first_imgSeamus ColemanEVERTON manager Roberto Martinez has slapped a €30M pricetag on Killybegs man Seamus Coleman amid interest from both Manchester United and Arsenal.Reports in the British newspapers say David Moyes is keen to link up again with the player he signed for Everton.The player has not made any comment – but he is a huge Man United fan. Friends say if he is sold by Everton, he’d choose United ahead of Arsenal.The Sunday People says Moyes is set to offer his old Merseyside club €18M for Coleman to fill a gaping hole in the right of his defence.But Everton sources close to Martinez are quoted as saying that Coleman will not be sold “on the cheap.”Martinez has made it clear he will not accept a penny less than €30M for 25-year-old Donegal man who has already scored six goals for his club this season – more goals than any other defender in the EPL. Coleman is due to play for Everton against West Brom tomorrow night, where Aiden McGeady is expected to make his debut. EVERTON SLAP €30M PRICE TAG ON DONEGAL STAR SEAMUS AMID MAN UTD INTEREST was last modified: January 19th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:evertonManchester Unitedseamus colemantransfer marketlast_img read more

Who’s behind the Jon Gruden Twitter parody account?

first_imgThe real Jon Gruden has disappointed this season, to say the least, but the fake Jon Gruden has been right on point.While the 55-year-old trades his best player, leads the Raiders to an underwhelming 1-5 start and inspires fans to make a website counting down the milliseconds until his 10-year contract expires, a 26-year-old public relations and content specialist at a real estate investment firm in Ohio takes advantage.Justin Greear created the Jon Gruden Twitter parody account before the …last_img read more

Fifa inspection kicks off

first_imgTamara O’ReillyWorld football body Fifa, along with the 2010 Local Organising Committee (OC) is currently on a week-long inspection tour of South Africa to assess the country’s readiness to host the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup.Taking place in June 2009, the cup is considered a dress rehearsal for the 2010 Fifa World Cup as it requires the country to be able to handle an influx of tourists and media as well as travel, accommodation and security for players.Known as the Champion of Champions tournament, the Confederations Cup is contested every four year by the winners of each of six Fifa confederation championships held across the world, along with the Fifa World Cup champion and the host country.“The 2010 Fifa World Cup is one project which gives hope to all of us,” said Dr Irvin Khoza, OC chair, at the launch of the inspection.“We have come a long way. Everybody’s convinced we’re doing a good job. We are only 18 months away now from the Confederations Cup and we’re happy with what we’ve achieved, which is there for the whole country to see.”This is Fifa’s fourth site inspection since South Africa was given the right to host the events, and only two more remain. Site inspections focus on space planning, or the way the stadiums and the areas around them are being prepared for the event.Of the six venues being inspected, four will be used for the Confederation Cup. These are Ellis Park in Johannesburg, host of South Africa’s victorious 1995 Rugby World Cup final, Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria, which regularly holds Springbok and Bulls Super 14 rugby matches, Rustenburg’s Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace and the Free State Stadium, home of the Cheetahs’ Super 14 rugby.First stop was Ellis Park and surrounds, both of which are still being renovated.“We are very excited with what we have seen at Ellis Park,” said Ron Delmont, head of Fifa in South Africa.“We look at things like spectator flows, the movement of players and access. We are now ready to sign off on a number of usage areas in the stadium and if this progress is replicated in other stadiums then I don’t see why this World Cup won’t be a success.”Fifa has already expressed their satisfaction at South Africa’s handling of the 2010 preliminary draw in November 2007, which saw several soccer dignitaries, media and fans converge in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.Useful linksFifaConfederations Cup African Cup of Nations CONMEBOLUEFA CONCACAFlast_img read more

