20 Sep

Heckman leads Haughton past Airline in Dixie Majors action

first_imgNick Heckman allowed just three hits in six innings as Haughton’s No. 1 team defeated Airline No. 1 3-1 in Dixie Majors action Thursday night at Haughton.“He pitched a great game,” Airline coach Chase Cox said.The loss was the first for Airline No. 1 (3-1).Haughton scored all three of its runs in the bottom of the sixth. Airline’s Hunter Nycum had a double, and Anthony Mulrenin had an RBI single. Josh James also had a single.Ryan Lawhorne pitched four scoreless innings to get a no-decision.NOTE: The above report is based on information received from coaches.— Russell Hedges, [email protected] Expat InsuranceExpat Living in Hong Kong without Health Insurance?Top Expat Insurance|SponsoredSponsoredUndoNews gadgetThis watch takes the whole country by storm! it’s price? Ridiculous!News gadget|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCelebsland.com9 Celebrity Before-And-After Plastic Surgery DisastersCelebsland.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more

19 Dec

SA call centres ‘set to boom’

first_img17 January 2007South African IT services company Galdon Data announced recently that it was experiencing an increased demand for call centre solutions and services in Cape Town.In a statement issued last month, the company said it strongly believed the call centre industry was set for major growth over the next few years as South Africa became the preferred call centre hub in Africa.“London-based market analysis firm Datamonitor expects the number of call centre agent positions in South Africa, which is favoured by British companies for its cultural affinity with Europe, to more than triple by 2010,” Galdon Data said.“According to Calling the Cape, a body that promotes call centre development in the province, call centres are crucial for economic development in the Western Cape. Nationally, the number of jobs is expected to grow to 100 000 by 2009.”Galdon Data CEO Garry Ackerman said this growth was mainly as a result of the country’s affordable labour, good language skills and time zones that chime with Western Europe.“There has been a sharp rise in offshore investors, local companies developing customers’ contact facilities for the first time, and new outsourcing businesses, many of them black-owned,” Ackerman said.“South Africa is an appealing option for investors because it shares a time zone with Western Europe, and the high levels of education and familiarity with European culture means it is often seen as a high-quality niche market.”However, he noted that some investors were deterred by the relatively high telecoms tariffs in SA.Galdon Data provides services and solutions for call centres especially in the areas of business process automation and unified messaging. “This encompasses information capture, business information delivery, convergence and document solutions using the Microsoft, Captaris and Autonomy (Cardiff) range of products,” says Uwin Young, Galdon Data’s regional manager for the Western Cape.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

18 Dec

African group speaks out at COP 17

first_img5 December 2011A grouping of the 54 African countries at the UN Climate Change Conference in Durban spoke out on Monday, expressing concern at what it described as attempts by some developed countries to kill the Kyoto Protocol.The group is taking the lead in demanding that a second commitment period to the treaty be finalised immediately and that a legal political agreement be reached in Durban.The 17th Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), currently taking place in Durban, is also the 7th meeting of parties to the Kyoto Protocol, which is due to expire at the end of 2012, unless renewed.The marathon talks entered their second week on Monday, but there has been no clear indication as to what will happen to the Kyoto Protocol. Countries have to sign up for another legally binding emissions reduction period if they want to keep the protocol going after 2012.The African common positionThe African delegates are also demanding immediate action from all parties “to stop Durban from collapsing”.They also want the African common position – agreed upon in Mali in September – to be advanced in Durban if the continent is to benefit at all from the talks.“Developed parties to the Kyoto Protocol must honour their commitments through ambitious mitigation commitments for a second and subsequent commitments period,” said Tosi Mpanu Mpanu, the African group chairperson.The group further said that, should a second commitment period be achieved, developed nations should reduce their carbon emissions by at least 40 percent in the period 2013 to 2017 and by at least 95 percent by 2050.“We stress the urgency of agreeing to a second commitment in Durban and of elaborating measures to avoid a gap between commitment periods,” said Mpanu Mpanu.Developed countries “have shown us economic leadership, political leadership and sometimes military leadership – and now we want them to show us climate leadership.”Call for review of Clean Development MechanismOn adaptation and finance, Mpanu Mpanu said Africa wanted Durban to agree on a review of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), which he said was currently not effective, with very few states benefiting from it.The CDM allows a country with an emission-reduction or emission-limitation commitment under the Kyoto Protocol to implement an emission-reduction project in developing countries. Such projects can earn saleable certified emission reduction (CER) credits, each equivalent to one tonne of CO2, which can be counted towards meeting Kyoto targets.It is the first global, environmental investment and credit scheme of its kind.“What we are saying is that the CDM should be doing what it was meant to do. We should ensure that the rules are fairer and meet the expectations of African states,” Mpanu Mpanu said.EU lambasts Kyoto naysayersIn a separate press conference, the European Union (EU) lashed out at countries that have indicated that they were no longer interested in signing up for the Kyoto Protocol.The EU also reiterated its support of the continuation of the Kyoto Protocol, but said it wanted a roadmap out of Durban that would illustrate each country’s contribution to curb climate change.It highlighted its unhappiness over Japan, Russia and Canada’s insistence on staying out of the agreement.Poland’s new environment minister, Marcin Korolec, said: “The EU has been the only party here that has been consistently saying Durban must produce a package of decision to help us mitigate climate change but we want an agreement that will be equal to everybody… we see a second commitment as a bridge, and it must be achieved.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

