Harvey Norman Promotion

first_imgNRL Touch Football’s major partner, Harvey Norman, has a great deal for members through the TFA website and newsletter. The Fitbit Charge is now just $96! The Fitbit Charge Activity and Sleep Wrist Monitor features all-day activity tracking, real-time stats and Caller ID notifications to help you reach your fitness goals and stay connected.For more information or to purchase your Fitbit Charge, please click here. Stay tuned to the TFA website and newsletter for more great Connected Health and Fitness deals from Harvey Norman. Related LinksHarvey Norman Promotionlast_img read more

Speaker Deputy Speaker Named

first_imgMembers of the Nova Scotia Legislative Assembly elected Kevin Murphy as Speaker of the House of Assembly today, Oct. 24, during the special sitting of the assembly. Before being elected to the legislature, Mr. Murphy was a business owner and operator for three decades on the Eastern Shore. The members also elected Margaret Miller, MLA for Hants East, to be Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly. Ms. Miller was a business owner and national president of MADDCanada before being elected to the legislature. The Speaker of the House presides over the Legislative Assembly, maintaining order, and regulating debate in accordance with the House rules and practices. The Speaker decides questions of order, rules on questions, ensures that all viewpoints are heard, protects the rights of all members, and casts the deciding vote in the event of a tie.last_img read more

ZoomerMedia takes a zig into live theatre

first_img Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement They are working together on Late Night, a new play by Sandler set during the taping of a fictional Letterman-like talk show, being performed in the new Zoomer Live Theatre, a converted TV studio in Znaimer’s Liberty Village entertainment complex. During performances, the onstage cameras will be running, capturing the TV-show-within-a-stage-show for potential later airing on Znaimer’s VisionTV.Karen Knox, part of the four-person theatre team working on the project, calls it a “weird dual meta, meta, meta thing.” Sandler says it’s “an updated bizarro Noises Off happening on TV.” And for Znaimer, it’s “a theatre piece that looks like the real thing and then becomes the real thing,” the gauge for reality for him clearly being that which can be televised. Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img The seeds for this encounter were sown a couple of years ago when Znaimer — co-founder of City TV and MuchMusic — started seeing shows on the indie theatre scene. “I became an admirer,” he explains. “Indie theatre’s very visual, very smart and clearly influenced by video in ways that previous generations hadn’t been.” Advertisement She’s an indie theatre darling, an effervescent 30-year-old writer and director who greets her interviewer with a hug even though we’ve never met before.He’s one of Toronto’s most influential media moguls, a senior presence in TV, music and radio whose current company, ZoomerMedia, focuses on entertainment for the 45-plus set.On the surface they may seem unlikely creative partners, but Kat Sandler and Moses Znaimer have found a common interest in making performances that cross back and forth between live and recorded media, and a belief in following their instincts. Advertisementlast_img read more

Vancouvers DOXA Documentary Film Festival announces numerous changes

first_imgAdvertisement Vancouver’s annual showcase for documentary films from across the country and around the world, DOXA Documentary Film Festival, is undergoing a period of transition, which includes some changes to its staff.After overseeing a period of growth for the festival (which included an expansion to 11 festival days), acting festival director (and former programming director) Dorothy Woodend stepped down from her position on December 31.Woodend, who is also a film critic for the Tyee, first began with DOXA as a screening committee member before she joined the board of directors. She became the director of programming in 2010, and then took on the role of acting festival director in 2017. Dorothy Woodend, Selina Crammond, Atenas Contreras Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twittercenter_img Login/Register With: Although she is no longer in her previous position, Woodend is not leaving the organization, as she will be continuing on with DOXA as a senior programming advisor for this year’s festival. Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

