A big-hitting boost for SA, African cricket

first_img24 April 2014In a move that is set to boost cricket on the African continent and kick-start the South African domestic season in style, six teams from Africa and six South African franchises will contest the Global Softech Sixes at SuperSport Park in Centurion in September.South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Kenya will feature in a six-a- side-format with the African Cup Challenge title up for grabs from 4 to 7 September.The Unlimited Titans, the Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras, the Sunfoil Dolphins, the Chevrolet Knights, the bizhub Highveld Lions and the Chevrolet Warriors will also go toe to toe in a Franchise Challenge at SuperSport Park, also from 4 to 7 September. Both challenges will form part of the Global Softech Sixes.‘A fun element’The concept of the tournament was initiated and conceptualised by The Unlimited Titans. “This tournament is set to add a fun element that might appeal to a broader audience, which, in turn, might lure more fans and future players to the royal game,” Jacques Faul, the CEO of franchise, said in a statement.“The Global Softech Sixes also offers a unique marketing opportunity for the game of cricket to sport communities in the rest of Africa, while also strengthening relationships with our cricketing partners on the continent,” said Faul.Broadcast throughout AfricaCricket fans throughout Africa will be able to watch a live television broadcast of the event on SuperSport.The format will see batting teams limited to five overs each, with five of the fielding teams six players allowed to bowl one over each – a concept that will ensure frenetic action.‘A fun element’Although six-a-side cricket is not a new idea, the Global Softech Sixes event, with a distinct African and South African flavour, makes it both a local and international competition, which should get the South African domestic season off to an explosive start.Leela Ramesh Yemineni, the Chief Executive Officer of Global Softech Solutions, said the competition was an ideal opportunity for the company to become involved in cricket, especially because it reached into Africa, where the company is expanding its business.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Study: Twitter’s Early Growth Relied On Geographic Proximity

first_imgRelated Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Each circle represents a U.S. city containing Twitter users. Circles grow in size as more users sign up in that location over time. When a location has reached a “critical mass” of users, or 13.5% of all eventual users have signed up, the location turns red. The line being drawn across the center of the screen is a time series of the number of new users that signed up across the whole country in a given week. The takeaway from an MIT study released Wednesday, tracking the early growth of Twitter, is that new Web technologies – particularly social networks that rely on adoption by other users – cannot depend solely on online buzz (or even Ashton Kutcher, for that matter).The study tracked data from 2006 to 2009 in the 408 U.S. cities with the highest rates of Twitter adoption. The findings clearly demonstrate that mainstream media mentions, coupled with the geographic and socioeconomic proximity of users, fueled its growth. A video mapping the data shows initial growth in San Francisco, where Twitter is based, then spreading to Boston.While the data is dated by Internet standards, the study does challenge the notion that the Internet has allowed social networks to ignore traditional geographic and socioeconomic boundaries.While the data is dated by Internet standards, the study does challenge the notion that the Internet has allowed social networks to ignore traditional geographic and socioeconomic boundaries.“The big question for people in industry is ‘How do we find the right person or hub to adopt our new app so that it will go viral?’ But we found that the lone tech-savvy person can’t do it; this also requires word of mouth. The social network needs geographical proximity,” said Marta González, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering and engineering systems at MIT, in a statement. “In the U.S. anyway, space and similarity matter.”While the MIT study only looked at Twitter, the broader implications are clear. From an economist’s view, the current period of free apps and Web services gives them a chance to look at why some succeed and others do not. The MIT study could also theoretically be used to understand the growth of more recent social success stories like Instagram and Spotify.“Nobody has ever really looked at the diffusion among innovators of a no-risk, free or low-cost product that’s only useful if other people join you. It’s a new paradigm in economics: what to do with all these new things that are free and easy to share,” said MIT graduate student Jameson Toole, a co-author of the paper. The study was also novel in that it did not keep mainstream media mentions as a constant, but instead tried to track when the media responded to user mentions and vice versa. The study, and the video, covers through April 2009, when Kutcher challenged CNN to see who would become the first to reach one million followers, bringing Twitter decidedly into the mainstream. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#twitter#web dave copeland A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Florida ~ Property Tax: Just Value Homestead Exemption Amendments Approved

first_imgCCH Tax Day ReportFlorida voters approved Amendment 5 in the November 8, 2016, general election to change the current property tax exemption that may be granted for property with just value less than $250,000 owned by certain senior, low-income, long-term residents to specify that just value is determined in the first year in which the owner applies and is eligible for the exemption. The amendment will take effect January 1, 2017, and will apply retroactively to the 2013 tax roll for any person who received the exemption before 2017. Individuals who were granted the exemption in prior years but became ineligible because the just value of the homestead rose above $250,000 may regain the exemption if they otherwise are still eligible and apply for a refund.PTO 16-08, Florida Department of Revenue, November 9, 2016, ¶206-228last_img read more

Class action lawsuit filed over HyVee data breach

first_imgHyVee is now facing a class action lawsuit over that data breach.The suit filed this week says customers who had their credit card info stolen deserve to recover damages because of negligence by the grocery store chain.HyVee says the breach may affect you if you paid with a card at the gas pump or at the in-store restaurant at Columbia’s West Broadway and Conley Road locations. The fuel pumps at the West Truman Boulevard store in Jefferson City were also in the breach between last December and this July. Get more info here.Columbia native Dustin Murray is one of the people named in the lawsuit. It says he eats at the in-store restaurant about 2-3 times per month, and his debit card data was compromised.last_img read more

India vs Zimbabwe: Ravi Shastri to skip tour

first_imgIndian team director Ravi Shastri will not be travelling to Zimbabwe with the Indian team next month. According to Cricbuzz, the veteran will be back with the squad for the Sri Lankan tour in August. Shastri, who had informed the board about his decision before the Bangladesh series, is likely to manage the team till the 2016 T20 World Cup. Meanwhile, Indian support staff Sanjay Bangar, Bharat Arun and R Sridhar are likely to get two-year contracts ahead of the Zimbabwe tour.Will the regulars go to Zimbabwe? The question over the availability of key players MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli and Ravi Ashwin will be answered when the national selectors meet in Delhi on Monday. The chances of a Dhoni-led side touring Zimbabwe are high as there is no limited over cricket in the schedule for the next four months after the African tour.last_img read more