first_img2 April 2012South Africa’s Burry Stander and Swiss star Christoph Sauser successfully defended their Absa Cape Epic title in Lourensford in the Western Cape on Sunday after dominating the eight-day, seven-stage event from start to finish. The all-South African duo of Kevin Evans and David George placed second.Sunday’s final stage wasn’t the procession it was expected to be as the defending champions and overall leaders attacked their rivals on the 64km leg from Oak Valley to Lourensford to win their sixth out of seven stages.The 36One-Songo-Specialized pair broke clear of the lead group just before the Telkom Hot Spot, won the R10 000 cash prize for being first across the prime, and then continued to power away up the steep climb that followed.South African flagThey then carried a relentless pace to the finish, where Stander, on the final approach, grabbed a South African flag, which he carried proudly across the finish line.Second place on the day went to the Topeak Ergon duo of Alban Lakata (Aut) and Robert Mennen (Ger) who pipped Songo-Specialized’s Max Knox (RSA) and Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn) in the sprint for second place, just less than a minute down on Stander and Sauser.Stander and Sauser’s sixth stage win in eight days confirmed their dominance at the ninth edition of the world’s most prestigious mountain bike stage race.Third victoryIt was also Sauser’s third victory in the event, his other having come in 2006 with compatriot Silvio Bundi. Stander is the only South African to have won the overall Cape Epic title. His total of 20 career stage wins is second only to Sauser, who has 26 to his name.Nedbank 360Life’s Kevin Evans and David George were fifth on the final stage, but secured second place on the General Classification, the highest ever placing by a South African team in the event. They also won the Absa African Team competition. Hannes Genze (Ger) and Andreas Kugler (Sui) of Team Multivan Merida, were third overall.Unlike many of their rivals, Stander and Sauser had an incident-free eight days, which is virtually unheard of in a race that covers such rugged terrain and features such varied weather conditions as this year’s edition, which included intense heat, gale force winds and driving rain.Rode on the front’“We simply rode on the front for about 80% of the entire race and stayed out of trouble,” said Stander afterwards.“When you ride on the front you can pick your line and avoid possible problems. When you follow someone else, you can’t anticipate what’s coming. I felt so much more in control riding on the front more this year.“We worked hard for this stage and the overall,” he added. “We will never say no to the opportunity of winning a stage. Twenty-seven minutes is a big victory margin, but not only thanks to us. Our whole team and our equipment played a role.‘Nothing compares to it’“We learnt our lessons in previous years. The Absa Cape Epic is a story. Every day is a chapter and that makes it so amazing. Now we know the Yellow Jersey is ours. Until now it felt like we were borrowing it. Nothing compares to it.”The only other South Africans to win a category were the Team Contego 28E pairing of Erik and Ariane Kleinhans. The married couple won the Mixed category title overall and collected seven stage wins in the process.They were by far the most dominant Mixed team in the race with an eventual winning margin of two hours and seven minutes over runners up Udo Bolts (Ger) and Milena Landtwing (Sui) of Team Centurion Vaude. Bolts won the Master’s division last year and is a former top-10 finisher at the Tour de France.Masters winnersFormer World and Olympic champion and 2005 Cape Epic winner, Bart Brentjens (Ned) and his compatriot Jan Weevers of the World Bicycle Relief team won the Telkom Masters (over-40) category. They were followed by two all-South African teams – Delaney Impey and Adrian Enthoven (JAG Craft) and Scott McKenzie and Warren Squires (Complete Cyclist), in second and third respectively.The women’s division was dominated by the Wheels4Life team of Sally Bigham (GBR) and Esther Suss (Sui), who won all seven stages and the overall title. South African Theresa Ralph and her Norwegian partner Nina Gassler were second, while another South African, Karien van Jaarsveld, and her Swiss teammate, Jane Nuessli of Team MTN Qhubeka, were third.A total of 604 two-rider teams started the 781km, eight-day race, with 481 teams finishing and 93 solo riders completing the event after their partners withdrew.RESULTSMEN 1. Burry Stander (RSA)/Christoph Sauser (Sui) 36One-Songo-Specialized2. Kevin Evans (RSA)/David George (RSA) Nedbank 360Life3. Hannes Genze (Ger)/Andreas Kugler (Sui) Multivan Merida4. Thomas Dietsche (Fra)/Tim Boehme (Ger) Bulls 25. Alban Lakata (Aut)/Robert Mennen (Ger) Topeak Ergon WOMEN 1.Esther Suss (Sui)/Sally Bigham (GBR) Wheels4Life2. Theresa Ralph (RSA)/Nina Gassler (Nor) Biogen Britehouse3. Karien van Jaarsveld (RSA)/Jane Nuessli (Sui) MTN Qhubeka MASTERS 1. Bart Brentjens (Ned)/Jan Weevers (Ned) World Bicycle Relief2. Adrian Enthoven (RSA)/Delaney Impey (RSA) JAG Craft3. Warren Squires (RSA)/Scott McKenzie (RSA) Complete Cyclist MIXED 1. Erik Kleinhans (RSA)/Ariane Kleinhans (RSA) Contego 28E2. Udo Bolts (Ger)/Milena Landtwing (Sui) Centurion Vaude3 Klaas van Moortel (Bel)/Inne Gantois (Bel) BAIL Peak Performance Brugge SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

first_imgOften lost amongst the smart cities media hype are clearly defined entry points that local leaders can target when beginning to transform their metropolis into a smart city.Thankfully, Tech Republic recently interviewed several industry experts for their views on how urban leaders can begin the journey toward smart city-dom.One key focus is to develop smart initiatives that not only solve urban challenges but get citizens in on the action too.“Find a point that takes citizen interest first, but can impact many people in a city and get visibility and become a symbol of a smart city,” said TM Forum’s Carl Piva. “Ask, ‘What can I do to make my city more equitable, more inclusive or to simply create a dialogue with the people who live there?’”A successful example of this is the city of Boston’s mobile app that enables citizens to report problems or needed repairs by sending their photograph of the issue to the city. Not only does this empower residents to participate in improving the city, but sparks citizen dialogues around trends and recurring needs.Another early smart city strategy is for planners to highlight a solid return on investment (ROI) that a technology-driven project will generate.A case in point is Los Angeles’ conversion of 215,000 streetlights to LED smart lights which generates $9 million in utility savings annually. That the lights will pay for themselves in six years provides clear ROI evidence to convince skeptical city stakeholders that future smart projects promise tangible benefits.“That streetlight is everywhere in your city and it’s got power to it and you can do so many things with it, now and in the future, if you think big first,” said Smart Cities Council chairman Jesse Berst.Harnessing the massive flows of data generated by smart cities is another entry point for urban transformation. Especially if that information is not only used to improve the city, but also for engaging the public through open data initiatives.New tech means fewer 911 callsThe decision by Albuquerque, N.M.to make certain data openly available to citizens resulted in 422,000 fewer calls to 311. Berst says the power of open data not only cut costs but improved city interactions in other interesting ways.“As a city, you save money on Freedom for Information requests, and you create this data repository that your departments can start using and your citizens can start using and your hackers and developers can start using to build great things,” he said.Lastly, the ability for smart city innovations to tackle government silos is a critical selling point for transforming a city’s technology infrastructure.“It’s very important to not build a siloed infrastructure,” said Cisco’s managing director of Smart+Connected Communities Munish Khetrapal. “The day you build a siloed infrastructure you’ve wasted 30% of the dollars taxpayers are spending.”Smart city platforms are effective in breaking city staff out of vertical silos through interdepartmental data sharing. As well, the new technology fostering horizontal collaborations between unexpected city actors and the elimination of duplicated services. Related Posts How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic …center_img Tags:#Cisco#Internet of Things#IoT#Smart Cities#smart city#TM Forum Donal Power Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Citieslast_img read more

first_imgDerby boss Lampard gives up on Chelsea defender Ampaduby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveDerby County have been rebuffed in their attempts to sign Chelsea defender Ethan Ampadu on loan, confirmed Rams boss Frank Lampard.The 18-year-old can play at centre-back and centre-midfield and Lampard believes it is this versatility that makes him a prized asset at Stamford Bridge.”We have asked, but I don’t think he’s leaving Chelsea,” he told reporters. “He can play in a few positions, that’s why he would be so valuable to anybody and why he’s staying at Chelsea.”People thought we did a lot of business in the summer, but our actual net spend was very negligible.”I had to bring in personnel to try to change the style and that’s not a one-window solution, that’s probably two or three-window. This window will be quiet for us.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgDistrict Attorney Jerry D. Jones at his desk discussing the dropped charges of Alabama football players.KNOE.comAlabama football got huge news this afternoon, when Monroe, La. district attorney Jerry Jones announced that he has dropped the drug and gun charges against Cam Robinson, one of the nation’s best tackles, and reserve safety Hootie Jones. KNOE News has more from Jones, including a very interesting quote regarding this decision.Jones says, “I want to emphasize once again that the main reason I’m doing this is that I refuse to ruin the lives of two young men who have spent their adolescence and teenage years, working and sweating, while we were all in the air conditioning.”In the station’s video report on the story, reporter Nicholas Picht says that the DA could not prove who, between Robinson, Jones, and two other men arrested with them, was in possession of the marijuana or the gun, and cited a 2001 case that necessitates a connection between the two offenses.We’ll continue to update this story as more is released.[KNOE]MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:The 10 Most Aggressive Fan Bases In CFBIn Photos: Golfer Paige SpiranacESPN Makes Decision On Dick Vitalelast_img read more

first_img Categories: News 23May Speaker Bolger welcomes Alpha Kappa Alpha to Capitol Speaker of the House Jase Bolger, R-Marshall, welcomed members of the Michigan chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority to the state Capitol on Thursday for their annual legislative day. The service sorority is the oldest Greek-lettered organization established by African-American college-educated women. Speaker Bolger applauded the attendees for participating in the legislative process because “our government is based on the system of ‘We the people…,’ but what that really means is, ‘We the people who show up.’” The group also welcomed Regional Director Charlene Truitt Nelson, who took a moment to visit with Speaker Bolger following his address.last_img read more

first_img Citation: Japan prosecutors seek to extend Ghosn detention (2018, November 30) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-japan-prosecutors-ghosn-detention.html Explore further Local media said prosecutors were seeking to keep Ghosn in a cell in a Tokyo jail for another 10 days while they investigate allegations that he underreported his salary by millions of dollars over five years.The 64-year-old tycoon was arrested on November 19 and prosecutors have already extended his detention once, while two of the companies he once led—Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors—have voted to remove him.The extension would give prosecutors until December 10 to decide whether to indict him on charges of under-reporting his salary. If he is indicted, he could then be released awaiting trial, or held in pre-trial detention.Prosecutors could also choose to file additional charges against him, and with each charge they can seek to hold Ghosn for another 22 days.Ghosn’s detention even before charges have been officially filed against him has prompted some criticism abroad, particularly in France, where the executive holds citizenship.On Thursday, the deputy head of the Tokyo prosecutor’s office rejected the criticism, saying: “We do not unnecessarily keep people in custody for a long time.””I do not criticise other countries’ systems just because they are different,” Shin Kukimoto added.Ghosn, who denies the allegations against him, faces an array of claims involving hiding money and benefits he received while chairman of Nissan and head of an alliance between the Japanese firm, Mitsubishi Motors and France’s Renault.Executives commit to allianceNissan had been investigating Ghosn and close aide Greg Kelly for months after a whistleblower report, and accused the pair of a scheme to misrepresent the Brazil-born chief’s earnings.Sources have since said Ghosn signed secret documents instructing aides to defer part of his salary, without disclosing this to shareholders.The scheme allegedly involved under-reporting Ghosn’s income by around $44 million over five fiscal years to March 2015.The same source confirmed that Nissan funds were secretly used to pay for residences for Ghosn in Rio de Janeiro and Lebanon, homes that local media said cost “huge sums” and had no legitimate business purpose.Those sorts of expenses should have been disclosed as compensation but were arranged without shareholder approval and generally in secret, the source added.Local media also reported that Ghosn used Nissan corporate money to make a donation to his daughter’s university and fund a family trip, and paid his sister around $100,000 a year for a fictitious role as an advisor.Ghosn’s arrest sent shockwaves throughout the auto industry and beyond, with Japanese and French officials at pains to stress the alliance between the three companies would not collapse.On Thursday, executives from the three firms reaffirmed their commitment to the alliance despite reports of tension in the partnership, particularly on the part of Nissan, which outsells its French counterpart Renault.While Mitsubishi Motors and Nissan have removed Ghosn, he remains chairman and CEO of Renault.French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire on Thursday said there was no question of changing the alliance’s balance of power.The rules of the partnership state that Renault chooses the alliance’s CEO, who wields a tie-breaking vote in board decisions, while Nissan names the deputy.Japanese media said Friday that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe would meet French President Emmanuel Macron on the sidelines of the G20 summit this weekend to discuss the case.Japan’s government declined to confirm the meeting, but a spokesman said it was “important that stable relations be remained” despite the case against Ghosn. © 2018 AFP Tokyo prosecutors were expected Friday to request an extension to Carlos Ghosn’s detention over allegations of financial misconduct against the former Nissan chief that have shaken the auto industry.center_img Carlos Ghosn faces an array of claims involving hiding money and benefits he received while chairman of Nissan and head of an alliance between the Japanese firm, Mitsubishi Motors and France’s Renault Ex-Nissan chief Ghosn denies allegations: media This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

first_imgCOMMENTS SHARE SHARE EMAIL SHARE COMMENT Published on Electronic voting machines are being treated like “football”, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said on Friday in the wake of political parties expressing apprehensions on the working of EVMs.“EVMs are being used for the past over two decades. If we take results of the 2014 Lok Sabha polls into account, the results of the Delhi Assembly polls, four months after, were different. “We have made EVMs football, knowingly or unknowingly… If the result is X, then EVMs are okay, and if it is Y, then EVMs are faulty,” Arora said.He was also asked about the Election Commission’s view on the apprehensions raised by political parties over the functioning of EVMs. “We have taken cognisance of sentiments of people and started the use of VVPAT (voter-verifiable paper audit trail). There were some problems initially, but arrangements have been made (for its use),” Arora said.CEC defends EVMsDefending the use of EVMs, the CEC said, “these (EVMs) are made by highly-secure companies — Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) and Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL), which are involved in making defence equipment.” He said a technical advisory committee is there to keep an eye on EVM arrangements. “It has decisive powers, which even the EC did not have. This committee has the best of scientists. Therefore, there are no chances of doubts,” Arora said. center_img March 01, 2019 national politics Election Commission of India A representative image of EVM.   –  The Hindulast_img read more