Les opportunites : Secteurs principaux

first_imgLes opportunites commerciales sont nombreuses dans l’economie de l’Afrique du Sud et certains secteurs presentent une croissance et un potentiel d’investissement particulierement eleves. Ceux-ci comprennent les secteurs suivants :L’industrie automobileLe secteur automobile de l’Afrique du Sud est un moteur turbo general pour la fabrication et l’exportation de vehicules et de composants. Le secteur represente environ 10% des exportations du secteur industriel d’Afrique du Sud, ce qui en fait un element essentiel de l’economie. En savoir plusSous-traiterAlors que les societes a travers le monde qui repondent a une pression sur l’efficacite et les prix de plus en plus grande, l’Afrique du Sud devient un emplacement international de choix pour la sous-traitance de processus commerciaux. En savoir plusTIC et electroniqueLe leader du developpement des technologies de l’information et de la communication en Afrique, l’Afrique du Sud, est le 20eme plus grand consommateur de produits et services informatiques du monde. En savoir plusLe tourismeLa beaute des paysages, les exterieurs magnifiques, le climat ensoleille, la diversite culturelle et la reputation d’apport de valeur ajoutee a la monnaie en Afrique du Sud ont fait du pays une des destinations a plus forte croissance du monde en matiere de loisirs et d’affaires. En savoir plusL’Agriculture et le commerce agricoleLa biodiversite de l’Afrique du Sud et un littoral de 3000 kilometres de long desservi par sept ports commerciaux favorisent la culture d’une large gamme de produits marins et agricoles, des arbres a feuilles caduques, citrons et fruits subtropicaux jusqu’aux cereales, laine, fleurs coupees, betail et gibier. En savoir plusIndustrie miniere et mineraisL’Afrique du Sud est un producteur de premier rang de metaux precieux comme l’or et le platine ainsi que de metaux de base et de charbon. C’est le quatrieme producteur mondial de diamants. Et les specialistes estiment que le potentiel de decouverte d’autres gisements de rang mondial dans des regions qui n’ont pas ete encore totalement exploitees est considerable. En savoir plusL’industrie chimiqueLe secteur des produits chimiques d’Afrique du Sud, y compris la production de carburant et de plastiques ainsi que de produits pharmaceutiques, est le plus important de ce type en Afrique et a ete identifie par le gouvernement comme un facteur essentiel de la croissance economique. En savoir plusSAinfo reporterlast_img read more

South Africa, Belgium deepen relations

first_img5 July 2012 South Africa and Belgium have agreed to cooperate in areas that could help South Africa meet its key priorities nationally, as well as in the rest of Africa. This came out of a meeting between International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and her Belgian counterpart, Didier Reynders, in Pretoria on Wednesday. The two looked at how Belgium can help support South Africa’s national priorities, especially infrastructure development. Addressing the media after their meeting, Nkoana-Mashabane said the government remained convinced that the key to the economic development of the continent lay in creating the necessary infrastructure to facilitate the free movement of goods, people and services. “We remain committed to integrating the continent in order to create a bigger market,” said Nkoana-Mashabane. She said the planned Tripartite Free Trade Area involving the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa), East African Community (EAC) and Southern African Development Community (SADC) would open up more investment opportunities. Despite the economic crisis faced by the Euro countries, Reynders said Belgium was committed to working closely with South Africa in the identification and implementation of various projects, which have the potential to assist South Africa achieve its developmental objectives, especially in the fields of infrastructure development, skills development, energy, water and education. Reynders said Belgium was pleased with the progress the country had made in its development and its role in some of the international platforms. Belgium has long played a meaningful role in the development of South Africa. In recent years, it allocated €25-million euro as official development assistance (ODA) to South Africa covering health, education and capacity-building in the public sector. There is also extensive cooperation between the ports of Durban and Antwerp, as Belgium is a leading country in ports management, transport and logistics, which are especially important to South Africa in the context of its strategic infrastructure projects. The two ministers also reflected on issues of mutual concern such as the economic developments in Europe, which Nkoana-Mashabane indicated SA was following closely, given the inter-dependency of the economies. “As a member of the G20, we pledge to work with our partners to do everything in our power and means to contribute towards the solution. This crisis is not Europe’s problem alone, it’s a global crisis,” said Nkoana-Mashabane. Reynders will also meet with Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies and Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu, as well as travel to KwaZulu-Natal for a meeting with Premier Zweli Mkhize. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

