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Warriors, 116, Nets, 100: Warriors depend on Kevin Durant & Quinn Cook without Stephen Curry, Draymond Green

first_imgSo when the Warriors lost the NBA’s best shooter (Stephen Curry, left groin), the league’s best defender (Draymond Green, right foot) and a … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile deviceOAKLAND – The Warriors’ star is expected to score, no matter who plays with him. So Kevin Durant always stays ready.The Warriors’ reserve is expected to run the offense, no matter how erratic his minutes have become. So Quinn Cook always stays ready, too.last_img

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A’s trade Jurickson Profar to Padres, acquire left-handed hitting catcher

first_imgThe Oakland Athletics traded infielder Jurickson Profar to the San Diego Padres for catcher Austin Allen and a player to be named later on Monday.Sources: #Padres acquire Jurickson Profar.— Robert Murray (@ByRobertMurray) December 2, 2019 The 26-year-old infielder, acquired in a three-team trade from the Texas Rangers last offseason, struggled in his season with the A’s. He slashed .218/.301/.410 in 2019 and couldn’t find consistency defensively, often misfiring throws from …last_img

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Drawing expats back to SA

first_imgSouth Africans at the vin the UK in May 2009.(Image: Homecoming Revolution)  Nomsa Mthembu, a 34-year-old South African tourism consultant, has been living in the UK for the past seven years, but now she wants to return home.Before she makes the final decision, boards that plane and flies back, she wants to be sure of potential job opportunities. For this she’s banking on the 2010 Homecoming Revolution London event taking place at the Kensington Olympia Conference Centre on 20 and 21 March.“I am looking forward to going to the conference, I would like to know what companies are offering jobs and I’m willing to talk to people,” said Mthembu, who graduated with a BA Honours in travel and tourism management from the UK’s Derby University in December 2009.“I am expecting to get more information from companies and generally find out what is going on back home.”The annual event, now in its fourth year, will host about 38 South African companies offering job opportunities and recruitment programmes for suitably skilled expats. “We’ve got great companies coming with us to recruit South Africans who want to come back home,” said Brigitte Lightfoot of the Homecoming Revolution.The event – boasting speakers such as University of Pretoria Vice-Chancellor and Principal Professor Cheryl de la Rey, Bafana Bafana captain Aaron Mokoena and a range of company executives – has attracted high-profile corporates such as Eskom, South African Breweries, the CSIR, First National Bank (FNB), Nedbank, Group Five, Investec Bank and many others.“The companies are coming mainly to recruit … it’s also an opportunity for them to tap into new skills,” Lightfoot said.South African recruitment agencies will also be there to broaden the scope, she added.Bite of UK recessionMthembu, who was born in KwaMashu in KwaZulu-Natal, currently lives and works in Manchester. She relocated to further her studies, and said she was offered jobs there even before she graduated.“At the moment I work in the hospitality industry, which I love,” she said. “I have been working and studying at the same time – it has been hectic.“If I had my way I would come home tomorrow, I am tired of running around like a headless chicken.”But Mthembu said she doesn’t “regret coming here, [as] I have achieved so much academically and financially”.Her desire to return home is driven by ambitions to advance in and contribute to South Africa’s growing tourism industry, she said. “It takes time to get a promotion at work here – unlike back home.”She said she’s noticed that job opportunities in the UK have shrunk somewhat due to the recession, which hit the UK hard in late 2008.Interest in the Homecoming eventMthembu said most South Africans she knows in the UK have bought tickets and she’s predicting a full house in Olympia.“It will be full – I can promise you that. Everyone I know has bought tickets for the event,” she said. “People want to go home, there is no place like home.”Last year’s event, also held in London, attracted about 1 200 South Africans. Lightfoot said she’s sure the 2010 turnout will be even better. “It’s really exciting this year,” said Lightfoot, who previously lived in the UK for six years.Reversing the ‘brain-drain’The Homecoming Revolution is an NGO that encourages and helps South Africans abroad to return home. Supported by FNB, the organisation helps address the skills shortage in the country, which spiked in the 1990s.“We’ve seen an increase in the number of people wanting to come back to South Africa,” Lightfoot said. “We get a lot of enquiries about South Africa from people abroad.”Besides facilitating the journey back home, the organisation also helps expats find jobs through its online careers portal.‘SA tourism booming’There are plenty of opportunities in South Africa’s growing tourism industry, Mthembu believes. In 2008 the industry contributed R25.8-billion (US$3.3-billion) to the national GDP, attracting about 42.5-million local and international tourists.“South African tourism is big,” she said. “I learned more about it when I came here. Even though I worked in the travel industry back home, there are some issues I did not know about.”She now has a greater understanding of the various multinationals that own hotel chains in South Africa, which has helped her assess the scope of opportunities back home.“I have travelled to Spain, Italy, Germany and Greece and – guess what – South Africa has got the best five-star hotels,” said Mthembu.last_img read more

