first_imgVALENCIA, Spain (AP):Jorge Lorenzo won his third MotoGP title with a victory at the season-ending Valencia GP yesterday as Valentino Rossi failed to make up enough ground on his Yamaha team-mate from the back of the grid.Lorenzo entered the race trailing Rossi by seven points but the veteran Italian couldn’t manage more than a fourth-place finish. Rossi, who needed second place to guarantee the title, started last on the grid because of a penalty for kicking Marc Marquez in the previous race.Lorenzo finished with 330 points, five more than Rossi, who was trying to win his eighth world title and the first since 2009.”I tried to focus to go as fast as possible,” Lorenzo said. “I just wanted to keep my concentration and prayed to finish the race.”Lorenzo added to his MotoGP triumphs in 2010 and 2012, after wins in the 250cc category in 2006 and 2007. The 28-year-old Spaniard started from pole position and stayed in front at the Ricardo Tormo circuit outside Valencia. He grabbed Spain’s flag and rode with it around the track in his victory lap.”It was very emotional. I was crying throughout the victory lap,” he said. “What we achieved today is huge after a very difficult season. Five times now. I’m very proud to have won this world title for Spain.”Marquez, the winner of the last two MotoGP championships, finished the race right behind Lorenzo in second, but never tried to make a significant move for the lead. Dani Pedrosa, winner of two of the last three races, was third to close out the all-Spanish podium.last_img read more

first_imgThe President of the African Development Bank (AfDB) along with the Regional Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) have taken exception to decisions by some countries to cancel flights and other investment activities with countries affected by the Ebola virus.Dr. Donald Kaberuka of the AfDB and Dr. Luis Gomez Sambo of the WHO both articulated their concerns during a visit with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Wednesday, August 27, at the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia.With some African countries and international airlines withdrawing their people and cancelling flights to Liberia, Dr. Kaberuka stressed that the withdrawal actions by those countries concerned do not have scientific backing.He said such actions only help to worsen the situation in Liberia and other affected countries and not to help the situation.He added that the actions by these countries would further  stall the economies of the affected countries and lead to other problems.He called on investors to reconsider their decisions to remain consistent with their plan and not to take actions  that will create a stigma for people in Ebola-affected countries.Dr. Kaberuka asserted that besides the US$60 million AfDB has contributed to fight Ebola in affected countries, the institution still plans to commit more resources to fight and defeat the virus.Dr. Luis Gomez Samba of WHO also made it clear that the travel ban by some airlines and countries is not endorsed by the WHO.Such an action compromises efforts by international experts to come to the aid of the affected countries to provide the technical expertise needed in helping to eradicate the disease, he declared.He assured the Liberian government that WHO would use the US$60 million donated by AfDB to combat the disease until it is eradicated.Meanwhile, the travel ban and restrictions by some international airlines and African countries had earlier claimed the attention of Foreign Minister, Augustine K. Ngafuan.In his latest comment, Minister Ngafuan took exception to what he termed as “exaggerated actions” by some African countries to restrict their people from coming to Liberia or staying in Liberia.One African country to take such decision was South Africa that withdrew its citizens from Liberia and cautioned those wanting to come not to do so because of the Ebola outbreak in the Mano River Union sub-region.Already neighboring Ivory Coast had taken the lead in stopping Liberians from entering its territorial confines and halting ships from Liberia entering there, or stopping ships docking there from entering Liberia.Of late, Guinea where the Ebola outbreak began and subsequently spread by Guineans traveling to Liberia, also shut its borders with the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgAn Iraqi military spokesman, Brig. Qassim al-Moussawi, called the suicide bombing an inside job, telling state television that an al-Qaida fighter had infiltrated al-Zubaie’s security detachment. Al-Moussawi offered no details, and repeated calls to his office to verify the claim went unanswered. The Interior Ministry, which oversees Iraq’s police forces, said it had no information on that claim. Al-Maliki aide Mariam Taleb al-Rayes also told al-Sharqiyah television the attacker had “infiltrated” al-Zubaie’s inner circle, but did not elaborate. BAGHDAD – Striking at the Iraqi government’s highest-ranking Sunni Arab, a suicide bomber blew himself up among worshippers at the deputy prime minister’s home Friday, seriously wounding the leader and killing at least nine people in a security breakdown that shook the image of a calming Baghdad. Salam Al-Zubaie underwent surgery to remove shrapnel from his abdomen at a U.S.