American multinational General Electric (GE) has invested R500-million in South Africa in its GE Africa Innovation Centre in Rosebank, northern Johannesburg.The 2 700m² facility is the 10th innovation hub set up globally, but a first for GE in Africa. It has been certified as a green building and to support local business, it was 90% designed, built and executed in the country.See this message from Thomas Konditi, the CEO of GE South Africa:It houses GE’s innovation across Africa within its key business sectors such as aviation, energy, healthcare, oil and gas, power and transport and will serve as the new headquarters for GE Healthcare.“The cutting edge facility boasts an Experience and Exploration Centre, coffee shop and catering facilities, agile workspaces, Learning and Development Centre, Innovation Ideation and Collaboration Centre, as well as a GE Prototyping Laboratory and sustainable Healthcare Customer Experience Centre,” the company said.President of GE Africa Jay Ireland spoke of the importance of innovation. “Innovation is shaping how we see the world and how we participate in its development today and into the future.“We are looking to impact and enhance the career aspirations of over 100 engineers from previously disadvantaged backgrounds,” Ireland added. “These are young people who will come through the centre and share their innovative solutions while learning from some of the best GE minds in their respective fields.”HealthcareThe Healthcare Experience Centre duplicates various areas found in hospitals so that users can learn about technologies in the operating theatre and intensive care unit, cardiology, oncology, maternal and infant care, general radiology and after sales service.It features virtual and augmented reality displays and a range of installed equipment so people are exposed to an interconnected and efficient hospital catering to primary care settings and premium facilities. The centre’s eight permanent work stations allow hands-on clinical education and applications training.“This initiative will play a significant role in reducing the infant and maternal mortality rate in the province,” the Gauteng health MEC, Qedani Mahlangu, said at the opening.Good place to investThe South African government welcomed the centre. It demonstrated that Africa, and South Africa, were viable investment destinations, it said, and showed GE’s long-term commitment to finding innovative solutions to Africa’s infrastructure and healthcare challenges.“Space has also been allocated for collaborative projects and solution prototyping with Transnet partnering with GE on various rail localisation projects,” the Cabinet said. “The centre also aspires to support the development of small businesses capable of supplying the local market and potentially GE’s global supply chains.”South Africa.info reporter
The police on Saturday recovered the body of a third militant of the Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind near the Khonmoh encounter site in Srinagar. In a separate incident, a youth involved in snatching of a service rifle from a policeman has joined the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) in south Kashmir.A police official said the body was found by the bomb disposal squad from the debris of the house razed during the gunfight on Thursday. “The slain militant has been identified as Hamas, a foreigner,” said the police.A total of three militants of the Ansar Gazwat-ul-Hind were killed in the operation. The recovery of the body sparked fresh protests in Pulwama, as protesters clashed with security forces at Balhama-Panthahowk. One youth was injured after being hit by a stone.Meanwhile, militants fired upon the vehicle of Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Shopian, Sriram Ambarkar, at Hajipora on Saturday. The police officer escaped unhurt as the vehicle was bulletproof.5 youth joins JaishOne of the five youths involved in snatching of the service rifle from a policeman on January 25 has joined the JeM in Pulwama, according to the police. “The vehicle used for commissioning of the offence by the group of militants have been seized. There are clinching evidences against all the accused. Four involved youth from Pulwama have been arrested. However, another youth, Shahid Ahmad, is on the run,” said the police.The police said Ahmad has joined the JeM outfit. The group of militants fired upon policeman Kultar Singh, posted at the Char-i-Sharief shrine in Budgam, on January 25 and snatched his rifle. The policeman later died in the hospital.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Pogba dig at Mourinho after Man Utd win: When you play free and you have manager’s trust…by Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePaul Pogba was delighted with Manchester United’s victory at Tottenham.Pogba laid on Marcus Rashford’s first-half matchwinning goal.“I love playing big matches,” he told Sky Sports after the game. “I love playing against the best players, that is where we improve, progress and get more experience. “Obviously it was a good one for us and everyone played well, we were all determined because we wanted to win this game. I think the players helped me and we all enjoy playing football and playing together and that is what we did today.”Pogba added: “Everything comes when you play free and you have the trust of the manager and players who make it easy for me. I know [Nemanja] Matic will be there and we can press high and when we get the ball I am already there so I can shoot, I can pass and that is what I have been doing since the manager came. I know I have security behind me so I have the freedom to go so the manager has helped me.”
