South African designer David Tlale hits the big time at NY Fashion Week

first_imgBrand South Africa CEO Miller Matola said, “New York Fashion Week is a significant platform in the global world of fashion, on which designers profile their collections for the forthcoming season. Brand South Africa congratulates David Tlale on his successful showing at the 2013 New York Fashion Week and we are proud of him for flying our national flag in New York.”“In addition to being an inspirational South African, David is part of new a South African movement as a Play Your Part Ambassador. The campaign encourages South Africans to actively participate in creating the country we would all like to live in, a country of which we can be proud. We invite other outstanding South Africans who do ordinary things, extraordinarily, to join this movement for social change,” concluded Matola.David Tlale “Plays his Part” for our economy by utilising only South African materials in his designs. All his creations are also made in South Africa – creating jobs and opportunities in the process.David will be available for interviews following his return from the United States next week.Play Your PartDavid Tlale’s Play Your Part video can be viewed at: Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness abroad. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.Requests for further information and interviews can be directed to:Nadia Samie-JacobsPublic Relations DomesticTel: +27 11 712 5007 Mobile: +27 (0)72 777 9399Email: nadias@brandsouthafrica.comVisit and www.southafrica.infoFollow us on Twitter: @Brand_SAEndslast_img read more

2017 Maple Days

Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 2017 Ohio Maple Days are set for Jan. 19 in Morrow County, Jan. 20 in Wayne County — the location is a stone’s throw from Holmes County, too — and Jan. 21 in Geauga County.The events offer educational sessions on maple syrup production. They’ll cover topics such as pricing, food safety, tap timing and quality control. The topics and speakers will be the same at all three locations.Both hobby and commercial producers are welcome.Ohio’s maple syrup season typically starts sometime in February. The timing depends on the weather.Prep for the coming seasonThe events are meant to help producers get ready for the coming season, said Gary Graham, state maple specialist with Ohio State University Extension and one of the events’ speakers.OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. The college is the sponsor of the events.The events’ three locations will be:Jan. 19, Morrow County, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Lutheran Memorial Camp, 2790 State Route 61, Fulton.Jan. 20, Wayne and Holmes counties, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Mennonite Christian Assembly Church, 10664 Fryburg Road, Fredericksburg.Jan. 21, Geauga County, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Joe J.S. Miller’s Window Shop, 15020 Shedd Road, Burton.The topics and speakers will include:“Food Safety Act and Ohio Department of Ag Updates” by Dan Milo, food safety supervisor with the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Division of Food Safety.“Why Production Numbers Matter” by Graham and Cheryl Turner, deputy director of the Ohio Field Office of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.“Timing of When to Tap” by Graham.“Bulk Syrup Prices and Quality Control” by Joe Polak, owner-operator of the Maple Hollow packing company in Merrill, Wisconsin.Trade show and moreThere also will be a trade show; reports by OSU Extension and the Ohio Maple Producers Association; free testing of hydrometers, refractometers and Vermont Temporary Maple Syrup Grading Kits — participants are encouraged to bring them along; and a session called “Maple Nuggets” for sharing questions, ideas and information.Save $5 by Jan. 12Preregistration — which includes lunch, refreshments and handouts — costs $30 and is due by Jan. 12. Registration after that date and at the door is $35 and doesn’t include lunch.To preregister, send your name, contact information, date you wish to attend, and check or money order (payable to OSU Extension) to OSU Extension, Holmes County, 75 E. Clinton St., Millersburg, OH 44654.Or, complete and mail the registration form available at Further details on the topics and speakers are also at that link.For more information on the events and preregistration, call Ashley Gerber of OSU Extension’s Holmes County office, 330-674-3015. read more

Google’s Battle Against Content Farms Goes Global for English Users

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#Google#news#NYT#search#web mike melanson Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market At the end of February, Google announced a “big algorithmic improvement” to its search algorithm that was intended to address much of the criticism the search engine had been garnering for content farms increasingly appearing in its search results. Today, Google has announced that this algorithmic “improvement,” known as “Panda,” has gone global to all English-language Google users.When Google first made the change, it noted that it was “a change that noticeably impacts 11.8% of our queries.”“This update is designed to reduce rankings for low-quality sites–sites which are low-value add for users, copy content from other websites or sites that are just not very useful,” the company said on its blog. “At the same time, it will provide better rankings for high-quality sites–sites with original content and information such as research, in-depth reports, thoughtful analysis and so on.”Today, Google said that it has “gotten a lot of positive responses about the change” and decided to roll it out to a much larger audience. In addition, it has incorporated feedback from its Personal Blocklist Chrome extension, which allows users to block certain domains from appearing in their search results. “In some high-confidence situations, we are beginning to incorporate data about the sites that users block into our algorithms. In addition, this change also goes deeper into the ‘long tail’ of low-quality websites to return higher-quality results where the algorithm might not have been able to make an assessment before.”The change should be “smaller in scope,” affecting only 2% of queries as opposed to nearly 12% when it was first implemented. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

