Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba clarifies new travel rules

first_imgStatement by Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba in relation to implementation of new immigration regulations on 16 September 2014 in Cape TownI would like to thank you all for your presence today as we make certain announcements with regard to the implementation of the new immigration regulations which came into effect on May 26th of this year.The new immigration regulations were introduced to improve our ability to manage immigration effectively, in a way which balances South Africa’s openness to legitimate travellers, as well as developmental and security imperatives.Most elements of the new regulation are working well.This is despite some asymmetries of information which have further compounded anxiety and inertia with regard to particular aspects of the new regulations.Many improvements have been effected as a result of the regulations.Immigrants to South Africa are enjoying high-quality service and improved turnaround times at our Visa Facilitation Centres.Skilled professionals and businesspeople are enjoying our improved visa regime, including the ability to apply for a critical skills visa before even finding a job, and the consideration of their families as a unit.Since the announcement of the new regulations, we have consistently maintained that we welcome constructive engagement from stakeholders on their implementation.We thank those stakeholders who have engaged us substantively and constructively.The information acquired has empowered the department to serve South Africans and foreign visitors and our various stakeholders more efficiently.Subsequent to our meeting with the Minister of Tourism last month, Mr Derek Hanekom, we have also met with tourism and aviation industry stakeholders including representatives from the IATA, ASATA the South African Tourism Council, and announced the formation of a joint task team between the department and the industry as a vehicle for ongoing engagement.We are enormously pleased with the establishment of the task team, and trust that its representatives will bring invaluable perspectives and information on the tourism and travel sector, and help us improve communication with their clients and the sector as a whole.We have further continued to engage with the representatives of the film industry and soccer fraternity.The different stakeholders have drawn our attention to the challenges relating to the new requirements for travelling children, which come into effect on October 1st, 2014, which were instituted to ensure the safety of children, in line with the Children’s Act of 2005 and our own international obligations.In particular, the stakeholders have highlighted challenges regarding the requirement that all children entering or exiting South Africa be in possession of a passport, an Unabridged Birth Certificate, and written permission from both parents or guardians of the child, authorizing that child’s travel.While the requirement that all children possess a passport has been implemented successfully, challenges have been raised regarding the requirements for the Unabridged Birth Certificate and written permission.Stakeholders have alerted us to two main challenges: firstly, of ensuring accurate and timely communication to missions abroad, travel operators, and prospective travellers around the world about the new requirements; and secondly, that parents and those authorized to travel with children have time to obtain the required documentation in time for their travel plans.It was put to the department, that while the new regulations are accepted as necessary and are fully supported, due to these challenges mentioned above, and particularly in light of the upcoming peak travel periods for families – that is, December / January for the festive season and April for Easter – a postponement would greatly assist travellers and the sectors as a whole.The department has taken this input into consideration, along with our obligation to ensure the safety of children entering and exiting the country.Having taken all of this into account, we have granted a postponement of these two particular requirements – the Unabridged Birth Certificate and written permission to June 1st 2015.During this postponement, I have directed the DDG: Immigration Services, Mr Jackie McKay, to work intensively with industry stakeholders to ensure accurate information is available to all prospective travellers accompanying children all around the world, and allow those travellers time to gather the necessary documents.While the requirements will be the same for South Africans and citizens of other countries, for foreigners’ purposes, an Unabridged Birth Certificate is merely a birth certificate from the responsible authority in their country which lists the particulars of the child’s parents.In the instance where this information is contained on the child’s passport, this too shall be acceptable.To ensure that the security of children is not undermined during this period, our officials will be on heightened alert, and will use other means, including additional screening, vetting and interviews as necessary, to ensure all travelling children are authorized to do so.It is important to note that the implementation of the regulations should not affect South African children born from 3 March 2013 onwards, as the Department began issuing Unabridged Birth Certificates, on-the-spot, for all children whose births were registered from that date.Therefore the population of children / minors that will be affected by the implementation of these regulations would be children born between 1996 and February 2013.We have established that approximately 17 million children were born during this period.Out of this population, approximately 1.1 million have been issued with valid SA passports.The postponement, as well as today’s statement, is aimed at encouraging citizens to apply well in advance and obtain the required Unabridged Birth Certificates for the minors / children they intend traveling with.Furthermore, between now and the implementation date of the regulation, citizens who apply for passports in respect of minors / children will be encouraged by front line officials to apply for Unabridged Birth Certificates for such minors.In closing, we encourage you to anticipate further regulatory changes from the Department of Home Affairs, in particular around the Births and Deaths Registration Act.We envision amending the act to implement more stringent processes for the late registration of births, which we intend to end after December 2015.Thereafter the early registration of birth, immediately at the hospital or within 30 days, will be the only way into the National Population Register.Thank you for your attention.Enquiries:Mayihlome Tshwete072 869 2477Department of Home Affairslast_img read more

