Coaches will now be able to challenge personal fouls charged to their respective team, a called out-of-bounds violation as well as goaltending and basket-interference violations, the NBA announced Tuesday.While the replay center, along with the refs calling the game, can ask for instant replays involving whether a shot is a 2- or 3-point field goal, and if it was made before or after the shot clock expired.“These initiatives further strengthen our officiating program and help referees make the right call,” NBA president, league operations Byron Spruell said in a statement. “Giving head coaches a voice will enhance the confidence in our replay process among teams and fans and add a new, exciting strategic element to our game.”Enabling the NBA Replay Center to trigger instant replay will improve game flow and provide real-time awareness of any adjustments to the score.”There has been talk that a coach’s challenge would be discussed at the July 9 meeting and the league has already implemented a challenge system for its summer leagues.A version of the coach’s challenge has been in effect in the G League for the past two seasons and is currently being used at this year’s Summer League. It will be adopted in the NBA on a one-year trial basis during the 2019-20 season. Some key points to the coach’s challenge, outlined by the league, include:To initiate a challenge, a team must immediately call a legal timeout and the head coach must immediately signal for a challenge by twirling his/her finger toward the referees.If a team attempts to challenge an event with no remaining timeouts, the team is charged an excessive timeout, for which the penalty is a technical foul, and no challenge will take place. If a team calls a timeout to challenge an event that may not be reviewed, the team will be charged a timeout but retain its challenge. As with other replay reviews, in order to overturn the event as called on the floor, there must be clear and conclusive visual evidence that the call was incorrect. The NBA has already taken steps to be more transparent in the officiating process last season by having centralized replay center make the “last two minute” reports on officials public. The NBA Board of Governors unanimously approved two big changes that will affect the upcoming season.The league will now allow a coach’s challenge and give replay centers the ability to prompt instant replay.
6 October 2014The opening of a new wind tower manufacturing plant in the Western Cape, will expand South Africa’s manufacturing base, provide much-needed jobs and spur economic growth in the country.The R300-million Gestamp Renewable Industries (GRI) wind tower manufacturing factory will produce 150 wind tower masts a year for the local and export market, said Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies at the official launch of the plant on 5 November.“The opening of this facility is welcomed by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) as part of our drive to expand the capabilities of the South African manufacturing industry and to increase the country’s industrial base. The Green Economy has been identified as a key focus area in the Department’s Industrial Policy Action Plan, and provides significant opportunities for job creation and economic growth,” said Davies.Located in Atlantis, a town in the City of Cape Town Metropolitan Municipality, the wind tower manufacturing plant will employ more than 200 people some of whom will go through training in specialised fabrication processes.Trade and Investment South Africa (TISA), a division of the dti, worked closely with Green Cape, a development agency established to support the growth of the green economy in the Western Cape, to provide a seamless investment experience for GRI. Davies said the development incentive grant received from the dti was put to good use in constructing the Atlantis facility which has become a landmark in the area.“the dti is working closely with the green industries sector to develop policies that will enable further investment. We launched a study on localisation for the manufacturing of PV solar panels in South Africa. A similar study is currently being undertaken for the localisation potential in the wind industry,” said Davies.City of Cape Town executive mayor Patricia de Lille said the GRI production facility is the first major investment that the City has attracted through its pilot Investment Incentive Scheme in Atlantis.She said together with the dti, the Western Cape government and Green-Cape, the City is working towards the designation of a Special Economic Zone in Atlantis “where even more green technology companies will be incentivised to do business here’.“In so doing, the City of Cape Town will be playing its part in the protection of our environment, the strengthening of our economy, and improving the lives of residents,’ she said.GRI is the second wind tower investor in South Africa after DCD Dorbyl invested R300million in a wind tower plant in the Coega Industrial Development Zone in Port Elizabeth. DCD Dorbyl used the former Manufacturing Investment Programme grant from the dti to set up the Coega plant which is currently manufacturing 110 towers per year.SAinfo reporter
As the country hosts business and world leaders at the 2019 World Economic Forum on Africa in Cape Town, the positive news on the country’s economy growing by 3.1% has been well received, as released by Statistics SA on Tuesday 03 September 2019. As part of the journey to renewal and growth, government remains committed to partnerships for growth with business, labour and civil society in reinstating confidence and addressing the structural constraints to economic growth. According to Stats SA; mining, finance, trade and government services were the main drivers of growth. Mining was the strongest performer in the second quarter, expanding by 14,4%. This was the industry’s strongest showing in three years since the second quarter of 2016 when production jumped by 16,3%. source http://www.statssa.gov.zaThe growth in the economy has a positive ripple effect on the reputation of a Nation Brand and therefore, shapes various perceptions. The 2019 WEFA theme – ‘Shaping Inclusive Growth and Shared Futures in the Fourth Industrial Revolution’ echoes South Africa’s new found hope. South Africa is indeed open for business and is a very competitive, dynamic and an investor friendly destination.Key facts from the GDP release for the second quarter of 2019;· Real GDP in the second quarter was up 3,1% quarter-on-quarter (seasonally adjusted and annualised)· Unadjusted real GDP in the second quarter was up 0,9% year-on-year.· Unadjusted nominal GDP in the second quarter of 2019 was estimated at R1,26 trillion, higher than the R1,20 trillion recorded in the first quarter of 2019.For more information, download the latest GDP report and media presentation here.1 Unless otherwise indicated, all growth rates are quarter-on-quarter, seasonally adjusted and annualised, and in real (volume) terms. 2 Stats SA, Mining: Production and sales, June 2019. Table B (download here). Similar articles are available on the Stats SA website and can be accessed here.For a monthly overview of economic indicators and infographics, catch the latest edition of the Stats Biz newsletter here.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We are soggy, soggy, soggy — three soggies — and it’s cold. The little bit of sun has helped save what we’ve got planted.We had a little breeze and it was 34 degrees so we missed the frost last night, which is a good thing. I was concerned about the frost because we’ve had problems with that before in the wheat.We’re about half done with corn and about a third done on beans. Most of the corn we planted when we started on the 23rd is up and a couple inches tall. We didn’t plant anything two days prior to the four inches of rain we got. The first beans we planted are coming up. We just need some heat. I am sure we will have to go back and spot in some in the wet holes. The corn we planted on Wednesday is starting to spike through.Since April 1 we had 9.1 inches of rain and half of that has come here in the last couple of weeks. So far it is acting like 2011 when we had a lot of rain in April and May. Crops were good that year but they were late coming off and wet.The ground temperatures when we were planting were really warm. It was in the low 60s in the mornings and this morning it is down to 43 degrees. When we were planting everything was in good shape and that helped. If we had planted right up until the rain I would be concerned, but we stopped planting to get caught up on spraying.You want to have a little rain on the wheat while its flowering, but maybe not four inches. We had a plane fly our wheat insecticide and fungicide on because it has been so wet.
PBA IMAGESStar steamrolled Rain or Shine, 118-82, to inch closer to a semifinals berth in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Monday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Ricardo Ratliffe powered the Hotshots, who racked up their sixth straight victory dating back to the elimination round, with 29 points and eight rebounds through three quarters.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Fans scuffle in front of LeBron James after game 2 MOST READ Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Elasto Painters leaned on their import Duke Crews, who finished with 19 points and 13 rebounds.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds “I think we have a proper mindset. We focused on our defense, we have a defensive scheme against their players, the important players like James (Yap) and their import (Duke Crews),” said Star head coach Chito Victolero, whose defensive strategy did limit James Yap to only five points. “The level of our game, that was our challenge to my players. This is the playoffs, let’s go to the next level.”“I’m very happy that everybody stepped up in their individual mindset. I think the focus and desire of the players, they responded right away to my challenge.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFrom just a three-point game, Star stretched its lead to 21, 61-40, at the half, 31, 95-64, at the end of the third period before it swelled to 114-73 in the fourth where the Hotshots didn’t even need the services of Ratliffe.Paul Lee added a near double-double with nine points and 10 assists against his former team ROS. Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games LATEST STORIES BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast 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 Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments
LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Versatile Scottie Thompson aiming to be ‘more aggressive’ on offense SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “I did not even play against them and I probably wouldn’t have even played well against them,” said Fajardo. “For me, I’m nowhere near those guys. But of course I’m honored that I’m in the same conversation as them but I wouldn’t call myself the greatest.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening View comments Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño In terms of championships, Fajardo is nowhere near Fernandez with “El Presidente” owning 19 titles and that mark is more than all the other PBA clubs have achieved with the exception of San Miguel, which has 25.Fajardo, however, has eclipsed Patrimonio’s mark of five.As for notoriety, however, Fajardo still has some work to do with Fernandez essentially the league’s foundation from the 1970s to the 1980s while Patrimonio took the PBA to new heights with his combination of skills, charisma and movie star looks in the 1990s.Fernandez and Patrimonio were also teammates in 1988 with the latter first serving as a playing-coach before returning as a player in the Open Conference and relinquishing the head coaching chair to assistant Cris Calilan.Fajardo added he can’t call himself the greatest player in PBA history since he didn’t compete against Patrimonio and Fernandez.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting June Mar Fajardo hoists his record fifth PBA MVP award. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—June Mar Fajardo took just seven seasons to become the most decorated individual in the PBA after he won an unprecedented fifth straight MVP plum on top of his seven Best Player of the Conference awards.San Miguel’s jolly giant also has six championships under his belt and despite all the hardware he’s received he has never thought of placing himself on the pedestal.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 LATEST STORIES Fajardo said that even though he has the most MVP and BPC trophies in league history he is nowhere near the “legends” Ramon Fernandez and Alvin Patrimonio.Before Fajardo became the No.1 in the MVP list, he shared the top spot with Fernandez and Patrimonio with four.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“For me, the MVP is not the basis if you’re the best player ever,” said Fajardo after the Leo Awards in the PBA’s opening ceremonies Sunday at Philippine Arena. “The gauge, for me, is how much you’ve contributed to the league.”“There were people who played before me, there are legends who’ve played earlier, and those guys are the GOATs (greatest of all time). They’re the greatest and they’ve achieved more than I did in terms of championships.”
In this Feb. 22, 2015, file photo, a basket of baseballs sits on a practice field as Pittsburgh Pirates catchers take batting practice during a baseball spring training workout in Bradenton, Fla. Facebook is getting deeper into the professional sports streaming game, signing a deal with Major League Baseball to show 25 afternoon games in an exclusive deal. The games will be available Facebook users in the U.S. on Facebook Watch, the company’s video feature, via the MLB Live show page Facebook said Friday, March 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File) In this Feb. 20, 2018, file photo, Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred gestures while speaking at an owners meeting in Glendale, Ariz. Facebook is getting deeper into the professional sports streaming game, signing a deal with Major League Baseball to show 25 afternoon games in an exclusive deal. The games will be available Facebook users in the U.S. on Facebook Watch, the company’s video feature, via the MLB Live show page Facebook said Friday, March 9. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File) © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Citation: Facebook to stream 25 MLB games in exclusive deal (2018, March 9) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-facebook-stream-mlb-games-exclusive.html Explore further In this May 16, 2012, file photo, the Facebook logo is displayed on an iPad in Philadelphia. Facebook is getting deeper into the professional sports streaming game, signing a deal with Major League Baseball to show 25 afternoon games in an exclusive deal. The games will be available Facebook users in the U.S. on Facebook Watch, the company’s video feature, via the MLB Live show page Facebook said Friday, March 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File) The games will be available to Facebook users in the U.S. on Facebook Watch, the company’s video feature announced last August, via the MLB Live show page. Facebook said Friday that recorded broadcasts also will be available globally, excluding select international markets.The package, MLB’s first digital-only national broadcast agreement, precludes teams from televising those games on their regional sports networks.Facebook’s selection will come from among the nine games per season teams can lose from their local telecasts to national video partners, which include Fox and ESPN.MLB owners approved the deal in a telephone meeting this week. MLB will receive $30 million to $35 million, a person familiar with the agreement told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the amount was not released.Facebook, Twitter and Amazon and other tech companies are in a race to acquire sports streaming rights, which can be lucrative and potentially boost user loyalty. The deal comes at a time when leagues are worrying about cord-cutters causing a decrease in viewers among cable television networks. Verizon signed a deal with the NBA to stream eight basketball games on Yahoo, and Amazon paid $50 million to stream NFL games to Prime members last season.The games will be produced by the MLB Network for Facebook Watch, with interactive and social elements that differentiate them from live streaming.Facebook’s first-month schedule includes Philadelphia-New York Mets on April 4, Milwaukee-St. Louis on April 11, Kansas City-Toronto on April 18 and Arizona-Philadelphia on April 26.Facebook had a package of 20 non-exclusive Friday night games last year that began in mid-May and used broadcast feeds from the participating teams. Facebook is getting deeper into the professional sports streaming game, partnering with Major League Baseball to air 25 weekday afternoon games in an exclusive deal. Verizon pushes further into sports streaming with NBA deal 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.