Colombia Honors Ecuadorean Soldier Killed in FARC Attack Posthumously

first_img Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón gave the Ecuadorean Ambassador in Colombia, Raúl Vallejo, Maldonado’s posthumous award during the Ministry of Defense’s anniversary celebration, an official from the Ministry reported. On August 14, the Colombian Ministry of Defense honored Ecuadorean Soldier Diego Maldonado with a posthumous military award. Maldonado died last week during an attack by the Colombian FARC guerrillas on the border with Ecuador. By Dialogo August 16, 2013 The Colombian government blamed the FARC for the attack, in which five guerrillas were also killed, and another Ecuadorean soldier was wounded. Maldonado’s award was the Ministry of Defense’s Military Medal for Distinguished Service. Furthermore, Pinzón sent his condolences to the deceased officer’s family. The minister also praised the “good will” of the Ecuadorean and Colombian governments for working jointly on border security. Maldonado, a 28-year-old lieutenant, died on August 8 during the attack by an illegal group against the Ecuadorean Army on the border with Colombia. last_img read more

Pumas win built on emotion

first_img But the enduring images were of Argentina players crying before kick-off as the national anthem played and the sight of exciting backs crossing the Ireland line from free-flowing moves. “It’s part of our DNA, we play with our heart in our hand,” Hourcade said after Argentina reached a World Cup semi-final for only the second time in their history. “We feel it inside and the players show this on the pitch before the game. “It was the same after the game, it was very emotional. “My mum is ill so that made me emotional as well. “Also with the anthem the emotion that we feel then translates on the pitch as well, and that’s the most important thing.” Argentina’s only previous World Cup semi-final appearance came in France eight years ago, but that was based on forward power alone rather than an all-round game which the Pumas currently possess. But the Pumas have sharpened their attacking claws since the Rugby Championship was formed in 2012 and they joined southern hemisphere super-powers Australia, New Zealand and South Africa in a four-team competition. The exhilarating Pumas scored four tries to set up a semi-final showdown with Australia next weekend, their 43-20 victory their first over Ireland since the 2007 World Cup in France. Argentina’s only concern on a momentous day at the Millennium Stadium was a leg injury to their skipper Agustin Creevy, the hooker forced off in the closing stages with an injury which could threaten his participation in the Twickenham semi-final. That quartet will now make the semi-final line-up at this World Cup after Australia sneaked past Scotland in the final quarter-final, and Hourcade said the growth of Argentinian rugby in the last three years had been enormous. “Since 2012 we started changing, we started building,” Hourcade said. “It’s not something that has just started, it goes a long way back. “But since that moment it was even more important. “Playing the best on a yearly basis requires a level of perfection that makes you get used to it. “This kind of game becomes normal, plus we like it. “This is how we feel about it and the players like carrying it through.” Pumas back-rower Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe said Argentina had achieved their pre-tournament objectives by guaranteeing themselves at least seven games, with a semi-final and either a final or a bronze medal match to come. “We had some objectives at the start of the tournament, the first was to qualify and the second was to play seven games,” Fernandez Lobbe said. “Now we want to play on Saturday the 31st (in the final). “It’s going to be very tough, but it’s really nice because there’s nothing bigger than a World Cup. “To deliver like that today is awesome. “We saw the Wallabies in the summer, they have a very good team and a very good breakdown. “They play with a lot of freedom but it is a semi-final and we need to give everything on the pitch.” Argentina coach Daniel Hourcade spoke of an emotion-filled Pumas dressing room after the South Americans ended Ireland’s World Cup dream in Cardiff. Press Associationlast_img read more

