CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (AP): Jeremy Lin scored 15 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter as Charlotte overcame a 23-point deficit to snap San Antonio’s six-game winning streak, winning 91-88. Lin was 11 of 18 from the field and hit all four three-point attempts, including three in the fourth quarter. Courtney Lee had 17 points, Nicolas Batum added 15, and Cody Zeller grabbed 14 rebounds for the Hornets, who bounced back from a disappointing loss to the Denver Nuggets on Saturday night. The Spurs had two chances to tie it at the end of regulation, but Patty Mills and Danny Green both missed three-point attempts. In Cleveland, LeBron James scored 33 points and had his 41st career triple-double as the Cavaliers clinched their second straight Central Division title with a comfortable 124-91 victory over Denver. James added 11 rebounds and 11 assists before checking out with 6:02 left to a thunderous ovation. He scored 17 in the first quarter, helping the Cavs build a 19-point lead and erase the memory of an embarrassing loss on Saturday in Miami. The Nuggets fought back and briefly led before the Cavs regrouped, scored 68 after half-time to notch their 50th win. Will Barton scored 27 for the Nuggets. Andre Drummond’s tip-in with two seconds remaining lifted Detroit over Milwaukee, 92-91. TIGHT RACE The Pistons, who are in a tight race for the final play-off spot in the Eastern Conference, came out inexplicably flat and trailed by 17 points in the first half. They were down 13 in the third quarter before chipping away at Milwaukee’s lead in the fourth. Drummond was outplayed badly early on by Greg Monroe, but when Kentavious Caldwell-Pope missed from the perimeter in the final seconds, Drummond was able to tip the ball in. Draymond Green had 24 points, nine rebounds and six assists to help Golden State narrowly avoid their first two-game skid in nearly a year with a 109-104 victory at Minnesota. Klay Thompson scored 17 points and hit all five of his three-pointers, and the Warriors (63-7) overcame a second straight poor shooting night from Stephen Curry. He missed 11 of his 17 shots, including seven of his nine three-pointers, but still had 19 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds.
The CIA leak case focused new attention on the Bush administration’s handling of reports about weapons of mass destruction in the run-up to the Iraq war. The case cost Cheney his most trusted adviser, and the trial revealed Cheney’s personal obsession with criticism of the war’s justification. Trial testimony made clear that President Bush secretly declassified a portion of the prewar intelligence estimate that Cheney quietly sent Libby to leak to Judith Miller of The New York Times in 2003 to rebut criticism by Wilson. More top reporters were ordered into court – including Miller after 85 days of resistance in jail – to testify about their confidential sources among the nation’s highest-ranking officials than in any other trial in recent memory. Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald said the verdict closed the nearly four-year investigation into how Plame’s name and her classified job at the CIA were leaked to reporters in 2003 – just days after Wilson publicly accused the administration of doctoring prewar intelligence. No one will be charged with the leak itself, which the trial confirmed came first from then-Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage. One juror, former Washington Post reporter Denis Collins, told reporters the jury did not believe Libby’s faulty memory defense. Juror Jeff Comer agreed. WASHINGTON – Ultimately, the jurors didn’t believe that I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney’s closest adviser, had as bad a memory as he claimed. They convicted Libby on Tuesday of lying and obstructing a leak investigation that shook the top levels of the Bush administration. Two jurors agreed that Libby’s claim to have misremembered – not lied about – how he learned that an Iraq war critic’s wife worked at the CIA and whom he told about her simply didn’t stand up under the weight of evidence produced by prosecutors. The jury methodically analyzed government evidence that on nine occasions during four weeks of 2003, Libby either had been told by officials that war critic Joseph Wilson’s wife, Valerie Plame, worked at the CIA or he had told other officials about her job. Even with a bad memory, he couldn’t have forgotten where she worked at the end of those four weeks, the jury concluded. Collins said the jurors spent a week charting the testimony and evidence on 34 poster-size pages. “There were good managerial type people on this jury who took everything apart and put it in the right place,” Collins said. “After that, it wasn’t a matter of opinion. It was just