On the surface, a report that former A’s manager and current Dodgers bench coach Bob Geren is a candidate to replace Bruce Bochy in San Francisco may not seem to make sense.Could the Giants really replace the most successful manager in their history with the only A’s manager over the past 33 years who didn’t lead Oakland to the postseason or even finish with a winning season?However, MLB Network insider Jon Heyman reported Wednesday that Geren, who worked with Giants President of Baseball …
The Griqua Town 200 R5 coin, released by the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) on 12 January, celebrates the 200th anniversary of the creation of the first coinage in South Africa.The newly issued collector’s Griqua Town R5 coin features an image of the original 1815 Griquatown coin, engraved with the words “Coinage of Griqua Town 200. 1815 – 2015”. The other side of the coin bears the South African coat of arms and the acronym, SARB. (Image: South African Mint)As the first town to be established north of the Orange River, Griekwastad, or Griquatown as it is sometimes known in English, is one of the country’s most important foundation towns. It was a stopover on the trade route and so was important for commerce throughout the history of the country. The town, 168 kilometres north of Kimberley, is also known for its abundance of semi-precious stones.The Griqua currency became the first South African currency in 1815, according to the Reserve Bank. It also became the country’s first decimal coinage and the world’s first Christian Missionary coinage.The town is considered an important missionary town, and was the home of Scottish minister Robert Moffat, who wrote the first Sesotho translation of the bible.The R5 coin features an image of the original 1815 Griquatown coin, engraved with the words “Coinage of Griqua Town 200. 1815 – 2015”. The other side of the coin bears the South African coat of arms and the acronym, SARB.Please Retweet: @SAReserveBank commemorative R5 coin celebrating 200 years of coinage https://t.co/8VBxHwevF7 pic.twitter.com/Fn2IQTFi29— South African Gov (@GovernmentZA) January 12, 2016The Griqua Town R5 coin is the fourth commemorative R5 issued by the Reserve Bank since the first bi-metallic R5 was introduced in 2004. Other notable commemorative coins include the 2008 Nelson Mandela 90th birthday coin and the 20th anniversary of democracy coin, issued in 2014.The coin, with its bronze-coloured centre and a silver-coloured border, includes security features such as the serrated and grooved edges and micro-lettering. These features are still part of the Griqua coin.The Griqua coin will be part of normal circulation and will be considered legal tender, alongside other R5 coins already in circulation throughout the country. According to the Reserve Bank, the coin has a face value of R5; it encourages the public to recirculate the coins.For coin collectors, the South African Mint, a subsidiary of the SARB, has issued special Griqua Town Coin Sets which include R5 non-circulation coins. The sets include R2 silver crowns, R2 gold coins and R5 regular circulation coins. These sets are available at the Mint in Centurion, Gauteng.Source: South African Government News AgencyWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Tags:#global expansion#Latin America#outsourcing#Technology in Latin America CEO of BairesDev, a technology services company that specializes in software development, software outsourcing, and testing solutions. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture Related Posts Follow the Puck Nacho De Marco What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The tech talent in Latin America is capturing the attention of global companies. Government pushes and investments in IT initiatives are paying off, with Amazon, Google, Alibaba, and many other global firms opening offices in the region and hiring local tech talent.There’s a new wave of excitement about Latin America’s potential to become a global leader in technology. Enterprises around the world are looking to this area to outsource development work to highly-trained, yet affordable, engineers.For companies seeking to keep costs down without sacrificing the quality of work, hiring development teams in Latin America is an advantageous option. Certain countries in Latin America, such as Mexico and Colombia, are the top choice for IT outsourcing due to their proximity to the U.S. and high levels of English proficiency. However, as it becomes increasingly easier to work remotely with outsourcing teams regardless of proximity, many other Latin American countries are becoming desirable destinations to find high-quality software development teams fluent in the latest technologies.Here are some of Latin America’s most exciting outsourcing destinations to watch in 2019.ArgentinaArgentina is well-known for its highly-talented pool of software developers and, according to a World Trade Organization report, it is the eighth-largest exporter of computer services in the world. Argentina invests more in education than almost any other developing country, providing free university education for everyone.What’s more, it tops the list for English proficiency in Latin America, and cultural similarities between Argentina, the US and