SA surfer runner-up at World Juniors

first_img12 October 2012 Buitendag’s results in 2012 have included a victory in the CHIKO Pro Junior in Newcastle, Australia, another win in the six-star-rated Movistar Women’s Pro in Piura, Peru, and another title in the six-star Azores Pro at the beginning of October. The waves were outstanding and Buitendag and Van Dijk were deserving finalists, having scored six of the top 10 highest wave scores of the event in the lead-up to the final. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material ‘A great warm-up’“Nikki surfed really well, I’m very happy for her. This event has been a great warm-up for me to get ready to surf on next year’s ASP Women’s World Championship Tour,” she concluded. Led throughoutIn the title-decider, the Australian held the lead throughout, using her smooth style to glide down the line and unleash some crisp and powerful carves. Rising South African surfing star Bianca Buitendag fell at the final hurdle at the Oakley ASP World Junior Championships in Bali on Friday, but nonetheless walked away as runner-up for the title of world junior champion. ShoneBuitendag shone throughout the event, using powerful backhand surfing to storm through a draw stacked with the best junior surfers in the world. In the final, unfortunately for her, she was unable to find the best waves to execute the moves that saw her post big scores in the earlier rounds. “I’m feeling the best I’ve ever felt!” Van Dijk said after securing victory. Next year, she will join the top 17 surfers in the world on the elite ASP Women’s World Championship Tour and is certainly one to watch. “I just want to thanks my Oakley for putting this event on, and God for giving us great surf. “I was nervous the whole heat! I was shaky when I was trying to stand up. I think I was just so excited to be out there in such perfect waves. “I’m really happy with second,” Buitendag said. “I came here with no expectations and to finish like this has been great. Australia’s Nikki van Dijk took the victory in six-foot surf, with flawless tubes and walls reeling down the reef at Keramas, which set the perfect stage for the battle for the title. In January 2011, she won the Billabong ASP Women’s World Junior Championships. SAinfo reporter “I’m so honoured to win! This is what I dream of, it’s amazing! To be here with my sister and friends is amazing. I know all my family and friends at home will be so excited!”last_img read more

