BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):West Indies Test captain Jason Holder says he intends to place a heavy emphasis on standards and believes this will be key to getting the best out of the regional squad.Speaking during his first official media conference, the 23-year-old said he had already discussed this area with head coach Phil Simmons and hoped this would mark a departure from the past.”We need to set standards. The first thing we need to do is set a standard in the dressing room where we don’t fall below,” Holder told journalists here Monday.”It is something I have had a lot of discussion with the coach about. It is important that we set this standard so guys know where we are at the moment, what is the benchmark and know that we just can’t fall below it.”Once we do that and get players to buy into that theory, then moving forward it should be a lot easier.”He continued: “In the past we have been a bit haywire and we’ve not been settled in a sense where we have a standard, and we have encountered a lot of hiccups here and there.”I think once we can clarify the whole situation as to what is required as an international cricketer and we set the standard, it should be a lot easier going forward.”West Indies have struggled on and off the field in recent years and have plummeted in the International Cricket Council rankings in both the Test and one-day formats. They lie eighth in the Test rankings and ninth in ODIs and are now set to miss out on the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy.They have endured a tough year with series losses in South Africa and more recently, to Australia, but Holder believes they can win on the tour of Sri Lanka, which starts next month.”Sri Lanka’s just lost their two (stalwarts) in Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara, so they are basically in a rebuilding phase where they’re trying to look for young players to come in and fill those boots,” Holder explained.”We’re in a similar situation where we’ve just lost players like Shiv (Chanderpaul), Chris (Gayle) is out with injury and we have a pretty young side at this present time, so it should be a really good series, one that should give us a gauge of where we are at and also where we need to be at the end of it.”I’m looking forward to it. I’m sure the other guys are looking forward to it as well and I expect a very good encounter, with us coming out on top at the end of it.”West Indies leave month-end for the tour of Sri Lanka which runs from October 8 to November 14. The series will comprise two Tests, three ODIs and two Twenty20s.
Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo was on Sunday evening snubbed by residents of his home village — Whim, on the Corentyne Coast in East Berbice — when he turned up to host a political meeting ahead of today’s Local Government Elections.Villagers and supporters of the Peoples Progressive Party (PPP) also picketed the Prime Minister upon his arrival on home turf.Guyana Times understands that Nagamootoo was forced to postpone a rally on Saturday after hundreds of PPP supporters turned up at a rally being kept a short distance away. That rally was addressed by former Health Minister Dr Leslie Ramsammy, PPP Executive Secretary Zulifikar Mustapha, and former AFC member Veerasammy Ramayya.On Sunday, members of the PPP chanted, “No, Nagamootoo!” “Nagamootoo not wanted in Whim!” and, “Whim is for PPP!” as they demonstrated along theSome PPP supporters picketing the PM on SundayCorentyne Highway at Whim.The two parties have been fighting for the support base of Whim ever since Ramayya broke away from the PPP and joined the AFC, more than a decade ago.Ramayya, a native of Whim, like Nagamootoo, had been able to get hundreds of PPP supporters to switch to the AFC in the 2015 General Elections — a move which is being considered a huge contributory factor to the PPP being removed from power.At the last Local Government Elections, PPP took most of the seats in the Whim- Bloomfield Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC). After that race, Ramayya rejoined the PPP in its bid to regain office.The AFC has since been trying to pull most of the support from that community, mainly because the Prime Minister is from that village. However, only recently, scores of residents of Whim sought the intervention of the High Court to have theirSome of the residents who came out to listen to the message brought by Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoonames removed from an AFC list, claiming they were tricked into signing AFC forms.Residents told this publication they were trying to have their names removed from the list because of the stigma attached to the coalition party.Meanwhile, the AFC is in a battle to gain control of the NDC at the polls, as the Prime Minister’s credibility seems to be on the line.
