Eagles 19U win a pitchers’ duel

Posted On Dec 21 2019 by

first_imgThe Humboldt Eagles and Redding Tigers 19U capped off a busy day of baseball action at the Arcata Ball Park by serving up an exciting pitchers duel Saturday night.Starters Garrison Finck for Humboldt and Trey Freitas for Redding shut down the opposing offenses for much of the game, before the Eagles plated three runs in the bottom of the fifth and held on for a 3-0 win.Finck, as he has been all spring for St. Bernard’s, was in control all night, holding the visitors to just three hits over …last_img

South Africa’s transport network

Posted On Dec 18 2019 by

first_imgSouth Africa has a modern and well-developed transport infrastructure. The air and rail networks are the largest on the continent, and the roads in good condition. The country’s ports provide a natural stopover for shipping to and from Europe, the Americas, Asia, Australasia and both coasts of Africa.South Africa’s total road network is about 747 000km, the longest network of roads of any African country. (Image: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterThe transport sector has been highlighted by the government as a key contributor to South Africa’s competitiveness in global markets. It is regarded as a crucial engine for economic growth and social development, and the government has unveiled plans to spend billions of rands to improve the country’s roads, railways and ports.Ports and shippingMajor shipping lanes pass along the South African coastline in the south Atlantic and Indian oceans. Approximately 96% of the country’s exports are conveyed by sea, and the eight commercial ports are the conduits for trade between South Africa and its southern African partners as well as hubs for traffic to and from Europe, Asia, the Americas and the east and west coasts of Africa.The commercial ports are: Richards Bay and Durban in KwaZulu-Natal; East London, Port Elizabeth and the Port of Ngqura in the Eastern Cape; and Mossel Bay, Cape Town and Saldanha in the Western Cape.The state-owned Transnet National Ports Authority (NPA) manages the ports, while Transnet Port Terminals, formerly known as SAPO, is responsible for managing port and cargo terminal operations.The Port of Ngqura was completed in 2006. Developed off the coast from Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, Nqura is the deepest container terminal in Africa, and is a key part of Coega, one of the country’s strategic industrial development zones (IDZs).Durban is Africa’s busiest port and the largest container facility in southern Africa, while Richard’s Bay is the world’s largest bulk coal terminal.Located between these two ports is the Dube Trade Port. Launched in March 2012, the port includes King Shaka International Airport. Operated by the Dube Trade Port Corporation, a state-owned company, the port includes a cargo terminal, trade zone, agrizone and IT and telecommunications platform.The old Durban International Airport will be turned into a multibillion-rand dug-out port by Transnet. Expected to be ready by 2019, development plans include the creation of an automotive component supplier park around the port.RoadsSouth Africa’s total road network is about 747 000km, the longest network of roads of any African country. The drive from Musina on South Africa’s northern border to Cape Town in the south is a 2 000km journey on well-maintained roads.While the Department of Transport is responsible for overall policy, road-building and maintenance is the responsibility of the South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) as well as the nine provinces and local governments.Sanral is responsible for the country’s network of national roads, which cover around 16 200km. There are about 185 000km of provincial roads, and the municipal network totals around 66 000km, according to the SA Institute of Civil Engineering.Around 19% of the national roads are toll roads, most of which are maintained by Sanral, while the rest have been concessioned to private companies to develop, operate and maintain.A multi-billion rand freeway improvement scheme has significantly eased