Gemmill promoted to Scotland Under-21 job after Sbragia steps down

Posted in bacbbpks on December 24th, 2019

first_img“Ricky Sbragia has been invaluable to my own personal development and is a driving force behind these changes, so I would like to thank him for his support.“We have less than a year to prepare for the start of the next European Championship qualifiers and the hard work will begin in October for the matches against Iceland and FYR Macedonia.”Ricky Sbragia said: “It was disappointing to miss out on a place at next summer’s European Championship but succession planning is something we have discussed for a while at the Scottish FA and it was always the intention for Scot to move to the 21s for the next campaign.“Scot is a very talented coach and deserves the chance to make the step up to under-21 level and work with the players he knows well from under-17 and under-19 level. Scot Gemmill has been named as the new manager of Scotland under-21s.The Scottish FA has confirmed that Gemmill will replace Ricky Sbragia, who left the position immediately following a 4-0 defeat to Ukraine on Tuesday.The result ended the side’s slim hopes of qualifying for the 2017 European Championships.Sbragia will remain with the Scottish FA, working with youth teams from under-16 through to under-19 level and helping with the development of Scottish FA’s Performance School coaches and lower-age national youth team coaches. For former national team player Gemmill, the move is a promotion from his role as Under-17’s coach, where he enjoyed success in leading the team to three successive European finals tournaments. “I am very proud to have been given the opportunity to coach the under-21s.“After working with the under-17s and under-19s, I feel ready for and excited by the challenge ahead.“I believe we have a number of very talented young players coming through and I will do everything I can to support their development and prepare them for the senior squad.last_img read more

African economies on the rise

Posted in kvziqmgj on December 19th, 2019

first_img15 November 2007Many African countries appear to be on a path of faster and steadier economic growth, but more has to be done to diversify exports and create an environment conducive to increased private investment, the World Bank reports in its 2007 Africa Development Indicators.Speaking in Johannesburg at the release of the indicators this week, World Bank country director Ritva Reinikka said African economies’ performance between 1995 and 2005 reversed the collapses between 1975 and 1985 and the stagnations witnessed between 1985 and 1995.“Average growth in sub-Saharan economies was 5.4% in 2005 and 2006. The consensus projection is 5.3% for 2007 and 5.4% for 2008,” she said. “Leading the way are the oil and mineral exporters, thanks to high prices, but 18 non-mineral economies, with more than a third of the sub-Saharan African people, have also been doing well.”In his presentation of the indicators, World Bank Africa region chief economist John Page explained that African economies could be divided into three groups: slow growth economies such as Zambia, Guinea and Zimbabwe; diversified economies with gross domestic product (GDP) growth of about 4% a year such as Mozambique, Rwanda, Uganda and Ghana; and finally oil exporting countries like Nigeria, Angola, Equatorial Guinea, Chad and Sudan.Favourable policies, higher growthWith the development report questioning whether Africa’s steady growth had to be attributed to good policies or plain luck, Page said that in his opinion it seemed to be a bit of both, referring to the Albert Einstein quote: “Fortune favours the prepared mind”.However, he said that countries with the correct policies were more likely to experience stronger economic growth.Page pointed to one of the worrying factors highlighted in the report as the lack of export diversification in many African economies, despite good growth in exports. “Many of these countries’ exports that were important in 1975 are still important today.”In addition, he said that while the actual GDP growth of many African countries had in many cases experienced real growth, the volatility of Africa’s actual growth remained a problem, with growth across the continent barely topping 2% over the last decade.“There have been several episodes of growth acceleration, but acceleration was usually followed by growth collapses,” he said. “Thus the very slow long run growth cycles in which growth and then collapse preceded each other in an almost predictable pattern.”‘Good times for the continent’Since 2005 however, economists have noticed that the frequency between what he referred to as the “good and bad times” had started to shift in favour of the good times for the continent.Explaining the term “good times”, Page said it is when savings and investment are higher, trade is substantially greater, and policies and institutions, including the government, function effectively.He pointed out that despite Africa managing to grow in tandem with many of the world’s developed economies, the fact that the continent was a natural resource hub for the rest of the world made it increasingly vulnerable to outside shocks and changes in commodity prices.It was therefore crucial for countries to improve their investment climate, bolster infrastructure, spur innovation and build the institutional capacity to increase private investment, which is crucial to accelerate growth on the continent.Regarding the cost of doing business on the continent, Page explained that Africa was still a “high cost, high risk place to do business as opposed to East Asia and the Pacific”.He added however, that structural policy changes on the continent were improving growth forecasts, adding that it was good policies that would build the basis on which Africa could grow further.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Unstated food ingredients ‘against law’

