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Lampard ‘to be offered £1m a month to leave Chelsea’

first_imgFrank Lampard will be offered £1m a month after tax to leave Chelsea and move to China, according to The Sun.It is claimed Lampard is wanted by former Blues team-mate Didier Drogba’s club Shanghai Shenhua, as well as their Chinese Super League rivals Beijing Guoan.The midfielder’s contract expires next summer, meaning he will be free to talk to other clubs in January unless he agrees a new deal at Stamford Bridge.Lampard has repeatedly stated that he is keen to stay at Chelsea, while manager Roberto Di Matteo has said that he expects him to be offered a new contract.The Sun also say QPR chiefs will decide this week whether to replace manager Mark Hughes with Harry Redknapp.It is suggested that the club could opt to make the change during the international break.The Daily Express say Hughes has been given two months to turn things around or he will be sacked.It is claimed that there is major disquiet among senior club officials at Loftus Road, some of whom supposedly want Hughes out now.Chairman Tony Fernandes has pledged his support for the Welshman but is said to be planning to wield the axe if results have not improved by December.This page is regularly updated.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Time to ignite the 2010 World Cup – Celebrating 365 days to kick off

first_imgCall to all South Africans to fly the flag, wear a football shirt, blow your vuvuzela and sing out the National Anthem on 11th June 2009.Thursday 11th June 2009 at 16h00 marks one year to the kick-off of the FIFA 2010 Soccer World Cup – it’s time for ignition! In a symbolic demonstration of national unity and pride, Brand South Africa calls on all South Africans to wear a football jersey (preferably a Bafana Bafana one) or a yellow shirt, on the day and fly the South African flag. And at exactly 16h00, to blow a vuvuzela and sing the National Anthem.A five-minute count-down will begin at 15h55 on radio stations across the country, to cue all citizens, wherever they are, to sing Nkosi Sikelele Afrika at 16h00. The intention behind this nation-wide activation is for South Africa to celebrate one year to kick-off, and to serve as a point of ignition for the tournament. “It is also an act of national pride in, and support to our country as Africa’s first host of this prestigious tournament,” says Paul Bannister, International Marketing Council of South Africa’s Chief Executive.“With the Bulls Super 14 victory fresh in our minds, the IPL cricketing extravaganza successfully behind us, the British and Irish Lions clash in play and the Confederations Cup literally only hours away, South Africa’s sports buzz is infectious,” says Bannister.There is however a subtle but vital difference between being a good host and a great one. “The magic underpinning being great lies in our people, who are able to provide event viewers and visitors with the contagious, edge-of-your-seat buzz and a taste of the competitive spirit to come whilst making them feel truly “at home” in South Africa,” he says.It is up to us all to rally together, as South Africans. “We encourage every South African, whether you are in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Sydney, Toronto or London to join us as we mark an important milestone in our Nation’s history,” concludes Bannister. “This is an easy and fun way for us to let the world know that we are lighting the touch paper for the 2010 World Cup .” Be a part of South Africa’s World Cup revolution!1.       South Africa’s national anthem2.       South Africa 2010: find out more About the International Marketing of South Africa (Brand South Africa)The International Marketing Council of South Africa was established in August 2002 to help create a positive and compelling brand image for South Africa. At that time, the world was unsure about what to think of South Africa, with many different messages being sent out by various sources. This did very little to build the country’s brand and it was evident that to attract tourism and investment there was a need to co-ordinate marketing initiatives to make them more effective. This led to the creation of the IMC, whose main objective is the marketing of South Africa through the Brand South Africa campaign.  There are many benefits to having a consolidated brand image, with the most important being that a consistent Brand South Africa message creates strategic advantages in terms of trade and tourism for the country in an increasingly competitive marketplace.For further information:Margaret DingaloDirector: Stakeholder RelationsInternational Marketing Council of South AfricaTel: +27 11 483 0122Web: www.brandsouthafrica.comYolande De NysschenAccount DirectorMS&L Worldwide | South AfricaTel: +27 11 235 4300Web: www.mslworldwide.comlast_img read more