congestion on the roads in Gauteng, the country’s busiest province.S’hamba Sonke (“walking together’) is a labour-intensive road maintenance programme, with projects run by the provinces to upgrade and repair roads in rural areas.South Africa’s Public Transport Strategy plans to integrate rail, taxi and bus services in co-operation with private operators, both operationally and through ownership. Johannesburg’s successes with the Bus Rapid Transport System (BRT) has led to it being adapted and implemented in other South African cities, including Cape Town, Nelson Mandela Bay, Rustenburg, Tshwane and Ekurhuleni.As the vast majority of South Africans use taxis as their prime transport, the government has introduced compulsory safety standards and a taxi recapitalisation programme, which gets rids of unsafe taxis through a scrapping allowance.RailwaysSouth Africa has an extensive rail network – the 14th longest in the world – connecting with networks in the sub-Saharan region. The country’s rail infrastructure, which connects the ports with the rest of South Africa, represents about 80% of Africa’s total.Improving the country’s 20 247km rail network is a top government priority, with projects aiming to increase freight rail volumes and increase market share of container traffic.The rail network is managed by the Department of Public Enterprises via Transnet. Transnet Freight Rail is the largest railroad and heavy haulier in southern Africa, with about 21 000km of rail network, of which about 1 500km are heavy haul lines. Just over 8 200km of the lines are electrified.Passenger rail is also being completely overhauled, with a 20-year fleet renewal programme in place to buy more than 7 200 new trains. Managed and implemented by the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa), the programme focuses on revitalising the local industry through local manufacturing of components. The existing rail network will be upgraded to take advantage of the new coaches’ technological features.Around 2.2-million people travel by train every day in South Africa. Metrorail commuter services can be found in Cape Town, the Eastern Cape Province, Durban, and greater Johannesburg and Pretoria, focusing mainly on poorer South Africans.Tourists and well-heeled passengers can travel on the Blue Train, one of the world’s most famous luxury trains, while Shosholoza Meyl transports passengers between the country’s major cities.The Gautrain, Africa’s only high-speed train, was opened just days before the start of the World Cup in 2010. Servicing Johannesburg, Pretoria and OR Tambo International Airport, it is supported by a network of feeder buses. About 40 000 people use the service every day.The Gautrain can travel at speeds of 160 km/h, enabling commuters to make the trip from Johannesburg to Pretoria in less than 40 minutes.Airports and airlinesSouth Africa’s 10 airports handle more than 98% of the country’s commercial traffic, with 200 000 aircraft landings and 10-million departing passengers annually.The R20-billion airports upgrade ahead of the World Cup in 2010 focused on OR Tambo International in Johannesburg, Cape Town International, and the new airport, King Shaka International, outside Durban. The seven smaller airports are domestic airports: Port Elizabeth, East London, George, Kimberley, Upington and Pilanesberg.State-owned Airports Company of South Africa (Acsa) is responsible for managing the country’s airports and improving productivity of its airports. Other airports include Lanseria (Midrand), Gateway (Polokwane), Nelspruit and Kruger (Mpumalanga).In 2012, South African Airways (SAA) was voted the best airline in Africa for the 10th year in a row by UK global aviation research organisation Skytrax.South African Airways (SAA) is by far the largest air carrier in Africa, with connections to more than 28 cities across the continent. As a Star Alliance member, SAA also offers its customers 1 356 destinations in 193 countries and 21 500 flights daily.Reviewed: 20 November 2012Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Will hybrid smartwatches prove a more tempting solution to consumers?

Posted On Dec 15 2019 by

first_imgRelated Posts Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Could hybrid smartwatches bridge the gap between early adopters and regular people? That’s the hope of  Sonny Vu, CTO for connected devices at Fossil Group.Vu detailed a plan to create a new generation of smartwatches in a panel discussion at Web Summit 2016. These smartwatches are actually hybrids which are as technically sophisticated than the current generation of smartwatches, but with the look and feel of a more traditional watch.Hybrid smartwatches would become a new addition to the wrist-worn wearable market. Vu said, “Tracker wearables and display smartwatches are already known, but there’s a new category with hybrid smartwatches, which have a regular analogue display but do more than just tell the time.”There are some obvious setbacks with hybrid smartwatches to the tech enthusiastic. They don’t have the digital touchscreen or live interaction of a more full-featured smartwatch such as the Apple Watch, FitBit Blaze, Pebble Time, or Android Wear. These watches have the downside of being bulkier than traditional watches and short battery life.A fitness tracker such as the FitBit Flex or Samsung Gear Fit. These trackers can keep tabs on your activity and sleep patterns. They also generally have a longer battery life than more full-featured smartwatches. They also include a smaller display and a limited feature set.Almost one year ago, news broke that Fossil was buying the fitness and fashion company Misfit. Since that time, Fossil has been working Misfit’s theme of fashion and technology into its products.A compromise between smart fashion and smart functionHybrid smartwatches are a compromise between a traditional fashion watch and a smartwatch – and one that could bridge the gap between tech enthusiasts that want the feature set of a fitness tracker or smartwatch and fashion-forward users that prefer the simple aesthetics a regular watch.Vu stated, “On the aesthetics side it needs to be something that doesn’t stand out, or something that blends in with the clothes you’re wearing.”Fossil’s Hybrid Q line, for example, features watches that look normal on the outside but contain complex fitness trackers, notifications, media controls, and more baked right in.This category of wearables is relatively new, and brands like Misfit, Fossil, Movado, and others are doing their part to make it work. Time will tell whether or not more big players enter the space, and more importantly, if the market will agree with Vu’s vision. Follow the Puck Tags:#Fossil#hybrid watches#Internet of Things#IoT#smartwatches#Sonny Vu center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Ryan Matthew Pierson Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…last_img read more

Resource Discovery: Help After Affairs with Emily Brown

Posted On Dec 12 2019 by

first_imgEmily Brown, LCSW, is the Director of Key Bridge Therapy  & Meditation Center in Arlington, VA. She works with individuals, couples, and families regarding the underlying issues in relationships, marriage, divorce, and betrayal. Emily is also MFLN Family Development’s guest speaker for our August 11th webinar, Picking up the Pieces: Helping Couples Overcome Infidelity from 11:00am to 12:30pm EST.Over the course of her career she has published two extraordinary books that you won’t want to miss out on.Affairs: A Guide to Working Through the Repercussions of InfidelityIn this book, Emily Brown will decipher the five types of affairs and gives clear step-by-step procedures to help both partners deal with it and even grown from it.Brown, E. (1999). Affairs: A guide to working through the repercussions of infidelity. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.Patterns of Infidelity and their TreatmentIn this new edition, Emily Brown will address issues regarding revealing the affair, management of the consequences, rebuilding, and treating an unmarried third party, as well as the host of of complex issues regarding children and custody arrangements. This new edition also includes cybersex and the effects of new technology on fidelity in marriage, the effects of managed care on treatment, marriage to the third party and a new chapter on affairs & violence.Brown, E. (2001). Patterns of infidelity and their treatment. New York: Routledge.You won’t want to miss MFLN Family Development’s August 11th webinar at 11:00am EST entitled, Picking up the Pieces: Helping Couples Overcome Infidelity, featuring our guest, Emily Brown, LCSW. Emily will be discussing special difficulties for military families when it comes to affairs, in addition to, the different types of affairs, how to handle the surfacing of an affair, how to intervene and work with couples effectively, and how to assist with forgiveness and closure. To find out more information about this event, click here. This post was written by a member of the MFLN Family Development Team. The MFLN Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Development concentration on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.last_img read more

