ENGLEWOOD, Colorado (AP): Peyton Manning strongly denied a report set to air on Al Jazeera that contends the Denver Broncos quarterback received human growth hormone through his wife during his recovery from neck fusion surgeries in 2011 in Indianapolis. In a statement Saturday night, Manning said: “The allegation that I would do something like that is complete garbage and is totally made up. It never happened. Never.” He added, “I really can’t believe somebody would put something like this on the air. Whoever said this is making stuff up.” The allegations surfaced in an Al Jazeera undercover probe into doping in global sports that is set to air on Sunday and was shared in advance with The Huffington Post. The report claims Manning received HGH from an Indianapolis anti-ageing clinic in 2011 while he was still with the Colts. It said the drug, which was banned by the NFL in the 2011 collective-bargaining agreement, was delivered to his wife, Ashley, so that the quarterback’s name was never attached to the shipments. Liam Collins, a British hurdler, went undercover and spoke with Charlie Sly, an Austin, Texas-based pharmacist who worked at the Guyer Institute, the Indiana-based anti-ageing clinic in 2011. Sly allegedly names Manning and other high-profile athletes as having received HGH from the clinic. However, Sly backtracks in a subsequent statement to Al Jazeera, saying Collins secretly recorded his conversations without his knowledge or consent. “The statements on any recordings or communications that Al Jazeera plans to air are absolutely false and incorrect,” Sly said. “To be clear, I am recanting any such statements and there is no truth to any statement of mine that Al Jazeera plans to air. Under no circumstances should any of those recordings, statements or communications be aired.” The NFL and players’ union added human growth hormone testing to the collective-bargaining agreement signed in 2011, but the side didn’t agree to testing terms until 2014. Nobody has tested positive, which would trigger a four-game suspension. Manning, who joined the Broncos in 2012, has been sidelined since November 15 by a left-foot injury. Brock Osweiler makes his sixth consecutive start in Manning’s place tonight when the Broncos (10-4) host the Bengals (11-3).
Fulham trailed at the break to a Charlie Adam goal after an uninspiring first half at the Britannia Stadium.An unmarked Adam pounced to convert Peter Crouch’s knock-down on 26 minutes to give Stoke the lead.Ryan Shawcross then came close to adding a second, only to see his thumping header cannon back off the crossbar.Giorgos Karagounis fired wide for Fulham early on while Stoke’s Robert Huth headed wide from a corner when well placed.But the Potters’ famed aerial threat eventually paid dividends as Crouch rose above Phillipe Senderos to set up Adam from close range.Fulham: Schwarzer; Riether, Hughes, Senderos, Riise; Dejagah, Baird, Karagounis, Sidwell, Petric; Berbatov. Subs: Kelly, Kasami, Duff, Diarra, Rodallega, Banya, Etheridge.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Sixteen years: in that time South Africa will be a very different country if the goals of Vision 2030, as set out in the National Development Plan, are met. (Image: Cape Town World Design Capital) • South Africa could be swimming in opportunity• Join the 2014 South Africa Competitiveness Forum• South African economy improving• Active citizens build South Africa’s brand • Buy local to build South Africa’s economyRay MaotaSouth Africa’s National Development Plan (NDP), the road map to reach its Vision 2030 – will largely depend on the country’s competitiveness on an international scale. We examine how the two will intertwine to make South Africa a better country.Brand South Africa hosts the second annual South African Competitiveness Forum on 4 and 5 November with the expected outcome of being equipped to design communications, marketing, thought leadership platforms, and a range of other activities to create a truly competitive positioning for the country in international markets and domestically.The organisation explains that the forum is a strategic platform through which to consult and work with the government, business and civil society. The objective is to identify the competitive and reputational strengths and challenges faced by the nation brand.Through shared insights, Brand South Africa believes, actions can be decided on that may, if taken incrementally and systematically over time, contribute directly and substantially to improving the competitiveness and reputation of the country. Competitiveness and the NDPSixteen years: in that time South Africa will be a very different country if the goals of Vision 2030, as set out in the NDP, are met. The aim, among others, is to eliminate poverty and create 11 million jobs by 2030. “By 2030, we must be able to declare that no South African lives below a poverty line and we can fix that line,” Trevor Manuel, at the time the minister in the presidency for the National Planning Commission, wrote in the introduction to the NDP.Drafted by Manuel and 26 other commissioners, the ultimate goal of the plan is to reduce inequality by 2030, and it gives guidance on getting to this end point. It states: “South Africa can realise these goals by drawing on the