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Video: A look inside the new Chase Center, home of the Golden State Warriors

first_img(CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this video on your mobile device.)With only a few finishing touches left to complete, the Golden State Warriors showed off their new arena on Monday. The Chase Center in San Francisco hosted members of the media for a quick tour of venue. The 18,000 seat arena won’t be seeing Stephen Curry and company hit the hardwood until October, but concerts are already scheduled for the coming weeks. Metalica and the San Francisco Symphony will be performing on …last_img read more

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South African economy well positioned to recover from current slowdown

first_imgJohannesburg, Tuesday 6 October 2015 – Brand South Africa notes the statement by the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry that the country’s Business Confidence Index has fallen to its lowest level since 1993.It cannot be disputed that the South African economy is experiencing challenges with the World Bank and the South African Reserve Bank having revised growth targets downwards in the recent weeks.However South Africa has a range of strengths which can be leveraged to turn the economic situation around. To name a few:• The World Economic Forum in its 2015 Global Competitiveness Index last week said that “South Africa hosts the continent’s most efficient financial market (12/140) and benefits from a sound goods market (38/140), which is driven by strong domestic competition (28/140).”• The Ibrahim Index on African Governance in its 2015 assessment of 54 countries in Africa, released yesterday, found that South Africa ranks number 2 in the continent in terms of business environment and number 1 in terms of public management.• The Department of Trade and Industry earlier this week announced that FDI inflows into South Africa amounted to US$3.31 billion from January 2015 to July 2015. This indicates confidence in South Africa’s investment climate by foreign investors.• South Africa is also currently implementing a 9-Point Plan comprising simultaneous actions in key strategic areas, aimed at revitalising the economy.These statistics show that despite challenges in the South African economy which are contributing negatively to business confidence, the South African economy remains strong and well positioned to recover in terms of business confidence.Minister Radebe speaking at the Black Management Forum earlier today said, “Faced with a stagnating economy, it is imperative that we find effective and sustainable ways to accelerate the growth rate [and] we need develop the country’s industrial capabilities and reduce dependence on commodity exports.”The commitment by government and collaboration by the corporate sector will see South Africa being to leverage the strengths highlighted above to reverse the current economic situation in the country.Notes to the EditorThe statement by the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry can be found on their website.last_img read more

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3 Ways iOS 7 Will Force Enterprises To Change

