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first_imgOAKLAND — A 5-year-old Liam Hendriks, like most other Australian kids, had to decide on a summer sport to pursue.T-ball or cricket?Tradition might’ve pulled Hendriks toward cricket — a more popular sport among Australians than baseball — but there was just something a bit more logical about T-ball for a young, short-attention spanned Hendriks and his friends.“T-ball is thirty minutes long every Saturday and cricket starts turning into three hours, six hours,” Hendriks said. “And my parents …last_img


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first_img23 March 2015The government is urging South Africans to use Human Rights month as a vehicle to foster social cohesion, nation building, national identity socioeconomic developement – as well as an end to xenophobia and homophobia, Justice and Correctional Minister Michael Masutha said at an official event held to commemorate Human Rights Day in Uitenhage on Saturday.Masutha urged communities to stop looting shops owned by foreign nationals: “We need to root out the new habit of looting shops owned by immigrants. These shops render services to the very communities that end up looting and destorying them.”He encouraged people to report complaints about illegal activities in immigrant communities to their councillors or to the police. “Don’t vent out your grievances by looting shops and destorying property,” Masutha said.Addressing the crowd at Rosedale Field in Uitenhage in the Eastern Cape, Masutha paid tribute to those who died in massacre that took place there 30 years ago.On 21 March 1985, 28 people were shot dead by police in Langa, a township on the outskirts of Uitenhage. The demonstrators had gathered to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Sharpeville massacre.Mashuta said 21 March was now a day to reaffirm the rights of all the people of South Africa. This year’s theme is “Celebrating the Freedom Charter, enjoying Equal Human Rights for All”.“We should go back to the tradition of caring for each other’s children and young people. We should go back to the traditon of caring for each other’s aged grannies,” the minister said.SAnews.gov.za and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more


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first_img SharePrint Related3 Tips for New Geocachers – Geocaching.com Weekly NewsletterSeptember 12, 2012In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”We’ve Got Urban Geocaching on Lock — QuadLockLog (GC330KJ) — Geocache of the WeekAugust 7, 2013In “Community”8 Tips to Answer the Eternal Question, “Is it even here?”September 22, 2013In “Geocaching Quizzes” Perfecting your geocaching treasure-hunting technique takes practice. The best kind of practice is simply to geocache more. Here are three quick tips that can help add more joy to geocaching for new cachers and those who have a few finds under their belts.1. Set yourself up for successStart your first geocaching adventure by looking for geocaches with easier Difficulty and Terrain ratings, such as those below Difficulty 2, Terrain 2. Check the logs to make sure the geocache has been found recently. This will let you know the geocache will be in place. Search for a “regular” size or larger geocache that has at least a few Favorite points.2. Know your geocache containersGeocaches are often cleverly hidden. They might be camouflaged to look like a rock or to blend into the environment. Check out this video to see 5 Geocaches in 30 Seconds. If you’re still stumped while looking for a geocache, check out the recent logs and the hint. You can also email the cache owner for an additional hint, or phone-a-friend who’s also found the cache.3. Find a geocaching friendGeocachers enjoy sharing their geocaching adventures. Attend a local geocaching event to meet other geocachers or join a geocaching organization. They’ll be glad to help with any questions and offer a wealth of knowledge into geocaching around your region.Once you’ve found a geocache, make sure to write a log thanking the cache owner and detailing your adventure. You might even spice up your log with some geocaching lingo like TFTC (Thanks for the Cache) or TNLN (Took Nothing Left Nothing). You’ll be a geocaching pro in no time!Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more


