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World Cup 2018: Maradona shows middle finger to fans, FIFA issues stern warning

first_imgDiego Maradona has been a constant presence in Argentina’s corner in the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia.In Argentina’s last group game, Maradona drew attention with his antics in the stands, lapping up adulation from fans, unveiling a poster of himself and seemingly falling asleep at one point. Then, after Marcos Rojo’s 86th-minute winner secured Argentina’s place in the last 16, he made a middle-finger gesture with both hands.FIFA though on Friday, said that even Maradona must show respect to other fans at World Cup stadiums.Also Read – Diego Maradona wants to find out who spread rumours of his deathAsked about complaints that the 57-year-old had made an obscene gesture at other spectators after Argentina snatched a late win on Wednesday, FIFA’s World Cup chief executive Colin Smith told reporters that the former Argentine player was a valued part of its Legends programme to promote the game.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGE”The players who helped write the history of football have a part to play,” Smith said. “Diego Maradona, obviously one of the greatest footballers who ever lived, is a part of that.””We expect all players, former players, staff, fans and everyone to behave in a respectful manner, but having stars like Diego, (Carles) Puyol, (Javier) Zanetti, who have built up the fabric of football, and having them working with us on our goals is part of a much bigger picture,” he added.Diego Maradona says he is ‘fine’ after being treated by paramedicsBut, saying FIFA was aware of incidents such as that during Argentina’s vital group game against Nigeria.advertisementMaradona was taken to the hospital after he collapsed following the match. He was first treated by paramedics in the stadium before he was taken to the hospital at St. Petersburg.ROUND OF 16 LINEUP & SCHEDULEMaradona though came out and clarified that he was fine. He even laid rest to rumours tha he was under the influence of drugs during the match.”Where we were, they were only serving white wine. Yes, we drank all the wine, but now I’m talking to you and I’m telling you the truth,” he told a close friend via a WhatsApp recording, according to the Daily Express.”At the end of the first half, we went to eat. I like red wine and there was white wine. Each to his own.”I swear on the lives of my mum, my grandson Benjamin and my son Dieguito Fernando’s life that nothing happened.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Montreal mayoral candidate says no public cash for future major league baseball

first_imgMONTREAL – The North American-wide debate over who should pay for professional sports stadiums entered Montreal’s mayoral race on Wednesday.Valerie Plante, the leading candidate vying to replace Mayor Denis Coderre, said public money shouldn’t be put towards building a stadium for an eventual return of the Expos, the city’s beloved Major League Baseball franchise that moved to Washington at the end of the 2004 season.She said Coderre is ready to give a “blank cheque” to the future owners of a Montreal-based MLB team.Plante said if elected, she’ll take the question to citizens before offering a dime of public money.“We aren’t against the return of a baseball team to Montreal,” she said. “Rather, we are against wasting public funds and the lack of transparency that characterizes Denis Coderre, who seems ready to give a blank cheque of public money without citizens having a word to say about it.”Coderre has positioned himself as the city’s number-one baseball fan and publicly champions a return of the Expos.In his first mandate as mayor, he travelled to New York to meet with MLB commissioner Rob Manfred and has been at the centre of the public discussion over the eventual return of the team.In response to Plante’s comments, Coderre told reporters now isn’t the time to talk funding for a stadium. He’s said the public debate will be had once the team’s return is finalized.It is unclear how Montrealers will react to financing a stadium, especially since Quebec City continues to wait for its NHL expansion franchise two years after the completion of a $400-million arena paid for with public money.The debate over financing professional teams has also hit Calgary’s mayoral campaign.Negotiations recently broke off between the city and the owner of the Flames hockey team, after two years of discussions over a financing plan.Montreal’s municipal election is scheduled for Nov. 5.last_img read more

James Patterson Wants To Get Kids Reading In Australia And New Zealand

first_imgJames Patterson, the world’s bestselling author, is giving bookstores in Australia and New Zealand up to $5000 each to spend on initiatives to get children reading. The total prize pool available is $100,000.The US author, who made the announcement in Sydney today, believes that there are far too many children at risk of living their lives without books and is concerned that this translates to a world ‘run by the self-centred, the short-sighted and the glib. The apathetic and the narrow-minded.’‘There is no doubt in my mind that bookshops play an essential role in the community in getting kids reading,’ says James, who has run similar initiatives in the UK and the US.‘I have been inspired, moved and delighted by the innovative proposals I have received from bookstores in the UK and the US. And I have been thrilled to see the real difference that these grants have already started to make. I can’t wait to see the proposals from Australian and New Zealand bookstores.’To apply for the grant, booksellers must already have a dedicated children’s book section in their store.‘This wonderful opportunity for booksellers provided by James Patterson through Penguin Random House, is another example of the bond between authors and booksellers working together to build the next generation of readers,’ says Lincoln Gould, the Chief Executive of Booksellers NZ. ‘I am sure that New Zealand booksellers will take up the challenge of developing creative ideas to enhance the reading experience of young people.’New research shows that the number of books in the family home directly impacts a child’s reading level – by as much as three years. A 2014 study across 42 countries and 200,000 cases found that having a home library enhances academic performance for all children. The improvement was irrespective of the parent’s own education, which has massive implications.Even if a parent is illiterate, just having a children’s book in the home helps. Its very physicality is an invitation to pick it up and turn the pages.‘This initiative shines a light on literacy. It prompts us to ask: what do we want our future to be and how do we get there?’ says James.Reading skills in New Zealand have dropped significantly since 2009, according to the most recent (2012) OECD report on literacy across 65 countries and half a million children. However, our average achievement remains above the OECD average.‘Bookshops guard against a future in which far too many children are illiterate,’ says James. ‘So many bookstores are already making a difference in their communities and I’m looking to help bookstores who want to do more.’’I’m open to all sorts of ideas. From an after-school bookclub, to an emailed newsletter. From a spot bonus to a valued employee, to funds to create a storytelling tent. Send me your ideas and I will read them,’ says James. ‘For me, making the pledge is the easy part. The tricky task will be deciding which shops to help.’Booksellers have until 5pm Tuesday 30 June to apply for the grant. To download an application form, visit read more

Kinder Morgan bombarded with 10000plus questions on Trans Mountain expansion

VANCOUVER — Kinder Morgan is asking for more time to respond to over 10,000 questions submitted to the National Energy Board about the proposed expansion of its Trans Mountain pipeline.The company has until June 4 to respond to information requests from 117 of the 398 groups and individuals granted intervener status by the board for the application.The company says it cannot meet that deadline with such a large number of requests, and it has asked for a delay until June 27.Kinder Morgan’s Scott Stoness says questions cover everything from marine operations to finance and spill response, and the company is working around the clock to answer every one.Under new rules introduced two years ago by the federal government, the regulatory process has strict time limits for hearings and a final decision, but Stoness says the extension will not affect the overall timeline.Like the Northern Gateway oil pipeline, the Trans Mountain expansion is controversial and has spurred opposition from environmental groups and several First Nations.Canadian Press read more

Wrestling Seven Buckeyes win individual brackets at Princeton Open

Ohio State redshirt junior Bo Jordan (center) celebrates after defeating Cornell’s Brian Realbuto (left) 11-7 to advance to his first NCAA Championship. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsCompeting for the first time this season, Ohio State wrestling descended upon Princeton, New Jersey, for the Princeton Open and walked out with seven wrestlers holding individual tournament crowns, and eight competitors reaching the finals. The Buckeyes sent 12 wrestlers to compete officially at the open. Redshirt senior Bo Jordan (174 pounds) earned an early technical-fall win over Wayne Stinson of Rider to claim victory in his bracket. Two takedowns in both the first and third periods aided junior Myles Martin in his 11-3 win over Binghamton’s Louie DePrez in the 184-pound finals. A steep 14-7 decision came for redshirt junior Micah Jordan (157 pounds) in the championship round against Mike Dangelo of Princeton. Redshirt sophomore Ke-Shawn Hayes (149 pounds) claimed victory in a match that went down to the wire against Maryland’s Alfred Bannister. Hayes won by a 7-6 decision despite a late charge by Bannister. There was an all-Buckeye final in the 165-pound bracket. Junior Te’Shan Campbell got out to a fast start over redshirt freshman Fritz Schierl with two takedowns and two near falls in the opening period of a match that ended in an 18-3 decision in favor of Campbell. Three takedowns in the second period allowed sophomore Luke Pletcher (133 pounds) to win in the finals over Anthony Cefolo of Rider University by a tally of 10-7. The day ended for the Buckeyes with freshman Chase Singletary defeating Princeton’s Christian Araneo in the heavyweight division finals by a margin of 14-6 thanks to a penalty, a near fall and three takedowns in the final period. Freshman Brakan Mead finished in fourth place in the 125-pound bracket after falling to Jonathan Gomez of Princeton by a 7-1 decision in the third-place match. Also competing officially for the Buckeyes in New Jersey were redshirt sophomore Cody Dingess, redshirt freshman Clay Ragon, redshirt freshman Kevin Snyder and redshirt freshman Gary Traub. Several other Buckeyes competed “unattached” at the open, meaning they are likely redshirts and competed independently at their own expense. Singletary was one of those Buckeyes along with freshman Ethan Smith, who placed third at 184 pounds. Among those missing the Princeton Open for Ohio State were senior Kyle Snyder (rest), redshirt sophomore Kollin Moore (hamstring), junior Joey McKenna (rest) and redshirt senior Nathan Tomasello (knee). Ohio State will open up their home season on Sunday, Nov. 12 at St. John Arena in Columbus when they take on Arizona State in a dual meet. read more

