Pitcher: Willie McCovey turned my pitch into laces, string and a scrap of leather

first_imgClick HERE if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.Imagine Jim Barr’s excitement upon being summed to the major leagues for the first time. Imagine his amazement when the Giants showed him to his locker — right next to the locker of Willie McCovey.“He meant so much to me,” Barr said, appearing on KNBR Wednesday night, just hours after McCovey, a Giants icon and baseball Hall of Famer, died at 80.“Willie was not only a great player,” Barr told KNBR’s Drew Hoffar, “he was a …last_img

Cathay profit nosedives

first_imgCathay Pacific’s profit has nosedived almost 110 per cent to a 2016 net loss of $HK575m ($US74m) amid warnings from the Hong Kong group that it expects the environment this year to remain challenging.The worse than expected result is the group’s first loss in eight years and came as it grappled with the aggressive expansion of Chinese carriers.The carrier blamed the slump from a 2015 profit of $HK6 billion on “intense and increased” competition combined with economic factors such as the strength of the Hong Kong Dollar and reduced economic growth in mainland China.Cathay said other airlines significantly increased capacity during the year with more direct flights from mainland China and increased competition from low-cost carriers.Group revenue fell 9.4 per cent to $HK92.75 billion.Overcapacity hit cargo operations, where revenue was down 13.2 per cent,  and the strong Hong Kong dollar made the city an expensive destination and reduced visitor numbers, it said.Benefits from low fuel prices were also partially offset by fuel hedging losses.The upshot was a 9.4 per cent reduction in group revenue to $HK92.75 billion and a warning the stress would continue.“We expect the operating environment in 2017 to remain challenging. Strong competition from other airlines and the adverse effect of the strength of the Hong Kong dollar are expected to continue to put pressure on yield,’’ Cathay chairman John Slosar said. .”The cargo market got off to a good start, but overcapacity is expected to persist.’’Passenger revenue fell 8.4 per cent to $HK66.9 billion while capacity increased by 2.4 per cent as new routes such as Madrid and London Gatwick were added and frequencies were increased on others. The load factor was down 1.2 percentage points to 84.5 per cent while yields fell 9.2 per cent.The airline took delivery of 10 Airbus A350-900s during the year and deployed them on services to Auckland, Düsseldorf, London Gatwick, Paris and Rome.t retired its remaining Boeing 747-400s and three Airbus A340-300s during the year with another A340 leaving in January and the remaining three aircraft all due to go this year.Cathay expects to continue to benefit this year lower fuel prices,  but to a lesser extent than in 2016, as it works to reduce costs, improve reliability and use its assets more efficiently. “Despite the challenges with which we are faced, we still expect our business to grow in the long term.’’ Slosar said. “Air traffic to, from and within the Asia-Pacific region is expected to grow strongly. We intend to benefit from this growth by increasing our passenger capacity by 4-5 per cent  per annum, at least until the third runway at Hong Kong International Airport is open.“We will continue to introduce new destinations and to increase frequencies on our most popular routes.’’Slosar said the group was embarking on a three-year “corporate transformation program’’ aimed at producing returns above the cost of capital.“The goal is to become a more agile and competitive organisation in order to take advantage of changing market trends and customer preferences,’’ he said.last_img read more

