Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube The snap, which was originally published by TMZ Sports, featured the five-time NBA champion sporting a noticeably “beefier” physique than fans are accustomed to.“Objects on camera may appear larger than they do in the mirror,” Bryant captioned the unflattering post, which he deleted soon after.The Laker legend also hinted at going on a diet, as he wrote: “Gimme 30 days,” adding the hashtags: #challengeaccepted #mambathick and #mambabeast.Netizens also managed to capture Bryant’s photo before it was deleted and began using the #mambathick hashtag.Screen Grab from TwitterIn true Kobe-esque fashion, he responded with a follow-up post, hinting on a possible social media black-out. /raADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ MOST READ Such was the case on Tuesday, (Wednesday in Manila) when the “Black Mamba” posted a shirtless photo of himself on his personal Instagram account. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ View comments Aside from his unearthly talent on the basketball court, retired Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is perhaps best known for his relentless work ethic, staying in tip-top shape for most of his 20-year NBA career.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Over a year removed from professional basketball, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the 38-year-old father of three gain some post-retirement weight.ADVERTISEMENT Wrecking Balls get last PVL men’s semis berth
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has said there is “no chance” of him selling midfielder Niko Kranjcar to QPR.Rangers have enjoyed a good relationship with Spurs and have spent previous transfer windows waiting to discover which players Redknapp is willing to part with.But he says he is not looking to offload Kranjcar, who also played under him at Portsmouth.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Twitter
The Sun say Chelsea and Arsenal are interested in midfielder Steven Nzonzi, who has apparently failed to turn up for Blackburn’s pre-season training camp in Austria.It is claimed that Rovers could be willing to sell the 23-year-old for the right price.The Daily Telegraph report that the Blues appear to have beaten rivals Tottenham to the signing of Oscar from Internacional, while the Daily Mail say Chelsea have clinched a deal for the highly-rated Brazilian midfielder.The Mail suggest Oscar’s arrival will put Juan Mata’s first-team place under threat.Meanwhile, Liverpool are to bid £7.5m for Clint Dempsey and want to complete his signing from Fulham before leaving for a pre-season trip to the United States next week, according to the Daily Mirror.It is suggested that the deal could be done as early as Wednesday and that Fulham are open to the idea of a player exchange.This page is regularly updated. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants are 17-23 and already 8.5 games out in the National League West, but they’re shaping up to be one of the most interesting clubs to follow this summer.New president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi is motivated to build a winner sooner rather than later, and the July 31 trade deadline represents a significant day for the organization. The Giants have a handful of assets at the major league level who can provide much-needed help for playoff contenders, so Zaidi will …
29 April 2013 South Africans should be proud of their country’s achievements in founding a new society based on human rights, equality justice, dignity, peace and stability, President Jacob Zuma said in his Freedom Day address in Pretoria on Saturday. Addressing a large crowd gathered on the lawns of the Union Buildings, Zuma also challenged South Africans to take pride in the country’s achievements since the advent of democracy in 1994. “We achieved the elimination of apartheid colonialism and institutionalized racism and replaced it with a new society founded on human rights, equality, justice, dignity, peace and stability,’ Zuma siad. “Together, we affirmed the assertion of our wise and forward looking forebears, who stated in the Freedom Charter that South Africa belongs to all who live in it, and that no government can justly claim authority unless it was based on the will of all the people.” The President called on South African society to join the government in its economic transformation and the implementation of programmes to fight poverty and inequality and to alleviate unemployment. Zuma conceded that the gap between white and black households, for obvious historical reasons, remained wide, as revealed by Census 2011, with white households earning up to six times more than black households. “The transformation of ownership and management of the economy continues,” he said. “It is encouraging that over R600-billion of black economic empowerment transactions have been recorded since 1995. Another success story is that the