Strike halts racing


first_img With the CTL chairman Chris Brown off the island, it is understood that Azar has been asked by the finance minister to intervene with a view of finding a solution in short order. A CTL source said it will cost the company $28 million to sign off on the deal. Efforts to contact CEO Stewart proved futile as calls to his mobile phone went to voicemail. Meanwhile, the workers were adamant that they would stay off the job until the issue is resolved. This was the position coming out of a meeting yesterday afternoon between Ennis and more than 50 members of staff in the grandstand at Caymanas Park. They shouted ‘No racing! No racing!’ in the presence of Azar on the conclusion of the meeting at 4 p.m. The 10-race programme scheduled for Caymanas Park yesterday had to be abandoned following strike action by unionised workers of Caymanas Track Limited (CTL). The workers claimed that the action was taken because of the failure of the promoting company to sign off on phase two of a reclassification exercise. More than 150 workers represented by the Union of Technical, Administrative and Supervisory Personnel (UTASP) took industrial action minutes after 5 p.m. on Thursday. Normality returned on Friday, but following a lengthy meeting between UTASP general secretary St Patrice Ennis and the management of CTL, the workers resumed their protest. A second meeting with the CTL management late into Friday night failed to resolve the issue. This not only resulted in yesterday’s shutdown, but the February 10 holiday meet, featuring the Ash Wednesday Trophy, also hangs in the balance unless there is a breakthrough by Monday, noted CTL’s racing secretary Denzil Miller Jr. According to Ennis, the workers representing all categories were asked to hold strain last November to ensure that the two major races on the calendar, the November 14 Superstakes and the inaugural staging of the rich Diamond Mile on December 5, were run. “But we waited more than six weeks after for a response from CTL and had to force their hand by taking industrial action on Thursday. “Following the back-to-back meetings on the nights of Thursday and Friday, it came down to CTL signing off on the agreement on benefits to the workers, but were told that neither Cedric Stewart, chief executive officer (CEO) of CTL, nor the company’s human resource manager, Tanya Wilson, both of whom were present (along with CTL’s deputy chairman Andrew Azar) had the authority to sign the document on behalf of the board,” explained Ennis. FIND A SOLUTIONlast_img read more

Planet Party Busted by Triton


first_img(Visited 491 times, 1 visits today) Theories can be like parties with tantalizing speculations until big, whopping anomalies spoil the fun.Check out this headline on New Scientist: “Neptune’s other moons were normal until Triton crashed the party.” Leah Crane writes, “It came in like a wrecking ball. Neptune has one of the weirdest collections of moons in our solar system, and it’s Triton’s fault.”It came in like a wrecking ball. Neptune has one of the weirdest collections of moons in our solar system, and it’s Triton’s fault.Crane is quick to invoke the planetary scientists’ all-purpose cause for every anomaly: an impact. Still, this impact would have had to be finely tuned to explain Triton’s weirdness. Here are some of the facts about Triton that challenge secular theories:Triton has an almost perfectly circular orbit.Triton orbits retrograde, opposite the direction of Neptune’s other moons.Triton is active, with nitrogen geysers on its surface and evidence of recent cryovolcanoes.Unlike the other gas giants, Neptune “has several tiny moons either very close in or far away from the planet – most of which orbit in the direction of the planet’s spin – and one huge one, Triton, orbiting in the opposite direction.”Robin Canup, who invented a finely-tuned impact to account for Saturn’s rings (xx, recently repeated by, commented,“Triton crashed the party, literally and figuratively,” says Canup. “It destroyed the well-behaved satellite system that was there before it.”The article can’t leave the party crashed without some explanation for the mess. The problem is not that planetary scientists are not creative enough to imagine a scenario to fit any anomaly; after all, they are an imaginative bunch (see Canup’s proposal on Cornell arXiv). The problem is that Triton requires a scenario to fit their preconceived idea of how the solar system formed. Here’s what’s required for such a scenario:To get from a serene Uranus-like system to what we see at Neptune today, three things have to be true: the early moons had to be small enough that they wouldn’t destroy Triton as it crashed into them; they had to somehow slow Triton down so that it would be captured in the relatively close and circular orbit that it has now; and Neptune’s outer moons had to remain intact.A sufficiently improbable scenario is indistinguishable from intelligent design. The comment above is exacerbated by the fact that Uranus is no simpler:Like Neptune, the magnetic field at Uranus is highly inclined to its spin access, and is off-center.The Uranus system is tilted more than 90 degrees, such that the whole system could be said to orbit retrograde.Uranus has a “weirdest” moon of its own: Miranda, with several distinct domains that make it look like it was assembled by a committee (11/22/14).So how do planetologists explain Uranus? The same way they explain Triton, but even more so: not just one finely-tuned (and unobservable) impact: but three or more (10/09/11).As CEH has reported over the years, the whole solar system is weird (3/14/16). Secular theorists routinely invoke impacts as creative forces to explain numerous other anomalies in the solar system (10/17/13):Mercury’s density (10/17/14)Venus’s planet-wide volcanic activity (5/03/14)Earth’s extinction of dinosaursThe Moon’s origin (10/18/12, 2/21/13, 1/10/17)Mars’s water and hemispheric dichotomy (5/03/14)Ceres organics (’s rings, the terrain dichotomy at Enceladus, the Phoebe Ring (10/07/09)Titan (10/17/13)Pluto’s terrains and moon Charon (7/15/15)Asteroids with moonsEven exoplanet models need impacts. “Hot Jupiters” tend to crash into their parent stars. Those that survive migration must have been struck to stay in orbit.It should be noted that solar system formation theories keep evolving (9/08/14). A new one appeared on, “Accretion theory suggests gas giants might start out as steamy worlds.” In planetary science, might makes right. If you say something “might” have happened, you can’t be falsified.As we have argued, the solar system is weird only if it is old (3/14/16).last_img read more