Sithole, Montjane lift Gauteng Open titles

first_img3 May 2012 Thabang Lekhanyane of Thembisa made it two in a row when he won the junior final. The top seed beat second seed Mabel Mankgele 7-6 (7-3) 6-4 in the all South African final to add the title to his Acsa SA Open victory last week at Ellis Park. Sithole, who will line up at the Japan Open in two weeks’ time, is confident of a good performance in the Super Series event following his win in the Gauteng Open. ‘I can challenge’“The Japan Open will draw a lot of top seeds because it offers a lot of world ranking points,” he said. “If I can maintain my current physical and mental form, I am sure I can challenge in Japan and further improve my world ranking. SAinfo reporter “This has been a significant victory for me,” she concluded, “in terms of the mental aspect of the game. Each time I beat a world top 10 player, I’m getting stronger mentally and they will start seeing me as a threat.” Paralympic-bound Lucas Sithole cemented his world number nine ranking with a comprehensive victory in the Men’s Quads Singles final at the Airports Company South Africa Gauteng Open when he beat world number 10 Marco Innocenti from Italy 6-1 7-5 on Tuesday in Benoni. Kruger will be on Montjane’s radar when she and Sithole compete in the Super Series Japan Open. “Since the start of this season, my goal has been to get to at least sixth in the world and I’m just a few spots away. That goal looks a lot more positive right now.” ‘A great mental challenge’“He doesn’t move much, but is such a brilliant placer of the ball, and that was a great mental challenge for me. “If I can keep this winning form going, I’ll get inside the world top 10. That’s my goal for the Paralympics.” Montjane is ranked eleventh in the world, while Walraven occupies ninth place in the singles and second spot in the doubles.center_img “I move very fast on the court, but I sometimes don’t place well enough to counter a guy like that. Beating him at his own game, I feel like I now have the complete package to take to London.” South African star KG Montjane also scored a memorable win in the women’s singles, upsetting second-seed Sharon Walraven of the Netherlands 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 to lift the title. Double victoryMontjane enjoyed a double victory when she and doubles partner Kanako Domori from Japan defeated Walraven and Katherine Kruger from Germany 6-2, 6-1 in the women’s doubles final. DelightedThe Limpopo fourth seed was delighted with her victory. “I was incredibly nervous during the first set, because this was a very important match for me to win,” she said. But, once we got into the second set and the crowd got behind me, I found my rhythm and I became more aggressive, taking the game to her. “Marco has been among the top players in the world for at least the last 10 years and he is very experienced,” said the 25-year-old triple-amputee. Men’s singlesIn the men’s singles, second seed Ben Weekes of Australia upset Japanese star Takashi Sanada, the top seed, ranked tenth in the world, 6-2 3-6 6-4 to capture his fifth international title. “Once I had the match squared, I knew I could beat her in the third, but I had to fight some nerves again, trying to close the set. “I’ve shot up to 11th in the world rankings and I’m just 10 points below Kruger,” she said. “I’ve had her number so far this season and I’m going after her in Japan. Sithole said coming out on the winning side against a great strategist like the experienced Innocenti was crucial to his Paralympic preparations. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

