South African junior tennis tops in Africa

Posted On Dec 18 2019 by

first_img17 April 2012South Africa’s status as the best junior tennis nation in Africa was confirmed on the weekend when the country dominated the African Junior Tennis Championship in Cairo, Egypt.The tournament, which catered for the under-14 and under- 16 age groups, was played in conjunction with the under-18 African Junior Championships, which were played in Potchefstroom last month.South African Fed cup debutant Ilze Hattingh was the star of the show, winning the singles and doubles title in both the under-16 and under-18 age groups.Under-16 victoriesOn Sunday, Hattingh defeated second seat Sandra Samir of Egypt 6-4 7-6 (7-2) to win the under-16 girls’ singles title. Hattingh then teamed up with fellow countrywoman Theresa Van Zyl to win the girls’ under-16 doubles title.Previously, in Potchefstroom, Hattingh won both the singles and doubles titles in the under-18 tournament with ease. She defeated her good friend and doubles partner Madrie Le Roux 6-1, 6-1 in the final of the singles and then teamed up with Le Roux to capture the doubles crown from fellow South Africans Lynn Kiro and Theresa Van Zyl.In the boys’ under 14 event, singles’ top-seed Calvin Jordaan from Cape Town captured the title after coming back from one set down to beat third seed Mohamed Aboulkassem of Egypt 2-6 7-5 6-3.Most successful countryThe dominance of Hattingh, plus the singles victory by Jordaan, and the doubles’ win in Potchefstroom by Wayne Montgomery and Matthew Rossouw (under-18) gave team South Africa the required points to ensure that they were named the most successful tennis country on the continent.The South African Fed Cup team, under the captaincy of John-Laffnie De Jager, who arrived in Cairo for this week’s Fed Cup tournament there, watched the South African Juniors’ victory.EncouragingDe Jager said that the country’s juniors had performed well in the Potchefstroom and Cairo tournaments, which was encouraging for the future of tennis in South Africa.“The dominance of our juniors in the African Junior Championships is exciting for the development of tennis in our country.“Our juniors dominated on hard and clay courts which gives hope that the future stars will be able to compete on any given surface, which will stand them in good stead for their future professional tennis careers.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more


Dr. Pearse Lyons, Alltech president and founder, dies

Posted On Dec 17 2019 by

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It is with great sadness that Alltech announces the passing of its founder and president, Dr. Pearse Lyons. Lyons died on Thursday, March 8, due to an acute lung condition that developed during his recovery from heart surgery. He was 73.“The thoughts of our entire Alltech family around the world are with Dr. Lyons’ family, specifically his wife Deirdre, daughter Aoife, son Mark and Mark’s wife Holly,” said Alric Blake, CEO and treasurer of Alltech.“Dr. Lyons was a visionary entrepreneur who transformed the agriculture industry beginning with his innovative application of yeast technology in animal nutrition. From farm to field, from market to family dinner table, our world is immeasurably better because he was a man who never saw problems, only a challenge that had not yet been solved.“He inspired everyone he met with his energy, enthusiasm and passionate belief in possibilities. He instilled that positivity in his people, more than 5,000 Alltech team members around the world. I am confident I speak on behalf of all of them when I say that we are deeply honored to have known and worked for such a great man. We will resolve to honor his legacy by deepening our commitment to his customers and all the innovative ideas he believed in so strongly.”To continue driving forward his vision for serving the agriculture industry through field-proven innovations, Dr. Lyons established a clear leadership structure, including:Dr. Mark Pearse Lyons, Chairman and PresidentAlric A. Blake, Chief Executive Officer and TreasurerE. Michael Castle II, Vice President and SecretaryAs the company’ director of corporate image and design, Mrs. Deirdre Lyons will continue to further Dr. Lyons’ vision for Alltech’s global presence and their shared commitment to philanthropy and community involvement.“We are all deeply saddened by my father’s passing,” said Dr. Mark Lyons, Pearse’s son and chairman and president of Alltech. “He always focused on developing people, and he built an extraordinary team over the years. I know he had full confidence in his team to continue growing the company he built.“He saw farther into the horizon than anyone in the industry, and we, as his team, are committed to delivering on the future he envisioned. He planted seeds that will produce a bountiful harvest for the world in the years to come.”Dr. Lyons’ family are deeply appreciative of the many prayers and well wishes they have received from friends around the world. At this time, they kindly ask that any expressions of sympathy, including memories and tributes, be shared at alltech.com/pearselyons.In lieu of flowers, the family is encouraging donations to the Alltech ACE Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit organization that funds a variety of philanthropic endeavours around the world from disaster relief to primary schools in Haiti. Donations may be made at alltech.com/pearselyons.Funeral masses will be in Lexington, Kentucky, USA, on March 17 and in Dublin, Ireland, in April. A special celebration of life will be held on May 20 at the beginning of ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference in Lexington.Public visitation in Lexington will be on Friday, March 16. Arrangement details will be kept up to date on alltech.com/pearselyons.last_img read more