Internet economy ‘2% of SA GDP’


first_img28 May 2012 South Africa’s internet economy contributes 2 percent to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP), according to a new study. Moreover, this contribution is rising by around 0.1 percent a year, meaning it should reach 2.5 percent by 2016. It has long been believed that South Africa has the largest internet economy in Africa. However, just how much of a contribution it makes to the overall economy has never been quantified – until now. Conducted by research firm World Wide Worx, the economic impact study “Internet Matters South Africa” was commissioned by Google South Africa and released on Tuesday.R59-billion in total internet spend According to the report, the total spent by South African consumers, small businesses and the government on products and services via the internet, as well as on internet access and infrastructure, amounts to R59-billion. “The biggest contributor to this slice of the economy is not, as is often assumed, the investment made in fibre and other data infrastructure by the mobile networks,” the report states. “Although this comes to R13.5-billion, it is surpassed by the amount spent on internet presence and access, at R29.2-billion.” These two categories were followed by business-to-consumer e-commerce (B2C e-commerce), the biggest subsector in B2C e-commerce being South Africa’s airline industry, which has fully embraced e-ticketing and is rapidly migrating ticket sales online. In 2011, these sales came close to R9-billion. South African e-commerce is growing at a rate of around 30 percent a year, according to the study, with the growth showing no signs of slowing down.‘1.56-million jobs internet-dependent’ The SME Survey 2012, a separate survey of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in South Africa, also conducted by World Wide Worx, found that 410 000 SMEs in the country have a website – representing 63 percent of active, formal SMEs. “Approximately 150 000 SMEs in South Africa would not be able to survive without their web presence,” the survey found. “With SMEs accounting for about 7.8-million jobs in South Africa, this means as many as 1.56-million jobs would be in jeopardy were it not for the internet.” This indirect economic impact will increase significantly in the coming years, according to World Wide Worx, fuelled by rapid growth in the number of internet users, stimulated partly by the smartphone explosion currently taking place in South Africa. Mobile penetration stands at about 80 percent, the research indicates, with 40-million South Africans using mobile phones – representing the future potential of internet growth in the country. “Around 10-million phones are sold in South Africa every year, and it is expected that, by 2013, smartphones will account for half of this number. Smartphone users, in turn, eventually become internet users, a trend that already began in South Africa in 2010.”The ‘quiet engine’ of the South African economy The result, according to the Internet Matters SA report, is that an internet economy worth R59-billion in 2011 and making up 2 percent of the South African economy will grow to as much as 2.5 percent of the economy by 2016. Currently the largest sector of the economy, finance, real estate and business services, at R565-billion, makes up 21.2 percent of GDP, followed by manufacturing at 13.4 percent. The report’s data puts the internet economy in 2011 as being almost as large as the agricultural sector, which made up 2.2 percent of GDP in the last quarter of 2011. “Does this mean internet access has become as important as food? Hardly!”, says the report. “But other comparisons reveal its growing significance as a contributor to the economy: it will over time begin approaching the size of the construction sector (an estimated R120-billion in 2011), suggesting this is potentially one of the new building blocks of the South African economy. “Given the fact that, for most organisations, the internet functions as an enabling tool for communications, collaboration and transactions, it could well be described as the quiet engine of the South African economy.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

