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Asgi-SA boon to multinationals

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first_img14 March 2006Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says the interventions of the government’s Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative for South Africa (Asgi-SA) strategy will create a highly conducive environment for multinational companies to do business in the country.Speaking at the launch of IBM South Africa’s Integrated Delivery Centre in Johannesburg on Monday, Mlambo-Ngcuka said the role of Asgi-SA was to “listen to the challenges faced by government’s private partners and remove bottlenecks” so as to attract the foreign investment needed for the strategy’s 6% economic growth target to be reached.“Our challenge is to normalise the cost of doing business and address skills shortages,” she said.Mlambo-Ngcuka said the government would also invest in foreign languages and the skills required to increase the country’s economic growth in tourism, agriculture and call centres.She added that South Africa’s call centre sector, an Asgi-SA priority, had already created 5 000 jobs from foreign investment in recent years.She said the IBM centre complemented the country’s objectives of economic growth, and applauded the company in boosting the country’s infrastructure by developing critical technical skills and creating jobs.Expanded IBM call centreIBM, one of the world’s largest information technology companies, announced on Friday that it would that boost employment at its South African call centre by 900 people this year.The centre, which has been in operation for a year, already employs more than 500 people in providing professional IT services to customers from South Africa, Europe and the US.The company will invest R24-million over the next 12 months in training programmes to enhance the centre’s skills and expertise base. The money will come from an investment budget of about R300-million set aside for this year as part of the company’s contribution to economic transformation in the country.IBM South Africa chief executive Mark Harris said the expanded centre would provide “cross-functional support services” such as server installation, support, monitoring, and maintenance.“This will range from back office support, end-to-end service management, change and problem management, and help desk support in several languages including Dutch, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, German and English,” Harris said.“This project demonstrates IBM’s contribution to job creation, skills development and economic growth and is a landmark for IBM’s revolution as a globally integrated company,” Harris added.“It supports government’s objective of making South Africa a hub for global outsourcing business, and we view this investment in the professional knowledge and skills of our people as vital to the country’s growth.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Almost Insta-Famous! 4 Tips to Rocking Your Instagram

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first_imgRelated Posts See Also: 6 Effective Ways to Get More Instagram Followers First—your account isn’t set to private, right? Because no one outside of your followers is going to see your photos otherwise. Go public! Second, your bio is the first thing people will see, so write one that’s both concise and which shows off a little personality. You want to upload your very best images onto your profile. It’s tempting to provide your audience with a shot-by-shot rehash of last night’s concert, but it’s likely you’ll provoke more annoyance than intrigue. Choose instead one well-composed, well-lit shot, a photo with clean lines and great proportions. Users want to see beautiful photos in their Instagram feed, so it’s important to make sure the images you are uploading are some of your best when it comes to definition, exposure, and composition.Pay attention to what’s working and what’s not. Did that picture of your newly-bought mug not attract much attention, which the shot of your dog taking a bath got an exceptional number of likes? Take note of such trends and try to discern patterns in how people respond to your photos. Weeding out the unnecessary and the ill-received will help shape your Instagram profile into one that others look forward to seeing.Also, remember that other users enjoy having a voyeuristic peek into your world, so opt for more lifestyle and personal photos rather than the mundane and observational. 2. Timing is Everything Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… See Also: Top 10 Most Popular Tags on Instagram A tag on your photo is the one link your little image has to the rest of the Insta-verse. The right hashtags can give your photo exposure, leaving it open to discovery. Tagging a picture with an appropriate hashtag lets your upload sit at the popular table … uh, feed.The Top 10 hashtags on Instagram haven’t changed much since ReadWrite last checked into them, but think twice before adopting them. Hashtagging with #love, #cute, or #girl will just cast your photo into a pool teeming with hundreds of millions of others—literally—featuring the same tag. The trick here is to hit that sweet, sweet hashtag spot of just the right specificity. So be creative and think about which tag would be the perfect fit for your image’s audience. Perhaps it is the genre of food you are eating, or the new city you are visiting—nothing too general, but nothing too obscure either.Remember when we said too many spammed photos makes for sad, uninterested followers? The same goes for your tags. You might be trying to cast a wide net by including a dozen hashtags, but have your main viewership—your followers, in mind. Keep it light! One to three hashtags are perfect, five at the most. Don’t be that bundling hashtag guy or gal. 4. Be Social!You can’t just sit there and expect to make friends, can you? By following other users, liking, and commenting on photos, you can bet on getting some of that love back. Find friends through Instagram’s explore function, but also view suggested users and invite your non-Instagramming friends to join in the fun as well. Utilize your social media community, and repost Instagram photos to your other social networks to maximize their reach. This ReadWrite infographic shows that Instagram photos flow easily into other various social networking platforms. But the majority of Instagram users aren’t connecting their account to outside networks and thus aren’t making the best possible use of social media. Connect your Instagram to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Foursquare, and Flickr, and share your photos across these platforms to see your number of followers blossom. Friends on these third-party sharing sites will be able to take note of your account name and then like and share your photos across these platforms as well. And that’s it! Once you hit it big, don’t forget to Instagram your updates when the paparazzi start camping outside of your house. Images courtesy of stephanieellenchan, meoclock, graffitihousela The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos stephanie ellen chancenter_img See Also: When Is The Best Time To Post on Instagram? Check Statigr.am’s Optimization tab to see your best time to post photos. Statigr.am collects your Instagram data and provides charts to show content and engagement analyses. Your best bet on a timely released photo is hitting your followers when their activity and interaction are buzzing. My community’s engagement takes a spike on Mondays at 6pm, and again on Fridays at 6pm and 11pm. Comments usually trail off about 12 hours after uploading a photo.3. Tag. It. Up. Do you ever stare longingly at the front of Instagram’s Explore page and think, “In what world can I get that many likes?” With 130 million monthly users as of 2013, the sheer scale of the photo-sharing service makes the idea of boosting your standing in the Insta-World somewhat daunting.Luckily, there are some tried-and-true steps guaranteed to getting you those few extra comments and followers—or, failing that, to at least ensure that your friends will definitely see that amazing brunch you had this morning.Despite all the gratuitous #selfie or #me tags, Instagram isn’t entirely about narcissism. Instagram as a whole is a giant exercise in which people aim to connect with each other via photos—good ones, bad ones, posed ones, artistic ones, seemingly self-absorbed ones, you name it. It’s normalizing and democratizing for people to embrace the app’s boxy uniformity and express their spontaneity and in-the-momentness. So forgive yourself for that string of selfies—you were just trying on new identities for the Internet!But we could all be doing it better. Here are 4 tips on how to rock the hell out of your Instagram.1. Your Best Content: It’s Instagram, Not Instaspam Tags:#hashtags#Instagram#tips Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

