Ruddock knocked out in Canada heavyweight bout

first_imgJamaican Donovan ‘Razor’ Ruddock had his dream of once more becoming the Canadian heavyweight boxing champion, at age 51, dashed to pieces on Friday night when he was knocked out at two minutes and five seconds of the third round in Toronto, Canada, by current champion Dillon Carman.Ruddock, who was the Canadian champion in 2001 when he walked away from the ring without formally retiring, tried to turn back the clock and had two successful outings in March and May this year. This, in addition to his former impressive record and world rating, obviously were the reasons he was given the opportunity to challenge Carman.The dream did not come true, however, as after two tentative rounds, in which both boxers did very little, Carman exploded in round three and floored Ruddock twice. He beat the count the first time, but was knocked out cold on the second occasion and laid flat on his back for several seconds before being revived.He has had a great career and is now 40-6-1, while Carman, who is 29, won the title on October 2, 2014, and has a 9-2 record.The consensus after the fight is that he should now formally retire and not put himself at risk.- Leroy Brownlast_img read more

Stephen Curry among the many, many people reacting to Tom Brady’s daredevil stunt with 6-year-old

first_imgTom Brady — fun dad or irresponsible father?The New England Patriots quarterback sparked an online debate over the weekend after posting an Instagram video of himself pulling off a daring stunt with his 6-year-old daughter in tow. Literally.In the video, Brady and daughter Vivian are seen jumping off a cliff and landing awkwardly in the water below. As of Monday afternoon, the video had been viewed nearly three million times, and many commenters were questioning Brady’s parenting skills …last_img

A healthy dose of ‘Mad Maxx’ may have been these Raiders’ secret

first_imgOAKLAND — Jon Gruden wasn’t concerned about Maxx Crosby’s small sack total heading into Sunday’s game. That number isolated, Gruden attests, is far too perfunctory to properly assess the rookie’s instant impact on these Raiders.Crosby had a handful of tackles — six solo, five for loss — and two forced fumbles. His total of 2.5 sacks were collected over three games (one against Chicago, one against Green Bay and a half against the Chargers). That wasn’t why they call him Mad Maxx.Perhaps …last_img

Trailblazer: Luther Williamson

first_imgMD: Johannesburg City ParksWhy is Luther a Trailblazer?From a derelict piece of land once used for illegal dumping to a luscious green park complete with fountains and a big-screen TV – a lot can be done in 24 hours when you have someone like Luther Williamson behind the idea.Luther’s concept of the extreme park makeover, in which an entire park would be put together in 24 hours, was inspired by the extreme home makeover show in the USA.Luther believed this would be an innovative way to address the huge backlog in developing facilities in communities and attract corporate support and global attention towards city parks, and thus open up opportunities for funding and sponsorship.In 2007 his dream came true when Johannesburg City Parks created the world’s first ever 24-hour extreme park, Weltevreden Park, followed by the much bigger Dieplsloot Park in Soweto.The environmental impact of the project is phenomenal. Townships in South Africa, more especially Soweto, are generally scarce of trees. The parks have restored beauty to the land and a sense of pride to the people.The parks have also helped in curbing crime in some townships, as people are not as idle and can take part in activities that bring the whole community together.Luther’s idea proved that, unlike Rome, a beautiful community park can be built in a day – and yet last a lifetime.In his own words …“[Through] City Parks . we must give people hope and by giving people hope, they start to see opportunities and when the opportunities arise, they start becoming inspired and once they’re inspired, they become creative and then they start to protect their own.”Fast factsDiepsloot Park in Soweto may have taken 24 hours to create, but it was more than three months in the planning.One of the driving forces in building a park in 24 hours was a strong desire to place South Africa in the Guinness Book of Records.Dorothy Nyembe Park in Dobsonville, Soweto was named the Best Park in the world at the Liveable Communities Awards in London.How can you help?Corporates can give funding for the extreme parks, while anyone can visit the parks with family and friends and enjoy the outdoors experience. You could also help reduce the carbon footprint in South Africa by planting a tree.Story published on SAinfo on 5 August 2008.Source: Brand South Africalast_img read more