Posted in jnroxoco on December 18th, 2019

first_img4 March 2013Failure to disclose the ingredients contained in food products constitutes a breach of the Consumer Protection Act (CPA), the National Consumer Commission (NCC) said on Friday.The commission is studying a report which claims that undeclared meat was found in some South African meat products.“Consumers have every right to be informed of the ingredients contained in food products so that they may make informed choices. Failure to do so by any party in the supply chain would constitute a breach of the CPA,” NCC acting commissioner Ebrahim Mohamed in an interview on radio station SAfm.Last week, it was reported that research conducted by a study group at the University of Stellenbosch found the presence of donkey, water buffalo, goat and other undisclosed meat products in certain processed foods available at retail stores in South Africa.Following this, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies asked the NCC to urgently investigate the matter of meat labelling in the country.Mohamed said it was imperative that whatever was put out for human consumption complied with the labelling and disclosure requirements of the CPA.In terms of the CPA, each and every person or supplier within the value chain has a responsibility to ensure that they do not knowingly apply to any goods a trade description that is likely to mislead the consumer.“I would need to read the report by the Stellenbosch group. We may need to check for ourselves whether that is sufficient in terms of what is required for the investigation. We may have to have some tests conducted ourselves to satisfy ourselves,” he said in the radio interview.If indeed there has a breach of law, the commission can adopt an approach that gives a compliance element where it gives companies limited time to comply with the necessary sections of the Act.“Failure to do that could result in the issuing of a compliance notice to compel anyone in the supply chain to comply with the law. If there is non-compliance with the order, the commission can refer the matter to the Consumer Tribunal for a penalty,” the acting commissioner said.The NCC, which is an agency of the Department of Trade and Industry, is charged with enforcing functions assigned to it in terms of the CPA, which aims to establish national norms and standards relating to consumer protection, as well as provide for improved standards of consumer information in the country.Source: read more

#Nextchat: Are You Really Reaching Your Employees?

Posted in yemiwbag on December 18th, 2019

first_imgEffective internal communication is one of the most important factors in the success of an organization. Every day, employers send millions of messages to their workers in order to make announcements, deliver policies and procedures, communicate strategy, and improve moral. While larger organizations may have public relations and communications departments, messaging at smaller to medium-size companies is often handled by HR professionals. Communication is considered a core competency in SHRM’s new competency model and is absolutely necessary for professional success in the workplace.Changes in attitudes, behaviors and technology are making the job of communicating more difficult. Technology has increased the number of options for communicating with employees and social sharing has blurred the personal and professional lines. Although it’s fairly easy to send a message to onsite desk workers, pushing the same message out to hourly, nondesk workers such as those who work in retail, restaurants, manufacturing or construction-—who don’t have access to company e-mail—can present some challenges.Reaching the hourly nondesk worker A study conducted by Edison Research reports that “56.7 percent of the U.S. workforce is hourly. But we know very little about this worker’s behavior. Because they aren’t connected to a desktop most of their day, they aren’t included in typical employee surveys. Nor do software companies target them for user studies.” More and more, “employers are using personal e-mail, personal text and social media groups to distribute company policies and procedures” but “have no documentation, control or security over messages sent using personal accounts.”ImpactEmployers often send messages without thinking through the objectives or the impact. Organizations are over-communicating and workers are drowning in the inefficient and ineffective dumping of information. It’s important to identify the communication styles that fit your organization’s culture and to be strategic and thoughtful in planning your messages. Does your internal communication add value or noise? How do you know if your messages are reaching all employees? What methods work best and how are you making sure the communication is secure?Please join @shrmnextchat at 3 p.m. ET on March 23 for #Nextchat with special guest Red e App Chief Product Officer Patrick Goodman @_PatrickGoodman. We’ll discuss trends in internal communication.Q1. As an employer, what are your biggest challenges with internal communication?Q2. What are the greatest challenges in communicating with remote and hourly employees?Q3. How does your industry affect the ways in which you communicate with your employees? Is it different for nondesk hourly workers?Q4. Are social platforms an effective method for communicating with all employees? Why or why not?Q5. How do you regulate the communication that is sent to all employees from the various departments in your organization? Q6. What methods of internal communication do you use for emergency communication to employees?Q7. How do you measure employee satisfaction and the effectiveness of your internal communication methods? Q8. How are you protecting your internal communications to employees from security breaches?Q9. How do you ensure that your internal communication to employees is adding value and not creating “noise”?What’s a Twitter chat?last_img read more

