NFIP’s ‘Head-Scratching’ Short-Term Extension

first_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago About Author: Seth Welborn Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Loss Mitigation, News December 10, 2019 1,810 Views NFIP’s ‘Head-Scratching’ Short-Term Extension Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Tagged with: flood Insurance nfip The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. Previous: Banking Committee Approves HUD’s Nomination of Brian Montgomery Next: Setting the Mortgage Industry Up for Success Related Articles Subscribecenter_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago  Print This Post The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago flood Insurance nfip 2019-12-10 Seth Welborn Home / Daily Dose / NFIP’s ‘Head-Scratching’ Short-Term Extension Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Share Save Sign up for DS News Daily The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) was refunded until December 20, after it was originally set to expire on November 21. Industry experts have praised the extension, but expressed disappointment in the short-term extension, and in Insurance Business Magazine, John Dickson, CEO and President of private flood insurance provider Aon Edge called the recent extension “head-scratching.”Says Dickson, “I think the issues that this Congress are dealing with are well publicized and they’re huge-headline, all-encompassing topics, and for you as a working body to know that you’ve got quite a lot on your plate and you’re working around the clock, your staff is fully engaged with these other issues, to then move a program of critical importance out 30 days in time, and I think that’s being generous by maybe a day, knowing that you are now with the holidays in the states scheduled to work maybe 10 to 15 of those 30 days, to think you’re going to get your business done and get reforms passed in that period of time is nonsensical. You know you can’t do it, so this is probably the most head-scratching extension that I’ve seen in this litany of non-stop short-term extensions.”Dickson adds that the NFIP hasn’t been transparent in what Risk Rating 2.0 will actually look like yet, which he notes is “troubling,” going on to note the growing importance of flood insurance as storm risk increases.“What we’re seeing today is flooding intensity that you never had before,” said Dickson. “Whether or not you believe that the climate is changing due to acts of man, if you believe that air temperatures are gradually or rapidly warming, then we have a situation where we will have bigger rain events with more lasting, more torrential rainfall. What’s happened this year with the Midwest and with Imelda is not much far removed from Michael, Florence, East Baton Rouge, Hurricane Harvey, they’re very similar in the fact that the intensity of these events is increasing.”A full vote for the NFIP extension is expected soon.last_img read more

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Focus on Russia, inside and out

