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Saucy substitute Dubs get under Portland’s skin in spirited, uninhibited victory

first_imgGot a suggestion for the Warriors. Rip up the identifiers “San Francisco” and “Golden State Warriors” along the baselines. For one thing, they’re a touch pretentious. For another, fans should know where they are (the price of garlic fries should provide a clue) and who is playing (even if you don’t know all their names).Instead lay down something meaningful, something that speaks to the current Warriors … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile devicelast_img

SA airports 90% World Cup ready

first_imgSouth Africa will handle large volumes of air traffic during the 2010 Fifa World Cup. (Image: City of Johannesburg) OR Tambo general manager Chris Hlekane Addressing the media about airports’ readiness for the World Cup. Acsa’s Nicky Knapp speaking at the briefing. (Images: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Solomon Makgale Group Manager: Communications Airports Company South Africa +27 82 781 8863 Solomon.makgale@airports.co.za  RELATED ARTICLES • Smoother air traffic flow in 2010 • OR Tambo spreads its wings • Zambezi Airlines lands in SA • New airport nears completion • New infrastructure for the 2010 Fifa World CupBongani NkosiSouth Africa’s airports will be fully upgraded and ready to handle large volumes of traffic during the 2010 Fifa World Cup, the Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) said at a press briefing in Johannesburg on 2 March.Acsa announced that their preparations, most of which involve upgrading current facilities, are now 90% complete.“We are confident that, together with our airport partners and staff, we will be ready to meet the requirements of this major event,” said OR Tambo International Airport general manager Chris Hlekane, speaking on behalf of Acsa.The 10% of work remaining, largely tying-up loose ends, will be concluded in time for the World Cup, Hlekani said. “By the end of March a lot more will be accomplished, [we’ll be] closer to 100%.”Acsa began upgrading the country’s airports in 2006, investing about R17-billion (US$2.3-billion) in operations even before Fifa announced in May that year that South Africa had won the bid. But since then construction has been speeded up to meet the June deadline.All projects at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo, a key entry point for most World Cup visitors, were completed in December 2009.The airport, named after apartheid struggle icon Oliver Tambo, now boasts a multi-storey parkade with 165 000 bays, and a revamped central terminal building and check-in facility worth R2.2-billion ($293-million) – this will be able to accommodate about 28-million passengers a year.Two new fuel tanks – with a capacity of 60-million litres each – have been installed there, along with seven new aircraft stands, which takes the total number to 105.“The bulk of the movement [during the World Cup] will be from OR Tambo,” Hlekane said.Makeover for regional airportsCape Town International Airport has also undergone massive improvements, which are nearing completion. Most of the major projects – including the central terminal building, the 8 000 parking bays and vehicle roads upgrade – will be complete by the end of March.The airport’s central terminal has been expanded to accommodate 14 million passengers a year, while the number of airport stands has been increased by five, bringing the total to 32.The newly built King Shaka International Airport in Durban will be completed in April and be operational by May, a month before kick-off. Some R6.7-billion ($893-million) has been spent on the facility, which will accommodate 7.5-million passengers a year.A number of the country’s regional domestic airports have also been revamped and will be ready for the tournament. An upgrade of the Bloemfontein Airport terminal was completed in December 2009, and a temporary terminal set up to “meet the demand” will be finished by May.Port Elizabeth Airport will also have a temporary terminal ready by May. Similar set-ups at the East London and Kimberley airports will be completed by the end of March to accommodate additional traffic.Acsa said it aimed to make the temporary structures in Port Elizabeth and Bloemfontein “cost-neutral” by using revenue generated from advertising and retail sales to fund the building process.More jet-settingAcsa has experienced a spike in slot applications by airlines in the run up to the World Cup. “We’ve seen an increase in terms of slots that have been applied for the [June-July] period,” said Andre Vermeulen, Acsa’s group manager of operations.The company has allocated 120 000 extra slots to airlines and more are still available. Although not all slots may be used, Vermeulen said airlines have shown to be responsible in their bookings and it looked promising that most will be used.The number of flights is expected to double over the World Cup period compared to other times of the year, Vermeulen added.Acsa has forecast that about 450 000 visitors will flock to South Africa during the first two weeks of the tournament. The frequency of domestic flights will also increase during the knock-out matches, Hlekane said.Extended work hours Acsa has approached the Department of Labour to enable it to extend its employees’ work hours in the June-July period. As there will be more flights, airports will have to operate for 24 hours a day during this time.“We want to ensure that the department appreciates the number of hours we will work,” Hlekane said.The airports will require their staff to work overtime and unions representing the employees have agreed to the plan, Acsa said. “We signed a wage agreement plan … we’re comfortable with unions on that basis,” Hlekane added.Airport staff are also being trained to communicate in French, German and Spanish to accommodate foreign-language visitors.Plenty of fuelFears of a jet-fuel shortage in the country during the World Cup are unfounded, Acsa said at the briefing. The company has sufficient jet fuel stocks for the tournament’s period. “There will be no disruption in terms of fuel,” said Hlekane.Acsa said it plans to have four to five day’s cover of jet fuel stocks – the ideal average – during the World Cup period. “They [suppliers] understand our demands. They understand when we’ll need fuel,” said Vermeulen.last_img read more