Canon’s New 4 Million+ ISO Camera Is Amazingly Impractical

Posted On Dec 12 2019 by

first_imgCanon’s latest big camera announcement pushes the boundaries of low-light capabilities, but who is going to buy this camera?(Note: I am currently a Canon user.)Canon just this week announced their latest camera, the ME20F-SH. From the outside, the camera looks like it may make a splash in the industry. But when you really start to look at the bigger picture, the future of this camera is looking a little bleak.What is the ME20F-SH?The ME20F-SH is Canon’s self-proclaimed “first multi-purpose camera.” Most notably, the camera has a minimum ISO of over 4,000,000, which means you can essentially shoot full-color footage in any lighting situation imaginable. The camera outputs HD footage via BNC and HDMI cables with no internal recording capabilities. The camera has the first ever locking EF mount, which seems somewhat unnecessary.Who Is This Camera For?In Canon’s press release, they noted a few potential usages for the ME20F-SH.Nighttime surveillance and security, cinematic production, reality television, and nature/wildlife documentaries are just some of the ME20F-SH’s many possible usage applications. Surveillance and Security?With a base ISO of 4 million, it would stand to reason that the ME20F-SH could probably catch criminals in minimal-lighting scenarios. However, with a price tag of $30,000, you’ve got to wonder if anyone on the planet would be willing to spend that kind of money on a security camera? Maybe if you were guarding the Mona Lisa… but anything short of priceless treasure would render the camera overkill. You would probably need a security camera to watch your $30,000 camera in case it gets stolen too.Cinematic Productions?There are an increasing number of cinematic productions using natural light as their main light source. This is a viable option during the day, especially if you’re someone like Alejandro González Iñárritu shooting Revenant on an unreleased ARRI camera. The secret is all in the dynamic range. Good natural-light cameras have high dynamic range to make landscapes look fantastic and not blown-out. But the new ME20F-SH doesn’t have a great dynamic range… or does it? We honestly don’t know yet. Canon didn’t release details about the dynamic range other than the fact that the camera will have a Wide DR feature, but no word on the actual DR numbers yet. Reality Television?This camera could possibly be used effectively in a reality-style television show. It’s small and the low-light ability has potential. The biggest consideration here would simply be budget. Most reality crews are bare-bones as it is, so it’s hard to think that most production houses would be willing to fork over the money for a highly specific B-camera with no continuous autofocus. Nature/Wildlife Documentaries?When it comes to shooting nature documentaries, convenience and quality are the name of the game. But this camera seems to be lacking in both categories.As far as convenience goes, the camera doesn’t have internal recording capabilities. That means you’ll always need to have it plugged in to an external recorder, which takes more time. As Noam Kroll put it on IndieWire:“If you expect to get a lot of shots on the fly (as most docs do) you may literally miss shots by not having your camera set up in time.”Quality is another big concern with the ME20F-SH. You want the footage quality to be immaculate if you’re shooting a nature documentary, but this camera only records HD. HD is going to be replaced in the next year or two, so why would you buy or rent a camera that’s going to produce footage that may be outdated by the time you release it?ConclusionDo I hate this camera? No. I’m sure a few filmmakers will go out there and create amazing low-light films with it, but the camera just seems a little half-baked.A few years ago, having a revolutionary camera that couldn’t record 4K would be fine. But with 4K filmmaking becoming more and more popular, it’s incredibly nearsighted to release or buy a camera that can only record HD. Combined with the inconvenience of shooting with an external recording device and the high price point, it’s hard to see a scenario in which this camera will find a significant foothold in the industry.In all fairness, cameras announced in the summer instead of at NAB tend to be less exciting. I’m still confident that the good people at Canon aren’t entirely disconnected with what filmmakers want, but with Blackmagic and Sony continuing to release exciting cameras, Canon needs to up their game before they fall too far behind.Price and AvailabilityThe ME20F-SH will be available for shipping in December 2015 for $30,000.What do you think of this new camera? Will it find a place in the industry? Share your thoughts in the comments below.last_img read more

UP: Senior BSP leader Intezar Ahmad Abdi arrested in murder case

Posted On Nov 28 2019 by

first_imgSenior BSP leader Intezar Ahmad Abdi alias Bobby was on Saturday arrested in connection with the murder of a state government employee, a senior police officer said in Lucknow.Abdi’s name also figured in an arson attack at UPCC president Rita Bahuguna Joshi’s residence in 2009 and he was arrested in March this year before being released on bail.He was arrested on Saturday evening from Wazirganj area in connection with the murder of Saifer Haider Naqvi, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Lucknow, D K Thakur said.Saifer Haider Naqvi alais Saifi, an employee of the Social Welfare Department, was shot dead by unidentified persons near his house on March 2. Abdi’s name figured in the murder case after shooters arrested by Delhi police on May 18 revealed his involvement.The BSP leader was the chairman of Ganna Sansthan, a post equivalent to that of Minister of State. However, he was removed from the post on Friday.- With PTI inputs For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more