Inside Conditions…‘Too little, too late’

first_imgAs I viewed the AFC and NFC Championship games last weekend, I almost instantly had a “retro” moment back to the firing, resignation, permanent sabbatical or “whatchamacallit” of Steelers now ex-offensive coordinator Bruce Arians. The only question I have and have posed for the last three years is what took them so long and does the Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin have any “juice” in regards to hiring and firing? The termination could not have been based on Arians’ 2011 body of work because Pittsburgh finished the regular season with an above average record of 12-4. Since everyone has finished slapping their “kill” the defense bumper stickers on broken down vehicles along with donning one of their spare pairs of rose colored glasses, maybe finally the Steelers nation will take an honest look at one of the more Steelers’ questionable hires during the past decade. The precepts of the “Rooney” rule seem to have been thrashed and dashed since the hiring of Tomlin.From the outset, the hiring was considered faulty because it was supposedly based on the “Rooney” rule which in turn was predicated on the dreaded and despised “affirmative action” concept because as we all know, most African-Americans have to be given opportunities because in the normal work place they would almost never have the skills to secure such positions by their qualifications and merit alone, right? Wrong. When White candidates are awarded positions because of “confirmative” action, you know guys just walking in with little or no experience and still getting the job just because they are White, there is no griping about any racial prerequisites that assured their employment.The first Black NFL head coach of the modern era, Art Shell was hired in 1990 by the Oakland Raiders after serving as a player and assistant coach for the Raiders for 20 years. Former Colts and Buccaneers head coach Tony Dungy had been a head-coaching prospect as early as the 1980s, but he was passed up year after year until he finally was named the head coach of the Buccaneers in 1996. At the time Dungy was 45 years old. Jon Gruden was named head coach of the Raiders at the age of 35 and ex-Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels was hired at 32. Both coaches are White so in their case, there was no need for a “Rooney” rule. Black coaches Herm Edwards (47), Dennis Green (43) and Ray Rhodes (45) were all well over forty before becoming head coaches and are now ex-head coaches. Romeo Crennel, the ex- New England Patriots D-coordinator, ex-Cleveland Browns head coach, ex-Kansas City Chiefs D-coordinator, now the Chiefs head coach is a defensive mastermind yet it took Crennel beating the undefeated Green Bay Packers for him to get another shot.There is also a different imagery promoted about Black coaches when their demeanor and coaching styles are depicted. When Bill Cowher or current 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh are profiled with the sputum of excitement and harsh words flying, they are defined as emotional and passionate. However, when Black coaches become irritated and display the same traits they are pictured as “angry with an attitude.” In a league where they monitor the color of the shoes that a player wears along with almost everything else, image is obviously the primary motivator for any action or reaction. In a University of Pennsylvania study titled: “Has the NFL’s Rooney Rule Efforts ‘Leveled the Field’ for African American Head Coach Candidates?” Janice F. Madden and Matthew Ruther, who co-authored the study, showed that; “African American National Football League (NFL) head coaches significantly out-performed their White counterparts between 1990 and 2002. They conclude that this evidence is consistent with the hypothesis that African Americans had to be better coaches than Whites in order to be hired as a head coach in the NFL.”Three teams this season have relieved themselves of head coaches whose skin contained significant amounts of melanin. The Raiders fired Hue Jackson, the Indy Colts gave Jim Caldwell his walking papers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers gave the pink slip to Raheem Morris. Let’s see if the racial balance remains the same. If the league can entertain, promote and award two brothers Jim and John Harbaugh with head coaching jobs (49ers and Ravens respectively), then why the heck is it so hard to find and hire Black head coaches. Carrie Daklin a correspondent for bleacherreport.com calls the Rooney Rule “ridiculous” and poses the question; “do they [Black coaches] dance better too?” Sure they do and the NFL can sure as hell can find enough Black players. It’s time to quit “fakin’ the funk” and get… real. As far as leveling the playing field for Black NFL coaches; they are for all intents and purposes still “benched” on the sidelines of the hiring process(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: [email protected] or 412-583-6741. Bruce is also the NFL/AFC North analyst on the “Odd Couple Sports Show’ streaming live on Fox Sports radio; WCWA 1230am, Toledo, Ohio, Wednesdays from 11-11:30 a.m.)last_img read more

