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New Totem Archery Club indoor shoot set to go on Saturday

first_imgRegistration costs are $45 for adults, $25 for people aged 14 to 17, $10 for those 13 and under, or you can register a family of four for $100. Registration for Saturday’s event gets under way at 8 a.m. and goes until 10 a.m. and shooting starts as soon as you have a group. There will be events for all skill levels, so everyone is encouraged to come out. – Advertisement –center_img The New Totem Archery Club won’t be the only group on hand for the event as there will be a number of other archery clubs participating in the shoot, including groups from Grande Prairie and Prince George. last_img

Highlights from the 2009 Canadian Federal Budget

first_img— Raises Age Credit for seniors, boosts Working Income Tax Benefit for low-income Canadians and raises phase-out levels for National Child Benefit and Canada Child Tax Benefit. Cuts worth 6.5 (b) billion dollars over this fiscal year and next five years.— Employment Insurance benefits extended by five weeks to a maximum of 50 weeks and E-I payroll taxes frozen for two years.— 12 (b) billion dollars for infrastructure spending on things such as roads, sewers and universities. Seven (b) billion dollars is new funding.— 7.8 (b) billion dollars for social housing and private home renovation. Includes a one-year Home Renovation Tax Credit of up to one-thousand-350-dollars per household for eligible projects such as kitchen or basement renovations over the next year only.Advertisement — 8.3 (b) billion dollars for skills and training, including 1.5 (b) billion in new cash to retrain workers.— One- (b) billion-dollar fund to help single-industry towns diversify.— One (b) billion dollars over five years for new Southern Ontario Development Agency; 50 (m) million over five years for new regional economic development agency for Northern Canada.— Up to 200 (b) billion dollars to be made available to businesses in liquidity and financing to ensure Canadian consumers and businesses have access to credit, including 50 (b) billion extra for the Insured Mortgage Purchase Program, and a 12- (b) billion-dollar secured credit facility to improve access to financing to buy and lease new vehicles and equipment.— 2.7 (b) billion dollars in short-term loans to the auto industry in conjunction with the Ontario and U-S governments.Advertisement Here are the highlights of Finance Minister Jim Flaherty’s fourth federal budget:— 40 (b) billion dollars in economic stimulus over two years, including infrastructure spending and tax cuts.— Total tax relief for Canadians worth 20 (b) billion dollars for this fiscal year and next five years.- Advertisement -— Cuts business taxes by two (b) billion dollars for this fiscal year and next five years.— Projected deficit of about 34 (b) billion dollars in fiscal 2009 and 30 (b) billion in 2010; total deficit of almost 85 (b) billion dollars over five years.— Basic personal tax exemption and the two lowest personal income tax brackets increased retroactive to January 1st. Cuts worth 10.9 (b) billion dollars over five years.Advertisementcenter_img — Ottawa to take steps to establish a federal security regulator but provincial participation to be voluntary.last_img read more

State, local officials decry health care cuts

first_imgJan Emerson, spokeswoman for the California Hospital Association, said the combined loss could be devastating to places like Los Angeles County/ USC Medical Center and a number of private facilities in low-income neighborhoods that treat high numbers of Medi-Cal patients. About 34 percent of California hospital patients were enrolled in Medicare in 2005, while about 22 percent were on Medi-Cal, she said. Schwarzenegger criticized the president’s plan to cut funding for jailing of undocumented immigrants. State officials estimated the cut would cost California $114 million annually. Staff Writer Harrison Sheppard contributed to this report. lisa.friedman@langnews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Los Angeles officials said they are still studying what the cuts would mean locally, but are deeply concerned about the impact. Health advocates estimate that more than 6 million Californians are uninsured. Meanwhile, about 6.8 million residents – a fifth of the state’s population – are enrolled in Medi-Cal. Cuts to the program, Wright said, “create a bigger gap between where we are and where we need to be,” particularly in cities like Los Angeles that he called “ground zero for the uninsured in the nation.” The projected cuts come on the heels of a new Medicaid rule capping reimbursements to public hospitals. Los Angeles is expected to lose $200 million annually from that cap, while California hospitals overall could lose more than $500 million. WASHINGTON – President George W. Bush moved Monday to wring $25.7 billion over five years from government health services to the poor and elderly, provoking outrage from Los Angeles and California officials who said the budget proposal was an assault on the uninsured. The spending plan also hurts California by cutting funds to reimburse the state for jailing illegal immigrants and cutting homeland security resources, state officials said. Analysts warned the cuts could also threaten California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s sweeping health care plan, which relies heavily on federal funds from Medi-Cal, the state’s version of Medicaid. California alone could face $1.5 billion in losses of federal Medicaid payments over three years, according to the California Hospital Association. last_img read more

