Share This!Angela is out goofing off hard at work on research at Walt Disney World, but she took the time to put together this weekly preview. Have fun, Angela!Special EventsThe Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is officially underway. Check out this beautiful event from February 28 – May 28!Tickets for Star Wars: Galactic Nights are now on sale. This hard-ticket event takes place at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on May 27 and is the ultimate Star Wars fan experience. Read more about it here.Have you ever tried FootGolf? Ever heard of it? (It’s a cross between golf and soccer.) Whether you’re a FootGolf pro or just want to give it a try, it’s coming to the Oak Trail Golf Course. Weather Attractions Closed For RefurbishmentsMagic Kingdom:Stitch’s Great EscapeLiberty Square RiverboatPirates of the CaribbeanEpcot:Kringla Bakeri og KafeTyphoon Lagoon: Closed for refurbishmentWhat do you enjoy about the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival? Let me know in the comments! For the most current weather conditions, click here.Crowd LevelsFor more information about crowd levels, click here.Park Hours
Ray Maota Kourage Athletics aims to be the official sponsor of Kenyan athletes in 10 to 20-years, giving sportswear giants Nike and Adidas stiff competition. (Image: Wikipedia) One of the t-shirts available now has the Kourage graphic on it. T-shirts from Kourage retail at US$39 (R317). (Images: Kourage) MEDIA CONTACTS • Chris Markl Kourage Athletics: Founder RELATED ARTICLES • Legacy of 2010 shines in Kenya • Photoafrica shows Africa’s cityscapes • Quality inputs for Kenya’s farmers • Environmental activist laid to restA Kenyan company has developed a local brand of sportswear for the country’s range of elite athletes, ensuring that when they compete internationally, their gear reflects a sense of national pride and commitment.Kourage Athletics was launched in July 2011 and is the only athletics apparel company of its kind in Kenya.Hussein Kurji, designer and head of operations for the company said: “There are a lot of Kenyan athletes and you always see them wearing Nike and Adidas, and not something from their own country.“We do have quite a good track record when it comes to running, so why not match that with an equally big clothing brand?”So far no major stars have been approached by the company to promote the brand, but it is hoped that in 10 to 20 years it will become their gear of choice.For now, Kourage will associate with youth organisations with a focus on sport.The company is the brainchild of Chris Markl, a professor of economics and political science at Florida State College in the US.Markl said: “I always wondered why ‘ethical’ clothing lines were so focused on concentrating operations in America or Europe. There are incredible designers and entrepreneurs in impoverished countries.“To create real economic development, an apparel company needs to create as many economic linkages in a poor country as possible.”With every purchase of a Kourage garment, revenue is injected back into the Kenyan economy. This helps sustain jobs and create wealth for local communities.Kourage also hopes to inspire entrepreneurship. Kurji said: “We hope the entrepreneurship spirit of Kourage will show other young talent that if you have the courage and perseverance, you can achieve what you want to.”From Kenya, by Kenyans for the worldKourage Athletics is designed, manufactured and managed in Kenya by locals, so by purchasing their apparel, one is investing in the Kenyan people.Its clothing is produced at Viva Africa, a Kenyan-owned and -operated factory, which also produces other types of branded garments.Viva Africa employs 200 people, the majority of whom are women.Conditions at the factory are good, and the area in which employees work is kept well-lit and cool. They work 45-hour weeks with an hour-long lunch each day. They are also paid well above the country’s minimum wage, according to Markl.Best performance, best fitKourage garments are modern, fashionable and use the same type of quick-dry fabric that leading sports brands like Nike and Adidas use.Kurji said: “We combine the fit of your favourite t-shirt with the best performance fabric in the world.“We tested Kourage garments under extreme conditions, in snow on Mt Kenya and in the heat of the Rift Valley plains. Kourage garments are perfect for any athletic endeavour.”For the launch, 1 000 t-shirts were produced by the company with different graphics and designs.The sportswear company is planning on increasing its line by adding hooded sweatshirts and running shorts, which it hopes will boost sales.Creation of KourageMarkl spent 1 000 hours planning how to start the company, which included liaising with Kenyan factories, photographers and graphic designers.Liaising took place over the internet and by phone as he is still based in the US.Markl strategised in great detail before making his first trip to Kenya in 2009.Once in Kenya, he met up with five entrepreneurs in their 20s and 30s, who are now Kourage’s key employees specialising in photography, fashion, production and graphics.Markl invested US$25 000 (R203 000) in the enterprise and although he says he works over 50 hours a week on Kourage, he does not get paid.Having only seen a $5 000 (R40 000) return on investment so far, Markl says jokingly: “One day I would like that money back but as long as I don’t give up, we’re fine.”
