AEK Athens appoint former player Ketsbaia as new coach

first_imgAEK Athens has appointed former player Temur Ketsbaia as coach, the Greek Superleague side said, after a deal to hire Frenchman Philippe Montanier fell through last week.The 48-year-old former Georgia international, who scored 24 goals in 84 matches during his playing career with AEK from 1994 to 1997, has signed a two-year deal to succeed Gus Poyet.“I enjoyed some amazing moments here as a player, playing good football in a team which back then had top Greek and foreign players,” Ketsbaia said on the club’s website.“As soon as I started my coaching career I hoped that one day I might get the chance to come back.”A former forward, who also played for Newcastle, Wolves and Dundee, Ketsbaia began coaching at Anorthosis in Cyprus in 2004, before a short spell with Olympiakos Piraeus in 2009.He then coached Georgia for five years before returning to Cyprus for APOEL FC until April this year.He inherits an AEK team which made a stunning return to Greece’s top flight by winning the Greek Cup with a 2-1 victory over Olympiakos Piraeus last month following two years in the wilderness after bankruptcy in 2013.“There’s no need for me to talk about the clubs goals, they are clear. We have to play a leading role at the top of the table. It won’t be easy, a lot of hard work is needed but the club has obvious potential as is demonstrated by the fact the team won the Greek Cup this year,” he said.Under Poyet, AEK enjoyed an impressive league campaign, ending the regular season behind Olympiakos and second-placed Panathinaikos, before finishing third in the playoffs and securing a spot in the third qualifying round of the Europa League.last_img read more

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“Moulin Rouge” @ 704 on Old Year’s Night

first_imgAs the world prepares to usher in the New Year, Guyanese partyholics are expected to have a blast either at home or at their favourite entertainment spot. However, the best place to be is definitely 704 Lounge for “Moulin Rogue”, the ultimate Old Year’s party.Shirtless bow tie bartenders, aerial dancers, seductive servers and most of all, Trinidad’s most versatile deejay, Marcus Williams, will be there to make sure that the New Year is well received.Apart from all the excitement, Gregory from Karma Band will be in the house to add that special touch to the evening’s proceedings. In addition, there will be Krystal Kayne and P Star Perry, Doctor Dominic and others to add that saucy touch that will defiantly send the crowd wild. Patrons will also receive free sprinkles and goodies upon entry.VIP tickets for “Moulin Rouge” cost $15,000 while regular tickets will cost $5000 and are available at 704; Gismoz/Glamour; That Look Boutique and Pulse Online Shopping, South Road, Georgetown. The event is promoted by Pulse Entertainment and 704 Lounge.last_img read more

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Italy coach makes two changes for Wales in Six Nations

first_imgSharesItaly are on an 18-match losing streak in Six Nations © AFP/File / ANDY BUCHANANROME, Italy, Feb 7 – Italy coach Conor O’Shea has made two changes for Saturday’s clash against Wales in Rome as the Azzurri look to end their run of 18 successive Six Nations losses.Italy lost their Six Nations opener against Scotland 33-20, but three late unanswered tries have given O’Shea reason for optimism. Captain Sergio Parisse made a record 66th Six Nations appearance at Murrayfield, as scrum-half Guglielmo Palazzani and wings Edoardo Padovani and Angelo Esposito all scored tries in a late attacking flurry.Palazzani, who started last week after Tito Tebaldi was injured in the warm-up, continues at scrum-half with Edoardo Gori and back Marco Barbini on the bench.Nicola Quaglio replaces Andrea Lovotti, who has a bout of flu, with Michele Campagnaro moving to centre to replace Tommaso Castello, who is also ill, and Padovani coming into the starting lineup.Italy’s last win in the Six Nations was against Scotland in Edinburgh in February 2015.They have beaten the Welsh twice, both times in Rome, in 2003 and 2007.Victory for Wales at the Stadio Olimpico would make it 11 successive wins and equal their all-time unbeaten record set between 1907 and 1910.Italy team for the Six Nations match against Wales in Rome on Saturday (1645GMT):(15-1)Jayden Hayward; Edoardo Padovani, Michele Campagnaro, Luca Morisi, Angelo Esposito; Tommaso Allan, Guglielmo Palazzani; Sergio Parisse (capt), Braam Steyn, Sebastien Negri; Dean Budd, David Sisi; Simone Ferrari, Leonardo Ghiraldini, Nicola QuaglioReplacements: Luca Bigi, Cherif Traore, Tiziano Pasquali, Federico Ruzza, Marco Barbini, Edoardo Gori, Ian McKinley, Tommaso BenvenutiCoach: Conor O’Shea (IRL)Shares(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Belbin-Agosto bound for Turin

