Athletics set records in rout of Houston Astros

first_imgHOUSTON — Matt Olson thought about it for a few seconds, what it meant to flip a 15-0 loss Monday into a 21-7 win against powerhouse-division-rival Houston Astros on Tuesday night.Extreme score flips call for extreme language.“It’s awesome to respond to… there’s no other way to put it, an a**-kicking yesterday,” Olson said. “To be able to kind of come back after what happened yesterday, we always know we can compete against these guys. To do it in the fashion we did was nice.”The win came in …last_img read more

New district hospital opens in Soweto

first_img2 May 2014 Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi officially opened the R730-million, 300-bed Zola-Jabulani District Hospital in Soweto on Wednesday, saying the new facility would help to ease the load on Soweto’s Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital. The new hospital will provide accident and emergency services, maternity and post-natal care, as well as gynaecology, obstetrics, radiology, outpatient and pharmaceutical services. It has three theatres for minor operations such as caesarean sections and appendectomies. So far, 921 professionals have been appointed to the hospital, including 26 doctors, 451 nurses and 148 admin staff, and R49.7-million has been spent on medical equipment for the facility. The hospital will mainly service the northern and western communities of Soweto, including Dobsonville, Emdeni, Meadowlands, Moletsane, Mofolo, Zola and Jabulani. Speaking at Wednesday’s opening, Motsoaledi noted that Chris Hani Baragwanath had 2 888 beds, far above the World Health Organisation’s recommendation. He said a hospital with over 1 200 beds was difficult to manage. He said South Africa’s population was growing at a rapid rate, with major implications for its health care facilities. “The solution is to build more hospitals,” he said, adding that in his opinion two more hospitals were needed in Soweto. Referring to the Health Standard Compliance Office, Motsoaledi said inspectors would visit the new hospital to check issues like infection control, the attitude of staff towards patients, cleanliness and waiting times for patients. Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane apologised to the community for the long time it took to open the hospital. “When we came into office in 2009, we committed ourselves to give Soweto the best.” Premier Mokonyane urged the community to look after the new infrastructure. “Let’s treasure this place,” she said. Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

Study shows cities getting smarter in 2017, but data use gets dumber

first_imgSurveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … Tags:#IDC#Internet of Things#IoT#open data#Smart Cities In its 2017 predictions, International Data Corp. (IDC) sees smart city activity and open data projects accelerating, though urban leaders will remain poorly equipped to harness the new data potential.The market research firm recently released its report IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Smart Cities 2017 Predictions.Smart cities are expected to begin churning out staggering amounts of data from connected infrastructure and widely proliferating Internet of Things (IoT) technology.However, IDC sees that by 2017 a shocking 75% of global cities will fail to take full advantage of this wealth of smart city data and related digital assets.IDC says the data disconnect is largely due to a talent vacuum, with city personnel lacking critical project management, process and change management skills.On the positive side IDC sees a trend towards increased maturity in smart city digitization efforts. By 2019 it predicts that nations with 50% of mid- to large-sized cities with high levels of smart city maturity will be more successful in country digitization initiatives.Seeing a future in open data projectsIDC also saw positive developments on the horizon for smart city open data projects. It predicts that by 2019 50% of open data projects will evolve both monetized and free data services. Cities will drive these data services as they experiment with new data revenue models in their efforts to justify open data investments.“The awareness of the potential of Smart Cities has grown exponentially over the past year. States, provinces, counties, cities, and national governments realize that they can positively alter the lives of millions of urban residents with the technology and data-driven opportunities digital transformation provides,” said global director of IDC’s Smart Cities Strategies Ruthbea Yesner Clarke.“This transformation is not without challenges, as a broad ecosystems of partners must work together to implement complex initiatives, and this will affect the entire program life cycle from policies and regulation to worker training and process improvements,” she added. How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi…center_img Donal Power Related Posts For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In…last_img read more

Is Your “Why” Helping Your Clients

first_imgI attended an event last week, and the subject was social media marketing and personal branding. As the representatives of the host company shared their frameworks around messaging, a branding person immediately asked the question, “Where is the ‘why’?” He went straight to the idea that a brand is built on some big idea, some big “why?”Inevitably, someone mentioned Steve Jobs, “Put a dent in the Universe” quote, which defies any explanation or quantification (it was just Jobs being Jobs). Sinek’s explanation is far better.In marketing, the “why” is overplayed.It’s Not About YouI know that explaining your “why” is better than showing your prospective client a deck that starts with your logo, moves onto the ultra-compelling content that is your company history, followed by your locations, your board members, and the logos of the clients you serve. Your values are certainly more compelling then a lot of what’s in your deck.That said, are you trying to create a preference for you, your solution, and your company? If so, you demonstrate you are someone worth doing business with when you begin the conversation about what your prospective client wants.Mind-share Precedes Wallet ShareWhen I speak to companies about Level 4 Value Creation, I ask them to share their marketing material with me. The vast majority of their material is about their company, their products or services, features and benefits, and technical specs. This content is devoid of any real insight or values. It’s Level 1.A smaller amount of their marketing material is Level 2. It speaks to the experience of the client or customer. That stack of marketing collateral is much smaller than the Level 1 content.Then, we get to Level 3 content, or tangible business results. Almost everyone has a few case studies and white papers. More sophisticated content creators have some tools, like cost calculators.If there is anything that is Level 4, it’s not much. Almost nothing speaks to the strategic challenges the client is having, the reason they are having those challenges, why they should change now, and what changes are going to be necessary to avoid risks and capitalize on opportunities—all of the things a trusted advisor would provide. There is almost nothing that expresses a strong point of view about what is right and what is wrong.Your point of view is better than your “why” because it is focused on what your dream clients needs, why they need it, what they should do now, and what the right answer looks like. Your “why” is helping your clients, isn’t it? Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Harvesting Under Gov’t’s Cannabis Cultivation Pilot Expected in Four Months

first_imgStory Highlights Farmers in Accompong, St. Elizabeth, who are part of the Government’s cannabis cultivation pilot project are expected to commence harvesting the plant within four months. “The Accompong (farmers) already got their seedlings and they are about to move them out of the greenhouse and into the open field. We have already had 10 acres prepared, and those 10 acres are going to be planted with legal marijuana. We are hoping that we will be reaping within another three to four months,” the Minister informed. This is according to Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson.center_img Farmers in Accompong, St. Elizabeth, who are part of the Government’s cannabis cultivation pilot project are expected to commence harvesting the plant within four months.This is according to Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson.“The Accompong (farmers) already got their seedlings and they are about to move them out of the greenhouse and into the open field. We have already had 10 acres prepared, and those 10 acres are going to be planted with legal marijuana. We are hoping that we will be reaping within another three to four months,” the Minister informed.Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson (left), greets young patrons at the Montpelier Agricultural and Industrial Show, which was held at the Montpelier Showground in St. James on Monday (April 22). He was addressing patrons and participants attending the Montpelier Agricultural and Industrial Show, which was held at the Montpelier Showground in St. James on Monday (April 22).As part of the project, the Government is looking to cultivate 50 acres of the plant for use as raw material in a variety of commercial products, including oils and animal feed.The programme complements the Alternative Development Programme (ADP) that was implemented in Accompong and other communities in March, to provide small-scale farmers with a channel through which to benefit from the cannabis (ganja) industry.The ADP aims to prevent and eliminate illicit ganja cultivation and channel the process through legal streams.The pilot has been initiated in Accompong, St. Elizabeth and Orange Hill, Westmoreland.“We are (also) going to be moving into other areas where we are going to ask the traditional ganja planters to get themselves into groups so we can come and provide you with all the necessary information, so that you can be growing cannabis legally,” Mr. Hutchinson further highlighted.The Montpelier Agricultural and Industrial Show was organised by the St. James Association of Branch Societies of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS).It is staged annually to promote the work of farmers in western Jamaica.last_img read more