Watch: Former Liverpool star Suarez fires Barcelona into cup final

first_imgLuis Suarez netted again for Barcelona on Wednesday night as the Spanish giants beat Villarrael to book their place in the Copa del Rey final.The Uruguayan found goals difficult to come by in the early part of his Nou Camp career following his move from Liverpool last summer, but has been in sensational scoring form in recent weeks.His sixth goal in as many games, sandwiched between a double from Neymar, helped Barca to a 3-1 win in the semi-final second-leg meeting with Villarrael and sealed a 6-2 aggregate victory.Check out all the goals from the game in the video above.last_img

Auburndale boys basketball upends Pittsville

first_imgApaches end four-game losing skidBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterPITTSVILLE — Caleb Weinfurter made five 3-pointers and scored 19 points to help the Auburndale boys basketball beat Pittsville 51-48 and snap a four-game losing streak on Thursday night at Pittsville High School.Luke Olsen added three 3-pointers and 11 points, and Dylan Peplinski also scored 11 points for the Apaches, who are now 4-10 overall and 2-7 in the Marawood Conference South Division.Aron Masanz had five 3-pointers and scored 17 points for Pittsville (11-7, 6-4 Marawood South).Auburndale’s win, combined with Stratford’s victory over Wisconsin Rapids Assumption and Marathon’s win against Wausau Newman Catholic, clinched the Marawood South title for Marathon.Auburndale hosts first-place Marathon on Tuesday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Apaches 51, Panthers 48Auburndale 24 27 – 51Pittsville 19 29 – 48AUBURNDALE (51): Nicholas Steele 1-3 0-0 2, Luke Olsen 3-7 2-3 11, Logan Willfahrt 1-4 0-0 3, Caleb Weinfurter 7-13 0-0 19, Collin Hawkins 0-0 0-0 0, Colton Wright 1-2 1-2 3, Christian Firnstahl 1-3 0-0 2, Dylan Peplinski 4-9 3-6 11. FG: 18-41. FT: 6-11. 3-pointers: 9-22 (Weinfurter 5-11, Olsen 3-5, Willfahrt 1-4, Steele 0-1, Wright 0-1). Rebounds: 30 (Firnstahl 12). Assists: 8 (Olsen 3). Record: 4-10, 2-7 Marawood Conference South Division.PITTSVILLE (48): Aron Masanz 6-9 0-0 17, Donovan Grossman 0-1 1-2 1, Jake Allind 5-18 2-3 12, Paul Downs 3-7 1-2 8, Aidan Masanz 1-4 0-0 3, Matthew Carlsno 2-8 2-2 6, Isaac Baker 0-3 1-2 1. FG: 17-50. FT: 7-11. 3-pointers: 7-12 (Ar. Masanz 5-8, Downs 1-2, Ai. Masanz 1-2). Rebounds: 16 (Allind 6, Carlson 6). Assists: 8 (Carlson 3). Record: 11-7. 6-4 Marawood South.last_img read more

Free, expert, hands-on help for SMEs

first_img25 August 2008A Dutch organisation is offering to help small and medium enterprises in South Africa, by providing the free services of retired managers willing to transfer their knowledge and experience to local entrepreneurs.PUM Netherlands Senior Experts is an organisation funded by the Dutch government and Dutch employers’ organisation VNO-NCW to assist small- and medium-sized enterprises in some 80 countries around the world.PUM receives requests for assistance in every stage of the managerial process, from administration to finance, automation, production, marketing, technique and a wide variety of specialist fields.It has assigned experts to advise firms in just about every sector of industry, including construction, textile, metal and wood processing, chemicals and agriculture.“This organisation has about 4 000 retired ex-managers working unpaid for them, willing to transfer their knowledge and experience to smaller companies in development countries,” senior PUM expert Jan van der Vleuten told SAinfo last week.According to PUM, their experts do not receive a salary, but are driven by enthusiasm and a desire to make a contribution and meet the challenge of improving the lives of people in far-off countries.Long-term employment creationThe organisation gives particular attention to medium-sized companies in sectors that are experiencing growth, as they have the highest chances of creating employment in the long term.“Sustainable economic growth in developing countries cannot be achieved if it does not benefit the poor,” the organisation’s website states. “Because industrious small and medium-sized firms play the most significant role in creating new employment, PUM grants preference to local companies.”“These companies also make the greatest contribution towards improving socio-economic conditions.”Practical helpVan der Vleuten further explained that practical, on-site help would be given to those companies that displayed potential, but lacked business experience and also did not have enough capital to hire independent external advisors.“It may also be that they want to export their products and need good advice on European product rules and regulations,” he added.Visits by experts usually last between 10 to 15 working days, after which the PUM experts give entrepreneurs suggestions on what improvements they can make to their businesses.Most often, follow-up visits are necessary, during which the PUM expert returns to evaluate how plans have been proceeding. Sometimes plans are amended, and at other times new suggestions are made instead.“PUM promotes long-standing relationships and frequent contacts between experts and clients,” the organisation says. “Many PUM senior experts continue to advise their clients after their return to the Netherlands.”South African projectsPUM South Africa representative Laura van der Merwe told SAinfo that applicants for assistance would have to be small to medium-sized firms operating for at least two years, have between 10 and 1 000 employees, and have a turnover not exceeding R500-million per year.In addition, the participating client must agree to pay for the expert’s accommodation and food expenses during the duration of the project, as well as for transport to and from the business premises.PUM has offered advice in a wide variety of fields, including agriculture, transportation, hospitality and tourism, education and training, mining and manufacturing, business development and related services, waste removal and corporate cleaning, and the sale and distribution of medical devices.PUM experts oversaw a total of 56 projects in South Africa in 2007, including the following:The management of a glass factory estimated that its loses in glass waste were approximately 30%, while an out-dated product range led to declining exports to neighbouring countries.Two PUM experts analysed the entire manufacturing process and trained staff in the latest glass-blowing techniques. In a follow-up visit, the experts focused on refining the company’s product range, which resulted in an increase in exports.A group of farmers’ wives involved in agro-processing wanted their dried vegetable and soup products improved, and a PUM expert was brought in to make recommendations on improving the production process and making use of centrifuges to dry the produce.Together with the kitchen staff, a number of new products were developed, like new soup recipes, flower teas and several kinds of mixed vegetable chutneys. Staff were also trained to sell their produce to local schools as a meal soup, and to present their products on outdoor markets using the motto “From Garden to Table”.Since its start in 2003 as a black economic empowerment operation, a South African dairy farm and vineyard continued to book losses as both workers and management of the 116-acre farm lacked practical experience.An incoming PUM expert made recommendations regarding the reduction of feed cost, the production of own silage, better irrigation systems, pregnancy control among the herd, and breeding, all of which have been met with measurable results, including the doubling of milk production per cow.A South African bulk-transport company with 40 trucks felt the need for a more professional business approach and approached a PUM expert to help.The expert made recommendations about a framework to calculate costs per kilometre, about the reduction of damages, a system for managing the trucking fleet, and also prepared a drivers’ handbook.A South African micro-credit organisation experienced pressures owing to their expansion into other African countries with its micro-credit products, and approached PUM to help them out.To confront the growing pains experiences, two PUM experts first examined the organisation, and then proposed various changes to the management, as well as suggesting changes to streamline both lending operations and company management.Local small and medium sized enterprises that want more information on the PUM initiative, and to find out whether they can qualify for assistance from the organisation, can contact PUM South Africa representative Laura Van der Merwe at 011 674 2854, 083 427 5151 or by e-mail.SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

