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first_imgCAPTION: Czech Railways has received the first series-built Class 943 driving trailers and Class 043 centre cars from MSV Studenka to operate with its Class 843 diesel-electric railcars. The 11 driving and 20 non-driving cars are all due to be delivered by the end of this yearCAPTION: Thorn Transit Systems International has completed a prototype touch-screen ticket vending machine for Kuala Lumpur’s automated metro. Putra has ordered 119 TVMs, which will issue two types of recyclable magnetic ticketslast_img

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3 things the Warriors must do to force a Game 7

first_imgIt’s easy to forget, given Kevin Durant’s tragic Achilles tendon rupture, but the Golden State Warriors are still alive in the NBA Finals. They still have a chance to win this thing.But down 3-2 in the series after a Game 5 victory for the ages, the Warriors are up against it, only one-third of the way through the near-impossible comeback.At the moment, the Warriors can only worry about stage two — Game 6 on Thursday.If they are to force a Game 7, they’ll need to make sure these three …last_img

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Here’s where South Africans can travel without a visa

first_imgSouth Africa has the most powerful passport on the African continent, with its citizens able to enter a full 90 countries across the world without a visa, and able to gain a visa on arrival at a further 31 countries.(Image: Pixabay)Brand South Africa reporterThis is according to the international Passport Index, which ranks passports of the world according to their total visa-free score. On the index, South Africa ranks at 48 – in the top-50 most powerful passports in the world.If you’re planning an international holiday, here is a handy guide to the countries South Africans can travel to without a visa, where a visa is issued on arrival, and where a visa is required.Countries visa-free to South AfricansAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaBahamasBarbadosBelizeBeninBotswanaBrazilChileColombiaCosta RicaDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEl SalvadorFijiGabonGeorgiaGrenadaGuatemalaGuyanaHaitiHondurasHong KongIndonesiaIrelandIsraelJamaicaKenyaKosovoLesothoMacaoMalawiMalaysiaMozambiqueNamibiaNicaraguaPalestinian TerritoriesPanamaParaguayPeruPhilippinesSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSingaporeSouth KoreaSt. Vincent and the GrenadinesSwazilandTanzaniaThailandTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaUruguayVanuatuVenezuelaZambiaZimbabwe Visa on arrival for South AfricansArmeniaBoliviaBurundiCambodiaCape VerdeComorosDjiboutiEthiopiaGuinea-BissauIranJordanKyrgyzstanLaosMadagascarMaldivesMarshall IslandsMauritaniaMauritiusMicronesiaNepalOmanPalauRwandaSamoaSeychellesTajikistanTimor-LesteTogoTurkeyTuvaluUganda Electronic Travel Authority visa required for South AfricansIndiaSri Lanka Visa required for South AfricansAfghanistanAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahrainBangladeshBelarusBelgiumBhutanBosnia and HerzegovinaBruneiBulgariaBurkina FasoCameroonCanadaCentral African RepublicChadChinaCongoCongo (Dem. Rep.)Cote Divoire (Ivory Coast)CroatiaCubaCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkEgyptEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaFinlandFranceGambiaGermanyGhanaGreeceGuineaHungaryIcelandIraqItalyJapanKazakhstanKiribatiKuwaitLatviaLebanonLiberiaLibyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacedonia (FYROM)MaliMaltaMexicoMoldovaMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMoroccoMyanmar [Burma]NauruNetherlandsNew Zealand (from 21 November 2016)NigerNigeriaNorth KoreaNorwayPakistanPapua New GuineaPolandPortugalQatarRomaniaRussian FederationSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSierra LeoneSlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth SudanSpainSudanSurinameSwedenSwitzerlandSyriaTaiwanTongaTurkmenistanUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited States of AmericaUzbekistanVatican CityViet NamYemen Updated 14 October 2016Source: South African Department of Home Affairs Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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More Palmer amaranth showing up in Ohio

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest After Palmer amaranth was recently spotted for the first time in Knox County, northeast of Columbus, the land owner, along with his neighbors and others, came together — 26 in all — and scouted the fields, yanking out the weed as they went.Carrying machetes or pruning clippers, they walked through damp, nearly chest-high soybean fields determined to yank out or cut down the weed. It was like an army approaching the enemy.“It’s something everyone is kind of scared of — and should be,” said John Barker, Knox County Extension educator. “It’s a nasty weed.”Before the slashing, they consulted Mark Loux, a weed specialist with Ohio State University Extension.“They looked at me and said, ‘What are our options?’ I said, ‘You’re going to have to pull it all out. You’ll regret it if you don’t,’” Loux said.Palmer amaranth is not native to Ohio. It entered Ohio fields through manure from local livestock that were fed contaminated cottonseed products from the South, as well as through farm equipment previously used on a contaminated field. The weed is far less common in Ohio than waterhemp or other troublesome weeds, including giant ragweed and marestail, but farmers particularly loathe Palmer amaranth. The weed can grow up to three inches a day, and since one plant can produce so many seeds, if it is not removed in time, it will spread.Last year some soybean fields had to be mowed down in early August because Palmer amaranth took over the fields, Loux said.“These are weeds that if you miss your timing for fighting them, you’re done,” Loux said.Since it was first spotted in Ohio in 2009, Palmer amaranth has been found in 25 of Ohio’s 88 counties, Loux said. Five years ago, Palmer amaranth was reported in only one.last_img read more

