Man City and United can’t be separated in the table, but who has the best squad?

first_imgWith five games gone in the 2017/2018 Premier League season, only the alphabet can separate Manchester City and Manchester United.The rivals have both won four and drawn one in their opening matches, and the duo have scored 16 and only conceded twice.This leaves Pep Guardiola’s men at the summit purely thanks to the fact they are City, rather than United.But while the table can barely separate the two clubs, how do the two squads compare overall?Here at talkSPORT we’ve taken a look at the strength and depth of each team and which are the best set to triumph this campaign… Midfield: Manchester City – Against Everton, United may have ran out 4-0 winners but they looked a little disjointed without superstar midfielder Paul Pogba. Marouane Fellaini may not be as bad as some make out, but he’s a huge downgrade and forces the Red Devils to play in a more pragmatic style. City, though, can now call on the likes of Bernardo Silva should any of their central stars be absent, while Ilkay Gundogan is already out through injury. When the German returns it is definitely Guardiola’s side who have the strongest midfield. 5 5 Goalkeepers: Manchester United – Pep Guardiola may have signed Ederson in the summer but David De Gea remains the Premier League’s best goalkeeper and in Sergio Romero the Red Devils have an excellent and experienced backup. City, though, have to turn to Claudio Bravo, who hardly inspires confidence. 5 Defence: Manchester United – Man City may have smartened up their defence with the signing of new full-backs Kyle Walker and Benjamin Mendy, but they still lack the kind of depth their rivals have in their backline. Jose Mourinho can call on 11 players who are at least able to do a job in defensive positions, while Guardiola can only rely on eight. It’s also arguable the Red Devils have a more reliable set of stars with questions still to be answered about the form of John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi across a long run of games. Forwards: Manchester City – The Citizens currently have two elite strikers who are on form with Sergio Aguero (five) and Gabriel Jesus (four) already battering goal nets around the Premier League, with Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane on hand to enable them from the flanks, or tucked in behind. United, though, while prolific this season, only have one fit centre forward in Romelu Lukaku, with Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford aiding and abetting the Belgian. When Zlatan Ibrahimovic returns it’s hard to see that he and Lukaku will form a partnership, which leads us to believe the City forward line offers a little bit more than that of the Red Devils. You get the impression an injury or suspension would hit Mourinho’s men more than Guardiola’s. 5 Click the right arrow above to find out how we rate the Manchester City and Man United squads… 5last_img read more

SATURDAY SIX: The Six Best Bars and Lounges at the WDW Resorts

first_img# 2 – Mizner’s (Grand Floridian Resort)Located on the second floor of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, Mizner’s Lounge has an intimate setting, indoor seating and a full bar menu. Because Mizner’s is located in the Main Building of the Grand Flo, it is nearby to the live jazz band that plays during the day and we have a hard time finding something more relaxing – or elegant – then sipping on a Godiva Chocolate Martini while listening to that wonderful music (the band even plays Christmas songs during the holiday season). As a bonus, Mizner’s offers mixed nuts to its bar patrons, and as one of the few “free” things you can get at WDW, be sure to take advantage.Mizner’s Cooler. (photo by Brandon Glover)Godiva Chocolate Martini. (photo by Brandon Glover)Bar snacks! (photo by Brandon Glover)Mizner’s Lounge. (photo by Brian McNichols)Mizner’s Lounge. (photo by Brian McNichols)[email protected]’s Take: I like to consider Mizner’s the flagship bar of the Monorail Bar Crawl. Conveniently located on the second floor of the Grand Floridian, Mizner’s not only offers great drinks and appetizers, but in the evening, the Grand Society Orchestra provides music that transports you to a more dignified time and place. Not only that, but the Grand Flo’ in general tends to attract a different crowd – one with less theme park attire, if you dig my grand flow.  It makes it a much classier experience within the Vacation Kingdom of the World.  (But don’t worry, theme park attire still works inside the bar. After all, they’ve never turned me away.)Rhiannon’s Note: Hmmm… I may need to write them a letter.Recommendations:  I suggest a Moscow Mule, but Skipper DickRichie swears by The Belvedere.–# 1 – Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto (Polynesian Village Resort)When Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto opened at the Poly in 2015 it became the first of its kind E-Ticket bar at Walt Disney World. It was so popular from day one that a second bar was needed just to hold the people waiting to get it (but we’ll talk more about that bar later). You want atmosphere? The Grog Grotto has that coming out of every single corner of the venue. While souvenir cups and mugs have been a staple of the theme park experience, Trader Sam’s took it up a notch. Similar to its sister location out in Anaheim, the Grog Grotto debuted with a whole bunch of wonderful Tiki mugs. From the simple Polynesian Pearl to the incredible Nautilus, there is one drink after another on the menu served in collectible mugs that  you’ll want to take home. Many of the drinks also trigger show elements within the bar itself, separating Trader Sam’s from any other bar on property. It’s not just a lounge, it’s an experience.HippopotoMai-Tai (photo by Brandon Glover)The Polynesian Pearl in front of “Shelly.” (photo by Brandon Glover)DIVE! DIVE! DIVE! The Nautilus. (photo by Brandon Glover)When you order a Nautilus, get your popcorn ready: ’cause it’s gonna be a show. (photo by Brandon Glover)[email protected]’s Take: I’m going to stop you right there before you try to compare this to the Original Trader Sam’s at the Disneyland Hotel.  