With an active online shopping population of over 18 million racking up sales of R37.1 billion in 2017, South Africa’s e-commerce sector is on a massive upward trajectory.Proudly South African is looking to grow its members’ share of this burgeoning market and has launched its own online shopping site. Unambiguously Proudly South African, the site is populated exclusively with locally made goods and products, differentiating itself significantly from other sites and making a buy local choice simple for consumers.Together with RSAMade, Proudly South African have created an e-shopping site www.rsamade.co.za where anyone can make made in South Africa choices easily in the knowledge that every single item for sale on the site is made locally. Proudly South African vets and verifies local content and quality and that all the vendor companies adhere to labour and environmental legislation which is all part of the terms of Proudly South African membership.Said Eustace Mashimbye, CEO of Proudly South African, “We had been looking for some time at establishing a commercial site for our members, and RSA Made’s existing platform and content were a great match making it logical to extend their offering exclusively to Proudly South African members. It is important now that we are in the age of the 4th industrial revolution to tap into digital shopping habits and to ensure that more locally grown, produced and manufactured goods are available to local consumers. We know that China supplies US$15.5 billion of imports to this country and much of that is found on online shopping sites. Www.rsamade.co.za can claim to be the only truly local online shopping site for consumers. Of course, it is not restricted to SA only and we will be delighted if there is uptake from international shoppers!.”RSA Made’s CEO Karamba Jabbie added, “We feel that we have found a perfect partner in Proudly South African – our platform already concentrated exclusively on items made here in South Africa, and so it made complete sense to us to join together with the country’s buy local advocacy campaign, whose member companies are already quality controlled for sale on the platform. We are so excited to see the online shopping site being populated slowly but surely. We will take our time to ensure that all products are beautifully represented to provide consumers with a truly Proudly South African online shopping experience but users can subscribe to the site to receive regular notifications as new products and special offers come online, so we are encouraging everyone to register on the site.”The launch of the site also holds great importance for the growth and development of the country’s digital economy and push towards increased re-industrialisation and consumption of locally made products. Minister in the dti, Dr Rob Davies commented on the launch of the site and said, “Reindustrialization is a priority to growing job opportunities in the country and the accessibility of locally made products especially in this era where more and more consumers are buying their products on online platforms, this is a much needed solution. We also have to recognize changing employment patterns and the potential this sector has in creating new employment sources. Technology has the capacity to generate many new skilled jobs, and we must look at the commercialisation of innovations such as online shopping platforms. E-commerce represents a great opportunity and I am delighted that Proudly South African has seized the day and has created a site where increased localisation is the only goal.”The site works on the same basis as any other online shopping store, with a simple product selection and check out sequence, with door to door delivery within 48 hours within our borders. In addition, the site has a fully functioning ticketing system and local events are encouraged to use this platform for their online ticket sales.www.rsamade.co.za is the first site of its kind in South Africa, a platform created not just to assist small, medium and even large local businesses to sell more, but it was also built using only South African suppliers and service providers.For a Proudly South African online shopping experience visit www.rsamade.co.za
You can render much larger compositions—both for preview and for final output—with larger frame sizes and larger source files.RAM previews can be much longer.You can work with higher color bit depths without encountering memory limitations.After Effects can cache more items, which reduce the frequency with which frames and components of frames are re-rendered. Is your computer optimized for After Effects? In this post, we share a simple tip to rev up your processing speeds in AE.If your rendering time is taking longer than expected, a change in RAM allocation may be all you need to speed up After Effects.I confess, when I starting using After Effects a few years back I was befuddled at the long rendering times. My computer was new and had plenty of RAM, but rendering was taking forever. Then, I learned this quick tip that has dramatically altered the performance of the app. Hopefully it’ll do the same for you!Adobe gives you the option to change how much of your computer’s RAM is being used by After Effects (and the other applications in the Creative Suite). Depending on the RAM you have installed in your system, you will want to experiment with your allocation settings. After Effects is 64 bit, which allows you to take full advantage of your available RAM (from Adobe): Modifying your AE RAM allocation settings is simple. Here’s how it’s done:1. Open up After Effects2. Go into your AE PreferencesClick on After Effects > Preferences > Memory & Multiprocessing.3. Change ‘RAM for Other Applications’4. Click ‘Ok’And you’re done! You should see an increase in your rendering speeds in After Effects. If your computer is still going slow you might need either a new graphics card or maybe even a better processor. If you want more info about how to optimize your machine for After Effects check out the system requirements or memory and storage pages on Adobe’s site.Have any tips for optimizing your system for After Effects?Share in the comments below.
Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “But it is what it is.”It looked like Molinari might run away with his second major in two years during the first part of the round. He made six straight pars as others faltered. When he walked to the No. 7 tee box, he had a three-shot lead, looking unfazed by what was happening around him.He made bogey on No. 7 to end his par-or-better streak at 49 holes, but recovered with a birdie on No. 8. At the turn, he was still two shots ahead.But the first double bogey on 12 dropped him into a tie for the lead. The second on 15 sent him tumbling out of contention.“You cannot open the door to those kids of great players,” Molinari’s caddie Pello Iguaran said. “So you see what happens.”By the time 18 approached, the roars from the crowd had turned toward Tiger. The opportunity for his second major title had disappeared.“I’m really happy of the way I felt out there,” Molinari said. “I was calm, collected, never panicked — even after the first double bogey. I learned a lot of things today.“I did a few things I wish I had done differently now, but I learn from my mistakes.” SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Francesco Molinari, of Italy, takes a drop on the 12th hole during the final round for the Masters golf tournament, Sunday, April 14, 2019, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)AUGUSTA, Ga. — Francesco Molinari was gracious in defeat, despite losing control of the Masters following a wet and disappointing back nine.Just two bad shots, that’s all it took. Two splashdowns in the water and two double bogeys Sunday left him watching Tiger Woods celebrate capturing another green jacket.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew View comments Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss The 36-year-old Italian went 49 straight holes without a bogey at one point during the tournament. But a couple of bad swings erased all that good work in a hurry.“From my point of view, it’s just a step along the way,” Molinari said. “I think it wasn’t my day today. That ball on 12, if it is one yard further left it goes in the bunker (instead of the water). The third shot on 15, it could easily have not clipped the tree.“Sometimes it’s your day. Sometimes it isn’t.”Molinari said he hit an 8-iron on the decisive 12th hole. Last year’s British Open champion said the wind was difficult to judge on Sunday and he didn’t always have the control he wanted.“We picked the right shot.” Molinari said. “I just didn’t hit it hard enough. Simple as that. It was tough today with the wind gusting. I managed to scramble well on the front nine. I just had a couple mental lapses on the back nine that were costly.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles But Molinari was anything but petulant following the stinging setback. He acknowledged that watching Woods make history was special. Despite blowing a three-shot lead during the final round, he could appreciate the roars from the crowd and the electric atmosphere at Augusta National.However, he stopped short of saying he turned into a fan for a moment on the 18th green when Woods won.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“No,” he said before breaking into a small grin. “Sorry.”After playing rock-solid golf for 3½ rounds, Molinari flinched and errors opened the door for Woods — and others. Molinari hit his tee shot into the water at No. 12 and his third shot on No. 15 ended up wet as well. MOST READ Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Tiger’s Journey: 11 years that felt like several lifetimes Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
The Australian team narrowly lost in the pivotal 18’s Mixed division 6-4.With a powerful and heartfelt pre-game address by coach Michael McDonald, the 18’s Mixed were pumped to do their country proud.Some flashy footwork and accurate long balls from the Kiwis tested the Aussie defence as New Zealand ran out to an early lead. Haylee Henderson scored in the corner to open the Aussies account but a lot of work was needed in the second half to bridge the gap.Australia improved greatly in the second half but unfortunately half chances did not eventuate through no lack of trying from the Aussies. Sam Brisby in particular was the architect of many attacking raids.The Australians should take great heart that they can compete and win against the Kiwis in their pet division and will challenge over two games on Saturday. For more information, please visit the Youth World Challenge website – http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=1-6458-0-0-0
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Norwich midfielder Alex Tettey shuts down Rosenborg talkby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAlexander Tettey insists he’s happy where he is at Norwich City.The midfielder, 33, is consistently being linked with a return to Norway at Rosenborg.But he told VG: “It is important that what is written is true, and that it is not portrayed that I’m hunting anything. “I’m not chasing a contract with Rosenborg, I’m not chasing to portray it as ‘I’ll be back, make room for me’. Absolutely not.”Tettey added: “I love Rosenborg, they mean a lot to me, but I don’t want to go to Rosenborg as a 34-year-old who everyone just wants to remember how he was before. It gives me nothing, it gives the club nothing, it gives the fans nothing.”