In numbers: South Africa’s global competitiveness

first_imgMary AlexanderThe World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index ranks South Africa as the 56th most competitive economy out of 144 countries, the highest standing on the African continent (the island of Mauritius comes in at 39) and ahead of its Brics developing economy partners India and Brazil.While the country’s competitive rating has slipped from the 50th position it held in 2011/12, it still punches way above its weight in certain areas, particularly the development of its financial market. For the strength of its business auditing and reporting standards, and the regulation of its securities exchanges, South Africa is ranked first in the world.The full rankings are below.GLOBAL COMPETITIVENESS INDEX – OVERALL INDICATORSPILLARSCORERANKGCI 2014–2015 4.456 Basic requirements (40.0%) 4.389 Institutions 4.536 Infrastructure 4.360 Macroeconomic environment 4.589 Health and primary education 4.0132 Efficiency enhancers (50.0%) 4.443 Higher education and training 4.086 Goods market efficiency 4.732 Labour market efficiency 3.8113 Financial market development 5.47 Technological readiness 3.966 Market size 4.925 Innovation and sophistication factors (10.0%) 4.137 Business sophistication 4.531 Innovation 3.643 GLOBAL COMPETITIVENESS INDEX – DETAILED INDICATORSPILLAR 1: INSTITUTIONSITEMSCORERANK1.01 Property rights 5.6 201.02 Intellectual property protection 5.3 221.03 Diversion of public funds 2.8 961.04 Public trust in politicians 2.6 901.05 Irregular payments and bribes 4.5 481.06 Judicial independence 5.4 241.07 Favouritism in decisions of government officials 2.6 1041.08 Wastefulness of government spending 2.8 891.09 Burden of government regulation 2.8 1201.10 Efficiency of legal framework in settling disputes 5.2 151.11 Efficiency of legal framework in challenging regs. 4.9 91.12 Transparency of government policymaking 4.5 351.13 Business costs of terrorism 6.0 301.14 Business costs of crime and violence 2.8 1331.15 Organized crime 4.3 991.16 Reliability of police services 3.6 1021.17 Ethical behaviour of firms 4.7 351.18 Strength of auditing and reporting standards 6.7 11.19 Efficacy of corporate boards 6.0 31.20 Protection of minority shareholders’ interests 6.1 21.21 Strength of investor protection, 0–10 (best)* 8.0 10 PILLAR 2: INFRASTRUCTUREITEMSCORERANK2.01 Quality of overall infrastructure 4.5 592.02 Quality of roads 4.9 372.03 Quality of railroad infrastructure 3.4 442.04 Quality of port infrastructure 4.9 462.05 Quality of air transport infrastructure 6.0 112.06 Available airline seat km/week, millions* 1,117.0 282.07 Quality of electricity supply 3.6 992.08 Mobile telephone subscriptions/100 pop.* 147.5 252.09 Fixed telephone lines/100 pop.* 9.2 90 PILLAR 3: MACROECONOMIC ENVIRONMENTITEMSCORERANK3.01 Government budget balance, % GDP* –4.3 973.02 Gross national savings, % GDP* 13.5 1193.03 Inflation, annual % change* 5.8 1023.04 General government debt, % GDP* 45.2 773.05 Country credit rating, 0–100 (best)* 59.1 51 PILLAR 4: HEALTH AND PRIMARY EDUCATIONITEMSCORERANK4.01 Malaria cases/100,000 pop.* 32.5 274.02 Business impact of malaria 5.1 304.03 Tuberculosis cases/100,000 pop.* 1,003.0 1434.04 Business impact of tuberculosis 3.7 1364.05 HIV prevalence, % adult pop.* 17.9 1404.06 Business impact of HIV/AIDS 3.4 1364.07 Infant mortality, deaths/1,000 live births* 33.3 1054.08 Life expectancy, years* 56.1 1294.09 Quality of primary education 2.4 1334.10 Primary education enrolment, net %* 85.0 118 PILLAR 5: HIGHER EDUCATION AND TRAININGITEMSCORERANK5.01 Secondary education enrolment, gross %* 101.9 245.02 Tertiary education enrolment, gross %* 19.2 935.03 Quality of the education system 2.2 1405.04 Quality of math and science education 1.9 1445.05 Quality of management schools 5.2 245.06 Internet access in schools 3.2 1175.07 Availability of research and training services 4.5 445.08 Extent of staff training 4.9 18 PILLAR 6: GOODS MARKET EFFICIENCYITEMSCORERANK6.01 Intensity of local competition 5.5 366.02 Extent of market dominance 4.0 486.03 Effectiveness of anti-monopoly policy 5.1 146.04 Effect of taxation on incentives to invest 4.3 266.05 Total tax rate, % profits* 30.1 416.06 No. procedures to start a business* 5 326.07 No. days to start a business* 19.0 906.08 Agricultural policy costs 3.9 656.09 Prevalence of trade barriers 4.8 236.10 Trade tariffs, % duty* 6.0 766.11 Prevalence of foreign ownership 5.1 426.12 Business impact of rules on FDI 4.0 1046.13 Burden of customs procedures 4.1 626.14 Imports as a percentage of GDP* 40.7 856.15 Degree of customer orientation 4.6 676.16 Buyer sophistication 4.0 31 PILLAR 7: LABOUR MARKET EFFICIENCYITEMSCORERANK7.01 Cooperation in labour-employer relations 2.5 1447.02 Flexibility of wage determination 2.7 1397.03 Hiring and firing practices 2.1 1437.04 Redundancy costs, weeks of salary* 9.3 337.05 Effect of taxation on incentives to work 4.5 157.06 Pay and productivity 2.7 1367.07 Reliance on professional management 5.5 217.08 Country capacity to retain talent 3.7 507.09 Country capacity to attract talent 3.9 397.10 Women in labour force, ratio to men* 0.77 84 PILLAR 8: FINANCIAL MARKET DEVELOPMENTITEMSCORERANK8.01 Availability of financial services 6.1 68.02 Affordability of financial services 5.3 218.03 Financing through local equity market 5.4 38.04 Ease of access to loans 3.5 328.05 Venture capital availability 3.2 378.06 Soundness of banks 6.5 68.07 Regulation of securities exchanges 6.4 18.08 Legal rights index, 0–10 (best)* 7 43 PILLAR 9: TECHNOLOGICAL READINESSITEMSCORERANK9.01 Availability of latest technologies 5.5 399.02 Firm-level technology absorption 5.4 299.03 FDI and technology transfer 4.8 509.04 Individuals using Internet, %* 48.9 699.05 Fixed broadband Internet subscriptions/100 pop.* 3.1 899.06 Int’l Internet bandwidth, kb/s per user* 3.7 1269.07 Mobile broadband subscriptions/100 pop.* 25.2 74 PILLAR 10: MARKET SIZEITEMSCORERANK10.01 Domestic market size index, 1–7 (best)* 4.8 2410.02 Foreign market size index, 1–7 (best)* 5.3 3410.03 GDP (PPP$ billions)* 596.5 2510.04 Exports as a percentage of GDP* 31.3 92 PILLAR 11: BUSINESS SOPHISTICATIONITEMSCORERANK11.01 Local supplier quantity 4.8 4711.02 Local supplier quality 4.9 3811.03 State of cluster development 4.2 4411.04 Nature of competitive advantage 3.7 6211.05 Value chain breadth 3.8 6811.06 Control of international distribution 4.4 3511.07 Production process sophistication 4.5 3811.08 Extent of marketing 5.2 2411.09 Willingness to delegate authority 4.5 27 PILLAR 12: INNOVATIONITEMSCORERANK12.01 Capacity for innovation 4.3 3512.02 Quality of scientific research institutions 4.7 3412.03 Company spending on R&D 3.4 4812.04 University-industry collaboration in R&D 4.5 3112.05 Gov’t procurement of advanced tech products 3.0 11212.06 Availability of scientists and engineers 3.5 10212.07 PCT patents, applications/million pop.* 6.5 45last_img read more