first_imgGiven this, the prospects for HTML5 becoming the one technology to rule them all look bleak. Mobile Web apps (and their hybrid cousins) remain cut off from all but a fraction of the capabilities available to native apps. As iOS 7’s 1,500 new APIs show, the gap will only grow. However well meaning the standards bodies that control the Web are, there’s very little chance they can match the pace of innovation even of a mobile laggard like Microsoft, never mind a pacesetter like Apple.This isn’t to say HTML5 will become irrelevant. It has its place (especially for content-driven apps). But where user experience, feature-richness, security and performance are concerned, that place looks bound to remain a distant second.Enterprise Strategies For Software DeliveryResearch firm Gartner makes a useful value distinction between “apps” and “applications.” Applications are baggy monsters prized for their long lists of capabilities, while apps are valued for doing a few things well and their purposefulness. Of course, in the enterprise we’ve optimized our delivery strategies (for design, for development and testing, for measurement, for release frequency etc.) around applications. Applications run the business. With the exception of a few industries, apps have been mostly an IT side project, a “we’ll-get-there-when-we-get-there” type of priority. The explosion of mobile computing and trends like bring-your-own-device (BYOD) have pushed apps higher in the IT food chain. After iOS 7, virtually every enterprise will refactor their software life cycle for mobile. There are a few reasons for this:Call volumes: When iOS 6 launched, 90% of users upgraded on the first day. This went largely unnoticed because iOS 6 had little to no impact on existing apps. But iOS 7 is a different story. The user interface differences mean that previous app versions will exhibit significant text and image rendering differences. Any organization that hasn’t already optimized its apps for iOS 7 may find heavy help desk call volumes almost immediately and will be bound to rethink their strategy for future releases.Competitive pressure: With iOS 7, savvy companies will recognize a hugely expanded palette for the kinds of apps they build, whether for customers or employees or both. Given the increasingly experience-driven economy, delivering great user experiences has become the new competitive edge. Companies in tight markets will see iOS 7 as a way to gain a leg up.iOS 7 is a milestone, not a finish line: In the legacy application world, we might confront one or two big pushes every three to five years (a new version of Windows, for instance) with relative stability the rest of the time. But given the mobile platform wars, enterprises are going to be contending with a regular stream of OS upgrades and new device types for years.“Creative destruction” (also known as Schumpeter’s gale) is one of those phrases that has been much in the media of late. It’s too much to claim that iOS 7 alone will set off another cycle. But Apple’s latest is bound to introduce new cracks in some current foundations. Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Guest author Nolan Wright is the CTO of Appcelerator.Any day now, Apple will launch iOS 7. The release of Apple’s newest mobile operating system will be the most important event for the iPhone since it was first announced in 2007. iOS 7 includes an astounding 1,500 new APIs, a completely renovated user interface and a host of true enterprise features.The scope and magnitude of iOS 7 will bring about some major changes to how enterprises, brands, IT gurus and developers go about their day-to-day jobs. iOS 7 is bound to shake up several different aspects of the mobile development industry.Here are three areas overlooked by many people awaiting the release of iOS 7 and the consequences it will have.Disrupting The Mobile Device Management Market With iOS 7, the enterprise finally receives treatment as a first-class citizen. This is evident in the range of new security and app management features such as “open in management” (governing which apps and accounts can open attachments containing corporate data), enterprise single sign-on and per app VPN. Layered software design in iOS 7.Apple’s beefed-up corporate management capabilities are good news for the enterprise. But it comes with some consequences to existing industry verticals. iOS 7 will change the equation for mobile device management (MDM) vendors. These vendors proved their worth in the early days of BYOD as non-corporate devices began to flood the enterprise and IT departments scrambled for tools that would restore some semblance of governance and control. By targeting the device, corporate control could be regained relatively quickly. It was a brute force approach toward devices the corporation didn’t actually own, similar to an eager neighbor padlocking your house in the name of crime prevention.The strategy embedded in iOS 7—it’s the apps and data in those apps that need to be controlled, not the entire device—is one MDM vendors have been waking up to. See: mobile application management (MAM). The question is whether these vendors want to compete against embedded, native capabilities (perhaps on the argument that not every operating system will offer equivalent protections), or turn to less trampled pastures.Hopes For HTML 5 As A Mobile Cure-alliOS 7 is but the latest and largest entry in the mobile platform wars. Google will soon counter with Android 4.4 KitKat and the newlyweds of Microsoft and Nokia are surely not far behind. There’s far too much market share at stake for any one of these players to slow their research and development efforts.  Tags:#Apple#iOS 7#iPhone 5S Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement nolan wright The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

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Gambhir says that playing for India will always remain on top of agenda

first_imgEver since Gautam Gambhir took the field for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the Indian Premier League with a shoulder injury, there has been a raging debate about whether the current crop of Indian cricketers value playing for their franchise more than their country.However, for Gambhir himself, the club versus country debate means nothing and answering the critics is not his concern.”I don’t want to answer anyone. It is all about being clear to your own conscience. The passion of playing for the country and the joy of representing every Indian across the world can never be replicated. Wearing the blue jerseys means a lot,” he told MAIL TODAY on the sidelines of the India Today Youth Summit.Referring to his decision to make himself unavailable for the Champions League T20 qualifiers, Gambhir said: “It was purely a medical call taken by my doctor. If he had given me the green signal to play, I would have been out their leading KKR.””All the talk about players being ready to fulfil club commitments doesn’t hold true in this case as I will not get any extra money for playing in the Champions League.”Not for once did it occur to me that I should skip the Champions League to please the critics. My doctor feels that I am still not ready to play a match. If we qualify for the main stages and I am allowed to play by my doctor, I will definitely take the field.”Gambhir feels that player management is a must in the modern scenario where teams are playing round the year. “As players we want to play as much as possible when we are doing well, but it is important that players who play in all the three formats are preserved well so that they can play longer and are fresh physically as well as mentally.advertisement”In the modern game, mental fatigue also needs to be avoided. It is important that every country has a pool of 25 players who are talented enough to play at the international level,” he said.No Indian fan can forget Gambhir’s knock of 97 in the final of the World Cup – a pressure cooker situation.Re-living the experience, Gambhir said: “It is every cricketer’s dream to win the biggest prize in the 50-over format of the game. I still believe I should have been a part of the squad in the 2007 World Cup.”But after the disappointment of not getting picked for the World Cup, came the high of winning the 2007 World T20. So that brought about a belief that everything is destined. “After the first few matches of the 2011 edition, came an article by Ian Chappell that I should be dropped and that egged me on and the rest is history.”After the purple patch under ex-coach Gary Kirsten, the drubbing against England under new coach Duncan Fletcher has come as a rude shock for fans.”Every captain and coach is as good as the team. Gary was a very hardworking person and he made us believe in ourselves. He reaped the rewards of the efforts he had put in with the team and deserved every bit of the success.”And after three years, you would obviously miss the person. But life goes on and we must respect his decision to quit and spend time with his family.”As far as the comparison is concerned, it is too early to judge Fletcher and we need to give him time to adapt,” said Gambhir.last_img read more

