6 February 2009French-born tennis star Jo-Wilfried Tsonga left no doubt that African blood runs through his veins when he paid a visit to the sprawling township of Soweto outside Johannesburg on Wednesday.Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis, also in Johannesburg for the South African Tennis Open, took time off to get a taste of what it would have felt like living under apartheid.Tsonga, who lies seventh in the ATP world rankings and is in Johannesburg for the South African Tennis Open, held a coaching clinic at the Arthur Ashe Tennis Centre in White City, Jabavu.At the end of the clinic, youngsters from Jabavu and neighbouring areas broke out in song in appreciation for Tsonga’s efforts, and moments later the broad-smiling Muhammad Ali look-alike tennis pro started dancing, even throwing in the odd Ali-shuffle in his routine.African heritageTsonga, whose father was born in Pointe Noire, Congo, has always been proud of his African heritage, and prior to his arrival in Johannesburg had been at pains to make the point that he has long had an emotional attachment to the continent.He was clearly at home among the children, many of whom did not know that he is one of the world’s top tennis players. And it seemed Tsonga’s enjoyment was at its greatest when he was putting the smallest toddlers through their paces with basic drills.“As a kid I never had a chance to go to clinics which were conducted by the world’s top players,” Tsonga said. “It’s really great for them, although I think many of them do not know the players here.‘They’ve got to be able to dream about it’“But I would like them to go home and dream about becoming professional tennis players one day. They’ve got to be able to dream about it, because that could be the start of great things for them.”Tsonga was accompanied by South African Davis Cup players Jeff Coetzee and Wesley Moodie, who worked with the older children on adjacent courts. The clinic was organised by the South African Tennis Association along with the ATP World Tour.Baghdatis at the Apartheid MuseumCypriot Marcos Baghdatis, meanwhile, took time off from the tennis to get a taste of how it felt living in the former apartheid South Africa.Baghdatis, his coach Oliver Sounes and agent Jean-Phillipe Bernard were all labelled either “white” or “non-white” and required to enter Johannesburg’s Apartheid Museum through separate doorways.“It’s weird, you know, knowing that they separated people for everything,” Baghdatis said. “They had different toilets, black people had toilets, white people had other toilets, but it was not only that, it was everything – beaches, houses, taxi queues, entrances, bus stops – and mainly the black people suffered a lot.“I also watched some videos which showed how they were treated, and … it hurt a lot to see that,” said Baghdatis, clearly moved by the experience.Understanding MandelaThe South African Tennis Open eighth seed was taken through a visual and physical explanation of the life of Nelson Mandala, after which he said: “I can understand now why he is a hero to so many people.”Taking the museum’s “walk of freedom”, Baghdatis chose a series of coloured sticks – red for loyalty, white for courage, green for forgiveness – to represent characteristics of Mandela’s life as he saw it.The tour finished with Baghdatis signing the museum’s visitor book – the same book Mandela signed when the museum opened in 2001.“It’s a bit shocking when you’re in there and watching that,” Baghdatis said afterwards. “But it’s also nice to see because it is a small wakeup call – and it does wake you up, you see life a bit differently and people a bit differently.”SAinfo reporter. Sources: South African Tennis Association and ATP World Tour
5 February 2014 The upgrading and expanding of South Africa’s rail network will relieve the burden on the roads, significantly increase the country’s export capacity and stimulate further investment and job creation, says Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba. Speaking at a briefing in Pretoria on Monday, Gigaba said a total of 6 405 kilometres of rail would be replaced on South Africa’s general freight, coal and ore lines, increasing the country’s freight capacity by 149.7-million tonnes. “Existing logistics corridors will be expanded and new ones will be established, and 1 317 new locomotives and 25 000 new wagons will be procured [over the next five years],” he said. “We will be able to increase our exports of coal by over 50%. Our ability to move general freight on rail will have more than doubled in capacity, and Transnet’s container handling capacity will increase by 75%.”Catalysts for further investment, employment Gigaba said that state-owned companies were acting as catalysts for additional investment in the economy. Infrastructure development was a critical stimulant, Gigaba said, with Eskom planning to invest over R500-billion in the economy over the next five years, and Transnet set to invest over R300-billion over a seven-year period. State-owned companies falling