SAN DIEGO–As rookie left fielder Chris Shaw leaped to snag a flyball at the Petco Park outfield wall, a fan reached out and made contact with Shaw’s glove, thrusting it away.The fan may have taken the ball away from Shaw, but no one could take away his bat.And in the end, that’s what the Giants needed to secure a 5-4 comeback win over the Padres.Shaw hit 24 home runs for Triple-A Sacramento and owns the furthest home run hit by a Giants player this year, but his two-run single in the eighth …
5 November 2012The South African Revenue Service’s (Sars’) chief legal and policy officer, Kosie Louw, has been elected chairperson of the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes, becoming the first African chair of the forum.Louw will hold the post for a two-year period starting in 2013.“On behalf of the South African government, I would like to congratulate Sars and Kosie Louw on his election as chairperson,” Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said in a statement on Friday.“I am certain that the two years of South Africa’s chairmanship will be beneficial not only to the forum but also to the wider global tax administration community.”Gordhan said the position was important because the forum’s current mandate expires in 2015, and it is during South Africa’s tenure that a decision must be made on the best way forward.“SA’s tenure also coincides with very challenging times for tax administrations globally, especially when it comes to the exchange of information for tax purposes.”Promoting tax cooperation“Optimum transparency and exchange of information are critical for improving tax compliance and increasing the prospects of revenue collection at a time when most countries face fiscal constraints,” Gordhan said.“International cooperation among tax administrations is vital in an era of rapid movement of money and people across borders.”The Global Forum plays a key role in promoting tax cooperation and the exchange of information among revenue authorities.It feeds into the work of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the Group of 20 on improving transparency on tax matters.The forum is the largest consensus-based organisation working to facilitate the exchange of tax information between jurisdictions, an important step towards an end to secrecy.“South Africa fully supports the work of the forum, whose peer review reports reflect a very good practice in exchange of information,” Gordhan said.Currently, the forum has a membership of 116 and is in a position to have a significant impact on how jurisdictions cooperate, not only in terms of transparency of information, but putting in more effort to ensure that taxes are collected and used in a way that improves the lives of the citizens of those jurisdictions.Forum members must ensure the integrity and sustainability of tax systems around the globe.“Governments have an obligation to create an environment conducive to economic growth and job creation – and to ensure that the benefits that come from that growth are shared broadly,” he said.“If this does not happen, we will be responsible for creating more inequality.”Source: SANews.gov.za
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
Matt Asay What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Apple’s profits slid 18% last quarter. Gross margins dropped from 38.44% in 2012 to 37.5% in 2013. While there are a number of reasons for this, the biggest seems to be consumer preference for lower-priced products like the iPad Mini.While Apple investors have spanked the stock in response, in reality they should be cheering. After all, we’re still in the early stages of the global mobile revolution, not the end, and Apple’s high-price, high-margin business model was never going to win outside North America and Western Europe. Indeed, could not win. While Apple is Apple and will never truly go down-market to make sales, it needs to be more price competitive in price-sensitive markets. Getting bullied on price by Android, thereby pushing Apple to introduce lower-priced (and lower-margin) products, is good for Apple, however much it may spook investors in the short term.In other words, Apple needs to be a bit more like Google with Android.Learning From AndroidAnd what’s the Android strategy? Make smartphones affordable for everyone, as Google chairman Eric Schmidt declared at a recent mobile conference:Our goal with Android is to reach everyone. We’ll cross one billion Android devices in six to nine months. In a year or two, we’ll hit two billion. And the way that’s going to happen is with the debut of low-end devices from manufacturers, primarily in Asia. If low-end smartphones are inexpensive now, imagine just how inexpensive they’ll be a few years from now… A relatively inexpensive smartphone with a browser is all you need to get the world’s information. And that’s how we’re going to hit the next billion devices.Apple seems to be learning this lesson. While it claims a whopping 80% tablet market share in China, this is always how the company begins in a market. Remember when Apple could claim 90% of the smartphone market and then 90% of the tablet market in the US? At its premium prices, those statistics have a very short shelf life.Selling To Both Rich And PoorPlus, it’s very possible that Apple hit the high-end Chinese consumers first, but will struggle to claim the mass market. As Tom Christian Gotschalksen suggests, emerging markets are always comprised of both mature and emerging income brackets. Apple has done well with these mature demographics. It needs help on the emerging side.In China, Apple seems to be holding off Samsung and the other Android vendors much better than it has before, even as it keeps slipping in smartphones. Why? Credit the lower-priced iPad Mini, as Haydn Shaughnessy argues. Apple did well with more affluent Chinese consumers in smartphones but then lost its lead as the mass-market adopted Android. With tablets, Apple is able to serve both markets.That’s smart.Pyramid Research has modeled the effects of Apple knocking down prices in China through carrier subsidies (especially China Mobile) and lower-priced offerings like the iPad Mini. The difference between the status quo and a lower-price market strategy is stark. This is something Apple must do.And it is. Again, investors may not like it, but Apple is playing for long-term success in emerging markets. Finally. Image courtesy of feiyuezhangjie/Shutterstock. Tags:#Android#Apple#China#emerging markets#Eric Schmidt#Google The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts
Even though they can make some people uncomfortable, disagreements and arguments are a critical part of business. Without disagreements and arguments you get groupthink, and you end up with mediocrity. When you have constructive conflict and disagree about what is right, you get a chance to explore new ideas, even ideas that make some people uncomfortable.But constructive conflict needs to be done in a way that is safe and beneficial to the organization. “Safe” means it can’t harm the individuals that make up the organization.Assume good intentions: When someone disagrees with the way something is being done and engages with others around that issue, it is imperative that you assume that person has good intentions. By assuming they have good intentions, you can shift your focus to the value of the idea, instead of evaluating the individual who is brave enough to bring up the idea.Don’t blame people for mistakes, problems, or challenges: A personal review is something different from constructive conflict, even though it might include some constructive conflict. When you blame the individual for the mistakes, the challenges, or the problems your business is experiencing, you cause people to operate from a place of fear. If you have to operate from fear, you are going to avoid constructive conflict because the repercussions are likely bad for you. Blaming people keeps organizations from solving their deepest problems, and it keeps them from growing.Focus on generating new ideas, withholding judgment about any idea: When you do have constructive conflict, it’s easy to dismiss another person’s ideas without giving them a fair hearing. You can very quickly get to all the reasons that something can’t or shouldn’t be done. But this isn’t how you solve problems. You solve problems when you generate new ideas and explore them before you choose one.The healthiest cultures invite arguments and disagreements. A culture that is strong can withstand the idea of change. There are no sacred cows that must be protected. And every issue is seen as an opportunity to grow, not something to be avoided because egos are too fragile or feelings too easily hurt. Constructive conflict is necessary, and it’s incredibly valuable when done well. Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Now
The Athletics Federation of India (AFI) went against a general practice encouraged by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to almost spoil India’s party at the Asian Games in Guangzhou.Suresh Sathya, who took part in the 200m and 4x100m relay events at the Asiad, flunked a dope test and the callousness on the part of AFI has come for serious questioning.Though the federation was aware of Sathya’s positive dope test, it kept the result under wraps and allowed the athlete to compete in not one but two events even as his results were disclosed a couple of days before the events.The federation took the samples of some of the athletes for dope testing on November 14 after their return from Ukraine where they had gone for training in the lead-up to the Guangzhou Games. The AFI sent the samples to the National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL) on the evening of November 15.But thereafter, the AFI did not bother to check the results of the samples and their athletes headed for Guangzhou without any knowledge of the outcome of their samples.The question that remains to be answered is about the urgency that the federation showed for the sample testing even though the Games were already underway. WADA strongly discourages the federations, or even the national dope-testing bodies for that matter, to conduct tests just before any competition.Even though the AFI showed urgency in sample collection, it was hardly bothered to know the results of these samples and it was only a day before the 200m event on November 24 that it got to know about Sathya’s positive dope test.advertisement”Firstly, it was the AFI which collected the dope samples that were sent directly to the NDTL and we had no idea about it.But when we did come to know about the result, we notified both the athlete and federation on November 24,” NADA director general Rahul Bhatnagar told MAIL TODAY on Sunday.The AFI continues to remain tight- lipped on the issue and its joint secretary ML Dogra said he was not aware of any notification that the NADA issued about Sathya’s dope flunk.” I have no idea if any of our athletes tested positive and whether NADA notified the federation or not.” But since the samples were coded and NADA was not aware of the athlete who flunked the dope test, it could not reveal the name of the athlete.” The samples are coded and even the NDTL doesn’t know who the athlete is. But the NADA notified the federation that one particular athlete has tested positive for nandrolone and is therefore provisionally suspended from taking part in any competition.” It was the federation’s responsibility to check up with NDTL about the result of the samples which it had collected on an urgent basis. NADA makes sure that it keeps a check on the results of the samples that go for lab testing. The federation, however, did not do that but we still informed them about Sathya’s case in whatever little time that we had,” Bhatnagar added.Sathya ran in the 4x100m relay in which India missed out on a bronze by a whisker. A medal would have meant a mandatory dope test for the athlete.India tasted unprecedented success in athletics at the Asian Games this year and a positive dope test would have come as a major embarrassment for the country.The officials at the AFI refused to respond on the issue and passed the buck to their colleagues, each of whom said that he had no clue about the whole incident.
