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first_imgST. LOUIS — Giants pitcher Johnny Cueto completed 13 grueling months of rehab following Tommy John surgery and made six rehab starts in preparation for his 2019 debut.Now, it’s unclear when Cueto will pitch again.The right-hander suffered a setback on Tuesday as manager Bruce Bochy announced Cueto is dealing with back tightness after throwing a side session in St. Louis.Related Articles … Giants disrespected Bumgarner with contract offer, says ex-teammate last_img

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first_img20 July 2004Australia may win at rugby (sometimes), but when it comes to oranges South Africa’s certainly not green. Local oranges are giving the Australian variety the boot in US markets, and we just need one province – the Western Cape – to do it.Agricultural trade between South Africa and the US is generally considered to be low, making up only 3.9% of total exports to the US in 2002, but citrus fruits appear to be the exception, Business Day reported recently in its trade supplement, The South African Exporter.South Africa is now the largest supplier of fresh oranges to the United States, with some US$24-million worth of oranges exported in 2003 alone, accounting for about 48% of the total US orange imports, together valued at almost $50-million.That’s thanks in part to the African Growth and Opportunity Act, also known as Agoa, that was introduced by the US government some four years ago and strips import tariffs from around 7 000 goods from African countries.The Western Cape is the only province permitted to export oranges to the US, given the market’s strict sanitary requirements, which the province meets. The province is also expanding the production of “easy peelers”, which are popular in the US.Australia is the second largest exporter of oranges to the US, but its exports have declined recently.Economists describe South Africa’s dominance of the US market as “spectacular” in the light of the fact that the US has preferential trade agreements particular to oranges with several other countries.South African naartjie exports to the US are also on the up, more than doubling in 2003 to $12.4-million.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

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first_imgThe remainder of research spending was concentrated in the natural sciences (20.6%), medical and health sciences (14.6%), information and communication technologies (13.1%), social sciences and humanities (12.5%), and applied sciences and technology (9.1%). R&D spending increased from 0.6% of GDP in 1997, touching a high of 0.95% in 2006. The South African government spent R21-billion on research and development (R&D) in 2008/09 – R2.4-billion more than the previous year, but still short of its target of at least one percent of the country’s gross domestic product. Women researchers making strides Deputy Science and Technology Minister Andre Hanekom said his department would analyse the uptake on R&D spend, adding that not enough businesses had taken advantage of the department’s R&D tax incentive, introduced in 2006. Pandor said the findings of the survey indicated that South Africa needed to focus on boosting skills levels and increasing the number of post-graduate students – which currently stood at only 34% of all graduates. Private sector funding Pandor said she was concerned by the decline in the contribution of agricultural sciences, which fell from 6.8% of the total spend to 5.5%. She said comparisons with developing countries such as India, China and Russia indicated that South Africa’s share of global R&D had grown from a relatively low base, and that its R&D investment matched its relative economic size. 9 September 2010 The department’s survey, undertaken by the Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators of the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), revealed that South Africa has one of the highest proportions of women researchers in the world. Presenting her department’s National Survey of Research and Experimental Development report for 2008/9 in Cape Town this week, Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor also revealed that the country’s R&D spending had dropped slightly, from 0.93% to 0.92%of gross domestic product (GDP). Future targets, incentives She added that this was a specified outcome in the performance agreements she, as well as Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel, and Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande, had signed with Zuma earlier this year. The National Survey of Research and Experimental Development report for 2008 can be downloaded from the HSRC website. She said part of the country’s challenge was that research funding was dispersed according to sectors, which meant there wasn’t a central point of administrative control, leaving research areas largely dependent on the focus of particular departments. More post-graduates needed Pandor said President Jacob Zuma wanted spending on research and development to reach 1.5% of GDP by 2014. In other developing countries, the rate was much higher – at 2.9 in Argentina, 1.9 in China and 6.4 in Russia. Pandor said that despite South Africa’s R&D spend having grown five-fold in the last 11 years – from about R4-billion to R21-billion – more had to be done to meet the one percent target. The 2008/09 survey showed that women represent 39.7% of researchers in South Africa, compared to 13% in Japan and 33.4% in Norway. Among developing countries, Argentina leads the way with 51.4% women researchers. ‘More needs to be done’ Pandor said a key concern was that the number of researchers in South Africa (at 19 384 in 2008/09), which had previously remained stagnant at about 1.5 per 1 000 employees, had now slipped to 1.4 per 1 000 employees. This was despite R&D expenditure having increased 2.2% in real terms between 2007 and 2008, from R18.6-billion to R21-billion. The survey also found that the private sector accounted for 58% of spending on research, and that 24.4% of total research spending was in the field of engineering sciences – up from 22.5% in 2007. The survey found that, in 2007, India spent 0.8% of GDP on R&D, Russia 1.03%, China 1.44%, and Brazil 0.91%. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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first_imgNew visa changes have been introduced to address concerns raised by tourists, South African travellers and stakeholders in the tourism sector regarding revisions to regulations introduced over the last year.(Image: Department of International Relations and Cooperation)Brand South Africa reporterThe announcement was made jointly on Friday, 23 October by the Tourism Ministry and Jeff Radebe, minister in the Presidency for planning, monitoring and evaluation.#SouthAfrica to relax visa rules for visitors from #India, #China and #Russia, after tourism industry suffers pic.twitter.com/PisULYvinF— CCTV Africa (@cctvnewsafrica) October 24, 2015New visa rules, that came into effect in October 2014, required visitors to apply for visas in person at South African embassies to record biometric information. There was also a rule for children under 18 years old travelling in and out of South Africa to produce an unabridged birth certificate at entry ports, which included detailed particulars of the mother and the father of the child.While it has been noted by the government that these requirements were necessary to safeguard the best interests of children and prevent child trafficking, a recent Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) on Immigration, spearheaded by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, has now made several recommendations to deal with the security consideration and the unintended consequences of the regulations on various sectors, including tourism and investment.“In respect of South African children (outbound travel), the IMC accepted the implementation of the current child-travel requirements, including the parental consent affidavits as these seek to protect children,” Radebe said at a media conference on Friday. The new amendments will be implemented over the next three months to a year.The amended allowances now require South African children travelling through South African borders to have their parents’ identification and citizenship details printed in their passports, doing away with the requirement to carry unabridged birth certificates on entry or exit.For school tours and other group tours including under-age children, entry and exit regulations now only require confirmation letters from the school principals or a similar authority, along with the amended passport requirements. This authority will also be extended to include registered sports bodies on tour.“In respect of inbound travellers (international visitors), the IMC took the position that where visas are required, provision of original birth certificates or certified copies of required documents should continue during the visa application process, as this is in line with practice in many other countries,” Radebe said.Travellers from visa-exempt countries travelling with children will be strongly advised to bring with them proof of the relation and consent from the absent parents or guardians.Concessions that will take effect within the next three months include allowing people in countries where no South African missions exist to post their application to enter the country to the Department of Home Affairs.Radebe said the Department of Home Affairs would implement the biometrics, including fingerprints and photos, at the pilot sites at OR Tambo, King Shaka and Cape Town international airports.Cape Town Tourism chief executive Enver Duminy said in a statement the tourism industry would benefit from the approved recommendations that travel agents be allowed to make visa applications on behalf of clients and that the birth certificate requirement for travelling minors would no longer include the word “abridged”.FAQs: Business Visa for South Africa Read more here: https://t.co/dOd8yWdnJu #SouthAfrica#Immigration#Visa pic.twitter.com/ewdWs5ELbj— Auswandern Sudafrika (@AuswanderungSA) October 26, 2015To aid investment by international companies into South Africa, the department will also introduce an Accredited Tourism Company (ATC) Programme for China, India and Russia, with possible extension to other visa requiring countries.Additionally, within the next three months to a year, the Department of Home Affairs will increase Visa Facilitation Centres (VFC) in China, India, United Kingdom, Nigeria Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola, Ghana, Kenya and Uganda, while VFCs have been fast-tracked for November in Zimbabwe, UAE and Botswana.Corporate travel advisers Grant Thornton Advisory Services told News24 the changes would streamline visa requirements for foreign tourists to South Africa and would make it easier to obtain visas, thereby ensuring a much simpler process for travellers to the country.