SAN FRANCISCO — Not even a pair of feel-good moments involving players just breaking into the major leagues could take away the stench of the Giants’ three-game weekend series with the Arizona Diamondbacks.The Giants once again never had a lead as they allowed two runs in the first inning and three more in the second in a 6-2 loss Sunday, as the Diamondbacks completed the three-game series sweep and handed San Francisco its season-high fifth straight loss.Mike Yastrzemski went 3-for-4 in …
South Africa’s R49-billion agro-processing sector plays a significant role in terms of job creation and sustainability in the economy, according to the Department of Trade and Industry. (Image: Department of Trade and Industry)Brand South Africa reporterSo says Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies during a meeting with CEOs and representatives of the country’s food processing industry in Cape Town on the weekend.Davies said that, since the 2008-09 global financial crisis, food processing had grown by over 2% more than South Africa’s manufacturing sector as a whole.“Despite the continued ripple-effect of the 2008 economic meltdown, food processing continues to be resilient and is one the largest manufacturing sectors by employment – with an estimate of 207 893 jobs in the third quarter of 2013 – against a backdrop of job losses in other parts of the sector.“It is also significant in value-addition terms, contributing a significant composition of total manufacturing value-added.”Davies said the government’s New Growth Path (NGP) and National Development plan (NDP) had both identified agro-processing as a sector with high growth potential, despite the challenges of imports competition, loss of market, and the unstable currency and exchange rate.“South Africa’s agro-processing sector has the potential to become an industrial impetus that can create jobs and answer some of the country’s macro-economic questions, such as trade deficit generated by too much imports against low export volumes.“An analysis of our imports points to glaring opportunities in articles such as wheat, soy bean, vegetable oils, read meat, tomato concentrates and industrial starch,” Davies said, adding that the government would “intervene and support the sector where it is necessary to remain competitive and stable”.Davies noted that the government’s Manufacturing Competitiveness Enhancement Programme (MCEP) had identified 564 projects for investment support and approved R1.5-billion for this purpose since its inception in 2012.He added that South Africa was paying particular attention to the issue of food standards for purposes of compliance with the country’s export markets.At the same time, the Department of Trade and Industry was working with the relevant industries and the SA Bureau of Standards to develop voluntary standards, to be followed by compulsory specifications, to protect South African consumers from low-quality and fraudulent imports.Source: Department of Trade and IndustryWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
After breaking their home jinx with a 33-run win against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Thursday, a confident Deccan Chargers unit will take on the Adam Gilchrist-led Kings XI Punjab, who are equally on a high after their splendid victory over defending champions Chennai Super Kings.One can expect a cracking contest at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Uppal on Saturday, as both teams square off after recording convincing victories in their previous matches after not so great starts.Interestingly for both wicketkeeper captains Kumar Sangakkara and Gilchrist, it will be a reversal of roles as they will be pitted against sides they have captained last season.While Gilchrist was the Chargers’ skipper for the last two editions, Sangakkara had unsuccessfully led the Kings XI during their worst-ever finish last season. It will not only be a test of Sangakkara and Gilchrist’s leadership but also for the likes of Bharat Chipli and Paul Valthaty would like to show world that they aren’t one-trick ponies.All eyes will certainly be on 27-year-old Valthaty, who captured the imagination of the nation after smashing 120 not out off only 63 balls. The Uppal pitch will help the batsmen and, if Valthaty can get going, the crowd will be in for some entertainment.The 2009 champions Chargers started off on a disastrous note, losing their first couple of matches against the Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders. The victory on Thursday would have definitely helped them feel relaxed as they play their third match at home.Chipli sparkled against Bangalore and he will be expected to continue his big-hitting against Praveen Kumar and co. Kings XI will also expect that skipper Gilchrist to fire along with bighitters like Abhishek Nayar and Sunny Singh.advertisementChargers skipper Sangakkara feels that he has the ideal pacespin combination to unsettle the opposition. South African speedster Dale Steyn, who leads the pace attack for the Chargers, is in great form and leads the wickets tally for his team with six scalps. Ishant Sharma also bowled well against RCB and claimed his first wicket of the tournament.Gilchrist, whose bowlers took a bit of a pounding at the hands of Murali Vijay and MS Dhoni, will hope that they get their acts together. Praveen had provided crucial breakthroughs at the onset but hasn’t really been effective at the death. Piyush Chawla has also failed to exert any influence.-With PTI inputs
Posted: June 27, 2018 Updated: 12:48 PM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter June 27, 2018 Andrea Tobias 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A Bay Park house fire today caused an estimated $500,000 damage to the structure and $150,000 to contents, but nobody was hurt. No one was in the single-story residence on Dakota Drive, off Clairemont Drive, when San Diego Fire Department units arrived around 2:45 a.m. and began to tackle flames in the attic, SDFD spokeswoman Monica Munoz said.The fire was extinguished at 3:04 a.m. The blaze was confined to the attic, with smoke damage throughout the property, she said. The cause of the fire was under investigation. Fire crews spoke to the owner of the house, which was being remodeled, and determined that the residents were staying elsewhere and did not require assistance from the American Red Cross, Munoz said. Bay Park house fire causes half a million dollars in damage Andrea Tobias,
