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first_imgJoin us for live news and analysis Saturday at 5:30 p.m. as the Warriors face their Northern California rivals from Sacramento when the teams meet at Oracle.After spending the previous four games “in the real NBA” while suffering losses, the Warriors returned to where they’ve lived the past four years and thoroughly outplayed a good Portland team on Friday. Golden State got 32 points from Kevin Durant and 31 from Klay Thompson in a 125-97 victory.It also marked the first time in the …last_img read more

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first_imgIn addition, India would be clearly the third-largest economy in the world by 2050, well ahead of Japan and not too far behind the US. The study points out, however, that Nigeria’s high growth rate is also subject to a “considerable degree of uncertainty due to its need to address issues relating to current over-dependence on oil and various institutional and governance issues that have held back its growth potential in some past periods”. The report finds that, even when looking at GDP growth at market exchange rate rankings, the overtaking process is slower, but still inexorable: the Chinese economy would still be likely to be larger than that of the US before 2035, and the E7 would overtake the G7 before 2040. Challenges, opportunities for business “These will be highly competitive, so this is not an easy option – it requires long-term investment – but without it Western companies will increasingly be playing in the slow lane of history if they continue to focus on markets in North America and Western Europe.” It ranks South Africa as the world’s twentieth largest economy in 2009, both in terms of purchasing power parity, with the economy worth US$508-billion, and at market exchange rate rankings, with the economy worth $286-billion. “In many ways this renewed dominance of China and India, with their much larger populations, is a return to the historical norm prior to the Industrial Revolution of the late 18th and 19th centuries that caused a shift in global economic power to Western Europe and the US – this temporary shift in power is now going into reverse,” said one of the report’s authors, PriceWaterhouseCoopers economist John Hawksworth. By 2020, China is expected to pass the US as the largest economy in the world, while India could also overtake the US economy, in purchasing power parity terms, by 2050. At the same time, the report predicts, rapid growth in consumer markets in the major emerging economies, associated with a fast-growing middle class, will provide new opportunities for Western companies that can establish themselves in these markets. Return to the ‘historical norm’ According to “The World in 2050”, this changing world order poses both challenges and opportunities for businesses in the current advanced economies.center_img However, by 2050, South Africa is projected to drop out of the top-20 ranking, where it could be replaced by Nigeria, which has a higher average annual growth rate till 2050 (at 7.9%), a higher average annual growth rate per capita of five percent, and higher average annual population growth rate of 1.5%. Released last week, the revised version of “The World in 2050” also predicts that in purchasing power parity terms, the E7 group of emerging countries (China, India, Brazil, Russia, Mexico, Indonesia and Turkey) will overtake the G7 economies (US, Japan, Germany, UK, France, Italy and Canada) by 2020. Nigeria has the largest expected contribution from population growth over the next 40 years, which will significantly increase its working age population contributing to GDP growth. An updated study by consultancy firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers, “The World in 2050”, projects that South Africa will be the seventh fastest-growing economy between now and 2050, with an average annual real growth rate of five percent. “Our key conclusion is that the global financial crisis has further accelerated the shift in global economic power to the emerging economies,” the report says. The original version was published in 2006, before the 2008-09 crisis. 10 January 2011 With reference to South Africa, the report projects an average annual population growth rate of 0.3%, and an average annual GDP (gross domestic product) per capita growth of 3.6%, from now until 2050. “On the one hand, competition from emerging market multinationals will increase steadily over time and the latter will move up the value chain in manufacturing and some services, including financial services given the weakness of the Western banking system after the crisis.” SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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first_imgGet more out of your DJI drone footage with these optimal settings and tricks for shooting with intelligent flight modes.The following tips come from my experience shooting with a Phantom 4. These techniques also work for other DJI drones with intelligent flight modes like the Phantom 3, the new Mavic, and (to an extent) the Inspire 1.1. Smoother Dolly Shots and Tracking Shots Using Course LockUsing DJI’s Course Lock intelligent flight mode is the easiest way to capture some exceptional tracking shots and dolly shots. This mode, well, locks your drone’s course. The best way to describe this is to compare it to dolly tracks. Setting the Course Lock is the same as putting a dolly on a set of straight tracks. The camera can now only move along the tracks. If you are moving straight forward on the course, you are dollying in on your subject. If you turn the camera to the left or right, the drone still moves along the same path allowing you to capture a tracking shot.Once you lock on a direction, the drone will only move horizontally along the same path. This allows you to just push forward or backward with the right control stick to move the drone. Since it’s locked to the course, you can then move the left control stick left or right to adjust the yaw (the direction the drone’s camera faces).Pro Tip: To help keep your subject in