Whether it was going to be in St. Louis or in Queens, there was only one answer as to who was going to pitch the Giants’ 163rd game of the season.It did not take any grilling of Bruce Bochy after Sunday’s win over the Dodgers. Nothing close to it, really.Once the final out was recorded at AT&T Park and Vin Scully called the final moments of his distinguished career, two things became clear as crystal.It’s postseason time. It’s Madison Bumgarner time. The postseason is where the …
This past weekend in the NFL featured multiple close games that came down to late-game heroics (Patriots over Texans), controversial calls (Lions game-winning TD called back after replay), and even a few surprising upsets (Bills over Broncos, Jaguars over Ravens).A total of eight games were decided by a touchdown or less. It was by far the most exciting weekend of NFL football this season. And nobody was talking about it.Instead, the sports media was set ablaze by multiple NFL players and …
A magnificent sunset from the Buffalo Ridge pool deck. Africa’s famous Big Five are a highlight at Buffalo Ridge.(Image: Madikwe Collection) MEDIA CONTACTS • Theresa GibbonPR, the Madikwe Collection+27 82 820 8437 RELATED ARTICLES • Game park facelift to boost tourism • Get close to the wild at Mosetlha • Tourism to cash in on 2010 boom • Kruger’s animal populations growing • Saving the land with ecotourismChris ThurmanSituated in the expansive Madikwe game reserve, just three hours north-west of Johannesburg, Buffalo Ridge is a luxurious lodge that can accommodate up to 16 guests – but what sets it apart from other five star lodges is that it is owned entirely by the Balete people of Lekgophung, who live near the Botswana border.For many high end leisure travellers to or in South Africa, the phrases “community-owned” and “community-run” have been known to set red lights flashing and alarm bells ringing.A brief township tour, the novelty of an overnight stay in a rural B&B or the quaint produce on offer at a craft market add to the experience – but if you want to travel in style, stay in luxury and enjoy the best of the best, private commercial service providers are a safer bet.That, at least, is the orthodox, albeit unspoken wisdom in the tourism industry.It speaks to various assumptions about what is meant by experiencing a country. For people from Western countries travelling in the developing world, this leaves two implicit options: either you can really interact with the citizens and try to live as the locals do – which equates to slumming it – or you can enjoy your creature comforts, in which case you’ll be prevented from engaging with their authentic way of life.In mixed economies such as South Africa, affluent domestic tourists who want to see other parts of their own country seem to face the same dilemma. Those with the means to travel from, say, Cape Town or Johannesburg and spend a holiday in a game reserve are no more likely to have substantial contact with their poorer compatriots than visitors from England, America, Germany or Japan.Coommunity upliftment – not just a clichéWhile there is general consensus over the need to change structural inequalities in South African society – “empowerment” and “upliftment” have become clichéd words – attempts to restore both dignity and economic muscle to historically disenfranchised communities have met with mixed success.Perhaps it’s not surprising, then, that describing an enterprise as community-owned and community-run often results in raised eyebrows and dubious expressions, and that it can be, to put it bluntly, a turn-off for prospective customers.There is a cure for such scepticism, however: Buffalo Ridge. Each of the lodge’s eight chalets is beautifully appointed, and the main building commands a staggering view over the Madikwe plains. The lodge boasts all of the perks one might expect of a five star bush establishment: private game drives, plenty of good food and wine, effusive warmth from the staff.Buffalo Ridge was the first such establishment to be entirely community owned, and although it is no longer unique, it is still highly unusual. Buffalo Ridge is leased to and managed by the Madikwe Collection, a portfolio of lodges spread across the 75 000ha reserve. Madikwe Collection founders Carl Trieloff and William Stephens have demonstrated both financial and ecological savvy in expanding the company.In addition to Buffalo Ridge, the collection includes another wholly community-owned establishment, Thakadu River Camp, and private investors and communal owners alike follow the environmental models that have been applied throughout the reserve. The story of Madikwe, like so many of South Africa’s game parks, is one of patient and passionate implementation of conservation programmes.Through the decades-long Operation Phoenix, the area was restored from over-grazed cattle farming terrain to a self-sustaining wilderness area. Combining the twin appeals of being malaria-free and offering Big Five game viewing, Madikwe is a highly prized destination for those who can afford it.Certainly, a stay there is not cheap.Supporting fair trade in tourismBut patrons of Buffalo Hills, Thakadu River Camp and Tuningi Safari Lodge – which has also been certified by Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa (FTTSA) – are reassured that the money they spend will have a positive ripple effect in the local economy.And, in the case of the Balete of Buffalo Ridge, that doesn’t mean only a few individuals; it means training and employment for dozens of staff at the lodge and, equally importantly, it means the development of infrastructure in Lekgophung and surrounds.FTTSA stipulates that certified businesses meet the following criteria: fair wages and working conditions; fair operations, purchasing and distribution of benefits; ethical business practice; and respect for human rights, culture and the environment.While this doesn’t seem to be the kind of thing one associates with the excitement of game drives, the luxury of lazing by a pool overlooking pristine bushveld, or the privilege of drinking and dining under starry skies, it is possible for tourists to be self-indulgent and to support community development at the same time.
