Spartans battle early but fall in first round

first_imgRedding >> The Red Bluff Spartans ended their 2016 campaign with a 56-14 loss on the road to the Shasta Wolves, but it was a playoff loss and that in and of itself was a victory, being the team’s first post season action since 2012.The Spartans finish the year with wins over Yreka, Central Valley and Anderson and made significant progress after opening the season with five straight losses thanks to some key injuries and being on the wrong end of close match-ups. Instead of giving up, the team …last_img read more

How can digital technology boost growth in Africa?

first_imgThe digitalisation of the economy offers a huge leapfrogging opportunity to Africa, as the continent bypasses older technology to immediately embrace the new. This was the starting point of a World Economic Forum on Africa discussion on the economic potential of digital technology, held on 11 May 2016.From left, Siyabonga Cwele, Tobias Becker, Elizabeth Migwalla, Pascal Lamy and Charles Muritu discuss technology and economic growth in Africa at the World Economic Forum on Africa in Kigali, Rwanda, on 11 May 2016. (Image: WEF Flickr)How, the panellists were asked, can this economic potential be unleashed?The session was moderated by Pascal Lamy, political consultant, businessman and former director-general of the World Trade Organisation.The other speakers were South African Minister of Telecommunications Siyabonga Cwele; Charles Muritu, the head of African telecoms and strategic partnerships at Google; Elizabeth Migwalla, senior director of government affairs at Qualcomm; Tobias Becker, senior vice president and director for Africa at ABB Ltd; and Cote d’Ivoire government spokesperson Bruno Nabagne Kone.In discussing how technology can transform Africa’s digital marketplace, the panel examined the fostering of online entrepreneurs, enabling cross-border data exchange, and overcoming traditional barriers to trade.Watch the full session:last_img read more

ZIM Brining Blockchain Technology into Shipping

first_imgzoom Israeli shipping company Zim Integrated Shipping Services (ZIM) has wrapped up the first pilot of paperless Bills-of-Lading based on blockchain technology.During the trial, conducted in cooperation with Sparx Logistics and Wave Ltd., the participants issued, transferred and received original electronic documents using the Wave Application. The pioneering pilot, first of its kind led by an ocean carrier, saw the containers, shipped by Sparx Logistics from China to Canada, delivered to the consignees “without a hitch”.ZIM, which is pioneering the new solution following a long market analysis, said that it is convinced that the blockchain technology and the Wave application can be the solution that will drive the trade to the digital era.The new blockchain-based system uses distributed ledger technology to ensure that all parties can issue, transfer, endorse and manage shipping and trade related documents through a secure decentralized network. The application is free for Shippers, Importers and Traders and requires no IT or operational changes.“I’m proud that ZIM leads the way in introducing blockchain technology to the shipping world, and congratulate our partners in this exciting initiative, Sparx Logistics and Wave Ltd,” Eli Glickman, ZIM CEO, said.“While we are still in the process of evaluating the technology, we are confident that this type of forward-looking ideas will advance our industry as a whole towards a more efficient and modern phase,” Eyal Ben-Amram, ZIM CIO, added.last_img read more