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Tottenham are the latest club to be linked with Alfie Mawson.Centre-back Mawson, from Hillingdon, has impressed for Swansea City this season and was recently given an England call-up.He has been linked with several clubs in recent months and The Sun on Sunday claim Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is now showing an interest in the former Brentford man.Embed from Getty ImagesMeanwhile, the Daily Star Sunday claim Luis Enrique is stalling over a deal to become Chelsea boss because he is keen on the potential manager’s job at Arsenal.It comes amid speculation over the future of Gunners boss Arsene Wenger and reports that Enrique is in line to replace Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge.It is now claimed that former Barcelona boss Enrique is reluctant to commit himself to taking over at Chelsea in case the Arsenal job becomes available.The Daily Star Sunday also claim Paris St-Germain are keen on both Enrique and Conte but would prefer to appoint Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino.Embed from Getty ImagesAnd there continues to be speculation over the future of Fulham star Tom Cairney.The Sunday Mirror claim Cairney will be allowed to leave Fulham for £20m if the Whites fail to win promotion to the Premier League this season.The newspaper declare this will “spark a race” for the Scotland international and will interest West Ham, Watford and Newcastle.Fulham would also struggle to hold onto Ryan Sessegnon and Ryan Fredericks if they do not go up, the Sunday Mirror say. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowAspireAbove.comUndoLifestly.com25 Celebs You Didn’t Realize Are Gay – No. 8 Will Surprise WomenLifestly.comUndoUsed Cars | Search AdsUsed Cars in Tuen Mun Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkUsed Cars | Search AdsUndoTopCars15 Ugliest Cars Ever MadeTopCarsUndoezzin.com20 Breathtaking Places to See Before You Dieezzin.comUndoFood World Magazine15 Fruits that Burn Fat Like CrazyFood World MagazineUndoDrhealth35 Foods That Should Never Be Placed in the RefrigeratorDrhealthUndoHappyTricks.comHer House Always Smells Amazing – Try her Unique Trick!HappyTricks.comUndo
SAN JOSE — Before we dive into the Erik Karlsson stuff, let’s give some props to Joe Pavelski.Captain Clutch came through in crunch time again Saturday, jumping on Timo Meier’s rebound in the slot and burying it at 13:06 of the third to clinch two points for the Sharks on a night when the Vancouver Canucks controlled much of the play.The goal came after Pavelski pressured Alex Biega into turning the puck over in his own zone, setting the stage for his heroics later in the shift. Pavelski also …
6 June 2006South Africa’s only stock exchange, the JSE Ltd, listed on its own exchange on Monday morning.In a momentous occasion in the history of the exchange, guests were joined by Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, and wore a variety of hats in memory of the closing day of the old trading floor nearly 10 years ago to the day.By 10.30am the JSE had traded in the same region of trades seen in heavyweight companies BHP Billiton and First Rand.The JSE now joins an elite number of international bourses – including the London and New York stock exchanges, Deutsche Borse, Nasdaq, Euronext, the Australian Stock Exchange, the Singapore Exchange and the Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing – that have listed on their own markets.For investors in South Africa and abroad, the move brings heightened transparency and visibility to the trading of JSE shares, which in turn has the potential to improve their liquidity and tradeability.The appearance of the JSE Ltd on the main board will allow international and local investors – including institutional and retail investors – the opportunity to compare the JSE as a listed company against its other listed peers.For brokers, many of whom have been members of the JSE for decades, the listing brings yet another counter onto their books to trade.“For the JSE, the listing brings with it an opportunity to both showcase itself to investors as a well-governed company as well as the opportunity to broaden our shareholder base through a broad-based black economic empowerment initiative that was integral to the listing,” said Russell Loubser, CEO of the newly listed exchange.The broad-based BEE initiative consists of two parts: a Black Shareholder Retention Scheme aimed at retaining existing black shareholders, and a JSE Empowerment Fund aimed at funding education for black people wanting to work in the financial services industry.The initiatives will raise the JSE’s direct black shareholding to over 10%.“This listing firmly entrenches the JSE’s commitment to transformation and allows us to lead by example in every aspect of corporate life, including black economic empowerment, as a critical consideration in the social landscape of South Africa today,” said JSE chairman Humphrey Borkum.“It has taken 10 years of hard work to get the JSE to a stage where it can proudly stand up and be counted amongst its peers as a listed company,” said Loubser. “But if you had to ask any of my team, they’d tell you without hesitation that it’s been worth the wait.”As a listed company, the JSE counter appears in the general financial-investment services sector under the alpha code JSE.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