first_imgST. LOUIS – With an intricate flamenco dance that emphasized technique rather than passion, Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto won their third consecutive U.S. Figure Skating Championships title Friday night. With it came the only automatic berth available for next month’s Turin Games. While their flamenco didn’t exactly melt the ice, it contained a variety of difficult maneuvers, including twizzles (quick turns while traveling across the ice on one foot), rotational lifts and precise footwork. They were in character from the outset, from Agosto’s confident swagger to her teasing charm. Belbin, a native of Canada who was sworn in as a U.S. citizen on Dec. 31, pumped her fist after seeing the total mark of 215.29 that gave her and Agosto a sweep of the free dance, original dance and compulsories in a runaway over Melissa Gregory and Denis Petukhov. In third were Jamie Silverstein and Ryan O’Meara, followed by Morgan Matthews and Maxim Zavozin. D’backs, Webb reach deal SYDNEY, Australia – Justine Henin-Hardenne overcame deficits in the last two sets to rally for a 4-6, 7-5, 7-5 win Friday over Francesca Schiavone in the final of the Sydney International. Henin-Hardenne rallied from 4-1 down in the second and 5-3 in the third for her 24th career win. Two years ago, Henin-Hardenne won in Sydney and went on to capture the Australian Open. American James Blake advanced to the men’s final Saturday against Igor Andreev by overcoming a 4-2 first-set deficit to upset second-seeded Nikolay Davydenko of Russia 6-4, 6-2. Andreev beat Andreas Seppi of Italy 6-2, 2-6, 6-2 in a match suspended by rain for nearly 3 hours. Andreev and Blake will be vying for their fourth career ATP win. Saints interview Sherman, Martz METAIRIE, La. – The New Orleans Saints finished a two-day interview with former Packers coach Mike Sherman on Friday, then began two days of interviews with former Rams coach Mike Martz. Sherman was fired this month after Green Bay finished 4-12, its only losing record in six seasons under him. Overall, he was 57-39 and took the Packers to the playoffs each year from 2001-04, the last three as NFC North champions. He went 2-4 in the postseason. New Orleans is seeking a replacement for Jim Haslett, whose tenure also lasted six years and bottomed out in 2005. The Saints had a .500 record overall during Haslett’s first five years before finishing 3-13 this season. Hearns faces Landberg, court AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Thomas Hearns has faced a lot of obstacles in nearly 30 years as a professional boxer, but none like this: fighting while facing a charge that he struck his own child. Hearns, who was arrested New Year’s Day and is accused of hitting his 13-year-old son during an argument, will meet Shannon Landberg in a Feb. 4 bout at the Palace. “I’ve had distractions before, including when my father died while I was training for a fight in 1989,” Hearns said Friday. “But this is greater than all of them because I’m a father first and a fighter second. My family always must come first.” The 47-year-old boxer is due back in court this month. If convicted of misdemeanor assault and battery, he faces up to about three months in jail and a $500 fine. Hearns said he considered postponing the fight until after the legal issues were settled. Magic mum about Francis ORLANDO, Fla. – The Orlando Magic indefinitely suspended Steve Francis because he refused to play late in the fourth quarter of a blowout, two newspapers reported Friday. The Orlando Sentinel and Florida Today, both citing anonymous sources, said the star guard wouldn’t re-enter Wednesday night’s game against Seattle to replace Hedo Turkoglu. Turkoglu had fouled out with 3 minutes, 22 seconds left and the Magic trailing 103-87. Magic spokesman Joel Glass told The Associated Press on Friday the team had no comment on the reports. Orlando has said only that Francis was suspended for “conduct detrimental to the team.” Coach Brian Hill also would not confirm the reports. Willis, Soriano file for arbitration Dontrelle Willis, Mark Teixeira and Alfonso Soriano were among the 100 players who filed for salary arbitration, the often acrimonious negotiating process that rankles baseball management every winter. Mark Prior, Josh Beckett, Brad Lidge, Adam Dunn, Morgan Ensberg, Brian Roberts, Francisco Rodriguez, Carlos Zambrano and Scot Shields were some of the other stars who filed before Friday’s deadline. Players will exchange proposed salaries with their teams on Tuesday. Notable SOCCER: The opening gala for the 2006 World Cup in Germany was called off because of possible problems preparing the field for the first game at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium. Soccer’s governing body previously changed the dates of the gala and first game to allow more time to ready the field. Now, FIFA decided the risk is too great. HORSE RACING: A second horse has been euthanized at Pimlico Race Course after showing symptoms of the equine herpes virus, state officials said Friday. The previously healthy horse became sick and “demonstrated neurologic signs to a point where it was unable to rise even with assistance,” said Maryland state veterinarian Guy Hohenhaus. From wire reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa AnitaPHOENIX – Arizona’s No. 1 starter has a new contract. Brandon Webb and the Diamondbacks agreed to a $19.5 million, four-year deal on Friday, locking up the sinkerball specialist through his arbitration years. The 26-year-old right-hander set a career high with 14 wins last season, his third in the big leagues. He finished 14-12 with a 3.54 ERA and 172 strikeouts in 229 innings. The deal includes an $8.5 million club option for 2010 with a $500,000 buyout. The buyout would increase by $500,000 each time Webb finishes in the top five of the NL Cy Young voting during the first four years of the contract. Henin-Hardenne rallies for win last_img read more

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Bolton 1-0 Bristol City: Trotters move out of Championship relegation zone

first_img Sammy Ameobi secured all three points for the hosts at the Macron Stadium Sammy Ameobi scored the goal that lifted Bolton out of the Sky Bet Championship relegation zone as they beat promotion-chasing Bristol City 1-0 at the Macron Stadium.With three points separating the bottom six clubs before kick off, this was a massive victory for Bolton.And it also proved there is life after Gary Madine following the striker’s move to Cardiff this week.It also ended a jinx as Bolton had not previously won in the league for 22 months when Madine was not in the team.It was a frustrating night for the Robins as their poor start to 2018 continued – they have won only once in eight league and cup games, though two of them were against Manchester City.Had the visitors triumphed, they would have moved level on points with second-placed Derby, such is the tightness at the top end of the table.Following the death of former Bolton manager Jimmy Armfield, fans paid tribute before kick-off with one minute’s applause.The only excitement in the opening half hour was when Luke Steele failed to claim a corner, but Bolton were unable to punish the City keeper following a scramble in which several shots were blocked.City’s best chance of the first 45 minutes came late on when Bobby Reid fired narrowly wide after Aden Flint and Josh Brownhill had shots charged down.It did not get any better after the restart, though Flint ought to have done better when he headed well over from Joe Bryan’s corner.City came close to breaking the deadlock when Famara Diedhiou’s header brought a decent save from Steele.The biggest cheer of the night came just short of the hour when Bolton favourite Zac Clough, who returned home this week, replaced another new loanee Tyler Walker, both players borrowed from Nottingham Forest.Bolton scored their all-important goal in the 71st minute when Ameobi picked up the ball in midfield and drove forward before firing low to the left of Steele from the edge of the penalty area to notch his fourth goal of the season.Bolton’s game management of the latter stages was excellent. Indeed, Clough had a great chance to make it 2-0 but blazed over when well-placed. 1last_img read more

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2 arrested in attack on deputies

first_imgSTEVENSON RANCH – Two people were arrested Sunday after attacking sheriff’s deputies responding to a 911 hang-up call, a sheriff’s official said Monday. Fredrick Dameon Thomas, 32, and Jamila Maiko Reese, 28, were arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer. Deputies David Martinez and Clarence Hodge arrived at the Holiday Circle Drive house about 5:25 p.m. and heard a man and woman arguing, said Lt. Mike Dunkle, acting commander of the local station. “As the deputies approached, they asked the male to come out, and he declined,” Dunkle said. “He started backing up inside the house, so they followed him to make sure there were no weapons.” (661) 257-5252160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’When Martinez tried to pat down Thomas, the suspect hit him in the face, according to the sheriff’s report. A struggle ensued and Hodge tried to come to Martinez’s aid, only to be grabbed by Reese, who jumped on his back. At one point, Hodge drew his gun and pointed it at Thomas, who knocked him over as he ran out the front door, the report said. Martinez caught Thomas outside the house and arrested him. Another deputy was en route to the call when he lost control of his patrol vehicle on Stevenson Ranch Parkway, hitting a light pole. Deputy Hans Schneider was not injured. Thomas’ bail was set at $160,000; bail for Reese was $25,000. Both are scheduled to appear today in Santa Clarita Superior Court. carol.rock@dailynews.com last_img read more

