Del Norte drops Lower Lake to advance to NCS semifinals

first_imgCrescent City >> Allison Douglas retired the first 13 batters she faced and allowed just two hits in a complete-game effort as the No. 2 seed Del Norte Warriors defeated the No. 7 seed Lower Lake Trojans 7-2 in the quarterfinal round of the North Coast Section Division IV playoffs Friday at Del Norte High School.Douglas kept the Trojans off balance all afternoon, utilizing a variety of pitches and changing eye levels. The Trojans saw just two balls leave the infield until the fifth, both of …last_img

South Africa continues to create jobs

first_img13 March 2012 After rising by 5.0 percent in January, employment in South Africa registered an annualised growth rate of 1.5 percent in February, according to the latest Adcorp Employment Index, released on Monday. The index is regarded as the most representative barometer of employment trends in South Africa. During the month, the economy created 24 000 jobs, slowing from the 80 000 jobs created in January. Most of the jobs were created in the informal sector, about 22 000 or 91.7 percent of the total, Adcorp reported. In the formal sector, employment growth was strongest in the manufacturing sector, with 5.3 percent, the construction sector, with 4.7 percent, and the wholesale and retail trade, with 3.5 percent. This was the first time in more than 12 months that job growth in the production-oriented sectors exceeded job growth in the consumption-oriented sectors. Mining employment, however, continued to shrink, with a loss of 3 000 jobs in February. High-skilled employment – that of senior managers and professions – reported the strongest growth in terms of occupational categories.It grew 5.3 percent, whereas low-skilled employment, trades and elementary workers, reported the steepest decline. It registered -1.3 percent. About 68 percent of all South African workers were employed by small businesses employing fewer than 50 people. Against this backdrop, 440 000 small business closures were observed over the past five years, according to Adcorp, while the number of new business start-ups had fallen to an all-time low. Adcorp noted that the small business sector was the most important originator of jobs in SA.Sapalast_img read more

Cape Town pupils reap a healthy meal

first_imgThe garden includes 40 different varietals of vegetables and herbs – aubergine, tomato, spinach, leeks, cabbage, broccoli, beetroot, rosemary, thyme, basil and many more.In 2013 a study by the African Food Security Urban Network found that 12 million South Africans are food insecure. This in a country that is generally food secure.FOOD SECURITYSouth Africa’s Vision 2030, better known as the National Development Plan, identified food security as an important target in meeting the objectives of the NDP.A project in Cape Town funded by Woolworths MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet fund is creating food security for a group of pupils in Observatory and Salt River. The edible garden planted at Observatory Junior School will produce 10 kg’s of fresh vegetables daily, allowing the 1 500 pupils at Dryden Primary School, Mary-Kihn Primary and Observatory Junior School to enjoy a healthy fresh meal.Helene Brand, MySchool’s CSI Manager, explained that the Salt River/ Observatory area was home to many households unable to provide a packed lunch. A secondary benefit she pointed out, “The edible garden at Observatory Junior School is our contribution towards giving more learners access to fresh food and a living garden where they can learn how to grow food and take responsibility for the upkeep of the garden.”THE GARDENThe garden at Observatory Primary is 400 square meters and includes 40 different varietals of vegetables and herbs – aubergine, tomato, spinach, leeks, cabbage, broccoli, beetroot, rosemary, thyme, basil and many more.Harvested produce is shared between all three schools, and is the base for the healthy lunch provided to learners every day. All three schools will also use the garden as an educational resource centre, actively involving learners in managing the garden. They will plant and harvest what they’ve grown, giving them a lifelong skill.Andy Clark, head of transformation at Woolworths Financial Services, said: “We’ve worked with all three schools through our participation in the Community of Learning Principals and the Partners for Possibility initiative and wanted to continue supporting them, so they can continue on their journey to be more sustainable and independent. They are run by highly committed staff and are motivated to participate in initiatives that will benefit their learners.“We are hoping to roll out more gardens at schools in the area, contributing to the communities in which we operate.”YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOWMore than half of Urban Harvest, the company that established the garden, 250 edible garden projects are based at schools in the greater Cape Town area. They seed gardens and help maintain and train people until they are self-sustainable.Explaining their philosophy Urban Harvest’s Ben Getz said: “The edible garden teaches learners that ‘you reap what you sow’. In the garden hard work pays off in many ways and the learners gain a greater sense of responsibility.“They also gain a sensitivity to and an appreciation for quiet, meditative, slow time when weeding or feeding the garden. They learn about keeping space neat and organised and a respect for nature and its lessons.”FETSA TLALAIn 2013 the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Tina Joemat-Pettersson launched Fetsa Tlala – an initiative aimed at improving household food security and stimulating sustainable job creation in the poorest districts of the country.This initiative ensures that underutilised agricultural land is put under production to increase local access to food.Fetsa Tlala will be financed through, amongst others, the Comprehensive Agriculture Support Programme (CASP). Allocations to provinces will be dedicated to food production, either crop or livestock production. More inclination, however, is towards the production of staple food such as maize, beans, wheat, sunflower, ground nuts and potatoes.CASP is the Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries’ premier support programme and is funded through the Division of Revenue Act.last_img read more

