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first_imgNew Growth pathSouth Africa is to embark on a new economic growth path in a bid to create five-million jobs and reduce unemployment from 25% to 15% over the next 10 years.Read morePress releaseThe frameworkMinister Ebrahim Patel’s Speech: Essence of the Growth PathGearing for Growth in a Changed World by John BattersbyMonomer engineering presentation: Enabling development one step at a time!Business Report: Ann CrottyMICHAEL POWER: New Growth PathThe sheet music to make our economic orchestra humSectors:Transport infrastructureEnergy netowrkEnergy upgradeIndustrial policyIndustrial zones Key messages on nuclear energy Nuclear energy will in future contribute more significantly to South Africa’s energy mix.Read more [PDF, 280kb]Exports into Egypt from South Africa Download Excel documentDinner with the FT – Geared for Growth Programmelast_img read more

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Investing in African Mining Indaba 2015

first_imgThe annual Investing in African Mining Indaba makes a compelling business case for why global investors should consider South Africa – and the continent as a whole – an important trade and investment destination. Mining’s contribution to South Africa’s global competitiveness9 February 2015 – At the 2015 Investing in African Mining Indaba in Cape Town from 9 to 12 February, the Department of Trade and Industry will emphasise the government’s strategic focus on industrialisation and improving connections between mining and the rest of the economy, writes DTI Minister RobDavies. MORE > Infographic: Mining robot can save lives5 February 2015 – Safety in mines is a big issue in South Africa, and robots produced by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research present the perfect solution. Its Mobile Intelligence Autonomous Systems group created and tested robots that can monitor the safety of mines after blasting. MORE > Infographic: Mining in South Africa4 February 2015 – South Africa’s Mining Indaba, set to run from 9 to 12 February in Cape Town, is Africa’s – and the world’s – largest mining investment gathering. To preview the event, we bring you facts and figures about the mining industry in South Africa. MORE > Mining groups invested in South Africa3 February 2015 – No longer simply the exploiters of resources and people, the mining industry in South Africa today invests R3.9-billion a year in corporate social investment projects, more than any other sector on the stock exchange. Most of this investment is in communities around the mines’ operations. MORE > Machel, Blair head to South Africa for Mining Indaba30 January 2015 – Graça Machel and Tony Blair are the keynote speakers at the Investing in African Mining Indaba, now in its 20th year. As head of the Foundation for Community Development, Machel leads the sustainable development sessions. A host of other global mining leaders and economists are scheduled to speak. MORE > Licensing reform to lift competiveness of South African mining22 January 2015 – South Africa’s mining sector contributes 9% of GDP directly and over 30% in foreign exchange earnings, writes Minister of Mineral Resources Ngoako Ramatlhodi. Now new regulatory reforms are set to boost this contribution even further. MORE >last_img read more

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Ohio Pork Council launches bacon vending machine

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Pork Council is pleased to announce the launch of their Bacon Vending Machine, located in Ohio State University’s Animal Science Building. In honor of finals season, the machine will supply students with ready-to-eat bacon until Dec. 13.“The Bacon Vending Machine is a unique and fun way for the Ohio Pork Council to support Ohio State students and promote the pork industry at the same time,” said Dave Shoup, Ohio Pork Council president-elect.With proceeds from the machine benefitting the meat science program, Hormel, Sugardale and Smithfield donated shelf-stable bacon strips and bits to fill the machine. For just $1, students can “fuel up” with bacon to power through their last two weeks on campus before Christmas break. Members of the meat science program are responsible for stocking and maintaining the machine during its time on campus.“The meat science program is excited to partner with the Ohio Pork Council through the Bacon Vending Machine project,” said Lyda G. Garcia, assistant professor of meat science in the Department of Animal Sciences.Through the Bacon Vending Machine, the Ohio Pork Council is able to promote products of the pork industry while educating consumers about their purchase. In partnership with the We Care initiative, the Bacon Vending Machine supports farmers’ commitment to responsible and ethical animal agriculture to provide consumers with quality products.last_img read more

