Final lineup for Rage Festival 2016

With only four days to go before Rage 2016 descends on the KZN coastline, the festival has announced the final acts to join the lineup.
Rage Festival offers attendees The Sound Factory with its five stages, 26 club nights across the KZN East Coast, as well as more than 90 international and local artists.

Final lineup for Rage Festival 2016

Additional acts

The festival will feature international acts such as South London’s multi-talented TroyBoi who specialises in unique, versatile, and highly musical tracks that fuse various textures from multiple genres; Brazil’s Vintage Culture, who creates a unique brand of dance music merging retro synth pop influences with modern deep house and nu disco; and Melbourne’s bounce maestro Brynny and psy trance DJ Ghost Rider, who processes his emotions and ideas to form a dynamic and catchy sound. All the acts will perform at the festival’s mega-venue, The Sound Factory.

TroyBoi
TroyBoi

As for the homegrown talent, Goldfish, Da Les, DJ Invizable, Huckleberry, Royal K, Mooi, Bomb Squad, Kallisto, Cayoss, Evida, Feedback, Park, Smiddie and many more will take to the stage.

Previously announced acts include Agents of Time, Alok, Class A, Bhaskar, Boogie Vice, Shapeless, Sons of Maria and RTD.

Purchase a Rage Passport

The Black and Platinum passports have already sold out, leaving only a limited number of General passports available. General Rage Passports cost R950.

Passports tiers available at – ragefestival.co.za/ragepassport

Passports are not for sale to persons under the age of 18. Attendees need to be 18 at the start of Rage on 26 November 2016 to be granted access to the festival and venues.

Jozi shuttle service

The Jozi shuttle service gives Ragers an easy and safe alternative operating transportation service from all sectors of South Africa. Established in 2009 as ‘Jozi Jol’ Shuttle service, the aim and focus was to eliminate students from drinking and driving to and from the jol.

The Jozi Shuttles offering has expanded since 2009, offering more versatile transportation packages to more areas.

Routes

JHB to Umhlanga/Ballito
Pick up – OR Tambo International Airport
Drop off – Ballito Bay Mall
Drop off – Gateway Shopping Mall

Umhlanga/Ballito to JHB
Pick up – Ballito Bay Mall
Pick up – Gateway Shopping Mall
Drop off – OR Tambo International Airport

Rage Festival 2016 app

The Rage Festival App provides up-to-the-minute event news and Rage Festival competitions. The App also provides users the ability to create their own custom event schedules and share these with friends on the App. The app may be downloaded on the Android Playstore and the iOS App Store.

The festival is presented by Rage Festival organisers, G&G Productions and Samsung Mobile South Africa.

Plan to bypass tender process in IPTS spend

In a race against time to spend R93.1-million on its troubled bus system before the April launch date, the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality wants to bypass the tender processes yet again.
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The news comes as about R2.5-billion was ploughed into the Integrated Public Transport System (IPTS) over the past nine years and only a handful of the contracts went out to tender.

City officials believe the municipality’s lengthy procurement processes would hamper its plans to have the buses on the Cleary Park route in five months’ time. Last month, the national Treasury allocated R93.1- million towards the roll-out of the project – money that must be spent by the end of the financial year, which is on 30 June.

The metro has, however, committed to a launch date in April for the Cleary Park route, which would run from Cleary Park to the Port Elizabeth central business district and NMMU.

In a confidential report to the roads and transport committee, which met yesterday, director of roads, stormwater and transportation Yusuf Gaffore proposed that the city piggybacks on existing tenders from other municipalities which have successfully implemented the IPTS.

He said the metro was battling with severe staff shortages and did not have a number of requirements in place to “go live” in April.

Some of the requirements prescribed by the Department of Transport, which Gaffore said were not in place, included an automated fare collection system, depot facilities, assessment and operational staff, vehicle operating contracts, a marketing and communications plan, a universal access plan, programme management services, and infrastructure design and implementation management.

Since its inception, the municipality has poured about R2.5-billion into the IPTS and almost all contracts over the past four years were not subjected to a bidding process.

Companies were instead handpicked through a deviation process.

The IPTS was also the subject of a forensic probe by the Treasury – a report which has yet to be released more than a year after the municipality was handed a draft.

In Gaffore’s report, he wrote that strategic decisions and creativity had to come into play for the municipality to spend all the money from the Treasury.