William Shatner continues his musical mission despite not being able to really

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook The new Christmas CD, Shatner Claus, features mainly holiday standards such as “Jingle Bells,” “Little Drummer Boy” and “White Christmas.” Earlier this year, he released a country album — Why Not Me? — a collaboration with Alabama’s Jeff Cook. When it comes to talking about his new album, William Shatner is like a kid on Christmas morning.“I’m scared, I’m frightened, by how good I think the album is,” says the 87-year-old TV icon.Shatner made the comments last August when he was in Toronto guest starring on the Jason Priestley and Cindy Sampson detective drama Private Eyes. He reprises a role he previously played on the Global series as a rival private investigator. The episode will air next year. Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Idle No More stirs in Australia

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Idle No More campaign continues to spread across the globe.The fight for Indigenous rights campaign has been adopted by Indigenous communities in several other countries, including the United States, Finland and now, Australia.With more on this story here is Australia’s National Indigenous Television.last_img

Sardar Patel statue not built to spite Nehru Modi

first_imgAmreli: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday said Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s imposing statue in Gujarat has not been built to “belittle” former prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru. Speaking at an election rally here, Modi said though the Congress says Patel was their leader, no leader of that party has visited the statue so far. “Don’t you feel proud when the Statue of Unity and Gujarat’s name appear when you search for the world’s tallest statue on Google? Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “I have not built Sardar Patel’s statue to belittle Pandit Nehru. Patel’s stature is so tall that you don’t have to try too hard to make others look smaller,” Modi said in his speech, most of which was in Gujarati. The ‘Statue of Unity’, dedicated to Sardar Patel, was unveiled by Modi on October 31 last year at Sadhu Bet island on Narmada river. The 182-metre tall statue was built at a cost of Rs 2,389 crore. Modi also said his government has managed to contain terrorism to only “two and a half” districts in Jammu and Kashmir and that no bomb blast took place elsewhere in the country in the last five years. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Modi said what he learnt in Gujarat helped him during the Doklam standoff with China in 2017. Troops of India and China were locked in the 73-day- long standoff after the Indian side stopped construction of a road in the disputed tri-junction by the Chinese Army. “This is not an election rally for me, but a rally to say thanks to people of Gujarat for the grooming I received here,” Modi said. Referring to various incidents of bomb blasts in the country previously, he said, “In the last five years no bomb blast took place in any other part of the country. We managed to contain terrorism to just two and a half districts in Jammu and Kashmir.” On Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s statement of trying to approach India after the Balakot air strike, Modi said the leader “had to make a public plea to us to pick up the phone”. Hitting out at the previous Congress-led governments in the country, he said the Sardar Sarovar project should have been completed 40 years ago. In 2014, the Congress came to its lowest tally after Independence and in 2019, it is fighting on the lowest number of Lok Sabha seats but still “dreaming” of becoming the ruling party, he said.last_img read more

Last wakeup call for homegrown retailers as Canadians embrace crossborder online shopping