In-flight wi-fi coming to SA soon

first_imgSouth Africans flying between Cape Town and Johannesburg will be able to access wireless internet from April 2011. (Image: Wired) WirelessG, a local internet company, will soon begin installing wireless internet on South African domestic passenger planes to enable frequent fliers to keep up with their deadlines and the fast-paced world around them. Passengers flying between Cape Town and Johannesburg will be able to access wireless internet through a service called Fli G-Connect from April 2011.Sechaba Mokoena, a DJ from Johannesburg, said he was looking forward to the service. “It’s about time we got wi-fi access on our country’s local planes. I am never on the ground – I travel to Cape Town and Durban a lot for work, so I’m happy I’ll be able to keep up with the social scene while I fly. As a DJ, I need to keep up with what’s happening at all times.”Businessman Ronald de Necker, also from Johannesburg, agrees. He often has to attend meetings in Cape Town and flies there weekly. “This is brilliant. We live in a fast-paced world and we need to have this kind of fast-paced, easily accessible internet on our planes to keep up with deadlines while travelling and not miss out on any economic news or events taking place at any given time around the world.”South African technology research company World Wide Worx said effective internet connectivity is vital for the country’s economy. “We are in a competitive age during which access to information and ease of communication enhances productivity,” said company head Arthur Goldstuck.World Wide Worx estimates that South Africa had 6-million internet users by the end of 2010, and that this will climb to 10-million by 2015.Mango leading the wayWirelessG CEO Carel van der Merwe said local airline Mango would be the first to have the technology installed in its planes, but noted that his company is currently in talks with other airlines as well to roll out the service to as many operators as possible.To access wi-fi while on a flight, South African passengers will need to open a G-Connect account through the WirelessG website – this does not cost anything. Once signed up, users need to buy a WirelessG voucher to secure time online. The concept is much like buying airtime for a prepaid mobile phone.Van der Merwe said passengers will soon be able to get onto a plane, switch on their laptop, smartphone or tablet, enable their wi-fi, and then pick up a signal. “You then put in your G-Connect account credentials, or you purchase a voucher, and Bob’s your uncle, you are on the internet.”“Wireless internet on planes will allow me the chance to do my banking, emailing, and pay bills during the two-hour flights to Johannesburg I have to take every month,” said Catherine Sithole, a public relations executive from Cape Town. “I’m always so busy and prefer everything to be quick and easy – wireless internet is just what I need.”A study conducted by research consultancy Wakefield Research and the Wi-Fi Alliance shows that the availability of wi-fi has become a key factor for many Americans when deciding which airline to fly. According to the findings, 76% of frequent fliers in the US would change their airline to have in-flight wi-fi.Wakefield Research and the alliance predict that airlines which do not offer in-flight wi-fi as part of their service could face a serious decline in customers and ultimately a loss of revenue in the futurelast_img read more

Voter interest on the increase: survey

first_img15 April 2011Voting interest among South Africans is on the increase, with 79% of prospective voters intending to vote in the local government elections on 18 May, according to a survey by the Human Sciences Research Council.The survey, commissioned by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to help in its preparations for the 18 May poll, found that over 90 percent of South Africans were satisfied with the country’s voting process.The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) visited about 500 areas countrywide in conducting its survey. In each area, seven households were selected for face-to-face interviews conducted in the language of the respondents. Those interviewed were aged 16 and older and cut across different race and ethnic groups.Political disinterest and disillusionment was the primary reason given by the 21% of respondents who said they did not intend to vote in the upcoming election. These respondents showed some level of mistrust of politicians while expressing disappointment at the quality of service delivery by municipalities.Some admitted that party loyalty rather than abstention remained their key electoral response to political parties not delivering effectively on their mandate.Researchers also found that political interest had increased slightly from 2004, while remaining relatively low at 42 percent. About 58 percent of the respondents expressed awareness of local governance structures such as ward committees, with this awareness most seen among poor citizens.However, satisfaction with democracy had declined slightly over the past decade, coupled with lower levels of trust in core political institutions. When it came to views on municipal performance, 45 percent expressed dissatisfaction with municipal services.Interesting was the increase in the level of trust for the SABC, with respondents expressing confidence in the public broadcaster, religious groups and the IEC. Most voters regarded the IEC highly for its “efficiency and professionalism”, with trust in the IEC increasing by 19 percent between 1999 and 2010.An overwhelming number of South Africans were also satisfied with the registration process, 98 percent saying they found it easy and 58 percent reporting to have taken 10 minutes or less to register.HSRC lead researcher Udesh Pillay said very few voters, about 13 percent, thought irregularities had occurred during the previous local government elections in 2006, while 86 percent said they have never personally experienced any irregularity.“The general feeling was that the majority is satisfied with the way things are done and how the IEC conducts its business,” Pillay said.He attributed the decline in satisfaction with democracy to increased unemployment, the recession of 2008-09, and anxieties sparked by the political transition ahead of the 2009 general elections.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Pirates lift Telkom Knockout Cup

