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Gamsahamnida!” volunteers using the Korean word for “thank you” shouted to departing buses in Gangneung, the coastal city near Pyeongchang where many events were held.Workers yanked down paper signs by the hundreds and busloads of Olympians, journalists and support workers rolled toward train stations and highways Monday in the aftermath of a Winter Games that was as political as it was athletic.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkInternational Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach echoed that sentiment in the closing ceremony Sunday night, saying that the centerpiece political event of the games — a joint Koreas team marching together and, in some cases, competing together was a beacon for a troubled world.“With your joint march you have shared your faith in a peaceful future with all of us,” Bach said. “You have shown our sport brings people together in our very fragile world. You have shown how sport builds bridges.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The Korean women’s hockey team did that for sure.Thrown together a just few weeks before the games, players from North and South were thrust together to make a go of it. With the help of their Canadian coach, they came together as a competent, if not particularly effective, team that captured the attention of many Olympics watchers.Along the way, they developed what they uniformly say was camaraderie, and even great affection. On Monday morning, at the athletes’ village, they said their goodbyes with tears and extended hands.“I feel really strange,” said South Korean hockey player Choi Ji-yeon. “I told them to take care and not get sick and meet again later.”She added: “If they were people whom we can continue to keep in touch and meet again, then I would feel better, but I might never be able to meet them again.”ADVERTISEMENT Their governmental counterparts were showing signs of communication as well. The detente achieved through the Olympic connections between North and South Korea fits the longtime goals of the South’s president, Moon Jae-in, who has advocated engagement with Kim Jong Un’s Pyongyang regime.That happened at the opening and closing ceremonies, both with U.S. representatives looking on from nearby — Vice President Mike Pence for the opening, first daughter and presidential adviser Ivanka Trump for the closing Sunday night.U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration, a patron of South Korea and a loud opponent of the North’s nuclear program, is watching the contacts closely, particularly after South Korea’s presidential office said during the closing ceremony that the North was willing to hold talks with the United States.Washington viewed that development warily. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, with Ivanka Trump on her South Korea Olympic trip, issued a written statement to that effect after the closing ceremony.“We will see if Pyongyang’s message today, that it is willing to hold talks, represents the first steps along the path to denuclearization,” she said. “In the meantime, the United States and the world must continue to make clear that North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs are a dead end.”North Korea’s official news agency, KCNA, known for its invective toward the United States and the Seoul government, has been playing it low key when it comes to these Olympics. On Monday, it issued a synopsis of the games that was notable for its anodyne tone.“When the players of the north and south of Korea participating in the 23rd Winter Olympics and other players and agents of different countries and region from across the world entered the stadium, the spectators welcomed them with applause,” it practically whispered.Contrast that with this dispatch hours earlier about the United States: “We will never have face-to-face talks with them even after 100 years or 200 years. This is neither an empty talk nor any threat. The U.S. will have to pay dearly for stupid and wild vituperation.”Twelve hours later, news of its willingness to talk emerged from Seoul.North Korea’s delegation to the games, including more than 200 cheerleaders whose perfect synchronicity made for some of the Olympics’ most popular visuals, returned over land in buses to the North on Monday. A North Korean women’s hockey team player hugs her South Korean teammates, wearing white coats, before returning to North Korea, at Olympic Village in Gangneung, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 26, 2018. (Yun Dong-jin/Yonhap via AP)PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — From volunteers to support staff to the joint Korea women’s hockey team, people from many cultures bid farewell to each other and to the 2018 Winter Olympics on Monday as a swath of the eastern Korean Peninsula readied itself for something novel: relative normalcy.Seven years after a successful Olympic bid that changed its people and its landscape forever, Pyeongchang exhaled.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The group — whose members experienced more of the world this month than many of their fellow North Koreans do in a lifetime — also included 45 athletes, four Olympic officials and 21 journalists.As for the Olympics and the attention and people they bring to this relatively remote plateau of northeastern South Korea, it’s not quite finished yet. The Paralympic Games, held immediately after the Olympics using the same facilities, will be staged from March 9 to 18, albeit with a lower profile and attendance.But for a few days, at least, with traffic cones down and most Olympic checkpoints removed, Pyeongchang can take a breather as the eyes of the world shift somewhere else.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings LATEST STORIES Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments
Neal Maupay has been outstanding for BrentfordFollowing Brentford’s comfortable 3-0 home win over West London rivals Queens Park Rangers, Bees boss Thomas Frank was quick to admit that star man Neal Maupay’s future could lie elsewhere. The Frenchman bagged his 20th league goal of the campaign in the surprisingly straightforward win over Steve McClaren’s Rangers, and questions from local journalists prompted Frank to insist that Brentford’s position in the footballing hierarchy was as a “selling club.”The Dane did not seem to think this was a derogatory statement about the club, adding that there are “only 10 clubs in the world who are not selling clubs.” For supporters, it can be a bitter pill to swallow to admit that your best players are constantly at the mercy of bigger and better clubs, who can cherry-pick the most promising talent at will. Still, it appears that Frank is keen to embrace the fact that Brentford is a mere stepping stone for players such as Maupay.Brentford and Maupay have grown in stature together Brentford’s new Lionel Road stadium is due for completion next summer.Maupay and Brentford have enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship over the last couple of years, with the Bees giving Maupay a platform to impress, and Maupay helping to cement the Bees as a solid Championship club. The West Londoners have grown in commercial stature off the pitch, too. The club’s new Lionel Road stadium is well underway, with a 17,250-capacity purpose-built stadium set to become West London’s newest and most innovative sporting arena, which will attract fresh, outside interest from sponsors. Fast-emerging iGaming brand LeoVegas has been the Bees’ official short and title sponsors for the last two seasons, which underlines the progress the club has made. The Swedish firm has long specialized in the burgeoning mobile form of iGaming, but as yet, has shown no appetite to innovate further and become an online casino that accepts cryptocurrency such as Bitcoin.Brentford’s improved status off the field has also meant that players are increasingly attracted to play for the Bees. Frank also revealed that many of the club’s signings choose Brentford as they know they’ll have the best possible chance to further their playing career with the platform provided at Griffin Park. The new head coach said he knew “for a fact that players love to play here and stay here and want to develop.” After the comprehensive dispatching of QPR, Frank insisted he was “just pleased that [his squad] is together and learning.”How will the 2018/19 season end for the Bees?Griffin Park has been a happy hunting ground of late for the Bees. The week before Brentford’s 3-0 win over the Rangers, Frank’s men confidently dispatched Hull City 5-1 on home soil. There was a time when the club looked over its shoulder at the relegation trapdoor, but Frank appears to have steadied the ship, giving Brentford a shot at a top-half finish. In-demand forward Neal Maupay has even suggested that they have an outside chance of a playoff place with only eight points separating the Bees with sixth-placed Bristol City. However, given that 11 teams separate Bristol City and Brentford, there will be plenty of other teams that feel the same. Whether Frank and Brentford can build on a top-half finish for next season will depend mostly on which key players stick around for the 2019/20 campaign. And it’s highly likely that Maupay will attract the attention of top-flight clubs both here and abroad. Algerian wide man, Saïd Benrahma, with eight goals and 11 assists, has reportedly caught the eye of London neighbors Arsenal and Chelsea. Ollie Watkins could also be a target with the former Exeter City youth player seemingly having all the physical and technical attributes to play in the Premier League.Should Maupay, Benrahma and Watkins leave Griffin Park for pastures anew in the summer, it will be nothing different for the Bees faithful. The likes of Scott Hogan, John Egan, Chris Mepham, Andre Gray and Adam Forshaw have moved on to bigger and better things before, and the club’s recruitment policy has enabled them to find suitable replacements. However, for a club in the shadow of so many wealthier London clubs, Brentford’s sustainable transfer strategy still pays dividends. 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South African citizens have visa-free access to no fewer than 97 of the world’s 194 countries – earning the passport a ranking of 42 out of 51 on travel site GoEuro’s ‘Ultimate Passport’ list.Brand South Africa reporterGoEuro, the European-based rail, air, bus and car search and booking engine, has ranked passports from 51 countries to uncover which nationalities’ passports are the most useful when it comes to travel.The survey ranked passports on visa-free access as well as the ease of obtaining the passport – which included factors such as the cost of a passport, the length it remains valid, and the amount of time a citizen must work to obtain the passport.