20 Dec

Which Warriors are sitting vs. Pelicans?

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!NEW ORLEANS – With the Warriors already cementing the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference, they will rest select core players for injuries both real and possibly exaggerated.The Warriors (56-24) will sit Kevin Durant (flu), Klay Thompson (right knee soreness), Andre Iguodala (left knee soreness) and Andrew Bogut (rest) for Tuesday’s game against the New Orleans …last_img read more

18 Dec

Sanlam buys stake in Malaysian firm

first_img22 May 2013 South African financial services provider Sanlam has acquired a 49% stake in Malaysian short-term insurer Pacific & Orient Insurance Co. Berhard (POI) worth about R814-million. “This transaction is our first foray into the southeast Asia region,” Sanlam Emerging Markets chief executive officer, Heinie Werth, said in a statement on Monday. It forms part of Sanlam’s strategy to pursue growth opportunities in selected emerging markets. “We believe that this transaction will provide us with a platform to gain an understanding of the region and a footprint on which to expand.” POI was established in 1972 and is fully owned by Pacific & Orient Berhad. Its focus is motorcycle insurance; it is the largest motorcycle insurer in Malaysia, with a 40% market share in the sector. “We believe there is a good cultural fit between POI and Sanlam, which will facilitate our focus on strengthening our relationship to drive business growth and establish a mutually beneficial and sustainable partnership,” Werth said. Sanlam also believes that the Malaysian business environment, where the regulator is encouraging international partnerships for local companies, is conducive to growth. “POI is an established entity with a robust business model and a strong market position,” he said. “We are confident that the company offers us a relatively low risk entry into the market and a platform for growth. “We look forward to the partnership with Sanlam and the technical expertise that they will add in exploring future growth opportunities,” said POI’s managing director, Chan Thye Seng. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

17 Dec

North American trade deal signed, moves to Congress

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Leave a CommentDespite the signing of the new trade agreement among the United States, Canada and Mexico Nov. 30, work remains as the focus now shifts to Congress and its ratification. The new free trade agreement that took more than a year of intense negotiations among the three partners to come to fruition.Officially called the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) but dubbed NAFTA 2.0, the agreement must be voted on by each country’s legislative body before it takes effect.“Agricultural exports to Canada and Mexico increased from $8.9 billion to $39 billion under NAFTA,” said American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall. “In every way, this new agreement is just as good, if not better than, the one that came before.”According to AFBF, several provisions in the agreement will have significant impacts on the agriculture industry:USMCA will provide new market access for dairy and poultry products in Canada and maintains the zero-tariff platform on all other ag products and on all ag products to Mexico.Canada agreed to end its Class 7 pricing scheme.U.S. dairy products gain access to an additional 3.6 percent of Canada’s dairy market.Canada agreed to treat wheat imports the same as domestic wheat for grading and pricing, and Mexico and the U.S. agreed that all grading standards for ag products will be non-discriminatory.USMCA is the first free trade agreement for the U.S. that includes measures that address cooperation, information sharing, and other trade rules related to biotechnology and gene editing. There also are provisions that enhance science-based trading standards among the three nations as the basis for sanitary and phytosanitary measures for ag products, as well as progress in the area of geographic indications.However, Duvall cautioned that there is still work to be done between the three countries to make the agriculture industry whole.“As good as all this news is, farmers and ranchers still face retaliatory tariffs over steel and aluminum disputes with our North American neighbors and other trading partners,” he said. “We urge the administration to redouble its efforts to come to an agreement on those outstanding issues so we can regain the markets we had not long ago.”  Leave a Commentlast_img read more

