Giants should remain active in lead up to spring training

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO–Less than a month remains until pitchers and catchers report to Scottsdale, Arizona for spring training, but the Giants still have plenty left to accomplish.Even after agreeing to terms with free agent Derek Holland Monday, new president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi should remain busy over the next several weeks.What’s in store for the Giants as they prepare for the 2019 season? We fielded a wide variety of questions from readers on Twitter to provide more insight.Questio …last_img read more

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Tourists flock up Table Mountain

first_img12 January 2012Table Mountain Aerial Cableway experienced a record number of visitors during December 2011, with a total of 116 000 visitors riding the cable cars during the festive season, with almost 80% of those making the trip being domestic visitors.Interest in Table Mountain has also been helped by extensive media exposure to both domestic and foreign markets after it made it to the provisional list as one of the “New 7 Wonders of Nature” in November, following a worldwide voting campaign.“Table Mountain’s campaign to be included in the New 7 Wonders of Nature has raised awareness of our natural icon, and it seemed that many South Africans wanted to see the icon for themselves,” Table Mountain Cableway CEO Sabine Lehmann said in a statement this week.The previous record for was in December 2006, when 112 000 visitors ascended the mountain. When the Cableway first opened 82 years ago, in December 1929, only 6 000 people reached the top of Table Mountain via the cable cars.Major drawcardAccording to research Grant Thornton conducted in November on behalf of the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway, South Africa will gain an additional 108 000 international tourists a year due to the increased exposure of Table Mountain as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature.Other sites voted to the provisional list include the Amazon in South America, Halong Bay in Vietnam, Iguazu Falls in Argentina, Jeju Island in South Korea, Komodo in Indonesia, and the Puerto Princesa Underground River in the Philippines.“The growth in tourism, particularly in the Western Cape, will be boosted despite the fragile global economy,” said Grand Thornton’s Jansen van Vuuren at the time. “As a result of its increased popularity, Table Mountain will be a major drawcard and a key deciding factor in people’s decisions to come to South Africa.”The value of this tourism increase is estimated to be approximately R1.4-billion per year for the first five years following the inclusion.Good weather = more visitorsCape Town’s sunny weather also meant that the Cableway could operate 72% of the time – as opposed to December 2010, when strong winds and unpleasant weather allowed the cable cars to run for only 56% of the time.The good weather conditions, and effective online ticket sales, meant that thousands of people could experience a trip up Table Mountain during December 2011.“Our online ticketing system worked very well and meant that our queues were more manageable than in the past,” said Table Mountain Cableway marketing manager Collette van Aswegen.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Brand South Africa calls on citizens to stand up for human rights as the world commemorates International Human Rights day

first_imgJohannesburg, Monday 10 December 2018 –  Today South Africa joins the international community to commemorate International Human Rights Day which is observed annually on 10 December and marks the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.This year, Human Rights Day marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a milestone document that proclaimed the inalienable rights which everyone is inherently entitled to as a human being — regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.On 10 December 1948, the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and on the same day in 1996, the Constitution of South Africa was signed into law by former South African President Nelson Mandela.Ms Thoko Modise, GM for Communications for Brand South Africa said: “Premised on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, South Africa has included amalgamated human rights in our own Bill of Rights, Chapter 2 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996. The Bill of Rights widely addresses South Africa’s history of oppression, colonialism, slavery, racism and sexism and other forms of human violations. It embeds the rights of all people in our country as an enduring affirmation of the democratic values of human dignity, equality and freedom.“The Universal Declaration of Human Rights empowers us all. The principles enshrined in the Declaration are as relevant today as they were in 1948. We need to stand up for our own rights and those of others. We can take action in our own daily lives, to uphold the rights that protect us all and thereby promote the kinship of all human beings.”As the world marks 70 years of the adoption of the UDHR, the UN’s year-long campaign #StandUp4HumanRights draws to a close. Through this campaign, the UN to ‘called on people to take action for greater freedoms, stronger respect and more compassion for the rights of others’.Today also marks the end of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, a campaign that is steered towards the elimination of violence against women and girls.“As Brand South Africa – we encourage citizens and leaders everywhere to heed the call and stand up for all human rights – civil, political, economic, social and cultural – and for the values that underpin our hopes for a fairer, safer and better world for all,” concluded Modise.For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Tsabeng NthiteTel: +27 11 712 5061Mobile: +27 (0) 76 371 6810Email:[email protected]last_img read more

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New technology aims to improve taste, shelf life, production of food and beverages