South African wins Mrs World


first_img16 March 2016“I am so proud to be sitting here,” said Mrs South Africa Candice Abrahams on her return to South Africa, after winning the Mrs World title in China on 12 March. “My country has been behind me since I won Mrs South Africa and it’s just so good to be home. It feels amazing and I will not let the country down.”Watch the winning announcement:“Tonight we stand tall, we stand united and we are proudly South African,” said the chief executive of the Mrs South Africa pageant, Joani Johnson, after Abrahams was named the winner.Abrahams arrived back home to a welcoming crowd at OR Tambo International Airport in Ekurhuleni on 15 March.#WelcomeHome #MrsWorld @MrsSA_Official @AbrahamsCandice— Mrs South Africa (@MrsSAPageant) March 15, 2016Watch a snippet of the press conference on her return:There were 36 participants in the 27th annual Mrs World pageant representing their countries. Abrahams wore a traditional costume designed by Anel Botha; her evening gown was designed by Werner Dey.According to the official Mrs World website, all married women, including mothers and grandmothers, are able to participate. “By providing this unique forum, in which delegates from around the world can come together and share a common purpose, Mrs World successfully fosters greater communication, friendship, and mutual understanding among all people,” it reads.South Africans, proud of her achievement, have sent congratulatory messages on Twitter:Congratulations to @AbrahamsCandice who has just been crowned #MrsWorld2016. Thank you for flying our flag high!— South African Gov (@GovernmentZA) March 15, 2016A huge congratulations to our gorgeous #MrsSouthAfrica @MrsSA_Official on taking the #MrsWorld crown last night!— Abigail Visagie (@AbigailVisagie_) March 13, 2016Congratulations Candace Abrahams. Our new Mrs World 2016! South Africa on top again!— Jill Nicholas (@JillNicholas01) March 13, 2016Our very own Mrs World is a flame.— Thabo (@TouchupRamz) March 13, 2016South Africa’s Rolene Strauss also elevated the country’s global profile when she brought home the Miss World title in 2014.South reporterlast_img read more

Cong. leaders to oppose entry of BJP MLAs who backed M.P. govt.


first_imgAfter two BJP MLAs this week voted in favour of the Kamal Nath government in Madhya Pradesh, several Congress MLAs are planning to register a protest against their entry into the ruling party. On Wednesday, BJP MLAs Sharad Kol (Beohari) and Narayan Tripathi (Maihar) backed the seven-month-old Congress-led government during voting on a Bill in the Assembly. Congress leaders termed Mr. Tripathi a “habitual turncoat”. “This is for the eighth time Narayan Tripathi has changed sides. He is exposed now. He had left the Congress only two days ahead of Lok Sabha election in 2014,” said Congress leader Shrikant Chaturvedi. Mr. Chaturvedi was defeated by Mr. Tripathi in the November 2018 Assembly elections. “Mr. Tripathi has been a leader of different parties like the Janata Dal, the Samajwadi Party and the BJP, besides the Congress, which he had termed his mother organisation when joining last time,” he said. Mr. Chaturvedi held a press conference at Maihar in Satna district along with a dozen party leaders and supporters, and said the Congress should take local leaders into confidence before allowing Mr. Tripathi into the fold. “We respect our top leaders but we should be consulted before any decision about Mr. Tripathi,” he said. ‘Resign as MLA’Other Congress leaders, including Dharmesh Ghai and Shrinivas Urmalia, said Mr. Tripathi should be told to resign from the BJP and also as an MLA before formally joining the Congress. They said they will convey their feelings to Chief Minister Kamal Nath in this regard. Meanwhile, M.P. Congress spokesperson Pankaj Chaturvedi said any decision about the support of the MLAs was the prerogative of Chief Minister Kamal Nath.last_img read more