energies of its people, growing an inclusive economy, building capabilities, enhancing the capacity of the state, and promoting leadership and partnerships throughout society.” The NDP identifies blockages and proposes direction, targets and timelines for developmental programmes and projects.Brand South Africa stresses another of its goals: to position South Africa as a key destination for foreign direct investment. “Research shows that as development levels increase, employment and vulnerability tends to spread more evenly across all sectors. South Africa’s increased competitiveness and improved reputation, domestically and internationally, will be critical to the success of the National Development Plan,” it says. South Africa and global competitivenessSouth Africa was ranked 54th in the Global Competitiveness Report 2014-2015, a decline from 53rd in 2013 and 52nd in 2012. Another report, the IMD Global Competitiveness Yearbook 2014, ranks South Africa 52nd for this year, based on major improvements in infrastructure.The results of the National Infrastructure Plan, which is related to the NDP, namely the roll-out of infrastructure, can be seen in the improvement in the country’s ranking in infrastructure in the World Economic Forum (WEF), as well as in the Ibrahim Index of African Governance this year, states Brand South Africa. It moved from 66 to 60 out of 148 countries, and from seven to three out of 52 countries, respectively. This means that the national investment in infrastructure is paying off in terms of competitiveness measures. What South Africa is doing rightAccording to the WEF report, South Africa is doing well in the following: quality of its institutions ranking 41st in the category, including intellectual property protection at 18th, property rights at 20th, and in the efficiency of the legal framework in challenging and settling disputes, which were ranked 13th and 12th, respectively. The high accountability of its private institutions was ranked second, further supporting the institutional framework. Furthermore, South Africa’s financial market development remains impressive, at a consistent third place.South Africa was ranked at 28th for efficient market for goods and services. Business sophistication and innovation, benefiting from good scientific research institutions, and strong collaboration between universities and the business sector in innovation, were also identified as points supporting competitiveness.But the country remains an economy of extremes. “This is illustrated in the breakdown of the components of the competitiveness ranking. South Africa ranks near the top of the global ratings in a number of factors. These mostly relate to the development of the financial sector and financial markets,” says Brand South Africa. What South Africa should improveAccording to recent global reports, South Africa’s strong ties to advanced economies, notably European markets, make it more vulnerable to their economic slowdown and may have contributed to the deterioration of its fiscal indicators.In the Global Competitiveness Report, performance in the macroeconomic environment dropped sharply from 69th to 95th. South Africa received low scores for the diversion of public funds, at 99th, and for the perceived wastefulness of government spending, at 79th. A more general lack of public trust in politicians, ranked at 98th, remained worrisome, and security continued to be a major area of concern for doing business, with the country coming in at 109th.Other challenges include: building a skilled labour force and creating sufficient employment; the health of the workforce was ranked 133rd out of 148 economies – the result of high rates of communicable diseases and poor health indicators more generally. The quality of the educational system in South Africa was considered to be very poor, ranking at 146th, with low primary and tertiary enrolment rates. It is with this in mind that Brand South Africa plans an education and skills workshop at the South African Competitiveness Forum. It will interrogate the reputational and competitiveness issues related to the nation’s performance in this sector.Labour market efficiency is also poor, and was ranked at 116th; hiring and firing practices were seen to be extremely rigid and were ranked at 147th; companies not being able set wages flexibly got the nation a ranking at 144th; and significant tensions in labour-employer relations resulted in a ranking in the category at 148th.With these figures in mind, Brand South Africa believes that raising educational standards and making the labour market more efficient will be critical in view of South Africa’s high unemployment rate. At present, this is more than 20%; the rate of youth unemployment is even higher, estimated at close to 50%.Brand South Africa will host its second South African Competitiveness Forum in Johannesburg on 4 and 5 November 2014 under the theme “Active citizenship and its role in changing the South African brand reality”. Top minds from business, government, civil society and the academic world will come together to discuss our position in the world, and uncover ways to give South Africa a competitive edge on the global stage. Click here to find out more. Follow the conversation on Twitter via #CompetitiveSA.
Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com. Tags:#4th Industrial Revolution#Fourth Industrial Revolution#people skills#technology Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … On the heels of the steam engine, mass production, and electronic and digital technology comes the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Stemming from digital roots, this new era brings a wave of change that will once again revolutionize how we live and work. And technology is leading the charge.The Fourth Industrial Revolution introduces integrated adjustments to the way we interact with the world around us, including new advancements like the Internet of Things, the Internet of Systems, artificial intelligence, and more. We’re looking at not just technological assistance, but a flourishing form of technological assimilation. If the sci-fi throwback term of “assimilation” doesn’t make you sit up and take notice, it should, because the tides are changing fast. Here are three keys to ensuring you and your business stay afloat.Increase Your EQMove over, IQ; it’s not all about brainpower anymore. The Fourth Industrial Revolution will change how we interact with one another in conjunction with our technology, and it requires that we reconnect with our EQ (emotional quotient). As AI begins to make its way into the decision-making processes of modern business, emotional and social intelligence become two capabilities that can’t be automated — at least not yet. It’s one thing to have complex thinkers with lightning-fast computational skills and incomparable technical abilities, but it’s quite another to have an intercommunicative workforce that’s situationally aware and adaptive. Consider the example of FedEx, which took EQ to heart when designing its leadership program. By focusing on building emotional intelligence into its management team, the company has yielded an 8-11 percent increase in core leadership competencies. Employees also made vast improvements in their decision-making and influencing abilities and experienced a marked improvement in their quality of life. Take a look at your leadership program, and critically assess whether you’re nurturing your company’s EQ. To start, quiz your team to see where its EQ stands now, using assessment tools such as those from Psychology Today or the Institute for Health and Human Potential. Then, make sure your training includes lessons like how to stay calm rather than reactive when facing a difficult person or how to express difficult emotions when necessary. To help your team members focus on EQ, emotional intelligence expert Justin Bariso passes along this self-test from comedian Craig Ferguson: “You know before you say anything, you have to ask yourself three questions: Does this need to be said? Does this need to be said by me? And does this need to be said by me now?”Nurture the Signs of SpringToday’s Fourth Industrial Revolution brings exponential change to the ways we integrate technology with modern industry. Just look at the U.K.’s robotic farm, which harvested its first machine-tended crop a couple of years ago. Continuing to educate your team will be vital because the future of work will entail digital transformation, and your team will need more advanced skills to keep up with the rapid change. Just as sports teams come together for preseason training to brush up on skills and welcome new players to try out, so should you create a forum for your company’s employees to expand their talents and aim toward new goals.After all, your workers may not have the skills needed to do the jobs you need done, according to a World Economic Forum report. Consider bringing in a consultant or trainer to update your entire team on a specific area or to work with employees individually to help them gain the necessary skills or earn relevant certifications. Try partnering with universities, city agencies, and nonprofits to educate your team members, or enable them to attend workshops that further their industry knowledge. You could even give each member of your team a professional development budget and time off each quarter to acquire new skills.Be the First — or at Least Not the Last — to Adopt New Tech StrategiesYou’ll see success in the Fourth Industrial Revolution if you lead your industry in incorporating emerging tech into your operations and business model in a big way. “Exploring the limits of technology is often a hefty investment, but adopting new tech and learning how to use it before the rest of the industry follows suit can provide businesses with an important competitive advantage,” says Saagar Govil, chairman and CEO of Cemtrex Inc., a global leader in innovative multi-industrial technology. As an example of this in action, Govil cites JPMorgan Chase, which is placing a heavy emphasis on bleeding-edge technologies such as blockchain, AI, and big data. Perhaps you can’t be the first in your industry to implement a new tech solution, but make sure you’re not the last.Look around you: Tech is being transfused into the veins of every industry. You need to make an educated guess as to how — and which — new technologies could impact your business and then act. If your company owns real estate, for example, you should consider automating your properties’ heating and cooling, lighting, security, and other building functions. Such “smart” office buildings are becoming increasingly common around the globe. In fact, Navigant Research estimates the smart building tech market will bring in $8.5 billion globally in 2020, up from 2016’s total of $4.7 billion. The benefits of this infrastructure investment? You’ll reduce your energy use, which means you’ll both spend less and lessen your buildings’ impact on the environment.Rapid change is inevitable, and the assimilation of technology into every aspect of modern business is unavoidable. The question is whether today’s business leaders can remain competitive in a technological world that’s rapidly and exponentially evolving. The tide is rising on the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Will your business sink or swim? Follow the Puck Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry Related Posts