Apple is in fifth place in China phone war why

first_imgMost Americans can’t fathom the idea of Apple struggling to compete in the smartphone race, but that is exactly what is unfolding in China. In fact, Apple is being beaten by four other local handset makers.It might be making inroads, but the question is how far Apple can go. It isn’t killing the competition; it’s merely joining in the race. China Wireless has not exactly been hurt since Apple stepped into the arena. The company expects sales to rise 40% this year, thanks to high-demand products like the recently launched Coolpad 8060 phone. It retails for less than $100 — much less than the price of an iPhone 5.Yes, despite all the glitzy hype that is presented in America when Apple launches a new product in China, a significant majority of consumers there simply cannot afford an iPhone. Samsung is the leader in the region, because of its differentiated product portfolio. Apple needs to start barking up this tree if it wants to grow in China — and based on recent financial happenings at the company, it needs to grow in China.With its one billion residents, a local economy that is resilient and strong enough to produce huge amounts of commerce, and an increasing presence of the global fervor to have the latest and greatest products, China sounds like the perfect dream for multinational companies looking to expand.So why is it, then, that when a worldwide leader like Apple finally dives off the deep end and plunges hard and fast into the emerging market, it still has a tough time fitting in? Okay, yeah, the price has something to do with it. But it’s more than that.It’s not just Apple, either. One of the most infamous examples of an American company failing in China is Best Buy. It just wasn’t viable — the company found out that it’s one thing to build a giant store in middle America with low rent and turn a profit from selling low-margin items. That wasn’t able to work in downtown Shanghai, where many successful businesses are tiny stores that sell nothing but high-margin product.Then there’s eBay, which started to gain an increasingly strong presence in China… until the company decided to cut costs and handle all traffic in the region from US-based servers. That caused huge decreases in load times, leading to a mass exodus that eBay has yet to recover from.And finally, there are the companies like Walmart, which see their market share in China decrease and yet do little to adjust their business model. China is a wildly fluctuating market, and you have to move fast — and be willing to change — in order to succeed, according to a CNBC report a couple months ago.The one common attribute all these companies have is that they are based in the US and they tried to do business in China almost exactly the same way they do business here. That’s good enough to stake a presence there; it might even be good enough to turn a profit. But if you want to be the best, you need to adapt. Once locals see a sub-$100 iPhone, mini Apple Stores, and/or an exclusive product line, then maybe this will turn into a different story.last_img read more