Music fest in South Africa’s Darling

first_imgEvita Bezuidenhout, famous Afrikaner socialite and alter ego of comedian Pieter-Dirk Uys, is Darling’s most famous resident. (Image: Evita se Perron) The music on offer at this year’s Darling Music Experience will vary from classical and contemporary chamber music, popular choir works as well as jazz interpretations of classical favourites. (Image: Darling Music Experience) MEDIA CONTACTS • Alfred Legner   Darling Music Experience  +27 72 015 1653RELATED ARTICLES • Pieter-Dirk Uys scoops Teddy Award • Jock to grace SA screens again • Building bridges with classical music • Wouter Kellerman: magic on flute • Future of SA’s arts in good hands Wilma den HartighThe West Coast village of Darling is hosting its annual classical festival in February 2012, but don’t expect a highbrow affair.The Darling Music Experience is shifting perceptions of classical music, giving it a contemporary feel and making the music genre more accessible to a wider audience.South Africa’s DarlingThe village of Darling, a quirky little place situated in South Africa’s West Coast region, is a suitable spot for a festival celebrating classical music.The town’s appeal as a cultural hub has much to do with its most famous resident, Evita Bezuidenhout, famous Afrikaner socialite and alter ego of comedian Pieter-Dirk Uys.What started out as a small farming village many years ago, became a trendy little town when Tannie (Afrikaans for Aunty) Evita, South Africa’s most glamorous granny, moved in.Here she opened Evita se Perron, a cabaret venue, restaurant, bar and arts and craft market.Now the town is a popular artistic hangout and home to many of South Africa’s most esteemed musicians, artists, performers and composers.The Darling Music ExperienceThe Darling Music Experience was the idea of three music enthusiasts: David Tidboald, a renowned South African conductor; composer Hendrik Hofmeyr, one of the country’s best known younger composers; and Alfred Legner, a music enthusiast.Legner says that the Darling Music Experience, now in its seventh year, started out as a classical chamber music festival.“But now the festival has become more accessible and diverse,” he says.This year, the main inspiration for the festival is the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and visitors to the festival can expect unusual interpretations of works on instruments such as marimbas and penny whistles.The music on offer will vary from classical and contemporary chamber music, popular choir works as well as jazz interpretations of classical favourites.“Every year we have a good blend of local performers and international music stars,” he says.New artistsLegner says the festival is a great platform for new musicians and performers to showcase their work. Each year, a top local composer is commissioned to write a piece especially for the festival.“This is a very important aspect of the festival,” he says. “In doing so the Darling Music Experience nurtures and showcases the exceptional talent we have in our country.”More than just musicLegner points out that the festival is about more than listening to good music – delicious local food, the town’s inviting atmosphere and well-known Darling wines are part of the experience.“By pairing music with good food and wine we are adding an element of fun. We can’t sell music in the traditional sense anymore,” he says. “We have to sell ambience.”As part of the food and wine festivities, visitors can enjoy an introduction to champagne-making with winemaker Lukas Wentzel.The venues for the concerts are also a step away from the traditional settings, and include beautiful wine estates, Darling’s lovely old Presbyterian Church, village barns, and even a vlei, which is Afrikaans for marsh or meadow.Musical outreachAs part of the festival’s social responsibility efforts, The Darling Music Experience established a musical outreach initiative, known as the “Darling Music for all” programme.The initiative raises funds to pay for music tuition and buy instruments for needy children in local communities around Darling.“The school has grown so much that 40 children are playing musical instruments now,” Legner says.Through the music school and the festival’s unconventional approach to classical music, the genre is losing its traditional, old school appeal.“Established audiences are shrinking. Through the music programme we can create a new audience for classical music,” he says.• The Darling Music Experience takes place from 3 to 12 February in Darling.last_img read more

Why invest in South Africa?