The Truth about Mobile Application Stores

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces At the recent Mobile World Congress 2010, Dutch app store analytics firm Distimo presented their findings on the six largest mobile application stores in existence today: the iTunes App Store, BlackBerry App World, Google Android Market, Nokia Ovi Store, Palm App Catalog and Windows Marketplace for Mobile. In their presentation, they analyzed everything including store size, store growth, the most popular applications and where you can find the best deal. They recently shared some of the highlights from that presentation by way of a slideshow embedded on their blog. For mobile industry insiders, some of the findings won’t be all that shocking, just common knowledge paired with statistics. However, there were a few surprises that caught us off guard, maybe they will you too. Distimo collects public application data from app stores and also offers developers an analytics tool which is used to monitor their apps and those belonging to their competitors. After examining and analyzing the data, the company releases market reports detailing their findings. Free Vs. Paid AppsOne of their most recent reports looked at which application stores have the highest percentage of free apps. Not surprisingly, the Android Market was the winner here. In an interview with Venture Beat, Distimo co-founder and CEO Vincent Hoogsteder said this was due to multiple factors: the nature of the open-source operating system from Google attracts the sort of developers that enjoy giving away their works and the open nature of the application- approval process (that is, no review board middleman exists between app creation and public release) makes it easier for casual developers to launch. Also, anecdotal evidence points to developers’ dissatisfaction with Google Checkout – paid Android apps are required to implement this payment method for purchase, a much slower process than Apple’s 1-click buying process. The different ratios of free apps versus paid was one of the findings presented during MWC 2010. In the chart below, you can see the varying percentages by store. (Note that Distimo’s findings were focused on the U.S. market only). Android has the most free applications (57% free) and Nokia has the most paid (85% paid). The next closest store to Android in terms of free is Palm, followed by Apple, Blackberry, Windows Phone, and finally Nokia. sarah perez What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Games, Games, GamesAlso discussed were the popularity of applications by category. On Apple’s store, games and entertainment were the most popular categories (58% and 18%, respectively). Somewhat more surprising was the popularity of games on Blackberry, the platform often used more by enterprise and SMBs than by consumers. Here, games were also in the lead with 29% popularity to only 18% for utilities. One would have thought that would be the other way around – that corporate users would be more likely download apps that helped them work, not play. Apparently, that’s not the case.For more details on this presentation, you can view the entire slideshow on Slideshare or contact the company itself for a more in-depth marketing report. Update: Microsoft got in touch to let us know that there are now “over 1245” Windows Mobile apps available in their Marketplace. The number had increased since Distimo released their report. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Another interesting finding had to do with the prices for the paid applications. Apple, Android and Palm were all in the same range when it came to the average price for paid apps ($3.27 to $3.62). However, RIM and Microsoft were more than twice as high ($8.26 and $6.99, respectively). This didn’t necessarily have to do with the different types of applications available in each store – sometimes, the exact same app was just priced higher on other platforms. For example, Tetris was $4.99 on Apple and $6.99 on Windows. IM+ was $4.99 on Apple and $29.99 on Blackberry. Store Size and Growth: Look Out for Android! Android is now the second-largest application store, reports Distimo, with 19, 297 apps. It’s still a far cry from Apple’s 150,998 apps, though. And other competitors are farther still. Ovi, we were surprised to discover, is the third largest with 6,118 apps available while Blackberry has a respectable 4,756. Palm has only 1,492 and Windows has 693. Apple is also the fastest growing store with a shocking 13,865 new applications added per month. Android’s growth is picking up too – they now have 3,005 new apps per month (15%). Relative to the number of apps housed, Android is actually the fastest growing store. Tags:#Features#mobile#NYT#Trends#web Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Meghalaya High Court holds ‘The Shillong Times’ Editor, publisher in contempt