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Celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day — Pirate’s Quest Stolen Treasure (GC28T4Y) — Geocache of the Week

first_img SharePrint RelatedArrrrrrr you fan of Pirates? — Nashuan’s First Cache (GC1D56C) — Geocache of the WeekAugust 28, 2013In “Community”NaGeira’s Treasure – GC6EDE – GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – November 22, 2012November 21, 2012In “Geocaching with Kids”Auburn Sea (GC3QGYZ) — Geocache of the WeekSeptember 3, 2015In “Geocache of the Week” The journey be treacherous, tis not fer the faint o’ heart! Photo by geocachers TEAM DESERT EAGLEAhoy mateys, today be International Talk Like a Pirate Day, so all of ya landlubbers best be arrggghhh-ing, knockin’ back some grog, an’ searchin’ for me treasure—lest ye walk the plank and be stowed away in Davey Jones’ locker. For those of you who don’t speak Pirate, here’s that translated into normal English: Today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day. It’s a great day to search for geocaches, especially the Geocache of the Week.Geocachers doing their best ARRRRGGGGG faces. Photo by geocacher northwing65Endlessly searching for “treasure,” a vocabulary of strange words, wooden legs—there are numerous similarities between geocachers and pirates. Well, maybe not that last one, but you get the idea. Pirate’s Quest Stolen Treasure (GC28T4Y) takes you on an epic, 10-stage, pirate-themed multi-cache adventure through Michigan’s Newaygo State Park. At each stage, geocachers will find an artifact like those in the photos, as well as a clue to where the next stage is located. The time, effort and craftsmanship that the geocache owners, photobug2, put into each stage is incredible and a great example of top-notch geocache placement.So far, nearly 160 geocachers have earned their smiley and 90 of them added a Favorite Point. After making the find, geocacher potterteam said, “We planned a camping weekend at Newaygo to tackle more of the amazing caches here and this one was first on our list. WOW – what an amazing multi-cache. We were astounded at the creativity, planning and work that was put into every stage. We had so much fun doing this cache and are giving it a well earned favorite point, wish we could give it more than one!!!”Another geocacher who made their way through the forest to earn their smiley is 2xArcher, who said, “This is the best multi that I have ever done. I can’t believe the amount of time and work that went into making and placing this cache. Awesome!!! I will be talking about this one for a long time. This is a favorite for us.”Logbook? Nope, logribs. Photo by geocacher northwing65While searching for a special pirate-themed geocache to feature today, I came across tons of great pirate caches. Which one is your favorite? Tell us in the comments. (Answer in pirate-speak, please.)Editor’s Note: If Newaygo State Park is sounding a little familiar, it’s because its also home to another Geocache of the Week. This park sounds like a geocacher’s paradise!Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog.If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, send an email with your name, comments, the name of the geocache, and the GC code to pr@geocaching.com.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

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Gogo In-Flight Wi-Fi Poised to Take Off, Latest IPO Filing Reveals

first_imgSome 5.3% of potential Gogo passengers connected during the June quarter. That’s up significantly from 4% take rate a year ago, but down a bit from 5.6% in the March quarter and 5.5% in the December quarter. Take rates vary by airline and flight, of course, and air travel is a seasonal business. In April, Virgin America’s CEO boasted Gogo usage rates in the low- to mid-20s, including generally passing 50% on its San Francisco-to-Boston route. But not every airline is Virgin America, and not every flight is so full of techies.Still, Gogo’s filing suggests that the company powered about 3.5 million Wi-Fi sessions in the June quarter, up about 75% from last year and up more than 10% from the March quarter.That’s pretty solid growth, and faster than Gogo’s overall sales, which grew 51% year-over-year during the June quarter. Operating loss fell to $4.9 million in the June quarter from $7.1 million a year ago. And a $135 million credit line, announced in late June, will keep things moving. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market The filing notes that Gogo has contracts to install the service on another 415 aircraft, mostly before the end of next year. That could provide roughly 25% more capacity. Take rate will almost certainly increase as more people bring aboard iPads and smartphones and as they become accustomed to paying for in-flight connectivity. And Gogo just started its international expansion efforts this year. (It also generates almost half its revenue from the “business aviation” market, serving private planes.)But Gogo faces hurdles, too. Network capacity, for example: It’s already frequently slow to connect, and Gogo warns that it must upgrade many planes to new technology to meet capacity demands. Satellite-based competitors could win deals, too. And then there’s the overall instability of the airline industry: American Airlines, whose customers generated 23% of Gogo’s commercial-aviation revenue in the first half of the year, filed for bankruptcy and may shed planes or lose control to another airline.Still, for many passengers, Wi-Fi has become a crucial part of flying. It looks like Gogo has plenty of runway left for growth. Tags:#Analysis#web Wi-Fi in the sky is a rare bright spot in an industry that engenders ever lower customer expectations. Five years after Gogo launched its in-flight Wi-Fi service, most passengers still don’t pay for Internet in the sky, but there’s every reason to believe they’re beginning to see the value of staying connected en route. As Gogo disclosed in an updated IPO filing last week, its sales and installations have been growing, and it is inching toward profitability.Gogo’s in-flight Wi-Fi service was installed on 1,565 planes at the end of June and available to about 65.5 million passengers in the June quarter. Both of those stats have grown around one-third in the past year. That growth has allowed Gogo’s revenue and number of wi-fi sessions to increase, even as the percentage of passengers who pay for service (known as take rate) and the amount of money people spend on service have remained flattish.  Related Posts center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… dan frommer A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