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Hi-tech taking centre stage in Africa

first_img29 June 2011 For 48 long hours, employees of Senegal’s National Telecommunications Company cut telephone and internet connections to the rest of the world. That bold action, in August 2010, sought to force the government to back down on a plan to grant a US company exclusive rights to manage incoming international phone calls. The shutdown itself sent shockwaves throughout the Senegalese economy. Dozens of institutions were affected: banks, travel agencies, customs offices, call centres, calling card vendors, the airport, the harbour. Newspapers ran angry editorials. “Our economy lost CFA50-billion,” (US$100-million), one headline complained. The event vividly illustrates just how important the information and communications technology (ICT) sector has become in Africa. It is not only a major industry in its own right, but also a backbone for many others. Unparalleled growth Nascent only a decade ago, ICT in Africa has been growing in recent years at an unparalleled pace. In some countries, various studies note, the “information economy” is becoming one of the main drivers for growth more generally. In 2009, South Africa’s ICT sector generated $24.2-billion and contributed more than 7 percent to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP). In Tanzania, its share reached 20 percent of GDP. Everywhere on the continent, the ICT sector is expanding rapidly, with annual revenues now estimated at around $50-billion. Investments in mobile phones, the continent’s dominant information technology, have grown from $8.1-billion in 2005 to almost $70-billion today, reports the UN’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Mobile phone companies are now major sources of tax revenue for African governments, averaging 7 percent of tax receipts.‘Ongoing success story’ Behind these impressive numbers lie three major changes over the past decade. The first was Africans’ unexpectedly fast adoption of ICT services. In 2000, 11-million people in Africa had mobile phones. Five years later, the number had grown to almost 200-million, and is now approaching 400-million. The pace of growth has defied all predictions and is an “ongoing success story” in Africa, notes the ITU. There also has been steady growth in internet access on the continent, from 3-million users in 2000 to more than 100-million in 2010. This upward trend will continue as Africa literally becomes wired to the rest of the world with the completion of a number of undersea communications cables. In the meantime, Africa has emerged as a world leader in “mobile web” technology – internet access through mobile phones – and a pioneer in the development of sophisticated mobile banking, health and education services.Outside investors rush in A second major development has also contributed to ICT economy’s rapid growth: the rush to Africa of foreign investors attracted by the sector’s high profit margins. In 2008, Britain’s Vodafone, the world’s largest mobile operator in terms of revenue, started an African shopping spree in Ghana when it acquired 70 percent of Ghana Telecom for $900-million. It has since made its way into Egypt and Kenya, and has become the majority owner of South Africa’s Vodacom. France Telecom has also gotten into the act, announcing plans to invest more than $8.8-billion in Africa and the Middle East. Most notable among foreign investors in Africa’s ICT economy, however, is Bharti of India. In March 2010, Bharti’s aggressive search for a continental presence led it to acquire the Africa assets of Kuwait’s Zain for a record $10.7-billion. This frenzy of acquisitions is a sharp break with the past. A decade ago, only a handful of African businessmen and companies saw opportunities in the continent’s changing landscape. When Sudan-born Mohamed Ibrahim launched the Celtel mobile phone network in 1998, his company shared much of the African market with just two other companies, South Africa’s MTN and Vodacom. No more. And even though returns on investments in the region’s ICT sector are now less than they once were, they still remain attractive to Western companies struggling with stagnant markets and low profits at home. Five years ago in Africa, “it took half a year to recover investments in infrastructure for new clients,” says Marc Rennard, head of France Telecom’s African and Middle Eastern operations. “Now it’s more than two years. But that’s still pretty good.”Regulatory reform And third, the policies and institutions needed to help Africa’s ICT sector reach its potential are finally in place. “Telecommunication growth has been encouraged by the easing of regulatory restrictions by African governments and increased liberalization across the market,” notes the influential international accounting and business services firm Ernst & Young. Today, most African governments have opened up their mobile phone and internet markets to competition and to private investment and set up new regulatory authorities to oversee the burgeoning sector. Their powers usually include issuing licences and arbitrating disputes. As governments devise multi-year plans for ICT development, national regulatory agencies have also aggressively promoted public wider access to information technologies. In Kenya, where parliament adopted an ambitious plan to transform the country into a regional ICT hub, the national regulator recently asked operators to extend coverage to rural areas in exchange for reduced licencing fees. It also required them to bring down their charges for mobile phone banking. Rwanda, Egypt, Tunisia, Kenya, South Africa and the Seychelles are among the countries that have adopted ambitious ICT plans with a view to developing their own knowledge-based economies. Long known for mining and tourism, Africa’s booming ICT sector is making a great many people think again. This article was first published in Africa Renewal – produced by the Africa Section of the United Nations Department of Public Information, Africa Renewal provides up-to-date information and analysis of the major economic and development challenges facing Africa today.last_img read more

