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Are you travel ready?

first_img18 December 2015As the December break begins, the Department of Home Affairs has launched a campaign to urge all South Africans to make sure they are “travel ready” before they go on holiday – particularly if they are travelling with children.Find out more about new requirements for children travelling through South African ports of entry – effective 1 June 2015 – on the Department of Home Affairs website.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img

Brand SA’s Sowetan Dialogues set for Polokwane

first_imgBrand South Africa is taking the Play Your Part / Sowetan Dialogues to Limpopo, with the latest in the series set to take place in the provincial capital of Polokwane.Titled ‘Debating Zuma’s State of the Nation: Fact vs Fiction’, the dialogue will take place at the Ngoako Ramathlodi Sports Complex in Seshego on 6 March, from 6pm until 8.45pm. This public dialogue forms part of a six part dialogue series aimed at promoting the pillars of South Africa’s National Development Plan, as well as to promote civic pride.President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation address, delivered in Parliament in Cape Town on 13 February, touched on a number of issues regarding the progress that the country has made since 1994. He also highlighted the challenges that the country has faced and still faces.Some have welcomed the speech as a tribute to what the government has achieved in the 20 years of democracy, while others have criticised the President for painting too rosy a picture. The Play Your Part / Sowetan Dialogue will give panelists the opportunity to engage with the issues that the President outlined, with the objective to explain its meaning for ordinary citizens in their everyday lives.“How will what the President said impact their lives at a practical level? How will his commitments translate into progress and change in their lives?” These are the questions that the panelists will seek to answer at the end of the day.The Dialogue also provides members of the audience with a chance to respond, as well as put forward their views on the topics raised in the President’s State of the Nation address, as well as put forward ideas on how ordinary South Africans can Play their Part to realise their desires and ensure that the government’s plans for their communities are carried out.The facilitator at the event will be Capricorn FM’s Ntsieni ‘Big Daddy’ Ramabulana, while the panel of speakers include Limpopo province Premier Stanley Mathabatha, political analyst Elvis Masoga and Polokwane Chamber of Business President Percy Mongalo.last_img read more

Check tires to make spring field work efficient

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest While farmers may be eager to get into the field this spring, a few simple maintenance checks will ensure their tires are ready too.It is costly to have tire problems in the field. Farmers are often working against the weather, and Mother Nature only gives them a small window of opportunity to get their fields planted on time. In fact, delayed planting can cost as much as $570 per hour.“As a farmer myself, I know all too well that itch to get into the fields as soon as the weather starts to change,” said Brad Harris, manager, Global Agriculture Field Engineering, Firestone Ag. “It is important to examine tires when you prep equipment for planting season. Our 7-step tire check list helps find problems and repair tire issues before they result in costly downtime.”Checking the tire pressure is a good place to start.“We need to figure out what our axle weights are and then use that almighty inflation pressure gauge to make sure that we are setting it correctly,” Harris said. “This is one of the things we should be doing daily to make sure we are not over inflated and lose traction in the field and not underinflated and damaging that tire.”The tire’s sidewall will require some attention as well.“If you see any cuts, snags or exposed cords then we need to replace those tires,” Harris said. “If the damage is just cosmetic we can continue to run on them.”Harris also emphasized checking the tread. If there is less than 20% left on the tire, consider new tires. Then, check the tread area for stubble damages and exposed cords. If any damage is detected, it is time to replace the tires. The contact area is another point of inspection. There, make sure the tire contact area has no space between the lugs and the ground.Most of these checks are done easily with a once over, but the valve stems need a closer look.“Many times when we have a tire that is leaking it’s because something around that valve stem, either the nut that is holding it in there or even the valve core itself, is loose,” Harris said. “Take some soapy water and spray it on there. If you see the bubbling simply tighten it up and then put that ever-important valve cut on before heading to the field.”The last step in a tire inspection is making sure every nut and bolt is properly tightened.“I also encourage farmers to check the wheel weights too because we’ve got up to 2,000 pound wheel weights on the rear of these machines and we don’t want to be trying to light those up in the field by hand putting them back on the tractor,” Harris said. “These steps on each tractor maybe take 15 to 30 minutes to complete and as we sit in the shop getting ready for spring this practice will make good use of our downtime.”Visit www.firestoneag.com for additional information.last_img read more