under the Department of Public Enterprises invested R53-billion in the economy three years ago, Gigaba said; this year they would be investing over R113-billion – an increase of over 100%. “Our infrastructure state-owned companies are already key providers of employment, and with the additional infrastructure capacity that will be built, [they] will become even more important sources of employment.” By 2017, he said, Transnet alone would support the direct and indirect employment of approximately 30 000 people. The company had also secured R175-million from the Department of Higher Education and Training to recruit and train 1 000 learners to study maritime engineering. “State-owned companies are playing a leading role in skills development and will be investing over R2.8-billion in the current financial year,” he added. “Over the last year, more than 16 000 learners were trained in scarce and critical learning programmes within state-owned companies of the DPE.” Also addressing Monday’s briefing, outgoing Eskom CEO Brian Dame said the power utility was “serious about helping black business to bloom”, and that Eskom had “finalised the structure of a fund for developing mines to assist emerging black miners”. Gigaba added: “By 2015, we will ensure that over 50% of coal for Eskom comes from black miners.” Source: SAnews.gov
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Two men arrested in theft of $15K in power toolsTwo men are facing criminal charges after police say they stole thousands of dollars worth of tools from Utah stores. Charges filed in 3rd District Court on Wednesday allege Chad Ware, 21, and Paul Labouve, 27, busted through glass doors of a Home Depot and a hobby shop in Sandy, and Lowe’s stores in Murray and Riverton, running off each time with armfuls of power tools and electronics. Investigators serving a search warrant in connection with the case Thursday discovered what they believe is at least $15,000 worth of those tools. According to the charges, online listings for some of the power tools appeared for sale on the online classifieds website Offerup within 90 minutes after surveillance video at the Sandy Home Depot recorded two men carrying them out of the broken door. A Ford Explorer the men are recorded using to drive off with the tools was also listed, charges state.After a detective arranged to purchase one of the drills, a warrant was obtained and investigators put a GPS tracker on the Explorer two days later, according to the charges. “We were able to recover a large number of tools, approximately $15,000 worth of the tools that had been stolen across the valley,” Madsen said. “Once we get those processed, we’ll get those back to the rightful owners.” Ware and Labouve are not from Utah, Madsen said, but appear to have come from another state. The men are suspected in a similar burglary in Colorado, Madsen said, and there is a “slight chance” some of the tools found Thursday are from that alleged heist. “We will see what we can find,” Madsen said. As of Friday, no federal investigators had joined the case, Madsen said. Ware and Labouve are each charged with theft, a second-degree felony; four counts of burglary, a third-degree felony; an additional count of theft, a third-degree felony; a class A misdemeanor charge of theft; a class B misdemeanor charge of theft; a class A misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief; and three class B misdemeanor charges of criminal mischief. [Source: KSL News]Shoplifter: Making a list and checking it twice?A Monroe, Louisiana, man accused of shoplifting multiple bottles of liquor at Target is facing additional charges after he reportedly threatened police. According to an arrest affidavit for Eric Daniel, 26, officers dispatched to Target were told that asset protection associates saw Daniel taking items from the alcoholic beverage aisle while an additional suspect walked the aisle ends watching for workers. Daniel and the other suspect reportedly selected several bottles of Hennessy and Crown Royal which appeared to be selected from a list Daniel was reading from. Per the report, the pair then traveled to the cosmetics aisle and took three Chi items before walking through the checkout area and past all points of sale to leave the store. An employee attempted to stop the suspect as he left, but both suspects entered a vehicle and sped away in a Chrysler van.Officers later located the van and saw the suspect leaving the home in the same clothes identified in Target security footage. Daniel was advised he was under arrest and refused to comply with officer commands, the report states. While enroute to jail, he reportedly told officers why police were being killed and that all police were going to die. Per the report, officers saw multiple online posts from Daniel stating he had Crown Royal and Hennessy to sell. Daniel was booked into OCC on charges of organized retail theft, felony shoplifting, public intimidation and resisting an officer. [Source: The NewsStar]- Sponsor – Study shows merchandise