AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“The economy is becoming a well-oiled machine,” said Joel Naroff, president of Naroff Economic Advisors. Industrial strength in March was broad-based. Machinery, clothing, consumer appliances, furniture and carpeting, and business equipment all posted production gains. Even the struggling automotive sector saw some improvement. That swamped some weakness in home electronics and textiles. Economists believe economic growth for the January-March quarter will clock in at a brisk pace of 4.5 percent or higher. The government will release first-quarter figures at the end of the month. In the current April-to-June quarter, the economy is expected to moderate to a pace in the range of 3 percent, which would still represent good growth, analysts said. With the economy solidly chugging ahead, the Federal Reserve and other economists are being especially watchful for any signs that inflation may flare up. WASHINGTON – U.S. industry headed into the spring with a full head of steam: Production at factories, mines and utilities rose by 0.6 percent in March in the latest encouraging sign for the economy. The snapshot of industrial activity, released by the Federal Reserve on Friday, comes on the heels of other positive economic barometers. Consumers – a key ingredient of the country’s economic health – are keeping cash registers busy, and businesses are ramping up hiring, according to recent government reports. The solid increase in industrial production in March came after a 0.5 percent advance in February and was the largest since December. The showing was better than economists were expecting. The Federal Reserve boosted a key interest rate to a five-year high on March 28, the latest in a series of rate-raising moves since June 2004 to keep inflation in check. Many analysts expect another rate increase on May 10, the Fed’s next meeting. The proportion of overall industrial capacity in use climbed in March to 81.3 percent, the highest since September 2000, the Fed report showed. Economists look at this capacity utilization figure for clues about the future inflation climate. For instance, if plants were running at full tilt and couldn’t crank out enough goods to satisfy customers’ demand, there could be a run up in prices. March’s capacity utilization figure isn’t worrisome at this point, analysts said. “We are not there yet. I think anything north of 83 percent, we could see price pressures,” said Ken Mayland, president of ClearView Economics. The biggest slice of overall industrial production is manufacturing. Production at factories rebounded in March, rising by 0.5 percent. Daniel Meckstroth, chief economist for the Manufacturers Alliance/MAPI, a research group, said the performance is akin to “a green light for manufacturing.” Analysts said factories are benefiting from decent demand for their goods not only from customers in the United States but also from other countries.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Big news from Kevin Durant over the weekend. We know it’s big because he made the announcement via social media..@35Ventures pic.twitter.com/LKR00FOnys— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) July 7, 2019 CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile device The erstwhile Warrior is changing numbers. No. 35 is out. No. 7 is in. As no Nets player currently lays claim to No. 35, this represents a change for change’s sake. A new beginning.We know what you’re thinking: It …
23 June 2014For South Africa to prosper and create jobs, it is crucial for the private sector to start investing more in the economy, says Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.Speaking during a post-State of the Nation address interview with the SABC at the public broadcaster’s studios in Cape Town on Sunday, Ramaphosa said the government would do all it could to support big business by removing obstacles to doing business in the country.These included energy constraints and bureaucratic red tape, which business people had identified as hindering business development.Ramaphosa said South Africa’s energy constraints affected all role players in the economy, “and particularly business, or the private sector, that accounts for 70% of employment in our country. For as long as energy is constrained, we are not able to build the factories, to do all that we are willing to do.”In his State of the Nation Address last Tuesday, President Jacob Zuma identified the current low level of investment by the private sector as a key factor holding back the growth of the economy.“We are determined to work with the private sector to remove obstacles to investment,” Zuma said, adding: “We would like to see the private sector showing as much confidence in the economy as the public sector.”Ramaphosa said that what the President was saying was that “there has been an assertion that the private sector, at some stage, has gone on strike as far as investing further in our economy.“What he was essentially doing was making a call on the private sector, that we as government are showing enormous confidence in the economy of our country. We would like you to do likewise and invest in the economy.”Overcoming the ‘trust deficit’The Deputy President said it was important for the government and business to sit around one table on a regular basis in order to eliminate the “trust deficit” that had grown between the two.Last week, Zuma said he would soon convene the next meeting of the Presidential Business Working Group, adding that after the first meeting, held last year, “six work streams were established, and these have been discussing solutions to various obstacles to doing business in South Africa.”The issues had also been raised by company CEOs during three working sessions he had hosted in November and December, Zuma said.Ramaphosa said these meetings needed to continue, as one could never have enough engagements. “Relationships between people, organisations and countries are by their very nature fluid. They are not static, they are never written in stone.