first_imgSAinfo reporter After missing out on the title in six previous journeys to the final, Orlando Pirates finally lifted the Telkom Knockout Cup at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Saturday night after a 3-1 win over Bidvest Wits. The victory continued a superb run of silverware winning form; “the Buccaneers” are also the current MTN 8, Nedbank Cup and Absa Premier League champions. It is an unprecedented achievement. “Congratulations for our players. We have a wonderful squad with high quality. “Thank you also for our fans, who filled the stadium tonight. The Clever Boys’ lead did not last long, however, as Klate put Pirates in front seven minutes later. After breaking inside from wide on the right, he struck a sharp left-footed shot past Murambadoro to set the Pirates-dominated crowd roaring. Wits’ striker Sifiso Vilakazi enjoyed his side’s best chance of the first half in the 43rd minute, but his header passed wide of the goal. Pirates’ coach Julio Leal, not surprisingly, was delighted with his charges and praise rolled off his tongue after the match when he spoke to Football365.co.za. “It’s important to get this historic cup for the first time in our history, especially against top class opposition like Wits. 12 December 2011 Roaring startPirates got off to a roaring start when they took the lead after only three minutes through Thulasizwe Mbuyane, which the midfielder celebrated with relish. LevelThe Students pulled level 20 minutes into the second half when captain Sifiso Myeni beat Moneeb Josephs with a shot through the Pirates’ goalkeeper’s legs after getting onto the end of a pass from the right.center_img Ndumiso Mabena could have doubled the Buccaneers’ advantage less than 10 minutes later, but, after he had rounded Wits’ goalkeeper Energy Murambadoro, he failed to hit the target. Despite that astonishing record, it was far from a certainty that Pirates would add the Telkom Knockout Cup to their trophy cabinet. Not only was history against them, but Wits had handily defeated them 3-1 recently. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Just before the break, Klate tested the goalie again with a good effort, but the Zimbabwean international was up to the task and pulled off a good save to his right. Then, with less than 10 minutes to play, Pirates’ substitute Tlou Segolela made sure his wide would win when, after a super run, he set up Isaac Chansa for a third goal. Chansa finished with composure to make the final score 3-1. RainingIt was raining in Durban, which made conditions underfoot heavy, something that clearly irritated Wits’ coach Roger De Sa, who was less than complimentary about the pitch after the game. Wide of the markIn the 34th minute, Benni McCarthy robbed S’boniso Gumede of the ball and raced through to force a one-on-one with Murambadoro. His curling shot was, however, wide of the mark. “Two trophies this season, together with the three last season, shows this team is good and the management is good.” Daine Klate set it up by beating Lehlogonolo Maselelsa before laying on an inviting ball for Mbuyane, who was able to almost walk the ball into the net.last_img read more

Chemical technology incubator launched in Durban

first_img22 April 2014Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies officially launched the R8-million Durban branch of the South African Chemical Technology Incubator (Chemin) at the Westville Campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban last week.The incubation centre offers free support services to small chemical technology businesses in the province, as well as access to a state-of-the-art laboratory containing specialised analytical equipment. Current incubated enterprises focus on chemical detergent, cosmetics and health care products.The centre includes a manufacturing pilot plant for recycling compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs using a patented technology.According to the DTI, Chemin’s focus is on developing the downstream chemicals manufacturing industry in South Africa. This includes the manufacture of relatively high-value pure chemicals for use as active ingredients in specialised chemicals for industrial and non-consumer applications (such as paints, mining chemicals, textile specialities, and paper chemicals).Chemin’s Durban branch was established in partnership with the Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) under the DTI’s Incubation Support Programme, which has seen the establishment of 42 incubators in various sectors across the country.Davies, speaking at last week’s launch said a further four incubators had been approved and would be set up during the 2014/15 financial year.Seda acting CEO Sipho Zikode commented: “We are on course to see these incubators increasing as more small enterprises go the technology incubation route …. This can only bode well for our government’s drive to create employment.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Public holiday on local elections date

first_imgTo give all eligible South Africans the opportunity to vote in the local elections on 3 August 2016, the day has been declared a public holiday. All citizens who can vote are encouraged to visit polling stations and exercise their democratic right.The day of the upcoming local elections, 3 August, has been declared a public holiday. (Image: IEC, Twitter)Brand South Africa reporterThe date of the 2016 local government elections, 3 August 2016, has been declared a public holiday.This would enable all South Africans who are eligible to vote to exercise their right on the day, President Jacob Zuma said on Friday.President Zuma declares 3 August 2016 a public holiday https://t.co/eq0oTfJcES— PresidencyZA (@PresidencyZA) June 24, 2016“Voting is a fundamental right enshrined in our Constitution,” he said. “It is important that citizens are granted an opportunity to exercise this right freely. This is particularly so when they elect this sphere of government that is closest to them.”All eligible voters are encourage to go out to vote on 3 August 2016.This year marks 16 years of democratic local government in South Africa.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

A look at the “grain glitch fix”