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Cabinet Signs Off on Measures to Advance IMF Negotiations

first_img The Cabinet has signed off on a number of measures that are required to advance Jamaica’s negotiations with the IMF. Story Highlights The Minister said the debt reduction programme will begin by increasing the primary surplus for the next fiscal year. Coming out of its three-day retreat, the Cabinet has signed off on a number of measures that are required to advance Jamaica’s negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), towards a satisfactory conclusion.Finance and Planning Minister, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, told a post Cabinet press briefing at the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) on January 14, that the technical negotiating team will now be able to return to the bargaining table with the IMF for what should be the final round of negotiations.Dr. Phillips reported that the most critical of the measures unanimously agreed on by Cabinet, is a programme to reduce the country’s debt stock, which presently stands at $1.7 trillion.The Minister said the debt reduction programme will begin by increasing the primary surplus for the next fiscal year from the originally planned 6.3 per cent to 7.5 per cent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). This level of primary surplus will be maintained through the entire period of the programme up to 2016/17, he said.Dr. Phillips further added that the targeted reductions will require a combination of measures, including taxes, wage restraint, a prioritization of expenditures and divestment of public assets. He stated that a firm commitment on wage restraint in the public sector is likely to be a prior action requirement of the IMF programme.“It is clear that these measures will require sacrifice from all sectors of the society. However, that is the price we all have to pay if we are to achieve macro-economic stability, which is necessary for growth and for job creation,” the Minister said.He pointed out that the Cabinet has insisted that the burden be equitably shared and as far as possible, the most vulnerable in the society must be protected, noting that the final medium term economic and financial policy statement will include a specified floor for social expenditures, as part of the overall programme.“We are going to commit, as part of the programme, that there will be a minimum, not maximum, level of expenditure on social programmes, including PATH, educational assistance and health services…,” Dr. Phillips said.The Minister reiterated that the negotiations with the IMF cannot be carried out in the public domain because of their sensitive nature, but promised a full report as soon as there is clearance on both sides.The press briefing saw representation from several Senior Cabinet Ministers as well as government technocrats who attended the retreat from January 10-12. The technical negotiating team will now be able to return to the bargaining table with the IMF.last_img read more

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Ten Harris Institute Alumni in 2017 JUNO Awards

