RCB crushed as Gayle struggles again

first_img Gayle fell BANGALORE, India, (CMC): Superstar Chris Gayle’s slump continued as Royal Challengers Bangalore suffered at the hands of a quick-fire hundred by South African opener Quinton de Kock, crashing to a seven-wicket defeat to Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League here yesterday. Sent in at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, RCB rallied to an imposing 191 for five off their 20 overs, behind captain Virat Kohli’s 79 and South African star AB de Villiers’ 55, with seamer Mohammed Shami taking two for 34. In reply, de Kock plundered 108 and Karun Nair, an unbeaten 54, as Delhi roared to victory with five balls to spare. Australian all-rounder Shane Watson claimed two for 25 with his four overs of medium pace. The victory was Delhi’s second in three outings, while RCB have won one of two. RCB were early trouble when Gayle fell to the third ball of the game without a run on the board, caught at first slip by JP Duminy off a tentative push at an out-swinger from left-arm seamer Zaheer Khan. Since his blistering hundred against England in the opening game of the Twenty20 World Cup last month, Gayle has struggled with scores of of 4, 5, 4, 1 and 0. Kohli, who struck seven fours and three sixes off 48 deliveries, put on 107 for the second wicket with de Villiers and another 63 with Watson, who made 33, to rebuild the innings. West Indies seamer Carlos Brathwaite took one for 18 from two overs. De Kock then took the game away from RCB with an innings that required 51 balls and included 15 fours and three sixes. At 50 for two in the sixth over, the game was still open, but de Kock and Nair put an end to RCB’s hopes in a 134-run third-wicket stand.last_img read more

South Africans on top of the world

first_img3 June 2005Sibusiso Vilane has reached the summit of Everest for the second time, this time the 8 848m peak from the more difficult North Ridge. He was part of a team that included fellow South African Alex Harris.The summit was reached at 7.20am (local time) on Friday. The climbers, part of an expedition by British outfit Jagged Globe, spent a little more than an hour on the summit before beginning their descent.Another South African, Anthony van Marken, summitted with the Alpine Ascents team the previous day.Two years ago Vilane made history, becoming the first black African to reach the peak of the world’s highest mountain. He is now the first black African to have summitted Everest twice from different approaches.This was Harris’ third attempt on the mountain the locals call Chomolongma. He was the leader of the ill-fated Discovery Everest expedition that was forced by the weather to turn back when only 350m from the summit in 2003.With this ascent, Harris becomes only the second South African to have climbed the Seven Summits – the highest mountain on each of the seven continents – after Sean Wisedale.Wisedale was a member of Harris’ 2003 Discovery expedition, and was able to summit then after joining another team.When Sibusiso Vilane reached the summit of Mount Everest in 2003, he said he “felt as though I was stepping onto a very sacred place … I fell to my knees weeping”. (Photo copyright 2003 Discovery Everest Expedition)Vilane, who has dual South African and Swaziland nationalities, was climbing in part to raise funds for three charities, the Birth to Twenty Research Programme at Wits University, the Africa Foundation and the SOS Children’s Village in Swaziland.The Birth to Twenty Research Programme is an initiative run by the university which examines socio-economic, socio-political, demographic and nutrition transitions taking place in South Africa, according to Wits marketing’s Shirona Hassim.Speaking before leaving on the expedition in March, Vilane said he wanted to concentrate on his professional speaking when he returned from Everest.“I would love to get involved with schools around the country, to motivate and inspire the youth to believe in their dreams and make them a reality”, he said.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

Brand South Africa to host research dialogue on results of 2015 Anholt Nation Brand Index

