Humboldt State softball splits the opening day at the Tournament of Champions

first_imgThe Jacks were able to fight themselves out of one late-inning hole on Friday, but another rally was never able to materialize.After recording a 5-4 come-from-behind win over Hawaii Pacific thanks to a furious seventh-inning comeback, the No. 2-ranked Humboldt State softball team fell behind to Saint Martin’s and never recovered in a 7-2 loss at the Tournament of Champions in Turlock.Humboldt State, which has now lost four out of its last six games, continues tournament play this morning when …last_img read more

Speakers Profiles

first_imgAs custodians of Brand South Africa, The International Marketing Council of South Africa will be hosting a one-day conference in collaboration with the 2010 National Communication Partnership Task Team in Johannesburg on 15 August 2006. The conference will boast a list of top line speakers, including:Wolfgang Grulke – Author and Futurist, CEO – FutureWorld International LimitedTerry Behan – CEO of The Fearless ExecutiveYvonne Johnston – CEO International Marketing Council of South AfricaDanny Jordaan – CEO 2010 local organising committeeJoel Netshitenzhe – Head of Policy Co-ordination and Advisory Services (PCAS) Social Sector – The PresidencyJack Trout – President, Trout & Partners, Ltd.Wolfgang Grulke– Author and Futurist; CEO – FutureWorld International LimitedA former IBM executive, Wolfgang worked internationally with IBM for more than 25 years and was awarded the prestigious IBM Outstanding Innovation Award. He was founder and CEO of the Business Futures Group and started FutureWorld as an informal business network in 1987. Since that time he has been instrumental in helping major corporations and venture capital firms position themselves for the new world economy. He has addressed audiences in more than 20 countries, in person, on radio and on television. His article In Search of Simplicity won the NACCA award for the best business article of the year and From Value Chain to Marketspace was awarded the AFSM International Writing Award for Professional Writers and Consultants in Boston. Wolfgang is a Fellow of the Centre for Management Development at the London Business School and teaches regularly on a number of programmes including the School’s flagship Senior Executive Programme (SEP).His best-selling book Ten Lessons from the Future was published internationally in December 2000 and is now also available in Spanish and Chinese. His new book Lessons in Radical Innovation: Out-of-the-box straight to the bottom line was published by Financial Times/Prentice Hall world-wide in April 2002 and in the USA in January 2003. A South African edition of the book is also available, Lessons in Radical Innovation: South Africans leading the world.Terry Behan– CEO of The Fearless ExecutiveTerry Behan is CEO of The Fearless Executive, a brand integration agency specializing in internal brand development and designing the customer experience.Terry lived and worked in Ireland, England, Greece and Germany, before moving and settling in South Africa in 1994. He has worked extensively in both the public and private sectors in South Africa, Mozambique and East Africa.Terry is a fellow of the African Leadership Initiative as well as a founder of The African Eagles, a youth leadership development program. He is a regular contributor in the media on the topic of brand development.Yvonne Johnston – CEO International Marketing Council of South AfricaYvonne Johnston is the Chief Executive Officer of the International Marketing Council of South Africa (IMC), an organization which aims to create a positive, united image for South Africa to give the country a strategic advantage in an increasingly competitive marketplace. This it does through the promotion of Brand South Africa. Its mission – to articulate a brand for South Africa, which positions the country in order to attract tourism, trade and investment, as well as realise international relations objectives; to establish an integrated approach within government and the private sector towards the international marketing of South Africa and to build national support for Brand South Africa.Pivotal to the success of the work of the IMC is the realization of its mission as this will help the country deal with its socio-economic issues.The IMC has been in existence since 2000 and in her four years at the helm of the organisation, Yvonne is credited with raising the profile of Brand South Africa to the point where it was voted amongst the Top 5 Hot Brands for 2004 by Intelligence Total Business (formerly Business 2.0), an authoritative publication which offers information on next generation business trends, processes and insights. Another highlight was being selected as one of five finalists for the 2005 Business Woman of the Year.She is a widely respected as a leading communications strategist and has played a major role in the training and teaching of strategic media skills in the industry and is a much sought-after public speaker locally and abroad on Brands, as well as the current mood of our nation.Previously, she has worked in the Advertising and Marketing industry in a career spanning over 20 years as a Media Director of leading ad agencies.For 5 years she was Group Media Director of Ogilvy and Mather. This was followed by a stint in marketing, including running her own marketing consultancy, Refreshing Marketing, specializing in experiential marketing and Marketing to Women.She currently sits on the boards of SA Tourism, The