Annual Marshfield Elementary School Fun Run at Wildwood Park draws 201 runners

first_img2015 Marshfield Elementary School Fun RunGirls (115 participants)Top 10: 1. Ashlyn Barwick (Washington, Grade 4) 6:53; 2. Calleigh Kanitz (Washington, Grade 4) 6:54; 3. Elianna Kanitz (Washington, Grade 6) 6:57; 4. Michaela Dick (Lincoln, Grade 5) and Janelle Haupt (Columbus, Grade 6) 7:32; 6. Emily Sternitzky (Washington, Grade 6) 7:36; 7. Megahn Esker (Washington, Grade 6) 7:42; 8. Niah Jakel (Washington, Grade 6) 7:43; 9. Blair Bennington (Washington, Grade 2) 7:47; 10. Aubrey Waldhauser (Columbus, Grade 3) 7:48.Boys (86 participants)Top 10: 1. Dylan Reimer (Our Lady of Peace, Grade 5) 6:28; 2. Chase Hinson (Grant, Grade 6) 6:44; 3. Brett Franklin (Washington, Grade 5) 6:48; 4. Michael Dick (Lincoln, Grade 5) 6:49; 5. David McKey (Nasonville, Grade 6) 7:04; 6. Trevor Foemmel (Grant, Grade 5) 7:15; 7. Bennett Lang (Grant, Grade 5) 7:19; 8. Henry Hoerneman (Washington, Grade 6) 7:23; 9. Owen Hoerneman (Washington, Grade 3) 7:24; 10. Jacob Kolstad (Grant, Grade 5) 7:27. Ashlyn Barwick, Dylan Reimer win one-mile racesBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterOur Lady of Peace fifth-grader Dylan Reimer won the boys race at the annual Marshfield Elementary School Fun Run on Tuesday at Wildwood Park.MARSHFIELD — A total of 201 runners competed in the annual Marshfield Elementary School Fun Run on Tuesday at Wildwood Park.Athletes from kindergarten through sixth grade — 115 girls and 86 boys — competed in the one-mile, cross country run around the Upper Pond at Wildwood.Dylan Reimer, a fifth-grader at Our Lady of Peace, won the boys race in a time of 6:28, 16 seconds ahead of Chase Hinson, a sixth-grader at Grant Elementary (6:44).The girls race was won by Washington Elementary fourth-grader Ashlyn Barwick, who finished in 6:53, just one second ahead of fellow Washington fourth-grader Calleigh Kanitz.The run was coordinated by the Marshfield High School cross country team and coach Dan Akin.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)last_img read more

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South African innovation to be seen through the eyes of top bloggers

