Global Economy Growing at Fastest Pace in a Year

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThe world economy is gaining strength as global private sector activity hit a one-year high in February, building on the gains of previous months.Momentum is growing in both service and manufacturing industries, with strong improvement in the United States leading the way, according to a new report by JPMorgan.The Global Total Output index, was 55.5 in February, up from 54.5 in January, comfortably above the 50 mark that divides growth from contraction.(READ the Reuters story in the Guardian)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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Sub-state pairings announced for Sumner County teams from Class 3A to Class 1A

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Kansas State High School Activities Association has released the sub-state brackets for tournaments from Class 3A and below.CLASS 3A BELLE PLAINE SUB-STATEBoys: Monday, Feb. 26(Top seed hosts first round)#1 Cheney (17-2) vs. #8 Wichita Independent (2-16)#4 Chaparral (7-10) vs. #5 Garden Plain (4-14)#2 Belle Plaine (15-4) vs. #7 Douglass (4-15)#3 Kingman (8-11) vs. #6 Conway Springs (4-15).Thursday, March 1Semifinals at Belle Plaine.Saturday, March 3Championship at 7:30 p.m.(Full bracket is here) http://www.kshsaa.org/public/ScoreCenter/Brackets/Basketball/3ASub-State.cfm?Activity=2&WeekID=2840Girls: Tuesday, Feb. 27(Top seed hosts first round)#1 Garden Plain (17-1) vs. #8 Belle Plaine (2-17).#4 Wichita Independent (14-4) vs. #5 Cheney (13-6).#2 Kingman (16-3) vs. #7 Chaparral (3-14).#3 Conway Springs (15-4) vs. #6 Douglass (5-14).Friday, March 2Semifinals at Belle Plaine.Saturday, March 3Championship at 6 p.m.(Full bracket is here) http://www.kshsaa.org/public/ScoreCenter/Brackets/Basketball/3ASub-State.cfm?Activity=2&WeekID=2897CLASS 2A UDALL SUB-STATEBoys: Tuesday, Feb. 27(Top seed hosts first round)#1 West Elk (18-1) vs. #8 Central-Burden (4-15).#4 Medicine Lodge (9-10) vs. #5 Oxford (9-10).#2 Sedan (14-5) vs. vs. #7 Leon-Bluestem (6-14).#3 Dexter-Cedar Vale (11-9) vs. #6 Udall (6-14).Friday, March 2Semifinals at Udall.Saturday, March 3Championship at 7:30 p.m.(Full bracket is here) http://www.kshsaa.org/public/ScoreCenter/Brackets/Basketball/2ASub-State.cfm?Activity=2&WeekID=2854Girls: Monday, Feb. 26(Top seed hosts first round)#1 West Elk (17-2) vs. #8 Oxford (1-17).#4 Udall (9-11) vs. #5 CV-Dexter (6-13).#2 Sedan (13-6) vs. #7 Central Burden (3-17).#3 Leon Bluestem (12-8) vs. #6 Medicine Lodge (6-13).Thursday, March 1Semifinals at Udall.Saturday, March 3Championship at 6 p.m.(Full bracket is here) http://www.kshsaa.org/public/ScoreCenter/Brackets/Basketball/2ASub-State.cfm?Activity=2&WeekID=2912CLASS 1A Div. 1 NORWICH SUB-STATEBoys: Monday, Feb. 26(All games at Norwich)#1 Caldwell (15-4) bye.#4 Pretty Prairie (8-12) vs. #5 Norwich (6-13), 7:30 p.m.#2 St. John-Hudson (14-5) bye.#3 Burrton (11-7) vs. #6 Fairfield (2-17), 6 p.m.Thursday, March 1.Semifinals at NorwichSaturday, March 3Championship at 7:30 p.m.(Full bracket is here) http://www.kshsaa.org/public/ScoreCenter/Brackets/Basketball/1A%20DISub-State.cfm?Activity=2&WeekID=2858Girls: Tuesday, Feb. 27(All games at Norwich)#1 St. John-Hudson (13-6) bye.#4 Fairfield (11-8) vs. #5 Norwich (8-11), 7:30 p.m.#2 Caldwell (12-7) bye.#3 Pretty Prairie (12-8) vs. #6 Burrton (2-16), 6 p.m.Friday, March 2Semifinals at Norwich.Saturday, March 3Championship at 6 p.m.(Full bracket is here) http://www.kshsaa.org/public/ScoreCenter/Brackets/Basketball/1A%20DISub-State.cfm?Activity=2&WeekID=2916CLASS 1A Div. 2 SOUTH HAVEN SUB-STATEBoys: Monday, Feb. 26(All games at South Haven)#1 Attica (16-4) bye.#4 Argonia (4-14) vs. Cunningham (0-20), 7:30 p.m.#2 South Barber (14-5) bye.#3 South Haven (4-14) bye.Thursday, March 1.Semifinals at South Haven.Saturday, March 3Championship at 7:30 p.m.(Full bracket is here) http://www.kshsaa.org/public/ScoreCenter/Brackets/Basketball/1A%20DIISub-State.cfm?Activity=2&WeekID=2870Girls: Tuesday, Feb. 27(All games at South Haven)#1 Cunningham (19-1) bye.#4 Attica (14-6) vs. #5 Argonia (13-6), 6 p.m.#2 South Barber (15-4) bye.#3 South Haven (14-5) bye.Friday, March 2Semifinals at South HavenSaturday, March 3Championship at 6 p.m.(Full bracket is here) http://www.kshsaa.org/public/ScoreCenter/Brackets/Basketball/1A%20DIISub-State.cfm?Activity=2&WeekID=2928Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. 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Tsogo Sun invests in schools chess programme

first_imgThe Tsogo Sun hospitality group will invest R10 million in the Moves for Life School Chess Programme as part of its SunCares corporate social investment programme.Recognising the age-old game’s educational potential the South African hospitality group wants to use the board game to inspire young people’s imaginations and improve their ability to learn.“The selection of chess seemed a natural fit for us as part of both our strategy to develop sport as well as play a role in education. Chess is listed among the government’s top 16 priority sporting codes for inclusion at school level and the educational development through chess then aligns strongly with sport and education,” says Shanda Paine, group CSI manager at Tsogo Sun.She adds; “All our initiatives are designed to comply with government’s strategy and objectives within the school system to ensure that we contribute to the overall development of the children we reach.”The group has signed a three-year contract with Moves for Life, acquiring naming rights to rebrand the initiative Tsogo Sun Moves for Life.Part of the Tsogo Sun Moves for Life initiative is showing teachers how to use MiniChess to supplement their lessons; more than 600 foundation phase teachers have now started holding MiniChess classesOn 26 October 2010, sponsors gathered at a gala dinner, with President Jacob Zuma, to launch Tsogo Sun Moves for Life to take chess to students across the country. Zuma, a Tsogo Sun Moves for Life patron, talked about how he used the game during his imprisonment on Robben Island to keep his mind sharp and hone his leadership skills.“Chess is by far one of the oldest and most played games in the world,” he said, adding, “It cuts across intellectual, age and language barriers and can therefore be enjoyed by people from across the world.”He said that chess could help students understand complex concepts, with a particular focus on mathematics and science.Angie Motshekga, the minister for basic education, and the then minister of sports and recreation, Gert Oosthuizen, were among the government representatives at the event showing support for the ground-breaking initiative.MOVES FOR LIFE PROGRAMMESThe Moves for Life initiative comprises two sub programmes, the MiniChess programme aimed at students between five and eight years’ old and the MasterMoves programme for children from eight years’ old, in grade 2, to matric, with some 50 000 children participating in the programmes countrywide.The MiniChess programme gives foundation phase pupils an entertaining way to understand maths and science, while teaching important life skills.The programme will help develop and improve children’s concentration, creativity, logical thinking, and planning and problem solving skills at an early age.Part of the Tsogo Sun Moves for Life initiative is showing teachers how to use MiniChess to supplement their lessons; more than 600 foundation phase teachers have now started holding MiniChess classes.MiniChess was developed by Marisa van der Merwe, the first South African to play Grand Master Garry Kasperov by invitation; she played a respectable four hours against the former world champion.Garry Kasparov is also the founder, patron and acting chairperson of the Kasparov Chess Foundation (KCF), which launched its African branch in Johannesburg in March 2012, focusing on promoting chess as a tool for education and social development.The KCF-A has since become a Tsogo Sun Moves for Life partner.The programme will help develop and improve children’s concentration, creativity, logical thinking, and planning and problem solving skills at an early ageThe MasterMoves programme introduces students to the more complex aspects of the game, encouraging them to participate in the monthly Tsogo Sun Moves for Life tournaments. The programme teaches people with a strong chess background how to teach chess, and holds workshops teaching communities more about chess and how it can benefit them recreationally, educationally and professionally.THE BENEFITS OF CHESSChess presents intellectual challenges to players; dealing with these challenges helps build strategic skills that can be applied off the black and white battle field.“It is an important game in many respects…” Zuma said; “… the main benefit being that it contributes to the development of strategic thinking as well as concentration, analytical skills and problem solving.”The game builds focus as children learn to concentrate during a chess game; they learn that their actions have consequences and how to weigh their options based on the consequences of their actions.Visualising and thinking ahead are key to mastering chess as players need to imagine a sequence of actions to counter possible threats.Chess also helps to hone analytic and planning skills, as players must make measured moves to avoid their opponents’ attacks, while predicting other pieces’ moves.The game offers a unique, entertaining opportunity to build and hone lifelong skills.Mickey Scheepers, Tsogo Sun Moves for Life trustee of says; “The Tsogo Sun Moves for Life initiative is fuelled by people who believe that every South African child has the potential to become a world-class citizen.”last_img read more

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James Partin Promoted to Director of Loss Prevention at Von Maur

first_imgJames Partin has been promoted to Director of Loss Prevention at Von Maur. James was most recently a Regional Loss Prevention Manager with the company, and has held positions with increasing responsibility since joining Von Maur as a loss prevention associate in 2009. He has also held positions with The Home Depot and Target Corporation during the course of his loss prevention career. James holds an Associate of Applied Sciences from Southeastern Community College, and also attended the University of Louisville.Congratulations James! Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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VMware Acquisition Spree Continues with Digital Fuel Acquisition

first_imgVMware announced that it will acquire Digital Fuel, an IT financial software-as-a-service provider, for an undisclosed amount. Last week, Globes speculated that Digital Fuel would be acquired for $85 million.VMware has been on an acquisition spree, having acquired Socialcast and SlideRocket in the past two months.Digital Fuel was founded in 2000 and sells software for managing service level agreements (SLAs) and other financial aspects relating to IT. It’s an interesting move that compliments VMware’s existing set of products for managing virtual machines.Digital Fuel competes with Apptio, a market partner with VMware. IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts center_img Tags:#enterprise#news klint finley Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

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Rep Canfield casts vote to eliminate punitive driver responsibility fees

first_img State Rep. Edward J. Canfield, D.O., today voted for legislation to eliminate driver responsibility fees.Canfield, of Sebewaing, voted on a legislative package that will bring an end to the senseless fees that were established by a previous administration 15 years ago and have caused hardships on Michigan families since then.“I am very pleased that we will be able to lift this cloud of debt from families that have been forced to pay the fees since 2003,” Canfield said. “The fees, combined with the loss of driving privileges, have kept too many people from success, often forcing them to depend on public assistance for survival.”The legislation also creates a grace period from enactment of the bill thorough Dec. 31 that enables them to get their driver’s licenses back without paying a $125 restoration fee. People on monthly payment plans will receive immediate forgiveness, and others may participate in workplace development training programs to regain their driver’s licenses prior to Oct. 1.The bills now go to the governor for consideration.##### Categories: Canfield News,News 14Feb Rep. Canfield casts vote to eliminate punitive driver responsibility feeslast_img read more

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