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Microsoft’s Board Of Directors: Time For A Change

first_imgIt should surprise nobody that neither Steve Ballmer nor Bill Gates has a degree in computer science (Gates at least wrote software in the early days of the company, Ballmer has only managed developers). Neither has ever worked for an IT company outside Microsoft. Both have been Microsoft’s decisionmakers for more than 30 years.Given that, you might expect Microsoft’s board to include many directors knowledgeable about what goes on outside the company’s own technology realm! Yet I found only a meager three out of nine directors with such experience. And I graded on a curve, counting academic experience as real work experience.(In comparison, Facebook looks like the weakest company in regard to directors’ tech experience, while Google’s strength is obvious. Its board wins in every category, and that may be a key reason why it constantly beats Microsoft.)The Gates Era – And AfterwardI worked for 20 years at Microsoft – when Bill Gates was not only chairman and CEO but by far the company’s largest shareholder. During that time, the Board was never as strong as I would have liked. Yet until Microsoft lost its landmark antitrust trial in 2000, Gates did a good job guiding the company through the turbulent PC revolution, with the help of Jon Shirley, Microsoft’s former president and long-term board member, former COO Bob Herbold, and others.After Gates handed the CEO reins to Ballmer, things changed profoundly. Gates kept his chairman title even after he left the company in 2008, but the board did not get strengthened. I have served on several boards, and know how easy it is for a board to be reduced to a mere formality – especially when it’s dominated by founders or longtime company executives.Microsoft’s Board Today – And TomorrowMicrosoft’s tech leadership is being severely challenged. The chairman is no longer the respected tech guru he once seemed to be. Microsoft’s CEO has never been mentioned as a technology leader. So who on the Board provides the required oversight of company’s tech strategy? Who “works with management to determine the company’s mission and long-term strategy” instead of just dealing with financial and procedural issues?I can’t spot enough people with sufficient intellectual firepower or market insight to properly evaluate the company’s strategic objectives. Electing decent and well-meaning people to the Board is not enough to propel a company into the stratosphere of the highly competitive IT universe.For the last decade, Microsoft has managed to produce respectable revenues and profits by incrementally improving already well-established products. To win over the long haul in a fast-changing market, though, a leader must relentlessly out-innovate competitors.This was never Steve Ballmer’s personal strength. He needed help and I believe the board let him down, or maybe he didn’t listen carefully enough. I believe Microsoft’s shareholders need to overhaul their board and elect directors with tech foresight who will force the changes needed in the company’s senior leadership team.Experienced women and men should be on every board of directors to help guide the often younger executive teams. But sometimes this can be a severe handicap. Both Google’s and Facebook’s directors represent a younger generation than Microsoft’s. They seem to have a better handle on the pulse and the trends of the IT market.Why can’t Microsoft attract that type of talent? Two thoughts cross my mind. First, Microsoft might no longer be exciting and reputable enough to attract top talent. Second, and worse, Gates and Ballmer seem to be controlling Microsoft as their personal playground – avoiding bringing in most capable directors who might eventually threaten their positions.That’s the final straw for why I believe Microsoft’s board has served its time and should be replaced. Of course, if you really did chop up the Borg, as I recommended, this whole issue would naturally resolve itself.Bill Gates image courtesy of 3777190317 / Shutterstock. Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Tags:#Fixing Microsoft#Microsoft 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… joachim kempin Related Posts IT + Project Management: A Love Affair One cure I recently recommended for Microsoft was to split up the company. I challenged its board of directors to do so before shareholders stage a revolution.(See What To Do With Microsoft? Chop Up The Borg – Now.)The shareholders could do just that, and did so last week with HP’s board, because “shareholders elect the board to oversee management and to assure that shareholder long-term interests are served.” On its website, Microsoft further mentions that its board “oversees the company’s business affairs and integrity, works with management to determine the company’s mission and long-term strategy” etc., etc., etc.Is Microsoft’s current board really doing a good job?Microsoft’s Board vs. Its CompetitorsMicrosoft’s competitors have similar charters. The duty of Google’s directors is “to oversee management and evaluate strategy,” and they are bound to assess “Google’s overall strategy and monitor Google’s performance against its operating plan and against the performance of its peers.”I like how Google emphasizes oversight of management and evaluation of all the company’s strategies. Microsoft’s directors, on the other hand, are being directed to look after long-term shareholder interests and evaluate long-term company strategies. Could this be the reason – or an excuse – for missing so many short-term opportunities in the last decade?The requirement for Google’s board to judge management’s performance against its competitors highlights the company’s competitive spirit. How well did Microsoft’s board do this over the last decade?In a recent NBC interview, Microsoft’s chairman – Bill Gates – said “amazing things” have happened under the tutelage of CEO Steve Ballmer. Most pundits would disagree. And so do I, knowing that in that same interview Gates contradicted himself by noting his unhappiness with Microsoft’s rate of innovation. Where does the buck stop in this regard: with Gates, with Ballmer or with the board?What Makes A Good Board Of Directors?Most tech companies’ shareholders have elected a mix of academics, venture capitalists and financiers to their boards. What interests me most is how well its members are actually educated and how much experience they bring to the table in regard to technology. Fortunately, their professional backgrounds are available on their companies’ websites.last_img read more

