Rathkeake man’s extradition sought over rhino horn theft

first_imgLinkedin A TRAVELLER from Rathkeale, Co Limerick has appeared before the High Court on a European arrest warrant relating to the theft of rhino horns in Vienna last summer.Austrian prosecutors investigating the theft of the horns, estimated to be worth €300,000 on the black market, are seeking the extradition of John Quilligan (31) of Roches Road in Rathkeale to face related criminal charges.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Twitter NewsLocal NewsRathkeake man’s extradition sought over rhino horn theftBy admin – January 26, 2013 1150 WhatsApp Print The Austrian authorities requested Garda assistance in tracking Mr Quilligan, after a number of arrests following the theft of the rhino horns from a museum and an antique dealer. He was arrested at a Garda checkpoint in Swords last Wednesday and appeared before the High Court where he was released on bail on condition he surrender his passport.center_img He is the second Limerick man to be arrested on a European arrest warrant relating to the theft of rhino horn. Last October, Michael Kealy of Abbeylands, Askeaton, was arrested in Kilkenny after British police sought his extradition in connection with the theft of a €200,000 rhino horn.The trade in mature rhino horn is now considered more lucrative than the drug trade, with an average 4kg horn being sold for up to €50,000 per kilo.Above: The carcass of a black rhino killed for its horn Advertisement Email Facebook Previous articleLimerick man disappointed over Jill Dando murder compensation caseNext articleSundance award for film on heroic Limerick climber adminlast_img read more

Paddy Power Betfair seeks new CFO as Alex Gersh calls time as group financial lead

first_img ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 Share Alex Gersh – Paddy Power BetfairThe Sunday Times has this weekend reported that Paddy Power Betfair Chief Financial Officer Alex Gersh has signalled his intention to depart the FTSE100 betting group’s executive leadership team.The governance of Paddy Power Betfair is reported to have begun its executive search for Gersh’s replacement as group financial leader. Gersh will maintain the executive role with until his replacement is found.Joining Betfair Plc in 2012 from digital payment services provider NDS Cisco, Gersh played a pivotal part in revitalising Betfair’s corporate strategy following its post-2011 IPO performance decline.Working alongside former Paddy Power Betfair CEO Breon Corcoran (2012-2017), Gersh played a fundamental role in redeveloping and repositioning Betfair’s product strategy, turning the company into a ‘UK tech darling’.Furthermore, as Betfair CFO, Gersh was a key stakeholder in 2015’s £5.5 billion merger with Paddy Power, creating the FTSE’s outright leading firm in online gambling.Gersh’s next arrangements remain unknown, nevertheless, his shrewd financial management and strategy of Betfair, have placed amongst the top technology-centric CFOs.The replacement of Gersh as Group CFO will be seen as another early test for new Paddy Power Betfair Chief Executive Peter Jackson, who this January took official leadership of the betting group.In his first actions as Group CEO, Jackson has restructured the firm’s senior executive team, appointing Dan Taylor as European Chief Executive. In addition, Jackson has mad promoted Aine Flanagan to Group Chief Strategy Officer (CSO)  focusing on maximising shareholder returns and Johnny Hartnett to Group Chief Development Officer focusing on international growth opportunities. Submit Related Articles StumbleUpon Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Share FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020last_img read more

