One nation, one heart for Gilas Pilipinas!

first_imgLOOK: Kryz Uy, Slater Young expecting first son SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone00:50Trending Articles02:15Sinas: 2,500 NCRPO cops poised to support Taal eruption relief ops01:52Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal Filipino basketball fans can watch and support, on their smartphones and mobile devices, the stint of Gilas Pilipinas in the much-anticipated FIBA World Cup 2019 to be held in China starting August 31.  With Smart’s Free YouTube For All promo, every Filipino can watch and cheer as our basketball heroes fight for flag and country—against all the odds—wherever we are. As we cheer on from the opening tip off of the first game to the closing buzzer of the last, following Gilas’ journey on YouTube will allow us to live up to the recognition of being the best basketball fans in the world. ADVERTISEMENT Be part of the action with Smart’s Free YouTube for All, which allows Smart customers to stream all the games on the fastest LTE network. Just dial *123# to avail of #FreeYouTubeForAll to keep up with the FIBA World Cup games live. Show one-nation, one-heart support for Gilas Pilipinas on social media with the following official hashtags: #ParaSaBayan, #SmartGilas, #FIBAWC and #PilipinasGotGame. Led by Coach Yeng Guiao, the final 12 announced last August 25, will be comprised of World Cup returnees Andray Blatche, June Mar Fajardo, Japeth Aguilar, and National Team mainstay Gabe Norwood.  PBA Rookies CJ Perez and Robert Bolick will also get a crack at basketball glory this early in their careers with the likes of Paul Lee, Troy Rosario, Roger Pogoy, Raymund Almazan, Kiefer Ravena, and original Gilas team participant Mark Barroca.  With Smart, you’re sure to never miss a Gilas Pilipinas game at the #FIBAWC2019. Thanks to the reliable high-speed connectivity from the country’s undisputed fastest LTE network, as awarded by globally renowned internet testing companies Ookla, OpenSignal, Tutela, and P3. ADVERTISEMENT US Open: Rafael Nadal reaches 3rd round in walkover as Kokkinakis hurt Join the #PilipinasGotGame campaign as our local pros battle it out with Italy, Serbia and Angola in the Group D elimination round of the FIBA World Cup 2019. Gilas will play Italy on August 31, Serbia on September 2 and Angola on September 4.  The games will be aired live on ESPN5 and its YouTube channel. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSGinebra looks set for another title“Smart has always been a passionate supporter of the country’s sports programs, particularly basketball.  We are big basketball fans too, and like every Filipino fan, are fully invested in our national team’s basketball journey. We are eager to watch every play, every highlight and cheer for Gilas Pilipinas in every game.” said Oscar Reyes, Jr. Head of Consumer Business, Smart.  He added, “We are happy to be able to bring the FIBA Gilas Pilipinas action straight to the smartphones of millions of our Filipino customers with #FreeYouTubeForAll.”  LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Robredo to visit Batangas families displaced by Taal erruption Experience FIBA World Cup live with Smart’s Free YouTube for All and for more details visit www.smart.com.ph, follow Smart Communications on Facebook and @livesmart on Instagram and Twitter. ADVTSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img LATEST STORIES MOST READ View comments No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist ‘People evacuated on their own’ Residents rescue horses, farm animals left on volcano island Teen dead, another hurt in vehicular collision in Santiago City Heart Evangelista, Kim Chiu, more celebs appeal for animal rescue after Taal eruptionlast_img read more