markhachman Microprocessor vendors have begun moving away from describing their chips with the sort of nerdy “speeds and feeds” metrics that have dominated computing for few decades. It’s part of a dramatic sea change in how PCs, tablets and smartphones are evaluated, bought and sold.In fact, the notion of computer “performance” is being completely redefined. Instead of chip vendors worrying about tweaking their processor and graphics performance to eke out a few more frames per second on the latest games, they’re worrying about how to make trackpads more responsive and how to make a laptop start up faster after being shut down.Tablets and phones are equally dependent on microprocessors, but they’ve never really been sold on the basis of chip benchmarks – or even what chips are in them!A New Look At PowerThis week, Intel hosted thousands of developers at its Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, discussing everything from software-defined radios to touch and voice control to the evolution of the data center. And – oh yes – there was “Haswell,” Intel’s fourth-generation of what it calls the Core chips for desktop PCs.Normally, the Haswell presentation would have been packed with roadmap slides, celebrations of clock speeds, a picture of the processor die and the “wafer shot,” where an Intel executive would triumphantly hold aloft the first circular wafer containing the bare processor dice. A year ago, Intel touted a level-3 cache, memory and string performance enhancements, and a dedicated random number generator within its new “Ivy Bridge” chips (the third-generation Core chips, out now).Forget that. This week, Intel’s technical braggadocio boiled down to offering the same performance as Ivy Bridge, at half the power. There were no clock speeds, no cache sizes or instruction accelerators. Instead, Intel executives positioned Haswell as the foundation, not the focus. “Delivering a processor is not enough; at the end of the day, it’s about the software,” said Dadi Perlmutter, the head of Intel’s chip group.Redefining PerformanceA few blocks away, executives at AMD were saying similar things. There, Leslie Sobon, AMD’s corporate vice-president of marketing and head of product, quickly flipped through a presentation on the company’s APUs (accelerated processing units), which integrate a microprocessor with graphics processing. Instead, she was eager to talk about how much of the world, with the exception of the U.S., Japan, and Germany, is moving away from worrying about whether or not a chip runs at 2.8GHz or 2.9GHz.“Low power – that’s good performance,” Sobon said. “Good battery life – that’s now considered performance.” At the same time, also in San Francisco, Apple was launching its iPhone 5. And what do we know of its processor, the A6 – except that it’s better than than the A5 iPhone 4S? Very little, according to Apple, the new A6 promises “up to” two times the CPU and graphics performance; the A6 is 22% smaller than the A5; and the battery life of the new iPhone is slightly better than the battery life of the 4S (how much of that is due to changes in the battery is unclear#). Not a hard spec to be seen.Designing For Consumers, Not EngineersA key reason for the change is the attempt to market devices in ways that are meaningful to consumers. When everyone was running productivity software on PCs – there were common benchmarks that did a decent job of explaining how fast a machine would perform common tasks.Today, there are so many different applications running on so many different platforms, that most benchmarks don’t make much sense anymore. (The possible exception – PCs for gamers, who have very specific needs around graphic peformance.)So it’s a new world in the computer market, described in the more abstract language of “experiences,” rather than in bar charts and graphs.“I think that people’s performance expectations are different than what the computer market is selling,” said Mike Feibus, principal analyst at TechKnowledge Strategies. “And they were slapped in the face with this with the iPad in 2010. This is how people perceive performance: if [the system] comes up right away, if things move quickly.”Basically, the message is this: chip clock speed doesn’t matter. Power usage matters. How fast a computer boots up matters. The responsiveness of a user’s touchpad matters. For the majority of users, just about any computer can run all the software that a user needs at an adequate performance level. That’s “good-enough” computing, and it’s evolved from the desktop to find a home on all kinds of devices.