Canada Day 2013 parade winners

first_imgUnlike previous years, winners were not recognized in specific categories. Instead, this year the top three floats were recognized, as well as a few honourable mentions. Entrants were judged on creativity, and how much time was put into each float or participant.First place went to the Filipino Association, second spot was award to the Ride for the Disabled, and the Spirit of the Peace took third place.Honourable mentions were given to the SPCA, NENAS, and North Peace Little League.- Advertisement -Events are still ongoing at Centennial Park. The Show ‘n Shine Classic Car show and plenty of activities for all ages will take place until 4 p.m., and that’s followed by fireworks this evening at 11 p.m. People are encouraged to go to North Peace Secondary School for the best viewing.last_img read more

High Court quashes Nyamweya’s 10-year football ban

first_img0Shares0000FKF President Nick Mwendwa (right) with his predecessor Sam Nyamweya ( left) after a meeting at FKF’s Secretariat on 16th, February, 2016. PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya.NAIROBI, Kenya, May 25 – The High Court on Friday declared illegal the 10 years suspension from all football activities imposed on former Football Kenya Federation (FKF) boss, Sam Nyamweya.Constitutional court judge Justice Chacha Mwita, said in his judgment that the decision by FKF National Executive Committee meeting held on March 21, 2017, was unlawful, irrational and mischievous. “The decision communicated to CAF, FIFA and CECAFA is null and void as Nyamweya was not given an opportunity to defend himself as required by the law. The declaration by the constitutional court, means that Nyamweya is free to comment on football matters both locally and internationally,” the ruling read.The judge also ordered FKF to pay the cost of the suit filed by Nyamweya challenging the purported suspension.FKF president, Sam Nyamweya. PHOTO/FileNyamweya moved to court upon receiving a letter from FKF pronouncing his suspension from commenting on football activities in the country for a period of ten years.The former FKF President, through his lawyer Martin Wahome Njagi told the judge that the decision was unreasonable, irrational and made in bad faith.The lawyer submitted that NEC meeting purported to suspend him when he was not Federation member, saying he had resigned a year ago.“The petitioner is being targeted since he filed a case against the current FKF chairman Nick Mwendwa and other officials of the Federation,” the lawyer argued.Football Kenya Federation boss Nick Mwendwa attending the GOtv Shield final in 2017. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAWahome pointed out that the ban has brought his character and legacy as a respected local and international football administrator into question.Before the hearing and determination of the petition the trial judge issued a temporary orders stopping FKF from effecting the said NEC decision.The lawyer argued that the petitioner has not been held culpable for any misconduct or allegations as purported by NEC meeting which pronounced his suspension subsequent ban.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Spurs slap £200m price tag on Kane, Sanchez and Aguero in straight swap deal?

