The games, which will be played in the gyms of North Peace Secondary School for the entire season, saw two very close matches in the Senior Boy’s opening games, each of which decided by just a single point. Sunlife edged past D Bauer Mechanical 41-40, with Warat Suwannachneh earning player of the game for Sunlife and David Nwaokolo for D Bauer Mechanical.The other game, featuring Lube-X and Northern Valve Serives, needed overtime to settle the score, with Lube-X pulling out the victory by a score of 54-53. Northern Valve’s Jake Hyrcha and Lube-X’s Alex Lorinz were both voted as player of the game for their respective teams.Four senior girl’s teams took to the floor Wednesday. In the first of two games, Focus defeated Northern Valve Services 25-20, with Carlee Shenton being awarded player of the game for Focus and Rebecca Lessard for the Northern Valve Squad.- Advertisement -The other game in the girl’s division had D Bauer Mechanical defeat Lube-X 33-16, with Stacey Hansen winning player of the game for Lube-X and Hailey Johnston winning the honour for D Bauer Mechanical.In the Junior games, which featured grades 4-7, Celine Quigley, Adam Bowie, Aiden Tegard, Tyrel Roberts, Lucas Ziebart and Connor Bowie all received player of the game awards for their teams.The league will resume next Wednesday, and will play every Wednesday until June 13.Advertisement
During a campaign stop in Dubuque, Iowa, on Thursday, Giuliani was asked whether he still stands by Kerik. He sidestepped that question and said the issue has to be decided by the courts. “A lot of public comment about it is inconsistent with its getting resolved in the right way in the courts,” Giuliani said. A former undercover police officer with a bodybuilder’s physique and a knack for charming people in high places, Kerik has since been hit with a string of revelations about personal and professional improprieties. His nomination was confronted with news reports about stock-option windfalls, his connections with people suspected of doing business with the mob and overlapping extramarital affairs with two women: Judith Regan, the publisher of his memoir, and a city correction officer. The liaisons reportedly occurred in an apartment near ground zero that had been set aside for rescue workers. Kerik, 51, who married his current wife in 1998 and has two children with her, apparently became close with Regan while writing “The Lost Son,” in which he described being abandoned by his prostitute mother. Kerik rose from cop to Giuliani’s correction commissioner in the late 1990s. From there, he became police commissioner and later went to work in Iraq rebuilding the country’s police force. Then came the failed Homeland Security nomination. Democrats who opposed the nomination focused on Kerik’s recent windfall from exercising stock options in a stun-gun company that did business with the department. His take: $6.2 million. Days after President George W. Bush introduced Kerik as his nominee, Kerik announced he was withdrawing his name because of tax issues involving his former nanny. But by then, state investigators were already aware of the expensive renovations done to his Bronx apartment in 1999, including built-in cabinets and a rotunda with a marble entryway. They alleged the work was paid for by Mafia-connected builders who sought his help winning city contracts. Giuliani was forced to testify before a state grand jury in a case that resulted in Kerik pleading guilty last year to accepting illegal gifts while on the city payroll.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Several calls to Kerik’s lawyer, Kenneth Breen, were not immediately returned. Authorities have alleged that Kerik took tens of thousands of dollars in services from benefactors and never reported it as income. Earlier this year, he rejected a plea deal, and his attorney insisted he had done nothing wrong. An indictment is the latest chapter of a downfall that began within days of Kerik’s nomination in 2004 to head the Department of Homeland Security. At the time, he was billed by the former mayor as a no-nonsense, self-made lawman who helped restore calm following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. A federal indictment of Kerik could complicate matters for Giuliani as the first presidential primaries draw near. The ex-mayor frequently says that he made a mistake in recommending Kerik to be Homeland Security chief, but that might not be enough to avoid the political damage of a drawn-out criminal case involving his one-time protege. NEW YORK – A federal grand jury has indicted Bernard Kerik, the former New York City police commissioner under former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, on corruption charges, a person close to the investigation said Thursday. The charges include mail and wire fraud, tax fraud, making false statements on a bank application, making false statements for a U.S. government position and theft of honest services, the person said. The theft charge essentially accuses a government employee of abusing his position and defrauding the public. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the indictment was sealed and wasn’t expected to be unsealed until Kerik’s arraignment today.