many European countries make it easy to collaborate with development teams located here.Argentina is now becoming a hub for blockchain and cryptocurrency development due to currency instability, high inflation, and exchange controls over the past few years. While most Latin American governments have limited or banned cryptocurrencies, the Argentine Internet Chamber of Commerce (Cabase) recently announced the formation of the Federal Blockchain of Argentina (BFA), a distributed ledger created in conjunction with various government agencies.Though still in the development stage, the blockchain-based platform aims to improve public processes and standardize private applications of blockchain technology.With more than 30 registered blockchain-based startups and initiatives like BFA, both Argentine developers and the government understand the technology’s potential, and therefore are laying the groundwork for the country to become a regional – and potentially global – hub for blockchain development.BrazilAccording to the Brazilian Software Market: Panorama and Trends 2018 report, Brazil ranks 9th in the world for software and services, with a software market worth US$18.6 billion. IT outsourcing accounts for 48.5% of that market.Following Mexico and Puerto Rico, Brazil is one of the top countries with the most IT service sales in Latin America and is an increasingly attractive option to find talented IT development and engineering services. Brazil’s geographic location also makes it a prime area for outsourcing companies to cater to North American clients.One sector of Brazil’s IT market that is undergoing hyper-growth is the Internet of Things (IoT). According to an IDC Research study, the IoT market is estimated to generate US$8 billion in Brazil in 2018. The “Action Plan for Brazil” claims that widespread adoption of IoT technology throughout the country could add up to US$200 billion to the Brazilian economy by 2025.These IoT aspirations will not only improve the lives of the people living in the fifth largest country in the world, but will also enable the export of IoT knowledge. Brazil could potentially become one of the largest exporters of IoT technology while simultaneously using it to increase its own national productivity.Puerto RicoThough part of the U.S., Puerto Rico is a popular software development outsourcing hub due to its cultural similarities with both the U.S. and Latin America, its local tax incentives, and its highly-trained workforce. As the island undergoes its recovery from the devastating Hurricane Maria, many technology companies have stepped in with promising ideas to rebuild Puerto Rico and show the world how cities of the future could look like.The Puerto Rican government is exploring investments and partnerships for 5G networks and IoT technologies that will enable smart cities on the island. Though many tech companies, such as Google, HP, Microsoft, and Tesla have already established software development or manufacturing facilities in Puerto Rico, a new wave of technology startups and entrepreneurs are setting up shop not only to advantage of the aggressive tax benefits but to be a part of Puerto Rico’s future as well. Most notably, the startup accelerator Parallel18 is attracting international tech talent to the island, and a number of blockchain and cryptocurrency companies are moving to Puerto Rico.These companies are investing in software development and exporting their innovations with Puerto Rico serving as their home base. Though this country is still in the recovery process, it’s likely to continue attracting some of the best tech talent in the world and exporting quality IT services over the years to come.New opportunities for outsourcing to Latin AmericaAccelerance recently published its 2018 Guide to Global Software Outsourcing Rates, listing the costs to hire various technology professionals around the world. Compared to North America, rates to hire qualified tech workers in Latin America remain significantly lower.Affordable rates, English proficiency, and time zone similarities are indeed important when looking for IT partners in Latin America. However, as countries in the region increasingly throw support behind their individual IT industries, new technology hubs are forming and thriving. Today, there are more destinations than ever before to find tech talent in Latin America, and as a result, more opportunities to find the right outsourcing partner.
nebraska spring offense highlight videoNebraska had a disappointing 2015 season, but after an impressive victory over UCLA in the Foster Farms Bowl, there is hope in Lincoln. Thursday, the program gave fans an interesting inside look at how the team’s offense is progressing this spring.In the below clip, head coach Mike Riley makes it clear that everyone – including the players and the members of his staff – is more comfortable with the team’s scheme in year two of his tenure. He talks about “continuity” being a great thing for the development of football players.O-Blockhttps://t.co/T8YWLlsKCG— Nebraska Football (@HuskerFBNation) April 7, 2016Nebraska actually finished 34th overall in total offense in the FBS in 2015. It’s the defensive side of the ball that the team must improve upon in 2016 if it wants to take the next step.
