Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant has sold his oceanfront Malibu, Calif. home for $12.15 million, below the original $13.495 million asking price.Click here if viewing from a mobile device.The property was originally listed two months ago, before Durant ruptured his right Achilles tendon in the NBA Finals.The stunning four-bedroom, six-bath multi-level home spans 5,136 square feet. It features disappearing walls of glass with a cove view, an exercise loft, spa and media room among many …
KANATA, Ontario — The Sharks over the last few games — even though they didn’t always get the result they wanted — could usually say afterward that there were at least a positives they could build on going forward.Then they arrived at the Canadian Tire Centre on Sunday and it appeared they had learned almost nothing at all.The Sharks fell behind by two goals late in the first period and never fully recovered in a dismal 5-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators, the team that was thought to be the most …
13 March 2013South Africa’s olive industry has enjoyed a recent growth spurt and has the potential to expand even further following a 50% slowdown in Spanish production, says Pam Golding Properties manager in the Karoo region, Wayne Rubidge.“In fact, olive farming is one of the fastest growing activities in South Africa’s agricultural sector,” Rubidge said in a statement.Demand from foreign markets is causing an upward swing in production due to low European production and the quality of South African olive oil;import tariffs are also expected to boost local olive oil production.“About 68% of South Africa’s olive consumption comes from mostly inferior European products, and with the general world shortage, the olive index is up by a massive 50%,” he said.The country generally has small olive oil consumption patterns, despite its long tradition of olive growing. According to Rubidge, the country’s first olives were produced by Jan van Riebeeck at Boschheuwel in 1661, with the first commercial olives seen about 200 years later.“In contrast to traditional olive oil consuming countries, where per capita consumption of olive oil ranges between 12 to 36 litres, the average South African consumes a mere 80 millilitres – 0.08 litres – per annum,” he said.“This highlights the tremendous opportunity for growth and expansion in this country.”The primary olive producing areas in South Africa are in the Karoo region of the Western Cape, which boasts favourable conditions and climate for olive growing with winter rainfall and a dry summer.The interests of the country’s olive growers, olive oil producers, table olive producers and olive tree nurseries are represented by the South African Olive Industry Association.“The total South African consumption is approximately 65-million, of which local production is currently less than 32%,” Rubidge said.“Local production is solely extra virgin at present [and] local production of table olives is estimated at 3 000 tonnes per annum while 2 000 tonnes are imported annually – 40%.“Considering these statistics, there is no doubt that this farming sector offers significant potential for growth,” he said.SAinfo reporter
20 August 2013 Decisive leadership, a framework agreement for the mining sector, and the adoption of the National Development Plan have helped South Africa maintain a strong reputation in Africa and abroad following last year’s Marikana tragedy, says Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola. Briefing journalists in Pretoria on Monday, Matola said the country’s improved ratings around its financial discipline, education and human development, had also contributed to the world’s perception of the country as a preferred destination for investors. On Friday, South Africa commemorated the first anniversary of the Marikana tragedy, in which 44 people lost their lives in strike-related unrest in the days leading up to and on 16 August 2012.Response to Marikana Matola said the the South African government’s response to the tragedy had contributed to the country’s sustained positive outlook. “I think what is important is the action that came out of that, and what was gratifying for us as South Africans was that in July, for example, [ratings agency] Moody’s indicated that they were encouraged by the kind of responses they were seeing, hence they affirmed our rating although still keeping it at a negative. “But I think the critical point is they affirmed the rating. [That] really speaks to some of the actions that have been taken by the government in terms of commitment to fiscal discipline, ensuring we bring down our debt-to-GDP ratios.” Matola said while the second half of 2012 and parts of 2013 had been testing, President Jacob Zuma’s prompt establishment of a judicial commission of inquiry into the Marikana tragedy, and Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe’s role in developing a framework agreement to ensure that the mining industry never faced a repeat of the tragedy, were good steps. While the commission of inquiry was still ongoing, the government, mining companies and labour unions – with the exception of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) – had signed a framework aimed at bringing stability to the sector.National Development