Lightning kills man, injures woman in Colorado

first_imgTeamDAF/iStock(BOULDER, Colo.) — A man was killed and his wife was injured when he was struck by lightning as they hiked in Colorado on Sunday.The couple was on the Bear Creek Trail on Flagstaff Mountain when the bolt struck him around 1 p.m., according to the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office. Another hiker spotted the couple an alerted authorities.Initial investigations from the scene show that the man was struck directly in his upper body, and his wife was injured from “ancillary electrical current from the strike that hit her husband,” the sheriff’s office said.She was conscious and breathing and taken to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The man was temporarily resuscitated on scene but died at the hospital.The identities of the man, 36, and his wife, 37, are being withheld pending notification of their families.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

West Gippsland v Goulburn Murray – Country Week scores

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74 Remain in BoyleSports Irish Grand National

first_imgJessica Harrington is another chasing her first BoyleSports Irish Grand National success and the Timico Gold Cup winning trainer has left her smart novice Our Duke, the clear ante-post favourite, in next Monday’s race. Ted Walsh could yet be represented by Foxrock while the 2016 winning trainer Mouse Morris has left five horses in the race with Alpha Des Obeaux, his Grade 1 RSA Novices´ Chase fourth, and last year’s winner Rogue Angel both certain of a run. Noel Meade has left six horses in the race with his Cheltenham Festival winner Road To Respect featuring among the sextet.Of the remaining cross-channel challenger, Jonjo O’Neill could run his 2014 winner Shutthefrontdoor while Harry Fry’s Fletchers Flyer is another that has done enough to secure a spot in the final line-up.Peter Roe, General Manager of Fairyhouse Racecourse, said: “We are delighted with the strength in depth of the horses remaining in the €500,000 BoyleSports Irish Grand National. It is great to have previous winners Shutthefrontdoor, Rogue Angel and Thunder And Roses along with the exciting Grade 1 winning novice chaser Our Duke. The excitement in the locality is steadily building as we build up to Ireland’s richest ever jumps race.  The ground is currently good to yielding and the forecast is for some rain towards the end of the week but we will commence selective watering today in order to produce safe jumping ground.”Liam Glynn, BoyleSports spokesperson, said: “We are looking forward to an intriguing renewal of the BoyleSports Irish Grand National on Easter Monday at Fairyhouse in what is set to be probably the most competitive handicap that we will have seen in a long time. With the prize-money now boosted to a record €500,000, it could also well decide whether Gordon Elliott can dethrone Willie Mullins in the Irish National Hunt Trainers’ Championship. Our Duke, our current 11/2 favourite, is by far the worst result in the ante-post book at present and with the form that novices have in the race and the winning streak that trainer Jessica Harrington and jockey Robbie Power are on at present, we are very keen to keep him on side.”BoyleSports betting for the BoyleSports Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse, Easter Monday, April 17th, 2017 is as follows:11-2       Our Duke10           Mall Dini10           Noble Endeavor12           Fletchers Flyer14           Abolitionist14           Minella Foru14           The Crafty Butcher14           Haymount16           Shutthefrontdoor16           Foxrock16           Tiger Roll16           Arbre De Vie20           Bar CLICK HERE FOR LIST OF ENTRIES Tiger Roll gives Lisa O’Neill her first Cheltenham Festival winner in the 4 miler.Cheltenham Festival.Photo:Patrick McCann 14.03.2017 print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emailcenter_img The €500,000 BoyleSports Irish Grand National could well be the race that decides the winner of this season’s National Hunt trainers’ championship and both Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott will be hoping to feature strongly in the annual spectacular at Fairyhouse on Easter Monday, April 17th. Both men are seeking their first win in what is now the most valuable National Hunt race in Ireland, and Elliott, the season’s leading trainer, has left 21 horses in the race, headed by Lord Scoundrel and Noble Endeavor, Roi Des Francs, his Cheltenham Festival winner Tiger Roll, Ball D’Arc and last year’s runner-up, Bless The Wings. As it stands, with the safety limit set at 30 runners, the majority of Elliott’s remaining entries are unlikely to get a run.Willie Mullins, the current champion trainer, is responsible for nine of the remaining 74 entries. However, it would appear that only Haymount, third to Gordon Elliott’s Tiger Roll in the Grade 2 JT McNamara National Hunt Challenge Cup Amateur Riders´ Novices´ Chase at Cheltenham is guaranteed a run and that the likes of Blazer, Arbre De Vie and Sambremont will struggle to make the final cut at declaration time at 10am on Good Friday.last_img read more