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For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and Industry Efficiency Are Everything

first_imgLu ZhangFounder & Managing Partner at Fusion Fund Follow the Puck Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry Tags:#4th Industrial Revolution#self-driving cars#Smart Cities What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Lu Zhang is the founder and managing partner of Fusion Fund, a company dedicated to promoting early-stage venture capital for entrepreneurs. The first time self-driving cars were introduced to the world, it was through science fiction films and television of yesteryear. For self-driving systems, infrastructure and industry efficiency are everything.Today, however, they’re a reality, and they’ve taken the Fourth Industrial Revolution to wild destinations. Consider the man who recently traveled 30 miles on a California highway using just the autopilot feature of his Tesla — all while he was asleep.Thanks to autonomous technologies, it won’t be long until computers entirely control much of the world’s driving experience.But to become a fully viable, ubiquitous option, there are still significant hurdles to clear. At this pivotal moment, it’s worthwhile to explore where self-driving is headed as well as what’s helping and hindering that progress.Surveying the State of Self-Driving TechnologyTo start with, it’s helpful to review the kinds of technology that allow cars to drive autonomously in both their present and future forms:• Artificial intelligence:Artificial Intelligence is affecting cities also. Sophisticated AI enables self-driving vehicles to make all the calculations necessary — every second — to understand everything occurring on the road. Consider, for instance, a self-driving car approaching an intersection.The car sees a pedestrian is standing at the corner. The vehicle must determine whether to slow down because the person is likely to cross the street or maintain speed because the pedestrian is not a threat.Making these calculations quickly is hard enough for the human brain — let alone a machine’s. However, AI has progressed to a place where it can make accurate judgments almost instantaneously.• Machine learning:The other crucial component of autonomous driving is machine learning. As intelligent as AI may be, it’s unfeasible from a technological standpoint for AI to analyze every scenario. Instead, it must be able to learn from the road and begin driving based on experience — just like a human would.Therefore, the first time a car sees a pedestrian at an intersection, it may run a complex series of calculations. However, when it reencounters the same scenario, it can retrieve the data it previously collected rather than attempting to collect it again. Bottom line: AI can drive a car, but machine learning helps it become a good driver.• Sensor communication:And while that’s the tech going on inside the car, self-driving cars are not self-contained. Eventually, they will rely on a vast series of sensors and signals located on other vehicles, traffic lights, and every feature of the traffic infrastructure.These sensors allow cars to “communicate” with one another (and with the traffic infrastructure as a whole) to make driving as safe and efficient as possible.In this regard, BMW has been on the vanguard, developing a system that allows many of its newest models to share data. For example, imagine two new BMWs traveling down a highway together: When the first encounters an accident or construction zone, it can transmit that information to the car behind it.These actions are helping the vehicle and driver avoid unexpected hazards. Before long, this technology will no longer be proprietary to any single automaker but will instead be a standard feature.Self-driving technologies can do incredible things.The self-driving cars do incredible things, but only when they’re enabled by wireless connectivity. The connectivity means blazing-fast bandwidth, and incredible processing capabilities. Currently, most self-driving cars rely on fourth-generation tech and the cloud to handle data.Edge computing will eventually replace this technology to keep data processing more localized and to make data transfer instantaneous via better 5G connectivity. At that point, self-driving vehicles will be smart enough to literally “take the wheel,” removing drivers from the equation.Forecasting the Future of Autonomous VehiclesMost experts agree: Self-driving will experience two distinct phases, both technologically and economically. The first phase involves self-driving auto companies that will likely rise and fall quickly; they cannot successfully commercialize innovations or build viable business models around them. Realistically, we’re in the middle of this phase right now, meaning many of the companies making breakthroughs in self-driving are unlikely to be significant players in the future.The more critical evolution is on the technological front. Currently, self-driving cars are not autonomous; they provide various types of assistance to human drivers. The next phase will come when vehicles can drive themselves without requiring any input from a driver.Somewhat paradoxically, self-driving cars become a lot simpler and safer when you eliminate humans from the equation.Humans are unpredictable by nature and, frankly, don’t often have the best driving track records. So imagine the complexity of self-driving systems trying to make sense of their surroundings. Because of so many variables in play, self-driving must always err on the side of caution (making it less efficient as a result).To fully realize the dream of self-driving technology, we need computers in every car on the road — and those roads to be located primarily in smart cities.At that point, driving becomes a predictable system in which all elements are integrated and working in concert. Cars become points on a grid — points that technology can monitor and manage with precision.An example of this principle is already underway