49ers mailbag: Is Jimmy G ready for playoff push? Where’s Kittle?


first_imgSANTA CLARA – What’s in store for the next 49ers vs. Green Bay Packers fall classic? Our Week 12 mailbag, as compiled from input off my Instagram and Twitter feeds:Kittle! When?? Is the fact that he sat in a box last Sunday rather than standing in civvies on the sideline mean anything? (@Anthony04315169)Coach Kyle Shanahan said Kittle was assigned luxury-suite detail so he could stay off his injured leg and not stand on the sideline for three-plus hours. Unlike the Seattle game, Kittle came …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 movies improve box office earnings


first_img12 August 2014Locally made movies generated R33-million in revenue at South African cinemas in the first half of 2014, a 43% increase on the R23-million generated by homegrown productions in the first half of 2013, according to the latest South African Box Office Report.The report, released at the weekend by the National Film and Video Foundation, showed that, of the 111 films released at the box office between 3 January and 28 June, 12 were South African productions.Top earners over this period were mazing Spider Man 2 (R21.8-million), Rio 2 (R21.1-million) and X-Men: Days of Future Past (R16.9-million). Pad Na Jou Hart was best local performer, grossing over R11-million.The report also revealed a correlation between gross revenue and the number of prints at release, with Pad Na Jou Hart having received the largest number of prints, compared to Elelwani and The Forgotten Kingdom, which received the lowest revenue but also the lowest number of prints at release.According to the report, total gross revenue at South Africa’s cinema’s fell by 6%, from R408-million to R382-million, between the first half of 2013 and the first half of 2014.Times Media (formerly Nu Metro) and Ster Kinekor had the largest market share with 46% and 36% respectively. This was followed by United International Pictures with 13% and Crystal Brook with 5%.Indigenous Film Distributors received 1% of total market share, while distributing five out of the 12 local films on offer in the first half of the year. Ster Kinekor distributed four local movies, while Times Media and United International Pictures distributed two and one respectively.In terms of earnings by genre, animation was the highest-grossing genre with R72-million, followed by action/adventure with R70-million and drama in third place with R59-million.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Pack of 3 Headbands, Lovely hair bands comfortable to as made with material so they dont dig


first_imgPretty high-quality headbands and so comfortable to put on.Charming hair bands relaxed to as made with materials so they dont dig. Lovely hair bands comfortable to as created with material so they dont dig into your head like the horrible plastic types.Incredibly good bands at a fantastic rate. Pretty good bands at a excellent rate, they most likely would not stand the examination of time and my twin girls will not retain them on but for the proce i will not complain.Key specs for Pack of 3 Headbands, vintage look with beautiful floral print, perfect for girls and young ladies:One size fits all expandableFirm hair band which keeps in place without combs so will not hurt your headExcellent high quality hair bandBrand new items with tags and in clear plastic bagAll items 100% nickle and lead free and inline and above UK legal requirements to ensure safe high quality productsComments from buyers“Beautiful alice band for little girls who want to look pretty, Lovely hair bands comfortable to as made with material so they dont dig , Very nice bands at a good price”Definitely pretty, superior fit for an grownup head.Seems excellent and is at ease to put on.Just as i had expected, the are good.Beautiful alice band for small girls who want to look quite. Purchased with other headbands as an additional very little christmas present this calendar year for the tiny granddaughters who appreciate making on their own look pretty.Seriously rather colors even the floral just one. My daughter beloved these headbands when she obtained them for xmas.I would like to know if you have these headbands in any other color.last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast, March 28, 2019


