The Latest: Copenhagen Tour de France start moved to 2022

first_imgMore AP sports: and August 3, 2020 Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Danish organizers say the Tour de France start due to take place in Copenhagen next year has been moved to 2022 to avoid being held in the same month as the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics and the European Championship soccer tournament.center_img Copenhagen Mayor Frank Jensen says the move means the three-stage Tour start in his city will now be planned for July 1-3, 2022, adding that he hopes the coronavirus pandemic will have passed by then.The 2021 Tour was scheduled set to start on July 2.The Tour’s French organizers have yet to announce a replacement city for Copenhagen, although there have been reports that the three-week event could start from the French region of Brittany in 2021.This year’s Tour, which was supposed to start in June, will now be held Aug. 29-Sept. 20 — starting in Nice.___ The Latest: Copenhagen Tour de France start moved to 2022last_img read more

Surinamese nabbed with cocaine at Jamaica airport

first_imgA Surinamese man has been charged with breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act following the seizure of 25 pounds of cocaine at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston yesterday.He is 29-year-old Wlodi Roche Marius Decker, mechanic of Sophieednant Street and Verlengde Weide Straat in both in Suriname.Decker reportedly arrived on a flight from Trinidad and Tobago about 7:30 am and whilst waiting to transit to Bahamas, his luggage was searched and the cocaine found.His court date has not yet been ascertained. (Jamaica Observer)last_img read more

Sol Kerzner: back with a bang

first_img2 January 2004He’s back. Luxury hotel and casino magnate Sol Kerzner, one of South Africa’s wealthiest entrepreneurs, has come home in typical style – with the announcement of one of the most expensive hotel developments Africa has ever seen.Kerzner and his son, Butch, announced on Friday that their New York-listed company, Kerzner International Limited, had reached agreement with the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront company to develop a new six-star luxury hotel in Cape Town, under the new ultra-smart One&Only hotel brand.Kerzner International will work with local partner Matemeku Investments to develop a 150-room One&Only luxury hotel at the V&A Waterfront, part of Cape Town’s waterfront and harbour, at a cost of more than R450-million.The V&A Waterfront, set against the backdrop of Table Mountain, is one of the most successful dockland renewals in the world, attracting some 22-million visits annually.Cape Town’s One&Only, to be built in the exclusive V&A Marina Residential area, will be positioned “at the highest end of the market”, Butch Kerzner, president of Kerzner International and CEO of One&Only Resorts, said in a statement. “We aim to make the One&Only in Cape Town Africa’s flagship hotel.”Construction on the new hotel is expected to start in 2005 and be completed by the end of 2006.The Kerzners are also eyeing a number of other tourism projects in the country. Their alliance with Matemeku Investments, headed by local businessman Moss Mashishi, was formed earlier this year, and is reportedly exploring a number of hotel and game lodge development possibilities in the country.The Kerzners also marked their return to South Africa with a R20-million donation towards the construction of a new hotel school in Johannesburg.SA gets new hotel schoolSol Kerzner, chairman and CEO of Kerzner International, said he was “pleased to be returning to South Africa, the country where it all began for us”.The new hotel, he told the Saturday Star, was “not just another hotel for me. I started up in this country, and now I’ve come back. I’ve always thought South Africa was one of the greatest tourist destinations in the world, and that Cape Town is without equal.“And now people are marketing this country properly, and I’m really pleased about all of this.”Kerzner received a warm welcome home from Nelson Mandela. At a breakfast to mark the hotel school donation, Mandela declared that Kerzner was “by far the greatest entrepreneur in the tourism industry”, and that he and his brother came from “a family not only interested in their own enrichment, but willing to give back to their country.“Having the Kerzners back in South Africa, and having them herald their return with this generous donation to this new institution, is a tribute to the transformation that South Africa has enjoyed and the fact that we are now on the international tourism map”, Mandela said.South Africa’s ‘Sun King’Known in South Africa as the “Sun King” – and often described as the Donald Trump of SA – the 68-year-old Kerzner’s golden touch has made him one of the country’s wealthiest entrepreneurs.David Cohen, in an article for British newspaper The Evening Standard (The man after our casinos, 24 September 2002), relates how, at the age of 29, the boy who was born and raised in one of Johannesburg’s poorest suburbs built South Africa’s first five-star hotel, the Beverley Hills in Umhlanga Rocks just north of Durban.“Within five years”, Cohen writes, “Kerzner had started the Southern Sun Hotel franchise, the South African hotel chain that transformed the leisure sector in South Africa and grew to 31 hotels.“But his big break came in 1979, when he built Sun City in the so-called independent homeland of Bophuthatswana, striking a deal – which would later be attacked as highly suspicious – with the then homeland leader, Lucas Mangope, for the exclusive gambling rights.”In 1992, on the same bushveld site, Kerzner built “the even more flamboyant Lost City, creating an artificial rainforest replete with waterfalls, a beach, a sea with waves, a golf course with real crocodiles – and, of course, thousands of slot machines.”The Palace of the Lost City was Kerzner’s last big project in South Africa. Dogged by allegations of bribery in the acquisition of exclusive casino rights – not just in Bophuthatswana but in the Transkei, another former South African “homeland” – Kerzner left for London in the late 1980s.With his South African interests sold, Kerzner turned his sights on America – aiming big, very big, as always (or as the slogan on the front page of declares: “core value no.1 – blow away the customer”).“Based in the Bahamas”, Cohen writes, Kerzner “set about building an international empire even more extravagant and fantastical than his South African one. His flagship is the hugely successful Atlantis on Paradise Island in the Bahamas, where his £1.4-billion casino-hotel is set amid the world’s biggest man-made aquarium, a water-slide marine park inhabited by 100 000 marine animals including piranhas, sharks and stingrays.“He also built the £200-million Mohegun Resort-Casino in Connecticut, owns the £300-million Resorts casino-hotel in Atlantic City, and has eight other beach resorts at exotic locations in Mauritius, Dubai and the Maldives.”And in the UK, Kerzner International is now looking to shake up the British gaming industry. Last year, the firm bought into one of Britain’s premiere casino businesses, London Clubs International, perfectly placing itself to enter the soon-to-be-deregulated British gaming market.“Each time he has sought to open a casino in a new territory”, Cohen writes, “his controversial reputation has travelled before him and he has had to convince the local gaming board he is a person to be trusted. Each time he has eventually prevailed.“Now, as he contemplates his next move, British casino owners may well be wondering which Sol will turn up: the misunderstood genius with the Midas touch who some say has mellowed with the years, or the pugnacious, uncouth, roughhousing man-boy not shy to tell his fellow board members to buck up or f*** off.” reporterlast_img read more

