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R4bn for SA, Mozambique pipeline

first_img13 April 2007A South African and a Mozambican company are to construct a R4-billion liquid petroleum pipeline between the two countries, reducing South Africa’s reliance on Durban harbour and offering some hope that inland fuel prices might drop in the long term.The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has issued a licence to build the pipeline from Maputo to Kendal in Gauteng, via Nelspruit, to Petroline RSA. They will build the pipeline jointly with Petroline SARL of Mozambique.Nersa agreed with the option to build the pipeline from Mozambique, instead of a larger 24-inch line from Durban to Johannesburg, because it would be cheaper. Detailed design and environmental impact assessments for the project, already approved by the two countries, are currently under way.According to Petroline RSA director Pinky Moabi, construction will start at the end of the year and the pipeline should be fully operational by the end of 2009.“We hope that fuel prices will drop in Mpumalanga and some parts of Gauteng, because we will be getting fuel directly from the coast of Mozambique, and we know that fuel prices are lower on the coast than in inland cities,” Moabi said.According to Petroline, the pipeline will carry 3.5-billion litres of fuel a year and supply 25% of the fuel demand in Mpumalanga and Gauteng.The pipeline will run from an existing coastal fuel storage depot at Matola Harbour in Mozambique to Nelspruit, where an inland depot will be built, complete with rail and road loading infrastructure.Absa economist Chris Hart told BuaNews that the pipeline’s effect on prices would in all probability be felt in the long term. “The pipeline is unlikely to have an effect on fuel prices in the shorter term as the consumers would have to pay for it,” Hart said. However, the pipeline “might cut costs to a certain extent in the main market in the long run.“Currently, about two thirds of South Africa’s fuel is imported,” Hart added. “There is refinery capacity shortage in the country.”The licence to build the pipeline went to Petroline ahead of state-owned Petronet, which Nersa spokesperson Nhlanhla Cebekhulu put down to Petroline’s strong empowerment credentials.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — July 30, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Rain arrives today, and we stay wet through the first half of the week. Rain moves into western and northwestern Ohio first later this morning and midday. There is a threat for some heavier thunderstorms, but generally, the stronger weather will hit our neighbors to the west in Indiana more than it hits us. That being said, we are still on the lookout for thunderstorms, and perhaps a few strong ones here and there, later this afternoon and tonight through the overnight. Rains continue through tomorrow. This system has a strong circulation to it, and as such, on Wednesday we think we will be stuck in some significant wrap around moisture, keeping scattered light showers around through the entire day. All told, from today through Wednesday, we can see half to 1.5″ rain totals. Coverage over the 3 day period will be nearly 80% of the state in that range, and the remaining 20% gets wet, but may not quite make it to half an inch. The map at right shows rains through midnight Wednesday night.  High pressure is here for Thursday, and we see dry weather then for Friday, the weekend, and next Monday. Temps will be cooler than normal to start but will rebound to near normal for the start of next week. Sunshine will be dominant.  Our next system will be here next Tuesday and Wednesday. Scattered showers are likely, and some stronger thunderstorms are possible. However, timing on the thunderstorms is highly variable at this time. Coverage of rain is also not as good as what we expect today through midweek this week. But, there is plenty of time for this system to evolve. We currently are looking for .25”-1.25” with 60% coverage from next week’s event. We turn dry again by next Thursday.  In the extended period, we start off relatively benign. In fact, we have high pressure in control through the 11th and 12th. Around the 12th, we see some moisture starting to work up through the western and central corn belt. This will bring a chance of showers back to our region later on the 13th into the 14th. Moisture totals can be up to half an inch.  This pattern, if it emerges as we see this morning, will be one with “timely” rains, and mild temps. It is not threatening to any crop growth or development.last_img read more

