Aubrey Huff is afraid of socialists, and he’s got the bullet holes to prove it.The former Giants first baseman/outfielder and current outspoken supporter of President Trump, took to Twitter Monday night to show what he and his sons were up to at the shooting range.He was preparing them in the doomsday event Bernie Sanders wins the 2020 presidential election, presumably because he believes they’ll have to use their guns against socialists, who will be trying to take them away.Getting my boys …
Funding basic public services “We are mindful of the fact that even though transfers to municipalities have increased strongly over the past five years, service delivery problems persist,” Gordhan said. The government has acknowledged that while progress has been made in the transformation of local government, there is still a long way to go before all municipalities in the country are fully functional and sustainable. The Industrial Development Corporation will play a key role in the implementation of the government’s Industrial Action Plan soon to be unveiled by Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies. Gordhan said the government had taken steps to equip development finance institutions to step up their lending to municipalities, land reform programmes and businesses in distress as result of the financial crisis. A guarantee of R15.2-billion has been approved for the Development Bank of Southern Africa, enabling it to extend capital to poor municipalities for infrastructure projects. A further R2.5-billion will go to the Municipal Infrastructure Grant to help municipalities address issues of aging infrastructure and to improve provision of services. Municipalities countrywide have been the subject of fierce criticism, something believed to have sparked widespread service delivery protests. Some have cited issues of budget shortfalls as causing a lack of service delivery. Delivering a Budget totalling R907-billion, Gordhan said the country’s municipalities would receive an additional R6.7-billion through the local government equitable share to help them cushion poor households from the rising costs of electricity and water. Last year, government approved a strategy to turn around local government. The strategy aims to respond to both internal problems such as transparency of procurement systems as well as external factors. 17 February 2010 A sizeable number of municipalities countrywide were cash-strapped in the past financial year as most families in poor households battled to pay for services. The equitable share funding allows municipalities to supplement their revenue in order to achieve the intended access to basic public services for communities. Gordhan said his department was working with the Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs to ensure that the higher spending allocations to municipalities translated into real improvements in people’s lives. Development finance Delivering his maiden Budget speech in Parliament in Cape Town on Wednesday, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announced a R55-billion allocation to South Africa’s cash-strapped municipalities for 2010/11, set to increase to R78-billion in 2012/13. “We need better alignment between provincial government budgets and national priorities,” he added. Municipalities: long way to go Source: BuaNews
Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Analysis#NYT#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… I’d like to ask for a moment of silence to mark the passing of a Web application that had eyes bigger than its stomach. An ambitious little startup called Nsyght gave up the ghost this weekend and with it went some very, very cool features. In the end, this little Twitter and Facebook message-parsing service just couldn’t do what it set out to do, and so it has closed up shop.By some standards, Twitter publishes a whole lot of data, about 1,000 messages per second. Nsyght allowed you to do remarkable things with that river of data: search inside Twitter lists, retrieve your own long-lost messages or filter messages from your friends by media type. Below are three of the ways I used Nsyght every day in my news gathering routine. Maybe someday, someone, somewhere will be able to bite off this many Tweets and return these kinds of dream-features to the world.What Was That Link I Tweeted?One of the features that Nsyght offered was the ability to retrieve your own tweets from way back, months back in the archive, by keyword search. There are very few other ways to do this. Twitter itself won’t let you search your own or other peoples’ archives back very far at all because of the database challenges. Nsyght was my go-to place to do that, and I already miss it. What does it mean that we’re all creating so much data, but so much of it becomes inaccessible even to ourselves just weeks after it’s published? Hunting for PhotosI kept Nsyght open in a browser tab every day while I worked and kept it set to filter all my incoming Twitter and Facebook messages by media type. Specifically, I watched a feed of all the photos my contacts were sharing. This helped me unearth some great tech industry news photos that got turned into short, interesting little blog posts. I sure miss that feature. The hard part isn’t filtering for media type, of course, that probably just requires a good white-list of media-sharing domains to watch for links to. The hard part is eating the Tweets without choking, or missing too many of them.Above: I used Nsyght to filter all recent Twitter messages posted by Facebook staff members for the keyword “Twitter.”What do the Experts Say?I’ve got a news writing workflow that involves pushing this button, pulling that lever, pinging those robots, etc. It’s worked out very well to help me learn quickly about the things I write about, without living in the Silicon Valley myself. These systems are a great democratizer of knowledge.One of my favorite new ones was Nysght’s search inside a Twitter list feature. You could start following a brand new Twitter list with your Twitter account, and Nsyght would take just a few minutes to ping the Twitter API again and again and build an archive of hundreds of the back-logged Tweets the people on that list had posted prior to your discovering it. You could then search those Tweets by keyword!So part of my routine had been to jump over to Tlists or Listorious as soon as I figured out the subject of my next article. I would find an expert-curated list of specialists in any relevant fields and I’d follow those lists on Twitter. Then I’d go and do other research using other tools (like the telephone, or custom