SA Agulhas on climate awareness voyage

first_img“The Southern Ocean is regarded as key in understanding the processes of climate change,” the department’s oceans and coasts deputy director-general, Monde Mayekiso, said at the start of the voyage in Cape Town. The new vessel will have enhanced technologies and capabilities to further understand the ocean environment and to bring that understanding to an increasing number of South Africans. The ship is sailing from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth and then on to Durban, before heading back to Cape Town. The voyage will highlight the various scientific activities undertaken by the Department of Environmental Affairs in Antarctica and the Southern Oceans, the opportunities and threats posed by the ocean to coastal communities, and the real and considerable impact of oceans on the climate. The three Sanap research bases include the ones on Marion Island, Gough Island, and the SA National Antarctic Expedition (SANAE) IV base station at Vesleskarvet nunatak, which is a rocky outcrop peeping out of a snowy surface. SA National Antarctic Programme The 17th Conferences of the Parties (COP 17) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change takes place in Durban from 28 November to 9 December. South Africa’s ice-strengthened polar research and supply vessel, the SA Agulhas, is on a symbolic 10-day voyage to raise climate awareness ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 17) starting in Durban later this month. Modern, fuel efficient replacement “South Africa has an advantage in that the Southern Ocean is on its doorstep, so to speak, and now we’ll have the ideal tool and platform to do cutting-edge research.” SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materialcenter_img 14 November 2011 This voyage will also highlight the last voyage of the SA Agulhas to Antarctica in December 2010 before it is replaced by a new vessel, the SA Agulhas II, being built in Finland at a cost of about R1.5-billion. The SA Agulhas has 138 people onboard, comprising 40 crew and 98 scientific and other staff. She is used to service the three South African National Antarctic Programme (Sanap) research bases in the Southern Ocean and Antarctica as well as various research voyages. She spends most of her time out of harbour. With a mix of scientists, academics, students and journalists on board, the vessel set sail from Cape Town on Saturday to raise awareness around climate change in the country’s coastal cities. The SA Agulhas also provided the capacity for South Africa to commit to and honour international agreements, including deploying drifting weather buoys that significantly increased the country’s weather predicting capability, and servicing automatic weather stations on remote islands like Southern Thule and Zawadovski. “By the time COP 17 draws to a close, the SA Agulhas will be on her last voyage to the Antarctic,” Mayekiso said. “South Africa has been involved in Antarctica, the Southern Ocean and on the sub-Antarctic islands, Marion and Gough, for more than 50 years, doing research. “For 33 of those 50-plus years, the SA Agulhas has been the means to get to the remote stations and providing the platform to do oceanographic research and meteorology observations from. “She served us very well – transporting supplies and fuel and carrying the relief overwintering teams to the islands and Antarctica.” In the build-up to the conference, the voyage will have on-board exhibitions, symposiums and lectures from climate change scientists showcasing the work the vessel has done in the area of climate research for the last three decades.last_img read more

South African politician receives Spanish knighthood

first_img28 July 2015South African politician Ebrahim Ebrahim has received the rank of knight commander, one of the highest honours given by the Spanish king to foreign citizens. The award is given to those deemed to have made an extraordinary contribution to politics, culture and society.Other recipients of the Order of Civil Merit this year include Indian fashion designer Ritu Beri and Fazle Hasan Abed, founder of BRAC, the world’s largest NGO. “His Majesty the King of Spain has given this honour to a highly deserving freedom fighter who sacrificed a lot for freedom, peace, justice and human rights,” The Presidency said yesterday.Ebrahim was a significant player in the anti-apartheid movement and was one of the few freedom fighters imprisoned on Robben Island twice. He is a former deputy minister of international relations, and was an important peace broker in conflict around the world. He is currently a parliamentary counsellor to the president.“We congratulate Mr Ebrahim for this rare honour which he has described correctly as an honour for all the people of South Africa who made history by putting the past behind them to build a new society together,” said the president’s statement. “The honour was not only for his contribution to the South African struggle, but for strengthening the diplomatic relationship between South Africa and Spain.”The knighthood was bestowed on Ebrahim in Pretoria on 25 July. “We are delighted that one line in your distinguished CV will now be associated with Spain’s recognition and appreciation,” Spanish ambassador Juan Sell told Ebrahim at the ceremony.Source: News24Wirelast_img read more