APTN National NewsProtesters against Kinder Morgan on Burnaby Mountain in British Columbia say they are just ramping up their efforts to stop the company from doing its work.Now, in its third week, support is growing and although there have been over 80 arrests, people from all over are coming to the mountain to show their support.APTN’s Tina House has this story.
LANSING, Mich. — Michigan’s new governor and attorney general moved quickly Wednesday to review the legality of a contentious state deal to run an oil pipeline beneath a crucial section of the Great Lakes.Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced her request for a legal opinion from Attorney General Dana Nessel, a Democrat who welcomed the opportunity and expressed concern with a law that facilitated the agreement between the state and Canadian pipeline company Enbridge. Such opinions, while not the same as legal rulings, are considered to bind state agencies unless reversed by a court. Both Whitmer and Nessel had questioned the deal before taking office Tuesday.The Republican-led Legislature and GOP former Gov. Rick Snyder rushed to enact the law after Whitmer was elected in November. The new Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority then quickly approved the proposal to drill a tunnel through bedrock up to 100 feet (30.4 metres) below the more than 4-mile-wide (6.4 kilometre) channel that links Lakes Huron and Michigan. A new segment of pipeline would extend through the tunnel, replacing twin pipes that have lain along the lake bed since 1953. They are part of Enbridge’s Line 5, which carries crude oil and natural gas liquids used in propane from Superior, Wisconsin, through northern Michigan to refineries in Sarnia, Ontario.“There are serious and significant concerns regarding (Public Act) 359, which the previous governor and legislature initiated and passed without the care and caution one would expect for an issue that will have a monumental impact on our state,” Nessel said in a statement.Whitmer said resolving any legal uncertainty over the law, the Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority and the panel’s speedy approval of the agreement “is necessary to assure that we can take all action necessary to protect the Great Lakes, protect our drinking water and protect Michigan jobs.”Line 5 has drawn fierce criticism in recent years from environmental groups, native tribes and tourism-related businesses fearful of a rupture that, according to worst-case scenarios outlined by university researchers, could pollute hundreds of miles of Great Lakes shoreline.Enbridge has steadfastly defended the pipelines, contending they are in sound condition and could last indefinitely. But with public pressure mounting amid reports of gaps in protective coating and dents from a ship anchor strike in April, the company embraced the tunnel option.Whitmer asked Nessel six legal questions, including whether a requirement that authority members serve six years or more violates a constitutional four-year limit for newly created commissions. She also wants to know whether the new law improperly made changes to a 1952 law.David Eggert, The Associated Press
Islamabad: The Islamabad High Court on Tuesday formed an independent five-member commission to probe the alleged abduction, forced conversion and marriage of two teenage Hindu girls in Sindh province that led to massive protests by the minority community in the country. A high court bench led by Chief Justice of IHC Athar Minallah heard the petition filed by the two sisters — Reena, Raveena — and their alleged spouses, Safdar Ali and Barkat Ali, to seek protection. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USIn their plea, the girls claimed that they belong to a Hindu family of Ghotki, Sindh but converted willfully as they were impressed by Islamic teaching. The counsel for the girls’ parents, however, asserted that the case pertained to forced conversion. Their father on Monday also filed a petition in the IHC for a medical board to determine the exact ages of the two sisters as well as to test the girls for Stockholm Syndrome, a state of mind when a victim develops trust or affection for kidnappers. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsJustice Minallah said the matter requires transparent inquiry and it is the government’s job to conduct probes not the judiciary’s. The chief justice said the court had to ensure that there was no forced conversion. The bench formed a five-member commission to probe the matter. The commission includes Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan Chairperson Mehdi Hasan, National Commission on the Status of Women Chairperson Khawar Mumtaz, veteran human rights activist I A Rehman and renowned Islamic scholar Mufti Taqi Usmani. The federal government has been tasked to organise meeting of the commission. The incident came to light when a video surfaced online showing the teenagers’ father and brother claiming the girls were abducted and forcefully converted. It was followed by another video snippet in which the two girls claimed that they had converted to Islam. Amid the uproar, Prime Minister Imran Khan directed Sindh and Punjab to investigate the matter and recover the girls if the forceful conversion allegation was correct. Chief Justice Minallah also ordered that a medical board be constituted to determine the age of the girls. The court ordered the medical board to submit its report at the next hearing on April 11. Earlier, a medical report by Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences stated that the girls were not minors at the time of their marriages. The report was dismissed by the family of the girls as well as opposition lawmaker from Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, Darshan Punshi, who belongs to the Hindu community. Both the family and the lawmaker demanded an independent medical board to determine the age.
