Crabs fall despite Butler’s dominate day

first_imgDavonte Butler pitched a no-hitter through seven innings but it wasn’t enough for the Humboldt Crabs as its offense never got going in a 2-1 loss to the visiting Seattle Studs, Saturday night at the Arcata Ball Park.Despite an eight-strikeout, four-walk no-hitter through seven innings from Butler the Crabs couldn’t keep the Studs off the board as a pair of errors — two pass balls which escaped Crabs catcher Aidan Morris — advanced the Studs’ Antonio Henrickson to third base with one out.A few …last_img

Economy faces challenges: IMF

first_img“In particular, global food and fuel price shocks have boosted inflation and the external current account deficit, while economic growth has slowed in the context of still-high levels of unemployment and inequality,” the IMF said. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has welcomed the significant economic progress made by South Africa in recent years, reflected in the country’s relatively high economic growth and rising employment. “These achievements have been based on sound macroeconomic policies and a transparent policy framework,” the IMF said in its latest annual country report, released on Wednesday. “South Africa’s economic fundamentals remain strong, the external debt is low, and the financial system is resilient.” Recent developments, however, had heightened South Africa’s economic vulnerabilities and made the country’s medium-term growth targets more challenging. The IMF also “stressed the importance of structural reforms to boost productivity and employment growth”, while encouraging the government “to persevere with steps to open the economy to greater international competition, strengthen product and labour market competition, and improve education outcomes.” “On the domestic side, an elevated household debt and debt service burden poses further risks to growth.” SAinfo reporter The IMF welcomed the South African government’s prudent fiscal policies, “and their intention to maintain a broadly neutral fiscal stance in 2008 while strengthening the social safety net in response to the increase in food prices.” The IMF’s executive directors warned in the report that the deteriorating economic outlook had increased the risk to South Africa’s economy posed by a slowdown in capital inflows. While acknowledging South Africa’s pressing infrastructure and social spending needs, the IMF urged the government to explore ways of meeting these needs without weakening fiscal policy – “for example, by relying more widely on public-private partnerships established within an appropriate transparent regulatory regime.” Protecting the economy from a rising current account deficit would require “redoubled efforts to raise South Africa’s national saving rate, improve infrastructure, and implement further structural reforms.” 23 October 2008 While South Africa’s financial system was “sound, well capitalized, and well regulated,” the IMF urged the country’s financial authorities to continue engaging with banks to ensure that their capital and liquidity buffers were adequate. The report, completed on 8 September, was compiled by the IMF’s executive board following a staff team visit to South Africa. The IMF backed the SA Reserve Bank’s policy of inflation targeting, supported the Bank’s monetary tightening in response to food and fuel price hikes, and said the Bank should be ready to “raise interest rates further if supply shocks resume or domestic demand pressures do not dampen as expected”. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Big game and big luxury make Londolozi the best resort in the world