#Nextchat RECAP: Building Diverse Talent Communities

Posted in qntkvqtv on December 18th, 2019

first_imgOn March 6, @shrmnextchat chatted with PowertoFly’s President and Co-Founder Katharine Zaleski @kzaleski about Building Diverse Talent Communities.If you missed this excellent #Nextchat filled with great tips and advice, you can read all the tweets here or below:last_img

Cloud Computing: Cloud Beginning to Shift to a Replacement of Rather than Complement to On-Premise

Posted in hawtgbjn on December 17th, 2019

first_imgForrester Research recently revised their forecast for the size of the public cloud market upwards by 20 percent than their 2011 estimate.  Forrester now says that public cloud computing will be a $191-billion market by 2020.  Their estimates changed after reviewing the past five years of cloud vendor data.  At the end of 2013, the public cloud was estimated to be about $58 billion and is expected to grow to $72 billion this year.  At $36 billion in 2013, Software as a Service (SaaS) accounts for the largest portion of the public cloud market.James Staten, Forrester analyst, said that “public cloud platforms will rival traditional infrastructure deployments by 2020. The growth in use, maturity, and financial viability of public cloud platforms are proving their longstanding value as legitimate deployment options for enterprise applications. While not a one-for-one replacement for on-premise, hosting, or colocation, cloud platforms fit well as ideal deployment options for elastic and transient workloads built in modern application architectures.”While the Forrester report noted that the “Cloud will not take over the technology market but will become an increasingly large part of that market, especially as a complement to on-premises core transactional systems,”  Andrew Bartels, an analyst with Forrester, said that “you need to update your forecast to keep up with reality.  Now we have a new set of numbers to work with. One of the key trends behind this is that the cloud is starting to shift from a complement to a replacement for existing technology.”last_img read more

Robot Network Seeks to Enlist Your Computer to Beat Fox, CNN to Breaking News Video

Posted in qntkvqtv on December 16th, 2019

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting marshall kirkpatrick Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#New Media#web Related Posts center_img Like Qwiki plus Newsy, powered by SETI@Home.A South Korean startup called Shakr aims to use the processing power of its users’ distributed computers to create video news coverage of breaking events faster than international news giants can with human labor. Shakr unveiled its use of WegGL technology, which uses a computer’s powerful graphics processing card to extend the capabilities of Javascript in the browser, at TechCrunch’s startup event today in Beijing, China.If you’re comfortable having a robot read the news to you and if the company can withstand intellectual property challenges, Shakr could be one of the most interesting new entrants into the robot reporting market. There are lots of robots trying to grow up to get jobs as journalists. Efforts like Shakr seek to arbitrage the gap between the surplus of text and image content available on almost any topic and the scarcity of video to fill the market demand. It’s smart.Shakr is lead by David Lee, an entrepreneur we wrote about first for his work on video chat platform Tinychat. Lee says the new company has raised seed funding and has already secured a deal with Tatter Media, a large South Korean blog syndicate. Shakr will automatically produce video versions of that company’s bloggers text, in near real time. A consumer-facing app will also allow end users to create multi-media shows out of their home media assets.“For writers the transition to video is lucrative but extremely expensive on the front-end,” Lee says. “We will help bloggers and small online news sites compete with the powerhouses of online content by turning out video even faster than the big boys do.”The vision of leveraging excess processing power of distributed computers running programs behind the scenes is a seductive one. It’s the SETI@Home model and it’s something that many people are thinking about leveraging – it’s just a matter of finding compelling use cases for all that computing power. Botnets like this are used to search for intelligent life outside our solar system, and they are used to send spam. They are used by supporters of parties to international conflicts to lend muscle to cyberwarfare campaigns, and now they will be used to produce near real-time, long-tail video news media.A network of “little guys” all participating with the most powerful parts of their computers will enable Shakr to create news video automatically, faster than Fox News or CNN. That’s the company’s aim – but there’s no need to stop at news, either. The vision of leveraging excess processing power of distributed computers running programs behind the scenes is a seductive one. It’s the SETI@Home model and it’s something that many people are thinking about leveraging – it’s just a matter of finding compelling use cases for all that computing power. Botnets like this are used to search for intelligent life outside our solar system, and they are used to send spam. They are used by supporters of parties to international conflicts to lend muscle to cyberwarfare campaigns, and now they will be used to produce near real-time, long-tail video news media.One year ago, also at a TechCrunch event, controversial startup Qwiki unveiled different technology that produced similar results. That company focused on reading Wikipedia entries out loud while images passed by, but has publishing platform ambitions just like Shakr does. Qwiki produced a brilliant and widely loved iPad app but hasn’t shipped anything else in some time.As we wrote about Qwiki a year ago:“Traditional multi-media content is too expensive to scale to serve the long-tail of would-be consumers. The days of broadcast, mass-media as ‘the only game in town’ are gone. If we’re all going to get multi-media satisfaction, for all our obscure interests, a lot of it is going to need to be created by robots. Not all of it, but a lot of it.”Here at ReadWriteWeb we’ve also covered robots that turn sports box scores into narrative text news coverage and a system that extracts public emergency and other data to surface more news events than a human reporter could or would.None of the robot reporter businesses have proven successful yet, as far as we know, but it certainly seems like a fascinating opportunity. I know I have more obscure interests than a human news crew is ever likely to invest in producing video content for manually – so give me the option to augment my human news with robots, please. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

