AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInDumfriesshire MSP Oliver Mundell has praised Reuben Boyes from Lochmaben as he has walked from Lochmaben to Edinburgh and back before heading to Dumfries as he raises money for the Brain and Spine Foundation.Mr Mundell was delighted to meet Reuben on Friday in Lockerbie to congratulate him on raising £1,350 for the charity and he has now tabled a motion in the Scottish Parliament highlighting his efforts.Reuben is walking the incredible distance to retrace the journey he took in an ambulance to Edinburgh’s Western General Hospital four years ago after he suffered a brain haemorrhage, before he was later transferred to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary.Commenting Oliver Mundell MSP said: “It was a real pleasure to meet Reuben in Lockerbie on Friday and his story is a truly remarkable one that deserves to be widely known.“His funding efforts have been excellent and that is why I feel it is only right to praise his work in the Scottish Parliament and I’m sure my MSP colleagues will share my sentiments.“I wish Reuben all the best in the final part of his journey and I hope people would consider donating to his great cause at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Reuben-Boyes-walk-for-life.”
SIGN UP TO DAILY NEWSLETTERCLICK HERE TO SIGN-UP More French schools have closed after multiple students tested positive for Covid-19 while a further 2,100 individual classes have also been called off, Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer said Wednesday.Early last week, just 28 schools were closed shortly after the school year resumed but that number has climbed to 81 over the past week.“We have around 1,200 new Covid cases among students compared with last week,” Blanquer told LCI television. “We shut down a class as soon as there are three cases.”He noted that the closures represent just a small fraction of the 60,000 schools across France, calling the beginning of the new school year “the best possible given the health crisis.”French officials have warned nonetheless that new restrictions might be required to stem a worrying increase in coronavirus cases since August.Late Tuesday, the University of Montpellier in southern France said it had suspended classes at its medical school after some 60 students tested positive after a party.The University of Rennes in western France also suspended classes for second- and third-year medical students this week after 83 tested positive.The Sante Public France health agency reported nearly 8,000 new cases in the previous 24 hours on Wednesday, a small decline from the more than 10,000 cases reported Saturday, a record since wide-spread testing began.But it also noted a jump in the number of hospitalisations over the past week, to 2,713 cases, of which 479 needed to be placed in intensive care — and nearly half of those new cases came on Monday and Tuesday alone.Although the number is far below the 7,000 people in intensive care at the height of the pandemic, the government is bracing for a second wave of cases that could come with cooler weather this autumn.The government has placed 82 of the country’s 101 departments on red alert, and officials in Bordeaux and Marseille this week tightened restrictions on public gatherings and retirement home visits after seeing a surge in new Covid-19 cases.The country’s official death toll now stands at 30,999 people since the outbreak flared last March.
Share Better Collective moves fast to mitigate COVID-19 as esports journey begins May 15, 2020 StumbleUpon ‘Better for Bettors’: Better Collective’s formalised approach to sustainable development June 15, 2020 Related Articles Better Collective secures esports vision by acquiring HLTV.org for €35m February 28, 2020 Share Submit After another unpredictable day in the Tipster Challenge Series at Ascot last week, Sarah Shannon of 21bet has signed up to represent the Guests in Week 16 at Chester. Sarah has been a sports writer for the 21bet team since the UK’s newest bookie launched back in March.She is a passionate tipster and a qualified sports journalist with over four years’ experience in the sports betting industry. Sarah is also currently on a roll having tipped ten winners and four each-ways at this year’s Cheltenham Festival.Today she will be going toe to toe with Stephen Harris of bettingexpert and Timeform. Here you can find tips from each of them for the 7 races. The action gets underway at 2:10:____________________________________2:10SBC News: Fiery CharacterA winner at Newmarket and trained by Dascombe, who is looking for a third winner in this race.bettingexpert: Fiery CharacterCreated a good impression when making a winning debut and has got an excellent draw in stall two here.Timeform: Fiery CharacterNewmarket debut winner might be able to lead from the 2 box and can provide local trainer Tom Dascombe with a third winner in this race since 2010.21bet: Awesome AllanAwesome Allan made a strong start to the flat season with a win on his debut at Windsor. He will appreciate similar going in the ground and should be considered for the race.