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Pressure applied at Queen’s Park for health hazard investigation

first_imgMarilynn St. Pierre travelled Wednesday from the Mitchell’s Bay area to Queen’s Park to ask the Progressive Conservative government to honour a promise to look into water problems in the north area of Chatham-Kent.“My water supply is horribly polluted with black shale,” St. Pierre said. “Premier Ford knows this. In fact, Mr. Ford took decisive action to solve this problem.”The citizens group Water Wells First began raising concerns three years ago about the potential impact the construction and operation of the North Kent Wind farm would have on water wells because of the Kettle Point black shale geology and shallow aquifer in the area.Since that time, several property owners experienced well water problems, including significant amounts of sediments that have clogged up the flow of water during construction and after operation of the wind farm began. The group says this particular shale is known to contain metals such as uranium, arsenic and lead that are harmful to human health.But the developers of the wind farm – Korean industrial giant Samsung and its American partner Pattern Energy- have stated the wind farm has had no impact on area water wells. This claim was supported by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change under the previous Liberal government.St Pierre, a cancer survivor, said Ford committed to undertake a health hazard investigation into this problem in Chatham-Kent.“I am fearful that cancer will return if the health hazard investigation isn’t done soon and we don’t get the answers we need,” she said.Essex NDP MPP Taras Natyshak pressed Minister of Infrastructure Monte McNaughton to provide answers over the ongoing well water concerns in McNaughton’s riding, during question period at Queen’s Park on Wednesday.Natyshak reminded McNaughton that Ford promised those affected “by this contamination” that he would conduct a health hazard investigation immediately.Noting, “immediately has come and gone,” and more than a year later, people are still waiting for this investigation, the MPP called on McNaughton to make good on this promise “to ensure these Ontarians have clean and safe drinking water.”McNaughton responded the government has been working hard on this issue and there will be more to say.Then he took aim at Natyshak, calling it “ironic” that the Essex MPP and the NDP voted in favour ofthe  Samsung agreement to allow the wind farm to be built in Chatham-Kent.“We were left with this mess. We are going to clean it up. They caused this problem. We’ll take no advice from that member opposite,” McNaughton said.Natyshak said in an interview that McNaughton “dodged the question and went straight to the rhetoric book they rely on when they don’t have a straight-up answer for people who are concerned about issues in their communities.”He said McNaughton knows this issue well so “for him not to be prepared to give us any hope or any inkling that his ministry and himself actually have a plan on this is quite disappointing to the folks who made the trip up to Toronto (Wednesday).”When asked in an interview if there will be health hazard investigation, McNaughton said, “Absolutely.”When asked if it would be done within the year, he said, “We’ll be making it public very soon what process has been going on for the past 10 months and what will happen in the future.The minister also stated: “I want to be clear that we’ve been taking these concerns very seriously.”McNaughton said the government’s first step was to cancel the Otter Creek Wind project, slated for to be built north of Wallaceburg on the same Kettle Point black shale.“We didn’t want to make the situation any worse,” he said, adding the government also scrapped the Green Energy Act, resulting in the cancellations of 758 wind and solar contracts.Joel Gagnon, head of the heavy metals lab at the University of Windsor’s Great Lakes Institute of Environmental Research, said he was asked to get involved about a year ago.“The purpose of the investigation is to look at research questions that we can address within the confines and within the mandate of a university,” he said.Having found residents in the area had in excess of 100 years of good quality water, he said the problems experienced with the water wells were predicted with the construction of the wind farm.“There’s good scientific evidence to link turbine installation and operation to groundwater impacts,” Gagnon said.He said the impacts on water quality are quite diverse.“We’re looking at excessive amounts of suspended sediment comprising Kettle Point black shale,” Gagnon said.He added there is excessive biomass production which leads to foul smelling and tasting water, along with excessive gas production, which contains radon.Collectively, Gagnon said people are being exposed to dermal, ingestion and inhalation hazards for a cocktail of what could potentially be toxic metals as well as radon gas.“The health risks here are undefined and unconstrained and need to be looked at,” he said.Kevin Jakubec, a founder of the Water Wells First group, who was also at Queen’s Park Wednesday, said, “Patience with Premier Ford delivering and making good on his promise of an investigation is now completely exasperated.“To date, no experts or resources have been brought into Chatham-Kent to deal with the water problem by the Ford government.”When asked if the Ministry of Health has had people on site, McNaughton said: “We’ll be providing an update very, very soon.”Jakubec points to a 2016 joint report from Cancer Care Ontario and Public Health Ontario that said Ontarians are getting cancer each year from environmental carcinogen exposures.“The report specifically acknowledged the heavy metal arsenic,” he said. “Arsenic causes a cancer burden on Ontario’s beleaguered health-care system each year.”eshreve@postmedia.comlast_img read more

