Director of elections at the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ), Orette Fisher has rubbished claims that election equipment have been malfunctioning at polling stations across the island. It was reported that many persons across the island, who turned out to cast their votes, had to return home without doing so because lines were too long and election equipment had been malfunctioning. Candidates from both the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and the People’s National Party (PNP) have also been complaining of the slow voting process and that the electoral machines were malfunctioning. According to reports from the EOJ, as at 1:00p.m. over 500,000 persons had voted, which accounts for 31.54 per cent of the voting population. There are 1,824,412 electors on the voters’ list. Polls opened at 7:00 a.m. and will close at 5:00 p.m. EOJ said special accommodation will be made for voters who were in line before 5:00p.m. This will allow them to cast their vote.
After success in countries like China and India, the online visa application service to the UK, Access UK, has been expanded to South Africa. If you’re planning a British holiday you can now apply for your visa, make an appointment, and pay online.Access UK, an online visa application system for visitors to the UK, launches for South Africans on 22 April 2016. (Image: Pixabay)Access UK, an online visa application service, has been launched for South Africans wanting to visit the UK.After being successful in China and India, the portal has been extended to Russia, Belarus, Turkey, Nigeria, Benin and South Africa. “Over 270 000 applicants have already used Access UK and feedback is really positive,” the UK Home Office said.The UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) application system has been expanded to South Africa https://t.co/jpZ60cMc2P pic.twitter.com/sObxZcijtp— UK in South Africa (@UKinSouthAfrica) April 22, 2016Applicants can use the website to apply, book an appointment and pay for their submission through the standard, priority or super-priority visa service, where applicable.People are able to review, revise or download partially finalised applications before submission, with the visa fee displayed in rands, according to travel news site Traveller24.The following visas can be applied for:Standard visitorGeneral and FamilyChildBusinessEntrepreneurReligionSportspersonsCreativePrivate medical treatment (six months)Visitors undertaking the PLAB test, objective structured clinical examination, clinical attachment and dental observationsVisitor – marriage and civil partnershipVisitor – permitted paid engagementPricesPrices vary depending on the visa required. Standard visas are £87 (about R1 920). The longer the visa, the higher the cost:Two years: £330 (about R7 288)Five years: £600 (about R13 250)Ten years: £752 (about R16 610)The new service is running parallel with the old system, Visa4UK. New applicants will be directed to the new improved Access UK service. Users will not be charged when changing services, said the UK home office. Sources: Traveller24 and UK Home OfficeWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Recently, Gartner announced their take on the top five trends currently happening in the area of Business Intelligence and Analytics: Augmented Analytics – Analytics, through the assistance of machine learning and simplified interfaces, will become more usable by broad ranges of business users, not just data scientists. Relationship Analytics – Analytics will be extended to incorporate associations and networks to enable a better understanding of the interconnectedness of people, places and things. Digital Culture – Businesses will increasingly put greater value on data and internally promote data literacy among its employees. Decision Intelligence – Decision frameworks will become integrated into analytics to allow users to tune decision models and help users better understand how probabilities of uncertain events are factored into recommendations. Operationalizing and Scaling – The use of analytics will spread across organizations to help understand and solve a wider variety of business problems. Gartner predicts the inevitability of “analytics everywhere”. Business Intelligence systems are software tools that collect and analyze data to help organizations become more efficient and productive. Gartner: 2019-2020 BI and Analytics Top 5 Trends