first_imgRussia’s national election is Sunday, and President Vladimir Putin should coast to winning his fourth term. But the real news about that giant nation is in the West, where Moscow’s increasingly bold pronouncements and provocations have raised simmering ire of its European allies, and even the U.S., to a boil.After a former Russian spy living in Britain was found poisoned by a nerve agent linked to Moscow, leaders of Britain, France, Germany, and the U.S. issued a rare joint statement Thursday condemning Russia for the assassination attempt, saying it violated international law on using chemical weapons and threatened British sovereignty. Prime Minister Theresa May has announced the expulsion of 23 suspected Russian operatives from the U.K. and promised additional economic and political retaliation. Russia denied ordering the poisoning and promised its own retaliatory measures against Britain.Simon Saradzhyan, a former journalist and researcher from Russia, is the founding director of the Russia Matters project, a news and policy research forum at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School. He discussed the impact that new U.S. sanctions may have on Russia, and what Americans misunderstand about that country.Q&ASimon SaradzhyanGAZETTE: The U.S. Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control just announced that it will impose sanctions on a number of Russian entities and individuals, including Yevgeny Viktorovich Prigozhin, the man known as “Putin’s chef,” for Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Many operatives were indicted by the special counsel Robert Mueller III last month. How does this affect Putin, if at all?SARADZHYAN: The only notable figure is Prigozhin. The rest are people employed by his company and have no direct connection to Putin. They occupy minor posts, so they don’t interact with the leader of the country. What I understand about Prigozhin is that most of his wealth comes from domestic business, such as catering to the Russian defense ministry or Russian schools. So in that sense I don’t see any major impact to Prigozhin or to Putin. This is a minor splash in the ongoing storm, if you will. I anticipate this has an impact close to zero on Vladimir Putin.GAZETTE: What about the broader sanctions imposed by President Barack Obama in 2014, the Magnitsky Act? We know Putin wants them lifted, but is he under any political pressure internally from the oligarchs who are most affected to get those lifted?SARADZHYAN: That would’ve made sense under leader Boris Yeltsin when Russia was essentially an oligarchy. In Putin’s Russia, Putin calls the shots. It’s important to ensure that the elites remain loyal, but he’s not a caretaker-manager of any kind for them. He’s the head of the state, and he’s the ultimate decision-maker. If you look at how things have been going for these people, you’d see that their wealth increased in Putin’s current presidential term. Russia’s richest people added about $30 billion to their collective net worth, so things are going pretty well for them. The businessmen who have been impacted by sanctions aren’t happy, but if you look at the wealth, it has been increasing. So there are downsides, but there are possible benefits for them.Because when you introduce sanctions, for instance, and Russia responds by imposing sanctions on Western foods, then that means whoever has large companies in the agricultural sector is gaining from that. You should also bear in mind that these kinds of sanctions actually help Putin to domesticate the elites because they need to then move their assets to Russia, they become more dependent on the Russian state for their well-being in terms of developing their businesses, so there’s a positive side for Vladimir Putin in the sanctions, too, because it reinforces this message that Russia is living in a world order where it has powerful enemies, and therefore we should all unite against these enemies, or competitors, or partners, as he sometimes calls them.So sanctions are unpleasant, but I haven’t seen that sanctions cause a major altering of Russia’s foreign policies. In that sense, if the purpose of the sanctions involving Ukraine was to force Russia to pull out of Ukraine, that didn’t happen. So in that sense, sanctions are not working.GAZETTE: From the outside, Putin seems to be inserting himself into the news lately, making threats about Russia’s nuclear program, warning about revenge on “traitors,” bragging about plans to send a mission to Mars next year. Is this all because of the March 18 election, or is something else going on?SARADZHYAN: Mostly it’s related to the election. During his campaign in 2000, and then ever since, in every campaign he becomes less energized and more jaded. This campaign is no exception. He delayed the State of the Union address, he delayed campaigning, and, from what I’ve read, the reason is that he’s very reluctant to campaign. So yes, there’ve been speeches and, compared to the same period last year, he’s been much more active. But if you compare his previous electoral campaigns, I’d say he’d been less active.People normally just get jaded. He’s been in power since 1999, and I’ve heard time and time again that he’s less and less interested in domestic politics. He’s interested in foreign policy, hence his attitude. Of course, if he faced a real electoral threat, he would have been more active, but he doesn’t.With the exception of two of his rivals, the rest are below the statistical margin of error, so what is there to worry about? He is [polling] at 69 percent. The same pollster is showing turnout of 70 percent, which is exactly what they’re hoping to achieve: 70 percent turnout with 70 percent voting for Putin. Why? Because that would mean [more than] half the registered voters showed up and voted for Putin, so he’d have a majority, which is important. Even if you are a semi-authoritarian leader, you need to signal to the elites and the public that there’s no real competition, there’s just you.GAZETTE: The sharp rebuke this week by British Prime Minister Theresa May to the attempted assassination of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter using a Russian-developed nerve agent — including her pledge to expel 23 suspected Russian spies and warning that other measures will be taken against Russia — how is this back-and-forth between Russia and the U.K. playing in Russia? Do voters know the scope of what’s at issue?SARADZYHAN: No, they are simply aware of what’s on TV because the majority of Russians continue to rely on TV. And all the national channels in Russia are either directly owned by the state or controlled by state-owned entities or controlled by entities that are loyal to the state. The message is “Russia has nothing to do with it,” but also “Traitors should take notice because this is what happens to them.” So they are aware, but, as some Trump supporters would say, they have their own alternative facts.The messaging is that “Russia has enemies that are powerful, and they will harm Russia, and therefore we should all unite against the external threats so that Russia remains a great, strong power,” so whatever challenges emerge in the foreign security policy domains are portrayed in that sense — that the challenges arise not because of ill-fought steps by us, but because there are these enemies that harmed Russia, and therefore we should unite and jointly repel them so Russia will remain great.”GAZETTE: What’s the political and economic climate or feeling inside Russia right now?SARADZHYAN: The economic climate is improving. Russia is nowhere near the 7-plus percent annual growth of GDP it experienced in the 2000s. But the economy is poised to grow even though the growth is at the level below the global average. So the downturn has stopped, but people are still suffering. Their incomes have yet to recover, and that, of course, has impacted the overall mood. Some people are very disillusioned, others are hopeful. But overall the idea that “Yes, we have to suffer a bit, but for that we get to live in a great power that the whole world has to take into account” has been a successful message to a great many Russians. Yes, state-owned polls are not the most reliable source, to put it mildly, but there are a significant number of people in Russia who are willing to endure some sort of hardship as long as they can be proud of their country and its standing in the global order.GAZETTE: What’s the biggest misunderstanding we have in the U.S. about Putin or his government’s goals and interests?SARADZHYAN: I just wrote a piece for The National Interest, and in there I say the biggest misapprehension about Russia is that if only someone else were to replace Putin, Russia would be more accommodating toward the West in global arrangements because Putin’s personal anti-Western views supposedly prevent that.I think this is the biggest misconception. Yes, one of Vladimir Putin’s goals is, of course, survival of his regime, but he is guided mostly by Russia’s national interests, the way he sees them. Whoever replaces Putin would be doing just the same. It would be a matter of whether Russia has the resources to advance these interests. Yeltsin didn’t have them.This interview has been edited for clarity and length.last_img read more