0Shares0000When Saturday comes: Zlatan Ibrahimovic could make his LA Galaxy debut this weekend © AFP/File / Geoff CADDICKLOS ANGELES, United States, Mar 29 – Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s Major League Soccer debut for the Los Angeles Galaxy could come as soon as Saturday, said Galaxy manager Sigi Schmid who described the Swede as “not a normal, mortal human’.The Swedish star won’t arrive in Southern California until Thursday night and is due to meet his new teammates on Friday morning. But Schmid didn’t rule out the possibility that he’d be ready to play a role on Saturday when the Galaxy take on their new cross-town rivals Los Angeles Football Club, at StubHub Center in suburban Carson.“You’re talking about Zlatan Ibrahimovic,” Schmid said in comments posted on the team’s website. “You’re not talking about a normal, mortal human. I’m sure he’ll tell you the same.“He’s a competitor. He loves to compete and he loves challenges. If you ask me is he 90 minutes fit for Saturday, no. But will he play a role in the game? Quite possibly.”Ibrahimovic’s impending arrival in Southern California was announced last week with characteristic swagger, as a full-page advert in the LA Times that read simply: “Dear Los Angeles, You’re welcome.”The giant 6ft 4ins tall (1.95m) striker has an ego to match his towering physique, but has backed up his boasts by collecting an incredible 31 winners’ medals in spells with Ajax, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United.That total doesn’t even include two Serie A titles won on the field with Juventus but subsequently stripped for the Italian giants role in the Calciopoli match-fixing scandal.He signed with the Galaxy after securing his release from United, but hasn’t played since re-injuring his right knee in December.He hasn’t played for United this season since featuring in a 2-2 draw against Burnley on December 26.Schmid said he and his staff are exploring how best to utilize Ibrahimovic.“Obviously we think him coming in when he comes in, he might play a part in the LAFC game,” Schmid said. “But we really have to see where he’s at physically.“But, yeah, we’re starting to think about how it could all fit together.”Schmid certainly has no concerns on that front.“He’s a great player. Anytime you put a great player in the lineup, it helps you,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Andrew McElhinney of O’Donnell’s Bakery, just one of the many businesses booked to exhibit at tomorrow’s Doing Business in Donegal showcase and trade fair in the Mount Errigal hotel.Gifts, candy, crafts and lots more besides will be on offer to the public tomorrow (FRI) in the Mount Errigal Hotel from 12 noon to 5pm, when seventy local businesses come together for a fantastic Doing Business in Donegal showcase hosted by Donegal’s Local Enterprise Office.Friday’s event – which is free – is just the latest Doing Business in Donegal showcase, building on a very successful trade-only event held just before last Christmas.“We had a similar number of businesses taking part last year in the event at the Clanree Hotel where the emphasis was on networking, but this year the event is open to the public as well from noon until 5pm,” Michael Tunney, Head of Local Enterprise, explained. He added that the seventy businesses fortunate to be allocated space for Friday’s Showcase, represent a wide range of sectors in Donegal and, he said, the variety on offer means there will be something there to suit everyone.“The businesses who are exhibiting is representative of many of the small and medium local enterprises that exist in Donegal. There will be 70 stands with food, gifts, sweets, crafts, books etc on sale, but there will also be services too like photography, marketing, graphic design, PR, health and fitness and more.Other stands will be of interest to those looking for services for house and home and will feature such areas as construction, insulation, showers, gates and stairs etc.”With only weeks to go now until Christmas, Friday’s showcase could be the place to find that perfect gift, but more than simply a Christmas gift fair it will also have an extensive range of commercial services on offer to members of the public or indeed to other businesses who can pop along on the day. “The great thing about Friday’s showcase is the variety that will be there because it means whether you are looking for gifts or vouchers, advice or information, or if you simply want to browse and meet some of the county’s entrepreneurs and business people in a warm and friendly environment, then it ticks all the boxes.”The Doing Business in Donegal Showcase will take place in the Mount Errigal Hotel on Friday, November 28 with free admission and doors open to the public from 12 noon until 5pm. THERE’S SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE AT THE DONEGAL BUSINESS SHOWCASE was last modified: November 27th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalDonegal Business ShowcaseletterkennyMount Errigal Hotel