-run hospital. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, head of the Shiite Muslim-dominated government, said his deputy was in serious but stable condition. The bombing, coming just a day after a Katyusha rocket slammed to earth 50 yards from visiting U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, starkly emphasized the continuing chaos in Iraq even after the introduction of thousands more American soldiers and six weeks of an extensive security crackdown in the capital. Growing U.S. voter disenchantment with the war, now in its fifth year, prompted a narrowly divided House of Representatives to vote Friday to order the withdrawal of combat troops next year in Congress’ boldest challenge to Bush administration policy. President George W. Bush said he would veto the measure if it passed the Senate and reached his desk. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgSeachtain na Gaeilge Wednesday 9th March 2016 11 a.m. To 1 p.m. Venue Rosses CDP Chapel Rd Dugloe Celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge with a morning of Culture, Music, and Dance. Enjoy some home baking and refreshments Donation on the day for the homeless.Seachtain na Gaeilge De Céadaoin 9ú Márta 2016 11 – 1 o’chlog. Rosses CDP Bothair an tSéipéil An Clochan Liath . Bigí linn le ceiliúradh a dheanamh ar Seachtain na Gaeilge, le Ceol, Cultúr, agus Damhsa. Bain sult as bacáil baile agus soláistí. Cead isteach: Tabharthas fa choinne iadsan gan dídean.Social Morning through Irish in Teach Neil O’Donáill, Loughanure . Commencing 23rd February 2016 11am to 12.30pm for 6 weeks. If you have any skills as knitting, crochet, carpentry, creel making etc, bring them along with you. This is a good opportunity for both men and women to improve their conversational Irish skills.Admission is Free.Maidin Sóisialta trí Ghaeilge i teach Neil O’Donáill, Loch an IuirAg tosach 23ú Feabhra 2016 11.00 – 12.30, fa choinne 6 seachtain. Má tá scileanna agat i cniotal, cróise, cearpeantóireacht, ag deanamh cliabh, tabhair leat isteach iad. Seo deis do mná agus fir feabhas a chur ar a gcuid Gaeilge labhartha. Cead isteach: Saor in aisce The Power of Postive Thinking: For Women Workshop CDP na Rosann Chapel Road Dungloe Tuesday the 22nd March 7.30-9.30pm. Contact 0879031389 or 074 95 61686 for bookings or enquiries.Ceardlann”The Power of Positive Thinking Fa choinne mná Saor in aisce CDP na Rosann, Bothair an tSéipéil an Chlochán Liath. De Máirt 22ú Marta 7.30-9.00,Cur scairt ar 087 9031389/ 074 95 61686 fa choinne áit a chur in airithne agus tuilleadh eolasCOMMUNITY: SOCIAL MORNING THROUGH IRISH AT ROSSES CDP was last modified: February 24th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ClassesCommunityFeaturesirishRosses CDPSocial Morninglast_img read more

first_img Beckham posted this picture on his Instagram story Ibrahimovic and Beckham tussle with the ball back in November 2001 2 So you can expect to see proud Sweden fan Zlatan Ibrahimovic eating a fish and chips wearing an England shirt at Wembley the next time the Three Lions are at home.You would have thought that was enough punishment for the cocky striker…but it doesn’t stop there.Keen to stick the boot in, new DC United star Wayne Rooney even had a cheeky dig at his former Manchester United strike partner on Twitter! Being bold about a match prediction is always a dangerous move, especially when it is about a World Cup quarter-final.Fortunately for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, being bold is sort of engrained in his nature.The towering LA Galaxy striker was so confident the Swedes would knock England out of the World Cup, he made a bet with his former AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain teammate David Beckham.center_img He wrote on his official page: “Yo David Beckham, if England wins I buy you dinner where ever you want in the world, but if Sweden wins, you buy me what ever I want from IKEA OK?Beckham, a proud Englishman, was more than happy to respond to Zlatan, even upping the odds on the striker.He wrote in a caption underneath the picture: “If Sweden win, I will personally take you to IKEA and buy you whatever you need for your new mansion in LA.