there. “Even if he forgot that someone told him about Mrs. Wilson, who had told him, it seemed very unlikely he would not have remembered about Mrs. Wilson,” Collins said. Libby, not only Cheney’s chief of staff but also an assistant to Bush, was expressionless as the verdict was announced on the 10th day of deliberations. In the front row, his wife, Harriet Grant, choked out a sob. Libby could face up to 25years in prison when sentenced June 5. Defense attorneys said they would ask for a retrial and if that fails, appeal the conviction. “We have every confidence Mr. Libby ultimately will be vindicated,” defense attorney Theodore Wells told reporters. He said that Libby was “totally innocent and that he did not do anything wrong.” Libby did not speak to reporters. In a written statement, Cheney called the verdict disappointing and said he was saddened for Libby and his family, too. “As I have said before, Scooter has served our nation tirelessly and with great distinction through many years of public service.” Wilson, whose wife left the CIA after she was exposed, said, “Convicting him of perjury was like convicting Al Capone of tax evasion or Alger Hiss of perjury. It doesn’t mean they were not guilty of other crimes.” Libby was convicted of one count of obstruction of justice, two counts of perjury to the grand jury and one count of lying to the FBI about how he learned Plame’s identity and whom he told. Libby learned about Plame from Cheney in June 2003, about a month after Wilson’s allegations were first published, without his name, by New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof. Prosecutors said Libby relayed the Plame information to other government officials and told reporters, Miller of the Times and Matt Cooper of Time magazine, that she worked at the CIA. On July 6, 2003, Wilson publicly wrote that he had gone to Niger in 2002 and debunked a report that Iraq was seeking uranium there for nuclear weapons and that Cheney, who had asked about the report, should have known his findings long before Bush cited the report in 2003 as a justification for the war. On July 14, columnist Robert Novak reported that Wilson’s wife worked at the CIA and she, not Cheney, had suggested he go on the trip. When an investigation of the leak began, prosecutors said, Libby feared prosecution for disclosing classified information so he lied to investigators to make his discussions appear innocent. Libby swore that he was so busy he forgot Cheney had told him about Plame, and was surprised to learn it a month later from NBC reporter Tim Russert. He swore he told reporters only that he learned it from other reporters and could not confirm it. Russert, however, testified he and Libby never even discussed Plame. Libby is free pending sentencing.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
“I need shoes, equipment and proper training, but there’s nothing.”At sunset, friendly football matches are played on patches of open ground across the capital, with teenagers like Salim kicking up clouds of dust.The pitches have no markings, are full of holes and the goal posts are almost always without a net.“There is nobody to motivate me,” said Salim, a resident of Tuti Island, where the Blue Nile and White Nile meet in the capital.“I hope the revolution changes this,” he said, referring to the months-long mass protest movement that led to the ouster of longtime president Omar al-Bashir in April.Many say Bashir’s three decades of iron-fisted rule sidelined the sport — a national pastime.There are no competitive youth leagues in Sudan, meaning young players like Salim can only play in friendly matches between local clubs.Their skills are further cramped by poorly maintained pitches, which cause regular injuries that often end many talented players’ careers before they even take off.The matches are “disorganised” and players lack any kind of training or management, said the vice president of the Sudanese Football Association, Al-Fatih Bani.Local clubs avoid improving facilities because there are no competitive leagues for youths, he said.While there are some 30 well-maintained pitches in the country, they are privately owned and open only to the elite, Bani added.– Poor record –Sudan has never qualified for the World Cup, even though the country was a pioneer of the sport on the continent.Along with Egypt and Ethiopia, it helped to found the African Football Confederation, but has only won the African Cup of Nations once in 1970 when it hosted the tournament.The last time Sudan qualified for the continent’s biennial tournament was in 2012, even though it has been expanded to a 24-nation format.In 1989, Omdurman-based Al-Merrikh became the only Sudanese team to win an African club trophy.Sudanese football fans are often seen sporting the shirts of international clubs instead of their national team, the result of its poor record brought on by decades of official neglect, according to Bani.