Biba App Aims To Reduce Conference Call Babble

first_imgRelated Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Biba#telecommunications Conference calls remain a bane of any business worker’s professional existence. San Francisco startup Biba Systems thinks it has a better idea, a new app released today for Android, iOS and OS X that may improve the conference call experience.The new app doesn’t just take on conference calls, but also enterprise instant messaging and unified communications. The idea is to eliminate common logistical issues like dropped calls, dialing in to ever-changing conference numbers with differing passcodes and — my favorite — people who should be putting themselves on mute and haven’t.In other words, “conference calls have been the same crappy experience for the last 15 years,” said Bibi CEO Carlin Wiegner. Biba wants to change all that.The app, which Biba demonstrated to me while I was on the phone with Wiegner, has some interesting features. You can see who’s on the call in real time, instead of getting a “you are the X caller of Y callers, including you” message. So no more roll calls whenever someone new beeps in or gets dropped and beeps out.You can also mute others on the line. This is great when someone is calling from a noisy coffee shop or happens to be the world’s loudest typist. Instant messaging is also part of the app, as is auto-calling and camping on a user for when they come online.The fact that the application is cross-platform and has a desktop version is also useful, Wiegner explained, since conversations can start on one platform and continue on another, if need be. Of course, the experience wasn’t perfect. The Biba app can connect to calls via IP or cellular connection. If you choose a cellular connection, the app will immediately send your phone the correct number and passcode, which is auto-dialed.But I did learn that if you select to use an IP connection (which I prefer in my home office, given that it’s practically a Faraday cage with all the plaster walls) and someone calls you on the cellular connection, the Biba call is instantly dropped. This happened twice before I learned you could just switch to the cellular connection. But, sadly, that dropped too.From a participant’s point of view, the Biba experience was not much better than what a lot of my past conference calls have been like. Yes, it was nice not to have to dial in a bunch of numbers, and seeing the status of other users on the call was nice. And enterprise messaging across multiple platforms is something there can always be more of.The bumps in the demo call, though, lead me to note that any company using Biba should be make sure their users are well-versed in the app in order to prevent headaches like those I experienced. Once that small training curve is surmounted, though, the Biba app should be a worthy player in the enterprise messaging space.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement brian proffittlast_img read more

72% voting in Bijepur bypoll

first_imgPolling passed off peacefully for the bypoll in Bijepur Assembly constituency in western Odisha on Monday with 72% voters exercising their franchise amid tight security.Monday’s bypoll was the second one to be held in Bijepur in less than two years. There were five candidates in the fray for the current bypoll with the main contest taking place between Rita Sahu of the Biju Janata Dal and Sanat Gartia of the Bharatiya Janata Party. The Congress was third in the race with its candidate Dillip Kumar Panda.Senior leaders of the BJD, BJP and Congress had joined the campaigning in Bijepur urging the voters to support their respective candidates.Adequate security arrangements were made to ensure peaceful polling in the entire constituency. The counting of votes will be held on October 24.State Chief Electoral Officer told journalists in Bhubaneswar that voter turnout of 72% was recorded by 5 pm, and the voting percentage was likely to increase as some people who had arrived at polling booths by 5 pm were allowed to vote.The bypoll to the seat was necessitated after Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik, who won from two seats in the last Assembly elections, vacated Bijepur and retained his home turf Hinjili in south Odisha.Mr. Patnaik himself campaigned for two days seeking voters’ support for Ms. Sahu, who was once elected to the State Assembly as a BJD candidate in the bypoll that was held in February 2018.The bypoll in 2018 was held when the seat had fallen vacant following the death of Ms. Sahu’s husband and the then Congress MLA Subal Sahu. Ms. Sahu had joined the BJD a few months after her husband’s death.last_img read more