in Utah: Local officials have approved testing of a self-driving shuttle that could supplement (and maybe even replace) other public transportation options. These shuttles will share the road with human drivers, but they’ll travel along set routes and schedules, eliminating the number of unknowns.Because predictability is still necessary, we’re likely to see self-driving trucks that travel only between set points before we see “robotaxis” that drive wherever the passenger wants.While the timeline of the self-driving innovation evolution is admittedly tough to pin down, Daimler Trucks boasts an autonomous technology division tasked with bringing “highly autonomous” commercial vehicles to the roads within the next decade. Meeting that milestone is not unrealistic, but it won’t be effortless, either. No company will be able to do it on its own.Tracking the Momentum in the IndustryDespite the apparent momentum around self-driving technologies, several factors limit how quickly it’s being developed and implemented.The first? Autonomous vehicles are mainly being developed by Silicon Valley rather than by traditional automakers. Tech companies can push the limits of AI and machine learning, but they can’t necessarily build and sell vehicles on a massive scale.Self-driving vehicles also don’t possess the same influence on transportation policy that legacy automakers have cultivated over time.Therefore, some of the most promising self-driving tech exists only in prototype form, with no real path or future of becoming production models.The second hurdle involves the push for self-driving technology: Traditionally, the argument for autonomous vehicles involves drivers being able to relax on their commute.Enticing though it may be, the best application of self-driving technology is for commercial rather than personal use. Consider the number of companies (and entire industries) dependent on fleets of vehicles and armies of drivers.Anything that must be driven by a human — from a forklift to an 18-wheeler is more expensive to operate because of labor costs, scheduling issues, insurance concerns, and accidents.In that context, the best argument for self-driving technology applies to various industry applications and logistical challenges, not the daily commute. Once the broader economy understands this, expect additional investments and a wave of new self-driving applications. The final (and arguably biggest) hurdle is the need for 5G bandwidth and edge computing capabilities in tomorrow’s smart cities.Much has been made of updating the wireless network for the needs of a connected future, but progress has been slow. Without extensive connectivity inside and outside major cities, self-driving cars will never be “smart” enough to be safe.For instance, a delay of just two seconds could be the difference between an unfortunate accident and a close call. Until we upgrade connectivity and local processing power, self-driving cars will be riskier than most consumers, and commercial operators can accept.Currently, this information is not discussed enough. The discussions are hypothetical, but deserve to be underlined: Self-driving cars depend on the smart cities around them. Thankfully, cities are getting smarter than we know.A Self-Driving City in ActionAsk someone what city leads the way in terms of self-driving, and he’s likely to guess San Francisco or New York. To the contrary, a Rust Belt metropolis is expected to become the first city with autonomous vehicles in widespread use.Pittsburgh has quietly become a hub for AI development, primarily driven by the efforts of Carnegie Mellon University. The college is among the world’s finest in AI research, and Pittsburgh is home to a bigger pool of AI talent than almost anywhere outside of Silicon Valley.In fact, because of the pioneering work done at CMU, the school was selected to partner with the United States Army on AI development. Google and Uber have also chosen to set up AI and self-driving research centers in Pittsburgh, which only funnels more talent and more significant investment into the city.The city is also home to several legacy industries (steel is one, of course) that have a lot to gain by embracing automation as broadly as possible. As those companies begin to recognize the commercial application of autonomous vehicles, they’ll likely boost research and development investments.As important as talent and investment are, neither matter without municipal leaders to back them.Ultimately, lawmakers control the roads, and whether self-driving achieves its full potential depends mostly on their willingness to embrace it.Once again, Pittsburgh leads the nation on this front: Legislators have declared their intention to make the city an innovation center, and they’ve started laying the legal groundwork to make it happen.Some developments include working out details behind installing sensors to track traffic patterns, implementing enough bandwidth to enable citywide data sharing, and eliminating red tape that could inhibit self-driving implementations.I even invested in a Pittsburgh-based self-driving company called Locomotion after recognizing its contributions to the community’s “smart city” dreams.There’s still much work to be done at the state and local levels before Pittsburg runs on autopilot, but all the pieces are in place.Pittsburgh as an example is essential here: The city illustrates all that’s promising about self-driving technologies, along with all the remaining obstacles. The city’s approach — one that involves a coalition of academia as well as private and public sectors — is one that all others should model.We can’t count on Silicon Valley alone to pioneer self-driving, and legacy automakers can’t do it, either. Instead, we must be realistic about what self-driving requires while also recognizing that the most valuable application of autonomous vehicles is in commercial settings.Once that happens, expect to see this technology transform all our expectations of transportation. Related Posts last_img read more