“So people need to meet continuously to renew their relationships, to look at agreements that they have arrived at to see whether those are still relevant, given the changing environment in which we live.“When the President says he wants to have a further meeting, we should not pour cold water on that initiative. We should see it as continued progress, because what it means is that people are engaging.”Source: SAnews.gov.za
The opportunities of the digital age could be the engine of growth for South Africa, delegates heard at the Vision 2030 Summit. It needed more investment in skills and infrastructure, but it could use technology to push local innovation.The digital age offers South Africa the opportunity to change the face of our economy. (Image: Strike a pose photography)Sulaiman PhilipInvestment in information and communications technology infrastructure today will bear fruit before the National Development Plan (NDP) ends in 2030. Embracing the opportunities of the digital age could be the engine of growth in South Africa. This was the view of speakers at the Vision 2030 Summit held in Johannesburg between 21 and 22 June.As Limpopo Premier Chupu Mathabatha pointed out in his keynote address, to work towards a possible future we need to be able to visualise it. The NDP is that vision. “The people of South Africa, united in their diversity, have all embraced this future as visualised in the NDP. The challenge for all of us is to put shoulder to the wheel and work in unity towards this shared future.”The South African contextBrand South Africa’s head of research, Dr Petrus de Kock, set the context upon which South Africa needs to build. South Africa, despite its many challenges, remains a magnet for investment. For South Africans, it still offers the best opportunity for personal development. “We talk about vision but to transform our world we need imagination.”The world, De Kock pointed out, was still recovering from the economic meltdown of 2008. In some countries, especially Western economies, that had led to more aggressive inward-looking policies. South Africa had escaped the worst and as future growth would be driven by the Asian/African axis, we could grow if we were ready.“We talk about vision but to transform our world we need imagination,” Dr de Kock speaking at the Vision 2030 Summit. (Image: Strike a Pose Photography)The country and its people remained open and welcoming he said, and pointed to our tolerance as a society. “We exist in a unique context. We are unique in our constitutional acceptance of difference, religious tolerance for example. This is the identity of who we are.”The future can be in ICTPost and Telecommunications Deputy Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams — like the speakers who spoke after her — championed the benefits of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. She has been a strong advocate for the benefits that that will accrue to South Africa if we embrace the digital world.“We need to integrate digital goals into our day to day lives. We need to become comfortable with the changes and benefits that will come. Most importantly, we need to be more than just consumers of the internet.”Ndabeni-Abrahams said South Africans needed to embrace the 21st century. The digital age, she said, would allow the country to show off the innovation of which we were capable. The deputy minister acknowledged that South Africa faced infrastructure challenges, but added that innovative solutions would help to make the best use of the infrastructure we had.“We have launched the Internet for All with a pilot project in the OR Tambo municipality. The idea is that no matter where you are, you will have access. We can find solutions that have South African characteristics.”Beyond infrastructure, South Africa’s shortage of skills in digital industries had hamstrung the growth of the sector. In response to this dearth, she pointed to the public-private programme with Google, which had undertaken to train 5 million coders over five years, as the way forward.“We need to work together to breach the skills gap. We need to find these innovative ways forward, solutions that show that not only are we spending, but that we’re gaining on more digitally advanced nations.”InfrastructureOne of the important benefits of the digital age highlighted by the deputy minister would be the lower cost of communication. Working towards lowering costs while still innovating was Siemens’ history in South Africa since it started doing business in the country in 1860.Sabine Dall’Omo, Siemens South Africa chief executive, highlighted the company’s relevance in South Africa. Its operations contributed R6.8-billion to gross domestic product (GDP) and its technology lay at the heart of 31 mega projects. From the first telegraph built, the company had been “driving innovation and now driving digitisation”.A benefit of the digital age often overlooked was the way technology was making it easier and cheaper to transfer technology to developing