African Hall of Fame and The Valued Citizens.Danny Jordaan – CEO 2010 local organising committeeDanny Jordaan is a South African sports administrator as well as a former lecturer, politician and anti-apartheid activist. He is best known for leading South Africa’s successful Football World Cup 2010 bid.Born in Port Elizabeth, a city on the southeast coast of South Africa, Jordaan got involved in anti-apartheid activities by joining the South African Students’ Organisation (SASO) in the early 1970s. This organisation was founded by Steve Biko in order to defend the rights of black students. Later, Jordaan also became a member of the United Democratic Front and the African National Congress (ANC).Following his studies, Jordaan became a teacher in 1974. From 1970 to 1983 he was a provincial cricket and football player. In the latter sport, he achieved professional status for a brief period. His political and sport interests soon combined and he became an activist in various organisations fighting to break down racial barriers in sport.From 1983 to 1992 he served as the president or vice-president of various soccer boards. In 1993 he was appointed as a director of the Cape Town Olympic Bid Company.His political career also progressed; in 1990 he was elected as the chairperson of the ANC branch in Port Elizabeth North. After the first fully inclusive South African elections in 1994, he became a member of parliament for the ANC, a position he held until 1997.In 1997, he was elected as the chief executive officer of the South African Football Association (SAFA). He subsequently headed South Africa’s unsuccessful Football World Cup 2006 bid, gaining great respect internationally for his work. As a consequence, he also led South Africa’s Football World Cup 2010 bid, this time successfully.Jordaan has served on the marketing and television board of FIFA since 1998. He received a special presidential award from President Nelson Mandela in 1994 as well as the presidential sport achievement award from President Thabo Mbeki in 2001. He won South Africa’s marketing person of the year award in 2000.Jordaan has a BA Honours degree from the University of South Africa. He has delivered several papers locally and abroad and serves on the Branding and Communications working group of the IMC.In 2004, he was voted 44th in the 100 Great South Africans.Joel Netshitenzhe – Head of Policy Co-ordination and Advisory Services (PCAS) Social Sector – The PresidencyPreviously, CEO of the Government Communication and Information Service. Has an MSc in financial economics from the University of London.Between 1976 and 1978 he received military training in Angola was a member of Umkhonto We Sizwe. Between 1978 and 1994 he worked for the ANC and was a member of the ANC Politico-Military.Worked as a journalist for Radio Freedom and Mayibuye, an ANC journal, for two years. Member of the ANC negotiation team at the Codesa talks. Netshitenzhe served as deputy head of the ANC’s department of information and publicity, and was head of communication in ex-President Mandela’s office before being appointed to the Government Communications Information Systems.Jack Trout – President, Trout & Partners, Ltd. Instrumental in developing the vital approach to marketing known as “positioning,” he is responsible for some of the freshest ideas to be introduced into marketing thinking in the last several decades.Jack Trout is president of Trout & Partners, one of the most prestigious marketing firms with headquarters in Old Greenwich, Connecticut, USA and offices in 13 countries. Jack Trout manages and supervises a global network of experts that apply his concepts and develop his methodology around the world. The firm has done work for AT&T, IBM, Burger King, Merrill Lynch, Xerox, Merck, Lotus, Ericsson, Tetra Pak, Repsol, Hewlett-Packard, Procter & Gamble, Southwest Airlines and other Fortune 500 companies.Jack Trout started his business career in the advertising department of General Electric. From there he went on to become a divisional advertising manager at Uniroyal. Then he joined Al Ries in the advertising agency and marketing strategy firm where they worked together for over twenty-six years.With Al Ries he co-authored the industry classic, Positioning: The Battle for Your Mind, which was published in 1980. In 1985 he and Al Ries wrote a second best-selling book entitled Marketing Warfare. Positioning and Marketing Warfare are now published in 14 languages. In 1988 Bottom-Up-Marketing was published. In 1993 their book, The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing became the marketing bible. It outlined the basic reasons why marketing programs succeed or fail in the competitive nineties. Jack Trout closed the circle with the sequel to Positioning in 1995. Entitled The New Positioning it takes the world’s No. 1 business strategy to a new level. It became a Business Week best seller and has already been translated into 16 languages. This was followed by The Power of Simplicity – A Management Guide To Cutting Through the Nonsense And Doing Things Right. Then it was Differentiate or Die – Survival in Our Era of Killer Competitionwhich presented the keys to survival in a killer global economy. This has also become a best seller.His latest books are entitled Big Brands Big Trouble and The Genie’s Wisdom. They explain why the marketing process is so important for senior management to learn and practice.This conference is being hosted in collaboration with the 2010 National Communications Task Team.last_img read more

