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Hansen captures Joburg Open

first_img269 – Anders Hansen (DEN) 71 68 64 66 270 – Andrew McLardy (RSA) 65 68 69 68 271 – David Drysdale (SCO) 65 66 71 69 272 – Danny Willett (ENG) 67 66 71 68272 – Tyrone van Aswegen (RSA) 69 65 70 68272 – Charl Schwartzel (RSA) 68 71 63 70 273 – Richard McEvoy (ENG) 69 65 72 67273 – David Dixon (ENG) 68 69 68 68273 – Joakim Haeggman(SWE) 69 68 66 70 274 – Estanislao Goya (ARG) 70 69 69 66274 – Louis Oosthuizen (RSA) 71 66 67 70 275 – Charl Coetzee (RSA) 68 67 75 65275 – Richard Sterne (RSA) 71 66 70 68275 – Jaco Van Zyl (RSA) 67 70 69 69275 – Taco Remkes (NED) 67 70 69 69275 – Graham de Laet (CAN) 72 66 68 69275 – Michael Hoey (NIR) 64 68 72 71275 – James Kamte (RSA) 69 69 66 71275 – Thomas Aiken (RSA) 69 69 66 71 Hansen had a 20-footer for eagle on 18, which would have put unbearable pressure on McLardy, but he left it three feet short. He then rammed home the birdie putt to go to 15-under, thus setting McLardy a target of 68. He sealed the deal with an impressive five-under-par 66, holding off the challenge of South Africa’s Andrew McLardy, whose second place was his second in the three years of the tournament. Source: Sunshine Tour Retief Goosen, who started the final round just one off the pace, endured a horrible day: His card was littered with nine bogeys, six of which came on the homeward nine as he crashed out of contention. Willett shared fourth with third-round leader Charl Schwartzel and fellow-South African Tyrone van Aswegen. 12 January 2009 The South African had sniffed victory when he turned up the heat on the back nine by stringing together a sequence of three birdies through 10, 11, and 12 to creep up onto the pacesetter. Anders Hansen of Denmark birdied the final hole to finish at 15-under-par 269 and walk away with the R2.25-million winner’s cheque at the third Joburg Open played at the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club on Sunday. A bogey on the 12th was hardly noticed as the Danish player made six birdies, including four consecutively from the sixth hole to the turn, which he reached he 31. He put the cherry on the top with his final birdie on 18th to secure victory. With the big crowd on the stands at the 18th willing him on, McLardy had a 25-foot putt to get into a playoff, but it fell two feet short. Third placeBehind the duel between Hansen and McLardy, Scotsman David Drysdale quietly shot a two-under-par 69 to ease himself into third place, ahead of the young Danny Willett of England. Frustratingly shortHowever, it was not to be as six consecutive pars, five of which could have been converted into birdies, left him frustratingly short. On the 13th, he curled a delightful approach round the trees in exactly the way he had told journalists he liked to do, landing the ball just 12 feet from the pin. Although he left his birdie attempt just inches short, it was the kind of putt that had “winner” written all over it. Schwartzel, after a superb 63 in the third round, that included a hole-in-one on the 12th, had a frustrating final round, shooting 70, but spending most of his time trying to bail himself out of bad spots or making up for his four bogeys. Defending champion Richard Sterne, who was attempting to join Seve Ballesteros and Nick Faldo as the only men to win three successive European Tour events in succession, had to settle for 12th place. His scorecard was hampered by far too many bogeys, and his final blitz of five birdies in eight holes in his final round was counterbalanced by two more bogeys. LEADERBOARD ‘That was very good’“I played really nice on the front side there, hitting a lot of good shots, so that was very good,” he said. He finished with a bang, however, entertaining the crowd with a 228-metre albatross on the 18th. Ultimately, his round was a disappointment as he closed with a three-over-par 74.last_img read more

Blight On The Farm(ville): Zynga Sneaks In Major Layoffs During Apple Press Event

first_imgtaylor hatmaker Related Posts Here at ReadWrite, we’re not wholly surprised by the end, though the means were certainly conspicuous, both given the timing of the Apple event and the extreme short notice that our source reports. As our own Richard MacManus wrote back in June, Zynga’s fortunes are dangerously bound up in Facebook these days:“Social gaming company Zynga had an outstanding 2011, leading to a well-hyped IPO in December. But Zynga’s biggest risk was always an over-reliance on Facebook, with most of its revenue and users coming from the social network. It’s now six months after Zynga’s IPO and its stock price has halved, currently sitting at under $5. That’s because many of its high profile gaming products are tanking.