returns account for $351 billionAppriss Retail, who provide retail performance improvement solutions, today released its 2017 Consumer Returns in the Retail Industry report, which analyzes results from the National Retail Federation’s 2017 Organized Retail Crime survey to provide insights for retailers to minimize the effect of return fraud and abuse on their business. According to the survey, total merchandise returns account for more than $351 billion in lost sales for U.S. retailers. This size is overwhelming; merchandise returns are close to the estimated 2017 federal budget deficit of $400+ billion. Retail fraud and abuse accounted for $17.6 to $22.8 billion in the United States. And return fraud averages 9.4% of all Buy-Online-Return-In-Store (BORIS) ecommerce returns. “It is critical to understand how returns and return fraud reduce net sales and contribute to total loss – clear causes of retail performance issues,” said Krishnan Sastry, president of Appriss Retail. “The results within this report offer the industry’s best view of the subject of merchandise returns, as well as potential fraud and abuse.”For a complete copy of the report, please go to the Appriss website by clicking here. The extreme loss of profit is causing retailers to offset the negative business impact by raising prices and reducing costs, which often means a loss of jobs. Last year alone, return fraud cost U.S. retailers and workers between 596,000 and 775,000 jobs. And the cost to each state is steep also. Retail revenue losses are costing states a total of $1.1 billion to $1.4 billion in lost sales taxes. Preventing fraud and abuse is a major challenge, but retailers are also looking to improve the shopping experience and differentiate the consumer experience during the return process. The ability to offer e-commerce consumers more flexible and lenient returns, while still mitigating the risk of fraud and abuse is critical. [Source: Business Insider]Triple murder suspect fugitive caught while allegedly shopliftingA triple murder fugitive wanted after escaping a north Mississippi jail last month has been captured in Houston, Texas, again. Deputies caught up to him at a Walmart in Spring. Harris County Sheriff’s Office District 1 Patrol Deputy N. Gonzalez was called to the Walmart in the 3400 block of FM 1960 W, where loss prevention officers held two men suspected of shoplifting. Neither man had ID, but fingerprints proved one of the suspects was Antoine Adams, 28. Deputies quickly learned Adams was wanted for three murders and a felony escape charge. He was also listed on the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Top 10 Most Wanted fugitives.Adams escaped from the Marshall County, Mississippi, detention facility on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, after being held there on murder charges in Mississippi, and two separate murder charges in Memphis, Tennessee. This isn’t the first time Adams has been caught in Houston. He was arrested as a fugitive on a murder warrant for those murders in July. Adams is currently being held in the Harris County jail, awaiting extradition back to Marshall County. [Source: ABC13 Eyewitness News]Winter holiday season cargo theft trendsHolidays pose significant theft risks to the supply chain, as enterprising thieves seek to exploit extended business closing hours and an increase in unattended freight. CargoNet examined recorded incidents of cargo theft and trucking vehicle theft from December 23 to January 2 for 2012 through 2016. The 2012 and 2016 holiday seasons were the most active in this analysis, each with 51 theft events. The 2016 holiday season had more events in January (11 events) compared with 2012 (7 events). There were 199 total theft events in this analysis period; 132 involved cargo theft, and 149 involved vehicle theft. Note that vehicles and cargo are frequently stolen together. For vehicles, CargoNet logged 79 stolen tractors, 104 stolen trailers, and 24 chassis/intermodal containers. In total, $10,625,339 in cargo was stolen in this analysis period, and the average loss value per incident equaled $136,222. However, the total cost of a cargo theft is often much higher when considering the value of any vehicles stolen, replacement costs for the cargo, the cost of the claims process, and more. It can be difficult to obtain an exact day of loss in these thefts. The cargo or vehicles are often left unattended for multiple days, and there may be no clues to discern the exact day the theft occurred.In this analysis, 57 percent of theft events had an exact day of loss. Thefts were most common on December 24, with December 27 and 31 and January 1 tied for second place. Texas had the most theft events, with 38 reported in the state in this analysis period. Thefts were also common in California (31 thefts), Georgia (25 thefts), Florida (16 thefts), and New Jersey (16 thefts). Food and beverage was the most common category of cargo stolen. In this category, thieves targeted meat products, nonalcoholic beverages, and