____________________________________2:40SBC News: SomehowMade an impressive reappearance at Leopardstown and represents a yard that has won 4 of the last 8 Cheshire Oaks races.bettingexpert: Diamonds Pour MoiHails from a stable that has made a bright start on the turf and he may offer more value than the O’Brien trained favourite.Timeform: SomehowIt’ll be a big surprise if there isn’t more to come from Somehow and this daughter of Fastnet Rock can provide Aidan O’Brien with a fifth Cheshire Oaks winner.21bet: Diamonds Pour MoiThe filly made a winning start to her career back in November and, with her entry into the Oaks later this year, she looks to be something special and gets our vote.____________________________________3:10SBC News: Steve RogersAn improving stayer with a good draw and a recent comfortable success at Kempton.bettingexpert: No HereticComes here fit from hurdling, has a good draw in stall 4 and the booking of Spencer catches the eye.Timeform: Steve RogersTook his form up another notch with a comfortable success at Kempton and Roger Varian’s progressive stayer looks to have plenty going for him from what should be a handy inside draw.21bet: Gang WarfareThe five-year-old has won his last two outings on the all-weather and is capable of transferring that form to the turf.____________________________________3:45SBC News: MukaynisEncouraging signs on seasonal debut at Kempton, and should be able to compete here.bettingexpert: MukaynisReturns to a track where he has a good record and should strip a lot fitter than a recent reappearance.Timeform: KimberellaOn a favourable mark, just denied in Great St Wilfrid off 7lb higher last summer and is taken to build on an encouraging reappearance at Ripon recently.21bet: RoudeeArrives at this race in fine form having won at Doncaster on his first outing at Doncaster before going close at Epsom. He showed plenty of ability in those races and is one to consider.____________________________________4:20SBC News: MaljaaProgressive horse who showed himself to be a strong finisher with a hat-trick of wins last year.bettingexpert: Canny KoolShaped better than the bare form a few times last season and seems sure to be primed after 220 days off the track.Timeform: MaljaaThe way he progressed in this headgear towards the end of 2015 suggests he should be up to making his presence felt this year, and this looks a nice starting point for him.21bet: MaljaaThe four-year-old rattled up a hat-trick of wins over this distance last year. Although being featured earlier in the season, that is his preference, and he looks the best on the card today.____________________________________4:55SBC News: MulkShould show enough improvement on Newmarket debut to take this race.bettingexpert: ExotericLooks sure to improve for middle distances as a 3-y-o and could offer better value than Mulk.Timeform: MulkShaped really encouragingly when second on his debut at Newmarket’s Craven meeting and it’s hard to see past him here.21bet: MulkThe three-year-old showed plenty of ability when finishing a narrow second behind Sky Kingdom at Newmarket on his first career outing, and is expected to perform well in this maiden stakes.____________________________________5:25SBC News: Red VerdonShown progression in each of his races and should go up against Zzoro in the final race of the day.bettingexpert: So CelebreHails from a yard in good form under both codes and the booking of De Sousa catches the eye on this seasonal bow.Timeform: Red VerdonEd Dunlop has his string in rude health and Red Verdon can provide the stable with another winner on the back of a highly promising reappearance at Doncaster.21bet: ZzoroThe Charlie Hill-trained three-year-old was narrowly beaten on his seasonal debut at Newmarket. Facing a step-up in distance, he does make a strong case here.____________________________________
8 October 2012 Brisk bidding at a rate of R1-million per hour set the tone for a record-breaking 28th Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction in the Stellenbosch winelands over the weekend, with a complete sellout of all the wines on offer producing the auction’s highest turnover ever of R5 739 000 (excluding VAT). The auction is recognised as South Africa’s most prestigious wine auction that is open to the trade and general public. A full house of 52 wines, made exclusively for the auction to represent the pinnacle of what can be achieved in South African winemaking, went under the hammer. According to the Cape Winemakers Guild, this year’s sales were 8.6% up on the 2011 turnover of R5 286 700, despite 431 fewer cases of wine. The auction also attracted a record number of 54 new local buyers and private collectors, four of whom were among the top 10 buyers this year. ‘Increased variety, superb quality’ “With the increased variety and superb quality of our auction selection reflecting the great diversity of the South African wine industry, there was more scope for different types of buyers this year,” guild chairman Louis Strydom said in a statement on Monday. “We got the balance right