Photo by: Photosport Caption: Ngani Laumape could be back in a Manawatu jersey on Saturday after being released from the All Blacks’ camp. Loose forward Akira Ioane is available to play for Auckland against Waikato in the Mitre 10 Cup on Wednesday.Hooker Nathan Harris could play for Bay of Plenty on Thursday against a Wellington team who could have forwards Vaea Fifita and Jeffery Toomaga-Allen back from the All Blacks’ camp.Manawatu’s backline could get a turbo-charged boost from midfielder Ngani Laumape and wing-fullback Nehe Milner-Skudder for Saturday’s encounter with Otago in Dunedin.Waisake Naholo is again available to play for Taranaki against Counties Manukau on Saturday.Halfback Tawera Kerr-Barlow and utility back David Havili could be opposite sides for Waikato and Tasman, respectively, on Sunday.
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew NBA: Cousins, Conley out for remainder of season Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track View comments MOST READ Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak It’s a decision expected to put pressure on other sports such as motor racing and boxing to drop their use of glamourous women to promote events, a long-standing tradition now deemed inappropriate for some modern audiences.“We regularly review all aspects of our events and this move has been made following feedback from our host broadcasters,” a spokesperson told Britain’s Press Association Sport.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkHowever, former world champion Raymond van Barneveld led the backlash on Saturday.“I will really miss the girls!! For me they are a part of the darts,” the Dutchman wrote on Twitter. Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year A petition organized by fans, meanwhile, pleaded with PDC chairman Barry Hearn to change his mind.“Walk-on girls in darts has been traditional for years and so many things in this world that was tradition has been scrapped,” said the petition.“Well this is one that should not be scrapped not only would we break tradition but women would be out of work also.”Two of the most popular walk-on girls — Charlotte Wood and Daniella Allfree — were putting on a brave face on being cold-shouldered Saturday night.“Myself and @daniellaallfree will still be available for exhibitions and events,” tweeted Wood. /cbbADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES English professional darts player, Rob Cross prepares to walk on for PDC World Darts Championship 2018 final game in London on January 1, 2018. AFPLONDON, United Kingdom — Darts fans in Britain hit out at officials who decided to abolish the use of ‘walk-on girls’, scantily-clad young women who accompany the booming sport’s biggest names through crowds of fans to reach the stage.Almost 7,000 people had signed a petition by Saturday night demanding that the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) reverse their decision to axe the models.ADVERTISEMENT
Some doubted that Mamensie Kabba (center) would be confirmed “because she is still an undergraduate student, even though she did well during her confirmation hearing.”Authoritative Senate sources yesterday told our Legislative reporter that several nominees sent for confirmation hearings have been finally confirmed during executive session.Their confirmation followed the reading of reports from Senate committees in which the plenary was informed that many of them (nominees) were highly qualified for their posts and therefore deserving of unanimous confirmation.Prominent among those confirmed yesterday include Madam Joyce W. Dunbar-Sherman for the post of Assistant Minister for Preventive Services at the Ministry of Health; Madam Dunbar-Sherman is the wife of the chairman of the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Petitions, Claims and Human Rights Senator G. Varney Sherman.The Senate Committee on Gender, Health, Social Welfare and Children Protection, after over a month of postponement, has finally written plenary recommending that the youthful female political activist Mamensie Fomba Kabba be confirmed for the post of Deputy Minister for Administration and Planning, Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection.Prior to her confirmation yesterday, debates were rife on social media and local hatai centers (tea-shops) that the Senate would reject Mamensie Kabba, “because she is still an undergraduate student, even though she did well during her confirmation hearing.”Also confirmed after recommendation from the Senate Committee on Transport were Wil Bako Freeman, Managing Director of the Liberia Airport Authority, and his Deputy for Administration Martin J. Hayes; while Paula Fares Harvey and Joseph K. Roberts were also confirmed as Deputy Managing Director for Technical Services and Assistant Minister for Land and Rail Road, Ministry of Transport, respectively.The committee on Internal Affairs, Governance and Reconciliation in its report recommended the confirmation of Madam Florence Freeman Brandy as Superintendent of Montserrado County, and Madam Doris N. Ylatun as Superintendent of Grand Kru County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Jordan Archer Tottenham have loaned out goalkeeper Jordan Archer to Northampton Town.Archer, who is yet to make a first-team appearance for Spurs, will return to White Hart Lane in January.The 21-year-old previously spent time on loan at Bishop’s Stortford and Wycombe Wanderers and has represented Scotland at Under-21 level. 1