Virgin Australia has unveiled what it calls the future of airport operations at the new T1 Domestic Terminal at Perth Airport, which will open to flights on November 22.In a world first the airline will use new hybrid technology developed by airline IT company SITA that allows Virgin Australia to tailor check-in to each passenger and enables the airline to easily change operations to meet customer and situation demand.Essentially the new area can be swapped from self-service to staff assist counters in a matter of minutes.The check-in area features;• 14 hybrid desks which can be switched from self-service bag drop to full-service, traditional counters within five minutes• the flexibility to determine how many self-service bag drop desks can be changed into full-service counters depending on demand in peak periods• 28 self-service kiosks where passengers can check-in, print boarding passes, weigh their bags and print baggage tags• 7 service pods where a Virgin Australia ground crew member can support any passengers in need of assistance with check-in, boarding passes and baggage tags• Service desks to assist with traditional check-in, boarding passes and general enquiries.• 12 aerobridge serviced departure gates including three A330 capable aircraft gates • a central retail and dining area offering passengers an extensive range of dining and shopping options• the new Virgin Australia Lounge, featuring a Wine and Espresso Bar • shorter transfer times to both regional WA and international flightsVirgin Australia Group Chief Executive Officer, John Borghetti said: “This new technology is all about giving our customers the freedom to choose their airport experience. The new technology improves efficiency and speed, and importantly frees up our people to perform a concierge-style role and support our guests as they move through the new terminal.”“The hybrid technology has been developed to an industry standard which will allow Virgin Australia to roll it out across the rest of our network,” Mr Borghetti said.T1 Domestic is the final major project in the current $1 billion makeover at Perth Airport and is a magnificent new home for Virgin Australia.Mr Borghetti told Airlineratings.com that the new terminal will transform the customer experience in Perth.“This terminal is the centrepiece of our commitment to Western Australia and will deliver an outstanding travel experience for all of our customers. It will provide access to twice the number of departure gates, with the ability to board up to twelve aircraft at one time, offering a world-class gateway for regional, domestic and international travel,” Mr Borghetti said.“Our new check-in service will enable us to tailor the experience to the needs of different customers, combining cutting-edge technology with the personalised customer service for which Virgin Australia is renowned.”“We believe the new Virgin Australia ground experience will raise the bar for airport services around Australia and help to ensure that Virgin Australia is the number one choice for travellers on the all-important trans-continental routes,” Mr Borghetti said.Perth Airport’s Chief Executive Officer, Brad Geatches said the T1 Domestic Terminal is a world-class facility and the most significant project in Perth Airport’s current $1 billion redevelopment.“The opening of the T1 Domestic Terminal represents a major milestone in achieving our vision of having all commercial air services operating from one convenient location,” said Mr Geatches.“The new Terminal offers customers a totally new experience, with high quality finishes, a range of food, beverage and retail outlets and a premium lounge for Virgin Australia guests.”“We are confident that the Virgin Australia T1 Domestic Terminal sets a new standard in customer experience in Australia. The facilities are brand new, very spacious and designed with the customer at the forefront,” Mr Geatches said.In a bid to keep up with more modern airports worldwide, passengers would get special treatment, Mr Geatches added. “We have paid special attention to customer service and will introduce specially trained staff to assist passengers through the security process.”The Premier, Colin Barnett commended Perth Airport on its investment decision, saying it coincided with the Federal and State Government’s $1 billion expenditure on Gateway WA, the road network leading into the airport.“Perth Airport is an important gateway to our city and our State and this new terminal represents an exciting milestone in the transformation of the precinct,” Mr Barnett said.“Tourism is an $8.7 billion industry for Western Australia and in 2014-15 Perth Airport’s total passenger numbers, including international and domestic, reached almost 14 million. We want visitors’ first impressions to be positive and lead to return visitation and endorsement, so a combination of better access to airport facilities and the delivery of services people want and need is key.“There is no doubt this additional infrastructure will be needed for business and leisure travel now and into the future as the State’s tourism value and business attraction grows,” Mr Barnett saidSituated at the western end of T1, Australia’s newest domestic terminal will enable passengers to transfer seamlessly between regional, interstate and international services in one location.
15 February 2010 South Africa’s Ministry of Monitoring and Evaluation unveiled 12 performance outcomes on Friday, a day after President Jacob Zuma announced in his State of the Nation Address that government departments would be subject to new, strict performance monitoring. “The work of departments will be measured by outcomes developed through our performance and evaluation system,” Zuma told Parliament in Cape Town on Thursday. “The ministers who are responsible for a particular outcome will sign a detailed delivery agreement with the President.” In an interview with the SABC on Sunday night, Zuma said regular monitoring and evaluation of the government’s performance was crucial if it was to achieve its delivery objectives. “In order for us to be able to deliver, we need to give ourselves timelines in everything,” Zuma said, warning that ministers who failed to deliver on their mandate would have to leave. “They all know nobody is going to sit who’s not doing anything; part of the reason we are giving timelines means you must achieve that. If you don’t achieve it, how could you sit on the job which you are failing to do?” Performance outcomes Collins Chabane, Minister of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation in the Presidency, said the performance measures focused on education, rural development, health and local government, among