first_imgHere are the top football headlines and transfer-related stories in Monday’s newspapers…Tottenham have laughed off speculation linking Manchester United with a summer bid for Harry Kane. It is claimed even a £100m approach would be rejected out of hand by Spurs, with chairman Daniel Levy reportedly valuing the home-grown England star at £200million. (The Independent)Arsenal and Manchester City are weighing up the possibility of completing a straight swap deal for Alexis Sanchez and Sergio Aguero. (Daily Star)Gunners striker Olivier Giroud has been in contact with the president of Lyon over a potential move to the Ligue 1 club this summer. (The Independent) In-demand 18-year-old sensation Kylian Mbappe is to be offered a 900% pay rise by Monaco to fend off interest from Real Madrid, Liverpool and Arsenal. (The Sun) Alex Sandro has agreed to join Chelsea from Juventus, according to reports in Italy. The Brazilian left-back is preparing to join the Premier League champions for around £61million following back-to-back Serie A title wins. (Corriere della Sera)The Blues are prepared to spend £240m this summer, which could see the likes of Southampton centre-back Virgil van Dijk, Everton striker Romelu Lukaku and 22-year-old Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko  also arrive at Stamford Bridge. (Daily Express) Juventus could look to sign Southampton’s Portuguese defender Cedric Soares to replace Sandro. The 25-year-old has three years left on his contract at St Mary’s and will reportedly cost the Italian giants £15million. (The Sun)Manchester United are on the verge of signing Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic and could bring in the 28-year-old Serbia international by the end of the week (ESPN)?, and are also close to signing Radja Nainggolan from Roma (Il Tempo).Tottenham have competition in their pursuit of Schalke starlet Max Meyer, with a team of scouts from Liverpool watching his every move at the European Under-21 Championship in Poland. The 21-year-old attacking midfielder has helped Germany reach the semi-finals, where they will play England on Tuesday. (Daily Star)Swansea have rejected a £30m bid from Everton for Gylfi Sigurdsson, although Toffees boss Ronald Koeman is unlikely to be dissuaded from his pursuit of the playamaker and could table another bid. (Daily Mirror)Former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson has told Wayne Rooney he would have a “positive experience” if he moved to the Chinese Super League. The 31-year-old is considering leaving Manchester United after losing his place in Jose Mourinho’s side. (Daily Mail)Crystal Palace have entered the race to sign Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho. The young Nigerian striker has also emerged as a target for West Ham and Leicester City in recent weeks. (Daily Mirror)Swansea’s £15m flop Borja Basto – a record buy from Atletico Madrid –  looks set to return to Spain with Malaga. (Daily Mirror)Here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines:?Paris Saint-Germain to bid £60m for Manchester City star said to have ‘difficult’ relationship with PepTransfer news: Premier League stars who could move to other English teams, including Kane to Manchester United and Barkley to TottenhamWayne Rooney, Jack Wilshere and other players who need a transfer ahead of the 2018 World CupMauricio Pellegrino: Southampton legend Francis Benali tells talkSPORT 2 of his optimism over season ahead under new managerJuventus in 2006: When they were forced to sell Ibrahimovic, Vieira and Cannavaro in the same summerFormer Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli signs new deal with NiceWhere next for Joe Hart? Five possible destinations for the Manchester City outcastDiego Costa, Alexis Sanchez, Nolito and others set to leave the Premier League this summerlast_img read more

Women’s Soccer Adds Seven For 2017 Season

first_imgBormann is a forward from Amana, Iowa who has lettered in each of her first three seasons at Clear Creek Amana High School. Entering her senior season, she has been selected first all-conference, all-district and all-state every season of her high school career and has won two conference championships. Bormann is a member of the Iowa City Alliance Soccer Club, who has helped the club capture back-to-back state cup championships in 2016 and 2017. “Our 2017 recruiting class is composed of young women with a lot of potential,” said Horner. “They bring talent, experience, athleticism and depth to our roster. Most importantly, they are student-athletes of character that will push us to be our best on-and-off the field. Our team is looking forward to welcoming these seven student-athletes and their families to our Bulldog soccer family.”  Abby Stephenson”Abby personifies the meaning of teammate. She is relentless in her pursuit for perfection while making others better with the positive attitude and work ethic she demonstrates during practice and games. Her high school team benefited from her leadership, selflessness, enthusiasm and skills on and off the field. I believe that Drake will benefit as well.” – Randy Davis – Head Coach Nevada High School Nosler, a center back, from Westfield, Ind., was a four-year letterwinner for Westfield High School. She was a team captain each of her final two seasons. Nosler garnered two honorable mention all-state honors and was all-conference four times in her career. She is a member of the Indiana Fire Juniors ECNL club who has won two Mid Atlantic Conference Championships and finished as a ECNL regional finalist twice. Corbett is a local member of the class from Waukee High School. Heading into her senior season, she has lettered each of her first three seasons for the Warriors and helped the team qualify for the Iowa Class 3A State Tournament every year with two semifinal appearances. Corbett is a center midfielder/forward who scored 13 goals and handed out 10 assists as a junior and earned second team all-state accolades. She is a member of Sporting Iowa. Jamie Intihar”Jamie is an extremely versatile player. With her technical ability and game understanding, she can make an impact at pretty much any position in the back line or midfield. I look forward to seeing her excel at the college level.” – Theodore Zingman – Head Coach, Minnesota ODP Intihar is a midfielder from Lake Elmo, Minn. who played four seasons for Mahtomedi High School. She is a member of Rev Academy and helped the club win three Minnesota State Cup Championships. Abby Stephenson”I chose to commit to Drake because after a couple of visits I knew this was where I wanted to be. The campus and schooling sounded great and the soccer team seemed like a lot of fun and competitive, which was just what I wanted!” Jamie Intihar”I chose to attend Drake because the opportunities it has to offer academically and athletically are irrefutable. The overall atmosphere throughout the campus and on the soccer team was something I knew I wanted to be a part of from the beginning!” Kelsie Stone”Kelsie is a story of determination, grit, and perseverance. She is the story we all love to tell as coaches because of where she started and where she has worked incredibly hard to get to. She will be the perfect fit for Drake because of her, which isn’t to even talk about her athleticism. But she is never satisfied mentality, has a great work rate and add the technical skill onto that and you have not only a great goalkeeper but an incredible young woman.” – Doug Cardosi – Director of Goalkeeping, Palatine Celtic SC Print Friendly Version DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s soccer program has added seven student-athletes for the 2017 season, head coach Lindsey Horner announced. Joining the Bulldogs next year are Hannah Bormann (Amana, Iowa), Olivia Bruce (Lakeville, Minn.), Rebecca Corbett (Urbandale, Iowa), Jamie Intihar (Lake Elmo, Minn.), Sam Nosler (Westfield, Ind.), Abby Stephenson (Nevada, Iowa) and Kelsie Stone (Hoffman Estates, Ill.). Rounding out the class is Stone, who hails from Hoffman Estates, Ill. She is a goalkeeper for William Fremd High School who helped the team win a regional championship her junior season. Stone is a four-year letterwinner who was selected all-conference, all-area, all-sectional, all-state and her team’s most valuable player her junior campaign. 2017 Drake University Women’s Soccer Class on Why They Chose DrakeHannah Bormann”I chose Drake because I knew the university would not only challenge me on the soccer field but in the classroom, as well. The location of Drake is superb and when I got the chance to meet with the team and coaches, they made it feel like home. I’m extremely excited to be a Bulldog!” Sam Nosler”I chose to commit to Drake because of all the opportunities I will have while I am here, both academically and athletically. I felt like the classroom atmosphere was one at which I could have meaningful conversations in and the team chemistry I saw was something I really wanted to be a part of. I cannot wait to be a part of the Drake family!” Rebecca Corbett”Rebecca is a determined player that has focused on her strength and quickness over the last 1-2 years. Expect Rebecca to be the most competitive player on the pitch, eager to capitalize on opponents’ errors. Rebecca’s athleticism and physical nature will play a key role in her success as a Bulldog.” – Tony Gabriel – Head Coach, Waukee High School What They Are Saying About the 2017 Drake University Women’s Soccer ClassHannah Bormann”Hannah is that rare player that combines both strength of will and superior technical ability.  She impacts the game through her ability to find passes to teammates in dangerous positions.  Her love of the game fuels her to push herself and I look forward to cheering her on at Drake in the fall!” – Matt Harding – Head Coach, Clear Creek Amana High School Kelsie Stone”I chose to commit to Drake because as soon as I visited it felt like home and the perfect place for me. The size of the school and the atmosphere was exactly what I was looking for. I love the attitude of the team and feel that Drake is a place where I can succeed.” Olivia Bruce”Olivia played a key role in the attack of a team that was four-time State Cup champions. She moves well off the ball to create chances for herself and she finishes them well. She also has great vision which allows her to create goal scoring opportunities for her teammates. Drake is lucky to have her.” – Joe Hartwell – Head Coach, Rev Soccer Club Sam Nosler”Sam is playing the best soccer of her life while playing on the national stage in the ECNL. She is sharp, powerful, agile and super motivated to be better every day and to help lead our team to a very special season.  I expect great things from her moving forward and I am convinced she will be one of the best centerbacks in the college game in a couple of years!” – Mark Castro – Head Coach, Indiana Fire Juniors Bruce, another forward in the class for the Bulldogs, hails from Lakeville, Minn. Bruce was a four-year letterwinnner for Lakeville North High School and helped the Panthers qualify for the Minnesota 2A State Tournament four times, including a runner-up finish and a third place showing. A prolific scorer, Bruce scored 32 goals to go with 17 assists in her high school career. As a senior, she garnered first team all-state honors and earned an Academic Excellence Gold Award. Bruce is a member of the Rev Academy. Olivia Bruce”I knew I wanted to be a student-athlete at Drake because of how strong the level of academics is as well as the Division I level of athletics. I love how Drake seems to have chemistry and school spirit not only on the campus, but over the whole city of Des Moines. I liked the coaches and team right away, and could definitely see myself at Drake and Des Moines. I’m very excited to be a Bulldog!” Stephenson is a talented multi-sport athlete from Nevada, Iowa. She lettered in five sports (volleyball, basketball, soccer, track and field and softball) as a freshman and sophomore at Nevada High School. As a junior, Stephenson competed in volleyball, basketball, soccer and track and field and earned first team all-state honors in soccer and volleyball and third team all-state accolades in basketball. As a sophomore on the soccer field, she set the Nevada single season         record for goals (32) and assists (17). Rebecca Corbett”I committed to Drake because the atmosphere was right for me. The campus felt like home to me from the moment I stepped on campus. Growing up close to Drake helped me know what to expect when I am here. The team welcomed me on my visit and made me feel like this is a university that I could see myself at in the future. When I watched the team, the style of play really fits my personality and their positivity is something I am looking forward to being a part of.”last_img read more