17 Dec

Timetric Makes Web Data Useful with Time Series Analysis

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… jolie odell Tags:#start#startups A winner at this year’s mini-Seedcamp in London, Timetric is an app from Inkling Software, a three-principal shop composed of chemistry and physics PhDs.The premise is fairly simple: Timetric was created to store, share, and analyze data over time. For predicting trends, proving assertions, and recommending actions, time series analysis is a highly valuable tool. It’s Facebook’s Lexicon all grown up and actually useful, pulling data from all over the web and querying this huge database to serve significant results.Calling to mind truly hot topics such as Facebook’s rumored sentiment analysis engine, the parsing of real-time data, and the need for data over facts in modern journalism, Timetric addresses one facet of a growing gap between what information is now available online and how much we actually know about what that information means.Here, one of the principals of Inkling, Andrew Walkingshaw, talks about how time series analysis works. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts In our recent post on data in journalism, we wrote: “The voracious appetite for data… has been apparent for months. It is less about turning good ideas into stories and more about seeing how data informs our understanding of events happening right now. Each new initiative is another piece of low-hanging fruit picked.”Timetric is one of those low-hanging fruits, gathered with a minimal amount of patience over a period of time and put to great use by any number of entities. With regard to journalism, the Guardian’s Data Blog uses Timetric to report on anything from long-term inflation trends to the relative purity of cocaine seized by police.We ourselves were able to pull in data from a time series library to create charts on the incidence of men with full beards over a number of years:Once uploaded, data is downloadable and embeddable by users in a number of formats. Users can also designate tags and licenses, and the team has developed a REST-based API for other Timetric-based apps.Quick visualization and analysis of time-dependent data has never been simpler. We hope that the functions and forms become even richer as Timetric grows.last_img read more

3 Dec

Chhattisgarh gets new chief secretary

first_imgSenior IAS officer Ajay Singh, of 1983 batch, has been appointed Chief Secretary of Chhattisgarh on Thursday, replacing Vivek Dhand.Mr. Dhand, of 1981 batch, was Chief Secretary for four years, and was to retire in March. He was named the chairman of the state’s Real Estate Regulatory Authority, but opted for voluntary retirement.last_img

27 Nov

CWG 2014: India mount glory after shooters run amok on Day 3

first_imgAyonika Paul and Apurvi Chandela pose with their respective medals at the awards ceremony Indian shooter Rahi Sarnobat won the gold and Anisa Sayyed took silver in the women’s 25m pistol event of the Commonwealth Games at the Barry Buddon Shooting Centre on Saturday.Playing the gold medal match against her compatriot, Rahi scored eight points to Sayyed’s two. Australia’s Lalita Yauhleuskaya took the bronze.Apurvi Chandela gave a stunning exhibition of skill and concentration to clinch a gold medal while Ayonika Paul and Prakash Nanjappa claimed a silver.21-year-old Chandela was the star performer by taking the honour in the women’s 10 m air rifle event with a score of 206.7 to provide the second gold medal from the shooting arena after Abhinav Bindra’s swansong gold medal effort on Friday.Ayonika Paul, 21, also turned the spotlight on herself by bagging the silver medal in the same event while Nanjappa had to be content with a silver, narrowly missing out on the yellow metal due to a lapse of concentration.With three more medals, India took their overall medals tally to 13 with four gold, six silver and three bronze medals and were placed fifth on the medals table.England are at top with 35 medals, including 13 golds.Australia also have 35 medals but placed second as they have 12 golds. Hosts Scotland are third with 17 medals out which seven are yellow metal. Canada also have seven gold but their total is 13 medals.Nanjappa paid the price for a horrendous shot midway into the final round as he lost concentration and shot a disappointing 7.7 to hand the lead to eventual winner Daniel Repacholi of Australia.advertisementDespite the setback in the sixth shot of the elimination stage, the 38-year-old Banglorean tried his best to catch up with the Australian but failed to do so in the end and had to settle with a silver at the Barry Buddon Shooting Centre at Dundee near here.Repacholi won the gold with a total of 199.5 while Prakash scored 198.2. England’s 60-year-old Michel Gault got the bronze.Nanjappa, who topped the qualification round, was ruffled by that mistake and he was taking deep breaths in between the shots. A team member later said Prakash felt time constraint and that was why the grip over his pistol was not proper when he shot 7.7.Before the last round, Repacholi had taken a lead of 1.4 points but he could only come up with a 9.3 in the penultimate shot and Prakash could have narrowed down the gap. The Indian could not do that as he also shot a 9.3 at a crucial juncture.Nanjappa was the first to fire the last shot and he came up with a 10.5, putting pressure on his Australian opponent.But Repacholi fired a 10.4 to run away with the gold.The other Indian in the fray, Om Prakash had failed to qualify for the final round.In men’s skeet event, India’s Mairaj Ahmad Khan and Baba Bedi failed to advance to the semifinals after finishing seventh and 19th in the qualification round. The top eight shooters qualify for the semifinals.Four Indian judokas kept themselves in the reckoning for a bronze medal in the higher weight categories on the third and concluding day of the martial art event.In the men’s event, Sahil Pathania (upto 100 kg) and Parveen Kumar (+100 kg) will be vying for bronze medal via repechage bouts while Jina Devi Chongtham (upto 78 kg) and Rajwinder Kaur (+78 kg) also reached the medal round.India’s leading squash players Saurav Ghosal and Dipika Pallikal secured hard fought victories to reach the singles quarterfinals.Fourth seed Ghosal had a narrow escape against Australian Steven Finitsis as he recovered from 6-7 down in the fifth and deciding game to pull off a 11-2, 11-5, 4-11, 6-11, 11-8 victory at the Scotstoun Sports Campus.With this victory, Ghosal became the first Indian to reach the singles quarterfinals since the sport was introduced in the Games programme in 1998. He next plays 12th seed Campbell Grayson of New Zealand .Soon after Ghosal’s win, sixth seed Pallikal matched her compatriot’s feat by getting past 15th seed Delia Arnold of Malaysia 11-6, 12-10, 11-5 in a match lasting 40 minutes.The Commonwealth Games debutant faces England’s fourth seed Alison Waters in the quarterfinals.The Indian women’s table tennis team blanked New Zealand, a side full of Chinese-origin players, to march into the semifinals at the Scotstoun Sports Campus.Shamini Kumaresan starred in India’s 3-0 win over New Zealand. They face Singapore, whom they lost to at Delhi Games to settle for silver, in the semi-finals later on Saturday.advertisementThe ploy to play Shamini in the first singles against 52-year-old Chun Li worked. The Indian played a solid match to beat 2002 singles Commonwealth Games champion and five-time Olympian 5-11, 11-9, 11-5, 11-5.Delhi girl Manika Batra, who plays with a pimpled rubber, outsmarted Chunl Li’s sister Karen 11-13, 11-9, 11-5, 11-5 to give India a 2-0 cushion.In the doubles rubber, being played in the team competition for the first time at Games, Shamini and Madhurika Patkar outplayed Karen and Yang Sun 11-8, 11-8, 11-8 for India’s well deserved victory.last_img read more