Layoffs Hit Hanley Wood

first_imgOne source puts the total number of employees let go at 16, across multiple locations.Hanley Wood declined to provide details on the cuts, but did issue the following statement:In 2013 Hanley Wood embarked on an ambitious digital and data transformation that resulted in five straight years of top and bottom line growth.  Today, the company is focused on seven major hub brands – each with a companion print magazine, further supported by 35 digital and data platform brands.  Transforming the company from 36 magazines – in 2007 – to seven hub brands today has resulted in required changes in skill set.  Hanley Wood is well positioned to continue on its growth trajectory supported by a high value revenue mix and content platforms its audiences and customers require. Several staffers have been laid off at Hanley Wood, one of the largest B2B media and information firms in the country, multiple sources have confirmed to Folio:.The exact number of staffers let go — or which specific areas were affected — remains unclear, but many of the cuts appear to be centered around the editorial side of the business, including nearly the entire Radar Desk, a team staffed with aggregating digital content from across the company’s brands, created in 2012 as part of the company’s digital restructuring.Elsewhere, cuts are said to reach as high as the VP and director levels, and include at least one brand’s editor-in-chief.Hanley Wood’s portfolio includes about three-dozen media properties serving various sectors of the commercial and residential real estate, design, and construction industries, centered around seven “hub brands,” such as Architect, Builder, and the Remodeling. Based in Washington, D.C., the company also maintains locations in Chicago, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, and an Irvine, CA office for its Metrostudy data business.last_img read more