“Many talented players do not get the opportunity to improve and advance,” said Monzer Hassan, a coach of a youth team.“A complete lack of football academies deprives these talented players from honing their skills,” he said, adding that every player dreams of playing for the two leading Sudanese clubs, Al-Hilal and Al-Merrikh.A Sudanese player has never been picked up by a European club, said Bani, but the country is a lucrative destination for foreign players as Sudanese clubs are hungry for professionals.“Bashir’s regime hurt the sport immensely,” said Mohamed Harun, an Al-Hilal board member.“His Islamic regime considered football a tribal activity that did not deserve support or investment.”For those like Salim or Bani, the revolution that ousted Bashir could herald a turnaround.“I hope the revolution gives a strong push to football in Sudan,” said Bani.0Shares0000(Visited 20 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000“There are no facilities or the equipment we need,” said Salim, son of a farmer, before booting a ball across a dirt pitch in a Khartoum neighbourhood.KHARTOUM, Sudan, Jul 30 – He has no kit or support system but 17-year-old footballer Emad Salim hopes Sudan’s uprising will bring a boost to his beloved sport and help its players step onto the world stage.“There are no facilities or the equipment we need,” said Salim, son of a farmer, before booting a ball across a dirt pitch in a Khartoum neighbourhood.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityWASHINGTON – The White House said Saturday that if Costa Ricans vote against joining a U.S.-Central American free trade agreement, the Bush administration will not renegotiate the deal. The Costa Rican government scheduled a referendum today on the accord. A newspaper poll published Thursday showed that voters were poised to reject it. Much of the opposition stems from requirements under the pact that Costa Rica open its telecommunications, services and agricultural sectors to greater competition. The White House also suggested it may not extend trade preferences now afforded to Costa Rican products and set to expire next September. “The United States has never before confronted the question of extending unilateral trade preferences to a country that has rejected a reciprocal trade agreement,” White House press secretary Dana Perino said in a statement. Costa Rica is the only one of the six Latin American signatories to the trade deal, known as CAFTA, that has yet to ratify it. The deal is in effect in the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador. A minimum of 40 percent of Costa Rica’s 2.6 million voters must participate for today’s vote to be valid. The White House urged Costa Ricans to recognize the benefits of the agreement. It would “expand Costa Rica’s access to the U.S. market, safeguard that access under international law, attract U.S. and other investment and link Costa Rica to some of the most dynamic economies of our hemisphere,” according to the statement. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! FREE TRADE: Bush says he will not renegotiate the pact if voters turn it down today. By Jennifer Loven THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Keith Sheilds from Foyle Valley AC won the Black and Amber 5 mile road race in Letterkenny today.More than 100 runners took part in the race in perfect conditions from Letterkenny out to Newmills.Shields recorded a fine time of 25.27 to come in well ahead of the second-placed Adam Speer in a time of 27.22. The following is a list of all the runners and their finishing times.Black & Amber 5 Miler 2015Place Race No. Time FirstName Surname Category Club1 139 25.27 Keith Shields SM Foyle Valley 2 268 27.22 Adam Speer SM Finn Valley A C3 255 27.43 Mark McPaul SM Finn Valley A C4 183 27.58 Pauric Breslin SM LAC5 188 28.07 Sean McFadden SM LAC6 137 29.02 Johnnie Canning SM Foyle Valley 7 161 29.11 Raymond Birch SM LAC8 159 29.22 Kevin McGee M40 Rosses A.C.9 267 29.25 Martin Mooney SM Inishowen A C10 284 29.32 Michael Logue M40 Rosses A.C. 11 176 29.33 James Crossan SM Lifford A C12 197 29.35 Seamus O’Donnell M40 Convoy13 165 29.37 Barry Meehan SM LAC14 156 29.43 Philip Gallagher M40 Inishowen A C15 257 30.19 Martin Devenney SM 24/7 Triathlon16 261 31.03 Paul Russell SM Individual17 135 31.03 Adrian McGowan SM Foyle Valley18 181 31.07 Darren Price SM LAC19 180 31.15 Ciaran O’Donnell M40 LAC20 166 31.17 Marcus McClintock M40 LAC21 266 31.25 Paul Cosgrove M40 LAC22 265 31.28 Garvin Walker SM LAC23 140 31.35 Martin Dunleavy M40 Foyle Valley24 287 31.51 Karl McGinley JM Individual25 307 32.05 Mark Diver SM LAC26 173 32.17 Paul Dillon M40 Individual27 152 32.18 Paul Coyle SM Foyle