(Image: Wikipedia)New laws should be in place in Europe by the end of 2010 obliging timber importers to ensure the wood they buy has been legally produced – and Ghana will become the first exporting country to be able to offer such a guarantee.The timber trade is a huge business. In Cameroon, where timber exports rank second only to oil in value, it is worth more than US$700-million a year. Indonesia earns nearly $3-billion a year from wood and wood products, but Greenpeace says that as much of 80% of the logging in Indonesia is illegal.It is more than seven years since the European Union adopted a Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (Flegt, PDF, 1 MB) action plan. Negotiations have been grinding on ever since, both in Brussels, and between the EU and supplier countries. But last week an update meeting in London heard that a compromise text of the new legislation had been drafted and would probably be adopted by the end of the year.The key element is an obligation for importers to show “due diligence” – to prove that they have taken all reasonable care to ensure they are not buying illegal timber. What is or is not legal will be left to the producing countries; if the timber is produced according to local laws and regulations, the EU will accept it.And since the importers can hardly be expected to go and poke about in tropical forests themselves to see where their wood is coming from, the EU is negotiating VPAs – voluntary partnership agreements – with its traditional suppliers.Ghana was the first country to sign and ratify a VPA. By the beginning of next year it should be selling licensed timber under Flegt. Any importer who buys it will automatically be considered to have fulfilled the due diligence obligation.Pilots for the new Flegt assurance scheme have already started in Ghana, with inspectors out in the forest armed with tags and handheld GPS and barcode scanners.Patrick Newton, who is developing the necessary software for a company called Helveta, described how bar-coded tags would be put on standing trees, and more would go on the logs cut from those trees. Between the sawmill and the ship, consignments would be reconciled by volume and by species, and the system would then generate a Flegt-compliant export licence.“The buyer will be able to look all the way up the supply chain from the point of export,” Newton told the meeting, “all the way back up the chain to the forest where that timber came from.”Kingsley Bekoe, a forestry specialist with Ghanaian NGO Civic Response, stressed how important the agreement is to the country: “Almost 60% of our timber exports are to the EU market. If you don’t sign this agreement, I guess you will increasingly lose out.“The market is starting to ask for legal timber. It’s Europe and also the US but other markets are getting increasingly interested in this. So if you don’t enter that agreement you will gradually be losing your market share.”With Ghana, Cameroon and the Republic of Congo were in the first group to sign up. Negotiations are ongoing with Malawi, Indonesia, Liberia and the Central African Republic. Gabon, the DR Congo and Vietnam have asked to start the process.Each agreement will be different. Any VPA with Vietnam, for instance, will have to take into account the fact that it imports most of its timber and makes furniture to sell to the EU and Japan.“There’s no blueprint,” Matthieu Bousquet of the European Commission told the meeting. “No hard and fast rules, no absolute recipe.”Illegal logging fearsBut John Palmer of the Forest Management Trust was critical: “These agreements are now moving into states where the law is little understood,” he told the meeting.“And as you demand more and more documentation, you will get any kind of documentation you are prepared to pay for. It’s a simplistic assumption that everyone is basically working in the same direction. Illegal logging is hugely profitable; there’s a lot of money involved.”London-based campaign group Global Witness agrees. “This can curb illegal logging to a certain extent,” said its forestry expert, Reiner Tegtmeyer. “But only when the structures are in place to be sure that the certificates issued are not just paper. We have always said that independent monitoring is essential.”Illegal logging has been a source of funds for conflict and destabilisation, most notoriously during Liberia’s civil war. With Charles Taylor’s rebels in control of the densely wooded southeast of the country and the port of Buchanan, timber was one of their main sources of income.After Taylor became president, he continued to divert timber revenues for his own purposes – Global Witness believes that by 2000 around $100-million a year was unaccounted for. Because of fears that it was being used to fund conflicts elsewhere in the region, the UN imposed sanctions on the country’s timber exports.Those sanctions have now been lifted, but Liberia is struggling to re-establish its logging industry. Victoria Cole of the country’s Forest Development Authority says she is worried the Flegt process is being pushed ahead too fast, and that her country does not have the capacity to implement it.“If I show you a piece of wood,” she said, “and say this bit of wood is legal, then what makes it legal? People have to understand.”In Liberia, legality would mean that the concession had been awarded by competitive bidding, that the company treats its workers fairly and fulfils its obligation to the local community, that it only cuts mature trees and does not exceed its quota and that it has paid all its taxes.But she likes the fact that the EU will base its standard of legality on Liberia’s own laws. “We are the ones to determine it,” she says. “No one is going to determine it for us.”Source: Irin News