IFA 2014: Top smartphones launched on Day 1


first_imgIFA’s first day saw many companies launching their next-generation smartphones. But of these some really stood out. We tell you more about the smartphones that were in demand on the exhibition floor of the IFA.1.    Samsung Galaxy Note 4After much anticipation, Samsung finally unveiled Galaxy Note 4. The gadget comes with a S Pen stylus which has enhanced grip and advanced features. Its snapnote feature turns photographs of printed documents into editable text, quite similar to OCR editor. The device also features a 5.7-inch screen, 16MP rear camera with optical image stabilization (OIS) and also houses a 3.7MP front camera with a f/1.9 aperture lens. The device comes packed with an advanced 3200 mAh battery, which can be charged to up to 50 per cent in 30 minutes. The device runs on Android 4.4 KitKat and offers LTE Cat 4 connectivity.2.    Samsung Note EdgeSamsung Note Edge mirrors Note 4 in terms of specifications. It comes with the 5.6 inch Super AMOLED screen with 1600X2560 pixels resolution. The device has a 3000 mAh battery, which is a little smaller than the one in Note 4 and runs on the same Android 4.4 KitKat OS. Other than this it is the first Note phone to feature a QHD display.3.    Sony Xperia Z3Sony unveiled its flagship smartphone Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact at the pre-IFA event. Xperia Z3 is powered by 2.5 GHz quad-core processor and Snapdragon 801 chipset, which is also featured in Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8, 3GB RAM and Adreno 330 graphics. Z3 comes with a 5.2 inch 1080P triluminios display and 16/32 GB internal storage expandable to up to 128 GB with microSD card. It boasts of a 3100 mAh battery which is enough to last for 2 days, as claimed by the company. The Xperia Z3 is a waterproof and dust-proof device with an IP65/68 rating.advertisement4.    Xperia Z3 compactXperia Z3 Compact is a pint-sized version of Z3 and mirrors it in most of the specifications. Z3 Compact sports a smaller screen size and battery measuring 4.6 inches and 2600 mAh respectively.5.    Sony Xperia E3Xperia E3 is an entry-level smartphone and falls in sub-$100 range. The device features 4.5 inch display, 5 MP rear camera and 4 GB internal storage which can be expanded to up to 32 GB. E3 is powered by a 1.2 GHz RAM coupled with a quad-core Qualcomm processor and a 2330 mAh battery that boasts of Sony’s excellent stamina mode.6.    Microsoft Lumia 830Lumia 830, which runs on Windows 8.1 OS, has been launched as Microsoft’s ‘Affordable Flagship’ device and will compete with devices including iPhone 5S, as claimed by the brand.Lumia 830 comes with a 5-inch display and features a 10 MP rear camera accompanied by a LED flash. It sports 16 GB internal storage expandable to up to 128 GB, a quad-core Snapdragon chipset packed with a 2200 mAh battery. The device is expected to have a price tag of around INR 26,000-INR 27,000.7.    Microsoft Lumia 730 and Lumia 735Microsoft unveiled Lumia 730 and Lumia 735 as selfie phones, since both smartphones house 5 MP front facing camera. Nokia Lumia 730 features 4.7 inch display, 6.7 MP rear camera with f/1.9 lense, 1.2 GHz processor, 8GB internal storage with a microSD support. Lumia 735 comes with 4G LTE connectivity.last_img read more