nations. This benefit had allowed Siemens to use innovations developed in more mature economies to benefit South Africa.It did so in the automotive industry, for example: “One hundred and twenty thousand cars — or 50% — of cars produced in South Africa are built using Siemens technology.”Siemens’ Sabine Dall’omo and Dr Petrus de Kock being interviewed after their presentations. (Image: Strike a Pose Photography)eCommerceTo highlight the importance of the internet to economic growth, the Chinese TELE company Huawei monitored sales on one day — 18 June 2017. The study highlighted the power and opportunity presented by e-commerce.Huawei studied the buying habits of people on T-Mall, the Chinese online shopping service.It found:In a five-minute spell 200 tons of milk powder were bought onlineIn a seven-minute period 200 million nappies were boughtIn a 26-minute spell 10 million lipsticks were boughtThe fastest time between order and delivery was 13 minutes85% of all orders that day were made on a mobile deviceThis, in the words of Leonard Chang, Huawei’s managing director of corporate industry development and marketing, showed the power e-commerce had to create economic miracles. If South Africa was to meet the growth requirements of the NDP it needed to embrace digitisation. “Connectivity is not only a human right but an economic growth right.”Digitisation could be the engine for growth. While South Africa had among the strongest ICT policy frameworks, investment from the government and the public sector had lagged. The company’s research had shown that for every additional dollar (about R12) invested in ICT infrastructure there could be a $5 benefit to GDP growth by 2025.In the recently released Huawei 2017 Global Connectivity Index, it was reported that South Africa led Africa in terms of connectivity but lagged behind the rest of the world. “If we go at the same pace as we do today, we may never catch up with the frontrunners. At the same time, we must realise there is no shortcut in climbing the ladder of digital transformation.”The NDP was a start, but the vision was never enough, Chang warned. The country needed to move faster to close the digital divide. South Africa needed a strong action plan with achievable targets. One area that needed improvement was building ICT talent.Building skillsMymoena Ismail, the CEO of the National Electronic Media Institute of South Africa (Nemisa), believes South Africa was closing in on the Mobile Moment – when there was at least one mobile smartphone per citizen.She explained that the world was close to a new kind of future. “We are going to see a convergence of a new kind of tech, one that seamlessly merges physical, digital and biological spheres. If we do not take advantage and adapt, we will not benefit.”Her organisation focused on developing e-skill capacity in South Africa by offering training courses across the country. “We are part of the solution to ensure South Africa has the necessary skills to be leaders in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.”In his address, Mathabatha said the NDP identified a stronger and better educational system and a more equal society as the keys to unlock economic growth. “The NDP envisions a South Africa where everyone feels free yet bound to others; where everyone embraces their full potential, a country where opportunity is determined not by birth, but by ability, education and hard work.“This is a vision embraced by all South Africans. The challenge, as I have said, is about navigating the routes towards such a future.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material
Is Nuclear Power Our Energy Future or a DinosaurThe Case for Nuclear Power — Despite the RisksSafe Storage of Nuclear Waste Electricity costs for Con Edison customers in New York City and nearby Westchester County are already among the highest in the country. Cuomo, however, says closing the plant and shifting to hydroelectric and wind resources would come “at a negligible cost to ratepayers” and would not increase the region’s carbon emissions.Cuomo has been pressing for more clean energy in the state’s utility mix, announcing last year a Clean Energy Standard that will require 50% of the state’s energy come from renewable sources by 2030. The state’s aggressive push to reshape its system of energy generation and distribution includes an effort called Reforming the Energy Vision.Last week, Cuomo proposed the development of 2,400 megawatts of offshore wind generating capacity by 2030, enough to provide 1.25 million homes with electricity, Reuters reports.Offshore wind is a key part of his plan to meet the 2030 goal of 50% renewable power. RELATED ARTICLES New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced plans for the early closure of the Indian Point nuclear power station, which currently accounts for about 10% of the state’s total power generation, and is betting the energy gap can be filled with a greater reliance on wind and hydro power. ThinkProgress reports the two operational reactors at the power station, located about 30 miles north of New York City on the Hudson River, are scheduled to go offline in 2020 and 2021, more than 10 years ahead of schedule.As important as the station is to New York’s utility grid, its location so close to New York also poses elevated risks in the form of a nuclear meltdown or terrorist attack. Cuomo, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, and a nonprofit environmental group called Riverkeeper all have been advocating for the plant’s closure for some time.
