Motorcycle Grand Prix of Austria 2020: Dovizioso ends at Ducati, Salač…

first_imgThe fastest in qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring were Spaniard Maverick Viñales (MotoGP), Australian Remy Gardner (Moto2) and Spaniard Raul Fernandez (Moto3). The sensation of the day, however, was the information that Ducati will not extend the contract to the Italian Andre Dovizios in MotoGP!last_img

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and girlfriend expecting baby number two

first_img Related ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson got an early Christmas gift this year — the Fast and Furious star and his girlfriend Lauren Hashian are expecting their second child together.The 45-year-old professional wrestler-turned-actor made the announcement Tuesday in an Instagram post that features his two-year-old daughter Jasmine sitting under a sign that says, “It’s a girl!” written in large pink letters, followed by “Can’t Wait to be a Big Sister and be the Boss!”“Our Jasmine Lia would like to make a big announcement – IT’S A [email protected] and I are boundlessly grateful for this blessing as this spring we’ll welcome our second baby,” reads the caption.“Plus, Jazzy is excited to boss around and protect her lil’ sis,” he continues. “And once again, big daddy is completely surrounded by beautiful estrogen and loving, powerful female mana. All girls. One dude. And a boy dog. I wouldn’t have it any other way. #ItsAGirl #GratefulMan #TequilaTime.”Johnson also has a 16-year-old daughter, Simone, with ex-wife Dany Garcia.Johnson will next be seen in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, opposite Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Nick Jonas and Bobby Cannavale, opening nationwide December 20.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more

In Montserrado Inter High School Debate, Ricks Institute Defeat J.W. Harris

first_imgRicks Institute put up a stunning performance in the final minutes to defeat J.W Harris Memorial High School in the ongoing Inter High School Debate under the supervision of the Ministry of Education.Ricks Institute (Negative) and J.W Harris Memorial High School (Affirmative) resolved on the topic: “Non-Negro Descent Should Be Granted Citizenship in Liberia”, with Ricks emerging as the winner at the end of the day with a score of 84.98 – 83.11.The debate between Ricks Institute and J.W Harris Memorial High School lived up to its expectation as a Clash of the Titans, with both schools displaying remarkable tenacity and putting up fine arguments. Speaking on the affirmative, the J.W Harris team said: “For many years, the non-negroes…have contributed immensely to Liberia’s growth, but because they are not citizens they leave Liberia for their homeland to make significant investments.“Because non-negroes are not allowed to become citizens, they cannot make huge investments of their profits back into the development of other sectors and not taking their civil responsibilities seriously. “This is the time we should forget about racism in order to allow non-negroes to become citizens of Liberia. Today, around the world Liberians have been granted citizenship in other countries, but yet non-negroes have been denied in our own country.” For negative, the Ricks Institute team said: “Article 26 (b) should be maintained if Liberia must live in peace free from the situation were those aspects of our culture and values such as Poro and the Sande societies will be destroyed when non-negroes become citizens.“Let it be clear that these societies serve as the nucleus of our culture and value that prepared men and women to become responsible citizens, not the non-negro’s own that teaches homosexuality and lesbianism.“We are of the strong opinion that if citizenship is granted to non-negroes, it will cause a situation where blue collar jobs will be exclusively reserved for the poverty stricken as well as cause xenophobia.”Meanwhile, in Zone 1 (Central Monrovia) Calvary Baptist High School (Affirmative) lost to Apostolic Foundation (Negative) 68.88- 74.26 on the topic: “There shall be term limitation for members of the legislature.”In Zone 3 (Somalia Drive) Henri Wilmot Dennis United Methodist School (Affirmative) de Dujar High School (Negative) 77-58 resolved on: “The Pre-condition for foreigners investing in Liberia must require partnership with Liberians.” Also in Zone 3, Special Project High School (Affirmative) lost to Garnerville Wesleyan High School (Negative) 70-84 debating the topic: “The youth of Liberia should take state power now.”For Zone 2, William Ben Institute (Affirmative) of Paynesville fell short to St. Kathleen Mcguire Catholic Memory High School (Negative) by 71-87 points, when they resolved on the topic: “In order to enhance the educational system, the government should make a policy setting 75% as minimum score for passing in our school system.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Style at Disney Springs’ Raglan Road