Android Now ‘Outshines iOS In Almost Every Aspect’

Posted On Dec 15 2019 by

first_imgRalf Rottmann is CTO and co-founder of Grandcentrix, the largest mobile app developer in Germany. He’s also a hardcore Apple fanboy who has a house full of Apple products and more than 8,000 songs purchased on the iTunes store. He’s tried out every big Android phone and found each one wanting. But suddenly things have changed. He just got a Nexus 4, the flagship Android phone made by LG and running Jelly Bean, the latest version (4.1) of Android. And since switching it on two weeks ago, he hasn’t touched his iPhone 5.“When iOS 6 came out, for the first time I complained about the lack of innovation in this major new release. I asked myself whether we might see Apple beginning to lose its lead position in mobile platforms,” Rottmann writes in an essay on Gizmodo. Rottmann goes on at great length and great detail about all the ways, big and small, that Jelly Bean outguns Apple’s iOS 6. The only thing he misses, he says, is iMessage. Sure, he’s just one guy. But he’s a significant guy. And more and more people like him, from all around the world, are coming to the same conclusion. Meanwhile, Back In Northern CaliforniaNevertheless, in Silicon Valley the conventional wisdom still seems to be that the only people who use Android phones are people who are too cheap or too poor to buy an iPhone. There’s a myth in the Valley that Android phones are bargain basement devices, and that people who use them aren’t very tech savvy and don’t really do anything with them. It’s all pure FUD. There’s also this persistent myth the iPhone has some kind of lead. It doesn’t. Not in terms of market share, not in terms of engineering, not in terms of design, not in terms of software, not in terms of maps, not in terms of voice recognition, not in terms of performance. In almost every way, the iPhone has been smoked.(The one exception is profit. Apple is exceedingly profitable and rakes in obscene margins on the iPhone. But that’s because Apple has been milking the same platform for years, selling last-generation hardware and investing too little in software. Apple spends a mere 2% of its revenues on R&D, far less than its rivals. Now those chickens are coming home to roost.)Nevertheless, Valley folk continue to cling to their iPhones, even as their phones get eclipsed by Android. Consider this article by Liz Gannes of AllThingsD who says 2012 was “the year I stopped using Apple’s iOS apps.” She’s mostly embraced Google’s apps, which she admits are better than Apple’s.The question then becomes, If you like Google’s software, and why are you still using the iPhone? “I think iOS is a very nice operating system,” Gannes writes.The real answer, I think, is that old habits die hard. Out in Silicon Valley, Apple is the hometown team, and the iPhone, when it came out, was a very big deal. It was truly unique. But it’s not anymore.The rest of the world has figured that out. For once, Silicon Valley is playing catch-up.Image courtesy of Reuters. dan lyons Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologycenter_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#Android#Apple#Google#iOS#iPhone Related Posts last_img read more


