Tiger Woods to design first golf course in Hawaii

HONOLULU — Tiger Woods will attempt a new way to master the links in Hawaii when his company begins designing an Oahu golf course.The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Thursday that Woods will design his first golf course in Hawaii as part of a $300 million development for the Makaha Valley Resort.Resort officials say Woods and his TGR Design Company were chosen to develop one of two courses, while golf architect Gil Hanse will design the other.Officials did not offer a timeline for opening the courses on property owned by Pacific Links International of Toronto.Officials say the entire development will be on about 128 acres (52 hectares) flanked by the two golf courses to the north and south sides and include residential units and health, arts and community centres.___Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, http://www.staradvertiser.comThe Associated Press read more

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At UNbacked meeting HIV experts seek wider condom use for sex workers

4 April 2007Experts meeting in Beijing today at a United Nations-backed regional workshop on stopping the spread of HIV called for the promotion of increased condom use between sex workers and their clients. Unprotected sex is now the leading transmission route for HIV in China, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) said in a news release. Sex work, in a variety of settings, is widespread, and condom use is generally low. The meeting offered an opportunity for participants to review successful local efforts to promote “100 per cent condom use” or “no condom, no sex” in relations between sex workers and clients. Approaches vary, but generally involve cooperation among health authorities, police, entertainment venue owners, and sex workers trained to be peer educators, the agency said. “The only way HIV/AIDS can spread into a general epidemic is through sexual transmission,” Dr. Hank Bekedam of the UN World Health Organization (WHO) told the meeting. “Scaling up the 100 per cent Condom Use Programme is an urgent priority.” “If you want your programmes to work, involve communities,” stressed Khartini Siamah, coordinator of the Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers. Health workers need training so they don’t stigmatize sex workers seeking services, she added. “What does empowerment mean when sex workers cannot exercise their rights?” “Sex workers are among the most vulnerable population group in the AIDS epidemic,” Dr. Bekedam said. “Promoting the consistent use of condoms will empower them to protect themselves and help to reduce the spread of AIDS.” The two-day workshop, co-hosted by UNFPA and WHO, brought together 120 participants from national, provincial and local health departments, academic institutions, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and UN agencies. read more

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Antileprosy laws must be repealed say UN human rights experts

United Nations independent human rights experts have urged the repeal of all laws discriminating against people affected by leprosy, which has been eliminated as a public health problem in most countries but still carries a strong social stigma. The Human Rights Council Advisory Committee, composed of 18 independent experts serving as a think tank for the Council, have drafted a set of principles and guidelines also recommending that States enact laws to ensure that those affected by leprosy and their family members do not suffer discrimination in employment, health, marriage, and the use of public utilities and places. The disease, one of the oldest known to mankind, is curable if diagnosed in time and disabilities caused by it can be prevented. However, historically, people with the condition and their families have been despised and abandoned. “Only after the elimination of social discrimination can the international community say that leprosy has truly vanished,” said Advisory Committee member Shigeki Sakamoto. Those who have the disease and their families have been systematically isolated for years by States and communities which believe leprosy can spread and are afraid of the deformities it could cause. The UN World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that in just a quarter century, more than 15 million cases of leprosy – which affects the poorest and most disadvantaged members of society – have been cured. But despite this extraordinary progress, thousands of people still suffer from the neglected disease, and in many places, they still suffer discrimination. 13 August 2010United Nations independent human rights experts have urged the repeal of all laws discriminating against people affected by leprosy, which has been eliminated as a public health problem in most countries but still carries a strong social stigma. read more

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Brother of Burlington man jailed in Indonesia says next 30 days

(Updated)A Burlington teacher who’s been behind bars in Indonesia for three months without any charges laid — is being held for another 30 days. His family says while this latest extension is disappointing, they’re hopeful it’s almost over.Tracy Bantleman, Neil’s wife: “We are just shaking our head in disbelief at how this continues to drag on.”Neil Bantleman’s been in a Jakarta jail for more than 90 days, but hasn’t been charged with any crime. He and a colleague are being held on accusations they sexually abused students.Guy Bantleman, Neil’s brother: “He’s not been provided by any sort of evidence that justifies his continued detention.Since his arrest in mid-July, Bantleman’s detention has been extended multiple times. And his family has just learned he’ll be held for another month.Tracy Bantleman: “I cannot emphasize enough how disappointing it is to our community, to Neil, to Ferdie. It’s so heartbreaking to see those 2 men detained behind bars for the many days they already have been.”While his family says this latest extension is disappointing, they’re hopeful it’s almost over.Tracy Bartleman: “He’s surprising showing a great amount of determination and resilience, perhaps because we are getting closer to the end.”“November 11th will mark 120 days that Bantleman has been behind bars. At that point, he’ll either have to be released or he’ll have to be formally charged under Indonesian law.Guy Bantleman: “We are banking on the fact that Neil is innocent, there is no incident that occurred, and the 120 days will force the authorities to make a decision and with no physical evidence, they have to let him go.Over the next 30 days they say they’ll be putting pressure on the Canadian government.Guy Bantleman: The Canadian government needs to step up and say to the Indonesian authorities ‘you’ve got a Canadian citizen, you’ve held him for more than 3 months, you havent charged him, there is no physical evidence, you need to make a decision and you need to release him’.” read more