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March 7, 2014: Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development Resources

first_imgInstead of detecting AT, why don’t we make all sites accessible & give the option to use a badly-coded, keyboard unfriendly version? 😉— Billy Gregory (@thebillygregory) March 6, 2014 Introducing A Podcast for Everyone, with Adam Churchill, Sarah Horton, and Whitney Quesenbery: In the premiere episode of the “A Podcast for Everyone” Adam Churchill of User Interface Engineering interviews Sarah Horton and Whitney Quesenbery about their recently released book, A Web for Everyone. I was glad to see the podcast includes the transcript of the interview.WordPressHow To Set Default CSS Background Properties in WordPress Themes: Sarah Gooding explains how to add custom background support to the customizer by making changes to your theme’s functions.php file.Beginner’s Guide: How to Use Google Analytics for Your WordPress Site: Understanding what the numbers mean in your Google Analytics reports will help you to learn more about your audience, how they find your site, how fast your site is loading, and what’s happening on your site in real time.Code with Care: Write Secure Plugins and Themes: Rachel Baker has published her slides from her presentation at last week’s WordCamp St. Louis. Check out her tips for filtering input, escaping output, and verifying data sources.Eight things you should do after building your WordPress site: If you don’t have a checklist for the final steps of launching your site, use this post from Steven Gliebe to create one. The comments have additional tips.Great Walls of Fire: Depending on third-party services for your site or your plugin can affect who can see your site and actually use it. Think carefully about your decisions, says Mike Epstein, as she shares her personal story of how third-party services affected sites she supported in the past.Responsive DesignA New TIME: The new TIME magazine website was released this week, sporting a responsive design focused on busy, mobile readers. What do you think of the new site?http://twitter.com/paulrobertlloyd/status/441574247757262848/On Progressive Enhancement: Scott Jehl discusses how serving something basic and useful to everyone frees up time to focus on building features for modern browsers, without leaving anyone out.The hard part of building with Progressive Enhancement isn’t supporting older browsers, it’s supporting newer browsers.Responsive Design Tester: Check out your responsive design with this online tool that allows you to view side-by-side size versions of your site. Hey @Forbes, If you have to pop up a tutorial on how to use the navigation on your site, the navigation on your site is broken.Kthnxbai— Jared Spool (@jmspool) March 3, 2014 Welcome to the weekly roundup! If you’re new to my blog, each week I publish a collection of some of my favorite web development and design news, articles, and tweets I’ve discovered in the past week. In this week’s roundup, you’ll learn how imagery placement and design affects online shoppers behavior, discover best practices for writing secure WordPress plugins and themes, find out how to use Sass mixins for themes and color, and more. Today’s photo of maple tree buds honors the first day this year our temperatures in will get close to 40 degrees. Do you know what that means? Maple syrup season is near!If you like the resources you see, share this post with your colleagues and friends.Favorite TweetIrony: We have never had more data…or less transparency.— Dan Saffer (@odannyboy) March 6, 2014User ExperienceAvoid These 5 Types of E-Commerce Graphics: Results of testing 19 e-commerce sites show that poor designs and incorrect placement of internal ads and banners are confusing to users. In some cases, users abandon the site.Image courtesy of Baymard InstituteThe Value of Involving People with Disabilities in User Research: Seeing how people with disabilities interact with your content or access your website/application controls is critical to your user research, says Sarah Horton. Doing it right vs. doing it over: Why do we always find time to do it over, rather than do it right the first time?AccessibilityOnline seminar: Introduction to ARIA: If you’re not sure where to start with Accessible Rich Internet Applications (ARIA), register for the ADA Online Learning March 27 online seminar. My friend Virgina DeBolt will be leading the seminar which focuses on ARIA landmark roles and how to use them in your work. What Happens When 3D Printing Turns Consumer Products Into Digital Content?: Fascinating read from Forbes on how 3D printers will change how consumers purchase products and how those products can be customized. Are 3D printers the next step toward creating a Star Trek-style replicator?Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedWeekly Roundup of Web Design and Development Resources: January 2, 2015Welcome to the new year! If this is your first time visiting my blog, each Friday I publish a weekly roundup of the latest web design and development resources for user experience, accessibility, WordPress, CSS, HTML, and responsive design. In this week’s roundup, you’ll learn four simple ways to improve…In “Web design & development links”October 4, 2019: My Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development NewsIn this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll discover how to summarize qualitative user research, learn about a free 24-hour virtual inclusive design conference, discover how to create a masonry layout with flexbox, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I publish a post highlighting…In “Web design & development links”May 26, 2013: Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development ResourcesWelcome to the Memorial Day version of the weekly web design and development roundup. In this week’s post, you’ll discover a cool application for visualizing a page’s CSS, find out about accessibility in mobile applications, step back in time to relive the first ten years of WordPress, and more. Let’s…In “Web design & development links” A Detailed Introduction to Custom Elements: Peter Gasson walks you through the steps of creating Custom Elements with their own behaviors and properties. It’s a long read, but I found it delightful and informative. Peter has an engaging writing style that captured my attention. What I Found InterestingRetooling: I loved reading the story about Charles Schultz buying up the entire stock of the Esterbrook & Co.’s Radio Pen No. 914 when the company stopped producing it. Whether you’re a web designer, user experience professional, or content strategist, you likely have a favorite tool for your work. Do you remain faithful to that tool or do you transition to new tools? It’s easy to remember, folks: A font is to a typeface as an MP3 is to a song. (I think @jontangerine might’ve coined that phrase.)— Elliot Jay Stocks (@elliotjaystocks) March 6, 2014 CSS and HTMLDealing with Color Schemes in Sass: Using mixins in Sass, you can easily create a function to take a name of a theme and color and output the CSS. What a time savings!StackEdit: An online Markdown editor, StackEdit stores your documents in your browser (after the application has been loaded for the first time). The local documents are not shared between browsers or computers. Note: clearing browser data may delete your local docs; be sure to back up online.last_img read more