WOMEN’S HOCKEY QUARTER-FINAL PREVIEW: TORONTO VS WESTERN

first_imgThe two teams split the season series as Toronto edged Western, 2-1, on Nov. 3 in London, before narrowly falling 3-2 at home on Jan. 6. Western enters the playoffs riding a six-game win streak and with a lot on the line. The Mustangs host the 2018 U SPORTS championship, March 15-18, and will want to prove that they belong in the national tournament with their automatic host berth.  The Blues went on a five-game win streak (Jan. 20 – Feb 3), before dropping their last two games of the season.For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics.    Print Friendly Version The Blues finished the season in sixth place in the highly competitive OUA standings with a 13-0-9-3 (W-OTW-L-OTL) record, while the Mustangs finished third with a 14-3-5-2 record. For the Mustangs, third-year forward April Clark led or co-led the team in all offensive categories with 12 goals and 10 assists for 22 points, while adding four powerplay goals as well. Fourth-year forward Kassie Roache led the Blues offensively, scoring a team-high 11 goals and 20 points, while defencemen Julia Szulewska and Gabrielle De Serres led the squad with 10 assists each. Their last post-season meeting came in the 2014 quarter-finals, where Toronto came away with a thrilling 2-1 series victory. All three games were decided by just one goal, with two going into overtime.center_img  The University of Toronto Varsity Blues women’s hockey team takes on the Western Mustangs in a best-of-three OUA quarter-final series, February 21-24. Game 1: at Western, Wednesday, February 21, 7:00 p.m.Game 2: at Toronto, Friday, February 23, 7:00 p.m.Game 3: at Western, Saturday, February 24, 7:00 p.m.**if necessary It will be a battle of rookie netminders as Toronto’s Madeleine Albert and Western’s Carmen Lasis have backstopped their teams all season. Story Links Albert, a humanities major from Whitby, Ont., finished the regular season ranked second among OUA goaltenders in both GAA (1.32) and save percentage (.945), while notching five shut outs. Lasis ranked fourth in the province with a 1.48 GAA and seventh with a .940 save percentage and recorded four shut outs.last_img read more

Hey, stop hogging the cameras, kids

first_imgRush to judgment: Rush Limbaugh says his comments calling U.S. troops who disagree with his own view of the Iraq war “phony soldiers” has been taken out of context. “Clearly, what I meant was that those who disagree with me and the president seem to make more phone calls than those who agree with me,” said El Rushbo. “Although it’s the Democratic troops who call collect.” What’s old is new again: Radio talk show host Stephanie Miller (daughter of former Barry Goldwater running mate William Miller) and C.C. Goldwater (granddaughter of the late senator and presidential candidate) have joined together for another Goldwater-Miller White House run. While some – mainly Goldwater and Miller – have called it a cheap publicity stunt, the glamorous ticket feels that they’d have to work hard to do worse than the first Goldwater-Miller ticket. “And we aim to work just that hard,” said Miller – or Goldwater. It’s hard to tell the difference. Steve Young is author of “Great Failures of the Extremely Successful” (www.greatfailure.com).160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityIn other Britney-can-barely-take-care-of-herself-how-does-she-take-care-of-two-babies news, the family court judge overseeing her children’s custody gave full guardianship to their father, Kevin Federline. “And when anyone is better off with K-Fed,” said the judge, “is there any question their mom has a problem.?” “Maybe they slipped behind the washing machine,” added Spears. A watch to die for: O.J. Simpson is resisting a court order to turn over his Rolex watch to the family of Ron Goldman, one of the two victims 12 nitwits said Simpson didn’t murder. “I never owned any ugly-ass Rolex,” claimed Simpson. “The picture of me wearing my, I mean, some Rolex was planted by the LAPD.” In other O.J. job-opportunity news: Blackwater Corp., the Defense Department’s top choice when it comes to outsourcing unaccountable crimes in Iraq, has been pursuing Simpson as an instructor for new recruits. “Tell me there’s a better person out there today to show our kids how to get away with murder,” said Blackwater VP Ray Penpillage. “And he gets to keep all the Iraqi sports memorabilia he can steal, er, uh, finds on his vict … er, um, fans.” It’s not a numbers game. It’s a percentage game: Competing phone-tax ballot measures are fighting over which carries the greatest benefit. Supporters of dropping the phone tax 10 percent say their ballot measure will create a far more substantial savings for the voter than those who do not want to decrease it 10 percent. “It’s simple math,” said one anonymous L.A. mayor. “Decreasing 10 percent will save the taxpayer $27 million. Those who want to eliminate the tax altogether don’t tell you that it would leave no room for any decreases after that. Next year, we could drop the tax another 10 percent, or $24 million. If we have no tax, a 10 percent decrease would save you nothing. It’s $24 million savings versus nothing. Take your pick.” Enough about me: Seventy-five youngsters were sworn in as part of City Year/Los Angeles, a program to provide volunteer service to the nation’s cities. “One of the things I have told people is that this is not about me, it is about us,” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said. “Though every one of you kids should remember, that without me, there is no us. So take one of my million trees and get out of the way. The photographer’s trying to get a picture of us, but without you.” Stop it! Researchers claim that the mysterious rash of shattered computer monitors infecting the nation is not a computer malfunction, but caused by “deliberate throwing” or “punching” of the monitors by the owners themselves after incessant, vibrating pop-up advertisements show up on the screen. “I clicked X, then `close’ and it still sent me to the advertiser’s site,” said one institutionalized computer owner. “I may be a geek, but I’m still only human.” There were good reasons: Some leading Republican candidates did not show up for the PBS minority issues debate last week because they didn’t realize they were allowed in. “I thought it was a minority debate,” said Mitt Romney, who actually spent a great part of the day shaking hands at a pancake house. “I happen to be white and rich and didn’t want to take a place that minorities have fought so hard to attain.” Rudy Giuliani couldn’t make it because he was fundraising with Bo Derek. “Bo `Freaking’ Derek,” said Giuliani. “I can talk to a minority almost any day, but Bo Derek? Come on.” Britney Spears loses her kids: “I know I put them somewhere,” said the befuddled rock mom. last_img

