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first_imgThis week is a biggie for males; it’s make or break time. Not only is today the ticking time bomb of Valentines Day, but this weekend is President’s Day, a three day minefield of disappointment, miscommunication, and “Saying we won’t get each other anything doesn’t actually mean don’t get me a gift!” confrontations. I’m joking of course; this is a weekend to look forward to for the romance and splendor of being in the presence of the ones you love. Luckily for males, we can spend the rest of the year being Neanderthals as long as we step up around Valentines Day and make the grand gesture all women deserve. V-Day is a double edge sword though. It’s great if you pull it off, it’s curtains if you don’t so the pressure is on.This weekend is the perfect opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle of whatever metropolitan area you are in and embrace the natural beauty of nature. A trek through the woods with your sweetheart can be just as romantic as a night at a fancy French restaurant. We suggest heading to what our voters picked as the Best Small Mountain Town in the Blue Ridge, Hot Springs, N.C.This little hamlet bubbles with romance and love – literally, the hot springs feed the Jacuzzis at the resort. Take a hike on the Appalachian Trail or a winter picnic to Max Patch before an amorous soak in the springs: the perfect romantic weekend getaway in one of our favorite towns.View Larger Maplast_img read more


first_imgThe fund has seen an uneven investment performance so far this year, returning 5.45% in the three months to January, followed by a 0.1% return on investments in the second quarter and a return to stronger growth in the third, led largely by a resurgent equity portfolio.Announcing third-quarter results late last month, Norges Bank Investment Management chief executive Yngve Slyngstad credited the 7.6% return from its equity holdings to increased economic activity in China, but he noted that the remainder of its emerging market stocks continued to see weak growth.The NPFG recently announced a review of its active management approach and also made its first investment into real estate debt, partnering with Axa Real Estate Investment Management. The Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global (NPFG) is on track to increase its assets under management by NOK1trn (€123bn) in one year, according to revised government estimates.Announcing its decision to amend the 2014 Budget introduced by its predecessor, the conservative coalition led by prime minister Erna Solberg said it would slightly increase the amount of money drawn down from the fund to balance the books.However, the Ministry of Finance simultaneously predicted the GPFG would exceed NOK5.3trn by the end of 2014 and estimated that the fund’s assets under management would be above NOK4.8trn by the end of December, a 7% increase over predictions published by the previous Labour Party-led government in May.If the predictions hold true, then the GPFG will have seen assets under management increase by more than one-fifth, or NOK1trn, in a year.last_img read more


first_img Tweet Sharing is caring! 6 Views   no discussions Share Sharecenter_img Share LocalNews 2012 Budget set to further protect Dominica from effects of global economic shocks by: – July 7, 2012 Prime Minister Roosevelt SkerritWhen Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit presents the 2012-1013 national budget on Tuesday July 17 2012, Dominicans can expect him to address Government’s plan to further cushion the country from the economic shocks now taking place globally.The Prime Minister says a decline in revenue and increase in expenditure are major factors which will be taken into consideration in the upcoming budget.“Clearly the budget is being prepared against the backdrop of what is happening around the world. We have to be mindful of the challenges confronting us. We have seen in some cases, a drop in revenue and an increase in expenditure.”The Prime Minister who will be presenting his ninth budget since assuming office in 2004, says this year’s budget will continue to put the people of Dominica first.“Certainly we are mindful of some of the challenges confronting our people. Conatined in this budget, you will see some measures towards addressing some of the concerns that people have been raising from time to time.”The prime minister has assured Dominicans that while the budget will not address all the challenges confronting the country, it will take into consideration aspects of Dominica’s growth and social protection strategy (GSPS).“We have a GSPS- Growth and Social Protection Strategy which informs us of what we can do to improve the economic fortunes of the country and so we are following that GSPS and the budget is being prepared within the framework and the context of that GSPS.”As is customary at the start of a new Parliamentary Session, there will be an address by the President of Dominica, His Excellency, Dr. Nicholas J.O Liverpool DA.H. O.C.C.Government Information Servicelast_img read more