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Soleil, surf et observation des baleines

first_imgDes etendues de sable sauvages de la cote ouest jusqu’aux rivages subtropicaux du Maputaland, il existe une plage pour chaque occasion. Regardez le soleil se lever sur l’Atlantique ou l’Ocean Indien, obtenez un bronzage parfait ou soyez plus actif : l’Afrique du Sud offre les meilleurs sites de surf, planche a voile et plongee du monde. Et puis il y a les baleines.UN TERRAIN DE JEUX AQUATIQUESNos lieux de plongee vont des forets de varech aux recifs coralliens, notre surf comprend des vagues amusantes se brisant sur la plage, des tubes creux et de vrais monstres et nous offrons de superbes possibilites de ski nautique, kayak en mer et voile.Le surf, la planche a voile, le kitesurf et le kayak en merL’Afrique du Sud est l’un des meilleurs pays ou surfer au monde avec des paysages cotiers sublimes, un surf de haute qualite, un style de vie de qualite mais bon marche et une culture unique dont nous pouvons etre fiers  declare Steve Pike, redacteur de Wavescape.Tres peu de visiteurs nous contrediront. Il existe des centaines de vagues a surfer a travers le pays : environ 50 d’entre elles se trouvent a une heure de route du Cap.Elles vont de la petite houle parfaite pour les enfants et les debutants a des vagues spectaculaires qui effraient meme les concurrents les plus avertis lors des competitions internationales qui se deroulent dans le pays en juin et juillet.La province d’Eastern Cape pres du Cap St François, la Baie de Jeffreys et Port Elizabeth, collectivement connus sous le nom de Jay Bay par les surfeurs locaux, sont celebres dans le monde entier pour la qualite de leurs vagues.Les nombreux hotels pour routards a travers le pays louent des planches, proposent du surf encadre et des leçons de surf et il existe des ecoles de surf a Durban et au Cap.L’Afrique du Sud possede des spots incroyables de planche a voile et de kitesurf. Langebaan, pres du Cap, est connu dans le monde entier comme etant l’un des meilleurs lieux pour la planche a voile et le kitesurf, et il en existe beaucoup d’autres.Une façon plus accessible de faire l’experience de la mer est le kayak de mer. Il existe des visites guidees au Cap, a Hermanus, Knysna, Plett et Durban.La voileLa cote d’Afrique du Sud est l’une des plus stimulante au monde pour la voile avec quelques ports, des conditions mouvementees et, tres souvent, une mer demontee. Ce n’est donc pas un bon choix si vous n’avez pas d’equipage.Cependant, c’est un superbe endroit pour apprendre la voile; il y a des ecoles au Cap, a Port Elizabeth et a Durban, et nous sommes presents dans toutes les courses autour du monde. Il existe de nombreuses courses locales egalement et celle du Cap a Rio est l’une des courses sur l’ocean les plus accessibles au monde et attirant de nombreux bateaux de plaisance.La plongeeSi vous devez vous convaincre de l’ampleur de la cote d’Afrique du Sud, ne cherchez pas plus loin que les nombreux naufrages historiques et recents, tous des tragedies mais cependant de bonnes nouvelles pour les plongeurs. Nous pouvons cependant offrir bien plus que ces sites poignants. Notre environnement sous-marin est varie et magnifique avec un grand nombre de sites de plongee remarquables.Nous possedons un littoral extremement etendu allant du 35°S au 27°S, ce qui n’est pas la zone habituelle de la plongee tropicale. Cependant, le courant du Mozambique qui descend le long de la cote et apporte une eau chaude et tropicale et dans la Baie de Sodwana au KwaZulu-Natal se trouvent les recifs coralliens les plus au sud du monde.Vous trouverez la toute une variete de jolis poissons