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Just in time for summer — a new technology to improve the taste, quality and shelf life of juice and other beverages, and help craft brewers make more beer.Purdue University-affiliated startup Induction Food Systems (IFS) has finished the major first round of testing on a technology system to provide on-demand heating options for food and beverage manufacturers.“We were tired of seeing the old-school processes for heating food and beverages during manufacturing,” said Francesco Aimone from Columbia University, who co-founded IFS with George Sadler, an alumnus of Purdue’s College of Agriculture. “Those legacy systems like steam are slow, energy-consuming and can take away some of the food’s natural flavors and textures.”IFS plans to launch in the next few months its first go-to-market line, which involves a fluid heating system for use in the manufacturing of beer, water products and juices.Aimone said their technology increases the speed and efficiency for producing beverages and foods, and helps manufacturers grow. He said the IFS on-demand heating system uses plug-and-play heating components involving electromagnetic energy and induction, which has been shown to be about six times more precise in controlling temperature than conventional methods.IFS’ technology uses a coil and core design in its heating systems. It uses solid-state electronics to generate electromagnetic energy instead of the traditional combustion that creates steam in boilers.“We know that manufacturers need and want more nimble, responsive and sustainable heating options,” Aimone said. “We are prepared to meet those needs with our technology.”Aimone said their technology is part of a $20 billion market for heating equipment in the food and beverage segment.Aimone said the next focus for the startup is to address the problem of fouling — which is sticky substances left behind after processing — for manufacturers.“It’s similar to when you are making eggs and you have the gunk stuck to your pan when you’re preparing them,” Aimone said. “Our preliminary testing shows we can reduce fouling in some applications by up to 30%.”The work aligns with Purdue’s Giant Leaps celebration, acknowledging the university’s global advancements made in sustainability as part of Purdue’s 150th anniversary. This is one of the four themes of the yearlong celebration’s Ideas Festival, designed to showcase Purdue as an intellectual center solving real-world issues.last_img read more

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Why App.net is No Threat to Twitter

first_imgGuide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Tags:#twitter#web Related Posts Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoscenter_img dan frommer A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit App.net, a Twitter clone with a membership fee, has been touted as a powerful, developer-friendly alternative to Twitter. Massive adoption seems unlikely. But it doesn’t mean that App.net is doomed to failure, either.App.net, launched last month by iMeem and Picplz founder Dalton Caldwell, reached its financing goal over the weekend. As of Monday afternoon, App.net had raised more than $700,000 from more than 10,000 backers, beating its $500,000 goal by more than 40%.That’s good news for Caldwell and App.net’s team. And with a handful of registered users and developers, and money in the bank, they can now figure out how to develop and market their service. But what does it mean for Twitter? And for the rest of us?App.net Isn’t Going To Replace TwitterLet’s be realistic. Twitter isn’t going anywhere just because there’s some new Twitter clone out there. (Remember the many prior purported Twitter killers?) Twitter has reached such a level of mainstream awareness and adoption that it’s not going to collapse. When was the last time you watched TV without seeing a hashtag on the screen?Twitter is especially not vulnerable to a service like App.net that plans to charge users money to come aboard. The lesson from years of Web economics is that most people generally won’t pay for something they can get for free elsewhere, even if it means looking at a few ads.And because social networks are exponentially more valuable as they sign up more users, a free, bigger Twitter will continue to be generally more valuable and more useful than a smaller competitor.But App.net Could Become UsefulBecause of its paywall, App.net isn’t likely to become the place where comedians, politicians, CEOs, and athletes are all hanging out with you and your friends, the way Twitter is. But that isn’t necessarily the goal.Just as Yammer has become a valuable Twitter-like service for corporations, and Stocktwits a valuable Twitter-like service for investors, App.net could become a useful communication service for other social or professional circles.Like who? Startup-types, perhaps? (The same early tech adopters that fueled Twitter’s initial rise?) Or maybe designers, developers, or Mac nerds. Or scholars, or models.And because one of App.net’s selling points is its flexibility for developers, maybe some software will launch that makes App.net useful to a specific population that we can’t even imagine today. It will be near-impossible to match Twitter’s ubiquity. But App.net doesn’t have to.(The bigger question, then, is whether App.net can eventually generate enough revenue to pay its bills. And, someday, whether it can create a return for its original investors, Andreessen Horowitz. But building its product and user base is the bigger, more immediate concern.)Will App.net Change Twitter’s Stance Toward Developers?Recall that part of the inspiration for App.net is the perception that Twitter is becoming increasingly hostile toward developers, discouraging them from creating Twitter clients and taking away features that allow things like Instagram’s ability to let you find your Twitter friends on Instagram. Might App.net’s funding success change Twitter’s strategy?Not likely.Again, because Twitter is so far ahead of App.net and all the other Twitteresque services in size and value, Twitter will continue to do what it thinks is best for itself with minimal influence from outside voices.Perhaps if there’s a successful feature or service from App.net, Twitter will copy or integrate it, the way it did with TwitPic (photos) or StockTwits (stock tickers in tweets). But just because a service like App.net signs up 10,000 people over a few weeks, that’s unlikely to set off any alarm bells at Twitter. Twitter probably signs up 10,000 new users every few hours.Twitter’s big-picture focus these days is remaining an independent company, and that requires building a multi-billion-dollar business. So far, it has set its sights on advertising, which rewards huge scale and tight control over users. And until that either succeeds or fails miserably, that’s what Twitter is likely to use as its guide in making decisions. Not a tiny upstart with a self-limiting growth model.last_img read more

