Toms to fight for title in Weise rematch

first_imgFormer champion Ryan Toms will face Nathan Weise for the vacant southern area light-middleweight title at Bethnal Green’s York Hall on 7 July.Weise was beaten by O’Meara.The fight is a rematch between two men who drew at York Hall last year – and who suffered first-round defeats at the hands of West Londoner Steve O’Meara at the same venue.Toms, from Northholt, held the southern-area belt until losing to O’Meara there in September.O’Meara then crushed Weise three months later, poleaxing the Thamesmead man with a thumping right hand.The title became vacant when O’Meara opted not to fight Yassmine El Maachi, who was then due to face Toms but was forced to pull out because of an injury.Weise, 27, has a record of 8-2-2, while the 30-year-old Toms (10-2-1) was unbeaten before his defeat against O’Meara.Toms has subsequently been beaten by Joe Selkirk but returned to winning ways with a third-round stoppage of Ukrainian Oleksiy Chukov last time out.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Unique sculpture at Mandela Capture Site

first_imgOn 5 August 1962, an otherwise ordinary piece of road along the R103, roughly three kilometres outside Howick in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province, suddenly took on profound consequence. Armed apartheid police flagged down a car in which Nelson Mandela was pretending to be the chauffeur.Having succeeded in evading capture by apartheid operatives for 17 months, Mandela had just paid a clandestine visit to African National Congress (ANC) president Chief Albert Luthuli’s Groutville home to report back on his African odyssey, and to request support in calling for an armed struggle.It was in this dramatic way, at this unassuming spot, that Nelson Mandela was finally captured, and proceeded to disappear from public view for the next 27 years.Powerful new sculptureMarking the 50-year anniversary of what began Nelson Mandela’s “long walk to freedom” – and the piece of land that, quite randomly, irrevocably altered the history of South Africa – is a quietly powerful new sculpture, set into the environment of this silently potent space.The sculpture, the centrepiece of a new memorial site – the Nelson Mandela Capture Site – was unveiled by South African President Jacob Zuma during the site’s official inauguration on 5 August 2012.The site was made possible by the Department of Co-operative Government and Traditional Affairs working together with the uMngeni Municipality, the Apartheid Museum and the KwaZulu-Natal Heritage Council in association with the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory.The extraordinary sculpture by artist Marco Cianfanelli comprises 50 steel column constructions – each between 6.5 and 9.5 metres tall – set into the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands landscape.The approach to the site, designed by architect Jeremy Rose of Mashabane Rose Associates, leads one down a path towards the sculpture where, at a distance of 35 metres, a portrait of Nelson Mandela, looking west, comes into focus as the 50 linear vertical units line up to create the illusion of a flat image.At once monumental and transientThe effect of Cianfanelli’s image is at once monumental and transient.Cianfanelli says of the deliberate structural paradox: “The 50 columns represent the 50 years since his capture, but they also suggest the idea of many making the whole; of solidarity.“It points to an irony, as the political act of Mandela’s incarceration cemented his status as an icon of struggle, which helped ferment the groundswell of resistance, solidarity and uprising, bringing about political change and democracy.”The sculpture both affects and is affected by the surrounding landscape, visually shifting throughout the day as light and atmosphere behind and around it change.An additional five smaller columns create an axis from the main sculpture to the monument site across the road.Museum, multipurpose theatre in the planningChristopher Till, director of the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg and a key figure behind the development and realisation of the Capture Site, said the sculpture stood out as “an example of how the installation of art into a site of history and heritage can be a catalytic and powerful force.”The uMngeni municipality, with the assistance of the Department of Co-operative Government and Traditional Affairs, has acquired the property adjacent to the capture site on the R103, and has commissioned a plan for the establishment of a museum, multipurpose theatre and amphitheatre on the site.Speaking at the unveiling, Zuma said: “We must encourage generations to visit this place to see Madiba’s last point as a free man. Those who do so will be inspired by the sacrifice, commitment and dedication to this country and its people.”Zuma also noted that Howick was famous for its beautifual scenery and its proximity to the magnificent Howick Falls, a major attraction for tourists visiting or passing through the area.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Press release: Brand South Africa seeks to strengthen ties with Singapore

first_imgSingaporean businesses, it has been found, do not see South Africa as a viable investment destination. Brand South Africa looked to change that during a recent trip to the South-East Asian city-state.Brand South Africa was recently in Singapore to entice business leaders there to do business in South Africa. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)Singapore, 24 November 2017 – As business and trade links between South Africa and Singapore continue to deepen, Brand South Africa and the South African High Commission in Singapore hosted an event and research consultation on 22 November 2017 in Singapore with the aim of enhancing South Africa’s trade and business connections with Singapore, as well as the wider Asia region.Research conducted by Brand South Africa recently on international investor perceptions found that the Asian region generally, and Singapore specifically, has low levels of familiarity of South Africa as both a business and investment destination. Geographical and language barriers were cited as two prominent challenges identified by the research.During the event, high-level dignitaries, including the South African Political Counsellor for Singapore, Sean Pike, and Leigh Gail-Petersen, Brand South Africa’s Research Manager, as well as leading business professionals and representatives from both markets, sought to assess the challenges and opportunities South Africa faces in the Singapore market and the broader region.Dr Petrus de Kock, the General Manager for Research at Brand South Africa, commented: “Both Singapore and South Africa are global examples of economies which have transformed themselves in a short period of time. While Asia’s growth story is well understood around the world, findings from a recent research project indicate that in Asia there are not similar levels of understanding regarding the business and investment opportunities in South Africa.“We hope that by educating ourselves on the Singapore business community’s perceptions of South Africa as a business and investment destination we will find ways to strengthen our ties with Singapore and the broader region. This, in turn, will help us to raise levels of awareness regarding the business and trade opportunities available in South Africa and in doing so increase [the] appetite for investment in our nation-state.”Gail-Petersen commented on the sidelines of the event, saying: “Singapore, and Asia, are important trade markets for South Africa. We are starting to see an increase in interest from Singapore companies in our nation-state, however, there is still considerable work to be done in growing awareness in Singapore of the business and investment opportunities which exist in South Africa. By identifying the challenges and opportunities South Africa faces in the Singapore market we hope to positively shape the image of the nation among the Singapore business community and ultimately, further develop business links between the two countries.”Following the establishment of its first African regional office in South Africa in 2013, Singapore and South Africa have made recent headway in the development of their trade ties. Most notably during the Africa-ASEAN Business Expo held in South Africa, from 6 – 8 November 2017, which saw several new Memorandums of Understanding signed between the Singapore Manufacturing Federation and the Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry.In its 2017 African Statistical Yearbook, International Enterprise (IE) Singapore identified South Africa as the giant economy in the southern part of the continent, highlighting that opportunities for Singapore companies can be found in power generation and the hospitality sectors as well as niche sectors such as education services. According to data from IE Singapore, South Africa is ranked as Singapore’s 33rd trading partner and bilateral trade reached S$2.236bn in 2015.last_img read more

Adobe releases PDF file format to AIIM / ISO

first_img  Reasons for the success of the PDF file format include:Precise RenderingCompact StorageCross-Platform CompatibilitySecurityPDF has been an Open format.  When first released, Adobe granted a royalty-free license for building PDF-capable applications.  But while the PDF file format has been open and published, it has also been totally under the control of Adobe. AIIM has already been administering some specialized versions of the PDF file format, such as PDF/A (PDF for Archive), PDF/E (PDF for Engineering) and PDF/UA (PDF for Universal Access).  And of these, PDF/A is alsready an ISO standard.The move by Adobe follows a threat by Adobe last summer to sue Microsoft for including a ‘save as PDF’ option as part of Office 2007.  Microsoft eventually dropped the feature.  The move should also be looked favorably on by some governments that have been reluctant to adopt PDF as a standard because of its proprietary nature. Adobe’s PDF (Portable Document Format) standard was first released in 1993 and has become one of the most widely used file formats for exchanging electronic documents.  Today Adobe announced that PDF version 1.7 is being turned over to AIIM, the Enterprise Content Management Association, for eventual publication by ISO (the International Organization for Standardization).last_img read more