first_imgGUWAHATI: 3rd Intra Frontier Aquatic Competition 2019, organized by 33rd Bn ITBP at Dr. Zakir Hussain Aquatic complex, concluded today. Chief Guest of the event R.S. Chandel, Commandant, 33rd Bn ITBP, Guwahati, formally inaugurated the function. Officers and men of 33rd Bn, Team managers, players and coaches from various Sector head quarters of North East Frontier, ITBP were also present on this occasion.Three teams of Sector Head quarters Tezpur, Dibrugarh and Likabali of ITBP comprising of 23 players, team managers and coaches participated in the event.The Chief Guest expressed his pleasure as the trained swimmers of ITBP have taken part in the competition. He said that swimming is the best physical activity in a low cost in which whole body is moved against the resistance of water, thereby increase in physical activity which stimulates blood circulation and gives soothing effect to the mind.Constable Chandan from Tezpur sector was adjudged the best swimmer of the competition. Overall first position was secured by Tezpur Sector, second position by Likabali Sector and Sector Dibrugarh remained at third position. The winners will participate in the forthcoming 3rd Inter-frontier Aquatic Competion-2019 which will begin from June 19 at Dr. Zakir Hussain Aquatic complex in the city. R.S. Chandel, Commandant, 33rd Bn ITB Police felicitated the winners.Also Read: LOCAL SPORTSlast_img read more


first_img29 April 2008Speaking at South Africa’s Freedom Day celebrations at the Turfhall Stadium in Landsdowne, Cape Town on Sunday, President Thabo Mbeki called for “all hands on deck” to tackle the challenges facing the country.Mbeki urged everyone to get involved in creating a new South Africa; to become the kind of citizens who did not do crime, were not racist, sexist or xenophobic, and who worked hard to make the country succeed.“We believe that by coming together and working in partnerships as government, business, labour, civil society and communities, we will succeed.”Mbeki admitted that the country faced many challenges. “There are still too many people who are poor,” he said. “There are still too many people without jobs. There are too many people without houses. There are still too many children who study in dilapidated schools.”There were also “other problems we must confront together as they impact negatively on the standard of living of the people. These include the national electricity emergency, the high food and fuel prices and the high interest rates”.Mbeki said that since the government’s call to South Africans earlier this year to work together to save electricity and help stabilise the national electricity grid, much had been done by both businesses and households, and he thanked the nation for their positive response.He said that even though progress had been uneven since the country’s first democratic elections on 27 April 1994, “there is no doubt that freedom has given us the possibility to move our country away from the terrible legacy of apartheid, opening opportunities in the quest for a better life for all South Africans.”Fourteen years after the first day that South Africans, irrespective of race, got to vote, “we walk tall because of collective efforts that culminated on 27 April being the country’s Freedom Day,” Mbeki said.Referring to a recent spate of racist and xenophobic incidents, Mbeki said these showed that South Africa still contained “pockets of backwardness” which had to be confronted. “We cannot allow racism and racist attitudes to prevail in our society, in our communities or in any of our diverse and varied institutions.”The President also spoke out against violence against women and children. “Clearly we can’t proclaim to be a free nation while women and children are not free to enjoy our freedom.”He said men had an important part to play in advancing affirmative social values and mending the social fabric that had been torn by “those that behave like animals”. Men had an important message to give to their compatriots, namely that “real men do not abuse”.Mbeki said that in the country’s work to transform the lives of its people, particular attention needed to be paid to young people, who faced increasing challenges, such as substance abuse, unemployment, crime and the absence of good role models.“Indeed, many of our young have to face difficult challenges at times without parental or adult guidance.“All of us, as a society, need to inculcate among the youth the ethos and ethics that help build great and successful nations; we need to help bring about a spirit of resilience in the face of what would seem formidable odds.“We need to bring up young people who know that, to sustain the progress of the last 14 years, we need skills and better education.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more