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In last shot to make it to UAAP Finals, Cherry Rondina vows to go all out for UST

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles PBA D-League: Go for Gold dumps Petron-Letran, strengthens playoff bid UST’s trip to the Final Four this season is the first time in nearly a decade where it carries the twice-to-beat perk.With the finals berth within reach, the fiery outside spiker vowed to make good on that promise.“Coach told me when I was in my fourth year that what he wants for the team is for it to be in the finals and I told him that we will help each other,” said Rondina. “He texted me before we went here that every time I go to a game that we should win and believe that we can do it.”“The league’s not over yet and we will still work hard for this.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew A four-time UAAP beach volleyball champion, Rondina has yet to win the championship in the indoor circuit but with UST carrying a twice-to-beat advantage against De La Salle in the finals she believes the Golden Tigresses can go all the way.Rondina said it’s not just skills that would take them to the title but the trust she shares with her teammates.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I always said that I would be the one to lead my teammates and I will do everything to lift my team up,” said Rondina in Filipino after UST blew past the Lady Spikers, 25-14, 25-23, 23-25, 25-19 in the second seed playoff. “I know that they’re always behind me.”Rondina, who was Season 80’s Best Scorer, finished with 29 points against the Lady Spikers and could very well become the league’s MVP after topping the points ladder with a total of 259 across the 14 games of the elimination round. LATEST STORIES Cherry Rondina. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—It’s all or nothing for Cherry Rondina in her final year with University of Santo Tomas.Rondina, a strong candidate for the MVP, is headed to her second and last Final Four in hopes of obtaining ending her collegiate career with a women’s volleyball crown.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View commentslast_img read more

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Drewry Prospects Improve for Multipurpose Shipping

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pexels under CC0 Creative Commons license Prospects for the once ailing multipurpose shipping fleet have improved amid a surging growth in renewable energy generation and a construction boom in South East Asia.In its report, shipping consultancy Drewry said that it remains “cautiously optimistic on the outlook for the sector,” as there are some caveats to this optimism. Global general cargo demand is forecast to grow at a rate of just 2% per year to 2022, while the multipurpose and heavylift fleet is expected to contract at less than 1% per year over the same period.“Meanwhile, the threat of a trade war continues to loom over the horizon and the competing sectors are not yet secure enough to move from this sector.”Multipurpose vessels benefit from the growth in demand for both breakbulk and project cargo and, while it is clear that both are effected by modal competition and trade tariffs, the latter has seen some renewal in certain sectors.BP’s energy outlook shows that, although renewable energy consumption is still a minor part of the global mix, it is growing at a faster rate of almost 17% year-on-year, compared to any of the other fuel types. Wind energy provided more than half of that renewables growth, which is positive news for the multipurpose sector.The other significant factor in the uplift for demand is a region-wide constriction boom for South East Asia that is expected to last the next ten years. It is largely fueled by China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative, which will link China to Europe through Central and South-East Asia.The outlook for the competing sectors, although mixed going into the final quarter of the year, remains positive for the medium term, according to Drewry.“There may be trouble ahead but the green shoots of recovery appear weather-proofed to withstand the volatility expected to the end of 2018.”last_img read more

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Retrial continues today in the Supreme Court

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppOld wounds opening for the family and friends of slain teenager, Leslie Aurelus as a retrial started last week into the 2008 murder case after a successful appeal to the courts. The court finding that the case was probably dealt with unfairly since the trial was suppose to take place before a 12 member jury but instead took place before a 7 member panel on Grand Turk and a new verdict is expected this week, Clifford Gibson may either walk a free man or start a new sentence. Three years ago an emotional case came to an end when a guilty verdict was handed down to 20-year old Clifford Gibson for the murder of then 17 year old Leslie Aurelus, who was fatally stabbed in the Downtown area of Providenciales on new years morning. last_img read more

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