Microsoft officially released a preview of Windows 8.1 this morning, coinciding with the opening of Microsoft Build, the company’s annual developer to-do here in San Francisco.The preview release (get it here) offers no major surprises. Codenamed Windows Blue, Windows 8.1 smooths out some of the rough edges of Windows 8, most notably bringing back the one feature users missed most when Windows 8 was released: the Start button.(See also: 5 Ways Microsoft Can Fix The PC — And Windows 8) The Start button’s return is part of Microsoft’s tacit acknowledgement that the Windows 8 Metro interface isn’t for everyone. Windows 8.1 will feature the capability to boot into Metro Start screen or a more traditional-looking Windows interface with the Start menu.(See also: Microsoft Confirms Return Of The Start Button)Adaptability seems to be a core principle of the preview release. Users can configure their lock screens, customize windows and tiles and, ideally, use the new Windows on whatever device they choose.Windows 8.1 will also include unified searching, so you can search for applications and files in one tool, rather than in separate search bars. Bing, naturally, will play a front-and-center role in the refreshed operating system, given that search is becoming a bigger feature in Windows.Microsoft has spent a lot of time integrating Internet Explorers 11 into Windows 8.1 and optimizing the browser for touch, a feature that may give it a slight edge against competitors Chrome and Firefox.Tighter integration with the cloud will play a key role in Windows 8.1, with smoother paths into Office 365, SkyDrive and the aforementioned Windows Store.Windows 8.1 isn’t exactly a game-changer. But it is going to make right a lot of what some users thought was wrong with Windows 8.Images courtesy of Microsoft. brian proffitt Tags:#Microsoft#search#Windows 8 Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…
If youâ€™re looking to compete in the richest Touch Football knockout in Australia, travelling to, playing in and staying at the event and location just got a whole lot easier!Touch Football Australia and Queensland Touch Football have partnered with local travel and accommodation operators making it easier and more affordable for you and your team to not only play in this yearâ€™s Bundaberg Cup, but also stay and enjoy the great tourism destination options synonymous with the Southern Great Barrier Reef region.The more streamlined process to get to and compete in the event has been made possible through the great support and collaboration of event partners, Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ), Bundaberg North Burnett Tourism, Bundaberg Regional Council and Queensland Rail. Following the success of the inaugural Bundaberg Cup in 2015, teams from around the country are registering now in pursuit of the $20,000 prize purse across menâ€™s, womenâ€™s, mixed and junior divisions. The event will be held at the Greg Duncan Touch Fields on the weekend of 19 and 20 November 2016.With less than 50 days to go, check out the top 50 things to do in location in coming weeks: see 41-50 of the best tourism experiences in the Bundaberg-North Burnett region on the event website and to continue up to the event date. We will provide you with the hottest tips on things to do and places to stay while you are participating and for all your friends and family to consider as well. Event Ambassador and ex-NRL star, Scott Prince will be in location sampling the local tourism sights and delights on Tuesday, 18 October to give you an insiderâ€™s view of the best attractions on offer. With an exciting event format planning for this second instalment of the Bundy Cup, Prince is looking forward to returning to Bundaberg to compete in the eventâ€¦and stay for a few days. â€œIâ€™m really excited to be returning to Bundaberg to not only take part in the Bundaberg Cup but also to re-visit what the Bundaberg and North Burnett Region has to offer,â€ he said. â€œit’s a great time of year as the turtles are coming to shore to lay their eggs – a moment the family and I and Iâ€™m sure others would love to see,” Prince said.â€œThe prizemoney on offer is outstanding which should see the best of the best in town but also a strong social contingent as well. â€œI am hopeful that our team can go back-to-back,â€ Prince added.The Bundaberg Cup is supported by the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland in partnership with the Bundaberg Regional Council, Bundaberg and North Burnett Tourism and promoted as part of the Itâ€™s Live! in Queensland event calendar.To register your team and take advantage of the many accommodation and travel offers, download the Bundaberg Cup Offers PDF here , or visit the Official Bundaberg Cup website. Hurry, registrations close soon, and this touch tournament is not one to miss! Discover 50-41 top tourist attractions in Bundaberg now!Related LinksBundaberg Cup
About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Sir Alex Ferguson hails ‘absolute legend’ Wengerby Ansser Sadiq16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has gushed praise on his old rival Arsene Wenger.The two set the standard in the Premier League in the 1990s and early 2000s.Despite being bitter rivals in those years, Ferguson and Wenger have developed mutual respect in their later years.And Ferguson was not afraid to speak out in praise of Wenger, as the Frenchman received recognition at the Nordoff Robbins charity award dinner.Ferguson said via video: “The career you had as a manager at Arsenal was absolutely fantastic – an absolute legend.”I loved the competition against you. “We had some great times and it’s wonderful you’re getting this award tonight. “So good luck, my blessing [is] with you.”
