Last chance to win Chelsea v Bolton tickets

first_imgWest London Sport has teamed up with Thomas Cook Sport, official travel partner of Chelsea FC, to offer Blues fans the chance to win a pair of tickets to their next Premier League home game against Bolton Wanderers on Saturday 25 February.André Villas-Boas will be hoping for all three points against the Trotters…and you could be at Stamford Bridge to watch all the action LIVE!We have five pairs of tickets to give away and to be in with a chance of winning, simply answer the following question:Which recent Chelsea signing previously played for Bolton?a. John Terryb. Gary Cahillc. Ashley ColeE-mail the correct answer to win@westlondonsport.comWinners will be randomly selected. The competition closes at 5pm today.Thomas Cook Sport is the UK’s leading sports tour operator and official travel partner of Chelsea FC, offering match breaks to Chelsea fans for the 2011/2012 season from £109 per person. This season, choose the winning tactic and book your 2011/12 match break by visiting or call the sales team on 0844 800 9900.You can also follow us on Twitter @thomascooksport and find us on Facebook at to keep up-to-date with all the latest competitions, special offers and news.Terms & Conditions1. The prize consists of two tickets (Chelsea end) to the game against Bolton Wanderers on Saturday 25 February 2012, for five winners. Kick-off is at 15.00.2. The package does not include travel to or from the ground or any hospitality at the ground.3. Fans are reminded that tickets are in the Chelsea end and seats are amongst home supporters. Please be aware that any vocal or visual support for the opposition will result in ejection from the stadium without compensation.4. Entrants are reminded that tickets are issued subject to Chelsea FC Regulations and the Conditions of Entry relevant to those tickets.5. Competition open to all UK residents with the exception of employees of Thomas Cook Sport Ltd, Chelsea FC or Hatch Communications, their immediate families, agents or anyone else associated with the administration.6. No cash alternative will be offered.7. The competition closes on 13 February.8. In the event of unforeseen circumstances, the promoter reserves the right to offer an alternative prize of equal or greater value.9. The promoter’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.10. All entrants must be willing to participate in publicity should they be a winner.11. We reserve the right at any time to cancel, modify or supersede the competition if, in our sole discretion, the competition is not capable of being conducted as specified in the competition rules.12. The promoter of this competition is either Thomas Cook Retail Limited, trading as Thomas Cook Sport or Airtrack (for UK departures), or Capitol Holdings Ltd, trading as Thomas Cook Sport (Ireland), for travel arrangements departing from the Republic of Ireland. Thomas Cook Retail Ltd registered office is The Thomas Cook Business Park, Coningsby Road, Peterborough PE3 8SB, and the company registration number is 00102630 England. Capitol Holdings Ltd registered office is 10B Beckett Way, Parkwest Business Park, Dublin 12, and company registration number is 163008. To discover more about Thomas Cook Sport, log on to www.thomascooksport.comlast_img read more

Mandela returns to his inauguration site

first_img11 December 2013 Nelson Mandela’s body has returned to the Union Buildings in Pretoria where he was sworn in as South Africa’s first democratically elected president almost 20 years ago. In 1994, the Union Buildings played host to his inauguration, heralding the beginning of a new era in South Africa’s history. On Tuesday, Mandela’s body arrived in a glass-sided hearse just before 8am from 1 Military Hospital in Thaba Thswane with his coffin draped in the South African flag. He will lie in state at the newly renamed Nelson Mandela Amphitheatre, where the public will have an opportunity to view the body of the father of the nation. His grandson, Ndaba Mandela, welcomed Madiba’s body at the amphitheatre. The public will be able to view the body from noon until 5:30pm. No cameras or mobile phones will be permitted. The public viewing will be preceded by a viewing by the Mandela family and several heads of state. There will also be a parade with a gun carriage drawn by soldiers, a 21-gun salute, and a moment of silence. There will be a constant vigil at Mandela’s coffin and a funeral procession led by the military’s national ceremonial guard. Officials announced on Monday that access to the Union Buildings for viewing the body would be restricted – only those in buses provided by the City of Tshwane would be allowed in. Members of the public have been asked use the park-and-ride facilities at the Tshwane Events Centre in Pretoria West, the LC De Villiers Sports Facility in Hatfield, and Fountains Valley Park. The buses will drop people off at the Union Buildings where they will be allowed to walk past and look inside the glass-topped coffin. On Thursday and Friday, the public will have access to the amphitheatre from 8am until 5.30pm. Source: read more

