Live updates: Warriors vs. Blazers, Saturday at 7 p.m.

first_imgJoin us for live news and analysis Saturday at 7 p.m. when the Warriors take on the Trail Blazers in a rematch in Portland, two days after Golden State’s disappointing overtime loss.The Warriors (23-13) have lost three of their last five games, including Thursday’s 110-109 loss to the Blazers. Golden State did itself no favors by missing nine of its 15 free throws, making just 29 percent of its 3’s and turning over the ball 15 times. Damian Lillard’s 3-pointer with 5.1 seconds left …last_img

Sharks’ All Star Game experience ends with ‘terrible outcome’

first_imgClick HERE if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.SAN JOSE — As Brent Burns attempted to put a positive spin on the Sharks home All Star Game at SAP Center, he was interrupted by teammate Erik Karlsson.“The crowd was awesome. Good energy,” Burns said.“Terrible outcome,” Karlsson interjected. Walt Whitman couldn’t have picked better words to describe the Sharks’ experience in Saturday’s three-on-three tournament at the Tank. Instead of witnessing an enduring …last_img

How to tell a good story so the world listens

first_imgThe South African Competitiveness Forum Report tracks input from many stakeholders countrywide on South Africa’s position in the world. Already several goals set out in the original discussions on boosting the nation’s brand globally have been reached, the latest forum hears.A number of objectives set out during the inaugural South African Competitiveness Forum, held in 2013, have been achieved in a step towards giving the country a competitive edge on the global stage.This was revealed during a seminar to discuss perceptions of South Africa held by international investors. It was organised by Brand South Africa and the Wits Business School and took place on the Johannesburg campus on Wednesday, 2 April. Among those who attended were Brand South Africa chief executive Miller Matola; Brand South Africa research manager Dr Petrus de Kock; Gauteng Growth and Development Agency (GGDA) group chief executive Siphiwe Ngwenya; Dr Shima Nokaneng, also from the agency; and Tsholo Mogotsi from the city of Johannesburg’s department of economic development.Brand South Africa used the seminar as a stage to release the South African Competitiveness Forum Report, which details the discussions and the ultimate outcomes of the forum, as well as the regional consultations that were held. “Today’s seminar is part of our discharging our mandate as Brand South Africa, and this mandate revolves around two areas: firstly to build the country’s reputation or brand with a view to improving the competitiveness of the country, and secondly to get South Africans to buy into South Africa, to build civic pride, get all citizens to be ambassadors of this country, and to ensure this is a competitive country not only on the continent but globally,” said Matola.The World Economic Forum defines competitiveness as “the set of institutions, policies, and factors that determine the level of productivity of a country”. A competitive economy is one that is likely to grow faster over time, it adds.Matola said it was in this light that on 5 November 2013, the organisation hosted the first in a series of competitiveness forums at Gallagher Estate in Johannesburg with the aim of providing a strategic platform through which to consult and work with the government, business and civil society to identify the competitive and reputational strengths and challenges facing South Africa. Partners and stakeholders who attended that gathering included Trade and Investment South Africa, the Department of Trade and Industry, Productivity SA, universities and businesses. “It was a multi-stakeholder forum which was attended by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe.”The way forwardMatola said six objectives were set down at that forum, namely:Set up a task team to monitor implementation of agreed projects;Set up a one-stop shop to drive, consolidate and position South Africa as an attractive destination for investment and business;Consolidate country messaging to enable better coherence and a unified voice to position South Africa on the international stage;Intensify and fast-track roll-out of energy infrastructure so that delivery can meet demand for future growth as outlined in the National Development Plan;Leverage institutional capacity, skills and knowledge to drive competitiveness; and,Strengthen and amplify current initiatives to deliver quality education.“We have been able to make some advances in terms of some of the outcomes. For example, a forum working group has been established and a one-stop shop for international investors. We have also come up with a session report which we are releasing today,” said Matola.One goal that was receiving attention was soliciting input for a competitiveness index appropriate for South Africa. Matola said that at present, the indices Brand South Africa used to assess competitiveness were “external” ones. These included the World Economic Forum’s Competitiveness Index and International Institute for Management Development’s World Competitiveness Yearbook.“We do believe that there is a need for us to also develop an index that focuses on those critical areas of competence and attributes that are important for us as a country, whether they could be based on our progress towards achieving the goals of our National Development Plan.”A coherent storyAchieving global competiveness also required sending out messages about South Africa that were “common, consistent and coherent”. “This requires that we all work together to produce this kind of content – us working with business, with [the] government, with civil society to make sure that there is a consistent message about what this country stands for, where this country comes from and where this country is going.”During that initial forum, breakaway working sessions were set up to discuss five themes: foreign direct investment competitiveness; education, skills and labour; infrastructure; manufacturing and related services; and government and leadership.Consultations were also held in 2013 with business, the government and civil society in Eastern Cape, Western Cape, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal. Valuable insights regarding matters of regional importance were shared with the Brand South Africa teams during these discussions, said Matola.Presenting the report, De Kock said there was “lots of input” from stakeholders at the regional consultations. Based on analysis of inputs received, high level themes were noted. “At the top is ‘reputation implications of education’ which was noted as a challenge to the nation brand. We are quite aware of issues in certain education spaces so there was quite a strong call on that in terms of how we deal with this from a reputational point of view,” he said.Strength of city-regionsThere was also a call for the nation brand to focus more on city brands and their value add to the nation brand. “If you look at the structure of global GDP [gross domestic product] at this point in time, about 70% of global GDP is produced in between 600 and 700 city-regions or metropolitan regions in the global economy, which is significant.”This meant that as a nation brand organisation, Brand South Africa should be more effectively equipped to tell the story of the building blocks of the brand. Hence, part of the outcome for the organisation was to have a better relationship with organisations such as the GGDA and metro structures so that it would be able to “relate that story better on the capabilities of the country”.Labour challenges and the role of good governance were also key areas of discussion in the regional consultations, according to De Kock.“Stakeholders also brought to the fore the issue that business community stakeholders should be equipped as nation brand messengers. This is a very interesting thing that came through. Business stakeholders often say to us that when they engage with international business during their travels they want to tell stories about South Africa but they don’t have the information.”As a communications organisation, De Kock said Brand South Africa needed to have a “better connection” with business and the government to help shape the stories about the country that had to be shared.Another competitiveness forum would be held later this year, he added.last_img read more