5 YouTube Stars Ready For Prime Time

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… • Jenna MarblesVidStatsX YouTube Ranking: 5Subscribers: 4.1 million Video Views: 740 millionThe first woman to break into YouTube’s Top 10, the comedic Marbles is a relative newcomer to YouTube. In only two years, the growth of her popularity is unparalleled, and she has been credited with singlehandedly reinvigorating the vlog, a YouTube form that many thought was on its way out. While most of the top-performing women on YouTube produce content for women in the beauty and style sections, Marbles appeals to both men and women. Unlike Higa and Johnson, though, her videos are not for kids. • Ray William JohnsonVidStatsX YouTube Ranking: 1Subscribers: 5.8 millionVideo Views: 1.98 billionYouTube’s first millionaire (April 2011), Johnson invented the viral video commentary format with his show, entitled =3, copied by Comedy Central’s Tosh.0. Besides =3 on his main channel, Johnson does the popular Your Favorite Martian channel, featuring mostly original songs with animated music videos; he’s set to release an album this year. Johnson has appeared in local theater productions in Los Angeles and has nurtured other YouTube talent like Meekakitty and The Will of DC. RWJ is signed with Makers Studios.  • Philip DeFrancoVidStatsX YouTube Ranking: 20Subscribers: 2.2 millionVideo Views: 966 millionDeFranco started vlogging because of Ze Frank, he told his audience at last year’s VidCon, so it’s fitting he is on this list. The pupil has overcome the master in terms of profit and audience, with DeFranco creating multiple wildly successful YouTube shows and tapping YouTube talent like Tobuscus and new media entrepreneur Sarah Penna. DeFranco’s latest venture, SourceFed, is the first clear success of the Google-funded YouTube premium content. Called the “Jon Stewart of YouTube,” he delivered covereage of the Republican and Democratic National Conventions that was the most-viewed on YouTube’s Election Hub. He also hosted this year’s Shark Week on the Discovery Channel. DeFranco is part of the Revision3 studio and makes six figures a month, though he recently said in a Reddit Ask Me Anything session that he pays himself $100,000 a year, investing the rest into his business. • Tyler OakleyVidStatsX YouTube Ranking: 702Subscribers: 240,000Video Views: 28 millionRepresenting the LGBT crowd, vlogger Oakley is more influential in the YouTube space than his subscriber numbers suggest. For example, last year he created a viral sensation by tweeting Miles Jai’s video “Like Mah Status.” Besides YouTube, Oakley is also influential on Twitter and Tumblr. He was this year’s Taco Bell Twitter correspondent at the Video Music Awards. Related Posts Tags:#web#YouTube fruzsina eordogh Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting BuzzFeed announced its hire of Web video pioneer Ze Frank today. For a media organization touted as the master of Facebook and Twitter clicks, the question is, what took so long? YouTube is a vast ocean of talent untapped by marketers, ad agencies, news organizations, non-profits, political campaigns – really, anyone interested in conquering the Web video landscape. Here are five stand-out personalities.By the nature of their business, top YouTubers are the Web’s all-around players. They’re excellent at spotting trends, as it behooves them to address said trends onscreen. Many started out writing, shooting, and editing their own videos. They’ve successfully built their own brands, negotiating advertising and promotional deals. They’re excellent community managers, constantly fielding comments, criticisms, and incorporating feedback into their work. Every successful YouTuber is an analytics whiz, monitoring audience engagement across various platforms. While many YouTubers enjoy the freedom the video-sharing platform gives them, their areas of expertise put them in a unique position to help organizations in need of an online push. Here are 5 Top YouTubers that would be a big get for any company. • Ryan HigaVidStatsX YouTube Ranking: 2Subscribers: 5.6 millionVideo Views: 1.3 billionThe reigning YouTuber until last year when he was dethroned by Johnson, Higa has enjoyed a few small roles on TV. He started a Web-based reality show and toured the country with his YTF. A vlogger, sketch comedy artist and occasional musician, Higa is part of “You Offend Me, You Offend My Family” (YOMYOMF), one of the Google-funded premium content channels. Like Johnson, Higa has been responsible for building other top YouTubers’ careers, including KevJumba.   Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Save More by Spending Less

first_imgBy Barbara O’Neill, Ph.D., CFP®, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, oneill@aesop.rutgers.eduHow do most U.S. households, including military families, become wealthy? A small number receive lump sums such as life insurance benefits, settlements, and inheritances. Even fewer win the lottery or some other big cash prize. Most people who become millionaires do it the old fashioned way: they earn money, live on less than they make, save money, and earn compound interest over time.U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Areca T. WilsonSo how do people live below their means and find money to save? They spend wisely because they know that every dollar counts. An example is buying packages of water and soda on sale instead of buyng expensive bottles from vending machines. Add up what you’re spending on “little things.” If you can “find” $5 per day from reduced spending, that adds up to $1,825 in savings per year, and even more with interest.Below are specific ways to reduce spending to free up money to save:“Crash” Save- Decide, for a month or two, to buy only absolute necessities and save the difference for emergencies or short-term financial goals. “Brown Bag” Your Lunch– Prepare lunch at home to take to work on most days, instead of eating out. Leftovers from dinner can become lunch the next day, saving hundreds of dollars annually. Cut Home Energy Costs– Check weather stripping and caulking for leaks, upgrade attic insulation, shift laundry and dish washing to “off-peak” hours, and turn the thermostat down a degree or two. Plug Spending Leaks– Add up what you’re spending on “little things” such as snacks, coffee, soda, candy, fast food, lottery tickets, magazines, take-out dinners, alcoholic beverages, and more. If you can “find” $5 a day from reduced spending and save it, that adds up to $1,825 per year and even more savings with interest. Get a Good Plan– Choose a cell phone plan that meets your needs (e.g., number of monthly minutes and texts, data usage, number of linked callers) or use low-cost prepaid telephone calling cards as needed. Find Perks– Take advantage of rebates, discounts, and/or wellness incentive programs provided through your employer. Talk to your boss or human resources office to find out what benefits your company offers. Find Freebies- Seek out free or low-cost community resources such as summer concerts, health fairs, state parks, rabies clinics for pets, and inexpensive adult education classes offered by Cooperative Extension.When you spend more than you earn, you are living beyond your means. This makes it difficult or impossible to save. To turn this situation around and achieve positive cash flow (income greater than expenses), find ways to trim spending. Variable expenses that are not locked into a fixed monthly amount (e.g., food and entertainment) are usually the easiest expenses to cut. For more savings information, visit America Saves. Quit Smoking or Don’t Start– Find money to save by kicking the smoking habit. Assume a pack of cigarettes costs $7 with taxes included. Multiply $7 by 365 days and you could save $2,555 a year, plus interest (not to mention all of the positive health effects!). “Step Down” Your Spending- Buy food, clothing, and other items at reduced prices. For example, when buying clothing, step down from high-end to moderately priced department stores to discount stores, factory outlets, consignment stores, and thrift shops. The more steps down, the greater the savings.last_img read more

Kolkata gets all-woman police squad

first_imgOn Wednesday afternoon, Kolkata Police unleashed a new weapon against eve-teasers, stalkers and roadside Romeos: an all-woman motorbike squad.Dressed in the whites of the Kolkata Police, the 24-strong squad of constables was congratulated by Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar at a brief ceremony at the Lalbazar police headquarters before they set out to patrol the streets in their brand new scooties. Safer public places“Introducing “The Winners” — a special all-women patrolling team to combat and prevent crimes like molestation, eve-teasing etc. to make public places safer for women,” the Kolkata Police tweeted. According to a senior police officer, the constables were inducted into the force on the basis of their record. They were given four months special training before taking up the new assignment. Equipped with camerasThe squad, which is also equipped with cameras, is aimed at instilling confidence and curbing crime against women in the city. Each scooty will have two women constables. While the squad will cover the entire jurisdiction of the Kolkata Police, they will keep a special eye on schools, colleges and parks. The mobility of the scooty-riding cops is expected to provide the Kolkata Police an edge, as they can reach even remote corners of the city in no time.last_img read more