Turner and Broadhurst top the Brabazon Trophy qualifiers

first_img16 May 2017 Turner and Broadhurst top the Brabazon Trophy qualifiers Somerset’s Matt Turner won the southern qualifier for the Brabazon Trophy with 66 at Littlestone, Kent – which included a stunning front nine of eight-under par 28. In the north, Warwickshire’s Sam Broadhurst – son of Senior Open Champion Paul Broadhurst – topped the leaderboard on five-under par at Sandiway, Cheshire. They each led 31 players into next week’s English men’s open amateur stroke play championship at Woodhall Spa, the home of England Golf. The 62 qualifiers will join over 80 exempt players to challenge for one of amateur golf’s great titles on the famed Hotchkin course. Turner (pictured top), from Burnham and Berrow, was five-under for the round and won the south event by a shot from Todd Clements (Braintree, Essex). He commented on his remarkable front nine: “I’ve never had nine holes like that before, everything went in. It was some of the best golf I’ve ever played.” He started with three consecutive birdies, holing out from 3ft, 10ft and 15ft, before parring the fourth. A ‘standard’ birdie followed on the par five fifth, where his second shot finished on the front edge. He holed out from 15ft for another birdie on the sixth, then chipped in for eagle three on the seventh. The eighth provided yet another birdie where he holed from about 8ft, before he reached the turn with a par at nine. “I was thinking ‘don’t mess up!’” said Turner. “I knew the back nine was going to be a lot tougher because it was straight back into the wind.” He had two bogeys and a double on the way home before signing off with a birdie on 18th. His score sees him into the Brabazon Trophy field for the second year in a row. At Sandiway, Broadhurst, pictured right (Atherstone) booked his second appearance in the Brabazon when he carded 65 to win by two shots from Kieron Harman of Wales and Thomas Hamson (Notts). He had just one bogey on his card, alongside four birdies and an eagle on the fourth, where he hit his second to within a foot of the hole. “I’m really happy with the score. I felt I struggled for the first few holes but after that I struck it really nicely and holed some clutch putts,” he said. Broadhurst is at college in the USA and hoping to follow his father into professional ranks. “That’s the dream and if I keep shooting rounds like today and holing putts you never know.” Meanwhile, he caddied for his father in last year’s Senior Open and will be back on the bag this summer in both The Open and the Senior Open. “It should be a good two weeks,” he said. “I know his game quite well and he trusts me, I like to think.” Click here for full scores from the southern qualifier Click here for full scores from the northern qualiferlast_img read more

Serial robber jailed for 30 years

first_imgA serial robber, who is no stranger to the courts, was sentenced to 30 years’ imprisonment on Tuesday at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts after pleading guilty to eleven counts of armed robbery.Travis Payne was sentenced by Magistrate Annette Singh after he changed his not guilty pleas to guilty. The 26-year-old clothes vendor of West Ruimveldt, Georgetown, appeared before Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus in June after he was charged for the series of armed robberies. Payne was also charged for escaping lawful custody and intentionally discharging a firearm.The first four charges detailed that during the month of October 2018, at East Ruimveldt, Georgetown, while being armed with a gun, he robbed Rawle Ramnarine, Mohamed Ishmael, and Colin Edwards of phones and other articles valuing a total of $428,000. He also escaped from the East Ruimveldt Police Outpost while in custody for armed robbery.It was alleged that on May 23, 2019, at Tucville, Georgetown, he discharged a firearm at Roxcell Nepal with the intent to maim, disfigure, or cause grievous bodily harm.It was further alleged that on April 12, 2019, at West Ruimveldt, Georgetown, while being armed with a gun, he robbed Faith Desouza of a phone valued $48,000 and on January 21, 2019, at Castello Housing Scheme, West Ruimveldt, Georgetown, he robbed Angela Caesar of a purse valued at $13,000 while being in the company of others and armed with a gun.The last four charges stated that on January 30, 2019, at Kitty, Georgetown, while being in the company of others and armed with a gun, he robbed Randy Simons, Michael Agrica, Terrence Parke, and Ronaldo Etwaroo of phones and cash totalling $632,000.During the court proceedings, one of the armed robbery charges was dismissed against Payne, after one of the victims told the court he did not wish to proceed with the matter.The Magistrate sentenced Payne to three years each for the 10 charges, however, the sentences will run concurrently so Payne will only spend three years behind bars.last_img read more

Reports: Antonio Brown accused of rape in lawsuit

first_imgNew England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown is accused of rape by a woman who says she was his personal trainer, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court in Florida, multiple outlets reported Tuesday.Brown, who was released by the Raiders on Saturday before playing a game with the team, denied the allegations through a statement issued by his lawyer.According to the reports, the woman alleges Brown, a resident of South Florida, sexually assaulted her three times — twice in June 2017 …last_img read more

Does Transgenderism Have an Evolutionary Benefit?