Livestock diseases a global threat worth monitoring

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Don “Doc” SandersThis month’s column is more serious than most. If you’re looking for entertainment and my usual wild stories, you may want to skip this one. But this column is a must-read, if you raise livestock and/or care about the American food supply (and if you’re like me, you like to eat). Livestock disease outbreaks are occurring every day somewhere in the world. These diseases, if not contained, could threaten our food supply and lifestyle in a way that most Americans are too naïve to fathom.It will pay you to be aware of this situation, so you can be prepared. For starters, here are a few facts that escape most Americans.Many diseases are zoonotic. This means they can spread from animals to humans, or vice versa.An example is avian influenza, which can pass from birds to humans. Remember the avian flu outbreak a couple years ago? More than five million turkeys and chickens had to be euthanized when the flu virus swept through flocks throughout the U.S.Other animal diseases do not spread to humans. But they can cause huge economic losses to farmers and the entire food supply chain, from transportation to processing, to institutional food programs, to retail grocery stores and restaurants.You may remember when in 2013 PED (Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea) killed more than seven million baby pigs in the U.S. — not counting millions more in other countries such as China. Now you know why the price of bacon rose.It was discovered that virus-carrying swine feed ingredients from China caused this PED outbreak. Feed has been suspected of carrying diseases around the world for years, but this was a first when it was proven.You may think I’m raising alarm over old news. But several potential disease outbreaks are on the horizon, deeply concerning U.S. health authorities. These include African Swine Fever (ASF), Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) and a new Avian Influenza outbreak. Several diseases could directly threaten Americans, while some have popped up in countries where American companies do business.African Swine Fever is a disease that’s new to American interests. It has cropped up in China with over 16 outbreaks reported recently. Apparently, it was transported from Russia across the border to a pig farm in northern Heilongjiang province. Nobody can explain how it happened — at least no one who will admit to knowing anything about it.The Chinese pig farmer recognized he had sick hogs, so he loaded them on a truck and transported them to the closest packing plant, 1,100 miles south. Talk about a recipe for spreading the disease! When he arrived at the packing plant most of the pigs were dead. No one has said if the pigs were disposed of or processed. It’s anyone’s guess.Since that time, 15 more ASF outbreaks have occurred in China. These outbreaks seemed unrelated, as they popped up in many locations. American veterinary scientists have volunteered to assist the Chinese government with control of the epidemic. I was involved with making contacts, but Chinese authorities declined our assistance and have remained tight-lipped since the earliest reports of the disease outbreak.Even though American officials are concerned about ASF, they have deeper worries. They are on edge about FMD — not if FMD will occur in the U.S. but when it will occur!Foot and Mouth Disease (not to be confused with Foot in Mouth Disease, with which I’m afflicted) was eradicated from the U.S. in 1929. Now FMD is persistent in several South American countries, Europe and many Third World countries that don’t have the resources to establish disease containment or eradication plans. Such plans inconvenience American tourists, but such measures can prevent disease from crossing borders.The threat of FMD will affect more than farmers. Every American citizen will feel the inconvenience of efforts to control the disease. Humans aren’t susceptible to either of these diseases but can carry either of them on their clothes or in illicit food products purchased in a country with these viruses.Ten-mile zones around disease outbreaks will be quarantined. Police, sheriff’s deputies and National Guard will be mobilized to ensure the integrity of the quarantine zones.Dairy farms will be especially encumbered by the restrictions, because milk must be picked up every day. Milk trucks will have to be disinfected upon entering the zone to pick up a dairy farm’s milk and disinfected once again when leaving the farm with the milk.What makes this especially difficult for dairy farms is that they will need to plan for a “clean” zone equipped with disinfection equipment for milk pickup. The other option is to construct a neutral zone where trucks can load without entering the dairy farm.Most dairy farms today are struggling to survive. Because of the depth of their economic woes, very few dairymen have developed a plan in the event of a quarantine. Without a plan, they could have to wait days, or perhaps weeks, before they could market their milk. Since dairies harvest milk every day, a dairyman will be put in the situation of having to dump his cows’ milk until he has developed a USDA-approved written plan and acquired disinfecting equipment.Because of their economic circumstances, some dairymen will not be inclined to make the extra effort that a quarantine will require. They will be more inclined to sell their herds. I understand their emotions, as being a dairyman is extremely difficult these days.Selling their herds won’t be easy either, because it could take weeks for the dairymen to get a permit to move the cows off the farm. Without a USDA-approved quarantine plan, these dairymen will be in limbo.My advice to all livestock owners is to discuss and plan a course of action with a veterinarian who is familiar with requirements, so they can continue operating in the wake of a catastrophic disease such as FMD. But most veterinarians aren’t yet up to speed on the requirements.The 2013 PED outbreak in baby pigs is just a mini version of what could happen in a major disease outbreak. PED killed baby pigs only. Even then, swine operations had pickup truck loads of carcasses to dispose of.Contingency plans are needed for disposal of animal carcasses in the event of widespread animal deaths or mass euthanasia. Suffice it to say, officials with Homeland Security and the USDA have been researching plans for wholesale disposal of livestock by burial, composting, cremation and alkali digestors.Which brings to mind the Louisiana official I met at a meeting in Amarillo on animal carcass disposal methods during an epidemic disease outbreak (yes, I live a glamorous life). He told me that in the Pelican state they have their own 100% efficient disposal method. With a slow drawl he explained, “We drag the carcasses down to the river bank and let the alligators clean them up. We just need a knife to let the air out of them before the alligators will touch them.”last_img read more

Where are the Good Mobile Coupons?

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#mobile#Trends#web Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img sarah perez Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Headed out to do some shopping and looking for a few good deals? Thanks to the proliferation of smartphones and their accompanying mobile applications, the ability to access geo-targeted coupons from nearby merchants on your handheld device is easier than ever. Or is it? In theory, you should be able to go into any store, launch an app and find a coupon for that business which could then be presented to the cashier. We have the technology – it is possible. In practice, however, this sort of mobilized “discount shopping” experience is still quite a ways off. In Apple’s ecosystem alone, dozens of applications are returned when you search iTunes for “mobile coupons.” But after some experimentation with a handful of the top names (and a couple of newcomers), the experience was less than desirable. In my tests of several of these mobile coupon apps, I used an iPhone, but many of the apps mentioned below are multi-platform, supported on devices like Android and Blackberry, too. Problem #1: Which App Has a Coupon for This Store? For starters, despite living in a relatively large metro area (Tampa Bay, Florida – which, for the geographically unaware, is the fourth most populous metropolitan area in the Southeast U.S.), there were relatively few coupons available no matter which service was used. That’s surprising, given the fact that nearly every major national chain is represented here. But in one app, there would be coupons for a national chain like “GNC” and in another app there would be coupons for the national chain “Domino’s Pizza” and in yet another app there would be coupons for a Tampa Bay-based chain of restaurants, but despite my searches, I couldn’t find a single app that housed all the offers in one comprehensive listing. Why is that? And had I actually wanted to use a particular coupon, it would have taken several minutes of launching multiple apps and searching for that business in order to locate which app offered it. That’s hardly convenient when you’re on the move and in a hurry. Problem #2: How Do I Use This Coupon? Then let’s say I actually found a coupon worth using. The process for doing so is entirely different, given the app being used. For example, in Yowza!!, you’re given a coupon code (similar to what you would use on a website at checkout) which you’re supposed to give to a cashier – a cashier who, according to the app’s included FAQ, may have no idea what to do with it, requiring you to ask a manager for help. In mobiQpons, you’re presented with what looks like an actual coupon that could have appeared in a local paper and you can tap it to make it appear full-screen. In Coupon Sherpa, however, most coupons appeared via the application’s in-app Web browser which directs you to a page on that company’s website where the coupon resides. Some of these have barcodes, some do not and in at least one case, the coupon didn’t load – only the mobile website did. Oops!Problem #3: Geo-Targeting Needs ImprovementThen there is the geo-targeting functionality, which is, in many cases, limited to a display of nearby offers, only available once the app is launched. Where are the push notifications, I ask? In mobiQpons, I could turn on push “reminders” about offers from favorite stores, but in Cellfire and Coupon Sherpa, there weren’t push notifications