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first_img 49ers on Wednesday: Where have all the defensive interceptions gone? “That’s usually where quarterbacks earn their money,” coach Kyle Shanahan said of third-down prowess. “… He was on tonight throwing and got to the right spots. When it wasn’t there, he made plays with his legs.”It also effectively served notice to skeptics who questioned Garoppolo’s worth on a team that’s largely won via its rushing attack and dominant defense. Garoppolo shrugged off such talk, that it’s merely “just people” outside the locker room doubting him.Garoppolo’s career-best game unfolded only after tight end George Kittle injured his knee on their first play, and only after the Cardinals (3-5-1) took a 7-0 lead on their opening possession. Once Garoppolo’s fourth touchdown pass found Dante Pettis, it seemed safe to celebrate, which Pettis did with Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” dance move.A THRILLER from @JimmyG_10 to @dmainy_13 👀#GoNiners pic.twitter.com/4U9W2zMHIV— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) November 1, 2019 How much Jimmy G-to-Kittle is too much Jimmy G-to-Kittle? With a little health and stability, Jimmie Ward finally showing 49ers, NFL what he can do Hall of Fame QB who once tormented 49ers now sees them as the NFC’s top playoff seed FIRST LOOK: Hip-hop icon E-40 teams with 49ers on new music video GLENDALE, Ariz. — Yep, the 49ers are undefeated halfway through the season, and Jimmy Garoppolo reminded everyone Thursday night he can be a sensational reason why.Garoppolo’s career-high four touchdown passes were just enough to lift the 49ers to a 28-25 win over the Arizona Cardinals.His knack for converting third-down plays, meanwhile, truly saved them in a spooky fourth quarter on Halloween night. That lifted the Cardinals’ spell on the 49ers, who lost their past eight meetings and last won in Arizona in 2013.The 49ers (8-0) converted 11-of-17 third-down plays, and Garoppolo’s ability to move the chains with third-down completions to Emmanuel Sanders and Ross Dwelley killed the final minutes. Although Kittle overcame his knee’s apparent hyperextension, the 49ers lost starting linebacker Kwon Alexander to a pectoral injury in the fourth quarter. Alexander will undergo an MRI exam Friday.Now 5-0 on the road this season, the 49ers next play at home against the Seattle Seahawks on Monday night, Nov. 11.Here are the highs and lows — or tricks and treats, in the spirit of Halloween — of the Niners’ win.STUDS QB JIMMY GAROPPOLO: Touchdown passes three consecutive drives put the 49ers ahead 21-7 at halftime. Touchdown pass No. 4 came after he went through his progression, saw Pettis beat Patrick Peterson and threw to the back, right of the end zone. On the scoring strike to Kittle, Garoppolo also looked off the defense, then found Kittle open across the middle. Touchdowns Nos. 2 and 3 were to Kendrick Bourne (7 yards) and Emmanul Sanders (fourth-and-goal from the 1).“He makes some pretty gutsy throws out there, doesn’t he? Goodness gracious,” Kittle said.Garoppolo’s best pass: a 22-yard completion right into Sanders’ hands, before Sanders could barely look for the ball that moved them to Arizona’s 24-yard line in the third quarter. Garoppolo’s most clutch passes: third-down completions on the game-ending drive, capped by an 11-yarder to Ross Dwelley on third-and-9. Garoppolo was playing in Arizona for the first time since his starting debut in the New England Patriots 2016 season opener, which he won in comeback fashion.Garoppolo called this win “really fun” and had a “great time out there.” But he wouldn’t go so far to say it was was best football game ever. Instead, he downplayed it as: “Same as every other game. It wasn’t anything different for me out there. Just more opportunities, different opportunities and guys were making plays with the ball in their hands.”TE GEORGE KITTLE: He overcame a first-play leg injury, and just before the first quarter ended, he scored the game-tying touchdown on a 30-yard catch-and-run. That score came on third-and-3; Garoppolo was 15-of-15 this season when targeting Kittle on third down until the second series, when a third-and-2 pass was broken up by safety Budda Baker. He finished with six catches for 73 yards, as knee and an ankle injury kept him out of the closing minutes.George Kittle: UNSTOPPABLE 😱 @gkittle46 | #GoNiners📺: #SFvsAZ on @NFLNetwork | @NFLonFOX | @PrimeVideoHow to watch: https://t.co/I6INVckndX pic.twitter.com/RL3TnEyqMz— NFL (@NFL) November 1, 2019“I’m great, babe. Always,” Kittle said. “In football, stuff happens and you decide to go back out there or you don’t. I tried to give my team everything I could, and in the fourth quarter, I couldn’t go anymore, and I’m happy to have a guy like Ross Dwelley step up. I can’t say enough about Ross and the plays he made. I’m so happy for him.