MTN-Qhubeka ready for Tour du Suisse challenge

first_img “There are some serious mountains there, so there are some good opportunities there [to do well]. Hopefully the legs and the form will be good, so that I can see what I can do.”Television coverage South African and African cycling fans will be able to follow the fortunes of Team MTN-Qhubeka in the Tour du Suisse on SuperSport, which will deliver a delayed broadcast of Saturday’s first stage, followed by live coverage of every other day, through until the finish on Sunday, 22 June. SAinfo reporter 11 June 20134 South Africa’s Team MTN-Qhubeka will be on the starting line of the 78th Tour du Suisse on Saturday, eager to test their mettle against many of the world’s leading cyclists over the course of nine days. The challenge will be great, as many of those riders will be in peak physical condition ahead of the Tour de France. ‘Incredibly important race’ “The Tour of Switzerland is an incredibly important race for Team MTN-Qhubeka,” Team Principal Douglas Ryder said in an interview on the team’s YouTube channel on Tuesday. “The Tour of Switzerland is the fourth-biggest stage race in the world of cycling. It has huge media coverage around the event,” Ryder said. “It is one of the final preparation races for the big teams in terms of the Tour de France, and so it was critical for us to get into that event. “We’ll bring a fantastic team there, because it is the kind of event that suits our riders. It’s very hilly and it’s good for our African and European riders.”Vuelta a Espana preparation MTN-Qhubeka will be using the Tour du Suisse to prepare for the Vuelta a Espana, which along with the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia make up the sport’s three Grand Tours. The Vuelta will be raced for the 69th time this year, taking place from 23 August to 14 September. One of the major aims of the team’s participation in the Tour du Suisse, besides good results, will be to run a smooth operation ahead of the three-week race around Spain.Making a mark Assessing where Team MTN-Qhubeka could make its mark in Switzerland, Ryder said: “In the first few days, we’ll look for Gerald Ciolek to potentially win a stage because he can really get over the mountains and the smaller climbs. “Going towards the end of the tour, the last two stages, which are mountain-top finishes, we’ll be looking to Sergio Padilla, Linus Gerdemann and, obviously, Louis Meinjties [to excel].”Testing oneself against the best Meintjies, the silver medal winner in the under-23 road race at the UCI World Championships in September 2013, said in a Soundcloud interview released on Tuesday that he was eager to test himself against the best. “I’m really looking forward to racing the Tour of Switzerland. It will be my first World Tour stage race, so that will be something new for me,” Meintjies said. “I am really looking forward to seeing how I cope with that level [of racing] day after day.last_img read more

Each Android User Will Make Google $9.85 per Year in 2012

first_imgThe Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … sarah perez According to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, Google could earn $1.3 billion in mobile advertising revenue in 2012, or $9.85 for each Android user. The analyst forecasted there would be 133 million Android users by 2012, and he arrived at the $1.3 billion figure by using publicly quoted numbers from Google itself.The details of Munster’s prediction can be found on eWeek, Forbes, CNN and other outlets. Munster had posted this information in a research note earlier this week.To determine the $1.3 billion figure, the analyst used Google’s self-stated figure that its mobile ad business is on a $1 billion annual run-rate, and Munster estimated the company had earned $850 million in total mobile revenue in 2010. Android specifically had generated around 16% of that total, or $130 million, said Munster. That means that each Android user generated $5.90 per year for Google, based on around 22 million Android users in 2010.By 2012, there would be 133 million Android users, generating $1.3 billion in Android-related revenue he said. That equates to $9.85 per user per year.Mobile Still Pales Next to Desktop WebDespite this growth, Piper notes that even an ARPU (average revenue per user) of nearly $10 is still below what a desktop user generates for Google.“As we noted, we believe Google’s ARPU on Android was $5.90 in 2010. We believe Google’s average revenue per search user was $18.85 in 2010 and average revenue per user for Google’s advertising businesses in total was $25.77 in 2010,” Munster said.Below is a chart which shows just how far Android has to go before catching up to the desktop Web. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementcenter_img Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Google#mobile#news#web last_img read more

