1 cup barbecue sauce1 cup colaPreheat oven to 325 degrees. Place brisket, fat side up, in a roasting pan. Stir together steak seasoning, Worcestershire sauce, barbecue sauce and cola; pour over beef.Bake, cover tightly with heavy duty aluminum foil, for 3 to 4 hours or until tender.Remove brisket from oven; let … This recipe for cola-braised beef brisket is from FarmLife.com, Spring 2017.5 pound beef brisket2 tablespoons Montreal steak seasoning2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
16 October 2015In an attempt to beat an overseas competitor at his own game, South African entrepreneur Nicholas Haralambous built a fashion company out of colourful designer socks that are now sold in 20 countries around the world.The Capetonian bought some brightly coloured socks some years ago. But he was not happy with either the quality or the design of the imported product. It sparked a desire to do something better, and in November 2012 he set up Nic Harry, a fashion company that creates vibrant socks and men’s accessories.“At the moment I am having fun, adding style to men’s options, and increasing the limited range that men have in accessories,” Haralambous explained. “I like to dress men from the ground up.”Nic Harry socks, which are made from bamboo fibres, now adorn the feet of high-profiled people, such as cricketer Herschelle Gibbs, actor Maps Maponyane, rugby player Bob Skinstad, and politician Mmusi Maimane.How it started The Barbershop sock is Nic Harry’s first design. It is a hit in 10 countries. (Image: Supplied)He had exited another business and used the money he saved to start Nic Harry socks, Haralambous told the television magazine show Top Billing. “I wanted to show South Africans that you could use a relatively small amount of money to slowly grow something of value.“I took the $400 (±R5 000 at the time) and grew it into R30 000 within six weeks and then reinvested the money into the business for the first two years,” the 31-year-old explained.The biggest seller is The Barbershop, which is popular in 10 countries.Watch behind the scenes at Nic Harry’s local factory:He mostly designed his own socks, said Haralambous. “We partner with designers about twice a year to help us with new, innovative designs. All of them are local designs. There have been five (designers) overall and we’re growing that number in 2015.”Failing to learnHe had had nine businesses over the past 10 years, Haralambous told the British news agency, BBC. He set up his first business as a student, when he was just 19.Despite his jump into business, he graduated with a degree in journalism, politics and philosophy from Rhodes University, in Eastern Cape. Initially using his university learning, he started out in the media at 702 Talk Radio. Over the years, Haralambous has also worked at Financial Mail, Business Day and Mail & Guardian, where he was head of the mobile division for a brief stint.He left Mail & Guardian for a young start-up called Zoopy. Other start-ups in which he has been involved include Motribe, a mobile social network builder that he co-founded with Vincent Maher in 2010. After two years of intense work, Mxit bought Motribe.Watch Haralambous explain how business ideas emerge:Of the nine businesses in which he has been involved over the past decade, Motribe was the first successful one. About Nic Harry, Haralambous said: “In our first year we did sold 6 500 socks globally. In our second year we sold 66 000 pairs; this year we are on the track to do a 100 000 to 110 000 pairs.”His philosophy is that failure means that you learn. “What a lot of entrepreneurs do is they run into a wall and stop. What good entrepreneurs do is knock the wall down and run to the next wall. That is key. It’s key that you just keep going.“However, sometimes it really comes down to grit and determination to stay motivated in the face of relentless odds and endless problems. Either you see those problems as something to solve or as a road block. If you see roadblocks then maybe entrepreneurship isn’t for you,” he said.His advice From selling 6 500 pairs of socks globally three years ago when the business started, colourful socks by Nic Harry are worn by celebrities such as Herschelle Gibbs and Maps Maponyane. In 2015, Nic Harry is aiming to sell 110 000 pairs of socks. (Image: Supplied)He had no other formal training or education in building businesses, Haralambous said. “I don’t think you decide to become an entrepreneur. My family is filled with entrepreneurs and it’s what I realised I am best at and comfortable with. It makes me happy. So I do it!”Trial and error was how he learned. “Build, fail, learn, and repeat. For me, that’s the only way I know how and the way it’s worked out.“I think that the key thing is to persevere. It’s hard. It’s really, really hard to build a business of any kind, anywhere in the world so don’t think it’s going to be a breeze. You’re going to face hardship and there will be sacrifice but if you want the long-term benefit you need the short-term pain and risk.”Nic Harry had produced about 70 different sock designs over the past three years. “Right now, in stock we probably have 65,” he said.The company opened a dedicated shop in August, at 66 Wale Street, in Cape Town.Source: SouthAfrica.info reporter