South Africa reports on energy investments

first_img9 March 2016The expansion of the nuclear programme remained part of South Africa’s future energy mix, according to the Economic Sectors, Employment and Infrastructure Development cluster.“The procurement plan for (the) 9 600MW nuclear build programme will be implemented in the next decade at a pace informed by what the country can afford,” it said.An update was presented by the cluster on 8 March on the ongoing implementation of President Zuma’s Nine Point Plan to put the country on a sustainable growth path, with the chief focus on how energy challenges could be resolved.The cluster is chaired by Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti. It outlines progress made to stabilise electricity supply, which is a crucial resource to keep industry and business powered.Progress such as an Eskom maintenance programme, the restoration of the Duvha unit, the connection of Medupi unit 6 and a programme to encourage customers to use electricity sparingly, was reported. Nkwinti emphasised that there had been no load shedding since September 2015.The updated noted that the South African government had invested R83-billion in Eskom, including a R60-billion converted guarantee that was now a grant. Additionally, R23-billion was secured from the sale of the government’s Vodacom shares that would now be used to continue investing in the Medupi and Kusile power stations.Renewable energyThrough the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), 6 376MW of electricity had been procured, of which 2 045MW procured from 41 independent power producers was currently operational.Other advancements included the multiple bid windows for the REIPPPP attracting investments of R194-billion, and the procurement of 2 400MW of new coal-fired power generation capacity.The National Skills Fund had disbursed R96-million towards developing renewable energy training facilities at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.This initiative, the cluster said, sought to respond to the country’s adopted strategy to promote renewable energy production in order to supplement current fossil fuel energy production.The fund had also set aside R204-million towards establishing work integrated learning facilities for engineering students. The project aims to provide on-the-job training for mechanical and electrical engineering students in order to obtain registration as engineers.Hydroelectricity and solar energySouth Africa was also sourcing 2 600MW of hydroelectric capacity from the Southern African Development Community, according to the progress report.The Solar Water Heater programme, which focuses on load reduction, would continue. The load reduction programme aims to retrofit approximately 200 000 domestic electric geysers with solar water heaters annually. This will reduce electricity demand in high consumption residential areas.Skills developmentIn the cluster’s statement, an emphasis on job creation was also outlined, stating that “(the government) will provide skills to emerging companies and local communities to participate in various aspects of the solar water heater roll-out programme. targeting to install 38 000 units in the 2016-17 financial year”.A new skills development pilot programme, training 300 students to install and maintain solar geysers, had been initiated in Ekurhuleni. A further R36-million had been set aside to provide training to beneficiaries in other municipalities.Source: South African Government News Agencylast_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast, May 10, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest No change in the nearby forecast this morning. Showers remain over parts of the state this morning as a cold front tries to sweep through Ohio. Rain totals can be from .25″-.75″ over 60% of the state, but they should all be gone (off to the east and north) by early afternoon. The rest of the day will turn out partly sunny. Tomorrow will be partly sunny as well, but clouds increase later in the day. Scattered showers arrive ahead of sunset in the western part of Ohio, and then spread across the state through Saturday overnight and Sunday midday. There can be some good thunderstorms in there too, which will really boost rain totals. Right now  we are projecting .25″-.75′ from I-70 northward, but half to 2 inches from I-70 southward. There will be 100% coverage of rain over the state from tomorrow night through Sunday. Sunday afternoon stays mostly cloudy, with no more than a couple isolated pop up showers with perhaps 40% coverage and totals up to .1″.  We remain mostly cloudy on Monday and also may have to deal with a pop up shower and 50% coverage. The clouds and the nearby moisture means we do not see as good of drying for these periods as we had hoped, in spite of no new significant precipitation. Tuesday should turn out cloudy to partly sunny. Rain arrives for next Wednesday with 90% coverage once again. Rain totals will end up from .25”-.75”. Most of this action will be gentle, but there will plenty of moisture around. We can talk about a 4 day dry stretch to finish next week, though. We turnout partly to mostly sunny next Thursday through next Saturday. Temps will be cool to start, but will build back to near normal levels by the end of the dry stretch. Will it be enough to promote field work? That depends mostly on what we see out of the systems ahead of it this coming Saturday night and next Wednesday. The map at right shows rain fall potential combined for the coming 10 days. The extended period still has rain in for the 20th and 21st, as we start things off. We like rain totals for those days combined at .2”-.8” with coverage at 70% on Monday (20th) and only 30% on Tuesday (21st). The rest of the period we still are leaning toward a drier solution, but models are being consistent and persistent in talks of moisture for the Wednesday-Friday period (22nd-24th). We will wait on data from through the weekend before changing our forecast, so stay tuned.last_img read more

Money Monday

first_imgBy Dr. Barbara O’NeillA service member’s security clearance has been revoked due to financial problems. What can Personal Financial Management Program staff do to assist?Start by pulling the service member’s credit report from AnnualCreditReport.com. This can also be done free of charge through FINRA if you have an educator code. Once the credit report is pulled, go through each item and assess the type(s) of outstanding debt and the delinquent amount. If a negative item is a school loan, you can get the loan current by placing the service member in a Federal Loan Repayment Program through the loan guarantor, not the servicer. If other items are negative, such as credit card or cell phone bills, the service member will have to make arrangements with the creditor(s) to start paying on those items.Refer to Department of Defense (DoD) instruction Number 1344.09, Indebtedness of Military Personnel, for guidance. Any item found on the service member’s credit report that is not correct should be disputed with all three credit agencies: Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion. Find more military personal finance webinars and blog posts here. Follow Dr. O’Neill on Twitter!This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network blog on January 14, 2013.last_img read more