colores et de magnifiques nudibranches, y compris l’extravagante danseuse espagnole (ou hexabranchus sanguineus). On rencontre souvent des requins baleines, des tortues, des dauphins et des requins feroces dans ces zones particulieres.Si vous descendez le long de la cote, l’environnement sous-marin change progressivement jusqu’a ce que, une fois le Cap atteint, vous plongiez dans des forets de varech froides mais magnifiques. Ils sont uniques : Il existe deux grandes varietes de varech et elles poussent toutes deux a proximite de la cote de la region du Western Cape.Plonger dans du varech est comme marcher dans une foret. Vous flottez en dessous de la canopee et admirez la surprenante vie coloree du recif. Au large du Cap, les plongeurs peuvent regulierement voir des anemones dont les couleurs vont du bleu electrique ou du rouge intense au rose pale, des nudibranches de toutes les couleurs imaginables et une variete de petites creatures pres et autour des eponges jaune souffre et orange vif.Il existe des ecoles de plongee dans Presque chaque centre, avec un nombre surprenant a Johannesburg pourtant sans acces a la mer, ou les gens s’entrainent avant d’aller a la Baie de Sodwana Bay pour leurs plongees qualificatives.Si vous plongez dans nos recifs, veillez a respecter le temps d’attente avant envol. Un vol du bord de mer jusqu’a Johannesburg ne prend qu’une heure mais vous prenez environ 2000 metres en altitude et cela sans meme tenir compte du vol. Cela represente un risque majeur et vous devez donc adapter votre itineraire de visite, achats ou plage entre la plongee et le deplacement en avion ou meme la conduite jusqu’a Johannesburg.LA CAPITALE MONDIALE DES BALEINESL’Afrique du Sud est l’une des meilleures destinations au monde pour l’observation des mammiferes marins. Debut juin, les baleines australes quittent leur zone d’alimentation de l’Antarctique pour batifoler dans les eaux (relativement) chaudes du littoral du Cap.Experiences de la vie sauvageBien sur, les grands mammiferes ne se rencontrent pas qu’au large.Elles s’y reproduisent, mettent bas et s’y promenent, donnant des coups de queue dans les airs a l’occasion ou sortant leur tete de l’eau pour regarder les gens.Au Cap, vous pouvez les voir de la route qui longe la cote de False Bay et elles sont clairement visibles depuis le littoral occidental si vous montez assez haut.La ville d’Hermanus s’est proclamee capitale mondiale des baleines et elle n’est pas loin de l’etre. Ces enormes animaux s’etalent souvent de tout leur long sur le littoral et sont facilement observables depuis les corniches.Plus a l’est, la ville de Plettenberg Bay se targue aussi du nom de capitale des baleines avec une raison toute aussi bonne. Les baleines australes sont dans la baie de juin a novembre et les baleines a bosses migratrices y font un bref passage en mai ou juin puis, lors de leur voyage de retour de novembre a janvier.Les baleines de Bryde ou rorquals peuvent etre aperçues a l’occasion et les grands dauphins et les dauphins a bosse en font leur residence a l’annee. Une colonie de phoques a fourrure du Cap complete la variete impressionnante de mammiferes marins de Plettenberg Bay.C’est a Plett que l’observation des dauphins et des baleines est la mieux organisee avec des trajets en bateau, en kayak et par les airs. L’observation, les distances et le temps passe avec chaque animal sont strictement geres afin que l’interference soit minime.Plus haut sur la cote, au KwaZulu-Natal, les grands dauphins et les dauphins a bosse peuvent aussi etre vus depuis les bateaux.SAinfo reporter, incluant des documents de l’Office du Tourisme d’Afrique du Sudlast_img read more