“[We have] scrutinised the environment in which the IPTS operates and given the available supply chain and recruitment processes, [we] came to the realisation the two most pressing objectives might not be realised.

“The municipality can therefore capitalise on the available contracts secured by [other] cities.

“Not that the initiative will be beneficial only in terms of time, but procuring services that are already tested given the cost involved in the identified outstanding services and their complexities,” Gaffore wrote.

He said the metro’s current staff organogram did not deal sufficiently with the operational requirements of the IPTS.

The political head of the committee, councillor Rano Kayser, declined to comment on Gaffore’s proposal, saying it was a confidential report which had been withdrawn because it should be handled by the administration.

Top five technologies to watch: 2017 to 2021

In a report titled ‘The Top Emerging Technologies to Watch: 2017 To 2021’, research and analysis firm Forrester identified 15 emerging technologies that will change consumer expectations and the way businesses operate over the next five years.
Top five technologies to watch: 2017 to 2021
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Brian Hopkins, VP and principal analyst at Forrester, believes five of them will significantly shift how organisations and consumers engage, and ultimately change the world by 2021.

1. Internet of Things (IoT) software and solutions

By 2021, IoT will drive new levels of customer insight and engagement for some. Specialised IoT software will be readily available from vendors, and they will expand their core software to incorporate IoT. The company also says by 2021, the technology for specific use cases will be mature, but technology diversity and the need for organisational changes will still stymie or delay many firms.

2. Intelligent agents

As outlined in a previous report on the future of the workplace, it’s predicted that by 2021, intelligent agents and related robots will have eliminated a net 6% of jobs. AI within intelligent agents will evolve significantly beyond today’s relatively simple machine learning and natural language processing (NLP).

3. Augmented and virtual reality

By 2021 AR will be commonplace, while VR will remains niche. Within five years, AR technologies will project digital information on many surfaces. Headsets will be incrementally smaller but unwieldy enough to limit widespread consumer uptake. By 2021, however, Forrester says we will be fully into a transition period between separated and tightly blended physical and digital experiences in our work and lives.

4. Artificial intelligence and cognitive technology

By 2021, the company believes a disruptive tidal wave will begin and that solutions powered by AI/cognitive technology will displace jobs. Citing a Citibank and University of Oxford report, Forrester says the biggest impact will be felt in transportation, logistics, customer service, and consumer services.

5. Hybrid wireless

The fifth key technology disruptor will by hybrid wireless. The report states that 5G will be rolling out by 2021, creating a high bandwidth cellular backbone to support IoT devices. In addition, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi will expand their capabilities to support IoT devices.

Speaking about the findings of the report and the possible effects of these technologies on various sectors, Hopkins says he does not see significant disruption in the immediate future.

“We don’t think we are going to see dramatic disruption in 2017. Our report found that the next round of disruptive tech won’t really start to have a disruptive impact until 2019. So we are in a holding period while change brews.”

“Some disruption will continue in financial services but this has been a long slow process due to the strong grip large banks have on the core banking system. However mobile and intelligent agent assisted apps will continue to tear away add-on services that banks have been using for years to bolster their profitability. Transportation is another industry that is undergoing change. First car sharing, then Uber, next is self driving cars. But change will be gradual in 2017. We will see more self driving cars but this still won’t affect automotive and insurance quite yet. But that is coming.”

Looking at the effects of the emerging technologies identified in the report, the company says they are “poised to unleash another cycle of raised consumer expectations, changing behaviours, and disruption”. The stakes for CIOs are high, where a wrong investment could result in a company going out of business, but a savvy investment could give an organisation a significant competitive advantage.

Source: “The Top Emerging Technologies to Watch: 2017 To 2021”, September 12, 2016. Authors Brian Hopkins, with Srividya Sridharan, Sharyn Leaver, Ted Schadler and Frank E. Gillett.

