By Amlan ChakrabortyRafa Nadal has withdrawn from the inaugural International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) but the organisers pulled off a coup on Monday by naming Swiss maestro Roger Federer as replacement for the injured Spaniard.Fourteen times grand slam winner Nadal dealt a big blow to the fledgling tournament by pulling out of the Indian franchise citing ‘health problems’.“When you are talking of profile as high as Rafa Nadal, there was probably only one name that could have helped ease the pain and for us fortunately Roger was available and we made it happen,” IPTL founder Mahesh Bhupathi told reporters.“Rafa has been hurt since Wimbledon, he has not played any tennis. So obviously there was a risk there, in the format we have neither party wanted to take a chance.Nadal, who has a 23-10 head-to-head lead against Federer, missed the US Open last month after failing to recover from a right wrist injury he sustained in practice.“I am very disappointed to announce that I will not be part of the first edition of the IPTL,” Nadal, 28, said in a statement from the organisers.“I was looking forward to representing Indian Aces and playing in front of fans in New Delhi in the exciting new League.“I wish the team the very best and hope to be back next year.”Getting Federer on board was all the more satisfying for the organisers as the Swiss great, the winner of a record 17 grand slam titles, had initially appeared apprehensive of the league.“Earlier on, when I was talking to the players a year and half ago, Roger was expecting his set of twins. I don’t think he could be making too many commitments at that point,” Bhupathi, the Indian doubles specialist, added.“Obviously now he is very sure about his schedule and we are very happy to have him play for India.”Federer joins retired American Pete Sampras, winner of 14 grand slam titles, in the Indian franchise of the four-team event, scheduled to be played from Nov. 28 to Dec. 13.“I’m really looking forward to making my first trip to New Delhi and playing for the Micromax Indian aces,” Federer said in a recorded message.Philippines, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates are home to the other teams and will each host a leg of the competition, styled on cricket’s Indian Premier League and offering $1 million prize money.Men’s world number one Novak Djokovic, his women’s counterpart Serena Williams, Andy Murray, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and former women’s top-ranked players Maria Sharapova, Ana Ivanovic and Caroline Wozniacki have also confirmed their participation.The teams will compete in men’s and women’s singles, men’s and mixed doubles and a men’s legends singles with one set per match, and no advantage scoring.Speaking on the tournament’s viability, Bhupathi said he expected the franchisees in India and Philippines to break even earlier, maybe in the next two or three years.“Each team is going to be different. I think India and Manila will probably break even before Dubai and Singapore because these are the markets where these kind of stars have not been seen before.“Singapore and Dubai are mature markets. Singapore has WTA Championship there and Dubai has Dubai Open.”IPTL chief operating officer Eric Gottschalk said the league might feature a fifth Asian franchise next year.“We are trying to add one more team next year and possibly the maximum we can have is eight teams by maybe 2017-18,” he added.The Delhi leg of the IPTL is scheduled from Dec 6-8.
However, KRU swiftly responded to the allegations revealing that it had only received Sh31 million out of a budget of Sh124 million that they presented to and accepted by the Ministry of Sport after their main partner SportPesa pulled out.The Kenya Sevens team has been appointed the Brand Kenya ambassadors in aim of promoting Kenya over the next eight months in their world wide tour.“Following a meeting with the Ministry of Sports on January 10, it presented a budget of Ksh124m two days later. (January 12). A second meeting with the Ministry took place on January 15 before the KRU received a payment of Ksh 31mn in early February. This amount has been used to support our national squads in various assignments and we thank the Government for this,” a statement from KRU read.“Several meetings between the Ministry and KRU have since taken place, the latest one on May 29 where assurances that part payment of the balance would be made to the KRU by June 5. No further payment has been received to date despite assurances to the contrary,” the statement added.“Operations of the KRU have ground to a halt at a time when our two national squads, Simba and Shujaa are preparing for critical assignments in the coming days. In the absence of Government support, KRU is considering pulling all its representative squads out of international assignments.”The Kenya Simbas in a past match. Photo/KRUALSO READ: Echesa speaks over Kenya 7s pay disputeThe Kenya 15s team are set to begin their Rugby World Cup qualification process with a match away to Morocco on June 23 and will have four other fixtures and training programs between now and August.On their part, Shujaa are preparing for the Rugby World Cup Sevens tournament in San Francisco in July.