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Publix Returning to Regular Hours, Ending Reserved Shopping Times

first_imgPublix announced Thursday that it is expanding its store hours, after operating on a reduced schedule due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Beginning Saturday, May 16, stores will be open daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.The company is also suspending its reserved shopping hours, according to its website. In addition, Publix pharmacies are also returning to their regular operating hours.“Thank you for your patience over the past several weeks while we’ve operated under reduced hours,” the company said in a statement.It adds, “We do understand some customers prefer to shop when the stores are less crowded. We encourage you to shop during the first hour of the day, when we can better accommodate that need.”last_img read more

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From Intern to Employee: Mosaic Marketing Studio Hires Tamika Pearman, MBA

first_imgFacebook11Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Mosaic Marketing StudioMosaic Marketing Studio is pleased to announce the addition of Tamika Pearman to the Olympia-based team. Pearman worked as a marketing intern at Mosaic throughout the past year while finishing her master’s degree at Saint Martin’s University (SMU).Tamika Pearman joins Mosaic Marketing. Photo credit: Heather Harris, Elements PhotographyPearman completed her MBA work at SMU in December and officially joined Mosaic as an employee in March 2017. She is ‘first chief officer of digital media’ and will manage social media marketing for over a dozen of Mosaic’s clients and specializes in all forms of digital media marketing. “Tamika is a hard-working professional, a fast learner—especially adept at understanding new technology—and is the most fun person to be around,” said Mosaic’s owner, Natasha Ashenhurst. “Her work as an intern played a significant role in our success last year, and we are honored she chose Mosaic after graduation.”Ashenhurst and Pearman met while working on their MBAs together at SMU and enjoyed collaborating on class projects. When Pearman heard of an opening at Mosaic, she jumped at the chance to join the boutique marketing and communications firm. In addition to her MBA, Pearman has a BA in Political Science from the University of Washington and she recently received her Green Belt certification in Lean Six Sigma.Pearman enjoys spending time with her family, live music and traveling to unique places. She is passionate about marketing and is excited about being the newest member of Mosaic Marketing Studio. Natasha Ashenhurst founded Mosaic Marketing Studio in 2013, and the firm specializes in strategic communications for smaller businesses and nonprofits.last_img read more

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Saints ink commitment from Thunder Cats Fuchs as team prepares for stretch run