“These changes will most definitely assist in getting the tourism industry back on track,” said Lee-Anne Bac, Grant Thornton director.Travelling to SA soon? #SouthAfrica has revised its #visa rules. Check out the changes: https://t.co/d9OOEm7dVL pic.twitter.com/2NIbrUMIfQ— LelaMobile (@LelaMobile) October 26, 2015According to a Statistics South Africa report released in September 2015, the impact of the previous visa requirements had a sharp effect on tourists visiting South Africa. A comparison between June 2014 and June 2015 showed that, with the exception of France, the number of tourists decreased for all the other nine leading overseas countries. China had the largest decrease of 28.4% – from 5 823 tourists in June 2014 to 4 167 in June 2015.David Green, chief executive of the V&A Waterfront, said tourism had a powerful economic impact, and his group strongly supported the removal of any hurdles that impeded ease of travel to South Africa. “These recommendations can only bring about positive results for the industry.”Enver Mally, chairperson of Cape Town Tourism, said: “This is great news, just the kind of boost to our morale that we need as we enter the holiday season.”“We really have turned a corner”, says Tourism minister @Derek_Hanekom. https://t.co/CyI3nug2jz— 702 (@Radio702) October 26, 2015Here’s what you need to know about the changes to South Africa’s visa rules:In countries with no South African mission or embassy, Home Affairs will accept applications by registered mail, applicable to tourist and medical visitors only.These postal applications will then be finalised with the capture of traveller biometrics: finger prints and photos at selected port entries to South Africa – OR Tambo/Johannesburg, King Shaka/Durban and Cape Town international airports.South African children travelling out of the country will still be required to submit the current child-travel requirements, including parental consent affidavits as a means to protect the minors. These documents are valid for six months.Full details and identification and biometric information of parents will also be printed in the children’s passports; therefore they will not be required to carry the birth certificates. Home Affairs, however, does advise that this form of identification still be carried as an additional form of proof.For inbound travellers, proof of original birth certificates or certified copies will only be required during the application process, as this is in line with practice in many other countries.The South African government has agreed to amend the law that includes the term “unabridged birth certificate”, changing it to “birth certificate containing parental details”.Home Affairs is currently considering the possibility of issuing long-term multiple entry visas for frequent business travellers.The Department of Home Affairs said that “the mandate issued by government to the department is to put in place the necessary legal instruments to give effect to this decision. The status quo will remain until such time the [department] has provided a legal instrument for this category of travellers. In the meantime travellers are encouraged to comply.”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.last_img read more

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Larry Brown1982-83Nets159947-26Resigned under pressure Frank Layden1988-89Jazz158411-6Resigned Danny Ainge1999-2000Suns156313-7Resigned The most abrupt NBA coaching departures Paul Westhead1981-82Lakers15727-4Fired Source: Basketball-reference.com David Blatt2015-16Cavaliers166930-11Fired The Cleveland Cavaliers fired head coach David Blatt on Friday, even though he guided the team to the NBA Finals last season and a 30-11 record so far this year.The NBA is a tough league. But as far as we can tell, no coach has been fired under similar circumstances before.Below, you’ll find a table of NBA coaches since the NBA-ABA merger in 1976-77 who were fired or resigned in the middle of the regular season when their teams had an Elo rating of 1550 or higher.1The table excludes interim head coaches who were dismissed after a permanent replacement was found. The league-average Elo rating is about 1500, so a rating of 1550 reflects a pretty good team; about as good as the Atlanta Hawks right now. Gene Shue1977-7876ers15592-4Fired Stan Van Gundy2005-06Heat158011-10Resigned under pressure Del Harris1998-99Lakers16116-6Fired Coaches don’t usually get fired when their teams are playing well. But Blatt’s Cavs haven’t just been good; they’ve been on the verge of great. The team’s current Elo rating is 1669, far higher than that of any other team when it fired a coach mid-season.When a coach does get fired despite a solid record, it’s usually because his team is underperforming lofty expectations. But that can’t really be said of the Cavs. Their preseason team win total at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook was 56.5 wins; they’re actually a little ahead of that pace, currently projecting to finish the season 61-21 instead.Yes, the Cavs were embarrassed on Monday by the Warriors, 132-98. But one bad regular-season loss isn’t usually enough to doom a coach. It’s reasonable to ask whether the overt tension between Blatt and superstar LeBron James played a role because there’s not really a good precedent for something like this happening. (James was reportedly not consulted about Blatt’s firing.)Larry Brown resigned under pressure as head coach of the New Jersey Nets late in the 1982-83 season despite a 47-26 record, but that was because he’d agreed to take a job the next season at the University of Kansas. Del Harris was canned as Lakers’ head coach early in the 1998-99 season when the team had a strong 1611 Elo rating, but its record was just 6-6 at that point, below the perennially high expectations in Lakerland. COACHSEASONTEAMELOCOACH RECORDNOTES Don Nelson2004-05Mavericks159742-22Resigned Jack McKinney1979-80Lakers155210-4Injured Larry Brown1991-92Spurs158621-17Fired read more