8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… jolie odell A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Is today’s news of major search engines’ integration of Twitter posts in search results the herald of a mass extinction or a mass acquisition?According to tonight’s conversations with key players in the space, the day’s events and announcements could spell either or both. Every real-time search engine we spoke to has expressed every intention of weathering the storm on their current strategies, all of which center on providing an excellent UX though excellent product development. And all see the day’s events as a validation of years of concentrated effort. But who will prevail, and who will profit?We spoke tonight with Tobias Peggs of OneRiot, Gerry Campbell of Collecta, and Bill York of Wowd. We’ve had in-depth conversations with each of these real-time search engines in the past, and we’re indebted to them for their insight.Gut ReactionsUniversally, these startups said that hearing today’s Google/Microsoft/Twitter news was a welcome validation of their years of perseverance in real-time search.“It’s super exciting,” siad Peggs. “There’s been one way to search the web for 10 years, and we’re looking at a total revolution in the way that people find information. It’s a huge change in the industry. To see that feeling validated is awesome.”According to York, “I don’t think we could ask for anything better than an endorsement from the major players. This is nothing but good for us. Back when I started, the marketplace was not very receptive to a new strategy.” York continued to say that he supported mainstream exploration of the real-time space, with the telltale caveat, “even if it means licensing someone else’s information and community.”Campbell said this new information is something Collecta has built into their corporate strategy. “This is something we heard rumors on and had anticipated. It was fully expected. Having been involved with one of the giants [AltaVista] at one time, it’s quite obvious. It’s something we’ve anticipated and part of how we structured our company.”Thoughts on Product DevelopmentAll the startups in real-time search have taken various approaches to the monumental task of indexing the real-time web. Collecta has employed the XMPP technology that powers IM clients in order to push streams of information. OneRiot has a fascinating algorithm that indexes tweet content, links in tweets, and the content of the linked-to pages to serve relevant results. And Wowd has developed a [email protected] distributed computing model to effectively harness and parse the dataset created by users of real-time technologies.Each company is proud of its hard-won advances and speculated on how Google and Microsoft will handle the data.Campbell told us, “I can’t say Google will bring to real-time search. But it makes sense that any dataset will be part of their approach. This is the largest corpus of real-time data that has not been accessible. As a search practitioner, I think they’re going to keep on with their ranking approach.”York added that nothing unforeseen has yet been announced. “The Twitter thing, that’s the kind of thing people have been expecting.”But he also talked about the challenges of parsing real-time user-generated content. “I think the data stream is broader and shorter. There’s more and more real time, and you need different architecture to keep up with it. It’s important to have real filtering applied to a noisy, low-value data stream. We believe people are the key to finding the good stuff.”“Knowing what goes into the product is quite eye-opening,” said Peggs. “There’s a tremendous lot of work to do once you’ve got tweets containing links, to process that information in real time and index the content on the page and render results based on content rather than just tweets. It’s relatively easy for someone to spam Twitter with irrelevant links; but you’ve got to follow the links and index the pages and search against the content of the pages, not just the 140-character tweets. You also have to link to results based on relevancy, not just based on retweets.”Follow the MoneyThe opportunities for monetizing a new and powerful stream of Google- and Bing-driven traffic are both exciting and confounding for these startups, some of which have not yet put into play their own ideas for generating revenue.As York noted, Google’s and Microsoft’s entry into real-time search represents a shift in the marketplace from these startups and their technology being a geek’s plaything to being a new way to direct user attention and serve powerfully relevant advertising.“Google is in the enviable position of having a high profit margin in the search business itself,” he said. “It does fit their strategy to have as many eyeballs as possible, to get more people doing more stuff. We’re interested more in matching personal interest profiles.”Also, as Peggs noted, “OneRiot has an API that allows anyone to incorporate our results. We also have a real-time ad model.”Collecta also has rolled out two APIs, one for general search results from the real-time web and one for XMPP-powered streaming data. Campbell has also hinted that their monetization plans are innovative, but his team has not yet released specifics.