Plan Matola said it was importantly that the National Development Plan (NDP) had been accepted as a policy blueprint and was being adopted by government departments as a guide for delivering on the government’s mandate. A policy blueprint for eliminating poverty and reducing inequality in South Africa by 2030, the NDP identifies the key constraints to faster growth and presents a roadmap to a more inclusive economy that will address the country’s socio-economic imbalances. Matola said that, having massively boosted its image by hosting a successful 2010 Fifa World Cup, South Africa’s next “world cup” should be the implementation of the NDP. He noted that on top of an increased investment in skills and education, South Africa had, according to recent studies and surveys, improved in terms of rankings when it came to education, doing business and confidence in its banking sector. South Africa maintained its 36th position out of 50 nations under review in the 2012 Anholt-GfK Roper Nation Brands Index, an annual survey which measures the international perceptions of various developing and developed countries across the world. “If you look at the Nation Brand Index … we remained 36 out of 50 countries, and largely those are developed economies,” Matola said. “That is a year when two-thirds of the economies declined in terms of their brands, and I think that says a lot about this country.” SAnews.gov.za, with additional reporting by SAinfo
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Anglers are being asked to participate in a new online survey that will be delivered this spring. Approximately 25,000 randomly selected Ohio Fishing License holders will receive an email invitation from The Ohio State University requesting their participation in the survey that covers fishing-related topics, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).Many people frequently ask ODNR Division of Wildlife employees and legislators about how many anglers fish in Lake Erie. This survey is aimed at answering that question, as well as understanding how Ohio’s licensed anglers utilize other resources managed by the ODNR Division of Wildlife.Anglers that have recently fished Lake Erie will be asked a series of questions about walleye, yellow perch or black bass fishing to help determine what characteristics of these fisheries determine successful fishing trips. Fisheries biologists will use this information to determine management strategies for these important fisheries.The ODNR Division of Wildlife routinely partners with The Ohio State University to conduct research about Ohio’s fisheries. The results will help the division understand aquatic resource utilization patterns of Ohio’s anglers across the state.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Did you hear about the nominee for the federal judge position in DC who could not answer basic questions about trial law when he was quizzed by the Senate Committee? Let me preface this by saying I try to avoid partisan politics in this column. And this complies because a Republican nominee was grilled by a Republican senator. To be specific, the nominee was Matthew Spencer Peterson, currently a commissioner of the Federal Election Commission. The questions were posed by Louisiana Senator John Neely Kennedy. And these questions were so basic that any fan of Law and Order could have knocked them out of the park.Before the quiz began, Sen. Kennedy established that Matthew Spencer Peterson had never tried a case to verdict in a courtroom, never tried a jury trial (civil or criminal), never tried a bench trial, never tried anything in federal or state court and had never conducted a deposition by himself. In essence, Sen. Kennedy laid the foundation for the importance of the substantive questions that followed.Matthew Spencer Peterson could not answer the following questions that are clearly applicable to the daily duties of a federal judge. What is a motion in limine? What is the Daubert standard? What is the Younger Abstention Doctrine? What is the Pullman Abstention Doctrine?For the record, a motion in limine is a motion, discussed outside the presence of the jury, to request that certain testimony be excluded. The motion is decided by the judge in both civil and criminal proceedings. The name “in limine” is Latin for “on the threshold.”Some years back, I represented a farmer who was sued for nuisance before his contract barns were built. We spent years wrangling over this before the farmer prevailed. He is still raising hogs and turkeys, by the way. A crucial motion in limine in our case was to prevent the plaintiff’s witness, who was a general practitioner physician from Iowa, from testifying as an expert. She was not licensed to practice in Ohio and had never examined any Ohio patients. Furthermore, she had never done any research on hog lagoons or confinement buildings. We succeeded in blocking expert testimony from the doc.In federal law, the Daubert Standard is a rule of evidence regarding the admissibility of expert witnesses’ testimony regarding presentation of unqualified (often quasi-scientific) evidence. This is relevant in many agricultural cases because frequently farming techniques are criticized but the allegations lack scientific methodology and are excluded under Daubert.The