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first_img He considers both Hansle Parchment and Omar McLeod, who finished second and sixth, respectively, in the World Championships, as potential Olympic champions. “If he (McLeod) performs to his real technical excellence, I don’t see why he shouldn’t be up there among the medals,” said Blake in reference to McLeod, who was far from his best in Beijing. Regarding Parchment, Blake said, “He keeps getting better every time he performs in the big events.” “He should also be there,” concluded the JAAA President, “as a medal contender for the gold.” He welcomed the Government-funded athlete support programme and reported that his association is currently looking for sponsors to contribute to a feeding programme. “Right now, we’re looking sponsorship to put in a feeding programme, so that the clubs can optimise the performance of their athletes,” said Blake. Jamaica’s best-ever medal tally at an Olympic Games came in 2012 in London when 12 medals (four gold, four silver, four bronze) were secured, all in athletics. Potential champs Athletics chief Warren Blake believes that Jamaica can top the track and field medal table at this summer’s Olympic Games. Blake, president of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA), says the 110-metre hurdles and the men’s 4×400-metre relays are the events that could make the difference. The JAAA president is quietly confident about the prospects for the nation’s athletes for 2016. Reflecting on the seven gold-medal haul achieved by Jamaica at last year’s World Championships in Beijing, Blake stated: “If we had gotten another gold, and there are places where we could have gotten another gold but it just didn’t work out, we would have topped the medal table.” In Beijing, Jamaica won gold medals courtesy of Usain Bolt in the men’s 100 and 200 metres, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in the ladies’ 100m, Danielle Williams in the 100m hurdles, both 4×100 metres relays and the ladies’ 4×400 metres. However, Kenya edged Jamaica to top the table by one gold medal. Blake is, however, foreseeing a change for the better. “Strategically, we think that come the Olympics this year, we are really in a good position to top the athletics medal table,” Blake said. “If you look at the areas in which we did well in 2015, we are set to still do well in those areas and we have a good crop of 400m runners coming up,” he added. “Our hurdlers,” Blake continued, “both on the male and female sides, are expected to do well again this year, and, with a bit of luck, we can do better in the male hurdles.”last_img read more

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first_imgA DONEGAL civil servant has been suspended after claims that he gave information to a private detective who then sold it to insurance companies across Ireland.The Government employee, who is believed to be based at the Department of Social Protection in Letterkenny, was caught when Gardai raided the home of the private detective.Donegaldaily.com has learned detectives found the confidential details of six people at the PI’s office during the raid. The details were then cross-referenced with Government employees who had accessed all six people’s records and a match was found.A full investigation into the details of the information passed on is currently being processed by DATA protection chiefs.The Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) is investigating suspicions the private investigator was using the information to send reports to a number of leading insurance companies.This is totally ILLEGAL. We understand that at least THREE insurance companies have been raided by officers from the DPC and a number of files have been removed.The DPC’s investigation came as a direct result of an internal probe in the Department of Social Protection.Managers at the Letterkenny Department discovered that a civil servant was accessing records of people he had no apparent business with.The department checked these to his phone logs, which showed he had contacted a number linked to the private investigator.Last night a source at the Department of Social Protection in Letterkenny said everyone was shocked by what has happened. “It’s the kind of thing you just don’t do. Information in Government departments is very sensitive and 99.9% of people understand that.“The rumour mill has been in overdrive about this guy for a couple of weeks now. As far as we now his desk has been cleared and he is suspended for the foreseeable future.“We’re not even sure if he’s going to come back after all that has happened,” said the source.A spokesperson for the Department of Social Protection in Letterkenny would not comment on the matter saying it would not now be appropriate to do so. EndsDONEGAL CIVIL SERVANT SUSPENDED DURING ‘SECRETS FOR SALE’ SPY PROBE was last modified: January 25th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgThe SAT-3 cable emerges from the watersat one of its landing points. SAT-3 snakes along the seabed onits way from South Africa to Portugal.