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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_imgGardaí in Donegal have confirmed that missing man Aidan Baldrick (33) has been found safe and well.A widespread search took place this week to locate Mr Baldrick, who had been missing from his home in Derry since Friday 10th May.The search extended to Letterkenny after sightings of Mr Baldrick were recorded in the town on Friday evening. Gardaí reported a positive outcome to the search this Saturday afternoon: “Aidan Baldrick has been found and is safe and well. Thank you to everyone for any assistance given. Great outcome!”Relief as missing Derry man found safe and well was last modified: May 20th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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_imgBrand South Africa’s Play Your Part initiative was one of 34 Gold award winners at the Loeries this year. Here’s more on the award-winning radio ad and the current campaigns of Play Your Part.Sithembile Ntombela (right), Brand South Africa’s general manager of marketing, is pleased with the Loerie Gold award won for the Play Your Part radio ad. Here she is with Thobile Mushwana, a Play Your Part ambassador. (Images: Mathiba Molefe)Melissa JavanBrand South Africa’s Play Your Part won a Gold award at the Loeries this year, held at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban. The Loeries awards ceremonies were held on 19 and 20 August 2017 during Loeries Creative Week Durban.The Loeries are the marketing and advertising industry’s awards. They are an opportunity for brands and marketers to view the very best work coming out of the region. All countries from Africa and the Middle East may enter all the categories, but entries from outside South Africa are judged separately.The Media Update reported that more than 3,000 entries were received, with 20% of them from outside South Africa. A total of 800 brands were represented by 400 agencies from 18 countries in Africa and the Middle East.The awardsThere were more than 240 Loeries awarded in 22 categories, including five Grand Prix, 34 Golds, 24 CraftGolds, 73 Silvers, and 102 Bronzes.The special awards included Nathan Reddy of Grid Worldwide, who was inducted into the Loeries Hall of Fame. He is the first designer to receive this honour.Brand South Africa was entered in the Radio Communication: South African Non-English Radio Station Commercials category. Its agency, The Odd Number, won the Gold for the After Tears radio ad for Play Your Part.Listen to the advert (or read the subtitles) here:In the same category, The Odd Number won a Silver for its BBC Lifestyle campaign, Hell’s Kitchen – Mama, Mfundisi, for the Hell’s Kitchen initiative.Joe Public won a Silver award for its Back to School campaign for Jet, called Hand-me-downs – Is’khaftini, Is’cathulo, Isokisi.Runners-up in the category were DDB, which won a Bronze for the Medal Paints Inkanyamba campaign, as did I See A Different You for the self-promotion campaign, Wa hamba Nathi.Communication for niche audiencesLoeries CEO Andrew Human told Campaign Middle East that the Loeries focused on being a regional specialist show. “In our judging, our judges are guided to look for regional excellence, to look for regional relevance.“Often you might find that niche work that may be overlooked in a global show, is what really comes out here and might get a strong award… We are looking for work in local languages that has a small cultural significance to the niche audience,” he said.“It doesn’t have to be a global campaign. It doesn’t have to make sense in London and in New York City. It can make sense in one city, in one country and region and we want to see how communication is being targeted to niche regional audiences.”The Q&APlay Your Part is a movement not a campaign, explained Sithembile Ntombela, Brand South Africa’s general manager of marketing. She was speaking at the media launch of the Play Your Part television series on 24 August 2017. “A campaign ends.“It is imperative to get South Africans to rally behind the Nation’s Brand. There are endless opportunities of getting involved and that is Play Your Part is a call to action programme that challenges every South African to play their part in their communities and contribute towards a positive social change.Sithembile NtombelaJournalist Melissa Javan spoke to Ntombela following the Gold Loerie win; she talked about what Play Your Part was currently doing:Melissa Javan: Congratulations on the Loerie win. How do you feel about it?Sithembile Ntombela: Ecstatic! Play Your Part was launched in 2011 with an objective of promoting active citizenship among citizens with a view that when we as a collective play our part, we will achieve what is set out in the country’s vision.After six years of hard work, receiving a gold award is a huge success and a key milestone for the organisation. This is also indicative of a hard working organisation, an organisation that continues to create a Nation Brand that inspires its people and is admired globally. Play Your Part affords us with a platform of bringing inspiration