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first_imgKolkata: Unidentified miscreants hurled bombs at the office of Trinamool Congress at Galsi in East Burdwan on Thursday morning. Police came to know after preliminary investigation that some miscreants had come at around 2 am in the area and started ransacking valuables in the party office. Soon after, they started hurling petrol bombs outside the office. However, no one was injured in the incident. But it created panic among the people in the area. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeA programme was going on in the vicinity, where a large number of people had gathered. They went towards the party office, hearing loud noises. Seeing the people approaching the party office, the miscreants attempted to flee. But local people reached the spot before the miscreants could leave the place. The situation turned worse when they started hurling bricks at each other, following which the miscreants managed to flee from the area in a car. Police went to the spot and spoke to local people to know about the entire incident. Subsequently, they initiated a probe and conducted raids at different places in search of the people involved. On Thursday morning, police found the car of the miscreants in front of a building a few kilometers away from the spot. They also found some plastic containers of petrol in the car. They are continuing with the probe to nab the miscreants.last_img read more

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first_imgKolkata: The state government will set up a university to be named after Harichand Guruchand Thakur, founder of the Matua community in Thakurnagar in North 24-Parganas, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced on Thursday afternoon.The land for the proposed university which will come up on 8.8-acre plot at Chandpara, off Thakurnagar, has been selected and Banerjee has instructed the District Magistrate of North 24-Parganas to put up a board there. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe Chief Minister had come to Thakurnagar to participate in the birth centenary celebrations of Binapani Devi, known as Boro Ma in the Matua community. She accorded Banga Bibhusan to Boro Ma and prayed for her long life. Earlier, the state government had set up a college at Thakurnagar. Banerjee said the university will not only be for the local students but also those staying in the neighbourhood. “As the university has been named after Harichand Guruchand Thakur, the students will come to know about him and his contribution in organising those belonging to the Namasudra community that had been oppressed in undivided India. The movement was equally strong in East Bengal, now Bangladesh,” she said adding: “The Trinamool Congress has always supported those who have fought for the common people. We fight for Ma, Mati, Manus,” she maintained. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedBanerjee also announced the Matua Sangha Vikas Parishad. Earlier, she had announced the Namasudra Vikas Parishad. She said the names of the members of these two boards will be announced soon. She further added the state Tourism department will put up two gates near Thakurnagar ashram, headquarters of the Matuas. The entire area will be brightly illuminated. She asked the District Magistrate to prepare a beautification plan of the areas surrounding Thakurnagar ashram. Coming down heavily on BJP, Banerjee said in the name of NRC, some groups with vested interests have planned to drive out the Bengali-speaking populace in Assam. “Those whose names have been dropped from the NRC list should always remember that the people of Bengal are with you,” she said. Banerjee alleged that many people who have the voter’s identity card, ration card and caste certificates have been dropped from the NRC. “This is nasty politics and we do not support it.” Banerjee said that Matua community member and TMC legislator Mamatabala Thakur and seven other party leaders were not allowed to leave Silchar airport in Assam when they had gone there after the publication of the final draft of NRC. Banerjee wished that someday Thakurnagar would become a global tourist spot as well. “Never feel that you represent a backward community as no community can be branded as forward or backward. Read seriously and the state government is there to support you,” she told the students who had gathered to listen to her address.last_img read more