16 Dec

When Startups Grow Out of the Cloud

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Analysis#cloud 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Cloud computing has been a boon to tech startups, allowing them to build, launch and scale without substantial up-front investment in hardware. But at what point does the moving from the cloud to a data center make more sense – for both performance and cost?Facebook announced plans earlier this year to build a custom data center in Prineville, Oregon, and Twitter announced last week that it plans to build one near Salt Lake City, Utah. And web app maker 37Signals isn’t building its own data center, but it did reveal last week that it will move its infrastructure from Rackspace hosting to a colocation space in a Chicago data center.As Jonathan Heiliger, Facebook’s VP of Technical Operations said at last month’s Structure 2010 conference, “For a consumer web site starting today, I would absolutely run on the cloud. It allows you to focus on building your product. But if you have 10 million users, that’s a pretty big check I’m writing to someone else. How much control do I have?”Data Centers Give More Flexibility, More Control?37Signals Operations Manager Mark Imbriaco explains the growth of 37Signals as such: since moving to the cloud four years ago, “we’ve grown from around 15 physical machines to a mixture of around 150 physical and virtual machines. We’ve also grown from having less than 1TB of data to on the order of 80TB of data today. Our needs have evolved a great deal as we’ve grown and we reached the point where it made sense for us to acquire our own hardware and manage our own datacenter infrastructure. The amount of flexibility that we have with our own environment makes it much easier for us to use some specialized equipment that meets our needs better than the solutions that Rackspace generally supports.”The desire for greater flexibility and control was also given by Twitter as rationale for its new data center. According to Twitter’s Engineering Blog, “Twitter will have full control over network and systems configuration, with a much larger footprint in a building designed specifically around our unique power and cooling needs. Twitter will be able to define and manage to a finer grained SLA on the service as we are managing and monitoring at all layers. The data center will house a mixed-vendor environment for servers running open source OS and applications.”Implication for the CloudIt isn’t surprising that rapidly growing companies like Twitter and Facebook have reached a point where it pencils out to have their own data center. But what are the implications for cloud computing – something that promises infinite scalability? And more importantly perhaps, the justifications given by Twitter and 37Signals for building a data center or moving to a colocation facility are less about cost and performance than they are about sufficient controls. Are public cloud providers doing enough to offer their enterprise customers with the flexibility and control they want?center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… audrey watters Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