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The Amazing Longevity Of Jaromir Jagr

It’s not often that a player is still a desired commodity days after his 43rd birthday, but that’s precisely what Jaromir Jagr, who was traded from the New Jersey Devils to the Florida Panthers on Thursday, appears to be.Despite recent frustrations over his playing time with New Jersey, Jagr could prove to be a useful short-term rental for the Panthers. He retains the same soft hands and keen vision that made him a five-time scoring champion. And like so many of hockey’s greatest offensive talents before him, Jagr has a knack for skating where the action is headed before it arrives. His trademark strength seems scarcely to have waned with time; he still has moments when he’s nearly impossible to knock off the puck along the boards.Jagr is by no means the player he once was. But it’s improbable enough that he is still a player at all, still part of the league more than 24 years after his NHL debut. He had been 81 days older than the league’s second-oldest active player — St. Louis Blues goaltender Martin Brodeur — but then Brodeur up and retired last month. Now, no current player was born within 25 months of Jagr.Of course, more than perhaps any major sports league, the NHL has had a place for ancient players. Three and a half decades ago, Gordie Howe — then the NHL’s all-time scoring leader — famously skated through a full 80-game schedule that concluded a week after his 52nd birthday. More recently, Chris Chelios was still manning an NHL blueline at age 48. And just last season, Teemu Selanne played at an age seven months older than Jagr is now. So it’s not quite unprecedented for Jagr to still be around at age 43 — and counting.But Jagr’s past few years have surpassed what just about any other NHL player has ever done in his dotage. Despite posting the leanest traditional numbers of his long career this year (more on that later), Jagr is1As of late last week. in the midst of the seventh-best adjusted point shares above replacement (PSAR)2A modification of the Hockey-Reference.com metric that assigns goaltending worth according to Tom Tango’s wins above replacement and re-allocates the remaining value such that forwards receive 60 percent of league PSAR in a given season, defensemen get 30 percent and goaltenders receive 10 percent. season by any skater aged 43 or older3As of March 1 of the season in question. since the NHL’s Original Six era began in 1942-43. What’s more, he was better last year: No non-goalie aged 42 or older has ever had more PSAR in a season than Jagr’s 6.9 in 2013-14.Plus, there’s a strong case to be made that the conventional stats — and the next-level metrics based off of them, such as PSAR — have undersold Jagr’s contributions to the Devils, particularly this season.As marvelous as they are for a player his age, Jagr’s basic numbers this year haven’t been eye-popping by the standards of other forwards logging as much ice time. In 53 games, he’s notched a modest 11 goals and 18 assists to go with a -10 plus-minus rating. (As a point of comparison, if Jagr had played to his career per-game averages, he’d already have 25 goals and 37 assists by now!) According to PSAR, which synthesizes box-score stats into a single-number representation of value, it’s been his worst season ever — and by no small margin. The 18-year-old rookie version of Jagr had 3.1 PSAR in 1990-91, after which he wouldn’t put up fewer than 4.9 PSAR in a single season again — until this year.Hockey’s recent statistical revolution, however, has brought with it more sophisticated ways to gauge a player’s contribution to his team. Its biggest lesson? That although goals and assists are great, there’s also a big advantage in simply helping your team keep possession of the puck.And as it so happens, Jagr is still one of the best players in the league at that.Over the past two seasons, Jagr’s Devils haven’t been an especially strong hockey club. They rank 24th in both point percentage4In the wacky world of the NHL’s standings, some measure of sanity can still be salvaged by dividing a team’s standings points by the total number of points handed out in its games. So, for instance, the winner of a regulation game would earn 2 out of 2 total points; meanwhile, the winner of a shootout would get 2 out of the 3 total points awarded, since the loser would also get 1 point. Among other things, this has the advantage of preserving a .500 record as the mark of an average team. and goal differential during that span, and while the team has undeniably been plagued by poor shooting and save percentage luck, they’ve also posted relatively unimpressive possession rates — except when Jagr is on the ice. With Jagr, New Jersey plays like one of the premier possession teams in hockey5The Devils’ zone start-adjusted 5-on-5 Fenwick percentage with Jagr on the ice would rank third in the NHL over the past two seasons.; without him, they play like one of the worst.Studying Jagr’s game, it’s not hard to see why this is the case. Although his stride — never the fastest even in his prime — is noticeably sluggish these days, he makes up for it with sheer hockey sense, constantly scanning the ice for passing opportunities or chances to extend possession by corralling loose pucks. Perhaps more importantly, he remains the master of shielding the puck with his 6-foot-3-inch, 240-pound frame, creating scoring chances for himself and others by cycling possession deep within the offensive zone.“I know … my strength,” Jagr recently told NHL.com’s Dan Rosen. “I like to play [in the] offensive zone on the boards. I still feel like I’m strong enough to beat anybody, [or] at least hold that puck. … Maybe I’m not going to beat that guy one-on-one like I used to, but I can still make a play from that corner from the cycle. That’s my strength. And in the playoffs, that’s the way you play.”This is why, with the NHL’s trade deadline approaching, Jagr was mentioned as a legitimate option for contending teams looking to upgrade their offense — particularly with the man advantage — before the playoffs begin. Ironically, it seems that as the league increases its emphasis on possession, Jagr’s value has only been heightened even as his goals and assists have receded with age. And for Florida, barely clinging to the hope of a playoff berth but with clear upgrades to be had on the power play and in advanced metrics, Jagr might be a good fit.On the other hand, what does it say about the state of the NHL in 2015 that a plodding 43-year-old future Hall of Famer could change a team’s postseason chances?Like many things in hockey, it’s a question that leads back to Howe. In the foreword to Howe’s (excellent) new autobiography, the great defenseman Bobby Orr marveled at Howe’s longevity: “Today, if a player cracks the top five in scoring in the NHL, he’s considered a star. Do it a couple of years in a row and you’re a superstar. … Well, Gordie Howe did it twenty years in a row. That’s right — twenty. How do you begin to do justice to a legacy like that?”It was undoubtedly an impressive run for Howe, but — counterintuitively — the ability of a man in his 40s (and even 50s) to still dominate a professional sports league might speak as much about the quality of play around him as to his own athletic gifts.In 1968-69 — the final year of the streak to which Orr referred — a 40-year-old Howe was nearly the best player in hockey, finishing second only to 26-year-old Phil Esposito in PSAR. And in his final season more than a decade later, Howe was serviceable enough to be a regular contributor. But the NHL of that era also underwent an enormous amount of upheaval between expansion, the emergence of a rival league (the World Hockey Association), and the influx of new talent (and a fresh playing style) from Europe.In some ways, the chaos of the 1960s and ’70s provided the perfect cover for an aging megastar such as Howe to keep his career rolling. We can see this in the percentage of total NHL PSAR going to various cohorts of skaters, grouped by age, over time:The 1960s saw the NHL’s first expansion since the Great Depression — marking the end of the Original Six era — and they also coincided with a major uptick in the production of older players, one that would not fully abate until the early 1980s. In addition to Howe, players such as Alex Delvecchio, John Bucyk, Jean Beliveau, Frank Mahovlich and Jean Ratelle all produced great seasons in their late 30s (and beyond).The present day also appears to be a haven for the comparatively superannuated. Starting in the early to mid-1990s, the fraction of league value produced by the oldest batch of NHL players swelled to levels not seen since the 1970s. While that proportion has decreased a bit today relative to its peak in the immediate aftermath of the NHL’s lost 2004-05 season, it remains higher now than at any point between 1974 and 1996.So Jagr’s longevity, impressive as it is, might also be a symptom of ongoing weaknesses in the state of pro hockey itself. Is it mere coincidence that the uptick began right when the NHL’s aggressive expansion plans of the 1990s were fully realized? Or that it lasted through the so-called Dead Puck Era and well into the post-lockout “New NHL“? It’s not clear.But regardless of where Jagr sits in the intersection between the NHL’s health and the twilight of his once-immense (and still formidable) skills, he remains a player to which attention is owed. The Panthers are picking up more than a living legend playing out the final act of his career — they’re nabbing a player who still offers many of the little advantages that could make a difference along the journey to the Stanley Cup. read more