Consumer Electronics 2.0: MIT’s Henry Holtzman on The Internet of Things

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Internet of Things Concepts & IssuesI asked Henry Holtzman what other concepts are interesting him currently, as well as what issues are still to be overcome in the emerging Internet of Things. He talked about using sensors as an “additional sense,” by putting a tag reader on people. Not dissimilar to another Media Lab project we wrote about recently, a wearable internet system which aims to become a “sixth sense.” Holtzman said that possible uses for sensors on people include: finding objects (for example your keys), raising an alert (e.g. a safety warning), a memory assist device, being a bridge between what you do in the real world and what gets recorded on your social network (e.g. Facebook updating when you’re in certain locations; which we mentioned here). As for issues: while currently light and temperature sensors are popular, Holtzman thinks that we need to do better job with location. But this is where RFID comes in.One big issue that Holtzman is concerned about is identity. He told me that mobile phones that interact with objects using NFC (Near Field Communication) will need to work out how to federate around the same ID for a user. This is perhaps similar to the identity issues that the browser-based Web has.Privacy and security are two other important issues that Holtzman has been focusing on of late.It was great to speak with Henry Holtzman – someone with extensive experience, both theoretical and practical, in the Internet of Things. Let us know your own thoughts in the comments. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting richard macmanus A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img During my visit to MIT earlier this year I met up with Henry Holtzman, Chief Knowledge Officer of the MIT Media Lab. We discussed the Internet of Things, which Holtzman has been actively involved in since the 90s. Holtzman said that consumer apps for Web-connected objects are becoming more common; he refers to this as an emerging “ecology of devices.” There are many real world objects being connected to the Internet nowadays, he said, and they are beginning to act in concert. Read on to find out which Internet of Things products have most impressed Henry Holtzman lately, plus we explore some of his own projects.Editor’s note: This story is part of a series we call Redux, where we’ll re-publish some of our best posts of 2009. As we look back at the year – and ahead to what next year holds – we think these are the stories that deserve a second glance. It’s not just a best-of list, it’s also a collection of posts that examine the fundamental issues that continue to shape the Web. We hope you enjoy reading them again and we look forward to bringing you more Web products and trends analysis in 2010. Happy holidays from Team ReadWriteWeb!I started off by remarking that the Internet of Things is ramping up in 2009. Holtzman replied that it’s been many years in the making – for example he did a project back in 1997 involving putting RFID tags onto Pokemon figures. Indeed Holtzman created a commercial company in 1998 to output Internet of Things products. Consumer Electronics 2.0A Wired article from February 2000 outlines how Holtzman founded Presto Technologies in 1998, with fellow MIT Lab professors Andrew Lippman (see our recent post featuring Lippman) and Michael Hawley. The Presto network embedded RFID tags in objects. It was an early version of Internet of Things. The vision for Presto was to make it an e-commerce tool – “products become roving portals for the companies that make them,” according to the 2000 Wired article. While it was too early for that vision to transpire fully, Presto is still operating. One of its current products, PrestoPass, allows consumers to make purchases “by simply waving a card, key tag, or even a wristwatch.” Nowadays Holtzman refers to this trend as “consumer electronics 2.0.” He cites an MIT spin-off company, Ambient Devices, as one to watch in this area. One of their products is the Ambient Clock, which can hook up to your Google Calendar.Henry Holtzman’s Favorite 2009 ProductsAs we’ve been reporting here on ReadWriteWeb this year, there are plenty of Internet of Things products making their presence felt in 2009. I asked Holtzman which products from the current era have particularly impressed him? He replied that he really likes Violet, the company behind the Nabaztag (a cute robot rabbit that can deliver anything from ambient information, through lights and sounds, to verbal information). We reviewed Violet back in May. Tags:#Features#Internet of Things#NYT#Trends#web Touchatag (formally known as Tikitag) is another company to have impressed Holtzman. As we wrote in February, Touchatag allows you to program your own RFID tags so that they can do anything you want. Holtzman said that he’s been very impressed by the decisions the company has made, for example using adhesives. He also likes their ‘web 2.0 savvy’ – they host everything, but let the users create the content. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Louie Alas rues late ‘defensive breakdowns’ in first Phoenix loss

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants But the Fuel Masters faltered defensively when it mattered most.With the game tied at 92 with under two minutes left, Phoenix allowed a layup by Rain or Shine guard Rey Nambatac, an offensive rebound by Raymond Almazan that led to two free throws and an open jumper by Mark Borboran to clinch the game for the Painters, who took the top spot away from the Fuel Masters.But despite the loss, Alas said he is still pleased with Phoenix’s 5-1 record midway through the elimination round.“You have to be happy with that and at the same time improve. We have to be even tougher and not allow ourselves to lose two in a row.”ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostingcenter_img Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Sta. Lucia hopes to turn over new leaf with coach Babes Castillo in tow SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ “We weren’t able to sustain our job defensively in the last five minutes. We had three breakdowns on scrambled defense in the last few minutes,” Alas told reporters.The Fuel Masters emerged as early contenders in the Philippine Cup but Alas said his team still has some work to do if it really wants to be one of the elites in the PBA.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“If you want to reach the next level, you have to be able to make stops in the crucial moments,” he said.Phoenix made a string of stops in the fourth quarter that completed wiped out Rain or Shine’s 14-point lead in the third period. Rain or Shine center Raymond Almazan beats three Phoenix players for the loose ball. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoenix took its first defeat of the season on Sunday and head coach Louie Alas felt they lost the game on the defensive end of the floor.Alas said the Fuel Masters committed too many defensive lapses that allowed the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters escape with a 98-94 win in overtime in a game that featured the top two teams in the league.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Nurses Crucial In Transforming Health System – Dr. Ferguson

first_imgMinister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, says the role of nurses will be crucial as the Government seeks to transform health care delivery in Jamaica, to a more patient-centered system. As such, he said, “it is an important strategy to shore-up our human resource in the area of nursing and ensure that we have the skills necessary to serve the needs of our population in a continuously changing epidemiological landscape.” The Minister was addressing the annual scientific conference of the Jamaica Association of Nurse Anesthetists (JANA) held on November 10 at the Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort in Ocho Rios, St. Ann. According to Dr. Ferguson, the current outlook of the Ministry of Health is geared towards enhancing and refining primary health care and developing centres of excellence in secondary and tertiary health institutions. “Nurses will be central in defining and implementing this new paradigm,” he stated. He commended the country’s nurses, including anesthetists, noting that they play a critical role in preserving lives in the public health sector. “With the high quality of training and the excellence demonstrated by Jamaican nurses, my administration is sensitive to the need to do everything within our means to retain the nursing cadre, including specialist groups, such as yourselves,” the Minister assured. He informed that more nurses will be coming in from Cuba, but they will have specialist roles. “The nurses that are coming from Cuba are specialists in primary care.  In addition, we have gone through to have a better selection process now in terms of persons understanding English, which was a concern. They have the technical skills,” he stated. He noted also that six dental surgeons are on their way from Cuba to boost the dental cadre in the health system. Meanwhile, the Minister praised the administration of the St. Mary-based Annotto Bay Hospital, which he said, is exemplary. He informed that the hospital has twinned with other health institutions to benefit from best practices. “When you go there you see leadership at work and I have taken a decision to reward excellence (through a $52 million) expansion of the Accident and Emergency area, and other areas, to bring it to an excellent level,” Minister Ferguson said.last_img read more

StoltNielsen Collects USD 175 Mn from Bond Issue

first_imgzoom Oslo-listed shipowner Stolt-Nielsen has managed to collect up to USD 175 million from its latest senior unsecured bonds placement.Net proceeds from the bond issue are set to be used for the refinancing of outstanding bonds and general corporate purposes.The company completed the placement of senior unsecured bonds in the Nordic bond market in a new 5-year bond issue carrying a fixed coupon of 6.375%. Stolt-Nielesen informed that the placement was oversubscribed.The shipowner added that the settlement date for the bonds will be September 21, 2017 and the maturity date will be September 21, 2022.Additionally, an application will be made for listing the bonds on the Oslo Stock Exchange as soon as possible.Danske Bank, DNB Markets, Nordea and Swedbank acted as joint lead managers for the bond issue.last_img read more