Just don’t.  On its own, Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto is one of the best new overall offerings at Walt Disney World.  An attraction unto itself, the Grog Grotto offers great drinks and a fun, festive atmosphere.  If you’re looking for a laid-back place to relax, this ain’t it. The bartenders and servers are known to mess with you and give you a hard time during your visit, all in the name of “themed fun.”  Though some say they sometimes try a little too hard, the interaction with staff (however forced) is the hallmark of Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto, (that, along with themed sound and lighting effects that accompany certain specialty cocktails).  The Grog Grotto: a great place to have drinks and selfies –not naps and solitude.Rhiannon’s Note: Actually, could you recommend which bars are best for naps and solitude?  That sounds fantastic.Recommendations:  Dark and Tropical Stormy all day.  My favorite drink on property not served in a pineapple or with a backscratcher.  Though, if you‘re hell-bent on getting a souvenir glass, I suggest the HippopotoMai-Tai; it’s a little bit of Shruggie for your home!–HONORABLE MENTION: Trader Sam’s Tiki Terrace (Polynesian Village Resort)Now Trader Sam’s is actually two bars in one. If the Grog Grotto is full, you can enjoy a drink and appetizer while you wait for an opening outside on the Tiki Terrace. Turns out many people enjoy the live music and laid back atmosphere of the Tiki Terrace more than the sensory overload inside the Grog Grotto.Dark and Stormy at the Tiki Terrace. (photo by Brandon Glover)Spikey Pineapple, only at the tiki terrace. (photo by Brandon Glover)Chicken lettuce wrap. (photo by Brandon Glover)Black and White pearls. (photo by Brandon Glover)[email protected]’s Take: Remember when I said the Grog Grotto is not your place to relax and be laid back?  And you were all, “but Drunky, I’m on vacation and need to get my chill on after 10 hours in the parks and multiple crowd-induced rage attacks!”  Well calm down, bro.  Tiki Terrace is the place for you..  The Tiki Terrace has a great South Seas vibe, overlooking both the pool as well as the Seven Seas Lagoon and Cinderella’s Castle off in the distance.  Order any of the same drinks as the indoor Grog Grotto, but add to them live music and fireworks viewing: suddenly Tiki Terrace has pushed its way onto this honorable mention list.Recommendations:  The Spikey Pineapple!  Dole Whip and booze?  No brainer… literally.Rhiannon’s Note: “Literally”?Drunky: I would like to thank Derek Burgan for letting me be a part of this SATURDAY SIX, as I like to think WDW bars and lounges are my area of expertise.  Oh yeah, and thanks to my editor and cowriter, Rhiannon, who lightly edited (ok fine, FIXED) my opinions and descriptions.  Rhiannon’s Note: Dude, I literally had to correct your spelling of the word “cowriter.” I need to up my royalty share percentage.Drunky: You can soon read more about WDW drinking from me and Rhiannon when our book Drunk at Disney (working title) finishes the proofreading process and gets released this summer.   –We’d like to thank EVERYONE who took part in our poll on the best bars and lounges at the WDW Resorts, but especially those who realized JOCK LINDSEY’S HANGAR BAR ISN’T IN A RESORT. But seriously, a special thank you to contributors from WDWNT, the Disney Hipsters podcast, the Radio Harmabe podcast, the Disney Cruise Line Blog, the Mighty Men of Mouse, and Parkscope. Major props sent to exceptional guys and gals like [email protected], Epcot Explorer, MKPony, Jenn Tracker, the Schmoof, and many many more. We really couldn’t have done it without youSo there you have it: The Six Best Bars and Lounges at the WDW Resorts. See you next weekend for the latest installment of the SATURDAY SIX, where we’ll look at something fun from the world of Disney and Universal. If you enjoyed yourself, be sure to check out The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! articles, or, for your listening pleasure, check out the E-Ticket Report podcast. You can also follow Your Humble Author on Twitter (@derekburgan)Crew’s Cup fries. DESTINATION POTATOES.If you enjoyed this article, you will surely like the following:Six Reasons We LOVE Be Our Guest RestaurantDisney Dining: ‘Ohana at Disney’s Polynesian Village ResortThe Six Best Snacks, Drinks, and Food Options in Diagon AlleyTop Six Theme Park Bars in OrlandoUniversal Dining: Emeril’s Cocktail MenuSpecial Thanks to crack staff photographer Brandon Glover, and blogger to the stars Megan Stump for their invaluable assistance with this article. Be sure to also check out Brandon on The Park Blogger podcast with co-hosts Aengus Mackenzie and Brian Carey. We of course would never be able to “thank” [email protected] and Rhiannon enough, especially since they sent over their responses before “accepting changes” on their Word document, adding about three extra hours of work. Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger they say, and if that’s true right now we are THE STRONGEST HUMAN BEINGS ON GOD’S GREEN EARTH. Share This!This week’s SATURDAY SIX looks at the Six Best Bars and Lounges at the WDW Resorts. When we here at the SATURDAY SIX headquarters set out to do an article on the best bars and lounges at Walt Disney World, we didn’t want you – Dear Reader – to just take our word for it. So we conducted our patented top secret, double blind, exhaustively comprehensive scientific poll by reaching out to some of the biggest names in the blogging industry. A veritable theme park Who’s Who responded, and today we are here with the results.BUT THAT’S NOT ALL!  