Win and a draw for Women’s Hockey team


first_imgThe Guyana Women’s Hockey team got their tri-nation Hockey series off to a positive start with a win against the Trinidadian national team. Playing at the Sir Garfield Sobers Sports Complex in Wildey, Barbados, Guyana faced off with the home team just a few hours after their arrival in the land of the flying fish, and then returned to the artificial surface later that evening to play Trinidad and Tobago.The tri-nation series acts as a warm up tournament for the bigger Central American and Caribbean Games slated for the latter half of July.The inclement weather in Barbados did not deter the beginning of the high energy match-up between Guyana and Barbados. The game got off to a rocky beginning for the Guyanese ladies as they expectedly struggled to adjust to the unfamiliar artificial pitch. After a patch of scrappy defensive play, Guyana conceded a penalty corner to Barbados giving them their first real scoring opportunity. The corner was well defended by Guyana who launched a swift counterattack catching the Bajan defenders in mid-pitch. Three Guyanese strikers bore down on the Bajan goalkeeper and finished off a few well-timed passes with striker Shebiki Baptiste walking the ball into the empty goal in the 13th minute of the game. The goal by Barbados was the final one of the match leaving the scores leveled at 1-1 at full time.Later, in the afternoon game against the twin island republic, Trinidad and Tobago, was intense from the beginning to end with both teams running hard and trying to maintain possession of the ball.It was lucky minute number 13 once again when Guyana would find success off the stick of midfield player and 2017 National Sportswoman of the Year, Marzana Fiedtkou, from a penalty corner.Guyana held firm for the rest of the match despite feeling the tiredness of their travel the previous evening and the effort of the earlier match with the final whistle seeing them secure a 1-0 victory.last_img read more

REITs to boost SA property investment


first_img1 August 2012 The new Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) structure, scheduled to become available to the South African property sector in early 2013, will both benefit local property structures and increase foreign investment opportunities, according to consultancy Grant Thornton. The adoption of the REIT structure, which is recognised in most key property markets internationally, will revive South Africa’s current systems, which are dated and often tedious, through the introduction of a scheme that has been tried and tested internationally, Grant Thornton said last week. At the same time, the REITs will “bring about much-needed tax and regulatory changes that local property structures could certainly benefit from in the long term,” the company said in a statement.Treasury, SA Revenue Service lauded The National Treasury’s proposal to introduce this listed property investment regime, aimed at aligning the South African listed property sector with its international counterparts, will also create a more attractive investment structure, significantly enhancing international interest. AJ Jansen van Nieuwenhuizen, head of tax at Grant Thornton Johannesburg, said the main reason for the overhaul “is because existing local structures, property loan stocks (PLS) and property unit trusts (PUT) are unevenly regulated and subject to different tax treatments, prompting the need for a shared set of regulations. The Tax Amendment Bill proposing REITs, which was tabled in July, will unify the approach to local property investment schemes and provide greater certainty for international investors. “The proposed tax framework reflects that global best practice for REITs has been carefully considered, and National Treasury and Sars [the South African Revenue Service] should be commended for taking international considerations into account,” Jansen van Nieuwenhuizen said.International lessons learnt “Some of these lessons were clearly learnt from the UK REIT regime, which at first levied a conversion charge of 2% of the value of the property portfolio of REITs wanting to convert and limited the REITs’ listing to the main exchange.” In an effort to be more competitive with other REIT markets like Australia and the US, the UK dropped the conversion charge, has expanded listings to the AIM exchange, and has temporarily relaxed the gearing limits. According to Grant Thornton, South Africa’s draft proposals do not contain any of these onerous provisions. Jansen van Nieuwenhuizen said the new framework would modernise the rules governing South Africa’s property investment regime and attract foreign investment. PUT and PLS structures that comply with the proposed REIT requirements will benefit from certain tax dispensations, specifically, an exemption from capital gains tax (CGT). “These tax features are certainly strong benefits of the proposed structure,” Jansen van Nieuwenhuizen said.Listing requirements He also pointed out that a company wishing to register as a REIT had to be listed, or intend to list, on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) and comply with all listing regulations. At present, there are no listing requirements for PUTs, although they are regulated closely by the Financial Services Board (FSB). “The introduction of REITs will expand the investment options available to those PUT structures that elect to register.” Despite the increased flexibility, tradability and tax relief offered by REITs, Jansen van Nieuwenhuizen said that PUTs and other property investment entities would have to consider the increased administrative and regulatory burden of listing before making a decision.Additional requirements REIT-registered companies will have to satisfy four additional requirements, according to Grant Thornton. “The levels for each requirement are yet to be finalised, but as it currently stands, companies must have a minimum gross holding of direct or indirect property assets of R300-million.” In addition, a REIT “must distribute at least 70% of its profits annually, and its gearing is limited to 60% of net asset value.” A PLS, South Africa’s more dominant vehicle for property structures, is a share-linked debenture structure that is indivisibly tradable on the JSE and taxed at a normal rate of 28% with an effective CGT rate of 18.6%. Under the PLS structure, most profit is paid out to investors as interest, which is tax-deductible in the PLS and taxable income in the hands of the investor, meaning that the PLS vehicle attracts low levels of income tax. “Yet in substance, the revenue authorities have always contended that the distribution is more akin to profit than interest, and this contradicts general tax principles,” Jansen van Nieuwenhuizen said. The new framework will improve the tax treatment for PLSs, seen to be problematic and a major factor behind the proposal to introduce REITs in South Africa. Grant Thornton advises companies looking to register as REITs in South Africa to ensure that they adhere to all of the requirements to avoid profits being taxed. “Similarly, each merger or acquisition must be closely examined to ensure that the target does not compromise the company’s REIT status.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Yahoo’s New Local Search is Great, Too Bad It’ll Get Binged


