Warriors-Wizards cheatsheet: Improved Wiz look to knock off champs

first_imgWizards Stock Report: A lot has changed since the last time these two teams matched up last October.-John Wall elected to … The Wizards are much improved since the last time they faced the Warriors. With the red-hot champs in town, the Wizards will try to derail Golden State’s winning ways.Here’s everything you need to know about the matchup. When/Where: Capital One Arena, 5 p.m. (TNT)Wizards starting lineup: Jeff Green, Trevor Ariza, Thomas Bryant, Bradley Beal, Tomas Satoranskylast_img

Unstated food ingredients ‘against law’

first_img4 March 2013Failure to disclose the ingredients contained in food products constitutes a breach of the Consumer Protection Act (CPA), the National Consumer Commission (NCC) said on Friday.The commission is studying a report which claims that undeclared meat was found in some South African meat products.“Consumers have every right to be informed of the ingredients contained in food products so that they may make informed choices. Failure to do so by any party in the supply chain would constitute a breach of the CPA,” NCC acting commissioner Ebrahim Mohamed in an interview on radio station SAfm.Last week, it was reported that research conducted by a study group at the University of Stellenbosch found the presence of donkey, water buffalo, goat and other undisclosed meat products in certain processed foods available at retail stores in South Africa.Following this, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies asked the NCC to urgently investigate the matter of meat labelling in the country.Mohamed said it was imperative that whatever was put out for human consumption complied with the labelling and disclosure requirements of the CPA.In terms of the CPA, each and every person or supplier within the value chain has a responsibility to ensure that they do not knowingly apply to any goods a trade description that is likely to mislead the consumer.“I would need to read the report by the Stellenbosch group. We may need to check for ourselves whether that is sufficient in terms of what is required for the investigation. We may have to have some tests conducted ourselves to satisfy ourselves,” he said in the radio interview.If indeed there has a breach of law, the commission can adopt an approach that gives a compliance element where it gives companies limited time to comply with the necessary sections of the Act.“Failure to do that could result in the issuing of a compliance notice to compel anyone in the supply chain to comply with the law. If there is non-compliance with the order, the commission can refer the matter to the Consumer Tribunal for a penalty,” the acting commissioner said.The NCC, which is an agency of the Department of Trade and Industry, is charged with enforcing functions assigned to it in terms of the CPA, which aims to establish national norms and standards relating to consumer protection, as well as provide for improved standards of consumer information in the country.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

South Africa’s digital economy a top global mover in Networked Readiness Index

first_img2 August 2016South Africa’s digital economy has jumped to 65th out of 139 countriessurveyed in the Networked Readiness Index, an gain in 10 places from 2015. Thismakes South Africa one of 10 most-improved countries, alongside Italy andSlovakia.The index, compiled by the Global Technology Report and published by theWorld Economic Forum, is a key indicator of how countries are doing in the digitalworld. It measures how well a country uses information and communicationstechnologies to boost the health of its economy.Global Information Technology..2016 @wef https://t.co/nYdLzi0QAB 7 high-achieving at Networked Readiness Index (NRI) pic.twitter.com/ku9CqrQ6cn— WSlightly (@WSlightly) July 25, 2016The index analyses environment, readiness, use and impact data. It also takessocial influences on the creation of a digital economy into account.The global top 10 is led by Singapore, Finland and Sweden. The US is fifth, theUK eighth and Japan tenth.South Africa jumps an impressive 10 places, to 65 in the world, in the WEF’s Networked Readiness Index 2016 pic.twitter.com/8efPJIOT5t— Cherryflava (@Cherryflava) July 15, 2016South Africa is not the only African country to improvein the last year. Ethiopiaand Côte d’Ivoire also made significant jumps in the rankings.South Africa’s leap in the rankings was driven by the private sector, and byupgrades to digital infrastructure and affordability, according to the report.“South Africa’s digital transformation is mostly business driven, as the countrynotably performs best in business usage (32nd), followed by individual usage(77th), followed by government usage (105th),” says networking firm Cisco, asponsor of the report.“Individuals and businesses, says the index, are benefitting from a drop inmobile and broadband tariffs that is “reducing barriers to adoption also in terms ofaffordability.”However, the report stresses that more sustained infrastructure development,as well as more public and private cooperation, are needed to take advantage ofSouth Africa’s momentum in the digital economy. “In order for the impact to startmaterialising, significantly morebuy-in from government will be needed across allareas of vision, promotion and efficient use.”Southafrica.info reporterSource: World Economic ForumWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