R5.7bn incentives for SA manufacturing

first_img16 May 2012 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will offer incentives worth R5.75-billion over the next six years to help South Africa’s manufacturing sector become more competitive in an increasingly difficult global environment. Speaking at the launch of the Manufacturing Competitiveness Enhancement Programme in Cape Town on Tuesday, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said the world was going through a second wave of the recession brought on by the 2008-09 global financial crisis, with manufacturing coming under particular pressure.Manufacturing under global pressure Davies said the sector had been struggling with increasing input costs as well as the monetary policy response of advanced countries – whose ultra-low interest rates had led to money flooding into emerging countries where interest rates were higher, pushing up currencies such as the rand and making exports uncompetitive. The manufacturing sector contributed 14.6% to South Africa’s GDP in 2011, compared to 21% in 1977, while in fast-growing Asian countries manufacturing had been growing – in Korea from 23.6% in 1977 to 30.6% in 2010, in Malaysia from 19% to 26.1% over the same period. If South Africa wanted to be a leader in Africa, it had to raise its competitiveness, Davies said, adding that those manufacturers that had not boosted their competitiveness around the onset of the global financial crisis were the ones that were hardest hit. The new programme, which takes lessons from the successful Clothing and Textile Competitiveness Improvement Programme, will complement the state’s Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP), which was launched in April. Of the R5.75-billion available to manufacturing firms over the next six years, R1.25-billion had been allocated for this financial year. The programme will be complemented by a loan facility from the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC).Jobs commitment, BEE rating Firms that apply for support from the programme are required not to reduce employment during the duration of their participation in the programme. Applicants must also be at level 4 on the BEE scorecard, or have a credible plan on how they plan to do get to level 4 within the next four years. Davies thanked industry role players, particularly the Manufacturing Circle, for their contributions in compiling the programme, saying he was pleased that the organisation had become more prominent in the manufacturing sector. Tumelo Chipfupa, deputy director-general of The Enterprise Organisation, said the incentives would be calculated according to manufacturing value added and credits awarded – smaller firms, for example, as well as black-owned and managed firms, would be given a higher weighting when points were calculated. Grants would be based on a cost-sharing principle, with smaller firms being able to allocate a higher percentage of grants to cover funding for their competitiveness-enhancing projects than bigger firms.Range of incentives The coverage offered by each incentives differs, as follows: The Capital Investment Grant to upgrade capital equipment and expand productive capacity will cover between 30% and 50% of the investment.The Green Technology Upgrading Grant for investment in technology and processes that will make the production process greener will cover between 30% and 50% of the investment.The Enterprise-Level Competitiveness Improvement Grant for investment in the adoption of improved manufacturing practices will cover between 50% and 70% of project costs.The Feasibility Studies Grant, a cost-sharing grant towards developing a bankable feasibility study for new manufacturing projects, will cover between 50% and 70% of project costs.The Cluster Initiatives Grant to help fund shared infrastructure such as a sector technology development centre, market research, international advertising and publicity costs, will cover 80% of qualifying project costs. The grant aims to encourage smaller firms to band together in joint marketing or buying.The Working Capital facility will include a revolving 180-day, 6% fixed interest rate facility, while the Distressed Fund consists of a concessionary 6% fixed interest rate loan for applicants that are accessing the IDC’s Distress Fund. IDC to cover for small business applicants Because most of the grants are in the form of reimbursements paid out only later – often after a firm has had to spend the money it requested coverage for – many small business applicants were likely to experience cashflow shortages. To counter this, Chipfupa said the IDC would be able to provide upfront to small enterprises while their grants were being processed. Double dipping in funding, and enterprises that charged import parity pricing, would be excluded from the programme, he added. Chipfupa said the DTI’s current target for addressing applications was 60 days, but said the Enterprise Organisation was aiming to reduce this to 45 days. DTI director-general Lionel October said applications for the incentives were now available, with the programme due to go live on 1 June. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

The HR Point of View

first_imgWhat’s your Philosophy on HR?  Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to interview a lot of managers and leaders.  One of my favorite questions to ask when I interview professionals who claim to have successfully managed people in the past is this: “What is your management philosophy?”  In my experience, good leaders have an easy answer for this question.  It may not be something they have written down on a piece of paper in their desk at the office, but they can always articulate an intentional way they go about managing others.  Often, there are a couple things within their answer to this question that reveal a deeply held conviction about how they believe you should treat people.   Good leaders have a very specific and clear point of view about the right way to manage people.  One of the things that I think is overlooked by many HR leaders is to cultivate a similar type philosophy regarding how they believe successful HR should be executed.  Since HR’s history is rooted in administration and service, it can be easy to fall into a reactive mindset where you simply lose yourself in the chaos of trying to make everyone happy.  As executives are beginning to call for more strategic leaders in HR, part of answering that call is cultivating a defined point of view about how HR should be executed.  Sales executives have specific points of view about how to develop customer relationships.  Finance executives have the same about budgeting processes.  When HR leaders don’t cultivate their own point of view, others do it for them—and our credibility suffers.  A point of view should be based on your experience, expertise and beliefs.  You are the expert (or certainly one of them) on HR within your organization, so others expect you to have specific opinions on topics in your field.  When you have a financial question, who do you go to?  You probably go to someone in the finance and accounting area.  You view them as the experts and you expect them to have an answer or opinion based on their expertise.  Why should HR be any different?  Not sure if you have a point of view?  Try answering these questions. What is the purpose of HR? How does HR create business value?  What are the attributes of a great HR organization? How should HR’s success be measured? How do you define talent? When should HR, or part of it, be outsourced? What role does HR play in policy creation, maintenance and enforcement?  And why?  If you don’t have easy answers that you are confident in and willing to defend, it might be time to do some work cultivating your philosophy.  Fortunately, a philosophy can be as unique as you are.  There aren’t any right answers to these questions because they are all based on opinion.  The significance of having a philosophy is that it helps you find an organization where you can practice your craft as you see fit.  Not every philosophy is a fit for every organization, and that’s a good thing.  By cultivating your point of view on HR, you will become a better HR leader.last_img read more