Younger Abstention Doctrine established that except in limited circumstances, involving immediate injury, federal courts should not enjoin state criminal proceedings. This is based on federalism principles and the belief that federal courts should not interfere with state courts. In 2014, it was narrowly defined by the U.S. Supreme Court.The Pullman Abstention Doctrine holds that the federal court may abstain until the state law question can be resolved in state court. The purpose of Pullman is to avoid the unnecessary decision of unsettled questions of constitutional law.Abstention issues could arise in bankruptcy cases. Chapter 12 bankruptcy is dedicated to family farms. Here’s hoping none of us need that relief. And now you know more than a federal judicial nominee did about the topic.A Google search of Matthew Spencer Peterson establishes that he graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law. That is one of the finest law schools in the country. While there, he was a member of the Virginia Law Review. And that is a very big deal. He was then hired by Wiley Rein LLP in Washington, DC, a very prestigious large law firm that hires only the finest law school graduates.Matthew Spencer Peterson had to have known the answers to the questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee at some point or he would not have passed law school or the bar exam. Furthermore, all states require all practicing attorneys to complete significant hours of continuing legal education every year or two. Topics like motions in limine and abstention doctrines are frequent topics for CLE.The issue is that Matthew Spencer Peterson did not prepare himself for the hearing. It is no mystery what the duties of a federal judge are. He could have called any of them or stopped by a federal courthouse and observed. Or he could have just turned on the television. Especially since Matthew Spencer Peterson knew that his resume lacked the typical litigation experience, he should have anticipated the potential for an interrogation by the Senate Judiciary Committee. He currently works in government in DC; I would hope he knows how the system works.A standing committee of the American Bar Association found that four recent judicial nominees were not qualified. And Matthew Spencer Peterson was not one of them. I want to hear the other four answer the same questions. Please.Matthew Spencer Peterson withdrew his nomination. He plans to continue serving as a Commissioner for the Federal Election Commission, where he has been employed since 2008. He frequently joins to block enforcement of campaign finance laws.Democrats held the oval office for eight years. There have to be many qualified Republican lawyers waiting for the opportunity to be appointed to the judiciary. Here’s hoping that cream rises to the top.Can you imagine what would happen if the county fair had someone totally unqualified judge the steer show? A court room is really not much different. Except a federal judge, once appointed, serves for life. That can be a very long time.
At least five persons died and more than 20 were injured in a stampede at a temple in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas at 2.15 am on Friday.Thousands of people gathered at the Baba Lokenath temple at Kachua under the Basirhat police station on the occasion of Janmashtami. Amid long spells of overnight rains, people tried to enter the temple and a boundary wall in the compound collapsed triggering the stampede.Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee visited two hospitals in Kolkata where the injured were admitted to.“The accident is unfortunate and tragic. Occurred after heavy rain. I visited CNMC and SSKM hospitals to meet families of the deceased and the injured. Every death is a tragedy. But what we can do is to stand by the families in their moment of grief,” she tweeted.Ms. Banerjee told journalists that the accident had occurred when people tried to take shelter inside the temple because of the rain. She announced compensation to the families of the deceased and said medical expenses for the injured would be borne by the government. She also blamed the illegal makeshift shops that had come up around the temple for the congestion leading to the stampede.Three of the deceased were women. Except one man, all the deceased were elderly persons. The identity of an elderly man had not been ascertained so far. Aparna Sarkar and Tarun Mondal, both residents of Basirhat, were declared dead at the Calcutta National Medical College and Hospital while Poornima Gorai was declared dead at the R G Kar Medical College and Hospital. At the SSKM Hospital and Medical College Sonaika Das, a resident of Basirhat and the unidentified man were declared dead.Lakhs of devotees gather at the temple every year on this day to celebrate the birth anniversary of Baba Lokenath, an 18th century saint, who has followers in West Bengal and Bangladesh. State Food and Supplies Minister and district president of the Trinamool Congress Jyotipriyo Mullick said the temple authorities did not provide correct figures of the crowd to the district and police authorities. State BJP president Dilip Ghosh blamed the lack of proper planning and lack of infrastructure to deal with such a huge rush of pilgrims for the stampede.