DONEGAL PRIEST CLAIMS BILL WILL OPEN FLOODGATES TO ABORTION

first_imgOne Letterkenny priest believes the final vote on the ‘Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill’ which goes before the Dáil today is one that will open the flood gates to abortion.Fr Eamonn McLaughlinFather Eamonn McLaughlin, a priest at St Eunan’s Cathedral, said examples from around the world substantiate his belief.These are his words in a statement which he has sent to Donegal Daily. “No Country or State has ever managed, no matter how well intentioned, to restrict limited abortion legislation, especially on grounds of suicide. For example, the Therapeutic Abortion Act in California was enacted in 1967 on the strict grounds ‘where the mother was a danger to herself.’ Within 3 years the number of abortions in the state had risen from 518 to over 63,000,” he said.Fr. McLaughlin said that Lord Steel who is often described as the architect of Britain’s liberal abortion laws has said the Irish Government would be making a mistake if it goes ahead with plans to legislate for termination on the grounds of a threat of suicide.“In 1968 there were 22,332 abortions in England and Wales; by 1972 the number was 108,000. Today, in Britain, one in every five pregnancies ends in abortion. In 2011, in the UK, there were over 200,000 abortions,” Fr. McLaughlin claimed.He agreed with a group of psychiatrists who spoke out in support of Lucinda Creighton, saying that her request to remove suicide as grounds for an abortion, and to provide instead a ‘care pathway,’ for women seeking an abortion because they are suicidal. The Letterkenny based priest said, that if this bill was about saving women’s lives, no one would be against it. “Under existing law, every woman is entitled to life-saving medical treatment. This Bill allows for abortion on a threat of suicide. That’s not good medicine. Abortion doesn’t prevent suicide. It stops the heartbeat of a living child and may well increase the mental health risks to the woman,” he said.One of the aspects that most disturbs Fr. McLaughlin about the bill is the time period associated with abortions: “Perhaps the most disturbing part of this Bill is that it has no time limits for the ‘suicide threat’ abortions. A child at 21/23 weeks, fully formed but not mature, can be aborted even when his/her mother is not ill. For a child closer to viability, the State’s ‘concession’ is another few days in the womb before delivery. This is crazy. The child may face brain damage, blindness or even death.”The priest believes that the Bill seeks to overturn the current medical practise, which has, according to the UN, out of 171 Countries, made us a world leader in protecting women during pregnancy.Fr. McLaughlin envisages the introduction of abortion into our hospitals.Fr. McLaughlin urges the Taoiseach and all the TDs elected to Dáil Éireann, especially those from Donegal, to make the correct decision this Wednesday. “Sixty thousand people plus gathered in Dublin on Saturday last, asking them to not to abandon a mother and her child at this defining moment in the history of our country. The life of both mother and child is protected by our Constitution that unequivocally states: ‘The State acknowledges the right to life of the unborn and, with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother, guarantees in its laws to respect, and, as far as practicable, by its laws to defend and vindicate that right. (40.3.3)’ The Taoiseach said that his Book is the Constitution. It is also our Book,” he said. He said that he hoped that TDs would not abandon their Catholic family by voting for this Bill: “Alan Shatter said on Saturday that Lucinda Creighton is part of the Fine Gael family and that he hoped that she would not abandon that family by voting against the Bill. Offering no return to colleagues who vote against the Bill, Enda Kenny excommunicates them forever. We hope that our Catholic TD’s will not abandon their Catholic family by voting