Online Wellness Smart City Google When Seiichi Miyake found out a close friend was losing the ability to see clearly, he wanted to help. That desire led to an entirely new way for the visually impaired to navigate big cities, railways and parks. In 1965, Miyake invented the tactile paving slab (or “tenji block” in Japan) with his own money. Monday’s Google Doodle celebrates the introduction of the block 52 years ago.The doodle from March 18, 2019. Google The tenji blocks were first installed in the Japanese city of Okayama on March 18, 1967, next to a school for the blind, and they would go on to revolutionize the way the visually impaired interact with the world, making it safer and easier to get around public spaces independently.Miyake’s original design, which was installed in all Japan Railway platforms in the 1970s and rapidly found its way to cities across the globe, featured two tactile patterns that people with visual impairments can detect with a cane or through their feet — providing cues on which way they should head.Subway tracks in New York with the yellow tenji tiles. Keith Getter/Getty Images One pattern features a series of raised lines that indicate “forward”. The second design is commonly referred to as the “truncated domes” pattern, a series of small bumps that act as a “stop” sign — typically at the edge of a train platform or before a motorway.A number of different patterns have been designed since, with smaller raised dots or more pill-shaped bumps signifying different directional cues. For instance, when the raised lines are horizontal in the direction of travel, that might mean “look out for steps ahead”. All of those cues, which many may not even notice as they wander through a city, are incredibly important for those with limited vision. 4:33 Share your voice Comments Now playing: Watch this: Google Doodle Google 49 Photos Tags Microsoft tech teaches children who are blind how to… Our favorite Google Doodles through the years 23
Paytm, a mobile payment services firm, has obtained the nod of its board to raise $375 million from an affiliate of its present investor, Alibaba Group.The current fund raising puts the valuation of the online payments processor at $1.83 billion, allowing it to become one of the most valuable internet startups in the country.The board has approved the latest funding as the company surpassed the targets laid out by the stakeholder regarding the doling out of funds.Paytm, owned by One97 Communications Ltd, is expected to receive the latest funding within a span of six months, sources close to the development said, Live Mint reports.The transaction will raise the stake of Ant Financial Services, a unit of Alibaba, to 41 percent in the company.Prior to this, Alipay Singapore E-commerce Pvt. Ltd had invested $200 million into Paytm, taking its stake to 25.88 percent, according to documents filed with the registrar of companies (RoC).Alibaba had changed the name of Alipay financial services to Ant Financial Services Group in October, last year.”When a strategic investor steps in, you tend to go with the strategic partner for follow-on rounds,” said Vineet Toshniwal, managing director of investment bank Equirus Capital.With a valuation of $1.83 billion, Paytm finds a place among the most valued startups in the Indian e-commerce space, next to online retailers Flipkart and Snapdeal and cab aggregator OlaCabs.”Paytm has already surpassed the business targets set aside for it,” said the source.Flipkart is currently the most valued startup backed by big venture capital firms, with its valuation skyrocketing to $15 billion from $1.5 billion in October 2013, followed by Snapdeal and Ola.Recently, Noida-based Paytm announced its plans to enter the e-commerce sector. The company expects its secure platform and the range of options will enable it to take on Snapdeal and Flipkart.”We have 33,000 sellers and we expect this to touch one lakh by year-end. They can list their products in simple steps and customers can also communicate with the seller through chat that is built into the platform,” Paytm founder and CEO Vijay Shekhar Sharma told The Economic Times.SAIF Partners, a venture capital firm, is also an investor in the company holding 37 percent stake.
The World Cup went right down to the wire as far as qualification for the semi-finals was concerned. Pakistan, after a jittery start, suddenly erupted to life and bounced back into contention. However, the needed other results to go in their favour and hence, hinged all their hopes on India vs England match. Pakistan wanted India to win, but hosts England came out firing on all cylinders as they downed India.This defeat resonated in Pakistan’s eventual exit and this also led to former players and pundits questioning India’s approach and gamesmanship in the match against England. There were theories that Kohli and co. deliberately lost in order to thwart Pakistan’s chances of qualification.However, Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed has shot down such theories and said that England played well to win the game. MS DhoniICC Twitter”No, no, it is not right to say this. I don’t think India lost because of us. England played well to win,” Sarfaraz told reporters after returning home.’Don’t think we need to be ashamed of anything’ Getty ImagesThe Pakistan skipper also refused to apologise for the performance of his side and said that the team had not performed poorly as was being made out in the media.”I don’t think we need to be ashamed of anything. We had a tough time in the first five matches especially after the defeat to India but I am proud of the way the team fought back to win the last four matches,” Sarfaraz said.He also insisted that there are no plans of giving up captaincy and that he will stay in his post and do his best to take the team to the next level, especially with the World T20 slated to be held in Australia.”The Pakistan Cricket Board will decide on who will be the captain. But personally, since you asked me, I know these players very well now. Most of them are young and if we learn from our mistakes in the World Cup, I can take this team to the next level, especially with the World T20 Cup coming up next year in Australia,” Sarfaraz added.The Pakistan captain said that he was hurt by a few of the comments made post the India loss and that Pakistan had encountered very tough conditions, but the players felt very isolated after the hurtful comments which were flung towards them after they went down to India.”There were some incidents with the players including myself in London which we reported to the Board. They were not needed and it hurt and shook the players. We were upset at losing to India but we didn’t expect such reactions, even though isolated,” the skipper said.