first_img“My goals for next year at Selkirk are to excel both on and off the ice in the classroom,” says Fuchs. “There’s nothing more I’d want than to win a BCIHL championship while staying on top of my school work and maintaining a good grade point average.”Similar to the Saints, Fuchs and the Thunder Cats are currently chasing down a home ice playoff spot and sit two points back of the Kimberley Dynamiters in the Eddie Mountain Division with six games remaining. They will need Fuch’s experience down the stretch.“Marcel is a hard worker on and off the ice and a high character individual who will thrive in any role given to him,” says Dubois.“He has been a tremendous leader for us this season and understands the level of commitment and focus that it takes to be part of a winning program. The Thunder Cats organization is thrilled that he will have a chance to advance his academic and hockey careers in the BCIHL.”After a weekend off, this year’s edition of the Saints return to the ice on Friday night when they will host the Simon Fraser University Clan at the Castlegar Recreation Complex starting at 7 p.m.The game is Alumni Night as Selkirk honours past members of the Saints.With Trinity Western University solidified in the BCIHL top spot, the Saints are focussed on capturing second place which would give them the coveted home-ice advantage when the playoffs start in March.The Saints are currently in third place in the league, one point behind the University of Victoria and two points ahead of Simon Fraser.The Saints have six regular season games remaining, including four straight on the road to end the season.The Saints last regular season home game is February 13 against Eastern Washington University.Playoffs start on March 6. As the Selkirk College Saints head into the stretch run of the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) season, the two-time defending champions are also looking further down the road to the team that will hit the ice in 2015-2016.Earlier this week, the Saints announced the playing commitment from Marcel Fuchs to attend and compete for the Saints beginning next season.Fuchs is a 5-foot-11, 180 pound forward who is completing his third season of junior hockey with the Kootenay International Hockey League’s (KIJHL) Creston Valley Thunder Cats.“We are excited to have Marcel join our recruiting class,” says Saints head coach Alex Evin. “Our program continues to add individuals who take pride in both their academics and athletics.”Now coached by former Saints bench boss Jeff Dubois, Fuchs has appeared in 41 games this season. The 20-year-old who is originally from Mission, BC has accumulated 22 points, with two of his team’s eight goals being game winners.Overall, Fuchs has played 142 games in the KIJHL, scoring a total of 69 points and 179 penalty minutes. In 2013-2014 playoffs, Fuchs scored eight points in 16 games but the Thunder Cats lost to the eventual KIJHL Champion Beaver Valley Nitehawks in the Kootenay Conference Championship series.“I was able to watch Marcel quite a few times during his KIJHL career and he always brings energy and a consistent work ethic to each game,” says Evin. “He will be a capable two-way player and penalty killer who takes pride in playing the game the right way.”Fuchs plans to enroll in the General Associate of Science Program at Selkirk College and later pursue a degree in Respiratory Therapy.last_img read more

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Makhaya Ntini: breaking barriers

first_imgOn Wednesday, 16 December 2009, Makhaya Ntini became only the fifth South African to appear in 100 cricket tests.Ntini is rightly regarded one of the most important players in the history of South African cricket. As the first black African to represent the national team, and one of the Proteas’ most successful cricketers ever, he has earned that status.Ntini went on to play in 101 test befor retiring from international cricket. His 390 wickets were eleventh on the list of all-time test wicket takers when he retired. His 390 wickets were second only to Shaun Pollock’s South African record of 421 wickets.Barriers on and off the fieldWith his quality performances and his ever-smiling, ever-trying attitude, Makhaya Ntini quickly became a popular sportsman in South Africa, appealing to people of all races and backgrounds, thus breaking through any lingering barriers among the country’s sport lovers. Annual surveys have more than once declared him to be South Africa’s most popular sportsman.Ntini also recorded a number of feats that will remain in the record books. Apart from being South Africa’s second-highest wicket taker in test cricket, he also owns the best ever test bowling figures by a South African. He achieved those in the second test against the West Indies in Port of Spain in April 2005, capturing 6 for 95 and 7 for 37 to finish the match with a haul of 13 for 132.Rare featWhile a number of South Africans are featured on the Lords’ Honours Board for visiting bowlers taking five wickets in an innings, Ntini is the only one to have taken 10 wickets in a match against England. He is one of only 10 men in history to have achieved the feat.The Proteas won that match, in August 2003, by an innings and 92 runs, but it required a special effort on a pitch that became very friendly towards batsmen as the match wore on. England failed in their first innings, however, being dismissed for 173 as Ntini led the South African bowling attack with 5 for 75.South Africa responded with the innings innings total in the country’s history, 682 for 6 declared, with captain Graeme Smith making 259, Gary Kirsten 108, and Boeta Dippenaar 92.England managed 417 all out second time around, but Ntini, with 5 for 145, was again the leading wicket taker as South Africa recorded a big victory.Ten wickets in a matchNtini has, in fact, captured 10 wickets in a match on four occasions, more than any other South African. Apart from the two abovementioned instances, he managed the feat in successive test matches in 2006.At the end of March, in the third test against Australia at the Wanderers, he claimed 6 for 100 and 4 for 78. That left Ntini with 19 wickets in the series, which was 12 more than any other South African player managed.In the first match of a three-test series against New Zealand that followed soon afterwards, Ntini was named man of the match after capturing 5 for 94 and 5 for 51, for a match haul of 10 for 146, as South Africa recorded a 128-run win. He went on to pick up Player of the Series honours.Team leaderOnce regarded by the sceptics as a “quota selection” for South Africa, Ntini has evolved into a team leader for the Proteas and one of the world’s top cricketers. His hard-won status as a leading international strike bowler – as ready with a smile as with a bouncer – is far removed from his upbringing in a rural village in the Eastern Cape.Ntini was first spotted by Border cricket development officer Raymond Booi in his home village of Mdingi. As a development officer, Booi did the rounds at the villages, introducing the young boys and men to the game of cricket, looking out for anyone with talent that might nurtured.Ntini recalls that he was passing by one day when Booi was visiting, going to fetch cattle or horses, when he and some friends were called closer. He was given a ball and told to bowl. The results stunned Booi. Young Makhaya might have been a bit wild, but he was fast, and Booi knew he had found someone with enough raw talent to be turned into something special.Booi arranged for Ntini to attend Dale College in King William’s Town, a school well known for its sporting prowess. When he first arrived there at age 14, the budding cricket star couldn’t speak a word of English. However, he took up the challenge of his new life and the opportunities it presented, and prospered.Ntini represented Border Schools at the Nuffield Week (U19 inter-provincial) in 1994 and 1995, and in 1995 was also selected for the national age group team.First-class debutHe made his first-class debut against the touring England team in November 1995, claiming Alec Stewart as his first first-class victim.Being one of the first black cricketers to make a mark after South Africa became a democratic country in 1994, Ntini soon found himself in favour with the national cricket selectors.In January 1998 he made his one-day international debut against New Zealand on the WACA Ground in Perth. He performed superbly, sending down 10 overs and conceding only 31 runs, while claiming the wickets of Black Cap captain Stephen Fleming and wicketkeeper Adam Parore.Two months later he made his test debut against Sri Lanka in Cape Town, picking up two wickets in the match. Ntini was fortunate to make his debut at a time when South Africa had two world-class opening bowlers from whom he could learn – Shaun Pollock and Allan Donald, both of whom broke the magical barrier of 300 test wickets.In 1998 Ntini tasted success at the Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur when a South African team missing some of its star players upset a heavily favoured Australian team to win the gold medal.Major setbackThings were looking good for the Border star, but life was shortly to take a big dip.Ntini was accused of raping a woman at the Buffalo Park Cricket Ground in December 1998. He maintained his innocence, receiving the backing of the United Cricket Board (the predecessor of Cricket South Africa), but a shock awaited him in court. The judge delivered a verdict of guilty, and suddenly the 22-year-old found himself facing a possible six years in prison.Ntini’s world was turned upside down. Not long before the tour he had been named as part of South Africa’s 15-man squad for the 1999 World Cup in England. Now he was on the verge of being incarcerated, with the dreams of his career and life ruined. The United Cricket Board continued to support Ntini, but the organisation could not offer its funds to pay for his defence.Ali Bacher came to Ntini’s rescue. He contacted a friend of his who lived overseas and asked him whether he would consider providing money for Ntini’s legal fees. The friend agreed. On appeal, Ntini’s conviction was overturned, and he walked out of court a free man with a new lease on life.Breakthrough performanceNtini returned to the national team a more focused, fit and enthusiastic player. He continued learning from Donald and Pollock, refining his game, and in November 2000 he finally delivered a breakthrough performance.Facing New Zealand in the first test in Bloemfontein, all eyes were on Allan Donald as he chased his 300th test wicket. He duly claimed it, dismissing Shayne O’Connor.However, Ntini stole the spotlight from Donald with his performance in the Black Caps’ second innings. Showing tremendous stamina, he sent down 31.4 overs on a flat wicket that offered little assistance, capturing 6 for 66 to guide South Africa to victory.It was a timely performance, as Donald was nearing the end of his great career and would, in fact, finish it with only 30 more wickets. Pollock, for his part, remained a great bowler, but no longer bowled with the pace he showed early in his test career.Someone needed to assume the mantle of strike bowler for South Africa, and Ntini took it upon himself to do just that.Out of formNtini was sharp against Sri Lanka in the following series (December 2000 through January 2001), second only to Pollock in overs bowled and wickets taken, but when the Proteas toured the West Indies in early 2001, just when he should have been reinforcing his position as one of the team’s leading bowlers, Ntini performed way below par and lost his place in the test side for the final match of the five-game series. He captured only seven wickets in the series – although he dismissed Brian Lara three times.Ntini needed to raise his game, but he struggled on very flat tracks against Zimbabwe in late 2001, and again when India toured South Africa immediately afterwards (October 2001).A trip to Australia in December 2001 was hardly the recipe to bring about a change in the paceman’s fortunes, and he was used sparingly. However, when Australia visited South Africa in February 2002, straight after the Proteas’ tour Down Under, no one sent down more overs than Ntini, and he finished as joint top South African wicket taker in the test series.OverpoweringIn September 2002 a visit by Bangladesh, at that time the weakest of the world’s test-playing nations, gave Ntini renewed confidence as the Bangladeshis struggled to come to terms with his pace, aggression and skill. He led the South African bowlers in both the test and one-day international averages, and was the one bowler who looked as if he could consistently overpower the Bangladeshi batsmen.From that point, Ntini’s fortunes continued to rise. He was South Africa’s leading wicket taker in a test series against Sri Lanka in late 2002, and second to Pollock in a test series against Pakistan played in December 2002 and January 2003.The following month, in February, he was a solid, dependable performer for the Proteas in a disappointing 2003 World Cup, capturing 10 wickets at 17.6, while conceding only 3.37 runs per over, but the best was yet to come.When South Africa toured England in mid-2003, they had to do so without two of the side’s leading players for parts of the test series, with both Shaun Pollock and Jacques Kallis missing. The Proteas needed Ntini to lead, and he responded well to the challenge of a tough English tour.Career highlightThe highlight of his career came in the second test at the home of cricket, Lords. After a drawn first test, South Africa took the initiative on the opening day of the second test as they skittled England for just 173 on a good batting pitch. Ntini led the way with 5 for 75.Then, after the Proteas had established a huge first innings lead of 509 runs, they faced the problem of dismissing the English team for a second time on a featherbed track.The Border paceman again played a leader’s role, knocking over 5 for 145 to become the first black South African cricketer to capture 10 wickets in a match, and at Lords to boot. He shared the man of the match award with double-centurion Graeme Smith.Ntini finished the series with 23 wickets, 10 more than any English bowler managed and six more than the next best South African, Shaun Pollock. He had taken up the challenge of leading South Africa’s bowling, and passed the test with flying colours.LegacyIn the latter stages of his career, Ntini became recognised as one of the world’s leading fast bowlers and was a regular fixture in the top 10 of the rankings for test bowlers.More importantly, Makhaya Ntini he proved that, given the right talent, hard work and support, South Africans from any background can excel at the highest levels of international sport.That, more than any of the outstanding statistics that will summarise his career when he retires, will be his greatest legacy.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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MWeb launches cloud storage service

first_img24 June 2011 “We are always looking for ways to benefit our customers’ overall Internet experience and encourage them to explore the Internet by taking advantage of our value added services,” said Kasu. “Store-It is a no frills, easy to use solution and another innovative product that we are proud to put into our stable.” Using online platforms such as photo sharing social network, Flickr is a perfect example of cloud computing as well as the recent online gaming craze, Farmville which is accessed through Facebook. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Stored on local servers South African internet service provider MWeb has announced the launch of Store-It, a file hosting service that enables both individuals and business owners to store and access files online using cloud computing technology. Store-It also has paid-for upgrade options of 45GB and 95GB for those customers needing for online storage space.center_img Taking its consumers’ requirements for a cloud-based file sharing service into consideration, MWeb has decided to offer 5-gigabyets (GB) of free space on Store-It to its customers. “Many consumers aren’t aware that they use cloud services daily,” Nathier Kasu, head of digital at MWeb, said in a statement this week. According to MWeb, Store-It is an alternative, cheaper and safer solution to using hardware such as flash drives or external hard drives to store and save files. Users will have complete control of their data which is stored locally on MWeb’s servers. The main feature of Store-It is that it’s in “the cloud”, so you can access it from any connected device from any location. According to MWeb, this allows customers to securely store their documents, as well as almost 100 000 photographs or more than 1 200 mp3 format music files. Also, since all data is stored on local servers, it allows for faster retrieval times than offshore-based foreign solutions.last_img read more

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Global banks ‘ramping up in Africa’

first_img4 January 2012 The eurozone crisis may have cast a pall over global bankers’ New Year, but this hasn’t stopped a number of international institutions from increasing their presence in Africa – starting in South Africa – to take advantage of the continent’s fast growth rates, the Financial Times reports. The publication lists four major institutions that set up shop in South Africa in 2011, in a shift “driven by the stagnation of developed economies, coupled with the potential of a resource-rich, but under-developed continent with 1-billion people”. According to the Financial Times, in the course of 2011: JPMorgan began offering rand clearing services in South Africa, Credit Suisse set up a wholly owned subsidiary in the country, Barclays shifted its Africa headquarters from Dubai to Johannesburg, and China’s ICBC opened its first African representative office in Cape Town. BNP Paribas also moved to expand its local footprint through the acquisition of a majority stake in Cadiz Securities, the derivatives research and brokerage unit of South African financial services group Cadiz Holdings. ICBC said its Cape Town office would strengthen its strategic cooperation with South Africa’s Standard Bank, in which the Chinese bank acquired a 20% stake in 2008 for R36.7-billion – the biggest single Chinese investment in Africa to date. The Financial Times quotes John Coulter, JPMorgan’s senior country officer for sub-Saharan Africa, as saying: “Better governance and macroeconomic policies, together with greater political stability in a number of African countries, have contributed to a significant improvement in the overall economic performance of the continent. “As a consequence, Africa is being taken more seriously as an investment and business destination. “The opportunity we see in Africa is really to build out our commercial banking business to deliver treasury and corporate banking services to our clients across Africa, at the same time opening up the way for investment banking opportunities,” Coulter told the FT. “If we invest now, then we will reap the upturn in Africa, whether it’s in five years, 10 years or 20 years, but we recognise that we need to make that investment now.” Leo Reif, head of the investment banking department at Credit Suisse South Africa, told the FT: “The dialogue these days with clients is about emerging markets to an increasing extent and they talk about Asia and then they want to talk about Africa. “If you can’t talk about Africa, then they’ll find another bank.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Amazon.com Most Trusted Brand in U.S.

first_imgTags:#Amazon#news#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Buying and selling stuff on the Internet surely has come a long way. Just a decade ago, most of us would never be caught dead shopping for real, live goods on the Internet. Who knows what you’ll get, right? Order a pair of size nine shoes and get a pair of size 12 clod-hoppers. But now, we shop online for everything from books to sporting goods to clothing to organic food and a recent study says there’s one brand we trust the most for our online shopping addiction – Amazon.com. According to a study released today by Millward Brown, Amazon.com is the top performing brand in the U.S. based on “trust” and “recommendation”. The study uses a “TrustR” standard to judge different companies, which it arrives at by asking consumers two questions – “how trustworthy is this brand?” and “would you recommend this brand?”. The average score is 100, with over 105 considered “good”. Amazon.com’s score was 123. FedEx was a close second with 122. Amazon.com was the only online-only brand of the top-10 trusted brands.The results released today in the report come from an ongoing study, which has been running for 12 years and includes respondents from more than 30 countries.According to a summary (.pdf) of the full report, only 1% of brands achieve scores of over 120, with 27% getting scores of 105 or higher. Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img mike melanson 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