Efforts underway to promote AYUSH abroad

first_imgKolkata: The ministry of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOUs) with a number of foreign countries to promote research and development of traditional medicines abroad.The AYUSH ministry recently entered into an agreement with various institutions across the globe that include the National Centre for Natural Products Research (NCNPR), University of Mississippi in USA, Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine in UK, College of Homeopaths of Ontario (CHO) Canada, United States Pharmacopoeia Convention, Universidad Maimonides, Buenos Aires, Argentina and Medical Research Infrastructure and Health Services of Tel Aviv. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe system of Ayurvedic medication has a significant role in delivering healthcare to masses. It is cost-effective and benefits economically challenged patients. According to sources, the AYUSH ministry has signed MoUs with these countries as they have shown interest in promoting AYUSH as a method of treatment. It will also chalk out a detailed plan on how traditional modes of treatment can be adopted in foreign countries. It may be mentioned here that the ministry tied up with the World Health Organisation (WHO) to promote India’s traditional form of medical treatment. The ministry in assistance with the WHO, has been developing a standard terminology in Ayurveda, Unani, Sidhha so that the terms which are originally in Sanskrit can be comprehended by the people in foreign countries. The main purpose behind the tie up is to promote the quality and safety of traditional system and medicine and consumer protection. Ayurveda morbidity codes and standard terminology have been prepared so that AYUSH can be adopted in foreign hospitals. Ministry of AYUSH has already established North Eastern Institute of Folk Medicine in Arunachal Pradesh as a premier research Institute in all aspects of folk medicine knowledge with linkages and collaboration with other research institutions. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe government is documenting ethno-medical claims in a structural format through Medico-Ethno-Botanical Survey Programme (MEBS) and Tribal Health Care Research Programme (THCRP) in 17 states. Dr Sumit Sur, regional coordinator of Bengal, Odisha and North East, National Ayurveda Students’ and Youth Association, said: “We welcome the step taken by the Union AYUSH ministry. The tie-up with foreign countries will help in the promotion of our oldest and traditional methods of treatment.”last_img read more