GIS vs. Mother Nature

Posted in dnxjvxyy on December 9th, 2019

first_imgNew England is famous for three things: Competitive sports teams. Trees. And wicked bad weather (note the regional slang). The weather gets particularly bad during winter, from snow and moisture content.When I ran electric operations for a New England power company in this challenging environment, there was some good news: I employed the most hardworking, dedicated crews.The bad news was, like our Patriots, they were incredibly competitive.Why is being competitive bad news? Well, the utility company was organized by district: north, south, central, and so on. During big storms, each district would battle to see who could restore customer power the fastest. The problem was, each district hoarded its crews. So while the north district served small service drop jobs, the south struggled to repair main lines. A lot more people went without power in the south than the north.The power company could have done much more if we had known the types of work going on in each district. I could have immediately dispatched crews, for instance, from the north to south to optimize restoration to the most customers across the company. But because I didn’t have a solid situational awareness of the full restoration effort, I couldn’t. I knew the number of outages, jobs, and crews assigned. But there was no overall picture to determine the overall restoration-effort impact.Yes, my crews were competitive. That was noble. But that wasn’t enough to provide optimal restoration for the whole company.Getting Good Damage AssessmentI was in charge of power restoration, but the trick was getting a good assessment of the damage Mother Nature had caused. Since trees were absolutely everywhere, you never knew if a power failure traced back to one tree that had fallen onto a circuit or 100 trees that had taken out multiple parts of the circuit. We needed rapid, holistic damage assessment to determine how many jobs our crews had to do to fix and how long those jobs would take – in other words, how long it would take to get everyone’s lights back on.What I needed was the ArcGIS platform, but back then it didn’t exist. Now it does, and the platform lets utilities see the entire restoration effort, from beginning to end.With the platform, I would have been able to speed up the damage assessment. Back in those days – and today for many utilities – damage assessment is a slow, manual, and arduous process. It often starts with lots of people and lots forms. They traipse through the snow with pencils and paper maps. In our case, they would spend several hours gathering all this damage-assessment information. Then they would head back to our service centers, where staff organized forms and input the information into spreadsheets. The next step was trying to make sense of the data.It doesn’t need to be so hard anymore. With the ArcGIS platform, field workers today can – and are – gathering damage data on mobile devices with photos, notes, and preconfigured data drop-downs. The devices immediately transmit this information to utilities’ Emergency Operations Centers, where an executive dashboard shows in real-time all damage occurrences. Dispatchers can immediately make geographically strong crew-staffing decisions.With this, I could have ended the battle between the north and south while getting customers’ power on faster. The immediate access to visualized situational awareness would have shown where we didn’t have enough crews in the south at the very start of our damage assessment, rather than three quarters of the way through the process.The platform serves as an early information system. Utilities can see if they have enough crews to handle the outage and if those crews are in the right spots. You can use it to arrange the right number of contract crews or foreign crews from neighboring utilities right away, rather than too late. You can visualize the impact of your restoration effort in a much more dynamic way. You can even incorporate data from your Outage Management System (OMS), Automated Vehicle Locator (AVL), and SCADA system. This gives you real-time views of the situation at every step.The Calm after the Storm Restoration involves more than just getting crews out into the field and cutting away dangled wires from downed trees. It involves communication, collaboration and information sharing. This applies to first responders, shelters, politicians, media, and frenzied customers.It also involves accessing a constant stream of information about flooding, blocked streets, bridges out, traffic, and hazardous situations. I would routinely be on the phone during and after a storm, madly writing information from police and fire officials about the situation on the ground.With the platform, that information streams into my GIS dashboard right now.What better way to share storm-situation information than with a map? Perhaps the only thing better is a data-driven map with all your critical information. The ArcGIS platform provides that.That’s why modern GIS as a platform is critical for utilities. This is what it does best. It brings disparate information together so you can make decisions – decisions that lower costs, get the lights on faster, and inform people to do their jobs as fast as possible.The competition isn’t to see which district can get customer power on faster. The real tame is to get all the lights on as fast as possible.Learn how the ArcGIS platform improves your storm response at read more