Sol, surf e observaçao de baleias

first_imgDesde as longas extensoes de areia de praias inexploradas da Costa Ocidental ate as orlas maritimas subtropicais de Maputaland, ha uma praia para todos os gostos. Veja o nascer do sol sobre o oceano Atlantico ou Índico, ponha o bronze em dia ou seja mais activo – a África do Sul oferece dos melhores surf, windsurf e mergulho do mundo. E depois ha as baleias…O PARAÍSO DOS DESPORTOS NÁUTICOSOs nossos programas de mergulho tem florestas de algas gigantes nos recifes de coral, o surf inclui programas divertidos na praia, tubos ocos e alguns monstros a serio, alem de termos um optimo surf ski ou as ondas de esqui, caiaque e vela.Surf, windsurf, kitesurf, caiaque oceanico“A África do Sul e dos melhores paises do mundo para a pratica de surf, com um cenario costeiro espantoso, boa qualidade de surf em qualquer epoca do ano, um nivel de vida barato e ao mesmo tempo de grande nivel, alem de uma cultura unica de que se pode orgulhar,’ diz Steve Pike, editor da Wavescape.Poucos seriam os visitantes a discordar. Ha centenas de surf breaks por todo o pais – cerca de 50 a uma hora de carro da Cidade do Cabo.Desde a ondulaçao segura para crianças e principiantes ate aos breaks epicos que assustam mesmo os concorrentes mais audazes nas competiçoes internacionais que se realizam em Junho e Julho.A area do Cabo Oriental em volta do Cabo de Sao Francisco, Jeffreys Bay e Port Elizabeth – conhecidos em conjunto como Jay Bay pelos surfistas locais – conhecido em todo o globo pela qualidade das suas ondas.Muitos dos albergues para os chamados turistas de mochila espalhados um pouco por todo o pais estao preparados para aluguer de pranchas, surfaris guiados e liçoes de surf e em Durban e na Cidade do Cabo existem boas escolas de surf.A África do Sul tem locais assombrosos para a pratica de windsurf e kitesurf. Langebaan, perto da Cidade do Cabo, e internacionalmente reconhecida como um dos pontos de encontro mais badalados para todo o genero de pratica de surf – mas ha mais.Uma maneira mais acessivel de experimentar o prazer do mar e andar de caiaque. Existem viagens guiadas em volta da Cidade do Cabo, Hermanus, Knysna, Plett e Durban.VelaA costa maritima da África do Sul e uma das mais desafiantes do mundo da vela, com poucos portos, muitas tormentas e, mares frequentemente bastante alertados. Nao e por isso uma boa opçao para levar um barco alugado.No entanto, e um lugar optimo para aprender vela – ha escolas da modalidade na Cidade do Cabo, Porth Elizabeth e Durban – e disputam-se aqui algumas das regatas mais famosas do globo. As regatas locais sao inumeras tambem e a regata da Cidade do Cabo ate ao Rio de Janeiro e uma das mais celebres, atraindo um enorme contingente de barcos.MergulhoSe precisa que o convençam acerca da gravidade e do perigo da costa sul africana, nao precisa de ir longe – basta ver os naufragios mais recentes ou os que ficaram na historia – todos eles grandes tragedias, mas ainda assim boas noticias para os mergulhadores. Porem, nao se preocupe, temos mais para lhe oferecer do que esses sitios desoladores. O nosso ambiente submarino e do mais diverso e do mais belo que existe, com infinitos sitios fantasticos para mergulhar.Possuimos uma linha costeira incrivelmente longa, dos 35º S aos 27º S, que nao fica propriamente ao alcance normal do mergulho tropical. Apesar disso, as correntes que descem de Moçambique pela costa oriental trazem aguas quentes e tropicais e Sodwana Bay, no KwaZulu-Natal, tem os recifes de coral mais a sul do mundo.Encontrara aqui todo um conjunto de peixes com cores magnificas e algumas grandes lesmas do mar, incluindo a extravagante “dançarina espanhola’. Tubaroes baleia, tartarugas, golfinhos e tubaroes de areia sao muitas vezes vistos em zonas especificas.