to life.MJ: What was the idea behind the radio ad?SN: The big idea was to show the reality of the consequences of driving after drinking alcohol. We believe that the number of road accidents continue to be on the rise and the campaign objective was really to activate the “rude awakening” of this reality.That is why the set of the ad is in heaven. If all citizens can play their part and promote responsible driving, the number of accidents can be reduced.MJ: Why was it specifically targeted at non-English speakers?SN: My view is that due to the lingo used, the ad lands itself naturally to a vernacular station. The plan is to get stakeholders to promote the ad and flight it on various platforms, including social media.MJ: Was it part of a campaign?SN: It was a tactical advert in support of the Arrive Alive campaign, which is often championed by the Department of Transport.MJ: How often does Brand South Africa do campaigns like these?SN: Brand South Africa works with and through various stakeholders and there are different collaborations that often take place. For example, there are the South African Premier Business Awards in collaboration with Proudly SA and the Department of Trade and Industry.However, this advert will be aired on different radio channels during the holiday season, with the objective of issuing a strong call to action.MJ: Can you name a few campaigns you are busy with now?SN: We are working with the Department of Trade and Industry on the South African Premier Business Awards. We are also busy with the Play Your Part TV series, which will start airing on 26 August 2017 on SABC 2, at 18h00.In addition, we are promoting the nation brand on international platforms through a partnership with CNN. We have an on-going media engagement to strengthen our relations with the media and get them to understand the nation brand performance.MJ: How important are the Loeries for South Africa?SN: Very important. They enhance the nation brand’s reputation and hopefully this can help in promoting the visibility of Brand South Africa. For me, the Loeries are a platform of celebrating creativity, talent and innovation. If a brand gets recognition at the Loeries, it enhances that brand’s reputation.MJ: Any final thoughts?SN: We will continue to work hard to ensure that the nation brand is recognised and that many South Africans can rally behind the brand and support Brand South Africa in advancing the long-term reputation and competitiveness of South Africa.Watch this year’s Loeries and the winners on its official site.Sources: Loeries, Campaign Middle East and Campaign Middle East, YouTube.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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first_imgYesterday’s 2006 SOAExecForum held in San Francisco brought together many of the innovators leading the push towards SOA.One theme that echoed throughout many of the presentations and discussions throughout the day was the idea of “Start Small, but Think Big”.  Build a master plan and implement incrementally.  An advantage of the SOA approach is that it needn’t be adopted monolithically like an ERP system.  SOA is something that can be phased in gradually, but there was the emphasis that to do it right it needs to be done thoughtfully.  Implementations that are developed with only a single point-to-point solution in mind tend not to be implemented well for general reuse.  It’s important to take the time to design individual services in a way that promotes and encourages their reuse by future processes. The day started off with a keynote by Transamerica Life Insurance’s Jeff Gleason, Director of IT Strategies for the Annuities Products and Services Division.  Jeff outlined how he led TLI’s migration from a ‘project-based’ culture (project-based architecture, project-based tools, project-based iDEs…) into one that flows from a single overall architecture.  He preferred not to emphasize enabling technologies like WSDL, UDDI and SOAP, but rather to consider business processes and reusability.  That was a theme that many of the other presenters also echoed. The TLI approach was very methodical in creating a Business Architecture Map using tools like IBM’s Rational RequisitePro and Sun’s Composite Application Suite.  Using these tools TLI breaks down their processes into actors, business events, and business functions.  He defined events as anything that caused a change in state of the business and functions as the process that is performed due to a change in state.Jeff was followed by BEA’s Bret Dixon.  Brett pitched BEA’s AquaLogic and also presented a number of statistics from InfoWorld that showed a trend towards more wide-spread industry acceptance and a growing number of pilot projects based on SOA. Interestingly, Brett showed the results of a survey where BEA, IBM and Microsoft came out as the perceived leaders in the SOA space, with Oracle and SAP dragging behind.  The survey was across 558 large companies having 20,000 or more employees.  Neither Oracle nor SAP had a presence at the conference, so maybe the perception is correct, but it surprised me that Oracle wasn’t seen as a leader in the space.  