first_img[i] Jae Alexis Lee. 2017. Can transgender be a part of human evolution? https://www.quora.com/Can-transgender-be-a-part-of-human-evolution.[ii] Alexandra Sifferlin. 2013.  healthland.time.com/…/transgender-showed-evolutionary-benefits-in-ancestral-societies[iii] VanderLaan, D.P. et al 2013. Male Androphilia in the Ancestral Environment: An Ethnological Analysis, Human Nature. DOI 10.1007/s12110-013-9182-z.[iv] Gary Gates. How many people are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender? Report from the Williams Institute April, 2011.[v] Evolution, race and the rise of the transgender generation http://www.afr.com/lifestyle/health/evolution-race-and-the-rise-of-the-transgender-generation-20161023-gs8jnx#ixzz4vDYLqfc8. Financial Review[vi] Austin Rose. 2017. Fake Science: Exposing the Left’s Skewed Statistics, Fuzzy Facts, and Dodgy Data. Washington, DC. Regnery[vii] The National Geographic Transgender Cover Champions Child Abuse and Junk Science. http://thefederalist.com/2017/01/03/national-geographic-transgender-cover-champions-child-abuse-junk-science/[viii] Hormone therapy: Is it right for you? http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/menopause/in-depth/hormone-therapy/art-20046372[ix] Austin Rose. 2017, pp. 20, 29.[x]  Paul R. McHugh. 2004 Surgical Sex: Why we Stopped Doing Sex Change Operations. First Things. November on line as https://www.firstthings.com/article/2004/11/surgical-sex.[xi] Zac Ford. 2016. Johns Hopkins to resume gender-affirming surgeries after nearly 40 years. The prestigious school is finally distancing itself from its anti-trans reputation. https://thinkprogress.org/johns-hopkins-transgender-surgery-5c9c428184c1/[xii] Ford, 2016.[xiii] Genesis 1:26-28. New King James Version.[xiv]  Gen 1:27 ; 2:21-24.Dr Jerry Bergman, professor, author and speaker, is a frequent contributor to Creation-Evolution Headlines. See his Author Profile for his previous articles. Claimed Evolutionary Benefits of Transgenderism: Do transgenders need a surgeon or a psychologist?by Jerry Bergman, PhDThe LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender/Transsexual and Queer or Questioning, meaning one is not sure what sex they are) movement has grown enormously in the Western world. Transgender refers to a person whose personal identity does not correspond with their birth sex. The biological ‘he’ views himself as a ‘she’, and may dress like a ‘she’, change his name, and elect hormone treatment and even surgery to become a ‘she’.Some argue that transgenderism was caused, or at least influenced, by evolution.[i]  Some of them support the notion of transgender transgender by claiming that Transgenderism “Showed Evolutionary Benefits in Ancestral Societies,” namely they helped others with child care and other tasks.[ii] In a 2013 paper in Nature, VanderLaan and his colleagues studied 146 non-transgendered societies and 46 transgender societies in both current and older hunter-gatherer societies. He defined his subjects as transgendered androphilia, a gender role markedly similar to that of females in a given culture. VanderLaan found that transgender men were useful to their communities as extra help in supporting the family, such as by helping to raise the children of others. He concluded these transgender benefits “provided an evolutionary advantage to the societies in which they belonged, allowing them to survive and remain healthy, and that in turn provided the opportunity for transgender attributes to continue into future generations, despite the fact that many transgender males did not have biological children of their own.”[iii]The major problem with this study was the researchers did not research persons who fit the definition of transgender in the West, namely one born with one biological sex who assumes a different gender sex, gender referring to one’s perception of which sex they are. They only looked at males who, for whatever reason, had assumed some female roles, a state increasingly common in our society. An example is a friend of mine who stays home and takes care of their 5 children so his wife, a physician whose income is several times his, can work. Child care would use much of his income, so they saw their best option was for him to stay home, especially in that 3 of their children were not yet in school and 2 are identical twins. Although they are not a traditional family, the husband is not transgender, defined as born with one biological sex and preferring a different gender sex. Thus, the headline is very misleading as it conveys a very different impression than what actually existed. Even today the estimates of the size of the transgender population is only 0.02 percent of the American population.[iv]The Biology FactsWhat are the facts? Can one have a different biological sex than one’s gender? It is well documented that every cell in the human body is either male or female except mature red blood cells, which are enucleated: before use, they expel their nucleus that contains their chromosomes which includes the X and Y chromosomes. This gives the erythrocytes more room to transport oxygen. All other cells have either a male set (X and Y chromosomes) or a female set (two X’s, one which is silenced). X-inactivation involves being packaged to be transcriptionally inactive in a structure called heterochromatin.Like others who elect to live the transgender life, I painfully discovered it was only a temporary fix to deeper pain.As nearly all healthy female mammals have two X chromosomes, X-inactivation prevents them from having twice as many X chromosome gene products as males, who only possess a single copy of the X chromosome. The silencing is said to achieve dosage compensation. X-inactivation is also called lyonization after Mary Lyon, who discovered it.  