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: read more

first_imgTags:#Browsers#Microsoft#NYT#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Microsoft just announced that it started work on Internet Explorer 9 three weeks ago. Steven Sinofsky, the president of Microsoft’s Windows and Windows Live division, showed an early build of IE9 during his PDC keynote today. In this presentation, Sinofsky announced that Microsoft will focus on support for new standards like HTML5 and CSS3, as well as developing a faster JavaScript rendering engine. Sinofsky candidly acknowledged that IE8 did not do well on the Acid3 test, though this early build of IE9 only scored a few points higher than IE8 (24 vs. 32).According to Sinofsky, there is still a lot of internal discussion about how much of HTML5 to support in IE9. HTML5 is still in its draft stage. Sinofsky did not say when the company plans to release IE9.JavaScript PerformanceToday’s presentation of IE9 was refreshing, as Sinofsky noted that IE8’s JavaScript performance was clearly slower than that of its competitors. The current build of IE9, however, has already closed this gap significantly and the difference in performance compared to the latest builds of Chrome and Firefox were only minor. As Microsoft notes, given how fast modern JavaScript engines have become over the last year, improvements in the JavaScript engine don’t influence real-world performance at this point and other browser sub-systems become the bottlenecks that impede improvements. Hardware Acceleration and Font SmoothingMicrosoft also plans to make use of DirectX-based hardware accelerated graphics and text in IE9. In his demo, Sinofsky showed that Bing maps can render about 14 frames per second in IE8. With hardware acceleration in IE9 turned on, he got 60 frames per second. In addition, this technology will also increase font quality and readability in IE9.VideosMicrosoft already published a number of videos with the engineers working on IE9 on Channel 9 (sorry, these are Silverlight only). frederic lardinoislast_img read more

first_img(REOPENS DEL 22) (REOPENS DEL 22) “We are in communication with Sachin Tendulkar and A R Rahman to become brand ambassadors of the Indian Olympic contingent. We are yet to get their reply,” said Indian Olympic Association (IOA) vice president Tarlochan Singh. “We will rope in more people. Salman Khan will also remain,” he added. Salmans appointment as goodwill ambassador had kicked up a storm last week when star wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt and sprint legend Milkha Singh questioned the move even though the IOA and some other athletes backed the decision. Salman, who is playing the role of a wrestler in his upcoming film Sultan, was named goodwill ambassador by the in the presence of star woman boxer M C Mary Kom, hockey captain Sardar Singh, and shooter Apurvi Chandela among others. Yogeshwar started the debate by tweeting that Salman has done nothing to merit such an appointment but the IOA stood firm on its decision and said that it would rope in more icons from cricket, music and other sports to motivate the Olympic contingent ahead of the Games in August. The London Olympics bronze-medallist, today welcomed the IOAs decision to rope in Bindra besides approaching Tendulkar. “I am very happy. Thank You IOA. Jai Hind,” Yogeshwar tweeted reacting to Bindras appointment. “I welcome the IOAs decision to rope in Sachin as brand ambassador of the Indian Olympic contingent. Jai Hind,” he said in a tweet in Hindi. PTI PDS PM MRM PMlast_img read more

first_img Categories: Cox News,News The Senate Appropriations Committee today approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Laura Cox designed to reduce the number of child injuries in vehicle accidents by updating the guidelines for child booster seats and car seats.Cox, of Livonia, said her bill will help protect Michigan’s most vulnerable residents. The legislation updates Michigan’s child passenger safety laws based on the most recent recommendations of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, American Academy of Pediatrics and other groups dedicated to child safety.“As technology advances and introduces better child car safety devices, the child safety standards also must be updated,” Cox said. “This legislation helps parents and law enforcement become better educated on updated recommendations to keep our children safe during travel.“The current criteria is outdated, and suggests a type of child safety seat based solely on a child’s age,” Cox said. “New standards also take into account a child’s weight, a factor which has been proven to be of the utmost importance in selecting a car seat.”Changes to the current law include:Children under 2 or who weigh less than 30 pounds must be in a rear-facing seat;Children ages 2 to 5, or who weigh 30 pounds to 50 pounds, may be in a front-facing car safety seat;Children between ages 5 and 8, or who weigh 50 pounds or over or are 57 inches tall may use a booster seat.From age 8 and up, children must be restrained by a seat belt.The bill now goes to the full Senate for consideration.#####The bill is House Bill 4951. 17Jan Senate committee approves Rep. Cox’s child safety billcenter_img Legislation helps keep kids safe while travelinglast_img read more