Brand South Africa views Statistics SA’s GDP results as a wake-up call

first_imgJohannesburg, Wednesday 05 June 2019 –  Brand South Africa notes with concern the results released by Stats SA which indicate that South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) declined by 3.2% in the first quarter of 2019, the largest quarterly drop in GDP in a decade.According to the report, the main contributors to the decline are manufacturing (-8.8%), mining (-10.8%) and agriculture (-13.2%). “The decline is the biggest quarterly fall in economic activity since the first quarter of 2009, when the economy – under strain from the global financial crisis – tumbled by 6.1%,” said Stats SA in a statement.Economist have attributed it to load shedding, perceived weak economic policy and instability at state-owned enterprises.“Important for South Africa is the fact that increased trade tensions between major economies stand to have a negative impact on commodity exporters due to potential price volatility. While the South African GDP outlook has seen a downward revision, this happens in a global context, where the World Bank indicated earlier in the year that international trade and investment are moderating – and as such this is a challenge for many emerging markets, and South Africa is no exception. Additionally, the global economy and trading system is being challenged by trade tensions that remain elevated,” said Brand South Africa, General Manager for Research, Dr Petrus de Kock.“We are confident that under the 6th administration that we will expand the economy, in order to address our many societal problems which, find their roots in the scourge of unemployment, poverty and inequality. These results are a call to action for all stakeholders across all sectors to collaborate in finding sustainable solutions to grow our economy,” concluded Dr de Kock. Notes to the EditorAbout Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness. Its aim is also to promote pride and patriotism among South Africans, to contribute to nation building and social cohesion.About Play Your PartPlay Your Part is a nationwide programme created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa.  It aims to lift the spirit of our nation by inspiring all South Africans to contribute to positive change, become involved and start doing. A nation of people who care deeply for one another and the environment in which they live is beneficial for everyone.Play Your Part is aimed at all South Africans – from corporates and individuals, NGOs and government, churches and schools, from the young to the not-so-young.  It aims to encourage South Africans to use some of their time, money, skills or goods to contribute to a better future for all. Join the conversation at: Join the conversation BrandSouthAfrica @Brand_SA For more information or to set up interviews, please contact: Tsabeng NthiteTel: +27 11 712 5061Mobile: +27 (0) 76 371 6810Email:[email protected] www.brandsouthafrica.comlast_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — July 24, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We can see another damp feeling type of day today, as clouds hold over all of Ohio, and we have another day of light precipitation to deal with. Today’s action favors better rain totals over the eastern half of the state, but we will not rule out action anywhere. In the east, we can see a tenth to half an  inch, and in the west a sprinkle to a few hundredths are possible. Still, there is likely less moisture around over a good 60% of the state than we saw yesterday.WE will even see some additional moisture for early Wednesday in east and northeast Ohio, although the rest of the state should be drying out and getting more sun there.Drying continues through Thursday, as humidity values fall.We still have a weak cold front sagging into the northern part of the state overnight Thursday night into early Friday, but moisture held by the wave is significantly lower. This will bring scattered showers totaling no more than a few hundredths to a tenth or two to 40% of the state north of I-70 in the overnight Thursday early Friday period. That forecast is lower on moisture totals and lower on coverage than our previous look and we would not be surprised to see the front wither to nearly nothing by the time we get there. We see nothing south of I-70.Dry weather back for the balance of Friday, Saturday and most of Sunday. We should see temps climb a bit over the weekend as south flow develops ahead of our next system.Monday we see our next storm complex moving into the state. The map at right shows a possible set up for just after sunrise Monday morning. Models have started to have a bit more disagreement on timing and duration, along with strength. We are seeing signs of the track and speed mimicking our last system this past weekend, moving slowly across the eastern corn belt due to a strong upper level ridge and high-pressure dome off the Atlantic coast. However, we are not making any changes to our forecast at this time, except to pull back on moisture for the Sunday night and Monday period. Right now, we are looking at a half to 1.5” and will pull coverage back to 70%. We are going to leave Tuesday and Wednesday dry this morning and challenge mother nature to give us a little more data. We will revisit the system tomorrow morning. We should be dry the remainder of the week.We are leaving the extended period alone this morning. We have dry weather through the 4th, and then have a system coming together in the western belt that will take a few days to push east. This will likely bring some half to 1-inch moisture potential back to the eastern corn belt for the 5th and 6th. High pressure returns on the backside of that system.last_img read more

Google Brings Shopper App to the iPhone

first_imgTags:#Google#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… mike melanson When Google released Google Shopper last year, we asked “Is there any business Google doesn’t want to be in?” The simple answer, of course, is “no” and now the company is bringing this same shopping app to the iPhone. Just like you might expect, Google Shopper does all your favorite on-the-go shopping maneuvers – it scans, it compares and it saves – but now for the iPhone.If you’re the type of shopper that is interested in shopping apps, then it’s likely you’ve already downloaded something like RedLaser, which scans barcodes and searches for prices using eBay. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Google lets you search not only by barcode, but also by entering an item name or speaking into the phone, giving the app that special, non-smartphone-owning friend impresser Google quality. And of course, everything is Google integrated, meaning you’re taken through the entire process, from search to locating and buying the items.Once you’ve selected a product result, you can compare prices across web retailers, and even find where you can purchase the item nearby, which is especially useful for those of us who are last-minute shoppers. For some retailers, we also provide inventory information so you can see if a particular store branch has the item in stock, has limited availability, or if the item is out of stock and you should head to a different store.The app is currently available for free in the App Store for both iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 running iOS 4.0 or newer. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts last_img read more

Maharashtra government may seek more than ₹3,000 crore as flood relief

first_imgFollowing Karnataka’s request for interim flood relief from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Maharashtra government will also submit a memorandum seeking ₹3,000-crore package this week. At a meeting on Monday, Chief Secretary Ajoy Mehta spoke to senior Relief and Rehabilitation, and Revenue department officials to asses the losses the flood-ravaged western Maharashtra in which over 150 people have died. Sources said the Cabinet will review the State’s proposal on Tuesday. Senior officials said the destruction to human life and property is massive and may need central assistance at the earliest.Karnataka meanwhile, has sought ₹3,000 crore as monetary assistance from the Centre before the final review of the inter-ministerial committee on disaster management on assessment and quantification of the damage. The process is reversed in usual circumstances. Maharashtra is likely to seek the same waiver. “We have finalised our assessment to damages, and will submit our memorandum soon,” said a senior official. While Karnataka’s assessment of damages are based on losses in 2,694 villages in 86 talukas of 17 districts, Maharashtra’s damages, in the worst floods in a decade, have been reported from 70 talukas of Kolhapur, Sangli, Satara, Thane, Nasik, Palghar, Ratnagiri, Raigad and Sindhudurg districts. The floods lefts 761 villages marooned, officials said. The crop destruction alone, officials said, could be more than ₹125 crore, according to preliminary assessment. While exact worth of damage would only be known once the flood water has fully receded, senior officials said around 27,468 hectare of agriculture land has been completely destroyed while the numbers could eventually touch one lakh hectares when the panchnama is complete, senior officials said. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had said on Saturday that the total length of road damaged is 484 km, while 2,615 transformers are damaged partially or fully in the floods.last_img read more