Ind vs Eng: Dravid’s ton in vain as Broad claims a hat-trick

first_imgEngland are 24/1 at stumps with Andrew Strauss and Ian Bell at the crease in reply to India’s first innings total of 288 – a lead of 67 runs, on Day 2 of the 2nd Test at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on Saturday. Ishant Sharma scalped opener Alastair Cook early. Score | PhotosRahul Dravid scored his 34th Test ton, but it was England, who finished on an advantageous position as Stuart Broad’s hat-trick wiped out India opener’s good work.Starting the day with an overnight score of 24/1 in reply to England’s first innings total of 221, India banking on Dravid’s impressive form frustrated the England bowlers, who could find and answer to the Wall’s patient innings.Dravid got the support he required from left-hander Yuvraj Singh, as the two employed the right-left combination effectively.Earlier in the day, Dravid and VVS Laxman got busy eating into a scanty first innings total that England had posted on Day 1.KP got into a verbal with Laxman after the caught behind review against him went in the batsman’s favour.It was advantage Laxman early in the innings when during James Anderson’s over England’s review got turned down. With that they ended up using both their reviews and that to unsuccessfully.Soon Laxman went on to complete his half-century. But his delight was short lived as England paceman scalped him on 54 with an away moving ball that took an edge of his bat to land in wicketkeeper Matt Prior’s gloves when India’s total was 93.Then it was the turn of the Master Blaster, Sachin Tendulkar, to make an appearance in the middle. And Tendulkar, who is still one short of his 100th international ton, started his innings in style, hitting a four off Bresnan on the fifth ball that he faced during the day.advertisementTendulkar and Dravid were at the crease and India were on 117/2 when lunch was taken on the second day.Minutes into the second session Sachin Tendulkar was seen walking back on a scanty 16 on board. And once again it was Stuart Broad who managed to disappoint Sachin’s fans just like he did during the first innings of the Lord’s Test. An away moving ball was edged by Tendulkar and England captain Andrew Strauss made no mistake in the slips cordon. India lost their third wicket on 119.Rahul Dravid, who has been playing the role of the opener with lan in the absence of regular openers Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir, scored his half-century with precision. Happy Birthday James!However, his partner in the middle Suresh Raina didn’t last long and fell to a James Anderson ball, which would have been better left than played as it was wide outside off. He prodded it and there was virtually no foot movement and Eoin Morgan did the rest at gully. India lost their fourth wicket on 139/4.Post that fall Dravid and Yuvraj Singh batted on at easy as the scanty first innings lead by England gradually got wiped out. At tea, India were 215/4, trailing by six runs.An interesting tweet: Even as the world waits for Sachin’s 100th ton, Dravid continues to pile his tonsIn the third session the went ahead and started to pile up runs to the frustration of the opposition bowlers. Soon the two batsmen reached their respective milestones, Yuvraj Singh scored his half-century while Dravid completed his 34th Test ton. Finally, England managed to get a breakthrough when a Broad’s ball took a faint edge off Yuvraj’s bat and landed in the safe hands of keeper Prior. He fell for 62 as India lost their fifth wicket on 267.This is Stuart Broad’s first hat-trick against IndiaSoon India’s innings hit a sudden low as England paceman Stuart Broad scalped skipper MS Dhoni, Harbhajan Singh and Praveen Kumar on consecutive balls. Post those wickets India were down to 273 for 8.Then it was the turn of centurion Rahul Dravid to take a walk. Dravid was looking to push Tim Bresnan, but the ball took an aerial route and Alastair Cook claimed him at third man. Dravid, who stood in the middle for the whole day, fell after an impressive innings of 117 that was decorated with 15 fours.Unfortunately, India lost four wicket on 273. Soon it was curtains for India as the visitors were all out on 288 – a lead of 67 runs with Broad claimed six wickets.last_img read more