first_imgShare This!©Raglan RoadMake sure you’re wearin’ your green as you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this weekend at Raglan Road’s Mighty St. Patrick’s Day Festival in Disney Springs!This year’s event will last from March 16 through March 19 and the celebration will feature great Irish cuisine, live music, Irish dancers, complimentary face painting, and more!The highlight is the music courtesy of the fantastic bands that will take one of two different stages. This year, bands will include the very best of native Irish talent – Young Dubliners, The Byrne Brothers, HanaLena Band, The Raglan Roots Coalition, Swingin’ On the Gate, Rollickin’ Rua, and Jennifer Lyons. Guests will also be able to catch performances by the award-winning Irish dancers.The full schedule of events can be found here: This authentic St. Patrick’s Day celebration also features inventive cuisine by Irish celebrity chef Kevin Dundon. So if you’re looking for a great and traditional Irish meal, this is the place to visit!Celtic Face Painting is available for guests to enjoy from noon – 8:00 p.m. daily during the festival.On thing to keep in mind is that Raglan Road will charge a cover charge of $10 that will apply to each guest 18 and over on March 17th only.Also, do keep in mind that the event schedule is subject to change without notice due to inclement weather. Guest should also allow extra time for parking.  Raglan Road guests can celebrate the holiday from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 a.m. each night.If you’d like to find out more information about the event, make sure to check out read more

Walt Disney World Preview — Week of July 21, 2018

first_imgWeatherFor the most current weather conditions, click here.Crowd LevelsFor more information about crowd levels, click here.Park Hours Share This!Reservations for the new Rivers of Light Dessert Party are now available! What else do you have to look forward to at Walt Disney World next week? Keep reading!Special EventsThere’s a new Rivers of Light Dessert Party coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom! This experience begins August 6, and reservations can be made online or by calling (407) WDW-DINE. Check out Rikki’s article for more event details!Speaking of new, bring your kiddos to one of the Kidcot Fun Stops at the World Showcase in Epcot for a new activity! Young ones will now receive a traveler’s card and stickers at each pavilion instead of a paper cutout of Duffy the Disney Bear. In addition, they’ll also receive a suitcase-themed Ziploc bag to put their goodies in. *Ziploc now sponsors the Kidcot Fun Stops. Dining Packages for the Candlelight Processional are now on sale! Prices vary, and this includes your meal and guaranteed seating for one of three performances that evening. Book your dining package online (you’ll find prices here as well) or by calling (407) WDW-DINE.Due to overnight concrete work at Magic Kingdom park, the Move It! Shake It! Dance and Play It! Street Party will be cancelled July 26 and 30. The Main Street Trolley Show will be using the Main Street Ranch Wagon on those dates.Stop by Disney Springs now through August 12 for the Beat the Heat DJ Dance Party. This splash party, located near Once Upon a Toy, takes place every Friday through Sunday from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm and includes treats, beverages, and games for all! Attractions Closed For RefurbishmentsMagic Kingdom:Prince Charming Regal Carrousel (Re-opens 7/31)Liberty Square RiverboatWill you check out the new dessert party at Disney’s Animal Kingdom? Let me know in the comments!last_img read more

Leading South Africa’s youth out of poverty

first_imgZayrah believes in builidng a new generation of leaders who will lead development and be exemplary custodians of good governance. The team at Zayrah are united by a common goal – to lead young South Africans out of poverty.(Images: Zayrah) MEDIA CONTACTS • Amu Mayimele   Founder, Zayrah   +27 74 208 6904 RELATED ARTICLES • Education rights affirmed • Taking ballet to township kids • Inner city kids learn about film • Safeguarding our future leaders • New uniforms for needy pupilsCadine PillayYouth-led development agency Zayrah has taken the initiative in transforming young disadvantaged South Africans into educated, active citizens.The team at Zayrah, all united by their passion for post-conflict and young leadership development, have adopted a holistic approach to poverty problem solving. The five goals around which their projects revolve are human security, education, social cohesion, entrepreneurship and leadership.Zayrah, which derives from the Hebrew word ‘zera’, meaning ‘seed’, uses its advocacy for these goals to empower young people and alleviate poverty through y the projects.The organisation will participate in Rotary International Health Day in May 2013, where it will focus on the youth perspective of Health Day, as well as information, awareness, and a youth dialogue on health education.Zayrah is currently organising the African Youth Charter Summit, taking place in Tanzania’s Dar es Salaam from 3 to 7 July 2013. Young leaders from around Africa will discuss ways to take the continent to the next level and identify Africa’s future needs.Helping the community with health careZayrah was launched in March 2012 and since then, has gone on to running a healthcare support program that works with a home-based care centre called the Phadima Gape Community Organisation in Soshanguve, Pretoria.At the centre, there are a team of devoted women aged between 20 and 50 who are committed to caring for the elderly and ailing in their communities. These women pride themselves on service above self, providing care to patients undergoing treatment for HIV/Aids, TB, diabetes, high blood pressure and those who have suffered strokes or require wound care.These women of Phadima Gape assist the people under their care with taking their medication and accompanying them to the clinics to receive treatment. They cook for, do laundry for and clean the homes of patients who are unable to care for themselves, and they help the children of their patients with their homework and keep a watchful eye over the little ones.Phadima Gape also provides these communities with counselling and education on health issues. Zayrah seeks to facilitate relationships between businesses or other organisations and Phadima Gape, so that they may receive the necessary long-term funding to continue their work in the future.“We believe in people who are healthy, living in safe conditions, who are educated to make better decisions and inspired to be active citizens in society,” says Amu Mayimele, social entrepreneur and founder of Zayrah. “We moreover believe in a new generation of leaders who will lead development and are exemplary custodians of good governance.”The power of the youthMayimele, 27, graduated from Limpopo University with an accounting degree, but after a couple of years working for a corporate accountancy firm she realised that “there has to be more to life than just a career”.She had already been involved in various youth leadership projects and initiatives for more than a decade, including a stint as financial officer of the International Youth Council, a UN program that seeks to get young people involved in running programs in line with UN goals, and so it was decided that she would set out on her own development project, Zayrah.Soon afterwards, Mayimele was invited to be part of the Power of Youth summit that took place in June 2012 in Cape Town. This is an annual international event that brings together the top young social entrepreneurs from all over the world.“Most people think I am crazy and it can be a lonely journey at times,” she says, but insists that anybody who might doubt her vision for a different Africa only serves as her greatest motivation to make it all happen.Today Mayimele is a well-known and influential youth leader who has facilitated a few programmes including a dialogue on democracy for youth participation in the Fiji Islands.‘Help should come from within ‘“Every day we see people struggling to keep going. Families experience difficulties to put three meals on the table while others have no access to clean drinking water or hygienic toilet facilities,” says Nirvana Naidoo, one of the youth leaders of Zayrah.“They live in deteriorating housing conditions. These people fight against sickness and poverty to survive. They always live in the hope that one day they will get some help from the government – but Zayrah is here to say that help should start from within,” she says.This is why Mayimele and her team of young South Africans at Zayrah believe that overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity, but that the right to dignity and a decent life is a fundamental human right.In its efforts to transform society, Zayrah provides people in townships with counselling and courses on dignity, so that they may live a life better than their circumstances. It also provides books for school libraries and empowers children with dignity courses in schools in South Africa.“Zayrah exists to transform society and to restore dignity,” Mayimele adds.The organisation is a great advocate of young people’s initiatives and constantly seeks to enhance and promote developmental solutions from the youth perspective through workshops and training, inspiring change and restoring dignity.Education for everyoneZayrah has recently taken its efforts abroad – in South Sudan the organisation is working with the International Youth Council of South Sudan to help establish a learning centre in that country, to bring down illiteracy levels and enable access to education for all.The project’s concept is to bring libraries, computers and internet services closer to the communities living in Magwi County. Its main aim is to provide access to learning materials and internet services to every person – children and adults, disabled students, teachers, university students and scholars, officials, community based organisations, migrants and returnees, internally displaced persons, the disabled and orphaned war children.last_img read more

Developing the Next Generation of Leaders: Trends and Truths About the Future of Leadership Development