Australia beat England by 3 wickets, stay unbeaten in ODI tri-series

Posted in jetevarl on November 27th, 2019

first_imgAustralia’s stand-in skipper Steve Smith slammed an unbeaten 102 while chasing England’s 303Stand-in captain Steve Smith made an unbeaten 102 to guide Australia to a tense three-wicket win over England in the tri-series one-day cricket international on Friday, clinching its place in the final.Smith, who led Australia in an ODI for the first time in the absence of George Bailey – suspended for one match for an over-rate infraction – won the toss, bowled, and saw England make 303-8 in 50 overs, thanks to Ian Bell’s 141.He then helped Australia explore its depth ahead of next month’s World Cup by marshaling a depleted batting order in a difficult run-chase. Australia was without Bailey and frontline batsmen David Warner and Shane Watson – both with hamstring injuries – but paced its reply well, and reached 304-7 with one ball to spare.Smith continues to tap a rich vein of batting form: He made 769 runs – a record tally – in the recent test series against India, and has three centuries and three half centuries in his last 10 one-day innings.He came to the crease in the 12th over after Aaron Finish (32) and Shaun Marsh (45) gave Australia a sound start, putting on 76 for the first wicket at almost seven runs per over.Smith then controlled the run chase, carrying his bat for the remainder of the innings. He reached a half century from 51 balls, and his century, his third in ODIs, from 93 balls.Smith had support throughout the innings: Glenn Maxwell made 37 before recklessly sacrificing his wicket in the 27th over, and James Faulkner made 35. Australia’s required run-rate lagged stubbornly at more than a run a ball throughout the innings, until wicketkeeper Brad Haddin hit 42 from 29 balls to make the target more attainable.advertisementBut there was still tension for Australia when Haddin was out with seven runs still needed with 15 balls remaining. England substantially tightened its bowling and fielding, and the incoming batsman, Moises Henrique, couldn’t get the ball away while depriving Smith of the strike.There seemed plenty of time for Australia but its tally of balls remaining dwindled without it making progress towards its target. It came to the last over needing five runs to win, a seemingly easy task, but was left to face a tense finish when Henriques was run out with two runs needed and three balls remaining.Smith and his last partner, Mitchell Starc, completed the win with a ball to spare but the manner in which Australia closed out the second-highest run c6hase at Bellerive Oval was of some concern.It’s recent chasing has been less well-organized than it would hope with the World Cup looming.”It did get tight,” Smith said. “It was nice to get home in the end.”The boys played well throughout the middle of the innings after we got away to a good start. We just had to cruise through the middle so we could go hard at the end.”Brad (Haddin) came out and really took the pressure off. He cleared the fence a couple of times and hit some good boundaries.”Earlier, England batted soundly after being sent in to bat. Bell’s 141 and Joe Root’s 69 set it up for a challenging total.Bell followed his match-winning 88 not out against India on Tuesday with his fourth century in 149 one-dayers, putting on 113 for the first wicket with Moeen Ali (46), and 121 with Root for the third wicket before he was out in the 42nd over.England didn’t fully capitalize on the foundation set by Bell, losing its last five wickets for 49 runs, including three wickets for two runs – with two run-outs – in the 50th over.last_img read more