GAA Bingo- Every Thursday Night At 9pm In St Marys Hall Clonmany Everyone Welcome.Match & Win for 15/3/2012 No jackpot winner last week this weeks will rise to €3,180.00 numbers drawn were 3,5,15,16 the €15 consolation prizes went to Amanda Friel Annagh, Kathleen Comiskey Urris, Hannah Toland c/o Bingo, Patsy Devlin Annagh, Sadie Porter Gaddyduff.Club Meeting is on Tuesday 27th March at 8pm all members welcome. Cardiac Screening- Any club member interested aged 14 to 35yrs contact David Hession 0860538537 for details or visit club website.Inishowen Board Level 1 coaching course taking place over two weekends the 23rd,24th & 30th & 31st March contact John Friel 086 0523550 for information.Carndonagh 0 – 09 Urris 2 – 08 Inishowen Minor LeagueThe Urris Minor boys got their season off to a winning start with a hard fought win under the lights at Foden on Friday evening.See Web site for full match report.Underage Training Times -Under 14s Fridays at 5.30pm Straid David Hession. Under 16s Tuesdays 5pm Straid John Friel. U12s Friday 4pm Straid John Canny.U8 Boys & Girls Saturday at 11am Straid Susan McCarron & Sandra McGonigle. Club Merchandise – Contact Alan 0879029672.New Club Website www.urris.gaa.ie.Any items for the notes please send to firstname.lastname@example.org or text to Liz O’Neill on 0863858629 before 9pm on Sunday evening. GAA: URRIS GAA CLUB NOTES was last modified: March 19th, 2012 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) Tags:GAA: URRIS GAA CLUB NOTES
Shane Wallace of Wallace Media interviewing Minister Richard Bruton at the Station House Hotel this morningMore than 60 new high-end jobs will be created at Letterkenny’s new €4.5M Science Park at the Letterkenny Institute of Technology.The LYIT campus where the new Science Park will be based.Details of the investment were announced this morning by Minister for Enterprise, Jobs and Innovation, Richard Bruton, who is visiting the county.Minister Bruton is in Letterkenny today to launch the Action Plan for Jobs Business Forum from 8am this morning. Commenting on today’s job announcement, Deputy Joe McHugh TD, “I am delighted at today’s announcement that there will be 60 new jobs being created at the Science Park building. This Government made a commitment to invest in this North West cross-border project between Letterkenny and Derry and today’s job announcement, along with the original €4.5m commitment is a further demonstration of that commitment.“I am also very pleased that Minister Bruton can be with us in Letterkenny today for this announcement, and also to promote the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs Business Forum. Since 2011, there have been an additional 600 IDA – supported jobs created in Donegal and it is essential that we keep building on this momentum because unemployment is so prominent in the County.“I also welcome that site works have commenced on a 2,197 m2 ‘Advanced Office Building’ in Letterkenny Business Technology Park, to meet demands of new and existing FDI developments both in Letterkenny and the North West Region.”Minister Bruton said a key part of the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs is supporting job-creation across all the regions of the country. “The border region was particularly badly hit by the employment collapse 2008-2010 with over 30,000 jobs lost, and in Donegal particularly more than 10,000 extra people joined the live register. In the past three years we have started to see some progress, with 2,000 people leaving the live register and 500 additional people employed in IDA companies in the county. Across the border region an extra 14,000 jobs have been created in the past year.“However we must do more, and that is why in the 2014 Action Plan we are putting in place measures like establishing Local Enterprise Offices in every country, advance IDA facilities in places like Letterkenny, and a competition to find the best young entrepreneur in every county.“Today’s announcement that, with support from my Department and the EU, a state of the art new 20,000 sq ft Science Park will be built at LYIT is a great lift. I am convinced that this will prove a huge boost for research and innovation in the border region and ultimately help turn good ideas into good jobs”. MORE THAN 60 NEW JOBS ANNOUNCED FOR LETTERKENNY SCIENCE PARK was last modified: May 1st, 2014 by StephenShare 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:donegalLetterkenny Science ParkMinister Richard Bruton
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! While people in most of the United States are all wrapped up in a white Christmas, Southern California will spend the day basking in 80-degree heat, according to weather experts. It’s a fitting end to what, so far, has been a dry rainy season, especially compared to last year, which was the second wettest year in the area’s recorded history. It has rained fewer than 2inches since July 1, the start of the rain calendar, and most of that came during a storm in October. In January and February – the wettest months of the year – not much improvement is expected. “We’re going for slightly below normal rainfall,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Wofford. The two months average 7inches of rain per year. By this time last year, it had already rained about 7 inches, and the worst was yet to come. By the end of the rainy season June 30, almost 37 inches had fallen. Average rainfall is around 12 inches. The relatively dry start to this year has given public workers time to catch up on repairs to streets, bridges, sewers and storm drains. “We had over 400 projects in recovering from those storms,” said Ken Pellman, spokesman for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works of last year’s rains. “People complain about not having winter-like weather, but the dryer the better when it comes to construction.” Except for ongoing work on a few mountain roads, most repairs on rain-damaged highways and streets in the San Gabriel Valley have been completed, Pellman said. Despite a slower start to the rainy season this year, the area is still on track to collect enough drinking water, said Dolores Holguin, president of the Valley County Water District, which covers parts of Baldwin Park and parts of West Covina. “Our water-collection areas are full, and we have enough water coming out of the mountains to keep them full,” Holguin said. People might get the impression that more rain means more drinking water, she said. But the area does not have enough reservoirs and tanks to hold all the water produced by heavy rainfall, so most of it is released to flow down rivers into the ocean, she said. “If it rains a lot, we don’t suddenly have lots of drinking water,” she said. In the San Gabriel Mountains, last year’s rains provided more fish habitat than usual, which led to five times more trout than normal, said Bill Reeves of the Fisheries Resource Volunteer Corps. “We were really surprised to see that many,” he said. In the San Bernardino Mountains, however, some creeks were completely destroyed by dirt that that came sliding down faces laid bare by fires. “We had a few creeks where the habitat was completely destroyed,” he said. Staff Writer Ben Kelly contributed to this story. email@example.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2703
For years Apple viewed Nigeria as too poor to be an attractive market, so Samsung took the gap and now dominates mobile telephony in Africa’s most populous country. Global investors stand to lose if they ignore Africa’s potential, and the dynamics of its markets.West Hills Mall in Accra, the capital of Ghana, is the largest shopping centre in West Africa. Retail offers enormous opportunity in Africa, a continent of a billion people with rising purchasing power. (Image: Arc Architects)Mark Esposito, Harvard University, and Terence Tse, ESCP EuropeIf the mass media is to be believed, Africa is hardly a continent brimming with business opportunities. But for some time international business commentators have been describing the continent as the next market with significant potential.Today, Africa is often said to be ready to take on the mantle of Asia, where growth is slowing as markets become crowded and internal competition intensifies.China has anticipated this potential by investing extensively in Africa. The country’s total investments in the continent increased 30-fold between 2003 and 2011, from US$491-million to $15-billion.Africa’s traditional trading partners – Europe, the UK and France – have been left behind. China is now its top bilateral trading partner, with trade volume exceeding $166-billion.Africa has plenty to offer:Sixty percent of the world’s uncultivated agricultural landA huge labour forceForty percent of global reserves of natural resourcesMore than that, Africa is home to a billion people with rising purchasing power.It has the world’s youngest population, and several of its fastest-growing economies. Collectively, these economies have a bigger middle class than India.Many of Africa’s most rapidly expanding nations do not rely on natural resources, with nearly two-thirds of growth last year coming from strong consumer spending. And almost half its citizens now live in cities.Countries unaware of this potential risk losing out on the new Scramble for Africa. This time, the scramble is for trade.Victoria Island, an affluent suburb in Nigeria’s commercial capital of Lagos. (Image: Come to Nigeria)The opportunities: retail and a whole lot moreAfrica offers opportunities beyond natural resources, land