OAKLAND, Calif. — LeBron James’s relative solo act has been discussed at length this postseason. But for how much his showings set him apart from his team, there’s an argument to be made that no Cavalier feels more alone than Kevin Love.And on Sunday night, Love was made to feel like he was on an island again and again and again — maybe a dozen times in all. In each instance, Stephen Curry — a two-time MVP and the greatest shooter on the planet — had Love right where he wanted him: By himself, with no help defender in sight, giving the Golden State star the time and space to dissect him off the dribble to the tune of 33 points and a finals-record nine 3-pointers. The lights-out shooting helped spur the Warriors to a 2-0 edge in the best-of-seven series, which now heads to Cleveland for Game 3 on Wednesday.Certain shots will understandably garner the majority of the attention — particularly this nearly 30-foot circus shot to beat the shot clock early in the fourth that provided Golden State enormous momentum as Cleveland was attempting to make one final push. But beneath the surface, Curry is giving the troubled Cavs defense fits, in part because of what he and Klay Thompson do better than anyone else: move without the ball to free themselves for open shots.In particular, Curry has played a mix of both Hot Potato and Tag, essentially setting up give-and-go plays with his teammates by passing them the ball with the hope and intention of getting it back after he has sprinted to an open spot behind the 3-point line. The style of play makes him an even more challenging cover for the 29th-ranked Cleveland defense, not only because of the occasional confusion it brings about, but also because Curry’s teammates will occasionally use his give-and-go sequences as an opportunity to screen for him in the corner.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/passback1.mp400:0000:0000:10Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/passback2.mp400:0000:0000:11Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.“It’s tough — really tough — to guard Steph anywhere out there on the floor because he’s just so good at finding himself open,” Love said after the game, in which Curry shot a perfect 5-of-5 from 3-point range in the final period.Curry’s ability to shake free was far from the only thing that explained Golden State’s victory. The Warriors, who’ve struggled at times with focus, jumped out to a 15-6 run to start the game and appeared locked in from the outset in the wire-to-wire victory. They made a point of being more aggressive defensively with James after his stellar Game 1 and sought to force the ball out of his hands by occasionally sending a second man at him. And perhaps most noteworthy: Curry’s co-stars, Thompson and Kevin Durant, were even more efficient than Curry himself, with Durant scoring 26 points on just 14 shots and Thompson getting 20 on 13 shot attempts.Yet the performance — with the sprint-and-shoot element of Curry’s game coming alive — highlights something meaningful about the Warriors. After looking stagnant and vulnerable at times on offense in its seven-game bout with the Houston Rockets, Golden State finally appears to resemble itself again — even without injured forward Andre Iguodala, whose presence as a secondary ballhandler has been missed on that end.Since Game 6 of the Houston series, Curry has shot 5-of-9 on give-and-go 3-point tries. By contrast, he has shot just 3-of-18 on all other catch-and-shoot looks from deep, according to analyst Matt Williams with ESPN’s Stats & Information Group. (Worth noting: Curry is getting almost an extra half-foot on average between him and his nearest defender when his shot stems from a give-and-go.)Curry noted Sunday that the sprint-and-shoot strategy is one that he has used for a while now. “We’ve been doing that for a long time — it’s just that everything’s under a microscope now in the playoffs,” said Curry, who’s building a case to win his first NBA Finals MVP. “With how teams guard us with all their switching and things like that, you’ve got to find ways to create space.”That space often comes in the form of a big like Love or Clint Capela lacking the footspeed necessary to track Curry all the way back out to the 3-point line after cutting through the paint. This — and Curry’s hesitation moves into the paint, which defenders have to honor to avoid him getting off 3-point attempts — is how Golden State makes teams pay for perimeter switches.And on Sunday, it resulted in Curry making Love and Larry Nance Jr. look like bad stuntmen — they went lunging and flying after the Warriors guard when he broke free in the short corner.So, sure: The Cavaliers might be able to take some solace in the idea of going back home for Games 3 and 4. But unless they can find a way to bottle up Curry and the rediscovered Warriors offense, even home-court advantage may not be enough to make this a series again.Check out our latest NBA predictions.