first_imgRelated Posts marshall kirkpatrick A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Oh, the irony. One day after it was announced that Microsoft’s Bing will be replacing Yahoo’s own search engine on Yahoo.com, Yahoo! came out with a new local search functionality that ought to be the envy of every search engine.Searching for local businesses on Yahoo now brings up a nice interface containing reviews, an overview, photos and driving directions inside a drop down box you can access without leaving the page you’re on. It’s a smoother user experience than Google or Bing offers and Yahoo may have more local business information than either of those two competitors can offer in-house as well.The new Yahoo local search presentation is much more informative than what Bing offers and it’s more graceful than what Google offers. Even on local searches where Google does have a lot of information, you often have to click over to a Google Maps page to learn more about a particular business. Removing that one pageload makes a big difference in a single user’s experience – multiply that by millions and millions of people searching and this little change is a pretty big deal.Presumably it will be replaced with Bing soon. Bing will no doubt improve, perhaps it will leverage some of what Yahoo! has already, but on face it seems like another loss of innovation and quality user experience due to trouble with monetization.center_img Tags:#news#NYT#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Centre expects cooperation from Mamata government: Rajnath


first_imgWhile maintaining that that there is no scope for “confrontation in a healthy democracy”, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said that the Centre is expecting cooperation from the West Bengal government.During his visit to Kolkata, Mr. Singh, who interacted with party workers and journalists, was careful to avoid any direct criticism of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her government.Asked to comment on the law and order situation in the State as highlighted by several Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders, Mr. Singh said that law and order is a State subject.“The Centre will extend all help to control any kind of violence but it is for the State government to ensure that law and order is maintained,” Mr. Singh said.last_img read more