search engines) while Nsyght built an archive of that new list I just started following in the background. After a few minutes, I could jump over to Nsyght and quickly filter through the recent history of that list to see what those topical experts had been saying on Twitter about the subject of my article. There are a number of services online today that try to make it easy to use Twitter’s public replies to ask questions of particular topical experts, but sometimes it works a lot better to be able to filter for keywords in their existing public conversations among themselves. It was great! But now it’s gone.Nsyght, when it worked, was an incredible tool for harvesting knowledge from my existing community of curated contacts and their publishing streams. Hopefully, someday, someone, somewhere, will build something that can handle this much data and provide a fast, simple interface to fill needs like the above.Unfortunately, it looks like that’s not going to be Nsyght. As founder Geoffrey McCaleb wrote in his goodbye post this weekend, after the site had been down for the past three weeks:“Ultimately, the site was working in an offline capacity, and still working as good as it was the day we went offline. The problem? It just wasn’t good enough. It wasn’t stable, but more disturbingly it frequently had ‘gaps’ so sometimes users would miss posts from their friends – which is really the whole point of the service. As much as I wanted to restore the service, there’s no room for ‘sorta’ good. You either have a really cool service that truly innovates/changes the game, or you go home. marshall kirkpatrick 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
A day before his verdict in the rape case, Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh shared a video message in which he urged his followers to maintain peace and that those who have reached Panchkula should return home. The Dera chief urged them to respect the law and maintain peace.
Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Seventh-ranked Cilic, the 2012 champion, played a near-perfect opening set. He saved Lopez’s only break point with an ace before striking with his first opportunity to take the lead.Lopez’s serve often came to the rescue with 10 aces during the second set, the most important of which saved one of Cilic’s two break points in the second game.Having forced a tiebreaker, Lopez found another gear and produced faultless tennis to take it 7-2.Neither player earned a break point as the high-quality serving continued in the third set, leading to a decisive tiebreaker.Cilic had the first match point, but Lopez executed a fine volley under pressure before finally claiming the title as Cilic sent a forehand wide on the Spaniard’s third match point.ADVERTISEMENT “There is no better preparation going into Wimbledon,” Lopez said. “To win here, to play Wimbledon in a week, is a great feeling.”“It’s tough to believe at 35 that I’m playing my best tennis, but I am.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire View comments LATEST STORIES Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. What ‘missteps’? Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games MOST READ In the deciding tiebreaker, Lopez saved a match point when trailing 6-5 with a stretching forehand volley, before sealing victory at the third opportunity.A beaten finalist in 2014 when he failed to capitalize on a match point against Grigor Dimitrov, Lopez once more displayed his grass-court skills ahead of Wimbledon.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I cannot believe that I’ve finally won this trophy,” Lopez said. “It’s the best week of my career — to win this tournament at this stage of my career, it’s so amazing.“It’s tough to put that match point (in 2014) away from my mind. I was serving for the match again, it was so difficult to handle my nerves.” Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Spain’s Feliciano Lopez celebrates with the trophy after winning the final against Croatia’s Marin Cilic at The Queen’s Club tennis tournament in London, Sunday June 25, 2017. (Steven Paston/PA via AP)LONDON — Feliciano Lopez saved a match point as he came from behind to beat Marin Cilic of Croatia and claim the biggest title of his career at Queen’s on Sunday in the Wimbledon warm-up event.The 35-year-old Spaniard failed to break the serve of fourth-seeded Cilic throughout the grass-court final but fought back to win 4-6, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (8) in a match lasting around 2 ½ hours.ADVERTISEMENT Jordan Spieth holes bunker shot to win Travelers playoff
Tottenham midfielder Oliver Skipp delighted with full Premier League debutby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham midfielder Oliver Skipp was delighted with his full Premier League debut for victory over Burnley.Christian Eriksen fired Spurs’ injury-time winner on Saturday.With Jan Vertonghen missing with a thigh injury and Eric Dier suffering from a virus, left-back Ben Davies stepped in at centre-back while 18-year-old Academy product Oliver Skipp was handed his full Premier League debut. Fellow Academy starlet TJ Eyoma was on the bench as defensive cover.Skipp beamed, “It’s a great result to get the last-minute winner and it’s topped off a great day for me! “I was happy to have gained the manager’s trust.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Chief Justice, Hon. Bryan Sykes, says case flow management is key in ensuring the timely conclusion of court proceedings. Story Highlights Addressing members of the judiciary at a three-day case management seminar at the Melia Braco Village in Trelawny on June 23, Mr. Sykes said several parish courts have been demonstrating mastery of case flow management and, in the process, clearing their backlogs. Chief Justice, Hon. Bryan Sykes, says case flow management is key in ensuring the timely conclusion of court proceedings.Addressing members of the judiciary at a three-day case management seminar at the Melia Braco Village in Trelawny on June 23, Mr. Sykes said several parish courts have been demonstrating mastery of case flow management and, in the process, clearing their backlogs.Noting that a comprehensive statistical report on the outcome of proceedings in the Supreme and Parish Courts was produced for the first time in 2017, Mr. Sykes said the data suggests that case flow management is “one of the most, if not the most effective means of managing cases effectively and taking them through in a timely manner from filing to disposition.”The Chief Justice said the report, which was collated over a 24-month period by Statistics and Data Capture Consultant, Dr. Denarto Dennis, also lists a number of components that can be used to measure the courts’ efficiency.