Apple Profits Are Expected To Shrink For The First Time In 10 Years – Why?

first_imgIT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#Apple#earnings Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now taylor hatmakercenter_img It ain’t easy being Apple – for once, anyway.Today, Apple will report its fiscal Q2 2013 earnings today at 2 p.m. PDT. Analysts widely expect the Cupertino company to post its first year-over-year decline in earnings in the last decade. But has Apple really begun its fall from grace, or is the house that Jobs built just falling short of its own impossible standards?Here’s why Apple has been missing the mark in 2013.Growing PainsApple has fallen victim to its own success, plain and simple. The company’s been on top for so long, we just don’t remember things being any other way. Apple’s market and mind share are the stuff of legend, but they may show signs of waning for the first time in… well, ever in Internet years. While any other company in the universe would be perfectly content being the world’s former most valuable corporate entity, for Apple and its stockholders, that won’t cut it. Last quarter, in spite of a $13.1 billion profit, an unhappy market punished the company for failing to meet revenue expectations with a 10% share price plummet – AAPL‘s biggest nosedive in years. As Q2 wraps, Apple investors and acolytes alike are still itching to hit the panic button. Arguably it’s not because Apple’s near-future profitability poses any real cause for alarm – perhaps we just don’t remember how this whole thing goes for companies that aren’t Apple?No New Tricks Up Its Sleeve?Really, what could the company that brought little white earbuds into ubiquity wow us with next? The iPad Mini, Apple’s latest mobile device, is an exercise in practicality, a version of a revolutionary device with its ambition, processing power and pixel density scaled back (and its price slashed).  At this juncture in consumer tech, consumers are pleased to see their gadgets polished and iterated, but they still love to have their minds blown. Look at Google tinkering away just over the Silicon fence. Between its hefty price tag and its unparalleled geek factor, Google Glass is the quintessential early adopter device, yet Google’s flashy cyborg eyewear has captured the imagination of the mainstream. That used to be Apple’s job. Unfortunately, reinventing the wheel isn’t easy – even for Apple, a company with a track record of doing exactly that.The Competition Gains GroundCompetitors like Samsung are gaining increasing traction with a decidedly un-Apple approach and a heterogenous army of Android devices like the hotly anticipated Samsung Galaxy S4, the follow-up to last year’s homerun Galaxy S3.  Meanwhile, Apple is wasting more time than ever looking over its shoulder, building the fortifications of the Mac and iOS walled gardens higher than ever.In the U.S. last quarter, Apple remained top dog with 38% of smartphone market share versus Samsung’s 21%, but globally the story is quite different, with Apple trailing by most metrics. With Apple shares trading at 40% less than September 2012’s booming highs, the company is at low tide for the moment.On today’s call, Jobs successor Tim Cook might have to pull a literal rabbit out of his proverbial hat to exceed expectations. From its products to its profits, Apple likes to think of itself as an exception to every industry rule – and usually it is. Unfortunately for Cook and company, Apple just might be exceptional to a fault.Stay tuned tomorrow for Apple’s Q2 2013 earnings report, which we’ll be reporting here at ReadWrite as it unfolds. Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

Eyeing Mobile, IBM Creates Odd-Couple Partnership With NoSQL Vendor 10gen

first_imgbrian proffitt The effort announced by the two companies is part of Big Blue’s MobileFirst program, IBM’s effort to get a foothold in the mobile commerce and enterprise sectors. It’s been a bumpy journey, because IBM is firmly ensconced in the world of relational databases with its DB2 product line and the WebSphere eXtreme Scale data grid platform. While well-suited for enterprise deployments, such data systems are not always appropriate for mobile databases, which need to scale under variable workloads and be able to handle the firehose of data that could come at any given moment from mobile or Web apps.Handling all of that data separately from the rest of the business data would make life simpler for developers and database admins. Let the NoSQL databases deal with the mobile stuff and let the relational databases keep track of inventory, finances and payroll – you know, the boring stuff.That’s not how it works, of course. Increasingly, mobile apps generate revenue and information from that side of the business needs to be integrated with the rest of the in-house data. Or perhaps the opposite is true, and the mobile apps need to get at some legacy data in the enterprise systems.Again, not impossible, but the connection often has to be set up at each instance. This is especially true if the mobile app in question is an enterprise mobile app to be used by employees.Big Blue Still Makes WavesOn the technical side of the partnership, developers will be able to integrate MongoDB APIs within IBM’s Worklight Studio to build their apps so the apps will connect to whatever data it needs.Other companies have built connectors to non-relational databases before, and indeed 10gen has its own connectors to a variety of data systems. The entry of IBM in this space, however, lends more weight to getting relational and non-relational systems working together better. IBM’s anointment of MongoDB also give 10gen a big shot of street cred in NoSQL-land.It is probably no accident that this announcement comes a day after IBM announced that it’s buying SoftLayer, which will be another tool in IBM’s overall strategy: the cloud platform on which all of these cool enterprise apps can be run.(See also: Why IBM Paid Big Bucks To Expand In The Cloud With SoftLayer)Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Tags:#10gen#databases#IBM#NoSQL Related Posts The rise of mobile apps has created tension in the world of data management. There’s a disconnect between the fast-and-loose scalability of non-relational databases used to handle data for mobile applications and the prim-and-proper relational databases many businesses already use to manage their affairs.To face such tensions, IBM is stepping into the fray with a new collaboration with 10gen, commercial vendors of the open source NoSQL MongoDB database system. The purpose? To bridge the gap between the new tech of online business with the legacy databases where enterprises already manage their business data.The Database Odd CoupleGetting such systems to talk to each other is not impossible, but it can be painful: Data transforms and cross-database queries can be tenuous without solid application programming interfaces (APIs) and data connections in place, and such lash-ups can fail when tasked with production workloads. It’s a little like Homer Simpson showing up for dinner at Downton Abbey: communication can happen, but it may not be pretty (especially if there’s no doughnuts). Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo…last_img read more