For this article we contacted a bonafide theme park drinking expert in [email protected] to give his thoughts on each bar and lounge. You will find Drunky’s thoughts at the end of each write-up. You will also hear from Rhiannon, Drunky’s better half and co-author on an upcoming book about drinking at WDW. So sit back, stir that swizzle stick, and let’s begin our countdown starting with…# 6 – Territory Lounge (Wilderness Lodge)Inspired by the national park lodges of the early 20th century, Wilderness Lodge is the type of resort that is distinctly Disney. Designed by Peter Dominick, who was also behind Animal Kingdom Lodge and the Grand Californian, Wilderness Lodge has a certain warmth and coziness to it that you just can’t find in than any other hotel in Orlando. It also happens to contain three underrated gems in the area of WDW dining: Whispering Canyon Cafe, Artist Point, and Territory Lounge.Northwest Exposure. Vodka, Kahlua, half and half, Amaretto, splash of Coke. (photo by Brandon Glover)–With a good amount of seating and an appetizer/dessert menu filled with unique options, Territory Lounge is going to be a spot you will fall in love with. There is even a fireplace to sit by! At SATURDAY SIX HQ two things go over like gangbusters when it comes to bars and lounges, themed napkins and swizzle sticks, so you can imagine our heart was a flutter seeing the Wilderness Lodge swizzle.How bout that swizzle stick?!!!  It makes even a Vodka cranberry look magical. (photo by Brandon Glover)Oregon Pinot Gris Fondue. (photo by Brandon Glover)Artist Point Berry Cobbler.  (photo by Brandon Glover)Popcorn with Truffle Oil. (photo by Brandon Glover)House made donuts with Nutella and Marionberry jam. (photo by Brandon Glover)Territory Lounge at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. (photo by Brandon Glover)[email protected]’s Take:.  Great choice by the readers.  Glad to know that reading Derek’s column on a weekly basis hasn’t turned them all into Butterbeer-swilling ignorami. Lesser folks may overlook Territory Lounge due to its being a bit more “off the beaten path” than other bars (as it’s not on the monorail loop, along the BoardWalk, or inside a park). However, it is a great destination lounge!  For me, I find that the strength comes from the theming: not only does it boast great wildernessy decorations, but even the beer selection follows through on the theme of the entire property by offering brews from the Pacific Northwest and Canada.  But the real cherry on top? As seen in the photos, it’s the food available at the bar that truly sets it apart from the more mundane of the Disney bars.  All of these factors combine to make Territory Lounge a truly fantastic bar. Or, consider: with Territory Lounge being just a boat ride away from Fort Wilderness or the Contemporary, turn that “destination bar” into an obvious inclusion for any bar crawl around Bay Lake!Recommendations:  Since the beer selections here are hand-picked to fit the theming and ambiance of the resort, I recommend snagging a Red Hook or Moosehead in order to fit in.  Oh, who am I kidding?  Get both!  Rhiannon’s Note: Wow, not recommending Bud Light?  Are you feeling okay?Drunky: I’m just trying to play by the rules. Could you imagine how embarrassing it would be to be caught with a Kona at the Wilderness Lodge? Worse than wearing green after St. Patrick’s Day.Rhiannon’s Note: That’s not a thing, you dolt.–# 5 – Tambu Lounge (Polynesian Village Resort)While Tambu Lounge may not have the large seating capacity of Territory Lounge, it does have three things going for it: location, location, location. Not only does Tambu overlook the Magic Kingdom, but it sits squarely next to possibly the most popular restaurant in WDW: ‘Ohana. Tambu is also home to two of the most popular drinks in Orlando, the famous Lapu Lapu (served in a pineapple) and the Backscratcher. What many people don’t know is that you can get a couple of ‘Ohana’s most popular items at Tambu. That’s right, instead of being up at 6am 180 days out from your vacation, just head on over to Tambu and get some of those terrific honey-coriander chicken wings or the legendary ‘Ohana bread pudding.World famous Lapu Lapu. (photo by Brandon Glover)Inside a Lapu LapuBackscratcher! (photo by Brandon Glover)Kona Longboard Island Lager and Kona Fire Rock Pale Ale at Tambu Lounge. (photo by Brandon Glover)[email protected]’s Take: Hold up: you’re putting Tambu Lounge all the way down in the number five spot?!  That brings a moistness to my eyes and a potential retraction to my earlier compliment.  Tambu Lounge typically reigns supreme as my favorite WDW bar for the same reasons it probably made the SATURDAY SIX list.  First on the reasons list: its location inside the iconic Great Ceremonial House at Disney’s Polynesian Village. You can almost feel the history as you climb the stairs to the bar or step off the monorail. Second is its location next to ‘Ohana that gives it both an amazing aroma in the evening as well as a bangin’ appetizer menu. And who could forget two of the most iconic drinks on WDW property: the Lapu Lapu (served in a pineapple!) and the infamous Backscratcher, the official drink of the 3 O’clock Parade podcast! Rhiannon’s Note: Just as long as you don’t say… BACKSCRATCHAAAAAA!Rhiannon’s Note: I hate my life.Recommendations: Clearly the Lapu Lapu and Backscratcher are the top two recommendations. But if you aren’t in the mood for tropical drinks, they have Kona beer on draft, so order up one of those. It is now officially appropriate for you to be drinking that.–# 4 – Crew’s Cup Lounge (Yacht Club Resort)EPCOT and the BoardWalk are loaded to the brim with great restaurants and bars, so while it may be tucked away at the Yacht Club, be sure not to skip out on Crew’s Cup Lounge. Located next to Yachtman’s Steakhouse (another must add to your Disney Dining bucket list), Crew’s Cup is themed to a Northeast rowing club and has a lot of hardwood decor like Territory Lounge. It has a very intimate feel, but does have a decent amount of seating outside of the bar. What’s going to bring you back again and again is the out of this world menu, headlined by the house-cut truffle fries. They are the best fries in Walt Disney World hands down. Great sandwiches. Great beer. Great atmosphere.Samuel Adams Rebel IPA.  (photo by Brandon Glover)Crew’s Cup house-cut truffle fries. (photo by Brandon Glover)Shaved beef sandwich. (photo by Brandon Glover)Crew’s Cup Lounge at Disney’s Yacht Club. (photo by Brandon Glover)[email protected]’s Take: It seems the readers are back on track for making good decisions. For now (I’m still watching you). Crews Cup Lounge jumps into the top six for a couple of reasons. First IT OPENS AT NOON, while many (if not most) of the other lounges listed make you wait until 4PM like a sober chump.  Add to that, great Yacht Club theming and ambiance of hanging meat along with one of the best beer menus on Disney property. Tada: you have a bar worthy of a top 4 ranking on the SATURDAY SIX.Rhiannon’s Note: Who knew hanging meat had an ambiance?Recommendations. While Crew’s Cup has an extensive bottled beer menu plus three Sam Adams beers on draft, it’s also a safe space for trying something new. So why not supportively hold hands with the person next to you, and order the Jameson Irish Whiskey Sour?Rhiannon’s Note: That poor person next to you…–# 3 – River Roost Lounge (Port Orleans Resort – Riverside)There are so many great reasons to take a vacation at Port Orleans Riverside, but one of our favorites is the River Roost Lounge. Home to the unforgettable Yehaa Bob Jackson, the River Roost is the perfect way to end a day after hitting the theme parks. Plenty of tables and even more selections of adult beverages. Outside of the Abita beer flight there isn’t much in the area of signature drinks, but they make up for that in the overall quantity of options available. The appetizer menu is limited, but does offer a nice selection of Southern-inspired dishes, and you can’t go wrong with the best live entertainment in any bar at WDW.River Roost Lounge at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside. (photo by Brandon Glover)Abita Flight: Purple Haze, Amber Ale, and Turbo Dog.  (photo by Brandon Glover)Hurricane. (photo by Brandon Glover)Bayou Buffalo Wings. Very tasty, big and meaty. Decent spice and a good value for the price of $12.49. (photo by Brandon Glover)An actual Disney Legend, Yehaa Bob. (photo by Brandon Glover)[email protected]’s Take: Bob Jackson, Bob Jackson, Bob Jackson!  As one of the few resort bars on property with actual live entertainment Wednesday through Saturday, River Roost rockets to the top of the list.  Yehaa Bob’s wild show is great for all ages, so if you haven’t seen Bob yet, get over there stat! You’ll probably find me there doing the “Head, shoulders, knees and toes” hand motions.Rhiannon’s Note: This actually sounds like a reason not to go.Drunky: But you haven’t read my recommendation yet…Recommendations: Gotta go with the Abita Beer Flight!!!   Rhiannon’s Note: Aaaaaand I’m back.Though, if you’re not a beer drinker, I recommend getting a Hurricane. After all, we must align with our theme: aligning with themes.last_img read more

Columbus Catholic boys third at Edgar Cross Country Invitational

first_imgLeonard Steinert, Morgan Albrecht lead Dons at Rib MountainBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterRIB MOUNTAIN — The Marshfield Columbus Catholic boys cross country team had four top-25 finishes and finished third in the team standings at the 2015 Edgar Invitational on Tuesday at Nine Mile Forest.Leonard Steinert was 13th (18:23.0), Peyton Nystrom was 16th (18:25.5), and Benny Frericks finished 18th (18:32.9) to lead the Dons, who totaled 99 points. Medford won the boys team title with 35 points, and Tomahawk was second with 42.Jarod Rudolph of Medford won the boys race in 16:55.4. Teammate Derek Rudolph took third in 17:24.9. Tanner Moris of Crandon placed second in 17:07.8.Mosinee won the girls team title with 63 points. Tomahawk came in second with 83.Columbus Catholic had four runners and did not have a complete team score. Morgan Albrecht led the Dons by taking 25th place in 22:54.7.Columbus returns to action Oct. 6 at the Auburndale Invitational, which will be held at Frey Farm in Spencer.Click here for complete results via performancetiming.com.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)2015 Edgar Cross Country InvitationalSept. 29, at Nine Mile Forest, Rib Mountain BoysTeam scores: 1. Medford 35; 2. Tomahawk 42; 3. Marshfield Columbus Catholic 99; 4. Mosinee 100; 5. Crandon 133; 6. Neillsville 152; 7. Edgar 216; 8. Loyal/Greenwood/Granton 217; 9. Pittsville 248; 10. Eau Claire Regis 260; Owen-Withee incomplete.Top 10 and Marshfield Columbus Catholic finishers: 1. Jarod Rudolph (MED) 16:55.4; 2. Tanner Moris (CRAN) 17:07.8; 3. Derek Rudolph (MED) 17:24.9; 4. Mason Tomany (MOS) 17:30.4; 5. Trey Ulrich (MED) 17:30.5; 6. Troy Vanstrysdonk (TOM) 17:34.4; 7. Alex Johnson (TOM) 17:52.9; 8. Mason Webster (TOM) 17:53.9; 9. Joe Tomandl (ED) 17:56.9; 10. Cayton Scholz (TOM) 18:02.4; 13. Leonard Steinert (MCC) 18:23.0; 16. Peyton Nystrom (MCC) 18:25.5; 18. Benny Frericks (MCC) 18:32.9; 25. Jeremiah Giles (MCC) 19:05.6; 27. Bryce Fuerlinger (MCC) 19:10.1; 29. Jon Viegut (MCC) 19:14.0; 32. Leo Pittsley (MCC) 19:19.7; 35. Zach Gotz (MCC) 19:41.2.—GirlsTeam scores: 1. Mosinee 63; 2. Tomahawk 83; 3. Medford 84; 4. Eau Claire Regis 108; 5. Edgar 123; 6. Pittsville 142; 7. Neillsville 150; 8. Crandon 189; 9. Loyal/Greenwood/Granton 228; Marshfield Columbus Catholic and Owen-Withee incomplete.Top 10 and Marshfield Columbus Catholic finishers: 1. Dani Whiting (TOM) 20:16.9; 2. Kallie Falteisek (OW) 20:41.3; 3. Mackenzie Carey (MED) 21:05.1; 4. Jenna Hughes (PIT) 21:35.2; 5. Danielle Yengo (ECR) 21:44.7; 6. Hannah Brandner (MED) 21:46.4; 7. Hannah Brewster (ED) 21:48.4; 8. Shelby Herring (MOS) 21:52.9; 9. Mackenzie Person (OW) 21:56.6; 10. Grace Theisen (ECR) 22:01.2; 25. Morgan Albrecht (MCC) 22:54.7; 32. Hailey Roehl (MCC) 23:02.6; 33. Hannah Grubofski (MCC) 23:03.0; 37. Melanie Lang (MCC) 23:14.3.last_img read more