18 Nov

Australia pacer Pat Cummins to skip T20I series against India

first_imgAustralian pacer Pat Cummins will skip the upcoming three-match Twenty20 International (T20I) series against India and return home to prepare for the Ashes later this year, Cricket Australia confirmed on Friday.”Key fast bowler Pat Cummins will skip the T20 leg of Australia’s Qantas Tour of India in order to rest ahead of the Magellan Ashes this summer,” Cricket Australia said in a statement.Cricket Australia also clarified the 24-year-old is not injured and will look to freshen up ahead of the Sheffield Shield season scheduled from October 26 to March 26 2018.”The paceman is not carrying an injury but selectors have decided to send him home after the fifth ODI in Nagpur on Sunday week in order to freshen up ahead of the start of the Sheffield Shield season,” Cricket Australia said.Australia are slated to play three T20Is from October 7 to 13 in Ranchi, Guwahati and Hyderabad.last_img read more

27 Oct

Photo: Baylor QB Commit J.W. Ketchum Had An Awesome BU Birthday Cake

first_imgA general view as the Baylor Bears take on the West Virginia Mountaineers in the first quarter at McLane Stadium.WACO, TX – OCTOBER 17: A general view as the Baylor Bears take on the West Virginia Mountaineers in the first quarter at McLane Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Waco, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)J.W. Ketchum III from Houston is one of two quarterbacks committed to Baylor in the 2015 class, and based on the birthday cake that he posted to Twitter this morning, he is a very solid verbal. my birthday cake was live #BU19 SIC’EM BEARS !! pic.twitter.com/es1CVVyhWH— KING✨ (@official_jk3) January 18, 2015Ketchum is a three-star recruit ranked as the 57th best prospect in Texas by 247Sports’ composite rankings. He and five-star Jarrett Stidham, who is already in Waco, are both vying to follow in the footsteps of Robert Griffin III and Bryce Petty.last_img read more

27 Oct

Photos: Urban Meyer Is Recruiting A 3-Month-Old Prospect To Ohio State

first_imgUrban Meyer writes a funny recruiting letter to 3 month old.Urban Meyer 3-Month-Old RecruitCollege football coaches have been known to start recruiting prospects when they’re pretty young; a couple years ago, a 13-year-old quarterback committed to USC. We’ve never seen one as young as this one, though. Urban Meyer recently sent a recruiting letter to Jack Nicholas Wolfgram, a three-month-old Buckeye fan who “needs to gain a little weight.” @collinnailor @Jones @LoriSchmidt sign him up. Baby Jack has been recruited by Urban #OSU #classof2033 pic.twitter.com/p6Rrfpiaxt— Nick W (@Wolfgram24) May 2, 2015This came after his parents sent Meyer a letter, boasting about their son’s [email protected] @collinnailor @Jones pic.twitter.com/m8jV9OXhh6— Nick W (@Wolfgram24) May 3, 2015Who will be Ohio State’s coach in 2033, anyway? [11W]last_img read more

27 Oct

All-Big 12 Oklahoma CB Jordan Thomas Arrested On Charges Of Public Intoxication, Assault & Battery

first_imgOklahoma starting cornerback Jordan Thomas was arrested early Thursday morning on charges of public intoxication and assault & battery. Thomas appears in the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office desk blotter after being filed at 2:45 a.m.jordan thomas oklahoma arrest This is Thomas’ second arrest in the last eight months. On December 13, he spent a night in jail for failing to appear in court for traffic violations. Thomas was named to the All-Big 12 first team by ESPN, and second team by the Associate Press and Phil Steele last season.[Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office]MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:The 10 Most Aggressive Fan Bases In CFBIn Photos: Golfer Paige SpiranacESPN Makes Decision On Dick Vitalelast_img read more

14 Oct

Manitoba First Nation sued by HudBay for Idle No More protests

first_imgAPTN National NewsA northern Manitoba chief has been sued by the HudBay Mining Company for Idle No More protests and blockades.Mathias Colomb Cree Nation Chief Arlen Dumas says he received a notice to keep off  parts of his traditional territory last week. There’s a court hearing scheduled for Wednesday and HudBay wants an injunction to prevent future protests.He now has the support of other leadership and Idle No More supporters who say they want to meet with the province of Manitoba and HudBay.APTN National News reporter Shaneen Robinson has the story.last_img read more