Sidney Crosby named MVP as Metropolitan Division wins NHL All-Star Game tournament

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSAN JOSE — Sidney Crosby will never be considered a fan favorite inside the walls of SAP Center, not after he hoisted the Stanley Cup on the arena’s ice surface less than three years ago when the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Sharks in six games for hockey’s holy grail.Saturday, he was given another award in front of thousands of fans in teal, a new car, as he was named the NHL All-Star Game’s Most Valuable Player for …last_img read more

Alcan’s Coega plans take shape

first_img23 May 2007Canadian aluminium company Alcan has given its strongest indication yet that it will build the proposed US$2.7-billion smelter in the Coega industrial development zone outside Port Elizabeth by selecting an executive to oversee the project.According to Business Report, Alcan has already selected a chief executive officer and has advertised for a number of other key posts as it prepares to construct the aluminium smelter in South Africa.Alcan spokesperson Robert Valdmanis told Business Report this week that the group would announce the appointment of the chief executive “within the month,” adding that he or she was a “person of international quality who knows South Africa well”.In a reassuring sign, Valdmanis also told Business Report that American-based Alcoa’s bid to take Alcan over would have no impact on the firm’s plans for Coega. “We are moving forward . we are definitely committed to the project,” Valdmanis said.He also told the paper that Alcan had narrowed the companies bidding for the Coega engineering study down to two, with the winner to be announced by the middle of the year.According to Business Report, the engineering study for Alcan’s smelter is expected to be complete by mid-2008, with construction starting later in the year and the first metal being rolled out by 2010.Alcan signed a 25-year power supply contract with state-owned electricity company Eskom in November 2006. The smelter project will be the first to benefit from a development electricity pricing programme specifically designed to attract major industrial investors to South Africa.Speaking at the time of the signing, Alcan’s Hal Spencer said the Coega smelter was likely to reach production levels of 720 000 tons of aluminium a year by 2014, making it one of the largest in the world.The project is expected to create about 6 000 new jobs in the construction phase and 1 000 jobs once the smelter starts operating.The South African government has spent in the region of R7.5-billion developing the industrial development zone and deepwater port at Coega, making it the single biggest infrastructure project in the country’s history.Alcan, as an anchor tenant for the zone, will be making a substantial contribution to the smelter: the company wants to retain between 25% and 40% of the equity of the project and seek partners for the balance.State-owned finance institution the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) will also inject a huge amount of capital into the project, reportedly through taking up a 15% stake in the smelter, as well as providing up to $100-million in debt finance.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Wits to host inaugural Digital Africa Festival

first_imgProfessor Barry Dwolatzky, the director of the Joburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE) at Wits and a co-founder of the festival, says: “It is where digital hardware meets digital software and digital content where the sweet spot lies for us to make our mark. There is huge room for us to innovate and do great things to change the world.” (Image: Barry Dwolatzky)• Samantha WattCommunication ConsultantWatt Communications+27 11 425 6290samantha@wattcommunications.co.za• New technology hub for Braamfontein • Digital drum boosts computer literacy• South African women on Forbes Africa tech list • E-manuals brighten South African classrooms • IPTV heading to South AfricaDigital technology is expected to play a major role in “Africa’s Century”; in recognition of this, the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) will host its inaugural Fak’ugesi: Digital Africa Festival, from 11 August to mid-September.The festival will showcase all things digital. Organisers say it will bolster the significant synthesis between technology, art and critical thinking within the digital technology domain. If Africa wants to succeed in the digital sphere, it needs to play a key role going forward within the digital space. It needs to become a source of digital technology as opposed to being simply a consumer. By doing this, Africa, South Africa and Johannesburg will be able to establish themselves as leaders and innovators in the digital technology space.Professor Barry Dwolatzky, the director of the Joburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE) at Wits and a co-founder of the festival, says: “It is where digital hardware meets digital software and digital content where the sweet spot lies for us to make our mark. There is huge room for us to innovate and do great things to change the world.”He cites the Internet of Things (IoT) as a prime example of something that is going to happen. We need to look at how this concept will help solve Africa’s unique problems. Africa needs to become innovators and face the issues head on, doing cutting edge stuff and becoming drivers and inventors of digital technology, he opines. The IoT refers to uniquely identifiable objects and their virtual representations in an internet-like structure.Digital technology and the “Rise of Africa” are two major forces shaping the 21st century, Dwolatzky says. “If Africa is to achieve its expected economic prominence, Africans will need to become major innovators and developers of digital technology. It lies at the heart of the ways in which we manage our lives and run our companies, cities and countries.”It will need to be used to educate and empower the continent’s more than a billion citizens and is at the heart of the Fak’ugesi: Digital Africa Festival. “Fak’ugesi” is isiZulu street slang for “switch on the electricity” or “shine more light”. Dwolatzky elaborates: “As a name for the festival, the phrase emphasises the energy and excitement of the forces of Africa and digital technology, which the festival will draw upon and magnify.”Digital gatewaySituated in the heart of Africa’s most dynamic and important metropolitan area, Dwolatzky says that Wits has a critical role to play in shaping the continent’s future. “The Fak’ugesi: Digital Africa Festival is an umbrella event, aimed at co-ordinating and curating a number of standalone conferences, exhibitions, workshops, short courses and other activities that will promote the fusion of creative and technical development of digital culture in Africa.”Strongly positioning Wits as the digital gateway between Africa and the rest of the world, the festival is expected to act as a focus for the wide range of research and innovation already taking place at Wits. “The festival will attract students, researchers and entrepreneurs with an interest in digital technology throughout Africa. Each event will turn the spotlight on some aspect of digital technology including software, hardware, networks, digital content, games, etc.”It will mainly take place on the JCSE’s new Tshimologong Precinct, as well as make use of venues on Wit’s East and West campuses, as well as in the fashionable inner city areas of Braamfontein, Maboneng Precinct and 44 Stanley Avenue.The programmeSeveral headlines events have been confirmed:● Agile Africa 2014: A major conference on software development methods, this will follow up on the very successful inaugural event held in Braamfontein in August 2013.● A Maze/Johannesburg 2014: An indie-games and digital arts festival, this is expected to attract games developers and digital artists from Europe and Africa. The festival has been run annually since 2012 in Braamfontein in partnership with the organisers of Berlin’s A Maze Festival.● Cascade: Cascade is a collaborative multi-disciplinary project that will champion digital content development through a series of workshops and activities. The event will be led by Onedotzero, an experiential arts organisation with over 16 years’ experience in curating and producing cultural events and content for brands and agencies. Cascade will be supported by the British Council.● Process Improvement Africa: This is a one-day conference focusing on the role that process and process improvement plays in helping ICT organisations deliver high quality products and services in a predictable and repeatable manner. The conference will showcase models and methods such as CMMI, ITIL, TSP and AGILE.● Maker Event: 3-D printing, laser cutters and other rapid prototyping tools are revolutionising hardware innovation. Maker Spaces give innovators the freedom to explore solutions in the hardware world as easily as software developers do in the world of bits and bytes. The Maker Event will provide an opportunity for makers to collaborate, learn and teach.● Unyazi Festival of Electronic Music: The only African festival dedicated to the latest developments in electronic and electro-acoustic music, it was launched at Wits in 2005. This year the festival, in partnership with NewMusicSA, will feature innovative and exploratory music from African and the rest of the world.● Social Media Week: A bi-annual event that takes place in over 14 cities around the world, the week celebrates the best in innovation, creativity and technology. The goal of each event is to provide the best information, ideas and inspiration to help people understand how to achieve more in a hyper-connected world. Social Media Week started in New York in 2009 and has since grown to become a leading media platform and worldwide event with local presence and global reach across all five continents. This September, DigiSense will produce the first-ever Social Media Week Johannesburg. There will be a line-up of panels, question and answer sessions, keynote addresses, master classes and more, each focusing on a different facet of the growing influence and endless possibilities of digital technology and social media.last_img read more

Spotify Puts New Caps on Free Music (and Knows You’ll Hate It)

first_img9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… European upstart music service Spotify just announced that it is putting new limits on its millions of free account holders. “[I]t’s vital that we continue offering an on-demand free service to you and millions more like you,” the company said in its announcement, “but to make that possible we have to put some limits in place going forward.”CNet’s Greg Sandoval reported yesterday that some new limits were coming, based on unnamed but clearly well-informed sources. Free account holders today are able to listen to up to 20 hours of music on-demand, song by song and album by album, each month. The new limits will allow 20 hours for the first 6 months of any user’s new account. After 6 months, free listening will be cut down to 10 hours. That means 20 minutes on average, every day of the month, for free. That’s still generous, as far as I’m concerned.The company will offer free 30 day trials of unlimited listening for the month of May. Here in the United States, Spotify is generally unavailable.Spotify is a joy to use and free account holders are sure to be unhappy about the changes (maybe they should help pay the bills at the company and be happy for the service).Spotify head of communications Jim Butcher Tweeted just hours before the announcement was made that his gumshield (like a mouth protector for boxers) was in. Spotify UI designer Tobias Ahlin said just after the news went public: “This is a day when I’ll be a sad panda and you’ll try to hit me with sticks.” Spotify Chief Product Officer Gustav Söderström : “Very tough day today…”Good luck guys, and thanks for all the music. marshall kirkpatrick 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Tags:#music#news#web center_img 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Related Posts 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe Applast_img read more

Ford to debut autonomous Fusion Hybrid at CES 2017

first_imgFor Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Tags:#Autonomous car#CES2017#driverless#featured#Ford#Fusion Hybrid#Self-Driving#top David Curry Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle…center_img IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… Ford will debut the next generation Fusion Hybrid, the company’s first autonomous vehicle, at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2017 in Las Vegas.The automotive giant has a roadmap to launch the autonomous car by 2021, but will start to preview the vehicle at events throughout 2017. CES will be the first event, followed by the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), also taking place in January.The Readwrite team got a demo of the autonomous Fusion at Ford’s R&D facility last September:Ford has updated the autonomous Fusion Hybrid with more processing power and improved the sensor placement. The LIDAR sensor design has been refined, with an enhanced field of view.The improvements have allowed Ford to reduce the amount of car sensors, while still maintaining the same effectiveness. This could reduce the overall costs of manufacturing the Fusion Hybrid, when it finally hits the market in four years.See also: A pre-CES view of the autonomous vehicle marketFord has not set a price for the Fusion Hybrid, but plans to launch a self-driving fleet in several major cities across the United States in 2021. The fleet will come alongside a ride-hailing app, which will compete with Uber and Lyft.The automotive giant entered the autonomous car race late, but has made a few big moves to ensure it doesn’t fall too far behind. It recently doubled the size of its development team at Silicon Valley, invested in 40 startups, and signed a long ranging deal with BlackBerry.It has yet to make a multi-million dollar move for a self-driving startup, like its rival General Motors, but most of the other moves have been made. The hard part now is catching up to companies like Tesla, Uber, and Google, who have self-driving vehicles on the road today. Related Posts last_img read more

WATCH: Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather meet again at Lakers courtside

first_imgGrace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants In a video posted by Pacquiao, he can be seen going over to Mayweather and shaking his hand before the two exchanged smiles.WATCH: Manny Pacquiao gets visit from Floyd Mayweather in locker ahead of fightThe Filipino boxing champion got a visit from Mayweather at his locker room on Sunday just before his welterweight defense.Earlier this month, the boxing rivals also met at Staples Center for Clippers’ Filipino Heritage Night.These meetings have only fueled the rumors that another megabout between the two rivals is happening soon.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Pacquiao had said that he is willing to fight Mayweather if the American boxer comes out of retirement.READ: Manny Pacquiao willing to fight Floyd Mayweather anew if he comes out of retirementBut when ambushed by Showtime’s Jim Gray from ringside after Pacquiao’s victory, Mayweather did not bat an eyelash when asked if he wanted to square off again against Pacquiao.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Rockets trading Carmelo Anthony to Chicago, but Bulls have no plans to play him Days after Pacquiao’s unanimous decision conquest of Adrien Broner in Las Vegas, where Mayweather was also in attendance, the two legendary fighters met again, this time at courtside at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga towncenter_img Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsMANILA, Philippines–The chance encounters between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. are not yet over.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again02:42PH 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 MOST READ LATEST STORIES ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertelast_img read more

BW Catcher FPSO Produces First Oil

first_imgzoom The first oil from the BW Catcher floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) unit was produced on December 23, 2017, operator of FPSO units BW Offshore informed.The initial hydrocarbon volumes were produced following a hook-up and commissioning period.The FPSO arrived at the Premier Oil-operated Catcher field, offshore UK, on October 18, after it departed Keppel Shipyard in Singapore in late August and made a brief stopover at Nigg.“The Catcher development project is nearing completion on time… We are very pleased with the effective hook-up and commissioning, which reflects extensive preparations through-out the construction phase and a well-planned offshore installation program,” Carl K. Arnet, the CEO of BW Offshore, commented.BW Catcher is owned and operated by BW Offshore and will commence a seven-year fixed term contract, with extension options of up to 18 years. The Catcher field partnership is made up of Premier Oil (50%), Cairn Energy (20%), MOL Group (20%) and Dyas (10%).The unit has an oil storage capacity of 650,000 barrels and a processing capacity of up to 60,000 barrels per day. The FPSO has a design life of 20 years of uninterrupted operations.last_img read more

Oppal says he wont resign from inquiry

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe man picked to chair a public inquiry into how police investigated the Robert Pickton case is responding to calls for his resignation.Wally Oppal was a former attorney general for British Columbia.Critics say he’s too close to the provincial government to be considered impartial and should resign.They say Oppal has previously rejected having an inquiry and often defended the actions of police.last_img

First hundred days for National City Mayor

first_img KUSI Newsroom Posted: June 4, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, First hundred days for National City Mayor June 4, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Mayor Sotelo-Solis stopped by KUSI News to talk about all things National City.According to Sotelo-Solis, she was first being elected in 2008, ten years later Alejandra become the first Latina Mayor of National City.Regionally, she serves on the SANDAG, Sweetwater Authority and MTS Board. last_img read more

Ode To Reverb 8 Examples Of Delightful Decay

first_img Ode To Reverb: 8 Examples Of Delightful Decay Email Ode To Reverb: 8 Classic Examples ode-reverb-8-examples-delightful-decay Facebook Twitter News A look at some of the finest uses of one of music’s most powerful studio effects: reverb Nate HertweckGRAMMYs Oct 19, 2017 – 5:12 pm Reverb on a song is a lot like salt on a meal: The right amount can make it exponentially better, but add too much and it’s ruined. So which songs offer the best examples of the perfect pinch of reverb? The LANDR Journal recently rounded up their list of eight songs that belong in the “reverb hall of fame.”The selections cover a wide range of eras and genres, but in each instance, the mixing engineer struck the right balance of utility and style. For the former, reverb gives each sound a certain sonic space and can help organize disparate elements by placing certain instruments closer up or farther back in the mix. For the latter, style, reverb can be heavily manipulated and experimented with to create a signature sound.Such is the case with perhaps the most famous example on LANDR’s list, Led Zeppelin’s 1971 classic “When The Levee Breaks” from Led Zeppelin IV. John Bonham’s drums for this song were famously recorded in the hallway of a three-story staircase with microphones placed all the way at the top of the stairwell, giving the drums a massive sound that engineers have referenced (and tried to duplicate) ever since.Other notables on the list include Phil Collins’ signature use of gated reverb in his 1981 hit “In The Air Tonight,” and more recent examples like Grimes’ ethereally angelic vocal sound on 2010’s “Venus In Fleurs” and inventive artist/producer Blake Mills’ convincing and tasteful room sounds on his 2014 instrumental “Shed Your Head.”The next time you’re working on a song and need to choose a tracking room or reach for your favorite DAW plug-in, Lexicon 480L or EMT-250, remember to use reverb responsibly but don’t be afraid to experiment.Read More: Kanye West To The Beatles: 5 Expensive Albums By GRAMMY WinnersRead morelast_img read more