Incentives for exporters

first_imgSee the DTI website for the latest information on CPFP, including guidelines and to download application forms Customs and Excise duty refunds Provision is made in the Customs and Excise Act for general refunds, as well as a large number of specific drawbacks and refunds of customs and excise duties, to exporters. These concessions are available to manufacturers as well as to merchants who import goods for re-export. The Export Credit Insurance Corporation The ECIC provides export credit and foreign investment insurance cover on behalf of the government. The ECIC, an agency of the Department of Trade and Industry, aims to facilitate and encourage South African export trade by underwriting export credit loans and investments outside the country to enable South African contractors to win capital goods and services’ contracts in other countries. SA.info reporter Reviewed: 5 August 2012 The government provides various incentives to South African firms to export their products internationally. Export Marketing and Investment Assistance The Export Marketing and Investment Assistance (EMIA) scheme compensates exporters for the costs involved in developing export markets for South African products and services. Set up by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), EMIA aims to develop an export market in South Africa and to assist South African exporters gain access to this market. By encouraging individual manufacturers and exporters, the DTI hopes to recruit new foreign direct investment. The scheme is administered by Trade and Investment South Africa’s (TISA) export promotion unit. Under this scheme, the DIT offers exporters incentives and financial assistance with market research, trade missions, showcasing products and services at international exhibitions, among other things. Costs covered can include exhibition fees, stand construction, travel and daily allowances. Who qualifies for EMIA assistance?South African manufactures and exporters;South African export trading houses representing at least three SMMEs or businesses owned by Historical Disadvantaged Individuals (HDIs);South African commission agents representing at least three SMMEs or HDI- owned businesses; andSouth African exports councils, industry associations and joint action groups (JAGs) representing at least five South African entities. Capital Projects Feasibility Programme The Capital Projects Feasibility Programme (CPFP) is a cost-sharing programme that contributes to the cost of feasibility studies likely to lead to projects outside South Africa that will increase local exports and stimulate the market for South African capital goods and services. All South African enterprises are eligible, as long as the study is undertaken by local companies. Website: sars.gov.za The Industrial Development Corporation The IDC makes financing available at reduced rates for selected expansion schemes that are expected to result in increased foreign exchange earnings. Financing of credit for exporters of capital goods is also available through the IDC or private sector merchant banks at reduced rates. Website: www.idc.co.zaSee the official portal for South African government incentive schemes: www.investmentincentives.co.za VAT Export Incentive Scheme Exporters may zero-rate VAT on exports regarded as a direct export. Applicable to exporters registered as VAT vendors in South Africa. You must be registered with the South African Revenue Service (SARS) to export commercial goods from South Africa.center_img Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Assistance is divided between individual and group offerings; and each scheme has its own defined criteria. Website: sars.gov.za See the DTI website for the latest information on sector specific funding, including Project Funding For Emerging Exporters guidelines See the DTI website for the latest information on EMIA Download the DTI’s Guide to Incentive Schemes 2011/12, [PDF]Contact the EMIA administrators:General enquiries: (012) 394 1014DTI Customer Contact Centre: 0861 843 384 Credit Guarantee Insurance Corporation Offers exporters insurance covering domestic or international debtors, which means exporters are protected against non-payment. IDC is a shareholder of the company.Website: www.creditguarantee.co.za Website: www.ecic.co.za Sector Specific Assistance Scheme The Sector Specific Assistance Scheme (SSAS) is a reimbursable 80:20 cost-sharing grant offering financial support to export councils, joint action groups and industry associations. The scheme has a subprogramme specially designed to assist emerging exporters. Eligible enterprises are non-profit business organisations in sectors and sub- sectors of the industry prioritised by the DTI.last_img read more

R3bn solar plants unveiled in Northern Cape

first_img16 May 2014 A consortium led by British company Globeleq officially launched two solar power plants, representing a combined investment of R3-billion, in the Northern Cape this week. The De Aar and Droogfontein solar photovoltaic plants, each comprising over 165 000 photovoltaic (PV) panels spread over 100-hectare sites near De Aar and Kimberley, will together contribute 100 megawatts (MW) of clean energy to South Africa’s national grid. Both were built under the government’s renewable energy programme for independent power producers, which aims to add 3 725 MW of wind, solar photovoltaic and concentrating solar power to South Africa’s energy mix. Globeleq is the majority shareholder in the consortium that built and will run the plants, the others being Ireland-based Mainstream Renewable Power, Thebe Investment Corporation, South African engineering firms Enzani Technologies and Usizo Engineering, and local community trusts. Speaking at Droogfontein launch on Thursday, Deputy Science and Technology Minister Michael Masutha said the country’s shift towards renewable energy sources would help both to improve energy security and access, and to solve other socio-economic challenges the country was facing. “The Department of Science and Technology (DST) is focusing on setting up the necessary systems to support the sustainable solar energy industry,” Masutha said. “This is done through supporting research, development and innovation in the energy sector, informing and influencing energy policy decisions, and supporting human capital development.” The department has set up a number of research initiatives, including the Renewable Energy Hub and Spokes Programme hosted at Stellenbosch University, the University of Pretoria, Fort Hare University, the University of KwaZulu-Natal and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. The department is also supporting a solar energy resource-mapping initiative by the South African Weather Service, and is finalising a solar energy technology roadmap in collaboration with the Department of Environmental Affairs and the International Energy Agency. “It is foreseen that the DST’s funding and support to renewable energy research and technology development, as well as to human capacity development, will ultimately also benefit initiatives such as the Droogfontein Solar Photovoltaic Plant, providing technical expertise and competence to address the needs of such plants, as well as arriving at new solutions, products and processes to address future solar photovoltaic plants,” Masutha said. Also speaking at Thursday’s launch, Droogfontein Solar Power GM Mark Pickering said education and training “are vital if we are to unlock the potential of this new industry and best utilise South Africa’s abundant solar resources. To this end, Droogfontein Solar Power will be devoting the bulk of its social economic development budget to support education”. SAinfo reporter and SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Interview and Interrogation Training: Developing a Behavioral Norm

first_imgIn this week’s WZ / IAI interview and interrogation training tip, Dave Thompson, CFI provides for us the importance of establishing a baseline or behavioral norm of the subject. As we know, behavior is displayed in a variety of ways and could be different based on the person, the context and other immeasurable variables. If an interviewer is attempting to analyze behavior to detect truth, deception, anxiety or other emotions it is imperative that they first establish a behavioral norm. If behavior changes over the course of the interview, especially during times of stress, you can identify that the person may be deceptive or uncomfortable with what you’re talking about. Behavioral cues will be relative to the respective individual, and will vary based off the content of the conversation.Every loss prevention investigator should continuously strive to enhance their investigative interviewing skills as part of an ongoing commitment to best-in-class interviewing performance. This includes holding ourselves to an elite standard of interview and interrogation training that is ethical, moral and legal while demanding excellence in the pursuit of the truth. The International Association of Interviewers (IAI) and Wicklander-Zulawski (WZ) provide interview and interrogation training programs and additional guidance to investigators when dealing with dishonest employees, employee theft, sexual harassment, policy violations, building rapport, pre-employment interviewing, lying, denials and obtaining a statement.- Sponsor – By focusing on the latest information and research from experts in the field as well as academia, legal and psychological resources, these video tips provide interview and interrogation training techniques that can enhance the skill sets of professionals with backgrounds in Law Enforcement, Loss Prevention, Security, Asset Protection, Human Resources, Auditors or anyone looking to obtain the truth.To learn more about interview and interrogation training and how you can further develop your professional skill sets, please visit www.w-z.com or www.certifiedinterviewer.com for additional information. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Johnson Controls Enhances User Experience, Functionality of Flagship Video Solutions

first_imgJohnson Controls’ newest version of its victor Unified Video Management Systems and VideoEdge Network Video Recorders from American Dynamics, provides a transformed, contemporary user interface and new detection and analytics features for increased visibility of the security environment. With victor/VideoEdge 5.0, the updated feature set includes license plate-recognition, perimeter detection, edge-based SD-card failover redundancy and several other advanced surveillance features, delivering greater and faster command and control capabilities.The newly enhanced user interface of the victor video management system (VMS), simplifies day-to-day activities for security operators with both dark and light theme options well suited for dimly lit command center environments. The interface offers a reimagined “home” view that remembers frequently used features, simplifying forensic investigating and live viewing. Workflow functions have also been redesigned to be more intuitive and a new navigation bar and a variety of menu filters puts usability at the center of the victor VMS experience.“victor’s transformed graphical user interface makes the security operator’s experience more comfortable and efficient, significantly reducing the number of clicks, while uniquely leveraging Illustra cameras for an additional level of seamless system redundancy,” said Jammy DeSousa, senior product manager, Building Technologies and Solutions, Johnson Controls. “The newest version of victor/VideoEdge enables new levels of awareness with sophisticated video analytic capabilities for vehicle number plate recognition as well as perimeter detection with increased visibility for both exterior and interior environments.”- Sponsor – VideoEdge’s new TrickleStor feature has select Illustra cameras and VideoEdge working together to form a cost-effective redundancy and seamless failover solution. If communications between the NVR and cameras are interrupted or stop, the camera automatically detects the anomaly and begins recording video to its SD card. With VideoEdge TrickleStor, once connections are restored, the recorded video is then transferred back to the NVR’s hard drive. When the video is viewed later, operators will not be able to sense there was any outage, thereby capturing line of sight activity and providing a seamless experience.Powerful License Plate Recognition (LPR) technology sends security operators real-time alarm notifications for arriving VIPs or when blacklisted vehicles are detected. Operators use “fuzzy match” with Smart Search, victor/VideoEdge’s forensic search engine, to identify commonly confused characters, such as 8 and B, to generate a list of possible matches. Smart Search can also place asterisks (*) and question marks (?) to correlate recorded video and searches when only a portion of a license plate number is known.For more information about the victor Unified Video Management Systems and VideoEdge Network Video Recorders, visit www.americandynamics.net. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Real World Database Encryption Performance with Intel AES-NI Pt 1

first_imgSoftware Only Encryption = 00:02:16.41 Query on Clear Text = 00:00:28.80 Accelerated with AES-NI = 00:00:45.30 This means that with AES-NI the query completed 3x faster than that using software only encryption and 1.55x slower compared to using no encryption at all. Clearly if you are using Oracle TDE for encryption then you are going to see significant performance gains from using AES-NI for acceleration.If you are curious why Oracle decided not to cache the data at all and instead chose to read from disk and decrypt exactly the same query each time, we’ll look into that in Part II of this post. Elapsed: 00:00:28.74And the same execution plan value for physical reads.Statistics———————————————————-…1038269 physical reads…The first time, Oracle decided not to cache the LINEITEM table in the buffer cache SGA. When I ran the query a second time, it fetched the data from disk again and continued to do this for every time the query was run with consistent timing each time.What about the same query on encrypted data? Oracle TDE is controlled by hidden parameters, so we need a query to see the parameters:SQL> li1* select a .ksppinm “Parameter”, b.ksppstvl “Session Value”, c.ksppstvl “Instance Value” from x$ksppi a, x$ksppcv b, x$ksppsv c where a.indx = b.indx AND a.indx = c.indx AND ksppinm like ‘%encryption%’SQL> /Parameter——————————————————————————–Session Value——————————————————————————–Instance Value——————————————————————————–_use_platform_encryption_libTRUETRUE_use_hybrid_encryption_modeTRUETRUE_db_disable_temp_encryptionFALSEFALSETo use AES-NI  the parameter _use_platform_encryption_lib needs to be set to TRUE. To use AES-NI for both encryption and decryption _use_hybrid_encryption_mode needs to be set to FALSE. We can test the impact of hardware encryption acceleration performance by turning these parameters on and off, for example:SQL> alter system set “_use_platform_encryption_lib”=FALSE scope=both;System altered.I restarted the database and opened the wallet before running queries against the encrypted data without AES-NI for hardware encryption acceleration. In this case Oracle is using software only to do the decryption and is not using the AES-NI at all.SQL> alter system set wallet open identified by “oraclepassword”;System altered. The query again returned 4 rows and the timing value is 136 seconds, including the time to do the software only decryption.Elapsed: 00:02:16.41Our Execution plan shows “TABLE ACCESS FULL” on “LINEITEM” and again our statistics show that the full table scan was based on physical reads. Each time that the same statement was re-executed, the data was read from disk. This means that each time the data was decrypted with software acceleration it took approximately 4.7x longer than the same query on clear text.Next, I restarted the database but this time enabled hardware accelerated encryption to use AES-NI.SQL> alter system set “_use_platform_encryption_lib”=TRUE scope=both;System altered.I re-ran the same query with the following timing value:Elapsed: 00:00:45.30As expected, our Execution plan again shows “TABLE ACESS FULL” on “LINEITEM” with the full table scan based on physical reads. The same query was run each each time (the data was read from disk and decrypted). In this case the difference was making use of AES-NI for acceleration.Timing the same query consistently gave us the following results: One interesting aspect of working with real world implementations of database technology is that they often raise interesting questions about how that technology is used. One such recent question concerned the real performance benefits of the Intel Advanced Encryption Standard New Instructions (Intel AES-NI) set on Intel Xeon processors for improving Oracle database encryption performance with Oracle Transparent Data Encryption (TDE).Oracle TDE provides security where data is automatically encrypted and decrypted when written to and read from the physical media. If we look in the Oracle TDE FAQ it clarifies what happens to the data once it has already been read and is held in memory. With TDE, column encryption data always remains encrypted in the Oracle SGA so the benefits of encryption acceleration are clear. However, with TDE tablespace encryption, data is already decrypted in the SGA so once it is cached it is in clear text. This makes the question more precise:If I am using TDE tablespace encryption for query-based data and have a large SGA to cache most of the data in decrypted form, what gains will AES-NI really bring me?The best way to answer this question is to put it to the test, so I tested a system equipped with Intel Xeon processor E5-2680 running Red Hat Enterprise Linux* Server release 5.6. I know these processors have AES-NI, but in the flags section of “/proc/cpuinfo” the flag “aes” confirms it for me. I installed Oracle 11.2.0.2 and applied the patch 10080579 to enable TDE to use AES-NI by default.To set up TDE I then created an encryption wallet directory in my admin directory as follows:/u01/app/oracle/admin/SANDEPDB1/walletI ensured that the permissions were set correctly to keep the directory secure.  