Continue Reading Previous Advantech opens expanded European Service Center in EindhovenNext LieberLieber: PiCar as model for Industry 4.0 The rapidly-growing automotive supplier Preh Car Connect is re-establishing its software development on the Product Family Engineering methodology. Preh engineers, already longtime Enterprise Architect users, were recently introduced to LemonTree from LieberLieber. The new concept was unveiled in a joint presentation and is nothing short of ambitious.Computer scientist Tim Michaelis, software architect at Preh Car Connect: “As our company continues to see strong growth and the implementation of numerous series projects, we can effectively use components of our own software again and again. So far, however, this has only been possible through the laborious manual copying of software architecture models. Together with LieberLieber, we are now working on a project that will automate such processes. LemonTree is an important building block for us in order to be able to implement these development steps faster and more easily.”Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (AP) _ Lowe’s Cos. (LOW) on Tuesday reported fiscal third-quarter profit of $629 million.On a per-share basis, the Mooresville, North Carolina-based company said it had profit of 78 cents. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs and asset impairment costs, came to $1.04 per share.The results topped Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of 15 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 97 cents per share.The home improvement retailer posted revenue of $17.42 billion in the period, which also beat Street forecasts. Eleven analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $17.33 billion.Lowe’s expects full-year earnings in the range of $5.08 to $5.13 per share.Lowe’s shares have dropped almost 2 per cent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has risen almost 1 per cent. The stock has risen 14 per cent in the last 12 months._____This story was generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on LOW at https://www.zacks.com/ap/LOWThe Associated Press
“Fabricated industrial steel components tariffs are intended to prevent Asian markets from dumping subsidized products into Canadian markets in order to protect our producers,” said Kitimat mayor Phil Germuth. “However, it is absolutely necessary for LNG proponents in B.C. to import large fabricated modules to develop their liquefaction plants. “We feel it would be an absolute shame if our country missed out on this once-in-a-generation opportunity to secure billions of dollars of investment. We need to create a level playing field in order to be competitive on the global stage, so that we don’t see Canadian investment and jobs disappear. If just one of the proposed projects, LNG Canada, were to proceed it would be the single largest private investment in Canadian history.”While in Ottawa, the group of mayors intend to meet with a variety of key representatives from the federal government.According to the Conference Board of Canada, if an LNG industry comprised of one small and two larger LNG facilities is built in B.C., it will grow Canada’s economy by $7.4 billion a year for the next 30 years. These three projects would also raise national employment by 65,000 jobs a year on average and provide $6 billion in taxes to the federal government. OTTAWA, O.N. — Five mayors from the Peace Region will joined by the mayors of Kitimat and Terrace in meetings with the federal government this week on the topic of getting an liquified natural gas export industry realized in B.C.The seven mayors, including those from Fort St. John, Dawson Creek, Pouce Coupe, Taylor, and Tumbler Ridge, are scheduled to be meeting in Ottawa on Wednesday and Thursday to showcase to the government the benefits that an LNG export industry would bring to their communities, as well as to the rest of B.C. and Canada. In a joint press release today, There is broad support for LNG in B.C. amongst the communities that are most directly affected by the proposed activity.“This new industry will bring new investment, create new jobs, business and training opportunities and bring new revenue to B.C. that will help support social services including hospitals, schools, transportation and public safety,” said Fort St. John mayor Lori Ackerman. “These are not just benefits for northern B.C. but benefits that will be experienced throughout the province and all of Canada. Canadians will see the benefits of adding value to our natural gas, diversifying our trade opportunities, instead of allowing our natural gas to be shipped raw to the U.S., which is currently our only market outside of Canada.”The mayors are also planning on bringing up the tariffs on fabricated industrial steel components imported from Asia that could jeopardize the development of such an industry by making proposed projects less competitive in the global economy. The mayors say that consideration should be given to exempting LNG modules from FISC tariffs in order to level the playing field for potential LNG investors.
