Chris Haugan wins Blizzard/Phoenix trophy time trial

first_imgSunday marked the 31st edition of the Blizzard and Phoenix trophies for the Blizzard Bike Club. Chris Haugan won in the men’s category with his time of 39:35, Dawit Feyissa won in the junior men’s grouping at 41:29, and Jessica Telizyn’s time of 1:04:37 was tops in the women’s race.The times for yesterday’s event are as follows:1. Chris Haugan 39:352. Kevin Shaw 40:053.Dawit Feyissa 41:264. Richard Wood 45:065. Pat Ferris 46:406. Davide Loro 46:547. Sam Keats 49:418. Josh Telizyn 51:099. Jessica Telizyn 1:04:3710. Dian Loro 1:12:36- Advertisement –last_img

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Curry on Warriors Game 2 history: ‘We understand the drill’

first_imgOAKLAND – Steph Curry was at it again, basking in yet another series-opening win at home on the Warriors’ projected path to their fifth straight NBA Finals.Game 2 will be tougher, right? The Portland Trail Blazers will adjust after their 22-point defeat? The Warriors won’t be strutting into a trap game, will they?“We understand what the drill is,” Curry responded after the 116-94 win that opened the Western Conference Finals.The Warriors are 14-4 in Game 2s since 2015. All but one have been …last_img

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Raiders Straight Talk: Keeping Josh Jacobs healthy a priority

first_imgALAMEDA — Josh Jacobs is being watched closely, and not just because he’s been a marvel of forward progress not seen by the Raiders since the days of Marcus Allen.No player other than quarterback Derek Carr is more important to the offense. Stopping Jacobs will become Job No. 1 of every opponent over the last 10 games of the season, starting with Sunday’s road game against the Houston Texans.“He runs hard. Gets his pads down, he’s built very low to the ground,” Texans coach Bill O’Brien …last_img

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Emirates trumpets world’s shortest A380 route

first_imgAn Emirates A380 AIRLINES often crow about having the world’s longest flights but Emirates is trumpeting its newest Airbus A380 destination as the world’s shortest for the superjumbo.The Dubai-based carrier will upgrade one of its nine daily flights between Dubai and Doha to an A380 service from December 1 on what is the 45th A380 route for the airline and the shortest for the aircraft at just over 235 miles (379kms)  each way.The airline justified using the long-range superjumbo on the short route by saying  demand for Doha had been steadily increasing to the point it had carried more than 700,000 passengers between the cities so far this year.“The upgrade to the A380 will provide Emirates the increased ability to serve growing demand for travel out of Doha,’’ it said. “The double-decker has also proved tremendously popular with customers, and the upcoming service in December will give travellers from Qatar the chance to experience Emirates’ award-winning A380 onboard product and service to Dubai and seamless A380 journeys to some of Emirates most popular destinations.’’The gulf carrier has timed the flights so that travellers will have connections of less than four hours to popular destinations such as London Heathrow, New York, Paris and Rome.The superjumbos on the route will be in a three-class configuration with 429 seats in economy, 76 flat-bed seats in business and 14 first-class suites. They will also come equipped with the airline’s renowned in-flight bar and entertainment system, althoughit willl be a choice between a quick drink or a short program on a flight lasting about an hour.Emirates is the world’s biggest operator of A380s with 85 in service and 57 on order and competes with Abu Dhabi-based Etihad and Doha-based Qatar. It recently upgraded its business class product and bar and is working on a new first class product.Emirates president Tim Clark, who says the aircraft works well for airline and is popular with customers, recently warned that the world would need more A380s to cope with capacity problems at airports.Read Sir Tim’s comments.Airbus announced earlier this year that it will more than halve production of the superjumbo from the current 2.5 per month to one a month because of lacklustre demand.But Airbus chief executive Tom Enders, speaking at an event to celebrate the manufacturer’s 10,000th aircraft delivery,  predicted there would still be a demand for the A380 “for many years to come”.last_img read more