SnagIt Goes Mac: Check Out The Best Screen Capture App Available

first_imgTags:#Product Reviews#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… TechSmith, the makers of powerful screencast recording software Camtasia and screen capture app SnagIt, announced this morning that a beta version of SnagIt is now available for the Mac. The Windows version costs $50 but the Mac beta is free for now. It’s great.If you’ve used Skitch or Little Snapper, SnagIt seems much more full-featured. The best parts I’ve seen so far are far more font options and really easy composite image creation. The company’s demo video is below. This is just beta software and hopefully it will be more stable and less clunky than early versions of TechSmith’s free cross-platform video and image product Jing Project. The recently released Camtasia for Mac was very well done and appears quite stable.One thing that’s missing is the ability to quickly post an image to Flickr or any other online site. That would be nice and is a feature that competitors offer. Easy click and drag resize is something that SnagIt could pick up from other services as well. All in all, though, this looks like a very nice product. marshall kirkpatrick A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Something’s Keeping Wikipedia from Becoming a Platform

first_imgTags:#Data Services#NYT#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Many of the descriptions from Wikipedia were either overly general, overly technical, or very out of context for the specific result on Hunch.Search engines tend to penalize sites that have a significant amount of what they consider “non-original” content. Thus, by having many results with Wikipedia-like descriptions, we may have been limiting the visibility of those results in search engines and thus reducing the number of people who could use a search engine to find relevant information on Hunch.Right: Hunch, describing something now not at all with the words of Wikipedia.It’s possible that the company may have other concerns it’s not discussing, regarding its commercial dealings with 3rd parties, but both of those reasons above seem quite valid.It’s a real shame. As Creative Commons licensed content, the Wikipedia corpus seems like something that ought to commoditize high-quality knowledge, allowing software developers to build even more value on top of it. The Hunch team specializes in machine learning and recommendation technology. Why should it have to also recreate descriptions of the whole world it’s drawing recommendations from? In theory, that’s a solved problem – Wikipedia solved it.Unfortunately, Wikipedia articles aren’t written with this in mind and are often far too technical. They aren’t written with re-use in mind, for example, they often don’t put the most accessible content at the top.The search engine problem is a whole other story. The duplicate content punishment clearly hasn’t succeeded in weeding spam or low-quality content from search results. It seems like a hold-over from the days when good actors online were creating all their own original content by hand and bad actors were the only ones who used machines to work with data in bulk. What the duplicate content penalty has done is punish innovative startups like Hunch, who have a lot to add in terms of technology but who would do best to rely on someone else’s text data and descriptions of things.“That’s a shame,” Walling says, “that someone feels they are being punished for reuse, but we can’t change the way search engines work.”“One of the biggest reuse projects right now is Facebook community pages,” Walling told us. “They reuse a lot of Wikipedia content. Our business development people worked with them to set that up, but their content isn’t indexed by search engines, so that isn’t an issue for Facebook.”That is an issue for smaller companies though. This isn’t just a loss for Hunch, it’s a loss for a whole ecosystem of startups that could serve their users with innovative new technology built on top of a commoditized standard of collaboratively edited descriptions of the world. As users, that means it’s a loss for us. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Creativity, they say, always builds on the past. So too do many wonderful things on the internet. What could be better to build the future on top of than our collective knowledge of the world as represented by Wikipedia? One startup technology company, recommendation service Hunch, announced today that it is dropping its use of Wikipedia data. Its stated reasons explain well why Wikipedia’s incredible platform potential is not likely to be realized anytime soon.Wikipedia will celebrate its 10th birthday tomorrow and while it’s changed the world in incredible ways, it enters its second decade in the same position it began: as a destination website. In an era of web services and applications, Wikipedia could be so much more. Wikipedia as an organization would like it to be more. Unfortunately, it’s not well positioned to realize its full potential yet – and the world isn’t ready for it, either.What it Could BeWikipedia could be a provider of canonical descriptions of all kinds of things, a platform that applications of all sorts could use to populate themselves with rich information on almost any topic. Much like place databases are used by so many location-based technologies today. If you want to build an app that talks about different places around the world, you don’t have to create a brand new map of places from scratch. That problem has been solved.If Wikipedia entries could be used like this, software companies could focus on building fabulous experiences for their users, without having to worry about re-creating descriptions of all thing topics they are discussing. “There is a fair amount of structured data that is reasonably machine readable,” Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales told ReadWriteWeb this week in a press call. “I’m definitely supportive in general of initiatives to take information from Wikipedia and do interesting things with it.”Steven Walling, a former ReadWriteWeb writer now with a fellowship at the Wikimedia Foundation, considers Wikipedia as a platform “an open question” – which must be a wiki nerd’s most enthusiastic endorsement. “Our core mission is broad,” he told us, “it’s not just to create a web based encyclopedia, it’s explicitly designed for reuse. Right now, Wikipedia is a destination site, but it’s an open question.It seems that Wikipedians want the site to be used as a service, though it’s not clear they really want it enthusiastically.Right now, Wikipedia isn’t being used as a data platform very much – and it appears unlikely that it will be. It’s a real loss for everyone.The Problem With WikipediaThe Hunch blog this morning announced that the company would no longer use Wikipedia entries to populate the descriptions of the things, like foods, vacations, articles of clothing etc., that it recommended to its users. The reasons will probably feel familiar to many people: marshall kirkpatrick Related Posts last_img read more