TORONTO — Canadian retailers who have delayed launching a robust e-commerce website are running out of time and face “their last wake-up call,” suggests a new report on the state of online shopping in Canada.The report by the U.S.-based Forrester Research, funded in part by Canada Post and Shop.ca, is based on surveys with 1,103 Canadian online shoppers and concludes that U.S. e-tailers are becoming better positioned to steal web revenues from homegrown companies.Canadian retailers should be shaking in their boots“In the eyes of the consumer, the downsides of buying from a U.S.-based retailer rather than a domestic Canadian retailer are diminishing. Canadian retailers should be shaking in their boots,” states the report.“Canadian online shoppers will sacrifice any loyalty to Canada-domiciled retailers if they can find the same product cheaper online at an online marketplace or via a U.S. or international retailer.”According to Forrester, about 25% of online spending by Canadians already goes through international websites. And the data suggests Canadian shoppers are growing increasingly comfortable with cross-border buying.About 68% of the online shoppers surveyed said they have shopped at a web store based outside Canada. Of those, 72% said it was because they couldn’t find what they were looking for from a Canadian e-tailer, and 59% said cheaper prices contributed to their decision to buy abroad.While it’s not always ideal to get purchases shipped from outside the country due to issues like customs and sometimes-high delivery fees, many shoppers would still rather deal with those headaches than stick with Canadian web stores.A third of the shoppers surveyed said they were willing to buy through non-Canadian sites even though they knew they could potentially get hit with an additional bill for duties.Another 17% said they would deal with the hassle of having purchases shipped to a friend or colleague in the U.S., or use a cross-border postal box service to take advantage of better deals available outside Canada.When they did shop with Canadian e-stores, the biggest complaint from shoppers was shipping prices. About 68% of those polled typically found them too high.About 65% said they wanted the option of returning products in-store rather than shipping them back, 56% wanted e-tailers to match lower prices offered by competitors, and 48% wanted to be able to pick up purchases in-store.Darren Meister, an associate professor at the Richard Ivey School of Business, said businesses that think they can simply buy a web e-commerce platform and instantly catch up to the competition are mistaken.“I think some people will think, ’Well, when (e-commerce) is really popular we can just go out and buy it,’ but buying the technology is just the starting point, you still have to put into place the return policies, the delivery policies,” said Meister.“The technology can’t be implemented overnight. And at a certain point in time you’ll fall so far behind that you’ll never catch up, (the competition) will be growing faster than you can catch up.”The survey results are considered accurate within 2.95 percentage points 19 times out of 20.Canadian Press read more

Rapper MIA urges Australian airlines to refuse forced deportations of Sri Lankans

The deportations are part of Australia’s harsh immigration policies relating to asylum seekers and refugees, particularly those who have arrived in the country by boat, and thousands are being detained in a network of facilities on Australia’s mainland as well as offshore. “By refusing to participate in the forced deportation of fleeing asylum seekers, airlines have an opportunity to play an active role in protecting human rights.”MIA’s voice adds to those of more than 60 people, representing business, human rights groups, unions and academia, who have signed a public statement calling for companies to respect human rights, and say that ignoring international law can damage a company’s reputation and risk its financial interests.Qantas is now the subject of intense lobbying by unions, advocacy groups and the public, to follow the actions of some overseas airlines and boycott migrant deportations. UK-based Virgin Atlantic said in June it would no longer assist the home office in deporting people classed as illegal immigrants.Brynn O’Brien, executive director of the Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility (ACCR), told Guardian Australia there was a business risk for airlines such as Qantas in accepting contracts from the government to fly out those being deported.This included domestic legs of international flights and involuntary transfers between detention facilities.“Movement between places of detention, we hear from refugees, legal representatives and advocates, is a tactic that’s routinely used to make things difficult for people in the detention system,” she said.“Forcible transfer, whether on domestic or international flights, looks pretty similar – people accompanied by guards, often in handcuffs.”The Sri Lankans were returned to their country via a charter flight, but the Iraqi man is believed to have been flown out on a commercial jet from Perth and eventually to Baghdad.It’s not known which airline he was assigned to, as there were several flights leaving that night, but Qantas has pointed out that it does not fly to Middle East destinations.Sarah Dale, principal solicitor, Refugee Advice and Casework Service (Racs), said the deportation of the Iraqi national despite a court date revealed that there were no legal protections in place to prevent removals, “and airlines are participating in the removal of someone who has not had their rights afforded”.A last-minute and unexplained transfer from a Sydney detention centre to Perth has also been questioned by the family of another Iraqi man, 22, who took his life this month.Regarding its position on the deportation of asylum seekers, a spokeswoman said Qantas understood it was a sensitive issue.“Our position is that the federal government and the courts make decisions on complex immigration matters, not airlines.”O’Brien said cooperation by airlines left them open to the risk of protests by the public – such as the one by Swedish student Elin Ersson in Gothenburg – and the problem of airline employees having to respond to them.“This is an issue for investors – we have a small shareholding in Qantas and approached them in our capacity as shareholders doing due diligence. They haven’t been forthcoming with information,” O’Brien said.Keren Adams, the director of legal advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, said, “the argument we’re putting to investors is they need more information about what Qantas is actually doing so it can assess their risk management processes.“The Australian government’s refugee policies have been internationally condemned as putting lives at risk.“Businesses, including airlines, that actively facilitate and profit from this system are complicit in abuse and risk exposing themselves to serious reputational liability.” “If the Australian government won’t treat refugees and asylum seekers with dignity and fairness, then it falls to the rest of us to make sure that they are given the best chance to rebuild their life in peace.”MIA is a UK-born artist and activist, who was raised in Sri Lanka and India with her mother and Tamil activist father, who helped found the Eelam Revolutionary Organisation of Students. MIA returned to England with her mother and siblings as refugees after the family was displaced. Rapper MIA has called for Australian airlines to stop assisting with the forced deportation of asylum seekers, amid a campaign for the industry to take a stand on human rights, The Guardian reported.In recent weeks, at least 12 Sri Lankan asylum seekers have been deported from Australia, and at least one Iraqi national as well, who was deported despite a pending court date for an appeal. “The stories of how children, women and men are treated when they seek asylum in Australia are horrifying,” MIA, whose real name is Mathangi Arulpragasam, told Guardian Australia. “If the Australian government won’t treat refugees and asylum seekers with dignity and fairness, then it falls to the rest of us to make sure that they are given the best chance to rebuild their life in peace.”MIA is a UK-born artist and activist, who was raised in Sri Lanka and India with her mother and Tamil activist father, who helped found the Eelam Revolutionary Organisation of Students. MIA returned to England with her mother and siblings as refugees after the family was displaced.She recently released a documentary, and has continued to advocate against the mistreatment and abuse of Sri Lankan Tamils, and refugees and migrants. She has now moved her sights to Australia’s frequent deportation of them. “Deportation is not an option. In the case of Tamils in Sri Lanka, several organisations including the UN have outlined ongoing torture and intimidation of the community. Thousands of Tamils remain unaccounted for or forcibly disappeared in Sri Lanka. read more