“Once something happens, you try to push through as much as you can. But if it comes to the point I feel I’m a liability for the and I’m not the best man for the job, I talked to my coach about it, and we made a decision. I definitely thought Dwelley was definitely more mobile than I was in the fourth quarter.”Kittle’s 30-yard touchdown catch was impressive in that not only did he beat Baker off the line but he fended him off again at the 9 en route to the end zone. “He made a couple good plays and I just had to remind him I was going to be here all night,” Kittle said.WR EMMANUEL SANDERS: In his encore, Sanders caught more passes (seven) than any other 49ers wide receiver had in a game this season caught. He finished with 112 yards, and he had a 1-yard, fourth-and-goal touchdown catch to close the first half for the 21-7 lead. He also drew a pass-interference penalty that brought the 49ers to the 5-yard line just before halftime. Meanwhile, Marquise Goodwin is a healthy scratch with the 49ers instead opting to play Sanders and four other wide receivers.Jimmy Garoppolo is building tremendous chemistry with Emmanuel Sanders! #49ers pic.twitter.com/MwXwOV1B82— ourSF49ers (@OSf49ers) November 1, 2019Related Articles TE ROSS DWELLEY: Filling in for Kittle, he didn’t just make a heroic catch on the final third-down conversion to kill the clock but it’s what he did after the catch: gain a couple extra yards so his 11-yard reception would succeed on third-and-9.Shanahan said: “Dwelley’s been huge for us this last month. We were messing with Dwelley all week, saying the No. 1 goal in this game was to win but the No. 2 goal was to improve Dwelley’s yards per catch average, because I think he was at 0 or 1, and to do that on the last play was pretty cool. I know the guys were pumped up.”“He’s kind of like ‘Baby George,’ ” guard Mike Person said. “He got the (yards) he needed today.”Dwelley’s reaction to the nickname: “Who said that? That’s a freakin’ heck of a compliment. I’m fine with that.”RB MATT BREIDA: Sore ankle? Of course he’d overcome it like he did so often last season, but, wow, Breida looked as quick as ever on a 31-yard run in the second quarter. He had 65 yards on six carries at halftime, then finished with 78 yards on 15 total carries.PUNT COVERAGE: Tarvarius Moore and Raheem Mostert combined to tackle Cardinals punt returner Pharoh Cooper for a 1-yard loss at the Arizona 9. The Cardinals totaled 17 yards on three punt returns.DUDSHEALTH SCARES: Alexander’s fourth-quarter departure with a chest injury is most concerning. That Kittle leg injury was a frightening way to start, but he returned to action the following series. Defensive tackle Arik Armstead missed time in the first quarter as he felt he had something stuck in his throat.CB EMMANUEL MOSELEY: His roughest start saw him allow his man, Andy Isabella, go for an 88-yard touchdown in the closing minutes, and the Cardinals’ ensuing two-point conversion pulled them within 28-25.Showing off that 4.31 speed 🚨@AndyIsabella5 goes 88 YARDS for the @AZCardinals TOUCHDOWN! #RedSea @K1📺: #SFvsAZ on @NFLNetwork | @NFLonFOX | @PrimeVideoHow to watch: https://t.co/I6INVckndX pic.twitter.com/KTDSF1Q9qr— NFL (@NFL) November 1, 2019OPENING DEFENSE: Opponents came out running at the 49ers once again, and Kenyan Drake busted past D.J. Jones and Fred Warner on the opening snap for a 36-yard gain. The 49ers also struggled in opening drives in their previous two road games, at Los Angeles (touchdown run) and Washington (missed field goal). Three-and-outs were forced in the 49ers’ first two games at Tampa Bay and Cincinnati. Drake’s touchdown run came on a sprint to the right pylon.WARNER’S HANDS: The 49ers linebacker, after letting Drake slip past him on the opening snap, dropped a potential interception later in the half. It would have been his first career interception in 24 games.Robert Saleh and Fred Warner played Murray perfectly… except for the important part. pic.twitter.com/mQJ2BIKuFY— Dieter Kurtenbach (@dieter) November 1, 2019DEEBO SAMUEL’S HANDS: The 49ers’ rookie dropped a potential, 13-yard touchdown pass after getting wide open in the end zone just before halftime. He did, however, show grit later and finished with four total catches for 40 yards.THIRD-DOWN PENALTY: Dee Ford kept alive the Cardinals’ opening drive with an illegal, horse-collar tackle of Kyler Murray. Ford rallied, however, and had one of the 49ers’ three sacks on Murray; Dre Greenlaw and DeForest Buckner had the others.CARDS QB KYLER MURRAY: Sure, he can be elusive, but his favorite target was to sail a pass well out of bounds as the 49ers applied pressure. Murray was 17-of-24 for 241 yards, with 88 coming on that touchdown to Isabella. Murray had five carries for 34 yards and got sacked three times but escaped others. “He’s like a little squirrel back there, running everywhere,” DeForsest Buckner said.Murray was the No. 1 overall draft pick — taken one spot ahead of the 49ers’ Nick Bosa, who had an uncharacteristically quiet night (one tackle).SEASON PASS DIGITAL OFFERIf you have not already, we strongly encourage you to sign up for a digital subscription, which gives you access to all content on the Mercury News and East Bay Times websites. With your support, we can continue bringing these stories — and much more — to your screens. Here’s where to sign up for the season pass: Mercury News, East Bay Times.last_img read more

