Terry spoke to Zamora about Hodgson

first_imgJohn Terry spoke to QPR striker Bobby Zamora about new England manager Roy Hodgson, the defender has revealed in an interview with The Sun.Zamora played at Fulham under Hodgson, who was this week placed in charge of the national team despite Harry Redknapp being the odds-on favourite for the job.Former England captain Terry said: “I always thought Roy Hodgson was a genuine candidate and I was surprised no one really mentioned him.“Clearly all the hype was for Harry Redknapp but the FA have taken their time to appoint the right man to lead us to success and I think this is a great appointment.Zamora was a key player for Hodgson at Fulham.“I spoke to Bobby Zamora who worked with him at Fulham and he always spoke highly about Roy.”Terry also insisted that he would have no problem playing alongside Rio Ferdinand at the European Championships this summer.There has been speculation about whether the pair will line up together for England given that Chelsea skipper Terry has been accused of racially abusing Ferdinand’s brother Anton when the Blues played QPR in October.But Terry stated: “I don’t have an issue playing with anyone and never have done. I don’t pick and choose who plays for England and if I’m selected to play it won’t become an issue either.”Click here for the QPR v Stoke quizFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Why this is the Warriors’ (and DeMarcus Cousins’) most important road trip of the season

first_imgScratch that — they’re a step behind square one, … The Warriors said that they were going to re-establish old, championship-level habits. They were going to focus, play with energy, and treat every game like it mattered for the final few weeks of the regular season.That focus, energy, and care lasted one game.It seems that new habits — like indifference and lollygagging — die hard, too.So following an embarrassing home loss to the Suns on Sunday, the Warriors are back at square one.last_img

Interacting with Apartheid

first_img10 December 2004Visitors to Johannesburg’s remarkable Apartheid Museum are being offered a unique chance to interact personally with exhibits, thanks to the donation of a personal audio system by German company Sennheiser.The system, a first in South Africa, was installed by Sennheiser in mid-November at no cost, says museum operations and public manager Wayde Davy.“Initially, the Johannesburg branch of the company came to sell the system to us, but we had no money”, Davy says. “When the president of the company visited the museum earlier this year, he fell in love with it and decided to donate the system to us.”The Apartheid MuseumJohannesburg’s Apartheid Museum, assembled by a multi-disciplinary team of architects, curators, film-makers, historians and designers, takes the visitor on a powerful emotional journey into South Africa’s past, bringing to life the story of a state-sanctioned system based solely on racial discrimination.The system, called a Guideport, consists of digital receivers that supply visitors with a selected audio programme. The pre-recorded audio information on an exhibit is started automatically through sensors placed strategically at various points within the museum.“The pre-recorded information is transmitted wirelessly from a location within the museum”, explains tour guide Virginia Thobela. “Immediately a visitor starts on his or her tour, small sensors placed near the columns, which bear the principles of the Constitution of South African, activate the receiver to play the audio file corresponding to the exhibit.”The receiver features volume, as well as stop and repeat keys. A headphone jack that fits snugly to the ear completes the system. The gadget can be worn with a belt clip or a lanyard.“The contraption allows visitors to hear what they want to hear and when they want to hear it”, says Thobela. “It allows them to connect emotionally as well as intellectually to the exhibits. Visitors are also allowed leeway to view exhibits at their own pace.”Located about five kilometres south of the Johannesburg city centre near Gold Reef City, the museum is one of the most popular tourist sites in the city, hosting scores of local and foreign visitors each year. It tells the story of apartheid and how the people of South Africa overcame it.Exceptional pictorial and monumental displays depict apartheid scenes, while television monitors continuously beam images of the struggle against the injustices of the apartheid system.The most eerie display is one depicting 131 nooses hanging from the roof, representing political prisoners who were hanged or died in detention during the apartheid era.Isn’t Thobela afraid the new audio system will make people in her profession redundant?“Actually, I have no fear of losing my job as a tour guide in the museum”, Thobela says. “Before the installation of the system, the number of visitors sometimes overwhelmed us. This has taken the pressure off and we can now attend to those who prefer to tour the museum without the use of the system.”Visitors choosing to use the Guideport system pay R15 on top of the R25 entrance fee. They have to leave their passport or identity document at the reception for surety.Davy says the museum received a donation of 50 receivers, each worth R5 000. “The installation of the system cost Sennheiser over R2-million. The museum only paid for the production of the audio tape, which transmits only in English and German.”The museum is currently working on introducing more languages to cater for local people.Visitors have fallen in love with the gadget, says Davy. “From the comments we have received, people find it absolutely fantastic.”Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