for this Bill and thereby excommunicating themselves.”The priest said that as Christians we do not stand in judgement. “As Christians we do not stand in judgement. We leave that to God. Our message is a message of hope and love, even if we do not always humanly live up to this. Women in pregnancy deserve every care and support from us Christians. “To women who are worried about pregnancy and who are thinking of abortion,” Fr Eamonn stated, “I say to those women, in the words of REM, ‘Everybody hurts sometime,’ hold on, please hold on. Please don’t go through with it. Please allow us to help you and to walk with you. There are some great people out there to help you, at CURA, Women Hurt, Silent No More and Rachel’s Vineyard. Please don’t panic. Don’t be afraid. Your pregnancy is not an illness, or a shame, or a disgrace. It is ok to be pregnant. The child needs you to be its mother. Your child has a right to life. This is the first and most basic of all human rights, the right to live. That same message of love and care goes out also to women who have, for whatever reason and in whatever circumstance, had an abortion or to anyone who may have had a hand in an abortion.” “God’s mercy”, he says, “is especially for you. None of us will ever stop being a child of God.”He urged local TDs to vote against this Bill: “To our TDs Dinny Mc Ginley, Thomas Pringle, Pearse Doherty, Padraig Mac Lochlainn and Joe Mc Hugh, who is from my own home area, I ask you to please vote against this Bill. Please do not bring our country down the road of abortions. Please do not legalise the death in the womb of our future artists, leaders, teachers, brothers, sisters and so on. The choice is now yours. It is time to be silent no more and to shout out a resounding yes to every human life, just as yes was shouted for you to be born.” Fr Eamonn recalled how, at the time of the children’s referendum, the FG poster campaign read that ‘Every Child Matters,’ and that during his outburst at the Vatican over the Cloyne Report, Enda Kenny categorically stated that the Government was ‘set to embark on a course of action to ensure the State is doing all it can to safeguard our children… to protect the Sacred Space of childhood and to restore its innocence… The children of this country are, and always will be our most precious possession of all. Safeguarding their integrity and innocence must be a national priority.” Fr Mc Laughlin responded to these claims by saying, “talk is cheap. Show me on Wednesday by your actions Taoiseach. The nation is watching. Children are waiting.” In the words of the great American Statesman, Abraham Lincoln, “My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.”* We also welcome statements from the Pro Choice Lobby. DONEGAL PRIEST CLAIMS BILL WILL OPEN FLOODGATES TO ABORTION was last modified: July 10th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Abortion BillFr Eamonn McLaughlinlast_img read more

Former Tottenham man Benjamin Stambouli could leave PSG after only 12 months

first_imgFormer Tottenham midfielder Benjamin Stambouli wants to stay and fight for his place at Paris Saint-Germain.The midfielder joined the French champions last summer in a deal which saw him leave White Hart Lane for £6million.But since making the move the 25-year-old has failed to nail down a starting spot and there is talk he is ready to leave after just 12 months in the French capital.Real Betis have shown a strong interest in signing Stambouli on loan, while clubs in France and Germany are interested too.However, according to Le Parisien, the Frenchman has told PSG that he wants to stay and fight for his place.The club’s sporting director, Olivier Letang, reportedly told Stambouli earlier in the summer that he can leave if a good offer comes in.But the former Spurs man believes his fortunes can change in Paris and that he can impress PSG’s new manager Unai Emery. Ex-Spurs man Benjamin Stambouli is keen to battle for his place in Paris 1last_img read more