New issues of Library News Brock Health

The James A. Gibson Library has released the newest edition of its biannual Library News.Highlights of the fall issue of the newsletter include:Lissa Paul’s latest research and her use of the library resource, Orlando: Women’s Writing a planned renovation project to create dedicated space for graduate students in the librarynew projects from the Map Library and Special CollectionsTo view it, visit brocku.ca/library/about-us-lib/newsletterCommunity Health Sciences students have also released a new issue of Brock Health.Prof. Kelli-An Lawrence acts as an advisor for the student-produced academic magazine, which released its second issue in November. Highlights include:faculty profiles of Terry Wade and Madelyn Lawarticles about laser vision, spine health in post-secondary students and the possible privatization of Canada’s health care systeman article about graduate student Ryan AlexanderCopies are available in STH 322.Related article:• Community Health Sciences students launch new magazine | The Brock News read more

Meridian Centre opens to the public

The Meridian Centre in St. Catharines celebrated its official opening on Saturday.The event included a ribbon cutting ceremony at centre ice.Visitors were allowed to explore the facility until 5 PM and were asked to bring a non-perishable item for ‘Community Care’ of St. Catharines and Thorold.The $50million facility is the new home of the Niagara IceDogs.The owner of the team, Bill Burke, and the mayor of St. Catharines, Brian McMullan, were at the open house.Those who couldn’t make the event can take self-guided tours on Tuesday from 4 to 8 PM. read more

Woman injured in 3vehicle crash

A woman had to be pulled from her car by fire fighters after a three vehicle crash in Burlington.Police say a large truck and red Kia Soul were exiting the QEW, turning left onto Brant Street when they were hit by a silver car heading north last night.Fire crews had to take the door off one of the vehicles to free the woman trapped inside. She was taken to Joseph Brant Hospital with minor injuries.The incident led to a significant backup in the area. Police say charges are pending against the driver of the silver car. read more

