Everton are favourites for Sunday’s Merseyside derby, claims ex-Liverpool defender

first_imgFormer Liverpool defender Stephane Henchoz believes Everton are favourites ahead of Sunday’s Merseyside derby with the Reds at Goodison Park.Brendan Rodgers’ side have made a disappointing start to the season, despite clinching a confidence-boosting win against Aston Villa last weekend, while their city rivals mounted a stirring comeback to beat West Brom from 2-0 down on Monday night.The Toffees sit four places but just a point above their neighbours in the Premier League table, and Henchoz claims Roberto Martinez’s side can increase the pressure on the under-fire Rodgers with a win on Sunday.“It’s a massive game, especially after the start to the season that Liverpool had,” Henchoz told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“Obviously, as a [Liverpool] player you have two games that the fans really want to win. They lost the first one [3-1 to Manchester United], so Rodgers is under pressure.“He needs a result and he needs them quickly.“I think Everton are favourites at the moment after their great comeback against West Brom on Monday night and I think Liverpool will really have to perform if they are to get something out of the match.”You can listen to the Merseyside derby between Everton and Liverpool exclusively live on talkSPORT on Sunday from 1.30pm BST.last_img read more

Halloween Calendar

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system Harvest party will feature games, door prizes, food, entertainment and lots of candy, 6-8 p.m. today at Newlife Assembly of God Church, 27053 Honby Ave., Canyon Country. Call (661) 251-2770. Fall family carnival, “Heroes Unmasked,” will provide a safe and wholesome alternative to Halloween, 6-8 p.m. today at Oak Hills School, 26730 Old Rock Road, Valencia. Sponsored by Living Grace Christian Fellowship. Call (661) 257-8432. Trick-or-treating for preschool and elementary children, 6:30 p.m. today at Santa Clarita United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 297-3783. To submit an event to the Daily News Halloween Calendar, contact Sharon Cotal at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at sharon.cotal@dailynews.com or write her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355. Fright Fest will feature live entertainment, ghosts, goblins, mazes and plenty of spooky special effects, today at Six Flags California’s Magic Mountain, 26101 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia. General admission: $59.99. Parking: $15. Call (661) 255-4111. Trick-or-treating, 4-6 p.m. today at Granary Square, located on the corner of McBean Parkway and Arroyo Park Drive, Valencia. Call (661) 296-3408. Molar Manor “House of the Living Dead” will provide scary entertainment, 6 p.m. today at 19415 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Cost: $15 or $20 for a fast pass. Call (661) 252-7978. Haunted house will feature spooky decorations in the three-car garage, front yard and porch of a private home, 5-8:30 p.m. today at 14210 Everglades Court, Canyon Country. Admission is free, but a donation to the SCV Food Pantry is requested. Call (661) 313-4128. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Epcot Holidays Around the World Changing to Epcot International Festival of Holidays

first_imgShare This!©Rikki NiblettThe Epcot Holidays Around the World has always been a holiday season staple. During the event, Guests get to experience holiday storytellers from countries around the world, taste different holiday cuisines, and more. Well, this year, it’s going to be seeing a change, because everything at Epcot is a festival. 🙂The experience will now be known as the Epcot International Festival of Holidays. Guests will still be able to learn about the holiday traditions of the countries found in World Showcase. You’ll get to enjoy live musical performances and take a festive global tour as performers bring time-honored traditions to life throughout World Showcase.Oh and it wouldn’t be an Epcot festival without food and beverage booths! Guests will be able to enjoy more seasonal food & beverage specialties at the now expanded Holiday Kitchens. Guests will be able to indulge in the flavors of the season as they explore the tastes of the holidays around the world as each marketplace booth will celebrate a different nation. We don’t know all the options yet, but here’s what booths we do know will be there:American Holiday Table – Tender roast turkey and pork tenderloinFeast of the Three Kings  –  Scrumptious foods and delicious drinks from the CaribbeanHoliday Sweets and Treats  – Decadent desserts, savory snacks and merry libationsMexico  -Mexican cuisine like carnitas tacos and horchata margaritasAnother new aspect of the Epcot International Festival of Holidays will be the all new scavenger hunt. (These have clearly proven to be popular!) Guests can participate in Chip & Dale’s Christmas Tree Spree where the duo are collecting ornaments for their Christmas tree and you can help! You’ll purchase a map and stickers from select merchandise locations, including Pin Central, Disney Traders and World Traveler at International Gateway. Then as you travel around World Showcase, you will want to be on the lookout for Chip and Dale in each World Showcase pavilion. Once you spot them, add the corresponding ornament sticker to your map. Your completed map should then be taken to Disney Traders and exchange it for a festive surprise. Maps are $6.99, plus tax.Returning this year for the Epcot International Festival of Holidays will be the musical group, Joyful. This gospel group performs on the Future World Fountain Stage.The Epcot International Festival of Holidays will take place from November 19 to December 30.last_img read more