“Having been involved in this growth of paid search several times over,” said Campbell, “the creation of new technology creates new business opportunity. The monetization of search was a redefinition of online business models: You can advertise to users without being slimy. There’s now an opportunity to make users even happier without distracting them from the page.”Strategy: Beyond “Get Acquired Or Die”The startups in the real-time search space also universally expressed a commitment to current business strategies. Some seemed to have clearer exit goals than others, but all believe that their unique focuses on tech and product will allow them to survive the intrusion of Microsoft and Google into their arena.Campbell, like many of his cohorts at other startups, noted that Twitter is a small segment of the available content sources for real-time web information. He also said, “Engines that are based solely on Twitter are probably more dead-on in terms of competition [with Google]. The less-funded companies are in a position where they have to do something more clever and unique.”Collecta, he said, is still figuring out their role in the story. “We are a push search engine,” he told us. ‘That is increasingly our defining characteristic. The perception of speed is critical, but it’s not our most unique characteristic. Because we’re based on XMPP, the chat protocol, we’re pushing results as soon as possible.”Said Peggs, “Our strategy doesn’t change. We’re focused on producing the most relevant web results based on not just Twitter, but also Digg and other services – a much wider pulse of the real-time web on the back end. And we continue to distribute those through our API.”What’s to Come for Real-Time Search StartupsEvery single startup we spoke to tonight expressed some trepidation about things to come.“What happens to the bubble of startups in this space?” asked Campbell. “I hope they’ve had the foresight to see this through.”“It doesn’t really change our strategy,” said a confident Peggs. “Two years ago, when you explained how this would change search, they looked at you like you were crazy.”York’s assessment of Wowd’s place as an open-sourced approach to a problem now being tackled by major corporations was also optimistic. “When you’re a startup company competing with established players, there are always reasons to be cautious. We believe the approach we’re taking is a great way to go. It’s different, even than what you’ve heard today. We think this approach isn’t a gimmick; it is a fundamentally different approach.”The bottom line, as in all verticals, is that once the major leagues take interest, some startups will sink and some will swim. Some will be acquired, and some will fail. Some may survive long enough to pose a legitimate challenge to the dominant players, but this circumstance is less likely.Let us know your prognoses in the comments, and stay tuned for developing coverage of this space and these startups from ReadWriteWeb. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Real-Time Web#web Related Posts
Is Commonwealth Games Organising Committee chief Suresh Kalmadi being blackmailed?File photo of CWG OC chairman Suresh Kalmadi.The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) which carried out searches at the residence of Kalmadi has recovered an alleged blackmail letter demanding Rs 4 crore from him in exchange for a ‘compact disc’ carrying some damaging information.Sources in the investigating agency said authenticity of the letter is being verified. They said as Kalmadi could not provide a satisfactory reply on the letter, the agency is taking it on the “face value”.The sleuths are trying to verify contents of the unsigned letter found from the residence of Kalmadi and are likely to put it through a series of forensic tests, official sources said. The sources refused to disclose any reference made in the letter about the contents of the compact disc.The CBI had yesterday raided Kalmadi’s residences and offices in Delhi, Mumbai and Pune, two months after the sporting extravaganza ended amid allegations of financial wrongdoings in awarding of some contracts.During the raids, the agency recovered several documents and questioned the 66-year old leader about them.CBI sources had said that the key files, which contain important information on tendering, budgetary allocation and contract details, are missing from the (OC) office.However, Kalmadi said the documents could be lying with some other investigating agency and if the CBI lists out the missing document he and his team would trace them.His wife Meera was inside the “Kalmadi House” located off the arterial Karve road in West Pune during the course of the searches by a eight-member team that caused a flutter in the city which the high profile MP represents in Parliament.advertisementThe agency has so far filed three FIRs in connection with the alleged irregularities in CWG and searched the residences of OC Director General V K Verma and Bhanot on November 30.While one case is related to a Rs 107-crore deal struck with a Swiss score keeping firm, the agency had registered two other FIRs in connection with the contract given to AM Films for the Baton Relay ceremonies by the OC in London.The CBI had arrested OC’s Joint Director General T.S.Darbari, Deputy Director General Sanjay Mohindroo and former treasurer Jayachandran for their alleged complicity in these deals.