first_imgThe ancient Roman dramatist, philosopher and politician Seneca said, “Luck is when preparation meets opportunity.” His point was that although luck is terrific, it typically has very little to do with success, especially that which is sustained over time. Instead, success is more often associated with great preparation and the ability to take advantage of opportunities when they present themselves. Leadership development is all about living at the intersection of preparation and opportunity. It is our job to ensure leaders are well-prepared and to find or create the right opportunities that will further reinforce their development and readiness for even bigger or more challenging roles. As leaders, we must develop other leaders to be ready and relevant for what organizations will confront over the next five to 10 years and beyond. This responsibility will be significantly shaped by the following 10 trends and truths about the future of leadership development.1. The “Chief Organizational Capability Officer” EmergesAlthough the chief organizational capability officer (COCO) may or may not become a real job title, the concept is indicative of the direction that many leadership roles will be heading. Increasingly, operating and HR leaders alike will be responsible for integrating and driving agility, business context and environment, change, culture, innovation, leadership, networked organizations and communities, talent, and/or transformation. The power of leadership will be derived from connecting the dots and turbo-charging the in-between points, not by mastering the hierarchy or formal organization. Leadership development will focus on these intersections as leaders become chief organizational capability officers.2. Outside In Is More Important than Inside OutExternal environmental context and understanding will likely trump deep mastery of internal organizational issues as the leadership currency of choice.  It will simply not be enough to know the business and how to get things done in a particular company. Rather, breadth of perspective about what is happening around and outside organizational walls, the ability to see around corners, and the willingness to appreciate and learn from others will become highly valued. Leadership development must address the outside in perspective.3. Hero Leadership Gives Way to Collective LeadershipHighly charismatic and visible individual leaders can symbolize an organization’s brand and culture— in positive or negative ways. Over-reliance on singular iconic leaders can make leadership succession difficult at best and undermine the employment value proposition because employees have every right to expect to work for multiple leaders who embody the values and behaviors espoused by their companies. Therefore, companies must increasingly invest in leadership not only as an individual capability but as a collective organizational capability as well, whereby leaders are taught, developed and held accountable for the appropriate leadership attributes and behaviors. Leadership development will emphasize collective leadership mindset and skillset rather individual heroics.4. Multi-Disciplinary and Cross-Functional Solutions Are the NormMost challenges that organizations will face in the future are large, complex, multi-disciplinary and cross-functional in nature. Leaders must therefore learn to orchestrate highly collaborative and broadbased approaches to driving solutions. They will be called upon to reach out well beyond the traditional boundaries of their own organizations and functional disciplines to deliver an integrated set of solutions and to engineer answers to complex organizational issues. CEOs and other senior leaders don’t care where these integrated solutions come from or who leads them. Leadership development must focus on integrated, multi-disciplinary, cross-functional perspectives and solutions.5. Collaboration Across Boundaries Has a Multiplier EffectMost organizations tend to prefer developing leaders by focusing on internal, company-specific issues and challenges, because they believe their company culture and business issues are so unique and special. In reality, although all companies are unique, they also share many common issues, problems, solutions and leadership learning opportunities. Cross-company leadership development programs that help leaders better appreciate broader strategic context and business solutions will be essential. Development opportunities that allow companies to move leaders from one company to another for short-term assignments that would not otherwise be available in the leader’s own company will become much more prevalent. Leadership development will feature experiences outside the arbitrary boundaries of specific companies, industries and roles that will have a multiplier effect on leadership capabilities.6. Coaching Builds Muscle MemoryLeadership coaching has become an increasingly popular and well-accepted tool for developing leaders and has evolved from “fixing the broken leader” to investing in the development of highly regarded and successful leaders, by building on their strengths and closing development gaps. Helping leaders reach for broader and more complex leadership roles will often require preparation for unfamiliar and uncomfortable responsibilities. This process necessitates understanding and then practicing to handle scenarios and situations that leaders are likely to face on the job—much like an athlete or musician would practice to prepare for a game or performance. Preparing leaders to address key decisions and situations they might face, before they actually have to face them, helps them develop the “leadership muscle memory” they will need under real life conditions. Leadership development will include a growing reliance on coaching to prepare leaders for situations before they encounter them, rather than only learning from experiences and fixing mistakes after they occur.7. Mass Customization Capitalizes on Diverse Needs and InterestsLeadership development used to be about putting in place large-scale organization wide practices and programs that covered as many people as possible so as to maintain both the perception and reality of fairness and inclusiveness. Although fairness and inclusiveness are certainly important and legitimate goals, they are not necessarily achieved by treating all leaders the same. The most common leadership development trends will be higher transparency of feedback, increased segmentation of pivotal roles and people, and greater frequency of talent reviews and action plan follow-up. Ownership for successful leadership and talent development efforts must rest with line leaders and be supported by HR leaders. But, these roles will have to go well beyond making sure meetings happen and that forms are filled out and submitted on time. Leaders must actually know the talent and will be called upon to selectively differentiate leadership development experiences based on each leader’s unique capabilities and role. Leadership development must allow for mass customization of solutions to capitalize on the diverse needs and interests of leaders.8. Purpose Complements PerformanceHistorically, leaders have wanted to work for high-performing, winning organizations, and although that aspiration is still fashionable, it is no longer sufficient. It is becoming even more attractive to work for organizations that strike a healthy balance between performance and purpose. Increasingly, many people—especially Millennials—want to affiliate with institutions that value the importance of economic and social contributions. People want to be where the organization’s values and purpose align with and reinforce their own. Leadership development is therefore quickly evolving to include more of a “whole person” construct that promotes the importance of becoming a healthy, balanced, well-rounded, purpose-driven leader. Leadership development will become as much about creating and fulfilling purpose as it has been about planning for and driving performance.9. Bite-Sized/On-Demand Solutions Reflect Changing Workforce ExpectationsThe workforce is becoming more mobile, virtual and globally distributed. Work will increasingly be done when, where and how the workforce prefers. The traditional employment model is steadily giving way to more bite-sized, freelanced, project-based and shorter-term gigs. Leadership development practices must reflect this revolution. Developmental assignments and leadership development programs need to accommodate for more agile, quick-turnaround, quick-hit, on-demand and technology-enabled design and delivery models. Six week in-residence programs at prestigious universities are not going away completely or anytime soon, but they are also not the prevalent model for the future. Leadership development must be more virtual and in the moment, and delivered in smaller, more digestible bites to better reflect changing workforce expectations and technological realities.10. Ready Now Gives Way to Ready AbleLeadership development experts used to say, “Past track record predicts future success.” In the future, we will likely say, “Past track record is only a valid predictor of future success if the past looks anything like the future.” The connection between past and future conditions is tenuous at best. At worst, we could make determinations about leadership development, readiness and succession based on all the wrong factors and criteria because the future may look nothing like the past. The conditions, challenges and pace of change may be completely different. So, all our emphasis on developing ready now leaders must give way to developing ready able leaders. We no longer really know if leaders are ready now. At best, we can prepare them to be ready able—to have the situational awareness, flexibility, savvy and leadership capabilities required to quickly understand and adapt to changing conditions. Leadership development in the future will be about identifying and developing potential, which, in turn, translates into being ready and able to handle whatever the future throws at us.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