even available. Yowza!! asked if it could send me push notifications (as did Qponomics), but in Yowza!! only your pre-configured favorite stores could send you push notifications, given permission. The same was true for Shopary, a “shopping diary” type app. Neither were smart enough to know that you were at “Finish Line,” for example, and send you messages at that time – they would only ping you when new offers became available. Qponomics actually had so few deals, I couldn’t even test it and although a newcomer called Shooger offered real-time, daily or weekly notifications, it was unclear how these worked given the app’s lack of an included “how to” section. Granted, the geo-targeting issues have partially to do with the lack of precision of the GPS systems in today’s smartphones. If you’re at a mall, for example, it doesn’t know which store you’re in as the shops are all so close together. Hopefully, now that the next-generation of GPS satellites have been launched into orbit with their exact targeting capabilities, the ability for apps to know precisely where you are will become possible sometime in the future. Problem #4: You Still Need a Printer Finally, there was the challenge of using mobile grocery coupons. As mentioned earlier, I’ve been using GroceryIQ for building shopping lists and there is relatively decent mobile coupon integration built into the app, courtesy of (which, for what it’s worth, has its own independent application if coupons are all you’re after). However, despite the fact that the offers are available right there in both these mobile applications, you have to print them out in order to use them at checkout. Correction: You may have to print coupons in order to use them at checkout. GroceryIQ has a “Savings Card” option which will save coupons to a store loyalty card at supported stores. In my metro area, the stores I frequent (Publix, Sweetbay, Whole Foods and Fresh Market) were not supported so I was unaware of the option. GroceryIQ currently supports Safeway, VONS, Dominick’s, Genuardi’s, Randalls, Tom Thumb, Pavilions, and Carrs. The app offers a similar feature. Perhaps the problem here is that supermarkets just aren’t ready to handle mobile coupons at checkout. Plus, imagine the horror of being behind someone in line as they fiddled with a mobile app to pull up coupon after coupon so the cashier could scan barcodes. Clearly, this technology still needs improvement. I’d imagine that, in a perfect world, you could present the cashier with a single barcode to scan that would somehow translate all your offers into discounts readable by their in-house systems. But that’s not something an independent developer could create for smartphones, the grocery chain would have to be involved itself before that technology became possible. For Now, Barcode Scanning is Better for SavingAlthough all the apps tested, as noted, were on the iPhone and this certainly wasn’t a comprehensive lineup (I’m expecting the emails from PR staff as soon as I hit publish), the experience was disheartening enough to make me give up – for now at least – on using mobile coupons at all. Frankly, they’re more trouble than they’re worth at this point in time. Far more useful for everyday savings are the barcode scanning apps like RedLaser and ShopSavvy, which let you know if you’re getting a good deal on what you’re buying. Although they won’t give you a coupon for the item scanned, you’ll at least know if there’s a better price available down the street or online. last_img read more

Seven killed in U.P. road accident

first_imgSix students and a teacher were crushed to death while two others were injured after being hit by a speeding bus on the Lucknow-Agra Expressway on Monday morning, the police said. According to a police spokesperson, the accident happened in Tirwa area of the district at around 4 a.m. “The students were filling diesel from one bus to another when they were run over by a bus which was passing by. As of now seven persons, including a teacher and students, have died, while two others are injured,” the police spokesperson said. The students were from Sant Kabirnagar district and were going to Haridwar. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has expressed sorrow over the loss of life. A U.P. government spokesperson said that Mr. Adityanath has condoled the death of six Basic Training Certificate students and a teacher of Prabha Devi Vidyalaya, Sant Kabirnagar, in a road accident in Kannauj. THe Chief Minister has announced a financial assistance of ₹2 lakh for the kin of each of the deceased and ₹50,000 for each of the injured persons. He has also directed the officials to get an FIR registered in the matter and asked them to provide proper medical treatment to the injured persons.last_img read more

Sudin Dhavalikar seeks disqualification of 2 former MGP MLAs

first_imgFormer Goa Deputy Chief Minister and lone MLA of Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) Sudin Dhavalikar on Friday filed a petition before the acting Speaker seeking disqualification of two former party MLAs, who joined the BJP on March 27. In his petition, Mr. Dhavalikar claimed that the “bedroom merger” of two MGP MLAs — Manohar Ajgaonkar and Dipak Pauskar — in the absence of a formal merger of the MGP into the BJP attracts grounds for disqualification under the Tenth Schedule of the Constitution. “The Tenth Schedule of the Constitution of India does not postulate a ‘bedroom merger’ by which the members of the legislature party would meet at a bedroom at midnight and claim that a merger has taken place even of the original political party,” the petition filed with the office of the Speaker on Friday said. Mr. Dhavalikar, in his petition further said that the MGP — as a party — had not taken any resolution to merge with the BJP and the two MLAs had voluntarily resigned from the regional party, thus attracting disqualification. In the drama which unfolded well past night on March 27, Mr. Ajgaonkar, and Mr. Pauskar split from the party, formed a separate legislative unit and merged it with the BJP. The merger, as approved by acting Speaker Michael Lobo, reduced the strength of the MGP in the Goa Assembly to one MLA, Sudin Dhavalikar, who was dropped from the State cabinet by Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, within hours of this development. Mr. Ajgaonkar was appointed Dy. Chief Minister, while Mr. Pauskar was inducted into the Cabinet as Public Works Minister. Since then the MGP has informally broken away from the BJP-led coalition alliance and contested the April 23 Parliamentary elections and three assembly by-polls against the Bharatiya Janata Party.last_img read more

