Red Bluff >> With football season here, Red Bluff High School’s players are ready to hit, catch and throw the ball starting Friday at Paradise in a non-league game. But before the Spartans set their sights on the Bobcats and the new season, Conner McKenzie and Marshal Brose reflected on the ongoing situation at Spartan Stadium, which is officially shut down for play due to an unsafe playing surface. Brose, the senior quarterback, said while it was a difficult blow earlier, he’s now ready to …
30 April 2004Shoprite Holdings and the Department of Trade and Industry’s Khula Enterprise Finance have signed a groundbreaking agreement to grant a limited number of retail franchise concessions, back by outfitting, training and mentoring support, to black entrepreneurs.The agreement, signed in Cape Town on Wednesday by Shoprite chief executive Whitey Basson and Khula managing director Xola Sithole, will grant successful small business (SMME) applicants a number of OK Franchise concessions on negotiable terms.OK Franchise and Khula will provide dual guidance in terms of outfitting, training and mentoring the SMMEs in a deal that promises to deliver maximum viability for the new businesses.Shoprite and Khula will also share the capital investment and risks associated with promoting the black economic empowerment (BEE) initiative, with Khula providing loans to concession holders to acquire equipment and furnish their stores.Shoprite, for its part, will supply stock without soliciting securities from concession holders, especially on the first stock consignment.“The issuing of a limited number of franchises by Shoprite will serve as the initial pilot project on whose successes and lessons the future expansion of this project will rest”, Basson said.“The strategic importance for SMMEs lies in their access to retail space in Shoprite’s multi-national retail chain.”Sithole said partnership with Shoprite would be a model for future partnerships between government agencies like Khula and the private sector for addressing the economic challenges facing the country.Khula, he added, would be launching similar joint venture initiatives across different industries such as mining and petroleum.Source: BuaNews
21 May 2014 International tennis returns to Sun City in the North West Province next week, with the Sun City Futures 1 tournament set to be played from 26 to 31 May. The tournament is the first of three back-to-back international men’s and women’s events to be played simultaneously each week at the same venue. The Futures 2 will be played from 2 to 7 June and the Futures 3 from 9 to 14 June.Strong entry A strong entry of local and international players have entered the first Sun City Futures 1, including four of South Africa’s Davis Cup squad players, namely Tucker Vorster, Ruan Roelofse, Nik Scholtz and Fritz Wolmarans. Two notable entries in the men’s tournament are the rising English star Joshua Milton, who many claim to be the next Andy Murray-British hope, as well as the up- and-coming American Tyler Hochwalt. Players from 11 different countries will be represented in the men’s tournament.Women’s draw The women’s draw is dominated by South Africa’s best players, including South African number two Chanel Simmonds and her fellow Fed Cup team mates Madrie Le Roux and Natasha Fourouclas. A total of 12 countries are represented in the women’s draw, including rising American talents Alexandra Riley and Stephanie Kent, as well as former European junior champion, Ani Vangelova of Bulgaria. The seeds for the men’s and women’s Futures 1 will be announced on Wednesday.Delighted Hardy Botha of Egalite, the Tournament Promoter, said he was delighted with the strength of the entry. “It’s always good to host international players in South Africa, especially at Sun City, which has over the years been a major attraction for tourists and a popular tournament venue,” Botha said in a statement on Tuesday. “The field of players entered is top class and promises for some exciting tennis. The Futures series will also enable our rising South African players to earn world ranking points, which will enable them to position themselves on the international rankings and assist them with their future careers.”Qualifying The qualifying rounds from the Futures 1 will be played on Saturday and Sunday, 24 and 25 May, with the main draw commencing on Monday, 26 May. The finals of the event are scheduled for Saturday, 31 May. SAinfo reporter
The buy-in for Nelson Mandela International Day keeps growing, and this year the seven-year-old campaign aims to be marked in even more countries. This year’s Nelson Mandela International Day may be the biggest yet, with organisers aiming to get 160 countries involved in various acts of goodwill. Mandela’s former private secretary Zelda la Grange, above, will be joining 42 bikers on a ride across the Eastern Cape and Western Cape to raise awareness on rape and domestic violence. (Image: Shamin Chibba) • South African app brings out Madiba spirit in us all • Remembering Nelson Mandela – a visual quiz • Mandela’s peers reflect on his legacy • Mandela Day has improved South Africa’s generosity • How does Mandela Day inspire you? Shamin ChibbaIn 2009, Nelson Mandela International Day took place in just two cities: Johannesburg and New York. This year, if the Nelson Mandela Foundation gets its wish, it will be observed in 160 countries.Mandela Day was officially launched at the foundation’s offices in Johannesburg on Monday, 6 July in front of media and charity organisers. The latter pledged their time and effort for the coming event, which in South Africa has been expanded into Mandela Month over the whole of July.Brand South Africa used the launch to announce the Play your Part for Madiba campaign. Brand South Africa board member Geoffrey Rothschild said the campaign aimed to build pride, patriotism and a spirit of active citizenship.“We want to galvanise citizens into embodying the values and spirit of Madiba. We’ve all heard it before that his three principles throughout his life [were]: free yourself, free others, and serve every day.”Although Mandela Day was on a Saturday this year, said LeadSA founder Yusuf Abramjee, people should still be charitable. “I know some people are saying Mandela Day falls on Saturday and it’s the day after companies are closed, the schools are on holiday. That should be no excuse. We must make sure that we do our bit. No activity is too big or too small.” The Grammy Award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir were on hand to launch Nelson Mandela International Day. (Image: Shamin Chibba)Mandela Day uniting peopleSince the first Mandela Day seven years ago, the campaign has proved that strangers can come together for a good cause regardless of their cultural or religious backgrounds. The founder of 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day, Caroline Steyn, said she witnessed this unity when hundreds of people gathered at the Union Buildings in Pretoria to knit the largest blanket in the world in April this year.“It was quite incredible the way people came together on 21 April at the Union Buildings. That was the week when xenophobic violence was at its height and people from Ghana, Zambia and DRC [Democratic Republic of Congo] came together to create the biggest blanket in the world. And it was just so warm and fuzzy how strangers were connecting.”This year, Stop Hunger Now will host the million meal challenge in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban on 17 July. Having packed 800 000 meals last year, the organisation aims to pack up to 1.5 million this year. Its chief executive, Saira Khan, said it would be a world first if they achieved it.“What that will do is feed 600 kids for an entire year every day. Hunger has the impact of stripping your dignity. It is the only condition where you will do whatever it takes, even if it means going the wrong way. It’s almost like a genocide of the mind.”Bikers ride for MandelaMandela’s former private secretary, Zelda la Grange, will join 42 other motorcyclists on the sixth annual Bikers for Mandela Day. They will ride through Eastern Cape and Western Cape educating communities on acting against abuse, particularly the abuse of women and children.“Someone said the other day that if you created a special occasion to remember someone, that person who was deceased would become a member again,” said La Grange. “So we will try and remember Mandela on this journey like we do every year.”On 16 July, the group, which includes construction workers, a doctor, artists, radio and television personalities, businesspeople, academics, a former rugby player and La Grange herself, will set off for Beaufort West on the first leg of the trip.They would visit organisations that work with raped, abused and vulnerable women. At each project they would hand out whistles to women and girls under the Blow the Whistle initiative, and would encourage them to keep the whistle and blow it whenever they felt they were in danger, said La Grange.
A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Google#NYT#web Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting jolie odell It’s official: Google is ditching its homegrown Gears offline web app API in favor of backing HTML5 for the win.Now that the Chrome browser is becoming available for Mac, and the Snow Leopard OS doesn’t play nicely with Gears, a Google rep confirmed the company has decided to trash the whole works and wait for HTML5, even though the spec isn’t yet ready and isn’t supported by commercially available browsers. Oh, the humanity… or rather, the machinery.In the mists of time, back when Gears first launched, we wrote, “We’ve written many times before about the need for offline web app access… And guess who is most at risk with this announcement? Yes, Microsoft. Google after all has many of the top ‘best of breed’ web apps now.” This was before Google’s Chrome browser had hit the scene, and the Gears project was a collaborative effort between Google, Opera, and Mozilla.But in our coverage of last year’s Google I/O conference, we wrote of Gears, “We question whether offline access is even necessary. After all… in today’s world, you’re never too far from an internet connection. We concluded that offline access is important now, but less important with each passing day.”Not only could Gears be used to take online data offline, Google had more in store for Gears users.A few short months later, Google announced a geolocation API for mobile devices running Gears. We wrote, “We think that location-aware software is going to be one of the most interesting markets to watch in the near future and as location-aware devices become more ubiquitous, we will hopefully see a lot of new and innovative services make use of them.”But the party ended with Snow Leopard’s release. Changes in the newest Mac OS and Safari 4 prevent Gears from running on some newer Mac computers. Whether or not the relationship is one of causation or mere correlation, Google is now abandoning Gears.As one Google rep told the L.A. Times, “We are excited that much of the technology in Gears, including offline support and geolocation APIs, are being incorporated into the HTML5 spec as an open standard supported across browsers, and see that as the logical next step for developers looking to include these features in their websites.”Believe us Google, no one is looking forward to the cross-browser, cross-OS implementation of HTML5 as much as we are.UPDATE: According to blogger Mark Milian‘s unnamed sources at Google, Gears will continue to be supported for sites that already use it. However, the rep continued, “We expect developers to use HTML5 for these features moving forward as it’s a standards-based approach that will be available across all browsers.”Still, this statement marks Gears’ graceful and gradual retreat to obsolescence as HTML5 is coached for its center stage place. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market