Cruz-turned-Mrs. Behag returns focus to volleyball after wedding

first_imgF2 Logistics’ Cha Cruz. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCha Cruz-Behag had been wed for almost a week now but the F2 Logistics captain has yet to enjoy the married life.Right now, Cruz’ focus is on her volleyball career.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa “I’m still motivated to play and this is still my passion and I’m doing my best in training and every game,” said Cruz-Behag after their win over Smart in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Cargo Movers bumped their record to 2-1 after their 25-22, 25-18, 25-17 victory and Cruz-Behag was instrumental in the win with her seven points, five of which came off spikes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCruz-Behag added that her husband Ray has also become busy with his work as an airline pilot and that he has been supportive of her playing career.The only thing that changed in Cruz-Behag’s everyday schedule is her home destination as she now lives with her husband. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Derrick Rose signs with Minnesota, reunites with Thibodeau Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus MOST READ Read Nextcenter_img Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico “I’m happy that my husband is very supportive,” said Cruz-Behag. “He knows that I’m enjoying my job and I’m enjoying what I do.”The 29-year-old skipper admitted that having kids is not on the table just yet with because of her ongoing treatment for a thyroid condition.“The medication will last for two years and if everything’s okay after that then we’ll see if we can have a baby,” said Cruz-Behag in Filpino. “I might have complications. My husband and I of course want everything to be okay health-wise.”ADVERTISEMENT PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police 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 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

JLR cuts prices of two models by up to Rs 4.08 lakh in India

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 23 (PTI) Tata Motors-owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has slashed prices of its two models in India by up to Rs 4.08 lakh to take on German rivals.The company has cut the price of diesel-powered Land Rover Discovery Sport by Rs 4.08 lakh to Rs 43.8 lakh from the earlier price of Rs 47.88 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).Besides, it has also reduced price of Range Rover Evoque diesel by Rs 3.25 lakh to Rs 45.85 lakh from Rs 49.10 lakh earlier.”Land Rover cars are increasing in popularity and in order to expand the reach of this iconic brand, we have revised and re-positioned the prices of some of our products,” JLR India Managing Director Rohit Suri told PTI.The move would help the company make its products competitive and thus enabling more customers to join the Land Rover family in India, he added.The two vehicles compete with the likes of Audi Q3, Q5, Mercedes GLC, GLE and BMWs X3.JLR sells a range of models through 24 authorised outlets in the country. PTI MSS MR SRKlast_img read more

Martina Hingis bids farewell with doubles defeat in WTA Finals

first_imgMartina Hingis ended her career on a losing note when the retiring Swiss great and her partner Chan Yung-jan of Taiwan were beaten 6-4 7-6(5) by Timea Babos and Andrea Hlavackova in a WTA Finals doubles semi-final on Saturday.Hingis announced on Thursday that she was hanging up her racket for a third and final time following this week’s event, bringing an end to an illustrious career that has garnered 25 grand slam wins — five in singles, 20 in doubles.The top seeds had hoped to send Hingis off with a fourth WTA Finals doubles crown after two triumphs with Anna Kournikova and one with Sania Mirza, but Hungary’s Babos and Czech Hlavackova proved too strong at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.Don’t miss a second of the rest of @MHingis’ career!Tune into https://t.co/JlvWA05bNA! pic.twitter.com/HXliNgJZkU- WTA (@WTA) October 27, 2017The Hungarian-Czech duo edged a high-quality opening set but were given an almighty scare when Babos tumbled to the ground at 5-5 in the second set while trailing 30-0, twisting her left ankle and requiring a lengthy medical break for treatment.Both pairs remained strong on serve to send the contest into a tiebreak and the top seeds were beaten when Hingis sent a backhand long on the first match point to end both her and Chan’s interest in the competition and her own career.”For me to play on a court like this and against an opponent like this makes me emotional… for me and her,” Babos said in a courtside interview.advertisement”It’s an incredible moment for her after all she has achieved and to play against her s just amazing to be part of her history. Hopefully, just once in my life, I can achieve the kind of things she did.”Despite the defeat, Hingis will go out on at least one high after the WTA confirmed on Friday that the Swiss had secured the year-end number one ranking in women’s doubles alongside Chan after the pair won nine titles in 2017, including the U.S. Open.last_img read more

France to assess financial impact of clashes over fuel tax

first_imgPARIS — France’s finance minister has said he will meet with the country’s employers’ federation and retailers to assess the economic impact of violent clashes with police over fuel tax hikes.Police bulldozers and garbage trucks cleaned up rubble on the Champs-Elysees on Sunday, a day after 8,000 people demonstrated against the fuel tax. Some of the protesters torched barriers and plywood boards.Paris police have said that 24 people were injured.Bruno Le Maire told BFMTV that on Monday he will meet with representatives “from retailers, merchants, craftsmen, chambers of commerce and the employers’ federation” to estimate the protest’s “impact on sales and on our economy.”Paris’ most iconic boulevard and its surrounding streets were littered with piles of charcoal debris.The Associated Presslast_img read more