Denver Broncos Tickets- One Win Sends Denver to Playoffs

Watching the Denver Broncos finish this season is like watching a first place marathoner finally give into his pain with only half a mile left as he is trying to limp across the finish line with his spot intact. The San Diego Chargers are like the equally-beat up second place runner who is just close enough that he might be able to overtake first place if he gets enough of a second wind. Except move the two contenders back a few places and say they are fighting for the last spot on the podium. That is what the AFC West looks like. While teams like the 11-3 Pittsburgh Steelers or the 12-2 Tennessee Titans clinched their divisions with gusto, the 8-6 Denver Broncos and the 6-8 San Diego Chargers are fighting hard for their division’s spot in the playoffs. Unfortunately for Denver, they will have to overcome some pretty rough predicaments to add a win. It isn’t that the team doesn’t have talent. Their quarterback Jay Cutler is one of the best in the league. In this season alone, Cutler has tallied 3,851 yards and 24 touchdowns. One of the biggest challenges facing the Broncos is their backfield, or, more correctly, their lack thereof. Anthony Alridge, Andre Hall, Peyton Hillis, Michael Pittman and Ryan Torrain have all been placed on injured reserve and Selvin Young as been injured for much of the latter half of the season, although he is listed as probable for week 16’s game. At running back, the Broncos have Tatum Bell, who joined the Broncos in mid November, and P.J. Pope besides Young, and at fullback they have rookie Spencer Larsen and Andrew Pinnock, who was added to the roster late in November. Also injured is their star cornerback Champ Bailey, which has been a big blow to the team. Over a dozen Broncos are on the injured reserve. Just a couple of weeks ago, the San Diego Chargers looked like they would be officially out of it as the Broncos had a multiple-game edge on them. In week 14, the Bolts added a needed win against the Oakland Raiders followed by a narrow 22-21 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in week 15. It was the win against the Chiefs that has gotten week 16’s Chargers game outlawed from the locker room of the Broncos. Coach Mike Shanahan banned players from watching the game after his team saw San Diego comeback from behind and seemed to lose some of the drive in their game against the Carolina Panthers. The Broncos lost that game 30-10. There is good reason for coach Shanahan to want his team completely focused for their game against the Buffalo Bills during week 16. If the Broncos tally the win, they will be the undisputed winners of the division. If they lose and the Chargers win, they will have to face the Chargers in San Diego for the final game of the season, with the Chargers coming off of big momentum. Be there to cheer them on with Denver Broncos tickets from http://www.stubhub.com/denver-broncos-tickets. Published at: https://www.isnare.com/?aid=336872&ca=Sports

New Denver Plan Of The Denver Schools Is Ready To Launch

The Denver Schools have a new roadmap to reform — The Denver Plan. After making the Plan public, the Denver schools then solicited comments from principals, teachers, parents and the community at large. Thirteen public meetings were held across the city. All were packed with people who wanted to discuss the future of the Denver schools. The Denver schools received hundreds of emails and letters, as well. Superintendent of the Denver schools, Michael Bennet, described the process as a very powerful experience and was happy to find that many parents support the Denver schools in their work toward reform. “Parents realize that there is ample room for improvement across the district,” stated Bennet. The purpose of the Denver Plan is to succeed in graduating students who can read and write at expected levels. It addresses this problem by focusing on improving the quality of teaching, provided in all classrooms by the Denver schools. Feedback, provided by educators, parents and the community, meant some changes to key provisions within the plan. Once these changes were evaluated and made, The Denver Plan Committee then scrutinized the Plan. The Committee, a group of 40 teachers, principals and staff, has one purpose — analyze and critique each word of the Plan, which they did at two meetings each week for a two-month period. Upon completion of their mission, the Committee sent the finished Plan to the Denver schools’ board, which then evaluated it during a four-hour work session. Bennet believes the resulting Plan is an enduring, common roadmap for reform within the Denver schools; yet, flexible enough to be referred to as a “living document”. It was structured so that it can be adjusted and refined, based on classroom plan implementation. Some key points of the Denver schools’ Plan are: • Explicitly describes the strategies to close the achievement gap for students of color; • Calls for diversity training for faculty; • Provides “double block” intervention for ninth graders, who are not learning on grade level; • Creates eight Instruction Support Teams (ISTs) with facilitators within each of the schools; and • Places a parent advocate with each Support Team. Two major issues that concerned educators, parents and/or community were the double block (taking lessons twice) intervention and the closing of several high school campuses. The campus closings are still being resolved with ongoing discussions and analysis. In the original plan proposed by the Denver schools, intervention was to be applied to both ninth and tenth graders, who were not learning reading and/or math on grade level. The intervention consisted of doubling up on those core subjects until the student became proficient for their grade level. Common consensus was that those students forced to double block the core subjects of math and reading would lose too many elective hours, if intervention were at two grade levels. This would mean that such Denver schools students would miss out on music and the arts, something everyone strongly opposed. The final Plan now intervenes only with ninth graders not learning on grade level. There are eight new Instructional Support Teams, each with four staff developers, who are teachers with specialties in math, science, humanities, special education, and English Language Acquisition (one teacher for each specialty) on special assignment. Each IST is responsible for 15 schools, where facilitators support them. The purpose of the ISTs is to: • Work with principals and teachers to support quality instruction; • Combine curriculum, content awareness, and data assessment to plan program improvements; • Assist principals, assistant principals, and teachers in grade level planning meetings to evaluate student performance; and • Be highly visible within the schools and classrooms. Next for the Denver schools is to develop and finalize timelines for each step of the Plan, as well as develop progress measurements. The Denver Plan focuses all efforts of the Denver schools on student instruction by providing teachers and principals with the best professional development possible. Additionally, the Denver schools will support their efforts to efficiently apply educators’ time to help students learn, without being distracted by other non-instructional issues. Published at: https://www.isnare.com/?aid=72212&ca=Education