The reason for the perception is probably because of Oracle’s strong push to be the end-to-end provider of enterprise applications like their Oracle Application Suite and their on-going Fusion project.  And there were quite a few digs throughout the day by presenters at the signature high-budget approach of monolithic ERP systems.  The audience of the survey probably pegged Oracle solely in the ERP camp, which is partly true, but on other fronts Oracle has actually been a strong promoter of both SOA and standards.Brett also saw SOA in most cases as being a technology that works well via gradual adoption.  Many enterprises adopt a “multi-phase, multi-dimensional roadmap”.  He saw very few companies approaching SOA as an ERP-like “Mega Project”.  Brett quoted the Home Depo slogan: “You can do this”.The idea of “going slow” and wisely selecting components that have strong potential for reusability fits in well with Formtek strategy.  Formtek has created services for managing and versioning Content and Documents.  Maintaining a link to content is a requirement of almost any business process.  Implementing the capability once and making it available for resuse across many processes is a smart move.Various other case study success stories were highlighted throughout the day at the conference.  These included Merrill Lynch, PG&E, Rockwell, Ameriquest Capital, and Sony Pictures Entertainment.In Jeff’s keynote, he pointed out one problem that they’re still working through is to address SOA security, in particular whether it needed to be applied at the Services Level or whether it was something that should be applied at the Composite Application Level.Throughout much of the rest of the conference, security of services came up again and again.  Somewhat surprisingly, of the roughly 15 sponsers of the event, five of them are building hardware to support SOA infrastructure and SOA security.Types of things being moved into hardware include XML parser acceleration, Security Processing, Clustering, Threat Detection (especially Denial of Service via XML threats — something that XML is very susceptible to), and Cryptography.Vendors with hardware offerings included Cisco, Intel, IBM, Layer 7 and Reactivity.  The souped up routers and hardware appliances are in effect becoming “XML Firewalls”.  The Layer 7 people, led by their Director of Architeture, Scott Morrison, seemed to have a good command of the issues.   As one of the drafters of WS-Security, Scott has unique understanding and insight into what is involved in implementing Security. Despite having been involved in the drafting of the specs, Scott see the WS-* specifications as very onerous on the application/service developer.  The many specifications are very complicated and oftentimes appear to be contradictory.  They are also still evolving and changing.  It is too much to have to ask developers to have to keep up on the details of the current services spec and to then implement the spec in their service to guarantee that the implementation complies fully with the spec and is fully interoperable with other components. Moving security out of software and into the hardware layer makes sense and guarantees a common approach when dealing with any service, no matter which vendor or group created it.   The Layer 7 offering lets application programmers program to the WSDL of the service without having to program to an intermediary that includes security concerns.last_img read more

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first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… jolie odell 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… It’s no secret that we at ReadWriteWeb have a lot of love for startups that make their homes outside Silicon Valley and the Bay Area.We’ve decided to make a few videos spotlighting some unique, unexpected locations where startups thrive, where tech scenes are vibrant, where cooperation outstrips competition, and where creativity runs rampant. One of the first cities we’d like to introduce you to is home to between 150 and 170 startups as well as a thriving entrepreneurial and creative community. Welcome to Boulder, Colorado.RWW’s Never Mind the Valley series:AustinBangaloreBeijingBostonBoulderIsraelLondonLos AngelesNew YorkPortland Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Features#Never Mind the Valley#start#startups With the startup accelerator program at TechStars acting as a lightning rod, this area has grown from an earthy university town to a true hotbed of innovation. In certain parts of downtown, you can’t throw a rock without hitting some startup’s offices, and I could barely walk three blocks without bumping into at least one entrepreneur, developer, or designer working at a company such as Threadless or AOL.We interviewed a couple of local startup advisors and one startup team about the culture and community in Boulder. Watch and listen to what they have to say; there are more than a few reasons tech-minded residents love this gorgeous mountain town. Related Posts last_img read more

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