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Aegon International: Caroline Wozniacki edges Heather Watson to reach Eastbourne final

first_imgSixth seed Caroline Wozniacki defeated Britain’s Heather Watson 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 to reach the final of the Aegon International at Eastbourne on Friday.Wozniacki, the 2009 winner, got off to a flying start, breaking her opponent’s serve three times to seal the first set.World number 126 Watson fought back to win four consecutive games and level the match but failed to pick up crucial points in the decider as Wozniacki sealed the victory after two hours and nine minutes of play.”It could have gone both ways,” Wozniacki said after the match. “We had played twice before and they were close matches so I knew it would be difficult today. I got a little lucky.”She is a good player, has a great volley, mixes it up and serves well on grass, so a lot of credit to her.”The 26-year-old Dane will meet third seed Karolina Pliskova in the final after her opponent Johanna Konta pulled out of the final four clash with a back injury.British number one Konta suffered a thoracic spine injury after slipping on her back during her quarter-final victory over world number one Angelique Kerber on Thursday and will assess her Wimbledon prospects after a day of rest.”The most important thing for me is to look after my health in general,” Konta told reporters. “We made the decision based on the fact I’m still quite sore through my thoracic spine. Next week is Wimbledon but I make decisions for my health.”I didn’t sleep too well but I heard that’s normal. The most important thing is I rest well for the next 24 hours and then we’ll see.”advertisementKonta was seeded sixth ahead of Wimbledon starting Monday.last_img read more

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10 months agoCardiff boss Warnock finds Zohore positive in Man Utd defeat

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Cardiff boss Warnock finds Zohore positive in Man Utd defeatby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff City boss Neil Warnock found a positive in Ken Zohore’s return for their thrashing by Manchester United.He suggested the Dane, if back to his best, could boost Cardiff’s January transfer search for a new striker.“I was pleased our ‘new signing’ Ken Zohore played quite well today, I have been waiting for that for three months,” he said.“He’s trained really well and looks more like himself from last year. That has been a massive plus for me.“If he plays well it helps our search for a striker, as it is not the most important thing if he plays like that.“But if on January 31 he goes back to how he has been, I’ve got problems! I need him to set his stall out and show me what he can do.” last_img read more

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ARROW With Stephen Amell Wraps Main Filming of its 100th Episode in

first_imgWho’s in it: Stephen Amell (Oliver Queen, Green Arrow), Willa Holland (Thea Queen/Speedy), Susanna Thompson (Moira Queen), Jamey Sheridan (Robert Queen/Earth 2 Arrow), Katie Cassidy (Laurel Lance/Black Canary/Earth 2 Black Siren); Caity Lotz ( Sara Lance/White Canary), Paul Blackthorne (Quentin Lance), David Ramsey (John Diggle/Spartan) and Emily Bett Rickards (Felicity Smoak). Merlyns? Deathstroke? Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img

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Prada withdraws luxury trinkets over blackface controversy

first_imgNEW YORK — Prada is no longer selling a line of accessories and displays following complaints they featured blackface-style imagery.The controversy began last week when a New Yorker complained in a viral Facebook posting after walking past a Prada boutique in Manhattan’s SoHo district and noticing what she described as a “racist and denigrating” caricature in the storefront.The Italian fashion house had recently launched a series of luxury keychains and trinkets, including one showing a character with brown skin and exaggerated red lips.Prada Group released a statement saying that it “abhors all forms of racism” and that the imaginary creatures were not intended to “have any reference to the real world and certainly not blackface.”The statement said it was withdrawing the characters in question from display and circulation.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Sunanda Pushkar death case: Court reserves order for May 13 on Swamy’s plea

first_imgNew Delhi: A Delhi court on Saturday reserved its order for May 13 on Subramanian Swamy’s plea seeking to be part of the trial in the death of Sunanda Pushkar, wife of Congress MP Shashi Tharoor. Special judge Arun Bhardwaj passed the order after hearing all the parties. Swamy’s plea has also sought to bring on record the Delhi Police’s vigilance report on tampering of evidence in the case and claimed that it might lead to framing of additional charges. Pushkar was found dead in a suite of a luxury hotel in the city on the night of January 17, 2014. The couple were staying in the hotel as the official bungalow of Tharoor was being renovated at that time. The former Union minister has been charged under sections 498-A (husband or his relative subjecting a woman to cruelty) and 306 (abetment of suicide) of the IPC.last_img read more

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