first_imgThat’s why the Brand South Africa/IMC is bringing a group of top-notch US bloggers to SA in first week of December and hosting them on a first-of-its-kind 8-day tour that will showcase South Africa as an extraordinary nation of creative problem-solvers who do difficult things well. Travelling with the group will be two of South Africa best-known bloggers, Thoughtleader’s Ndumiso Ngcobo, author of “Some of My Best Friends are White”, and Nicholas Haralambous of SARocks.co.za,  along with Simon Barber, the IMC’s US Country Manager, who blogs at brandsouthafricablog.com.  Nich will also be blogging for the Homecoming Revolution website whilst on the trip.Armed with their laptops, cameras and digital recorders — and 3G wireless modems generously supplied by Vodacom to give them 24/7 access to the web – the bloggers will:1. Helicopter out to De Beers’ state of the art mining ship, Peace in Africa, off the west coast;2. Get a close look for South Africa’s green technology, including the Joule electric car and the Darling wind farm;3. See the sun set over the Richtersveld;4. Descend 3.7 kilometres to the ore face at Anglogold Ashanti’s Tau Tona mine, the world’s deepest;5. Hike in the Magaliesberg with an innovative programme to rescue troubled youth;6. Overnight in Soweto to get a feel for its history and transformation;7. Visit Soccer City to get the latest on 2010;8. Drink a little wine with the folks from Stormhoek winery who  pioneered the use of web-based social networks to be an internationally-respected brand;9. And much, much more on a remarkable itinerary assembled with the invaluable help of the well-known science-writer, author, educator and blogger Graeme Addison.As they go, the bloggers will be posting on their experiences and impressions in words, pictures, video and sound.  Their posts will be aggregated at a special site, www.weblogtheworld.com , and also available as an RSS feed. Photos will be posted to flickr, videos to YouTube and Zoopy.Explaining the thinking behind the tour, IMC’s Barber said: “The beauty of the Internet, blogs and technologies like Facebook, YouTube, Zoopy and Twitter, is that everyone can now be a storyteller and, with a little luck and flair, have their story heard by millions.“We’re going to be creating all kinds of great content on this tour.  We hope our posts will generate tons of links from other blogs, Facebook pages and the like. We hope lots of people will not just watch our videos on YouTube and Zoopy but embed them, along with the tour’s RSS feed and flickr stream, on their own sites. That’s what we’re working to achieve.”Emphasising the importance of user-generated-content, Barber continued: “If you’re in the market for almost any product or service these days, and you have an Internet connection, the net is your buyer’s guide.  You don’t need to listen to sales pitches or succumb to slick ads. You go online and get recommendations from people your trust, other consumers, your peers. That’s the new reality for everyone in the marketing business.“As the custodian of Brand South Africa, the International Marketing Council’s job is to see that South Africa’s story is told compellingly, convincingly and, above all – because you can neither compel nor convince otherwise – authentically.“One way to do that is to empower South Africans to use the Internet to talk about the country they love and get themselves heard. Another is to amplify the voices of visitors when they record and share their overwhelmingly positive experiences here. Nothing beats a good third party endorsement.”Barber cited the example of Kevin DeSouza, an assistant professor at the University of Washington’s School of Information, who  spent a couple of months teaching at Wits earlier this year.  Here’s a link to what he wrote in his blog when he left:  http://kevindesouza.blogspot.com/. As the comments at the bottom of the post show, it had an impact. Shirley Meyer wrote:  “Very grateful for the review. I have wanted to visit for a while, but was too worried (nervous). I must buy my ticket now. Thanks a million.”The US bloggers are:       1. Renee Blodgett and Ray Lewis (www.downtheavenue.com),       2. Zadi Diaz (www.zadidiaz.com),       3. Mona Gable (www.huffingtonpost.com/mona-gable),       4. John Gartner (www.matternetwork.com),       5. Chris Morrison (www.venturebeat.com),       6. David Sasaki (www.globalvoices.org),       7. Graeme Wood (www.theamericanscene.com,www.thesmartset.com ,www.theatlantic.com)       8. Eliane Fioret (www.ubergizmo.com). For further information, please contact: Simon Barber, US Country ManagerCell: +1 202 276 5084Office +1 202 657 5758 / +1 202 432 5607From November 28: +27 76 822 7365Skype name: barber.comEmail: barber.simon@gmail.comDownload this article in PDF format. [367kb]last_img read more

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More than just another BRIC in the wall