The Emergence of AI Driving Revenue-related KPIs

first_imgKris BondiChief Marketing Officer AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Some form of Artificial Intelligence (AI) project can now be found in most companies, with the remainder seeming to at least have several projects in a planning stage. If Marc Andreessen’s now famous “software will eat the world” Wall Street Journal essay was on its way to being true when he wrote it seven years ago, the “eats the world” statement is equally true today regarding AI.AI, or at least something claiming to be AI, can be seen throughout the consumer and business landscape. Are the recommendation engines that power Amazon and Netflix suggestions AI? They seem to be. In Netflix’s case, they made a move a few years ago to have their “you might like” recommendation based on analysis of content you’ve liked, instead of only on what you’ve watched. It’s up to the Netflix subscribers to determine if this made their recommendations sharper. On the Amazon front, in 2016, the company open sourced the AI framework of its recommendation system through a project named DSSTNE.While there is machine learning involved in these recommendation engines, because they are so ubiquitous we rarely think about what is behind them. To most people, they are recommendation engines and not much thought goes into dissecting exactly how they work. This is the normal cycle for AI’s application into an existing technology. Often AI is most valuable when it is an ingredient, enhancing existing products and technologies.To this point, as the current wave of AI-related innovation has increased, not surprisingly, the first applications have been related to new products or product enhancements. AI assistants, chatbots, and AI’s contributions to autonomous cars may be the most discussed. Investment in AI technologies supports this focus on innovation with the Brookings Institute reporting that investment in self-driving cars alone equaled $80 billion in the 2014-2017 timeframe, with even more substantial investment expected in 2018.Business strategists can tell you AI has been sending waves of change throughout entire organizations for decades, and by extension, throughout our lives. For example, predictive analytics companies have benefited greatly from machine learning to assist organizations in a broad array of areas from credit scoring and fraud detection to determining which leads in a database are most likely to provide higher lifetime value.Innovation fueled by AI is nothing new. AI projects have been active for decades, officially beginning at Dartmouth College in 1956. It’s not that they’ve been hiding away in academia all this time. It’s a common practice that as AI projects mature, they are folded into technology. The recommendation engine examples show this. Following this reasoning, it’s likely that in the near future, we’re likely not to hear when AI is present in a technology. For example, today, you are likely to read how AI enables advanced fraud detection or improved chatbots. In the not too distant future, it will just be assumed that anytime predictive analytics and proactive personalization is needed the best of breed will include AI.AI has proven effective in breaking technology barriers. What would have seemed impossible even five years ago is now a reality. Take the example of product and content personalization. Not too long ago, digital personalization was only possible on the internet, where tracking past visits and purchases were used to deliver more personalized experiences. If the user of a mobile or IoT device desired a “personalized” experience, they needed to set their preference themselves, a task that even with the best of intentions often went incomplete. Jump to today, the ability to understand what end users are doing in the physical world throughout their day is now used to proactively predict the most appropriate experience to deliver to the end user. The results are increased usage, decreased churn, and higher conversion rates. This illustrates the next stage for AI – KPI multiplier.As the inclusion of AI becomes more prevalent, how it is seen in organizations has evolved once more. Yes, it will continue to be a driving force of innovation, but more is being asked of it. This is a good thing for both the development and business sides of the organization. A project without a clear connection a company’s strategic vision or existing core business is in danger of being a distraction inside and outside the organization.When measuring how project efforts match with stated results, KPIs are one of the best tools. Well-defined corporate KPIs with department and individual KPIs rolling up to them can keep a company: focused on its quarterly numbers; its product roadmap on track; or a long-term strategic initiative moving forward. So how can AI be assimilated into the KPI process?There are two approaches to leverage AI to improve KPIs – making the most of what you have and developing with purpose.The first is utilizing existing AI projects. We’ve all seen cool technology that in hindsight begs the question: “but how can we use it?” Begin with an innovation audit. Take inventory of what is being developed or has been developed. What does this enable? And, how does it tie in with the company’s current KPIs and long-term goals? This will likely require someone other than the developer or project manager to help with this assessment. I suggest a face-to-face or web conference to discuss the capabilities and goals of the project. This is a positive communication about how the project can be leveraged. Communication is critical. You are looking for existing and new ways to leverage innovation, not to assess the value an individual brings to the organization.The second approach for leveraging AI to improve KPIs starts at the planning stage. Many companies have an understanding they should embrace AI projects, but they wonder with which ones to start. Begin by first looking at your company’s key KPIs, particularly your company’s revenue-related KPIs. Now, ask: What can AI do to improve these KPIs? Looking at the real-world predictions example above, there are several KPIs that may be addressed. Increased time using an app supports a revenue KPI if the app developer receives revenue from in-app purchases. Delivering content that is more relevant to the user based on granular personas supports a conversion rate KPI, which is often used to measure users moving from freemium to premium subscriptions. And, reaching a user at the right moment in their day makes overall usage more likely and reduces the chances the user will churn, which obviously is a closely watched revenue impacting KPI.For organization’s who look at AI as a vital part of their products and how their business operates, it is likely to be not only a KPI multiplier, but soon a revenue multiplier. Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Neura CMO Kris Bondi is a seasoned marketing professional with more than 20 years of international marketing experience. Kris brings her history of creating hockey stick adoption, prominent brand reputation, and substantial mindshare to her role.Prior to joining Neura, Kris served as Vice President of Global Marketing for Iron.io, a leader in the serverless computing space. Her background includes deep expertise in technology marketing with previous stints at Moka5, TIBCO and Mashery. While at CNW Consulting, Kris advised global brands on GTM and strategic positioning. Her clients included Visa, Starbucks, NEC and Qlik.Kris holds a BA in communications rhetoric and political science from the University of Pittsburgh. Follow the Pucklast_img read more