Weekly Wrap-up: (Not) Free Public Wi-Fi, Windows Phone 7 Revealed, Jailbreak the iPhone 4, And More…

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market The Story Behind “Free Public WiFi” – It’s NotWindows Phone 7 Revealed: What You Need to KnowHow to Jailbreak the iPhone 4, 3GS, iPod Touch, and Apple TV with Limera1nAnother 10 Mistakes Made by API ProvidersGoogle’s Self-Driving Car is Just the BeginningMore coverage and analysis from ReadWriteWebDownload The Age of Exabytes: Tools & Approaches for Managing Big DataWe are experiencing a big data explosion, a result not only of increasing Internet usage by people around the world, but also the connection of billions of devices to the Internet. Eight years ago, for example, there were only around 5 exabytes of data online. Just two years ago, that amount of data passed over the Internet over the course of a single month. And recent estimates put monthly Internet data flow at around 21 exabytes of data.Our latest report, The Age of Exabytes, explores how technologies are evolving to address the needs of managing big data, from innovations in storage at the chip and data center level, to the development of frameworks used for distributed computing, to the increasing demand for analytical tools that can glean insights from big data in near real-time. Download it for free now.Mobile WebTweetDeck Arrives on AndroidCiviGuard Thinks Big With Emergency Communications ServiceThe Evolution of Foodspotting & its Plans to Expand Beyond FoodMore Mobile Web coverageCheck Out The ReadWriteWeb iPhone App As well as enabling you to read ReadWriteWeb while on the go or lying on the couch, we’ve made it easy to share ReadWriteWeb posts directly from your iPhone, on Twitter and Facebook using the official ReadWriteWeb iPhone app. You can also follow the RWW team on Twitter, directly from the app. We invite you to download it now from iTunes.ReadWriteStartReadWriteStart, sponsored by Microsoft BizSpark, is a resource for startups and entrepreneurs. Hype Cycle 2010 and the EnterpriseMonitoring Employees Online Behavior – When They’re Not at Work4 Xobni Brings Gmail Gadgets to OutlookReadWriteBizReadWriteBiz is a resource and guide for small to medium businesses. Another 10 Mistakes Made by API ProvidersLatest Ubuntu 10.10 Emphasizes the CloudExploring How the Cloud Redefines E-CommerceReadWriteEnterpriseReadWriteEnterprise is devoted to enterprise 2.0 and using social software inside organizations. You know those Wi-Fi networks called “Free Public WiFi”? Clearly that question has been bugging our readers, too, because they made our answer the top story of this week. In mobile news, TweetDeck arrived on Android. And as part of our continuing series on product innovation, we looked at how Instapaper was created and its plan to add social features.This week we also launched our newest report, The Age of Exabytes: Tools & Approaches for Managing Big Data, which explores everything from innovations in storage, to analytical tools that can glean insights from big data in near real-time. Download it for free here.Top Stories of the Week Online Invoices Get Paid Twice as Fast, Research FindsConstant Contact Makes Email More Social With Flowtown IntegrationHuffington Post Launches Small Business BlogReadWriteHackReadWriteHack is a resource and guide for developers. Tags:#web#Weekly Wrap-ups Windows Phone 7 Revealed: What You Need to KnowHow to Jailbreak the iPhone 4, 3GS, iPod Touch, and Apple TV with Limera1nNew Apps for Your Smartphone, October EditionEnjoy your weekend everyone!Subscribe to the Weekly Wrap-upYou can subscribe to the Weekly Wrap-up by RSS or by email below.RWW Weekly Wrap-up Email Subscription form: Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Excerpt From “Do More Faster” by David Cohen and Brad FeldOverall Investment Dollars Down, Says Quarterly Report, But Seed Deals StrongStrategy Roundtable: Professional Investors Do Not Invest In $20 Million MarketsReadWriteCloudReadWriteCloud, sponsored by VMware and Intel, is dedicated to Virtualization and Cloud Computing. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… ReadWrite Sponsors Instapaper’s Product Development PhilosophyCodeRun: IDE for the CloudParadise by the Stashboard LightReadWriteMobileReadWriteMobile is dedicated to helping its community understand the strategic business and technical implications of developing mobile applications.last_img read more