In his first PBA finals, Slaughter faces former coach

first_imgNow, Slaughter is excited to hit the court for the Gin Kings as he plays his first championship series in the pro league.“It’s awesome. All of us were on board and we won last year, that felt great. But I’m really excited because not only just because I’m coming back, but also it’s my first time (in the Finals) in the PBA,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSlaughter is no stranger to the bright lights, winning titles in his collegiate days in University of the Visayas and Ateneo.However, this time will be peculiar ss he will go up against his former Blue Eagle mentor Norman Black, who is now at the helm for Meralco. View comments MOST READ Read Next La Salle takes 4th UAAP table tennis crown; NU seizes men’s throne Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight The 6-foot-11 slotman admitted that it’s going to be weird, but he’s equally glad to see his former coach at this stage.“It just goes to show you what a great coach coach Norman is. Everywhere he’s gone, he is having a lot of success. I’ve learned a lot from him and now it will be interesting to go up against him,” he said.Asked if he sees it as a huge edge for Ginebra given his familiarity on Black’s system, Slaughter just said: “We’ll see when it comes to play. But if he forced me baseline and double from the baseline then I see that things haven’t changed much.”But more than anything,  Slaughter is motivated by this chance to be a major contributor for what could be his first title.“I’m just really excited, but we got to stay on an even keel. Hopefully, we’ll get this first game. Hopefully, we can repeat it this year because we want it so bad,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients center_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LATEST STORIES Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice PLAY LIST 01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice00:59Old rivals Fajardo, Slaughter finally face off in the PBA Finals02:11CJ Peralta assures fair decision on Marcos poll protest vs Robredo01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Greg Slaughter in his first game back since suffering an ACL injury 10 months ago. PBA IMAGESThis time last year, Greg Slaughter was raring for a chance to see action in the Finals as he helplessly nursed his torn ACL on his right knee.Though he wasn’t able to contribute, the Cebuano slotman was elated to see Ginebra end its eight-year title drought.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Video: Cardale Jones Stinks At Softball

first_imgCardale Jones swings and terribly misses a softball.Cardale Jones Softball SwingUpdate: It turns out Joey Bosa doesn’t suck at softball. He hit a home run during the intra-team scrimmage.Earlier: Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones is a gifted athlete – that’s been made clear over the past five or six months. But he doesn’t seem to have much talent for hitting a softball. Friday, OSU’s Instagram account posted a funny video of Jones completely whiffing on a high-arc softball pitch. One of his teammates took footage of it, and even slowed it down to show how much he missed the ball by.Thankfully, Ohio State fans don’t really have to worry here. Whatever 35+ softball team he joins two decades from now might want to, though.last_img read more

BRENT BUTT WRITES A NICE NOTE ABOUT CORNER GAS THE ANIMATED SERIES

first_img Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “Some time after our beloved friend and coworker Janet Wright passed away, I spoke with her husband Bruce about how he felt she would want us to proceed with the new Corner Gas Animated project.  He said emphatically that Janet would want Emma to live on, and gave us his blessing to start looking for the new voice of Emma.  But more than his blessing, he gave us a suggestion.  He said we should audition a good friend of Janet’s, named Corinne Koslo.  Corinne lived in Vancouver for many years, and worked with Janet on a number of theatrical projects.  So I thought, “For sure – we’ll have her do a read.” but I also thought, “What are the odds that this friend of Janet’s will actually be the right one for the part?”  Well, maybe there was a bit of a guiding hand, because Corinne absolutely nailed it.  She has a similar timber in her voice, and knows Janet’s rhythm  and cadence intimately.  Every person involved in the decision, had her listed as their first choice.  It was unanimous.  When we did our first studio voice record for the first episode, the rest of the cast welcomed Corinne with open arms, and each thought there were times during the recording that it sounded so much like Janet, you wouldn’t have been able to tell the difference.  It goes without saying that Janet will be forever missed by all of us, and by all who enjoyed Corner Gas.  She can never be replaced.  But having a dear friend of hers step into Emma’s shoes, and do such an amazing job, is a bit of a soothing balm on the wound.  And it feels good.  We hope you’ll all listen with an open mind, and give Corinne a chance.  She really is terrific.”~Brent Butt Facebook Login/Register With:center_img Advertisement Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Toronto standup comedians petition launches battle for shot at government grants

