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first_imgTell us how you Play Your Part in contributing to positive change in South AfricaAre you a patriotic South Africa who makes a positive social change in your community, have you made a difference in the lives of the people of South Africa? If that’s you, Brand South Africa would like you to share your story and encourage others to play their part in their communities.Play Your Part is a nationwide programme, driven by Brand South Africa, created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa. It aims to encourage South Africans to use their time, money, skills or goods to contribute to a better future for all.Its objective is to lift the spirit of our nation by inspiring all South Africans to contribute to positive change, become involved and start doing – because a nation of people who care deeply for one another and the environment in which they live is good for everyone.Send us your story accompanied by a picture or a video and we will feature it on our websitelast_img read more

George’s 26 lead Thunder past Magic

first_imgThe Thunder opened the second half with a 6-0 run. After the teams played evenly through much of the quarter, Oklahoma City closed with a 9-0 run to lead 84-75 heading into the fourth.A dunk by Gordon cut Oklahoma City’s lead to 105-101, but George hit a 3-pointer with about a minute remaining to make it a seven-point lead.TIP-INSMagic: Former Thunder G D.J. Augustin started for Orlando. … The Magic shot 70 percent in the first quarter and made 6 of 8 3-pointers. … Nikola Vucevic scored 15 points.Thunder: Alex Abrines got a monster stuff on a drive by Mario Hezonja in the second quarter. It was the shooting guard’s sixth block of the season. … The Thunder held the Magic to 15 points in the third quarter. … Westbrook finished with five fouls. He averages just over two fouls per game. … Westbrook fell one basket short of what would have been his 19th triple-double of the season and the 98th of his career. … Oklahoma City outrebounded Orlando 50-35.UP NEXT:The Magic host the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Steven Adams scored 16 points and Russell Westbrook had eight points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists for the Thunder.Evan Fournier and Jonathon Simmons each scored 19 points and Aaron Gordon added 18 for Orlando, which lost its sixth straight.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutOklahoma City held Orlando to 43 points on 37 percent shooting in the second half.The Magic led 62-61 at halftime after shooting 56 percent and making 8 of 14 3-pointers before the break. Westbrook, George and Carmelo Anthony shot a combined 9 for 25 in the first half, but Adams kept the Thunder in the game with 15 points. Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Read Next Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico The Thunder visit the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday. MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Oklahoma City Thunder’s Paul George (13) shoots over Orlando Magic’s Evan Fournier (10) in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Monday, Feb. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Kyle Phillips)OKLAHOMA CITY — Paul George scored 26 points to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Orlando Magic 112-105 on Monday night.George, who scored just five points on 1-for-14 shooting in a blowout loss to Golden State on Saturday, made 9 of 20 shots against the Magic and Frank Vogel, who was his coach when he played for the Indiana Pacers.ADVERTISEMENT AFP official booed out of forum LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UAAP Softball: Lady Falcons slip past Tigresseslast_img read more