Shanghai Expo boosts SA’s profile

first_imgSouth Africa’s pavilion at the Shanghai Expo attracted about 3-million visitors. (Image: Mediaclubsouthafrica.com)South Africa’s image as a globally competitive nation has received a major boost from its successful participation in the Shanghai Expo, the government said.Since the expo opened on 1 May 2010, about 3-million people have flocked to the country’s pavilion, which South Africa’s Minister of Home Affairs Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma visited on 18 July.More than 190 countries have had a presence at the six-month-long expo, which is the biggest of its kind in the world. It will come to an end on 31 October.“We are sure that the combination of our participation in the Shanghai Expo and the 2010 Fifa World Cup has totally rebranded South Africa to the world,” Dlamini-Zuma said during her visit to the Chinese city.“Not only has South Africa been rebranded, it has also been exposed to a lot of people, especially young people around the world and this has created a better understanding of South Africa and Africa.”The joint African pavilion has attracted about 10-million people over the last few months.These massive turnouts “indicated the interest that the world has taken in Africa and South Africa”, said Dlamini-Zuma, adding that the country has presented itself as a rising modern economy and one of great industrial and scientific power in Africa.The minister said South Africa has proven itself to be a country that’s ready for trade. “South Africa is open for business and ready to serve as a gateway to the rest of Africa.”She tipped the local private sector, which has had a major presence at the expo, to cash in on the exposure it received to further contribute to the country’s economic growth. “This will ensure government delivers on its mandate to improve the lives of all our people.”More South African cities could have been represented at the expo to showcase the country’s urban diversity, Dlamini-Zuma said. “We think that in future, more cities must participate in these expos.”Boost for business cooperationAbout 72 South African organisations have exhibited at the expo, representing sectors like mining, information and communications technology, energy and agro-processing, among a range of other industries.Participation by South Africa’s private sector will strengthen economic ties between the country and China, Dlamini-Zuma said. “We are confident there will be further conversations between these business houses and we will see cooperation in a variety of areas.”As it is, China and South Africa have a healthy trade relationship, with the burgeoning Asian power surpassing the US as South Africa’s biggest trading partner in 2009. “China is one of South Africa’s strategic partners,” Dlamini-Zuma confirmed.Every cent was worth itSouth Africa’s government is predicting lucrative economic spinoffs from exhibiting in Shanghai. “It is too early to calculate the impact of the expo on our economy, but I am confident we will begin to see very positive effects,” the minister said.“All in all, we think every penny spent on organising and participating in this expo has been worth it.”Organisers at the South African pavilion are currently hosting fashion shows, where local designers can show off their latest trends.Throughout the expo South African musicians have fired up Shanghai stages. Jazz maestro Don Laka and flautist Wouter Kellerman are still due to perform in the city. “Our culture has also been showcased … through the performances rendered by South African artists,” Dlamini-Zuma added.Like the line-up of artists, various exhibitions are in the pipeline. “We will also present science, climate change and environmental initiatives. These activities will continue,” South Africa’s Consul-General to Shanghai, Vika Khumalo, said in a statement.last_img read more

EMC Pulls YouTube Video Making Fun of Oracle CEO Larry Ellison and his “Cloud in a Box”

first_imgEMC Greenplum has pulled a YouTube video it produced that depicted Larry Ellison with a gift box tied to the fly of his pants. It was supposed to be a joke about Oracle’s “cloud in a box,” strategy. Now it has turned out to be an embarrassment and EMC has removed it. Tags:#cloud#cloud computing#Data Centers Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … David Linthicum posted the video late last week. At the time, the video was making the rounds on various video communities. Now we can’t find a copy of of the video on any site, anywhere. The video is part of a series EMC is doing that features a Larry Ellison impersonator as the Exalogic machine and the supposedly cool guy from EMC as EMC Greenplum. The spots are obvious copies of Apple’s “I’m a Mac,” ad campaign. The only problem? These videos are hokey.In this video, EMC makes a joke of Oracle’s pipeline and how big it is. Yes, they also make a joke about artificial enhancement. Classy, huh? When he posted the article on InfoWorld, Linthicum had this to say about the video:Don’t get me wrong: I’m all for having technology company take innovative approaches to marketing, such as stealing premises from Apple and hiring actors that look like billionaire software executives and attaching props to their crotch. However, EMC cloud is missing the core message and, thus, any potential customers it is trying to reach. Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Linthicum states it best when he says both Oracle and EMC really want you to buy more software and hardware. That really is about the extent of it. He’s right. Both Oracle and EMC are trying to sell customers on the need to buy millions of dollars in new data center equipment. Is that cloud computing? We hardy think so.But they are not alone. It’s a trend we see emerging from Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft, too. The companies recently announced a new line of data warehouse appliances, designed for companies building private clouds. The $2 million appliances are intended to counter recent offerings from Oracle and IBM. How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud alex williamslast_img read more

Architects Talking About Air Barriers

first_imgWith cocktails in their hands, architects Chris Briley and Phil Kaplan discuss green building and design issues in a casual, pithy formatJoin the guys for a drink as Chris and Phil look at air barriers — one of “The Big Three” topics (along with insulation and windows) of green construction.Sit back, relax, and be “edutained” — while you work, drive, exercise or do whatever you do while you podcatch. This week, Chris and Phil discuss:Two ways to install an air barrier: on the outside, using the Huber Zip system; or on the inside, using the Airtight Drywall Approach.Why you might want to use both systems to build a house with both an interior and an exterior air barrier.How to “plan for failure” by providing a way for damp walls to dry out.How to install exterior foam insulation according to an Alaskan system called REMOTE (the Residential Exterior Membrane Outside Insulation Technique).To design your wall assembly, you not only need to “be the water drop” — you also need to “be the water vapor.”Why you should test your home for airtightness with a blower door.How to convert cfm50 to ach50 — and why.Why you should aim for no more than 1 ach50.Why these Maine architects prefer an HRV to an exhaust-only ventilation system. ½ oz. Amaretto½ oz. Cognac½ oz. Kahlua1 tbsp. heavy creamCinnamonCombine liquors ina cocktail glass. Float cream on top. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Chris Briley is the principal architect at the Green Design Studio in Yarmouth, Maine, where he practices “architecture for life.” He is a LEED accredited professional and specializes in energy efficient, environmentally friendly design, focusing mostly on residential architecture. His accomplishments include the first LEED Gold certified home in New England, helping to found the Maine Chapter of the USGBC, and most recently, receiving a LEED Platinum rating for a spec home in Portland.Phil Kaplan is an award-winning and oft-published architect whose Portland, Maine, firm, Kaplan Thompson Architects — with the motto “Beautiful, Sustainable, Attainable” — is committed to designing only vibrant, healthy, and low-energy buildings. He also serves as Professor at UMA’s School of Architecture. His firm’s recent accomplishments include the LEED for Homes Innovative Project Award for 2009 as well as three LEED Platinum homes.About the “Green Architects’ Lounge” seriesImagine going to a green building forum, putting on your name tag, sitting in a large class room, getting your fair dose of PowerPoint, and taking notes. This Podcast is nothing like that. This is like going to a cocktail lounge afterward with a couple of green architects who then talk about the forum you all just attended.Join Chris Briley and Phil Kaplan as they discuss green building topics while sharing cocktail recipes, music preferences, and their professional experiences. This podcast is for those seeking “edutainment” while they work, exercise, travel, or sketch the beginnings of their next great project.EDITOR’S NOTE:Because Green Building Advisor doesn’t like to publish information that we haven’t tested, my wife and I decided to field test Chris and Phil’s concoction. I was surprised at how easy it was to float the heavy cream over the liquor, and how much it did in fact look like a stout beer. My wife thinks the Simple Charm “is warm and dreamy. I could sip this all night.”—RWcenter_img Cocktail of the Week:Simple Charmlast_img read more


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first_imgHot on the heels of the recent NSW Junior State Cup almost 1500 junior Touch Footballers will converge on the Glasshouse Sports Club on the Sunshine Coast, for the 2005 Queensland Junior State Cup from July 1-3. The teams will travel from all around Queensland, with several new country entrants in 2005. The competition is the largest Junior Touch Football event in the State and will bring the future of Queensland and Australia’s elite teams to the Sunshine Coast. Competition will be in the Under 11’s, Under 13’s, Under 15’s and Under 17’s in both girls and boys divisions, with the Gold Coast always one of the strongest teams at the tournament. With several new country sides traveling to the tournament however, QTA organisers are hinting that there may just be the odd upset on the cards here and there throughout the tournament. Games begin around 1pm on Friday July 1 and will start at 8am on Saturday July 2 and Sunday July 3. Finals for the Under 11’s will be held on Saturday July 2 and on Sunday July 3 for all other age groups. ATA Tournament Director and IT guru Jon Pratt has refined the art of running our National Touch League and Under 18 Championships since 1997, as well as run several International events such as World Cups, Youth World Cups and International School events. He will be traveling to Queensland to help with the smarter web program, the computer software that builds ladders, draws, keeps statistics and can publish minute by minute info for all those interested in the results of the Queensland Junior State Cup. While at the event Jon will be helping to up skill and teach the Queensland Touch Association (QTA) staff about the program, how it works and how to use it to better service the Touch public during major events such as this. He will also be able to work with the affiliates at the event, providing information on the software that’s available for their weekly competition in their home regions. The event has already gathered interest from local media outlets, including newspapers and radio, with advertisements and stories being run regularly. ATA Media Manager Rachel Moyle, will be working with QTA staff in the lead up to the event, helping to promote the event further and push regular media releases and information to the Queensland media. With the event drawing such a large number of participants from all around Australia this is another chance for ATA and QTA to work together in promoting the sport further to the Queensland public and developing the resources we use in running Touch competitions and tournaments. It is fantastic to see such large numbers and interest in events such as the Queensland and also NSW Junior State Cup and promises much for the future of the sport in the states and at a national level.last_img read more

An ESPN Analyst Accidentally Tweeted A PornHub Link Instead Of His Article

first_imgAn ESPN sign hanging that's very oldESPN national recruiting analyst Gerry Hamilton may be in a bit of hot water after making an incredibly embarrassing mistake Wednesday afternoon. Hamilton, attempting to tweet out a link with video highlights of four-star linebacker recruit Roquan Smith, instead included a link to a PornHub video. He quickly deleted the post and replaced it with the correct link, but the damage was already done – numerous users screenshotted the transgression and began circulating it.Hey @Kmarkobarstool That link is NOT Roquan Smiths highlight tape FYI pic.twitter.com/cyJBEDyxmB— ElOsoBlanco (@BSElOsoBlanco) January 21, 2015The only saving grace? The link didn’t include any kind of clue as to what the video actually contained. Still, Hamilton is bound to hear about this from those higher up.last_img read more

Nissan exchair Ghosns lawyer appeals court bail rejection

first_imgTOKYO — Nissan’s former chairman Carlos Ghosn’s lawyers have appealed the rejection by a Tokyo court earlier this week of their request for his release on bail.Thursday’s appeal comes two days after the Tokyo District Court turned down a bail request by Ghosn’s lawyer, prolonging his detention.Ghosn, 64, was arrested on Nov. 19 and has been charged with falsifying financial reports by allegedly underreporting his income, and with breach of trust.Ghosn has led Nissan for two decades. He asserted his innocence in court last week, his first public appearance since the arrest.Media reports said France’s economy minister has asked Nissan’s alliance partner Renault SA to choose a successor to Ghosn. So far they only have named an acting chairman. Nissan dismissed him as chairman after his arrest.The Associated Presslast_img read more