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first_imgANAHEIM — On paper, this last week was supposed to be cake.The A’s entered the road trip with some semblance of a lead eased by visions of the tanking teams that lay ahead. The Angels aren’t supposed to win right now, Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani are in and out of surgeries and half the Salt Lake Bees occupied its lineup on Tuesday.So young players looking to prove themselves outbid a worn offense looking to keep chugging steam; the A’s fell to the Angels, 3-2.‘We just have show up and win …last_img read more

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first_img10 July 2006Public-private partnerships are playing a major role in turning South Africa’s crime situation around, according to a special survey of the country in the 8 April 2006 issue of The Economist.Singled out for special mention by The Economist is Business Against Crime South Africa, the organisation that pioneered a successful model, combining private sector know-how with a mixture of private and public money, of combating crime in the country. Formed in 1996 at the behest of former president Nelson Mandela, Business Against Crime (BAC) supports the government’s crime-fighting initiatives by harnessing the skills and resources of the country’s business community.The organisation, a not-for-profit body funded primarily by the business sector, is still best known for its role in dramatically cutting street crime in Johannesburg’s central business district – by setting up closed-circuit TV surveillance cameras following the success of a similar scheme in Cape Town.Oiling the wheels of justiceMission accomplished, Business Against Crime left others to run this project, and applied its model to other parts of South Africa’s criminal justice system, such as the slow processing of criminal cases.According to The Economist, the BAC “spent R31-million over several years on getting outside experts to analyse the flow of cases, from the initial reporting of an incident in a police station to the arrival (or not) of the case in court.“On the basis of this research, the government spent about R2-billion on reforming the whole system. Perhaps partly as a result, conviction rates – a dismal 8% in 2000 – are beginning to creep up.”Management training for policeAnother major BAC project involves management training in South Africa’s police stations. In pilot projects in the provinces of Mpumalanga and Gauteng, over 200 policemen and women from 28 police stations received training in 2005.And according to the BAC, the country’s business sector has donated an effective R88-million for developing a leadership development programme for senior station managers and implementing the programme between 2006 and 2008.Commercial courtsBusiness Against Crime, together with the South African Banks Risk Information Centre, has also tackled commercial crime, establishing four specialised commercial courts in Durban, Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth and Pretoria – with two more to come, in Bloemfontein and Cape Town, in 2006.Staffed by specialists to convict the guilty quickly and efficiently and secure appropriate sentences, the commercial courts boast an average 97% to 98% conviction rate, and have cut the case processing time for commercial crimes in the country by half, from 30 months in 1999 to 14 months in 2005.Tackling trade in stolen goodsWhen it came to tackling organised crime involving large syndicates, the BAC shifted its approach, taking steps to help remove the commercial benefit in the trade of stolen goods – in the first place, vehicles, cellphones and copper cable.Improved business processes within the government’s vehicle management system have helped to root out fraud and corruption and, according to the BAC, contributed to a 30% reduction in hijackings in Gauteng province in 2005/06.Business Against Crime is also helping to facilitate:the introduction of improved vehicle identity measures such as microdotting;a better co-ordinated approach to “chop shop” disruption operations, supported by new legislation in the form of the Second-Hand Goods Act; andgreater control over the movement of “vehicles in transit” to help curb the illegal registration of second-hand vehicles locally.In February 2006, SA’s Retail Motor Industry Organisation became the 14th business organistion to join the Industry Alignment Forum, a body set up by the BAC to co-ordinate business efforts to combat crime.In April 2005, Business Against Crime also brokered a cellphone blacklisting agreement between the police and the country’s three cellular operators – Cell C, MTN and Vodacom.According to the BAC, the reporting of stolen, lost and damaged cellphones “increased by approximately 500% during the first 10 months of 2005, compared to the same period in both 2003 and 2004.”Reaching out to schoolsBusiness Against Crime has also reached out to South Africa’s schools, with a special programme that teaches positive morality and non-violent methods of conflict resolution.The Tiisa Thuto project was run in 121 schools in Gauteng province in 2004/05, reaching over 1.2-million scholars, teachers and parents, and is now being rolled out in the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and Western Cape provinces.