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Social Couch Potatoes: How Your TV Could Get Social

first_imgTags:#Sponsors#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Making TV SocialThanks to the advent of connected TVs, however, we are now getting to the point where a more interactive experience is possible. After all, these TVs, as well as the set-top boxes from vendors like Roku or Boxee are nothing more than small Internet-connected computers. With the right APIs and access to the current programming schedule, developers could easily create applications that allow viewers to discuss a show with their Facebook friends, for example. While these kinds of APIs are currently not widely available, IPTV and third-party set-top manufacturers could soon inspire developers to create more interactive TV experiences that integrate social networking and conversation features.On the most basic level, these appliances can tell us what our friends are currently watching, but according to a 2009 study by Parks Associates, the social media feature most younger users are interested in is chatting with others who are watching the same TV program. While not directly connected to the TV right now, we have seen the launch of a number of social check-in apps centered around TV shows, but there is no reason why these apps that currently mostly run on smartphones couldn’t be integrated directly into the TV experience as well. For pre-recorded shows, this could mean that users can interact with their friends as they are watching the same show at the same time, or see what their friends had to say about a given show if they were not watching simultaneously. “The User Experience is Crucial”There are some limitations to how much people want to type while watching a show, though, as well as how much screen real-estate they want to hand over to these features. Maybe just a limited set of emoticons (laugh, sad, angry, etc.) could be enough for most to make their opinion known without having to reach for a wireless keyboard. Steve Rubel, who closely follows these developments as the director of insights for Edelman Digital, told MIT’s Technology Review earlier this year that in implementing these features the “user experience is crucial, and the simplicity of it is crucial.” All of this, of course, also applies to live shows, but there, a two-way communication between the viewers and the hosts is possible. While hosts can’t exactly respond to every tweet and comment live on the air, they can pick out representative comments and tweak the live program according to the aggregate opinion of the audience.Beyond the TVOne thing most early pioneers of social and interactive TV did not consider, though, was the rise of smartphones and tablet computers that could handle the social functions instead of the TV. ABC, for example, currently uses Nielsen’s Media-Sync technology in order to offer social features in an iPad app for its new series MyGeneration. The app uses the iPad’s microphone to stay in sync with the show and pops up quizzes, displays trivia related to the show and allows viewers to connect with other fans in real time. Photo by sonnyleon 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Last March, we reported that over one-fourth of users ages 18-24 are interested in having more social media features integrated into their TVs. Yet, while a lot of interactions on social media sites center around TV shows, TVs are not exactly hubs for social media interactions, and those TV shows that integrate social networking into their programming often don’t do much more than read tweets aloud. This post on Internet-based television is part of a sponsored content series by Intel smart TV. Some cable companies, including Verizon’s FIOS, now allow users to see what others are tweeting about a show with the help of the set-top boxes. But this is still a one-way street where no real communication between the show and the viewer takes place, and users can’t really use the Twitter integration to discuss shows with their friends. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts frederic lardinois Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

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