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10 hot female stars from North-East India

first_imgEver since the release of the first look of Omung Kumar’s biographical sports drama Mary Kom, there has been a lot of uproar on who could have portrayed the role better than Priyanka Chopra.Makers said Priyanka had to be de-glamourised for the role of Mary Kom. We know quite a few actors from north-east who would have fit the bill, but these beauties are in no way unglamorous. We bring you a list of the top 10 hot stars from North-East India.Karen David: Karen David is a Canadian-British actress who was born in Shilllong, Meghalaya to a Khasi mother and South-Indian father. She collaborated with A.R. Rahman on the Broadway musical Bombay Dreams.Famous films: Red Lights, The Scorpion King 2: Rise of a Warrior, Couples Retreat, Batman Begins, Flight of Fury.From L to R: Patralekha, Moni Kangana Dutta and Karen DavidMoni Kangana Dutta: Born and bred in Assam, Moni Kangana Dutta is an international model and Bollywood actor. The beauty has walked the ramp for leading fashion designers like Vivienne Westwood, Yoji Yamamoto, Christian Dior, Leonard, and Chloe. She also modeled for Mac Cosmetics.Famous film: GuzaarishPatralekha: Shillong-born newcomer Patralekha was recently spotted in Hansal Mehta’s CityLights opposite Rajkumar Rao. The beauty critically acclaimed for her performance.Famous films: City Lights.CLICK to know more>>>last_img read more

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Nuggets beat Spurs to tie series at 2-2

first_imgTorrey Craig started over a struggling Will Barton and was charged with defending White to open the game along with Gary Harris, with Murray switching to Bryn Forbes. The moves proved beneficial, if not at first.“He’s a really good defender,” Jokic said about Craig. “He’s helping us on defensive rebounds. So, he helps in that part of the game, and his defense is really phenomenal. And when he’s making shots like tonight, it’s a great job by him.”White was limited to eight points on 3-for-8 shooting after going 15 for 21 on Thursday. Craig finished with 18 points, going 5 for 7 on 3-pointers. Barton finished with 12 points and made all three of his 3-point attempts.“They executed their game plan better,” White said. “We kind of helped them out by playing awful.”Down by 12 points in the first quarter, Denver outscored San Antonio 69-45 in the second and third.“We did a really good job defensively, that’s what won us the game,” Murray said. “In quarters two, three and four, we got our run because of our defense because we all collectively rebounded. It was just a collective effort that led to our offense.”San Antonio had 60 points in the pain, only two off its Game 3 total, but they had 11 fewer second-chance points and nine less Fastbreak points.TIP-INSNuggets: Denver’s last playoff victory in San Antonio was April 22, 2007. The Nuggets have lost 13 straight in San Antonio during the regular season. … Barton started 38 of 43 games during the regular season and the first three games of the series.Spurs: San Antonio hosted its 200th playoff game and competed in its 400th overall, joining Boston, Philadelphia and Los Angeles (Lakers) as the only franchises with that postseason experience. … The Spurs have led after the first quarter in every game this series. … Aldridge made his 35th postseason appearance with the Spurs, one more than he did in nine seasons with Portland. “We can talk to we’re blue in the face about, ‘Hey, we’re going to hit them first,’ and all that,” Malone said. “Go out there and do it.”The Nuggets did so, winning in San Antonio for the first time since 2012. Denver had lost three straight postseason games in San Antonio dating to their last playoff matchup in 2007 and had also lost 13 straight regular-season games on the road to the Spurs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“It’s an unbelievable win,” said Paul Millsap, one of the few Nuggets with previous postseason experience. “I can’t put into words the magnitude of this win.”Game 5 is Tuesday night in Denver. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next UP NEXTGame 5 is Tuesday night in Denver. 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SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue The Nuggets were more aggressive and physical after a deflating Game 3 loss, which was expected. What wasn’t expected was the flat response by the veteran Spurs.“The Nuggets competed and we did not,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. “Their physicality was obvious from the get-go. You knew that was going to happen and we did not respond. So, it was a very disappointing loss.”LaMarcus Aldridge had 24 points and nine rebounds for the Spurs. DeMar DeRozan added 19 points before he was ejected with five minutes remaining after throwing a ball past an official and into the stands.“Frustration,” DeRozan said. “I mean, I thought it was a bad call.”Malone fanned San Antonio’s frustrations with a couple of changes after Derrick White’s 36-point outing in San Antonio’s Game 3 victory.ADVERTISEMENT Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) is defended by San Antonio Spurs center Jakob Poeltl (25) as he tries to score during the first half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball playoff series in San Antonio, Saturday, April 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)SAN ANTONIO — Denver coach Mike Malone wanted more passion, fire and emotion. The young Nuggets responded.Nikola Jokic had 29 points and 12 rebounds, Jamal Murray added 24 points and Denver beat the San Antonio Spurs 117-103 on Saturday night, rebounding from a flat performance tie the first-round series at two games apiece.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

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