first_img Twitter Comedian Sandra Battaglini, seen here in her recent appearance on Comedy Network’s JFL All Access, has launched a petition through her local MP to declare standup comedy to be an art form, and hence eligible for grants from arts funding agencies such as the Canada Council. (PIERRE CREPO / BELL MEDIA PHOTO) Advertisement What’s the difference between a one-person stage play and a standup comedian’s performance?The first one is eligible for various types of government funding while the latter is not, which is a sad punchline to several of this country’s comedians. It has long been the case that various arts institutions across the land don’t recognize standup comedy under the umbrella of performing arts, which has left many comics fuming about what they see is an unfair distinction between types of performances. Canadian comedians are getting organized to try and change it.Locally based comedian Sandra Battaglini has started an Parliamentary e-petition, a government-sponsored program which ensures an official government response provided the document gets at least 500 signatures. The petition started last week and already has over 2,000 signatures. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementcenter_img “I just thought this is the standup industry, we don’t have anything. This just seemed like this was something that could give comics a bit of relief, because so many comics are living below the poverty line, and it is one of the greatest legacies of our country and nobody talks about it,” says Battaglini. Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

Cong suspends Shakeel Ahmed for contesting as Independent

first_imgPatna: Senior Congress leader and former Union minister Shakeel Ahmed was on Sunday suspended from the party “with immediate effect” for contesting as an Independent from the Madhubani Lok Sabha seat in Bihar which goes to polls on Monday. According to a release issued by AICC general secretary Motilal Vora at New Delhi, shared by the partys state unit here, Ahmed – who had won the Madhubani seat for the Congress in 2004 “has been suspended with immediate effect” for going against the party decision. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghBesides, Congress MLA Bhavana Jha, who represents Benipatti assembly segment falling under Madhubani, has been suspended “for anti-party activities”. Notably, Jha had accompanied Ahmed when he filed his nomination papers last month and has since been claiming that he enjoyed the support of the district Congress notwithstanding the party leaderships refusal to heed the former Union ministers request for a “friendly fight”. The seat has fallen into the kitty of fledgling outfit Vikassheel Insaan Party (VIP) which is a constituent of the Mahagathbandhan besides Congress, RJD, RLSP and HAM. Currently it is held by BJP veteran Hukumdev Narayan Yadav who has been replaced by his son Ashok Yadav this time.last_img read more

Royals vs Orioles Tops Our List Of Comeback Clashes In League Championship

8. 1989 NLCS: San Francisco Giants (86.3) vs. Chicago Cubs (83.0); harmonic mean 84.6. The Cubs have appeared in the NLCS three times — in 1984, 1989 and 2003 — and all three of those cases appear on this list. However, the 1970s and 1980s, what gets factored into their 1989 WALT score, weren’t quite as bad as some other eras for the franchise. The Giants had reached the NLCS in 1987, but that had come after awful play in the early 1980s. 4. 1969 NLCS: New York Mets (104.5) vs. Atlanta Braves (75.1); harmonic mean 87.4. Before 1969, the Braves hadn’t made the postseason since 1958, when they did so in Milwaukee. But they had been a winning team for most of the 1960s — the high rank of this series is despite them rather than because of them. Instead it was the “miracle” Mets, who had averaged a record of 56-105 between their inaugural year in 1962 and 1968, who went on to win the NLCS and the World Series. The Baltimore Orioles and Kansas City Royals meet Friday night in Baltimore for Game 1 of the American League Championship Series, and they’re no strangers to the ALCS. The Orioles will be making their 10th ALCS appearance — only the New York Yankees (15 appearances) and the Oakland A’s (11) have made it more often. Kansas City will be appearing for the seventh time.But both franchises’ glory days came long ago. The Orioles last made the ALCS in 1997 and averaged a 73-89 record between 1998 and last season. The Royals last made the ALCS in 1985 and were respectable for the next few years, but Kansas City had an average record of 68-94 from 1996 to 2013.How unusual is it for two such moribund franchises to get their act together and meet in the League Championship Series?In baseball, there’s a precedent for pretty much everything — so there are some other examples like this, such as the Seattle Mariners and Cleveland Indians in 1995. Still, the Orioles-Royals series qualifies as being as underdog-y as any other since the ALCS and NLCS began in 1969.To identify cases in which two franchises with long losing track records met in the LCS, I took a weighted average of each team’s loss totals for the 20 seasons prior to the year it appeared in the championship series. We can call this figure WALT, for Weighted Average Loss Total. In calculating WALT, the most recent prior season is given a weight of 20, while a season from 20 years ago is given a weight of one. (Loss totals are prorated to a 162-game schedule.)Then I took the harmonic mean of the WALT score for the two teams to appear together in each LCS. The harmonic mean places more emphasis on the lower of the two values. What this means is that a series will rank higher if both teams have been bad, as in the case of the Orioles and Royals, rather than if one has been awful while the other has been OK.Here are the 10 most underdog-y championship series as rated by this measure:10. 2007 NLCS: Colorado Rockies (87.8 WALT) vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (81.8 WALT); harmonic mean 84.4. The 2007 NLCS featured the novelty of two 1990s expansion teams facing each other. But the Diamondbacks had gotten off to a quick start, winning the World Series in 2001. The Rockies had struggled more, having reached the playoffs just once before 2007. 7. 2002 ALCS: Minnesota Twins (86.7) vs. Anaheim Angels (83.7); harmonic mean 85.2. The Twins won the World Series in 1987 and 1991, but they were terrible for most of the intervening seasons before making the playoffs again in 2002. The Angels had been following their usual Atlanta Hawks-esque pattern of being slightly below .500 and never making an impact in the playoffs. In fact, 2002 was their first postseason appearance since their classic series against the Red Sox in 1986. 2. 1984 NLCS: San Diego Padres (91.7) vs. Chicago Cubs (87.2); harmonic mean 89.4. This has been a painful list for Cubs fans. The ball that went through Leon Durham’s legs in the decisive fifth game of the 1984 NLCS is not remembered as well as a similar play by Bill Buckner in the 1986 World Series (or the Steve Bartman incident in 2003). But it was every bit as consequential; the error improved the Padres’ probability of winning the series by 20 percent — about as much as Buckner’s play did given that the Mets and Red Sox still had a seventh game to play. However, the Padres rank as the slightly worse team by WALT: 1984 was their first playoff appearance and just the second time they finished with a winning record.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuOauPWip_8?t=1h51m30s1. 2014 ALCS: Kansas City Royals (92.1) vs. Baltimore Orioles (87.7); harmonic mean 89.8. It’s almost certainly just a coincidence, but the other series on this list have given us more than their fair share of extraordinary moments. Here’s hoping the Orioles and Royals will give us a few more. 9. 1982 ALCS: California Angels (85.1) vs. Milwaukee Brewers (83.7); harmonic mean 84.4. The Angels had been mediocre rather than awful for most of the 1960s and 1970s; they’d reached the ALCS only once before (in 1979) but also never lost more than 95 games in a season. The Brewers were terrible from 1969 (when they began as the Seattle Pilots) to 1977 but were due for a breakthrough by 1982, having posted winning records in each year from 1978 to 1981. 6. 1991 NLCS: Atlanta Braves (91.0) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (81.0); harmonic mean 85.7. Atlanta and Pittsburgh would meet in the NLCS again in 1992, which is remembered for Francisco Cabrera’s walk-off single. But their 1991 series also went to seven games and featured four games decided by one run. It ranks slightly higher according to WALT since the Braves made the playoffs for just the second time since 1969 — and after having averaged 96 losses per season from 1985 through 1990. 5. 2003 NLCS: Florida Marlins (88.1) vs. Chicago Cubs (85.6); harmonic mean 86.8. Between 1909 and 2002, the Marlins and Cubs won only one World Series between them, and that went, in 1997, to Florida, who had come into existence as an expansion franchise only four years earlier. But the Marlins blew up their roster a year later and had a losing record for the next five seasons before winning the World Series again in 2003. The Cubs, meanwhile, missed their moment in 2003 in about the most painful way imaginable. But don’t worry, bleacher bums: Your team is going to win the World Series in 2015, according to “Back To the Future Part II.” 3. 1995 ALCS: Seattle Mariners (90.0) vs. Cleveland Indians (87.2); harmonic mean 88.6. If I were ranking the series subjectively instead of by a formula, this one would stand out along with Royals-Orioles. The 1995 ALCS fits the template of two notoriously terrible franchises hitting their stride at the same time. The Indians had a winning record just once from 1982 to 1993, and 1995 was their first postseason appearance since 1954. The Mariners had posted a winning record just twice in franchise history and had never made the playoffs before. read more