The judge that presided over the Trial Of The Century patent dispute between Apple and Samsung is now calling for global patent peace between the two companies.There is more than a touch of irony in this request.Judge Lucy Koh was the judge that played referee between Apple and Samsung earlier this year, an epic court battle won by Apple with a jury verdict forcing Samsung to pay its biggest rival $1.05 billion for copying Apple’s design and patents in a variety of its smarpthones and tablets. Like any giant court case, though, the end is never really the end. In many ways, the jury verdict was just the beginning.Samsung has asked Koh for a retrial based on alleged misconduct by jury foreman Velvin Hogan, as well as to reduce the overall payment Samsung owes Apple by analyzing the jury’s award line by line. For instance, Samung now owes Apple $58 million for the “tap-and-zoom” infringement on Samsung’s Prevail smartphone. Koh said she might reduce that to $8 million, according to The Associated Press.Visualize Whirled PeasBut forget all that. According to the AP’s report, Koh told lawyers from the two companies, “I think it is time for global peace.”This is not the first time that Koh has called for detente between Apple and Samsung. Right before the jury went to deliberation in August, Koh urged the top executives from Samsung to come to a settlement. No settlement was reached and the jury ultimately awarded Apple $1.05 billion.The irony is that the case has made Koh a highly recognized name in the U.S. courts for her stewardship over Apple patent cases brought in California. She has been involved in 19 Apple-related patent disputes since being raised to the level of District Court judge in 2010. That includes injunctions against Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 (which she later dissolved after the case went to the Federal Court of Appeals) and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (also reversed).Koh may have be calling for peace, but she is also one of the biggest perpetuators of the farce that is the patent system in the courts.What Would Posner Do?Koh would do well to look at the example of Richard Posner, a judge of the U.S. Court Of Appeals for the Seventh District in Chicago. When it came down to a patent fight between Apple and Motorola in June 2012, Posner simply would not allow the two sides to battle it out in court. He dismissed the case with prejudice (meaning neither could refile their claims) and that was the end of that. Posner criticized both Apple and Motorola for “wild conjecture,” weakness in their cases and trial preparation and failure to present enough evidence.Sound familiar? Except for the evidence (which can be misleading considering what some companies define as evidence), the Apple and Samsung fight has been filled with wild conjecture and a variety of other issues. Koh not only wasn’t able to stop Apple and Samsung from fighting, but she has become an instigator in their three-ring court circus. Posner would be part of no such thing.In addition, since most of the cases in Koh’s court have gone in Apple’s favor to some degree, the Cupertino-based iPhone maker may think it has found a friend in the legal system. This is likely to bring more cases from Apple to Koh’s court.Granted, it is hard to compare Koh and Posner. Koh has been a District Court judge for two years while Posner is something of an American legal legend (he traded very public barbs with Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia earlier this year).Still, Koh’s call for peace between Apple and Samsung rings hollow. She has done nothing to actually force or enforce such a peace. And now her hands are tied, making it more difficult to clean up the mess that she was an integral part of creating. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#Apple#Patents#Samsung dan rowinski Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces
Love knows no boundaries. Love knows no language. Therefore, when a man, fluent in Hindi, proposed to a woman, fluent in Spanish in the middle of a tournament, the world stood up and took notice.This is the story of an Indian chess reporter who asked a Colombian chess player to marry him minutes before the start of her team’s match at the 2018 Chess Olympiad on Tuesday.Indian journalist and chess player Niklesh Jain popped the question to WIM Angela Lopez of Colombia just before her team faced China.As the match was about to begin, with Angela going over last minute preparations with her team, Niklesh made his move.In the main hall where multiple matches were on , Niklesh knelt down beside Angela and presented his ring and after being momentarily surprised with the proposal, Angela agreed gleefully.When asked what prompted him to propose to Angela in the middle of the tournament and just minutes before the start of the match, Niklesh explained the logic.”Actually I am chess player and she is too. There were a few places where i could have proposed her, but then I thought what better could it be than the Chess Olympiads. There are 189 countries who are playing here and for us this is our temple,” Niklesh told Chess.com.The whole proposal was actually planned and coordinated with Angela’s sister who is also a player on the Colombian team.”So in the morning I thought I would do this here, and told her sister about my plan and she helped me. “advertisement Niklesh also went on to explain that it was not a spur of the moment decision. Instead, it was well thought out and planned to perfection.”I had been planning this for some time. We have been dating for 1.5 years after we met in Barcelona in the Catalan circuit. We were playing our matches next to each other. I won that game against a tough opponent, even though I was not trying to impress her. But we started talking.”Olympiad LOVE! He speaks Hindi (India). She speaks Spanish (Colombia). But they found love through chess! He popped the question at @BatumiChess2018 playing hall before round 2. She said yes! … And they are learning English, quick! Congratulations! @WOMChess @FIDE_chess pic.twitter.com/wtqmW26f6PSusan Polgar (@SusanPolgar) September 25, 2018Niklesh, who also writes about the game, travelled to Colombia back in August to learn more about the chess culture in the country and worked with Angela, who is a multiple time national champion.He also said they would chat via messages and how he had travelled to Medellin (in Colombia) and she in turn too came met his family in India.”The thing is that there is a language problem, she can’t speak English very well, neither can I. So, we had to use our phones to translate and to communicate.”Roughly 17,000 km and language could not come in between Niklesh and Angela.It’s like they say. Love knows no boundaries.
Kentucky Fans Most Annoying 2Congratulations, Big Blue Nation. According to our readers, you are the most annoying fan base in college sports. Kentucky basketball supporters were voted slightly more annoying than Alabama football fans, 52%-48%, in our championship game this week. Kentucky was our overall No. 1 seed in the tournament, so technically, chalk won out.Here’s the entire bracket, which is now complete. The Final Four included one basketball fan base (Kentucky) and three football fan bases (Notre Dame, Alabama, Florida State). Perhaps the meltdown after UK’s loss to Wisconsin in the Final Four last Saturday contributed to BBN taking the crown.You can check out the voting for the Opening Round here, the Round of 32 here, the Sweet 16 here, the Elite Eight here and the Final Four here.Thanks to everyone who voted throughout the process. Go celebrate, #BBN.
YouTube/Swanny JLast season did not live up to expectations for the Oklahoma Sooners. The team dropped games to most of the top Big 12 teams, including Baylor and TCU, lost a heartbreaking Bedlam game, and was blown out by Clemson in a bowl to finish 8-5. This season could not have gone more differently. OU sits at 11-1, with sole claim to the Big 12 title, and an almost-inevitable College Football Playoff berth. With their regular season over, FiveThirtyEight gives Oklahoma the best chance—99-percent—of any contender to make the field of four. To celebrate what turned into a magical Sooners season, YouTuber Swanny J has put together a new hype video celebrating the impending playoff berth. Get excited, Sooner fans.
Mayoral hopeful Bill Smith is speaking out about the controversy concerning a new Calgary arena.Smith said it would be good for Calgary, but it has to be the right deal.“If the deal makes sense for Calgarians then I think it’s a great thing to have. But I tell you what’s most important at this point in time, I believe this is now become an issue with the integrity of our mayor going forward and I think that’s the biggest election issue we’ve got,” he said.Smith said if he were mayor he would be straight up with Calgary Sports and Entertainment and update residents.He said we’ve not seeing anything like that so far.Mayor Naheed Nenshi said Wednesday the city is still willing to negotiate with the Flames, despite CEO Ken King’s surprising announcement to pull out.He also said he’d have to take King at his word that the move was not related to the upcoming municipal election.