Shaun King Crab LegsThursday night, former Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, now a Tampa Bay Buccaneer, posted an Instagram photo of himself celebrating his No. 1 selection in the NFL Draft with a plate full of crab legs. Normally, such a photo wouldn’t be newsworthy – but given the fact that Winston was caught shoplifting crab legs from a Tallahassee Publix last April, it didn’t go unnoticed. Winston, who was criticized heavily for the post, eventually took it down, reportedly at the request of his new employer.Former NFL quarterback Shaun King, who is dialed into the football scene in northern Florida, has provided a bit of backstory on the photo Friday morning. He says that the crab legs were a gift from Captain Keith Colburn of The Deadliest Catch after Winston helped auction off a king crab at Mike Alstott’s charity auction earlier this year. He’s blasting people who have been critical of Winston.If people only knew how STUPID they sound killing this kid over that picture smdh— shaun king (@realshaunking) May 1, 2015I was seated at the table right next to jameis at the mike alstott charity auction, when captain keith asked jameis to help him auction off— shaun king (@realshaunking) May 1, 2015This huge king crab he had flown in for the event. Captain keith is from the deadliest catch show. I wasnt sure how jameis was gonna— shaun king (@realshaunking) May 1, 2015Handle the request, but it didnt faze the young man at all he simply said ok sure, we r here to help the alstott foundation right.— shaun king (@realshaunking) May 1, 2015That same captain keith in a gesture of thanks sent jameis and his family 25lbs of king crabs legs for his draft event last night.— shaun king (@realshaunking) May 1, 2015Thats the backstory behind last nights picture for those of you who need to seriously have some self evaluation done— shaun king (@realshaunking) May 1, 2015While the backstory may be a bit more heartwarming than many would have guessed, Winston likely still knew the reaction he’d get for the post. Whether it was worth it – well, that’s a question that the new Buccaneers quarterback can answer.
oregon bill simmons failed trollFormer ESPNer Bill Simmons – now the owner and operator of The Ringer – attended college at Holy Cross, which landed a 16-seed in this year’s NCAA Tournament. Friday, the Crusaders take on 1-seed Oregon for the right to play in the round of 32. As such, Simmons attempted to poke fun at the Ducks’ program – but somehow failed miserably in the process.Simmons took to Twitter this morning, posting a photo of the 1947 Holy Cross squad that won the national title, asking Oregon fans to show him a photo of their national championship team. Clearly, he didn’t they they’ve ever had one. Except they do – Oregon won the first NCAA Tournament, back in 1939. Simmons quickly admitted defeat.Where is Oregon’s NCAA championship team photo? pic.twitter.com/BP12ahS4kE— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) March 18, 2016@BillSimmons Here it is. See you at 4:27 PST. Game On!! pic.twitter.com/TnRhcz6mOd— William (John) Moore (@akajtg) March 18, 2016Touche!!! 1939 vs. 1947 – tonight at 7:30! RT @akajtg: @BillSimmons Here it is. See you at 4:27 PST. Game On!! pic.twitter.com/wYfchlL2Tt— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) March 18, 2016The two programs may have the same number of national championship teams, but we don’t think tonight’s game will be anywhere close to even. Simmons probably should have done some quick research before firing off his tweet.