mixed freight. Apparel and accessories along with electronics losses tied for second place. In these commodity categories, thieves targeted footwear shipments and televisions. Computer and computer accessories were also targeted electronics items. Apparel and accessories shipments were the costliest on average; each loss had an average loss value of $451,537. Theft events were most common at parking lots such as those at retail big-box stores; however, theft events were also high at truck stops and warehouse locations. Click here to view the complete winter holiday cargo theft infographic and security tips.Noteworthy thefts from previous winter holiday weeks:$3,000,000 in computer accessories from Dinuba, CA$1,000,000 in footwear from Edison, NJ$1,000,000 in high-end apparel from Newark, NJ$599,559 in footwear from Long Beach, CA$417,000 in footwear from Portland, OR [Source: American Journal of Transportation]UPS employee delivers package containing iPhone X, goes back to steal itA UPS employee delivered an iPhone, then went back to the home to steal the package on Thursday. “I never would have thought it would happen in my neighborhood or to me on my front porch,” said the victim, who didn’t want to be identified. According to the arrest affidavit, Jason Mohn, 47, of St. Petersburg, delivered the victim’s Apple iPhone X package to her front porch. Mohn then allegedly returned two hours later and took the package, hiding it under his shirt and running away. “I got a motion detection on the front porch notification on my phone and it was around 8 o’clock on my phone and I’m like, ‘no one is supposed to be there.’ I asked my sister to look up the video for who delivered the package and she almost dropped my phone when she saw it was the same guy, in the same clothes, except the UPS vest,” said the victim.Both the delivery and the theft were caught on two home security cameras that were on the victim’s front porch. “Apparently the guy that stole the phone wrote in his notes that he hand delivered it and handed it to me but that never happened. I really feel bad for the guy. He just messed up his life over a stupid iPhone,” said the victim. The iPhone was found the next day by a UPS investigator inside Mohn’s work area, next to his belongings. He faces a charge of grand theft, a felony. Deputies returned the iPhone to the victim. [Source: NewsChannel8] Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
Tags:#Google#web Google just announced its Q4 earnings, and CEO Larry Page is “super excited.” Revenue for the full year was up 29%. The quarter missed Wall Street’s expectations, but Page has no reservations. It was a big quarter for Google+, and Page says that’s a key to the company’s strategy. “By building a meaningful relationship with our users through Google+,” he says, “we will create amazing experiences across our services.”Page says Google+ “now has 90 million users globally,” which is more than double what he announced three months ago. This quarter, Google integrated Google+ into search, so now it’s a part of life for anyone who uses Google (unless they opt out). Page says that 60% of Google+ users “engage daily,” and 80% are active weekly. That either means Google+ has 54 million daily active users, or, as Forbes points out, it might be sleight of hand, saying only that 54 Google+ users use Google services daily. But since Google+ is built into most of Google now, including search, that distinction is pretty moot.One of Page’s priorities as CEO is to increase “velocity of execution,” and he touts Google+ as an example of that strategy paying off. Page says Google+ has shipped “a new feature every day since we launched in June.” That’s more than 200 updates in total. “Understanding who people are, what they care about, and the other people who matter to them is crucial if we’re going to give users what they need when they need it,” Page says.Page says Google is trying to “double down on the really big bets we have made.” It closed many existing products last year to make space for Google+, Android, Gmail and Chrome, the projects Page focused on in today’s earnings announcement. With 65% of Web searches, 90 million Google+ users, 350 million Gmail users, 250 million Android devices and the #2 desktop browser in the world, Google has an abundance of opportunities to display its ads. What Page didn’t say in the earnings call is that the returns on those ads are in decline. Google’s average revenue per click declined by 8%, and with all these fancy new features Google is building, its costs for gaining new traffic rose by 18%.2011Q4 Google Earnings Slides A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… jon mitchell Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