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New incubator targets mobile developers

first_imgmLab Southern Africa, a new regional incubator for mobile technology innovators and entrepreneurs, opens at the Innovation Hub in Pretoria on 15 September – and developers and entrepreneurs with a start-up business, organisation or mobile concept can already apply to become members. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material “Support services will either be delivered directly by mLab SA, or through external providers to which members will be pointed, for example the Bandwidth Barn’s business mentoring programme.” “While the head office will be in Pretoria, a number of satellite offices will be established throughout the region. A Cape Town satellite office is in the process of being established,” mLab SA said in a statement this week. “But while there exists an enormous mobile opportunity in the region, there are still challenges to creating a sustainable business or organisation in mobile,” says mLab SA. “Competition is stiff; the mobile landscape is highly uneven across different technologies, user groups and countries; and mobile developers are scarce and expensive.” Three types of membership “The mLab SA will also assist members in accessing finance, whether it be in the form of grants, seed capital, angel investors or venture capitalists.” Applications can be submitted via www.mlab.co.za, where further information on membership can also be found. mLab Southern Africa (mLab SA) will be hosted by a consortium of four organisations: CSIR Meraka Institute, the Innovation Hub, InnovationLab and Ungana-Afrika. Wide-ranging support offered Members benefit from the shared services offered at mLab SA, such as reception, internet and test bays, because this allows entrepreneurs to lower their burn rate – how quickly they spend their start-up capital – and so extend the survivability of their ideas. mLab SA, and the recently opened mLab East Africa, in Nairobi, are the first of a number of mLabs to be launched around the world, with support from infoDev (World Bank), Finland’s ministry of foreign affairs, and Nokia.center_img In South Africa, mobile penetration is around 100%, and 39% of urban South Africans are now browsing the internet on their phones. Added to that, a startup business or organisation is very vulnerable – it needs business, technical and financial support, and can benefit greatly from acceleration and incubation. Southern Africa was chosen as a region to locate a mLab because of the enormous potential of mobile technologies for supporting business development, social development and job creation in the region. Mobile phones touch almost every aspect of peoples’ lives, and the potential for improving areas such as healthcare and education has already been successfully demonstrated. mLab SA offers three types of membership: Community, which is free and which anyone can join, and Silver and Gold, for which interviews are necessary. Potential of mobile technologies 29 July 2011 mLab SA will provide support, including: subsidised office space with meeting rooms; training and accreditation on mobile technologies and entrepreneurship; business mentoring and coaching; business intelligence, such as privileged access to market research information and knowledge repositories; testing of mobile apps and services in dedicated test bays; and regular events for networking and knowledge sharing. mLab SA is also supported by the South African Department of Science and Technology. Silver and Gold members pay a fee to access the core services of the mLab SA at the facility in the Innovation Hub, and receive more structured support from the mLab SA team and its partners.last_img read more

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New library for Khayelitsha

first_imgThe new Harare library boasts featuressuch as a gaming room, study hall andearly childhood development centre. Children up to six years of age are givena bright and cheerful environment inwhich to learn.(Image: Central Library, Cape Town) MEDIA CONTACTS • Nazeem Hardy  Library and Information Services   +27 21 400 3933 or +27 84 888 8408 RELATED ARTICLES • Soweto’s state-of-the-art library • Rhodes opens R75m library • SA peresent at Timbuktu unveiling • Poor schools score textbooks • BMX glory for Khayelitsha teenMark ReidThe cutting-edge Harare Library, which serves the Cape Town community of Khayelitsha, opened to the public in June. Response to the new facility, said the City of Cape Town’s Library and Information Services Department, has been enthusiastic and positive.Harare Library is just one component in the city management’s Violence Protection through Urban Upgrading (VPUU) plan, which is targeted at making Khayelitsha, one of Cape Town’s most poverty stricken areas, and a notorious crime hotspot, into a safe place for its residents.Currently budgeted at R120-million (US$18-million), the VPUU is funded by the City of Cape Town, in partnership with the German Federal Ministry for Economic Development and Cooperation and Development, and the German Development Bank.The programme is expected to take five years to complete, and will address issues such as lack of access to basic services, adequate schooling and economic opportunities, which are just a few of the factors that contribute to the instability of the area.The VPUU, which was implemented in 2005, aims to tackle crime and violence by providing better social and commercial services, strengthening community structures, and getting residents more involved in their suburb.The opening of the new library, which is designed to be eco-friendly with natural ventilation and efficient use of daylight, follows the creation of other public VPUU facilities in the suburb. These include two community buildings, a new park, and a school sports complex.A Carnegie Foundation grant made it possible to stock Harare Library with quality content, in both print and digital formats.Other exciting features of the library include a teen area with a giant chess board, a gaming room, free internet, and Wii consoles on which educational and fun activities can be enjoyed.In just four days, said a City statement, more than 2 400 people had passed through the doors of the Harare Library.Serving residents of all agesAt 1 800 square metres, Cape Town’s newest library is part of a multi-purpose centre that includes not only the library but also offices for community groups such as NGOs.The modern facility provides normal services such as access to books, magazines, DVDs and videos, but is unique among libraries in the city in that it also has a specialised early childhood development centre, a computer centre with more public access computers than anywhere else in Cape Town, a study hall and a number of meeting rooms.The early childhood development centre is known as Funda Udlale and caters for children up to the age of six. Toddlers are given access to books, soft toys, game facilities and educational computers, which allows them to learn specific skills and take part in role-playing.The facilities are also available to crèches and day care centres in the area, who are encouraged to bring their children into a bright and stimulating environment. Also on offer for the tots are an artificial grass playing area and a blackboard that covers an entire wall.last_img read more