19 June 2012 South African Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Elizabeth Thabethe arrived in the Democratic Republic of the Congo town of Lubumbashi on Tuesday for the second leg of an Investment and Trade Initiative (ITI) that began in Kinshasa last week. The ITI is part of the Department of Trade and Industry’s export and investment promotion strategy, that focuses on targeted high-growth markets, with the objective of creating investment and export opportunities for South African companies and promoting South Africa as a trade and investment destination. “We are looking forward to fruitful engagements between the Congolese and the South African government and business leaders during the three days of our stay in Lubumbashi,” said Thabethe, who is accompanied by more than 60 South African businesspeople on the two-legged visit. Thabethe said the first leg of the visit was a great success. “The huge number of businesspeople who attended the seminar and exhibition last Thursday showed there is a greater hunger and enthusiasm from the Congolese businesspeople to do business with South Africa.” Thabethe hoped that business people in Lubumbashi, which has been described as the commercial capital of the DRC, would come in their numbers to discuss possible deals and joint ventures with their South African counterparts. Thabethe was due to deliver a keynote address at a business seminar hosted by the department at the Grand Karavia Hotel on Tuesday, before opening an exhibition of South African products and services. The exhibition was due to be followed by business-to-business meetings. On Wednesday, Thabethe is expected to address a gala dinner where top South African artists, Kwela Tebza and Ringo, will entertain guests, before returning home on Thursday. Source: BuaNews
26 August 2013 Deputy Trade and Industry Minister Elizabeth Thabethe is in Mozambique this week with a delegation of South African business people taking part in the Feira Internacional De Maputo (Facim). The Maputo trade fair draws around 50 000 visitors and exhibitors from around the world every year. It runs from Monday through to Sunday. The South African National Pavilion at the fair aims to showcase South Africa’s trade and investment potential while attracting potential buyers, distributors and agents for the participating companies. According Thabethe, relations between South Africa and Mozambique are very close, underpinned by growing ties in trade, investment tourism, migration and security. The two countries signed a memorandum of understanding on economic co-operation in 2005. In 2012, exports from South Africa to Mozambique stood at R18.9-billion while South Africa’s imports from Mozambique stood at R10.4-billion. South African sectors targeted for the Maputo trade fair include agriculture and agro-processing, mining and capital equipment, electro-technical equipment, automotive components, security equipment and protective gear, and boat-building. SAinfo reporter
Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry Frank Landman What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Frank is a freelance journalist who has worked in various editorial capacities for over 10 years. He covers trends in technology as they relate to business. Some of the technology we now use on a daily basis would seem unreasonably futuristic to someone living 20 years ago. IoT devices are becoming plentiful, with almost any electronic device or appliance now offering an internet connection and a host of onboard features, and the average person can access practically all the world’s information with a miniature computer that fits in their pocket.When you think about that impressive cycle of technological development, it’s not hard to imagine a future where cyborgs—human/machine hybrids previously exclusive to the realm of science fiction—walk among us. But what if those cyborgs are already here?What Is a Cyborg?Let’s start by defining what we mean when we use the term “cyborg.” Different people will use the term in different contexts, but in general, we use the term to describe a being that uses both organic and technological systems to operate. The name itself is a portmanteau of “cybernetic” and “organism.”Depictions of cyborgs in pop culture usually have telltale signs indicating their nature; for example, the Borgs in Star Trek are shown with wires sprouting from their bodies and electronics embedded within their bodies, and the DC comics superhero Cyborg has a body made mostly of metal. However, a cyborg need not be so obvious. If we can agree the term “cyborg” applies to any organic being that relies at least partially on technological components, the relationship doesn’t need to be 50/50, nor does it need to be visually obvious. Instead, almost any instance of a human being relying on some kind of technology consistently could be described as cyborg-like.The Case for Modern CyborgsWhy would someone argue that today’s humans are cyborgs, even though most of us look nothing like our sci-fi counterparts?It comes down to how we use our technology. Imagine a hypothetical scenario where you have a computer embedded in your brain. This computer has access to the internet and can give you the answer to any question answerable on the web, all internally. Just by thinking it, you can look up the name of an actor you remember from an old movie, or refresh your memory on the lyrics to your favorite song. Because you’re accessing knowledge that exists outside your brain, and you’re relying on an embedded technological construct, most people would consider this an example of a cyborg.But here’s the thing—we’re practically already doing this. Most of us have a smartphone on us at all times, and if we have a question that needs answered, we automatically begin entering it into a search engine, or if we’re home, we’ll simply ask the smart speaker we have conveniently nearby. What’s the difference between our dependency on technology being external or internal? If the interface is somehow internal and subjective, existing only in our minds, is that somehow fundamentally different than having a device at our fingertips?Here’s another example to consider. Imagine you have an LED screen embedded in your arm. It gives you a heads-up display (HUD) that helps you understand your current surroundings, and can even help you navigate to your next destination. Most people would also consider this a cyborg-like upgrade—yet wouldn’t consider constantly relying on a GPS device to be a cyborg-like upgrade. Both scenarios offer human beings the same improved access to information, both are optional, and both are constantly available.Add to that the rising trend of technology as a kind of fashionable accessory. Metallic enhancements like grillz are becoming more commonplace, and wearable tech like smart watches are seeing sales in record numbers. People are slowing starting to integrate tech with their own bodies, rather than simply carrying it around with them (which would have been more than enough to qualify us as cyborgs).Then again, most of us have an intuitive sense for what “counts” as part of us and what doesn’t. We count our hands and feet as part of our own bodies, and our own