5 Wacky Ways We May Soon Verify Our Identities

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » June 17, 2016 Passwords are a pain. If we make them too simple, they’re insecure and take seconds to crack. If we make them too complex, they’re near impossible to remember. And it’s not smart to use the same password across dozens of accounts — contributing further to the inconvenience. Drawing a happy medium is incredibly difficult, and we often lack the time or willpower to sort it out.According to password management company SplashData, the most commonly used passwords in 2015 were “123456” and “password.” More creative ones include “welcome,” “starwars” and, ironically, “letmein.” We can almost hear hackers high-fiving each other in the distance.Related: Is It Time To Shelve The Password?Luckily, two-factor authentication (2FA) is around to help. It requires more than just a password or PIN; users also need to clear a second challenge before gaining access. For example, when accessing online bank accounts, users are often required to enter a password, in addition to a one-time passcode (OTP) sent to their smartphone or tablet. As a result, stolen passwords become much less valuable — unless they’re reused with other services that don’t have two-factor authentication — and our accounts are more difficult to hack.While two-factor authentication is a smart choice, it still leaves many to wonder when passwords and PINs will truly die and what viable methods will take their place. A popular option, and one already widely deployed across the globe, is biometric authentication. It can come in the form of fingerprint verification, facial recognition and retinal or iris scanning. However, it likely won’t stop there.Below are five wacky biometric methods we may one day use to verify our identities for personal or business use cases.1. Edible, electronic capsules.In 2015, Otsuka Pharmaceutical and Proteus Digital Health announced that the FDA was evaluating the world’s first drug and device combination product. It combines Otsuka’s ABILIFY tablets with Proteus’ FDA-approved ingestible sensor to measure medication-taking patterns and physiological response. While the product is yet to be approved, it verifies the possibility that edible, electronic capsules are in the realm of possibility for medical use cases, as well as others.For example, Proteus and Motorola entertained the idea of “vitamin authentication,” or the process of swallowing a small pill containing a tiny computer chip powered by stomach acid, instead of battery acid. The electronic capsule would create an 18-bit ECG-like signal, turning us into passwords or fobs capable of granting us access to our smartphones or office buildings.2. Body odor.Machines could soon take jobs away from bloodhounds trained to identify people by their scents. According to researchers at the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM) and Ilía Sistemas SL, there are unique characteristics in each person’s body odor that remain constant and can be used to determine identity. The biometric technique has an error rate of 15 percent in early stages of development, leaving room for improvement, but also showing promise that it could be a viable method with more fine-tuning.Related: The 12 Trends That Will Drive the Tech Conversation Over the Next YearWhile it’s bizarre to imagine our smart devices and electronics “sniffing” us to verify our identities, primary body odor is impossible to replicate and isn’t masked by secondary odors (e.g., dietary, environmental) or tertiary odors (e.g., lotions, perfumes). So in the future, we should expect to cozy up a little more with our smart devices.3. Electronic tattoos.Technology company MC10 is reshaping the health care industry with its electronic skin patches designed to monitor patient vitals, such as heart rate, in real-time to improve human health. The patches, which are thinner than human hair, can bend, stretch and twist naturally with our bodies.In addition, MC10 announced a recent partnership with custom products designer PCH to expand its application beyond the medical field. For instance, leveraging MC10’s Wearable Interactive Stamp Platform (WiSP), L’Oréal debuted an electronic tattoo called My UV Patch at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show. Other areas being explored include ticketed events, cashless payments and security, where the electronic tattoo could include our log-in credentials. MC10’s WiSP technology could very well turn us into living, breathing passwords soon.4. Brain waves.In 2013, researchers at Japan’s Tottori University published a journal on how distinctive alpha-beta brain wave patterns could determine human identities. For example, a car owner could use an EEG to record brain wave patterns that get stored in the car’s biometric security system. When someone tries to turn the car on, the security system would continuously check the driver’s brain waves for a correct match. If it’s not a match, the car will not start.More recently, researcher Blair Armstrong and his team at the Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language, published a journal detailing results from a study that signaled semantic memory is a cognitive system likely to vary uniquely across individuals and could serve as an accurate biometric authentication method. Achieving 97 percent accuracy proved promising for the technique, but given the inconvenient sensor applications required around the head, along with use of electrolytic gel, there’s room for refinement before it is widely accepted. Hair gel users however, might welcome the existing method with open arms.Related: 8 Technology Trends Most Likely to Reach Widespread Adoption5. Heartbeats.Our hearts’ electrical signals are unique and hard to replicate, making them great identifiers. Authentication company Nymi created a wearable device called Nymi Band that can identify users by their cardiac rhythms in real-time. With an embedded ECG sensor and an ability to communicate with smart technologies via Bluetooth, the wearable device can unlock phones, computers, vehicles and even office or hotel doors. In fact, Nymi is set to soon release a version suitable for enterprise employees, allowing them to seamlessly open corporate office doors, unlock corporate devices and access cloud services such as email — either without a password altogether or using the wearable band as a second factor authentication method.It’s still not clear which biometric authentication methods will reign supreme in the long-term or if they will truly kill the password. However, the numerous achievements to date from researchers and technology companies alike are showing great promise. Whether the devices soak in our scent, tap into our thoughts or listen to our hearts beat, we’ll undoubtedly get swept up in the romance and welcome a more secure and convenient way to integrate with our surroundings.  6 min readlast_img read more