first_img5 August 2008Local banking group Absa has become the first investor at the Coega Industrial Development Zone’s business process outsourcing (BPO) park, announcing plans to open a 105-seat outbound call centre.In a statement this week, Coega Development Corporation (CDC) business development director Khwezi Tiya said the project had come just as the company was making a concerted effort to lure more investors to the BPO park.“We are proud to have convinced Absa to locate the project here for maximum benefit,” said Tiya, adding that adding that it was the company’s solutions-driven approach to servicing potential investors was key to bringing the project to fruition.“From the outset we expected positive to excellent results from this project and our value proposition has been proven correct.”A pilot of the Absa contact centre has been running at Coega since January this year, and the CDC is also in talks with other international companies to take up prime space in the massive BPO park planned for the zone.Combining business and social imperativesThe outbound facility currently employs 105 people – the majority of whom were previously unemployed or had very little work experience – mainly from nearby townships of Motherwell, Zwide, Kwazekhele and New Brighton, and Absa Contact Centre head Andy Rigg said the success of the project confirmed the bank’s strategy of combining business with social imperatives.“The results are very exciting and we are not surprised because that is what you get when like-minded people gather in pursuit of a common objective,” said Rigg, referring to the bank’s partnership with the CDC.The initiative was aimed at doing business in a responsible way that enables people to uplift themselves through employment and business opportunities, with a key focus was on affording work experience to unemployed individuals.“This project delivers hugely on customer-centricity as well,” Rigg said. “The operation enhances Absa’s offerings by using a skills profile that customers can relate to with regards to language, accessibility, maturity and excellent service standards.”Making a positive social impactAlthough configured to provide an end-to-end service to customers needing short term lending products, the contact centre is also geared towards making a positive social impact in the economically depressed areas of the Eastern Cape.The close proximity of the project to the said townships ensured more economic benefits to the region and local infrastructure and skills base in the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality was utilized to the fullest.There was also a good degree of knowledge and skills transfer to support and uplift the local business community, said Rigg.“The CDC provided all the necessary services to make the location viable for the call centre,” he said. “These services range from human capital to world class information communication technology facilities, all key to the success of a call centre.”SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

first_imgThere were 17 categories in this year’s Township Entrepreneurship Awards, while the Lifetime Achievement Award was handed to Dr Sam Motsuenyane, the former president of the National African Federated Chamber of Commerce and Industry.The winner of the Tourism Award, Ayanda Hermanus (middle) of Zazas Guesthouse and Spa, is flanked by guests Anthony Leeming (left), CEO Sun International and 2017 Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters (right), at the Township Entrepreneurship Awards on 8 April 2017. Sun International sponsored the awards’ Tourism Category. (Images supplied)Melissa JavanGauteng’s Township Entrepreneurship Awards (TEA) recognised 16 businesses out of 33 nominees chosen by judges in 2016 from more than 200 entries. Each nominee received R100,000.The awards are an initiative of the Gauteng Provincial Government and are implemented by the Gauteng Enterprise Propeller (GEP). They were handed out in Johannesburg on 8 April 2017.Winners in the various categories received an additional R200,000 each.Aphiwe Madikizela of Ama X-Rays was named Entrepreneur of the Year; she also won the Services Award. She was awarded R500,000 for the overall prize and in total walked away with R800,000.The Lifetime Achievement Award went to Dr Sam Motsuenyane. He is the former president of the National African Federated Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Motsuenyane’s family received the award on his behalf.On Twitter, a local newspaper shared Motsuenyane’s thoughts on how to grow entrepreneurship in townships:Dr. Motsuenyane says more black entrepreneurs need to be trained as well as training in land utilisation needs to happen. #teawards2017— Mail & Guardian (@MG_Reporter) April 8, 2017Watch why Motsuenyane is being honoured:“This campaign is a bid to revitalise the Gauteng City Region townships’ economy,” said Thenjiwe Dube, the GEP manager of marketing and communications. The TEA was a creation of the Gauteng Provincial Government under its department of economic development, environment, agriculture and rural development, she explained.“It is heartening to note that in the face of such adversity, townships still produce formidable business men and women whom we hold up high as models of resilience, tenacity and excellence,” said Lebogang Maile, MEC for economic, environment, agriculture and rural development.MEC says next year they will push towards the winner going home with a R1million ?? #TEAwards2017— T E Awards (@TEAwards17) April 8, 2017Brand South Africa spoke to the GEP’s Dube.BSA: What is the aim of the TEA?Thenjiwe Dube: The awards are aimed at entrepreneurship development, exposure to market access, and development of competitive mindset. It also encourages entrepreneurs in the townships to move from being labourers and consumers to being black industrialists and manufacturers.BSA: How do the awards work and what are the criteria for entry?TD: There are several requirements for entry. The business should be operating for a minimum of two years. Compliance documents must be up to date. Importantly, entrants must be South African citizens and must display a strong financial performance, based on their turnover and growth, among other criteria.Aphiwe Madikizela (left) of Ama X-Rays is the Entrepreneur of the Year at the Township Entrepreneurship Awards on 8 April 2017. She is pictured with Lebogang Maile, Gauteng MEC of economic, environment, agriculture and rural development.BSA: How have the awards grown since last year?TD: Comparatively speaking, this year, the campaign created a lot of attention as a result of the television reality show TEA Business Battle This was done in partnership with e-TV.We had more than 200 entries last year, and a total of 33 were nominated. The judges followed the 33 nominees at their businesses premises and did the assessment and adjudication.Our focus was on the following sectors: food and beverages; tourism; creative industries; retail and financial; services; manufacturing; transport, automotive and components; construction, building and real estate; social and community; Entrepreneur with a Disability; Youth Entrepreneur of the Year; and Woman Entrepreneur of the Year, as well as the Entrepreneur of the Year.BSA: From what areas in Gauteng are the winners?TD: The winners are from five regions of Gauteng.The winnersStart-up Kwa Jerry Fast Food – Heremia MthombeniFood and beverages Goapele Bakery – Lerato Radebe and Itumeleng RadebeTourism Zazas Guesthouse and Spa – Ayanda HermanusRetail and finance Cool Apple Dude – Obedius NkunaServices Ama X-Rays – Aphiwe MadikizelaManufacturing Nambitha Nutritional Products – Sipho MzimbaAgriculture Bright Future Agricultural –Phindi ZwaneTransport, automotive and components Nyembe Waste ManagementConstruction, building and real estate Shirinda Trading and ProjectsCreative industries DV Nhlapo Productions – Daniel Vusi NhlapoSocial and community Ditshiamiso business Enterprise – Lucky Siwela and Lefa MolefeEntrepreneur with a Disability SKS Business Solutions – Petrus ZwaneYouth Entrepreneur of the Year Nambitha Nutritional Products – Sipho MzimbaWoman Entrepreneur of the Year Bright Future Agricultural –Phindi ZwaneEntrepreneur of the Year Ama X-Rays – Aphiwe MadikizelaCommunity Journalist of the Year Linda MnisiLifetime Achievement Award Dr Sam MotsuenyaneWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is placing renewed focus on caring for the vital soils of the United States with a new Soil Health Division“We’re getting back to our roots and our basics. NRCS was born 80 years ago, created in the wake of the Dust Bowl. Our focus then was sharing our knowledge of farming and soil conservation practices with farmers to help improve the health of their soils. We have recently come full circle and are back to the principles of soil health and looking beyond the physical and chemical properties to the biological properties,” said Jason Weller, NRCS chief. “We are looking at all of the biota that live below the surface that help support the food production for those of us who live above the surface of the soil.”Rather than addressing the health of the nation’s soils from Washington, D.C., the NRCS is targeting resources for soil health in the field.