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US risk manager grows African presence

first_img5 January 2012Marsh, a wholly-owned local unit of US-based insurance and risk management group Marsh & McLennan, has completed its acquisition of the brokerage business of South African insurer Alexander Forbes, significantly expanding its presence in sub-Saharan Africa.Marsh said in a statement on Wednesday that the transaction comprises its South African insurance broking operations, Alexander Forbes Risk Services and related ancillary operations, as well as Alexander Forbes’ insurance broking operations in Botswana and Namibia.It had also agreed to acquire other Alexander Forbes risk operations across sub-Saharan Africa – in Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Uganda and Zambia – subject to regulatory and other approvals. These transactions were expected to close “in the first quarter of 2012”, the company said.Alexander Forbes CEO Edward Kieswetter told Business Day that the whole transaction, once finalised, would be valued at between R1-billion and R1.1-billion.Expanding presence in sub-Saharan Africa“This transaction gives Marsh a leading market position in South Africa and significantly expands its presence in some of the most vibrant economies in the sub-Saharan region,” the company said.“In particular, it greatly enhances Marsh’s position in Africa’s major business sectors, including mining and minerals, power, telecommunications, transport and construction. It also extends Marsh’s reach into the dynamic middle market.”David Batchelor, president of Marsh’s international division, said the combination of Alexander Forbes’ “well-established South African operations, its regional network and respected team, together with Marsh’s existing South African business, global solutions, resources and placement skills, will bring dramatically enhanced benefits to all our clients.Ambition to become ‘pan-African leader’“Companies in the rapidly-developing African region are increasingly looking for insurance brokers and risk advisers that can help them both protect their vital assets and grow,” Batchelor said. “This transaction, which is driven by our growth ambitions to be a pan-African leader, gives us a powerful platform to meet these expectations.”Jurie Erwee, newly appointed CEO of the combined enterprise, now called Marsh Africa, said: “Together, as we unite our growth ambitions to become the continent’s pre-eminent broker and risk adviser, we are committed to bringing the world’s best to Africa.”On closing the transaction, Marsh retained its level 3 status in its black economic empowerment (BEE) scorecard rating.“Through focused investment and support, Marsh has made significant achievements in its levels of black economic empowerment,” Erwee said. “The combined Marsh entity will remain strongly committed to continuous improvement in its BEE performance levels.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Kind of Bloop: Kickstarter Gives Another Use Case with an 8-Bit Miles Davis Album

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market jolie odell Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Tags:#start#startups center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting When we interviewed Kickstarter advisor (and now CTO) Andy Baio last month, he gave us a sample or two of what could be done with the social fundraising software.Kickstarter operates on an all-or-nothing principle: users solicit pledges from their friends online, and if their fundraising goal is met by the deadline, the money is collected. If not, then no one’s pledge is withdrawn. Baio, whose past oddball projects have delighted and amused many, decided to put the Kickstarter platform to use in a novel way. He gathered funds to pay royalties for a cover album: Miles Davis’ legendary Kind of Blue, in the grandeur and majesty of 8-bit recording.“I’ve always wondered what chiptune jazz covers would sound like,” wrote Baio on his blog back in May. “What would the jazz masters sound like on a Nintendo Entertainment System? Coltrane on a C-64? Mingus on Amiga?“So I asked ast0r and sergeeo, along with three incredible chiptune artists (Virt, Shnabubula, and Disasterpeace), to collaborate on a track-by-track remake of the album.”That’s the kind of initiative that makes the Internet, and indeed, the world, truly awesome.The resulting tribute album, Kind of Bloop, was funded well in excess of the $2,000 Baio asked for from his social network, and he wrote that he hoped the downloadable tracks would drop today, on the 50th anniversary of the original album. And although Kickstarter backers can now hear the full album, the rest of the world must wait a few more days. Kind of Bloop will be available to the general public on August 20 at $5 a pop. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

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Dennis Rodman Apologizes For Rant in North Korea