first_imgPetrus de KockOn Wednesday 18 November Brand South Africa and Business Report will host a breakfast dialogue to announce South Africa’s performance in the 2015 Anholt Nation Brand Index. The Nation Brand Index is the only analytical ranking of the world’s national images and reputations.Dr Petrus de Kock, Brand South Africa’s general manager of research, will present the results and unpack South Africa’s competitiveness in the context of the most recent World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Index, and the Mo Ibrahim Index on African Governance.The dialogue will include a panel discussion with economist Dr Iraj Abedian and media monitoring expert Tonya Khoury.The details of the dialogue:Date: Wednesday 18 November 2015Time: 07h30 to 09h30Venue: Park Hyatt, RosebankAbout economist Dr Iraj AbedianIraj AbedianIraj Abedian is the founder and chief executive of Pan-African Capital Holdings. He was professor of economics at the University of Cape Town, before entering the business sector in 2000. He has served as a consultant on economic policy issues to public and private sector organisations in South Africa as well as internationally. His involvement in policy development in South Africa includes the transformation of the Development Bank of Southern Africa (1995), the RDP White Paper (1995), Growth, Employment and Redistribution (Gear 1996), Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF 1997/98), the Presidential Review Commission (PRC 1997/98), membership of the President’s Economic Advisory Panel 2006-2009 and Economic Advisor to Minister of Mineral Resources (2010 to 2012).Abedian is a prolific researcher and author of numerous articles and academic books.In 1999, Abedian was based at the International Monetary Fund in Washington DC, working on issues related to fiscal vulnerability assessment. In January 2000 he joined the Standard Bank Group at their head office in Johannesburg as group chief economist. He was appointed director and group economist in April 2000, and was a member of the Standard Bank Group EXCO. In 2003, Association of Black Securities and Investment Professionals awarded him the title of “Top Economist of the Year”. As of March 2014, he is an honorary professor of Economics at Graduate School of Business, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth.He also serves the following organisations and companies:• Chairman of the Board: Bigen Africa (Pty) Ltd (April 2009 to date)• Member of the Board of Directors of Munich Re of Africa. (2005 to date)• Member of Board of Capital Fund Ltd (May 2011 to date)• Member of the Advisory Board of the Auditor General of the SA Government.(2006 to date)• A Trustee of the Global Legacy Trust (2014)About media monitoring specialist Tonya KhouryTonya KhouryTonya Khoury has over 20 years’ experience in media monitoring and client liaison and is widely regarded as one of the foremost experts in the South African and African media monitoring industry.Khoury is the founder and managing director of ROi Africa, a media monitoring company that uses cutting-edge technology to identify trends across media platforms. Her wealth of knowledge and experience means she is a regular guest speaker on Carte Blanche, Radio 702, SAFM, Chai FM, North West FM and 2 Oceans Vibe.Trained as a lawyer, Khoury started her monitoring career Newsclip until her entrepreneurial flair took the upper hand and she started Jisani Digitrack, the first black empowered media monitoring company in Africa.“I’m an entrepreneur and that is something deeply ingrained in me,” Khoury says. “Passion and attitude is everything – these are attributes you either have or not – and I believe that it cannot be taught, like skills and knowledge. I have experienced that all these aspects are important, but the former two are crucial and have been essential for my career and life as an entrepreneur.”Khoury believes the South African media monitoring industry needs a shake-up, as well as a move away from the advertising value equivalent, or AVE, as a measurement tool. “We have to be faster, sexier, more effective and more interactive,” she says.“Media interaction has to be lightning fast. You have to be quick and, more importantly, consistent. You have to fully understand the media monitoring industry.”Media monitoring is not a “nice to have”, she says, but an essential tool for business, especially in crisis situations. It is impossible for an individual to keep track of a story running out of control, as there are simply too many outlets. This job calls for specialists, in the form of media monitors, as negative brand reputation messages require immediate attention across all spheres.“I am not only an entrepreneur – I am also a South African,” Khoury says. “Africa is my home. I’m privileged to call myself a South African, and I’m hugely proud of what my country has achieved. I’ve been fortunate to travel to parts of the rest of Africa and I want more, I want to take a solution that is much needed into the rest of the continent.”last_img read more

Exercise in a combine?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest With all the bending, lifting, and repetitive moves that farming demands, the career can exact a toll on a person’s body — young or old.Pain might seem unavoidable, the inevitable cost of cultivating the land. However, there are ways to prevent long- and short-term injuries, in part through exercises that can be done while sitting in a tractor or a combine.More exercise?“When you’ve already worked 14 hours a day, you don’t want to work out. But there is a way to fit some exercises and stretching into your routine without having to go to the gym,” said Laura Akgerman, disability services coordinator for Ohio AgrAbility.The program, which is offered by The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), offers free assessments for people with disabilities, to help determine which kinds of assistive technology they might need.When farmers sit idle in a tractor or other vehicle, they can use that time to stretch, just like people who work in offices can do from their desks, Akgerman said.Attendees to this year’s Farm Science Review, set for Sept. 17–19, can find out more about this at the annual farm trade show, sponsored by CFAES, near London, Ohio. At FSR, AgrAbility staff are offering 11 a.m. daily sessions featuring tips on exercising and preventing injury. An occupational therapist and an exercise coordinator will be leading the sessions and answering questions.“You don’t have to wear workout clothes. These exercises you can do in jeans and boots,” Akgerman said.The routine will include stretches to reduce the odds that peoples’ backs, necks, and knees will rebel at the end of a long day on the farm. Participants will discover what they can do to support their backs and necks, and they’ll learn effective ways to carry, push, or pull equipment so they don’t suffer pain later on.Not surprising to anyone who has worked on a farm, “a lot of farmers have back pain,” Akgerman said.“If you have limited range of motion or it really hurts to do something, we’re going to show you how to modify not only the exercise you do, but how you do the work as well, to show you how you can use your body differently,” she said.AgrAbility’s offerings at FSR will also include an exhibit of a garage/farm shop designed to accommodate a wheelchair. Visitors can also test out barn doors that open like automatic garage doors, and they can see an Action Trackchair, an all-terrain wheelchair, as well as an automated lift that allows someone in a wheelchair to get into a truck or other vehicle.“All of these are about increasing independence and easing the strenuous aspects of farming,” Akgerman said.last_img read more