first_imgThe Meghalaya High Court on Friday imposed a fine of ₹2 lakh each on The Shillong Times Editor Patricia Mukhim and publisher Shobha Chaudhuri and ordered them to sit in the corner of the courtroom till the rising of the court in a contempt case.The case relates to an order by Justice Sudip Ranjan Sen on the perks and facilities for retired judges and their families.The report on December 10, 2018, headlined “When judges judge for themselves” likened the order to that of Meghalaya High Court’s former Chief Justice Uma Nath Singh and former Justice T.K.N. Singh on January 7, 2016 for providing them Z-category and Y-category security respectively.The Supreme Court later quashed the order seeking special category security.‘Sit in the corner’Issuing the order, a Division Bench headed by Chief Justice Mohammad Yaqoob Mir said that Ms. Mukhim and Ms. Chaudhuri would have to undergo six months of simple imprisonment and the newspaper would be banned if they fail to deposit the amount within a week.“In exercise of the power vested on us by Article 215 of the Constitution of India, we sentence both the contemnors to sit in the corner of the courtroom till the rising of the court and impose a fine of ₹2 lakh each which is to be deposited with the Registry within a week and then to be deposited in the welfare fund of this high court,” the Bench said.“We also further direct that in default of payment, both the contemnors will have to undergo six months simple imprisonment and the paper so-called Shillong Times will automatically come to an end,” the Bench said while disposing of the contempt case.‘Right journalism’Ms. Mukhim reacted by posting on Facebook: “We are told that the press is the fourth estate to keep the legislature, executive and judiciary in check. We are also exhorted by the most enlightened souls that the purpose of journalism is to afflict those in comfort zones and to comfort the afflicted and the voiceless. If the mighty are offended with us we must be doing something right in our journalism and not propaganda.”The day The Shillong Times carried the report the High Court found contemptuous, Justice Sen had appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Centre to grant instantaneous citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan. This was while admitting a petition of an Army recruit who was denied domicile certificate by the Meghalaya government.last_img read more

