September 19

Haiti striker Nazon signs for Wolves in `dream’ move

first_imgWOLVERHAMPTON, England, (CMC) – Talented Haiti striker Duckens Nazon has been snapped up by English Championship outfit Wolverhampton Wanderers until the end of the season, the Molineux club announced last Friday.The 22-year-old impressed during a training stint here in recent weeks and has been rewarded with a contract which has the option of an additional year.“Duckens is a player we have seen in the Copa America and also playing in France,” sporting director Kevin Thelwell said.“He has some interesting qualities. Strikers are hard to come by and when you find someone who has pace and power, and wants to develop and learn and grow, sometimes you take that opportunity and take a chance on itNow Duckens has signed an initial short term deal, he has to prove he is capable of playing in England and playing at this level and hopefully he will come through.”Nazon has impressed for Haiti at international level, scoring three goals in CONCACAF qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia and netting twice during the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.Most recently, he turned out for Kerala Blasters in the Indian Super League, scoring twice in 12 appearances.Nazon described signing with Wolves as a dream come true.“It is a very good feeling to sign for Wolverhampton Wanderers. It has always been my dream to play in England and to get this opportunity is truly rewarding for me and my family,” he said.“I vow to do my best for this club and ensure we push hard to get promotion to the English Premier League.”He added: “I’m very happy, it’s an amazing thing for me. I’ve played in India for three months and now I’ve come back to fulfil my dream of playing in England. Wolves is a very big club in this country. I’m so happy.“The atmosphere around the club is very good, all of the guys have been very welcoming towards me.“It has been easy for me to settle in so far, everyone has made me feel very comfortable. The training ground is great, there is everything that you’d need to perform well.”Nazon will not go straight into first team contention but will instead get his first opportunity with the club’s Under-23s.Wolves lie 16th in the Championship on 32 points – eight points above the drop zonelast_img read more

December 21

Penza: Five takeaways from the first four weeks of the high school football season

first_imgIf it feels like time is flying by, don’t worry, you’re not the only one.Following this weekend, all nine of the Humboldt-Del Norte League football teams will either be right at the midway point of their 2016 season or just about to get there. Week 5 is just a few days away, and with it comes just about every North Coast high school football team being on the brink of starting the league portion of their schedule if they haven’t already.There’s already been one Big 5 game, and another team, …last_img read more

December 20

Sharks forward opens up about his removal from lineup

first_imgSAN JOSE — Joonas Donskoi scored one of the most iconic goals in Sharks history during the 2016 Stanley Cup Final. Now, as the Sharks prepare to make another run at hockey’s coveted prize, Donskoi finds himself as the odd man out, waiting for another opportunity to crack the lineup.Sharks coach Pete DeBoer put Donskoi on alert last week that he was at risk of losing his spot once the team’s forward group returned to full health for the first time since it acquired Gus Nyquist in a trade …last_img read more

December 18

Twenty years of diplomatic relations between China and South Africa a major contributor to local economic and social transformation

first_imgTwenty years of diplomatic relations between China and South Africa a major contributor to local economic and social transformation. South Africa-China Economic and Trade Association (SACETA) on Thursday hosted Chinese and South African delegates for the official release of the 2018 Corporate Social Responsibility Report of Chinese-Funded Enterprises in South Africa.At the launch event, Chairman of the Association and General Manager of China Construction Bank Corporation, Zhang Jinguo shared that the report depicts the on-going cohesion between China and South Africa, which entails job creation, social responsibility, local manufacturing, and the preservation of wildlife and natural reserve protection.Publishing a report of this nature for the first time in South Africa is a massive achievement for the 130 Chinese-funded enterprises that contributes to economic development and livelihood in South African communities. The report highlights how much has been done and also sparks creativity for further bilateral trade and corporate social responsibility. “The report is a window. When you open the book, you open the window. It serves as a good model for SACETA members,” Jinguao said.Chinese Ambassador in South Africa, HE Lin Songtian, said that the 2018 Corporate Social Responsibility Report of Chinese-Funded Enterprises in South Africa is a showcase of how Chinese enterprises implement the common values of friendship and justice that exists between the two countries. China has been SA’s biggest trade partner for 9 years and bilateral trade for the first quarter of 2018 amounted to 33.2 billion USD.There are many factors that point to a mutually beneficial commitment. The Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) took place in Beijing this year, while South Africa hosted the 10th annual BRICS Summit. Furthermore, China’s top 5 financial institutions have branches in South Africa.Songtian believes that the two countries are in a season of embracing new historic opportunities, with special consideration of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s vision for South Africa to attract domestic and foreign investment. The Chinese sentiment maintains that this is indeed a win-win cooperation.Going forward, Dr Miriam Altman, Commissioner of National Planning Commission believes that the National Development Plan 2030 (NDP) relies heavily on the existing Africa-China relationship. “We need to seek more balanced trade, increase tourism prospects, and give fair attention to education and skills training, not forsaking deeper cooperation in innovation,” Altman concluded.last_img read more

December 17

Winner Winner Geocache Dinner! — Wheel of Fortune … Spins (GC282CQ) — Geocache of the Week

first_imgDifficulty/Terrain Rating:3.5/3.5Why this is the Geocache of the Week:Finding a geocache can be as simple as walking to a location and looking down. But after a while, it’s natural to want to change it up—even make it more difficult. With this geocache, you won’t have to solve a word puzzle to make the find, but you will have to spin the wheel. Around the edges of this spinning contraption, loosely based on the television game show “Wheel of Fortune”, are many containers—only one of which holds the logbook. Make the hike, give the wheel a spin and see if you’re lucky enough to find it on the first spin! What the geocache owner, dex4, has to say:“I found a large discarded wooden cable spool on the side of the road in Burlington Ontario. I brought it home and separated the 2 large round spools. I searched for small cans of paint the same colors as the Geocache symbols, drew out the Geocache symbol and painted it…I drilled about 25 holes and added film containers in the holes. One container contained the log sheets…It was a “hit” with geocachers. I had some comments that the wheel did not spin.In 2010 I painted the other spool and drilled holes for film containers and a hole in the center so it could spin. I had a location on Hyway 5 that had  abanded sign post. With the help of a ladder I managed to install the spool high on the sign post and make it SPIN. The caches require maintenance from time to time as the film container dry out and crack or fall out of their pre drilled holes.”What geocachers are saying:“this was the best cache I’ve found so far, quite the hike to the cache lol it was awesome!! TFTC!” – jessicaswr“Wow did we have fun with this one. This has been on the radar for a long time and today we did it. This one gets a favorite for sure” – three-amigoz“Dude, what a great, great cache! Very impressive. We had some fun with this one. A favourite for sure!” – thewhytesPhotos:Wheel! Of! Geocaching! Photo by geocacher Nonsuch30The wheel requires a little bit of a climb to get to. Photo by geocacher Mark0077Two brave geocachers making the find. Photo by geocacher SuperkatzeWhat is your geocaching lucky charm? Tell us and post photos in the comments. Give it a spin! Photo by geocacher Team GojuGeocache Name:Wheel of Fortune … Spins (GC282CQ) Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog.If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, just fill out this form. Thanks!Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedNano gets a new twist — Nano Invasion: A Tangled Mess (GC3YJ5Z) — Geocache of the WeekFebruary 5, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”Auburn Sea (GC3QGYZ) — Geocache of the WeekSeptember 3, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”Step inside my geocache. — Tschröuwe-Galari (GC3V52D) — Geocache of the WeekOctober 2, 2014In “Geocache of the Week”last_img read more

December 15

Small Business Owners Renew Pay-For-Play Allegations Against Yelp

first_imgRelated Posts Lim, and a dozen other small business owners interviewed by ReadWriteWeb, are all crying foul over the situaton, saying the good reviews were filtered only after they refused to buy or canceled advertising on Yelp.“We chose not to advertise with Yelp and since then, all our good reviews get filtered,” Lim said. “It’s predatory at its best and I am sure our business suffers for it.”Pay-For-Play Or Overzealous Algorithm?It’s not the first time Yelp has faced pay-for-play charges, and, as it has for other media inquiries on the issue, the company denied the allegations, saying the automated review filter keeps “content as useful and trustworthy as possible.” Darnell Holloway, Yelp’s manager of local business outreach, denied that Yelp’s filtering algorithm gives preferential treatment to advertisers or punishes non-advertisers.“Let me be perfectly clear: the review filter applies the same set of rules to everybody, and we do not have a pay-for-play system,” Holloway said. “We take a very serious stance when it comes to review quality on site.”Holloway said a small business owner will begin paying attention to their Yelp page after they are contacted by one of the company’s sales reps. Some may start soliciting reveiws from family and friends, which the filter weeds out, and that may be fueling the appearance that Yelp is punishing advertisers.“If those solicited reviews get picked up by the filter, the business owner may develop a correlation between the sales person’s call and the filtered reviews,” he said.Yelp claims it is trying to curtail the paid review sites that promises small businesses good reviews for a fee. It also says its filter protects small businesses from reviews left by competitors or disgruntled employees. Todd William, founder of Reputation Rhino, an online reputation management company, said he has one client with 19 published reviews and 365 additional reviews caught in the filter. Still, William takes Yelp’s claims at face value and thinks the problem is with the algorithm that filters messages.“While I am sure a ‘hard sell’ by certain Yelp representatives may suggest otherwise, the problem for Yelp is an inadequate and ineffective filter system,” William said. “The Yelp filter system favors active Yelp members comments and reviews. New Yelp members are almost always relegated to the filter to prevent fraud, but this unfortunately penalizes well-meaning customers who merely want to show their appreciation for a positive experience with a company and do not have the time or inclination to complete a profile, comment actively on others’ businesses, socialize with other Yelp members or otherwise engage the Yelp community.”Advertisers Get Some Preferential TreatmentBut the same small businesses Yelp says it is trying to protect from phony reviews aren’t so sure the company is being forthright in its explanations.Jon Katz, CEO of Katz Moving, said he has been hit by negative Yelp reviews since first refusing an offer to advertise on Yelp in 2008.“I was getting about three to four phone calls a day about advertising with them,” Katz said. “After about 45 days they started to ‘filter’ our reviews… And then all of a sudden we went from having eight 5-star and one 4-star reviews to having three, then two reviews stay on our page.”Katz said he has spent the past several years trying to work around negative reviews. During that time he has paid close attention to competitors that do pay to advertise on Yelp and has noticed that once a company advertises:Yelp filters more negative reviewsYelp mixes in older good reviews while pushing newer, low-rating reviews lower on the page.Yelp allows advertisers to choose whether they want their ad displayed on a non-advertising competitor’s Yelp page.Holloway denied Kat’s first two allegations, but did concede advertisers can purchase packages that remove competitors ads from their Yelp results as well as search placement ads that would allow their ad to be displayed on a competitor’s Website.The whole truth about exactly what’s happening here may never be entirely clear. But it’s a safe bet that concerns about these issues won’t go away as long as Yelp reviews have an effect on retailers’ bottom line.   8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#advertising#biz#Google Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Yelp, the leading website for online reviews of restaurants, hotels and other service-based businesses, has long denied ongoing allegations of pay-for-play. But small business owners continue to insist their good reviews are being held hostage until they agree to buy advertising.Go to the Yelp page for TraxNYC, a Manhattan jeweler, and you see the dreaded one star, based on just one review. An employee of the jeweler responded to the review and even said the company would consider issuing a refund.Still, that one-star review stings, and it means TraxNYC sinks to the bottom of search results when people search Yelp (or even Google, which gives added heft to Yelp pages) for jeweler recommendationsThe problem, according to Jen Lim of TraxNYC, is that single review is not the jeweler’s only review on Yelp. If you click on the barely noticeable “filtered reviews” button and then go through a reCAPTCHA protocol to prove “you’re not a robot,” you’ll see 10 additional reviews, nine of which rate the company five stars. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… dave copelandlast_img read more

October 24

Local and Overseas Companies Bid for Renewable Energy Project

first_imgA total of 28 proposals have been submitted to the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) for the development of projects aimed at generating up to 115 megawatts (MW) of energy from renewable sources.The submissions, from 20 local and overseas companies, were revealed during a public opening of bid documents on Monday, June 3, at the OUR’s New Kingston offices, minutes after the 3:00 p.m. closure of bids.The proposals included two for wind projects, one for biomass, and 25 for solar energy. Eight of the proposals were received from local companies.The 115 MW of renewable energy is expected to provide some 400,000 MW hours of electricity per year, which could potentially reduce Jamaica’s oil import expenditure by US$55 million.Project Manager at the OUR, Peter Johnson, said the high level of interest in the project is very encouraging.“We are hoping that these proposals will actually bear fruit and that we will get some good solutions out of them,” he stated.Mr. Johnson said as part of the National Energy Policy, the Government is seeking to increase the amount of electricity generated from renewable sources in Jamaica.“This is the first tranche of that and we’re very excited with what we have seen,” he said.The Project Manager said with the bids in hands, the OUR will now move towards the evaluation processes, which should be completed by August 5.“The evaluation will look at the best proposals in terms of the best reliability, the best price and will also look to see if one proposal or a combination of proposals will best fit the needs of the country,” he informed.The highest ranked applications will be notified on September 11.The OUR is looking to complete the negotiation of project agreements by June 18, 2014. The selected applicants are expected to post their performance security deposit by June 28, 2014, and begin construction in August 2014. The proposed commissioning date is August 2016.Proposals have been tendered from a mixture of local and overseas companies, including WRB Enterprises; Wirsol AG and Roc Energy Ltd.; Armorview Holdings Ltd.; the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ); Wigton Windfarm Limited; Deneb Ltd.; Blue Mountain Renewables; BNRG Renewables Jamaica Ltd.; Roraima Consulting Incorporated; and Optimal Energy.In its proposal, the PCJ submitted a 20.98 megawatt photovoltaic solar generating project at a cost of more than US$63.16 million, while Wigton Windfarm has submitted a proposal for a 24-megawatt wind energy power generation project, at a cost of US$45 million.Blue Mountain Renewables submitted a 34-megawatt wind power generation project for approximately US$77 million; overseas investor, Wirsol AG and Roc Energy Ltd. have tendered a proposal for a 78-megawatt solar park power generation project at a cost of some US$140 million; and New York-based entity, Roraima Consulting Incorporated, submitted a bid for a 24-megawatt solar power generating project, at a cost of approximately US$59 million.A request for proposals (RFP) was issued by the OUR in November 2012, when it invited interested entities to submit bids for the supply of up to 115MW of renewable energy electricity generation to the national grid on a Build Own and Operate (BOO) basis.Contact: Athaliah Reynolds-Bakerlast_img read more