We have spent only 2 months together since getting married last year: Sushil’s wife

first_imgAs wrestler Sushil Kumar was scripting history inside the ExCel arena, there were many Indians cheering for him. But there was one very special fan sitting amongst the crowd. Sushil Kumar’s wife Savi Solanki was a picture of composure and self assurance as Sushil sliced through the field in the 66kg category.  The young Savi, who got married to Sushil only a year ago, has hardly spent any time with India’s greatest Olympian. “We have only spent two months together since getting married last year. Sushil has been so busy with his training. He’s hardly been in India during the last year” Savi told Headlines Today. And the hard work has certainly paid off, with Sushil Kumar becoming an Indian sporting icon on the wrestling mat in London. In fact, he can now be put in the same category as a Sachin Tendulkar or a Vishwanathan Anand. “Sushil has really worked hard over the last couple of years. He has been in Belarus and other countries and we are all delighted for him,” she said.  No other Indian has won individual medals at successive Olympic games and some of that credit should also go to Sushil’s family who have made sacrifices of their own to see him succeed at the biggest sporting stage of them all.last_img read more

Gaming and Crime Bill Pass in the House

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThe Bahamas, 19th Sept 2014 (Bahamas Information Services) – It is official. Webshop gaming in The Bahamas is no longer an underground industry but a fully regulated $600 million component of both the domestic tourism and financial services sector product offerings. Late Monday evening, 25 Parliamentarians voted yes, seven voted no and five were absent at the third and final reading, committal and vote on the historic Gaming Bill and attendant regulations that promised to transform the gaming industry, both land based and online.Defending the government’s decision to legalize and regulate this industry in the best interest of The Bahamas and responding to his critics, Prime Minister Christie said that it was important not to “attribute to one side sin, corrupt practices, when they are motivated to do….what all of the agencies of the world would reasonably expect them to do in the circumstances.” The Prime Minister was referring to concerns raised by the Governor of the Central Bank and the Compliance Commission about the unregulated gaming industry. These concerns were raised after the January 28, 2012 gaming referendum.The Prime Minister was emphatic in his position that “no government faced with the information this government was faced with…could arrogate unto itself the right to say, ‘let’s ignore that.’ This now… becomes a major matter for the Minister of Finance and Prime Minister of The Bahamas and that’s me.” The Prime Minister was referring to an external review and national risk assessment of The Bahamas’ economy by an anti-money laundering taskforce from the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF) scheduled for 2015. The numbers industry must be a part of this risk assessment said the Prime Minister and the government will liaise with all financial industries in the country to determine areas of vulnerability.“Fostering growth, transparency and social responsibility comes as The Bahamas faces in 2015 a more thorough external review by CFATF than it has ever faced before. A review as to risk and areas of vulnerability in our economy” said the Prime Minister, referring to an October 2013 article published by one of the dailies about this extensive and thorough national audit of the country’s economy by the CATF in 2015. Legalizing and regulating the numbers industry was the correct and reasoned policy decision for any responsible government, given the circumstances facing The Bahamas argued Prime Minister Christie.The Prime Minister went further in hammering home the principal of probity which is the fundamental cornerstone of any credible gaming dispensation:“The most fundamental cornerstone of any credible gaming dispensation anywhere in the world can be distilled into a single word. That word is “probity”. Probity focuses on establishing that any given person who seeks to be involved in the gaming industry, whether as a regulator or as a licence holder, is fit and proper to do so, and moreover remains fit and proper on an ongoing basis. The currency of probity is therefore information concerning the relevant individual, ranging from information regarding the personal history of that person, or business history, where that person is a corporate entity, to information relating to the financial history, capacity and dealings of that person, as well as criminal history and associations with other persons.” The Prime