Victorian Touch Wine Rules A Success

first_imgSt Mary’s serves over 350 meals each day to people from the Fitzroy region and Melbourne CBD, and is heavily reliant on fundraising and donations.20 teams from Victorian Wineries competed in the event, which following the success of the event in South Australia since 2003 moved interstate for the first time.  The day involved wine tasting, a great atmosphere of live music, and some fantastic games of Touch Football. Event founder Matthew Jukes, was excited by the turnout and support for the event in Melbourne. “It’s a much different demographic then SA,  it’s a vibrant cutting edge city, so to involve the greater wine community and offering something different, and raise awareness of homelessness issues here has been fantastic,” Jukes said. Jukes, a renowned international wine writer believes that Touch Football is the only sport which can be utalised as a vehicle for promotion and an event of this kind. “Touch is the only medium where it works, you can be male or female, young or old, and all come out and play in a team together, have a great day soaking up the sun, tasting wine and a great atmosphere, all while raising awareness about the homeless cause then people go home and think about it.”Ten Minutes by Tractor took out the event defeating Rogue 5-2 in the final.  Victorious captain Dan Gregory from Ten Minutes by Tractor Wine Company agreed the concept of the event was great. “It’s a fantastic idea because you can combine two great passions of wine and touch,” Gregory said.The event was a great success, with money raised from team entry fees, auction and raffle items throughout the day, along with general donations from those in attendance. Jukes was already making plans to continue the event next year following the great response.  “We will have the event in South Australia next year, and look forward to coming back to Melbourne, and also expand on few other opportunities also,” Jukes said. Touch Football Victoria and St Mary’s House of Welcome would like to thank the following partners for the event:·         Garnier·         O I Glass·         Yabby Lake Wineries·         Touch Football Australia·         Touch Football South Australia·         Richmond Football Club·         Port Phillip City Council·         All of the participating wineries from across Victorialast_img read more

October 21 2016On Wednesday evening Ian McClerin

first_imgOctober 21, 2016On Wednesday evening Ian McClerin and Trinity Divelbiss organized a wonderful pumpkin carving event. Leah Ann Walker took all of the photos, thank you!There was scary music to get into the Halloween Spirit, there was lighting in the Colly Garden to resemble a pumpkin patch, spooky blue lighting in the Vaults.This was a first time pumpkin carving event for some of our International crew.[photo Flavio Borrelli and Ian McClerin]Sean-Paul VonAncken There were buckets to save the pumpkin seeds to roast them for later treats. A wonderful time was had by all! Ivan SeveriZebulon HornbergerErin McLoughlin Juan Diego Montanzelast_img