The Best of #PostChat: Post Production Q&A Archive

first_imgEver missed a #PostChat Twitter conversation and wished you could go back and read it in full?#PostChat meetup at NAB 2014 (from Avid)The weekly #postchat event hosted by Gordon Burkell (@AOTGNetwork), Tej Babra (@tejbabra) and Jesse Averna (@Dr0id), is a brilliant opportunity to ask post production professionals from around the world, any question you like on that week’s topic (there’s a new topic each week). PostChat is a twitter based chat for post-production professionals that occurs every Wednesday at 6 PM PST (9PM EST).Previous topics have included editing feature films (led by the editor of Sharknado 2),  cutting award winning documentaries, handling audio, motion graphics, women in post, visual effects and many, many more. #PostChat is also a fantastic way for the gathered post production community to share it’s collective wisdom, experience and advice with the rest of the world.But if you missed the live question and answer session, fear not! Thanks to editor Liam Johnson, (@editorliam) you can quickly catch up on that week’s #postchat and explore an extensive Storify archive of previous weeks. Check out Liam’s complete archive here.One of the most popular #postchat collections in Liam’s archive was the week spent discussing the best practices for starting a project which you can check out here. If you want to get involved in #postchat session then the best way is to make use of this Twitter ‘chat room’.last_img read more

Beermen hold off Picanto behind Fajardo’s 41 points

first_imgPBA IMAGESJune Mar Fajardo was unstoppable in the fourth quarter and San Miguel Beer edged Kia, 118-112, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.The reigning three-time MVP scored 20 of his 41 points in the final frame as the Beermen bolstered their bid for a top four finish after climbing to 6-3.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight La Salle outguns NU for 2-0 start Read Next Johnson fired 42 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists to offset his 10 turnovers but the Picanto just had no answer for Fajardo as they dropped their 10th consecutive game. Fajardo came two points shy of matching his career-high he set in a loss to Alaska in the 2016 Philippine Cup.Terrence Watson added a double-double with 16 points and 14 rebounds while Chris Ross collected 15 points, six assist and five steals for the Beermen, who trailed by six at the end of the third period.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Picanto had lost their first nine games but played nothing like a winless team against the Grand Slam-seeking Beermen.Kia, led by its explosive import Geron Johnson, kept itself in the game until Alex Cabagnot made a layup to put San Miguel ahead by six, 116-110, with only 15 seconds left. View comments E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

India to name squad for West Indies Tests after clarity on Virat Kohli’s injury

first_imgThe BCCI selection committee will announce the squad for the two-Test series against the West Indies and are awaiting an update on Virat Kohli’s injured wrist.”Virat is carrying a wrist niggle. Tests have been done and selectors are awaiting the medical update from the National Cricket Academy’s support staff. It is not clear how he sustained the wrist injury. It could have been during the England Test matches or training sessions,” a senior BCCI office-bearer told PTI on Saturday.In case Virat’s injury is not serious, then the selectors will announce the squad for the two Tests or else they will name the team only for the first Test. The squad is likely to be announced either Saturday evening or on Sunday.According to sources in the board, the selectors will also rest both Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar for the Test matches.READ – Dhawan, Ashwin in focus ahead of India Test team selection for West Indies seriesIn case of Bumrah, he has been bowling non-stop from the third Test against England in Trent Bridge, followed by four games in the Asia Cup.”Jasprit has bowled 133 overs across three Tests in England and nearly his full quota in all matches in this Dubai heat. He needs a bit of rest to be rejuvenated for the tour of Australia. Also Bhuvi needs to be preserved for the tour Down Under,” the official said.READ – Indian team for West Indies Tests to be named after Ishant, Ashwin fitness testsadvertisementHowever, there was some good news for the Indian camp as senior spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has cleared the fitness test and is available for selection.”Ashwin is fit and has completely recovered from the hip injury,” he added.READ – India to host West Indies for 2 Tests, 5 ODIs & 3 T20Is from October 4One of the major decisions will be whether Shikhar Dhawan, a fantastic player on flat sub-continental tracks is selected with the Australia tour ahead.Prithvi Shaw is expected to be in the squad while Mayank Agarwal has sent a timely reminder with another 90 for Board President’s XI against West Indies.The opening Test will be held at Rajkot from October 4 to 8, followed by the second Test from October 12 to 16 at Hyderabad.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