The 2002 National Champion Ohio State Buckeyes are often remembered for finding a way to win through adversity. Sound familiar?The No. 4 Iowa Hawkeyes have found themselves in the same situation this year as the Buckeyes were in 2002.Iowa has been the underdog in many of their games this season, even as a Top 25 nationally-ranked team.Penn State was a 10-point favorite over Iowa on Sept. 26, Michigan was an eight-point favorite on Oct. 6, and Michigan State was favored by one point on Oct. 24.Iowa beat Penn State by 11 and Michigan and Michigan State each by two.The 2002 Buckeyes had the same problem with the odds makers, going unfavored in games against ranked teams No. 7 Washington State, No. 10 Penn State, No. 11 Michigan and No. 1 Miami.Both teams have been considered underdogs because of their inability to blow out bad teams with bad records.Iowa has four fourth quarter come-from-behind victories, two of which they were heavily favored in against Northern Iowa and Indiana. The other two came against Penn State, ranked No. 5 nationally at the time, and Michigan State.Iowa seems to be reading the blueprint of the 2002 Ohio State team that had five fourth quarter comeback victories. OSU had to go into overtime to beat both Illinois (4-7) and No. 1 University of Miami in 2002.Both teams had to rely on their defenses for fourth quarter victories.OSU had six regular-season games decided by seven points or less in 2002 while Iowa has racked up four of their own this year. In 2002, the Buckeyes had two important games decided by their defense, against No. 10 Penn State and No. 1 University of Miami in the National Championship game.OSU was forced to silence an explosive Penn State offense, which averaged 36.4 points per game, to preserve its 13-7 win.In the National Championship game, OSU held the Hurricanes out of the end zone from its one-yard line four times to win the championship. Iowa has already proven that its defense can perform similar feats. In the first game of the season, the Hawkeye defense blocked two Northern Iowa kicks in the final seven seconds of the fourth quarter that would have won the game. They also clinched the Michigan game with an interception with a minute-and-a-half remaining in the fourth quarter to seal Iowa’s victory. The overall defensive statistics for both the 2002 OSU team and the 2009 Hawkeyes are impressive. Iowa has averaged 13.5 points per game with 18 sacks, 18 interceptions and seven fumble recoveries through nine games.In 2002, OSU allowed 13.1 points per game with 32 sacks, 18 interceptions and 12 fumble recoveries in 14 games. The offensive play-calling for the teams does differ. The Hawkeyes focus on the pass, while the Buckeyes were oriented on the run. Mostly on the legs of Maurice Clarett, the Buckeyes ran over every opponent, with 2,678 yards rushing and 31 touchdowns on the ground. The Hawkeyes have relied on the arm of quarterback Ricky Stanzi, who has passed for 2,052 yards. That is only 58 yards short of OSU’s starting quarterback, Craig Krenzel, in 2002. Stanzi has also thrown 14 touchdowns and 13 interceptions, surpassing Krenzel by two touchdowns but also throwing six more picks.The Iowa rushing game only racked up 1,127 yards and accounted for 11 touchdowns, much less than OSU did in both categories. The Buckeye offense was more potent, scoring 45 offensive touchdowns in 2002. The Hawkeyes are on track to score only 33 offensive touchdowns this season.Adversity within the roster is something both teams have been acclimated to as well. The 2002 Buckeyes were without explosive freshman running back Maurice Clarett at 100 percent for 3 games after he injured his shoulder against Penn State with four regular season games remaining. The Hawkeyes are without freshman starting running back Adam Robinson for the rest of the season, who injured his ankle in their win against Michigan State.Both of the teams have had similar results to this point in the season, but Iowa has three games remaining in the season, including one against OSU in Columbus on Nov. 14. The other two remaining games are at home against Northwestern and Minnesota.Iowa’s championship destiny does not lie in its hands as it did for OSU in 2002. No. 1 Florida, No. 2 Texas and No. 3 Alabama are all ahead of the Hawkeyes by considerable margins in the BCS. Two of these three teams will have to lose for Iowa to make the National Championship game and match the dream season OSU achieved in 2002.