“All factors were weighted and scored to produce the ultimate passport ranking,” GoEuro said.South Africa is ranked 42nd out of the top 51 countries, down one spot from 41st in 2014. South African citizens have visa-free access to no fewer than 97 of the world’s 194 countries.South Africans need to work an estimated 32 hours at minimum wage to afford the application fee of R400 required by the Department of Home Affairs.GoEuro’s analysis shows the five nations with the most powerful passports are Sweden, Finland, Germany, UK, and the US with 174 visa-free countries.Most but not all countries need a passport for Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Benin, Burundi, Chad, China, Iraq, Mozambique, Russia, Sudan, Syria, Yemen.The top 10 most powerful passports in the world are:Sweden: 174 visa-free countries, $43, 1 hour workedFinalnd: 174 visa-free countries,$56 5 hours workedGermany: 174 visa-free countries, $69, 7 hours workedUnited Kingdom: 174-visa free countries, $110, 11 hours workedUSA: 174 visa-free countries, $135, 19 hours workedDenmark: 173 visa-free countries, $133, 15 hours workedCanada: 173 visa-free countries, $133, 15 hours workedSpain: 172 visa-free countries, $30, 5 hours workedBelgium: 172 visa-free countries, $76, 8 hours workedNetherlands: 172 visa-free countries, $78, 8 hours workedCountries SA passport holders can visit without a visaAfricaMost SADC countries are accessible to South Africans without a visa – as long as they’re going there for holiday. Any form of work – even volunteering – requires some kind of visa so always check before leaving home.African countries South Africans can enter without visas: Benin, Botswana, Gabon, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Saint Helena, Senegal, Seychelles, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.African countries where South African citizens get a visa on arrival: Cape Verde, Comoros, Egypt, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Tanzania, Tongo, Tunisia and UgandaSouth and Central AmericaMost of South and Central America is accessible to South Africans.South and Central American countries South Africans can enter without visas: Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Falkland Islands, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and Grenadines, Turks and Caicos Islands, Uruguay and Venezuela.South Africans will need a visa to visit, among others: Suriname, French Guiana, Mexico, Cuba, and Puerto Rico.North AmericaVisas are required to visit the United States and Canada. See the US Embassay’s guide to applying for a US visa.EuropeWhile most European countries require South Africans to have a visa, there are a few exceptions: Ireland, Kosovo and France’s Reunion Island.AsiaSouth Africans can visit Georgia, Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand without a visa.South Africans will be granted a visa on arrival in: Armenia, Bangladesh, Bahrain, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Nepal, Sri Lanka, South Korea, and Timor-Leste.Middle EastSouth Africans do not need a visa to visit Israel and Jordan. Oman and Turkey will grant visas on arrival.OceaniaNo visa is required when visiting the Cook Islands, Fiji, the Federated states of Micronesia, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Samoa, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
The BCCI on Monday initiated the process of finding a new title sponsor for the Indian Premier League, floating tender notices for the same.After realty firm DLF ended its five-year-long association with the IPL as he title sponsor in August, the BCCI has formally started looking for a replacement.”Under this invitation to tender, the winning bidder will be granted the right to be Title Sponsor of the Indian Premier League for the five seasons from 2013 to 2017,” the tender notice issued by the Board in leading newspapers stated.”The Title Sponsor rights include a number of branding and other marketing benefits to be received by the Title Sponsor at every IPL match during the season as specifically outlined in the Invitation to Tender,” it added.The notice made it clear that companies which intend to sell off the rights after winning the bid are ineligible to apply in the first place.”Bids may be submitted in respect of all product categories listed in the Invitation to Tender. Only corporate entities, whether in India or abroad, which are interested in placing a bid for themselves and/or their holding or subsidiary company(ies), for the purpose of the advertisement and promotion of their own brands within their primary product or services categories are eligible to participate in this tender process and to submit bids.”For the sake of clarity, agencies intending to sell the rights to another corporate entity are not eligible to participate in this tender,” it said.Bids would be accepted by the Board till November 21.advertisement”The Invitation to Tender can be acquired on any working day between 10am to 6pm from Saturday, October 27 at the BCCI office, Cricket Centre, Wankhede Stadium, D Road, Churchgate, Mumbai 400020, upon payment of Rs 2,00,000 (non-refundable and non- adjustable) by Demand Draft or pay order (both payable in Pune) favouring The Board of Control for Cricket in India. Bids must be submitted at 11:30am (IST) on November 21, 2012.”