Furthermore, a process called imprinting turns off thousands of genes off epigenetically in males and a different thousand in females, producing many thousands of genetic differences between males and females. Out of many thousands of experiments so far completed, no researcher has ever found a single trait that is identical in both males and females. Females have a higher average in some traits, males in others. In sum, the science is clear, biological males and females are facts of life. Transgenderism is a psychological problem, not a problem with a male stuck in a female body. This gets even more confusing as the following quote illustrates:At my daughter’s state girls’ school, many of the students see themselves as gender fluid. Some feel more like boys than girls. Others feel like boys on some days and girls on others. A lot of the girls are out [of the closet], with many identifying as gay and quite a few as bi- or pansexual. No doubt, in time, a small minority of them will migrate across the gender spectrum entirely, crossing permanently from one side to the other.[v]Many examples exist about how the left ignores science to support their ideology. Examples include not just the transgender issue but also the abortion and global warming movements. The peer reviewed medical literature with large samples and good research methodology on this issue is very clear.A Swedish study of 324 cases on transgender persons after their surgery to gain a cosmetically satisfactory appearance by removing all the male parts, including the penis and testes, and an attempt to construct from the tissues available a labium and vagina, plus breast implants to change the appearance of a male into a female. The results of those who were operated on were 4.9 times more likely to attempt suicide and 19.1 times more likely to die of suicide.[vi] The author concluded that this operation may end up as the frontal lobotomy of this century, and that persons in this situation don’t need a surgeon but a psychologist. These conclusions agree with the case histories such as that of Walt Heyer. He writes he was a cross-dressing boy at nine and his grandmother encouraged him to do so by providing clothing and affirmation over a prolonged period.I was sure I wanted to become a female. Eventually, I did become a female transgender. I was approved and underwent the full range of hormone therapy and surgeries and legally changed my identity. I lived life as a female, Laura Jensen, for eight years. All too late I realized transgenderism was … a surgical masquerade to superficially project a change of gender. Like others who elect to live the transgender life, I painfully discovered it was only a temporary fix to deeper pain.[vii]We now know that taking hormones long term, such as those given to women after menopause, is very problematic, and those who elect this treatment with or without surgery must take either male or female hormones for the rest of their lives. This is a major consideration to face for those considering this decision.Hormone replacement therapy, i.e., giving female hormones to replace the ones the body no longer makes after menopause, “used to be a standard treatment for women with hot flashes and other menopause symptoms.” But now it is no longer routinely recommended due to the major health risks it causes, including anxiety, heart disease, stroke, blood clots, breast cancer, osteoporosis, coronary heart disease, depression, and Parkinsonism or Parkinson’s-like symptoms.[viii]Long term hormone therapy as part of sexual reassignment surgery will likely cause similar major problems. Thus, we may find the surgery and hormone therapy option was an enormous mistake, just as frontal lobotomy—for which a Nobel Prize was awarded—has turned out to be in retrospect.Some of the persons who feel they are a different sex than they were born as may have a hormonal imbalance, males producing too much female hormones and females producing too much male hormones, but this is a medical issue. It should not be dealt with by cutting off body parts, but rather by various therapeutic approaches, such as diet, losing wright, or other medical treatments.Credit: Chip Box, posted on World Magazine.The left seems blinded by this movement and may end up regretting their support. The movement has even progressed to the extent that surgeons and other professions, including professors, have lost their career or their university position as a result of speaking out against the procedure. Cases of firings include Dr. Kenneth Zucker, longtime editor of Archives of Sexual Behavior and psychologist-in-chief at Toronto’s center for Addiction and Mental Health at the University of Toronto.[ix]Johns Hopkins used to do many of these surgeries, but stopped as a result of the poor prognosis they found in their detailed follow-up studies.[x] Unfortunately, due to pressure to avoid lawsuits and the label of ‘bigot’, they have again begun doing them, even though “in 1965, Johns Hopkins made history as the first academic institution to offer gender-affirming surgical procedures.”[xi] The pressure is such that Zac Ford claimed surgery for transgendered persons is “the consensus of mainstream medicine.” Forcing Johns Hopkins to offer sexual reassignment surgery, he claimed, makes it “easier for transgender people to access the quality care they need and deserve as they transition” from one sex to the other.[xii]The Scriptural PositionThe Scriptures teach that God created Adam and Eve, adding “God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”[xiii] It says nothing about Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender/Transsexual and Queer-or-Questioning people: only males and females. Furthermore, it condemns all sexual behavior outside of marriage, which it defines as the union of a male and a female. Marriage, for example, is defined as the bringing together of male and female as “one flesh” in marriage.[xiv] The transsexual issue is another example of the repercussions that result from ignoring the moral principles taught by the Judeo-Christian worldview. Evolutionists reject the belief that humans were created male and female. By teaching that we evolved from asexual organisms and, as animals, evolved different sexual orientations, they not only prove their allegiance to political correctness instead of evidence, but create a mess of social problems that hurt the very people that need help.Item: “Genital Reconstructive Surgeon Receives Dozens of Requests for Transgender Reversal Operations” (Breitbart). –Ed. See Dr Bergman’s book How Darwinism Corrodes Morality for numerous examples of how evolutionary thinking causes damaging societal upsets.(Visited 1,839 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Research seeking the stink bug’s natural enemies