Valley28 153 32.24 Darren Wallace SM Foyle Valley29 151 32.27 Declan McGill SM Foyle Valley30 251 32.28 Kieran Coyle SM LAC31 150 32.40 Roly Black M40 Foyle Valley32 281 32.42 Danny Cullen SM LAC33 155 32.47 Finbar Gallagher M40 Inishowen A C34 276 32.48 Anthony McDaid SM Individual35 138 32.51 Seamus McCallion M50 Foyle Valley36 302 32.59 Martin Donnelly M40 24/7 Triathlon37 182 33.19 Sinead Peoples SW LAC38 136 33.36 Gemma McGinty SW Foyle Valley39 172 33.36 Owen McKinney M40 Inishowen A C40 185 33.37 Colm McElwaine SM Individual41 163 33.49 Pauric McGinley SM Individual42 279 33.52 Noreen McGettigan W35 LAC43 290 33.55 Barry Coyle SM Individual44 194 34.00 Shauna McGeehan SW LAC45 193 34.01 Frances Judge W45 LAC46 160 34.01 Marie Boyle SW LAC47 275 34.08 Simon Chodziesner M50 Individual48 272 34.10 Barry Mackey M50 LAC49 148 34.11 John McKinley M40 Foyle Valley50 283 34.19 Drew Doherty M50 Finn Valley A C51 171 34.33 Tommy Hill M50 24/7 Triathlon52 141 34.35 Tom Doherty M50 Foyle Valley53 178 34.40 Liam McGinty M40 Finn Valley A C54 175 34.55 Ciaran Bovaird M40 Individual55 154 35.07 Tony Grant M50 Foyle Valley56 333 35.11 Rory Kavanagh SM St. Eunans GAA57 142 35.39 Neil Diamond M40 Foyle Valley58 179 35.52 Emer Gormley SW LAC59 258 35.55 Richard Raymond M60 LAC60 164 35.57 Paul Lynch SM 24/7 Triathlon61 198 35.57 Gerard McConnell SM Convoy62 306 36.28 Seamus Morrisson M40 LAC63 293 36.31 Elijah McGinley JM Finn Valley A C64 278 36.32 Enda Kelly SM St. Eunans GAA65 273 36.33 Michael Galvin M40 LAC66 285 36.33 Shaun O’Donnell M50 Individual67 292 36.40 David McGinley SM St. Eunans GAA68 169 36.41 Patricia McKenna W35 LAC69 187 36.42 Sabrina Mackey W35 Individual70 280 36.48 John Hughes M50 LAC71 149 36.51 Sean Crumlish M40 Foyle Valley72 252 36.51 Jimmy McBride M60 Individual73 195 36.52 Bernard McDyre M50 LAC74 312 36.55 John McCarron M40 24/7 Triathlon75 309 37.01 Ryan Hilferty JM LAC76 301 37.09 Thomas Cullen SM Individual77 332 37.29 David O’Herlihy SM St. Eunans GAA78 158 37.29 Conor McIbel SM Foyle Valley79 157 37.30 Verona Campbell W45 Foyle Valley80 190 37.31 Eilish McClafferty W35 Individual81 304 37.34 Fabian McShane M40 LAC82 295 37.41 Alan O’Mahoney SM 24/7 Triathlon83 189 37.46 Rory Reynolds SM Individual84 286 38.16 Eugene McGinley M40 Individual85 253 38.22 Dermot McGuinness SM Individual86 167 38.26 Jackie Harvey W55 Tír Chonaill A C87 168 38.37 Vera Haughey W45 Tír Chonaill A C88 291 38.46 Cathal Roarty M50 LAC89 264 39.06 Paddy McBride M50 Individual90 300 39.35 Ciara Finnegan JW LAC91 186 39.43 Eugene McGinley M40 Raphoe92 254 39.48 Wendy McDonald W45 Individual93 259 39.52 Hugh Doyle SM Individual94 184 40.07 Rosaleen Doherty W35 Individual95 274 40.18 Paddy Enfield M40 Individual96 299 40.22 Emmett O’Donnell SM Individual97 174 40.36 Liam Tinney SM LAC98 162 41.02 Hugo Blake M50 Individual99 271 41.19 Kevin Blake M40 Individual100 199 41.35 Michelle Gillespie W45 LAC101 331 41.56 Michael Gibbons M50 St. Eunans GAA102 277 42.11 Johnny Doherty M40 Individual103 256 43.27 Mick Doherty M50 LAC104 170 43.29 Niamh McDaid SW LAC105 262 44.05 Amanda McGrath SW LAC106 340 44.19 Eugene Duffy SM St. Eunans GAA107 339 44.19 Joe Higgins M40 LAC108 305 45.16 Mark Gildea SM LAC109 298 46.10 Kay Bonner W45 Convoy110 200 46.18 Sinead O’Gorman W45 LAC111 289 47.39 Maeve Carr W45 St. Eunans GAA112 263 48.17 Stella McCole SW Individual113 288 48.21 Paddy Flood M50 St. Eunans GAA114 317 48.24 Donal McGinty JM LAC115 336 48.35 Breda Canning SW Individual116 303 51.27 Dermott Gallagher SM Individual117 297 55.10 Sam O’Donnell JM LAC118 296 55.11 Ciara Cunnane W35 IndividualTotal Runners: 118SHIELDS WINS BLACK AND AMBER FIVE MILE RACE – WHERE DID YOU COME? 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21 August 2002The Fantastic Rubbish Art Exhibition, showcasing how valuable rubbish can be, runs at the Ubuntu Village at the Wanderers in Johannesburg until 6 September as part of the World Summit on Sustainable Development.Artworks, showcased in containers, are made from rubbish ranging from scrapyard objects to melted plastic and telephone directories.To reach the containers, one follows a footpath through a maze which could easily be mistaken for a scrapyard, because its high walls are made of scrap metal and discarded household appliances.“The exhibition brings together South African artists and crafters from diverse backgrounds,” says Jeanne Hoffman, the exhibition’s co-ordinator.