Raptors’ title sees Canada set viewing, spending records


first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ TORONTO, ON – JUNE 13: Fans celebrate a victory over the Golden State Warriors in game six of the NBA Finals on June 13, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. Cole Burston/Getty Images/AFPLAS VEGAS — The final numbers are in, and the NBA Finals were a smashing success for Canada all the way around.The NBA said Friday that 56% percent of the Canadian population watched at least some part of the NBA Finals, with an average viewership of about 8 million for the Toronto Raptors’ title-winning victory over the Golden State Warriors in Game 6.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting The league also said the total combined U.S. and Canadian audience for the finals was up 11 percent over the combined viewership of the 2018 title series between Golden State and Cleveland.Thursday’s game was the most-watched NBA game in Canadian television history, a record that was toppled several times during this postseason because of the Raptors’ popularity. Viewership for each of the six finals games rank among the 10 most-watched television programs in Canada so far this year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“Everybody who supported us during the season, all the fans in Toronto, everyone in Canada — this is for you,” Raptors forward Serge Ibaka said after Toronto’s first NBA championship. “This is for Canada, baby. You should be proud.”And not only were Canadians watching, but they were buying. Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too LATEST STORIES ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP No longer champs, injured Warriors brace for unclear summer Duterte wants probe of SEA Games messcenter_img DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport The NBA said that online sales through the league’s official portals smashed records for the day following the end of a championship series, up more than 80 percent from the previous mark (set when Cleveland beat Golden State in 2016) and were more than 100 percent over sales on the day following the Warriors’ sweep of the Cavaliers last season.The Raptors are planning a parade in Toronto on Monday, one that will likely take more than two hours.“This means so much to our city and to many in Canada, and we are looking forward to showing everyone the Larry O’Brien Trophy on Monday,” Raptors president Masai Ujiri said. “Bringing the NBA championship to Toronto is the realization of a goal for our team and for our players, and we are thrilled to be able to celebrate together with our fans.”The newly crowned NBA champions, who won the title in Oakland, California on Thursday night, are expected back in Toronto on Saturday. They were planning to spend Friday night celebrating in Las Vegas.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win PLAY LIST 01:08Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Nets make D’Angelo Russell restricted free agent


first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting FILE – D’Angelo Russell #1 of the Brooklyn Nets reacts after a call in the second quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers during game three of Round One of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Barclays Center on April 18, 2019 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Elsa/Getty Images/AFPNEW YORK — A person with knowledge of the details says the Brooklyn Nets have extended a qualifying offer to D’Angelo Russell, making the point guard a restricted free agent.The decision Friday allows the Nets to match any offer Russell receives from another team. It was confirmed to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because there was no official announcement.ADVERTISEMENT The Athletic first reported the qualifying offer. Without it, Russell would have become an unrestricted free agent Sunday.Russell was an All-Star for the first time after leading the Nets to a 42-40 record and averaging 21.1 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesBut his return is far from certain, with the Nets able to afford two top free agents and considered one of the favorites to land Kyrie Irving, who plays Russell’s position. LATEST STORIES World dragon boat champs out to make waves in SEA Games Rapinoe sends USA into Women’s World Cup semifinal PH beach spikers also eye spots to Continental Cup Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss POC chief on SEA Games hosting glitches: ‘It’s normal’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

9 months agoDiego Lainez insists choosing Real Betis over Ajax best decision


first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Diego Lainez insists choosing Real Betis over Ajax best decisionby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveDiego Lainez is delighted with his move to Real Betis.The 18 year-old Mexico international chose Betis over Ajax this week as he arrived from Club America.Lainez said, “I’m happy to be part of this great club. Surely it is the best decision I have made. There were other options but it was easy because I wanted to come here. I’m sure it’s a great club. “What I was told by (Lorenzo) Serra Ferrer and Federico (Martínez Feria, the general manager) I saw on Sunday, when I saw the match I saw a very good feeling because all the fans were encouraging from the minute one until the end. Andrés (Guardado) is very important here. Very happy and happy to be in this great club and now to respond and give the best of me with humility and good football.” last_img read more

State Minister Azan Pleased with Pace of Road Works in Westmoreland


first_img By Glenis A. Rose, JIS Reporter Minister of State in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, Hon. Richard Azan, has expressed satisfaction with the pace and quality of road works being undertaken across sections of Westmoreland at a cost of over $1.5 billion. “So far, we are satisfied that the majority of the projects being carried out will be completed within time, as we are hoping to wrap up all these projects by the end of June,” he said. Mr. Azan was speaking to JIS News on Thursday, March 21, after a tour of road rehabilitation and upgrading projects in the eastern and central parts of the parish. The works are being undertaken under the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP), the Jamaica Development Infrastructure Programme (JDIP), as other initiatives. Among the areas visited were Ashton, Berkshire, Cedar Grove, Whitehouse, Belmont, Cave, Stony Bridge and Ferris. Mr. Azan, who was accompanied by representatives from his Ministry and the National Works Agency, assessed the status of the works and got a first-hand look at the condition of other roadways. He expressed pleasure that community members are being included in the general workforce. Member of Parliament for Eastern Westmoreland, and State Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister, Hon. Luther Buchanan, also expressed pleasure. He pointed out that the improvement works will enhance the economic prospects of the entire parish as well as that of the country.last_img read more