China accuses US of undermining UN antiterror body

first_imgBeijing: China on Thursday accused the US of undermining the authority of the UN anti-terrorism committee by “forcefully moving” a resolution in the UNSC to list Pakistan-based JeM chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist, saying America’s move only “complicates” the issue. The US, supported by France and the UK, has moved a draft resolution in the UN Security Council to blacklist the Pakistan-based terror group’s chief, two weeks after China put a hold on a proposal to list Azhar under the 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the Council. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Asked about the development, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a media briefing that Washington move only complicates the issue. “This is not in line with resolution of the issue through dialogue and negotiations. This has reduced the authority of the Committee as a main anti-terrorism body of the UNSC and this is not conducive to the solidarity and only complicates the issue. “We urge the US to act cautiously and avoid forcefully moving forward this resolution draft,” Geng said.last_img read more

Zimbabwean polls should be postponed given campaign violence – Ban

23 June 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged authorities in Zimbabwe to postpone the presidential run-off election slated for Friday, in light of ongoing violence and the “understandable decision” by the opposition candidate to withdraw from the polls. “Conditions do not exist for free and fair elections right now in Zimbabwe,” Mr. Ban told reporters in New York. “There has been too much violence, too much intimidation. A vote held in these conditions would lack all legitimacy.”Tonight, the Security Council also condemned the political violence engulfing Zimbabwe and called on the Government to stop the attacks, to cease intimidating the opposition and to release political leaders who have been detained.In a statement read out by Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad of the United States, which holds the rotating Council presidency this month, the 15-member panel said the violence and restrictions on the activities of the opposition “have made it impossible for a free and fair election to take place” this Friday.“To be legitimate, any government of Zimbabwe must take account of the interest of all its citizens,” the presidential statement said, adding that the results of the first round of elections on 29 March should be respected.Council members urged international monitors and observers to remain in Zimbabwe until the crisis is resolved and welcomed the recent efforts of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), and especially South African President Thabo Mbeki, to find a peaceful settlement “that allows a legitimate government to be formed that reflects the will of the Zimbabwean people.”They also voiced concern at the grave humanitarian situation and condemned the Government’s decision to suspend the operation of aid organizations.The Secretary-General, who has been in touch with a number of African leaders on the ongoing crisis in Zimbabwe, added that they all agreed that the elections should be postponed until the right conditions are in place.“I would strongly discourage the authorities with going ahead with the run-off on Friday. It will only deepen divisions within the country and produce a result that cannot be credible,” he stated.Yesterday Morgan Tsvangirai, of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), announced he was withdrawing from the 27 June run-off in which he was set to face President Robert Mugabe. The country has been marred by deadly political violence since the first round of the presidential election on 29 March. “The campaign of threats and intimidation we have seen in Zimbabwe goes against the very spirit of democracy,” said the Secretary-General. “Instead of openness, free competition and transparency, we have witnessed fear, hostility and blatant attacks against Zimbabwean citizens.” He added that what happens in Zimbabwe has an impact well beyond the country’s borders. “The situation in Zimbabwe represents the single greatest challenge to regional stability in Southern Africa today. The region’s political and economic security are at stake as is the very institution of elections in Africa.”Last week, Mr. Ban sent senior UN political official Haile Menkerios to Zimbabwe in an attempt reduce political tensions. Mr. Menkerios remains in the region, after having met with officials in both Zimbabwe and neighbouring South Africa. read more

Australia offers to support reconciliation efforts

The Australian Government today offered to support Sri Lanka as it makes progress on national reconciliation.Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop congratulated Prime Minister Wickremesinghe on his re-election, following the peaceful and orderly parliamentary elections on 17 August 2015. “We look forward to working with Prime Minister Wickremesinghe’s government to further develop our strong bilateral relationship and to address shared regional and global challenges,” she said. Bishop noted that Australia has a close and long-standing bilateral relationship with Sri Lanka and that both countries are working closely with Sri Lanka to grow trade and investment and increase cooperation on security and transnational crime, particularly countering people smuggling. (Colombo Gazette) read more

UN agricultural development fund receives largest funding increase in two decades

The Member States of the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) have set a $720 million target for resources replenishment, the largest amount for the agency since 1981. “This increase shows that our members recognize the crucial importance of rural development to achieving the Millennium Development Goals,” said the President of IFAD, Lennart Båge. Seventy-five per cent of the world’s poorest people, 800 million men, women and children, live in rural areas and depend on agriculture and related activities for their livelihoods. “If we are to achieve our commitment to halve the proportion of people living in extreme poverty by 2015, we must focus on the rural areas of developing countries, where most poor people live,” he said, referring to an international target that is part of the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).The funding, which covers the period from 2007 to 2009, will allow IFAD to significantly increase its programme of work in developing countries, the agency said in a news release. A specialized agency of the United Nations, IFAD is dedicated to eradicating rural poverty in developing countries, especially low-income, food-deficit countries. It works with governments to develop and finance programmes and projects that enable poor rural people to improve their livelihoods sustainably and overcome poverty themselves. read more