“The intention is to provide a platform for communication between the artists and crafters on the one hand, and the general public on the other, and to inspire thoughts and discussions around the environment and waste specifically.”The Talking House Discussions happen at the end of the exhibition in a “South African Talking House” built by French artists and South African crafters from KwaZulu-Natal. Constructed out of crates and plastic, it looks like a shack – but inside there is a pool table and sound-sensitive lights that shine brightly when you shout and dimly when you whisper – art and technology in action. The idea behind the collaboration was to bring artists and crafters together, says French artist Guy-Andre Lagesse, and share ideas.So you enter the exhibition through Willem Boshoff’s scrap metal maze “Sculpture Garden” and exit via a talking house – and in between, you can feast your eyes on all the fantastic art that can be made out of metal, paper and plastic.Windmills, for example. At the exhibition area, Ferdi Hartzenberg’s scrap metal windmills are planted like trees in front of the containers. They are kinetic, wind activated – and seen from a distance, they acquire a certain beauty.Cape Town art teacher Liza Grobler has populated an artificial landscape inside one container with trees and animals all made out of folded telephone directories and plastic strip off-cuts – a remarkable paper jungle. She is inspired by traditional woman’s handiwork like crocheting and knitting, she says.Another art teacher, Chris Gous from Pretoria West, took his Heuwel Primary students to scrapyards to collect the junk they needed for building vehicles. They amassed a pile of computer parts, wires and small black tyres – and built a range of machines, from bakkies to motorcycles to a shiny spacecraft, all on display in his container.Gous’s eye-catching Filter of Hope is shaped like a box, and made out of scrap waste material. Inside, it has blue coloured water with bubbles made possible by oxygen pumped through aquarium pumps, and electric bulbs that flicker, all held together by screws and glue – and none of it particularly useful. “Filter of Hope,” he says, “shows a good and bad side of humankind in contrast, and also reveals the bad side of technology.”Mbongeni Buthelezi’s goal is somewhat more immediate, or so he says: “My work portrays my deepest feelings, which is having fun while I work.” He melts plastic – the colourful sort of plastic one gets from cool-drink six-packs – and paints with it on a plastic canvas, placing one layer over another.He could not afford paint and canvas when he began making art, he says, and as time elapsed, “I recognised the significance that my art material has on the environment.” He is inspired by his surroundings in Soweto, just his day-to-day experiences, he says.There are 10 containers, showing the work of nearly double that number of artists.This arty-trashy mission is hosted at Ice Station Johannesburg, built by Mission Antarctica, an international environmental organisation that took 35 young people to the South Pole in 1996 on a mission to clean up 1 000 tons of industrial waste from the icy shores.For more information about Mission Antarctica, see www.missionantarctica.com or www.earthship.co.zaSource: City of Johannesburg web site
4 June 2015A tangible outcome of the first day of the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa was an agreement that the National Youth Development Agency would partner with the Mara Foundation to run the online mentorship scheme, Mara Mentor.The WEF on Africa is taking place in Cape Town. It ends on 5 June.The agreement was made with the founder and chairperson of the Mara Foundation, Ashish Thakkar, who spoke to President Jacob Zuma on the sidelines of the WEF on Africa about the innovative Mara Mentor online Mentoring Platform. It will provide mentorships to young South African entrepreneurs.The mentoring platform is an initiative of Brand South Africa, which initially linked up the foundation with The Presidency at the WEF in Davos, Switzerland, in January. It will be officially launched on 16 June, Youth Day, and will offer mentorships over a web platform as well as on mobile applications.Young people will be able to ask business leaders questions and seek advice on business issues.“Top business leaders in South Africa, including chairpersons and chief executives of companies, are already being asked to sign up as mentors for the South African youth to be able to provide them with support. The youth will be able to register as mentees at one of [the National Youth Development Agency’s] 14 offices countrywide,” said The Presidency.Mara Mentor has been successfully launched in six African countries to date. The e- platform has over 600 000 active entrepreneurs across 30 African countries with whom young people can interact.Brand South Africa chairperson Chichi Maponya said the programme was part of the agency’s initiative of not only promoting South Africa as an attractive business destination but also finding opportunities for socio-economic development for the country abroad.