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Revealed Churchills secret affair and the painting that could have damaged his

first_imgThe year is 1942 and Britain’s wartime Prime Minister is at the White House for a summit with the President of the United States to discuss the progress of the war against Nazi Germany.Tobruk has just fallen to Germans and Italian troops and Winston Churchill is desperate to retain the support of the American public, many of who are suspicious of their country’s recent intervention in the old world’s quarrels.But he also has a pressing personal matter on his mind.At the same time as leading Britain in the war in Africa and Europe, and trying to emphasise the need for the US to stand shoulder to shoulder with this country in the face of totalitarian dictatorship, Churchill is trying to arrange for the return to the UK of an old acquaintance, the beautiful and glamorous London socialite Doris Castlerosse. Churchill and Lady Castlerosse never have the chance to meet again. On December 9, 1942, she died of an overdose of sleeping pills at the Dorchester Hotel, in London’s Park Lane.There is no record of Churchill’s reaction, but shortly after Churchill’s friend and ally, the newspaper magnate Lord Beaverbrook, met Lady Castlerosse’s brother and took possession of the painting, only returning it to the family at the end of the war.Dr Dockter says the revelations about Churchill’s affair with Lady Castlerosse and his portrait of her she new light on the wartime leader.“When he’s leading his country in a global war and under enormous pressure, he comes to fear that people might get wind of the affair he’d had with Lady Castlerosse.“It underscores his greatness that in the midst of all that pressure he can break off to deal with that potential problem,” Dr Dockter told The Telegraph.“Churchill has been deified, but this story allows us to view him as a far more complex character. He’s still a national hero, but he’s also a guy who has an affair.”Churchill’s Secret Affair is on Channel 4 on March 4 at 8pm Churchill and President Franklin D. Roosevelt pictured during the meeting of the Pacific War Council at the White House in June 1942Credit:Corbis The fling between Churchill and Lady Castlerosse – who happens to be the great aunt of Cara Delevingne, the model and actress – took place when they holidayed together on four occasions between 1934 and 1936 at a chateau owned by an American actress in the south of France.It was here that Churchill, a keen amateur artist, painted Lady Castlerosse’s portrait. One canvas shows her reclining languidly on a couch.Churchill’s marriage to his wife Clementine was going through a rocky patch and his political career was in the doldrums and friends say he sought refuge, albeit briefly, in her arms.Lady Castlerosse’s niece Caroline Delevingne, Cara’s aunt, says: “They had an affair. Both my parents talked about it and knew about it.”A never before seen letter, discovered by Professor Richard Toye, of Exeter University, lays bare how close the pair were. One of the portraits painted by Churchill of Lady Castlerosse Their paths crossed again in the June of 1942, by which point Lady Castlerosse was living in New York but, with no means of supporting herself, was desperate to return to Britain.With all available ships used to ferry troops and supplies to Britain passage home was hard to find.During his visit to Washington Churchill sneaks away for a private dinner with his former lover.Here according to Lady Castlerosse’s husband Valentine, Churchill expresses his concern that the sultry portrait he painted of her might fall into the hands of US gossip magazines and undermine his reputation – at a time when the Anglo-American alliance needs to remain steadfast.Dr Dockter tells a forthcoming Channel 4 documentary: “He was vulnerable to being blackmailed and must have thought ‘I just have to deal with this and get her back to Britain as soon as possible’.” In fact Lady Castlerosse was an old flame of Churchill’s and the full details of the brief, but passionate affair they enjoyed nearly eight year earlier can now be revealed for the first time.It has now emerged that arranging for his former lover’s safe passage was not just a matter of sentiment for the Prime Minister.Historians have discovered that Churchill was particularly keen for her to return to London before the American public got wind of their previous relationship. Cara Delevingne, the great niece of Churchill’s lover, Lady CastlerosseCredit:Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images One of the portraits painted by Churchill of Lady Castlerosse Lady Castlerosse in the south of France, at the time of her affair with Churchill Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Cara Delevingne, the great niece of Churchill's lover, Lady Castlerosse In 1934 Churchill wrote to Doris: “What fun we had at Maxine’s. It was beautiful having you there. You were once again a manifest blessing and a ray of sunshine around the pool. I wonder whether we shall meet again next summer.”They did, but by 1937 the affair had run its course. Churchill threw himself back into front line politics and devoted himself to driving home his warnings about the danger posed by Hitler. Indeed, the last thing he wanted was Lady Castlerosse revealing details of