Convicted killer admits threatening witness in manslaughter case

first_img Short URL By Declan Brennan Convicted killer admits threatening witness in manslaughter case The judge said it was at the moderate to lower end of the scale of these offences. Tuesday 6 Dec 2016, 3:13 PM 16,177 Views 21 Comments Gardaí at the scene of the murder of Adil Essalhi. Dec 6th 2016, 3:13 PM center_img Image: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland Share2 Tweet Email1 A CONVICTED KILLER has received a sentence of two years imprisonment after he admitted threatening a witness in a manslaughter case.Michael Kinsella (24) pleaded guilty in December 2015 to the manslaughter of Adil Essalhi, who received more than 50 stab and chop wounds before his body was burnt and left in a ditch in west Dublin nearly five years ago.Kinsella, formerly of Swiftbrook Close, Tallaght, Dublin and Ardkeen, Cavan is already serving a 15-year prison term for his part in the unlawful killing at Tyrellstown on 6 January, 2011. His uncle Wayne Kinsella was convicted of murdering Mr Essalhi in 2012.Today Kinsella pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to a charge of intimidation of a witness in a criminal investigation in October 2011.Detective Garda Brendan O’Hora told the court that Kinsella sent a text from his own mobile phone to a woman who had made statements to gardai investigating Mr Essalhi’s murder.The text said: “Me Dad says you had better have the gardaí at school with ye. I’m gonna break Big Donna’s house.”Detective Garda O’Hora said that at the time the witness was living with a relative named Donna.Judge Terence O’Sullivan said there was a threat of violence in the text which would have been taken seriously by the victim.He commented that intimidation of witnesses was something he took seriously and it was occurring on an unfortunate basis around the country.He said this offence was at the moderate to lower end of the scale of these offences. He imposed a two year sentence to run concurrent to his current term of imprisonment. Gardaí at the scene of the murder of Adil Essalhi. Image: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Peter OMahony named Lions captain for the first Test

first_img 62,393 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 147 Comments Jun 21st 2017, 8:10 PM Follow us: Wednesday 21 Jun 2017, 8:10 PM By Murray Kinsella Short URL Peter O’Mahony named Lions captain for the first Test Warren Gatland has sprung a couple of surprises for the clash in Auckland. Share4121 Tweet Email7 Murray Kinsella reports from AucklandIRELAND’S PETER O’MAHONY has been named Lions captain for Saturday’s first Test against the All Blacks in Auckland [KO 8.35am Irish time, Sky Sports]. POM is captain. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOWith tour captain Sam Warburton limited to a place on the bench, Munster man O’Mahony follows in the footsteps of the likes of Paul O’Connell and Brian O’Driscoll by leading the Lions in a Test match.Lions head coach Warren Gatland has gone with Owen Farrell at out-half for the opening clash with the All Blacks, meaning Johnny Sexton is on the bench.There are a handful of surprise selections too, with Liam Williams starting at fullback ahead of Leigh Halfpenny, Alun Wyn Jones included in the second row ahead of Maro Itoje and Elliot Daly starting on the left wing, with George North left out of the 23 completely.Ireland internationals Conor Murray, Tadhg Furlong and Sean O’Brien are part of the XV, while Jack McGrath is on the bench alongside Sexton.Lions (v All Blacks):15. Liam Williams14. Anthony Watson13. Jonathan Davies12. Ben Te’o11. Elliot Daly10. Owen Farrell9. Conor Murray1. Mako Vunipola2. Jamie George3. Tadhg Furlong4. Alun Wyn Jones5. George Kruis6. Peter O’Mahony (captain)7. Sean O’Brien8. Taulupe FaletauReplacements:16. Ken Owens17. Jack McGrath18. Kyle Sinckler19. Maro Itoje20. Sam Warburton21. Rhys Webb22. Johnny Sexton23. Leigh HalfpennyReferee: Jaco Peyper [SARU].The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Read recovers to lead All Blacks in first Test as Hansen springs surprise on wingHarlequins announce signing of Francis Saili following Munster departurelast_img read more

Community key in finding fugitive

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Police are appealing to the Greek community to help them find George Karakis, on the run since 1975.The now 67-year-old is wanted for his alleged involvement in a serious sexual assault in 1975. He was last seen in Sydney in 1990, but police are unsure where he currently resides.Born on February 9, 1947, he has brown eyes, black hair, an olive complexion and is of solid build.Karakis is one of 20 fugitives police have named in operation ROAM, a national manhunt seeking information from the public to help them arrest criminals wanted for offences including murder, drug trafficking, robberies and sexual assault.After one day of the operation, two of the twenty fugitives have been found and arrested.Deputy Commissioner Tim Cartwright says the community plays an integral role in giving crucial clues to the whereabouts of these wanted people.“There is a wealth of untapped community information out there; we need the eyes and ears of the community to help make Australia a safer place,” Commissioner Cartwright says.Last year the same operation led to three arrests in the first 48 hours.Crime Stoppers CEO, Sam Hunter says these fugitives cross state boarders and assume normal lives.“They may be your mechanic, your neighbour, or catch the same train as you do each day,” he says.“They have not just disappeared, the community holds to key to finding out where they are living.”Crime Stoppers is a vital cog in helping police piece together the movements of criminals around the country.In Victoria alone, Crime Stoppers receives 60,000 community contacts each year. Last year the service helped arrest more than 1200 offenders.All calls are confidential. If you know the whereabouts of George Karakis, call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit read more