“In light of the fiasco in Paris this past weekend, the KRU will take action to make sure that this does not happen again,” KRU lamented.All this erupted on Saturday during the opening Day of the final leg of the 2017/18 HSBC Sevens World Series in Paris where Kenya Sevens players protested their lack of payments by not wearing the jersey bearing the front shirt sponsors Brand Kenya under the logo ‘ Make It Kenya’.Claims are that the players were demanding Sh100,000 each for the photo shoot they conducted during the launch of the new sponsors.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kenya Rugby Union boss Richard Omwela. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, June 12 – Just hours after the Ministry of Sports said it had fully funded the Kenya Sevens team, Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) has denied the claims and stated that they are considering pulling all its representative squads out of international assignments if the Government does not come out to support them.On Tuesday afternoon, the Cabinet Secretary for Sports Rashid Echesa speaking in Nyeri, stated that he had summoned the KRU officials to explain why the Kenya Sevens team did not don the jersey bearing the sponsors’ ‘Make It Kenya’ logo despite claiming the ministry had remitted money to the federation.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! STEP UP (PG-13: violence, language) Starring: Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan, Mario, Drew Sidora, Rachel Griffiths. Director: Anne Fletcher. Running time: 1 hr. 38 min. Playing: In wide release. In a nutshell: Terrific dancing makes this same-old-steps romance between a break-dancing street guy and wealthy ballerina worth watching. So much better than most street-meets-studio dance romances. Yet so much like all the others. That’s “Step Up” for you. Go for the impressive moves. Tolerate the mediocre story.. Directed by the gifted choreographer Anne Fletcher (“Bring It On”) and starring two charismatic young actors, Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan, with dance talent to burn, “Step Up” is always a pleasure to watch. Fletcher insisted that all the castmembers do their own dancing, and the marked difference this makes from similar films such as “Take the Lead” and “Save the Last Dance” is striking.. Though well-edited, “Step’s” production numbers do full justice to their rousing and quite difficult routines. No cutaways to faceless doubles here, just the beauty and high-flowing energy of fine movement.. Tatum, last seen wasting time with Amanda Bynes in “She’s the Man,” and Dewan, a veteran of “Take the Lead” and numerous music videos, also give more to the dramatic moments than they deserve. Tatum’s Tyler is a troubled Baltimore foster kid who, when he’s not proving he’s the hottest white breakdancer in the ‘hood, steals cars and worse with his ghetto buddies. Dewan’s Nora is about to graduate from the Maryland School of the Arts, but her all-important Senior Showcase presentation is in jeopardy when her ballet partner sprains his ankle.. As luck would have it, Tyler gets busted for vandalizing the school and is sentenced to perform community service there. While pushing his janitor’s mop, he observes Nora’s auditions of inadequate new partners. Tyler volunteers to step in, and although he has no formal training, he’s sure got the strength and the rhythm Nora needs. But can the shiftless lad, whom we’re constantly told has never finished anything he’s started, stick out the rigorous rehearsal regimen?. Parents should be warned: Kissing ensues! There’s more dire news for those who are offended by rote storytelling. Girl has a selfish boyfriend and guy’s cronies think he’s rejecting them, providing papier-m?ch? obstacles to Nora and Tyler’s inevitable hookup.. Secondary characters, played by artist Mario and Drew Sidora, have their own romantic mini-drama. When Tyler can’t decide what to do, a convenient sense-shaking tragedy is served up on cue.. The script, which was written by “Last Dance’s” Duane Adler and “The O.C.’s” Melissa Rosenberg, does sidestep one irritating genre cliche, though. These movies usually take the pandering, fake-populist position that hip hop is a superior dance form to the more disciplined classical or ballroom varieties. Perhaps because director Fletcher knows better, formal and freestyle both get the respect they deserve in this show. That, too, is a nice step up from the norm. Bob Strauss, (818) 713-3670 firstname.lastname@example.org
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A former Ventura County deputy sheriff has been sentenced to 41 months in prison for violating federal laws, including seven counts of filing false income tax returns between 1994 and 2000, officials said this morning. Patrick J. Dain, 49, of Camarillo, was sentenced Monday afternoon in United States District Court, federal officials said. Dain was also convicted of obstructing the administration of Internal Revenue Service laws and impeding IRS officers in the performance of their duties, authorities said. An IRS spokesman said Dain threatened an IRS officer, said he didn’t want the agent’s “family hurt” and threatened to arrest the agent if the agent went to his house. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.
The City Council approved paying at least $26,000 to an outside law firm to defend the city in a lawsuit challenging the term limits/ethics reform measure on the Nov. 7 ballot. The decision Tuesday angered some residents who complained that the City Council used taxpayer dollars to defend a measure that was fast-tracked through the process with inadequate community input or review by the Ethics Commission. “I just think this process was very flawed. Some of us do support term limits (extensions), but we can’t in good conscience support this,” activist Monica Harmon told the City Council. Council members have argued that voters should have a chance to consider Proposition R, which would allow City Council members to serve a third four-year term and enact a number of campaign finance and lobbyist disclosure requirements. Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw has expertise in election law. Former Assembly speaker and mayoral candidate Robert Hertzberg is a partner with the firm, although he’s not working on the case. In July, Hertzberg was the featured speaker on term limits, redistricting and ethics reform at a Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce Pancakes and Politics roundtable. The chamber and the League of Women Voters proposed Proposition R and have filed legal documents in support of the limits/ethics reform package. Proposition R has been challenged by groups that argue that it violates the state constitution by combining more than one issue in a ballot measure. A Los Angeles Superior Court judge agreed that Prop. R was illegal and took it off the ballot. An appellate court put Prop. R back on the ballot. The appeals court has set an Oct. 3 hearing to consider whether the measure is legal. Whatever the verdict, both sides are expected to appeal the case to the California Supreme Court, which would likely raise the cost of outside counsel. email@example.com (213) 978-0390160Want 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 MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possibleThe council voted 9-2 to hire Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw LLP to represent the city. Officials said outside counsel was needed because City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo’s office needed help and expertise quickly. Councilmen Jack Weiss and Bill Rosendahl opposed the contract, and council members Tom LaBonge, Jan Perry, Ed Reyes and Greig Smith were absent. Weiss said he didn’t see the need to seek outside help on the case. “I am completely confident that the Los Angeles city attorney is capable of going to court and arguing city law and California law,” he said. The $26,000 is the first installment of the legal bill. Delgadillo’s office plans to seek more money to cover the cost of the court challenge.
ADVICE Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won 2 MONEY “That’s never a good sign, I would say, but we will try everything to make Dejan available for Munich. It will be a tight race.“For him, it makes sense in the moment to be in another place to do what he has to do. It wouldn’t have helped if he was here, so we will try everything – that’s clear.”Gomez has recently had surgery on a fractured leg and is expected to be out for four to seven weeks.It leaves Liverpool a bit stretched with defensive options for the Bayern game as Virgil van Dijk is suspended for the first leg, making Joel Matip the only out-and-out centre-back available. RANKED Liverpool have travelled to Spain for the training camp as they have no matches until the Champions League clash.The next round of the FA Cup is being played this weekend and the Reds were knocked out in the previous round by Wolves. no dice Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade BEST OF REVEALED The Liverpool squad have gone to Marbella for a training camp but Lovren has not travelled so he can continue his rehabilitation.Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com: “Dejan is not here and Joe [Gomez] is not here. Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Dejan Lovren is a doubt for Liverpool’s Champions League clash with Bayern Munich.The Reds face the German club at Anfield on Tuesday, February 19 in the last-16 of the competition.And after picking up a hamstring injury against Wolves on January 7 and Lovren has yet to fully recover. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card 2 Dejan Lovren has a hamstring injury Dejan Lovren is a doubt for the match with Bayern Munich Getty Images Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury huge blow LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS
Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating a boating incident involving an injury that occurred in Monticello on Lake Freeman this morning. Just after 11:30 a.m. first responders were dispatched to Lake Freeman regarding a juvenile who had been injured while wakeboarding.Witnesses on the boat stated the 5-year-old was wakeboarding when the front of the board became submerged under water. The board then flipped up out of the water, striking the child in the face. The child sustained a severe laceration to the face. Monticello Fire Medic 8 transported the child to White County IU Arnett Hospital and was then flown via Lutheran Helicopter to Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis for further medical treatment.Neither alcohol consumption or other violations are believed to be contributing factors in the incident. Assisting agencies to include Monticello Fire Medic 8, White County 911 dispatch and Lutheran Helicopter.
