Round Robin: One-on-one with Humboldt Crabs skipper Guiver

first_imgIt would’ve been easy for manager Robin Guiver to mash the panic button.A torrent of losses left not only his Humboldt Crabs baseball team reeling at 6-10 overall, but its faithful fans on the North Coast scratching their heads at the inauspicious start to the team’s 75th anniversary season.But Guiver doesn’t do easy. You don’t become a fixture in Crabs coaching by doing things easy. When Guiver says “he’s been doing this a long time”, he’s not fibbing. He’s been on the Crabbies coaching …last_img read more

Taxman gives waiters a break

first_img11 August 2011Waitrons can keep their hard-earned tips for themselves and don’t have to worry about the taxman, the South African Revenue Service (Sars) has confirmed.Confusion had arisen over whether tips kept by employees were taxable.This has been dispelled by a ruling made by Sars last week, according to which the transfer of tips handed over to an employer by an employee for “safekeeping” does not constitute a payment of remuneration.“The Binding Class Ruling recently issued by Sars declared that the transfer of tips (handed over to the employer by the employees for safekeeping in terms of the employer’s proposed Group Tips Policy) from the employer’s bank accounts into the employees’ bank accounts does not constitute a payment of remuneration by the employer,” Gillian Lumb, an employment law director at law firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr, said this week.“Binding class rulings are intended to promote clarity on the interpretation and application of the tax laws to a class of persons who apply for a ruling in respect of a proposed transaction to which it is a party.”An employment associate at the firm, Pranisha Maharaj, said the ruling was valid for five years as of August 2010.She said the proposed Group Tips Policy sought to address the security risk of having employees take receipt of tips during their working hours.“In terms of the policy, tips are seen as gratuitous payments to which the employees have no entitlement or an expectation of receipt as a part of the performance of their duties,” Maharaj said.Sapalast_img read more

Woolies expands in Tanzania, Uganda

first_img15 September 2011South African retailer Woolworths has formed a joint venture in Tanzania and Uganda with Tanzanian businessman and former franchise partner Ali Mufuruki, in an effort to accelerate its expansion into the rest of the continent.“Joint ventures with local partners is the new business model for our pan-African expansion plans,” Woolworths’ retail operations director Glenn Gilzean said in a statement last week. “We are moving away from the franchise model we had in the past.“It’s not only a better profit model for our business, but it’s also better for our customers.”Increasing store sizesWoolworths currently has one store in Uganda and three in Tanzania, and will add another store in Uganda and a further two in Tanzania by the end of the year.Woolworths aims to open 16 stores in African countries this year, taking the total number of stores to 60 in the current financial year. Woolworths also intends to open stores in Nigeria and Angola.The new stores will be larger than current ones – retail space will increase by 42% in the current financial year and by an estimated 145% over the next three years.“I am delighted to be part of this joint venture with Woolworths, to grow this market and offer our customers the choice and quality Woolworths is famous for,” said Mufuruki. “Also, new stores will create much needed employment and be good for the economy.”Major opportunities for growthGilzean said the company regarded trading beyond South African borders as a major opportunity for growth, and believed it would deliver a meaning contribution to the group’s profit.He said Woolworths was also confident about the growth prospects of its investment in Uganda, Tanzania and across Africa, pointing out that consumer spending now accounts for more than 60% of African GDP, and that this figure would increase with the growth of the upper and middle income groups.“Our joint ventures mean we can deliver customers the best retail offering possible tailored to local market needs,” he said. “Our partners bring knowledge of local trading conditions and we bring the quality, value, innovation and fashion our South African customers know and appreciate.“It’s the best of both worlds.”Larger selection of merchandiseWoolworths has refined and improved its merchandise offering for customers in selected African countries, and customers can now look forward to a larger selection of fashion and general merchandise.This includes formal wear, children’s wear, beauty products and casual wear, including the Woolworths Re: and Studio: W fashion brands which have recently been re-launched in South Africa.Woolworths has had a presence in African countries for over 10 years and currently has stores in Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Jive Software Acquires Analytics Company Proximal Labs