Cisco is betting heavily on the network as the platform. We took a look at the role of the network in the emerging landscape of cloud computing as part one of analysis of “Will One Company be Dominant in Cloud Computing“. We started with Cisco, since the cloud implies the network to float upon.Like religion itself, Cisco is a company that evokes deep emotions. Many IT leaders believe in Cisco and bet their operations on the company. And to unbelievers, using Cisco gear is one of the deadly sins. Following that analogy, on the first day, there was IP. And the Internet was formed. And on the second day there was virtualization, and the virtual machine was born. On day three there was pay-as-you-go computing, and Amazon released EC2. On day four, the iPhone was released. And there was rejoicing.We’re not sure yet what will happen on days five and six – but on the seventh day, there was a globally interconnected cloud, powered by the Internet, IP, and more than likely, Cisco gear. In Cisco’s prophecy, this leads to The Human Network. Cloud Computing is the Next Version of the InternetCisco enjoyed massive benefits in the first phase of the Internet in the late 1990s. Its gear powered the Internet, and the market rewarded the company for its leadership. Cisco’s business was built by the enterprise and their huge appetites for interconnected networks to connect companies and power Web applications.To diversify and expand its opportunities in the late 1990s, Cisco made big bets in the service provider and SMB marketplace. In the service provider space, Cisco drove combining voice, data, and video networks. In SMB, Cisco entered into the commodity space with Wi-Fi and lower-end products. These have paid off and have positioned the company to be ready for the next phase of the Internet. Charting Cisco’s performance from its first day on NASDAQ 20 years ago to today shows a massive spike in its stock price during the rise of the Internet.In the next phase, we’re seeing a repeat opportunity for Cisco to assist in the disruption of the datacenter in the move to virtual data centers and private clouds. At the same time, the company is going further in the hottest area of the service provider opportunity to the core of mobile computing.We wonder, will the market see another spike in Cisco as cloud computing goes mainstream?IP Everywhere – Networking is the PlatformCisco has invested in several trends that will define the next generation of the network. The network is a complex thing. If anything, the opportunity for Cisco is also the risk. Can it manage these complex infrastructures and prove that it is the one company that can bring it all together?First, working closely with VMware, Cisco has defined the virtual data center. The virtual data center is one with an aware unified fabric. Cisco’s Nexus switches bridge storage, virtual instances and network. To get a high performing distributed virtualized data center, it is important to have all servers on a switched network, deployed as the same Layer 2 VLAN. This means extending VLANS over Layer 3 routed networks. To do this, Cisco has brought a new data center interconnect solution called Cisco Overlay Transport Virtualization (OTV), which has the goal of providing the performance of Layer 2 while still preserving most of the scalability, resiliency, multipathing, and failure-isolation characteristics of a Layer 3 connection.“OTV can be thought of as MAC-address routing, in which destinations are MAC addresses, and next hops are IP addresses. OTV simply maps MAC address destinations to IP next hops that are reachable through the network cloud. Traffic destined for a particular MAC address is encapsulated in IP and carried through the IP cloud to its MAC-address routing next hop. The rich information in the MAC-address routing protocol enables Layer 2 connectivity over Layer 3 networks based on MAC-address destinations.”The second major area of innovation Cisco is making news in right now is the mobile core. Cisco announced in December 2009 that it has finished the acquistion of Starent Networks for over $1billion this year. The combined Starent-Cisco puts the company in a key leadership position in routing mobile data, delivering an end-to-end mobile multimedia IP architecture for the mobile operator packet core. Cisco sees the Internet of Things coming, and connecting mobile operations with virtualization is a part of making it all hapen. Virtualization and mobile coming together – two major trends that will form the future of cloud computing.This week, Cisco CEO and board chairman John Chambers shared his thoughts at Mobile World Congress on the value Cisco is bringing to the service provider. As the Next Generation Emerges, the Stakes are