3 Awesome New Apps for 2010: Thesixtyone, Quora, Plancast

first_imgmarshall kirkpatrick Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… It’s a new year and it’s time for you to try some fabulous new web apps. We look at new apps all day around here and would like to share 3 of the very best we’ve found already this new year.Music discovery, social Q&A and sharing your plans – that’s what these apps are all about. Read on, I’m pretty sure that at least one of these will get you jumping up and down, clapping your hands. It’s stuff like this that makes me love the internet.thesixtyonethesixtyone isn’t brand-new but it just relaunched with a gorgeous new design and we learned this morning that the YCombinator-backed music exploration site has also taken funding from Creative Commons CEO Joi Ito and his investing buddy Reid Hoffman, founder of LinkedIn.It’s hard to describe thesixtyone. It’s a very feature-rich music discovery site and marketplace, with user voting, a game made up of listening quests and big, full-screen photos all over the site. It’s a joy to explore. There’s all kinds of little quirks, like you can limit the music you’re shown by genre. Did I mention there’s really big pictures? Music, game play, big pictures, hot financial backing – this one’s an app to watch, and listen-to as the case may be. Jumping up and down, clapping my hands? Well yes, I am now that I’ve found TheSixtyOne. Tags:#Lists#Product Reviews#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… QuoraTake a team of early Facebook engineering rock-stars, have them tackle the age-old field of Question & Answer and what do you get? Quora, a social Q&A site that is a whole lot of fun to use and a great place to learn things trivial or useful. The company’s goal is to create a timeless, best-consensus knowledge collection on a wide variety of topics and with more participation than you find on Wikipedia. So far the site is mostly a hang-out for Silicon Valley insiders (it’s in closed beta) but as more and more of the rest of us filter in – hopefully the excellent user-experience can scale.It’s more general-interest (if less populated) than StackOverflow and its clones, it’s more social (if slower) than Aardvark and it’s more usable (if less immediately stimulating of the intellect) than Hunch.I’m “following” (subscribed to) topics on Quora like startups, journalism, food and the New York Times. I’ve been going back to Quora multiple times a day every day for weeks, because it’s so much fun to see what new questions have been asked, what new answers offered, what answers have been voted up and what new topics you can follow.Plancast“What are you doing?” It was only a matter of time until someone decided that question was too slow. Plancast asks what you are planning on doing. Started by former TechCrunch writer Mark Hendrickson and launched in December, Plancast is on fire right now. Robert Scoble asked this week whether it was going to pull a Twitter/SXSW and with the flurry of sign-ups I’m seeing, that seems possible.It’s fun to see the plans that friends have in the long and short term. My friend Mark Krynsky is going to DrupalCon in April. I’m going to the Post Office on Sandy Blvd. in an hour, then I’ll grab lunch in the area. Interested in joining either of us in those plans? Now you can, thanks to Plancast. It’s fun.center_img Those are the three apps I’ve been most excited about in 2010 so far. What new apps have you been trying out so far this year? Let us know in comments.Heart photo at top by Flickr user bymanu. Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Google self-driving project set to graduate from X Labs

first_imgDavid Curry IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle… Google’s self-driving project may graduate from X Labs, the company’s moonshot incubator, in a few months, according to project leader and ex-Hyundai CEO John Krafcik.Speaking at the Nikkei Innovation Forum in Palo Alto two months ago, Krafcik said that the project will become its own division inside Alphabet, Google’s holding company, and would greatly expand its staff and physical size.See Also: What’s happening with Google’s self-driving car project?The self-driving project has already started hiring its own executives, according to ReCode, including chief legal officer Kevin Vosen. The team is on the hunt for a “head of real estate”, who would be responsible for finding the right testing grounds for autonomous vehicles.Google has made do with state or city partnerships to test self-driving cars, but as the self-driving project gets bigger it may start to look for more private land to test the autonomous cars in a variety of tricky situations.As self-driving starts to enter onto the public roads, Google, Apple, and other operators need private land to test uncommon situations, to ensure their system is capable of avoiding accidents. The American Center for Mobility, backed by the state of Michigan, recently purchased 311 acres of land, which will become a faux town for self-driving projects.Google car project too quiet?Google has been under a lot of pressure to make its self-driving project more prominent, as competitors like Tesla and Uber roll out self-driving features to the public. The company has still not revealed its plan for commercializing the project.Waze, the traffic and navigation app that Google bought in 2013, recently launched a ride-sharing program for users. Some have speculated that this may be Google route into the self-driving market, swapping ride-sharing for autonomous ride-hailing in the near future.If that is how Google plans to enter the market, it will still require someone to build the hardware for the self-driving system and customers to move from Uber, Lyft, and Didi. That puts the division-to-be behind Tesla and Uber, who have at least one of the requirements. Tags:#Alphabet#autonomous cars#Didi#driverless cars#Google#Internet of Things#IoT#Lyft#Self-Driving#Uber#X Labs center_img For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Related Posts Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and…last_img read more