first_img25 July 2011 South Africa is set to benefit in the next 10 to 15 years from major investment in infrastructure and manufacturing from the BRICS grouping – Brazil, Russia, India, China and now SA – which represents 42% of the world’s population and 18% of its GDP. South Africa’s invitation to join the group last September – and its high-profile inclusion at a well-orchestrated summit in Beijing in mid-April – has put South Africa in the league of the world’s fastest-growing and potentially most influential group of nations. The four founding BRICS differ widely in their economic indicators and demographics, but they all share a need to see a successful conclusion of the Doha round and the removal of barriers between the BRICS themselves to promote more open trade and investment. South Africa’s inclusion is a recognition of its strategic role in Africa and its ability to act as an interlocutor between Africa and the international community rather than because of its population or GDP.BRICS gain momentum The BRICS – the sobriquet coined in the aftershock of the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Centre by Goldman Sachs banker Jim O’Neill in search for the next “big thing” – have gained a momentum of their own in the past decade, which means that in addition to reflecting the changing global economic landscape they are playing an increasing role in shaping it. The recent united insistence by the BRICS that the next chair of the International Monetary Fund should be chosen on competence alone rather than according to a region, indicates a political maturity. It is the first time that a group of developing nations have put pressure on a leading international organisation to select a chief executive who reflects the increasing importance of emerging markets in the global economy. The rising power of the BRICS lobby holds potentially far-reaching consequences for the relationship between China and Africa in general and between South Africa and China in particular and is likely to have a profound impact on China’s rapidly growing trade and investment relationship with South Africa.Zuma’s leadership South African President Jacob Zuma has worked strategically to build the relationship with China and argued persuasively for Africa’s inclusion in the BRICS group through South Africa’s membership. He has already paid a state visit to China, hosted President Hu Jintao in South Africa and attended the BRICS summit in Beijing in April. For Zuma, it is not a question of South Africa boxing above its weight. It is just basic logic that a continent central to sustainable global growth should be included in the club Zuma has already overseen a rapid deepening of South Africa’s relationship with China. Zuma’s leadership stands to win major contracts for South African companies and parastatal corporations in developing African infrastructure in what has become the world’s third-fastest growing market after China and India. Africa grew at 4.5% last year and is expected to reach 5.2% this year. South Africa is set for a more modest 4%. South Africa is also a benefactor of better access to BRICS markets and, at the same time, it is a competitor or joint venture partner in the development of Africa. Aware of the massive savings pool that China and other BRICS nations are sitting on, Zuma is inviting investors from BRICS countries to take up the major infrastructure and manufacturing opportunities in South Africa and on the African continent. Both the private and public sectors of the country stand to be leading beneficiaries of this offer.Mutual credit lines The BRICS have decided in principle to establish mutual credit lines denominated in local currencies rather than US dollars, a move that is seen to promote cooperation between countries over a wide range of projects, and has proven to be able to facilitate trade and investment between these countries. Such arrangements are already working to the mutual benefit of China and Brazil which has deepened China’s relationship with Brazil’s state-owned oil company, Petrobras. Recently, China Development Bank’s Chairman Chen Yuan has said that the bank is prepared to lend up to US$1.5-billion in local currency to fellow BRICS, in particular, for oil and gas projects. Last year, Zuma was appointed to head the African Union’s high-level sub-committee on infrastructure, which will oversee an estimated $480-billion of infrastructure investment on the continent in the next decade. But Zuma’s influence will extend far beyond infrastructure into the vital areas of food production and environment. The realpolitik of the situation is that the bulk of this work is likely to be awarded to China, South Africa and other BRICS.South Africa as global broker With South Africa serving its second term as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, and Zuma’s appointment as co-chair of the COP-17 climate change summit to be held in Durban in December, the South African president is well-placed to help forge a grand trade-off between the industrialised and developing worlds. If South Africa can help broker a breakthrough in the global trade-off between environment and development it could give a much-needed boost to South Africa’s own renewable energy and clean technology industries. This COP 17 will have made major progress by establishing either a reformed global market mechanism to regulate emissions or by extending the current one to include the United States and China. China, both because of necessity and its history of pragmatic adjustment, is well-placed to become the world leader in developing cleaner and more sustainable technologies which will supplement and ultimately replace fossil fuels as the world’s primary source of energy. South Africa is ideally placed to contribute to this global priority. After hosting the World Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002 and more recently committing to the Clean Development Mechanism South Africa has vowed to reach its targets on reducing emissions and carbon management. But in a country with high unemployment and underdevelopment, it has to continually weigh the dictates of environmental management with those of developmental priorities.Thinking BRICS As the pace of regional integration within the Southern African Development Community (SADC) quickens – a goal that Zuma has put near the top of his priorities list – the economic rewards for South Africa will come in the form of increased foreign direct investment and expanding trade relations. The evolving free trade agreement between the overlapping regional economic communities of SADC, the Common Market of East and Southern Africa (Comesa) and the East African Community (EAC) is likely to give further impetus to this process. South Africa is already thinking BRICS. It is upgrading flight connections and tourism offerings to the BRICS nations as well as tailoring investment opportunities and conditions to meet the requirements of its new-found strategic partners. President Zuma has pointed out that South Africa’s membership of BRICS will open access to the markets of the world’s high-growth developing economies as well as heralding new and exciting opportunities for South African companies to develop new business and partnerships. South Africa’s robust private sector is gradually waking up to these opportunities and some – such as Standard Bank – were ahead of the game when they sold 20 percent of the bank to International Commercial Bank of China three years ago in what was China’s largest-ever foreign investment at the time. Since then, several key Chinese companies have opened offices in the country and Beijing has located the Africa headquarters of the China-Africa Development Fund in Johannesburg.Potential game changer BRICS, with Africa now represented in “the club”, will deepen south-south co-operation and have the potential to change the game rules of international finance and trade and give a voice to developing countries on a whole range of issues ranging from climate change to development. The main priority of the BRICS is to ensure that the Doha round is completed and that the industrialised countries scrap subsidies and protectionist measures to allow the developing world better access to global markets. Such a move would boost the level of international trade although it would shift the balance towards the markets of the south and the east. This shift is already taking place, and will gain momentum, but an orderly transition via the WTO would be less disruptive. Africa is set to achieve growth levels which will empower its 1-billion citizens and enable the continent to elevate millions from poverty as China has done for some 400-million poor in the past 30 years. South Africa’s inclusion in the BRICS in December last year, largely as a result of strong lobbying by China, came as a surprise to many – not least to O’Neill, who argued that countries such as Indonesia, Turkey and South Korea were far stronger contenders. But such notions underestimate South Africa’s strategic importance to Africa, China and the industrialised world and its unique potential in acting as a bridge between them. South Africa will continue with its membership of the trilateral commission comprising India, Brazil and South Africa (IBSA) as well as its key membership of the G20 group of nations.Hurdles But there are hurdles on the road ahead. The China-South Africa trade relationship is heavily in China’s favour, and it will take some skilful political arm-twisting to achieve a more sustainable trade balance by getting the Chinese engaged in more joint ventures, manufacturing and beneficiation in line with the country’s recently released economic road-map, the National Growth Path, which seeks to ensure more leave-behind from foreign investors. Despite China’s position as South Africa’s biggest two-way trade partner based on South African exports of mineral resources, the European Union remains South Africa’s most important export market and responsible for 40% of foreign investment. But it is probably inevitable in the medium to long-term that China will become a more important export market for South Africa goods. While the United States is set to remain by far the most powerful global economy in the next two decades – the changes now under way and symbolised by the BRICS group will prepare the ground for profound changes in the global order in the next 20 to 25 years. South Africa and China – and the other BRIC nations – will be key players in the forging of a more interdependent, sustainable and equitable world. John Battersby is UK country manager of the International Marketing Council of South Africa. Yingni Lu is a London-based development professional specialising in clean technology and renewable energy. She is a partner at London-based Forbury Environmental.last_img read more

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News.me Exposé Puts Your Friends In Charge of the News

first_imgTags:#Product Reviews#web I’ve been playing around with a new tool from the crack team at News.me called Exposé. It’s a browser bookmarklet that shows you what a news site would look like “if [y]our friends were in charge.” It pops up a News.me menu that lists stories from that site your Twitter, Facebook and News.me friends have shared, along with their comments.News.me makes iOS apps and email digests that pull in news from your social networks, and Exposé is a remarkable extension of that technology. It lets you quickly jump to the stories likely to matter to you on any site. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market jon mitchell Related Posts News.me is making reactions to the news into a social layer. Lots of services are able to digest your Twitter and Facebook streams and pull out the most popular links, but News.me is doing more with the data. Especially with the new reactions in the iPhone app, News.me provides a bunch of quick signals about what your contacts thought of a story.The News.me iPhone app is a good place to discover new stories and sources. But I also launch it when I know there’s news, because I’ll immediately be able to identify which take on the story is the one I need to see.The new bookmarklet extends that power to the Web as well. If your network is talking about any stories on a site you’re visiting, you can reveal them in one click.Not only is it a handy filter for an avid reader, it’s a great reason to convince your friends to use News.me. But they don’t even have to; just posting the links on Twitter or Facebook will cause them to show up in your Exposé.You can find Exposé on the News.me/tools page.Lead image courtesy of Shutterstock A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

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NCAA: San Beda sends Letran to 3-way tie for 4th seed

first_imgView comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Beda came through in the clutch and defeated rival Letran, 73-68, in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Red Lions mounted an 11-2 game-closing run to take a 72-65 lead with 1:12 remaining in the fourth with Robert Bolick scoring four points in the charge.ADVERTISEMENT 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 MOST READ Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors LATEST STORIES Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Bong Quinto led the Knights with 18 points and 10 rebounds while Jerrick Balanza had 16 points.Rey Nambatac struggled against the defense of Bolick as he put up just eight points on 3-of-13 shooting. The defending champions improved to 16-1 and continued their winning streak to 15 games while the Knights dropped to 8-9, tying Arellano U and San Sebastian at the fourth spot.“It’s a rivalry game, we have to win this game to prepare us against Lyceum on our final game,” said Red Lions head coach Boyet Fernandez. “I commend Calvin [Oftana] for giving us a good start and Robert [Bolick] did a good job in the end.”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 openingOftana’s seven points in the first period helped the Red Lions get a 21-14 edge in the first 10 minutes.Donald Tankoua, though, was the high-point man for San Beda with 15 points to go along eight boards while Oftana and Bolick had 13 points apiece. Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Kyrie Irving on opening night showdown vs. Cavs: ‘There’s no pressure at all’ ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claimslast_img read more

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