“At the time of its IPO in mid-December, Zynga had the top five games on Facebook by daily active users. But, according to app tracking website AppData, three of those five apps have declined dramatically in Daily Active Users (DAI) since then.”We’re a long way from November 2010, when John Doerr of Kleiner Perkins called Zynga was one of the best investments his company had ever made. In February of 2011 Kleiner Perkins and others invested $490 million in Zynga at a valuation approaching $10 billion. Today the comapny is worth $1.7 billion. Zynga stock has plunged 85% from its peak last summer, now trading at $2.21 per share.INTERNAL NOTE FROM ZYNGA CEO AND FOUNDER, MARK PINCUSTeam, Earlier today we initiated a number of changes to streamline our operations, focus our resources on our most strategic opportunities, and invest in our future. We waited to share this news with all of you until we had first spoken with the groups impacted. As part of these changes, we’ve had to make some tough decisions around products, teams and people. I want to fill you in on what’s happened and address any concerns you may have. Here are the most important details. We are sunsetting 13 older games and we’re also significantly reducing our investment in The Ville. We are closing the Zynga Boston studio and proposing closures of the Zynga Japan and UK studios. Additionally, we are reducing staffing levels in our Austin studio. All of these represent terrific entrepreneurial teams, which make this decision so difficult. In addition to these studios, we are also making a small number of partner team reductions. In all, we will unfortunately be parting ways with approximately 5% of our full time workforce. We don’t take these decisions lightly as we recognize the impact to our colleagues and friends who have been on this journey with us. We appreciate their amazing contributions and will miss them. This is the most painful part of an overall cost reduction plan that also includes significant cuts in spending on data hosting, advertising and outside services, primarily contractors. These reductions, along with our ongoing efforts to implement more stringent budget and resource allocation around new games and partner projects, will improve our profitability and allow us to reinvest in great games and our Zynga network on web and mobile.  Zynga made social gaming and play a worldwide phenomenon, and we remain the industry leader. Our success has come from our dedication to a simple and powerful proposition – that play is not just something people do to pass time, it’s a core need for every person and culture. We will all be discussing these difficult changes more with our teams and as a company. Tomorrow, Dave and I will be hosting a post-earnings webcast (details to follow) and next week we will be discussing our broader vision and strategy during our quarterly all-hands meeting. I’m confident this puts us on the right path to deliver on the promise of social gaming and make Zynga into an internet treasure. If you have any immediate questions, I hope you will talk directly with your manager, Colleen, or me. I look forward to talking with you tomorrow. Mark Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Facebook#zynga Update: Zynga just provided us with a copy of an internal letter sent out today by Zynga CEO and co-founder Marc Pincus. It appears reprinted in full below.Anyone who knows the tech industry will tell you: the best time to announce bad news is smack dab in the middle of an Apple announcement. Actually, ask Zynga, the ailing maker of Facebook games, which today snuck out some very bad news indeed — that CEO Mark Pincus (above) had sprung a surprise layoff on his game developers, laying off 5% of the company’s total workforce.As the collective tech blogosphere had its blinders on during today’s iPad mini announcement in San Jose, reports bubbled up on Twitter that Zynga had quietly let go more than 100 employees in its Austin office. This afternoon, Zynga confirmed with us that it had not only culled its Austin team, but just announced the closure of its Boston office. Zynga intends to also close its bases in Japan and the UK.One (now former) Austin Zynga employee confirmed with us that the company had just announced a round of layoffs in Austin, and that TheVille along with another new IP “are both done.” According to the source, who requested not to be identified, employees who got the axe were given “less than two hours to vacate the premises, turn in [their] computers, phones and badges.”Many of the people let go in Austin had been with Zynga for more than two years. Naturally it sounds like once they collect the physical remnants of their time at Zynga, they’ll be headed to the bar.Why didn’t anyone see this coming? Oh wait, we did A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Veteran Bahamian Journalist Presents Poetry Book to Minister of Youth Sports and

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 25, 2017 – Nassau – Veteran journalist and award-winning poet and photographer Eric Rose presented a copy of his book, Poetry of A Life Renewed to the Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Michael Pintard during a courtesy call at the Ministry on Monday.Born in Nassau, The Bahamas, to Doris McFall of Inagua and the late Cecil Rose of Cat Island, Mr. Rose has had a distinguished journalism career that began upon receiving his Mass Communications and Journalism Associates of Arts degree from The College of The Bahamas, and his Print Journalism Bachelor of Arts Degree from Clark Atlanta University (CAU).   At the same time, he became the first of his mother’s children to attend college.At CAU, Mr. Rose was also awarded the Internal Journalism Award and served as Editor-In-Chief of the newspaper, “The Panther,” as well as acted in a number of plays.He most recently obtained his International Masters in International Communications at the Communications University of China, in Beijing.  He was also the Class Monitor (President) and was one of the several chief researchers in the WeCreate Global Innovation Team of the New Media Institute at CUC.While in China, Mr. Rose became the first foreigner to win a top prize in the prestigious Ying Shi Ju (Mandarin Chinese for ‘taking photos, telling story, being together’) photography competition, which had been running for 12 years.He won the still-life category in the contest and his win was even more noteworthy because he had two photographs in the finals, both taken in the Bahamas and the winning one being taken in San Salvador.Also while in China, he introduced Bahamian culture during a presentation on Junkanoo at The High School Affiliated with Beijing Normal University, was one of only four international delegates invited to sit at the head table during the welcoming banquet for “Finding China in Yangzhou” in Yangzhou, and was a panelist at the Beijing International Micro-Film Festival “Young Directors in Hollywood” training camp programme, held in the Sanqing Mountain area of Shangrao.   He also appeared on television in China a number of times.With more than 20 years’ experience as an award-winning photographer and almost 15 years as a photojournalist and writer, Mr. Rose has worked out of The Bahamas, with assignments taking him throughout the United States and as far away as the Caribbean, South America, Europe and The People’s Republic of China.He also had a double-page spread in American-published “Afar” Travel Magazine (January 2011), and his photos and articles about Bahamian culture have appeared in numerous books and magazines, including “Destination: Islands of The Bahamas”, two issues of “B.A.A.M.”; and Bahamasair’s Inflight Magazine.As a traveling photographer and photojournalist, Mr. Rose’s images appear in regional and international newspapers and on-line services, with his work featured in spreads throughout various publications.Mr. Rose was the official photographer for The Bahamas’ delegations to such events as the Meet-In-Beijing and Beijing Pop Festivals, the Isle of Wight (England) Festivals/Junkanoo Exchange and three consecutive Caribbean Festival of the Arts (Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana, respectively).He was also the Official Photojournalist/Journalist for the Bahamas National Children’s Choir performances in Prague, Czech Republic and China, as well as serving almost a decade as the traveling Official Photojournalist/Journalist for the E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival.His fine-art scenery photographs are also on display in major hotels on Cable Beach in The Bahamas and in private residences, as well as in several calendars produced in The Bahamas, and the current Central Bank of The Bahamas Art Gallery Exhibition.Mr. Rose is a Senior Information Officer at the Bahamas Information Services and performs the duties of a journalist, photojournalist and is a former acting editor, with his work in many dailies and online.    Mr. Rose received The Bahamas’ National Youth Achievement Award in 1992 and the Caribfest Award for Excellence in Literature in 1994 from the College of The Bahamas.As a teenager, his work with Junior Achievement led him to the post of the first International Vice President of the organisation’s International Students Forum, which garnered him a guest spot on the American cable network Black Entertainment Television’s show “Teen Summit” (the first Bahamian to appear on the talk show) and a chance to say “Good Morning!” on the nationally-syndicated morning programme “Good Morning, America.”Mr. Rose also delved into the music world, producing loop-based tracks that made it to the top of Sony’s AcidPlanet charts for World, Latin and Electronic music sub-genres, respectively, in the early 2000s, and was featured in radio commercials and a television show in The Bahamas.Mr. Rose shares his poetry on several broadcasts and at concerts and festivals, including Carifesta IX in 2006 and Carifesta X in 2008.   He also read poetry before two consecutive Bahamian Governors-General, co-hosted a number of poetry shows and a limited production of “Lorraine Hainsberry: A Work in Progress,” in Atlanta, GA, showcased his original poem “Fairy Tales.”   In print, his poetry has represented The Bahamas in the Carifesta Anthology of Poetry and four issues of the University of the West Indies Poui Journal of Creative Writing.He has one son, Antonio Carlos, and has worked in the past with various churches and civic groups, including The Family: People Helping People, Toastmasters and Kiwanis.Release: BISPhoto caption:  Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Michael Pintard (left) receives a copy of the book, Poetry of A Life Renewed from veteran journalist and award-winning poet and photographer Eric Rose, during a courtesy call at the Ministry, on October 23, 2017.(MOYSC Photo /Indira Rankine) Related Items:last_img read more

WBCHSE allows students to inspect answer scripts

first_imgKolkata: The West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education (WBCHSE) has introduced a new system through which students who have already appeared for their higher secondary examination can apply for self inspection of their answer scripts. A notification in this regard undersigned by the President of WBCHSE Mahua Das was shared in the website of the council. An online interface will be made available at the council website from July 5 through which the students can apply for self inspection of his answer scripts of the examination by filling up a prescribed format. The student will be able to keep track of the latest status of the his/ her application submitted. The council will make the scripts available and the students will be notified to pay a visit on a particular date. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAccording to the notification the interface for application will be kept open for a period of six months from the date of publication of results of the HS examination of a particular year. This year, the council has announced the Higher Secondary results on May 27. The candidate can also apply for photocopy of the answer script after self inspection to the examination section of the council. ” If a candidate is allowed to see his/ her own answer scripts then their confidence over the examination system of the Council will grow. The guardians will also be convinced of the scores of their wards,” said Parimal Bhattacharjee, headmaster of Jadavpur Vidyapith. However, the maintenance of the facilities may be a tough ask for the council if there are many applications for self inspection. In the existing process, a candidate has to seek RTI query for self inspection of their scripts. In review or scrutiny the candidates cannot self inspect the scripts.last_img read more

Founders of Humin Release New App That Lets You Share Contact Info

first_img 6 min read August 19, 2015 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Have you ever met someone at an industry happy hour, hit it off, talked about things work and non-work, and then had a mini freakout when it came time to exchange contact information? Should you give this individual your work email address? Your business card? Your personal cell number? Your Twitter handle? Should you find each other on Facebook? What if you give your cell number and she gives you her email? Awkward.That’s the problem a new app called Knock Knock wants to solve. The app, which launches today for free on both Apple and Android devices, allows a user to instantly connect with a nearby user by knocking on his own phone twice. Within the app, users choose what information, from Facebook to Instagram to phone number to email addresses to Snapchat names, they want to share and with whom.If a group of people who all have the app want to be connected, one person needs to open the app and everyone else needs to knock twice on their phone to connect with everyone else in the group. You can share different information with different members of the group. For example, you can choose to give the guy to your left your personal cell number, but the lady to your right, you only want to have your professional Twitter handle.Users can chat within the app either as a group or individually.Another function of the app is location sharing. By logging into the app, you can see who else is near you and simultaneously broadcast your location to other users.Click to EnlargeRelated: How to Network When You’re an IntrovertKnock Knock is the work of the Humin co-founders, Ankur Jain and David Wyler, and it builds upon the infrastructure of the Humin augmented reality network, which organizes all of your contacts based on when you met them, where, with whom, with relevant images and social media handles. In addition to giving users an awkwardness-free, business-card-free, data-entry-free way to exchange contact information, Knock Knock also lets users know who from their contacts is nearby.Knock Knock and Humin are both built upon the premise that technology is only going to get more and more omnipresent in our lives and that it also, eventually, Internet connectivity will be embedded in every corner of the globe and within every possible device.“The question is how do you provide value-added services to people in a world where you are not locked behind a screen like this but where it is augmented everywhere. And the only way to provide that is not to have all the information everywhere you go, because that would be overwhelming, but it is knowing what information is relevant to you, the specific individual, and when,” says Jain. “The only way you can do that, I believe, is understanding the context of how you relate to the things around you.”Jain and Wyler, who met in college and built the elite, global entrepreneur network Kairos Society for people 25 and younger, were both featured on the most recent Forbes 30 Under 30 list. Ankur’s father is a successful Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur. Established relationships and a successful track record helped Jain and Wyler raise an undisclosed amount of money in a friends and family round large enough to keep 32 employees humming along for two years in a downtown San Francisco office working on app before it launched. The blockbuster list of early investors include Richard Branson, will.i.am, and Sophia Bush.Knock Knock co-founder Ankur JainImage credit: Knock KnockRelated: ‘Owning’ a Room, Even When You Don’t Feel That You CanThe app is currently free, but down the line there will be a premium version of the app with additional services available for a fee. Also, the data that Knock Knock will collect about each user is valuable; while the team wouldn’t expound further on the specifics of a revenue model, you can slice and dice that kind of information in a lot of profitable ways.Before today’s public launch, Knock Knock had a couple thousand beta users with nearly 60,000 users on the waitlist. The Knock Knock team will roll out the app to college campuses first, a-la Facebook. First up will be Harvard, Cornell, University of Pennsylvania, Stanford, Berkeley, and USC.Deja vu? The tapping concept associated with Knock Knock may ring a bell. That bell may well be Bump, an app that allowed people to swap contact information and share files by tapping their phones against one another. Google acquired Bump in September of 2013 and then promptly shut it down a few short months later, with Bump CEO David Lieb saying the team was “deeply focused on our new projects within Google.”Jain and Wyler aren’t phased by the Bump shutdown. They say that where Bump was basically a digital replacement for a business card, Knock Knock is about facilitating smart social networking. “We are trying to build an augmented memory, who you are with, where you met them, when you met them, without even taking your phone out of your pocket. The contact sharing element is a function of what lets you stay in touch, it is not the primary purpose,” says Jain. Where Bump was used exclusively for sharing files and contact information, Knock Knock wants you to use the app to remind you why and how you know people and when they are nearby.Whether or not it will be successful depends, though, on whether the gesture “knocking” technology actually works consistently and smoothly. Nobody wants to be repeatedly hitting their phone at a party as they are trying to get the app to connect — that actually undermines the whole “take out the awkwardness” sell.The success of the app will also depend on whether the team can get a critical mass of users. Even the most gorgeously designed and seamlessly functioning social network is pretty much useless if there are only a small group of friends in San Francisco using it.Related: How to Host an Incredible Networking Dinnercenter_img Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.last_img read more