29 football fans hurt as French stadium barrier collapses

Posted On Nov 30 2019 by

first_imgCavs owner gets ‘vile’ voicemails after LeBron’s ‘bum’ tweet Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LATEST STORIES The incident happened when Lille’s Fode Ballo-Toure ran towards the section of visiting fans after scoring the opening goal, prompting a surge that caused the barrier to give way.Built in 1999, the Stade de la Licorne (“Stadium of the Unicorn”) is the smallest of the 20 French Ligue 1 clubs, with a capacity of only 12,000.Renovation work is taking place throughout the 2017-18 season, as newly-promoted Amiens brings the ground up to a higher standard.‘Hardcore fans’ The venue boasts an eye-catching, futuristic design with a transparent roof, which is being renovated. The seats are also being progressively replaced under the 7.5-million-euro ($8.9-million) scheme.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View comments Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Amiens public prosecutor Alexandre de Bosschere said an investigation had been opened into “accidental injury”, focusing on why the barrier gave way.“We have put legal seals on the site (to bar access to it), and an assessment will be carried out in the next few days.”The club’s president Bernard Joannin dismissed any idea that there were problems with the barrier.“The police had warned us that there were 200 hardcore fans, really wound up, who were in the section set aside for Lille fans. They surged forward, chaotically, more than 500 people, against this barrier, which was in perfect condition.”Back in May, local politician Alain Gest had suggested that upkeep of the stadium had been neglected by previous local administrations but was now “perfectly in line with regulations” and “up to standards for playing in Ligue 1”. Read Next Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Members of the stadium staff stand by the stadium barrier that collapsed during the French L1 football match between Amiens and Lille LOSC on September 30, 2017 at the Licorne stadium in Amiens. Several Lille supporters were hurt in Amiens when a stadium barrier collapsed in the away section as the visiting fans celebrated the opening goal of the match. The Ligue 1 fixture was interrupted in the 16th minute after LOSC French defender Fode Ballo-Toure’s goal sparked celebrations that caused a fence separating the fans from the pitch to crumble under their weight./ AFP PHOTO / FRANCOIS LO PRESTITwenty-nine fans were hurt, five of them seriously, when a barrier collapsed Saturday at a stadium in the northern French city of Amiens as away supporters celebrated their opening goal.A fence separating Lille fans from the pitch gave way as they surged forward to celebrate the goal against Amiens, a regional rival that has just been promoted to the top flight in French football.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Several tumbled about 1.5 meters (five feet) and were crushed by other fans who fell on top of them. Injuries included head, chest and abdominal trauma, medical authorities said.Referee Thomas Leonard suspended the match in the 16th minute as Red Cross and emergency workers rushed to help the injured. The fixture was later abandoned.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It happened all of a sudden. I don’t even know who scored. It just suddenly fell on me. I couldn’t hear anything, I couldn’t see anything and then the emergency workers took me away,” said Georges Penel, a 21-year-old Lille fan who suffered injuries to his leg and back.The prefecture of the Somme department gave a provisional toll of 29 hurt, five of them seriously. Among the injured were three minors, all in their teens, medical authorities said. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversarylast_img read more


After poor finals stint last year, Ravena makes presence felt for Ateneo this time

Posted On Nov 30 2019 by

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThirdy Ravena had a UAAP Finals to forget in Season 79 when he crumbled in Ateneo’s Game 2 loss to De La Salle missing all 10 of his field goal attempts for three points and seven rebounds.The Blue Eagle vowed to put on a better performance in Season 80 but his first quarter was almost reminiscent of his struggles the year before.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ Mike Nieto steps up after twin bro Matt goes down in Game 1 Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Ravena made just one field goal and one free throw in the opening period against the Green Archers and he knew he wasn’t himself at that moment.“I wasn’t exactly nervous but I think I went out of focus but I’ll make sure I’ll be better in Game 2,” said Ravena after the Blue Eagles’ 76-70 Game 1 win Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRavena, though, bounced back and finished with a team-high 12 points with six rebounds and four assists.And his final assist led to Isaac Go’s game-sealing basket with 10.4 seconds left. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 “Isaac was open, I just had to do what I had to do and good thing he’s a good finisher,” said Ravena.last_img read more