Photo by businessweek.comDennis Rodman, who made waves during a wild CNN interview this week from North Korea, apologized through publicist Jules Feiler in an email to the Associated Press.This came a day after he sang “Happy Birthday” to North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un at the start of an exhibition basketball game in Pyongyang on Wednesday.Rodman has been slammed for not using his access to Kim and his visits to the country to help free Kenneth Bae, a missionary in poor health who is being confined in North Korea for “anti-state” crimes. In an interview with CNN on Tuesday, Rodman implied that Bae was at fault.“I want to apologize,” Rodman said Thursday. “I take full responsibility for my actions. It had been a very stressful day. Some of my teammates were leaving because of pressure from their families and business associates. My dream of basketball diplomacy was quickly falling apart. I had been drinking. It’s not an excuse but by the time the interview happened I was upset. I was overwhelmed. It’s not an excuse, it’s just the truth.”Rodman said he wanted to apologize first to Bae’s family. “I’m very sorry. At this point I should know better than to make political statements. I’m truly sorry.”In the interview, Rodman was asked whether he would raise the issue of Bae during his visit.“Kenneth Bae did one thing,” Rodman said. “If you understand what Kenneth Bae did — do you understand what he did in this country?”Asked to explain, Rodman declined to respond.Bae, a Korean-American Christian missionary and tour operator based in China, has been detained for more than a year. North Korea sees missionary work as a threat to its authoritarian government.Bae’s sister, Terri Chung, said his family couldn’t believe what Rodman had said.“Here’s somebody who is in a position to do some good for Kenneth and refuses to do so,” Chung told KOMO Radio in Seattle on Wednesday. “And then after the fact, instead, he decides to hurl these unqualified accusations against Kenneth. It’s clear he has no idea what he’s talking about. I’m not sure who he’s talking to, where he’s getting his information, but he’s certainly no authority on Kenneth Bae.”The U.S. State Department distanced itself from Rodman and said it did not want to “dignify” his activities or comments in Pyongyang by commenting on them. But spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the department was open to speaking with Rodman on his return.“We have not reached out to him. We’ve said before, if he wants to reach out to us, we’re happy to hear from him and what he has to say,” she told reporters.Rodman dedicated the game to his “best friend” Kim, who along with his wife and other senior officials and their wives watched from a special seating area. The capacity crowd of about 14,000 at the Pyongyang Indoor Stadium clapped loudly as Rodman sang a verse from the birthday song and then bowed deeply to Kim, seated above him in the stands.Rodman said he was honored to be able to play the game in the North Korean capital and called the event “historic.” Some members of the U.S. Congress, the NBA and human rights groups, however, say he has become a public relations tool for North Korea’s government.The government’s poor human rights record and its threats to use nuclear weapons against South Korea and the United States have kept it a pariah state. Kim shocked the world in December by having his uncle, once considered his mentor, executed after being accused of a litany of crimes including corruption, womanizing, drug abuse and attempting to seize power.Rodman has refused to address those concerns while continuing to forge a relationship with Kim.Rodman is the highest-profile American to meet Kim, who inherited power after the death of his father in late 2011. Rodman has said he is not a statesman and instead is seeking only to build cultural connections with the North through basketball that may help improve relations between Pyongyang and Washington. read more

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Acting up a perfect wedding

first_imgThus they call it the laddu either already savoured or still to be relished. Based around a similar idea, the play titled Perfect Wedding teaches one what not to do on his/her wedding day. It imparts knowledge of all the dos and donts for your wedding day.Presented by Saanjha Sapnaa and directed by Dushyant Babbar, the play is a romantic comedy based on an original script. The plot goes like- A man wakes up on his wedding morning in the hotel’s bridal suite with a naked woman he doesn’t know. Chaos ensues and a touching love story too. It is full of snappy dialogues, slapstick humor and blurry maze of plot twists which turn into a cheery evening of laughs and good feeling. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting”The play follows an error of comedy concept. Where in, the couple who was brought together to get married eventually get married to different people. It took me almost a month to conceptualise and execute the play as one of the major challenge was to find good and steady actors,’ rues Dushyant.’The one hour 20 minutes long play constitutes of playing with live properties where in the dimensions of the room set up on the stage is changed via connecting doors. This particular element is quite integral to the performance,’ says Dushyant. Witness this Perfect Wedding with full fun and entertainment on the Delhi stage.WHEN: 16 and 17 November, 6 pm and 7.30 pmWHERE: Akshara Theatre, Baba Kharak Singh Marglast_img read more

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