“According to Dr. Dennis, one of the international benchmarks is hearing dates certainty… that deals with the likelihood of a case going on when it is set down for hearing. We have also been told by him that the minimum standard is 80 per cent which, in an ideal world, should be between 92 and 100 per cent,” he added.Mr. Sykes further noted that despite resource constraints, several courts islandwide have been showing significant improvements in their performance.“In the midst of what we are doing, we need to recognize that good things are happening within the courts and that it is not all doom and gloom,” he emphasized.Regarding criminal trials, the Chief Justice said the statistics revealed that hearing date certainty is approximately 54 per cent, while the average across all divisions is 69 per cent.“Divisions such as probate and matrimonial are said to be doing well, with hearing date certainty at over 80 per cent. For the first quarter of 2018, commercial courts are reporting a hearing date certainty of 92 per cent. As it relates to parish courts, the parishes of St Andrew, St Ann, and Westmoreland have seen a significant improvement in case clearance rate and backlog reduction, despite limited resources,” he informed.M. Sykes noted that Westmoreland, which has one of the heaviest caseloads, now has a case clearance rate of 86.7 per cent, while the Corporate Area’s stands at 76.25 per cent.“This was accomplished without any increase in resources or the number of judges, but through effective strategies to deal with difficult issues,” he further pointed out.The case flow management seminar was facilitated by the National Centre for State Courts in the USA, in collaboration with the Judicial Education Institute of Jamaica. Noting that a comprehensive statistical report on the outcome of proceedings in the Supreme and Parish Courts was produced for the first time in 2017, Mr. Sykes said the data suggests that case flow management is “one of the most, if not the most effective means of managing cases effectively and taking them through in a timely manner from filing to disposition.”
A shipping company has many assets, which include ships, people, operational, commercial, technical expertise and its “Data”. The Maritime industry is believed to be generating an estimated 100 – 120 million data points each day which equates to terabytes of Data that can fill out Big Data centers. Buried in this data is commercial and operational intelligence, and actionable insights, which present an opportunity for any operator to achieve optimal operational efficiency and enhance shareholder value.Big Data has made a significant impact in many industries such as finance, internet, media, telecom, healthcare; however, the approach to data-driven operations, its adoption and impact in the maritime industry has been progressing at a relatively slower pace.Any company in any given industry has the chance to improve its performance by 5-10%, if not more, by using Big Data, Anwar Siddiqui, Advisor to the CEO of Bahri, the National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia told World Maritime News.According to Siddiqui, Big Data remains untapped in the shipping industry, therefore there are huge opportunities for innovation, usage, driving optimal performance, and leveraging assets better.The company’s Big Data Platform aims to deliver real time data driven solutions at the fingertips of its executive decision makers, managers, charterers, voyage managers and ship superintendents with actionable insights to empower them to make informed decisions.“If you look at companies of our size, and other larger shipping conglomerates that produce a lot of data, I do not think any industry or any company of such a size can avoid looking at their data to achieve better operating efficiencies,” he said, adding that Big Data also has a secondary market such as customers, insurers, financiers, people who provide bank loans, and customers who rely on shipments, as “there is an enormous need to bring Big Data into a shipping company. “At this time, there are only a handful of players, mostly large ones, dealing with Big Data. Siddiqui said that the industry is at an early adopters stage as this technology is gradually being recognized and deployed across the industry.He believes that if the industry wants to move from this stage, it needs more than just innovation and capabilities, “it needs to have a broader ecosystem which includes not just the shipping companies, but also the equipment providers, service providers, the ports, the suppliers, the customers, the customs etc.,” as the industry needs more collaboration, in terms of working closely toward sharing the technology, the information, and the commercial framework.From Bahri’s perspective on Big Data in general, the company is at the height of innovation right now and it is spending time developing several Big Data models and building capabilities, which will contribute to saving money, improving customer efficiency, enhancing chartering, and increasing revenue as well as the asset life or efficiency.This program improves financial value, such as profit margin advantages, it provides operational efficiency, better utilization of voyage days, as well as reduction of ballast days, which in turn frees up capacity, Siddiqui said.Furthermore, the Platform is being used to look at condition based management, how to improve safety and quality, and investigating possible gaps where failure could arise.When asked about the role of Big Data on the road to smart ships, Siddiqui said that “smart ships is a journey, not a destination, and Big Data is a tool along that journey.”He added that, in the Sheridan’s Automation scale where 10 being the transformation that allows fully automated smart ships, where machines do everything without human interventions, is not expected to come overnight due to the complexity of the shipping industry. However, automation is a big drive in the industry and Bahri is also building up capabilities today where computers offer suggestions and humans approve them.As one of the world’s foremost logistics and transportation companies contributing to the transformation and growth of the global shipping industry, Bahri said that any industry that wants to scale up in any area has to take the approach of open innovation and collaboration. Therefore, the company said that it is investing in partnerships, remaining open to contributing and working with the industry in relation to Big Data.