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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first_imgTags:#enterprise Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… alex williams Related Posts What a week for StatusNet, the open-source, microblogging service that serves as the foundation for identi.ca, one of the first services to emerge as a focal player in the movement around the real-time Web.Last week, the company launched StatusNet Enterprise Network, a microblogging service with a support program for the corporate market. Initial customers include Motorola Corporation and Canonical Ltd.And yesterday, they announced a significant update that demonstrates they will be an open-source alternative to the proprietary microblogging services that cater to the enterprise.StatusNet is an exception in the enterprise market. It’s an open-source software project, started by members of the open source and wiki communities. The enterprise service is priced on an annual basis. It ranges in cost from $1,000 to $10,000 per year. Customers get access to different levels of service based on package they choose to purchase. For example, at the $1,000 level package, the service includes access to the forums. It includes email support and response time within one day. A $10,000 package includes six hours of best practice consulting and response within one hour to support requests.Open-source software is proving to be a winner in the enterprise. As we noted earlier this week, a number of enterprise providers have committed developer communities. Alfresco Software is a shining example. According to Matt Asay, the company has grown every quarter since its launch in 2005, “with its last quarter seeing a 30-percent quarter-over-quarter increase on an already large base.”With a committed developer community, an open-source enterprise provider can show significant improvements in its product. Today, StatusNet released StatusNet 0.9.0, the latest version of its software, representing eight month of development by the StatusNet developer community.The feature list scrolls down the page. It includes leading edge support for OStatus, the new distributed status update standard based on PubSubHubbub, Salmon, Webfinger, and Activity Streams.Significant: StatusNet now has no fixed content size. “Notice size is configurable, from 1 to unlimited number of characters. Default is still 140!” This could possibly mean that the service can be similar to Tumblr or Posterous that fits into the enterprise.Other updates include:We expect that StatusNet Enterprise will rise fast as a contender in the enterprise market. It’s extensible, has the features that the enterprise customer wants and it has a strong developer community. That’s a winning combination that makes StatuNet a potential open-source star in the enterprise.Support for location using the Geolocation API.Support for OAuth authentication in the Twitter API.An authentication plugin for LDAP servers.Support for Facebook Connectcenter_img IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowlast_img read more

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first_imgMembers of Colorado’s Intermountain Rural Electric Association who have installed photovoltaic (PV) systems won’t find much to like in a plan under consideration by the association’s board of directors. A report from UtilityDive.com says that the proposal would reduce the reimbursement that owners of PV systems get for the electricity they sell from the retail rate of 12.3 cents per kilowatt hour to 6.5 cents per kWh, which is just above the co-op’s avoided cost of about 5 cents per kWh.At the same time, the plan would see the introduction of an unusual demand charge for residential solar customers. On top of the standard $10 monthly service charge that all residential customers pay, customers with PV systems would pay another $7 per kW in the 15-minute period of highest electric use during the month. Demand charges are common for commercial and industrial customers, but not in residential rate plans.The proposal, however, would reduce off-peak nighttime rates for customers with solar panels to 6.5 cents per kWh. Number of solar customers is growingThe number of residential customers with PV systems is very small, but it’s increasing rapidly. There are some 600 solar customers today, and that is expected to grow to about 1,000 by the end of the year. At the end of 2014, there were 270.The co-op’s concern, the web site reported, is that if more of its 145,000 customers begin producing more of their own power, the fixed costs of running and maintaining the grid will be shifted to customers who don’t have solar panels. This is the same argument that has pitted utilities against solar advocates around the country.Advocates, however, say the co-op is undervaluing the benefits of solar power.The board of directors had been scheduled to vote on the plan on June 1, but after a three-hour meeting attended by dozens of solar customers, the board instead tabled the plan to give members more time to study the issue, according to an article in the Denver Business Journal.Rebecca Cantwell, executive director of the Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association, said that the customers who showed up were adamantly opposed to the plan.“The people who talked were absolutely passionate about how unfair this is and how they’re trying to make the world a better place and IREA is going against them,” she said.last_img read more

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first_imgThe Mens and Womens Open division picked up in excitement today, as day two of the 2004 NSW State Cup saw teams struggling for those finals positions. With several key matches being played in both the Mens and Womens competition and the sky semi-blue, it was sure to be a great day. With matches such as Canterbury and Easts in the Womens, a Sydney Championships Grand Final rematch, with the latest Smith medal winner Louise Winchester having a brilliant tournament. The Mens competition was also building as Penrith met Parramatta early in the morning, while Wests faced Cronulla and Lismore today, both drawing big crowds. Like Wests weren’t already strong enough the addition of the fast stepping Benji Marshall is sure to please the opposition. MENS OPEN RESULTS: Round four in the Mens competition was a story of two pools. Pool one’s matches were all lopsided; the expected close match between Cronulla and Western Suburbs was entertaining. While it wasn’t close, the skill of Wests with players like Drummayne Dayberg-Muir, Daniel Rushworth and that guy called Benji Marshall, certainly entertained the crowd. Lismore put in another strong performance and their match against Wests in round five is sure to be an indicator for the finals series. Pool two saw a couple of close matches with Penrith’s 5-4 win over Parramatta a great match to watch. The attack of Penrith, especially through their young players, was brilliant. However, Parramatta is still one to keep an eye on, as they didn’t make the most of their opportunities and it was their first match with a full team. The arrival of another Australian Mens Open player in Matt Curran strengthens their team even further. Eastern Suburbs also survived a scare over Manly Warringah, who are proving they can come close to taking down the more fancied sides when it matters. Round 4 results: Pool 1: Western Suburbs (7) def Cronulla (1) Lismore (13) def Newcastle City (1) Wallsend (9) def Bowral (0) Pool 2: Penrith (5) def Parramatta (4) Eastern Suburbs (7) def Manly Warringah (6) Nelson Bay (5) def Port Macquarie (0) Hornsby (7) def UNSW (1) The largest crowd to date headed to field five for the highly anticipated match between Wests and Lismore in the Mens Open division expecting a close and tough match. Wests Coach Tony Trad had signaled before the tournament that he expected Lismore to be amongst their toughest competition. Both sides came out fired up and it took no time at all for the fun and games to begin. Lismore certainly dished out as good as they got and the 6-2 scoreline at the finish was not indicative of how tight the match was. Watch for a potential rematch in the finals. Canterbury also seem to be running into their best form, a 13-0 whitewash of Bowral who seem to be having a better time off the field than on. Parramatta and Easts both had tough matches against UNSW and Hornsby respectively, giving them good hitouts leading into the finals. Round 5 results: Pool 1: Wallsend (11) def Newcastle City (1) Western Suburbs (6) def Lismore (2) Canterbury (13) def Bowral (0) Pool 2: Eastern Suburbs (5) def Hornsby (2) Manly Warringah (10) def Nelson Bay (0) Penrith (12) def Port Macquarie (0) Parramatta (9) def UNSW (6) Round six went as many would have predicted, wins to Canterbury, Lismore and Western Suburbs in pool one, while Eastern Suburbs, Parramatta and UNSW recorded wins in pool two. The one surprising result however, was the 4-4 draw between Manly Warringah and Penrith, which throws Manly’s hat in the ring for a quarter finals position. Round 6 results: Pool 1: Canterbury (15) def Newcastle City (1) Lismore (5) def Cronulla (3) Western Suburbs (9) def Wallsend (2) Pool 2: Penrith (4) drew Manly Warringah (4) Eastern Suburbs (10) def Nelson Bay (2) Parrammatta (4) def Hornsby (2) UNSW (7) def Port Macquarie (3) Round seven saw some highly anticipated matches, particularly Easts and Parramatta in pool two and Wests and Canterbury in pool one. A good crowd had built up around field one for the Easts and Parramatta match, which unfortunately didn’t provide the excitement all were expecting. Parramatta dominated the match, putting in one of their best performances, all is looking good for them come tomorrow’s finals. The win gave them first position in pool two based on for and against. Manly Warringah scraped into the top four in their pool with a 5-4 win over UNSW. Despite being the last qualifier, they look like they have the potential to knock off a more fancied opponent if they play at their best. Western Suburbs survived a scare against Canterbury, a narrow 4-5 win showing the Mens Open competition that heading into the quarter finals tomorrow Wests are most definitely not unbeatable. The finals tomorrow are guaranteed to provide some serious quality Touch action. Round 7 results: Pool 1: Cronulla (6) def Wallsend (5) Newcastle City (14) def Bowral (1) Western Suburbs (4) def Canterbury (3) Pool 2: Parramatta (5) def Eastern Suburbs (2) Hornsby (14) def Port Macquarie (0) Penrith (10) def Nelson Bay (1) Manly Warringah (5) def UNSW (4) All finals schedules and results will be on the finals story found on the ATA homepage. WOMENS OPEN RESULTS: The Womens Open competition started slowly on day two, some low scoring matches and a close one between Albion Park and Canterbury. Led by Rachel Holden the Albion Park girls went down by one yesterday to reigning Sydney Champions Easts and faced off against the in-form Canterbury girls, putting down several good balls that were potentially the difference between a 4-2 loss and a draw or even win. Albion Park are showing that if they perform at their best come finals, they may just be more than a chance for that grand final appearance. Round 5 results: Canterbury (4) def Albion Park (2) Eastern Suburbs (4) def Westmead (0) Western Suburbs (4) def Newcastle Uni (2) Cronulla (3) def Central Coast (1) Led by Bo De Lacruz the Western Suburbs girls put another nail in the Cronulla coffin, with the defending Champions now having lost to Wests, Easts and Canterbury and have yet to play Albion Park. Cronulla will face Albion Park in round nine Sunday morning, which could well be the match that decides who is the fourth side to qualify for the finals. Round six also saw the match of the tournament in the Womens Open division…a Sydney Championships grand final replay. While the match was a traditional Easts v Canterbury clash, with a bit of spite and a lot of passion, it looked as if Canterbury were about to take the edge into the finals series, up 1-0 with literally no time on the clock. However, a diving Easts touchdown as the siren sounded left the game in a 1-1 draw. A beautiful set up for the finals series! Round 6 results: Canterbury (1) drew Eastern Suburbs (1) Wallsend (7) def Westmead (3) Western Suburbs (3) def Cronulla (1) Albion Park (3) def Central Coast (2) With only rounds seven to nine in the Womens Open competition remaining and with six teams fighting for four semi final positions, every match became crucial in the finals race. A struggling Cronulla recorded a narrow 2-1 win over Newcastle Uni to keep themselves in the hunt, only to see Albion Park and Western Suburbs, their competition for finals positions behind Easts and Canterbury, record a draw. With Albion Park and Wests recording that draw and therefore scoring more points than a loss for one of those sides, the job of defending their 2003State Cup title is made even harder. Easts and Canterbury both recorded easy wins in round seven after their tight draw in round six. Round 7 results: Western Suburbs (5) drew Albion Park (5) Cronulla (2) def Newcastle Uni (1) Canterbury (7) def Wallsend (0) Eastern Suburbs (8) def Central Coast (1) Round eight brought the second day of Cup competition in the Womens Open to a finish and with only round nine to be played tomorrow morning, an unexpected result such as Newcastle Uni’s 4-1 win over Albion Park, certainly throws a spanner into the finals works. Canterbury and Easts guaranteed their spot in the semis, while Wests, Albion Park, Cronulla and Newcastle Uni are fighting out the remaining two positions. The round nine match between Albion Park and Cronulla will determine who qualifies for the semis between those two sides, while for Newcastle an upset over Easts could see them sneak through to the finals and Wests will want a win to finish as high as possible. For the Central Coast it was oh so close yet again as they went down to Wallsend by one, and along with Westmead, are yet to record a win. Their round nine meeting tomorrow could be the only win for one of those sides. Round nine in the Womens Open tomorrow morning will certainly be action packed! Round 8 results: Canterbury (5) def Westmead (0) Newcastle Uni (4) def Albion Park (1) Eastern Suburbs (3) def Western Suburbs (1) Wallsend (4) def Central Coast (3) Round 9 (Sunday morning): Albion Park v Cronulla Westmead v Central Coast Western Suburbs v Wallsend Eastern Suburbs v Newcastle Uni All finals schedule and results will be on the ATA homepage. By Rachel Moyle, [email protected]last_img read more

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first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bundesliga foursome target Man City winger Rabbi Matondoby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City winger Rabbi Matondo is attracting big money interest from Germany.The Sun says Matondo is a shock £10million target for Bundesliga clubs.German sides are on red alert and watching Matondo’s contract situation closely.Scouts from Borussia Dortmund, Borussia Monchengladbach, Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig were all in attendance to scout the flying winger in the UEFA youth clash against Hoffenhiem and were impressed again.The 18-year-old, given his first cap by Ryan Giggs last month, has 18 months left on his current deal. last_img read more

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first_imgBeijing: China’s concern over the revocation of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir is “misplaced” as the decision has no implication for the external boundaries including the Line of Actual Control with it, India’s envoy here has said. In his first press conference with the Chinese media after the abrogation of Article 370 on August 5, Ambassador Vikram Misri on Tuesday reiterated India’s clear stance that the move was intended to be a temporary and transitional provision, and the amendment of the Constitution was purely an internal matter, and the sole prerogative of India. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US Ambassador also pointed out that the change was an internal administrative reorganisation and “had no external ramifications whatsoever, and was intended to enable good governance and provide social and economic justice to the people of the state of Jammu & Kashmir, affording them the same rights available to citizens in other parts of India.” He said that it has “no implication for either the external boundaries of India or the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China”. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls India is not raising any additional territorial claims, he said, adding “the Chinese concerns in this regard were therefore misplaced”. After India’s decision to revoke Article 370 and bifurcate Jammu and Kashmir into two separate Union Territories – Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, China had issued two separate statements outlining its stand. In its first statement, the Chinese Foreign Ministry objected to the formation of Ladakh as Union Territory, highlighting China’s claims over the area. On the revocation of the special status to Jammu and Kashmir, it said that China was “seriously concerned” about the current situation in Kashmir and called on the “relevant sides” to exercise restraint and act prudently. Misri said, “So far as the India-China boundary question is concerned, the two sides had agreed to a fair, reasonable and mutually acceptable settlement of the boundary question on the basis of the 2005 Political Parameters and Guiding Principles.” He said that India’s stand over the boundary issue had been articulated by External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar during his recent visit to Beijing. India and China have held 21 rounds of talks so far to resolve the differences over the 3,488-km long LAC. Misri also highlighted Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s assertion at the just concluded G7 Summit that the “issues between India and Pakistan were purely bilateral and were not international in nature”. “The recent informal consultations of the UN Security Council in New York had also indicated that India-Pakistan issues were bilateral and could only be resolved bilaterally,” he told the Chinese media. It was China, a close ally of Pakistan, that had asked for “closed consultations” in the UN Security Council to discuss India revoking the special status to Jammu and Kashmir. About, the forthcoming 2nd informal summit between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Modi in India later this year, Misri said similar to the first edition held at Wuhan last year, the two leaders could discuss regional, international and bilateral issues, and that the format of the meeting was conducive to this. He also referred to the expansion in bilateral relations over the past decades into a full-spectrum relationship. “There was a diverse array of bilateral mechanisms as well as progress in many areas. Areas such as increasing people-to-people contacts, exchanges and understanding, as well as strengthening understanding between the media, were important areas for further efforts. It was important to try to understand each other’s perceptions and to look beyond the headlines,” he said. In response to a question on 5G technology, Misri said that no decision has been taken by the Government of India. “Any decision in this regard would be taken on the basis of India’s national interest and not in response to any kind of external pressure,” he said, amidst efforts by the US for a global ban on Huawei’s 5G products by raising cyber snooping concerns. China has called on India to take independent judgement about permitting Huawei to conduct 5G trials.last_img read more

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first_imgAPTN National NewsA devastating fire tore through dozens of homes in Iqaluit last night leaving scores of residents homeless.Making an already bad situation worse, -50 Celsius wind chill made fighting the fire even more difficult.APTN National News Iqaluit reporter Wayne Rivers reports from the scene.last_img

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South Carolina defensive star Jadeveon Clowney likely will miss the Gamecocks’ spring game Saturday because of a neck injury that is not deemed to be serious.“His neck and back (are) stiff,” defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward said. “Whether he goes another snap [this spring], I don’t care.”The All-American defensive end reportedly sprained his neck last week when he collided with defensive tackle J.T. Surratt in practice. Clowney was not cleared for practice Tuesday, but he seemed optimistic his absence the rest of the week will not hurt his preparation for 2013.“It’s not really about being out here,” Clowney told reporters. “It’s about learning the playbook. We put in some new stuff, so all I have to do is learn the play calls. The rest of it, I’ll catch up on.”As long as Clowney’s neck heals properly, there should be no fallout from this injury other than disappointment for fans watching the annual Garnett & Black Spring Game on Saturday. Clowney is expected to be a Heisman Trophy candidate after ranking second nationally in sacks (13) and tackles for loss (23½).While Clowney might not be in pads, he will be honored at halftime as the winner of the 2012 Ted Hendricks Award, presented to the nation’s top defensive end. Former college and NFL great Ted Hendricks will be on hand to present the trophy with Gamecocks’ coach Steve Spurrier. read more

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