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first_imgA new study commissioned by the European Union has finally proven what many have suspected all along: internet users don’t want to pay for content. Period. And nothing is going to change their minds. The report finds, in a surprising contradiction to what industry executives have been spouting for ages, consumers’ behavior has nothing to do with the peer-to-peer technology (P2P) that has given rise to all-you-can-eat systems for free downloads of copyrighted content. In fact, many people claim that they wouldn’t pay for online content even if all other free options were taken away. This finding has dramatic implications for the future of business, and not just in the entertainment industry, either. If people won’t pay for content, how will companies survive?The answer to this question is simple, but the actual solutions are hard. It’s clear that new business models are needed when it comes to online content, but what should these new models look like? How should they work? No one really seems to know yet. Who Pays, Who Doesn’t The European Commission’s Digital Competitiveness Report (PDF) is a comprehensive annual resource which looks at everything from broadband penetration to use of social networks and more. One of the chapters in the latest report, published earlier this month, deals specifically with online entertainment. In this chapter, the EU study reports on the state of the online entertainment industry, revealing factoids like “less than 5% of Europeans have paid for online content in the last three months.” The most interesting results from the report, though, are not the details about who pays, but about who doesn’t. Among the non-payers, factors like lower prices would convince about 30% to pay while things like better quality, wider choice, better availability, and others would convince between 15-20%. Yet one figure stands out: only around 20% of online users would pay for online content if all the other free options suddenly disappeared.Peer-to-Peer File Sharing Not to Blame, Says EU The impact of this finding didn’t escape the notice of the EU researchers, who go on to point out that this seems to mean, contrary to what industry execs say, illegal copying is not to blame:“…the low percentage of individuals that consider the possible lack of freely available online content as a reason for paying, calls into question the argument put forward by representatives of the content industry that European consumers will in the long term suffer from a lack of commercial availability of high quality content if the current model of audiovisual content distribution, based on illegal copying, is not curved.”Instead, what seems to be happening is that people pay for their internet connection and then gorge themselves on the abundant free content that’s available online. Because there’s so much out there which costs nothing at all – from web news to streaming video to software applications – internet users tend to balk at the idea of actually having to pull out their wallets to make a purchase. It’s the internet itself that has led us down this path to a place where old monetization models simply no longer apply.What’s the Answer?The report goes on to look at the business models of all sorts of content sites in detail including online news/newspapers, video, movies, music, and online games. While the ways consumers access these different types of content may vary (RSS for reading news, streaming videos, downloading music), the findings are relatively consistent across the board. With only a few exceptions (Apple’s iTunes Store, music-based games like Guitar Hero, etc.), many of the current business models are not sustainable.So what’s the answer? There isn’t really a good one just yet. Many businesses try “freemium” models which convert power users to paying users. Other sites try sustaining themselves on online ads (which is difficult to do in a down economy). But the best ideas for new business models may very well be the ones that haven’t even been thought up yet. The only question is whether or not they’ll be discovered in time before more content-producing industries fail.Image credits – used freely thanks to the Internet and Creative Commons: downloading, flickr user Arenamontanus; I love P2P, flickr user Brocco Lee; p2p logo, flickr user jatop Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… sarah perez 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#New Media#NYT#p2p#Trends#web center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts last_img read more


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first_imgUttar Pradesh Cane Development Minister Suresh Rana said on Monday that the State will ensure the entire cane arrears of around ₹10,000 crore are paid to farmers before the start of the new season from October. A proposal to provide ₹5,535 crore for the purpose of clearing cane dues of both cooperative and private sector will be placed before the Cabinet in the coming week, he said. Sugarcane crushing season in Uttar Pradesh, the country’s leading sugar producing State, starts from October 20 and continues till November 5. “Cane arrears have come down to around ₹10,000 crore. We have kept a target to bring the dues to zero before the start of the new season from October 20,” Mr. Rana told reporters on the sidelines of 59th annual general meeting of the National Federation of Sugar Factories Ltd here. The State government will place a Cabinet proposal seeking approval of ₹5,535 crore funds, which was allocated in the State budget for sugar sector, he said. As per the proposal, Mr. Rana said the State government will provide ₹1,010 crore to cooperative mills, ₹25 crore to a state mill and ₹500 crore to private mills for direct payment of cane dues.Soft loan Another ₹4,000 crore will be made available through a soft loan to private mills for clearing cane payment. The modality of the soft loan is being worked out, he added. He did not elaborate further. Earlier speaking at the AGM, he said the State government is committed towards cane growers.last_img read more


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first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Cosco Shipping International COSCO Shipping International (Singapore) has decided to dissolve a defunct subsidiary, namely Sanbo Shipping Limited, by deregistration.The company informed that the Hong Kong-incorporated subsidiary has been dissolved subsequent to the scrapping of the vessel owned by Sanbo.The deregistration of Sanbo “is not expected to have any material impact” on the net tangible assets and earnings per share of the company for the financial year ending December 31, 2018, COSCO Shipping International said.The company added that none of the directors or controlling shareholders of the company has any interest, direct or indirect in the deregistration of Sanbo.In its profit guidance for the first quarter of 2018, released in late April, COSCO Shipping International said that it expects to deliver a profit for the period ended March 31.The first quarter results “will show a profit as compared to the net loss recorded in the corresponding period of the previous financial year,” which would be mainly attributable to contributions from Cogent Holdings Limited and PT Ocean Global Shipping.last_img read more