October 14

Band members incensed over skyhigh salaries

first_imgAPTN National NewsBand members at Glooscap First Nation recently packed a community hall to confront their chief and council.Members demanded the gathering after details emerged that the band council was pulling in hundreds of thousands of dollars in salary.APTN National News reporter James Hopkin has the story.last_img

September 12

2018 Latin GRAMMY Special Awards Honors Yuri Chucho Valdés Dyango More

first_img Email Latin GRAMMY Special Awards Honors Yuri & Others 2018-latin-grammy-special-awards-honors-yuri-chucho-vald%C3%A9s-dyango-more NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Nov 14, 2018 – 4:44 pm Latin GRAMMY Special Awards Honors Yuri & Others Facebook 2018 Latin GRAMMY Special Awards Honors Yuri, Chucho Valdés, Dyango & More The celebratory evening honoring these nine people was filled with applause, gratitude and even a few tearful moments as the artists reflected on their achievements and what it took to get there. Latin Recording Academy President and CEO Gabriel Abaroa Jr. and singer Raquel Sofia hosted the event, which, as Abaroa highlighted when opening the event, the awards presented are not “extra GRAMMYs,” as they don’t honor an album or a song, but a career and legacy of an artist. A touching video showcased each artists’ achievements and milestones, and each award was given by a different presenter, who highlighted some of the honoree’s most notable career moments, with Recording Academy President and CEO Neil Portnow handing off the first award. The event was livestreamed on Facebook, with fans from around the world sharing in the excitement and celebrating each artist.”We are proud to pay tribute to this remarkable group of talented artists and music professionals with this year’s Lifetime Achievement and Trustees Awards,” Abaroa Jr. said in a statement. “Our 2018 class has made outstanding contributions benefitting Ibero-American music, providing innovation and a unique vision in favor of all music lovers.” Seven iconic Latin music artists were awarded with the Latin Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award, plus two industry veterans received the Trustees Award during the celebratory event last nightAna YglesiasGRAMMYs Nov 14, 2018 – 4:44 pm Las Vegas is the place to be this week for the 19th Latin GRAMMY Awards, taking place this Thursday. The Latin GRAMMY Week festivities officially kicked off Nov. 13 as the Latin Recording Academy honored influential Latin music artists Erasmo Carlos, Dyango, Andy Montañez, José María Napoleón, Chucho Valdés, Wilfrido Vargas and Yuri with their Lifetime Achievement Award as part of the Special Awards ceremony. Visionary label executives Horacio Malvicino and Tomás Muñoz received the Trustees Award. Both awards celebrate the honorees outstanding and lasting contributions to Latin music. News Twitter https://twitter.com/LatinGRAMMYs/status/1062543130036101120 The first to be honored was the great Cuban jazz musician Chucho Valdés, born to a musician father, who he released a touching duet album with, followed by Brazilian rocker Erasmo Carlos, whose music transcended genres, often with psychedelic influences. Next to be presented the award was Barcelona-born singer Dyango, aka “La Voz del Amor” (The Voice of Love), whose passionate ballads gained him a loyal following in Latin America, and Puerto Rican salsa legend Andy Montañez from Puerto Rico, a lead artist of the growing salsa romántica sound in the ’80s. The fifth award went to Mexican singer José María Napoleón, aka “El Poeta de la Canción” (The Song’s Poet), who got teary-eyed with gratitude as he said, quite poetically, “gracias por este tesoro gran precioso” (thank you for this beautiful treasure).The excitement and positivity stayed high throughout the evening, with each presenter having plenty to talk about for each monumental honoree. The second to last Lifetime Achievement Award recipient was Dominican merengue artist Wilfrido Vargas, a trumpet player and bandleader who led the genre forward for years, even mentoring the next generation of artists including Las Chicas de Can, the first all-female merengue group from the Dominican Republic.The final artist honored—which many Facebook viewers seemed to be waiting for the whole time—was Mexican genre-defying popstar and actress Yuri, aka “La Güera” (The Blonde), or as she’s often referred to, the “Global Pop Diva.” She shared how thankful she was to her many fans for making her 40 years of work worth it, although she knows she has plenty more work to do. As the presenter of her award said, “Su talento no tiene limites” (her talent has no limits).Horacio Malvicino, a label executive and jazz musician from Argentina, and Tomás Muñoz, a label executive from Spain who worked with the likes of Julio Iglesias, were both honored with the Trustees Award.As excitement mounts for Thursday’s presentation of this year’s Latin GRAMMYs, which recognize the finest artists and projects of the year, the Latin GRAMMYs Special Awards remind us where we come from, celebrating those artists and industry players who paved the road for so many of today’s stars.Thalía, Fonseca, Miguel Bosé & More To Join 2018 Latin GRAMMY Awards PresentersRead morelast_img read more

September 3

From Churchill to Mahathir Political second act

first_imgMahathir Mohamad reacts during a news conference following the general election in Petaling Jaya. ReutersWith his shock victory in Malaysia’s election, Mahathir Mohamad has pulled off a political second act that few expected, joining the select ranks of politicians who have revived their careers.The 92-year-old former strongman ruled Malaysia with an iron fist for more than two decades before stepping down, but returned to political life to challenge his own former party, snatching a surprise win in Wednesday’s poll.Here are some other political figures who have had second, and even third acts during their careers:Winston ChurchillWinston Churchill is revered for leading Britain from the verge of defeat to victory in World War II, but his political career was far from smooth sailing.Churchill was forced to resign from government in 1915 after the disastrous Gallipoli campaign, and his eventual return to the cabinet was contentious.Appointed prime minister in 1940, he won acclaim for his rousing leadership during the war, but suffered a shock defeat in the 1945 election and was forced into the opposition.In 1951, he won a second term as prime minister, but resigned several years later as his health deteriorated.The ups and downs of his career have been cited as inspiration by other politicians looking for their own turnarounds.Shinzo AbeShinzo Abe became Japan’s youngest-ever prime minister when he took office in 2006 at the age of 52.The son of a former foreign minister and grandson of a former prime minister, Abe seemed destined for political office.But he resigned after just a year, hit by scandals and political disappointment and debilitated by health issues.In 2012, he made a shock political comeback, returning to office on a pledge to revive Japan’s economy with his signature “Abenomics” programme.He has said he was encouraged to seek a path back to power by reading a biography of Churchill entitled: “Never Despair.”Silvio BerlusconiBillionaire Italian media mogul Silvio Berlusconi is perhaps the perennial political comeback kid, serving as prime minister three times, despite a string of scandals and legal woes.After a first two-year term, he returned to power in 2001 following a campaign in which he sent a book boasting of his achievements to 15 million Italian homes.He lost power in 2006, but returned to office two years later, only to see his premiership go down in flames over sex scandals and a financial crisis.A tax fraud conviction means he is now barred from office, but that didn’t stop him seeking to become a kingmaker by backing a protege in March elections.The gambit failed, with the ever-confident former cruise ship crooner attributing his party’s poor showing in large part to his absence from the ticket.Israel’s Benjamin NetanyahuA divisive figure at home and abroad, Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu has nonetheless proven a political master.He became Israel’s youngest prime minister when he first won office in 1996, but was ousted just three years later by the opposition Labour party.He returned to government as a minister with his right-wing party in 2002, eventually winning a second term as prime minister in 2009.He has since earned the nickname “King Bibi”, fighting off a series of challengers despite the notoriously fractious and treacherous nature of Israeli politics.Written off multiple times over corruption scandals and criticism for his brash and undiplomatic style, he is now Israel’s second longest-serving prime minister, and the only one ever to be re-elected three times in row.last_img read more