HighOn one hand, there is a joining that’s happening where we see Cisco, EMC and VMware partnered in a significant way. The announcement in November 2009 describes a vision where the companies offer enterprises a coordinated set of solutions. These solutions cover the core three tiers of computing: OS, storage, and network.But on the other hand, HP and Cisco are parting ways. Even in the best of times, this relationship was a bit strained as Cisco and HP have been both competing and cooperating over the last few years. The companies signed a global partner agreement. But Cisco competes with HP in unified computing, and HP has introduced the ProCurve line of network devices and purchased 3Com. Now Cisco has decided to pull HP out of its partner program. HP seems to be the one company (outside of its network compeitors) that wants to challenge Cisco’s destiny.Does cloud computing give Cisco a second chance to outperform the world as a dominant vendor? What are your hopes or fears of a Cisco-powered cloud computing fabric?Photo credit: rebeauty Tags:#cloud#cloud computing#Data Centers#Virtualization mike kirkwood How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts
World champion Tejaswini Sawant came up with a lacklustre effort, getting beaten to the gold by Madhya Pradesh’s Rajkumari Rathore in the women’s 50m rifle prone at the 54th National Shooting Championships in Delhi on Friday.Rajkumari, who was on a break from shooting in the last year-and-a-half for having a baby, shot 592 out of 600 to clinch top spot in this non-Olympic event, in which no final is held. Meena Kumari of Himachal Pradesh finished second with 591 while Tejaswini, representing Maharashtra, was third with 589.However, the efforts of Tejaswini, Deepali Deshpande and Tejaswini Mulay gave Maharashtra the senior team gold with a total score of 1750, with army taking the silver and Railways the bronze. Karnataka’s Rekha C. took the juniors’ gold with a score of 586, while the junior team gold went to Madhya Pradesh.Rajkumari, 28, told Mail Today after her match that the key to her success had been a will to compete with herself. “Basically I didn’t go into the match thinking about the fact that I was shooting against the world champion or anything. It was just a case of trying to better my own score and that happened, so I’m very happy,” she said.When asked about how she manages her shooting and family, Rajkumari said: “My husband’s mental support is something I really appreciate, because I don’t have a coach. Also, nowadays, leaving my one-and-a-half year old daughter, Sanskriti, is difficult for me but in the last two World Cups that I competed in last year and also here, I have left her behind because my mother-in-law takes great care of her.”advertisementMeanwhile, the men’s 10m air rifle also got underway on Friday with India’s first individual Olympic gold medallist, Abhinav Bindra, leading the way. Bindra shot with a rifle bearing a logo that said – ‘Ready for London’. However, his score of just 592 out of 600 did not indicate he really was ready. Hardeep Singh (591) of the army lies second, with Karnataka’s Rakesh Manpat (590) and navy’s PT Raghunath (589) close behind. World record holder Gagan Narang will compete on Saturday, after which the final will be contested.In another event on the day, Jaspal Rana made a storming start to the rapid-fire pistol, finishing up with a score of 285 out of 300 in the first stage of the two-stage competition. Rana, representing Delhi, is currently placed second, along with army’s Pemba Tamang and navy’s Rahul Panwar, with another armyman, Commonwealth Games gold medallist Vijay Kumar, in the lead at 289. The second stage and the final – which will be played in a new format devised by the International Shooting Sports Federation – will be held on Saturday.Mansher leads in trialSingh took the lead on Day 1 of the first trial with a score of 73 out of 75. Mansher, who has been a constant feature in the national team since the early 1980s, overcame a major disappointment in the national final last week – where he finished fourth – to reel off scores of 24, 25 and 24 in the three rounds.National champion Manavjit Singh Sandhu and junior champion Kynan Chenai trail Mansher by two points.In the skeet trial being conducted simultaneously, army shooter Allan Daniel Peoples shot a brilliant score of 75 out of 75 to lead the way, ahead of Arozepal Sandhu (73) and national champ Mairaj Ahmad Khan (72).The final two rounds in both these events will take place on Saturday, with a second trial to be held on Monday and Tuesday.