NBA: Staying healthy is key to Embiid’s development, Sixers coach says

first_imgLOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next MOST READ The team certainly did its part in keeping their center of the future fresh, managing to limit him to 24 minutes per game on most nights and sitting him out on back-to-back games. The restrictive measure, of course, didn’t sit well with Embiid.“The competitive side that Joel possesses is not to be denied,” Brown said. “Helping him really prepare his body, helping him be able to play NBA basketball in multiple games and back-to-backs, all those types of things, that’s a health thing, that’s a discipline thing.”The Sixers head honcho added: “The preparation to go play a game, the pre-hab stuff, the discipline of getting yourself ready is always an evolution for any player. Joel’s no different.”  Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City However, a meniscus tear in his left knee once again ruled him out of action for a significant amount of time—keeping him out of contention for the Rookie of the Year award.With Embiid coming into the league already  looking as polished as a veteran player, Sixers head coach Brett Brown said that the Kansas product’s next step was to focus on keeping himself healthy.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“I think it has nothing to do really with his game. It’s not his jump hook. It’s not his defense. It’s his health,” Brown described his budding superstar to CSN Philly’s Jessica Camerato.“Helping him better understand how to consistently play NBA basketball is most on my mind.” BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fightcenter_img Saying she is a commuter, MMDA’s Pialago dismisses Anakbayan’s commute dare PLAY LIST 02:17Saying she is a commuter, MMDA’s Pialago dismisses Anakbayan’s commute dare01:12MMDA assures public: No escorts for Panelo’s commute challenge06:31LPA near PAR has low chance of developing into storm01:37Protesters 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 E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Although he only appeared in 31 games last season for the Philadelphia 76ers, Joel Embiid’s hardwood prowess has embodied the entire city’s mantra of “Trust the Process.”After being rendered unable to play for the first two years of his career due to health issues, the 23-year-old Cameroonian showed glimpses of potential superstardom despite playing limited minutes for the “City of Brotherly Love.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Alvarez, Golovkin seek their places in boxing historylast_img read more

4 days agoWATCH: Liverpool ace Oxlade-Chamberlain clashes with angry Man Utd fans

first_imgWATCH: Liverpool ace Oxlade-Chamberlain clashes with angry Man Utd fansby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool ace Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain clashed Manchester United fans after full-time at Old Trafford.The midfielder was clearly told to “F*** off” while talking to one fan, while another rejected his offer of a fist bump.It’s not clear why the 26-year-old went to the home fans after the end of the 1-1 draw.Some viewers on social media claimed that Ox had been getting some stick from that section of the crowd while warming up.Oxlade-Chamberlain involved in row with Man Utd fans as smiling star told to ‘f*** off’ and has fist bump rejected It is not clear why the smiling Ox went over to the fans. The incident took place after the 1-1 draw between Man Utd and Liverpool at Old Trafford pic.twitter.com/x6b86Lx20t— Lilian Chan (@bestgug) October 20, 2019 About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

The 7 College Football Teams That Control Their Own Destiny

first_imgCFB Playoff logo promotion.Twitter/Playoff CFB PlayoffTwitter/PlayoffTuesday night, the College Football Playoff committee unveiled its third set of rankings, which features no changes from 1-5, but a major shakeup after. Clemson, Alabama, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Iowa held serve, but a number of teams, including Oklahoma, made major moves.At this point, while there is still a great deal of football to be played, a few things are obvious. There are seven teams that are in complete control of their own destiny. What does that really mean? If these seven teams win out, they’re locks for the College Football Playoff – no question. These squads are either undefeated or are involved in virtual play-in games that will knock out other contenders.The two teams with the best playoff odds that don’t control their own destiny? That’d be Oklahoma, which, given its loss to Texas, would need a little help to get in with an 11-1 record, and Notre Dame, which won’t have the luxury of claiming a conference championship, should it also finish with an 11-1 mark. Oddly enough, there are many who believe that the last playoff spot could come down to the Sooners and the Irish.Here are the seven teams that control their own destiny.7 Teams: Clemson >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8last_img read more

