The Grinch came in form of the Lakers and LeBron James for the Warriors. After losing 127-101 to L.A. in the highly anticipated Christmas Day matchup, many Dubs fans may be wondering where the team goes from here?Dieter Kurtenbach, Mark Medina and Logan Murdock discuss this and more on the Warriors HQ podcast.
18-year-old Sekgabo Motshwane is oneof the first generation of South Africansborn into the newly established democracy.(Image: Faith Talane) The Hector Pietersen Museum is one ofa number of commemorative sitesthat pay tribute to the people who foughtto free the country from oppression.(Image: Wikipedia)MEDIA CONTACTS • Julian JacobsCommunications director, HSRC+27 21 466 8042 or +27 82 454 4902Valencia TalaneThe “born frees” turn 18 this year, coming of age at the same time as a democratic South Africa. While they acknowledge the struggle, for them the future is more important than looking back to a past that happened before they were born.It was on a tour of some popular heritage sites in Soweto, in Johannesburg’s south-west, in the winter of 2011 that 17-year-old Sekgabo Motshwane first came face to face with the reality that is South Africa’s apartheid history.Motshwane turns 18 in December this year, which makes him as old as South Africa’s democracy. He is one of over 600 000 people born in 1994 into a democratic South Africa, according to Statistics South Africa.This, he says, seems to be of more importance to his parents than it is to him.“Don’t get me wrong,” he qualifies. “I have a great deal of respect for the freedom struggle and its heroes … I’ve heard everything from how people stood in long queues all day to cast their first-ever votes and how communities in townships all over the country celebrated well into the night.”For him, however, it is immaterial that he was born in 1994, the year that everybody got to vote. Like many teenagers on the threshold of adulthood, he is looking forward rather than back to the past.“Frankly, my main concern is the future ahead of me.”And like Motshwane, South Africa is also standing on the threshold of adulthood. But unlike him, its future is closely tied to its past – the long, hard fight for freedom and the struggle against apartheid.Inspired to learn moreMotshwane is a Grade 12 pupil at Boksburg High School on the East Rand in Gauteng. He plans to study mechanical engineering at Johannesburg’s Wits University after high school and says many of his friends are also looking into careers in the technology and medical fields.“One thing that I‘m grateful for in a free South Africa is that I can be and do whatever I want – my future is in my hands,” he explains. “My parents’ generation knew about career choices available to them, but had limited resources to enable them to go after their dreams.”The revealing trip to Soweto was organised by a relative, an aunt, who wanted to help “open his eyes” to the reality of life in South Africa before 1994.He readily admits that although he understood the tour was meant to be an educational one, before setting off, the highlight for him was the prospect of his first bungee jump at the famous Orlando Towers. This was slipped into the trip as an added incentive.But Motshwane says that what he came across at the Hector Pieterson Memorial and Walter Sisulu Square of Dedication – illustrations such as photographs, documents and videos depicting highlights of the freedom struggle – proved to be more than he had expected.Being in the moment, as it were, with struggle heroes gave him the opportunity to learn to appreciate the freedom he enjoys today.He was inspired to read up on the history of the country, and to lend his ear to debates regarding the state of the country.“I would say I had mixed feelings regarding the information I received during the tour. I was a bit angry, but more so motivated to do more and be more,” he says.Apart from the history he learns in the school curriculum, Motshwane had only heard anecdotal descriptions of what life was like during apartheid from his parents and other members of his family, so his blasé attitude towards all things political was to some extent excusable – and probably typical of his generation.Ideals of a born freeMotshwane, by his own assertion, cannot imagine himself living anywhere else in the world other than South Africa. “What good is our freedom if I’m not going to enjoy it living here?” he asks.He wants to travel, a lot, but relocation is out of the question. “I went to Zambia recently and while there I realised how far advanced South Africa is in terms of infrastructure. I don’t think I could cope under the circumstances I saw.”His passion is design: “When I’m older I’d like to be able to look at things and say ‘I made that, and it made someone happy’, and I feel like I have better opportunities here at home.”The road to that ideal, however, has its obstacles: Motshwane knows his future is in his hands. “Everything I want I have to be prepared to work hard for, which is understandable.”But he does question what is being done for the young people who have nothing. “If you’re poor in this country then your future depends on politicians,” he says, questioning how seriously the government takes its people.What about politics?How in tune is this young man politically, it may be asked.“That’s what I’m worried about. [Politicians] getting richer and richer at the expense of ordinary people.”Motshwane’s assertions are not far off the mark for people in his age group, according to the Human Sciences Research Council’s SA Social Cohesion Barometer, which was released in November 2011. The report says the age group between 16 and 19 is significantly less civically cohesive than older age groups, meaning they are unlikely to take part in what others perceive as civil duties – like voting, for instance.However, the group is far more tolerant towards immigrants and gay people and has much more interracial contact.This rings true for Motshwane, who says that despite being eligible to vote in the next national elections – in 2014 – he hasn’t found anything inspiring from political parties. “My vote will most probably be motivated by what I want for my future.”He admits to having loyalty issues regarding the country’s ruling party, the ANC – given its part in the struggle – but beyond that, he has no feelings at all.“When I went to Soweto I got to appreciate how much struggle heroes sacrificed for me to be able to have a good future … I saw things there that I didn’t think I would see in my lifetime,” he adds.