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest When Celeste Welty unzips the white, nylon cage, none of the stink bugs inside move.“They’re very tranquil,” she says.Why wouldn’t they be?  Inside their cage, they enjoy spa-like conditions with all the sunflower seeds and nuts they can feed on, the warmth of the sunlight coming through the window beside them and a few house plants to make it feel like the outdoors, though they’re in a lab.Young offspring clutch the walls of a separate cage inside what appears to be a refrigerator but instead is a warming chamber.Such special treatment for the brown marmorated stink bug, which farmers despise and homeowners often flick out of the way when they discover them indoors during the cold months.Thriving on a range of fruits and vegetables, the marmorated stink bug has damaged or destroyed enough crops in Ohio and across the United States to get the attention of entomologists nationwide.Welty, an Ohio State University Extension entomologist, is involved in a 15-state study to determine the best, and ideally natural, way to get rid of the marmorated stink bug. The study is one of several being done on stink bugs through Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.The brown marmorated stink bug is a foreigner to the United States, and in the absence of natural predators here, its populations are exploding, particularly in the mid-Atlantic region. Arriving in the U.S. from China, the grayish brown bug was first detected in Allentown, Pa. in 2001. Six years later, one was reported in Ohio. Known hotspots for the insect in Ohio are Columbus, Cincinnati, Marietta, Dayton and Youngstown.How the first brown marmorated stink bug got to the U.S. is unclear, but often it is carried through boxes or packages, a hitchhiker of sorts, Welty said.“They like to nestle down into protected, narrow spaces, and that’s often present in packing materials,” she said. “That’s why they’re known to go in cargo and hang out.”Three years ago, a grower in eastern Ohio ordered a shipment of snow fencing, the perforated plastic fencing that comes in large rolls. When the grower unrolled the fencing sent from Pennsylvania, he found live stink bugs sprinkled throughout.From Welty’s colony of marmorated stink bugs, she takes the eggs and places them outside the lab on plant leaves. Two days later when she retrieves them, she hopes some have been attacked by the bug’s natural predator, the tiny Trissolcus japonicus wasp. Also a native of China, the wasp was detected in the United States in 2014 and has since been found in eight states but not yet in Ohio. And nowhere in the U.S. is it plentiful — at least not plentiful enough to keep down the marmorated stink bug population.“The wasp appears to be spreading on its own, but it’s so early on in the introduction of the wasp that we really don’t know,” Welty said.Welty and entomologists across the U.S. are hoping to happen upon some T. japonicus wasps in their states.“We’ve known for a number of years now that this one species of wasp would be great to have,” Welty said.  “The stink bug is a terrible pest in agricultural crops, and we want to know how to control it with more sustainable methods than just spraying a lot.”A second major stink bug study being done through the college examines the effect of stink bugs on soybeans in Ohio. Entomology Associate Professor Andy Michel is leading the research into the species of stink bugs that prey on soybeans: the green, the brown, the red shouldered and the brown marmorated stink bug.Michel is on the second year of a three-year project funded by the Ohio Soybean Council and the North Central Soybean Research Program to determine what species of stink bugs cause the most damage to soybeans and how prevalent the bugs should be before spraying.Seizing on developing soybean seeds, stink bugs attack the plant using their wide and sharp mouths, which extend to nearly half the length of their bodies.“They pierce through the pod, go on to the seed, then add enzymes and saliva to suck up the nutrients,” Michel said. “In the end, it looks like a shriveled up, brown, discolored seed.”Often this damage is not apparent until harvest, because the pod usually retains its shape, despite the smaller seed. That makes it important to scout early for stink bugs and control them if necessary, Michel said.Drought conditions encourage the spread of stink bugs so unusually dry summers including 2016 and 2012, saw some of the state’s worst infestations, Michel said.In one soybean field, stink bugs caused a 30% yield loss in 2012.Stink bugs of any species can be tricky to spot outdoors. They hide well — stationing themselves on the underside of leaves and the back side of flowers. They’re easy to miss, that is, until they come indoors and drop from a ceiling down onto a table. Try to squish them with your hands and they’ll leave you with a parting gift: a smelly stain on your skin that can’t easily be washed off.“We’re not necessarily looking to defeat the stink bug. I think what we’re looking for is an integrated way to manage the bug. Just because you have stink bugs in your field doesn’t mean you need spray,” Michel said.That’s because stink bugs could develop a resistance to pesticides, some stink bugs don’t cause as much harm to soybeans as others and some species are actually beneficial, being natural enemies of other soybean pests.“We want growers to be able to identify stink bug species and determine when their field is at risk for economic damage,” Michel said, “and therefore when they should start spraying.”last_img read more