Minister was confident that a fully regulated Bahamian gaming industry would pass the universally acceptable credibility litmus test of “probity.”Turning his attention to the taxes, fees, penalties and social and community contributions with respect to gaming houses, the Prime Minister had this to say:1. “As provided in section 85 subsection (16) of the Gaming Bill, after making a full and frank disclosure of all turnover and gross profit generated by the conduct of their businesses as defined in the Business Licence Act, for a period of six years for businesses which were in operation for six years or more, or from the date of start up for those operations who were in business for a lesser period than six years, make payment in full of:(i) All fees payable under the Business Licence Act for the review period, to the extent that any turnover or gross profits generated by the conduct of such business had not been disclosed.(ii) All gaming taxes which would have been payable by that business had such business been licenced under the Gaming Act, calculated at the prescribed rate commencing on 1st July, 2014.(iii) A penalty in the amount of (a) $350,000 in respect of a business with a gross turnover of less than five million dollars; and(b) $750,000 in respect of a business with a gross turnover of less than give million dollars. 2. Payment of the licence fees set out in Regulations 49-55 of The Gaming House Operation Regulations, 2014 3. As prescribed in Regulation 57 of the Gaming House Operator Regulations 2014, payment of gaming taxes whichever should be the greater of — (a) 11% of taxable revenue(b) 25% of earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization. 4. Regulation 57 of the Gaming House Operator Regulations 2014 also provides that the tax should be subject to review—(a) During the transitional period following the receipt of the RFP and audited financial statements;(b) At such time as the Minister may otherwise direct. 5. In accordance with Regulation 4 of the Gaming House Operator Regulations, 2014 the RFP may require gaming house operators to make monetary contributions of a minimum of 1% for corporate social investments initiatives and 1%for community improvement.”Amended Crime Bills passed in the HouseThe compendium of crime bills intended to improve the administration of justice was passed in the House on Wednesday, 17th September 2014. They were:· Bail Amendment Act· Coroners Amendment Act· Evidence Amendment Act· Abolition of the Mandatory Minimum SentenceUnder the amended Bail Act, the burden is now on the bail applicant to prove why the court should grant bail and the court must now take into account the safety of the victim in its consideration to grant bail.Under the amended Coroners Act, the Coroner is empowered to make homicide findings. The amended Evidence Act basically allows a witness to provide testimony via live television link. The conditions are when a witness is on another island; when being present in court creates fear and distress on the witness and when the court of trial considers it appropriate on its own motion.The minimum mandatory sentences were abolished for possession of drugs, firearms and ammunition and judges are given judicial discretion in each case. Recently, Justice Jon Isaacs ruled that a 4-year mandatory minimum sentence for drug possession with the intent to supply was unconstitutional. In passingThe Referendum date delayed to 2015; the CBTUC called off strike and returned to work this past Monday amid continuing negations with the government and the General Education Diploma program (GED) was launched by the government this week through a partnership between Atlantic College and the Urban Renewal Commission.The Antiquities, Monuments and Museums Corporation (AMMC) and the Bahamas Mortgage Corporation (BMC) both inked new labour agreements with the Bahamas Public Service Union; new immigration rules announced in the House and the once stolen and returned Bahamian Iguanas are released to the wild.The Clifton Heritage Authority will host the media this evening at the Hilton; Bimini gets a new ferry passenger port and more job opportunities; Prime Minister Christie tours the Grand Bahama Shipyard today and the HMBS Leon Livingstone Smith, the third of nine new patrol vessels for the RBDF to be commissioned at 6:30 pm this evening at the Kelly Dock.—Elcott ColebyDeputy DirectorBahamas Information Services326-5833477-7006 Related Items:bahamas, crime bill, Gaming bill, prime minister christie Bi-lateral talks with Bahamas to resume, UK gives green light to high-level TCI delegation Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bahamian music legend gunned down at home in Turks and Caicos Recommended for you Hurricane Jose Not A Threat to The Bahamas, For Nowlast_img read more