FNB expands eWallet’s functionality

first_img28 November 2011First National Bank (FNB) is to enhance its eWallet solution, which enables employers to pay salaries directly to their employees’ mobile phones, by introducing features that enable users to pay money from their eWallet directly to a bank account, and even to pay their bills.FNB has had success with eWallet, with over R1-billion being transferred using the solution during the year between its launch in October 2009 and October this year. Encouraged by the success of eWallet in South Africa, FNB has since made the solution available in Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland.“When we created the eWallet, recipients were only able to send money to another cellphone,” eWallet Solutions CEO Yolande van Wyk said in a statement this week.“With this enhancement, eWallet users are able to pay funds directly into an individual’s bank account at any of the major South African banks, or easily make a payment to one of our pre-loaded beneficiaries such as municipalities, Edgars etc.”Customers’ feedbackFollowing customers’ feedback, the eWallet can now hold a maximum balance of R3 000, increased from the R 1 000 limit introduced at the product’s launch in 2009. The maximum amount a customer can transfer to another person per day has also been increased from R 1 000 to R1 500.“Enabling South Africans to transfer money directly into a bank account or pay their bill without having to leave their homes is taking us closer to making banking truly accessible to the previously unbanked,” added Van Wyk.The eWallet allows for money to be sent even to people who do not have a bank account. When sent money in this manner, the recipient receives an SMS informing them that they have received money, and the necessary instructions to withdraw it from an FNB ATM.“The beauty of eWallet is that the recipient doesn’t need a bank account to be able to access the money sent to them,” she said. “In addition to withdrawing cash, buying prepaid airtime or sending the money to another person, they can also pay their bills instantly and conveniently.”Innovation award shortlisteWallet has been shortlisted as a finalist for the Financial World Innovation Awards 2011 in the Innovation in the delivery of financial products – Multichannel and Mobile Banking.The Financial World Innovation Awards have been running for more than a decade, recognising examples of creativity and vision within the financial services industry. The awards will take place in London on 1 December 2011.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

ECM: Vendors Add Social Features

first_imgECM vendors are following the trend of the successful commercial web-based applications by adding social features to their software products. Part of the move towards greater social networking and collaboration is because email has become overwhelming for many people and people are looking for alternatives. Pressure is also coming from many younger employees who have become used to being able to easily share their personal content and photos using applications like FaceBook and MySpace, and they are looking for something similar in the work place. Later this month Open Text will be adding blogs and forums to their Open Text Enterprise 2.0 solutions offered in their ECM Suite.Version 2.0 of IBM’s Lotus Connections added features like profiles, communities, bookmarking and activities. After that release last year, coincidence or not, the product doubled the client base. Now an up-coming 2.5 release of Lotus Connections will include wikis and a personal “wall” space. IBM is also planning to include some social networking capabilities from their social software research project called Beehive.EMC’s Documentum added social networking capability with their 6.5 release.Alfresco 3.x and the new Alfresco Share application brings together a wide variety of social networking capabilities. Share lets you create Project Sites from which you can invite users. There are features for Calendaring, Document Management, Blogging, Wiki, and Discussions.last_img read more

Open Data: Good Progress, But More Work is Needed

first_imgOne year ago President Obama challenged government agencies to become more transparent and make publicly available data which the government had collected.   On January 21, 2009, President Obama said:“My Administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government.  We will work together to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration. Openness will strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in Government.”A major goal of the Open Government Initiative is to make data sets of information collected or generated by the government available for public access.  Government data sets have been posted to the web site data.gov.  A survey by Socrata found that there is strong support for government open data.  Over the past two years since Obama announced the Open Government Initiative, a lot of progress has been made.  67.9 percent of citizens and 92.6 percent of government employees say that opening up information known by the government to the public is the right thing to do.  Citizens in particular said that they have a great interest in having access to government financial and public safety data.To date, 48.1 percent of federal government agencies have already released at least one data set, and 55.6 percent have said that they believe that their organization has a mandate and the will to release data which they control.  There is a strong belief that private sector developers will be able to take data released by the government and with it be able to develop useful applications.  61.4 percent of citizens and 88.3 percent of government employees said they think that entrepreneurs and software developers will be able to transform the data into popular online resources.  43.6 percent of developers say that they are interested in government open data because they feel that their contributions will be able to make a significant impact on people’s lives.last_img read more