“But when England win, I want you to come and watch an England game at Wembley wearing an England shirt eating fish and chips at half time…”Clearly confident of Sweden’s chances against Gareth Southgate’s side, Ibrahimovic agreed!England won 2-0 thanks to goals from Harry Maguire and Dele Alli, to put Gareth Southgate’s side into the semi-finals of the World Cup for the first time since 1990.And, clearly one to never forget a bet, ‘Goldenballs’ was more than happy to remind Zlatan he had lost. 2 How you feeling today mate @Ibra_official? If you need a chat I’m always here 🤣— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) July 7, 2018talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network.last_img read more

first_imgA FATHER of five from Co Donegal had a home repossession case adjourned to the New Year – after telling a judge he was worried about Santa.The dad – who we are not naming – has been fighting to keep his Letterkenny home from the clutches of the Educational Building Society for the past two years.A High Court case against him was extended from December to the New Year after the borrower told the judge he had five children and was worried about Santa. The EBS are demanding the repayment of two loans taken out five years ago and the homeowner says he only took the case…on the advice of the building society.He argued (and some would agree) that the EBS advised him to take the commercial loans and that the company should be treated as a failed investor and take its own losses.The property involved was “not just a folio number on a piece of paper”, he told Ms Justice Elizabeth Dunne, and he wanted a hearing to look at the loans“This is my life we’re dealing with,” he said. Counsel for the EBS said the case had been ongoing for two years and urged the judge to finish the case.The judge adjourned the case to December 19, but the Letterkenny dad asked if she would hold off until the New Year. He said he had five children and was worried about Santa. The judge agreed to adjourn the case to the New Year.© 2011, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on Follow us on anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.com TO THE RESCUE…MAN GETS TO KEEP HOME UNTIL AFTER CHRISTMAS was last modified: November 15th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgDanielle Brewer paced Bradley (10-10, 4-5 MVC) with 20 points. Three other Braves finished in double digits. As a team, Bradley made 13-of-28 from behind the three-point line. Eight came in the final two quarters as they scored 50 points. Following Sunday’s road game, Drake returns home to begin the second portion of the MVC slate. The Bulldogs will host Southern Illinois on Feb. 2 with tipoff scheduled for 7 p.m.Print Friendly Version Drake built a 19-point lead midway through the second quarter and led by 12 points at halftime, 39-25. In the third quarter, the Bulldogs held off the Braves as the home team could only pull within eight points and trailed by 10 again after three quarters. Southern Illinois 2/2/2018 – 7 PM PEORIA, Ill. – Five players scored in double figures for the Drake University women’s basketball team in an 84-75 victory at Bradley Sunday afternoon in Missouri Valley Conference action. For the second-straight game, Drake’s bench played great, as Dean, Rhine and junior Nicole Miller (Walker, Iowa) scored a combined 39 points. Miller added three boards and three assists. As a team, Drake recorded 26 assists on 30 baskets as seven Bulldogs finished with two or more assists. Drake controlled the inside with a 46-36 rebounding advantage and the Bulldogs scored 44 points in the paint. HTML Box Score Full Schedule Roster Redshirt junior Maddy Dean (Jordan, Minn.) and sophomore Brenni Rose (Shawnee, Kan.) each scored 16 points to lead Drake (14-7, 9-0 MVC). 