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first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 6 min read March 28, 2018 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowcenter_img Recent news of a massive data breach has made some Facebook users wonder: What does Facebook know about me, and how can I control it?In 2013, a third-party app developer named Aleksandr Kogan had access to 50 million Facebook users’ data for academic research, and without permission, he distributed it to a consulting firm with ties to the Trump Administration, Cambridge Analytica. The Guardian reported that Cambridge Analytica had possession of the data in 2015, at which time Facebook asked Cambridge Analytica to delete it all. The problem is, now in early 2018, with the 2016 U.S. general election in the rearview mirror, it seems Cambridge Analytica didn’t comply with that request.This problem resulted from old, less strict rules about data collection by developers that Facebook updated in 2014, but Facebook shared the data with Kogan before that. Today, despite the fact that Facebook has promised further crackdowns, many still fear that Facebook and all of the apps connected to it know too much about them. Despite Facebook’s best efforts, some users worry, the company might not be able to secure information they share on the platform or keep it anonymous.Related: 20 Revelations From Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s Apology TourLast week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg fielded questions from news outlets about whether he would testify before Congress about Facebook’s collection and distribution of user data. Zuckerberg answered that he would be open to the possibility, and on March 27, CNN and other outlets reported that he is preparing to do so as a result of mounting pressures. These reports followed news that Zuckerberg would send deputies to speak with British lawmakers on behalf of Facebook regarding privacy issues.Also on March 27, a group of Facebook users filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging that the social media giant’s Messenger app collected information about their phone calls and text messages.A range of prominent individuals and brands have hopped on the #DeleteFacebook train since the Cambridge Analytica news broke a week and a half ago, from Elon Musk to WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton to actor Will Ferrell to Playboy magazine.Amid this controversy, Facebook is reportedly putting the brakes on a smart home speaker it’s been developing — such devices that recorded users’ speech in their homes and send it to cloud servers for processing are often suspect of spying and data misuse.On the other hand, Facebook is ramping up efforts to clarify privacy controls and help users find exactly what information Facebook knows about them. On March 28, Facebook published a blog post titled, “It’s Time to Make Our Privacy Tools Easier to Find,” in which it laid out plans for a new Privacy Shortcuts menu that will allow users to add two-factor authentication, delete records of their past activity, control the ads they see and more. It also explained a new section called Access Your Information, a more user-friendly interface for finding, downloading and deleting personal Facebook data. The platform’s general settings menu will also be streamlined.There are still more changes yet to be announced. “In the coming weeks, we’ll be proposing updates to Facebook’s terms of service that include our commitments to people,” the post’s authors wrote. “We’ll also update our data policy to better spell out what data we collect and how we use it. These updates are about transparency — not about gaining new rights to collect, use, or share data.”For those who don’t want to delete their Facebook accounts, but also don’t want to wait for the new-and-improved menus to become available in app updates, here is a step-by-step guide to finding, downloading and deleting your Facebook data.Your data might include photos about your family, locations you’ve visited, posts that reveal your political ideology, search queries you’ve typed into Facebook and more.To access all of this information and more, log onto Facebook via a web browser — you can’t yet do it via the Facebook app. Under “General Account Settings,” at the bottom of the list, underneath the boxed-in options, you’ll see a link that says, “Download a copy of your Facebook data.” Click that, then click the green button on the next page that says “Download archive.”From there, type in your password (this step is just to verify your identity). Wait a few minutes until you receive an email (at the email address connected to your Facebook account) with a Facebook link to your data.It took 15 minutes for NBC News journalist Jeff Rossen to receive this email. He then downloaded years’ worth of private Facebook messages, records of friends he’d deleted, events he’d attended, photos of his children that he’d forgotten even existed, and even a list of contacts from his phone — including phone numbers of contacts that he is not Facebook friends with or do not have Facebook accounts.Having all of this info in one place, in your possession, is one thing. But if you want to delete it, you can. You can do this in the Facebook app. On the bottom of the screen, you’ll see a row of icons on a white background. Tap the one on the bottom right-hand corner that is three lines stacked vertically. Scroll down and tap Settings, then tap Activity Log from the options that pop up.In your activity log, you can select a year, dating back to the first year you had a Facebook account, then by month. Or you can filter based on the category of activity, including posts, posts you’re tagged in, photos and videos, photos you’re tagged in and others’ posts to your timeline.Tap “clear” to delete things, or tap the down arrow to the right of any post or photo to delete it individually.Just note that once you delete something, it takes 90 days to disappear from Facebook’s servers.Related video: To Avoid Distractions and Stay off Facebook, This Entrepreneur Uses a Special App That Limits His Internet Use Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more