Ronda Rousey Fights Like An Outlier

Longer fights might be a product of the changing nature of MMA. It’s likely that, as MMA has become more popular, the competitive parity has risen too. And so it’s possible that fighters, facing more fearsome and equally matched opponents, are tweaking their tactics to be more risk-averse — to bide their time for an opportunity to strike, rather than coming in with the all-out aggressiveness that characterized the early days of the sport. Whatever the reason, today’s fighters don’t end fights like they used to.In the MMA of the past, fights were most likely to end when a fighter knocked another unconscious or twisted an opponent’s limb until he said “uncle” — but those days are over. Instead, MMA fights increasingly end with both fighters standing, which forces judges to make the call. There are essentially three ways a fight can end: a decision, a knockout (KO) or technical knockout (TKO), or a submission, which is when a fighter verbally or physically “taps out,” usually by being in a vulnerable position such as a chokehold.This is what’s happened to those three outcomes over the past 15 years:Submissions are down from about 45 percent of all fights in 2000 to 25 percent in 2015.5Each year, about 1 percent of fights have an “other” ending — usually a disqualification or a “no contest” (such as when a fighter does an illegal move that ends the fight). Those have been removed from this chart. That more fights end with a decision explains the longer fights, and could be a reflection of improving competitive parity in the sport. There are fewer instances of pros quickly pummeling their opponent.But Rousey is an exception. She has won all her fights by a submission or KO. Rousey has won nine of her 11 fights with the “armbar” submission — a move where Rousey hyperextends her opponent’s elbow, causing excruciating pain and sometimes gruesome results.And, interestingly, among fights ending in a submission, fewer are done with an armbar.Rousey’s favored armbar technique made up more than 35 percent of submissions in 2000. But now the armbar is used in less than 15 percent of submissions. Replacing it are choking moves such as the “guillotine” and “rear naked choke.”Although Rousey’s ways of winning are increasingly at odds with MMA trends, bettors seem to be confident she will continue winning. The betting odds from the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook put Rousey as a -1700 favorite against Correia (as of July 27). So one must bet $1,700 on Rousey to net $100 if she wins. She’s still a huge favorite. But Correia is also undefeated (9-0) and has beaten two of Rousey’s training partners.Rousey’s dominance has been a boon for MMA — and for female athletes more broadly. There’s no use resisting it. Just submit.Hank Gargiulo and Andrew Davis from ESPN’s Stats and Information Group contributed data analysis. Data is provided by FightMetric LLC. Ronda Rousey is the rare athlete who dominates her sport while transcending it. You might recognize her from a cameo in the recent “Entourage” movie, or maybe you read about her in The New Yorker. Or maybe you saw clips of her last fight — all 14 seconds of it.But in case you’ve been living in a pacifist commune, know this much: Rousey is the best female mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter in the world. Top male fighters are wary of facing her. With an 11-0 record going into her much-publicized fight against Bethe Correia on Saturday, she’s arguably the biggest draw — man or woman — in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), the biggest MMA promotion league.Beyond being simply “the best,” the former Olympian in judo — who, in the 2008 games in Beijing, became the first American woman to medal in the sport — is known for winning astonishingly fast. Her previous two fights lasted 30 seconds. Combined.Plotted below is the winning percentage of 2,135 MMA fighters (men and women) who have won at least three fights.1Fights from several promotion companies, such as Bellator and Strikeforce, are included in addition to UFC. On the x-axis is what I’m calling a fighter’s “fight speed score” — a measure of how much time is left in the fights they won versus how much is remaining in the bouts they lost.2The weighted average works like this: Take a fighter who has six wins and four losses. In her six wins, on average, 50 percent of the scheduled fight time was remaining; but in her losses, on average, 80 percent of the time was remaining. So her fight speed score is (6*0.5) – (4*0.8) = -0.2. This fighter tends to lose faster than she wins, even though she has a winning record. On average, Rousey has won her 11 fights with 90 percent of the scheduled fight time remaining; only three of her fights took more than 66 seconds.3The typical MMA fight is three scheduled five-minute rounds, except for championship bouts, which are five scheduled five-minute rounds. Other round and minute variations exist and were accounted for in the time-remaining calculation, which is a percentage. Combined with her undefeated record, this blazing-fast track record makes her a Lionel Messi-like outlier.Rousey’s quick fights are totally counter to the MMA trend overall. In the early 2000s, the average fight in the three-round, five-minute format lasted about 400 seconds for men and less than that for women. But in 2015, the typical fight went nearly two rounds (or about 600 seconds).4The trend lines in this chart represent the three-round, five-minute format. Rousey’s data points include fights in both formats. UPDATE (Nov. 13, 1:00 p.m.): Ronda Rousey defends her bantamweight title against Holly Holm this weekend in Australia. We wrote the story below before Rousey knocked out Bethe Correia in 34 seconds in August. read more

Bahamas Achievements Admirable Says Minister Pintard at 44th Independence Celebrations in Grand