“It is about first educating our own employees by giving them the skills and training they need to work with farmers and ranchers to help with their overall cropping and grazing systems. Also importantly we are providing training to our Soil and Water Conservation District partners, and, most crucially, our customers — farmers and ranchers,” Weller said. “We are starting to hire and recruit some of the nation’s best soil scientists, agronomists and resource conservationists to get out in the field. Importantly, this division is not based in Washington, D.C. — 99% of the employees are out in the field where they belong. There we can provide one-on-one service for farmers and training opportunities for our own staff.”Weller feels this emphasis on soil health at the NRCS will further enhance the USDA’s overall commitment to caring for natural resources.“The most valuable asset a farmer has is the soil. We can look at how to use different types of tillage, other farm inputs, manure management and other inputs, chemistry, nutrient management, and drainage management in a holistic look at how you manage the soils,” he said. “We have learned through science that by improving the overall health of your soils, it will help maintain or boost yields. We can’t do this without interest and engagement from the ag community. The innovation and leadership starts with farmers.”last_img read more

first_imgPanaji: The Goa police on Thursday began implementing the Supreme Court committee directions on tackling deaths due to traffic violations. The Supreme Court Committee on Road Safety had recently issued directions to suspend driving licences, of offending drivers, for at least three months for committing traffic violations such as over-speeding, jumping red light, carrying overload in goods carriage, carrying persons in goods carriage, drunken driving/riding and using mobile phone while driving/riding, among others.In order to ensure strict compliance of these directions, Goa Police apart from issuing/compounding challan for these traffic violation, will be confiscating the licence of the defaulter under due acknowledgement and then forward it to the concerned State Assistant Director of Transport recommending suspension of the same, said a senior Goa traffic police officer.last_img read more

first_imgXiaomi, on Tuesday, launched an all-new variant of its ultra-affordable Redmi 4A phone in India with more RAM and more storage. The upgraded Redmi 4A with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage – keeping all the other specifics constant – will cost buyers in India Rs 6,999 which is interestingly the same price that the base model of the Redmi 4 retails at. The new variant of the Redmi 4A will be available for buying from Mi.com, Flipkart, Amazon India, Paytm, and Tata CliQ from August 31.  The Redmi 4A is currently the most affordable smartphone in Xiaomi’s Redmi-range in India. In terms of hardware specs, the phone comes with a 5-inch HD IPS display with a 720p resolution. It is powered by a 1.4GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor coupled with Adreno 308 GPU. The base model – that costs Rs 5,999 – comes with 2GB RAM and 16GB of internal storage which is further expandable via micro-SD card slot. The dual-SIM phones runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow-based MIUI 8 out-of-the-box and supports 4G LTE (VoLTE-ready) connectivity.On the camera front the Redmi 4A comes with a 13-megapixel camera on the rear with f/2.2 aperture along with autofocus and an LED flash. On the front you get a 5-megapixel snapper. The phone is backed by a 3,120mAh battery which is non-removable.Clearly, the 3GB RAM, 32GB storage version of the Redmi 4A costs the same as the entry-level model of the Redmi 4. The Redmi 4, it should seem, would be the better choice of the two, but, Xiaomi believes that the two can co-exist, so be it.advertisementThe Redmi 4 comes with an all-metal body and a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. It comes with curved 2.5D glass on the front and will also come in matte black finish and gold colour options. It comes with a 5-inch 720p display and an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor under the hood.The Redmi 4 sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with PDAF and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.On the software side, the Redmi 4 comes with Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based MIUI. The phone will be eligible for Android Nougat preview out-of-the-box. Furthermore, the phone is backed by  a 4,100mAh battery. The phone supports 4G LTE and is also VoLTE-ready.Also Read: Xiaomi Redmi 4A review: An entry-level phone never looked so goodlast_img read more