective is to create a platform that will introduce national and international business partners to the vast opportunities available to further industrialize and create employment opportunities within the Gauteng Province.Media are invited to attend as follows:Date: 24-25 October 2017Time: 8:00 for 8:30Venue: Maropeng Cradle of HumankindRSVP: tsabengn@brandsouthafrica.comFollow the conversation #CompetitiveSAlast_img read more

Grain prices may not get needed boost from exports

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Grain prices during the month of January did little to encourage the bulls. They are holding hard and fast to their 2015 corn as they expect $4 or more yet to come this spring. Likewise those holding 2015 soybeans would like at least $9.50. Corn basis levels remained extremely flat as well during January. A western Ohio ethanol producer reached March plus 36 during the first week of January. By the end of the month, the basis had declined 7 cents to March plus 29. If corn continues to move out of bins in February, we could see additional basis jumps pushed back to near spring planting time.In bearish corn years of the past, we have seen four well-defined price cycles according to Steve Freed at ADM Investor Services. In the past, cycle lows have taken place in February, followed by cycle highs in April, cycle lows during spring planting in May, then finished by highs in July during pollination. It is possible to see 50-cent swings during those four periods. It is indeed something to pay attention to as many are expecting corn to continue to have great difficulty reaching above the $4 mark. Some think corn could fall to $2.90 by year’s end.Declining corn and soybean prices played a huge role in U.S. farm income falling from $120 billion in 2013 to nearly $60 billion in 2015. Land rents were driven higher during the prosperous years from 2008 to 2013 when returns per acre reached historic levels. Cash rent battles pitted farmer against farmer in the desire to farm more acres. Cycles have highs and lows and, at the time, each extreme feels like it could last forever.Further complicating cash rent levels have been the property tax bills of at least the past three years. Landowners have seen property tax bills double or even triple. Ohio’s current structure of determining agricultural property taxes is based in part on crop values years in the past. It will certainly create much discussion in the years to come. Producers and landowners are alike in that their bills can move higher when income does not.U.S. corn exports are currently pegged by USDA at 1.7 billion bushels with the January supply and demand report down 50 million bushels from the previous report. Some have already anticipated corn exports could drop to 1.6 billion bushels in coming months. Why the pressure on U.S. corn exports when they totaled 2 billion bushels or more years ago? Argentina and Brazil are growing more corn in than they did in 2005. They will be exporting more corn in the years to come. In fact, with the election of Argentina president Marci last fall, some are already expecting Argentina to become a powerhouse grain exporter. They have the ability to export 9 million tons each month of grains that include corn, soybeans, and wheat. The U.S. will have great difficulty reaching those export levels seen in the past.From 2005 to 2015 major world crop acres increased by 174 million acres. Those additional acres provided even more production to compete with the U.S. While the U.S. farmers enjoy the great advances that took place in technology and seed genetics, that combination pushed yields higher and higher. In addition, those yield increases were not solely limited to the U.S. During those years world corn acres increased 78 million acres, including a jump of 6 million U.S. corn acres. World soybean acres rose 72 million acres with 11 million of those acres in the U.S. World corn and soybean acres rose a total of 150 million acres in that total increase of 174 million acres.In the next eight weeks traders and producers will see several projections of corn and soybean acres for 2016. The March 31planting intentions report will set the tone for at least two months. The record El Niño currently entrenched in current weather patterns could easily provide a dry weather extreme for the northern one third of the U.S. Corn Belt.last_img read more

This Week in Business Analytics: Oracle Takes on SAP with New Business Intelligence Application, and More

first_imgMassive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… klint finley Last week we took a look at several business analytics related predictions from analysts from Forrester and Gartner. This year’s analytics product announcements are off to an interesting start, even if they’re not confirming those predictions yet. The main trend we see in the three announcements we’re covering this week is integration. Oracle is announcing a new module for integrating with SAP, RJMetrics is integrating with MongoDB and Jaspersoft is setting itself up for easier integrations.Oracle Releases New Business Intelligence Application for SAPOracle released Oracle Financial Analytics for SAP this week, a module for its Oracle Business Intelligence Applications product. The module extends Oracle’s business and financial analysis tools to SAP. SAP, which lost a long court battle with Oracle last year, offers its own BI products NetWeaver Business Intelligence and BusinessObjects.RJmetrics Adds MongoDB SupportWeb-based BI vendor RJMetrics (see our previous coverage here) announced support for MongoDB this week. RJMetrics can now integrate directly with a customers’ MongoDB backend to analyze data stored there.Jaspersoft Re-Architects its BI SolutionThe open core BI vendor Jaspersoft released its completely re-architected product this week. Jaspersoft is now built entirely with standard Web technologies: JSP, JavaScript and HTML/CSS. This means three things for customers: 1) It will easier for you to customize your Jaspersoft deployment 2) It can easily be integrated with other Web technologies (see our report on web-oriented architecture) 3) Jaspersoft can be easily deployed anywhere: locally, in a private or public cloud environment or as a SaaS.Photo by Patrick Hoesly Tags:#enterprise#Trends IT + Project Management: A Love Affaircenter_img Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowlast_img read more