I then created a sqlnet.ora file in my network admin directory,/u01/app/oracle/product/11.2.0/dbhome_1/network/adminand added the following line to this file (keeping the entry all on the same line):ENCRYPTION_WALLET_LOCATION=(SOURCE=(METHOD=FILE)(METHOD_DATA=(DIRECTORY=/u01/app/oracle/admin/SANDEPDB1/wallet/)))Then I created (you can see the file created in your wallet directory) and opened the wallet as follows:[[email protected] ~]$ sqlplus / as sysdba…SQL> alter system set encryption key authenticated by “oraclepassword”;System altered.SQL>WALLET createdNext, I created an unencrypted tablespace as normal and an encrypted tablespace,SQL> create bigfile tablespace TPCH_ENCRYPT datafile ‘+DATA’ size 50g encryption using ‘AES256’ default storage(encrypt);Tablespace created.and checked the tablespace was indeed encrypted.SQL> select tablespace_name, encrypted from dba_tablespaces;TABLESPACE_NAME ENC—————————— —SYSTEM NOSYSAUX NOUNDOTBS1 NOTEMP NOUSERS NOTPCH_CLEAR NOTPCH_ENCRYPT YES7 rows selected.I then used Hammerora to create identical Scale Factor 10, 10GB schemas based on the TPC-H specification in both clear-text and encrypted forms, ensuring that with my 40GB buffer cache in the Oracle SGA there would be plenty of memory to cache the data.  I also used Hammerora to run and capture an example query to use against this data and keep the predicates the same so the query run would be identical each time. I used autotrace and timing to test my query performance. First I took a look at the clear text schema with the following query (which is TPC-H Query 1).SQL> connect tpch/tpchConnected.SQL> set autotrace on;SQL> set timing on;SQL> select l_returnflag, l_linestatus, sum(l_quantity) as sum_qty, sum(l_extendedprice) as sum_base_price, sum(l_extendedprice * (1 – l_discount)) as sum_disc_price, sum(l_extendedprice * (1 – l_discount) * (1 + l_tax)) as sum_charge, avg(l_quantity) as avg_qty, avg(l_extendedprice) as avg_price, avg(l_discount) as avg_disc, count(*) as count_order from lineitem where l_shipdate <= date '1998-12-01' - interval '119' day (3) group by l_returnflag, l_linestatus order by l_returnflag, l_linestatus;The query returned 4 rows and the timing value showed it took almost 29 seconds.Elapsed: 00:00:28.80Our Execution plan shows "TABLE ACCESS FULL" on "LINEITEM" which is a full table scan on our biggest table. Our statistics show that these were physical reads which means that the data was not cached in memory but instead read from disk.Statistics----------------------------------------------------------...1038269 physical reads...I then ran the same query again with the result showing the following timing.last_img read more

Jarencio lightens up Batang Pier mood amid playoff chase; Elite stay in quarterfinal hunt

first_img‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte In only his first conference in charge, the former UAAP champion coach of University of Santo Tomas has injected a light and positive atmosphere within the Batang Pier as they make a push for a playoff spot.The Batang Pier went on to register a 108-91 victory over the Picanto as they stayed on track for a Top 6 finish at the end of the PBA Philippine Cup elimination round at Smart Araneta Coliseum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“Coach is like a friend to us, but at the same time we give him the utmost respect,” Araña said in Filipino. “The atmosphere has been great whether we win or we lose. Every time we lose, he tells us to move forward and focus on the next game.”Jarencio’s approach is paying dividends with the Batang Pier improving to 5-5 for a tie of sixth spot with Barangay Ginebra heading into their final game of the elimination round against Phoenix Petroleum on March 2. SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais “The mind-set right now is to try to get into that Top 6 so we will play a best-of-three series in the quarterfinals,” said Sean Anthony, who had 21 points, eight rebounds and four steals in 27 minutes on the floor. “We want to be playoff-ready and that Phoenix game is another playoff game.”Later, Blackwater tightened up its defense down the stretch to close out the elimination round with an 83-78 trouncing of Phoenix Petroleum to keep its quarterfinal hopes alive.Mike DiGregorio, Mac Belo and Raymar Jose each finished with 14 points, while JP Erram continued his stellar showing with 12 points and 19 boards for seventh double-double of the conference as the Elite wound up with a 5-6 record.“We’re hoping that five wins will be enough for a playoff for the quarterfinals. We’re looking forward to playing more games this conference,” said Blackwater coach Leo Isaac.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Altas seek 11th NCAA men’s plum vs Chiefs BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Gamescenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Judiciary Committee set to take over Trump impeachment probe Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next GlobalPort’s Stanley Pringle (left) dribbles his way past KIA’ s Reden Celda. —SHERWIN VARDELEONWith more than a minute remaining and victory against KIA in the bag last Wednesday night, GlobalPort coach Pido Jarencio gave Ryan Araña a free rein to call a play during a timeout, much to the surprise of the veteran forward.Although Batang Pier guard Stanley Pringle scored on the next possession, the play designed by Araña wasn’t executed, drawing a laugh from Jarencio and his players.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more