FIFA Brings Top Players Together To Fight Ebola

first_imgTop international football players are joining forces with world football’s governing body FIFA, the Confederation of African Football and health experts to raise global awareness and promote simple preventative measures in the fight against Ebola.Video: 11 players, 11 messages, 1 goal – Together, we can beat Ebola.The “11 against Ebola” campaign, featuring Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, FC Barcelona’s Neymar Jr, Chelsea’s Didier Drogba and Bayern Munich’s Philipp Lahm among others, promotes 11 simple health messages selected with the help of doctors and health experts from Africa, the World Bank Group and the World Health Organization who are tackling the outbreak in West Africa.Underneath the slogan “Together, we can beat Ebola” and the hashtag #wecanbeatebola, players share each message with the help of animated films, radio content, banners, posters and pictures in a multimedia campaign launched on Monday, 17 November.Each health message, such as “Report unusual illnesses” and “Cook meat properly”, has been chosen to improve public understanding about how the virus spreads, and to provide clear information that can be used to reduce the chances of the virus spreading in affected communities.FIFA Chief Medical Officer Prof. Jiří Dvořák, MD said: “We doctors have experienced the power of football when it comes to prevention and health, while successfully implementing the ‘FIFA 11 for Health’ programme in 15 African countries as part of the medical legacy of 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Now we are using the same system to tackle Ebola, by presenting simple educational messages to prevent the spread of the disease through the voices of football stars – ‘When football talks, everybody listens’.”The popularity of football and its top players has proven to be a powerful way to connect with a wide audience and to transmit public health messages. This is the first emergency health campaign of its kind implemented by FIFA. The world governing body of football has achieved positive results with previous public health awareness campaigns such as the FIFA 11 for Health, which recruited top players to promote simple health messages for children around the world.Neymar Jr said: “It is so important that we get the right information to those affected by the Ebola outbreak. We all hope this positive campaign will improve people’s understanding of the Ebola virus and help us to reduce the chances of it spreading. Let’s all get behind this campaign to help our brothers and sisters in the worst-hit regions. Together, we can beat Ebola.”FIFA President Blatter said: “The popularity of football gives us a unique platform to reach all communities. We hope that football can play its part and that this campaign against Ebola can make a real difference on the ground as the world comes together to fight the virus and to help those living in affected communities.”According to the World Health Organization, as of 9 November, a total of 14,098 confirmed, probable and suspected cases of Ebola virus disease have been reported in six countries. There have been 5,160 deaths. Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone have seen the highest number of cases.Download posters, pictures and banners featuring the players and their messages at www.fifa.com and share them in your community with the hashtag #wecanbeatebolaThe 11 against Ebola messages1. Report unusual illnesses: please report any unusual illnesses or deaths in your community. 2. Know the symptoms: do you have a fever with a loss of appetite, headache, fatigue, pain, vomiting, bleeding or diarrhoea? Know the symptoms of Ebola. 3. Seek immediate medical help: please seek urgent medical help if you have a fever with additional symptoms. 4. Avoid body contact: avoid direct, skin and body contact with anyone suffering from Ebola. 5. Wash your hands and disinfect: wash your hands regularly and disinfect anything touched by suspected or confirmed Ebola sufferers. 6. Wear proper protection: wear gloves and proper protective clothing if you are caring for an Ebola sufferer, and get the right instruction for the use of protective clothing. 7. Cook meat properly: cook all meat and animal products thoroughly before consumption. 8. Always practise safe sex: use protection if you are having sex with anyone recovering from Ebola. 9. Avoid contact with wild animals and bats: wild animals and bats can carry the Ebola virus. Avoid them. 10. Do not touch the dead: avoid direct contact with dead Ebola victims or anyone who has died from a strange disease. 11. Seek help for safe burials: please seek help from local authorities to bury any victims of Ebola or strange diseases.Source:FIFAlast_img read more

Your Chance To Attend The Comedy Central Roast Of Justin Bieber

first_imgAre you a big Justin Bieber fan? MTV Staying Alive Foundation is giving you the chance to bid now on 2 table seats to the highly anticipated Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber, taped on March 14, 2015 at Sony Pictures Studios, Culver City, CA.Hosted by Roast Master Kevin Hart, the Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber assembles today’s most relevant voices in pop culture. The occasion? To hold one of the world’s biggest teen idols over an open flame.This auction is open until February 26, and can be accessed here.last_img

Food & Drink: Beat summer heat with frozen treats

first_imgRachel Pinsky can be emailed at couveeats@gmail.com. Follow her on Instagram @couveeats and @rachelapinsky and on Facebook @coueeats. During this summer of “Fortnite,” my parental job (as Screen Time Police) has become increasingly difficult. However, wandering the Salmon Creek Greenway Trail and then grabbing a frozen at Tropical Sno or Deda’s Fine Baked Goods makes for a pleasant diversion.During the summer, my main job is Screen Time Police — devising clever ways to keep my children separated from their electronic devices. This job has become increasingly difficult during this long summer of “Fortnite.” The typical diversion tactic usually includes some wholesome old-school family activity followed by a bribe (usually something sweet).On a recent walk along the Salmon Creek Greenway Trail, I discovered a couple of great places for frozen treats. The closest purveyor of frozen goodies is Tropical Sno, located in a parking lot on Northeast 117th Street, just up the street from the parking lot for Salmon Creek Regional Park and Klineline Pond. Tropical Sno is owned by Claudia Ruffalo, her son, Brian, and his wife, Janae. This is their eighth summer in this spot.Sno cones come in small ($3.85), medium ($4.45) and large ($5.05). The small size is generous enough for any child — little kid to teen. The plastic containers are a bit wobbly, so it’s good to tell kids to hold them tightly with two hands while transporting them to the car or a nearby picnic table.You can choose from popular, nonalcoholic concoctions (strawberry margarita, mai tai, Creamsicle) or design your own flavors (up to three) with optional add-ons (banana cream, coconut cream, gummy worms, vanilla cream and caramel topping) for an extra 50 cents. My daughter chose blue raspberry and cotton candy. She liked the flavors and enjoyed displaying her blue tongue for the rest of the afternoon.last_img read more