Kolkata: The Election Commission is yet to give BJP permission to play its controversial theme song sung by Asansol MP Babul Supriyo. However, leaders and activists of the party were found playing the song rampantly in the vehicles on their way to attend Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally in Brigade Parade Ground on Wednesday.The office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) in the state had categorically told BJP to submit the revised lyrics of the song on the basis of certain recommendations put forward by the commission. After examining the song, the CEO’s office had raised 15 objections and instructed the party to make necessary rectifications in the song, as it would not be possible for the Election Commission to provide clearance for the same otherwise. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe state BJP leaders are yet to submit the revised lyrics of the song to the commission. Despite that, some leaders and activists seem to be using the song in their election rallies, flouting the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) laid down by the commission. The city on Wednesday witnessed a classic example of MCC violation when many BJP cadres enthusiastically played the song on loudspeakers fitted in their vehicles, without paying heed to the Election Commission’s directive. Some BJP activists were even seen dancing to the tune of Supriyo’s song. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe commission did not give permission to play the song during BJP’s campaigns or election rallies, as it carries a subtle attack on Trinamool Congress and its Supremo Mamata Banerjee. The CEO’s office had also show-caused Supriyo for releasing the controversial song. In his clarification to the commission, Supriyo claimed that he did not release the song and hence it did not fall under the purview of the commission. Contrary to what Supriyo claimed, the song was found on various social media platforms.
New Delhi: Taking the Yuva initiative to another level, the Delhi Police will impart vocational skills to transgenders. According to police, on April 15, eight transgenders who were found begging on the street were counselled by the police team regarding the vocational courses in Madhu Vihar police station.Joint Commissioner of Police (Southern Range) Devesh Srivastava said that they are trying to bring them in the mainstream. “In the past also we have counselled them. Our main aim is to make sure they left begging and live a dignified life,” said Joint CP. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderDelhi Police tweeted,”It’s never too old, never too bad and never too late, to start from scratch once again. 8 transgenders counseled and enrolled into self employment program. #CreatingEqualOpportunities under #YUVA initiative by @DelhiPolice.” A special Community Policing Scheme ‘YUVA’ launched by Delhi Police, keeping in mind the problems of the youth in Delhi. YUVA aims to wean adults and underprivileged children, who, for want of proper education and sports facilities, tend to take to crime. Delhi Police takes initiatives like organizing sports activities, painting workshops, vocational training etc to channelize the underprivileged children. Recently in Outer North district, more than 700 Yuvas trained at this centre attended the Kaushal Mela and Rozgar Mela and after interviews, more than 200 Yuvas were offered placement on the spot. Besides, more than 500 Yuvas from all the 8 police stations of Outer-North Distt also attended the function for joining the training.
Banihal/Jammu: Five people, including a policeman, were killed and 15 others injured when three private passenger vehicles skidded off mountainous roads and rolled down hills in separate incidents in Ramban and Poonch districts of Jammu and Kashmir, police said Tuesday.Two people, identified as policeman Bittu Ram and a youth named Neik Ram, were killed and six others injured when a passenger cab fell into a deep gorge at Kanga near Ramban Tuesday, an official said. The vehicle was on its way from Sumber to Ramban, the busy town along Jammu-Srinagar National Highway, he said, adding that all the injured were rescued and two of them, Darshan Singh and his wife Deepa Devi, were referred to the Government Medical College Hospital in Jammu for specialised treatment.