frame, turn on the grid view in the DJI app and keep your subject in the same general area while the drone moves.How to Set Up Course Lock on the DJI Phantom seriesStep One: In the Camera mode of the DJI Go app, tap on the Flight Mode button. (Note: The drone must be in the air to access this button.)Step Two: Swipe to the second page, then select Course Lock.Step Three: Rotate the Phantom and face the camera in the direction you want to course lock onto. Tap Apply and then tap Hide.Step Four: Use the right control stick to move the drone along the course path — pushing the stick up moves it forward along the course lock, no matter which direction the drone faces. Use the left control stick to adjust the yaw and the camera’s position.2. Realistic P.O.V. Without Even FlyingDrones are having an increased presence in major Hollywood pictures. In the 2015 film Chappie, drones were used to capture POV shots for the robotic main character, even during action sequences in which Chappie jumped through a window.We did some POV flying, the POV of one of the robot characters. It looked like a thermal night vision, and reminds me of the Predator. He’s chasing one of the characters and goes flying through the window at full speed. You can’t do that on a helicopter. You could do that on a cable cam — but it goes straight, and it takes time to set up and it doesn’t have that feel or movement and speed. – John Gore, Chappie Drone PilotYou can easily capture a POV with a drone at an extremely low altitude, one that matches the height of your subject. If you main character is a six-foot-tall person, you would want to hover at slightly under six feet and maintain the same altitude during the entire shot.The trick to capturing a realistic POV is to make sure the camera isn’t too perfectly smooth, a slight jolt or movement up and down helps sell the shot. That’s why I just walk with the drone in my hands. It also allows you to easily maneuver through areas that may be a little tricky to fly through.Pro Tip: Remove the propellors, just to give the camera operator the ease of mind of not cutting up your face.Just because you have a drone doesn’t mean it has to be in flight to shoot. This is particularly easy with the Phantom series, as you can just grab onto the drone’s legs. For more of a bounce, use only one hand to hold the drone.The best results come from positioning the camera right in front of your eyes.3. Slower Jib ShotsYou may experience your drone taking off at tremendous speeds, preventing you from getting a nice slow jib shot. You can easily adjust the aircraft’s settings to help get a slower crane shot. Here’s how.Step One: In the DJI app, tap on the icon in the top right corner.Step Two: Under the drone’s MC Settings, click on Advanced Settings.Step Three: Tap on EXP.Step Four: Under EXP, you will see the Throttle speed (in both Normal and Sport Modes). To take off slower, lower the speed by either typing in the number box or drag on the S-curve graph. Find the best speed for your shot.For this example, we will drop it all the way to .20.You have now adjusted the overall throttle speed. Now when you lightly press up on the left control stick, the drone will move up at a slower speed. You can also adjust the Rudder and directional speeds if you need additional camera movement in your shot.This also works in the opposite manner. Just crank up the Throttle speed for faster movements.4. Aerial Surveillance and Free Drone OverlayThis is certainly the easiest move to capture with a drone, but with some editing you can really sell your footage. Grab a few seconds of footage with the camera pointing straight down. Try not to move too fast, as a slower shot will register better for the audience.Step One: Pull the footage into you NLE and then place our free drone camera overlay on top of your clip. (Link below)Step Two: Scale the overlay to the size of your sequence.Step Three: Change the Blend Mode. In this example I used the Screen mode in Premiere Pro.Step Four: Color grade the footage to your liking. In this example, I lowered the Saturation and added a green Tint — all while adjusting the shadows, exposure, and highlights.You can download our free drone overlay (and four other camera overlays) by following the link below.PREMIUMBEAT FREE CAMERA OVERLAYSlast_img read more

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first_imgThe allure of the magic bullet is a strong force. At times, it’s overwhelming, irresistible. The idea that there is an easy answer to a difficult question is a delusion. Here are four magic bullet answers that are really delusions.Believing Headcount Equals Growth: Adding more people adds a lot to your sales organization. It absolutely adds costs, complexity, and an increased workload for sales management and leadership. But it doesn’t necessarily add growth. That requires something more than just increasing your headcount. You also need the right people, a training and development program, a good sales process, and the ability to lead the sales force.Headcount isn’t the easy answer to revenue growth unless you are prepared to invest in all that is required to ensure that investment produces a return.Believing Non-Salespeople Will Sell: They say that they’ve been told they belong in sales. They say they will do whatever it takes. And they are personable, charming, and persistent. But if they aren’t really salespeople, they won’t sell. They’re just non-salespeople. They don’t like to “bother” anyone. They don’t like to ask people for commitments because it makes them “uncomfortable.”If someone really wants to be a teacher, they aren’t likely to be a salesperson. You can’t make them something they’re not. Could they sell if they really wanted to? Absolutely! But they don’t want to. They are unwilling.Believing That Activity Equals Results: Activity is good. I’ve heard good things come to those who wait, but the evidence is to the contrary. Good things come to those who hustle and make it rain. But activity alone doesn’t always equal results. Results come from effective activity. Good sales management (and me management) is a careful balance of