first_imgAfter a successful run in Soweto in June, the Siyabangena Seminars are now headed to KwaZulu-Natal, with established South African business people sharing their skills and experience with young black entrepreneurs from the townships.The next series of the national seminar series will take place on 26 and 27 September at Ekhaya Multi Arts Centre, K-CAP Theatre, in KwaMashu B Section.Panel speakers include successful business people like Clive Manci, CEO of Oteo Investment Holdings, Jabulani Ngcobo (Serial Entrepreneur/CEO of CashflowPro), Mpume Langa (Head ABSA Private Bank KZN/Chairperson of Businesswomen’s Association DBN), Brian Mpono (Project Director of 1Source Group), DJ Tira (CEO of Afrotainment), Ramsay Daly (Marketing Director of iKhokha.com) and many more.A hungry stomach, an empty pocket and a broken heart can be ur fuel to future greatness.#SiyabangenaDBNpic.twitter.com/99LS5sWWvX— Siyabangena Seminars (@SiyabangenaSA)September 18, 2015The aim of the seminars, held in township areas, is to empower young black entrepreneurs by bringing established business people into their hometown to share skills and knowledge.The previous seminar was held in Soweto in June 2015. (Image: Supplied)Discussion will cover a range of business related topics such as getting a business started, marketing a business, building strategic partnerships, how women can conquer male-dominated environments, legal matters, and building successful brands.Brand South Africa supports Siyabangena since it embodies the fundamentals of the Play Your Part campaign, which encourages all South Africans to contribute to positive change by identifying and solving problems in their communities through entrepreneurship.The team behind the seminars is CEO, Sbusiso Hlongwane and director, Sinenhlanhla Mkhize. (Image: Supplied)“Youth Entrepreneurship is the answer to the challenges we are facing in our country,” said Siyabangena Seminars CEO, Sbusiso Hlongwane. “We need to grow the economy and a great way to achieve this is to see a rise of entrepreneurs coming from our townships and rural villages. This is where the game-changers are, and that’s exactly where we need to go to empower and ignite the young minds.”“It’s very exciting to see this happening in my hometown,” said director Sinenhlanhla Mkhize.“KwaMashu has never seen anything like this; we are bringing top businessmen and women to share their knowledge and experience with aspiring entrepreneurs. It will be two days of information and knowledge sharing, and not forgetting the valuable networking.”For more information, and ticket sale details, see the Siyabangena Seminars website.SA.info reporterlast_img read more


first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market alex williams Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Wang’s ultimate point is that everything has changed. The business model is different. The need to differentiate IP has new importance. All barriers are breaking down, be they cultural, geographic or architecturally. It’s all a different game. And there will be all kinds of affects, including a lot of people finding that they don’t fit in this new world of the cloud. Related Posts Tags:#cloud#cloud computing Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Breaking down the different aspects of a cloud computing platform can be no simple feat. That’s especially true with Windows Azure. The service has multiple components. Ray Wang, an industry analyst, broke down the different components in a research report for companies in the vast Microsoft partner ecosystem gathering this week in Washington, D.C. for the Worldwide Partners Conference.About 14,000 people are attending the event. Microsoft executives said the record attendance is due to a few factors, in particular the interest in how Windows Azure will play out for the future of their businesses.Wang breaks down Azure into its three categories:Microsoft Windows AzureMicrosoft SQL Azure (formerly SQL Services)Microsoft Windows Azure Platform: AppFabric (formerly .NET Services)He points out that companies need to really focus on what layer of the service they plan to focus their energies. Those four layers include infrastructure, orchestration, creation, and consumption.Wang spoke to 71 partners for the research report they produced, which details the benefits and risks of the new models that come with Windows Azure.The AdvantagesWang provides six benefits of Windows Azure:Faster deployment times and client adoption. Greater pool of development resources. Recurring revenue streams. Improved TCO and margin for differentiated IP. Opportunity to break out of the Microsoft client base.Lower application lifecycle costs. And six risks:Potential loss of account control to Microsoft. Increased competition for development resources. Shift to volume business. Decline in upfront profit and revenue collection. Accelerated globalization and market competition. Increased self-hosting and integration costs. In terms of advantages, the potential for a recurring revenue stream and the total cost of ownership and differentiated IP are clear opportunities. On recurring revenue streams:“A key component of SaaS/Cloud is utility pricing. Partners that build IP and solutions will move to a more stable subscription revenue model. Most billing will move from upfront to monthly or quarterly.”And total cost of ownership:“The cost of development and time to market will decrease. The result – improved margins and better ROI for new product development. Partners can test scenarios with the Microsoft Azure ROI calculator.”As for disadvantages, costs and competition are going to be a huge struggle, especially as pricing models change. Subscriptiopn services provide long-term benefits but the changes are signiicant for companuies used to getting half of its revenues up front. Competition will only intensify, making mindshare a critical aspect of drawing customers. That’s a sign that community management will become increasingly important.Risks associated with self-hosting:“Partners that self-host will face long term cost challenges. As Microsoft, Amazon, and Google build out large scale data centers, their cost of delivery will reach 1/10th of a partner’s ability to host by 2015. Moreover, data, process, and metadata integration among various cloud platforms remains the most complex challenge. Partners who can not scale in integration and data center costs will find themselves burdened with a new legacy cost structure.”And with increased competition:“With SaaS/Cloud, every partner, ISV, and SI solution offering is competing for mind share. Competition for solutions goes global, cross-platform, and cross industry. Partners must prepare to compete for mind share among all the technology vendors offering solutions.”last_img read more