zoom Tanker market’s slowdown has slashed SCF Group’s net profit to USD 39.9 million during the first quarter of the year from USD 103.1 million booked a year earlier.“Tanker freight market experiences significant headwinds, with some spot market segment TCE rates down over 40 per cent year-on-year,” Russia’s shipping major Sovcomflot said.The company’s TCE revenues came at USD 274.4 million, a decrease from USD 290.8 million posted in the first quarter of 2016. EBITDA also saw a dip to USD 161.2 million, from the previous year’s USD 193.6 million.During the quarter, the company secured a USD 174 million 15-year credit facility with Sberbank, to refinance two Arctic shuttle tankers (Mikhail Ulyanov and Kirill Lavrov) servicing Prirazlomnoye project.Sovcomflot said that the final installment payments for three ice-breaking stand-by vessels for the Sakhalin 2 project scheduled for delivery until the end of the current year have been fully funded with no envisaged cash outlay by the group, further stressing that the group does not face any refinancing needs for the rest of the year.In addition, the world’s first ice-breaking LNG tanker, Christophe de Margerie, was delivered during Q1 and entered in long-term time-charter agreement with Yamal LNG.“The first quarter saw a significant downturn in the global tanker market. Despite the challenges faced in the conventional market segment, Sovcomflot showed resilience and was able to outperform many of its peers. Our offshore business segment performed especially well and now represents over 40 per cent of our operating profit,” Sergey Frank, President and CEO of PAO Sovcomflot, said.“With the long-term nature of many of our charters, some being over 25 years in duration, Sovcomflot’s earnings and cash flow visibility is unprecedented for the industry. Indeed, overall contracted future revenues stood at nearly USD 8 billion at the quarter end,” Nikolay Kolesnikov, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, added.The group’s fleet comprises 148 vessels with a total deadweight of over 13.1 million tonnes.
Harry Kane has no intention of resting for England’s Group G finale against Belgium and instead intends to continue with his recent goalscoring hot steak in order to aid his chances at winning the World Cup Golden BootThe England captain is now the leading scorer at the World Cup with five goals in two games following his hat-trick in Sunday’s 6-1 thrashing of Panama.Kane became only the third England player to score a hat-trick in a World Cup match after Geoff Hurst (vs Germany 1966 World Cup final) and Gary Lineker (vs Poland 1986 World Cup).The 24-year-old also became the first player to find the back of the net twice in his first two games since Poland’s Grzegorz Lato in 1974 – who would later win the Golden Boot.Kane has now overtaken scoring rivals Cristiano Ronaldo and Romelu Lukaku in the race for the Golden Boot award and could further add to his advantage with the latter looking set to be left out of Belgium’s final Group G game against England with an injury.“I want to continue, the form I’m in, but whatever decision the gaffer makes we’ll get behind,” said Kane, according to Sky Sports.Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“That’s his decision, I guess, but obviously I want to play. The most important thing is always winning games, and if my goals help my team win then that’s the perfect situation.“There’s a long way to go and a lot of good players just behind me [on the list]. Hopefully, I can just continue and take it into Thursday’s game.”England are currently above Belgium in the Group G table due to a better disciplinary record and Kane is keen to help the Three Lions hold on to their slender lead by ideally winning their final group game.“It’s important we finish top,” he said.“We’re ahead by a yellow card or something but we want to go and try to win the game and take the momentum into the knockout stages.”