But then we moved into the reference architecture room, with leading partners highlighting things like cloud on-boarding, trusted compute pools, and efficient data center delivery. There was Lenovo’s solution that provided a client aware experience based on embedded APIs from Intel running on the hardware. There were senior executives from Vmware and Microsoft speaking passionately about how their reference architecture solutions are solving customer requirements. There were senior technologists talking about the value reference architecture collaboration with Intel has represented in hardening their solutions. As groups of editors moved from solution to solution in a frantic dance that Reuven Cohen CTO of Enomaly called “speed dating for the cloud”, the rare glow of the results of deep collaboration was in there air, and I think our guests saw the foundation being poured for broad cloud deployments. We like to view it that as it has many times in the past, Intel architecture forms the heart of this foundation with the performance engine to fuel cloud technology integration and workloads such as Intel Trusted Compute Technology (pdf) and Intel Power Node Manager that help deliver the capabilities that will make cloud evolution something IT can confidently navigate in driving to that vision of cloud ubiquity. Why Intel in the cloud? Because we want to continue to enable the industry to build their castles in the air and provide the industry the platform foundations to make these dreams a reality. Maybe it’s because I’m in the capital city of a thousands year old culture, but I found myself being philosophical in viewing the Day in the Cloud event in Beijing yesterday. As I walked around the room looking at partners showcasing their cloud computing solutions developed in partnership with our Cloud Builders program, I thought back on a quote from Thoreau that I’ve always liked:If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.Listening to the cloud zeitgeist over the past couple of years, one could easily surmise that cloud meant many things to many people. Software services, the next wave of virtualization…or web. The death of the corporate data center perhaps or a one fits all model offered by a large solutions provider. To say that the industry has spent a lot of time talking about cloud would be an understatement, but as you pull back the curtains on the hype real value is revealed. We see an ability to deliver IT resources when and where they’re needed and to empower users the access to the services they need in a timeframe that is inconceivable in traditional terms. With this change we also see the capability of IT organizations to streamline operations and place their investment in solution innovation and business value, not the steady stream of money going to oversight of current assets that bleeds IT budgets today. And ultimately, if done well, we see a world where data centers can interconnect to flow compute capacity where required and provide both individual users and corporations the security of having the right IT compute capacity without the cost of over-provisioning. So perhaps the industry is correct in building our castles in the air as we know that as an industry that’s where we’ve always placed them and that’s where the greatest visions of the future can become reality.But just as we dream about this bold vision of a new computing reality, we must reflect on the fact that the data centers of tomorrow will continue to be run on hardware, and this hardware working together with software developed to provide the security, efficiency and automation the cloud requires, will form the foundation of our computing future. Intel Cloud Builders is all about building that foundation in the form of industry collaboration on focused cloud computing reference architectures that address unique challenges facing the evolution of data center computing to cloud models. These are the sticky technical requirements that IT is seek…things like trusted compute pools, data center level automated efficiency…standard approaches to cloud on-boarding…that will let cloud infrastructure grow from the early deployments of today to the expected ubiquity of tomorrow’s vision. And it’s in this ubiquity that cloud delivers its real value and the wide scale federation of data centers become a reality. Our second Day in the Cloud event featured eight of our most recent reference architectures from some of the leading cloud computing solutions providers in the China market as well as some of our global partners. For details on each of the reference architectures check out my teammate Rekha Raghu’s blog.What was fascinating about the event for me as we started with presentations from Intel’s Jason Waxman and Billy Cox, and as they told the story of Intel’s vision for cloud and the details of the cloud builders program one editor raised his hand and said “I have a simple question…why Intel and cloud”. It’s a question I’ve heard before (not unique to China), and it’s an understandable one that usually comes from people who have heard all about the vision of cloud but not reflected on the technology stacks required to deliver this vision. Billy described our deep engagement with leaders in the industry on our collaborative solutions delivery, but I think the editor still didn’t buy it.