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Technology: Ten Technologies that Will Impact Business in 2014

first_imgGartner has released a list of strategic technologies that they feel will have the biggest impact on businesses in 2014.Converging Forces David Cearley, Gartner futurist, said that “we have identified the top 10 technologies that companies should factor into their strategic planning processes. This does not necessarily mean adoption and investment in all of the listed technologies, but companies should look to make deliberate decisions about them during the next two years.” Derivative Impact Mobile Device Diversity and ManagementMobile Apps and ApplicationsThe Internet of EverythingHybrid Cloud and IT as Service Broker Future Disruption Smart Machines3-D Printing Cloud/Client ArchitectureThe Era of Personal CloudSoftware-Defined AnythingWeb-Scale ITlast_img

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Advertisers Unite to Work Around Apple’s Device ID Policy

first_imgTags:#Apple#apps#marketing#mobile dan rowinski In-advertising solutions that create a trackable ID when a user clicks through to the advertised application, which is later matched to an ID created upon application download; used primarily for conversion tracking and attribution.In-app solutions where the app download generates a cookie by launching the browser upon download – the cookie is the ID – also used for conversion tracking.Device fingerprinting where a unique device identifier is created using device attributes (for each device). Using a hashed version of the device MAC address to replace UDID. The various open source solutions such as OpenUDID and ODIN. Unlike the Web, mobile advertising does not work through cookies. That is why some type of ID recognition is extremely important to the mobile ad industry. Consumers are not going to like to hear it, but the analytics platforms and advertisers are going to figure out a way to track them whether they like it or not. “We know it is not ‘if’ we develop an effective and enduring solution set; it is when. We look forward to working with all of you as we build out this great industry,” said Nexage’s EVP of corporate and business development Mark Connon. Apple is big and powerful enough that it does not really care about the effect that deprecating UDID has on the advertising and analytics industry. “I would suggest that for as long as iAd represents $100M of their $127B in annual revenues, the weighting which the impact of their decisions has on mobile advertising will be proportionate. This is not a criticism as much as it is a simple reality,” Connon wrote. Apple essentially smashed the robust iOS mobile advertising industry into pieces. Developers, advertisers, analytics and all the rest are now left to figure out what is next. Where there used to be one standard, there now will be several competing standards. That will cause fragmentation and confusion in the short term. It is still too early to tell what the industry standard will be in the long term. Will it be the ODIN or OpenUDID group’s solutions? Will everybody be left to fight on their own? This is one of the major problems facing the mobile advertising industry, and there is no easy answer on the horizon.Images: Peephole and advertisement courtesy Shutterstock. Related Posts Apple’s decision to deprecate the Unique Device ID (UDID) for iOS devices has sent the mobile advertising and analytics industry into panic mode. Analytics and tracking services relied on the UDID for information about users’ behavior and engagement. The UDID allowed developers, trackers and advertisers to send personalized push notifications, improve conversion rates and engage users. The easy solution UDID provided is now being taken away and the mobile ecosystem is scrambling for a solution.Apple is well within its rights to ditch UDID. From a privacy perspective, it is probably the right thing to do. Yet, privacy has never exactly been a concern for data trackers and advertisers. The more they know about a user, the better. Developers are now coming up with ways to get around the UDID issue and continue business as usual. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementcenter_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Industry Left ScramblingVelti, a company that provides mobile marketing and advertising technology, has formed a working group dubbed ODIN (Open Device Identification Number) with leading analytics, marketing and advertising services such as Jumptap, mdotm, Smaato, RadiumOne, StrikeAd, Adfonic and SAY Media (note: ReadWriteWeb is owned by SAY Media). The goal of the ODIN working group is to develop, “an alternative secure anonymous device identifier for the mobile advertising industry.”ODIN creates an ID from the Media Access Control address (MAC) and obfuscates it to protect users from being personally identified. ODIN is designed to identify user devices in a way that is convenient to the advertising and analytics companies. It is supposed to be anonymous and consistent regardless of operating system, and is transported securely. Some argue that a hashed MAC address is no better than a UDID since it cannot be erased the way a cookie can on a browser. Of all the solutions presented, there is a fine line that developers and advertisers must walk. Privacy for users should be paramount, but not making Apple angry is also important. If that is unreasonable, well, Apple has a hundred billion dollars in cash. It makes the rules. “Up until now, advertising companies and similar monetization platforms used the UDID to track user download behavior by saving the UDID in their database and cross referencing it with all the apps that supports the monetization platform. This way it was possible to find out the user’s choice of apps, location and more, to improve their conversion rate. In our opinion, this is why Apple revoked the use of the UDID,” wrote Applicasa COO Tzvi Kopetz.A Plethora of SolutionsODIN is not the only alternative, however. HTML5 cookie tracking is a solution for hybrid apps; SecureUDID from Boston-based Crashlytics is another. Core Foundation Universally Unique Identifier (CFUDID) is an ID that is individual to every app even when apps are on the same device.Mobile real-time bidding exchange platform Nexage outlines options for the industry: The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