Yahoo Acquires Koprol, a Location-Based Social Network

first_imgYahoo announced last night it has acquired Koprol, an Indonesian mobile location-based service. With Koprol, which launched last year, users are able to see where their friends are and what they’re doing in real-time. Like Foursquare here in the U.S., Koprol lets people check in when they arrive at a particular location and then share tips, reviews, photos or other messages with nearby users. According to a statement from Yahoo’s Rose Tsou, senior VP of the Asia region, mobile users are increasingly using mobile phones for Internet access. “This is especially true in many emerging markets where we are introducing the Yahoo brand to many new-to-Net users,” she said. “Koprol was uniquely designed for mobile phones and within a year has already built a strong user base.” The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#Location#mobile#news#NYT#web#Yahoo Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … On the Koprol blog post announcing the news, the company says it now plans to get “bigger” and expand beyond Indonesia. It will also be able to roll out new and planned features faster, thanks to Yahoo’s support, including mobile applications, business accounts and an Indonesian-language version. Although the comparisons to Foursquare abound, Koprol is more like a mashup of Foursquare and Yelp. Like Foursquare (or any of the popular location-based social networks, really, including Brightkite, Gowalla, Loopt, etc.) you can check in to a location or create your own and then join the location’s discussions. Plus, in Koprol, you can “summon” your friends to chat with you. However, it’s the “social city guide” that sets it apart. This feature is more like Yelp, the San Francisco-based user-generated-reviews site. Koprol users can rate local restaurants, shops and businesses with thumbs-up and thumbs-down buttons. (For what it’s worth, Yelp is also trying to turn its service into a mobile social network by offering a check-in feature, but as of yet it hasn’t really taken off). Will Koprol’s First Mobile App be for Nokia Phones?In a separate deal also announced yesterday, Yahoo and Nokia revealed their new partnership, something they dubbed Project Nike, in reference to the Greek goddess of victory. The partnership includes adding Yahoo services into Nokia mobile phones and building Nokia features, like Ovi Maps, into Yahoo’s offerings. Specifically, Nokia will power Yahoo’s maps and navigation while Yahoo will run its email and chat programs on Nokia’s Ovi platform. Considering this newfound alliance, it’s possible that Koprol’s first dedicated mobile application hinted at in the company blog post could be for Nokia phones. Nothing along those lines has been announced or confirmed, though. In the meantime, those curious about Koprol can create an account on its website. You can sign in via Facebook, Google, Twitter or Yahoo (of course) and then associate your account with those same services as well as FireEagle, Yahoo’s own open location-based platform. The FireEagle integration, in fact, may be why this startup was such an attractive acquisition target. sarah perez Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementlast_img read more

Reopen 257 dope offenders cases, says former athlete Sunita Godara

first_imgEven as the nation grapples with the latest doping scam involving some of India’s top medal hopefuls at London 2012, former athlete Sunita Godara has demanded the reopening of a doping probe that could embarrass legendary athletes like P.T. Usha and Jyotirmoyee Sikdar. Godara, a former long distance runner and Asian Marathon champion, wants the Delhi High Court to reopen the case and make public list of the 257 dope offenders, whose names were held back by the Sports Ministry and the Indian Olympic Association. Godara had filed a PIL in 2001 seeking a probe into the doping list, which reportedly included famous athletes and medal winners such as Usha, Sikdar and Bahadur Singh. The case may have been put into the backburner by the HC, but Godara’s latest effort is an attempt to expose the guilty, who had tested positive in tests conducted by the SAI by an unaccredited laboratory.last_img read more