14 of Rose’s points came in the final two quarters. It is the most points for Rose in a MVC contest this season. She added seven rebounds, four assists, one block and one steal. Dean, who came off the bench, handed out five assists and pulled down four rebounds. Story Links Redshirt sophomore Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.) added 15 points off the bench. Redshirt junior Becca Jonas (Independence, Mo.) scored 12 points and sophomore Becca Hittner (Urbandale, Iowa) had 10 points. Jonas nearly recorded a double-double with nine rebounds to go with four assists. Next Game: However, after Rose made a basket to start the fourth, Bradley countered with a 12-3 run and trailed, 64-61, with 7:01 left in the game. Rose answered though with a clutch three-pointer from the top of the arc and along with an earlier free throw, she scored four consecutive points to push the lead to 68-61. Drake stretched its lead to 11 points after a layup by Rhine at the 2:50 mark. The Braves continued to fight, trimming their deficit to six, 78-72, after Gabby Haack’s three-pointer with 2:03 remaining. The two teams stopped each other on the next several possessions as the score remained 78-72 until Dean knocked down a pair of free throws with just 23 seconds left. Haack made one more three-pointer, but Dean made three more free throws and Jonas added another as the Bulldogs held on for the road win. PDF Box Score To start the game, Bradley scored first with a three-pointer by Brewer, but Hittner answered on the next possession with a basket. The Bulldogs led by three points after one quarter, 17-14, and the Braves stayed within three points at the start of the second quarter. Drake then went on a 16-2 scoring run to lead by 14 at halftime. Dean with nine points, Rhine with eight and Miller with six helped Drake’s bench score 23 points. Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats 1350 ESPN Des Moines The Valley on ESPN3 Listen Live Watch Livelast_img read more

first_img03 May 2016When Laduma Ngxokolo’s mother Lindelwa taught him to knit, she sparked a love of fashion that inspired him to become a designer. Today her son’s collections are showcased on the catwalks of Europe’s fashion capitals. And earlier this year he walked away with the Most Beautiful Object in South Africa Award at the 2016 Design Indaba. These are some of Laduma Ngxokolo’s designs from his women’s collection. (Image: MaXhosa by Laduma)The beginningWhen he was in Grade 8, Lindelwa sat Ngxokolo down and taught him how to use the family knitting machine. Knitting became his hobby, and changed his life. He went on to study textile design and technology at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) in Port Elizabeth.“I was influenced greatly by my mother as I grew up doing craftwork and beadwork with her,” he told digital publishing company Between 10 and 5 in an interview. “I believe that that was the beginning of my design experience.”The researchHis 2010 thesis project revolved around innovation. Inspired by traditional Xhosa patterns he designed a range for initiates to wear. This project was the first stitch in his knitwear company – MaXhosa by Laduma – and also his winning submission to an international design competition sponsored by the Society of Dyers and Colourists.“This gave me the opportunity to speak about my project at Design Indaba 2011, which led to a lot of positive press coverage. It ultimately helped me establish my knitting brand in February 2011.”His own Xhosa initiation, in 2011, confirmed to Ngxokolo that there is a market for his brand. “I felt that the outfits for the initiation ritual were too westernised. Xhosa initiation is a traditional ritual and even though we are all living in a modern time, I felt that there should still be an element that resembles the Xhosa culture.” The designs of MaXhosa by Laduma are showcased on international catwalks, such as in Milan, Italy. (Image: MaXhosa by Laduma)Ngxokolo’s creations are inspired by his Xhosa background and the local mohair industry. Visits to the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum helped him discover the richness and creativity of Xhosa cultural beadwork. Incorporating those designs into his own work have helped him celebrate and preserve his own cultural identity.“I also decided to use mohair from my hometown and discovered that Port Elizabeth has the biggest mohair industry in the world, and has the biggest wool industry in Africa. So I decided to take advantage of the local material, which is usually exported.”Many accoladesNgxokolo was fortunate in his choice of university. He arrived in the year the institution set up an Art and Design Incubator. NMMU provided him with seed capital to start MaXhosa, but his ongoing success is also a result of his talent and hard work.His sister Tina, also a designer, has become one of Ngxokolo’s collaborators at MaXhosa. According to the MaXhosa blog, he has also worked with several Norwegian entrepreneurs, and given the chance to showcase their joint creations in Norway.In 2014 he won a WeTransfer-sponsored two-year scholarship to study for a Masters in Material Futures at London’s prestigious Central St Martins of the University of the Arts.That same year he received a standing ovation for his Buyel’mbo women’s range at Johannesburg Fashion Week. He described this local appreciation as overwhelming, even more than being identified as 2015’s Vogue Italia Scouting for Africa prize winner.According to the international news broadcasting agency BBC, most of his sales are from Merchants on Long in Cape Town. Ngxokolo also has an online store.South reporterlast_img read more

first_imgmike melanson Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Another area we discussed involved one of my favorite Beluga features (which I think sets it apart from competitors like GroupMe), which is the location map. While this may be an app that is centered around groups, your friends’ locations are important. If four of you are chatting about where to meet up in 20 minutes, where you are right now is a pertinent piece of information. Connecting Beluga with a database of places could not only allow for the ability to discretely check in with services like Foursquare, Facebook Places or Gowalla, but also make it possible to directly link to more rich location data. Instead of just suggesting the restaurant at the corner of 5th and Market, what if you could link that restaurant name or location to a database entry containing reviews, contact information, hours and more. Or when you’re trying to figure out if you should go to the restaurant your friend is at or vice versa, what if each of your locations was directly linked to this information? With a system like this, integration is the name of the game and Beluga has an interesting vision for the next level of group messaging.We’re likely to see a new version (or three) of Beluga to come out before we get to SXSW in a couple of weeks and with it some new interface iterations. We got a sneak peek of what could be next for Beluga’s iPhone app and it includes an improved user interface, tabs for moving within the app (much like the Android app) and a “news stream” that, for now, shows you as friends join the service. This stream, however, is likely to become an integral part of Beluga as these potential third-party integrations become a reality. For now, I recommend going out and downloading Beluga for SXSW – after all, it did save my butt at CES. Where do you see group messaging going next? What would you change about apps like Beluga or GroupMe? Tags:#mobile#web center_img The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology If you haven’t yet used Beluga, it’s a simple app for communicating with multiple people at once. You create a “pod” (Beluga’s name for a group) of people and each time one of you sends a message, everyone else gets it. It’s a bunch of custom-created group chat rooms. In these “pods”, you can not only share text but also pictures and locations. And not everyone even needs to have a smartphone, as the app accounts for your feature-phoned friends by sending them SMS instead of in-app content. Right now, Beluga is gearing up for SXSW, as are most startups, by trying to make sure everything is as good as it can be. But that’s not interesting. Let’s take a look at the interesting stuff – all the stuff that becomes possible when you have people organizing into small groups according to common backgrounds, interests, events and social circles. Starting with this basic platform, Beluga has a lot of potential. Even on the most basic level, the next steps could include the sharing of short video clips or even short sound bytes for a more “walkie talkie”-esque experience. But the vision certainly extends beyond that. What if, instead of having to create a pod for all of your friends that are going to a party, Beluga could take a look at your Facebook relationships and party invites and organically create pods accordingly? Or take an app like Hurricane Party, which centers around the idea of trying to bring people together on the fly. Currently, it only allows users to create parties and invite others, but what if you could take it to the next level and let those users communicate accordingly? The SXSW conference in Austin, Texas is just around the corner and this year’s battle, it seems, is group messaging. The blogosphere is abuzz with talk of apps like GroupMe and Beluga, two forerunners in the field, and yesterday we got to sit down with Beluga’s three founders and talk a little bit about what makes their group messaging app different from the others, their immediate plans for the future and where they see it going in the long run.For Lucy Zhang, Ben Davenport and John Perlow (Beluga’s trifecta of founding), group messaging is just the beginning. It’s a core that can only be enriched with features like rich locations, social network integration and multimedia capabilities. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more