first_img24 October 2014South Africa’s natural beauty places it competitively among the world’s tourist hotspots, and this year, yet again, global leisure travellers have agreed on the allure the country’s bushveld holds.The Conde Nast 2014 Readers’ Choice Awards singled out a whopping seven South African game reserves and bush lodges in its Top 100 hotels and restaurants list. Every year, some 76 000 travellers vote in the awards: this year they chose, in another coup for the country, the famed Londolozi safari camp in Kruger National Park as their number one choice for away stays.The 35 000-acre Londolozi is a family-run reserve, with a long history of eco- tourism and conservation programmes. It received an almost perfect score – 98 958 – in the survey, and has played host to the country’s former president, Nelson Mandela, who said of his visit: “During my long walk to freedom, I had the rare privilege to visit Londolozi. There I saw people of all races living in harmony amidst the beauty that Mother Nature offers. Londolozi represents a model of the dream I cherish for the future of nature preservation in our country.’Much of the ethos behind the resort’s conservation programmes is to unite South Africans and Africans to protect the country and continent’s wildlife to build the tourism economy.Along with the many programmes governments on the continent run, and through the work of other conservation entities, wildlife and natural beauty continue to be huge drawcards for tourists, ensuring a sustainable industry.So much so that South Africa’s tourism industry is growing, with traveller numbers to the country growing: in 2013, the total number of foreigners visiting the country rose to 12.1 million, up from 13.7 million in 2012.The quest for natural beauty is borne out by Conde Nast readers as well: the top 25 resorts’ offerings rest heavily on lodges, reserves and ranches.At Londolozi, this natural beauty is of coursed served up with a hefty side of luxury: the resort combines earthy fabrics and colours with the clean lines associated with modern decor, while throwing in old-school touches like gramophones and travel trunks to make it feel like a comfortable old friend. Private pools and decks, the “Big Five within reach’, elegant dining and expert-led game drives complete the luxury lodge experience.Other South African lodges or resorts on the list include Lion Sands at Sabi Sand, in 24th place, Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve in the Cederberg (41), Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve (54), &Beyond Lodges Sabi Sand (55) and Singita Kruger National Park (69).SAinfo reporterSouth African Competitiveness ForumBrand South Africa will host its second South African Competitiveness Forum in Johannesburg on 4 and 5 November 2014 under the theme “Active citizenship and its role in changing the South African brand reality”. Top minds from business, government, civil society and the academic world will come together to discuss our position in the world, and uncover ways to give South Africa a competitive edge on the global stage. Click here to find out more.Follow the conversation on Twitter via #CompetitiveSA.last_img read more

Members save with energy program, more benefits

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Leave a CommentThe Ohio Farm Bureau Energy Program has saved members substantial money on their utility bills, and three members also received a “bonus” when their names were drawn for a $500 sweepstakes. Ohio Farm Bureau Energy Program sweepstakes winners Kraig and Stacy Schafer are Huron County Farm Bureau members and Kraig serves on the county board of trustees. He enrolled in the energy program and estimates he’ll save $636 annually with a 59 percent rate reduction. He said he has been active in recommending folks to the program. Other winners for this first round in the sweepstakes include Janet Hays, a Columbiana County Farm Bureau member since 1965, and Zachary Zak, a Farm Bureau member in Cuyahoga County.In other member benefits news, there is now more member savings available at Ohio state parks. Great Ohio Lodges now includes discounts at the following lodge and conference centers: Burr Oak, Deer Creek, Hueston Woods, Maumee Bay, Mohican, Punderson Manor, Salt Fork and Shawnee.Finally, time is running out to win a two-year lease on a new 2018 Ford F-150. More than 2,200 Ohio Farm Bureau members have entered the sweepstakes for a chance to win, but Sept. 30 is the deadline to enter. Enter online or text the word SWEEPS to 46786 to enter.Photo caption: Ohio Farm Bureau Energy Program sweepstakes winner Kraig Schafer, pictured with his wife, Stacy, is a Huron County Farm Bureau member and serves on the county board of trustees.  Leave a Commentlast_img read more

How the Wikimedia Foundation is Using OpenStack to Build a Cloud Infrastructure

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market klint finley Ryan Lane, an operations engineer at the Wikimedia Foundation, wrote a blog post about how he is using OpenStack to build a cloud infrastructure for testing and development. OpenStack is the open-source initiative that provides an infrastructure for building cloud environments.Lane wants an infrastructure that does not require operations to manage user accounts, virtual machines, DNS entries or IP addresses. Lane also wants an environment in which developers can add additional infrastructure without operations support. Sound to good to be true? Lane seems to have it all worked out.Here’s what Lane has in place:OpenStack as the virtualization technologyPowerDNS with an LDAP backend for DNS entriesPuppet with an LDAP backend for puppet nodesMediaWiki as the virtual machine managerUsing MediaWiki as a virtual machine manager is pretty interesting. Lane has written an extension, OpenStackManager, specifically for this. He’s also written an LDAP Authentication extension which is being employed in this stack as well.Is this a picture of a cloud stack we will see in 2011? What do you think?center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#cloud#Virtualization Related Posts last_img read more