others. Briefing journalists in Cape Town on Friday, Chabane said the expected outcomes were approved at the recent Cabinet meeting, and that all ministers were expected to implement them in order for government to achieve its delivery targets. A further three outcomes – in the areas of public administration, international relations and the environment – would be discussed by the Cabinet over the next two months.Bi-monthly reports to the President As from April, the beginning of the 2010/11 financial year, ministers will be expected to submit bimonthly reports to the President detailing their department’s progress towards achieving the 12 outcomes. “We want to focus more on implementation, rather than … policy, because that’s where our challenges lie,” said Chabane. Zuma will now send letters to each minister or group of ministers responsible for each of the 12 performance outcomes. These letters will form the basis of their performance and delivery agreements, Chabane said. He said the ministers will be expected to form delivery forums that will bring together all parties inside and outside of government that affect the targets contained in the outcomes. “The delivery forums will develop detailed service delivery agreements that will indicate each party’s contribution to achieving the … outcomes, with typical information on budget contribution, implementation timelines and personnel allocation,” he said. Chabane said his unit in the Presidency was ready to assist any ministry that needed help in relieving hold-ups in implementing their outcomes.‘Not based on punitive measures’ The government will not take punitive action against ministers and top officials before considering what resources and skills they might need to achieve the targets, he said. But while the monitoring and evaluation system would not be based on punitive measures, it was expected that those entrusted with providing services delivered on their mandates. He added that recent developments that led to a wave of service delivery protests in South Africa necessitated a comprehensive plan to turn around local government. “We want to build a responsive, accountable effective and efficient local government system.” A different approach to municipalities was needed, and urgent steps had to be taken to address basic infrastructure and services backlogs, as well as low levels of governance and accountability. Chabane said work was under way on developing intergovernmental agreements on the scope of services, in order to develop a new approach to municipal financing and support. Source: BuaNews
Ray Maota Brand South Africa’s CEO Miller Matola said the Play Your Part campaign aims to encourage civic participation in making South Africa the right country for all. (Image: Ray Maota) Radio personality DJ Sbu will work with Cheesekids for Humanity to focus on motivating young township residents to achieve their dreams. (Image: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • International Marketing Council of SA +27 11 483 0122 RELATED ARTICLES • Building a thriving nation brand • ‘Make every day Mandela Day’ in 2011 • Bikers hit the road for Mandela Day • Cheesekids ready for Mandela Day Brand South Africa has added its voice to the Mandela Day drive with the launch of Play Your Part, a campaign designed to get all South Africans doing something, whether big or small, to contribute to a better future for all.The initiative was launched at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg on 13 July 2011.Miller Matola, CEO of Brand South Africa, said: “A nation of people who care deeply for one another and the environment in which they live, and who take action by doing something positive, whether big or small, is good for everyone.“There are a number of stories and real life experiences ready to be told of people and organisations that are making a positive difference – these stories should be told to lift our spirits and inspire everyone to play their part.”Matola said the campaign complements the Mandela Day campaign which is celebrated on Nelson Mandela’s birthday on 18 July, asking people to take 67 minutes of their lives to try and make the world a better place.This year’s theme for the UN-recognised day is “Take Action. Inspire Change. Make Every Day a Mandela Day”.To become active supporters of the Play Your Part movement, visit www.playyourpart.co.za and join the Play Your Part Facebook page.“The ethos and legacy of Nelson Mandela is important for the country and not for a single organisation because it carries the values of what this great nation should be about.“For us it sets an example of what we should do. Therefore it is important that we all contribute towards making a difference in the country,” said Matola.Mandela Day initiativesThe publicity drive promoting Mandela Day kicked off with the launch of Mandela Mondays on 6 June.This drive encourages people to do something worthy for the next individual, the community or the environment in which they live at the beginning of each working week.Cheesekids for Humanity, a youth NGO, will facilitate volunteer work in the major cities of Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town for Mandela Day.It’s targeting 6 700 youngsters to take part in the identified activities, which will take place on 17 July because the following day is not a public holiday.Busses will pick up volunteers up at Innes Free Park in Sandton, Gauteng, to take them to the various volunteer projects.The Bikers for Mandela Day initiative, led by 25 motorcycle enthusiasts, got under way on 11 July. These bikers will donate 67 minutes of their time at seven rural community projects across the country along their 2 200km drive.The team will visit the provinces of Gauteng, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga, as well as Swaziland, before returning to Pretoria on 18 July.