number of black people and women in senior management has increased from less than 10% in the 1990s to over 40% today.” Zuma said the government’s housing programme had built over three-million units since 1994. The percentage of households with access to potable water had increased from 60% to over 90%, while access to electricity had increased from 50% of households to approximately 80%. Zuma said that while income inequality remained high, the expansion of social grants from 2.7-million people in 1994 to 16-million currently had contributed to a significant reduction in the proportion of households living in poverty. At the same time, the further extension of basic services required the public service to be more efficient, effective and caring in order to make people’s experience of government a pleasant one, Zuma said. “There are many achievements on the economic front as well. The South African economy has expanded by 83% over the past 19 years. The national income per capita has increased from R27 500 in 1993 to R38 500 in 2012, which is an increase of 40%. Disposable income per capita of households has increased by 43%. Total employment has increased by more than 3.5-million since 1994.” Zuma spoke in detail about equality and gender parity, saying this would ensure that freedom was felt by everyone across society. He spoke of healing and resilience as he acknowledged that the country had a long way to go in eliminating the triple manifestations of the apartheid legacy – poverty, inequality and unemployment. “[We] reaffirm our belief that political freedom must be accompanied by economic freedom as the next phase of liberation. The economic wealth of the country must bring about fundamental social change in the lives of all, especially the youth, the poor and the working class.” Source: SAnews.gov.za
Yesterday we explored an emerging trend called “Cross Reality”, one term for when sensor networks meet online virtual worlds.As this trend becomes more common over the next few years (and it will, as both Web-connected sensors and virtual reality ramp up), what are the implications on how people use the Web? How will it change our interactions in both real and virtual life? In this post we’ll explore some of these issues and offer some ideas: for example a bookstore that offers you personalized, contextual information on your mobile phone, in real time and with virtual reality.During my meeting at MIT with Joseph Paradiso, Associate Professor and Director of the Responsive Environments Group at MIT Media Laboratory, we discussed how connecting environmental sensors to the Web and virtual worlds will change the way people interact with each other and their environments. Essentially it will enable people to expose as much of their life online as they want – leading to an era of “ubiquitous media.” There are privacy implications for this, which we’ll discuss below. But let’s first look at the benefits.Better and More Personalized InformationThe more data that is exposed online about a person, the more personalized their media experience will be. This appears to be the most compelling argument for allowing your movements and interactions in the real world to be recorded and uploaded to the cloud. As long as there are privacy controls in place that allow people to opt out at any time (even for just a short period of time, e.g. if they’re having a private conversation with a friend), then the pay-off of a much more personalized and contextual media experience seems worthwhile. Wait, What About My Privacy?!All of the above potential benefits (which just scratch the surface of what’s possible) sound marvelous, but of course we haven’t yet touched on the not insignificant privacy implications of living in a world enhanced by sensor data and virtual worlds.This issue was discussed in the academic paper which we summarized in yesterday’s post. The paper asked what happens when “potentially invasive media capture becomes an intrinsic property of devices scattered all over our environments?” To try and solve this issue, MIT is experimenting with a small badge that people can wear to “passively manage dynamic privacy” in environments where potentially sensitive information is streamed across real and virtual worlds. Such a device might be embedded in your mobile phone, or on your body somehow, in the near future. It’s early days, so don’t panic just yet about brain implants. But here is how MIT describes the current solution:“We have elected to address this [privacy issue] with badge systems, which periodically beacon a unique ID, to wirelessly mediate privacy (a prototype privacy badge is shown in Figure 7). Using received signal strength and/or the localization engine, the Portals know which badges are potentially within sensor capture range, and can passively and dynamically control data access according to the badge users’ preferences. When the red “NO” button is pressed, however, an immediate opt-out signal is transmit to block any sensors in range – an important option if a sensitive conversation is initiated. The current protocol answers to the most restrictive privacy setting that is received. If we have any indication that the wireless network is being jammed or spoofed, the portals will revert to a conservative privacy level.” ConclusionClearly much work needs to be done to enable people to effectively – and easily – control personal data from sensors. The benefits described above are compelling, but equally we want to ensure that our personal data is under our control and not being monitored by governments or corporations.Now tell us what changes you forsee on the Web, as a result of the emergence of Web-connected environmental sensors and the continued growth of virtual worlds.Image credits: sndrv; MorBCN; Alpha Auer; butkaj.com; Responsive Environments Group Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Analysis#Internet of Things#web richard macmanus Imagine for example walking down to your local shops and entering a bookstore. Theoretically, the bookstore would recognize you as you entered and would ‘ping’ your mobile device, which then might bring up that wish list of books you’ve been compiling (let’s assume it’s not an Amazon wish list, but an independent third party app – perhaps an opportunity for any entrepreneurs reading!). The app would let you know which of your wish list books are available. Also it would display a virtual map on your phone of exactly where each book is located in the store, via the barcodes of the books. Armed with all of this handy, very contextual information, you make your way to the first bookshelf…You may say: well I could’ve just ordered the book on Amazon and not gone to the bookstore in the first place. But a lot of people still want that experience of going to their local shops and wandering around, socializing and being part of the ‘real world.’ By integrating the online world more deeply into the real world, it creates a more compelling shopping experience.Changing the Way You Live A more fundamental way in which sensors and virtual reality might mix is in your home. An example that Joe Paradiso mentioned was being able to control a thermostat in your home without even touching it. Instead it would be controlled by sensors connected to the Web. All you’d need to do is send your preferences into the Internet cloud, once. And the thermostats would control your home heating from there on out. You could also check in on your home when at work or traveling, on the virtual Web.One does wonder what would happen though when multiple people live in the same house, but have different thermostat preferences! Well, let’s presume that the Internet will be able to work out an efficient sharing program for that too 😉Changing Social NetworkingSensors and virtual reality will change social networking. Paradiso mentioned that you might have a Zigby badge, which would automatically post data to Facebook. For example when you entered that bookshop mentioned above, Facebook would get pinged. Theoretically then this will enable your friends in the vicinity to meet up with you, or you could make new friends if you allow people to ‘discover’ you at bookshops. You could do this virtually too – e.g. if you find that you have great conversations whenever you’re in a bookshop, then why not try catching up with some friends via Second Life’s version of that bookshop (which connects in real-time to the real bookshop)? And what’s to stop you from visiting overseas bookshops, virtually, and meeting/making friends? Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting
The admission process for various undergraduate courses at Delhi University (DU) for the academic session 2014-2015 is set to begin from June 2, 2014. Students who have cleared their Class 12 board exams and are interested in pursuing UG programmes from the University can obtain the registration forms from the dedicated registration centers till June 16, 2014.There are 77 colleges under Delhi University. These colleges will release five cutoff lists for the general category and the first list will be out on June 24, the day admissions begin. After the declaration of the cut off lists by the University, the students will need to report to the college of their choice within the stipulated period.Candidates can apply for admissions to undergraduate programmes both online and offline. With the introduction of centralised admission process, there will be no sale of forms in individual colleges, except for those candidates applying under sports and extracurricular activities categories.While the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Class 12th Results for all regions are expected to be declared by tomorrow, i.e. May 29, 2014, state boards like Jammu and Kashmir, Uttrakhand, Bihar, and Himachal Pradesh have already declared their Class 12 results. There will be no entrance test for non-professional courses like English and admissions will be based on cutoff.Important Dates:Issue and receipt of registration forms: June 2, 2014 to June 16, 2014 (9 am to 1 pm)Notification of first admission list: June 24, 2014Admission and payment of Fees: June 24, 2014 to June 26, 2014Notification of second admission list: June 26, 2014Admission and payment of Fees: June 27, 2014 to June 30, 2014advertisementNotification of third admission list: July 1, 2014Admission and payment of fees: July 1, 2014 to July 3, 2014