Apples iPhones infringe Qualcomm patent and should be banned ITC judge says

first_img $999 Now playing: Watch this: See It With the second case, an initial ruling in September by Administrative Law Judge Thomas Pender determined that Apple infringed one Qualcomm patent related to power management but didn’t infringe two other patents. He didn’t, however, believe iPhones should be banned from sale, saying the statutory public interest factors “weigh against issuing a limited exclusion order” related to the infringing products.But the full panel review, released Tuesday, determined that Qualcomm’s patents weren’t valid, thanks to “clear and convincing evidence” from Apple. “No remedial orders shall be issued, which renders moot any issues of remedy, the public interest, or bonding,” the ITC said. “The investigation is terminated.”Apple and Qualcomm have been fighting over patents and licensing since January 2017, when Apple filed suit against Qualcomm for roughly $1 billion, saying the maker of wireless chips didn’t give fair licensing terms for its technology. Apple wants to pay a lower amount for using Qualcomm technology in its devices. Qualcomm, the world’s biggest provider of mobile chips, responded by suing Apple for patent infringement and seeking a ban on iPhone sales. The company maintains that no modern handset — including the iPhone — would’ve been possible without its cellular technologies.The US isn’t the first court to recommend banning iPhones for infringing Qualcomm intellectual property. In early December, a Chinese court ordered four of Apple’s Chinese subsidiaries to stop importing or selling iPhones because of patent infringement. Later that same month, a court in Munich found that Apple infringed Qualcomm’s technology for power savings in smartphones and ruled that the iPhone maker must halt sales of the device in Germany.In late 2017, in the case that Judge Pender is overseeing, Qualcomm asked the ITC to ban the import and sale of certain iPhones that use Intel’s 4G modem. Those would’ve included the iPhone X, 8, 8 Plus, 7 and 7 Plus that run on AT&T and T-Mobile. The phones that run on networks from Verizon and Sprint use Qualcomm’s modem and wouldn’t have been included in the ban.In that case, Qualcomm initially asserted 88 claims from six patents. The ITC’s decision from September upheld only one claim from one patent. Tuesday’s decision invalidated that single claim. Duking it out in courtEarlier this month, a jury in San Diego determined that Apple violated three Qualcomm patents and should pay the chipmaker $31 million for infringing on its technology. Qualcomm had alleged that Apple used its technology without permission in some versions of the iPhone. The jury awarded Qualcomm the full amount it had requested at the start of the two-week trial.The companies next face off on April 15 for a trial over Qualcomm’s licensing practices. Because Qualcomm owns patents related to 3G, 4G and 5G phones — as well as other features like software — any handset maker building a device that connects to the networks has to pay a licensing fee, even if it doesn’t use Qualcomm’s chips. Apple and the companies that build its phones, like Foxconn, don’t believe Qualcomm charges a fair rate. That trial, also in San Diego, will last 20 days before being handed to the jury. At the same time, Qualcomm is waiting for a judge’s decision in a US Federal Trade Commission lawsuit that argued the chipmaker is a monopoly. The FTC two years ago accused Qualcomm of forcing customers like Apple to work with it exclusively and charging excessive licensing fees for its technology. Because of the legal disputes, Apple has moved away from using Qualcomm modems in its devices. Its newest phones, the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR, use only Intel 4G chips.Originally published March 26, 11:25 a.m. PT.Updates, 12:02 p.m.: Adds Qualcomm statement; 2:24 p.m.: Includes second ITC case ruling; 3:49 p.m.: Adds Apple comment; 11:46 p.m.: Includes additional details and Qualcomm statement on the second ruling. ITC says Apple infringes a Qualcomm patent but iPhones shouldn’t be banned What the Apple-Qualcomm battle means for your next iPhone Apple dealt legal blow as jury awards Qualcomm $31 million 4 takeaways from Apple and Qualcomm’s big patent fight $999 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. “A complete recommendation on remedy and bond will be forthcoming together with findings of fact and an analysis of the effects of the public interest factors on the issue of remedy,” McNamara wrote. “However, it should be noted that I will be recommending that a limited exclusion order together with a cease and desist order, both with certification provisions, issue against Apple.”The ruling isn’t final but will next go to a panel of judges, who should issue a decision by July 26. It then can be examined by President Donald Trump. Qualcomm welcomed the news in the first case.”We appreciate Judge McNamara’s recognition of Apple’s infringement of our hardware patent and that she will be recommending an import ban and cease and desist order,” Don Rosenberg, Qualcomm general counsel, said in a statement.It said in a press release that “the Commission’s decision is inconsistent with the recent unanimous jury verdict finding infringement of the same patent after Apple abandoned its invalidity defense at the end of trial. We will seek reconsideration by the Commission in view of the jury verdict.”Apple, meanwhile, said in a statement that “We’re pleased the ITC has found Qualcomm’s latest patent claims invalid. It’s another important step to making sure American companies are able to compete fairly in the marketplace.” The company called Qualcomm’s ITC case an effort “to distract from having to answer for the real issues, their monopolistic business practices.” It added that “we look forward to detailing the many ways they’re harming consumers and stifling innovation when we present our case in San Diego next month.” Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR $999 See it Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Comments Phones Components Tech Industry Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Apple iPhone XS See It Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Best Buy 16center_img Qualcomm 5G Sprint T-Mobile Apple Boost Mobile 2:13 See It Apple reading • Apple’s iPhones infringe Qualcomm patent and should be banned, ITC judge says See also • $999 Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Apple and Qualcomm have been battling over patents and licensing.  Sarah Tew/CNET The International Trade Commission on Tuesday handed down two rulings in Apple and Qualcomm’s battle over patents. One found in favor of Qualcomm while the other sided with Apple. In one case, a judge said Apple’s iPhones have infringed a Qualcomm patent and should be banned from sale. But a full commission review in a second, separate case said Apple didn’t infringe Qualcomm patents and dismissed that suit. It also said it found that Qualcomm’s patents aren’t valid. In the first findings published Tuesday, Administrative Law Judge MaryJoan McNamara, in an initial determination, said Apple has infringed claim one of Qualcomm’s US Patent No. 8,063,674, which relates to power management in computing devices. The technology improves the performance of the power on/off on a device’s control network and processor while also reducing power consumption and improving battery life. Qualcomm accused Apple’s A10, A11 and A12 chips, which act as the brains of the iPhone 7 to the iPhone XS, of infringement. Because of that infringement, McNamara wrote, she plans to recommend that iPhones should be banned from sale in the US. She found that Apple didn’t infringe other patents asserted by Qualcomm and said some of Qualcomm’s patent claims are invalid. See All Apple vs. Qualcomm: Court battles explained Sprint Tags Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Share your voicelast_img read more

Tripura has highest no of manual scavengers

first_imgTripura has the highest percentage of manual scavenger with 2.50 per cent of its rural population still engaged in this menial work, according to the Socio Economic and Caste Census (SECC) 2011.Successive governments since independence have tried to eradicate this through legislation but this is still prevalent, though in very small percentage, across the country.All India average for manual scavenger in rural India is 0.10 per cent, or 18.06 lakh, across the country. Tripura (17,332) is followed by Mizoram with 0.92 per cent of population still pursuing manual scavenging.As many as nine states and one union territory of Delhi has zero number of manual scavenger. The states which have eradicated this are Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Goa, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Manipur and Assam. As far as percentage of legally released bonded labour is concerned, the all India average is 0.12 per cent or 2.06 lakh.Tripura again has the highest percentage of legally released bonded labour with 7.31 per cent or 50,716. This is followed by Arunachal Pradesh with 0.7 per cent. With regard to Primitive Tribal Group, the census revealed that 0.59 per cent of the total population falls under this.last_img read more