Story Highlights Speaking at a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Tank at the Agency’s Montego Bay Regional Office on April 20, UWI finance student and scholarship recipient, Trixton Lamey, recounted challenges experienced with tuition funding midway through his course. Financial assistance totalling approximately $15 million has been extended to students enrolled at the western campuses of the University of the West Indies (UWI) and University of Technology (UTech), among other tertiary institutions, as well as early-childhood facilities across the region since the charity event’s inception in 2014. Beneficiaries of scholarships and other forms of academic support funded from the proceeds of the annual MoBay City Run are lauding the organisers’ gesture as a blessing for education in western Jamaica. Beneficiaries of scholarships and other forms of academic support funded from the proceeds of the annual MoBay City Run are lauding the organisers’ gesture as a blessing for education in western Jamaica.Financial assistance totalling approximately $15 million has been extended to students enrolled at the western campuses of the University of the West Indies (UWI) and University of Technology (UTech), among other tertiary institutions, as well as early-childhood facilities across the region since the charity event’s inception in 2014.Speaking at a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Tank at the Agency’s Montego Bay Regional Office on April 20, UWI finance student and scholarship recipient, Trixton Lamey, recounted challenges experienced with tuition funding midway through his course.“I was holding my own (for) the first couple of years (but, thereafter, realised that I) could go no further and needed some financial assistance. It was then I remembered that (the organisers of) the MoBay City Run (were) offering scholarships. So I applied (and) was so thrilled when I got the call that my application was successful and (that) I would, indeed, get the help that I needed,” he shared.Mr. Lamey proudly declared that he has benefited significantly from the organisers’ gesture and expressed heartfelt gratitude for their consideration.“I really want to thank (them) for having something like this in western Jamaica that can change the lives of many young people,” he added.For his part, medical student, Michael Campbell, who also spoke at the Think Tank, said he had reached a point in his studies where he was unsure how the remainder of his tuition would be financed, and, subsequently, applied for a scholarship.“I was the happiest of persons when I found out that the organising committee of the MoBay City Run had approved my application,” he stated.Mr. Campbell said he is hopeful that more corporate entities, particularly across western Jamaica, will support the charity, which he describes as “one of the best things that are happening for education”.UTech Administrator, Antoinette Smith, said the MoBay City Run, its organisers and outcomes are indicative of “what is right with Jamaica”.“Each year, it is getting bigger and better, and we are happy to be a part of it. The MoBay City Run is just one of (the many) good things (that are) happening (and) we are very happy to be a part of it and watch it grow. At the end of the day, some of our needy students in the region can have access to funding that will help them further their education,” she added.The fifth MoBay City Run sprints off from the Old Hospital Park on Gloucester Avenue, Montego Bay, on Sunday, May 6 at 6:00 a.m.The list of beneficiaries is being expanded this year to include the first ever secondary institution to be selected – Mount Alvernia High School.
Walking with Warriors to raise money for Wounded Warrior Homes March 8, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Updated: 8:19 AM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – “Walking with Warriors” say they are going to raise money for local nonprofit Wounded Warrior Homes with a 3 mile event.Participants will run, walk, or bike the scenic 3 mile route through the hills of San Marcos.Organizers say many runners will be carrying flags along the trail.Before the walk begins, participants will do 22 ceremonial push ups to bring attention to the 22 veterans who commit suicide every day.Doug Davidson is a Wounded Warrior Homes volunteer who decided to put together this event to raise awareness of an important issue.Davidson said he was challenged to do 22 push-ups a day for 22 consecutive days and post it on social media to create awareness for the average of 22 veterans that take their life every day.Davidson didn’t stop at 22 days though and on March 9 it will mark 1,000 consecutive days of doing at least 22 push-ups a day. KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: March 8, 2019