“That’s not to say raw [processor] performance isn’t important; it still is,” Feibus said, especially with applications like photo editing or voice recognition. But the industry needs new ways to sell the traditional “good, better, best” comparison, he said.This goes beyond mere marketing. Intel internally believes that the company may have hit a plateau in processing needs, which means that its engineers have no choice but to focus on lowering power and other aspects of the computing experience. The company’s internal market researchers have produced data that shows potential customers will start to issue poorer ratings to a notebook whose trackpad’s latency, or “lag,” goes beyond 250 milliseconds, a source at the company said.So Intel has rethought its design approach. “For a long time, we worked from the inside out,” the Intel source said. “We developed the best [microprocessor] engine we could and said, here you go. We don’t know what you’re going to do with it, but go party. Now, we recognize that if you don’t work from the outside in – if you’re not thinking about experience from, well, the first moment, you’re setting yourself up to, well, possibly to fail.”Fortunately for chip makers, the same forces that pushed them to faster and faster clock speeds also help them lower power consumption. That would be the famous Moore’s Law, which technically states that the number of transistors on a given chip doubles about every 18 months. In reality, Moore’s Law gives chip designers a range of choices: improve the chip’s computational performance, lower the power, or some combination of the two.Burying “Intel Inside”Intel made that shift a couple of years ago, rebranding its Core line into the Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 lines. And then there’s the Atom, an X86 chip that can fit inside smartphones, tablets or netbooks. But Intel’s “i” designations still hide a great degree of variation between the individual processors within each family. Years ago, PC makers trumpeted exactly what chip was powering each PC, even going so far as to disclose details like the memory speed. The race to 1-gigahertz chips was a major event. With today’s ultrabooks and tablets hardware makers seem reluctant to divulge details beyond just the processor family.Buyers still have to know the difference between an x86 chip and an ARM processor, although the line is blurring with the launch of Windows RT, which runs on the cheaper, lower-power ARM chips, and Windows 8, which uses x86 silicon. But it’s increasingly doubtful that consumers will give a hoot about the differences between a dual-core Core i5 3470-T and a quad-core i5 3330.Device makers seem perfectly happy about that. Phone and tablet makers instead choose to focus on qualities like screen size, talk time, battery life and operating system. And even PC builders are following suit. Two years ago AMD’s “Fusion” program, Sobon’s brainchild, pulled off the AMD-branded stickers attached to most PCs and let the manufacturer sell the product. This week, at an behind-the-scenes look at one big PC maker’s Windows 8 tablets and ultrabooks, there were no “Intel Inside” stickers to be seen.The Future Of Chips?What does this mean for the future? At this point, we just don’t know. PC manufacturers are reluctant to talk about how they plan to price or market their new products before launch.But one thing seems clear: “Intel Inside” may not go away entirely, but it’s likely to get harder and harder to find out which processor powers the a particular product. A decade ago, PC buyers bought the best collection of parts. Now, the new era of tablets, ultrabooks and convertibles is making individual components – including processors and their specs – increasingly irrelevant.After all, if chip vendors don’t want to talk in terms of gigahertz, who does? 