“We believe that it has the potential to empower thousands of young people who want to start up businesses or who are already in business. It also provides an opportunity for business leaders in the country to plough back by supporting youth development and empowerment.”Day twoSouth Africa is participating in a range of programmes at the WEF on Africa today, the second day of gathering.Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane is participating in a session on The Future of Water, while Tourism Minister Derick Hanekom is taking part in a session on Unlocking Africa. Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramathlodi is participating in a session focusing on mining in Africa. The 25th WEF on Africa opened yesterday, with the theme “Then and now: reimagining Africa’s future”.Team South Africa was well represented on the first day of WEF Africa and emphasised that South Africa was open for business on all platforms, according to acting cabinet spokesperson Phumla Williams. The day began with Minister in the Presidency Minister Radebe participating, together with Ghanaian minister of foreign affairs Hanna Tetteh, in an interactive discussion on how competitive African nation brands could contribute to advancing the African Union’s Agenda 2063.“Both ministers and the participants at large concluded the discussions saying that the time has come for African countries to implement policies which will contribute to changing the socio-economic conditions on our continent. There was also a resounding call that Agenda 2063 must be brought to life through the implementation of national policies that support the pillars for growth and development,” said Williams.These included social issues like health, education and food security as well as infrastructure development. South Africa was committed to infrastructure development on the continent, and the country held the chairmanship of the African Union’s Programme for Infrastructure Development for Africa.It was focused on facilitating road, rail and air connectivity between countries on the continent, which would contribute to Africa’s integration, ease movement of people, goods and services throughout the continent as well as the continent’s ability to attract inward flows of investment.South Africa also hosted a welcome reception for WEF delegates, at which Hanekom reiterated that the country was open to all visitors and investors, while offering a range of diverse experiences that would cater for all visitors.President Jacob Zuma hosted a meeting of the Business Interaction Group, at which he said his government was committed to creating an enabling legislative and policy environment for business to create jobs and grow the economy.“As with similar engagements in the run up to WEF Africa 2015, there has been a willingness of both government and the private sector to work together to drive South Africa’s growth and development,” Williams said.Source: SAnews.gov
A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… john paul titlow Related Posts Tags:#Analysis#biz A large majority of companies are moving away from job boards and toward social media as their primary recruiting tool, according to annual survey results released by social recruitment software company Jobvite.The report, entitled Jobvite Social Recruiting Survey 2010, was based on an online survey taken by 600 participants between May and June.Of the respondents who are actively hiring this year, 92% said that they either “currently use or plan to” use social networks for recruiting new employees. Meanwhile, spending on more traditional tools like job boards and third-party recruiters either decreased or stayed constant for a majority of companies.Not surprisingly, the social networking site most used by companies for recruiting is LinkedIn (78%) , followed by Facebook (55%). The site that saw the most growth was Twitter, which wasn’t even a blip on the radar when Jobvite first conducted this survey in 2008, but was used by 45% of respondents this year.Most hiring firms will review a candidate’s social media presence as part of the vetting process, with 38% indicating that they always search for applicants’ social networking profiles and 32% doing so only sometimes.Indicating that the social media’s involvement in job recruiting is more than just hype, the survey reported that 58% of companies had successfully hired employees via a social networking site.The complete results of the survey are available on Jobvite’s website (free registration required to download). Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Lead image of Jony Ive from Apple promotional video. Luxurious stitched leather. A fine wood grain you can almost feel. An old-fashioned microphone. If you use Apple devices, expect to encounter less of this kind of thing decorating your apps and operating system.After Monday’s big executive shakeup at the company, the interface design principles employed in the company’s software is expected to take a new, more modernist turn. Progress is good, but Apple runs the risk of watering down some of the familiar appeal that makes their devices so easy to learn and use. Skewering SkeuomorphismThis design tactic, known as skeuomorphism, mimics familiar, real-world textures and objects in a digital interface. It’s something for which Apple has become known – and sometimes ridiculed – for using in its apps and operating systems. The approach has long been championed by Scott Forstall, who was shown the door earlier this week. Forstall shared his affinity for these faux-analog details with Steve Jobs, whose death a year ago paved the way for the kind of sweeping changes recently undertaken by his successor, Tim Cook. Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#Apple#design#iOS#Jony Ive#OS X#user interface design Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The future may not lie squarely at either end of this debate. Perhaps it’s somewhere in the middle, where digital interfaces borrow subtly from the real world, but continue to innovate and feely abandon skeuomorphs when they get in the way. At Apple, the visual language of iOS and OS X will continue to merge, possibly more rapidly than it already was. It seems clear that over time, it will have fewer accents of wood grain, stitched leather and fake glass. Will that make any difference? We’re about to find out. Taking charge of the Human Interface group at Apple will be Jony Ive, the legendary hardware designer. Pretty much all of the company’s most successful hardware products – the iPad, iPhone, MacBook Pro and iPod Touch, to name a few – came out of Ive’s secret design lab in Cupertino. It’s that type of minimal, no-frills design that many expect to see more of in OS X and iOS now that Ive is in charge. That means things like the stitched leather across the top of iCal and the faux notebook paper in Reminders could find their way out of OS X and iOS. Don’t expect elements like this to be wiped out with the next OS upgrade, though. Apple’s operating systems are used extensively by millions of people who have grown accustomed to how they look and work. If the skeuomorphic stuff is going to get axed, expect Ive and team to start by easout out the subtle details – the linen texture in the background of Notification Center, for example – replacing them one-by-one with cleaner designs that don’t attempt to mimic things in the physical world. Why Skeuomorphism Isn’t All BadThere’s been a bit of a backlash against skeuomorphic design elements lately, both within Apple and among designers generally. Designer Wells Riley has called it “the easy way out,” charging that skeuomorphism ‘helps people misunderstand the capabilities and limitations of digital products.” Fast Company’s Thomas Hobbs urges designers to move beyond the “silly” trend. There’s certainly a case to be made that this type of thing should be used sparingly. Yet, at the same time, it’s easy to see how weaving familiar-looking textures and objects into digital designs can help make new ways of doing things more palatable, especially to new users. “Skeuomorphism is about communicating and reinforcing feelings – getting an application to become a memorable experience, not just a tool,” writes Tobias Bjerrome Ahlin, an interface designer at Spotify. “It’s about communicating the purpose of a UI, not only the functions it enables.”Skeuomorphism Has A Long HistoryComputers have borrowed visual conventions from the analog world for a long time. Since the dawn of personal computing, we have navigated through icons that mimic file folders, occasionally stuffing miniature pieces of paper into what looks like a tiny trash can. And yes, the calendar on my MacBook and iPad bears a resemblance to an actual, physical calendar.In many cases, digital design that mimics analog artifacts can help foster a certain level of comfortable familiarity among consumers, who are spending more and more of their waking hours staring into screens. Maybe we actually need these familiar-looking things to be comfortable with embedding these devices this deeply into our lives. iPhones and iPads comprise the vast majority of revenue for what has become the most valuable company on the planet. They’re clearly doing something right. It’s hard to see how stripping out these vestiges of the physical world could help Apple do even better.Yet Amazon has done quite well with its Kindle e-readers, which don’t go quite as far as Apple’s iBooks in mimicking paper books. And Microosft is drawing critical praise for the clean design of its Windows 8 interface, which makes few concessions to the past or the physical world. 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