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Digital Transformation Through Mobile Analytics

first_imgThis story originally appeared on turnali.com and has been republished with the consent of the author. At the core of every digital transformation is mobile analytics. More than ever, businesses are focused on delivering growth and profitability with faster, better-informed decision making. And with enterprise mobility solutions, we can intelligently integrate strategic data assets to provide actionable insight with agility and innovation.Mobile analytics represents the last mile in delivering actionable insight—the final bridge that connects decision to action.While rapid growth in technologies such as cloud, big data, predictive analytics, the Internet of Things, and machine learning are all feeding a deluge of data, we are no longer short of information. And yet, we still long for insight, which is propelling businesses of all sizes—not just the Fortune 500—to find ways to harness the power of mobile analytics.But there’s one common mistake that many organizations make: Taking mobile analytics for granted and perceiving it as a commodity. Such a perception risks the loss of momentous opportunities. Mobile analytics cannot help us realize the ultimate promise of digital transformation unless it’s considered as a strategic pillar on its own, not an afterthought.Just like enterprise mobility isn’t about providing one or two sexy apps, accessing reports on a mobile device isn’t synonymous with mobile analytics. It demands a shift in mindset to reshape the conversation so we can embolden leadership and empower our organizations.The promise of mobile analytics in the digital ageDigital transformation does not change the value proposition for mobile innovation, and what I call the Triple-A standard for mobile analytics: “Anywhere, Anyplace, Anytime.” But instead, it reinforces unmatched opportunities we can create with greater urgency, relevance, and capacity.Any data—structured or unstructured, big data or small data, on-premise or in the cloud—will continue to fuel every aspect of the digital economy. However, a fundamental question remains: How do we deliver growth and profitability with it?Mobile analytics provides the greatest opportunity for digital transformation because its potency to transform is unlimited. Its reach is exponentially higher. And perhaps more importantly, its impact is directly applicable when designed, delivered, and managed effectively.The digital economy demands a mobile-first approach to reestablish the strategic value for shifting the focus from data to insight and advancing the mobile innovation to accelerate the speed at with which we turn insight into action.The relevance of mobile analytics in the digital ageMobile analytics is becoming more prevalent and more relevant as the gap between consuming analytics content on a desktop computer versus a mobile device is disappearing rapidly.This convergence is even more noticeable between smartphones and tablets. In fact, smartphones are emerging as the preferred point of consolidation for daily tasks and actions in our personal and professional lives.We can no longer take traditional means of data delivery and presentation for granted. Instead, we must continue to innovate by finding new ways to harness strategic data assets to empower a new generation of talent that associates the future of work with cutting-edge tools for faster and better-informed decisions.Bottom lineThe reach of mobile analytics for digital transformation isn’t limited to a particular domain because its applications extend across all industries, business models, and technologies. This enormous promise is brought to life with the Run Simple vision – which is ingrained in leadership, talent, and a culture of innovation, not technology.Remember, each digital transformation journey is filled with things that are known and unknown, planned and unplanned, anticipated and unanticipated. We can seal, fix, or eliminate the gaps for the known, planned, and anticipated. However, when the unknown, unplanned, and unanticipated surfaces, it’s our team’s passion and ingenuity that thrusts us forward to make a difference and ultimately transform our organizations.The future of decision making is built on digital platforms that make the most of mobile analytics because it empowers commitment over indecision, action over inaction, and passion over indifference.Digital transformation isn’t a technology makeover; it’s a business revolution!Connect with me on Twitter @KaanTurnali, LinkedIn and here on the IT Peer Network, so we can stretch old ideas beyond their traditional boundaries.Let’s create new perspectives that serve as a foundation for future innovation and inspire conversations that would have been otherwise lost or never started.last_img read more