Klaasen wins ATP Malaysian Open

first_img1 October 2013 “It was a great match for us today and an awesome week in general,” Klaasen said after winning the final. Klaasen said that the win confirmed his good form of late. “It was good to capitalise on back-to-back ATP World Tour 250 wins. It gives me lots of confidence for next season. “We were really able to craft the points and play them in our favour, so I think hopefully moving forward that we can use those tactical and court smarts to our advantage.” Butorac added: “From the first practice, until the final match, I thought we had a really great week together, put some good tennis on court, and that was what happened.” South African Raven Klaasen and American Eric Butorac claimed their first ATP World Tour title as a doubles team when they defeated Pablo Cuevas and Horacio Zeballos 6-2, 6-4 to win the ATP Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday. “We knew the first match was probably going to be the biggest test because we hadn’t played together before, and we kind of had to figure a few things out. I feel like we got stronger every match, so we really enjoyed it out there, and the crowd today really showed up and made it fun out there for us,” said Klaasen. First title of the seasonThe 32-year-old Butorac won his first title of the season, and first since Sao Paulo in February 2012. The left-hander improved his win-loss record in finals to 14-8, and has now won at least one title in every season since 2007. He said past success in Kuala Lumpur helped his title run this year. The American thinks he works well with Klaasen, due to their affinity for attacking at the net. “I think we have different skills, but play a similar style of doubles. If you saw in the finals, the other guys wanted to sit back and hit shots really hard from the baseline, but we wanted to play a lot at the net. ‘Very happy’“I felt comfortable out there today and mainly due to the good start we had. It’s very tough to relax with this scoring format, but we were playing from the front and that helped. So, all in all, I’m very happy with the performance today.” Three titles in 2013The 30-year-old Klaasen improved his win-loss record in finals to 3-1, and consolidated a successful fortnight. Last week, he captured his second title of the season in Metz with Johan Brunstrom. In May, he and Brunstrom won the Open de Nice Cote d’Azur. Klaasen and Butorac are planning on building upon their partnership. “We’ve decided that we’re going to play together until the end of the season, and then we’ll start next year together too, so hopefully we can build on this momentum and form going into next season,” said Klaasen. World rankingThe South African doubles specialist is now ranked 46th in the world. “There is no better feeling than watching your ranking move in the right direction,” he commented. The duo won 81 percent of their first serve points and converted four of seven break points to seal victory in their first tournament as a team. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