first_imgWith its wealth of minerals, South Africa is one of the most resource-rich regions on the planet. Add to this its sophisticated financial sector and strong business focus, its skilled people and strategic location, and you have a recipe for investment success.South Africa has a wealth of natural resources. (Image Brand South Africa)South Africa is one of the world’s most promising emerging markets; it is sophisticated, innovative and diverse.Its strategic location at the southern tip of Africa provides an accessible gateway to the rest of the continent, a market of some one billion people.In addition, South Africa itself is worth looking at for investment opportunities: it is one of the economic powerhouses of Africa, is a member of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), and plays a critical role in local development initiatives. The country also currently holds the chair of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).It has sophisticated financial, legal and telecommunications sectors, with several global business process outsourcing operations.South Africa has a strong tertiary education sector that ensures the availability of highly skilled graduates. Legislation promotes training and skills development, creating an environment to fast-track the building of world-class skills and competences.It has world-class infrastructure, exciting innovation, research and development capabilities and a strong manufacturing base.SA has huge potentialThere is a wealth of natural resources, including gold, coal, platinum, iron ore, manganese, nickel, uranium and chromium. International exploration companies, notably in the oil and gas sector, are particularly interested in South Africa’s potential.The country is a regional leader in the agriculture and agro-processing sector and is at the forefront of developing green technologies and industries, creating new and sustainable jobs in the process and reducing environmental impact.One of the main reasons South Africa is becoming a popular trade and investment destination is because the country ensures it can meet the specific trade and investment requirements of prospective investors: it has a large number of investment incentives and industrial financing interventions. Trade rules favour a further expansion in South Africa’s burgeoning levels of international trade.A number of international airlines service the country, with good flight connections into the rest of the continent.Last, but not least, South Africa is a country of great natural beauty and warm and welcoming people – and has a reputation for delivering value-for-money. From the shores of the oceans to the wildlife reserves of the Highveld to the diversity of its eight World Heritage sites and its culturally significant places, South Africa is an attractive business and leisure destination.Sources: Department of Trade and Industry, Southern African Development Community, South African Yearbook: 2016/17Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Precision technology showcased at 2015 Farm Science Review