The dollar index opened at 8292…and then moved si

first_img The dollar index opened at 82.92…and then moved sideways until shortly after 9:00 a.m. in London.  From there, it rose to its high of the day [83.13] around 8:30 a.m. in New York…and then it rolled over and headed south with some conviction.  The low tick [82.43] came shortly before 1:30 p.m. Eastern time…and from there it recovered a bit before trading sideways into the close.  The index finished down 35 basis points on the day, closing at 82.57. (Click on image to enlarge) What they show is the steady selling pressure that always exists [no matter what is going on in the real world] during the time between the London a.m. and p.m. fixes in gold…and the constant upward price pressure during the rest of the trading day. Not much happened during Far East and early London trading.  Prices are flat…and volumes are pretty light, with most of the volume of the high-frequency trading variety as usual.  The dollar index is down about 10 basis points as I hit the ‘send’ button on today’s column at 5:20 a.m. Eastern time. With today being Friday, I have no idea what to expect during the New York trading session, but I’ll be emotionally ready for any scenario that greets me when I switch my computer on later this morning. Before heading out the door today, I’d like to bring Casey Research’s Miller’s Money Forever newsletter to your attention.  The latest commentary is entitled Money Forever Retirement Plan…Social [In]Security…and you can read all about it at the link here…and it costs nothing to have a peek. Enjoy your weekend, or what’s left of it…and I’ll see you here tomorrow. The gold shares opened down a hair, but quickly rallied into positive territory…and stayed there for the remainder of the day.  The HUI finished up 1.03%. Silver was much more ‘volatile’ on Thursday…and had that surprise sell-off shortly after 10:00 a.m. in Hong Kong.  From that low, it rose back to almost unchanged by around 10:00 a.m. in London.  Then the silver price rolled over…hitting its low of the day [$28.47 spot] around 9:45 a.m. in New York…about twenty-five minutes after the Comex began to trade. From that low tick, the silver price rose quickly…and was capped around 10:00 a.m. Eastern as it made another assault on the $29 spot price mark.  The high tick at that point checked in at $29.01 spot. From that point, the price chopped sideways into the 5:15 p.m. Eastern time electronic close. Silver closed at $28.81 spot…down 11 cents from Wednesday.  Volume was very decent at around 45,000 contracts. Once again I have a lot of stories…and I’m never a happy camper when that’s the case…so do your best. They say that time is money. What they don’t say is that money may be running out of time. – Bill Gross Thursday was another day where not a lot happened in the grand scheme of things.  I asked Ted about the sell-offs yesterday…both in the Far East and London trading…and he said that the short-term price moves like these are pretty much all done by the high-frequency traders…and has nothing to do with supply and demand.  To attempt to read anything into this sort of price action was a mug’s game. Today we get the latest Commitment of Traders Report for positions held at the end of Comex trading at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday.  Neither Ted nor myself are expecting big changes in the Commercial net short positions in either metal…but neither of us know for sure.  But whatever the numbers show, I’ll have all the gory details in tomorrow’s column. Despite Nick Laird’s computer problems, he was able to send me a couple of key charts that have graced this column a number of time during the last year or so…and one has to do with the gold price between the London a.m. fix…and the London p.m. fix.  What would have happened to your ‘investment’ if you were able to buy the London a.m. gold fix and sell the London p.m. gold fix.  The other chart is what would have happened if you’d bought the London p.m. fix and sold at the London a.m. fix the following morning.  The differences are quite spectacular…and should lay to rest the fact that the ‘fix’ has been in for gold ever since that last big run-up over thirty years ago. This is what Nick had to say when I asked about the scale on the ‘Y’ axis…was it in U.S. dollars? “It’s in dollars – but you need to understand how percentage advance/decline charts work before you go trumpeting that the price should be $37,020.27 or $12.38.  The plot is more indicative than definitive…and hence the right axis is in many ways moot…” “It’s the degree of move rather than the absolute value…and the degree of the move in one chart vs. the other [that] show[s] which way the forces are aligned.” Please note that the charts begin in 1970…so there is 42-plus years of data here. Sponsor Advertisement The 2 Energy Sectors You Should Invest in This Year Top energy analyst Marin Katusa, frequently featured in the financial media such as Forbes, Business News, Financial Sense News Hour, and the Al Korelin Show, says two highly undervalued energy sectors will provide windfalls for smart investors this year. Read his assessment, including which two energy sectors you should be bullish on for 2013… and which two you’d only lose money on. Click here for Marin’s free report, The 2013 Energy Forecast. (Click on image to enlarge) The silver stocks finished mixed…and Nick Laird’s Silver Sentiment Index closed close down 0.74% on the day.  Nick’s having some major issues at the moment, and is unable to update his Intraday silver chart…so here’s the ‘old’ one until he’s firing on all cylinders again. Short-term price moves like these are pretty much all done by the high-frequency traders It was another quiet trading day in the Far East…and during the first three hours of trading in London yesterday.  Then at 11:00 a.m. in London, the gold price came under some selling pressure.  The low of the day…$1,575.70 spot…came at 8:30 a.m. in New York, right on the button. From there it rallied to its high tick of the day, such as it was, and that occurred at 2:00 p.m. in the electronic market.  Kitco recorded that it as $1,594.50 spot. Gold closed down a bit from there at $1,590.30 spot…up $2.60 from Wednesday.   Net volume was similar to Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s volume…around 118,000 contracts. (Click on image to enlarge) The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that 125 gold and 3 silver contracts were posted for delivery on Monday within the Comex-approved depositories.  All 125 gold contracts came out of JPMorgan’s client account…and the biggest stopper by far was none other than Canada’s Bank of Nova Scotia.  The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here. For the second day in a row, there were no reported changes in either GLD or SLV. The U.S. Mint had a smallish sales report yesterday, as they only sold 110,000 silver eagles. Over at the Comex-approved depositories on Wednesday, they reported receiving 1,525,877 troy ounces of silver…and shipped 419,589 troy ounces of the stuff out the door.  The link to that activity is here.last_img read more

