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Mistakes costly as College of the Redwoods falls to Feather River

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first_imgEureka >> It’s well known that regardless of the sport, too many mistakes on defense will cost a team wins.That was precisely the case for the College of the Redwoods baseball team on Saturday, as three errors led to a four-run sixth inning for the visiting Feather River Golden Eagles, turning a 3-0 CR lead into an eventual 6-3 loss.“We just had a defensive lapse that inning,” Redwoods head coach Brad Morgan said. “We make a couple plays and we’re out of that inning and are still up 3-0…It …last_img

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SA ‘can weather global slowdown’

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first_img3 July 2008Despite a global economic slowdown resulting largely from rising food and fuel prices, South Africa’s economy is resilient enough to deal with the unfolding economic climate.“We have a much stronger economy today then we did 10 years ago and increasingly we are showing resilience to global economic dips,” Trade and Industry Minister Mandisi Mpahlwa said in Johannesburg this week.“We do not believe our economy has reached a cul-de-sac.”He added that investment was increasingly was playing a greater role in the economic growth of South Africa.Speaking from the headquarters of Business Unity South Africa (Busa), Mpahlwa said South Africa was recently identified by a professor at the London School of Economics as one of four key emerging economies in the world, placing it alongside China, India and Brazil.Regionally significant and diverseSince the 1990s, South Africa has emerged as one of the most important developing economies within the global economy.“We might not have the size of China, India and Brazil, but we are regionally significant with a diverse and growing economy,” Mpahlwa said. “We need to make sure that we remain in the stream of fast-growing economies despite the challenging global economic environment.”To ensure diversification of exports, South Africa is currently in discussions with China to find ways in which to increase the market penetration of value-added goods into the Chinese economy.He added that South Africa was in the process of trying to change from being a majority exporter of raw materials to a supplier of value-added goods on a greater scale.Shifting trade patternsMpahlwa said that trade patterns were shifting at the moment, noting that Africa-Asia trade was starting to surpass Africa-European trade. “The trade balance is shifting more toward Asia, with an increase in trade between developing countries,” he said.Among the challenges facing the South African economy were insufficient energy to meet rising demand, a shortage of skills, and the need to increase productivity and boost infrastructure development.He pointed out that while the short-term solution was to import skills, this practice was not sustainable in the longer term and skills had to be developed locally.“The issue of insufficient energy, skills shortages, and infrastructure challenges is not unique to South Africa but is a global problem,” Mpahlwa added.Current account deficitSouth Africa’s widening account deficit came as a result of South African manufacturers already running at capacity and therefore not being able to deal with increased demand ahead of the massive infrastructure drive for the 2010 Fifa World Cup.South Africa was therefore forced to import goods to cover the local output shortage, Mpahlwa said, adding that local manufacturers needed to reinvest in capacity in order to meet the growing demand in the country.Another factor greatly affecting the current account deficit was the current record prices for crude oil.In the prevailing economic slowdown, it was imperative that South Africa did not lose focus of what it had set out to achieve. “Now is the time to commit ourselves to more vigorously pursue these objectives,” he said.Taking down barriersMpahlwa said the government’s response to the tightening economic conditions was to speed up industrial development, continue promoting small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs), and further strengthen the state’s capacity to unlock the country’s economic potential.He added that regional integration within the Southern African Development Community also needed greater impetus, as all countries within the bloc needed to take advantage of the almost free trade environment that existed in order to maximise regional trade.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Tourist arrivals continue to grow

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first_img6 September 2010Foreign visitors to South Africa increased by more than 350 000 in the first four months of this year compared to the same period in 2009, says Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk.Speaking ahead of the launch of Tourism Month last week, Van Schalkwyk said that from January to April this year, foreign arrivals totalled more than 2.5-million, compared to approximately 2.2-million in 2009, representing a growth of 16.3 percent.“Our foreign arrivals continue to reflect the consistent growth of our tourism industry, and I have no doubt that 2010 is going to be a very successful year,” he said.Domestic tourism“We have always understood, however, that the backbone of any tourism industry is its domestic market. We will continue to promote the richness of our destination to South African travellers, and during Tourism Month we have a particular focus on showcasing our local tourism offerings,” he said.Approximately 14.6-million adult South Africans undertook about 30-million domestic trips in 2009, with a total annual spend of more than R22-billion. In 2009, 75 percent of all tourist volume in South Africa was derived from domestic tourists, making it by far the biggest segment of the industry.Van Schalkwyk said the figures were also less volatile than foreign tourism and offered the industry and the country’s economy a steady income stream.“South African Tourism’s Sho’t Left campaign is specifically aimed at making travelling more accessible and affordable for all South Africans. Over the last six years we have invested approximately R70-million … underlining the fact that we are serious about strengthening domestic tourism as the foundation of our industry.”South Africa will also commemorate World Tourism Day on 27 September, this year’s theme being “Tourism and Biodiversity”.“In South Africa, the majority of our tourism offerings are rich in biodiversity,” said South African Tourism CEO Thandiwe January Maclean.” It is important for each and every South African to preserve this in order to ensure that we have a sustainable tourism offering.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Case Study: Developer Says Android More Profitable than iOS