DNV GL Awards AiP for Jiangnan Shipyards VLEC Design

Posted On Oct 23 2019 by

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: DNV GL Classification society DNV GL has awarded an Approval in Principle (AiP) for the design of a 93,000-cubic meter (cbm) very large ethane carrier to Chinese shipyard Jiangnan.The AiP certificate for the flexible, efficient and environmentally friendly design was presented at the Gastech trade fair in Barcelona. The “PANDA E” design was developed by Jiangnan Shipyard in cooperation with GTT, DNV GL and major equipment manufacturers.“With this latest AiP, we have laid a solid foundation for introducing this ship type to the market and will further enrich our product portfolio in gas carriers and gas-fuelled ship types, which will benefit our clients and, at the same time, reduce emissions. Both Jiangnan and DNV GL will gain from the deeper and broader cooperation that this AiP represents,” said Hu Keyi, Chief Engineer of Jiangnan Shipyard (Group).The vessel will utilize GTT’s reinforced Mark III cargo containment system with a design temperature of minus 104 degrees centigrade. Four standard cargo holds are capable of carrying ethane, ethylene and liquid petroleum gas (LPG), with a capacity of 93,000 cubic meters in total.Significantly reduced fuel consumption was achieved after several rounds of hull form optimizations. The proposed dual-fuel ethane/fuel oil main propulsion system with selective catalytic reduction (SCR) meets the IMO NOx Tier III requirements. Other features include a deck tank, shaft generator and an LNG ready concept. Additionally, a USCG-certified ballast water treatment system has been applied to meet the upcoming regulations.last_img read more


I felt annoyed and ridiculous

Posted On Oct 18 2019 by

first_imgToronto: Taika Waititi’s version of Adolf Hitler in satirical comedy Jojo Rabbit is nowhere close to the real-life German dictator, but the actor-director said he felt “annoyed and ridiculous” when he dressed up as the character. The Thor: Ragnarok helmer said he never wanted to portray Hitler in an “authentic” way. “I was not prepared to go that deep. Also, because he’s an imaginary friend, he’s conjured by the mind of a 10-year-old boy, so he is a 10-year-old. The thing that struck me the most is that, as he’s putting on that costume and looking in the mirror and realising how childish and immature a lot of how they built their world was. If you look at the details on the uniforms, there’s lightning bolts on the belt buckles, a skull and crossbones on their hats. So it was like this make-believe type of thing, which is a boy’s fantasy when they were creating all that stuff. (But) It annoyed me a lot catching my reflection in the mirror and seeing myself. I felt so ridiculous,” Waititi said.last_img read more


Human remains found near small coastal community in Labrador RCMP

Posted On Oct 14 2019 by

first_imgThe Canadian PressPolice in Labrador are investigating the discovery of human remains near a coastal community.The RCMP say the remains were found Saturday near Makkovik.The Mounties say the remains have been sent to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for an autopsy and identification.Makkovik is a mainly Inuit community about 200 kilometres northeast of Happy Valley-Goose Bay.About 360 people live in the community.aptnnews.calast_img