SeaWorld Parks extends Canadian Resident deal

first_img Tuesday, October 17, 2017 Posted by Travelweek Group Share ORLANDO — SeaWorld Parks is extending its Canadian Resident Offer, introducing both one- and two-park visits now for sale through April 30, 2018.Tickets are valid for one year from date of purchase (Florida parks only) and agents can book through any of SeaWorld’s preferred travel partners.The Canadian Resident pricing promotion applies to SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica Orlando, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Adventure Island Tampa Bay and SeaWorld San Diego.The SeaWorld rescue team has helped more than 31,000 animals in need over the last 50 years. A visit helps SeaWorld provide US$10 million in donations and in-kind services every year for animal rescue and conservation efforts, says the company.Opening next summer at SeaWorld Orlando, Infinity Falls will feature the world’s tallest drop on a river raft ride, immersing guests in a lush, freshwater rainforest.Meanwhile SeaWorld San Diego unveiled several new attractions this year, including Ocean Explorer, a family attraction combining multiple aquariums, five rides and digital technologies designed to engage park guests. The park also debuted the all-new Ocean Encounter, representing an important evolution of how SeaWorld guests experience and learn about killer whales.More news:  Direct Travel names Smith as Senior VP, Leisure Marketing, North AmericaComing in 2018, SeaWorld San Diego’s new Electric Eel will be the tallest and fastest roller coaster in San Diego.Here are more details about the Canadian Resident deals:SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay One Park Canadian Resident Offer at US$74.99Save up to $30 when you purchase a SeaWorld Orlando or Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Canadian Residence ticket offer for US$74.99Ticket offer for purchase Oct. 1, 2017 to April 30, 2018Valid for a one day visit to SeaWorld Orlando or Busch Gardens Tampa BayTicket valid for one year from date of purchase. Parking not included. The e-Ticket must be purchased prior to arrival. Payment must be made in U.S. dollars and tax will be added at end of purchaseProof of Canadian residency requiredSeaWorld San Diego Canadian Resident Offer at US$64.50Ticket offer for purchase to Dec. 31, 2017Valid for a one-day visit to SeaWorld San DiegoTicket valid for redemption through Jan. 31, 2018The e-ticket must be purchased prior to arrival. Payment must be made in U.S. dollars and tax will be added at end of purchaseProof of Canadian residency requiredMore news:  Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problemFlorida Parks Two-Park Canadian Resident Offer at US$99.99Valid for a total of two visits at any of the following parks: SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica Orlando, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and Adventure Island Tampa Bay.Second visit must be redeemed within six months of first visit. US$99.99 price does not include parking, taxes or service fees. Savings based on the regular gate price of comparable admission tickets.Ticket offer for purchase Oct. 1, 2017 to April 30, 2018. Ticket valid for 1 year from date of purchase. Discount not available at the parkComplimentary daily round-trip transportation from Orlando to Busch Gardens Tampa availableProof of Canadian residency is requiredPrices and tour specifics are subject to change. All prices are quoted in USD and do not include taxes, parking or service fees. Proof of Canadian residency may be required at front gate.The Canadian Resident Offer is available through SeaWorld Parks’ travel partners: Air Canada Vacations, Sunwing, Transat, TravelBrands and WestJet Vacations.center_img Tags: Orlando, Promotions, SeaWorld, Theme Parks & Attractions << Previous PostNext Post >> SeaWorld Parks extends Canadian Resident deallast_img read more

Campaign planned to attract cruise ships to Great Lakes

first_img Share MACKINAC ISLAND — A coalition of government and business groups on both sides of the border is kicking off a campaign to attract cruise ships to the Great Lakes.Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and other officials attended an announcement of the “Cruise the Great Lakes” initiative this week on Mackinac Island, MI.The announcement coincides with a port of call by Victory 1, a cruise line ship that regularly tours the Great Lakes.The new marketing partnership includes several of the region’s states and Canadian provinces, plus port authorities and local tourism agencies.They say cruise ship tourism on the Great Lakes is expected to grow significantly in coming years. Eight ships were expected to visit this year, representing about 100,000 passenger port visits.Two additional vessels plan to begin operating on the lakes in 2020. Campaign planned to attract cruise ships to Great Lakes By: The Associated Press Friday, August 31, 2018 Tags: Great Lakes << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more