Former CSA chief Ali Bacher has supported the country’s sports minister’s decision to ban Cricket South Africa and national federations for rugby, athletics and netball from hosting international events until they include 60 per cent Black South Africans in their teams.Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula on Monday made the announcement after receiving a report on “transformation” in South Africa’s five biggest sports: Rugby, cricket, soccer, athletics and netball. (South Africa banned from hosting cricket, rugby tournaments for ignoring blacks)Bacher, who spearheaded the return of the Proteas to the international cricketing fraternity after decades of isolation due to apartheid, said sports federations had long been warned that government would intervene if transformation did not take place.National squad for these sports have fielded few Black players despite the majority population being Black.’Black’ is defined by the South African government as including people of African, Indian, Coloured and Chinese descent who were denied opportunities in the apartheid era.Mbalula’s action is largely seen as punitive for sports bodies failing to include more Black players in sides despite repeated government pleas for transformation since the advent of the first democracy led by Nelson Mandela in 1994.On Monday, the minister said the federations controlling these four sports genres in the country had not met the required rate of transformation in their sports, banning them from bidding for or hosting major events until his decision comes under review next year.Cricket South Africa said it would be seeking clarity from Mbalula to determine where they have failed in their quest to transform.advertisementCSA communications manager Altaaf Kazi said they needed to review the contents of the report in order to understand where transformation targets set by the Ministry of Sport were not met before they could comment further.The ban though will have no immediate impact on international tournaments in South Africa, as CSA will not play host to any major tournaments during the current Future Tours Programme (FTP) ending in June 2019.CSA has not indicated intention of bidding for major events.(With inputs from PTI)
Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Industry Continue Reading Previous How to build seamless UIs and applications for the IoTNext Why every embedded software developer should care about the Toyota verdict Out of all the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) events that take place around the world each year, the Silicon Valley ESC boasts a certain je ne sais quoi .In addition to the fact that ESC Silicon Valley is co-located with the BIOMEDDevice show (you can’t get much more embedded than a device that’s implanted inside a human being), it also takes place in conjunction with the ACE (Annual Creativity in Electronics) Awards.(Source: UBM) In partnership with EE Times and EDN, the ACE Awards showcase the best of the best in today’s electronics industry, including the hottest new products, start-up companies, design teams, executives, and more.This is actually something of a sumptuous event — a bit like the engineering equivalent of the Oscars — including exuberant cheers from the winners and frustrated grimaces from the losers. Happily, a good time is had by all.(Source: UBM) Of course, no one knows who the winners are until the night. For each category, various companies are informed that they are finalists, but the ultimate victor remains a secret until the announcement is made on-stage.To the best of my knowledge, we’ve never had an Oscar-esque ‘Moonlight,’ not ‘La La Land’ blunder. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that we will maintain our unblemished record this year, because yours truly has been invited to present the Ultimate Products Awards. I will, of course, be dressed appropriately for the occasion — I will be sporting a formal [black and white] Hawaiian shirt (along with trousers, socks, and shoes, of course).The ACE Awards Ceremony is the place to be see and be seen. An individual ticket costs $199, or your company can reserve its very own ten-person table for $1,850.Will you be attending ESC Silicon Valley and/or the ACE Awards? If so, be sure to stop me and say “Hi.” I’ll be the one in the Hawaiian shirt. As always, all you have to do is shout “Max, Beer!” or “Max, Bacon!” to be assured of my undivided attention. Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.
point guard derryck thonton dukeJust one day after he met face-to-face with Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski, five-star Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep point guard Derryck Thornton has committed to the Blue Devils, according to ESPN’s Paul Biancardi. Breaking News. PG Derryck Thorton has told ESPN that he has made a verbal commitment to Duke. STORY http://t.co/cdlFzc6kM1— Paul Biancardi (@PaulBiancardi) April 21, 2015As Biancardi states, Thornton will reclassify to 2015 and enroll at Duke this summer. His decision fills a crucial void for the national champions, who didn’t have a true point guard on their roster following the departures of Quinn Cook and Tyus Jones. The 6-foot-2 Thornton will be expected to run the show for Krzyzewski’s squad, which is still in the running for a handful of 2015 recruits, including five-star wing Brandon Ingram. Despite the losses of Jones, Cook, Justise Winslow and Jahlil Okafor, Duke projects as a borderline top-10 team next season with Thornton, forward Chase Jeter, shooting guard Luke Kennard and Rice transfer Sean Obi joining a nucleus of returnees which includes starting forward Matt Jones, Final Four hero Grayson Allen and veteran big men Marshall Plumlee and Amile Jefferson.