Adobe des rumeurs de rachat par Microsoft

first_imgAdobe : des rumeurs de rachat par Microsoft États-Unis – Après la rumeur d’un possible rachat d’Adobe par le géant Microsoft, l’action boursière d’Adobe System a fortement augmenté.Il y a des rumeurs qui servent les affaires. Ainsi, alors que l’une d’elles émanant d’un blog du New York Times faisait savoir que Microsoft pourrait racheter Adobe, l’action d’Adobe Systems s’est soudainement envolée, juste avant la clôture de la place boursière.L’action a pris 17 points en fin de journée, soit environ une action à 30 dollars. Le New York Times révèle par ailleurs que les patrons de Microsoft et Adobe se seraient secrètement rencontrés, dans le but notamment de contrer ensemble le géant Apple. Les deux entreprises n’ont pas souhaité s’exprimer sur le sujet.Le 8 octobre 2010 à 15:10 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

New match confirmed for WWE Survivor Series on 1122

first_img Charlotte Flair Twitter Charlotte Flair And Becky Lynch Involved In Brawl At An Unlikely Location Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Now Playing Up Next First match announced for WWE NXT’s debut on the USA Network in two weeks WWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between Brands Jon Moxley vs. Kenny Omega made official for AEW Full Gear on November 9 from Baltimore Videos Articles WWE United States Championship match added to Clash of Champions this Sunday in Charlotte Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey Becky Lynch Announces Replacement to Face Ronda Rouseycenter_img WhatsApp Following Smackdown this week, WWE has confirmed The Undertaker & Kane vs. two members of The Wyatt Family in a tag team match at Survivor Series on 11/22.Here is the updated card for the event as of Friday.WWE World Heavyweight Championship MatchFinals of the WWE World Title TournamentThe Undertaker & Kane vs. Two members of The Wyatt FamilyWWE Divas Championship MatchCharlotte (c) vs. PaigeRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between BrandsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:30 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Becky Lynch Google+ Now Playing Up Next Asuka, Becky Lynch, And Charlotte In Triple Threat Title Match Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE Royal Rumble Card Update For 2019 Videos Articles Facebooklast_img read more

ICE agents arrest 26 workers in Zion Market raid

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations raided the Zion Market in San Diego taking 26 people into custody.ICE agents said the people taken into custody are accused of working in the country without authorization. They were released pending the outcome of their immigration case, according to a release by ICE.Zion Market is a Korean market located on Clairemont Mesa Blvd.Agents said the operation is related to an ongoing worksite enforcement investigation that was initiated during an I-9 audit.Worksite enforcement operations and investigations are important for strengthening public safety and national security, while eliminating worker exploitation, child labor and other illegal practice within the workforce,”  said David Shaw, special agent in charge of HSI in San Diego. ICE agents arrest 26 workers in Zion Market raid Updated: 10:33 PM Posted: February 13, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, center_img KUSI Newsroom February 13, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Youll Have a Yabba Dabba Doo Time With the Lego Flintstones