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Anyone doubting the accuracy, potential, and future of precision technology in agriculture has probably not seen the aerial photos of a corn field with an unmistakable Block O pattern at the Farm Science Review (FSR) south of I-70.The demonstration plot’s design was created with new dual-hybrid planting technology in Field 5 at the FSR. The two hybrids for the Block O in the field were chosen for effect — most of the corn in the field has a traditional golden-colored tassel while the hybrid used for the Block O has a purple tassel.“It definitely has a cool factor to it,” said John Fulton, precision agriculture specialist for Ohio State University Extension. “But basically, it’s a good opportunity to demonstrate the capability of new technology and start engaging growers and educating them about aspects they need to consider when adopting new technology. And, from our perspective, we want to understand its functionality and, when requested, help companies improve the technology.”The design in Field 5 was implemented with a Case IH planter fitted with Precision Planting multi-hybrid seed meters used to plant the field. The Kinze 4900 series planter also features multiple-hybrid planting capabilities.Fulton is helping lead OSU Extension research efforts on new planting technologies for corn and soybeans in Ohio, both at Ohio State agricultural research stations and through on-farm research with collaborating farmers.“In general, farmers have always managed their acreage on a per-field basis, depending on their soil characteristics and other production factors,” Fulton said. “Now, 2015 is the first year technology is commercially available to farmers that allows the planting of two different hybrids in the same field. With this new precision technology, we can match more productive ground with a racehorse, or offensive type of hybrid, which would maximize yields in a year with good weather and the proper management. On other areas of the field, you might want to place a more risk-averse, or defensive, hybrid that would still produce favorable yields even during adverse growing seasons.”With regard to precision, planting technology is allowing for multiple new possibilities.“We can plant two hybrids in the same field, we can plant rate by hybrid and the electric drive per row enables turn compensation to adjust the population accordingly across the planter when traveling around a curve. We don’t have answers about the agronomics and economics to-date but we are beginning to explore the benefits. It could be one of those technologies that could really return dollars to the farm business,” Fulton said. “We are at the very early stages to determine where the value exists for the farmer. The industry is reporting that this technology could provide a $40 or $50 gain per acre in corn. We don’t have economic data available so we are focused on providing farmers the background and information about the technology before they decide to invest, or if they have alreadyJohn Fulton is helping lead OSU Extension research efforts on new planting, scouting, and harvest technologies for corn and soybeans in Ohio, both at Ohio State agricultural research stations and through on-farm research with collaborating farmers.invested, we want to have recommendations for how best to use it.”A second key area of increased precision and management that will be an important part of this year’s FSR is the management of farm data.“How do we really begin to take the knowledge from the farm and the agronomist and the data that has been collected and use it to make decisions? At the FSR, you are going to see more software companies this year that can help make that happen. We don’t have all the science established for data analytics yet but we are working on data solutions so we can further help farmers,” Fulton said. “As an industry, we are looking at how all of these pieces can be put together with all of these analytic tools out there. If you are interested in data management, be sure you are taking the time to correctly set up and calibrate your equipment, whether it is a yield monitor or your application equipment. We know that inaccurate data is fairly prevalent and accuracy is one of the key things that the farmer can really influence. Take the opportunity to archive the data being collected on your farm so you can take advantage of it. Then work with a trusted data consultant that understands your operation and the agronomy around your area. You need someone to help dive into some of these questions.”An emerging source of additional information for on-farm decision-making is drone or Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) technology that is gaining more attention in agricultural research.“We are trying to do a couple of things with drones. One, we want to really define some of the true functionality that can be delivered through drones. There are different types of cameras they can carry and we are really trying to connect that and good photo resolution with in-season decision making. We are trying to identify and provide an action of some level that the grower can have confidence in based on what they can see with drone technology,” Fulton said. “As we think about corn and soybeans in Ohio, nutrients are a huge topic along with other production factors that influence yield and ultimately profitability. How do management practices layer into improving the decisions made on those farms? The drone can be a good tool to help in in-season crop evaluations.”Scouting efforts can really be refined with the strategic use of drones as well, Fulton said.“We can identify stressed areas in the field and then use that information to drive scouting efforts. I may not know what the cause of the variability is that I am capturing in my drone images, but then I know where to focus my scouting to bring good ground truth perspective with tissue or soil samples,” he said. “There is a lot of value drones can bring to that. Then, by taking things to the next level, we could take remote sensed images in combination with ground truth data to help create prescriptions. These kinds of systems can very quickly provide information back to the grower to help make those decisions during planting or other times of the growing season. Timing can be important.”Fulton is also looking at how to overcome some of the current challenges with drones. “Drones now are limited by the fact that the maximum flight time for some of these drones is short, which makes it difficult to think about covering several thousand acres at a time,” Fulton said. “And as an ag community, we must be aware of the laws and safe operation. The more issues that pop up, the more issues we are going to have in the future.”Collaborative efforts between Fulton’s research, the FSR, and the Ohio/Indiana UAS Center will be on display at this year’s event. Drones have been one of the fastest-growing areas of interest in agriculture over the past couple of years and hold great potential for data collection, said Ryan Smith, director of the UAS Center. Based in Springfield, the center offers resources to support research, development, testing and evaluation of the technologies for academics, businesses and government. Farmers will be able to use the technology to collect information in a variety of areas — crop health and emergence, weed location, water content, chemical compounds and more, Smith said.“The technology is changing rapidly,” Smith said. “The aircrafts continue to develop and change weekly, market sensors keep improving, and data processors are discovering how to take massive amounts of data and create usable records.”Current aviation regulations are an important consideration with the use of the technology. There are no set commercial regulations specific to UAS technology to date, so farmers who wish to fly UAS must apply for an exemption from the Federal Aviation Administration. This is a challenging process that can take more than three months if an approval is granted, Smith said.“The FAA is in the process of developing rules specifically for UAS technologies,” he said. “These regulations will be less burdensome than current rules, allowing more freedom for commercial uses.”For the third year in a row, the FSR will feature live drone demonstrations. In addition to live field demos, UAS technology and data will be on display in the Firebaugh Building and featured in educational sessions throughout the show, such as the “Drones in ag: Know the law” and “Farming the bottom line with drones” presentations in the “Question the Authorities” Q-and-A sessions offered daily during the show.last_img read more

ECM: Embedded Content Management — A first?