their affair to the newspapers, including the fact that during their relationship he had painted sensuous portraits of her, one of which she had kept in her possession..The discovery in the Churchill Archives by Dr Warren Dockter, lecturer in international politics at Aberystwyth University, of a taped interview with the Prime Minister’s private secretary, Jock Colville, confirmed the long rumoured affair. Lady Castlerosse in the south of France, at the time of her affair with Churchill In the summer of 1942 Lady Castlerosse writes to President Roosevelt thanking him for his efforts on Churchill’s behalf to get her safe passage home and shortly after she is found a space on a seaplane for the return flight back to Blighty – taking the portrait home with her. Churchill and President Franklin D. Roosevelt pictured during the meeting of the Pacific War Council at the White House in June 1942last_img read more

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Soil testing lab at UGs Berbice campus could boost rice yields

Farmers in Berbice will  in the near future have access to a $24Million soil and disease testing centre that could send rice yields even higher.The sod being turned to officially launch the construction of the testing centre by (from left to right) Prof, Michael Scott, Professor Ivelaw Griffith, Mohin Persaud, Gomathinayagam Subramanian, while other university and company officials look on.The unit is a collaboration between Nand Persaud Group of Companies and the University of Guyana’s Tain Campus in Berbice and it should be in place in about three months.At the sod turning for the building on Thursday at the John’s Science Centre, President of the Central Corentyne Chamber of Commerce, Poonai Bhigroog noted that the initiative is a step in the right direction in advancing agriculture in a region where it is the backbone of the economy.He explained soil testing is important for a number of reasons: farmers will be able to boost crop production, protect the environment from the use of excessive fertilizers, diagnose plant problems, improve the nutritional balance of the growing plant and save money and conserve energy by applying only the amount of fertilizer needed. Moreover, it will help in producing a healthier nation as consumers will benefit from food produced from the best and safe practices. Bhigroog also lauded the partnership with the university and the private sector and pledged the chamber’s support.“With the closure of the [sugar] estates many have returned to farming and they are certain to benefit from this venture. Graduates can be employed in this centre, experiments can be done to advance agriculture.”Director of the Berbice Campus, Gomathinayagam SubramanianDirector of the Berbice Campus, Gomathinayagam Subramanian who has been instrumental in making the centre a reality said; “My dream was to always help the farmers and the dream came true with the help of the vice chancellor who always encouraged me.”Vice Chancellor of the University of Guyana, Professor Ivelaw Griffith remarked that the university will also be embarking on an institution for food and security.Vice Chancellor of the University of Guyana, Professor Ivelaw Griffith“We will pursue that journey of creating a sound basis for policy and advice on agriculture and food safety and nutrition. we will need many more corporate partners, civic partners to be able to take this nation to a higher level not only being able to take this nation to a higher level but actualizing the potential for the Caribbean and for South America.”Chief Executive Officer, Nand Persaud and Company Limited, Mohin Persaud said the company remains committed to improving the lives, production and productivity of farmers as well as that of the community and given that students can also benefit from the laboratory the decision was taken to construct the facility in East Berbice.Chief Executive Officer, Nand Persaud and Company Limited, Mohin PersaudPersaud is optimistic that with the use of the lab farmers in Berbice, they should be leading the country and ultimately the world in yields.“I expect with the use of the lab, farmers can be able to get at least yields of 50 bags per acre given that we have flats lands and fresh water. There are a few farmers that are getting 50 bags and with soil tests, they can now increase that to 60 or more bags per acre. With this, I see no reason why we as a country should not be the world leaders in rice production as very few countries have access to flatlands and fresh water.”Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Nand Persaud Group of Companies and Brother of Mohin, Rajendra Persaud said while the initiative is a good one from his company, he is very pleased with the actions of the university and by extension the government for partnering with a private company for a joint venture.He said the initiative is aimed at making decisions based on scientific information and will transform the agricultural industry and make it more competitive. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCorentyne rice infestation: GRDB’s “no outbreak” report being refuted by farmersMarch 15, 2018In “Business”Hunt for oil goes below Mahaica rice fieldsNovember 16, 2013In “Local News”ICT Road Show culminates on Saturday in BerbiceJuly 13, 2018In “latest news” read more