first_imgAs many as 50 students of two government schools in Odisha’s Jajpur were taken ill after consuming mid-day meal on Saturday, officials said. The first incident occurred at Sibantpur Upper Primary School under Haridaspur panchayat of Dharmasala block, they said. The meal was served at about 10 am in the school and about 40 students were vomiting, feeling nauseous and complaining of stomach pain after consuming it, an official said. They were immediately rushed to the nearby Dharmasala community health centre (CHC) and treated. According to a preliminary enquiry, a dead lizard was found in dalma (pulses cooked with vegetables), served to the students in the mid-day meal, Dharmasala block education officer Prafulla Kumar Behera said. In another incident, 10 students of Bamphu Mangarajpur Nodal School were rushed to the same CHC with similar complaints, the official said. Rotten eggs were allegedly served to the students in the mid-day meal, he said. Behera said all the students were discharged from the heath centre after preliminary treatments. Samples of food, served to the students, have been collected and sent to a laboratory for tests, he said, adding that the matter is “under investigation and appropriate action would be taken, if anyone is found guilty”.last_img read more


first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netEmilio Aguinaldo College established authority early on and coasted to a 74-64 win over St. Benilde Friday in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Cameroonian big man Hamadou Laminou showed no signs of rust coming off an MCL injury in the preseason and imposed his presence with his 21 points, 13 rebounds, and seven blocks.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Generals jumped to an early 25-13 advantage and continued to pounce on the hapless Blazers, extending the lead to as high as 24, 61-37, at the end of the third period.Clement Leutcheu topped St. Benilde, which dropped to 1-1, with nine points and eight rebounds in the defeat.The Scores:EAC 74 – Laminou 21, Onwubere 11, Munsayac 9, Garcia 6, Pascua 5, Mendoza 5, Neri 5, Guzman 4, Diego 4, Corilla 3, Tampoc 1, Bautista 0, Mendoza 0, Altiche 0.ST. BENILDE 64 – Leutcheu 9, San Juan 8, Belgica 8, Mercado 7, Johnson 6, Bunyi 6, Naboa 4, Young 4, Velasco 4, Sta. Maria 3, Castor 2, Dixon 2, Domingo 1, Pili 0.Quarters: 25-13, 44-25, 61-37, 74-64.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Sidney Onwubere also did the dirty work, doing it all with his 11 markers, 14 boards, four assists, three steals, and a block for the Generals, who started the season with a win.“I’m so thankful that they responded well,” said coach Ariel Sison, who exuded in confidence as he expects a Final Four run this season for EAC.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“We’re hoping that we can make it to the Final Four. We’re doing our best in our practices and we’re hoping that we can do well this year.”Francis Munsayac also chipped in nine points, six assists, and two rebounds in the conquest. Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Paul Millsap’s Nuggets signing brings him back to his roots LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Deaf personalities everyone should know PLAY LIST 04:26Deaf personalities everyone should know05:01What the Deaf want the hearing to know01:15Learn basic phrases in Filipino Sign Language02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

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