South Africa Budget 2014 – all you need to know

first_img• Jabulani Sikhakhane Department of Finance spokesperson +27 (0)12 315 5944 • National Development Plan to grow jobs • South Africa is ‘Country of the Future’ • Team SA to call for investmentLucille DavieOver the past five years, the government has spent more than R100-billion on employment programmes, creating more than six million job opportunities, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said in his 2014 Budget speech, delivered on Wednesday 26 February in parliament in Cape Town.“Allocations will continue to grow strongly, and 6 million job opportunities will be created over the next five years,” he said.Watch the Budget speech:Job creation was a central priority of the National Development Plan (NDP), Gordhan said, the government’s 30-year plan to boost economic growth. Since the low point of the 2009 recession, 1.3-million jobs had been created. But unemployment remained at an uncomfortable 24%, or almost 5-million people unemployed, a figure that was “still far too high”.“We know that job creation is a central priority of the National Development Plan. Bantu bakuthi masibambisane sakhe amathuba emisebenzi. (Fellow South Africans, let us work together to create opportunities for employment.)”Since 1996, more than 5.9-million jobs had been created, and since 1994 the average income of South Africans had increased by over 30%. This “will continue to rise in the years ahead”.Budget 2014 key documentsNational Budget Speech (442 KB)Budget speech errata (53 KB)National Treasury Budget Highlights (1 291 KB)People’s guidesPeople’s Guide to the Budget: Afrikaans (8 215 KB)People’s Guide to the Budget: English (8 559 KB)People’s Guide to the Budget: Setswana (8 181 KB)People’s Guide to the Budget: isiXhosa (8 484 KB)People’s Guide to the Budget: isiZulu (7560 KB)Billions of rands allocated“It is time for a bold vision for our future as set out in the National Development Plan,” said Gordhan. “It is time for action and implementation. It is time to move South Africa forward to the next stage of our historic journey to more rapid growth, jobs and development – time to leave behind poverty, joblessness and inequality.”Several measures were in place to reach these goals, to which “billions of rand have been allocated”:Stepping up the implementation of the Expanded Public Works ProgrammeImplementation of the Community Work Programme in every municipality by 2017Introduction of the Youth Employment Tax Incentive, which in one month produced 56 000 beneficiariesEstablishment of special economic zones, industrial incentives, and support for agriculture and labour-intensive sectorsRamping up of skills development and further education and training programmesInvestment in housingSupport for small and medium enterprisesJobs Fund partnerships with private and public sector development agenciesAnd to ease the burden on those who lost their jobs, the government would increase unemployment benefits from 238 to 365 days, on condition that claimants were actively seeking work.Gordhan said that the growth projection for this year was 2.7%, with an expected budget deficit of 4%. The global economic outlook remained unsteady, and South Africa was experiencing a weak exchange rate. Ideally, the economy should grow at 5% a year to create jobs, he acknowledged.Support for businessThe state would support businesses in an effort to encourage job creation. This would take the form of:Increased support and tax relief for entrepreneurs and small businessesStrengthened incentives for industry, including funding for special economic zonesGiving training and financial support to about 500 000 subsistence and small-holder farmersGordhan said that over the past five years, more than R100-billion had been spent on employment programmes, creating more than four million job opportunities. Also over the past five years, spending on infrastructure, where jobs were created, amounted to R1-trillion. In the next three years, R847-billion would be spent. In addition, R22-billion was spent on industrial incentives over the past five years. Almost the same amount was budgeted for the following three years.Infrastructure investmentThe public infrastructure investment of R847-billion over the next three years would be spent in the following ways:The first phase of the Medupi power station, which was expected to be completed towards the end of this yearTransnet would further expand its coal, iron ore and manganese linesThe Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa would implement its rolling procurement programme this year – last year it refurbished 500 Metrorail coachesSpending on social infrastructure – health, education and community facilities – would increase from R30-billion in 2012/13 to R43-billion in 2016/17, with priority given to programmes that would eradicate school infrastructure backlogs and refurbish clinics and hospitalsSome R40-billion in infrastructure grants would be transferred to local governments for their water, sanitation, energy and environmental needs, in the 2014/15 year“The private sector is also making an increasing contribution to infrastructure investment,” said Gordhan. Contracts for 47 renewable energy projects were concluded in the 2012/13 year. “These will add 2 460MW of power capacity, and investment of R70-billion. A further R45-billion in investment will be contracted this year.”He added: “We have achieved much over the past five years, in a very difficult post-recession climate. But there is more to do ahead, more to build, more to put right, more to learn, more to implement. We can only do this together.”last_img read more

Sloppy App Development Leaves Android Owners At Risk

first_imgAn analysis of thousands of apps found nearly 8% of them are vulnerable to what’s called a man-in-the-middle attack. That’s when a hacker intercepts data between the app and a Web server.Developers prevent this type of digital eavesdropping by implementing a cryptographic protocol called a secure sockets layer of protection. But researchers from the Leibniz University in Hanover and Philipps University of Hamburg found is that many Android developers do a miserable job implementing secure sockets layer.Using a self-built tool for identifying exploitable secure-sockets-layer, or SSL, bugs, the researchers analyzed 13,500 popular free apps on Google Play and found 1,074 vulnerable to man0in-the-middle attacks. The researchers examined 100 apps manually and found 41 with the same flaws.The cumulative installed base of all vulnerable apps ranged from 39.5 million to 185 million devices, according to data the researchers gathered from Google Play.“The actual number is likely to be larger, since alternative app markets for Android also contribute to the install base,” the researchers said in an overview of their findings.So what?So what were the researchers able to do with the security hole? Quite a bit.From the 41 apps analyzed manually, the researchers captured credit-account numbers, bank account information, and logons and passwords for a bunch of sites, including American Express, Diners Club, PayPal, Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo, Microsoft Live ID and Box.The researchers also were able to disable anti-virus apps, and remotely inject and execute code.For a hacker to do the same in the real world would not be easy, but it is possible. Man-in-the-middle attacks typically occur over compromised public Wi-Fi networks. In response, companies often set up virtual private networks for mobile employees to use when accessing corporate networks over the Internet.No surpriseSecurity experts were not surprised by the findings. Mobile-app development is immature, so mistakes in implementing something as complicated as a security protocol are expected. The same problems with secure sockets layer are found in site development, which has been around for 20 years.With mobile apps, problems arise when the rush to get products to market lead to mistakes. Or the developer may not know how to properly secure a product, said Chester Wisniewski, senior security adviser for anti-virus vendor Sophos. Secure sockets layer is a fragile, multi-part technology and if any one piece is not set right, nothing works.Carelessness also plays a part. Developers sometimes skip implementing secure-sockets-layer rules in beta versions of an app, and never go back when the app becomes generally available, Wisniewski said.“Most developers don’t really understand how SSL actually works,” he said. “They just know that they’re suppose to use it.”Fixing the problemFor a long time, experts have said that the biggest problem with Android apps is the lack of oversight. In many markets, apps go on sale before they are properly vetted, which leaves users at risk of downloading spyware, trojans and seriously flawed products.Google Play is one of the most trusted Android markets. To combat malware, Google uses an automated system to examine each app. Nevertheless, as the latest research shows, the bar for quality remains too low, and much more needs to be done to protect users. Why You Love Online Quizzes Related Posts Tags:#Android app development#lax security#man in the middle attack#research#security antone gonsalvescenter_img How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac…last_img read more

