Trifling with trivia

first_imgDear Editor,Recent media reports indicate that our Local Government authorities are concerned about ‘renaming of regions, villages, boundaries and flags’.Isn’t it time we get serious about more substantive issues of economic and social development, rather than pursuing such trivialities?There is a plethora of painful matters that cry out for attention: water supply, garbage collection, drainage & irrigation, repairs to roads and bridges, maintenance of playgrounds and community services like burial grounds, while our leaders worry about our names and sizes etc. which is akin to parents worrying about the ‘looks’ of their children while they suffer a multitude of heath maladies and poor basic education.Please, Mr Minister, Chairmen, Councillors and all Local Government leaders, can we get more serious about the substantive issues at hand?Sincerely,Nowrang Persaudlast_img read more

Lazier lashes out at Patrick

first_img On Monday, Lazier was more upset with Patrick’s words than the contact. She let out various insults about Lazier on Sunday. “Lazier was a problem all day,” Patrick said. “He’s been a problem for years.” Danica Patrick accepted the IRL’s Rookie of the Year award Monday night along with some unkind words from Jaques Lazier. A day after Patrick made some kind of contact with Lazier in the back of an IRL safety vehicle, the issue remained a hotly debated topic at a postseason party at Paramount Studios. “It doesn’t matter if it was a tap, but there’s no room for that in this series,” he said. “It was contact, and it’s inexcusable in my book.” Lazier continued, questioning her behavior and experience. “She’s a rookie this year,” he said. “She could not possibly know my history in the IRL. I have built a reputation for being a clean driver. To be attacked like that is inexcusable, and that shows her inexperience.” The punch or tap was the first known fisticuffs in the IRL since A.J. Foyt shoved Arie Luyendyk following a race at the Texas Motor Speedway in 1997. Foyt wasn’t suspended or fined for the incident by the IRL, which was caught on camera. IRL officials don’t have the benefit of videotape as they attempt to assess what happened in the back of the safety truck, although there was at least one bystander who saw or at the very least heard what took place. Dr. Kevin Scheid, who was driving the SUV, stopped the vehicle briefly to calm Lazier and Patrick en route to the infield care center. “I’m not going to break that tie,” he told the Indianapolis Star. IRL spokesperson Amy Konrath said the series’ investigation would likely stretch into next week. Ganassi, the owner of Lazier’s car, said “something” should happen to Patrick when asked if she deserved to be punished. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week She also criticized Chip Ganassi, the owner of Lazier’s car. “I think they’ve crashed every race,” she said. On Monday, Lazier responded by saying, “She was there, and I was there. We both know what happened. The bottom line is I can hold my head up high because I conducted myself like a gentleman. I didn’t do anything wrong.” He also went on to call the contact “a tap,” even though he referred to it as more forceful than that the previous day. Following the incident, the father of a 4-year-old named Kayden said, “My son hits harder than she does.” Yet he downplayed exactly what type of contact that Patrick allegedly perpetrated. last_img read more

Jose: City or Liverpool will be champions

first_imgChelsea boss Jose Mourinho continued to play down his side’s title chances after their stunning 2-0 victory against leaders Liverpool at Anfield.Goals from Demba Ba and Willian moved the Blues to within two points of Brendan Rodgers’ team and meant Manchester City can secure the title by winning their remaining games.Mourinho told Sky Sports: “Now we can say we won both matches against the champions. If it’s Liverpool, we won both. If it’s City, we won both.“With these three points we need one point to finish third. It was a good season for us and an evolution in many aspects of this team.“The champions will be City or Liverpool so we have nothing to celebrate.“Obviously many people would be expecting us to come here and lose 3-0 or 5-0, like others. Many people thought it was impossible to get this result.“But the boys had an amazing performance so I’m so happy for them and for the fans. This is the spirit we always want at Chelsea.“We deserved to win – no doubt about it. At 1-0 for 45 minutes we were always comfortable and never in trouble against a fantastic team with beautiful players who score a lot of goals and smash every team who comes here.”More reaction from Anfield to follow later.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

SA singer is new T-Mobile voice

first_imgSouth Africa singer/songwriter Baz Corden is the voice of T-Mobile’s new European television campaign. (Image: Baz Corden) Having achieved success at home, Corden is currently touring overseas. (Image: 2Feet Music) You Are Here – Baz Corden’s début album. (Image: 2Feet Music)Janine ErasmusHomegrown musical talent is once more in the international spotlight. South African singer/songwriter Baz Corden has been snapped up by major international mobile provider T-Mobile as the voice of their latest advertising campaign.The UK-based singer has contributed his latest single “There’s a Right Time for Everything”, to T-Mobile’s new television campaign, which is currently flighting in Europe.Corden released his solo album You Are Here, produced by David Birch (Stealing Love Jones, Parlotones and Perez), for 2Feet Music in 2008. The singer’s gentle, mainly acoustic style is described as a blend of jazz, folk, country and rock, sprinkled with whimsical, sometimes cryptic, lyrics.Mere weeks later, Corden was approached by the mobile provider and asked to provide music for its current European television campaign.T-Mobile is the world’s sixth largest mobile phone service provider according to number of subscribers. After UK-based Vodafone and Spain’s Telefónica, it is the third largest multi-national, with operations in the US, the UK, and 10 European countries. T-Mobile USA is the fourth largest wireless telecommunications network in America after AT&T, Verizon Wireless, and Sprint Nextel.T-Mobile asserts that it tries to use new tracks by up and coming artists in its adverts, adding that it would love to help take a musician’s career to the next level.This philosophy certainly seems to be working, as several songs from You Are Here have also been chosen for a National Geographic-sponsored documentary directed by Australian film maker Beau Miles.Home-grown talentBorn in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, Barry “Baz” Corden was introduced to music when he was seven, after his parents gave him a guitar for Christmas – although he recalls that what he really wanted was a toy bakkie (pick-up truck).Later Corden formed his first punk band The Melted Crayons and took his first steps on the road to an exciting career. After stints in various other groups, he took a break from the band environment to work with popular South African solo musicians such as Nibs van der Spuy, Guy Buttery, Josie Field, Farryl Purkiss, and Luke Siedle.The guitarist also has previous international exposure, in the form of his former band Pistolfish, which was playlisted on college stations in the US. In addition, he has worked with producer Bjorn Thorsrud of Smashing Pumpkins fame.“I’m interested in, and fascinated by, the search for beautiful things in life,” said Corden. “Experiences, moments, things people might say or do.”With this noteworthy achievement Corden has taken one step closer to following in the footsteps of internationally famous South African artists such as Johnny Clegg, rock bands Seether and Tree63, and Afro-fusion group Freshlyground.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.Related storiesSouth African music The White Zulu on stage in SAMabazo win their third GrammySA a hit at World Choir GamesUseful linksT-Mobile UK2Feet MusicT-Mobile ad featuring Baz Corden (mpg)last_img read more

How Will Technology Disrupt the Enterprise in 2011?

first_imgCognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Tags:#Analysis#enterprise klint finley Related Posts Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…center_img We just looked at some potentially disruptive technologies that fall outside the usual domain of the enterprise.In this post, we’ll look at some of the more near-term challenges facing the enterprise as seen by Constellation Research Group. In the first report from this newly formed consulting organization, co-founder R “Ray” Wang lists a set of five core disruptive technologies: social, mobile, cloud, analytics and unified communications. Together, these technologies could form a working definition of “enterprise 2.0.” I’d add next-generation network and storage technology to that list and perhaps swap analytics with “big data,” of which analytics is a subset, but these five serve as a good starting point.In Constellation’s Research Outlook For 2011, the consulting group’s analyst team identifies generating business value as the core issue for enterprises taking advantage of its five listed core enterprise 2.0 technologies. To this end, the report identifies three main challenges for decision makers.Assessing which disruptive technologies show promise for their organizations.Identifying how these technologies can be applied to generate business value.Finding ways to fund investments and cut the costs of legacy investments.Constellation’s analysts go on to make several predictions for 2011. We’ve broken most of them down by category.SocialSocial and collaborative technology will be noisy and confusing in 2011. Social technology will come from four camps: pure play enterprise social software vendors; ERP and CRM providers adding a social layer to existing products; networking and UC providers adding social networking to VOIP and online meeting offerings, and specialist HR and LMS vendors extending offerings to include collaboration.The social media landscape will undergo an interesting transformation as it ushers in a genre of information commerce and the 3 C’s of social content: creation, curation and consumption.Tools, networks and services that cater to the role of the curator will emerge. Examples in the consumer space include Storify, Curated.by, Pearltrees and Paper.li.Organizations will realize that for social media to feel sexy there is a lot of work that needs to happen behind the scenes.MobileIT will support at least two or three mobile devices per person: smart phones, laptops and maybe tablets or other use-specific devices.Organizations will get serious about mobilizing apps and embrace the platforms to support mobility.Android will become more enterprise friendly by fixing major manageability issues.Cloud2011 will be the year when SaaS providers find the issue of security turning from a perceived weakness of their offerings to a perceived strength.Despite this, private clouds will prevail in 2011.See also: 14 Cloud Computing Predictions for 2011 from Chirag Mehta and R “Ray” Wang.AnalyticsSocial analytics will evolve from ad hoc experiments into refined information services.Unified CommunicationsLarge enterprises will stall on adoption of cloud for voice communications.BudgetsCorporate IT spending will barely keep up with dollar inflation.Technology refresh cycles will accelerate through 2011.Organizations will cautiously recommit to BPO and the distinction between BPO and ITO will blur.Organizations that reevaluate their IT strategies and contracts hand in hand will save the most money.Organizations held hostage by high and useless software maintenance contracts will lead a massive backlash.We’ve seen a lot of predictions for 2011 by this point. What do you think of these? IT + Project Management: A Love Affair 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowlast_img read more

Kolkata police chief influencing probe: ex-MP

first_imgKunal Ghosh, former Trinamool Congress MP and an accused in the multi crore Saradha scam, submitted a written complaint to the CBI on Tuesday alleging that Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar was trying influence the investigation.Mr. Ghosh was jailed in financial scam-related cases for about three years. Mr. Ghosh returned to the city from Shillong where the CBI had questioned him and Mr. Kumar together for three days. He told journalists at the Kolkata airport that the names of certain influential persons came up during the joint interrogation. Mr. Kumar, he said, had tipped off these influential persons that their names featured in the investigations.Asked how he could be sure that Mr. Kumar had passed on such information, the journalist-turned-politician said the Kolkata Police Commissioner had himself admitted it. Mr. Ghosh said he could tell from his own experience how influential persons could jeopardise the investigation. “During the questioning on February 10, these names came up and on February 11 he admitted in his own recorded statement that he had called these people. I have written to the CBI,” said Mr. Ghosh.There was no response from Mr. Kumar, the Kolkata Police or the West Bengal government to the allegations.The former TMC MP refused to reveal the questions the CBI posed to him or the names of the influential persons that came up during the questioning.last_img read more

Supreme Court warns Haryana on damage to Aravalli range

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Friday cautioned the Haryana government against doing “anything” to harm the ecologically fragile Aravalli range.A Bench, led by Justice Arun Mishra, was responding to a submission by Solicitor General Tushar Mehta that he would prove that the State has not introduced amendments in the Punjab Land Preservation Act (PLPA), 1900, in order to give a leeway to illegal mining or builders.Liable for contempt“We are concerned with Aravalli. If you are doing anything with Aravalli or Kant Enclave (where the top court had ordered demolition of buildings due to illegal constructions in forest area) you will be in trouble. If you are doing anything with forest, you will be in trouble. We are telling you,” the bench told Mr. Mehta.On March 1, the court had threatened the Haryana government with contempt if it went ahead with the amendments virtually allowing massive scale of construction in the Aravalli Hills.The court had said the amendments pull the carpet from under a series orders passed by the Supreme Court over the years to protect the Aravalli and Shivalik ranges from builders and indiscriminate mining. The court had pointed out how the once-lush Aravalli region was devastated after years of indiscriminate and illegal mining. “The entire Aravalli area is devastated and entire flora and fauna there has gone,” the court had said in a hearing on February 4.In October last, the court had expressed shock over 31 “vanished” hills in the Aravallis and had asked Rajasthan to stop illegal mining in 115.34-hectare area.last_img read more