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is looking forward to extending his stay at the North London club and is hoping of finalising a new deal in the coming weeks.Wilshere will be out of contract in June 2018 but said he was confident that a new deal will be figured out and agreed to soon.Wilshere has progressed through Arsenal’s youth system and made his senior debut in 2008. For the past nine years he has been with Arsene Wenger at the Premier League club and has played 175 matches.”I definitely want to be here,” Wilshere told Sky Sports News. “I’m enjoying my football and I love playing in the Premier League now and I want to help Arsenal get to where they should be.”We just have to sort things out and I’m sure that will happen in the next couple of weeks and it will be sorted.”Wilshere’s career has been hampered by serious injuries with the latest being a calf injury sustained in April. The Englishman returned to action in August and has since made 15 appearances for Arsenal this campaign.The 25-year-old, who spent last season on loan at Bournemouth, has started two league games this season and said regular game time was his priority, hoping to earn a call-up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the 2018 World Cup.”The biggest thing for any footballer, and even more so for me because of the games missed in the past, is that you are playing,” Wilshere added.”I think I’ve proved to myself that I can play in the Premier League and I trust my body again and that I can affect games. I can have a positive effect on this team and then maybe we’ll see if the England manager picks me.advertisement”I’m just focused on the game on Friday, I’m in a good place mentally at the minute. I want to continue improving my form, affecting the team and help to get into the top four and challenge for trophies.”Arsenal, who are fifth in the league, host fierce rivals Liverpool, who are a point and a place ahead, on Friday.(Courtesy: Reuters)
Hot on the heels of the Australian Mens 30’s Touch team being nominated at the Australian Sports Awards, one of TFA’s leading officials was nominated for an award at the Australian Sports Commission 2006 Ausport Awards.The Ausport Awards recognise coaches, officials, management and other programs that have played pivotal roles in developing sport Australia-wide. TFA took the opportunity to nominate a member of our National Referees Panel (NRP) who has served the sport and its officials tirelessly for many years.Ian Matthew, who is also the Director of Referees in NSW, was nominated for the ‘Officials Development Award’ and we were delighted when he was short-listed to the final three nominees. Unfortunately Ian was unable to attend the Awards breakfast in Melbourne, due to his commitments in Coffs Harbour for the NTL, but Miles Davine, Touch Football Victoria Manager, kindly stepped in and attended on Ian’s behalf.The eventual winner of the award was Sharon Arnold from Basketball Australia, while Ian Matthew and Neil Poulton from Baseball were both highly commended at the breakfast.Ian can be credited for many of the strategies and techniques in place in Touch Football today to develop referees from grass roots level to the elite level. He has influenced an enormous number of referees through his work at local, state, national and international level. Thank you Ian for all of your hard work!
Bayern Munich frontrunners for Arsenal, Chelsea target Underby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal and Chelsea have a new challenger in their pursuit of Roma winger Cengiz Under. According to ESPN, Bayern Munich have moved ahead of the Premier League duo as they look to replace Arjen Robben.The 21-year-old is currently valued at 50m by the Serie A giants, which Bayern have no problem paying. Fortunately for Arsenal and Chelsea, Under is reportedly keen on a move to the Premier League.Manchester City and Manchester United have also scouted Under, who has scored two goals and provided four assists in 14 Serie A appearances this season. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Agent coy over Lucas Hernandez to Bayern Munich rumoursby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAgent Manuel Garcia Quilon is coy over the future of Atletico Madrid defender Lucas Hernandez.Lucas is being linked with a €85 move to Bayern Munich.”We will have to see what to do in the coming days,” the agent said to Deportes Cuatro.”[Atletico CEO] Miguel Angel Gil Marin was very clear when explaining the situation.”I have nothing more to say.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