Conte to name this XI v Arsenal without Morata or Fabregas? Predicted line-up

first_img 11 11 Chelsea are back in action tonight, hoping to book their place in the 2018 Carabao Cup Final.The Blues have to travel to the Emirates Stadium to face London rivals Arsenal, with everything resting on tonight’s match.The first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final was drawn 0-0, and Chelsea have the advantage that their goals will count double at the end of extra-time should the game get that far due to the away goals rule.You can listen to full commentary of Arsenal v Chelsea on talkSPORT! Click here for an online live stream of the full matchAntonio Conte is without key players Alvaro Morata and Cesc Fabregas, while goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is also expected to miss his third match in a row as he is still not fully fit.So, how could the Blues line-up against Arsenal? Click the right arrow, above, to see talkSPORT’s predicted Chelsea XI… 3. Marcos Alonso (Left wing back) 7. N’Golo Kante (Centre midfield) 11 11 11 11 22. Willian (Right forward) 1. Willy Caballero (Goalkeeper) – click the right arrow to see the rest of the predicted Chelsea team 2. Antonio Rudiger (Centre back) 28. Cesar Azpilicueta (Centre back) 11 23. Michy Batshuayi (Centre forward) 10. Eden Hazard (Left forward) 14. Tiemoue Bakayoko (Centre midfield) 15. Victor Moses (Right wing back) 11 11 27. Andreas Christensen (Centre back) 11 11last_img read more

Shuttle lights up night

first_img“What you’ve seen tonight is the successful accomplishment of the most challenging, demanding, technically state of the art, difficult thing that this nation or any nation can do,” NASA Administrator Michael Griffin said. NASA had required daylight launches for three flights after the Columbia accident in 2003 so that clear images could be taken of the external fuel tank. Foam broke off Columbia’s tank at liftoff and struck the spacecraft’s wing, leading to the disaster that killed seven astronauts. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Low clouds forced the space agency to scrub a launch attempt Thursday night during a countdown that ran down to the wire. Managers decided not to try again Friday because the forecast looked even worse. “Forty-eight hours makes a tremendous difference,” launch director Mike Leinbach told the crew. Later at a news conference, he said, “Everything just clicked. Everything felt good today.” During their 12-day mission, Discovery’s crew will rewire the space station, deliver an $11 million addition to the space lab and bring home one of the space station’s three crew members, German astronaut Thomas Reiter of the European Space Agency. American astronaut Sunita “Suni” Williams will replace him, staying for six months. The launch was the first at night since Endeavour’s flight in November 2002 and only the 29th in darkness of NASA’s 117 total shuttle launches. There were no initial reports of any serious problems. But engineers still needed to review imagery and radar to look for damage to the shuttle from debris falling off the external tank, the problem that doomed Columbia. CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Discovery lit up the sky late Saturday, blazing off for the first nighttime space shuttle launch in four years – the latest step in NASA’s ambitious schedule to complete the International Space Station. The shuttle’s fiery ascent turned night into day for spectators at the Kennedy Space Center. A cloudy sky with blustery winds earlier in the day gave way to clear skies and a gentle breeze at launch time. “I think we have five people who just haven’t stopped smiling yet,” commander Mark Polansky said after Discovery reached space. The mission is one leg of a three-year race to finish construction on the orbiting outpost before shuttles are retired in 2010. After Discovery’s mission, 13 more shuttle flights are needed to complete the space lab. last_img read more