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Outotec announces copper orders for Iran and buys TME in Australia

first_imgOutotec has been awarded multiple orders, worth a total of €265 million, for technology deliveries to National Iranian Copper Industries Company’s (NICICO) copper and molybdenum projects in Iran. Outotec will deliver technology and services to NICICO’s Khatoon Abad copper smelter, Miduk copper concentrator expansion, Nowchun copper and molybdenum concentrator and Sarcheshmeh copper concentrator expansion. Separately, Outotec has announced the acqusition of the TME mining services group.The scope of delivery includes engineering and operating licences for Outotec Flash Smelting technology, the supervision of detail engineering, supply of proprietary equipment, installation supervision and training services. Outotec said it makes thorough examinations and works closely with the concerned authorities to ensure that its activities and technology deliveries are compliant with the restrictive measures against Iran. In anticipation of possible future changes in the regulatory framework, the orders will be booked in Outotec’s order backlog gradually during 2012-2016 according to each year’s overall progress of the particular project.“Our technologies are widely used in the Iranian copper concentrators and smelters as well as in iron ore pelletising plants as Outotec has delivered sustainable technologies to Iran since 1970s. The proven reliability and environmental performance made our solutions a preferred choice also for these new projects”, says Outotec’s CEO Pertti Korhonen.Outotec has also signed an agreement to acquire the business of Australian-owned TME Group. TME is a mining services company, headquartered in Western Australia, with offices throughout Australia and in South Africa. TME provides grinding mill relining and mineral processing plant maintenance services to customers – mainly in Australia, Africa and South East Asia. It has “an international reputation for a safe and cost-effective approach to relining grinding mills,” said Outotec.last_img read more

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WC 2011 Semifinals Danes against Spain – France with Sweden

WCH 2011 semifinal in Malmo The last two matches of both Main Round groups had to decide the constellation in the semi-finals: And as Denmark beat Sweden they ranked first in group II and meet Spain in the semi-final on Friday on 28 January (20:30) in Kristianstad. France won the group I by their seventh victory against Iceland and will play against host Sweden (18:00) in Malmö on Friday. Spain and France are equal in points, but France have the better goal difference and rank ahead the Iberians. Denmark is the only team with eight victories in eight matches and lead the final ranking with 10:0 points ahead of Sweden (6:4). Aside Serbia beat Argentina and play for the places 9/10 against Norway. The Gauchos will meet Germany in the 11/12 placement match.Semi-finals:Sweden – France (Friday, 28.01, 18.00 in Malmö)Denmark – Spain (Friday, 28.01, 20.30 in Kristianstad)Placement matches:5/6: Iceland – Croatia (Friday, 28.01, 20.30 in Malmö)7/8: Hungary – Poland (Friday, 28.01, 18.00 in Kristianstad)9/10: Norway – Serbia (Thursday, 27.01 in Kristianstad)11/12: Germany – Argentina (Thursday, 27.01 in Kristianstad) ← Previous Story OG 2012 qualification: One more team for Europe and Pan America Next Story → WC 2015 to Qatar and Denmark read more

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On launch day Motorola gets sued for Xoom trademark infringement

first_imgToday is the launch date of the Motorola Xoom. It’s an important day for Motorola: they’re not only releasing the first Honeycomb tablet, they’re the only device maker who has managed to deliver a competitively featured 10-inch Android tablet before the debut of the iPad 2. It’s also the day that Motorola gets sued for trademark infringement. Online payment company Xoom Corporation has just filed a trademark suit against Motorola in the Northern District of California, asking the court for a permanent injunction but also for a “temporary restraining order and/or preliminary injunction.” AdChoices广告They won’t get it — there’s just no way to stop the launch juggernaut of Xoom — but it’s an interesting suit because Xoom does not appear to be in the wrong, or trolling. They’ve owned the Xoom trademark since 2003. Moreover, Motorola had to have been aware of their trademark, since they also own and maintain Xoom.com.Xoom is alleging that Motorola’s trademark infringement is “willful and intentional,” and it certainly seems hard to believe that it isn’t. Presumably, Motorola feels that the trademark is only protected in markets that have nothing to do with tablets… or otherwise felt that they could afford to fight this lawsuit when it came.Either way, it’s a weird little case, since — at the very least — Motorola would have known about Xoom trying to buy the brand name. Will Motorola have to rebrand Xoom? That depends ultimately on two things: whether or not the courts rule in Xoom Corporation’s favor, and whether or not the Xoom is popular enough to be more than a flash-in-the-pan.Read more at Foss Patentslast_img read more