London Olympics: Ki Bo-Bae wins gold in archery

first_imgMexico ended its medal drought in Olympic archery on Thursday with a double triumph for Aida Roman and Mariana Avitia, who came away with the silver and bronze respectively. South Korea’s Ki Bo-bae beat Roman in the final to take the gold.Roman, 24, reached the finals after victories over Miki Kanie of Japan, Italy’s Pia Lionetti and teammate Avitia.”The feeling is incredible,” Roman said. “I have been training my whole life and I have made it. This medal is for me, for my family and for everyone who has supported me. And, of course, for Mexico.”Mariana Avitia, an 18-year-old, upset South Korean archer Lee Sung-jin in the quarterfinals and went on to defeat Khatuna Lorig of the US in the bronze-medal match.”I am very, very happy, this is a very moving moment in the life of an athlete,” Avitia said after winning the bronze.”To have the support of my family and my coach has been very important for me. Thank you, Mexico. I love you,” she said.last_img read more

CSKA Moscow 77, Panathinaikos 74

first_imgMOSCOW – Panathinaikos dropped the first match of its Eurloeague basketball quarter-final to CSKA Moscow 77-74 on April 16, although forcing the game into overtime against the Russian team.Panathinaikos fell behind from the get-go, trailing 21-14 after one before mounting a second period rally to even the score at half and started clamping down on defense.Even with a poor game from captain Dimitris Diamantidis, the Greek team grabbed a 67-62 lead with only three minutes to go but couldn’t hit critical free throws, allowing the Moscow team to snatch a tie, 72-72 in regulation time.Panathinaikos, playing nervously, scored only two points in the OT and had little oomph after American forwards Stephane Lasme and James Gist, its two toughest and most aggressive players, fouled out and the husky Russian players took over.Lasme and Jonas Maciulis scored 14 each. The next game in the best-of-five series is April 18 in Moscow before the teams return to Athens for game three next week.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