Noel Holmes Hospital Gets Ambulance

first_img The Noel Holmes Hospital in Lucea, Hanover, recently received a new state-of-the-art ambulance, courtesy of the United Kingdom (UK) Chapter of the Friends of Noel Holmes Hospital. The Noel Holmes Hospital in Lucea, Hanover, recently received a new state-of-the-art ambulance, courtesy of the United Kingdom (UK) Chapter of the Friends of Noel Holmes Hospital.The official handover of the ambulance was held on November 10, on the grounds of the hospital. The acquisition of the vehicle, which is valued at £40,000, was the brainchild of founder and chairperson of the charity, Gloria Leslie.Mrs. Leslie who is from Cascade in Hanover, but now lives in the UK, said the vehicle is fully fitted with the most modern life-saving equipment.She thanked the many supporters who helped to raise funds and assisted with the purchasing, shipping and clearance of the ambulance, including corporate sponsors Grace Foods and Victoria Mutual.“Your critically ill can now be safely transferred to Montego Bay. It has been a long and exhausting road, but now we have a positive outcome… . We hope to assist in improving healthcare delivery in Hanover,” she said.“I was born and raised in Cascade, Hanover, so I am a passionate Hanoverian. It is my passion to do this charity work for the people of Hanover,” Mrs. Leslie added.Senior Medical Officer of the Noel Holmes Hospital, Dr. Patrice Monthrope, in his remarks, said he is extremely pleased to accept the ultramodern gift, which will help the hospital to transfer its critical-care patients and staff in comfort.“We rely heavily on transferring patients from this facility to our receiving centres. This is a fantastic gift,” Dr. Monthrope said.In May last year, Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, had put measures in place to make it easier for individuals and charitable organisations, such as the Friends of Noel Holmes Hospital, to support the health sector, after receiving complaints of bureaucratic delays at Customs and at the Ministry.Dr. Tufton subsequently strengthened the Health for Life and Wellness Foundation in the Ministry, which deals with contributions of that nature and the coordination of non-profit activities within the Jamaican health sector.The Minister said, at the time, that the Government would make it easier for people, whether local or overseas, to make donations, as they have a key role to play in helping the country bridge the gaps within the healthcare system.He also contended that the move was of critical importance due to the significant in-kind and other contributions the more-than-200 charities have been providing for the development of the public health sector, which is estimated at about $4 billion. Story Highlights Mrs. Leslie who is from Cascade in Hanover, but now lives in the UK, said the vehicle is fully fitted with the most modern life-saving equipment. Senior Medical Officer of the Noel Holmes Hospital, Dr. Patrice Monthrope, in his remarks, said he is extremely pleased to accept the ultramodern gift, which will help the hospital to transfer its critical-care patients and staff in comfort. last_img read more

The five craziest bids for Amazons new HQ

first_imgIBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/1:00Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:59?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Close The five craziest bids for Amazons new HQcenter_img Amazon has received 238 proposals from cities to set-up its second headquarters location. Here are some of the most creative bids Amazon received.last_img read more

PBS stares back at 18gigapixel ARGUS drone imaging system

first_img © 2013 Explore further More information: … e-of-the-drones.html (—Described as the next generation of surveillance, and representing the world’s highest resolution camera, the ARGUS-IS, which stands for Autonomous Real-Time Ground Ubiquitous Surveillance Imaging System, is featured on PBS’ NOVA program on drones, which describes the latest technologies behind drones. The program carries a demonstration of the imaging system, which is the result of development work at BAE Systems, a defense, security and aerospace company. The BAE team developed the ARGUS-IS array as a project funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The importance of this surveillance imaging system centers on its unprecedented capability in finding, tracking and monitoring events in real time. The system was demonstrated by Dr. John Antoniades, technical group director for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Exploitation Technologies at BAE. The demo was part of the NOVA episode “Rise of the Drones.” He did not show the real Argus sensor because it is classified. Antoniades said the government, however, gave permission to discuss its basic capabilities. He made reference to the system having the world’s highest resolution camera, which can be attached to the belly of a UAV. Flight-tests autonomous multi-target, multi-user tracking capability Citation: PBS stares back at 1.8-gigapixel ARGUS drone imaging system (2013, January 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from With its capabilities, the system can detail areas within a very broad context, with enough zoom power to see people waving their arms and walking around in parking lots. This is a 1.8-gigapixel video surveillance platform that can resolve details as small as six inches from an altitude of 17,500 feet. He said its imaging power involves basic cellphone technology. The BAE team decided to string together 368 imaging sensors focused on the ground via image-stabilized telescopic lenses. In this manner, the ARGUS-IS array links together images to perform surveillance over enormous terrain in realtime.In February 2010, after completing a flight test of the ARGUS-IS, Dr. Steven Wein, BAE director of optical sensor systems, spoke of its technical edge over previous work in imaging systems. “Very high-resolution imaging systems required for vehicle and dismount tracking typically have a ‘soda-straw’ view that is too small for persistent coverage. Existing wide-area systems have either inadequate resolution or require multiple passes or revisits to get updates.” He said that the ARGUS-IS system overcomes the fundamental limitations of current airborne surveillance systems.In 2007, BAE Systems received an $18.5 million contract from DARPA to develop a new class of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance systems and capabilities. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more