and labour power. And you do not have to dig too deep to see that the continent offers many fast-expanding markets and pockets of excellence.One opportunity is in retail. Several countries represent a vast market space for retail, according to Retail in Africa: Still the Next Big Thing, a report issued by AT Kearney Limited in 2015.In Gabon, for example, the report suggests that with a GDP per person of $21 600, the country’s newly formed middle class offers significant opportunities to foreign companies, particularly as the domestic retail sector is highly fragmented.This story pans out on a larger scale. Nigeria, with its population of 178-million, has a somewhat underdeveloped retail sector. According to the report, modern supermarkets made up only 1% of all shopping expenditure as the market remains dominated by informal shops and convenience stores.Collectively, Africa’s fastest-growing economies have a bigger middle class than India.Another source of opportunity for foreign businesses comes from the way that cultures and habits are changing. The exceptional economic growth of Nigeria, for example, has allowed for greater consumption, especially for status symbols and products that symbolise tickets to middle class membership.From our own research, one of the products that has substantial growth, perhaps somewhat unexpectedly, is Champagne imported directly from France. Expenditure grew at an average of 26% between 2007 and 2012. A recent slowdown still leaves significant growth, forecast at 12% a year to 2017.An important point here is that luxury food and drinks products are emblematic of an important cultural shift towards a more sophisticated kind of consumption.Profiting from local market knowledgeIn a recent speech, the CEO of a leading communications agency pointed out that Nigerians, especially the wealthy, do not only shop for themselves. They also shop for their families as a way to display their reflected status.As the country becomes more affluent, we can expect more and more expensive high-end products coming into the market to please an expanding and increasingly demanding middle class.For many years, Apple viewed Nigeria as too poor to be an attractive market. This opened the way for Samsung to become the mobile telephony leader in Nigeria.‘It’s unwise to ignore African markets because of economic statistics. Rather learn about local market conditions.’How did the South Korean company do it? It realised that even though the country is relatively poor — with GDP per capita of only $3,000 – members within a family can easily collect funds from others. In this way, even cash-strapped teenagers can quickly accumulate enough from richer relatives to buy expensive mobile phones. The result: some 70% of high-end mobile devices are sold to people in lower income households.The Lucozade story is also instructive. It became the leader of the Nigerian drinks market by understanding when and where it would be needed and appreciated by people. Having its chilled energy drinks sold at the roadside increased its popularity among professionals who were often spending long hours in traffic jams. The drink became associated with providing refreshing moments.These observations may be anecdotal, but they demonstrate an important point: it would be unwise to ignore African markets because of economic statistics. The key is to try to understand particular markets, often working with local specialists.Innovation for AfricaA third source of opportunity is that African countries can also be sources of innovation. One of the most well-known and successful innovations is M-PESA.Started in 2007 by Kenya’s largest mobile-network operator, M-PESA enables people to transfer money between each other using their mobile phones. They can also use their mobiles to withdraw cash at local shops.Money transfers via mobile phones have boosted rural incomes by as much as 30%The high cost of existing money transfers has made the scheme extremely popular. It also offers a safe way to store money.And the benefits go way beyond mere convenience. A study found that rural Kenyan household income has risen by 5% to 30% as a result of adopting M-PESA.It is also claimed a range of start-ups have been founded in Nairobi on the back of M-PESA’s operations.As cultural and dynamic aspects of consumers are so different in Africa, it is very likely that we will see more innovations emerging from this part of the world.So, while it has been easy to dismiss Africa in the past as a place that is, at best, a provider of basic commodities, land and labour, a closer look reveals that it is not hard to see that opportunities are aplenty and just waiting to be tapped into.Mark Esposito is Professor of Business & Economics at Grenoble Ecole de Management and Harvard Extension School, Harvard University and Terence Tse, Associate Professor of Finance / Head of Competitiveness Studies at i7 Institute for Innovation and Competitiveness, ESCP Europe This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.