San Francisco: Apple CEO Tim Cook believes that governments need to regulate technology in order to ensure data privacy for common people. “Technology needs to be regulated. There are now too many examples where the no rails have resulted in a great damage to society,” The Verge quoted Cook as saying during the Time 100 Summit in New York City. “We all have to be intellectually honest, and we have to admit that what we’re doing isn’t working,” he added. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year In a bid to explain to US-based lawmakers what he meant, Cook cited the example of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) data privacy rules in Europe. “Europe is more likely to come up with something. GDPR is a step in the right direction,” Cook said, adding “We are advocating strongly for regulation – I do not see another path at this point.” However, for improving data privacy, he said he does not promote going overboard with depending on the government or leveraging the government with favours and cited Apple as an example. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India “We cannot look for the government to solve all of our problems. Apple doesn’t have a Political Action Committee (PAC) and I refuse to have one because it shouldn’t exist. The company donates zero to political candidates,” Cook noted. In the US, PAC is an organisation that pools campaign contributions from members and donates those funds to campaigns for or against candidates, ballot initiatives or legislation.
The worst fears of the WNBA and its fans were officially confirmed Wednesday: Reigning league and finals MVP Breanna Stewart of the Seattle Storm tore her right Achilles tendon — an injury that will sideline her for the season and at least temporarily shift the WNBA’s balance of power.She sustained the rupture over the weekend when she rose for a jump shot and landed on the foot of fellow WNBA star Brittney Griner during the EuroLeague championship game. Stewart and scores of other American players use their offseasons to play in leagues overseas while the WNBA is off, as those opportunities often pay far more than their salaries here in the states. This injury is likely to intensify the debate over WNBA pay.But for the Storm, the loss of the 24-year-old is devastating, and it figures to totally alter the WNBA’s landscape for the time being.1It’s also worth noting that fellow WNBA star Maya Moore of the Minnesota Lynx has said she plans to sit out this upcoming season to focus on ministry work. At 26-8 last season, the Storm finished with the league’s best record and went on to sweep the Washington Mystics in three games for the championship — with Stewart a catalyst of both efforts.The former UConn star made her presence felt on offense (she led the league in total points and offensive win shares and ranked as the most-efficient offensive player in the league on a per-possession basis, per Synergy Sports) and on defense (second in defensive win shares). Her game had expanded considerably in her third year, in which she streamlined her shot profile and became a more prolific 3-point shooter while also developing into one of the WNBA’s three most-efficient offensive players in the post. (Star scorer Liz Cambage and Griner are the others, according to data from Synergy Sports.)2Among players who get at least two post-ups per game There’s almost certainly no way the Storm can replace Stewart’s all-around impact — something that few players in the world, if any, can make on a night-to-night basis. She was averaging almost 22 points (shooting 41 percent from beyond the arc) and eight rebounds while collecting more than two assists, one block and one steal per game. But the Storm does still have a talented roster without Stewart.Even at 38, as the WNBA’s oldest player, point guard Sue Bird has shown that she may have plenty left in the tank. In 2018, she logged career-best marks in virtually all her shooting metrics, while also assisting at the best rate she ever has. Fellow guard Jewell Loyd, a former No. 1 overall pick, is more aggressive and finished second on the team in scoring, with almost 16 points per game. She attacks the basket regularly and gets frequent trips to the line as a result. Natasha Howard was far and away the team’s best offensive rebounder — a skill that, without Stewart’s stellar shooting, will become even more important.Yet the team’s best bet offensively without Stewart may be to use more of an up-tempo