New Delhi The role of an opener in Test cricket r

first_imgNew Delhi: The role of an opener in Test cricket requires a different philosophy and mindset, where the ability to translate talent and intent into consistent performance is paramount, insists the legendary Sachin Tendulkar. As Rohit Sharma showed signs of fitting into Indian team management’s ‘Virender Sehwag Model’ with a hundred in his first Test as opener, Tendulkar spoke about the bigger picture of facing the new ball in traditional format. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju”It’s all about the mindset. If somebody wants to open the innings, then he needs to have a different kind of mindset,” Tendulkar told PTI in an exclusive interview. Talk about Sehwag, Tendulkar reminded that along with the mindset, it is also about ability, which Sehwag had in abundance. “Sehwag had that different mindset. Be it a ODI or Test, he would more or less play in the same manner. That aggressive nature was always there. Again, it boils down to the capability and the potential of that particular player,” said Tendulkar. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters”There are number of guys, who want to be aggressive but to able to use that ammunition (aggression) consistently enough is something that Sehwag had been able to do. That number (opener) suited him. One needs to wait and see how it pans out (for Rohit),” said Tendulkar, whose world record of 200 Test appearances is unlikely to be broken anytime soon. Talking about philosophy, Tendulkar recalled that along with stupendous success, Sehwag also encountered rough patches but never changed his style. “Like for Sehwag, he opened for the first time in England and got a hundred. It brought him success but there were occasions, when he also had his share of rough patches. So it’s not the numbers that always really matter but what you bring to the table does,” he explained. Security and a sense of belonging is something that also brings the best out of any player, opined the all-time highest run scorer in Tests and ODIs. “I think security has to be there. If you look at any number, there has to be that security and one needs to feel that he belongs to the team. Players go through ups and down, but if they know that management is backing them, they tend to think differently,” he feels. Among the new crop of youngsters, Tendulkar is impressed with Hanuma Vihari’s temperament during the past few series. “You need to play Test cricket differently and real skill is tested on good bowler-friendly tracks and he has gone out and shown an ideal temperament,” Tendulkar said. “Vihari has been smart in selecting right shots to play at the right time. I have been impressed by his calmness, temperament as well as ability to absorb pressure. In Test cricket, various aspects are going to be tested and if you are sure of those things, your body language is different, which I saw in him,” said Tendulkar. The technical aspect that impressed Tendulkar was Vihari was ready to leave deliveries, a quality that’s also there in Australia’s find of Ashes Marnus Labuschagne. “In Ashes, Marnus Labuschagne is one of the top examples, he replaced Smith (as that Concussion substitute) at the Lord’s and then he stood out because I feel he was leaving the ball better than anyone else.” Tendulkar loves the concept of World Test Championship but it will only have context if the tracks are “sporting” in nature. “It can only happen if you play on sporting tracks and when I mean sporting tracks, it’s balanced one. If there isn’t a bit of something for everyone, then there is no point as the game itself gets affected,” he said giving the example of Ashes. “Ashes was example we got to see everything. Quality batting, top notch fast bowling and spinners also in play. There were players, who were attacking and there were players who are leaving the balls as well. Those elements shouldn’t disappear from Test cricket.” As far as points system is concerned (120 for series clean sweep), Tendulkar finds it as a good move to keep the fans engaged. “Points and all that, team would want to focus on game and nothing else. But what points system does is to keep spectators’ engagement alive. If a team has won first two Test matches, third shouldn’t be a dead rubber. Players will always give their best but how do you keep spectators engaged and involved is also important. “In the last 4 and 5 months, when teams are fighting for the top two slots, the points system will certainly add dimension and I wont be surprised if Test enthusiasts will be engrossed in calculating points,” said Tendulkar.last_img read more

Islamabad A highlevel Taliban delegation on Thur

first_imgIslamabad: A high-level Taliban delegation on Thursday met Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi as part of a push to revive the Afghan peace process stalled after US President Donald Trump abruptly declared the talks with the rebel group “dead”. The Taliban delegation led by Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar arrived in Islamabad on Wednesday night. The issue of Afghan peace talks and regional situation were discussed during their meeting Qureshi, a Foreign Office official said. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report Qureshi told the delegation that war was not a solution of the ongoing unrest in Afghanistan. The delegation is also expected to meet American officials in Islamabad. Taliban’s Pakistan visit is the fourth leg of a tour that included Russia, China and Iran. The Foreign Office announced on Wednesday that Afghan delegation was visiting on the invitation of Pakistan to review the progress made so far under the stalled US-Taliban peace talks. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests US special envoy to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad is also in Pakistan to discuss revival of the peace talks. He may also meet the Taliban delegation. Khalilzad’s comes days after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to the US where he met Trump and among other issues discussed the revival of negotiations to bring peace in Afghanistan. Since his appointment in September last year, Afghanistan-born Khalilzad has met with all sides in an attempt to end America’s longest war in which the US has lost over 2,400 soldiers in more than 17 years. The US and the Taliban had agreed on draft peace plan, but the process was suspend by President Trump following killing of an American soldier in Kabul last month in a suicide attack claimed by the Taliban. Trump stunned the world when he suddenly declared that the Afghan peace talks with the Taliban were “dead”. He cancelled a secret meeting with the Taliban and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at Camp David near Washington after the Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in Kabul, in which an American soldier was among the dead. The Taliban control nearly half of Afghanistan, and are more powerful now than they were at any time since the 2001 US-led invasion after the 9/11 terror attacks. The US has continued to push for a ceasefire in the war-torn country and the opening of negotiations between the Taliban and the Kabul government. The Taliban, however, have repeatedly refused to meet with officials of the Afghan government, whom they dismiss as “puppets”. The US has long considered Pakistani cooperation crucial to efforts to end the war in Afghanistan.last_img read more