Brian Hill to fill Senate vacancy

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Rep. Brian Hill of Zanesville was recently selected to the Ohio Senate to fill the vacancy created by U.S. Rep. Troy Balderson’s election to Congress. Previously serving the 97th District, Rep. Hill will now represent Fairfield, Hocking, Morgan, Muskingum and Guernsey counties, as well as portions of Pickaway and Athens counties.As a farmer himself, Rep. Hill has been a good leader and advocate for family farmers in the state. He’s had a sound, science-based approach to issues, and stayed focused on building partnerships among all stakeholders during his tenure as the Chair of the House Agriculture and Rural Development Committee.“We congratulate Rep. Hill on his new position,” said Scott Metzger, Ohio Soybean Association president and Ross County soybean farmer. “We’ve enjoyed working closely with him in the House and look forward to continuing that work with him in the Senate.”House Republicans will now select a successor to Rep. Hill in the 97th District.last_img read more

Why SXSW is for Influencers and What It Says About the Cloudies

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#cloud#cloud computing#events alex williams Related Posts center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Spiceworks CEO Scott Abel sat next to me at dinner last Saturday night during SXSW. We were at Porter Finn, a restaurant in the Hilton, right in the center of the action for the annual event in Austin.Our conversation turned to Steve Jobs. Abel worked at NeXT Software under Jobs and during his time there, Jobs shared his belief that “Good is the enemy of great.” Jobs meant that true greatness is hard to achieve because good enough is usually what people are satisfied in producing. Achieving greatness takes far more time to accomplish. But are those who are “great” the only people who influence others?SXSW is an event for influencers. Startups compete for everyone’s attention. People are in a constant state of movement, trying applications, monitoring the conversation and adding their own insights as they listen to their colleagues in the panels and at the parties.All this reminds me of the “Good is the enemy of great” story that Scott told me at dinner. The ones who achieve greatness by creating great technology become the most important influencers. Their record is clear. Ray Ozzie, Steve Wozniak and thousands of others like them can lay claim to this rarified group.It also has me thinking about the Cloudy Awards and those who won. Congratulations to all the winners. But I do critique the awards as they did not really take into account who the influencers really are.Who are the Influencers?Krishnan Subramanian writes for CloudAve. He won the award for most influential blogger. Krishnan wrote a post that has me thinking what it means to be an influencer.Krishnan says a lot of people were left out that should have been included in the Cloudy Awards nominations. I was not included but I am not surprised. I’m a professional journalist who loves this new medium for telling stories. I cover this space because of the innovation and disruption that comes with brilliant technology. And I’m talking about great technology, not the good stuff. The good stuff you can find every day. Discovering greatness is another matter.For me, the influencers are the ones doing the work, creating great technologies. The ones who do this kind of work and also blog are really high on my list. They are expressing their own insights about developing world-class technology. I need that insight to keep writing on the infinite set of topics that this new information architecture brings.Unfortunately, many of those people did not get nominated for the Cloudy Awards. And that’s too bad for they are important influencers. I don’t want to get into naming people for I will sure to leave people out who should be included.Greatness is in the Collective Intelligence of the CommunityBut there’s another side to this, too. Collective intelligence is often discovered in dynamic communities. That’s what makes SXSW different. The influence comes from the points of insights that naturally surface when the collective intelligence is so charged. It shows in the people there who share a similar passion about technology, design and innovation.That’s what makes SXSW an institution and what sets it apart as a great event.Steve Jobs seeks out greatness because he has a passion about technology. His influence comes from that passion.The Cloudy Awards highlights winners but you need to look deeper for the influencers. They’re out there. You just have to know how to find them in the stream of the collective intelligence that makes the cloud such an interesting space to cover.Disclosure: Spiceworks paid the airfare, hotel and expenses for the author’s trip to SXSW. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