Doctors across the US have become increasingly v

first_imgDoctors across the U.S. have become increasingly vocal in addressing gun violence as a public health crisis, a posture that recently has drawn the wrath of the National Rifle Association.Yet, in Colorado, a diverse group that includes doctors, public health researchers and gun shop owners has come together to bridge this divide. The Colorado Firearm Safety Coalition has found common ground on at least one issue: preventing firearm suicide.The group’s motto: “fighting suicide, together.”One member of the coalition — Michael Victoroff — has a foot in both worlds. He’s a competitive shooter, an NRA-certified firearms instructor and a retired family physician who lives in Centennial, Colo.When Victoroff thinks about suicide prevention, one patient in particular comes to mind: a young woman who shot and killed herself decades ago, when he first started practicing medicine.”I never saw that coming. I didn’t have the slightest clue,” Victoroff says. “I didn’t know she owned a gun. Now, this week if I were talking to her I would say, ‘Do you have a gun in the house? Do you have access to a gun? Does this figure into any of your plans? And, if so, I’d really like to talk to you about changing plans.’ “Victoroff is a co-founder of the Colorado coalition, along with Dr. Emmy Betz, an emergency room physician and public health researcher at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, who focuses on suicide prevention.Betz has been affected by gun suicides in her own family, including one just recently — a cousin in his 20s.”That’s still pretty raw for many of us,” Betz says. “For me, happening in the midst of the work that I do, it made me pause and think about, ‘Do I want to keep doing this work? And how could I have not done more to prevent it?’ “According to Betz, it hasn’t been hard within the coalition to find common ground on suicide prevention. “Shame on us in public health for not doing this sooner,” she says.When Betz and Victoroff started the group in 2015, they knew they wanted to include gun dealers, as well as people who work in health care.The gun retailers “were astounded by the suicide statistics,” Betz says.Those numbers are stark.Colorado has one of the highest suicide rates in the U.S., and half of the state’s suicides are carried out with a firearm.What’s more, if you look at all firearm deaths in Colorado, nearly 80 percent of them are suicides.”If you want to reduce suicide deaths, you have to talk about firearms,” Betz says. “And if you want to reduce firearm deaths, you have to talk about suicide. They are so linked in this country. And when we talk with patients, it should not be about Second Amendment rights. It should not be about politics.That has no place in the exam room. This should really be about home safety.”Guns are by far the most lethal means of suicide, and physicians need to know that, Betz says.”Eighty-five to 90 percent of people who attempt with a gun will die, because that’s what guns are supposed to do, is be lethal,” Betz says. “So if I had to pick one thing to get out of the house or to lock up, it would be the firearms.”Betz also wants doctors to know there are no restrictions in asking patients about guns; despite a common misconception, there is no “gag rule.” A Florida law known as “Docs vs. Glocks,” which prohibited doctors from asking about gun ownership, was struck down by a federal appeals court as unconstitutional.In having what can be sensitive conversations with patients, doctors need to be “culturally competent” about guns, Victoroff says.”Very often, when docs want to give information or want to help somebody with firearm safety, they embarrass themselves by being clearly unfamiliar with the subject matter,” he says. “They don’t understand guns. And that totally wrecks their credibility with gun owners.”The result, Victoroff says, is “you lose your ability to intervene therapeutically because you’re off the point. You don’t sound believable.”To help physicians build that “cultural competency,” the Colorado coalition offers occasional training for doctors and medical students to familiarize them with firearms. Sometimes they take these health workers to a gun range for target practice.The coalition is also part of a nationwide effort to raise suicide awareness among gun retailers and their customers.Some retailers have resisted, seeing these efforts as a form of gun control in disguise. But many others have signed on.The coalition provides gun stores with pamphlets on suicide prevention that encourage people to lock up their guns or temporarily give them to a friend or relative if they’re going through a rough time.Stacks of those pamphlets are on display at the Bristlecone Shooting, Training & Retail Center in the Denver suburb of Lakewood.”We love everything about firearms and the firearms industry, but we also realize very seriously that there is a negative side to it,” says Bristlecone co-owner Jacquelyn Clark, one of the founding members of the Firearm Safety Coalition.That “negative side” became horribly clear at Bristlecone two years ago.A first-time customer came in by himself and rented a gun. He went out onto the range, fired off half a box of ammunition, and then shot himself in the head, right there.That suicide was devastating, Clark says: “We felt like we, more than any other range in town, had been taking steps already to prevent it. We were already part of the coalition, and it happened anyway. It was an eye-opening experience. And so we doubled down our efforts, to not have it happen again.”Bristlecone now has what it calls a “suicide prevention policy.”They won’t rent a firearm to any first-time customers who come to the range alone, unless a friend or relative can vouch by phone for the would-be customer’s “healthy mental state.”Staff are also trained, Clark says, to be on the lookout for customers exhibiting signs of mental distress: “Can’t answer questions. In a hurry. Not engaging. They just want to make the purchase and get out.”Bristlecone salesman and firearms instructor Steve MacGregor recalls one customer who came in looking to buy a gun: “His lip was quivering, he was looking down a lot at the floor, making no eye contact.”MacGregor says the man told him his wife had just filed for divorce.”We said, ‘You know, this just isn’t a good time. I can see a lot of emotion on your face. I think you really should take some time and just cool off,’ ” MacGregor says. “He thanked us for the way we reacted to him, and he left. And I have seen him come back in here.”Clark, the shop’s owner, says if the store’s policies do keep some customers away, “that’s the cost of doing business in the way that we want to do business that we accept.”Despite finding common ground on suicide prevention, the coalition members know they’re not likely to bridge their differences on more contentious territory.They don’t try to come to agreement on an assault weapons ban, for example, or on limits to magazine capacity.And there’s still a strong cultural divide within the coalition on how members view guns, and the question of whether firearms make us safer.Take Michael Victoroff, the firearms instructor and retired physician.”Certainly I’m in that group that enjoys [guns],” he says. “For me they’re a hobby; they’re amusing; they’re interesting. And I would be resentful — in fact, I’d feel it was an injustice — if someone said, ‘Look, it would just be better if you gave ’em all up.'”Contrast that with the view of his coalition co-founder, Emmy Betz, who says, “I would feel safer in this country if we didn’t have guns. Personally, I still don’t feel comfortable going into gun stores, and I don’t like going to the range.”But, she adds emphatically, “I am not trying to actively repeal the Second Amendment. I am not trying to take people’s guns away.”One of the youngest members of the Coalition, 25-year-old Will Dewispelaere, is wrestling with his own internal conflict.”I’m kind of a self-hating gun owner,” he admits, half-joking.Dewispelaere owns a rifle and a pistol for target shooting. He’s a third-year medical student who has seen the toll of gun violence up close.One recent night on his surgical rotation, he saw three gunshot victims. Two were dead on arrival.Putting a face, in that way, to the issue of gun violence, and seeing the horrific physical damage bullets cause, has made Dewispelaere think seriously about giving up his guns.”I can go to the range and say, ‘Wow, that’s a lot of fun, and I really enjoyed shooting,’ ” he says. “And then I can go to work the next day and I can see people that are gunshot victims. It feels like two different worlds. And here I am in the middle of those two worlds, trying to reconcile how I feel about it.”As for the NRA’s recent admonition to doctors to “stay in your lane,” and not speak out on gun violence?Dewispelaere rejects that. “Gun violence is such a complicated issue,” he says. “If you start putting people in lanes, you’ve already lost.” Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more