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 7, 2017 – Grand Bahama – As the country celebrates its 44th Independence on July 10 some of the best and brightest Bahamians have made contributions in many spheres internationally, said Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, the Hon. Michael Pintard during the Flag Raising Ceremony on Friday.The ceremony is part of the 44th Anniversary of Independence celebrations.  “Our small national has become the envy, not just of the region but countries around the world who have understudied what we have done in tourism and in financial services. Even in crisis, we continue to prove we are resilient and powerful. In the aftermath of the blacklisting, we produce a cadre of compliance officers who designed one of the sophisticated compliance regimes that assisted this region in getting back on track.“Therefore, this morning as we raise our flag, we salute all those nation builders on whose shoulders we stand, some with title and many with no name or face recognition but, nevertheless, they played a pivotal role in transforming life as we know it in The Bahamas. So, we salute them. We also acknowledge that there are many unrealized dreams that we have set, and there are some stubborn issues that threaten the gains that we have made thus far. This Minnis led government believes that the collective will and genius of the Bahamian people will enable us to grow our economy once again; reduce the high incidences of crime and the high occurrences of non-communicable and other diseases. We are determined to forge deeper relationships with all Bahamians, regardless of their political persuasion, religious differences, differences in race. All of us have to be on the same page if we are to transform this country for the better.”Minister Pintard saluted all those who had the insight and courage 44 years ago who felt it was time for the country to govern its own affairs and sit at international tables as equals.“The pursuit and achievement of Independence on the 10th of July, 1973, was an acknowledgement that we ought to be the main agents, the main architects designing our own future and managing the growth and development of our own country. We accepted the challenge undergirded by our faith in God and the confidence in our collective ability as a people.“Over the last four decades plus, despite all of our challenges, we’ve accomplished I believe you would agree with me this morning, a great deal as a people. In the international sphere, our voice factored loudly. When we engaged as a global community in the discussion of disarmament, there was a Bahamian chairing many of those sessions, Dr. Davidson Hepburn. In international diplomacy our own Missouri Sherman-Peters impacted the significant work done by the United Nations, and our first Prime Minister, Sir Lynden Oscar Pindling’s voice resonated internationally as we dismantled as a global community Apartheid’s wall and rebuilt in its place, a multiracial South Africa that even today is working to forge a lasting peace.”The country has made contributions all over the world, he said. “In academics, we continue to produce multiple Rhode’s scholars, scientists that are impacting the world both in technology, just ask NASA and in medicine as we travel throughout particularly Africa assisting on many levels. We have set a standard. Many of our scholars have sat international standardized exams and performed as well, and often better, than their colleagues who hail from around the globe.“We are good as anyone else, anywhere else in the world.“Sons and daughters of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas have caused tens of millions around the world to pause and salute The Bahamas as our flag has been raised in numerous stadiums around the world where track and field took place, in aquatic centres where swimming took place, on the shores even in Regattas. Our amateur and elite athletes have made a difference, have made us proud and have made the world take note.”He added, “This morning, we salute all of you who continue to engage in this nation building exercise. Bahamians, those that have chosen to cast their lot with us and have moved to The Bahamas. Diplomats who have worked with us on an ongoing basis, we look forward to working with you to frame a democracy that will be envied.“This year’s theme, “One God, One People, One Bahamas” is a most appropriate reminder of the core values that have held us together since Independence.”Also present for the flag raising ceremony, held at the Harold Degregory Complex were: Senator the Hon. Dion Foulkes, Minister of Labour; Senator the Hon. J. Kwasi Thompson, Minister of State for Grand Bahama in the Office of the Prime Minister along with other Members of Parliament, senior government officials and religious leaders.While the ceremony was taking place in Freeport, Senate president, the Hon. Kay Forbes-Smith was present with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Hon. K. Peter Turnquest in East Grand Bahama. Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Public Works, the Hon. Iram Lewis and Parliamentary Secretary of Information and Communications in the Office of the Prime Minister, the Hon. Pakesha Parker-Edgecombe were in West Grand Bahama. All three areas held Flag Raising Ceremonies simultaneously.THE HON. MICHAEL PINTARD, Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture (BIS Photo/Andrew Coakley)SALUTE TO THE FLAG – Senior government officials and officers of the Royal Bahamas Police Force and Defence Force, are seen during the Flag Raising Ceremony of the 44th Anniversary of Independence ceremony on Friday at the Harold Degregory Complex. Shown in the front row from left are: Assistant Commissioner of Police, Clarence Reckley; Andrew Bowe, Senior Lt./Executive Officer of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force and OC of Grand Bahama; and Deputy Commission of Police and OC of Grand Bahama, Emrick Seymour; Senator the Hon. Dion Foulkes, Minister of Labour; the Hon. Michael Pintard, Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture; Senator the Hon. J. Kwasi Thompson, Minister of Statefor Grand Bahama in the Office of the Prime Minister and Rev. Peter Pinder, president, Grand Bahama Christian Council.Story by: Robyn AdderleyPress Release: BIS(BIS Photo/Andrew Coakley)last_img read more

Close to 200 paddle out to say goodbye to San Diego lifeguard

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter July 28, 2018 Posted: July 28, 2018 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 SettingsA celebration of life paddle-out was held for Saturday for Chloe Buckley, a San Diego native, city lifeguard and pro surfer who was killed earlier this month in a car crash. John Soderman, Close to 200 paddle out to say goodbye to San Diego lifeguard John Soderman last_img read more