between red and white wines on offer once again, which ensured keen interest from the floor right until the end. Unusual varietals such as Nebbiolo and Cinsault as well as stylistic differences within varietal categories such as Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon created a lot of interest.” The lineup of 52 wines included 38 red wines, 10 white wines, 2 Methode Cap Classiques, one dessert wine and a port. According to the guild, the auction attracted 148 buyers, including 14 foreign buyers and, for the first time, 14 online bidders. The bulk of the wines, 87%, was bought by local buyers. Belgium the biggest foreign buyer Among the foreign buyers, the biggest sales went to Belgium with R266 800, followed by Namibia on R131 400, Denmark on R105 600 and the United Kingdom with R101 600. “Alan Pick of The Butcher Shop and Grill in Sandton triumphed for the 11th consecutive year as the biggest spender at R1 017 400,” the guild said. In total, 2 517 cases were sold at an average price of R2 281 per case equivalent of 6x750ml bottles. Three Kanonkop wines were among the eight top sellers at an average price per case of over R3 000.Top sellers The top eight sellers were: Kanonkop CWG Paul Sauer 2007 (R3 760), Rust en Vrede Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 (R3 548), Kanonkop CWG Paul Sauer 2009 (R3 485), Hartenberg Estate Auction Shiraz 2009 (R3 324), Kanonkop CWG Pinotage 2010 (R3 294), Beyerskloof Traildust Pinotage 2010 (R3 214), Bouchard Finlayson Pinot Noir 2009 (R3 120), and Ernie Els CWG 2010 (R3 063). Among the white wines, the top sellers were the Jordan Chardonnay Auction Reserve 2011 with an average price per case of R2 353, the Chamonix Chardonnay Auction Reserve 2011, Gottfried Mocke’s maiden auction wine, at R2 044, and the Cape Point Vineyards Auction Reserve White 2011 at R2 014. The best performing Methode Cap Classique, Graham Beck Non Plus Ultra Cap Classique 2008 sold at an average price per case of R1 630. The only dessert wine on auction this year, the Teddy Hall Eva (Krotoa) Muscat de Frontignan Noble Late Harvest 2009 averaged at R1 113 per case of 6 x 375ml, whilst the only fortified wine, the Carel Nel Cape Vintage Auction Reserve 2010, achieved an average price per case of R1 353. “Over and above the main auction, a record amount of R182 100 was raised on the day in aid of the Cape Winemaker’s Guild Protege Programme, a mentorship initiative for young, upcoming winemakers,” the guild said. “Every year a very special charity item is auctioned off to raise funds,” the guild added. “This year’s item, a one-of-a-kind 18-litre 2010 Members’ Reserve comprising a blend of top wines from all 45 members of the guild, was purchased by Annelie van der Merwe of Restaurant Mosaic for a record price of R50 000.” SAinfo reporter
When I first came on to the professional world, I heard a lot of talk about Networking. You need to network. It’s good for your career. It will help you find your *dream job*. But it always seemed so complicated and for someone else. I was never quite sure how it applied to me. I’d, more often than not, rather stay home with a glass of wine than go out and have to meet and interact with STRANGERS. Then I’d have to remember their name and figure out how to track them down if I had a question. It just sounded like sooooo much work for very little benefit.Then the world was introduced to Social Media. And suddenly, it became a whole lot easier to stay in contact with people. You can now meet people around the world and get to know them without ever picking up a phone or playing a Remember-the-Name game (which I suck at. Seriously, I once couldn’t get “Steve” with someone giving me “sleeve” as the reminder.)And once you “know” someone online, your IRL (in real life) meeting is so much easier. For me, my start of meeting people and networking began with Twitter chats like #nextchat hosted by SHRM. At first I just watched, but soon, I jumped in and became really active. As I became more active, I got to know the others in the chats. And now those folks are some of my best friends!I’ve got a list here of current, active chats here. Find the one, or two or ten, that work for your schedule & jump on in! (all times are central unless otherwise noted):#HRSocialHour, 4th Sunday of the month 6 pm#NextChat Wednesdays, 2 pm, hosted by @shrmnextchat#HRHour, Thursday 8 pm GMT#OMCChat, Fridays 11 am#JobHuntChat, Mondays 8 pm#HRTailgate, usually Thursdays, once a month. Follow G&A Partners for updates.#PMChat, Fridays 11 am#WorkTrends, Wednesdays 12 pm#InternPro, Mondays, 7 p.m. hosted by YouTern#WWTalks, bi-monthly-ish#PeopleSkills, Sundays, 9 am#LeadwithGiants, Mondays, 6 pm#MillenialTalk, Tuesdays 7 pm#HRChat, Bi-weekly, Tuesday 11:30 am#KeepThemEngaged, Wednesdays, 12 pm#EBChat, 1st Thursday of the month, 11:30 am#SocialRecruitingShow, Fridays 9 am#LeadersHour, Mondays 2000 GMTSo log in, tune in & get going! We’ll *see* you there and then meet you IRL at #SHRM18 in Chicago, one of the many state conferences around the country or at one of the awesome #DisruptHR events going on world wide!
