Ghana’s ambassador to the Netherlands Dr. Tony Aidoo visited the Black Stars camp to inspire the players in their preparations towards the 2014 World Cup.The Black Stars have been preparing in the city of Arnhem since Sunday morning having completed a four-day training program in Accra.Dr. Tony Aidoo who has been in Holland for a month since his appointment witnessed the team’s training session on Monday after which he interacted with the coaches and players.“It is my pleasure to be here to see you train. My purpose here is to wish you well,” he said.“I have been here for four weeks and when I came, I met the King of Holland himself.“He told me that they are going to whip you but I promised him that things will be different. “I wish you luck and I hope that this time we will teach them a lesson.”Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah assured the Ghana envoy of his team’s determination to impress once more again at the World Cup in Brazil.“We appreciate the fact that you have spent your time watching us train. We want to assure you that we will do our best to make Ghana proud,” Appiah said.The Black Stars will continue with their preparations in Arnhem for a few days before moving to Rotterdam for the friendly match against the Netherlands on May 31st.
He acknowledges that Lolita looks healthy, but has been trying to repatriate Lolita to her home waters in the Pacific Northwest. To that end, Garrett reiterates his call for Lolita’s release from the Seaquarium.“It makes us angry, it makes us sad,” Garrett says after seeing images of Lolita in a small tank at the Seaquarium. “It just makes us want to bring her home.”Orca Network executive director Susan Berta explains that the group has been holding vigils to mark Lolita’s capture for decades.“Of course, this year is different,” she says, adding that the virtual event allowed more people to participate.Among those who appeared in the video were Native Americans from the Lummi nation. They hold orcas sacred and are calling for the the release and return of Tokitae to her home aters.However, the Seaquarium says Lolita is best cared for in their hands.In an email to The Seattle Times last week, curator emeritus Robert Rose said the care Lolita has received at the Seaquarium for five decades is a “testament to the excellent care she receives daily from our animal and veterinary care staff.”Rose said relocating Lolita to the Pacific Northwest could endanger her. He also advised the activists to concern themselves with the addressing the plight of the critically endangered Southern Residents. Orca activists in Washington State on Saturday held a three-hour Zoom gathering in order to mark the 50th anniversary of Miami Seaquarium killer whale Lolita’s capture.Lolita, who had been named Tokitae by Native Americans, was estimated to be four years old on Aug. 8, 1970, when her captors in planes and boats used explosives to round up her family pod in the shallow waters of Penn Cove in Puget Sound, northwest of Seattle.The orcas were encircled with nets, at which point the men used sticks to separate the youngest orcas from their mothers.Five of the orcas drowned in the process, while a total of six other young orcas, including Lolita, were taken.It is believed that during the 1960s and 1970s, roughly four dozen South Resident orcas were captured and sold to marine parks.Washington State outlawed the capture and trade of orcas in its waters in 1976.Lolita is the only captured Southern Resident orca that is still alive.“It’s momentous, it’s amazing that she is still there, still alive,” says Howard Garrett, co-founder of Orca Network.
The Warriors’ star-studded backcourt has NBA bloodlines. Now they’ve added a center with Hall of Fame pedigree.Golden State has signed Scottie Pippen’s nephew, Kavion Pippen, the team announced Monday without releasing terms of the agreement. Unlike his famous uncle, Kavion Pippen will have a much tougher road to make a regular season roster, particulary since he’s mostly an emergency addition for the Warriors.Pippen was signed to help the Warriors’ depleted frontcourt, where they’re …
Related Posts Tags:#e-commerce#social networks What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … antone gonsalves You know businesses are in trouble when they have to rally customers in a social media campaign to defend themselves against government regulators. While that strategy may generate lots of tweets, three San Francisco livery and ride-sharing businesses are about to find out just how much it will or won’t impress city bureaucrats.Last week, Lyft, SideCar and Uberwere each cited $20,000 by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) for running unlicensed taxi services. The services have 20 days to pay the fine or appeal.Making matters worse for Uber, two drivers for San Francisco-based Luxor Cab have filed a class-action lawsuit, claiming the high-end livery service is unfairly taking money from the pockets of traditional cabbies by not playing by the same rules. The IssuesThe companies – which all use smartphone apps to let customers arrange rides, argue they are not taxi services and thus don’t have to play by those rules. Uber works with limousine and taxicab drivers, while Lyft and SideCar matches regular motorists with would-be passengers. All three companies take a cut of what people pay drivers.To state regulators, if a business dispatches a motorist to pickup a passenger, then the company is a taxi service that has to be licensed and meet insurance requirements. Drivers need permits requiring clean driving records.“This is a matter of public safety,” Jack Hagan, director of the CPUC’s Consumer Protection and Safety Division, said in a statement. “If something happens to a passenger while in transport with Lyft, SideCar or Uber, it is the responsibility of the CPUC to have done everything in its power to ensure that the company was operating safely and according to state law.”Faced with fines and an order to stop operations, Lyft and SideCar have sent emails pleading with users to call or email the CPUC and governor’s office to voice support. Lyft is asking fans to sign an online petition in support of “peer-to-peer ridesharing,” while SideCar is asking users to show their support on Facebook and Twitter.