Myanmar African Trade Teams Learn about US Soy Production at Global Trade

first_imgThe team observes a demonstration of extrusion technology that could be adapted for use in their countries. Pictured from left to right: Dr. Suzanne Nielsen, of Purdue University; Charles Nsubuga, from Uganda; Dr. Betty Bugusu, of Purdue University; Chimezie Obialor, from Nigeria; Liz Hare, of ASA/WISHH; Samuel Ntim-Adu, from Ghana; and Hart Jansson, of Malnutrition Matters.American Soybean Association World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (ASA/WISHH) staff attended the Midwest Shipper’s Association and U.S. Soybean Export Council’s (USSEC) Global Trade Exchange in Indianapolis, Ind. this week.The Global Trade Exchange allowed for the trade teams to learn the latest trends in soy, meet with U.S. exporters and learn about U.S. soy production. ASA/WISHH staff also had the opportunity to meet with USSEC staff on coordination and activity collaboration.Attending from WISHH were, Alan F. Poock, Asian division director; Liz Hare, Latin American division director; and Chris Slemp, African program manager. Poock and Slemp brought trade teams from Myanmar and African to the Trade Team Invitational and the Global Trade Exchange (GTE).In conjunction with the Global Trade Exchange and Midwest Specialty Grains Conference, ASA/WISHH Africa trade team traveled to West Lafayette, Ind. to meet with representatives from Purdue University. The delegation consisted of business representatives from Uganda, Nigeria and Ghana.During their trip to Purdue, the group met with the managing director of the International Food Technology Center (IFTC) Dr. Betty Bugusu, and professor of food science Dr. Suzanne Nielsen, to discuss future opportunities for collaboration. The team reviewed soybean processing technologies, post-harvest storage innovations and opportunities for partnerships. After the visit to Purdue, the trade team traveled to Indianapolis to participate in the Trade Team Invitational and other conference activities.Funding for the Myanmar trade team was provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Emerging Markets Program and the African trade team was sponsored by the Indiana Soybean Alliance.last_img read more

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Friday March 8 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Friday, March 8, 2019:#1) Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce’s Music Bingo BashThe Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce is holding a Music BINGO Bash in the Fez Room at the Shriners Auditorium (99 Fordham Road).  Doors open at 7pm.  Bingo starts at 8pm.This Music BINGO Bash will include a celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.  Attendees are encouraged to wear green.  The event will feature prizes, a 50/50 raffle, and a cash bar. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own dinner/snacks.Tickets cost $20 per person.  Tables of 10 are available.  For tickets, contact Chamber Executive Director Nancy Vallee at 978-657-7211 or Info@WilmingtonTewksburyChamber.org. Tickets will be available at the door.#2) Wilmington Strings Rock ‘n Roll BingoThe Wilmington Strings Parent Support Group is holding a Rock ‘n Roll Bingo fundraiser from 7pm to 10pm at the Wilmington Knights of Columbus Hall (112 Middlesex Avenue). Enjoy a fun evening of bingo, music, raffles, prizes, dancing and fun! Tickets cost $20 per person/$200 per table. Proceeds raised will benefit scholarships given to senior Strings students. Senior students will perform at 7pm. Email wilmingtonstringsorchestra@gmail.com to purchase tickets.#3) Drop-In Preschool Storytime At LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is holding a drop-in preschool storytime at 10am. Drop in for stories, songs, rhymes and a fun craft!  Space is limited. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.  Ages 2-5 and one or more adults.#4) Bingo At Senior Center The Wilmington Senior Center (15 School Street) is holding its weekly bingo game at 1pm.#5) Karaoke At Pacific GrovePacific Grove (211 Lowell Street) is hosting karaoke from Winnell Entertainment beginning at 8pm.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Friday, May 17, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Friday, June 7, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber Of Commerce To Hold Music Bingo Bash On March 8In “Business”last_img read more

Most Instagrammed airports in the world Check out the 8 most popular

first_imgAirports are said to be one of the busiest places in the world and now they are also the most Instagrammed places in the world. There are a total of eight international airports in the world that have topped the social media platform and photo sharing website Instagram.Over the years, airports have evolved in terms of design, infrastructure services and thus they are most photographed. Wego.com, a leading travel search site in the Asia Pacific and the Middle East region, has compiled the most tagged airports by travellers on Instagram.Here is a look at the top eight most Instagrammed airports in the world:Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport is another most popular airport on Instagram. It was named as the most Instagrammed location in the world in 2012 and it has topped the list again in 2016.”It’s most photographed area is the vaulted concourse, along with the intricately designed Buddhist Pagoda. The airport’s designers have successfully incorporated local Thai culture into the overall experience which travellers are clearly impressed with,” Wicks observes. Los Angeles International Airport, which previously appeared in the top 10 most Instagrammed locations in the world, is the second most Instagrammed airport.”The iconic LAX sign is a popular feature on Instagram, and it’s probable that the concentration of celebrities that pass through this airport contribute to the quantity of tags. Outside of an awards show, it’s possibly one of the most opportune locations for star spotting,” Wicks said. Singapore’s Changi Airport is one of the most popular among Instagram users due to its innovative installations, rooftop sunflowers and decorations. “Possibly one of its most photographed features is the unique Kinetic Rain installation,” explained Dean Wicks, chief flights officer of Wego. John F Kennedy Airport in New York is among the most Instagrammed airports and the reason is the canine restroom, complete with a mini fire hydrant. “New Yorkers love to Instagram, and the Big Apple’s very own Shake Shack which has a particularly stylish airport outlet also features largely, as well as the New York subway connection,” Wicks talked about the airport. Tokyo’s Haneda Airport is known for its Market Place, curvy designs and striking architecture. The designs and architecture has made the airport one of the most Instagrammed airports in the world. “The traditional Japanese-styled Edo-Koji shopping area in the International terminal and Japanese culinary delights in the departure lounge are also popular tags,” Wicks said.center_img London’s Heathrow Airport, which is one of the busiest airports in the world, also enjoys frequent tagging on Instagram. “There’s a trend for food images, particularly a good British breakfast, along with departure lounge drink and passport shots. Lines of airline livery photographs reflect the airport’s position as a global hub,” Wicks said. Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar, is one of the most popular airports in the world as it connects Europe, the Middle East to Asia and the rest of the world. “Love it or loathe it, Urs Fischer’s ‘Giant Teddy Bear’ dominates as a point of interest in the departure terminal, as does the giant moving walkway for transfer passengers between concourses A and E,” Wicks added. Sydney International Airport also enjoys the most number of tagging on Instagram. “Some of Sydney’s stunning skyline, warm sunrises, the ‘G’day, Welcome Home’ sign upon arrival, and a few of the spectacularly designed Qantas First Class Lounge are a feature,” Wicks said.last_img read more