Da Unternehmen weltweit auf den zunehmenden Kosten- und Preisdruck reagieren, transformiert sich Sudafrika zu einem international bevorzugten Standort fur die Auslagerung von Geschaftsablaufen.Das Outsourcing von Geschaftsablaufen ist ein weltweiter Trend und die Branche, die einen Jahresumsatz von 130 Milliarden US-Dollar vorweisen kann, wird nach Erwartungen in den kommenden funf Jahren um ca. 50% wachsen.Bei dieser Art des Outsoucings werden bestimmte Geschaftsablaufe, die in der Regel unternehmensintern abgewickelt werden, einem Dienstleister (z. B. Kundenbetreuungs- oder Callcenter) uberlassen.Als Schlusselsektor im Regierungsprogramm zur Ankurblung des Wirtschaftswachstums wurde das Outsourcing von Geschaftsablaufen erkannt. In diesem Bereich rechnet das Land mit 25.000 direkten und 75.000 indirekten Arbeitsplatzen, die bis 2009 die Wirtschaft des Landes um 7,95 Milliarden Rand bereichern werden.IT-Outsourcing ist ebenfalls eine Wachstumsbranche in Sudafrika. Die Vielfalt des lokalen Marktes (Know-how aus den Industrielandern und die Gegebenheiten eines Entwicklungslandes) macht das Land zu einem idealen Testlabor fur neue Innovationen.IT-Outsourcing macht mehr als ein Drittel des 30 Milliarden Rand schweren Marktes fur IT-Dienstleistungen, wie eine 2008 durchgefuhrte Studie der Unternehmensberatung IDC belegt.Die internationale Forschungsgruppe Gartner sieht Sudafrika unter den wichtigsten 30 Outsourcing-Lander fur Software-Entwicklung, womit das Land 2007 gleichauf mit Israel in der Region Europa, Nahost und Afrika sowie mit Australien und Indien weltweit liegt.Calling .ZADer Zeitschrift Business Day zufolge ist die lokale Callcenter-Branche seit 2003 um ca. 8% pro Jahr gewachsen. 54.000 Arbeitsplatze bietet dieser Bereich, der mit 0,92 zum Bruttoinlandsprodukt Sudafrikas beitragt.Ein 2007 lanciertes staatlich finanziertes Outsourcing-Unterstutzungsprogramm zielt auf die Verbesserung der sudafrikanischen Wettbewerbsfahigkeit ab und bietet 1,1 Milliarden Rand an Investitionsanreizen. Der Plan konzentriert sich auf:Eine breit angelegte Marketing-Strategie.Ein staatliches Unterstutzungsprogramm mit Investitions- und Schulungszuschussen.Gute preisliche Rahmenbedingungen im Bereich Telekommunikation.WettbewerbsvorteileFur Sudafrika sprechen viele Faktoren, wie z. B.:Ein erstklassiges Serviceniveau im Callcenter-Bereich.Eine hohe Management- und Dienstleistungskompetenz in Kombination mit umfassendem Finanz-Know-how, insbesondere in den Bereichen Versicherungen, Hypotheken/Darlehen und Inkasso.Zeitzonen-kompatibel mit Europa.Eine hervorragende Beherrschung der englischen Sprache: neutrale Akzente, die fur westliche Markte leicht verstandlich sind.Ein gunstiger Wechselkurs.Ein hohes staatliches Engagement.Staatlich unterstutzte Anreize wie z. B. Existenzgrundungs- und Expansionszuschusse und reduzierte Telekommunikationskosten.Eine hoch entwickelte und im Wachstum begriffene Telekommunikationsbranche.Die Regierung ergreift Maßnahmen zur Gewahrleistung einer preisgunstigen und besser verfugbaren Bandbreitenkapazitat zur Ermoglichung von preiswerteren internationalen Telefongesprachen. Großprojekte zur Verlegung von Unterwasser-Glasfaserkabeln entlang der Ost- und Westkuste Afrikas zur Verbesserung der Kommunikation des Kontinents mit dem Rest der Welt werden in Angriff genommen.Die ganze Welt in einem LandZu den internationalen Unternehmen, die sich bereits fur Sudafrika als Outsourcing-Land entschieden haben, gehoren: IBM, Fujitsu Siemens, Lufthansa, Virgin, Sykes, Avis und Car Phone Warehouse.Sudafrikas Engagement fur die Outsourcing-Branche wurde 2007 mit der Entscheidung zum Bau eines 125 Mio. Rand teuren Callcenters mit 1.500 Arbeitsplatzen im Gewerbepark Coega, außerhalb von Port Elizabeth in der Provinz Ostkap, bekraftigt.Der BPO-Park erstreckt sich uber funf Hektar im Coega-Gewerbepark und umfasst Schulungseinrichtungen und Freizeitangebote. Nach Bekunden des Verwaltungsunternehmens ist das Areal auf verschiedene Szenarien ausgelegt und bietet optimale Voraussetzungen fur eine Vielzahl von Investoren.Weitere Beispiele fur kurzlich erfolgte Investitionen: Im Mai 2008 eroffnete der Ölkonzern Royal Dutch Shell ein Callcenter in Kapstadt. Dieses Callcenter wird Shell-Kunden in Belgien, Luxemburg und den Niederlanden betreuen. Afrikaans-sprechende Mitarbeiter werden fur Gesprache in niederlandischer und flamischer Sprache speziell geschult. Im November 2007 begann der US-amerikanische Outsourcing-Riese TeleTech mit dem Bau einer neuen Niederlassung (der ersten auf dem afrikanischen Kontinent) in den Außenbezirken von Kapstadt. Letzte Aktualisierung: September 2008SAinfo reporter. Quellen (Englische Websites):South Africa YearbookBusiness Process Enabling South AfricaDepartment of Trade and IndustryCoega Development CorportationBusiness Day
Malware is becoming more sophisticated and capable of evading standard antivirus software. A survey from Minerva Labs found that antivirus software can protect only against about 70 percent of newer types of malware. While the suggestion here is not to remove your antivirus software, it is a reminder that securing computers can be challenging. The Minerva survey found a majority of businesses worry that they might become victims of a data breach in the coming year.Today’s threats include worms, trojans, spyware and ransomeware. Antivirus software examines files and websites and checks them against a list of known vulnerabilities and problems. The problem is sophisticated malware can create signatures that morph quickly. In order to avoid detection, malware authors create code that automorphs or is frequently updated by the author so that it avoids detection. A study by Verizon found that nearly 99 percent of malware is frequently altered or retuned by hackers to cloak the danger and avoid detection.Eddy Bobritsky, CEO of Minerva Labs, said that “we continue to see more complex and sophisticated threats, where traditional blocking and prevention mechanisms, such as antivirus, are no longer enough to keep endpoints safe. Beyond merely relying on baseline anti-malware solutions to protect endpoints, companies should strengthen their endpoint security architecture to get ahead of adversaries, such as blocking off attempts to get around existing security tools.”
Tags:#Blogging#web Publishing service Twitterfeed announced this week that it has partnered with UK startup SkimLinks to offer publishers an option to automatically turn product links and references on blogs into affiliate sales links. Twitterfeed automates the publishing of blog feeds into Twitter and Facebook.SkimLinks over-writes links to products with affiliate links to any of several thousand vendors, and typically takes 25% of the affiliate revenue resulting from purchases originating on a publisher’s site. Publishers retain 75% of revenue in exchange for producing the content and providing distribution. Twitterfeed has extensive market penetration and is used to automate publishing to Twitter for organizations large and small. From CNN and the White House to the tiniest spam blogger (Twitterfeed tries to squash those, the company says), a very wide variety of publishers use the system. Some users find automatic publishing of RSS feeds into Twitter anti-social, but others aprove of the practice and consider Twitter a superior alternative to the RSS readers such feeds would otherwise be read through. It was exactly one year ago today that Twitterfeed added real-time feed publishing with PubSubHubbub to its platform.Twitterfeed competes with Dlvr.it, a service of feed ad network and analytics service Pheedo.The Spread of Affiliate Links in Social MediaOn one hand, monetization for publishers makes content production economically feasible and helps open up the ranks of voices that can afford to dedicate time to publishing. On the other hand, affiliate links in particular run the risk of skewing the editorial decisions made at the helm of today’s free global printing press towards content that panders to consumption of consumer products.Either way you look at it, when considering where money changes hands in the Twitter ecosystem, add the new Twitterfeed/SkimLinks partnership to the list.SkimLinks announced a similar opt-in partnership with white label social network Ning this week as well. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts marshall kirkpatrick Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting