German star rubbishes Manchester United and Liverpool links and commits future to Borussia Dortmund

first_img Ilkay Gundogan Manchester United and Liverpool target Ilkay Gundogan has reaffirmed his commitment to Borussia Dortmund.The German international has been linked with a possible reunion under former manager Jurgen Klopp at Anfield, while United are also keeping track of his progress.But the playmaker insists he is still devoted to Dortmund and revealed he sees himself remaining at the Bundesliga club next season.“This is an issue that is always floating around,” said Gündo?an“I am very happy with BVB and feel very comfortable here.“Of course, I can imagine remaining here beyond the end of the season.” 1last_img

Photo library: Infrastructure 8

first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Infrastructure contact sheet (1.1MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Durban, KwaZulu-Natal province: Kings Park Stadium. Photo: Hannelie Coetzee, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Umhlanga, KwaZulu-Natal province: Bridge and highway. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Umhlanga, KwaZulu-Natal province: Construction of an extension to the Gateway Mall, already the largest shopping centre in the southern hemisphere. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape province: A container ship leaves the harbour. Photo: Rodger BoschMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape province: The harbour. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape province: Early morning traffic rolls onto the city’s highways. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape province: Sunset on the beachfront. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape province: The city’s extensive system of highways. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Eastern Cape province: The new system of roads and other infrastructure at the Coega Industrial Development Zone. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res imageINFRASTRUCTURE 8: {loadposition infrastructure}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about the image library? Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected]last_img read more

Virgin’s China deal gets provisional green light for five years

first_imgVirgin Australia’s planned services to Hong Kong and China are gaining momentum after the Australian competition regulator announced it planned to approve a critical alliance involving part-owner HNA Group for five years.The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) issued a draft determination on Friday granting conditional approval for the alliance between the Australian carrier and HNA Aviation, Hong Kong Airlines and HK Express.The decision was in step with an ACCC decision to grant the alliance interim authorisation in March and will allow the partners to coordinate services between Australia and China.Virgin plans to launch services to Hong Kong on July 5 and has indicated it will follow up with mainland Chinese destinations, possibly Shanghai or Beijing.The deal will see Virgin and HNA enter reciprocal codeshare, lounge access and frequent flyer agreements as well as to coordinate pricing, sales and marketing.The ACCC believes the alliance will produce public benefits such as new and enhanced products and services, particularly from Virgin Australia.“The ACCC also considers that the alliance would, or would be likely to, result in some public benefit in the form of increased competition in international air passenger transport markets and stimulation of tourism through increased passenger traffic,’’ it said in its decision. “The ACCC considers that the Alliance is likely to result in little public detriment due to the lack of overlap between the Applicants’ current, and likely future, operations.’’Virgin welcomed decision which is due to subject to a final ruling in July after a public comment period.“This new alliance will provide significantly more competition and choice for travellers,’’ Virgin Group chief executive John Borghetti said in a statement. “ When the alliance is in place, guests will enjoy an expanded network of destinations across Australia, mainland China and Hong Kong.“The alliance will also enable Virgin Australia to accelerate its access to the Chinese travel market and work with HNA in driving inbound visitors to Australia, which will benefit our tourism industry and broader economy.’’last_img read more

African punks: 5 bands you should be listening to

first_imgPunk rock, despite its northern hemisphere origins, has a lot in common with the African creative philosophy: its do-it-yourself, community-based collaborative culture, outspoken social consciousness and youthful exuberance. Even at its most elemental level, the music itself, it can be argued, has a very African aesthetic: raw and rhythmic, yet deceptively complex.Soweto-based punk band TCIYF is one of the rising stars in the South African punk rock scene. With aggressive riffs and lots of typical punk attitude, the band have played to diverse audiences around Gauteng, and are looking to make an impact internationally. (Image: TCIYF Facebook page)CD AndersonIt’s no surprise then, that there has been a growing trend of punk music coming out of the continent, challenging the status quo of traditional genres such as jazz and indigenous music.While most of this young emerging talent remains untapped in garages and practice rooms from Cape Town to Cairo, there have been a few breakout bands that are making waves with good old fashioned punk rock, thanks in part to internet platforms such as music website Bandcamp and video channel YouTube.TCIYF#TCIYF pic.twitter.com/wJa15cgPR5— CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) July 13, 2016This Soweto band embodies everything that is real punk: short, brutal songs with in-your-face lyrics, all performed with an urgency and aggression that harks back to the genesis of the New York punk explosion in the 1970s. The OkayAfrica pop culture website says the band is “true to their spirit. They don’t surrender, they don’t compromise and that’s their beauty.”They also sing about giving their grandmothers Tupperware. TCIYF have yet to release a full album, but their YouTube channel is a popular starting off point for fans of the Ramones, New York Dolls and Sex Pistols.Watch:MonaMozambique’s Mona sing socially conscious but uplifting pop punk in English and Portuguese. They have a huge youth following despite the relatively small rock music scene in Mozambique’s urban areas. The band even run their own music label, giving other up and-coming bands from the region exposure through online social media and video channels.Watch:Chikwata 263Formed in 2013 in Harare, Zimbabwe, Chikwata mix bubbly ska-punk rhythms with traditional folk, jazz and even hip-hop elements, calling it “mbira punk”. Their irreverent sound mixes languages and genres to create idiosyncratic but energetic live performances, both in Zimbabwe and South Africa. Their debut album, Chauya, is available to buy on their website.Watch:Crystal AxisWith a more alternative, post-punk feel, Crystal Axis have been around since 2009 and have become an underground cult hit among young Kenyans. The band are currently on hiatus, but their debut EP is still available on their Bandcamp site, offering dark and spirited choruses and proficient musicianship.The band embodies a true punk DIY spirit, making and selling their own merchandise, music videos and communicating directly with their fans.Watch:The Brother Moves OnWhile considered more of a performance art-funk-maskandi-pop band, the philosophy of The Brother Moves On is very much punk rock, with lyrics full of politically charged vitriol and honest social commentary.Their musically sophisticated and enthusiastic live performances are iconic in South Africa’s underground live music scene, and they have performed to critical acclaim at festivals such as Oppikoppi and the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. The band hope to tour Europe in 2016-17.Watch:Source: OkayAfrica, BandcampWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

LearnBoost Crowdsources Its Translation, Open Sources Its Node.js Internationalization

first_imgFree online gradebook LearnBoost has announced its plans to crowdsource translation of its app. The decision makes sense as the startup’s gradebook has already been adopted by teachers in schools in over 20 countries, and many have requested native language support. “Our product’s engagement levels have been through the roof,” says co-founder Thianh Lu, “but we knew that this approach would work when we received countless emails from users preemptively offering to translate our product for free.”Following Facebook’s Lead: Crowdsourcing TranslationLearnBoost’s decision to crowdsource the translation echoes the process that Facebook started two years ago, something that proved incredibly successful in helping the social network spread internationally. Facebook is now available in over 70 languages, thanks to the 300,000 or so users that helped translate the site. LearnBoost is hoping that taking a similar approach will give them a cost-effective way to boost their international audience as well. But with a far smaller engineering team and a far smaller user-base, LearnBoost has developed a technological solution that’s “better than Facebook’s,” boasts CEO and co-founder Rafael Corrales. This is in no small part because translators will never have to see or understand the HTML tags that often appear in other crowdsourced translation efforts. LearnBoost has created an active translation interface, showing teachers which phrases need to be translated, as well as where it is located in the application in order to provide some context. Submitted phrases are compared and vetted by an internal tool for accuracy, and the community can vote on the most popular phrases.Once a language has been translated, users will be able to view LearnBoost’s gradebook in their native language. And because of the way in which LearnBoost has built the tool, as new features and pages roll out, LearnBoost’s system will automatically include them in the crowdsourcing translation process. In other words, the translation feature will scale as LearnBoost grows.Open Sourcing Translation, Internationalizing Node.JSAnd while a translation project to spread LearnBoost to non-English-speaking educators is cool, as with many of LearnBoost’s undertakings, what’s under the hood is just as exciting. LearnBoost has built an internationalization layer on top of the Jade node.js template language that, in the words of co-founder and CTO Guillermo Rauch, “makes it easy for developers to define what needs to be translated. Traditionally, developers have to be bothered to add translation hooks that are too obtrusive and have to deal with HTML, which in turns is difficult for translators.” In addition, with the help of a tool called jade-serial, every time a new feature (and by extension a new phrase) is added, the internationalization systems checks to see if requires a translation.For very young and small company, LearnBoost has open sourced a number of impressive open source projects, and the startup already has over 2500 followers on GitHub. And this new translation tool, jade-i18n, is available alongside LearnBoost’s other projects, including Socket.IO and Mongoose. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… audrey watters Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Tags:#E-Learning#web Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Big Companies Do Not Have It Better

first_imgWhen I was very young and new to sales, I thought that bigger companies were better managed, better resourced, and had fewer problems. The larger the clients I won, the more I realized that bigger companies have bigger problems, and they have more of them. Wal-mart is now dealing with the very real threat of Amazon.com, a giant problem, and one not easily solved.I also believed that bigger companies have better talent. I thought that because they had more money and more opportunities, they would acquire all the best talent. The scale of a larger company requires more talented people, and their much larger needs often leaves them with a much larger deficit when it comes to hiring the people they need.For the first few years I worked in sales, I believed that my larger competitors had advantages when it came to sales. They worked for a bigger company with more locations. They had better technology, and they had way better programs. They also had much better marketing and much better sales collateral. When I saw how crisp some of their people looked, I was sure that they were unbeatable. Over time, I discovered that sales chops level the playing field, and many of the largest companies I competed against were paper tigers when it came to selling.As I won large clients, I believed that winning them was enough, that I could throw them over the fence and the operations team would take care of executing. I thought that responsibility belonged to someone else. As the problems mounted, I was disabused of this notion by clients who expected to me to be standing right next to them in the fox hole when the bullets started flying. I learned that I was accountable for the outcomes I promised.Your beliefs will change over time. Your growth and your experience will provide you with new beliefs, beliefs that serve you better than the beliefs you hold right now. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

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Pingris rejoins Star practice, set for return

first_imgPBA IMAGESStar, the team tipped to give Grand Slam-seeking San Miguel Beer a run for its money in the PBA Governors’ Cup, is about to get a much-needed boost.Marc Pingris, the hard-nosed anchor of the Hotshots’ defense, is set to make a return to active play within the next two games at the soonest as Star tries to crack a championship series for the first time this season.ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Busmen seek repeat over Tajik club Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Pingris went to the United States for rehab and therapy and will definitely be of big use to the Hotshots, who were ousted in painful manners in the Philippine Cup and the Commissioner’s Cup.Star has the tools to go all the way and has been in all pre-conference hypes because of a solid roster that could rival San Miguel, which claimed the Hotshots’ scalps in the Commissioner’s Cup Final Four before winning the championship over TNT KaTropa.With a 3-0 record, Star is the only unbeaten team in the ongoing season-closing conference.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaulcenter_img Out for more than six months because of a hip injury, Pingris practiced for the first time on Monday as the Hotshots were preparing to slug it out with Phoenix Petroleum in two days, seeking to keep their immaculate elimination round slate intact.But coach Chito Victolero is not about to rush his ace power forward back into action.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“He needs to get his timing back,” Victolero said.“Relatively, he played well (in practice), but we will not rush him. He needs to get his rhythm back and hopefully, he can rejoin us soon.” MOST READ 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 LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more