Microsoft Surface Gains Early Lead Among Windows 8 Devices, Ad Data Indicates

first_imgRelated Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#Microsoft#Surface#Windows 8#Windows Phone Although the data might be a little uncertain, figures released by AdDuplex indicate that Microsoft’s Surface is winning the early race to be the most popular Windows 8/ Windows RT device. At least as calculated by which platforms are acccessing ads on the company’s network.An AdDuplex blog post shows the Surface clearly leading in the tablet and the notebook space, while the Nokia Lumia phones (specifically the older, Windows Phone 7-based Lumia 710) are showing an early lead within Windows Phone. That said, the data also shows Windows Phone 8 capturing 4% of the available Windows Phone views in just a week.However, HP’s PC chief, Todd Bradley, recently told CiteWorld that the Surface is receiving too much hype. “I’d hardly call Surface competition,” Bradley sniffed. “One, very limited distribution. It tends to be slow and a little kludgey as you use it… It’s expensive. Holistically, the press has made a bigger deal out of Surface than what the world has chosen to believe.”“We’re not entering the consumer tablet fray any time soon,” Bradley added, noting that HP does plan to offer a consumer tablet, but not before next year, and most likely a convertible, at that. For now, HP is focused on the enterprise, although it showed off the HP Envy X2 last month. On The Surface, Surface Is WinningBut if the AdDuplex data is to be believed, Bradley’s comments might be seen as spin control. That’s because HP’s own products are just behind the Surface in terms of market share, although a significant gap exists between the two. AdDuplex shows the Surface capturing 11% of all ad impressions, with the HP Pavilion g6 and dv6 notebooks grabbing 2% and 1% of the rest. Far exceeding all of these, however, is the “other” category, with 81% of the totals.  markhachman The enormous “other” category most likely comprises the numerous legacy devices that have been upgraded to Windows 8 as well as generic new PCs  shipped with Windows 8. “Surface is already the most popular single device running Windows 8/RT with 11& of the overall “market”,” AdDuplex said. “That said, we had hits from almost 3,000 different devices running Windows 8 (or Windows RT) in a single day.”With Windows 8 and Surface sales still measured in weeks, not months, it’s difficult to ascribe any real adjectives to describe the success of the Surface launch. AdDuplex didn’t break out the total numbers of impressions; “they are specific to AdDuplex and releasing them would only result in unnecessary speculation,” said Alan Mendelevich, who runs AdDuplex. He also cautioned that ad impressions don’t necessarily correspond to device sales. And, since the company’s network caters exclusively to Windows Phone and Windows 8 apps, it’s difficult to know how Windows 8 products are faring as a whole.That’s a lot of disclaimers, but within the ad sales on Windows 8 this initial data point makes it appears that the Surface is the early winner.Steve Ballmer’s comments to a French-language magazine, in which he reportedly described the Surface tablets as selling “modestly,” was later spun by Microsoft as “in relation to the company’s approach in ramping up supply and distribution of Surface with Windows RT, which has only been available via our online store and Microsoft retail stores in the U.S and Canada,” according to CNET. Instead, Microsoft said, people should think about the Surface launch as what Ballmer has characterized as “fantastic.” More Microsoft Hardware ComingOn stage at the Churchill Club on Monday night, Ballmer used the term “spectacular” to characterize the launch of Windows 8, and talked about how the Surface represented the best of both worlds of tablets and notebook PCs. As for competing against its manufacturing partners, Ballmer acknowledged that Microsoft was “carefully” managing its relationships.“Do I anticipate that partners of ours will build the lion’s share of all Windows devices over the next five years? The answer is, absolutely,” Ballmer said, as quoted by Reuters. “With that said, it is absolutely clear that there is an innovation opportunity on the scene between hardware and software and that is a scene that must not go unexploited at all by Microsoft.” (A full replay of Ballmer’s conversation with LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman at the Churchill Club is available on fora.tv for $9.95.)Some took that to mean that Microsoft is indeed building a Surface-like version of the Windows Phone. Other interpretations could be that additional Surface revisions could be on the way – whether or not that merely includes the Intel Core-based “Pro” version of the Surface due next year or other hardware is still unknown. What seems to be happening with the Surface is this: Consumers, perhaps unsure of which Windows 8 tablet to buy, have chosen the product, Surface, from the manufacturer that designed the operating system. Is this a case of consumers buying the manufacturer-approved hardware, such as the Google-blessed “Nexus” line of phones or tablets? Microsoft’s huge advertising push? Or some other reason? A Good Start for Windows Phone 8?Apart from Windows 8 and Windows RT, observers are also trying to puzzle out how well Windows Phone 8 is doing. But the AdDuplex data could be skewed because the existing installed base of Windows Phone 7-based hardware should be expected to dominate overall Windows Phone ad impressions. (Again, we have no real sales data for Windows Phone 8 devices at this point.) Four Nokia phones running older versions of Windows Phone – the Lumia 710, 800, 610, and 900 – dominate the impressions, capturing two-thirds of all Windows Phone-based AdDuplex impressions. AdDuplex also reported that it’s difficult to tell what Windows Phone 8 phones have been detected, because of reporting problems with the various Nokia models. But overall, Windows Phone 8 captured 4% of the total Windows Phone impressions in a week, an auspicious start. (Want to know what ReadWrite thought of Windows Phone 8? Here’s a hint: We liked it.) So what does this all mean? If the Surface really does succeed, it will be interesting to see what responses comes from Windows hardware makers. Will they try to outdo Microsoft’s hardware, or back off and try to find a path that doesn’t go head on against the company that supplies the operating they use? On the other hand, if you total up all of the products under a given manufactuer, HP is number one (with 24%), followed by Microsoft (17%). The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