Hyundai Air and Sea Show to return over Memorial Day Weekend in

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida air show will return to Miami Beach over Memorial Day weekend for a third year.The Hyundai Air and Sea Show pays tribute to military and first responders as part of “The National Salute to America’s Heroes.”The event is open to the public on May 25 and 26.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

New Yorkers Want To Call W 8th St Jimi Hendrix Way

first_img Email Facebook Changing West Eighth St. To “Jimi Hendrix Way” new-yorkers-want-call-w-8th-st-jimi-hendrix-way News New Yorkers Want To Call W. 8th St. “Jimi Hendrix Way” Twitter Greenwich Village, N.Y., home of Electric Lady Studios hopes the city will dub their neighborhood with the guitarist’s legendary namePhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Oct 5, 2017 – 4:29 pm The life and art of Jimi Hendrix are touchstones that artists and fans revisit, for example Outkast’s André 3000 playing him in the 2013 biopic Jimi: All Is By My Side. Now residents and merchants on W. 8th Street in New York City’s Greenwich Village hope co-naming their street “Jimi Hendrix Way” will have the same effect on tourists and foot traffic.Comparable to the 1977 renaming of a portion of W 106th Street as Duke Ellington Boulevard by the Riverside Drive home where he composed, these Greenwich Villagers want to memorialize the magic of Electric Lady Studios, which Hendrix bought in 1968 and opened in 1970, the year of his death.Local merchant Richard Geist said, “We want to bring that magic back.”The co-naming process is still at the stage of collecting petition signatures, after which the next steps are community board support followed by a full vote of the New York City Council.The Making Of Jimi Hendrix’s Are You Experienced?last_img read more

Bidders emerge for Tata Steels UK assets

first_imgTwo groups signalled their interest in buying the British assets of Tata Steel on Tuesday, offering hope that thousands of jobs could be saved after weeks of uncertainty.Sanjeev Gupta’s metals group Liberty House and a management buyout team called Excalibur said they had submitted an initial expression of interest in buying the assets ahead of a 1600 GMT deadline.The two groups had been racing to submit their interest after India’s Tata Group announced plans in March to sell its entire UK steel operation, which had been hit by cheap Chinese imports, soaring costs and weak demand.Keen to avoid the loss of 10,000 jobs, the government has offered hundreds of millions of pounds in support to potential buyers and said it could take a 25 percent stake in the firm.Britain’s Business Secretary Sajid Javid also postponed a major trade visit to Iran to focus on the future of the steel industry at home.Liberty’s Executive Chairman Gupta was the first businessman to express an interest in Tata’s loss-making assets which include the Port Talbot steel plant in Wales, and on Tuesday the firm said it had submitted a bid.”Liberty believes the UK steel industry can achieve long-term viability if based on an agile, sustainable, non-cyclical model,” the company said a statement.Liberty confirmed that Macquarie Capital and the State Bank of India had been appointed as financial advisers for the deal.Indian-born Gupta, who established Liberty House while a student at Cambridge in the early 1990s, has said Port Talbot and its jobs could be saved if the giant blast furnaces were replaced with facilities to process imported slab steel instead.Excalibur Steel UK, led by Tata’s UK strip products director Stuart Wilkie, also confirmed its interest, saying it had made huge progress in pulling together a plan that would enable the management and staff to take a stake in a strategic British industry.”We believe we have a large number of the pieces in place required to make this a success, including a management team with vast experience of steel making and processing,” he said in a statement. “We are confident we can turn the business around.”Last week, Prime Minister David Cameron visited Port Talbot and said any sale of Tata’s British assets would have to cover the whole of the business.Britain’s government has also offered help in lowering the cost of energy for steel works and with workers’ pensions to try to save the industry but says its efforts are not linked to the EU referendum on June 23.Those campaigning to leave the bloc have seized on the crisis, accusing the EU of not doing enough to stop Chinese imports and have blamed the bloc’s rules on state aid for preventing government intervention.last_img read more