So much for the abominable snowman. Study finds that ‘yeti’ DNA belongs to bears

first_imgEight out of nine samples purported to be remains of yetis (artist’s sketch, above) were actually those of bears, a new genetic analysis reveals. The Yeti, illustration from “Monsters and Mythic Beasts” 1975 (color litho), D’Achille, Gino (1935–2017)/Private Collection/Bridgeman Images Of the nine “yeti” samples, eight turned out to be from bears native to the area, the researchers report today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. The other sample came from a dog. Similar studies of hair samples supposedly related to North America’s big hairy hominid, the sasquatch (aka Bigfoot), have revealed that those fibers came from bears, horses, dogs, and a variety of other creatures—even a human.Debunking aside, the new study also yielded lots of scientifically useful info, Lindqvist says. The analyses generated the first full mitochondrial genomes for the Himalayan brown bear (Ursus arctos isabellinus) and the Himalayan black bear (Ursus thibetanus laniger), for example. That could help scientists figure out how genetically different these rare subspecies are from more common species, as well as the last time these groups shared maternal ancestors in the past.“It’s great that we now know these bears’ place in the maternal family tree,” says Beth Shapiro, an evolutionary biologist at the University of California, Santa Cruz, who was not involved with the work.“These guys did a pretty good job,” adds Todd Disotell, a biological anthropologist at New York University in New York City. One finding—that the Himalayan brown bear and the Tibetan brown bear had such clearly distinct mtDNA—was surprising, he notes, because subspecies are often genetically similar: “I didn’t expect that.”He wonders whether future analyses of these bears’ nuclear DNA (which contains genetic contributions from both the mother and the father) will tell the same story. Male and female bears lead different lifestyles: Mama bears generally don’t wander much beyond their home territory, whereas male bears roam over much larger ranges. So, he suggests, the nuclear genomes of these subspecies might reveal that they’re hybridized more than the mtDNA suggests.At the very least, when researchers return to the Himalayas to collect new samples, they won’t have to be so concerned about stumbling into the clutches of the infamous yeti. By Sid PerkinsNov. 28, 2017 , 7:01 PM Hikers in Tibet and the Himalayas need not fear the monstrous yeti—but they’d darn well better carry bear spray. DNA analyses of nine samples purported to be from the “abominable snowman” reveal that eight actually came from various species of bears native to the area.In the folklore of Nepal, the yeti looms large. The creature is often depicted as an immense, shaggy ape-human that roams the Himalayan hinterlands. Purported sightings over the years, as well as scattered “remains” secreted away in monasteries or held by shamans, have hinted to some that the yeti is not merely a mythical boogeyman.But science has not borne this out so far. Previous genetic analyses of a couple of hair samples collected in India and Bhutan suggested that one small stretch of their mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA)—the genetic material in a cell’s power-generating machinery that’s passed down only by females—resembled that of polar bears. That finding hinted that a previously unknown type of bear, possibly a hybrid between polar bears and brown bears, could be roaming the Himalayas, says Charlotte Lindqvist, an evolutionary biologist at the State University of New York in Buffalo.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(*)To find out for sure, Lindqvist and her colleagues took a more thorough look at the mtDNA of as many samples of supposed yeti remains as she could get her hands on. Some were obtained when she worked with a U.K. production crew on the 2016 documentary Yeti or Not?, which sought to sift fact from folklore. The filmmakers got hold of a tooth and some hair collected on the Tibetan Plateau in the late 1930s, as well as a sample of scat from Italian mountaineer Reinhold Messner’s museum in the Tyrolean Alps. More recent samples included hair collected in Nepal by a nomadic herdsman and a leg bone found by a spiritual healer in a cave in Tibet. The team also analyzed samples recently collected from several subspecies of bears native to the area, including the Himalayan brown bear, the Tibetan brown bear, and the black bear. Altogether, the scientists analyzed 24 samples, including nine purported to be from yeti.center_img Of the nine purported yeti remains analyzed in a new study, eight of them (including the fragment of leg bone seen above) came from bears.  Icon Films Ltd. So much for the abominable snowman. 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