first_imgCognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Related Posts Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Today Jive Software announced its acquisition of Proximal Labs, a social network analytics company. Prior to the acquisition, Jive was a customer of Proximal Labs. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Proximal Labs co-founder and CEO David Gutelius is joining Jive as Chief Social Scientist.Jive will use Proximal’s machine learning technology, powered by Apache Hadoop, to help its users apply complex analytics to their enterprise social graphs. Example use cases include locating subject matter experts both inside and outside the firewall or surfacing relevant content within the network. The company is calling the platform “Jive What Matters.”In a statement that sounds consistent with consensus views about where the Web is going, Brian Roddy, senior vice president of engineering at Jive, said “The future of work is personalized. Relevant information should find you, proactively, to improve collaboration and enable faster decision making.”Gutelius founded Proximal after working at SRI on the DARPA-funded Personalized Assistant that Learns (PAL) program. Two companies were spun-out of the PAL program: SIRI, which as acquired by Apple, and TrapIt, which we covered here. Gutelius wasn’t involved in either spin-off.Jive isn’t the only company baking analytics into its social platform. Socialcast has integrated an analytics system for connecting users and surfacing relevant content, and IBM’s Lotus Connections 3.0 has analytics baked in. Other companies are expected to bring analytics to the fore, including Salesforce.com, which is already using analytics to provide bonuses to the most active users of its internal Chatter deployment.Disclosure: IBM is a ReadWriteWeb sponsor. IT + Project Management: A Love Affaircenter_img klint finley Tags:#enterprise#news 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowlast_img read more

#KicksStalker: Jayson Tatum debuts self-lacing sneakers in Celtics’ win

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MANILA, Philippines—As the game of basketball further evolves, so too does the shoe that comes with it.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Doncic finished with 25 points, eight rebounds, and eight assists wearing the new self-lacing sneaker.The Nike Adapt BB was the second multipurpose performance shoe to feature power lacing after the Nike HyperAdapt 1.0 released in 2016.According to Nike, a custom motor and gear train senses the foot and the shoe itself will adjust to create a snug fit.Using Nike’s FitAdapt tech, the user can now have full control of the shoe through manual touch or by using an app that can adjust both shoes.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img With key players out, UST Tigresses still figuring out best lineup for UAAP Season 81 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Boston’s Jayson Tatum debuted the first self-lacing sneaker on an NBA game when the Celtics beat the Toronto Raptors 117-108 Thursday (Manila time) at TD Garden.Tatum wore the Nike Adapt BB to the tune of 16 points and 10 rebounds in a landmark moment in sneaker history.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsDallas’s rookie sensation Luka Doncic also wore the sneakers in the Mavericks’ 105-101 loss to the San Antonio Spurs.READ: #KicksStalker: Nike unveils next-generation self-lacing basketball shoes LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

SAINTS lie in fourth place in the West Group and h

first_imgSAINTS lie in fourth place in the West Group and have a real chance of making Rugby League 9s Grand Final night at Headingley Carnegie Stadium on June 26.Leeds Rhinos, Wigan Warriors and Wakefield Trinity Wildcats have already booked their place after wins this week.The Saints squad that took part in the Cumbria Festival was:Anthony Walker, Chris Webster, Connor Dwyer, Danny Jones, Greg Wilde, Joe Greenwood, Josh Greaves, Lewis Sheridan, Marcus Baines, Matt Wood, Mike Fields, Scott Hale, and Ste Yates.West ResultsCumbria Festival Cumbria 10, Wigan Warriors 22Widnes Vikings 26, St Helens 24Widnes Vikings 24, Wigan Warriors 46Cumbria 28, St Helens 30St Helens 42, Wigan Warriors 52Cumbria 14, Widnes Vikings 8Salford City Reds FestivalSalford City Reds 36, Gloucester All Golds 16London Broncos 20, Warrington Wolves 18London Broncos 24, Salford City Reds 12Warrington Wolves 20, Gloucester All Golds 12Gloucester All Golds 4, London Broncos 48Salford City Reds 16, Warrington Wolves 20East ResultsHull FC Festival Hull FC 22, Leeds Rhinos 22Hull KR 10, Bradford Bulls 6Hull KR 12, Leeds Rhinos 38Bradford Bulls 14, Leeds Rhinos 36Hull FC 12, Hull KR 18Hull FC 18, Bradford Bulls 18Wakefield Trinity Wildcats FestivalHuddersfield Giants 0. Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 22Featherstone Rovers 22, Castleford Tigers 16Huddersfield Giants 36, Castleford Tigers 24Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 22, Featherstone Rovers 16Huddersfield Giants 12, Featherstone Rovers 22Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 30, Castleford Tigers 8Tables:West  PWLDFADiffPtsWigan990032010821218London9621176968013Warrington96302181388012St Helens9540210210010Cumbria9441136148-129Widnes9270114244-1304Salford9171162234-723Uni of Gloucs917196254-1583East  PWLDFADiffPtsLeeds980121210410817Wakefield9810160788216Hull KR9531120126-611Featherstone9450154172-188Bradford9351122134-127Hull FC9243122156-347Huddersfield9270118172-544Castleford9180116182-662last_img read more