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Choléra en Haïti lOnu envoie des experts pour enquêter sur son origine

first_imgCholéra en Haïti : l’Onu envoie des experts pour enquêter sur son origineAfin de déterminer une fois pour toute l’origine de l’épidémie de choléra qui sévit de façon très importante en Haïti, l’Organisation des Nations unies a nommé quatre experts chargés d’enquêter sur le sujet.Si dans un premier temps, l’épidémie de choléra en Haïti était attribuée à la dégradation de la situation sanitaire globale du pays après deux catastrophes naturelles, un épidémiologiste français a récemment semé le trouble en assurant que l’épidémie tenait sa source dans un camp de Casques bleus népalais (voir notre article). Depuis, la confusion règne et l’Onu a décidé de tirer cette affaire au clair. Ainsi, le chef de l’organisation, Ban Ki-Moon a fait savoir à travers un communiqué : “Déterminer l’origine du choléra est important à la fois pour les Nations unies et le peuple haïtien. Le groupe d’experts va chercher à déterminer l’origine de l’épidémie de choléra de 2010 en Haïti. Il va revoir toutes les informations et toutes les données disponibles et se rendre en Haïti pour mener son enquête sur le terrain”.Le groupe d’experts en question sera dirigé par Alejandro Cravioto, du Centre international pour la recherche sur les maladies diarrhéiques, explique l’AFP. Le nombre de décès dus au choléra depuis mi-octobre s’élève à plus de 3.650. Et Ben Ki-Moon d’ajouter : “Le groupe d’experts va agir de manière tout à fait indépendante des Nations unies et aura accès à toutes les archives, données, lieux et personnels dont il aura besoin. Il rendra un rapport écrit de ses conclusions au secrétaire général et au gouvernement d’Haïti”.Le 7 janvier 2011 à 16:48 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Liverpool Karius joins Turkish club

first_imgLiverpool have confirmed that goalkeeper Loris Karius has joined Besiktas on loan, according to Sky Sports.The German shot-stopper leaves Anfield to sign for the Turkish giants on a two-year loan deal after the Merseyside club brought in a new first choice goalkeeper.The 25-year-old was named on the bench for Liverpool’s opening Premier League fixture of the season against West Ham, but left out of the squad against Crystal Palace and Brighton.Besiktas appeared to have confirmed the move on Friday by posting a graphic of Karius and Liverpool have now announced that their former number 1 will be moving to Turkey on loan this summer.Asensio, Vazquez give De Gea new nickname Henry Ikenna Ugwu – August 2, 2018 Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has been dubbed ‘Karius’ by Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez, according to ESPN.The Real Madrid pair of Asensio…The Turkish club have been in fine form so far this campaign, with two wins from their first two Super Lig games, and also in the hunt for a place in the UEFA Europa League group stages after a 1-1 with Partizan. Karius made 49 appearances for the Reds after joining from Mainz in 2016.Thirty-three of those appearances came last season, where he came under fire for his performance in the Champions League final, which included two errors that led to goals in the 3-1 defeat against Real Madrid.The former Mainz goalkeeper has come under heavy scrutiny since that game against Madrid despite apologizing to supporters and Liverpool’s decision to spend £67million on Alisson Becker ensured he had to leave Anfield in search of more regular playing time.last_img read more

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J Cole Signs On For Bertie County Documentary

first_img Email J. Cole Signs On For ‘Bertie County’ Documentary Twitter Watch: J. Cole’s ‘Bertie County’ Doc Trailer j-cole-signs-bertie-county-documentary News Facebook GRAMMY nominee to helm powerful PBS documentary addressing institutional racism, violence, poverty, and educational inequityPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Aug 15, 2017 – 4:18 pm GRAMMY.comRealistic narrative is expected with great rappers, but multiple GRAMMY nominee J. Cole is seeking a whole new level of realism and storytelling with his documentaries about life as he experienced it growing up in rural North Carolina.Following up on his 4 Your Eyez Only documentary that captured his personal experiences traveling through the South, Cole has now signed on to executive produce Bertie County, a film scheduled to air on PBS POV on Aug. 28.The work of director/producer Margaret Byrne, Raising Bertie will spotlight three African-American boys — Bud, Dada and Junior — growing into adulthood in rural Bertie County as they look to find themselves and rise above generational poverty, educational inequity and systemic racism.”The truth is, I made a film about three kids I met and cared about,” said Byrne. “I knew their story needed telling. The individuals in this story are representative of their community and they matter.”In addition to his film work, J. Cole has also shown his local commitment via his Dreamville Foundation, which is dedicated to helping disadvantaged urban youth, particularly in his childhood community of Fayetteville.Jay Z Gets Vulnerable On Latest ‘4:44’ FootnotesRead morelast_img read more