(Both images: SAT-3/WASC/SAFE)Janine ErasmusA new study by a US-based investment advisory firm suggests that Africa’s broadband market is set to quadruple by 2012, with the current 2.7-million users soaring to 12.7-million. Aimed at service providers, investors and infrastructure suppliers, the study was conducted in 33 African markets.Although based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the work of AfricaNext Investment Research is focused on Africa, specifically on that continent’s telecommunications, media and technology sectors. The company is interested not only in Africa’s largest economies, such as South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya, but also in emerging markets such as Ethiopia and the Central African Republic.With its report titled 3G, WiMAX, ADSL and the Future of African Broadband, the company aims to dispel the pessimism that has pervaded the broadband sector in recent years. AfricaNext attributes the low incidence of broadband penetration in Africa until now to a variety of factors such as expensive services, high prices for international bandwidth, dilapidated infrastructure, and restrictive regulatory frameworks.However, a number of new, more positive factors are coming into play at the same time, says the company, and suddenly the future of broadband in Africa is looking much brighter. In fact, the continent should prepare itself for a surge in broadband growth over the next four years.These factors are diverse and include, among others, last mile competition, international gateway licensing, new submarine cables, domestic fibre backbone developments, unified licences, improvements in radio spectral efficiency, increased internet usage from a younger population, and increased availability of capital.In spite of the traditionally gloomy outlook for mobile business models in Africa, AfricaNext argues that 2009 is likely to be the start of greater things for the telecommunications sector. Broadband operators, equipment suppliers and investors may well find that 2009 presents an excellent opportunity for returns.In fact, it may be the most significant opportunity since the recent mobile voice boom, where mobile subscribers mushroomed over nine years from 2-million in 2000 to 270-million. And the tipping point could be as little as 12 months away.Far East investmentThe report also singles out Huawei Technologies as a major influence on future developments. The networking and telecommunications equipment supplier is the largest such company in the People’s Republic of China. Huawei has spent the last decade making substantial investments in Africa and is now a next-generation communications equipment supplier to more than 30 countries on the continent.With more than 2 000 employees, over 50% of whom are recruited locally, Huawei has set up training centres in Nigeria, Kenya, Egypt, Tunisia, and most recently, South Africa. Located in Woodmead, Johannesburg, the newest training facility opened in August 2008. A sixth training centre is under construction in Angola.Underwater technologiesA slew of new submarine cable developments will bring faster internet access to areas in Africa that were formerly deprived. East Africa, particularly, is the only region in the world that has no link to international communication networks, except through satellite communication. Because this technology is expensive, it has hindered business growth as well as development in vital areas such as education.West Africa has high-speed connectivity through the SAT-3 cable but this, too, has been more expensive than necessary because the consortium that controls SAT-3 has kept prices high.The East African Submarine Cable System (Eassy), the SEA Cable System (Seacom), and the East Africa Marine System (Teams) are all currently under construction.Seacom is planning to launch its cable in June 2009, just in time for the Fifa Confederations Cup, while Eassy is on track for completion by the time the long-awaited 2010 Fifa World Cup kicks off. Countries from South Africa all the way up to Sudan, as well as a number of land-locked countries, will benefit from fast and cheap bandwidth once the cables come into operation.Alcatel-Lucent, who control the Teams cable, have announced that laying of the cable should be complete before mid-2009. Teams will link the port city of Mombasa in Kenya to Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates.Other submarine cable developments include the Middle East North Africa project that will connect Egypt and a number of Middle East and Mediterranean countries, as well as Main One, which will link Portugal to South Africa with landing points along the continent’s west coast. The latter project will be implemented in two phases, both of which are scheduled for completion in May 2010.The West Africa Cable System will link Cape Town to the UK via at least 10 other countries. It was scheduled for completion in 2010 but reports are now hinting at 2011.Cutting edgeThe emergence of cutting-edge wireless technologies such as EVDO and WiMAX have also opened up internet access where cable-laying is impractical, says AfricaNext.Evolution Data Only/Evolution Data Optimized is a technology that allows users to connect wirelessly to the internet without having to be near a hotspot. The EVDO card provides instant and direct access, wherever the user may be at the time.WiMAX, or Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access, is a powerful wireless access standard that provides broadband speed without the need for direct line-of-sight to a base station. Since it offers high bandwidth at a low cost, experts predict that WiMAX will become the dominating wireless broadband access standard in the next few years.Data gathered by AfricaNext shows that there were about 2.7-million broadband subscriptions at the end of 2007. Of these, 90% were located in Egypt, South Africa, Morocco, Nigeria, Algeria and Angola. The company now estimates that by the end of 2012 the number of subscriptions will have increased fourfold to 12.7-million.In terms of general internet use, the African continent had between 45-million and 55-million users at the end of 2007. This represents just 3% of the world’s total and a 5% penetration of the population. AfricaNext projects that this number will reach over 100-million by 2012.