More information: technicalillusions.com/www.kickstarter.com/projects/t … ile-ar-and-vr-system (Phys.org) —Hardware and software designers Jeri Ellsworth and Rick Johnson have designed what they call a projected augmented reality system—called the castAR, it appears to be unlike anything else being sold today. It’ a special pair of glasses, an infrared embedded surface and a magic wand—it allows for looking at and making changes to what looks to the user, like a holographic image. After a lot of design, testing and building, they’ve come up with a prototype that serves as the basis for a new Kickstarter project. Explore further The eyeglasses have very tiny projectors placed above each eye that project an animated image onto a special mat. A sensor just above the nose lets the system know where the person is looking and sensors in the mat keep track of where things are that are placed or moved by the person running the system. To visualize the system, imagine placing a plastic mat on the table in front of you—when you look down at it, you see a three-dimensional animated world dropping down “into” the table. To control what happens in that virtual world, you use your wand, like a mouse with a desktop computer. More impressive is that more than one person can don glasses and use the same mat at the same time—it can be shared by two people sitting across from one another—each with their own private view of the virtual world—quite naturally leading to gaming. To demonstrate, Ellsworth and Johnson set up a three dimensional version of dungeons and dragons. Adding to the surreal experience is that when players move their heads, they get a different perspective of the projected imagery, just as if they were watching something real happening on their kitchen table. It’s a truly impressive system—one that will very likely be made for sale to the public relatively soon as interest in the Kickstarter project has been pushing the dollar amount needed very quickly towards the goal of $400,000. Game system castAR debuts at Maker Faire Citation: Duo create castAR projected augmented reality system, post it on Kickstarter (2013, October 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-10-duo-castar-augmented-reality-kickstarter.html © 2013 Phys.org The system also comes with an optional attachment for the glasses that blot out the real world allowing for a fully immersive 3D augmented reality system. Also, additional mats can be added to the system, increasing the physical size of the virtual world. Ellsworth and Johnson suggest that given the right resources, the mats could conceivably cover the floor, walls, and ceiling in a room, creating a holodeck. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Kolkata: Four teenaged boys drowned in a pond at Jamuria in West Burdwan on Friday morning. Police said the victims are Raj Keshri, Aman Shaw, Prince Keshri and Om Keshri. Police said Raj and Prince were brothers and they were friends of Aman and Om. They were visiting a relative of Om where the incident took place. Police came to know from the people who had witnessed the incident that they went to take a bath in a pond in the area. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsTwo of them accidentally fell in the pond and the other two jumped to save them. But none of them were aware of the depth of the water body and it resulted in the incident. Locals went to the spot hearing their cry for help. They tried to save them but the boys were senseless when they were brought out of the pond. Police also went to the spot. Hundreds of people gathered around the pond.They were taken to a hospital where they were declared brought dead. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedPolice have initiated a probe in this connection and spoke to the locals.Cops are trying to find out whether there was any foul play behind the incident. A senior police officer said though nothing suspicious was found in the preliminary investigation, they are looking into all aspects of the case to ascertain whether there was any foul play behind the incident. Police have initiated a probe in this regard.