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Scattered showers spread across the region today but will be most concentrated in the northern half to third of the state. Action remains light, triggering a few hundredths to a tenth or two, with 60% coverage. The best chances for the upper end of the range will be along and north of US 24. Tomorrow we have additional rains, but the focal point of the heaviest action will be in central and southern Ohio. Rain totals can be from a few hundredths to .5”. Finally, for tomorrow overnight and Saturday, we see stronger rains statewide, with another .25”-.1” over 90% of the state. Combined, we are bumping three day rain potential at half to 2” over nearly all of the state. Pretty much most action will be done by Sunday midday, but cold air is racing in overnight Friday night. We now believe that we will precipitation end as sloppy wet snow flakes in north central and northeast Ohio after midnight Saturday night through Sunday morning. We should not see any snow threat farther south or southwest. Our updated map at right shows cumulative rains for the 3 day period today through Saturday.A dry and sunny pattern returns for the start of next week and runs from Monday the 1st through Wednesday the 3rd. We are pushing our next system back just a bit this morning, giving a partly sunny day next Thursday, and then bringing rain in for the overnight Thursday night through Friday. Rain totals are the same as yesterday’s forecast…we are just pushing them back 12-18 hours or so.After a dry start to next weekend on the 6th, we have rain back form Sunday the 7th and Monday the 8th. Combined totals can be from .35”-1” over 100% of the state, although rains for Monday the 8th will be mostly from I-70 north. Drier weather completes the extended period for the 9th and 10th.last_img read more

Diabetes and Green Building


first_imgI barely know who Paula Deen is, although from what I can tell, she seems to be quite the marketer of traditional southern cooking as well as herself. (I may be a little jealous of her self-promotion skills). Her latest big news is that after years of eating and promoting heavy, butter-laden food, she has gone public with her Type-2 diabetes, a condition she has had for three years.She only went public with her illness after she signed an endorsement deal with Novo Nordisk, a diabetes drug. This seems to me to be about the most self-serving act possible. She spends years making millions marketing unhealthy food to her fans, then figures out how to make more money by helping sell them the medication they need to not get sick or die from what she sold them before.Anthony Bourdain, a food curmudgeon if there ever was one, tweetedon the subject: “Thinking of getting into the leg breaking business, so I can profitably sell crutches later.”From food to buildingsIn this particular analogy, it seems to me that Deen’s behavior is not unrelated to the eco-bling I recently addressed in this blog. Her excessive use of butter and sugar contributed to her diabetes, and her use of medicine to correct the situation is not that much different from big inefficient homes with ground-source heat pumps and photovoltaic systems that are called green.It’s all in the behavior – with food, it’s eating healthier and less. In the case of homes, it using less energy and living in smaller homes.Can I get a sponsor?Now my own diet could improve — I take statins for high cholesterol — but I eat better than most people and only want to go so far in changing my diet.Similarly, in the past I have been guilty of promoting and building oversized green homes, and I currently consult and certify them because I need to make a living. But I don’t, and probably wouldn’t, start hawking solar panels or ground-source heat pumps (unless of course they decide to start paying me gobs of money – are you listening, manufacturers?)But Deen already has gobs of money and she is negatively affecting the health of millions of Americans who are influenced by her shows and stores. If I only had that much affect on people, I suppose I would be as rich as she is.last_img read more

Resource Discovery: NCADV Hope & Power for Your Personal Finances


first_imgJay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PdD[Flickr, Check out the sweet colors and upholstery job on this hotel love seat. I know it looks like “Motel 2” or “Faded Pink Roof Inn” but this was the room they gave us with Sarah’s super secret double platinum frequent guest card by colorblindPICASO, CC BY-NC 2.0]The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), in collaboration with the National Endowment for Financial Education, has developed financial education materials designed specifically for domestic abuse survivors. NCADV offers information on their financial education project, information on obtaining copies of Hope & Power for Your Personal Finances, and other useful financial education materials on their website. This post was written by Jay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhD, members of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.last_img read more

10 months agoSolskjaer plans new Man Utd role for Martial


first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Solskjaer plans new Man Utd role for Martialby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to change the position of Anthony Martial.The Manchester Evening News says Solskjaer could give Martial a new role in the club’s Premier League clash with Bournemouth on Sunday.Marcus Rashford has so far been Solskjaer’s trusted option up top.The England international impressed against both Cardiff and Huddersfield, sparking hopes he can kick on now Jose Mourinho is no longer in charge.Yet Martial could be deployed in a No 9 role instead.Rashford has sparkled in recent times.But Martial is the club’s top scorer this season and could be fielded there instead. last_img read more