Open source client platform for messaging, communications. Shows email interface with links embedded in each message – with web services calls to various apps/services. e.g. mouse over for Google map, appointment, events, fedex package updates. Lots of mash-ups. Impressive.APIs are open, can write mash-ups. Has the ajax magic going on. Fully indexed backend and search, a la Gmail. Including filter by calendar, attachment type, etc.Group scheduling, calendaring – drag and drop etc.“web services enabled platform” – can write different clients. e.g. mobile client. open source project.Sounds great, I’ve gotta check this out. Tags:#conferences#web#Web 2.0 Conference 2005 richard macmanus Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#science#web jon mitchell Related Posts Today’s theme is R&D. Even in seemingly calamitous times, there’s still mind-boggling technological progress rolling out. It hasn’t saved the world yet, but some pieces are falling into place.Look at these new inventions and imagine the possibilities.Fox News (sorry) reports on a new scientific ghost town, the Center for Innovation, being built in New Mexico to test the next generation of everyday technologies.Here’s the press release from Pegasus Global Holdings, which is financing the project, to get a sense of the ambitions.Many of our next decade’s inventions will be made out of superstrong, light materials like graphene. To make things out of graphene with precision, it looks like we’ll have to use microscopic robots!We’ll also need renewable power supplies for our inventions, and new kinds of solar cells are showing some promising efficiency ratings.Our future technologies will have to be much cleaner than our present ones. Researchers are building artificially intelligent robotic fish (!!!) to help with the clean-up.Speaking of artificial intelligence, here’s a great essay about why human intelligence is overrated.Image via ShutterstockPast entries from Read/Write Daily A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
With the rise of social media sites such as Facebook and YouTube, companies are getting hit with a blizzard of unstructured data. This data onslaught comes on top of rapid growth in the amount of customer data housed in enterprise systems. Companies now must find cost-effective ways to integrate and analyze the collective pool of big data to generate granular business insights.A recent Intel white paper may have said it best: “We are in the midst of a revolution in the way companies access, manage, and use data. Simply keeping up with the explosive growth in data volumes will be an ongoing challenge, yet the true winners will be those that master the flow of information and the use of analytics throughout their value chain.” ¹To stay on top of it all, many companies are deploying HadoopOpens in a new window, an open-source parallel processing framework, to process and analyze social media data on distributed server clusters. They then integrate Hadoop with systems housing other customer data to gain rich insights. To support these efforts, solution providers are building Hadoop interfaces into database products to help with the performance of big data delivery, management, and usage.What we have here is the intersection of the traditional methods of delivering, managing, and viewing information and a new approach that allows data of all types and formats to be quickly sorted for transactional and operational opportunity. This new era of data exchange requires next-generation compute, storage, and I/O technologies-like those found in the Intel® Xeon® processor E5 family.This next-generation processor family is a great platform for running analytics on big data in private cloud solutionsOpens in a new window and enterprise data centers, as well as in cloud deployments. The raw compute power of the processors enables efficient, intelligent, and secure archiving, analysis, discovery, retrieval, and processing of critical data. And along with fast processing, the Intel Xeon processor E5 family accelerates throughput with PCIe 3.0 technology and Intel® Integrated I/OOpens in a new window, which is designed to dramatically reduce I/O latency and eliminate data bottlenecks across the data center infrastructureOpens in a new window.On the storage side, the Intel Xeon processor E5 family incorporates accelerated RAID and Intel’ AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI) to speed data encryption. This latter technology is particularly important in private cloud environments, where pervasive encryption is used to protect data from hackers and other threats.The new Intel architecture also incorporates innovative technologies designed to reduce powerOpens in a new window and cooling costs and enable dense configurations with thousands of processors. This is a perfect chip for blade environments.If your organization is moving ahead to the new architecture from the Intel® Xeon® processor 5600 series, Intel has a good ROI story to tell, on top of the performance story. And if your organization uses systems based on earlier-generation processors, the new Intel architecture can deliver spectacular ROI while moving you further along in your journey to the cloud.While it’s a great chip for cloud environments, the Intel Xeon processor E5 family is also ideal for private clouds and enterprise data centers looking to accelerate the processing of large datasets while driving down the cost of computing. It’s up to the challenges of big data. Please note: This blog originally apeared on InformationWeek.com in the “Cloud” section as a sponsored blog.