first_imgRemotely piloted telepresence robots could be the beginning of another tech revolution. Some observers are already predicting that they will be the first robots to go mainstream. But it won’t happen right away.Though the robots themselves are still rare and exotic, the telepresence concept is very simple: basically Apple’s FaceTime videconferencing feature on a mobile, self-propelled, motorized platform. The idea is to make them cheap and easy-to-use stand-ins for people in school, office and other settings.Today’s typical telepresence robot has a display, video camera, microphone and speakers on a stalk attached to a two- or four-wheel platform. The devices are still severely limited in their abilities but are beginning to find homes in health care to stretch resources, in businesses to enable remote meetings and other interactions for telecommuters and in education.In Seneca, N.Y., and Knox City, Texas, an elementary and a high school student are each using Vgo robots to attend classes and socialize with friends. Both suffer from rare diseases that prevent them from leaving their homes. They control their mechanical surrogates from a personal computer.Prices Coming DownRight now, most telepresence robots cost thousands of dollars, but manufacturers like MantaroBot and Double Robotics are trying to change that by leveraging existing consumer technologies. The companies are building robots that use an Android tablet or Apple iPad for the video conferencing functionality. Just like the more expensive models, a remote worker can attend meetings and move the robot from one conference room to another or “visit” with colleagues. Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … While the entrepreneurs deserve credit for trying, these low-priced gadgets may not be successful in the mass market. That’s because they do not offer much more than what a person can do holding a smartphone or tablet in their hand. The inventions are essentially novelties – with no real problem to fix. “It’s not something that most people really need or really want,” said Phil Solis, analyst for ABI Research. At this stage, cheap telepresence robots are more likely bought as fun Christmas gifts than for everyday use. Despite using off-the-shelf technology, though, these devices still tend to be too expensive for consumers. The Vgo robots cost $5,000 each, while pre-orders of the slick looking Double Robotics product cost $2,000. (The price is scheduled to rise to $2,500 once the robot goes on sale in early 2013.)At those prices, the products are likely consigned to a niche within the telepresence market that is expected to reach $13.1 billion worldwide by the end of 2016, according to ABI Research. To try to take mobile telepresence to the masses, entrepreneurs are turning to Kickstarter to raise money to build smartphone-toting robots that would cost just a couple of hundred dollars.Telepresence Robots For $200?Examples include Botiful, developed by roboticist Claire Delaunay of Silicon Valley, and Helios, invented by Tian Long Wang, an electrical and electronic engineer of Princeton, N.J. Both robots are essentially wheelbases with a smartphone cradle that can tilt up or down for better viewing. antone gonsalves The FutureNevertheless, these early devices will help build awareness of the use of robots in the home. Apart from the Roomba vacuum cleaners, the vast majority of robots today are found in factories, with the auto industry alone accounting for half of the products sold. That could change as aging baby boomers look to robots for assistance in order to remain independent in their homes when human helpers become too expensive. “It’s an evolution,” Solis predicted.Eventually, telepresence could be incorporated into security robots that a homeowner could control while on vacation to check their house, rather than have multiple cameras fixed throughout the building, Solis says. While such robots have been used in commercial buildings and mansions, the introduction of new technologies could help drive prices low enough for the mass market.In the short term, a few makers of telepresence robots will fill a niche, while others will come and go. But , someone will use the technology in something useful and inexpensive, and to the victor will go the spoils. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#E-Learning#mobile#Trends The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more