In The Spread Offense Era Can Wisconsin Rush Its Way To The

The football game played Saturday in Madison could have taken place 20 years ago. Wisconsin performed a complete takedown of Michigan, outclassing the Wolverines on both lines. The Badgers were unstoppable in the running game, piling up 359 yards on 57 carries. They pressured Michigan on 39.6 percent of dropbacks, negating the Wolverines’ speed at the skill positions. They led 28-0 at halftime and had the ball for more than 41 out of 60 minutes.In short, they played the game that Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh has always wanted his team to play. After he accepted his first head coaching job, at San Diego in 2004, Harbaugh told legendary Michigan coach Bo Schembechler that he would always have a fullback on his roster. As they shift toward spread concepts — Harbaugh brought in coordinator Josh Gattis last offseason to overhaul his ground-and-pound offense and replace it with a no-huddle attack as a last-ditch effort to break Michigan’s Ohio State curse — this year’s Wolverines don’t have a fullback. But Wisconsin has three, and one of them, John Chenal, scored a touchdown against Michigan. After Saturday’s rout and shutouts of South Florida and Central Michigan by a combined score of 110-0, Paul Chryst’s team is 3-0, No. 9 in the coaches’ poll and No. 8 in the AP poll. The Badgers appear to be the best version of their traditional hard-nosed, smashmouth selves. The question this year is: Is that good enough to make the College Football Playoff?In the spread-offense era, Wisconsin would be quite the party-crasher. The Badgers this season have averaged one snap every 31 seconds, playing at a slower tempo than any of the 20 playoff teams to date. Just 41.4 percent of their play calls are passes, fewer than any playoff finalist except Georgia in 2017. Chryst’s team has run more than half of its plays (118 of 224) from under center and huddled before 99.1 percent of its snaps. On its fourth play from scrimmage Saturday, Wisconsin faced fourth-and-inches from its own 34-yard line and came out in a jumbo formation it calls “14-Hippo” featuring seven offensive linemen, two tight ends, quarterback Jack Coan and running back Jonathan Taylor. “We slowly got to where we wanted to be, right?” Chryst told reporters afterward. “It worked.”Wisconsin has been playing this way for years; since 2005, the style has produced nine double-digit-win seasons and three Rose Bowl berths. But the Badgers have not played for a national championship in that time. They came closest in 2017, when they marched undefeated through the regular season but fell just short to Ohio State in the Big Ten championship game. That team, perhaps more than any other, illustrated the perils of playing a plodding style in this era. When it counted, Ohio State raced past Wisconsin for 57-yard and 84-yard touchdown passes in the first quarter, and the Badgers managed only one offensive touchdown in a 27-21 loss. When their defense gave them two final chances to take the lead in the fourth quarter, their offense finished those drives with a punt and an interception.This year’s team may already be different in one area: quarterback. From 2016 to 2018, Wisconsin started the inconsistent Alex Hornibrook, whose touchdown-to-interception ratio was just 1.42 and whose highest completion percentage in a season was 62.3 percent, good for 33rd among the top 100 quarterbacks. (The other two years he didn’t make the top 100 in completion percentage.) He threw crucial late interceptions in games such as that 2017 Big Ten championship and a 2016 trip to Michigan. Coan faced no such problems Saturday, when he rushed for two touchdowns. In Coan, Wisconsin might now have a capable quarterback to pair with its defense and Taylor, its Heisman candidate running back.This year’s Badgers have one opportunity that the 2017 version didn’t: a regular-season trip to Ohio State. Two seasons ago, Wisconsin did not play a top-15 team until the conference championship, and losing that game knocked the team out of playoff contention. This year, the Badgers can make a huge statement by beating the Buckeyes for the first time since 2010. Their schedule may even afford them two cracks at it: If they win all their other games, they could lose to the Buckeyes in their regular-season matchup next month, avenge that loss in the Big Ten title game and still make the playoff.If they can’t beat Ohio State, the Badgers will likely become another good team with a stout defense and an offense that’s serviceable but not flashy, potentially ending up in a New Year’s Six bowl but missing the playoff. And if Wisconsin can beat its old rival, Alabama and Clemson will likely be lying in wait, setting up the ultimate test of speed versus power.1So far this season, Alabama and Clemson are huddling before 40.4 percent and 34.4 percent of snaps, respectively. This decade has overwhelmingly favored speed. Old-school Wisconsin is hoping it can turn back the clock. read more

Volleyball welcomes pair of Big Ten foes

The Ohio State women’s volleyball team (13-2) faces two Big Ten teams at home this weekend.Among the 331 Division I teams, the Buckeyes fall just short of the top 25. Competition in the Big Ten is fierce, as seven of the top 25 teams are Big Ten schools.   The team faces Wisconsin on Friday at St. John Arena. Wisconsin (5-6) is struggling at the start of its season.The Iowa Hawkeyes (9-5) make their trip to St. John Arena Saturday.Both Wisconsin and Iowa are ranked ouside of the top 25, and Iowa recently beat the Badgers 3-1. “Wisconsin is a much bigger team, but Iowa is playing well and their win over Wisconsin gave them confidence,” OSU coach Geoff Carlston said.  The team has been anticipating these two Big Ten matchups. Carlston recognizes that early in the season each team is still getting into its own rhythm. The Buckeyes’ goal this week has been to focus on themselves instead of what the other team is bringing to the floor.   “We just need to find our offensive balance and outplay them on the defensive side of the game,” Carlston said.  Power players this year are outside hitter junior Katie Dull and middle blocker senior Kristen Dozier.  Both matches are set for 7 p.m. at St. John Arena. read more

