RSPL double-header set for National Stadium

first_imgIndependence Park Limited (IPL) has brokered a partnership with the Premier League Clubs Association (PLCA) for a Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) double-header at the National Stadium on Monday night. The scheduled Monday-night games will see Boys’ Town playing Humble Lion, starting at 5:30 p.m., to be followed by a clash between old foes Tivoli Gardens and Harbour View, which kicks off at 8:00 p.m. Both parties decided to come together to have games played in the nation’s best facility in an effort to aid the development of local football. Major Desmon Brown, general manager at IPL, the government agency responsible for the National Stadium complex, says that Monday’s games are being played on a trial basis. “It is a trial. We hope that it will be successful in order to continue playing Premier League games there,” Major Brown told The Gleaner yesterday. “The gate receipts will be shared 50-50 between the IPL and PLCA and the clubs will also earn.” “We want to go back to the days where successful clubs’ matches were held at the stadium in the right atmosphere. Now, it is part of the drive to develop local football,” Major Brown added. The IPL will be responsible for additional cost to stage the games. Meanwhile, general manager of the PLCA, Patricia Garel, says that the league’s title sponsor Red Stripe is also fully behind the matches being played inside the National Stadium. “Red Stripe is fully involved. We think that the selection of games would be good to attract spectators as it depends on the turnout on Monday night,” Garel shared. Only the grandstand section will be open with tickets going for $500.last_img read more

Video: Premier League stars are helping the Belgians party

first_imgWhile you’re watching the Three Lions take on Switzerland next Tuesday, listening to the infamous England Supporters’ Band at Wembley, remember it doesn’t have to be this way.It’s pretty much a guarantee we’ll sit in our seats and grumpily moan about misplaced passes and another Wayne Rooney miss, or question why Jamie Vardy is starting.Instead, we should take a leaf out of the Belgians’ books.The Red Devils and their ‘Golden Generation’ are marching on in their quest for Euro 2016 qualification and they’re having a great time too.Here, in their official ‘aftermovie’, the Belgians show us how we should be enjoying international football, but instead we’ll probably waddle down Wembley Way mumbling about the price of a hotdog and asking ourselves how Fabian Delph gets in Roy Hodgson’s starting XI.See how the Belgians enjoy their football above…last_img read more

Oakland A’s bring back left-handed reliever on free agent deal

first_img(CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this photo gallery on your mobile device.)Left-handed reliever Jake Diekman agreed to a two-year contract, with a 2022 club option, with the Oakland A’s, the team announced on Tuesday.The contract is reportedly worth $7.5 million over the two years, per ESPN’s Jeff Passan.Diekman came to the A’s in a trade with the Kansas City Royals at the 2019 July deadline. He recorded a 4.43 ERA with 21 strikeouts, 16 walks and a 3.95 FIP and allowed no home runs in …last_img

SA welcomes SADC infrastructure plan

first_img20 August 2012 South Africa has welcomed the adoption of a regional infrastructure master plan by Southern African Development Community (SADC) leaders who met in Maputo at the weekend. The SADC Heads of State approved the plan, which is expected to boost regional trade, following their two-day summit in the Mozambican capital. The plan, to be implemented over a 15-year period beginning from next year, will serve as a key strategy to guide the creation of efficient, cost-effective trans-boundary infrastructure connecting all SADC member states in areas of energy, water, ICT and transport. The region’s infrastructure in critical sectors is said to be so poor that a deficit was estimated to be to be about US$100-billion. Speaking to SAnews in Maputo, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies noted that the new plan would put emphasis on the cross-border infrastructure that South Africa identifies in its own Strategic Infrastructure Plan, adopted recently by the government. “Our own infrastructure programme, particularly the 17 SIPs, will be strongly supporting the SADC plan, and we have already identified a few projects that we are highlighting, and the SADC plan will help us to get a bigger broader picture,” Davies said. He welcomed the fact that a connected SADC infrastructure would strengthen regional integration and add meaning to the free-trade area agreement that many countries in the region were battling to implement. “As South Africa we have always argued that the biggest barriers to promoting a more equitable pattern of inter-regional trade … has always been a lack of a common plan that links all of us. “We think that the way forward now is to address the supply capacity issues as well as infrastructure challenges that are blocking inter-regional trade,” Davies said. “This means we have to find agreement on a whole host of things within the SADC region as part of SADC’s supported infrastructure programme, with the main focus on cross-border projects.” It’s still not clear how funding for the infrastructure plan will be structured, considering that countries are still battling to put together even the Regional Development Fund (RDF) that was agreed to in previous summits. The RDF was intended as a financial mechanism to mobilise resources from member states and the private sector to finance projects for regional development and integration. Last week, the African Development Bank proposed that a funding mechanism in the form of an infrastructure bond be established to speed up the plan. The bank asked SADC countries to put five percent of their foreign reserves, estimated at US$22-billion, towards the establishment of the initiative. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Cisco Says Its “Internet of Everything” Is Worth $14.4 Trillion. Really?

first_imgNetworking giant Cisco predicted Wednesday that as we move into a “fundamentally mobile and video” world, the “Internet of Everything” — which combines the so-called Internet of Things with the Internet used by people and their mobile devices — will create $14.4 trillion in value and boost overall corporate profits by 21%. All by 2022.Those are some pretty big numbers, shared by Cisco executives at a press event in San Jose on Wednesday. But while the vision makes sense, quantifying the changes to be wrought by growth of the Internet of Everything seems, well, fairly abitrary. To say the least. What Goes Into $14.4 Trillion?Rob Lloyd, Cisco President, Sales and Development, broke down the $14.4 trillion figure this way:$2.5 trillion in better asset utilization$2.5 trillion in employee productivity$2.7 in supply chain logistics$3.7 trillion in better customer experience.$3 trillion in enabling new innovations. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Perhaps we can start by seeing which industries benefit first and most dramatically. According to Lloyd, the top candidates include manufacturing, the public sector, energy and utlities, healthcare, finance/insurance, transportation and wholesale/distribution.The Internet of Everything combines several trends, including the growth of connected devices, the increasing use of video, cloud computing, Big Data and the increasing importance of mobile apps compared to traditional computing applications. Lloyd did lay out numbers to support the importance of the trends. But though these are also all giant numbers, connecting them to the $14.4 trillion figure still requires a leap of faith.In terms of connected devices, he said, we’ve gone from 200 million in 2000 to 10 billion devices today, to a predicted 50 billion by 2020. On the mobile side, Lloyd said, 20 billion mobile apps were downloaded last year alone. By 2017, he added, two-thirds of mobile traffic will be video.New Levels Of Complexity To Support New UsesThat complexity will make today’s issues “look very, very minor,” and pose historic challenges to manage, Lloyd said. That statement, at least, is easy to grasp. “We’ve been warming up for this for the last five years.” The company already has a number of projects in the works demonstrating key elements of the trend, including installing smart meters and pole-top routers for BC Hydro in Canada, and a single auto plant with 50,000 IP devices. Cisco’s Sean Curtis demo’d live data from San Carlos, Calif., showing a heat map for mobile connections using “dwell time” metrics to track how efficiently pedestrian traffic was moving through the suburb’s commuter train station. Curtis said similar information mashups have been applied to San Carlos’ farmers market, offering insights into how many shoppers showed up, how long they stayed and which stalls they visited — information that would be of great use to both retailers and city planners.The next step, Curtis said, is to link that kind of data with store data as well as parking and traffic information to help shoppers optimize their experience. The idea is that eventually shoppers could see the best route to the least crowded store with the best prices on the items they were looking for.As apps like that come online, the Internet of Everything should indeed spur growth. Maybe even trillions of dollars worth of growth. Exactly how much and when, though, seems a Big Data question of the highest order. Rising Expectations, Bigger Security Issues The rise of the Internet of Everything is already changing corporate expectations, Lloyd said, not to mention who pays for technology advances. “The Internet of Everything will be driven by business funding, not just IT funding,” Lloyd said.What about security for all this connected information? Padmasree Warrior, Cisco’s chief technology and strategy officer, said “the data will be collected whether we want it to be or not. How will it be used? That is the security question.”Photos by Fredric Paul Tags:#Cisco#innovation#Interent of Things#networking Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowcenter_img IT + Project Management: A Love Affair fredric paul Those may seem easier to grasp, but when you’re talking in trillions over decade-long time frames, it’s very hard to put much credence in calculations like these.  Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more