Indian stock markets among the bestperforming globally in CY2017

first_imgBuildings are reflected on the glass windows of the NSE (National Stock Exchange) building in Mumbai, India, December 27, 2016.Reuters fileTwo key macroeconomic indicators in July — manufacturing and services PMI surveys — fell below the 50-point threshold to register contraction primarily on account of GST, but the NSE Nifty posted a record performance in the same month, thanks to many factors. India also ended as one of the best-performing stock markets for calendar year 2017 till July-end.The calendar year-to-date (CY17 YTD) gains for both the benchmark indices — BSE Sensex and NSE Nifty — also catapulted Indian stock markets among the best globally. “For CY17 YTD, MSCI EM (+24 percent), India-Sensex (+22 percent), Korea (+19 percent), Taiwan (+13 percent) and US (+10 percent) were the best performers among the key global markets in local currency terms. On the other hand, Russia (-15 percent) delivered negative returns,” brokerage Motilal Oswal Securities Ltd. (MOSL) said in a note.The benchmark, 50-scrip Nifty gained 5.8 percent for the month, ending at 10,077 on July 31 from 9,521 at the beginning of the month, marking the highest monthly return in 16 months.Also read: After manufacturing, services activity hits a new low in JulyThe July rally was driven primarily by continued dollar inflows from foreign institutional investors (FIIs), good progression of the monsoon and no major hiccups in implementing the GST, according to a note by the brokerage. “July witnessed inflows of $400 million from FIIs and $1.8 billion from domestic MFs. In YTDCY17, India has received MF inflows of $8.1 billion, more than full year inflows of CY16 ($7.1 billion). FII inflows for YTDCY17 stand at $8.7 billion, more than the cumulative CY15 and CY16 inflows of $6.3 billion,” the brokerage said in its note.From a sectoral viewpoint, gains were a mixed bag, with the SPU Bank index (up 13 percent) outperforming other sectoral indices such as Cement (up 9 percent), Metals (up 9 percent) and Consumer Goods (down 3 percent) in July.On Friday, at around 11.15 am, the BSE Sensex was down 91 points to 32,146 while the NSE Nifty slipped below the crucial 10,000-mark and was trading 18 points lower at  9,997.last_img read more

Over 70pc Australians face sexual harassment

first_imgStepmother sent to jail in girl rape, murder caseNearly 71 per cent of Australians have been victims of sexual harassment at some point in their lives, a report published on Wednesday by the Australian Human Rights Commission said.One in every three have experienced it at work in the last five years, Efe news quoted the study as saying.Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins indicated in the report that sexual harassment is generally perpetrated by a man and “in many cases it is ongoing over an extended period”.The main forms of sexual harassment cited in the study are sexual jokes and comments, inappropriate physical contact and rape.At least 23 per cent of women have been victims of an attempt or an act of rape or sexual assault in their lives, the report said, adding that 89 per cent of women have also suffered other types of harassment.The study also reveals that more than 85 per cent of women and 56 per cent of men under the age of 15 say they have been sexually harassed at least once.The rate of sexual harassment is higher among people between 18 and 29 years old while indigenous Australians are the most vulnerable to these crimes, according to the research.The data adds that 83 per cent of homosexuals and 90 per cent of bisexuals have been victims of sexual harassment compared to 70 per cent of heterosexuals, while 68 per cent of disabled people have been sexually harassed at some points in their lives.The research indicates that 64 per cent of sexual harassment cases in the workplace are carried out by a single perpetrator who most often is a co-worker at the same level as the victim.Jenkins stressed that the workplace harassment rate is “particularly high in the information, media and telecommunications industries”.About 19 per cent of the workers who made a formal complaint on sexual harassment in the workplace were labelled troublemakers, another 18 per cent were isolated or ignored and 17 per cent quit their jobs, while the perpetrator experienced no consequences in 19 per cent of the cases.last_img read more

