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first_imgAmateur boxing show cancelled Tropical Storm Erika, which struck the Eastern Caribbean on Thursday, has caused the cancellation of the international boxing show between Jamaica and the British Virgin Islands that was scheduled for tonight at the Olympia Crown Hotel. Two of the six-man team of boxers from the Virgin Islands arrived on Wednesday, and the other four were scheduled to come in yesterday. Because of the storm, all flights were cancelled, so the remaining boxers were unable to get to Jamaica. The Boxing Board, under whose auspices the show was being held, told The Gleaner yesterday that arrangements will be made to hold the show later in the year. Yaya Toure opts out ABIDJAN (AP): Yaya Toure asked not to be included in CÙte d’Ivoire’s squad for its first 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifier, and coach Michel Dussuyer says the midfielder is in a “period of reflection” over his international career. Dussuyer met with Toure in London recently over his future with the national team and said in comments published by the Ivorian federation “I hope he will continue his adventure” with national team. “I told him that I was counting on him. He is a great player and is the captain of the team,” Dussuyer said. Now 32, Toure led CÙte d’Ivoire to their first continental title in 25 years in February, his first international trophy. He said in March he was considering whether to continue his international career. CÙte d’Ivoire open their qualifying campaign for 2017 against Sierra Leone next weekend. Robben now Netherlands captain THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP): Arjen Robben replaced striker Robin van Persie as captain of the Netherlands yesterday in Danny Blind’s first squad since taking over from Guus Hiddink as national coach. Blind said he needs a captain with more on-field presence as his team heads into two crucial European Championship qualifiers against Group A leader Iceland and Turkey. “It’s a great honour that the coach asked me to captain Oranje,” Robben said in a written statement. Robben was the undisputed star of the Dutch team that reached the semi-finals of last year’s World Cup in Brazil, but the Bayern Munich winger has struggled with injuries for much of the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign. Van Persie, the Netherlands’ all-time top scorer with 49 goals in 98 internationals, said he respected Blind’s decision and accepted the role of vice-captain. Spain coach calls up David de Gea MADRID (AP): Spain coach Vicente del Bosque yesterday included goalkeeper David de Gea, Diego Costa, and Juan Mata in his squad to take on Slovakia and Macedonia in qualifying matches for next year’s European Championship. Del Bosque called up De Gea, even though he has not played for Manchester United so far this season amid speculation over a possible move to Real Madrid. Former Madrid keeper Iker Casillas is also included in the squad. “It’s true he hasn’t been in official competitions, which is a requirement, but we are in the early part of the season,” Del Bosque said of De Gea’s inclusion, explaining that the player has trained and is ready to play. Del Bosque said he expected De Gea’s club situation was only “temporary” and would be resolved by September 1, when the transfer window will have closed. “He is a goalkeeper that, like Casillas, we think will defend Spain’s goal for many years.”last_img read more

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Police issue plan to ease Christmas Eve traffic congestion

first_imgThe Guyana Police Force has outlined strategic routes for high-traffic areas today, as many motorists will be using the roadways for their Christmas Eve activities.On Monday, it was announced that in Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), vehicular traffic proceeding south from the Parika Stelling would proceed east into the Parika Old Road.Vehicular traffic last week at West DemeraraFor Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica), there will be no entry to east-bound traffic on Robb Street, between Alexander and Light Streets. At Bourda, there will also be no entry of vehicular traffic between Regent Street and North Road.Meanwhile on Regent Street, Georgetown, no entry will be permitted to east-bound traffic between Avenue of the Republic and Albert Street between 15:00h and 23:00h.In Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice), vehicles proceeding east will be diverted north into Bennett Dam, Rosignol and Burnham Avenue will be closed to southbound traffic.Over in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), there will be a road closure at Main Street, New Amsterdam between St Ann and John Streets. Vehicles proceeding east will be diverted north or south into Rose Hall Access Road and vehicles proceeding west will be diverted north or south into JC Chandisingh School Street.Adding to that, Independence Road has been closed for vehicular traffic proceeding north. Vehicles proceeding south will be diverted west into Bank Road, Corriverton. Those proceeding north will be diverted into Number 79 Access Road.This traffic control mechanism comes just a few days after residents of West Demerara requested better traffic management, owing to the build-up of vehicles for hours. The Christmas season has resulted in many traffic jams along the West Demerara Public Road, with lines extending hundreds of metres.Last Thursday, several motorists and taxi operators had called for better traffic management, especially at the Harbour Bridge and Vreed-en-Hoop junction in the early hours of the day.In the morning, one driver told Guyana Times, he would spend 35 minutes travelling from Goed Fortuin to the junction – a journey that in normal circumstances would take just over 10 minutes. This is owing to motorists boycotting the lines to use the sidewalk, coupled with an increase in holiday shoppers crowding the streets.Police Commissioner Leslie James recently spoke about traffic and carnage on the roadways, stating that motorists must develop better attitudes. He said that road users need to change their attitude, for there to be a significant reduction in minor, serious and fatal accidents.last_img read more

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Yahoo! Files for Patent on Geo-Located, Social, Augmented Reality (Update)

first_imgThe Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#Augmented Reality#mobile#web Related Posts You’re walking down the street. Your phone buzzes, a map or a screen overlay pops up and you’re shown a note left in that location by one of your friends – along with an ad for your favorite pizza. Walk into the pizza place and your phone buzzes again – your friends have something to say about the guy behind the counter. That might have sounded far-fetched a few years ago, but it doesn’t so much anymore, does it?18 months ago Yahoo! filed a sophisticated patent on VIRTUAL NOTES IN A REALITY OVERLAY and that patent was published last week. Check out the patent sketches below.The technology envisioned by the team of senior researchers who filed the application is reminiscent of now-available apps like Loopt, BlockChalk, Junaio and others. The whole vision of location, social and advertising features put together, however, may be quite unique. The patent also goes beyond location to include notes tied to mobile objects like cars and people. Update: This report at first mistakenly claimed that the patent in question had been granted. In fact it has merely been filed and published. The US Patent Office customarily publishes patents 18 months after they have been filed, then evaluates them as soon as it is able to afterwords. (Usually not very soon.) Given the pace of web technology these days, that process sounds absurd, but I apologize for reporting on it incorrectly anyway. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Yahoo’s patent was filed in July of 2008, published after the customary 18 months last Thursday and first blogged about by upstart tech news site GoRumors this morning. The same team of inventors had another related patent application published at the end of last year on an augmented reality device that would discover audio, video and other information that’s pertinent to a user’s physical surroundings and display that information on a screen overlay.The technology described in this latest patent isn’t just location-based social networking, or Augmented Reality “air tagging” – it includes social graph analysis, permissioning, expiration dates, contextual advertising and more. It’s not just text notes, it includes methods of augmented reality with photos, videos and more. While the most popular mobile augmented reality apps on the market today focus on text on top of locations – there’s no reason why reality can’t be augmented in other ways as well.There’s no indication that the technology exists yet outside of the patent application and sketches below, but if Yahoo! could put together such an integrated vision of location-based features then it would have a very interesting service on its hands.This vision puts emphasis on limited visibility of public notes based on the social connections of people doing the reading and writing, on the use of the tool for communication between people more than for public graffiti, on notes tied to entities and not just to places and on advertising based on a reader’s past expressed interests. That sounds like the kind of thing Facebook might do with its inevitably forthcoming location services. Will anything come of this patent? It’s hard to say, since it’s Yahoo, where genius flowers but then too often gets left out in the cold to die. Just two months before this innovative patent was filed, were were heralding Yahoo’s brand new Location Database API as a would-be fountain of location-aware apps. Almost two years later, though geo is hotter than ever, it seems that nothing much has come of that effort. (Please, correct me if I’m wrong about that.) Six months ago we ran an article titled Yahoo! Launches Major Challenge to Facebook Connect. That doesn’t seem like such a hot topic anymore, either. We asked Yahoo! for comment this morning about this latest patent and haven’t been put in touch with anyone yet.None the less, these are some very interesting ideas. Someone is sure to build something like this very soon. Maybe it will be Yahoo.Watch this space for ReadWriteWeb’s next public event and future research reports on Augmented Reality and geolocation. marshall kirkpatricklast_img read more

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Going Public Could Restart Twitter’s Growth

first_imgOne of Twitter’s challenges, revealed in today’s IPO filing, is its stalling growth: At 215 million users, the social network for broadcasting short bursts of information is still signing up new users, but nowhere near as torridly as it did in 2012.One of the smartest things it can do to boost those numbers could be going public.The LinkedIn EffectBesides swelling its coffers—according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Twitter is seeking to raise $1 billion—and making investors and employees wealthy, Twitter’s public offering will inevitably splash the service’s name across the headlines.If the IPO goes poorly, like Facebook’s, that could be a negative. But if the offering is well-received, like LinkedIn’s, the IPO could end up being a marketing event for the company. LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner often talks about the effect his company’s public offering had on the site. The net effect of being publicly traded, he points out, is that you’re taken more seriously by consumers, partners, and advertisers. LinkedIn has grown at a swift clip since its stock-market debut in May 2011, and now has more than 200 million members.While Twitter is well-known, it’s not well-used. Views of Twitter timelines, a measure of engagement with the service, actually stalled in the second quarter of this year in the United States. The buzz around an IPO could get people who previously tried the service and abandoned it to give it another shot—or get new users to sign up for it.Taking Twitter SeriouslyTwitter is no longer the joke of a business it was in its early days, with frequent site outages and turmoil in its top ranks. But its revenues—now about $500 million on an annual basis—are shadowed by the multiple billions of dollars a year that Facebook and Google, its larger rivals, pull in. It could afford to be taken more seriously, and trading as TWTR, with a valuation assigned by the stock market, not the hopes and dreams of venture capitalists, could give it more clout.It was inevitable that Twitter go public: It grew past the point where it was an easy acquisition for Google or Facebook years ago. But if Twitter’s executives play their cards right, the value it gets from being public could exceed the cash it raises from investors. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationcenter_img owen thomas Tags:#IPO#Jeff Weiner#LinkedIn#LinkedIn IPO#twitter#Twitter IPO A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

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Fourth militant killed in Uri

first_imgA fourth Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) militant was killed on Monday in an operation in Baramulla’s Uri, where a group of freshly infiltrated fidayeen (suicide squad) was trapped on Sunday. “The fourth militant was killed in the operation that was resumed on Monday morning,” said Director General of Police (DIG), J&K, S.P. Vaid.Three militants were killed in a fierce gunfight on Sunday as militants fanned out in a residential area. An Army spokesman said the operation continues as “more militants are suspected to be hiding in the area”. Uri is close to the Line of Control (LoC) and connects the Kashmir valley with Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK). Four residential houses also suffered damage during the gun battle.“The militants were trying to carry out a major attack at an Army camp,” Deputy Commander, Uri Brigade, Harpreet Singh said. “We plan to clear the entire sector.”AK-47 rifles, AK-47 magazines, hand grenades and other ammunition were recovered from the militants.last_img read more

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