Armed conflicts now leading cause of world hunger – UN report

“Conflict destroys lives, opportunities and environments and may be one of the most significant obstacles to sustainable development as it can destroy in hours and days what has taken years and decades to develop,” says the report, presented to an FAO committee meeting this week in Rome to review policies towards reducing world hunger, including food production and physical and economic access to food.The proportion of food emergencies that can be considered human-made has increased over time, the report says, warning that the goal of halving the world’s hungry by 2015 is almost certain to be missed by a wide margin if current trends continue.More than a third of food emergencies between 1992 and 2003 were due to conflict and economic problems, compared with around 15 per cent from 1986 to 1991, the report says, adding that war also contributes to the spread of HIV/AIDS through displacement, rape or commercial sex.”The impact…is not limited to the conflict area. It diverts resources from national development programmes and weakens government capacity, indirectly affecting the provision of services to the whole population,” it says.The report also draws attention to the threat to food security posed by global warming and climate change, which cause flooding and desertification. “In the long run, all countries are likely to be affected by climate changes as a result of the global warming phenomenon,” it states.Natural disasters and human-induced factors can reinforce each other, leading to complex emergencies and protracted crises, the report cautions. It calls for special attention in coping with “key shocks” to food security arising from conflicts, natural disasters and HIV/AIDS.The report calls peace a public good and an essential condition for attaining the MDGs, and says all nations must recognize peace as a core objective. “Peace encourages investments and allows social and economic development,” it says. read more

No way to turn back tide on cleaner energy Joe Biden tells

by Joanna Smith, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 9, 2016 7:19 am MDT Last Updated Dec 9, 2016 at 2:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ‘No way to turn back tide’ on cleaner energy, Joe Biden tells Canada’s leaders OTTAWA – The world — including the United States — is heading inexorably in the direction of reducing greenhouse gases, even if it isn’t a priority for president-elect Donald Trump, says Vice-President Joe Biden.“Reality has a way of intruding,” Biden said Friday in Ottawa as he sat around a table with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, provincial and territorial premiers and indigenous leaders gathered for a first ministers meeting on climate change.“Whatever uncertainty exists around the near-term policy choices of the next president, I am absolutely confident the United States will continue making progress in its path to a low-carbon future.”That’s because many of the trends towards more clean energy and fewer carbon emissions have taken hold and are no longer dependent on government initiatives, Biden said.“They’re market-driven. They’re common sense.”Biden also said he was “excited” to be meeting with the provincial and territorial premiers on this issue, because in the U.S., it has sometimes been the states that have led the way.“Sometimes the federal (government) and then sometimes the states take turns being the innovators,” Biden said.That’s another reason why, no matter what the next U.S. government decides to do, there will continue to be voices — in cities, states, civil society and other communities across the country — pushing for, and taking, stronger action on climate change, he argued.“Regardless of whether the next administration is as aggressive as we have been, there’s no way to turn back — I’m not suggesting they intend to — but there’s no way to turn back this tide that has begun to roll,” he said.“The question is time. Time is of the essence. There are plenty of reasons to be hopeful, but no reason to be anything other than feeling an overwhelming sense of urgency.”It matters a lot how quickly things happen, he added.Environment Minister Catherine McKenna welcomed the message, saying the economic argument is one that Canada is making too.“The market has spoken,” McKenna said.“Businesses are moving forward. They have their own climate plans. They have their own targets. They are reducing emissions. It’s about an economic opportunity.”McKenna also noted the other message Biden delivered when he urged Canada to stick to its own plan to reduce carbon emissions — one she said she heard from the Chinese climate negotiator on her trip to that country this week.Earlier in the day, Biden — who was in Ottawa on Thursday night for a state dinner with Trudeau and the other leaders — arrived on Parliament Hill for a bilateral meeting with the prime minister.With downtown Ottawa traffic snarled for security purposes, Biden’s motorcade pulled up to the front door of the Centre Block, where Trudeau had been waiting just inside the main door before braving frigid temperatures to greet him.Both leaders were singing the praises of each other’s countries and the Canada-U.S. relationship.“We have incredibly strong economic, commercial, person-to-person (and) cultural ties that continue and it’s just always great to be able to welcome you here,” Trudeau said.Biden acknowledged in kind the unique nature of the relationship.“Americans kind of view it as family — not just allies, not just friends, not just our largest trading partner, but the values are the same.”— Follow @smithjoanna on Twitter Prime Minister Justin Trudeau welcomes US Vice-President Joe Biden to Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Friday, December 9, 2016. The vice-president is scheduled to sit down later today with Canada’s premiers and territorial and aboriginal leaders, who are gathered in Ottawa for a day-long first ministers meeting to talk about climate change and health care. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Patrick Doyle read more