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.Related storiesBetter broadband for AfricaEASSy undersea cable on trackUseful linksHuawei in AfricaAfricaNextTelkomNeotelEVDOWiMAXlast_img read more

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first_imgThe internet should be open, neutral, resilient, interoperable and responsive to the growth needs of all. This was the message Dr Siyabonga Cwele, South Africa’s telecoms minister, brought to the fifth annual meeting of the African Internet Governance Forum this week.The main theme of the meeting, held in Durban from 16 to 18 October, is “Inclusive development and the digital transformation of Africa”.”While the internet was first developed in the US, it has become a global resource for the development of all our citizens,” Cwele said.”The African continent believes internet governance should be multilateral and democratic. It should involve all governments and relevant stakeholders – such as academics, NGOs and ICT companies – in their respective roles.“The minister cited the launch of the first African Regional Internet Exchange in Johannesburg three weeks ago by African Union (AU) Commissioner Dr Elham M Ebrahim as an example of internet innovation on the continent.The African Internet Governance Forum (AfIGIF) annual meeting has been held every year since 2012. This year’s gathering aims to discuss and finalise African positions on the internet and its governance ahead of the December 2016 Global Internet Governance Forum in Mexico.”We are extremely grateful for your continuing partnership,” Cwele told delegates. This, he said, would “ensure that we build an inclusive continent by rolling out large infrastructure projects that connect Africans to opportunities – and each other”.A robust internet was essential to achieving the AU’s Agenda 2063, Cwele said. This 50-year plan aims to build effective institutions, enhance accountability, strengthen solidarity and integration, ensure gender equality and youth empowerment, and achieve peace and security across the continent.”AU infrastructure projects, particularly those of power and internet connectivity, are crucial for this continent to leapfrog in development to be on a par with the developed world,” he said.Locally, South Africa Connect, the country’s national broadband policy, has been prioritised as part of the Nine Point Plan to reignite growth after the global economic downturn.More than this, the South African government recently finalised the National Integrated ICT White Paper to guide the development of information technology. This was achieved, Cwele said, “after long consultations since 2012, and in line with our vision 2030, the National Development Plan”.The white paper, he said, outlined a policy framework for maintaining an open internet, to maximise the net’s potential to transform how citizens interact with their government, how government delivers services, and how businesses transact.”We need to ensure that the continent is empowered to take advantage of the internet and the Fourth Industrial Revolution,” Cwele said.”I hope that after three days we will have an action plan that we can take to the Global Internet Governance Forum and show that Africa is ready to do business with the international internet community on an equal footing.”SouthAfrica.info reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using SouthAfrica.info material.last_img read more

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first_imgAdvocate Barry Roux is representing Oscar Pistorius in his murder trial. (Image: Graphic by Mary Alexander. Background image courtesy of Jonny Ross, Flickr) • South Africa’s justice system • Oscar and the photo of the witness • Pistorius trial: open justice or trial by media? • A media guide to the Oscar Pistorius trial • The media and open justiceLucille DavieParalympian Oscar Pistorius, in court for allegedly murdering his girlfriend of four months, Reeva Steenkamp, on 14 February 2013, is represented by senior council Barry Roux.Roux, an advocate for more than 30 years, is a formidable legal eagle, known for wearing witnesses down. In Pistorius’s bail application in the weeks after the Steenkamp’s death, Roux grilled police detective, Hilton Botha, who cracked under relentless questioning, admitting that his facts were doubtful, and that Pistorius would not be a flight risk. Pistorius’s bail was secured at R1-million and Roux convinced the court to relax some of its strict bail conditions a month later.The first witness to be called in the Pistorius trial, Michelle Burger, took the stand for a day and a half, and withstood repeated grilling by Roux, bravely sticking to her story under pressure. Subsequent witnesses have endured his persistent questioning, with Pistorius’s former girlfriend, Samantha Taylor, breaking down in tears twice during her testimony, with the court having to have a recess to allow her to recover.Roux was admitted to the Bar in 1982. His practice comprises criminal, insurance, delictual, aviation, matrimonial, medical negligence, general contractual and liquidation work.He has had some high profile clients, defending South Africa-based businessman, Dave King, who had had the highest unpaid tax bill ever, at R2.3-billion. The bill was reduced to R700-million. Roux also represented Johannesburg Consolidated Investments chairman, Brett Kebble, now deceased, on charges of tax evasion. The charges were withdrawn in 2007.Mannie Witz, an advocate with the Bridge Group at the Johannesburg Bar, says of Roux: “He is a very experienced criminal lawyer, and quite a likeable fellow.” Witz says he has worked with Roux over the past 35 years. Roux has been a South African Police Services advocate for many years, and still takes on the bigger criminal cases for them. “He is very, very professional, and very competent,” adds Witz.Roux is a hardworking but private person, says Witz, and a gentleman and a family man. “He is always very well prepared, and a very decent guy.”Roux is a member of the Advocates Group 21, a professional body of 101 advocates who practise in the High Courts and other courts of South Africa and neighbouring countries.“Our members are committed to the highest standards of a professional and ethical legal practice, and are equally committed to transformation initiatives internally, and at the Johannesburg Bar, to ensure that the practice remains highly esteemed and legitimate,” indicates the organisation’s website.Members of the group practise in all the fields of law traditionally dealt with by advocates, including constitutional law and human rights, labour law, criminal law, matrimonial matters, banking law, company law, liquidations, aviation law and intellectual property. Services rendered include litigation, mediation and arbitration, attending enquiries and commissions, and appearing in all forums generally permitted by the rules of conduct set by the Bar, including as the presiding officials at hearings.“The Group has actively sought to transform the bar and to help redress the imbalances of the past. It has a dedicated fund aimed at ensuring that new and previously disadvantaged members get access to quality work and clients.”last_img read more

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We get calls most summers about growing cover crops in Ohio after winter wheat. Often in the past couple of years the calls have related to producing nitrogen after wheat for the next crop — usually corn. The short answer is that we have difficulty in Ohio, with our short season after wheat harvest, in growing that perfect cover crop. When my grandfather had a four- to five-year rotation that included two years of clover, then yes you could grow some nitrogen for corn. With our short rotations of corn, soybean then maybe wheat and the income demands of cash rent farming, it is difficult to allow any cover crop to grow for more than a few months.The search is for that perfect crop that provides great cover, is cheap and easy to establish and provides a benefit. I worked with winter peas over several years and have found that it an easy crop to establish, it is relatively cheap to plant and it does grow some nitrogen. The problem is that with the shortened season after wheat harvest, we just don’t have enough time to create large amounts of N. I have experimented with planting dates and have learned that I can even plant the peas as late as late September (for example after early harvested soybeans) and get them to survive the winter. Winter peas planted any earlier, such as in July or August, will die out when the winter sets in due to the succulent growth of the plant. So we have a dilemma — plant early to make good summer growth or plant late to survive the winter. It turns out, from my perspective, that neither will provide significant nitrogen to the next corn crop. What we do get from the summer planted peas is a very good ground cover, making excellent protection for no-till plantings, and producing enough nitrogen to overcome the rotation requirement for higher amounts of applied N after wheat versus soybeans.Other notes for consideration of winter peas:I have planted 25 to 35 pounds of seed per acre, that seems to be enough to create a good stand.You can plant the peas with a no-till grain drill at about the same depth as soybeans.The crop takes off better when you supply a pea inoculant.While the late-planted pea crop can overwinter in central Ohio, it harbors field mice and attracts insect pests into the succeeding corn crop, so you may need a soil insecticide.From my experience don’t plant too early in July, wait until perhaps late July or until mid-August to make the most growth.You can use a post grass herbicide to remove volunteer wheat.Another great cover crop for Ohio is oats. The Forages and Beef Teams of OSU Extension have done research work with summer planted oats after wheat to create fall and early winter forage for livestock, and in many years have demonstrated that you can even get a hay crop off the oats.To quote here from some of their remarks on oats in a Beef Team newsletter: Optimum planting date for oats from the perspective of yield is not until the first of August. Early August plantings also have resulted in the highest total amount of TDN produced per acre. Later plantings will be slightly higher in quality, but typically not enough so to offset the yield advantage of an Aug. 1 planting. While being more conducive to a mechanical harvest in early Fall, planting in early to mid July reduces both yield and quality. The earlier oat plantings also have exhibited more susceptibility to rust: https://u.osu.edu/beef/2015/07/08/oats-an-annual-forage-to-consider/.last_img read more