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first_imgsarah perez Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#mobile There’s an interesting case study over on Computerworld this week regarding mobile application revenue generation, and this time, it’s not an iPhone success story – it’s just the opposite. JR Raphael takes a look at one development firm that’s actually earning more revenue via its Android application, a popular mobile game called Pocket Legends, than it is on iOS.Not only is the game more profitable on the Android platform, its makers say, the Android users are more engaged, too. They play the game more often and click on more ads.According the article, Spacetime Studios, the development firm behind Pocket Legends, a 3D MMO with hints of “World of Warcraft,” says that its daily user activity on Android is more than twice that on iOS. It sees more downloads per day on Android (9,000 vs. 3,000-4,000 on iOS) and is used around three times more on Android compared with iOS.The end result is that the game earns – get this! – 30-50% more revenue on Android than on iOS.That’s certainly a story you don’t hear very much.How? In-app Purchases, Virtual Goods, AdsThe game itself is free, as many Android titles are. The revenue it generates comes from in-app purchases and virtual goods, as well as mobile ads.We already know that in-app purchases are a better form of monetization than mobile ads for mobile social networking and social gaming applications. And we know that in-app purchases are on a huge growth trend this year – expected to grow over 600% in 2011, to account for nearly 30% of all mobile app payments. So is it any surprise, really, to hear that such monetization is working? No.What is surprising is to hear that the game’s in-app purchases are higher on Android than iOS (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad), especially because iOS has had official support for in-app purchases for some time, while official support from Google for Android apps has still yet to launch. (It’s expected this quarter). That means developers are currently using third-party services to fill their needs in this area for now.Another factor in Spacetime’s monetization scheme, it should be noted, is ads. Here, the trend it sees is higher clickthough on Android than iOS – again, up to three times as many clicks as on iOS. Comptuterworld quotes Spacetime CEO as saying: “this led us to stop advertising on Apple and throw all of our marketing dollars onto Android. It really just makes sense from a financial point of view.”Nope, that’s not something you hear much either.Outlier or Trend? You Tell UsOf course, one case study, while interesting, does not make a trend. But this has to at least pique your interest. It certainly did ours.Are you a mobile developer seeing similar revenue trends on Android vs. iOS? I’d like to know. Get in touch.last_img read more

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Centre derailing NRC, says Gogoi

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first_imgFormer Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Saturday said the Narendra Modi government was trying to derail the exercise to update the National Register of Citizens (NRC) by disclosing data and attacking NRC State Coordinator Prateek Hajela.Mr. Gogoi, who had been the Chief Minister for three terms, said this was an indication that the BJP was not interested in resolving the foreigners’ issue.“The BJP government has focussed on certain districts to claim that the names of Bangladeshi-origin people have been registered in the NRC. If Hajela, conducting the exercise, is doing this, why is he not being removed or transferred? After all, he is not a constitutional authority but a government servant and is directly answerable to the administration,” Mr. Gogoi said.He reiterated that the NRC would end up as “waste paper” and leave out many genuine citizens belonging to different communities.  “This exercise will only be 50% successful. Many among the Bengali Muslims, tea garden workers, Gorkhas and others will miss out while some foreigners will be included,” he said.The Sarbananda Sonowal government in the State , he said, must ensure the inclusion of all legal citizens in the NRC.last_img read more

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Pumaren sees PBA potential in Espeleta

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first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH “My teammates were just trying to find me cause I was hot I just had to keep shooting. They just happened to fall in,” he said as he went on a perfect 3-of-3 sniping from threes.Expected to take a bigger responsibility for the Falcons this upcoming collegiate season, Espeleta isn’t putting much pressure on himself or to even fill up the absence left by Manganti as he hopes to continue being a part of something great under the tutelage of Pumaren.“We know what were capable of doing. All of us are just looking to contribute every night,” he said. “There’s no star player. We’re just playing as a team.”ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Read Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City The Fil-Am swingman on Tuesday showed a glimpse of what he can do, lighting up for Akari-Adamson with 19 points in the first quarter in the team’s 98-92 victory over Go for Gold in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.Given the keys to the starting role, Espeleta made Pumaren look like a genius, leading his crew with 24 points, on an efficient 8-of-11 shooting from the field, while also grabbing five rebounds and two steals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch run Win-win situation for Macaraya as CEU, San Sebastian thrive in D-Leaguecenter_img 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises AFP official booed out of forum Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“The first time I took over Adamson, I really felt that he has a lot of potential. He has the PBA potential, but he just has to be in a better shape,” remarked the Falcons coach.The 21-year-old, though, shrugged off the praise and noted that his early explosion wouldn’t be possible if not for his teammates helping him as Akari-Adamson rode his blistering hands early. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES PBA IMAGESIt seems like coach Franz Pumaren didn’t really need much time to find a replacement for Sean Manganti.Left looking for someone to plug in the small forward position left by the senior high-flyer, Pumaren may have stumbled upon a gem in Jonathan Espeleta with the incoming third year ashowing signs of promise.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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