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Keen to get into Delhi University through the sports quota? Then waiting till the announcement of the second cut-off list, as advised by university counsellors, may not be the best idea.Though the DU Information Bulletin clearly states that for admission under the sports and extra-curricular activities (ECA) categories, students should “contact individual colleges from the date of announcement of the second cut-off”, some colleges have been selling forms for the sports quota right from the first week of June.Lady Shri Ram College, Dyal Singh College and Gargi College are three institutions that Mail Today verified are currently selling forms. Dyal Singh College and Gargi College will close sale on June 21, the day the second cut-off list is announced.Shreya Kaicker, a DU aspirant, was lucky to discover this on time.”I was pretty relaxed thinking that I don’t have to do anything till June 21. But when I started browsing the websites of different colleges, I realised that some were already selling forms,” she said.Meera Ramachandran, Gargi College principal, said: “Our forms for ECA and sports have been available on the college website since June 1, but we will continue submission till the morning of the trials, which will be held on June 22.”Dyal Singh College has uploaded a new admission notice on its website that clearly states: “Pre-admission forms for admission under ECA and Sports categories are available in the college office from June 10 to June 21 between 10 am and 1 pm on working days on the payment of Rs 20 per form.”advertisementLady Shri Ram College, too, has been doing the same since June 8 and will end sale on June 22.”I am not aware if Dyal Singh, LSR and Gargi have begun issuing forms for the Sports quota, but yes, our advice to all the colleges was to start sale only after the announcement of the second list. I will write to these colleges to find out if it really is so,” J.M. Khurana, dean, students’ welfare, said.This advisory, however, seems to have been misinterpreted by colleges. According to Dyal Singh College principal I.S. Bakshi, the institute wasn’t flouting any rule by selling forms before June 21.”The university advisory says the admission process should begin after the second list. Our sports trials will be held only after June 21, so I don’t see what the problem is,” he said.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.
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zoomImage Courtesy: BW Group The shareholders of Hafnia Tankers have given the green light to the company’s proposed merger with BW Tankers, part of BW Group.The voting was held at last week’s extraordinary general meeting of the Denmark-based shipping company, held on Thursday, January 10.Under the merger agreement, signed in December 2018, BW Tankers intends to acquire Hafnia’s assets and liabilities, contracts, rights and obligations.It is proposed that Hafnia and BW Tankers Corp., a Marshall Island subsidiary of BW Tankers, shall merge under the laws of the Marshall Islands, with BW Tankers being the surviving entity.The shareholders of Hafnia will receive consideration for their Hafnia shares in the form of common shares of BW Tankers Limited.The merger agreement follows BW Group’s acquisition of an additional 36.3 pct stake in Hafnia Tankers back in July 2018, bringing the company’s total ownership stake in Hafnia to 43.5 pct.Hafnia said that the completion of the merger is expected to take place in January 2019, subject to certain conditions being fulfilled.The combined company will be one of the largest pure-play product tanker businesses in the world with a fleet of 86 vessels, including newbuilds and excluding sale and leaseback vessels.
The Real Madrid captain believes his team controlled the second half but missed the “finishing touch that we’ve had in other games”On Saturday, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid drew 0-0 after a fierce display by both teams.But for Los Merengues’ captain Sergio Ramos, the team is not performing as well as it should in the Spanish La Liga tournament.“We knew the importance of these three points to take advantage of Barcelona slipping up. The draw feels disappointing after the great job we’ve done,” Ramos told Goal.“In the first half Atletico pushed higher, but in the second we controlled the game and just missed the finishing touch that we’ve had in other games. We have to look forward now.”Quiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“You always have to have the utmost respect for the opponent because in these games mistakes are decisive, so it’s better to be careful and not pay the price,” he added.“The team dug in well, controlled the game and dominated, but we’ve not been successful in front of goal and we’ve dropped points.”Solo nos ha faltado un poco de acierto para llevarnos una victoria que hemos buscado hasta el final. ¡Gracias, afición, esto sigue!#HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/3VjOQXhKX8— Sergio Ramos (@SergioRamos) September 29, 2018