Barcelona to make £20m Clyne bid, Rooney set for LA Galaxy switch? – GOSSIP

first_img1 Transfer Rumours and Paper Review Here are the top headlines and transfer-related stories in Friday’s newspapers…Barcelona are lining up a shock January move for Liverpool defender Nathaniel Clyne, with the LaLiga giants ready to spend £20million on the Reds and England right-back. (Daily Star)Wayne Rooney could follow in the footsteps of David Beckham, Steven Gerrard and Ashley Cole by joining LA Galaxy. (The Sun)Manchester United are considering selling defenders Chris Smalling, Daley Blind and Marcos Rojo – with 23-year-old Roma and Germany defender Antonio Rudiger a target for Jose Mourinho. (Daily Mail)Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil was reportedly in talks with Turkish side Fenerbahce in the summer. (Daily Star)Tottenham’s Erik Lamela wants to be the next star at White Hart Lane to get a new deal. (Daily Mirror)Spurs forward Clinton N’Jie says his future at the club will be decided at the end of the season. The 23-year-old is currently on loan at Marseille. (Ligue 1)Ryan Giggs will NOT be Wigan’s next manager. The Championship club are instead ready to appoint Manchester United’s under-21 boss Warren Joyce.  (Daily Mail)Latest headlines:LISTEN: Charlton chief executive Katrien Meire says controversial owner Roland Duchatelet will NOT sell upCharlton fans have their say on Katrien Meire’s talkSPORT interview – ‘Disappointed and angered!’‘The London Stadium is like a powder keg. It’s a nightmare for West Ham’, Hammers legend Tony Gale tells talkSPORTLISTEN: ‘Total chaos. You don’t feel safe. It’s like the 1970s all over again’ – West Ham and Chelsea fans share experiences of London Stadium violence‘Klopp’s on to something special and Clyne knows it!’ – Reds fans rubbish rumourBorussia Dortmund slap £71million price tag on Manchester City target Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – reportsSergio Aguero on the move? Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham all monitoring Manchester City striker’s situationChelsea FC: ‘Terry is officially finished… gone by next season’ – fans react to captain’s return in EFL Cup defeat to West HamLiverpool FC transfer news: Mamadou Sakho poised to rebuff interest from Lille in JanuaryManchester United and Chelsea target assessed: How ‘new Zlatan Ibrahimovic’ Alexander Isak has all the attributes to succeedlast_img read more

Witness in civil trial over plane crash that killed 10 challenged on testimony

first_imgA witness who earlier testified the pilot in a deadly 2004 plane crash off Pelee Island was upset about flying in poor weather conditions was challenged during Friday’s cross-examination about that testimony being omitted from an earlier written statement.Bob Love, the lawyer for the defendants in this wrongful death civil trial, noted witness Donna Jean Olsen, 66, made no mention of pilot Wayne Price being upset or angry in her written statement to Transport Canada about the Jan. 17, 2004, crash that killed all 10 people on board.Olsen, who suffers health problems and memory issues after being diagnosed three years ago with the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, told the lawyer there wasn’t anything unusual about Price being angry when forced to fly in poor weather.Earlier, while being questioned by Jerry O’Bien, the lawyer for the plaintiffs, Olsen, a former ticket agent at the Pelee Island airport, shared details about another flight by Price to the island from Windsor roughly two weeks before the crash.Olsen remembered hearing an upset Price on the radio saying he was turning around and returning to Windsor because the visibility was so bad he couldn’t see the island.She testified Price called her after he landed at the Windsor Airport.“He was very angry,” Olsen said.She testified Price said Georgian Express, the pilot’s employer and the owner of the doomed Cessna Caravan, wasn’t going to do that to him again – force him to fly in poor weather conditions.“Knowing Wayne as I did, it’s twice that had happened to him. He was told he had to fly,” she said. “He knew he didn’t have a choice when it came to the 17th (the day of the crash).”London resident Paul Brisco, the brother of one of the victims Robert Brisco, is suing for aggravated and punitive damages on behalf of himself and his brother’s estate, which he administers.The defendants, including Georgian Express Ltd., the air carrier, and the Owen Sound Transportation Company Ltd., which contracted the charter to provide winter service for Pelee Island, have already admitted liability. The jury will determine what amount of compensation should be awarded for damages.Robert Brisco, 46, of Chatham, and friends were returning from a hunting trip when Georgian Express Flight 126 crashed through the Lake Erie ice near Pelee Island. The others who died included brothers Ted Reeve, 53, and Tom Reeve, 49, of Chatham, Dr. Jim Allen, 51, of Mitchell’s Bay, Ronald Spencler, 53, and Walter Sadowski, 48, both of Windsor, and Fred Freitas, 38, and Larry Janik, 48, of Kingsville.Price of Richmond Hill, whose estate is also named in the civil suit, died in the crash – one of the worst air disasters in Southwestern Ontario history – along with his fiancée Jamie Levine of Los Angeles.During cross-examination, Love also questioned Olsen on what she remembered about the weather conditions on the day of the crash.Olsen agreed with Love there was just a light snowfall and not a “hint of sleet” when she left the Owen Sound Transportation office near the island’s west dock just prior to the arrival of Price’s 4:20 p.m. flight from Windsor.Olsen, who helped load the hunters’ luggage on the Cessna for its return flight to Windsor, told Love she hadn’t noticed any ice on the plane. However, she did testify she noticed a change in the weather. Someone else, she added, said he hoped the pilot had de-icer for the Cessna.Olsen testified she only saw the freezing rain when she went to her pickup truck to leave for the day, shortly after watching the plane carrying the hunters take off.“It was a storm of freak nature?” Love said.“It was,” Olsen said.An investigation by the Transportation Safety Board of Canada determined that the pilot, Price, was under stress and sleep-deprived when he decided to take off in a plane that was overloaded with a number of husky men, hunting dogs and luggage and “contaminated” with ice.The plane, 576 kilograms over the maximum allowable takeoff weight, took off at 4:40 p.m. for the short flight to Windsor Airport. It crashed into the ice of Lake Erie a few minutes later.The trial continues Monday.last_img read more

SA seeks investment in Uganda

first_imgPresident Jacob Zuma is in Uganda to strengthen relations with the country. (Image: The Presidency) MEDIA CONTACTS • Vincent Magwenya Spokesperson to the President +27 12 300 5315 +27 82 835 6315 [email protected] RELATED ARTICLES • SA to strengthen ties with Britain • SA, UK’s unique relationship • South Africa, Brazil cement ties • SA, Angola strengthen ties Bongani NkosiSouth Africa and Uganda are set to strengthen economic and political relations during President Jacob Zuma’s two-day state visit to the East African country.Zuma, who arrived there on the evening of 24 March, is being accompanied by more than 30 South African business people and nine government ministers.“The visit is aimed at further enhancing economic and political relations between the two countries, developments in the East African region as well as multilateral cooperation in the African Union, United Nations and other key forums,” Zuma’s communications advisor Zizi Kodwa said in a statement.The delegation, which includes Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies and Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, is expected to sign bilateral agreements in agriculture, trade, science and technology, and customs cooperation, Kodwa said.The South African business contingent has been introduced to opportunities in Uganda through a forum co-chaired by trade ministers from both countries. “This will help to expand the areas of economic cooperation”.Agriculture, tourism, mining and energy, and information and communications technology have been the key areas identified by the South African government to offer “profitable investment opportunities in Uganda”.Uganda’s Daily Nation newspaper reported that during his visit Zuma would launch the Uganda Chamber of Mines and Petroleum, a non-profit organisation set up to attract potential investors.Chairperson of the chamber, Elly Karuhanga, said they expect the South African business delegation to look for ways to become involved in Uganda’s growing oil sector, the newspaper reported.“Since the discovery of oil, Uganda has become an attractive investment destination for investors,” he said, according to the daily. “Very many investors are now eying the country because of the expected opportunities that come with oil.”Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni announced the discovery of oil in the country in 2009 and since then prominent firms, such as UK-based Tullow Oil, have landed lucrative deals there.“The mining, oil and refining of petroleum sector with the discovery of oil in the Lake Albert region also provides new areas of business,” said Zuma, addressing the South Africa-Uganda Business Forum on 25 March.Uganda, which recorded a GDP of US$14.5-billion (R108-billion) in 2008/09, lists South Africa as one of its major goods suppliers, alongside Kenya, India, China and the US.SA presence in UgandaMobile phone network operator MTN is currently the leading South African business in Uganda. The company broke into the market there in 1998 and now boasts about 3 500 000 customers. It “has since grown to be the leading telecommunications company in Uganda” and “we are still growing”, according to the MTN website.Other South African businesses with a presence in the East African country include Stanbic Bank Uganda, a subsidiary of Standard Bank, and Shoprite and Game stores.“We recognize that South Africans are among the top contributors to foreign direct investment flows to Uganda, and South Africa is firmly entrenched near the top of the list of countries from which Uganda sources imports,” said Zuma.ANC freedom fighters honouredlast_img read more

BMW has no plans to leave SA: Davies

first_img10 October 2013BMW has no plans to leave South Africa, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said on Thursday morning ahead of a scheduled meeting with the German car manufacturer later in the day.Speaking to journalists in Pretoria, Davies said he had met a BMW delegation during the recent strike by workers in the country’s automotive sector, and that the company had said that it remained committed to South Africa.On recent reports in the media speculating on the company’s future in the country, Davies said he had received a letter from BMW “in which they clarified what they had said, and which they were concerned wasn’t necessary correctly reported.“What they said is that they are continuing operations in South Africa – there is no question of them discontinuing their operations in South Africa.“They did say they have the possibility of competing for an additional model in the South African operations, and they felt that that was jeopardised by the recent strikes,” Davies said.However, he said the signing of a three-year wage agreement, following the conclusion of the motor industry strike last week, would bring stability to the sector.Commenting on French auto manufacturer Renault’s announcement that it will be opening a facility in Nigeria, Davies said he had recently spoken with his Nigerian counterpart on co-operating with the west African country to develop a vehicle manufacturing industry there, with the expectation that South African auto parts manufacturers would be able to get involved.Source: read more Finally Gets Some Respect from Yahoo

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Yahoo bought popular social bookmarking service Delicous three and a half years ago and it’s just now making moves to allow outsiders more access to the incredible data that’s stored there. The company announced this morning that the Yahoo BOSS (Build Your Own Search Service) platform can now pull in Delicious bookmarking history and top tags for any URL that’s been bookmarked two or more times. Make no mistake about it, the vast majority of people on the web still have no idea that they can save their bookmarks outside their browsers. Yahoo has done a terrible job leveraging and growing this incredible database of user-categorized links of interest. Now the company is giving developers an opportunity to do so. Why is this important? Read on for some examples of what’s now possible thanks to BOSS/Delicious integration.Two calls for Delicious data are now supported inside BOSS: the number of times a URL has been bookmarked and the top tags that users have applied to categorize that URL. Delicious has its own API, but it’s not as helpful as this integration with BOSS is. BOSS is a technology that allows any website to use the Yahoo index and search processing power to build a topic-specific search engine on their own site. What could BOSS plus Delicious look like?Some query types we can imagine being made possible by this integration are:* I do a news search for a topic like the Textron buy-out or golfer Ross Fisher (two hot search terms today) and BOSS + Delicious shows me which URLs in my list of search results have been tagged “analysis” the most, or “biography.”* Search an index of food blogs for recipes and tell me which of them have been bookmarked the most and have been tagged “Mediterranean” and “vegetarian.” The words Mediterranean and vegetarian may not appear anywhere in the text of the recipe, but human readers can recognize the recipe as fitting into both those categories and tag it as such when bookmarking it.* Look up the links that my blog commenters post along with their comments and show me the top tags that other people have used to categorize those links. Perhaps, more marketers than engineers commented on my last blog post. I’d like to know that. Perhaps, I’ve had an influx of teachers, preachers or veterinarians commenting on my blog lately. Who wouldn’t want to see that kind of data?These are just a few examples of the kinds of data that we can imagine BOSS + Delicious offering up. We’re sure readers can noodle just a bit on permutations of URL, times bookmarked, and top tags in order to come up with all kinds of other scenarios. Any time you’ve got millions of people saying “this link is important to me and these are the words I’d use to describe it” then that’s really valuable information to be able to access programmatically.Now imagine what could happen if Yahoo helped more people discover social bookmarking and opened up even more access to that data. It’s absolutely tragic that this hasn’t happened yet, but perhaps a little BOSS action is the beginning. If knowledge and information are value, then Yahoo has taken a small pipe connected to a potentially huge reservoir of black gold and let it just run down the drain, unused for the last three years. Yahoo adopted a baby with the potential to grow into an incredible adult and then forgot to feed and care for it for three years. It’s quite upsetting. It would be great if Delicious saw continued development in directions that supported this data-centric approach of leveraging crowdsourced attention signals. We’re not sure how much hope for that is warranted though, given that so little progress has been made in that direction so far.Disclosures: The author is a member of a Yahoo! Product Advisory Council and has multiple consulting clients in or around the social bookmarking sector. Tags:#Mashups#NYT#web Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market marshall kirkpatrick Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Online Merchants Wrestle With The ‘Creepy’ Factor In Web Personalization

first_imgWebsites that morph – that is, literally change their look, feel and content to cater to an individual user’s preferences – can increase purchase intentions by as much as 21%, according to a study by John Hauser of the business school at MIT. But before that can happen, retailers need to figure out the more basic practice of website personalization, or making offers based on what the site knows about a user. Specifically, retailers need to figure out how to make personalization less creepy.The idea behind personalization is, as former Urban Outfitters marketing executive Dmitri Siegel told The New York Times, to “stop marketing dresses to men.” As we share more and more information on the Web, websites are getting very good at figuring out what we want – often before we know we want it. The problem is, sometimes websites get it wrong. And other times, customers are unnerved when a website knows something about them that they had not consciously shared.“We saw customer frustration at being targeted outweigh any benefit,” said Siegel, who now works for Patagonia. “If you got it wrong once, it outweighed getting it right 10 times.”Implicit vs. Explicit PersonalizationThe problem facing retailers trying to personalize a website comes down to how the company collects its information, Bruce Kasanoff, co-author of  “Smart Customers, Stupid Companies: Why Only Intelligent Companies Thrive, And How To Be One Of Them,” said in an interview with ReadWriteWeb. “Implicit” makes assumptions about what you do on the Web – someone who checks Boston Red Sox scores each day and reads articles about the team is probably a fan – whereas “explicit” makes assumptions based on specific inputs (I like the Boston Red Sox).“Generally speaking, explicit works better, but participation rates go way down when sites require explicit personalization,” Kasanoff said.The big winner when it comes to gathering explicit information? Pinterest. dave copeland Tags:#advertising#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market “Pinterest largely solved this problem by creating a really fun way to gather a user’s explicit input,” Kasanov said. “Most people don’t realize they are giving Pinterest explicit personalization input when they ‘pin’ something.”Creepy Vs. Acceptable PersonalizationNick Herinckx, owner of Obility Consulting, which specializes in online marketing for B2B companies, said that in his experience, users like personalized ads – but only as long as they don’t know an ad has been personalized. He uses page visits on websites, age, gender, sex, hobbies, past jobs and education in the campaigns he puts together for clients.“What I’ve discovered through building and running very targeted online ad campaigns using this data is that users respond favorably to ads that are more targeted, but only if the ads don’t make it clear that I’m targeting sensitive information about them,” he said. “What’s most interesting, and what I’m learning, are which attributes are considered too creepy, and which ones are acceptable.”He pointed to a targeted campaign he ran on LinkedIn that was aimed at IT professionals over the age of 30. He got a much lower response when the ads made it clear that users were seeing the ad because of their membership in certain groups on the business networking site.“Here, mentions of professional credibility had a great response, whereas age and mentions of their online activity (LinkedIn Groups) weren’t responded to very well,” Herinckx said in an email. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Hiring, Social Media Experts See Facebook Jobs Board Proposal As Half Baked

first_imgGuide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts dave copeland Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Facebook’s plans to add job listings to the site is good news for both investors and job hunters, but don’t sell those LinkedIn shares just yet.Articles by Dow Jones (which initially reported Facebook’s plans to launch a jobs board), Forbes and other outlets went as far as to suggest that Facebook’s proposal – which has not been confirmed by the company – could slow LinkedIn’s momentum. That brought an immediate backlash from hiring managers and employment experts interviewed by ReadWriteWeb.“Honestly, this looks like a failed project prior to launch,” said Jordan Hudgens, a software engineer with MCW Services. “Employees keep their Facebook and LinkedIn accounts separate for the same reason why you don’t go out for drinks with your boss after work. Users join social networking and business networking sites for two very distinct reasons, and they’re going to want to keep them separate.”The new site would reportedly aggregate third-party job listings and make them searchable by users. The site could presumably use its vast trove of user data to target ads. It was unclear if the new service would work with or compete against existing third-party job search apps that have been developed for Facebook.“The Facebook feature is said to consolidate existing third-party applications [like BranchOut], which requires someone to fill in information first,” said DigitalMedia strategist Ari Herzog. “I’ve played with that particular app, and only a handful of my Facebook friends have inputted their information.”If Facebook is trying to compete with LinkedIn, Herzog said, he does not expect them to catch up anytime soon; LinkedIn has a built-in advantage, and the data is much easier to search by recruiters and job hunters.The Ongoing Hunt for RevenueSince its lackluster public offering in May, Facebook has been churning out a steady stream of products, upgrades and enhancements. The jobs board idea struck several company observers as the latest in that series of attempts to prove it has a sustainable revenue model.“It doesn’t feel like a big effort that they’ve worked on for a long time,” one person with knowledge of the new jobs effort told Dow Jones. “It feels lightweight.” The person speculated that the effort was meant to drive user engagement on the site.Any such move will ultimately drive that user engagement, but could also pull Facebook further away from its initial model of being a hub for online social engagement.“Facebook is used to dealing with advertisers, but recruiters draw from a different budget, have different goals and measurements, and have different expectations of the services they purchase,” said Ian Greenleigh, content and social strategy manager at the social analytics tracking company Bazaarvoice. “Unless Facebook builds an internal organization of veterans of the recruiting services industry, they will not succeed. Knowing your customer wins every time.”“As a public company, right now Facebook is now forced to look into every potential revenue stream available to please investors,” Hudgens added. “This is great example of why Zuckerberg didn’t want to take the company public in the first place.”center_img The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#Facebook#web A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more