first_img20 March 2014 More work needs to be done to grow small businesses in South Africa, President Jacob Zuma said at the second annual South African Premier Business Awards ceremony in Johannesburg on Wednesday evening. The awards, which acknowledge excellence across all sectors of South African business, are organised by the Department of Trade and Industry in partnership with Brand South Africa and Proudly South African. Zuma told delegates at the glittering ceremony that, in its next five-year term, the government would place greater focus on small businesses, “as these are the engines of job creation. Informal traders and entrepreneurs must be able to develop their small businesses into larger businesses through support mechanisms and an enabling environment.” He said that, through its discussions with business, the government had been sensitised to the need to improve the ease of doing business in the country, and the relevant departments had been instructed to work to create a more business-friendly environment. Zuma also emphasised the need for business and labour to promote workplace stability in the country. “We are pleased that labour relations appear to be conducted in a more stable manner compared to the turbulence of the year 2012, during which we experienced a tragic loss of life and violence in areas such as Marikana,” he said. The awards saw companies ranging from electricity parastatal Eskom to small businesses competing in 13 categories. Among the winners of the night were the Clover Mama Afrika Trust, which won the Rural Development Award, and SAAB Grintek Defence, which took home the Exporter Award. Sam Motsuenyane, former president of the National African Federated Chamber of Commerce (Nafcoc) and founding chairman of the African Bank, was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his role in the development of black business in the country. “I want to thank government for the positive economic black business policy that they brought into existence after taking over power,” the 87-year-old Motsuenyane said on receiving his award. “A lot of positive things have been done and achieved, but I must tell the President tonight that we still have a long way to go. We need to create as fast as we can a society of black entrepreneurs to participate in nation building.” The inaugural winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award, business mogul Richard Maponya, Speaker of Parliament Max Sisulu and Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng were among those who attended the awards ceremony. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Fall corn and soybean harvest for the U.S. and Ohio as of early October continues to lag behind past years. As of Oct. 8, the U.S. corn harvest was 22% complete and the U.S. soybean harvest was 36% done. The Ohio corn harvest was only 13% while the Ohio soybean harvest was 45% done. Ohio rains that fell during October 6 to 8 were major as rainfall totals ranged from 2 inches to nearly 3.5 inches for much of the state. The resulting harvest halt allowed for rest and the opportunity to complete those repairs, which had been on the back burner. The rains were enthusiastically welcomed by those producers who had been able to plant wheat in early October and then saw emergence quickly take place.The mood among producers quickly shifted once soils dried out and harvest was underway again. It is now mid-October and daylight hours are shrinking with the passage of each day. The morning sun does finally come but there are hours of dew to burn off before soybean harvest can even begin. It is no longer the pre-season scrimmage game in basketball for example, with months of games yet to follow. It is now the beginning of the fourth quarter. The full court press is on to win the game, completing corn and soybean harvest as quickly and efficiently as possible.As producers once again returned to the game in clean uniforms there was frustration with corn harvest as moisture levels often rose 2% to 4% following the early October rains. Soybeans yet to be harvested also brought on additional stress. The fear of rain soaked soybean pods swelling and then splitting open, dumping soybeans onto the ground before the combine ever showed up, was huge and ever present.The Oct. 12 USDA Supply and Demand Report put brought a much welcomed uptick to the mood of producers as the recent bearish reports were almost forgotten. Heavy emphasis on “almost.” USDA lowered the U.S. soybean yield to 49.5 bushels per acre. It was 49.9 last month. While USDA lowered the soybean yield, they did increase harvested acres. Soybean production was estimated at 4.431 billion bushels, unchanged from September. No one was really surprised to see soybean acres increase. In the bullish surprise for the day, USDA lowered the 2017-18 ending stocks of soybeans to 430 million bushels, down 45 million bushels from the September report. Soybeans on report day were up 26 cents. In addition, some are suggesting China’s imports of soybeans with USDA’s projection of 95 million tons is too low. Other non-related news that same week revealed that China rejected several boats of soybeans imported from Brazil due to poor quality. Some thought those soybeans originated from silo bags in Brazil that could prompt more soybeans to instead come from the U.S.The U.S. corn yield was estimated at 171.8 bushels per acre, up from the September yield of 169.9. The corn numbers were bearish, resulting in corn moving even lower following the noon report. However, corn did not decline 10 to 15 cents that day on bearish news as seen with previous bearish reports. Instead, soybeans pulled corn 3 cents higher as corn sellers wondered what happened. The technical picture had the corn chart making a new contract low with report day posting a key reversal higher for corn. Old-timer chart followers will suggest that seeing friendly price action on negative news negates the negative news.World ending stocks for corn and soybean declined while world ending stocks of wheat increased. Those pesky Russians are once again to blame as they had record wheat production this year. It is well known that they desire to become the world’s largest exporter of wheat. Weeks ago they floated the idea of reducing rail rates to move wheat from production areas into export silos. Details are still sketchy as to whether they will push rail rates for other grains higher in order to get record quantities of wheat moved into exportable positions. This story is still being written.last_img read more

first_imgPolice teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police 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 “It’s not about scoring this playoffs because the defense will tighten up here,” said Paul Lee. “You really have to work hard and be willing to do the little things to get the win.”The star guard has been living up to that, crashing the boards and proving to be as lethal on the defensive end as he is on offense.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLee grabbed 13 rebounds to pair up with his 14 points as he emerged as one of the key cogs in Magnolia’s fightback from 20 points down and score the 86-79 quarterfinal victory over GlobalPort on Tuesday.As expected, no playoff game will be a walk in the park and the Batang Pier gave the Hotshots all they could handle, jumping on the listless two-seed to grab the early 6-26 deficit. Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus UAAP Volleyball: Ateneo recovers, stops FEU’s winning run Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH However, Lee lauded his side’s resolve in the comeback as it gave Magnolia a big test it passed with flying colors ahead of the bigger wars.“We showed character and that’s big for us here in the playoffs because we showed no panic,” he said. “We held on to each other until we’re able to get back in the game.”The win gave the Hotshots all the momentum they need as they turn their attention to the semifinals, where they await the winner of the NLEX-Alaska series.Make no mistake, though. May it be the Road Warriors or the Aces, Lee said that the Hotshots are willing to take on all comers in their quest to return to the championship dance.“We already have the experience as a group. We’ve been here before, we’re happy to get back in the semis, but this is not our end goal,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netWith stakes higher than ever, Magnolia knows that making a deep run in to the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup means doing thing that are not usually part of the roles of the players. For those tasked to deliver in offense, that means working just as hard, or even harder, on the other end.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It’s about time we move past the semis.” LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View commentslast_img read more

first_imgIndia vs New Zealand, 2nd ODI Brief Scores: India (324/4) beat New Zealand (234) by 90 runs to take 2-0 lead in 5-match series. Bracewell (57), Kuldeep (4/45), Bhuvneshwar (2/42). FULL SCORECARDFormer India skipper Mohammad Azharuddin was all praise for the Indian team after their yet another clinical performance against New Zealand in the second one day international at Mount Maunganui on Saturday.India thrashed New Zealand by 90 runs in the match to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series. Wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal one again joined forces to trouble the opposition batsmen.Kuldeep and Chahal took six wickets between them to rattle New Zealand’s chase of 325 runs at the Bay Oval. Kuldeep finished with 4 for 45 while Chahal ended with 2 for 52.India, who won the toss and opted to bat, rode on man-of-the-match Rohit Sharma (87), Shikhar Dhawan (66) fifties to post 324 for four. Captain Virat Kohli scored a valuable 43 while Ambati Rayudu hit 47 before MS Dhoni blasted an unbeaten 48 off 33 balls. Kedar Jadhav one again proved his worth with some lusty blows in his 10-ball 22 not out to help India to a challenging total.”It was yet another dominant performance by the Indian team, especially spinners. No doubt, Doug Bracewell batted well, played the way he naturally does. But the top order also needed to play their natural game. Until you find ways to read Kuldeep and Chahal, you will not succeed. It’s still easier to play a finger spinner but very difficult to bat against wrist spinners,” Azhar told Sports Tak on Saturday.advertisement”We have a very good team and it has been performing this way for the last 4-5 years now. Not just one day, we have a very good side across formats. The standard of other teams may have gone down a little but we have just gone from strength-to-strength. Whoever will compete with us, the result will be same,” he added.Virat Kohli will be going on a break after the third ODI. He has also been rested for the three-match Twenty20 International series in New Zealand. In Kohli’s absence, Rohit Sharma will lead the side in the remaining two ODIs and the T20s.”Virat Kohli also needs rest. He has been playing continuously for a long time now. He is scoring runs consistently and is also a very active fielder, so it’s good that he is getting a rest,” Azhar said.Former India cricketer Aakaash Chopra termed New Zealand’s middle order technically and temperamentally “weak”.”We expected New Zealand to give a tough fight to India in the series. But India have been pretty dominant so far. This Indian performance has come in the absence of two key players in Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya. We have two top-class wrist spinners who don’t need any help from the pitch. The pitch at Mount Maunganui was very flat. But if you fail to read a spinner from his hands, it becomes difficult for a batsman to play. This New Zealand middle order looks technically and temperamentally weak,” Chopra said.The third ODI between India and New Zealand will once again be played in Mount Maunganui on Monday before the two teams travel to Hamilton for the fourth match of the series on Thursday, January 31. The fifth ODI will be played in Wellington on February 3.Also Read | Good that lot of guys are competing for one all-rounder’s slot: Kedar JadhavAlso Read | Feeling good: Rohit Sharma after match-winning knock vs New Zealand in 2nd ODIAlso Read | Fearless cricket paid off, says Virat Kohli after India destroy New ZealandAlso Read | Kane Williamson frustrated and gutted after New Zealand lose to India againlast_img read more

first_imgWTF ‘Did you not have a TV last year?’ – Mendy unhappy with FIFA 18 rating Last updated 2 years ago 19:13 15/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) HD Benjamin Mendy Getty WTF Watford v Manchester City Watford Manchester City Premier League Given a rating of just 78 for the forthcoming title, the Manchester City and France left-back is not happy It must be like exam results day for footballers as they discover their FIFA 18 rankings. Some are left delighted, some disappointed and some downright dumbfounded.Among the latter group is Manchester City’s Benjamin Mendy, who was given a 78 for the game. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Mendy, who became the world’s most expensive defender in the summer when he moved to the Etihad Stadium from Monaco for a fee of around €60m, played a starring role as the French side won Ligue 1 and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League.He has made a promising start to life in England, winning over City fans both on and off the field.His contributions on social media have been particularly warmly greeted by Citizens fans, and his outburst at EA has proven one of the most popular.Ahaha you dont have TV last year @EASPORTSFIFA ?? 78 really ?!! pic.twitter.com/SurU939kL4 — Benjamin Mendy (@benmendy23) September 14, 2017 “Ahaha you don’t have TV last year @EASPORTSFIFA?? 78 really?!!” the France international star questioned.Michy Batshuayi, who also complained about his rating, invited Mendy to join #TeamUpgrade. “Tell them, brother,” the Chelsea man said.Ahahah dis leur freroooooo #TeamUpgrade — Michy Batshuayi (@mbatshuayi) September 14, 2017 Mendy will be hoping for a significant jump with the ratings refresh, which normally takes place after the January transfer window.last_img read more

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: ONE Liner giants Ocean Network Express (ONE), Hapag-Lloyd and Mediterranean Shipping Co (MSC) have expanded their partnership in the Asia-South America trade lane with a new service.The service will connect Asia with the east coast of South America, calling major ports in Korea, China, Singapore, Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina and South Africa.It is scheduled to start in the second week of December, launching from Pusan.“The new product offers market leading transit times, reliable on-time service between Asia and the east coast of South America and enhanced inbound coverage for Santa Catarina state,” ONE said announcing the service.Since launching in April this year, ONE has been pretty busy in fine-tuning its services and has not shied away from cooperation with liner counterparts.Specifically, the latest cooperation is being announced just one month after ONE joined forces with Hapag-Lloyd on provision of feeder services. The cooperation covers specific Intra-Europe and Intra-Asia feeder trade lanes.Back in September, the two liners, together with Yang Ming, teamed up with CMA CGM, COSCO, OOCL to enhance their Mediterranean-US East Coast service.Under the agreement, the parties said they would improve their AL6 (Atlantic 6) service, by combining their assets into one larger loop with a deployment of six 8,000-TEU vessels.last_img read more

first_img Citation: Can Athletic Uniform Color Determine Winners and Losers? (2008, February 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-02-athletic-uniform-winners-losers.html It’s not uncommon for some athletes to have good luck charms, including the superstition that wearing certain colors may give them an edge on the competition. While some studies have found that, indeed, certain colors may increase the likelihood of winning in combat sports, a recent study shows that researchers must take into account potentially confounding factors when associating color with winning probability. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. However, the potential psychological effect of color in sport doesn’t end there. Numerous other studies have shown that other colors – notably red and orange – can signal aggression and dominance in a wide variety of organisms. Some research points out that, in fair-skinned humans, anger can cause the face to redden. Psychological research has also shown that color can impact an individual’s mood, behavior, brain activity, and even body posture. Perhaps due to these reasons, one study found that athletes in red have a winning bias over athletes in blue in a variety of sports, including men’s Greco-Roman wrestling, freestyle wrestling, boxing, and tae kwon do. Another study found that football and hockey teams with black uniforms receive more penalties than other teams. Some of these associations between color and performance may still very likely be true. Dijkstra and Preenan just advise that researchers be careful to account for all contributing factors when investigating color-associated winning biases in sports.“We do believe in the effect of red,” said Dijkstra. “Red is associated with anger, fear and failure in human societies; in many animals red increases the likelihood of winning. Yet, the findings of Hill and Barton (in 2005) that athletes in red win more often in four combat sports requires a re-evaluation, because their analysis may also be confounded by similar factors as described in our study for judo. Ultimately, experimental work is needed (also for the presumed lack of an effect of blue-white) to determine whether color biases winning in human sport.”More information: Dijkstra, Peter D. and Preenen, Paul T. Y. “No effect of blue on winning contests in judo.” Proceedings of the Royal Society B. doi:10.1098/rspb.2007.1700. Copyright 2008 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Opponents compete in a judo match. Image credit: US Marine Corps.center_img Dutch researchers Peter Dijkstra of the University of Glasgow and Paul Preenen of the University of Amsterdam have investigated the claim of a previous study that judo athletes wearing blue uniforms were more likely to win compared with those in white uniforms during the 2004 Olympics. Supposedly, blue could have an intimidating effect on opponents, since it is brighter than white. Further, white uniforms might be easier to see than blue uniforms, giving the athlete in blue the advantage of anticipating the movements of an opponent in white.However, Dijkstra and Preenen point out several confounding factors that the previous study did not account for. Taking these factors into consideration, the researchers found that athletes in blue and white uniforms had equal chances of winning a contest.The researchers determined three confounding factors in the previous study. First, the top 11 percent of judo athletes in the 2004 Olympics were seeded, and all were given blue uniforms. Although the previous study tried to correct for the seeding by excluding first-round matches, Dijkstra and Preenen show that the seeding bias persists up through the third round of matches.Second, the researchers explained that athletes competing in the “loser’s pool” also had a uniform color bias, since athletes in blue were more likely to have won their previous match. Further, in the loser’s pool, athletes in blue were also more likely to have competed in one fewer match than athletes in white. And third, athletes in blue had slightly longer periods of time between matches, giving them more time to rest than athletes in white.When correcting for these three factors, the researchers found that pitting blue uniforms against white uniforms was actually a very fair match-up. They confirmed this result by analyzing 71 other major judo tournaments since 1996. Overall, they recommend that blue-white uniform pairings are an ideal match for ensuring equal play. “Our paper emphasizes the need to carefully consider potential confounding factors,” Dijkstra told PhysOrg.com. “This holds, of course, for every single research project, no matter what it’s about. Surely, our findings are important for sport policy makers; blue-white most likely ensures an equal level of play, in contrast to blue-red.” Explore further How Japan’s renewables-powered Olympics could kick off a global race for clean energylast_img read more

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. All entrepreneurs want their company to be an overnight success. But if you are lucky enough to experience rapid growth, as Gautum Gupta, founder and CEO of NatureBox discovered, you’ll face a new set of challenges. His subscription-based healthy snack company sold a respectable 50,000 boxes in 2012, but thanks to aggressive social media marketing, sales skyrocketed to over a million boxes sold in 2013. Gupta has found one of his biggest challenges staying in touch with everyone involved in NatureBox from partners, employees and even professional contacts.“There so many apps available, and I used to spend a lot of time trying different ones,” says Gupta. “Then I realized that I didn’t need to reinvent the wheel and started asking other entrepreneurs for their recommendations. Several of my favorite apps have been suggested to me by colleagues and friends.”Here are three apps that Gupta uses throughout his day: Image credit: Contractually Image credit: Yammer Register Now » 4 min read 2. Yammer. As NatureBox rocketed from three people at the beginning of 2012 to 55 this year, Gupta wanted to create a sense of community. He set up Yammer as a company-wide online bulletin board that can both be used on the desktop and mobile, using it as a sort of Facebook for the workplace. When employees log onto the site, they will find anything from an update on a companywide project to funny photos of the employee parking lot with the caption “Guess Who Can’t Park.” “It can be very challenging to make sure that everyone knows what is going on and this is a great way to keep in touch,” says Gupta.He also uses the forum to update staffers with articles on the snack industry and recently polled employees on business card designs and where they should go for the next company’s monthly happy hour. “We often have healthy debates about articles and how it relates to what we are building at NatureBox,” Gupta says. “Yammer has really helped us our employees to be on the same page as well as bond with each other.” 1. 15five. In the early days, status reporting at NatureBox was catch-as-catch-can, with Gupta getting updates from email or quick hallway meetings. But as the staff grew, it was easy for Gupta to forget a conversation or not remember where he had written his notes. Gupta needed a way to keep track of the employees reporting to him without micromanaging and wound up downloading 15five, a web-based team communication application, on the recommendation of a fellow entrepreneur. Each week his teams take 10-15 minutes answering questions on an online form that Gupta takes around five minutes to read.“My day can often get away from me and this really reduces the need for many one-on-one meetings,” Gupta says. “Using 15five gives our status reporting much more structure and allows us to keep all of the communication in one place.” “I’ve found that it works best with smaller teams of three to five people. Each week I try to make my questions short and simple to reduce the time it takes my employees to fill it out.”  Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals February 20, 2014 3. Contactually. To keep connected, Gupta uses this app that integrates into his email and LinkedIn accounts and alerts him on whatever device he selects when he hasn’t communicated with someone in set period of time, such as 90 days. “Last year I got an alert reminding me that I hadn’t been in touch with a friend in 3 months so I wrote up a quick email telling him about what was going on at NatureBox and that we were looking to expand our social media team,” says Gupta. “He emailed me back to tell me that one of his former collegues was an excellent social media manager and we ended up hiring her.” About two three times a month he also sends a handwritten note and a Nature Box when he gets a Contactually reminder or when someone helps out NatureBox such as with reference for a new hire. Image credit: Yammer Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.last_img read more