EXTENDED FORECAST: (FOR THE NEXT TWO DAYS) THAT SURFACE TROUGH AND LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM IS EXPECTED TO SLOWLY DRIFT EAST TO OVER THE SOUTHEASTERN ISLANDS THROUGH THURSDAY Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 14, 2017 – Nassau – THIS IS A PUBLIC FORECAST FOR TODAY AND TONIGHT TUESDAY 14TH NOVEMBER 2017 ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY AT 6AMGENERAL SITUATION: A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM ALONG WITH A BROAD LOW TO MID LEVEL TROUGH EXTENDING FROM CUBA TO ACROSS THE CENTRAL BAHAMAS CONTINUES TO STREAM DEEP TROPICAL MOISTURE INTO THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS THROUGH TONIGHT AND THE TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS.SPECIAL WARNINGS: MARINERS AND BEACHGOERS SHOULD EXERCISE CAUTION DUE TO HIGH RISK OF DANGEROUS RIP CURRENTS AND ROUGH SURF ALONG NORTHERN AND EASTERN SHORELINES. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp FORECASTER: S. MATHER /C.G.Photo: Turks and Caicos Islands SUNRISE: 6:26 AM SUNSET: 5:22 PMMOONSET: 3:19 PM MOONRISE: 3:49AM WEDLOW TIDE: 10:50 AM & 11:06PMHIGH TIDE: 4:49 PM & 5:22AM WED TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK: Showers and thunderstorms have increased a little during the past several hours in association with a low pressure system located about 400 miles south-southwest of the Azores. Additional development of this system is Possible, and it could become a subtropical cyclone during the next couple of days before upper-level winds become unfavorable. Regardless of development, this low is expected to produce winds to near gale force during the next day or two while it moves slowly northeastward. Formation chance through 5 days is medium 50 percent. This does not pose a threat to our area. ALL AREASWEATHER: VARIABLE CLOUDY AND BREEZY WITH PASSING SCATTERED SHOWERS AND POSSIBLE ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS IN THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS …..MOSTLY CLOUDY TO OVERCAST SKIES WITH WIDELY SCATTERED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS, SOME OF WHICH MAY BECOME HEAVY TO SEVERE AT TIMES IN THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS THROUGH TONIGHT.ADVISORY: SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN THE NORTHWEST AND CENTRAL BAHAMAS AND SMALL CRAFT CAUTION IN THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS.WINDS: NORTHEAST TO EAST AT 15 TO 25 KNOTS IN THE NORTHWEST AND CENTRAL BAHAMAS AND EASTERLY AT 15 TO 20 KNOTS IN THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS. WINDS GUSTY AT TIMES OVER ALL AREAS.SEAS:5 TO 8 FEET OVER THE OCEAN IN THE NORTHWEST AND CENTRAL BAHAMAS AND 4 TO 6 FEET IN THE SOUTHEASTERN ISLANDS…..LIGHT TO MODERATE NORTHEASTERLY TO EASTERLY SWELLS OVER THE OPEN ATLANTIC WATERS. FORECAST FOR THURSDAYWEATHER: PARTLY CLOUDY AND WARM WITH SCATTERED SHOWERS OVER THE EXTREME NORTHWEST AND SOUTHEASTERN ISLANDS INCLUDING THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS.WINDS: NORTHEAST TO EAST 15 TO 20 KNOTS IN THE NORTHWEST AND CENTRAL BAHAMAS, 10 TO 15 KNOTS IN THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS.SEAS: 4 TO 6 FEET IN THE NORTHWEST AND CENTRAL BAHAMAS, 2 TO 4 FEET IN THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS DAYTIME HIGH TEMPERATURE 85 °F 29 °COVERNIGHT LOW TEMPERATURE 72 °F 22 °C FORECAST FOR WEDNESDAYWEATHER: VARIABLY CLOUDY TO MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH SCATTERED SHOWERS MAINLY OVER THE SOUTHEASTERN ISLANDSWINDS: NORTHEASTERLY 15 TO 25 KNOTS IN THE NORTHWEST AND CENTRAL BAHAMAS AND SOUTHWESTERLY AT 15 TO 20 KNOTS BUT OCCASIONALLY FALLING TO LIGHT IN THE SOUTHEASTERN ISLANDSSEAS: 5 TO 8 FEET IN THE NORTHWEST AND CENTRAL BAHAMAS AND 4 TO 6 FEET IN THE SOUTHEASTERN ISLANDS Related Items: