first_imgBy Dialogo June 01, 2011 It is nice to see something that I had a hand in developing is supported and put to good use. It is too bad that there wasn’t any opportunity for the JDI group to continue the support of the Warfighter. I would hope in the future I could be a part of the continued support. Combatant commands are leveraging new data-management methods developed during a recent Pentagon test project to improve commanders’ common tactical picture and save millions of dollars, according to defense officials. The 32-month Joint Data Integration (JDI) project, which wrapped up last month, addressed the quality of the common tactical picture used by the joint task force commander to support operational-level force employment decisions. The project aimed to develop and test joint data-management tactics, techniques and procedures (TTP) for use in standardizing the common tactical picture. The product of the effort was published and distributed April 28 as both a Joint Data Management Handbook and in two quick reference guides, Pentagon spokeswoman Cheryl Irwin said. “This TTP improves the JTF commanders’ ability to make informed and timely decisions,” Irwin said. “The CTP data management TTP contains standardized procedures for the Global Command and Control System operators, track data managers and system administrators to improve the quality of the CTP.” “These procedures address system configuration, track data management and CTP development and sharing,” she added. U.S. Pacific Command, U.S. Southern Command and U.S. European Command are using the new tactics, techniques and procedures. PACOM has used the TTP in exercises such as Terminal Fury 2009 and Valiant Shield 2010 and the command’s Navy and Air Force functional components are also using the new them. A return-on-investment study found that PACOM would save nearly $2 million annually by using the CTP Data Management TTP — savings that are anticipated “well past fiscal year 2015,” Irwin said. EUCOM used a recently published version of the project’s TTP in its Austere Challenge 2011, which ran from April 26 to May 4. The exercises included Defense Department civilians, contractors, representatives from all the service components and U.S. Joint Forces Command, as well as personnel from France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy and Poland, a EUCOM spokeswoman said. Austere Challenge is an exercise “designed to enhance the ability of the European Command headquarters staff and subordinate commands to respond to a major crisis within the European Command theater of operations,” the EUCOM spokeswoman said. “Our exercise is designed to build and maintain partnerships, enhancing security and regional stability,” she added. SOUTHCOM also used the project’s TTP during its Panamax 2010 exercise, which tests the security of the Panama Canal. That event took place Aug. 16-27, 2010, and included 2,000 civilian and military participants from 18 nations in simulated training scenarios near Panama and the United States. “SOUTHCOM used the JDI TTP during PANAMAX 2010 exercises and was pleased with the improved common tactical picture that resulted but have not indicated how they will begin using the TTP,” Irwin said. PANAMAX 2011 is slated to begin this August, a spokesman for PACOM said. The command declined to discuss how the joint test project’s TTP would be used. Both U.S. African Command and JFCOM have expressed interest in using the TTP in the future, the Pentagon spokeswoman said. AFRICOM was briefed on the TTP and has “expressed interest in follow-up training” but has not indicated when they might start using them, she said. JFCOM “is interested in using the TTP and may start using it in the near future,” Irwin said. last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Jim Boeheim’s wife, Juli, has told the 43-year head coach that their son Buddy should play more. That’s what Syracuse’s head coach said on Wednesday night, adding that Juli reminds him every day. Buddy put his head down and laughed when he was told.“Oh no,” Buddy said before the question even finished. “I think that’s more the mom in her, not really the coach, but it’s always nice when you go out there and play well when you’re starting especially.”Buddy started for Syracuse (20-12, 10-8 Atlantic Coast) on Wednesday in a 73-59 win over Pittsburgh (14-19, 3-15) in the ACC tournament. Tyus Battle missed the game with a bruised back, so for the first time since SU’s opening two games of the season, Buddy got the nod from the opening tip. He finished with a career-high 20 points, career-high six rebounds, career-high four assists and a personal 8-0 run that gave the Orange a second-half jolt.“He’s been well prepared to be able to step up in this kind of game,” Boeheim said.Early in the first half, the Panthers inbounded underneath their offensive basket but lobbed a pass out toward the 3-point arc. Buddy leapt for the interception, dribbled behind his back and converted a layup. He’s said all season he’s wanted to be more than a shooter, and it showed. Buddy’s second bucket of the first half came from deep on the right wing when he banked in a 3.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut the Orange went into halftime down six points. Buddy’s teammates encouraged him to take more shots, he said. So out of the locker room, again on the floor to start the half, he did.“Guys were telling me I needed to look more for my shot in the second half,” Buddy said. “And that’s what I did and they were finding me.”It started in the lane again, off a drive to his left that finished with a short righty floater. Then Buddy stepped into a 3 at the top of the key. Finally, the Buddy-only run culminated with a 3 from about five feet beyond the top of the arc. Syracuse led and wouldn’t trail again. Pittsburgh used a timeout. And Buddy walked calmly toward midcourt before pointing at his jersey and being surrounded by teammates who sprinted over to pound chests with him. “In practice, we make him scream, we make him react to shots and stuff,” Frank Howard said. “We make him show a little bit of emotion. He’s a competitor, regardless, he’s just not very vocal about it, and he’s young. That got me hype today. That kind of all turned us up.”Buddy assisted on 3s from Elijah Hughes and Howard soon after. The Orange broke the game open, and free throws down the stretch helped the freshman surpass his previous career-high of 16.After the game, Buddy sat at his locker speaking to reporters with an ice pack on his right hand. He’d hurt part of his thumb at some point in the first half, but he credited adrenaline for not allowing him to remember when. He wasn’t worried about it, though.“I shot better in the second half, so I don’t think it’s a big problem,” Buddy said. Buddy hadn’t started a game since the first two Syracuse played, back on Nov. 6 and 10. After a solid exhibition slate, he combined to shoot 2-of-18 in his first starts. When the Orange returned to fuller health, Buddy was relegated to a bench role that he thrived in when the calendar changed to 2019.But Wednesday, in the first postseason game of his career in the uniform he grew up dreaming to wear, Buddy was back in the starting lineup. He led his father’s team in scoring in a win that seemed far from certain with Battle out of the lineup.“When you can shoot the ball like that, that’s a big-time weapon, and it opens up so many other things in your game,” Pitt head coach Jeff Capel said.And when the final buzzer sounded, with the teams lining up for handshakes, Buddy found himself side-by-side with Battle. The Syracuse junior, who’s scored 20-plus points in 34 different games with the Orange, brought up that it was Buddy’s first time doing so. Then, the usual starter and the freshman that took his place Wednesday laughed.“I was like yeah, I almost missed it ‘cause I missed those free throws and I was a little worried,” Buddy said. “But I got it. Most important, we won that game, so that’s the biggest thing.” Published on March 14, 2019 at 1:17 am Contact Billy: [email protected] | @Wheyen3 Commentslast_img read more

first_imgWith an active online shopping population of over 18 million racking up sales of R37.1 billion in 2017, South Africa’s e-commerce sector is on a massive upward trajectory.Proudly South African is looking to grow its members’ share of this burgeoning market and has launched its own online shopping site. Unambiguously Proudly South African, the site is populated exclusively with locally made goods and products, differentiating itself significantly from other sites and making a buy local choice simple for consumers.Together with RSAMade, Proudly South African have created an e-shopping site where anyone can make made in South Africa choices easily in the knowledge that every single item for sale on the site is made locally. Proudly South African vets and verifies local content and quality and that all the vendor companies adhere to labour and environmental legislation which is all part of the terms of Proudly South African membership.Said Eustace Mashimbye, CEO of Proudly South African, “We had been looking for some time at establishing a commercial site for our members, and RSA Made’s existing platform and content were a great match making it logical to extend their offering exclusively to Proudly South African members. It is important now that we are in the age of the 4th industrial revolution to tap into digital shopping habits and to ensure that more locally grown, produced and manufactured goods are available to local consumers. We know that China supplies US$15.5 billion of imports to this country and much of that is found on online shopping sites. can claim to be the only truly local online shopping site for consumers. Of course, it is not restricted to SA only and we will be delighted if there is uptake from international shoppers!.”RSA Made’s CEO Karamba Jabbie added, “We feel that we have found a perfect partner in Proudly South African – our platform already concentrated exclusively on items made here in South Africa, and so it made complete sense to us to join together with the country’s buy local advocacy campaign, whose member companies are already quality controlled for sale on the platform. We are so excited to see the online shopping site being populated slowly but surely. We will take our time to ensure that all products are beautifully represented to provide consumers with a truly Proudly South African online shopping experience but users can subscribe to the site to receive regular notifications as new products and special offers come online, so we are encouraging everyone to register on the site.”The launch of the site also holds great importance for the growth and development of the country’s digital economy and push towards increased re-industrialisation and consumption of locally made products. Minister in the dti, Dr Rob Davies commented on the launch of the site and said, “Reindustrialization is a priority to growing job opportunities in the country and the accessibility of locally made products especially in this era where more and more consumers are buying their products on online platforms, this is a much needed solution. We also have to recognize changing employment patterns and the potential this sector has in creating new employment sources. Technology has the capacity to generate many new skilled jobs, and we must look at the commercialisation of innovations such as online shopping platforms. E-commerce represents a great opportunity and I am delighted that Proudly South African has seized the day and has created a site where increased localisation is the only goal.”The site works on the same basis as any other online shopping store, with a simple product selection and check out sequence, with door to door delivery within 48 hours within our borders. In addition, the site has a fully functioning ticketing system and local events are encouraged to use this platform for their online ticket is the first site of its kind in South Africa, a platform created not just to assist small, medium and even large local businesses to sell more, but it was also built using only South African suppliers and service providers.For a Proudly South African online shopping experience visit read more

first_img28 July 2015A R1-billion halaal agri-processing food park has been proposed for Western Cape, as part of the province’s Project Khulisa growth strategy.Alan Winde, the provincial minister of economic opportunities, said the Western Cape government, in partnership with the Western Cape Fine Food Initiative and the private sector, was working to develop the park.“The global halaal market is worth $2.3-trillion [nearly R29-trillion]. The proposed halaal park will allow Western Cape to double our share of that fast-growing market. We will focus on the Middle East and North Africa, where around 20% of the world’s Muslim population resides. We seek to increase the value of halaal exports by $31-billion by 2020. The proposed park is expected to add a further 5 000 new jobs to our economy in the next five years,” he said.Project Khulisa had identified agri-processing as a key growth sector with the potential to add up to 100 000 jobs and generate R26-billion for the economy under a high-growth scenario. The halaal park would play an important role in reaching these targets, Winde added.Pre-feasibility studies suggested it could generate up to R5-billion for the local economy each year.The park, if approved, could be launched in the next two years.Sites under consideration“There are two sites under consideration for the halaal park, namely the Cape Town International Airport and a site in the Cape Winelands. The park will be a fully halaal zone and will be a cluster of manufacturing and service firms in the halaal industry. It will present significant opportunities for private sector investment. We also hope to encourage the establishment of a single, globally recognised halaal certifying body to be based at park.”Earlier this year, Winde led a delegation to Malaysia, which strengthened trade links between that country and Western Cape. The Western Cape Fine Food Initiative and the Malaysian Industry Government Group for High Technology have signed a co- operation agreement to foster partnerships between the halaal industries of the two countries.“This agreement will see the Western Cape producers learning from Malaysia’s international best practice.”Nazeem Sterras, the chief executive officer of the Western Cape Fine Food Initiative, said internationally there was a huge focus on the halaal industry and halaal industrial parks were a key strategic catalyst for economic growth and access to markets.“It is not just because of the religious or Sharia compliancy but because people are starting to realise that halaal certified products already provide all the set standards that every human being needs to consider when they consume or use products.”Halaal requirementsThese key requirements, Sterras explained, included whether a product was healthy, nutritious, clean, safe and caused no harm to the environment.“Halaal certification actually provides all these standards already, as part of what we call a lifestyle value proposition. It ticks all the boxes that people want in a good quality product.”He said in terms of business, they had completed a pre-feasibility study and had looked at the products Western Cape could provide compared to what products were required worldwide, but especially in the Middle East, North Africa and even sub- Saharan Africa. “We’ve focused particularly on these regions because of their close proximity and the recent trade agreements signed with Africa.”The latest figures obtained, Sterras said, put the Middle East, North Africa and sub- Saharan Africa markets together, at about $155-billion covering four big areas including food and beverages; tourism; pharmaceuticals and cosmetics as well as food ingredients and industrial chemicals to a smaller extent.In August, Winde will submit the Project Khulisa growth proposals to the Cabinet for approval.Source: South African government onlinelast_img read more

first_imgSpalletti hails Mourinho: His legacy still felt at Inter Milanby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti has no problems with Jose Mourinho being linked to his job.The former Manchester United manager has been mentioned as Spalletti’s successor – and the Italian has no problem with it.He stated, “A possible return of (José) Mourinho to Inter? “It seems to me to be a good thing. Because thanks to its 18 months, Inter has become a team coveted by the best players and the best coaches at the European level.”Without these 18 months (Mourinho) we would not be here.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgCALGARY – Cenovus Energy Inc. said Thursday it has been running its oilsands operations at reduced production rates and storing excess barrels due to wider-than-normal light-heavy oil price differentials and pipeline capacity constraints.The company has been operating its Christina Lake and Foster Creek facilities at reduced production levels since February, CEO Alex Pourbaix said in a statement.“We’re taking steps to respond to a critical shortage of export pipeline capacity in Western Canada that is beyond our control and is having a negative impact on our industry and the broader Canadian economy.”The company has resorted to using its significant oil storage capacity because Canadian heavy oil is selling at a wide discount to West Texas Intermediate. It plans to sell the crude when pricing improves, he said.Cenovus stock closed down 5.56 per cent at $10.88 per share on a day that saw broad declines on the Toronto Stock Exchange.But the move is a “sensible commercial decision” in the face of a challenging set of pricing conditions, RBC analyst Greg Pardy wrote in a note.Cenovus is also evaluating opportunities to optimize the scheduling of maintenance and holding talks with rail providers to resolve a shortage of locomotive capacity.Railways have been hesitant to add oil shipping capacity because they fear the business will evaporate once new export pipelines come on stream, and are demanding long-term take-or-pay contracts and higher rates to take on the risk.The limited capacity and cautious stance led Barclays Capital analyst Paul Cheng to increase his WCS-WTI differential price forecast by US$4.50 to US$24.60 per barrel from US$18.40 per barrel from 2019 to 2022, when more pipeline capacity is expected to be online.First Energy analyst Mike Dunn said in a note that while there is some uncertainty on timing and scale of crude-by-rail increases, he continues to expect differentials to narrow as crude-by-rail picks up around midway through this year.Railway shipments have been hampered over the winter because of a combination of harsh weather and a bumper crop, leading to shipping backlogs, he said.National Bank Financial analyst Travis Wood said in a note that he still expects rail to have a marginal effect on increased crude exports this year given the limited locomotive capacity.He said that pipeline maintenance has added to capacity constraints and forced Alberta heavy oil storage to record highs, which will result in weak pricing that may continue on past the first quarter.Cenovus noted that while its strategy may result in fluctuating production from month to month, it continues to expect full-year oilsands volumes for 2018 to be within guidance of 364,000 to 382,000 barrels per day.First-quarter oilsands production is expected to be between 350,000 and 360,000 barrels per day.Companies in this story: (TSX:CVE)last_img read more

first_imgIn a story Nov. 11 about (topic), The Associated Press reported erroneously the location of the headquarters for Qualtrics. The company is based in Provo, Utah, not Prove, Utah.A corrected version of the story is below:SAP buying Qualtrics for $8 billion in cashSAP agrees to pay $8 billion for survey-software provider Qualtrics InternationalBy The Associated PressSAP says it has agreed to pay $8 billion cash for survey-software provider Qualtrics International Inc., which was preparing for an initial sale of stock to the public.SAP said Sunday that the deal was approved by boards of both companies and Qualtrics shareholders. The sale is expected to close in the first half of next year.Provo, Utah-based Qualtrics filed last week for an IPO. Its products help companies get feedback from employees and customers. Qualtrics said in a regulatory filing that it has more than 9,000 customers including more than 75 per cent of Fortune 100 companies.For Germany’s SAP, the deal is one of its biggest. In 2014, it paid about $8.3 billion for Concur, which makes software to manage employee travel and expenses.The Associated Presslast_img read more

first_img“If we don’t act, somebody will go to court and the courts will certainly find the minister has a requirement to go to cabinet.”Another finding released earlier this week said the provinces are failing to adequately protect critical habitat for woodland caribou as well. It concluded the provinces don’t require their regulatory bodies to follow federal environmental legislation.Friday’s release acknowledges Alberta and B.C. are taking some steps to help the herds, but concludes they aren’t doing enough.“Such measures are not currently complemented by the significant habitat protection or restoration measures necessary to improve the likelihood of recovery in the long term.” Alberta Environment Minister Shannon Phillips said she knew the finding was coming.“We are in a situation where the courts are beginning to lose their patience with the federal government,” she said. “That is why Alberta must demonstrate progress.”Phillips was just back from leading an industry-heavy delegation to Ottawa to discuss restoring caribou habitat. The federal government promised financial help for a socio-economic study and emergency management actions such as caribou maternity pens and wolf culls.She acknowledged that decades of logging and drilling have left some caribou ranges unlikely to be able to support healthy herds for decades to come. But other herds are in better shape.“It is not true that all is lost,” she said.Caribou habitat has been so damaged by decades of industry presence that wildlife managers must resort to extreme measures while they rehabilitate thousands of square kilometres of seismic lines, cut blocks, well pads and resource roads.Meanwhile, local communities have come to rely on current levels of industry to sustain them.Phillips blames the situation on decades of inaction by previous Alberta governments.“We went through about 25 years of the previous government doing precisely nothing, sweet tweet, on this file.”(THE CANADIAN PRESS) EDMONTON, A.B. –  The federal government is one step away from moving in to protect dwindling caribou herds in Alberta and British Columbia after finding them under imminent threat.The finding, released by Environment Canada on Friday covers 10 herds in the Southern Mountain population. They are all smaller than 100 animals and continue to decline. Seven are in British Columbia and the rest are all or partly in Alberta.“Immediate intervention is required to allow for eventual recovery,” says a department document.center_img The finding obliges the environment minister to ask cabinet to issue an emergency protection order under the Species At Risk Act if the two provinces don’t do enough to remove threats to the herds’ recovery.Emergency protection orders allow Ottawa to control activity on critical habitat that is normally governed by the provinces. That would include energy development, forestry and agriculture.The federal government has used the power twice before for the western chorus frog and the sage grouse. The protection order for the grouse affected the drilling plans of several Alberta energy companies.The ministry’s analysis was being done as court actions from conservation groups sought to push Environment Minister Catherine McKenna into enforcing provisions of the law, said her parliamentary secretary Jonathan Wilkinson.“In the short term, what it means is that we need to go and have conversations with the governments of British Columbia and Alberta and relevant stakeholders to discuss how we actually move forward,” he said. “There is a high degree of urgency.”There is, at most, a few months to do the work, said Wilkinson.last_img read more

first_imgSDSU West collects over 100,000 signatures for SDCCU stadium site proposal KUSI Newsroom Updated: 4:08 PM SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Backers of an initiative that would pave the way for San Diego State University to acquire the SDCCU Stadium property for campus expansion announced Friday that they have collected 100,000 petition signatures, far more than necessary to qualify for the ballot.“Supporters have successfully gathered many more than the required 71,646 signatures,” said Kim Kilkenny, of the Friends of SDSU Steering Committee.“Once verified, these signatures will qualify SDSU West for a 2018 ballot,” Kilkenny said. “With overwhelming support for SDSU and the positive impacts the university provides to our community, San Diegans clearly support SDSU West to ensure the Mission Valley stadium site is used to benefit the public, provide a place for SDSU to grow and thrive, and guarantee a permanent, public river park and open space.”The Friends group had until the end of March to collect signatures but members previously indicated that wanted to wrap up the signature drive by the end of the year. They plan to submit the petitions to the county Registrar of Voters next week.If enough signatures are verified, the City Council will decide whether to adopt the initiative or place it before voters. A competing initiative, which would result in a soccer-centric commercial development, qualified earlier this year and will go onto a 2018 ballot.It’s believed that if both SDSU West and SoccerCity are approved in an election, the one that receives the most votes would be adopted.The initiative would lead to the sale of the property to SDSU, which would be required to create a comprehensive development plan.Last month, school officials outlined their vision for the project, including 1.6 million square feet of classroom and research buildings, a river park and open space, 4,500 housing units, retail shops, a pair of hotels and a multi-use, 35,000-seat stadium for college football and other sports.SDSU Interim President Sally Roush and JMI Realty CEO John Kratzer said the project would be mostly funded by public-private partnerships, and wouldn’t rely on taxpayer financing. The main exception would be the stadium, which would be funded by bonds that are paid back by future revenues.The land is three trolley stops from the built-out main campus. December 29, 2017center_img Posted: December 29, 2017 Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: SDCCU Stadium, SDSU West FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more