Ethics watchdog clears finance minister on timing of 2015 stock sale

Posted On Oct 13 2019 by

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal ethics commissioner has cleared Finance Minister Bill Morneau of allegations that he and his father benefited from insider information to save half a million dollars on the sale of shares in their family-built company.Political opponents asked ethics commissioner Mary Dawson to look into several sales of millions of dollars worth of shares in Morneau Shepell Inc. in late 2015 by Morneau and his father. The sales came just days before a major tax announcement that the minister’s accusers say triggered a dip in the stock market.Morneau’s December 2015 announcement raising income taxes on the highest earners had a wide-reaching market impact, they argued, because it encouraged wealthier shareholders to sell off some their stock holdings before the changes came into effect on Jan. 1, 2016. Doing so meant big savings for the Morneau family, they alleged.Not so, Dawson said in a Jan. 5 letter to Morneau released Monday: there was no privileged information acted upon, since the tax increase was first announced publicly “well in advance” of the family’s stock sales.“With respect to the sale of Morneau Shepell Inc. shares in the fall of 2015, I am of the view that you did not benefit from insider information,” writes Dawson, whose seven-year tenure as conflict of interest and ethics commissioner happened to end Monday.She referred to statements to the media made Nov. 4, 2015, by then-House leader Dominic LeBlanc, who said the tax measures would take effect on Jan. 1, 2016. Dawson also noted that the Liberals’ 2015 election platform had promised to introduce the tax changes.“This was well in advance of the sale of your Morneau Shepell Inc. shares on Nov. 30, 2015, and the tabling of the Dec. 7, 2015, ways and means motion on this matter.”The other sales by Morneau’s father, William Morneau Sr., were made Nov. 23 and Dec. 3.In a separate examination, Dawson also cleared Morneau of allegations that he was involved in the Bank of Canada’s renewal of its contract with Morneau Shepell to manage its employee pension plan. The Bank of Canada renewed its contract with the company for four years in February 2017.Dawson said she opted to close the matter after reviewing documents provided by the Bank of Canada and comments sent to her by Morneau’s counsel. “I am satisfied that, as minister of finance, you had no involvement in the Bank of Canada’s decision of the renewal of the Morneau Shepell Inc. contract.”Morneau’s name, however, has yet to be fully cleared by the ethics commissioner’s office, which has another formal examination underway related to his connection to Morneau Shepell.The review was launched amid conflict-of-interest allegations over proposed pension reform spearheaded by Morneau. Opponents say the legislation would have brought him personal financial benefit, Morneau has denied the conflict-of-interest accusations.A spokeswoman for the commissioner’s office confirmed Monday in an email that the examination remains active.These were all among several high-profile controversies that battered Morneau in the second half of 2017.In July, he enraged small-business owners by proposing tax-system changes. The ensuing uproar forced him to eventually back off elements of his plan.He has also faced intense political pressure over how he handled his personal financial arrangements after coming to office. The questions focused on his shares in Morneau Shepell, for which he was executive chairman until his election win.In response to the controversy, he sold off the remainder of his holdings last fall in the pension management firm, which were worth about $21 million.He promised to place his other substantial assets in a blind trust. Morneau donated to charity the difference between what the shares were worth at the time of the sale and their value in 2015 when he was first elected — estimated at about $5 million.Dawson also fined Morneau $200 for failing to disclose his role as a director in a private corporation that owns a villa in France. Morneau had disclosed his ownership of the villa, but — owing to what his office called an administrative oversight — failed to mention the ownership structure itself.On Monday, a spokeswoman for Morneau said that his office was “pleased with the outcome” of the commissioner’s latest examination.“The minister will continue to work with the office of the ethics commissioner to ensure he is in full compliance with the rules,” Chloe Luciani-Girouard wrote in an email. “The minister has gone above and beyond the initial recommendations from the ethics commissioner by divesting all his family’s holdings in his former company.”However, Conservative finance critic Pierre Poilievre continued to say Monday that Morneau was wrong to sell his shares shortly before introducing the tax hike on the wealthiest Canadians — whether or not he actually broke conflict of interest rules.“Conservatives believe it is unwise for ministers to buy or sell shares in the weeks immediately before the introduction of tax measures,” Poilievre said in a statement.“Finance ministers should lead by example. It is not good enough for ministers to boast that their actions are not illegal.”Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more


Logic will prevail with politicians ratifying USMCA says BRP chief executive

Posted On Oct 13 2019 by

first_imgTORONTO — The head of Ski-Doo, Sea-Doo and Spyder maker BRP Inc. believes U.S. politicians will ratify the revised North American Free Trade Agreement despite threats that the continent could be left without any deal after President Donald Trump says he will withdraw from the existing trade pact.Jose Boisjoli says he believes “logic will prevail” even though some leading elected officials have expressed opposition to the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, known as USMCA.Returning to pre-NAFTA trade policies would create uncertainty and deep negative consequences, especially for the automotive industry for the revised trade agreement not to be approved, he said after ringing the opening bell on the Toronto Stock Exchange.The Quebec-based recreational product manufacturer is celebrating 15 years since being spun off from Bombardier Inc. and five years as a public company.Boisjoli says he’s happy with the new trade agreement even though it expects to face a $10-million hit next year from the need to increase domestic content on all-terrain vehicles made in the United States.He says the impact will have a minimal impact on the company and be a lot less damaging than many investors have suspected. Companies in this story: (TSX:DOO, TSX:BBD.B)The Canadian Presslast_img read more