Jefferson City police in two chases Thursday night

first_imgThere were two police chases in Jefferson City on Thursday night.Investigators say Molly Patterson Seymour shoplifted from the Schnuck’s grocery store at about 6 p.m., then tried to speed away on Michigan Street. They say the chase finally stopped when Seymour pulled into a driveway on Missouri Street and was arrested.At about 10:25 p.m. Thursday, officers say parole violator Damien Rotter tried to get away from a traffic stop near Myrtle Avenue and Edmonds Street. The car stopped working after it hit a curb, so Rotter allegedly tried to run. A K-9 unit tracked him down.Investigators have connected Rotter, 23, to a burglary earlier in the day.last_img read more

2018 Winter Olympics: Fake Kim Jong Un stuns North Korean cheerleaders

first_imgA group of North Korean cheerleaders were briefly wowed by the apparent, sudden arrival of their leader, Kim Jong Un, at a Winter Olympics ice hockey game on Wednesday.Some cheerleaders immediately averted their gaze as the impersonator, who later only identified himself as Howard, smiled and waved to crowds who came to watch a unified Korean team play Japan at the Pyeongchang Games.”They are playing a good game, they scored one goal. As a president, it’s all I can ask for,” Howard told Reuters, shortly after plain-clothed officials from South Korea’s National Counter-terrorism Centre moved him away from the cheerleaders, who he said had been doing a very good job.”I mean I trained them by myself so, of course, they’re the best in the world,” Howard said.Howard had caused a commotion during last Friday’s opening ceremony when he and a person dressed as U.S. President Donald Trump were swiftly shown out of the stadium by security staff.He said he was briefly detained inside a police office during Wednesday’s match then “politely asked” to leave.”My face is too political,” the dejected impersonator said as he walked slowly out of the ice hockey stadium.”I was born with this face, I’ve got to live with it.”In North Korea, anyone impersonating a member of the ruling Kim family would be considered blasphemous. Images of the North Korean leadership are tightly choreographed and controlled by the reclusive nation’s state propagandists.Still, Howard’s entrance was so spectacular that the North Korean cheerleaders struggled to stifle a quick laugh in between chants of “We are one!” and “Unify the motherland!”advertisement”It shows you we’re human after all,” Howard said. “Doesn’t matter if they’re South or North Koreans, a sense of humour and a bit of political satire is always needed.”last_img read more