6 days agoJuventus boss Sarri unconcerned with Serie A table


first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Juventus boss Sarri unconcerned with Serie A tableby Carlos Volcano6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus boss Maurizio Sarri insists he’s unconcerned with the Serie A table at this stage this season.Juve meet Bologna this weekend.Sarri said, “We’re not interested in the table at this stage, we must be aiming to get better and better.“What happened at San Siro no longer matters. I want to see my players focused on a difficult match because the international break is always dangerous.“It seems cliched, but removing a player from one context, that being the club, and putting them in another can create problems: it’s not easy to bounce from one style of play to another.“I don’t know if the game against Inter changed anyone’s mind about us. Scepticism towards me is something I’ve always lived with, and I don’t mind it that much.” last_img read more

Banking FMCG to benefit from corp tax cut pharma IT to remain


first_imgNew Delhi: The government’s big announcement of a cut in corporate tax will benefit sectors such as banking and FMGC but IT and pharma may not see any tangible benefits as their current effective tax rate is lower, ICICI Direct Research said in a report. “Like a bolt from the blue, the government (on Friday) announced a reduction in the corporate tax rate from close to 35 per cent to 25.17 per cent thereby fulfilling its key agenda of implementing the Direct tax Code (DTC). This is a massive trigger for revving up growth and, more importantly, resurrecting sentiments that were down in the dumps,” the report said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework The immediate benefit is increased cash flows to corporate India that will be either channelised into debt reduction or incremental investments in increasing capacity. Also, taxing new production facilities (that come up by 2023) at 15 per cent will enable attraction of global capital and spur a beleaguered investment cycle, it said. “From a granular perspective, sectors like banking and FMCG are expected to grow at a CAGR of 48.2 per cent and 18 per cent, respectively vs. earlier CAGR of 42.2 per cent and 12.2 per cent. On the flip side, sectors like IT and pharma are not expected to see any upgrades on account of existing lower tax rates,” it said. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen A new provision has been inserted in the Income-Tax Act with effect from FY20 which allows any domestic company the option to pay income tax at 22 per cent subject to the condition that they will not avail any exemption/incentive. The effective tax rate for these companies shall be 25.17 per cent inclusive of surcharge and cess. Also, such companies shall not be required to pay Minimum Alternate Tax. In order to provide a boost to ‘Make-in-India’ initiative of the government, a new provision allows any new domestic company incorporated on or after October 1, 2019 to make fresh investment in manufacturing, an option to pay income tax at 15 per cent. This benefit is available to companies that do not avail any exemption/incentive and commences their production on or before March 31, 2023. The effective tax rate for these companies shall be 17.01 per cent inclusive of surcharge and cess. Giving a sectoral analysis of the impact of tax cut, ICICI Direct Research said domestic auto equipment makers will tend to benefit from the tax cut. “Commercial vehicle manufacturers will tend to gain from the kick starting of the private capex cycle.” “Overall, banks in our coverage are expected to report 11-13 per cent increase in PAT, leading to 1-3 per cent increase in adjusted book value (ABV). Large private banks remain major beneficiaries with HDFC Bank reaping larger gains,” it said. In the capital goods space, the companies have effective tax rates from 25-34 per cent. The corporate tax cut will have significant positive impact on the mid-cap companies, it said. With power utilities being mostly regulated in nature wherein any cost benefit or inflation is a pass through in the tariffs, the reduction in MAT tax rate from 21 per cent to 17 per cent will have a negligible impact in the profitability as the tax savings will be pass through in the form of lower tariffs. While cement companies, which currently have higher tax rates would benefit significantly from the reduction, only a few players would benefit in the construction sector, it said. Consumer durable companies pay effective tax of between 25 per cent and 35 per cent and the cut would benefit most of them. “FMCG companies are expected to witness 5-12 per cent increase in earnings on the back of corporate tax reduction. More importantly, the possibility of passing on this benefits and propelling the volume growth would be on the cards,” it said. “We believe FMCG companies would be passing on the benefit in terms of price reduction, which would result in increase in demand specifically in rural India.” However, with government fiscal under pressure, the possibility of further increase in GST/cess on cigarettes is high, it said. ICICI Direct Research said effective tax rate in case of most pharma companies is either below or at par with the new tax rate due to special economic zone (SEZ), tax free zone benefits, unused MAT credit besides R&D benefits. Hotels, logistics and liquor as well as metal and mining sectors would benefit from the reduction, it added.last_img read more