10 May 2013 South African financial services provider Nedbank is entering the Mozambique banking market through its acquisition of an initial 36% stake in Banco Unico worth US$24.4-million. “Expansion into the rest of Africa is one of Nedbank Group’s four key strategic areas,” managing executive of Nedbank’s Rest of Africa Investments division, Smit Crouse, said in a statement last week. “Our Rest of Africa strategy is to provide a one bank client experience through our strategic alliance with Ecobank in central and west Africa, and building Nedbank’s presence through our own operations in southern and east Africa. “This acquisition positions Nedbank well to service the increasing number of South African businesses operating in Mozambique,” he said. Banco Unico was established in 2011 by Portuguese investment company Group Americo Amorim Holdings and Group Visabeira through Gevisar. It is the sixth-largest full service bank in Mozambique. Investment in a branch expansion project is expected to propel the bank’s growth and will see the number of branches around the country doubling in the next few years. “The entrance of Nedbank into Banco Unico’s capital is part of the initial Gevisar long-term strategy and ambition,” said Group Americo Amorim’s vice-president and Gevisar board member, Paula Amorim. “Nedbank’s dimension, reputation and expertise combined with Gevisar’s entrepreneurship and international successful investment experience will enable a faster expansion and larger offer to better serve the Mozambican society and economy.” SAinfo reporter
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By John F. Grimes, Ohio State University Extension Beef CoordinatorYou do not have to look long and hard to find plenty of evidence that feeder calf marketing is undergoing significant changes across the country. The market is currently sending a clear message that buyers are demanding more for their purchasing dollars. Significant discounts are occurring in the market place for feeder calves that are not weaned 45-60 days, castrated & healed, dehorned, and given 2 rounds of a modified live vaccine for the shipping fever complex. In 2019, a major restaurant chain is going to start requiring their suppliers of fed cattle to be Beef Quality Assurance certified. This will in turn be pushed down to the producer level. Exports to China and other countries are going to require age and source verification. These are growing realities for cow-calf producers if they want access to as many markets as possible.The OSU Extension Beef Team is pleased to announce that they have completed two pre-recorded presentations under the theme of “Gaining Greater Market Access for Ohio Feeder Calves”. These videos contain a wealth of information that addresses ways for producers to add value to feeder calves and ultimately improve marketability.Here are the highlights of the two presentations:* Part One (50:56 in length) – Bill Tom, Executive Vice-President, United Producers, Inc. addresses changing industry demands for today’s feeder calf and potential marketing options. – Dr. Henry Zerby, Senior Director of Protein Innovation, Wendy’s Supply Chain Cooperative discusses the requirements necessary to qualify for specialty and targeted markets.
There’s a slightly competitive tone to last week’s announcement by Massachusetts’ department of Energy and Environmental Affairs that the state has established new energy efficiency standards and, to help meet those standards, will commit about $2.2 billion to home energy audits, weatherization, and appliance rebates.With a quote by Steven Nadel, executive director of the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, an EEA press release about the standards conveys a bit of throw-down-the-gauntlet enthusiasm for the program: “With approval of this plan,” Nadel says, “Massachusetts moves ahead of the pack relative to most other states. By 2012, it is likely that Massachusetts will be number one in terms of per capita commitment to energy efficiency programs.”It certainly would be welcome news if that enthusiasm turns out to be contagious. Formulated in compliance with the state’s Green Communities Act of 2008 and approved by its Department of Public Utilities after long negotiations with the Commonwealth’s investor-owned electric and natural gas utilities, the standards call for a statewide 2.4% reduction in electricity use and 1.15% reduction in natural gas use over a three-year period. To help meet those goals, the plan includes the $2.2 billion commitment from the utilities, which, a recent story in the Boston Globe notes, will be paid for through third-party financing, revenue from the state’s participation in carbon credit auctions, an existing energy efficiency charge on utility bills, and a modest rate increase for customers.Soothing some of the sting of rate increases, the EEA says, will be the long-term efficiency improvements gained from the program’s audit, weatherization, and appliance-rebate components – an estimated $6 billion in efficiency-related savings over the three-year period.Just as pertinent is the program’s job-creating potential. As a New York Times blog on the subject points out, a study by advocacy group Environment Northeast indicates that implementing the plan and doing all the field work required could generate as many as 25,000 new jobs.Later this month, the EEA will launch a redesigned website – http://www.masssave.com – providing information about all of efficiency programs serving utility customers in the state.
Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Stock manipulation!That was the cry from Apple fanbloggers last month when the Wall Street Journal reported that Apple had reduced component orders, a possible sign of softening demand for Apple products. That story broke nine days before Apple was to report its earnings, and sent the stock reeling downward.But if that was the case, then who’s manipulating Apple stock now, with this sudden barrage of “leaks” about the iWatch?Does no one else think it’s kind of remarkable that this unreleased product suddenly starts showing up in dozens of blog posts and press stories? And that these leaks happened, coincidentally, right after Apple’s stock endured a brutal slide from just above $700 in September to a low of $435 in January?The last stock plunge took place after Apple reported disappointing earnings for the holiday quarter, and ended up treading water in the $450 range. That was Jan. 28.Note what happens next. On Feb. 5, the Wall Street Journalreports that after taking a beating on Wall Street, Apple has been “subtly increasing some of its PR,” doing things like sending reporters “more favorable third-party reports on the company.”In other words: Apple wanted to get the stock back up, and so its flacks were reaching out to reporters and briefing them on background, trying to convince them that things at Apple were better than what Wall Street believed.(See also Apple May Not Have A Choice But To Release A Watch, by Matt Asay)Anatomy Of A PumpMeanwhile, just as Apple’s flacks have started working the phones, we start to hear drumbeats about a miraculous new product. Wow! What a coincidence.And what is this product? Why, it’s an amazing, life-changing, paradigm-shifting, stolen-from-the-future gorgeously designed product, a product that you’ve always wanted and needed though you never thought about it before, a product that will once again put Apple ahead of everyone else: The iWatch.Bits and pieces about Apple doing a watch have been floating around since at least last year. But suddenly, in the past few weeks, just as Apple has started briefing reporters, this story starts heating up.It begins with things like this post on Jan. 30 by MG Siegler of TechCrunch. Siegler, who basically operates as an unpaid Apple PR guy, says he’s getting a Pebble smartwatch, and then on goes for a couple thousand words about how huge this whole smartwatch thing could be and boy does he want one and man wouldn’t a smartwatch just change everything and wow, I bet Apple and Google are looking at this space, don’t you?Then on Feb. 5 comes this even more incredibly overlong piece by Bruce Tognazzini, a former Apple interface designer, who suddenly, for no apparent reason, feels prompted to wax on for thousands and thousands of words about all the amazing things that Apple’s iWatch (he’s already given it a name and says it “will fill a gaping hole in the Apple ecosystem”) might do.The Story Goes MainstreamThen, on Sunday, the drumbeats turned into something more, when two major newspapers both ran iWatch stories.One scoop came from Jessica Lessin at the Wall Street Journal, the same reporter who wrote about Apple doing more briefings with reporters. (Weird, right?) Another scoop came from Nick Bilton at the New York Times, whose story ran online on Sunday and then had a nice big spot on the front of Monday morning’s Times business section.A big section-front story on a Monday morning in the New York Times! What fortuitous timing! You’d almost think it had been planned. Bilton’s story cited as sources “people familiar with the company’s explorations, who spoke on condition that they not be named because they are not allowed to publicly discuss unannounced products.” Wonder who that could be?And what is the significance of the iWatch? “Investors would most likely embrace an iWatch,” Bilton writes, “with some already saying that wearable computing could replace the smartphone over the next decade.”Ah, yes. Investors. Mustn’t forget them. Ahem.Bilton even got an interview with the CTO of Corning Glass Technologies, the company that supplies Apple with glass for the iPhone. The Corning guy doesn’t talk specifically about making a watch, but he says that it could be done. What’s noteworthy here is that this is one of Apple’s big suppliers talking to the press, on the record, about something that brushes up against Apple. If you know anything about Apple you know that this doesn’t happen without Apple’s permission. Don’t believe me? Go try to get an interview with Foxconn, about anything, and see if they’ll do it without Apple’s permission.And We’re OffSo now we’re off to the races. As the Atlantic Wire points out, when the Journal and the Times both run the same story within hours of each other, “The Apple iWatch Rumors Just Became Apple iWatch Reports.”The story has been everywhere. Huffington Post, CBS, ABC. Everywhere. We’ve even seen photos of what it might look like, long descriptions of all the amazing features it might have, and all the problems it might solve. You won’t need passwords! It will have an NFC chip so you can buy stuff with it. It will be a TV remote. It will give you driving directions. It will tell you who’s calling on your phone, and send you reminders.But why is Apple leaking this story now? Philip Elmer-Dewitt of Fortune picks up on the timing and has five theories:To distract people from Google GlassTo boost Apple’s stock priceTo deflect attention from iTV, which isn’t ready yetTo deflect attention from the story about Wall Street demanding Apple distribute some of its huge cash stashTo lower expectations about what an iWatch may do.All great theories. I’ll go with the stock price, thanks.Guess What, It’s WorkingOh, and gosh, look what’s been going on with the stock price in the last 11 days. Why, since bottoming out below $440 on Feb. 4, the stock has been climbing and climbing. Just today it’s up more than $7 to $482 — on the basis of a product that as far as anyone knows does not actually exist, and might never exist.Oh, and goodness me, but today we’re also getting a fresh leak about the iPhone 5S, with photos and everything!All those fanbloggers who were screaming about stock manipulation last month? It takes one to know one, I guess.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Tags:#Apple#Google#iPhone#iWatch The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement dan lyons What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …