Ghana boosted by arrival of quintet

first_imgGhana coach Kwesi Appiah has been boosted by the arrival of his five remaining players at their training camp in Ethiopia ahead of Friday’s World Cup qualifier against Sudan.DR Congo-based duo of Solomon Asante and Richard Kissi Boateng as well as the Evian duo of Mohammed Rabiu and Jonathan Mensah and Mubarak Wakaso joined camp on Monday.The arrival of the quintet means the Black Stars have a full house going into Tuesday’s training session in Addis Ababa.The Black Stars have been training in the Ethiopian capital since Friday in preparation for the key match without the five players.The five players delayed their arrival because of club commitments.And the squad have no injury worries.Ghana will play Sudan in a Group D qualifier on Friday in Omdurman. The Black Stars, chasing a third consecutive appearance at the World Cup finals are just one point adrift leaders, Zambia with three matches left to play in the second round of qualifying.The team Ghana will depart the East African country for Khartoum on Wednesday.last_img read more

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s new car costs Shs11bn

first_imgThe Bugatti Chiron shifts from 0-400kph in just 42 secondsKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Cristiano Ronaldo has a new car in his already stunning collection. The latest addition to his collection is a Bugatti Chiron. The Real Madrid football star shelled out $3 million (Approx.Shs11 billion or over half of the US$18 million all MPs got for new cars in 2016) for his new supercar. This is not the first Bugatti that the footballer owns. He already has a Bugatti that costs $2.28m. But, the Bugatti Chiron may well be the costliest of the lot.The Portugese footballer already own a Lamborghini, a Rolls Royce, an Aston Martin DB9 and a Porsche Cayene Turbo among others that he is proud owner of.Ronaldo revealed his new car through an Instagram video on Sept.28 which shows him driving the car with his son in the passenger seat. He also described the car as “animal” in the caption with the video. “New animal in the building Bugatti Chiron,” he wrote.Earlier this year, Ronaldo was given the chance to test drive Bugatti Chiron and guess shelling out some money for the beast. He also got a ‘CR7’ personalised on the headrest of his seats.The Bugatti Chiron has a world record of reaching a top speed of 261mph/400kph in just 42 seconds which makes the car one of the quickest in his collection.The Bugatti Chiron takes the Veyron’s already impressive specs, to another level: four huge turbochargers and a total power output of 1103kW/1600Nm.The 8-litre W16 engine from the Veyron has been completely redesigned, propelling the new hypercar to limited top speed of 420km/h for ‘road use’. To keep it on the tar, its tyres have been specially developed courtesy of a Bugatti-Michelin partnership.The seven-speed dual-clutch transmission has also been improved, and like its predecessor, sends power to both axles. The Chiron is larger than the Veyron (82mm longer, 40mm wider and 53mm higher) and 155kg heavier for total of weight of 1995kg.It appears a brand new supercar is what you buy a man who already seems to have everything.Ronaldo looked very pleased with himself as he drove his new toy out of an underground garage with Cristiano Jr in the passenger seat.Writing on Instagram, Ronaldo said: ‘New animal in the building Bugatti Chiron.’The careven has personalised ‘CR7’ headrests. It seems no expense was spared.According to one review, if there’s any doubt about the Bugatti Chiron’s raison d’être, it’s written right on the steering wheel, on a large blue button emblazoned with one word: ENGINE. It is a marriage of modern technology to the ancient human craving to express vanity and wealth.Design director Etienne Salomé, a Parisian who is as Bugatti as Bugatti gets, explained that he didn’t want an all-TFT instrument cluster that is just a dark hole when the car is off.“When a Chiron goes to Pebble Beach in 50 years and children look in the window, I want them to see something,” he said, referring to the large analog speedometer in the center of two color screens that, when on, present car and trip data (it said we averaged 20 mpg) plus a navigation map.****Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Steelers sign free agent RB LeGarette Blount

first_imgLeGarette Blount (AP Photo/File)PITTSBURGH (AP) – The Pittsburgh Steelers and free agent running back LeGarette Blount have agreed on a two-year contract that will give the team needed depth in the backfield behind budding star Le’Veon Bell.The 27-year-old Blount ran for 772 yards and a career-high seven touchdowns in 2013 for the New England Patriots. He added 166 yards rushing and set a team playoff record with four touchdowns in a playoff win over the Indianapolis Colts.The Steelers need bodies in the backfield after Jonathan Dwyer and Felix Jones were not re-signed after last season. Blount has 2,711 yards rushing and 20 touchdowns in 56 games, with 28 career starts.The 6-foot, 250-pound Blount also gives the Steelers a big back near the goal line to complement the 6-2, 230-pound Bell.last_img read more

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M’town Students Hoping Designs are ‘Shore’ Winners

first_imgBy John BurtonMIDDLETOWN – A group of art students at Middletown High School South have demonstrated their love for the Jersey Shore and the impact Super Storm Sandy had on their lives – and that could mean $50,000 to the school.Art teacher Christen Tummillo’s students have entered a contest, sponsored by the Vans sneaker company, using the shore and the destruction Sandy wrought as their theme. Now the students are among the semifinalists in the contest and the public can cast ballots online though May 13 for their favorite designs.Middletown High School South students and their teacherdisplay the designs they have submitted to a Vans sneaker design contest and are among 50 semifinalists. They are, from left, Nina Mitarotondo, Jesse Price, Amy Mader, art teacher Christen Tummillo, Taylor Franzreb and Meghan Heigelberg.Taylor Franzreb, a student in Tummillo’s Advanced Placement art class, said she and the other students wanted to convey on a pair of sneakers how they felt about the storm’s impact. “It was like a part of our broken youth and how it could be fixed,” she said.Ultimately, Tummillo and students in her advanced placement class and Art I student Jesse Price created a design depicting images of the damaged Seaside Park rollercoaster and a wrecked boardwalk with its stark image juxtaposed with an idyllic summer’s day.“We tried to capture bold elements of New Jersey,” Franzreb said.“That was the first (design) we decided on,” Tummillo said of the Sandy-related artwork. “The hardest part was narrowing down with what we wanted to put on to it.”The storm, “especially for high school kids,” had a real affect on them, the teacher said.The contest is Vans’ Cus­tom Culture shoe customization art contest, now in its fourth year. Students from schools around the country participated by designing shoes for four themed areas.The Middletown High School students’ designs have been selected as one of 50 semifinalists from 1,500 submissions.The public now can cast votes for the entries until May 13 by going online to www.vans.com/customculture/vote/.The vote will help Vans whittle down the selection to the five top vote-winning schools. The student finalists will be invited to New York City June 10-12 for various activities and for the final decision by a yet-unnamed panel of celebrity judges, according to the company’s website.The semifinalists are competing for the top prize for their art department. Tummillo acknowledged the $50,000 would go a long way to helping the department. Runners-up could win $4,000 “which would be great because we’re out of blue paint,” Franzreb said.The Sandy-themed sneaker was submitted for the local flavor category that requires participants to offer their take on their surrounding community, city or state.The other categories are art, music and action sports that Vans has determined to be sports without bats or balls.For music the students chose jazz; for action sports they selected paddle boarding; and for art, Price lobbied and won for his idea of zombies. “Zombies are very in,” Tummillo said.The winner will see their design used and marketed on a Vans brand sneaker, according to the company.The money would be great and getting their shoe design sold in a mall would be awesome, the students said.But they said there is something else a win would do. “It sort of validates what we do,” especially since the high school is competing against some prestigious art schools, student Meghan Heidelberg said.“There is extreme talent in our school here that is sometimes overlooked,” student Nina Mitarotondo said.Tummillo is obviously proud of her students and the work they have done. “I couldn’t be involved with better students for this,” she said.last_img read more

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ASHLEYLUVSSUGAR, FLAMBOYANT, TEXAS RYANO & ITSINTHEPOST ALL PROMINENT IN GRADE II, $200,000 SAN LUIS REY STAKES ON SATURDAY; FIELD OF 12 OLDER HORSES SET TO GO 1 ½ MILES ON TURF

first_imgFLAMBOYANT: Scratched out of the Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile (turf) here on March 11, Flamboyant, a two time graded stakes winner over the course last year, tries the San Luis Rey distance for only the second time in his career.  Trained by Paddy Gallagher, he rallied from far back to take a pair of Grade II Stakes in 2016, the San Gabriel and the San Marcos.  Although it’s been tough to win from off the pace of late, Flamboyant’s connections will hope for a fast pace if they are to have their best chance on Saturday.  Owned by David Bienstock and CHRB Chairman, Charles Winner, the 6-year-old French-bred gelding has earnings of $777,058 from an overall mark of 25-5-3-7. THE GRADE II SAN LUIS REY STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 9 of 9                                                                                                        Approximate post 4:30 p.m. PST ARCADIA, Calif. (March 22, 2017)–With a wide open field of 12 horses engaged, California-bred Ashleyluvssugar, Flamboyant, Texas Ryano and Itsinthepost all rate big chances in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Luis Rey Stakes, to be contested at 1 ½ miles over the Santa Anita turf.To be run for the 66th time, the San Luis Rey, which has traditionally served as a steppingstone to the 1 ¾ miles turf San Juan Capistrano Stakes, is talent-laden from top to bottom, which should result in one of the best gambling stakes thus offered at the current Winter Meet. TEXAS RYANO: A winner of the Grade II, 1 ½ miles Hollywood Turf Cup two starts back on Nov. 25 at Del Mar, this 6-year-old full horse by Curlin disappointed as the 2-1 favorite at a mile and a quarter on turf in the Grade II San Marcos Stakes on Feb. 4, running an even sixth, beaten 3 ½ lengths.  Trained by Carla Gaines and owned by his breeder, Warren B. Williamson, Texas Ryano would be well served by a fast pace.  With three wins from 10 starts over the Santa Anita turf, he’s 19-5-3-3 overall with earnings of $438,700. ASHLEYLUVSSUGAR: A winner of the 2015 San Luis Rey, this 6-year-old California-bred gelding by Game Plan has won 4 graded stakes, all at marathon distances on turf.  In his most recent start, he stalked the pace and went on to a half length win in the California Cup Turf Classic at 1 1/8 miles on Jan. 28, earning a San Luis Rey best last-out Beyer Speed Figure of 100.  A gem of consistency for trainer Peter Eurton, the Cal Cup Classic was his eighth consecutive start in which he achieved a 100 or better Beyer figure and it was the 10th overall 100 or better Beyer.  Owned by his breeders, Sharon Alesia, Bran Jam Stable and Ciaglia Racing, LLC, Ashleyluvssugar has earnings of $1,145,004 from an overall mark of 20-9-3-3. Inordinate–Corey Nakatani–120Power Foot–Kent Desormeaux–120Flamboyant–Brice Blanc–120Ashleyluvssugar–Gary Stevens–124Liam the Charmer–Victor Espinoza–120Syntax–Rafael Bejarano–120Buster Douglas–Santiago Gonzalez–120Papacoolpapacool–Edwin Maldonado–120Texas Ryano–Joe Talamo–124Itsinthepost–Tyler Baze–120Some in Tieme–Tiago Pereira-120Site Read–Stewart Elliott–120First post time for a 9-race card on Saturday will be at 12:30 p.m.  Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.  For scratches, changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com. ITSINTHPOST: Second, beaten a half length in the Grade II San Marcos Stakes at a mile and a quarter on turf Feb. 4, this 5-year-old French-bred gelding has a pace-pressuring style similar to that of Ashleyluvssugar.  Trained by Jeff Mullins in his last eight starts, he’s been no worse than second on only one occasion but he’s still in search of his first graded stakes victory in what will be his 24th lifetime start.  With an overall mark of 23-3-6-5, Itsinthepost, who is owned by Red Baron’s Barn, LLC, has career earnings of $242,712.last_img read more

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Go powers Ateneo to cruising win

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Isaac Go fueled the Blue Eagles’ key run in the second quarter, a 24-3 tear that turned a slim 20-16 lead to a comfortable 44-17 advantage, capped by an Ange Kouame layup.Go topscored for the early favorites with 21 points on a sizzling 4-of-6 shooting from threes. He added four rebounds as Cignal-Ateneo gained an early headstart in the Aspirants Group.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsAdrian Wong also had his way from downtown, drilling five long bombs to notch 17 points, five rebounds, and four assists, as Matt Nieto contributed 14 points, seven assists, and three rebounds in the win.“This isn’t how we play in the UAAP. We’ll press a lot more, we’ll do a lot of other things that we really can’t do when our numbers are down. So offensively, I was surprised, we played pretty well,” he said. “We’re not doing a lot really, but the guys played very efficiently and that’s a good thing.” In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Isaac Go comes up huge for Ateneo. —PBA IMAGESIt was a different team that Tab Baldwin saw on the floor, a far cry from how his squad looks like in the UAAP. But the champion coach was pleased, nevertheless.Cignal-Ateneo, riding on its hot offense, cruised to a 103-75 victory over Go for Gold-CSB Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Champ team Global carries new brand, finds new home in Makati MOST READ Kouame finished with 13 points, 18 rebounds, four blocks, and two steals.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlecenter_img Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

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Public policy promotions at OFBF

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Yvonne Lesicko has been named vice president, public policy for Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. She will be responsible for managing the organization’s policy development process and its legislative, regulatory, political and legal activities at the federal, state and local levels. She has been OFBF’s senior director of legislative and regulatory policy since 2012. She succeeds Adam Sharp, who was recently named the organization’s new executive vice president.Lesicko first served on the Farm Bureau public policy team in the mid-1990s. She also was director of government relations for Cincinnati Bell Telephone. She received a bachelor’s degree from Dickinson College and a master’s degree in public administration from Ohio State University.  She is a past president of the Ohio Lobbying Association and has been active with the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, the Association of Ohio Commodores and Girl Scouts Alumnae Association. Lesicko was raised on a Huron County grain farm where her family also operated a seed processing plant. She and her husband, Scott, have a son.Brandon Kern has been named senior director of policy outreach for OFBF. In this newly created position, he will provide leadership for the organization’s efforts to develop closer relationships and provide support to rural communities, the food system and consumers. The inclusion of these groups within the public policy work of OFBF will serve to broaden and strengthen the organization’s service to its members.Kern joined the organization in 2013 as director of state policy. He formerly held various policy and legislative positions with the Ohio Senate Majority Caucus, several state senators and for the office of former U.S. Sen. George Voinovich. He is a graduate of Wright State University with a bachelor’s degree in social sciences. He is active in his local community and currently serves in the U.S. Army Reserve. Kern and his wife, Amie, are the parents of three children.last_img read more

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Qualcomm Launching SDK for Vision-Based AR on Android this Fall

first_imgchris cameron 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… This week in San Diego is Qualcomm’s Uplinq 2010 conference, which is focused on the business and technology behind mobile development. During the opening keynote, company CEO Paul Jacobs announced that Qualcomm would be releasing a free vison-based augmented reality (AR) software development kit (SDK) – potentially enabling developers to build the next generation of mobile AR apps.Vision-Based vs. Sensor-Based Jay Wright, Qualcomm’s Director of Business Development, introduced the features of the SDK during a session today at Uplinq. Qualcomm is setting its sites on the future of mobile AR applications, which it believes will center around vision-based tracking. Many applications thus far have used GPS, compass and accelerometer data to create AR views, but as Wright explains, the quality of the user experience is much lower than vison-based views.Vison-based AR hasn’t taken off as fast as sensor-based AR because the technology is difficult to develop (partly due to a dearth of tools) and device hardware has lacked the necessary computing ability to handle it properly. With improved mobile processors the latter is becoming less of a burden, and Qualcomm hopes its SDK will take care of the former.SDK Tools and FeaturesThe SDK will launch this fall and will initially only support applications built for Android 2.1 and higher. To develop the apps, developers can use he SDK as a C++ library within the Android Toolchain as well as with the Unity 3D game development tool as an extension. Unity co-founder and CEO David Helgason showed off how to port an existing 3D game into a mobile AR game using Unity and the Qualcomm AR SDK, which seemed to be a relatively easy thing to accomplish. Qualcomm is also providing a web-based tool for uploading images that can then be used as targets for image-based AR tracking. The service detects all of the trackable points on the image and automatically rates it from 0 to 5 stars based on how well it could potentially be tracked.Some of the features of the SDK include the ability to track 2D planar surfaces, like standard markers or more sophisticated image markers. It also allows for what Qualcomm is calling “virtual buttons,” which allow users to interact with virtual 3D objects in real space. An example used to describe this feature was a “Whack-a-Mole” game where players could theoretically use their hands to smash virtual moles popping up on the AR view in their camera.Game Studio & Developer ChallengeAlso announced this week along with the SDK is the creation of the Augmented Reality Game Studio at Georgia Tech. The lab will be run by Blair MacIntyre, professor at the university’s College of Computing and director of its Augmented Environments Lab. In the lab, students will have the opportunity to experiment with both Qualcomm’s SDK and the Unity game development tool. To encourage development with its SDK, Qualcomm is sponsoring an AR developer challenge that will award the creator of the most innovative application with $125k. Second and third place will also receive $50k and $25k respectively, and each will be invited to attend the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain next February where the winners will be announced.The SDK is currently in private beta, and developers can apply to participate online. One of the first companies working with the SDK right now is toy manufacturer Mattel which demoed an AR version of its classic Rock’em Sock’em Robots game. This fall the SDK will move to an open beta, and the deadline for challenge submissions will be in January of 2011.Why Just Android?Android is a logical starting point for Qualcomm’s SDK. Vision-based augmented reality, as mentioned above, puts a unique stress on the processor (and the battery) since it is essentially the simultaneous combination of 3D gaming and video recording. Wright says the technology runs best Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processor – a chip with deep penetration in the Android market. Wright did confirm that the SDK would be included in Qualcomm’s Brew mobile platform in the future, but fewer Snapdragon devices run Brew than Android.Qualcomm is apparently attempting to use its augmented reality SDK as a selling point to boost the sales of devices carrying its processors. With that in mind, it would be unlikely to see Qualcomm provide an iOS version of its SDK since Apple uses its own chipsets. However, this does mean that the SDK could appear on other phones, including Palm, HTC, Samsung and RIM devices, in the future.Disclosure: Qualcomm covered the author’s travel costs to attend Uplinq 2010. Related Posts 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnoutcenter_img 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Tags:#Augmented Reality#web 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe Applast_img read more

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TFA Facebook Page Hits 1,000 Fans

first_imgIf you haven’t become a fan yet, click on the following link to keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from Touch Football Australia:http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384?ref=tslast_img

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