Cost of Living in Denver – Factor to Consider Before Buying Denver Homes

Colorado has historically focused on low tax rates, which when combined with the high income ratio of the city, helps in maintaining the living costs close to the national average. As far as basic living costs go, Denver costs a little more than the national average but still falls below several other metropolitan areas including the coastal cities. Purchasing residential Denver homes is a good investment and the city is excellent for settling in. However, there are a few factors you should always consider before purchasing Denver homes. • Cost of the house – While purchasing Denver homes, both the buyer and the seller should have a thorough understanding of the existing comparable closings and know what concessions are being made as well as the total to and from between the buyer and the seller. • Terms of the sale – The terms of the sale usually refer to any loans taken by any of the parties and its effect on the transaction. Figure out if one loan offers an advantage over another and if there are any financial discounts from the seller. • Inclusion of personal property – Some homes come with a few pieces of furniture or gadgets. These details should be clarified before the transaction takes place. • House appraisal – When buying homes, never go for one which has not been appraised. Sometimes the buyers offer an appraisal. Get appraisal details regarding Denver homes cleared before going through with the deal. • Understand the contract – The contract regarding buying of Denver homes should offer a clear and logical understanding of the terms and conditions of the deal. Do not sign a contract unless you are absolutely sure of all the terms dictated on the paper. Several contracts have contingencies and clauses, which give you an opportunity to negotiate a better deal. Therefore, it’s very important to read through and get a clear understanding of the contract. All these processes involved in buying Denver homes become easier if you have a good real estate agent to guide you. A reliable company such as Colorado Home Store offers prudent advice regarding purchase of a house. Hire the services of Colorado Home Store and let them help you with the determining factors of purchasing one of your dream Denver homes. In order to find yourself a perfect house in the city, get in touch with Colorado Home Store. Colorado Home Store is one of the best names in the Denver real estate market. The agents working for Colorado Home Store have all the inside knowledge regarding real estate in Denver. They can direct you to the best houses all over the city, provide you with the best deals, and direct you to the top sellers within an area. The team of agents at Colorado Home Store provide you with residential listings from the MLS IDX of Denver. Colorado Home Store has been helping customers in finding their dream home since 1994. In the competitive Denver real estate, it is difficult to find a good place to live. But with the help of services from Colorado Home Store, your job becomes easy. They even provide online service so that customers can search for suitable house without having to travel all over the city. Published at: https://www.isnare.com/?aid=1180119&ca=Real+Estate