At General Assembly Papua New Guineas Foreign Minister thanks UN for its

“Papua New Guinea continues to benefit from a strong UN presence through its delivery of various development programmes, which we highly value,” Mr. Pato told delegates gathered at the 67th Assembly’s General Debate, at UN Headquarters in New York. Referring to the UN ‘Delivering as One’ initiative, he said: “This is working exceptionally well for Papua New Guinea.” The initiative arose due to concerns that the UN system has suffered in the past from fragmentation in policy development and implementation, and differing management structures, among other issues. It aims to improve the quality of UN programme and operational support. Mr. Pato also thanked the UN for having “heeded our call” to use his country’s medium-term development plan to “synergize” the world body’s development efforts contained in its Development Assistance Framework 2012-2015. “We can all do more together,” he said. In welcoming the UN for its “proactive engagement” in the Pacific region, Mr. Pato also thanked the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, for his “visit and commitment.” He added, “We are encouraged that contacts with the UN system and personnel are to be strengthened in the years ahead.” With the help of the United Nations and others, as well as Papua New Guinea’s political stability and sound macroeconomic decision-making, the country’s economy is enjoying an eight per cent annual growth rate, Mr. Pato noted. He said revenue from a liquid natural gas (LNG) project will further increase growth – and could enable Papua New Guinea to help others. “A sovereign wealth fund is being set up to professionally manage the revenue from the LNG project and other extractive industries,” he explained. “We also hope to share this wealth with our Pacific neighbours in the appropriate manner.” Mr. Pato said the strengthened economy would enable his country to improve its social indicators, such as literacy levels, maternal and infant mortality rates, and law and order enforcement. But, he noted, challenges remain for Papua New Guinea to achieve by the anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by their 2015 deadline. Agreed on by world leaders at the UN Millennium summit in 2000, the MDGs seek to slash extreme poverty and hunger, infant and maternal mortality, a host of diseases and lack of access to health services and education. But many countries are lagging way behind schedule. “We recommit ourselves to work with our international partners, including the UN, and we reiterate that the MDGs need to be the priority while we discuss the (succeeding) Sustainable Development Goals,” Mr. Pato said. In his remarks to the Assembly, Mr. Pato also spoke of his country’s commitment to “gender empowerment and equality,” saying that women and girls were increasingly present in higher education and employment outside the home. Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister Pato is among scores of heads of state and government, and other high-level officials, who are presenting their views and comments on issues of individual national and international relevance at the Assembly’s General Debate, which ends on 1 October. read more

UN human rights office deeply regrets resumption of executions in Chad

OHCHR Spokesperson Cécile Pouilly called Saturday’s execution by firing squad of 10 people sentenced to death the day before “an extremely unfortunate development,” particularly given the Government of Chad’s abolition of the death penalty in 2014. The penalty was reinstated in an anti-terrorism law unanimously approved by Chad’s parliament on 30 July.According to media reports, the men who were executed were believed to be Boko Haram militants, and were accused of involvement in deadly terrorist attacks in Chad’s capital N’Djamena in June and July. OHCHR called upon the Chadian authorities to review the law, which contains a vague definition of terrorism that could be misapplied. The speed with which the executions were carried out was also a concern.“Any trial that could lead to the imposition of the death penalty must rigorously comply with all aspects of a fair trial,” said Ms. Pouilly. read more