activity and effectiveness–not one or the other.Too many salespeople are active without results because they are ineffective. Even more may be effective but take too little action. Activity alone doesn’t equal results. But neither does no activity.Believing People Are Already Equipped to Succeed: It doesn’t matter if a salesperson has experience or not. It doesn’t even matter how long they’ve been selling. And it doesn’t matter that you hired them because they have experience. You may believe that the salesperson you hired is equipped to succeed, but they aren’t.You owe any salesperson–every salesperson–you hire training, development, coaching, and leadership. There isn’t any circumstance when a salesperson can’t use more training in the principles of effective selling, the development of new–and greater–skills, the opportunity to be coached, and a leader that cares about them.These four delusions, these misconceptions, can prevent you from doing what you really need to do to increase revenue and grow. Avoid the delusions and do the heavy lifting instead. It’s faster and more certain.QuestionsWhy is it easy to believe that adding headcount adds to revenue? What does it really add?How do non-salespeople convince you they want to sell?Is activity enough alone to produce results?What do you owe your sales force? What do you owe them even if they are experienced veterans?last_img read more

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first_img Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Fayval Williams, is attributing Jamaica’s improved ranking in the Global Competitiveness Report to the dedication and commitment of public-sector employees. Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Fayval Williams, is attributing Jamaica’s improved ranking in the Global Competitiveness Report to the dedication and commitment of public-sector employees.Jamaica is now ranked 70th out of 137 countries, moving from number 86 some 10 years ago. The World Economic Forum introduced the Global Competitiveness Report in 2004.“In the last five years, there has been a positive upward trend in our ranking, and most of that has been to be attributed to the work of the public sector,” she said while addressing the Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA) Men’s Forum at the Jacisera Park Sports Complex in St. Andrew on May 7.Ms. Williams informed that the first and most important pillar in the global index is institutions, which refers to the Government and its agencies.She noted that Jamaica has been steadily improving its standing in this category, and for 2017/18 is ranked 63rd in the world.Meanwhile, Ms. Williams said projects are in place to address public-sector service delivery and strengthen operations under the Public Sector Transformation and Modernisation Programme.The projects are Business Facilitation and Customer Service; Integrated Information and Communications Technology; Public Sector Human Resource Development and Management; Resource Management and Accountability; and Administrative Efficiency.“It is incumbent on civil servants to consistently enhance these elements of administrative and service delivery to accept that they are not one-off options but, rather, workplace activities, which are integral to commanding a better space and delivering excellent service,” the Minister said.Turning to the theme of the Men’s Forum, ‘The Trade Union at a Crossroads, Its Relevance in a Modern Society,’ she said trade unions must seek to ensure their survival in the 21st century.“Now more than ever, groups of workers, such as civil servants, need to maintain an articulate, positive organisation, which ensures its survival and the contribution that it has been making to country. As a democratic society that champions the rights of individuals, our country affirms the role of trade unions in their remit to enhance the rights of workers in the workplace. As such, trade unions must have a role in modern society,” she said.Ms. Williams wished the JCSA success as it continues to be relevant in a modern, increasingly competitive and demanding global context.The JCSA was founded in 1919 and seeks to uphold the highest qualities of professional service to the nation through the guarantee of a highly trained workforce of competent and committed persons whose legitimate interests are safeguarded and affirmed through membership in the organisation. “In the last five years, there has been a positive upward trend in our ranking, and most of that has been to be attributed to the work of the public sector,” she said while addressing the Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA) Men’s Forum at the Jacisera Park Sports Complex in St. Andrew on May 7. Meanwhile, Ms. Williams said projects are in place to address public-sector service delivery and strengthen operations under the Public Sector Transformation and Modernisation Programme. Story Highlightslast_img read more

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first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, April 18, 2017 – Providenciales – Detectives of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force have arrested and charged a 36 year old female and her 30 year old husband of Leeward Palms with Handling Stolen Goods in connection with a report that was made on Friday 7th April 2017.On that date, a complainant reported to police that around 8:55pm, he was at his home in Belglade Gardens when he was robbed by three masked men dressed in dark clothing with guns in their possession.  He further stated that one of the males pistol whipped him to the left side of his head causing an injury.   The culprits got away with a 2008 Silver Nissan Skyline car, Xbox game and a Jamaican Passport.   Three victim was taken to the Cheshire Hall Medical Centre and was later released.The duo are also arrested on suspicion of Aggravated Burglary and Robbery in connection to other reports.Press Release: RTCIPF#duoarrestedfromLeewardPalms Related Items:#duoarrestedfromLeewardPalms Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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