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Make your home sparkle this festive season

first_imgThis festive season, make sure you are adding spark not just to your clothes but homes too. Experts suggest how. -Go bold with gold: With festive season and Diwali round the corner, sprinkle some shimmer. This season, you can experiment with bolder colours like deep red, burnt orange and sunny mustard. Pair these up with cushions in woven textiles and traditional motifs like paisleys. Try to use matt gold. It’s all about mixing of pastel colours with matt gold, matt champagne and matt rose gold with blush pink. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf-Diyas: Lighting diyas is another most ancient custom in India, because when there was no electricity and artificial lights, diyas were used to brighten up the homes during darkness. -Hanging lamps: Hanging lamps always create an oriental atmosphere. It is energising to see these lamps on a terrace, balconies or entrance foyer areas or even in room corners. There are cork finish, cement finish, textured handmade paper lamps and plastic fibers and jute paper lamps. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive-Wall decor: Decorative mirrors and art are easy options for dressing the walls and accessorising corner tables and consoles. -Antiques and figurines: A collection of antiques and figurines kept in one corner can look very impressive. It can be an assortment of colours, sizes and so on. -Paint a pop of colour: Sometimes a little contrast can do amazing things. If your room is feeling stale and monotonous, go and pick a colour that contrasts with the colour scheme you have been witnessing for a long time in your space. -Fill an empty corner: The best way is to declutter and then start filling again. You would be able to junk a lot of stuff and fill corners or blank spaces very creatively with various sized frames, lamps and so on. -Add layer to your lighting: Home or office requires the correct amount of and relevant light. Bathrooms where we groom need ample lighting especially around the mirror. Table lamps, elaborate ceiling lights can serve the purpose of aesthetics.last_img read more

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Six Tips for Mobile Marketing to Engage Customers

first_imgAugust 23, 2011 Enroll Now for Free 4 min read People love their smartphones. Whether you’re walking down the street or inside a shopping mall, sitting in a coffee shop or at the airport, half the people around you are looking down at their cellphones.Eighty-three percent of American adults own a cell phone, and 42 percent of them own a Blackberry, iPhone, or a similar smartphone, according to a recent Pew Internet Project report. The study also found that 87 percent of smartphone users access the Internet or email on their device. Two-thirds of smartphone users do so daily. Increasingly, just as how the home broadband connection remains always on, the mobile connection seems to be ever present.Today’s apps-savvy consumers want business information delivered concisely and available for reading on the fly. Thanks to the explosion of Internet-enabled mobile devices, you and your customers can communicate on the go. Here are six easy ways to deliver on mobile devices marketing that encourages customer interaction.1. Make Your Emails Mobile-FriendlyWhereas delivering email marketing that can be read on mobile devices used to be optional for a business, now it’s essential. Keep a message’s subject line short and place high up in the message your brand name, the offer, and the call to action.Related: Your Customers Are Talking. Are You Listening?Keep your email design simple and light on text, and offer a link to your company’s website or Facebook page so a reader can find out more.2. Give Mobile Customers What They Need Forty percent of U.S. smartphone owners compare prices on their mobile device while shopping inside a store, according to HubSpot, an Internet marketing firm in Cambridge, Mass. If you do not optimize your site for mobile users, you may miss sales opportunities. The most sought-after information (a company’s hours, locations, and directions) and popular features should be front and center where customers can easily find them. If mobile consumers cannot find the information they need to guide their purchasing decisions, they may click — but then take their business elsewhere.3. Invite List Sign-ups via Text Message and Quick-Response CodesCustomers entering into your retail establishment probably are carrying their cellphones on them. Build your contact list by inviting patrons to send a text message (if your email service provider offers this feature) or scan a QR code. Put a sign at your cash register to encourage such activity while the shopping experience is still fresh.Related: Three Ways to Spark Engaging Social ConversationsA savings coupon or special offer can sweeten the deal for any customers who sign up via text message or QR code. And you end up building your list without having to manually enter email addresses after deciphering handwriting on a sign-up sheet.4. Build Your Fan BaseYour socially active customers have a Facebook or Twitter app loaded on their smartphones. A sign or poster that encourages them to connect with you in the social media sphere can propel significant growth of your network — and expand your company’s visibility to the contacts of your new followers. Be sure to give customers a good (and fun) reason to like or follow you.5. Tap Location-Based ServicesIf you run a brick-and-mortar business or host an event, encourage people to check in on location-based services like Foursquare, Gowalla, or Where. You will gain information about your regular customers and how often they visit you. It also lets your customers share information and tips about your business with others. A unique special offer can encourage these regulars to check in more often.6. Encourage Reviews on the RunEncourage customers to share their thoughts about their experience while they are still at our place of business. Post a sign that says, “How’d we do? Let us know!” You can even direct customers to sites like Yelp, Where, Google Places, or TripAdvisor, where you would like them to offer reviews of your business. Make sure you post your company’s Twitter handle, so customers can include it in reviews and follow your business on Twitter for updates. Be sure you stay on top of any customer reviews posted about your company.More mobile technologies are springing up, enabling businesses and customers to stay connected, regardless of location. Remember: All these gadgets and apps can support your marketing but they should not drive it. You still need to focus your message on how your company provides great products and services. Know who and where your customers are. Then bring the goods to them. Mobile strategies let you package your marketing to better reach them.Related: Five Ways to Win a Sale Using Your Customer’s Mobile Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowlast_img read more