PBA: Blackwater blasts Kia

first_imgUPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Henry Walker had a team-high 25 points to lead Blackwater to go along 11 rebounds and seven dimes.JP Erram put up a 16-point, 14-rebound double-double and also blocked three shots while Michael Digregorio came one rebound short of a double-double as he finished with 16 points and nine boards.Geron Johnon led Kia with 28 points but turned the ball over nine times.CONTRIBUTED VIDEOADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ #KicksStalker: LeBron’s first shoe set for a comeback WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses View commentscenter_img Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Blackwater bounced back from a 117-96 loss to TNT last Wednesday which snapped their three-game winning run.“We had lots of energy today both in the offensive and defensive ends,” said Elite head coach Leo Isaac.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“We dictated the tempo for the first three quarters until midway through the fourth that’s when we got our starting unit out and gave them some rest.”The Picanto managed to chip away at Blackwater’s mammoth lead in the fourth, scoring 35 in the period when the Elite fielded in their reserves during the game’s garbage time. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO—-Blackwater dismantled Kia, 118-97, and kept its hold of the eight seed in the PBA Governors’ Cup standings Friday at Ynares Center here.The Elite dominated the Picanto from the get go, pushing the lead to as big as 70-31 at the half to improve to 4-4 while sending the Picanto to a league-worst 0-8 record.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Shuttler Sindhu breaks into top 20 in world rankings

first_imgPV Sindhu scaled a new height when she cracked the top-20 in world rankings with top class performance in her last two tournaments.Sindhu was placed 20th in the Badminton World Federation rankings released on Thursday, climbing four spots. The 17-year-old shuttler stunned London Olympics gold medallist Li Xuerui in the quarter-finals of the China Masters last week.She made it to the pre-quarterfinals of Japan Open Super Series, eventually going down to fourth seed Yeon Ju Bae of South Korea on Thursday after a gallant 52-minute fight. Sindhu lost 21-10, 12-21, 18-21 at the Tokyo Yoyogi Gymnasium.In men’s singles, Ajay Jayaram lost to Malaysian Wei Feng Chong 16-21, 16-21 in 35 minutes.Among other Indians, Saina Nehwal, who skipped the two tournaments, was steady at fourth place in the rankings after three Chinese — Wang Yihan, Li Xuerui and Xin Wang.Parupalli Kashyap was the top Indian male shuttler, though he lost one spot to be placed 20th.Jayaram, too, benefitted from the semi-final appearance in China Masters and jumped six places to 23rd.National champion Sourabh Verma went up by eight places to 31st while Gurusaidatt moved nine places up to be ranked 46th.On Thursday Sindhu gave a scare to world No. 11 Bae. Sindhu began on a promising note and opened up an 8-0 lead. She did not allow Bae to come back into the game and went 1-0 up.last_img read more

Position Vacant – Sport Operations Manager (Northern Territory)

first_imgAre you looking for a thrilling career in the sports industry?  Touch Football Australia is seeking suitably qualified applicants for the key leadership position of Sport Operations Manager – Northern Territory, based in our NT branch office, Darwin.  To view the Position Description, please click on the attachment below. Applications for this opportunity close at 5pm CST, Friday, 22 May 2015.  For further information or to lodge your application for this career opportunity, please email careers@austouch.com.au.Related Filespd_sops_sport_ops_manager_updated_format-pdfRelated LinksPosition Vacantlast_img read more