Athletes celebrate Navratri at Commonwealth Games Village

first_imgA number of international athletes and delegates were on Monday greeted by Indian volunteers and players at Commonwealth Games Village with ’tilak’ as part of the ongoing ‘Navratri’ celebrations.Athletes and foreign journalists working here were seen wearing ‘vermilion’ or ’tilak’ on their forehead.”I had gone to visit some places where some women put tilak on me. They said it is a part of Navratri,” said an athlete from Isle of Man.The ‘Navratri’ meaning nine nights/days signifies religious festival for worshiping different forms of Goddess Durga.”It is good to see people celebrating here,” said John, a Canadian, who had come to cover Games.Other than the tilak on the forehead, rest everything was usual in the Village on the eigth day of the competition.The international area also buzzed with a fair amount of athletes who enjoyed facilities at the games parlours, massage centre, bar and restaurants.Many were seen interacting with other players in the area around amphitheatre in New Delhi.The 12-day long event featuring 17 sport disciplines like archery, cycling, gymnastics, swimming, boxing and shooting will conclude on October 14.Over 2,100 people fined for violating Games lanesOver 2,100 people were caught by traffic police in the national capital in the past over a fortnight for illegally straying into the lanes earmarked for Commonwealth Games related traffic.A total of 2,107 were found violating the norms and out of this, 1,914 were challaned on-the-spot which helped government coffers swell by Rs 38.28 lakh since September 23 when the Games lanes became operational.advertisement”A total of 1,914 challans were issued and 293 sent as notices,” Satyendra Garg, Joint Commissioner of Police (traffic), told reporters.Sufi singers Kailash Kher, Zila Khan to sing duet at GamesIndian sufi singers Zila Khan and Kailash Kher would come together to render popular and traditional sufi songs at the closing ceremony of the 19th Commonwealth Games on October 14.The Hindustani classical vocalist Zila Khan will sing two solos followed by two duets with sufi sensation Kailash Kher during the event at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium.Both the singers would also be participating in a medley of songs by different artists at the grand finale expected to be a big spontaneous event, signifying the world as one big happy family.”My solo songs are amazingly popular and will have the audiences singing along at the ceremony which I can tell is going to be a beautiful entertaining programme,” the singer who has been dubbed the sufi legend of the new millennium told PTI.Also, Kailash Kher who leads his band Kailasa and has composed the song ‘Yaaro Jashn Manao’ for the Games will also be entertaining the crowd.Incidentally, this is the first time that the singers would be performing together.Declining to reveal more details, Zila said she credits the Indian government as well as the organisers for including her in the mega event.”I am very honoured that India has chosen me to represent our country in the sufi segment of the closing ceremony. The credit should go to the organisers on how they have chosen to represent India’s heritage and culture over any industry,” she said.Daughter of the late Ustad Vilayat Khan’s daughter, Zila Khan a member of the Organising ceremonies team and is about to wrap up her concert in Jaipur before she flies to Delhi to rehearse for the Games final ceremony.”Sufi is very popular across the world, especially with the youngsters in the west. You won’t believe the number of people who come to congratulate me and express their gratitude for my music which they say is drawing more youngsters towards traditional Indian music,” said Zila.The singer, who does a minimum of two to four concerts in America and Europe every year, said sufiana singing is a hit with international audiences.Kher also has just completed a successful tour in the US, where sufi music has a following.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Kaka: Why I turned down £100m Man City move

first_imgManchester City Kaka reveals rejected £100m move to Manchester City Goal Last updated 2 years ago 06:59 10/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Kaka Orlando City Patrick McDermott Manchester City Real Madrid Milan Serie A Premier League Transfers The Brazil star had a chance to join the club in 2009 but chose to remain at Milan due to uncertainty surrounding the club’s new owners Kaka has revealed he turned down a chance to be the face of the new-look Manchester City in 2009 and rejected £100 million move to the Premier League club.The attacking midfielder, who currently plays with Orlando City in Major League Soccer, was at the peak of his powers at that time for Milan, while City had recently been acquired by Sheikh Mansour.Citizens 4/6 for PL title Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. And the new owner displayed his ambitions right away, making a then-record offer for the Brazil international, with Kaka’s approval the only thing holding up the transfer’s completion.“Negotiations went very far indeed. The only thing separating City and I was my final word,” Kaka told FourFourTwo.“It came to the point where all of the numbers and the finer details had been discussed. The wages I had been offered were much, much higher than what I was earning with Milan.“I found myself wondering what my life playing in England would be like, what my routine at this new club would be, how difficult it would be for my kids and my wife to move home. All of these thoughts were swirling inside my head.”The move caught the star by surprise as City approached Milan before making any contact with him. In fact, he did not learn of the interest until a bid was made.Kaka | AC Milan“I’d absolutely no idea that City were interested in signing me until they’d actually made their official offer to Milan. They had gone straight to Milan.”However any temptation he might have had was overshadowed by uncertainty over what Manchester City was building. That kept Kaka in Milan, at least temporarily.“I came to the conclusion that it was not quite the right time for me to go to City, and the main reason was the uncertainty over the squad-building process.“It wasn’t clear to me how the squad would be reshaped and I wasn’t convinced it would work.“I was being asked to swap one of the most historic and successful clubs in Europe for a team who were only at the beginning of a new project, where I was supposed to be the first big player. It was safer to stay at Milan.”Instead, City would go on to spend over £100m on multiple players and later go onto a Premier League title in 2011-12. Meanwhile, Kaka would not remain with Milan much longer before being sold to Real Madrid later that summer.last_img read more