identity, but we don’t count the tablet because that exists outside of us. One could argue that until the technology is impossible to remove (such as a surgically implanted device), or otherwise overcomes this intuitive hurdle, we shouldn’t consider ourselves to be cyborgs.Perhaps more importantly, why does this debate matter in the first place? We rely on technology to go about our daily lives regardless of whether you call us cyborgs or not, so what impact could this discussion possibly have?EthicsDetermining whether or not we’re cyborgs and evaluating what it means to be a cyborg is important for setting ethical and legal standards for the next generation. For example, right now, consumers and political groups are becoming increasingly aware of how their data is being used, and are fighting for more transparency from the companies collecting and using these data. Corporate leaders argue that their products and services are purely optional, and if customers aren’t willing to give up their personal data, they can choose not to use those services. But if we’re considered cyborgs, it means technology is a fundamental part of us—and a practical necessity for living in the modern world. At that point, a cyborg would have less of a choice than a typical human being in which tech services they use, and would, therefore, need greater protections.It’s also important to consider the distinctions between cyborgs and conventional human beings now, while the technology is still in its infancy. Once we start developing cybernetic limbs that are more powerful than human limbs, we’re going to face much tougher questions. Should enhanced individuals be allowed to participate in the Olympic games? Should they be given restrictions on how to use those enhanced limbs? Should they be offered greater protections? There aren’t any clear answers to these questions, but that’s the point. Considering precise definitions and ethical dilemmas isn’t going to help us once we’re deep into a new era; the time is now to start ironing out these problems and developing new tech responsibly.AcceptanceIt’s also important to start easing people into the idea of being a cyborg. Intuitively, the majority of the population would probably agree that becoming a cyborg would be “creepy” or strange. They don’t like the idea of giving up any part of their identity—especially if that part makes them uniquely human. They might resist installing a brain-computer interface (BCI) based on the idea that they want their mind to be independent and wholly organic.This, by itself, isn’t necessarily a problem, but it could lead to technological stagnation, or widened gaps among the population. For example, if 10 percent of the population gains access to a BCI that multiplies their cognitive potential many times over, it wouldn’t take long for them to outproduce, out-earn, and otherwise dominate their technologically lagging contemporaries. Warming people up to the idea that they’re already cyborgs—and that newer enhancements wouldn’t compromise their sense of self and identity any more than existing devices and technology—could help decrease this gap, and help us roll out important new technologies faster.On some level, the argument is pedantic. The term “cyborg” doesn’t and possibly can’t have a formal, precise definition since there’s such a gray area in how we use technology. But we’re developing a world that’s about to be defined by technology, and if we can’t accurately assess and define our relationship with that technology, we’re never going to be able to harness it properly, let alone use it responsibly.Regardless of how you feel, there’s enough of an argument that humans are already cyborgs that technologists are already adopting the position—and that alone warrants a closer look, and an open mind to the possibilities. Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Follow the Puck
Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding AFP official booed out of forum Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netDespite winners its five straight games, Magnolia is keeping its feet on the ground knowing that there are tougher foes ahead.Mark Barroca said that has been the key for the Hotshots as they now sit atop of the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup standings at 6-1 midway through the eliminations.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers “We’re just positive. We’re not complacent with what we have right now because we know we need to keep on pushing,” he said after Magnolia escaping a tough challenge from Blackwater, 78-72, on Friday.Barroca knows that this string of wins may blind Magnolia from its bigger goal, something which the team is trying to address as it keeps its focus on the bigger picture.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We’re 6-1 now, but it still means nothing. Whatever we accomplish, if we lose in the end, it will all go to waste. So we want to keep on pushing until we get to where we want to go, which is to gain a (twice-to-beat) advantage (in the quarterfinals),” he said.But one of this conference’s top dogs await the Hotshots when they stake their five-game winning streak against three-time champion San Miguel on Sunday — a game which Barroca regards as a barometer on how far the team could go this season. Tiu delivers hammer as Rain or Shine subdues Meralco Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “We’ll see how far we can go in this game against them. We all know San Miguel is really strong, and we’ll just give our best,” he said of the battle between the top two teams so far.“Our team has been together for so long and I believe we’re already hungry. Hopefully, we’ll get that chance to get to our goal and win against them.” Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting MOST READ Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH View comments
Just after he signed a five-year deal at Camp Nou, Umtiti has now turned his head to Russia and the performance of the France international team there.Samuel Umtiti is now relaxed as he has already done everything he can for the near future – he is a part of the France team, he just signed a five-year contract extension with Barcelona, despite being linked with a move to Manchester United earlier this season, and is now in a relaxed mood.Winning the La Liga and Copa del Rey with the Catalan side, Umtiti will certainly play a key part in France’s participation in the tournament in Russia.Barca’s Umtiti out for weeks with broken bone George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti has been ruled out for up to six weeks with a broken bone in his foot.Last week, Samuel Umtiti withdrew from…“Since my extension, I feel light, I can concentrate only on the field. I had already gone through that [transfers] in the European Championships. It was better to do so [in this way],” Umtiti said, according to Goal.“In this team, there are quite a few young players but some with experience. We must not force leadership. What makes the strength of this group is unity,” Umtiti added, addressing the international team.“We must play seriously but without pressure. We’re looking for landmarks, automatism. This is the purpose of the preparation.”