February 12, 2010 Our first workshop of 2010 began Sunday, January 31st with seminar week. This week consists of a series of lectures about Arcosanti’s history and tours of the individual departments on site. Also, the new group participates in their first work opportunities for the project. Here the workshop peers over our current construction project, the heat duct tunnel and greenhouse. The tunnel extends from the S.O.D. Building to the greenhouse just above the Greenhouse Guest Rooms. [photo: Chihiro Saito & text: Colleen Reckow] Looking over construction drawings, the workshop gains a clearer understanding of the project and our construction department. Preparations are underway for the next large concrete pour. [photo: Chihiro Saito & text: Colleen Reckow] To assist the landscaping department, the workshop helped to finalize the landscaping around the new pedestrian ramp. [photo: S Chihiro Saito & text: Colleen Reckow] They helped to set concrete pavers behind the Ceramics Apse. [photo: Chihiro Saito & text: Colleen Reckow] And they expressed some creativity in the Silt-Cast workshop. This is an opportunity to work artistically with silt and create a plaster tile to take home. [photo: Chihiro Saito & text: Colleen Reckow]
BAFTA has opened up its British Academy Television Awards and the technical British Academy Television Craft Awards to web-based broadcasters for the first time. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts said that the new eligibility was introduced today as entries open for next year’s awards.“We continually strive to ensure our awards remain relevant to the industry, as well as reflecting the trends among the viewing public. We’re in a golden era for storytelling and programme-making, with top-class shows being broadcast online as well as on digital and terrestrial television; the latest update to our rules ensures we celebrate and reward the very best,” said BAFTA’s chief executive, Amanda Berry.
And if one needed more evidence of the readily available capital for the cryptocurrency and blockchain markets, look no further than what is happening with initial coin offerings (ICOs). ICOs are analogous to IPOs (initial public offerings) in that they are a way to raise capital to be used in growing a business. One important distinction, though, is that in an IPO, an investor receives shares in the company, actual equity. In an ICO, an investor receives no equity at all, just the cryptocurrency (or digital token) that the company is issuing in the ICO. Take a look at the growth of ICOs vs traditional venture capital funding: Capital raised by ICOs slowly started to increase throughout 2016, and by the third quarter of this year, funding raised by ICOs exceeded funding raised through traditional venture capital channels. In fact, in 2017, blockchain-related companies raised only $349 million via venture capital channels, compared to more than $2 billion via ICOs. That’s almost six times more via ICOs versus venture capital. All in the span of seven quarters. Unbelievable. And here is the kicker: Almost every single one will fail. The Trouble With ICOs A recent study showed that less than 9% of blockchain-related companies that issued their own cryptocurrency are actually using those cryptocurrencies in running their networks. Investors who do not understand the underlying technology, the utility of the specific blockchain and/or application, and the credibility of the founders and management team are just gambling. The odds are worse than early-stage venture capital investing, which sees anywhere between 80% to 90% of all companies failing. But if investors can take the time to get educated and differentiate between the credible deals with great utility and the bad ones, it is possible to stack the odds in your favor. And it is not too late. It is most certainly not too late. We are just getting started. The Future of Blockchain In the late ’90s, runaway optimism for internet technology created a bubble, and crash, of epic proportions. But here’s the thing… the internet DID revolutionize the world. We already know this. The way we communicate, conduct business, work, transact, and even shop changed dramatically. While some companies like Pets.com and Webvan failed completely during the market crash, other companies like eBay and Amazon did fulfill on their visions. eBay is up 4,900% since October of 1998. Amazon is up more than 78,000% since June of 1997. Blockchain technology will revolutionize the world the way internet technology has over the last 20 years. I would argue that the impact will be even more profound than what we experienced with the internet. But along the way, we will undoubtedly experience some pullbacks. I recommend taking the time to educate yourself and invest in cryptocurrencies that are solving real-world problems. These will be your safest way to profit from the blockchain revolution. By focusing on assets that provide invaluable utility, you’ll position yourself to profit as blockchain technology transforms entire industries. Regards, Jeff