An accused in a case filed over the ‘gun attack’ on a senior police officer was killed in a reported gunfight between detectives and criminals in Jurain graveyard area of the city early Tuesday, reports UNB. The detectives recovered two pistols, two magazines and, a bullet from the spot after the ‘gun battle’ that also left three members of the Detective Branch of police injured.The deceased, aged around 30, could not be identified yet.Senior assistant commissioner (DB, West Zonal Team) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police Md Shahadat Hossain said his team arrested Delwar Hossain Shanta, an accused in the case filed with Shyampur police station over the gun attack on DB AC Rahul Patwari, from Jatrabari area on Monday night.According to his statement, the DB team conducted a drive near Gate-2 of Jurain graveyard around 1:40am today to arrest his cohorts, he said.Sensing the presence of the detectives, the criminals, numbering four, opened fire on them which forced the law enforcers to retaliate, Shahadat said.During the exchange of fire, one of the criminals sustained bullet injuries while others fled the scene, he said, adding that three DB men were also injured in the incident.Later, the bullet-hit criminal was taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital where physicians declared him dead around 4:00am, said Mahbubul Haque, sub-inspector of Shyampur police station.Senior AC Rahul sustained bullet injuries as criminals fired gunshots when he along with his team members was conducting an operation against illegal firearms in Shyampur area on 12 August.
Map of CumillaA mobile court on Saturday sentenced 10 drug traders to different terms of imprisonment in Cumilla, reports UNB.A team of Kotwali Police in a drive arrested Pakhi Begum, 35, Liton Miah, 40, Selim, 38, Asma Begum, 55, Aradhan Begum, 55 and Sayed, 30 from different dens of drug traders in the city in the morning.Later, a mobile court sentenced them to different jail term.Besides, four drug traders- Dulal Hossain, 38, Omar Faruk, 30, Mahamudul Hasan, 38 and Foyez, 25- were sentenced to different terms of jail by a mobile court in Chandina upazila.Meanwhile, a team of police arrested female drug trader Ruby Akhter, 45, from Muradnagar upazila.
Share What the criminal case against Arkema could mean for other companiesEarlier this month, a Harris County grand jury indicted chemical manufacturer Arkema for the release of toxic chemicals after its plant flooded during Harvey. Harris County prosecutors allege Arkema “recklessly” released those toxic chemicals into the air as fires burned within the facility, allegedly making Crosby residents and first-responders sick.The facility took on six feet of floodwater during the storm, resulting in the failure of the plant’s power generators and causing explosions of those toxic chemicals. Additional sentence for woman convicted of illegal votingA North Texas woman convicted of illegal voting has been sentenced to 10 months in federal prison for violating her parole from a fraud case by casting a ballot.Crystal Mason was sentenced in March to five years in state prison for voting illegally in the 2016 presidential election. When she voted, Mason was on parole from a previous federal fraud charge. State law prohibits voting by a person still serving a sentence for a crime.This week, Mason was convicted in federal court because voting was a violation of her parole. Colorado fracking battle of interest to Texas companiesIn Colorado, voters will soon decide whether to significantly limit oil and gas drilling near homes and businesses, a brewing battle with ramifications for Texas companies and, possibly, the state’s own economy. Naturally, Texas companies have a stake in the outcome. Former Enron CEO released from prisonPat Sullivan/APFormer Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling is escorted from the federal courthouse Friday, June 21, 2013, in Houston after being re-sentenced for his role in the energy giants’ collapse. Skilling was resentenced to 14 years as part of a court-ordered reduction and a separate agreement with prosecutors. The decision brought a protracted legal conclusion to one of the most notorious U.S. financial scandals. Skilling has been in prison since 2006, when he was sentenced to more than 24 years by U.S. District Judge Sim Lake. But an appeals court vacated his prison term in 2009, ruling that a sentencing guideline was improperly applied. That meant a reduction of as much as nine years. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)Former Enron executive Jeffrey Skilling has been released from prison. Skilling has been sent to a halfway house in Texas, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.Skilling was Enron’s CEO and was convicted of multiple counts of fraud and insider trading in connection with the collapse of the Houston-based energy giant. Labor Day weekend has become one of the deadliestAccording to figures from the Texas Department of Transportation that go back to 2013, about 40 people on average are killed in crashes around the state over the Labor Day weekend. Authorities say drunk driving is a big problem, but speed and distraction are also factors. Local School Districts Top List of Clients for Alternative Special Ed SchoolsLast school year, more than three dozen school districts in Greater Houston contracted with the Harris County Department of Education for special ed services, from Galveston to Magnolia.The biggest client was the Alief Independent School District. It spent over $1 million on seats at one of the county agency’s alternative schools. That’s according to public records obtained by News 88.7.