first_img The Flintstones will turn 60 next year, but Lego is starting the Stone Age celebration a little early. They’re getting ready to ship their first Flintstones set to stores.Creator Andrew Clark submitted his version to Lego Ideas two years ago. Now, after hitting the 10,000 vote mark, getting the thumbs up from reviewers, and being tweaked by Lego’s design team it’s finally ready for fans to purchase.Lego has released a ton of iconic cars from film and TV in the past few years, and it’s great to finally see Fred’s foot-powered sedan in brick form. And of course there’s a full rack of brontosaurus ribs you can assemble and clip to the side.AdChoices广告Sitting inside the car are the four included minifigs. The set comes with the core Flintstones characters: Fred, Wilma, Barney, and Betty. Clark had pitched a few more — Pebbles, Bamm Bamm, and Dino — but they didn’t make the cut.When the gang is done cruising around Bedrock they can head back home to Chez Flinstone. The house has a removable roof for top-down inspection and a wide open back that makes it easy to rearrange the scene inside.There’s plenty to rearrange, too: a sofa, television, fireplace, floor lamp, tables, a telephone… even the kitchen sink! Lego also included a pair of milk bottles just like the ones that sat by the door when Fred got locked out during the show’s original intro.Out back, there’s a small garden plot with flowers, a palm tree, and some other plants. Fred and Barney can practice their bowling outside, too, because you know Wilma doesn’t want them setting up the pins in the house.The set is due to arrive on March 1 (Lego VIPs can order starting February 20) and it’ll be priced at $59.99. Here’s hoping Lego is already working on a follow-up. There are plenty of fans out there would love to get their hands on a Dino fig, including a few in my own house!More on Has New ‘Jurassic World’ Sets to Go With an Animated Series11 Best Movie-Based Lego SetsLego Celebrates 20 Years of ‘Star Wars’ With Anniversary Sets Lego Unveils ‘Friends’ 25th Anniversary Central Perk SetThis Tree House Is Lego’s Most Sustainable Set Ever Stay on targetlast_img read more

What Consumers Want and Dont Want From the Internet of Things Infographic

first_img Just as smartphones forever changed our lives, 57 percent of consumers say that they believe the Internet of Things will be revolutionary, with another 47 percent saying that companies that aren’t trying to connect their products to the Internet are missing a big opportunity, according to a study conducted by marketing tech company Affinnova which was recently acquired by consumer and media insights compmany Nielsen.Yet, as promising as the future is, right now customers are none too pleased with the Internet-connected products available. In fact, over 40 percent of people feel that most current smart products are more gimmicky than useful, the study found.Related: Why the Investment Potential of the ‘Internet of Things’ May Be OverblownStill, almost everyone admits that they don’t even know what they want from a smart object. What’s a company to do with such mixed results? When making a smart product, companies would do well to focus on ways to save the customer money — either by helping save water or electricity or by alerting the customer to discounts via coupons or sales. Also important, companies will need to make sure the customer’s data is secure and private.Check out the infographic below to see what smart products people want, and what ones they can live without. A smart lightbulb sounds great, but a smart diaper…not so much.Click to Enlarge+ Related: The 7 Most Useful Smart Home Devices 2 min read November 15, 2014 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more

ANC in Ukhahlamba region release statement with regards to false messages on

first_img“His offices are at the ANC regional office and we can confirm that our offices have never been invaded, nor have we been made aware of any intention to invade them. Further, there is no investigation instituted against the regional secretary by any state unit.“It is for these reasons that the ANC dismisses these allegations as fabrication deliberately targeted at bringing the name of the ANC into disrepute.“These are clear lies and a pathetic political strategy by the opposition parties to create a cloud of doubt on the person of the regional secretary and all ANC deployees mentioned together with him and the municipal administration. The ANC remains convinced that the ANC-led municipality is under good leadership and continues to deliver services to our people.”Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite African National Congress (ANC) regional spokesperson Thuli Hadebe, in the Ukhahlamba region, has responded to messages on social media and has clarified that they are false.“The ANC in the Ukhahlamba region has learnt with great dismay the message that has been circulating on social media, making serious allegations of corruption. This message mentions the mayor, the speaker, the municipal manager, the CFO and the ANC regional secretary. This message follows a series of messages targeted at attacking other ANC members at branch level. The ANC has therefore resolved to formally respond to these allegations, as they have the potential to mislead society if left unattended.”Hadebe further stated that, “Firstly, Alfred Duma Municipality has released a statement denying any invasion of its offices by the Hawks or any other state intelligence unit.Read initial story: Alfred Duma Municipality denies that Hawks raided their building“Secondly, Cde Sipho Hlomuka is the ANC regional secretary and works as a full-time employee of the ANC and is not employed by Alfred Duma Municipality.last_img read more