7 days agoEl Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid postponed

first_imgEl Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid postponedby Carlos Volcano7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveThis month’s El Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid has been postponed because of fears of civil unrest.The match was scheduled for 26 October but there have been days of protest in Barcelona after nine Catalan separatist leaders were jailed on Monday.Both Barcelona and Real Madrid disagreed with calls to switch the game to Madrid.The clubs must agree a new date by Monday.La Liga made the postponement request because of “exceptional circumstances beyond our control” as more protests are expected in Barcelona on the day of the match.Protests have continued into a fifth day in Spain’s Catalonia region with protesters clashing with riot police. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

6 days agoREVEALED: Why Man Utd teammates mocking Fred

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say REVEALED: Why Man Utd teammates mocking Fredby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United teammates are mocking Fred’s decision to get married during pre-season after he mistakenly thought he would make Brazil’s Copa America squad. The Brazilian midfielder missed the first chunk of United’s summer tour due to his wedding being booked for July.The Times says Fred has been paying the price for his summer gaffe and became the ‘butt of the jokes’.Having booked his wedding for July 14, the Brazilian reportedly had to plead with boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to get time off. The 26-year-old midfielder has struggled to live up to his £52m price tag since he joined the club from Shaktar Donetsk in the summer of 2018. last_img read more

13 hours agoScholes backs Man Utd to sign Arsenal playmaker Ozil: The missing link

first_imgScholes backs Man Utd to sign Arsenal playmaker Ozil: The missing linkby Freddie Taylor13 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Paul Scholes thinks his former club could use Mesut Ozil’s skills.The German seems destined to leave Arsenal after being left out of their last five match day squads.United have struggled to break down deep-lying teams this season, and Scholes believes Ozil could solve that problem.Asked whether Ozil could be a difference-maker for United, Scholed replied: “Man Utd could do with someone like Ozil who can link a team together.”[He is] a player who can link teams together. He has got great quality, he’s shown that in his career.”He could be an answer short-term, I don’t know. I think that would be up to him, ultimately.”I can’t [see it happening], but he’s the type of player, short-term, who United could do with.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Wilhelmsens Income Narrowed in 2017