You’ll Never Really Innovate On Someone Else’s Cloud

first_imgHow Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Related Posts Tags:#Adrian Cockroft#Amazon Web Services#Chris Schlaeger#Google#innovation#Jim Whitehurst#LinuxCon#Open Source#Red Hat#twitter#Werner Vogels Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Innovation is for other companies, apparently, not yours—at least if you’re among the ranks of the hordes who are busy piling into “public cloud” services offered by Amazon Web Services. At least, that’s the striking and somewhat counterintuitive argument raised by Chris Schlaeger, who directs kernel and operating systems at AWS.Speaking at LinuxCon Europe this week, Schlaeger told the open source faithful that “the ability to modify every parameter of your system is key” to your ability to be really innovative. Of course, that suggests that the minute we build on someone else’s cloud—like, say, Amazon’s—we lose our ability to innovate, at least at the infrastructure level of the software stack.See also: Cloud, Schmoud—To Really Succeed, Web Companies Need Their Own Data CentersThat may be an acceptable trade-off for many—possibly even most—companies who need to embrace the cloud to cut costs, simplify the management of their IT infrastructure or extend their online reach. But it’s also worth noting that the most innovative companies today shun the public cloud, and instead run on their own data centers and heavily modify the open-source software they use.Do As I Say …Amazon Web Services doesn’t want you to have to bother with managing your own database, operating system, hardware or, really, much of anything. Over the past few years, AWS has built an impressive suite of services, initially focused on core infrastructure services like compute (EC2) but now much more. As Amazon CTO Werner Vogels puts it, Amazon is in “the business of pain management for enterprises.” This will necessarily involve more than managing operating systems and hardware for customers.See also: Why The Cloud You Want Is Not The Cloud You DeserveThe upside to Amazon’s errand of angels is that it “allows customers to focus their attention on their business rather than become IT experts,” Schlaeger told LinuxCon attendees. The downside, however, is that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos “quickly realized that in order to be successful in the online business, he needed a sophisticated IT infrastructure,” one that could be tuned and controlled.Not only did Amazon need this, Schlaeger suggests, but so do you: “In order to innovate, the ability to modify every parameter of your system is key and Linux and open source is a good basis for that.” That ability is precisely what customers give up when turning over their infrastructure to Amazon or any other cloud provider.The Cloud’s Cognitive DissonanceOf course the cloud doesn’t kill innovation. It just reroutes it. Netflix, for example, relies on AWS to host its infrastructure so that it can focus on devising new ways for customers to discover shows they’ll love, including the ones that Netflix produces itself. Former Netflix cloud chief Adrian Cockcroft insists that “speed wins in the market,” and that speed is driven by squeezing inefficiencies out of the development process.See also: Netflix Is Positioned To Lead The Next Wave Of Cloud AdoptionBy building on Amazon’s public cloud infrastructure, Netflix was able to strip out hardware and software provisioning, among other things. Netflix, however, may be the exception. Every significant Web company builds (or, at worst, leases) its own data centers. What’s running in those data centers? Heavily modified open-source software. And why? Because these companies understand that infrastructure can be a competitive differentiator; that innovation is increasingly a blend of hardware and software, perfectly tuned for maximum efficiency.This is why many startups opt to build on AWS in the beginning to offload the infrastructure burden, then start designing and building their own data centers once they’ve become successful.You’re Not GoogleOf course, most companies are not Google or Twitter, and likely never will be. Either they’re an old-school enterprise trying to figure out the web, or they’re a new startup born on the web that will never come to dominate it. For these companies, representing 99% of the world’s enterprises, AWS or another public cloud will do just fine. After all, they’ve never modified open-source software, and almost certainly never will. Too risky. Too little reward.See also: In Big Companies, The Public Cloud Is Leaving The Private Cloud In The DustInstead, as Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst told Network World, companies and other big organizations need to figure out ways to make their developers much more productive. Developers, after all, help enterprises to grow the top and bottom line, whereas “infrastructure is 100% cost-driven.”Which brings us back to cloud. Schlaeger, it turns out, was spot on when he talked about the value AWS and the public cloud brings to big companies. It really does “allow … customers to focus their attention on their business rather than become IT experts.” It allows them to innovate at the business level, rather than at the IT/infrastructure level.What it won’t do, however, is allow them to innovate the way AWS, Google, Facebook and others have done. For most companies, that’s just fine.Lead image by George Thomas Matt Asaylast_img read more

ROI Analysis – See how University of Plymouth saved $$$ with 4800 vPro systems

first_imgTheir break-even point for Intel vPro technology was achieved in under a year! Read all about it:ROI Analysis: Leaner and Greener Because of Intel® Core™2 Processors with vPro™ Technology (University of Plymouth)last_img