Tico Times readers donate 8000

first_imgNo related posts. The Tico Times’ month-long fundraising campaign through the international crowd-funding platform Indiegogo ended this week.The funding goal was set at $10,000, a modest sum that would only be able to sustain the digital paper into the near future while other business plans are formulated. Thanks to more than 100 generous donors, the online newspaper raised $8,016 in a single month of fundraising.Twenty-four donors pledged $100 each, contributing nearly a third of the total amount raised. The $100 category received more donations than any other. Caitlin Randall and an anonymous donor each pledged $500 to the fundraiser, while Barry Schwartz, head of the Do The Right Thing Foundation, wrote a $500 check to The Tico Times to keep the paper moving forward.The outpouring of support from Tico Times readers in Costa Rica and abroad has made the paper’s volunteer staff proud to be a part of this storied institution. The Indiegogo page ( was full of encouraging comments that left staff nearly speechless as they read through the 60 remarks.One donor, Anthony L., wrote: “The Tico Times has been a valuable resource for many decades in Costa Rica and beyond. It has trained generations of journalists, and during periods when there were only right-wing ideological voices in the Costa Rican Spanish media, the Tico Times stood firm for good, honest journalism.”As announced at the start of the campaign, with the funds, The Tico Times plans to continue being a bastion of quality journalism in Central America for as long as it  can. Running a newspaper – even a digital one – isn’t cheap, and the money will go towards keeping the lights on and covering basic operating costs while the paper makes the transition to online-only.The print edition’s past debts are being met via other financial arrangements. Without our readers’ donations, it would have been impossible to continue publishing. A detailed accounting of how the donations are being used will be provided to all donors who request it.The paper’s situation is not unique to the media world. Like numerous other institutions, The Tico Times is looking for ways to continue providing readers with quality journalism. For now, it has been the paper’s readers who have come to the rescue.Although The Tico Times did not raise the entire sum that was set as a goal, the fact that loyal readers provided more than $8,000 dollars in a little more than 30 days is phenomenal.The Tico Times is immensely thankful. As it moves move into its digital chapter, the encouragement will serve as a constant reminder of the devoted community the paper serves. Our deepest thanks to everyone who has helped us push forward in our mission to continue providing you with the best possible journalism. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Female nominees rule top category at Americana Mus

first_imgFemale nominees rule top category at Americana Music Awards AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NASHVILLE — In contrast to other country music award shows, the artist of the year nominees at this year’s Americana Music Association’s Honors and Awards are all female, including Brandi Carlile, Mavis Staples, Kacey Musgraves and Rhiannon Giddens.The Americana Music Association announced Tuesday that singer-songwriter Lori McKenna is the leading nominee with four. She’s up for album of the year with “The Tree” and earned three bids for song of the year with “By Degrees” and “People Get Old,” where she’s nominated as both an artist and a songwriter.Producer Dave Cobb is behind McKenna with three nominations — all for album of the year. He produced McKenna’s “The Tree,” John Prine’s “The Tree of Forgiveness” and Amanda Shires’ “To the Sunset.”The awards show will be held Sept. 11 in Nashville, Tennessee.The Associated Presscenter_img by The Associated Press Posted May 14, 2019 2:51 pm PDTlast_img read more