“We are not going to negotiate in public nor make public threats,” he said.Kinder Morgan gave the government a deadline of May 31 to get reassurance for its investors the pipeline will come to fruition.Conservative natural resources critic Shannon Stubbs said she was “flabbergasted” the cabinet meeting produced no plan.“I think this a colossal failure in leadership,” she said.Iain Black, a former provincial Liberal cabinet minister in B.C. and now president of the Vancouver Board of Trade, said he is not surprised or disappointed there was nothing concrete out of cabinet.“I think the federal government is in some new territory here,” he said.Black said the issue has gone beyond the pipeline itself to a question of if Canada can follow the rule of law to get projects built. If it can’t, he said the impact on investment capital would be immense and crippling.He said he had cleared his schedule over the next three days because there is a lot of work underway within the business community in B.C. across all sectors to try and help get thispipeline project built.Black said Trudeau expended some political capital to approve the pipeline and, until now, he has handled the file in a non-confrontational, “very Canadian way.” But now, he said, the rubber is hitting the road and Trudeau is going to have to be bold.“If ever there was a ‘just watch me’ moment for this prime minister this is it.”Carr said earlier this week the government has legal, regulatory and financial options but did not specify what they are. Broadly, they include financial penalties for B.C., investing in the pipeline in some way to reassure investors and suing the B.C. government to exert jurisdiction. They could also ask the Supreme Court for a ruling on their authority, however, that option was discarded earlier this year because it would be a lengthy process and would imply there is some doubt about who has jurisdiction when Ottawa firmly believes there is none.Although Horgan has threatened to pass regulations that could prevent additional oil from flowing through B.C. on its way to foreign buyers, he hasn’t done so nor has he asked the courts to rule on whether he has jurisdiction to that. The threat alone has been enough to spook investors and without an actual regulation, there is nothing Alberta or Canada can sue over.B.C. is also part of a lawsuit against Ottawa arguing there was not proper consultation with Indigenous communities or other stakeholders when the pipeline was reviewed. A decision in that suit is expected any day.More than 30 Indigenous communities along the pipeline’s route support the project but there are many in B.C. which do not.In Ottawa on Tuesday, a few dozen pipeline protesters blocked commuter traffic on the edge of downtown outside McKenna’s constituency office. In Calgary, several hundred people turned up to rally in favour of the pipeline outside a provincial governmentbuilding.(THE CANADAIN PRESS) In a sign of the heat the cabinet is feeling over this, Sohi lashed out on Twitter earlier this week at B.C. New Democrat MP Kennedy Stewart for claiming victory after Kinder Morgan announced it is suspending all non-essential spending on the pipeline until it and its investors feel secure the project won’t be derailed by strong opposition from the B.C. NDP government.“Next time you fly between B.C. & Ottawa, give thanks to thousands of oil workers who enable you to do your job, while you & (Premier John) Horgan sabotage their livelihood,” Sohi responded. “Rest assured, your victory lap is temporary. We will use allavailable tools to get (Trans Mountain) built.”Finance Minister Bill Morneau said the government is “in discussions” with Notley, Horgan and Kinder Morgan. He is to meet Wednesday with Notley in Toronto but it’s not known whether he or another minister, intends to meet personally with Horgan.When asked if Canada would penalize B.C. financially if it doesn’t withdraw its opposition to the pipeline, something Alberta United Conservative party leader Jason Kenney wants to see done, Morneau clammed up. “I apologize in advance I’ve got one minute and I’ve got to catch a plane,” Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr said before making a very brief statement following the two-hour cabinet meeting.“The government is 100 percent behind this pipeline. It’s important for Canada. It was made in the national interests. We believe this is important for all regions of the country. We stand behind our decision.”When asked about Notley’s new suggestion of buying the pipeline entirely Carr repeated his comments from the last two days that there are many options on the table and Canada is considering all of them.Environment Minister Catherine McKenna repeated the statement in French and officially that was it.Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi, whose Edmonton seat could be at risk if the pipeline expansion fails, was cornered on his way out of the meeting. He wouldn’t discuss cabinet conversations in public but repeated that the government is 100 per cent behind the pipeline.“We will get it done,” Sohi said, before pushing out of the scrum of reporters and heading to his car. OTTAWA, O.N. – The Trudeau government held an emergency cabinet meeting Tuesday aimed at salvaging the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion but did not come up with plan, at least not one ministers are prepared to talk about yet.Hours earlier, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley upped the ante, saying Alberta is not only prepared to invest in the pipeline, but it is also prepared to take it over entirely if need be.But federal ministers had nothing to say about how their government might convince, or force, British Columbia to back off and allow the pipeline to proceed.