Curry’s heroics not enough to save Warriors in Game 3


first_imgKevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ02:42PH 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 Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Curry scored 47 points—a playoff career-high for the three-time champion—but the Warriors still find themselves in some postseason trouble. Missing Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant and Kevon Looney with injuries, the Warriors fell 123-109 to the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night and now trail these NBA Finals 2-1.“Steph was incredible,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “The stuff he does is, he does things that honestly I don’t think anybody has ever done before. The way he plays the game, the way he shoots it and the combination of his ball handling and shooting skills, it’s incredible to watch. He was amazing.”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, logisticsThough it’s no consolation to Curry, his 47 points were the second-most ever by a player in a finals game loss. The only time someone scored more and wasn’t on the winning team that night was LeBron James, who scored 51 points on this same Oracle Arena floor in Game 1 of last year’s title series. Golden State wound up sweeping Cleveland.Thompson didn’t play because of his strained left hamstring, Looney’s season is over because of an upper-body injury sustained in Game 2 and Durant sat out for the eighth consecutive game with a calf injury. Game 4 of this series is Friday, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see both Durant and Thompson back in the lineup for the two-time defending NBA champions. Thompson was lobbying to play Wednesday, and Durant has been ramping up toward a return. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Warriors need them.Or else their reign might end, no matter how great Curry is the rest of the way.“The moment is now,” Curry said. “You’ve got to try to have a next-man-up mentality, like we always say, and just go out and fight. We did that tonight. We can play better, obviously better on the defensive end. But I liked the competitiveness that we had, understanding that we’re missing 50 points pretty much between KD and Klay.”It was evident from the outset that if the Warriors were going to somehow win without both Thompson and Durant in the lineup, it would be Curry carrying the load.He darn near made it happen.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Raptors hit big shots, beat Warriors for 2-1 NBA Finals lead Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew “Not that he’s not amazing pretty often,” Warriors forward Draymond Green said, “but tonight was a special performance by him.”Curry scored Golden State’s first five field goals. He had 25 points and eight rebounds by halftime, the first time in his 803-game career that he put up those numbers in the first 24 minutes of a game. Midway through the third quarter, he was outscoring all of his teammates combined. He had his entire arsenal working — 3-pointers, layups, free throws. He was diving for loose balls. He even won a jump ball.He conceded nothing.Curry just didn’t have enough help. Or, maybe more accurately, the Raptors had too many answers.“We tried to up our presence on him a little bit with some double teams, but it doesn’t really matter,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. “All that matters is … my dad used to tell me the stats don’t matter, just the final score. So we’ll just take the win and be thankful for that.”All five Toronto starters scored somewhere between 17 and 30 points. The Raptors made 17 3-pointers, Fred VanVleet’s desperation 3 with just under 2 minutes left put Toronto up by 13, and that’s when Kerr decided to empty the bench.Curry’s night ended there, with the eighth-highest single-game scoring performance in NBA Finals history. He also had eight rebounds and seven assists, ending with a stat line that only James has done in a finals game.“We fought, but we lost,” Curry said. “So we’ve got to go back to the drawing board and just recalibrate for Game 4.” Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) walks on the floor during the first half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, June 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, California—Stephen Curry did all he could to lead the injury-depleted Golden State Warriors.It wasn’t enough.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

ST: secure-element evaluation kit with ready-to-use software for IT and IoT applications


first_img Continue Reading Previous Renesas: Synergy platform adds low power S5D3 MCU group with advanced securityNext Garz & Fricke extends portfolio by ultra-low-power NALLINO SBC and a new industrial display STMicroelectronics’ STSAFE-A100 Evaluation Pack extends the richly supportive STM32 Nucleo ecosystem to accelerate secure-element integration, leveraging reusable source code that simplifies the creation of secure IoT devices, high-value consumables such as medical probes, IT accessories, and consumer products.The pack comprises the X-NUCLEO-STSA100 expansion board, which contains the STSAFE-A100 Secure Element, and the STSW-STSA100 software pack. The software includes device drivers, STM32 microcontroller source code, and STSAFE-A100 source code for use cases including brand and ecosystem protection, device enrolment, and secure Cloud connection.The STSAFE-A100 is a convenient 8-pin device that provides robust, immutable, hardware-based authentication and secure data-management services to a host system. Highly resistant to cyber-attacks, it features a secure OS running on a state-of-the-art, CC EAL5+ -certified secure microcontroller, advanced symmetric and asymmetric cryptography, crypto key management, and built-in protection against physical and side-channel attacks.Using the STSAFE-A100 Evaluation Pack in conjunction with any compatible STM32 Nucleo development boards, device designers can combine the STSAFE-A100 secure element with an unrestricted variety of STM32 microcontrollers, sensors and actuators to protect products ranging from simple IoT endpoints to industrial networking and control equipment, computer peripherals, wearables, gaming equipment, and mobile accessories.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components, Tools & Software last_img read more