New Key Appointments

first_imgIn addition to the appointment of Jamie O’Connor to the role of Chief Operating Officer, TFA is pleased to be able to confirm key appointments to the Commercial Team, which will be based out of Rugby League Central in Sydney.Michael O’Grady – Head of CommercialMichael comes to TFA with over 10 years’ experience in the sporting sector, most recently as Manager of Corporate Partnerships and Sales at the Melbourne Rebels Rugby Union Club. He has a demonstrated history of successfully delivering commercial outcomes for sporting organisations particularly through B2B sales processes.As Head of Commercial, Michael will grow the commercial capacity of the organisation nationally with a focus on the acquisition of new partnerships, marketing and sales. He will be tasked with identifying new inventory and opportunities while looking to improve the commercial operations of TFA.Michael will start with TFA on Monday 27th November.Alice Ellis – Marketing & Communications ManagerAlice brings with her a wealth of knowledge built from over 10 years working in the industry. Most notably is her tenures at Women’s Health (WH) Magazine, with her latest posting being Deputy Editor.Alice is a strong advocate for women’s sport and has been the driving force behind WH’s Women in Sport campaign, building relationships with national sports women and teams such as Katie Brennan (AFLW), The Matilda’s, and Women’s Aussie Sevens.Alice will start with us on Monday 4th December.Stacey Speer – Digital Content ProducerCurrently working with Gridiron NSW in the marketing and media portfolio, Stacey is a passionate story teller with a knack for uncovering and capturing those behind the scenes emotional moments that are rarely seen.Stacey will work with us to produce unique and compelling content to capture our audience. Her work will see her travel across the country, attending events, catching up with affiliates and working with our elite athletes.Stacey will start with us on Tuesday 5th December.For more information on the above, click here.last_img read more

9 months agoEverton take Idrissa Gueye off market

first_imgEverton take Idrissa Gueye off marketby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton have taken Idrissa Gueye off the market.A target for PSG, it had been claimed Everton would be willing to sell the midfielder for a set price of €45m.However, Foot Mercato says Everton have informed the player’s agent that Gueye is not for sale this month.Indeed, it’s been revealed Everton and PSG have broken off negotiations for the past week. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Arsenal Legend reveals why he wishes he was still a player

first_imgFormer Arsenal midfielder and Nice manager Patrick Vieira has expressed his feelings over the attitude of striker Mario Balotelli.Patrick Vieira has had a reasonable start to life as Nice manager and the Italian has been a key member of his squad although he has struggled to find the back of the net this term.Vieira was appointed the manager of the French side in the summer and they are currently seventh place in Ligue 1 table, four points outside the Champions League places.In an interview with l’Equipe, as quoted in Football London, Vieira gave an astonishing response to questions about Balotelli and why he wished he was still a player.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…He said: “When it comes to Mario, I want to answer back, or just slam him up against the wall or leave him hanging by his collar on the coat rack, but I can’t, as I’m no longer a player.“I have to think twice before I say anything, because it can have an impact and I risk losing a great player. I don’t want to say something I’ll regret.“I am trying to be constructive in my comments to him.”last_img read more

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