20 September 2012 The South African property sector is worth R4.9-trillion, according to research released by the Property Sector Charter Company in Johannesburg on Tuesday. It is the first study of its kind about the size and shape of the country’s property industry. “The research creates a hub of knowledge about the property sector, consolidating information and developing a common and consistent understanding,” chief executive officer of the Property Sector Charter Company, Portia Tau-Sekati, said in a statement. “By determining the size of the South African property sector, we are moving towards a proper baseline measure to assess market size and its components, the scale of different services and activities within the sector.” The sector contributes significantly to the country’s economy and in 2009 comprised 8.3% of gross domestic product (GDP), according to a South African Property Owners Association research report entitled “the economic impact of the property sector in South Africa”. According to the Charter Council’s study, only 1% of the country’s land is urban and residential, about 73% is natural pasture, approximately 12% is agricultural and the remaining land is comprised of conservations and reserves. It also indicates that about two-thirds of the property owned in South Africa is residential and worth R3-trillion, while commercial property is worth R780-billion. Undeveloped land that is zoned for development is valued at R520-billion and publicly owned property, including national, provincial and local government and state-owned enterprises, is worth R570-billion. “Retail property has the highest value of the commercial property sectors in South Africa at R340-billion, followed by office properties at R228-billion and industrial properties at R187-billion,” the Charter Council reported. “Representing a small comparative value of R25-billion is hospitality, leisure and ‘other’ property.” The study will be an annual one and the Charter Council aims for it to become the benchmark against which progress in the industry is measured. “The study is a useful tool for understanding the South African property market and its dynamics,” Tau- Sekati said. SAinfo reporter
Tags:#e-commerce#Features#Interviews#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market richard macmanus A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… At the end of ’08, in the fall, we’d had this idea knocking around for a while to use the same model [for] collective buying. We thought it would be logistically heavy and sticky for us, selling products, having to have sales people and customer service. But, at that time, we decided to do an experiment – just to see if that idea had any legs. So we did the cheapest thing that we could possibly do to improve how we ran some local deals here in Chicago, with merchants. The first one was right here in our building.We built up a small mailing list [and] got a recipe that we thought would work best for local stuff. A new deal each day. We launched something pretty quickly, really just a few weeks between the time we decided we’d do that experiment and [when] we built it.We manned it on top of the same [collective action] platform that we’d already built, The Point. I mean most of what Groupon was built on was The Point and we were just putting a new face on it, a new user experience. And kind of adapting it for Groupon.How Groupon Has Evolved Since 2008RM: Since the launch in late 2008 till now, did the product change over that time?“Fairly quickly we pivoted and said: let’s go full steam on this. Because we were getting signals that it was really good and was going to work well for us.”KP: Yes, significantly. Once we realized that it looked promising, we started spending more of our time pursuing that [idea]. Then fairly quickly we pivoted and said: let’s go full steam on this. Because we were getting signals that it was really good and was going to work well for us. So we decided that we’d put all our efforts into it.We invested pretty heavily in tuning the user experience in particular, as a first step. And then we changed the core platform to do more things that were really squarely in the collective buying category, as opposed to an open flexible platform for anything. And we’ve grown the team and done lots of things.Richard MacManus: Is there a particular type of person that uses this product a lot, in terms of the demographics, or is it pretty broad?“We’ve had a really strong word of mouth element to our growth.”Ken Pelletier: I think it’s pretty broad. It makes it a fun product to work on, where there’s a really broad appeal. We have a pretty good handle on our demographics, but there’s fairly wide spectrum. We know that skews toward women [and] it’s a fairly young audience. But we offer [retail] products and we’re in a number of different cities, so that makes the spectrum of demographics pretty wide. RM: Since the launch, have there been any particular usage patterns that have surprised you as the product has grown? Things that you perhaps weren’t expecting when you launched the product…KP: We’ve had a really strong word of mouth element to our growth. I guess it’s no surprise, but it’s one of the things we thought about in the beginning – and to try to tune for. People like to share a deal with friends for a variety of reasons. Maybe to help them save money, or maybe they want to plan to do something together. Or for a lot of social reasons. It’s an easy thing to do, whereas on The Point when we were doing collective action, it’s a little bit of a higher bar.So it certainly is a high level of social sharing and we see lots and lots of activity on Twitter and Facebook. So in subtle ways we try to optimize for that.Twitter and FacebookRM: Facebook and Twitter have become extremely popular in the last year or two, so has that changed the way people use Groupon?“[There] is a high level of social sharing and we see lots and lots of activity on Twitter and Facebook.”KP: I think so, yeah. I think there’s a natural shift towards people using those different types of media to share – which we are certainly happy with. So we make all of that possible right from the site.We watch those [platforms] and they are really, really active. There’s a lot of hype [about] Twitter in particular and Facebook as well. It’s a little bit easier to see [results] on Twitter, if you get a live search going and you watch references to Groupon. It’s pretty active, so it is certainly a big factor.Focus on MobileRM: In April, you had a big investment into the company and I know that a lot of that will be used for expanding into different markets [i.e. new countries and cities]. But in terms of the product itself, are you planning to expand the product – for example targeting different devices or creating new features?KP: Yes, absolutely. Of course, part of that is to expand and we’re expanding rapidly. We’re in 30 countries now, something like 250 cities internationally – including about 100 cities in the US. We’re growing rapidly and hiring for expansion. But a big part of that is certainly going to be focused on the product.There are some big things that we’re doing and things that we’ve announced already, like personalization of deals.“Mobile is a big push for us. We’ve got a whole team of mobile developers.”Mobile is a big push for us. We’ve got a whole team of mobile developers and we are already on Android and iPhone. We’ve got a mobile website as well. We’re seeing a lot of growth in that area [and] we think it’s a really natural fit. And there’s certainly a trend in the industry toward mobile.One of the things that I see as a challenge is to keep the simplicity which we think is one of the key parts of the recipe that makes Groupon work. It’s a pretty simple interface, it’s easy to use. So we’re going to defend that and not just add features. We’re investing pretty heavily on features that don’t change the way the user acts, like a personalization engine. It doesn’t compromise that simplicity. [But] there’s a lot of complexity and sophistication that goes into that. It gives a better over-all experience. At the end of the day, you’re [still] presented with a single deal per day.Those were the kinds of things that we’re working on, plus lots of things that we’re not announcing yet.RM: Thanks Ken! Readers, let us know in the comments if you use Groupon or similar ‘deal of the day’ products. What’s been your experience of it? Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Social shopping has been a big trend over the past year and there have been few more successful startups in this domain than Groupon. It’s a relatively simple concept: offer daily shopping deals to groups of consumers. The details are a little more complicated, in that a deal only eventuates if a pre-set number of people take it. But that’s what makes Groupon attractive to businesses, as usually they can only afford to offer low prices if items are bought in bulk. So the service has been a win-win for consumers and businesses.I caught up with Groupon CTO Ken Pelletier, who has been with the company since it was founded in 2007, to find out how Groupon began and what’s made it such a success.The Birth of GrouponRichard MacManus: Can you tell us how Groupon was conceived. Were you around right at the beginning?Ken Pelletier: A lot of people think that Groupon began in November of ’08. That’s when we made a significant change in our direction, but we really started back in early ’07. Andrew Mason, our founder, had an idea for a collective action platform [where] the collective solve problems that are not easy to solve as individuals. So we built that platform [called The Point].“We decided to do an experiment – just to see if that idea had any legs.”It was an open platform where anyone could create a campaign. At a tipping point and if you’ve got enough people – or money in a case of a fund raiser – to solve your problem, only then would anybody be on the hook to do whatever the action was, or to give the money that they pledged. So that was the basic model.We had a fairly small crew then. I was one of the first people in, I think second after Andrew [the founder]. We had a team of about four or five. Three of those people are still here.
3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Leading enterprise social software vendor Socialtext announced today v5.0 of their service that updates their user interface and packs a bunch of new features. In addition, they have released SocialRadar, a people recommendation and profiling engine that identifies the most relevant people to connect with and solve business challenges together in real-time. V5 also includes a simplified content editor along with a theme selector and other UI enhancements. It is available now. Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#enterprise#news#Real-Time Web david strom A new feature is the Page Creator and Page Tracker, as shown above (click to enlarge). This simplifies the creation of new pages and automates the tracking of page updates, which is ideal for project management as one of many use cases.
6 Best Video Conferencing Services for Small Bu… Tags:#cars#Connected Autos#Culture#Guest Posts#IoT#Self-Driving#self-driving cars#transportation amber case How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… Top 5 Areas Where Companies Want IoT Solutions With This One Question, You’ll Never Need an Ic… Guest author Amber Case is an entrepreneur, author, speaker and researcher who helps Fortune 500 companies design, build, and think through their roadmap for connected devices. She is the cofounder and former CEO of Geoloqi, a location-based software company acquired by Esri in 2012. Tesla announced its first self-driving cars this summer, while Apple is rumored to be getting into the self-driving car business. Even if there’s no iCar in our immediate future, we need to start talking about the dramatic changes self-driving cars likely have in store for us—not just in the way they’re built and sold, but also in the way they’ll change our lifestyles and everyday habits. See also: How Robot Drivers Will Save Us From OurselvesTo help start that conversation, let’s consider the four likely scenarios that are likely to emerge in the next decade or two. Cars Will Become Live/Work SpacesCar interiors will become more and more like living rooms, or even bedrooms. Didn’t get enough sleep the night before? You’ll be able to sleep on your way to work.Consequently, the most sought-after features will not be powerful engines, but quiet rides with good suspension, and built-in outlets/nooks for our laptops and handhelds. (Anti-reflective glass will also have a high premium, as it helps limit excess glare on our device screens.)High-quality speaker systems will become even more important, not just for music, but for teleconferencing and phone calls. Connectivity will become essential for everyone who works from their cars, so also expect to see car-based wireless and network plans offered by carriers and wifi-providers, possibly bundled into our existing home and mobile plans. Self-Driven Cars Will Lead to New Businesses Self-driving cars will open up new business models and self-employment opportunities. On your way into town? Save on gas or electricity by dropping off a package on the way, or opt to take advertiser-sponsored trips. And speaking of ads, consider how self-driving cars will increase our time in front of screens.See also: How Self-Driving Cars Could Radically Transform CitiesPeople will view 30-40% more ads as commutes become our preferred space to work. This will increase ad impressions and app purchases, and probably help pay for the costs to develop and distribute cars. (And on the downside, increase challenges around media addiction.)Drive-thrus will probably become more diverse and high-end, as we gain more time and freedom to savor meals on the road.Self-Driven Vehicles Will Create a New Car CultureAs cars become a place to be lived in, versus a space that’s merely tolerated between point A and B, a lifestyle and culture will grow around them.Given access to regular showers, many of us will begin to live almost entirely out of our cars. Gyms may see an uptick in subscriptions because of their showers alone, and companies will offer showers and spas as work benefits.There may be entire parking lots dedicated to live-in cars, with showers, restrooms, and food/laundry services nearby. Road trips will likely increase, as families become better equipped to take pleasant trips together, often sitting in silence, connected to our devices. Self-driving cars owners will be able to subscribe to custom-made tours created by others; they may even come with “get lost” or “I’m stressed by the city, take me somewhere nice” modes.Where previous generations used cars for make-out sessions at drive-in theaters, the next generation will probably want to hook up while their cars are driving. We’ll Argue Over Automated Traffic Fatalities—and Our Humanity Simulation of self-driving carpool fleet by fullness of car, Lisbon, PortugalWhile self-driving cars will help prevent hundreds of thousands of unnecessary deaths from drunk driving and other road mishaps, no automated system is perfect.The first fatality due to computerized vehicles will spark great debate. For some, this will be a sign of our waning humanity. What machine has the right to make a decision over a human life? Then again, the first car accidents in the early 20th century also provoked concerns over rising mechanization. What is bizarre at first can quickly become a cultural norm. Even so, there’s no doubt we’ll see yet another decline in self-sufficiency. For teens, learning to drive is a rite of passage, a mark of coming adulthood. But how long will it be before driver’s licenses are a thing of the past? These forecasts only touch the surface of the controversies we’ll soon face—issues over privacy, safety, and hacking will also have to be dealt with. And while it’s not yet known how different our driverless future will ultimately be, it’s certain we’re not yet prepared to deal with it. Lead photo by zeitfaenger.at; courtesy of Institute of Technology in Massachusetts Related Posts
The time has come and I hope your ready for a great IDF! If you’ve been keeping track of our chatter on Twitter or read our “We Would Like To Meet You” post, you’ve seen we’re quite excited about this year’s Capture Your Experience contest.So, what’s Capture Your Experience? It’s an opportunity for you to share with us your Data Center experience at IDF. Show us your experience attending sessions, watching demos, chatting with your colleagues and catching a glimpse of Intel’s data center experts. Need ideas of what you could do? Check out this video from this year’s CES, where an attendee filmed their experience with Intel’s Infoscape. That could be you, showing us your experience at the Data Center Zone, or walking the halls at IDF talking about the latest and greatest in data center technology. Obviously we’re not relying on you having a video camera at IDF, so we’ve partnered with Cisco to provide you with a Flip Mino HD just don’t delay to sign up, we’ve only got 200 cameras. And to make things even tastier, we’ll be awarding two lucky winners the Ultimate Home System. The Ultimate Home system consists of a Boxee Box, 55″ HDTV, Atom™ based home server, and more!So, what’s the criteria? How are you going to be judged? Well, there’s two chances for you to win: Judge Award or Audience Award. For the Judge Award, the judges will evaluate entries based on overall content creativity, content relevance to Data Center theme, quality of production, portrayal of accurate information and adherence to the 3 min time limit. The Judge Award will be announced at IDF and winning video shown before the 3rd day’s Keynote.For the Audience Award, we will rely on Intel’s YouTube channel and have the YouTube audience judge the submissions. That’s right, we’ll turn this over to all of you to judge the videos, so make sure to spread the word amongst your friends and colleagues. We’ll stop counting the “likes” and “dislikes” on September 24, 2010.That’s it! I hope all of you will join us, stop by the booth to say hello and give your video filming skills a try!Schedule of EventsContest Registration & Camera Pick UpMonday, 11am – 5pm: Capture Your Experience Welcome Desk, 3rd floorTuesday, 8:30am – 7pm: Capture Your Experience Welcome Desk, 3rd floorSubmissions DueBy Tuesday, 7pm: Data Center Zone, 1st floor or Welcome Desk, 3rd floorEditing StationsMonday, 11am – 5pm: Welcome Desk, 3rd floorMonday, 5pm – 7pm: Data Center Zone, 1st floorTuesday, 8:30am – 7pm: Welcome Desk, 3rd floorTuesday, 11am – 1pm: Data Center Zone, 1st floorTuesday, 4pm – 7pm: Data Center Zone, 1st floor
ARIES You complete an assignment and can look forward to new opportunities. Your social life is enviable with loads of fun and festivity. Be expansive and share your richness, wisdom, experience, feelings and expertise with others. Family and friends are loving. Lucky number 9. Colour pink.TAURUS A touching and transforming experience is on the cards! Physical strength and endurance enable you to indulge in busy schedules and competitive sport. You must aim for the highest and not make compromises, as achievement of the highest degree is possible now. Lucky number 1. Colour orange. pink.GEMINI You are blessed with material abundance and physical well-being today. You are able to celebrate life and share hospitality with friends and family. You inspire and support people around you to make new beginnings and positive changes. Children are demanding. Lucky number 17. Colour green.CANCER You enjoy a variety of activities with a finger in many a pie. Breaks and changes during the day rejuvenate your energy and enthusiasm. Your social life is busy. You pay wandering visits to friends when you get restless. Meditation brings peace and clarity. Lucky number 2. Colour blues.LEO Personal relationships are complicated and work opportunities need to be handled with kid gloves. Financial transactions and agreements need to be examined carefully before they are completed and signed. Move into new personal involvements slowly and steadily. Lucky number 8. Colour red.VIRGO Reward and justice in professional aspects can be achieved through a strategy of pacific resistance rather than dynamic offensive. You are at peace and in love with your soul mate. Don’t forget to spend quality time and celebrate life with family and friends. Lucky number 4. Colour saffron.advertisementLIBRA You can get heavy and serious about achieving goals; instead, a brilliant, light and playful attitude is needed to climb the highest peak. You can be obsessive and blind in love or personal relationships, allow space and time to bring balance and reciprocation. Lucky number 15. Colour reds.SCORPIO Personal relationships may be over loaded with needy feelings that could be balanced given a bit of time and space. It’s best to be realistic and avoid deluding yourself about priorities. Awareness is needed to maintain balance on all levels of consciousness. Lucky number 7. Colour gray.SAGITTARIUS Everything you need to be happy and to feel luxurious is available to you! You are ready to become a witness and watch the changes taking place inside and outside you without getting caught up with them. This meditating quality gives you a sense of peace. Lucky number 4. Colour pink.CAPRICORN You face truths in personal and professional situations to gain understanding. A gentle approach helps you to get your point across in personal and business partnerships. It’s time to be a master of your mind and not allow it to master and control you. Lucky number 17. Colour turquoise.AQUARIUS Living totally in the moment and going with the flow are the greatest virtues. A pleasure trip or a spontaneous vacation rejuvenates your energy and relationship. All is right with your world, so enjoy, celebrate and share this abundance with loved ones. Lucky number 6. Colour saffron.PISCES Beware of setting yourself up for disappointment with great expectations today! Deep feelings and important goals are highlighted as you list priorities and values. It’s time to let go the past and take a quantum leap into the new current for the future. Lucky number 5. Colour saffron.
Last placed Metz had threatened a shock at Stade Saint-Symphorien by equalising through Emmanuel Rivière, who passed up an open net at 1-1. But they were then comprehensively outclassed after Benoit Assou-Ekotto was harshly dismissed for a physical challenge on Mbappé. Once the red card opened the door, PSG barged through it with verve and skill.The away side’s opener came when Cavani latched on to Neymar’s exquisite 31st-minute pass, delivered nonchalantly with the outside of the boot, and rounded the goalkeeper, Eiji Kawashima. It was Metz who scored next, as PSG opened up far too easily to the prompting of Mathieu Dossevi, who held off Meunier and picked out Riviere.After the sending-off of Assou-Ekotto for what was a strong but seemingly well-judged challenge, it was Mbappé who scored the second as he scooped the ball into the box and then met the subsequent clearance with a devastating strike from a yard outside the area.All was one-way traffic from that point onwards, with Cavani clattering the crossbar before Neymar fired home a flat, curling effort from 30 yards.Cavani’s second was less of a picture, a messy but effective finish after Yuri Berchiche’s cross, and Lucas Moura came off the bench to add the gloss after his initial attempt came off the post. Share via Email Ligue 1 Paris Saint-Germain Share on Messenger Kylian Mbappé, Neymar and Edinson Cavani flexed their muscles as Paris Saint-Germain romped to victory over 10-man Metz in Ligue 1 on Friday night – their first outing since putting together the most expensive forward line in the history of football.Mbappé, who will cost PSG £166m next summer, marked his first appearance with a bullet finish from the edge of the area, while £200m man Neymar scored his fourth in four games with a wonderful swerving effort and Cavani – a relative snip at £55m four years ago – grabbed two. Metz The Fiver: the Guardian’s take on the world of football European club football Share on Facebook match reports Topics Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Read more Reuse this content