style. The Storm were the WNBA’s most efficient team in transition last season, with players like Loyd and Jordin Canada in particular excelling when they played with improved pace. Playing faster might be a bit tough at times on the aging Bird. But the alternative — playing more slowly and being more deliberate about finding shot attempts — may not work all that well. Seattle was solid when the shot clock ticked under the four-second mark last year (ranking second in efficiency when that was the case, per Synergy). But Stewart was a primary reason for that, scoring on 43 percent of her plays that went late into the clock.3Stewart had 47 such plays, or about 1.4 per game.Assuming that the Storm take a considerable step back, the door figures to open for the semifinalist Phoenix Mercury — led by Diana Taurasi, DeWanna Bonner and Griner — to win their first title since 2014, when they set a record for wins in a season.Last season, Phoenix pushed Seattle to a fifth and deciding game for the right to play in the WNBA Finals, even entering the fourth quarter with the lead, despite being on the road in front of a raucous Storm crowd. It took arguably the best showing of Bird’s life in that last period to eliminate the Mercury.But now, without a superstar like Stewart, several Herculean efforts from a number of her teammates may be necessary to get Seattle anywhere close to the promised land again this year.
At times last year, the Ohio State men’s basketball team seemed to have one plan: get the ball to Evan Turner and get out of the way. This season, however, the Buckeyes appear to have discovered an alternative. The early emergence of David Lighty and Jon Diebler as viable scoring options has given OSU some much-needed versatility. “I’ve been saying all along we have the greatest wings in the country,” center Dallas Lauderdale said.While Lauderdale’s claim might be slightly hyperbolic, there is no denying the Buckeyes have ability on the perimeter.Lighty, who in his first two years at OSU was known more for his defensive prowess rather than his ability to score, is averaging 12.3 points per game this season and scored a career-high 22 in last week’s win over Lipscomb.Diebler is scoring nearly 16 points a game and leads the Big Ten in three-pointers made per game. If they continue to score at their current pace, it will remove a lot of pressure from Turner, who has been double, triple and even quadruple-teamed by opponents at times this season. With the Buckeyes’ hot shooting, Turner said the defense will have more to worry about.“Once I get past the three-point line, there was a second man coming and once I get in the paint there were three men coming,” Turner said. “If they’re going to do that, they’ll pick their poison.”Turner said he will simply take whatever the defense will give him.“If I’m open I’m going to take the shot; if I’m not I’m going to dish it off,” Turner said. “I just want to play and make sure my team wins.”However, the Buckeyes have already seen what can happen on a night when their shooters are struggling. In the first half of OSU’s loss to North Carolina on Nov. 19, the Buckeyes shot only 29 percent from the field, leaving them in an insurmountable 14-point hole at halftime. Diebler and sophomore William Buford headlined the shooting woes, going a combined 7-29 from the field. Though Diebler seems to have successfully escaped any potential slump, Buford is still struggling to find his shot. Buford is shooting 38 percent from the field, something that coach Thad Matta said needs to change in order for his team to be successful. “Will is a guy that, he obviously wants to play well,” Matta said. “But by the same token, Will likes to win and we need Will to play well in order for us to win.”Regardless of how much Buford or any of the other Buckeyes are contributing, the onus will fall on Turner to lead the way on the offensive end. Fortunately for OSU, Turner has had no trouble carrying the load. The Buckeye point guard is third in the Big Ten in scoring, and leads the conference in rebounds and assists — gaudy numbers that have earned him conference Player of the Week honors in each of the last three weeks.Turner knows that as he goes, so go the Buckeyes.“When the coach calls my number I try to do my best with it,” Turner said. “If my team needs a boost, I’m confident enough to give them a boost. If the game is close and we need scores, I’ve been doing that in the past and I plan on doing that in the future.”