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lack of equity, on the issue Last month voters in the District chose to liberalize its marijuana laws passing an initiative that legalized the possession consumption and cultivation of recreational marijuana The move which was supported by about 70% of the capital’s voters paved the way for DC to follow in the footsteps of Colorado and Washington State by establishing a tax-and-regulatory structure for pot sales in 2015 Go Inside the Harvest of Colorado’s Most Controversial Marijuana Strain Charlotte’s Web grows on the Stanley brother’s farm near Wray Colo on Sept 22 2014 The Stanley Brothers have developed a popular strain of cannabis that has been found to be helpful in reducing seizures in some children Charlotte’s Web is high in a compound called cannabidiol (CBD) and low in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) the compound that causes a high Matt Nager for TIME Charlotte’s Web grows on the Stanley brother’s farm near Wray Colo on Sept 22 2014 Matt Nager for TIME From left: Zachary Sobol Michael Atchley and Jared Stanley walk to the farm to prepare for harvest of Charlotte’s Web near Wray Colo on Sept 22 2014 Matt Nager for TIME Rows of Charlotte’s Web await harvest at the Stanley brother’s farm near Wray Colo on Sept 22 2014 Matt Nager for TIME Jared Stanley helps in the harvest of Charlotte’s Web on the Stanley brother’s farm near Wray Colo on Sept 22 2014 Matt Nager for TIME Colin Sparks searches for seeds during the harvest of Charlotte’s Web on the Stanley brother’s Charlotte’s Web farm near Wray Colo on Sept 22 2014 Matt Nager for TIME Discarded leaves of Charlotte’s Web at a farm near Wray Colo on Sept 22 2014 Matt Nager for TIME Tim Knight helps in the harvest of Charlotte’s Web on the Stanley brother’s farm near Wray Colo on Sept 22 2014 Matt Nager for TIME Rows of Charlotte’s Web await travel to a drying facility after being harvested on a farm near Wray Colo on Sept 22 2014 Matt Nager for TIME Zachary Sobol catches a ride on a trailer to the Stanley brother’s farm during harvest of Charlotte’s Web near Wray Colo on Sept 22 2014 Matt Nager for TIME Rows of Charlotte’s Web await travel to a drying facility after being harvested from a farm near Wray Colo on Sept 22 2014 Matt Nager for TIME One of the Stanley brother’s greenhouses growing cannabis near Wray Colo on Sept 22 2014 Matt Nager for TIME Zachary Sobol hangs rows of Charlotte’s Web to dry after harvest in Wray Colo on Sept 22 2014 Matt Nager for TIME Penn Mattison left and Zachary Sobol right hang rows of Charlotte’s Web to dry after being harvested from a farm near Wray Colo on Sept 22 2014 Matt Nager for TIME The Stanley brothers’ new company laboratory in Boulder Colo on Sept 23 2014 Matt Nager for TIME A petri dish full of cannabis explants await transfer and transplanting at the Stanley brothers’ lab in Boulder Colo on Sept 23 2014 Matt Nager for TIME Molecular plant biologist and lab manager Bear Reel awaits the cooling of agar to help induce rooting of transplanted cannabis plants at the Stanley brothers’ company laboratory in Boulder Colo on Sept 23 2014 Matt Nager for TIME The lab notebook of molecular plant biologist and lab manager Bear Reel at the Stanley brothers’ company laboratory in Boulder Colo on Sept 23 2014 Matt Nager for TIME A flask of agar cools before explants of hemp are transplanted to help induce rooting and new growth at the Stanley brothers’ company laboratory in in Boulder Colo on Sept 23 2014 Matt Nager for TIME Tissue cutter technician Meg Regan holds a vial of explants before sanitizing and transplanting at the Stanley brothers’ laboratory in Boulder Colo on Sept 23 2014 Matt Nager for TIME 1 of 20 Advertisement Now those plans have gone up in smoke The omnibus bill contains a measure that would block DC from using funds to enact legalization Congress has the power to scuttle the District’s plans because it controls the capital’s budget DC politicians blasted the move while many in Congress lamented the agreement But there appears to be little that members can do to stop it Trampling on the district’s sovereignty was especially galling says Allen St Pierre executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) and a DC resident when it happens at the same time that lawmakers uphold states’ rights elsewhere “Republicans see DC as so rock-solid Democratic” St Pierre says “that they won’t give it the autonomy they are otherwise willing to grant states” The spending bill caps a year in which pot moved to the forefront of the political debate in ways that longtime advocates never thought possible A majority of Americans now support full marijuana legalization In January Colorado became the first state to establish a legal recreational pot market following by Washington last summer Both debuts had successes yet both states were beguiled in their own ways by lingering federal challenges In Colorado legal million-dollar businesses still must conduct their business largely in cash because federal law that classifies cannabis as a Schedule I drug blocks legal merchants from the banking system In Washington State the new weed shops comprise just a small slice of the marijuana economy a thin legal layer piled atop the entrenched medical market and an illicit black market that continues to thrive because of better prices But Washington struggles also underscore why the medical-marijuana measure in the Congressional spending bill is important Medical patients in the Evergreen State have been at the whims of overzealous US attorneys or members of the Drug Enforcement Agency who had discretion to ignore the Obama Administration’s admonition to let the local experiments play out That left medical-marijuana patients like Larry Harvey a septuagenarian retiree trapped by a legal paradox Harvey and his wife Rhonda were legal medical-pot patients who cultivated cannabis at their home in the mountains above Kettle Falls Wash, Larry Busacca—Getty Images Katy Perry 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