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10 months agoSporting CP target Liverpool winger Rafa Camacho

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Sporting CP target Liverpool winger Rafa Camachoby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool are expected to release Rafa Camacho for loan next month.The Liverpool Echo says Sporting CP want their ex-academy star for the rest of the season, with a number of Championship clubs also interested.Camacho, 18, can play across the front line and was also used as a full-back in an impressive pre-season campaign under Jurgen Klopp.After starring in America, his performances in the Uefa Youth League have brought him plenty of suitors.The Portugal Under-20s international is yet to make his first-team debut but could be contention next season if he can gain experience on a short-term deal elsewhere. last_img

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13 days agoBurnley defender Kevin Long admits lack of action frustrating

first_imgBurnley defender Kevin Long admits lack of action frustratingby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley defender Kevin Long admits his lack of action this season is frustrating.The Republic of Ireland defender’s only appearance for the Clarets this season came in the EFL Cup exit at home to Sunderland in August. “It can be frustrating,” he told the Irish media.“If other lads for Burnley or Ireland are playing well, there’s not much I can do.“I spoke to Mick briefly about it in the past. He wants me playing games, first and foremost, but is aware of the position I’m in at Burnley.“He’s stuck by me and hopefully I can repay him for that.“If I get a chance on Saturday, I’ll be ready to take it with both hands. This match, and the trip to Switzerland on Tuesday, are huge games. They’re the type of you want to be involved in.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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5 days agoLeicester keeper Schmeichel says being late bloomer is career motivation

first_imgLeicester keeper Schmeichel says being late bloomer is career motivationby Paul Vegas5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel says being a late bloomer has helped his career motivation.The Dane made his international debut at 26, though is now regarded among the best keepers in the world. He reached a personal national team landmark last week against Switzerland. Schmeichel made super four saves in the 1-0 European Championships qualifying win.And the Foxes favourite admits his late career recognition is now working in his favour. At 32 years of age, Schmeichel insists he’s as ambitious and motivated as ever.Now boasting 50 caps, he was quoted by Bold as saying, “It was a big motivating factor that I was not involved in the national team earlier in my career, but I am grateful to be part of it now and it makes me proud to play 50 games for my country – now I just hope for 50 more.”If I don’t last five years, then I will be disappointed.”Indeed, while not taking anything for granted, Schmeichel is adamant that thoughts of retirement are far into the future. The goalkeeper, who is in his eighth year with Leicester, is determined to make the most of a period in his career where he is now reaching his peak. After spells with the likes of Darlington and Bury, Schmeichel is grateful for his current status in the game.He added: “You can’t plan in football. Anything can happen. You can get hurt tomorrow and not have the opportunity to come back, so you have to be grateful every time you are teamed up with the national team.”Every match I get in the Parken in front of such an audience, I am incredibly grateful for, because it happens so rarely. We must be proud of all the matches we can fight for the national team.”- updated 21/10 About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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BC creates more uncertainty for Trans Mountain

first_imgCALGARY – The B.C. government is creating more uncertainty around Kinder Morgan Inc.’s Trans Mountain expansion project with a proposal to restrict any increase in diluted bitumen shipments until it conducts more spill response studies.Provincial Environment Minister George Heyman says there needs to be more confidence in how well oil transporters are prepared to respond and fully mitigate the effects of a potential spill.The government says it will establish an independent scientific advisory panel to make recommendations to the minister on whether, and how, heavy oils can be safely transported and cleaned up if spilled.B.C. says it will also seek input from First Nations, industry, local governments, and environmental groups, as well as the general public over the coming months.The restriction creates more uncertainty for the already delayed Trans Mountain expansion project, which would nearly triple the capacity of the current pipeline system to 890,000 barrels a day.The West Coast Environmental Law association cheered the proposal as a welcome safety measure and an important warning for Kinder Morgan.last_img read more