zoomImage Courtesy: Panama Canal Authority Two years after the inauguration of the Expanded Panama Canal, Standard & Poor’s (S&P) Global Ratings revised its outlook on the Panama Canal from stable to positive – demonstrating the global impact of the historic waterway.The rating agency also affirmed its A- rating for the Panama Canal, ranking the ACP two notches above that of the sovereign foreign currency rating.S&P Global Ratings stated that they are revising Panama Canal’s outlook due to the waterway’s “intrinsic credit factors, sensitivity to country risk, and liquidity cushion.”The Panama Canal’s outlook indicates the rating agency’s expectation that it will generate relatively stable annual earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) due to transit growth, made possible by favorable trends in world trade commerce and the consolidations of the Neopanamax Locks’ operations.“This revision in S&P Global Ratings’ outlook reflects the Panama Canal’s solid financial and operational performance,” Francisco J. Miguez, Panama Canal Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration, said.“This is the direct result of our commitment to efficiency, productivity and performance – overcoming the challenge of growing in an increasingly competitive market.”
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump scored a victory Tuesday when a federal judge refused to block the president’s choice to temporarily run the nation’s top consumer financial watchdog and, for the moment, ended a two-way battle for leadership of the agency.Judge Timothy Kelly declined to stop the Republican president from putting Mick Mulvaney in place as the acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. In doing so, Kelly ruled against Leandra English, the bureau’s deputy director, who had requested an emergency restraining order to stop Mulvaney from becoming the acting director.Mulvaney and English had claimed to be the rightful acting director, each citing different federal laws. The leadership crisis developed over the weekend after the bureau’s permanent director, Richard Cordray, resigned and appointed English as his successor. Shortly afterward, the White House announced that Mulvaney, currently budget director, would take over the bureau on an interim basis.The judge’s ruling Tuesday is not the final decision in the case. But in making his decision, the judge said that English had not shown a substantial likelihood that she eventually would succeed on the merits of her case. The judge’s decision is not immediately appealable.The judge was nominated by Trump and was confirmed by the majority-Republican Senate in September.The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was established after the financial crisis to make sure that customers are not being exploited and that banks are complying with the consumer protection laws on the books. Cordray, appointed by President Barack Obama, was criticized by congressional Republicans as being overzealous but was lauded by consumer advocates for aggressively going after banks for wrongdoing.On Monday, Mulvaney said the bureau under a Trump administration would act differently than the agency under the Obama administration.Lawyers for English will have to make a choice about how to proceed. After the hearing, a lawyer for English, Deepak Gupta, said he hopes to be able to move the case along quickly.“I’m going to have to explore the options with my client, so I don’t know what the next step is and I’m not going to say that right now,” he said, adding options include asking the judge for a final decision on the merits of the case.Gupta said it is not in his client’s interest or the government’s interest to have a “cloud of impropriety and uncertainty hanging over the bureau for any longer than is necessary.”The White House said it “applauds the court’s decision,” saying it provides “further support for the president’s rightful authority to designate Director Mulvaney as acting director of the CFPB.”Trump’s authority to install Mulvaney was backed up by Mary McLeod, the bureau’s general counsel, who wrote a memo over the weekend agreeing with the White House that Mulvaney should be recognized as acting director. The Office of Legal Counsel, which acts as a legal adviser to the president, also argued that Mulvaney, not English, was the legitimate acting director of the agency.___Sweet reported from New York.
OTTAWA – An increase in multi-unit projects such as condominiums, apartments and townhouses helped push the annual pace of housing starts in October higher, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. said Thursday.The housing agency said the seasonally adjusted annual rate of housing starts last month came in at 205,925 units, up from 189,730 in September.Economists had expected an annual rate of 200,000, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.CMHC said the six-month moving average of the monthly seasonally adjusted annual rates was 206,171 in October, down from 207,809 in September.BMO Capital Markets senior economist Sal Guatieri said the housing market continues to stabilize after getting dinged by tougher mortgage rules earlier this year, and remains healthy despite higher interest rates.“The report confirms that national housing construction, though slowing, remains healthy and above long-run household formation rates, supported by solid demographic trends,” Guatieri wrote in a brief report.However, CIBC economist Royce Mendes noted the growth was due to the multiples component.“The fact that headline starts rose on the month is still a positive for tracking estimates of the economy,” Mendes wrote.“But given that it came on the back of an increase in multiples coupled with a drop in singles, means that the latest reading on starts may not prove sustainable. We still see the cocktail of tighter lending rules and higher interest rates as causing housing activity to become a drag on the economy come 2019.”The growth in housing starts in October came as the annual pace of urban starts climbed by 8.6 per cent to 191,964 units.The annual rate of urban multiple-unit projects increased by 16.8 per cent to 145,442 units. Urban starts for single-detached homes fell 10.7 per cent to 46,522 units.Rural starts were estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 13,961 units.Earlier this week, CMHC said it expected the real estate market to moderate over the next two years.In its annual outlook, the agency forecasted housing starts and sales to both decline in 2019 and 2020.It expects housing starts for single and multi-unit starts will fall to between 193,700 and 204,500 in 2019, while sales are expected come in between 478,400 and 497,400 units.Prices are anticipated to range from $501,400 and $521,600.
Lussier said that the Co-op received and matched several thousand dollars during last year’s fundraiser, and he hopes that residents will step up once again, especially after the provincial government announced that it would match all Red Cross donations up to $20 million until October 12th. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Co-op is currently accepting donations to the Red Cross in support of B.C. wildfire evacuees, and will be matching all donations it receives.Co-op General Manager Brad Lussier said that residents wishing to make a donation to the Red Cross can do so at both Co-op locations in Fort St. John during regular business hours.Last year, the local Co-op held an identical fundraiser during the worst-ever wildfire season in the province, when over 1.2 million hectares of forests were consumed, forcing a cumulative total of 65,000 B.C. residents from their homes.
The Ohio State men’s hockey team may have found its season captains at last. Juniors Curtis Gedig and Travis Statchuk and sophomore Ryan Dzingel served as team captains last weekend for the fifth straight series. The contests marked the first games in Columbus since Dec. 15, and the Buckeyes swept the Lake Superior State Lakers to push their record to 10-11-5 overall and 9-6-3-1 in CCHA play. OSU has been rotating captains for the majority of the season, having different members of the team wear the ‘C’ on their chests essentially every two series. As the second half of the season gets under way and the Buckeyes look to put together a string of victories before the CCHA tournament, coach Mark Osiecki said he is close to deciding which of his players will be captains through the end of the season. “We’re getting closer to potentially naming permanent captains,” Osiecki said Wednesday. “We are sticking with the three guys we’ve had. I think they’ve earned that right.” Osiecki also said Gedig, Statchuk and Dzingel have “done a nice job” during their time as captains over the course of January. Dzingel leads the Buckeyes with 10 goals and is second on the team with 13 assists. Those 23 points lead OSU, which beat Lake Superior State 3-2 on Friday and 6-1 on Saturday. The sophomore forward from Illinois has played in every game this season, and he scored the final goal of the weekend against the Lakers while assisting on two others. Statchuk was a late scratch to the game Friday night after falling ill in the afternoon. He and Gedig are two of five juniors on coach Osiecki’s team who see considerable playing time. Statchuk scored his goal of the season against Northern Michigan on Nov. 16, and he is among the team leaders in face-off percentage, having won 43 percent of his 342 attempts. He is tied with Gedig and Dzingel for most games this season serving as captain. Gedig leads OSU defensemen with seven points and scored his second goal of the season Saturday night against Lake Superior State. The junior from British Columbia said he is happy to finally see some home games on the schedule. “I love the (Schottenstein Center), love the atmosphere,” Gedig said. “It’s good because we don’t have to worry about catching up on school because we are traveling.” Osiecki said he feels confident that the leaders on the team will begin to solidify themselves during this upcoming stretch of games, six of which OSU will play at the Schottenstein Center. “We’re getting closer to having some leaders step up in that (locker) room and we’ve talked about that since day one,” Osiecki said. “Guys need to understand that everyone can be a leader in their own way. That’s starting to emerge a little bit better as we move forward.” Gedig said the team needs to come in with the mindset that “it’s already playoffs” and that they are “so close” to breaking out offensively. The Buckeyes’ nine goals against the Lakers over the weekend were tied for the most they had scored in a series all season. Junior forward Alex Szczechura scored his fourth and fifth goals of the season less than four minutes apart on Saturday. He said scoring that many goals will help the team’s confidence for the rest of the season. “We haven’t been the highest scoring team, but this weekend goals were coming all night,” Szczechura said. “So that’s definitely a confidence booster for us.” The effort, Osiecki said, has been there all season, though. “I think our guys have had the right attitude all the way through,” Osiecki said. “We haven’t had to say much during practice, trying to ask them to bring up the level of competitiveness.” Captains for the upcoming weekend series against Notre Dame will be released Wednesday. The Buckeyes are set to host the Fighting Irish at 7:05 p.m. on Friday at the Schottenstein Center.