Refreshed SBP, Gilas Pilipinas logos unveiled

first_imgDA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES “We restructured the SBP in the direction that we’ve set the federation to embark on,” he said.Gilas Pilipinas’ branding will now be implemented across all of the “six pillars” of the program according to Panlilio.Within the revamp are the official appointments of coach Yeng Guiao as program director the men’s program and Patrick Aquino for the women’s program. Tab Baldwin was named program director for the youth teams with Sandy Arespacochaga as the head coach. Meanwhile, coach Jong Uichico and Atty. Rebo Saguisag were identified as heads of the SBP Academy’s Commissions for Coaches and Tournaments, and Referees and Table Officials, respectively.“We officially announced a (reorganization) in SBP early this year but it was a process we went through identifying what key components of the body we wanted to strengthen, where we could have more improvements because there’s always a room to improve,” he said.Panlilio said the 3×3 squad, which is set to compete in FIBA 3×3 Asia Cup in Changsha, China, on May 28, will be the first to don the refreshed logos of the federation.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue The new Gilas logo features a silhouette of the Philippine Eagle superimposed on a basketball, which is split in red and blue, and adorned with the flag’s three stars and a partial view of the sun.“We wanted to show the motion of attacking our goals and programs—but in a very disciplined manner,” he said of the changes made to the logo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsMeanwhile, SBP’s updated crest just features a sharper font style.Panlilio said that the changes are emblematic of the body’s push to “avoid confusion” and “set accountability across leaders.” Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View commentscenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s PSEU that will run SEA Games eSports events, says POC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles SBP unveils new logos. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) unveiled a refreshed version of its logo and a new one for the Philippines’ basketball programs Wednesday night in a short press conference at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.“We felt that after 10 years, we wanted a refresh not only cosmetically, but also structurally. We needed to strengthen a lot of areas,” said SBP president Al Panilio.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

More lawyers staff not having an effect on justice in Nunavik Quebec

first_imgTom FennarioAPTN NewsThe province of Quebec has increased the number of Crown attorneys and staff for the courts in Nunavik yet the system is still backlogged the Quebec inquiry heard on Tuesday.“Attorneys, we have 4 times more than before,” said Nathalie Samson with Legal Aid services. “We increased a lot the resources and in spite of all that the problem continues to increase this is the observation that we’re seeing and the limits of justice, justice cannot resolve everything.”Last year, Nunavik’s crime rate was astronomical with almost one criminal incident per person in a population of a little more than 12,000.Many of those charges come from breach of probation conditions which often includes breaking the prohibition of drinking alcohol.“We want to be ready for everything,” said Marie-Chantal Brassard, chief prosecutor and director of Criminal Pursuits and Penalties. “We want to have all the solutions but I don’t have any explanations, rational explanations for those numbers.”Commissioner Jacques Viens said the region should consider alternative measures other than imprisoning people with addiction issues.“I will have to ask you to reflect very profoundly with other intervention workers,” said Viens. “Other participants you will have to find something that will be a little more appropriate.But it’s not like the province hasn’t been warned about issues with justice in Nunavik.In 2016, Quebec’s ombudsman issued a report calling for sweeping changes to justice in Nunavik.Among the solutions proposed was to reduce travel by prisoners.Because there is no detention centre in Nunavik, Inuit prisoners are often transported more than a thousand kilometres to the south to be heard until their case is heard.These people are not convicted yet and often travel back and forth a dozen times before a verdict is reached.One solution offered in the report to reduce travel and speed up a trial was to introduce video conferencing.But the inquiry heard that video conferencing has yet to be properly set up in either men’s or women’s prisons.“Maybe I’m repeating myself here, but we’re in 2018 technology has been very developed, and we don’t live in the middle ages anymore,” Viens said. “There are people who are suffering from these delays who are subjected to injustices because of these delays and this has been related to us on multiple occasions.”Read more here: Imported Justice: A look inside Quebec’s travelling court in [email protected]@tfennariolast_img read more