À medida que vamos descendo a costa, o ambiente submarino muda gradualmente ate que, quando chegamos a Cidade do Cabo, ja estamos a mergulhar em aguas frias mas encontraremos lindissimas florestas de algas gigantes – onde podemos flutuar por debaixo da agua e admirar o surpreendente mundo colorido dos recifes.Ha escolas de mergulho em praticamente todos os sitios, um grande numero delas, para nossa admiraçao, na cidade de Joanesburgo, tao isolada do mar, onde as pessoas fazem o seu treino antes de partirem para a Sodwana Bay para praticar mergulho.Mas tome sempre muito cuidado com as zonas interditas. Um voo do nivel do mar para Joanesburgo pode demorar so uma hora, mas sobe-se quase 2.000 metros (7.000 pes) de altitude – e isso sem considerar o voo. O que representa um enorme risco, por isso deve ajustar o seu itinerario de modo a incluir um dia de visitas e excursoes, compras ou idas a praia antes de ir fazer mergulho e viajar em Joanesburgo.CAPITAL MUNDIAL DA BALEIAA África do Sul e um dos melhores destinos mundiais para observaçoes dos mamiferos marinhos. No inicio de Junho, as baleias franco astrais deixam o seu habitat no Antarctico para ziguezaguear nas aguas (relativamente) quentes da costa do Cabo.Experiencias com a vida selvagemÉ claro que os grandes mamiferos da África do Sul nem sempre estao na linha da costa.Aqui acasalam, tem as crias e geralmente permanecem, ocasionalmente jogando a cauda para o ar ou pondo as cabeças de fora para ver por onde param as pessoas.Na Cidade do Cabo pode ve-los da estrada, em qualquer sitio ao longo da False Bay (Baia Falsa) e, se estiver num sitio suficientemente alto, pode ve-los perfeitamente no litoral ocidental.A cidade de Hermanus auto-proclamou-se a capital mundial da baleia – e nao anda longe da verdade. Estes animais imensos aproximam-se as vezes a escassos metros da costa e sao claramente visiveis do passeio panoramico no cimo do penhasco.Mais a leste, a cidade de Plettenberg Bay tambem se auto-proclama capital da baleia – e igualmente com fortes motivos para o fazer. As baleias franco austrais podem ser vistas na baia entre Junho e Novembro e as baleias jubartes ou corcundas migratorias vem aqui por pouco tempo, mais ou menos em Maio ou Junho e depois, na sua viagem de regresso, entre Novembro e Janeiro.As baleias de Bryde ou orcas sao vistas ocasionalmente, ao passo que os golfinhos nariz de garrafa e os golfinhos corcundas sao residentes todo o ano. Uma colonia de procriaçao de focas do Cabo completa a impressionante colecçao de mamiferos de Plettenberg Bay.É em Plett que a industria de observaçao de golfinhos e baleias esta mais bem organizada, com viagens de barco, caiaque e aeronaves. A observaçao, as distancias e o tempo gasto com cada animal sao estritamente controlados para que nao haja a minima interferencia.Na costa mais a norte de KwaZulu-Natal, os golfinhos de nariz de garrafa e os golfinhos corcundas tambem sao frequentemente observados dos barcos.Reporter infoSA, incorporando material de Turismo Sul Africanolast_img read more

BlueKai: Intent Data or Black Box?

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… How it WorksA New York Times article earlier this year profiled both BlueKai and a similar data house called eXelate. The Times explained how they work:“They both track who is interested in what through a cookie, an invisible bit of code on a Web page. When someone does a search, for example, on Kayak.com for first-class flights to Paris in September, that information can be captured by a cookie, and Kayak.com can sell that cookie using eXelate or BlueKai.”As well as intent data, BlueKai recently announced a new service that gives advertisers access to shopper profiles. BlueKai CEO Omar Tawakol claimed that this gives advertisers insight into “actual shopping patterns,” as opposed to merely surveying a user base.The problem is, BlueKai is inferring things about a consumer that may not be true. Claire Herminjard of the now defunct Lookery, which tried (and failed) to make a business of capturing explicit user data via a piece of javascript in partner sites, put it well: “[we] make no assumptions about users. If we don’t have data on a consumer, we don’t pretend that we do (or assume what we think it may be).”Although Herminjard was primarily trying to position Lookery as a better data source, her other point was that BlueKai is essentially a “black box” and its data can’t be substantiated when it comes to users – or their intents.Questions Over Data Reliability, But There’s a Big Market For ItWhat BlueKai is doing is similar to the methods used by the raft of recommendation engines we’ve profiledthis year. We found in that series that each recommendation engine had its own methods and algorithms; and that it was difficult to judge the accuracy of the data and which company’s method worked best. Likewise, I’m somewhat skeptical of BlueKai’s data claims, especially given how unreliable web data usually is (Alexa anyone?).Nevertheless, BlueKai is attempting to mine a large store of data that up till now has been very difficult to gather and analyze on a large scale online: user patterns on commerce sites. Whether or not the data is reliable is an open question for now, but there is a large market for it – and that will continue as long as online advertising is the main business model on the Web. Related Posts richard macmanus BlueKai explained:“Online intent actions by those shopping for Netbooks surged 81% during the week of Black Friday versus the prior week, with Netbooks reaching 7.1% share of total PC online intent actions for the week ending November 28. Just a month prior, Netbooks comprised only 2.7% of PC-related online intent actions on the BlueKai Exchange.”Here’s another chart, this time showing that Nintendo game devices, and in particular the Wii, held the most interest amongst online shoppers during Black Friday week. Tags:#Analysis#e-commerce#NYT#web center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market BlueKai is an online marketing firm that provides data to marketers, ad networks and publishers. The main purpose of this data, held in a repository called the BlueKai Data Exchange, is to target ads to consumers. BlueKai claims to have now aggregated “intent data” from over 160 million unique users on e-commerce, online travel agency and auto comparison sites.What is “intent data”? Broadly speaking, it’s data that purports to show the intent of Web users when they browse a website. For example, a recent report from BlueKai collected and analyzed online shopping data over Black Friday week. In this post we look at that report’s findings and then ask some questions about the validity of the data.Black Friday Online Shopping: Netbooks & Nintendo PopularBlueKai defined the resulting “shopping intent” data as “search and shopping related activities by consumers on retail and price comparison sites.” Specifically these “intents” included price search by auto make and model, travel destination search by airport or city, and activity on price comparison sites. The report analyzed “more than 10 million online shopping intent actions” for PCs and video game consoles through the week ending November 28, 2009. Here’s a chart showing that netbooks, rather than the recently released Windows 7, had the biggest increase in shopping intent actions in the PC category over the Black Friday holiday period. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Smartsheet and Google Apps: Crowdsourcing Made Easy

first_imgRelated Posts Let’s say you want a list of every Fortune 1,000 CEO in the United States, along with a picture and contact information.You can look through Google. Top page results may help a bit. But to get the granularity you need, top page results can only go so far. What’s the best way to go about discovering and collecting information that is so often scattered and fragmented?Crowdsourcing works but you need a process and a way to organize the information.Smartsheet provides a way to use wikis and spreadsheets for crowdsourcing information from services like Mechanical Turk and Live Works.Smartsheet recently integrated with Google Apps. Clients can work from Google Apps to crowdsource information through Smartsheet.Let’s say you have a list of the startup companies from the top 10 metro areas in the United States. You have the names of the companies in Google Apps. But you are lacking the name of the CEO and any contact information. So, you add some columns and open the Smartsheet application directly from Google Apps.You may now make your request to have the work done for you. Smartsheet opens a service such as Mechanical Turk. You describe the job, what you need and set your price. As the tasks are performed, the new information pops into the spreadsheet. You can then import the spreadsheet back into Google Apps. IT + Project Management: A Love Affair alex williams Smartsheet integrates with a wiki environment. For example, Smartsheet works with Brain Keeper. Structured information from Smartsheet may be imported into the wiki, providing the crowd-sourced data to anyone with access.Crowdsourcing is a classic example of how the enterprise can get information almost immediately that could take hours to collect if done manually by one person. The cost savings alone makes Smartsheet an application worth giving a try.SmartSheet is a subscription service. Pricing starts at $9.95 per month on a per-user-basis. Tags:#enterprise#news 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more