The Legendary Soul Man Sam Moore was honored with the Trailblazer Award at the annual Dream Ball Gala on Monday, February 19 at the Bomb Factory in the Deep Ellum area of Dallas.The Legendary Soul Man Sam Moore Performs At 2018 Dream BallThe gala is produced by Nancy Lieberman Charities, a 501c3 organization that promotes healthy lifestyles and educational opportunities for young girls and boys, and is dedicated to expanding and ensuring that educational and sports opportunities exist for economically disadvantaged youth. Moore was presented with the Trailblazer Award by former Dallas Police Chief David Brown, and also performed a short set during the program, garnering rave reviews. Fellow honoree Billy Crystal was joined by Bo Derek, Tony Dorsett, Deion Sanders, Jose’ Guzman, and Spud Webb, among other celebrities and local dignitaries, who were also in attendance. The Dream Ball Gala is one of several annual charity events organized by Nancy Lieberman Charities.On March 31st, Sam Moore will take part in the Arizona Diamondbacks’ opening season festivities to help celebrate the 20th anniversary of playing baseball in Phoenix. Moore, who also was part of a group that sang the National Anthem on Opening Day in 1998, will perform the Star Spangled Banner before the opening of the game against the Colorado Rockies, the same opponent as their first game twenty years ago.Legendary Soul Man Sam Moore’s Grammy award-winning voice has been heard around the globe, across multiple music genres connecting audiences of all generations for more than 60 years. Sam Moore found musical fame as one half of the ‘60s powerhouse duo Sam & Dave. With 1967’s hit “Soul Man,” the duo found lasting fame, defined a genre, and altered the course of music history. Their signature sound influenced a diverse array of musical talents, including Al Green, Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, Tom Petty, Phil Collins, Elvis Costello, Billy Joel and so many others. Sam & Dave’s music and personas inspired the film The Blues Brothers, and other hits like “Hold On I’m Coming” have appeared on the soundtracks of more than a dozen films. Moore, 81, continues to record and perform to critical acclaim as a solo artist and as a guest performer for dozens of his musical friends. The Legendary Soul Man recently accepted a position as Artist in Residence at Florida International University as part of the College of Arts, Sciences & Education Humanities Project.The Legendary Soul Man Sam Moore recently released his latest album. Sam Moore: An American Patriot, available for purchase including downloads on iTunes, Amazon, and more. The album was inspired by Moore’s performance of “America the Beautiful” on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, where his dear friend and inspiration Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stood 53 years earlier and delivered his famous “Dream” speech.Moore is the recipient of numerous awards including the coveted NARAS Heroes Award, an AFTRA AMEE Lifetime Achievement Award, the ETAM Living Legend Award, Rhythm & Blues Foundation Pioneer Award, and a MOBO Lifetime Achievement Award. He was also inducted into the GRAMMY Hall of Fame for “Soul Man,” and in 2016 his star was permanently placed in the Music City Walk of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee.
13Jan Rep. Cole praises House leadership’s first bill intro, focused on reducing income taxes Categories: Cole News,Featured news,News Tags: #SB, Cole, income tax, reducing This week the Michigan House of Representatives announced a plan to reduce income taxes on Michigan residents.Northern Michigan residents will see an immediate tax relief under the proposed plan to receive additional reprieve every year as the rate decreases over time.“The state has a budget surplus and that money should go back to the hardworking Michigan citizens,” said state Rep. Triston Cole, R-Mancelona. “I am thrilled that this is the very first piece of legislation that Speaker Pro-Tempore Rep. Lee Chatfield is introducing to the 99th Michigan Legislature.“By reducing the income tax we will allow folks to keep more of what they earn, resulting in an even better Michigan to work, play and raise a family.”House Bill 4001 will immediately reduce the income tax from 4.25 percent to 3.9 percent in 2018 and phase out 0.1 percent every year until eliminated.#####
Ralph Brown, CTO of CableLabs, talks about DOCSIS 3.1 and the cable industry’s future technology needs.