10 Reasons Social Selling Is Failing

first_imgSocial Selling isn’t living up to its promise. Those promises have been exaggerated and oversold. Social selling is failing.Lack of Content: Your social selling program isn’t going to work without content. You may want to make noise on the social channels, and you may want attention. You can’t have attention without content. Salespeople without content are unarmed.Link Bait Content Isn’t Content: You see some social gurus and sales experts writing provocative content. If it’s not link bait, it’s comment bait designed to drive engagement simply by being provocative. If you want attention from your peer group, you’ll get it. You are not, however, gaining engaged prospects.Content Doesn’t Compel Change: Infographics are really neat. So are inspirational images. And quotes. But they do absolutely nothing to explain to your dream client what’s going on in their world, why they are plagued with dissonance, and why they should change.Too Great a Reliance on Content to Drive Leads: Content marketing is not going to generate enough leads for you to make your number unless you are the rare exception,  a thought leader with an earned following. Inbound marketing isn’t supposed to provide you with 100 percent of your leads, plus the amount you need to make your number.Too Much Faith That Connecting Is Enough: You need to open relationships. You can do that on the social web. The barrier for someone to accept your LinkedIn connection request might now be lower than a friend request on Facebook. Prospecting means asking for a meeting.Too Much Time Spent on Social Channels: It is a complete and utter Time suck. Perhaps the greatest time suck and distraction in the history of mankind, approaching levels that exceed television. It is critical that you use the tools. And then it is critical that you set the tools down and do the work you really need to do. If you believe social is urgent and important, you are making a mistake.Belief That Social Replaces Traditional Approaches: Social fails when it is used as a replacement for the traditional approaches. You InMail isn’t prospecting. It is approaching  spammy.Activities Are Not Strategic: Sharing other people’s content is great. Liking and commenting is great, too. Posting status updates can be a great way to share with people you are connected to on social. It just isn’t strategic. If what you are doing doesn’t create value for your prospects and clients, it’s not strategic.Lack of an Integrated Approach and Campaigns: What story are you telling with what you publish and share? What is the end goal? How is it aligned with a campaign that is a tailored message designed to move your dream clients to a place where they are willing and interested in engaging in a conversation around change?Shift in Platforms Away from B2B: Name all the great social platforms for B2B? If you named SnapChat, you’re just being funny. If you said Instagram, you’re teasing me. LinkedIn is the only platform for professionals, and it looks more like Facebook every day.If salespeople and sales organization are going to use the social tools to generate sales, we’re going to have to do a whole lot better.last_img read more

Team Lakay champs eager to prove they can also hold on to ONE belts

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. “For us, we’re more motivated when we’re training together because one of us is fighting after the other,” Pacio told Filipino reporters Friday.“We’re also more motivated because we want to prove that we deserve winning the belts.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsTeam Lakay’s bid to keep the belts begins on Saturday when Pacio puts his strawweight strap on the line against Yosuke Saruta of Japan in the headliner of ONE: Eternal Glory here. LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MOST READ “We need to prove that we cannot only win the belt but to also hold the belt for as long as we can.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertecenter_img June Mar Fajardo hard on himself after ‘terrible’ season debut for San Miguel SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ONE champions from Team Lakay. Photo from Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJAKARTA, Indonesia–The new year has been strenuous for Team Lakay with two of its champions in Joshua Pacio and Geje Eustaquio defending their titles just six days apart.But Pacio wouldn’t have it any other way.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Win or lose, Pacio and the rest of Team Lakay in Jakarta will then, head back home early Monday morning with Eustaquio scheduled for his third fight against Adriano Moraes Friday at Mall of Asia Arena in Manila.Pacio added 2019 will be full of challenges for Team Lakay after the Baguio City-based stable racked up a total of four world championships with Kevin Belingon also earning the bantamweight belt and Eduard Folayang becoming a two-time lightweight champion last year.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Eddie Alvarez gets knocked out in opening round of ONE debut

first_imgTrump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event The heavy-handed Russian delivered the biggest surprise so far as he knocked out Alvarez in just the opening round.“I feel very good. Its my style. I like to finishoff opponents in the first round and I did it,” Nastyukhin said through a translator after their Lightweight World Grand Prix quarterfinal.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsNastyukhin unleashed that started with solid right that rocked Alvarez before the fight was stopped.The 35-year-old Alvarez has won titles in the UFC and Bellator but winning a belt in ONE may be harder than it looks. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MOST READ Cadence when running may be less important for performance than previously thought Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Google Philippines names new country director Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Eddie Alvarez absorbs a thundering right punch. Photo from ONE ChampionshipTOKYO, Japan—Eddie Alvarez wanted the most dangerous opponent available and he got more than what he asked for in Timofey Nastyukhin.Nastyukhin gave Alvarez a rude welcome in his ONE Championship debut in ONE: A New Era Sunday at Ryogoku Kokugikan here.ADVERTISEMENT Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag View commentslast_img read more