Wilmington OBITUARIES Week of July 21 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are the obituaries published on Wilmington Apple during the week of July 21, 2019:Lived In Wilmington At Time Of Passing:Susan A. (McNeil) Roy, 49John A. Townsend, 55Previously Lived In Wilmington: Janice Kay (Humbarger) DeLap, 74Linda J. Gallagher, 71Beverly (Gaudreau) Silva, 89Worked In/Volunteered In/Connected To Wilmington:NoneLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington OBITUARIES (Week of July 14, 2019)In “Obituaries”Wilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 18, 2019)In “Obituaries”Wilmington OBITUARIES (Week of July 28, 2019)In “Obituaries”last_img read more

MS Dhoni Indias greatest finisher and a mystery even a movie could

first_img ICC World Cup 2019 – Team India Squad Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:03/1:30Loaded: 0%0:03Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:27?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …center_img Cricket is a religion in India and its top players are worshipped as Gods by over a billion fans worldwide. The game is followed with such passion and frenzy that people have often quit jobs to watch them play. Success, in this part of the world, is treated with unmatched jubilation and defeat has seen shameful acts such as burning of players’ effigies and pelting of houses. Sense is – at times – rare but nobody can deny immense heart and honesty in the followers of the (not so) gentleman’s gameDescribed as the man with the Midas touch, and arguably the greatest hero of the people of this generation is current CSK captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. This man is absolutely loved wherever he goes, drawing people just to see him hit – what is called – the helicopter shot. He is a phenomenon and why should he not be? Under his leadership, the nation won two World Cups, the final one realising the dream of the greatest icon of the game ever, Sachin Tendulkar. He has given India one Champions Trophy and it was also under him that the nation became the best Test side.He is such a calm man that it is almost impossible to tell what he is thinking. He made his debut as a swashbuckling wicket-keeper who could hit the ball a long way. He had flowing hair and a flashing blade. With time and responsibility, he adapted himself – from long hair to going completely bald, he metamorphosed into the greatest finisher and India’s most successful captain. On the field, he oozes leadership and off it, one can hardly find him. He remains humble in victory and magnanimous in defeat. He made the art of unconventional famous by doing things not many would dare to – those little tricks and gambles paid off for him. He, slowly but deservedly, earned the tag of a silent genius. MS Dhoni, captain of CSK.Deepak Malik / SPORTZPICS / IPLThe most enduring memory for the fans of this age would be MS Dhoni wielding his bat off the 290th ball of the innings to send it flying over long on at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium on April 2, 2011 – a moment of glory that made over a billion people cry tears of joy after 28 long years. On that fateful night, along with Gautam Gambhir, he had washed away all the sadness and pain of 2007. It was fitting that the man whose under-construction house was brought down by irate fans in 2007 would hit the winning runs in 2011.Obsession is a young man’s game and much like in any other sport, there comes a time when the magic wanes off and the body gives in. It was 2016 and unfortunately, MS Dhoni, poking the wrong the side of 30, found it difficult to adjust to the pace at which the game was evolving. After the semi-final defeat against West Indies in the T20 World Cup, he looked confident of continuing as long as his body permitted him to.But at the helm of Rising Pune Supergiants in IPL 2016, not too much went right for him. He was not the same man when it came to finishing games and himself admitted that his scoring rate had suffered. His favourite men failed to deliver when he required them to. His trump card was going through the inevitable low everyone does and his gambles were not coming off. His stars, the biggest ally according to the more superstitious, seemed to desert him too.  MS Dhoni went bald after winning the 2011 cricket World Cup.Ritam Banerjee/Getty ImagesOn May 7, 2016, for the first time in my life, I saw a dejected MS Dhoni. He tried his best to not show his emotions. But for someone who has seen him give interviews for the past nine years as captain, one could almost sense a heavy cloud of resignation. MS Dhoni, the legend, looked a forlorn man. “Every time I turn up for practice, I am getting hurt or injured. So I am now fighting against time as to when the final blow will come,” he had said in the post-match interview after the defeat to RCB. These words had made my stomach uneasy and sent a shiver down my spine as my heart started uncharacteristically aching. Many questions started popping in my head – are we watching the greatest contributor to India’s trophy cabinet run his final lap? Is it a really a case of mind saying no but the spirit carrying him on? Will he be able to go on and play his last World Cup in 2019? Or is it the right time for that tear-laden passing the torch moment? He had given so much to Indian cricket so selflessly – we were talking about a man who did not go to see his new-born daughter so that he could take the misfiring Indian bowling unit to a camp to prepare them for the world cup in 2015.These questions carried on for quite a while until Dhoni put on the yellow of CSK he absolutely loves. There are no words to describe his affinity for the franchise – the man who did not publicly shed a tear after winning a World Cup was choking with emotions while talking about CSK when they were reinstated in 2018 following the two-year suspension. And the story completely changed hence – from ‘finished’ to once again finishing matches, Dhoni was turning back the proverbial clock.  MS Dhoni.Hannah Peters/Getty ImagesRecently, after a long break, Dhoni managed to reawaken the bank of dependability in Indian blue too as he won the man of the series in Australia a few months ago. While it is certain that the captain is nearing his end, he showed in CSK yellow on April 21, he has enough left in him to delay that end. He also showed that if push comes to shove in England – and push will come to shove – he can win it for India, if not take them close. But at 37, something tells me his time is coming. And I keep repeating the same question, when is it time? Only he knows. The one thing that is for sure is when the time is right – for the nation, not for him – he will quietly walk away into the horizon. He will do it so unassumingly that nobody will know. No warnings. No pomp. No show. No testimonial. He will play his last match and like every time, step aside from the limelight on the podium. Only this time, he will never step on it again.MS Dhoni will not only go down as the greatest captain, wicket-keeper and finisher but also as India’s greatest mystery that will never be solved.last_img read more

Baltimore County Public Library to Host Holiday Toy Drive

first_imgJoin the Baltimore County Public Library and help less fortunate children and families in the community. Bring a new, unwrapped toy to any branch or special program between Nov. 28 and Dec. 11. The gifts will be donated to various local charities benefitting the community.The toy drive is part of BCPL’s Connecting the Community initiative. “The Baltimore County Public Library is one of the most important and wonderful resources that you have at your disposal,” said BCPL Director Paula Miller. “We serve over 800,000 people. To have that much impact on people’s lives and on the communities that we are in is wonderful.”For more information, visit: www.bcpl.infolast_img