Japan plans to host int’l meet in summer 2007

first_imgUnder the federation’s plan, the event is expected to be held in a suburb of Tokyo and will have almost all of the Olympic disciplines.The federation will organize a committee shortly to work out the plan. Japan is planning to host a top-level international swimming meet in September 2007, the year prior to the Beijing Olympics, Japan Swimming Federation officials said Tuesday.The move is aimed at filling a void in the competition schedule for summer 2007, with the world swimming championships held normally in the summer being moved earlier to the spring due to the venue, Melbourne, Australia. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5center_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMESlast_img read more

Miles keeps starting QB a mystery

first_imgBATON ROUGE – LSU coach Les Miles was asked point blank Wednesday night, “Do you think Brandon Harris will play in the next game?”Miles started to say something, but he did not finish the thought and started another one. “I’m not ready to say,” he said after the Tigers’ practice in preparation for their next game on Thanksgiving night at Texas A&M.And so it – the LSU quarterback saga – goes. Starting quarterback Anthony Jennings directed an offense in a 17-0 loss Saturday night at Arkansas that produced the fewest total yards – 123 – in a Tigers’ regular season game since 1975 for LSU’s first regular season shutout since 2002.LSU (7-4, 3-4 SEC) and Texas A&M (7-4, 3-4 SEC) close the regular season at 6:30 on ESPN a week from Thursday.“He takes care of the ball. He makes the other 10 players better,” Miles said of Jennings. LSU had its worst rushing game – 36 yards on 32 carries – since the 2009 season at Arkansas.Miles has said leading up to LSU’s last two games – both losses for Miles’ first two-game losing streak in a season since 2008 – that Harris would see significant playing time. But he did not. Harris, a true freshman from Parkway High in Bossier City, has not seen significant snaps since starting the 41-7 loss at Auburn on Oct. 4 when he went 3-of-14 for 58 yards.“The position takes some time,” Miles said. “It’s stem motion, checks. It’s an encompassing position. Certainly, those are the things that are going to get him to the field.”Asked about the parts of Harris’ game that he likes, Miles said, “He has a natural arm. He can run, and he’s competitive. We like him a lot. But is he?”Miles did not finish the thought and started another one. “Hopefully, by the time we get to the game, he’ll have taken some more steps and allows us to get him into the game,” he said. “We’re going to see if we can bring the quality of quarterback play up with competition.”Jennings, a sophomore, completed 12 of 22 passes at Arkansas for 87 yards – an average of 3.9 yards an attempt after averaging 2.9 yards an attempt the week before in the loss to Alabama. He is 90th in the nation and 13th in the SEC in passing efficiency at 116.3 on 92 completions in 192 attempts for 1,353 yards and nine touchdowns with six interceptions. Harris has a 175.0 efficiency mark on 25-of-45 passing for 452 yards and six touchdowns with two interceptions.ALEXANDER DUE BACK: Starting left guard Vadal Alexander, who missed the Arkansas game with an injured hand suffered against Alabama, is expected to play in the regular season finale at Texas A&M, Miles said Wednesday.The news is not as good for starting center Elliot Porter, who remains questionable for both the Texas A&M game and a bowl game after suffering an ankle injury at Arkansas. “Not so certain about this game,” Miles said of Porter. “Not so certain about the bowl game.”Tailback Kenny Hilliard (shoulder) is not expected to play at Texas A&M. Starting cornerback Rashard Robinson is also not expected to play against the Aggies as he remains on indefinite suspension. He missed the Alabama and Arkansas games on suspension.MILES PRAISES HOGS PLAN, CRITICIZES HIS: On Saturday night after the loss at Arkansas, Miles called the Hogs’ passing game “imaginative.” On Wednesday, Miles continued the praise. “They had a nice game plan. They really did,” he said.Miles then criticized his and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron’s game plan. “We needed to not be as predictable,” he said. “We’re looking for more balance.”MILES 7th HIGHEST PAID: LSU coach Les Miles is the seventh highest paid college football coach in the country at $4.3 million in 2014, according to the latest salary database released by the USA Today.The top six are Alabama’s Nick Saban at $7.1 million, Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio at $5.6 million, Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops at $5.05 million, Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin at $5 million, Texas’ Charlie Strong at $5 million and Ohio State’s Urban Meyer at $4.5 million.The lowest paid coach of the 121 recorded by USA Today was Appalachian State’s Scott Satterfield at $225,000 a year. UL Monroe coach Todd Berry was 120th at $358,250. Louisiana Tech coach Skip Holtz was 96th at $510,000, and UL coach Mark Hudspeth was 71st at $1.03 million.QUOTE OF THE DAY:“I didn’t expect that in any way.”– LSU coach Les Miles when asked if he was shocked by his then 20th-ranked team’s 17-0 loss at then 4-5 and 0-5 Arkansas last week.LSU at Texas A&MGame: 6:30 p.m., Nov. 27, Kyle Field.Records: LSU 7-4, 3-4; A&M 7-4, 3-4.TV: ESPN.Radio: 103.7 FM.last_img read more

Dani Alves says that Gabriel Jesus is the new Ronaldo

first_img Tatiana Pérez Upd. at 14:32 IN SPORT.ES “He doesn’t have pressure for what he’s done and achieved already. He does what he loves.:  14/11/2017 A few hours before the clash between Brazil and England at Wembley, Dani Alves compared Gabriel Jesus with Ronaldo, the Brazilian legend.  Gabriel Jesus could become the next football phenomenon. At 20, the Brazilian has become a crucial part of Pep Guardiola’s plans at Man City.  Dani Alves afirma que Gabriel Jesus es ‘el nuevo Ronaldo’ As well as at Man City, Jesus is also becoming a star for Tite’s Brazil side. CET RELATED STORIES “I’m not joking when I call him the new Ronaldo,” said Alves. “I keep thinking the same thing, they work in the same way. He will be one of the great players. He’s already one of the best in the world. 5 reasons Italy failed to reach World Cup 2018 in Russialast_img read more

Bulls great… Tigers best

first_imgBy JARROD POTTER BALWYN had answers to every Noble Park question – downing the Bulls 17.14 (116) to 11.10 (76)…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

DVC Lounge at Epcot to Open in June

first_imgShare This!©DisneyIn order to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Disney Vacation Club, Disney is creating a brand new, exclusive Member Lounge at Epcot, which is slated to open on the second floor of the Imagination Pavilion on June 6. The lounge is slated to welcome DVC Member, as well as their guests daily.The entrance for the lounge will be located through the pavilion’s merchandise shop and is included with admission to Epcot.  It will give DVC members and their guests a place to relax, access device charging stations, enjoy complimentary refreshments and other offerings, device charging stations, WiFi, computer stations with printers, Member Service Advisors, and mingle with other members. Members will also be able to purchase DVC merchandise. The lounge will be the perfect place for Guests to cool off (or warm up, depending on the season) and relax.This year, to celebrate the 25th Anniversary, DVC is rolling out all the stops. Other anniversary perks will allow members to be offered additional complimentary events throughout the year; discounts on multi-day theme park tickets at Walt Disney World Resort; a silver anniversary sweepstakes; fun surprises; and new memorable experiences at not only Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts, but also at Aulani and onboard Disney Cruise Line.For more information about the anniversary festivities, make sure to check out the DVC website.last_img read more

Eskom secures R15bn DBSA loan

first_img4 November 2010 Baloyi added that the municipal sector currently constitutes 50% of the DBSA’s loan book. “Electricity is a major component of municipal revenue, and it is only logical for the Bank to contribute to the funding of projects that will help to ensure a secure supply of energy for South Africa,” he said. After a thorough environmental analysis, the bank’s environmental appraisal report concluded that fossil fuels would remain dominant in South Africa’s energy mix for some time, but technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are being developed globally and Eskom’s projects will use some of these technologies to reduce emissions. “Building a sustainable and secure energy supply is one of many priority areas that the DBSA will aggressively pursue to complement the government development agenda to address key development and socio- economic issues faced by the country,” Baloyi said. State power utility Eskom has secured a R15-billion loan from the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) to fund its capital expansion programme. The loan, which is a structured facility that will be drawn over five years, does not utilise guarantees from the South African government. Reducing environmental impact The projects include the Medupi and Kusile coal-fired power stations as well as the Ingula Pump Storage scheme and associated transmission infrastructure. Like any other transaction, the Eskom loan was subjected to the DBSA’s environmental appraisal guidelines, which found that Eskom has the institutional capacity to address current and future climate change related risks. Securing future energy supply Eskom’s capacity expansion programme is expected to have large spin-off effects, creating 40 000 new jobs, stimulating the creation of new industries and new suppliers, and adding almost 1% a year to the economic growth rate.center_img It will also have a significant impact on the economies and communities of the towns in which the new power stations are located. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Eskom’s capacity expansion projects will add 12 300 megawatts of additional generating and transmission capacity to South Africa’s national grid by 2017, enabling it to keep up with growing demand. Supporting growth and development Eskom CEO Brian Dames welcomed the recognition by the DBSA of the critical role that Eskom and its capacity expansion programme have to play in supporting South Africa’s growth and development. “Our new build programme is essential to provide the security of supply that South Africa needs if it is to grow its economy and improve the quality of life for all of its people,” Dames said. “The loan is a vote of confidence by the DBSA in Eskom. “It will help us to provide South Africa with the power stations and transmission infrastructure it needs while ensuring that Eskom remains financially sustainable.” Speaking at the media briefing in Johannesburg this week, DBSA chief executive Paul Baloyi said: “This deal signifies a major step change aimed at ensuring that South Africa’s long term electricity supply meets demand to ensure the economy can thrive.”last_img read more

Here’s Why Apple Really Should Build Standalone Apple Watch Stores

first_imgRelated Posts The Key to Mass Adoption of Wearables adriana lee Move over, Rolex. According to reports by the French media late last week, Apple may be taking a page from your playbook by building dedicated stores for its upcoming Apple Watch. The company has not breathed a word of this, of course, but there’s reason to believe it may be true. But those reasons may be more than skin deep. The popular narrative chalks this up to Apple copying jewelry or luxury goods makers, and it’s tempting to say Apple just wants to give its “precious” an equally precious retail environment. See also: The Apple Watch Could Get Its Own Dedicated StoreBut there are more pragmatic reasons than that—some of which may offer lessons to other would-be smartwatch makers.How Precious Can You Get?From Apple’s Apple Watch Edition line, which features sapphire glass and 18 karat gold.If the new device was a phone, it would sit out in the open at Apple Stores. The other jewels in Apple’s crown, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, are displayed just this way, tethered by thin cables and caked in the thick smudges that only thousands of shoppers could leave behind. They line up like good little soldiers alongside the latest iPads, iPod touches and MacBook Airs.The company may not want the Apple Watch to suffer that indignity. After all, it has hifalutin ambitions for the product. Apple Watches will also be available for aluminum and stainless steel versions.Apple’s profound power of denial has it refusing to call the wrist gadget—which will link to iPhones and work with apps—something as mundane as a smartwatch. Last September, the company went out of its way to invite fashion journalists and other tastemakers to its press announcement. Vogue China editors saw the watch in person before many American tech reporters did, putting the gadget on its cover. Now Self bookends the fashion push as the first U.S. magazine to do the same. How glamorous. So if Apple is designing whole stores around the smartwatch—and it is a smartwatch, no matter what Apple says—it seems rather fitting. The company would give its wrist device some space to breath and glass display cases to highlight the beauty. All the better to add to the product’s allure. See also: Apple Bets Big On Its Smartwatch, Though Killer Apps May Be Missing In ActionBut Apple may have another motivation for constructing special brick-and-mortar stores: theft protection. Apple Stores from California to North Carolina to many other parts of the U.S. and abroad, including Paris, have seen robberies, smash-and-grabs and even thefts enabled by barreling a car into an Apple storefront. Former NBA basketball player Rex Chapman alone made off with $14,000, and Apple’s own employees apparently can’t resist joining in on the illicit activity.Apple downplays the issue, and it doesn’t disclose figures attached to theft, but the sums are likely considerable. (The company has hundreds of stores worldwide, with more than 250 in the U.S. alone.) A few Apple Store employees in the Bay Area have told me their locations see frequent thefts. Some are brazen snatching incidents, others skew toward subtle cons like Rex Chapman’s—with perpetrators waltzing out the door after faking an Easy Pay self-checkout transaction. The addition of even smaller devices—worth between $350 to as much as $5,000—would surely heighten the temptation. Apple Watch prices may top out at $5,000, but it’s still nothing compared to this diamond-crusted variation by Mervis Diamond Importers, which will cost $30,000.Not that Apple Watches will be entirely MIA from current stores. More likely, the base models will sit out in those display tables, while premium versions will probably get stashed in backroom vaults. But that’s hardly a great way to showcase 18 karat-gold premium devices. A jewelry store-style setting, presumably equipped with cameras, alarms and tightened security, would allow the company to feature all models of its Apple Watch in a grander—and more guarded—setting.Why Every Smartwatch Maker Should Root For AppleLG Urbane smartwatchNew purpose-built retail locations would allow Apple to give the public hands-on time without magnifying the shoplifting temptation in its regular stores. That hands-on time is crucial. The last time Apple debuted a category-defining device was the iPad’s roll-out in 2010. Ahead of that launch, naysayers just couldn’t see the point of what some called “a vastly oversized iPod touch.” But the extra space allowed developers to rethink their user interfaces and create more immersive experiences that just weren’t possible on smaller displays.In other words, you had to actually use it to really get it. The same may well be true of the Apple Watch.Samsung Gear S is basically the tablet or “phablet” of smartwatches.The iPad ultimately won many of the critics over, with some even publicly admitting their error. Its soaring sales prompted many of major smartphone makers to also become tablet makers. Though sales of its big-screen mobile device have dropped lately, the launch experience was valuable for Apple—particularly now as it prepares to unleash its smallest-screen gadget. Apple likely noticed some interesting customer behavior in its existing stores: Some people need to hold the devices in their hands before they can fall in love with them. That may be even truer for unproven gadgets.That’s one reason why, even though brick-and-mortar locations seem so very antiquated in these digital times, they’ve become surprisingly de rigueur among tech companies as varied as Amazon, eBay, Microsoft and Samsung. Apple has mastered its grip on physical retail better than most, and now it may be poised to do it once again, all for a single product. A lot could be riding on it. While the public seems intrigued by smartwatches, many still haven’t yet hopped on the bandwagon. Perhaps, like with iPads, they need to experience them first.That can be tougher than it seems. When the Asus ZenWatch was supposed to launch at Best Buy last November, I headed to my local outpost to check it out on day one. The employees had no idea what I was talking about, and couldn’t even find the device in their inventory database. If Apple is building Watch Stores, it may be in part because the company wants to give its first real wearable its biggest chance of success. If it works, the tech giant might find itself popularizing a nascent product category once again and raising the profile of a whole industry. Success should be easy to gauge. We’ll just have to look out for jewelry store-like retail spaces with customers lined up all the way down the block. Device photos courtesy of their respective manufacturers 4 Ways Big Data & VR Are Changing Professi…center_img You Think Your Employees WANT to Wear That Devi… How Wearables Will Take Health Monitoring to th… Tags:#Apple#Apple Store#Apple Watch#retail#wearable#wearable technology last_img read more

India A captain Cheteshwar Pujara a big score away from regaining confidence, says Rahul Dravid

first_imgIndia A and U-19 teams coach Rahul Dravid has said it was just a matter of time before out-of-form Test batsman Cheteshwar Pujara gets back into his run scoring ways, insisting he was just a big innings away from regaining his confidence.Pujara, India’s No. 3 Test batsman, has endured a prolonged batting slump that saw him lose his position in the team. Pujara is currently the captain of the India A team. India A are scheduled to play two four-day matches, slated between July 22 and 25 and from July 29 to August 1 in Chennai against the visiting Australia A side.”A player like Pujara will find the way, he has got the desire, the hunger, he is looking to get better, he has got the technique, and he is keen to improve. It is just matter of time that he comes back and get a chance to play in the eleven and one or two scores will change things for him,” Dravid was quoted as saying by bcci.tv on Sunday.Pujara has ben a sound run scorer since he began playing first class cricket in 2005. However, during India’s England and Australia tours last year, Pujara went through a low scoring phase, failing to score a century in eight Tests. During that period, he managed to cross the 50-run mark only twice.The Rajkot-born then went to England to play for county side Yorkshire to find his lost rhythm.”Good to have county experience. I myself had a small stint with Kent. Pujara might not have played the entire season but the experience he gathered playing in different conditions, different dressing rooms, and different set of players will help,” Dravid said.advertisement”Pujara is fine, he is a class, quality player. He had a good start to his international career. There were a few series which didn’t go the way he wanted. And it is natural, to all cricketers at some stage it happens.”I don’t think there is too much wrong in him technically. We had a few conversations with him even before coming here. We will try to look at his mind set where he is at,” the 42-year-old batting legend said.Speaking on India A facing the visiting Australia A side, he said: “It’s about creating a good environment. It is about giving the boys the right opportunity to show their skills. There are important matches coming up. Selectors are watching these boys as they have performed well in domestic cricket. And this is seen as a stepping stone to international cricket.”last_img read more

Gareth Bale misses the EPL but is happy in La Liga

first_imgThe Wales national team footballer misses the English Premier League but he says he enjoys to be playing with “the best team in the world”Welsh footballer Gareth Bale left the English Premier League in 2013 and five years later he says he misses his former competition but is happy at Real Madrid.The winger was playing for Tottenham Hotspur in 2013 when Real Madrid bought him.He has then played 130 matches with Los Merengues, scoring 73 goals and assisting dozens more.And in an interview with The Daily Mail, when he was asked if he wanted to return to the EPL, he was very honest.“You can say yes and no. You always want to come back and play in your home league and a part of you will always miss home. But I’m enjoying playing for the biggest club in the world and winning trophies,” he said.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.One of the things that have helped him settle down is that Madrid’s boss Julen Lopetegui speaks English.“In Spanish, I can talk [to a manager] but maybe not go into that amount of detail with them that I would need to,” he answered.“We can be even better again. Another start and another challenge. We’re ready for it.”Tough game in Bilbao. We go again on Wednesday. #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/oZIpkJcKA6— Gareth Bale (@GarethBale11) September 15, 2018last_img read more

Bahamas and Jamaica bristle following negative US Advisories

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, January 17, 2018 – Nassau – The two number one English speaking destinations in the Caribbean have been put on blast by America when it comes to safety and security and satisfaction and now both countries are in damage control mode.   The Bahamas at its popular Fish Fry at Arawak Cay has seen vendors apologize for any negative experiences and mirroring a message by the Bahamas Government to improve service as security is enhanced, especially for Tourists.In Jamaica, the Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett has launched a campaign.   Minister Bartlett says the $3b in earnings and a record setting 2017 with 4.3 million guests landing on their shores is not to be trifled with.   Bartlett on Saturday in Montego Bay at a food handlers workshop said Jamaica must curb the reports of visitor harassment so as not to see a reversal in the gains made.Visitor satisfaction in Jamaica was put at 60% despite the harassment issues noted in a US Advisory.  the Bahamas also got that advisory, but it was more severe saying Fish Fry’s reputation for a down home experience was sullied by reports of crime.#MagneticMediaNews#BahamasgetsnegaiveUSadvisories#JamaicagetsnegativeUSadvisories#BahamasandJamaicadamagecontrol Related Items:#BahamasandJamaicadamagecontrol, #BahamasgetsnegaiveUSadvisories, #JamaicagetsnegativeUSadvisories, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more