Bundesliga Round 9 RheinNeckar Lowen brilliant make it 180

← Previous Story French Cup: HBC Nantes knocks out Paris HC, Dunkerque does the same to Montpellier Next Story → Champions League (W): Thuringer beats title-defender Buducnost at home FlensburgfoxesFuchse BerlinHannoverhannover burgdorflemgolowenMagdeburgMannheimRhein Neckar Lowen In the 9th game this season for the “Lions” from Mannheim, it was 9th victory. In what was supposed to be rather hard game against Magdeburg at home turned into an easy home win, eventually the hosts winning 30:22 (17:9). This meant re-taking the first place from THW Kiel who won the day before against HSV Hamburg.In the other two games, Hannover-Burgdorf got yet another away win at TBV Lemgo after also winning in the Cup on Wednesday, while Flensburg was dominant in the derby game against Fuchse Berlin and won 29:18. read more

Winning alongside Obama was pretty cool says Tiger

first_imgWoods said he had forgotten Obama, known for playing basketball, was a left-hander and noted that they played in breezy conditions.“We played under some tough conditions, and he hit the ball well,” Woods said. “He’s a pretty good athlete.”- © AFP, 2013VIDEO: Incredible 9-ball golf putt of the day TIGER WOODS PROVIDED a glimpse at his private weekend round of golf with US President Barack Obama, saying yesterday that it had been a “pretty cool” experience.Woods, the first African-American golfer to win a major title from his 1997 triumph at the Masters, and Obama, the first African-American to be elected as US President, teed off together on Sunday at a luxury golf resort in Florida.“Playing with Mr. President was pretty cool,” Woods said. “He’s just a wonderful person to be around. And we won.”Woods and Obama defeated US trade representative Ron Kirk and Houston Astros owner Jim Crane, who also owned the resort course where the elite foursome played away from the eyes of the media, who complained about being ditched.Woods, a 14-time major champion chasing the all-time record of 18 major crowns won by Jack Nicklaus, said he was asked to play alongside Obama during an off weekend in his PGA Tour play.“There’s a process that’s involved and I was invited to play,” Woods said. “It was an invitation that certainly you don’t turn down, especially being he’s an avid golfer and so am I.”Woods, who will open against Charles Howell in the World Golf Championships Match Play Championship at Dove Mountain today, praised Obama’s game.“He has got amazing touch,” Woods said. “He can certainly chip and putt. If he ever spent, after these four years, more time playing the game of golf, I’m sure he could get to where he’s a pretty good stick.”last_img read more

Geekout Episode 6 In which we discuss Glass Pluto and Archos

first_imgEvery Thursday since not all that long ago, a few of us here at Geek have decided to come together and talk about some of the things going on during the week. We call it the Geekout…One of the topics on everyone’s minds this week has been Google Glass. We’ve covered it a bit lately, but in today’s Geekout we talk a little about whether or not the wearable technology is something that everyone is going to use. After all, at some point you’re going to go somewhere and have to be with other people, right?From the world of gaming we talked for a bit about a never released Sega prototype console that a former employee shared photos of, after re-discovering he owned the console 14 years later. We talked a bit about the Ouya console and the recent questions regarding its overall performance and capabilities, and we wrapped up with a look at the Unity-powered Ravensword 2: Shadowlands for Android and the hit iOS game Ridiculous Fishing. The latter is a deliciously amusing time-waster with great graphics and solid controls, but it can get frustrating at times. It’s an ideal game for playing while watching TV or doing something that requires only a fraction of your attention.If you’ve got something you want us to chat about next week, or if you’d like to join us for a Geekout episode and talk about anything in particular, be sure to drop us a note in the comments!last_img read more