Let the madness begin Breaking down the bracket

3. Coach Bo Ryan leads No. 4-seeded Wisconsin (23-8) into the NCAA Tournament for the 10th consecutive year. The Badgers will play the Atlantic Sun Conference champion, No. 13-seeded Belmont Bruins (30-4), in the first round. 3. After being in contention for a No. 1 seed for most of the season, No. 4 seed Texas fell after losing three of four games to unranked teams late in February. The Longhorns will take on No. 13 seed Oakland, who some have pegged to be a Cinderella team after winning the Summit League Championship. 5. Kemba Walker took No. 3 seed Connecticut to a five-games-in-five-days championship run to the Big East Tournament — a conference that sent 11 teams to the NCAA Tournament. The 6-foot-1 guard averaged 26 points per game in the conference tournament. UConn takes on No. 14 Bucknell, which won the Patriot League title.   Southwest Region 1. No. 1 seed Kansas is the deepest team in the nation, but at times loses focus defensively. Nevertheless, the Jayhawks are a legitimate title contender and are the overwhelming favorite to win the region. East Region 1. Ohio State, the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament, is the favorite, not only to win its region, but to be the last team standing come April 4. The Buckeyes should cruise until a potential matchup with No. 4 seed Kentucky in the Sweet 16. 2. No. 6 seed Xavier’s Tu Holloway is the best player you’ve never heard of. The Atlantic-10 Player of the Year was second in the A-10 in points, assists, steals and free-throw percentage. Holloway also has recorded two triple-doubles on the season, and scored 26 points in last season’s Elite 8 loss against Kansas State. 3. The best first-round tilt will take place between No. 8 seed George Mason and No. 9 seed Villanova. George Mason comes in winner of 16 of its last 17 games, while Villanova has lost five in a row and seven of its last nine. This game will feature two teams that look to push the tempo, evidenced by both squads’ 73-points-a-game averages. 4. No. 2 seed North Carolina is the only team in the region with enough size potentially to get OSU’s big men in foul trouble, and the talent to go shot for shot with the Buckeyes. However, the Tar Heels’ tournament inexperience is a major concern. 5. That said, OSU will win the East Region. The Buckeyes boast an impeccable combination of youth and experience, as well as perimeter shooting and inside play. That should be enough for them to reach their second Final Four in four years. West Region 1. No. 1 seed Duke likely needed its championship run in the ACC Tournament to secure a No. 1 seed after beating North Carolina, 75-58, in the conference title game. The Blue Devils benefited from Notre Dame falling to Louisville in the semifinals of the Big East Tournament. There’s speculation about whether star freshman guard Kyrie Irving’s toe injury will allow him to participate in the tournament. 4. No. 2 seed San Diego State was the second-to-last team in the country to remain undefeated, behind OSU. The Aztecs suffered their only two losses to BYU, but beat BYU, 72-54, in the Mountain West championship game Saturday. They take on No. 15 seed Northern Colorado, led by guard Devon Beitzel’s 21.4 points per game. 2. Purdue gets a favorable draw as a No. 3 seed. Look for its veteran leadership and scoring to carry it on a deep tournament run. 3. No. 10 seed Florida State has star player Chris Singleton returning from injury and the Seminoles’ defensive mindset allows them to match up with anyone. Notre Dame will have its hands full in round two. 4. Few expected Louisville to be a No. 4 seed come March. Don’t be surprised if Rick Pitino’s squad continues to exceed expectations. 4. Michigan State was named the Southeast region’s No. 10 seed after posting a 19-14 record and advancing the Big Ten Tournament’s semifinal round. The Spartans will play No. 7-seeded UCLA (22-10) in the first round. This is the Spartans’ 14th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. 2. No. 8 seed Michigan will take on the team that took out OSU last year in the Sweet 16, No. 9 seed Tennessee, in the first round. The Wolverines ranked 249th in the country in scoring and will face the Volunteers, led by 6-foot-7 Scotty Hopson’s 17.4 points per game. 2. 2010 NCAA Tournament runner-up Butler (23-9) is the No. 8 seed in the Southeast Region. The Bulldogs will play No. 9-seeded Old Dominion (27-6) in the first round. 5. Upsets in matches between 12th- and fifth-seeded teams are always trendy, but Atlantic 10 Tournament champion Richmond poses a legitimate threat to the region. Remember the name Justin Harper. The 6-foot-10 forward with 3-point range could make a name for himself. Southeast Region 1. UNC-Asheville will take on Arkansas-Little Rock on Tuesday in the Southeast Region’s play-in game. The winner will assume the region’s No. 16 seed and play No. 1-seeded Pittsburgh (27-5) in its next game. 5. The Florida Gators (26-7) were named the Southeast Region’s No. 2 seed. On Nov. 16, Ohio State defeated the Gators, 93-75, in Gainesville, Fla. read more

Dzeko rues ungiven penalty

first_imgWhile conceding that their mistakes proved to be ultimately costly in their 4-1 defeat to Barcelona, Edin Dzeko rued the ungiven penalty “that could have changed the game”In the opening 10 minutes of the first leg, the Bosnian was fouled by Nelson Semedo with the referee Danny Makkelie waving aside all appeals for a penalty and allowing the match to proceed.Afterwards, Barcelona capitalized on the decision with two own goals and a Gerard Pique effort giving them a 3-0 lead. Although Dzeko did pull on back for Roma, Luis Suarez restored their the host’s strong advantage with fourth late on.“I think that, right from the start, we tried to play as we always do by pressing high, even knowing that they are an incredibly strong side,” said Dzeko, according to the club website.“We have tried everything, which is a shame, as 4-1 is a tough result to take.”David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.The former Manchester City forward has called for referees to be braver in making decisions against Barcelona: “The penalty could have changed the game. The referee needs to have the courage to give a penalty against Barcelona, because we are also in the quarter-finals and all of the teams here have earned the right to play.”Dzeko was unsure as to whether playing Barcelona at the Nou Camp had a negative effect on the side, but is confident that Roma will bounce strongly against Florentina in their next game.“I don’t know whether it’s a question of mentality; they are a better side than us and everyone is aware of this,” said the 32 year-old.“3-1 would have been a better result but when you make so many errors against a side this good you get punished. “[Now] we have to bounce back against Fiorentina. It’s an important game in ensuring we play in next season’s Champions League. After that, we’ll think about Barcelona again.”last_img read more

HolmesDennis joins Bristol

first_imgTareiq Holmes-Dennis has signed for Bristol Rovers, according to Huddersfield official website.Holmes-Dennis has completed a permanent transfer from Huddersfield Town to Sky Bet League 1 side Bristol Rovers. The terms and details of the transfer have not been disclosed by Huddersfield. Tareiq signed for Huddersfield from Charleroi Athletic back in the summer of 2016.After making his debut in the club’s 2-1 victory Rotherham in September that year he went on to make a further 14 appearances for David Wagner’s side. Tareiq picked up just one assist during his time at Town, setting up Harry Bunn with a lovely cross during Huddersfield 4-0 victory over Port Vale in the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup.Robbie Fowler interested in managing Bristol Rovers Obinna Echi – December 15, 2018 Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler has revealed his interest in becoming the manager at League One club Bristol Rovers.This week, Darrell Clarke left Bristol…The 22-year-old also featured in Huddersfield Town’s playoff promotion run back in 2017, coming on a substitute during the semi-final second leg against Sheffield Wednesday.The left back’s 2017-18 campaign was marred with injuries during a loan spell at Portsmouth. He picked up an injury 19minutes into his Pompey debut.Tareiq’s contract with Huddersfield was meant to run until the summer of 2019 but the club have decided to let him go this summer.last_img read more

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