Brown Editor, The Near Future Report P.S. Blockchain technology will revolutionize our society the way the internet did more than 20 years ago. Smart investors stand to make 21 times their money over the next few years. But 99% of investors are so distracted with bitcoin that they’re missing the bigger picture. You don’t have to be one of them. I’ve uncovered three ways to profit safely from the blockchain explosion without ever downloading a digital wallet or logging onto a cryptocurrency exchange. Click here to see how. Reader Mailbag Have you started investing in bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies? Let us know how it’s going right here. We’re at the start of the biggest marijuana mania of our lifetime The marijuana market is on fire. With the craziest gains hitting 7,820%… 17,300%… and even 69,000%, pot stocks like these averaged peak gains of 29,000%. And on January 1, when recreational marijuana goes on sale in California, the market could virtually DOUBLE overnight. This is a once-in-a-lifetime bull market. Learning From History I don’t bring this up to worry you or to open old wounds. I simply want to provide some context for another situation that we are presented with today. There are certainly some stark parallels between the internet boom and what is happening right now in another asset class. Much of the speculation during the internet bubble was caused by runaway optimism for how the internet would transform business and the world. Combine this with speculators who wanted to “get in on the action” and you had the makings of an asset bubble of epic proportions. Today, we face a similar situation. An industry-altering technology with nearly limitless applications has burst onto the scene. And just like the dot-com bubble, assets associated with this technology are soaring. The technology I’m referring to is the blockchain, the decentralized ledger technology underpinning most cryptocurrencies. The assets that are soaring are digital tokens, digital coins, cryptocurrencies, and the companies behind them. A Remarkable Run I’ll be the first to say it, the run-up in many cryptocurrencies this year has been nothing short of spectacular. Bitcoin, at the time of writing, is up more than 1,000% since January 1 of this year, and Ethereum is up about 5,500% during that same window. It leads to natural questions like, “Are we in a bubble?” and “What is driving such an extraordinary increase in these cryptocurrency prices?” Well, aside from the value and utility that well-designed blockchain technology provides, there is one other reason… Money… and a lot of it. More specifically, as industry, enterprise, financial institutions, and even governments began to discover the immense potential of distributed-ledger technology and the kinds of applications that can be deployed on blockchains, the financial world took notice. And that has driven billions of dollars of private capital into the new asset class of cryptocurrencies. And yes, cryptocurrencies and digital tokens are quickly becoming their own asset class. That will lead to even more money flowing into this investment class. — Recommended Link Justin’s note: Lately, a lot of you have written in asking about cryptos. Some of you may even be thinking about investing in them soon. That’s why I’m featuring this important new essay from Bonner & Partners technology analyst Jeff Brown. Jeff is an expert in his field with over 20 years of experience. And he understands exactly what’s causing this boom. Below, he explains how you can profit safely… By Jeff Brown, editor, The Near Future Report On March 10, 2000, the Nasdaq Composite Index closed at what was then an all-time high of 5,048. It was the height of the dot-com bubble. Bolstered by the potential applications of the internet, technology companies were seeing unprecedented returns. On December 16, 1998, Henry Blodget, head of the global internet research team at Merrill Lynch, predicted that Amazon, which was trading below $250, would hit $400 within a year. The company shot past $400 within two weeks. A young tech company called VA Linux Systems went public on December 9, 1999. The stock climbed 698% in one day. I could go on and on. But we all know how it ended. In late March 2000, the Nasdaq began a momentous crash. The index fell 78% in the next 30 months. Roughly $5 trillion in market capitalization was lost. It was, and remains, one of the worst market crashes in history. Silicon Valley Rocket Scientist’s December 19th Prediction Could Lead to 35,000% Growth Jeff Brown is a real-life rocket scientist and one of the most tuned-in angel investors in Silicon Valley. Not only has Jeff been an executive for companies like Qualcomm and NXP Semiconductors, but he’s also completed 89 private deals. Right now, he’s predicting that a new biotech breakthrough could skyrocket this market niche 35,000%… All because of a little-known FDA anomaly happening around December 19. Click here to see him lay out his bold prediction in full detail. Recommended Link —