27 Nov

Arwind Santos gets last laugh as he gets under TNT’s skin in do-or-die match

first_imgMOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Santos laughed the incident off and attributed to just being “part of the game.”“Nothing personal. Ano lang talaga, kasi gustung-gusto naming manalo talaga.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Filipino marathoner Rafael Poliquit passes away at 30 Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertecenter_img View comments Arwind Santos taunts Anthony Semerad during the TNT-San Miguel quarterfinals game on Wednesday. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Arwind Santos has made a name for himself as one of the PBA’s best defenders.The San Miguel Beer forward has also mastered the art of getting under the rival team’s skin and inside the opposing players’ heads along the way.ADVERTISEMENT Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue He was in his element on Wednesday night in a knockout Game 3 against TNT.Arwind doing Arwind things. Stuff which bare results that won’t be found on the stat sheets, but rather on his opponents’ irritated faces.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe more the KaTropa gave in to his antics, the more Santos became more effective.Santos also had the last laugh with the Beermen rolling to a 96-86 win on its way back to the Philippine Cup semifinals. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles “Ako, kahit hindi ako masyado naka focus sa opensa, talagang hindi nila ako iniiwanan din eh, ginawa ko yung part ko sa depensa tapos pambu-bully,” Santos said grinning after finishing with seven points and eight rebounds. “Gusto nila ng asaran hanggang sa dulo. Muntik na maging wrestling yung laban. Okay lang, sige ganun yan, kung yan ang gusto nila, walang problema.”Santos spared no one that even the usually mild-mannered Jayson Castro reached his tipping point.“Kanina nga si Jayson, inapproach niya ko, sabi niya, ‘Arwind, wag nang ganun, kasi bakit pa kailangan gawin yun, lamang naman kayo,’ ganyan. Kapag napikon yung mga kasama mo, di ko problema yun. Kasalanan nila yun. Sila napikon eh. Part ng game yun eh. Yun lang,” he said.Santos also got into Kelly Williams’ nerve while the two were fighting for position on a rebound midway through the third quarter.Williams and Santos got tangled up and the TNT big man slammed him on the floor out of frustration.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more