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Croatia’s top judge sues national ethics panel after it finds him guilty of plagiarism

first_imgThe Constitutional Court in Zagreb, Croatia’s capital One of Croatia’s top judges is hitting back at the country’s national research ethics panel after having been found guilty of plagiarism. Miroslav Šeparović, president of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Croatia, announced last week that he has filed criminal complaints against all five members of the Committee on Ethics in Science and Higher Education (CESHE), after it concluded that Šeparović’s 2013 doctoral thesis about children’s rights in EU and Croatian law contained repeated instances of “incomplete and opaque citations” of other people’s work.Šeparović confirmed to Science that he is suing the CESHE members—as a private citizen, not in his capacity of a judge—for misusing their positions and overstepping their jurisdiction, which his own court limited last year. “I am not happy for having to sue, but I have had no alternative,” says Šeparović, who says he seeks to “protect my right to honor and reputation.” Šeparović says he filed the charges on 28 November 2017, days after CESHE ruled against him, and decided to make them public last week after the committee’s unpublished report leaked to the press. Šeparović’s legal team has also called on the CESHE members to resign immediately.Members of the committee say they have only heard about the case from the press so far. “It is crazy that some team of lawyers is asking for members of a national ethics body to resign just for doing their job, for which they have a parliamentary mandate,” says CESHE Chairman Ivica Vilibić, a researcher at the Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries in Split, Croatia. Vilibić says he worries about ending up in prison—the charges carry a maximum sentence of 5 years—and says Šeparović’s suit is a dangerous new development in an ongoing effort to weaken or end the committee.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*) Croatia’s top judge sues national ethics panel after it finds him guilty of plagiarism By Mićo TatalovićFeb. 22, 2018 , 1:55 PMcenter_img Alen Gurovic/Alamy Stock Photo CESHE was set up in 2005 by the Croatian Parliament. Until then, charges of scientific misconduct in the country were handled at the faculty or university level, if at all. Critics said investigations often weren’t objective and rarely found wrongdoing, in part because Croatia’s scientific community is small, with just a few thousand researchers. Neglect during the Communist era and the violent breakup of Yugoslavia in the 1990s eroded standards and triggered a brain drain.The panel has since embarrassed quite a few politicians and top academics, including an influential obstetrician named Asim Kurjak who was found guilty of extensive plagiarism in 2007. Last year, CESHE found that then–science minister Pavo Barišić, a philosopher at the University of Split, plagiarized parts of two research papers; disputes about that case led four of CESHE’s nine members to resign. (Many other top officials in Croatia have been accused of plagiarism, including another member of the Constitutional Court and Minister of Defense Damir Krstičević; CESHE hasn’t yet ruled on those cases.)The charges against Šeparović were filed on 1 February 2017. Three months later, in a suit against the panel brought by the University of Zagreb, the Constitutional Court weakened CESHE’s influence by ruling that the committee’s findings don’t take precedence over those of lower-level bodies, such as universities’ ethical committees. Šeparović says he abstained from voting in that case because of his conflict of interest.In his statement to the media last week, Šeparović claimed the decision means the committee is not allowed to rule on individual allegations of misconduct at all, an interpretation the committee members vehemently dispute. Without the power to rule on individual cases, CESHE would serve no purpose at all, Vilibić says.Šeparović says the panel is wrong on the merits of his case as well. He says he has acted in accordance with “unwritten rules and standards” at the law faculty of the University of Zagreb, where he obtained his doctorate, and which has defended Šeparović when the allegations surfaced.“Mr. Šeparović is trying to bring down this issue to a legal one—and it would be bad if this was the case just because of his reputation and influence in the Croatian justice system. Ethics and morality are not only a matter a law,” says Saša Zelenika, a professor of engineering at the University of Rijeka in Croatia who was deputy science minister from 2012 to 2014. The case shows that the University of Zagreb should take misconduct charges much more seriously, Zelenika says. The committee’s opinion, he says, “is important for raising awareness and standards in the whole Croatian scientific community.”CESHE worked well until powerful people were affected by its rulings, says Matko Marušić, a medicine professor at the University of Split and one of the people who led the push to establish the committee. “When this issue comes down to real cases, the potential culprits resist fiercely, using connections and counterattacks,” he says.Croatia’s academic community hasn’t taken a strong stand to protect CESHE, says Pavel Gregorić, a senior research fellow at the Institute of Philosophy in Zagreb and a visiting fellow of the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. But he sees hope in the next generation: “Interestingly, and perhaps fortunately, students are among Croatia’s loudest voices demanding higher standards of academic integrity.”last_img read more

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Viva Arianna: Italy’s Fontana wins 500 meters in short track

first_imgRobredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim “I was chasing it and I finally got it,” she said.The outcome hung in the balance for several minutes while the referees sorted out a photo finish between Choi and Fontana.Fontana looked to her coach for confirmation.“He said, ‘I don’t know, but you did great,’” she said.The photo showed Fontana’s skate blade crossed barely in front of Choi’s.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fans chanted Choi’s name, as if willing her to win the only Olympic short-track event that has eluded the powerful South Koreans.But soon Choi was leaning over the rinkside padding listening to consoling words from her coach Tuesday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingIt was Fontana who was celebrating, jumping up and down in her skates and shaking her fists in triumph. The Italian earned her sixth career Olympic medal, equaling Wang Meng of China for most by a short-track skater.It was her first gold. PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES View comments Arianna Fontana of Italy reacts as she crosses the finish line to win the ladies’ 500 meters short track speedskating final in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Choi Min-jeong skated around waving to the South Korean fans who chanted her name. Arianna Fontana grabbed the Italian flag in celebration.This being wild and wooly short-track speedskating, the result of the women’s 500 meters waited on the judges’ decision.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais MOST READ BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Krueger and Celski later teamed with Thomas Hong and Aaron Tran for the 5,000 relay heats. They finished third, relegating the U.S. to the B final four years after earning silver in Sochi. That medal represented the only podium finish for the American speedskaters — long track or short track — in a stunning showing.Among the big names advancing to the 1,000 quarterfinals on Saturday were 1,500 champion Lim Hyo-jun and teammates Hwang Dae-heon and Seo Yira of South Korea, Sjinkie Knegt and Liu Shaolin Sandor of Hungary, Wu Dajing of China, Charles Hamelin of Canada and Russian Semen Elistratov.Knegt earned silver and Elistratov took bronze in the 1,500.In the men’s 5,000 relay, China, Canada, South Korea and Hungary advanced to the Feb. 22 final.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next TNT eyes turnaround Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto “When I saw I was first, I was just yelling and started crying,” Fontana said. “I worked for four years and the last four months were really hard for me. I was really focused on getting here in the best shape ever.”That meant sacrificing, especially at the dinner table.“I was on a strict diet,” she said. “I like to eat, I’m Italian, so I like to eat a lot of carbs. I had to cut that off.”Fontana claimed a medal at her fourth different Winter Games, joining Tania Vicent of Canada as the only female short trackers to do so.The referees assessed a penalty to Choi that shook up the order of finish.“I prepared my best and I thought that even though the result does not come out well, I did a competition that I will not regret,” Choi said. “But I feel sorry for the fans of Korea.”Yara van Kerkhof of the Netherlands took silver and Kim Boutin of Canada earned bronze.Choi had a roller-coaster ride to the final after surviving a three-way photo finish for second in the quarterfinals that allowed her to advance.Elise Christie of Britain crashed on the last lap of the furious sprint final in which Boutin pushed Choi and Boutin caught Fontana’s left hand in her face as they careened at top speeds around the rink.The earlier rounds of the women’s 500 were filled with drama, too. In a surprise, China failed to advance either of its skaters out of the semifinals. Fan Kexin and Qu Chunyu each got penalized.Veteran Marianne St-Gelais of Canada was ousted in the quarterfinals after being penalized for impeding.American teenager Maame Biney, an Olympic rookie at 18, finished last in her quarterfinal. She had to go up against wily veteran Fan, who along with Russian Sofia Prosvirnova, crowded out Biney as she tried to go for the lead early in the race.“I’m still in that learning process of just trying to get back really quick because I don’t usually get bumped in the start,” Biney said. “I’m usually first or second. I’m going to have to figure out how to get back in the rhythm.”The 500 was Biney’s only individual event of the games and it left her eager for more.“Just for next time, the next four years, I’m going to try and find that rhythm and keep going,” she said.In the men’s 1,000 heats, American John-Henry Krueger advanced to the quarterfinals by winning his heat and avoiding a collision that knocked down two other skaters.His teammate, J.R. Celski, wasn’t so lucky.The three-time Olympian was taken down in a three-man crash and he needed repair work on his right skate. Pavel Sitnikov, the Russian who caused the pileup, was penalized for impeding.That left Celski and two other skaters to compete in the re-start. Celski was in contention early before finishing third, one spot out of advancing to the next round on Saturday.last_img read more

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Acer One notebook-tablet hybrid launched at Rs 19,999

first_imgTaiwanese tech major, Acer has introduced an all new notebook-tablet hybrid in the Indian market. The Acer One 2-in-1 device has been launched in India at a price tag of Rs 19,999 exclusively via online retailer Amazon.in.The Acer One notebook-tablet hybrid will be up for grabs starting February 3, 2015.    The Acer One 2-in-1 device comes with a 10-inch HD touchscreen display. It is powered by an quad-core Intel Atom CPU (unspecified chipset) coupled with 1GB/2GB RAM options. It comes with 500GB of internal storage expandable up to 32GB via micro-SD card. It sports front and rear snappers (unspecified resolution).The device runs Windows 8.1 out-of-the-box. The device features a magnetic detachable Acer Snap Hinge design for easy transition between its 4 key modes, namely: Notebook, Pad, Display and Tent mode.The Notebook mode gives users a fully functional laptop with keyboard, while the Pad mode comes into play when you need a tablet. The Display mode offers a large size of photo frame for effective vidoe conferencing. The Tent mode on the other hand can be used when you are short on space.    “The Acer One is a stunning addition to the Acer portfolio of connected devices. Indian consumers being intrinsically multitaskers will love this device as it helps us to do just that – achieve more from each moment of our lives.” said S Rajendran, chief marketing officer, Acer India.The Acer One notebook-tablet hybrid comes with an InstantGo feature that keeps data and apps up-to-date even when the screen is off by maintaining an Internet connection, all this while not compromising on battery life.advertisementlast_img read more

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15 days agoReal Madrid fullback Sergio Reguilon delighted with Sevilla loan spell

first_imgReal Madrid fullback Sergio Reguilon delighted with Sevilla loan spellby Carlos Volcano15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid fullback Sergio Reguilon is delighted over his loan spell with Sevilla.Reguilon has quickly established himself as Sevilla’s first-choice left-back, outperforming expectations with the Andalusian club.”I’m very happy with everything that is happening,” Reguilon admitted in Spain’s pre-match press conference.”I’m in a great moment, it’s been a very unusual year.”I have gone from never having played a professional match a year ago to the national team.”When quizzed on his relationship with Real coach Zinedine Zidane, especially with Reguilon only on loan at the moment, the Spanish defender was non-committal.”I don’t think about Zidane, I merely think about myself,” he added.”You never know if I would have had a place [in his team].”I wanted to gain minutes and experience, I’m satisfied with how I’m doing.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Experts say to start early and do your homework when renewing your

first_imgOTTAWA – A surge in mortgage renewals, rising interest rates and new stress testing rules will are conspiring to make refinancing your mortgage more complicated and more expensive.Mortgage broker Kelly Wilson, co-owner of the Wilson Team mortgage brokerage in Ottawa, says a majority of Canadians renew with their same lender, but it’s still important to check out your options.“If you can save yourself 30, 40, 50 basis points, it’s going to save you thousands of dollars over the next five-year term,” Wilson says.Around 47 per cent of all existing mortgages will need to be refinanced this year, according to CIBC estimates, up from the 25 to 35 per cent range in what the bank says is a typical year. It attributes the increase to the unintended consequence of regulatory changes in recent years.The surge in renewals comes as mortgage rates have started to move higher.Several of Canada’s big banks have raised their posted rates for mortgages in recent days, while special offer rates have been trending higher since last summer.Offers for five-year fixed mortgage rates have moved north of three per cent in recent weeks compared with under 2.5 per cent a year ago, according to rate-watching website Ratehub.ca.Wilson says that means if you’re renewing at a higher rate than you’re currently paying it will mean your mortgage payments rise, assuming the amoritization period remains the same.Homeowners with uninsured mortgages who stretched themselves to the limit when they bought their home and are looking to renew their mortgage may also face additional challenges.Under the rules brought in at the start of the year, if they are looking to change their lender when they renew their mortgage they may have to face a new stress test.That means, for some borrowers, it may not be possible to move their mortgage to a different bank, leaving them with less power to negotiate with their current lender.Wilson also says if you have a home equity line of credit, it may cost you a little more if you want to move your mortgage, even if you don’t have an outstanding balance on the line of credit.“You might save on the rate, but because of the fees you might not be able to move around,” she said.Grant Rasmussen, CIBC’s senior vice-president of mobile advice, recommends you start doing your homework up to six months ahead of your actual renewal date.He says that means talking not just with your lender, but also with your financial adviser to get an updated look at your expenses and income and how that may have changed since you first obtained your mortgage.“It’s important to make sure you do the math and you feel like you’ve figured out how can I do the best for my family,” he said.He notes that starting early may allow you to lock in a rate, which could save you a few bucks if rates continue to rise this year.You will also have to weigh the decision of a fixed versus a variable rate mortgage. While the variable-rate offers are lower than the fixed-rate offerings, the Bank of Canada has raised its influential overnight rate target — which affects variable rate mortgages — three times since last summer and suggested it is on the path to higher rates.“How comfortable are you with risk and how much peace of mind do you want? That’s a trade off,” Rasmussen said.But whatever your situation, he stressed to start early.“You don’t want to end of feeling time pressed and feeling like you have to make these decisions without really mapping out a plan.”last_img read more

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