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#KicksStalker: George dedicates 2nd shoe to up-and-comers

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first_imgPaul George has now become a legitimate superstar in the NBA but he began his career as a role player for the Indiana Pacers.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH LATEST STORIES NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police 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 MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “I’m more excited for those guys to get a chance to wear them and be in them and help them with their careers. At the end of the day that’s what I want.”George debuted the PG2 in an exclusive “PlayStation” colorway in the Thunder’s 148-124 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers wherein he put up 36 points and grabbed seven rebounds.The PG2 “PlayStation,” which will release on Feb. 10 on Nike.com, is a testament to one of George’s most loved passions—gaming.“I just had a knack for video games,” said George. “As soon as I discovered PlayStation, I was throwing hints here and there to my dad—cutting out the clipping of a video game, cutting out clippings of the PlayStation, leaving it on his dresser.”“I remember on Christmas morning, I unwrapped my gift and sure enough it was the PS2. I’ve been a PlayStation guy ever since.”ADVERTISEMENT George’s new signature isn’t only an homage to his love of gaming, but also a mirror of his lockdown play on the defensive end.Tony Hardman, the designer of both the PG1 and PG2, took away the strap that provides added lockdown on the forefoot and switched it with what he calls “dynamic wings.”Another piece of Nike technology on the forefoot is the 10-millimeter Zoom unit that gives added cushion and propulsion in the region. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Federer advances to Australian Open semifinal against Chung He used his sheer will and determination from averaging just 7.8 points in his rookie year to constant 20-point scorer in his eighth season and this hard work ultimately paid off for George as he is now considered as one of the best two-way players in the NBA.And with that notoriety came prestige in the form of his second signature shoe, the PG2.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFor George, his signature sneaker is not just for him, but also for those players who are now starting a name for themselves.“I’m really excited, more so again for the performance that it’s going to give guys that follow me and are trying to get a chance to get to the NBA,” said George in a press release from Nike. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Sachin Tendulkar not yet satisfied with career

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first_imgSachin Tendulkar has almost every batting record there is to be made, but the iconic Indian cricketer says he is still not satisfied with his career as he considers satisfaction the beginning of stagnation. “When you win something or score a century you say you are happy, but not satisfied. Satisfaction is like engaging the handbrake and hoping a car moves forward,” Tendulkar said in the latest issue of Sky Sports Magazine.”I am not satisfied yet with my career and what I have done, not at all. I feel the moment you start to feel satisfied, then it is only natural that you begin to cool down and lose it,” he explained. Tendulkar reiterated that he is not even thinking of retirement despite completing more than two decades in international cricket.”I still love cricket as much as ever. It is my job, but it is also my passion. Cricket remains in my heart, I don’t need anything else to motivate me. I dreamt of playing for my country when I was young and it is still my dream, it is still fun for me,” the 38-year-old right-hander said. “Life without cricket is unthinkable,” he added. Tendulkar attributed his longevity and recent success to a stricter fitness regime, not playing Twenty20 Internationals and bowling only sparingly.”I am still learning about the game. I figure something out about my batting all the time, you have to keep your mind open. I learn all the time, those small adjustments, with your footwork or bat swing can improve your game, I love doing that. You never know everything. Mentally that makes you feel so good. That is the best form of preparation,” Tendulkar said.advertisementRecalling India’s recent World Cup triumph after a gap of 28 years, Tendulkar said when the defining moment of his career finally arrived, he wasn’t in the middle of the field wielding his bat, nor was he even on the balcony watching his teammates. Instead, he was on his own in the dressing room, his hands clasped together, his eyes closed as he prayed in silence.He only knew India had won the World Cup when he heard that cathartic roar reverberate around the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai as his captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni hit the winning runs against Sri Lanka. Tendulkar described the experience as a different kind of feeling, “A high like living on a different planet, it felt as though I was flying.”For all his personal records – and he boasts the most Test runs and Test centuries, and the most One-Day runs and One-Day centuries – Tendulkar wanted something tangible, a trophy to lift, a medal to wear, and to win something as part of an Indian team. Tendulkar had played in the previous five World Cups, but had fallen short each time. The experience left him feeling shattered beyond words. His fellow players too lauded the way Tendulkar has sustained himself at the top level. “It has been fascinating watching the changes in his approach,” said teammate Rahul Dravid.”From being a master blaster, he is now a mistakeproof batsman. While he can’t control his body ageing, Tendulkar has increasingly sought to exert more control over his mind. You have to be still in your mind, and keep it blank. It is also important to avoid any needless anger,” he said. “Growing up, I picked up a lot from my father, who never lost his temper, and I tried to follow that, so I don’t lose my cool.”last_img read more

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Davis Cup: The curious case of Rafael Nadal’s pull out

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first_imgA wave of mixed emotions swept the DLTA courts in Delhi around 3:40 pm on Friday as news came out of Rafael Nadal’s pull out from the opening match of the Davis Cup World group play-off tie vs India’s Ramkumar Ramanathan. The reason officially was an upset stomach or a ‘Delhi belly’.Thousands of fans who had queued up to watch the 14-time grand slam champion were notably disappointed. At the same time, fans felt Ramanathan might just have a better chance against Feliciano Lopez, who replaced Nadal. But post his win, Lopez stunned the media saying there was never such a tummy bug!In his post match press conference, Lopez told the media that they had known all week that he might play instead of Rafa as he had been struggling with his wrist, which had also forced him to withdraw from the French Open earlier this year. (Advantage Spain as Ferrer outclasses Saketh Myneni)”Rafa was not 100 per cent sure if he will be able to play the first match. We spoke about me playing the match last night. While Rafa tried to see if he can play till late before the match, I was always prepared to play.” Lopez said. Lopez defeated Ramanathan 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 to give Spain 1-0 lead over India.Lopez added that Nadal might well play the doubles or on the last day on Sunday depending on how he feels. “It is nothing serious. He didn’t have any stomach bug. He was playing in the US Open with the same wrist issue. It is getting better and better but still it is sometimes painful,” he added.advertisementITF confirmed to India Today that the official reason given to their neutral doctor was ‘gastroenteritis’ which is medical term for an upset stomach. They also seemed clueless as to why Lopez said something completely contrary to the official reason given. (Feliciano Lopez beats Ramkumar Ramanathan as Spain take lead )Spain team captain Conchita Martinez tried to do damage control after David Ferrer’s straight sets win over Saketh Myneni in the second singles match of the day.”After practice in the afternoon, Rafa was feeling a little bit of a stomach ache. Given the conditions are hot and humid, we didn’t want to risk anything and therefore I spoke to the team and decided that we will make a switch.” One wonders then how Lopez had no clue about the bug.Asked about the wrist which Lopez mentioned categorically as the reason, Conchita said that the wrist issue they had known about all along. “He had been practicing all week and looked very good. So the wrist wasn’t the issue. It was the stomach bug that was the main reason for pullout.”last_img read more

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10 months agoMourinho insists he’s as enthusiastic as ever about Man Utd job

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first_imgMourinho insists he’s as enthusiastic as ever about Man Utd jobby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Jose Mourinho insists he’s as enthusiastic as ever about the potential of his team.United are a long way from where Mourinho wants to be. But he insists although his stars sometimes don’t appear capable of following his orders it’s not making him dispirited.“I’m not frustrated because my work is to give . What I demand from players is for the players to give everything they have and I only demand things that I can give myself.“So what I ask the players to do that’s what I do. You have to work hard, you have to work on your limits. That’s my job. It’s not about me complaining or moaning.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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A Michigan State Fan Created A 14-Minute Hype Video To Celebrate The Mark Dantonio Era

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first_imgMark Dantonio excited for the teams recent win.mark dantonio hype videoSince taking over at Michigan State back in 2007, Mark Dantonio has led the Spartans to a 75-31 record (45-19 in conference), including four seasons with at least 11 wins. He’s also won the Big Ten title (2013) and posted victories in the Outback Bowl, the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, the Rose Bowl and the Cotton Bowl. MSU has finished the season ranked No. 3 and No. 5, respectively, over the past two years.Wednesday, a Michigan State fan who goes by MSUAndyHRCMB put together an incredible 14-minute hype video that pays homage to the Dantonio era. It’s titled “Big Stick.” It’s been going viral among MSU supporters.Michigan State kicks off its 2015 campaign at Western Michigan on Friday night.last_img

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Philadelphia Eagles Riley Cooper Gets into Fight with Teammate

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It doesn’t seem things are back to normal for Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper. The player who uttered a racial slur on camera earlier in the summer, recently got into two brawls with his teammate cornerback Cary Williams on Thursday morning in practice.The wide receiver made national headlines early in training camp when a video clip hit the web showing him using the N-word during a conflict with a black sercurity guard at a June concert. At the time it happened, Williams was one of several African-Americans on the team who spoke up about what Riley said on the video.According to ESPN, the fight started when Williams was covering Cooper in a non-contact drill. The two locked up and threw fists until they were separated by cornerback Brandon Boykin.Cooper reportedely walked away from the fight and Williams pursued him after dramatically throwing his helmet to the ground. Quarterback Michael Vick grabbed Williams to calm him down. read more

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Schmeichel has shown class says Giggs

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first_imgRyan Giggs says Kasper Schmeichel showed class after the tragic death of club owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha outside the King Power Stadium last month.Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel witnessed the crash and was close to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, and Giggs is full of praise for how he has dealt with the news considering his relationship with the late owner.Schmeichel together with the Leicester City squad traveled to Thailand last week to attend Srivaddhanaprabha’s funeral in Bangkok.“I’ve known Kasper since he was a baby,” Giggs told Sky Sports.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“He showed what class he’s got over the last few weeks and it’s obviously affected him deeply.“There was a lot of respect for the owner and it’s difficult. It’s horrendous what happened, not only for the Leicester players but everyone in football.”Ryan Giggs and Kasper Schmeichel will be opponents at the Cardiff City Stadium on Friday when Wales face Denmark in the UEFA Nations League.last_img read more

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Pellegrini expects Jack Wilshere to be available in February

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first_imgWest Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini has revealed he expects Jack Wilshere to be back to full fitness In February.There was speculation the former Arsenal midfielder would miss the rest of the season, with the Hammers struggling to get to the bottom of his latest ankle injury.The 27-year-old missed has missed the last few months after requiring minor surgery on his left ankle, and following a brief appearance as a substitute against Newcastle the England international felt pain in his right ankle.Wilshere has been resting his ankle ever since, missing nine more games, and he will be absent again on Saturday when West Ham travel to Bournemouth.declan rice, england, West ham UnitedReport: England’s Rice gets death threats George Patchias – September 9, 2019 England International Declan Rice has received death threats.Rice a one time Ireland International, switched allegiances only this year. The West Ham United man played for…But Pellegrini revealed the England international, whose career has been hampered by injury, is close to beginning his latest comeback.“He is continuing with his six weeks of rest about his ankle,” Pellegrini said according to Sky Sports.“He is in treatment and I hope that next week maybe he can start doing some running on the treadmill.”“He will be ready at the beginning of February.”last_img read more

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