Currently, the government says that more than 4,600 subsidized housing units are specifically designated for Indigenous peoples in B.C. More than 700 Indigenous housing units are in development or under construction throughout the province. In addition to funding under the new Indigenous Housing Fund, the Province says that Indigenous organizations and First Nations will be able to access provincial support under the new housing funds announced as part of the 30-point housing plan in this year’s budget PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – Premier John Horgan announced today that B.C. will become the first province in Canada to invest provincial housing funds on First Nations reserves.Through the new Building BC: Indigenous Housing Fund, the B.C. government says it will invest $550 million over the next 10 years to build 1,750 new units of social housing for projects both on- and off-reserve. BC Housing will send out a request for proposals to identify prospective partners, including Indigenous non-profit housing providers, First Nations, Métis Nation British Columbia, and non-profit and for-profit developers, wanting to partner with Indigenous housing providers and First Nations.“Everyone in British Columbia deserves a good home, including people who live on-reserve,” said Premier Horgan. “That’s why we’re opening the door to all Indigenous communities to join us as we make housing better and more affordable for people in every part of the province.”
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – It was a full house on Friday at the North Peace Arena for the 2019 North Peace Secondary School Graduation Ceremonies.A total of close to 400 students were in attendance as they eagerly awaited to start a new chapter in their lives.Many School District 60 staff and community dignitaries were in attendance to offer their words of knowledge and encouragement during this momentous occasion. Assistant Superintendent, Stephen Petrucci, says the ceremony is a way to celebrate and recognize the succession of the graduates as they step forward into the next part of their educational or professional lives.“We’re really here today to recognize the succession of our graduates to the next step in their educational and professional journey. In fact, the word graduation literally means the next step. Whatever that looks like to you, we are confident that the School District, your family, and the community have prepared you well.”Mayor Lori Ackerman offered words on behalf of the community, encouraging the graduates to seek success as they move along throughout their lives.“Seek success. That path to success may some days look more like a maze but know that you have made it through many mazes already and you will make it through many more, so never quit in succeeding. Enjoy the experiences along the way, these will enhance your skills and will create memories for you.”The full Graduation Ceremonies can be watched on the Energeticcity.ca Facebook page.
New Delhi: Insurance companies will have to inform about claim settlement status to policyholders at various stages of processing from July, Irdai said Wednesday. Insurers need to adopt a clear and transparent communication policy to protect the interest of policyholders, it said in a circular. When it comes to claims, there is a need to make available a tracking mechanism for policyholders so as to enable them to know the status of their claims, it added. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”In order to ensure fair and transparent claim settlement procedures, all insurers shall notify about the status of the claim at various stages of its processing. “In case of health insurance, where third party administrators (TPAs) are engaged for rendering claims services, it is the responsibility of insurers to ensure that status of claim shall be notified to the claimant at every stage of claim,” the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (Irdai) said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostClear and transparent communication play a vital role in servicing of insurance policies and in ensuring that the benefits of insurance policies flow to the beneficiaries in a timely manner, it added. Irdai also asked insurers — life, health and general — to send all communication about issuance and servicing of policies through letter, e-mail, SMS or any other electronic form approved by it. “In case of health insurance, where TPAs are engaged for rendering health services, insurers shall ensure that all related communications such as issuance of ID card are sent either by the TPA or shall be carried out by insurers on their own,” the circular said. The companies will also have to send brief messages to customers to enhance awareness apart from sending necessary caution messages like not falling prey to spurious calls/offers. Insurers may use simple, easy to read and understand language. And wherever feasible, the communication should be in regional or local language of the place of residence of the claimants, besides English/Hindi, the authority said. “This shall be implemented by insurers with effect from July 1, 2019,” Irdai said. 11. Commerce ministry asks health ministry to frame law to ban manufacture, sale of e-cigarettes (336) New Delhi, Apr 10 (PTI) The commerce ministry has asked its health counterpart to frame law banning manufacture and sale of e-cigarettes in the country as in the absence of a domestic legislation, it would not be possible to put a blanket ban on its imports, sources said. The health ministry had asked the commerce ministry to issue a notification banning import of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS), including e-cigarettes and flavoured hookah. “Without banning domestic sale and manufacturing of ENDS through a law, it will be an infringement of global trade norms to put an import ban,” one of the sources said. In August last year, the health ministry had issued an advisory to all states and Union Territories (UTs) to stop the manufacture, sale and import of ENDS after the Delhi High Court took strong exception to the Centre for delay in coming up with appropriate measures to tackle the “new emerging threat” of e-cigarettes in the country. In March, the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization also directed all drug controllers in states and UTs not to allow the manufacture, sale, import and advertisement of ENDS, including e-cigarettes and flavoured hookah, in their jurisdictions.