first_imgAdvertisement TORONTO, May 15, 2017  – Alumni of Toronto’s Harris Institute contributed to an unprecedented 10 Juno Awards, the Canadian music industry’s awards for excellence in recorded music.“This may never happen again,” says the college’s founder John Harris. “Our faculty and staff are thrilled that former students are achieving their goals. We set out 28 years ago to make a difference and it is very gratifying to see these results.”Harris Alumni in 2017 Juno Awards: Advertisement Login/Register With: ‘Group of the Year’The Tragically Hip, Bernie Breen manager‘Single of the Year’The Strumbellas, Joanne Setterington manager‘Country Album of the Year’Mike Denney’s MDM Recordings artist Jess Moskaluke‘R&B/Soul Album of the Year’The Weeknd’s ‘Starboy’, Henry ‘Cirkut’ Walter co-producer and co-writer‘Pop Album of the Year’Alessia Cara’s ‘Know It All’, Sam and Robert Gerongco co-writers‘Blues Album of the Year’Paul Reddick’s ‘Ride The One’, Chris Stringer engineer‘Rock Album of the Year’The Tragically Hip, Bernie Breen manager‘Adult Alternative Album of the Year’Gord Downie’s ‘Secret Path’, Kevin Drew co-producer, co-writer and guitar; Charles Spearin, bass; Ohad Benchetrit, lap steel and guitar‘Producer of the Year’A Tribe Called Red, Joanne Setterington’s ‘Indoor Recess’, Publicist‘Songwriter of the Year’Gord Downie, Bernie Breen managerAlumni Eric Ratz was nominated for ‘Producer of the Year’ and ‘Recording Engineer of the Year’. The Strumbellas were also nominated for ‘Group of the Year’ and The Weeknd’s ‘Starboy’ was also nominated for ‘Single of the Year’. Sam Weller, Harris Institute’s Studio Manager engineered the ‘Reggae Album of the Year’ nominated ‘Cry Every Day’ by Blessed.For a 5th consecutive year Harris Institute is ranked best private school in the ‘Media Arts Education Report’. Other schools in the top 10 included Ryerson University, OCAD, OIART, Metalworks Institute and Seneca College. The report’s author says, “Harris Institute is the best school of its kind in Canada. Highly Recommended”. Visit www.jimlamarche.ca for the full report.Harris Institute is the only school outside of the US in Billboard Magazine’s “Top 11 Schools” and it was featured in both Mix Magazine’s “Audio Education’s Finest” and Billboard’s “Schools That Rock”.The college has the lowest ‘Student Loan Default Rates’ of any post secondary school in North America. The Arts Management Program (AMP) has achieved seven 0% Default Rates and the Audio Production Program (APP) has achieved five.An unprecedented partnership with the University of the West of Scotland enables Harris graduates to earn degrees on full scholarships and double major graduates (APP + AMP) to direct entry into Master’s Degrees with partial scholarships and accomodation bursaries.One year Diploma Programs taught by 62 active industry leaders start in March, July and November. For more information visit www.harrisinstitute.com Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Ohio State baseball to host midweek clash with Cincinnati

OSU junior left fielder Ronnie Dawson lays down a bunt during a game against Morehead State at Bill Davis Stadium on April 13. OSU won 7-3. Credit: Muyao Shen | Assistant Photo EditorFresh off its first Big Ten series victory of the 2016 season over Rutgers last weekend, the Ohio State baseball team (23-12-1, 4-5-0) is set to host the Cincinnati Bearcats (18-19) on Tuesday in a midweek meeting between in-state foes. The two teams faced each other a season ago, when OSU claimed a 6-0 victory behind a strong outing from then-redshirt freshman Adam Niemeyer. OSU coach Greg Beals will try to duplicate that performance by again sending a rookie pitcher to the mound, this time being Ryan Feltner in a controlled start against a to-be-determined Bearcat.   The Scarlet and Gray, who are 14-2 at home this season, will be hoping to continue their dominance over visiting opponents with another win against the Bearcats. Scouting the BearcatsDespite losing three of its last five games, Cincinnati enters Tuesday’s game leading the American Athletic Conference. The Bearcats, however, are visiting with momentum behind them, as they won two of three games against conference foe Tulane over the weekend. Games outside of the Queen City have not been friendly for the Bearcats. In road or neutral contests, they have a combined travel record of 4-15. Cincinnati, statistically, is one of the worst hitting teams in all of Division I. Its team average of .239 ranks 267th of 295 teams. But the Bearcats have been able to produce some big runs courtesy of the long ball. Cincinnati has blasted 25 homers this season, good enough for third in the AAC. The Bearcats are led at the plate by the performance of redshirt sophomore infielder Connor McVey. The Mason, Ohio, native has been clawing away at the baseball with a .301 average, including a team-leading 10 doubles and 21 stolen bases. Cincinnati also has exceptional team speed along the base paths, having swiped 63 of 82 attempted bases to lead its conference. Buckeye bombsThe Buckeyes, in large part, have been powered by two things: controlled pitching and striking the long ball. OSU has already hit a Big Ten-leading 38 home runs, including a team-leading nine from newly converted first baseman Jacob Bosiokovic. The move of Bosiokovic, a redshirt junior, from the outfield has allowed for more versatility in the OSU lineup defensively and is aimed at increasing the production at the plate for the bottom of the lineup. With the lineup switch, senior second baseman L Grant Davis moves into a utility role, senior infielder Troy Kuhn takes over at second, and sophomore Tre’ Gantt takes over for Bosiokovic in right field. In total, OSU has four players with six or more homers, including junior center fielder Troy Montgomery and senior third baseman Nick Sergakis, who both have seven. In four games last week, the pair each tallied two homers, providing OSU with a much-needed spark to an offense that has been cooling down over recent weeks. Exceeding expectations Coming into this season, OSU’s pitching staff had several question marks surrounding the roles in the bullpen. Now, just past the halfway mark of the season, it would be safe to say the Buckeyes’ bullpen has performed well, outside of a disastrous two-blown-save series against Maryland. Redshirt sophomore closer Yianni Pavlopoulos is in a three-way tie for the lead in the Big Ten with eight saves, while relievers Daulton Mosbarger, Seth Kinker and Michael Horejsei all have ERAs south of 2.50. Perhaps most impressively, the Buckeye pitching staff leads the Big Ten with 296 punch-outs. On Tuesday, OSU will have to lean on its bullpen again, as Feltner will be on the hill on short rest after pitching the last three innings during Friday’s 7-4 loss to Rutgers.  The game against Cincinnati is set to begin at 6:35 p.m. read more

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Thiago wants Spain return

first_imgBayern Munich’s Thiago Alcantara wants to leave the club and is keen on a move to Real Madrid this summer, according to Don Balon.The Spain international wants to return to Spain to continue his club career and has set his sights on a move to the Santiago Bernabeu.The midfielder has been linked a move away from the Allianz Arena all summer long with Manchester City and Real Madrid reportedly interested in his services.However, with the close of the transfer window in England, any chance of the Premier League champions signing him this summer have disappeared leaving European champions, Madrid as the sole destination should he leave Munich this summer.Thiago reveals that Bayern Munich still use Pep Guardiola’s philosophies Andrew Smyth – April 24, 2019 Thiago Alcantara admits Pep Guardiola’s coaching philosophies are still used at Bayern Munich, despite the Catalan leaving nearly three years ago.He has a good relationship with Julen Lopetegui, who he worked wine during their time together in the Spanish national team and the former Spain head coach wants to sign another midfielder, but President Florentino Perez is hesitant to meet Bayern’s asking price.Thiago moved to Bayern five years ago when former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola who gave his debut at the Camp Nou, decided to sign him for the Bavarians.His potential move to Barcelona rivals Real Madrid wouldn’t go well with the hardcore fans of the Catalan club as the player is a graduate of the famous La Masia academy.last_img read more

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Mourinho doesnt know when United can win title

first_imgManchester United manager Jose Mourinho admits he doesn’t know when they can challenge for the title again and may rely on their rivals getting hit by FFP rules.Despite spending £360m since becoming Manchester United manager in 2016, Mourinho still believes his team is far from winning the Premier League trophy.Current Premier League champions Manchester City are now under investigation after leaked documents last month showed that the club had circumvented the Financial Fair Play rules by inflating their sponsorship income.“I don’t know,” Mourinho told Sky Sports after he asked when United will challenge for the title again.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“It depends also the way of our evolution but also the evolution of others, the ones that are above us.“If they keep going in the same direction and if their ambition, investment, everything, continues that’s one thing.“Another thing is if they stop or if Financial Fair Play makes them stop. Then we can close the gap a little bit better.”last_img read more

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Apartment fire breaks out in Scripps Ranch

first_img 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) – A fire broke out earlier today in the 9000 block of Erma Place in Scripp’s Ranch.The fire started on the patio of the first floor apartment and quickly spread to the second floor. The cause of the second alarm fire is unknown but firefighters quickly gained control of the blaze.No one was injured but there were four people who were displaced. Police are currently investigating the case of the fire. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, Posted: March 16, 2019 Apartment fire breaks out in Scripps Ranchcenter_img KUSI Newsroom March 16, 2019 Updated: 12:11 PMlast_img read more