January 11

Kings’ captain shipped

first_imgAt the end of a long day, Kings general manager Dean Lombardi found himself with a heavy heart, a depleted roster and a team without a captain – and also with major optimism for the future. The Kings made three deals in the waning moments before Tuesday afternoon’s trade deadline, the most notable of which sent defenseman and team captain Mattias Norstrom to the Dallas Stars. The Norstrom deal took several days. Lombardi began talking to teams about Norstrom during last week’s GM meetings and, out of respect, told Norstrom that a deal might be in the works. Lombardi had a tentative deal in place Monday night and finalized it about a half hour before the noon deadline. “We weren’t going to just move him for anything,” Lombardi said. “Sometimes you just see guys getting moved for a bag of baseballs, but that wasn’t the case here. … We needed to get that (first-round) pick.” But Lombardi’s late moves put a dent in the Kings’ defense, one that will need to be addressed this summer. In dealing Norstrom and Brent Sopel (on Monday), Lombardi sent away two of the Kings’ top five defensemen, and another, Aaron Miller, will be an unrestricted free agent this summer. Modry, 36, scored a career-high 13goals in 2002-03 during his first stint with the Kings, which lasted seven-plus seasons. But Modry has just one goal and nine assists in 57games this season. Add to that Rob Blake is 37, and the Kings have defensive issues. Highly touted prospect Jack Johnson will step into the lineup if he leaves college early, but more help will be needed. Beyond that, there are leadership issues. Norstrom, acquired from the New York Rangers in March 1996, was by far the longest-tenured King and played 780games, the most among any defenseman in Kings history. He took over as team captain during the 2001-02 season when Blake was traded to Colorado. “Even though I’ve only been here for a short time, I had so much respect for the guy,” Lombardi said of Norstrom. “Sometimes you admire a guy from afar and he doesn’t turn out to be quite the same guy you thought he was. Matty was every bit and more of what I perceived him to be.” It is believed Blake will take over Norstrom’s team-captain responsibilities, but regardless, the Kings will have a much different look when they face the Ducks on Thursday. Heward, 35, is a veteran of 362 career NHL games and has 16 points in 52games this season. Fransson, Dallas’ second-round pick in 2004, has spent this season in the Swedish Elite League. Pushkarev, 22, played 22games with the Kings this season but did not make an impact. [email protected] (818) 713-3611 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Kings also acquired veteran defenseman Jamie Heward from Washington for a 2008 fifth-round pick and traded forward Jason Ward to Tampa Bay for a 2007 fifth-round pick. When the dust settled, the Kings were left without Norstrom, their captain since 2001-02, a rock-steady presence on the ice and in the dressing room but also a defenseman with a burdensome contract. Norstrom, 35, is due $4.25million next season as part of the two-year extension he signed last March. By trading Norstrom, Lombardi accomplished his two primary goals: He cleared roster space – Modry will be a free agent this summer – and stockpiled more draft picks. With the Kings long since out of the playoff race, Lombardi has focused on the future. In the past four weeks he has traded Craig Conroy, Sean Avery, Brent Sopel and Norstrom. Since his hiring last April, Lombardi has made a net gain of five draft picks in 2007 and 2008. The Kings have committed roughly $22.5 million to 11 players for next season, giving them significant cap room. center_img In the centerpiece deal of a busy day, the Kings sent Norstrom, winger Konstantin Pushkarev and 2007 third- and fourth- round draft picks to Dallas for defenseman Jaroslav Modry, a first-round pick in 2008, second- and third-round picks in 2007 and the rights to defenseman Johan Fransson. “This is my hardest day, other than the day I was fired (by San Jose),” Lombardi said. “Emotionally it rips your heart out, but this was something I thought we needed to do.” last_img read more

December 18

Education is the key to progress – Ndabeni-Abrahams

first_imgDeputy Minister of Communication Stella Ndabeni-AbrahamsAt the beginning of this year, President Jacob Zuma declared 2015 as the Year of the Freedom Charter and Unity in Action. He called on all sectors of society to embrace the Freedom Charter. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the historic document, which was penned in Kliptown, Soweto, in 1955.As we celebrate Youth Month, it is worthwhile to remember the ideals of the Freedom Charter – in particular that young people deserve better educational and economic opportunities. We must ensure that the aspirations of our youth to have access to opportunities, better education and freedom of choice, as demanded in the Freedom Charter, are met.We should also take forward the charter’s vision that South Africa belongs to all who live it. This vision is now a reality; our democracy stands firm and is safeguarded by the Constitution.However, democracy without progress rings hollow. Therefore it is incumbent on all of us to push for our country’s development.Government, entrepreneurs, youth leaders and youth organisations need to work together and implement policies that will build the South Africa we want. Those policies and recommendations are spelt out in the National Development Plan, our blueprint for a society where all South Africans will flourish.It stresses that the country’s youth can be the catalyst for social change and economic emancipation.We firmly believe that the youth of today must be at the forefront of societal conversations about our socioeconomic challenges. Our young leaders will play a key role in transforming society in the third decade of freedom.The role of strong, skills-oriented education cannot be emphasised enough. We have made great strides in increasing student numbers in schools, universities and colleges over the past 21 years.Opportunities to access higher education that were denied to many young people are now available to them.The Department of Higher Education is implementing a number of programmes to improve the quality of post-school education. These include expanding the foundation phase to equip underprepared students, improving accessibility for students and staff with disabilities, investing in university infrastructure and increasing the number of teachers.Through the National Skills Fund, the department is making funds available to students in the critical fields that are needed to grow the economy. Last year it gazetted and published 100 national scarce skills in our economy and in other sectors. It is also encouraging pupils in schools to choose skills that are in short supply, like artisanship.We have targeted 19 000 artisans to be produced annually, set to increase to 30 000 by 2030, in line with the National Development Plan and National Skills Development Strategy.Community Education and Training Colleges offer a second chance to people who did not finish their schooling. They represent a third tier of institutions alongside universities and technical vocational education and training colleges. These colleges prepare students for the labour market or for self-employment. It is without a doubt that they will be central to moving the country forward.last_img read more

December 18

Brand South Africa welcomes South Africa’s rankings in the 2018 World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business, the Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG), and the World Economic Forum Global…

first_imgBrand South Africa has noted and welcomes South Africa’s performance in the 2018 World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Index (EDB) which sees the country’s ranking at 82nd out of 190 economies.The World Bank notes two areas of improvement in the EDB 2018, being: South Africa has made starting a business easier by reducing the time for online business registration, and the country improved the monitoring of electricity outages through recording data to monitor outages better.Commenting on the EDB results, Dr Petrus de Kock, the General Manager for Research for Brand South Africa said: “In terms of statistical score there is a marginal improvement of +1.37 points. While South Africa retains its over-all ranking at 82/190 this year, it is notable that there are some improvements in the following pillars of the index, being: starting a business – improve with two positions from 136 to 134; registering property – improve with one position from 107 to 106; trading across borders – improve with four positions from 147 to 143; getting electricity – improve with three positions from 112 to 109; and protecting minority investors – improve with one position from 24 to 23.”The World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Report is an indicator of the ease of doing business in various economies around the world. Released in October 2018, this year’s report presents data for 190 economies and aggregates information from ten areas of business regulation (such as starting a business, getting credit and enforcing contracts), to develop an overall ease of doing business ranking for each economy.This week also sees the release of the 2018 Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG), with the report showing that South Africa has fallen from 6th to 7th position. The Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG) provides an annual measure of governance efficiency of African countries. The report covers 54 countries and base its analysis on 100 indicators that are drawn from 36 independent sources which together fall into 4 broad thematic categories: Safety & Rule of Law; Participation & Human Rights; Sustainable Economic Opportunity; and Human Development.“The strongest areas of performance for the country are in the Participation & Human Rights (4/54), as well as Sustainable Economic Opportunity (4/54) indicators. In the African – and Emerging Market contexts, governance plays a critical role in shaping the reputation of nations. It is for this reason that the IIAG provides critical insights regarding the profile of the South African Nation Brand.“Results contained in the IIAG 2018 is a cause for concern for the South African Nation Brand. And the implication is that urgent interventions are needed to turn the negative trends around, based on a robust existing governance regime in the context of a constitutional democracy,” adds Dr de Kock.Brand South Africa also noted South Africa’s declined performance in the 2018-2019 World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Competitiveness Index (WEF GCI). South Africa now ranks 61 out of 140 economies assessed in the annual survey. Dr de Kock explains that the WEF GCI 2018 presents a revised methodology to measure national competitiveness, and productivity in the context of the fourth industrial revolution.De Kock said: “In a major step change from its long established methodology that underpins the GCI, the 2018 edition of the index introduces a range of new concepts and attributes geared to measuring competitiveness, and ultimately productivity, to respond to the challenges of the time.  Being agile and capable to adapt to technological change and innovation, is critical to productivity and survival in a period of rapid change.“Of the original 98 indicators that informed the GCI, 34 have been retained, and 64 new indicators introduced. And based on the new WEF GCI methodology it is clear that South Africa still ranks extremely well in terms of: Market size, Finance System, and Innovation Capability.”South Africa’s national strengths can be found in the Finance System ranking 18th, it’s Market Size at 35th, with strong performance in Business Dynamics at 56th, the Labour Market at 55th (which looks much more promising than rankings achieved through the previous methodology), with a relatively good ranking for Economic Stability at 57th.  In the context of the 4th Industrial Revolution it is notable that South Africa ranks 46th for Innovation Capability.last_img read more

December 16

Firefox Creative Lead Leaves to Launch Stealth Healthcare Startup

first_imgAza Raskin, the eccentric lead designer at Mozilla’s Firefox, announced today that he’s leaving his position to co-found a startup in the healthcare market with mobile entrepreneur Sutha Kamal and at least one still-unnamed co-founder.Already well funded by undisclosed investors, Raskin says the company, called Massive Health, will bring a User Experience designer’s sensibility to healthcare. “With health-case costs rising faster than inflation, a crisis is on the horizon,” he writes in a blog post announcing the move. “We need to apply cognitive psychology, the principles of design, and tighter feedback loops to our own health. Health care needs to have its design Renaissance, where products and services are redesigned to be responsive to human needs and considerate of human frailties.”Raskin is an accomplished technologist, having developed projects ranging from the Firefox Mobile concept to the original W3C Geolocation standard. A number of his projects never gained much traction, though; Ubiquity and Jetpack were Raskin-initiated Firefox technologies that never felt finished and didn’t seem to go anywhere.A frequent and fascinating public speaker, Raskin’s efforts to move into the much maligned health care sector could really shake things up. His move was first reported on TechCrunch, where Erick Schonfeld says they’ll be watching Massive Health closely once it launches. We’ll try to follow it more closely, here at ReadWriteWeb. See also: Your Memories Will Be Rewritten: Mozilla’s Raskin Says Product Placement is Coming Soon to Your Facebook Photos marshall kirkpatrick Related Posts Tags:#news#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

November 27

UST Salinggawi win medals in Singapore tilt

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:48Trump awards Penske Presidential Medal02:42PH 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 Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid UST also won the silver medal in the Team Cheer Open All-Girl Premier Category after tallying 190.5 points.According to The Varsitarian, UST’s official student publication, Salinggawi head coach Mark Chaiwalla described his team’s medal haul as “overwhelming and satisfying.”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“Although we did not win in the co-ed division, I’m still thankful because we’re competing against international teams that strong,” said Chaiwalla in the report. NU secures twice-to-beat edge, FEU trumps UP Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated View comments SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES MANILA, Philippines—University of Santo Tomas’ Salinggawi Dance Troupe copped a couple of medals in the Asia Cheerleading Invitational Championship in Singapore recently.Salinggawi took the gold in the Open Freestyle Pom division after scoring 183 points to edge Malaysia’s Xavier Elite who scored 180.5.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messlast_img read more

October 18

Toddler survives fall from moving jeep crawls to safety

first_imgIdukki (Ker): A one-year-old toddler had a miraculous escape as she accidentally fell off a moving jeep on a road inside a dense forest here and crawled to a nearby check-post in Rajamala, police said on Monday. The girl child, sitting on her mother’s lap, fell off the vehicle on Sunday night after her parents, exhausted by the journey, had dozed off. They had travelled several kilometres when they realised that the child was missing, officials said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsWildlife officials at the check-post heard the child’s cries and found her on a forest path which is often used by wild animals, including elephants, they said. The baby suffered minor injuries to her face and forehead due to the fall. She was taken to a nearby hospital, where first-aid was administered, and the police were informed, the officials said. CCTV visuals of the check-post which showed the baby falling off the jeep and crawling to safety have now gone viral on social media. After completing the necessary formalities, the child was handed over to the parents at around 1.30 am on Monday, Santhosh K S, Sub-Inspector, Munnar, said.last_img read more