first_imgEMC made quite a splash in the press just prior to the Thanksgiving holiday with their announcement of an embeddable version of Documentum, their ECM product.  The new offering is the EMC Documentum® OEM Edition, specifically tailored towards OEMs and ISVs.EMC is calling this the “world’s first embeddable Enterprise Content Management (ECM)” platform.  But it’s hard to see what’s so revolutionary about their announcement or how they can claim to be the first embeddable platform.  The announcement seems to be more related to marketing and packaging than to true new functionality.  Most likely the announcement is an attempt to position themselves to better compete with Oracle’s Content DB strategy.  With Content DB, Oracle provides a platform with ready-made ECM infrastructure components tightly bound to their Oracle RDBMS.EMC’s Belaji Yelamanchili, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Content Management and Archiving, says that “Partners use off-the-shelf databases for structured information, and similarly, their needs are better served by using an off-the-shelf content platform”.  Check.  I agree fully with that.  That’s the strategy we’ve used at Formtek for years.Formtek has worked with our partners, both domestically and internationally, for many years, providing a solid, secure and very scalable ECM engine that is used as an ’embeddable’ platform within the content-rich vertical applications created by our partners.  The programmable Formtek engine has SDK interfaces available via Java API, Web Services, CLIs for shell and batch program scripting, and JSP tag libraries.  More information about the Formtek partner program can be found here.last_img read more

Arrayent Called The Cisco of Internet of Things

first_imgArrayent is a new Internet of Things company being billed as the “Cisco of small things.” It is basically middleware for companies wanting to connect their products to the Internet. In particular it’s targeting smartphones, which is a trend we’re closely tracking too. Arrayent made its first public appearance earlier this month at CES. Arrayent offers a “turnkey communication system” called the Internet-Connect System, which enables product companies to connect their products to smartphones and computers via the Internet. It counts toy company Mattel and audio/video components supplier Monster Cable among its early customers.“There was a lot more interest in connecting products to the Internet this CES over 2009,” according to Arrayent Vice President of Sales and Marketing Bob Dahlberg. He told ReadWriteWeb that there were two segments in particular that were interested in Arrayent’s system. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Internet of Things#NYT#web Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img richard macmanus The first was “greener home / home automation suppliers in the z-wave / zigbee camp,” who are looking for ways to connect their customers’ home LANs to remote diagnosis and repair suppliers. The second use case Arrayent saw at CES was companies in the home health monitoring space, who were looking for a way to “connect their products to web based applications such as Google Health, Microsoft HealthVault or [their] health provider’s system.” A big part of Arrayent’s marketing pitch is that it is a lower cost alternative to connecting products to the Internet. According to the company, it is “1/3 to 1/10 the cost of alternative (piece part) solutions.” Arrayent hangs its marketing hat on the emerging trend of Internet-connected consumer appliances. As other examples of this trend, Arrayent notes Amazon’s Kindle, Apple’s iTouch, Nordic Track’s iFit and Schlage’s home automation product LiNK (mentioned in this August 2009 post). The company has identified the following applications as potential markets for it to pursue:Energy and water monitoring and control from a smartphone or web browser.Home control (door locks, home security, window shades, smoke alarms, pipe freeze alarm, flood alarms, power strips, thermostats, appliances.)Toys and entertainment devices such as e-book readers, personalized radio, and connected physical toys.Home health and presence monitoring that connect patients to doctors and family members.Automobile location services, remote control access, and engine monitoring.Arrayent is an interesting company, because it has correctly identified a gap in the massive consumer products market. According to the company, most consumer product companies “lack Internet-connect expertise.” I agree with that assessment and think that Arrayent is positioning itself well to provide that expertise. Given the potential of Internet of Things to revolutionize consumer products – because a great many more products will become Internet-connected in the coming years – we’re picking Arrayent as one to watch. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Local officials attend SOS with Rep Johnson

first_img16Jan Local officials attend SOS with Rep. Johnson State Rep. Joel Johnson, R-Clare, welcomed Craig Pollington of Osceola County, Carolyn Curtin of Osceola County, Adam Kroczaleski of Arenac County, and Rev. Kathy and Joe Groff of Clare County to Gov. Rick Snyder’s State of the State address in the House chamber on Wednesday evening.  Johnson said the priorities the governor laid out in his third speech are important for making Michigan better and the one the 97th District lawmaker was putting at the top of his list was career development for the next generation.“I think we’ve missed the boat somewhat with our high school students in particular, where we’ve said each student has to be prepared for a university education,” Johnson said. “I really feel that we need to make sure those who have an interest in a vocational skill have an opportunity to learn those skills without being penalized and then are able to join the workforce with a good-paying job.” Categories: Johnson News,Johnson Photos,Newslast_img read more