Poll Results: 70 Percent Of Oklahoma State Fans Think Big 12 Will Die Slow Death

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. The most surprising part of these poll results is that those of you who voted that the Big 12 will actually thrive crept into the double digits. I told Carson this on our podcast, but I think I’m more optimistic than most about the future of the Big 12. I think I might be with the “will thrive” people.I’ve really struggled with how to think properly about this because there are so many tentacles to try and get your arms wrapped around, but the reality is that the Big 12 is currently making money. A lot of it. $300M last year ($30M to each team) and will make even more with a conference championship game.There is no incentive for anyone to go anywhere except for maybe OU (and even that is pretty debatable). The issue for the Big 12 is going to be this: Figure out how to keep pace with future contracts with TV networks on a per/team basis. You don’t have to make SEC or Big 10 money, but you do have to make per-team SEC money (which you are currently pretty close to).The issue is that now your properties are not as valuable, and those other conference are beginning to sign some outrageous contracts. So where does the Big 12 go? Does it try and contend with those conference in terms of ESPN and FOX or does it try to ink deals with, say, Netflix and Hulu? Is that a wise financial move in the future or does it just sound sexy?These are the decisions the Big 12 will have to make now that it has decided to stay at 10 teams. I think there’s a space for the Big 12 to really thrive over the next decade and beyond. I’m just not sure who I trust to find it. Tuesday poll question: Following the no expansion announcement, the Big 12 will …— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 18, 2016Let’s get to your comments.okstate1990: The B12 will be fine. The Conference, the Universities and the Networks will figure it out — there are some pretty smart people involved despite the arrogance of UT. 2025 is a long way off. There’s no need to panic and add teams (especially the ones available) just because the media and fans think they should.At some point, people may realize that the B12’s round robin schedule is the way to do it and the 14/16 member conference idea wasn’t so great. TV Networks are evolving very rapidly now; how do we know what the networks are going to even look like much less be able to afford in 9 years? It may turn out that the B12 is at an advantage only having 10 teams splitting fewer pie pieces.Levin: there are only a few P5 caliber schools not yet in a P5 conference. (BYU, Houston, Cincy) Those schools will add value to whatever conference they join, no question. The Big 12 will be fine without them for now, but will we be kicking ourselves later for not adding them when we had the chance?Chris: Wonder how other leagues are viewing the petulant behavior of OU during all this? Not a team player at all having constant tantrums since 2011. The league is dead, but I bet Ou doesn’t get an offer until Boren is gone.TJ: I think maybe the big 12 accidentally is ahead of the curve on this. They protected their recruiting base just as much their financial base.last_img read more