first_imgUkrainian cable operator Volia has received permission from the country’s competition regulator to acquire pay TV operator Odek.When Volia purchases Odek, it will be able to offer its services to 3.5 million homes in 29 cities in total. The operator plans to modernise Odek’s network so it can offer high-speed broadband and digital TV services. The deal is expected to complete by mid-October.last_img

first_imgGoogle has added Android mirroring to its Chromecast smart TV devices, enabling user to see their phone and tablets on their TV, enabling them to navigate apps and content on their devices on the big screen. The move, trailed at last month’s Google I/O conference, means that Chromecast now has the same feature for Android phones that Apple’s rival AirPlay offering has for iOS devices.Chromecast users can now select the CastScreen feature on their navigation menu in the Chromecast app and select their Chromecast device. On Nexus devices, the feature is also available through the quick settings menu.The feature is currently in beta and will roll out on popular Android phones from Samsung, HTC, LG and other over the next few days as part of the Chromecast app version 1.7 update.last_img read more

first_imgJoyne, a new Dutch satellite pay TV offering with low-cost flexible packages and a sport-skewed line-up of channels, has tapped Eutelsat to provide capacity via the Eutelsat 9B satellite to reach viewers in the Netherlands and Europe.Joyne is offering a mix of 30 pay and free-to-air channels including Fox Sports HD and Discovery Networks Benelux.Monthly subscriptions are available from €13. Joyne is offering the option of signing up for one month with no ongoing commitment, in a move that is targeted at viewers with second homes and holiday homes. It is also making aspecial offers for public spaces in campsites and bars to target the recreational market.Joyne has tapped Conax to provide conditional access. The service is receivable via 45cm dishes in the Eutelsat 9B footprint.Hans Brunas, CEO of Joyne, said, “The new Joyne brand stands for connection and the pleasure afforded by quality entertainment. Our new proposition will be distinctive for TV quality, broad reception across Europe and flexibility in subscriptions. With these criteria at the centre of our ambition it is a logical choice to select Eutelsat as our satellite platform and we look forward to a long cooperation.”Michel Azibert, chief commercial and development officer of Eutelsat, said: “This new contract with Joyne on Eutelsat 9B reflects the efficiency of satellites for targeting language communities and for extending access to premium pay TV content for the many viewers who want short-term seasonal solutions. It marks the first step in a partnership with a new European player that places exceptional flexibility at its core.”last_img read more

first_img POLICE are on the trail of the rider of this motorbike who gave cops the slip yesterday during separate chases across Derry.In his hurry to evade capture, the dozy rider forgot to put enough unleaded fuel in the tank and was forced to dump his scrambler-style bike, helmet, Hi-Vis vest and a wheel brace at the scene.An officer writing on PSNI Foyle’s Facebook wrote: 1. Wore a Helmet 2. Had Hi-Visibility Clothing BUT3. No Lights 4. No Registration Plate 5. No Insurance 6. Dangerous Driving “He made off from the Bogside, Brandywell and Fountain Neighbourhood Team on the Northland Road but seemed to be looking a chase as he would speed off then hang back and look around at us. “We picked him up again on Buncrana Road where his stupid attitude and moronic actions finally came to a head as he ran out of fuel. “He had the criminal gumption to dump his wheel brace, Hi-Vis and helmet (he wouldn’t have been hard to spot in a crowd) but lost his bike.”Police remove another dangerous motorbike from the streets of Derry was last modified: March 18th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweet “ADVICE: Don’t Goad Police If You’re Running Out Of Fuel.“We’ve all seen awful drivers who seem to have only read half of the Highway Code. “I actually remember chasing a guy who drove like a maniac but stopped at a Zebra Crossing to let a group across “Today we got this bike off a guy who appeared to only get up to page 2 of the book: bogsideBrandywellBUNCRANA ROADfountainNorthland roadPolicePolice remove another dangerous motorbike from the streets of DerryPSNI FOYLEscramblerlast_img read more