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This bipedal robot has a flying head

first_imgMaking a bipedal robot is hard. You have to make sure maintain exquisite balance at all times and, even with the amazing things Atlas can do, there is still a chance that your crazy robot will fall over and bop its electronic head. But what if that head is a quadcopter?University of Tokyo have done just that with their wild Aerial-Biped. The robot isn’t completely bipedal but it’s designed instead to act like a bipedal robot without the tricky issue of being truly bipedal. Think of the these legs as more a sort of fun bit of puppetry that mimics walking but doesn’t really walk.“The goal is to develop a robot that has the ability to display the appearance of bipedal walking with dynamic mobility, and to provide a new visual experience. The robot enables walking motion with very slender legs like those of a flamingo without impairing dynamic mobility. This approach enables casual users to choreograph biped robot walking without expertise. In addition, it is much cheaper compared to a conventional bipedal walking robot,” the team told IEEE.The robot is similar to the bizarre-looking Ballu, a blimp robot with a floating head and spindly legs. The new robot learned how to walk convincingly through machine learning, a feat that gives it a realistic gait even though it is really an aerial system. It’s definitely a clever little project and could be interesting at a theme park or in an environment where a massive bipedal robot falling over on someone might be discouraged.[embedded content]last_img read more

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VMware vSphere 55 From Beginner to Expert in One of the Top

first_img Share Tweet Submit Server virtualization is an increasingly popular method employed in enterprise environments to improve performance, availability, and efficiency from server infrastructure and applications. VMware vSphere is an extremely useful tool that helps administrators create a strong foundation for any cloud computing environment. Highly in demand, you can go from zero to hero with VMware vSphere 5.5 Course, now at a 93% discount. Head over to Wccftech Deals to get the discount.93% off VMware vSphere 5.5 CourseVMware vSphere is an especially useful tool, providing an outstanding foundation for any cloud computing environment. Due to its popularity, administrators are constantly in demand, and this course will take you from the very basics of installation and configuration to more advanced management techniques of vSphere 5.5, the most up to date virtualization platform on the market.Access 7 complete units of study 24/7Work through some of the foundation elements of VM & VMwareUnderstand more about server virtualization & the various forms of data storage availableInstall & use ESX & ESXi & recognize the steps needed to join an active directory domainLearn how to configure virtual machines & work with VM filesIntroduce yourself to the Vcenter server, including its architectureDiscover how to manage a virtual world, from creating & configuring alarms to creating resource pools & configuring the VMware converterDetails & RequirementsLength of time users can access this course: 1 yearAccess options: web streaming, mobile streamingCertification of completion includedExperience level required: all levelsCourse log-in details and instructions will be emailed to you within 3 working days of redemptionFree technical support available 24/5 via email, telephone and online chatNo software includedBrowser settings need to be changed when using a Mac. For more information, click here.Compatibility: Windows 7, 8; Mac OS X; iOS; Android | Internet Explorer 9 or later; Google Chrome; Safari 6 or later; Mozilla FirefoxOriginal value: $479 | Wccftech Deals: $29 at 93% discount last_img read more

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New Carnival bookings offer agents chances to win cash prizes

first_img Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> MIAMI — Carnival Cruise Line has launched a ‘Travel Agents Rock!’ sweepstakes that runs from now until Feb. 20.New individual FIT bookings made through any online channel during the contest period and registered on the sweepstakes web page by the closing date will qualify for the giveaways.“We want to show agents how much we truly think they ‘rock’ by kicking off the year with an incentive-rich sweepstakes that awards numerous booking levels,” said Carnival’s Vice President of Sales and Trade Marketing, Adolfo Perez. “This is the busiest time of the year for our partners and it’s important for us to say thanks for the hard work they do.”Prizes vary with bookings: two qualifying bookings win a set of ‘Travel Agents Rock!’ luggage tags; four online bookings earn a ‘Travel Agents Rock!’ watch; eight online bookings get a US$25 Visa gift card and 10 online bookings qualify for a $50 Visa gift card. All agents who book 11 or more qualifying reservations will be entered into a random draw for $5,000 cash.More news:  Marriott Int’l announces 5 new all-inclusive resorts in D.R. & MexicoAgents must register all qualifying bookings on the contest registration page by the closing date with all prizes awarded after. More information can be found at GoCCL.com. Posted by Tags: Carnival Cruise Linecenter_img Tuesday, January 10, 2017 New Carnival bookings offer agents chances to win cash, prizes Sharelast_img read more

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Arrested driver was more than five times over the limit

first_imgA 54-year-old man was arrested in Nicosia for driving drunk and hitting a parked car on Friday night police said on Saturday.According to authorities, at approximately 9:30pm the 54-year-old was backing out of a field, when he hit into a parked car owned by a 38-year-old.Police determined that 54-year-old had not injured anyone, but that he was driving without a licence, which had been suspended prior to the incident.  Officers conducted a breathalyzer, which registered a 126mg instead of the legal 22mg.During an alcotest later conducted, the man was found to have a blood alcohol content of 117mg.Police also discovered that the man was driving without insurance, and with an expired registration.Authorities are continuing their investigations.You May LikeHealth & Human ResearchThe 7 worst foods for your thyroid glandHealth & Human ResearchUndoFood Prevent9 Kidney-Friendly SuperfoodsFood PreventUndowww.joy.landStart playing free online games!www.joy.landUndo Verstappen wins crazy German Grand PrixUndoHouse rejects presidential veto over repossession lawUndoGreece to overturn law that made universities no-go zone for policeUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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