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A recent signing of a bill by the President prompted us to reach out to our agribusiness and farming clients. As we strive to fulfill our important role as your partner and advocate for tax planning, we want to reach out to you and share that the President signed a $1.3 trillion spending bill.  Among many other things, this Appropriations Act, provides a “grain glitch fix” to the provision in the Tax Bill that was passed in late 2017 that gave an unintended advantage to sell grain to a cooperative. This is a rather complex fix.  We are still getting our minds around it and will have more to share this Spring/Summer.IssueThe provision in Code Sec. 199A that provided farmers with a tax advantage for selling crops to farmer-owned cooperatives, but not for sales to private or investor-owned grain handlers, was, according to lawmakers, a mistake — the so-called “grain glitch.”Glitch fixThe Appropriations Act makes significant changes to Code Sec. 199A(g)Transition rulesThe TCJA had repealed Code Sec. 199 for tax years beginning after 2017. However, the Appropriations Act clarifies that the repeal of Code Sec. 199 for tax years beginning after Dec. 31, 2017, does not apply to a qualified payment received by a patron from a specified agricultural or horticultural cooperative in a tax year beginning after December 31, 2017, to the extent such qualified payment is attributable to QPAI with respect to which a deduction is allowable to the cooperative under former Code Sec. 199 for a tax year of the cooperative beginning before Jan. 1, 2018. Such qualified payment remains subject to former Code Sec. 199, and any former Code Sec. 199 deduction allocated by the cooperative to its patrons related to such qualified payment is allowed to be deducted by such patrons in accordance with former Code Sec. 199. In addition, no deduction is allowed under Code Sec. 199A for such qualified payments. (Appropriations Act Sec. 101(c)(2), Division T)Effective dateThe changes under the Appropriations Act, except for those provided in the transition rules above, are effective for tax years beginning after Dec. 31, 2017. (Appropriations Act Sec. 101(c)(1), Division T).last_img read more

RootsTech: Genealogy Gets Wired to the Gills

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts The conference attendees crowded the hall of the Salt Palace to listen to a librarian who specializes in genealogy talk about online tools like the Internet Archive, Flickr and StoryCorps. There was hardly a seat free in a hall that held several thousand. Par for the course for a tech conference. So far. What sets this conference apart is the average age, which can’t have been below sixty, and the nature of the listeners, the overwhelming majority of whom are not developers or tech marketers, but genealogists. Genealogy, or family history research, is an enterprise that used to primarily feature such cutting edge technology as ledgers and later – gasp! – microfiche, has now firmly landed in the 21st century. RootsTech, sponsored by FamilySearch, is one of the first conferences dedicated to the the application of online technology to historical family research. Putting their technology where their conference is, RootsTech is streaming its keynotes online and the flood of family history bloggers are tweeting it with the #rootstech hashtag. Talks include the use of cloud computing in family research and use of media sharing sites to preserve individual family history. Sessions move from very soft tech, like which genealogical websites to use for what, to very hard, including an examination of the the mobile web and “Bringing Distributed Version Control to Arbitrary Object Graphs.” Perhaps the most interesting undertaking is a programming contest. Programmers were invited to use the FamilySearch API to create a genealogical tool. The winners will receive a small cash prize. Taking place in Salt Lake City, the conference is leveraging the Latter Day Saints’ long-standing love-affair with family research. As far as genealogy goes, the church serves the function that Nike does in sports products in the Northwest, as a center-of-gravity and attractant. The area’s genealogical libraries are legendary and were among the first targets of FamilySearch’s move online beginning in 1989, 104 years after the company’s beginning as the Genealogical Society of Utah. It currently has a vast database that includes over a billion names in its searchable database. In the next day or two I’ll examine the API contests’ contestants and winners and talk to its CEO about the technological future of our families’ pasts. Salt Palace photo by Jingles the Pirate. Yep. Editor’s disclosure: RootsTech covered Mr. Hopkins’ airfare and hotel. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#conferences#web center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… curt hopkinslast_img read more

Near-Zero-Energy Homes In Inner-City Hartford

first_imgCT Non-Profit Plans 100 Similar Homes Every Year for the Next DecadeHARTFORD, CT — A nonprofit housing developer, SAND Corporation, will soon begin building six net-zero-energy homes in an inner-city Hartford neighborhood. According to the Hartford Courant, SAND (an acronym for South Arsenal Neighborhood Development) has raised $2.1 million to build three duplexes on Earle Street in North Hartford.Designed by architect Bill Crosskey, the all-electric superinsulated homes will feature roof-mounted photovoltaic arrays, solar hot water systems, ground-source heat pumps, and energy-recovery ventilators. According to Crosskey, the homes are designed to use 75% less energy than the average Hartford home.Karen Lewis, the executive director of SAND, is excited about the project. “This is the kind of thing that never happens in the inner city,” said Lewis. “But why not? This is the future. Why should we be last?” Buoyed by funding from the United Technologies Corporation, SAND has an ambitious goal: to build 100 net-zero-energy homes in Hartford every year for the next ten years. “With the economy how it is now, I’m not sure whether the funding will work,“ Lewis admitted. “But I know that the dream is real.”last_img read more