What’s it Like Walking into Galaxy’s Edge Today?

first_imgWe will have more coverage all day on our social media channels and here on the TouringPlans blog. Got questions? Curious about anything? Let us know. Share This!We’ve got pictures rolling in from inside Galaxy’s Edge. And although crowds are pretty brisk, it’s still a feast for the eyes. By far, Oga’s Cantina is the hot ticket–it filled to capacity almost immediately at opening. The hot photo of was trying to take every possible angle of the Millennium Falcon. For Star Wars fans, this is a dream come true, and since a picture tells a thousand words, here’s a small novel.last_img

Larson scores three times to lead Marshfield girls hockey past Medford

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMEDFORD — Morgan Larson netted a hat trick for the second time in the last three games, and the Marshfield girls hockey team snapped a five-game losing streak as the Tigers beat Medford 6-2 in a Great Northern Conference game Monday night at the Simek Recreational Center.Larson scored once in the second period and added two more in the third as Marshfield improves to 6-13 overall and 5-6 in the Great Northern Conference.Nell Eichten added two goals, and Kessa Schreiner scored once for the Tigers. Maddie Hall had nine saves in goal as Marshfield outshot Medford (1-17, 0-12 GNC) 44-11.Marshfield finishes its regular-season schedule Friday at home against Lakeland.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Tigers 6, Raiders 2Marshfield 1 3 2 – 6Medford 0 1 1 – 2First period: 1. MAR, Kessa Schreiner (Morgan Larson), 0:38.Second period: 2. MAR, Larson, 0:41; 3. MAR, Nell Eichten, 7:28; 4. MED, Elise Southworth (Amanda Bauer, Carlye Baker), 15:15; 5. MAR, Eichten (Schreiner, Larson), 16:55.Third period: 6. MAR, Larson, 10:43; 7. MAR, Larson (Schreiner), 13:52; 8. Marissa McPeak (Katy Branstetter), 14:26.Saves: MAR, Maddie Hall 9; MED, Emily Lybert 38.Records: Marshfield 6-13, 5-6 Great Northern Conference; Medford 1-17, 0-12 Great Northern Conference.last_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

Don’t Get Hacked—Get Cujo

first_imgHow Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… 6 Best Video Conferencing Services for Small Bu… This article is sponsored by Cujo. It reflects the views of the sponsor, not ReadWrite’s editors.Cujo is announcing a smart device that guards all of your connected home devices from hacks. It’s simple to start, with no installation necessary. Cujo blocks malware, viruses, phishing attempts, and hacks. You get an app that alerts you anytime your devices are in danger. Best of all, you can get it for only $49 when you back our Indiegogo campaign.We have all read stories about the Ashley Madison and Sony hacks. We may think that only corporations are affected by cybercrime. Chances are, you’ve probably been hacked yourself in the past. In fact, almost 50% of Americans were hacked in 2014, CNN reported.The days of protecting your home with just an alarm system or antivirus softwre are over. If you have a TV, a smartphone, or even a baby monitor at home, then you are an easy target for cybercriminals. It can take just 20 minutes before criminals begin attempting to hack a newly connected device. More often than not, they succeed.Why is it important to get extra Internet security for your home? Criminal hackers break into your home devices to steal your identity, watch your cameras, access your financial info, and worse. Kids and older adults are especially susceptible to falling victim to stalkers and impersonators. Your home is full of smart devices, but antivirus software is designed only to protect your PC, so it is ineffective in most cases. And firewalls are outdated the moment they ship. Your Internet of Things need security. Cujo continuously adapts to guard your entire home Internet. How does Cujo work? Cujo was engineered to start in seconds. It connects to your wireless router with one cable. Your connected devices will still stream directly to the router, so your wireless range is not affected. Cujo will inspect all of the connections within your network as well as data leaving and entering your home. Its patent-pending technology enables Cujo to learn from your device behavior so that it can detect anomalies as soon as they occur.Click here to visit Cujo’s Indiegogo presale campaign. We need backing to get Cujo to the masses, so we are selling the device for only $49. At that price, it comes bundled with many months of free service. Even small contributions help by raising Cujo’s popularity and giving the cause of better Internet security at home more visibility.This article is sponsored by Cujo. It reflects the views of the sponsor, not ReadWrite’s editors. With This One Question, You’ll Never Need an Ic… ReadWrite Sponsorscenter_img Tags:#Cujo#online security#security#smart home#sponsored posts Related Posts Top 5 Areas Where Companies Want IoT Solutionslast_img read more

Open Data Center Usage Models: Solution Providers Respond

first_imgLast week was a big week for technology news, Ultrabooks, Ivy Bridge, Memcache records broken, and the big Intel & Android announcement were all chart toppers from IDF.  As we’ve pointed out before, the data center was not left out of the action!  Specifically the Open Data Center Alliance made a splash at IDF with major announcements.To start there is the collaboration between the ODCA and the Facebook-led Open Compute Project.  Second is the announcement of the “Conquer the Cloud” competition.  Have a cloud implementation you would like to share?  You could win $10,000… Lastly the ODCA shared the Solution Providers members’ response to the ODCA usage models that launched not too long ago.In this 25-minute video ODCA Solution Providers representatives from Citrix, Dell, EMC, Red Hat, and VMware present how they are working towards addressing the key requirements of ODCA usage models for automation, common management & policy, secure federation, and transparency.last_img read more