Stars Take Part In Great Ormond Street Hospital Advent Calendar


first_imgGreat Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity is counting down to Christmas with a star-studded online advent calendar.A host of the UK’s favourite celebrities, including stars from Strictly Come Dancing, The X Factor and Downton Abbey, have recorded video messages sending their season’s greetings to families at Great Ormond Street Hospital.Among the stars who have been revealed so far are Orlando Bloom, Tess Daly, Vernon Kay, Dynamo, Olly Murs, Union J, Little Mix, Peter Andre, Martin Freeman, Pixie Lott, Alan Carr, Emma Bunton, Miranda Hart… and more to come over the next few days!Each day, the charity will post a cryptic clue on Twitter and Facebook before opening the advent calendar to reveal the identity of the star behind the door.To follow the advent calendar and test your celebrity knowledge against the daily clues, check out their Facebook page and @GreatOrmondSt on Twitter.The charity is also asking people across the UK to send their own Christmas message to children at Great Ormond Street Hospital as part of its Great Big Christmas Stocking Appeal, which invites supporters to write messages on stockings which are displayed in the hospital for patients, staff, and families to read. To create your own stocking, visit the Great Big Christmas Stocking Appeal website.last_img read more

CANADIAN COMPANY ENDY TO GIVE AWAY FREE CANADATHEMED TATTOOS IN TORONTO VANCOUVER


first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Facebook The campaign, called Endy Ink, celebrates the company’s deep Canadian roots, and provides an opportunity for Canadians from coast-to-coast to celebrate the country they call home.“Canadians wear their True North Pride on their sleeves. As a proudly Canadian company, our goal with Endy Ink is to help make that pride permanent,” said Mike Gettis, CEO, Endy. “We look forward to connecting with customers through this innovative, out-of-the-box campaign, and giving sleep lovers in three major cities a Canada Day experience they’ll remember.” TORONTO, June 11, 2018 – Proud to be Canadian? Prove it. This Canada Day, Canada’s leading online mattress brand, Endy, is teaming up with Canada’s top tattoo parlours to give out free tattoos in three cities: Toronto, Vancouver, and Calgary. Canadians are encouraged to visit endy.com/ink to enter for the chance to win one of 30 free tattoos per city and preview the available designs, created in collaboration with celebrated Canadian tattoo artists. Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Top tattoo parlours involved in the campaign include Toronto’s Ink & Water, Vancouver’s The Fall Tattooing and Calgary’sAmbassador Tattoo. Talented artists from each shop have designed a curated assortment of hand-drawn tattoos, from which winners in each city may choose.As an added bonus, the first winner in each location to select an Endy box tattoo will receive a free Endy mattress in the size of their choice.Each tattoo parlour will be transformed into an Endy pop-up space for the duration of the event. Canadians are invited to visit the tattoo parlour nearest them to experience the award-winning Endy mattress for themselves. Each parlour will be open to the public from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on July 1, 2018.Visit endy.com/ink to sign-up for the chance to win one of 30 free tattoos in Toronto, Vancouver, and Calgary, and view the curated assortment of available tattoo designs. Contest closes June 24, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Winners will be contacted via email on June 25, 2018. For full contest details, visit endy.com/ink-contest-rules.About Endy. Launched in 2015 and headquartered in Toronto, Endy (endy.com) is revolutionizing the way people sleep, through their ridiculously comfortable, supportive and Canadian-made mattress. Engineered to offer the perfect balance of comfort and support, The Endy Mattress is made with an open air cell foam that relieves pressure points, eliminates motion transfer, and releases body heat faster than conventional foam. With free shipping across Canada in a box the size of a hockey bag, it’s easy to see why Endy has become the #1 online mattress brand in Canada, with the highest customer reviews and lowest rate of returns. As one of Canada’s fastest growing eCommerce companies and winner of the 2016 Techweek Top 100 Innovator Award, Endy has expanded its assortment to include The Endy Pillow and The Endy Sheets. Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more