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9 Great YouTube Channels for Filmmakers

first_img 4. Neumann FilmsPerfect for CinematographersThe Neumann Films YouTube channel gets instant credibility with their fantastic cinematic image quality. Their videos tell you exactly how they get their incredibly cinematic shots and effects. Specifically, Neumann Films takes a focus on color grading and frame rates. If you’re serious about quality than Neumann Films is a great resource. Not all of their videos are free — but if you don’t mind spending a few dollars, the paid content is definitely worth it.Notable Episode: Sony FS700 – Epic Slow Mo  9. PremiumBeat (Shameless Plug)Perfect for Well-Rounded FilmmakersIf you’re reading this, then you’re probably already familiar with the incredibly extensive blog here at PremiumBeat. Besides having one of the largest filmmaking blogs in the world, PremiumBeat also has an extensive YouTube channel that covers various topics, from After Effects to Cinematography.Notable Episode: Cinematography Tutorial: Dramatic Camera Slider MovesWhat about you? What are your favorite websites to learn about filmmaking? Share in the comments below.  3. Dave DugdalePerfect for Gear LoversDave Dugdale’s YouTube channel is unique because he takes the stance of a curious filmmaker that is learning at the same time he is teaching you. Through his humble attitude towards equipment, he shares his experience with cameras, equipment, and software. Most of Dave’s videos focus around highly specific comparisons and tests, which makes his channel fantastic for gear lovers. Notable Episode: Black Magic Pocket Camera Review Compared To DSLR and Red Epic  7. Philip BloomPerfect for Travel FilmmakersPhilip Bloom is probably the biggest indie-filmmaking celebrity in the world and for a good reason. With killer reviews, cinematic quality videos, and a sense of style that would fit the cover of GQ magazine, Philip Bloom brings us helpful tutorials and he has the skills to back it up. In addition to his YouTube channel, his site is also a great place to find helpful articles and resources. Philip cruises the world looking for awesome things to video, review, and test, which makes his channel a great source of inspiration as well.Notable Episode: Now I See (A7S Test)  2. Filmmaker IQPerfect for Filmmaking NerdsFilmmaker IQ is a YouTube channel (and site) dedicated to helping filmmakers learn the craft of filmmaking on a fundamental level. Unlike other filmmaking channels, Filmmaker IQ puts film techniques in the context of film history as a whole. You won’t just learn how to record sound, you’ll learn the fundamentals of how sound waves work and how they hit a microphone. If you’re looking for an extremely well-rounded filmmaking education, Filmmaker IQ is for you.Notable Episode: The History of Frame Rate for Film  8. Every Frame a PaintingPerfect for DirectorsFilmmaking is an art form, but you didn’t need me to tell you that. While it may seem like creativity in Hollywood is dead, Every Frame a Painting shows us that behind every shot is a deeper meaning that’s helping the story progress. Every Frame a Painting helps filmmakers think about film on a deeper level.Notable Episode: Edgar Wright – How to Do Visual Comedy  6. Indy Mogul (RIP)Perfect for Indie FilmmakersAbout one year ago, Indie Mogul came to a startling end when the producers couldn’t work out the finances of the channel. However, despite the fact that new content isn’t updated, there is still over 1,200 tutorials dedicated to helping you become a better filmmaker. Seriously, if you have a question? It’s probably already been answered on Indie Mogul!Notable Episode: Slit Throat Effect: DIY Tutorial Subscribing to these YouTube channels for filmmakers is like going to film school for free!Aside from simply going out and creating a film, one of the best ways you can get better as a filmmaker is to simply watch YouTube tutorials about the craft. From pre-production to exporting, these 9 YouTube channels are a fantastic resource for you to take your filmmaking skills to the next level. If you know of any other awesome channels, we’d love to hear about the in the comments below. In the meantime, do yourself a favor and subscribe to all these channels. These truly are great YouTube channels for filmmakers.1. Film RiotPerfect for Indie FilmmakersWhat’s not to love about Film Riot? With a fantastic mixture of comedy and informative information, Film Riot is hands down the best filmmaking channel on YouTube. Every Film Riot tutorial features helpful tips and tricks for you, the filmmaker. Plus the host, Ryan Connolly, is a great filmmaker with a proven track record, so you know you’re learning from a credible source.Notable Episode: $10 DIY Camera Slider!  5. Tom AntosPerfect for Indie FilmmakersWhile it’s hard to say what exactly is the central theme of Tom Antos’s YouTube page, the channel is full of helpful tutorials and tricks designed to help filmmakers master their craft. From gear reviews to lighting tutorials, you can learn it all. It’s especially interesting to see Tom’s own personal films mixed into the videos.Notable Episode: Ultimate GH4 kit and Lenses for Videolast_img read more

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