Split in Episcopal Church prompts meeting

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: John Jackson greets a Christmas that he wasn’t sure he’d seeBut many Episcopalians counter that conservatives are demanding a conformity of belief that was never before required of Anglicans. In 2003, the U.S. denomination ordained the first openly gay bishop, V. Gene Robinson of New Hampshire, prompting conservative Episcopalians, a minority in the 2.2-million-member denomination, to distance themselves from national church leaders. Some have left the denomination and affiliated with like-minded traditionalists in overseas Anglican churches. The most dramatic departure came Dec. 17, when two of the largest and most prominent Episcopal churches in the Diocese of Virginia, and seven smaller parishes in the diocese, broke with the denomination and joined a rival U.S. church network overseen by Anglican Archbishop Peter Akinola of Nigeria, an outspoken conservative. As the Anglicans’ spiritual leader, Williams is struggling to keep the communion unified. The 38 Anglican provincial leaders, called primates, will discuss whether they can resolve their differences during the February meeting in Tanzania. Williams affirmed in the letter that he will invite newly installed Episcopal Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori to the gathering. Jefferts Schori, who was invested as head of the American church last month, supports ordaining partnered gays and blessing same-sex couples. She is also the first woman to head an Anglican regional church in the nearly 500 years of Anglicanism.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LONDON – Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams may invite representatives of the conservative wing of the Episcopal Church to meet with Anglican leaders ahead of a key February gathering on the future of their embattled global fellowship. In a Dec. 18 letter to heads of the 38 Anglican provinces, Williams said deep divisions in the American church warrant the move. The text of the letter was posted on the blog titusonenine, run by Canon Kendall Harmon of the Diocese of South Carolina, and on the blog of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington. The Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America is the U.S. wing of the 77-million-member global Anglican Communion, a loose-knit group of churches that trace their roots to the Church of England. Most overseas Anglicans are conservatives who are pressuring the American denomination to adhere to traditional Christian teaching on sexuality and other issues. last_img read more

The week that South Africa changed gear

first_imgIt is the very basic tenet on which the society is founded and on which the Constitution is based: ubuntu. I am because you are. And what can I be if you have no food, no proper roof over your head, if you have to go to school under a tree or are denied basic health care.This week the framework was created for us to work together rather than against each other. To put our brothers and sisters’ well being before our own enrichment and to work together for a better future for all.We desperately need a social compact in South Africa. The country has taken a major step in the right direction and the positive outcomes will start to take shape as a result.Deputy President Motlanthe said: “If we are to be competitive we must have in place sound economic policies; cultivate a favourable legal and business environment; roll out socio-economic infrastructure; constantly improve our trade and industrial policies; and lower the cost of doing business.”That is what being competitive entails. There is no place for short-cuts. No place for posturing and no time to play games.The country’s survival is at stake.The Goldman Sachs report reminded us of the many achievements we can be proud of in the first 20 years: tripling of GDP, more than halving inflation,  16-fold increase in gold reserves, six-fold increase in welfare payments, dramatic rise in the middle-class, eight-fold increase in tax collection and a six-fold increase in the number of tax payers.These are remarkable achievements.But the red lights flash on unemployment – youth in particular – inequality on racial lines, a 6.5% budget deficit and the shrinkage in the mining and manufacturing sectors.The good news is that it can all be fixed with a collective effort to improve productivity, GDP growth and foreign direct investment.We did it before and we can do it again.The tide has been going out for much of the past 20 years. This week it started coming in.Read more about the inaugural South African Competitiveness Forum:Growing competitiveness, tackling povertyCompetitiveness Forum tackles education, labourPromote South Africa’s sector excellenceBrand South Africa supports governance debatelast_img read more

Sky Italia Slashes Software Processing Time and Cuts Power Consumption in Half

first_imgDownload Now Digital pay-TV company Sky Italia has always shown a strong commitment to innovation. To continue using the most advanced technology, it recently decided to migrate an infrastructure supporting business-critical applications from the Oracle Sun SPARC* environment, implemented during its start-up in 2003, to one based on the HP Superdome2* server and powered by the Intel® Itanium® processor 9300 series. This migration has brought a number of benefits including a 50 percent decrease in processing times and power consumption.“The new environment is more reliable and shows better performance, as well as simplifying monitoring and management,” explained Fabrizio Giorgetti, head of the infrastructure project for Sky Italia. “Power consumption has also been cut in half.”To learn more, download the new Sky Italia business success story. As always, you can find many more like this one on the Intel.com Business Success Stories for IT Managers page or the Business Success Stories for IT Managers channel on iTunes.  And to keep up to date on the latest business success stories, follow ReferenceRoom on Twitter.*Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.last_img read more