Lungi Ngidi is expected to be sidelined with a knee injury for around 12 weeks, ruling him out of South Africa’s home Test series against Pakistan starting next month as he seeks to be regain full fitness for the 2019 World Cup.Ngidi injured his knee while fielding in a Twenty20 International victory over Australia on Sunday and scans have revealed ligament damage.”He underwent investigations and further assessments with knee specialists upon his return to South Africa, which revealed a significant ligament injury to the right knee,” team manager Mohammed Moosajee said in a statement on Friday.”Due to the significant nature of the injury, he will require a minimum of 12 weeks of rest and rehabilitation to make a successful return to play.”We hope Lungi Ngidi is OK after leaving the field following this great [email protected] #CloseMatters pic.twitter.com/DwQqe6afhBcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) November 17, 2018Ngidi has been an important figure for South Africa across all three formats this year, but will not be considered for the matches against visiting Pakistan, which include three Tests, five one-day internationals and three Twenty20 fixtures.The 22-year-old will hope to be back for the visit of Sri Lanka in March, which will serve as the team’s final series before the 50-over World Cup gets under way in Britain in May.Ngidi has a bowling average of below 20 in his four Tests and 23.03 in 13 ODIs since making his debut against India earlier this year.Also watch –
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth boss Howe marks ten years in managementby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe marks ten years in management facing Manchester United this weekend.With 10 more points at the halfway stage than the previous campaign, boss Howe insisted he would never stand still in search of perfection.He said: “For me as a person, I have just thrown myself into the job on every level. The job has consumed me.“I am just a walking football person. I am thinking football constantly. Every minute is evolved around the job and making sure I’m continuing to take the team and the club forward and it never stops.“The thing I have noticed in recent years, when you get to the Premier League, is how quickly the game changes.“You can never be complacent or content with your work. You have to consistently try to push new boundaries.”
Real Madrid encouraging Arsenal, Man City offers for Iscoby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid are encouraging offers for Isco.The Spain midfielder has been on the outer of coach Zinedine Zidane’s plans this season.And AS says Real are eager to find a buyer in January.Arsenal are keen and hope to repeat the same move that landed Dani Ceballos, on-loan to the end of the season. But Manchester City have been following Isco long-term. City boss Pep Guardiola has long appreciated the midfielder and sees him as David Silva’s successor. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
The signing followed a more than hour long discussion between Prime Minister Holness, his team and the Vice Governor and his ten man delegation. Significantly, the Vice Governor and his delegation came directly from China with the sole intent of returning with a signed Framework Agreement for the development of the Project. Executive Vice- Governor, of Gansu Province in China, Huang Qiang, says his government is ready to invest up to US 6 Billion Dollars to develop an Industrial Park and Special Economic Zone alongside the JISCO/ALPART operations in Nain, St Elizabeth. This announcement came at the signing of a Framework Agreement on Thursday and follows closely on the heal of a Non-Binding Agreement of Intent (NAI) on September 21 last year, between Transport and Mining Minister, Lester ‘Mike’ Henry and Governor of Gansu Province, Mr. Tang Renjian in China. Prime Minister Andrew Holness, who witnessed the signing, has thrown the full weight of his office and the Government behind the project, by assigning Dr. Horace Chang, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, to work alongside Minister Henry and their Gansu counterparts, including the Vice Governor, to expedite the further development of the project. Story Highlights Executive Vice- Governor, of Gansu Province in China, Huang Qiang, says his government is ready to invest up to US 6 Billion Dollars to develop an Industrial Park and Special Economic Zone alongside the JISCO/ALPART operations in Nain, St Elizabeth. This announcement came at the signing of a Framework Agreement on Thursday and follows closely on the heal of a Non-Binding Agreement of Intent (NAI) on September 21 last year, between Transport and Mining Minister, Lester ‘Mike’ Henry and Governor of Gansu Province, Mr. Tang Renjian in China.Prime Minister Andrew Holness, who witnessed the signing, has thrown the full weight of his office and the Government behind the project, by assigning Dr. Horace Chang, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, to work alongside Minister Henry and their Gansu counterparts, including the Vice Governor, to expedite the further development of the project.The signing followed a more than hour long discussion between Prime Minister Holness, his team and the Vice Governor and his ten man delegation. Significantly, the Vice Governor and his delegation came directly from China with the sole intent of returning with a signed Framework Agreement for the development of the Project.The visiting party not only included the top brass from two of the world’s leading and largest construction and shipping companies from China, China Construction and COSTCO Shipping, but also The Ambassador of the Peoples Republic of China to Jamaica, Niu Kin Bao , Chairman Chen Chun Ming of JISCO Group and top management of JISCO /ALPART.The size of the investment for this contemplated development is of major significance for both Jamaica and China, in that it is the largest investment ever contemplated in Jamaica and it’s the first overseas investment for Gansu Province. It’s intended to move Jamaica from exporting raw materials to developing value added manufacturing and fabrication industries, led by the Bauxite/Mineral Sector.The Spirit of Cordiality, Co-operation and Commitment dominated the discussions and resulted in the Vice Governor inviting Prime Minister Holness, Ministers Henry and Chang to attend the Premier Construction Conference in Gansu this September.Jamaica and China have both agreed that the political, administrative and procedural preliminary activities will begin immediately, in order to be able to announce the next phase when the parties meet in China in September.