Roku debuted its next-generation streaming set-top box, the $99.99 Roku 3, on Tuesday night, complete with a faster processor, an updated interface, plus an innovative remote control that hides a headphone jack.But Roku’s secret sauce lies deep inside its box, under a heading marked “Search.”For many, Roku is synonymous with video streaming, combining virtually every online streaming service available – Amazon Instant Video, Crackle, Hulu Plus, Netflix, Vudu, and many more – under one umbrella. Although Roku has dabbled with games – it added a motion controller with the Roku 2, allowing users to play popular games like Angry Birds – the company’s success has been based on simply providing the most movies and TV shows for the lowest price. In January, Roku announced that Time Warner Cable would bring up to 300 additional “live” channels to its customers who own a Roku, allowing them to tune into live TV without the need for a dedicated cable box.(See also Roku Meets Time Warner: Baby Steps Towards A New Kind Of TV.)In fact, the most distinguishing feature of the Roku 3 is its new remote control, which hides a headphone jack that turns off the volume of the TV and routes it through the jack, allowing a viewer to watch television without disturbing her partner. (In-ear earphones are included.) Aside from that, the Roku 3 features an updated processor for faster scrolling, Ethernet, 1080p support, a microSD slot… and that’s about it. The one thing that users will immediately notice, the new UI, is also being rolled out to most of Roku’s other devices in April, including the Roku LT, Roku HD (model 2500R), Roku 2 HD, Roku 2 XD, Roku 2 XS and the Roku Streaming Stick. After searching for an actor, like Daniel Craig, a list of his movies appear. Click a movie, and you can see which services offer the movie. Search results are divided into two groups: those services you subscribe to, and those you don’t. Within each group, the results are ordered by price, automatically guiding you to the cheapest option. (Some results include the caveat “From…” indicating that a more expensive option might be available.) HD availability is also called out.A Growing ProblemSeveral other companies have made a stab at cross-service search, but none seem to have done it quite as well as Roku.Last year, Verizon launched its Viewdini app for LTE phones and tablets that are subscribed to its services, but customers have complained of crashing and limited search offerings. Clicker.tv (now TV.com) lets users search for a show and then find a particular episode; hovering over it brings up as list of services that offer the episode for purchase, but with no indication of the price. Clicker.tv/TV.com also doesn’t seem to offer any way to narrows the search according to which services you subscribe to, let alone launch them. Flixster may be the best of the bunch: Searching for a movie brings up a list of services that offer it for rent, purchase and subscription streaming, as well as the struggling UltraViolet digital locker format. But the service indexes only movies. Tags:#Roku#search#Streaming video 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Update: A couple of commenters have noted below that both Google TV and the Microsoft Xbox 360 both search across services, too. That’s true, although Roku’s implementation appears to be as efficient. Another, important consideration is price: while some Google TV “buddy boxes” are priced at the $99.99 price point of the Roku 3, several implementations are directly integrated into more expensive TVs. However, Google TV’s PrimeTime feature taps into Google search, giving it a leg up in search complexity. The point, however, is that to my knowledge, no independent Web service offers the same search functionality as the Roku 3, which is one of the most cost-effective hardware streamers available.Roku’s search service isn’t perfect – with so many channels to choose from, and thousands of titles to index, it may never be. It’s also doubtful that Roku will ever be able to adequately index live content from TWC and any other providers with which it strikes deals. Apps like Peel, Thuuz and Netflix itself point the way toward recommending what you might want to watch, based on your historical preferences. But for me, recommendations are often guided by threads at forums I frequent, by people I know recommending movies they’ve discovered and I might want to watch. Being able to quickly find those movies and TV shows, as cheaply as possible, makes Roku’s cheap streaming set-tops even more valuable. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… markhachman Related Posts Search Becomes A FocusAll of that variety – Roku says it hosts up to 750 streaming channels – inevitably led to some form of consumer confusion. Last October, Roku unveiled its cross-service search application, allowing users to search for movies, TV shows, actors and directors across Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, Crackle, VUDU and HBO GO. Within the Roku 3, search has been made part of the core functionality, meaning that users don’t have to load an app to discover which video service hosts “Cheers.”“It’s what we call one-stop search,” said Lloyd Klarke, director of product management at Roku. “Instead of having to go into Netflix’s catalog and search there, come back out, go to Amazon, come back out – here, the objective is focus on what you want, we’ll help you find it, and then you can find out where to go, and watch it.”
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday announced a solatium of ₹3 lakh for the family of Afrajul Khan, 50, a migrant worker from Malda district, who was killed in Rajasamand, Rajasthan. She also announced a job for one of his family members. In a tweet, Ms. Banerjee described the incident as a “very sad” one. “Afrajul Khan of Malda of our state was brutally killed. His family is totally helpless. As a small help to the bereaved family, our government has decided to provide Rs 3 lakh to the family and also one job to the eligible person of the victim’s family,” she said.“Other help from the government will also be provided. I am sending our team of Ministers and MPs to visit the family,” she said.A video shows Khan lying on the ground and pleading in Bengali to a man in a red T-shirt to let him go. The man, allegedly one Shambhu Lal Raigar, is seen attacking Khan with an axe and setting him on fire. Later, the man goes on to claim that he will punish all those engaged in “love jihad.” Raigar was arrested later.Many civil society groups organised rallies in Kolkata on Friday to protest the killing of Khan. CPI (M-L) and Young Bengal, a breakaway group of the CPI(M), also held rallies in the city.