first_imgzoom Norway-based maritime industry group Wilh.Wilhelmsen Holding ASA saw a 15 percent reduction in its total income for 2017.The group’s total income was USD 793 million for the year, down from USD 930 million reported in 2016. The income reflected reduced operating revenue within maritime services, a material net sales gain from reclassification of assets and income from the new supply service segment in the fourth quarter.Total comprehensive income attributable to owners of parent was USD 11 million in 2017, plunging from USD  263 million in the previous year.During the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, the company completed structural changes initiated one year earlier, which had material bearing on the reported results, lifting net profit for the quarter.Wilhelmsen’s total income in the fourth quarter of 2017 was USD 205 million, surging from USD 104 million reported in the third quarter of the year. This was the first quarter with full consolidation of NorSea Group.Together with increased sales in maritime services, this supported a 42% uplift in operating revenue when compared with the previous quarter.Total comprehensive income attributable to owners of the parent was USD 16 million in the fourth quarter, down from USD 18 million reported in the previous quarter.“The group has successfully completed several structural changes creating value for shareholders. Markets are challenging, but Wilhelmsen continues to hold leading positions in main business segments. The group is positioned for future growth, and the board expects to see positive developments in main markets,” Wilhelmsen said.last_img read more

CanniMed says hostile takeover bid by Aurora weighing on share value

first_imgTORONTO – CanniMed Therapeutics Inc. is urging its shareholders to reject a hostile takeover bid by competitor Aurora Cannabis Inc., criticizing the value of the proposed deal and its effect on its share price.In a letter to shareholders released Wednesday, the Saskatoon-based medical marijuana producer said its shares are trading above Aurora’s offer of $24 and would likely be higher if it were not for the all-stock hostile bid.CanniMed said Aurora is offering shares that were worth only half as much just two weeks before its hostile bid was announced last fall and that it is inferior to its own proposed acquisition of Tragically Hip-backed Newstrike Resources Ltd. (TSXV:HIP).“The combination of CanniMed and Newstrike creates a major player across the Canadian recreational and global medical markets and will be valued as such,” CanniMed said in the letter to shareholders.“We see a clear path to $37 per CanniMed share — or more.”Aurora formally launched its hostile takeover bid for CanniMed in late November on the condition that CanniMed cancel its own planned acquisition and said its offer will remain on the table until March 9.Cam Battley, executive vice-president of Aurora, said in an emailed statement that he took issue with what he called “misleading” information attributed to him in the shareholder letter that he said was taken out of context.He later said in a telephone interview that CanniMed’s letter “just reeks of desperation.”Stock commentary website Citron Research said Wednesday that Aurora is “the weakest player in the space,” arguing that the company’s hostile bid for CanniMed shows that the company irresponsibly allocates capital. Citron said Aurora “is spending $600 million on the deal when the barriers to entry are deteriorating.”Citron also said Aurora’s stock should retrace 50 per cent, setting its short-term share target at $6.50.Battley said Aurora’s acquisitions have “benefited both our shareholders and their companies,” pointing to its investments in Radient Technologies Inc. (TSXV:RTI), Hempco Food and Fiber (TSXV:HEMP) and Cann Group in Australia.“Our strategic investments with our partners have increased in value from $40 million to $180 million, or about a 350% growth since we made those investments,” he said.The acrimonious takeover battle between the two marijuana companies was in the regulatory spotlight last month at a joint hearing involving the Saskatchewan and Ontario securities commissions.The Ontario Securities Commission ruled on Dec. 22 that any securities issued by CanniMed as a defence against a hostile takeover by Aurora will be cease-traded. Aurora, for its part, will be required to amend its takeover bid circular and related press releases to include certain information that could affect CanniMed’s shareholders when they decide to accept or reject an offer.Shares of CanniMed (TSX:CMED) closed 7.25 per cent higher, at $26.13, while Aurora (TSX:ACB) closed up 20.3 per cent, at $14.18 at the end of trading Wednesday.last_img read more