South Africas ANC debates economic policy

first_imgThe ANC then meets in December in the country’s heartland to choose the party leaders who will take the ANC into 2014 national elections. The party is unlikely to face major opposition at national polls. Politicians will use the resolutions hammered out this week as their campaign platform.President Jacob Zuma is expected to face a tough fight to remain party president in December. Observers will be watching him closely this week to see whether he can maintain discipline among the more than 3,500 delegates. They’ll also be assessing his efforts to push his vision, which some say is fuzzy on details such as how he will pay for planned infrastructure development and a national health program, while labor says he’s not moving far or fast enough to the left.Thami Mazwai, who oversees a university program designed to give some of South Africa’s poorest citizens the skills to run their own businesses, said he worries that ANC policymakers aren’t getting beyond academic debates.“Right now, we’re not having a lot of acting. We really don’t understand that we are in crisis mode,” said Mazwai, director of the University of Johannesburg’s Soweto-based Centre for Small Business Development. The ANC will this week, for example, debate whether the government should offer private companies subsidies to encourage them to hire and train young workers. A section of the ANC that includes the country’s finance minister is pushing for the youth wage subsidy, but unions say it will encourage employers to replace existing workers with younger employees. Mazwai says that it will get young people into the workforce, and that the ANC should stand up to labor.South Africa’s unemployment rate has been stuck at 25 percent for years. This country of 50 million has not seen the political turmoil or wide-scale strikes and protests that have occasionally erupted into violence in Europe as economies there melt down. But scattered protests over the ANC government’s failure to deliver enough after 18 years in power have broken out in some of South Africa’s poorest communities. Mazwai said the risk of broader upheaval can’t be ignored, particularly because so many of South Africa’s unemployed are young and impatient.“That is the ticking time bomb that a lot of us are worried about,” Mazwai said.ANC spokesman Jackson Mthembu said that among the tough questions to be confronted this week is why, a generation after apartheid’s end brought democracy to the black majority, ANC members don’t face consequences when they fail in government posts. Associated PressJOHANNESBURG (AP) – Leaders of South Africa’s governing African National Congress are fiercely debating how Africa’s largest economy can create jobs, attract foreign investment and stave off social unrest in a global recession.They’re also competing for influence at a party policy conference that opens Tuesday.Over the next four days, populists and fiscal conservatives will be wrestling over the ANC’s soul at the policy conference midway between Johannesburg, South Africa’s economic hub, and Pretoria, seat of its government. Top Stories Sponsored Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Going after ANC members seen as under-performing, whether in the Cabinet or the civil service, could raise already high tensions within the party. Among the dozen policy documents ANC leaders have circulated to prepare members for the conference is one warning against letting “factional battles over power and resources define the political life of the movement.”Top ANC policy makers can show decisiveness. Despite calls by unions and the ANC youth wing to nationalize mines, seen as a key area in which jobs can be created, the documents that make up the conference agenda portray nationalization as politically and financially impractical. They instead propose using taxes and other means to ensure the nation gets the most from its mineral wealth.Last week at a Group of 20 meeting in Mexico, Zuma pledged to contribute $2 billion to a fund the IMF can use to help ailing economies. Some within the ANC who are skeptical of globalization said the money would have been better spent at home, illustrating the kind of bickering among moderate and more radical ANC members that can worry foreign investors. Zuma, head of the only African country in the group of the world’s 20 top economies, stood firm, saying he was acting to head off deepening a global crisis that could see more jobs lost in South Africa. Leading South African businessman Brett Dawson wants policymakers to concentrate on competitiveness, in part by improving education and infrastructure. Dawson’s Dimension Data, which provides IT technology and support to major South African financial services, mining and other companies, employs thousands. It could employ more if the nation’s communications infrastructure and costs allowed entrepreneurs to compete with Indian and other companies for international contracts.“It is about nations making sure that they can compete. It’s the only way we can create jobs,” Dawson said.Dawson is hopeful. South Africans, he said, showed they were capable of innovative thinking and decisiveness when they defeated apartheid.“The challenge we’re facing here is a lot smaller than that kind of challenge,” Dawson said,___Associated Press Writer Kim Chakanetsa in Johannesburg contributed to this report.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Comments   Share   Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of New high school in Mesa lets students pick career pathslast_img read more

Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute ri

first_img Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away The Cardinals would probably be happy if he was just the best corner in the league, as having a guy who can lockdown the opponent’s top receiver, one on one, would make defensive coordinator Ray Horton’s job much, much easier. It would also make Peterson one of the all-time greats, placing him alongside some of the players he likens his game to.“I would compare my talent to three different guys,” he said. “With the style of play I will go with Charles Woodson; with the swagger I’ll go with Deion Sanders; with the tenacity I’d go with Rod Woodson.“I believe I’m a little bit of all three of those guys.”Rod Woodson finished his hall of fame career with 71 interceptions. Deion Sanders tallied 53 before being enshrined in Canton, and Charles Woodson is up to 47 picks, a number that is sure to grow. A combination of those three? Yes please. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   center_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke The fifth overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Cardinals’ Patrick Peterson enters the league with high expectations. None, however, seem to be as high as the ones he is placing on himself. He told ESPN’s NFL Live that his goal is to be the best. Not the best corner, though, but the best player in the NFL.“That’s something that me and my dad strive for each and every year,” he said. “We’re just not going to settle for being the best player at my position, we want to be the best player overall.”last_img read more