Denver Neighborhoods – Perfect Place For Buying Real Estate in Denver

The city of Denver has plenty of housing options. The variety of houses that real estate in Denver offers cater to a wide range of buyers from singletons to entire families searching for a suitable place to live in. Since Denver is a city as well as a county, you can opt for a suburban lifestyle or stay within the city limits to get all the benefits of city life. Among the urban areas of Denver, the neighborhoods of Ballpark, Lodo, Capitol Hill, Highlands, Golden Triangle and uptown are most in demand. These areas are known for their modern converted housing options. Old buildings have been transformed into ultra-modern condos and lofts. Lofts are by far the most popular choice of housing among the options that real estate in Denver has to offer. In fact, they are so popular that even new buildings along the riverfront and the area of Golden Triangle have constructed lofts in an attempt to bring in lucrative buyers. Suburban real estate in Denver consists of any of the seven counties surrounding Denver city. The commute from the suburbs to the main city is not much. Since it is at the most an hour away, people living in suburban Denver can work in the city and enjoy the comforts of a suburban lifestyle. Among the recent trends spotted in real estate in Denver, it has been found that the demand for ‘user friendly’ residential areas is on a rise. ‘User friendly’ localities are those where all amenities are within walking distance of a person’s house. Supermarkets, restaurants, delis and all other necessities should be a short walk away. These neighborhoods are in high demand in the market of real estate in Denver. Getting in touch with a reliable real estate agent such as Colorado Home Store will make your search for a home in the neighborhood of your choice easier. Colorado Home Store has experienced professionals who have extensive knowledge of the current real estate scenario in Denver and keep track of the best houses for sale. They can narrow down your search and help you find the perfect place to live in. In order to find yourself a perfect house in the city, get in touch with Colorado Home Store. Colorado Home Store is one of the best names in the Denver real estate market. The agents working for Colorado Home Store have all the inside knowledge regarding real estate in Denver. They can direct you to the best houses all over the city, provide you with the best deals, and direct you to the top sellers within an area. The team of agents at Colorado Home Store provide you with residential listings from the MLS IDX of Denver. Colorado Home Store has been helping customers in finding their dream home since 1994. In the competitive Denver real estate, it is difficult to find a good place to live. But with the help of services from Colorado Home Store, your job becomes easy. They even provide online service so that customers can search for suitable house without having to travel all over the city. If you are looking for a house in a specific neighborhood of Denver, get in touch with Colorado Home Store today for the best home options. Published at: https://www.isnare.com/?aid=1198530&ca=Real+Estate

Airport Transportation at Denver

Denver is the largest and the capital of the United States state of Colorado. The city has only one airport. The airport offers a different and good mode of transportation whatsoever. The main thing you want when you are on your way to your flight is to find a quality transportation service and pay an exorbitant fee to get to an airport. Airport transportation is very important for travelling itself. It is really important to make timely and efficient mode of airport transportation to get satisfying experience from the travel. Denver International Airport handles huge number of international passengers. Airport transportation at Denver offers a variety of public and private transportation options. Denver airport transportation is available outside of every terminal and there is either a taxi stand or limousine service where you will be directed towards your transportation. Denver airport shuttle provides you the option with car service Denver airport, to taxis and limousines. The service has a quality rental option. Denver airport limo provides you the latest model stretch limos available for hire. These limos can be hired for any special events with chauffeurs based from DIA. The service providers ensure that all the customers travelling whether for business or pleasure get the same quality treatment. They are affordable to guests who in a hurry and tired to catch a taxi. Similarly, Denver airport taxi is a convenient self-service. It is particularly for those who are in a rush but cannot afford to hire a limousine. However, they are totally reliable for quality DIA transportation service. Therefore, if you are in a lookout for the most cost-effective options for airport transportation at Denver, it is better to hire cars, luxury sedans and taxi service to make your air travel worth to be remembered and satisfying at the best. Denver is the largest and the capital of the United States state of Colorado. The city has only one airport. The airport offers a different and good mode of transportation whatsoever. The main thing you want when you are on your way to your flight is to find a quality transportation service and pay an exorbitant fee to get to an airport. Airport transportation is very important for travelling itself. It is really important to make timely and efficient mode of airport transportation to get satisfying experience from the travel. Denver International Airport handles huge number of international passengers. Airport transportation at Denver offers a variety of public and private transportation options. Denver airport transportation is available outside of every terminal and there is either a taxi stand or limousine service where you will be directed towards your transportation. Denver airport shuttle provides you the option with car service Denver airport, to taxis and limousines. The service has a quality rental option. Denver airport limo provides you the latest model stretch limos available for hire. These limos can be hired for any special events with chauffeurs based from DIA. The service providers ensure that all the customers travelling whether for business or pleasure get the same quality treatment. They are affordable to guests who in a hurry and tired to catch a taxi. Similarly, Denver airport taxi is a convenient self-service. It is particularly for those who are in a rush but cannot afford to hire a limousine. However, they are totally reliable for quality DIA transportation service. Published at: https://www.isnare.com/?aid=1655389&ca=Travel