Glenn Spencer Almost “Busted a Window” from Excitement in Press Box

first_img#OKState DC Glenn Spencer coached from the press box. He’s usually on the field … so chest bumps & celebrating wasn’t quite the same.— Nate Feken (@TheGreat_Nate) October 2, 2016Luckily for Spencer, the windows had a little give. But they presumably took a beating over the course of four quarters.spencerLet’s hope the athletic department has some spare windows laying around, just in case. Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer is known as an expressive person, especially after a big defensive play. Spencer had to adapt to his new environment on Saturday, though, as he operated from the press box for the first time this season.Following the Cowboys’ 49-31 victory over the Texas Longhorns, Spencer admitted that he still had the same energy, but he had to take it out on the press box window.The first half must have been frustrating for Spencer, as the Cowboys gave up over 400 yards. But, although they did allow one touchdown in the third quarter, they forced four punts, an interception and a turnover on downs in the second half.AdChoices广告“And then after that fourth down stop, I might have busted that window,” Spencer told reporters. “I slammed it. I was so jacked up but that’s alright, I’ll pay for that if I busted that window celebrating.” If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

NCAA Solidifies December Date for Early Enrollees

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. We already looked at how a few of the proposed new rule changes for college football and recruiting either help or hurt Oklahoma State, but it’s worth revisiting today because the NCAA set in stone an early signing period for college football. It goes into effect later this year (as do the other changes).Monday, the Collegiate Commissioners Association officially approved a three-day signing period for high school seniors. The 72-hour window will begin Dec. 20 and end Dec. 22. Seniors who are settled on their college choice can sign a National Letter of Intent in that timeframe. Any player who doesn’t sign in the early-signing period will have to wait until National Signing Day on Feb. 7, 2018 to sign with a school. [Yahoo]This may or may not be significant to Oklahoma State, but I think it probably helps them as a program. On a case-by-case basis, nobody knows whether a recruit will want to lock down a commitment early or wait until the end, but generally Oklahoma State seems to be good at evaluating talent up front.What this means is that you might be able to get a player or two to sign early that would have flipped in January before the traditional February signing day to Texas or OU. You won’t get this every year, to be sure. Some players won’t sign in December and will still flip in January. Many players who will sign in December wouldn’t have flipped anyway.But this drops a feather on the OSU end of the scale if the other side is the Ohio States and Texas A&Ms — recruiting behemoths who often swipe stars at the end of the road. One other thing we haven’t discussed is that a December signing period doesn’t allow for the Bamas and Clemsons to win their titles and make a victory lap on the recruiting trail. That’s a good thing for smaller schools like Oklahoma State. Plus a lot of players are just ready for the recruiting hoopla to be over at that point.It will be impossible to determine the true effect on OSU, but I think over the course of, say, five years, you’re going to see a really good player or two sign in December and be thankful you didn’t have to insulate them all the way until February.last_img read more

Zach Sinor Explains How His Heisman Campaign Got Started

first_imgAdChoices广告FRISCO, Tex. — Zach Sinor launched his Heisman campaign a few weeks ago, but he kicked it into high gear this week at Big 12 Media Days. He talked about when the idea started (after Central Michigan last year) and why he thinks he has a chance at winning the top trophy in college football (because he loves dogs). The whole thing was lighthearted and fun and hilarious.Zach Sinor’s Heisman T-Shirt. #okstate— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) July 18, 2017 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. “The media people did a great job and said, ‘You know, just take off with it and run with it and have fun with it and enjoy it,’ Sinor said on Tuesday. “That’s what I’m doing. I’m going back to my fans. All the people who have been there through the good and bad. I’m sticking with it.”“I went to a store in Stillwater and got my shirt made, and I also got these pamphlets made. I did (the website) on the way down from Stillwater this morning.”Amazing. Oklahoma State has done a great job the last few years of not taking this week too seriously and yet owning it because of that. From Gundy’s hair to Sinor’s Geocities website and brochures, all of it is tasteful and enjoyable and part of what makes college football so great.last_img read more