Zach Sinor Unfazed About Being A Ray Guy Finalist, Shares How He Got To OSU

first_imgOne of Oklahoma State’s best players is a guy you may not have heard much about — punter Zach Sinor. The sophomore punter from Castroville, Texas is ranked No. 31 in the NCAA in yards per punt at 43.0. More importantly he’s pinned the other team inside their own 20 yard line 26 times in 2016, tied for No. 3 in the nation. He’s also somehow only had one touchback.He’s also up as a finalist for the Ray Guy award, given to the nation’s best punter. The ‘Seisman’, if you will. Here’s the list of finalists for the 2016 Ray Guy Award.Austin Barnes (Jr.), Eastern Michigan UniversityNicholas Conte (Sr.), University of VirginiaSteven Coutts (So.), University of Louisiana at LafayetteJoseph Davidson (Jr.), Bowling Green State UniversityMichael Dickson (So.), University of TexasHayden Hunt (Sr.), Colorado State UniversityCameron Johnston (Sr.), Ohio State UniversityZach Sinor (So.), Oklahoma State UniversityJohnny Townsend (Jr.), University of FloridaMitch Wishnowsky (So.), University of UtahSinor didn’t seem too worried about winning the award when asked about it at the on Monday.“I don’t really look into that stuff,” said Sinor. “Yeah, the awards will come, but my job is to pin them back and help the defense out the best I can.”He actually attended several Ray Guy camps growing up which is pretty funny.“I watched his film,” said Sinor of the Ray Guy camps. He gives you a little disc to watch. A lot of drops, directional punting, he really broke it down which helped me a lot.“As a freshman [in high school] I was a QB and a defensive tackle, a little odd. But my sophomore year I was kicking the ball around one day, and they said you’re the punter. Then I was on JV as the punter, and I hit a 45- 50-yard punt, so then they said you’re on varsity.“So after that I averaged like 39 my sophomore year on varsity. So after that I went to a Ray Guy camp, and they said ‘you have a pretty big leg. You can probably kick in college.’ So I kept working at it and now I’m here.”“During spring ball, whenever that was, I saw him throwing it around one day and he throws it pretty good,” said head coach Mike Gundy of his former QB-turned-punter. “If we were smart, we’d probably have a fake punt with him throwing the ball. But, it’s kind of like with James Castleman – the season’s not over yet.”The punter is pretty much the least glamorous position on the field, but Sinor has been huge for Oklahoma State in several close games this year — in the Iowa State game, the Tech game this last weekend, Sinor flipped the field in some big spots.“I just know where we’re at in the field at all times, so if we’re inside the 45-yard line, I’ll go the net and do some pooch punts and if we’re outside of that I’ll just work on regular punts,” added Sinor.An extra 10-15 yards can be enormous for Glenn Spencer and his defense especially when Sinor never kicks it into the end zone. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Roundtable: How do we Feel About the Mike Gundy Coaching Rumors?

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. The PFB team discussed our feelings on the coaching rumors surrounding Mike Gundy, our thoughts on what’s going on behind the scenes, and more.Boone (me): Why do you think his name popped up in coaching rumors?Cox (contributor): Because he wanted it to.Caleb (intern):  Wait, he’s still around?Sam (hoops guru): Money talks. Gundy Badger deserves a raise, even if this is an awful time to bring it up after Bedlam :grimacing:Cox: I think the constant frustration/passive-aggressive turmoil between he and T. Boone and Holder is just going to be something that we are all going to have to live with.Southwell (uniform expert): Gundy Hundy. Athletic directors want a winnerCox: Agreed. Makes sense financially, even if it doesn’t for fans/football/whatever. I think the timing with this Bedlam fiasco is just coincidental.Caleb: Also, who doesn’t want a coach willing to rock a mullet? Besides like Harvard and Yale and all them fancy-types. And they aren’t worth Gundy’s time anyways.Thomas (X’s and O’s): I think if bedlam didn’t go the way it did , his name wouldn’t have been thrown out so much.Caleb: I think he truly is one of the better coaches in the nation, but the “bedlam curse” is hanging over him and it’s probably annoying. He doesn’t necessarily have a problem (ok maybe he does), but it’s probably just more of a hastle than anything. If you can get buckets of cash elsewhere without annoyance…..Sam: I don’t believe Baylor ever had a legitimate shot at himBoone: This happens to a lot of coaches, though. Holgerson’s name popped up for the Houston job — then got an extension and raise several days later. Is he doing what coaches do to get a raise or is it something more?Thomas: Yeah sometimes I get the sense that he’s using it as leverageSam: I have no doubt Gundy is frustrated with Holder/Boone though.. and that played a partCox: I’m sure it’s to get a raise and to make a point.Caleb: It’s tough to say if it’s a bluff for a raise or true interest. I would say the jobs connected are the best indicators, so Baylor seems like a bluff, but something like Oregon or equivalent could be an issue if it were real#Sources say Holder is considering trading Gundy to Oregon for a return of the grey unisCox: it’s a win-win for him… why not talk to them? raise here or more money there.Caleb: @kylecox that’s a good point. I mean, what is his downside to talking to others? Is OSU going to call his bluff and fire their winningest coach ever? Over rumors of him talking to other schools? Really?Cox: he’s got all the dominos and has earned them.Boone: I just feel like its a 100 percent leverage play. The downside, to Caleb’s point, is that he could be fired. It wouldn’t be smart — but I think OSU is tired of him playing the game.Sam: Holder and T Boone aren’t in control and they hate it. Caleb is rightSouthwell: Boone: He hasn’t earned a right to act this way, at least IMO. Do you see Bob Stoops pushing OU’s hand in public every year? What about Nick Saban? Their pay is different, but I don’t think he’s above it. No one is untouchable.Thomas: I just want a coach who’s going to coach wth kahunesIs that too much to askCox: Not saying I agree with it. He could talk to 15 schools and it doesn’t get out unless he wants it to… I was speaking in terms that he is pretty much untouchable at OSU. If they fired him, it would not only be a huge mistake it would make them look ridiculous.Caleb: I think the atheltic department is probably very frustrated with his actions/attitude. I would guess they’ve been hesitant to even consider firing the golden child for years, but with the rising expectations of Cowboy fans and the growing list of quality coaches, as well as the solid footing the program is on as a whole now, I would think they are no longer considering him completely off-limits. Especialy if they think fans are frustrated with the bedlam recordBoone: One final question “to get you out of here on this” (shoutout K-Port): Would you be OK if Gundy moved on this offseason, either by termination or from walking away?Thomas: I would quickly get over itEspecially if we got monkenBut no way holder hires that fireball of a coach because he couldn’t control himBoone: To me: I think I would be OK with it. Depending on who we could get in his place. I am on the #Fuente2Stilly train if it were to happen.Sam: Depends on the replacement- if we get a Fedora, Fuente? I think we’d be just fine. I don’t want no scrubs.Caleb: Totally depends on who we could get. Quality coach comes in and it’s a lot easier to look to the future, but it’s a HUGE gamble for Holder. Like, Dwarfs-Travis -Ford-Extension gamble…Cox: It all depends on who comes in… Look at Texas. The grass is not always greener and it’s a lot harder to win in Stillwater than in Austin. Who really knows if any of those guys will do any better? Charlie Strong was the hottest coach in the country four years ago.Southwell: It would be a weird time to leave. He’s got a really good shot at going to the CFB Playoff next year. To do that for your alma mater is even better. Legendary status.So I don’t think I would be ok with that. I’d feel let down. I would get behind whoever replaces him, but I’d want Gundy over all of the other coaches mentioned.Cox: agreed. this part of coaching isn’t fun but he’s not the only coach that does it. I’m sure UNC fans don’t love Fedora’s name in everyone’s mouth.last_img read more

Adarius Bowman Congratulates Chuba Hubbard for Signing With Oklahoma State

first_img While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Former Oklahoma State wide receiver Adarius Bowman — No. 8 all-time in receiving yards at Oklahoma State — has made a name for himself in Canadian football. Over his ten-year career he has been one of the best wide receivers in the CFL, even winning his second receiving title in 2016 at the age of 31.So when he heard that Canadian speedster Chuba Hubbard was headed to his former school, he had to reach out on Twitter.congrats my young brother. A great choice @okstate. I’m excited to see you in that sea of orange— Adarius Bowman (@AdariusBowman) February 1, 2017 Of course, Chuba replied.Thank you Adarius !! Means a lot ?? https://t.co/qcsteX8owd— Chuba Hubbard (@Hubbard_RMN) February 1, 2017Hubbard is the 23rd ranked running back of the 2017 class per 247Sports and brings world-class speed and athleticism to a position of need for Oklahoma State. To see what else he brings, check out PFB’s interview with Hubbard from last month.last_img read more