“The economic, environmental and community benefits that services like Lyft bring to local communities are worth fighting for – and now more than ever before we need to stand together,” John Zimmer and Logan Green, cofounders of Lyft parent company Zimride, said in the email.True enough, as San Franciscans love to complain about the high prices and poor availability of local cab companies. But the new service’s attempts to skirt the rules are pretty transparent.Lyft and SideCar, for example, claim rider payments are voluntary “donations,” so they’re not technically in the taxi or livery business. But both companies work hard to share “suggested” donation amounts, and with social-rating systems, riders who don’t pay up are unlikely to get rides. Those explanations, nor tweets, emails and phone calls from riders – don’t seem impress the CPUC or the Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Association that represents taxi drivers in San Francisco. “Why should someone who refuses to play by the rules be able to take business away from someone who does?” asked Alfred LaGasse, chief executive of the TLPA, in a statement in support of the suit against Uber.To taxi drivers trying to make a living, competing against each other was tough enough, but going up against unregulated rivals has made things much worse. “It’s cab anarchy,” a Yellow Cab driver told me.The Rubber Meets The Road In San FranciscoSan Francisco is not the first city to deal with tech-driven disruption in the cab industry. Uber was forced to end a test in New York City after resistance from city regulators. The company is also facing similar problems in Chicago and elsewhere.But San Francisco is ground zero for startups trying to use technology to remake markets that have failed to modernize. Taxicab companies could have built their own smartphone apps. But seeing that they didn’t even install rear-seat credit card readers until it was required by the city this year, they are more likely to whine to regulators about protecting their monopoly until forced to do otherwise.The city has yet to rule on ride-sharing services. The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is still investigating, and taxicab companies are lobbying hard for the status quo. Problems With Lyft, SideCarNevertheless, the taxi industry’s competitors are far from perfect.Uber is often credited with being reliable and pleasant, but punishingly expensive for regular folks (Hollywood stars and Silicon Valley moguls love it). And by skimming the most profitable customers, the argument goes, Uber makes it harder for regular taxis to make a living.Lyft and SideCar are still immature companies and the experiences can be much more variable. After signing up for Lyft two weeks ago, I’ve yet to be allowed to use the service because of a shortage of drivers. If I agreed to be a driver, apparently, then I could get started immediately.With SideCar, rides are not always easy to come by. The two times I tried to use the service, I actually found it faster to jump on the bus rather than wait for a ride.Safety First?And then there are the safety concerns. Strangers sent by a for-profit company are picking up passengers who trust the service to make sure they’re protected. That means a car that meets minimum standards, a driver with a clean driving record, and adequate insurance coverage.Lyft and SideCar say they have their own car-inspection and driver-screening processes that includes background checks and making sure drivers have valid licenses. Lyft also says its has $1 million per incident in supplemental liability insurance. But mostly the services rely on their ratings systems to weed out bad drivers.But none of that has been approved by a government agency, while taxis have to meet specific requirements and submit to government verification. Inevitably, one of these cars will get involved in a serious accident. What happens then? Who is liable if a rider is killed or maimed? The taxi industry is regulated to address just these sorts of issues.Just because Lyft, SideCar and Uber use smartphone apps to call cars they don’t happen to own does not give them a free pass from ensuring user safety and competing fairly. And no matter how bad traditional taxi service may be, or how many users tweet in support of app-driven alternatives, that should not change.Lead image courtesy of Shutterstock. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology
Story Highlights Governor of the Bank of Jamaica, Brian Wynter, says that while challenges remain, the business climate in Jamaica is conducive to attracting increased private sector investment.“We need all our entrepreneurs to see it, understand it, and believe it. We need for them to believe it will last and to also have the faith to start investing or to invest even more,” Mr. Wynter said.He was addressing journalists and members of the business community during a media briefing held at the Hilton Rose Hall Hotel, Montego Bay, on May 19.He also encouraged the private sector, notably those engaged in tourism, exports and competitive import substitution, to “create more jobs and more sustainable growth.”Mr. Wynter said he fully expects the Montego Bay business community to grasp and appreciate the moment, considering that the city, once the poorest part of the island, was built on faith.He cited successful risk takers such as Jamaican hotelier, Gordon “Butch” Stewart and Entrepreneur, Tony Hart, who was responsible for starting the Montego Freeport industrial hub in 1967.“When American Oscar Hammerstein wrote the famous words…for the iconic musical, the Sound of Music in 1959, he was staying at his Jamaican property Highland House, right here in Montego Bay. Now, in 2017, the hills are reverberating with the rhythms of economic possibilities, because Jamaica is no longer a long shot; it is now the smart money,” Mr. Wynter stated.In the 2016 Doing Business Report of the World Bank, Jamaica was named among the 10 most improved economies for doing business in the world.The country’s ranking moved from 71st to 64th in the world, placing Jamaica as first in the Caribbean in respect of the ease of doing business, and sixth in Latin America and the Caribbean. He cited successful risk takers such as Jamaican hotelier, Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart and Entrepreneur, Tony Hart, who was responsible for starting the Montego Freeport industrial hub in 1967. Governor of the Bank of Jamaica Brian Wynter, says that while challenges remain, the business climate in Jamaica is conducive to attracting increased private sector investment. “We need all our entrepreneurs to see it, understand it, and believe it. We need for them to believe it will last and to also have the faith to start investing or to invest even more,” Mr. Wynter said.
NASAA well-defined Hexagon structure spotted on Mars is now the hottest debating point among space experts and alien enthusiasts. The structure was initially spotted by a YouTube user named Jean Warde from one of the many images taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The video uploaded by Warde soon became viral, and it caught the attention of prominent alien hunter Scott C Waring who operates from Taiwan.After analysing the mysterious image, Waring claimed that this structure could be actually a building built by an advanced alien civilisation that lived in the past. The self-proclaimed alien researcher also suggested that the structure is half a kilometre across in size.”There is no way that such a large structure could be found in nature like this. It is huge, about half a km across. This is an amazing discovery and is proof that aliens did once live on Mars and the structures they left behind are still intact. A potential base for humanity in the future,” wrote Waring on his website ET Data Base.This is not the first time that Scott C Waring has made astonishing discoveries on the Red Planet. A few months back, the Taiwanese alien researcher had spotted a tomb-like structure on Mars from an image taken by NASA. After spotting the tomb, Waring claimed that the structure is approximately two meters long, and it also has some carvings on its surface.Before the tomb discovery, Waring also discovered fossil-like structure on Mars, and after the finding, he urged United States president Donald Trump to make him the head of NASA. Waring also added that he will disclose all the secrets about alien life once he gets an opportunity to work as the head of the United States space agency.However, sceptics have always dismissed the claims made by Waring. As per sceptics, it is the peculiar capability of the human brain called ‘pareidolia’ which creates this visual trickery. Pareidolia is the capability of the brain to form recognizable images on unknown patterns.As per space experts, structures like these used to form in Mars due to natural wind erosion, and there is no alien connection behind them.
As part of the AFRO’s 125th anniversary celebrations and Morgan State University 150th celebration, there will be a journalism symposium on how the AFRO has covered presidents throughout history from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 8 at the School of Global Journalism and Communication’s Ruth T. Sheffey Auditorium Communication Center at Morgan State University. Dr. Frances “Toni” Draper, AFRO board member, will moderate a panel made up of Dr. Jason Johnson, Lauren Victoria Burke and Tony Harris. John Jake Oliver, publisher and CEO of the AFRO, will also offer his perspective. This is a free event and all are welcome. Call 443-885-3330 for more information.
This story originally appeared on PCMag 2 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. April 18, 2017 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Music festivals are all about good times, but there’s one thing that can instantly kill your vibe: having your smartphone stolen.A bunch of Coachella-goers found themselves in this less-than-ideal scenario over the weekend, but instead of pouting about not being able to Snapchat or text their friends, they got smart. According to a report from the Los Angeles Times, the tech-savvy music lovers fired up the Find My iPhone app and chased the alleged thief — Reinaldo De Jesus Henao, 36, of New York — around the Indio, Calif., venue until security workers could nab him. “Enough people pinpointed it to this person, they notified security, they looked around, they saw a person with a backpack, they detained him and then they called us,” Indio Police Department public information officer Sergeant Dan Marshall told LAist. “When we got there, we discovered these hundred-plus cellphones in his backpack.”Henao was arrested on suspicion of grand theft and possession of stolen property. Around 20 of the stolen phones were returned to their rightful owners; the rest were left at lost and found.The incident is a good reminder of how helpful Find My iPhone can be; if you use an Apple smartphone, it would be wise to take a second and make sure it’s set up on your device.Over the years, Find My iPhone has gotten lots of people out of bad situations. In 2014, a California woman who drove her car into a 500-foot ravine was rescued after her family and one clever police officer were able to determine her location via Find My iPhone. Register Now »