22 July 2013South African health insurer Discovery has launched a joint venture with pan-Asian life insurer AIA Group to introduce a wellness programme in Singapore, marking the company’s entry into the Asia-Pacific region.The venture, AIA Vitality, will combine AIA’s distribution and life insurance product leadership and 80-year experience in the Asian market with Discovery’s wellness-based expertise.“The new venture provides a significant opportunity for Discovery to expand our footprint in the high-growth Asia-Pacific region,” Discovery chief executive officer, Adrian Gore, said in a statement last week.“Like elsewhere in the world, the Asia-Pacific region is fast becoming vulnerable to the chronic diseases of lifestyle; we have a unique opportunity to help arrest this and positively transform the life insurance market in the process.”AIA Vitality will provide protection products by linking wellness incentives to life and health insurance, much like Discovery’s Vitality programme in South Africa.Customers will be offered discounts on premiums as personal health goals are achieved in partnership with a network of well-known health, wellness and rewards partners.“The intended result is a life insurance model which will have immediate financial and health benefits for participating policyholders, while enhancing sustainable value creation for AIA, and providing positive long-term benefits for the people, communities and countries in which AIA operates,” Discovery said.“This represents a powerful new means by which we can engage with our customers while helping to address the important social issues of the need for better health,” said AIA Group chief executive officer, Mark Tucker.“Discovery Vitality has a successful 16-year track record as the world’s largest and longest-standing wellness programme, with more than 5-million customers across four continents,” Gore said.“AIA is a leading Asian life insurer, making it the ideal partner for us to introduce the Vitality programme in the region.”SAinfo reporter
In September, Microsoft filed a patent application for what was essentially a holodeck. Now, that technology is a step further to becoming reality.At the Consumer Electronics Show, people got a glimpse of a product Microsoft calls “Illumiroom,” which the company describes “peripheral projected illusions for interactive experiences.” Microsoft Research posted a video demo of the technology on YouTube a week ago, and in that time the video has received more than 3.6 million views.And for good reason. This is mindblowing technology. But now, for some reason, Microsoft doesn’t want to talk about it.Essentially Illumiroom is a projector that works in conjunction with a conventional television to project some of the content on the edges of the screen onto the walls, floors and ceiling. Illumiroom creates the illlusion that a game played on a Microsoft Xbox, for example, overflows the boundaries of the television screen.Illumiroom was designed by Brett Jones, Hrvoje Benko, Eyal Ofek and Andy Wilson, all Microsoft researchers who focus on natural interaction and/or augmented reality. Benko, for example, helped turn a research project on gesture interaction with surfaces into 2010’s Microsoft Touch Mouse, whose surface can be stroked and manipulated, a gesture-based peripheral launched two years before Windows 8 ushered in touch screens into general use.The video of Illumiroom was included in a CES keynote given by Samsung. But the technology did not make an appearance elsewhere at the show. (For the first time in many years, Microsoft did not have a booth at CES.)Microsoft representatives said they would not comment further, and declined to allow the researchers to speak to the press.A New Spin On An Old IdeaPeripheral illumination has existed for some time. Philips launched the Ambilight technology in 2002, which mounted rear- and side-mounted LED lights to the top and sides of a television. The effect smeared the color scheme that the television displayed on the walls behind the display, apparently in an attempt to reduce eye strain. Tags:#Kinect#Microsoft#TV 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Related Posts 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… markhachman Illumiroom is basically that idea but on steroids. According to the video demonstration of the technology (see below), actual scenes from the game are projected outwards, such as “flames” that appear on the screen and what looks to be some sort of a lightning gun.Illumiroom apparently adds to the screen, showing objects that otherwise would not be displayed, “extending” elements on the screen onto other surfaces in the room. It’s unclear whether Illumiroom does that automatically or whether the game developer would need to code those extensions in via an API of some sort.You’ll also note that the projector doesn’t appear to to draw the peripheral scene in as much detail as what’s shown on the main screen. Eventually, the graphics hardware is going to run out of available horsepower, assuming that the Xbox is controlling both the console’s video output as well as the projector. How Does It Work?So far, Microsoft’s demonstration gives no indication that Kinect is being used to evaluate and respond to the player’s gestures, as the original patent application indicates. An improved Kinect-like device could also be used to track the player’s eyes or face, letting those serve as controls, the patent suggested.At least according to the video, the Illumiroom technology works quite well. The shooter demonstration is particularly impressive, with the widened perspective considerably altering the game experience. Still, objects in the periphery are somewhat vague, creating a clear differentiation between the “focused” scene on the television and the muddier peripheral scene. And the starfield, projected onto the walls and floor, creates an unfortunate “mirror ball” effect.As we noted before, several questions remain unanswered, including the number of projectors being used, how and where they would need to be mounted, and whether a cheap Kinect-like peripheral could do double duty as both a projector and movement sensor.Still, any questions may have to wait to be answered at the end of April, when Jones and his colleagues present a paper describing Illumiroom at the ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, the premier international conference on human-computer interaction, in Paris. Ambilight photo by Stephan Lebachev. 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…
Australian John Ward who was umpiring the Ranji trophy match between Tamil Nadu and Punjab on Tuesday suffered head injury when he was hit by the ball driven by Punjab batsman Rajwinder Singh.According to police, the umpire fainted had was rushed to a hospital at Palani where his condition is stated to be serious.The batsman was facing Chandrasekhar when he drove the ball which hit Ward, who was functioning as the main umpire.