Nunavut man convicted of killing 3 during home invasion gets appeal

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe man convicted of a triple murder and two counts of attempted murder will have a second chance inside a Nunavut courtroom.In October 2010, Christopher Bishop of Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, was convicted of killing three people and wounding two more who tried to break into his home in January 2007.Bishop’s lawyer is hopeful that his appeal will be heard this spring.The lawyer plans to argue that bishop was acting in self-defense, a noting the jury rejected at his trial.Bishop used an illegal AK-47 knock-off with an illegal clip to shoot the home invaders.At least one was shot in the back.last_img read more

6 Challenges Facing Enterprise Technologies

first_img Enterprise technology is a booming industry. Companies are creating software that better meets the needs of their customers and solves the problems they face. But the industry isn’t without its problems.Enterprise tech as an industry faces many issues that are threatening the success of new software and new businesses. From the cloud to customer demands, here are some the biggest challenges in enterprise tech right now:1. Outdated UI/UXIn the past, enterprise technologies didn’t always have the best user interfaces or user experiences. Processes and products are complicated for large corporations, and thus the software that served them often became cumbersome.Related: Enterprise Tech Takes the Guess Work Out of Influencer MarketingAs technology advances, companies are putting more emphasis on UX, but getting it right is still a major challenge. The problem is finding a delicate balance between the function of enterprise tech and how it interacts with users.Companies need to create products organizations want to use. The software needs to be complicated enough to effectively solve problems, but simple enough for end users to use easily.2. Mixing cloud and on-premise servicesAt one time, enterprise tech only existed on premise. There was no cloud. Now, that story has reversed.To be competitive, enterprise-tech companies need to offer cloud options in addition to traditional, on-premise ones. In fact, a report released by RightScale in March found that 93 percent of companies surveyed are using the cloud. Although the cloud has grown in popularity, many enterprises still want on-premise solutions because they can be less vulnerable to attacks than cloud-stored data.3. Standing outJust like any other industry, differentiation is a challenge for enterprise-tech companies. Giants such as Apple, Google, Microsoft, IBM, Hewlett-Packard and Cisco already dominate the industry — but there is room for small and medium players as well.Industry newcomers are making waves and gaining capital by solving unmet needs, listening to feedback to create better products and finding niche clients to serve. For example, Docker, which allows distributed programmers to easily build, ship and run apps, took off because it offers a solution to a new problem in a new area of technology.Related: Apple Wants to Expand Its Footprint in the Workplace4. Following consumer techEnterprise tech is typically a step behind consumer-tech pioneers when it comes to user interface and design. Salesforce modeled the user interface of its social platform Chatter after that of Facebook. When Yammer launched, it was seen as the Twitter for companies.Consumer tech is on the cutting-edge — enterprise tech watches and follows suit. The challenge for enterprise tech companies is to beat this trend and stay ahead of the curve.5. Catering to one customerOne customer should never be more than 20 percent of a company’s revenue, but many enterprise-tech companies find themselves in this situation.While developing advanced software, one customer may want new features and products to fit its needs. The company starts customizing products for that customer, and soon, the whole business is tailored to it. Now one customer makes up half of the company’s revenue.This is a real risk to enterprise-tech businesses. Putting too many eggs in one basket can lead to a downfall.6. Balancing feedback and focusCustomers have a hundred ideas for new features and updates to make products and services better. Companies that listen to every suggestion are pulled in too many directions, and the original focus and vision for the software is lost.Although customer feedback is crucial and constantly iterating and pivoting is central, make sure to stay true to the original product vision and not get splintered in too many different directions because of customer feature requests.Related: 6 Key Questions You Need to Answer Before Pitching an Enterprise Client Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 4 min read Register Now » September 10, 2015 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globallast_img read more