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The final week of the spring 2017 edition of Feeding Farmers took the Ohio Ag Net crew to far western Ohio to the Michaud Farm. Dale Minyo sits down with Jesse Michaud about the farm, his son’s roles, and an impressive collection of old signs from yesteryear. All that and more in this interview, courtesy of AgriGold.last_img

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first_imgOften described as “crowd sourced television”, online community site Redux is quickly becoming the most addictive entertainment experience on the web. With this morning’s announcement of Twitter and Facebook integration, it looks like the community’s content is about to increase tenfold. Like many other sites, users can import their Twitter and Facebook streams into their profile feeds; however, unlike other social feature integrations, there’s a catch. Rather than simply spitting out a stream of text with bit.ly links, the service converts URLS into video thumbnails and site previews. This conversion is sure to improve Twitter and Facebook-based discovery. Before you naysay preview thumbnails, think about all of your friends who use phrases like “this is so awesome” and “LOL” before sharing a link. The problem with these vague descriptors is that they don’t tell you if you’ll enjoy what lies ahead. Those descriptors don’t even tell you if you’ve already seen this site or whether it’s appropriate to view at work. Redux takes the guesswork out of the stream and lets us know what we’re in for ahead of time. The company is currently completing a grid-based prototype design. While Redux currently offers a Digg-like list interface, previewing sites may become even easier. The new Redux design places emphasis on images to create an entertainment dashboard. (Similar to Boxee’s design but without the installation.) Redux’s ease-of-use coupled with entertaining channels like StandUp Comedy, Trollz and Japan, make it a great community to unwind with after work. And if the entertainment aspects don’t convince you, you may be interested in it for security reasons. Earlier this month ReadWriteWeb covered the return of the Koobface worm to Twitter and Facebook. Despite the companies’ best efforts to filter out malicious URLs, users were fooled into downloading malware. Redux might just be the safety precaution you need. Rather than forcing you to blindly click bit.ly links, Redux offers a safer and more efficient way to explore the stream. While the site is currently in private beta, the first 500 lucky ReadWriteWeb readers can register by clicking this link. Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#start#startups A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… dana oshirolast_img read more

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first_imgCognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Microsoft announced at its Worldwide Partners Conference today that it will launch a CRM SaaS service and an app marketplace as parts of CRM 2011, itself a part of Microsoft Dynamics. CRM 2011, formerly codenamed CRM5, will be available for beta testing in September, starting with the online CRM service and Dynamics Marketplace. The announcement comes as Microsoft is embroiled in a patent battle with CRM competitor Salesforce.com, which has been offering a CRM SaaS and app marketplace for years.Microsoft says CRM 2011 will offer deeper integration with Microsoft Office and SharePoint, more visualization and dashboard tools, and a more connected, social experience.Tight integration with other Microsoft products will be a key advantage for CRM 2011 over tools from competitors such as Salesforce.com, Oracle and SAP. Dynamics Marketplace will be a searchable catalog of applications and professional services to extend the functionality of Microsoft Dynamics, similar to Salesforce.com’s App Exchange. In May, Microsoft filed a lawsuit against Salesforce.com for patent infringement, leading Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff to call Microsoft “ally thugs” and to countersue Microsoft for infringing some of its own patents.Last year, Gartner reported that SAP was the market leader in CRM in 2008, followed by Oracle in second and Salesforce.com in third. Microsoft was fourth. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#enterprise#news#Products Related Posts klint finley IT + Project Management: A Love Affair 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowlast_img read more

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